Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Some new leaders come in like a hurricane. They’re a storm that is strong enough to blow down anything and everything in their way.A new leader knows he’s been hired to make change, and he wants to get busy. But in moving to make those changes fast, he destroys the relationships with the very people he needs to succeed. He hasn’t taken time to learn the ground truth, and he hasn’t walked a mile in his team’s shoes (even if he has walked many miles in shoes just like theirs before being hired into this role).Trust is established over time, and formal authority is authority in it’s weakest and most easily resented form. Moral authority takes time to build, but it is one of the most powerful levers a leader can pull.Some leaders come in like a lamb. They don’t want to make the mistake of going too fast and instead go to slow. This is particularly true when it comes to changing out members of the team they inherit. They’re right to go slow when it comes to people because they’re dealing with a person’s life. They’re also right to go slow because new leadership can and does make the difference, magically transforming a poor performer into what they could have been the whole time.But you can move too slowly. You can keep people who aren’t willing to change too long, and you can leave them around long enough to put your new initiatives at risk.It’s a tricky balance, but a good leader knows where and when to move fast and where to take more time.
Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It really is similar to the role he had with the USA team,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’d come in and be a force of nature.”There have been some signature moments already in his second stint with the Heat. Wade’s winner against Philadelphia last week was the 12th of his career. In the first 29 seasons of Heat basketball, only two players posted consecutive 25-point games off the bench. Wade is already the third name on that list.At home against Detroit on Saturday, he was serenaded with “M-V-P” and “We Want Wade” chants.“The guy is just a great player,” said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, Wade’s first coach with the Heat in 2003. “Has been since he walked into the league. To still be doing what he’s done these last few games at this point in his career is pretty impressive. But he’s back home. He’s back home. I think he probably feels that.”Wade agrees, saying the return has been an energy boost.It has also been emotional, as South Florida tries to recover from last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High that left 17 people dead — including a boy whose parents chose to bury him in a Wade jersey. Wade met with the family of that teen, Heat fan Joaquin Oliver, on Saturday night .“It’s bigger than basketball,” Wade said.It’s also just like old times, albeit in a new role.“The thing about Dwyane, he’s probably adapted and evolved and changed his role as much as any star player in this game,” Spoelstra said. “That is part of his brilliance. He figures things out.”He’s done that since Day 1 in Miami. Wade — one of the greatest shooting guards to play the game — was drafted by Miami as a point guard. He became a superstar shooting guard and NBA Finals MVP, a league scoring champion and absolute first option in Miami until he wooed LeBron James and Chris Bosh to the Heat to end his days as the lone Alpha dog. He tried to emulate the Miami days in Chicago, tried to fill a role in Cleveland.And now, this.Wade thinks he’s changed teams for the final time. Whether he plays past this season or not, this is his role until the end. It is the final reinvention.“I want to be my best self,” Wade said. “If I’m on the bench to start games, if I’m on the bench to end games, as long as we’re winning. That’s all I care about.” MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 09: (editor’s note: This image has been converted to black and white.) Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena on February 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — This is not the first reinvention of Dwyane Wade.Or the second.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Or the third.His 15 NBA seasons have been a series of role changes — the latest being where the most celebrated player in Miami Heat history watches five younger players start games while he waits for a chance to enter as a sub. But nearly a month after the trade that brought him back to the Heat, Wade has zero complaints.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The finished product of Dwyane, you guys have seen me win three championships and all that,” Wade said. “But I’ve had so many different roles in my life in playing basketball. I came off the bench for a long time before y’all knew who I was. My ego is not too big at this point. I’m 36 years old. These guys are the future of this organization and this team. I’m definitely not the future. I’m cool with that.”Still, he’s vital to Miami’s hopes right now. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Cavs’ Thompson to miss several games with sprained ankle Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wade is clearly going to play a sizable role in the Heat playoff push, in all sorts of ways. The savvy veteran who can be a de facto assistant coach in the locker room, on the practice floor and on the bench.The guy who makes crowds in Miami roar simply by removing his warmups and walking to the scorer’s table to check into games. The closer, who’ll be on the floor in the most critical minutes of games.He’s just not starting.“I started embracing it when I was at the previous team, because I’m a winner,” Wade said. “I’m always about doing whatever I can to help whatever team I’m on be in its best position. I’ve done that my whole life. It’s not just now. I’ve done it in the Olympics, I’ve done it all over the place. It takes nothing away from who I am or what I’ve accomplished.”Before now, the last season that Wade played and wasn’t a full-time starter was the summer of 2008 — on the U.S. Olympic team at the Beijing Games, where he was the leading scorer on the way to a gold medal. Prior to that, he thinks it was his fourth-grade team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Continue Reading Previous The banality of bringup evilNext Joulescope helps simplify energy optimization Log in to Reply “What is it that we are truly aiming to achieve at the very end? Is it just to produce desired results or should we be as efficient as possible while weu2019re on it? To simplify the processes would mean that we are getting much more than what we bargaine Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. March 20, 2019 at 4:07 am markgrogan says: 1 thought on “Joulescope helps simplify energy optimization” I just heard from my chum Matt Liberty. In addition to presenting at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) and serving on its technical advisory board, Matt is the founder of Jetperch, an engineering services company that tackles hardware and software development challenges across a wide range of industries, including consumer electronics, telecom, and industrial.Matt tells me that, over the past couple of years, he has been working on a test equipment product called Joulescope, which makes energy optimization easy and inexpensive for low-power microprocessor-based systems, such as the “things” that live at the edge of the internet of things (IoT). Meet Joulescope. (Source: Jetperch) Joulescope measures current and voltage and computes power and energy. (Source: Jetperch) Matt says that Joulescope measures from –1 A to 3 A. The purpose of the negative side is to capture the glitches and transients that occur during normal operation of a target device. At the high end, Joulescope supports bursts up to 10 A, such as those seen during inrush current testing. Furthermore, Joulescope also supports down to 1.5-nA resolution in its most sensitive 18-µA current range.A key point is that Joulescope’s current measurement is fully autoranging, and what really sets it apart is that it autoranges so fast as to have no practical effect on the device under test. Joulescope switches current ranges in under 2 µs to avoid “browning out” the target device, which is very important when the target device transitions from sleep mode (nA or µA) to active mode (mA or A) or vice versa. Joulescope also has sufficient bandwidth for you to observe short-duration events like interrupt service routines (ISRs).The really exciting part of all of this is that Matt’s Joulescope Precision Energy Analyzer is now live on Kickstarter. Matt tells me that the campaign is already 45% funded after only 5.5 hours (we should all be so lucky). Check out this video of Matt introducing Joulescope.
