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The Leadership Playbook: Three Rules for Constructive Conflict

December 9, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgEven though they can make some people uncomfortable, disagreements and arguments are a critical part of business. Without disagreements and arguments you get groupthink, and you end up with mediocrity. When you have constructive conflict and disagree about what is right, you get a chance to explore new ideas, even ideas that make some people uncomfortable.But constructive conflict needs to be done in a way that is safe and beneficial to the organization. “Safe” means it can’t harm the individuals that make up the organization.Assume good intentions: When someone disagrees with the way something is being done and engages with others around that issue, it is imperative that you assume that person has good intentions. By assuming they have good intentions, you can shift your focus to the value of the idea, instead of evaluating the individual who is brave enough to bring up the idea.Don’t blame people for mistakes, problems, or challenges: A personal review is something different from constructive conflict, even though it might include some constructive conflict. When you blame the individual for the mistakes, the challenges, or the problems your business is experiencing, you cause people to operate from a place of fear. If you have to operate from fear, you are going to avoid constructive conflict because the repercussions are likely bad for you. Blaming people keeps organizations from solving their deepest problems, and it keeps them from growing.Focus on generating new ideas, withholding judgment about any idea: When you do have constructive conflict, it’s easy to dismiss another person’s ideas without giving them a fair hearing. You can very quickly get to all the reasons that something can’t or shouldn’t be done. But this isn’t how you solve problems. You solve problems when you generate new ideas and explore them before you choose one.The healthiest cultures invite arguments and disagreements. A culture that is strong can withstand the idea of change. There are no sacred cows that must be protected. And every issue is seen as an opportunity to grow, not something to be avoided because egos are too fragile or feelings too easily hurt. Constructive conflict is necessary, and it’s incredibly valuable when done well. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Boxing: Mikey Garcia beats Robert Easter Jr to become unified Lightweight Champion

November 26, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgAdvertisementMikey Garcia has defeated Robert Easter Jr. to unify the WBC & IBF Lightweight titles at the Staples Center in L.A. The highly anticipated unification showdown ended in a decision. The scores were 116-111, 117-110, 118-109; all in favor of Garcia.Easter (21-1, 14 KOs), the now former IBF champion, did an effective job using his height and reach in the first two rounds. He strategically employed the jab to keep his opponent at a distance. However, WBC titlist Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) stepped up the pace during the end of the second round and throughout round 3.Mikey began to close the distance and started landing with a jab of his own. With 25 seconds to go in the third round, Garcia struck! He put Easter down by way of a right hand-left hook combination. The momentum continued for Mikey in round 4.Round 5 and 6 went the way of Easter, as he did a really good job of re-establishing the distance and pace. However, starting in the 7th round, Easter’s punch rate dropped as he did more moving around the ring than actual punching. Al the while, Garcia kept up the steady pressure; landing shots to both the body and head.Round 9 was the best round of the fight. Easter stood his ground and fought toe-to-toe with Garcia. Big punches were landed by both men. Consequently, towards the end of the round, you could see the pace of that round and of the fight in total had taken its toll on Easter – fatigued as he walked back to the corner.Easter was game and tough the last three rounds, but Garcia was in control. Continuing the theme all night, Garcia continued to apply the pressure; slowly but surely chopping.After the fight, Garcia called for a championship match against current IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence, Jr. That’s a daunting task for Garcia and the fight most boxing fans would really like to see for Garcia in the immediate future is a showdown with WBA Lightweight champion Vasyl Lomanchenko..@mikeygarcia lands left hook and drops @RobertEaster_Jr in the third round!!!!!!!!! #GarciaEaster #PBConShowtime pic.twitter.com/2M0Rl6bpvm— PBC (@premierboxing) July 29, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Andhra Pradesh Tourism to introduce a host of watersports and adventure activities

November 26, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgLooks like Andhra Pradesh is keeping true to its aim of becoming one of the best tourist destinations in the country. In order to stay tuned to the changing preference patterns of travellers, Andhra Pradesh tourism has launched a host of watersports and adventure tourism facilities in Vijayawada. Also read: Ajay Devgn and Kajol will be the new brand ambassadors of Andhra Pradesh Tourism! While parasailing, jeep parasailing, paramotoring, water skiing, speed boating, etc. have been introduced at Vijayawada’s Bhavani Islands already, work is also well underway to replicate the same across other key beaches such as Rishikonda, Bheemili, Mangamaripeta, Thotlakonda, among others.A host of watersports have been introduced at the Bhavani Islands in Vijayawada. Picture courtesy: Facebook/Join Your Hands For Vijayawada Although Papikondalu in Rajahmundry is a popular destination mainly due to its scenic splendour, two houseboats have been launched in this place with one- and three-bedroom capacities respectively. These boats are fitted with best-in-class amenities for the tourists.Neerabh Kumar Prasad, I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture, said “We are extremely proud to announce the launch of a host of water sport and adventure tourism facilities in Andhra Pradesh. This launch will herald a new dimension in tourism in the state.””Sport and adventure are the two most integral parts of youth life and these facilities will have a strong appeal to come and enjoy a memorable experience in the state.” he added.Also read: 5 offbeat destinations in Andhra Pradesh you must see advertisementTourism in Andhra Pradesh is also geared up to add a new feather in its cap with the launch of amphibious vehicles in Vijayawada and Rajahmundry. These are special kinds of vehicles that can operate on both land and water, thus capable of giving visitors an unforgettable experience.Andhra Pradesh Tourism is also coming up with helicopter rides and seaplanes at Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Kakinada. In Vizag, helicopter tours will be operated from the Kailasagiri Hills, which is one of the most prominent tourist attractions. Site for setting up seaplane jetty has been identified in all the destinations and currently design work is underway.    Dr. R.P. Khajuria, I.F.S., Commissioner, Department of Tourism said “Amphibious vehicles and heli tourism are the two most contemporary forms of tourism attractions. We plan to launch them soon and are really upbeat about it. Overall with the launch of these hosts of water sport and adventure tourism activities, we feel tourism in the state will get a major boost.”For patrons of adventure tourism, the stage is set to take their experience to a new height with the launch of facilities such as waterfall rappelling, rock climbing, high rope courses, zorbing etc. in popular hill stations of Horsley Hills, Puligundu and Talakona.last_img read more

