What We Can’t Measure

first_imgDid you create value during that sales call? How much value exactly? What was your dream client’s perception of the value that you created?Did you influence the buying process? Did you create trust? How much trust?Does your dream client like you? Are you more likable than your competitors? What is the depth of your relationship? Is it as strong as it should be? What metric are you using to determine the strength of your individual relationship?Did you uncover your prospective client’s real motivations? Is the worldview they described really their view, or is it the company line? Is the buying criteria they described what will really be used to make the decision? Or is it really a price decision with the criteria serving to justify a lower price later?This list could continue on interminably.The world is ruled by invisible forces. Most of what effects our lives, including the outcome of a sales opportunity, can’t be seen. We can measure much, but what we can glean from those measurements doesn’t often reveal anything we can rely on with anything that resembles a scientific certitude.Keep Your Processes and MethodologiesBut none of this is to suggest that you shouldn’t follow a sales process and good sales methodologies. It doesn’t mean that generalizations and patterns aren’t valuable. There are many generalizations worth capturing and implementing. In fact, much of what we do in life is following patterns that work (or worked at some time).If your dream client agrees to take the next step with you, then there is some good, even if less than scientific, evidence that you created value during a your sales interaction. If you are denied that future appointment, there is some evidence that you might not have crated value.We capture this agreement to advance as proof positive that enough value was created. Scientific? No. Close enough for rock-n-roll? Absolutely.If you ask for and obtain the information you need to help your dream client, then there is some good evidence that you have established some level of trust. If you are denied the information you need, then there may be some evidence that your dream client doesn’t trust you with the information–or they don’t trust you to do anything worthwhile with the information.When you acquire information, it likely means you can close some gate in your sales process. Does this mean your dream client trusts you like their oldest friend? Well, not necessarily, but nor must it. It means that, as far as your sales process is concerned, you’ve earned enough to move forward.We can’t measure most of what’s really important. But the questions at the beginning of the post, difficult as they are to answer, are the important questions. The best we can do is capture and measure some outcomes that give us some evidence that what we are doing is working–and what we are doing that isn’t.QuestionsBecause something is difficult to measure does that make it unimportant?What are the important factors that lead to a sale that can’t be measured?What do we measure instead?How do we align what we can measure with what we can’t measure? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Raj Thackeray to begin Maharashtra tour on May 1

first_imgMumbai: With no organisational structure to escalate the party’s electoral performance and lack of second rank leadership, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray is set to begin a State-wide tour from May 1 to overcome his party’s shortcomings. In the first leg of the tour, from May 1 to 5, Mr. Thackeray will be travelling to Palghar and Thane. According to party sources, Mr. Thackeray will be addressing only one public rally in his tour which will be in Vasai on Tuesday evening. “He will focus more on meeting local leaders of the party, and also meet individuals from different walks of life to understand their view about the MNS and improvements required in the party functioning,” said an MNS leader. On Monday Mr. Thackeray made his Twitter debut with official handle @RajThackeray. Few months ago he had launched his official Facebook page where he has been sharing his cartoons and comments on political developments.Mr. Thackeray has been a vocal critic of the bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Bandra. He has planned his visit along the proposed rail route and is likely to raise the issue during the tour. Mr Thackeray will be visiting Palghar, Boisar and Wada on May 2. On May 3, he will visit Bhiwandi and Shahapur, on May 4 he will visit Murbad and Ulhasnagar and will spend last day in Badlapur. “In the next leg he will visit Konkan. All regions will be covered phase-wise,” said the leader.last_img read more

Mob kills earth-moving machine driver in Nagaur

first_imgA driver of an earth-moving machine was killed and five government vehicles were vandalised by a mob during an anti-encroachment drive in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district on Sunday, police said. Additional Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Sarjeet Singh said that a case had been registered against two MLAs — Indira Bawari of Merta City and Pukhraj Garg of Bhopalgarh — and 300 others for obstructing the public servants from discharging their duty and causing damage to government vehicles besides inciting people. The ASP said the drive was scheduled in Tausar village of the district, where 79 Banjara families had constructed “pucca” houses on an around 1.5-km stretch. Stone peltingOn Sunday, when the anti-encroachment team, along with police force, reached there, those belonging to the Banjara families pelted the machine with stones. When its driver tried to escape, the mob caught hold of him and beat him up severely. The driver, identified as Farooq (40), was immediately rushed to a hospital, where he died.last_img read more

