January 21, 2020

Red light cameras watching drivers

first_imgMONTEBELLO – As of Monday, drivers who run the red light at the Montebello and Paramount boulevards intersection will get a $381 citation in the mail. Enforcement of a new red light camera program began at 6 a.m. at the intersection, following a two-month grace period in which violators received warnings, said retired Montebello Police Department Sgt. Craig Powers, who is charge of the program. “The intersection is one of the top three intersections that studies show has the highest rates of accidents,” he said. For more on this story, pick up Tuesday’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Winds expected to die down a bit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. This morning, winds are expected to be 25-40 mph in the mountains, with gusts to 50 mph, with 40 mph gusts forecast for some of the valleys, according to the NWS. The winds are expected to diminish in the afternoon. The relative humidity is expected to be in the teens today, higher than the bone-dry conditions at the start of the week. Mother Nature is serving up more of the warm, dry, windy conditions that the wildfires have been feasting on since the weekend, but the portions will be smaller today. The Red Flag Warning — indicating severe fire-growth potential — is to expire at 4 p.m, today, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperatures are expected to top out in the 80s at the beaches this afternoon and reach the 90s in the valleys, said Bill Hoffer of the NWS. For the past few days, fire crews had to contend with winds gusting to more than 60 mph as they fought the onslaught of flames from Castaic to Irvine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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When is the 2017 Champions League final and where is it? – All the information

first_img Who will get their hands on the Champions League trophy? 2 The 2017 Champions League final is rapidly approaching, so talkSPORT brings you the lowdown on one of the biggest matches in club football…When is the 2017 Champions League final?This year’s Champions League final will take place on Saturday, June 3, kicking off at 19:45 BST.Where is the 2017 Champions League final taking place?The chosen venue is the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Currently called the Principality Stadium for sponsorship purposes, the 18-year-old ground can hold around 74,500 people.Click here to see some of talkSPORT’s upcoming Champions League commentariesWho will be playing?Defending champions Real Madrid will be hoping to become the first club to win the Champions League in back-to-back seasons, but it will not be easy as they come up against Serie A champions Juventus.Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos beat city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-2 on aggregate in the semi-final, while Juventus won 4-1 on aggregate against Ligue 1 Monaco.It will be Gianluigi Buffon’s third appearance in the final of the competition with the Old Lady, but he is yet to get his hands on the trophy which they last won in 1996.Madrid, meanwhile, have won Europe’s top competition more than any other club – 11 times. How can I follow it?The clash will be broadcast live on television or you can keep tuned via talkSPORT and talkSPORT.com. Check the website in the week up to the final for previews, on the night for a match report and post-match reaction and much, much more.Pictured: The Principality Stadium is primarily used for rugby eventslast_img read more

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Pele’s unique hat-trick of wins

first_img Remembering Brazil’s goal machine Ronaldo 3 2) Pele: Brazil, forward (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970) Pele, who spent his peak years banging in goals for Santos, only had World Cups once every four years to show a global audience what he could do. In 1958, as a skinny, 17-year-old prodigy, he scored six goals (including two in the final as Brazil beat Sweden 5-2).He arrived in 1962 and 1966 as the world’s best player but was injured early in ’62 and was so brutally fouled into injury in ’66 that he claimed it was his last World Cup. He changed his mind and was at the heart of the most universally beloved winners in 1970. WORLD CUP ICON 3 3 WORLD CUP ICON Brazil’s 1970 World Cup team is regarded as one of the greatest Pele was inventive, brave and a gentleman. He remains the only player to have won three World Cups. Only a madman would put him in second place on a World Cup 100 list. Fortunately, that’s exactly who we must have at number one… WORLD CUP ICON Two days to go, which means two more World Cup icons left as talkSPORT.com counts down to the start of Russia 2018.The list featuring Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, looks at the greatest moments from the most iconic footballers – from great goal scorers and majestic defenders to sensational scoundrels and those who just didn’t know the rules. The iconic moments stack up: the header in the final against Italy (Brazil’s 100th World Cup goal), an audacious lob from inside his own half versus the Czechs, dummying the Uruguay keeper before shooting agonisingly wide, cradling Bobby Moore’s handsome face. Der Bomber and his tournament winning goal in 1974 WORLD CUP ICON Remembering Germany’s Kaiser, Franz Beckenbauer World Cup icons Pele won the World Cup three times in his career Pele played in his first World Cup aged 17 Iconic players The headers and the headbutt of Zinedine Zidane Remembering English football’s most beloved son Bobby Moorelast_img read more

