Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A lot of salespeople tell me that they don’t leave voicemail messages when they call their dream clients. I understand completely if you don’t want to leave a message because you are going to try to call back later that same day, or maybe that same week.But I don’t understand not leaving a voicemail message at all. It’s a mistake, and here’s why.Is This Your First Call?A lot of salespeople have called your dream client in the past only to disappear. Many have called and continue to call every quarter like clockwork, usually just to check in and see if anything has changed. Your dream client might even know some of these salespeople by name.If you never leave a message, you are ensuring that you are unknown.You aren’t a secret agent. You need to be known, and you need to be known as a value creator. You aren’t accomplishing either of those things by not leaving a message.Instead, when you finally do reach your dream client contact on the phone, it is the very first time they have heard your voice. They have no idea of the effort you have made to contact them, how much you want to work with them, or that you can be valuable to them. You have no record of making an effort to reach your dream client.Be Known, and Double DownIf you are serious about pursuing your dream client, you’ll leave a detailed message describing who you are, how you believe you can make a difference, and your contact information. Then you double down and follow up your voicemail message with an email reiterating the message you left and telling them when you are going to try to reach them again.Your commitment to call back establishes a couple things. First, it says that you are not going to go away, that you intend to keep calling. Second, it acknowledges that you believe it is your responsibility to call them again.I know a few salespeople that are so good on voicemail that they can get a call back by the sheer force of their personality alone. Your dream client contact is under no obligation to call you back simply because you left a message, and that’s not why you are leaving the message in the first place. You are leaving it because you want to be known, and you want to start establishing yourself as someone seriously interested in making a difference.Leave a powerful voice mail message. Make yourself known. Make it known that you are in hot pursuit of your dream client’s business, that you can and will make a difference, and that you aren’t going to easily go away.QuestionsDo you leave voicemail messages? Why or why not?What could leaving a message do to start establishing you and making your known?What message could you leave that would indicate that you are a person whose call is worth taking?
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference PLAY LIST 03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Milton had 25 points with 24 off attacks, while Manu Olevao added 20 points from 45 attempts for the Asset Managers, who also got solid games from Mary Jean Balse Pabayo and Nene Bautista.Cocolife coach Kung Fu Reyes hopes the game will trigger a turnaround for the Asset Managers.“This game is a turning point for us. It was sink or swim so it’s a good thing that we were able to come back,” said Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m not very happy with the result,” said Branislav, after the Tornadoes put on a blistering attacking display at University of St. La Salle Coliseum.“The team still needs to get better. We want to be in good condition by the quarterfinals. Maybe if we get a 3-0 win in quarterfinals, I’ll be happier.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLater, Cocolife fought back two sets down to stun Cignal, 19-25, 24-26, 27-25, 25-16, 15-9, and barge into the win column after opening the tournament with back-to-back losses.The Asset Managers shrugged off a poor start, before American imports Taylor Milton and Shar Latai Manu-Olevao found their stride in the last three sets to help complete the comeback in the first Superliga game played in Bacolod. So gets slot in Candidates’ tournament Sara Klisura of Foton vs Jen Casugod and Chloe Cortex of Generika. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBACOLOD CITY—Foton head coach Moro Branislav is apparently setting high standards for the defending champion Tornadoes in the Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.Even with a convincing 25-22, 25-22, 25-16 victory over Generika Ayala last Saturday, the Serbian coach challenged his charges to raise their game as they look ahead to the knockout stage of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
New Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has dropped longtime captain Iker Casillas from the squad for the start of 2018 World Cup qualifying. (Latest Football stories)Casillas has played a team-record 167 matches for Spain, although he didn’t play a minute of the European Championship because he was David de Gea’s backup.Lopetegui says Casillas could return, however.The manager also left veterans Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez, and Juanfran Torres off his first list.Chelsea striker Diego Costa returns after former coach Vicente del Bosque dropped him for Euro 2016.Lopetegui also called up youngsters Marco Asensio, Sergi Roberto, and Saul Niguez, as well as West Ham goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel.Spain play Belgium in a friendly on September 1. Four days later, Spain host Liechtenstein in their first World Cup qualifier.
The importance of the one-day series against Australia beginning on Saturday is not lost on Virat Kohli’s India as they gauge their World Cup preparations against the reigning champions in their final series before the showpiece event.India capped their memorable tour of Australia, where they registered their first ever Test series victory Down Under, by claiming the three-match ODI series 2-1 in January.Chief selector MSK Prasad told reporters last month that most of the players in the current India side pick themselves and it was a matter of finalising a couple of slots before the World Cup in England and Wales.The five-match series against Australia is naturally important for a handful of Indian players who want to nail down their places with solid performances against the tourists who have slipped to sixth in world rankings.Rishabh Pant’s chance to shineWicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has leapfrogged Dinesh Karthik to be MS Dhoni’s understudy behind the stumps, but needs to prove his maturity against Australia to make the flight to England.”The progression of Rishabh in the last one year is phenomenal across the formats,” Prasad, a former stumper himself, told ESPNcricinfo recently, describing the exciting 21-year-old’s form as a “healthy headache”.”What we actually felt is he needs a bit of maturity now, gain more experience. That is the reason we have included him in India A series wherever possible.”Lifeline for KL RahulLokesh Rahul has been thrown a lifeline despite a slump in form and a brief suspension he incurred for inappropriate comments on a television show. The opener impressed with scores of 50 and 47 in the Twenty20 matches against Australia.advertisement”I got some time off from international cricket, so I could come back here and reflect on what wasn’t going right for me,” said Rahul, who remains optimistic of securing a back-up role to first choice opening pair Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.Australia play an ODI series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates later this month but coach Justin Langer will hope the series against world number two India will provide answers to many questions.Finch’s lack of form at the top of the batting order has been a concern for a team who eagerly await the return of Steve Smith and David Warner from ball-tampering suspensions which expire at the end of the month.”We have just got to keep giving him plenty of care and support. We know he’ll come good,” Langer said, throwing his weight behind Finch.Usman Khawaja did reasonably well in the home ODI series against India, and while he may not match the strike rate of some of his team mates, Finch’s poor form means Australia will keep an eye on how the left-hander fares against India.Among others, batsman Peter Handscomb will look to prove his prowess against spin while quick Nathan Coulter-Nile will hope to stay on his feet through the series to shed his ‘injury-prone’ image.Also Read | Mithali Raj ready to give 2021 Women’s World Cup a shotAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni hit on forearm during net session ahead of 1st ODIAlso See:
Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya feels that the time his younger brother Hardik spent away from the game has helped him become a better cricketer.Hardik seems to be in menacing form with the bat ahead of the World Cup, having overcome a back injury and a massive controversy following his sexist comments on a popular TV show.”When he was away from the game due to injury and the other reasons (controversy), he worked a lot on his fitness. We started playing the game together and one thing that I can say that cricket has always been his priority.”Honestly, there are very few players who have a work ethic like him. His goal is always to improve and if you do that, you become consistent,” said Krunal after the Pandya brothers guided Mumbai to a 40-run win over Delhi Capitals here Thursday.Be it spinners or bowlers with express pace, Hardik has developed the ability to hit them out of the park.”Earlier he used to smash spinners, now he is also doing the same to pacers. He worked on that area during the off time he got and he has gotten the desired results,” said Krunal.”What like I most about is never give up attitude. Every year, he is adding something or the other to his game. In fact, I have also a learnt a lot from him.”Hardik (32 off 15) and Krunal (37 off 26) had amassed 51 off last 18 balls to propel Mumbai to 168 for five against Delhi Capitals.advertisementKrunal said the extra 20 runs in the death overs made all the difference on a difficult Kotla wicket.”I guess while batting it was a very tricky wicket. When I went inside and when Hardik came in we were not aiming for 170, we thought 145 was a good total on this wicket. The way Hardik batted, it changed the momentum for us and we ended up with those extra runs,” he said.”While bowling we knew how the wicket would behave and our bowlers knew to how to bowl on it.”While bowling, Krunal, who picked up the wicket of Colin Munro, also tried to bowl with a slingshot action like Kedar Jadhav.”The way T20 is going, you have to keep coming up with something new. The batsmen are hitting sixes from ball one and Rishabh (Pant) was batting, so I thought it was a good time to try something new,” said Krunal.Also Read | Using my brain well in IPL this year: Hardik Pandya after MI winAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wishes birthday boy KL Rahul: Let’s make it our year
India are all set to begin their World Cup campaign as one of the favourites against South Africa. With two World Cup titles, India are tied with the West Indies and under Virat Kohli, the Asian giants are bidding for their third world title.Going into the World Cup, India have everything a team needs to shine in glory — a strong top-order, feisty fast bowlers, reliable all-rounders and likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.Virat Kohli is without a doubt among the pantheons of all-time greats. He has already won a World Cup with India in 2011, playing an important role on more than one occasion, but the 2019 World Cup will represent a watershed moment in his limited-overs captaincy career.Though Kohli will lead the Indian side, he will have assistance from veteran MS Dhoni who has done it before the country.In 2011, Dhoni has helped Sachin Tendulkar finish his spectacular cricketing career with a World Cup glory. In 2019, with speculation around his retirement post the World Cup, will he be able to do it once again for himself?Here we take a look at 5 things as India to look to start their World Cup campaignIndia vs Pakistan clash, June 16An India vs Pakistan group clash or a World Cup final, which of the two would carry more entertainment value. To come up to a result, go back in the time and recall the 2015 India vs Pakistan match in Adelaide. Streets buzzing with the chants of supporters, a stadium with a huge sea of blue and patches of green, and loud cheers from crowds overpowering the music and lightning in the sky after the match result–this frenzy is unmatchable even to a World Cup final.advertisementLabeled as one of the greatest sports rivalries in the world, India against Pakistan is a final before the eventual World Cup final. The match not only excites the sporting connoisseur inside us but also evokes patriotism among the common man that comes on the back off the historic the relationship these two countries share.The two teams have met 6 times in the World Cup since its inception in 1975 and India have not lost to Pakistan even on a single occasion.After putting a ban on bilateral series for an indifferent time, the last time the two teams faced each other was in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. The match attracted a worldwide TV audience of nearly half a billion people and went on to become the second-most watched game of cricket ever.Come June 16 at Old Trafford and the two giants will meet up once again for the biggest game of cricket.MS Dhoni’s last World Cup?Since MS Dhoni announced his retirement from the Test cricket following the drawn Test against Australia in Melbourne in 2014, there has been a lot of chatter around his ODI career too due to his prolonged aging career.The 2019 World Cup is speculated to be the 37-year-old’s last international appearance in the cricketing arena.MS Dhoni’s prowess in limited-overs is not a hidden secret. He has led India to their first World Cup win in nearly 30 years and also lifted the T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy in 2007 and 2013 respectively.Carrying the reputation of the brain of the cricket’, MS Dhoni will not lead India at England but will play a crucial role in the field setting when captain Virat Kohli takes the hold of the outfield. The wicket-keeper-batsman also lifts the spirits of bowlers by going back to them in the middle of the overs and telling them how to discomfort the opposition batsmen.India coach Ravi Shastri has already said MS Dhoni will be a very big player for India at the 2019 World Cup and with his shape tactics behind the stumps, we know how valuable Dhoni could be for the side in helping India lift their 3rd World Cup trophy.Virat Kohli lifting his first World Cup as captainAt the joint captain’s conference last week in London, when a kid asked the skippers if afforded a chance, which player from the opposition team would they pick in their side, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza replied, “that guy,” pointing at Virat Kohli.With his unmatchable skills in the ODI format, who wouldn’t want the best batsman on their side? Mark Waugh, Allan Border and many others have already picked Virat Kohli as their favourite for the 2019 World Cup on the back of what the Indian batsman has achieved in the past some years.advertisementLast year Virat Kohli became the fastest to score 10,000 ODI runs to break legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record. He is also the only active cricketer to have 41 ODI centuries, second only to Tendulkar (49).Kohli has time and again proven himself as a batsman but his