Claudia Comberti, a 31-year-old doctoral student at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, was killed after colliding with a bus on Botley Road on Tuesday.Detective Sergeant Gavin Collier said: “it is believed that the cyclist sadly fell from her bicycle just prior to the collision. Investigations remain ongoing to establish the cause of the incident, however we do not believe it was as a result of any interaction with another person or vehicle.”Emotional tributes to Comberti poured in on Wednesday, as a group of more than 100 cyclists rode from Carfax Tower to Seacourt Park and Ride. They were wheeling an empty white bicycle, which together with flowers was placed at the site of the crash.Sam Chapel, a friend of Comberti’s, said: “There were so many friends that wanted to do something, we thought that was the right thing to do.There were huge crowds. When I looked around at one point I thought it looked like a mini festival. It must have been quite a spectacle.”Before beginning her DPhil, Camberton had previously worked as a Forests and Wellbeing Researcher at the Global Canopy Programme.According to the Oxford School of Geography and the Environment, Comberti’s research focused on the “adaptation to climate change in Amazonian Indigenous communities, and the role of human ecosystem interactions and biocultural diversity in supporting resilience and positive responses to environmental change.”Speaking about her loss, Comberti’s partner, Lucille, said she was a “lovely person” who “still had so much life.“She knew what she wanted and she was really playful at the same time. She was really restless but she loved being here in Oxford even though her home was in the jungle.”Phil Southall, managing director of the Oxford Bus Company, said that pursuant to the crash, the bus driver in question was being treated for shock. He further said that it was “far too early to speculate” regarding the cause of the crash. Southall said his company was also helping Thames Valley Police with their investigations.Police are still appealing for witnesses of the collision, estimated to have taken place at 2.45pm on Tuesday 11 May.Oxford Bus Comapny has been contacted for comment. The University did not wish to make a statement.
The Organization of American States (OAS) has unveiled a new machine designed to reduce the number of weapons and ammunition in Central America. The small, trailer-mounted machine will be used by the OAS, regional police and security forces to dispose of the voluminous amounts of obsolete and unused ammunition and firearms throughout the region. “The idea of the mobile machine is so that we can move it from one country to the next and offer it as a service to the governments of the other Central American countries,” Carl Case, Director at the Office of Humanitarian Mine Action for the Department of Public Security of the OAS, told Diálogo. Officials unveiled the machine during a demonstration hosted by the OAS and Guatemalan military in Guatemala City in late January and recently in Central America OAS member nations. The machine cut and burned unused weapons and ammunition at the demonstration. Using a rotary disk saw, torches and a burner system, weapons are slashed and burned to disable them from further use. The machine disabled about 300 weapons per day during a demonstration and has the capability to burn about 100,000 rounds of ammunition daily, Case said. Up to 3 million illegal weapons exist in Central America and about 12,000 to 15,000 illegal weapons are confiscated each year by Central American authorities, he said. Participants in the initiative are travelling to each of the Central American OAS member nations to dispose of weapons and ammunition stockpiles that have accumulated over the years. The Humanitarian Mine Action program of the OAS and the OAS Department of Public Security designed the program with a grant from the U.S. State Department. The machine can safely destroy ammunition, explosives, pyrotechnic devices and even bombs of up to 500 pounds. The Humanitarian Mine Action program successfully ridded the region of all active mines in June 2010, completing the project in Nicaragua. Nations across the world donated more than $66 million to demine Central America. “Central America becoming free of antipersonnel mines is a significant milestone on the road to our goal of a mine-free world,” Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of State of Foreign Affairs said the day of the announcement of a mine-free Central America. Since the successful mining initiative, the OAS nations of the region have turned their focus on eliminating weapons and ammunition that have accumulated over the past 60 years. Case estimated that the OAS has rounded up more than 900 tons of ammunition in Nicaragua and 400 tons in Guatemala. “We have an agreement with the Ministry of Defense in Guatemala and that is why we are starting there and that’s why we built the system there, “ Case said. “We are also in the process of negotiating similar agreements with Belize and Costa Rica. We expect to have those agreements signed fairly soon. We are in dialogue with El Salvador and we’ve had some discussion with Panama about the possibility of doing something with them as well.” To carry out the project, the OAS has employed several technicians trained in explosives demolition to train members of Central American military or security forces on how to use the machine. The technicians are supervising