Bad Things Come to Those Who Wait

first_imgYou are competing to win a deal and things have gone well. At some point, you find out that you aren’t the only one pursuing this particular company, that they are also engaged with a competitor. As time has passed, your prospect has gotten much quieter. They used to call and email you questions, but you haven’t had a question in weeks. You used to have meetings, the last one being over a month ago. Without warning, your prospect goes dark.You may have been told to wait, that your dream client was still working through things on their end. You may have received emails thanking you for following up and asking for your patience. You may worry that acting will cause you to lose the deal you are working on. The greater risk isn’t asking; it’s waiting.If given the choice between doing nothing and losing, or taking action and potentially losing, the right decision is to act.You don’t want to call again because you have been told that your client will get back to you. You don’t want to go over your primary contact’s head, engaging the executive sponsor that brought you into the deal. You don’t want to have someone from your leadership team reach out to their leadership team. You don’t want to get real and have the tough conversation because you are afraid you are going to find out you are losing the deal. But when you avoid taking action, you are likely increasing the odds that you lose the deal.If you were positioned to win, another phone call should not cause your client to go another direction. If you’re not positioned to win, doing nothing isn’t going to improve things for you.Bad things come to those who wait, things like being notified that you lost, being notified that your prospective client decided to kill the initiative, or that your dream client is going in another direction. If you are going to lose, don’t lose without even trying to win. 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 Nowlast_img read more

ScienceShot: License to Quill

first_imgWith needle-sharp quills, some longer than the average human forearm, porcupines sport one of nature’s most frightening defenses against predators. But a new study shows they can be fearsome killers as well. Researchers in Italy have found that the rodents can slay dogs, foxes, and even badgers. Scientists monitored porcupines in Tuscany for about 18 months. They identified four defenses that the animals employed, in order of increasing aggression: quill erection, tail rattling, stamping and growling, and backwards or sideways attacks. The porcupines never used the latter two in one-on-one encounters, but rather as last resorts when an individual was outnumbered, or if multiple porcupines were present and more likely to inflict serious damage. In one such case, two porcupines ran backwards, forcing a dog into their den, where they fatally impaled it with their quills. Other porcupines killed four other predators, two badgers and two foxes, over the study period; such deaths have never been previously recorded in scientific literature, the team reports in Mammalia. See more ScienceShots.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(*)last_img read more

Skullcandy launches Barricade Bluetooth speakers starting at Rs 3,499

first_imgSkullcandy today has launched three Bluetooth speakers, Barricade Mini, Barricade, and Barricade XL, in India today. The Barricade family of speakers from Skullcandy are its latest in the fast growing market of wireless consumer electronics. The Barricade and Barricade Mini are available online and at select retailers nationwide. The Barricade XL will be available this holiday season.The cheapest of the lot, Barricade Mini, is also the lightest of the three speakers. The Barricade Mini can last up to 6 hours on full charge. It has a floatable design and is also impact resistant. The Barricade Mini is available for Rs 3,499, which puts it in direct competition with Sony, JBL, Altec Lansing and Xiaomi.Also read: Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker review: High on bass, low on priceThe second in line is the Barricade, which comes with IPX7 rating. This means the speaker is stay unaffected under 1 meter water for up to 30 minutes. The Barricade also has a floatable design. It sports external device charging, built-in microphone, and AUX in/out functionality that enables multi-speaker connectivity. The speaker can deliver up to 8 hours of battery. The Barricade is priced at Rs 5,999. In this range, the Barricade competes against UE Roll and UE Roll 2, two speakers that we have found are amazing for their price.The Barricade XL is priciest and biggest in the Barricade family. It also happens to be the most powerful of the three speakers. It offers up to 10 hours of battery backup along with twice the driver power. The Barricade XL is priced at Rs 11,999.advertisement”As wireless speakers continue to be a top five growth category for the consumer electronics industry, we’re launching powerful quality acoustics, rugged construction, Bluetooth functionality, and sleek exteriors with water-resistant designs,” said Amlan Bhattacharjya, founder and CEO of Brandeyes Distributors Pvt. Ltd. “Moreover, we’re bringing a fresh perspective to a market where consumers are asked to choose between aesthetics and performance. But with Barricade, they don’t have to,” said Bhattacharjya.Also read: UE Roll 360 review: Best of the lotlast_img read more

