How to Be Intellectually Curious in Sales

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you want to develop your business acumen, your situational knowledge, and your ability to create value for your clients and your dream clients, you need to become intellectually curious. You have to seek to understand how things work, why people do things a certain way, why people want what they want, and when it makes sense to do something.When I was young and first started selling, I developed the practice of asking my clients questions. At first, the questions I asked were direct, and my goal was not to understand, but rather to elicit the client’s dissatisfaction. The word we used to describe “what is keeping the customer up at night,” assuming they knew what should be keeping them up at night and that they were willing to share it with a salesperson who might be able to help). Later, after I became a better salesperson from having studied Neil Rackham’s work, my questions switched to what his model called “implication” questions. I started asking the question, “What happens if you don’t do something different?”At some point, I realized that creating greater value for my clients meant learning more about their business. I started to ask a different set of questions designed to obtain a real understanding of how their business worked, how they thought about their business and the competitive landscape, and how I might be more helpful to them.One of my clients was responsible for an enormous logistics operations. In a meeting I attended, the attendees from his management team continuously talked about “throughput.” I knew what the word meant, and I had some understanding of how what I sold would impact their throughput, but I wasn’t certain. So I asked my client to explain it to me, and then to share with me how I might impact that metric in a meaningful way. And then I asked five more clients to give me their views on the same metric, and in doing so, I became more valuable to my clients and my dream clients.Ask HowIt is valuable to know how different business models work. If you want to create value for the teams that manage and run businesses, you need to know how things work. You want to understand their overall strategy as a business, something you can quickly learn to discern by reading The Discipline of Market Leaders by Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema. You can also learn a good bit by simply watching or listening to CNBC, especially in the morning, when they interview CEOs and business leaders.To be intellectually curious, you have to want to know how things work. You can ask your client how they compete in their marketplace and what they believe differentiates them from their competitors. You can ask how they handle some process or execute something that provides you with a better understanding of what they think they need to do to be successful. You can even ask how they feel about some strategic or tactical decision they need to make for their business.In exploratory or discovery calls, the depth and breadth of what you discover—and what you help the client discover about themselves—is going to be based on the level of questions you ask. Asking “What’s keeping you up at night” might still be a useful question, and you will have clients who want to share the answer and acquire some help solving those problems. However, that question doesn’t demonstrate a real interest in their business, nor does it indicate you have a deep enough understanding to be considered a future partner.If you work selling to and serving businesses and the people that run them, you have to intellectually curious enough to understand business principles.Ask WhyFrom time to time, you will be baffled by some of the things your clients and prospects do in pursuing some result. Sometimes you will see them doing something that doesn’t seem to make sense, only to find out is working well for them, giving you new insight as to how you might do something different or better. Other time you will see your dream client doing something so wrong that it’s difficult to believe. What you want to know is “why” they do what they do.If you are going to be intellectually curious, you are going to have to ask why, without being judgmental. You will have clients who seem to be doing things in ways that make the outcome they need difficult for them, only to find out there is a good reason why they do things in a certain way. How you provide a solution that gains their commitment to work with you may very well depend on you knowing how to improve their results in a way that doesn’t disrupt something that needs to be done in a certain way.But asking why often reveals areas where an improvement is available to your client because they don’t know there are better ways available to them. If you believe that salespeople are no longer necessary because their clients and prospects can research on the internet, likely, you don’t work in sales. The intellectually curious salesperson has the benefit of learning from clients and prospects, coupled with the experience of working with clients to know more about the nuances around decisions and solutions that exceed anything one might learn from researching company websites.Taking care of your clients and prospects requires the curiosity to understand why certain things are done, sometimes this way, and other times another way. You need to know how to think about trade-offs, what this is better than that, and when it makes sense to do something.What They WantSuccess in sales in large part depends on effectively working with and for other people. Even though you are supposed to believe relationships no longer matter in sales, the truth of the matter is that matter more now than ever in a world being pulled in two directions (super-transactional and super-relational). It pays to be intellectually curious about what human beings want and why.Let me give you an easy, sales-related example. I once heard a purchasing manager explain that his compensation was, in part, based on price savings over prior years. He wasn’t interested in cost savings if those savings weren’t visible as a reduction in price, as he was not compensated on the difficult to capture, but very real soft costs.Some leaders invest in outcomes and will willingly pay more for things like speed to market, greater market share, innovative ideas that create a competitive advantage, or any number of things they want. If you’re going to be intellectually curious, you’ll ask them why they want what they want, why it’s important to them. There may not be anything more interesting or useful than understating human psychology and motivation, something worth learning to understand (as much as it can be).If you want to be better in sales, a better sales manager, or more effective leader, and an all-around more successful person, being intellectually curious is as good a place to start as any.last_img read more

Dabolim International Airport offers a musical experience for travellers

first_imgPanaji: In a first, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) which manages around 126 airports, and Indigo 91.9 FM announced the launch of Goa Airport Radio at Dabolim International Airport on Saturday. Through the tie-up, Indigo 91.9 FM will now play specially curated music for the passengers at the airport. In addition, Goa Airport Radio shall have its exclusive jockey to enthral passengers by interacting with them, announcing flight-related information and playing passengers’ favourite music. With this, Dabolim International Airport has become the first airport among the airports being operated by AAI to have this type of facility for passengers.B.C.H. Negi, Airport Director, said, “Keeping the passenger profile in mind and to improve the customer experience, AAI decided to launch the radio station. at Goa airport in association with Indigo 91.9FM. This will help AAI to enhance the passenger experience and also make the time spent at airport a lot more engaging.” Mr. Satyanaryana Murthy, CEO, Indigo 91.9 FM, said, “As an International radio station, we at Indigo 91.9 FM have always endeavoured to offer niche services and We are confident that the flyers will have a great experience while enjoying our hand picked international music.”last_img read more