A daughter of a farmer form a remote village in Assam has done the entire country proud and won gold in 400m category in Finland.Eighteen-year-old Hima Das, daughter of a farmer from Kandhulimari village near Dhing in central Assam’s Nagaon district created history on Thursday when she clinched gold in the 400m final at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere in Finland.Hima scripted history after she clocked 51.46 seconds to claim top position – she became the first Indian sprinter win gold at a global track event.Recently, Hima won gold medals in 200m (23.10 seconds) and 400m races (51.13 seconds) at the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships held at the Sarusajai Sports Complex in Guwahati.Watch Hima Das run for glory and gold at Under-20 World AthleticsHima clocked 51.32 seconds to finish sixth at the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast. It was a spectacular effort and she was ready for her next challenge.Hima Das dominates Twitter trends in India after historic gold medalMoments after her historic triumph in Finland, friends and well-wishers at Kandhulimari village gathered at her house – it was time to celebrate a special victory.There is an interesting story behind Hima’s journey to the racing tracks. As a young girl, she would run off to play football with the boys in her village. At one point, a local coach noticed her speed and advised her to focus on athletics.Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaadvertisementThe rest, as they say, is history.During an inter-district athletics meet, Hima was won gold in 100m and 200m events. Thanks to her blistering speed on the tracks, she was noticed by Nipon Das, an athletics coach with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare.Thereafter, Hima improved her speed at every meet she participated in. A star was in the making.Hima Das: Love for speed helps Assam teenager defy the odds on the tracksNot long after, she boarded a flight to Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games. She went to Australia as one of India’s brightest medal prospects. The spirited teenager did not win a medal but she did India proud with an honourable performance.Obviously, the Das family was an ecstatic lot. Hima’s father Ranjit said he hoped his daughter could win more laurels for the country: “We are delighted to hear that our daughter created history. We hope she will win more gold medals in the future, We prayed to God for her bright future.Virender Sehwag, Amitabh Bachchan doff their hats to Hima Das: So proud of youIt was an emotional moment for Hima’s mother Jonal, who recalled the hard yards her daughter put in over the years. “We are happy with her performance. She won the gold after years of hard work.”According to other members in the family, Hima never ran for medals – she ran, they said, to beat herself, to better own timing.On Thursday, Hima Das ran to make her dreams come true, for India, for her village in central Assam and for several young athletes waiting to follow in her footsteps.(Input Credit : Hemanta Kumar Nath and Pankaj Sharma in Assam)
Sachin Tendulkar on Friday paid tributes to former Indian skipper Ajit Wadekar, who passed away aged 77 on Wednesday.Wadekar led India to historic series triumphs in the West Indies and England in 1971.Wadekar played 37 Tests for India and scored 2113 runs including one hundred and 14 half-centuries at an average of 31.07. He also was the Indian team’s manager from 1992 to 1996.Wadekar is believed to be have played a pivotal role in turning around Tendulkar’s career by asking him to open the innings in ODIs during the tour of New Zealand in 1994. The decision to move Tendulkar to the top of India’s batting order proved to be extremely successful, as the batting maestro went on to become the greatest limited-overs cricketer.Ajit Wadekar brought out the best in us in 1990s: Sachin TendulkarTendulkar termed Wadekar’s demise as an “irreparable and personal loss” for him.”This is an irreparable loss. I will say it is a personal loss. People know Wadekar sir as a great cricketer, but I was fortunate enough to see him as a great cricketer as well as a wonderful person. For me he was very important. Over the years our relationship grew stronger,” Tendulkar said while paying his last respects to the departed soul here.Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was someone who was instrumental in bringing out the best in us during the 90s. Well always be grateful for his advice and guidance. Praying for strength for his family during this difficult time. RIP pic.twitter.com/coSyac73otadvertisementSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2018Wrapped in the tricolour, Wadekar’s body was kept at his Worli residence for people to pay their last respects ahead of his cremation to be performed later in the day at the Shivaji Park crematorium.READ – Farewell Ajit Wadekar: Captain Courageous, Gutsy ManagerTendulkar fondly remembered Wadekar’s contribution in shaping up his career.”Wadekar sir has a big contribution in my life, especially at a critical stage. I was a 20-year-old youngster at that time and it was easy for me to go off the track,” he said.”At that time I needed the guidance of an experienced person, who himself had played and performed at that level. He understood how to bring the best out of the players. I was personally benefited by his presence in the team.”According to Tendulkar, his bonding with Wadekar reflected on the field as well.”He wore multiple hats — a great captain, coach and more importantly as my friend. I could sit with him in the evening for hours and talk about anything. Our bonding reflected on the field also,” the batting great said.”He had the capability to segregate. Whenever there was discussions on cricket or during team meetings he was serious and focused. But when we used to sit for dinner, that time he used to take centre stage with his humour. He was liked by everyone,” added Tendulkar.Former India stumper and BCCI GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim also paid tributes to Wadekar.”All players of my age have followed him. He was a brilliant left-handed batsman. This is a great loss for the entire cricketing fraternity,” said Karim.Former India cricketers Sameer Dighe, Vinod Kambli, ex-hockey captain M M Somaiya, past and present MCA officials also paid their tributes to the former India captain along with several others.(With PTI inputs)
