Demands on Your Time Without Your Consent

first_imgA notification on your smartphone that you have just received a text message is a demand on your time. It requires that you pick up your phone, open your messaging app, and read the text. There was no request beforehand to ask whether you are available to respond to a text, there was just a text.An email is a significant demand on your time as well. It requires that you open the email and read the content. That may not sound like a heavy burden as it pertains to time or a cognitive load on your brain and your energy, except that you must decide what to do with that email having read it. If you were to look at your inbox right now, you’re likely to see a great number of emails you have not yet made any determination on what you are or are not going to do about the content therein.An interruption, be it a phone call or someone walking in your door to ask you a question, is a demand on your time. It’s very difficult for people to not answer a phone that is ringing, even their cell phone, and even when they’re in a meeting with other human beings. A human being who darkens your doorway needing a question answered, help with a project, or your time and attention for some other need, is impossibly difficult to ignore. It feels rude, and it is especially difficult if that person is in your charge because you are responsible for them.You signed up for demands on your time when you won your dream client’s account. When you took that client from your competitor, you signed on to be accountable for the strategic outcomes you promised you would deliver. When there is a challenge delivering those results, your dream client is going to call you, or text you, or email you, expecting that you are going to be there to help them – just like you said you would during the sales process. Even though you agreed to this, you had no idea when these challenges were going to occur, and you had no way to make sure they only occurred when you had the time and bandwidth to handle them.In the Outcomes Planner we produce, we provide tear sheets that allow you to plan for 90 minutes of focus time. The reason we recommend you do three of these blocks a day is because, if you can find a way to work for about half of your workday, you will radically improve your results. It won’t be 10X, it will be more like 100X improvement over the course of a year, specifically because you are blocking out distractions and eliminating the demands on your time. This doesn’t mean you ignore the demands, it simply means that you bundle them together, so you can control your focus and attention, which is now the currency of success in an age of infinite distractions and an equally large number of demands on your time and attention. 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 Nowlast_img read more

Burglars Who Targeted Zinedine Zidane and Isco’s Home in Madrid Arrested

first_imgMadrid: Spanish police said Thursday they have dismantled a gang that robbed football players’ houses during games.Authorities detained four people, all Albanian citizens, and seized jewels and 10,000 euros ($11,000) in cash that were believed to belong to the players and their families. Spanish newspaper El Diario, which first reported the arrests, said officials also recovered a Champions League second-place medal that had been stolen from the house of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey. The player’s passport also was recovered.Police said the gang was believed to have robbed the house of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro while he played in a Spanish league game against Atletico Madrid last month. Atletico striker Álvaro Morata also was among the players targeted by the group.Other Real Madrid players believed to have been victims of the gang included forward Francisco “Isco” Alarcon and coach Zinedine Zidane.”These things aren’t nice,” Zidane said at a recent news conference. “We try to talk to the players, to their families, we try to keep them calm.”There have been reports of dozens of robberies to players’ houses in recent years, though police said not all of them could be linked to the same gang. Others who were also reportedly robbed included Barcelona players Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba, as well as Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez.”One after the other,” Vazquez’s wife, Maca Capilla, said on Instagram when the couple’s house was robbed. “When will it be possible to live calmly in your own home, when will it be possible to go to work without worries?”Police said the operation, which took place in Madrid and the nearby city of Toledo, was still ongoing and more arrests were possible. One gang member was believed to have fled the country.Officials said the group used stolen cars during the robberies, and carried communication devices and clothing accessories to keep them from being recognized by security cameras.It was believed they monitored the players’ activities through their social media accounts.Police said the gang also targeted other people in the high-end Madrid neighborhoods where players live. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. arrestatletico madridIscola liga First Published: October 18, 2019, 7:56 AM ISTlast_img read more

Premier League: Lloris saves penalty while Kane nets one as Tottenham draw with Arsenal

