Yesterday I published my 4,000th post here at www.thesalesblog.com. Not all of them are written posts. Around 200 of them are YouTube videos we pulled in when I was experimenting with daily video, and another 130 or so are In the Arena podcast episodes. The oldest post goes back to January 2008, long before I understood the medium, and long before I found my voice as a writer.Here is what I have learned:You don’t really know what you know until you decide to start teaching others. The fact that you are sharing something requires you to deepen your learning.Over the course of a decade, you will change your mind. I have often had people point out when I confess that I was wrong about something I have written or published. If you are not changing your mind, you are not growing.If you focus on some topic long enough, you start to find better ways to convey the idea in a way that makes it more helpful to others. Your clarity improves.My carpal tunnel starts at the tip of the middle finger of my right hand and ends at the back of my shoulder. I now wish my teacher hadn’t kicked me out of typing class in 9th grade (I was continually looking at the keys, something I still do). I should have tried a lot harder. I type with two fingers and one thumb for the space bar.I do my best work early in the morning. I spoke to dozens of writers, almost all of whom shared with me that they rise very early to write. That data point convinced me to set my alarm for 5:00 AM instead of 6:30 AM, providing me with a full 90 minutes to write. When I began, a 500-word post took more than an hour. Now it takes less than fifteen minutes.The idea you believe to be less valuable than others is the exact thing someone needs now. The idea you slave over doesn’t get the attention you believe it deserves. The perception of value is in the mind of the person who consumes the idea.If you do anything long enough and with an iron discipline, you will improve. I was a terrible writer when I started and something worse than terrible as an editor. I am marginally better, and with continued effort, I should be good in another ten years.You are an antenna. Ideas come through you if you open yourself up to recognizing them. Cataloging the ideas and banking them for the future is a valuable exercise, even if you don’t publish them.You cannot occupy the space of creator and a critic at the same time. It’s better to separate these two roles, creating without judgment first, and judgment without fear later.We underestimate the incremental. You can stack up results a little at a time, only to look back and realize how much you have accomplished.I have acquired many friends, and some of my closest, friends through the blog, Including Seth Godin, who provided the model and inspired me to write daily, and someone I call my mentor.Most of all, I learned that I am a writer. It isn’t something I do; it’s something I am. When I am not writing, I wish I was writing. If you do consistently long enough, it can become your identity.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The statistics on employee engagement are not good. They often show that a large part of the workforce as actively disengaged, and many passively seeking a new opportunity. Much of what people write about employee engagement puts the onus on the employee, an unfair assessment, even when considering the negative social media filter bubbles and a general increasing sense of nihilism in our post-modern culture. But the blame for the lack of engagement belongs somewhere else, with someone else. If you are a leader, it is your responsibility to create a culture that builds and sustains engagement.The Truth About EngagementThe level of your engagement is what drives the level of engagement for the people in your charge. If you are not engaged, your people will not be engaged. More directly, if you do not engage deeply with your work and your team, they are not going to engage with you or their work. In all things leadership, the general rule to be followed at all times, now and forever, is as follows: You go first.If you want to increase your team’s engagement, start by increasing your engagement. There is always going to be more work than you can accomplish in a day or a week, which means engagement is a matter of priorities. Of all the resources provided to you as a leader, none is more valuable than your people. How could anything be more important than ensuring your people engage with their work?At some point, benign neglect can turn into something closer to malevolence.Your Passion Is TheirsIf you aren’t excited and passionate about your business, you cannot expect your people to do anything more than following your lead. As a leader, you can have a day off, but you can’t have an off day. You are always the leader and ever the standard. Your people will look to you to decide what is good and right and true.If you aren’t passionate about the business—especially your part of the business–the people who look to you for guidance will follow your lead. If you make negative statements, complain, or talk down your company, you are the primary source of the negative beliefs your people will hold and their disengagement. If you disengage, your people will follow your lead. Alternatively, if you are passionate about your company, your goals, and your clients, you will breed those beliefs in your people. Your passion will infect them with the same.If you want passionate engagement, show people what caring looks likes.Engaged in Getting BetterWhy don’t your people read books? Why aren’t they taking courses? Why aren’t they growing? I am not sure why we allow