Matching the record of legendary sprinter PT Usha by winning silver in the 100m dash at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Dutee Chand finally met the expectation the nation had of her at the big stage.The Odisha athlete, however, wasn’t overjoyed with the results as she felt the colour of the medal could have been better if she had more exposure tours.Before her departure to Jakarta, the athlete had told Mail Today that she wanted to breach her national record of 11.29 seconds at the Asian Games. However, she fell short by just 0.03 seconds.The fact that gold medallist Edidiong Odiong of Bahrain clocked 11.30 seconds, made the 22-year-old sprinter feel she gave away the medal which was her for the taking.READ – Asian Games 2018: Dutee Chand wins silver in women’s 100m race”The occasion got to me, to be honest, I could have won the gold if I matched or surpassed my national record. Being at such a big event once a year affected my performance,” Dutee told Mail Today from Jakarta.”I realised I need more of this often to get used to being at such stage. If both state and the central government back me more like they did to some other athletes and help me more to participate in the competitive field throughout the year, I am sure I can do much better.”She also stressed that participating in a few International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) events won’t be enough to prepare for Olympics 2020.advertisementASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYWhile athletes such as Neeraj Chopra, Sushil Kumar and the entire boxing squad prepared for the Games outside India, Dutee had to be content with sweating it out at Pullela Gopichand’s academy in Hyderabad.The national record holder, who brought India’s first silver in the 100m event after a gap of 22 years, feels that winning a medal at the Asiad without any help from the government will make them realise she deserves more attention and help.”I think my lack of medals at the big stage was one of the main reasons why I was not provided with the facilities and exposure like other big athletes had. Now that I have done something which only PT Usha did before in India, I think the government will show more faith in my abilities to do more for the nation,” she hoped.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Dutee Chand delighted with Asiad medal after troubled pastDutee will be back in action today, along with another Asian Games medallist Hima Das, as the duo competes for glory in 200m.It was glorious beginning for Dutee at the Asian Games after she was denied a berth at the 2014 Asiad due to suspension imposed on her by IAAF under its hyperandrogenism policy (a medical condition characterized by excessive levels of androgens — male sex hormones such as testosterone — in the female body and the associated effects of the elevated androgen levels). She got the suspension overturned in the Court of Arbitration for sports in 2016, which allowed her to participate in international 100m and 200m events.
I’m not sure what you did last weekend, but I’m pretty sure you didn’t make as much cash as Emmanuel Ogbah did. Ogbah was one of the standouts of the NFL Combine over the weekend as Kyle B. highlighted here.Here’s what Chase Goodbread of NFL.com had to say about the performance.Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah likely made himself some draft-day money Sunday with his combine performance, particularly given that the draft isn’t especially deep with pass rushers. He finished in the top three among all defensive linemen in several drills, including the 40-yard dash (4.63, 2nd), vertical jump (35.5, tied for 2nd) and broad jump (10-1, tied for 3rd).What I found even more interesting is this piece from ESPN that said Ogbah could potentially be a linebacker in the NFL. A linebacker?!We still feel his best fit is at defensive end, but he showed that he moves well enough to spot drop and line up as a 3-4 outside linebacker.Of course those guys went on to say that they think Ogbah will still probably go in the second round which, uh, is not going to happen. Not after the 4.63 40 or the top three finishes in vertical and broad jump.I get that workouts aren’t everything, but consider that Jadeveon Clowney ran a 4.53 a couple of years ago. Ogbah wasn’t too far off that which is insane. Although not everyone in impressed. Here’s what one NFC scout said on his draft report on NFL.com. “He’s stiff and upright so he has no counters as a rusher and then he doesn’t even play hard all the time. If you are going to be the hulk, then play hard all the time.”Well OK than. But back to the money. Let’s say Ogbah was going to go around pick No. 30 before the weekend. That’s where a few places (including my employer) had him. And let’s say he jumped to No. 18 based on his workout (I’m just making up numbers obviously). Last year that was a difference of $1.4M. So again, I bet you didn’t make as much dough as Emmanuel Ogbah did over the weekend.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Written By: Tom Ogg The current effort to rebrand travel agents as travel advisors is taking an interesting turn in nomenclature. There are really numerous reasons why, but I will start with the most obvious. Whether you call yourself an agent, consultant, professional, advisor or an MME (Memory Making Expert) as Patty Kollar CTA of PackNTravel does, it is really the client who determines what you are. As Samarah Meil, of Amarillo Travel Network in Amarillo, Texas says “I honestly am great with being known as THE TRAVEL AGENT to work with! I know it is trendy to use other names, such as Advisor, Consultant, Travel Junkie, Travel Ninja, Travel Designer, etc – but in the end, I really think most people just think of us as a Travel Agent and not in a negative way.” Geoff Millar, Owner of Ultimate All-Inclusive Travel Inc shares “We still use travel agent for one main reason, our advertising. We did quite a bit of testing using travel consultant, travel