Why You Need a Mentor — Especially If You Hate Asking for Help

first_imgNew Wave of Online Education: Helping Quiet Chi… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#career advancement#career progression#career trajectory#mentor#mentoring#mentorship Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. People who ask for help are weak. Right? Wrong. Humans like to feel secure, so we convince ourselves that we should appear strong without vulnerability or weakness. That’s just bad thinking. Too much self-reliance makes others think you don’t know what you’re doing.When you’re ready to acknowledge your need for help, the options can seem underwhelming. YouTube videos, conferences, and continued education are nice, but they can only do so much. If you’re serious about advancing your career, you need a mentor.“Mentorship is the most consistent and effective way to grow as a professional,” says Rob Borrego, CEO at Credera, a full-service management and IT consulting firm. “By striving to create a culture of mentorship and implementing a formal program we’ve noticed incredible results among our teams. People who used to be hesitant to solicit feedback are now more confident and eager to expand their knowledge and tackle new challenges.”If you’re on the fence about whether a mentor could help your career, consider the following reasons to find one:You need to fill gaps in your training.The best universities don’t adequately prepare graduates for the workforce. A recent report from The Learning House and Future Workplace found that more than half of job openings at surveyed companies remained unfilled because there were no qualified candidates. The businesses themselves weren’t helping, with 74 percent of surveyed companies spending just $500 per employee on training.Mentors provide the knowledge and growth that educators and employers don’t because they have the ability to walk through daily life with you. Mentors lead by example. It’s amazing what the model of a great mentor can teach you simply by observing their ways. A good mentor can teach you things you never would have learned in a classroom or from an onboarding video.You don’t recognize all your opportunities.Have you worked in your industry for decades? Are you intimately familiar with the development of the workplace, the changing demands of employers, and the evolving needs of clients? You probably aren’t — but your mentor would be.Even if you’re great in your current role, a mentor can help you identify career options you may not have considered. What if you’re a killer programmer, but your people skills could land you a better-paying role as a client-facing consultant, with more room to advance? A knowledgeable mentor can show you doors you never knew existed.You’re not as motivated as you could be.The battle between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation continues to rage. Intrinsic motivation is typically the more powerful of the two, while extrinsic motivation is useful in short bursts to achieve specific, time-sensitive goals.Your mentor won’t bribe you to perform better. However, your mentor can help you rethink your philosophy and realign your priorities to set yourself up for future success. With someone there to tell you exactly what you stand to gain (or lose), you can focus more closely on what matters most to you.You haven’t learned to plot your path to success.What does success mean to you? Do you want to retire early, see the world, earn as much as possible, be your own boss, or climb to the top of the company ladder? Whatever your goals are, your mentor understands through experience what it will take to achieve them.Say you want to be the boss one day. You work hard in your field, help others in your company, and generally get along, but you don’t know whether your career trajectory will lead you where you want to go. A good mentor will teach you how to measure the impact you have on your company, prove your value, and leverage your hard work into tangible rewards.You will mentor others one day.The more you grow as a professional, the more likely it is that you’ll be responsible for others at some point. When that day comes, your success will depend on the success of your team.You already know that mentoring makes others better. What better way to build a strong team than to become a mentor yourself? You’ll not only invest in your own development, but also in the development of anyone who will depend on you in the future.No matter how much you like to go at it alone, don’t ignore the power of a great mentor relationship. Seek out the guidance now so you’ll be ready for the challenges ahead. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

India to push for exemption from US tariff hikes during trade talks

first_imgAhead of the two-day trade talks between the US and India starting Monday, India is keeping its options open to join other affected countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the steel and aluminium tariff hikes imposed by the Donald Trump administration, if it fails to secure an exemption.Assistant US trade representative Mark Limscott will be leading a delegation of trade officials to New Delhi for inter-sessional talks ahead of the annual Trade Policy Forum meeting between the two countries later this year. India will take the opportunity to push for an exemption from the tariff hikes, like the US has granted to its key allies European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea.Read it at Live Mint Related Itemslast_img

