How to Become a Professional

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The professional doesn’t believe that the time they spend in their chosen endeavor isn’t what makes them a professional. They know that there are others who have worked in their field for years—or decades—who are still not professionals. K. Anders Ericsson’s research on expertise doesn’t suggest that you become an expert in 10,000 hours. It states that you need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, something very different from going through the motions without the intention of improving.Start with the intention to improve what you do, no matter how well you presently do things, and no matter how successful you are now.The professional continues to learn, to make new distinctions, to uncover new ideas and subtleties. The read books and articles from their field, or they listen to them on audio. They take courses and continue their education, working to discover new ideas, new choices, and new ways to do things. The professional believes there is more knowledge to uncover.Develop a personal and professional development plan that provides you with continuous education and continual growth.One of the defining characteristic of the professional is their preparation, their routines. They follow a pattern, or a system, or a process in preparing for what they do as a way to ensure successful outcomes. The professional doesn’t “wing it” or “fly by the seat of their pants.” The reason they are able to effectively improvise when necessary is because they have done the work to prepare, including knowing their outcome.Prepare and plan the work you do to ensure the outcomes are the best you are capable of producing and that allow you to adjust and improvise.There is value in reviewing your own performance, assessing what is working, what isn’t working, and what might need to change to produce better results. The professional recognizes when something isn’t working or when an approach has lost its effectiveness. They are critical of their own work and methods, which is what allows them to seek new ideas, new answers, and new approaches. The willingness to let go of what they believe and adopt new ones is how the professional gets better.Assess yourself, your beliefs, your approach, and your methods, taking in new beliefs, trying new strategies, and shoring up any deficiencies in your approach.A true professional holds themselves accountable for producing the highest quality outcomes. They raise the bar because they believe they are capable of improving their work and the outcomes they produce. The standard they hold isn’t an external standard or the industry standard. They don’t hold themselves to what another entity requires or “best practices.” The standard they set for themselves is internal, exceeding any external expectation.Raise your own personal standard for the work you do and the outcomes you produce.last_img read more

Man booked for giving triple talaq to wife over phone

first_imgPolice have registered a case in Bahraich against a man for allegedly giving triple talaq to his wife over phone over the dowry issue. The man currently lives in Saudi Arabia, police said on Thursday.“Chandbabu pronounced triple talaq (divorce) thrice to his wife Noori, 20, over phone on September 10 when her family members did not fulfill his dowry demand,” Superintendent of Police Sabharaj said. An FIR in this connection was registered against Chandbabu, his mother and sister on the complaint of the victim’s family at Ruphaideeha police station on Wednesday, he said. Noori’s family alleged that after the talaq, her mother-in-law and sister-in-law forced her to leave the house and also threatened her, he said. They alleged that the accused was demanding Rs 50,000 and a motorcycle as dowry, the SP said. Police said they were probing the matter. The government had recently passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018, which makes triple talaq an offence and can invite a jail term of three years. The Supreme Court had on August 22 last year struck down triple talaq, calling the practice unconstitutional and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution, which provides for equality before the law.last_img read more

Fatal Phirangi Attraction

first_imgBollywood is the ultimate wet dream for its zillion fans — no question about it. The scale and depth of its impact on its devotees across the globe has, in recent times, forced even Hollywood to pause, take notice and make the right (politically correct) sounds. In fact the west’s serious engagement with the B-town product — hi-decibel emotions, color-drenched song-dance freakouts, operatic-in-feel-n’-grandeur — took off in 2004 when gorgeous British brunette Sophie Dahl did her slinky number in a film entitled King of Bollywood. The film bombed, big time and Dahl’s desire to become the dahl-ing of the masses suffered a deadly blow.  Barbara Mori and Hritik Roshan Over time, post the Dahl-calamity, tons of phirang hotties have continued to grace the Bollywood screen, with spectacular and unbelievably diminishing returns. From Antonio Bernath (Kisna) Annabelle Wallace (Dil Jo Bhi Kahey) and Jelena Jakovljevic (Popcorn Khao, Mast Ho Jao) to Denise Richards (Kambakkht Ishq) to Naomi Campbell (Karma Confessions & Holi) and Barbara Mori (Kites), it’s been a long and tragic tale of Operation Bomb!However, this has not discouraged our B-town guys to lay off. No once bitten, twice shy stuff for them. Super-stud Salman Khan, riding high on his Dabangg success, is reportedly busy green-lighting 24-year old Hazel Keech. Born to Indian British parents and based in London, the young dazzler, took inspiration from her Indian mom’s roots and enrolled in a Bollywood dance academy. An extra on Harry Potter’s second, third and fourth series of films, Rose Dawn (her real name) appeared very serious and determined to get into movies somehow. On a vacation in Mumbai six years ago, she was blown away by the opportunities available to pursue her dream and quickly grabbed invitations to do a slew of TV commercials and a role in a Tamil film entitled Billa. Trained in Bharat Natyam, Kathak, Jazz, tap-dance, ballet, hip-hop and a bit of belly-dancing, she earned quite a name at age 19 for allegedly rocking to the famous, evergreen number Kahin Pe Nigahen. The London-based babe is also taking Hindi diction classes from Vidur Chaturvedi for Khan’s brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri’s re-make of the Malayalam super-smash Bodyguard. With Salman Khan as your mentor, half the battle is won, right?Hazel is only the first of the recent fresh crop of imported dazzlers to hit B-town 2011. Miss Teen World 2009 Amy Jackson — another UK import — is all set to make her masala-movie debut opposite the sexiest dhobi in town, Prateek Babbar. Signed to play female lead by director Gautham Menon for a Hindi remake of his 2010 Tamil mega successful Vinnai Jhaandi Varuvaaya (Will you cross the skies and come for me), her voice however will be dubbed. A romantic, mushy, moony tale involving a Hindi Tamil boy and Syrian Christian Malayali girl, how the UK sizzler will be an “appropriate fit” remains a closely guarded secret!  Naomi Campbell (right) in Karma Confessions & Holi With Amy coming into his screen life, young Prateek has earned himself the enviable reputation of being the first Indian actor to romance two foreign beauties. In Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maro Dum, Smita Patil’s son does his number with Brazilian bombshell Mariah Gomes (best remembered for her sizzling Neeyat gyrations in the forgettable Teen Patti). Next up is Nargis Fakhri, the gorgeous Czech-Pakistani model making her debut in Imtiaz Ali’s much-touted Rockstar opposite dreamboy Ranbir Kapoor. She is followed by Ariadna Cabrol, a Spanish phataka expected to thrill and surprise, in equal measure, in Zoya Akhtar’s, Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara. She shares screen space with Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechln. Not bad, huh? Last, but not the least, Ximena Rosette. A mind-blowing show-stopper, the current Miss Universe is a hugely popular Mexican model, hotly tipped to play heroine opposite Salman Khan in Partner-2, whenever it kicks off.Point is: why does this look-west craze (despite its scary history) continue for our film-makers — and look-east obsession, grab the phirang hotties? Film Critic Partha Chatterjee offers an interesting insight: “Contrary to popular belief, it has little to do with the poor track record indicated. If they haven’t impacted the film or audience, the fault lies squarely on the filmmaker and his intent in using this creature effectively. More often than not, the very intent is suspect, because it is consciously to add spice and present these hotties in a voyeuristic way. That clearly has not worked, at all. Unless these women are weaved into the fabric of the storyline in a convincing way, they will continue to be ignored. The moment that is done (remember Giselle Monterio in Love Aaj Kal?) it is going to succeed.”   Chatterjee could well be right. With the communication explosion, white flesh is no longer a big deal for 2011 Indian movie-watchers. To meaningfully fashion these imports so that they add value to the cinematic narrative, is both the critical issue and the challenge facing B-town. Until that happens, this cavalier and flamboyant recruitment of phirang hotties to heat up the desi temperature will remain where it belongs — the deep freeze!  Related Itemslast_img read more