Already good for silver, Delarmino shoots for Muay Thai gold

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Cielo seals golden treble; Adeline still unbeatable To beat the highly favored Thai, Delarmino will need the same combative approach that propelled him to take all three rounds against Bayramdurdyyew, 30-27, Wednesday evening.On attack mode right from the start, Delarmino tagged his rival with a jarring right to the chin that floored the Turkmen 20 seconds into the first round.Taekwondo jin Francis Agojo, wrestler Jefferson Manatad and kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas settled for bronze medals after bowing to their respective opponents in the semifinals.Agojo fell to 17-year-old Jang Jun of South Korea, 12-37, in the men’s -58kg finale while jins Christian Al Dela Cruz (men’s -80kg) and Rheza Aragon (women’s -49kg) were eliminated prior to the medal rounds.Following his stunning victory over Muhammetmyrat Gurbanow of Turkmenistan in the quarterfinals, Manatad saw his win streak end after a 5-0 defeat against Aidos Kulmanbetov of Kazakhstan in the men’s belt wrestling classic style -80kg category.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Philippine bet Phillip Delarmino throws the jarring right that floored Bayramdurdyyew in the first round. —JUNE NAVARROASHGABAT—Phillip Delarmino knows that an aggressive mind-set could change the complexion of the fight regardless of the odds.Using his tested ploy, the muay fighter from Iloilo City hurdled Rusdem Bayramdurdyyew of host Turkmenistan in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games here and silenced his foe’s sea of frenetic supporters to progress to the gold-medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Already assured of the silver medal, Delarmino will engage in the most lucrative fight of his career yet in the men’s -57kg finals against Chotichanin Kokkrachai of Thailand, the country where the full-contact sport originated.“I will stick to our strategy of staying aggressive throughout,” said the 26-year-old Delarmino, whose claim to fame were a pair of silver finishes in the 2014 Asian Beach Games and 2013 Burma Southeast Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He (Kokkrachai) is more of a technical fighter but we will not fight on his terms. We would rather be assertive and throw everything we have,” said muay coach Billy Alumno.More than the P2-million cash incentive that Delarmino can receive from the Philippine Sports Commission, beating Kokkrachai for the gold medal will jack up the Philippine medal tally of two gold, five silver and six bronze medals. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

Nadal braced for bittersweet symphony at Wimbledon

first_img‘Amazing’ Nadal better than ever, says Wawrinka That took him to 15 Grand Slam titles, one ahead of Pete Sampras and just three behind the 18 of old rival Roger Federer.Next up on the Slam list in three weeks’ time is Wimbledon where Nadal was champion in 2008 and 2010 and runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, his last four visits have all ended with defeats to opponents outside the top 100.“It’s a while since I didn’t play a very good Wimbledon. It’s true that after 2012 what happened with my knees has made it tougher and tougher to compete on grass. That’s the reality,” said Nadal. What ‘missteps’? View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire An emotional Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy as he celebrates winning his tenth French Open title against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, during their men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017. APRafael Nadal will resume his bittersweet relationship with Wimbledon buoyed by his record-breaking French Open but wary of the traps which have ensnared him at the All England Club.The 31-year-old Spaniard routed Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros on Sunday 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Injury forced him to skip Wimbledon in 2009 and 2016 while the years 2012-2015 saw him lose to Lukas Rosol (world ranked 100), Steve Darcis (135), Nick Kyrgios (144) and Dustin Brown (102).In that spell, a fourth round run in 2014 was his best effort.Nadal admits that if he suffers a new problem with his knees on the Wimbledon grass, where the lower bounce of the ball piles more pressure on the legs and joints, then his visit to London may again be short-lived.“I love grass, everybody knows, and it’s a surface that I really enjoyed a lot playing on. And I missed playing at Wimbledon,” said Nadal.“So I hope that my knees hold well and I can have the preparation that I really need and the preparation that I want.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “So if that happens, why not? If I have pain in the knees, then I know from experience that it’s almost impossible. Because I need to feel strong and have low, powerful legs to play well in Wimbledon.“If I don’t feel that, then probably my chances are not there, no? But if I am healthy and I am able to have the right preparation and feel healthy during Wimbledon, then probably gonna have my chances to play well.”Nadal’s resurgence is one of the tennis storylines of 2017 along with the similar rejuvenation of Federer who defeated him in the Australian Open final in January.Before his title triumph on Sunday, his most recent Grand Slam title came in Paris in 2014 and he admitted that there were doubts over whether or not he’d recover his former powers.“I have doubts every day but that’s good as it makes me work hard with more intensity,” he said.“You have to be humble and accept that you have to work to improve things.“I have doubts today, I had doubts in the last three years, I will have doubts in a few days.“Life is never clear. If you have no doubts, then you are very arrogant. I am not an arrogant person.”After winning his ninth Roland Garros and 14th major in 2014, Nadal’s best performance at the Slams was two quarter-final spots.last_img read more

