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Hudson’s Hope Fire Update


first_imgA fire on Highway 29 towards Hudson's Hope. Photo submittedA fire on Highway 29 towards Hudson’s Hope. Photo submittedHUDSON’S HOPE, BC- Here is the latest information, as of 9pm, about the Hudson’s Hope fires, according to the District of Hudson’s Hope.Progress is being made on all fires, with fires being predominately reduced to hotspots around the area. Officials are also reporting that there are no new fires around the village, and Wildfire Management Services, along with the Hudson’s Hope Fire Department are keeping a close eye on all existing fires.- Advertisement -Here’s a list that they’re watching;-The Drew Road fire has been extinguished, and is currently being mopped up.-The fire northeast of Wegen Road has now moved 1  kilometer north of its current position, and is continuing to cross Brenot Creek towards Lynx Creek.Advertisement And,-The Hudson’s hope Fire is now within a fire guard.Officials are asking that the public stay away from areas affected by fire, as it hampers the rescue efforts, and that while residents are being allowed back home, that they remain alert to changing conditions. The District will re-evaluate the Evacuation Alert tomorrow afternoon.On a good note, no residences or structures are being threatened there at this time.Advertisementlast_img read more


Lomitans upset over school plan


first_imgLAND: Residents say using park acres would ruin ambience, increase traffic and attract outsiders. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER Residents who live near Lomita Park are giving City Hall an earful about offering a chunk of the land for a new high school. George Kivett, president of the Lomita Chamber of Commerce, said he opposes the plan. Kivett said the school would bring more traffic to already congested Walnut and 240th streets. “I truly believe it will create serious traffic problems,” Kivett said. “It’s great to create a Lomita school, but this location is not centrally located to serve the children.” Students living in Lomita now attend classes at Narbonne High School in Harbor City. Waite said the city “is not so small we can’t have a (high) school for our children.” LAUSD’s facilities division is studying Lomita Park and several other sites for a new high school, which has not been approved. Waite has said the school would serve the approximately 800 high-school-age children in town, but its location in northeastern Lomita could draw students from Harbor Gateway, Harbor City and Carson. Suzanne Leone, who lives on 240th Street, and other speakers complained about the possibility of LAUSD busing in students from outside the city. “Let the community decide,” Leone said. “They won’t be 5-1 for it. They are going to be 5-1 against it.” Leone was alluding to a city phone survey – taken in the spring by a consultant – that Waite said showed strong support for a high school in town. The school district has been studying the possibility of a Lomita high school along with several other sites instead of building two high schools in San Pedro. Although Waite has voiced his support for the school, other council members have been more reticent, especially during election season. Councilman Mark Waronek and Don Suminaga are seeking re-election Nov. 6. Former Councilman Ken Blackwood, who said he opposes the school, also is running. Councilwoman Margaret Estrada, who lives on 240th Street, said a new public high school isn’t needed. “I just feel we don’t have any space in Lomita for a school,” Estrada said. “I have totally been against it from the inception.” Estrada and Waronek acknowledged receiving many calls and e-mails about the proposal since an Oct. 6 Daily Breeze article revealed the plan. Waronek also balked at the high school idea. “I personally don’t think it’s a good idea where they’re looking at now,” Waronek said. “I am not convinced that we need a high school. I want to hear from the community at large.” In the spring, the council voted 3-1 to move the plan forward, with Waronek absent and Estrada opposed. The City Council agreed Monday to discuss the issue further at its Dec. 3 meeting. paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.At a City Council meeting Monday, residents expressed concerns about traffic, bringing outsiders to the community and harming the park ambience. Eleven of 12 speakers said they oppose the idea advanced by Councilman Barry Waite to give Los Angeles Unified 2 acres of the 8-acre park and 4adjacent acres that serve city and county maintenance yards for an 810-student high school. In exchange, LAUSD would give funds for parkland elsewhere in town. “My concern is that you’re proposing Lomita Park, and Lomita Park is the center of our community,” said Tony Arevalo, a north Lomita resident. “Turning that over to Los Angeles Unified doesn’t mean you’re going to get what you want.” Arevalo also said the school would eat up street parking near the park. last_img read more