India’s only concern in ODI series vs Australia is 3rd seamer: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has raised concerns over India’s third pace bowling option in the ongoing three-match one day international series in Australia. The series is currently locked at 1-1 after India rode on captain Virat Kohli’s magnificent 39th century and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten fifty to beat Australia in the second ODI in Adelaide on Tuesday. Kohli struck 104 off 112 balls while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55 off 54 deliveries to help India chase down a challenging 299-run target at the Adelaide Oval. Australia had won the first ODI by 34 runs in Sydney.India have missed the services of Jasprit Bumrah, who has been rested for the ODI series in Australia. In his absence, India included Khaleel Ahmed in the first ODI while Mohammed Siraj played as the third pacer in the second.Khaleel, who made his ODI debut at the Asia Cup last year, conceded 55 runs from his 8 overs. Khaleel was dropped in the 2nd ODI and was replaced by Siraj. But he too proved costly.Siraj, who became India’s 225th ODI player, had a horror debut. Siraj went wicketless in his full quota of 10 overs and conceded 76 runs in the process, which is the second-worst debut for an Indian bowler. He was subjected to numerous trolls on social media after his performance with the ball.Gavaskar said India may opt to play only two fast bowlers in the series-deciding Melbourne ODI.”The only problem in the bowling department in this series is India’s third pacer. In the first ODI, Khaleel Ahmed was expensive and in the second ODI Mohammed Siraj gave away too many runs. That is the only area of concern,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.advertisement”India’s batting is good, fielding is also good. Melbourne is a big ground, India may play only two seamers and three spinners. Yuzvendra Chahal can be given a chance in Melbourne,” he added.Gavaskar also lauded Dhoni for his match-winning knock.”When a senior player is not in good form then everyone is concerned. But the way MS Dhoni batted he showed that he still has it in him. Maybe not what he used to be with the bat but he proved he was no less efficient,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar said the victory in Adelaide will boost India’s confidence ahead of the third ODI.”A victory is a victory whether it is 3-0 or 2-1. Winning a series is more important. The way India bounced back in the Test series after losing in Perth in the same way India bounced back in Adelaide after losing the first ODI in Sydney. This victory will give India more confidence going into the Melbourne ODI for the series decider,” he said.After the tour of Australia, India travel to New Zealand for a limited-overs series in New Zealand where the two sides play 5 ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals from January 23.Also Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | MS Dhoni back with a bang after Adelaide heroics, says Nikhil ChopraAlso Read | Team India still benefitting from MS Dhoni’s finishing abilities: Jason GillespieAlso Read | MS Dhoni talks a lot while batting and that helps: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli will score 100 international hundreds if he stays fit: Mohammed Azharuddinlast_img read more

Cricket in line to be included in 2028 Olympics, says MCC’s Mike Gatting

first_imgCricket could be part of the 2028 Olympics as the ICC is working towards getting the sport included in the roster for the Los Angeles Games, MCC World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting said.The BCCI recently coming under the ambit of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), an affiliate of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), could be key to the final outcome as it is mandatory for all sporting federations’ doping policy to be overseen by the premier body.Former England batsman Gatting said ICC’s new chief executive Manu Sawhney told the MCC’s Cricket Committee that progress had been made to ensure the game’s inclusion in the world’s biggest sporting event.”We were talking with Manu Sawhney the ICC chief executive, and he was very hopeful we can get cricket into the 2028 Olympics,” Gatting was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”That’s what they’re working towards at the moment and that would be a huge bonus for cricket worldwide, it would be fantastic.”In the beginning of this year, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar also batted for cricket to be included in the Olympic Games.Gatting said, “It’s two weeks, that’s a good thing about it, it’s not a month, so it’s one of those (events) where scheduling for two weeks should be fine once every four years once you do the first one.”You’re going to have – one hopes – a four-year period, once you know you’ve been accepted into the Olympics, that gives you a chance to actually shape your two weeks, so it’s not as if it is butted into the schedule.advertisement”I think the next 18 months will be very interesting as to how we do that. One of the problems has been negated, where the BCCI is now working with NADA, the drugs agency, which it wasn’t previously a part of.”That will help a long way towards the sport being whole, which is what we need it to be to apply for the Olympics, both men and women to play and all countries to comply,” he said.Women’s cricket was recently inducted in the 2022 Commonwealth Games roster.Also Read | BCCI shortlists six candidates for India head coach positionAlso see:last_img read more

