first_imgMembers of the European Union’s Election Observation Mission respond to questions from reporters, during a press conference in Georgetown Guyana. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The European Union’s (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) has indicated its commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in Guyana’s general and regional elections, to be held on March 2.During a media conference on February 6, EU EOM Chief Observer, Urmas Paet, stated that the mission’s mandate is to observe all aspects of the electoral process.“The presence of the EU EOM demonstrates the EU’s commitment to the conduct of inclusive, transparent and credible elections in Guyana,” Paet said, noting that the observation not only focuses on election day, but also “on the entire electoral process, including the campaigning, the results and the resolution of any election-related dispute, after voting has finished”.The Chief Observer emphasised that the mission will be impartial in its findings and conclusions.“The Mission is independent in its findings and conclusions, and EU observers adhere to a strict code of conduct of international observers that requires strict neutrality and impartiality in the course of their work, and do not interfere in the electoral process,” Paet stated.This is the largest EU EOM mission, which will comprise almost 50 observers. It includes a core team of nine analysts and 14 long-term observers, deployed to the 10 administrative regions. Twenty short-term observers will join the team, shortly before the March elections.The mission was deployed to Guyana, following an invitation from President, David Granger.The EU EOM uses the following criteria during its observation of an electoral process: the degree of freedom of political parties and candidates to assemble and express their views; the degree of impartiality shown by the election administration; the fairness of access to state resources during the election; the universal franchise afforded to voters; the degree of access for political parties and candidates to the media, in particular, the state media; the conduct of polling, counting and tabulation of votes; other issues related to the democratic nature of the election (e.g. legal framework; campaign violence; rule of law; and campaign finance).On March 4, the EU EOM will issue a preliminary statement, which will be followed by an official statement, which will include the mission’s observations and recommendations, two months after the General and Regional Elections are conducted.last_img read more


first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now It is easy to lower your goals to something more achievable. The logic follows that by not setting your goal too high, you can make the goal. To set a higher goal would be unrealistic. Then, when you miss the goal, you may feel bad having missed it and lose your momentum and drive.This is poor thinking around goal-setting.A business doing $10M in sales may set a realistic goal of $11.2M for the following year. That goal is specific, measurable, agreed upon, reachable, and time-bound, everything a goal is supposed to be. But the goal itself is impotent.The business doing $10M knows it can reach the $11.2M goal. The problem with reachable goals is that you don’t have to do anything different to reach them. They have no power and therefore don’t require any new beliefs, new knowledge, new skills, or new behaviors. Why bother setting such a wimpy goal?What if the business set their goal for $20M? “Iannarino,” you say, “That’s outrageous. How on earth can they double the size of their business in a year?” And in that very question is the power of an unreasonable goal. It forces you to take action, to change, and to stretch yourself further than you ever thought possible.What if they miss their goals? What if they come up short?Exactly what is wrong with not making your goals? Failure is simply a form of feedback. You need to adjust what you are doing before you try again.The above scenario is true. The company in question did not make their goal. They only made it to 17.5M in the second year. They had to make massive changes to produce that number. It is too bad they missed their goal.Are your goals unrealistic enough to require massive change and growth to reach them?last_img read more


