Maybe You Aren’t a Salesperson

first_imgEveryone sells. Even if you don’t work in sales, you are always selling. If you’ve ever tried to change someone’s mind, you were selling. If you have ever asked for a job, you were selling. Remember when you asked for a raise? That was selling, too. And if you have ever asked for a date, you were clearly selling.Human beings have conversations and we ask for commitments. Selling is about promising some future value in exchange for value. This is all very, very human, and even small children understand the mechanics of selling (if you have children, you know how effective they are, don’t you?). The renowned author, Dan Pink, even wrote a book with the title “To Sell is Human,” explaining how much we sell, even when we aren’t in sales roles.That said, selling and working in sales are two very different things.In non-sales roles, you don’t have to prospect. You don’t have to go out into the world and open new relationships. In non-sales roles, you aren’t required to cold call, to interrupt people, and competitively displace someone who already has a relationship.Some people don’t like this work. They are uncomfortable opening new relationships from scratch, and they feel bad about themselves when they interrupt people. This is true even when the people who are interrupting can use their help. I have heard dozens of people with sales titles tell me how much they love working with customers but hate having to prospect.In non-sales roles, you don’t have to ask for the kind of commitments you ask for in sales. You don’t have to control the process either. In non-sales roles, it would be rare that you would ever need 8 or 10 commitments from someone. It is almost certain you wouldn’t have to ask them to make a greater investment than they are presently making, or a greater investment than the three or four other proposals they’d already seen (if this were true, you would be selling). It’s also rare that in a non-sales role you would need ink on a contract.Asking for investments and for ink on paper is what salespeople do. If it makes you feel uncomfortable to ask people for things that might make them uncomfortable, it isn’t likely you enjoy sales.I have had salespeople that worked for one of my companies quit to become school teachers. I have had salespeople quit to move into operational roles, roles for which they believed they were better suited. Some salespeople who quit went across the street, hoping that selling would be easier there, only to leave sales for some other non-sales role a few months later. They were never salespeople.If you don’t love selling, then you aren’t going to do well. And you probably shouldn’t be working sales. Just because you want the money, doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for you, especially if your life’s purpose is really doing something else. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgEveryone sells. Even if you don’t work in sales, you are always selling. If you’ve ever tried to change someone’s mind, you were selling. If you have ever asked for a job, you were selling. Remember when you asked for a raise? That was selling, too. And if you have ever asked for a date, you were clearly selling.Human beings have conversations and we ask for commitments. Selling is about promising some future value in exchange for value. This is all very, very human, and even small children understand the mechanics of selling (if you have children, you know how effective they are, don’t you?). The renowned author, Dan Pink, even wrote a book with the title “To Sell is Human,” explaining how much we sell, even when we aren’t in sales roles.That said, selling and working in sales are two very different things.In non-sales roles, you don’t have to prospect. You don’t have to go out into the world and open new relationships. In non-sales roles, you aren’t required to cold call, to interrupt people, and competitively displace someone who already has a relationship.Some people don’t like this work. They are uncomfortable opening new relationships from scratch, and they feel bad about themselves when they interrupt people. This is true even when the people who are interrupting can use their help. I have heard dozens of people with sales titles tell me how much they love working with customers but hate having to prospect.In non-sales roles, you don’t have to ask for the kind of commitments you ask for in sales. You don’t have to control the process either. In non-sales roles, it would be rare that you would ever need 8 or 10 commitments from someone. It is almost certain you wouldn’t have to ask them to make a greater investment than they are presently making, or a greater investment than the three or four other proposals they’d already seen (if this were true, you would be selling). It’s also rare that in a non-sales role you would need ink on a contract.Asking for investments and for ink on paper is what salespeople do. If it makes you feel uncomfortable to ask people for things that might make them uncomfortable, it isn’t likely you enjoy sales.I have had salespeople that worked for one of my companies quit to become school teachers. I have had salespeople quit to move into operational roles, roles for which they believed they were better suited. Some salespeople who quit went across the street, hoping that selling would be easier there, only to leave sales for some other non-sales role a few months later. They were never salespeople.If you don’t love selling, then you aren’t going to do well. And you probably shouldn’t be working sales. Just because you want the money, doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for you, especially if your life’s purpose is really doing something else. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

4 arrested as some Bajrang Dal members’ names surface in Bulandshahr violence FIR

first_imgBulandshahr mob violence: Starting young in the cause of cow Police on Tuesday booked more than 70 persons, including some with alleged links to groups affiliated to the RSS, on charges of mob violence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday in which a police officer and a civilian were shot dead following allegations of cow slaughter.Four persons, Chaman, Devendra, Ashish Chauhan and Satish, have been arrested so far, said a senior police officer. Five others have been detained and six teams formed to nab the absconding.The police also filed an FIR against seven locals, all Muslims, for alleged cow slaughter on the complaint from one Yogesh Raj, reportedly a Bajrang Dal member.In the mob violence FIR, the police have named 27 persons, while 50-60 others are ‘unknown’. Some of them are allegedly members of the Bajrang Dal. Accused number one Raj’s social media profile, and information though local sources, link him to the Bajrang Dal. He is allegedly the district convenor of the outfit, which is the youth faction of the VHP.His family members have confirmed his connection to the Bajrang Dal as well as his presence at the spot on Monday, but denied that he had any role in the murder, according to sources in Bulandshahr. A video footage of him arguing with the police at the spot has also surfaced.Also Read  A former pradhan of Mahav village, where the carcasses were allegedly discovered, has also been booked in the FIR filed on a complaint from sub-inspector Subash Chandra at the Syana police station. So are Shikhar Agarwal, who is allegedly the BJP Yuva Morcha’s Bulandshahr city president, and VHP leader Upendra Raghav,  though the police have not mentioned their identity.ADGP law and order Anand Kumar, however, said, “there is no information of any organisation being involved,” but did not comment on the specific affiliations of those named in the FIR. “It is not proper to name any organisation…Whether Yogesh [Raj] is linked [to any organization] or not, I don’t think it is proper to state.”It appeared prima facie that Sumit, the youth killed during the mob violence, was a part of the protesters. Further investigation would reveal his role, whether he was a bystander or directly involved and from where the bullet shot came, he said..Video footageA video has surfaced showing Sumit being shot amid chaotic scenes in a field where youth are running amok with lathis and charging towards a policeman accusing him of firing the bullet. It was, however, not clear who shot him.The authenticity of the clip could not be independently verified.A bullet recovered from Sumit’s body has been sent to forensics to ascertain its calibre. Inspector Subodh Singh was killed by a .32 bore weapon, police have confirmed, but were not saying if it was his service weapon or owned by a rioter, said Mr. Kumar.The police had “sufficient video footage” and oral testimonies of locals, and arrests would be based on solid evidence, he said.Om Prakash Rajbhar, Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government and president of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, said the incident was a “conspiracy” by the BJP and its affiliates to instigate a communal riot to polarise voters.”And it is unfortunate that people of VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP had gone there with the intention of rioting… Hindu-Muslim. And an Inspector became a victim of that,” he said. The charges in the mob violence FIR include murder, sedition, attempt to murder, rioting and dacoity. Sections  307, 302, 147, 148, 149, 124-A, 332, 333, 353, 341, 336, 427, 436 and 395 of the Indian Penal Code have been invoked. Yogesh Raj and others have been accused of leading the mob and “instigating them” for violence despite assurances by the police that an FIR would be filed in the cow slaughter case, the mob violence FIR says. The mob attacked the police with illegal firearms, sharp objects and lathis with the “intent to kill,” it notes.Inspector Subodh Kumar was shot and left injured when a mob “surrounded him” and snatched his service pistol and three mobile phones, including an official number. All this while the mob was continuously firing, said Mr. Chandra.The mob then attacked the police outpost at Chingravati, burning police vehicles as well as official records and property. They also prevented and injured Kumar from receiving medical treatment. With cries of “maro maro [kill, kil],” the mob attacked the police when they were attempting to put the injured officer into a jeep to take him to hospital, said Mr. Chandra.FIR concerning cow slaughter lacks detailsThe FIR concerning cow slaughter lacks details. It charges seven persons, identified as Sudef Chaudhary, Ilyas, Sharafat, Anas, Wajid, Pervez, and Sharfuddin, all of Nayabas village, under Sections 3, 5 and 8 of the Uttar Pradesh Cow Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1995 and Section 295 of the IPC.In his complaint to the police, Yogesh Raj says that at 9 am on Monday, he and his friends Shiv Kumar and Saurabh were in the Mahav jungle area when they spotted the accused persons slaughtering a cow. Upon seeing Yogesh and his friends, the accused fled from the spot, notes the FIR.The remaining accused in the mob violence were identified as Vishal Tyagi, Satyendra Rajput, Chaman, Devendra, Upendra Raghav, Ravi Saini,  Ashish Chauhan, Shikhar Agrawal,  Jitu, Sachin,. Ramesh Tyagi, Vineet, Saurabh, Sumit, Chotu, Satish, Vikas Tyagi, Pawan, Vikrant Tyagi, Bablu, Ankur, Robin, Tinku, Guddu and Harendra.last_img read more

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first_imgBulandshahr mob violence: Starting young in the cause of cow Police on Tuesday booked more than 70 persons, including some with alleged links to groups affiliated to the RSS, on charges of mob violence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday in which a police officer and a civilian were shot dead following allegations of cow slaughter.Four persons, Chaman, Devendra, Ashish Chauhan and Satish, have been arrested so far, said a senior police officer. Five others have been detained and six teams formed to nab the absconding.The police also filed an FIR against seven locals, all Muslims, for alleged cow slaughter on the complaint from one Yogesh Raj, reportedly a Bajrang Dal member.In the mob violence FIR, the police have named 27 persons, while 50-60 others are ‘unknown’. Some of them are allegedly members of the Bajrang Dal. Accused number one Raj’s social media profile, and information though local sources, link him to the Bajrang Dal. He is allegedly the district convenor of the outfit, which is the youth faction of the VHP.His family members have confirmed his connection to the Bajrang Dal as well as his presence at the spot on Monday, but denied that he had any role in the murder, according to sources in Bulandshahr. A video footage of him arguing with the police at the spot has also surfaced.Also Read  A former pradhan of Mahav village, where the carcasses were allegedly discovered, has also been booked in the FIR filed on a complaint from sub-inspector Subash Chandra at the Syana police station. So are Shikhar Agarwal, who is allegedly the BJP Yuva Morcha’s Bulandshahr city president, and VHP leader Upendra Raghav,  though the police have not mentioned their identity.ADGP law and order Anand Kumar, however, said, “there is no information of any organisation being involved,” but did not comment on the specific affiliations of those named in the FIR. “It is not proper to name any organisation…Whether Yogesh [Raj] is linked [to any organization] or not, I don’t think it is proper to state.”It appeared prima facie that Sumit, the youth killed during the mob violence, was a part of the protesters. Further investigation would reveal his role, whether he was a bystander or directly involved and from where the bullet shot came, he said..Video footageA video has surfaced showing Sumit being shot amid chaotic scenes in a field where youth are running amok with lathis and charging towards a policeman accusing him of firing the bullet. It was, however, not clear who shot him.The authenticity of the clip could not be independently verified.A bullet recovered from Sumit’s body has been sent to forensics to ascertain its calibre. Inspector Subodh Singh was killed by a .32 bore weapon, police have confirmed, but were not saying if it was his service weapon or owned by a rioter, said Mr. Kumar.The police had “sufficient video footage” and oral testimonies of locals, and arrests would be based on solid evidence, he said.Om Prakash Rajbhar, Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government and president of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, said the incident was a “conspiracy” by the BJP and its affiliates to instigate a communal riot to polarise voters.”And it is unfortunate that people of VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP had gone there with the intention of rioting… Hindu-Muslim. And an Inspector became a victim of that,” he said. The charges in the mob violence FIR include murder, sedition, attempt to murder, rioting and dacoity. Sections  307, 302, 147, 148, 149, 124-A, 332, 333, 353, 341, 336, 427, 436 and 395 of the Indian Penal Code have been invoked. Yogesh Raj and others have been accused of leading the mob and “instigating them” for violence despite assurances by the police that an FIR would be filed in the cow slaughter case, the mob violence FIR says. The mob attacked the police with illegal firearms, sharp objects and lathis with the “intent to kill,” it notes.Inspector Subodh Kumar was shot and left injured when a mob “surrounded him” and snatched his service pistol and three mobile phones, including an official number. All this while the mob was continuously firing, said Mr. Chandra.The mob then attacked the police outpost at Chingravati, burning police vehicles as well as official records and property. They also prevented and injured Kumar from receiving medical treatment. With cries of “maro maro [kill, kil],” the mob attacked the police when they were attempting to put the injured officer into a jeep to take him to hospital, said Mr. Chandra.FIR concerning cow slaughter lacks detailsThe FIR concerning cow slaughter lacks details. It charges seven persons, identified as Sudef Chaudhary, Ilyas, Sharafat, Anas, Wajid, Pervez, and Sharfuddin, all of Nayabas village, under Sections 3, 5 and 8 of the Uttar Pradesh Cow Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1995 and Section 295 of the IPC.In his complaint to the police, Yogesh Raj says that at 9 am on Monday, he and his friends Shiv Kumar and Saurabh were in the Mahav jungle area when they spotted the accused persons slaughtering a cow. Upon seeing Yogesh and his friends, the accused fled from the spot, notes the FIR.The remaining accused in the mob violence were identified as Vishal Tyagi, Satyendra Rajput, Chaman, Devendra, Upendra Raghav, Ravi Saini,  Ashish Chauhan, Shikhar Agrawal,  Jitu, Sachin,. Ramesh Tyagi, Vineet, Saurabh, Sumit, Chotu, Satish, Vikas Tyagi, Pawan, Vikrant Tyagi, Bablu, Ankur, Robin, Tinku, Guddu and Harendra.last_img read more