captaincy came under scanner after a disastrous IPL season with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat Kohli will play a dual role at the 2019 World Cup and will have a golden chance to put an end to all the questions raised on his captaincy.If India wins the World Cup on July 14, we could also Virat Kohli running down the Lord’s ground without a shirt, emulating Sourav Ganguly’s famous celebration after the Natwest Trophy win in 2002 at the same venue.World best bowler Jasprit BumrahWith an unconventional bowling action and never-say-die attitude, Jasprit Bumrah is already counted among the best in the world and as the best fast bowler, India has ever produced.The 25-year-old was spotted six years ago by former India coach John Wright at a local T20 Tournament and he went to carve his space for himself in the national side with his pace and accuracy.Jasprit Bumrah has shown what he is capable of doing at the 2019 Indian Premier League, a fortnight ago. He has not only picked 19 wickets in 16 matches for the Mumbai Indians but has also defended runs in the penultimate overs to guide Mumbai Indians to the title victory.Bumrah’s yorkers are so perfect that his ball falls directly on batsman’s toe to trap them for an LBW. He has become the captain’s man with his wicket-taking ability and death overs spell.With no spin on offer at the first half of the World Cup in England and Wales, Bumrah will have a crucial role to play for the side to help India sail through the knockout rounds.Crazy fan clubsWith cricket being followed as a religion in India, having dedicated groups following the team around the world doesn’t come as a surprise. Game anthems were earlier only associated with football but when it comes to India, cricket draws no less attention than a Premier League match.Remember the Rishabh Pant song that went viral after the wicket-keeper scored an unbeaten 159 to guide India to a Test win against Australia? That was a product of Bharat Army’s creative brain.The fan club went on to create another special rap for India’s historic 2-1 series win in Australia. “Jeetega India, Yeh sabko tha yakeen. Delhi se Sydney Sab Kehte the YahiBalle Balle Balle…”Though it was initially the Barmy Army that made Test cricket venues a fine spectacle with the help of band and music, Bharat Army took a cue from them to take this culture forward.With India and Pakistan World Cup clash clash lined up on June 16, we are expecting a series of musical chants at the Old Trafford in Manchester.Also Read | Don’t need to answer Kagiso Rabada in a press conference: Virat Kohli on immature commentAlso Read | South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup 2019Also Seeadvertisement
UEFA Champions League What the hell has happened to Spurs & Alli after routing Real Madrid?! Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v APOEL APOEL Both Mauricio Pochettino’s side and their 21-year-old England ace have suffered dramatic dips in forms since shining against the European champions A precociously talented young player fluttering their eyelashes at a super club is nothing new. Just last summer, Kylian Mbappe flirted with PSG to the point of being asked to get a room by his current parent club Monaco, in the form of a season-long loan leading to an eventual £166 million move.In England, though, reported Real Madrid target Dele Alli has been more covert with his intentions, even if it seems that the Tottenham midfielder will eventually move away from White Hart Lane.At the age of 21, he has become a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s dynamic Tottenham side, and has won 22 England caps since 2011. He is a shoo-in to start for the Three Lions at the World Cup, and is already a Spurs centurion. Just two years ago, he was playing for MK Dons in League One. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His rise has been remarkable, but he is now a lightning rod for criticism from some sections of Spurs supporters. His form has been erratic in recent weeks, drifting from disinterest to what has appeared to be active sabotage.In a seemingly straightforward home encounter with West Bromwich Albion at Wembley, Alli failed to trap a throw-in, and the Baggies broke to score. Spurs scrambled to rescue a draw but it was two points lost – Alli, unsurprisingly, was given the treatment on Twitter afterwards by irate supporters.It might seem an oxymoron, but the criticism comes from a place of affection; Spurs fans have not seen such a midfield talent since the days of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart, and Alli has the ability to dominate games.Indeed, newspaper reports continue to link him with a move to the Bernabeu, to don the white shirt alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and, of course, Modric.Fate paired Spurs with Madrid in the Champions League group stages and, after returning from a suspension for a red card picked up in the Europa League last season, Alli played the game of his life at Wembley as Pochettino’s men enjoyed a glory glory night.The 3-1 win was built on Alli’s hard running, his flair for the outrageous and his clinical edge. He scored twice, and the chants of ‘We’ve got Dele Alli’ had the famous old stadium’s floor vibrating.Alli is an intoxicating talent at his best, able to shimmy and sway, and best even the best defenders on the planet. Yet, since that performance – those of a cheeky disposition would suggest it was a come-and-get-me plea – Alli has regressed.After missing the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at the start of November with a hamstring injury, he was clearly unfit against Arsenal, and was withdrawn – to the delight of the Emirates Stadium support – after 75 minutes. Spurs lost 2-0.Indeed, since that victory over Roy Hodgson’s struggling Eagles, Tottenham have not won a game, drawing with West Brom and Watford, and losing at Leicester City.While Alli has scored seven goals in the Premier League this term, all of them came prior to the encounter with Real. Since, he has started five games, mustered just eight shots in total, and struggled to stamp his authority on matches.It must be noted that he has provided three assists – compared to one before the famous Los Blancos win – but there is something off about the way he is playing. Indeed, he has been forced to make 6.1 recoveries per game, suggesting that his passing is both wayward and hurried.Alli is aware of this, himself. Speaking before the Champions League encounter with APOEL Nicosia, the midfielder admitted that nobody is harder on him than himself.”I’m my own biggest critic. Every time, I know when I’m not playing well, when it’s not going well for me,” Alli said on Tuesday. “There are always positives and negatives in every game. I’ve learnt a lot so far this season and in the two years previously.”Obviously, I would like to be at the highest level, in every game, in every single training session, but I don’t think that’s possible.“It’s been an opportunity for me to learn more about myself as a player and as a person, so I’m looking forward to it and I’ve got to keep enjoying it. It’s important that I keep working hard to learn and improve as a player.”Improvement is a part of Spurs’ mantra. Pochettino often speaks of the virtue of self-improvement, of drive, of the need to always want to better one’s self.Alli must do just that, with Spurs struggling for form and surely out of title contention. After last weekend’s draw with Watford, they lie closer to the relegation zone than leaders Manchester City.Both club and player have struggled to do it in the mundanity of the Premier League, instead saving their best for the marquee encounters.If Alli is to ever have any chance of moving to Spain, and if Spurs are to rescue their season, the England international must start producing week in, week out.