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Women’s Hockey Stars Announce Boycott in Demand for 1 League

November 18, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgUnhappy with the status quo, more than 200 of the world’s top female hockey players declared Thursday they will not compete in North America next season in a dramatic attempt to establish a single, economically viable professional league.The players announced their decision in a joint statement released to The Associated Press before being posted on social media in a move that has the potential of drawing the NHL further into the conversation of backing women’s hockey. The group includes stars such as Americans Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne Schofield and Canadian national team goalie Shannon Szabados.The players pulled together in a united front in less than a month and said they wanted to express their dissatisfaction with the current state of the sport while demanding a say in establishing a league.“We’re not playing anywhere professionally in North America. We just want to build something better,” Knight told The AP. “Now, what that looks like could be a handful of different things. But our main purpose and goal is to promote the growth of the game and increase the visibility. But ultimately, we need the sustainability factor to make us all feel better about what we’re doing on a daily basis.”The players’ announcement stresses cross-border unity and cites the obstacles they’ve had to contend with in being paid as little as $2,000 a year, while also paying for their own health insurance.“We may have represented different teams, leagues and countries — but this is one family. And the time is now for this family to unite,” the statement read. “This is the moment we’ve been waiting for — our moment to come together and say we deserve move.”The announcement comes little over a month since the Canadian Women’s Hockey League made an abrupt decision to cease operations due to financial issues. The CWHL’s demise left North America with just one pro league, the five-team U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League.Rather than make the jump to the NWHL, the players spent the past two weeks reaching a consensus to risk sitting out an entire year.The decision has the potential of having an adverse effect on the NWHL, which will have fewer players to draw from in preparing to restock its rosters. It also has the potential of hampering the NWHL’s plans to expand into Toronto and Montreal next season.“Obviously we want to be on the ice, but I think that kind of speaks volumes to how critical it is and how important it is to us,” said Szabados, who spent last season playing for the NWHL Buffalo Beauts.“It’s strength in numbers. It’s coming from all of us. It’s not just a few of us,” Szabados added. “It’s not just players who play for one league or the other. It’s over 200 of us that kind of want to stop being pulled in 10 different directions and kind of get all our resources under one roof.The players’ decision places an emphasis on the NHL to play a larger role in women’s hockey, as well as the nations’ two governing bodies. The NHL has provided financial support to women’s hockey, but has resisted further involvement including the possibility of sponsoring its own league.Commissioner Gary Bettman previously told The AP he doesn’t want the league to be seen as “a bully” in pushing either of the two out of business. As for assuming control, Bettman has repeatedly said the NHL doesn’t believe in either of the league’s business models.Bettman reiterated his position during an interview with The AP this week.He referred to the CWHL ceasing operations as something that “proved the point that we have genuine concerns about sustainable models.”“What we’ve repeatedly said is if there turns out to be a void — and we don’t wish that on anybody — then we’ll look at the possibilities and we’ll study what might be appropriate,” Bettman added. “But at the end of the day, we’re not looking to put anybody out of business. And if the NWHL can make a go of it, we wish them good luck.”That’s not good enough, goalie and CWHL Players’ Association co-chair Liz Knox said in reciting Bettman’s stance.“The NHL’s saying, ‘Until there’s a voice in women’s hockey we’re not going to step in,’” Knox said. “Well, here’s a void. Here’s the players saying this is not enough. We’ve earned better than this. We’ve earned the respect we have, and we deserve what we’re asking for.”Knox also placed the onus on Hockey Canada and USA Hockey for providing more resources to develop the women’s game.“Take a look in the mirror, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey,” she said. “I mean, these are your players who are winning you Olympic medals saying, ‘We’re just not getting enough right now.’ … I would certainly hope it’s a moment for them to self-reflect and say, ‘OK, where are our interests and where do we see it fitting in the future?”The six-team CWHL operated as a not-for-profit league and was restricted by Canadian tax laws in how much it could pay its players. Though established in 2007, the CWHL didn’t begin paying its players what was considered a stipend — ranging between $10,000 and $2,000 — two years ago.The NWHL was established in 2015, and became the first league to pay its players annual salaries which ranged from between $26,000 and $10,000 in its inaugural season. Financial difficulties, however, led the NWHL to slash salaries by as much as half a little over a month into its second season.The NHWL no longer publicly releases player salary numbers.“The NWHL has time and time again shown it’s not that long-term, viable option for women in hockey, and it does not showcase the best product of women’s hockey in the entire world,” said Coyne Schofield, who most recently played for the NWHL’s Minnesota Whitecaps. “There’s a lot of things that go into it. … The business model is one of those, the salaries, health insurance, the treatment of the players. There’s a lot of things that make it really tough to be a professional athlete in the NWHL.”What makes the pledge notable, Knox said, is getting a majority of non-national team players to also commit to the decision because they in some ways have more to risk in not playing.“They’re making the ultimate sacrifice to say, ‘I would rather not play another professional game this year and possibly the rest of my life than live another day knowing we’re in a world that professional female hockey players do not have the stage they deserve,” Knox said. “And I think that’s a powerful thing.”By: John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Oppo A5s review: Familiar design, good battery life but competition offers more

