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first_imgFC Morobe dominated the first half and took a 2-nil lead at the break thanks to a double from Joshua Gwae.Strikers began their fight back in the 53rd with a goal to Pettyshen Elizah.But the boys from Morobe put the deficit back to two points when Phillip Steven powered one past the keeper.Two goals to left flanker, Kenneth Arah in the space of three minutes put the game right back in the balance, with the score now locked up, and with twenty minutes left on the clock.The winner came in the 85th minute through the boot of Gregory Togubai who flicked it into the nets to give the city boys their first taste of victory in the National Soccer League.The match however was marred by player violence that saw Striker’s Laventine Munou and FC Morobe’s Jason Farrock red carded in additional time“The plan at half-time was just to get back to the basics. I’m happy with the win but there are still a lot of areas that need improvement, said Strikers coach, Margaret Aka.In other results from round four, Madang FC def. Buang FC 6-1 at Laiwaden Oval and Toti City FC def. FC Momase 2-1 at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.last_img read more

first_img…in agro-processing There was a news item about Baron Foods shipping its first container of food products to Cuba – after years of cultivating new markets for its goods. Now, Baron Foods is a company owned by a Guyanese family from Berbice named “Ramjattan”. And yes; they’re related to the Minister of “Dead Meat” fame. Now, that’s very good news, but not necessarily for Guyana. The Baron Foods’ factory is in St Lucia, and the container is, of course, being shipped out of that island. Good for them! But what about us? Why hadn’t the Ramjattans opened their food factories in Guyana? Truth of the matter is: any investor who wants to process foods in Guyana will have to have a hole in his head!!Nowadays, factories are mechanized, and you can’t can, flash-freeze, pasteurize, or do any of the myriad processes that fall under ‘agro-processing’ without a stable supply of electricity. And GPL just hasn’t been delivering the “juice” reliably in Guyana. And the price of the wattage it does deliver is at least double that of anywhere else! Why?? As usual, the PNC, during its looong 28 years, hadn’t only run down the physical plant of GPL, but stocked it with party-card holders “fuh so”! “Jobs for the boys”!!When the PPP took over in 1992, it wasn’t just a matter of replacing and upping the generating capacity; there was the question of importing skills and rationalising the workforce. While the present capacity was boosted, the workforce remains a major problem because of politics. But nobody wants to call a spade a spade. Most of the line loss from GPL’s operations is done with the connivance of GPL’s employees.Now, none of this is any secret; and, in fact, the APNU and AFC made a big fuss about fixing GPL when they were in the Opposition. Today what’s changed? Not a darned thing! And that’s why even though Ramjattan’s relatives have announced they’ll be expanding their operations soon, it’ll be to Trinidad, and not Guyana.All of this should be a reality check on the fancy rhetoric the Government’s spouting about leasing lands to the thousands of workers fired – and will be fired – from GUYSUCO for “diversifying” into new agro crops. You can’t just PRODUCE agro crops, unless you’ll sell it immediately. And we just don’t have the markets locally. This means the crops would have to be processed.And processing needs ELECTRICITY – which GPL can’t produce reliably. So we’re back to square one. Another reason you have to wonder why the Government is so adamant against Amaila Hydro.Cutting their nose to spite the PPP support base??…on pharma suppliesIf there were any justice in Guyana, somebody – or bodies – ought to be facing a firing squad for what’s happening to our pharma supplies to the public hospitals and clinics — the places where our ordinary Guyanese HAVE to go to deal with their illnesses and diseases. The more well-off folks can go to private pharmacies. After more than a year of denial, the Government HAD to admit there are massive shortages of even basic medicines in the system. And why did they have to admit? Sadly, it wasn’t because of the evidence that had piled up like so many dead bodies; it was because they had to explain why a contract for $600M was given to ANSA McAL without following any of the procedures for sourcing drugs!! “Sole sourcing” was the least of the sins exposed. Think of the drugs costing more than TWICE the normal price. But it’s now revealed that the $600M contract was only the tip of the iceberg! Giving their friends a cut and spiting sick Guyanese?? That’s sickness of the soul!…on law books Your Eyewitness hopes that when the “Case of the Law Books Subscription” is finished, there will be a forensic audit of the costs incurred — versus the cost of the books.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram It’s been more than a decade since policymakers and educators launched concerted efforts to bring technology to the classroom. But for the most part, use of computers at school still falls far short of its potential to improve learning. Those same youngsters who can invent a specialized language for text-messaging, assemble full and varied iPod playlists, create individualized and attractive sites on Facebook and MySpace or display their videos on YouTube can handle more at school than delivering their project reports with PowerPoint presentations. It shouldn’t take another decade for schools to figure that out. But it won’t be easy or cheap. ? Computers offer the opportunity for instruction at each individual’s pace, guided by teachers skilled at recognizing the needs and skills of both. ? The fact that such computer-aided, highly individualized teaching is not available today is not the fault of the teachers or the schools. There simply has not been enough investment – public or private – in developing the software tools to make it possible and then to train educators in how to make maximum use of those tools. ? last_img read more

