If You Want Opportunities, Go Get Them

first_imgNo one woke up this morning and thought to themselves, “I really need this product or service or outcome. I hope some salesperson calls me today to help me buy what I need to generate the results I am after.” No one thinks to themselves, “Please let someone interrupt me today with the answers to my challenges-especially the systemic challenges that have gone unaddressed for years!”If your dream client was online researching their options, a couple of things would be true. First, you will have already missed your chance to create an opportunity in a way that serves you and your dream client, having been too fearful to call and interrupt them before they reached the point where they decided to take action. Second, if their research was going to cause them to reach out to you, they would have done so.You never show up to your office to find a line of people waiting to buy from you, do you? Your phone isn’t ringing off the hook with dream clients calling to ask you for your help, is it?If you are in sales, your role requires you to achieve outcomes. The first outcome is opportunity creation. This requires that you proactively reach out to your dream clients to ask them for their time. It means you need to be able to create so much value in an initial call that you open up the possibility to explore change. More still, you have to interrupt people in order to help them.The second thing you need to do is to capture those opportunities. You must create so much value through the process that you create a preference to work with you. You cannot do this work if you are not there to do it. If you aren’t engaged with the client around change, then there is nothing for you to capture. This means you must prospect with intention, instead of sitting back passively waiting and reacting.If you want opportunities, you have to go get them. 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 Nowlast_img read more

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Brad Pitt’s attacker sentenced to three years probation

first_imgBrad Pitt’s attacker pled no contest to charges of battery after hitting the 50-year-old star in the face and broke his designer sunglasses at the Hollywood premiere of his fiancee Angelina Jolie’s new movie, ‘Maleficent,’ on Wednesday night (28.05.14).Vitalii Sediuk was sentenced to three years probation, 20 days of community labour and ordered to undergo a year of psychological counselling in court on Friday (30.05.14).The Ukrainian reporter originally faced four charges, including Battery, Unlawful Activity at a Sporting Event, Theatrical or Exhibition, Assault and Unlawful Delay or Interference of a Sporting Event, Theatrical or Exhibition, but the latter two were dropped after he reached a plea deal.The judge ordered the attacker to stay at least 500 yards away from all red carpets, movie premieres and entertainment eventsThe judge also ordered him to stay at least 500 yards away from all red carpets, movie premieres and entertainment events in the future, according to E! News.Sediuk was released from police custody after appearing in court, but must attend a hearing on July 8 to prove his enrolment in a counselling program.The 25-year-old prankster was fired from Ukraine’s Channel 1+1 after he attempted to put his head under actress America Ferrera’s dress at the Cannes International Film Festival on May 17.In January this year, he hugged Bradley Cooper around the waist, putting his face in the ‘Hangover’ star’s crotch at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a month later, tried a similar move on Leonardo DiCaprio at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.Sediuk was also slapped by Will Smith at a ‘Men In Black 3’ premiere two years ago, after he tried to kiss the star on the lips.advertisementlast_img read more

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Los Angeles Olympics to cost $6.9 billion

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – Danae Jones poses with other Olympic volunteers at a parade to celebrate the city being officially named as host of the 2028 Summer Olympics by a unanimous vote of the International Olympic Committee, in Los Angeles, California, on September 16, 2017. – Los Angeles and its iconic stadium has sealed the deal to host the Summer Olympics for the third time, following the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)Los Angeles 2028 Olympics chiefs on Tuesday unveiled details of the $6.9 billion budget for the Games, vowing to deliver the spectacle without cost overruns that have dogged recent editions of the extravaganza.A statement from LA 2028 said the city’s Olympic plan, which relies entirely on pre-existing venues and infrastructure, included a 10 percent contingency fund of $615.9 million.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Boxing must end controversies to end Olympic threat The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics meanwhile came with a hefty $13.2 billion price tag.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Olympics to fit the city’ LA 2028 on Tuesday reiterated the fact that the games will require “no complex and costly construction projects or Games-related public infrastructure”, areas which have been notorious for generating cost overruns in other Olympic cities. Los Angeles’ Olympic plan will see the city’s prestigious UCLA campus used as the Olympic and Paralympic Village, while the University of Southern California will house the main press center and media village.“Given that we are not building anything new in order to host the games, it makes our expenses a lot easier to estimate at this point in time,” one senior bid official said. “We’re confident in our ability to deliver on that expense plan.”A revamped Los Angeles Coliseum, venue for the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, will once again feature prominently in 2028, along with the Los Angeles Stadium, the futuristic multi-billion-dollar home of the Los Angeles Rams which will open for business in 2020.“Nothing has changed,” one bid official said. “Our mantra was to fit the games to the city, not fit the city to the games.”Revenues for the games include an $898 million contribution from the IOC as well as $637 million related to the IOC’s sponsorship programmes. More than $2.5 billion will be raised through domestic sponsorship in the United States along with a further $1.93 billion in ticket sales and hospitality.The bullish LA 2028 forecasts come after French watchdogs warned last year that the Paris 2024 Olympics faced a possible 500 million euro ($616 million) overrun, forcing organizers to revise their spending downward to keep within a 6.8 billion euro ($7.6 billion) budget.Meanwhile, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are projected to cost around $12.1 billion according to a December 2018 forecast. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Our budget is privately funded, realistic and fiscally conservative,” said LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman. “We are redefining what it means to host a successful Games and look forward to planning and hosting an amazing experience that will make our community proud.”Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Olympics in 2017 after an unprecedented joint bid announcement by the International Olympic Committee in Lima.The Californian metropolis, which will be hosting the Olympics for a third time, had initially been bidding against Paris for the 2024 Olympics.With a shrinking pool of cities willing to shoulder the financial burden of staging the Olympics however, the IOC sought to reward both cities in order to lock in two bids seen as equally strong.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES The $6.9 billion price tag is higher than the previous figure of $5.3 billion quoted during the bid process in 2017, which was calculated in 2016 dollar values.The higher figure cited on Tuesday takes into account likely inflation over the next decade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLA 2028 said the budget had been independently evaluated by accounting giants KPMG and had been computed in “real dollars to offer a clear picture of financial health over time.”“Adjusted for inflation, LA 2028’s real dollar budget is directly in line with the budget proposed for the 2024 Games bid,” a statement said. The figure also factored in three percent, roughly $200 million, the bulk of which will be invested in local youth sports and four additional years of operation. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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Cricket : 20 year old Pant included in the Indian Test Squad ahead of…