TRAVEL: TAKE A TRIP TO EMMERDALE WITH TRAVEL SOLUTIONS


first_imgBY TIM HEDGLEY, GROUP TRAVEL EDITOR: Soap lovers will be delighted to learn that Travel Solutions is offering excursions to the well known villages and towns made famous by much loved soap Emmerdale and legendary comedy Last of the Summer Wine.Prices start from only Stg£279 for 4 days and include luxury coach travel, return ferry crossing with Stena Line, 3 nights’ accommodation at the 4* Holiday Inn Harrogate, breakfast, evening meals and the services of a dedicated Tour Manager.Emmerdale enthusiasts can visit the original Woolpack and surrounding villages whilst Last of the Summer Wine fans can enjoy a tour of Holmfirth where the show was filmed and visit the famous Sid’s Cafe where they can indulge in some lunch or grab some souvenirs from the show. Departure dates for this location vacation occur monthly from May to September*.For more information or to book, call Travel Solutions on 048 9045 5030, click on www.travel-solutions.co.uk or visit your local travel agent.Last of the Summer Wine*Departure Dates16 May 27 June25 July22 August19 SeptemberThe Travel Solutions Coach Connect series brings tours closer with pick up points from Derry, Dungiven and Belfast Port. TRAVEL: TAKE A TRIP TO EMMERDALE WITH TRAVEL SOLUTIONS was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal daily travelEmmerdaleLast of the Summer WineTravel Solutionslast_img read more