first_imgPolice arrested 36 adults and 1 juvenile, with over 115 criminal charges being filed on Friday in a drug sweep of Jefferson County. On Wednesday, December 4th, 2019, The Indiana State Police Versailles Post All Crimes Policing (ACP) Team in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Crime Suppression Task Force (OVCSTF) and the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section conducted a drug arrest warrant round up in Jefferson County, Indiana. The OVCSTF consists of officers from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office,Hanover Police Department, Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.  Over the past year, the ACP Team and OVCSTF have been actively investigating drug complaints in Jefferson County, Indiana.  STEVEN WITHROW, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Visiting a common nuisance class B misdemeanor                                Possession of marijuana, class B misdemeanor REBECCA LAUGHERY, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Visiting a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony DAHLILA JESTER, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Possession of Methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor                                Visiting a common nuisance, class B misdemeanor                                Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, level 6 felony ELIZABETH HAMM, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                   Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, Class C misdemeanor JUVENILE FEMALE, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Visiting a common nuisance, class B misdemeanor LOGAN DEATON, Hanover, IndianaWarrant:               Dealing Marijuana, level 6 felonyNew Charges:       Possession of marijuana, class A misdemeanor COREY LANE, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         False Informing, class A misdemeanor                                Visiting a common nuisance, class B misdemeanor                                Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, level 6 felony These investigations were presented to the Jefferson County Prosecutor on December 3rd, 2019, resulting in numerous arrest warrants being issued in relation to these cases.  The warrants were issued out of both the Jefferson Superior and Circuit courts.On December 4th, 2019, officers from the ISP ACP Team and the OVCSTF began serving the warrants and continued to locate wanted individuals into the next day. While serving the warrants, officers discovered new evidence of drug activity occurring at multiple locations where the warrants were served.  Based on this newly discovered drug activity, multiple individuals were arrested that were not part of the original round up and over 60 new criminal charges were filed, most of which were drug offenses. Out of the warrants issued, officers were able to located 20 of the wanted individuals. The following individuals were arrested in the round up:BENJAMIN LINVILLE, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felonyNew Charges:         Maintaining a common nuisance, Level 6 felony                                Possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, Class B misdemeanor CHARLES HOLLINS, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Dealing in methamphetamine, level 5 felony                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, level 4 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanorThe Indiana State Police-Versailles ACP Team will continue to proactively pursue those engaging in the distribution and use of controlled substances.  The Indiana State Police encourages citizens to report any information regarding such activities.  Citizens can report information to the Indiana State Police Versailles Post at 812-689-5000 or the Ohio Valley Crime Suppression Task Force at 833-493-TIPS(8477).  Callers may remain anonymous. ROCHELLE SINGLETON, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Possession of marijuana, class B misdemeanor                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor SHAQUEL LUSHAY, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Possession of Methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony                                Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, level 6 felony TRAVIS HAGGARD, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Possession of para, class B misdemeanor ZACHARIAH ERWIN, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Visiting a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony ASHLEY PRUITT, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanorNew Charges:         Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Possession of a legend drug, level 6 felony                                Possession of a controlled substance, class A misdemeanor MELLISSA TERRY, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                   Dealing in methamphetamine, level 5 felony                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of a legend drug, level 6 felony                                Possession of marijuana, class B misdemeanor                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanorNew Charges:         Maintaining a common, Level 6 felony                                Possess. Methamphetamine, Level 6 felony                                Possess. Paraphernalia, class B misdemeanor JASON COOK, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felonyNew Charges:         Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor SARA ESTELL, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Battery