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Selling is the New Sales

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first_imgA funny thing happened to B2B sales over the last little while. Technology displaced conversation about sales. For certain, there was a lot of talk about the internet, social media, automation, and the merging of sales with marketing, with commerce finding a channel in many new communication mediums and the leveraging of technologies. And a lot of transactions have occurred, and a lot of money has changed hands in exchange for value (or something like it).While all of this hoopla about technology, salesmanship has mostly been ignored, thought by some to have been replaced by new channels, with salesmanship increasingly less important (with some Henny Penny’s suggesting the end times are near).This is one man’s view, but more and more sales organizations are coming to realize that the value of salesmanship and the need to create new opportunities, the promise of technology and new media being unfulfilled despite their time and effort. These same organizations are also finding that not only have they lost the ability to create opportunities, they’ve also lost a good deal of their ability to win them.The internet was supposed to be the new sales channel. Social media was supposed to cause prospects to beat a path to your door, creating more opportunities with far less effort—and fewer sales resources. For all the attention social selling generated, there is not a whisper about it now. Automation, which was supposed to return time to salespeople, has mostly been leveraged to send an email to nurture relationships, missing the fact that nurturing cannot be automated because it is personal and requires caring. The toolkit that allows salespeople to market themselves as a brand is exceptional, but that has proven difficult to scale across a sales force (while being much easier for content creators).Now, the conversation is turning back to fundamentals, like prospecting, like the telephone, like effectiveness. It’s turning to building salespeople who can create value for clients and who can create opportunities and build a pipeline, the number one topic I have heard for more than a year (missed numbers, no hedge against the unforeseen and the unforeseeable, and slow progress in turning things around).Sales is the new sales, and salesmanship is back in style. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Zika cases in Rajasthan monitored

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first_imgCases of the Zika virus disease have been reported in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The outbreak was detected through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) surveillance system, said a release issued by the Union Health Ministry on Monday.J. P. Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, has set-up a seven-member high level Central team, which was deputed to Jaipur immediately following the detection of the first case, to assist the State Government in control and containment measures. The situation is being monitored on a daily basis; the Minister is reviewing. 22 casesTill date, a total of 22 positive laboratory confirmed cases have been detected. A Control Room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to undertake regular monitoring of the situation noted the release.“All suspect cases in the defined area and mosquito samples from this area are being tested. Additional testing kits are provided to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories,” noted the Union Ministry.The Zika virus is an emerging disease, currently being reported in 86 countries worldwide.last_img read more

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Court stays Kings XI’s termination

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Sania Mirza shares her post pregnancy workout routine with new viral video

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Ducati’s New Scrambler Icon Gets More Style and Tech for 2019

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first_imgIt’s been four years since Ducati introduced its Scrambler brand of attainable, café-style motorcycles. In that time, the Italian manufacturer has sold more than 55,000 models worldwide. Building on its success, Ducati has introduced a face-lifted version of its entry-level bike dubbed the Scrambler Icon.Stylistic modifications for the 2019 aren’t as significant as mechanical changes, but there are some worth noting. A new headlight with LED daytime running lights incorporates an “X” insignia as a nod to racing tape used on classic motos. Ducati tweaked the aluminum panels on both tank sides and offers interchangeable versions so owners can easily customize. Other changes include new machine-finished 10-spoke wheels, black coating for the engine, and a new seat design that is, Ducati claims, more comfortable. Importantly, the Scrambler’s look remains clean, muscular, and traditional.Speaking of comfort, Ducati adjusted the Scrambler Icon’s suspension and ride position to make the new model more ergonomic. Wider handlebars with new switchgears make it easier for the rider to scroll the LCD instrument menu, which now includes fuel level and gear information. Bluetooth is also available for the first time to play music, answer calls, and read text messages via your smartphone. The most significant change for 2019 is the introduction of Bosch Cornering ABS, a feature that has, until now, only been equipped on Ducati’s premium bikes. Think of this system as a safety net to help riders stay upright when traction disappears. Do something properly dumb and you’ll still find yourself separated from the Scrambler, but such innovations hope to prevent avoidable oopsies.Ducati also tweaked the bike’s hydraulic clutch control for a softer feel and introduced adjustable brake and clutch levers. Power remains at 73 horsepower and 49 pound-feet of torque from Ducati’s 803cc L-twin engine.The Scrambler Icon is available in Atomic Tangerine or classic ’62 Yellow, both with a black frame and a black seat with gray trim. The Icon will go on sale in November of this year, but pricing is still TBD. We expect it to retail for around the same $9,000 starting figure as the current model. Editors’ Recommendations Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski center_img Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Typeslast_img read more