Barcelona wins at Bernabeu again to end Real Madrid title hopes

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Three days after winning 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona followed up by defeating Madrid 1-0 to virtually end its hopes of winning the Spanish league title.Ivan Rakitic scored in the first half and Barcelona held on for its third straight victory at the Bernabeu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBarcelona, which has also now become the first team to win four in a row at the Bernabeu in the league, is 12 points ahead of Madrid with 12 matches left. The defending champions are 10 points in front of second-place Atletico Madrid, which visits Real Sociedad on Sunday.Winning coach Ernesto Valverde remained cautious, though. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona players celebrate after winning the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — With Real Madrid on the ropes in front of its own fans, Barcelona showed no mercy.The Catalan club threw the knockout punch on Saturday, leaving Madrid reeling from a second consecutive demoralizing home loss by its biggest rival in less than a week.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments LATEST STORIES Barcelona won 3-0 the last time the teams met in the league at the Bernabeu, and routed Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou Stadium in their first league game this season.After dominating in the first half on Wednesday only to collapse in the second, Madrid never looked in control on Saturday.Barcelona created most of the chances and struck in the 26th minute. Sergi Roberto sent a pass behind the Madrid defenders for Rakitic and the midfielder chipped the ball over goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from inside the area.Madrid pressed forward after conceding and came close to scoring a few times, but Barcelona kept threatening on the counter.Lionel Messi was quiet for Barca. His most notable moment came when he and Sergio Ramos squared up before halftime, with the Argentina forward upset at the Madrid captain for leaving his arm high and hitting his face in a challenge.It was the third meeting between the teams in less than a month. They also drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Copa semifinals at Camp Nou. They can only meet again this season in the Champions League. Barca drew with Lyon 1-1 in its first-leg match in the round of 16.OTHER RESULTSJapanese midfielder Takashi Inui scored a second-half winner as Alaves defeated relegation-threatened Villarreal 2-1 to move into fourth spot, the final Champions League position.Sevilla wasted a chance to go fourth by losing 2-1 at bottom club Huesca after conceding eight minutes into second-half stoppage time. Defeat extended Sevilla’s winless streak to five league games, dropping it to sixth place.Wu Lei became the first Chinese player to score in the Spanish league when he struck in Espanyol’s 3-1 win against Valladolid. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We are not yet considering Madrid out of the title race,” he said. “Atletico is not our only rival, absolutely not. We all know Madrid is capable of winning several matches in a row and getting back in contention.”Madrid is in crisis, with the Champions League the only trophy it can win this season. Coach Santiago Solari will be under pressure when his side hosts Ajax on Tuesday to defend a 2-1 first-leg lead in the round of 16.“We have to see how we can improve,” Solari said. “There is no doubt it’s a significant distance to the lead in the league, but we are not going to give up. We will keep fighting until the end, in the Spanish league and Champions League.”Barcelona is gunning for three titles — the league, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League — and its players celebrated in front of the away fans after the match, while some Madrid supporters jeered their side at the end.Madrid is winless against Barcelona in six matches in all competitions, and has lost 11 of 18 matches played against its rival in the Spanish capital.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Big crowds cheer kick off of Alaska’s famed Iditarod race 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashlast_img read more

Formula One ‘halo’ is a mistake, says Niki Lauda

first_imgFormula One’s decision to introduce a ‘halo’ cockpit protection device next year is a mistake, according to former champion Niki Lauda.The Austrian, who is non-executive chairman of world champions Mercedes, told Germany’s Auto, Motor und Sport on Thursday that he recognised safety had to be improved where possible.However a convincing solution had yet to be found to protect drivers’ heads from debris.”We tested the Halo, the Red Bull Aeroscreen and Ferrari’s Shield as a cockpit protection. None has convinced 100 percent. You have to make the right decision in such a situation. The halo is the wrong one,” he said.Lauda, a triple world champion who retired from racing in 1985 after a near-fatal fiery crash in 1976, said the halo destroyed the “DNA of a Formula One car”.”The FIA ??has made Formula One as safe as it gets. Also the danger of flying wheels is largely eliminated, because the wheels are always more firmly attached. The risk to the drivers has become minimal.”We are just trying hard to get new fans for the sport with fast cars and getting closer to the spectators, and now this is destroyed by an overreaction.”The governing FIA announced on Wednesday that the halo would be introduced for 2018 rather than the transparent ‘shield’ tested at Silverstone last week.The halo, which is fixed to the car at three points including a central pillar in front of the driver that supports a protective loop above his head, has been widely criticised on aesthetic grounds.advertisementSome have compared its appearance to the toe strap of a flip-flop. Former Dutch F1 racer Giedo van der Garde posted a photograph on Twitter of himself holding a sandal to his head as an example.Commentator and former racer Martin Brundle said it was ‘plain ugly’.”I expect F1 Halo will cause as many problems as it fixes and further hides the gladiators away,” he added on Twitter.Austrian Alex Wurz, chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA), agreed the halo was not good looking but defended the decision.”On the positive, please consider that safer cars mean we can race much faster and harder in the future,” he said.last_img read more

Lionel Messi’s goal tally under threat from Harry Kane as 2017 nears closure

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane would like to end 2017 as the top calendar year goalscorer in European football as he is just one goal away from Lionel Messi, who tops the charts.Kane’s seventh hat-trick of the year meant that he now has 53 goals across all competitions for club and country — one less than Messi, who has 54 in 2017.The Englishman is now tied on 53 goals with Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.What works in his favour is that unlike all of his rivals, Kane has a game left to play this year – a home game against Southampton on December 26.Riding on Kane’s brilliance, Spurs beat Burnely 3-0 away on Saturday and his manager Mauricio Pochettino was all praise for the talisman. Kane’s goals at Turf Moor also took his Premier League calendar year tally to 36, equalling Alan Shearer’s record from 1995.”He is amazing, a fantastic player, he needs one more to be above Alan, we will see in the next game. But it is fantastic for him,” said Pochettino.”It’s difficult to find words to describe Harry Kane. Even during my time at Spurs I’m surprised by him. The hat-trick is nice for him but we could have scored more than three. I’m worried when you don’t create chances though,” he said.Pochettino said Kane’s tally was just reward for the effort he has put into his game.”During my three and a half years with Tottenham, he always surprises me — not only with goals but his contribution, with his attitude, professional ethic, how he works across the pitch, he is a massive example for everyone.advertisement”I am so happy for him, he needs one more to set the record over Alan and I think that is a massive individual achievement for him,” he said.Asked whether Kane could go on to beat Shearer’s career record of 260 Premier League goals, Pochettino noted the consistency the former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker showed throughout his career but said Kane had the quality to produce something similar.”We hope for Tottenham and for him and I wish that every season (year) he will score 50 or more,” he said.”I think he can still improve, he is 24 and the player arrives at their best 27, 28, 29 and it depends how professional you are.”Harry Kane, if he keeps that mentality, keeps working hard every day, can play until he wants to. But for me, he can still improve in his game.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Olympic Update- Greece Wins Bronze Medal in Sailing

