Right Person, Wrong Role

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are a lot of people who are very good people with very good skills that also happen to be in the wrong role. When this is true, they struggle to produce the results their company needs from them, making the company unhappy with their performance. The person in the wrong role is also unhappy because they are trying to be valuable but struggle to do what needs to be done when it is work they should not be doing. Over time, both the person and the company become frustrated with each other, especially when this mismatch is allowed to go unaddressed for a long period of time.If you are responsible for this person on your team, your first obligation is to determine whether you can train and develop them to succeed in the role in which they have been placed. The only way they will ever have a fair chance to succeed is if you provide them the mindset, skill set, and toolkits they need—based on where they are now. When that isn’t enough, you must be fair to the person and find them a role in which their skills will be valuable. If they can be reassigned to a role that suits their unique skills and abilities, you need to help them find that role.If you are the person in the wrong role, your responsibility is to recognize that even though you believed you were right for the role in which you find yourself, you really need to do something else. There is no reason to try to tough it out if you are miserable and failing. Instead, start seeking out another role within your company where you believe you can make a difference. Then ask for the opportunity to be moved to that role.In the end, your company will be a lot happier with you in the right role making a greater contribution, and you will be much happier doing better work and work that is aligned with your skills and abilities.last_img read more

Kashmir incomplete without Pandits: Farooq Abdullah

first_imgOpposition National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today said Kashmir was incomplete without Pandits and his party wants them to return, though he opposed the idea of creating a separate homeland for them in the Valley.Addressing a delegates’ session of the NC at the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here after a gap of over 15 years, he said Kashmiri Pandits were part of the state and his party will strive to bring them back to the Valley.“Let me tell you that they have to return to Kashmir. Kashmir is incomplete till they return. They are part of this state and we will bring them back. I do not accept this homeland (for Pandits). They have to live with Muslims here and Muslims will protect them,” he said.Earlier, the party passed resolutions on several issues, including one on the return of Kashmiri Pandits.“The tragic exodus of our Kashmiri Pandit brothers and sisters is a dark chapter in history of J&K and remains a source of pain and agony for every conscientious citizen of the state.”“Their dignified return and rehabilitation remains unfulfilled and no headway has been made in this direction,” he said.“While the stakeholders might differ on the features of the return and rehabilitation initiative, there is overwhelming unanimity over the need to take all possible steps to facilitate their return with utmost honour and dignity,” the resolution read.last_img read more

Three injured as part of under-construction flyover collapses in UP’s Basti

first_imgThree persons were injured after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Basti district of eastern Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. The flyover is located on National Nighway 28 near Phutaiyya crossing.As per the district administration, a slab of the flyover collapsed between 7 am and 7:30 am.Police identified the injured as Dharmendra, Suresh Rai and Pradeep. They were said to be construction labourers. District magistrate Raj Shekhar said the administration spoke to the contractor, local workers and residents who all confirmed that no other person was injured or missing.The injured are bring treated in the district hospital. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of the incident and ordered swift action and ensure proper treatment of the injured.“District Administration has informed PD NHAI (MoRTH) and has asked them to look into the issue immediately and to take appropriate measures on priority,” said Mr. Shekhar.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer eases past Dusan Lajovic into third round

first_imgRoger Federer has risen above mere mortals on Wimbledon’s lawns over the past 14 years so it was almost comforting to learn the king of cool had an attack of nerves before his second-round match on Thursday.Usually so serene on his Centre Court stage, the 35-year-old Swiss was visibly snatching at some shots early on against 79th-ranked Serb Dusan Lajovic and dropped his first service game before ironing out the kinks to win 7-6(0) 6-3 6-2.His record-extending 86th win at the All England Club put him closer to becoming the first man to claim eight Wimbledon singles titles, having first lifted the trophy in 2003, but it was far from a routine day at the office for the 35-year-old.”I was feeling nerves for some reason. Not sure why,” third seed Federer, who will face German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev in round three, told reporters.”It was definitely more acute than I normally feel it. It was just like all of a sudden I was walking up to the locker room after my warm-up and I was feeling excited and nervous.”Then when I walked to the court it was still ongoing and after the warm-up it was still there. And down 1-0, 0-40, it was still there, and it was still there at 6-6 in the first set.”Just took a while to shake it off.”NERVOUS TENSIONThat Federer still has nervous tension after winning 18 majors is perhaps the strongest argument to suggest he can reclaim the title he last won in 2012.advertisementHe is clearly not a man just playing out the last few years of his magnificent career for fun.”It’s weird how sometimes you can be way more nervous for a second round than for a final,” he said. “I’m happy I got through this one feeling the way I did, because in a way it’s strange playing this way when you’re so tense.”His early-evening match became a piece of cake after he demoralised Lajovic with a masterful tiebreak.Lajovic had played admirably to stay with Federer throughout the first set and even led by an early break.The 27-year-old Serb must have felt he was in with a chance as the tiebreak began but Federer played seven scintillating points to finally calm the nerves.With dark clouds looming overhead the Swiss looked in a hurry to get the job done and broke early in the second set.The third set was one-way traffic and Federer sealed victory with his ninth ace.last_img read more