PNB Fraud Case: Now, Nirav Modi Firm Firestar Under US Scanner

first_imgUS bankruptcy court is the latest addition to the list of entities that have launched an investigation into the over $2-billion fraud involving now fugitive Nirav Modi and some employees of Punjab National Bank (PNB). United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has okayed a special probe of the circumstances surrounding the case and has directed the United States Trustee to appoint an examiner.The examiner will have to determine to what extent the Modi entities have the ability to influence the actions taken by diamantaire’s US jewellery business Firestar Diamond Inc, which had filed for bankruptcy protection in America soon after the banking fraud came to light. The examiner will also try to find out if any current officer or director of the US company ‘actively and knowingly participated’ in the fraud or dishonesty in the company affairs’ management.Read it at Zee Biz Related Itemslast_img read more

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first_imgUS bankruptcy court is the latest addition to the list of entities that have launched an investigation into the over $2-billion fraud involving now fugitive Nirav Modi and some employees of Punjab National Bank (PNB). United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has okayed a special probe of the circumstances surrounding the case and has directed the United States Trustee to appoint an examiner.The examiner will have to determine to what extent the Modi entities have the ability to influence the actions taken by diamantaire’s US jewellery business Firestar Diamond Inc, which had filed for bankruptcy protection in America soon after the banking fraud came to light. The examiner will also try to find out if any current officer or director of the US company ‘actively and knowingly participated’ in the fraud or dishonesty in the company affairs’ management.Read it at Zee Biz Related Itemslast_img read more

Gonzaga dedicates national team stint to fellow soldiers in field

first_imgJocelyn Gonzaga wins PSL Invitational MVP/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJovelyn Gonzaga on Wednesday was named to yet another national team lineup, and as an enlisted personnel in the Philippine Army, she knows she’s playing for more than the country’s pride.The outspoken opposite hitter said her stint as a national team player isn’t only for herself, but for also her comrades who are out in the field.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken READ: Volleyball’s reluctant starThe former skipper of the team that played in the 2015 SEA Games said she’s overwhelmed by another opportunity to continue her national career.“There’s pride but at the same time there’s pressure,” said Gonzaga. “I will have an opportunity to continue my dreams.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gamescenter_img Lassiter nails clutch 3 as Beermen slip past Hotshots 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire READ: Reyes, Valdez headline PH volleyball team roster“As a soldier, you’re affected with what happens to your fellow soldiers who are out there fighting,” said Gonzaga. “When a soldier is hurt, you also feel their pain.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“So that is why I’m offering whatever I achieve as a national team player to my fellow soldiers.”Gonzaga is part of the 12-woman lineup the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. tasked to take part in future international tournaments. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgJocelyn Gonzaga wins PSL Invitational MVP/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJovelyn Gonzaga on Wednesday was named to yet another national team lineup, and as an enlisted personnel in the Philippine Army, she knows she’s playing for more than the country’s pride.The outspoken opposite hitter said her stint as a national team player isn’t only for herself, but for also her comrades who are out in the field.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken READ: Volleyball’s reluctant starThe former skipper of the team that played in the 2015 SEA Games said she’s overwhelmed by another opportunity to continue her national career.“There’s pride but at the same time there’s pressure,” said Gonzaga. “I will have an opportunity to continue my dreams.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gamescenter_img Lassiter nails clutch 3 as Beermen slip past Hotshots 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire READ: Reyes, Valdez headline PH volleyball team roster“As a soldier, you’re affected with what happens to your fellow soldiers who are out there fighting,” said Gonzaga. “When a soldier is hurt, you also feel their pain.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“So that is why I’m offering whatever I achieve as a national team player to my fellow soldiers.”Gonzaga is part of the 12-woman lineup the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. tasked to take part in future international tournaments. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Giants’ GM Reese Wants New Look

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With the playoffs in doubt again, General Manager Jerry Reese wants to see more from the New York Giants when they return from the bye against the Indianapolis Colts.Reese, who built two Super Bowl championship teams after taking over in 2007, wants more big plays from his offense and more on defense — Damontre Moore, that is.A third-round draft pick a year ago, Moore is a freakish athlete with an ability to get to the passer and make big plays. The defensive end also is someone who can miss his assignments and struggle against the run.It’s the type of inconsistency that drives his coaches nuts.But the big play is something the Giants (3-4) need heading into the Nov. 4 game against the Colts (5-3) if they want to get back on track and avoid a third straight season out of the playoffs.Getting the big play on offense this week might be difficult with No. 1 running back Rashad Jennings out again with a knee injury and the offense still looking to find itself after losing top receiver Victor Cruz to a knee injury against Philadelphia on Oct. 12.Asking Eli Manning to force things could lead to turnovers.Having Moore deliver on defense is more likely, especially against Andrew Luck and a top-ranked Colts’ offense that leads the league in passing. More throws. More chances for Moore.“I think I could make some things happen, but only time will tell,” said Moore, who has two sacks in limited action this season. “Once we get out there, I just know when my name’s called, I’ll be ready. I can’t wait. I’ve got a lot of things to prove to people.”Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has wanted to give Moore additional playing time all season, but things haven’t worked out. One problem has been the defense has struggled against the run, and that had reduced the number of times the Giants shift in pass-rushing formations.“We would all like to see him play more obviously. He is a talented guy,” Fewell said. “I think we are all kind of waiting for him to come out of his shell and be consistent in what he does so that we can put him in the football game and get him more snaps.”Reese, who drafted Moore in the third round, has seen enough of the former Texas A&M product to know he can jumpstart a team that needs to end a two-game losing streak. The second-year player showed flashes in the preseason.“It seems like when he gets in the game, he makes something happen,” Reese said of Moore, who also has a blocked punt on special teams. “I think he’s progressing, but I think he needs to play a little bit more.”With veteran lineman Cullen Jenkins out with a calf injury, the chances of Moore getting on the field also increase.“To do it on Monday night against Andrew Luck, with people putting him up there with one of the best quarterbacks in the game. If I can go out there and have a great game against him, and we need to do what we need to do to get a W, that would be the icing on the cake.”The Colts are going to be motivated. They had their five-game winning streak snapped in a 51-34 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.Luck, who has thrown for at least 300 yards the past six games, was sacked twice, hit seven times and threw two interceptions in the loss.It was probably the most pressure he had seen in weeks, and the Giants hope to bring just as much with Moore in the package.“It’s a very solid front, a very solid front with some great guys with great experience, especially on the edges,” Colts center Jon Harrison said. “As long as we communicate and keep on the same page, we should have some success.”The key for the Colts will be running the ball with former Giant Ahmad Bradshaw as well as Trent Richardson. Philadelphia and Dallas both had big games on the ground and that allowed Nick Foles and Tony Romo to stand in the pocket and pick apart the defense.“He’s a big quarterback, he’s talented, he’s got a tremendous arm, but he also has speed. That’s what a lot of people forget,” Moore said of Luck. “With him being a combination of being that big and having that giddy-up to him, it makes it that much harder, because you don’t know if you have to pay attention to him coming on a scramble or is he going to bomb it deep.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With the playoffs in doubt again, General Manager Jerry Reese wants to see more from the New York Giants when they return from the bye against the Indianapolis Colts.Reese, who built two Super Bowl championship teams after taking over in 2007, wants more big plays from his offense and more on defense — Damontre Moore, that is.A third-round draft pick a year ago, Moore is a freakish athlete with an ability to get to the passer and make big plays. The defensive end also is someone who can miss his assignments and struggle against the run.It’s the type of inconsistency that drives his coaches nuts.But the big play is something the Giants (3-4) need heading into the Nov. 4 game against the Colts (5-3) if they want to get back on track and avoid a third straight season out of the playoffs.Getting the big play on offense this week might be difficult with No. 1 running back Rashad Jennings out again with a knee injury and the offense still looking to find itself after losing top receiver Victor Cruz to a knee injury against Philadelphia on Oct. 12.Asking Eli Manning to force things could lead to turnovers.Having Moore deliver on defense is more likely, especially against Andrew Luck and a top-ranked Colts’ offense that leads the league in passing. More throws. More chances for Moore.“I think I could make some things happen, but only time will tell,” said Moore, who has two sacks in limited action this season. “Once we get out there, I just know when my name’s called, I’ll be ready. I can’t wait. I’ve got a lot of things to prove to people.”Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has wanted to give Moore additional playing time all season, but things haven’t worked out. One problem has been the defense has struggled against the run, and that had reduced the number of times the Giants shift in pass-rushing formations.“We would all like to see him play more obviously. He is a talented guy,” Fewell said. “I think we are all kind of waiting for him to come out of his shell and be consistent in what he does so that we can put him in the football game and get him more snaps.”Reese, who drafted Moore in the third round, has seen enough of the former Texas A&M product to know he can jumpstart a team that needs to end a two-game losing streak. The second-year player showed flashes in the preseason.“It seems like when he gets in the game, he makes something happen,” Reese said of Moore, who also has a blocked punt on special teams. “I think he’s progressing, but I think he needs to play a little bit more.”With veteran lineman Cullen Jenkins out with a calf injury, the chances of Moore getting on the field also increase.“To do it on Monday night against Andrew Luck, with people putting him up there with one of the best quarterbacks in the game. If I can go out there and have a great game against him, and we need to do what we need to do to get a W, that would be the icing on the cake.”The Colts are going to be motivated. They had their five-game winning streak snapped in a 51-34 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.Luck, who has thrown for at least 300 yards the past six games, was sacked twice, hit seven times and threw two interceptions in the loss.It was probably the most pressure he had seen in weeks, and the Giants hope to bring just as much with Moore in the package.“It’s a very solid front, a very solid front with some great guys with great experience, especially on the edges,” Colts center Jon Harrison said. “As long as we communicate and keep on the same page, we should have some success.”The key for the Colts will be running the ball with former Giant Ahmad Bradshaw as well as Trent Richardson. Philadelphia and Dallas both had big games on the ground and that allowed Nick Foles and Tony Romo to stand in the pocket and pick apart the defense.“He’s a big quarterback, he’s talented, he’s got a tremendous arm, but he also has speed. That’s what a lot of people forget,” Moore said of Luck. “With him being a combination of being that big and having that giddy-up to him, it makes it that much harder, because you don’t know if you have to pay attention to him coming on a scramble or is he going to bomb it deep.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrested

first_imgArsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the Premier League was a dramatic game of football at the Emirates Stadium but one particular ugly incident during the match has forced an arrest.Media reports suggest that a Tottenham supporter was arrested for throwing a banana peel at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he scored the equaliser for Arsenal in the second half.It was the north London derby and emotions were running high and both sets of fans were involved in untoward incidents. After the match, six arrests were made for public order offences and media reports say that at least two of them are likely Arsenal fans who lit smoke canisters during the match.RT vincecable “RT piersmorgan: Notwithstanding the deep-rooted Arsenal-Tottenham rivalry, I hope every Spurs fan can agree that the person who threw a banana at Aubameyang today is a racist scumbag who shames your club & should be banned for life.pic.twitter.com/d06VCHDBp5″Allan Knox #FBPE (@allanmknox) December 3, 2018On the other hand, a Tottenham spokesperson has confirmed to BBC that the supporter who threw the banana peel would be banned for his racial attack on Aubameyang.The bad temperament was not limited to the stands. Even Eric Dier and Arsenal’s Stephan Lichtsteiner were involved in a clash after the former scored an equaliser in the first half for the Spurs.Dier celebrated his goal by putting his finger upon his lips. However, it did not go down well with Lichtsteiner, who reacted angrily, leading to a melee. It was only after Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino intervened that matters calmed down.advertisementAfter the match Dier said, “I had my back to it all so I’m not too sure what happened.”But this is football. It’s a derby. Football is all about emotion and I don’t understand how I can get a yellow card in that situation.”It baffles me because if you take the emotion out of football you’re going to destroy the game for everyone.”In terms of the match, Arsenal once again put up an inspired second half performance to beat Tottenham 4-2 despite trailing 2-1 at half time.Aubameyang’s early penalty had given Arsenal the lead but then Dier and Harry Kane (penalty) scored to put Tottenham ahead.In the second half though, Aubameyang scored another goal and then Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira also found the back of the net to get Arsenal the victory.The match even saw a red card after Jan Vertonghen earned two yellow cards to leave Tottenham with 10 men on the pitch for the last five minutes of the game.With the win, Arsenal took the fourth spot in the Premier League table due to better goal difference than Tottenham, who slipped to the fifth spot.Also Read | Liverpool and Arsenal win dramatic derbiesAlso Read | Manchester City win 3-1 vs Bournemouth, United draw at SouthamptonAlso Read | Watford fans pay tribute to late Leicester owner. Vichai’s son responds to gestureAlso watch –last_img read more

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first_imgArsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the Premier League was a dramatic game of football at the Emirates Stadium but one particular ugly incident during the match has forced an arrest.Media reports suggest that a Tottenham supporter was arrested for throwing a banana peel at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he scored the equaliser for Arsenal in the second half.It was the north London derby and emotions were running high and both sets of fans were involved in untoward incidents. After the match, six arrests were made for public order offences and media reports say that at least two of them are likely Arsenal fans who lit smoke canisters during the match.RT vincecable “RT piersmorgan: Notwithstanding the deep-rooted Arsenal-Tottenham rivalry, I hope every Spurs fan can agree that the person who threw a banana at Aubameyang today is a racist scumbag who shames your club & should be banned for life.pic.twitter.com/d06VCHDBp5″Allan Knox #FBPE (@allanmknox) December 3, 2018On the other hand, a Tottenham spokesperson has confirmed to BBC that the supporter who threw the banana peel would be banned for his racial attack on Aubameyang.The bad temperament was not limited to the stands. Even Eric Dier and Arsenal’s Stephan Lichtsteiner were involved in a clash after the former scored an equaliser in the first half for the Spurs.Dier celebrated his goal by putting his finger upon his lips. However, it did not go down well with Lichtsteiner, who reacted angrily, leading to a melee. It was only after Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino intervened that matters calmed down.advertisementAfter the match Dier said, “I had my back to it all so I’m not too sure what happened.”But this is football. It’s a derby. Football is all about emotion and I don’t understand how I can get a yellow card in that situation.”It baffles me because if you take the emotion out of football you’re going to destroy the game for everyone.”In terms of the match, Arsenal once again put up an inspired second half performance to beat Tottenham 4-2 despite trailing 2-1 at half time.Aubameyang’s early penalty had given Arsenal the lead but then Dier and Harry Kane (penalty) scored to put Tottenham ahead.In the second half though, Aubameyang scored another goal and then Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira also found the back of the net to get Arsenal the victory.The match even saw a red card after Jan Vertonghen earned two yellow cards to leave Tottenham with 10 men on the pitch for the last five minutes of the game.With the win, Arsenal took the fourth spot in the Premier League table due to better goal difference than Tottenham, who slipped to the fifth spot.Also Read | Liverpool and Arsenal win dramatic derbiesAlso Read | Manchester City win 3-1 vs Bournemouth, United draw at SouthamptonAlso Read | Watford fans pay tribute to late Leicester owner. Vichai’s son responds to gestureAlso watch –last_img read more

Matic: Too early for best signing tag

first_imgManchester United Matic: Too early for best summer signing tag at Man Utd Last updated 2 years ago 09:15 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nemanja Matic Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League The £40 million midfielder has earned plenty of praise at Old Trafford, but the Serbian has been quick to point out that it is still early days Nemanja Matic is reluctant to view himself as the signing of the summer following a £40 million move to Manchester United.The Red Devils raided Premier League rivals Chelsea for the Serbia international, with Jose Mourinho turning to a player he knows well in an effort to push his side into title contention.Man Utd 9/4 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The early signs have been encouraging, with Matic’s performances earning widespread praise and leading uncomfortable questions to be asked of Antonio Conte’s decision to sell.The 29-year-old is, however, eager to avoid being caught up in the hype and has been quick to point out that it is still early days, for both him and United in 2017-18.Asked by reporters whether he was the best buy of the recent transfer window and if Mourinho’s men can maintain their form, he said: “We will see. It is too early to say that because we have just played three games. It is true that we have started well with three games, nine points without conceding a goal, so I am happy because of that.”But the season is very long and there are many games. We will see at the end of May where we are.”What I can say is that I am happy that I am part of such a big club like Manchester United. I am very focused to do my job for the national team against Ireland.”United top the Premier League table at present on the back of three successive wins and Matic believes 2018 could end up being a memorable year, domestically and on the international level.Nemanja Matic Manchester United titleHe added: “It is a dream for me to play at the World Cup with Serbia. If that happens, I will be very happy.”If I win the Premier League with Manchester, that would be something great in my life. But I repeat again, it’s still a long way to go.”Matic is looking to follow in the footsteps of a long line of successful midfielders at Old Trafford, with one of the finest exponents of the holding role in the business saying that he looked to model his game on the likes of United legend Roy Keane when growing up.He said: “When I started following football, he was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, if not the best.”I tried to take [something] from every player to improve myself. Of course, he was one of those players.”Matic is currently in Dublin for Serbia’s World Cup qualifying clash with the Republic of Ireland, but will be back in club action on Saturday when United put their faultless record on the line against Stoke City.last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United Matic: Too early for best summer signing tag at Man Utd Last updated 2 years ago 09:15 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nemanja Matic Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League The £40 million midfielder has earned plenty of praise at Old Trafford, but the Serbian has been quick to point out that it is still early days Nemanja Matic is reluctant to view himself as the signing of the summer following a £40 million move to Manchester United.The Red Devils raided Premier League rivals Chelsea for the Serbia international, with Jose Mourinho turning to a player he knows well in an effort to push his side into title contention.Man Utd 9/4 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The early signs have been encouraging, with Matic’s performances earning widespread praise and leading uncomfortable questions to be asked of Antonio Conte’s decision to sell.The 29-year-old is, however, eager to avoid being caught up in the hype and has been quick to point out that it is still early days, for both him and United in 2017-18.Asked by reporters whether he was the best buy of the recent transfer window and if Mourinho’s men can maintain their form, he said: “We will see. It is too early to say that because we have just played three games. It is true that we have started well with three games, nine points without conceding a goal, so I am happy because of that.”But the season is very long and there are many games. We will see at the end of May where we are.”What I can say is that I am happy that I am part of such a big club like Manchester United. I am very focused to do my job for the national team against Ireland.”United top the Premier League table at present on the back of three successive wins and Matic believes 2018 could end up being a memorable year, domestically and on the international level.Nemanja Matic Manchester United titleHe added: “It is a dream for me to play at the World Cup with Serbia. If that happens, I will be very happy.”If I win the Premier League with Manchester, that would be something great in my life. But I repeat again, it’s still a long way to go.”Matic is looking to follow in the footsteps of a long line of successful midfielders at Old Trafford, with one of the finest exponents of the holding role in the business saying that he looked to model his game on the likes of United legend Roy Keane when growing up.He said: “When I started following football, he was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, if not the best.”I tried to take [something] from every player to improve myself. Of course, he was one of those players.”Matic is currently in Dublin for Serbia’s World Cup qualifying clash with the Republic of Ireland, but will be back in club action on Saturday when United put their faultless record on the line against Stoke City.last_img read more

Herrera blasts derby dive booking

first_imgManchester United v Manchester City Herrera blasts derby dive booking as he faces Man Utd ban threat Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:49 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Ander Herrera Manchester United derby dive booking Getty Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester United Manchester City Premier League The Spanish midfielder was shown a yellow card for simulation during a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City and believes he should be able to appeal Ander Herrera has blasted the yellow card he picked up for diving in the Manchester derby and says he should be able to appeal.The Manchester United midfielder was booked during the second half of an eagerly-anticipated encounter at Old Trafford as the home side pushed for a late leveller.Trailing 2-1 with time running out, Herrera went down in the box under pressure from City defender Nicolas Otamendi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Rather than being awarded a penalty, the Spaniard was cautioned, leaving Jose Mourinho fuming at the final whistle and the 28-year-old walking a disciplinary tightrope as he edges closer to a ban.Herrera told reporters on a big call from referee Michael Oliver: “I think the penalty is amazing.“I touched the ball first and he stamped on my foot. I think everyone saw it.Ander Herrera derby booking wrong“Everyone can make mistakes too, also the referee, I didn’t deserve the yellow card. In the first half [there were] the same situations with Gabriel Jesus and [Leroy] Sane and they didn’t get yellow cards.“Now that is my fourth yellow card and that is a big problem for me because I want to play every game.“In Spain if you get something undeserved you can appeal and they take it out. That is one of the things that could improve the Premier League.“In my opinion the organisation is the best in the world, but it is a real shame that if you don’t deserve a yellow card you cannot appeal afterwards. Hopefully one day that rule can change.”Defeat to City has left United 11 points adrift of their arch-rivals in the Premier League title race .Mourinho conceded afterwards that the battle for the English top-flight crown is “probably” over, but Herrera feels there is not much between the two leading contenders.He added:  “I don’t think they created too much just I think in the first half one good action by Gabriel Jesus.“After that I think we controlled the game. It is true we played most of the time in our half, but we didn’t have too many problems. It was very unlucky.“It is a big punch because of the way we lost. When you play against City you can expect to have problems when they have the ball, but we didn’t – that’s why we feel even more disappointed.”last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United v Manchester City Herrera blasts derby dive booking as he faces Man Utd ban threat Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:49 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Ander Herrera Manchester United derby dive booking Getty Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester United Manchester City Premier League The Spanish midfielder was shown a yellow card for simulation during a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City and believes he should be able to appeal Ander Herrera has blasted the yellow card he picked up for diving in the Manchester derby and says he should be able to appeal.The Manchester United midfielder was booked during the second half of an eagerly-anticipated encounter at Old Trafford as the home side pushed for a late leveller.Trailing 2-1 with time running out, Herrera went down in the box under pressure from City defender Nicolas Otamendi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Rather than being awarded a penalty, the Spaniard was cautioned, leaving Jose Mourinho fuming at the final whistle and the 28-year-old walking a disciplinary tightrope as he edges closer to a ban.Herrera told reporters on a big call from referee Michael Oliver: “I think the penalty is amazing.“I touched the ball first and he stamped on my foot. I think everyone saw it.Ander Herrera derby booking wrong“Everyone can make mistakes too, also the referee, I didn’t deserve the yellow card. In the first half [there were] the same situations with Gabriel Jesus and [Leroy] Sane and they didn’t get yellow cards.“Now that is my fourth yellow card and that is a big problem for me because I want to play every game.“In Spain if you get something undeserved you can appeal and they take it out. That is one of the things that could improve the Premier League.“In my opinion the organisation is the best in the world, but it is a real shame that if you don’t deserve a yellow card you cannot appeal afterwards. Hopefully one day that rule can change.”Defeat to City has left United 11 points adrift of their arch-rivals in the Premier League title race .Mourinho conceded afterwards that the battle for the English top-flight crown is “probably” over, but Herrera feels there is not much between the two leading contenders.He added:  “I don’t think they created too much just I think in the first half one good action by Gabriel Jesus.“After that I think we controlled the game. It is true we played most of the time in our half, but we didn’t have too many problems. It was very unlucky.“It is a big punch because of the way we lost. When you play against City you can expect to have problems when they have the ball, but we didn’t – that’s why we feel even more disappointed.”last_img read more

