Shortcuts, Secrets, Tricks, Magic Bullets, and Shiny Objects

first_imgShortcuts: There isn’t any way to produce the results you need without doing the work that producing those results requires of you. If someone is selling that there is a shortcut that is made up of you not having to do the work, then it isn’t a shortcut; it’s a recipe for failure. The only real shortcut to producing results is to learn and execute proven strategies, i.e. training, coaching, modeling successful people, etc.Secrets: Anything that is commonly called a secret is nothing more than common knowledge and the collective wisdom of the ages. Most common knowledge can safely be called secrets because most salespeople don’t execute on the fundamentals. There are no secrets; it’s just that most people aren’t willing to do what is required to produce the result they want, so it might as well be a secret.Tricks: Tricks are usually the same thing as secrets. But when they’re not, they’re usually bad ideas. They’re ideas that step just over the line when it comes to honesty, integrity, professionalism, and craftsmanship. Like when someone says, “Here is a trick to get someone to call you back.” Tricks are never a good idea.Magic Bullets: Magic bullets are the single answer to all of your problems, issues, and challenges. The idea is that if you buy the magic bullet, your sales will skyrocket. You know these because they come with the warning that if you don’t buy the magic bullet, your doomed to fail. You know in your heart that is no magic bullet. Nothing worthwhile comes easy, and nothing good is free.Shiny Objects: It’s brand new and exciting. Everybody says it’s hot. It produces breakthrough results like nothing you’ve ever seen. And then the next “next” big thing comes along. But if the last shiny object was the answer to all of your prayers, why do you continually need a new shiny object? The truth is that shiny objects are fads. They are a reframing of an old truth. Chasing shiny objects only wastes your time, time that would be invested elsewhere.The Fundamentals: There isn’t anything sexy about the fundamentals. In fact, they’re kind of boring. You know a great deal about what you need to know and what you need to do, but you don’t do what is necessary because it’s difficult to execute the fundamentals well. So you look for easy answers, like shortcuts, secrets, tricks, magic bullets, and shiny objects. But fast is slow, and slow is fast.But the path to long term success and high performance runs straight through the fundamentals. There isn’t a straighter or faster method to get where you want to go. You just have to do the work.QuestionsWhy are easy answers so seductive?What hooks you? Secrets? Tricks? Magic bullets?What is the latest shiny object that’s caught your attention? Is it really the answer or is it another fad in a long line of fads that have hooked you?Why do we avoid the fundamentals when we know, intellectually anyway, that they’re what works?last_img read more

China State TV to ‘Suspend’ Broadcasts of NBA Exhibition Games

first_imgShanghai: China’s state-run broadcaster said on Tuesday it would “immediately suspend” plans to broadcast a pair of NBA pre-season exhibition games being staged in China this week as the fallout grew over an NBA’s executive’s tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong.”We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,” China Central Television (CCTV) said on its social media account. “To this end, CCTV’s Sports Channel has decided to immediately suspend plans to broadcast the NBA preseason (China Games) and will immediately investigate all cooperation and communication involving the NBA.”The US basketball league is facing a mounting backlash in China over a tweet last week by Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey expressing support for protesters in semi-autonomous Hong Kong who have staged increasingly violent demonstrations to demand more freedoms.The announcement made clear CCTV was referring to two annual NBA exhibition games in China, which this year pit the Los Angeles Lakers against the Brooklyn Nets.They are set to play in Shanghai on Thursday and in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Saturday.CCTV made no mention of games in the upcoming regular season, nor did it give any further details on its plans to review all ties with the NBA.The move by CCTV is the latest indication that the NBA may suffer significant damage in the hugely important Chinese market.CCTV and Tencent Holdings — which streams NBA games in China — had already said they would halt plans to broadcast Rockets games, while major Chinese sponsors have also cut ties.Nets players, executives and NBA officials were to appear at a publicity event at a Shanghai primary school on Tuesday afternoon, but the league abruptly cancelled it just two hours before it was to start, giving no explanation.NBA representatives did not immediately respond to AFP queries about whether the Lakers-Nets contests would be cancelled.The NBA has called Morey’s tweet “regrettable” but commissioner Adam Silver on Monday insisted that the league supported his right to express his opinions.”We are strongly dissatisfied with and oppose (Silver’s) comments in support of Morey’s right to free expression,” CCTV’s statement said. broadcastCCTVChinaDaryl Morey First Published: October 8, 2019, 12:58 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Guus Hiddink happy to return as coach if Russia come calling

first_imgGuus Hiddink, who led Russia to the 2008 European Championship semi-finals, said he would be happy to return to his former side as they look to put the misery of an early Euro 2016 exit behind them and prepare for the World Cup in two years’ time.The Dutchman, who took on the role of interim Chelsea manager after Jose Mourinho’s sacking last year, has been linked with the job in the wake of Russia’s poor campaign in France.The Russians drew with England before losing to Slovakia and Wales to finish bottom of the group.WILLING TO RETURN “If I can make a contribution, I’ll will be happy to do so,” he told Dutch broadcaster NOS.”Russia sit in a particularly complicated situation, not only in the sporting arena but also in terms of their image,” said the 69-year-old, who coached Russia from 2006 to 2010. “Sport can help them, although it is perhaps my idealistic thinking, to project a better image out to the world.”Russia are looking for a new coach after Leonid Slutski said he would not continue after they were eliminated on Monday.”I think after a tournament like this, you need someone else to take charge of the national side at major tournaments,” he said.last_img read more