ourselves to believe that we know everything we need to know and are doing everything we can to produce the results we want. I do know that no human being has ever reached their full potential, and it may not even be possible.If you aren’t working to improve yourself, you offer your people no model of personal and professional development. The more you grow, the more you will force your people to grow with you, expecting more from yourself, and in doing so, expecting more from your people (and as a corollary, expecting more “for” them).Look at any outcome you are responsible for creating, and there you will find, without fail, something you can improve. Before one can obtain a better result, they may need to grow. If you want people to do more, you may first have to help them become something more. Helping your people become something more than they are now may require that you become more, and become a model for the growth you want for your team.Your people are only going to be engaged in growth if you step onto that path and bring them along with you.Creativity and ResourcefulnessIf you aren’t actively using your creativity and resourcefulness to solve hard problems, your team will not exercise their creativity and imagination to solve theirs. Resourcefulness and initiative are rarely found apart from each other. Initiative is what allows one to take action without any prompting. Ingenuity is what is necessary to solve hard problems. For a leader, this is an area where engagement is essential and critical to producing results.Much of success is born out of solving problems and overcoming the quotidian challenges of work—as well as the more complicated, systemic issues that require more time, effort, and lateral thinking. Human beings are capable of accomplishments that are far beyond what they imagine—unless you lead them by engaging in making things better.Ensuring you get the best engagement from your team means unleashing their resourcefulness and their initiative. Those two behaviors will tell you much about how engaged they are.Resilience in the Face of ChallengesIf you are not positive and resilient, the people who look to you for leadership will believe things are worse than they are. When there is not a vision of a better future, engagement dies. As Napoleon put it, “Leaders are dealers in hope.”Some people believe that no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse (not the most helpful of belief systems for a leader). If you don’t believe you can stare down the reality of your circumstances, you provide the permission your people need to disengage–and maybe scatter.Instead of all being lost, you need to engage in building what’s next. You determine what the future is going to be, and you share the vision and the mission and the urgency. You define failures as the setbacks that they are, engaging in changing approaches until you succeed. You represent a setback as temporary and something that your team will overcome. If you don’t believe with all your heart that a future is not only possible, but inevitable, no one on your team will believe it either.If you want a higher level of engagement, increase your engagement. If you want a culture that insists on commitment, make that level of engagement a standard you set and hold everyone accountable until the culture defends itself.
Rapid, unplanned urbanisation is the main reason behind the current outbreak of dengue in West Bengal, medical professionals have said. They are of the opinion that large-scale construction work in Kolkata as well as semi-urban areas provide ample breeding grounds to the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector of the disease which breeds in clean, stagnant water. As per the latest government estimates, 40 people have died due to dengue while at least 20,500 have been diagnosed with the disease. Elaborating on the urban nature of dengue, virologist Amitava Nandi said the Aedes aegypti mosquito mostly breeds in stagnated water in containers. “Social change due to urbanisation has triggered a sharp increase in the use of artificial containers in cities. Products which were earlier sold in paper bags are sold in plastic packets and containers, providing more breeding space to the mosquito,” Dr. Nandi told The Hindu.With container use becoming popular in semi-urban and rural areas, dengue is no longer confined to large cities, he added. The medical professionals also pointed out that unplanned building construction without a proper drainage system in the semi-urban and rural areas contributed to the spread of dengue.“Even in the rural areas of North 24 Paraganas district (which, according to the State government, is the worst affected by dengue), unplanned building construction has increased over the last decade,” said Shanta Dutta, director of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED).Till September this year, about 15% of the blood samples at NICED tested positive for dengue, she said. “Since late September, it has gone up to 40 to 45%,” she added.The severity of the situation can be seen from the fact that 108 dengue patients are admitted in the State run Belieaghata Infectious Diseases (ID) hospital. “Apart from these 108 patients, 214 have been admitted with fever. If they are diagnosed with dengue, the number of such patients will increase,” said U.K. Bhadra, principal of the hospital. They also point out that no curative medicine is available for dengue — only supportive treatment can be provided.“Dengue deaths can be avoided with early detection and proper treatment. Increasing public awareness on the disease is the key,” said Dr. Dutta.