the project to assure safety of the demolition, which is sometimes taking place in highly populated areas such as Guatemala City. The OAS has trained 16 in Guatemala to operate the machine and 50 others on the techniques of explosives demolition. Officials in Nicaragua also have been trained to operate the machinery. “In some cases much of the ammunition is in bad condition and poses a danger to not only the military people that are working around it but also in the areas around it,” Case said. “In Guatemala, some of the ammunition and weapons were in very bad condition so it was a sensitive operation. Several stockpiles were stored in areas that were within the capital city so it was a particular problem.” During the past 20 years, explosions of ammunition and weapon stockpiles have caused damage to communities throughout Latin America, including locations in Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Historic conflicts in the nations of Central America created large ammunition stockpiles that are potentially dangerous to civilians, Case said. During the demonstration in Guatemala, which has an estimated 10,000 to 14,000 confiscated weapons, the firearms being destroyed included Thompson “Tommy” submachine guns, which were used primarily during the first half of the 20th Century and were made famous by American gangsters. In addition to ridding the region of old, stockpiled weapons and ammunition, Case said the OAS also hopes for the machine to eventually be used to destroy illegal arms more quickly as they are confiscated by regional security forces. The number of confiscated weapons in Central America has escalated in recent years and added to already large existing stockpiles. The Oscar Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in Costa Rica, which is named after the former President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, estimated that there were some 2.85 million illegal firearms in Central America, or more than one for every 17 people living in the region. “A lot of the countries in Central America see an increasing level of violence and criminality,” Case said. “You often see it in Mexico which makes a lot of news, but there are a lot of problems of similar danger in Central America with gangs, narcotics trafficking and so forth. The interest in this project on the part of the countries is to try to deal with that in a more efficient manner.” The OAS hopes that the burning machine will destroy 700,000 rounds of ammunition by the end of 2011. The OAS also has begun promoting the marking of firearms throughout Latin American and the Caribbean region to combat the illicit manufacturing and trafficking of weapons. The marking initiative, implemented by the General Secretariat of the OAS within the framework of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Related Materials (CIFTA), met with representatives from 26 member countries in Costa Rica in December to strengthen cooperation and promote the exchange of information among government authorities responsible for firearms marking at the national, regional and international levels. By Dialogo March 18, 2011
Colombia midfielder, Jefferson Lerma, has joined Bournemouth for a club record £25m fee from Spanish side Levante on a five-year deal.Lerma played in all Colombia’s matches at the World Cup in Russia, including their last 16 defeat by England.He is the Cherries’ third signing of the summer transfer window. The Premier League club had already recruited midfielder David Brooks from Sheffield United and full-back Diego Rico from Leganes.The fee for Lerma eclipses the £20m Bournemouth paid Chelsea for Dutch defender Nathan Ake last summer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Aduana Stars have unveiled their new signings to the people of Dormaa ahead of the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League season.The Dormaa side were one of the active clubs on the transfer marketing securing key signings in all department of the field.Adaua signed former Kotoko keeper Joseph Addo on a free as well Yakubu Mohammed and Stephen Anokye Badu to marshal the backline.In midfield Richard Mpong , Noah Martey and Zakaria Mumuni were all purchased to provide the artistry and much needed goals for Yaya Mohammed.Also signed was Sampson Boampong popularly known as the Dormaa Messi. In addition, the club acquired a new bus and for Yaya Mohammed, this will serve as enough motivation for his side.“This is the first time I have been unveiled as a player in the league,” he told Adom FM Sports. “The bus will really motivate us and we are grateful to Nana Agyeman Badu for this.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Officials of the FC Lazio are preparing great changes in the team for the coming season.It is certain that the experienced Miroslav Klose will not be in Rome for the next season (he will either go to the Major League Soccer or end his career) and that the Biancazzuri will not buy Alessandro Matri who is on loan from Milan.The list of potential strikers is long, and it also includes the national team player of BiH Vedad Ibišević, the Italian media claim.As a reminder, back in 2010, while he was still wearing the shirt of Hoffenheim, Ibišević was being connected with the Roman club. However, it all ended on speculations.Allegedly, the sports director of Lazio Igli Tare has already contacted Hertha. It is also being mentioned that the Berlin club, which is the biggest surprise in Bundesliga this season, asked for around seven million EUR for the BiH striker.In case of transfer, Ibišević would join the teammate from the BiH national team Senad Lulić in Lazio. Ibišević is under contract with Hertha until 2017.Apart from Ibišević, the list of potential reinforcements for the Biancazzuri also features Ciro Immobile, Arkadiusz Milik and Fernando Torres.(Source: klix.ba)
