first_imgThe impact of soldiers reporting positive experiences in seeking assistance and the positive impact of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Britt discusses research on civilian employees which found that CBT was related to decreased time away from work to acquire mental health treatment. This has good implications for soldiers who may feel that they are letting down their unit by being away to receive treatment. Furthermore, exposure to positive experiences with CBT may work to lessen the stigma associated with mental health treatment seeking.Research now shows that getting help early on will improve resilience. Some may get the idea that if they require and seek out mental health treatment, it means they have failed to be resilient. Consider this counterargument: if military personnel get treatment early when the problems are not severe, then getting early mental health treatment can be seen as a contributor to resilience rather than a failure to be resilient. One of the problems is that the culture we’ve talked about highlights mental health treatment as a last resort. If it could be emphasized that the early treatment for these problems is a contributor to resilience and if leaders create a climate within the unit where this is encouraged, then perhaps we can begin to view mental health treatment as an asset rather than an indicator of failure.Misconceptions military members have about mental health medications, and how participating in therapy will influence their ability to remain in the military. In each focus group, there was an example of one of the NCOs who basically said that one of their soldiers went to Behavioral Health, got put on medication, and came back as a “zombie”. That one highly visible case study can create a whole perception within the unit that psychotropic medication is addictive and it can harm your performance. Misinformation can be put within the units.The military’s efforts to improve mental health care and reduce stigma. While there is still progress to be made, it is important to note that leadership in the military is working hard to combat stigma associated with mental health treatment seeking. By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT & David Lee Sexton, Jr.Beyond Staying Strong by Seeking HelpOn Thursday, April 19, 2018, Dr. Thomas Britt from Clemson University facilitated a webinar capturing the barriers and facilitators to military mental health treatment-seeking.Dr. Britt started the webinar off with this: “It probably doesn’t take much to convince everyone that we have a situation here, where because of the nature of their work, military personnel get exposed to traumatic events and these traumatic events have been linked to the experience of mental health problems… at the same time, there are effective mental health treatments that are available to service members if they would go and get them. If they would go and get them early, there’s evidence to suggest that their problems would not get severe and interfere with their family life as well as their personal life.”Why Don’t Service Members Seek Help? Stigma! Stigma is the primary factor that has frequently been discussed as a deterrent to treatment seeking. Stigma surrounding mental health is problematic even for civilians, but for military service members who are expected to endure hardships most of us can’t even imagine, stigma can be even more burdensome.Why Dr. Britt Got InterestedDr. Britt became interested in mental health treatment seeking among service members and stigma due to an experience he had in 1996. During that time, the military wanted to screen service members coming back from the peacekeeping deployment to Bosnia by assessing their medical and psychological health and proactively intervening to address any problems that were emerging before they became severe.When involved in the screening, service members completed medical questionnaires and then they completed mental health questionnaires. If they screened positive for a medical issue, they stood in one line to be seen by a medical provider and if they screened positive for a mental health issue, they stood in another line to be treated by a behavioral health provider. The service members soon figured out which line was associated with mental health and which one was associated with medical problems. There were jokes about soldiers having to go to the “loony line” and it was common to hear “I’m gonna have to take your weapon before you talk to the person”.  This conveyed to Dr. Britt a visible stigma associated with having a mental health problem which led him to the initial study.This led Britt to a startling revelation, but one that is seen over and over again: those service members MOST in need of help are those who perceive the highest level of stigma associated with getting mental health treatment.High risk occupations like the military have a culture that deters getting help for mental health problems. Resilience is highlighted over and over in the military and there’s an expectation that soldiers will show resilience. Any sign that you’re not resilient is perceived as a mark on your record.Insights from the webinar:Stigma prevents military members from receiving needed mental health services. “The association of stigma as a determinant of why military personnel don’t get treatment has, at times, proved elusive to document. But, certainly, that is the primary factor that has frequently been discussed as a deterrent to treatment seeking.” Britt shares terminologies associated with the stigma of getting help: Public Stigma, Self- Stigma, and Label Avoidance. In addition, it is important to note the significance of having support from family, leaders, and peers when seeking mental health treatment.Need for increased visibility of mental health professionals. This was a recommendation that came out across the different studies that Britt and colleagues have