November 16, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgOppo has consistently delivered attractive phones not just in the mid-range to premium segments but in the budget segment as well, which must have been a source of inspiration for Realme as well. Even under Rs 10,000, you will find some of the best-looking phones come from Oppo. Take the Oppo A5s, for example, which brings a waterdrop display and a glasstic rear panel that give it a premium look at a starting price of Rs 9,990.Underneath that appealing exterior is a large 4,230mAh battery, which is no doubt the biggest winning personality about the Oppo A5s. The smartphone also touts a dual camera setup, a Helio P35 chipset and Android Oreo, some of which may not be as attractive for its price. In our Oppo A5s review, we take a look at whether the phone delivers enough positives to make it worth your money under Rs 10,000.Oppo A5s DesignLike I said earlier, Oppo has a knack for making good looking phones even in the budget segment, even if they are often derivative. The Oppo A5s does not offer anything unique. It’s a design Oppo has tried on multiple phones over the past year, and it seems the company is content with that fact. The Oppo A5s gets a waterdrop display on the front and a glasstic rear panel that houses a fingerprint sensor, dual camera setup with LED flash and the Oppo logo.The rear panel is glossy and looks glass-like, but it isn’t. It is plastic and that’s evident when it attracts visible bruises within days of using it. The panel curves around the edges allowing it to sit comfortably in the hand. The panel meets a solid metal frame, but it’s not a seamless transition as the frame does stick out a bit. The Oppo A5s Red colour variant I received looks deep and dark rather than bright and loud, but I would still opt for the Black colour option.advertisement The Oppo A5s does feel slightly heavy at 170 grams, which is evidently due to a large battery housed inside. The power button on the right and volume buttons on the left are placed near the middle of the frame, allowing one to reach it easily. The card slot just above the volume buttons can house two Nano SIM cards as well as a microSD card. The phone comes with a microUSB port flanked by a speaker grille and 3.5mm headphone jack on either sides.Oppo A5s DisplayThe Oppo A5s sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) dewdrop display. The droplet notch on top and the bezels around the sides are slim but noticeable. The chin is thick as well, but none of it seems distracting when viewing the display. The display offers good colours and decent clarity. The panel is as good as you can expect for a 720p display. While texts appear sharp enough, video content will look soft around the edges with noticeable pixelation if you look for it. Brightness levels and viewing angles are just about average and it certainly fares poorly under the intense Delhi sun.Oppo A5s Performance and SoftwareThe Oppo A5s is powered by a 2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P35 chipset coupled with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. You will also get 32GB of internal storage for both RAM options, which is low but luckily there is a dedicated expandable storage slot. This doesn’t instill any confidence considering you can get phones like the Redmi Note 7 with a Snapdragon 660 SoC and the Realme 3 with a Helio P70 processor at similar prices that are faster and consistently smooth at handling day-to-day tasks.Given the specs, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Oppo A5s isn’t the snappiest phone in this segment. Apps are slow to open and you will experience lags here and there through the UI. Scrolling through apps like Instagram and Twitter will be jittery as well. The A5s is also not a gaming phone and should be skipped if you’re looking to play games like PUBG or Asphalt 9 as the performance is laggy while resolution is unappealing. Also, if you are planning to pick this phone up, you should only consider the 3GB RAM option that costs Rs 10,990. Performance is unfortunately not the biggest disappointment here. The Oppo A5s ships with Android Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 on top, which makes the software quite dated halfway into 2019. Consumers are now expecting phones to ship with Android Pie, especially considering Realme has been launching its 2019 phones with Pie and ColorOS 6 out-of-the-box.advertisementWith ColorOS 5.2, you get a mess of preloaded apps like NewsPoint, UC Browser, Daily Hunt, Paytm, Amazon and so on, which unfortunately does not change much with ColorOS 6 as well. You also don’t get an app drawer and the multi-app window only shows app icons on ColorOS 5.2 rather than a screenshot of the background apps. The other big issue to deal with is constant spam notifications from native apps like Browser.The rear-mounted fingerprint is snappy as one would expect and the default choice to unlock the device. Face unlock is available as well, but it won’t be fast or accurate indoors and in low light. The bottom-firing speaker lacks clarity, but it can get loud.Oppo A5s CameraThe dual camera system on the back of the Oppo A5s includes a 13-megapixel main camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, the A5s gets an 8-megapixel selfie cameras. These are pretty elementary cameras that don’t offer anything exciting or unique, but they do work as well as they ought to.You can capture some attractive phones in daylight with good colour reproduction and high saturation levels. There is decent sharpness at the center of an image, which tends to fade away around the edges and HDR does an admirable job. The camera app support portrait mode which will give you bokehs with decent edge detection.IMAGE SAMPLESThe camera struggles in low light and indoors as you get images with a lot of noise and softness. Photos lack brightness and the camera will face trouble locking on to a subject quickly.Selfie camera is again quite average when it comes to shooting bokehs or in low light. The best selfies will be found in broad daylight as you get good sharpness and natural-looking skin provided the AI beauty effect is disabled.Oppo A5s BatteryArguably the biggest USP of the Oppo A5s is the battery. The smartphone houses a 4,230mAh battery, which is sufficient to take you over a full day of usage with ease. The battery life is excellent primarily because the HD resolution and low power consuming chipset do little to drain the battery. Even on a heavy usage day where you’re constantly messaging, browsing social media or spending a few hours watching videos or playing games, you will still get a day and a half of battery on a single charge.The box includes a 10W charger that will be able to juice up the Oppo A5s is about two hours.Should you buy the Oppo A5s?The Oppo A5s has two things going for it – attractive design and great battery life. And while those features do rank high among consumers, the expectations today from a phone, even a budget phone, is far higher. The Oppo A5s struggles in the performance, software and camera departments in a time when the competition is at its fiercest.advertisementToday, consumers want a complete package at Rs 10,000, and phones like the Redmi Note 7, Galaxy M20 and Realme 3 have proved that that is possible. Not only do these alternatives offer attractive designs, but they also provide a feature or two that is new and exciting for consumers.Oppo A5s review7/10ProsGreat battery lifeAttractive designConsLaggy performanceAndroid OreoPoor cameraslast_img read more

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Yuzvendra Chahal to be India’s new No.3 during New Zealand T20s, jokes Rohit Sharma