first_imgPanagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis won the bronze medal on Thursday in the men’s 470 class sailing event. The medal count is now up to five for Greece.Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic of Croatia won the gold medal in the men’s 470 class in the Rio Games sailing regatta. Thursday’s win is the first sailing gold medal for Croatia. Tonci Stipanovic won Croatia’s first ever sailing medal two days earlier when he took the silver in the Laser class. The Croatians came into the medal race with an 11-point lead and finished eighth among the 10 boats for a final 15-point margin, the Associated Press reported.Australia’s Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan took the silver after a tight battle against Greece’s Mantis and Kagialis, who got the bronze. Belcher won the gold medal in London four years ago with Malcolm Page, who then retired from Olympic sailing, as AP reported.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MS Dhoni overtakes Rohit Sharma for most sixes for India in ODIs

first_imgMS Dhoni overtakes Rohit Sharma for most sixes for India in ODIsBrief scores: India (240/4) beat Australia (236/7) by 6 wickets to take 1-0 lead in 5-match series. Jadhav (81*), Dhoni (59*), Kohli (44), Coulter-Nile (2/46). MS Dhoni hit his 216th six for India in one-day internationals to become India’s leading six-hitter in the format.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri HyderabadMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 21:24 IST India vs Australia 1st ODI: MS Dhoni hit his 216th ODI six for India in Hyderabad. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni has now hit the most number of sixes in ODIs for IndiaDhoni is fourth on the overall list of most ODI sixesDhoni is fourth on the list of most sixes in international career as wellBrief scores: India (240/4) beat Australia (236/7) by 6 wickets to take 1-0 lead in 5-match series. Jadhav (81*), Dhoni (59*), Kohli (44), Coulter-Nile (2/46).MS Dhoni, on Saturday, became the most profilic six-hitter for India in one-day internationals as he hit his 216th six for India in the first ODI against Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Prior to the match, Dhoni and Rohit Sharma were both tied with 215 sixes but Dhoni overtook the latter to register most sixes.The milestone six came for Dhoni off Nathan Coulter-Nile as the former captain tonked the quick over long on, courtesy the strong bottom-hand grip of his.Dhoni now leads the list of most sixes for India in ODIs that consists of massive names like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA LIVE SCORE, 1ST ODIWhile Dhoni leads the list with 216 sixes, Rohit Sharma is a close second with 215. Third on the list is Tendulkar with 195 sixes to his name while Ganguly (189), Yuvraj Singh (153) and Sehwag (131) complete the top six.Apart from a list full of Indians, Dhoni also overtook Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya after registering the 353rd six of his career. Before his six in the first ODI, Dhoni and Jayasuriya were tied at fourth spot in the list of most sixes in international cricket.Chris Gayle leads that list with over 500 sixes while Shahid Afridi (476) and Brendon McCullum (398) make the top three.Dhoni is also fourth on the list on most ODI sixes in career, a list that is led by Shahid Afridi.advertisementIndian bowlers put up a solid show in Hyderabad as they restricted Australia to 236/7 in 50 overs. In reply, India had Shikhar Dhawan fall for a duck but Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli struck a 76-run stand to stabilise the innings before Kohli fell for 44. Rohit (37) and Rayudu (13) soon followed suit, leaving Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav with the job in the middle.Dhoni got off to a slow start in the innings but took control towards the end, as he and Jadhav began taking the game away from Australia once again.In the end, a brilliant 81 not out from Jadhav meant India were on course to the win. Dhoni finished the match in style with two boundaries.Also Read | Virat Kohli awestruck with Rohit Sharma’s unbelievable scoop shotAlso Read | 11 years of Virat Kohli’s U-19 World Cup triumph: Legends pay tribute to India skipperFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 1st ODIlast_img read more

It is England’s World Cup to lose: Australia start mind games ahead of big semi-final

first_img Asian News International ManchesterJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 13:39 IST World Cup 2019: Australia meet England in a much-anticipated semi-final on Thursday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia face England in the 2nd semi-final of World Cup 2019 in BirminghamNathan Lyon has said Australia have nothing to lose in the semi-finalThe off-spinner also said it will be a test of character for Australia vs EnglandAs Australia get ready to take on England in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup semi-final, spinner Nathan Lyon has said that it’s England’s World Cup to lose, adding that Australia will look to have fun as the side will enter the match as underdogs.”They (England) are full of world-class players. They have been the No. 1 team for a couple of years now. They should be going into this World Cup as favourites. It’s all on them. It’s their World Cup to lose if you ask me. We have got nothing to lose, only got stuff to gain,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Lyon, as saying.”That’s the exciting thing about it. We are going to go out there, we are going to compete, we are going to have fun, we are going to have a smile on our face, we are going to try and improve,” he added.Australia were defeated at the hands of South Africa by ten runs and as a result, the team finished at the second spot in the tournament standings with 14 points from nine matches.India defeated Sri Lanka on Saturday and as a result, the Men in Blue finished at the top spot and will face New Zealand in the semi-finals.England semi-final test of character for Australia: LyonLyon said that the semi-final match against England will be a true test of character for the team, adding that playing against the number one team will be a massive challenge.”Yes, it is going to be a test of character. We are playing against the world’s No. 1 team. They are favourites to win the World Cup. So it’s going to be a massive challenge. Playing against England in England in a semi-final doesn’t get much better,” Lyon said.advertisement”Every time you play against England, you want to compete hard against them and try and come out on the top. Obviously, their side is full of absolute superstars, and we are definitely going in as underdogs,” he added.In the match between Australia and South Africa, the latter won the toss and opted to bat first. Skipper Faf du Plessis scored a century to allow Proteas to post a challenging score of 325/6 in fifty overs.Australia’s opener David Warner played a knock of 122 runs, but he was not able to take his team over the line as Australia suffered a 10-run defeat.The Down Under team will take on England in the semi-final on July 11.Also Read | Doesn’t get bigger than England vs Australia semi-final, says Aaron FinchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Nathan LyonFollow Australia cricket teamFollow Edgbaston It is England’s World Cup to lose: Australia start mind games ahead of big semi-finalICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England take on Australia in the 2nd semi-final of World Cup in Birmingham on Thursday. Aaron Finch’s men lost an opportunity to top the table after losing to South Africa in the last group-stage match on Saturday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