first_imgAdvertisement Also Read :Cricket: Ravi Shastri says India will not give excuses about pitch and conditionsCricket: Sachin Tendulkar announces formation of his academy with Middlesex AdvertisementAfter Rishab Pant took up Delhi’s captaincy and finished with over 900 runs in the 2016-17 season of the Ranji Trophy, before translating the same form in the IPL and continuing the same form in the IPL, a lot of cricketing pundits have been calling for Pant’s inclusion in the Indian squad for both white-ball and red-ball cricket, or for that matter with Indian and English conditions.The 20-year-old has been a bright prospect for the India A team at England, which included a half-century in the last game. The Indian A team coach Rahul Dravid has highly praised Pant as he quoted, “He has the temperament and skills to bat differently. He is always going to be an attacking player but reading of the situation when you are playing red ball cricket is required. We are glad he has been picked into the national team and I hope he takes this maturity into the national team and hopefully builds from thereon,”“It was a great feeling to hear that I had been included in the Indian Test squad. I always wanted to be a part of the Indian Test squad and it was more like a dream come true for me. It was an amazing feeling, not only for me but also for my family and my coach Tarek Sinha sir, who helped me understand the game very early in my life. He has always wanted me to play Test cricket for India and when I got the call, he was very happy and proud and I enjoyed that moment,” Pant told bcci.tv.Former captain, MS Dhoni has ensured that an entire generation of wicket-keepers in India remains backups for a decade. But as he quit the Test format, the backups have rotated diligently among themselves and Rishab Pant has successfully ticked all the right boxes at the right time and has made a spot for himself.last_img read more

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Confident Indian shooters eye Olympic quotas at ISSF World Championship

first_imgChangwon (South Korea), Sep 1 (PTI) The Indian shooters’ quest for securing Olympics quotas will gather pace as they compete in the ISSF Word Championships, which begins here Sunday with as many as 60 berths on offer for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The Indian shooting contingent will be high on confidence after its fine showing at the Asian Games in Indonesia. India has entered a 91-strong squad for the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) premier global competition. The tournament in the South Korean city will be the beginning of the Olympics qualifying cycle and India will be targeting the maximum possible quotas. A total of 60 berths will be distributed across the 15 Olympic events. The first competition day has two finals scheduled. The pair of Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar and Mehuli Ghosh will vie for honours in the 10m air rifle mixed team event. In the 10m air pistol mixed team event, India’s hopes will rest on Abhishek Verma and Manu Bhakar and the duo of Shahzar Rizvi and Heena Sidhu. Experts involved with the team exuded confidence on the eve of the competition. “We arrived here four days early and the squad has settled down well. There was a training camp in Delhi before the Asian Games and even after the Asian Games began, the camp with the remaining shooters of the squad carried on and went really well,” said former shooter and High Performance coach of the senior pistol team, Samaresh Jung. “You have all seen our performance in the Asian Games. Practice here has also been regular and very good. Given all these aspects, we are confident of a good performance here in Changwon, but of course the competition is of the highest standard possible.”advertisement Between the World Championship and April 30, 2020 — the last day for earning Olympic berths — a total of 360 quotas will be distributed across 15 events. Quotas will be given through the 2019 ISSF World Cup stages, and designated Continental Championship or Games in 2018, 2019 and 2020. At Changwon, the 12 individual events will offer four quotas each while the three mixed team events will give two each. In the mixed team events, each individual of the top two teams earn quotas for their country. A total of 53 medals, including the 15 Olympic events, across individual and mixed team events will be contested for men and women. These would also include 24 junior events at the Changwon International Shooting Range. The championship will see participation from over 1800 athletes representing 90 nations. The Doha edition of the World Championship remains India’s most successful as Abhinav Bindra and Manavjit Singh Sandhu won a gold each and the country came back with a total of six medals. India have so far won 12 individual and two team medals at the showpiece event. PTI AH PM PMlast_img read more

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The MS Dhoni connection with the Parags: From Ranji Trophy 1999 to IPL 2019

first_imgFrom a long-haired hard-hitting sensation, MS Dhoni has matured into one of the shrewdest minds in world cricket and seems to be getting better with age.MS Dhoni has served Indian cricket at the highest level for close to 15 years now and the superstar from Ranchi is still regarded as one of the finest finishers of the game. Dhoni is gearing up for his fourth World Cup appearance in which he is eyeing a second 50-over world title with Team India.Dhoni got the attention of world cricket with some gusty knocks against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2005 but the wicketkeeper-batsman had to go through the grind in domestic cricket before he could make his India debut as a 23-year-old.MS Dhoni stumped Riyan Parag’s father in maiden first Ranji Trophy seasonDhoni had made his first-class debut as early as in 1999-2000 season of Ranji Trophy for Bihar.In Bihar’s East Zone League match against Assasm, Dhoni had stumped Parag Das, a former first class cricketer who played as an opener for Assam.20 years down the line, Dhoni caught Riyan Parag, the 17-year-old cricketer who plays for Rajasthan Royals. Parag is the latest sensation in Indian Premier League. The teenager had made his debut for RR against Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings on April 11, 2019.Incidentally, Parag Das is Riyan Parag’s father! The stunning coincidence was unearthed on social media and popular cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle’s thread on the same is going viral.Many years ago, in the 99-00 season of the Ranji Trophy (see the 2nd innings of Assam in this scorecard) https://t.co/R2CzlZvnwGAn Assam opener, called Parag Das was stumped by a young keeper called MS Dhoni. Parag Das is Riyan Parag’s father! And MSD is the constant!advertisementHarsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 26, 2019Incidentally, after Chennai Super Kings’ match against Rajasthan Royals, a photo of Riyan Parag from his childhood days posing with MS Dhoni went viral.Shedding light on the photograph, Riyan’s father Parag Das said the photo was taken during Team India’s visit to Guwahati. Parag Das also said it was “surreal” to see his son bowl to MS Dhoni in the IPL 2019 match between CSK and RR.”The photo was taken by Riyan’s mom. When the Indian team came to Guwahati for a match, but it was abandoned due to rain. Indian players went to shooting range for fun and at that time this photo was clicked,” Parag Das was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.Cute picture. Riyan Parag was 3 years old when MS Dhoni made his international debut. pic.twitter.com/zhY9CSbUlQCricpidia (@cricpidia) April 13, 2019Riyan Parag has grabbed a lot of eyeballs with his performances for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. On Thursday, Parag’s 31-ball 47 helped the Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens and remain in contention for a playoff spot in IPL 2019.Heaping praise on the teenage cricketer, who had represented India at last year’s U-19 World Cup, Royals captain Steve Smith said: “Riyan Parag… isn’t he an impressive young man? He played very composed like a seasoned campaigner.”Also Read | Riyan Parag on helicopter shot vs KKR: No MS Dhoni inspiration, didn’t even practice itAlso Read | Riyan Parag from Assam wins hearts with his runs, simplicity and GamusaAlso Read | Wish I was as confident as Riyan Parag at 17: Steve SmithAlso See:last_img read more