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VW SA wins global call centre award

first_img14 July 2008Volkswagen South Africa’s customer interaction centre (CIC) claimed first place at the 2008 World Contact Centre Awards, held recently in London, in the category “Best Outbound Campaign” in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.In a statement last week, Volkswagen SA said it had fended off competition from the Mellon Group (from Greece), Barclays Bank (Portugal), Softline Pastel (also from South Africa) and the National Bank of Greece (from Greece).The centre qualified for the world award after wining national honours at last year’s Business Process Enablement South Africa’s (BPeSA) annual contact centre awards.BPeSA is a national coordinating body representing the interests of the business process outsourcing and offshoring sector in South Africa, with focus on growing the local industry.“The Volkswagen SA CIC has managed to scoop people awards on a regional level in previous years, as well as this year, but has never had the honour of winning on an international level,” enthused Volkswagen SA CIC manager Marius Swanepoel.“We were confident that our entry met all the criteria required for the local and national awards held by the BPeSA and therefore had the potential to compete internationally. In addition, the entry provided us with the opportunity to benchmark our business process on an international level.”While a call centre is predominantly an inbound environment with customers calling in with queries, an outbound campaign involves a call centre contacting customers, in this case, with Volkswagen’s “Welcome Calls”.According to the company, the aim of the call was to welcome the customer to the brand, congratulate them on their purchase, to record their data like telephone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses, and to gain additional info on their interests and hobbies which could be used in future campaigns.“These calls play a major part in data purification and also contribute to customer retention,” the statement said.Post-sale quality differentiatorVolkswagen SA said it was essential that their entry displayed competence in various dimensions starting with its strategic and operational objectives, the design and integration of the process, the required investment and the deployment of the campaign.Swanepoel pointed said that in the automotive industry, the only differentiator post-sale was the quality of the company’s service.“Your products can be leading-edge, well priced, and have all the additional value-added elements attached to it, but if the customer relationship and after-sales service do not exceed the customer’s expectations, you will not retain that customer for life,” he said.“Our call centre agents are a vital link in this value chain, a large part of the customer’s perception regarding the quality of our service is determined by these very agents.”Significant recognitionSwanepoel said that the award confirmed that the Volkswagen SA contact centre had a platform for future growth with regard to campaign designs, which would be designed to meet both internal and external requirements, while also proving the value of in-house contact centre operations.He explained that businesses were regularly confronted with whether or not to outsource their contact centre operations.“The value proposition of outsourced call centres is always based on at least two pillars – customer focus and cost competitiveness,” Swanepoel said. “This cost competitive in-house proposition is based on building the brand and long lasting customer relations delivered by a passionate team – a winning recipe according to me.”Over 300 companies from Europe, the Middle East and Africa participated in the awards. The winners qualify for the World Finals, to be held in the United States in November this year, where they will compete with companies from other regions including North America and Asia.“This award is significant recognition, not only for Volkswagen SA, but for our employees for work well done – vital to the sustained success of any business.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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The Secret to Making a Good First Impression