conducted. Greater visibility and accessibility of behavioral health providers may help to encourage reaching out for help.Ways in which unit leaders can be trained which may increase support of their members. Unit leaders are very influential in a service members inclination to get help if they have a problem. If the leader is supportive, then service members are much more likely to get treatment than if the leader views treatment as a waste of time.Video training resources are available. Dr. Britt shared information about the unit training they developed in order to increase the support that soldiers would show towards fellow unit members who needed mental health treatment. They knew they needed to target the smallest unit in which the soldier was embedded. The training delivered to squads was designed based on the qualitative and quantitative research described earlier in the webinar. The training developed is heavily populated with the unique organizational culture of the military. Areas of training and the format of the training are described on slide 25 of the presentation.Link to YouTube playlistlast_img read more

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 One thing about sales people is almost universally true: They won’t sell something they don’t believe in.I’ve seen sales organizations and salespeople absolutely refuse to sell because the product they were being asked to sell would damage their customers. They knew that by damaging their customers they would damage the long-term relationships they worked so hard to build. And they were right. They would’ve violated their client’s trust and it is unlikely that it would’ve never been able to sell them anything else.But this isn’t the case for most salespeople. Most salespeople struggle to believe in the product simply because their company has the typical problems of any company in their business. They have missed shipping dates. They have customer service issues. They have challenging customers that stretch the capabilities of their organization.The truth is that all us hold our company up to the standard beyond which most companies are capable of ever reaching. In fact, I defy you could point me to the one company that’s perfect all the time, every time. If you’re in business, problems are the nature of the game.When It’s Hard to BelieveHow do you believe when it’s hard to believe?The one thing that you can believe in is that you will be there for your client to help them with their problems. You can believe that you care and that caring will make a difference for your clients. Caring is 100% inside your control.This doesn’t mean you won’t be frustrated trying to sell inside your own organization to produce results for your clients. It doesn’t mean that you’re the one should that should handle all of the individual transactions that make up the outcomes that you sell. But it does mean that since you sold what you sold you have the authority to follow-up and make sure that it’s delivered in the way that you sold it. You can care.Believe In YourselfYou can believe that you have the ability to make a difference for your clients.You can believe that you make a difference for your internal team and help them produce those results. You can believe that by caring about your clients and the stakeholders inside your own organization that you have the power to make a difference.Your belief in yourself makes all the difference in the world as to how you sell to your clients.If you don’t believe that your company is the best position company to help your clients, then you cannot expect them to believe it either. If you don’t believe, your dream client is right not to buy from you. But it won’t matter; you won’t sell anyway.QuestionsWhat do you do when you have doubts about what you sell?How does not believing in your company hurt your ability—and willingness—to sell?How do you make a difference for your clients?Can you sell inside and make a difference for both your company and your clients?last_img read more

first_imgOver 55 per cent of Indian business leaders are more inclined towards making overseas business deals in the coming 12 months as compared to the past year, according to a survey. While only 11 per cent of the business leaders showed less interest in making overseas business deals, around 33 per cent of them retained the same level of interest as last year.The Doing Business Globally survey, conducted by U.S.-based multinational law firm Baker McKenzie, said that 42 per cent Indian businesses are mainly seeking mergers and acquisition opportunities domestically. However, a quarter of respondents of the survey stated that their top target is the wider Asia Pacific region, with 16 per cent looking at North America.“This is something of a shift, as North America has until recently been a firm favorite for Indian companies looking to buy abroad, less so Asia Pacific,” the survey said, IANS reported.“While this positivity around global deal-making is great to see, it is particularly encouraging that India’s ambitions are also shifting a little closer to home,” Baker McKenzie Asia Pacific chair Gary Seib was quoted as saying by the news agency.More than 200 top Indian business people were assessed on their opinions regarding deal-making at events held by the company in Mumbai and Bengaluru recently. They were also asked whether technology had an impact on the decisions they made.Technology was found to be a key driver of M&A deals abroad, with 38 per cent of Indian companies saying that acquiring new technology and expertise was their top reason for engaging in cross-border M&A, the survey said.Seib added that although Indian corporates have traditionally looked to the United States and Europe for M&A opportunities, which included buying high status brands and industrial and financial companies, “many now also see the value on offer in Asia Pacific, particularly as different markets incubate their own technologies, and supply chains across the region can be readily built.”India is home to some of the world’s most exciting startups that center on robotics, the survey pointed out. And as cryptocurrencies are rising in the era of cashless economies, these developments in the digital arena now demand due diligence, right valuations, strong cybersecurity measures and regulatory structures, and responsible engagement.