Durham proud of ‘game-changer’ Hugnatan, Amer

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham may have been the focal point of Meralco’s offense on Game 4 against Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals, but the Bolts needed a couple more players to get the 85-83 victory.First was Baser Amer, who made a crucial three-pointer, and then it was Reynel Hugnatan who dished the clutch assist to Durham that led to the game’s final score.ADVERTISEMENT Cone rues missed timeout in Ginebra’s final possession Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ And Durham couldn’t help but admire Amer and Hugnatan for their efforts in bailing the Bolts out en route to tying the series at 2-2.“Baser, I just told him to keep playing, keep playing, and keep shooting,” said Durham of Baser Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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 shutoutAmer had struggled in the two games prior to Game 4 as he went a combined 5-of-19, including a 0-of-6 performance in Game 3.All that, however, became an afterthought when Amer knocked down a booming triple that gave Meralco an 83-81 lead with 1:18 remaining in the fourth. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “I had four guys on me and he [Amer] was wide open and I just had to trust in him and just passed him the ball and he knocked it down. They said Chris Ross was the Most Improved Player, but if I had a vote, I would have given it to Baser that’s for sure.”“He made the biggest play of the game, he made that three and I’m proud of him.”And if Baser made a bailout shot late in the game, Hugnatan practically made life easier for Durham for more than 30 minutes.Hugnatan logged more than 31 minutes of play and in the time that he and Durham shared the floor, the Bolts’ import had the luxury of playing in a wide paint.The 38-year-old Hugnatan was Meralco’s stretch 4 and he baited Ginebra’s opposing big men, namely Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar, to guard him outside instead of providing help in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “It’s a lot easier to get to the rim and Ginebra’s a big team so now they have to pick their poison,” said Durham who finished with 28 points and 18 rebounds. “They would either help under the basket or we would stretch them out.”Durham was left open underneath when Aguilar closed out on Hugnatan at the top of the key and that allowed the Meralcoveteran to pass to his teammate underneath for the layup with 47 seconds left in the game.Hugnatan’s ploy of stretching the floor gave him 14 points, 12 of which came from deep.“Papa Rey has been doing it for years and years and years, I don’t even know how many years he’s been doing it,” joked Durham. “He’s really helping us a lot and he’s a game-changer for us.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentslast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: How umpire Dharmasena guided Moeen Ali to success

first_imgAli is 2nd in the list of top wicket-takers behind James Anderson in the series so farWhile only a few would have expected Moeen Ali to be the chief tormentor of the touring Indian side, England’s part-time spinner has surely raised more than a few eyebrows in the ongoing five-match Test series.The part-timer recently became the fastest English spinner to cross the 20-wicket mark in Test cricket with 22 wickets in a mere six games. He is also second in the list of top wicket-takers behind James Anderson in the series so far.The 27-year-old England cricketer, busy bamboozling the Indian batsmen, has revealed the role of umpire Kumar Dharmasena in his surprising success in the series.After conceding quite a few runs in the first Test against India, Ali went into the nets and asked the former Sri Lankan spinner as to how he could bowl quicker without it being flat.”Since I didn’t want to bowl one-day stuff, he said just grab your pocket as quickly as you can with your non-bowling arm. As soon as I bowled one ball I knew it would work. That, for some reason, allows me to bowl quicker and straighter without it being flat,” Ali told an English daily.The change allowed Ali to introduce more momentum into his action and turned him quicker by five miles per hour than he did at the time of debut in June this year.And, the results are astronomical. The part-time spinner scripted India’s batting collapse in the recent Test and made him the fourth most successful spinner in a series against India outside Asia.advertisementHe has surpassed Graeme Swann’s tally of wickets against India at home three years ago, transforming him as a front-line spinner for England.Ali currently has 19 wickets at a stellar average of 22.94 with two brilliant spells at the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford as England have gone 2-1 up in the series. He will certainly play a crucial role for his side in the fifth Test against India tomorrow.last_img read more