first_imgImagine you’re calling a stranger—a possible employer, or someone you’ve admired from a distance—on the telephone for the first time. You want to make a good impression, and you’ve rehearsed your opening lines. What you probably don’t realize is that the person you’re calling is going to size you up the moment you utter “hello.” Psychologists have discovered that the simple, two-syllable sound carries enough information for listeners to draw conclusions about the speaker’s personality, such as how trustworthy he or she is. The discovery may help improve computer-generated and voice-activated technologies, experts say.“They’ve confirmed that people do make snap judgments when they hear someone’s voice,” says Drew Rendall, a psychologist at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. “And the judgments are made on very slim evidence.”Psychologists have shown that we can determine a great deal about someone’s personality by listening to them. But these researchers looked at what others hear in someone’s voice when listening to a lengthy speech, says Phil McAleer, a psychologist at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom and the lead author of the new study. No one had looked at how short a sentence we need to hear before making an assessment, although other studies had shown that we make quick judgments about people’s personalities from a first glance at their faces. “You can pick up clues about how dominant and trustworthy someone is within the first few minutes of meeting a stranger, based on visual cues,” McAleer says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To find out if there is similar information in a person’s voice, he and his colleagues decided to test “one of the quickest and shortest of sociable words, ‘Hello.’ ” The team recorded 64 Scottish undergraduate students (32 males and 32 females) reading an unfamiliar passage which included a telephone conversation. They were instructed to read in a neutral tone of voice. He then extracted the single word “hello” from each recording, and let 320 different students (117 males and 203 females) listen to that word over headphones or speakers attached to a computer. The students were asked to rank the voice according to 10 personality traits, including trustworthiness, dominance, attractiveness, and warmth. Each student assessed a single, randomly assigned trait for all the voices, rating them, for instance, as more or less dominant on a scale of one to nine.Although the voices played for only 300 to 500 milliseconds, the students did not hesitate to form an opinion, McAleer says. More importantly, people converged on these snap judgments; most of the recorded voices elicited the same response from the listeners. (Listen to a trustworthy and untrustworthy “hello.”) “It is amazing that from such short bursts of speech you can get such a definite impression of a person,” McAleer says. “And that, irrespective of whether it is accurate, your impression is the same as what the other listeners get.”McAleer and his colleagues’ analysis, reported online today in PLOS ONE, suggests that people’s impressions are based on the tone of voice. Men who raised the tone of their voices, and women who alternated the pitch of their voices were rated as more trustworthy. Men with lower pitched voices were generally perceived as more dominant. But the opposite was true for women: Those with higher average pitch were rated as more dominant.The speed with which the students made their judgments makes evolutionary sense, McAleer says. “Deciding who to trust and who to approach can be crucial to your survival. There’s no point to listening to someone talk for 5 minutes to figure out if they’re trustworthy or not—you could be dead already.”Most intriguingly, there is a strong overlap between how we perceive facial and vocal cues, McAleer says. The trustworthy signals in our faces come from “moveable features,” such as our eyes and mouths. But signs of dominance are conveyed from rigid, immobile ones, such as the distance between our eyes or the width of our jaw. Similarly, trustworthiness in a voice is linked to such things as pitch and glide, elements that we can adjust. But dominance is influenced by morphology, such as the length of one’s vocal tract, over which we have no control. Thus, one either has the facial and vocal features that convey dominance—or not. “It’s striking that we find these same features when we look at the voices—and remarkable that the same assessment system applies to both voices and faces,” says Pascal Belin, a neuroscientist also at the University of Glasgow and one of the authors of the paper.The study adds to ongoing research about the type of attributions people are ready to make based on very little evidence, Rendall says. “What’s most interesting here is that people are very consistent in their ratings. It makes you think there is something to this.” What remains to be seen, he adds, “is if the attributions are on or off the mark. Are the people that have been rated as trustworthy really trustworthy?” Consider what goes through your mind after you’ve taken your seat on an airplane. You’ve not seen the captain, but his or her voice comes over the intercom. “Hello, this is your captain speaking.” Are you about to fly the friendly skies?last_img read more

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India In 3rd Position In Tourism Sector After China, US: Minister

first_imgIndia attained third position in the tourism sector after China and the US and 13.92 million jobs have been created in the sector in the last four years, Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons said here on Thursday.Read it at TWL Related Itemslast_img

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How Manish Kaushik Knew he’ll Get a Medal at World Championships