New Categories Added to PM’s Youth Awards

first_img New categories and features have been added to the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence, which returns this November after a three-year hiatus. New categories and features have been added to the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence, which returns this November after a three-year hiatus.For the first time, awards will be presented for excellence in Innovation, Science and Technology and Environmental Protection.These are in addition to the traditional areas of Agriculture, Sports, Youth-In-Service, Arts and Culture, Journalism, Entrepreneurship, Academics and Leadership.Making the announcement at a press conference at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on June 19, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, explained that the new categories were created to “send a clear signal to our young people that those are the areas to embark upon”.“Those are areas that are very important to our growth agenda, and they are important to our country in general,” he added.Meanwhile, the category of Journalism will now include e-Journalism in recognition of the increasing distribution of content via the Internet, while Social Entrepreneurship has been added to the Entrepreneurship award category.A special Jamaica 55 award has been created for 55 young persons who have demonstrated outstanding and consistent voluntary service at the community level.The awardees in the Jamaica 55 category will be eligible for project grants from the Ministry to further their community and youth development work.Mr. Green noted that the decision to reintroduce the PM Awards was to fittingly recognise young people’s critical role in transforming Jamaica.He is encouraging youths between the ages of 15 and 29, who excel in the various areas, to apply for the awards before the August 31 deadline.Jerome Cowans, who received the Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2011, said the national recognition has empowered him to continue his work in helping young people in his community. Jerome started a homework programme to help at-risk youngsters.His has gained recognition for his leadership skills from her Majesty the Queen, former United States President Barack Obama and the Nelson Mandela family.Introduced in 1998, the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence was created to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development in various areas. Since its inception, 165 awards have been conferred.Nomination forms can be accessed at the Ministry’s website at www.moey.gov.jm, www.youthjamaica.com and at Youth Information Centres islandwide. Meanwhile, the category of Journalism will now include e-Journalism in recognition of the increasing distribution of content via the Internet, while Social Entrepreneurship has been added to the Entrepreneurship award category. For the first time, awards will be presented for excellence in Innovation, Science and Technology and Environmental Protection. Story Highlightslast_img read more

American Rescuers and Chinese Seafarer Receive IMO …

first_imgzoom American rescuers and a Chinese seafarer have been presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013, during a special ceremony held on 25 November 2013 at IMO Headquarters in London.Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Randy J. Haba and Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Daniel J. Todd of the United States Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, were nominated by the Government of the United States, for responding to a distress alert from HMS Bounty, during the pre-dawn hours of 29 October 2012, and overcoming the effects of cold, fatigue and ingesting sea water to deliver 14 crew members of HMS Bounty to safety, during Hurricane Sandy.Mr. Yang Jinguo, a crewmember on the ferry Tong Chang Qi Du 11, was nominated posthumously by the Government of China, for sacrificing his own life while trying to rescue a person in distress on the ferry, after it had collided with the cargo ship Shun Qiang 28.The winner’s widow, Mrs. Gu Meiying, received the certificate and award on his behalf. Mr. Yang JinguoOn 15 March 2012, the ferry Tong Chang Qi Du 11 collided with the cargo ship Shun Qiang 28 on the Yangtze river. The ferry’s hull was damaged and, despite the assistance of two rescue ships, the vessel immediately began to sink. There were 33 persons on board, 31 of whom were subsequently saved during the search and rescue operation and transferred to a rescue ship. But one passenger was trapped. A lorry driver, whose vehicle had been severely damaged in the collision, was unable to force his way out of his truck.But then, Mr. Yang, aged 55, one of the crew members from the stricken ferry who had already been rescued and brought to safety, decided to act. Mr Yang jumped back onto the sinking ferry and attempted, repeatedly, to prize open the jammed door of the truck in order to rescue the trapped passenger. Unfortunately, the ferry lost its stability and capsized. Mr. Yang was unable to save the passenger’s life and, in the process of trying, tragically gave up his own. Although he had the opportunity to escape at the last moment, he chose instead, at the cost of his own life, to stay and spend his final moments selflessly attempting to rescue the trapped passenger.Two hours later, Mr. Yang was found by an offshore rescue team in the Yangtze River.On that fateful March night, Mr Yang displayed truly extraordinary bravery and concern for the passengers aboard his vessel. He is a worthy recipient of the 2013 IMO Bravery Award for his actions which went far beyond the call of duty, at great risk and danger to himself, and eventually cost him the ultimate price. ASTs Haba and ToddOn October 2012, the replica sailing ship HMS Bounty became caught up in the deadly path of Hurricane Sandy. Shortly before first light, the ship was sinking, but the crew managed to put out a distress call – a call that was heard by the United States Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, in North Carolina. Two rescue helicopters were immediately dispatched. Aboard them were aviation survival technicians Randy Haba and Daniel Todd.After flying through the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy, in strong winds and torrential rain, they found the ship, partially submerged within a large debris field, and surrounded by life rafts.AST Haba was the first to arrive at the scene. Descending into the stormy waters, he spent an hour battling strong currents and 10 metre waves, in driving wind and rain, taking survivors from the life rafts to the waiting rescue basket. Overcoming exhaustion and fatigue, AST Haba demonstrated the utmost determination and perseverance, performing two more rescues without the use of a mask. He exhibited exceptional strength and endurance throughout the entire rescue.His colleague, AST Todd, arrived 30 minutes later and immediately deployed into the turbulent sea to begin the task of reaching another life raft. He began straight away to extract stricken survivors from the raft and deliver them to the safety of the rescue basket.His strength and ingenuity expedited the rescue of the six survivors. By acting so promptly, he saved valuable time – time which he used to reposition himself to a second life raft, containing three additional survivors, whom he also successfully rescued.Both men overcame the effects of cold, fatigue and ingesting sea water to deliver a total of 14 crew members of HMS Bounty to safety.(Read More) My location IMO, November 27, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closelast_img read more