Eddie Jones challenges England to rewrite history against All Blacks

first_imgNew Zealand rugby union team Eddie Jones Share on Messenger There was plenty more in a similar vein, almost certainly designed as much for Kiwi ears as English ones. “Every chance you get to play against New Zealand is something in your rugby life you never want to regret,” Jones said. “For our players there’s a chance to change English rugby history. That’s the opportunity for us.”As calculated rallying cries go it is a sensible choice. There is no use pretending England are going in as favourites against the world’s No 1 team. Equally, the home side like to feel they have a puncher’s chance at Twickenham where New Zealand’s last three red rose collisions have yielded a 38-21 defeat in 2012 and two modest wins by three and eight points. This Test, as ever, will be about imposing their will before the All Blacks impose theirs. “We are not copying anyone else, we are trying to play English rugby,” Jones said. “We feel that is the way we can be the best team in the world.” Support The Guardian Pinterest Sam Underhill of Bath will start against New Zealand at openside. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images Since you’re here… Hence the tweaks to the XV who squeezed past South Africa, with Chris Ashton, Ben Moon and Sam Underhill coming into the starting lineup for Jack Nowell, Alec Hepburn and the injured Tom Curry. England accept the need to score tries to beat New Zealand, which explains the promotion of Ashton who “can sniff a try from anywhere” to quote the England coach.If they can click into gear quicker than they did against the Springboks and exert early scrum pressure it could just turn into the type of taut, smash-and-grab contest England would prefer. Cue the reliable Moon from the outset instead of the ball-playing Hepburn. “Ben’s a good, solid citizen,” Jones said. “He’s one of those blokes who goes down the coal mine for you every day.”The selection of Underhill is also indicative of the guerilla tactics the home side will fancy employing, the Bath openside’s defensive excellence having earned him the nod with Curry unluckily invalided out of the rest of the autumn Tests. It means no room for the 21-year-old Zach Mercer, so promising off the bench against South Africa, with the hard-nosed Courtney Lawes selected among the replacements ahead of him. New Zealand may still lift the Sir Edmund Hillary Shield but, if so, Jones wants to make sure they do it the hard way.He is also adamant that, regardless of what anyone says, his bench men are set to play as crucial a role as his starters. “Finishers” may rank up among the most toe-curling new entries in rugby’s lexicon but New Zealand win such a high proportion of Tests in the final quarter it is hard to disagree when Jones suggests those on the field at the end of a game are as valuable as those who kick it off. “If I had my way I’d have all the players numbered the same,” stressed the head coach. “History tells you New Zealand win most of their games in the last 20 minutes of a Test match. So which one is more important this week, the starter or the finisher?”The ever-rising intensity of the game is another factor, with zero allowance permissible for puffing forwards in the later stages. “The acceleration requirement of the players is 30% more now than it was two or three years ago,” Jones said. On the list of rare black and white occurrences, England beat the All Blacks only slightly more often than giant pandas give birth in British zoos. Eddie Jones is determined to address this below-par strike rate (the rugby, not the pandas) and is urging his reshuffled squad to “rewrite history” when they meet New Zealand on Saturday.It will not be easy, because it never is. The All Blacks have played 24 Tests in England since 1924 and lost on five occasions. They have also won 14 of the past 15 meetings between the countries since 2003. As Jones bluntly put it: “Only 33% of our players have beaten New Zealand. We want to come off the field with 100% of them having beaten New Zealand.” Twitter Rugby union The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. “I know there’s one famous coach who says they should all play 80 minutes but the reality is how many front-rowers do you see play 80 minutes? A front-row now is expected to carry the ball 15 times, make 20 tackles, clean out 20 times and sprint like a back-rower. The requirements of the game are so heavy now you need that 80 minutes for every position.”What will never go out of fashion is pace. England would have loved Manu Tuilagi to be fit – the big man is still fractionally short of a gallop – but they do have Ashton, back for his first England start for four years. If he manages to add to his 19 tries in 40 Tests in addition to performing his defensive chores it will make up for a lot of lost time. Reuse this content Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email “How many times couldn’t we pick him because he’s been suspended,” asked Jones, rhetorically. “He’s always up to no good. Wherever there’s trouble, there’s Ashton. You just give guys like that a free rein, make sure they’ve got a smile on their face and away they go.” Saturday’s Test, for both Ashton and England, is a perfect chance to change perceptions for ever. 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Stella Artois Really Wants You To Buy A Lady A Drink