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Preparing for PostTropical Storm

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first_imgThe provincial Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) is advising the public to take the necessary precautions as a post-tropical storm approaches Nova Scotia. High winds and heavy rain are expected when the remnants of Hurricane Wilma pass across the province Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Wednesday, Oct. 26. “Hurricane Wilma is expected to have been downgraded to a post-tropical storm by the time it approaches Nova Scotia,” Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Act, said today, Oct. 24. “But we know that weather systems like this are unpredictable. The best way to keep our families safe is to be prepared.” EMO is monitoring the storm closely to ensure the most current information is available to the public. “A post-tropical storm will mean high winds and heavy rains. It is important that Nova Scotians be prepared for this kind of adverse weather,” said Craig MacLaughlan, executive director of EMO. “The best advice is to listen for updated weather information or public safety bulletins and act accordingly.” Other ways to prepare for a weather-related event of this kind include: Nova Scotians are also being reminded not to endanger themselves by going to coastal areas to watch the storm. Nova Scotians can visit the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo to obtain more information on emergency preparedness. Secure objects on your property that could be torn loose or blown around. Maintain an emergency kit, including food, a supply of water, clothing, blankets medication, a flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, and a first aid kit. Choose a shelter area away from windows for you and your family. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide a good shelter in a severe storm. Be prepared for flooding by moving furniture and personal property away from possible flood areas and securing property that might be swept away or damaged by a flood. Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage. Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in your deep freezer. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in the event of a power outage. Choose a meeting place for you and your family and set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety.last_img read more

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Railways to hire retired army personnel to protect its properties

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first_imgNew Delhi: Railways will hire retired army personnel for security of its properties across the country, an official order has said. Earlier, the Railway Board had empowered general managers of its zones to engage government security agencies like home guards, Maharashtra Industrial Security Force in core areas of railway security to the extent of vacancy in the Railway Protection Force to secure its premises. Now, the order has been modified to include former army men through the Sainik Kalayan Boards. The fresh order was issued by the Railway Board on July 18. These men can be hired by the general managers during summer rush or festival seasons or whenever required. According to official data, 76,563 C and D-level RPF and RPSF (railway protection special force) personnel are working with the railways. This is 15 per cent less than the sanctioned strength.last_img read more

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Sand artist Sudarsan wins Peoples Choice award in US

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first_imgRenowned sand artist from Odisha, Sudarsan Pattnaik, has won the People’s Choice Prize at International Sand Sculpting Championship 2019 held in Boston city of the US. Pattnaik sculpted a sand art on plastic pollution with a message ‘Save the Ocean’, which brought him the achievement. The festival started on July 26 and concluded on July 28. Including India, there were 15 sculptors from around the world who participated in this festival. Belgium got sculptor’s choice and Canada got the jury’s choice prize. “I have created sculpture on ‘Stop Plastic Pollution’ with the message “Save the Ocean”. Happy to see lots of people voted for my sculpture,” said Pattnaik. Pattnaik, who is known for his sand sculptures on social awareness, has participated in more than 60 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards. He is a Padma Shri recipient and Guinness World Records holder.last_img read more

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Doctors jumps to death in Delhi

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first_imgNew Delhi: A 44-year-old doctor allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the eighth-floor balcony of GTB hospital campus here, police said on Sunday.Pallav (44), a native of Assam was residing in the campus along with his wife and took the extreme step on Saturday night, they said.According to a senior police officer, the doctor was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries and died during treatment.His wife works at GTB hospital while he was practising at a private hospital in Noida, the officer said, adding that the post mortem will be conducted after his family arrives. A probe under section 174 of CrPc has been initiated and further investigation is underway, police added.last_img