Desperate Lanka clash with Windies in mustwin game

first_imgChester-le-Street: Mathematically still alive in the race for the semifinals, Sri Lanka will aim to give their best shot against West Indies, who have just pride to play for in their World Cup encounter, here Monday. Sri Lanka’s 20-run win over England had breathed life into their inconsistent campaign but a painful defeat against South Africa, in the very next game, hurt their semifinals chances. The 1996 champions, who are placed seventh on the points table with six points from seven matches, need to win their final two games, and hope for favourable outcomes in the England and Pakistan’s next fixtures. In their nine-wicket loss to South Africa, their inconsistent batting came to the fore yet again and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne would look to improve on that aspect against a challenging West Indian bowling attack. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWith their batting unit misfiring more often than not, the onus to secure favourable results has always been put on the experienced bowling attack, led by veteran speedster Lasith Malinga. And with Nuwan Pradeep’s exit (due to chickenpox), Sri Lanka will rely heavily on their bowling spearhead once again. The Jason Holder-led side, on the other hand, will look to finish on a high after being knocked out of the tournament. West Indies came into the tournament, tipped as a potential surprise package, especially after scoring 421 in a warm-up victory over New Zealand. They also started their World Cup campaign with a bang, demolishing Pakistan by seven wickets. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBut since then, things have gone from bad to worse for the Caribbeans. They have suffered five defeats. Though they have been impressive in parts, the side has failed to hold on to their nerves in tight games and ended up enduring heartbreaking losses. They currently occupy the penultimate spot just above Afghanistan on the points table, having crashed out of the semi-final race. But with nothing to lose, the West Indies will be playing for pride and could be unstoppable if their destructive batting line up, comprising power hitters like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite and Shai Hope, clicks. “We had some frank discussions about the World Cup that we’ve had and we’ll try to finish the tournament as a strong unit now,” West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer had said after the loss to India. “We are still playing for pride, we know that. People back home in the Caribbean are backing us and we are representing them here.” The Riverside Ground produced a sluggish surface in Sri Lanka’s nine-wicket loss to South Africa. Durham is expected to have clear skies on Monday, with extremely low chances of rain. West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Ambris, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Darren Bravo, Fabian Allen. Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kasun Rajitha , Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay. Match starts at 3pm (IST).last_img read more

Pimicikamak Cree Nation elder turns 100

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen Helen Jane Ross was a child World War 1 was still raging.It’s believed she was born on her parents trap line sometime before 1914.Her northern Manitoba community is celebrating her 100th birthday.APTN reporter Tim Fontaine has the story.last_img

Police make another arrest in triple homicide case of Six Nations friends

first_imgFlags of Six Nations of the Grand River (APTN file).The Canadian PressPolice say they’ve made another arrest in the triple homicide of three members of an Ontario First Nation.Ontario Provincial Police say they’ve charged a 33-year-old man with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder in the case of the friends from Six Nations of the Grand River.Officers began their probe on Nov. 4 after the bodies of 37-year-old Melissa Miller, 33-year-old Alan Porter and 32-year-old Michael Jamieson were found near a pickup truck in a field in Middlesex County, Ont. Miller was seven months pregnant at the timePolice had announced earlier this month that Nicholas Shipman faces three counts of second-degree murder, Thomas Bomberry faces two counts of first-degree murder and Jamie Beaver faces one count of the same charge in the case.Earlier this week, police charged a 21-year-old man with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder, and last year had also charged a 36-year-old woman with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder.Police say they arrested the 33-year-old man on Thursday, making him the third person charged with accessory after the fact in the case.The bodies of the three friends were found about 120 kilometres west of their home community.last_img read more

The choices we make

first_imgThe polls are not far. A subtle realisation of the same exists in the sub-conscience. For a democracy, general elections are more or less a festival. The entire mood of the country changes with the political parties rising from their slumber to proactively advocate either their novel offerings or abject criticism of the current incumbency. The mandate drives the politicos to great extent, sometimes breaking their personal threshold, in order to ascertain that the public is familiarised with their agenda. While the opposition parties carve lucrative sops to capitalise on the shortcomings of the retiring regime, the ruling party graces the opportunity of being in power by spreading its wings and taking the highest flight ever in the entire period hoping it will yield them tremendously. That is natural. The stated behaviour is rather expected. Polls draw out the eclipsed sincerity of the politicos which, otherwise, is expected across the incumbency. Democracy gets to experience permissiveness in all aspects with the people’s voices being heard, development ideas being circulated with full force, lacunae being rampantly tended to, a populist budget and an equally populist manifesto – a range of things presented in the national interest. Such work ethics, otherwise, can catapult any democracy into a fast-progressing one. Alas, that is not how affairs are once the polls culminate and the results provide new incumbency. In between the two extreme ends of the continuum lie the people who, by and large, acknowledge their choice by accepting whatever fraction of the promises have been delivered while simultaneously preparing for another mandate. In thought, our hopes are always aligned towards a choice that yields us more but in reality, it is more like a choice which will hurt us less. Time and again, polls have tinkered our curiosity over what all might be in store for the country, for us, once our choice assumes office. The high hopes with which the public mandate constituted the 16th Lok Sabha, after a long spell of the UPA government, certainly unpacked a series of surprises for us – beneficial or not is subject to perspectives. Fast forwarding to the final days of the current government’s term, a similar disappointment seems to exist in the minds of people as it did back in 2014. Plagued with inconsistencies in its decisions – Rafale, demonetisation, GST, a collective of ambitious schemes, et al – has not augured well for the ruling NDA. Yet, their appetite for pleasing the public seems larger than ever. With one eye on the Lok Sabha polls scheduled this summer, Union Cabinet and Cabinet Committee of External Affairs (CCEA) have jointly undertaken an astonishing 96 decisions in a fortnight pertaining to all sections of society. Farmers, youth, poor, ex-servicemen, central govt. Employees, weaker sections, the decisions are to ascertain that the people don’t repent their mandate five years ago. Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Cabinet and CCEA approved a series of projects which spark the development engine of the country in full swing or at least look to do so. 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas to enhance student enrolment and raise employment opportunity – after being heavily condemned for the pertaining unemployment that has plagued the nation. Three of six metro corridors planned under Phase IV cleared with a project outlay of Rs 24,948 crore – with AAP unhappy over the remaining three which were not approved. Rs 31,600 crore for proposals on investment in 4 power projects likely to be operational by 2023-24. Approval of an ordinance on the changed reservation policy for faculty recruitment in universities and colleges. The list may run down to feature a lot of projects and policy alterations that have been approved in what may be the last meeting of the Union Cabinet. A comprehensive look at it is enough to answer the questions of why, or more precisely, why now. Had these projects and other developments being approved earlier, the need for such hasty decisions would not have been there. And, the public would not have brewed discontent, to whichever extent, in the first place. The massive outlay for development seldom neutralises the controversies that the Centre’s facing, yet an attempt has been made nevertheless, as expected. Discussions would rather not spark over what has been done now since all these projects will be the responsibility of the next government. What the discussions may instead constitute is whether the current government is deserving of another term based on the general attitude evident across their term. Almost everyone knows, thanks to media for those who still couldn’t, the reason behind the Centre’s rampant approval of projects. In such a situation, the existing discontent must be channelised to decide if the other choices are better or not. It is, seemingly, a choice between the lesser evil after all.last_img read more