Bolt, Farah Headline the 1st Day of World Championships

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON (AP) — The stadium will be packed Friday for the opening of the world championships — and not only to catch a glimpse of Usain Bolt.After all, this is Mo Farah’s house.While Bolt races in an early heat of the 100 meters, the British long-distance runner will chase after the night’s only medal in the 10,000. He’s dominated the event, winning two straight world titles to go with two more Olympic golds, including the 2012 London Games.Both Bolt and Farah are moving on after the season — Bolt is calling it quits, and Farah, also racing in the 5,000 at these championships, will swap out the shorter races for the marathon.During training Thursday, Farah took some time to soak in the scene, taking videos of the stadium and posing for photos.“I just need to concentrate on my race and do what I do best,” Farah said as he left the track.What he does best is win — a trait he shares with Bolt. The Jamaican great is trying to go out in style with another world title.The road seems set up for Bolt, too. His biggest challenger, Andre De Grasse of Canada, pulled out of the worlds because of a hamstring injury. That leaves Americans Justin Gatlin — the old guard — and Christian Coleman — the new generation — to spoil the party. The final is Saturday.“The void that Usain will leave, it’s not going to be a vacant void, but a void of excitement to be able to see who’s going to fill in after that,” Gatlin said.Things to keep an eye on during Day 1 of the championships:FOR SUHR: The women’s pole vault starts with a qualification round. Katerina Stefanidi of Greece will be the favorite after winning Olympic gold in Brazil last August. She will be tested by American Jenn Suhr, who won the event at the 2012 London Olympics.LONG & SHORT OF IT: Sidelined by an injury, Greg Rutherford of Britain won’t defend his world long jump title as qualifications begin. Jeff Henderson of the United States is the reigning Olympic champion, while Olympic silver medalist Luvo Manyonga of South Africa has the top mark this season.CASTER & COMPANY: Olympic 800-meter champion Caster Semenya will compete in the opening round of the 1,500 meters. The South African runner has long been embroiled in the controversial debate in track and field over women with very high levels of testosterone being allowed to compete. American Jenny Simpson, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, sidestepped the issue. “According to the rules, she’s allowed to toe the line and so I’m going to try to beat her,” Simpson said.HULK GOES FOR REPEAT: Robert Harting sure made an impression on his trip down the track at the London Olympics. He tore off his shirt and flexed his muscles, Incredible Hulk style, and ran down Lane 9, clearing every hurdle along the way. Not bad for a discus thrower. The German returns to the site of his showy Olympic triumph. Prelims are Friday, and Harting is seeking his fourth world title. His main competition is expected to come from Piotr Malachowski of Poland. Malachowski and Harting have combined to win the last four world titles.PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writerlast_img read more

Selectors to pick squad for West Indies tour on July 19, no clarity on Dhoni’s future yet

first_imgThe Indian team for next month’s tour of West Indies will be announced on July 19 but there is no clarity over the future of Mahendra Singh Dhoni ahead of the limited-overs leg beginning August 3.Dhoni’s future has been widely speculated ever since India lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinal on July 9. The 38-year-old is expected to make an announcement on it in the coming few days.”The selectors will meet in Mumbai on July 19. We have not heard from Dhoni but what is relevant is the communication between the player and selectors. If you ask me, Dhoni did well in the Word Cup but he is his own man. Only he can decide whether he wants to carry on or not,” a BCCI official told PTI after the Committee Of Administrators’ meeting here.Skipper Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are expected to be rested for the limited-overs leg comprising three T20s and as many ODIs before returning for the two-Test series starting August 22. The five-day matches will be part of the inaugural World Test Championship.There is also no official word on the availability of opener Shikhar Dhawan who is recovering from a thumb injury that cut short his World Cup campaign.It was COA’s first meeting since India’s heartbreaking loss at Manchester but the Vinod Rai-led committee did not discuss the team’s performance.However, the three-member panel and CEO Rahul Johri, who joined in via video conferencing as he remains in London for the ICC meetings, did discuss the issue of players picking and choosing games.advertisementFormer greats like Sunil Gavaskar had questioned the BCCI for allowing the likes of Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan to skip domestic cricket in the run-up to the World Cup.”The question arises that who is allowing the players to pick and choose? Are they taking the call themselves or are they duly informing the selectors? The general feeling is that there needs to better communication on this issue,” said another BCCI official.”You can’t pick and choose. Most World Cup-bound players played all games of the IPL and did not ask for rest back then,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah feature in ICC’s Team of the TournamentAlso Read | Furore over ICC’s Super Over rule for World Cup final: Gambhir, Rohit and Yuvraj raise questionsAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgA benefit to help send a group of local Special Olympians to a national bowling tournament will take place this Sunday in Sioux City.Rudy Navarette will host the event in his Riverside restaurant to help send the group to Seattle in July for the 2018 Special Olympics Games:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BOWLING.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………room and board. ;22Ten people from Sioux City will make the trip to Seattle to participate.Navarette also plans to hold a silent auction at the event Sunday.He says he is proud to help the Special Olympians in what will be the trip of their lifetimes:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BOWLING2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..cool deal for everybody. :16Tickets for the taco bar at $10 each and Navarette says people may also make donations to help the Special Olympians if they are not able to attend.Again the event is Sunday from 11am-8pm at 2421 Riverside Boulevard.Photo providedlast_img read more