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Leonardo Jardim leaves Monaco after poor start to Ligue 1 season

first_imgShare on WhatsApp The 44-year-old, who joined Monaco in June 2014 and took the club to a league title in 2017, told their website: “I’m grateful and proud to have been AS Monaco coach for more than four years. I’ve always given my very best and worked with passion. We achieved some great victories together and I’ll always keep those memories.”The Portuguese manager departs with the club having mustered just six points from nine league games. Monaco opened the season with a 3-1 win away at Nantes but followed it with six league defeats and two draws, as well as losses to Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Europe. Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Rennes further increased the pressure on his position and he leaves amid speculation that Thierry Henry is in line to start his managerial career at the Principality club.Monaco’s chief executive Vadim Vasilyev said: “I want to thank with deepest respect Leonardo for all the work [he has] done. His passage will remain as one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club. Leonardo will still be part of the Monaco family.” Monaco Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Share on Facebook Leonardo Jardim should not be blamed for Monaco’s struggles Share via Emailcenter_img Share on Twitter Leonardo Jardim has departed his post as Monaco manager by mutual consent after a run of 10 winless games left the French club third-bottom of Ligue 1 and bottom of their Champions League group. Ligue 1 Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Messenger European club footballlast_img read more

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ESPN Names Notre Dame’s “Best Football Tradition”

first_img Even newer traditions have a way of feeling timeless on Saturdays in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame didn’t install its “Play Like A Champion Today” sign in the current location at the exit of its locker room until 1986, but it has since become an iconic pregame image to see the Irish tapping the blue-and-gold placard on their way to the field. — [Dan] MurphyThe tradition started during the Lou Holtz era, and within two years of its introduction, the team won the national championship after beating West Virignia in the Fiesta Bowl.Nowadays, the television broadcast at Notre Dame games will almost always show the players coming out of the locker room, slapping the famous sign before a game.We should expect to see it happen many more times in the years to come.[ESPN] A closeup of a notre dame player's helmet.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 07: A member of Notre Dame Fighting Irish holds up his helmet on the opening kickoff during the game against the Stanford Cardinal on October 7, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)In its 175-plus-year existence, the University of Notre Dame has established many traditions. Naturally, the football team has as well.From their rivalries with USC and Navy to the Leprechaun mascot to the use of real gold flakes in their helmets, the Fighting Irish are not lacking for traditions.On Friday, ESPN revealed its ranking of “the best football tradition for each Top 25 team.” With the No. 6 ranking in the country, Notre Dame’s “Best Football Tradition” was explored as well.While the band playing the 1812 Overture after the third quarter and the Alma Mater after the game stood are good, ESPN selected the slapping of the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign coming out of the locker room – even though the tradition has only existed since the mid-1980s.last_img read more

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Interview: ABC Global Shares What’s to Come with an All-New ezBookPro

first_imgAn Interview By: Joanie Ogg, Co-Founder and Editor – Travel Professional NEWSInterviewing: Eric Altschul, Chief Executive Officer – ABC Global Services / ezBookPro.com  First and foremost, thank you for your time and insight! Can you share some background and company information about ABC Global Services?ABC Global Services is a leading supplier of services and technology for travel management companies, advisors and professionals. Founded in 1978, ABC now provides services for nearly 11,000 agency locations of all sizes, covering 76 countries around the world. Through decades of cultivating relationships with hotels and other industry suppliers, ABC offers an ever-growing roster of services, including the ABC Premier Hotel Program™, the leading hotel consortia program featuring nearly 50,000 hotels around the world, all commissionable and many with deep discounts off BAR. ezBookPro is our award-winning hotel booking engine exclusively for travel professionals, which aggregates inventory across multiple distribution sources to consolidate rates and commission levels for more than 800,000 hotels worldwide. We also have two wholly-owned subsidiaries: GMI – Global Meetings & Incentives – a leading provider of end-to-end meeting solutions and logistic services; and hotelCONNEX which provides customized strategic hotel sourcing for corporations. With 2019 in full swing, is there anything new and noteworthy on the radar with ABC Global Services?Yes, we are very excited to announce the launch of an upgraded and enhanced version of ezBOOK using the latest technology, “ezBookPro.com”. Why a new version?We are always evolving and upgrading to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of travel professionals. We pro-actively sought their input and listened to their feedback on what they liked, what they didn’t like, as well as what features and enhancements they wanted to see. We then designed ezBookPro around them. How many advisors does ezBookPro have?We currently have tens of thousands of registered travel advisors. Please tell us more about ezBookPro?ezBookPro has a completely new user-friendly intuitive design that we believe is the easiest in the industry to navigate and book hotels. With great features and functionalities that make the travel advisors job even easier, saving them time and giving them the ability to offer their clients the best hotel options and rates – including rates their clients can’t get anywhere else. The new site design is completely responsive to view and book on any device, including mobile. Highlights of the features and functionality include:More Choices – Over 800,000 hotels worldwide including apartments, homes and villasMore Rate Options – GDS rates, Web Rates, Booking.com and Net RatesezSEARCH – ezBookPro aggregates all rate inventories in one single displayEasy navigation and intuitive design to display properties and pricing optionsAbility to book up to 8 persons per roomAbility to have Multiple bookings/destinations on one reservationEasy Add-ons – Ability to add bookings to an existing reservationComparison Tool – compare multiple properties in one displayGroup Booking Tool – 9 or more roomsSave Your Favorites – save your favorite hotels for easy access in future bookingsDisplay and book multiple currencies (USD, CAD, GBP, EUR) – no credit card foreign transaction fees in those currenciesCustomize vouchers with agency or agent logoNew reporting features to view and manage bookings at agency and agent levelSend client proposals, comparing hotels – coming soon!  Do all bookings have to be prepaid?No. Payment varies by rate type. One of the great benefits of ezBookPro is by aggregating multiple rate types we are offer both pay-at-hotel and prepaid options. Are prepaid rates refundable?Yes, most of our prepaid rates are refundable, typically up to a week or so before arrival. What Commission can travel advisors earn?Commission levels are based on the rate type. “Set Your Own” agent add their own commission mark-up on our Net Rates. Often Net Rates are much lower than retail, providing agents the opportunity to maximize their commission, while at the same time providing their clients with the lowest rate available.GDS rates pay up to 8% Web rates 10% Booking.com 3% – provides agents the ability to remain competitive with consumer site pricing and not risk losing clients to book direct Service Fees can be always added to any booking. Our ezCOMMISSION Guarantee pays commission twice monthly Does ezBookPro offer any booking incentives or rewards program for advisors?Yes, we frequently run booking promotions and incentives and will be announcing a new loyalty program in the near future. What kind of support or training does ezbookpro offer to agents?We are very committed to supporting our travel advisors. Our goal is to help agents do their job more efficiently and succeed in growing their business. We recognize that experience and skill levels vary greatly across our members, so we make sure to provide as much support as needed for new travel advisors or the seasoned professional by offering several types of support and training. LIVE AGENT PHONE SUPPORT is available 24/7 to handle any questions or provide assistance when needed.Live Weekly Training Webinars – on how to use ezBookPro and get the most out of our powerful booking tool – these live webinars also provide an opportunity for Q&A.ezTIPs – these are short 10-15 minute live webinars that are destination focused on how to select the ideal location in popular cities like, Rome, Venice, London, Paris, Greek Islands, New York and more.Partner Webinar series, these are live webinars each featuring one of our preferred hotel partners and our agents love these as they provide agents with in-depth product knowledge on the various brands and hotel chains.Video Tutorials will be available soon on the site. These are brief “How-To” video snippets demonstrating all the different features and functionalities of ezBookPro.UpClose with ABC – live events giving agents the opportunity to meet and network with over 30 of our preferred hotel suppliers. This year we are hosting UpClose in Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. Details of all our training and webinar programs are posted on ezBookPro.com. What makes ezBookPro different than other hotel booking tools available to travel professionals?The aggregation of multiple rate types viewed in a single display, the overall ease-of-use, the ability to earn more commission and our outstanding agent support which is unmatched in the industry. How does a Travel Professional join ezBookPro?Just go to ezBookPro.com if you are a member of a host agency or an employee of a travel agency, then click to “Register as an Agent”. Owner/Managers, need to register their agency. Simply go to ezBookPro.com and click “Register as an Agency”. Do you require an Agency ID# such as CLIA, ARC etc.Yes, all agents must be registered under their agency using a valid, CLIA, ARC/IATA or TRUE ID. Is there any cost or fee to Join ezBookPro?No, it is completely free to join! We can’t thank you enough for your time, expertise and information about what’s new with ezBookPro! Do you have any last words you may like to share with the readers of Travel Professional NEWS?Thanks Joanie. We would like to invite all travel professionals to join ezBookPro and experience the fastest, easiest way to book hotels and earn more commission.last_img read more

