Make 2018 the year you stop overpaying vendors

first_imgYou’re closing out the year, reflecting on things still on your To-Do List while actively planning and pursuing 2018 projects and goals. That one pesky, seemingly monstrous task glares at you day after day, week after week: Renegotiate vendor contracts coming up for renewalYou meant to tackle that beast, but other things just kept coming up. And the time it would take to research ideal terms and somehow figure out what other banks and credit unions are paying for the same services has driven you to inertia. You’re seriously considering just letting the contract auto-renew so you can take that item off your list and not have to worry about it for years to come. You’re happy with your core vendors anyway, so why not?WAIT!I’ve seen this train of thought way too often, and I can’t let you do that. I can’t let you throw away money — which could be much better used within your organization — and continue to pay a vendor whatever they ask, without them earning your business. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

UN chief declares women’s inequality ‘stupid’ and a global shame

first_imgTopics : “Just as slavery and colonialism were a stain on previous centuries, women’s inequality should shame us all in the 21st. Because it is not only unacceptable; it is stupid,” Guterres said in a speech to The New School in New York.He said legal protections against rape and domestic violence were being diluted or rolled back and that in 34 countries rape within marriage was still legal.”There is a strong and relentless pushback against women’s rights,” Guterres said. “Women’s sexual and reproductive rights are under threat from different sides.”Language promoting women’s sexual and reproductive health is long-agreed internationally, including in resolutions adopted by the Security Council in 2009 and 2013 and several resolutions adopted annually by the 193-member General Assembly. However, the United States under Trump has pushed to remove such language from new UN resolutions. The Trump administration also cut funding in 2017 for the UN Population Fund because it believed it was linked to an abortion program, but the UN said that was an inaccurate perception.The US Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that women have the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion but the issue is still divisive in the United States.”The UN should not put itself in a position of promoting or suggesting a right to abortion, whether it is humanitarian or development work,” US Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, said in October.The United States has received support for its stance from countries including Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Guatemala, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Sudan, Uganda, Poland and Hungary.”I find it pretty strange that the United States is mobilizing so hard on this issue … because if you look at the bigger picture is the main threat to the world today abortions? Or is it an assertive China? A Russia that is expansionist? Let’s just get our focus right here,” said a senior European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.Last year Washington threatened to veto a Security Council resolution if a reference was not cut citing the need for UN bodies and donors to give timely “sexual and reproductive health” assistance to survivors of sexual violence in conflict.Guterres said on Thursday he would urge governments to achieve gender parity in senior leadership. He said he achieved gender parity among his senior leadership team – on Jan. 1, 90 women and 90 men were in the ranks of full-time senior leadership, two years ahead of the target date he set.”Women have equaled and outperformed men in almost every sphere,” he said. “It is time to stop trying to change women, and start changing the systems that prevent them from achieving their potential.” center_img United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called women’s inequality “stupid” and a cause for global shame on Thursday, as he pledged to press governments to end discriminatory laws in the face of a “strong and relentless pushback” against women’s rights.While Guterres did not name and shame, US President Donald Trump’s administration has led a push at the UN against the promotion of sexual and reproductive health services for women because the administration sees that as code for abortion.Speaking ahead of the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York next month, Guterres warned that the state of women’s rights was dire and said he would seek to end “default male thinking” across the United Nations.last_img read more

Polarcus’ Vessel Activity Drops in Q3 2018

first_imgPolarcus, a Dubai-based seismic contractor, has seen a decrease in its vessel utilization during the third quarter of 2018.Quarterly vessel utilization dropped to 86 percent from 92 percent in the third quarter of 2017.A 6 percent vessel activity drop was recorded on the contracted basis, while the multi-client basis has stayed at 0 percent in Q3 2018, the same as in Q3 2017.The percentage of the standby vessels was 2 percent in Q3 compared to 0 percent in Q3 2017.The company excluded Polarcus Nadia seismic vessel from vessel utilization numbers subsequent to cold-stacking in April 2015.last_img read more

SR 46 in Greensburg to close at Main and Lincoln starting Tuesday

first_imgGreensburg, IN —Decatur County Emergency Management stated that INDOT Contractors will officially close Main Street (IN 46) to all traffic starting Tuesday, July 14th at 8:00 am at the intersection with Lincoln Street in Greensburg.While the Main Street bridge is closed, the county will also be closing the bridge on Washington Street, one street to the North of Main Street. This is due to weight limits on the bridge on Washington Street and the possible traffic that would attempt to use this bridge. It will remain closed to all traffic until the Main Street bridge is completed.This closure will be for approximately 40 days.last_img read more