Top order batsman Joe Root has revealed that the English cricket team didn’t leave Trent Bridge for 10 hours as they were partying in the dressing room and on the pitch with “plenty of drink swilling around” following their 3-1 Ashes victory over Australia that saw them reclaim the urn.Australia lost the fourth Test at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs inside three days. The visitors had earlier lost the first and third Tests and are trailing the five-match series 1-3.”Celebrating wins is very special and, at Trent Bridge, we didn’t leave the ground until about 10pm, even though the match was over by midday,” Root was quoted as saying by Sunday Mirror on Saturday.Also read: Australia coach Darren Lehmann sorry for poor Ashes show”As you can imagine there was plenty of drink swilling around in the dressing room and people were wearing as much champagne as they drank.”Root’s role in the celebrations was highlighted, as the Yorkshire star took to Sky mock pundit Bob Willis in the dressing room.”After the spraying was out of the way I couldn’t resist doing my Bob Willis impression, although quite a few people have told me it doesn’t sound anything like him. I’ll have to keep working on it,” he said.England now go into the final Test in the series with an unassailable 3-1 lead, thanks to back to back wins inside three days, but Root insisted that the side would not be taking their foot off the gas next week.advertisement”We want to go to the Oval and make sure, when we lift that urn, we are having a huge celebration and it doesn’t become a damp squib because we have not won the final game,” Root said.
Teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold curled in a magnificent free kick on his European debut to set Liverpool on the way to a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim which put them on the brink of Champions League group stage place on Tuesday.Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved an early penalty and James Milner’s shot was deflected into his own net by Havard Nordtveit for the English Premier League side’s second goal in an end-to-end match. (Philippe Coutinho left out of Liverpool’s travelling squad for Hoffenheim clash)An astonishing last-minute own goal by Young Boys defender Kasim Nuhu handed CSKA Moscow a 1-0 away win while Sporting were held to a goalless draw at home by FCSB, formerly Steaua Bucharest, in two of the other Champions League playoff ties.Alexander-Arnold, 18, who only made his Premier League debut in December, curled a free kick through a gap in the Hoffenheim wall 10 minutes before halftime as Liverpool survived a rocky start. (I don’t decide Philippe Coutinho’s Liverpool future: Juergen Klopp)It could have been very different if Andrej Kramaric had converted a penalty for the Bundesliga side in the 12th minute but he saw a weak effort saved by Mignolet.Liverpool had another let-off just before halftime when Mignolet saved from Kramaric and Wagner rolled the rebound wide of the post.Hoffenheim, attempting to qualify for the group stage for the first time, had more possession but Liverpool were more threatening and went further ahead in the 77th minute.Reuters PhotoThe hosts lost possession trying to play their way out of defence, the ball was switched to substitute James Milner on the left and his shot from a narrow angle deflected off Nordtveit’s chest and into the top corner.advertisementMark Uth pulled one back with three minutes left, chesting the ball down and drilling a low shot into the corner of the net, and Hoffenheim should have equalised in stoppage time but Benjamin Huebner sent a free header over the bar.”It was a little dangerous in the first half, but as always when we play football, we found spaces in between and created wonderful chances,” said Livepool manager Juergen Klopp.”The result is OK. The first half is done and if you said before the game we would win, I would take the result… Only the person who does not know about Hoffenheim can be surprised by this.”Young Boys dominated the second half against CSKA yet the Swiss ended up losing after an almost comical own goal.A long ball was cleared into the Young Boys half which Nuhu headed into the air.The Ghanaian then tried to head the ball back to goalkeeper David Von Ballmoos but instead it flew over the stranded keeper and bounced agonisingly inside the post and into the net as he tried desperately to claw it away.Minutes earlier, CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made a superb reflex effort to tip Guillaume Horau’s shot over the bar.FCSB, European champions in 1986 in their old guise as Steaua, held out fairly comfortably against an uninspired Sporting despite having Mihai Pintilii sent off with 10 minutes left for a second bookable offence.The Romanians, runners-up in their league last season, could even have snatched a win as Gabriel Enache and Junior Morais both went close in the second half.Azeri champions Qarabag beat FC Copenhagen 1-0 and APOEL Nicosia were 2-0 winners at home to Slavia Prague in the evening’s other ties.