OW Bunker Middle East Receivables Recovery Deal Signed

first_imgzoom A bankrupt Danish fuel supplier OW Bunker has reached an agreement with its liquidators and receivers from KPMG Lower Gulf Limited and PricewaterhouseCooopers (PwC), and its security agent ING Bank (N.V.), to co-operate in the collection of receivables from OW Middle East pledged to ING.The parties agreed that all recoveries from OW Middle East receivables will be paid into ING accounts specified by PwC.KPMG and PwC will consult and co-operate on issues relating to the jointly agreed receivables collection process and other matters where there are aligned interests.”Ever since we reached agreement with the trustee of OW Bunker Denmark which was publicly announced on 26 November 2014 to establish a central platform for collection of global OW Bunker Group receivables, we have been in discussions with OW Bunker affiliates regarding co-operation in collecting receivables,” Paul Copley, joint receiver and PwC UK partner, said.”In addition to reaching agreement with affiliates in China, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and two in Singapore, we have now signed a further agreement with the liquidators of OW Middle East.We will work together with the liquidators and the global collections team in Denmark in order to maximise recoveries of receivables due to OW Middle East.”OW Bunker had filed for bankruptcy in November 2014, shortly after announcing an investigation into an alleged fraud committed by senior employees in its Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT) which had led to a loss of around USD 125 million.OW Bunker also said that a review of risk management contracts had revealed a significant risk management loss in addition to the loss of USD 24.5 million announced on October 23, 2014. According to the company, the mark to market loss had been around USD 150 million.last_img read more

High alert in JK after Pak inputs on probable terror attack

first_imgSrinagar: An intelligence input about a major terror strike in Kashmir, reportedly shared by Pakistan, has prompted a high alert in the valley, a top security official said here on Sunday. The input talks about Al Qaeda’s plan to carry out the attack in Awantipora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, either before or during the Amarnath Yatra beginning on July 1, to avenge the killing of Zakir Musa, chief of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), who was shot dead recently in an encounter with security forces, the official said. “The input has been shared with all security forces engaged in counter insurgency operations in the state. A high alert has been sounded, although security is already on maximum alert because of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra,” said the official on condition of anonymity. The route taken by the pilgrims to Amarnath holy cave in the mountains passes through the Awantipora. The input has been shared with the Army, CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB and the state police. “About 450 additional companies of central armed police forces (CAPF) are being deployed for the overall security of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. This is in addition to the already in place security grid engaged in anti-militancy operations,” he said. “The input says Al Qaeda is planning the attack to avenge the killing of Zakir Musa, chief of AGH, a proclaimed affiliate of the global terror network. There is no question of any lowering of guard even if the input hadn’t been there,” added the official. On February 14, Pulwama district was witness to a ghastly terror attack on a CRPF convoy, in which 40 personnel were killed. The attack had triggered military tensions between India and Pakistan.last_img read more

