first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Many people leave a job believing they will be leaving their problems only to find the same challenges somewhere else. When this isn’t true, the person who goes because they think it will be easier to work somewhere else is often surprised to find different—but equally difficult—circumstances. It’s easy to believe that things are better across the street, and sometimes that turns out to be accurate, but it’s not often the case. How do you know it’s time to leave your company?Every company and every work environment has positives and negatives. A company might pay every well but demand more from you than you are willing to give. Another company might pay less but have factors that are worth more to some people, like work-life balance and a different level of freedom. There is no doubt that when you leave your current company, you are trading one set of things you don’t like for a new set of things you will not like—most of which you will be unaware of before you decide to cross the street.This doesn’t mean that it isn’t time for you to fly. It very well could be, but to be sure, you have to know what you are leaving and why.Why Are You Leaving, Really?One of two things is often true for people who are struggling with the decision to leave their current company. In the first case, they know the source of their dissatisfaction and are clear about why they are going. In the second case, they can describe a sense of being unhappy, but can’t quite put it into words. If you want to find a better situation, you need to know why you are leaving.Maybe you want to leave because the person you report to is a monster. Or perhaps you believe you are worth more money somewhere else or doing something different. These reasons—and dozens more—are good enough for you to leave. However, even when your reasons are clear to you and any objective party kind enough to listen to you share your circumstances, you are still challenged with ensuring you end up in a better scenario.You could be leaving because you are bored, burnt out, or consumed with the feeling that there is something more you need to do. The work may not provide a sense of purpose, meaning, of fulfillment. It may feel as if it’s time to move on. All of these reasons are valid, and they are also enough to justify moving on. When these things are true, you might first want to ask yourself if the reason you are unhappy is that you are not engaged with your work, not trying to improve everything you touch, and not proactively creating a role that allows you to feel different about your work. If you recognize that you aren’t bringing your best self to your work, changing the place you show up to each day isn’t likely to make the difference. There are, however, some situations where putting forth your best effort will not be permitted or rewarded, in which case, a change is necessary.There is one thing you need to know before you decide to leave your company: what is it that you want?You Have to Know What You WantYou don’t want a new job. You want what you believe a new job provides you that you think will make things better for you.You might believe you want a new manager, one who isn’t a monster. If you believe that is true, you may be disappointed. A manager who is not a monster might also be one who ignores you, refuses to help you, or generally neglects you. You may find out that your apathetic manager is no better for you than the tyrant you left. Maybe you want a manager who cares about the people in their charge, working with them, developing them, and helping them produce the results they’re capable of but haven’t unlocked. That is clarity about what you want and need.You may believe your current environment is stifling, that your creativity is being smothered by your company’s buttoned-up, bureaucratic, non-entrepreneurial culture. Surely another company will have a greater appreciation for the ideas and deals your current company rejected with what felt to you like extreme prejudice. Moving from one corporate company to another similar corporate environment may find you right back where you started. Because you have grown accustomed to a particular compensation package, the smaller, more entrepreneurial companies that might find your non-traditional deals interesting might also be the kind of companies that lack the resources to give you the salary you expect. You have to know what you want.Unless and until you are clear on what you want and why you want it, you aren’t likely to find a better situation. So what is it that your next role needs to provide you? What are you willing to live with to have what you want?Explore Your OptionsNone of what I wrote here should discourage you from exploring. If you are struggling with the idea of leaving your current company and role for a new one, it should inspire you to do the work necessary to decide why it is that you are leaving and working to find clarity about what it is you want. It should also cause you to research potential roles and companies to be as sure as possible that your new situation provides what you want—with downsides that you can accept.You are not likely to find a place that you can call home and do your very best work if you bounce from one job to another, believing that your company is solely to blame for your happiness and job satisfaction. It might take you more time to discover what you want and where you might find it, but it is better to do the work and be patient than to move from one company to the next, leaving one situation you find untenable for another you find equally or more difficult.When you are sure the reason you are unhappy isn’t the result of you not giving your work your best effort, using your creativity and imagination to make the role what you need it to be, it’s time for you to explore your options. When you know what you want, why you want it, and have found a place that can provide it, you are most of the way there. However, you also must be sure you are willing to give your best effort to your new company for it to be time to leave your existing company.last_img read more

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first_imgResults: Men (Quarter-finals): Saurav Ghosal (TN) bt Results: Men (Quarter-finals): Saurav Ghosal (TN) bt Vijay Kumar (TN) 11-8 11-2 11-6; Vikram Malhotra (Mah) bt Kush Kumar (TN) 11-5 8-11 10-12 11-9 11-7; Harinderpal Singh Sandhu (TN) bt Ravi Dixit (TN) 11-6 11-7 11-3; Mahesh Mangaonkar (Mah) bt Velavan Senthilkumar (TN) 11-4 11-6 11-6.Women (Quarter-finals): Joshna Chinappa (TN) bt Jui Kalgutkar (Mah) 11-5 11-6 11-4; Akanksha Salunkhe (Goa) bt Urwashi Joshi (Mah) 12-10 11-9 11-5; Sachika Ingale (UP) bt Adya Advani (Del) 11-5 11-4 11-8; Dipika Pallikal Karthik (TN) bt Lakshya Ragavendran (TN) 11-3 11-4 11-4.Pre-quarter-finals: Joshna bt Ananya Dabke 11-6 11-3 11-5; Jui bt Jannat Duhan (Chg) 11-5 11-0 11-3; Urwashi bt Mayuri Namasivayam (TN) 11-6 11-5 11-4; Akanksha bt Aishwarya Khubchandani 11-7 11-5 11-3; Sachika bt Aishwarya Bhattacharya 13-15 9-11 11-7 11-0 14-12; Adya bt Aryaa Ogale 11-4 11-6 11-3; Lakshya bt Anannya Morey 11-2 11-5 11-7; Dipika bt Avani Nagar 11-2 11-1 11-3. PTI SSR NRB PDS RDSlast_img read more