congatec has demonstrated the power of hard real-time communication over Gigabit-Ethernet at electronica, showing that real-time data – the base for most Industry 4.0 installations – can still be transmitted in time even when utilizing a heavily loaded Ethernet connection. Based on Pico-ITX boards with Intel Atom E3900 processors, it integrates the Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) protocol in compliance with the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol specification. Designed to ensure the real-time capability of Ethernet connections, it also safeguards the real-time capability of higher layer communication protocols such as DDS or OPC UA and other industrial Ethernet protocols.In the demo, the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol Synchronization can be switched on or off via a digital switch to measure and illustrate the difference in communication behavior. The IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol enables high-precision synchronization of distributed devices and fog servers via Ethernet. The maximum jitter can decrease to the high-precision nanosecond range.To comply with IEEE 1588 features a software-definable pin for each Ethernet interface, which is part of all current congatec Computer-on-Module implementations. This physical pin can be configured as an input or output and is controlled by the corresponding Ethernet controller, which enables the implementation of a hardware-based IEEE 1588 timing protocol for powerful real-time applications.The fanless embedded platform is based on the Pico-ITX board conga-PA5 with Intel Atom processors and can also be designed with the COM Express Type 7 modules based on latest 16-core Intel Atom processors. Customers benefit from virtualized, fanless embedded server platforms with up to 16 cores, enabling them to provide highly flexible, real-time edge services as well as Industry 4.0 and M2M/IoT services of all kinds. In addition, dedicated infrastructure components such as firewalls, load balancers and routing systems can be standardized using software-based solutions and integrated into embedded fog servers. All of this helps OEMs increase the agility and cost-effectiveness of their communications infrastructure.Customers can request the best practice design from congatec and use it as a blueprint for their own embedded Industry 4.0 and fog server designs. The supported IP includes the software configuration and API for enabling and disabling the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol Synchronization.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Kontron: KISS 4U V3 SKX server platform usable as rackmount, workstation and desktopNext Sensirion: pin-type humidity sensor enables easy replaceability
Arsenal ‘Lacazette needs better service’ – Cech admits Arsenal must do more for record signing Chris Burton 17:54 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The France international has settled quickly at Emirates Stadium, but those around him are aware that they can help to bring even more out of him Arsenal need to offer Alexandre Lacazette better service in order to unlock his full potential, admits Petr Cech.The Gunners broke their transfer record to land the France international over the summer, with Arsene Wenger spending big to secure the services of a striker he had been tracking for some time.Lacazette has settled quickly at Emirates Stadium, netting eight times in 18 Premier League appearances so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cech, though, believes that there is even more to come from the 26-year-old, with it up to those around him to ensure that Arsenal get full benefit from a proven predatory goalscorer.The veteran goalkeeper told the Evening Standard: “Alex is a very intelligent player.“The way he plays, obviously, he has adapted quickly to the way we play. I think we, as a team, we need to get more out of him because sometimes he makes a very good movement but the ball does not arrive every time at the right moment.“I think it’s a matter of time [before we see his best]. But for a player who has just come to the Premier League, he’s had a pretty good run.“He has immense quality in front of goal. If you see his ratio from how many shots he actually takes, it’s just a matter of time before more goals will come.”Lacazette’s eight goals have come from just 40 shots, placing him among the most clinical frontmen in England with a 20 per cent conversion rate.That record suggests that Arsenal should be doing all they can to get him into the game on a more regular basis, as he will clearly take opportunities if they come his way.He has shown that throughout his career, with a productive spell at home-town club Lyon prior to joining the Gunners seeing him find the target 129 times in 275 appearances – including a 37-goal haul in 2016-17.