PBA: NLEX wins back to back, frustrates Meralco

first_imgMOST READ The Road Warriors got the goods from JR Quiñahan, who scored 19 points to lead three more big productions from the bench that include Kiefer Ravena and Kenneth Ighalo, who both tossed in 15 each.“It’s been a long time since we’ve put together two wins in a row,” Coach Yeng Guiao, whose charges took early control of the standings. “So it really feels good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“I just hope we could sustain it,” he added, noting the upcoming task which will come in the form of Blackwater this coming Sunday.“We’re playing balanced basketball—which is for me the best news. Despite of our import, our locals are also contributing on the offensive,” Guiao said. MANILA, Philippines–NLEX marched to its second straight win at the expense of sister team Meralco, 105-99, in Friday night’s PBA Governors’ Cup contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Olu Ashaolu 17 points and 13 rebounds to negate Allen Durham’s eye-popping numbers of 32 points and 19 rebounds for Meralco.Raymond Almazan had another solid outing tallying 17 in both the scoring and rebounding departments, but could only do so much for the Bolts, who slid to 1-1 in the third conference.Meralco seeks to rebound against winless Alaska in a clash at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Friday next week.POST-GAME INTERVIEW LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano This jewelry designer is also an architect NCAA: Lyceum pounces on error prone Letran to stay hot DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli shares epic photo with Anushka Sharma and Sanjay Bangar

first_imgIt has been a year since Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma married, yet their photos continue to cast magic on social media. Their fans cherish every little detail about their lives and look forward to updates about their lives.The couple is still in Australia for the ODI series. Virat took to Twitter to share an adorable picture with Anushka, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar, who has also been the batting coach for the team since 2014. Virat captioned the photo, “With some people, you don’t need to make an effort to connect.”With some people you don’t need to make an effort to connect. pic.twitter.com/cZiwgRF83qVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 16, 2019Anushka shared a cute video of Virat on her Instagram account.Just the other day, Anushka shared celebratory photos on Instagram after India’s historic win against Australia. She wrote, “They came. They conquered! History written and created by this bunch!””Huge congratulations to all players, coaching unit and support staff; it takes undying perseverance & solid conviction to focus on what’s important and shut out the rest. So so happy and proud of you, my love,” Anushka added.The actress also took to her Instagram story to share a picture of the scoreboard, which announced Team India’s victory, and captioned it “Yay!” She also shared a picture of the Indian flag at the Sydney Cricket Ground and wrote, “Tiranga lehraya”. Anushka Sharma’s Instagram story Anushka Sharma’s Instagram storyVirat had once called Anushka the “captain, off the field” in an earlier interview. He had praised her enthusiasm for the sport and said, “She is very passionate about the game. She understands the game and she can understand the sentiments of all the players, what they go through and stuff, which I think is the most beautiful thing.””She takes all the right decisions in life. She’s totally my strength and she keeps me positive all the time, and that’s what you want in a life partner so I’m very grateful,” the cricketer had added.ALSO READ: I am married to the greatest man in the world, says Anushka Sharma about Virat KohliALSO WATCH: Engagement, haldi and garland-exchange visuals from Virat-Anushka weddinglast_img read more

Darbar new pics leaked. Rajinikanth stuns as cop in AR Murugadoss film

first_imgRajinikanth tasted success with Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta, which released early this year. He is presently shooting for director AR Murugadoss’s Darbar, in which Superstar will be seen as a cop. Photos from the film’s shooting spot have been leaked by some miscreants.Going by the pictures, it is clear that Rajinikanth essays the role of a police officer in Mumbai. Also, sources close to the film’s unit revealed that major portions of Darbar are set in Mumbai. Word has it that the film will have a social message, much like AR Murugadoss’s previous ventures.Here are the photos: Rajinikanth in Darbar shooting spot Rajinikanth in Darbar shooting spotThe leaked pictures from the shooting spot of Darbar are doing the rounds on social media. In his recent speech at Kaappaan audio launch, Rajinikanth said that the film has shaped up well and appreciated filmmaker AR Murugadoss.The Sarkar director, in an earlier interview, spilled the beans about what kind of a film Darbar would be. “My next film with Rajini sir will not be a political film. But it will be a mass entertainer… satisfying all types of audiences. I have been his fan for a very long time and it will be my dream project,” Murugadoss told Behindwoods.There is a lot of hype surrounding Darbar and it features Rajinikanth as a cop after two decades. It is also rumoured that Superstar will be seen in dual roles in the film. However, there has been no official announcement on the same.advertisementDarbar boasts an ensemble cast including Nayanthara, Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Yogi Babu, Nivetha Thomas, Jatin Sharma, and Nawab Shah in pivotal characters. The film, bankrolled by Lyca Productions, will release on Pongal 2020.ALSO SEE | Rajinikanth’s Darbar crew attacked with stones by college students?ALSO SEE | Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudilast_img read more