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first_imgBadminton star and former World no. 1 Saina Nehwal had tweeted about possibly buying the Jaguar’s F-Type coupe. Jaguar recently re-invented it portfolio with the F-Type in 2013 – a convertible based on the previous XK based on the Jaguar’s second generation of grand tourers. The car raked up quite a following with its launch since the concept was shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 under the moniker of C-X16. This version was based on a shortened version of the XK convertible whose production ended in 2014.Planning to buy this beauty … jaguar F type ?????????? pic.twitter.com/WDgZpQTiGM- Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 10, 2017This set us thinking about the whole idea behind the birth of the F-Type and so moving ahead, here are 10 facts about the F-Type:  1. The standard F-Type comes with a 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 and churns out 335bhp mated to a six-speed manual transmission and comes with a front-engine rear wheel drive layout or all-wheel drive layout. The F-Type has a total of 7 variants.2. The F-Type is one of the first Jaguars to come with an aluminium-chassis. Jaguar has also provided for sound and vibration insulation with the addition of an underbody tray and engine mounts, alongside a double bulkhead between the engine bay and passenger compartment.  3. Even though the basic F-Type comes with a 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6, there are other variants such as the “basic” model comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder for the environment conscious (really!).4. The highest variant is called the F-Type SVR and this particular variant comes with a 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 and churns out 567bhp alongside a whopping 700Nm of torque.advertisement 5. Although we did mention an all wheel drive layout before, the F-Type 400 Sport is the only variant which comes with an all wheel drive feature.6. The F-Type comes with a mind-boggling 25 different driving modes which can be programmed accordingly to suit different road conditions and driving styles.  7. You might think with all these sporty bits and the aluminium chassis, this will be a serious car for the fast lane lovers which are untrue. The two-seater embraces the leather life with control buttons finished in aluminium. In the centre console sits a touchscreen display and another TFT display between the dials in the instrument console. Prospective buyers can also opt for an optional flat-bottomed or alcantara finish for the three-spoke steering wheel and buttons which are finished in soft-feel black matte.8. The F-Type is already loud with all its pops and whistles, and can be easily compared to a very angry monster. Apparently Jaguar thought that was not enough, because users can now go for something which Jaguar calls an “active exhaust system” with their S and V8 S versions. What is that you ask? The feature is present to just amplify your sound profile.  9. With the other 7 variants present, there is another variant which is called the F-Type Project 7 which is powered by 5.0-litre Supercharged engine and develops about 575bhp, thus making it the most powerful  F-Type. The most interesting part here is the design which was discovered by chance when Italian-Brazilian designer Cesar Pieri showed the skunkworks design to Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum.10. The F-Type starts at Rs 1.26 crores (ex-showroom) for the basic coupe variant which comes with a 3.0 litre supercharged petrol V6 engine.last_img read more

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first_imgApurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar clinched the first medal for India at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Sunday.Chandela and Kumar, who were participating in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event, got eliminated in the penultimate stage which meant a bronze medal for India.The duo had a total score of 429.9. Chinese Taipei’s Ying-Shin Lin and Lu Shaochuan clinched the gold medal with a total score of 494.1 which is also a Games record, while China settled for silver with Zhao Rouzhu and Yang Haoran scoring 492.5.Asian Games 2018 Day 1 Live UpdatesChandela and Kumar had entered the final as the second-best team with 835.3.However, Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma failed to qualify for the final of 10m mixed air pistol event.Medal Alert: 1st Medal (Bronze) for India via Apurvi Chandela/ Ravi Kumar in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team (Shooting) event #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/X1PBt9qY3AIndia@AsianGames2018 (@India_AllSports) August 19, 2018Chandela has been in decent form heading into the Asian Games in Jakarta after finishing fourth in the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol stage in Munich.In the eight-woman final, Apurvi was leading her nearest rival by 1.1 points at the end of the 18th shot in the 24-shot final but managed only a 5.9 in the 19th to slip to fourth position.She closed with a 10.5 on her 20th and her tally of 205.4 was still 2.9 short of the medals. Chinese Taipei’s Ying-Shin Lin had won gold in that event as well.last_img read more