“As global organizations adapt to the digital age, Indian companies are embracing an innovative mindset that will help them thrive in a borderless world,” Baker McKenzie said in a statement.While assessing recent initial public offering (IPO) trends among Indian companies, Baker McKenzie announced transactions that would probably close in 2018, to provide a extensive picture of India’s IPO market. “In fact, capital raised YTD (year-to-date) in 2018 is almost 400 per cent the amount raised in the same period in 2017. By mid-April last year, there were only 40 IPOs that raised $619 million, compared with more than $3 billion raised through 71 listings in 2018 so far,” it said.“There is a strong sentiment among the Indian clients we speak to that while reforms have taken time and there have been a few other hiccups, the business community is quite bullish on the direction of India,” Ashok Lalwani, global head of Baker McKenzie’s India Practice, was quoted as saying in the report. Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) Air pollution in the city is a cause of concern for not only the Sri Lankan cricketers but also for the footballers competing in the Indian Super League as they wore masks while training today.Delhi Dynamos take on Jamshedpur FC in their second home match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium tomorrow and a couple of players were seen wearing masks during the home sides training session.During the ongoing second cricket Test at Feroz Shah Kotla between India and Sri Lanka, the visiting players complained of breathing problems due to smog and continued to wear anti-pollution masks on the field.Dynamos coach Miguel Angel Portugal confirmed that his players wore masks but said they will not use them during the match tomorrow.”This pollution is a problem but its not solely for the players and me. Its for the people of Delhi. We have been training with masks, so it is fine. The players will not be donning the masks on match day tomorrow,” Portugal said at the pre-match press conference.”It is a home and away league and it (tomorrow) is our home match. So there is no question of not playing, we have to play here. I will have no objection if a player chooses to wear one,” he added.Jamshedpur FC coach Steve Coppell said the football matches should not have been held in Delhi during this time of the year though he stopped short of saying that its unsafe for players.advertisement”Around Diwali last year I came to Delhi with the Kerala Blasters team. When we played last year, at that time the measure (level) of particulate matters was over 500. I think its 300 today,” Coppell, who was the head coach of runners-up side Kerala Blasters in the last edition, said.”For the last three years I have been in Delhi at this time and there has been the exactly same commentary about doing something but nothing has happened. Last year I said that matches should not be scheduled in Delhi around this particular time of the year. Common sense should have prevailed.”Understandably, Coppell, a former Manchester United player and Manchester City coach, said he would have loved to play in better conditions. “Its not for sportsmen to say, it is a decision the health officials will have to make. If you ask me if I want to play in these conditions I would say I dont think so.” Asked specifically if its safe for the players, he said, “I dont know. I would have loved to play somewhere else in better conditions. “No, it is very difficult to play football with masks. I appreciate cricket players can play by wearing masks but it is very difficult for footballers. It shows the contrast between the two games. Football is a very intense game,” he said. Delhis viability as an international sports venue has been called into question after The Sri Lankan grievance came close on the heels of the furore that preceded last months Delhi Half Marathon which took place despite high pollution levels and an appeal by the Indian Medical Association to cancel the event.The second days play in the ongoing cricket match was halted for 26 minutes after Sri Lankans complained of breathing problems forcing Indian captain Virat Kohli to declare the innings at 536/7.The Indian team, however, has taken the conditions in its stride with pacer Mohammed Shami casually stating that they are “used to suffering” and did not want to make a big deal out of it. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more

first_img “We will put a team together. We will have a meeting and, of course, that team will have to be comprised of persons who are quite acquainted with the downtown issues during the season, and we will try our best to maintain order,” he said. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be meeting with the police and other stakeholders on Wednesday (December 13) to finalise plans for shopping in downtown Kingston over the festive season. This was disclosed by Mayor of Kingston, Senator, Councillor Delroy Williams, at the KSAMC’s meeting held at its Church Street offices in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (December 12). The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be meeting with the police and other stakeholders on Wednesday (December 13) to finalise plans for shopping in downtown Kingston over the festive season.This was disclosed by Mayor of Kingston, Senator, Councillor Delroy Williams, at the KSAMC’s meeting held at its Church Street offices in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (December 12).