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Debbie Reynolds To Be Honored With 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award‏

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first_imgDebbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT).SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again. Congratulations, Debbie, on your life achievements.”Star of more than 50 motion pictures, two Broadway shows, two television series, as well as dozens of television, cabaret and concert appearances here and abroad, the 82-year-old Reynolds is celebrating her 66th year in show business.In 1955, Reynolds, along with Jack Haley Jr., Hugh O’Brien and other young stars, founded a charity to fight the stigma of mental illness, calling themselves The Thalians, after the goddess of comedy, Thalia. Over nearly 60 years, The Thalians have raised over $30 million, endowing The Thalians’ Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. With that center’s priorities shifting to other illnesses, The Thalians has shifted its support to UCLA’s Operation Mend, which provides medical and mental health support to returning wounded military personnel. Reynolds was elected The Thalians’ president in 1957, and for many years alternated between that role and chair of the board with Ruta Lee, and currently serves as the organization’s president emeritus. Reynolds has also been a lifelong supporter and fundraiser for the Girl Scouts.Over her more than six decades in show business, Reynolds has received numerous accolades for her performing and charitable endeavors. Among them, the Costume Designers Guild honored her with its Presidents Award in 2005 for her collection and conservation of classic Hollywood costumes She has received Lifetime Achievement honors from the American Comedy Awards in 1996 and 1997, the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 1999, the Savannah Film and Video Festival in 2002, and Chapman University in 2006. In 2007, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Fans can view her stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Palm Springs Walk of Stars as well as her hand and footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Her philanthropic activities have earned her national honors from the Girl Scouts, a City of Hope Award, The Thalians’ Ms. Wonderful award, the National Film Society’s Humanitarian Award and a Spirit of Hope medallion from the USO for entertaining the troops during the Korean War.last_img read more

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China is blocking development in South China Sea through coercive means: Pompeo

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first_imgWashington: The US has accused China of blocking the ASEAN members accessing more than USD 2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves in the South China Sea by illegal construction activities. China claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the area. “China’s illegal island-building in international waterways is not simply a security matter. By blocking development in the South China Sea through coercive means, China prevents the ASEAN members from accessing more than USD 2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves,” Pompeo said in his address at CERAWeek in Houston Tuesday night. To contrast, the US Government promotes energy security for those Southeast Asian nations, he said in his address to one of the largest gathering of global energy leaders. “We want countries in the region to have access to their own energy. We want to help them. We want to create partnerships. We want transparent transactions, not debt traps. We explore responsibly,” he said. But, China does not play by that same set of rules, he alleged. “Its values are simply different. You see that in places as diverse as Africa, where they often ship in their own labour, creating jobs for Chinese workers rather than for those in the local economy,” he said. “It’s using the debt trap which I referred to just a moment ago to put these countries in a place where it is not a commercial transaction, it’s a political transaction designed to bring harm and political influence in the country in which they’re operating,” Pompeo said. “And we all know the story in Russia,” he said. It invaded Ukraine to gain access to oil and gas reserves. It in turn deprived Ukraine of the possibility of developing those resources for itself and using its pipelines and its networks to bring energy to its own people. Rather, it uses those pipelines to put pressure political pressure on the people of Ukraine, he alleged.last_img read more

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SC allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad in May

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday allowed Karti Chidambaram, who is facing criminal cases being probed by the ED and CBI, to travel to the US, Germany and Spain this month. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said this nod to travel abroad was subject to compliance of conditions imposed earlier. The apex court had in January granted Karti, son of Congress leader P Chidambaram, permission to travel abroad after depositing Rs 10 crore with the secretary general of the Supreme Court. The top court had also asked him to file an undertaking that he would return and cooperate with the investigation. Karti is facing criminal cases which are being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. One of the cases relates to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign funds of Rs 305 crore when his father was the finance minister.last_img read more