Transfers Revealed: Why Man Utd didn’t sign Hummels & Muller under Van Gaal Harry Sherlock 18:31 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Bayern München Premier League Bundesliga The two Bayern Munich stars were the subject of intense interest from the Premier League giants, according to the Dutchman Louis van Gaal has confirmed he wanted to sign Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller for Manchester United during his reign at Old Trafford.The two Bayern Munich stalwarts, Hummels a central defender and Muller an attacking midfielder, were the subject of intense interest from United in the summer of 2014.Hummels has since revealed that he was “very close” to moving to the Premier League, but Van Gaal has now seemingly suggested that United opted against rubber-stamping the transfer due to his patchy form. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I wanted to sign Hummels for Manchester United,” he told SportBild . “But, because at that time he was coming out of a poorer season, we didn’t do it in the end.”Muller, however, was a rather different story, with Van Gaal desperate to acquire the Germany international.Reports at the time claimed that both Bayern and Muller were unreceptive to a deal, although the player has since admitted to “considering” the prospect of a €100 million move.Van Gaal added: “I can confirm that I wanted Muller. But there was nothing we could do.”FC Bayern made it clear that they would not sell him.”
oxford tweetThe No. 25 Florida Gators are back in the AP Poll and will host the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels next weekend in an SEC showdown. In anticipation of the match-up, the Oxford Police Department trolled the Gainesville P.D. on Twitter this afternoon.Hey @GainesvillePD, welcome to the @AP Top 25. We’ll be saying bye to ya after Saturday.— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015Nothing too shocking about them doing that, but what was surprising was the type of joke that followed: one mocking former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s decision to leave the Gators for health reasons in 2010 before resurfacing as the Ohio State head coach in 2012. The tweet has since been deleted but here is a screen-shot of it. oxford tweet Naturally, the Oxford P.D. got a ton of backlash from Ohio State fans, and quickly. We’d like to welcome the Ohio St fans to our timeline. #toosoon #WeMeanNoHarm— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015The two departments have since gone back and forth with each other and kept it good-natured, which is a good thing.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Penn State Nittany Lions took the field against the Iowa Hawkeyes looking to get back on track in the Big Ten. No. 17 Penn State opened as a 5.5-point favorite heading into the game, but No. 18 Iowa hasn’t gone quietly thus far.After one quarter of play, Iowa leads Penn State by a score of 12-7 after forcing a safety in the opening minutes of the game. The Nittany Lions have a history of starting slowly against the Hawkeyes and that’s holding true today.Early in the second quarter, Penn State got the ball with the hopes of taking a lead.Star quarterback Trace McSorley dropped back to pass and the attempted to scramble away from pressure, but was hit and went down awkwardly.McSorley laid on the ground for a few minutes before getting helped off the field by Penn State training staff.Early indications are McSorley hurt his leg on the play.Trace McSorley is helped to his feet but needs the help of trainers to get off the field. The Penn State QB looked to grab his right leg after taking a third-down sack.— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) October 27, 2018If McSorley is out for the rest of the game it would be a huge blow to the Penn State offense. McSorley has led the Penn State offense for the past three seasons and is one of the best in the country.Junior quarterback Tommy Stevens looks poised to enter the game for the Nittany Lions.