MS Dhoni is an invaluable asset to Team India: MSK Prasad

first_imgChairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Monday dispelled any doubts about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in international cricket, terming him the world’s best wicketkeeper right now.The 35-year-old Dhoni’s heir apparent in limited overs, a 19-year-old Rishabh Pant, has made a strong case for himself but he is being groomed as one for the future when the Jharkhand dasher decides to call time on his career.When asked if Dhoni’s erratic batting form is a concern, Prasad’s emphatic response made it clear that selectors still have faith in him.”How many of us still believe that MSD is still the best wicketkeeper in the world? We all believe he is still the best wicketkeeper in the world. We are only talking and focussing on his batting form,” Prasad said.”He is an invaluable asset to the team and his inputs in crunch situations, he has got one of the best brains. He is the best person to guide Virat,” Prasad said about the two-time World Champion skipper.Prasad said Dhoni’s safe keeping has gone unnoticed all these years and people only tend to focus on his batting.”Not many people realise, that in last 10-12 years, Dhoni has never had a bad day with the gloves. We always treat him as a batsman but phenomenal stuff he does behind the wickets, not many people appreciate that. According to me, he is still the best wicketkeeper in world cricket.”Asked why youngsters are not picked, pat came the reply: “Isn’t Bumrah a youngster? Isn’t Hardik Pandya a youngster? They came to the Indian team during 2016 Australia series prior to Asia Cup.advertisementWhen the same scribe asked whether veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was considered, convener Amitabh Chaudhary sarcastically retorted: “On one side, you asked about youngsters and now you are asking about Harbhajan Singh.”Quizzed about Sanju Samson and Basil Thampi, Prasad said that these guys need A team exposure.”We have seen their performances in the IPL. They need good A tour before the next level.”The selection panel chief also made it clear that IPL hype and public opinion are never enough to sway selectors picking a one-day side.”In 50 overs tournament, we have to check all-round capabilities. We are happy that the likes of Rahul Tripathi or Thampi are shaping up.”last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino fears psychological effect of injuries on Harry Kane

first_imgShare on Pinterest From parks to Premier League: the shocking scale of racism in English football Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn Tottenham Hotspur The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Mauricio Pochettino Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Harry Kane news Mauricio Pochettino fears Harry Kane could be affected on a psychological level by his ankle injuries. The Tottenham striker suffered ligament damage in the 1-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win at home to Manchester City and Pochettino accepts it will be difficult for him to play again this domestic season.He said it was possible Kane could be back for the Champions League final on 1 June – should Spurs make it – and England’s opening game at the Nations League finals on 6 June. Kane will see a specialist next week, which ought to clarify the length of absence.It is the fifth time in three seasons Kane has had an ankle ligament injury and Pochettino was asked whether they represented a serious problem for the player.“Yes, for sure, it can be an issue,” Pochettino said. “When you suffer once, twice or three times – it’s normal in your head that you will always think about it. But I don’t believe it will be a big problem.”Kane was injured when he went into a strong challenge on City’s Fabian Delph and ended up coming off worse. It was a needless tackle and, with Kane having received some rough treatment earlier in the game, it was possible to wonder whether temper had got the better of the striker – and, equally, if City had targeted him.“No, I don’t believe that City made a plan,” Pochettino said. “It’s normal to be tight and tough with him – like us with their players – for me, it was an accident.“Does Harry need to change the way he plays? It’s true that now we can have an opinion that it was a challenge with not too much need to do but he’s how he is. He’s strong. He wants to challenge for every single ball. He’s Harry Kane because he plays like this.”Pochettino is unlikely to risk Dele Alli against Huddersfield, after the midfielder broke a hand in two places against City. The hope is Alli can play in Wednesday’s second leg with a protective cast. The manager will rotate his team but with Érik Lamela (hamstring) also injured, his attacking options are restricted. Share via Emaillast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp happy with form going to Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp happy with form going to Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy with their form going to Chelsea on Sunday.Klopp has reiterated he was largely happy with Liverpool’s performance in the 2-0 Champions League loss to Napoli in midweek.“We are working on a response. Performance-wise, the more I think about it, it was not a game we would usually lose,” the Liverpool boss said.“It was a difficult game against Napoli. People expect us to dominate a game like this more, but that is actually not possible. The quality of Napoli is too big for that.”I was happy with a lot of parts of the game. Of course, not with our creating chances and finishing. But, again, they’re a very good side. “It’s not a team you play against and score easily two, three or four goals. We could have had a few better chances with a few better decisions. We are in a good shape and we have to keep going.” last_img read more

