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What Is and Is Not Urgent


first_imgIt is unlikely that the message in the last email you read was urgent. Only a tiny percentage of your email requires your immediate attention. Most are not urgent, and many are not even important.It is even less likely that the last web page you browsed had information that you needed to know. Regardless of the information you found, it probably wasn’t significant enough to deserve your attention at that moment.The funny, entertaining, or political Facebook post you slowed down to view had nothing of real value or substance to offer you. It likely either confirmed your political opinions or reminded you that some people have very different ideas when it comes to politics. It wasn’t urgent that you receive the message, whatever it may have been. It is likely that it was entertaining, though.The constant drip of information in all its forms is designed to make you feel like it deserves your immediate attention. If your inbox isn’t open at all times, how will you know when you receive an email? If you don’t check the websites you regularly follow, how will you know when something new and exciting is posted? And if you’re not glued to the social media platforms, well then you aren’t very social, are you?None of these things are urgent. Here is what is urgent.UrgentIf you don’t pick up the phone and call your prospective clients now, you will not schedule the appointments that eventually result in new opportunities being created. The work that you fail to do with urgency today won’t hurt you today, but it will hurt you four weeks, or four months, or one year from now. Eventually, it will hurt you.If you don’t nurture your coldest dream clients, the most strategic, high visibility, high-value customers now, they will not know you when they have a compelling reason to change. The longer you wait to begin developing those relationships, the worse it is for you. If you don’t nurture those accounts today, with urgency, you will pay a high price later.If you don’t follow-up on every opportunity now, your neglect will indicate a lack of interest in truly serving your prospective clients. They’re not going to call you to tell you that they recognize your lack of interest. But a year from now, when you finally get around to following up, you’ll find out that they are working with your competitor.Much of what we do each has zero urgency. It’s mostly distractions. There is no price to pay for ignoring these things.What doesn’t feel urgent needs to be done with a greater sense of urgency, because the cost of not taking action now is immense.Responding to an email in a few hours is not going to cause you very much trouble. Not prospecting is going to cost you big time.last_img read more


NBA: DeMarcus Cousins regrets being loyal to Sacramento Kings


first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, the three-time NBA All-Star revealed that he should have bolted out of the franchise much sooner than he did.“My biggest regret is, why didn’t I leave when I had the chance,” the mercurial big man told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I had the chance, but I fought it. … I wanted to give it a chance. My representatives, they told me I shouldn’t stay. You know, being…I guess you can say stubborn and loyal, I wanted to make things work.”Before teaming up with another generational talent in Anthony Davis, Cousins shouldered much of the load for the lowly Kings, who failed to clinch a playoff spot throughout his tenure. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 3-time major champ Wawrinka needs coach after Norman leaves CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the second half of a game against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFPDeMarcus Cousins is certainly in the upper echelon of centers in today’s NBA.Although his talent is undeniable, the 27-year-old Kentucky product remains hounded by his fair share of turmoil—particularly during the six and a half seasons he spent with the dysfunctional Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img The constant losing only fueled Cousins’ frustration, which eventually led to his inevitable exit.“When you come in, you know it’s a business. How are you going to be loyal to something that hasn’t been loyal to any player that’s ever played this game? I was a fool,” he said.With his return to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento looming, Cousins bared his expectation on facing his former team.“I’m excited to play in front of the fans and see their reaction,” he said.  “But as far as it just being like a revenge game or anything, I’m past it. I’m in a good place, I’m happy where I’m at. We have a chance to win. We’re playing for something. So I’m good.”The now revamped Kings will host the Pelicans on Thursday (Friday in Manila).  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View commentslast_img read more