“We will put a team together. We will have a meeting and, of course, that team will have to be comprised of persons who are quite acquainted with the downtown issues during the season, and we will try our best to maintain order,” he said.He said a number of proposals are on the table that may help in “offering to the people of Kingston and St. Andrew a level of satisfaction in terms of security and safety as they shop in the town centres”.“We will work those issues out; they are not new to us. Over the years, we have gathered the experience and we know what to do, and we will do it with the resources that we have,” Senator Williams said.Meanwhile, Town Clerk at the KSAMC, Robert Hill, said the Municipal Corporation will be making some allowances for vendors while working with members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to maintain order.“The main thoroughfares are always an issue. We will be meeting with the JCF to finalise the plans into next week right through to New Year’s,” Mr. Hill said.On the issue of entertainment, Mr. Hill is inviting party promoters who will be staging events to apply for their amusement licences.“We are putting plans in place to express the applications once they (promoters) have everything that we need, so we can take that to the police to get their permit,” Mr. Hill said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) Senior United States Senator from Utah, Michael Lee, has introduced the Open America’s Water Act of 2019, a bill which would repeal the Jones Act and allow all qualified vessels to engage in domestic trade between U.S. ports.“Restricting trade between U.S. ports is a huge loss for American consumers and producers. It is long past time to repeal the Jones Act entirely so that Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Puerto Ricans aren’t forced to pay higher prices for imported goods—and so they rapidly receive the help they need in the wake of natural disasters,” Lee explained.In 1920, Congress passed the Jones Act, which requires all goods transported by water between U.S. ports to be carried on a vessel constructed in the U.S., registered in the U.S., owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed primarily by U.S. citizens.The Cato Institute estimates that after accounting for the inflated costs of transportation and infrastructure, the forgone wages and output, the lost domestic and foreign business revenue, and the monetized environmental toll the annual cost of the Jones Act is in the tens of billions of dollars. And that figure doesn’t even include the annual administration and oversight costs of the law.last_img read more

first_imgThe province is protecting the Workers Compensation Board benefits for coal miners who have worked 20 years or more at Nova Scotia’s coal mines. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More introduced legislation today, Nov. 27, to maintain the benefits after a recent Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal decision to change the process for workers receiving permanent impairment benefits. The proposed legislation would ensure the process is unchanged for miners who spent 20 years or more at the face of a mine. “We appreciate the contributions this province’s long-serving coal miners have made to our communities,” said Ms. More. “Legislation has been in place for over 30 years to protect coal miners who spent most of, if not their entire, careers in an unhealthy, challenging and difficult environment. This legislation will restore the original intent of the act to ensure these disadvantaged coal miners have their benefits protected.” Section 35 of the Workers Compensation Act, put in place in 1981, provides benefits for coal miners who worked at a mine face for at least 20 years, and who have lung impairment caused by extended exposure to unhealthy coal mining environments. The Cape Breton Injured Workers Association and the United Mine Workers have been consulted and both support the new legislation. “We are very pleased to see government is taking a strong stance to protect this province’s life-long coal miners whose health has been impacted do to their long-standing, committed work in Nova Scotia’s mines,” said Bob Burchell, United Mine Workers. “This group of miners deserves compensation, and we are pleased to see that the appeal decision will not affect this aging group.” The Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal ruled if a worker receiving a permanent impairment benefit has a change in health, the benefit will be reduced.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: After reviewing the community policing scheme, the Delhi Police Commissioner guided senior officers for better and effective implementation of various initiatives taken by city police for the safety of citizen.The police chief held a meeting on the first week of June in which discussions were held regarding the following topic. Police sources told Millennium Post that the top cop said that districts DCsP should identify important colonies to organise a meetings with residents for meaningful and effective implementation of “Neighbourhood Watch Scheme”. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”In order to promote a long-lasting partnership with the community and to enhance safety and reduce the fear of crime, the mechanism of “Neighbourhood Watch Scheme” has been successfully run by Delhi Police in the city,” police said in their annual report of 2018. In the meeting, police chief further told officers that under the “Sashakti scheme”, district DCsP should organise programmes for women and girls. The DCsP were further told that under “Shistachar Scheme”, district DCsP should form dedicated teams including women police in plain clothes to nab offenders /eve teasers and take appropriate legal action. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Under the “Nirbheek Scheme”, trained women staff should be tasked to go to school/colleges and sensitise girls/women about preventive precautions against the sexual offender, the police chief said in the meeting,” sources said. During 2018, nearly 3,13,166 students participated in this scheme. The top cop further told that under the “Yuva Scheme”, apart from organising sports activities for youth in delinquency prone colonies, yoga programmes should periodically be organised. Talking on Yuva Scheme, Joint Commissioner of Police (southern range) Devesh Chandra Srivastava said they will take every steps for the development of youth under the scheme which includes Yoga. “Recently YUVA trainees had participated in the International Day of Yoga,” said Joint CP. In 2018, as many as 809 sports events have been conducted in which 18,952 children participated.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Ontario First Nation was in court Tuesday.The Chippewas of the Thames launched a legal challenge against Enbridge.The First Nation is appealing the National Energy Board’s approval of Enbridge’s  Line 9 pipeline.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has that story.last_img

first_imgMelbourne: Former captain Ricky Ponting feels constant scrutiny on Steve Smith and David Warner following their comeback could be “unsettling” for the Australian team during the World Cup in the United Kingdom. Ponting, who will be part of Australia’s support staff during the mega event, said Smith and Warner will have to be prepared for constant criticism from the UK crowd. Their two-year ban for ball-tampering ends later this month and they will feature in the IPL beginning March 23. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I don’t think it is much of a challenge internally around the players. You’d like to think that those guys are having conversations now, so they’re not leaving it to the last minute and just be exposed to this thing that could be derailing to a team,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “I’m sure this would have been talked about at a higher level for a long time – how do we integrate them back in? How do they fit in? How is it all going to be seamless? But the hardest part for those guys is going to be the public perception of us, especially in England,” said the two-time World Cup winning captain. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenConstant attention on Smith and Warner could affect the team during the World Cup, said Ponting. They’re coming back into a World Cup in the UK – they shouldn’t be expecting too many pats on the back over there. They’re going to cop it everywhere they go. They’ve got to know that, they’ve got to accept that and understand that. “The team needs to as well, because that could also be something that could be unsettling for a team.” Australia go into the World Cup as defending champions but this time, they don’t go enter the tournament as outright favourites. Ponting feels things could get a lot easier for Warner and Smith if they are amongst the runs. “I think they are well equipped (to handle the scrutiny), but I think it could be a shock for them by the same token when they come back. They have to expect the absolute worst and then anything better than that is going to be a bonus for them. That would be the way I would approach it if I was them.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estee Lauder Companies, is working on a memoir about the cosmetics company that his mother founded and he helped build into an international empire.HarperCollins Publishers announced Thursday that Lauder’s book will come out next year. It’s currently untitled.Leonard Lauder, 86, joined the family business in 1958 and later served as president, CEO and chairman before stepping down in 2009. He also helped found the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and serves as chairman emeritus of the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2013, he donated dozens of Picassos and other Cubist works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His collection had been regarded as among the world’s finest.According to HarperCollins, Lauder will share “lively stories, sharp observations and practical lessons.”The Associated Press read more

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover.The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable to the completion of various projects across the country.“We are hiring employees based on the needs of our current projects and adjusting when they come to an end. This strategy is crucial to remain competitive,” said spokesman Nicolas Ryan.SNC-Lavalin ‘vulnerable’ to hostile takeover, warns Quebec premierIs there value amid the uncertainty facing SNC-Lavalin?SNC-Lavalin falls most in 6 years as prosecutors rule out negotiated deal on graft chargesThe eliminated positions represent a fraction of the 8,700 Canadian workforce.SNC-Lavalin is preparing to open a new office next year in London, the former headquarters of WS Atkins, acquired in 2017 for $3.5 billion. Ryan said no positions from the Montreal head office would be transferred to the British capital.Quebec Premier Francois Legault told a Montreal radio station Thursday that the government’s investment agency may have to get involved to protect the company from a foreign takeover.“In the future, when it comes time to protect head offices, I would like the leader to be Investissement Quebec,” he said in an interview.Montreal’s La Presse reported this week that the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec — which was already SNC-Lavalin’s largest shareholder — had increased its stake since the spring to about 20 per cent, valued at about $1.6 billion.SNC-Lavalin’s share price has dropped about 10 per cent since October, when federal prosecutors refused to set aside criminal charges against the company by approving a deferred prosecution agreement.The RCMP charged the company in 2015 with fraud and corruption for alleged actions in Libya. It has pleaded not guilty but could be excluded from federal tenders for up to 10 years if convicted.Some analysts have suggested that the current situation could result in the sale of some company assets or make it vulnerable to a takeover offer.“It puts the company in a difficult situation,” said Legault. “There is no controlling shareholder.”He added that other investors could be approached to ensure that any outside offer is blocked. read more