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Land Identified for Building Remand Facility for Girls

first_imgMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has informed that land has been identified for the construction of a Best Practice Correctional and Remand Facility for Girls. Miss Hanna made the disclosure at a press conference, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on December 18, to provide an update on plans to improve conditions for children in conflict with the law. The Minister informed that in the interim, the South Camp Road Rehabilitation Centre is being upgraded with improved facilities to house girls now accommodated at Fort Augusta Prison, in separate facilities from adults. “Discussions are underway with international organisations to provide additional funding,” she said. Ms. Hanna argued that sufficient physical correctional and remand facilities do not exist to properly accommodate the large number of children who are now coming into the system. “That is why legal provisions have been promulgated and gazetted for juvenile facilities to exist inside some Correctional and Remand Centres intended for adults, such as at Horizon and Fort Augusta. The problem will not be solved entirely by building more facilities for juveniles. If we don’t deal with the root causes we will never be able to build institutions fast enough,” she stressed. Meanwhile, Ms. Hanna noted that the Rio Cobre Correctional Facility for boys is to be upgraded, and that estimates have been completed and discussions are taking place with the Secretariat of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) to undertake the rehabilitation. “The JEEP Secretariat is now completing estimates for self-contained facilities as Best Practice Police Holding Centres designated for children to be built at selected police stations, with the ideal objective being to have one per parish, so that children in lockups will be accommodated separately from adults,” she said. On another matter, the Youth Minister noted that the Child Development Agency (CDA) is continuing to monitor the situation of children in lockups and to advocate that this provision of the Child Care and Protection Act is observed.  “Police personnel islandwide are being sensitised to the fact that children can be taken before any Resident Magistrate when the Children Court is not in session. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) advises that this has been included in the Jamaica Constabulary Force Orders and is to be the subject of seminars within the force,” she said. As at August 13, 2012 there were 452 children in juvenile remand and correctional centres, while there were 5,226 children in State care as at September 30, 2012.last_img read more

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Want super performance in bed Practice yoga

first_imgMore and more people are uncovering the benefits of practicing yoga, but little do they know that yoga can bring energy to the bedroom as well. Experts say that yoga can improve your sex life if it is done under proper guidance. Stress plays a major role in your sex life. Increase in stress levels can have negative effects on the body, in turn, reducing sexual desire. Practicing yoga makes ones mind tranquil that makes the process of cerebral tissue oxygenation occur in deepest of human tissues that send micro-nutrients and blood supply to the tiniest parts of our brain and the genitalia. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Daily stress, smoking, alcohol and excess sugar intake – all hamper sexual performance in both men and women to a great extent. Yoga calms the mind and helps increase blood flow to the private parts. They advise two yoga postures to his patients – Havasana (corpse) and Vajrasana (kneeling). While Shavasana leaves you in a state of rejuvenation, reducing blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia, Vajrasana makes the body exceptionally strong and healthy. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardVajrasana also helps in digestion which is key to good health and increases the flow of blood to the whole body. According to yoga experts yoga can improve sexual functions and your interpersonal relations as a whole. “Yogic practices help in reducing stress and anxiety, which are wearing you down mentally. It helps to reduce fatigue and improving muscle strength. Yogasanas help in increasing the pelvic and back muscle strength as well.” “Yoga teaches you to have a sound body and mind, which has a positive effect on all your functions including sexual functions,” experts added. Yoga poses which are helpful includes Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Setu Bandhasana, Kandharasna, Balasana, to name a few. Yoga boosts your stamina, increases your flexibility. So we can say that the connection between yoga and better sex life is promising. As it calms the mind, yoga improves the dialogue between the two individuals that leads to intimacy in the bedroom, and beyond.So, when you count various health benefits of practicing yoga, remember that doing yoga could be your ticket to a super performance in bed.last_img read more

