The Leadership Playbook: Macro-Management and Micro-Management

first_img 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 No one wants to be micro-managed. No one wants someone to hover over their shoulder directing their work. Nor do they want their manager nagging them about what they’re doing. Most leaders don’t want to micro-manage their people. Many worry so much about micro-management that they create a culture that lacks accountability.Most of the time, what one person perceives as micro-management is actually macro-management.Macro Activity and Macro OutcomesThe most important outcomes you need as a leader are macro. They’re high value, strategic outcomes that lead to objectives being met. The failure to achieve these outcomes creates problems for the company, for divisions or departments, and for teams. These outcomes should command people’s time and attention because the effort of the organization must be aligned with the outcomes.If what you are doing isn’t producing the necessary outcomes, then your leader is going to ask you to focus your efforts on the activity.If the activity isn’t aligned to big outcomes, a conversation is necessary.Accountability CountsIf an outcome isn’t being achieved, something isn’t right. It could be that someone isn’t doing what they need to do. It could also be that they aren’t effective at the actions they need to take. But as a leader, accountability starts and ends with you. That means you have start by making sure your team knows what is expected of them, understands what needs to be done and why, and has the resources to achieve their goal.As a leader, you are responsible for the outcomes being achieved, and that means you are going to need to inspect the results, ask questions, understand challenges, and remove constraints. Asking questions is not micro-management; it’s macro-management. Requiring more—or different—activities be taken in the pursuit of your goals isn’t micro-management either, especially if not enough action is being taken.Much of the time those who complain about being micro-managed aren’t putting forth the effort to produce results, or they’re doing something they prefer doing instead of what they need to do. Correcting this is macro-management.last_img read more

Kutch sex racket: Congress wants governor to intervene

first_imgAhmedabad: Seeking a judicial probe and court-monitored investigation into the gang rape and sex racket allegedly involving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Kutch, a delegation of Congress leaders submitted a memorandum to the Governor O.P. Kohli, demanding his intervention in the matter. The Opposition party leaders urged the governor to “intervene in the interests of justice to the victim.” The party has alleged that the State government and machinery was trying to shield the “real culprits in the case”. A delegation consisting of State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and Leader of the Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela handed over the memorandum at the Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar. Mr. Solanki told the media after meeting the governor that the Opposition party would raise the issue in the Assembly session starting from February 20. “If our demand for a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge is not granted, we will not allow the Assembly proceedings,” Mr. Solanki said. He added that the Governor must intervene in the matter and direct the State administration to order a judicial probe. Law and order issueMoreover, the Opposition party is set to embark upon a three-day yatra from Naliya in Kutch to Gandhinagar to highlight the deteriorating law and order situation in the State. A 23-year-old woman filed a First Information Report (FIR) with Kutch police, accusing nine persons of gang rape. She also alleged that as many as 35 young women and college-going girls were lured into the flesh trade by a group of businessmen and politicians. Lured by promise of jobAccording to the FIR, in August 2015, the woman came to her mother’s house at the Kothara village in Kutch from Mumbai, where she was staying with her husband. She was looking for a job and her mother sought help from one Bababhai, who owned a mobile shop in Naliya town. He reportedly assured the family that he would help the woman find a job within a couple of days. He also introduced her to a gas agency owner Shantilal Solanki, who offered her a job at ₹5,500 per month. Among those named in the FIR were four local BJP politicians, who have been arrested by the police.last_img read more

Charge sheet filed against 11 persons in land fraud case in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) on Monday filed a charge sheet against 11 persons, including four former revenue officials of Kishtwar district, for preparing fraudulent mutation of State land documents, officials said.The charge sheet was filed in the court of special judge anti-corruption, Doda, against four retired revenue officials and seven persons to whom the land measuring over 7.5 acre was transferred on monetary consideration, a spokesman of the SVO said.He said a complaint was received in 2011 alleging that a large chunk of land in Pouchal area of Kishtwar, which was shown in revenue records in 1971 as government land and not inhabited by anyone, was fraudulently mutated by the revenue authorities.It was alleged that the said land was going to have the alignment of the Kishtwar-Chatroo-Sinthan Road and there would be huge compensation in the offing. The spokesman said the verification confirmed the allegations and revealed that the then revenue officials, including Tehsildar (now expired), Girdwar and two Patwaris (all retired) entered into a criminal conspiracy with seven residents. The spokesman said the officials made fraudulent entries in revenue records exclusively in favour of the seven.This was done by initially changing the status of the land in 2003 and subsequently attested mutations of the said land in favour of the beneficiaries in 2010 by showing their possession over the same since 1971.Dates discrepancyThe possession (land) of the two beneficiaries — Kuljeet Singh and Pardeep Singh — shows since 1971, whereas their dates of birth have been found as February 2, 1977, and April 5, 1964, respectively, the spokesman said.He said the verification also found that the land came under alignment of Kishtwar-Sinthan Road, and the revenue officials in connivance with beneficiaries intended to grab the compensation.Meanwhile, the spokesman said another charge sheet was filed in the same court against the then Kishtwar Tehsildar Irshad Ahmad Bhat, who was caught red-handed demanding and accepting bribe of ₹7,000.last_img read more

