Winning Sales: How To Win When You Have an Hour to Present

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The following strategy is for salespeople who are asked to present to a prospect by a broker or agent. Here is how to win when you have an hour to present to a prospect you haven’t met. You might want to read this primer on Value Creation before you read this post.The Temptation to SellThe temptation when asked to present is to establish your credibility by sharing information about your company. Because the prospective client doesn’t know you or your company, you need to start by providing your bona fides. Following this line, you show your potential client the logos of the companies that make up your client list. The more impressive the logo, the better your company, so the thinking goes. Once you’ve established your credibility, you move onto the other things you believe your prospective client needs to see.How is it possible for your prospect to choose you over the two or three other companies in this beauty pageant if you don’t explain your solution? You plow forward with your solution, providing careful details over the course of, say, 100 slides, to ensure the prospect understands your approach. You believe sharing the solution allows you to differentiate yourself from your competitors. The truth is that it’s more likely you and your competitor could swap your company logos on your respective logos without much trouble.Making sure your end on a high note, you share testimonials and case studies to prove you can produce the results your prospective client needs. I recently heard of a situation in which two competing companies both shared a testimonial from the sales client. Awkward.) If you succeeded for these other companies, you would surely succeed for your prospective client.If this approach isn’t the one you would take in the first meeting with a prospect you developed, why would you choose this approach when invited to present to a prospect from a broker or agent?One of the biggest problems with this plan is that your approach to the client is no different from your competitors. Here is how to turn the tables and create a preference to work with you.Creating a Preference in One HourYou have an hour to create a preference to work with you and your company. If the approach above isn’t likely to achieve that outcome, what is a better approach?Generally, the way we have thought about the way buyer’s buy is that they become unhappy with something or discover some need. Later, they explore and evaluate their options, seek consensus, and resolve their concerns. There are buying more complicated journeys, but the orienting generalization above provides enough guidance for an effective strategy. Because you have had no discovery meeting, you enter this meeting with the prospect at the “evaluating options” phase of their process. The process has deprived both you and your client of the most valuable part of the sales conversation, something we call discovery.If you want another view of the buyer’s journey from a practical, tactical B2B sales approach, see my second book, The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. To create a preference, you need to treat this hour-long meeting as a discovery. You need to help your prospective client with a better process for getting than the broker or agent’s boilerplate RFP. Fortunately, the buyer wants what they want, and they are trying to decide who is going to make sure they get it.Disrupting the Process without Being DisruptiveInstead of going straight to your slide deck, the first thing you might do to distinguish yourself is to ask well-placed questions. You want to ask questions designed to cause your prospective client to recognize that there are factors and choices they haven’t considered. You want to ask a question that causes your prospect to discover something about themselves, that something about which they are going to have strong opinions. You want your questions to expose how they are going to get what they want with you as their partner.These questions should be strategic and prove you are consultative. Your questions prove you know things that will be useful in helping them get what they want. A disruptive question might be something like, “What are the most strategic changes you are planning to make over the next 18 to 24 months to improve your result in this area?” You might also ask a question like, “Of three different models companies in our space operate, have you decided which model makes the most sense for you now?” If you want to expose a knowledge gap, you might ask a technical question like, “What was your overall cost per transaction and what changes have you already made to lower your cost structure?”If you want to be a trusted advisor, you need trust and advice. Your questions prove you have the business acumen and situational knowledge to provide the guidance. Your questions also move you back to discovery, where you have an excellent chance to reframe how your prospect is thinking about their decision.What Do They WantIf there is one thing I know to be true about prospects and dream clients, it is that they want you to hear them. They want someone to listen to them, to understand them, to understand their needs, and to care enough to help them get what they want. If you are talking about your company and your solution, you are depriving your prospect of the opportunity to tell you what they want and why they want it.You can very easily ask a single question like, “Can you share with me how you are thinking about the outcome you need and what you are going to need from a good partner?” There are many ways to ask this question, but whatever the words, giving your prospective client a chance to say the words out loud to a person who is paying attention, taking notes, and sharing a little about how they might be able to help produces a better result than an approach that we might call “desperate proof providing.”Taking Control of the AgendaYou are better served by asking questions than making statements about you and your company. I once had a meeting with a decision-maker who asked me to share with him information about my company. I told him it would be the least interesting conversation we could have in our short time together. When he insisted, I said, “The best way to describe my company is to tell you some of the things we are thinking about and what they mean to our clients.” Instead of sharing anything about my company, I shared trends in the industry and asked him to share his thoughts as a way to elicit what he wanted.For more on this approach, see Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchIf you have been asked to provide an overview of your company, you can be creative about how you share something more meaningful than your company history and accolades (proof that tends to be more valuable later in the sales process). Your slide deck likely already has answers to the questions your dream client has about how they get their results. It’s a much better approach to let to support the conversation with slides than to supplant the discussion with an hour-long monologue.If you have a single hour, make sure you put it to good use in serving your prospect’s real needs in a way that creates a preference to work with you.last_img read more

A rare observation of teaching in the wild

first_imgTeaching isn’t often seen in animals other than humans—and it’s even more difficult to demonstrate in animals living in the wild rather than in a laboratory setting. But researchers studying the Australian superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) in the wild think the small songbirds (a male is shown in the photo above) practice the behavior. They regard a female fairy-wren sitting on her nest and incubating her eggs as the teacher, and her embryonic chicks as her pupils. She must teach her unhatched chicks a password—a call they will use after emerging to solicit food from their parents; the better they learn the password, the more they will be fed. Since 1992, there’s been a well-accepted definition of teaching that consists of three criteria. First, the teacher must modify his or her behavior in the presence of a naive individual—which the birds do; the mothers increase their teaching (that is, the rate at which they make the call) when their chicks are in a late stage of incubation. Second, there must be a benefit to the pupil, which there clearly is. Scientists reported online yesterday in Behavioral Ecology that the fairy-wrens also pass the third criteria: There must be a cost to the teacher. And for the small birds, there can be a hefty price to pay. The more often a female repeats the password, the more likely she is to attract a parasitical cuckoo, which will sneak in and lay its eggs in her nest. From careful field observations, the scientists discovered that at nests that were parasitized, the females had recited their password 20 times an hour. But at nests that were not parasitized, the females had called only 10 times per hour. Superb fairy-wrens thus join a short but growing list of animal-teachers, such as rock ants, meerkats, and pied babblers.last_img read more