CCPA to meet tomorrow to decide Monsoon session dates

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 28 (PTI) The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will meet tomorrow to decide the schedule of the Monsoon session, which is expected to start in the third week of July.The session comes at a time when the ruling BJPs morale is high after its maiden victory in Assam Assembly polls and its performance in Kerala and West Bengal elections.The session is also taking place a month after the Modi government completed two years in power, saying that the country is changing under the dispensation.There are indications that the session will start on July 18 and continue till August 13 but a final decision on the dates will be taken tomorrow.45 bills are pending in Rajya Sabha. Lok Sabha has 5 bills pending before it.The bills pending in Rajya Sabha include the contentious Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2014, known as the GST Bill, which was moved in the Upper House in August last year after being passed by Lok Sabha.The government is hopeful of the passage of the GST bill in this session amid indications that a number of regional parties have broken ranks with Congress on the issue and are willing to extend their support to this crucial economic reform measure.Another key bill is the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was moved in December last year but the discussion on it had remained inconclusive.In the Budget session this year, this bill could not be taken up.advertisementIn Lok Sabha, important bills pending include the Consumer Protection Bill 2015 and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015.The government will also push for clearing a bill, which seeks to replace an Ordinance to amend the Enemy Property Act as well as a bill to replace the Ordinance on the National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET).The last few sessions of Parliament have seen sparrings even though the second part of the Budget session recorded a relative improvement as far the completion of government business was concerned. But the problem of pending bills is not limited to the two years of the NDA government. PTI AMR NAB SClast_img read more

Sri Lanka recall Upul Tharanga for final ODI vs Australia

first_imgSri Lanka have recalled veteran batsman Upul Tharanga for the fifth one-day international against Australia after captain Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the rest of the tour with a calf injury.Sri Lanka also included batsman Niroshan Dickwella and allrounder Dasun Shanaka in their 16-man squad for Sunday’s match.Spin bowler Lakshan Sandakan and allrounder Thisara Perera were left out. (Mathews suffers nasty blow on head)Usually an opening batsman, the 31-year-old Tharanga has not been able to hold a regular spot in the team recently but returned relatively good performances batting at No. 7 during Sri Lanka’s last tour of England.Tharanga has played 187 ODIs, scoring 5,511 runs at an average of 33. He has 13 centuries with a highest score of 174 not out.Dickwella played his only ODI in November 2014 but has been selected on the basis of his performances for Sri Lanka “A” in England. He has scored three half-centuries in List A matches.Shanaka is a hard-hitting batsman and a seam bowler with six ODI appearances for Sri Lanka.Australia have already secured the series 3-1.SQUADSri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhanajaya De Silva, Angelo Perera, Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Amila Aponso, Lahiru Kumara, Sachith Pathirana, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka.last_img read more

Will Toilet Ek Prem Katha play Midas for PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan?