Plans in High Gear for Easter Monday Montpelier Show

first_imgPlans are far advanced for the Easter Monday, April 1, staging of the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show in St. James.Some $3.25 million has been allocated for the event, which is being put on by the St. James Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).Speaking at the official launch at the Sunset Hotel in Montego Bay on Wednesday, March 13, President of the St. James Association of Branch Societies (ABS) and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, said the organising team has been working hard to ensure that this year’s show will be the best ever.He said that focus will continue to be placed on youth in agriculture and “we are calling on them to participate in the show, as we cannot bring agriculture to its rightful place by excluding our youth.”He said that schools, with 50 or more students, will be allowed free entry.This year’s event, Mr. Harris announced, will feature a much improved animal display and expansion of other exhibits. There will also be a special ‘Eat Jamaica’ corner, where patrons will be able to sample an array of items made from local produce such as sweet potato soup, dasheen chips, and cookies.He said that there will be lots of fun for the entire family and students will have the opportunity to win prizes such as small livestock, seedlings, farm tools and equipment.The St. James ABS President said that sponsors are coming forward with their support, with the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSCo) providing $500,000. “We are calling on all citizens of the parish and other parts of western Jamaica to support the show this year, as we redouble our efforts to ensure that agriculture in St. James and Jamaica, is brought to the forefront,” Mr. Harris said.By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Un océanographe de lUniversité Dalhousie dirigera une consultation sur lénergie renouvelable marine

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais sont invités à faire part de leur opinion sur l’avenir des sources d’énergie renouvelables marines de la province lors d’un processus de consultation annoncé aujourd’hui, 16 septembre. La consultation mènera à l’adoption d’une loi régissant la mise en valeur de sources d’énergie extracôtières, soit les énergies éolienne et marémotrice et l’énergie des vagues. « La zone au large des côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse présente un énorme potentiel en matière d’énergie renouvelable, de souligner le ministre de l’Énergie, Bill Estabrooks. L’exploitation de cette énergie nous aidera à atteindre nos objectifs ambitieux au chapitre de l’électricité provenant de sources d’énergie renouvelables, et ce tout en créant de bons emplois et en stimulant l’économie. » La province a adopté une loi stipulant que 25 pour cent de son électricité doit provenir de sources renouvelables d’ici 2015, et elle s’est donné comme objectif que ce soit 40 pour cent d’ici 2020. « L’instauration d’un nouveau cadre législatif pour la mise en valeur et la production de l’énergie de la mer fait partie de notre engagement visant à améliorer la vie des Néo-Écossais. Mais avant de présenter cette loi, nous voulons parler aux experts, aux gens qui vivent près de la mer ou qui en tirent un revenu, et aux gens qui s’intéressent en général à la santé de l’océan. » L’océanographe Bob Fournier de l’Université Dalhousie mènera les efforts en vue de recueillir les points de vue d’un large éventail de Néo-Écossais. La Nouvelle-Écosse jouit d’une abondance de ressources brutes en matière d’énergie renouvelable marine, mais la technologie pour exploiter le vent, les courants et les vagues n’en est pas à la même étape de son développement dans tous les secteurs. « La nouvelle loi devra se pencher sur tous ces types de création d’énergie et devra avoir une portée à long terme », de souligner Wayne St-Amour, directeur général de l’Offshore Energy Environmental Research Association de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Un document de travail intitulé Loi sur les énergies renouvelables marines pour la Nouvelle-Écosse est disponible à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/energy/public-consultation/marine-renewable-energy.asp . Les gens peuvent envoyer leurs commentaires à marinerenewableenergy@gov.ns.ca. M. Fournier se servira de cette information en plus de joindre des groupes clés pour obtenir leurs commentaires. Le processus de consultation prendra fin le 29 octobre et le rapport devrait être déposé tard cette année ou au début de l’année prochaine.last_img read more

Ontario college faculty go on strike

first_imgTORONTO – Faculty at 24 Ontario colleges went on strike late Sunday, affecting more than 500,000 students.The Ontario Public Services Employees Union says the two sides couldn’t resolve their differences by a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday.“There was really nothing left that we could put forward, nothing more coming from the employer,” Nicole Zwiers, a member of the union bargaining team.The faculty regrets the effect on students, but many understand the issues at play, said Zwiers.“It’s always a case that there is always a high degree of upset, which is absolutely understandable,” said Zwiers in an interview Sunday night. “I think that many of our students are indicating to us that they understand the issues that we’re facing.”There was no indication on when talks might resume said Zwiers, but the union remained optimistic.The College Employer Council, which bargains for the colleges, called the strike completely unnecessary.“We should have had a deal based on our final offer. It is comparable to, or better than, recent public-sector settlements with teachers, college support staff, hospital professionals, and Ontario public servants — most of which were negotiated by OPSEU,” said Sonia Del Missier, a spokeswoman for the council, in a statement.The union’s demands would have added more than $250 million in annual costs, the council said.The union presented a proposal Saturday night that called for the number of full time faculty to match the number of faculty members on contract.It also called for improvements in job security and for faculty to have a stronger voice in academic decision making.The strike involves more than 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians.Note to readers: –last_img read more