1 Leigh Griffiths Two goals from Leigh Griffiths gave Celtic the edge in their Champions League qualifier against Swedish side Malmo.The hosts found themselves 2-0 up inside 10 minutes after Griffiths and Nir Bitton took advantage of some slack defending.Former Celtic man Jo Inge Berget pulled one back for the visitors after the break but it was cancelled out with Griffiths’ second less than 10 minutes later.However, Malmo had the last word as Berget made the most of a scrappy corner to score his second of the game.Celtic started on the front foot right from the kick-off as Griffiths – who was preferred to Nadir Ciftci up front – opened the scoring after only three minutes.Stefan Johansen picked up the ball outside the area and slipped it through two Malmo defenders for Griffiths, who had beaten the offside trap expertly, to slot home.Celtic doubled their lead inside 10 minutes as Bitton glanced home another Johansen ball, this time from a corner, as he rose unmarked to head in from inside the six-yard box.It was a simple goal with Malmo’s goalkeeper Johan Wiland poorly positioned and the defence unable to pick up the Isreali’s run.Celtic began the second half as they did the first but it was Malmo who scored against the run of play after a breakaway goal from Berget, who scored two goals in four games for the Hoops while on loan from Cardiff in 2014.The Swedish side piled forward and Magnus Wolff Eikrem’s cross missed everyone before reaching Berget at the back post, who fired in for that potentially important away goal.However, shocking defending from the Swedes saw Celtic retake the initiative after an hour as Griffiths scored his second of the match.Malmo failed to clear the danger and with the ball hanging in the air, Griffiths rose highest to lob the ball over Wiland with a precision header off the post and into the goal.But, with virtually the last kick of the game, Berget got his second to set up a finely balanced tie ahead of next week’s second leg.
18 August 2014Southern African leaders made renewed calls for regional economic integration and cross-border infrastructure development as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit got under way in Zimbabwe on Sunday.SADC heads of state are meeting for their two-day summit in the resort town of Victoria Falls as slow economic growth and high rates of unemployment continue to affect the region.The summit is emphasising economic growth and food production in a year that the African Union has dedicated to food security for the continent.The beneficiation of minerals took centre stage on Sunday, with incoming SADC chairperson and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe saying the SADC’s goal to drive short- and long-term economic growth would be realised only if the region beneficiated its minerals.“Our region has abundant resources, which resources, instead of being sold in raw form, at very low prices, must instead be exploited and beneficiated in order to add value and cost to those products which we eventually export,” Mugabe said.“This process should assist us in our efforts to industrialise and, in turn, increase employment opportunities for our people.“I am confident that in our discussions, we will lay a foundation for the necessary value addition of our natural resources. Our material resources are capable of playing a pivotal role in the development of all SADC member states.”Having adopted its blueprint for infrastructure development at a summit in Maputo in August 2012, the SADC’s goal is to target the development of high-priority infrastructure projects such as rail and marine.Also speaking at the summit, African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Africa was the next growth frontier and a continent of endless possibility.“Indeed we are able to navigate our social and economic challenges. We are defining our own agenda, and Africa will be seen as the place to invest and do business,” Dlamini Zuma said.She also weighed in on the issue of beneficiation of the continent’s minerals, saying that exporting raw materials “means exporting the high-level jobs we should be creating.“Africa is endowed with oil, gas, platinum, gold diamond, you name it, but with all that endowment most of African countries are still lacking economic progression and are behind by development standards.”The two-day summit ends on Monday.Source: SAnews.gov.za