Saudi says will remain a reliable supplier of oil to India Pradhan

first_imgNew Delhi: Saudi Arabia’s new energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman has assured India that his country will remain a reliable supplier to the world’s third-largest energy consumer and is committed to investing in the country. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on a three-nation visit courted the new Saudi Arabian minister in Jeddah. “Met the newly appointed Saudi Minister of Energy HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman in Jeddah and renewed my earlier acquaintance with him during his previous assignments with Saudi Ministry of Energy,” Pradhan tweeted. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman over the weekend dismissed Khalid Al-Falih as the energy minister of the OPEC and replaced him with one of his sons. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, a longtime top energy ministry official, is an older half-brother to the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “Saudi Minister reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to remain a reliable and sustainable partner in hydrocarbon supplies and also on Saudi investments in India,” Pradhan said in another tweet. Saudi Arabia is India’s second-largest oil supplier behind Iraq and is investing public and private sector refineries to gain a foothold in the world’s fastest-growing energy market. Its national oil company Saudi Aramco has signed a pact to take equity in a planned giant oil refinery on the west coast and is also in talks with Reliance Industries to buy a 20 per cent interest in its Jamnagar refineries and petrochemical complex. Until Prince Abdulaziz’s appointment late on Saturday night, Saudi Arabia’s oil ministry has been since 1960 headed by civilian technocrats. His elevation concentrates more power within the immediate family of King Salman, who ascended to the throne in 2015. Pradhan later traveled to the UAE where he met its President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and captains of oil and gas industry. “Had a healthy exchange on further deepening bilateral trade and investment in the energy sector,” he said. “Also, discussed enhancing India’s upstream footprints in UAE and mutual investments in the entire oil and gas value chain in both our countries.” He also held a meeting with representatives of the steel industry of the UAE in Dubai and “discussed realising trade potential between two countries in the steel sector.” “Also, invited them to invest in the Indian steel sector,” he said. “India & UAE have accomplished some historical milestones in the O&G sector under the leadership of Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi and President of UAE, HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Reiterated to take this friendship forward and work together on mutually aligned priorities,” he added.last_img read more

Malmo Shooting Draws Attention to “Major Crisis” in Sweden

Rabat – Three people were shot, one killed when gunmen opened fire on a car in Malmo, Sweden, police said.The shooting happened in a residential neighborhood Sunday night adding to the growing concern about gun violence in Sweden’s third largest city. There are over 8,100 Moroccans living in Malmo.The identities nor conditions of the other three injured victims were not readily known. It is reported that several gunmen on scooters opened fire on the victims who were in a car. The gunmen then fled the scene.One Malmo resident, Samiuddin Ahmadi, told broadcaster SVT that two stray bullets entered his apartment, narrowly missing his son, reported Fox News World.Like Sweden’s other major cities, Malmo has seen a rise in gun violence in the past decade, often connected to feuds between rival gangs.Malmo gained infamy for its “no-go zones” in which refugees and immigrants, mostly from Muslim countries, have made it nearly impossible for Swedish police and firefighters to operate. These public safety departments basically have no jurisdiction to control neighborhoods. When police arrived residents throw rocks and make their duties almost impossible.Last month, more than 70 cars were set on fire by arsonists over several days in Malmo. The police managed to arrest only one suspect while investigating those attacks, reported Rt.comThere are now 55 identified areas in several Swedish cities where the police have significant problems in tackling crime. There were only 50 “no-go zones” in February providing evidence that the negative reaction by refugees to police and firefighters is increasing.“We have a major crisis. Many colleagues are choosing to quit,” police officer Peter Larsson told the Norwegian broadcaster NRK. “A drastically worsened working environment means many colleagues are now looking for other work.”Sweden by far has the most liberal laws regarding refugee relocation in the European Union. The Scandinavian country receive more refugees per capita than any other European country.In 2015, 163,000 refugees applied for asylum in Sweden. Syrians accounted for 51,00, Afghanistan 41,000 and Iraq 20,000, the rest are also from predominantly Muslim nations. Sixteen percent of Sweden’s population – or 1.6 Million people — were born in another country.The shooting in Malmo came two hours before reports began circulating of an explosion in Heleneholm, a kilometer away from the scene of the shooting, The Express reported.It is not yet known if the two incidents are linked. read more

Husky Energy wants more time for report after pipeline leak in Saskatchewan

REGINA – Husky Energy has asked for more time to submit technical reports on an oil pipeline spill into the North Saskatchewan River in July.The Saskatchewan government says Husky (TSX:HSE) has been granted a 30-day extension on the metallurgic review of the failed pipe and a geotechnical report on the land where the failure occurred.Doug MacKnight is with the Ministry of Economy’s petroleum and natural gas division, which is responsible for licensing pipelines and overseeing the Husky investigation. He says an extension isn’t common.“But then again, this is an uncommon incident. We haven’t had one of this scale,” MacKnight said Friday in a conference call with media.Pipeline regulations in Saskatchewan allow for extensions on reports. MacKnight said the rule is there specifically for this kind of lengthy and complex investigation.“This a major piece of scientific and engineering research that has to go on,” he said.“The pipe is located on a slope. There’s a lot of science in terms of investigating the metallurgic failure as well as the technical environment in which the pipe is operating. There is a lot of work involved here. The priority is getting a thorough report.”Husky was expected to submit a full report within 90 days of the pipeline breach. The government now expects a full assessment of the cause of the spill by Nov. 21.A one-page update provided Friday by Husky said 225,000 litres of oil spilled into the river near Maidstone, Sask., in July and affected an area of about 41,500 square metres. It’s the first time the government has received an official report on the affected land area, said MacKnight.The update said about 210,000 litres have been recovered.Ash Olesen, with the Environment Ministry, said that’s about 93 per cent of the oil spilled. Olesen could not say at what point officials will acknowledge that no further oil can be recovered.“The expectation is that if, in fact, there is anything to be retrieved, we would be actively requiring Husky to do so,” he said.Work has moved from spill response to recovery and remediation, Olesen said, and the river is to be monitored over the winter.The spill forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut off their water intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months.The province has said it will be inspecting all oil pipelines that cross rivers or lakes where a potential failure could threaten municipal water supplies. by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2016 11:49 am MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Husky Energy wants more time for report after pipeline leak in Saskatchewan read more