VT League Finals

first_imgIn a big day of Touch Football action, the league will play its elimination finals, semi finals and grand finals on Saturday in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The Women’s elimination finals will start the day at 1.00pm, with the Casey Cougars taking on the Melbourne University Northern Blacks, while the Eastern Falcons will go straight through to the semi finals. The semi finals will be played at 3.00pm, with the winner of the Cougars versus Blacks game playing the team that finished the season on top of the ladder, the Melbourne City Lions. In the second semi final, the Eastern Falcons will meet the second placed team of the season, the Bayside Vipers. The winner of the two semi finals will progress through to the grand final to be played at 6.00pm.The Men’s elimination finals will be played at 2.00pm and will see the Melbourne City Lions play the Casey Cougars, while the Bayside Vipers will meet the Eastern Falcons. The winners of these two games will face the Melbourne University Northern Blacks and the Western Dodgers in the semi finals at 4.00pm, with the two sides finishing the season in first and second places respectively. The Men’s grand final will be played at 7.00pm and will be followed by the official presentations at 8.00pm. The day will also feature the ‘Dash for Cash’ and a high ball competition which is open to all and is sure to entertain. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria and VT League websites:www.victouch.com.auwww.vtleague.com.aulast_img read more

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first_imgIn a big day of Touch Football action, the league will play its elimination finals, semi finals and grand finals on Saturday in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The Women’s elimination finals will start the day at 1.00pm, with the Casey Cougars taking on the Melbourne University Northern Blacks, while the Eastern Falcons will go straight through to the semi finals. The semi finals will be played at 3.00pm, with the winner of the Cougars versus Blacks game playing the team that finished the season on top of the ladder, the Melbourne City Lions. In the second semi final, the Eastern Falcons will meet the second placed team of the season, the Bayside Vipers. The winner of the two semi finals will progress through to the grand final to be played at 6.00pm.The Men’s elimination finals will be played at 2.00pm and will see the Melbourne City Lions play the Casey Cougars, while the Bayside Vipers will meet the Eastern Falcons. The winners of these two games will face the Melbourne University Northern Blacks and the Western Dodgers in the semi finals at 4.00pm, with the two sides finishing the season in first and second places respectively. The Men’s grand final will be played at 7.00pm and will be followed by the official presentations at 8.00pm. The day will also feature the ‘Dash for Cash’ and a high ball competition which is open to all and is sure to entertain. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria and VT League websites:www.victouch.com.auwww.vtleague.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini delivers Nasri update

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini delivers Nasri updateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to make a call on trialist Samir Nasri.Nasri is training with West Ham as he looks to earn a contract.Pellegrini confirmed a decision is expected soon on a player that could help boost their chances of securing a top-six finish this season.“We are going to take the decision next week.“Sami is working with us very well, he is losing weight, his mentality is to try and have a spot here with the squad, so we will see in the next days.” last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini delivers Nasri updateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to make a call on trialist Samir Nasri.Nasri is training with West Ham as he looks to earn a contract.Pellegrini confirmed a decision is expected soon on a player that could help boost their chances of securing a top-six finish this season.“We are going to take the decision next week.“Sami is working with us very well, he is losing weight, his mentality is to try and have a spot here with the squad, so we will see in the next days.” last_img read more

Modernisation Continues at YILPORT’s Gemport and Gemlik

first_imgMay 13, 2014 zoom Gemport, YILPORT Holding’s largest container port in Turkey, has gone live with the latest version of Navis N4 having replaced its legacy system.The change to Navis N4 is part of YILPORT’s modernization and development program for YILPORT Gemport and Gemlik. YILPORT has already centralized its vessel planning, berth management, and logistics operations.Soon the organization will open the new Gemlik terminal which includes the commissioning of four new MES cranes from Japan that are capable of working 18,000 TEU vessels with an anticipated baseline productivity of 35 moves per hour, per crane. Phase One capacity will be 1m TEU and subsequent phases exceeding 2m TEU.According to Omer ARTUK, CTO of YILPORT Holding, “the migration from the home-grown terminal operating system to Navis N4 was performed solely by YILPORT employees. In simplest terms, Navis provided the software and we did the rest.”The newly commissioned system immediately received a stress test as the terminal handled record cargo volumes immediately following the weekend transition. For April, Gemport container volumes were nearly 40,000 TEU with an all-time record of 50 container vessel calls.“YILPORT has standardized on Navis and will now look to deploy the APS crane and gate OCR systems as a part of the terminal modernization program. Additional technologies to be deployed include the Bromma weight sensors, web portals for e-commerce, power and equipment monitoring systems, and an intense focus on integration with our customers,” states Sean R. Pierce, CEO of YILPORT Holding.The YILPORT Gemlik port complex will also serve as the hub for customer and technical support for the YILPORT portfolio of companies.Mr. Pierce also stated “the YILPORT brand is built upon quality and providing the best customer service. We are now focused on creating the YILPORT Global Support Center that will be in the newly constructed administration building in Gemlik. Our highly-trained support technicians will monitor and provide assistance for all equipment and technologies which further supports the one-stop-shopping value proposition for YILPORT.”last_img read more

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first_imgMay 13, 2014 zoom Gemport, YILPORT Holding’s largest container port in Turkey, has gone live with the latest version of Navis N4 having replaced its legacy system.The change to Navis N4 is part of YILPORT’s modernization and development program for YILPORT Gemport and Gemlik. YILPORT has already centralized its vessel planning, berth management, and logistics operations.Soon the organization will open the new Gemlik terminal which includes the commissioning of four new MES cranes from Japan that are capable of working 18,000 TEU vessels with an anticipated baseline productivity of 35 moves per hour, per crane. Phase One capacity will be 1m TEU and subsequent phases exceeding 2m TEU.According to Omer ARTUK, CTO of YILPORT Holding, “the migration from the home-grown terminal operating system to Navis N4 was performed solely by YILPORT employees. In simplest terms, Navis provided the software and we did the rest.”The newly commissioned system immediately received a stress test as the terminal handled record cargo volumes immediately following the weekend transition. For April, Gemport container volumes were nearly 40,000 TEU with an all-time record of 50 container vessel calls.“YILPORT has standardized on Navis and will now look to deploy the APS crane and gate OCR systems as a part of the terminal modernization program. Additional technologies to be deployed include the Bromma weight sensors, web portals for e-commerce, power and equipment monitoring systems, and an intense focus on integration with our customers,” states Sean R. Pierce, CEO of YILPORT Holding.The YILPORT Gemlik port complex will also serve as the hub for customer and technical support for the YILPORT portfolio of companies.Mr. Pierce also stated “the YILPORT brand is built upon quality and providing the best customer service. We are now focused on creating the YILPORT Global Support Center that will be in the newly constructed administration building in Gemlik. Our highly-trained support technicians will monitor and provide assistance for all equipment and technologies which further supports the one-stop-shopping value proposition for YILPORT.”last_img read more

Prescription Drug DropOff Day on Saturday May 10

first_imgGovernment is encouraging Nova Scotians to participate in the second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event provides the opportunity for people to anonymously and safely dispose of expired medications. It helps reduce the illegal use, abuse and trafficking of prescription medications, particularly pain killers and narcotics. “Proper disposal of old, expired and unused medications makes it less likely that they will cause harm, especially to young people,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to reduce risk to themselves and others by taking advantage of Drug Drop-Off Day or Nova Scotia’s regular Medication Disposal Program.” Events will be hosted by local police and community partners, including district health authorities and pharmacists. Nova Scotia also has a provincewide program to encourage people to return expired and unused pharmaceuticals to pharmacies for safe disposal. The Medication Disposal Program is led by the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. To protect privacy, people are reminded to remove labels containing personal information from bottles and packaging. National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is supported and led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Public Safety Canada and Health Canada, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Partnership For a Drug Free Canada, and the Canadian Pharmacists Association.last_img read more

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first_imgGovernment is encouraging Nova Scotians to participate in the second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event provides the opportunity for people to anonymously and safely dispose of expired medications. It helps reduce the illegal use, abuse and trafficking of prescription medications, particularly pain killers and narcotics. “Proper disposal of old, expired and unused medications makes it less likely that they will cause harm, especially to young people,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to reduce risk to themselves and others by taking advantage of Drug Drop-Off Day or Nova Scotia’s regular Medication Disposal Program.” Events will be hosted by local police and community partners, including district health authorities and pharmacists. Nova Scotia also has a provincewide program to encourage people to return expired and unused pharmaceuticals to pharmacies for safe disposal. The Medication Disposal Program is led by the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. To protect privacy, people are reminded to remove labels containing personal information from bottles and packaging. National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is supported and led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Public Safety Canada and Health Canada, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Partnership For a Drug Free Canada, and the Canadian Pharmacists Association.last_img read more