A draft optional protocol to the world’s major anti-torture pact aimed at allowing experts to visit prisons has been endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) following two rounds of voting on the matter. On Wednesday afternoon, the Council recommended that the General Assembly adopt the draft optional protocol to the Convention against Torture as a means of establishing a system of regular visits by independent bodies to centres where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other cruel punishment.Eight countries – Australia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Japan, Libya, Nigeria and the Sudan – voted against the draft text, while ten – Bhutan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, the Russian Federation, the United States and Zimbabwe – abstained on the measure, which passed after 35 countries cast their ballots in favour. The vote was taken after ECOSOC members defeated an amendment proposed by the United States that would have re-opened negotiations on the text of the draft protocol. That proposed amendment was defeated by a vote of 15 in favour to 29 against, with 8 abstentions. Following the decision, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, issued a statement in Geneva welcoming the Council’s endorsement as “an important step towards the establishment of a new international mechanism to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” She voiced hope that the General Assembly would make the concept a reality. In another action on Wednesday, ECOSOC voted 46 in favour to one against (United States), with one abstention (Australia), to adopt a resolution demanding that that Israel comply fully with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. read more

Same song, different verse.The San Antonio Spurs — after defeating the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night — are one win away from a title. The score wasn’t close, 107-86 — the second game in a row that San Antonio dismantled Miami. But in Game 3, it was the Spurs’ offense overwhelming the Heat’s defense with a cascading set of inside-outside and side-to-side actions. In Game 4, the Spurs’ offense continued to perform at a high level, but it also tightened the screws defensively.The Heat scored at a rate of 99.1 points per 100 possessions in Game 4, more than 13 points lower than Miami’s playoff average. The Spurs controlled the middle of the floor, a factor that manifested in several ways.According to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Score, San Antonio had an enormous rebounding advantage, not just in actual rebounds — 44 to 27 — but also in rebound chances (defined as any time a player is within 3.5 feetof a rebound), 68 to 46. The Spurs were consistently the aggressor around the basket.That aggressiveness also showed in Game 4’s shot-contesting stats. The Heat were 15 of 34 (44 percent) on shots in the paint. Coming into the game, the Heat had made 64 percent of their shots in the paint, by far the best mark of any team in the playoffs. The Heat — athletic and loaded with finishers — can score in the paint even when a defender is there to challenge a shot. But the Spurs have gotten more aggressive, and it is bothering the Heat in traffic.Miami’s Shooting WoesSan Antonio contested a slightly lower percentage of Miami’s shots in Game 4, but the Spurs were extremely effective, especially around the basket. The Heat couldn’t get shots to fall.The Heat have turned the ball over on 18.7 percent of their possessions in the finals, well above the 15.8 percent they had averaged in the regular season. Many of the steals the Spurs are generating have come close to the basket, stripping the ball from a shooter as he heads for the rim. On San Antonio, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard have been particularly active in this regard, combining for 15 steals and seven blocks in the finals so far.The Spurs have strung together two of the best performances of the playoffs — one offensive and one defensive. It will take massive changes from Miami to push this series toward a competitive finish. read more

Almost 1300 visitors of Handball-Planet.com voted on our Poll question – “Who has to organize Men’s World Championship 2019?” and the majority of the fans want to see the most important handball event at the end of decade in Hungary and Slovakia! Over 53% of all voters think that two Central European countries have perfect conditions to organize the event after Spain, Qatar 2015 and France 2017.Not much less support has Polish candidature for the WCh 2019 with 36% of your votes.At the third place is joined Danish-German candidature with about 8% of votes, while Sweden and Norway obviously aren’t in category “perfect place” for a majority of handball fans worldwide.Decision about the host nation will be made next weekend during IHF Congress 2013 in Doha, Qatar (25 to 28th of October).Which country is the perfect place for WCh 2019?HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIA (53%, 662 Votes)POLAND (36%, 447 Votes)GERMANY AND DENMARK (8%, 94 Votes)SWEDEN (2%, 27 Votes)NORWAY (1%, 21 Votes) hungary and slovakia handballihf men’s world championship 2019 ← Previous Story EHF CUP (Round 3): Hannover VS Kadetten – Montpellier, Berlin and Skjern clear favorites Next Story → Darko Stanic suspended by Metalurg! read more