On World Wildlife Day UN joins call for protection of planets big

Indicating that wildlife conservation is a shared responsibility in which consumers, communities, policymakers and businesses all have a role to play, she urged people all around the world to help raise awareness. “They say cats have nine lives.  Our big cats are on at least number eight,” she held sway, highlighting the need for a new paradigm to conserve and sustainably manage their habitats, one that “acknowledges that economic growth is not in direct conflict with conservation.” UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter ProkoschMale Lion at the Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya.At an event at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Gabon, Germany, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand, and UNDP, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP,) UNODC, African Parks, Panthera, WCS and WWF, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed explained that SDG 15 highlights actions to reverse the loss of biodiversity across all regions.”Biodiversity is disappearing at a thousand times the natural rate,” lamented Ms. Mohammed, saying that the varied causes are all linked to the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda. She observed that in many cases poverty, hunger and biodiversity loss are intrinsically connected.“Protecting ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services by poor and vulnerable groups are therefore essential to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger,” he underscored.  Calling conservation, restoration and sustainable use of biological diversity “an effective anti-poverty strategy,” Ms. Mohammed emphasized the need to better maintain the natural resources on which billions of people depend – especially the world’s rural poor.  “We must work resolutely to improve biodiversity conservation and to eliminate the associated mismanagement, illicit trade, corruption and trafficking,” she said. A Cheetah mother with her two cubs in Kenya. (Image used under license from Shutterstock.com)In his message, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said that while “the cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal […] like other big cat species, it cannot outrun the threat of extinction.”Mr. Fedotov maintained that this year’s theme: ‘Big cats: predators under threat,’ is bringing much-needed attention to the urgent challenges faced by these majestic animals.“Across the world, lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars, as well as many other big cat species, are under pressure due to poaching, lost habitats and disappearing prey,” he detailed.UNODC is working to help countries criminalize wildlife poaching and trafficking as a means of protecting animals, including big cat species, and halting their tragic disappearance into history.“Our collective roar of defiance must be aimed at the poachers, traffickers and all those who would destroy our natural heritage. We must not let them succeed,” he exhorted.Mr. Fedotov wrapped up his message calling on everyone to “work with the international community to stop wildlife crime and prevent the world’s big cat species from sliding into extinction.” “Let us act together to help ensure the survival of the world’s big cats and all of our planet’s precious and fragile biological diversity,” concluded Ms. Mohammed. “This year,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message on the Day, “the spotlight falls on the world’s big cats,” which include species such as cheetahs, pumas and snow leopards, found from Africa to Asia and the Americas. “These charismatic creatures are universally revered for their grace and power, yet they are increasingly in danger of extinction,” he continued, noting the massive decline in their numbers.Just over a century ago, some 100,000 wild tigers roamed Asia, while fewer than 4,000 remain today. All the big cats are collectively under threat from habitat loss, climate change, poaching, illicit trafficking, and human-wildlife conflict.“We are the cause of their decline, so we can also be their salvation,” Mr. Guterres asserted. “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include specific targets to end the poaching and illegal trafficking of protected species of wild fauna and flora.”Last year, UN Member States adopted the third in a series of resolutions tackling wildlife decline. “Ultimately, the solution to saving big cats and other threatened and endangered species is conservation policy based on sound science and the rule of law,” noted the UN chief, adding the need that local people be given full consideration.“When local communities and economies benefit from wildlife conservation, strategies are much more likely to succeed,” he elaborated.By protecting big cats we also protect the landscapes they inhabit and the life they harbour, “it is a gateway to protecting entire ecosystems that are crucial to our planet’s health,” Mr. Guterres pointed out.“Wildlife conservation is a shared responsibility,” he concluded, calling on people around the world to “help raise awareness and to take personal action to help ensure the survival of the world’s big cats and all its precious and fragile biological diversity.” “We need people-centred and planet-sensitive economic growth strategies that support environmental protection and wildlife conservation,” she affirmed. read more