with a deadly weapon, level 6 felony                                     Possession of marijuana, Class C misdemeanor SUSAN BLAIR, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:    Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony DEANNA COX, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                   Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanorNew Charges:         Maintaining a common nuisance, Level 6 felony                                Possession of marijuana, class B misdemeanorcenter_img MICHAEL LAMB, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanorNew Charges:         Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class B misdemeanor DONALD LAMB, Madison, Indiana:Warrant:                  Visiting a common nuisance, class B misdemeanor TONI ROWLETT, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class c misdemeanorNew Charges:         Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor                                Possession of marijuana, Class C misdemeanor                                Possession of paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor MORGAN ROWLISON, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                   Dealing methamphetamine, level 3 felony                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 5 felony DARION PATCH, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Visiting a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor                                Possession of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor CLINTON LINVILLE, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony JOSHUA R. TORRANCE, Madison, IndianaWarrant                   Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Operating a vehicle while suspended, class A misdemeanorNew Charges:         Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony,                                Visiting a common nuisance, class B misdemeanor                                Possession of marijuana, class C misdemeanor                                Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, level 6 felony JUSTIN SMALLWOOD, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Visiting a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony MICHAEL MALONE, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor                                Visiting a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor RICKY ERWIN, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Visiting a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony ANDREW BOSHEARS, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:    Possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony,                           Visiting a common nuisance, class B misdemeanor                          Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, level 6 felony JAMES COOMER, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                   Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony                                Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor BEEBE BROOKS, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                 Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor JASON SCROGGINS, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Possession of a legend drug, level 6 felony                                Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony ANNE STIDHAM, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony                                Possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanorNew Charges:         Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony JOSHUA LAKE, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                   Possession of a syringe, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony JOANN BROOKS, Madison, IndianaWarrant:                  Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felony                                Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felonyNew Charges:         Maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony CHARLES HAMMON, Madison, IndianaNew Charges:         Visiting a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor                                Possession of methamphetamine, level 6 felonylast_img read more

first_imgThe Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic has already felt the impacts of the cuts made by the Ontario government, its executive director says.Walter Van de Kleut and staff at the local clinic organized an open house on Tuesday as part of a provincewide day of action calling on the government to reverse the cuts.Van de Kleut said his clinic received a “modest” cut of 1.5 per cent this year, while 20 clinics in Ontario faced cuts between six and 45 per cent. He said the local cut is actually larger because the clinic hasn’t received funding for mandatory pay equity payments or for rent increases.“Clinics that face rent increases, and we are likely one of them, there’s another cut,” he said. “It’s cut by effect.”One area that could be in jeopardy, said Van de Kleut, is the work done by a full-time housing paralegal to reduce homelessness in Chatham-Kent by saving tenancies. The clinic received $28,000 in funding last year as part of a partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.According to Kleut, the paralegal has seen an average of 79 tenants and resolved an average of 17 tenancies each month since September.Jeff Wilkins, the paralegal, said the relationship with the municipality has been working well. Employment and social services will refer clients to him and he will call them if he has a client with arrears.Wilkins said they try to resolve tenancy issues before they get to the courts to save the courts time and “save everybody money.”