SASAC Gives Nod to COSCO Shippings USD 19 Bn Share Plan

first_imgzoom China’s State‑owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) has approved COSCO Shipping Holdings’ CNY 12.9 billion (USD 1.9 billion) share issuance plan announced back in October.Under the plan, the company intends to offer over 2 billion of its series A shares through a private placement.The approval also relates to the subscription of 50 percent of the total number of A Shares by Cosco Shipping.The proposed share issuance needs also to be approved by the shareholders and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).The transaction is planned to be completed within six months after obtaining CSRC’s approval.As informed earlier, the company plans to use to net proceeds to fund 20 boxships under construction, six of which would have a capacity of over 21,200 TEU.Four of the remaining vessels from the batch would have a capacity of over 14,500 TEU, five would be able to carry 13,800 TEU and the final five would have a capacity of over 20,100 TEU.“The delivery and completion of the construction of the container vessels would enable the company to further expand the scale of its business, further optimize the planning of its shipping capacity and strengthen supports for terminals of the group along the routes under “the Belt and Road” initiative, which would enhance the company’s operating efficiency and its competitiveness in the global shipping industry,” the company said earlier.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Of mastering internal triggers and more

first_imgWhat would life look like if we followed through on our intentions? A former Stanford lecturer and behavioural designer, Nir Eyal spent over a decade researching the psychology behind habit-forming products. The result was his international bestseller, ‘Hooked’. Now, the man who identified the habit has delivered the cure in ‘Indistractable – How to Control your Attention and Chose Your Life (Bloomsbury)’. The Israeli author describes how to manage the discomfort that drives distraction and explains why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off your devices. With a four-step, research-backed model, ‘Indistractable’ lays bare the secret to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of you. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAmong the chapters are Master Internal Triggers, Make Time for Traction, Hack back External Triggers, Prevent Distraction with Pats, How to Make Your Workplace Indistractable. “Empowering and optimistic, this is the book that will allow you to control your time and attention – and live the life you really want.” Eyal has taught courses on applied consumer psychology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and Fortune 500 companies.last_img read more

Yukon battle heating up over Peel watershed

first_imgAPTN National News‘The fate of Yukon’s Peel River watershed remains in limbo.The watershed is made up of wilderness stretching 67,000 square kilometres across the northeastern part of the territory.Miners are demanding access to the area, but they’re opposed by First Nations who say the Peel is among the last pristine eco-systems in the world.As APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports, the latest set of recommendations to manage the region are being rejected by the Yukon government.last_img

Monetary economics in emerging markets needs a rethink RBI Guv

first_imgWashington: Observing that the global financial crisis has exposed several limitations of conventional and unconventional monetary policy tools, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday said monetary economics in emerging markets needs a rethink.This includes challenging the conventional wisdom of modern central banks to hike or reduce their interest rates by 25 basis points or multiples thereof, Das said in a special address delivered on the sidelines of the annual Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Highly appreciated by the audience for his call for out-of-the-box thinking to address monetary policy challenges of the 21st century, Das said the unconventional monetary policies of advanced economies have resulted in “risks and spillovers” for the emerging markets. In his speech titled ‘Global Risks and Policy Challenges facing Emerging Market Economies’, Das observed that the global financial crisis has exposed several limitations of conventional and unconventional monetary policy tools. In despair, some have turned to the heterodox evolution of ideas that are being practiced as modern monetary theory, he noted. In the end, monetary policy must touch the real economy, spur investments, and maintain monetary and financial stability, he asserted. The time has come to think out of the box, including by challenging the conventional wisdom, he told the packed auditorium. Typically, modern central banks with interest rates as their main instrument move in baby steps — 25 basis points or multiples thereof — and announce a stance of tightening, neutrality or accommodation to guide the markets and the public on the likely future course of policy, he said. “One thought that comes to my mind is that if the unit of 25 basis points is not sacrosanct and just a convention, monetary policy can be well served by calibrating the size of the policy rate to the dynamics of the situation and the size of the change itself can convey the stance of policy,” the RBI Governor said. For instance, if easing of monetary policy is required but the central bank prefers to be cautious in its accommodation, a 10 basis points reduction in the policy rate would perhaps communicate the intent of authorities more clearly than two separate moves — one on the policy rate, wasting 15 basis points of valuable rate action to rounding off, and the other on the stance, which in a sense binds future policy action to a pre-committed direction, he said. Likewise, in a situation in which the central bank prefers to be accommodative but not overly so, it could announce a cut in the policy rate by 35 basis points if it has judged that the standard 25 basis points is too little, but its multiple, that is 50 basis points, is too much. “This approach can also be useful when the central bank is on a tightening mode and potentially help avoid policy turnaround from forward guidance via stance too far into the future, which in a highly volatile global scenario, may not even be a year,” Das said. Stating that management of global spillovers poses a formidable challenge to emerging market economies, Das told the audience that a truly global financial safety net remains elusive as in this age of mobile capital flows, consequences of their arrivals, sudden stops and reversals are to be borne nationally. As a result, emerging market economies (EMEs) are typically at the receiving end when global spillovers flare up, he said, adding that they have no recourse but to build their own forex reserve buffers. Paradoxically, the accumulation of reserves has become stigmatised, including with labels such as “currency manipulation”, he rued. “As I see it, we may be unintentionally setting the stage for several EME currencies to break out and challenge the hegemony of the dominant reserve currencies,” he said. “There is a need for greater understanding on both sides. In the meantime, so far as the Reserve Bank of India is concerned, we will continue to play by the extant rules of the game,” Das said in his special address. Das also said central banks have to interact closely with financial markets for transmission of monetary policy impulses. “In this context, ensuring a sound and efficient payment and settlement system is a pre-requisite,” he noted.last_img read more