Verdict 2019 – Takeaways

first_imgOn November 30 last year, when thousands of farmers had gathered in New Delhi protesting against the agricultural distress engulfing the country and calling for a special session of Parliament, a united opposition (with around 23 opposition leaders) made speeches in an attempt to assuage them. This happened in the middle of Assembly Elections 2018 and eventually followed up with farm loan waivers in the three Hindi-speaking states (Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan) where Congress formed the government. Also Read – A staunch allyCirca May 2019, the only time the opposition leaders of over 20 parties congregated again was during the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) row, days after exit polls were announced, with almost every single exit poll predicting a clean sweep for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). If only the opposition had successfully pitched for a united front, established pre-poll alliances, and brought about the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) 3-led Common Minimum Programme to fruition, perhaps the numbers would have been slightly different. Also Read – Cuban pathosIt is only relevant to reflect just how one arrived at this juncture after Congress projected itself to be coming back with a resounding majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections barely six months back. Timeliness of the Priyanka factor and Rahul 2.0 On January 23 this year, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s entry into politics as the general secretary of Congress made much noise about how finally the party was upping the ante for the more significant battle ahead. Many expected she would contest elections. However, all the brouhaha over this evaporated without a whimper when the party instead chose to position Ajay Rai from Varanasi. While Priyanka’s not contesting the elections may be her personal choice, the move did leave observers disappointed who wanted the Priyanka magic to work like a charm. Over the years, “there is no alternative” or the TINA factor has come to define the maladies of the opposition. That there is no alternative, no option, and no charismatic leadership that could be pitted against BJP. This narrative was slowly changing with Rahul Gandhi’s transformation. His interaction with academics, students, and international communities; connect with the diaspora, induction of young minds into the party’s manifesto team started to transform the erstwhile caricaturing that he was subjected to. The tolerant and inclusive masterstrokes of “hugplomacy” and the syncretic statement after the assembly win last year of “Humein kisi ko bharat se mukt nahin karna hai” were reflective of an evolving brand: Rahul 2.0. On the other hand, with Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics, it was expected that the aggressive discourse could switch to a more congenial one. Priyanka exuded novelty, a towering charisma, political astuteness, and widely appreciated oratory skills, all of which had the potential to revolutionise the pre-electoral pitch of Congress. However, Priyanka’s maiden roadshow in Lucknow sans any electoral address belied countless hopes. The timing was a tad too late in the day to combat the aggression with which BJP contests. Author and columnist Prashant Jha terms this formidable force the “Amit Shah School of election management” in his book How the BJP wins Elections (2017). Failure to link NYAY with MGNREGA Next came the announcement of the much-celebrated Minimum Income Guarantee scheme. However, the party couldn’t tap into this back in January, and couldn’t sync that to its successful flagship programme, Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Travel to any rural pocket of the country. Even in the most remote tribal hinterlands, an average citizen will invoke the “Rozgaar Guarantee” that generates an adequate “recall” echoing sentimentality with the successes of the scheme. The Economic Survey 2017-18 points out at the scheme’s successes in spite of its various caveats — approximately 4.6 crore households were given employment under MGNREGA, of which 54 per cent were taken up by women alone. Congress didn’t have to wait for the official manifesto announcements of Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) to tap into the potential of minimum income guarantee clubbed with voicing the successes of MGNREGA, primarily because the announcement of the Minimum Income Guarantee was done before the interim budget presentation of 2019, amidst all the clamour and speculation over Universal Basic Income (UBI) by the government — therefore giving Congress an upper hand. The NYAY pledge stemmed more from a place of anger and got reduced to mere advertorial theatrics, with people questioning its economic viability. Anger and passion-based sloganeering such as “Ab Hoga Nyay”, or the chowkidaar jibe were formidable ideas to have worked in an already-jaded environment of political campaigning. Moving beyond the ‘Khan Market’ cabal In this context, it is imperative to note that masses fighting issues of unemployment and economic problems are, at best, limitedly bothered with the cover page of an international magazine, or editorials by occasional political tourists. An average voter is immensely fatigued with day-to-day bureaucratic hurdles; the sundry mundaneness of economic and household vocations, further isolated with the technological invasion amidst a deluge of information. In such an ecosystem of continuous willy-nilly connectedness, nuanced marketing masterstrokes such as an interview with a Bollywood film star laced with light-hearted personal anecdotes, or visits to temples seemed to have resonated with voters over and above the immediate needs of protection of national interests and nurturing national security. Politics of relatability, therefore, precedes politics of inevitability, the latter term borrowed from Timothy Snyder’s book On Tyranny (2017). Political parties are known to keep a gatekeeping culture, which in place of democratising politics, manages to create multiple hierarchies within hierarchies. The oft-mentioned “Khan Market” coterie is not just limited to a select few in the fourth estate, but more closely redirects the attention to the nexuses on top, where only a certain power elite has “access to privilege.” The Khan Market cabal disapproval that has come to haunt the hoity-toity enthusiasts carving out policies over chai-latte in the niche circles of Delhi is not limited to the Lutyens Zone but extends beyond the cosmetic ivory towers of a specific select few who seem to be the self-appointed messiahs of, by, and for the poor. This network is omnipresent in every elite locality of Delhi, where activists and intellectuals debate over concerns of ecology, poverty, illiteracy, and food security over cocktails. In such a scenario, the politics of grassroots, as an extension to relatability, that of empowering the electorate from below, works in place of computerised manifestos, Instagram posts, and retweets. Arun Jaitley’s opening speech at the release of the BJP manifesto, claimed how it was “not the ivy league manifesto” — a statement echoing the sentiments of the masses, deliberately excluded from an elitist system owing to exclusivity of languages, resources, and entitlements. It is this voter that wants politics of connectedness, a sense of association. It is this voter that wants the tyranny of distance minimised, participate in inclusive and representative politics while breaking the barricades of hierarchy, dynastic privileges, and privilege. This was one reason why many related to the politics of the Aam Aadmi Party, while it was still evolving. Initiatives such as inclusive grassroots politics undertaken by Congress in Rajasthan under the leadership of Sachin Pilot, talent pools such as the All India Professionals’ Congress (AIPC) under the guidance of Shashi Tharoor and Salman Soz among others, communication by Rahul Gandhi with party workers via the Shakti app, people consultations for manifestos undertaken by political parties, door-to-door campaigning by the Aam Aadmi Party, interpersonal voter-centric campaigns by BJP help decentralise the centralised idea of politics. An effective convergence of polity and policy shall entail taking the discourse to the bottom of the pyramid, establishing an emotional connect with people, ethnographic evaluations, a careful study of what schemes have worked and what haven’t. Additionally, elaborate, sustained, and continuous discussions with farmers, women, marginalised communities, and not mere guest appearances, usage of methodologies such as participant observation away from the “selfie-driven-village touristy cameos” shall define the order of things and the idea of India, detached from air-conditioned jumlebaazi, as demonstrated by the verdict. (The author is a social sector consultant who has worked as Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh. Views are strictly personal)last_img read more

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first_imgOn November 30 last year, when thousands of farmers had gathered in New Delhi protesting against the agricultural distress engulfing the country and calling for a special session of Parliament, a united opposition (with around 23 opposition leaders) made speeches in an attempt to assuage them. This happened in the middle of Assembly Elections 2018 and eventually followed up with farm loan waivers in the three Hindi-speaking states (Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan) where Congress formed the government. Also Read – A staunch allyCirca May 2019, the only time the opposition leaders of over 20 parties congregated again was during the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) row, days after exit polls were announced, with almost every single exit poll predicting a clean sweep for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). If only the opposition had successfully pitched for a united front, established pre-poll alliances, and brought about the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) 3-led Common Minimum Programme to fruition, perhaps the numbers would have been slightly different. Also Read – Cuban pathosIt is only relevant to reflect just how one arrived at this juncture after Congress projected itself to be coming back with a resounding majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections barely six months back. Timeliness of the Priyanka factor and Rahul 2.0 On January 23 this year, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s entry into politics as the general secretary of Congress made much noise about how finally the party was upping the ante for the more significant battle ahead. Many expected she would contest elections. However, all the brouhaha over this evaporated without a whimper when the party instead chose to position Ajay Rai from Varanasi. While Priyanka’s not contesting the elections may be her personal choice, the move did leave observers disappointed who wanted the Priyanka magic to work like a charm. Over the years, “there is no alternative” or the TINA factor has come to define the maladies of the opposition. That there is no alternative, no option, and no charismatic leadership that could be pitted against BJP. This narrative was slowly changing with Rahul Gandhi’s transformation. His interaction with academics, students, and international communities; connect with the diaspora, induction of young minds into the party’s manifesto team started to transform the erstwhile caricaturing that he was subjected to. The tolerant and inclusive masterstrokes of “hugplomacy” and the syncretic statement after the assembly win last year of “Humein kisi ko bharat se mukt nahin karna hai” were reflective of an evolving brand: Rahul 2.0. On the other hand, with Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics, it was expected that the aggressive discourse could switch to a more congenial one. Priyanka exuded novelty, a towering charisma, political astuteness, and widely appreciated oratory skills, all of which had the potential to revolutionise the pre-electoral pitch of Congress. However, Priyanka’s maiden roadshow in Lucknow sans any electoral address belied countless hopes. The timing was a tad too late in the day to combat the aggression with which BJP contests. Author and columnist Prashant Jha terms this formidable force the “Amit Shah School of election management” in his book How the BJP wins Elections (2017). Failure to link NYAY with MGNREGA Next came the announcement of the much-celebrated Minimum Income Guarantee scheme. However, the party couldn’t tap into this back in January, and couldn’t sync that to its successful flagship programme, Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Travel to any rural pocket of the country. Even in the most remote tribal hinterlands, an average citizen will invoke the “Rozgaar Guarantee” that generates an adequate “recall” echoing sentimentality with the successes of the scheme. The Economic Survey 2017-18 points out at the scheme’s successes in spite of its various caveats — approximately 4.6 crore households were given employment under MGNREGA, of which 54 per cent were taken up by women alone. Congress didn’t have to wait for the official manifesto announcements of Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) to tap into the potential of minimum income guarantee clubbed with voicing the successes of MGNREGA, primarily because the announcement of the Minimum Income Guarantee was done before the interim budget presentation of 2019, amidst all the clamour and speculation over Universal Basic Income (UBI) by the government — therefore giving Congress an upper hand. The NYAY pledge stemmed more from a place of anger and got reduced to mere advertorial theatrics, with people questioning its economic viability. Anger and passion-based sloganeering such as “Ab Hoga Nyay”, or the chowkidaar jibe were formidable ideas to have worked in an already-jaded environment of political campaigning. Moving beyond the ‘Khan Market’ cabal In this context, it is imperative to note that masses fighting issues of unemployment and economic problems are, at best, limitedly bothered with the cover page of an international magazine, or editorials by occasional political tourists. An average voter is immensely fatigued with day-to-day bureaucratic hurdles; the sundry mundaneness of economic and household vocations, further isolated with the technological invasion amidst a deluge of information. In such an ecosystem of continuous willy-nilly connectedness, nuanced marketing masterstrokes such as an interview with a Bollywood film star laced with light-hearted personal anecdotes, or visits to temples seemed to have resonated with voters over and above the immediate needs of protection of national interests and nurturing national security. Politics of relatability, therefore, precedes politics of inevitability, the latter term borrowed from Timothy Snyder’s book On Tyranny (2017). Political parties are known to keep a gatekeeping culture, which in place of democratising politics, manages to create multiple hierarchies within hierarchies. The oft-mentioned “Khan Market” coterie is not just limited to a select few in the fourth estate, but more closely redirects the attention to the nexuses on top, where only a certain power elite has “access to privilege.” The Khan Market cabal disapproval that has come to haunt the hoity-toity enthusiasts carving out policies over chai-latte in the niche circles of Delhi is not limited to the Lutyens Zone but extends beyond the cosmetic ivory towers of a specific select few who seem to be the self-appointed messiahs of, by, and for the poor. This network is omnipresent in every elite locality of Delhi, where activists and intellectuals debate over concerns of ecology, poverty, illiteracy, and food security over cocktails. In such a scenario, the politics of grassroots, as an extension to relatability, that of empowering the electorate from below, works in place of computerised manifestos, Instagram posts, and retweets. Arun Jaitley’s opening speech at the release of the BJP manifesto, claimed how it was “not the ivy league manifesto” — a statement echoing the sentiments of the masses, deliberately excluded from an elitist system owing to exclusivity of languages, resources, and entitlements. It is this voter that wants politics of connectedness, a sense of association. It is this voter that wants the tyranny of distance minimised, participate in inclusive and representative politics while breaking the barricades of hierarchy, dynastic privileges, and privilege. This was one reason why many related to the politics of the Aam Aadmi Party, while it was still evolving. Initiatives such as inclusive grassroots politics undertaken by Congress in Rajasthan under the leadership of Sachin Pilot, talent pools such as the All India Professionals’ Congress (AIPC) under the guidance of Shashi Tharoor and Salman Soz among others, communication by Rahul Gandhi with party workers via the Shakti app, people consultations for manifestos undertaken by political parties, door-to-door campaigning by the Aam Aadmi Party, interpersonal voter-centric campaigns by BJP help decentralise the centralised idea of politics. An effective convergence of polity and policy shall entail taking the discourse to the bottom of the pyramid, establishing an emotional connect with people, ethnographic evaluations, a careful study of what schemes have worked and what haven’t. Additionally, elaborate, sustained, and continuous discussions with farmers, women, marginalised communities, and not mere guest appearances, usage of methodologies such as participant observation away from the “selfie-driven-village touristy cameos” shall define the order of things and the idea of India, detached from air-conditioned jumlebaazi, as demonstrated by the verdict. (The author is a social sector consultant who has worked as Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh. Views are strictly personal)last_img read more

Defence ministry to look into issue of tax on disability pension

first_imgNew Delhi: The issue of tax on disability pension for military personnel was Thursday raised in the Lok Sabha by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh saying his ministry will look into the issue. As soon as Chowdhury raised the issue during the zero hour, Congress members rushed to the well and raised slogans like “Sena ko nayay do’ (Give justice to Army) and ‘sena ke naam pe vote mangana band karo’ (stop asking votes in the name of Army). Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah With Congress members creating a ruckus in the House, Speaker Om Birla said they were disturbing new members which was not right. Chowdhury said new members should be given chance to speak again and again. The Congress leader said that in June CBDT came out with a circular which said disability pension will be taxable for military personnel. This, he said, was very sad. Replying to him, the defence minister said, “I will look into the issue. The ministry is gathering information and will get back with details to the House”. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony The defence minister also said that in the last 40 years people were kept in the dark as far as ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) is concerned and were misled “but our government brought it into force”. Armed forces personnel who suffer any kind of disability due to their service receive separate disability pension. Sources had earlier said that disability pension will be taxable for military personnel who superannuated under normal circumstances. Pension will be non-taxable only for those personnel who have retired due to any kind of disability, they had said. Citing a Finance Ministry circular, dated June 24, the sources had said, “Tax exemption will be available to armed forces personnel who have been invalidated from the service on account of bodily disability attributable to or aggravated by such service and not to personnel who have been retired or superannuated or otherwise.”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The issue of tax on disability pension for military personnel was Thursday raised in the Lok Sabha by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh saying his ministry will look into the issue. As soon as Chowdhury raised the issue during the zero hour, Congress members rushed to the well and raised slogans like “Sena ko nayay do’ (Give justice to Army) and ‘sena ke naam pe vote mangana band karo’ (stop asking votes in the name of Army). Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah With Congress members creating a ruckus in the House, Speaker Om Birla said they were disturbing new members which was not right. Chowdhury said new members should be given chance to speak again and again. The Congress leader said that in June CBDT came out with a circular which said disability pension will be taxable for military personnel. This, he said, was very sad. Replying to him, the defence minister said, “I will look into the issue. The ministry is gathering information and will get back with details to the House”. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony The defence minister also said that in the last 40 years people were kept in the dark as far as ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) is concerned and were misled “but our government brought it into force”. Armed forces personnel who suffer any kind of disability due to their service receive separate disability pension. Sources had earlier said that disability pension will be taxable for military personnel who superannuated under normal circumstances. Pension will be non-taxable only for those personnel who have retired due to any kind of disability, they had said. Citing a Finance Ministry circular, dated June 24, the sources had said, “Tax exemption will be available to armed forces personnel who have been invalidated from the service on account of bodily disability attributable to or aggravated by such service and not to personnel who have been retired or superannuated or otherwise.”last_img read more