Long Playing Tragedy

first_imgHistory is cruel to those who lack the abilities to learn from its lessons.Despite the worst nightmare scenarios predicted, despite the earlier ghastly attempts on her life, despite the deceptions, the back-room dealings and the public pretensions, Benazir Bhutto has met a tragic end. The first woman leader of the Muslim world, and the second top-ranked woman leader in a South Asian country, has been tragically assassinated.This event either extends the tragedies of the Indian subcontinent, or it opens up a new, brutal era where it does not matter if you are a woman or a man, optimistic or autocratic, a proven deceiver or a charismatic leader – your end could be marked by the age of terror, revenge and instability. Benazir Bhutto at her last public appearance in Rawalpindi, minutes before her assassination.The early reports don’t quite tell us who was behind her assassination, but it has all the marks of a calculated assault, reminiscent of similar targeted violence against Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi in India. Then there are several of these violent events in Pakistan: the air crash of Zia ul Haq toward the end of the war in Soviet-Afghanistan, the execution of Benazir’s father, the colorful and bombastic Zulfikar Ali Bhutto years earlier. Bhutto’s other family members suffered violent ends: the murders of her two brothers – Murtazza’s at the hands of suspected rivals and Shahnawaz’s apparent non-political killing in his apartment in Paris.The recent return of Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan was tainted with suspicion and hope. Already steeped in corruption (along with her husband), she was somehow a cut above the infamy that accompanied another returnee to Pakistan’s elections in January, the former Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff. With her Western (especially Oxford) pedigree, she was said to have managed her return with the tacit approval of the U. S. State Department.Indeed, if some of the speculations and gossip in the U.S. are to be believed, nothing could happen in Pakistan without the explicit consent of the powers that be in Washington, D.C. She wrote editorials in U.S. newspapers explaining why she was returning, made herself available to the American media before and after her return and there was constant chatter of back-door dealings with Musharraff.Yet, there was some hope in all of this.Some believed that she could at least restore some stability in the public sphere while the army took care of its real business. Improbable, but there was hope. With her face on something called “democracy” in Pakistan, it was likely that she would make things “normal” in a place that seems to bear all signs of chaos and disorder.All that is gone with what seems like a targeted assassination by a suicide bomber. If you hear the presidential hopefuls and the talking heads in this country, there is the usual chatter and scri pted pronouncements about the strategic importance of Pakistan to the United States, worries about the security of nuclear weapons and lip service to how things could be straightened out.In South Asia, the same story has gripped the sub-continent for some time: extreme actions beget extreme reactions, out of the ordinary emerges the extraordinary and political assassinations follow rampant mob violence and wounds that never heal.For India, the question of stability across the border is even more crucial. Disorder in Pakistan could make porous borders even more active. Trainees could move around in India to test their skills in terror before moving to the theater of declared enemies. Distraught supporter at the spot where Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.Not everything is a cricket match. People’s lives in the two countries are mediated by powerful interests, even though their cultures and histories are shared. The deep enmities and suspicions could well trigger something worse or at the least impose a heavy demand on resources in India. And with truly active global strategic interests, there is China, a major player in that area.None of this figures in political analysis in the U.S. There is just a generic war on terror and some dictators are our own bastards, who we need to protect, and some are not, so we hang them. Everyone else who has nuclear power is immature and unreliable while ours is fortified and positioned against “evil.”Simplicity marches on as political policy while the world grows complex and dangerous.Bhutto’s death may precipitate crises on several fronts. She was a charismatic woman leader in South Asia, which has had its share of elected women leaders. She dared to put herself in the front of crises, much the same way that Indira Gandhi bedeviled her demons. She was oddly bold and at the center in an otherwise dogmatic and sexist region.And yet, there is a lot to learn from women leaders like her: for men who suspect women’s leadership and for women who cannot extend their faith in their own abilities. She was a clumsy and shy, but pampered girl, going to Oxford and attempting to live through her celebrity life. Power made her grow up, just as it did Indira Gandhi and Hillary Clinton. There were times she appeared completely Westernized, entirely unfit to be the leader in a Muslim country. She never even mastered Urdu, something her countrymen pointed out and poked fun at until recently. But she knew how to steer and use charm and skills with the masses. Her political bent was never clear, but she appeared to be skillful in playing the part. She had talent of her own kind, no matter what her political shortcomings.Her death, under these circumstances, marks another sad and volatile chapter in South Asia that is likely to be misunderstood here and elsewhere. If we think of justice, it would be appropriate to remember where she came from and what her promise was. And for a moment, let us express lament about this world and subcontinent that is so violent toward its women leaders.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Umesh Yadav says he is Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s fan