advisor and a few other titles but we found that with all our advertising, Travel Agent still got the most response, almost 2 to 1 over the use of other titles. We also found that the quality of the responses or leads we received remained high quality.” The Agency Law FactorUsing the term “Travel Agent” is an important part of Agency Law that dictates how travel agents present themselves to consumers. If you are unfamiliar with Agency Law, here is a video tutorial that introduces you to some of the more important concepts of it. As you can see Agency Disclosure has a huge impact on your fiduciary obligation to the Principal in the transaction you are processing. If the client thinks that you are acting on their behalf solely and you fail to do your agency disclosure, you may well end up being help to a fiduciary standard for both the supplier and the client. This is indeed a tenuous position to be in. In an article entitled “Are You An Agent For A Supplier Or Fiduciary For The Client?” (Travel Market Report, July 7th, 2017) written by Paul Ruden, ASTA’s executive vice president for legal and industry affairs (now retired) shares details on how travel agents must disclose their agency relationship with the principle in a timely manner so that the client has an opportunity to cancel if they chose to do so. The disclosure should be done in writing and also continued in subsequent correspondence. The article is well worth the read to confirm your obligation as a travel agent. It is crystal clear that referring to yourself as anything other than a travel agent may cause confusion for the client who might believe that a consultant is consulting on their behalf or that an advisor is advising on their behalf. A travel agent is acting on behalf of a Principle and using the term travel agent is on its face, agency disclosure. Let’s look at the definition of the four terms being discussed as a business style. Here are the rawest forms of the meaning of each.Agent: a person who acts on behalf of another person or group. Consultant: a person who provides expert advice professionally. Professional: engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime. Advisor: a person who gives advice in a particular field. You can see that all four seem applicable to travel agents. But wait, in an article entitled “What’s in a Name? A Travel Agent by Any Other Name” (Travel Market Report, September 29th, 2017) Paul Ruden shares that by calling yourself anything other than a travel agent you may be causing the consumer to think that you are their fiduciary and thereby cancel any legal protection afforded to you by doing your agency disclosure to the client. The American Bar Association makes the obligation for agency disclosure to take place in order to avoid the pitfall of dual fiduciary quite clear in an article entitled “Travel Agents: Their Role and Liability” The article shares that most U.S. courts are now holding travel agents to a fiduciary standard, especially when leisure travel is involved and that the only way to avoid it is through agency disclosure. “However, as long as the customer is informed of the identity of the principal (e.g., the cruise line, tour company, hotel, etc.), the travel agent will not be held individually liable for a breach of contract by such disclosed principal. This legal concept of the disclosed agent of a disclosed principal is important for the travel agent to understand and explain to consumers so that the travel agent is able to avoid liability for breaches of duty or contract by travel suppliers.” The Clumsy Truth About DisclosureLet’s substitute “Travel Advisor” with another agent type and now consider “Real Estate Advisor.” The first assumption is that a real estate advisor doesn’t necessarily sell real estate (that is what a real estate agent does) but offers real estate advice, presumably for people considering either buying, selling or managing real estate. Since they are acting as an advisor, they must have a fiduciary relationship with you as the advisee. Here is what a disclosure statement from a real estate advisor might sound like. “Yes, I am your real estate advisor. While I am actually a real estate agent working for my principle, as a fiduciary, which is the seller of the home you are interested in, I only have the obligation to be fair and honest to you as the buyer.” You can easily see how clumsy this disclosure becomes. And, failure to disclose that they are acting as an agent for the Principle would easily put them in jeopardy of a breach of fiduciary claim should the house turn out to be faulty with no disclosure. Kim DalPonte of Pixie Dust & Paradise Travel, Inc. shares “I have always called myself a Travel Consultant, but I say I own a Travel Agency (not a Travel Consulting Firm). However, no matter what I call myself, all of my clients, and the general population say, and relate to Travel Agent!” “Yes we use travel counsellor on our business cards but I still say travel agent. It is just to get the point across that I do not just sell you a trip. I do not charge you a service fee and I will give you ideas on where to go, I will match up your interests with a resort to get a great fit. I will try to make it a seamless experience from the time you leave the house and are transported to the airport to when you come home and have after travel issues. So although I am a travel agent and will sell you a trip, we do so much more.” says Beth Lariviere with EA Travel and Tours in Ontario, Canada. Mitch Krayton CTA of Krayton Travel in Aurora, Colorado asks “Do you sell your advice only? Then Travel Advisor is a good fit. Travel Professional says nothing about you and we all are professing travel. We get paid mostly by suppliers as their agents which is why Travel Agent works so well. We have no problem with insurance agent, real estate agent, do we? We sell for a living. Instead of hiding the obvious truth of what we do with a synonym no one understands. Be proud that you sell value to you travelers and that you have been chosen as an agent for travel by your suppliers.” The Case For Being Called Something Other Than a Travel AgentIn an article entitled “This Is Why Travel Agents Want To Be Called Travel Advisors” Christopher