first_imgHugo Lloris saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 90th-minute penalty to secure what could prove to be a vital 1-1 draw for Tottenham Hotspur in a scrappy north London derby against Arsenal on Saturday.Third-placed Tottenham had trailed to Aaron Ramsey’s 16th-minute goal and were offering little as a third consecutive Premier League defeat loomed in the early kickoff at Wembley.Harry Kane equalised from the penalty spot in the 74th minute to the relief of the home fans but when Davinson Sanchez conceded a penalty in the 90th minute Arsenal were poised to move to within a point of their arch-rivals having trailed by 10 a week ago.Substitute Aubameyang, who had tumbled easily under a clumsy Sanchez challenge, struck his kick weakly and Lloris, at fault for both goals in Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat by Chelsea in midweek, plunged down to his right to save.Our leaders step up. @HKane:Hugo Lloris: @JanVertonghen: #COYS #NorthLondonDerby Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 2, 2019A niggly second-half ended in chaotic fashion with Arsenal’s other substitute Lucas Torreira being red-carded for a high tackle on Danny Rose who had earlier been booked for catching Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno with his studs.Third-placed Tottenham had not drawn any of their 28 Premier League games this season but ending that sequence and avoiding a damaging defeat was a huge relief as they retained a four-point cushion over Arsenal.Lloris’s save preserved Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s record of never having lost three successive Premier League games since taking over and meant he is still to lose a home north London league derby.advertisement”Yes Lloris’s save was a massive present,” Pochettino, celebrating his 47th birthday, said. “I am so happy because we didn’t deserve to lose the game we were better than them so it would be a shame to lose the game in that way.”It was a tough game, difficult to play Arsenal but I am happy after two defeats to take a positive result to build confidence to go to Tuesday and Borussia Dortmund and go through to the next stage of Champions League.”Mauricio: “I think we deserved the victory, but the circumstances at the end make this point even more important.” #COYS #NorthLondonDerby Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 2, 2019SPURS STUNNEDTottenham were slightly shading the derby early on but were stunned after 16 minutes when Juventus-bound midfielder Ramsey, playing for the last time in the fixture, put his side ahead.Sanchez made a hash of dealing with a long ball on the halfway line and Alexandre Lacazette released Ramsey into acres of space before the Welshman outpaced Victor Wanyama and took the ball around Lloris before sliding home.Kane had a header ruled out for offside and Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno made a remarkable double-save just before the interval, blocking Christian Eriksen’s close-range volley with his legs, then palming away Moussa Sissoko’s follow-up.INDIAN GOONERS, REPRESENT!AA-RON RAM-SEY0-1 #NLD #TOTARS FC (@Arsenal) March 2, 2019Tottenham lacked quality in the final third in the second half and Lacazette should have doubled Arsenal’s lead when he sliced wide from in front of goal.Substitute Erik Lamela sent a left-footer just wide at the other end and his deep cross was chested down by Rose who caught Leno in the chest as he lunged to try and poke home.Tottenham were running out of ideas but were given a reprieve when Shkodran Mustafi was adjudged by referee Anthony Taylor to have barged Kane over and the England captain drilled his penalty low into the corner.To make matters worse for Arsenal, replays showed Kane was marginally offside in the build-up.Tottenham might have been expected to go on and win the game after that but it was Arsenal who finished strongly and will rue not securing a huge victory in the battle for a top-four finish.Also Read | Mesut Ozil must show consistency to start regularly, says Unai EmeryAlso Read | Premier League-ISL bring football development week to MumbaiAlso Read | Liverpool’s Sadio Mane happy to stay central in Merseyside derby vs EvertonAlso Read | Maurizio Sarri unsure of Kepa Arrizabalaga return to Chelsea team for Fulham matchAlso Read | Everyone knows I’d like to stay: Solskjaer hopes to remain Manchester United managerlast_img read more

BC First Nation preparing to vote on historic 37 million treaty agreement

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Negotiators have signed off on a new treaty agreement between the federal and provincial governments and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation near Prince George, B.C.Representatives put their initials on the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty in a ceremony Saturday — the final step before members of the community vote on the deal next month.The agreement provides the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation with more than 43 square kilometres of land, a capital transfer of $37.1 million and ongoing funding for services such as health care, education and social development.“The agreement would allow us to have our own governance, our own lands. We would own the lands and control the lands,” Chief Dominic Frederick said in an interview.The treaty updates an agreement reached in 2006, which the community voted against ratifying a year later. At the time, some members said they didn’t have enough information or knowledge about the deal and others said the timing wasn’t right.The previous treaty offered a capital transfer of about $16 million. In a joint news release, the provincial and federal governments and the First Nation say the increase “reflects updated policies that support reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.”The release said the new deal maintains the benefits of the 2006 agreement and adds wording that “allows the agreement to evolve along with certain provincial and federal policies related to reconciliation and treaty negotiations.”After the 2006 agreement was voted down, there was a kind of “stalemate” between the First Nation and other levels of government, Frederick said.The negotiation team was dismantled, and eventually, a new one was put in place. Frederick said the new team has spent several years speaking with community members and addressing their concerns about the previous deal.He hopes the community ratifies the new treaty, but said he understands that people need to think about it because it’s a big decision.Scott Fraser, B.C.’s minister of Indigenous relations and reconciliation, said in a statement that language in the new treaty shows the province is finding a new way forward in its relationships with First Nations.“We are working together with partners on an approach to treaties and agreements with First Nations that is grounded in recognition and implementation of rights and title, and which supports prosperous, healthy and self-determining Indigenous communities,” he said.Carolyn Bennett, the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, said in a statement that once the “historic” treaty is ratified, it will mark the start of a new relationship between Canada and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, based on the recognition of rights, co-operation, respect and partnership.“When First Nations have more say over their lands, their people and all of Canada benefit,” said Bennett.The new treaty is a step towards reconciliation, Frederick said, but he noted that work needs to continue.“You can’t reconcile 100 and some odd years of atrocities that was put on our Aboriginal people over a short period of time,” he said. “Reconciliation goes on and on.”About 500 members of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation are eligible to vote on the treaty next month. If they ratify the agreement, it will be approved first by B.C.’s government, then the federal government.The B.C. Treaty Commission said in its 2017 annual report that 65 First Nations across the province are participating in or have completed treaty negotiations.The Tla’amin Nation near Powell River, B.C., was the last to ratify a treaty, and that agreement came into effect in April 2016.last_img read more