“We found a real need, especially with the markets so crazy for rentals. People are getting evicted and the landlords are jacking the rents up,” he said. “There’s not a lot of inventory out there. That’s the realistic sign of the times right now because they’re not building any more affordable housing.”Van de Kleut said specialty clinics – including Income Security Advocacy Centre and Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario – in Ontario have also been hit by cuts. Local clinics rely on these services for their expertise and, if they can’t help, local lawyers will have to take time away from assisting a client to do their own research, he said.Legal Aid Ontario, in response to the $133-million, or 30 per cent, cut this year, eliminated the Clinic Learning and Training Program, which Van de Kleut said cost about $400,000 for all 72 Ontario clinics.“In order to do law reform, in order to do advocacy, in order to meet continuing professional requirements, in order to keep up with the law, you need to do training,” he said. “We’re going to have to find a place for that money that’s needed there out of our budgets.”He said it may have to be done online or in house, but it “won’t be as good.”Melinda Robertson, a staff lawyer at the clinic, said legal clinics are designed to help people living with low income and funding cuts can lead to fewer services and fewer hours.“Some of the areas of law may be impacted that people can access and if they can’t access that then they may have a difficult time going anywhere else because of the fees associated with legal help,” she said.Van de Kleut said the clinic is asking people to sign a letter addressed to Premier Doug Ford and Attorney General Doug Downey describing the impact budget cuts can have on people in Chatham-Kent.last_img read more

first_imgDonal Power Related Posts Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje…center_img Wearable devices are enabling patient-generated data for a U.S. cancer study, as connected technology is proving increasingly useful for medical research.As reported in an article by Mobile Health News, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has teamed up with cloud-based analytics startup Medidata to research multiple myeloma. This comes as wearbles are used increasingly in medical applications.The two New York-based organizations are launching the patient-generated health data trial of 40 patients afflicted with the blood cancer that accumulates in bone marrow. Wearable devices on the subjects will track activity and sleep, while patients will use an app to answer surveys about life quality aspects like appetite and fatigue.“This is a first exercise and the hope is that we’d be able to take learnings from this exercise to the deployment of mobile health technologies either with this particular partner or with others,” said Medidata’s Kara Dennis, a managing director of mobile health.“We want to make sure we can support the application of these tools with technology, so we’ve got mechanisms to gather and process and analyze all the data.” “We’re very focused on building tools for those purposes and we want to make sure this can be implemented in a way that patients can effectively use these tools and technologies and that investigative sites can also make use of these tools and technologies,” Dennis adds.The specific nature of this type of cancer dictated how connected devices were incorporated into the study, particularly in the search for the most useful data on such aspects as quality of life.“Because of the nature of the disease, myeloma patients are subject to bone pain and fractures,” said MSK hematologist Dr. Neha Korde, who is captaining the study.“Pain is one of the most difficult symptoms to manage and assess,” said Korde. “We believe that activity and sleep patterns will correlate with self-reported pain levels.”Encouraging cancer results should lead to larger trialOnce the four-month study is complete, MSK and Medidata hope to use insights gained for the possible development of similar patient-generated health data studies in the future. Korde said that MSK is likely to expand the research to a larger trial if the pilot study proves accurate, reliable and easy for patients to use.Meanwhile, Dennis said that Medidata may look to partner with others for similar trials if the MSK study goes well.“There is a broad interest from sponsors we’ve spoken with in quality of life in oncology as a way to evaluate one dimension of therapeutic impact,” said Dennis. “So a number of companies, organizations are interested in understanding, while on therapy, what is the ability of patients to move, to leave their home, to be active, to be productive, to go to work. Those kinds of things along with sleep quality, ‘are subjects waking in the middle of the night’, duration, time to sleep onset, number of night awakenings, those kind of quality of life elements are interesting to many oncology sponsors we’ve spoken with.” 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Tags:#cancer research#Internet of Things#IoT#medical devices#Medidata#wearables last_img read more