It is vital that you respect your client. But it is equally important that you don’t fear your clients—or your prospects. If you are afraid of clients or prospects, your aversion to conflict will cause no end of problems, beginning with things like not wanting to interrupt a prospect with a phone call, and later, should you get that far, conflicts around the decisions and investments they should make. You cannot hold the position of peer and trusted advisor while also fearing your client or prospect. Here is how not to fear your prospective client.Not Respect, But FearLittle things indicate fear. When you say, “What if I call this prospect and someone from our team has already called them? What if they’re upset by receiving calls from us?” Later, this same fear turns into, “When do you give up on a prospective client,” another indication that you fear to bother people, mistakenly believing that your call somehow harms them.The very idea that “the customer is always right” also isn’t healthy. The skillset of a combative diplomat requires you to teach your clients that they are wrong in a manner in which they can accept. Or something Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “Diplomacy is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.” Not fearing your client also means you can say no without fear of losing the prospect or the client. If they are always right, why should they need your help?You want to respect your clients and prospects; you don’t want to fear them. Fear prevents you from taking action and from having difficult conversations, both of which are necessary for sales.Develop Your Business Acumen and Your InsightsThere are things that you can do to avoid fearing your clients or prospects. There is not, however, a better place to start than business acumen. If you want to be respected as a peer and trusted counsel, you begin by developing yourself into an expert in your space. There is no substitute for business acumen, and if there were, it would not be your company or your product or service. Nor would it be your existing clients.One of the ways you level the playing field is by possessing more in-depth knowledge about the intersection of your industry and your client’s business. Your client or prospect will almost always know more about their business than you do, but you should always have a greater knowledge of how your company creates value for your clients by helping them improve their results. While your prospective clients decide to buy what you sell a few times, you sell to many people or companies, and your experience means you should know better how one should do things differently and what they might consider.Possessing and being willing to provide advice is what makes you a trusted advisor. An unwillingness to have a strong opinion you will defend is another form of fear that is detrimental to your results. The fear of being wrong and losing cannot be greater than your fear of not telling the client what they need to do.You Are Supposed to Be Helping ThemIn The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I included a chapter on storytelling. In that chapter, I wrote about how you are not the hero in the stories you tell. Your client is the hero, and you are the person who helps-or teaches them—how to slay their dragon.Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedYour clients and prospects have their fears. They fear making mistakes. They worry about being held accountable for the results and outcomes they owe their company and their customers. You are supposed to be helping them with their challenges, which means addressing their fears, concerns, and challenges.If you believe the statistics that CEOs read 60 books a year, you might ask yourself why they place such a high premium on acquiring new information and ideas. Why do you think they attend conferences and watch CNBC while on the treadmill each morning? Your clients are concerned about not knowing something that someone might believe they should have known, and not doing something they should have done. They’re looking for answers to their problems and ideas that will benefit them.How much help do you offer your clients when they have concerns, and when you fear addressing those concerns?The Fear of Difficult ConversationsYour role as a peer and a trusted advisor requires you offer advice and help in dispatching their problems and challenges and capitalizing on their opportunities. Your role is to be proactive and to make a difference for the people and companies you serve.Recognizing your responsibility to your clients and prospects should be enough for you to recognize that your fear of having difficult conversations is not the real danger to you and your client. The real danger is not addressing the elephant in the room and allowing your client to fail because you wanted to avoid any semblance of conflict. If you fear that telling the truth will cost you your client, I would argue that you tell the truth and lose their business rather than lying and allowing them to fail.Do Your Homework and PrepareThere are a few simple things you can do to increase your confidence and eliminate any fear that might prevent you from acting, especially when you have to deal with issues or conflict. You increase your confidence when you do your homework, by going over your notes, and by planning your approach and conversation. Preparing for the conversations you need to have with clients and prospects increases for confidence—and your success.The ability to think on your feet is valuable, and it provides a certain level of confidence. But preparation offers even more. If you haven’t written out your talk tracks, developed an argument for what you believe your client needs to do, and haven’t spent time imagining the questions and concerns they are going to need to address, you will never be as confident as you might be. You minimize your fear by preparing.Respect your client without fearing them. If you want to serve your clients, you will fear failing them more than you fear the relatively small amount of conflict that comes with helping people make a change. 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