first_img 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started It’s probably not surprising that Stella Artois wants you to buy a lady a drink, but it may surprise you which drink: Water.Water is essential to life, to beer brewing, and is definitely essential on a morning after too much life and beer. Sadly, 663 million people do not have access to clean water. As a result, these people are ravaged with preventable diseases and incalculable opportunity loss. Women and children are disproportionately affected by the latter since women and girls are often forced to walk long distances to get water, causing them to lose out on educational and employment opportunities.Frankly, it just doesn’t need to be this way. It’s not like there isn’t enough water on the planet.Stella Artois decided to branch out from their delicious beer brewing endeavors to help tackle the water crisis. They started by addressing their own water usage, becoming smarter and more careful with water, from growing their ingredients all the way through the bottling stage; they’re being more efficient.Taking it a step further, they teamed up with Water.org to start the Buy a Lady a Drink initiative. Matt Damon co-founded Water.org, a nonprofit that focuses on making clean water and sanitation financially viable for people around the world. Whatever he and co-founder Gary White are doing is working: since the merger of White and Damon’s water initiatives in 2009, three million people have been helped. Stella Artois is determined to help make that number continue to grow.Gary White, Matt Damon of Water.org and African Zone President of AB InBev, Ricardo TadeauFamous for their chalices, Stella Artois tapped three artists to design limited edition versions, the profits of which go to supplying clean water to women in the world. Fernando Chamarelli, a Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator, Cambodian street artist Lisa Mam, and Uganda’s famed painter Eria Nsubuga each designed a chalice for Stella. Each chalice reflects its creator’s country and is sure to be one of the most interesting pieces of glassware you ever own and certainly the most helpful.The purchase of one chalice provides clean water to a woman for five years. Think about that: you spend $13 on a limited edition, already-cool chalice and you’ve just ensured that a woman somewhere in the world (who is already contending with a lot more than just unsanitary conditions) doesn’t have to worry about access to clean water for five long years. That means she could go back to school, start a business, get a job– it changes everything.Stella Artois has been instrumental in getting 800,000 people access to clean water thanks to the sale of 225,000 of these artistic chalices. And they handed Water.org a further $3 million. These guys are serious about ending this crisis.So, if you like beer, and you like the idea that everyone is entitled to safe, clean water, buy a lady a drink. Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom Turns Algae Into Sustainable, Stylish Footwear 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Editors’ Recommendations 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide last_img read more

ITC Royal Bengal An ode to cultural heritage and lineage

first_imgKolkata: ITC Royal Bengal, a luxurious hotel of ITC group, will be opened in June.The date of its opening will be announced later. The hotel will have 456 rooms. The Towers exclusive has come up on 527 sq ft while ITC one covers an area of 730 sq ft. ITC Royal Bengal Residences cover an area which vary anything between 1,000 sq ft and 1400 sq ft. The suites have come up on 1,056 sqft to 6,620 sq ft. All the rooms have been decorated keeping in mind Bengal’s rich heritage and tradition. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThere is a grand market pavilion along with Ottimo Cucina Italiana, Royal Vega and Darjeeling lounge. All the lounges have been beautifully decorated. Elaborate space has been allotted to hold meetings and events. ITC Roya Bengal offers one of the largest and most distinctive banqueting facilities covering an area of 60,000 plus sq ft. The pillarless Bengal Stateroom covering an area of 16,500 sq ft, majestic Eastern Court an area on 2,800 sq ft . Multiple meeting spaces and sprawling laws make this hotel an ideal venue for both business and social events. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersITC Royal Bengal is an ode to the region’s rich cultural heritage. The monumental edifice celebrates Bengal’s regal lineage and ever evolving sensibilities. The introductory offer includes INR 1,000 hotel credit per room per night. Twenty five per cent savings on spa services, breakfast. 2X green points for club ITC members on the first day. Thoughtfully curated and artistically styled culinary experiences that bring alive a fine selection of local, national and global fare.last_img read more

Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales up 10 per cent in October

first_imgOTTAWA — Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose 1.0 per cent to $63.8 billion in October.The increase more than offset a 0.7 per cent decline in September.Economists had expected a gain of 0.4 per cent for October, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The increase came as sales rose in four of the seven subsectors tracked, representing about 68 per cent of total wholesale sales.Statistics Canada says the machinery, equipment and supplies, and the personal and household goods subsectors contributed the most to the gains, while the motor vehicle and parts subsector posted the largest decline.In volume terms, wholesale sales increased 0.9 per cent.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco Tablets sales on the rise desktops in decline Report