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Grand Theatre Presents Timothy Findleys THE WARS

first_img Login/Register With: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Grand Theatre will honour the sacrifices of our soldiers past and present with the Governor General Award-winning story, Timothy Findley’s THE WARS based on the book of the same name by one of Canada’s most distinguished authors. Adapted and directed by Grand Theatre Artistic Director, Dennis Garnhum, Timothy Findley’s THE WARS launches the 18/19 season on the Spriet Stage, running from October 23 to November 11, Remembrance Day. The Title Sponsor for Timothy Findley’s THE WARS is BlueStone Properties.This Canadian classic follows young Robert Ross from his Toronto family home to the muddy battlefields of France. Intense and powerful, Timothy Findley’S THE WARS reminds us, through one man’s journey, of the sacrifice of our soldiers in the “war to end all wars.”“One of the greatest people I have ever worked with was Timothy Findley,” said Dennis Garnhum. “He was intensely patriotic and his passion for Canada was extraordinary. When he talked about this novel, he reminded me that we all live many wars in our lives, and it is how we navigate them that defines us.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Timothy Findley’S THE WARS will star Alex Furber (Grand Theatre, CHARIOTS OF FIRE) as Robert Ross and will feature a cast of 16 including Jan Alexandra Smith as Mrs. Ross (Catalyst Theatre, VIGILANTE), Shannon Taylor in her Grand Theatre debut as Lady Barbara d’Orsey (Stratford Festival, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE), and Omar Alex Khan as Captain Leather (Grand Theatre, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS).The set of Timothy Findley’s THE WARS will feature a total of 4000 poppies, which were created by Veterans and volunteers during a local community event in September in partnership with St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute. Each crafted poppy, made simply with red cupcake liners and a touch of black paint, will proudly be displayed during the production’s run. The POPPY DESIGN is a registered trademark of The Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Command and is used under license. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Blott investigators make serious allegations

first_imgBy Paul Barnsley and Kathleen MartensAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–After six days of hearings in Vancouver Supreme Court, the decision on what to do with Calgary law firm Blott & Company now rests in the hands of Justice Brenda Brown, one of nine judges across the country who oversee the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.In the meantime, thousands of former residential school students are waiting to find out what will happen with their Independent Assessment Process (IAP) claims for compensation for physical and/or sexual abuse they suffered in the schools as children.The judge ordered an investigation into Blott & Company on Nov. 10, 2011 after complaints were filed by four of the law firm’s clients.Starting April 30, Crawford Class Action Services, the Ontario-based firm that monitors the IAP on behalf of the court, presented the findings of its four-month, $3 million investigation in court.Crawford employed former police detectives, lawyers and forensic accountants to go through the material that was obtained during the investigation.APTN National News and Current Affairs was provided with a copy of the report to the court submitted by Michael Mooney, the vice president of Crawford.The 51-page report expands on the results of the APTN Investigates report first broadcast last November. It contains allegations that have not been proven in court. Justice Brown is now assessing the court monitor’s submissions and other testimony. She did not say when she will render her final decision.Looming over this waiting process is the Sept. 19 deadline for submitting IAP applications to the government.The report reveals that investigators obtained more than 200,000 documents. More than 800 Blott & Company clients were interviewed. Computer hard drives and documentation was taken by investigators at a variety of locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan.Mooney wrote that “those interviews and documents clearly show that a substantial number of the claims of the Blott claimants are not being administered in the manner contemplated by the settlement agreement and related court orders, directions and protocols.”“The resulting harm to the Blott claimants is both emotional and financial,” he added.While disputed by Roy Millen, the lawyer who represented David Blott, principle partner of Blott & Company, during the Vancouver hearings, if accepted as credible evidence by the judge, the monitor’s report – and the thousands of pages of supporting documentation – would represent a scathing indictment of the people involved with Blott & Company.Mooney told the court that 1,159 claimants who filled out application forms for the IAP had not been submitted to the IAP Secretariat, the federal government agency set up to administer the IAP process.Those people believed their files were active but they were not, Mooney wrote.“Given the age of many Blott claimants, a delay of, in some cases, more than a year in submission of a completed application is contrary to the aims of the settlement and not at all in the best interests of the claimant,” Mooney wrote.Mooney and his investigators have concluded that the many companies and corporate entities created by Blott and others are connected to each other, with the goal being to take as much of the residential schools compensation money as possible. The monitor’s report alleges that illegal and unethical means were employed.The relationships between form-filler company Honour Walk, loan companies Settlement Lenders and BridgePoint Financial, Funds Now, Hands Free Office Services and Blott & Company is a complex mix of corporations, including several numbered companies.But the investigators say those companies share “common directorships, investors, financial transactions, ownership details and other interactions showing the nature of the relationships between the parties and the involvement of Blott & Company and David Blott in the processes.”“Although a number of separate corporate entities appeared to be involved in each step of the activity (recruitment, form filling, legal representation, lending) the relationships between the parties is such that on an ongoing basis there are clear issues of conflict of interest, improper access to personal information and unauthorized access to privileged legal files by non-lawyers,” the report also states.The IAP application form is a complicated document that has great importance to the eventual decision on the compensation amount. Some law firms only allow lawyers or paralegals to fill out the forms. Honour Walk, the company that filled out IAP forms for Blott and Company, mostly employs people with little or no legal training, Crawford attorney Lou Zivot told the court.Honor Walk was paid $200,000 a month by Blott & Company, Mooney’s report alleges. The report also says that Honour Walk president Thom Denomme was provided with a vehicle and a credit card by the law firm.The investigators say they found evidence that Honour Walk form fillers falsified IAP applications at the direction of Blott & Company lawyers.“The monitor’s investigation reveals that the Blott & Company lawyers provided guidance to form fillers to make changes to applications already completed by Blott claimants so that the applications submitted . . . did not accurately reflect the information provided by the Blott claimant despite the certification on the application by the Blott & Company lawyers,” the report states.The monitor’s report also alleges that Blott & Company and Honour Walk stockpiled clients, falsifying documentation to disguise that fact, to the detriment of the clients.“In one instance, the back dating of an application form by David Blott led to an application being submitted that was ‘certified’ by David Blott more than two months after the claimant had in fact passed away and that particular application was then submitted to the IAP Secretariat by David Blott several months later,” Mooney wrote. Investigators reported to the court that in 10 boxes of applications seized from David Blott’s main office, they found the files of 63 people who had died.The average settlement under the IAP is just over $120,000. The federal government pays an additional 15 per cent of that amount to lawyers to cover legal fees and expenses. For cases that require more than the usual amount of work, the settlement agreement allows lawyers to charge a maximum of an additional 15 per cent. That additional legal cost is deducted from the clients’ settlement payment.But the Crawford investigators reported to the court that they discovered that Blott & Company and the allegedly affiliated companies found other ways to increase the amount of money they could charge the clients.Funds Now, a company owned by Calgary businessman David Hamm was created to locate companies that would loan money to survivors in advance of them receiving their settlement cheques, the monitor alleges.  Mooney wrote that Funds Now was charging a 20 per cent finders’ fee, above and beyond the interest charges that the loan companies charged. That fee was eventually reduced to 10 per cent.In court, Zivot called the combination of high interest rates and fees charged for the loans “criminal.”Zivot told Justice Brown the loans are “a very serious matter.”He said the monitor had auditors analyse numerous loans. He alleged they discovered that BridgePoint Financial exceeded 60 per cent once all fees were charged, including arrangement fees, interest and finder’s fee charged by Funds Now.He told the court it was an “astonishing” thing to do when they knew clients had an award coming in, adding there was a “predatory nature” to this.Zivot alleged that David Blott participated in the assignments that led to the loans, something that is prohibited by the settlement agreement and federal law.And Zivot also told the court that many of the clients did not receive the full amount of their loans.Auditors retained by Crawford analyzed the loans of six claimants and compiled a chart of loans and fees to see what was actually disbursed to the claimants. These six did not receive the full value of their loans, Zivot told the court, adding that one of the complainants is owed $7,000 plus fees. He said the total shortfall for the six loans was $80,000.Mooney’s report includes a chart entitled “Known relationships (prior and current) between individuals and parties involved.”Five members of the Blott family are listed on that chart, along with 26 others: David Blott, Sherry Blott, Barbara Blott, Randy Blott and Shaun Blott. At least one of those people was involved in making a loan to an IAP client.The monitor concluded its report with a series of recommendations to the court. The main decision it urges the judge to make is to decide whether Blott & Company should be removed from the IAP process or, as the Law Society of Alberta has done, left the law firm in place to complete the files so that the many Blott & Company clients are allowed to complete their claims without interruption.kmartens@aptn.capbarnsley@aptn.calast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,531.58, down 2.74 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.85 per cent, to $2.34 on 7.6 million shares.Energizer Resources Inc. (TSX:EGZ). Miner. Up 7.5 cents, or 44.12 per cent, to 24.5 cents on 6.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurance. Up 24 cents, or 1.09 per cent, to $22.24 on 5.9 million shares.Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT). Up three cents, or 6.74 per cent, to 47.5 cents on 3.1 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down six cents, or 0.74 per cent, to $8.09 on three million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 1.44 per cent, to $8.48 on 2.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC). Retail. Up 20 cents, or 1.13 per cent, to $17.87 on 1.3 million shares. Canada’s oldest retailer cut its second-quarter loss to $36 million or 23 cents per diluted share from continuing operations. That compared with a loss of $66 million or 55 cents per diluted share a year ago. Retail sales were $1.76 billion, an increase of $821 million or 86.6 per cent from $948 million for the previous year, primarily due to the inclusion of U.S. luxury retailer Saks Inc.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Up one cent, or 0.27 per cent, to $3.70 on 1.8 million shares. Hundreds of striking workers at the Bombardier light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., are expected back on the job soon after ratifying a new three-year collective agreement. The Thunder Bay plant builds subway cars and streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission, as well as cars for the GO train regional commuter train service. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2014 3:02 pm MDT read more