Juventus Juventus sweating on Higuain ahead of crunch clash with Spurs Dom Farrell 00:33 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Juventus Serie A Paulo Dybala Lazio v Juventus Lazio Paulo Dybala will lead the line for the Serie A champions against Lazio, but his fellow Argentine is set to rest his injured ankle once more Gonzalo Higuain faces a race to be fit in time for Juventus’ Champions League trip to Tottenham but fellow forward Paulo Dybala will return to Massimiliano Allegri’s starting line-up for Saturday’s game at Lazio.Higuain sustained an ankle injury during the derby against Torino two weeks ago and, even though he was given an international recall by Argentina on Thursday, he is still not ready for a return to club action.Conversely, Dybala missed out on a place in Jorge Sampaoli’s national squad but Allegri views him as the man for the job in attack at the Stadio Olimpico despite a recent hamstring problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Higuain won’t be ready,” he told reporters. “He still has a bit of nuisance with his ankle.”As for London, we’ll think about that in a few days. You have to be confident.”We will think about the Champions League next week. Now, let’s focus on tomorrow’s game. It’s a very important game for us and for them. It will be a very big day for all of Serie A.”Dybala will be in the game from the first minute.”The capital clubs could have a major impact on the destination of the Scudetto, with leaders Napoli entertaining Roma after Lazio host Juve.Allegri’s men were beaten by the Biancocelesti in a dramatic Supercoppa Italiana last August, while Simone Inzaghi’s men also prevailed at the Allianz Stadium in Serie A two months later.”We lost the last two games due to making mistakes,” Allegri said when assessing Juve’s third-placed opponents.”They are a physical and technical team who deserve the position they have.”They give little away and are well trained by Inzaghi. Moreover they are very good on high balls and in the aerial battles.”[Sergej] Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most interesting young players in Europe and you don’t need my judgement to say that.”
Real Madrid ‘Zidane’s Real Madrid exit a little strange’ – James Rodriguez Joe Wright 17:52 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Bayern München Primera División Bundesliga The Bayern Munich loanee, who was allowed to leave the Bernabeu last summer, admits to being surprised by goings on in the Spanish capital James Rodriguez admits he was surprised to see Zinedine Zidane step down from his role as head coach of Real Madrid.Zidane made the shock announcement at a news conference on Thursday, just five days on from winning his third successive Champions League title, having taken charge of the first team in January 2016.James, who joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal last year after struggling for regular football under Zidane, says the timing of the former France star’s departure was “a little bit strange”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Asked if he was surprised by the news, he told reporters: “A little bit, yes, because he’s had three years there where he has practically won everything.”It’s a little bit strange, no? But it was his decision. I think he did good things in all three years.”James’ own future has come under scrutiny in the wake of Zidane’s decision to leave.Bayern have an option to sign the Colombia international on a permanent deal during his loan spell, but there are suggestions he could decide to return to Madrid for 2018-19.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Madrid youth coach Guti are among the favourites to succeed Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: Let Van Ginkel rehab calmlyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says there’s no pressure on Marco van Ginkel over his knee rehab.Lampard admits the midfielder, who was set to return to PSV Eindhoven last summer, has suffered a setback in his recovery.He stated: “He is injured for a longer period. “Unfortunately, there were some complications with his surgery. We do not want to set a precise time for his recovery, but let him rehabilitate calmly. He is very diligent and his attitude could not be better. “He works extremely hard every hour of the day. He is positive, despite the fact that I am convinced that it is very difficult for him.”
Nova Scotia seniors who receive the guaranteed income supplement and have paid a Pharmacare premium will be fully reimbursed. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac made the announcement today, Oct. 5. “The agreement has just been signed with Medavie Blue Cross to start processing back payments for eligible Nova Scotians,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We will make every effort to inform seniors about how to receive their refund.” Premiums were introduced in the provincial Pharmacare Program in 1996. The full 2005-06 premium is $390 per year. The premium is either reduced or waived for about half of the 95,000 seniors enrolled in the program. The premium is not the same as the co-payment. All program participants, regardless of the premium they pay, still pay a co-payment amount. The co-payment is 33 per cent, to a maximum of $30 per prescription, capped at $350 annually. Since the spring, eligible Nova Scotians who have come forward have been reimbursed for premiums paid in the current and last fiscal years. The policy has now been changed to allow for reimbursements for payments made since 1996. Cheques will begin to be mailed through the Pharmacare Program within three to four weeks to individuals who have already come forward. Others should call the seniors Pharmacare Program. It is important that individuals only call if they receive the guaranteed income supplement — not the GST rebate — and have paid a Pharmacare premium. The number to call in Halifax is 429-6565. The toll-free number throughout Nova Scotia is 1-800-544-6191. The province will begin an information campaign in the coming weeks to notify pharmacists, health-care providers, seniors, and their family members. As well, revised literature, which highlights this benefit more clearly, is now being used by the Pharmacare Program. “I want to avoid this problem in the future and that means working with the federal government to help streamline the application process,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We are making progress on developing an agreement that would give the province the list of Nova Scotians who receive the guaranteed income supplement.”
The winner of this year’s Apprenticeship Award of Excellence loves working with her hands. Kathy Lantz, of North Sydney, has a passion for cars, which led her to the Nova Scotia apprenticeship system. After four years and hours of classroom and on-the-job training, she is now a female journeyperson in the male-dominated automotive trade. “Being a female working in a man’s world hasn’t always been easy,” said Ms. Lantz. “But, the support I received through my employer and the apprenticeship system helped me realize my dream.” “I encourage everyone, women and men alike, to explore a career in the skilled trades. I am glad I did.” Ms. Lantz’s workplace performance earned her the Apprenticeship Award of Excellence. This award recognizes a newly certified journeyperson who has made outstanding contributions to the professional image of the employer, supporting others in the workplace, demonstrating a strong work ethic and being an active member of their community. “In the shop we have a motto that says if we can’t do it, it can’t be done,” said Ralph Ivey, Ms. Lantz’s employer at Ralph Ivey’s Auto Repair. “Kathy puts that motto to use on a daily basis. There is nothing she can’t or won’t do for a customer. Believe me, if she can’t do it, it cant be done.” Ms. Lantz is one of 340 apprentices who have become newly certified journeypersons and received certificates of qualification in Cape Breton and the Northeastern Region of Nova Scotia since 2005. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development is presenting certificates of accomplishment to these newly certified journeypersons at a celebration event in Sydney on Saturday, May 3. “More and more, Nova Scotians are realizing that the skilled trades offer great training and employment opportunities,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “These graduates are going to have very rewarding careers because they took advantage of the training offered through the apprenticeship system in Nova Scotia. I am looking forward to seeing the contributions they will make in our workplaces and economy.” The Department of Labour and Workforce Development will also present awards of excellence to recognize two outstanding mentors. The mentor/coach award of excellence will be presented to Brian Jessome, automotive service technician with Ralph Ivey’s Auto Repair in North Sydney, and Ray Maclean, carpentry instructor at the Nova Scotia Community College, Marconi Campus, in Sydney. This award recognizes an employer, supervisor, instructor or other mentor who has served as a role model and demonstrated qualities of superior teaching, enthusiasm for the trade and a strong commitment to the progress of apprentices in their program. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development’s apprenticeship training and skill development division supports the advancement of skilled trades through training opportunities, certification and reinforcement of professional standards. More information about the apprenticeship system is available at www.nsapprenticeship.ca .