Sequel to Humraaz possible: Abbas-Mustan

first_imgMumbai, Sep 15 (PTI) Director-duo Abbas Mustan say they are working on a script which can be developed as a sequel to their hit 2002 romantic-thriller “Humraaz”. “There is one script and it can be directed as Humraaz 2. We are working on it. The idea is it can be made into a sequel. We will go for younger lot of actors but we are still working on it,” Abbas-Mustan told PTI. “Humraaz” was produced under Venus Movies banner. The film, starring Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna and Amisha Patel in lead roles, performed well at box office. The directors are also working on “Race 3”, the third installment of “Race”, a 2008 thriller produced under the Tips banner. It had Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Akshaye Khanna, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor and Sameera Reddy in pivotal roles and did good business at the box office. The sequel “Race 2” was released in 2013, and was also a success. The film explores themes of sibling rivalry, betrayal and passion. “It is in scripting stage… too early to talk about it. The character of Anil Kapoor will be part of the project. There will be two heroines,” the duo said. There were reports of some financial issues between the producer and Saif. On this, the directors said, “I dont think so there was any problem with money. Saif has done three-four films with producer Ramesh Taurani (producer of Tips Films).” Also there were reports of a sequel to their Shah Rukh Khan starrer “Baazigar”. “No I dont think it is true. Shah Rukh Khan cannot be part of it. We love him, he is busy. He is on the top now. I am happy for him,” they said. “Baazigar” a 1993 Bollywood crime-thriller film was directed by Abbas-Mustan. It is a contemporary thriller about a young man who stops at nothing to get what he wants. Reportedly, the story of “Baazigar” was inspired from the Hollywood film A Kiss Before Dying. The film got commercial success at the time of its release. PTI KKP DK BK RDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Ashes 2017: Mitchell Starc back in training, Steve Smith skips nets with sore back

first_imgAustralia got a major boost on Tuesday when Mitchell Starc hit the nets at the Sydney Cricket Ground and also took part in fielding drills which suggest that the fast bowler could make the final XI in the fifth and final Ashes Test at Sydney starting January 4.However, captain Steve Smith decided to skip the nets session with a sore back but hoped to train with the team on Wednesday.Starc was forced to sit out of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after suffering a heel injury in the third Test at Perth.The 27-year-old returned home on crutches after bowling with a bruised heel on day four and five of the WACA Test, which Australia went on to win by an innings and 41 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.Fellow pacer Pat Cummins revealed that Starc was quite confident to make a return to the side for the series finale.”I haven’t spoken to him but he looked like he was bowling quick, running around and not limping. He’s really keen to play and pretty confident he can play. They’ll see how he recovers. The last couple of weeks it’s certainly got a lot better,” quoted Cummins, as saying.”He’s played a lot of cricket now. He knows his body pretty well and what he can get through,” he added.Starc led the Aussie bowling attack outstandingly well in the first three Test matches having taken 19 wickets at an average of 21.05 with one five-wicket haul. He is still the leading wicket-taker in the series despite not playing the fourth Test.advertisementDespite Cummins expressing confidence on his fellow teammate’s return, national selectors and team doctor would take several factors into consideration before making a final call on his inclusion.Meanwhile, former great Glenn McGrath warned national selectors to not risk Starc for the final Ashes Test with a tour of South Africa looming.”You’d love Mitchell Starc to be playing. If he’s 100 per cent fit I’d play him. If he’s not quite there then unfortunately they might have to let him have a rest and have him get ready for South Africa,” McGrath said.Australia are currently leading the five-match series 3-0 after the fourth Ashes Test ended in a draw on the final day at the MCG.last_img read more

Australian Claire Polosak becomes first woman to umpire men’s ODIs

first_imgAustralia’s Claire Polosak became the first woman to officiate in a men’s one-day international in the World Cricket League Division 2 final match between Namibia and Oman in Windhoek on Saturday.The 31-year-old never played cricket but blazed a trail in 2017 when she became the first woman to stand in a men’s top-level match when New South Wales played a Cricket Australia XI in a one-day match in Sydney.”I am thrilled to be the first woman to stand in a men’s ODI and how far I have come as an umpire,” Polosak told the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of Saturday’s match.”It really is important to promote women umpires and there’s no reason why females can’t umpire in cricket. It’s about breaking down barriers, creating awareness so more females can come into the role.”Polosak has officiated in 15 women’s ODIs, the first one in November 2016 between Australia and South Africa, and has also taken field in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 between England and India and four matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.Namibia and Oman both secured ODI status after finishing in the top two positions of the table in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.”Congratulations to Claire for this fantastic achievement of becoming the first woman umpire to stand in a men’s one-day international,” said Adrian Griffith, ICC senior manager – umpires and referees.”It is one thoroughly deserved and a result of her hard work and perseverance. She is a role model for women who want to get into officiating and proves how successful they can be once they are on the right path and get the opportunities.”advertisementAlso Read | No Aussie in women’s IPL: BCCI says Cricket Australia blackmailing for men’s series reschedulingAlso Read | Next big step for women’s cricket is IPL: Australia captain Meg LanningAlso Read | Mithali Raj backs women’s IPL after World Cup performanceAlso Watch | Getting better with age, looking forward to the World Cup: Chris Gayle to India Todaylast_img read more

More Improvements to Nova Scotias Land Registration System

first_imgNova Scotia’s new land registration system will soon be better and faster. Starting Tuesday, April 18, authorized lawyers across the province will be able to submit more than 70 per cent of all land-related documents directly from their desks to one of the 18 land registration offices for recording or registration. Since March 2003, the province has been rolling out a new land registration system that is modernizing Nova Scotia’s 250-year-old property-based system. “Nova Scotia is a world leader with this unique electronic system,” Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said today, April 13. “This innovative and accessible system provides easy and timely access to land information and registration.” By the end of the year, it is expected that all land-related documents will be able to be transmitted in this way. The province is also converting at least 60 years of historic paper records at the land registries so that scanned images are available online from anywhere around world. By 2007, the Halifax Land Registration Office will make documents and plans dating back to 1749 available online. The new land registration system removes many of the constraints that delayed property transactions. As red tape, travel and title searching time is reduced, consumers should see faster closings, with lower legal bills for transactions involving properties that have been converted to the new system. For more information about land registration, call toll free 1-866-518-4640 or see the website at read more