Nova Scotia premier says extreme autism cases merit additional support

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says a “national conversation” on autism is needed, but the province must examine existing programs to provide additional support for families who need help.McNeil reacted Thursday to questions about Carly and John Sutherland, a Halifax-area couple who say there is a lack of supports and programs to help with their nine-year-old son Callum, who struggles with a type of autism that results in violent outbursts.While not directly addressing the Sutherlands’ concerns, McNeil said the government needs to respond in “acute” situations. As an example, he said it may not be appropriate in some cases to have a means test for programs such as respite care.“Potentially the issue is about how do we provide the supports to make sure there is respite care available for them with a support network. If it is about money then we have to look at how we do that, so that will be an ongoing conversation that will take place.”On Monday, Carly Sutherland said the province had increased her family’s respite funding through its income-based program. An average family could receive up to $3,800 per month for exceptional needs, according to the province.Sutherland said while she was appreciative of the extra support, what’s really required is a “needs based” service, noting that her family is left to hire, train, and schedule staff to be in her home to support Callum.The family’s plight saw Autism Canada and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance renew calls for a national strategy, saying Callum’s case illustrates what happens when families can’t get crisis assistance.McNeil didn’t call outright for a strategy, but said there are issues that have to be addressed with federal officials. Still, he said the immediate responsibility lies with the province.“If it is about not having the support or finding the appropriate people with the skill to be able to provide the service, then I think we need to deal with that at the same time we are talking with Ottawa about how we fund many of these (programs) that would be national programs,” he said.Nova Scotia’s Health Department said it is spending about $15.7 million on autism services in the province this year.The figure includes $300,000 for Autism Nova Scotia to expand resource centres, particularly in rural areas. There is also $500,000 for an early intervention pilot program to help parents before their children go into the pre-school Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention program.In an interview this week, Health Minister Randy Delorey said the range of conditions and individual needs on the autism spectrum make for challenges when it comes to funding specific needs.“I think it does sometime take time to get the right balance (of supports) for individuals, particularly for those individuals on the upper end of the spectrum,” he said. “Individuals do come together across (government) departments to try to find the right solution, working with the families to do that.”last_img read more

There were many inconsistencies in Apoorvas statement Police

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday said that after killing her husband, Apoorva Shukla, the wife of Rohit Shekhar, told the family members that he was sleeping. The investigating agency said that the accused cooked up several stories, but she got puzzled in all and later confessed the crime.According to police, on April 16 in the afternoon Ujjawla Tiwari (Rohit Shekhar mother) asked about her son when Apoorva replied that he was sleeping as he goes to sleep very late. “No one tried to wake Rohit Shekhar the next morning because he had insomnia. Everyone thought he was sleeping as he would wake up late usually,” said investigators. As per the sequence of events, Rohit Shekhar had dinner with his mother and other relatives at their home in Delhi. Later on, the same night, Rohit and Apoorva had a chat with Ujjawala Tiwari (Rohit’s mother). After which both husband and wife went sleep. An investigator told Millennium Post that after the registration of murder case, they started questioning Apoorva who first told them that she loved Rohit. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We took the statement of seven persons in the house and later we corroborated all and found lots of inconsistency,” said the investigator. Later the investigators came to know about the sour relation between husband-wife, based on which Apoorva and other family members were questioned altogether. Gradually, the Police found out that the statements of Apoorva were different than that of family members. More than 100 questions were put in front of Rohit’s wife and other family members. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Another story was cooked by her with several discrepancies. The circumstances of the incident were totally different from the first story and later, after several fake stories, she confessed the murder,” said the investigators. The police said that Apoorva Tiwari had fought on the night of April 15 as well. She killed him around 1 AM on April 16. Rohit Tiwari was brought dead to a hospital in New Delhi’s Saket area on April 16. His autopsy report said Rohit Tiwari died of asphyxia as he was strangulated and smothered. Officers also went through footage from CCTV cameras installed in and around the house to ascertain the sequence of events and track people who entered the house.last_img read more

Liverpool Fan Posts Picture of Two Muslims Praying Calls it a

Rabat- A Liverpool FC fan sparked social media uproar after posting a photo of two Muslims praying during the Reds’ FA Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers last Sunday with an offensive statement saying ‘#DISGRACE’.Stephen Dodd wrote alongside the image that he posted- which was deleted- “Muslims praying at half time at the match yesterday #DISGRACE.”Later on, Dodd posted another tweet saying, “this country is fucked” Seen it all now 2 Muslims praying at half time at the bottom of the main stand at half time today this country is fucked.Seen it all now 2 Muslims praying at half time at the bottom of the main stand at half time today this country is fucked— stephen dodd (@stedoddnew) March 9, 2015Twitter users and others who identified themselves as Liverpool fans were quick to condemn Dodd’s “racist” statement. Dodd’s remark triggered a lot of responses. Some twitter users even called him “idiot”, “mong”, “bigot” and other insulting words.Disgrace? Why? What is so disgraceful? Idiot. @stedoddnew — Ryan (@RyanMcTrippy) March 9, 2015@stedoddnew you BIGOT. Tell me where you live I’ll come and pray In your HOUSE!— BOXKING (@Gul3948) March 10, 2015Amid this exchange of offensive words, a Muslim girl in Hijab posted a photo of her pointing to the logo of Liverpool FC with a statement saying, “We’re just human bro. LFC fans too.”.@stedoddnew Why do you believe witnessing the Muslim prayer offensive? We’re just human bro. LFC fans too. — Khadija Patel (@khadijapatel) March 11, 2015Several Twitter users posted the photo of Emre Can praying before the match.This Liverpool fan says “a muslim praying in Anfield is ‘disgrace’ for Liverpool. Here’s another one! @stedoddnew— Emre Can (@emrecanfacts_) March 9, 2015© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Ontario Hostelry Institute inducts Brocks Barb Tatarnic