Will support grand alliance at Centre if full statehood demand accepted says

first_imgNew Delhi: After the election, if the grand alliance of the opposition parties form government and the alliance accepts the demand of the full statehood then the AAP will support the Centre, said Delhi AAP convenor Gopal Rai on Thursday. “With time, the opposition is becoming stronger, hence the grand alliance will form the Union Government. The AAP is a part of this alliance and will support the government only if they agree to the demand of granting full statehood to Delhi,” said Rai.On a social media interaction with the citizens, Rai described the full statehood demand as the prime focus of the AAP. Rai also explained the need of the full statehood setting the examples of others states and also by describing the obstruction politics done by the Centre through the LG.”Earlier BJP and Congress also demanded the full statehood but just after the AAP led by Arvind Kejriwal took over the government the Cenre did not do anything about the issue of full statehood. But the AAP will fight till the end to get the full statehood,” he said.The leaders explained that if Delhi becomes a full statehood the state government would be able to provide woman security because the police will come directly under the state government which is now under the Centre. The letter also explained that if Delhi becomes a full state then the government would be able to give jobs to the people and he also said that nearly 2 lakh vacancy is there in the Delhi government. Rai also talked about is how the full statehood would help the people with higher education becomes a full statehood the state government would be able to provide woman security because the police will come directly under the state government which is now under the Centre.The leader also explained that if Delhi becomes a full state then the government would be able to give jobs to the people and he also said that nearly 2 lakh vacancy is there in the Delhi government.last_img read more

Morocco Among Rare Safest Countries for US Travelers US State Department

Rabat – The US Department of State issued on Wednesday, January 10 a Travel Advisories system to alert its citizens of the world’s most (and least) dangerous countries. The department ranked Morocco in category 1: the safest for US travelers.The state department advised its citizens, willing or wishing to visit Morocco to “exercise normal precautions” in the North African country. The executive department advises the US travelers to be extra cautious in Algeria or avoiding it because of high terrorist threats.The department advised its citizens to ten war zones: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. These ten zones are ranked level four; “Do Not Travel.” The US department ranked North Korea in level four: “Do Not Travel,” with restriction that US law interdicts US travelers to use their passports in the country.Only three other MENA countries are in the same category as Morocco: the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. Tunisia, Russia and Turkey are ranked in category 3: “Reconsidering the Trave.” Category 2, which advised the US travelers to be extra cautious, includes France, Spain, UK, Italy, Germany due to terrorist attacks occurred in these regions in recent years.Five states in the US neighbor, Mexico have the sternest “do not travel” under the US department system. The Mexican states ranked in level four are Tamaulipas on the US border, Michoacán, Colima, Sinaloa, Guerrero. The number of Morocco’s foreign visitors in Morocco increases every year. In July 2017, Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism and Air Transport said that the number of American tourists has increased by 27 percent during the first six months of 2017. The increase of foreign visitors in the North African country was underpinned by the surge of German tourists in the visit to Morocco, which marked the increase of 12 percent, according to the ministry. The visits of Dutch arrivals increased by 8 percent and Spanish by 7 percent. read more