Extrain engineer apologizes for his role in LacMegantic tragedy

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – One of the three men acquitted of criminal negligence in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster is apologizing publicly for his role in the tragedy that killed 47 people.Tom Harding spoke to reporters today for the first time since he and two former railway colleagues were found not guilty last week.Richard Labrie, Jean Demaitre and Harding were each charged with criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people after a runaway train derailed and exploded in the small Quebec town on July 6, 2013.In a rare public statement since the tragedy, Harding says he is deeply sorry for his part in the disaster and assumes his responsibility.The Crown had argued that Harding’s role was significant because he didn’t apply a sufficient number of brakes after parking the convoy for the night.Harding’s defence team had argued his actions were not a marked departure from standard company procedures and therefore he couldn’t be held criminally responsible.“I do not find the words sufficient to express my sympathies,” Harding said. “I am deeply sorry for my part of responsibility in this tragedy. I assume this responsibility and I will always assume it.”last_img read more

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first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – One of the three men acquitted of criminal negligence in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster is apologizing publicly for his role in the tragedy that killed 47 people.Tom Harding spoke to reporters today for the first time since he and two former railway colleagues were found not guilty last week.Richard Labrie, Jean Demaitre and Harding were each charged with criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people after a runaway train derailed and exploded in the small Quebec town on July 6, 2013.In a rare public statement since the tragedy, Harding says he is deeply sorry for his part in the disaster and assumes his responsibility.The Crown had argued that Harding’s role was significant because he didn’t apply a sufficient number of brakes after parking the convoy for the night.Harding’s defence team had argued his actions were not a marked departure from standard company procedures and therefore he couldn’t be held criminally responsible.“I do not find the words sufficient to express my sympathies,” Harding said. “I am deeply sorry for my part of responsibility in this tragedy. I assume this responsibility and I will always assume it.”last_img read more

DR Congo Security Council urges all stakeholders to ensure upcoming polls are

In a Statement read out in a formal meeting by the President of the Council, the 15-member body “called on the authorities to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the right of peaceful assembly, and to exercise maximum restraint in their response to protests. The statement also called on the opposition forces in the country “to show responsibility by ensuring the peaceful character of their demonstrations.” The Council further underlined the need for the Government and its national partners to accelerate preparations for the elections without further delays, including by expediting the update of the voter registry. It further noted it remains concerned over the risk for destabilization of DRC and the region as a whole, as illustrated by the violence of 19-20 September 2016, in the absence of a swift and consensual resolution to the current political crisis, and called on the Government to hold accountable those responsible for the killings as well as all violations and abuses of human rights. Also, the Council expressed deep concerns over humanitarian situation and persisting violence in eastern DRC, in particular, North Kivu province, and called on the Government to “end the threat” posed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and all other armed groups operating in the central African country. It is estimated that nearly 840,000 people have been displaced in North Kivu and more than 700 civilians have been killed since October 2014. Further in the Statement, the Council also welcomed regional initiatives to promote peace, stability and democracy in the DRC as well as the reform of the governing mechanisms of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the DRC and the region. Also at today’s Council meeting, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Maman Sambo Sidikou and the head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) informed the members of the Council that the mission continued its engagement with the Government, political parties and civil society and that it has updated its contingencies and adjusting deployment to mitigate politically driven violence and to protect civilians, to the extent possible, within its available resources and in its areas of deployment. However, Mr. Sidikou, added “these efforts may not be fully sufficient to mitigate or respond adequately to any major outbreak of politically-related violence,” and underlined that it was political will of the main political actors that would determine how the existing tensions will be managed, and whether or not these degenerate into violence. He also expressed caution at the deteriorating economic situation and its adverse impact on the stability of the country. “Socio-economic factors constitute an important potential trigger for violence in this period,” he said. read more

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In a Statement read out in a formal meeting by the President of the Council, the 15-member body “called on the authorities to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the right of peaceful assembly, and to exercise maximum restraint in their response to protests. The statement also called on the opposition forces in the country “to show responsibility by ensuring the peaceful character of their demonstrations.” The Council further underlined the need for the Government and its national partners to accelerate preparations for the elections without further delays, including by expediting the update of the voter registry. It further noted it remains concerned over the risk for destabilization of DRC and the region as a whole, as illustrated by the violence of 19-20 September 2016, in the absence of a swift and consensual resolution to the current political crisis, and called on the Government to hold accountable those responsible for the killings as well as all violations and abuses of human rights. Also, the Council expressed deep concerns over humanitarian situation and persisting violence in eastern DRC, in particular, North Kivu province, and called on the Government to “end the threat” posed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and all other armed groups operating in the central African country. It is estimated that nearly 840,000 people have been displaced in North Kivu and more than 700 civilians have been killed since October 2014. Further in the Statement, the Council also welcomed regional initiatives to promote peace, stability and democracy in the DRC as well as the reform of the governing mechanisms of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the DRC and the region. Also at today’s Council meeting, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Maman Sambo Sidikou and the head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) informed the members of the Council that the mission continued its engagement with the Government, political parties and civil society and that it has updated its contingencies and adjusting deployment to mitigate politically driven violence and to protect civilians, to the extent possible, within its available resources and in its areas of deployment. However, Mr. Sidikou, added “these efforts may not be fully sufficient to mitigate or respond adequately to any major outbreak of politically-related violence,” and underlined that it was political will of the main political actors that would determine how the existing tensions will be managed, and whether or not these degenerate into violence. He also expressed caution at the deteriorating economic situation and its adverse impact on the stability of the country. “Socio-economic factors constitute an important potential trigger for violence in this period,” he said. read more

BBC announces most powerful women of the last 70 years Beyonce and

first_imgWhen celebrating the most powerful women of the last 70 years, it may seem natural to host a celebration at Buckingham Palace: home to a Queen who has reigned for generations.But if anyone had hoped Her Majesty might be recognised for her contribution to women’s lives over her long service, they would be disappointed.The BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List, announced on Wednesday, instead recognises Beyoncé, the singer, feminist provocateur Germaine Greer and a fictional character: the love-lorn Bridget Jones. She told guests it was a “huge pleasure to acknowledge this magnificent milestone” and said the programme’s origins as a show just for housewives had been “left far behind”.”It is a living social history charting the changing attitudes to women as well as the changing attitudes of women themselves,” she said.”So it’s not surprising that the number of listeners is higher than ever and that its audience is made up of both women and men.” Baroness Thatcher came in first in the power list It is the first time the list has encompassed a fictional character as well as women no longer with us.Previous winners include Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, campaigner Baroness Lawrence, and the Queen, who won in 2013. The Queen Beyonce, the singer 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. Germaine Greer, the feminist and author Beyonce, the singer Emma Barnett, chair of judges, said of Lady Thatcher: “Love or loathe her, it is hard to think of another woman who has had more of an impact on British women than Baroness Margaret Thatcher within the last seven decades.“Anyone born in the 80s, and thereafter, grew up thinking it was normal for a woman to run the country; anyone over the age of 18 while she was in charge was shaped by her leadership style and uncompromising policies.“In fact a whole generation of women’s feminism was formed in direct retaliation to her.”Judge Julia Hobsbawm said of the inclusion of Bridget Jones: “Twenty five years ago she ushered in the voice of a woman narrating her own banality as well as her own complexity.”The seven women on the Woman’s Hour Power List 2016:Margaret Thatcher – First female British Prime Minister (1979-1990) and leader of the Conservative Party (1975-1990). Emma Barnett says: “Love or loathe her, it is hard to think of another woman who has had more of an impact on British women than Baroness Margaret Thatcher within the last seven decades. Anyone born in the 80s, and thereafter, grew up thinking it was normal for a woman to run the country; anyone over the age of 18 while she was in charge was shaped by her leadership style and uncompromising policies. In fact a whole generation of women’s feminism was formed in direct retaliation to her.”Helen Brook – Set up Brook Advisory Centres in 1964 offering contraceptive advice to unmarried women. Jill Burridge says: “I think the biggest change [of the past 70 years] was probably contraception, which freed women to think about what they did and what choices they had – in terms of whether they stayed at home or chose to develop their career. Everything has followed on from that –employment, job opportunities, all those things flowed on after the change when the pill became freely available to women.”Barbara Castle – Labour MP for Blackburn (1945-1979), brought in the Equal Pay Act in 1970. Emma Barnett says: “It would be criminal not to put Barbara Castle on that list. Every negotiation I’ve ever had I know I’ve got her standing behind me with what she put into legislation.”Germaine Greer – Australian writer, recognised as one of the major voices of the feminist movement, she published The Female Eunuch in 1970. Abi Morgan says: “She’s a warrior for me – she’s somebody who went to the frontline of feminism and said bring it on.”Jayaben Desai – Prominent leader of the strikers in the Grunwick dispute in London in 1976, campaigning against low pay and poor conditions for women workers. Ayesha Hazarika says: “She highlighted the plight of low paid women, immigrant workers, racism, trade union recognition – but also dignity, humanity and basic human rights.” Bridget Jones – Bridget Jones’s Diary published by Helen Fielding in 1996. Julia Hobsbawm says: “Twenty five years ago she ushered in the voice of a woman narrating her own banality as well as her own complexity.”Beyoncé – American singer-songwriter. Ayesha Hazarika says: “I think Beyoncé managed to do two things. She turned herself into a very successful commercial brand but with that she also put out quite a positive feminist message, right from the start. Particularly now she’s moving into race relations talking about black lives matter. And also from a beauty point of view, being a black woman who is held up as a global beauty icon at a time when beauty and pop culture is still very white.” Barbara Castle shares a cup of tea with the leaders of the female machinists’ strike from the Ford plant in Dagenham in 1968 The Duchess of Cornwall greets Dame Jenni Murray at the Buckingham Palace reception The Duchess of Cornwall greets Dame Jenni Murray at the Buckingham Palace reception Barbara Castle shares a cup of tea with the leaders of the female machinists' strike from the Ford plant in Dagenham in 1968 A spokesman for Radio 4 said debate over the selection was to be expected. Lady Thatcher and Miss Jones are joined on the final list by Helen Brook, who founded centres offering contraception to unmarried women, Barbara Castle, the Labour MP who fought for equal pay, and Jayaben Desai, a strike leader in the 1974 Grunwick dispute.Germaine Greer, the feminist and academic who has caused fury among campaigners for recent comments about transgender people, came in fourth place, with judge Abi Morgan hailing her a “warrior”.Beyoncé, the American singer, makes it onto the list at number seven in recognition of her status as a “global beauty icon”. Baroness Thatcher came in first in the power list The Duchess of Cornwall meets Germaine Greer The Duchess of Cornwall meets Germaine Greer Germaine Greer, the feminist and author The list will be announced on Woman’s Hour from 10am on Wednesday, in a programme pre-recorded at Buckingham Palace.Speaking at a reception to celebrate the show’s 70th anniversary, the Duchess of Cornwall told a crowd the programme had been part of the “soundtrack to my life”. The Queen did not make the list, despite her long serviceCredit:Getty Images The list of seven powerful women, selected by a judging panel, was topped by Baroness Thatcher, the late former prime minister who was recognised by the BBC for her impact on British women whether they “love her or loathe her”.The Queen did not make the list, with Theresa May, the current Prime Minister, also omitted along with all modern-day politicians.Instead, Woman’s House chose to honour the star of Helen Fielding’s 1996 novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary, famous for her witty take on the life of a single woman in a world of “smug marrieds”. Alice Feinstein, Woman’s Hour editor, said: “Each year the Woman’s Hour Power List aims to highlight, celebrate and create a discussion around the achievements of women who are pioneering and affecting change for women and in British society at large.“In our anniversary year it felt appropriate to take stock and recognise the women who over the past 70 years have had the biggest impact.“Of course it’s been an impossible task for our judges to compile a final list of seven but I’m pleased that this feels like an appropriately wide-ranging and impressive line-up of those who historically and today are having an impact in terms of the choices available to women in the UK in 2016.”last_img read more