October 25, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Yuzvendra Chahal to be India’s new No.3 during New Zealand T20s, jokes Rohit Sharma | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_img India Today Web Desk WellingtonFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 22:19 IST Yuzvendra Chahal was India’s highest scorer in the 4th ODI vs New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia were bundled out for 92 in the 4th ODI vs New Zealand, with Yuzvendra Chahal top scoring with 18 not outIt was a rare failure as 5 of top 6 batsmen failed to get into double digits”I will speak to Ravi Bhai for your [Chahal’s] promotion to No.3 in the T20s,” Rohit saidYuzvendra Chahal was India’s top scorer with 18 not out when India collapsed to their lowest ever ODI total in New Zealand in the fourth match of the series in Hamilton earlier this week. India had suffered an 8-wicket defeat in the fourth ODI.While 5 of India’s top 6 batsmen failed to get into double digits, No.10 Chahal showcased his batting talent hitting three boundaries in his unbeaten 37-ball knock. Chahal had also joined forces with fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav to stitch a 25-run stand for the 9th wicket, which was also the highest partnership in the match for India.However, the impact of top order’s rare failure was such that India never recovered and were bundled out for just 92.In a light-hearted conversation on the Chahal TV, the anchor — Yuzvendra Chahal — caught up with stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma after India’s 4-1 ODI series victory over New Zealand in Wellington on Sunday.Chahal asked Rohit if he can be promoted to bat at No.3 in Virat Kohli’s absence during the three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand starting February 6.Rohit’s reply was classic.”He [Chahal] was our top scorer in the previous match that we lost. But I want you to be the top scorer in a match which go on to win. I will speak to Ravi Bhai for your promotion to No.3 in the T20s,” Rohit jokingly said.WATCH: Hitman @ImRo45’s guest appearance on Chahal TVWhy does Rohit want to give @yuzi_chahal a batting promotion? – by @RajalAroraFind out here https://t.co/3T5E4KDGEx pic.twitter.com/iI9IZmkoV1advertisementBCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019Rohit was, however, all praise for India’s all round effort in the series that gave them their only second bilateral ODI series victory in New Zealand.”Beating New Zealand in New Zealand has never been easy for any team. Even when we won in 2009, it was not an easy series. They had a strong team then and they play very well at home. The way they have been playing cricket for the last two years, it was never going to be easy for us. But all our boys played well,” he said.Rohit also lauded top-scorer Ambati Rayudu, who scored 90, and the middle order for their contribution in the game.”Even today, it was a perfect match for us. We were 20 for 4. But Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar were fantastic. Rayudu’s knock was very crucial for his own confidence and also for the team. The way Hardik and Kedar finished the game was also very important otherwise we wouldn’t have reached 250,” Rohit said.Also Read | ICC’s advice: Never leave your crease with MS Dhoni behind the stumpsAlso Read | Virat Kohli must get credit for setting high standards for Team India: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | How’s the Josh? Team India asks after historic 4-1 series win over New ZealandAlso Read | Indian team competitive in any part of world and on any surface: Sachin TendulkarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Rohit Sharma Yuzvendra Chahal to be India’s new No.3 during New Zealand T20s, jokes Rohit SharmaYuzvendra Chahal had top scored for India in the fourth ODI when they were bundled out for only 90. Rohit Sharma says he will speak to the team management for Chahal to be promoted to bat at No.3.advertisementlast_img read more

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Football star Sunil Chhetri to make his digital debut with Bombers

October 25, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Football star Sunil Chhetri to make his digital debut with Bombers | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_img Next Football star Sunil Chhetri to make his digital debut with BombersFootball star Sunil Chhetri will be seen along with Ranvir Shorey, Varun Mitra and Prince Narula in ZEE 5’s Bombers.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 12:29 IST Football champ Sunil Chhetri is excited to be a part of Bombers.Football star Sunil Chhetri is excited about making a cameo in a web series Bombers, a high-octane football drama.Talking about why he agreed to be part of the show, the Captain Fantastic told IANS, “It’s a story about characters who lose their focus in life and how football brings them together. This is a story of redemption, where sport gives them a chance to find their way in life.””It is a motivational story. For me, of course, it’s football that brings me here to be part of this endeavour. I just hope that a lot of people watch this and get motivated in life,” he said.Bombers features Ranvir Shorey, Varun Mitra, Aahana Kumra, Sapna Pabbi, Prince Narula, Zakir Hussain, Annup Sonii and Meiyang Chang, among others.The 10-episode show will start streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5 on June 22.The show intends to support a special programme Education With a Kick of the Oscar Foundation. The programme encourages underprivileged children to learn life skills to complete primary education.As the footballer met the children from the organisation, he said: “I enjoyed meeting such enthusiastic talents. In fact, we had a game with those kids and it was so much fun.”Watch the trailer below.Also read | Jwala Gutta to be a part of Bigg Boss Telugu 3Also read | Karisma Kapoor wraps up shooting for her digital debut MentalhoodGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byshweta keshrilast_img read more

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US 6 Billion Dollar Chinese Investment Project….A Game Changer For Jamaica.

October 24, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on US 6 Billion Dollar Chinese Investment Project….A Game Changer For Jamaica. | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_img The signing followed a more than hour long discussion between Prime Minister Holness, his team and the Vice Governor and his ten man delegation. Significantly, the Vice Governor and his delegation came directly from China with the sole intent of returning with a signed Framework Agreement for the development of the Project. Executive Vice- Governor, of Gansu Province in China, Huang Qiang, says his government is ready to invest up to US 6 Billion Dollars to develop an Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone alongside the JISCO/ALPART operations in Nain, St Elizabeth. This announcement came at the signing of a Framework Agreement on Thursday and follows closely on the heal of a Non-Binding Agreement of Intent (NAI) on September 21 last year, between Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry and Governor of Gansu Province, Mr. Tang Renjian in China. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who witnessed the signing, has thrown the full weight of his office and the Government behind the project, by assigning Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to work alongside Minister Henry and their Gansu counterparts, including the Vice Governor, to expedite the further development of the project. Story Highlights Executive Vice- Governor, of Gansu Province in China, Huang Qiang, says his government is ready to invest up to US 6 Billion Dollars to develop an Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone alongside the JISCO/ALPART operations in Nain, St Elizabeth. This announcement came at the signing of a Framework Agreement on Thursday and follows closely on the heal of a Non-Binding Agreement of Intent (NAI) on September 21 last year, between Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry and Governor of Gansu Province, Mr. Tang Renjian in China.Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who witnessed the signing, has thrown the full weight of his office and the Government behind the project, by assigning Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to work alongside Minister Henry and their Gansu counterparts, including the Vice Governor, to expedite the further development of the project.The signing followed a more than hour long discussion between Prime Minister Holness, his team and the Vice Governor and his ten man delegation. Significantly, the Vice Governor and his delegation came directly from China with the sole intent of returning with a signed Framework Agreement for the development of the Project.The visiting party not only included the top brass from two of the world’s leading and largest construction and shipping companies from China, China Construction and COSTCO Shipping, but also The Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Jamaica, Niu Kin Bao , Chairman Chen Chun Ming of JISCO Group and top management of JISCO /ALPART.The size of the investment for this contemplated development is of major significance for both Jamaica and China, in that it is the largest investment ever contemplated in Jamaica and it’s the first overseas investment for Gansu Province. It’s intended to move Jamaica from exporting raw materials to developing value added manufacturing and fabrication industries, led by the Bauxite/Mineral Sector.The Spirit of Cordiality, Co-operation and Commitment dominated the discussions and resulted in the Vice Governor inviting Prime Minister Holness, Ministers Henry and Chang to attend the Premier Construction Conference in Gansu this September.Jamaica and China have both agreed that the political, administrative and procedural preliminary activities will begin immediately, in order to be able to announce the next phase when the parties meet in China in September.last_img read more