Darwin Blogs on Origin of Life


first_imgHe may not blog himself, but Darwin has disciples who blog for him.  There’s bound to be a lot of blogging this year with Darwin’s 200th birthday next month and the 150th anniversary of the Origin of Species this November.  Science began a blog called Origins with some entries from their Jan 8 issue.  Two of them deal with a subject about which Darwin had very little to say: the origin of life.    Carl Zimmer’s piece on the origin of life was made publicly available online from the January 8 issue of Science.1  He spent a few paragraphs reviewing Darwin’s rare comments about the origin of life (warm little pond and all), then dove into the pond to look around.    Zimmer treated the origin of life optimistically with very little mention of intractable problems like homochirality, salt, competing cross-reactions, concentration of essential parts, and the origin of genetic information.  To Zimmer, life from chemistry comes in two easily-bridged steps, each demonstrated in the lab.  Of course, everything happens completely naturally via unguided processes – a requirement to get the Darwin imprimatur.    First step: acquire lots of amino acids in a Miller-type lightning storm.  We know that Miller used the wrong atmosphere, and nothing happens in the presence of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, but there’s a workaround, he claimed.  The harmful nitrogen compounds that, unfortunately, form when the atmosphere is made more credible, can be soaked up by “buffering chemicals.”  Or, the necessary building blocks could have come special delivery by meteorites or around hydrothermal vents.  Whatever; “Raw materials were not an issue,” he reassured his readers.    Then, you make RNA.  The old simple way (building the bases and sugars separately, joining them and adding phosphate), was too hard.  He found John Sutherland [U of Manchester] willing to suggest a more circuitous reaction pathway.  Sutherland hasn’t succeeded yet, but promised Zimmer “We’ve got the molecules in our sights.”  They might have even formed in warm little ponds, just like Darwin imagined.    From there, it’s not a big conceptual leap to Step Two in Zimmer’s scenario: “The cell.”  Here he went to Harvard Medical School where Jack Szostak has cooked up a primitive cell membrane that is not a death trap (see the 04/11/2006 entry and the 01/17/2002 commentary).  Szostak claims his membrane lets the food in but keeps the RNA from leaking out (see 09/03/2004 for his earlier work).  All that’s needed are some hot and cold cycles, and presto – a living cell is within sight.  “Now Szostak is running experiments to bring his protocells closer to life,” Zimmer wrote.  “He is developing new forms of RNA that may be able to replicate longer molecules faster.  For him, the true test of his experiments will be whether his protocells not only grow and reproduce, but evolve.”  Once that happens, Darwin will take over from there.Fox News) even claimed “Life As We Know It Nearly Created in Lab.”  The triumphant article began, “Some chemical reactions occurred about 4 billion years ago – perhaps in a primordial tidal soup or maybe with help of volcanoes or possibly at the bottom of the sea or between the mica sheets – to create biology.”  That’s a lot of maybes.  In fact, Zimmer’s brief article used the word might nine times, could 15 times, may three times and emerged five times.1.  Carl Zimmer, “On the Origin of Life on the Earth,” Science, 9 January 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5911, pp. 198-199, DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5911.198.2.  Tracey Lincoln and Gerald Joyce, “Self-Sustained Replication of an RNA Enzyme,” Science, Published Online January 8, 2009, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1167856.Let’s first dispense with the latest fluff by Gerald Joyce.  His intelligently-designed RNA system has nothing to do with the origin of life.  A scientist wrote in and said that all he achieved was a joining (ligation) reaction, not a replication reaction.  Ligation is very common and normal for RNA chemistry.  Joyce just joined two short RNA molecules together; he did not replicate them.  To achieve anything relevant for life, Joyce would need to form (by chance) an RNA molecule 100 bases long or longer that could act as a template for its “antisense” copy, which in turn could be a template for its antisense copy that would replicate the original molecule.  Ligation is “mere chemistry,” our observer wrote.  Joyce’s experiment required intelligent input with a contrived environment (a beaker).  He interfered in ways a natural environment could not and would not, inserting his own “Goal-directed behavior, which includes the urge to have offspring – in short, a kind of awareness,” he said.  It is clear such things “are not related to the atomic world and its laws.”    Joyce’s new RNA molecule also contributes nothing to explaining the origin of the genetic code.  It is useless and fragile without an intelligently-guided, artificial environment, and a role in a complex system like a living cell.  It performs no function.  It can’t do “any totally new tricks,” Joyce admitted.  Now read that Fox News article and stand aghast at the hubris of the reporter – “The ‘creatures’ – wait, we can’t call them that! – evolved, with some ‘species’ winning out.”  Wow, now we even evolved a little Malthus.  The molecules are battling it out for scarce resources.  Where did self-awareness sneak in?    Speaking of winning out, you can’t win an intellectual game with a cheater.  How does Carl Zimmer and Science cheat?  Let us count the ways.  First, they withhold essential information.  They gloss over the falsifying difficulties and show-stoppers (see 07/11/2002 for 21 of them) that render their tall tales worthless.  A comparison of the 01/26/2008 and 02/15/2007 entries (to say nothing of our online book) reveals something of the magnitude of the problems.    Second, they insulate themselves from critics.  Put them in the ring with a knowledgeable critic of origin-of-life studies and they would drop dead from fear before the first blow.  Instead, with their muscly critics safely tied up and gagged in the trailer, the wimps sweep the audience off their feet with a very artificial, one-sided circus act showing off their strength.  They call this the “scientific consensus.”    Third, they associate their nonsense with Darwin to give it some kind of credibility.  Of course, they have to keep blowing hot air into the Darwin balloon to keep it from sagging, otherwise the public might laugh.  Darwin had nothing to contribute about the origin of life other than bald speculation.  Zimmer resurrects his corpse: “And if Darwin was alive today, he might well be willing to write a lot more about how life began.”  Big deal.  Words are cheap.  Facts of nature are recalcitrant.    Fourth, and worst of all, they changed the rules of scientific engagement.  Now, speculation is the “in” thing – the wilder the better.  Historian of science Frederick Gregory (U of Florida) once investigated late 18th-century science contests and noted the insistence on verifiable evidence.  Typically, these contests would say something like, “Do not offer hypotheses; support your answer with FACTS.”  The early evolutionary speculations by Lamarck, Darwin’s grandfather Erasmus, and Robert Chambers were harshly criticized by the scientists of the day because of the speculative nature of their proposals.  What few seem to realize is that the Darwinian Revolution was largely a coup by those who wanted more freedom to speculate and still remain in the science club.  Darwin elevated the status of hypothesis in science, facts and evidence be hanged.    Some leading philosophers of the day saw what Darwin was doing to science yet welcomed it (01/15/2004 commentary).  Others, like Adam Sedgwick (Darwin’s geology teacher), saw it and were outraged: “You have deserted the true method of induction!” he exclaimed in a scathing review of The Origin.  Scientists were for the most part not impressed with Darwin’s “science.”  Natural selection was largely dismissed for decades.  Where Darwin succeeded the most was in persuading his contemporaries, with his rhetoric and charm, to accept the general idea of evolution.  His scientific argument was like a Texas longhorn; a point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between.  He made the concept of evolution, though, seem scientific – a fallacy of glittering generalities.    As a result, Darwin invited the Starving Storytellers into the Science Lab and became their patron saint (12/22/2003 commentary).  Out went the harsh requirements for facts and induction; in came the imaginative tales.  You cannot carry on a scientific discussion with someone who makes up a story to bandage every falsifying wound (05/30/2008).    Oh, but you say, they have all kinds of lab evidence for their leaky fatbubbles (09/03/2004) and RNA worlds (07/11/2002).  No, they don’t.  Facts are just props for the story.  The story always comes first.  This is just another manifestation of their cheating.  They take their intelligently-designed apparati at multimillion-dollar academic institutions and presume to tell us that it says something about what time and chance did in an unobservable past.  They say, “it might have happened this way.”  Look how many times Zimmer resorted to the phrase “might have.”  No respectable scientist should stand for this coulda-woulda-shoulda form of science.  Science is supposed to stand for empirically-verifiable, observable, repeatable evidence, if anything.  Once you open the door to speculation, pigs can fly (1/26/2008) while you wish upon a star (12/05/2008).  So what if it keeps scientists busy?  Think alchemy.    Did it grab your attention that such claims are self-refuting anyway?  If I design an experiment with my mind that attempts to prove that chance and necessity were responsible for my origin, then I have abandoned science and envisioned a world of meaningless contingency just like that of the pagans.  What did I just do to my “scientific explanation”?  I have attributed scientific explanation to chance!  Talk about shooting oneself in the foot.    What a crazy, mixed-up world we live in.  The smart people we elevate as the knowledgeable ones (“scientists”) have let their hero Charlie undermine the whole basis for science, and yet they exalt him as the greatest scientist of all time.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, riding on the wave of Newton’s triumph of the discovery of natural laws (a very complex and controversial issue in philosophy of science), scientists felt compelled to find natural laws everywhere.  The new science of biology (formerly called natural history), was long thought to be too complex.  Natural historians felt resigned to stamp collecting and description.  Biology resisted all attempts to explain with reference to laws of nature.  Well Darwin found one.  John Herschel called it the “Law of Higgledy-Piggledy.”  It’s essentially the negation of law.  Darwin published his natural law, and it was – chance!  Great.  Now we can explain anything with reference to this simple principle Richard Dawkins ecstatically described in Expelled as the most “magnificently elegant, stunningly elegant” law in all of science: Stuff Happens (09/15/2008).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Amazing Mammals