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UN marks entry into force of global pact on disability rights

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12 May 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as “a new dawn in the fight for the well-being of people with disabilities,” at a special commemorative event held in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as “a new dawn in the fight for the well-being of people with disabilities,” at a special commemorative event held in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly. In his address, Mr. Ban called for “concrete steps to transform the vision of the Convention into real victories on the ground. We must address the glaring inequalities experienced by persons with disabilities. We must counter discrimination and prejudice. We must deliver development that is truly for all.” In a message to the same gathering, Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said the international community had ignored the rights of disabled people for far too long. “The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a key measure of our civilization. The rights and opportunities that people with disabilities are able to enjoy reflect directly on our common humanity,” Mr. Kerim said in his message, which was delivered in his absence by acting Assembly President Hjalmar W. Hannesson, the Permanent Representative for Iceland. Today’s commemorative event was organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It brought together many of the individuals from governments, the disability community and the UN System who worked to negotiate the treaty, and paid tribute to the resolute and dedicated global efforts to ensure that the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million persons with disabilities are guaranteed and protected. The commemoration was one of several events and briefings held at UN Headquarters in New York today, to mark the Convention’s entry into force on 3 May. The CRPD does not create new rights for the estimated 650 million people around the world with disabilities, but aims to ensure that the benefits of existing rights are fully extended and guaranteed. By ratifying the Convention, States commit themselves to enact laws and other measures to improve disability rights, and to abolish legislation, customs and practices that discriminate against persons with disabilities. The UN Children’s Fund and the non-profit organization, the Victor Pineda Foundation, launched a child-friendly text to explain the Convention to young people, UNICEF said in a statement. “The document aims to educate, empower and motivate all children, but particularly those with disabilities, to claim their rights and to actively participate in challenging discrimination, as well as promoting the Convention,” the statement noted. UNICEF’s Director of Programmes, Nicholas Alipui, said: “The inclusion of children with disabilities is not a charitable act but a matter of rights. Empowering and enabling children makes them less vulnerable to violence, abuse and exploitation.” The UN Human Settlements Programme, known as UN-HABITAT, also welcomed today’s milestone. “I am proud to state that we are already moving to the implementation stage of the Convention by giving special attention to Persons with Disabilities in all our projects, particularly in slums and deprived urban neighbourhoods,” Under-Secretary-General and UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka said in a statement. Ms. Tibaijuka added that UN-HABITAT “constantly finds itself reminding policymakers at every level of the need for proper access to public transport, for alternative access to buildings, for special seating in public places, and proper care benefits.” Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Jomo Kwame Sundaram told a press briefing in New York that the pact’s entry into force was a “historic moment” for the UN, the international community and people with disabilities worldwide. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang told the same briefing that the Convention was the first which clearly recognized and aimed to protect all the rights of persons with disabilities, many of whom remained “totally invisible in many societies,” due to negative attitudes and physical obstacles. read more

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China to continue support which will benefit people of Sri Lanka

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Chaminda Jayasekara, medical superintendent of the Tangalle Base Hospital said the Chinese donation had greatly improved the medical conditions of the hospital, bringing welfare to residents in the Hambantota area and in the entire Southern Province. (Colombo Gazette) Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan attended the donation ceremony and inaugurated the newly-established cardiology unit of the hospital. China will provide Sri Lanka with the necessary help and support that will benefit the people of Sri Lanka, he said.G. Wijesooriya, provincial director of Health and Service in the Southern Province, said he was grateful for China’s support towards the health care in Sri Lanka, and the generous assistance from the Chinese Embassy to the Tangalle Base Hospital which had solved the “immediate problems” for patients in the province. China says will it will continue to give support which will benefit the people of Sri Lanka.The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka donated medical and office equipment to the Tangalle Base Hospital in Hambantota, in southern Sri Lanka, the Embassy said in a statement Saturday, according to the Xinhua news agency. Speaking at the ceremony, Cheng praised the historical ties between China and Sri Lanka as well as the deeply-rooted friendship between the two peoples in various fields. read more