first_imgFast bowler Umesh Yadav doesn’t just share the first letter of his name with multiple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt; he is an ardent fan of the world record-holder Jamaican sprinter . But he shares something more with the 100m and 200m world record holder -the love for sprinting.Umesh disclosed that he so closely follows Bolt that he had set the alarm clock to wake up at 2.30 am to watch his hero run the Olympic final in London recently. It was worth waking up in the middle of the night as the gangling sprinter made history by becoming the first man to retain the 100m and 200m titles at the consecutive Olympics.India’s best fast bowling hope from Nagpur said that when he was in school and college he used to compete in the two short sprints as well as 400m races.”I like watching Bolt run the sprints. To watch the Olympic sprint final, I set the alarm clock so that I could wake up at 2 am and watch him run. I watched the entire Olympic Games,” Umesh, who was part of the team that whitewashed New Zealand in the Test series on Monday, told Mail Today.Umesh, 24, said he represented his Walni High School as well as Arts, Commerce & Science College (ACSC) in Koradi, Nagpur, in the short-distance races.”I was basically a sprinter and used to run 100m, 200m and 400m races. I represented my college in these events,” he said, after a practice session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.”I don’t remember my timings exactly, but those were between 10 and 11 seconds. I also follow football.”Sunil Bhotmange, physical director at the ACSC, said that besides the sprints Umesh used to do the long jump. “He was an athlete but also used to play football. He had a perfect body for an athlete,” Bhotmange told Mail Today on Wednesday. “Also, every year he visits college on the Teachers’ Day. But today we missed him; we know he is busy with the Indian team.”Umesh Yadav may play in the Irani Trophy match on September 21, between Ranji Trophy winners Rajasthan and the Rest of India XI.advertisementUmesh has stayed back in Bangalore as he has been asked to travel with the Indian T20 squad that will play two Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand, starting on Saturday at the Indira Priyadarshini Stadium in Viskhapatnam. He said that he would be practising and training with the Indian team in Visakhapatnam and Chennai, from where the team will leave for Sri Lanka for the T20 World Cup, beginning on September 18.Being with the team would give Umesh an opportunity to remain in touch with the support staff too, even as he will be bowling regularly to his teammates as part of early preparation for the series against England, beginning in November.The hard-working Umesh may not have taken a lot of wickets on spinner-friendly pitches against New Zealand; he bowled well but bagged only five in two Tests. Umesh, however, didn’t sound disheartened.”The pitches were not so conducive to pacers during the series but you expect them to be that way, so that’s okay,” he averred, saying that the pacers would have to work their strategy around such pitches by innovating.”You know what you would get while playing matches in India. So, I am ready to bowl on any surface. That is not a problem for me. Pacers will have to rely more on skill and movement than the sheer speed on Indian pitches,” he reasoned. “So, with that in mind I am preparing for the Test series against England.”Umesh said that he never sets ambitious targets that may be unrealistic.”I do set goals but they are small, small ones. Essentially, I always take it match by match,” he said.Before the four-Test series against England, India will compete in the Twenty20 World Cup and Champions League T20, in which Umesh would represent Delhi Daredevils.Before that Umesh may get an opportunity to play in domestic season beginning with the Irani Trophy match on September 21, between Ranji Trophy winners Rajasthan and the Rest of India XI. Umesh could get to be picked Rest of India, ahead of a packed home season that includes Test series against England and Australia.last_img read more

Mashrafe Mortaza stars as Bangladesh humble England to level ODI series

first_imgBangladesh thumped England in a bowler-dominated contest after home skipper Mashrafe Mortaza’s all-round brilliance secured their series-levelling 34-run victory in the second one-day international on Sunday. (Scorecard)Mortaza blasted 44 runs off 29 balls and then returned to marshal his bowlers intelligently while claiming 4/29 himself as England collapsed for 204 in 44.4 overs.Jos Buttler (57) and Jonny Bairstow (35) provided the only resistance in an otherwise spectacular England batting collapse chasing a modest 239-run victory target.Put in to bat, Bangladesh had slumped to 39-3 in the 14th over but Mahmudullah’s 75 and Mortaza’s breezy knock helped the hosts recover and put on a competitive 238 for eight at Mirpur’s Shere Bangla National Stadium.Chris Woakes came up with a double strike to vindicate Buttler’s decision to field at the venue of their 21-run victory in Friday’s series opener.Woakes dismissed Imrul Kayes (11), who struck a blistering century in the previous match, and Tamim Iqbal (14) as Bangladesh suffered a top order collapse.MAHMUDULLAH SLAMS FIFTYMahmudullah added 50 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim (21) and raised 48 with Mosaddek Hossain (29) but wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals.Mortaza hit three sixes in his brisk knock before running himself out in the final over of the innings.The paceman then returned to lead by example.Mortaza dismissed James Vince, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes, while left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan sent back Ben Duckett to reduce England to 26-4 inside 10 overs.IMPRESSIVE TASKINButtler and Bairstow added 79 runs to try and put the chase back on track when Taskin Ahmed (3/47) ripped the heart out of the England lineup with some impressive fast bowling.advertisementThe lanky paceman dismissed Bairstow and then virtually killed off the contest when he ended Buttler’s run-a-ball-knock before sending back Woakes in his fiery spell.Adil Rashid (33 not out) and Jake Ball (28) offered some late resistance but it was not enough in the end.The teams move to Chittagong for the third and final one-dayer on Wednesday.last_img read more