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Jets Darnold fully practices on track to start vs Bills

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold was a full participant at practice, putting him on track to start for the New York Jets at Buffalo against the Bills on Sunday.The rookie quarterback has missed the past three games with a strained right foot. Coach Todd Bowles says Wednesday that it’s too early in the week to say for sure if Darnold will start.Darnold was injured against Miami on Nov. 4 and hasn’t played since. He returned to practice on a limited basis last week, but was not active as Josh McCown started in his place for the third time. Bowles said the No. 3 overall pick was working on shaking off the rust by getting his timing right.McCown had one touchdown pass and four interceptions filling in for Darnold, and the Jets went 0-3 in those games.Darnold still leads the NFL with 14 interceptions despite missing three games. He will try to jumpstart an offence that has struggled during New York’s six-game losing streak.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press read more

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Moratti sheds more light on Mourinhos gesture

first_imgMassimo Moratti claims Jose Mourinho’s gesture against Juventus was for a good reason as he finds all his feeling and experience in Italy.Mourinho made headlines for storming on to the pitch and cupping his ear to the crowd after Juve’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday, but Moratti felt the former Inter boss had a good reason for his actions.“Mourinho’s gesture overshadowed Manchester United’s win, which came in a game that was important for him and the team,” the ex-Nerazzurri owner according to Football Italia.“It’s part of his character. When he returns to Italy he finds all his feeling and experience, which leads him to react as if he was still here, while also thinking about the club he was at [Inter] and those who antagonised him.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“That puts him in a position to make certain gestures at certain times, which create situations of discussion that, in football, are fun and interesting to watch.“It shouldn’t offend anyone. Am I surprised when he says ‘my Inter’? No. It’s precisely for this reason that he reacts the way he does.“Inter in the Champions League? They have character and depth. Zhang as President? He’s a good lad and he’ll do very well.”last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Toddler/Preschool Teacher at Abundant Life Christian SchoolFull-Time 5th Grade Teacher at Abundant Life Christian SchoolPart-Time After School Program Director & Program Assistant at Abundant Life Christian SchoolPart-Time Cashier at Panera BreadFull-Time Calibration Technician I at TranscatPart-Time Gardeners & Horticulturists at Garrick-Santo Landscaping Co.Full-Time Retail Branch Manager at Citizens BankFull-Time Materials Manager (Contract Position) at UniFirstFull-Time Sales Representative at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Logistics Associate at Ecolab(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Amazon or the military Warehouse bosses pressured 3 workers to choose