The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned Today we speak to Viktor Tell, one of the two Swedes behind the immensely popular Happy Socks brand. Here is how it all began…Six years ago, my friend Mikael and I were lying on his living room floor drinking lemonade and talking about life. We both wanted to do something new and we had just spoken about opening a hotel in Bali. Great idea!Then we can sell socks on the beach! Micke immediately jumped on the idea and four weeks later Happy Socks was born with 60,000 pairs of socks on the way. Since then we have sold in over 70 countries and have done numerous fun projects together with great creatives like Bearbrick, Terry Richardson, Mindcraft, David LaChapelle and now Snoop Dogg in November!Now after six years running in socks we have decided to launch underwear which will hit stores August 1st. It feels awesome and the future is brighter then ever! But there is still no hotel in Bali. Not yet. Ha ha.As for Viktor’s personal style:Jeans: I am living in my Black Levis 501s.Shirts: I mostly wear loose fitting shirts. Our Legacy and Another Shirt Please would be the brands if they are not from my dad’s country house closet. And you can never have enough t-shirts from when you thought you could skate!Pants: See ‘Jeans’!Suits: I don’t get to use them too often but the three I have are from Our Legacy and Martin Margiela.Shoes: Adidas Stan Smiths have been a good companion for many years.Accessories: I’m always sporting our socks and underwear as well as a five panel cap like this one. Also, our Happy Socks Customized Rolex tags along sometimes.Outerwear: A worn in leather jacket or my favorite coat from Our Legacy made out of terry cloth.Your favorite App: Simpsons Tapped out, too many real dollars spent on in-game donuts.Favorite piece of technology: An oven.Next tech purchase: My 37th phone of the season. An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer
OXFORD, N.S. – The unpredictable sinkhole that has swallowed trees and picnic tables in a Nova Scotia park is continuing to grow — and has now inspired a song.The park in Oxford, N.S., remains roped off while geologists and emergency officials assess the area around the muddy hole, last measured at 34 metres by 29 metres.The Town of Oxford issued an update on Wednesday, saying cracks in a nearby lot are still growing, though there was little activity in the hole compared with previous days.Town spokeswoman Linda Cloney confirmed that the hole has started “undercutting” the pavement of a nearby Lions Club parking lot, but she said the town is not planning to evacuate local businesses any time soon.“We always keep that on the back burner, but it’s nowhere near that,” said Cloney.Security remains on site to keep curious onlookers out of the park.The Nova Scotia RCMP is asking visitors to “be extra cautious” while driving in the area, and to respect the boundaries set up by city officials.Cloney said there have been a few fender benders in the area, a result of increased traffic from people hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious natural phenomenon that has become a bit of a tourist attraction.A new Twitter account, @SinkholeOxford, is now offering observations from the perspective of the hungry sinkhole, musing about what it might consume next.Local musician Christopher Brown posted a video to Facebook showing him performing an original song called “Sinkhole at Exit 6.”The song raises questions about the fate of the Lions Club and where neighbourhood kids will play, after playground equipment was removed from the sinkhole’s possible path.—On the web: https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherBrownNS/videos/249303699252883/
APTN National NewsThe 2013 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships kicked off Wednesday in Kahnawake, Que.Some of the best 19 and under Aboriginal hockey players from all over the country are competing for the ultimate bragging rights.APTN’s Tom Fennario has the story.
Marrakech – After a long struggle from Moroccan human rights activists, the House of Representatives finally discussed the law allowing Moroccans to name their children Amazigh names and refraining from using nicknames that discriminate citizens today during their daily session.Suggested by the Socialist Team Party two years ago, the law would allow Moroccan parents freedom to choose Amazigh names for their children.Conversely, the proposed law seeks to prohibit certain nicknames, such as Moulay and Cherif (names meaning nobleness), which discriminate Moroccans by making some first rate and others second rate. The House of Representatives suggested implementing the law as an amendment to articles 20 and 21 of law number 37.99, regarding civil status, as they no are representative of the 2011 constitution.
Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after someone spray-painted a building at Optimist Park in Paris. A citizen called police around 1:30 p.m. on May 7 after they found a storage building had been vandalized. Investigators say someone painted numerous graffiti tags on the exterior concrete wall of the building. Police are for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for the vandalism. Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said that this latest withdrawal of Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and the deployment of Lebanese troops was going ahead in accordance with plans agreed yesterday during a third trilateral meeting held between its Force Commander and senior representatives from both sides.“Yesterday, the IDF withdrew from general areas of east-south and east-west of Bayt Yahoun and south along the road to Kunin. UNIFIL moved into vacated areas early in the afternoon. Today, the Lebanese Army shall take control over those areas.”UNIFIL is continuing ground and air patrols throughout its area of operations to monitor the cessation of hostilities and said that there had been Israeli air violations yesterday.“The cessation of hostilities was maintained in the past 24 hours. There was however, four air violations by Israeli jets and drones recorded yesterday,” the statement said.As part of its humanitarian efforts, the Mission also distributed drinking water to villagers in El Khiam, Houle, Ebel Es Saqi and Wadi Khansa, and in total supplied 35,000 litres.