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UN agencies urge global action as drought looms over Africas Sahel region

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According to estimates, about five million people in northern Senegal, southern Mauritania and parts of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad, will require food and livelihood assistance, after having exhausted their food reserves – which may run out by the end of this month.In normal weather conditions, supplies would last beyond June, into September.“We are hearing of people cutting down the number of daily meals and children dropping out of school,” Abdou Dieng, the Regional Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) for West and Central Africa, said in a news release on Thursday.“Those are telling signs of a looming disaster that the world cannot continue to ignore.”It is feared the region’s children will be the worst affected, with more than 1.6 million at risk of severe acute malnutrition this year – representing a 50 per cent increase compared with the last major nutrition crisis in the Sahel, in 2012.Marie-Pierre Poirier, the Regional Director for West and Central Africa at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that it was “tragic that the same mothers are coming back to the clinics year after year with their children for treatment.”It is tragic that the same mothers are coming back to the clinics year after year with their children for treatment of severe acute malnutrition — UNICEF official Marie-Pierre PoirierThis year, the numbers have been the worst, she added.“We can break this cycle if we invest now in building resilience – making families, communities and national authorities better equipped to prevent and deal with similar shocks in the future,” said Ms. Poirier.Strengthening resilience is also the top priority for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“What will help stabilize the Sahel is support for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists, during this lean season and in the future, to cope with shocks that include climate change and conflicts,” said Coumba Sow, the Sub-Regional Coordinator for Resilience for FAO across the region.To mitigate the impact of the immediate crisis, the three UN agencies have developed a joint response to cover food needs, protect livelihoods and address malnutrition.They have also prepared longer-term interventions, including improving access to local food resources as well as strengthening health and social services to allow communities and countries at large, to prevent and deal with similar shocks in the future.Implementing these programmes however, relies on sufficient funding.Fully funded, the WFP response (requiring $284 million) will provide food and nutrition to some 3.5 million people. UNICEF’s response ($264 million) will protect almost 1 million children from severe acute malnutrition and provide them access to water and sanitation facilities and education until the end of the year.The FAO response (requiring $128 million, of which $45 million is urgently needed) will help the situation from further deteriorating for 2.5 million livestock and other farmers, and their families. read more

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Brock Open House coming April 8

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Brock University is gearing up to open its doors to thousands of potential undergraduate and graduate students and their families for one of the most important days on the recruitment calendar.Open House will be held Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the entire Brock community will join together to welcome guests and ensure a memorable experience on campus.In the lead-up to the June 1 acceptance deadline for Ontario secondary school applicants, thousands of admission offers have been sent out. The experience applicants have at Open House is often the deciding factor in a student’s journey to Brock.“It’s incredible to see how the whole Brock community — from students to faculty, staff and senior administration — all come together to share their pride and demonstrate what makes this University exceptional,” said Beth Natale, Director, Recruitment for Brock University.Natale said one of the highlights of Open House this year will be new Hot Spot guided tours. Student ambassadors will offer the guided tours at five different locations around the University to give visitors a comprehensive look at the Brock campus.“Having our students share their academic and student life experiences is a critical aspect of Open House,” Natale said. “Potential students want those authentic interactions to better understand what their university experience might be like.”The main focal point of Open House will once again be an information fair located in Ian Beddis Gymnasium, where faculty, staff and students will be on hand to talk about the full range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs, student services and research opportunities that are available.Information sessions will delve deeper into specific departments and programs, while snapshots of student and faculty research will be featured throughout campus.Visitors can also tour residences, research labs, athletic facilities and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts downtown.Although Ontario secondary school applicants have until June 1 to determine their final plans for September, applications for other students are continually processed throughout the spring and summer. For students considering transferring to Brock, admissions staff will be also be available at Open House to help get them admitted immediately.What: Open House at Brock UniversityWhere: Registration at Walker ComplexWhen: Sunday, April 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.More: Online registration and a full schedule of the day’s events can be found at discover.brocku.ca/openhouse/ read more