Reading stun West Brom in FA Cup, Arsenal held


first_imgChampionship strugglers Reading spiced up an otherwise dull afternoon in the FA Cup fifth round with a shock 3-1 victory over Premier League West Bromwich Albion after holders Arsenal were held 0-0 by Hull City on Saturday.Arsenal’s inability to break down Championship leaders Hull’s massed defences ended their 14-match winning streak in the competition. Top-flight Watford were also up against Championship opposition in Leeds United and edged a dour game 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in nine years.In the day’s only all-Premier League clash, Everton won 2-0 at Bournemouth, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku scoring for the visitors after the Toffees’ keeper Joel Robles saved a first-half penalty from Charlie Daniels.Reading, currently 16th in the second-tier Championship, guaranteed there will be at least one club from outside the Premier League in the last eight as they came from behind to beat West Brom. They have won only once in the league since the turn of the year but goals from Paul McShane, Michael Hector and Lucas Piazon punished West Brom for a lacklustre display after they had taken the lead through captain Darren Fletcher.Both McShane, a former West Brom player, and Hector converted headers from free kicks by Oliver Norwood while Piazon’s late effort capped a dismal exit for West Brom.It only got uglier for Albion after the final whistle when their midfielder Chris Brunt was struck by a coin thrown from an area housing West Brom fans.”I’ve never seen anything like that in 10 years, it’s disgusting,” Brunt said in a statement. “I hope the police have got hold of him.”advertisementArsenal’s three-year unbeaten run in the FA Cup continued but they laboured to beat a second-string Hull side. With one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg at home to Barcelona, Arsenal made nine changes from the side that beat Premier League leaders Leicester City last week.Even when manager Arsene Wenger, in charge of his 100th FA Cup tie for the club, threw on the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud the Gunners could find no way past Hull’s inspired keeper Eldin Jakupovic.The Gunners now face a testing replay to keep alive their hopes of becoming the first club to win the Cup three times in succession in the modern era.”The goalkeeper did well of course, but we had maybe 70 per cent possession and more than 20 shots on goal, and we didnt score,” Wenger told reporters.”The replay is not especially good news but Hull defended very well. Between that and going out, we choose the replay.”The closest Arsenal came to breaking the deadlock was Joel Campbell’s 54th-minute free kick that was tipped against the post by Jakupovic who also denied Theo Walcott and Sanchez.Hull, beaten by Arsenal in the 2014 FA Cup final after leading 2-0 inside the opening 10 minutes, had one chance when David Meyler shot into the side-netting.Hull manager Steve Bruce, whose priority is promotion to the Premier League, defended his weakened lineup which included a place for 16-year-old Josh Tymon.”It’s not like I sent out a team of kids,” Bruce said.”We made 10 changes and we rode our luck a bit, but the team deserved it for the spirit and effort they gave.”Premier League Watford avoided an upset against former winners Leeds when Scott Wootton’s own goal proved decisive at Vicarage Road. On Sunday, the standout tie of the round sees Chelsea host Manchester City while Tottenham Hotspur play Crystal Palace in another top-flight duel.last_img read more


Wrestlemania at CWG trials; Sushil, Rana supporters clash


first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) The wrestling trials for next years Commonwealth Games turned into an unprecedented brawl here today after double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar beat arch-rival Parveen Rana in one of the bouts, triggering a clash between their respective supporters.The opening day of the trials, attended by, among others, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brijbhushan Singh Sharan, ended on a stormy note at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here.The day was progressing smoothly till Sushil, who returned to the international arena after three years with a Commonwealth Championships gold, won all his bouts.Things took an ugly turn when Rana, after losing to Sushil in the semifinal clash, claimed that the decorated wrestlers supporters beat him and his elder brother “for daring to take the ring” against him.Sushil, on the other hand, claimed that he had been bitten by Rana during the bout.”…he bit me but no problem, it might be his tactics to stop me from performing well. All this is a part of sports,” a panting Sushil told reporters after the bouts.”Whatever happened here was wrong. I condemn it. There was mutual respect after the fight ended,” he added.Incidentally, the 34-year-old Sushil had beaten Rana in the Commonwealth Championships final.Rana also alleged that Sushil supporters have given him death threat and dared him to participate in the upcoming Pro Wrestling League. PTI PM APA SSC SSClast_img read more


Khedira makes peace with FIFA 18 likeness


first_imgSami Khedira Juventus star Khedira makes peace with FIFA 18 likeness Chris Burton 03:25 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Khedira Udinese Juventus Serie A Juventus Serie A eSports The Germany international had previously questioned his appearance on the latest release of the popular simulator, but is happy with his update Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has welcomed his update on FIFA 18, with EA Sports having found a likeness he agrees with.The World Cup winner had previously questioned his appearance on the latest version of the popular simulator.Having trimmed his hair some time ago, the 30-year-old was frustrated to find that he was still sporting flowing locks. 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 Hey @EASPORTSFIFA , I’m really glad you like my long hair… but I’m wearing it short for almost two years now… #FIFA18 #SK6 pic.twitter.com/0MHsBZk3Bp— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) October 12, 2017Khedira’s grumblings have been acknowledged, with his headband and long hair removed.Not since undergoing a makeover at the start of 2016 has the Juve star sported such a look.I think I look quite realistic now, right? thanks for fixing it, @EASPORTSFIFA. And I promise you I’ll never color it blond… #GoodJob #FIFA18 #SK6 pic.twitter.com/QUMedn0pYE— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) December 21, 2017Khedira can now rest easy and enjoy playing as Juve whenever he picks up a controller.He also has plenty to look forward to in the real world, with the Bianconeri chasing down another Serie A title and shot at Champions League glory, while Germany are counting down the days to their World Cup defence in Russia next summer.last_img read more


‘Neymar better and faster every day’