first_imgAs the Superbowl approaches, millions of spectators will enjoy the feats of our own sports heroes.  But what if animals put on games with their capabilities?  Human athletes would find it hard to compete. Swimming:  A polar bear performed a phenomenal feat of endurance swimming, reported the BBC News.  According to a zoologist who observed the animal, the bear “swam continuously for 232 hours” (almost 10 days) “and 687 km” (412 mi) “and through waters that were 2-6 degrees C” (36-43?F).Hunting:  “Dogs have such a phenomenal sense of smell,” an article on PhysOrg said, that they are increasingly being used by conservation biologists to locate information on other animals in the wild.  Even dogs rescued from shelters can be trained and given a valuable career.Shooting:  “It sounds like something a guided missile would do,” began a report on New Scientist.  Like marksmen with a high-tech scope, “Foxes seem to zero in on prey using Earth’s magnetic field.  They are the first animal thought to use the field to judge distance rather than just direction.”If humans had to compete with these animals, without benefit of external tools, it would be no contest.Those are just the most recent news articles in one group of animals, to say nothing of reptiles, amphibians, and birds.  Animals’ abilities to sense and utilize information in the environment and to cover vast distances by land, air and sea is a testament to the engineering design superiority of their Creator.  That’s why more and more scientists are keen on imitating animal engineering (12/10/2010).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Wits University researchers reveal how the tortoise got its shell