Rabat – A new report from Euromonitor International has found that the main trend seen in computers and peripherals in Morocco in 2013 was a shift towards lower-priced and smaller products such as netbooks and tablets and other portable computers, while desktops and laptops saw decline.The report entitled “Computers and Peripherals in Morocco” has also found that these trends among Moroccan consumers are expected to continue in 2014 due to strong competition among retailers and consumers’ price-sensitivity.According to the report, social networking is expected to be a major driver for growth in sales of computers in the forecast period. Morocco was already the fourth leading African country in terms of Facebook usage, with over five million users in a population of 33 million and numbers rapidly rising. In the same context, many Moroccan consumers are expected to purchase tablets and netbooks as the popularity of websites such as Facebook and Twitter rises. This trend, the report added, is expected to be particularly pronounced among young aspirational and affluent consumers in urban areas but will widen as the forecast period continues.The report went on to add that American company Hewlett-Packard or HP was the clear leader in computers and peripherals throughout the review period and accounted for 30% volume share in 2013.The company offers a wide product range and benefits from its HP brand having a longstanding presence in Morocco. The company also benefits from offering competitive pricing and wide distribution via electronics and appliance specialist retailers, mixed retailers and hypermarkets.HP was the leading brand in desktops, laptops, netbooks, monitors and printers at the end of the review period, notably accounting for 49% volume share in the latter product category in 2013. read more

Ban Kimoon condemns fatal terrorist attack in southern Israel

9 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today’s terrorist attack by Palestinian militants against the Nahal Oz depot in southern Israel, in which two Israeli civilian contractors working to supply fuel to the Gaza Strip were killed and others injured. “He is gravely concerned at the prospect of an escalation in violence,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “The United Nations calls for the protection of all civilians in the conflict.”The spokesperson stressed that, while the Secretary-General recognized Israel’s legitimate right to self-defence, he deplored the reported civilian casualties among Palestinians during Israeli military operations this afternoon. read more

From council chambers of New York to battle front of Darfur UN

“Today… we rededicate ourselves to campaigning against the violence and abuse which millions of women still face daily,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said in a statement shortly before her arrival in DRC, dubbed “the rape capital of the world” by the UN envoy for sexual violence in conflict, Margot Wallström.“The persistence of sexual violence in DRC shames us all, a disturbing and horrifying reality for thousands of children, women and men,” Ms. Amos added, stressing the need to provide girls and women with the education and information needed to ensure they have the confidence to stand up for themselves, to challenge and to be a central part of shaping their own futures.Ms. Wallström herself said that the war in the DRC, where conflict still rages in the eastern area of the vast country, is being “waged on the bodies of women and girls.” In an opinion piece terming the DRC “ground zero in the fight against sexual violence in conflict,” she called for an end to the culture of impunity and the illegal trade in smuggled minerals which funds the fighting and sustains the sexual violence and other mass atrocities.The Day was not only marked by horror stories from the war front but by appeals to shatter the glass ceilings that prevent women’s progress on all fronts including business. In New York, a forum on investing in women and entrepreneurship launched the Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship (FITE) initiative to help women in the developing world start or expand businesses.“I like the acronym ‘FITE.’ This is what we all must do on behalf of women and girls,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the forum, co-organized by the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP), the Business Civic Leadership Center, and the United States Chamber of Commerce. “Investing in women is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do,” he said, citing a recent study showing that the Fortune 500 companies with the highest number of women on their boards were 53 per cent more profitable than those with the fewest women board members.It was a message echoed by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which promotes industrial development for poverty reduction and inclusive globalization.“If women are able to access credit to invest in business ventures, markets to sell their products, knowledge to expand their businesses, diversify and undertake value addition, they will be in a position to better contribute to economic growth and development,” UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella said, stressing the need to eliminate gender disparities in education.From France, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran noted that “the sweat-stained face of a farmer, labouring under the hot sun to feed a hungry family, is likely to be that of a woman.” But she also stressed that the face of those defeating hunger is also likely to be a woman’s.“Women are our hope; the secret weapon in fighting hunger,” she said in a message. “We have found that when women are front and centre, we succeed in our efforts to beat hunger and malnutrition.”In Monrovia, Liberia, a country that a decade ago was plagued by civil war but has since made great strides towards democracy and stability, Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, the new entity grouping together the work of four previous UN bodies, marked the Day with President Ellen-Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female head of State.She called Liberia “a country where women’s influence in forging peace and recovery offers lessons for all countries to advancing general equality and women’s human rights.” In Darfur, where a war between the Sudanese Government, backed by militia allies, and various rebel groups has killed at least 300,000 people and displaced 2.7 million others since it erupted in 2003, the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) celebrated the Day with a focus on this year’s theme: equal access to education, training and science and technology. In El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, hundreds of women, men and children took part in a solidarity march.And in another strife-plagued African country, Somalia, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative Augustine Mahiga underscored the need to give women more opportunities to lead, decide on and deliver peace in a country that has had no functioning central government for 20 years and has been riven by factional and sectarian violence that has killed countless thousands and driven hundreds of thousands more from their homes.“Women in your collective strength and disarming passion for peace, you must strive to be an indispensable factor in conflict resolution and peace making at all levels,” he said in a message.In Afghanistan, where 85 per cent of women are illiterate and only 37 per cent of the more than 7 million students in schools are girls, Special Representative Staffan de Mistura said it was up to all Afghans to make certain that strides for reconciliation and peace keep women’s and girls’ human rights at the centre of agreements. Events marking the Day were held in many other centres around the world. In Geneva UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé called for “a world where; all women can protect themselves and their children from HIV; all women have access to HIV treatment; and women and girls do not fear rape, violence and HIV infection.”Also in Geneva, a group of UN independent experts issued a joint appeal to Government to enact urgently all laws and regulations necessary to ensure full women’s rights to non-discrimination and equality.And half a world away in Bangkok, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Noeleen Heyzer, hosted a ceremony at which five young women from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and India who are studying and working in Thailand spoke of their aspirations in relation to this year’s theme. 8 March 2011From its plush New York Headquarters to the “rape capital of the world” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from the battle front in Darfur to the post-conflict stability of Liberia, the United Nations today marked International Women’s Day with a clarion call to end gender discrimination and violence once and for all. read more