Expressing deep concerns over last week’s renewed violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) that has reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons – many civilians – United Nations Secretary-General has called on the armed groups to immediately and to “genuinely” commit to peace.According to a statement issued late yesterday by his office, Mr. Ban called on the armed groups “to immediately stop the violence and genuinely commit to ongoing efforts to address the root causes of the conflict including through the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme recently approved in Bangui.”He also recalled the willingness of the international community, expressed at the recent Brussels conference on the country, to support CAR on its path towards recovery and stability.“For this to happen it is important that the right circumstances prevail,” the statement added.Two factions of the ex-Séléka armed group – the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC) – clashed in Bria, Haute Kotto prefecture and many of the victims were reportedly civilians. A large number were ostensibly targeted because of their ethnicity.In the statement, the UN chief also expressed hope that the upcoming extraordinary summit meeting of Heads of State of the Economic Community of Central African States, expected to be held in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, on 30 November, will reinforce the efforts undertaken by the Government of the CAR and President Touadéra to consolidate peace and place the country on a path of recovery and stability.
Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, said: “Diversity is absolutely central to what we do. We’ve done a lot to put this at the heart of our thinking and I’m very proud of the steps we’ve taken.” Towns and cities including Plymouth and Stoke-on-Trent will get increased investment. English National Opera, once placed in special measures by the Arts Council, is now back in the fold with a deal amounting to £12.4 million a year. Twenty-four organisations have been dropped from the list. The National Theatre will also lose out Credit: Andy Matthews / RIBA Collections Great Art and Culture for more people, in more places, than ever before. We present to you our 2018-22 National Portfolio. #ACEfunding pic.twitter.com/b9zSd24G8w— Arts Council England (@ace_national) June 27, 2017 “This is about national organisations recognising that they can only really flourish if the whole ecology flourishes,” he said. The Arts Council said its funding was being brought into line with other theatres of a similar size, but Hampstead’s artistic director, Edward Hall, said the 14 per cent cut “swings a wrecking ball” into its plans for the future.The museums of Oxford and Cambridge universities were also confronted with significant reductions in funding, of 10 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.New organisations admitted to Arts Council England’s national portfolio for the first time include Paraorchestra, the world’s first professional ensemble of disabled musicians; Ballet Black, which aims to bring dance to a more culturally diverse audience; Luton Carnival, an annual family event; and the Rural Media Charity, which makes digital arts projects about disadvantaged countryside communities. The Arts Council has cut funding to the nation’s most eminent arts organisations and allocated the money to smaller companies outside London that can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and disadvantaged communities.The Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company have taken a 3 per cent cut, with the Southbank Centre accepting a 4 per cent reduction. All said the decision placed them under financial pressure.The biggest losers include Hampstead Theatre in north London, where Harold Pinter tested many of his plays. “These are organisations that are each in receipt of really substantial funding. And they are also organisations that have made great progress in raising funds. They are in a position to go to trusts and foundations and benefactors.“And they have all agreed to this. We took a view about what they might be able to afford to let go, and we immediately came to an agreement with them.”However, the Royal Opera House chief executive, Alex Beard, said the company will face “undoubted challenges as a result of this funding cut, and will have to find ways to reduce costs”.The National Theatre said making up the shortfall “will not be easy and it puts even greater pressure on box office, fundraising and commercial activity”.Arts Council England will fund a total of 831 organisations from 2018-22, and invest an additional £170 million outside London. Manchester International Festival’s funding will rise by 1,123 per cent, from £729,000 per year to more than £9 million per year. The money will go towards a new building and exhibition space.Diversity was at the forefront of the funding announcement, with organisations required “to look like their communities” in terms of ethnic minority make-up, gender and disability. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The “Big Four” organisations agreed to take a hit for the greater good, according to the Arts Council chairman and former Tate chief, Sir Nicholas Serota. They can also tap up wealthy donors, he added, something smaller companies are unable to do.