Yamaha launches new MT-09 superbike priced at Rs 10.88 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 24 (PTI) India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd today launched a new version of its superbike Yamaha MT-09, priced at Rs 10.88 lakh (ex-showroom in Delhi).The new Yamaha MT-09 is powered by a newly developed 847 cc, 3-Cylinder engine. It is also equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS) technology, the company said in a statement.Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt Ltd Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing Roy Kurian said, “The new MT-09 will reiterate Yamahas commitment to offer in India the very best mix of Yamahas superior expertise coupled with its unique flair for innovation.”The new bike has been constructed with excellent rigidity balance that contributes towards the bikes agile handling performance and power delivery, he added.The company is targeting youngsters who are stepping up from 600 cc sports model or those who are thinking for downsizing from a large-displacement model.This model will be imported as a completely built unit by India Yamaha Motor, the statement said. PTI RKL SBTlast_img read more

World Hoops: Greece Tops Senegal, 87-64

first_imgRanked number five in the world coming in, Greece easily dispatched Senegal, 87-64 in the opening round of the World Cup basketball championships in Spain on Aug. 30.The rout was bigger than the score indicated with 6-8 forward Kostas Kaimakoglou lighting up the nets with 20 points to go along with eight rebounds as Greece easily brushed back an athletic and big Senegal team that hadn’t played in the event in eight years.A rising star, 19-year-old Yiannis Antetonkoumpo, a Nigerian immigrant who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA, was second high-scorer for Greece with 11 points and wowed with his athleticism and moves.Greece now plays a tougher Philippines squad on Aug. 31.In other action, Marcelinho Huertas had 16 points and five assists, and Brazil held on to edge European champion France 65-63. The French were playing without star Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs who didn’t want to participate.His Spurs’ teammate, Boris Diaw, had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists but the Antetonkoumpo’s Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao blocked his 3-point attempt as time expired in the Group A game.Serbia beat Egypt 85-64 in the opening game in Granada, while host Spain played Iran at night.Bojan Bogdanovic of the Brooklyn Nets scored 26 points to help Croatia pull out an 81-78 victory over the Philippines, which got 28 points and 12 rebounds from American Andray Blatche, their naturalized player. Blatche played last season with the Nets but doesn’t have an NBA contract for next season.Also in Group B in Seville, Luis Scola of the Indiana Pacers had 20 points and nine rebounds to power Argentina past Puerto Rico, 98-75. Andres Nocioni added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while New York Knicks guard and fellow longtime Argentine star Pablo Prigioni chipped in nine points and 10 assists.The defending champion U.S. played against Finland in Group C. Earlier at Bilbao, Turkey rallied with a big fourth quarter to beat New Zealand 76-73; and Ukraine got 16 points from Pooh Jeter to beat Dominican Republic 72-62.Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns had 21 points and seven rebounds to lead Slovenia to a 90-80 victory over Australia in Group D. Angola started the action in the Canary Islands by downing South Korea 80-69, while Lithuania and Mexico met in the late game.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Maple Leafs Rout Rangers, 6-3