first_imgNeymar ‘Neymar better and faster every day’ – Danilo offers positive update on Brazil talisman Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 06:25 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil 2017 Getty Neymar Friendlies Brazil v Croatia Brazil v Switzerland Brazil World Cup The Manchester City defender is confident a team-mate returning from injury will be close to peak form by the time World Cup competition starts Brazil right-back Danilo knows Neymar’s fitness is improving with the World Cup approaching – because he is starting to give him the runaround in training.All eyes are on Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar as he steps up preparations for Russia 2018 alongside his international colleagues, despite being ruled out of domestic action with a broken metatarsal since the end of February.Tite’s men kick off their World Cup bid against Switzerland in Rostov on June 17 but Neymar’s first target for match practice is Sunday’s friendly with Croatia at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now According to Manchester City’s Danilo, everything is on track.”I’ve been talking a lot with him because, in these 10 days, I always got to confront him in the training sessions,” he told a news conference.”So, every day we talk because I always go and challenge him and each day he is better, faster and it is more and more difficult to block him.”We hope he can arrive at the World Cup, if not at 100 per cent then something very close to it, because for us this is very important.”Danilo is chasing a starting berth with the Selecao after PSG veteran Dani Alves was ruled out of the World Cup with knee ligament damage.Danilo Brazil 2017-18“First of all, Dani Alves’ injury left us all sad because what he can give to this squad is unrivalled,” said the former Real Madrid defender.”What he gave to this group over all these years is his fighting spirit, his leadership and his style of playing. No doubt, that’s a big loss.”But [Corinthians full-back] Fagner and I have been working hard to do our best to contribute to Brazil also and we are focusing on this.”Dani, for sure, is an experienced man with a strong mindset. He’ll get over this and we’ll try to do our best.”last_img read more


Local Film Industry Says Thank You


first_imgMembers of the Nova Scotia film, television and commercialindustry have joined together to say thank you to fellow NovaScotians for their continued support. The Thank You HRM, Thank You Nova Scotia campaign acknowledgesthe support and patience of individual property owners andbusinesses, neighbourhoods and communities who have hosted filmcrews in Halifax and across the province. It featuresadvertisements in metro and provincial newspapers. Throughout the year, individual production companies makedonations to causes in honour of many of the neighbourhoods inwhich they film. As a special token of its appreciation, and as part of the ThankYou campaign, the industry is also making a $1,000 contributionto Phoenix Youth Programs, a community-based organizationproviding arranged services for homeless and at-risk youth inHalifax. The donation recognizes the public’s assistance inmaking Nova Scotia Canada’s fourth largest film productioncentre. “The film industry is unlike any other — for it to succeed weneed the support of local community partners,” says LeslieAdamson, chair of the Film Advisory Committee. “Every time aneighbourhood is supportive of location filming it says that NovaScotia is film friendly. That encourages production which, inturn, means Nova Scotians will continue to be employed in thisindustry.” The Film Advisory Committee, which launched the appreciationcampaign, includes representatives of provincial and municipalgovernments, labour unions and other industry organizations. Industry partners of the Thank You HRM, Thank You Nova Scotiacampaign include the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation,the Halifax Regional Municipality Film Office, the Director’sGuild of Canada – Atlantic Council, Motion Picture Technicians -IATSE Local 849, ACTRA Maritimes, and InternationalCinematographers Guild – IATSE Local 667. Several industrysponsors, including Production Services Atlantic, the ComWebGroup (including William F. White and Entertainment PartnersCanada), Electropolis Film Production Studio, and the Lord NelsonHotel, also support the campaign. Nova Scotia’s film industry contributed $120 million to theprovince’s economy this past year and employed more than 2,000Nova Scotians. The industry includes representatives of suchdiverse fields as construction, acting, wardrobe, accounting andmuch more.last_img read more


Nova Scotia Provincial Parks Set to Open


first_img Dollar Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality; Graves Island and Rissers Beach, Lunenburg Co.; Thomas Raddall, the Region of Queens Municipality; The Islands, Shelburne Co.; Five Islands, Colchester Co.; Blomidon, Kings Co.; and Ellenwood Lake, Yarmouth Co. “This time last year we were working to repair damage fromHurricane Juan and the blizzard. Happily, park users will be ableto see the results of the work this year,” said Mr. Hurlburt.”Visitors, however, can expect to see remnants of the damage asthat is now an important part of the natural history of manyparks.” Porters Lake Provincial Park, which was devastated by HurricaneJuan, is one example of the damage parks suffered. Constructionactivity continues at the park, which is expected to re-open afew weeks later than other camping parks. Fees in the 20 provincial campgrounds remain the same this yearat $14 for basic service and $18 for semi-serviced, whichincludes flush toilets and showers. Reservations can be made atall camping parks by calling the park of choice directly onweekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information onspecific parks, call the Department of Natural Resources’ parksphone line at 902-424-5937 or visit the department’s website atparks.gov.ns.ca . The Provincial Wildlife Park in Shubenacadie opens seven days aweek beginning May 14. Fees at the Wildlife Park are $4 foradults, $1.50 for youth aged between six and 17 years old, andthose under six years of age are free. Discounted group rates areavailable. Salsman and Boylston, Guysborough Co.; Laurie, Halifax Regional Municipality; Mira River, Cape Breton Regional Municipality; Caribou-Munroes Island, Pictou Co.; Battery, Richmond Co.; Amherst Shore, Cumberland Co.; Smileys, Hants Co.; Valleyview, Annapolis Co.; Whycocomagh, Inverness Co. Many of Nova Scotia’s provincial parks will open on the VictoriaDay weekend, May 20-23. “Every year as the weather improves in the spring people look forplaces where they can enjoy the outdoors, and what better placethan one of our provincial parks. These are places that wereplanned, designed and established for Nova Scotians to enjoy,”said Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. “More than ayear ago our parks were battered by Hurricane Juan and thesubsequent blizzard. It has taken department staff a lot of timeand effort to restore the parks so that they can be ready foruse. We owe them our gratitude. Because of them, we can enjoycamping, hiking, swimming and picnicking, and all the otheractivities our parks offer.” Many of the parks will open on Friday, May 20. The Victoria Dayweekend traditionally kicks off the summer season in Nova Scotiafor many outdoor activities. Camping parks that open on May 20 include: Cape Chignecto will open early this year, on May 13. The remaining campgrounds will open on Friday, June 17 including: last_img read more