Those involved in the pub crawl were raising money for the charity Cuddles – which supports patients and families using the Special Care Baby Unit at Glan Clywd Hospital in North WalesCredit:Wales news service “At the end of the day these lads have gone out of their way to make amazing costumes to raise money for a fantastic cause and it’s been thrown back in their faces.”I know a lot of them and they are not racists.”I take it the snowflakes who complained haven’t been in the position myself and hundreds of others have been – where our children’s lives have been dependent on the skills and equipment of the special care baby unit.”Another woman said: “I know most of the guys who get involved and they would never ever want to offend anyone.”The people who see these things as offensive are the ones with an issue and I think they are in the wrong for causing this charity to lose out on money.”The annual pub crawl was originally set up for self-employed workers to band together for a Christmas knees up and paying a fee which goes to charity. It added that the charity reserved the right to reject certain donations “not considered appropriate”.Ian Jones, who was involved in raising funds for Cuddles, said: “I am gutted really because I wanted to help Cuddles. My son was in special care for 11 weeks and I truly wanted to give something back.”Mr Jones said he understood the charity’s decision not to take the money but he hoped he would be allowed to help them again in the future.He said: “I don’t know where this money will go. I have a few ideas but nothing is definite yet.”However, the charity’s decision to turn down the money has been called into question by some of those connected to the hospital.One man, who said the special care baby unit cared for his boys, found the decision “disgusting”.”Obviously the board are in a privileged position to be able to pick and choose what money they accept,” he said. A hospital charity refused cash from fundraisers who ‘blacked up’ as beach salesmen and rappers. As part of the annual Old Colwyn fancy dress pub crawl in North Wales, some of the 100 participants dressed up as African beach traders and rappers from Run DMC, as they ran around the village shaking tins at pub goers and bystanders to raise money for Cuddles, a charity which supports patients and families using the Special Care Baby Unit at Glan Clywd Hospital in North Wales.However, after images of some of the participants, who had applied black face paint to their arms and faces, were circulated on social media Cuddles said it would not accept the £1,000 raised, as they did not want to be associated with “racist, discriminatory, or abusive” behaviour.Cuddles have since asked that the money raised from the pub crawl in Old Colwyn, North Wales, instead be given to an equalities charity.A statement from the trustees said: “On Sunday, it was brought to our attention by multiple members of the public that a number of individuals taking part in the fancy dress event had chosen to wear ‘costumes’ that were highly objectionable, and deeply offensive.”Whilst we appreciate that the event organisers may not have been involved in this, photographs circulated on social media by the individuals concerned, and their comments accompanying them, have caused considerable distress to the people that have been in touch with us. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “We too were incredibly dismayed to see the photographs.”As a charity, we totally reject this sort of conduct. We are shocked that anyone would consider this appropriate, and we refuse to be associated with behaviour that is racist, discriminatory or abusive in any way.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedROAD CLOSURE ADVISORYJuly 5, 2019In “latest news”Several roads to be closed for Diwali Motorcade on MondayNovember 4, 2018In “Business”GPF issues traffic advisory for Mash 2018February 21, 2018In “latest news” The Guyana Police Force Traffic Department wishes to advice members of the public that the following roads will be closed from 17:00hrs on Friday February 22, 2019 for the Flag Raising Ceremony at D’Urban Park:-(1) Mandela and Hadfield Street (No Entry West)(2) Homestretch and Mandela Avenue (No Entry west)(3) Brickdam and College Road. (No Entry East)(4) Hadfield and College Road (No entry East)(5) Haley and College Road (No Entry East)(6) South Road and Oronoque Street (No Entry East)(7) Chappel and D’Urban (No Entry North)(8) D’Urban and John Street (No Entry North)(9) Regent and Vlissengen Road (No Entry South)(10) Shiv Chanderpaul Drive and South Road (No Entry East).Additionally, the following roads will be closed from 07:00hrs on Saturday February 23, 2019 for the Mashramani Celebration:-(1) Camp and Lamaha Street (No Entry North)(2) Cowan and Camp Street (No Entry East)(3) Woolford Avenue and Camp Street (No Entry West)(4) Camp and Barrack Street (No Entry East)(5) Camp and Thomas Land (No Entry West)(6) Parade and Young Street (No Entry North)(7) Young and High Street (No Entry East)(8) Camp and Seawall Road (No Entry South)(9) Dowdin Street and Vlissengen Road (No Entry West)(10) Lamaha and Irving Street (No Entry East)(11) Danrad Street and Vlissengen Road (No Entry West)(12) Da Silva Street and Vlissengen Road (No Entry West)(13) Garnett Street and Vlissengen Road (No Entry West)(14) Barimita Avenue and Vlissengen Road (No Entry West)(15) Eping Avenue and Vlissengen Road (No Entry West)(16) Woolford Avenue and JB Singh Road (No Entry East)(17) Anira and Irving Street (No Entry East)(18) Laluni and Irving Street (No Entry East)(19) Church and Peter Rose Street (No Entry East)(20) North Road and Shiv- Chanderpaul Drive (No Entry East)(21) South Road and Shiv- Chanderpaul Drive (No Entry East)(22) Brickdam and Old College Road (No Entry East)(23) Hadfield Street and Old College Road (No Entry East)(24) Hadfield and Chappel Street (No Entry West)(25) Mandela and Homestretch (No Entry West)(26) Mandela and Hadfield Street (No Entry West)
A SUSTAINED PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FROM SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON You’ll want to pack raincoats, umbrellas and, if you’ll be outdoors for long, extra dry clothes this weekend.Warm, heavy rains are expected to begin Saturday afternoon in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. They’ll continue all day Sunday, says the National Weather Service.A Flood Watch is in effect from Saturday night through Monday afternoon for the large area.Looking back, periods of heavy rains on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday have melted snow and ice at lower elevations, and the water is flowing into rivers. With temperatures reaching the 50s, snow levels are backing up to 8,000 feet.That means folks should watch for possible flooding along rivers in the wide area.Winds are expected to be normal, with some medium gusts at the coast, NWS Meteorologist Jeremiah Pyle said Friday night.From one to three inches of rain are expected in valleys, and four to six inches on the coast and coastal mountains.The heavy rainfall also may cause landslides and debris flows, the NWS warns:“Structures and roads located below steep slopes … in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk from rapidly moving landslides.”“Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.”As for Monday, lighter precipitation and showers are forecast, Pyle said.For more information, visit http://www.weather.gov/portland.The NWS will issue an update by 3 p.m. Saturday.The official report is below:FLOOD WATCHNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR201 PM PST FRI JAN 14 2011…FLOODING POSSIBLE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY ALONG RIVERSIN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON…PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY THIS WEEK MELTEDA FAIR AMOUNT OF LOW ELEVATION SNOW AND ICE FROM EARLIER IN THEWEEK AND PRIMED RIVERS ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON ANDNORTHWEST OREGON. ANOTHER PERIOD OF WARM HEAVY RAIN WILL SPREADIN OVER THE AREA THIS WEEKEND…AND MAY PUSH SEVERAL RIVERS TO ORABOVE FLOOD STAGE SUNDAY AND MONDAY. A WEAKER SYSTEM WILL MOVETHROUGH ON SATURDAY…THEN THE WARM FRONT FROM THE NEXT STRONGERSYSTEM WILL BRING THE FIRST SURGE OF HEAVY RAIN TO THE AREASATURDAY NIGHT. THE ASSOCIATED COLD WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREASUNDAY FOR MORE HEAVY RAIN. THE RIVERS MOST AT RISK ARE THOSEDRAINING THE COASTAL MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON ANDNORTHWEST OREGON…RIVERS DRAINING THE SOUTH WASHINGTONCASCADES…AND WILLAMETTE RIVER TRIBUTARIES DRAINING THE COASTRANGE AND THE NORTH CASCADES.ORZ001>010-012-014-WAZ020>023-039-040-152300-/O.CON.KPQR.FA.A.0001.110116T0200Z-110118T0200Z//00000.0.RS.