first_imgAmong the widely-read stories from Bollywood yesterday was how Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praise on Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Toilet Ek Prem Katha after watching the trailer. Akshay, who shared the trailer with PM Modi along with the words, “Here is my humble contribution towards a Swachh Bharat,” soon received a pat on the back from the prime minister.Good effort to further the message of cleanliness. 125 crore Indians have to continue working together to create a Swachh Bharat. https://t.co/C0XKPpguW7- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 12, 2017Modi tweeted to Akshay, “Good effort to further the message of cleanliness. 125 crore Indians have to continue working together to create a Swachh Bharat.” To which Akshay replied, “Thank you so much honourable Sir. Hope we succeed in changing mindsets and truly making a difference. (sic)”Thank you so much honourable Sir ????? Hope we succeed in changing mindsets and truly making a difference. https://t.co/Tfi99tIckR- Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 12, 2017Toilet Ek Prem Katha has held people in awe ever since the title was announced. It was reminiscent of PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. While Modi has been trying hard for three years now to see Indians follow his message of making India clean, Akshay Kumar is all set to take PM Modi’s message to people with this film.Toilet Ek Prem Katha has already won hearts with its trailer. The social message in it is loud and clear: end open defecation. Build toilets in your home. Sandas nahi toh biwi nahi. Aashiqo ne Taj Mahal bana diya, aur hum yahan ek sandas na bana paye!advertisementThe film is scheduled for an August 11 release; another masterstroke by Akshay. The Independence Day slot has always worked wonders for him at the box office. Wrapped in entertainment, Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar are telling Indians to do what Modi has been saying for the last three years.The stage is set now. The release date is here, and the trailer of the film has received a thumbs up from the prime minister too. Right after Akshay was honoured with the Best Actor award at the 2017 National Film Awards, he had met Narendra Modi. The name of the film, the PM and the actor tweeted, brought a smile to Modi’s lips.And why not? After all, how many A-list actor films do you see taking up the shit issue? We have had Aamir Khan taking on corrupt godmen (PK, 2014) and pushing for women’s wrestling as a sport (Dangal, 2016), but they have hardly had anything to do with that time’s Prime Minister’s vision. It is not a one-way relation though.If Akshay’s film stands to gain by associating with PM Modi, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was probably waiting for this much-needed push. The campaign, from the very beginning, has had celebrities taking up the broom and cleaning the streets of cities. Modi threw cleanliness challenges at Bollywood celebs, and the latter were only too keen on obliging the prime minister.But the real India is still far from Modi – and everyone else’s – idea of a swanky clean Bharat.With Akshay Kumar pretty much on board now, the situation seems to be turning in favour of the campaign.(The writer tweets as @ananya116)OPINION: Toilet Ek Prem Katha and the charm of being Akshay Kumar in 2017ALSO SEE | Toilet Ek Prem Katha trailer: Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar have a message for youALSO WATCH: Rustom star Akshay Kumar is the real ‘khiladi’ of Bollywoodlast_img read more

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez reported over bowling action

first_imgPakistan offspinner Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during Wednesday’s third one-day international against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.The legality of the 37-year-old’s bowling action was questioned by the match officials in their report, which was handed to Pakistan’s team management.”Hafeez’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC illegal bowling action regulations,” the ICC said in a statement.”He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Hafeez is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the assessments are known.”Hafeez was suspended on two previous occasions for the same offence and served a 12-month ban, starting in July 2015, after his action was found to be illegal by the ICC for the second time within a two-year period.last_img read more

Ohio State Insider Believes 3 Punishments Are On The Table For Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave as Ohio State wraps up its investigation into how Meyer handled assault allegations against one of his former assistant coaches. The investigative committee is set to announce its findings later this week.What will happen to Urban Meyer? It depends who you ask.Ohio State insider Jeff Snook believes there are three punishments on the table for Meyer. None of them suggest Meyer won’t be with the team for the 2018 season.Snook believes there will be a suspension, or perhaps a “time served” suspension. Here’s what Snook had to say on the topic:“When the final determination is announced by university president Michael Drake, I believe he will do one of three things: Issue a one-game suspension, a two-game suspension or an immediate reinstatement with ‘time served.’The latter would result from Meyer’s nearly three-week sentence in purgatory, while the investigation was conducted.A possible suspension wouldn’t have anything to do with covering up domestic violence, I am told, but rather a result from some soap-opera type findings relating to his staff members that occurred at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in recent years.”A two-game suspension means Meyer would return to the team for its contest against TCU. Ohio State is expected to announce a decision on Urban Meyer’s future on Wednesday morning.The Buckeyes open the 2018 season against Oregon State.last_img read more