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Opinion One and done rule bad for college basketball programs fans

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Kansas Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins dunks the ball during a game against Eastern Kentucky March 21 at the Scottrade Center. Kansas won, 80-69.Courtesy of MCTIt’s almost that time of year again, to say so long to college basketball season until next year … but wait, there’s a few things you won’t exactly be seeing next year. You won’t be seeing some of the country’s top players return for another season.Many, allowed by the “one and done” NBA draft rule, will enter their names into the 2014 NBA Draft. Players like forward Aaron Gordon of Arizona, guard Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, and forward Jabari Parker of Duke are likely to take their opportunity to abandon the arenas filled with young, hopeful-hearted and spirited university fans to strive toward a game where their wins and successes are no longer a form of mere satisfaction with praise from loyal fans but come in the form of dollar signs and endorsement deals.This rule requiring players to only attend school one year before entering the draft not only lets down fans, but also allows young athletes into the big leagues a few years before their time.While there are many requirements for a player to be eligible for the NBA draft, the specific rule being debated here is this “one and done” rule, implemented in 2006. This rule states that any basketball player — at least 19 years old — is eligible for the draft if he has allowed one year to lapse since his high school graduation. This was set forth to encourage high school basketball stars to not follow in the steps of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett and skip straight to the pros.Many NBA spokesmen have argued against these criteria. Those men only look at the game from a business standpoint and how that rule poses a threat of lost income to them, as the influx of young talent could help boost ticket and apparel sales by helping their teams improve. However, many others feel that requiring players to attend school for at least one year is not nearly enough.Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, suggested that players ought to stay in school for at least three years.I’m going to have to go with Cuban on this one.Speaking from a fan’s perspective, having players leave their beloved sports team after one year is not only upsetting but a let down. It completely discredits the phrase “we’ll get ‘em next year.” Not only will the team not ‘get ‘em next year’ when some of the best players leave and the team has to start back at square one every year to build team chemistry. Fans fall in love with these players. Children develop role models out of these athletes, but are broken-hearted when they can no longer sport the jersey of their favorite player because the player has moved on to bigger and better things.Speaking from a human-interest perspective, one year does not allow these athletes time to fully equip themselves for the real world. With having only one year of college under their belt, this won’t give these players anything to fall back on pending a career-ending injury. College is a self-exploration time that gives adolescents the freedom and time to truly discover who they are and learn life skills. These players won’t develop these characteristics when they skip ahead four years.Call me crazy or an NBA-hater, but imagine what the college ball game would look like if players were required to stay at least three or four years. There would no longer be fear that the best players would not return. These players would have more time to develop their skills, build team chemistry that would lead them to a possible national championship and would establish a stronger and supportive fan base. Not only would these players become better athletically but would be better prepared to handle the professional league and professional world.While Kansas is not as lucky, with many freshmen entering the draft, Ohio State fans are much more fortunate only losing one, likely two, players that stayed for more than one year, sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle and junior forward LaQuinton Ross. So while we are saddened to see Ross likely forgo his senior year eligibility, thanks for sticking with the Buckeyes for three years. An even bigger appreciation goes out to Aaron Craft for leading the Buckeyes for four solid years and for truly modeling, in my opinion, what college basketball should look like. read more

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Matt Dawson I needed heart surgery after getting Lyme disease in London park