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers spent the first part of the night celebrating the success of last season, and the rest of it trying to figure out what has gone wrong so far in this one.Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and the Toronto Maple Leafs broke out of their scoring slumber with five goals in the second period against Henrik Lundqvist and wrecked the Rangers’ home opener with a 6-3 victory on Oct. 12.“Obviously, there are things we need to work on,” said Lundqvist, who watched the third period from the bench with a baseball cap on. “They’re a good team … we just made it a little too easy for them to score.”The Rangers were outscored a combined 11-5 in a pair of weekend losses on consecutive days. Their only highlight was the recognition of the banner commemorating New York’s Eastern Conference championship of last season.“We’ve got to look at each other here and look at our team and figure out what we need to do to be successful,” new captain Ryan McDonagh said. “When things aren’t going as well as we want them to, we have to learn to pull back and just simplify instead of trying to force too much.”McDonagh and fellow veteran defenseman Dan Girardi were on the ice for four of Toronto’s goals.“No one in our group wanted to perform the way we did,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. “Every opportunity seemed to find the back of the net. “We don’t have a reason or an explanation right now,” he added.Toronto (1-2) mustered only five goals in its first two games of the season, but busted out, fueled by Kessel and van Riemsdyk, who both notched their first goal and first point of the season. Kessel chipped in two assists, and van Riemsdyk had one.“This was a step in the right direction,” van Riemsdyk said. “We’re a team that needs contributions from all four lines, and we had that.”Defenseman Cody Franson staked the Maple Leafs to a 1-0 lead in the first during a power play, and Kessel, Nazem Kadri, van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson connected in the second — driving Lundqvist from the net after he stopped only 18 of 24 shots.“You need to get that first one, and I was glad to get that first goal,” Franson said. “It was a big boost for us.”Kessel’s goal was also on a power play, and van Riemsdyk stuffed a puck under Lundqvist on a short-handed breakaway. Toronto has scored five power-play goals this season. New York (1-2) didn’t allow any in its first two games and hasn’t scored any, either.Franson and Bozak both had a goal and assist, and Leo Komarov had two assists. James Reimer made 24 saves before being leaving with 13:17 remaining after being struck in the head during a collision with Rangers forward Dominic Moore.New York’s Rick Nash, a question mark to even play due to the impending birth of his first child, tied the game with a first-period goal and then left after the second period. Lee Stempniak brought New York to 4-2 in the second period.Derick Brassard scored with 5:41 left against Toronto backup goalie Jonathan Bernier to close the scoring. Cam Talbot, who took the loss in the Rangers’ 5-2 defeat at Columbus on Oct. 11, mopped up and stopped all 12 shots he faced.The last time the Rangers allowed at least five goals in a period was Feb. 6, 2009, in a 10-2 loss at Dallas that Lundqvist missed because of illness. He hadn’t yielded five in a period since Dec. 16, 2006, at Toronto when he was touched for eight — including five in the first period — of a 9-2 loss.“We had a good night against a goaltender that doesn’t have many bad nights,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said.Toronto opened the scoring on Franson’s power-play goal at 7:45, his first tally of the season. Kessel worked the puck down in the Rangers end to Bozak in the left circle. Bozak then fed Franson in the right circle for a drive that eluded Lundqvist.Nash scored his fourth of the season and extended his streak of netting at least one in each game. He took a quick pass across the zone from Martin St. Louis and deftly deflected the puck underneath the crossbar to tie it 1-all with 2:38 left in the first.Then Toronto took over.The Maple Leafs regained the lead 5:19 into the second on Kessel’s goal and made it 3-1 just 2:31 later when Kadri scored. Van Riemsdyk pushed the advantage to three goals at 9:43 before Stempniak was awarded a goal when video replay confirmed he scored before the net was knocked off its moorings.But 59 seconds later, Bozak killed the Rangers’ momentum with his third of the season. Clarkson ended Lundqvist’s night with his first at 15:13.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kyle Edmund battles to first victory over Novak Djokovic in Madrid Open

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Britain’s Kyle Edmund secured one of the biggest victories of his career by defeating the former world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open.Edmund had never won a set in his previous three matches against Djokovic but deservedly came out on top in a high-quality contest lasting an hour and 42 minutes. Share on Pinterest news Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Tennis Since you’re here… Topics Kyle Edmund … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email The 23-year-old Briton saved three break points in the deciding set to seal a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory and set up a meeting with the eighth seed, David Goffin, in the last 16. Edmund made the ideal start with a break of serve in the opening game and, although Djokovic immediately hit back, Edmund broke twice more to take the first set.Djokovic looked to be getting back to somewhere near his best as he took the second set in style to set up a decider, but Edmund recovered from 0-40 down in the fifth game to remain in front and then claimed the decisive break before serving out for the match.“It was a great experience first of all to beat Novak, I’ve lost to him three times,” Edmund told Sky. “He’s a legend so your first match when you share the court is an experience but now, especially after reaching the semis of the Australian Open, it’s time to try and beat these guys and I was very pleased today how I managed my game, especially in the third set.“After Australia I got a little bit ill and didn’t have a great run of results until I reached my first final [in Morocco] so it’s nice to come out here and beat a top player like Novak. I knew rallying with him and trying to beat him at his own game I wasn’t going to win, so it was important to be expressive.”The win is likely to take Edmund, who has risen to British No 1 during the extended absence of Andy Murray, inside the world’s top 20 for the first time next week. “It was a goal of mine to get inside the top 20, there’s no reason why I couldn’t,” he said. “You have to set targets and I thought that was a very realistic target, so I’m pleased it’s happened. But you know the way the tennis world works, you reach a target but it doesn’t stop and you keep trying to get better.” PA Andy Murray will have to remodel his game again, whenever he returns Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Kevin Mitchell Read more Novak Djokovic Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Healthcare Team Honoured for Work in Pakistan

first_imgPremier John Hamm offered thanks and congratulations on behalf of all Nova Scotians today, Jan. 18, to several health-care professionals for their volunteer relief efforts in Pakistan. A team of two doctors and three nurses from Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, and a translator were honoured at a ceremony at Province House. The team travelled to Pakistan for 10 days in November 2005 to provide medical care to victims of an earthquake. Dr. Syed Haider, an orthopedic surgeon and native of Pakistan, led the team. “The work of this Pictou County team is an example of how the Nova Scotian tradition of helping those in need knows no boundaries,” said Premier Hamm, who presented the team with certificates in recognition of their relief work. “All Nova Scotians can be justifiably proud of Dr. Haider and his team for participating in this vital, humanitarian project.” The team also included: retired family physician Dr. Ed Skinner, operating room nurses Joyce Horne, Susan MacDonald, and Brenda McCarron-White, and team co-ordinator and translator, Perveen Sharif.last_img read more