Sushil Kumar and Praveen Rana supporters involved in fist fight

first_imgThere was intense altercation at the trials conducted for selection of India’s wrestling representatives for 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday.The supporters of Sushil Kumar and his bitter rival Parveen Rana were involved in a fist fight with each other at the KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi.Sushil won all his bouts on Friday and qualified for the Games next year. But things took an ugly turn when Rana, after losing to the former in the semi-final clash, claimed that the decorated wrestler’s supporters beat him and his elder brother “for daring to take the ring” against him.On the other hand, Sushil alleged that the supporters of Rana threatened his life.Reacting to the fist fight, Sushil said that he condemns such behavior: “It is very unfortunate and I condemn it. It is wrong, there is no space for such things in sports.”ALSO WATCHThe wrestler also tweeted out his reaction later and said that he doesn’t support this and his only aim is to win for the nation and not get anything individually.”It’s very unfortunate and highly condemnable what has happened today at the stadium. I do not support anyone who gets violent in between sportsmanship. My aim is to fight and win for my Nation like a true sportsman and not to win against any group or individual #JaiHind,” Sushil tweeted.It�??s very unfortunate and highly condemnable what has happened today at the stadium. I do not support anyone who gets violence in between sportsmanship. My aim is to fight & win for my Nation like a true sportsman & not to win against any group or individual #JaiHind �??��??�advertisement- Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) December 29, 2017Earlier, Sushil defeated Jitender Kumar 4-3 in the final qualification round for 74kg category at the KD Jadhav Stadium to represent India at Gold Coast, Australia, in April.He has previously won two gold medals for India in the Commonwealth Games — in 2010 in New Delhi and 2014 in Glasgow.After the Glasgow Games, Sushil suffered injuries and even missed the 2016 Rio Olympics.In a controversial battle with Narsingh Yadav, Sushil Kumar fought hard, both through legal ways and otheriwse, asking for trails to be conducted.Sushil eventually failed to win the battle against Narsingh but the latter was caught in a doping controversy ahead of Rio Games, which spoilt his chances in the mega event.He returned to action at the National championships last month, and had recently won gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg.Apart from Sushil (74kg), other freestyle grapplers who have booked their places in the Commonwealth Games are Rahul Aware (57kg), Bajrang (65kg), Somveer (86kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit (125kg). The six freestyle wrestlers also qualified for next year’s Senior Asian Wrestling Championship to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Mouser expands headquarters, global presence, and product selection

first_imgMouser Electronics is expanding its large global headquarters and distribution center to meet the needs of its flourishing business well into the next decade. Construction is under way to add more than 125,000 square feet to the distribution center, as well as a new 50,000 square-foot office building on Mouser’s campus, located south of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Upon completion of the new construction, Mouser’s 78-acre global headquarters and massive distribution center will consist of 1 million square feet to accommodate Mouser’s vast inventory of 1 million unique SKUs for products and technologies from over 750 electronic component manufacturers.With a positive industry outlook, double-digit revenue growth and the addition of many new manufacturer partners, the industry-leading electronic components distributor is expanding its global footprint and growing its business position to meet increasing customer demand worldwide.Today, Mouser’s 24-hour global distribution center handles tens of thousands of orders per day, processing and shipping — same day in most cases — to over 600,000 customers in 220 countries/territories.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Infineon introduces certified NFC type 4B tagNext Microchip: clock buffers meet DB2000Q/QL standards plus PCIe Gen 4 and 5 low jitter specificationslast_img read more

Brazil bar to give shots every time Neymar falls

first_img\R Rio de Janeiro, June 25 (AFP) A Rio de Janeiro bar has invented a new drinking game: free shots every time Brazil’s superstar Neymar falls down during a crucial World Cup group game against Serbia on Wednesday. “At each Neymar fall, it’s a round of shots on the house!” the Sir Walter Pub in northern Rio posted on its Facebook page. The offer is the latest twist in Brazil’s new national sport: making fun of the talented but divisive Paris Saint-Germain striker. In Brazil’s first two games he disappointed many fans and inspired online mockery of his frequent dives. Against Costa Rica, he won a penalty after falling dramatically in front of the goalmouth but saw it annulled after VAR analysis showed he had exaggerated the incident. However, the world’s most expensive player can point to stats showing that he comes in for unusually rough treatment from opposition teams. He easily leads the table at the World Cup for number of fouls against him: 10 in the first game against Switzerland and four against Costa Rica. (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