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first_imgA year in which England will host the World Cup and the Ashes started in the worst possible way with an emphatic 381-run defeat by West Indies in Barbados and they face major selection choices for the second Test in Antigua starting on Thursday.For West Indies, led by one of the game’s most exciting talents in all-rounder Jason Holder, the contest at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, offers a chance to prove they are a team on the rise — capable of more than just occasional triumphs.For all the focus on England’s decision to play two spinners and leave out experienced seamer Stuart Broad, the fact remains that England’s loss was caused by a shocking first-innings batting effort as they were skittled out for a paltry 77.Concerns over England’s batting increased when part-time spinner Roston Chase took eight wickets in the second innings.Questions are being asked of England’s left-handed opener Keaton Jennings who is struggling again after showing his capabilities with a century in Sri Lanka in November.It would be a surprise, however, if England’s selectors decided to immediately jettison him for 32-year-old back-up Joe Denly but Jennings will again be under pressure to show he merits that faith.Jennings will need to show real toughness to rise to the challenge but that is a quality former skipper Michael Vaughan feels the team is lacking.”They do not have the mental strength to fight through tough sessions by working hard and forcing bowlers into their third or fourth spells. They are fine when they bowl a team out or make a big score batting first themselves but poor when they are under a little bit of pressure,” Vaughan wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.advertisementVaughan pointed the finger firmly at Jennings and is worried he won’t be able to handle Holder’s pace attack.”Keaton Jennings is a good player against spin but every time he faces pace I shut my eyes. He does not know where his off stump is and, as an opening batsman, that is your number one task,” he said.Broad is likely to return to the attack but it is far from clear who will drop out and with Antigua possibly friendly to spin, Joe Root may still need to keep two slow bowlers.The mood in the home camp is buoyant, after all there have only been two other occasions when the West Indies won a Test by bigger margins by runs.They defeated England by 425 runs in Manchester in 1976 and crushed Australia by 408 runs in Adelaide in 1980.While the results of the Caribbean side remain well below the standards they once set, there are signs they may be turning the corner — the victory in Barbados was their eighth win in their last 21 Tests.Those victories include two against England and Pakistan and one against Sri Lanka but Holder, now ranked as the world’s top Test all-rounder, knows there have been plenty of false dawns for his team.”We’ve still got a long way to go. One Test match doesn’t make a summer,” he said. “We’ve been in this position before, so lots of hard work to be done.”Also Read | Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatAlso Read | Jason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against Englandlast_img read more

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first_imgThe three Tanzanian children who survived the crash of a school bus in their country on May 6th have arrived in Sioux City and undergone their initial surgeries.Dr. Larry Volz and other members of the surgical team provided an update on the children’s progress Tuesday.He says the first child arrived mid afternoon on Monday, with the second plane with the other two survivors of the bus crash that killed 33 other children arriving in the evening.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TANZ4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…really good spirits. ;21The three survivors, ages 12 to 13 sustained a combined 17 fractures and a serious concussion.They were treated in Tanzania by local medical missionaries from Sioux City, including orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steve Meyer.Meyer says the two girls brought to Mercy each have a very serious fracture:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TANZ5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..to cross with her. ;21Dr. Volz says the children are bringing smiles to the medical staff who are caring for themAudio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TANZ6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…very good English. :23The mothers of the surviving children have accompanied them to America and thanked the hospital staff and other organizations who brought their children to Sioux city to be cared for.All of their services and medical needs are being donated.Photo by Samaritan’s Purselast_img read more

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first_imgAuthorities are investigating the death of a person whose body was found in Monona County.Tuesday the Monona County Sheriff’s Office received a request for a welfare check on 66-year-old Cheryl Stowe.She was not found at her residence but deputies made contact with and arrested her grandson, Eliot Stowe on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.On Wednesday, Monona County Deputies and D-N-R personnel located a deceased person a short distance from Stowe’s residence.The Department of Criminal Investigation is not identifying the body at this time.The body has been taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.No other details have been released.last_img read more

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first_imgWC Qualification Asia Saudi Arabia coach Bert van Marwijk expects tough challenge from UAE in AFC World Cup qualifier Goal Last updated 2 years ago 20:46 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bert van Marwijk former Hamburg coach Bongarts WC Qualification Asia Saudi Arabia UAE v Saudi Arabia UAE Saudi Arabia face UAE in an AFC World Cup qualifying match in Al Ain and coach Bert van Marwijk expects a difficult test. Saudi Arabia gear up to face UAE in the AFC World Cup qualifying Group B fixture at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.The Green Falcons may have lost out to Australia on Matchday Eight but after the UAE failed to win against Thailand and Group B leaders Japan drew with Iraq, they remain strongly placed to return to the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time since 2006.However, head coach Bert van Marwijk is not taking UAE for granted and instead expects a tough encounter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “The match against the Emirates will be tough because they have a chance and they will go for a chance. They will be frantic in the beginning and we are prepared for it,” said the Saudi coach.The Dutchman also insists that his team are looking to fine tune certain aspects of their game to get the better of their opponents.“Now we are focusing more towards the strength and weakness of the opponents and always looking to improve with every game.We don’t have any problem with pressure. When you want to reach top level then you need pressure and should know to handle pressure as well. We have to win this first game first and then think of the next match against Japan.” Van Marwijk confirmed that Mohammad Al Breik should be in action on Tuesday.“Defender Mohammad Al Breik is down with an injury. He has a problem with his ankle but I think he will be fit for the match tomorrow.”UAE star Omar Abdulrahman is a doubt for the game as he recovers from a back spasm but Van Marwijk claims his team will have the same game plan regardless of the midfielder’s availability.“We play the same way against all the teams. It doesn’t matter if Amoory is playing or not. We are going to play the way we do and are prepared for any challenge.”Our players may have played few matches in the national league but we have to concentrate more. We have a chance to qualify directly and we had a 75 per cent chance before we played against Australia. However, now we have to work very very hard,” added van Marwijk.last_img read more