More women …better conservation

first_imgHaving more women involved in governing bodies that make decisions about land management can help boost conservation, as well as help reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, a study has found. The research, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, showed that when more women are involved in decision making, the group conserves more – particularly when offered financial incentives to do so. The study, involving 440 forest users from three developing countries, sheds new light on the role gender quotas for local governing bodies could play in reducing global deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions while also curbing local inequalities. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”When policymakers think about what to do to increase conservation around the world, gender quotas don’t even come up as a viable policy instrument,” said Krister Andersson, a professor at University of Colorado Boulder in the US. Previous research has shown, women tend to have a greater affinity for environment, support conservation measures more and are more concerned than men are about problems of inequality. However, because women often are at a financial disadvantage or are underrepresented in decision-making bodies, they may not have the opportunity to put those preferences into action. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardMembers of the research team traveled to 31 villages near collectively-managed forests in Indonesia, Peru and Tanzania. They staged a day-long tabletop simulation game in which local forest users were divided into groups of eight and asked to make decisions about how many trees they would harvest from a shared forest. Half the groups had gender quotas requiring that 50 per cent of members were women. Half had no quotas. In the first stage of the game, all participants anonymously chose how many trees they would cut down, knowing that they would receive a small payment (5 tokens) for each tree. In the second stage, the participants were told that an external organisation would pay them 160 tokens as a group if they did not cut any trees down and the elected leader would decide how to distribute those tokens. “We found that the groups with the gender quota reduced their harvesting rate far more when the incentive was introduced and also distributed the payments for conserving more equally,” said Nathan Cook, a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Colorado Boulder. Notably, there was no difference between the groups when there was no financial incentive. However, once cash was offered, the groups with a quota reduced their harvesting by 51 per cent while the control group cut its harvesting by 39 per cent. “It appears that it is not the gender quota by itself that is making a difference, but rather the combination with the conservation incentive,” said Andersson.last_img read more

Does antibiotic use raise risk of nerve damage?

first_imgLondon: A common class of antibiotics — used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections — may increase a patient’s risk of suffering a serious and potentially permanent form of nerve damage by almost 50 per cent. Scientists from the University of Dundee in the UK looked at a database of 1.3 million adults issued one or more prescriptions of fluoroquinolone or amoxicillin-clavulanate antibiotics with no diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy at the outset of treatment. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPeripheral neuropathy has long been recognised as a potential side effect of fluoroquinolone antibiotics — that are commonly used to treat a variety of illnesses such as respiratory and urinary tract infections. The study, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, found that current use of systemic fluoroquinolone antibiotics appeared to increase the risk of peripheral neuropathy by 47 per cent, causing an additional 2.4 cases per 10,000 patients per year of treatment. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA person prescribed with amoxicillin-clavulanate were not significantly more likely to experience peripheral neuropathy. The risk was higher for men and rose with age and with the length of fluoroquinolone treatment. A peripheral neuropathy diagnosis remained more likely to be diagnosed for up to six months after the fluoroquinolone prescription. Older men, the group most likely to experience the condition after taking a 28-day course of fluoroquinolones, were said to have a one in 34,000 chance of doing so.last_img read more

Renowned Egyptian Actor Gamil Ratib Dies at 91

Rabat – The Egyptian actor of the golden era, Gamil Ratib, died this morning at the age of 91.Ratib’s agent announced the death of the iconic actor in a statement today.The actor’s funeral will take place this afternoon at the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo, according to Egyptian local media. The Egyptian-French star was born in 1962 in Cairo. The actor spent 65 years in both Egyptian and French television shows.A lover of theater, Ratib spent some time in the French theater during his early life in France.Ratib graduated from the School of French Law and then completed his education in a university in France. Ratib made his first appearance on screen in “1946,” a movie released in that year.In the mid-seventies, the actor started appearing in Egyptian movies, taking part in multiple Egyptian works, including “No consolation for women,” “Love in the Prison,” “The Beginning,” and “The Birds of the Dark.”Ratib also participated in television dramas, including “The Friends,” “Yawmiyat Wanis,” and “The Face Of the Moon,” according to IMDb. read more