first_img11 November 2014Ever wondered how tortoises got their shells and how these shy little creatures manage to breathe when they withdraw inside their protective shield? Well, a University of Witwatersrand researcher and his colleagues seem to have come up with an answer to these intriguing questions.In a paper entitled “Origin of the unique ventilator apparatus of turtles’ published in the scientific journal, Nature Communications, Dr Tyler Lyson from Wits University’s Evolutionary Studies Institute says through careful study of modern and early fossil tortoise, researchers now have better understanding how these creatures developed their breathing apparatus.“Tortoises have a bizarre body plan and one of the more puzzling aspects to this body plan is the fact that tortoises have locked their ribs up into the iconic tortoise shell. No other animal does this and the likely reason is that ribs play such an important role in breathing in most animals including mammals, birds, crocodilians, and lizards,’ says Lyson.Tortoises have developed a unique abdominal muscular sling that wraps around their lungs and organs to help them breathe. But when and how this mechanism developed in unknown.“It seemed pretty clear that the tortoise shell and breathing mechanism evolved in tandem, but which happened first? It’s a bit of the chicken or the egg causality dilemma,’ Lyson says.By studying the anatomy and thin sections (also known as histology), Lyson and his colleagues discovered that the modern tortoise breathing apparatus was already in place in the earliest fossil tortoise, an animal known as Eunotosaurus africanus. Eunotosaurus africanus lived in South Africa 260-million years ago and shares many unique features with modern day tortoises. However, Eunotosaurus africanus lacked a shell.Lyson says a recognisable tortoise shell does not appear for another 50-million years and Eunotosaurus africanus bridges the morphological gap between early body plan and the highly modified body plan of living tortoises, making it the Archaeopteryx of turtles.Sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel, Archaeopteryx, is a genus of early bird that is transitional between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds.Co-author of the paper and Director of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University, Professor Bruce Rubidge, says named in 1892, Eunotosaurus is one of the earliest tortoise ancestors and is known from early rocks near Beaufort West, in the Western Cape.“There are some 50 specimen of Eunotosaurus. The rocks of the Karoo are remarkable in the diversity of fossils of early tortoises they have produced. The fact that we find Eunotosaurus at the base of the Karoo succession strongly suggest that there are more ancestral forms of tortoises still to be discovered in the Karoo,’ Rubidge says.The study reveals important information about how tortoises have evolved over the years. Lyson and his fellow researchers found that early in the evolution of the tortoise body plan a gradual increase in body wall rigidity produced a division of function between the ribs and abdominal respiratory muscles.“As the ribs broadened and stiffened the torso, they became less effective for breathing which caused the abdominal muscles to become specialised for breathing, which in turn freed up the ribs to eventually – approximately 50-million years later – to become fully integrated into the characteristic tortoise shell,’ says Lyson.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