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first_imgÀ titre de représentante de la reine en Nouvelle-Écosse, je suis ravie de vous transmettre mes salutations en cette période des fêtes. La période de Noël est un moment où nous offrons, non seulement des cadeaux et des gâteries, mais aussi tout ce qui vient de notre coeur et qui enrichit notre esprit. La période des fêtes est également un moment où nous nous réunissons en famille pour célébrer tout ce que nous avons, pour apprécier la présence de nos parents et amis, et pour renforcer les liens qui nous unissent. J’espère que votre famille pourra célébrer dans le véritable esprit des fêtes cette année. La nouvelle année qui arrive nous donne l’occasion de réfléchir à l’année qui se termine. Elle nous donne également la chance de commencer à nouveau, de renouveler nos engagements les uns envers les autres et envers nous-mêmes. J’incite tous les Néo-Écossais à se réunir ensemble pour faire de notre province un endroit où règnent l’inclusion et la compassion. La Nouvelle-Écosse d’aujourd’hui est formée de gens de nombreuses cultures et traditions. Je remercie chacun et chacune d’entre vous, qui contribuez à l’enrichissement de notre province et créez un nouveau dynamisme dans nos communautés. Ma famille et moi vous offrons nos voeux les plus chaleureux pour toute la période des fêtes. -30-last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – For decades, Sears was a quintessential part of the Canadian shopping experience. Its catalogues adorned coffee tables and its Kenmore-branded appliances were staples in homes for generations. But like Eaton’s and Simpsons before it, Sears has encountered a litany of problems.Here’s a look at the history of Sears Canada:1952 — Simpsons-Sears is founded as a national mail-order business, as part of a partnership between the Robert Simpson Company of Toronto and Sears Roebuck Co. of Chicago.September 1953 — Simpsons-Sears opens its first store in Stratford, Ont.1973 — The company opens its first store under the Sears banner.1978 — Hudson’s Bay Company acquires the Simpson Company. The Simpsons-Sears partnership dissolves.1984 — The company formally changes its name to Sears Canada.1995 — Sears opens its first Sears Whole Home furniture store; later renames the store Sears Home.1998 — The company launches its e-commerce website, becoming one of the first retailers to do so in Canada.1999 — Sears buys the bankrupt chain, The T. Eaton Company Ltd., including all of the flagship department stores in coveted locations like the Toronto Eaton Centre.February 2009 — Sears cuts 300 jobs, less than one per cent of its workforce at the time, to prepare for a “tough” year in retail.June 2011 — Calvin McDonald is named president and CEO of Sears Canada and embarks on a three-year turnaround plan as sales decline and thousands of jobs are cut.2012 — Sears begins selling off leases to its stores in prime locations.September 2013 — McDonald abruptly steps down as president and CEO. Former U.S. naval aviator and retail consultant Douglas C. Campbell takes over as CEO.May 2014 — U.S. parent company Sears Holdings Corp. hints that it’s looking to sell the ailing retailer.September 2014 — Campbell steps down as CEO.October 2014 — Ronald Boire steps in as interim CEO.July 2015 — Boire steps down as CEO. Brandon Stranzl is named executive chairman of Sears Canada.November 2015 — Carrie Kirkman becomes Sears Canada president.July 2016 — Kirkman leaves the role.August 2016 — Sears Canada rebrands logo for the first time in 32 years by adding a maple leaf.December 2016 — The retailer announces plans to venture into the grocery business, saying its signed partnerships with two specialty supermarket operators to run food markets at some of its revamped locations.January 2017 — New Brunswick government gives Sears Canada $8.7 million to open business centres in Edmundston and Saint John. The centres are expected to create 540 new jobs in total.June 13, 2017 — Faced with a cash crunch that’s getting worse, the company announces it is exploring strategic alternatives including a sale.June 22, 2017 — Sears Canada is granted court protection from creditors. It announces plans to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Grim scenarios of collateral damage for Canadian consumers and businesses are emerging in response to escalating the U.S.-China trade war.The Trump administration has taken aim at China by imposing a 25 per cent tariff on goods worth U.S. $34 billion, but the worst is still on the horizon.The U.S. has announced a further round of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods that could go into effect towards the end of the summer, after Congress takes a closer look at the implications in a round of hearings in five weeks.All of that amounts to more economic pain for Canadian consumers and businesses, which are already coping with the effects of their country’s own trade war with the U.S. over President Donald Trump’s imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian imports.Trade experts and analysts say it’s too early to predict which specific products and sectors would be hit the hardest if the next round of U.S. tariffs on China are imposed.But trade specialists say that with so much of Canada’s manufacturing sector reliant on Chinese products — bits and pieces that wind up in finished items made in Canada — there will be unavoidable consequences.The pain could start at the Canada-U.S. border, where American customs agents have the broad power to declare anything a Chinese product — even if it was made in Canada.American customs officials have the discretion to declare any finished product to be of Chinese origin, even if only some of its parts are from China, said Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, a Toronto trade lawyer who has served as an adviser to the Tax Court of Canada.The onus is on the importer to prove that a product is not Chinese, or “to prove the facts are other than assumed by the customs officials,” she said.“Even a Canadian-made make-up brush, a Canadian-made power cord — any of these items would be subject to 10 per cent duty going into the United States.”And Canadian companies shouldn’t expect American border agents to do them any favours, said Todgham Cherniak.“The whole goal is buy American and hire American,” she said. “So it doesn’t bother the U.S. customs agent that Canadian manufacturers will be collateral damage in the U.S.-China fight.”If the Trump administration follows through and imposes more tariffs on a broader range of Chinese goods, fewer of them will wind up in the U.S. That means more potentially cheaper Chinese goods headed to other markets, including Canada, which is a disruption the government needs to address, said Lawrence Herman, a veteran trade lawyer who once headed the Canadian government’s treaty law section.“Chinese products are going to find their way to Canada one way or another. They’re out there. They’re being made,” said Herman.The government needs to come up with a scheme to enact “safeguard measures” or tariffs on those Chinese goods to counter their influx, he said.The World Trade Organization allows countries to apply safeguards to prevent an influx of products that hurts domestic industry.“We’re talking about an unforeseen influx of products because of global developments,” said Herman.“There is an absolute risk of collateral damage. There is no doubt about that.”Wenran Jiang, a China expert from the University of Alberta, said there’s no way for Canada to avoid the crossfire of an escalating U.S.-China economic conflict.“We’re in the same boat as Japan, South Korea and other southeast Asian countries,” said Jiang.“We’re going to be seeing collateral damage in the short term. In the long term, if the two countries don’t back down, the issue for Canada will be, how do we position our industries?”Canada also has a more fundamental problem: it dropped the ball on opening up a free trade negotiation with China late last year, said Jiang.