OHI president Charles Grieco with Barb Tatarnic and Chelsey Peterson after the OHI awards presentation.The Ontario Hostelry Institute (OHI) – an organization dedicated to recognizing top hospitality industry achievers whose commitment enhances the image of Ontario – has inducted Barb Tatarnic, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute’s (CCOVI) manager of outreach and continuing education, as a fellow of the institute.Tatarnic received the honour at the organization’s annual gala April 24, where OHI president Charles Grieco applauded her years of service to CCOVI and the Ontario wine and hospitality industry.“I would like to congratulate Barb as she becomes a fellow of the Ontario Hostelry Institute,” Grieco said. “This award recognizes her professional and institutional achievements to the grape and wine industry.”Tatarnic oversees CCOVI’s continuing education program and many of the institute’s outreach activities.“Barb has been a driving force in developing our wine outreach and continuing education programs at CCOVI,” said CCOVI director Debbie Inglis. “This award recognizes her passion for and dedication to advancing the Ontario wine industry.”Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) student Chelsey Peterson was also honoured at the gala, receiving the OHI’s annual Oenology and Viticulture Scholarship. The $3,500 award is given to a student in their second or third year of an undergraduate program designed to meet the growing needs of the Canadian grape and wine industry. read more

Rouhani US should end its policy of maximum pressure

NEW YORK — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the United States on Thursday to “cease this policy of maximum pressure” in favour of “dialogue, and logic and reason.”Rouhani’s comments came one day after he accused Washington of engaging in “international piracy” against Iran by re-imposing economic sanctions after the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.Since then, Iran’s economy has been buckling under the weight of the sanctions. On Wednesday, the U.S. imposed more — this time targeting Iran’s ability to sell its oil by imposing penalties on six Chinese companies and their chief executives for continuing to transport Iranian crude.Tensions in the Middle East have risen as the nuclear deal has unravels and Iran has turned back to expanding its nuclear enrichment program, despite previous compliance with it for up to a year after Trump’s withdrawal from the accord.Rouhani also again denied that Iran has anything to do with drone and missile strikes against key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia earlier this month that rattled the global oil markets.“Those who make the allegations must provide the needed proof to back up those allegations,” Rouhani said.Saudi Arabia has invited U.N. investigators to assess where the strikes were launched from, and says Iranian weapons were used. The U.S., France, Germany and Britain also have said they believe Iran is behind the strikes.Edith M. Lederer And Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press read more

Classic fashion brand Burberry attracts customers by going digital

by Caryn Rousseau, The Associated Press Posted Dec 26, 2012 4:56 pm MDT Classic fashion brand Burberry attracts customers by going digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO – Angela Ahrendts may be CEO of Burberry, but one of her favourite accessories is an Apple iPhone5 that she’s used to oversee a mobile makeover at the 150-year-old company best known for trenchcoats and tartan plaids.“This is the biggest flagship store in the world,” Ahrendts says, holding up her iPhone during an interview in Chicago where Burberry just last month opened a new store. The Michigan Avenue site immerses customers in all things digital — from iPads for children to play with to video screens streaming Burberry fashion shows.Burberry has long stuck to its English roots, giving its look from time to time modern tweaks, but it’s been Ahrendts and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey in the past few years who have pushed the brand’s digital, and now mobile, boundaries.“It’s very easy to allow an iconic brand to remain true to its heritage and at the same time obsolete itself,” says Marshal Cohen, chief retail industry analyst with market research firm The NPD Group. “The hard thing to do is keep the iconic brand relevant. This is about somebody at the helm deciding they’re going to find a way to keep the brand relevant for the future.”Burberry has done that by making moves that it says attract a millennial consumer. That includes monthly updates at, where Ahrendts said more people visit every week than walk into all the brand’s stores around the world combined.The company has an internal social network called Burberry chat. And since Ahrendts started in 2006 she started hiring a team of “digital natives” with titles like mobile director and music director. The brand also has a strategic innovation council.While some efforts were underway when she took the helm, Ahrendts says Burberry was “a manual spreadsheet organization” at the time.“We just kept evolving the structure,” she says. “We always said if we were going to target a millennial consumer then we had to do it in their mother tongue, which is digital.”Cohen says iconic luxury fashion brands have the story to attract consumers, but the challenge is finding the right means of communicating it in the digital world. “They have to turn the store into a story and the story into a site,” Cohen said.The Burberry website offers 10 times more online than what the company has in stores “because we say that is ‘the world’s store,’” Ahrendts says.Mobile commerce gives customers instant access to products they aspire to own. “To me, the key is that even the luxury brands have to learn, have to evolve,” Cohen says. “Without evolution the luxury brands will be overtaken by more progressive, up and coming luxury brands. Luxury has to worry about keeping their brand alive.”Burberry is interacting directly with consumers in the digital sphere too, launching projects like The website invites users to upload pictures of themselves wearing Burberry trenchcoats, which have been made by the label since World War I. The result is a collage from around the also features Burberry Bespoke, which lets users customize their own trench, down to buttons and belts.Ahrendts wants Burberry online and Burberry offline to be seamless for customers. But it’s not without challenges in a digital world where fashion buyers can become overwhelmed with emails, tweets and others messages.“How do we keep the brand so cool and so pure and so relevant so it cuts through that clutter?” she wonders — then answering her own question. “But by the same token how do we keep the marketing and the communication much more customized and personalized.” read more