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/NORTH OREGON COAST-CENTRAL OREGON COAST-COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON-CENTRAL COAST RANGE OF WESTERN OREGON-LOWER COLUMBIA-GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA-CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY-SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY-WESTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE-NORTHERN OREGON CASCADE FOOTHILLS-CASCADE FOOTHILLS IN LANE COUNTY-UPPER HOOD RIVER VALLEY-WILLAPA HILLS-SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST-I-5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ COUNTY-GREATER VANCOUVER AREA-SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADE FOOTHILLS-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ASTORIA…CANNON BEACH…TILLAMOOK..LINCOLN CITY…NEWPORT…FLORENCE…VERNONIA…JEWELL…TRASK..GRANDE RONDE…TIDEWATER…SWISSHOME…ST. HELENS…CLATSKANIE..HILLSBORO…PORTLAND…OREGON CITY…GRESHAM…SALEM..MCMINNVILLE…DALLAS…EUGENE…CORVALLIS…ALBANY…HOOD RIVER..CASCADE LOCKS…MULTNOMAH FALLS…SANDY..SILVER FALLS STATE PARK…SWEET HOME…VIDA…LOWELL..COTTAGE GROVE…PARKDALE…ODELL…FRANCES…RYDERWOOD..RAYMOND…LONG BEACH…CATHLAMET…LONGVIEW…KELSO..CASTLE ROCK…STEVENSON…SKAMANIA…VANCOUVER…BATTLE GROUND..WASHOUGAL…TOUTLE…ARIEL…COUGAR201 PM PST FRI JAN 14 2011…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGHMONDAY AFTERNOON..THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FORPORTIONS OF NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON..INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN NORTHWEST OREGON…CASCADEFOOTHILLS IN LANE COUNTY…CENTRAL COAST RANGE OF WESTERNOREGON…CENTRAL OREGON COAST…CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY..COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON…GREATER PORTLAND METROAREA…LOWER COLUMBIA…NORTH OREGON COAST…NORTHERN OREGONCASCADE FOOTHILLS…SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY…UPPER HOOD RIVERVALLEY AND WESTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE. IN SOUTHWESTWASHINGTON…GREATER VANCOUVER AREA…I-5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZCOUNTY…SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADE FOOTHILLS…SOUTH WASHINGTONCOAST…WESTERN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AND WILLAPA HILLS. SATURDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH MOST OF SUNDAY. SNOWLEVELS WILL BE AROUND 8000 FEET OR HIGHER THROUGHOUT THISHEAVY RAINFALL EVENT. STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 6INCHES ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST AND IN THE COASTALMOUNTAINS…WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES IN THE VALLEYS.RIVERS OF GREATEST CONCERN TO REACH FLOOD STAGE INCLUDE THEGRAYS RIVER IN WAHKIAKUM COUNTY…THE COWLITZ RIVER IN COWLITZCOUNTY…THE NEHALEM RIVER IN COLUMBIA AND CLATSOP COUNTIES..THE WILSON AND TRASK RIVERS IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY…THE SILETZRIVER IN LINCOLN COUNTY…THE CLACKAMAS RIVER IN CLACKAMASCOUNTY…JOHNSON CREEK IN MULTNOMAH COUNTY…THE UPPER TUALATINRIVER IN WASHINGTON COUNTY…THE PUDDING RIVER IN CLACKAMAS ANDMARION COUNTIES…THE MARYS RIVER IN BENTON COUNTY…THELUCKIAMUTE RIVER IN POLK AND BENTON COUNTIES…AND THE SANTIAMRIVER IN LINN AND MARION COUNTIES. THE HEAVY RAIN MAY ALSO CAUSESMALLER CREEKS AND STREAMS TO FLOOD…AS WELL AS CAUSE AREAS OFFLOODING IN OTHER RURAL AND URBAN AREAS.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ONCURRENT FORECASTS.LANDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOWS ARE POSSIBLE DURING THIS FLOOD EVENT.PEOPLE…STRUCTURES AND ROADS LOCATED BELOW STEEP SLOPES…INCANYONS AND NEAR THE MOUTHS OF CANYONS MAY BE AT SERIOUS RISKFROM RAPIDLY MOVING LANDSLIDES.YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLEFLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BEPREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.THE NEXT UPDATE FOR THIS WATCH WILL BE ISSUED BY 3 PM SATURDAY.&&$$FOR ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION…VISIT OUR WEB SITE ATWWW.WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND
New Delhi: Data breaches cost organisations in India about Rs 12.8 crore on average between July 2018 and April 2019, according to a report sponsored by tech giant IBM. The global average total cost of a data breach was USD 3.92 million (about Rs 27.03 crore) with the average size of the breach being 25,575 records. In India, the per capita cost per lost or stolen record was at Rs 5,019, compared USD 150 per record globally. On average, 35,636 records were compromised in a data breach in India – which ranked 15th in terms of total cost of the breach. The findings are part of the 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, and sponsored by IBM Security. Also Read – Mega PSB merger: 10 banks amalgamated into 4-entities Advertise With Us For the report, the Ponemon Institute interviewed over 500 organisations that have experienced a breach between July 2018 and April 2019. The analysis takes into account cost factors from legal regulatory activities to loss of brand equity, customer turnover and the drain on employee productivity. “India is witnessing a significant change in the nature of cybercrimes, it is now extremely organised and collaborative. The cost of data breach continues to grow…,” IBM India/South Asia Security Software Leader Vaidyanathan Iyer said. Also Read – India to look for an alternative sea route for oil from Russia Advertise With Us He added that organisations need to significantly invest in three core areas when it comes to cybersecurity — risk assessment based on business objectives, cognitive threat management and ensuring digital trust. Iyer explained that in the digital era, cognitive security can provide both speed and scale for organisations to go about their digital transformation journey with minimal business disruptions. “Cognitive security is designed to augment human intelligence and aid security professionals. The technology learns with each interaction to proactively detect, analyse and provide actionable insights into threats,” he said. Advertise With Us The report said major causes of data breaches in India comprised malicious or criminal attacks (51 per cent), system glitch (27 per cent) and human error (22 per cent). The mean time to identify the data breach has also increased to 221 days from 188 days, while the meantime to contain such breaches has decreased to 77 days from 78 days. According to the report, data breaches in the US are vastly more expensive – costing USD 8.19 million (about Rs 56.46 crore), or more than double the average for worldwide companies in the study. Costs for data breaches in the US increased by 130 per cent over the past 14 years of the study, up from USD 3.54 million in the 2006 study. Malicious data breaches cost companies in the study USD 4.45 million on average. This is over USD 1 million more than those originating from accidental causes such as system glitch and human error, the report said. Inadvertent breaches from human error and system glitches still accounted for nearly half of the data breaches in the report, costing companies USD 3.5 million and USD 3.24 million, respectively. Also, for the ninth year in a row, healthcare organisations had the highest cost of a breach – nearly USD 6.5 million on average (over 60 per cent more than other industries in the study). The report found that the effects of a data breach are felt for years. While an average of 67 per cent of data breach costs was realised within the first year after a breach, 22 per cent accrued in the second year and another 11 per cent accumulated more than two years after a breach. The longtail costs were higher in the second and third years for organisations in highly-regulated environments, such as healthcare, financial services, energy and pharmaceuticals, it added. Cybercrime represents big money for cybercriminals, and unfortunately that equates to significant losses for businesses, Wendi Whitmore, Global Lead for IBM X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Services, said. “With organisations facing the loss or theft of over 11.7 billion records in the past three years alone, companies need to be aware of the full financial impact that a data breach can have on their bottom line – and focus on how they can reduce these costs,” Whitmore said.