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ambitions of closer economic ties with China have largely been rejected by Beijing because of two developments, he said: Beijing rejected Trudeau’s so-called progressive trade agenda, and it is angry at Ottawa for blocking the Chinese takeover of the Canadian construction firm Aecon on national security grounds, said Jiang.There could be a silver lining for some Canadian companies if China retaliates against the U.S. by making it difficult for American companies to do business, he said.“If China stops ordering Boeing airplanes, potentially Bombardier might be on line to benefit.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Children’s Defense Fund – New York’s annual Beat the Odds Gala was held Tuesday, February 27, 2018 uptown at The Pierre Hotel.Malaak Compton Rock, Robyn Coles, Tonya Lewis Lee and GuestsFamous faces that came out in support of this outstanding foundation were journalists Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, film director and actress Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, tennis star Stan Smith just to name a few.The annual event honored five extraordinary high school seniors from across New York City that have overcome tremendous adversity to excel academically and achieve their personal goals. These five students are part of the CDF-NY’s Beat the Odds scholarship program. This program provides scholarship opportunities and support services to aid scholars throughout their college career – including ongoing mentoring, internship placements and career guidance.Zyiel Baughan, 18The Young Women’s Leadership School – East Harlem, New YorkFor Zyiel, growing up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan was no fairytale. Abandoned by her parents, Zyiel spent her formative years in a home occupied by several other relatives. It was there that she was exposed to adults with serious addiction problems, with needles strewn about the house and the smell of crack-cocaine permeating her clothes. When the one aunt who offered her affection died from a drug overdose, and her best friend was murdered as a result of gang violence, Zyiel was alone and bereft. Fortunately, she found solace and direction at school, where she felt welcomed and useful. An avid reader, she would lose herself in books, and in subjects like math and science. Understanding that education would be her ticket out of her circumstances, she made her studies, and holding down a job to support herself, her highest priorities. She now excels academically, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, and she has been selected as the Valedictorian of her senior class at the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem. Seeing the lives of family members and close friends destroyed by drugs motivated her to become an activist, and to study to eventually become a social worker. Zyiel is committed to helping others beat the odds in their lives as she has done and looks forward to attending college to realize her goals.Ashlyn Cruz, 17Mesa Charter High School – Brooklyn, New YorkWhen Ashlyn was only two, her father died, leaving her mom a financially challenged single parent. Ashlyn was six and her brother Freddy was one, when her mother left them with their grandparents to come to the U.S. to provide a better future for them. While with her grandparents in Honduras, Ashlyn assumed responsibility for her brother, but her longing for her mother led to deep depression. Ashlyn struggled to hang on, primarily because of her obligation to care for Fredy, and after seven long years, the children were reunited with their mother. Ashlyn has come to respect and be inspired by her mother’s courage and determination, and she is motivated to excel in school as a way to demonstrate her appreciation. She has maintained a 3.5 GPA while enrolled in Honors and AP courses, and she is President of her school’s National Honors Society and a member of Student Government. Ashlyn strives to continue a family legacy of perseverance. She plans to attend medical school to prepare herself to help others throughout her career.Omar Newman, 17Academy Of Hospitality and Tourism – Brooklyn, New YorkAt the age of ten, Omar moved to New York from California to join his mother, and what was supposed to be a short stay in a homeless shelter dragged on for four years. Initially, the dramatic change of circumstances left Omar unmotivated, underperforming, and in danger of succumbing to the allure of the streets. However, Omar’s desire to be a role model for his younger brother motivated him to document his story to inspire his brother, and to find support in a mentoring program at school, which gave him renewed confidence and better ways to deal with his academic and personal challenges. Omar has not only improved his grades, but has completed college credit courses on Saturdays. He takes advantage of every opportunity that comes his way, whether it is tutoring and extra credit work or mastering fencing and competing citywide. Omar is excelling not only academically, but in football as well, which he hopes to play in college, while majoring in Sports Management and Software Engineering.Chinomso Keslyn Ononiwu, 17Mesa Charter High School – Brooklyn, New YorkAs albino Nigerian twins born in Italy, Keslyn and her sister have been forced to deal with strangers judging their appearances and challenging their intellect. But that issue pales in comparison to having endured placement in foster care, when their mother was forced to leave them to pursue employment to support them. The elation experienced when their mother returned was too brief. Tragically, in the middle of the night their home, heated only by burning coals, filled with carbon monoxide. Keslyn, a mere ten years old, could not find her mother, but was able to use her full strength to rescue her sister from the house. Later, while at the hospital the girls learned their mother had died, leaving them emotionally devastated and in limbo for three years, until relatives were able to bring them to the New York. Keslyn, who had neglected her studies and talents, eventually returned to being studious with a renewed conviction, to honor and celebrate her mother’s legacy. Focusing not on what is lost but on who and what you have in your life today, Keslyn maintains a 3.5 GPA while also paying volleyball, volunteering at her church and remaining active in the performing arts. On the pre-med track, Keslyn plans to major in Biology and eventually become a Dermatologist.Amy Pantoja, 17Fort Hamilton High School – Brooklyn, New YorkA series of events landed Amy and her family in a Bronx homeless shelter, where they have lived for several years. Amy values her education and hasn’t allowed her circumstances to prevent her from reaching her full potential. During her first few weeks at the shelter, when she was unable to attend school, she created a plan to ensure that she maximized her four-hour round trip commute to focus on her studies. When she returned to school, she met with each teacher to explain her circumstances and to obtain missed assignments which she diligently completed. Amy doesn’t allow inconveniences like the lack of a computer impede her ability to study or complete her homework. Instead, she often spends her limited free time in the library at school or near the shelter, with her determination paying off as evidenced by her 4.0 GPA. She is extremely grateful for every kind act and helping hand she has received. To “pay it forward,” Amy, who aspires to become a veterinarian, continuously helps her peers and community members in need because she appreciates the support and encouragement needed to overcome seemingly impossible odds.Copyright ©2018Look to the Starslast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThunder Bay, Ont., is considered a hub for as many as 49 First Nations in northern Ontario.It’s where many communities send their kids to get a high school education.Sadly, it is also where seven kids have died as a result of moving away from home.In 2007, the issue was brought to national attention after the sixth death.An inquest was called into Reggie Bushie’s death, but it has yet to begin.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson shows us, there is fear that more lives could be lost.last_img read more

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20 April 2010Cameroonian football striker Samuel Eto’o features in a new series of advertisements by the sportswear conglomerate Puma as part of the ‘Play for Life’ partnership campaign which the company and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) formed in January to support the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. Cameroonian football striker Samuel Eto’o features in a new series of advertisements by the sportswear conglomerate Puma as part of the ‘Play for Life’ partnership campaign which the company and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) formed in January to support the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.The purpose of the partnership is to raise awareness about habitat and species conservation among soccer fans and the general public during worldwide events, including the World Cup later this year in South Africa, UNEP and PUMA said when they unveiled the public service announcements yesterday.The campaign will be seen globally in print, outdoors, in shops and online and will run through the end of 2010.“In 2010, Africa will be at the centre of the footballing world and all eyes will be on the continent,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman and chief executive of Puma. “This is a unique opportunity for the ‘Play for Life’ campaign and the public service announcements to create a powerful statement to help support biodiversity initiatives in Africa and around the world.“Biodiversity and valuing and protecting all life on our planet is a huge issue in Africa. We are proud to partner with UNEP to raise both awareness and funds to help these causes,” he added.Satinder Bindra, UNEP’s Director of Communications, said: “2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. Through this powerful partnership with Puma, we are reaching out to millions of football fans around the globe to spread the message: we can all do our part to protect our planet’s animals, plants, insects and ecosystems.” read more