Loonie starts to revive from losses US weakenstraders look to jobs data

Loonie starts to revive from losses, US$ weakens;traders look to jobs data TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was higher Monday as the U.S. currency weakened somewhat.The loonie ran ahead 0.58 of a cent to 89.40 cents US.The dollar sank 3/4 of a U.S. cent Friday to a six-month low following weak trade data and a U.S. currency that appreciated further on stronger job creation in the U.S. last month.As of Friday, the loonie was down over three cents from the beginning of September as the U.S. dollar strengthened against other major currencies.The stronger greenback has sent commodity prices skidding in recent weeks as it has gained ground amid heightened speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve could move to hike rates sooner than expected.But a major reason for the stronger greenback has been a euro which has weakened sharply against a backdrop of practically non-existent inflation, weak economic data and a vow from the European Central Bank to take action to get the eurozone out of a deep funk, including driving interest rates to near zero.Commodity prices were mixed Monday with November crude in New York down 28 cents to US$89.46 a barrel, December copper was four cents higher to US$3.04 a pound while December gold gained $8.80 to US$1,201.70 an ounce.On the economic front, the major release of the week comes on Friday when Statistics Canada releases the employment report for September. Economists expect that the economy cranked out about 15,000 jobs.The agency will also release building permits data for August on Tuesday while September data on housing starts will be released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. on Wednesday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2014 9:54 am MDT read more

Upcoming launch of truth commission hailed by UN as step forward for

Tunisia will launch the Commission on 9 June at a seminar in the capital, Tunis, co-organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Centre for Transitional Justice and the Tunisian Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice. “The Commission is a very welcome step forward in addressing the human rights violations of the past, establishing the truth and providing accountability, recognition and reparations to the victims,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. In the wake of the 14 January 2011 revolution, Tunisia embarked on a dramatic transition towards increased democratic governance as a wave of popular protests that became known as the “Arab Spring” swept North Africa and the Middle East. As part of the broad and complex transformation in Tunisia under new leadership, the authorities have worked closely with several UN bodies and agencies. In partnership with the Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice OHCHR, UNDP supported a national dialogue on transitional justice, with the active involvement of civil society and victims’ rights organizations. That process led to a 2013 draft law establishing the Commission on Truth and Dignity. The UN supports a range of efforts to uncover the facts about gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, and to promote justice, propose reparations and recommend reforms of abusive institutions. Over the past year, the UN has supported Commissions of Inquiry on, respectively, the Central African Republic, Syria and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as well as the establishment of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia.Monday’s seminar will be addressed by President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki and a number of other high-level officials. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will address the seminar through a video message, as will Desmond Tutu, the President of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The heads of several other such commissions from Poland, Morocco, Peru, Guatemala and Kenya will also be there to share experiences from their countries. read more