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Switch to Natural Gas Supports Dalhousies Sustainability Plan

October 22, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Switch to Natural Gas Supports Dalhousies Sustainability Plan | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgThe province is helping Dalhousie University reduce its carbon footprint and emissions by supporting its switch to natural gas. The conversion from heating oil is part of the university’s climate change plan for a sustainable campus and is funded, in part, by the Gas Market Development Fund. The switch to natural gas eliminates sulfur and particulate emissions and will significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and will provide Heritage Gas with a large customer in south end Halifax. “I commend Dalhousie for taking the initiative to reduce emissions,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “This will also help expand the gas distribution network in Nova Scotia and that is exactly what the Gas Market Development Fund was set up to do.” “The use of locally produced natural gas creates jobs, grows our economy and improves the environment, making life better for Nova Scotians.” By converting to natural gas, the university is saving money and improving air quality. “Dalhousie is an environmental leader, committed to sustainability and clean energy initiatives in our community,” said Ken Burt, vice-president of finance and administration, Dalhousie University. “The generous support provided by the province combined with the efforts of our project partners made the transition to natural gas a smooth one for Dalhousie. We believe this conversion will immediately benefit the province, the city and our neighbours.” Heritage Gas is continually expanding its distribution network with the addition of larger customers such as Dalhousie. Saint Mary’s and Mount Saint Vincent have already switched to natural gas. Over time, natural gas will be more accessible for residents and businesses. “We are very pleased that Dalhousie University has converted to natural gas, making the university our largest customer,” said Jim Bracken, president of Heritage Gas. “Dalhousie will eliminate over 12,000 tonnes of green house gas emissions, equivalent to the removal of 2,400 vehicles from our roads by using natural gas.” The Gas Market Development Fund was established with funding from the Sable Offshore Energy Producers. The province is contributing about $1.4 million to the university for equipment and installation. The project cost is estimated at $1.8 million. For more information about Dalhousie’s plan for climate change, visit http://office.sustainability.dal.ca/ .last_img read more

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Of nationalism and elections

October 18, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Of nationalism and elections | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgTurkey was appalled when Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced his pledge to annex Jordan Valley if he is elected to power again in the upcoming polls. Jordan Valley is the eastern-most part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank that borders Jordan. Terming such a proposition as dangerous and racist, the Turkish government regards itself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and has never shied away from criticising Israel. Netanyahu’s intention to annex Israeli settlements in the wider West Bank upon his re-election, however, speaks of matters beyond Israel-Palestine conflict. The Turkish Foreign minister expressed through a tweet that “The election promise of Netanyahu, who is giving all kind of illegal, unlawful and aggressive messages before the election, is a racist apartheid state”. He went on to add that “Will defend rights and interests of our Palestinian brothers&sisters till the end”. As expected, for the Palestinian people, Netanyahu’s statement came as a threat to any hopes of peace. Israeli PM’s bombastic announcement is indeed a cynical play of electorally motivated right-wing nationalism and this brings to the table some discussion over furthering the cause of right-wing politics in general. In the Indian context, a parallel may be drawn with its Hindu nationalist government realising its aim to disempower Article 370 which conferred special status to J&K. In a very dramatic move, the Indian government bifurcated the state and turned Ladakh and J&K into UTs. This constitutional provision was in many ways discriminating and alienating, systemically separating the people of J&K from the rest of India. The idea to do away with such a provision and bring that state at equivalence with all other Indian states resonated with the common Indian to a great extent. And upon achieving the target, the country to be most unsettled by this was Pakistan, pretending concern for the Kashmiri people when all it really cares about is the territory. The Indian government, however, accomplished this by way of not just fulfilling a promise but keeping in mind the best interest of the common people of the region. Exploiting sentiments of nationalism for electoral gain is no new thing but outraging sentiments of people is not justified. The way to calm uproars is to promise and deliver development.last_img read more

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Alberta conservatives seek referendum on future carbon tax hikes

October 17, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Alberta conservatives seek referendum on future carbon tax hikes | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition United Conservatives say there should be no more carbon tax hikes without the consent of the people.United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney introduced a private member’s bill today banning any future hikes on the tax without a referendum.The bill would also prevent future governments from imposing a similar regime without the direct consent of voters.Kenney has called the carbon tax an unfair burden on Alberta residents and has promised to kill it altogether if he becomes premier in the spring 2019 election.The levy was imposed in 2017 on home and business heating and gasoline to fund green projects ranging from solar panels to multibillion-dollar transit projects and programs to phase out coal-fired electricity.The province is taking in about $1 billion this fiscal year from the levy but is returning some of that through rebates to middle and low-income earning families.last_img read more

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Hudsons Hope has a new mayor and seven people running for councillor

October 13, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Hudsons Hope has a new mayor and seven people running for councillor | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Hudson’s Hope will have a new mayor.Dave Heiberg was the only person to be nominated for the position of mayor of Hudson’s Hope and will be voted in by acclamation.  Incumbent councillors candidates Mattias Gibbs, Kelly Miller and Travous Quibell are all running re-election.Joseph King, Patricia Markin, Valerie Paice and Leigh Summer are also running for the position of councillor.  There are a total of six spots open for councillor in the District of Hudson’s Hope. The municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10.last_img

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Crucial for Sri Lankan Government to honour its promises says Ban

October 12, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Crucial for Sri Lankan Government to honour its promises says Ban | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