first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 89 — Manalang 21, Andaya 15, Escalambre 14, Taganas 14, Martinez 13, Garcia 6, Lao 4, Antonares 2, Paras 0, Salonga 0, Tolentino 0.Quarters: 22-19, 52-41, 79-68, 100-89. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Akari-Adamson raced to a 13-point lead, 50-37, late in the second quarter, but former Falcon Robbie Manalang and Carlo Escalambre helped AMA stay within striking distance and the Titans even got to within five, 93-88, courtesy of a Jay-R Taganas bucket with 2:25 remaining.Ahanmisi, then, put on the finishing touches in the victory, drilling a fallaway to douse the rally and putting the exclamation point with another three in the waning seconds.Manalang carried the Titans (1-5) with 21 points and five rebounds, Mac Andaya got 15 markers, seven boards, and seven blocks, and Escalambre had 14 points and nine rebounds in the defeat.The scores:AKARI-ADAMSON 100 — Ahanmisi 26, Sarr 15, Lastimosa 11, Camacho 9, Manganti 9, Catapusan 8, Espeleta 8, Pingoy 6, Lojera 4, Mojica 4, Zaldivar 0.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico PBA IMAGESJerrick Ahanmisi got hot from the downtown as Akari-Adamson downed AMA Online Education, 100-89, Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.Ahanmisi, the younger brother of Rain or Shine playmaker Maverick, drilled seven of his eight triples to fire 26 points. He also collected three rebounds and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Papi Sarr dominated the paint, posting 15 points and 18 rebounds as he made up for lost time after missing Adamson’s last game, while Jerom Lastimosa had 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists off the bench.The win allowed the Falcons to grab solo second spot at 5-3 and atone for their 57-76 defeat to pacesetter CEU last Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStill, coach Franz Pumaren maintained that he will never be satisfied with how his boys are playing.“We’re still groping for form. We’re trying to implement new rules and the boys are still adjusting,” he said. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short ‘Dear Basketball’ View commentslast_img read more


first_imgTORONTO — Most of the federal party leaders are hitting the books today, cramming for Monday’s critical English-language leaders debate like high schoolers before an all-important final exam.Judging by the Liberal party’s campaign itinerary, though, Justin Trudeau thinks he’s going to ace it.Instead of debate prep, Trudeau will spend part of the day in a rural community just outside Belleville, Ont., planting trees in a riding that the Liberals barely managed to wrestle away from the Conservatives in 2015.The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, the only other leader with public events on his agenda, will be in Ottawa to pick up debating tips from Ed Broadbent, the party’s long-standing elder statesman. Later today, he’ll appear on CBC Radio’s live call-in show, “Cross Country Checkup.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Green Leader Elizabeth May are both either in or en route to the national capital to prepare for Monday night’s televised debate, arguably the most important event of the campaign so far.Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet and People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier are also taking part, marking the first time all six leaders have squared off in person on the same debate stage.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


DENVER — Kawhi Leonard is indispensable to the San Antonio Spurs — or at least that’s how he’s now perceived. His mysterious injury not only threatens to snap the Spurs’ two-decade-long playoff streak, but there’s a chance it could also derail the club’s future by driving Leonard away.If there’s an irony in how monumentally important Leonard is to the Spurs’ chances now, though, it’s that he was still relatively anonymous to the casual basketball fan just four years ago, despite performing at a fairly high level on one of the league’s best teams at that time. It wasn’t until June 2014, when Leonard earned NBA Finals MVP honors, that he began drawing broader attention en route to becoming a bona fide star, one whose health could shift the tenor of a conference finals series.Now, another player — Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris — quietly appears to be on a similar trajectory. From afar, nothing Harris does seems truly spectacular. But zoom in just a little, watch a handful of Denver’s games, and you’ll see elements of Harris’s consistent, well-rounded skill set start to stand out. Just the way Leonard’s once did.“When I got here, there were questions about whether Gary Harris was an NBA player,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told me, a reference to Harris’s rookie season, in which he shot just over 30 percent from the field.1While part of that poor performance was due to his over-reliance on threes, Harris was one of just three rookies since 1960 to have shot that poorly on 200 attempts or more. The thought seems comical now, as Harris is serving as both Denver’s best on-ball defender and its leading scorer.For a while, Harris was far stronger on the defensive side of the ball, where it’s harder for the average fan to notice excellence. A solid scorer, by contrast, handles the ball more and gets his name called while the camera pans to his face every time he finds the bottom of the basket. Forcing a missed shot or denying your man the ball on the other end, however, usually isn’t enough to garner that same attention. So that may partially explain