Bradley Wiggins’ Olympic rowing bid hits rocks on indoor debut

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Live with it long enough, and competition gets to be addictive. Bradley Wiggins, who retired from cycling this time last year, was back racing at the Olympic Velodrome on Saturday. Only he was not on a bike but a rowing machine, taking part in the British Indoor Championships.Wiggins has always daydreamed about being an Olympic rower but only took up the sport seriously nine months or so ago. He discovered he had such a talent for it that he started practising full time. There has been talk that he might even take a run at qualifying for the Olympic team in 2020, though most of that has come from his coach James Cracknell, who has never been shy of a little publicity.Cracknell predicted that Wiggins would clock just over 6min in the 2,000m here, and Wiggins was targeting 6min 2sec. Which turned out to be optimistic. Wiggins finished in 6min 22.5sec, some 30sec behind the winner, Adam Neil. “He’s got a way to go but for a beginner 6.22 isn’t that bad,” Neil said afterwards. “I don’t think he should be disappointed, because he’ll improve very fast.”It was, after all, Wiggins’s first ever 2,000m race, and he was competing against five members of the GB team. Plucky defeat, though, is not exactly Wiggins’s thing, and he was so annoyed with the result that he stalked off without talking to anybody. He put out a statement later on explaining that he had dropped his oar because he mistakenly thought there had been a false start in a “schoolboy error”. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Topics Read more Read more Rowing Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Either way, British Rowing were happy to have him here. These championships do not typically draw much of an audience outside of the rowers and cross-fit fanatics, but there was a thicket of photographers, journalists and film crews in front of Wiggins’s machine. Not that he wanted the recognition. He wears his hair long these days, and has grown a beard so bushy you would blunt scissors trying to cut it. He was sporting a thick white headband and a bright blue tracksuit too. It was an unlikely look. He might have been auditioning for the next Wes Anderson movie rather than a spot in the GB rowing squad.It is certainly possible to switch between rowing and cycling, since there is a lot of crossover in the attributes you need to succeed in the two sports. Rebecca Romero won Olympic medals in both.And Hamish Bond, who won two Olympic gold medals in the coxless pair, just won a bronze in the time trial at the Oceania cycling championships. But they were rowers who started cycling, and Wiggins is trying to do it the other way around. Which, the sport scientists say, is much harder, especially when actually out on the water.“Rowing indoors and rowing on water are polar opposites,” Neil pointedly said, when he was asked about Wiggins’s chances of making the Olympics. “It takes years and years to learn the fine movements you need to row fast on water.”Out there, a rower needs the technique to cope with the wind and currents. The idea that Wiggins, who is 37, could make the sort of switch which Romero did seems pretty fanciful. Bradley Wiggins Share on Twitter news Share on WhatsApp Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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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. The Observer Since you’re here… Bradley Wiggins rails at ‘malicious witch-hunt’ after package investigation Rather, this all just seems to be part of Wiggins’s adjustment to life after cycling, an attempt to answer the great “what now?” that every athlete confronts when they quit. Wiggins wrote in his autobiography that he dreamed of being an Olympic rower but admitted “it would be impossible to do: go down, lock, stock and barrel, live in Henley, train and try and be at the next Olympics in a rowing boat. It’s never going to happen, but it would be a different challenge.” And indoor rowing seems a better bet than ski jumping, which is what he was doing last winter.Wiggins’s retirement, of course, has been an especially tricky one. His reputation has been battered after his questionable Therapeutic Use Exemptions was exposed by the Fancy Bears hacking group, and UK Anti-Doping launched an investigation into a mystery package delivered to him at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011. Ukad wrapped up that inquiry last month, because there was not enough evidence to work with. Wiggins hoped that would end the matter but it has only left a lot of unanswered questions about Team Sky’s lack of medical records and the inaccuracies in their initial explanations.Wiggins’s legacy is painted many shades of grey, and there’s no escaping that. Even here. Ukad had set up a stand to one side of the velodrome, where they were handing out branded swag, frisbees, keyrings, and plastic wallets, little cards with the number for the anti-doping hotline and informational leaflets about the perils of PEDs and how to compete clean. They had happened to lay their table out in front of a huge picture of Wiggins, celebrating one of his many victories.At this point, indoor rowing feels pretty damn apt because, hard as Wiggins pulls, there is no getting away. Cycling Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City attacker Sterling: Victory a massive step for us

first_imgMan City attacker Sterling: Victory a massive step for usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Raheem Sterling says victory at Southampton has them back on track.After two successive losses over the festive period, it was vital City bounced back and to a man the Blues delivered an impressive all-round display on the South Coast.“It’s a massive step and what we needed to do. We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win here today to give ourselves a chance,” said Sterling. “But we were really motivated to give ourselves a chance and that’s what we did.“We had to bring that level that we know we can bring – we had a bit of luck but we played some great football and controlled the game which we know we can do.“Now its down to us to keep this focus and go onto the next one.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Is Unimpressed With The Cotton Bowl Thus Far

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Notre Dame is struggling against Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday night, and of course, many are now questioning whether the Fighting Irish belonged in the College Football Playoff in the first place. One prominent college football quarterback appears to be among them.Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins has taken to Twitter with a simple-but-effective tweet about the contest. It includes a face-palm emoji.It seems pretty clear that Haskins is implying that he’s unimpressed with Notre Dame’s performance thus far.Ohio State, after finishing 12-1 and winning the Big Ten, wound up No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings. Notre Dame, at 12-0, was No. 3.Here’s the tweet:Man you watching this game? ?‍♂️— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) December 29, 2018Clemson currently leads Notre Dame at the half, 23-3. The Fighting Irish are going to need a big offensive performance in the second half to come back.As for Ohio State, the Buckeyes take on Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.last_img read more

ZSI addresses poaching ivory trade dispute

first_imgKolkata: The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata has been instrumental in addressing a trans-boundary dispute of elephant poaching and trade of ivory between India and Nepal.DNA forensics was used to ascertain the individual identity of a poached elephant in Jhapa, Nepal ,and ivory which was suspected to be from the same individual elephant confiscated in Siliguri in North Bengal. The forensic parameters has established the fact that the two analyzed samples of elephant were not identical and belong to two different individuals. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe ZSI had received two confiscated samples of elephant from the Office of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Siliguri. The seized ivory was recovered from the possession of two persons who had smuggled the same from Nepal to India. It was observed that tusks appeared to be relatively fresh and extracted recently. Further, intelligence collected from Nepal had found a recent incidence of elephant killing in Nepal at Budhbare area which is close to the Indo-Nepal border. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayConcerns were raised from the law enforcement agency that ivory recovered and seized by them might have been cut off from the elephant found dead in Nepal. The ZSI also received body remains (piece of ivory ) from the office of the Department of National Parks & Wildlife Conservation under MoEF, of Nepal government to find out whether it matches with the DNA of the seized ivories in India. “The study has established that the two seizures as received at ZSI, Kolkata for matching DNA fingerprints from the body remains, one from India and other from Nepal, originated from two different individuals,” said ZSI scientist Mukesh Thakur. The present study highlights the necessity of transboundary research for elephant conservation and monitoring their movements in Kanchenjunga landscape and emphasizes the use of forensic genetics in curbing illegal wildlife trade. The study has further proposed to initiate a joint effort by India, Nepal and Bhutan to establish genetic data of elephant in this region to assign the source of origin of confiscated materials and understand the biology of an elephant. Apart from Thakur, ZSI scientists Sujeet Singh, GulJabin, Thomas Basumatary and Gopal Prakash Bhattarai were involved in the work under the leadership of ZSI Director Kailash Chandra. The Kanchenjunga landscape is shared by three countries – Bhutan, India, and Nepal and the wild elephants migrate from east of Jhapa (Nepal), through Bengal (India) and Sibsoo (Bhutan) to further east in Assam (India). The route Jhapa-WB-Sibsoo-Assam is a known route for elephant movements where maximum causalities have been reported in the past. As reported by the Wildlife Protection Society of India almost 371 elephants have been poached in India between 2006 and 2017. Though other agencies claim there has been poaching of over 2000 male elephants in south India alone. The trade of elephant ivory is restricted by the Convention on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 of India, National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 2029 (1973) and CITES Act, 2073 (2017) of Nepal.last_img read more