Premier Appoints Associate Deputy Minister

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter announced today, March 5, the appointment of Lora MacEachern as associate deputy minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Ms. MacEachern brings extensive government and senior leadership experience that will support our goal of a safe, educated and skilled workforce that is ready to capitalize on some of the biggest opportunities we have ever seen,” said Premier Dexter. Ms. MacEachern has spent the past year as senior executive director of the Safety Branch at the department, which includes the Occupational Health and Safety Division and the Office of the Fire Marshal. She has been involved with the continued implementation of recommendations by the auditor general on the Office of the Fire Marshal. She replaces associate deputy minister Jeff Conrad who is seconded to the Atlantic Workforce Partnership. Ms. MacEachern began her public service career in 1997 as a lawyer, serving as legal advisor to several government departments, including the Executive Council Office, and was part of the management team at the Justice department. The appointment is effective immediately.last_img read more

Apple wants people to know how to clean its new credit card

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple believes some of its zealous customers will treasure its new titanium credit card so much that they will spend time polishing its white finish.That’s why Apple has posted instructions on how to clean the card properly and warned that some materials might leave blemishes that are difficult to remove.The list of potential hazards includes leather and denim, prompting some people to conclude Apple’s credit card is so special that it can’t be stored in the wallets and pockets where most other credit cards reside.But the company says it merely wants people to know that the dyes used in some types of leather and denim can leave stains. Those discoloring marks are unlikely in most kinds of wallets and jeans, something Apple alluded to in its post by advising that the card can be kept in a wallet or pocket made of “soft materials.”The reverence Apple seemed to be according its card triggered widespread derision on Twitter and elsewhere on the internet.“Do not look directly at Apple Card,” Alex Stamos, a former top security executive at Yahoo and Facebook, mocked in a tweet late Wednesday . “Do not speak to Apple Card. Do not denigrate Apple Card in Its Holy Presence.”In reality, Apple’s cleaning instructions for the card mirrors the same practice it applies for its iPhone, iPad, Mac computers, ear buds and all other physical products. But while it’s common for people to clean those devices, few consumers spend time sprucing up their credits cards.Apple describes a two-step cleaning process involving microfiber cloths and isopropyl alcohol and includes a list of inappropriate cleaners. The instructions also warn against touching another credit card or “potentially abrasive objects” like coins or keys.The Apple Card, announced in March in partnership with Goldman Sachs, started rolling out in the U.S. this month. Though industry experts say the card’s financial benefits mirror many of those already out there for consumers, Apple is positioning it as a refreshing change from the thousands of other credit cards that have been available for decades.In one of the biggest differences, the card is designed to be primarily used with the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch. But at retail stores, that requires merchants to accept Apple Pay. Apple and Goldman Sachs are giving people the option of a physical card to use when Apple Pay isn’t an option.The card is made of titanium and a sleek white finish to give it added flair and prestige. It’s a strategy that has worked well for other high-end cards made of metallic alloys, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card .As part of its effort to keep its new credit card customers happy, Apple is offering to replace any card that loses its sheen, at no extra charge.___Tali Arbel contributed to this story from New York.Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press read more

Annan proposes new UN mission to guide peace process in Côte dIvoire

Mr. Annan’s proposal that the Security Council consider establishing the UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (MINUCI), as well as other recommendations outlining possible ways the UN can support the Ivoirian peace process, are included in his just-released report on the situation in the strife-torn West African country.The Secretary-General says the proposed mission would be headed by his Special Representative, Albert Tévoedjré, who would also devise, in consultation with humanitarian and development agencies, an appropriate coordinating strategy that will enhance wider UN response to the complicated Ivoirian crises and its consequences.The Secretary-General stresses that the French-brokered Linas-Marcoussis Agreement – which calls upon the government, rebels and political opposition to share power in a transitional government until elections in 2005 – offers the best chance for the Ivoirian people to peacefully resolve the conflict that threatens to plunge their country into a crisis rivalling “those that have devastated neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.”The report notes that regrettably, wrangling over power-sharing arrangements, which ignited massive, and often violent, civil demonstrations in and around Abidjan in early February, had delayed the Agreement’s implementation. Mr. Annan stresses that although the new government of national reconciliation had been subsequently able to hold two meetings, the ministers nominated by the rebel movements have yet to take up their posts.”I urge the parties to overcome their differences, in order to allow the new government to start functioning without further delay and to address the bigger challenge of implementing the work programme set up in the Linas-Marcoussis agreement,” Mr. Annan says, adding that priority must be given to providing security for members of the new government.The Secretary-General also mentions his serious concern about the logistical constraints facing the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) force and urges donor countries to urgently provide the necessary material and financial support. He stresses the critical need to increase funding to allow UN and other agencies to address the “precarious” humanitarian situation in the country, particularly ongoing population displacements, widespread human rights abuses and growing vulnerability of communities because of the deterioration of the country’s social and economic fabric.”It would be unfortunate, if the troop contributors who came forward with offers to provide troops, on the basis of promises made by donor countries, were to find themselves facing the same circumstances that compelled other ECOWAS troops to put an end to their operation in Sierra Leone early in 2000.” read more