Elliott, a reputable consumer advocate, tries to make the case for the change of nomenclature from travel agent to travel advisor. While his article is interesting, it lacks any understanding of the evolution of travel professionals over the last two decades. He equates a travel agent as someone who is “just looking for a commission check” and that there is “a significant part of the travel agency community that wants to turn the clock back to 1990, to the days when they could earn a comfortable living with a phone call and a few keystrokes.” The truth is that during the 1990s retail brick and mortar travel agencies were going bankrupt and closing in never-seen-before numbers. This was the result of the airline ticket commissions being first capped and eventually eliminated. I have been in the travel industry full time since 1968 and I can personally tell you that there was never a time when travel agents “earn a comfortable living with a phone call and a few keystrokes.” Another truth is that while travel agents are agents of the Principle supplier, agents do everything conceivable to make the client’s travel experience as positive as possible. This includes full product exposure whether it is a cruise, resort, tour, all-inclusive, or any other travel niche out there. They share their personal knowledge, expertise and experience with clients. They offer clients extensive support and services including matching the client with the perfect vacation choice, arranging detailed travel itineraries paving the way for a smooth journey and acting as the safety backup while the client is traveling. In the “How To Tell If Your Agent is an Advisor” section of the article Mr. Elliott includes the following signs indicating you are working with an advisor: They Do More Than Book Travel: Travel agents have been doing this since their inception. In fact, today’s travel professional is going well beyond the “just booking travel” stage. They Specialize: I am sure it is safe to say that pretty much all travel agents specialize in niches that allow them to develop expertise that is in demand with the traveling public. Never before has it been easier to reach niche oriented clients within a travel agent’s specific specialization. They Offer Concierge Services: My long time friend Sandy Elson MCC , Owner of Your Cruise Concierge shares “I opened “Your Cruise Concierge” in 2004 as a cruise-only home based travel agency. Having been a travel agent since 1985, I knew that times had changed and I had to offer clients more than they could get on their own. With so much information available on the internet, I wanted to enhance my service as not only a “travel agent” but a “cruise concierge.” I offered services that were not available on the internet or from other travel agencies. including a menu of services, such as making dinner reservations in pre-cruise or post-cruise cities, or on the ships themselves. I researched and printed information about each port stop, including sightseeing suggestions and dining suggestions, which went far beyond the cruise lines’ information about the ports. The most important service I could offer was to keep myself informed and experienced about every cruise line, and every ship on that line, to better serve my clients. I became the “go-to” travel agent for my niche specialties, including family reunion cruises and luxury cruises. This knowledge and experience stands as the concierge feature of my service that my clients valued the most.” They Charge a Consulting Fee: While many agents do charge a consulting fee, this hardly qualifies anyone as a travel agent, consultant, professional or advisor. So Are You a Travel Agent, or What? As Teri Hurley, Owner of Endless Love Travel in Georgetown, Texas says “Whether we like it or not, the public recognition remains attached to Travel Agent. I personally feel if you are doing your job correctly you are a consultant first, an advisor second and agent last, as you move through the client process to close your sale. However, strictly for marketing purposes, travel agent remains the go to tag.” Vicki Scheck of ScheckTrek Travel in Pasadena, California shares “We all know that there is a movement underway to call ourselves almost anything other than travel “agents.” In order for the title to carry any weight, however, we would need to get behind that phrase “call ourselves.” I can call myself the Queen of Sheba, but does it mean anything? Anyone with a host agency can call her or himself a travel advisor and feel superior to the other poor soul who only calls her or himself a travel agent. And yet, the experienced travel agent might be in the Million-Dollar Club, and the new travel advisor might not have made her or his first booking yet.” In the end, what you choose to call yourself is up to you. I kind of like the idea of calling yourself your specific niche “River Cruise Specialist”, “Hawaii Specialist” or “African Safari Specialist” which really helps clients identify what you do and who you are.
The province will spend at least $2 million to fix roads damaged by heavy rains last weekend. Following a road tour this week, Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac said department crews continue to work steadily to repair flood-damaged roads in seven counties. Culvert and shoulder washouts occurred throughout Cape Breton County as well as in Victoria, Richmond, Antigonish, Guysborough and Halifax counties. Inverness County roads sustained minor damage. “Our first priority was to make sure everyone had access to their homes,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “I’m impressed with how quickly our staff made most of these roads passable.” He said the department will take a closer look at all flooded areas once the first round of repairs is complete. Some repairs may take several weeks. The most severe damage occurred near Long Island in Cape Breton County where a road and railway line were both washed out. “We’ve already completed dozens of smaller road repairs throughout Cape Breton Island and on the mainland,” said Gerard Jessome, district director for Transportation and Public Works. “Some of these repairs are temporary and still require drivers to proceed with extra caution.”