Pick Szeged and PSG Handball only on 100 RK Vardar stopped in

8.Kristianstad5005138:1780 2.Vardar5401143:1328 7.Montpellier5005129:1470 6.Meshkov Brest5203134:1444 1.Paris SG5500161:12910 MOL Pick Szeged and PSG Handball stay the only two teams with clear winning series after ROund 5 of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019. RK Vardar are defeated in Kielce 31:27 who celebrated the fourth win in a row…Results…Skjern Handbold – PSG Handball 24:26Motor Zaporozhye – RK PPD Zagreb 35:27PGE Vive Kielce – RK Vardar Skopje 31:27MOL Pick Szeged – SG Flensburg Handewitt 30:28Elverum Handball – Riihimaen CocksHBC Nantes – RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoDinamo Bucuresti – Orlen Wisla PlockSTANDINGS: 5.PPD Zagreb5113133:1513 3.Vive Kielce5401155:1458 4.Rhein-Neckar5302163:1526 8.Celje410394:1132 MOL Pick SzegedPGE Vive KielcePSG HandballRK Vardar 1.Barcelona5401173:1368 6.Nantes4103128:1262 7.Motor Zaporozhye5104152:1622 3.Skjern5212146:1515 4.Flensburg-H.5203142:1394 5.Telekom Veszprem5302141:1426 2.Szeged5500149:13410 ← Previous Story EHF CL SUNDAY: Eight matches, derby time in Kielce and Szeged Next Story → Pick Szeged and PSG Handball to decide about direct place at 1/4 final! read more

NASAs 10 most incredible images of 2012

first_img 1 2 3 Just think of all those millennia our human ancestors spent looking up at the sky, spinning stories about the heavens. Little did they know that what’s actually going on up there is more magnificent than even the most audacious tales of mythical heroes and fiery chariots streaking across the sky.In more modern times, NASA has opened the doors of exploration with telescopes and probes that give us a window onto the wonders of space. Here’s a look back at the 10 best NASA images of 2012.1 – Venus transits the sunAs the planets careen around the sun, there is occasionally a fortuitous alignment. In June of 2012 the planet Venus transited the sun, which means it passed in front of Sol from Earth’s perspective. As the planet began its transit, the NASA/JAXA Hinode spacecraft was on hand to take some pictures. This amazing image [featured at the top] shows the sphere of Venus passing into the sun’s corona, silhouetted by the boiling backdrop of glowing plasma.Enjoy it — Venus won’t transit the sun again until 2117!2 – Saturn smiles for CassiniThe Cassini-Huygens probe was launched in October of 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004. It has taken some awe-inspiring images since then, but the new Saturn mosaic just released in mid-December takes things to a whole new level. The mosaic was taken with Saturn backlit by the sun — something that doesn’t happen very often from the craft’s perspective. Cassini was also closer, allowing it to capture this breathtaking false-color shot with incredible ring detail.3 – Incredible solar eruptionOur sun sure looks placid and life-sustaining up there in the sky, but it’s actually a torrent of super-hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields. On August 31, 2012 Sol reminded us of that.NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory was watching that day when the magnetic fields at the sun’s surface whipped up a massive loop of plasma during a solar storm. The arch of plasma reached a maximum distance from the surface of 300,000 kilometers, and it shot out at 1,400 kilometers per second. Millions of tons of sun-stuff erupted from the star, and we were there to see it.4 – New Blue MarbleNASA spent the first weeks of 2012 running the new Suomi NPP Earth observation satellite through its paces. And what better way than to update that iconic Blue Marble image from a decade ago? The new Blue Marble shows Earth in staggering, beautiful detail. This image is a mosaic created from many shots of the planet taken by Suomi NPP on January 4, 2012.Next page: Curiosity’s selfie and more…last_img read more