Gov’t Advancing Drought Mitigation Plans

first_img The Government is advancing plans to combat the effects of drought, particularly in vulnerable communities.The interventions are intended to ensure an effective monitoring programme is in place and facilitate the development of long-term plans to address the issue.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation,Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has emphasised that “water sustainability is at the core of national development”.“Therefore, significant consideration must be given to protecting our environment so that future generations can have access to this commodity,” he added.The Minister was speaking at the Red Stripe Water Stewardship Knowledge Forum held on April 17 at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, under the theme ‘Every Drop: Water, Sustainability and Industry’. The event featured several presentations from industry leaders on strategies to provide safe, sustainable water sources for all.The presentations also highlighted approaches to managing Jamaica’s water resources through which stakeholders can contribute.Noting that Jamaica’s water sector is susceptible to multiple risks associated with climate change and variables such as hurricanes and drought, Mr. Charles said agencies, such as the National Water Commission (NWC) and Water Resources Authority (WRA), have been working tirelessly to protect and manage the distribution of the amenity.Accordingly, the Authority has implemented strategies to ensure that water abstraction licence holders adhere to the conditions of their permits.“This is effective in reducing the likelihood of saline intrusion, which will compromise water sources,” the Minister said.Saline intrusion refers to the movement of salt water into freshwater aquifers, which can lead to contamination of drinking water sources, among other things.Senator Charles further noted the Authority recently imposed volume-based fees to encourage conservation and increase efficiency among water users.Another initiative of the Authority is the Managed Artificial Recharge (MAR) Project in Inswood, St. Catherine, which channels excess water from the Rio Cobre into the aquifers.This initiative will increase and improve water quantity and quality in the lower Rio Cobre Basin.Additionally, the NWC has embarked on the Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction Co-Management Programme (NWC & Miya), at a cost of US$42.5 million.Figures from the NWC show that Jamaica has a high level of non-revenue water totalling approximately 70 per cent.The entity has, therefore, embarked on this five-year programme that will: establish sustainable NRW management capability at the NWC; reduce NRW in KSA to 30 per cent by the end of year five and maximise income collected by NWC; and prepare and implement strategies and action plans to improve NWC performance and efficiency.“An integral part of growing the NWC customer base across the country must be converting consumers of water into customers. Through the use of geo-referencing of services and the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, the NWC will be better able to identify illegal connections. They will continue to take the relevant steps to ensure once consumers are identified they are accounted for in the billing system,” Senator Charles added. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation,Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has emphasised that “water sustainability is at the core of national development”. The interventions are intended to ensure an effective monitoring programme is in place and facilitate the development of long-term plans to address the issue. Story Highlights The Government is advancing plans to combat the effects of drought, particularly in vulnerable communities.last_img read more

Province Provides Mapping Data to Improve Emergency Services

first_imgParamedics will have an easier time finding addresses in emergencies thanks to a new Nova Scotia road atlas being distributed to ambulance fleets in the province. The province has partnered with Emergency Health Services (EHS) to develop an easy-to-use Nova Scotia road atlas. The booklet will help paramedics easily locate patients, hospitals, and heli-pad sites in emergency situations. It will act as a practical hard-copy reference point to support existing electronic mapping technologies in ambulances. Currently, there is no similar product available that displays the level of detailed building location information as the atlas. “The province has made a commitment to creating accurate geographic information and making it readily available,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This type of information is critical, particularly to the safety of Nova Scotians during emergency situations.” To assist in the development of this tool, the department has provided user-friendly topographic mapping data to EHS. The information includes contents from the Nova Scotia topographic database and the Nova Scotia civic address file, a centralized graphical database that is updated daily. “We are very pleased to be able to deliver this road atlas to field paramedics,” said Tim Coolen, vice president of business development and IT services for EHS. “We trust that this new tool will help support our long-term vision for providing accurate map details to paramedics throughout the province.” “This road atlas is a backup to our existing mapping technologies, to make certain that the paramedic has an extra layer of information available when responding to a call,” said Deborah MacKay, EHS director of communications and dispatch services. “The ultimate goal is for Nova Scotians to be assured that help will arrive as quickly as possible when an emergency occurs.” The province creates, maintains and distributes geographic information through its GeoNova program. For more information visit the website at www.geonova.ca .last_img read more