Piracy in West Africa A bumpy road to maritime security

first_imgFor many people, the phrase maritime piracy evokes images of a one-eyed sailor drinking rum and singing obscene songs. For some younger people, piracy may bring to mind the picture of Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, wearing a headband in a scene from the film Pirates of the Caribbean. But maritime piracy is not just an action movie. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea defines piracy as “illegal acts of violence or detention” committed on the high seas against ships or aircrafts. Piracy is a serious problem and it poses a real threat not only to the safety of vessels and their crews, but also to the economies of affected countries.In Africa, while piracy in Somalia’s Gulf of Aden is currently on the decline, it has spread to West Africa. Although most attacks in the region take place in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, there have also been attacks in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Togo, among others, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Reuters news agency reported that one such attack took place in October 2013 off Nigeria’s coast, where pirates attacked an oil supply vessel and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both American citizens,. The report says that “pirate attacks off Nigeria’s coast have jumped by a third this year as ships passing through West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities route, have increasingly come under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews.”Unlike pirates along Somalia’s coast, who are often only after ransom, pirates in West Africa also steal goods, particularly oil. Many attacks end up with crew members injured or killed. But pirate attacks do not only result in killings and injuries, tragic as those are; they also damage the economy. In some cases, affected countries in West Africa have become less concerned with direct losses from piracy than with the ways in which these losses affect international insurance rates and other trade-related costs.In Benin, for example, taxes on trade account for half of government revenue, and 80% of these are derived from the port of Cotonou, according to UNODC figures published in March 2013. Last year the spike in pirate attacks in West Africa led London-based Lloyd’s Market Association, an umbrella group of maritime insurers, to list Nigeria, neighboring Benin and nearby waters in the same risk category as Somalia, says Claims Journal, a magazine for insurance professionals. The result was a significant decrease in maritime traffic in the region, which meant a 28% loss in Benin’s government revenue. The decrease also affected the livelihoods of the country’s citizens, says UNODC, by increasing the cost of imports and decreasing the competitiveness of exports.According to Reuters, though ships now speed with armed guards on board through the dangerous waters off Somalia and the Horn of Africa on the east coast of the continent, many vessels have to anchor to do business with West African countries, with little protection. This makes them a soft target for criminals, says Reuters, and jacks up insurance costs.Corruption drives piracyAs is often the case, corruption, weak law enforcement and poverty are the main causes of piracy, according to Dr. Christian Bueger, a Cardiff University researcher and editor of Piracy-Studies.org, an online research portal. In an interview with Africa Renewal, Dr. Bueger said, “Piracy tends to be conducted or supported by marginalized communities that have not been participating in economic development.”This appears to be the case for Nigeria, for example, where the majority of the recent African pirate attacks have occurred, driven mainly by corruption in the oil sector. Chatham House, a British research group, reported in September 2013 that “corruption and fraud are rampant in the country’s oil sector,” and “lines between legal and illegal supplies of Nigerian oil can be blurry.” In such a climate pirates have an incentive to steal oil, since they know that they will be able to sell it on the black market.“Illegal bunkering [filling ships with fuel] is enormously profitable” in Nigeria, writes Martin Murphy, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, a policy think tank,  in his article “Petro-Piracy: Oil and Troubled Waters,” published in Orbis for the Foreign Policy Research Institute. “The scale of losses is staggering—more than $100 billion worth of oil has gone missing since 1960,” says Professor Murphy.The damage caused by thieves has forced oil companies to shut down pipelines. Royal Dutch Shell is selling off four of its onshore Nigerian oil blocks because of the constant theft of large volumes of oil from its pipelines, United Press International reported in October 2013. As a result of the shutting down of pipelines, Nigeria is producing about 400,000 barrels a day below its capacity of 2.5 million barrels a day, according to the Economist, a British weekly.The New York Times reported in September 2013 that Nigeria’s former top anti-corruption official, Nuhu Ridabu, had written a report in 2012 charging that over the preceding decade, thieves had stolen between 6% and 30% of the country’s oil production.Countering piracy In his interview with Africa Renewal, Dr. Bueger suggested four steps to counter piracy. First, the key is for affected states to share information on what’s happening on their coastlines and their neighbours’. Second, joint training activities are required so countries can develop procedures and learn how to use technology. Training not only educates future generations of maritime security professionals, but also creates confidence and trust between different agencies. Third, states that face maritime and piracy challenges should develop strong legislation to prosecute criminals.And finally, states should set aside enough money to build local capacity. “Even if a state has the information, even if the state has well-trained coast guards, and even if the state has incorporated all the right laws,” Dr. Bueger explains, “without vessels, the state is powerless.” At the moment, of the states most affected by piracy, only South Africa and Nigeria have a professional navy. Most other countries have small and outdated coast guards with no more than three to five skiffs.What has been done?Several international legal instruments are in place to combat threats posed by piracy. The key agreement is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which prescribes exclusive economic zones over which individual states have the rights for exploration, energy production from water and wind, and the use of marine resources. For this agreement to be operative, states have to adopt and incorporate it into their national laws. All West African countries have signed and ratified the Law of the Sea Convention.However, the UN Security Council has yet to call for concerted international action against piracy along the Gulf of Guinea, as it did in the Somali case when, in June 2008, it authorized other countries to enter Somali territorial waters to stop pirates. In 2011 the council passed two resolutions expressing its concern about piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and urging states to reinforce domestic legislation, develop a comprehensive regional counter-piracy framework, issue appropriate guidance to shipping and cooperate in prosecuting pirates and their backers.Despite the absence of any Security Council action so far, and unlike in the Gulf of Aden, in West Africa there is already an institutional infrastructure to combat piracy. The Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) has in its treaty of 1993 a maritime component intended to harmonize all maritime issues across the region; the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa, established in the 1970s, holds member countries to a similar agreement. Last year ECOWAS, the Gulf of Guinea Commission and the Economic Community of Central African States signed a memorandum of understanding between the International Maritime Organization and the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa, to establish a subregional integrated coast guard network in West and Central Africa, among other things.Records show that despite these regional actions, the number of pirate attacks continues to increase. The International Maritime Bureau, a specialised division of the International Chamber of Commerce, reports that while pirate attacks (actual and attempted) in the Gulf of Guinea fell from 54 in 2008 to 37 in 2010, there has been a steady increase since then: 49 in 2011 and 58 in 2012. As of August 2013, there were 28 attacks in Nigeria alone. These numbers, however, might be deceptive because many attacks go unreported.But piracy is not the only security threat at sea. “Piracy has drawn attention to wider problems of maritime insecurity,” says Dr. Bueger, such as trafficking and smuggling of humans, weapons and narcotics, and illegal and unregulated fishing activities. Hence, he says, the attention currently being given to the fight against piracy could be used as a stepping stone by the international community to create sustainable institutions of maritime security.International institutions are crucial for counter-piracy efforts, but they require long-term commitment. The African Union has already declared that its objective is to implement the African Maritime Security Strategy by 2050. Among the strategy’s goals are to “ensure security and safety of maritime transportation systems,” and to “prevent hostile and criminal acts at sea, and to coordinate/harmonize the prosecution of the offenders.”It’s a long-term strategy, but without a doubt concerted action is needed now to stop piracy in West Africa before it deteriorates and spreads to other African coastal areas.Photo: IRIN/Daniel HaydukAfrica Renewallast_img read more