South African nation brand amongst top 50 most globally competitive nations


first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 18 November 2015 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Business Report, today released the results of South Africa’s performance in the 2015 Anholt Nation Brand Index.South Africa ranks 38 of 50 countries assessed in this index.Although South Africa has dropped one place – from 37 in 2014 to 38 in 2015 – the country’s overall reputation score has improved 0.17 points from 2014. In addition, South Africa has improved on the pillars of people and tourism and held steady on the pillars of exports and governance.Reflecting on South Africa’s performance in the Nation Brand Index, CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “South Africans can be proud of our country’s performance in a range of indices in the past year. The Global Competitiveness Index produced by the World Economic Forum ranks us 49 amongst 140 countries and number 2 in Africa. The Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance places us at number 4 amongst 54 countries on the continent and now, the Nation Brand Index places us at number 38 of 50 countries. A country’s reputation is collectively built by each citizen and Brand South Africa salutes you for your efforts to build a globally competitive country with a positive reputation.”“There is however work to be done to improve in certain areas of our competitiveness and the National Development Plan must guide national efforts to achieve this. Improvements will impact positively on the reputation of and perceptions about South Africa. Brand South Africa urges all citizens to become part of this endevour.”“In addition and despite South Africa’s drop in the area of investment and immigration according to the Nation Brand Index, South Africa registered an FDI inflow of US$3.31 billion between January 2015 to July 2015 which resulted in the creation of 5 037 jobs. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, FDI is being attracted into knowledge intensive sectors like: software and information technology services; business services; financial services communications; and industrial machinery, equipment and tools. This bodes well for the South African economy. It is also significant to recognise that despite global FDI falling by 16% in 2014, South Africa was able to attract over R140 billion in the 2013/14 financial year. This is almost double the amount of FDI in 2012.”The Nation Brand Index recognises amongst South Africa’s strengths, sports – particularly football, pristine landscape, and game reserves. Participants in the survey also indicated that the citizens of South Africa are amongst our biggest attribute being described as, amongst others, desirable friends, good employees, hardworking and skilful. The Nation Brand Index is the result of 20,342 interviews in 20 countries.Notes to the EditorAbout the Nation Brand IndexThe NBI measures the reputation of the Nation Brand on six elements, being: Governance; Exports; Tourism; People; Culture; Investment & Immigration. Through a series of sub-indicators the nation’s performance on each pillar is assessed through the study. Importantly the range of indicators tested through the research clearly illustrates the fact the nation brand’s reputation is shaped by anything from perceptions of people and culture, to the quality of exports and the governance profile of the country. This means that the ‘making’ of the nation’s global reputation depends on perceptions created by actions taken in multiple sectors spanning government, business, civil-society, and generally speaking the people of the country.The NBI MethodologyThe 2015 NBISM survey has been conducted in 20 major developed and developing countries that play important and diverse roles in international relations, trade and the flow of business, cultural and tourism activities. Given the increasing global role played by developing countries, the survey strives to represent regional balance as well as balance between high-income and middle-income countries.The core 20 panel countries are:• Western Europe/North America: The U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden• Central and Eastern Europe: Russia, Poland, Turkey• Asia-Pacific: Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia• Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico• Middle East/Africa: Egypt, South AfricaIn all, 20,342 interviews have been conducted with at least 1,000 interviews per country for the 2015 NBISM survey. Adults age 18 or over who are online are interviewed in each country. Using the most up-to-date online population parameters, the achieved sample in each country has been weighted to reflect key demographic characteristics such as age, gender, and education of the 2015 online population in that country. Additionally, in the U.S, the UK, South Africa, India, and Brazil, race/ethnicity has been used for sample balancing. The report reflects the views and opinions of online populations in these 20 countries – citizens who are connected to the world. Fieldwork was conducted from July 9th to July 27th, 2015.NBISM measures the image of 50 nations. In each panel country the list of 50 nations is randomly assigned to respondents, each of whom (except Egypt) rates 25 nations, resulting in each nation getting approximately 500 ratings per panel country. In Egypt, where respondents are not as familiar and experienced with online surveys, survey length is reduced, resulting in each nation getting approximately 200 ratings.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more


Leading or Following the Client


first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Mindshare equals wallet share. The greater your share of mind, the greater your share of wallet.You are either leading your clients or they are leading you. For decades, salespeople have been taught to uncover dissatisfaction and to sell their solutions. The challenge with this approach now is that it is too reactive for the disruptive age in which we find ourselves. It’s passive and reactive in a time that calls for initiative and a proactive approach.Waiting and ReactingIf you are waiting for your prospective or existing clients to tell you what is broken so you can fix it, you are operating in reactive mode. Anyone can walk into your prospective client’s office and asked them what sort of issues, challenges, and opportunities they’re working on. But if the prospective client already knows these things, you are following the client. There are a lot of people who would prefer to follow the client, allowing them to determine exactly what they need for themselves.Leading and Taking InitiativeLeading the client is different. Instead of waiting for your prospective client to decide that they have a compelling reason to change, you get in front of them and provide them with that compelling case for change before they have even recognized that need. You provide them with their next big idea, their next initiative, and their next breakthrough. That’s leadership. It’s how you own mindshare.Leading the client is difficult. You have to possess deep business acumen. You need to have the situational knowledge, those experiences that inform your thinking and provide you with the ability to help chart the appropriate course forward. You have to understand the trade-offs that your prospective clients are going to need to make as they take a step into the unknown.A Proactive ApproachProactively helping your prospective clients avoid challenges before they recognize them is a far more powerful space to occupy than the traditional role of waiting until your prospective client has enough of a compelling reason to change to begin searching for help. What do you know that your prospective client doesn’t know yet?What can you see clearly that your dream client has not yet begun to notice?What are the competitive threats or future opportunities your prospective clients should be pursuing now that aren’t even on the radar?last_img read more