Exploring the Past to Change the Future

first_imgNova Scotians will gather to reflect on the history and experience of Aboriginal Peoples in the province and explore foundations for positive change. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will host its 2007 Public Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Thursday, Oct. 11. This year’s program will take place at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Membertou, Cape Breton, and focus on Aboriginal rights and people. “At this year’s forum, we want to acknowledge the past and look to the future,” said Michael Noonan, acting director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “In addition to strengthening our own ties with the Aboriginal community, the commission encourages the public to attend the forum and learn more about Mi’kmaw concerns and rights.” The forum will open on Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. with a screening of the film Wabanaki: People of the Dawn, Part II. The film is a follow-up to the award-winning Wabanaki: People of the Dawn. A reception will follow with an opportunity to meet people who were featured in the film and the film’s producer. The program will continue Thursday with an interactive panel, breakout sessions and a variety of presentations. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will also unveil its plan to better address and investigate complaints from the Aboriginal community. “The Plan for Investigation and Resolution of Aboriginal Complaints is the result of extensive consultation with Aboriginal communities across the province,” said Mr. Noonan. “We look forward to receiving feedback on the report at the event and as it is implemented.” Each year the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission organizes an event to study one of the characteristics protected by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. Space is limited, so people interested in attending the event should register with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission by calling 902-424-4622. A complete schedule of events can be found on the commission’s website at .last_img read more

Senior UN officials call for return to sea rescues after the worst

Several of the senior officials have called for a return to sea rescues in the Mediterranean.The Libya office of the International Organization for Migrants (IOM), published social media reports on Thursday that some 145 survivors of the shipwreck, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, were returned to the Libyan shore. The survivors reported that some 250 were on the boat before it capsized, after engine failure.  In a Tweet, Mr. Guterres wrote that he was “horrified” by the news, and called for “safe, legal routes for migrants and refugees”. His comments were echoed by the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, and the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) chief, Henrietta Fore, both of whom also called for end to the arbitrary detention of refugees and migrants in Libya.Without urgent action we will continue to see children lose their lives making these journeys Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF A spokesperson for UNHCR, said in a press briefing on Friday that the large loss of life underscores the “terrible urgency” of the agency’s repeated pleas to States to restore sea rescues and “help with alleviating the suffering of the thousands of refugees and migrants caught in the conflict in Libya.The UNHCR spokesperson reiterated the agency’s request for additional help, such as further resettlement places, and other safe pathways out of Libya for vulnerable people; as well as increased measures to arrest and prosecute people traffickers.The wreck occurred three days after a conference in Paris on the situation in Libya and the Mediterranean, attended by the heads of the UN’s refugee and migration agencies, during which they called for sea rescues not to be criminalized, and for those rescued not to be sent back to Libya. “This tragedy has to now lead to action.”Refugees and migrants need immediate action. #Libya— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) July 25, 2019 read more

Police officers suffer an assault every four minutes

first_imgPolice officers in England and Wales have been subjected to more than 2.4 million attacks in just a year, according to new figures.Previous estimates had suggested that 23,000 police officers were assaulted every year but data from Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) welfare survey states it is a much greater problem.There is an assault every four minutes, according to the survey which questioned 17,000 officers. Researchers found that out of a total of 2,416,445 attacks, 40,009 had led to an injury from violence. Police suffered 2.4m assaults last year Police suffered 2.4m assaults last year Assaults included offenders struggling to get free, wrestling, hitting, kicking or spitting at officers.Under-reporting and differences in the way incidents are recorded have been given as possible reasons why the national picture has been incomplete.PPEW chairman Steve White said: “We always knew that 23,000, whilst bad enough, was not the true picture but 2.4 million is beyond anyone’s expectations and totally unacceptable.”Officers are out there doing a job in extremely difficult circumstances – this brings a whole new dimension to the very real dangers they are facing.”Without question, an assault of any kind should never be considered ‘part of the job’.”First and foremost, our officers should be afforded the support they need and deserve and this means that they are treated the same way as any other victim of crime and that those who attack police officers are not dealt with lightly.”In addition, Government needs to take action on these figures. Assaults on police officers and their colleagues in the emergency services is an utter disgrace and should not be tolerated.”center_img Credit: PA Archive/PA Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Breakfast cereal boxes criticised for depicting portions that are too big

It concluded that claims about whole grains, vitamins and folic acid “might mislead consumers into thinking the cereals are healthier than they are”.The study said: “Dental and other health professionals need to be aware of the high sugar content of these cereals and the marketing techniques that are used by their manufacturers when giving advice to children and their parents.” Breakfast cereal portions are depicted as too big as experts say pictures on the side of boxes are unrealistic.Images of Frosties, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, Coco Pops, and other UK cereals show bowls “brimming to the top with cereal and milk” and containing as much of 90g of cereal, while their packaging recommends a portion size of just 30g.“This suggests that if the imagery on the cereal packet is imitated, children aged 4 to 10 would be exceeding their daily limit of free sugars by 12.5% by eating one bowl of cereal,” the study published in the British Dental Journal found.The study investigated 13 breakfast cereals and analysed the content of the packaging with regard to imagery, health claims and nutritional content.Several cereals were found to be more than one third sugar by weight.The investigation also found that even if the manufacturer’s suggested portion size was used 8 of the 13 cereals provided over half of the recommended daily sugar intake for a child between the ages of 4 and 6. Several cereals were found to be more than one third sugar by weightCredit: Betsy Cole / FOAP/Getty Images  Maria Morgan, a Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health at Cardiff University and an author of the study, said: “It’s impossible to know if manufacturers are deliberately tricking people, but the end result is a misleading image that encourages overconsumption of sugar.”“Ultimately, it is young people from deprived areas that will be worst impacted by these images.”The Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers said: “Breakfast cereals are an important source of fibre, vitamins, and minerals.”Last month, the head of the NHS in England called for manufacturers to review the sugar content of their products.Giving evidence to the Commons health and social care committee, Simon Stevens said that the breakfast cereals were contributing to increased childhood obesity in the UK.“On average children are having the equivalent of three sugar lumps at breakfast. For poorer children that is often much worse. That is obviously contributing a lot to the childhood obesity epidemic,” he said.In June the government published a plan that aims to half childhood obesity in England by 2020.Mr Stevens added: “It obviously matters for the NHS, but frankly it matters to us as parents. It is our children who are inadvertently on the receiving end of what you think is a healthy breakfast cereal but often turns out not to be.” Several cereals were found to be more than one third sugar by weight Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