first_imgThe assertions also come amid intensifying attention on Amazon’s alleged mistreatment of its warehouse workers in the US, with unions and advocacy groups arguing that employees are overworked, closely monitored for even restroom breaks and forced to move ever faster to meet Amazon’s delivery times. During the Prime Day sale this year, several protests took place, including one organized by Amazon workers at a Minnesota warehouse, to highlight these concerns.  The treatment of these three employees could fuel further scrutiny. “During this whole conversation the implication was that I would have to at some point choose between the military and Amazon,” the manager wrote a few years ago after a conversation with his boss. “And that to move up with Amazon and be successful I would have to put the military aside because he’s yet to see anyone balance both.” Another warehouse manager in another part of the country said he’s faced pressure, within the past year, over the time he’s taken off for reserve military duty. He said he was told by his boss that he’d need to pick either Amazon or military service, with his boss saying he couldn’t do both. Though USERRA cases are a persistent issue, they’ve been in decline in recent years. The Department of Labor reviewed 1,098 cases for potential USERRA workplace violations during fiscal year 2017, roughly the same level as the year prior but down from 1,644 in 2012, according to an annual report from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training. Davis, from the VFW, said he’s heard less about USERRA violations in recent years as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down, reducing the strain of thousands of military personnel serving overseas and away from their civilian jobs. A competitive environment Alex Urankar, a regional general manager for Amazon’s Fresh and Prime Now businesses in the Northeast, has worked at Amazon for the past four years after serving in the Marines for seven years. He’s also led employees in the reserves at the company. Urankar, who Amazon invited CNET to interview for this story, said he’s never heard of any type of pressure put on reserve or part-time military workers while he’s been at the company. To the contrary, he added, these employees are typically viewed positively for offering their unique experience. “I definitely am disappointed to hear those … individuals feel that way,” he said, “but I can tell you from my own experience … I’ve never seen or experienced anything like that. It’s all been extremely positive.” Comments Now playing: Watch this: Tags A steady drumbeat of troubling stories about Amazon warehouse conditions led 13 mostly Democratic Congress members last month to call on the Department of Labor to investigate Amazon’s US warehouses. This group includes presidential candidates Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, as well as the so-called “Squad” of progressive congresswomen led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. For its part, Amazon has touted its $15 minimum wage, 20 weeks of paid parental leave and $700 million worker retraining program to show its commitment to its more than 650,000 employees. It’s also repeatedly said it offers a safe working environment at its warehouses. We take this allegation seriously as this is not the culture we aspire to create. Rachael Lighty, Amazon Three employees have come forward amid growing concerns about Amazon’s treatment of its warehouse workers. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET A manager for an Amazon warehouse came back from a stint of military duty, where he took part in a mission to help Americans affected by a natural disaster. But instead of a hero’s welcome for his service, his boss greeted him with a snide comment that he had abandoned his Amazon post again. That incident, which occurred a few years ago, was one of several times the manager said he was pressured by his boss to either scale back his military commitments or leave the military altogether so he could focus on his Amazon career. He’s since left the company, after the same boss pressured one of his family members, too. This man, a combat veteran with multiple overseas deployments, is one of three Amazon warehouse managers who told CNET they’ve faced pressure from their superiors to quit the military, with their bosses expressing concern about their time away for training and deployments.  The situations may violate federal workplace discrimination laws put in place to protect military service members with civilian jobs. These incidents sharply contradict Amazon’s prominent promotion of its military recruiting, including hiring veterans and those in reserve and part-time roles, with the company often saying it values service members’ experience and proactive thinking. It is against the law for civilian employers to pressure their Guard or Reserve workers to get out of the military. Joe Davis, Veterans of Foreign Wars Amazon fired these 7 pregnant workers. Then came the lawsuits Amazon plans $700 million retraining program for 100,000 US workers Sanders, Omar call for Labor Department investigation of all US Amazon warehouses Tech Industry Internet Navy Veteran Experiences Amazon’s Horrific Working ConditionsThe horrific working conditions at Amazon’s warehouses took a devastating toll on this Navy veteran.Posted by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday, July 23, 2018 Joe Davis, director of public affairs at the nonprofit service group Veterans of Foreign Wars, argued that these incidents at Amazon are USERRA violations. “It is against the law for civilian employers to pressure their Guard or Reserve workers to get out of the military and to create a work atmosphere that is not conducive to future civilian employment and simultaneous military employment,” he said. Balancing military and Amazon The Amazon warehouse manager who served during the natural disaster said his time at Amazon was difficult. The warehouse was usually hot, due to insufficient air conditioning, and he routinely lacked enough staff to complete needed tasks, he said. When mistakes occurred, he said, he’d usually get chewed out by one of his bosses. “I didn’t get treated as bad in the [military] in basic training,” he said. “You screw up — it’s a screaming, cussing, yelling tirade on the floor.” Despite the high-pressure atmosphere, he said he stayed in his position as long as he did because of the generous pay, which was a big bump up from his prior job at a different company. In addition to dealing with workplace problems, the manager said he was repeatedly pressured by his boss over several months to leave the military so he could spend more time at Amazon. This boss directly told the manager during one conversation that he’d eventually need to pick Amazon or the military, the manager said. The manager reported the conversation to a human resources employee at that warehouse but said the complaint went nowhere. When the boss failed to convince the manager to leave the military, the boss approached a family member, telling that person the manager wouldn’t be able to advance at the company if he continued to serve both the military and Amazon. In an interview with CNET, the family member confirmed the details of this conversation. The manager said he’d eventually had enough and left Amazon a few years ago. CNET reviewed his military paycheck and two documents he created at the time of these incidents that detailed multiple workplace concerns he had. He wasn’t the only military veteran to allege difficult working conditions at Amazon. The other two managers CNET interviewed also mentioned brutally long hours, nonstop work and tyrannical bosses. Additionally, Seth King, a Navy veteran and former Amazon warehouse employee, spoke out last year about Amazon’s difficult working conditions, mentioning the isolation from other workers and constant monitoring by supervisors. He said in a Facebook video, released by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a frequent Amazon critic, that the job made him severely depressed. He quit after about three months. “I was in the Navy for eight years, and there wasn’t a single day that I felt as miserable or isolated as I did at Amazon,” King said in an interview. center_img Thank you to the 17,500 veterans and military spouses now working at Amazon. We set a goal last year to hire 25,000 of these leaders by 2021, and are on track to hire even more. #VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/1tIiSZrRtQ— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 9, 2017 Following two conversations about this issue, his boss didn’t bring up the topic again and the manager continues to work for Amazon. “It shouldn’t be this way,” he said, adding that he’s known about six reserve and part-time military employees who’ve left Amazon over the pressure to focus on the company. A third manager in yet another part of the country said his boss became critical of his work performance immediately after he said he needed to leave for a weeks-long overseas military training exercise. When he got back from the reserve duty, he said, his boss quickly confronted him with a written report of performance issues he said were false. He started looking for a new job and left Amazon soon after. “I had never been told my work performance was less than stellar,” said the man, a combat veteran who worked for Amazon a few years ago. “There were no issues, none, until I notified them” about the training exercise. All three warehouse managers requested anonymity for fear of retaliation from the company. Some details about them were left out to protect their identities. US-LABOUR-PROTEST-AMAZONAt an Amazon worker protest in Shakopee, Minnesota, in December. Kerem Yucel/Getty Images Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said the company is concerned about such allegations, asking employees to speak up about their needs. “At Amazon, we are proud to employ and support more than 18,500 veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military spouses across our businesses,” Lighty said in an emailed statement. “We encourage all employees — no matter their tenure, job title, level or background — to bring their comments, questions, ideas, and concerns directly to their management team with the goal of improving the work environment and challenging leadership assumptions. “We take this allegation seriously as this is not the culture we aspire to create for any of our employees,” Lighty continued. “We remain committed to supporting our military and veteran employees and providing opportunities for their long-term career growth and success.” Under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), military veterans, reserve and part-time service members are protected from civilian workplace discrimination, including denying people promotions due to their military commitments, or the refusal to hire them outright. Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, for example, spend a weekend a month plus two weeks a year in training. Guard deployments for duty can vary from as little as 15 days to as much as a year. Amazon has been recognized for its support of its military workers, receiving the Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support Freedom Award last year and landing on the Military Times’ “Best for Vets” list for several years. It’s also pledged to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses by 2021 and hosts nearly 100 Warriors@Amazon affinity groups. Jon Reily, a former Amazon executive in the devices group, said problems like these incidents can arise at Amazon due to a mix of intense pressure to perform, understaffing and high turnover at warehouses. But, he noted, Amazon as a corporation doesn’t condone activity like pressuring service members. “The environment there is so competitive to succeed because there’s always someone waiting in the wings to take your job,” said Reily, who’s now at consultancy Publicis Sapient. “So people bend the rules and take shortcuts to hit their short-term goals.” Being driven constantly to get results, Reily said, “causes people to make poor decisions, like making a water cooler comment to your best employee that he shouldn’t serve his country anymore.” Still, even if poor judgment or stress caused these incidents, they may break the law and hurt Amazon’s reputation as a top employer of service members. “Obviously there’s some internal training that needs to be conducted on what is legal and what is not,” VFW’s Davis said. “You don’t want the public perception of your company being anti-military.” Originally published Aug. 23, 5 a.m. PT. Update, Aug. 24: Adds allegations from a third Amazon warehouse manager who reached out to CNET after the initial publication of this story. Share your voice 1:06 28 More Amazon workplace stories Amazon boosts its minimum wage to $15 an hour E-commerce Amazonlast_img read more