Google Search, Assistant get special World Cup features

first_imgNew Delhi: Keeping in line with the the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 action, Google on Wednesday introduced special features to its Search, Assistant to help people get all the important match updates.Users can now explore the tournament table, stats and upcoming matches right by just typing “ICC Cricket World Cup” on Search in languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Urdu, the company said in a statement.For people who would not be able to watch the match Live, Google would show short video clips of match highlights and allow people to read through live commentary in English and Hindi.To keep track of all the matches, users would be allowed to pin real-time scores on their Android phone screens from Search on mobile browsers or from the Android Google App, said the company.In addition, Google Assistant would also help users keep up with the World Cup action by answering questions like “Hey Google, when does India play next?”You can even get up-to-date stats by asking, “Hey Google, what are the current Cricket standings?” This also works in Google Search. (IANS) Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

NFL star Von Miller has COVID-19 and is resting at home in Denver, agent Joby Branion confirms

first_imgNFL star Von Miller has COVID-19 and is resting at home in Denver, agent Joby Branion confirms April 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — NFL star Von Miller has COVID-19 and is resting at home in Denver, agent Joby Branion confirms.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Associated Press last_img

Baldwinsville field hockey goes 2-1, falls to F-M

first_img Tags: Baldwinsvillefield hockey The flow of play was relatively even, each side ending up with a handful of direct looks. B’ville could not get any of its four shots home, but F-M did so thanks to a single goal from Avery Moses. Otherwise, Smiley turned everything back and finished with five saves.In Saturday’s game at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, B’ville put together four unanswered goals in the first half and went on to score a 7-1 victory over the Red Devils.Sarah Dusse led a well-balanced attack, scoring twice as Julia Schultz got two assists. Tuch, Carni, Sydney Huhtala, Paige Morrissey and Victoria Schultz also had goals, with Brushingham contributing an assist.Following Tuesday’s regular-season finale against Vestal, the Bees would rest up and practice further before finding out where it would go for the Section III Class A playoffs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story B’ville’s other goal came from R Manitone as Leah Tuch and Kendall Carni both got credit for assists. Yet it took Sarah Smiley earning 13 saves to withstand ESM’s late push as Rileigh White and Angelina Dodge both scored in the second half.Two nights later, the Bees had a chance to make an even louder statement when it traveled to SCAC leader Fayetteville-Manlius, but once again its attack went quiet and it led to a 1-0 defeat to the Hornets.When these teams had first met Sept. 16 at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, it went to overtime and F-M pulled it out 2-1. Nearly a month later, it again was difficult for the two sides to separate.center_img Perhaps just in time, the Baldwinsville field hockey team rediscovered its scoring touch, at least in a couple of instances.The Bees were 5-7 going into the penultimate week of the regular season, and after so many games where it could not get on the board, it finally started to strike early in last Tuesday’s Senior Night battle with East Syracuse Minoa.Led by senior Emma Brushingham, who scored twice, the Bees bolted out to a 2-0 halftime advantage and did just enough down the stretch to hold off the Spartans 3-2.last_img read more

All Blacks center Braydon Ennor injured, out for 9 months

first_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 8th September, 2020 07:11 IST All Blacks Center Braydon Ennor Injured, Out For 9 Months The All Blacks have suffered an injury blow only two days after naming their first squad of the season and still without a confirmed match in sight WATCH US LIVE Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 8th September, 2020 07:11 IST The All Blacks have suffered an injury blow only two days after naming their first squad of the season and still without a confirmed match in sight.Crusaders center Braydon Ennor suffered a ruptured knee ligament during Saturday’s North versus South match, a prelude to the announcement of coach Ian Foster’s 35-man squad, and may be sidelined for nine months.Ennor made his New Zealand debut against Argentina last year and was one of four centers in Foster’s squad. Foster said he will not name a replacement until a test schedule for the season has been confirmed.“It’s hugely disappointing for Braydon but he is a strong young man and we’ll be supporting him as he goes through his surgery and rehab over the next few months,” Foster said.The All Blacks are still awaiting confirmation of whether the four-nation Rugby Championship will be played in New Zealand in November and December as scheduled. Dates and venues for a Bledisloe Cup series against Australia have also yet to be confirmed.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Sportium becomes the 22nd regulated operator to join ESSA