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans (12) attempts a three point shot against Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the second half of an NBA basketball game. APMEMPHIS, Tennessee — The Memphis Grizzlies haven’t won many games lately, and those few victories have featured drama in the closing seconds.Tyreke Evans had 30 points and 11 assists, Marc Gasol had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Memphis snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Clippers had the ball with a chance to tie in the closing 21 seconds, but a tough Memphis defense forced a bad pass from Lou Williams, and Evans ran the ball down in the backcourt as the horn sounded. The victory was only the third for Memphis in the last 22 games. In each, the opponents failed to convert shots for a tie or victory on the final possession.“You take the win any way that you can,” Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We’ve got to be better in those moments, though.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAustin Rivers had 38 points, his second straight game setting a career high, while Williams finished with 36. But no other Clippers player reached double figures. DeAndre Jordan, the league’s leading rebounder, had 18 boards.“It was a great comeback at the end when you’re down that many,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. View comments Memphis had its largest lead of the game with 5 minutes left, 109-93, before Austin Rivers and Williams began chipping into the advantage. Eventually, the guards helped craft a 19-6 run, pulling the Clippers within 115-112 with 1:00 left after a 3-pointer from Williams. After a couple missed attempts by Memphis, Doc Rivers called timeout with 21 seconds left. But Los Angeles never got off a shot in the ensuing possession.“I didn’t like the last play at all,” the Clippers coach said. “I thought we were looking for the 3, which we wanted, but we also could have gotten a quick 2. But we basically just dribbled the clock out.”Memphis has struggled in at least one quarter in games throughout the losing skid. This time, Memphis used a strong third quarter to stretch its 63-59 halftime lead to as many as 12. The 16-point advantage in the closing 5 minutes was enough of a cushion for Memphis.For the Clippers, playing the second night of a back-to-back after a win in Houston on Friday, there wasn’t quite enough energy to overcome the deficit.“Emotionally, on defense, we weren’t communicating,” Austin Rivers said. “We weren’t into it. They got too many buckets, and it cost us down the stretch.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pelicans pull away after halftime, top Heat LATEST STORIES The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

first_imgIn this Monday Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, image team South Korea with Kim Bo-reum, front, Park Ji Woo, second, and Noh Seon-yeong, trailing behind, competes in the women’s team pursuit speed skating race at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Thousands of South Koreans are calling for two speedskaters Kim and Park to be expelled from the Olympics after they left their slower teammate Noh behind in a race defined by teamwork and walked away as she quietly sobbed at the stadium in one of the most bizarre moments of this year’s Winter Games. (AP Photo/John Locher)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Thousands of South Koreans are calling for two speedskaters to be expelled from the Olympics after they left their slower teammate behind in a race defined by teamwork and walked away as she quietly sobbed at the stadium in one of the most bizarre moments of this year’s Winter Games.As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 570,000 signatures had been gathered on an online petition to South Korea’s presidential office calling for skaters Kim Bo-Reum and Park Ji Woo to be expelled from the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES As the public anger grew, Kim appeared in a news conference with her coach on Tuesday and tearfully offered her “sincere apology” and said she didn’t realize Noh was that far off until it was too late.Both Kim and Park are from the Korea National Sports University, whose athletes and alumni have been at the center of factional disputes in the country’s super-competitive speedskating scene.Skaters from other schools have previously complained that athletes with ties to the university are favored in domestic competitions to pick athletes for the Olympics and other international events. That’s believed to be particularly true in short-track speedskating where multiple athletes can work together — jostling for position, blocking and ceding — to improve the chance that a certain athlete wins.Ahead of the Olympics, Noh reportedly complained that she wasn’t getting much time to train with Kim and Park, who were practicing separately at the university.For Noh, it was her second tearful Olympics in a row.Four years ago, she was bent on competing with her brother Jin-kyu at the 2014 Sochi Games. But the talented short-tracker failed to make it there after he was diagnosed with bone cancer. He died two years later.Her preparations for the Pyeongchang Games were equally troubled.She was supposed to be on the pursuit team, but she was told barely two weeks before the games started that she could not compete since she had not qualified for an individual event. The Korea Skating Union said an administrative error was to blame. After a withdrawal from other athletes, though, a spot opened up and she took it.On Wednesday night, Noh skated with Kim and Park again in a two-team race to determine seventh place. As the stadium’s announcer called out their names, the crowd quietly acknowledged Kim and Park, but saved a thunderous cheer for Noh.The Koreans lost to Poland and finished eighth. Nowitzki ‘disgusted’ by report of hostile workplace for Mavs Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte During the women’s team pursuit quarterfinals on Monday, Kim and Park skated ahead as teammate Noh Seon-yeong fell behind the pack. Noh finished the race nearly four full seconds after her teammates did. Cameras showed Kim and Park walking away after the race as Noh cried in the infield of the Gangneung Oval. She was comforted only by her Dutch coach, Bob de Jong.Some South Koreans believe Kim and Park were trying to humiliate Noh because there was nothing to be gained by crossing first.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s clearly a disgrace to our national image that these individuals of bad character are representing this country at the Olympics,” the petition says.The petition also calls for an investigation into what it describes as “various corruption and irregularities” at the Korea Skating Union, the national skating body. The union has come under criticism for many years for alleged factionalism and nepotism in selecting athletes to compete for the Olympics. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid There was no immediate comment by the union.In team pursuit, the finishing time is set by the third and last skater crossing the line. Normally, the first rider sets the pace and takes the air pressure head on while the other two follow in the draft. Skaters are also allowed to cooperate, including pushing their slower teammates from behind.But in their quarterfinal heat, it seemed Kim and Park weren’t putting much effort into helping Noh keep pace and stay in the pack.Kim further triggered public anger after the games with comments many saw as putting the blame on Noh.“It was regretful, since it’s the time of the last skater that counts. If our last skater had come in a bit earlier we might have made the semifinals. But it’s finished,” Kim said after the race.”Park Ji Woo was supposed to go out with speed, and Noh Seon-Yeong would do minimal. But after we got separated, we couldn’t really communicate. That was probably the reason.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: Indian ExpressAdvertisementOn a day where the hosts continued to pile misery on South Africa, Mayank Agarwal etched the spotlight for himself with a double century. The Proteas face an uphill task of turning the game around in their favour with 3 more days to go.Image Courtesy: Indian ExpressResuming the day from a solid scoreline of 202-0, the openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal continued right where they left things on Day 1 at Vizag. Sharma, who had brought up his fourth test one, and the first as an opener, got the scoreboard going until his dismissal. Sharma missed out on a double ton as he was stumped after a well made 176, which constituted 23 fours and 6 sixes.Mayank Agarwal made most of the conditions and brought up his maiden ton and proceeded to convert it into a double century. He became the first Indian batsman to covert his maiden ton to a double hundred after Vinod Kambli. In a bid to accelerate the scoring, the rest of the Indian line-up did not contribute much. The innings was eventually declared by Kohli at 502-7.The spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja got into action early by picking up three early wickets during the late end of the day’s play. South Africa are currently reeling at 39-3 after the end of Day 2.Read Also:Yuzvendra Chahal calls Rohit Sharma ‘G.O.A.T’ as netizens praise him after first ton as openerThe role of opener in Tests requires a different mindset and philosophy, insists Sachin Tendulkar Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgYou are the typical job hunter in today’s job market, I strongly suspect that you are among the legions of those who are doing the same things over and over and still expecting different results. (Isn’t that the true definition of “insanity”?!) What I’m referring to here concerns going to the job boards to find and then apply for a multitude of open positions, many, if not most, of which you may not even be qualified to perform.Here is how the typical “job hunting” scenario unfolds for many, day in and day out:You spend hour upon hour in front of your computer posting for job after job after job. Oftentimes, it makes little, if any, difference if you are even remotely qualified for the positions. All you know is that you “need a job”! Now!You send the  same “generic” résumé and the same “generic” cover letter (if you even send one at all) to virtually each and every posting.You get discouraged and frustrated when you hear absolutely nothing back from any posting.You continue to send résumé after résumé to posting after posting.You become even more discouraged and frustrated.Sound familiar? It should because this is precisely what literally millions of job hunters experience each and every day. And most have absolutely no idea why! It’s what I—and other “headhunters,” too—refer to as the “Online Lottery,” which I’ll explain at the end of this blog.In this blog I am going to share a little known “headhunter” “secret” (approach) that still utilizes the job boards but with a uniquely different, far more effective “twist.” It’s a secret I love to share with job hunters, but I have to tell you right up front that, in order for this approach to work, you must first brand yourself as a candidate who is exceptional at what they do. That is, this secret will not work if you are viewed as a “mediocre” or “average” candidate (See “Stop Applying and Start Competing”). I must also tell you that I get mixed responses from those to whom I suggest using the approach. While many job seekers say, “Wow! That’s a GREAT idea!,” still others say such things as, “You have got to be kidding me. That is something I would never do!” Plus, the feedback I get from those who do try it ranges from, “I tried it but it didn’t work” to “I landed an interview with it!” to “I just got hired!”With these caveats in mind, then, let me outline the five-step approach that I recommend using in conjunction with the job boards, an approach that can get you out of the job-hunting doldrums, out of playing—and continuing to lose at—the “Online Lottery” and on your way to finding your next great job.Step #1Go to the job boards and find an open position for which you are fully qualified. Step #2Do NOT, however, apply for the position online! Instead, find an “internal sponsor” for the position, someone who will “represent” you and your candidacy.