7 migrants detained after arriving at Black Point Marina

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities detained seven people after, officials said, they came ashore in Southwest Miami-Dade, Sunday.7News cameras captured Miami-Dade Police and U.S. Customs officials at Black Point Marina, located off Southwest 87th Avenue, as they took the people into custody.The Department of Homeland Security declined to give further details, saying this remains an active investigation.Witnesses, however, believe this is a group of migrants trying to make it into the U.S. “I can’t imagine being so desperate to get out of the situation that you’re in, that you would resort to being smuggled into a country,” said Trina Chinni.Those detained were later handed over to the U.S. Coast Guard.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Labgrown minibrains show humanlike sparks

first_imgBrain organoids in a petri dish at UC San Diego are showing eyebrow-raising activity. UC San Diego Health At the University of California, San Diego, a petri dish full of what look like tiny pearls might be doing some thinking. Or at least that’s what a machine learning algorithm reports after detecting spikes in neural activity. In a study published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell, researchers detailed how a clump of 9-month-old lab-grown minibrains (classified as organoids) have begun generating electrical patterns similar to those observed in premature newborn babies. It’s the first time such activity has been achieved in a brain-in-a-dish, according to the researchers.The study’s co-senior author, Alysson R. Muotri, said researchers were initially shocked and are remaining cautious. “We couldn’t believe it at first — we thought our electrodes were malfunctioning. Because the data were so striking, I think many people were kind of skeptical about it, and understandably so,” Muotri said in a release. “They are far from being functionally equivalent to a full cortex, even in a baby … In fact, we don’t yet have a way to even measure consciousness or sentience,” Muotri said.To measure activity in the organoids, researchers used data from babies born up to three-and-a-half months premature. Then they developed an algorithm to predict their age based on electrical patterns captured by an electroencephalogram, or EEG. When the algorithm read the lab-grown brain organoids in the same way, it assigned them an age. The 9-month-old organoids showed features similar to those of a premature infant who reached full, 40-week term.  Tags Post a comment Researchers say their findings could open new doors to understanding mental illness and epilepsy. In July, the research team launched a payload of the brain organoids to the International Space Station to study extra-orbital brain development and its implications for space colonization.  Share your voice 0 Sci-Tech Culturelast_img read more

50th AFN convention begins today in Fairbanks

first_imgThe 50th Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks will open with a healing ceremony from the Alaska Suicide Prevention Council. The observance acknowledges a suicide that took place at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage during the final hour of the convention last year.After the ceremony, the agenda for the three-day conference has many of the same elements it features every year. AFN President Julie Kitka will deliver her annual report. Shortly after, Gov. Bill Walker will address the convention, as will Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.This year’s keynote address will be given by Emil Notti and Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle. Notti was the first president of AFN when it was created in 1966 and was active in the effort to pass the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Alvanna-Stimpfle is a former legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an elected member of the King Island Traditional Council and was recently named executive director of the Iñuit Arctic Business Alliance.Items on the convention’s agenda include panels on rethinking indigenous education, land into trust, criminal justice reform and safety for Alaska Native women and families.Murkowski is scheduled to address the convention Thursday. Sen. Dan Sullivan will take the stage Friday, and Rep. Don Young will make his speech Saturday. Murkowski and Young are both up for re-election this year, so they will also participate in the AFN candidates forum Friday afternoon. Candidates for U.S. Senate Margaret Stock, Joe Miller and Ray Metcalfe are scheduled to participate, as is Young opponent Steve Lindbeck.Delegates will consider convention resolutions Friday morning.last_img read more

Triple talaq bill passed by Rajya Sabha will contribute to women empowerment

first_imgTwitterThe Triple Talaq bill criminalising instant divorce in the Muslim community was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with the government mustering numbers for its smooth sailing in the Upper House where it still lacks majority support.The contentious Bill was passed with 99 members voting in favour and 84 against it. It was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple Talaq.The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in our society.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 30, 2019 This is the second instance in recent days when the Modi government managed to come out on top in the Rajya Sabha. The controversial RTI Amendment Bill was passed last week amid a walkout by the Congress.Replying to the debate on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad countered criticism by the opposition parties on making Triple Talaq a cognizable offence.He said that nobody questioned the penal provision when the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, Dowry Act of 1961 and Section 498A were brought.The Minister said the Hindu Marriage Act said the minimum age of the groom should be 21 and of the bride 18. A two-year jail term was provided for those violating the law. Then it was not said that it would disturb married life, he said.Further, the law provides that a marriage will be void in case a person went for remarriage even as he or she had a spouse.Quoting a book by an Islamic scholar, Prasad said that if Prophet Mohammed disapproved of Triple Talaq centuries back, why were we in 2019 debating whether it was right or wrong.Earlier in the day, while participating in the discussion, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad opposed the Bill and demanded it be referred to a Select Committee so that each provision in it was duly analysed and vetted. Twitter/Rajyavardhan Rathore official handleAzad took on the Law Minister for selectively quoting Supreme Court orders. He said the government should also bring legislation on mob lynching as a similar direction had come from the apex court in the wake of rising violence against the minority community.He called the Bill politically motivated and said there was nothing in it to protect Muslim women, for their subsistence allowance and their children.Javed Ali Khan of the Samajwadi Party, who opposed the Bill, said there were women in the country who had been abandoned by their husbands.”I want to know if the government is planning to bring any law to ensure the abandoned wives receive allowance from these husbands,” Khan asked.This prompted BJP leader Bhupender Yadav to say that a charge cannot be levelled against any person unless he or she has been convicted by a court.A. Navaneethakrishnan of the AIADMK dubbed the Bill unconstitutional, arbitrary and illegal.”It is not sustainable under law… I humbly submit to this House that Parliament has no legislative competence to entertain it,” he said, demanding scrutiny of the Bill by a Select Committee.When put to vote after the reply by the Law Minister, the motion to send the Bill to a Select Committee was defeated with 84 in favour and 100 against it.The Bill makes declaration of triple talaq a cognizable offence, attracting up to three years’ imprisonment with a fine.Under the proposed law, a Muslim woman against whom triple talaq has been declared is entitled to seek subsistence allowance from her husband for herself and also for her dependent children.A Muslim woman against whom Triple Talaq has been pronounced is entitled to seek custody of her minor children.TMC leader Dola Sen demanded that the Bill be sent to a Select Committee.”We are all for women empowerment. We are all for women’s rights. Two things — one, just remove the criminality clause. Two, don’t mock the Parliament by passing this Bill today. Send this Bill to a Select Committee,” she said.BJP’s Saroj Pandey countered that all those supporting Triple Talaq were against women.T.K.S. Elangovan of the DMK said he welcomed the Supreme Court order on Triple Talaq.”But I strongly oppose the Bill because it is faulty and the government has failed to understand that the court has only made Triple Talaq unlawful and not divorce per se as unlawful,” the Tamil Nadu leader said.The BJD supported the Bill but asked the ruling party why it opposed a judgement on Sabarimala if it wanted to empower women.Veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh expressed reservation on the manner the Bill was brought and pointed out that the government had not consulted the Muslim community on the issue.BJP ally Janata Dal (United) walked out soon after discussion started on the Bill.last_img read more