Grammy Charity Online Auction Offers VIP Experiences


first_imgThe GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares have launched their first-ever VIP experience-only GRAMMY Charity Online Auction comprised exclusively of nearly 50 one-of-a-kind lots.Featured VIP celebrity, entertainment and business experiences include a private studio tour with Alicia Keys; VIP concert and private meet-and-greet experiences with Elton John, Demi Lovato, and Carrie Underwood; a songwriting session with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush; a private session with GRAMMY-winning composer Christopher Tin and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London; a round of golf with Jonny Lang; and several ultimate GRAMMY VIP experiences, among other items.The VIP experience-only auction is available for bidding now through Dec. 3 at www.charitybuzz.com. Proceeds will provide essential support for the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.last_img read more


Annan very concerned about response on Cyprus peace proposal


When he gave the two sides the plan on 11 November, the Secretary-General asked them to convey their reaction to Alvaro de Soto, his Special Adviser, within a week. A spokesman for Mr. Annan said that yesterday, the Secretary-General received a letter from Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, expressing his readiness to begin negotiations without delay on the basis of the document that is before the two leaders. “He has not yet received such an indication from the Turkish Cypriot side,” the spokesman noted in a statement issued on Mr. Annan’s behalf.”We understand that Mr. [Rauf] Denktash remains hospitalized in New York and that he requires consultations before he can provide the United Nations with the reaction that was requested,” the statement noted. “The Secretary-General is very concerned.””A way to get negotiations under way needs to be found urgently, because further delay could result in the disappearance of the opportunity,” the statement warned, noting that the Secretary-General’s plan contains a calendar “designed to allow the parties to seize this opportunity.”The timetable requires the main issues to be resolved prior to the Copenhagen European Council. “The calendar is part and parcel of the plan,” the statement notes.The Secretary-General has asked Mr. de Soto to meet him in Europe at the end of the week so as to take stock and examine what the UN can do to bring the process forward, according to the statement. read more


UN official hails work of Chinese peacekeepers in Liberia


Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative, Souren Seraydarian, made his comments on Sunday in the remote town of Zwedru at a ceremony that also featured the participation of ministers from the National Transitional Government of Liberia. The area hosts two Chinese detachments: a hospital unit and an engineering company doing major road and infrastructure work. “You are assisting one of the poorest States in the world back onto its feet after years of war have left the country in an appalling state of disrepair,” said Mr. Seraydarian. He praised the units for contributing to the peace efforts in Liberia “in the most direct and effective way possible – on the ground, in the field.” The Chinese contingent in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) includes a 275- strong Engineering Company and a Transport Company with over 240 soldiers. The hospital in Zwedru is staffed by a 43-member team that provides medical care to both peacekeepers and the local population. China has also contributed military observers and civilian police personnel to UNMIL. read more


Leons Furniture Q3 profit drops as expenses rise while sales unchanged


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Leon’s Furniture Ltd. (TSX:LNF) says it had $13 million of net income in the third quarter, a 15 per cent decline from the same time last year as the addition of four stores last year added overhead expenses during a period of flat sales growth.Net income for the quarter was equal to 19 cents per common share, down 13.6 per cent from 22 cents per share or $15.3 million in the comparable period of 2011.Leon’s issued its report two days after announcing plans to acquire The Brick, an Edmonton-based rival, in a friendly deal they say will help the Canadian retailers cope with U.S.-based competitors such as Target and Walmart.Toronto-based Leon’s says overall sales throughout its system, including franchised locations, totalled $223.68 million in the three months ended Sept. 30.That was barely changed from the third quarter of 2011 when overall system sales totalled $223.65 million.Net operating expenses rose three per cent from a year ago to $54.2 million — mainly due to higher marketing costs and administration expenses due to the addition of four stores last fall.A weakening Canadian dollar eroded Leon’s gross margin to 40.9 per cent from 42.2 per cent last year.“The slowdown in the economy continues to affect our results and we do not see any immediate signs of improvement. As such, we anticipate that consumer discretionary spending will remain soft for the balance of 2012,” the company said in a statement Tuesday.“To help counter this, we will continue our strong marketing and merchandising campaign. The opening of four new stores in the latter part of 2011 should also aid our sales in the fourth quarter of 2012. Even with these measures in place, growing profits for the remainder of 2012 will be challenging.”The Canadian retail landscape has been shifting in recent years as more American chains, in search of growth opportunities, make their way north. Target is preparing to its first expansion outside the U.S., opening the first of between 125 and 135 Canadian stores in March and April.As well, many Canadian retailers from Loblaw (TSX:L) to Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) have moved to compete and offer their customers one-stop-shopping by diversifying their offerings, including through furniture sales.Leon’), century-old family-run business with its roots in industrial Ontario, said Sunday it would pay a $5.40 per share for Brick (TSX:BRK) stock, a premium to the Friday closing price of $3.50 per share.Leon’s shares traded Tuesday at $11.60, down 20 cents since Monday’s close but up from the pre-announcement price of $11.57 on Friday at the Toronto Stock Exchange. Brick shares (TSX:BRK) were $5.33, up from Friday’s close at $3.50. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2012 2:05 pm MDT Leon’s Furniture Q3 profit drops as expenses rise while sales unchanged read more