(Many companies offer a “referral bonus” to employees who recommend someone who ultimately gets hired. Such bonuses can be substantial, too, ranging from $500 to $3,000. So, if you see an opening with a company that you are a fit for, i.e., you truly have the credentials/experience/skills required, you can use proactive networking skills to identify someone who works in that company, get them to review your résumé and credentials and, if they feel you would be a good fit, ask them if they would be willing to sponsor you and submit your information internally. What’s in it for them? Of course it’s the “finder’s fee”!)Step #3Use LinkedIn to find someone in the company within your network or, if your network is relatively small, use the LinkedIn “hack” to find someone within the desired company (See “The LinkedIn Hack”). Note: The algorithm has been changed since that blog was written, but the blog will tell you how to use the algorithm.) Here is the new algorithm to paste into Google:site:linkedin.com -intitle:profiles –inurl:dir -intitle:updated -intitle:blog -intitle:jobs -intitle:groups -intitle:events -intitle:answers (title  OR title 2 OR title 3) company Note: That which is in bold italics are your variables.Knowing that sales people are generally “money motivated” and thus excellent networking opportunities, you can then use the LinkedIn hack to find sales and business development people within a company in this manner. In this example, let’s use Nalco as the company:site:linkedin.com -intitle:profiles –inurl:dir -intitle:updated -intitle:blog -intitle:jobs -intitle:groups -intitle:events -intitle:answers (sales OR “business development”) NalcoThis Google search returns 24,000 people who are potential “referral” candidates you can use!Step #4Begin calling the “referral” candidates you have identified. Here is an example of an effective script to use:(YOU)“Valerie, this is Jim Smith. I know your time is valuable and this will only take three minutes. Do you have three minutes, or should we schedule a time to speak?”(VALERIE)“I have three minutes but that’s it. What is this about?”(YOU)“I noticed that your company has an opening for a mechanical engineer at its Chicago facility. Now, I know that, since the position is posted, I either need to go to HR or apply online. However, I have one important question for you. Many large companies like yours have employee referral programs, where if someone is referred and hired the referring employee gets paid a couple of thousand dollars.“Valerie, if I were to send you my résumé, and indeed you felt that I was ‘MNO Company quality material,’ would you be willing to introduce me into the company? The value of your doing so ensures that I get reviewed by a real person and not a computer, and the value to you is that you might get the referral fee. Would you be open to me sending my information to you for review?”Does this approach actually work? you’re probably asking yourself at this point. In my experience, it works about half the time. That is, about half the time the person you speak to will be willing to review your résumé and about half the time they won’t. When you encounter someone who is not willing to be your “sponsor,” simply move on to the next person on your list!Step #5After you have found an internal “sponsor,” do NOT then apply online! That will cause any  referral bonus for the current employee to be “null and void.” Only apply online once someone in Human Resources contacts you and specifically directs you to do that.Quit playing the ‘Online Lottery’!What do I mean by the term “Online Lottery”? Let me briefly explain by giving you an example of how a hiring company recently used one of the major job boards (which shall go unnamed here), touting its “new technology,” to fill just ONE of the company’s open positions.The major job board claimed that, through its relationships with media outlets, as well as its unique social media positioning, it could “push” ads to locations throughout the Web and more effectively and efficiently “winnow” down a usable “pool” of fully qualified candidates for participating hiring companies. And indeed that is what the job board was able to do for this hiring company! In this case, the “first cut” of potential candidates for just a single job opening the company was trying to fill consisted of 50,000 applicants. These 50,000 applicants were then further assessed using the job board’s “new, sophisticated software” to pare the list down to just 50 people. This “short list” of candidates was provided to the hiring company, candidates were contacted, interviews were set up and, ultimately, the successful candidate was hired.The hiring company said it was “ecstatic” with the job board’s results and very impressed with the “quality of the candidates” produced. And, of course, the candidate who ultimately got hired was equally “ecstatic.” But how about the other 49,950 job seekers who were never even “in the running”?!In this particular example, which is very typical of the results today of applying for positions online, the odds of “winning” the position were just one in 50,000—and that only considers the applicants who made it to the initial pool of 50,000!The choice in today’s job market is clear, or at least it is to me, and it certainly should be to you, too,  if you’re still playing the “Online Lottery” and still hoping to “win.” I’ve been a “headhunter” for going on nine years now and I know, without hesitation or qualification, what works and, equally importantly, what doesn’t work. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t get paid! I wouldn’t eat! And one thing that I definitely do know is that continuing to play the “Online Lottery” is a fool’s game, and one which only a very, very few will ever “win.” To succeed in today’s job market you must first brand yourself as someone who is not just “average,” just “another candidate looking for a job.” You’ve got to brand yourself as someone who is both imaginative and creative, someone who is ready, willing and able to try new approaches, such as the one outlined in this blog, and WIN your next great job!The choice is yours! – Originally posted on the Personal Branding Blog by Skip Freemanlast_img read more