Its Going Down Houston Rockets To Sign Dwight Howards

Josh Smith will apparently meet with the Houston Rockets today to discuss the possibility of joining their franchise, which is also pursuing Smith’s childhood friend, Dwight Howard, according to has to wonder if the organization is trying to assemble their own big three, which could possibly be Howard, Smith and the current Rockets player James Harden. The franchise reportedly had a good meeting with Howard, and is moving forward with finding pieces to compliment the free agent center.  By way of explanation, the Houston Rockets is upbeat enough to where they have started chasing other players who would make a good fit with Howard.According to Yahoo! Sports, Smith, who most recently played for Atlanta Hawks, has other teams seeking him as well. He already met with the Detroit Pistons just shortly after the free agency clock started, in which the general manager Joe Dumars considered him a top choice. read more

Police let market town brothel stay open for 10 years councillors say

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police should have shut it down, there’s no doubt about itCllr Pete Fuller Cllr Pete Fuller added: “Police should have shut it down, there’s no doubt about it. They should not choose which laws they uphold and which ones they don’t or it would cause anarchy and leave them open to accusations.”Some European countries are more liberal than us and don’t seem to mind brothels but I for one hope they are never legalised in the UK.”Phoebe Kemp, 27, a prospective Labour councillor who lives in Norwood Court, said: “We’ve been here for 18 months and guessed something might have been going on.”My partner used to see lots of strange people going in and out. It’s worrying that police chose to let it continue – it makes me wonder what else they are turning a blind eye to.”I would really like to know why they chose to let it remain open and I’m sure other people would, too.”Trowbridge mayor Linda Self said: “I do think the police should have closed it down when they first heard about it.”The same Wiltshire police force recently announced that 40 sex workers a week were selling their bodies in Swindon after being trafficked by Eastern European gangs.Detective Sergeant Chris Hitchcock said: “Officers attended this address as part of a National Crime Agency led operation into human trafficking.” Councillors in a market town are demanding to know why a brothel was allowed to continue for ten years after police were first tipped off.Officers finally raided the “massage parlour” in Trowbridge, Wilts, as part of an operation led by the National Crime Agency into human trafficking.They found a punter with two middle-age English women who told him they were happy working at the sex den. The madame was traced as mother-of-two Marion Meyer-Smith, 49, who admitted running the brothel in the flat for 14 years. She raked in between £100 – £150 a week from the two sex workers, both of whom were working in their hometown. Meyer-Smith, who lives in Chepstow, Gwent, was spared jail earlier this month with a 12-month term suspended for two years at Swindon Crown Court.But the court heard that police had been tipped off about the brothel in Norwood Court by a local a decade earlier but failed to act until last June.A letting agent contacted the police to tell them what was going on there and got an acknowledgement from the force.Local councillor John Knight said: “It’s absolutely shocking and inexcusable that the brothel was allowed to remain open and the police have a lot to answer for.”I had no idea that kind of thing was going on there but if the police did they should have shut it down immediately.”Prostitution really is a big problem and you have to wonder why Wiltshire Police aren’t giving it a higher profile.”last_img read more

Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater given 70 hours community service as he is