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday allowed Rajiv Saxena, the accused-turned-approver in the AgustaWestland chopper deal scam, to travel abroad for medical treatment. Observing that Saxena was suffering from various medical ailments, Justice Anu Malhotra granted him permission to go to the UK, Dubai and other European countries for medical treatment for a month from June 25 to July 24. The court order came after it dismissed the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) plea challenging the trial court’s June 1 order allowing him to travel abroad. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Representing the ED, advocate Amit Mahajan told the High Court that investigation in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal was at a crucial stage and that Saxena may escape justice if he was allowed to travel abroad. Thereafter, the court directed Saxena to submit details of his contact numbers, hotels, hospitals and schedule of his appointment with the doctors till June 13 and directed the ED to verify the details of his foreign visit till June 23. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On March 25, a trial court had allowed Saxena to become an approver in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case. He was granted pardon after the investigating agency supported his application. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) security agencies had picked up Saxena from his Dubai residence on January 30 and extradited him to India the same night. He was later granted bail on medical grounds. According to the ED, Saxena, in connivance with lawyer Gautam Khaitan, provided the global corporate structure that laundered money for payment to various political leaders, bureaucrats and Indian Air Force (IAF) officials in order to influence the contract for supplying 12 VVIP choppers in favour of AgustaWestland, the Rome-headquartered helicopter design and manufacturing company.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A NAFTA tribunal has ruled against a U.S. pulp company that claimed it was discriminated against by B.C. Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission.Mercer International Inc. mounted a $250-million claim against the Canadian government in early 2012, alleging that BC Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission violated its NAFTA rights by discriminating against the power-generating operations at its pulp mill near Castlegar, B.C.The company said competing pulp mills in the province have received more favourable treatment in regards to the purchase and sale of power by the provincial government’s BC Hydro, costing Mercer $19 million per year between 2008 and 2012.The tribunal determined there had been no violation of NAFTA, saying it does not have jurisdiction to decide some of Mercer’s claims, and that it would be inappropriate for them to re-determine some of the other claims, which they said required a specialist judgment.The tribunal awarded Canada approximately $6.9 million in costs.Mercer president and CEO David Gandossi says in a statement that the company believes it was important to bring its claims before the tribunal to “seek the fair treatment of its investments in Canada.”Companies in this story: (TSX:MRU.U)
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, ON — ACTRA National Executive Director Stephen Waddell says yesterday’s Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decision on license renewals for large English-language broadcasters is yet another blow delivered to Canadian television and culture by the Commission.“ACTRA is clearly disappointed the concerns our talented members brought forward were not listened to,” said Waddell. “As we noted in our submission, Programs of National Interest will continue to be under-represented without an increase in expenditure requirements. Instead of heeding our warning, the Commission went in the opposite direction.”“We are very concerned about the future of Canadian production and our members’ jobs. We look forward to a new direction at the CRTC. Canadian performers need a change from the legacy of disastrous decisions we’ve seen from the current Chair,” added Waddell. Advertisement To read ACTRA’s submission to the CRTC on license renewals, please visit: http://www.actra.ca/advocacy/crtc/ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook
Rabat – The National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) predicts thunderstorms and rainy, overcast conditions in Morocco on Monday, January 21.Saiss, the Mediterranean, the northern coasts, the High and Middle Atlas, and north of the Oriental, will experience rainfall and thunderstorms today.Cold weather is in store for the oriental, the reliefs, the Highlands, and the southeastern regions. Cloudy skies and scattered rain will sweep all of the Phosphates Plateaus, Oulmes, the coasts, and the central plains, on Monday morning especially.The High and Middle Atlas, and the eastern highlands will also experience snowfall of approximately 1 meter and 6 centimeters. Meanwhile, the southern provinces will witness blowing dust and sand.Read Also: Cold, Rainy Weekend in Store for Morocco, Snow to Fall in AtlasModerate to strong winds are ahead in Saiss, the Atlas region, the western and northern areas of the Oriental, the Mediterranean, and the southern regions.The temperature lows are between -4 and 1 degrees Celsius in the reliefs of the Atlas and south of the Oriental; 1 and 7 degrees Celsius in Saiss, the Rif region, the southeast, Oulmes, the eastern highlands, and the Phosphates Plateaus; 7 and 13 degrees Celsius in Souss, the northern and central plains, the Mediterranean, the northeastern regions, and the interior areas of the southern provinces; and 13 and 17 degrees Celsius in the western part of the southern provinces.The temperature highs range from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius in the reliefs; 8 to 14 degrees Celsius in Saiss, Tangier, the Oriental, Oulmes, and the Phosphates Plateaus; 14 to 20 degrees Celsius in the central and northern plains and coasts, Souss, the Mediterranean, the southeast, and north of the southern provinces; and from 20 to 26 degrees Celsius in the southern provinces.
Under Mr. Ban’s proposal, which is being examined by the Assembly’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budgetary), the Secretariat is requesting $5.06 billion for 2010 and 2011, which represents real growth of $22.4 million, or half a percentage point, over the previous biennium. There would be a net reduction of 24 posts for the world body, with an increase in the Secretariat’s Professional category being offset by a cut in jobs in General Service and related categories.Mr. Ban told the committee that the proposals take into account the global economic and financial crisis and reflect strict budgetary discipline, balancing growth in some areas with reallocation and realignment in others. “The United Nations faces increasing demands for its services,” Mr. Ban said. “As Chief Administrative Officer, I am committed to management reform and to greater transparency, accountability and efficiency.”To that end, Mr. Ban highlighted the continuing costs of implementing a new information and communications technology (ICT) system to help the world body better plan and manage its resources, personnel needs and reporting process. He also drew attention to the expense of training related to International Public Sector Accounting Standards. Mr. Ban noted that resources have also been allocated to ensure that staff have the skills necessary to meet the evolving needs of the Organization. “In order to achieve the goals of the Secretariat-wide ICT Strategy, there is an urgent need to create a budgeting environment in which major ICT projects are considered strategic and different from recurring operational expenses. “Without this kind of ‘capital’ budgeting arrangement for ICT, it will be impossible to overcome systemic under-investment in ICT, which has seen the Secretariat fall far behind other organizations in overall effectiveness and efficiency,” said Mr. Ban.A strengthened and unified security management system is among a number of significant expenditures likely to be presented in separate report to the General Assembly. “My proposals will enable us to strengthen security for our staff, their dependents and UN premises,” said Mr. Ban, urging Member States to consider these proposals favourably. “After all, our people are your people.” 29 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today proposed a budget of just over $5 billion to cover the work of the United Nations Secretariat for the next two years, telling a General Assembly committee that only a slight increase over the budget is needed despite increased demands for the UN’s services.