Security Council voices concern over maritime piracy in West Africas Gulf of

30 August 2011The Security Council today voiced concern over increasing maritime piracy, armed robbery and reports of hostage-taking in the Gulf of Guinea, saying the crimes were having an adverse impact on security, trade and other economic activities in the sub-region. The Council took note of efforts by countries in the Gulf of Guinea to tackle the problem, including joint coastline patrols by Nigeria and Benin and plans to convene a summit of Gulf of Guinea heads of State to discuss a regional response.“In this context, members of the Council underlined the need for regional coordination and leadership in developing a comprehensive strategy to address this threat,” said a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month.The Council urged the international community to support countries in the region, as well as the regional organizations – the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) ¬¬– and other relevant bodies, in securing international navigation along the Gulf of Guinea, including through information exchange, improved coordination and capacity building.The Council took note of the intention by the Secretary-General to send a UN assessment mission to look into the situation in the region and explore possible options for UN support.Members of the Council also stressed the need for the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the UN Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) to work, within their current mandates, with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as with all concerned countries and regional organizations. read more

Air Canada trails global peers in fee revenue but Aeroplan poised to

MONTREAL — A new report finds that Air Canada lags behind other global airlines in revenue from passenger fees, but is poised to catch up after its recent purchase of the Aeroplan rewards program.The report from airline consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany says the country’s biggest airline took in US$1.45 billion in so-called ancillary revenue last year, or about US$28.54 per passenger.The per-passenger figure didn’t break the top 10, with U.S. competitors United Airlines Inc. and American Airlines Inc. and Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd. reaping between US$35 and US$42 per traveller in ancillary income.Nonetheless, report author Jay Sorensen says Air Canada’s deal to buy Aeroplan from Aimia Inc. will earn the Montreal-based airline a much bigger revenue stream in the coming years.So-called ancillary revenue, which includes payments for meals and baggage, hotel commissions and frequent-flyer program income, is playing an increasingly critical role for the airline industry.Popularized by low-cost airlines more than a decade ago, ancillary revenue streams have helped diversify revenue and insulate airlines from fluctuations in fuel price and competition. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:AIM)The Canadian Press read more

UN human rights office urges Israel to halt mass demolition of Bedouin

“These mass demolitions raise serious concerns about the prohibition on forced evictions under international human rights law, and Israel’s obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of Palestinians to adequate housing and freedom from arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family and home,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).In July, OHCHR urged Israel to reconsider a proposed law that would result in the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages, displacing as many as 40,000 members of these communities from their ancestral homes. However, demolitions began on 19 August and have been carried out by Israeli authorities in at least six different locations, including East Jerusalem. Subsequently, on 11 September all but two residential structures in the Bedouin community of Az Za’ayyem on the edge of Jerusalem were demolished. The latest wave of demolitions occurred on 16 September, when 58 structures were knocked down, including all residential structures and livestock shelters in the herding community of Mak-hul in the northern Jordan Valley. According to OHCHR, all 10 families inhabiting the structures were rendered homeless and no alternative housing options were offered.“Israeli authorities denied the provision of emergency shelter assistance to the community by humanitarian organizations,” Mr. Colville said. “The community remains vulnerable to further demolitions and repeated displacement due to lack of legal security of tenure and the consequent inability to obtain building permits.”Mr. Colville added that the obligations of Israel with respect to the right of adequate housing of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory include ensuring access to basic shelter and housing, and refraining from interfering with the enjoyment of these rights. read more