In a joint statement issued at the end of his 22-23 May visit to the country, Mr. Ban and President Mahinda Rajapaksa agreed that the country had now entered a new post-conflict phase and faces many obstacles relating to relief, rehabilitation, resettlement and reconciliation. “Today, I will be sending a letter to President Rajapaksa following up on those commitments, particularly those concerning a transparent and fully accountable inquiry into potential violations of international law during the final stages of the conflict,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York. The Secretary-General visited the South Asian nation just days after the Government announced that its operations against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was over, ending over two decades of fighting. He has repeatedly stated his strong concerns over “unacceptably high” civilian casualties in the conflict, while “categorically” rejecting any suggestions that the UN has deliberately under-estimated any figures. Mr. Ban today also stressed the need for reconciliation efforts to begin immediately. “If history is not to repeat itself, the Sri Lankan Government must reach out to its Tamil minority, as well as to others. The first steps toward reconciliation must – I repeat, must – begin now.” He noted that the Government has addressed some concerns he raised over humanitarian access to the camps housing those displaced by the conflict. “I am also encouraged by the Government’s commitment to return 80 per cent of those displaced in the fighting to their homes by the end of this year,” he said. “That said, conditions in the camps remain difficult, and I will continue to press for improvement, not least in vital areas such as freedom of movement and family reunification,” he added. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), some 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are living in 40 emergency shelter sites in the country. 11 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated how important it is for the Sri Lankan Government to follow up on the commitments it made last month after ending its military operation against Tamil rebels, and said he is writing to the country’s President on the matter. read more

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Loonie on cusp of falling to 90 cents US ahead of Bank

October 8, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Loonie on cusp of falling to 90 cents US ahead of Bank | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was lower Friday as the currency continued to weaken ahead of next Wednesday’s Bank of Canada interest rate announcement.[np_storybar title=”No worries? Stephen Harper signals weak loonie not the catastrophe Canadians think” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/17/stephen-harper-signals-weak-loonie-not-the-catastrophe-canadians-think/”%5DThe Prime Minister in an interview backs Bank of Canada policy and says critics focusing on the sliding currency and weak job numbers are being short sighted. Read on [/np_storybar]The Canadian dollar slid 0.45 of a cent to 91.08 cents US.The currency has already shed almost three cents US this year for a variety of reasons, including poor trade and employment data and an American currency that has risen as the Federal Reserve starts to cut back on its massive bond buying program.Canada’s dollar has also been pressured by the central bank’s dovish stance on interest rates, which aren’t expected to rise until next year.The outlook is more pessimistic in some quarters. Analysts observe that currency markets are currently pricing in a 20% chance of an interest rate cut this year.On the commodity markets, the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 72 cents to US$94.68 a barrel.March copper gained two cents to US$3.36 a pound while February bullion rose $3 to US$1,243.20 an ounce.On the economic front, U.S. housing starts fell 9.8% to an annual rate of 999,000 during December following an impressive 23.1% gain during the previous month. Still, home construction chalked up its best year since 2007 during 2013.Other data showed building permits slipped three% during December.Markets will also take in the latest reading on industrial production later in the morning. Economists looked for production to rise 0.2% in December after November’s solid 1.1% jump. read more

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Update on the search for Dean Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

October 7, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Update on the search for Dean Faculty of Applied Health Sciences | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

The advisory committee is pleased to announce the names of the four short-listed candidates for the position of Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.Dr. Heather Carnahan, University of Toronto;Dr. Joanne MacLean, Brock University;Dr. Neil McCartney, McMaster University; andDr. Paul McDonald, University of Waterloo.The candidates have been invited to Brock to meet with the advisory committee, senior administration, and faculty, staff and students. Each candidate will make a public presentation to the Brock community on the following dates:McDonald on Tuesday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m.;Carnahan on Thursday, March 10 at 1 p.m.;MacLean on Tuesday, March 22 at 2 p.m.; andMcCartney on Thursday; March 24 at 3 p.m. in Academic South 201.The first three presentations will be held in the E-classroom (TH 253).The CVs of the applicants are available for review through the Office of the VP Academic or the Office of the Dean of Applied Health Sciences, and are also on reserve in the University Library. Members of the Brock community are encouraged to attend each of the presentations and are invited to make written submissions with respect to the suitability of each candidate for the position of Dean. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. Submissions will be confidential to the advisory committee and will be destroyed on completion of the committee’s work. Please direct hard copy submissions to:Murray Knuttila, Chair of the Advisory Committee,Re: Dean, Faculty of Applied Heath SciencesElectronic submissions may be made by sending an e-mail to appliedhealthsciencesdeansearch@brocku.ca.For further information, please contact Patrick Beard at pbeard@brocku.ca (905-688-5550 x4082) or Murray Knuttila at mknuttila@brocku.ca (905-688-5550 x4121).The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. read more

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Activist investor escalates battle with JC Penney calls for chairman to go