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first_imgWhen celebrating the most powerful women of the last 70 years, it may seem natural to host a celebration at Buckingham Palace: home to a Queen who has reigned for generations.But if anyone had hoped Her Majesty might be recognised for her contribution to women’s lives over her long service, they would be disappointed.The BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List, announced on Wednesday, instead recognises Beyoncé, the singer, feminist provocateur Germaine Greer and a fictional character: the love-lorn Bridget Jones. She told guests it was a “huge pleasure to acknowledge this magnificent milestone” and said the programme’s origins as a show just for housewives had been “left far behind”.”It is a living social history charting the changing attitudes to women as well as the changing attitudes of women themselves,” she said.”So it’s not surprising that the number of listeners is higher than ever and that its audience is made up of both women and men.” Baroness Thatcher came in first in the power list It is the first time the list has encompassed a fictional character as well as women no longer with us.Previous winners include Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, campaigner Baroness Lawrence, and the Queen, who won in 2013. The Queen Beyonce, the singer 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. Germaine Greer, the feminist and author Beyonce, the singer Emma Barnett, chair of judges, said of Lady Thatcher: “Love or loathe her, it is hard to think of another woman who has had more of an impact on British women than Baroness Margaret Thatcher within the last seven decades.“Anyone born in the 80s, and thereafter, grew up thinking it was normal for a woman to run the country; anyone over the age of 18 while she was in charge was shaped by her leadership style and uncompromising policies.“In fact a whole generation of women’s feminism was formed in direct retaliation to her.”Judge Julia Hobsbawm said of the inclusion of Bridget Jones: “Twenty five years ago she ushered in the voice of a woman narrating her own banality as well as her own complexity.”The seven women on the Woman’s Hour Power List 2016:Margaret Thatcher – First female British Prime Minister (1979-1990) and leader of the Conservative Party (1975-1990). Emma Barnett says: “Love or loathe her, it is hard to think of another woman who has had more of an impact on British women than Baroness Margaret Thatcher within the last seven decades. Anyone born in the 80s, and thereafter, grew up thinking it was normal for a woman to run the country; anyone over the age of 18 while she was in charge was shaped by her leadership style and uncompromising policies. In fact a whole generation of women’s feminism was formed in direct retaliation to her.”Helen Brook – Set up Brook Advisory Centres in 1964 offering contraceptive advice to unmarried women. Jill Burridge says: “I think the biggest change [of the past 70 years] was probably contraception, which freed women to think about what they did and what choices they had – in terms of whether they stayed at home or chose to develop their career. Everything has followed on from that –employment, job opportunities, all those things flowed on after the change when the pill became freely available to women.”Barbara Castle – Labour MP for Blackburn (1945-1979), brought in the Equal Pay Act in 1970. Emma Barnett says: “It would be criminal not to put Barbara Castle on that list. Every negotiation I’ve ever had I know I’ve got her standing behind me with what she put into legislation.”Germaine Greer – Australian writer, recognised as one of the major voices of the feminist movement, she published The Female Eunuch in 1970. Abi Morgan says: “She’s a warrior for me – she’s somebody who went to the frontline of feminism and said bring it on.”Jayaben Desai – Prominent leader of the strikers in the Grunwick dispute in London in 1976, campaigning against low pay and poor conditions for women workers. Ayesha Hazarika says: “She highlighted the plight of low paid women, immigrant workers, racism, trade union recognition – but also dignity, humanity and basic human rights.” Bridget Jones – Bridget Jones’s Diary published by Helen Fielding in 1996. Julia Hobsbawm says: “Twenty five years ago she ushered in the voice of a woman narrating her own banality as well as her own complexity.”Beyoncé – American singer-songwriter. Ayesha Hazarika says: “I think Beyoncé managed to do two things. She turned herself into a very successful commercial brand but with that she also put out quite a positive feminist message, right from the start. Particularly now she’s moving into race relations talking about black lives matter. And also from a beauty point of view, being a black woman who is held up as a global beauty icon at a time when beauty and pop culture is still very white.” Barbara Castle shares a cup of tea with the leaders of the female machinists’ strike from the Ford plant in Dagenham in 1968 The Duchess of Cornwall greets Dame Jenni Murray at the Buckingham Palace reception The Duchess of Cornwall greets Dame Jenni Murray at the Buckingham Palace reception Barbara Castle shares a cup of tea with the leaders of the female machinists' strike from the Ford plant in Dagenham in 1968 A spokesman for Radio 4 said debate over the selection was to be expected. Lady Thatcher and Miss Jones are joined on the final list by Helen Brook, who founded centres offering contraception to unmarried women, Barbara Castle, the Labour MP who fought for equal pay, and Jayaben Desai, a strike leader in the 1974 Grunwick dispute.Germaine Greer, the feminist and academic who has caused fury among campaigners for recent comments about transgender people, came in fourth place, with judge Abi Morgan hailing her a “warrior”.Beyoncé, the American singer, makes it onto the list at number seven in recognition of her status as a “global beauty icon”. Baroness Thatcher came in first in the power list The Duchess of Cornwall meets Germaine Greer The Duchess of Cornwall meets Germaine Greer Germaine Greer, the feminist and author The list will be announced on Woman’s Hour from 10am on Wednesday, in a programme pre-recorded at Buckingham Palace.Speaking at a reception to celebrate the show’s 70th anniversary, the Duchess of Cornwall told a crowd the programme had been part of the “soundtrack to my life”. The Queen did not make the list, despite her long serviceCredit:Getty Images The list of seven powerful women, selected by a judging panel, was topped by Baroness Thatcher, the late former prime minister who was recognised by the BBC for her impact on British women whether they “love her or loathe her”.The Queen did not make the list, with Theresa May, the current Prime Minister, also omitted along with all modern-day politicians.Instead, Woman’s House chose to honour the star of Helen Fielding’s 1996 novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary, famous for her witty take on the life of a single woman in a world of “smug marrieds”. Alice Feinstein, Woman’s Hour editor, said: “Each year the Woman’s Hour Power List aims to highlight, celebrate and create a discussion around the achievements of women who are pioneering and affecting change for women and in British society at large.“In our anniversary year it felt appropriate to take stock and recognise the women who over the past 70 years have had the biggest impact.“Of course it’s been an impossible task for our judges to compile a final list of seven but I’m pleased that this feels like an appropriately wide-ranging and impressive line-up of those who historically and today are having an impact in terms of the choices available to women in the UK in 2016.”last_img read more

Liberals dont like my thinking TD claims he was ousted over abortion

first_imgINDEPENDENT TD MATTIE McGrath has slammed members of the Dáil Technical Group after he was removed from two Oireachtas committees of which he was a member, claiming it’s because of his pro-life views.The Dáil today agreed to a decision by the grouping of independent and smaller party TDs to remove the Tipperary South deputy from both the Health and Transport committees, replacing him with Clare Daly and Mick Wallace respectively.McGrath described it as an “undemocratic and despicable action” which “reflects extremely poorly on the willingness of some members of the Technical Group to listen to any kind of view which deviates from their own”. He said: “I am now being penalised for essentially falling out of favour due to the political stance I took at the time of the so called Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.”However, the Technical Group whip, Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy, said that McGrath has not attended the weekly meetings of the group since July 2013.McGrath has also refused to pay monthly dues for the employment of two people as coordinators for the group since July.“Members of the group were seeking committee places,” Murphy said in a brief statement to TheJournal.ie.‘Apartheid’However, McGrath told this website that he is “getting no service, so I am not paying” and claimed that the €230 a month he had been paying towards employing staff for the group had gone up to €258 a month.He said there is “no transparency” in the Technical Group, saying “they have an apartheid of their own operating there. I don’t fit. Liberals in there don’t like my thinking.”During the debate on the matter in the Dáil earlier, independent TD and Technical Group member Stephen Donnelly asked the Ceann Comhairle to confirm that no member of the group was allowed to speak which Seán Barrett duly confirmed.This was an attempt to point out that the group could not outline its reasons for removing McGrath from the two committees.McGrath said his removal and replacement with Daly and Wallace, both of whom supported the abortion bill, was an attempt to tip the balance in favour of pro-choice views.“How can I see this as anything but an attempt to tip the ideological balance away to a position more suited to the proposers of the motion?” he said.Separately, the Dáil also voted through a measure preventing opposition TDs from tabling duplicate bills to increase the chances of them being debated.This followed a recent dispute over Luke Ming Flanagan’s tabling of a bill banning the construction of wind turbines which was identical to that previously tabled by Labour backbencher Willie Penrose.Read: Can expelled TDs join the Dáil Technical Group? Here’s why it’s ‘as clear as mud’Read: ‘Mick has a serious credibility problem’: TDs split on who does Leaders’ Questionslast_img read more

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first_imgINDEPENDENT TD MATTIE McGrath has slammed members of the Dáil Technical Group after he was removed from two Oireachtas committees of which he was a member, claiming it’s because of his pro-life views.The Dáil today agreed to a decision by the grouping of independent and smaller party TDs to remove the Tipperary South deputy from both the Health and Transport committees, replacing him with Clare Daly and Mick Wallace respectively.McGrath described it as an “undemocratic and despicable action” which “reflects extremely poorly on the willingness of some members of the Technical Group to listen to any kind of view which deviates from their own”. He said: “I am now being penalised for essentially falling out of favour due to the political stance I took at the time of the so called Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.”However, the Technical Group whip, Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy, said that McGrath has not attended the weekly meetings of the group since July 2013.McGrath has also refused to pay monthly dues for the employment of two people as coordinators for the group since July.“Members of the group were seeking committee places,” Murphy said in a brief statement to TheJournal.ie.‘Apartheid’However, McGrath told this website that he is “getting no service, so I am not paying” and claimed that the €230 a month he had been paying towards employing staff for the group had gone up to €258 a month.He said there is “no transparency” in the Technical Group, saying “they have an apartheid of their own operating there. I don’t fit. Liberals in there don’t like my thinking.”During the debate on the matter in the Dáil earlier, independent TD and Technical Group member Stephen Donnelly asked the Ceann Comhairle to confirm that no member of the group was allowed to speak which Seán Barrett duly confirmed.This was an attempt to point out that the group could not outline its reasons for removing McGrath from the two committees.McGrath said his removal and replacement with Daly and Wallace, both of whom supported the abortion bill, was an attempt to tip the balance in favour of pro-choice views.“How can I see this as anything but an attempt to tip the ideological balance away to a position more suited to the proposers of the motion?” he said.Separately, the Dáil also voted through a measure preventing opposition TDs from tabling duplicate bills to increase the chances of them being debated.This followed a recent dispute over Luke Ming Flanagan’s tabling of a bill banning the construction of wind turbines which was identical to that previously tabled by Labour backbencher Willie Penrose.Read: Can expelled TDs join the Dáil Technical Group? Here’s why it’s ‘as clear as mud’Read: ‘Mick has a serious credibility problem’: TDs split on who does Leaders’ Questionslast_img read more