WPA says Central Govt should intervene in City Hall garbage woes

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), one of the political parties that comprises the governing coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), has raised concerns over the Mayor and City Council’s inability to honour its over $300M debt to Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers and the health consequences that could entail from the improper management of Georgetown’s waste.According to the party, while the smaller contractors that the Council brought on board will suffice in the short term, “they will have great difficulty in the medium and long term continuing their operations if and when they are confronted with the same conditions which negatively impacted the operations of Cevons and Puran Brothers.”The WPA says it is calling on “Central Government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, health and well being of citizens of Georgetown in this period of grave uncertainty engendered by the inability of the Council to deal with the problem.”See their full statement below:The WPA is deeply concerned that the Georgetown City Council’s inability to honour its financial obligations to Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers has the potential of endangering the health and lives of citizens.On this occasion the problem is propelled by the inability of the administration at City Hall, which is headed by Town Clerk Royston King, to effectively manage the resources of the Council. The failure of the Council to meet its financial commitments to the garbage collectors has resulted in Cevons and Puran Brothers withdrawing their services. This is not the first occasion that this course of action has been taken by these garbage collectors.WPA believes that, notwithstanding the fact that there has been an announcement from the Town Clerk’s office of an agreement with a number of small contractors who will be collaborating with the Council’s waste collection department to address the situation, residents of Georgetown and its environs are very worried about the possible negative impact to their health as a result of the approach of the Council’s administrators to payment of garbage collectors.WPA calls on Central Government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of citizens of Georgetown in this period of grave uncertainty engendered by the inability of the Council to deal with the problem.WPA uses this opportunity to warn the public that while we believe that small contractors could be effective in the short term, they will have great difficulty in the medium and long term continuing their operations if and when they are confronted with the same conditions which negatively impacted the operations of Cevons and Puran Brothers.WPA is of the view that the problems of the Georgetown City Council are partly rooted in the shortfall of revenue and the poor performance of its top administrators for a number of years. The continued existence of these factors has eliminated any chance of the Council arriving at a solution to its many problems and must be addressed. WPA strongly believes that a long term solution to the administrative shortfall in the Council is critical to a more enlightened/professional approach to addressing the problems of the Council. While we do not see this being addressed with the urgency it deserves we wish to propose that the Council adopts a three prong approach which involves(a) immediately re-engaging the large contractors, with the issue of outstanding and current payments not only talked about as being allotted a high priority but the Council must ensure that payment timelines are kept;(b) the continued employment of small contactors with payment schedules being kept; and(c) the council must move expeditiously to develop its own capacity to actively participate in the garbage collection exercise in Georgetown. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCevons, Puran Brothers to resume collection after meeting with Central Govt, M&CCDecember 8, 2018In “Business”Small contractors to step in if Puran, Cevons halt services – Solid Waste DirectorNovember 24, 2018In “Business”Owed for over 6 moths, Puran, Cevons pull services from M&CCNovember 27, 2018In “Business” read more