why the 23-year-old Harris flies under the radar.At 6 foot 4, he doesn’t force teams to alter entire offensive schemes the way that the 6-foot-7 Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, can. Yet Harris constantly seems to find ways to disrupt the league’s best wing players.Harris ranks ninth in the NBA in deflections per game — the same ranking Leonard held last season — hounding volume scorers as they come around screens and illustrating nearly perfect timing as he swats down directly on the ball just as a player is lifting up to launch his shot attempt. Harris’s quick hands and defensive persistence are pretty much the only things that prevent the Nuggets, who surrender more layups than anyone except Orlando, from having the worst defense in basketball. With Harris on the court, Denver surrenders 107.4 points per 100 possessions, which would tie for 20th among the league’s 30 teams. With Harris on the bench, the Nuggets allow 110.6 points per 100 possessions, a rate that would tie for dead last.It’s incredibly difficult to draw the types of defensive assignments that Harris typically gets without committing a lot of fouls. But just like Leonard did in his fourth season, Harris has collected more steals than fouls so far this year, a feat that only elite defensive shooting guards and small forwards generally manage.Harris could be named an All-NBA defender in the coming years without changing much about his game. But to achieve true stardom, he will likely need two things: More scoring — he’s still pretty limited in creating looks for himself — and more wins for the Nuggets.“If we make the playoffs, a lot more people are going to see and know who the hell Gary Harris is,” said Malone, whose team is locked in a crowded playoff race. “It’s funny: Last year, Nikola Jokic wasn’t going to be a part of All-Star Weekend. Then he puts up 40 points at Madison Square Garden and gets a phone call from the NBA the very next day. ‘Hey, we want you to be part of All-Star Weekend!’ So, we know Nikola and how special he is. And I think the same is true of Gary.”Harris has shown true scoring progress every year since his dismal rookie campaign. The former Michigan State star has gone from 3, to 12, to 15 and now 18 points per game; he has become one of the league’s best offensive threats in transition; and he’s on track to shoot 40 percent from the 3-point line for a second straight year. He moves incredibly well without the ball and has perhaps the team’s best on-court chemistry with Jokic, the face of the Nuggets and one of the league’s most skilled young big men.2Through Monday night’s games, Harris was logging a ridiculous 64.3 effective field-goal percentage off Jokic’s passes, according Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats — a rate that’s on par with the most efficient scorers in the NBA. Similarly, Jokic posts a 62.1 effective field-goal rate off Harris’s passes, a figure that narrowly outpaces that Stephen Curry’s overall rate.Harris’s development on offense bears similarities to Leonard’s rise. Through their first four seasons, their numbers looked identical — 12.2 points and 2.1 assists on 47 percent shooting and 37 percent from 3 for Harris3Harris’s fourth year is still ongoing; 12.3 points and 1.8 assists on 50 percent shooting overall and 37 percent from 3 for Leonard.Perhaps even more important: The two men play with an unusually quiet, workmanlike approach, and they are among the most consistent players in the NBA on a night-to-night basis. “He just puts his head down and goes about his business. He doesn’t talk about it much — he just goes out and does it, and we’re fine with that,” says Denver guard Will Barton, whose locker is next to Harris’s. (Harris’s noticeably quiet disposition, along with the Nuggets’ struggles to really break through on TV with local fans,4During the ride to the arena in Denver, my Uber driver, a self-described huge NBA fan, admitted he didn’t know who Harris was. undoubtedly contributes to why Harris isn’t better known around the league yet.)In Harris’s case, one could argue that his consistency on both ends has him on the cusp of joining the elite. Using effective field-goal percentage, a stat that accounts for 3-pointers by looking at the number of points generated per field-goal attempt rather than just shots made per attempt, the chart below illustrates how often the league’s starting shooting guards and small forwards have good shooting nights compared to bad ones. Unsurprisingly, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are at the very top of that list. Leonard rates fifth. And right behind him is Harris at No. 6. Of course, none of this is to say that Harris will continue ascending the way Leonard has during his fifth and sixth seasons, when he went from scoring 16.5 points a contest to 25.5 points while managing to become more efficient despite a heavier offensive load. Without Harris becoming more of a one-on-one threat, which Kawhi has become stellar at in relatively