Tetchy moments a feature in first British Columbia election debate

by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. NDP leader John Horgan, left to right, Liberal Leader Christy Clark and B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver pose for a photo following the leaders debate in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Tetchy moments a feature in first British Columbia election debate VANCOUVER – It wasn’t long before Liberal Leader Christy Clark put her hand on the arm of her main rival, John Horgan, and told him to calm down during Thursday’s first debate of the B.C. election campaign.The New Democrat leader’s icy response: “Don’t touch me again, please.”The exchange captured the sometimes chippy tone of the 90-minute live debate as Horgan interrupted and spoke over Clark every time she picked apart the NDP platform. It was a departure from the positive, take-the-high-road approach adopted by Horgan’s predecessor in the last election, which the New Democrats lost despite a large lead in the polls at the campaign’s outset.A more restrained and smiling Clark stuck to a similar refrain by emphasizing her party’s jobs-first platform and warning that the health of the provincial economy would be jeopardized under the leadership of another party.“In these last four years British Columbia’s really gone on a roll,” Clark told listeners of News 1130 in Vancouver, which also livestreamed the debate online and broadcast it on City television. “We’re just getting started and we don’t want to end that.”Horgan accused the Liberal leader of governing in the interest of corporations, high earners and those “in the first-class lounge.” He also said she is falsely claiming the NDP hasn’t accounted for how it will pay for its platform promises.“Whenever she gets in the corner she makes stuff up. This is why British Columbians have no confidence in the B.C. Liberals,” Horgan said.“Mr. Horgan, we didn’t make up five balanced budgets,” Clark replied.Horgan said the NDP platform is based on the financial figures in the government’s spring budget.The Liberals have said the New Democrats’ plan is too costly. The NDP is promising to bring in $10-a-day child care and eliminate tolls on two busy bridges in Metro Vancouver, but the party says a new tax on housing speculators and raising taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations will help balance the budget.Clark chided the NDP’s intention to roll out its affordable child-care program over 10 years.“You’re not going to deliver it until most kids have their driver’s licences,” she said.Andrew Weaver of the B.C. Green party resorted to holding up his hand to get the attention of the moderator, and when he did it was mostly to criticize Clark’s record.“We’ve had 16 years of mean-spirited policies that have put corporate donors and those who have ahead of those who do not have,” Weaver said when asked about housing costs.Weaver condemned the Liberals for pushing forward with Site C, a hydroelectric megaproject in northeast B.C., as well as the government’s promise of revenue from the liquefied natural gas industry, which has yet to develop.“Trying to squeeze water from a stone doesn’t work, even if you squeeze it harder. And that is the Liberal approach,” he said.The next debate in the May 9 election is Wednesday night.Weaver described the confrontations in Thursday’s debate between Clark and Horgan as petty, saying afterwards the people of British Columbia deserve better.Clark accused her opponents of supporting policies that would bring B.C. back the economic stagnation of the 1990s, when the New Democrats were in power.Asked about Clark touching his arm after the debate, Horgan suggested there is a double-standard.“What would the response have been if I had laid my hand on the premier?” Horgan responded. “That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”Clark later said she didn’t mean to offend Horgan, describing him as a colleague.“I’m a little bit surprised he took it that way,” Clark said. “It certainly wasn’t how it was intended.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitter read more