Waszkiewicz i Wleklak lead Poland until June


ZPRP Board (Polish Handball Federation) accepted the resignation of Bogdan Wenta from the position of NT head coach. In WCh 2013 Qualification matches against Lithuania next June, Daniel Waszkiewicz i Damian Wleklak will lead team.  That is an offer of Board to coaches, who will decided about that in next seven days. ← Previous Story Jesper Noddesbo in F.C Barcelona until 2014 Next Story → Filip Jicha bomb in Zagreb! (VIDEO) Polish handball federation


2 families displaced after Allapattah duplex catches fire no injuries


first_img“We were here in the patio listening to music when suddenly smoke started coming out from one of the rooms,” he said through a translator. “Then the alarms started ringing and fire started to come out.”While the damage was contained to the duplex, the home was burned inside and out.The families that lived at the duplex said they lost everything in the fire. Sunday morning, they went through what was left of their belongings.While the fire may have taken their material possessions, the victims said they’re grateful no one was hurt.“Thank God everybody was able to get outside and nothing happened to nobody. Thank God,” said Alarezo.The cause of the fire reamins under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Two families have been left without a home after a fire broke out inside their duplex in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood.7News cameras captured burnt walls and charred possessions in the aftermath of the overnight blaze.City of Miami Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along Northwest 21st Avenue, near 33rd Street, late Saturday night.Dramatic cellphone video recorded by a neighbor showed bright flames coming from the property.Resident Luis Vasquez said he was sleeping inside when the fire erupted.“I was asleep. They came to wake me up, so I could leave because the house was on fire,” he said through a translator. “When I woke up. I left with nothing. I didn’t take anything.”David Alarezo said he was just outside when the fire started. last_img read more


Bengaluru hosts vintage motorcycle show over 200 rare bikes on display Photos


first_imgChetan PriyadarshanBengaluru is hosting a two-day vintage motorcycle show with over 200 bikes at UB City. Here you can catch a glimpse of the 1920 BSA Pointing to one of the vehicles used by Hitler’s armed forces. The show was inaugurated by Kannada actor Puneet Rajkumar on Saturday and the first day attracted a footfall of over 600 visitors. It is being organised by the Federation of Historical Vehicles of India (FHVI) and Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) on the occasion of International Motorcycle Week. Chetan PriyadarshanJointly sponsored by UB City and The Prestige Group, the show has vintage bikes from Royal Enfield, Jawa, Yezdi, Harley Davidson, Indian, Nortons, Triumph, BMW, BSA, Matchless, AJS, and Lambretta. Rare bikes like Velocette, Cossack, Douglas, CZ, JAP, Cezeta, Micoletta, Norman, and NSU were also showcased in large numbers.This is the first time FIVA, an official partner of UNESCO, is organising the event in India. According to Dr. Ravi Prakash, the president of FHVI, “This event is the first step to preserve royalty and the beauty of vintage motor and its craftsmanship.” He added that the motto behind such kind of shows is to provide its viewers the understanding of the complex high-end motors.The event showcased vintage bikes ranging from 1900s to late 1980s. The biggest attraction in the event was the introduction of a Zundapp, a vintage of 1936 from Germany. It is the only one available in a working condition in the world. It is a bike from the Hitler’s army from World War 2. The bike fuses in it a power of 650cc, hand gear, shock driven, boxer twin engine. Chetan PriyadarshanThe event also showcases the very first cycles named, Bone Shakers and Panny Farthing dating back to 1860 and 1870, respectively. The event allotted special attention to a few companies which were the benchmark to the evolution of motorcycles. The oldest collections of FHVI consisting of a Douglas (1920), an AJS H7 (1927), a BSA (1931) was showcased together with the vintage cycles. Chetan PriyadarshanThe presence of several high-profile motorcycle manufacturers with their collections, the vintage motorcycle show had plenty going for it. Here is a quick roundup:Harley Davidson Chetan PriyadarshanThere were multiple bikes displayed by the brand with one of the oldest being the two cylinder v-twin engine, Knucklehead EL vintage 1937. There were many classic models and also racing models like 1983-XR 1000 in the display.Royal Enfield Chetan PriyadarshanThe company took the grandeur of showcasing its very first continental GT models and the Interceptors. The company also displayed some of the newer models like the army brown classic and the bullet.TVS Chetan PriyadarshanBoasting of its renovations on the Apache RR310, the company made it obvious with their display of the vintage and the recent release, the changes and what the company has changed so far.Jawa Chetan PriyadarshanThe major attraction by the company was the 660cc continental vintage display. Adding into the flavour was the 350cc twin engine. The relative newer varieties are flooding the market but the vintage relatively gives a greater grandeur.Ariel Chetan PriyadarshanThe company boasted mostly of its single sitter, double engine carriers in the show. The British motor company showcased a variety ranging from 350cc to 500cc carriers. The Red Hunter classic and the Ariel Square Four MKII classic were the main attractions because of their elongated looks. The 400cc, Ariel Sloper also attracted a lot of people.BMW Chetan PriyadarshanThough the company did not showcase many vintage carriers, the classic models described the grandeur of the company. BMW R100RS and 900cc classic gave the show a different charm of luxury craftsmanship. The other attraction was the 400cc, BMW R4, stamped in 1934.Indian Chetan PriyadarshanThe famous cruiser manufacturing auto company displayed an astonishing range of single sitter classic models. The visitors were awed by seeing the look of the double cylinder carrier.Triumph Chetan PriyadarshanThe UK manufacturer displayed its twin cylinder Tiger models and the 500cc classic models. The major attraction was the sand brown, 350cc Triumph 3HW.BSA Chetan PriyadarshanThe company played the trump-card role for the show. Its contrast displays ranging from cycle mopeds to classic bikes and bullets were displayed with the other competitors in the auto industry. The company showed by the way of their display, what they rolled, through the years of progress. The major attraction for the viewers was the 1980’s bond street carrier. The attractions were the BSA James, 150cc vintage stamped in 1938, the BSA BB 33 stamped in 1933 and the BSA 500cc sidecar, stamped in 1928.Panther Chetan PriyadarshanThe company displayed one of the motorbikes from 1947. The carrier is completely rusted but is kept in factory condition to retain its vintage grandeur. The other attraction was the 75cc Panther model from 1955.Some of the other vintage motors on display are a 350cc AJS from 1925, 500cc Sunbeam from 1949 and 500cc Sunbeam S7 from 1951.last_img read more