short order, it’s more sensible to compare his offense to Golden State’s Klay Thompson or Washington’s Otto Porter, who play better off the ball than with it.Should Harris develop a more aggressive brand of offense, though, there’s reason to think he could find success with it. While he’s not built like Leonard — one of the NBA’s strongest players, and just one of four NBA wing players last season to record more and-1s than he had shots blocked — Harris is far stronger than he looks and doesn’t shy away from contact. The former All-American high school football player is one of three guards, after James and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, who shoots 70 percent at the rim — elite company for strength around the basket.Malone said Harris has been diligent every summer about taking direction from coaches and staff each offseason to continue improving. But Harris told me it was simpler than that for him. “Really, I just want go out there to play and have fun,” he said. “It’s not about me going out and saying, ‘I’ve got to go out and be better than I was last year.’ If you put in the work, it’s going to show itself.”And if Harris continues to improve and show his work to this extent, it may be only a matter of time until just about every basketball fan knows who he is.Senior writer Neil Paine contributed to research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more


first_img Recommended for you Related Items:kingsley been, united airlines Fly direct to TCI from Chicago, another new flight for Provo TCI now linked to world’s largest with Chicago Flight added Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hotel Association names enhanced communication as vital to health and tourism strategy Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2015 – United Airlines is adding a flight to Providenciales by June this year; announced this morning at the opening of that workshop being held jointly with the TCI Tourist Board. Chairman of the Board, Kingsley Been explained that it is pivotal the country ensure the health standards are up to par with the increased interest in the country as a destination. Kingsley Been, Chairman, TCI Tourist Board: “As we continue to expand and diversify from our traditional source markets such as North America and into new and emerging markets such as the BRIC countries our numbers can only and will only continue to expand and increase in arrivals. With that increase in tourism arrivals, so too is the increasing exposure and vulnerability of this destination to some disease. AS we talk about expansion, as we sit here this morning it was just a matter of hours ago that United Airlines has announced additional flights, or a new flight to the Turks and Caicos Islands from Houston, Texas commencing 6th of June this year.”Currently, United flies into the Turks and Caicos from Newark/New Jersey and those seasonal flights from the Newark Liberty International Airport begin in February and can cost a traveller anywhere from $352 round trip to $1,000 plus. Those new flights come in from Houston, Texas.last_img read more


first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending Updated: 8:40 PM Posted: November 16, 2018 November 16, 2018 Surprise siamang gibbon birth at the San Diego Zoo KUSI Newsroom Photo taken by: Christina Simmons, San Diego ZooSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 37-year-old siamang gibbon at the San Diego Zoo recently gave birth to the zoo’s first siamang baby in 12 years despite being on birth control, the zoo announced today.The siamang, named Eloise, gave birth in its exhibit on Nov. 12 while zoo volunteers and guests looked on. Eloise and a 35-year-old male siamang had conceived six baby gibbons in the past, but the newest one came as a surprise to zoo officials.Given that their genes had clearly been passed on multiple times, the zoo had limited the two siamangs’ fertility with chemical birth control for an undisclosed number of years prior to the surprise birth.“It was amazing to see Eloise give birth this week, because she showed no outward signs of being pregnant,” said Zoo Animal Care Manager Jill Andrews.  “We’re not certain why birth control didn’t work in this case, but as with humans, it is not uncommon for contraceptive failure to happen from time to time. Still, we are overjoyed — because any birth of an endangered species is a reason to celebrate.”Siamangs are an endangered species of gibbon found in parts of India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. According to the zoo, their endangered classification by the International Union for Conservation of Nature is due to habitat loss brought on by logging and agriculture as well as illegal pet trading.Zoo guests can visit the three siamangs along the zoo’s Orangutan Trail. The zoo’s animal care staff will determine the baby’s gender in the coming months when they have a chance to give it a full health examination. FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more