We are late but not too late to fight and win this

Briefing the General Assembly on the situation on the ground, Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), via-video link from the operation’s headquarters in Ghana warned that the crisis caused by the outbreak is severe and unprecedented. “The world has never seen anything like it. Time is our enemy. The virus is far ahead of us,” he said, emphasizing that the outbreak is more than a health crisis as it is now impacting every level of society in the most-affected countries Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – killing people, disrupting health systems, and derailing socioeconomic progress. Joining Mr. Banbury in the briefing, which also included an update on the wider UN response, were the Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson; Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola Dr. David Nabarro; and President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa. Mr. Banbury noted that traditional social and cultural practices in the affected countries are among the factors contributing to the spread of the virus. “Many people in the affected countries are still denying Ebola is real. We must understand and respect social mores and practices…while finding methods to combat the disease” that are acceptable at community levels, he said. As for his initial assessment of the situation in the early days of UNMEER’s roll-out, Mr. Banbury said: “The challenge is immense. We are late, but it is not too late to fight and win this battle. We are moving resources to where it is needed most. We will support national leadership and ownership. We shall play the role of ‘crisis manager’ not just ‘response coordinator.’ We shall fill gaps and support that which needs backstopping.”But, he continued, UNMEER could not fight the battle alone; its contribution would need to be supported by an array of national and international partners. “To achieve results fast, we must have the world’s support,” he said calling for strengthened treatment centres and diagnostic laboratories on the ground, scaled up financial support for aid agencies, and reliable arrangements in place to treat and if necessary evacuate workers treating the disease. Mr. Banbury also said that even as the international community works hard to turn the tide on the outbreak “we need to be incorporating early recovery and long-term needs into the response.”“The world must now act to help the people and governments of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Failing to help will lead to unpredictable but very dire consequences for the people of the countries and well beyond. As long as there is once case of Ebola in any of these three countries, no country is safe,” he said calling for a broad global coalition to battle the spread of the virus. “We must rise to the occasion. We must defeat this disease.”Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that the Ebola outbreak was putting “hard-won development progress in jeopardy, neighbours are at risk and none of us are insulated from the threat posed by Ebola. No country, no organization can tackle Ebola alone,” he said, adding that the crisis requires collective mobilization inside and outside the affected countries. The UN is on the ground with over 80 staff but many more will be needed to reach those areas where support is needed, especially at the local level. The Deputy Secretary-General appealed to Member States to act generously and swiftly, adding that a “contribution within days is much more important than a larger contribution within weeks.” Closing borders or imposing travel bans will not isolate the disease but rather the affected countries and will prevent urgent aid from reaching those in need. More funds are needed as well as a surge in trained personnel who can deploy to Ebola Treatment Centres. “Hospitals are overburdened and people are even worried to go to the hospitals. So you can imagine the number of people that are suffering and that are dying from other diseases – malaria, tuberculosis, all the things that you would normally treat,” Mr. Eliasson said. In his briefing, Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola, focused on the history of the current outbreak, its significance, the actions being undertaken to scale up response, as well as partnerships being built, national leadership, and the global coalition leading the combat against further spread of the virus.“I’ve worked as a public health doctor for 35 years…but I have never encountered a public health crisis like this in my life,” he said, explaining that this is because the Ebola virus had spread from isolated areas and through major urban areas and regions. He warned that without the mass mobilization of the international community to support the affected countries in West Africa, “it will be impossible to get this disease quickly under control, and the world will have to live with the Ebola virus forever.”So, while the disease is now spreading faster than efforts to contain it, “we know what needs to be done and we are going to do it before this virus can cause more death and misery.”President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa said that despite the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses, the epidemic continues to ravage communities, with the death toll rising with each passing day. There are grave concerns also that the outbreak could quickly spread from a regional to an international crisis, Mr. Kutesa said, adding that “Ebola is a threat that can easily land at any nation’s doorstep.” “In a situation where each day potentially means more lives lost, the rapid response of UNMEER supports the implementation of critical prevention and containment measures,” he said. Much more needs to be done, starting with UN Member States redoubling their efforts and following through on their financial pledges. Given the unprecedented nature of the epidemic, the international community must work together to come up with innovative solutions to contain the further spread of Ebola, declared the Assembly President. read more

El Niño is not a oneoff event UN says calling for action

Mr. Oh noted that the meeting – which was convened at the request of the UN General Assembly – would provide insights into the health, socio-economic and environmental dimensions of El Niño and share effective steps taken to reduce its impact, with a particular focus on what can be done to mitigate risks, losses and suffering related to such events in the future. Unprecedented weather events are entering ‘unchartered territories’Also speaking at the special meeting was Elena Manaenkova, Assistant Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), who highlighted that while the scientific understanding of El Niño has increased greatly in recent years, the current 2015/16 unprecedented El Niño and future events are entering “uncharted territories.” “Our planet has altered dramatically because of climate change, the general trend towards a warmer global ocean, the loss of Arctic sea ice and of over a million square kilometres of summer snow cover in the northern hemisphere. This naturally occurring El Niño event and human induced climate change may interact and modify each other in ways, which we have never before experienced,” she said. Ms. Manaenkova noted that, for its part, the WMO Strategic Plan 2016-2019 sets the directions and priorities to guide the activities of members and all WMO constituent bodies to enable all members to “improve their core information, products and services, maintain necessary infrastructure, and to directly benefit from advancements in science and technology.” Noting that climate services as well as disaster risk reduction and capacity development are among the WMO’s top strategic priorities, she called on government and development partners to support and invest resources in the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, especially in least developed countries and small island development States, to enhance and sustain their contribution to climate- and disaster-resilient sustainable development. Need for long-term development strategiesAlong those lines, Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, noted that although it is too early to assess the full impacts of the current El Niño, it is certain that countries have greater economic exposure to El Niño-related events, while the proportional impact on people and their livelihoods is higher in low-income countries and small island developing States. “Climate change is also likely to increase El Niño risk further, highlighting the need for long-term development strategies to factor-in these risks,” he said. Mr. Glasser underscored that as a result of more accurate seasonal forecasts, there is an increased predictability of occurrence of El Niño cycles and occurrence of extreme events in general. “With this in mind, countries have better opportunities to take action to manage and reduce the related risks and impacts,” he stressed. He also highlighted that the current El Niño has manifested in extreme weather events that have had an impact on a number of countries across the world and affected an estimated 60 million people so far. Some countries have experienced greater precipitation leading to floods, while others have experienced severe droughts affecting crop yields, and livestock production leading to food and water shortages. To reduce the impacts of El Niño, it is necessary to translate seasonal forecasts and risk data into risk-informed decision-making and actionable guidance so that different development sectors can take proactive measures, Mr. Glasser emphasized. “If development sectors get these forecasts early enough, action can be taken to reduce the impact of El Niño,” he said. He also noted that preventing new and reducing existing disaster risk is the core goal of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 adopted by the international community this past year. “Together with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework provides a way forward for addressing future El Niño events,” he said. The ECOSOC special meeting was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and WMO. “We must remember that El Niño is not a one-off event but recurring global phenomena that we must address for future generations and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said ECOSOC President Oh Joon at the opening of a special meeting on Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño phenomenon: Reducing risks and capturing opportunities at UN Headquarters in New York. “All partners, the United Nations, international and regional organizations, civil society, the private sector and the scientific community, need to take coordinated and fortified action to tackle El Niño risks,” he added. Mr. Oh underscored that since 2015, the world has witnessed the largest El Niño occurrence to date, with many developing countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific suffering under its “devastating and far-reaching impacts”. “Extreme weather conditions have become more frequent with climate change, bringing droughts, fire, destruction of agricultural production, poor health and diseases, and displacement of people all over the world. These conditions also affect commodity prices and the prospects for sustainable development,” he stressed. Noting that El Niño is a good example of climate change affecting the livelihood of people, the ECOSOC President said that Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau have all declared states of emergency due to drought conditions from El Niño, while Malawi has declared “a state of disaster.” According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as of February 2016, almost one million children needed treatment for acute malnutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa from food shortages due to El Niño weather extremes. ECOSOC President Oh Joon addresses the opening of a special meeting on impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño phenomenon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas read more