UPDATE Harvey has Slightly Increased in Strength

first_imgOfficials say the ongoing release of water from two flood-control reservoirs in the Houston area is not expected to increase the levels of a swollen bayou that runs through heavily populated neighborhoods in west and central Houston and through the city’s downtown.Buffalo Bayou has swollen due to torrential rain from Harvey.Jeff Lindner is a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District. He said Monday that levels on Buffalo Bayou have fallen from where they were Sunday. He says they’re holding steady despite the ongoing release of water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs in west Houston.The Army Corps of Engineers says the controlled release into Buffalo Bayou is being done to relief pressure on the two aging reservoirs. The Corps says if the releases weren’t done, excess water could go over the reservoirs’ spillways and flood a large area.Also, the senior citizens who appear in a now-viral photo showing them submerged in waist-deep water in a Texas assisted-living center flooded by Hurricane Harvey over the weekend have been relocated to a nearby facility and a hospital.Tim McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owns the facility in Dickinson, Texas, told The Associated Press Monday the National Guard rescued 20 people Sunday, about three hours after he shared on Twitter the harrowing photo of the living room of the La Vita Bella facility. The photo shows at least six senior citizens waist-deep in murky water, at least one sitting on a rolling walker, in a room with a popcorn machine, a cat and some bottles of water on a table.“They are all doing fine,” said McIntosh, who defended facility owner, Trudy Lampson, who some accused on social media of not evacuating the facility on time. He said Lampson had made arrangements to evacuate the residents, but local authorities told her to stay put.“The nursing home had to follow protocol because it’s a big ordeal to evacuate it,” he said. “These ladies are on wheelchairs and most of them on oxygen.”__________ Authorities say a woman has been killed in the Houston area when a large tree dislodged by heavy rains from Harvey toppled onto her trailer home.Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Captain Bryan Carlisle says that the woman was killed around noon Monday in Porter. Her husband has reported that she was napping when the tree fell. Porter Fire Department firefighters had to wade through chest-level water to evacuate the woman’s husband, remove the tree and extract the body.Harvey made landfall in Texas late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered just off the coast, dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm.__________President Donald Trump says federal cash for storm-ravaged areas in Texas and elsewhere will arrive quickly.He says to people suffering from Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flooding that “You’re going to have what you need and it’s going to go fast.”Trump adds that he’s spoken with members of Congress and “everybody feels for” people in the storm’s path.The storm has dumped historic amounts of rain on areas in and around Houston, which continues to flood. Deaths have been blamed on Hurricane Harvey, the first major natural disaster of Trump’s presidency.__________ Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city is working on opening another “major” shelter for people fleeing flooding from Harvey as the George S. Brown Convention Center reaches capacity.Turner toured the convention center Monday, hugging evacuees and asking how they were doing. The convention center was already more than halfway to its 5,000-person capacity.Turner said the city was considering its options for another major shelter, but did not say which buildings could be used.Harvey made landfall in Texas late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered just off the coast, dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm.___KHOU is reporting that six family members are believed to have drowned in Houston when their van was swept away by floodwaters.The KHOU-TV report was attributed to three family members the station didn’t identify. No bodies have been recovered.Houston police Chief Art Acevedo tells The Associated Press he has no information about the KHOU report but added that he’s “really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find” from Harvey’s devastating flooding.According to the station, four children — the youngest, a 6-year-old girl — and their grandparents are feared dead after the van hit high floods Sunday afternoon when crossing a bridge in Greens Bayou.The driver of the vehicle, the children’s great-uncle, reportedly escaped before the van was submerged and grabbed onto a tree limb as the van sunk. He told the children inside to try to escape through the back door, but they were unable to get out. ___ Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is again praising the federal government’s response to Harvey.Abbott said at a news conference in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Monday that he had spoken “on multiple occasions” to President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet.Abbott said, “I would have to grade the federal government’s response as an A-plus.” He said the storm was “if not the largest, one of the largest disasters America has ever faced.” But he says, “to see the swift response from the federal government is pretty much unparalleled.”Abbot expressed similar sentiments Sunday. It’s a departure for Abbott. He was elected governor in 2014 decrying federal “overreach” and boasting about using his former positon as Texas attorney general to sue the Obama administration nearly 30 times.___Officials are preparing to evacuate one of the nation’s busiest trauma centers as flooding from Harvey threatened to compromise the hospital’s supply of medicine and food.A spokesman at Houston’s Office of Emergency Management said Monday that all 350 patients at Ben Taub Hospital would be evacuated, hopefully within a day. Floodwater and sewage got into the main hospital building’s basement and affected pharmacy, food service and other key operations. Patients will be sent to other area hospitals until repairs are made.The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center also canceled outpatient services, appointments and surgeries at all Houston-area locations through Tuesday, and was asking patients not to attempt to travel because of high water in the Texas Medical Center area.___A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for a Southeast Texas city of about 20,000 that’s been inundated by Harvey floodwaters.Dickinson police announced the city’s mandatory evacuation that took effect at 2 p.m. Monday.Dickinson is a low-lying city about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Houston. It’s along Dickinson Bayou. Crews on Sunday rescued more than 20 residents and staffers from an assisted-living center in Dickinson that flooded.The police statement cited the fragile infrastructure in the city amid flooding, limited working utilities and concern for the forecast track of Harvey. Transportation was available for those needing help leaving Dickinson.___________The Federal Emergency Management Agency says its response to Hurricane Harvey is “quickly drawing down” the reserves in the agency’s disaster fund.FEMA says it’s prioritizing its response to Harvey over earlier disasters to stretch the life of its disaster aid fund to make sure it doesn’t run out of money.In a message to Capitol Hill, FEMA says it will only fund immediate emergency response “so that FEMA can continue its focus on response and urgent recovery efforts without interruption.”FEMA’s most recent report says it has more than $3 billion in its disaster fund. About half of that was supposed to be spent to respond to earlier disasters, but Monday’s announcement frees up more of the money for responding to Harvey.___________Former President George W. Bush says he and former first lady Laura Bush are confident that communities hit by Harvey “will recover and thrive.”Bush, who lives in Dallas, released a statement Monday that he and his wife are “proud of the people of Texas for showing the resilience and compassion of our state.” He says they’re “moved by the heroic work of the first responders and volunteers who are putting themselves at risk to save others.”Harvey made landfall in Texas late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered just off the coast, dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm.__________The National Hurricane Center says Harvey is drifting “erratically” back toward the Gulf Coast after having moved inland since making landfall late Friday.An advisory Monday afternoon from the center says life-threatening flooding continues for Houston and the broader southeastern Texas region.Harvey has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph). The center says it may slowly intensify as it moves closer to the coast.Harvey is forecast to turn back toward the northeast at some point Tuesday.An additional 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rainfall is forecast through Friday and the center says other threats include tornadoes and a coastal storm surge of 1 to 3 feet (0.3 meter to 0.91 meter) moving inland from the coast.