Sudan UN appeals for urgent funding to fill huge overall aid shortfall

With Sudan facing mass displacement from strife in its Darfur region, a flood of refugees returning to its war-ravaged south and humanitarian emergencies nationwide, the United Nations today appealed for desperately needed funds to fill a huge shortfall in aid for Africa’s largest country.Declaring that all of these aid operations “remain grossly under-funded,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) pointed out that even as the recent conflict in Darfur dominates the headlines, only about 40 per cent of the requested $722 million has been received, with $434 million still outstanding to meet Sudan’s overall needs till year’s end.”While the number of people in critical need of humanitarian assistance has skyrocketed in Darfur in recent months, I implore the international community to also remember the plight of millions of vulnerable people struggling to survive all over the country,” the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan Manuel Aranda Da Silva said.In the south, where prospects of a peace agreement in the 20-year war between the Government and rebels has sparked the spontaneous return of an estimated 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), a mere $17 million of the $153 million required for the resettlement has so far been received. Just this month, an interagency assessment team confirmed that more than 50 returnees died from starvation.Already strained populations in the south are now forced to share scarce resources with returnees, and aid agencies predict that once the rainy season ends next month tens of thousands more people may return, leading to a potential humanitarian emergency.A further $110 million is still needed to assist more than 3 million people living under extremely fragile conditions in southern, central and eastern regions where poor maize harvests have compounded the situation.In Darfur, a staggering $188 million is still needed to meet the needs of some 1.5 million people who fled their homes after Arab militias launched a scorched-earth campaign of violence and intimidation against a mainly Muslim African civilian population perceived to be rebel sympathizers, according to OCHA. The UN predicts 2 million people could need humanitarian aid by October.”Aid agencies averted an apocalyptic catastrophe by gaining access to hundreds of thousands of people displaced by war over the past couple of months, but the humanitarian crisis is far from over,” Mr. Aranda Da Silva said. “Hundreds of thousands of families displaced by terrorizing militias are completely dependant on relief for survival. Many are still empty-handed and with interagency assessments underway, we could see the amount of people needing help rise exponentially over the next weeks and months.”Overall funds required for the Darfur crisis have been revised upwards to $365 million from $250 million requested in March. The additional $115 million will mainly be used for UN World Food Programme (WFP) air operations to meet the increased demands.Meanwhile, Mr. Aranda da Silva and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk held a press conference in Khartoum on the eve of tomorrow’s mission to Darfur by a verification team charged with observing whether Khartoum is making progress on the commitments it made to restore security and protect civilians from attacks by the militias, known as the Janjaweed.Mr. Pronk said although the Sudanese Government had taken some positive steps, he remained concerned about the safety of the vast population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur.Mr. Pronk also said it was vital that the Sudanese Government and Darfur’s two main rebel groups choose a political solution to their conflict. Officials from Khartoum as well as the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) are meeting at talks in Abuja, Nigeria. read more

Proliferation of illicit small arms leads to culture of violence and impunity

In his opening address to the UN Small Arms Review Conference, which runs from today until 7 July, Mr. Annan said that “significant progress” had been made in dealing with the problem of illegal guns since a Programme of Action was endorsed by all Member States in 2001 – but important challenges remain.“The problem remains grave. In a world awash with small arms, a quarter of the estimated $4 billion annual global gun trade is believed to be illicit. Small arms are easy to buy, easy to use, easy to transport and easy to conceal. Their continued proliferation exacerbates conflict, sparks refugee flows, undermines the rule of law and spawns a culture of violence and impunity,” he said.“The majority of people who die directly from conflicts worldwide – tens of thousands of lives lost each year – and hundreds of daily crime-related deaths can be traced to illicit small arms and light weapons. These weapons may be small, but they cause mass destruction.”Since the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons was adopted five years ago, nearly 140 countries have reported on its implementation, while a third of all States have made efforts to collect weapons from those not legally entitled to hold them, Mr. Annan said. Other progress included increased cooperation among and within regions to stem the flow of illicit weapons across national borders.“Clearly, much has been accomplished, and much is currently being done. Yet important challenges remain,” he said, highlighting in particular the urgent need for Member States to introduce or update legislation meeting the standards outlined in the Programme of Action.“Countries also require better stockpile management and security procedures to reduce weapons pilferage. And we must reach agreement on a realistic and effective approach to end-user certification. Without such certification, any effort to regulate the trade and brokering in small arms and light weapons will be found lacking.”General Assembly President Jan Eliasson, who also spoke at the opening of the Conference, echoed the Secretary-General’s remarks, calling for “much more” to be done to curb the illicit trade that also “hinders efforts to promote reconciliation in post-conflict areas.”“The importance of this Review Conference cannot be overstated. We must maintain the momentum generated by the 2001 Conference. We must ensure that the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons remains high on the agenda of the United Nations.”He voiced hope that participants would agree on measures to strengthen the implementation of the Programme of Action. “It is only through our joint, tangible and effective efforts on the ground, that we will be able to combat the scourge of illicit trafficking of small arms,” he said.The Conference opened with the election of its President, Sri Lankan Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam. This was followed by several addresses at the ministerial level, including by Austria on behalf of the European Union, Iran, Mozambique and several other countries. More than 2,000 representatives from governments, international and regional organizations and civil society will take part in the two-week event. read more