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Deepika Padukones tulle lime gown from Cannes 2019 look inspires Kendall Jenner

first_imgDeepika Padukone and Kendal Jenner at Cannes 2019PR HandoutGlobal icon, Deepika Padukone left no stone unturned at the red carpet of Cannes 2019 where she was seen wearing a tulle lime green gown with an adorable pink headband. Interestingly, just like last year how Deepika’s neon pink dragon gown had inspired singing sensation Beyonce, this year international supermodel Kendall Jenner also wore a gown inspired by Deepika’s lime green ruffled gown.Deepika’s sartorial pick of last year, the neon pink dragon outfit was the most talked about look in the fashion universe from which Beyonce took all the inspiration and now it is Kendall Jenner, an Instagram sensation and an international supermodel to do the same.Recently, Deepika bagged yet another feather in her cap as she emerged as India’s most trusted female actor from Bollywood, according to TRA, when it comes to the endorsement.After making a strikingly impressive outing at the Met Gala 2019, Deepika dazzled at the red carpet of Cannes 2019 with a spectrum of silhouettes that got the world swooning.Deepika commands the title of being the most commercially viable actress in the industry, in addition to being one of the highest paid actresses.After bringing to screen the courage and valour of Rani Padmini, Deepika is busy with personifying another tale of bravery and human spirit with Malti, an acid attack survivor. Drawing instances from the life of Laxmi Agarwal, Chhapaak is a story of the strength and integrity of a woman. Helmed by Meghna Gulzar, the film is all set to release on January 10, 2020.last_img read more

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Exclusive Cant wait to talk more about Darbar says Nivetha Thomas

first_imgAfter bagging two back to back hits with Ninnu Kori and 118, actress Nivetha Thomas has become one of the most sought after actresses in Tollywood. Though she has done very few films in Tollywood, her popularity is going high as she chooses to be part of films that have scripts with variety.The actress is excited about playing the leading lady in Brochevarevarura, a Vivek Athreya directorial, which has Sree Vishnu, Rahul Ramakrishna, Priyadarshi, Nivetha Pethuraj and Satyadev also in lead roles. Nivetha plays Mithra, a young kuchipudi dancer. Asked about what is so special about Mithra and her gang R3, she said: “Vishnu, Rahul and Darshi are called as R3 and their rapport and bonding with Mithra is something that is going to win hearts of the audience. Mithra is just like every other girl. From going to a coeducation school to being part of gang of boys, and having friends who can do anything for her, Mithra is a normal girl and being nothing special is the speciality of her.” Nivetha Thomas.Nivetha Thomas Twitter AccountNivetha has Rajinikanth’s Darbar and Indraganti Mohana Krishna’s V in her kitty as of now. As per the news, Nivetha is playing Rajinikanth’s daughter in Darbar and stills of the actress, alongside Rajinikanth, Nayanthara and Yogi Babu, have gone viral.Asked about how is it being part of the film and sharing screen space with Rajinikanth, the actress said that she doesn’t want to talk about anything that is related to Darbar. “I don’t want to deny, or accept the news that says I am part of the film. It is true that still have been going viral, but that doesn’t mean that I have to talk about the film. Well, all I can say is, most of the shooting of the film is done. I can’t reveal anything more than that. But the truth is, I cant wait to talk more about the film,” she added. Natural star Nani, Mohan Krishna Indraganti, Sudheer Babu, Nivetha Thomas and Aditi Rao HydariCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookShooting of V, for which she paired up with Nani for the third time and Indraganti, the director, for the second time, has completed its second schedule. “When Indraganti sir called and told me about the role, I said yes to it because I know that he can make me do the best and he will always give me the best. He is the one who brought me into Tollywood. I have complete faith in him,” said the Mallu beauty.last_img read more

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