Helping Business Navigate Regulation and Reduce Red Tape

first_img provide timely information on rules and regulations specific to different businesses business owners understand how to comply with provincial regulations business owners track the status of their business registration business owners get a status update on permit and licence applications with completing applications and forms. “I know first-hand that being an entrepreneur takes courage, determination, and a lot of hard work,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, Minister responsible for Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. “One way government can support businesses is by helping them figure out what government requires of them and reducing their work load so they can get on with business.” Government rules, permits, licences, inspections and other requirements ensure the health and safety of employees and consumers, protect the environment and ensure a fair marketplace. “For businesses, knowing and doing the right thing is incredibly important,” said Fred Crooks, Nova Scotia’s chief regulatory officer. “Some businesses have the resources to do the leg work themselves but most businesses are very small and need a helping hand. That’s what the Business Navigation Service is designed to be – a helping hand.” “Starting a business is full of so many unknowns. At times, I felt left on my own to figure out how to comply with provincial rules,” said Kate Hamilton, owner of Bodega Boutique in Dartmouth. “The business navigators will save time and money now and in the future for all entrepreneurs. It’s reassuring to know that government is reducing red tape for small businesses, helping them to start and grow.” Business navigators can be reached Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1-844-628-7347 (1-844-NAV-REGS) or by email at BusNavigation@novascotia.ca. Red Tape Awareness Week is an initiative of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Nova Scotia businesses will soon have access to a service to help them navigate regulations, reduce red tape, and save time and money. Nova Scotia announced the service, the first of its kind in Canada, today, Jan. 26, as part of Red Tape Awareness Week. Called the Business Navigation Service, this one-year pilot project will help businesses navigate the rules and requirements that apply to them. Business navigators will help:last_img read more

Mirzapur 2 shooting going on at crazy level

first_imgActor Harshita Gaur is all geared up for season two of crime thriller drama series ‘Mirzapur’. She says its shooting is going on at a “crazy level”. She has been flying in and out of Mumbai for work commitments, so shooting for the web series hasn’t been easy on her. “Shooting of ‘Mirzapur 2’ is going on at a crazy level, at least for me. I had a knee injury on sets, I have been travelling for work and then directly reaching sets of ‘Mirzapur 2′ (in Mumbai) to shoot,” Harshita said. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive’Mirzapur’, a hinterland story, was about a lawless land filled with action where the only rules were laid by Kaleen Bhaiya, played by actor Pankaj Tripathi. Meanwhile, her feature film Falaknuma Das in Telugu is out now. “It was the first film that was offered to me. Also, I had watched Angamaly Diaries (Malayalam film) which was the original one. So yes, when Falaknuma Das was offered, I wanted to take it up,” said the Puncch Beat actor. The language was a barrier though. “For me, to understand the language is very important as the script we read has emotions and sentiments… with dialogues,” she said. She will be soon seen in another much-awaited the web series ‘Sacred Games 2’. The second season is likely to come by the end of 2019.last_img read more