UN agency urges Southeast Asian countries to strengthen efforts to combat people

“Through various sources we’ve been alerted that there could be more such boats in the region that still need to be located and helped,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists today during the regular briefing at the UN Office in Geneva.The first priority, he stressed, is humanitarian relief, followed by the identification of those in need of international protection.While hailing the recent rescue of hundreds of people off the coast of Indonesia, UNHCR encouraged governments in the area to beef up efforts to save lives and keep borders open. “We are appealing to governments to continue their life-saving operations to find and safely disembark the passengers,” said Mr. Edwards.Several thousand passengers, mainly Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals, are thought to be adrift at sea after smugglers abandoned them to avoid crackdowns in Thailand and Malaysia, according to UNHCR’s partner the Arakan Project.In addition, the UN refugee agency noted that many of the passengers are in a weakened state after days, possibly weeks with little food and water.“UNHCR urges against indefinite detention of those rescued, who should be given access to basic rights and services including family unification, shelter, healthcare and where possible, the right to work while longer-term solutions are sought,” Mr. Edwards underscored. Meanwhile, the UN agency has been on the ground talking to survivors in support of government efforts. For example, in Thailand, UNHCR teams are distributing aid and providing counselling to over 230 smuggling victims, who have surrendered themselves to the police recently after escaping or being abandoned in smugglers’ camps.In Indonesia, UNHCR has sent a team to Lhoksukon in northern Aceh to assist the Government in interviewing groups rescued by the Indonesian navy over the weekend and protect them.According to Mr. Edwards, UNHCR staff is currently in Langkawi, Malaysia to meet with the authorities and local contacts. 1,093 people, mostly Rohingya, arrived by boat in Langkawi on Sunday night. They are in fair condition and have been seen by doctors, given their ordeal.“We are aware of the challenges of managing such a humanitarian emergency, and we have offered our assistance to the government,” said Mr. Edwards, adding that “we stand ready to participate with the authorities in providing humanitarian assistance.” read more

New guide on mining and Indigenous Peoples from the ICMM

first_imgThe International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released Good Practice Guide: Indigenous Peoples and Mining to help members and other mining companies navigate through the complexities associated with mining near indigenous communities. The guide aims to help companies achieve constructive relationships with Indigenous Peoples and to help ICMM members implement their commitments stated in ICMM’s Position Statement on Mining and Indigenous Peoples.It highlights good practice principles, discusses the challenges in applying these principles at the operational level and provides real-world examples of how mining projects have addressed these challenges. It also explores the cost of getting it wrong.“This guide has been designed for companies to navigate through the complexities associated with mining near indigenous communities,” said Aidan Davy, Senior Program Director at ICMM. “But it was also produced with the aim that other groups, like investors and mining affected communities, will find it a useful tool”.The guide is not intended as a one-size-fits-all but is designed to provide useful information and direction for both companies and indigenous communities when considering issues around engagement and participation, agreements, impact management, benefits sharing and dealing with grievances.While recognising the role of traditional decision-making structures, the guide urges companies to be sensitive to those sections of the community who are frequently excluded from these structures, such as women and young people.“This publication is a milestone rather than an end point,” said Anthony Hodge, ICMM’s President. “It will form part of ICMM’s ongoing engagement on these issues and will be reviewed in light of practical experience”.To request printed copies of the report, please e-mail to info@icmm.comlast_img read more

DENMARK 2015 Battle for quarterfinals is battle for RIO

← Previous Story Serbia without Ilić and Vujin at EHF EURO 2016! Next Story → Montenegrian queens let by wonderkid Jauković put Herning on silence Denmark 2015Rio handball 2016 International Handball Federation announced official schedule for the eight-finals and President Cup at 22nd IHF Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark:EIGHTH-FINALSSunday 13 DecemberHerning – Denmark vs Sweden (20:45)Naestved – Netherlands vs Serbia (20:45)Kolding – Brazil vs Romania (20:30)Frederikshavn – Germany vs Norway (20:30)Monday 14 DecemberKolding – Spain vs France (17:45)Herning – Poland vs Hungary (18:00)Kolding – Russia vs Korea (20:30)Herning – Montenegro vs Angola (20:45)PRESIDENT’S CUP (opening matches)Sunday 13 DecemberHerning – Tunisia vs Cuba (15:30)Kolding – Japan vs China (15:30)Herning – DR Congo vs Kazakhstan (18:00)Kolding – Argentina vs Puerto Rico (18:00) read more