A RARE GENETIC mutation associated with Alzheimer’s disease has been found to accelerate the loss of brain tissue and lead to quicker mental decline, researchers said.People with the TREM2 gene variant lost brain tissue twice as fast as healthy elderly people, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.“This is the first study to use brain scans to show what this gene variant does, and it’s very surprising,” said co-author Paul Thompson of the University of Southern California. This gene speeds up brain loss at a terrific pace.Thompson and colleagues did MRI scans on 478 adults, whose average age was 76, over the course of two years.They found that mutation carriers lost 1.4 percent to 3.3 percent more of their brain tissue than non-carriers, and the deterioration happened twice as fast.Brain tissue loss was concentrated in memory centers of the brain, including the temporal lobe and hippocampus.The TREM2 variant was first described in January as rare mutation, existing in about one percent of the North American and European population, that could triple a person’s lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s disease.The genetic mutation has also been linked to an increased likelihood of Parkinson’s disease and a rare form of early brain decline called Nasu-Hakola disease.Read: Drug tests make Alzheimer’s treatment ‘a real possibility’>
Fionnuala Kennedy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share74 Tweet Email2 12,668 Views Short URL 26 Comments Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/4538958 Opinion: Let’s drop the narrative of the undeserving poor and other myths that dehumanise people My new play attempts to capture the perspective of young people who have been in state care – humanity has to be at the core of our response, writes Fionnuala Kennedy. Mar 14th 2019, 7:01 AM I GREW UP in West Belfast.Born into the conflict, I lived in an area that was hugely politically active.We were aware from a very young age of politics, the fight for rights, chalking political slogans to the ground where we played. I knew well the faces of John Major and Margaret Thatcher – more from Spitting Image than anything else.I also had an in-depth knowledge of the benefits system from panicked phone calls and conversations, getting sent to the neighbour’s house to see if their ‘bru’ came in that week.My primary school was a mix of kids from my area and children from a more affluent one down the road. I was acutely aware that my parents had less money than others, that we were different.The embarrassment and shame of having to queue up with a few others from our class to get our free school dinner ticket was a daily dread.One Christmas when I was eight years old, I remember seeing the news that my classmate had been shot in a bar when playing snooker with his father. The shock for me was realising this wasn’t just between the adults. Age didn’t matter. You were someone’s enemy and you never knew why.CircumstancesLingering inside me always was the feeling that we deserved it because of ‘our circumstances’.Ah, your circumstances: your name, where you’re from, where you live, how you speak, what you look like, what you have, what you don’t have. I was surrounded by the narratives, the judgements and the justifications for all of it.It creeps into your head. When you don’t think you’re equal to someone else, when you think other people are simply better because of their circumstances, you’re in danger – in many different ways.I continue to be fascinated with how society creates narratives about people and what that subsequently gives permission to.These narratives inform my work as a theatre-maker in some shape or form.Undeserving poorFor a few years, I’ve been campaigning against the Tory party’s brutal Welfare Reform Bill as part of the Participation and the Practice of Rights Project. People with disabilities have had much-needed benefits stopped, while others have been sanctioned without due process and left with absolutely no income for weeks.Then there is the controversial ‘two-child policy’ which limits welfare benefits to people who have more than two children. Rape victims can get an exemption from that rule – but they have to prove that they conceived the child as a consequence of rape. The narratives around people on benefits have been ramped up to allow for this callous bill.Recently, I was tasked with writing workshops with a parents group to share stories of people living in poverty at a conference in Belfast to raise awareness and tackle these false narratives about people on benefits. I worked with women who have been through some of the darkest times imaginable because they are living in areas of deprivation, with some battling custody of children, addiction, illness or violence – all while trying to provide for their children from meagre benefits.After presenting the stories, I was told by the organisers that the women’s stories didn’t ‘relate to the subject of poverty’. They had previously referenced ‘I, Daniel