__________ – / 115 The National Hurricane Center says Harvey has slightly increased in strength as it went back to warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.It now has sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph), up 5 mph (8 kph).Forecasters expect Harvey to stay over water and at 45 mph (72 kph) for 36 hours and then head back inland east of Houston sometime Wednesday. The forecast has the storm then zipping north and losing its tropical storm strength and then its tropical characteristics.Harvey made landfall in Texas late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered just off the coast, dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm. __________ The water is being released into the already flooded Buffalo Bayou, to flow into the Houston Ship Channel. But the levels in Addicks and Barker are still rising, at more than 1 foot per hour. That’s fueled by surging creeks that empty into the reservoirs. The result is that water is backing up to the west of both reservoirs. Thousands of homes in the way are either already being flooded or at risk. THE LATEST: Residents west of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in Houston are being advised to evacuate their homes on Monday, if they haven’t done so already. The Army Corps of Engineers began controlled releases from the reservoirs shortly after midnight. Officials say that they had to allow the controlled release now. They say the alternative would have been an uncontrolled release later. That would cause more damage, at the very least. But allowing the water to continue building could also threaten the structural integrity of the Addicks and Barker Dams. Those two dams are rated among the most unsafe in the country.___The director of the National Weather Service is warning that the catastrophic flooding that’s overwhelming Houston and other parts of Texas will worsen in the coming days and then be slow to recede once Harvey finally moves on.Director Louis Uccellini said during a news conference Monday that up to 20 inches  of rain could fall in the coming days, on top of the more than 30 inches some places have already seen.He says some of the heaviest rainfall today, at a pace of 6 inches  an hour, will fall east of Houston in places such as Beaumont and Lake Charles, Louisiana.He adds that while Houston is experiencing a break from the rain Monday morning, heavy rainfall is forecast to return later in the day into Tuesday.___Houston police chief, Art Acevedo,  is concerned about the prospect of more flooding, but is “keeping  fingers crossed” that the rain will subside.In an interview Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Chief Art Acevedo says drainage is a concern.Acevedo said  “not sure where the water is going because it’s just so much that we can’t really absorb more in the ground at this point. … We have way too much water and not enough places for it to drain.”He says officers have voiced frustration that they don’t have enough high-water vehicles to quickly help everyone who is stranded.He also warned any criminals who might try to take advantage of the disaster that his force has already arrested half a dozen people for looting.#USCG communications for #Harvey rescue ops in #Houston: Call 281-464-(4851)(4852)(4853)(4854)(4855). Get on roofs. Mark location w/SOS.— U.S. Coast Guard (@uscoastguard) August 27, 2017___The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  is asking for volunteers to help Texas recover from Harvey.William “Brock” Long, FEMA administrator, told a news conference in Washington Monday that “we need citizens to be involved,” because the storm and resulting flooding is greater than the government can handle.Long urges individuals and organizations to check the website or call 1-800-621-FEMA to find out how to help. He’s asking for financial donations and for people “to figure out how to get involved as we help Texas find a new normal.”A National Weather Service official says the peak flooding from the Houston-area storm is expected to max out Wednesday and Thursday, but said the floods will be slow to recede and that catastrophic flooding will persist.___Harvey continues to head back toward the Gulf of Mexico at a slow pace.The National Hurricane Center says in its 4 a.m. CDT update that the tropical storm that made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane, dropping heavy rain in the Houston area, still has sustained winds of up to 40 mph (65 kph) and is centered 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of Victoria, Texas, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) southwest of Houston. It continues to creep to the southeast at 3 mph (4.8 kph).That means it remains virtually stalled near the coast and continues to drop heavy rain on the Houston and Galveston areas. In the past 48 hours, numerous spots in the region have measured more than 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rain.The hurricane center says Harvey’s center was expected to drift off the middle Texas coast on Monday and meander offshore through Tuesday before beginning “a slow northeastward motion.” The center says those in the upper Texas coast and in southwestern Louisiana should continue to monitor Harvey’s progress.___Officials released more water from Houston-area reservoirs overwhelmed by Harvey early Monday in a move aimed at protecting the city’s downtown from devastating floods, but that could still endanger thousands of homes, even as the city braced for more rain.Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm, sent devastating floods pouring into Houston on Sunday. At Missouri city traffic Texas #tiemposevero #houstonflood #Harvey #PrayForHouston #houstonflooding @Telemundo @Univision #noticias— Josselyn Ramos (@JosselynRamos10) August 28, 2017 The rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.Residents living near the Addicks and Barker reservoirs — that were designed to prevent flooding in downtown Houston — were warned Sunday that a controlled release from both reservoirs would cause additional street flooding that could spill into homes. Rising water levels and continuing rain was putting pressure on the dams that could cause a failure without the release.Harris and Fort Bend county officials advised residents to pack their cars Sunday night and wait for daylight Monday to leave.“The idea is to prepare … pack up what you need and put it in your vehicle and when the sun comes up, get out,” said Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District. “And you don’t have to go far, you just need to get out of this area.”The Army Corps of Engineers started the reservoir releases before 2 a.m. Monday — ahead of schedule — because water levels were increasing dramatically at a rate of more than six inches (15 centimeters) per hour, a Corps spokesman Jay Townsend said. The timetable was moved up to prevent more homes from being flooded, Townsend said.Meanwhile, officials in Fort Bend County, Houston’s southwestern suburbs, late Sunday issued widespread mandatory evacuation orders along the Brazos River levee districts.County officials were preparing for the river to reach major flood stages late Sunday. County Judge Robert Herbert said at a news conference that National Weather Service officials were predicting that the water could rise to 59 feet (18 meters), three feet (90 centimeters) above 2016 records and what Herbert called an “800-year flood level.” Herbert said that amount of water would top the levees and carries a threat of levee failure.On Sunday, incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat.In a rescue effort that recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helicopters landed near flooded freeways, airboats buzzed across submerged neighborhoods and high-water vehicles plowed through water-logged intersections. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.Volunteers joined emergency teams in pulling people from their homes or from the water. The flooding was so widespread that authorities had trouble pinpointing the worst areas. They urged people to get on top of their houses to avoid becoming trapped in attics and to wave sheets or towels to draw attention to their location.Judging from federal disaster declarations, the storm has so far affected about a quarter of the Texas population, or 6.8 million people in 18 counties. It was blamed in at least two deaths.As the water rose, the National Weather Service issued another ominous forecast: Before the storm that arrived Friday as a Category 4 hurricane is gone, some parts of Houston and its suburbs could get as much as 50 inches (1.3 meters) of rain. That would be the highest amount ever recorded in Texas.Some areas have already received about half that amount. Since Thursday, South Houston recorded nearly 25 inches (63 centimeters), and the suburbs of Santa Fe and Dayton got 27 inches (69 centimeters).“The breadth and intensity of this rainfall is beyond anything experienced before,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.Average rainfall totals will end up around 40 inches (1 meter) for Houston, weather service meteorologist Patrick Burke said.The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, predicted that the aftermath of the storm would require FEMA’s involvement for years.“This disaster’s going to be a landmark event,” Long said.Storm #Harvey: The moment a reporter sparks the rescue — live on air — of a driver trapped in waters— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 28, 2017Rescuers had to give top priority to life-and-death situations, leaving many affected families to fend for themselves. And several hospitals in the Houston area were evacuated due to the rising waters.It was not clear how many people were plucked from the floodwaters. Up to 1,200 people had to be rescued in Galveston County alone, said Mark Henry, the county judge, the county’s top administrative post.Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center was quickly opened as a shelter. It was also used as a shelter for Katrina refugees in 2005.Gillis Leho arrived there soaking wet. She said she awoke Sunday to find her downstairs flooded. She tried to move some belongings upstairs, then grabbed her grandchildren.“When they told us the current was getting high, we had to bust a window to get out,” Leho said.Some people used inflatable beach toys, rubber rafts and even air mattresses to get through the water to safety. Others waded while carrying trash bags stuffed with their belongings and small animals in picnic coolers.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said authorities had received more than 2,000 calls for help, with more coming in. He urged drivers to stay off roads to avoid adding to the number of those stranded.“I don’t need to tell anyone this is a very, very serious and unprecedented storm,” Turner told a news conference. “We have several hundred structural flooding reports. We expect that number to rise pretty dramatically.”The deteriorating situation was bound to provoke questions about the conflicting advice given by the governor and Houston leaders before the hurricane. Gov. Greg Abbott urged people to flee from Harvey’s path, but the Houston mayor issued no evacuation orders and told everyone to stay home.The governor refused to point fingers on Sunday.“Now is not the time to second-guess the decisions that were made,” Abbott, a Republican, said at a news conference in Austin. “What’s important is that everybody work together to ensure that we are going to, first, save lives and, second, help people across the state rebuild.”The mayor, a Democrat, defended his decision, saying there was no way to know which parts of the city were most vulnerable.“If you think the situation right now is bad, and you give an order to evacuate, you are creating a nightmare,” Turner said, citing the risks of sending the city’s 2.3 million inhabitants onto the highways at the same time.The Coast Guard deployed five helicopters and asked for additional aircraft from New Orleans.The White House announced that President Donald Trump would visit Texas on Tuesday. He met Sunday by teleconference with top administration officials to discuss federal support for response and recovery efforts.The rescues unfolded a day after Harvey settled over the Texas coastline. The system weakened Saturday to a tropical storm. By early Monday, Harvey had shifted a little closer to Texas, hovering about 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of Victoria, with sustained winds of about 40 mph (65 kph). The National Hurricane Center said it continued to edge in a southeasterly direction at 3 mph (4.8 kph).Harvey was the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961’s Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rates the two 70-year-old dams that protect Houston as among a handful of “extremely high risk” dams in the U.S.Concerns include the way the two structures were built in the 1940s, and the threat to the people and property of the nation’s 4th-biggest city if they were to fail.The Corps said Monday it was starting to release water from the two dams, called Addicks and Barker. The move would worsen flooding in some neighborhoods, but was necessary to prevent bigger, uncontrolled flows later, the Corps said in a statement.The Houston dams are older than even the already high average age — 56 years — of dams in the United States. The Corps has acknowledged a long history of seepage through the dams. A $75 million fix to the two dams’ floodgates is slated for completion in 2019.The Corps ‘”was confident that the structures continue to perform as they were designed to do,” it said in Monday’s statement.___Officials say Houston’s 911 system has received and processed 75,000 calls since Harvey inundated many parts of the city.That includes nearly 20,000 calls just since 10 p.m. Sunday.Joe Laud is the administration manager for the Houston Emergency Center. He said Monday that 911 operators have been able to reduce the backlog of calls they have, going from 120 to 250 calls in their queue to 10 to 15 calls.He says that on average, the system usually get 8,000 or 9,000 calls per day.Laud says officials have also initiated a voice activated system that lets callers know that the 911 system has received their call and that they should stay on the phone until someone comes on the line. Laud says some people were apparently hanging up because they didn’t think their call would be answered.Harvey made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered just off the coast, dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm.__________U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he won’t second-guess the decision not to ask Houston residents to evacuate before Harvey hit the city with heavy rain and wind.The Texas Republican on Monday toured the downtown convention center housing thousands of evacuees. He says there will be “plenty of time after this disaster to look back in hindsight and see what lessons could be learned.”Cruz said that the government “will do what is necessary to rebuild,” though he didn’t commit to voting for potential legislation to provide funding for the recovery.Cruz wouldn’t comment on criticism from U.S. Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, that he didn’t vote for an aid package for Superstorm Sandy.Cruz said, “This is not a time for politics.”Speaking of rebuilding, the federal government  says it has enough disaster aid money to deal with the immediate aftermath of Harvey — for now.But a multibillion dollar aid package is a sure bet to be added to an already packed agenda facing lawmakers when they return to Washington next week.Top Capitol Hill aides say they have assurances from the Trump administration that the $3 billion balance in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster fund is enough to handle immediate needs, such as debris removal and temporary shelter for thousands of Texas residents displaced from their homes.An infusion of more FEMA money will be needed soon, however, given the magnitude of the storm. It’s seen as a likely add-on to a temporary government-wide funding bill to prevent a shutdown in October.News 887’s Al Ortiz interviewed Freddy Borrego, a resident of the Terranova West subdivision, located about seven miles west of I-45, which has several homes severely flooded.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—————-Texas’ governor activating the entire Texas National Guard for search and rescue efforts following Hurricane Harvey, bringing the total deployment to roughly 12,000.Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that it’s “imperative we do everything possible” to protect lives. About 3,000 guard members had already been mobilized along the Texas coast.Abbott says Texas is now activating others who are physically able and not currently deployed elsewhere.Houston officials say they have rescued more than 2,000 people from flooding in the city. Harvey made landfall on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane.So far there have been two confirmed storm related deaths, one in Port Aransas, one in Houston and another three unconfirmed. —————–Harris County Judge Ed Emmet says hundreds of people who’ve been rescued from their homes, vehicles and other places amid catastrophic flooding are being taken to dry land but not straight to shelters.Emmett said at a news conference Monday that many people are being ferried to a parking lot, school or other dry area as rescue personnel move on to the next rescue that’s needed. Those people then are struggling to find shelter, food and other resources.Emmett says the focus now is on getting those people to shelters.Meanwhile, Houston police Chief Art Acevedo on Monday told “Good Morning America” that he knows of 200 to 250 water rescues that still must be done in the city and that he hopes they’ll be completed by the end of the day.Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is stressing that the federal government will support Harvey recovery efforts going forward.In an interview with Houston radio station KTRH Monday morning, Pence said the federal government will make the resources available to see Texas through rescue operations and recovery.Pence noted that given the “magnitude of the flooding” that “it will be years coming back.”___ Sharelast_img read more

Live grenade found inside planter on Cancun sidewalk

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A downtown street was closed in Cancun yesterday while public security responded to the discovery of an undetonated grenade.The call was made at 7:00 a.m. when a passerby says he noticed what looked like a grenade in a sidewalk planter. Public security officials quickly arrived at Yaxchilán Avenue in the area of Sunyaxchén and Uxmal to close off the streets.The grenade was found inside a planter pot in front of a restaurant. Personnel from the Battalion suited up to remove the device from the sidewalk.Police had the streets cordoned off for nearly three hours. Elements from the bomb squadron of the Mexican army arrived to retrieve the explosive device, which was taken to their facilities.There were no reports of injuries.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barco Presents Multimodality Imaging Display Solutions at SIIM 2017

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content May 24, 2017 — Barco announced that several of its diagnostic display systems will be on display at the 2017 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting, June 1-3 in Pittsburgh. Featured displays will include the Coronis Uniti, Nio High-Bright Color 5MP, Coronis Fusion 6MP and the Nio Color 2MP LED. The company will also highlight a new study on display luminance to improve breast imaging and host a hands-on learning laboratory session.The Coronis Uniti display system offers a giant, 12-megapixel screen that enables radiologists to efficiently view all exams on a single display to make a better diagnosis. This also reduces the complexity and cost of the workstation footprint and eliminates the need for changing displays and/or reading images at separate locations. Capable of displaying picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and mammography images, the Coronis Uniti presents perfect color and grayscale, 2-D and 3-D, static and dynamic images, according to Barco. Additional proprietary intuitive workflow features help boost diagnostic accuracy and reduce occupational stress.A new study led by Claudio Ferranti, M.D., of the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori in Milan, Italy, recently confirmed that display luminance has a positive impact on the detectability of breast microcalcifications and spiculated lesions. The findings suggest a 10 percent or more increased detectability in digital breast tomosynthesis images (calibrated at 1,000 cd/m2 vs. 500-600 cd/m2). The study used digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) cases, some with spiculated lesions, some with clustered microcalcifications and some without lesions. The Coronis Uniti 12MP display with higher luminance improved correct detection with both increased sensitivity and increased specificity compared to the displays calibrated at lower luminance levels. The Nio High-Bright Color 5MP display system features 5.8 MP resolution (2100×2800), allowing clinicians to fit more of the breast image on the display to speed their workflow. Integrated smart features, like SpotView and DimView, allow radiologists to hone in on areas of interest to improve diagnostic accuracy while enhancing their reading efficiency.The Coronis Fusion 6MP offers new features that increase radiologist productivity to help hospitals achieve higher return on investment (ROI) in their reading rooms. Increased luminance delivers 50 percent more light (600 cd/m2) to display 10 percent more JNDs and reveal clinical details more quickly for a more certain diagnosis.Radiologists who work from home must be able to report and verify reports on PACS. For these cases, the Nio Color 2MP LED provides excellent image consistency due to superior color accuracy, brightness and contrast.Finally, SIIM attendees can visit the Radiology Workspace Hands-On Learning Laboratory to provide feedback on how to improve the radiology reading workspace and reduce burnout. 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Eight tremors registered between Sunday and Monday morning in Costa Rica

first_imgCosta Rica’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory (OVSICORI) recorded a total of eight earthquakes of magnitudes ranging 2.4 to 4.4 this weekend.Most occurred in the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas. The strongest was felt Sunday, at 1 a.m., with a magnitude of 4.4 and an epicenter located 10 kilometers southwest of Malpaís in Puntarenas.That quake was followed by two more in Nandayure, Guanacaste. The first – of magnitude-3.0 – happened at 2:20 a.m. and the second – of magnitude-3.5 – at 2:57 a.m.Five aftershocks registered lower magnitudes. One at 1:44 p.m. on Sunday registered 2.6 in Nicoya, followed by one of 2.4 at 8:34 p.m.On Monday, another magnitude-2.4 earthquake was reported at 3:07 a.m., with an epicenter near Moravia, north of the capital.At 3:31, another magnitude-3.0 earth tremor was recorded in San Isidro, in the province of Heredia, and another of 2.6 at 5:56 a.m. was reported in the Caribbean province of Limón.OVSICORI experts said the activity is not cause for concern, because “it is a normal process of reactivation of plates that usually happens after a major earthquake,” a reference to the powerful magnitude-7.6 quake that occurred Sept. 5. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more