Animals and plants are disappearing faster than at any other time in

first_img 97 Comments Share106 Tweet Email3 A LANDMARK REPORT that assessed the state of the world’s biodiversity was published earlier this week, which gave a grim account of the significant dangers facing plants and animals across the globe.The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report shows that species loss on the planet is accelerating at a rate of tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past.The UN report – the biggest ever of its kind – concluded that more than half a million species on land have insufficient habitat for long-term survival and are likely to go extinct – many within decades – unless their habitats are restored. Close to a third of corals around and over a third of marine mammals are also threatened. Changes in nature caused by decades of poisoning the Earth’s forests, oceans, soil and air threaten society at least as much as climate change, was the message from the report’s authors. “We’re in trouble,” said Rebecca Shaw, chief scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, who observed the final negotiations that led to the 39-page summary. “This is the strongest call we’ve seen for reversing the trends on the loss of nature.”Biodiversity and climate change Biodiversity the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat. More biodiversity is associated with a healthier system. A Decline in biodiversity on the planet is bad not only due to the loss of certain animal and plant species, but also because of the danger it poses to human survival. Plants and animals are the building blocks on which human life depends. Threats like the ones now facing a huge variety of different species are also a long-term threat to human survival. One significant factor in the loss of biodiversity is human-made climate change – the warming of the Earth by human activities. Loss of biodiversity also speeds up climate change, as Earth loses its life support systems. Ireland and biodiversity loss Ireland is not immune from the losses in plant and animal life that are occurring across the planet. Environmental scientists, researchers and activists have all pointed towards a decline in certain plant and animal species across the country, with many others threatened. Of the 3,000 or so plant and animal species in Ireland that are subject to a conservation assessment (meaning, an assessment on how likely it is that they will go extinct), about a quarter are facing extinction. “And the big issue is we don’t know which plant or animal could be the source of our next medicine. It could be something that provides the air that we breathe or food for the next generation,” Noeleen Smyth, a conservation botanist with the National Botanic Gardens, told TheJournal.ie.Smyth said that of about 1,200 plants in Ireland, 100 are threatened with extinction and 20 are critically endangered. Smyth said that it was of huge importance that the country worked toward conserving the species that remain. “I like to think of species in that same way: each species of plant and animal are holding together this big system and we don’t know which one is going to be the weak link, where the system might break,” she said.  Several species of the country’s wildlife are also under strain. Oonagh Duggan of Birdwatch Ireland provided TheJournal.ie with figures facing the nations habitats, plants and wildlife. These include:  May 11th 2019, 6:31 AM Saturday 11 May 2019, 6:30 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/TB studio By Cormac Fitzgeraldcenter_img https://jrnl.ie/4629280 Two-thirds of Ireland’s 202 regularly occurring birds are on the Red and Amber Lists of Birds of Conservation ConcernThe Curlew has declined by 96% since the 70s91% of Ireland’s internationally-important habitats (bogs, grasslands) have ‘bad’ or ‘inadequate’ statusOver a third of Ireland’s 99 bee species are threatened with extinctionButterfly populations have declined by 6% since 2008Data from 17 County Hedgerow Surveys show that just one-third of hedgerows are in good condition for birds and other wildlifeShifting attitudesDuggan is also a spokesperson for Environmental Pillar, a collection of different environmental groups in Ireland. She spoke to TheJournal.ie last week ahead of a hustings event in Dublin which brought together candidates in the upcoming European elections to be questioned by members of the public on climate change and biodiversity loss. Duggan said that she felt a tipping point had been reached in the public’s attitude around these subjects, with people demanding more action from their elected representatives.“I think climate change and biodiversity are really top of the agenda at this point in time,” she said. I think a tipping point has been reached. There’s been an awful lot of awareness recently [about these issues].Ireland has one of the worst records for responding to climate change in the EU and among developed nations.The country was ranked the worst in Europe in terms of climate action in response to global warming in the Climate Change Performance Index 2019. Ireland is certain to miss its 2020 targets for reducing harmful emissions as set under 2016′s Paris Agreement, and as things stand is on course to miss its 2030 targets also.  The Dáil on Thursday declared a climate emergency, a move that has been heralded as positive step, but one which has no actual binding targets attached. It also fully endorsed the recent report from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, which contained numerous recommendations aimed at curbing Ireland’s emissions. An All of Government Climate Plan is due to be published later this year, which will likely put to effect a number of these recommendations. In terms of biodiversity, it is likely that a Citizens’ Assembly will be convened to look specifically at how the State can improve its response to biodiversity loss. Following the publication of the UN report, Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan announced that she had received Cabinet approval to bring forward an amendment to the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2018.The amendment – if passed – will oblige public bodies to report to the minister on the measures they are carrying out to promote the conservation of biodiversity and the National Biodiversity Action Plan.Madigan said the department was taking significant action to protect and enhance Ireland’s biodiversity. However, the above examples in biodiversity loss point to a worsening crisis facing Ireland’s plant and wildlife species. While moves over the past week point to a positive shift in Ireland’s attitudes to biodiversity loss and climate change, in the words of Leo Varadkar, Ireland is still a “laggard” when it comes to addressing the issues.It remains to be seen whether concrete actions will follow-up the commitments to restore Ireland’s biodiversity and address its contribution to climate change.  Animals and plants are disappearing faster than at any other time in human history, and it’s happening in Ireland too A recent UN report has pointed to the huge threats to biodiversity across the globe. Image: Shutterstock/TB studio 13,925 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Manchots pygmées intimider pour mieux régner sur la colonie