Danny Drinkwater in action for ChelseaCredit:Adam Davy/PA Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater has been banned from the roads after ploughing his £125,000 Range Rover through a wall while twice the legal drink-drive limit.Drinkwater, 29, who had two female passengers in his car, caused £50,000 worth of damage to the vehicle and suffered a grazed forehead, Stockport Magistrates’ Court heard.He pleaded guilty to drink driving during a brief appearance in the dock, before he was banned from the roads for 20 months and ordered to do 70 hours of community service.He was also given a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge.Subi Chowdhury, prosecuting, told the court Drinkwater himself called emergency services after the crash at about 12.30am on April 8.His car had gone through a wall on Ashley Road, Mere, near to Tatton Park, a country house in Cheshire.Paramedics and police arrived and Drinkwater admitted to officers he had been drinking.His road-side test proved positive and he was taken to Middlewich Police station.There he gave a reading of 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, with the legal limit being 35 microgrammes.Drinkwater was then put in the cells, the court heard, and charged with drink-driving. Danny Drinkwater in action for Chelsea Robin Sellars, defending, said Drinkwater was “fully compliant” with police after his arrest and said he had been to a private function, with a friend expected to drive him home. However, his friend was unable to do so, so Drinkwater decided to drive himself to his home on Bollington Lane, Nether Alderley, Cheshire.Mr Sellars added: “He only had himself to blame. He understands he’s done wrong.”He absolutely knows he’s going to be banned. He knows he’s lost the privilege of driving.”He instructs me he will be employing a driver.”Mr Sellars said Drinkwater had no previous convictions and asked for the defendant to be punished by way of a fine, rather than community service.He handed up to the bench paperwork of Drinkwater’s income, which was not revealed in open court.District Judge Mark Hadfield, reading the paperwork, replied: “This is monthly, is it?”He rejected the defence request for Drinkwater, now living in Oakshott, Surrey, to pay a fine instead of a community work penalty.He added: “The alcohol limit is around two and a half times the legal limit. You knew when you got behind the wheel of that vehicle you should not have been driving.”Drinkwater nodded to the judge as he was sentenced and was told to see his probation officer before leaving court.The Sun reported that Drinkwater crashed his Range Rover after attending a “chav-themed” charity party. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He signed for Chelsea from league-winning Leicester City in 2017 for £35 million but has failed to make his mark in the London side.He has not featured under Italian manager Maurizio Sarri or played a competitive game for 13 months.He started his football career as a trainee with Manchester United and has also played for Watford, Huddersfield, Cardiff and Barnsley. read more

Whoa The 65inch TCL 6 Series TV hits an alltimelow 499 Update

first_img Tags The Cheapskate The TCL 6 series has an insanely good picture for the… Share your voice Comments TCL’s entry-level Roku TVs stream cheap and easy Now playing: Watch this: 79 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 39 Photos Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. TVs The seriously good 65-inch TCL 6 Series gets a seriously good sale price. Sarah Tew/CNET I interrupt your Sunday with what is arguably the best TV deal of 2019: An Amazon seller just lopped another $200 off “the best value TV of 2018.” For a limited time, and while supplies last, the TCL 6 Series 65R617 65-inch Roku TV is just $499. Previous price: $699, itself a new low. Before that, it had been holding steady at $799. Update: Shortly after I published this, the price jumped back to $699.99. Update No. 2 (7/3/19): It appears that many, if not most, orders were cancelled after the fact, suggesting that the third-party seller may have been fraudulent. I’m investigating with Amazon and will try to figure out what happened here.Read more: The best TVs for 2019 See it at AmazonI don’t know if this is a price mistake or what, because that’s a huge drop. Note that the seller listed here is AMZ Fulfillment, not Amazon proper. Thus, although shipping is free, it’s not Prime shipping. Delivery is currently showing July 5-10.A quick summary for those unfamiliar with TCL’s product line: The 4 Series is great (and that 65-inch model can often be found for $500), but the 6 Series is downright spectacular. It’s CNET TV guru David Katzmaier’s favorite “value” TV. Read his TCL 65R617 review to find out why.One thing to note: This is the 65R617, which is a bit different than the 65R615 that’s exclusive to Best Buy — and often price-matched. The two are pretty much identical save for one thing: The 65R617 comes with a voice-enabled Bluetooth remote. The 65R615 includes a standard IR remote, meaning it needs a line of sight to work.In other words, this is the slightly better model of the two. But given that they both debuted at $1,000 less than a year ago, $700 is a pretty amazing deal.Originally published on May 13, 2019.Update, June 30: Republished with updated pricing and availability. 1:48 TCLlast_img read more

Reliance Infrastructure in advanced talks to sell cement business for 394 million

first_imgReliance Infrastructure Ltd is in advanced talks to sell its cement business for Rs 26 billion ($394 million) and a deal could be announced as soon as this week, said a source with direct knowledge of the matter.Under the terms of the deal, the buyer would also take over the cement unit’s outstanding debt of Rs 24 billion, giving the business an enterprise value of Rs 50 billion, the source said, declining to be identified ahead of a public announcement.A spokesman for the Reliance Group, a diversified conglomerate whose business interests range from telecoms to finance and infrastructure building, declined to comment.Reliance Infrastructure’s cement unit has three plants with total installed capacity of 5.8 million tonne per annum (MTPA). Another 5 MTPA cement manufacturing plant is being developed in western Maharashtra state, according to its website.A consortium, which includes some private equity firms, is likely to emerge as the successful bidder for the unit, said the source, adding seven bidders had been shortlisted earlier and that the sale proceeds would be used to pare the group’s debt.Bloomberg earlier on Wednesday reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Reliance Infrastructure was in talks with cement makers as well as private equity firms including Blackstone Group LP and Carlyle Group LP for the sale.Blackstone and Carlyle declined to comment when contacted.last_img read more