first_imgIRISH CHARITY GOAL says the Government’s response to the disaster in the Philippines has not been “proportionate to the scale of the disaster”.The NGO is calling on Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore to announce an increase to the €1 million already committed.According to CEO Barry Andrews: “Although the full extent of the damage is still unfolding, it is clear at this stage that there is an enormous amount of destruction spread across a very wide area.“People are in desperate need of water, food and shelter and the time is right for a strong message of solidarity.Andrews, who is a former government minister, said Ireland should maintain its “reputation for generosity in similar circumstances,” particularly in the context of the large Filipino community living and working in Ireland.He told TheJournal.ie that it was likely the case that the initial amount of €1 million was based on guesswork, but that another announcement now would be “timely” given the extent of the unfolding tragedy.The UN estimates more than 11.3 million people have been affected, with 673,000 made homeless, since Haiyan smashed into the nation’s central islands on Friday. Some 10,000 people may have died in the city of Tacloban alone.Ireland is also providing tents, blankets and other emergency supplies to the Philippines as part of a coordinated international relief effort. The first airlift of supplies, valued at around €510,000, is currently en route from Dubai and is due to land at 6pm Irish time.Speaking yesterday, Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said the country would play its play its “full part” the response to the disaster.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Ireland had a well-regarded record in responding to international tragedies, and would contribute “how it can” but that the country didn’t have ”endless resources” that it could make available.Related: 100 tonnes of Irish aid due to arrive in PhilippinesAlso: Eight killed as mob storms Philippine rice storeRead: Filipino ambassador warned about typhoon devastation – last yearlast_img read more

first_imgNIGERIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa’s most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people.Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu also said test samples were pending for three other people who had shown symptoms of Ebola.The confirmed second case is a doctor who had helped treat Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who died July 25 days after arriving in Nigeria amid the unprecedented outbreak in West Africa.“Three others who participated in that treatment who are currently symptomatic have had their samples taken and hopefully by the end of today we should have the results of their own test,” Chukwu said.The emergence of a second case raises serious concerns about the infection control practices that were used while Sawyer was in Nigeria, and also raise the specter that more cases could emerge. It can take up to 21 days after exposure to the virus for symptoms to appear. They include fever, sore throat, muscle pains and headaches. Often nausea, vomiting and diarrhea follow, along with bleeding.Sawyer, who was traveling to Nigeria on business, became ill while aboard a flight and Nigerian authorities immediately took him into isolation. They did not quarantine his fellow passengers, and have insisted that the risk of additional cases was minimal.Nigeria is the fourth country to report Ebola cases and at least 728 other people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.Nigerian authorities said a total of 70 people are under surveillance and that they hoped to have eight people in quarantine by the end of Monday in an isolation ward in Lagos.LondonMeanwhile, it was confirmed that tests for the virus on a woman in her 70s who died having flown from Gambia to Gatwick were negative.Video: What exactly is the Ebola virus?Read: Ebola patient arrives in US and brought to state-of-the-art isolation unitlast_img read more

first_imgRIM recently announced that BlackBerry 10 and new hardware — the L-series and N-series — would be pushed back until early 2013. Now, a leaked slide has appeared that sheds additional light on what RIM has in their product pipeline — and when you can expect to see it on store shelves.First up is the long-absent 4G BlackBerry PlayBook. Spotted in the wild as far back as April, RIM confirmed in May that it would arrive “by the end of the year.” Based on its listing in the Q4 2012 block, they’re waiting until the holiday season to get the updated model to carriers. It’s another delay that isn’t going to help RIM gain ground, and at this point you’ve got to wonder if anyone is really waiting for the 4G PlayBook. Quarterly sales of the original models have slowed to a crawl — just 200,000 moved in Q2 2012.The previously-leaked L and N-series devices lead off 2013. It’s expected that they’ll launch first in Europe due to a more receptive (and slightly less critical) market and then make their way to North America about three weeks later. RIM is likely hoping that the staggered launch will help build excitement before what surely must be their most critical U.S. product launch ever. There’s also some good news for owners of the first-generation PlayBook: you’re slated to receive the upgrade to BlackBerry 10 early in 2013, too.Toward the end of 2013, RIM plans on releasing a follow-up to the PlayBook. Codenamed Blackforest, it looks like the new model will be larger (perhaps 9 or 10 inches) and may feature up to 128GB of internal storage. Two other devices are noted: Nashville and Naples, which would seem to indicate that they’re N-series phones.With Nashville pinned between Q2 and Q3, that means the high-end Nevada will be the only QWERTY BlackBerry 10 device available until summertime. For folks interested in a low-end or mid-range BlackBerry Curve running the new OS, it’ll be almost a year before you can buy the device you’re waiting for.More at BlackBerry OSlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Georgetown, Guyana June 7, 2017 – The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has reaffirmed its support of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change following the US decision to withdraw from the accord. US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal last Thursday saying that a renegotiation of terms was in the works. The US is one of only three countries not to sign the agreement which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. The decision is unpopular both within and outside of the US. Individual US states are working to comply with the accord outside of the federal government.In a statement, Caricom Chairman and Guyana President David Granger said although Caricom was disappointed by the withdrawal, the region remained encouraged by the many nations who have signed the agreement. “The need for global action to combat this phenomenon is past urgent…Our own commitment will never waiver. Our existence is at stake,” he said.  Granger added that Climate Change is an “existential threat” to the Caribbean which is made up of Small Island and Low-Lying Development States or SIDS. He also noted that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change was “more than just another international agreement on another complex international issue.” According to Granger, “it reflects the acknowledgment and acceptance that climate change is a global issue requiring global solutions.”Individual nation states have also denounced the decision. The Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the withdrawal was a cause for concern and pledged to continue working towards ending Climate Change.#MagneticMediaNews#ParisAgreement #ClimateChange Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Recommended for you CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high notecenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, CARICOM, climate change, donald trump, Paris Agreement Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesdaylast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 28, 2017 – Providenciales – The overarching theme when the Progressive National Opposition party met with media in their one year review of the PDM Administration was that there was no change, little to nothing done in the first 12 months of office, that they were a disappointment to voters and that now, the grace period is over so the public should expect a more vocal and active PNP.   Former Education, Youth and Sports Minister, Akierra Missick gave a scathing observation about a lack of policy, transparency, funding and care for the youngest citizens and residents.“Twelve months in office, several sessions of Parliament, no development of a Sport Commission, which they criticized our administration on not being able to deliver during our term.  For they would say, Rome was not built in a day.   Well this is such a low hanging truth, that if it was a priority, if sport was a priority of this government, this should have been the first thing that was done, but instead, they had a little dispute in Cabinet and they fired a minister.  Did this set the ministry back, I think the ministry was further set back by the changing of the technical support officers, including the Permanent Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Ministry, thus creating a vacuum of knowledge, knowledge that may not have been transferred in a timely manner.  We have the most precious resource in this country, that is our children.  They cannot wallow in delay after delay and delay in their development.”The Leeward Member asked her constituents for understanding as she is now pledged to champion the children in her new approach to dealing with the PDM as Government.“We will get our park done without the government, because they have decided that by spiting me, they are actually going to spite the children of Leeward and Long Bay.   And the residents of Long Bay that still do not have access to city water, no fault of my own, budgeted, was told by the minister, it wasn’t his government’s priority.  I bet you they will come to you just before the election, saying that they will promise you water.   But not to fear, I will keep it to the forefront of their mind, even if it is not a priority of theirs, it is a priority of mine.”Porsha Smith graded the PDM on the one year anniversary of winning office at the polls; she said The Bight is the only thing that’s right as member from that district and former Tourism and Culture Minister Porsha Smith. Smith took to grading on a letter scale how good and bad the PDM performed in their first semester in office.“F, F, F, marketing to foreign countries and sending pictures back home to persons who actually are not interested in patronizing us and prefer to go to another country not to far from us, for less money, because they can’t handle the superiorness of this destination.  I need the money, that’s an F, put the money where it will be used.  Trust the marketing professionals that you have employed.Smith was livid by so called cutbacks in marketing, reportedly excessive travelling by the Premier and death to plans which had taken shape under the former PNP Government.“Put it in The Bight where you have your number one hotels, your luxury brand hotels who are winning several awards, where people can walk to it, where the residents of Turks and Caicos can also be a part of highlighting and displaying your culture and heritage here in the Turks and Caicos.   People don’t just come to a country just for a beach, they want to be able to have the exposure and the experience of your country.   And you are going to not cut the ground for a world class Amphitheater, oh, The Bight still right, you need to bring that.  I give y’all an F for not shoveling.”#MagneticMediaNews#OppositiongradesPDM Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #OppositiongradesPDMlast_img read more