Gardaí issue advise to keep burglars out this Christmas

first_imgChristmas is just around the corner and the dark evenings are upon us – which is a prime time for burglars to target homes.Gardaí in Donegal have issued an advice checklist for homeowners to follow to stop criminals doing their Christmas shopping at their house.“Taking small precautions could save you a fortune should you be unfortunate enough to have an uninvited guest enter your home,” a spokesperson said. Tips to follow for home security this Christmas: Please do not keep large amounts of cash in your home. If you have valuable jewellery, please ensure that you have it secured in a safe/cabinet. Please ensure that doors and windows are secure when leaving your home and set your alarm. If you do not have an alarm, please consider getting one that is monitored. Invest in some good lighting for around your home. Never ever post on social media if you are going away as you are advertising the fact that your home is empty. Please look out for old and vulnerable neighbours and please advise them against keeping cash etc. in their home.Please report any suspicious activity in your area to Gardaí.Gardaí issue advise to keep burglars out this Christmas was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

South Africa acts against xenophobia

first_img“No grievance can ever justify the cold-blooded murder of fellow human beings, the destruction of property, or the displacement of hundreds of people – including women and small children,” says President Jacob Zuma, who has set up a ministerial task team to help stop the attacks against foreign nationals in Durban and Johannesburg.President Jacob Zuma with State Security Minister David Mahlobo and MEC Willies Mchunu in Umlazi, Durban, on 18 April 2015 to address recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: The Presidency, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporter The South African government is taking steps to bring the latest outbreak of attacks against foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng under control.President Jacob Zuma cancelled a trip to Indonesia and visited refugee camps in Durban on Saturday.Zuma is to host consultative meetings with representatives of business, labour, youth, creative industries, women, sports, social-development sector and others to discuss South Africa’s migration policy. He will also meet leaders of organisations representing asylum seekers and refugees as well as the media.Under discussion will be how society groups can work with government to promote orderly migration and good relations between citizens and other nationals, the Presidency said in a statement on Monday. This would ensure that the shameful attacks on foreign nationals would not recur in the country.“Foreign nationals have for years been successfully integrated into many communities in the country and government seeks to gain lessons from these successes,” the Presidency said.GrievancesZuma said that while he understood the grievances about the implementation of the migration policy that have been raised by some citizens, none justified the taking of human life as well as the destruction and looting of shops belonging to foreign nationals.“No grievance can ever justify the cold-blooded murder of fellow human beings, the destruction of property or the displacement of hundreds of people including women and small children.“Millions of South Africans condemn these atrocious killings and abhor xenophobia and all related intolerances. Together we must work harder to root out violence and hatred in our society,” Zuma said.Seven people were killed last week, three South Africans and four foreign nationals.Ministerial task teamZuma has established a ministerial task team to help stabilise the situation and spread the message that South Africa will not tolerate violence. The team comprises ministers from the Justice Peace Crime Prevention and Security Cluster assisted by the ministers of Small Business Development, Trade and Industry and Social Development.Refugee campsZuma, who had been scheduled to leave for Indonesia on Saturday, instead arrived in Durban for tour of two refugee camps. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will represent South Africa in Indonesia.There were cheers when Zuma told the hundreds of refugees encamped on a sports field in the Westcliff area of Durban’s Chatsworth suburb that the government would help them to address their concerns, whether it was to stay in the country or to return home.“We are not saying to you go away as government. It is yourselves who are saying that you need to be helped to go home,” he told them.In a statement on Saturday night, Zuma urged South Africa’s religious leaders to pray for peace and friendship. He said the majority of South Africans believed in peace, unity and friendship and had nothing to do with the incidents of violence that have taken place.South Africans know “that where there are concerns and differences, these should be resolved the South African way through dialogue and not through violence and intimidation. We will work with all peace loving South Africans and foreign nationals to promote peaceful co-existence, solidarity and friendship,” he said.ArrestsIn Pretoria, Gigaba said that those involved in xenophobic attacks would be dealt with firmly: “We want to issue a stern warning to those who lend themselves to acts of public violence. We will find you and you will be dealt with to the full might of the law.”Gigaba said 307 people have so far been arrested for related acts since the attacks broke out over a week ago and they would face prosecution. He said there were “elements” who were taking advantage of the violence to plunge the country into anarchy.Gigaba sought to reassure the international community that South Africa was doing everything possible to stem the violence: “To the countries that continue to invest in South Africa, we want to reassure them that South Africa is a constitutional democracy governed by the rule of law.”We are OnePolice Minister Nathi Nhleko was in Durban on Sunday to launch the “We Are One Humanity” campaign, which aims to combat Afrophobia through celebrating diversity and embracing differences, create a new generation of Africans free of Afrophobia, and develop empathy through public education.ImbizoZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini was scheduled to hold imbizo against the attacks on foreign nationals at Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium on Monday morning.The imbizo, which is being organised by the royal household and provincial government, is in support to government efforts to curb the violence on foreign nationals.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.President Jacob Zuma with State Security Minister David Mahlobo and MEC Willies Mchunu in Umlazi, Durban, on 18 April 2015 to address recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: DoC)Source news24.comWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Strategic Power of Generating Possibilities

first_imgIt is important that you have a roadmap to guide you through all of the things that move you from target to close, especially the commitments you need. Your sales process, however, by itself is not enough to help guide you to winning new deals. It is necessary, but not sufficient. This is where being strategic in generating possibilities is invaluable.Methodologies are important, too. Methodologies are different from your sales process. For example, SPIN Selling is a methodology, not a process, as it doesn’t speak to the stages of the sales process. It’s a methodology for asking questions, and for my money, creating a compelling case for change. The Challenger Sale is also a methodology, and a very useful one today. Methodologies are also necessary, but not sufficient.I would argue that you also need a philosophy of sales. You need a set of beliefs about what is good, and true, and beautiful. You need a set of beliefs that guide how you sell. A lot of what I write here is my personal philosophy of sales and selling, like all things being equal, relationships win, and fast is slow, and if you create value you are entitled to capture a portion thereof.Another idea that lies outside a process or a methodology  that I would classify as a philosophy is the idea that selling requires the identification and selection from a number of possibilities.Turn By Turn Directions Are UnavailableLet’s say you are calling on your dream client. You have a great relationship with the main, decision-making stakeholder. You have also met his boss, and she has agreed to support your initiative. Things have progressed nicely, and according to your sales process, you are right where you want to be. You are certain that you are the preferred choice, and you are very close to winning a deal.And then, like turning off a light, your main contact tells you that they have decided not to move forward with no further explanation. And then he goes dark.Your process provides no guidance. Your methodologies don’t touch scenarios like the one described above. In spite of a lack of guidance, you still have to act. This means you need to generate and select from a range of choices.One choice may be to go over your main contact’s head and speak directly to his leader. She has already agreed to support the initiative, and you know it’s important to her. This might be your first idea as to how to get your deal on track, but if it makes you a little nervous, that’s because you know that doing so comes with the risk of completely alienating your main contact.Maybe you have more ideas.Another choice may be to have someone higher up in your organization call the leader of your dream client’s organization, to go peer to peer, leader to leader. A higher level discussion may be just the thing to put the opportunity back together, and you may have some air cover when your main contact discovers you have gone around him. It wasn’t you, though, was it? You have plausible deniability. Is that enough?There are still more ideas available to you.What if you went directly to your main contact and asked to understand what changed on his end so that you could better understand what might be done to put the train back on the tracks and help them achieve the outcome they were hot on just days earlier. If you find a way to put things back together it’s a win. If the answer is still “no,” you are no better off than you are right now. It feels like a long shot.Maybe you need to pursue two of these ideas simultaneously, or maybe you need to generate more ideas.One of the best ways to make good decisions is to first identify the choices available to you. If you only have one course of action, then the only decision you have to make is whether to take that action or not.Possibilities provide you with more potential opportunities to succeed, and they often provide you with additional choices should one approach fail.Possibilities make the impossible possible.last_img read more

Hima Das’ coach accused of sexual assault

first_imgAthletics coach Nipon Das, who guided 400m star Hima Das to the first gold medal for an Indian in an international track event, has been accused of sexual assault by an athlete who trained under him in Guwahati.The athlete said Mr. Das sexually assaulted her at Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati during her training session and that she could not take it any more, after he allegedly grabbed her in a washroom, on May 18. The athlete’s family filed a complaint against Mr. Das at the Basistha police station on June 22. The police arrested Mr. Das, who got bail the next day. They said the case was under investigation.last_img

5 recommendations come from Quebec report on sexual assault and domestic violence

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsAfter three years of work, a provincial commission has submitted its report with five recommendations to the Quebec National Assembly.The commission’s job was to examine the living conditions of Indigenous women in Quebec in relation to domestic violence and sexual assault.drochette@aptn.ca@danfromestlast_img

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday January 5 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, January 5, 2019:#1) Massachusetts Bridal & Wedding ExpoThe Massachusetts Bridal & Wedding Expo is coming to Wilmington on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm both days, at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). The event features more than 100 exhibitors, covering all aspects of a wedding — gowns, florists, hair & makeup, honeymoon destinations, wedding and event planners, guest accommodations & hotels, photographers, videographers, DJs, bands, photo booths, decor & lighting, reception & wedding venues, tuxedos, jewelry and more. The event also includes live music, demonstrations, fashion shows, and giveaways. See the schedule HERE. Admission costs $15 at the door.  You can, however, register online and pay just a $3 admission HERE.  Children under 16 are free. Parking is free.#2) Fiction Critique Group At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its monthly Fiction Critique Group from 9:15am to 11:30am. Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras. Register HERE.#3) Kids Kraft: Polar Bear Masks At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Kids Kraft ta 2pm. Turn yourself into a polar bear and make your own mask! This craft is led by 3 Wilmington High School students.  Grades 1-5. Register HERE.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) WHS Boys & Girls Hockey, Wrestling, Wrestling In ActionThe WHS Girls Varsity Hockey Team hosts Burlington at noon at Ristuccia. The WHS Boys Varsity Hockey Team hosts Burlington at 2:20pm at Ristuccia. The WHS Boys & Girls Track Teams are in action in multi-school meet at 10am at Boston University. The WHS Boys Wrestling Team is competing in a tournament at Cohasset High School.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Dhaka urges Delhi to help create safe zone for Rohingyas

first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoBangladesh has come up with a new proposal for India regarding the Rohingya crisis.The proposal states that a safe haven can be created in Myanmar’s Rakhine state where the driven-out Rohingyas can be rehabilitated.And countries who are friends of Myanmar can take responsibility of ensuring that the Rohingyas can live there free of fear, in safety, with a sustainable livelihood. These countries can include India, China and ASEAN members.Bangladesh’s foreign minister AK Abdul Momen placed this proposal before the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj during his recent visit to India, adding that India should include this in talks with Myanmar.Abdul Momen was speaking to the media after a dinner hosted in his honour by the Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi on Friday.The foreign minister said, Myanmar may agree to its friendly states taking responsibility of overseeing the Rohingya and monitoring their welfare upon their return. He said Modi responded by saying it was an ‘innovative proposal.’Abdul Momen chose India for his first overseas visit after becoming foreign minister. During the three-day trip, he attended that Bangladesh-India Joint Consultant Commission (JCC) meeting.Speaking to the media, he said that he had also placed the proposal before Sushma Swaraj. She wanted to know if he had given the proposal to prime minister Modi and he assured her he had, albeit in brief.Sushma then asked that why he hadn’t proposed this to the Myanmar foreign minister who was his friend. He said that Myanmar would given the proposal more importance if it came from India.During the JCC meet, Abdul Momen stressed the need for sharing the waters of common rivers including Teesta. Some of these flow in from China. He said that the experts of the Bangladesh-India Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) would decide whether the issue of water sharing would be sorted out bilaterally or multilaterally.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

Travellers can maximise savings by booking hotels early

first_imgSavvy travellers can save about 20 per cent on hotels across the world if they book during periods between May and July, according to a new survey.According to the TripAdvisor’s ‘Best Time to Book’ report booking a hotel within three months of the trip is the best time in Asia when travellers can save 24 per cent versus peak pricing.Also, travellers can save 19 per cent on hotel bookings made in Mumbai if they book within 3 months.The travel planning and booking site based its research on hotel booking and meta click data. They found that the best time periods to book can vary depending on the region or city where the traveller is looking to visit for summer and that for most destinations, the hotel rates change gradually over time, without dramatic increases or decreases in price. “For example, the least expensive time to book hotels in Asia is within 3 months, when travellers can save 24 per cent compared to the most expensive booking period. In comparison, for European hotels, the best time to book is 2-5 months ahead, when travellers can save 26 per cent compared to the peak period,” the research says. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The least expensive time to book hotels in the USA is within 2 months of the trip but hotel prices remain fairly consistent throughout the year, with a relatively modest potential savings of 8 per cent when booking during the least expensive time period.“For the cost conscious Indian traveller, the ‘Best time to book’ report answers the most important question – when to book your hotel stay in order to maximise your savings for summer travel this year,” says Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India. An analysis of hotel booking and interest in nine popular regions around the world found this.last_img read more

Severe delays due to accident on M6

first_imgWant to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.Key EventsWhat we know so far:13:22Affected stretch of motorway13:1914:09Motorist freed from carCheshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they had freed one person from the car following the accident, which took place at around 12.15pm.A spokeswoman said: “Firefighters from Alsager attended a two vehicle collision on the M6 near Crewe. The collision, in lane one of the northbound carriageway, involved a saloon car and a HGV. “The team assisted with releasing the one person from the car and then made both of the vehicles safe.“The casualty was then passed to the care of the ambulance service as a precautionary measure.”13:53Update from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:There are currently severe delays on the M6 northbound in Cheshire, due to a collision that was closing 2 lanes between J16 and J17. All lanes have now been reopened.Road users should allow additional travel time, and consider alternative routes where possible.” 13:50All lanes have now opened but severe delays remainA Highways England spokesman said: “All lanes on the #M6 northbound in #Cheshirebetween J16 #A500 #Crewe and J17 #A534 have now reopened following a traffic collision. Vehicles have been cleared by our #TrafficOfficers and free recovery. Severe delays remain.”13:41Lane reopensOne lane has now reopened, but one remains shut and severe delays continue.13:31Queues now back towards junction 15Queues and congestion are now reported back towards junction 15, according to Traffic England. Inrix is reporting congestion as far back as Keele Services.13:28Accident having impact on nearby roadsThere is ueueing traffic due to the problems on the M6 on the A534 Northbound between B5079 Crewe Road / Crewe Road (Wheelock Roundabout) and A533 The Hill.Traffic is diverting around the accident on the M6 Northbound between J16 and J17. (Image: Inrix)13:26Delays on southbound M6 as people slow to look at accidentHeavy traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).13:23Further statement from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said: “There are currently severe delays on the M6 northbound in Cheshire, due to a collision closing 2 lanes between J16 and J17, while we assist police and emergency services.“Traffic is able to pass in 1 lane however, due to the delays we are advising road users to allow plenty of extra travelling time and to consider taking alternative routes.”13:22KEY EVENTWhat we know so far:There are long delays and queues due to the accident between junction 16 and junction 17 on the M6 NorthboundMotorists are being asked to take alternative routes, with traffic now queuing back past junction 16Emergency services and Highways England are at the scene of the crash, which is believed to involve a car and a lorryTwo lanes are currently closed13:19KEY EVENTAffected stretch of motorwayThe accident has taken place between junction 16 and junction 17.The affected stretch of motorway (Image: Inrix)13:15Highways England ask motorists to consider alternative routesA Highways England spokesman said:Our Traffic Officers have arrived on scene with the collision between J16 and J17 M6 northbound . Lanes 1 and 2 are currently closed while we assist at scene. Severe delays on the approach so please leave extra time and consider alternative routes.”13:14Highways England confirm two lanes are closedHighways England and Inrix are now both reporting two lanes are closed13:07Queues now back past junction 16Queues on the northbound carriageway are now back past junction 16.13:04Traffic England reporting delays of 90 minutesTraffic England are currently reporting delays of an hour and a half.13:03Emergency services are at the sceneEmergency services are at the scene, according to traffic data company Inrix.13:02What we knowThere are long delays on the M6 Northbound following an accident between junction 16 and junction 17.A lorry and car are reported to be involvedAt least one lane is closedTraffic is queuing back beyond junction 16 60 minute delays are reported There are delays of more than an hour following an accident on the M6 motorway this afternoon. A car and a lorry were involved in the collision on the northbound carriageway between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J17 A534 (Sandbach/Crewe). Travel time on the carriageway is now around 90 minutes against expected journey times according to traffic data company Inrix and Traffic England. Two lanes were closed but these have now reopened, although severe delays remain. A Highways England spokesman said: “There are currently severe delays on the M6 northbound in Cheshire, due to a collision that was closing 2 lanes between J16 and J17. All lanes have now been reopened. “Road users should allow additional travel time, and consider alternative routes where possible.” Read MorePolice alert: Have YOU seen ‘suspicious’ man marking symbol on Stoke-on-Trent footpath? Traffic England are currently reporting long queues – with traffic now queueing back beyond junction 16. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they had freed one person from the car following the accident, which took place at around 12.15pm. A spokeswoman said: “Firefighters from Alsager attended a two vehicle collision on the M6 near Crewe. The collision, in lane one of the northbound carriageway, involved a saloon car and a HGV. “The team assisted with releasing the one person from the car and then made both of the vehicles safe. “The casualty was then passed to the care of the ambulance service as a precautionary measure.” Read More27-year-old charged with sex offenceslast_img read more

Man calls in bomb scare to stop girlfriends flight from taking off

first_img Tuesday, August 23, 2016 HONG KONG — What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of love? We guarantee you that whatever antics you’ve done in the past, you’ll still be out-crazed by one misguided bloke in Hong Kong.According to the South China Morning Post, a 41-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly calling in bomb scares at Hong Kong International Airport in an attempt to stop his girlfriend’ flight from departing. It’s been reported that the man made three calls to police; the fist bogus bomb claim was made at 4pm on Saturday, the second one followed 40 minutes later, and the third just 10 minutes after that.Police searches failed to turn up any suspicious objects. Airport operations were not interrupted.The calls were made from a mobile phone, a phone in an airport shop and a public phone at the airport. The suspect was finally apprehended at a restaurant at Terminal One.The man told police he had been trying to stop his 27-year-old girlfriend, who he had an argument with, from departing on a flight. Tags: LOL Posted by Man calls in bomb scare to stop girlfriend’s flight from taking offcenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more