October 4, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Activist investor escalates battle with JC Penney calls for chairman to go | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Anne D’Innocenzio And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2013 11:17 am MDT Activist investor escalates battle with JC Penney, calls for chairman to go NEW YORK, N.Y. – The battle over J.C. Penney’s future just got uglier.Activist investor Bill Ackman said Friday that he has lost confidence in J.C. Penney’s board and that its chairman should be replaced. Penney Chairman Thomas Engibous fired back and called Ackman’s comments inaccurate.The exchange adds more fuel to an unusually public squabble between Ackman and the rest of J.C. Penney’s board over how quickly it should replace CEO Mike Ullman. Ackman’s investment firm, Pershing Square Capital, has a nearly 18 per cent stake in Penney and he sits on the company’s board of directors.Meanwhile, investment firm Perry Capital, which owns 7.26 per cent stake in Penney, came out in support of Ackman in a letter released in a regulatory filing and urged the board for a change in management.The disagreement is over how long it will take to find a new CEO for J.C. Penney. Ackman says the process should take 30 to 45 days. The board has said CEO Mike Ullman is the right person for the job for now.The fight could be a distraction as Penney tries to undo the damage done to its business by a failed makeover spearheaded by its previous CEO.In a lengthy letter to the board, Ackman complained that Chairman Thomas Engibous didn’t call a proper meeting to discuss Ackman’s views that J.C. Penney’s search process should be speeded up.“Boards must have the ability to deliberate openly amongst one another so that all points of view can be adequately discussed,” he said. “By not calling a meeting, Tom prevented the board from properly functioning and fulfilling its fiduciary duties.”He also questioned the board’s hiring and firing practices and “aggressive” inventory purchases.Engibous said in a written statement that Ackman’s comments were “misleading, inaccurate and counterproductive.”“The Board is focused on the important work of stabilizing and rejuvenating the business. It is following proper governance procedures, and members of the Board have been fully informed and are making decisions as a group,” the statement quotes Engibous as saying.Ackman has suggested former Allen Questrom, who was Penney CEO from 2000 to 2004, should replace Engibous. Questrom said Thursday that he would rejoin the company but not under a hostile board situation and only if he agreed with the choice of the next CEO.In a letter to Penney’s board, Perry Capital CEO Richard Perry urged the board “to take immediate and proactive steps to improve the financial and operational management of the company.”He wrote that Perry Capital would be “very supportive” of bringing back Questrom and Ken Hicks, who had been a Penney executive until 2009. Hicks is now president and CEO of Foot Locker Inc.“Given the urgent nature of the situation, I am releasing the letter publicly so that other shareholders who feel the same way can express their opinions directly to the board,” Perry wrote.Ullman, who had been Penney’s CEO from 2004 to 2011, took back the reins in April. He took over from Ron Johnson, who was supported by Ackman but was ousted after 17 months on the job after his radical makeover of the chain led to massive losses and sales declines.Ullman has been working to stabilize the business by bringing back basic merchandise and more frequent sales eliminated by Johnson in a bid to attract younger, hipper customers. But many analysts believe that while traffic is improving, there has been no evidence of a turnaround yet as the company heads into the bulk of the critical back-to-school shopping period.Even the home area, which was Johnson’s project and features a slew of trendy new names like Jonathan Adler and Michael Graves, has failed to resonate with shoppers, analysts say. Penney was counting on the new home area, launched this spring, to reinvigorate customer traffic.Moreover, concerns are growing about Penney’s financial liquidity.Analysts had expected Ullman’s reign the second time around would be transitional until Penney hired a replacement.The public battle between Ackman and the board chairman has had spectators from all sides weighing in, including Howard Schultz, Starbucks founder and CEO. During a phone interview with The Associated Press late Thursday, Schultz defended Ullman, who serves as a member of Starbucks board, and lambasted Ackman.He said he had never seen anything like a scenario where a board member leaks a critical letter without first speaking to the CEO in question. He said he found it “perverse” that Ackman was pushing for new management when he was the one who pushed the board to hire Johnson, with disastrous consequences.“Mike has been working tirelessly to save the company,” Schultz said.In the letter released Friday, Ackman acknowledged that making public his letter Thursday was “an extraordinary step.”“In my history as a board member of many public companies over the last 15 years, I have never before released a public letter to a board of which I was a current member,” he wrote. But he said he used it as “the last resort” after trying to negotiate a resolution of his concerns about the recruitment process.Citi Investment Research analyst Deborah Weinswig reiterated in a note published Friday that she believes J.C. Penney needs a “dream team” in order to turn its fortunes around and she says “time is of the essence.” Weinswig, once a cheerleader of the company, downgraded the stock to “Sell” from “Neutral” last week.Plano, Texas-based Penney is scheduled to report second-quarter results scheduled to be released Aug. 20.Shares fell 79 cents, or 5.8 per cent, to $12.87, giving back most of the gains they made Thursday upon the first disclosure of Ackman’s letter. Earlier in the day they touched a 52-week low of $12.34. read more

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CV Show and ATS – another success

October 2, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on CV Show and ATS – another success | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

‘The CV Show and ATS is the most successful show of its type in Europe,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Last week’s excellent event reinforced that market-leading position, delivering multi-million pound business opportunities to 632 exhibitors and thousands of trade visitors. We know that many exhibitors made good use of the opportunities we delivered and collectively announced billions of pounds worth of new business.’ The SMMT ran the first UK Commercial Vehicle Show, at London’s Olympia in 1907 and has organised every one since. Last year, the SMMT took the initiative to add its Automotive Trade Show to the event, widening its appeal even more. The SMMT says exhibitors have consistently praised the running of the CV Show and ATS and were particularly pleased with the quality of the business visitors. Almost all say that visitor quality is more important than quantity. Provisional figures suggest visitor numbers were up over 15 per cent on the longer term average for the show, despite a slight drop on last year’s record breaking event. ‘The small dip was in line with our expectations and mainly due to the show running during the school holidays, when a fair number of parents take a break,’ said Christopher Macgowan. ‘This means the new deal to put the event on at the NEC in the last week of April next year and in succeeding years should be even better for exhibitors, business visitors and the youngsters we hope will come to the Skills Centre.’ ‘The CV Show’s success has increased each year under the guidance of our enormously experienced exhibition and PR teams,’ said Christopher Macgowan. ‘We’ve consistently delivered better value to exhibitors and visitors and it is no wonder that the event is now the biggest and most successful event of its type in Europe.’ The 2005 Commercial Vehicle Show and Automotive Trade Show was an outstanding success according to its organisers, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Provisional and un-audited figures show nearly 27,000 visitors over the three-day event at the NEC last week. The annual event was created five years ago by combining three complementary shows, one each from the SMMT, the RHA and the IRTE. Those three organisations formed the CV Show Partnership, which relies on the SMMT to organise the CV Show and ATS, delivering better value to exhibitors and visitors with a show that offers much more than the sum of its parts.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Last Years World Series Didnt Wreck The Mets Rotation This Year

September 28, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Last Years World Series Didnt Wreck The Mets Rotation This Year | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