first_imgNew Delhi: A medallist on debut at amateur boxing’s biggest stage, world championship bronze-winner Manish Kaushik (63kg) says he was sure of finishing on the podium in Russia, the day he triumphed in the selection trials.The 25-year-old, who hails from Devsar village which is about 5km from the cradle of Indian boxing — Bhiwani, signed off with a bronze on Friday in Ekaterinburg after losing 0-5 to top-seeded Cuban Andy Gomez Cruz. “My draw was tough and before that I had a tough trial bout against Shiva (Thapa). Once I beat him, I got the confidence that I would win a world medal,” Kaushik told PTI in an interview, referring to his long-standing home rivalry with Thapa, a three-time Asian medallist and a 2015 world bronze-winner.The disappointment of the semifinal loss apart, Kaushik can take heart from a stellar run at the big event. Among the opponents he took down en route the semifinals was Mongolia’s fourth-seeded Baatarsukhiin Chinzorig, an Asian Games silver-medallist and a two-time Asian Championships medal-winner.But despite his debutant status in Ekaterinburg, Kaushik wasn’t exactly a rookie, he is a silver-winner from last year’s Commonwealth Games.His initiation to the sport coincided with boxing’s phenomenal rise in India after Vijender Singh, one of Bhiwani’s most famous son, became the country’s first Olympic medallist in the sport with a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games.”At that time, boxing became the in thing in Haryana because of Vijender. I used to watch boxers train in my village Devsar, which is about 5km from Bhiwani. I found it attractive and decided to take it up as a career,” recalled the strapping youngster, who is a Subedar in the Indian Army.Watch what #ManishKaushik has to say after winning the Bronze medal for at the #AIBAWorldBoxingChampionship .#PunchMeinHaiDaum #boxing #AIBAWorldBoxingChampionship @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @RijijuOffice @WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/iMgaUxzbGD— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) September 20, 2019Son of a farmer, Kaushik said sports was never a passionate career goal for him and neither did he has any athlete in the family to feel inspired from.”It’s not that I wanted to be a sportsperson but once I started watching boxing, I liked it and decided to pursue it,” was his simple response to a question on what drove him to the sport.And how did his family respond to the choice?”They used to get a bit upset when they saw marks and cuts after bouts but then they made peace with it. They understood that I like what I do and became supportive. I am glad I could make them proud,” said the soft-spoken boxer.”I went on to become the sub-junior national champion and came into the senior camp in 2016 after I defeated Shiva in the senior national finals. That’s when it became very serious and big for me,” he remembered.Ever since that intense final, in which blood also spilled, Kaushik and Thapa have been locked in a battle of supremacy.Kaushik beat Thapa for a place in the CWG squad while the latter snatched the Asian Games place from him last year.And this year, Kaushik had the upper hand in the trials for the world championship.”When you beat the best in your country, it obviously makes you feel more confident about yourself. I can feel that I am getting there (top form) even though I would always look to better myself,” Kaushik said.Speaking of getting better, coming up for him is the Olympic Qualifiers in February next year in China. The medal in Ekaterinburg has sealed his spot in the Indian team and Kaushik said he couldn’t have been more relieved.”Now that I am assured of a place in the Olympic Qualifiers, I feel there is less pressure on me,” he said.”I can prepare myself more confidently as I know that I don’t have to give trials. It would help me be at my best in the qualifiers and hopefully clinch a spot for Tokyo,” he added. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. bronzeManish KaushikmedalWorld Boxing Championships First Published: September 21, 2019, 7:31 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Julen Lopetegui wants to imitate Barcelona; Real Madrid players are not happy

first_imgAccording to several sources, Julen Lopetegui’s future at Real Madrid is under scrutiny. The Spanish manager will be given the time to settle the side till the El Classico which will take place within two weeks. Real Madrid will play against Levante in La Liga and Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League. The name of the former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is also emerging as the replacement of Julen Lopetegui at Real Madrid. In this circumstances a win in the upcoming El Clasico at Camp Nou is badly needed for Julen Lopetegui & Co.  Advertisement “They consider that there has to be less tiki-taka and more rapid transitions, as has been historically Real Madrid, and not imitate Barca.” “The Madrid players are p****d off by the tactics.”“There are some players who are playing for tactics. The Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda has heavily criticised the strategy of Julen Lopetegui after a moderately slow start of the season by Real Madrid. According to him,center_img Real Madrid are playing more possessional football in this season under the management of Julen Lopetegui. They are trying to build up the attacks slowly and waiting to break the deadlock with playing several number of passes between themselves. But, some players are not liking this strategy of the new Spanish manager. According to them, counter attacking football with pace will be the way to go in the next matches to break the deadlock early in the match. Julen Lopetegui Is Feeling The Pressure At Real Madrid.AdvertisementReal Madrid’s newly appointed manager Julen Lopetegui is under huge pressure as his team has not been able to win a single match in the last four matches in all competitions. After the shocking defeat against Alaves in La Liga, Real Madrid are now at the fourth position in the League Table after eight matches. Julen Lopetegui Is Feeling The Pressure At Real Madrid.last_img read more

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(REOPENS FGN 4)

first_imgThree-time Formula One world champion Nicki Lauda was presented the Laureus Lifetime Achievement award. “I dedicate this award to all the losers. Because it is after losing that I learnt the most,” the 67-year-old Austrian said after being presented the trophy by reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton. The Laureus Academy also paid tribute to the late Johan Cryuff, who passed away last month after battling cancer. Cryuff was chosen for the Laureus Spirit of Sport award which was presented to his son Jordi by another Dutch legend Ruud Gullit and World Cup winning former Spanish defender Carlos Puyol. “I want to thank Johan for being an inspiration and putting Holland on the map. He made me the football player that I became. Thank you, Johan, for everything that you did for Holland and for me. As a player he was 20 years ahead in the things he did. I want to thank him for making me a Total Football player,” Gullit said. The winners in the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, Tennis). Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award: Serena Williams (US, Tennis). Laureus World Team of the Year Award: All Blacks (New Zealand, Rugby). Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award: Jordan Spieth (US, Golf). Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award: Dan Carter (New Zealand, Rugby). Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias (Brazil, swimming). Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Jan Frodeno (Germany, Ironman Triathlon). PTI PM ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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