Claims against Ohio State dropped in former diving club coach sexual abuse

Claims against the Ohio State Diving Club alleging the university did not take significant action to stop a former coach from sexually abusing a former athlete were dropped Wednesday, according to a report by the Associated Press.Former assistant diving coach William Bohonyi was accused of coercing a 16-year-old female athlete to engage in sex acts in July 2014, both on campus and during a competition in Maryland, in a lawsuit filed July 11 in Indianapolis federal district court. Bohonyi, the university’s diving club and USA Diving were named as defendants.Robert Allard, the attorney for one of the divers, said the dismissal “was based purely on procedural grounds” because the lawsuit was filed in Indiana. He said Ohio State said Indiana did not have proper jurisdiction over the university, and that he intends to file a new lawsuit in Ohio against Ohio State.As of Friday, no lawsuit has been filed against Ohio State in Ohio.“We continue to believe more than ever that there was a cover up of massive proportions and we intend to hold OSU fully accountable for its unconscionable conduct in failing to arrest and allowing a known predator to continue to molest children including our client,” Allard told The Lantern.Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson had previously said the university immediately notified Franklin County Children’s Services, the Ohio State University Police Division, Maryland law enforcement and USA Diving about the abuse by Bohonyi when it first learned of the allegations in 2014.Johnson said on Friday that the university is pleased to be dismissed from the lawsuit.“We have always maintained that — fully consistent with our core value of protecting the safety and well-being of those we serve in our community — the university handled this matter appropriately,” Johnson said.The Lantern obtained records of Ohio State’s internal investigation and found conflicting accounts of the relationship between the club member and Bohonyi. Though investigators were not able to conclude, at the time, if sexual harassment claims were valid, the university found evidence to support a consensual romantic relationship between the two. Ohio State fired Bohonyi on Aug. 29, 2014 because the relationship violated university policy.The investigation conducted by Ohio State found the university first learned of the relationship on Aug. 10, 2014.According to the AP report, Bohonyi and USA Diving remain defendants in the lawsuit.The Lantern reached out for comment from Ohio State and Bohonyi, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.Updated at 11:16 p.m. on Friday to include the information from Robert Allard.Updated at 1:02 p.m. on Friday to include the statement from Ben Johnson. read more