Russias credit ratings downgraded to junk level by Standard Poors agency amid

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The meeting focused on the government’s anti-crisis plan. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) Russia’s credit ratings downgraded to ‘junk’ level by Standard & Poor’s agency amid crisis by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2015 12:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Standard & Poor’s rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia’s credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook.The agency dropped the rating to BB+ from BBB- as it sees the country’s financial buffers at risk amid a slide in the country’s currency and weakening revenue from oil exports.“In our view, the Russian Federation’s monetary policy flexibility has weakened, as have its economic growth prospects,” it said.Russia’s economy has been hit hard by the double impact of weaker prices for its energy exports as well as Western sanctions.The Russian currency tumbled on the downgrade, dropping some 7 per cent to about 68.5 rubles to the dollar.Standard & Poor’s said that Russia’s financial system is weakening, limiting room for manoeuvr for Russia’s Central Bank. It said the bank “faces increasingly difficult monetary policy decisions,” while also trying to preserve incentives for growth.The Russian economy is expected to contract by 4 to 5 per cent this year for the first time since President Vladimir Putin took the helm in 2000.Capital outflows, which averaged $57 billion annually during 2009 to 2013, soared to $152 billion last year. “Stresses could mount for Russian corporations and banks that have foreign currency debt service requirements without a concomitant foreign currency revenue stream,” the rating agency said.Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov sought to play down the anticipated move, saying it reflected the rating agency’s “excessive pessimism.” He emphasized the Russian economy’s strong fundamentals, such as high level of hard currency reserves, trade surplus and low level of state debt.“These undoubtedly are Russia’s advantages in the current macroeconomic conditions,” Siluanov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies. “There is no reason to overdramatize the situation.”Prior to the announcement, Putin had a meeting with Cabinet members on anti-crisis measures. He said the government should focus on cutting spending, keeping inflation under control and making sure that the country doesn’t waste its hard currency reserves. read more

Adrian Smith International Environmental Mining Award

first_imgDr. Dirk Van Zyl, Director of the Mining Life-Cycle Center and Professor and Chair of Mining Engineering at the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno has been chosen to receive the prestigious Dr. Adrian Smith International Environmental Mining Award. The award will be presented at the Industry Outlook Luncheon on Thursday, December 7, 2006 during the Northwest Mining Association’s (NWMA) 112th Annual Meeting.The award was created by TIMES Limited Managing Director Dr. Terry Mudder in conjunction with the Mining Journal and SRK Consulting, a firm in which Dr. Smith was a partner. The award will be presented by Mudder, along with Dr. Karen Hagelstein of TIMES. The award is for life- time achievement in the advancement of environmental stewardship and sustainability within the global mining industry. Van Zyl has been a pioneer in educating not only the public but consultants, government agencies, NGOs, mining personnel, and students.The award honours Smith’s incredible career and the lifetime achievement of professionals dedicated to the development and application of the principles of environmental stewardship in the mining industry worldwide. Smith pioneered innovative solutions and approaches on many mining projects throughout the world. The award, created in 1996, has only been awarded on three previous occasions. Dirk Van Zyl is the fourth recipient of the award. He has 30 years experience in research, teaching and consulting in tailings and mine waste disposal and heap leach design. He is one of the leading advocates on mining and sustainable development. Dirk was a key player in the Global Mining Initiative and the MMSD project that helped define and clarify the role of the mining industry in contributing to sustainable development in various settings on a global basis.He has more than 70 publications to his credit and has created and directed numerous short courses on heap leach design, mining environmental management and mine closure in the USA and abroad. He was responsible for organizing the first conference on the use of cyanide in the mining industry in the middle 1980s. The three previous recipients of the award were James Scott of Environmental Canada, Fred Fox, Director of Health, Safety and Environmental Quality for Kennecott Minerals, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto (that award presented by IM’s John Chadwick) and Gavin Murray of Sydney, Australia, formerly the Director of Environmental and Social Development at the International Finance Corp and Vice President of Sustainability for Placer Dome, Inc.last_img read more