File photo — UNBThe onset of monsoon rains in Bangladesh has brought further misery to Rohingya refugees living in makeshift shelters of bamboo and plastic sheeting across the Cox’s Bazar peninsula, according to MFS.It said on Sunday that the rains, which began in June, are likely to seriously affect their health and wellbeing, this monsoon season and in the future, reports UNB.The monsoon season is expected to continue until September.The next cyclone season will begin shortly afterwards, in October and is likely to bring more heavy rains and further health risks, according to Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders.”I will never forget the shivering shirtless elderly man wearing a sack over his head to shield himself from the torrential rain, who paused work on securing his shelter to tell us of the hardships he was facing after being relocated to a new part of the camp,” said Sam Turner, MSF emergency coordinator.”His family had lost their food supplies during the move and been moved to the top of an exposed plateau, where they had little access to any services. The newly built nearby latrines were already overflowing and subsiding down the slope. His family was huddled inside on a piece of tarpaulin amidst a sea of mud while he laboured outside to prevent the wind from blowing their new home away.”Flooding and landslides have caused significant damage to already dilapidated infrastructure and roads.MSF has treated people for injuries resulting from landslides. Our teams have also seen several drowning cases, after people, particularly children and the elderly, fell into ponds or pits filled with water.Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya remain at risk of disease outbreaks, aid disruptions and complicated access to health care.”So far we’ve seen relatively short but incredibly intense periods of rain, and we’ve seen landslides, flooded homes and homes washed off the hillsides altogether,” said Ryan Bellingham, MSF water and sanitation coordinator.”The sanitation situation has only worsened, with many latrines collapsing, rapidly filling, and some overflowing. Now we see subsidence and latrine structures breaking and also being washed away by the landslides,” said Bellingham.In May, before the onset of the rains, 17,302 latrines were available for a population of 636,000 people in the Kutupalong-Balukhali mega-camp.Partly due to poor quality of construction, more than 2,500 latrines in this camp have already filled up and this number is set to increase with more heavy rains expected.MSF said it continues to monitor the situation. “Our teams have also begun work on constructing a facility to safely process waste from latrines, so that latrines can be emptied and made available for people to use.”MSF said it is ready to respond to emergencies such as disease outbreaks and they have set up diarrhoeal treatment centres at most of our health centres.
June 15, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the June 2014 issue of . Subscribe » The number of public Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide is projected to reach 5.8 million by next year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can find free internet access whenever and wherever you need it.Just ask Martín Varsavsky.”I was in Paris looking for Wi-Fi, and there were so many encrypted signals,” says the Madrid-based entrepreneur. “This was in the afternoon, and I was sure that a lot of people in the neighborhood were not at home. I thought, Why wouldn’t these people want to share their signal with me? They’re not even using it.”That frustration drove Varsavsky–whose résumé includes stints at European telecom firms Viatel, Jazztel and Ya.com–to launch Fon, which crowdsources Wi-Fi to guarantee connectivity to more than 12 million private hotspots around the globe.Fon users simply allocate a slice of their home Wi-Fi in exchange for free access to any other hotspot across the company’s network. Each home signal is separated from the guest signal by a firewall.”This is quid pro quo,” Varsavsky says. “If you share your Wi-Fi at home, you can roam the world for free.”Consumers join Fon through a one-time purchase of its encrypted Fonera router, priced at $49. Some European fixed- and mobile-service providers, including BT Group and KPN, build Fon technology directly into their existing DSL or cable modems, bundling the service free of charge into a subscriber’s monthly plan. (At press time, Fon was exploring similar deals with U.S. operators, but Varsavsky would not disclose which ones.)For those without a Wi-Fi connection at home, Fon sells access passes to hotspots, available across multiple price points and durations ranging from one hour to five days.To drive access to more connections, Fon introduced its WiFi For Your Business router, which not only allows companies to offer secure internet access to all customers but also provides a dashboard that shows anonymous user statistics, giving business owners deeper insight into customer demographics, foot traffic and peak sales periods.”There’s now an expectation for Wi-Fi in public spaces,” says Matthew Brookshire, a manager for The Actors Fund Arts Center, a performance venue and rehearsal space in downtown Brooklyn that rolled out Fon earlier this year. “You expect that you can walk in and access, at minimum, the content of the place you’re in.”Varsavsky declined to divulge information on Fon’s financial growth, but a $14 million financing round led by Qualcomm, which manufactures the chips inside the latest Fon routers, should help the company recruit more hotspots around the world and reach profitability. “I believe real monetization will come,” he says, “when we have at least 100 million hotspots.” 3 min read Register Now »
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