Pensioners demand fare go

first_imgGreek pensioners around Victoria rallied this week, demanding that the Baillieu government stay true to their key election promise of reducing the cost of living.Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Jenny Mikakos said the Baillieu government have “failed older Victorians” by not meeting their promises. However, the Baillieu government told Neos Kosmos that “Labor’s claims are false and misleading”. In March last year, the Coalition delivered on its election commitment to introduce year-round concession on electricity bills for Victorians who hold pensioner concession cards, health care cards or Veterans’ gold cards. Addressing the ‘Fare go for Pensioners’ rally, alongside Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living Lily D’Ambrosio, Ms Mikakos said it was clear the welfare of older Victorians was not a Baillieu Government priority. “In opposition, Mr Baillieu promised to cut the cost of living, particularly for older Victorians and pensioners, but since taking office 18 months ago, he has done almost nothing,” Ms Mikakos said. “Labor has recently held a series of meetings with pensioner groups, and we’re acutely aware of the issues facing older Victorians and the impact Baillieu Government policies are having. “Mr Baillieu must stop ignoring older Victorians. I call on the Premier and Minister for Ageing, David Davis to immediately meet with pensioners and hear their issues first hand.” Theodosis Nomicos, President of the Federation of Greek Elderly Citizens Clubs of Melbourne and Victoria, told Neos Kosmos “they are demanding that pensioners have a better life – an easy life, so if they want to buy something they can do so without a struggle.“The majority of pensioners are suffering as the money they are receiving just isn’t enough,” Mr Nomicos said. But the Baillieu government said pensioners are benefiting from the year-round reduction on their electricity bills, saving up to 17.5 per cent a year. They also said the concessions that the Victorian Government has made available now double what was previously available under the Brumby Labor Government. However, Mr Baillieu has yet to meet with the advocate group ‘Fare go for pensioners’. Ms D’Ambrosio told the rally that because the Labor Government has met with the advocate group, they have become informed “on the issues that are facing older Victorians and the impact the Baillieu Government’s policies are having on their lives”. “Mr Baillieu can start by meeting with ‘Fare go for Pensioners’ and getting their views on the cost of living pressures he was promised his government would tackle,” said Ms D’Ambrosio. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nos ancêtres appréciaient les habitats à forte activité tectonique

first_imgNos “ancêtres” appréciaient les habitats à forte activité tectonique Publiée dans le Journal of Human Evolution, une étude internationale établit un lien entre l’activité sismique ou volcanique de certains sites, le type de paysage qui en résulte, et leur occupation par des hominidés fossiles.Des chercheurs de l’Université de Witwatersrand (Afrique du Sud),  de l’Université d’York (Royaume-Uni) et de l’Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France) ont étudié durant 4 ans la géomorphologie de sites archéologiques sud-africains très anciens. “Le Pr Geoffrey King et moi avons découvert la preuve que les sites à hominidés comme Taung, Sterkfontein et Makapansgat, montrent des combinaisons de caractéristiques du paysage qui ne sont pas aléatoires, mais bien le résultat de mouvements tectoniques, tels que des tremblements de terre”, explique le Dr Sally Reynolds, paléoanthropologue.À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne pense”Ce lien entre tremblements de terre et habitat humain, nous le soupçonnions depuis longtemps. Dans les régions vulnérables aux séismes et à l’activité volcanique, se créent souvent des paysages présentant des avantages à long terme pour l’établissement d’humains. Mais les événements tragiques de Christchurch sont une illustration du risque inhérent à ces endroits”, explique le Pr Geoff Bailey, de l’Université d’YorkDécoulant de l’activité tectonique, des paysages combinant eau potable, falaises abruptes offrant des abris contre les prédateurs, et un éventail de ressources alimentaires, constituaient des habitats idéaux pour nos “ancêtres”. Le 4 mars 2011 à 20:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more