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Mark Fowler, SportiumSpanish-licensed Sportium has become the 22nd leading regulated operator to join the international betting integrity body, ESSA.The official betting partner of Spanish football’s La Liga has become the fourth operator to join the association this year, in a move which further strengthens ESSA’s alert and reporting system.Khalid Ali, ESSA Secretary General, said: “Sportium is a major player in the Spanish market and I’m delighted they have decided to join ESSA.“The continuing growth in our membership base is a clear sign of the increasing recognition of many major operators to the significant advantages that can be achieved from acting in partnership with ESSA to identify, disrupt and report betting related fraud.”Mark Fowler, Product and Trading Director at Sportium, added: “Sportium has many important business partnerships within the sporting sector, highlighted by our sponsorship of one of the world’s foremost sporting competitions in La Liga.“We place great value in maintaining the integrity of sport and to preventing fraud in betting markets. Sportium’s link-up with ESSA underlines our commitment to that, and to protecting our business and consumers from the adverse impact of illicit betting activity.”ESSA holds positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. It is driving several activities aimed at addressing match-fixing, including a player education programme with EU Athletes, and an international project entitled ‘Keep Crime out of Sport’, led by the Council of Europe and funded by the European Commission.Sportium is a major operator in the Spanish-licensed market, which offers over 60,000 bets each week through online and retail betting facilities. The operator has also been seeking to grow its business across Latin America with a digital entry into the Mexican market at the start of 2015. Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020last_img read more

Lakers, Clippers hope to be unbroken on Christmas Day: Play It Forward Dec. 22-28