Woman in UAE missing after illegal status exposed

first_imgDubai: A 58-year old Sri Lankan woman, who is married to an Indian man, went missing in the UAE after the family’s nearly 30-year-old illegal status of staying in the country was exposed during the visa amnesty scheme last year, according to a media report. The UAE launched a landmark three-month visa amnesty programme last year allowing hundreds of illegal foreign workers, including Indians, overstaying their permits to leave the country without penalties and giving them six months to find a job. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’M P Madhusoothanan, 63, said his wife Rohini Perera, 58, was under treatment for mental illness after the illegal status of the family, who live in Sharjah, was reported in a section of the media during the visa amnesty, the Gulf News reported. We had allowed our story to be published because we wanted help to legalise our status. We did get a lot of help too. But, the flip side of it was that my wife could not handle the exposure and the flood of people coming home, Madhusoothanan said. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaMadhusoothanan said Rohini felt guilty that she was the reason for the family’s plight and a burden for them. She stopped eating solid food. She was getting violent if we tried to feed her anything solid. She was concerned about the monthly expenses for her medicines also, which used to come around Dh1,000-Dh1,500, he said. The couple’s three daughters, among the five children, have received jobs in a printing press, while the only son has been hired by a resort. However, both the couple’s temporary visas for job seekers have expired and the eldest daughter’s visa will expire within the next fortnight. When the woman showed tendencies to leave the house, he said the family started locking up the doors of the villa they live in and keeping the keys away at night. But on Sunday early morning, she opened the window and escaped through that. When we woke up, we saw the window and the gate open, he said. Madhusoothanan said the family has made frantic search for her in many areas in Sharjah and Ajman. Meanwhile, the police in Sharjah circulated the missing report to police stations across the country as well as the exit points and borders. Madhusoothanan said that Rohini doesn’t know any places or people to go to. “I am very much worried about her as even the police officials have not received any information about her. I am appealing to everyone to help us find her, he said. The family has also reported the matter to the Sri Lankan Consulate. We have issued a passport to her. Sri Lankan community members used to give her counselling also. It is very unfortunate that she is missing, a consulate official said.last_img read more

Ottawa will implement Senate proposals to strengthen accessibility law minister

first_imgThe Canadian Press Canada’s accessibility minister says the government will be acting on the Senate’s proposed recommendations to strengthen the country’s first piece of accessibility legislation for people with disabilities.Carla Qualtrough sent a letter to disabled advocates saying the government planned to accept all the amendments senators had proposed for Bill C-81, also known as the Accessible Canada Act.Earlier this month, the Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology adopted several amendments that nearly a hundred disability organizations said were necessary to make the law effective.Chief among them was a call to set a timeline requiring the act to be fully implemented in all areas under federal jurisdiction by 2040, as well as recognition of sign language as an official language among deaf Canadians.The federal government had resisted some of those measures as the bill worked its way through the House of Commons, but Qualtrough says all proposed Senate amendments will now be included.The amended bill is expected to come back before Parliament for final consideration next week.last_img read more

UN marks first annual International Day of Charity

Donate time or money, volunteer or act with kindness, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged people around the world as the United Nations marked the first ever International Day of Charity coinciding with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa. “Charity plays an important role in upholding the values and advancing the work of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day, which will be observed annually on 5 September. “Charity sometimes gets dismissed, as if it is ineffective, inappropriate or even somehow demeaning to the recipient,” he added. “Let us recognize charity for what it is at heart: a noble enterprise aimed at bettering the human condition.” UN humanitarian agencies rely on charitable donations from governments and the public to respond to natural disasters, armed conflicts and other emergencies, Mr. Ban said. In addition, UN bodies such as the UN Volunteers Programme (UNV) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) offer venues for people across the world to get involved.Amid the 1,000 days of action to reach the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the sustainable development agenda that will build on them after the 2015 deadline, Mr. Ban said the role of charity can and should grow. In recognition of charity’s key role in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations ‎and individuals, the General Assembly, in 2012, designated 5 September as the International Day of Charity.The date was chosen in honour of Mother Teresa, whose life and good works for some of the poorest and must vulnerable inspired emulation across the world, Mr. Ban said. In establishing the Day, the General Assembly asked that charity be encouraged through education and awareness-raising activities. Among those initiatives is the UN Academic Impact’s ASPIRE [Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education], through which young people assist less fortunate peers to find the financial opportunities to go to school.At the UN Headquarters in New York, the Permanent Mission of Hungary – in cooperation with the Department of Public Information, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and the UN Foundation – is organizing two panel discussions to highlight the importance of non-profit organizations in development. The two discussions will concentrate on the role of charity in water and sanitation, and poverty alleviation and eradication issues. read more