TORONTO — The Ontario government posted a $991-million deficit last year — and said Thursday it had beat its 2016 projections by $3.3 billion.But the province’s auditor general says the Liberal government is “significantly understating” its deficit, which she pegs at $1.4 billion.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Treasury Board President Liz Sandals made the announcement Thursday as they released the province’s 2016-2017 public accounts.The government attributes the results to billions of increased revenue, a cut in program spending, and smaller interest costs to service the province’s debt.In 2016, Ontario’s auditor general Bonnie Lysyk questioned the province’s decision to include a pair of public pensions — the Ontario Public Service Employee’s Union Pension Plan and the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan — as assets on its balance sheet. As a result, she has offered a “qualified” opinion on the financial statements two years in a row.Sandals maintains the government is following established accounting practices and people don’t care about the on-going squabble.“The public wants to know, are you managing your deficit?” she said. “Is your deficit getting smaller? Are you going to balance the budget this year? Quite frankly, I don’t think the public is terribly hung up on accounting disagreements.”Sousa says the province will balance its budget ahead of next spring’s provincial election.“Ontario remains committed, and on track to, balance the budget in 2017-2018,” Sousa said. “We’re restoring balance through targeted, measured, and fiscally responsible decisions, managing program spending and fostering job creation and economic growth.”Lysyk disputes the government’s figures and says “the statements were not prepared following Canadian Public Sector Accounting Standards.”“The legislature and all Ontarians must be able to rely on the province’s consolidated financial statements to fairly report the fiscal results for the year,” she said in a statement. “This year they cannot do so.”By law, the auditor general must review the province’s financial statements each year and given an opinion as to whether they “fairly and accurately reflect” Ontario’s finances. When the auditor issues a qualified opinion she believes the statements are “significantly misstated,” a statement from her office said.Conservative finance critic Vic Fedeli says it is clear that the provincial debt is “out of control.”He said in a statement Thursday that the Liberals are thumbing their nose at the legislature’s independent experts and presenting their own version of the province’s public accounts.
“We decided that much has to be done to reunite a temporarily fragmented Sri Lanka. We discussed that the events that happened one month ago and also last week are not representative of the people we are, as Sri Lankans. We decided that we will ask the business community to take a pledge that we will work towards the goal of uniting our people and that we will thereby inspire everyone in this country to do the same,” she said. The oath was also to be taken during the course of the day, at other Corporate offices around the country.The Pledge states: ACCEPTING that the Business community has a role to play in confirming that commitment and playing a proactive role in peace building WE, AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY TAKE THIS PLEDGE TODAY TO WORK TOWARDS A UNITED SRI LANKA. We members of the Business community, hereby pledge –to work towards building a united Sri Lanka in which our people can live and work together in unity, in peace and in harmony, irrespective of differences in religion and ethnicity;to acknowledge the diversity within us and treat each other with respect at work and in the community.We will, together forge a true Sri Lankan identity and thereby restore Sri Lanka as a peaceful nation. (Colombo Gazette) WHEREAS recent events that occurred in Sri Lanka have caused peace loving Sri Lankans to take serious note of a possible threat to its unity;BELIEVING that a vast majority of Sri Lankans stand for unity, peace and harmony and that our country can continue as a safe nation for all, with commitment to that cause by all peace loving people The pledge today was taken in all three languages by over 300 corporates who assembled for that purpose at the Atrium of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. Sri Lanka’s private sector today took a pledge for unity and decided to work towards the goal of uniting the people and thereby inspire everyone in Sri Lanka to do the same.Mrs. Dhara Wijayatilake, CEO of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said that last Thursday, a group of nine Chambers met to discuss the present situation in the country.
Prafullachandra Bhagwati of India said the just-concluded session – the expert panel’s 74th – marked the first time it that had disposed of so many communications, making it the most productive in history. Only five communications, of the original 29, awaited consideration during the July session. The 18-member expert panel monitors compliance by States with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and reviews individual communications submitted under its First Optional Protocol.During this session, the Committee considered the reports of Hungary, Sweden and Georgia, with each government sending a delegation to answer the panel’s questions relating to States’ obligations as parties to the Covenant. The Committee is slated to meet again from 8 to 26 July in Geneva to consider the reports of New Zealand, Yemen, Republic of Moldova, Gambia and Viet Nam.Adopted in 1966, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights affirms that all peoples have the right to self-determination as well as the right to life, liberty and security of person. It prohibits torture, cruel or degrading treatment or punishment, and the arbitrary deprivation of life. The Covenant also provides, among other protections, for freedom of movement, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and freedom of expression.The treaty’s First Optional Protocol provides for the confidential consideration of communications from individuals who claim to be victims of a violation of any of the rights proclaimed in the Covenant.