Dhaka residents helpless as dengue deaths rise

first_img.Dengue fever has gripped Dhaka and 11 have died of the disease so far between April and July this year, according to a member of the eight-member death committee of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). On Friday morning the member of the committee told Prothom Alo, 14 deaths were observed between April and July, of which 11 were dengue-related.In the corresponding period last year, seven had died of dengue. However, the actual dengue death toll is higher than the government’s official statistics, according to experts.Tafif Tawrat was just seven months old when he first contacted dengue. Now at three and a half years of age, he is suffering from dengue again and on 7 July was admitted to a hospital in the capital city. His father Mohiuddin told Prothom Alo, “I am helpless. My son has already had dengue twice at such an early age. I pay my taxes regularly yet the mayor can’t kill the mosquitoes. I hear the chemicals used to kill the mosquitoes are ineffective. The government couldn’t be bothered. Why should we have to pay so much to the hospitals because of the government’s failure?”Medical specialists say this time the dengue outbreak is alarming. According to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the government’s health directorate, in the first 12 days of July this year, 1,643 persons dengue patients were admitted to government and private hospitals. That means, on average 137 dengue patients were being admitted to hospital every day. The number of actual dengue patients is much higher.Deaths on the riseAccording to the health directorate, two dengue patients died in April this year. Another one died on 1 July. The government admits to the death of these three, but has not disclosed anything further.The eight-member death committee of IEDCR has confirmed deaths due to dengue, chikungunia and some other diseases. This committee’s members include members of IEDCR’s regular monitoring committee, virus experts, medicine experts and paediatricians.IEDCR director professor Meerzadi Sabrina yesterday, Friday, told Prothom Alo the committee confirms the number and cause of deaths and submits recommendations. She avoided giving any specific number of deaths, saying, “You will be informed next week.”Another member of the committee said that the 11 patients had been treated at various hospitals, changing the hospitals for better treatment when needed. In the first week of July, a physician died on dengue in one of the large private hospitals of the city. He had first been undergoing treatment in the different private hospital of the city.Actual deaths much moreThe health directorate’s control room, on its website on Friday stated that there were 1059 patients admitted to hospital for dengue. However, the number of the patients in each listed hospital has not been accurately given.One of the hospitals named on this list is Green Life Hospital on Green Road. Assistant director of Green Life Hospital Nazia Huq told Prothom Alo on Friday, there were 35 dengue patients in the hospital, 15 of whom were children.Universal Medical College and Hospital also on the list, has 26 dengue patients, of whom seven were children.Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Medical University (BSMMU)’s resident physician Hasan Imam said every day at least 50 dengue patients are being treated.The health directorate is unable to collect facts and figures from all hospitals. The information is incomplete. Again, many dengue patients are not admitted to hospital and simply visit physicians’ chambers for treatment. No one has the accurate numbers of such patients. It is evident that the situation is alarming.Anxiety arisesSpeaking to Prothom Alo over mobile phone on Friday, Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam said that a consultancy meeting has been called this week with experts on health and environment, scientists, researchers and others. A decision will be taken at the meeting to change the insecticide being used to kill mosquitoes. Recommendations will also be gathered about giving a sense of relief to the people of the city.Dhaka Medical College’s professor Khan Abdul Kalam Azad said that the dengue situation in Dhaka was alarming. Speaking to Prothom Alo, he said, “Dengue first hit this city in 2000. I have been working with this institution since 2009. At present every day 30 to 35 dengue patients are admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. There had never been before such a large number of dengue patients.”Dengue and chikungunia are becoming public health menaces during the rainy season. Dhaka’s residents depend on the extermination of mosquitoes. They look to the government to regularly use insecticide to rid the city of the pests. The insecticide being used by Dhaka City Corporation is ineffective and is creating fresh concern among the people.* This report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope sheds light on Moonlike exoplanet

first_imgNASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has provided new insights into a rocky exoplanet that may be very similar to the planet Mercury or Earth’s Moon. Orbiting an M-type dwarf star 48.6 light years from Earth in the constellation of Indus, LHS 3844b is 1.3 times the mass of our planet, probably airless, and covered with lava plains resembling the lunar maria.With the number of exoplanets found now well into the thousands and many more expected to be discovered, tallying up one more is becoming a bit old hat, but newer space and ground telescopes allow astronomers to not only confirm the existence of exoplanets, but also tell us something about their nature.LHS 3844b was found in 2018 by the NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS) mission by measuring the dip in its parent star’s light curve as the planet passed in front of it. That’s good enough for the catalogs, but when the infrared Spitzer telescope was turned on the exoplanet, things got a bit more interesting.For one thing, its parent star is of a type that’s not only the most common and long-lived in the Milky Way galaxy, but also home to a very large percentage of exoplanets. LHS 3844b revolves around its star in a “year” that lasts only 11 hours at so close a distance that NASA says its tidally locked and only shows one face to its star – just as the Moon does to the Earth. Artist’s concept of the Spitzer Space TelescopeNASA It’s also so close the day side has a surface temperature of 1,410° F (770° C). That’s very handy because M-type stars tend to be not only small, but also on the cool side, so the infrared light being radiated from LHS 3844b can be seen directly by Spitzer. Not only that, but the telescope can see with enough resolution to differentiate between the day and night sides.According to NASA, the research team found that the night side is very cold. This means that there is probably little or no atmosphere. Otherwise, storms would arise and the winds would blow onto the cold dark side and warm it. In the case of LHS 3844b, it matches computer models of the sort of temperature profile you’d expect on an airless world. As to what happened to the atmosphere, that is another question.”We’ve got lots of theories about how planetary atmospheres fare around M dwarfs, but we haven’t been able to study them empirically,” says Laura Kreidberg, a researcher at the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “Now, with LHS 3844b, we have a terrestrial planet outside our solar system where for the first time we can determine observationally that an atmosphere is not present.”The basic mechanism is that M dwarfs emit high levels of ultraviolet radiation as well as frequent solar flares – both of which can strip away the atmosphere of worlds that aren’t very massive or protected by powerful magnetic fields. The Spitzer data indicates that although an atmosphere might exist under very peculiar circumstances, the most likely conclusion is that the planet has very little, if any air.In addition to this, the light coming from LHS 3844b shows that it’s quite dark, suggesting that its surface is similar to the Moon, with great lava fields that have cooled into basalt. As to whether the planet is typical of those orbiting M-type stars, that remains to be seen.”I’m still hopeful that other planets around M dwarfs could keep their atmospheres,” says Kreidberg. “The terrestrial planets in our solar system are enormously diverse, and I expect the same will be true for exoplanet systems.”The research was published in Nature.Source: NASAlast_img read more