A Hard Days Knight Arise Sir Ringo as Beatle due to be

first_imgJohn Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1965  John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1965 Credit:PA “Because I do think it’s about time, but she probably was a bit busy with Sir Brucie.” Starr’s charity work includes donations to causes supporting AIDS awareness, abused children, human rights, poverty around the world and the creative arts. He made headlines this year by suggesting he voted Leave in the Brexit referendum, saying afterwards: “The people voted and they have to get on with it.” Asked whether he could put in a word with the Queen, he joked: “The last time I went by she was out. Otherwise I would have popped in and said ‘Look, love, Sir Richard Starkey’ [Starr’s real name].  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. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney Credit:Getty “He’ll feel ten feet tall when he goes back. Sadly, two of the Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, are no longer here to be honoured in a similar way.”But giving Ringo a knighthood will go some way towards recognising the enormous contribution The Beatles made to popular music. He is a beacon of Beatlemania.”In 1965, all four members of the Beatles were awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace.Sir Paul has previously suggested his friend had been robbed of a deserved knighthood, telling NME in 2011 it was “about time”.  Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney  Ringo Starr, the Beatles drummer, will be knighted in the New Year’s Honours, it has been claimed.Starr will join his bandmate Sir Paul McCartney as a knight, 52 years after receiving an MBE.Sir Paul was knighted in 1997 but, according to the Sun on Sunday, Starr, 77, had given up hope of a further honour until a letter arrived from the Palace several weeks ago.The knighthood will be awarded for services to music and charity and announced next week along with a full list of official recipients.A close family friend told the newspaper: “It came as a bolt from the blue. Ringo was totally knocked sideways but is chuffed to bits.”last_img read more

10 things Irish lads love

first_imgWE GAVE YOU TEN THINGS Irish girls love, now it’s the boys’ turn.Irish lads are fairly simple creatures, with needs and wants amounting to not much more than food, FIFA and the odd pint or two.Here are 10 things that they love most passionately.A pint of milk with their dinner Source: ShutterstockNothing completes a plate of spuds and gravy quite like a big glass of milk. Sure aren’t you a growing boy still?A pint of something stronger, for relaxation purposes Source: Flickr/sander_123Pick your poison – be it cider, beer or stout, the refreshing, rejuvenating properties of a pint are incomparable after a particularly long day.Quoting Father Ted/Hardy Bucks/Anchorman Source: PandawhaleNo matter where, no matter when, a line from one of these bad boys is always hilarious. Always. Always?Banter Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandBanter is a mysterious thing – it cannot be described concretely. But it’s almost definitely different to “the craic”, and it’s an essential quality in most people and activities.Acting the maggot Source: YouTubeWhen banter goes too far. Something may get destroyed in the process, be it an object or someone’s dignity.Laura Whitmore Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandWhile Amy Huberman is the one all the Irish girls want to be, Laura is the girl all the Irish lads want to be on. Probably because she appears to be “good banter”.Sports pundits Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesOK, this may be a love/hate relationship – but there are very few Irish lads who wouldn’t want their jobs.Lynx Africa Source: ChemistdirectIf you’re ever wondering what that smell coming from the back of the bus is, it’s probably this.Playing FIFA with the lads Source: Flickr/dpstylesGoing out to a nightclub is great and all but sometimes you just want to get the lads around, have a few cans, and stay in playing FIFA. It’s not all about scoring girls, you know.Starting Source: Flickr/Alasdair MiddletonWhen Irish lads do go out however, you bet your boots they’ll square up to any lad who dares threaten anyone they love. It’s a matter of honour, of course.10 things Irish girls love>8 things that make Irish men almost unbearably attractive>last_img read more

Pentagon Mystery Missile Not a Missile

first_imgReassuring? Sort of… The whole thing will likely continue to be a bit unsettling until we get an explanation about what actually caused that giant contrail–preferably not something involving billionaire Tony Stark. The “mystery missile” that captured the attention of–and generally terrified–the country was, in fact, not a missile. Not according to the government, at least. The Defense Department addressed public concerns today, stating that, while it still isn’t quite sure what cause a missile-like plum of smoke off the coast of Los Angeles yesterday, it’s pretty sure that it wasn’t a missile. Says CBS News,AdChoices广告The Pentagon is still not sure what that was in the sky off the coast of California — except that it was not a missile fired by the U.S. or some other country, reports CBS News Pentagon correspondent David Martin.last_img read more