first_imgManchots pygmées : intimider pour mieux régner sur la colonieUne équipe néo-zélandaise de chercheurs, travaillant sur les manchots pygmées, est parvenue à expliquer pourquoi l’issue d’un conflit entre deux mâles se traduit par une exhibition sonore du vainqueur.Gare au manchot pygmée ! Ce petit oiseau de Nouvelle-Zélande, sous ses aires faussement sympathiques cache un caractère farouchement territorialiste. Mieux vaut ne pas trop s’approcher de son nid sans quoi celui-ci devient alors agressif, mord, frappe et “grogne”. Au sein de la colonie, il n’est d’ailleurs pas rare que deux manchots mâles se retrouvent en conflit. A l’issue de l’affrontement, le vainqueur entame alors une parade sonore particulière, baptisée “manifestation de triomphe” par les scientifiques.”Le vainqueur retourne à son site de nidification en secouant la tête, en soulevant ses ailes et en poussant des cris proches du braiment d’un âne” confie à BBC nature Joseph R. Waas, professeur à l’Université de Waikato, à Hamilton, en Nouvelle-Zélande. Avec son équipe, le scientifique a cherché à mettre en évidence les impacts de ces exhibitions sur les autres membres de la colonie. Pour ce faire, ils ont fait écouter à l’ensemble du groupe, une série d’enregistrements sonores de diverses manifestations de triomphes et de diverses réactions du perdant. Par ailleurs, la fréquence cardiaque de chaque membre de la colonie a été mesurée.Les résultats de cette expérience montrent chez les sujets mâles extérieurs au conflit une hausse de la fréquence cardiaque plus significative avec la simulation des cris d’un gagnant qu’avec celle des cris d’un perdant. “L’audition des manchots pygmées leur permet de distinguer spécifiquement qui a gagné et qui a perdu un combat sur ​​la base des cris de celui qui communique sa victoire” explique Joseph R. Waas. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les chercheurs, la manifestation systématique de triomphe bénéficie au vainqueur du conflit en ce sens qu’elle permet d’asseoir fermement son autorité au sein de la colonie. Les autres mâles se sentent en effet plus menacés et s’agitent lorsque le nouveau gagnant s’approche de leur terrier. “Ce système de communication leur permet de promouvoir leur propre réputation”, conclut Joseph R. Waas.Retrouvez les images des manchots pygmées sur MaxisciencesLe 9 mars 2012 à 15:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Konami Announces LiveAction Contra Film and TV Series

first_imgStay on target Today is the day when review embargoes lifted for Super Mario Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and Wolfenstein II: The New Order. While everyone is figuring out how they’ll have time to play all these games, Konami decided to drop some bizarre news. Apparently, Contra will get a live-action film and TV series. I can assure you that this is indeed real news.According to today’s press release, the project will be headquartered in Beijing, China. Konami has partnered with Starlight Films and others to produce the movie. There are plans to release and stream the film worldwide.Below is the film’s official synopsis via China Film Insider. Interestingly enough, this was posted back on April 20th of this year. How did this news slip by everyone?“In 1988, a huge meteorite lands on an uninhabited island in the South China Sea. Chen Qiang and Li Zhiyong investigate but come up empty-handed. 29 years later, Chen sends commandos Bill and Lance into a combat mission there to neutralize the villainous Red Falcon Organization, but end up facing a different enemy altogether.”This teaser trailer was also released back in May.As Kotaku notes, it appears the film is a mix of Contra‘s Japanese and English versions.Unfortunately, this is all the information we have for you today. Besides the fact this project exists, we don’t have any idea of who it stars or when it will release. If previous video game adaptations are anything to go by, this could all turn into one huge mess. Contra doesn’t exactly have the deepest plot out there, so I’m curious to see how they’ll try to expand on what has been established in the games.We’ll keep you updated on this story as it unfolds. Hopefully, Konami won’t drop an update on another busy news day.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Konami Lives With Classic Anniversary CollectionsReal Good You Guys: Mercenary Kings Reloaded last_img read more

Portland International Airport preparing for takeoff

first_imgPORTLAND — Last decade, Portland International Airport suffered two gut punches, first the 9/11 terrorist attacks and then the economic meltdown that became known as the Great Recession.The airport has recovered nicely. With today’s burly economy, the airport is now building a series of improvements, PDXNext, that represent a $2 billion investment in the airport’s future.“We have a significant amount of work in front of us over the next five to seven years,” said Vince Granato, Port of Portland’s chief operating officer. “We are going to be really focused on delivering those projects.”In 2010, when the economy was still limping, the Port of Portland and other local governments adopted an airport master plan that projected a 2.3 percent annual growth rate and 27 million annual passengers by 2035.Although passenger growth in recent years has topped forecasts, PDX managers say the 2010 plan has been remarkably accurate as they work to enhance airport operations.last_img read more

Vancouver gym employee accused of recording nude woman in tanning bed

first_imgA Vancouver Crunch Fitness employee who allegedly recorded a gym member with his cellphone while she was tanning in the nude appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court.Zachary Abel, 29, of Vancouver faces an allegation of voyeurism in connection withthe Saturday incident at the gym at 7809 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive.Vancouver police responded about 5 p.m. to Crunch Fitness for an employee who was taking photos of a woman as she dressed after tanning at the gym. The victim said she saw an iPhone recording her as she was inside the tanning cubicle. She confronted the suspect, identified as Abel, afterward, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Police later contacted Abel at his residence, and he subsequently admitted to recording the woman. He said he “knew it was illegal … but did it anyway,” the affidavit says.Abel was granted supervised release during his court appearance and will be arraigned June 21.last_img read more