IBA Molecular and Mallinckrodt Nuclear Medicine Merge to Become Curium

first_img X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. April 11, 2017 — IBA Molecular announced that it has merged with previous acquisition Mallinckrodt Nuclear Medicine LLC to form the new company Curium.The new entity delivers diagnostic and therapeutic solutions to over 14 million people from a global network of 21 manufacturing centers; this includes one molybdenum facility, three large single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) facilities, and close to 40 SPECT and positron emission tomography (PET) radiopharmacies.IBA Molecular acquired the Nuclear Medicine portion of Mallinckrodt in January, completing a process that began in August 2016. The acquisition included Mallinckrodt’s manufacturing operations in the United States and the Netherlands, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Related Content Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | April 11, 2017 IBA Molecular and Mallinckrodt Nuclear Medicine Merge to Become Curium New company will provide diagnostic and therapeutic solutions from 21 manufacturing centers worldwide News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more last_img read more

ExistingHome Sales Hit 2014 High

first_img Credit Availability Existing-Home Sales First-Time Homebuyers National Association of Realtors 2014-08-21 Tory Barringer August 21, 2014 550 Views A continued slowdown in home price increases and ongoing improvements in inventory helped boost existing-home sales in July to their highest pace year-to-date.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported on Thursday that sales of existing homes (including single-family houses, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops) hit a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.15 million last month, up 2.4 percent from a downwardly revised June. The median price among existing homes sold was $222,900, a 4.9 percent yearly gain.Even with the most recent increase—the fourth in as many months—sales activity remains down 4.3 percent from last year’s July rate of 5.38 million units, which was the peak of 2013.Looking only at single-family homes, July sales improved 2.7 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted pace of 4.45 million but still fell 4.2 percent short of last year. The median existing single-family home price was $223,900.Though sales still look weak compared to 2013, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said other indicators point to a pickup in momentum.”The number of houses for sale is higher than a year ago and tamer price increases are giving prospective buyers less hesitation about entering the market,” Yun said. “More people are buying homes compared to earlier in the year and this trend should continue with interest rates remaining low and apartment rents on the rise.”Adding to the good news is a drop in distressed home sales, which accounted for 9 percent in July. It was the first time distressed sales share fell into the single digits since NAR began tracking in 2008.”To put it in perspective, distressed sales represented an average of 36 percent of sales during all of 2009. Fast-forward to today and rising home values are helping owners recover equity and strong job creation [is] assisting those who may have fallen behind on their mortgage due to unemployment or underemployment,” Yun said.First-time homebuyers made up 29 percent of July sales, an improvement over June but still a significant shortfall from the 40 percent NAR says is the historical norm for the market. First-time buyers—young adults, for the most part—remain challenged by debt problems, limited job prospects, and tight credit.While recently announced changes to FICO’s credit model aren’t expected to produce any real change in mortgage loan approval rates, the anticipated boost in borrower credit scores could make a difference in down payments and interest rates, which NAR hopes will have an impact on homeownership.”NAR supports efforts to broaden access to credit for qualified homebuyers, especially those who have been shut out of the housing market or forced to pay higher interest rates because of flawed credit scores,” said Steve Brown, president of the association. “A solid credit score is necessary to keep borrowing costs down.”At the regional level, increases were led by the South, which posted a 3.4 percent monthly improvement to a rate of 2.12 million in July. The region was also the only one to see sales rise annually, reporting a 0.5 percent bump.In the West, existing-home sales climbed 2.6 percent month-over-month to an annual level of 1.17 million, while sales in the Midwest were up 1.7 percent to 1.22 million. Sales in the Northeast were flat at a rate of 640,000. Existing-Home Sales Hit 2014 Highcenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Newslast_img read more