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Many of the UCaaS and cloud-based PBX systems have high service level agreements (SLAs). These are typically self-reported SLAs. I’ve used these services, and they do fail. PhoneSentry logs call quality and connectivity at frequent intervals, which facilitates reporting on and documenting an outage for the provider. We also flag the call error reason, so a company could literally pay for PhoneSentry with service credits. We looked for automated tools to test the voice quality at the client’s major sites, but found nothing short of spending time manually troubleshooting routers, session border controllers, and call-processor components. The client spent more than $80,000 in consulting services, only for us to ultimately find that the culprit was its SIP/PSTN calling provider. Specifically, the provider hadn’t provisioned enough concurrent call paths with quality of service (QoS), so after a number of simultaneous calls had been reached, all calls on the circuit started experiencing call-quality issues. monitoring_774.jpg The biggest cost savings comes from getting the voice network working right in the event of an outage. That means there’s minimal downtime for call center agents or other employees for whom voice is a mission-critical service. Reaping the Value of Cloud Service Management Data Gary Audin April 05, 2019 In this Q&A with a Virsae executive, learn how access to big data can be a boon for UC and contact center improvements. 2. How big a problem is poor VoIP performance? Digital PBX services were traditionally very reliable, but expensive to maintain and scale. VoIP itself is much more cost-effective, but the QoS on a shared data network is a real issue. Configuration drift, carrier performance, and capacity limitations can all affect the call quality that an end user experiences. Without being able to monitor that, many end users simply hang up frustrated, only to notify IT at a later time. VoIP is a common method for carrying calls today, and enterprise IT communications managers have many tools they can use to measure voice quality. But these tools don’t always locate voice quality impairments. See All in Monitoring & Management » 3. How much time or money can PhoneSentry save? PhoneSentry can save a ton of time tracking down the “ghosts” of a call-quality issue. We have a clear call chain for each site that we monitor, so we can help narrow down the problem with the voice network ASAP. We also help customers document service credits for UCaaS and cloud-based PBX services, so there’s cost savings there too. They have voice problems, but don’t know about them. End users complain, but mostly to each other. IT gets a bad rap, and isn’t even aware it has a problem that needs fixing.They have infrequent outages, but don’t know about them until someone calls the helpdesk on a cellphone or puts in a trouble ticket (which likely sits in a queue for minutes before somebody picks it up). Their service might be out for a few hours before someone notices.They have an on-premises network monitoring system but they likely don’t have a proactive way of monitoring the SIP carrier for outages. 5. What types of businesses need PhoneSentry? Any company that has voice systems deployed to a user base and doesn’t want the first failure notification to come from an end user, line manager, or inbound call to the helpdesk could benefit from PhoneSentry. In addition, companies looking to monitor their carriers’ SLAs should find it useful. We’re vendor-agnostic, compatible with on-premises and cloud PBXs — even in cases of public Internet bring-your-own-bandwidth or over-the-top services, which can’t honor QoS markings. Startup PhoneSentry is tackling complex voice monitoring and alerting problems without requiring monitoring appliances or software installation. To learn more, I reached out to Nate Reynolds, company founder and CEO. 6. What do businesses that don’t use PhoneSentry do today? They do three things: 4. What makes PhoneSentry different from other monitoring products and services? We’re a SaaS-based product with zero installation requirements, no setup fee, and no professional services required. There are other monitoring products on the market. They install in your data center. They require hardware. They take weeks or months to set up, and they cost five to six figures. We cost a few hundred dollars per site, and we monitor the voice quality, carrier connection, and your session border gateway without being intrusive. We have patents pending for our unique design and our platform. Our biggest differentiator is that with our patent-pending technology we can monitor your SIP carrier for outages and call quality while other network monitoring systems may think everything is healthy because on your network, everything is fine. 7. What are the biggest benefits your customers are realizing? They benefit from knowing that their critical voice systems are working, all the time. We function like a combination troubleshooting tool, insurance policy, and record of availability.Tags:News & ViewsVoIPVoIP monitoringQoSPhoneSentryMonitoring & ManagementEmployee ExperienceEnterprise NetworkingNews & ViewsVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like 1. What was your inspiration for PhoneSentry? The inspiration came when our CTO and I were troubleshooting a midsized VoIP deployment for an international client. The company’s new CEO had been complaining about the call quality on all-hands calls, which meant that we had to troubleshoot the entire enterprise (more than 200 sites). Despite having spent the last three years deploying this system in phases, we found that our client, through routine maintenance, contributed to configuration drift. Unify Square Taps Cross-Platform Collaboration Management Beth Schultz April 25, 2019 Announces plans to bring Slack, Zoom, Workplace by Facebook under management, alongside traditional Microsoft suites 6 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery December 06, 2018 This post, the second in a two-part series, delves into possible causes for poor application performance — and how to check them. Log in or register to post comments 10 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery November 21, 2018 This post, the first in a series, explores possible causes in client-side processing and network transport. We started designing PhoneSentry for end-to-end testing of voice quality. When we identify an issue, it’s much easier to troubleshoot than by traditional methods. We already know the components in the call chain, and can focus efforts there. Are Open Source Active Path Testing Tools Viable for You? Terry Slattery July 08, 2019 An open source path testing tool could be an alternative to a commercial product, but you must understand the tradeoffs. read more