In a report released on Thursday, Children, HIV and AIDS: The World in 2030, current trends indicate AIDS-related deaths and new infections are slowing, but the downward trajectory is not happening fast enough.“The report makes it clear, without the shadow of a doubt, that the world is off track when it comes to ending AIDS among children and adolescents by 2030,” said UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore, The end of AIDS is an ambitious goal envisioned by the UN agency coalition established to tackle the epidemic, known as the UNAIDS, Fast-Track strategy.More than half of those children known to be dying of AIDS won’t reach the age of five, the report reveals.Prevention and infection treatment efforts, Ms. Fore noted, are still missing the mark, specifically when it comes to “HIV transmission from mothers to babies,” she said. “Programmes to treat the virus and prevent it from spreading among older children are nowhere near where they should be,” she added.We can’t win the fight against HIV if we don’t accelerate progress in preventing transmission to the next generation.–UNICEF chiefThe number of mother-to-child infections have fallen by around 40 percent in the last eight years, but girls still account for two-thirds of all adolescent HIV infections, and rates of infection among older children are the slowest to decline, according to current data.Furthermore, the report cites a global target reduction in the number of HIV-infected children by 2030 to 1.4 million, while the projected number today of 1.9 million, shows that the world is off-track by around 500,000.Currently, 3 million persons 19 years and younger, are infected with HIV worldwide.Two million new infections could be averted by 2030, if global targets are met—this means providing adequate access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services, and testing and diagnoses.The major shortfalls show slow progress in prevention among the young, and a failure to address the key drivers of the epidemic. Many infected children and adolescents are unaware of their illness, and even when tested HIV-positive, rarely adhere to proper treatment.The UNICEF vision for an AIDS-free generation entails upscaling family-centered testing to help identify children living with HIV who have not been diagnosed, and greater use of digital platforms to improve education when it comes to HIV and AIDS contraction and prevention. “We can’t win the fight against HIV if we don’t accelerate progress in preventing transmission to the next generation,” said Fore.
The couple pictured together at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2015Credit:David M Benett/Getty Images Europe ENB dancers have also complained of feeling bullied into working while injured. But Rojo said: “We couldn’t recognise our company in that description. People had left, yes, but we felt it was explicable because a lot of change had been going on. We didn’t feel it was unnatural, that there was anything to be concerned about.”Rojo was appointed artistic director in 2012 after 12 years as a Principal at The Royal Ballet, and continue to perform as Lead Principal. She trained in her native Spain. Hernández, from Mexico, was previously with the San Francisco Ballet and Dutch National Ballet. Rojo said she had not ruled out marriage or children with Hernández and, when asked how she felt about the age gap, replied: “Lucky. He makes me feel lucky. He’s amazing. I highly recommend it.”She added: “In many ways he’s more grown up than me. In a strange way he felt perfect, like a good relationship should feel. The age gap doesn’t seem to be in our relationship, other than being in a positive way.” Her comments are unlikely to quell dissent at the company.The Ballet Position website quoted anonymous dancers who said Hernández had become “cocky” about his status, turning up late for classes. Fellow dancers fear he acts as a “second pair of eyes ready to report back” to Rojo. “It makes people feel very uncomfortable and stops dancers talking freely among themselves,” it was claimed.Rojo said she was taken aback by the criticism. In an interview with the Evening Standard, she said: “All I can say that we’ve always been honest and I hoped there was no animosity towards us.” He was 14 when he first met Rojo at a gala in Mexico. “Of course I was always dreaming that maybe one day I would be able to dance a full-length ballet in London with her,” he said shortly after joining ENB in 2015.A year later he said: “It’s important to be in a place where the director has your best interest at heart. Many now understand that what’s best for the dancers is also good for the company. It’s convenient for them to have happy dancers.“I feel that Tamara is giving me the opportunity to be the best dancer I can be.” 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. It is the romance that has shaken English National Ballet: Tamara Rojo, the artistic director, dating a dancer 16 years her junior.But Rojo has defended her relationship with Isaac Hernández, the dashing lead principal, and declared that she can “highly recommend” taking up with a younger man.Last month, it was reported that the company has lost a third of its dancers in two years. Alongside allegations of bullying and harassment, there were complaints that the relationship between Rojo, 43, and Hernandez, 27, was a conflict of interest that had “changed the dynamics of the company, and not for the better”.In her first interview about the row, Rojo, dismissed the criticism and said she had given Hernández no special treatment.“He has won all the awards you can possibly win, so there was nowhere I could promote him,” she said, pointing out that he was a “fully fledged star” before arriving at ENB. “There is not even a possibility of conflict.” Rojo and Hernandez rehearsing for their performance of Carmen in 2016Credit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals
The Mosaic Company has acquired the US Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit for its Ona phosphate project in Hardee County, Florida. This was the final remaining permit for the project and secures 160.2 million tons, or 145.33 Mt (metric), of phosphate rock for future mining, the company said.The overall project covers 22,483 acres (9,099 ha) with 16,778 acres of land permitted for mining.“The western extent of the project will extend the life of Mosaic’s Four Corners mine by 14 years, while the eastern extent will provide mining for future decades at the South Pasture mine once production resumes at that facility,” the company said.Mosaic President and CEO, Joc O’Rourke, said: “This important project helps secure the continued operation of our Florida manufacturing facilities. It will deliver tremendous value to the local community, our employees and our investors well into the future.”Permitting efforts for the Ona project began in 2011. Mining permits from the State of Florida were issued in 2015 and local government permits were secured in July 2018.Fluor completed the front-end engineering and design scopes for the Ona project, which includes an expansion of the existing South Pasture beneficiation plant, an extension of the life of the existing Four Corners beneficiation plant, and installation of a 24 km mining access/pipeline corridor.Late last month, Mosaic reached a major milestone in the development of its multi-year mine project at Esterhazy K3, in Saskatchewan, Canada, with the commissioning of the production hoist and sending of the first bucket of potash on the overland conveyor to the Esterhazy K2 mill.The commissioning of the K3 production hoist, which will move 60-ton skips, takes the company one step closer to mitigating Esterhazy’s brine inflow costs and risk, it said. K3 is expected to reach full operational capacity by 2024.