Protesters in France Unwilling to Hang Up Their Yellow Vests

By Carolina McCabeRabat – In response to continuous protests led by the “Yellow Vests,” French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced the planned fuel tax increase will be delayed for a six-month period. The tax increase was previously set to begin January of 2019.During the six-month delay, the government plans to discuss and assess alternative measures to assist the poor and middle-class, who rely heavily on their vehicles for daily activities. However, the suspension of fuel taxes has still not garnered the approval of the protesters. Protesters were disappointed in the government for merely postponing the fuel taxes instead of reversing the measure altogether . Read Also: French PM Meets Yellow Vest Protesters, Officials After Weekend of Chaos“The protesters feel they have been ridiculed by Macron. So they’re saying: we’re not going to take our yellow vests off, we’re going to leave them on because in six months we’re going to be coming back again,” said FRANCE 24 French Affairs Editor Philip Turle.Over the past three weeks, French protests have been responsible for over 4.5 million dollars in damage and lost tourism revenue. On the third weekend of protests, protesters turned violent with riot police being dispatched after businesses and vehicles were damaged. Protesters are using the opportunity to demand greater changes than simply cancelling the tax, citing the economic struggles they have endured for years. They also seek an increase in the minimum wage and pensions.“The French people want a complete political transformation. They want to change the way things have been for the last 30 years. We’re sick and tired of taxes being raised and the quality of public services going down,” said Benjamin Cauchy, one of the Yellow Vests. “We are not going to drop our guard,” he added, calling for another weekend of protests.“Our demands are much bigger than this moratorium,’’ said Mr. Cauchy. ‘‘We want a better distribution of wealth, salary increases. It’s about the whole baguette, not just the crumbs.”The suspension of the fuel tax will result in a loss of about $2.3 billion, and will have to be offset by corresponding spending cuts, a government source said.I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago. The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 4 décembre 2018“If the events of recent days have shown us one thing, it’s that the French want neither an increase in taxes or new taxes. If the tax-take falls then spending must fall because we don’t want to pass our debts on to our children. And those debts are already sizeable,” Prime Minister Phillipe said.President Trump took the opportunity to respond to the fuel-tax delay on Tuesday with a tweet. Harm to the pursuit of combating climate changeThe purpose of the fuel tax was to encourage French motorists to use electric vehicles in order to reduce the country’s environmental impact. However, environmentalists are concerned the protests and general anger towards the fuel-tax may inhibit the greater pursuit of a greener society.While French protesters reject the fuel tax, the greater French population understands the detrimental impact of human activity on the climate. According to a study by the European Social Survey from 2017, about 94% of French citizens believe climate change is at least partly caused by human activity, with 73.7% believing the impacts will be bad. “It is not by turning our backs on ecology that we will emerge from the political crisis we are experiencing,” said French political party Les Verts in a statement. “Ecology must not become the atoning victim of this government’s bad choices.” read more

Canadian job market bounces back in August after big drop

The Canadian job market rebounded last month, gaining back much of the ground lost in July.The economy created 26,200 net new jobs in August compared with a loss of 31,200 in the previous month, Statistics Canada said Friday.However, even with the increase in the number of jobs, the unemployment rate crept up to 7.0 per cent compared with 6.9 per cent in July as more people entered the labour force and started looking for work.Economists had expected a gain a 15,000 jobs and the unemployment rate to hold steady at 6.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Canada’s jobs numbers have been volatile in recent months.August’s employment data included a gain of 52,200 full-time jobs, nearly offsetting a loss of 71,400 full-time positions in July. The number of part-time jobs in August fell by 26,000 compared with a gain of 40,200 the previous month.TD Bank economist Brian DePratto said it was encouraging to see a modest rebound in hiring after the weak report for July, especially given the details in the latest reading.“Job growth came from full-time employment, and the unemployment rate rose for the ‘right’ reason as more Canadians were engaged with job markets in August, reversing a four month trend,” he wrote in a note to clients.“Still, this is a very volatile series, and we shouldn’t put too much weight on any given month. From a longer-term perspective, Canadian labour markets remain consistent with the economic lethargy that has characterized the first half of this year.”The number of jobs rose in Quebec by 22,000 in August as its unemployment rate edged up to 7.1 per cent from 7.0 per cent, while Newfoundland and Labrador gained 4,000 jobs in the month as its unemployment rate moved down to 12.3 per cent from 12.8 per cent. New Brunswick lost 3,000 jobs, with its unemployment rate dropping to 9.4 per cent from 9.7 per cent.Related stories:Bank of Canada raises concerns about economy, holds interest rate at 0.5%Canadian economy shrinks in second quarter, worst since 2009 financial crisisFull-time work takes big hit as Canada loses 31,200 jobs in JulyStatistics Canada said there was little change in the other provinces, but noted that Ontario saw an increase in its unemployment rate to 6.7 per cent from 6.4 per cent in July as more people sought work.The number of public sector employees jumped 57,000 in August, while the number of private sector jobs increased 8,300. The number of self-employed workers slipped by 39,100.The jobs report follows the Bank of Canada’s decision earlier this week to keep its key interest rate target on hold at 0.5 per cent where it has been for more than a year.In making its decision, the central bank raised concern about the strength of the Canadian economic recovery, noting that a drop in exports earlier this year was larger and more broad-based than expected.However, the Bank of Canada says it still expects a “substantial rebound” in the economy in the second half of the year. Woman looking through a filing cabinet. GETTY IMAGES/Raphye Alexius by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 9, 2016 4:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian job market bounces back in August after big drop read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State ends home season with chance to

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) takes a shot in the second half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt would be an understatement to say No. 16 Ohio State had a bad week.The Buckeyes lost 79-56 to Penn State on Thursday, then fell 74-62 to Michigan on Sunday in back-to-back road games. The two losses dropped Ohio State from first place in the Big Ten to a tie with Purdue for second behind Michigan State with just two games remaining.With its Big Ten regular-season title hopes all but dashed, Ohio State (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) will focus on bouncing back from the losses and gaining momentum heading into Big Ten tournament play in its its final home game of the season against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Tuesday.Projected StartersRutgers:G — Corey Sanders — Junior, 6-foot-2, 176 lbs., 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Geo Baker — Freshman, 6-foot-4, 180 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgG — Issa Thiam — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 190 lbs., 7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Deshawn Freeman — Senior, 6-foot-7, 227 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgC — Shaquille Doorson — Junior, 7-foot, 275 lbs., 2.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.2 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Andre Wesson — Sophomore, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 2.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apgAddressing recent strugglesThough Rutgers will bring one of the nation’s worst offenses to Columbus, this game will be pivotal for Ohio State to begin addressing issues highlighted in last week’s losses. The Buckeyes lost physical battles against both Penn State and Michigan. Penn State out-rebounded Ohio State 38-30. Michigan finished with a slight 26-25 defensive rebounding advantage, but also scored 32 points in the paint.Part of the Buckeyes’ issues stemmed from defending guards larger than their own. Penn State’s 6-foot-5, 204-pound guard Tony Carr dropped 30 points — including 4-for-8 from 3-point range — against Ohio State. The next game, Michigan’s 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman delivered 17 points, and 6-foot-4, 190-pound freshman Jordan Poole scored 15.Rutgers is fourth in the conference in offensive rebounding, the 30th-tallest team in the country and has relied on strong post play to generate the bulk of its scoring. Overall, 60.5 percent of its points have come from 2-pointers this season, the second-highest percentage in the country.The Scarlet Knights also have received the most out of their guards. Geo Baker and Corey Sanders are two of the highest point-scorers on the team. The two were the only players to score double-digits against Ohio State in the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 14.It would seem like a concerning matchup for the Buckeyes if not for the team’s inept offense. The Scarlet Knights average the 20th-fewest points per game in the nation with the ninth-lowest field-goal percentage in the country.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said going up against a good rebounding team and one that relies on interior scoring to win means his team will need to focus on what plagued it in the past two games.“When their guards are rolling and their bigs play off their guards really well, they make it for a difficult matchup,” Holtmann said. “It’s as physical a team as we probably play in the Big Ten I think. So I’m anxious to see how our guys respond to their physicality and length and rebounding ability.”Senior DayTuesday night will mark the final time seniors Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich take the court at the Schottenstein Center as Buckeyes. There is also a chance it will be redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop’s final home game in Scarlet and Gray, if he forgoes his remaining year of eligibility to leave for the NBA draft.There will be a pregame ceremony for the seniors and Bates-Diop, and a chance for the players to address the fans after the game.Tate said his collegiate career has not flown by, but that his senior year has felt quicker than any other season despite the fact it could last longer than most other years due to the chance for extended postseason play.“Maybe that’s because we’re winning, having more fun than we have in a couple past years,” Tate said. “We’ve still got a good team coming in tomorrow, and we’ve still got to prepare for Indiana and make noise in the Big Ten tournament.” read more