A year after unexpectedly mounting a World Series run, the New York Mets are experiencing a bit of a pennant hangover in 2016. They started the season hot, with a 15-7 record, but since then have gone 49-56 — basically the same winning percentage as the lowly Phillies’ full-season mark. Even granting that World Series teams usually regress to the mean the following season,1During the 162-game era — going back to 1962 — pennant winners averaged 96.5 wins in their World Series year, and only 88.4 the next season. the Mets have backslid more than most.Searching for answers, New York manager Terry Collins pointed a finger at his team’s health woes, specifically suggesting that its playoff run last fall contributed to a spate of pitching injuries that have seen most of the Mets’ vaunted staff miss time this year.“We don’t make excuses here,” Collins said. “But I’ve had too many guys that have managed deep into the postseason tell me that there is a residual effect. And a lot of times, it’s your pitching.”He’s right that the Mets have been among the most injured teams in baseball. But the link between that fact — particularly on the pitching side — and the extra rigors of New York’s World Series run is questionable. Since the Division Series began in 1995, there’s been no relationship between the length of a team’s stay in the postseason and whether its pitchers met expectations the following season.To quantify this, I set a team’s pitching expectations — according to the sum of wins above replacement (WAR) for its staff — in a given season based on its pitchers’ WAR in the preceding year, as well as their average age (weighted by WAR) that year. The better the pitchers were one season, the better they’re likely to be the next, and younger staffs tend to improve their WAR year over year. (For example, the 2015 Mets had the sixth-most pitching WAR in baseball, and were also its 12th-youngest staff, so they figured to be very good again in 2016.)If deep playoff runs were subsequently associated with the mass disintegration of pitching staffs, we would expect a relationship between the number of postseason games a team played one year and the amount by which its staff WAR missed expectations the following season. Yet, no such relationship appears to exist: The 2016 Mets would be a curious choice as flag-bearers for a World Series pitching hangover anyway. Despite the injuries, they’ve compiled more pitching WAR than any team in the major leagues this season, wildly exceeding any reasonable expectations we might have assigned them before the campaign began. Injured or not, New York’s hurlers aren’t the problem.However, a lineup that’s scoring an anemic 3.83 runs per game (third-worst in baseball) and producing the majors’ 11th-fewest WAR (in a tie with Colorado) is. If the Mets’ pitchers have exceeded expectations in the team’s pennant defense, their position players have declined precipitously from the form that led to a World Series berth — particularly that of the late-season version that transformed itself offensively after acquiring Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline.So Collins probably shouldn’t get too caught up in speculating about a World Series hangover for his pitchers. Almost every team’s staff has to fight through injuries and underperformance, but deep postseason runs don’t historically tend to amplify those issues. And more importantly, if the Mets’ hitters were providing its league-leading staff with any kind of support, they wouldn’t be on the fringe of the postseason picture right now. read more

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Doctors call for charges for overseas patients using AE units

September 25, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Doctors call for charges for overseas patients using AE units | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgHealth officials are considering expanding current policies on charging overseas patients Credit:Dominic Lipinski  Andrew Misell, a director at Alcohol Concern, said: “Charging people for alcohol-related use of the NHS is unworkable and morally questionable.”He also suggested it would too difficult in practical terms for medical staff to decide whether problems were alcohol-fuelled.“If we say people should be charged for alcohol-related demands on the NHS, why not start charging for anything else we’ve done to ourselves, like broken bones from driving carelessly or playing a contact sport?” he said.Simon Walker, director of education at M3 Group, said: “The findings of this research clearly reflects funding pressures currently experienced by the NHS.  “Despite the fundamental ‘free at the point of delivery’ principle, the majority of NHS doctor respondents indicated that they can now see circumstances in which patients pay towards GP or hospital treatment.” More than six in ten doctors want to introduce charges for some patients, including fees for overseas patients attending Accident and Emergency units, a survey shows.Ministers recently introduced “upfront” hospital charges for patients receiving planned treatment, if they are not eligible for free care.The Government has also proposed charges for such patients in Accident & Emergency (A&E) units, but have so far held off introducing such plans following a backlash from some groups.But polling of 583 doctors found that 63 per cent of doctors wanted to see some charges on patients introduced.Of those, 74 per cent called for fees for patients who visit A&E or GP clinics who are not residents of the UK. As many called for charges for patients who did not turn up to their appointments.Ministers are currently considering whether to introduce charges for overseas patients using A&E.They are understood to have ruled out introducing “upfront” charges for A&E, in case it could deter those needing urgent care.However, they are now exploring the feasibility of schemes to secure payment after emergency treatment, for those overseas patients who were not entitled to free care.Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy said: “The NHS is a cherished national institution that is paid for by British taxpayers and as this survey shows, there is clinical support for recovering costs from those who are not eligible for free treatment.“We are however committed to an NHS that is free at the point of use for those who are eligible, and they will never be charged for NHS treatment.”Since 2013, the amount of funds recouped from overseas patients for planned care has more than quadrupled, from £89m to £358m, offiical figures show.GP visits are also excluded from current policies, which is expected to remain the case in future.Dr Taj Hassan, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine said any introduction of A&E charges must not involve casualty staff, or attempts to secure payment while urgent care was being sought.“Staff working in the busy environment of the emergency department cannot be responsible for charging patients who present acutely unwell or injured, and would always treat them first and foremost according to their need,” he said.“If hospital systems could be structured to collect payments from those not eligible to use the NHS, then it would be appropriate to do so.”The poll showed doctors were increasingly open to more radical ideas of how to fund a service which was struggling with current funding, he said.The poll also found that more than a third of those backing charges wanted to see them for A&E visits as a result of alcohol abuse.And 29 per cent wanted to see charges when attendances were linked to drug problems, the poll by website Doctors.net and technology agency M3 Group found. NHS to ask patients for bank statements to check they live in Britain Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Run and Gun night in Sudstadt 76 goals in AustroSerbian draw

September 22, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Run and Gun night in Sudstadt 76 goals in AustroSerbian draw | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

“Run and gun” night of handball was presented to the fans in Sudstadt, where Austria and Serbia played 38:38 (20:23) in their second friendly match. Nikola Bilyk saved his team by scoring last goal on the match from 7-meter line in the last second. Serbs had +6 (31:25) in 43th minute, but home team led by Patrekur Johanesson managed to get back in the game with goalkeeper Kristian Pilipovic in the main role.Austria: Nikola Bilyk (7), Robert Weber (6), Sebastian Frimmel (5), Janko Bozovic (4), Tobias Schopf (3), Tobias Wagner (3), Alexander Hermann (2), Julian Ranftl (2), Wilhelm Jelinek (2), Thomas Kandolf (2), Romas Kirveliavicius (2)Serbia: Nemanja Ilic (9), Momir Rnic (7), Mijaj Marsenic (7), Marko Vujin (6), Bogdan Radivojevic (3), Dobrivoje Markovic (3), Stefan Ciric (2), Zarko Sesum (1)In the first match of these two teams, Serbia won 34:32. These were last tests before the final Men’s EHF EURO 2018 preparations in December and first days of January.Men’s EHF EURO 2018 begins on January 12.PhotoCredit: OHB/ Sebastian Pucher ← Previous Story Sagosen leads Norway to win over France – Danes beat Poland in thriller Next Story → Swedish revenge on Iceland read more

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