Column Depression thrives on secrecy and isolation – its time to speak

first_imgI’M A 30(ish) year old, happily-married mam of two, living in a small town in Connemara. I have two crazy dogs, wonderful friends and a loving, supportive family. I also have clinical depression. So, I’ve started writing a blog by way of helping me on my journey with this illness, and in the hope that my experience may help someone else.But what prompted me to do this? Why say anything at all? Depression is shameful, something to hide, something we should just be able to snap out of, right? Certainly not something to share with the world. Wrong. So very, very wrong.I’ve been struggling with depression for years. With hindsight I think it began as far back as college, possibly even school, although it wasn’t until after the birth of my first child that it raised it’s head in a way that began to cause serious problems. At the time, we called it post-natal depression. I took anti depressants for six months, felt somewhat better, and put it behind me, assuming that was it and I’d never look back. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case and I’m currently off work recovering from the most severe episode yet, one which saw me take a five week holiday in the psychiatric unit of UHG.Why was I being so secretive about my illness?It was while I was in hospital that I began to question why I was being so secretive about my illness. I suppose part of the reason is that for the longest time, I couldn’t accept that depression actually was an illness. I mentioned this to my psychiatrist once – she challenged me to go and say that to all the people in the waiting room. That was me firmly put in my place! So, I had to accept (something I still struggle with) that depression is part of me. It’s happened more times now than I care to mention, and each episode has been worse than the last.It is a truly horrendous way to feel, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But now isn’t the time to discuss the horrors of a bad depressive low. What’s important is that at the very bottom of this low, when I was at my worst, I realised that by hiding it I was actually making things even harder on myself. It occurred to me that if I was in hospital for any other reason, I would expect, nay, demand, sympathy, visits, flowers, chocolates. Did I mention sympathy? Yet here I was, the lowest I’ve ever been, afraid to talk to even my closest friends.The first step to breaking the silenceSo, I decided to do something about it. Smartphones are a wonderful invention. My first foray into letting people know was a text to a select few. Then, when I was feeling braver, a post on Facebook. For me, I express myself far more articulately through the written word and it’s not quite as scary as a face-to-face conversation. The response I got quite literally blew me away. I was overwhelmed by the amount of support and positivity that came my way – calls, messages, visits – I was amply supplied with chocolate and reading material, as well as the occasional shoulder and kleenex. I’d done it. Everyone knew. And the best part? The world didn’t come crashing to an end!!That’s not to say it wasn’t hard the first time I actually spoke to someone once they knew. It was. I was nervous – not helped by the fact that I wasn’t, and still am not, feeling great. I wasn’t sure how they’d be, if they’d look at me differently, treat me differently. But for the most part, I’ve found that people are taking their lead from me. They ask how I’m doing. On a good day, I might feel like expanding on things, and they listen. On a bad day, I’ll more than likely change the subject as I do still find it hard to admit to feeling low, and they go with that.Listening is so simple, yet so powerful. There’s no need to offer a solution – more often than not there isn’t one anyway. Platitudes certainly don’t help. But just listening, or even just asking how someone is doing, and genuinely meaning it; don’t ever overestimate the difference that can make. Humour also helps. It really, really helps. My stay in the hospital is affectionately known in my house as my ‘loola holiday’. I have friends who also have depression. They’re my fellow crazy ladies. We have to find ways to laugh about it, because otherwise it would be overwhelming.Depression thrives on secrecy and isolationDepression is a difficult illness, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s made so much worse when it’s kept hidden. It thrives on secrecy and isolation. When it’s out in the open, acknowledged, talked about, it loses some of its power. It was a difficult decision to take a chance and tell people, but it’s one that I don’t regret for a second. What’s been most interesting about this for me is that the more open I’ve been, the more open others have been in return. People have told me how they themselves have struggled, and still struggle, with depression. These are people I would always have assumed were absolutely fine and getting on with their lives with no bother at all. We’re able to support each other now in a way that wasn’t possible before, and that’s wonderful.I know that there will be days when I will struggle again. I’ve been warned to expect further episodes and that’s something I really don’t like to think about. But I’m hopeful that it won’t be as hard as it has been up to now, because I won’t be struggling on my own any more. I would urge anyone who is having difficulty with depression to find someone they trust to talk to.Professional help is so important, I’m lucky to have a GP who knows me well and a counsellor I trust completely, as well as a very supportive husband, family and friends. For now, I also have to take medication to control my depression. But as I’ve been told many, many times, that’s only half the battle. The rest is up to me. And for me at least, talking about it, allowing people to know what’s really going on, that’s the other half of the battle. Depression is a terrible burden to carry alone, no one should have to do that. Start small. Start with someone close. You might just be pleasantly surprised at their reaction.About the Green Ribbon Campaign:See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, and its 80 partner organisations have rolled out a major month-long national campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2013The Green Ribbon campaign is simply about raising awareness and sparking conversation of mental health problems; 150,000 Green ribbons have been distributed nationwide free of charge and will not be associated with any fundraising activityPeople are asked to wear the green ribbon and support a movement to spark a national conversation about mental health in Ireland’s boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tablesIn first week of the campaign alone, by wearing the green ribbon, attending nationwide local events and pledging online support, over 100,000 people got on board with the message of the campaign to change minds about mental health, one conversation at a timeKey message: you don’t need to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers; sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listenlast_img read more

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first_imgI’M A 30(ish) year old, happily-married mam of two, living in a small town in Connemara. I have two crazy dogs, wonderful friends and a loving, supportive family. I also have clinical depression. So, I’ve started writing a blog by way of helping me on my journey with this illness, and in the hope that my experience may help someone else.But what prompted me to do this? Why say anything at all? Depression is shameful, something to hide, something we should just be able to snap out of, right? Certainly not something to share with the world. Wrong. So very, very wrong.I’ve been struggling with depression for years. With hindsight I think it began as far back as college, possibly even school, although it wasn’t until after the birth of my first child that it raised it’s head in a way that began to cause serious problems. At the time, we called it post-natal depression. I took anti depressants for six months, felt somewhat better, and put it behind me, assuming that was it and I’d never look back. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case and I’m currently off work recovering from the most severe episode yet, one which saw me take a five week holiday in the psychiatric unit of UHG.Why was I being so secretive about my illness?It was while I was in hospital that I began to question why I was being so secretive about my illness. I suppose part of the reason is that for the longest time, I couldn’t accept that depression actually was an illness. I mentioned this to my psychiatrist once – she challenged me to go and say that to all the people in the waiting room. That was me firmly put in my place! So, I had to accept (something I still struggle with) that depression is part of me. It’s happened more times now than I care to mention, and each episode has been worse than the last.It is a truly horrendous way to feel, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But now isn’t the time to discuss the horrors of a bad depressive low. What’s important is that at the very bottom of this low, when I was at my worst, I realised that by hiding it I was actually making things even harder on myself. It occurred to me that if I was in hospital for any other reason, I would expect, nay, demand, sympathy, visits, flowers, chocolates. Did I mention sympathy? Yet here I was, the lowest I’ve ever been, afraid to talk to even my closest friends.The first step to breaking the silenceSo, I decided to do something about it. Smartphones are a wonderful invention. My first foray into letting people know was a text to a select few. Then, when I was feeling braver, a post on Facebook. For me, I express myself far more articulately through the written word and it’s not quite as scary as a face-to-face conversation. The response I got quite literally blew me away. I was overwhelmed by the amount of support and positivity that came my way – calls, messages, visits – I was amply supplied with chocolate and reading material, as well as the occasional shoulder and kleenex. I’d done it. Everyone knew. And the best part? The world didn’t come crashing to an end!!That’s not to say it wasn’t hard the first time I actually spoke to someone once they knew. It was. I was nervous – not helped by the fact that I wasn’t, and still am not, feeling great. I wasn’t sure how they’d be, if they’d look at me differently, treat me differently. But for the most part, I’ve found that people are taking their lead from me. They ask how I’m doing. On a good day, I might feel like expanding on things, and they listen. On a bad day, I’ll more than likely change the subject as I do still find it hard to admit to feeling low, and they go with that.Listening is so simple, yet so powerful. There’s no need to offer a solution – more often than not there isn’t one anyway. Platitudes certainly don’t help. But just listening, or even just asking how someone is doing, and genuinely meaning it; don’t ever overestimate the difference that can make. Humour also helps. It really, really helps. My stay in the hospital is affectionately known in my house as my ‘loola holiday’. I have friends who also have depression. They’re my fellow crazy ladies. We have to find ways to laugh about it, because otherwise it would be overwhelming.Depression thrives on secrecy and isolationDepression is a difficult illness, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s made so much worse when it’s kept hidden. It thrives on secrecy and isolation. When it’s out in the open, acknowledged, talked about, it loses some of its power. It was a difficult decision to take a chance and tell people, but it’s one that I don’t regret for a second. What’s been most interesting about this for me is that the more open I’ve been, the more open others have been in return. People have told me how they themselves have struggled, and still struggle, with depression. These are people I would always have assumed were absolutely fine and getting on with their lives with no bother at all. We’re able to support each other now in a way that wasn’t possible before, and that’s wonderful.I know that there will be days when I will struggle again. I’ve been warned to expect further episodes and that’s something I really don’t like to think about. But I’m hopeful that it won’t be as hard as it has been up to now, because I won’t be struggling on my own any more. I would urge anyone who is having difficulty with depression to find someone they trust to talk to.Professional help is so important, I’m lucky to have a GP who knows me well and a counsellor I trust completely, as well as a very supportive husband, family and friends. For now, I also have to take medication to control my depression. But as I’ve been told many, many times, that’s only half the battle. The rest is up to me. And for me at least, talking about it, allowing people to know what’s really going on, that’s the other half of the battle. Depression is a terrible burden to carry alone, no one should have to do that. Start small. Start with someone close. You might just be pleasantly surprised at their reaction.About the Green Ribbon Campaign:See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, and its 80 partner organisations have rolled out a major month-long national campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2013The Green Ribbon campaign is simply about raising awareness and sparking conversation of mental health problems; 150,000 Green ribbons have been distributed nationwide free of charge and will not be associated with any fundraising activityPeople are asked to wear the green ribbon and support a movement to spark a national conversation about mental health in Ireland’s boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tablesIn first week of the campaign alone, by wearing the green ribbon, attending nationwide local events and pledging online support, over 100,000 people got on board with the message of the campaign to change minds about mental health, one conversation at a timeKey message: you don’t need to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers; sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listenlast_img read more

Big match announced for next weeks WWE RAW with implications on Clash

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Following the conclusion of Monday night’s 9/5 WWE RAW main event, Mick Foley booked Roman Reigns vs. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens for next week where if Reigns wins, he is inserted into the Clash of Champions main event with Seth Rollins and Owens making it a triple threat for the WWE Universal Championship.Foley had announced previously in the evening that Owens would be defending the WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins in a singles match after the outcome of last week’s show featuring the return of Triple H attacking Rollins and Reigns.You can check out a clip of the announcement below courtesy of WWE.GM @RealMickFoley just gave @WWERomanReigns a HUGE opportunity next week on #RAW vs. @FightOwensFight! pic.twitter.com/DhMUvw0njJ— WWE (@WWE) September 6, 2016 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next September 6, 2016 at 11:54 am unknown Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApp Comments are closed. If it’s Rollins, I would like to see him go after Owens leading to Reigns getting DQ’ed. Shawn Michaels 3 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollinscenter_img Ronda Rousey WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Kitchen Sink 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society September 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm Videos Articles unknown Please have Rusev interfere Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions If it’s not Rusev, it will be Rollins. Either way there will be a DQ. September 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Everlast_img read more

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first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Following the conclusion of Monday night’s 9/5 WWE RAW main event, Mick Foley booked Roman Reigns vs. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens for next week where if Reigns wins, he is inserted into the Clash of Champions main event with Seth Rollins and Owens making it a triple threat for the WWE Universal Championship.Foley had announced previously in the evening that Owens would be defending the WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins in a singles match after the outcome of last week’s show featuring the return of Triple H attacking Rollins and Reigns.You can check out a clip of the announcement below courtesy of WWE.GM @RealMickFoley just gave @WWERomanReigns a HUGE opportunity next week on #RAW vs. @FightOwensFight! pic.twitter.com/DhMUvw0njJ— WWE (@WWE) September 6, 2016 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next September 6, 2016 at 11:54 am unknown Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApp Comments are closed. If it’s Rollins, I would like to see him go after Owens leading to Reigns getting DQ’ed. Shawn Michaels 3 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollinscenter_img Ronda Rousey WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Kitchen Sink 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society September 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm Videos Articles unknown Please have Rusev interfere Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions If it’s not Rusev, it will be Rollins. Either way there will be a DQ. September 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Everlast_img read more