Blake’, where the protagonist has worked all his life and due to illness had to sign on.I suspect that the women, whose stories I told, were viewed as the undeserving poor.There was ignorance of the nuances of poverty and to the circumstances that propel people into it. They’re not the narratives we want to hear.Dehumanising the ‘other’I’m currently working with a group of people seeking asylum in Northern Ireland.Their circumstances are unimaginable. Talking to asylum seekers – especially to those with children – I’m in awe of their resilience in the face of a brutal system. Brexit gave further permission to the negative narratives around immigrants and asylum seekers, allowing us again to justify cruelty to another human being in defence of our quality of life.The narrative tells us we can strip some people of their humanity – they are the ‘other’.This narrative then gives permission for cruel legislation, for racist attacks, for violence, for dehumanising men, women and children to a label, to severe stress, to violence, to starvation and destitution.In working with asylum seekers to share their stories, we debated those stories, including the fact that one of them smokes and can’t afford tobacco on the £37 a week income they are expected to live on.Will highlighting his story undermine our argument? Will people say, ‘Well you shouldn’t be spending your money on tobacco?’Even though for him, living in a foreign country with no family and in a highly stressful situation, having a smoke is the only small joy in his life.Is he undeserving?RemovedFor my new play, Removed, I had the privilege of working with young people with care experience, to hear their stories and mainstage them.I cannot even begin to imagine this life but I tried to capture the truth in the interviews I conducted.The recurring theme was the young people thinking they had done something bad to be removed from their families and placed in care. How do our assumptions about who is ‘deserving’ facilitate us to ignore the plight of some care leavers and to create a system that may not serve them but instead reinforces to them that they are bad?When we are presented with a young person with care experience who has been through extraordinarily difficult times, but they’re not the ‘Annie’ we have in our heads, how do we really respond?It is no coincidence that many young people with care experience end up in prison.The young people I interviewed were building their lives having suffered great trauma, but also having to continually battle against other people’s perceptions and judgements about them.And it is a battle. One that makes their lives incredibly difficult on top of everything else they are going through.We all contribute to the narratives. We are the enemies they never asked for. I’ve done it many times and try to work out where it comes from.It feels to me that there is now a sense of people becoming aware of it – in wider debates around victims of rape and women seeking abortions.We are possibly moving towards a place where we are ready to ask ourselves why we want the perfect victims and situations, in order for us to sanction people in desperate circumstances with our support?Humanity has to be at the core of our responses and change cannot happen fast enough.Fionnuala Kennedy is the author of Removed a new play inspired by interviews with young people growing up in care in Northern Ireland, created by Prime Cut Productions in collaboration Voice Of Young People In Care and in association with Young at Art. Removed is currently running in the Belfast Children’s Festival until Saturday 16 March 2019. By Fionnuala Kennedy
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government “do more with less.”The Trump blueprint, due in more detail next month, would fulfill the Republican president’s campaign pledge to boost Pentagon spending while targeting the budgets of other federal agencies. The “topline” figures emerged Monday, one day before Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, an opportunity to re-emphasize the economic issues that were a centerpiece of his White House run.Domestic programs and foreign aid would absorb a 10 percent, $54 billion cut from currently projected levels — cuts that would match the military increase. The cuts would be felt more deeply by programs and agencies targeted by Trump and his fellow Republicans, like the Environmental Protection Agency as well as foreign aid. Veterans’ programs would be exempted, as would border security, additional law enforcement functions and some other areas.“We’re going to start spending on infrastructure big. It’s not like we have a choice — our highways, our bridges are unsafe, our tunnels,” the president told a group of governors at the White House on Monday. He added, “We’re going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people.”However, Trump’s final version of the budget is sure to leave large deficits intact — or even add to them if he follows through on his campaign promise for a huge tax cut.