Social workers criticised for using psychobabble to justify taking girl 4 into

first_imgSocial workers’ ‘Psycho-babble’From witness statement made by Brighton and Hove Council social workers, in March 2015: A four year old has been removed from her “loving” father for life despite a judge criticising social workers for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking her into care.Social workers at Brighton and Hove Council were subjected to damning criticism for their actions, after the girl was removed from her father and placed with adoptive parents,.At one stage a High Court judge accused the social workers of displaying “unprofessional” and “reprehensible” behaviour and taking action which wrongly resulted in the man losing his job.Ms Justice Russell said their arguments for refusing to return the child to her father and her three brothers and sisters – on the grounds that he had been so damaged by his own childhood experiences – could “only be described as psycho-babble”.But the country’s most senior family court judge has now ruled that because of the amount of time taken to bring the case through the courts it was too late to return the girl to her natural family.Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, said he had no choice but rule she should stay with her adoptive family because she now sees them as her mother and father. “[The father] is unable to have a dialogue with the children about [W] as it is too painful to him. It is my opinion that due to [the father]’s own experience, this has had an impact on his emotional intelligence and that is so poor that he may not be able to put himself in his children’s position and think from their perspective. His own adverse childhood experiences may have led him to develop maladaptive strategies in order to protect himself from his own experiences and his therefore not able to acknowledge the difficult experiences of his children and the difficult experiences they have suffered.””I am aware that the father has undergone counselling at the R clinic but it is my opinion that the trauma C has suffered in his own childhood is still unresolved and this is impacting on his ability to offer attuned parenting to the children. I would question whether the father uses disassociation as a defence against the trauma he has suffered, as a coping strategy to stop thoughts and memories causing anxiety.” Rejecting their evidence Ms Justice Russell stated: “To describe the social workers’ written and oral evidence as merely grudging when it comes to the care and security the father has given his children is too generous. Their unprofessional attempts at case building are reprehensible.”She also blamed the social workers for W’s father losing his job as a teaching assistant at a local school, after they passed on “misleading, damaging and inaccurate” information to his employer.Ms Justice Russell said that although W would experience some upheaval if she was returned to her natural family, this better than the trauma she might experience in later years on discovering her siblings had been brought up by the father she had been taken away from.She added that the evidence showed W’s father was a loving parent under whose care her brothers and sisters had thrived.However, when the couple who wanted to adopt W appealed against the decision to return her to her father Sir James Munby found in their favour.In his ruling Sir James said the “sad reality” was that the little girl had no “meaningful relationship” with her birth family and that she saw the couple she lived with as “daddy and mummy”. He concluded that moving her back to her father would probably cause her distress and trauma.”This is a very complex and worrying case,” said Sir James. “It is, I think, by some margin the most difficult and concerning case of its type I have ever been involved in.”He added: “I am, at the end of the day, driven to the conclusion, which in the event I arrive at unhesitatingly, that (she) must for her own good and her own happiness… remain with what for her is her family.”Pinaki Ghoshal, Brighton Hove City Council’s executive director of families – who was in charge during much of the period covered by the case – last night apologised for the department’s mistakes and said it had since made “significant” changes to its practices.He added: “We agree with the judgment regarding the unusually long time this litigation has taken, and that this has been deplorable for the child and families concerned. However, the timescales of the legal process are not something over which we have had control.”Throughout this very complex case we have always tried to work in the best interests of the child.” The case was described as “tragic” by one child welfare expert who gave evidence and has led to the head of Brighton’s social services department apologising for the actions of his staff.The little girl’s siblings, now aged 13, 10 and eight, went to live with their father in 2013 after their mother suffered severe mental health problems and was no longer able to care for them.But when the mother gave birth to a baby girl in November 2012, following a renewed liaison with her estranged partner, social workers argued that the father would not be able to cope with caring for a fourth child and that her presence would severely disrupt the lives of her brothers and sisters.As a result a local family court ruled the following month that the little girl, known only as W, should be placed with a couple who wanted to adopt her.The father appealed against that decision and in July 2015 Ms Justice Russell ruled she should return home.During a five day hearing the judge heard from social workers who argued that W’s father’s lack of emotional intelligence left him unable to cope with raising her.They stated: “His own adverse childhood experiences may have led him to develop maladaptive strategies in order to protect himself from his own experience” and “this is impacting on his ability to offer attuned parentage to the children”. 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Downer EDI to maintain BHPs Port Hedland iron ore export facilities

first_imgDowner EDI has been granted a three-year maintenance contract by BHP’s iron ore division as the world’s biggest miner by market capitalisation looks to shore up its export facilities in Port Hedland, Western Australia.Downer’s scope of works spans the maintenance of the Port Hedland export operations across the Finucane Island and Nelson Point facilities. This will include the provision of mechanical, electrical, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, minor civils, rope access services and integration with the BHP maintenance team in planning and executing the services, Downer said.This is the second such maintenance contract BHP’s iron ore divison has awarded in recent days.  The company, this week, signed a similar agreement with Monadelphous that covered five of its iron ore mines.Grant Fenn, Chief Executive Officer of Downer, said the contract win demonstrated Downer’s leading position in the delivery of major maintenance and industrial services to customers in the resources and energy sectors.last_img read more

Barcelona conquers Europe Barca 2724 Ciudad Real

← Previous Story Tonight 18:00 F4 Final: Ciudad Real – Barcelona! Next Story → Spanish domination of Europe! Barcelona is the new Champion of Europe. They have beat Ciudad Real in the final with 27-24, as Danijel Saric played a brilliant match and was deservedly the man of the match. This will be their 8th title, and now they seem pretty unreachable in near future for anyone else.The Catalans went strong into the first half and took an early lead 2-0, but that was just a motivation more for Ciudad Real to fight back, and in the 6th minute the turned the score round, taking a 3-2 lead. In the 11th minute another score change, as Barcelona scores through Garcia, for 5-4. A goal-for-goal is played, and Barcelona still has a 1 goal lead at the 20th minute, 10-9. Barcelona re-takes a 2 goal lead, as Danijel Saric scores an amazing goal from his own goal line, surprising Hombrados who was a bit out of his box, and the score at the 25th minute is 12-10 for the Catalans. Danijel Saric continues to make miracles on the goal, and 30 seconds before the end Barcelona calls for a timeout, as the “Kings” are losing 14-10, and that is the result at the halftime break.Barcelona started the second half perfectly, playing at their best, stopping Ciudad’s attacks, and scoring from their opportunities, and this gave them a huge 6 goals lead at the 40th minute, 19-13. In the 43rd minute Albert Rocas scores a penalty, and Barcelona takes their biggest lead ever in this game, 21-14. After being kept at the bench the first 14 mins, Lazarov enters and immediately makes the result closer, 22-18 in the 49th minute. Garcia scores what seems the match decisive goal in the 53rd minute, Barcelona taking a huge 26-19 lead, a 7 goals lead with 7 minutes until the end seemed impossible feat for Ciudad Real. Barcelona didn’t allow any surprise until the end, and routinely won their record 8th Champions League title, finishing the match with 27-24. read more