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…“Granger, Ganja and Goadie”It’s rather pathetic how the putative Prime Minister of Guyana, Moses Nagamootoo, has embraced his relegation to being the mouthpiece of David Granger’s PNC government. A few weeks ago, in Granger’s “Guyana Review” — now published as an insert in the Stabber News — there was such a cloyingly sycophantic puff piece on Granger that health centres across the country were inundated by readers who couldn’t stop gagging!!Unfortunately, just when the medical staff might be taking a well-earned break, they’ll be getting another tsunami of “vomiters” who read Nagamootoo’s piece in his Chronic column on Granger’s address to Parliament!! But you’ve got to hand it to the man who’d been promised a testosteroned Prime Ministership and ended up with the “larwah” of a weekly column: he takes that column very, very seriously!!This week, he wrote that on seeing 3 groups outside Parliament, he “thought immediately that this week’s column should be titled: ‘Granger, Ganja and Paisa’!! The man is always thinking about his job!! Sadly, it’s a job that rests on the carcasses of the two outside columnists – David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis – whom he knifed in the back. He’s now showing them what kind of columns the PNC boss-man demands: hagiographic and propagandistic!!Nagamootoo used an extended cricketing analogy in his column, which he captioned, “Light roller on 20/20 pitch”!! Having never played T-20 cricket, he obviously doesn’t know that on such a pitch, the bowler – Granger in this case – would be consistently clobbered for sixes!!He waxed eloquently about the “slow spin” used by Granger, missing his Freudian slip with the word “spin” when used in communication!! He wrote, “I realised that his was no ordinary address: he was cataloguing achievements just three years after taking office”. Granger was giving his spin on how he’d delivered the good life after three years!And what were these “achievements”?? Let’s go to the horse’s mouth: “…building a first-class education system, with emphasis on providing access to education, attendance and achievement. The first round of applause greeted the announcement that the Public Education Transport Service has distributed 1,254 bicycles, 28 buses and nine boats to help get our children to school, “without expending a dollar from the Government coffers.”Imagine that!! Nagamootoo praising the PNC-government for “building a first-class education state” with bicycle donations from private citizens! While pissing off teachers – who’re responsible for delivering that education – by refusing to give them a living wage!! The impasse with teachers, brought on by the PNC’s unilateralism, went unmentioned and unreported by Nagamootoo!!One may understand “a mouth muzzled by the hand that feeds it”.But how does Nagamootoo explain his mouth spewing crap? Goadie?…(stillborn) constitutional changeOnce again, there are drumbeats – faint, but growing in intensity – for “constitutional change”. Your Eyewitness asks, ‘What’s the point?” Two recent events illustrate his scepticism. First, relating to the matter of stipulating constitutionally the need for the PNC and PPP to work together in some sort of collaborative mechanism.But just read David Hinds’s column for this week. The caption alone says it all – “The APNU+AFC Coalition has collapsed: It has become a PNC government”. Of course, your Eyewitness has been saying this all along; but Hinds is a self-confessed “supporter” of the Government, and an executive member of one of its coalition partners, the WPA! This is a view from “inside”. He details how the AFC – even with the Cummingsburg Accord — had been neutered!But some may retort that the Accord isn’t a “Constitutional imperative”. Well, what about Art 162 (2)? Wasn’t that a constitutional imperative to foster “consensus” between the parties??Fact is, until the PNC’s weaned off sucking (unilateralism) eggs, we’re spinning wheels!…the Berbice BridgeWith all the hullabaloo over the announced toll increases by the BBCI, the Government still refuses to act. Its primary duty is to other shareholders – especially NIS and commuters.It should buy out other shareholders and ensure NIS’s long-term cash flow. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Gutless…October 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”PPP urging APNU to play its role in addressing unemploymentSeptember 2, 2013In “Local News”Column: EyewitnessMarch 18, 2018In “Opinion” read more