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first_imgEngland’s Matt Dawson at the Rugby World Cup in 2003Credit: Andrew Budd Matt Dawson was bitten early last yearCredit:REX FEATURES/DAVID FISHER  In 2015, around one in 200 ticks, or 0.5 per cent, carried the pathogen, compared to between two and six per cent in 2017, depending on location.In around two thirds of cases, a distinctive rash develops in the days that follow a tick bite.Flu-like symptoms are another strong indicator of the disease.“I had two days where I felt awful – very feverish on the sofa, crashed out,” said Dawson.”I’d heard of Lyme disease before.“It was something I’d always associated with places abroad, on the continent, in America, wherever there were deer.”There’s no way that I would’ve walked through a wood or a forest with my kids and gone back home and thought, “right, I’ll just check for some ticks just to make sure everything is fine”.“I just wouldn’t have thought of that.” 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. Matt Dawson was bitten early last year England's Matt Dawson at the Rugby World Cup in 2003 Professor Richard Wall, a leading expert on ticks at Bristol University, said it can take up to 24 hours for a tick attached to human flesh to transfer the pathogen, making it worth checking for the parasites after a walk.center_img Former rugby international Matt Dawson has revealed he underwent multiple heart operations after contracting Lyme disease from walking in a London Park.The England star said he is still recovering two years after being infected by a tick, as experts warn this summer’s mild weather has heightened the risk of catching the disease.Cases of Lyme disease have soared in recent years, from approximately 250 officially reported cases in 2000 to nearly 3,000 currently, although some charities claim the unreported number is as high as 45,000. The condition has traditionally been most associated with rural heath and moorland areas, however scientists said yesterday it should come as “no surprise” that Dawson picked up the pathogen in an urban park.The former scrum half, now 44, said: “It was a really scary time for me and my family and I was shocked to find out that a tick bite in Chiswick – such a tiny creature – caused me to end up needing heart surgery.”Dawson is now free from the disease but still has to take daily medication to help his heart recover, a process he said will take a “long time”.If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to heart failure, meningitis, paralysis and memory problems. Show more He said the current mild weather means there is currently a higher than normal risk of catching the disease.“The peak of biting tick activity is early spring, but because of the mild summer they will carry on biting,” he told The Telegraph.Dawson is now supporting the Big Tick Project, which aims to raise awareness about the dangers of ticks and tick-borne diseases in the UKThe project recently conducted the largest ever study of ticks in dogs, studying 14,000 canines, finding almost one third were carrying the parasite.”These ticks carry some really quite potent, serious bacteria and they can cause you a lot of problems,” he said.“Raising awareness of them is imperative.” It is transmitted via ticks which feast on deer and can also be picked up from undergrowth by dogs and humans.The rising number of cases is thought to be linked to the Britain’s soaring population of deer.The proportion of ticks in the environment carrying Lyme disease is still relatively small but climbing rapidly.last_img read more

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National Trust says books under threat from damp beetles and Isil as

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A “challenging” exhibition has been installed in a Norfolk country estate to highlight the threats that books face including damp, beetles and Isil.The Word Defiant is a series of installations throughout Blickling Estate, organised by the National Trust, revealing stories of books that have been banned, burned, redacted, drowned, neglected and superseded.The inspiration for the installations comes from the 12,500 books in Blickling’s own library which is currently undergoing a five year conservation programme to ensure its survival after being plagued by damp and death watch beetle for some years.As part of the six-month art project exploring the importance of books one installation symbolises the burning of books in the university library in Mosul, Iraq which was destroyed by Isis militants in 2014.“Our underlying intention is to challenge our visitors,” Helen Bailey, general manager of the Blickling Estate told the Guardian. “To try to make them think differently about some of the things the National Trust has to do in order to look after these places for everyone.”Also included in the exhibition is a copy of Winnie the Pooh which has been placed in a bookcase of 19th century books to highlight it being banned in China. One installation symbolises the burning of books in the university library in Mosul, Iraq which was destroyed by Isis militants in 2014Credit:David Rose Other installations include 14 copies of a book by US army Lt Col Anthony Shaffer, which was censored by the Pentagon, and a cascade of books across the Long Gallery. One installation symbolises the burning of books in the university library in Mosul, Iraq which was destroyed by Isis militants in 2014 There’s also the story of the floating library in Venice where books are kept in bathtubs to protect them from flooding.Meanwhile, in the Chinese dressing room, a sound installation featuring maps and A-Zs signify how digital technology has superseded examples of the printed word.Outside, an abstract decorative scheme in the garden Temple will draw attention to the neglect of old, out of print or archived books.John Orna-Ornstein, director of curation and experience for the National Trust, said: “Sharing our heritage is not only about telling the stories of our past but finding ways to inspire people of all ages to see the importance of preserving it for future generations. “The Word Defiant is a bold, creative and really thought-provoking way to bring Blickling’s historic library to life for visitors, while shining a light on the conservation challenges such an important collection presents.”The project was created in partnership with arts group Les Enfants Terribles. read more