Mens EHF EURO 2014 Half of the tickets already sold

← Previous Story Christian Dissinger in talks with RK Vardar Skopje Next Story → list of TOP 25 transfers for season 2013/2014 DenmarkEHF EURO 2014handballMen’s EHF EURO 2014 The handball fever has hit Denmark even months before it is time to sweat it out.With more than 140 days to go until the final tournament throws off on 12 January, 84,000 tickets have already been sold.With 170,000 tickets overall available, it means that the 50 per cent-mark has already been reached, the Danish Handball Federation stated in a press release.A large majority of tickets has been sold for the matches at the 14,000-capacity Jyske Bank Boxen which will host the Group A matches including hosts and EHF EURO 2012 champions Denmark as well as one of the two main round groups and the final weekend.However, even for Jyske Bank Boxen tickets are available on four out of eight match days.And there are many more exciting matches happening across Denmark, when – for example – the powerful nations of Russia, France, Serbia and Poland face off in Group C which is played in Aarhus.The Brøndbyhallen near Copenhagen look forward to welcoming scores of Swedish fans when their team clashes with Croatia, Belarus and Montenegro in Group D.And Norway hopes for strong support when they open the final tournament againt Iceland on 12 January before taking on world champions, Spain, and Hungary.Tickets as well as hotel packages can purchased via, the event’s official website.TEXT: EHF / ts read more

Colombie les pluies diluviennes tuent 108 personnes

first_imgColombie : les pluies diluviennes tuent 108 personnesLes pluies torrentielles qui continuent de s’abattre sur la Colombie se montrent extrêmement meurtrières. Depuis le début de l’année, 108 personnes ont été tuées, tandis que des milliers d’autres sont sinistrées.Les autorités colombiennes ont fait part dimanche de ce bilan provisoire, qui fait état de 108 morts et de plus d’un million de sinistrés. “Jusqu’à présent 108 personnes ont été tuées, 27 sont portées disparues et 1.119.000 sont sans-abris tandis que 28 départements et 515 municipalités ont été affectées”, a précisé lors d’un point presse Carlos Ivan Marquez, directeur des services de secours de la Croix Rouge colombienne.Ce sont les régions de la côte caraïbe et du centre du pays qui sont les plus touchées, plusieurs localités ayant décrété l’état d’urgence face à d’importantes et dévastatrices inondations. Une situation qui ne devrait malheureusement pas s’améliorer dans les semaines à venir. D’après le directeur de l’Institut météorologique colombien, Ricardo Lozano, les pluies continueront probablement à s’abattre sur la région à cause du phénomène climatique la Niña.Le 9 novembre 2010 à 16:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Anticiper les canicules bientôt une réalité

first_imgAnticiper les canicules bientôt une réalité ?Une étude franco-suisse propose des premières pistes pour parvenir à anticiper les importantes vagues de chaleur estivales que les météorologues ont encore bien du mal à prévoir.Les météorologues éprouvent de grandes difficultés à anticiper les vagues de chaleurs caniculaires semblables à celles qui ont frappé l’Europe au cours des étés de 2003 et de 2010. Toutefois, grâce à une étude réalisée par des chercheurs du LSCE (Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement) et de l’École polytechnique fédérale de Zürich (ETH Zürich) en partenariat avec la société ARIA Technologies, les choses pourraient évoluer.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?En effet, ces scientifiques ont montré que ces fortes chaleurs ne se développent que très rarement après des mois pluvieux, de janvier à mai. A contrario, un hiver et un printemps secs favorisent l’apparition de fortes chaleurs l’été suivant. Avec le réchauffement climatique, les précipitations devraient diminuer, ce qui devrait aboutir à l’apparition de vagues de chaleur intenses. C’est ce qu’expliquent les résultats qui viennent d’être publiés en ligne par la revue Nature Climate Change.Selon l’étude, la mesure des précipitations durant le printemps et l’hiver permettraient de prévoir la fréquence de jours très chauds durant l’été suivant, et les raisons physiques qui sont à l’origine d’une telle prévisibilité. Les chercheurs montrent que la prévisibilité des fortes chaleurs dépend de la circulation atmosphérique (cyclonique et anticyclonique). En effet, l’association entre un anticyclone et une importante sécheresse entraîne une sécheresse plus grande encore sous l’action de l’énergie solaire.Inversement, après un ou plusieurs mois pluvieux, une part importante de cette énergie participe à l’évaporation de l’humidité des sols et la transpiration des plantes, ce qui limite fortement l’augmentation des températures. Ainsi, même après un printemps très sec, de fortes précipitations en début d’été peuvent rapidement empêcher l’apparition de températures élevées (et donc d’épisodes de chaleurs intenses).Le 4 juin 2012 à 20:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more