Three men jailed for breaking into GAA clubs schools and businesses across

first_img Share52 Tweet Email1 Ellistown GAA Club Three men jailed for breaking into GAA clubs, schools and businesses across Kildare and Laois Two brothers and their acquaintance appeared in court this week. Feb 4th 2017, 6:30 AM 16,630 Views By Louise McCarthy 12 Comments Ellistown GAA Club Image: Google Mapscenter_img Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL Image: Google Maps TWO BROTHERS AND another man were sentenced to almost two years in prison each after carrying out a months-long crime spree across Kildare and Laois.A garda inspector told Naas District Court how the three men caused several thousand euro worth of damage in break-ins throughout the counties with the latest incident happening just days ago.Brothers Jordan Wyse (20) and and Stuart Wyse (24), both of Derrymullen, Allenwood, along with 19 year-old Henry Cahill of no fixed abode, were charged with a spate of burglaries at GAA Clubs, businesses and schools around Co Kildare and Co Laois.The latest break-ins took place on 17 January at Rheban GAA Club, Athy and on 19 January at Ballylinan GAA Club in Laois, Newbridge Rugby Club and the Travellers Rest Pub, Robertstown.Cahill was charged with the latest offences, while the two brothers were charged with having implements intended for use in burglaries at a checkpoint in Milltown on 28 January 2017.Cahill was also charged with being caught with similar tools at the Milltown checkpoint on 28 January 2017.Defence solicitor for the Wyse brothers, Conal Boyce, outlined to the court how both of their parents had drink problems while their sons were growing up.Judge Desmond Zaidan made several attempts to get the accused to co-operate and provide information. However, Jordan, who previously sustained leg injuries from gunshot wounds at a Newbridge New Year’ Eve party in 2016, indicated that he feared for his own safety.The court heard that Jordan Wyse has 22 previous convictions relating to theft, assault and drugs.Yesterday, he said:I know that I have been before the court loads of times. That is a decision that I have made and nothing to do with my parents. I would like to apologise to the court and for all the places that I broke into.CrimesDetective Séamus Doyle alleged that the two Co Kildare brothers carried out a spate of burglaries since 2015.Jordan Wyse faced several charges involving Gemini Hair Studio, Prosperous; Genoa Cafe, Kildare; Holy Family Convent, Newbridge; St Conleth’s College; Shades & Shapes, Newbridge; Ellistown GAA; Suncroft Community Centre; and Kildare Farm Foods.He pleaded guilty to all charges.Detective Doyle said that there was a gap in the brothers’ illegal activities during 2016 but it restarted with January’s crime wave.Stuart Wyse, a father to a one-year-old, is charged with break-ins at Scoil Bhríde, Rathangan; DayBreak, Suncroft; Kildare Farm Foods; Nurney National School and St Brigid’s Primary School.He pleaded guilty to all the charges.Detective Doyle outlined how Stuart, with 71 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to being found with a mobile phone at WhiteWater Shopping Centre on 14 January 2016 that had been listed as stolen from Kildare Farm Foods.Both brothers are also charged with a number of road traffic offences, including having a defective vehicle and not having an insurance disc.Detective Doyle told the court he believed the brothers were carrying out the break-ins as they are addicted to cannabis. In court, Stuart Wyse shouted out that he is also addicted to prescription tablets.On 27 January, all three men were found to have bolt-crushing gear in a car with no insurance and a false tax disc.29 previous convictionsEvidence was given by Detective Séamus Doyle how Cahill, who is not related to the Wyse brothers, has 29 previous convictions.Cahill pleaded guilty to a break in at Millicent Golf Club, Clane on 6 November 2015, where he stole €30.He is charged with stealing alcohol from the Curragh Golf Club on 9 November 2015, and between 17 and January 2017, he is charged with breaking into Rheban GAA Club, Athy, and Ballylinan GAA Club, Laois, where he stole €180 from petty cash.Cahill is also charged with breaking into Kildangan GAA Club, Newbridge Rugby Club and the Travellers Rest Pub, where he stole €350.Detective Doyle outlined how the accused, drove off at without paying for diesel at Toughers Filling Station on 26 January 2017.Inspector Mel Smyth said:The amount of damage they have done is thousands… properties, small businesses and schools, GAA clubs, during this crime sweep.Defence Barrister Sarah Connelly, representing Cahill, said her client is refusing to engage with probation services. In court, he told Judge Desmond Zaidan that he has engaged before and it was of no benefit to him.Judge Zaidan, addressing the three men, told them that they were lucky to be sentenced at the District Court and not the Circuit Court. He imposed a 22-month sentence on both of the brothers, as well as a four-year driving ban. All other charges were taken into consideration.Cahill was also sentenced to 22 months in prison and disqualified from driving for four years. http://jrnl.ie/3221220 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more