5 killed in fresh Gaza violence


first_imgA relative of a Palestinian who was killed by Israeli troops east of Khan Younis, reacts at hospital in the central Gaza Strip on 20 July 2018. Photo: ReutersPalestinian gunmen killed an Israeli soldier along the Gaza border on Friday, said the Israeli military, which launched dozens of strikes into Gaza that killed four Palestinians, including three Hamas fighters.The soldier was the first to be killed on the Gaza front in active duty since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, an Israeli army spokesman said. He was on “operational activity” when he and colleagues came under fire, the military said.At least four Palestinians were killed in later Israeli strikes, according to Palestinian medical officials. Hamas, the armed Islamist movement which controls Gaza, said three of the dead were its fighters. The fourth was a protester, local residents and medics said. At least 120 Gazans were wounded.Egyptian security officials and a diplomat from another unnamed state were holding contacts with Hamas and Israel in an effort to restore calm and prevent further deterioration, a Palestinian official told Reuters. Gaza was relatively quiet after midnight, residents said.A Palestinian official said: “Egypt has managed to restore calm through talks with the two sides in Israel and in Gaza … We hope it lasts.”Israel said its aircraft and tanks had struck dozens of targets belonging to Hamas and across the Gaza Strip, including a drone warehouse, aerial defence systems and observation posts.”The event that happened today is something that we cannot tolerate and cannot allow to become a routine norm, that’s why we retaliated and that’s why we continue to target military targets belonging to Hamas,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman.Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu held emergency discussions with cabinet colleagues and military chiefs about the escalation, which follows four months of Palestinian border protests.After dark on Friday, the Israeli military said that Gaza militants had launched three rockets into Israel, of which two were intercepted by its Iron Dome defence system.Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a statement after holding a phone conversation with Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations’ envoy to the region.”If Hamas continues with rocket launches, the results will be far more severe than they can imagine. Responsibility for the destruction and for human life will be on Hamas,” a statement quoted Lieberman as saying.Mladenov said on Twitter that “Everyone in Gaza needs to step back from the brink. Not next week. Not tomorrow. Right NOW! Those who want to provoke Palestinians and Israelis into another war must not succeed.”Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who holds little sway over Hamas, called for international intervention to prevent an escalation of the violence, his office said.- Kite Attacks -Earlier, Hamas defied Lieberman’s calls to stop launching incendiary balloons from the coastal enclave and he threatened to order a military offensive to prevent them.Fires caused by kites and helium-filled balloons have ravaged farmland in Israel in recent months.The tactic has become popular during the months-long Gaza border protests known as ‘The Great March of Return’, in which Israeli security forces have killed more than 140 Palestinians.Palestinians are protesting to demand the right to return to homes and villages they fled or were driven from during the conflict surrounding the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948. But more recently some Gaza officials said the protests would end if Israel lifted an economic blockade of the Strip.Israel says Hamas has been orchestrating the demonstrations to provide cover for militants’ cross-border attacks. Hamas denies this.Khalil Al-Hayya, Hamas’s deputy chief in Gaza, said the kites would continue to fly. “In the face of Zionist threats, we say the resistance will continue, the marches will continue and its tools will continue to vary and take different forms, including the kites,” he said.Hayya also said on Friday that Hamas was holding two Israeli soldiers that Israel had declared killed in action during a 2014 war in Gaza.He said they would be returned only as part of a deal similar to that in 2011 under which captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was released in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinians jailed in Israel.”Your soldiers are still in our hands … The occupation (Israel) will not see them until they pay the price, just like they did for Shalit,” Hayya said.last_img read more