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Column Limerick City of Culture must not be allowed to fail

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first_imgTHERE WAS A great deal of excitement and anticipation last year when it was announced by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, that Limerick would be the first city to be designated a ‘City of Culture’.With good reason, it promised to be an excellent opportunity to challenge perceptions of Limerick as a city, to present a positive outward face to the world, and to attract a new cohort of tourists to the Mid West.However, the developments of recent days, and further back, now threaten to undermine the entire project. The people of Limerick are understandably angry at the mishandling of the entire project.Rich cultural heritageLimerick is a city and county with a rich cultural heritage, stretching back from antiquity to 20th Century. This includes artists such as painter Seán Keating, actors such as Richard Harris, musicians like the Cranberries, poets such as Michael Hartnett and writers such as Frank and Malachy McCourt.Of course, culture goes far beyond the Arts and, as Cork woman, I would clearly recognise the significant role of sport in our culture, and Limerick is a city which is synonymous with sport.Enormous potentialThe potential which exists for a year marking culture in Limerick is enormous.The city deserves much more than the inept and half-baked approach which we have seen thus far from the Department and the Board.Though one could be forgiven for thinking from coverage that problems have emerged only recently – but it was clear, particularly to the artistic and cultural community, that there were problems from the middle of last year. This is an ongoing issue, and I have attempted to draw the Minister’s attention to the problems with project for some time now.In September, I put it to the Minister that the failure to outline what budget would be available was seriously hampering planning for the coming year. This was only months before the year as City of Culture was to begin, and yet the planners were limited in what they could book due to being unsure what budget was available to them.Derry ‘s budget agreed more than two years ahead of eventThe Minister responded that the budget would be agreed following the estimates, leaving a period of mere months to plan for the programme. The last twelve months has seen the tremendous success of Derry’s year as City of Culture. However, that did not happen by accident. They had an agreed budget two-and-a-half years before the event, and was well supported and resourced by the Department of Arts Culture and Leisure and the executive in the North.It was clear from an early stage that there were potential difficulties with the City of Culture project in Limerick. This was further underlined by the fiasco regarding the appointment of the CEO in November. Regardless of the credentials of Patricia Ryan, it is clear that the appointments process was far from best practice and was entirely lacking in transparency; we are now seeing the fallout of that. This is particularly disappointing under the watch of a Government which promised a new era in public appointments.It is in this context that we must judge the resignation of the City of Culture’s artistic director Karl Wallace and programmers Jo Mangan and Maeve McGrath, and the public meeting at which the Limerick public gave voice to their understandable frustration and concern.Quite clearly, tensions and difficulties have been under the surface for some time.A very important and valuable project for LimerickNow we see that Patricia Ryan has resigned as CEO and there is clearly an impetus for the Minister to intervene as soon as possible in order to ensure that the considerable issues and concerns are addressed. Such a move would strengthen the foundations of what still is a very important and valuable project for Limerick.The year can very much still be a success. I know the people of Limerick are keen to ensure that is the case. The Opening Ceremony gave a glimpse as to the potential of the year.However, there is now a significant shadow over the project, and there is a need for action. The Department of the Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht was responsible for awarding the designation, and they cannot simply stand back and ignore the situation.I believe that the Minister, Jimmy Deenihan TD should seek to bring together all the stakeholders in this process, between the local authority, artistic and cultural community, public representatives, planners, and the people of Limerick, to see how the project can be gotten back on track.The people of Limerick deserve the opportunity to showcase their lively cultural scene to the world. The Minister should now intervene to ensure they get that opportunity.Sandra McLellan is a TD for Cork East, and the Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Arts Heritage and the GaeltachtRead: Limerick City of Culture CEO resignsRead: Arts Minister read about Limerick City of Culture resignation ‘in the paper’last_img read more

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