Charming video captures the thought process behind the Christmas Day swim

first_imgEVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEONE who decides to put all reason aside and jump into some icy cold water on the morning of December 25th.Or at least, that’s what you think as your see their tweets and Facebook posts from the warmth of your sitting room.Now, via a video from director Vincent Gallagher and production company Tiny Ark, you can get an idea of exactly what makes them do it. Source: Tiny ArkYou’d almost consider it.11 incredible GIFs of beautiful winter scenes around the world>You’ll know you were a Speech and Drama kid if…>last_img read more

Opinion Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this

first_imgTHE INTERNET ERUPTED in a torrent of vitriol and righteous indignation last night as Gaeilgeoirí throughout the country realised that An Taoiseach’s nominee for the office of Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, doesn’t speak Irish. As the minister who will be most in contact with Irish-language organisations and Gaeltacht residents, it’s usually been understood by successive administrations that the Minister should be able to communicate with Irish speakers in either of the official languages of the State. Joe McHugh’s appointment has been seen as a sign of disrespect by thousands.Older people felt the same way when the current administration appointed Kathleen Lynch as junior minister in 2011. Deputy Lynch was given responsibility for Disability, Equality Mental Health, whereas her predecessors Áine Brady and Máire Hoctor had been given the task of representing older people. Advocacy groups were dismayed and campaigned for a minister for older people. Fine Gael and Labour moved quickly to add older people’s issues to Lynch’s portfolio, underlining their commitment to make Ireland “the best small country in the world in which to grow old”.Grinding to a standstillMinister Lynch and the Department of Health oversaw some positive moves for older people in Ireland. They had responsibility for organising the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations in 2012, which was followed in 2013 by the publication of the National Positive Ageing Strategy, Ireland’s framework for creating an age-friendly country for all her citizens.Then things began to grind inexorably toward a standstill. The National Positive Ageing Strategy, while far-reaching and ambitious, still doesn’t have an implementation plan a staggering 16 months on; the Government’s commitment to making Ireland a better place for older people has been undermined by cuts to the Household Benefits Package and the weakening of the spending power of a State Pension, which is still sitting at 2008 levels despite increases in the cost of fuel, food, motor tax, health insurance and medicine.Most keenly felt among the blows to older people was the removal of the telephone allowance, a payment that helped thousands of older people to have personal security alarms linked to their landlines. In 2014, uptake of these alarms, which are provided by community groups through a government grant, is down. Many older people cannot afford to keep a landline without the €10 per month they received in previous years.Change in titleThis de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been seemingly rubber-stamped in the recent reshuffle by the removal of older people’s issues from Minister Lynch’s title. The Minister’s office released a statement last night saying that, despite the change in title to Minister of State at the Department of Health with Special Responsibility for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability, she would still oversee older people’s issues in Ireland. The implication to many older people’s organisations was clear – it just wouldn’t be as important as before. Ageing is now a “primary care” or “social care” issue, rather than something that will hopefully affect all of us.Ireland recently placed 12th in the world in HelpAge International’s Global Age Watch study. This little island ranked as the 12th best place in the world for older people. This was not down to government prioritising financial support for older people (we were 24th), health (14th) or employment and education opportunities for people over 50 (a disappointing 32nd). Ireland did so well because of our “enabling societies and environment”. We were ranked 3rd in informal, non-governmental community supports for older people. We essentially became a good place for older people in spite of our Government’s actions, not because of them.Disenfranchised Irish speakers have at least one option for recourse, an Coimisinéir Teanga/The Language Commissioner, established after the Official Languages Act, 2004. Likewise, children’s issues can be dealt with by the Children’s Ombudsman. Older people have no such office to appeal to.The sooner this Government, and those who support it, realise that ageing is something that affects all of us, the sooner we can truly become a country for all ages.Peter Kavanagh is a Social Gerontologist and Political Commentator who works in Communications and Advocacy with Active Retirement Ireland, the country’s largest community-based organisation for older people.Read: The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish>last_img read more