Black Virginia Voters Feel Betrayed Left in NoWin Scenario


first_imgBy Errin Haines Whack, The Associated PressEva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first Black president.But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Feb. 8, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore Blackface as a medical student 35 years ago.In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, from left, Lt. Governor-elect Justin Fairfax, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring and Governor-elect Ralph Northam listen as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses a joint meeting of the House and Senate money committees at the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, Va. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)“I really believed in him,” said Siakam, a 28-year-old student. “To find out that he dressed up in Blackface is disappointing. He’s shown his disdain for Black people.”Black voters who factored prominently in the 2017 election that helped Northam become governor are feeling betrayed over the scandals that have engulfed the state over the past week, leaving them with a less-than-ideal set of choices at the top of the Democratic Party: a governor and attorney general who wore Blackface and a lieutenant governor who stands accused by two women of sexual assault. The next person in line for governor is a conservative Republican.Many are struggling to come to grips with a list of nagging questions: Do they forgive the Democrats, keep Republicans out of power and demand the governor get serious about racism? Should Northam step down and hand the office to African-American Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who faces sexual assault allegations? Or should all three of them walk away and let principle prevail, even if the other party takes charge?The dilemma was being weighed in Black barber shops, salons, restaurants and living rooms and in activist and political circles across the state in the midst of a still-unfolding reckoning around race and scandal in the Old Dominion.“We don’t even know where to take the conversation from here,” community organizer Chelsea Wise said at a meeting of Democrats in Richmond on Feb. 7. “Do we want to address all of them, or are we just sticking with Ralph right now? The fact that it’s all of our top leadership shows that we need to take a hard look at the Virginia Democratic Party as well.”The governor has been facing calls to resign ever since a photo emerged from his medical school yearbook page in 1984 that showed someone in Blackface next to a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.Northam later admitted wearing Blackface and impersonating Michael Jackson around the same time. Days later, Fairfax was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, and Attorney General Mark Herring came forward to admit that he, too, wore Blackface in the 1980s.As of Friday night, Northam informed his cabinet that he was determined to stay in office, Herring remained in a wait-and-see posture, and Fairfax had denied a second accusation of sexual assault, this one from a classmate at Duke University who said he raped her in 2000. Northam is vowing to start an honest conversation on race to begin to heal Virginia’s lingering racial legacy.Siakam said she thinks Northam should resign, but said the conversation must now turn to the larger impacts of racism on communities of color.“There’s nothing you can do for us to forget, but we should focus more now on structural racism,” she said.African Americans, who make up 20 percent of Virginia voters, overwhelmingly supported the commonwealth’s top three Democrats in 2017, in large part as a repudiation of what they saw as the racist rhetoric and policies prevalent in the 2016 presidential campaign and the White supremacist rally in Charlottesville just months before the election. Both Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring campaigned heavily in Black areas, and were given entree into many communities by local officials, faith leaders, business owners and regular citizens.Wise said she had reservations about Northam’s commitment to Black communities during the election, but supported him anyway and was prepared to hold him accountable amid a racially divided national climate.“We knew Trump had just gotten elected and we needed a Democratic governor in Virginia, especially because of the importance of the state in national elections,” Wise, 34, explained. “I almost felt like I couldn’t question him because of the urgency add the importance of what we just had on the national level.”Wise said she felt betrayed by Northam’s revelations, particularly because he remained silent about his own past after the events of Charlottesville.“How in the world did you not come out and do your own truth telling?” she said. “That makes me recognize that you don’t have the insight and emotional capacity to take on what we need in Virginia at this time.”Shemicia Bowen campaigned for Democrats up and down the ticket. The 44-year-old Richmond resident said she gasped when she learned the governor had worn Blackface 35 years ago. She finds Herring’s revelations were even more alarming because he’s the state’s top lawyer and has to deal with daily decisions affecting Black people in the criminal justice system.Still, Bowen struggles with the way forward for Black Virginians. She doesn’t think anyone will step down, and as a loyal Democrat, she’s not sure they should turn over the state to Republicans.“We can’t just throw the whole ticket away at this point,” said Bowen. “But we have to understand that Blackface is a blatant form of disrespect. If an elected official isn’t aware of that, what else are they not aware of? What else do you feel like is not a big deal? How are you able to effectively be a voice for every person?”Norfolk native Joe Dillard said Northam should resign, and that the allegations against Fairfax should be investigated before discussing what consequences he should face. But the idea of a Republican governor should all three step aside was not unpalatable if it’s the right decision, he said.“Do I think I should support Democrats to the point where I allow certain things that my great grandparents would slap me in the face for letting slide? No, I won’t,” Dillard said. “I am not a Democrat before I’m an African-American man. For me, it’s always people over party.”Dillard and Bowen, both members of a group of young Blacks active in Virginia politics, said Northam should immediately allocate at least $20 million to the state’s historically Black colleges and universities, which have been underfunded. Dillard also suggested an African-American liaison in the governor’s office, to establish a pipeline for young Blacks to rise to meaningful positions in government. Wise is already looking ahead to future cycles, where she feels more Black women in leadership would help to restore her confidence in the party.Jim Scurlock, a longtime elections supervisor in Richmond who went to segregated high schools in Roanoke before experiencing the sting of Jim Crow as a young soldier in the Army in 1960, was withholding judgment on Fairfax. And he said given the national political climate and the country’s racist legacy, everyone deserves a second chance.“Probably many, many more in the General Assembly wore Blackface,” Scurlock, 82, said. “Virginia is still a racist state. It hasn’t changed much. And look at the president and all he has done . I haven’t forgiven the president, but he’s still in office, so why should they resign?”last_img read more


Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on


first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, February 14. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:24Heavy traffic on A530 Nantwich Road in both directions near Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. Wistaston Green Road is also closed for roadworks. 18:05One lane closed and very slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Northbound from Stoke Road to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout).Lane one (of two) is closed around 17:55 to assist. 17:54Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).17:54A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 16:20Usual congestion on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 16:00Possible delays on CrossCountry between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent due to road vehicle hitting a bridge earlier.Trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines. 15:25Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 15:16A527 Porthill Road clear at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 15:16Worston Lane in both directions closed, slow traffic due to bridge struck by vehicle between A5013 Eccleshall Road (Little Bridgeford) and Searchlight Lane (Shallowford).A lorry has collided with the bridge near to the River Sow. Due to the damage of the bridge, the road may have to remain closed for a few days. 15:16Heavy traffic on A530 Nantwich Road in both directions near Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. Wistaston Green Road is also closed for roadworks. 15:16A527 Reginald Mitchell Way partially blocked due to accident at Marlborough Way. Traffic is coping well.The accident is on the roundabout by Wickes. 15:15A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 10:30Queuing traffic on A50 in Upper TeanQueueing traffic on A50 Eastbound before A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean).Traffic diverting away from the M6 accident. 09:24Man dies following accident involving lorry and pedestrian on M6The M6 is expected to remain closed for several more hours as collision investigation work continues. More here.08:44A34 clearedThe accident on the A34 has cleared.08:28Accident on A34Reports of A34 Talke Road Southbound closed, queueing traffic due to accident, Car and a Bike involved at Beata Road.Near the Brewers fayre. On approach to the roundabout.07:41Congestion on Chell Street in HanleyUsual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).07:33M6 motorway closed due to serious accidentThe M6 remains closed due to a serious accident near Stafford this morning. More here.07:33Good morningWe’ll be bringing you the latest news and traffic updates from across the region throughout the day.last_img read more


Mortgage Master Initiates Operations Expansion


first_img Massachusetts-based “”Mortgage Master, Inc.””:http://www.mortgagemasterinc.com/, is extending its industry footprint. The company recently announced the opening of a new operations center in Maitland, Florida, as well as the expansion of its current operations centers in Sea Grit, New Jersey and its corporate headquarters in Walpole.[IMAGE]Citing the company’s “”rapid growth,”” Mortgage Master’s operational maneuvers follow the organization’s strong projections for the remainder of 2012. Currently, Mortgage Master is forecasting an increase in lending, predicting that originations will rise to over $7 billion this year versus $5.5 billion in 2011.[COLUMN_BREAK]To facilitate its expansion plans, Mortgage Master has appointed Candy Burke-Robertson as its operations manager for the Southeast region. And Burke-Robertson won’t be the only addition to the company’s leadership line up, with Mortgage Masters stating that it “”continues to hire in all departments;”” during the past 12 months, the organization has already hired more than 120 new employees.””Mortgage Master is making the necessary investments in its operational infrastructure, from talent to technology to geographic expansion, to ensure the right people, processes, and procedures are in place to enhance our lending value chain,”” stated Paul Anastos, CEO of Mortgage Master. “”Central Florida has a great deal of operations talent and this new center will offer tremendous support to our production professionals. The addition of Candy and her entire team will help position Mortgage Master as a more dynamic service company as we to continue to grow in Florida and throughout the southeastern market by offering high-quality borrowers the lowest interest rates in the mortgage industry and best-in-class service.””Mortgage Master is committed to providing the right mortgage solution through our dedicated employees, superior product and pricing, and unparalleled customer service. We are focused on becoming the premier service business, not only in the mortgage industry, but in the Country,”” added Anastos. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology August 16, 2012 382 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-16 Abby Gregorycenter_img Mortgage Master Initiates Operations Expansion Sharelast_img read more