LulzSec hacker back in jail after using the Internet

first_imgWhile the hacker group LulzSec was active it caused a number of sites to go dark including Mastercard and the CIA, they shared confidential documents from the Arizona state police, and stole user account details from a number of services including the Brink game servers.The group has now disbanded, but that was not the end of it. The authorities were determined to take action and ended up arresting member Ryan Cleary in June last year. The 19-year-old managed to get bail, but on the prerequisite that he not use the Internet, obey a curfew, and wear an electronic tag. He couldn’t even use a computer without the Ethernet ports and wireless were first disabled, and a smartphone and games consoles also offered a way to get online so they were no go devices.But it seems Cleary didn’t really care about the court’s demands and he went ahead and hooked up the web anyway. The problem is, the person he chose to speak to online was the leader of LulzSec: Hector “Sabu” Monsegur. That might have gone unnoticed if Monsegur wasn’t an informant for the FBI.Cleary was found out and arrested again on March 5 before being escorted back to jail for breaking his bail conditions. He will remain there until being brought before a judge sometime in May. I find it unlikely they’ll trust him to stay offline again, so any bail will come with even more strict conditions, that’s assuming his lawyer ever manages to get the option on the table.via The Registerlast_img read more

Felix Baumgartner breaks the sound barrier in world record free fall

first_imgOn October 9 everyone looked on as Felix Baumgartner attempted to set a few world records by free falling from a height of 120,000 feet. But his journey to the edge of space was thwarted before it even began due to the weather conditions. The record attempt was postponed and we were left waiting.Yesterday, October 14, Baumgartner and his team tried again, and this time everything went to plan.Baumgartner ascended to a height of 39 kilometers, or 128,100 feet, aboard a capsule attached to a 55-story tall balloon that is thinner than a typical plastic bag. Once he jumped it took just 10 minutes for him to make the journey back to the Earth’s surface, but in so doing he reached a maximum velocity of 1,342km.h, which is Mach 1.24.The jump was not without problems. Just before leaving the platform Baumgartner discovered the heater in his visor was not working so it steamed up. That could have stopped the jump, but he decided to go anyway. Once falling he didn’t manage to achieve his delta position (arms back and his head down), instead he was seen tumbling, but managed to eventually bring it under control.With his jump completed, Baumgartner has broken a number, but not all the records he was expected to. If the initial readings hold up under scrutiny Baumgartner set a new world record for the highest ever jump (128,100 feet), fastest ever free fall (1,342km/h), becomes the first human to break the sound barrier, and also achieved the highest manned balloon flight. The record he didn’t get, and which Joe Kittinger gets to keep, is the longest free fall. Baumgartner managed a free fall of 4 minutes and 19 seconds, where as Kittinger fell for 4 minutes and 29 seconds.The planning and training that went into this operation started back in 2005 when Baumgartner started talking about breaking Kittinger’s records. But there’s also a lot of tech that was required to both get Baumgartner up so high as well as bringing him safely back down to Earth. Our sister site ExtremeTech has an in-depth analysis of the tech behind the jump if you’re interested.More at BBC Newslast_img read more

Council uses VR to show young drivers devastation of crashes

first_img Image: car crash image via Shutterstock By Michelle Hennessy Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 2:57 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3125506 7 Comments 8,918 Views Image: car crash image via Shutterstock Council uses VR to show young drivers devastation of crashes The simulation allows drivers to watch themselves receiving medical treatment and see the full crash scene around them. Share32 Tweet Email MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL is using modern technology to show the county’s young people the devastation that can be caused by being irresponsible behind the wheel.The council is making use of virtual reality headsets that play a graphic movie for participants, as part of a two-day awareness campaign,The simulation, which incorporates 360 degree filming, features actors alongside real emergency staff. Users experience a full crash-scene extraction starting with the arrival of emergency services. They are talked through the process by a paramedic and can see the full scene.Drivers can watch themselves receiving medical treatment, see other people with injuries around them and workers cutting people out of a crashed car.Catherine McCloskey of South West Development company said one girl commented afterwards that it made her think about “stupid people are to mess around on the roads”.The council’s campaign is aimed at highlighting the biggest dangers in driving; speeding, using a mobile phone, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, fatigue and not wearing a seatbelt.The awareness days take place tomorrow and Friday at Ballinrobe racecourse.Read: “He just grew quieter and quieter and then there was silence” – family share heartbreak of son killed by drunk driver> Dec 7th 2016, 2:57 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Week In Review 625629

first_imgFriday 6/29Audio PlayerFriday-0629.mp3VmFriday-0629.mp300:00RPdSoldotna Chamber Weighs Funding Options For New Visitor Center, ExxonMobil Petitions To Transfer Ownership Of Endicott To Harvest, 4th Of July Parade Will Close Spur Hwy Wednesday 6/27Audio PlayerJennifer-wednesday-0627.mp3VmJennifer-wednesday-0627.mp300:00RPdHomer Votes In Favor Of Raising The City’s Sales Tax To Fund New Police Station, Longtime Sponsor Of Iditarod Cuts Ties With Alaska Race, Fireworks Illegal In The Kenai Peninsula Borough Tuesday 6/26Audio Player06-29-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm06-29-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdLava Flows In Crater Of Alaska Volcano; Warning Level Raised, Shop Truck Stolen From Auto Shop In Kenai, DF&G Closes Set Gillnet Fishing In Upper Inlet, Cook Inlet Energy Fined $50,000 Monday 6/25Audio PlayerJennifer-Monday-0625.mp3VmJennifer-Monday-0625.mp300:00RPdPride Marches On The Kenai Peninsula, Soldotna Moves Forward On 2018 Airport Improvements Project, CPH Breaks Ground On Sixth Phase Of The Hospital Expansion Projectcenter_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Thursday 6/28Audio Player06-29-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm06-29-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdKenai Man Arrested For Stabbing Nurse With Ballpoint Pen, GE Announces Plan To Offload Its Stake In Baker Hughes, Trail Crews And Volunteers Clean Up Swan Lake Canoe System, Weekly Update On Construction Projects On The Kenai Peninsulalast_img read more