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The following courses are available this spring from Brock Continuing Education:Photoshop BasicsLearn Photoshop in this exciting project-based course. Explore the concept and process of digital collage, manipulate and correct your digital images. Expand your digital horizons and stimulate creativity, beyond your imagination. Learn what the professionals know and create digital art using your own effects and personal brushes.When: Thursday, April 15 to May 13, 6:30 to 9 p.m.Where: Brock University Mac LabCost: $159/$149 (senior) +GSTAdobe IllustratorIllustrator CS is the industry standard vector-based illustrating tool. It’s used throughout the world to create a vast variety of different print media from illustrations to package design. Learn to create interesting and unique illustrations. This course is an introduction to the fundamental tools and techniques of Adobe Illustrator® for print media; highlighting what you need to create high-quality line art and special effects for logos and other artwork.When: Wednesday, April 14 to May 12, 6:30 to 9 p.m.Where: Brock University Mac LabCost: $159/$149 (senior)Instructor Aldo Parrotta has enhanced and honed his love of art and design in traditional art, life drawing, sketching, drawing, painting and typography, as well as graphic design, layout and digital photography.For more information, visit Continuing Education or call 905-688-5550 x4775.Get The Brock News delivered to your email read more

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‹ › Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the second day of his visit which coincides with the celebration of Pakistan’s 67th Independence Day. UN Photo/Mark Garten “I welcome this milestone and believe this is a fitting time to deepen the already strong bonds between Pakistan and the United Nations,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Islamabad at a joint news conference with the newly inaugurated Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.“I count on the Prime Minister’s leadership to build on this achievement and deepen participatory democracy in Pakistan,” he added. This is the third visit to the South Asian nation for the Secretary-General, whose two-day programme coincides with the celebration of Pakistan’s 67th Independence Day.In their meeting today, Mr. Ban and the Prime Minister discussed a range of topics such as Pakistan’s role at the UN and its valuable contributions to peacekeeping operations; efforts to meet the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals; humanitarian issues, including the need to invest furthers in disaster risk reduction; and developments in the region, including the situation in Afghanistan.“I am very pleased that we have had a very good exchange of views on how the United Nations and Pakistan can work together to strengthen our partnership and addressing many regional and global challenges,” Mr. Ban told the press. “I firmly believe we need to widen our lens and look at Pakistan beyond any one dimension, prism or perspective. This is a vibrant, dynamic country full of promises and possibilities,” he added.“Pakistan is an important partner and a pivotal global player across the board.”Mr. Ban also held talks with President Asif Ali Zardari on many of the same issues and challenges. In addition, he attended part of the Independence Day celebrations and met with Pakistani women parliamentarians. read more

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The World Conference on Human Rights, held in the Austrian capital in 1993, as well as its outcome – the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action – marked the beginning of a renewed effort in the protection and promotion of human rights. It was also at the Conference that Member States agreed to create the post of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is currently held by Navi Pillay.To mark the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Conference, a high-level event will be convened in New York on 25 September, co-hosted by Ms. Pillay and Austrian President Heinz Fischer. Two previous High Commissioners, Louise Arbour and Mary Robinson, will also take part in the event, which takes place amid the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly.“We think that this is a great opportunity to try to identify, 20 years after Vienna, what have we achieved and where we failed,” Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović told a news conference in New York. “A lot has undoubtedly been achieved,” he noted, citing, among other achievements, a “stronger, more robust” human rights organizational framework, the creation of the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review by which every country’s record comes under scrutiny, and a “considerably strengthened” treaty body system.“However, there are definitely a number of shortcomings,” he added, recalling atrocities that have occurred during the past decades in places such as Rwanda and Sri Lanka, among others. Mr. Šimonović also noted that the human rights message has spread globally and created a lot of aspirations, as witnessed during the Arab Spring. “If human rights aspirations are not met, people all over the world will rebel.” He added that the Arab Spring has also clearly shown that it is not enough to have democratic aspiration. “There is an urgent need for support to relevant institutional building and widening of democratic space. Obviously, free and fair elections are not enough to bring democracy.”Also addressing reporters, Gerhard Doujak, Head of the Human Rights Department in the Austrian Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, noted that the Vienna Conference came at a very important political moment and represented a paradigm shift.“The time was right for the setting of new standards for the worldwide promotion and protection of human rights,” he told the news conference. “Twenty years later, the moment came for us to take a fresh look [at] the commitments we had taken 20 years ago.”Both men urged heads of Government who will be present at the high-level event to set out a vision for the future of human rights action.The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action has been described by Ms. Pillay as “the most significant human rights document produced in the last quarter of a century and one of the strongest human rights documents of the past 100 years.”“It crystallized the principle that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, and firmly entrenched the notion of universality by committing States to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all people ‘regardless of their political, economic, and cultural systems’,” she had stated in June at a Vienna+20 conference held in the Austrian capital. read more

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UN chief appoints new Special Representative for South SudanUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of David Shearer of New Zealand as his new Special Representative for South Sudan and the head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS). Mr. Shearer, a current Member of Parliament, replaces Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark. He will take up his new position in 2017. Read more Security Council extends mission of UN mission Libya for nine monthsIn a unanimous action, the UN Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for nine months, until September 2017, encouraging, inter alia, the Mission to continue working towards a phased return to a permanent presence in the country, as security conditions would allow. Read more Investigate alleged police brutality in Cameroon – UN rights officeUrging the Government of Cameroon to ensure prompt, effective and independent investigations into reports of excessive use of force during a protest in Bamenda town last week, reportedly resulting in the deaths of four people, OHCHR called on all stakeholders, including the authorities and demonstrators to maintain calm and avoid any violence. Read more UN expert hopes Fiji’s leadership will act against racism and xenophobiaConcluding his fact-finding visit to the Pacific island nation, UN independent rights expert Mutuma Ruteere called on Fiji’s political leadership to redouble efforts to eliminate institutionalised racism and xenophobia. He also hailed the work of all Fijians to ensure reconciliation and constructive dialogue in the society. Read more Lack of action on ICC arrest warrants fostering impunity, Security Council toldBriefing the Security Council today, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned that as long as there was no direct Council action to induce Sudan and other countries to execute the Court’s arrest warrants against five suspects indicted for grave crimes committed, impunity would encourage new crimes.Read more read more

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Janus Lapajne ← Previous Story DRAMA IN NANTES: Dumoulin “catches” Schmid – No winners at the end Next Story → ROAD TO WOMEN’S EHF EURO 2018: Powerful start for Hungary and Spain The Slovakian champions HC Tatran Presov got an interesting player who will reinforce their squad until end of the season. The 22-years old Janus Lapajne coming from Macedonian vice-champions RK Metalurg Skopje, where he couldn’t find enough space to show his potential under coach Lino Cervar.Lapajne, who came from Paris Saint Germain to Skopje last summer, scored one goal in two matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League in Metalurg’s jersey.He spent last two seasons in Paris, where he came from small  domestic Urbanscape Loka from Skofja Loka. read more

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