Amendments Strengthen Occupational Health and Safety Act


first_img define serious injury as an injury that endangers life or causes permanent injury, and repeatedly as occurring more than once in the previous three years allow the court to grant an injunction to stop an employer with repeat violations which put workers at risk of serious injury or death from working in an industry require an employer with repeat violations which put workers at risk of serious injury or death to advise the department of future work locations allow stop-work orders to be issued at more than one site operated by the same employer where the same serious risks are believed to be present provide a list of reportable injuries and allow email or phone reporting “At the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) we’re committed to making Nova Scotia a safer place to work for our loved ones, our family and friends,” said Duncan Williams, president of CANS. “We believe education and training are key but we know it’s not always enough. These changes will make it harder for people who repeatedly disregard safety laws to operate unsafe businesses and I think that’s a good thing.” These amendments are part of government’s overall efforts to improve workplace safety, which also include Nova Scotia’s Workplace Safety Strategy, enhanced education and outreach efforts, more targeted inspections and the hiring of a dedicated occupational health and safety prosecutor. The changes will take effect on proclamation. Amendments introduced today, April 26, will strengthen the Occupational Health and Safety Act and help keep Nova Scotians safe at work. The changes give government additional tools and authority to enforce safety requirements for those who repeatedly violate safety regulations and laws, putting workers at risk of serious injury or death. “Most employers operate safe workplaces, but there are some who repeatedly break serious safety laws, and we need to hold them more accountable,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “With these changes, we are getting tougher on those who, again and again, put people at risk of serious injury or death.” The proposed amendments will:last_img read more


More Than 100 Authors Sign Greenpeaces Pledge for Free Speech and Forest


first_imgMore than 100 authors from around the world, including Nobel Prize winner John Maxwell Coetzee (Disgrace); writer and comedian Stephen Fry (More Fool Me); Man Booker Prize winners Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Yann Martel (Life of Pi); and thought leaders Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), Rebecca Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me) and Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) signed a pledge with Greenpeace to support free speech and stand up for forests.This pledge follows two multi-million dollar lawsuits filed by Resolute Forest Products, a Canadian company, to silence Greenpeace’s criticism of its controversial logging in the boreal forest. The lawsuits could set a dangerous precedent for free speech if they succeed in silencing public comment on corporate behavior.“The endings of The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984 and Brave New World are written. Ours is not. This is a chance to stand up for freedom of speech, the freedom to advocate for change, and the freedom to question authority, and to strengthen their protection under law. As a society, we need a positive outcome to this story,” said Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, which recently became Hulu’s record breaking television series and depicts a dystopian future where all but the most powerful women are forbidden to write and are denied access to books.Authors signing the pledge committed to defend “freedom of speech as a pillar of democratic and peaceful societies, the right of individuals to organize and protest without intimidation, [and] those who peacefully protect the world’s forests.”“Speaking as a serial blasphemer, I take freedom of speech very seriously,” said author and actor Stephen Fry, “It’s not just about the satisfaction you get from speaking your mind, it’s also about telling uncomfortable truths that need to be heard, and Greenpeace has been incredibly successful at exposing what the powers that be want to keep secret. But this case goes beyond Greenpeace to threaten every whistle-blower and watchdog with information that the rich and powerful want suppressed. I’m worried, and I think you should be too.”On May 16th, Greenpeace published a report that showed major international publishers are purchasing paper from Resolute. Greenpeace is inviting these global publishers to join this call to protect freedom of speech and work with Resolute to become more sustainable.Other notable authors who signed the pledge include Man Booker Prize winners Julian Barnes (The Sense of an Ending) and Ian McEwan (Atonement), Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr (All The Light We Cannot See), MacArthur Award winner Deborah Eisenberg (Twilight of the Superheroes), Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies), William Shatner (Up Till Now), Alec Baldwin (Nevertheless), Jane Fonda (My Life So Far) and many more.“Publishers and authors are natural allies in our fight to protect free speech. Our campaign celebrates the power of words and the incredible work that authors and publishers do every day to ensure critical thinking and the spread of ideas in our society. Now, we’re asking publishers to disavow this heavy-handed attempt by a paper company to silence dissent,” said Greenpeace USA Senior Forest Campaigner Amy Moas.Greenpeace will be at Book Expo this week in New York, connecting with publishers and readers, and displaying an art installation called Treewhispers by artist Pamela Paulsrud, an ongoing international collaboration awakening our heartfelt connection to trees.last_img read more