first_imgCleveland at Miami, 2 p.m., Ch. 7The Clippers’ week includes stops at San Antonio (Monday, 5:30 p.m.) and at Atlanta (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.) before coming home and also facing Toronto (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.); The Lakers have home games against Golden State (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.) and Phoenix (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.) as well as one at Dallas (Friday, 5:30 p.m.)NO. 2: COLLEGE FOOTBALL:HOLIDAY BOWL: USC vs. NEBRASKADetails/TV: At San Diego, Saturday, 5 p.m., ESPN:Why not go ahead and let Mike Riley step in and coach these Huskers as he’s been paid to do starting next season. What’s the worst that can happen? A Pac-12 game breaks out? The 8-4 Trojans expect to have plenty of San Diego-based alums show up and buy up tickets for this first Holiday Bowl appearance, but fans of Nebraska, interim coach Barney Cotton and the team’s 9-3 performance also travel well in what we can call a quasi-Rose Bowl of Pac-12-Big Ten non-rivals. Steve Sarkisian hasn’t won a bowl game since the 2010 Holiday Bowl, when he coached Washington to a victory over Nebraska, 19-7.NO. 3: NFL: WEEK 17:SAN DIEGO at KANSAS CITYDetails/TV: Sunday, 10 a.m., Ch. 2PHILADELPHIA at N.Y. GIANTSDetails/TV: Sunday, 10 a.m., Ch. 11OAKLAND at DENVERDetails/TV: Sunday, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 2ARIZONA at SAN FRANCISCO or ST. LOUIS at SEATTLEDetails/TV: Sunday, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 11CINCINNATI at PITTSBURGHDetails/TV: Sunday, 5:30 p.m., Ch. 4Let’s wrap this regular season up figuring out who is the biggest loser in the NFC South, who gets eliminated from a playoff spot because the NFC South winner (either the Panthers or Falcons) gets an automatic advancement, and how a Chargers win over AFC West rival Kansas City will net the Bolts a playoff berth. The Bengals-Steelers battle for the AFC North title has been flexed to be the night game, after which the first round of the playoff wild cards on Jan. 3-4 can be arranged.NO. 4: NHL: KINGS vs. SAN JOSEDetails/TV: At Staples Center, Saturday, 7 p.m., NBCSN:The Kings allowed the Sharks to come to Staples Center on opening night and, after another ho-hum banner-raising, watched the visitors post a 4-0 victory as Antti Niemi stopped 25 shots. They’ll have this one and one more in late January before their outdoor game in Santa Clara on Feb. 21 to create more storylines.The Kings also are home against Calgary (Monday, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 13) this week.NO. 5: COLLEGE BASKETBALL:UCLA at ALABAMADetails/TV: Sunday, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU:The Bruins’ final get-it-together game before Pac-12 play starts necessitates a trip to Tuscaloosa to make good on a home-and-home series they started up last season. UCLA pulled away against the Crimson Tide, 75-67, at Pauley Pavilion a year ago, despite 34 points by Alabama senior Trevor Releford. UCLA’s Tony Parker, a 44-percent free-throw shooter, hit two of them with 56 seconds left to give the Bruins a lead they somehow didn’t give away.NO. 6: COLLEGE BASKETBALL:CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE at LOUISVILLEDetails/TV: Tuesday, 4 p.m., ESPNU:CSUN head coach Reggie Theus used his time as a Louisville assistant under Rick Pitino (2003-05, when the Cardinals went to the Final Four) to bargain for this sacrificial offering/road game as a way to get his players more high-pressure exposure. Will the Matadors just wave the cape here and head back home ASAP?NO. 7: COLLEGE BASKETBALL:LONG BEACH STATE at ST. JOHN’SDetails/TV: Monday, 4:30 p.m., CBS Sports NetLONG BEACH STATE at SYRACUSEDetails/TV: Sunday. 11 a.m., ESPNU:Apparently, 49ers coach Don Monson also owes some favors to Steve Lavin and Jim Boeheim by agreeing to make these two stops in New York before heading back to Long Beach, ending a six-game road trip/gauntlet.NO. 8: COLLEGE FOOTBALL:POINSETTIA BOWL: Navy vs. San Diego State (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN)SUN BOWL: Arizona State vs. Duke (Saturday, 11 a.m., Channel 2)PINSTRIPE BOWL: Boston College vs. Penn State (Saturday, 1:30 p.m., ESPN)There are 12 other bowl games this week in addition to the Holiday Bowl, some in exotic places such as the Bahamas, Hawaii and Yankee Stadium. There’s another Pac-12 team, Arizona State, that will have to drag its pitchfork to El Paso to play against Duke in the Sun Bowl on Saturday, relieving USC of that drudgery. There’s also this thing called the Quick Lane Bowl (Rutgers vs. North Carolina, on Friday afternoon). It’s in Detroit, sponsored by a tire and auto center owned by the Ford Motor Company, and those on each roster receive a goodie bag that includes a $250 Best Buy gift card, Sony headphones and a custom-made Fathead in their likeness. Some fathead missed on a great promotional chance of clearing out the company’s inventory of unsold Ford Festivas.NO. 9: HORSE RACING:SANTA ANITA 78th WINTER MEETDetails/TV: Opens Friday, first post at noon, FSW:Let’s start this thing with the $300,000 Malibu Stakes and $300,000 La Brea Stakes in its traditional day-after-Christmas spot, and take this meeting all the way through mid-April. Before we start another summer meet.NO. 10: MOVIE: “UNBROKEN”Details/TV: Opens Thursday in theaters across the countrySurvival. Resilience. Redemption. The unbelievable true story of the “Torrance Tornado” who apparently does other interesting things in his life after running track at Torrance High and USC. Details/TV: Staples Center, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., TNT:Our grand plan for Christmas Day afternoon was to head over to the multiplex and stake out a prime seat for a screening of “Unbroken,” and then sneak over to see “The Interview” afterward. Apparently something Dennis Rodman did messed this all up. So now our doubleheader due-diligence revolves around parking in front of our new 70-inch flat screen (that’s a hint to Santa) and bearing witness this Lakers-Clippers back-to-back TNT display, curious to see who comes out less unbroken by the time there are postgame interviews. The Lakers’ regular spot in this holiday lineup seems to be less about Kobe Bryant vs. Derrick Rose (because there’s no guaranteeing the latter will show), but more about Pau Gasol’s first game against his old team. The special NBA jerseys issued for this day may help Gasol remember who he left behind – they have the players’ first name on the back and a simple team logo above the number on the front. That kind of dress code probably won’t be helpful in the Clippers-Warriors game when the refs start ejecting players. In what promises to be the most contentious contest of the five jammed into this day, we just have to go back a year ago when, in Oakland, Blake Griffin was banished after he got into a tiff with Andrew Bogut, the Warriors’ center battling a knee injury and missing games. Remember: During the Clippers’ seven-game first-round playoff series win over the Warriors last year, there were plenty more battles taking place. And considering these Warriors have jumped out to the best record in the league to date, this could be where the Clippers test to see if their spirit is unbroken. This is the first of nine straight home games for the Clippers, clear through to mid January.Also on this day:Washington at New York, 9 a.m., ESPNOklahoma City at San Antonio, 10:30 a.m., Ch. 7 NO. 1: NBA CHRISTMAS DAY:LAKERS at CHICAGODetails/TV: Thursday, 5 p.m., TNTCLIPPERS vs. GOLDEN STATEcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more