Is This the Future of Publishing

first_imgOn Monday, the New York Times published a must-read profile of International Data Group, the large technology publisher that last year made a dramatic turn away from print to become a Web-focused company. (The big move came in April, when IDG shuttered the print edition of InfoWorld.)IDG’s online revenue has now surpassed its print revenue (52 percent online to 48 percent print) and its managers say they’ve adopted an online first business model.Perhaps not surprisingly for the Times, more than once the article hinted that IDG “may offer a glimpse of the future of publishing.”IDG CEO Pat McGovern is quoted as saying “there is life after print in fact, a better life after print.” The Times also tracked down Stewart Alsop, the editor of InfoWorld in the 90s, who said “what’s happening at IDG is a fairly accurate map for every other publishing organization.” But is it?The future-watching pundits are weighing in …BusinessWeek’s Aaron Pressman:I hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially for my own industry, but using what happened at IDG as a map for the rest of the publishing industry would be like using Christopher Columbus’s charts to fly to the moon. There’s a publishing pink elephant in the room that nobody in the NYT’s story seems to notice. Most of IDG’s publications are what’s known as controlled circulation. Readers paid nothing but were selected to receive titles like Infoworld gratis based on their attraction to certain advertisers. There is no subscription revenue to the publisher and the publisher still bears all the costs of printing and mailing. So when IDG shifts a publication to the web and stops printing, it can cut costs to the bone and shift advertisers to its Web site.Bob Sacks:There are still multi-billions of dollars in the print universe. Media that matters is in flux. Media that makes money is in flux. Our media universe is changing faster than we can possibly comprehend. Paul Conley:No publisher I know has done a better job of understanding the Web and making the transition away from print. I’ve had a pretty good view of the struggles the company has faced as it moved to a Web-first model. And just like everywhere else in journalism, most of those struggles involved stubborn and close-minded people. Truth be told, IDG has fewer stubborn and close-minded people than any publisher I know. My take: I tend to agree with Aaron. Magazines with controlled circulation and no subscription revenue are probably better positioned to make the transition than other magazines, where print accounts for 80 or 90 percent of the overall revenue, in some cases. But, also remember, IDG is the biggest tech publisher in the world. Smaller publishers, or those with audiences that haven’t made the wholesale migration to the Web (there are a few lost souls out there—think, for instance, the readers of Town & Country) are going to have a tough time making the leap, and will probably be clutching their luxury glossies on the way down.I do think this “Web-first” as a business trend is great, even if it’s about three years late.What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below …last_img read more

Star Trek Discovery cast members on the tech theyd phaseblast away

first_img Star Trek: Discovery cast on the one tech they could… Tags TV and Movies Star Trek 1 Comment This time around, I asked which contemporary technology they’d want to eliminate from their lives. The answers are familiar. “I definitely want to be less dependent on my phone,” said Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Michael Burnham. “I don’t like how addicted I am to it, or how people around me are addicted to it,” said Anson Mount, who plays Christopher Pike. Mary Wiseman, who plays Cadet Sylvia Tilly, called out social media. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a service for the good,” she said. Mary Chiefo, who plays the Klingon L’Rell, had the most creative answer: “Let’s get rid of the 3D printers that make guns,” she said. “Oh, but keep all the other 3D printers,” she added with a smile. Discovery returns Jan. 17 on CBS All Access. (Disclosure: CBS All Access is owned by CBS, the parent company of CNET.) Star Trek: Discovery: Everything we know about the upcoming season.Mary Wiseman on Short Treks: A chat with Ensign Tilly as the show returns with online mini episodes. Now playing: Watch this: Discovery cast members aren’t fans of smartphones, even if they have to use them constantly.  Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET Star Trek: Discovery’s cast members may spend plenty of time on their iPhones, but that doesn’t mean they enjoy them. When I first met the cast of Discovery in 2017, I asked the various actors what their favorite piece of technology was. Most said it was the smartphone. Share your voice 3:14last_img read more

CNET Asks Do you use a password manager

first_imgThink of all the sites and all the apps you’ve signed up for — that’s a lot of passwords. Some people choose to write theirs down in case they forget, or they use the “remember me” function when they log in, or worst of all, and very commonly, use the same exact password for everything.Many people have their own techniques for creating a strong password. This can come in handy, since most websites nowadays require a combination of either upper and lowercase letters, a number, a special character and a length requirement. Really it’s no wonder when people want to use the same one for everything. This is where password managers try and save you the hassle. Password managers are encrypted databases that store all your passwords in one location. All you have to remember is the master password for the manager itself. There are several different password managers out there, all of which boast different perks and benefits, such as strong password generation or biometric login like finger print scanning. We have a list of our favorite password managers here.  87 1:13 Share your voice Most of these sites offer free a free version of their services, as well as a more robust premium version for a few bucks a month. The main takeaway is that using a password manager will not only store all your passwords in one place, but also help create extremely strong, unique, random passwords for each site or app you use.While this sounds incredibly useful, some still have concerns. If the point of having a strong password to begin with is concerns over privacy and hacking, is it really safe to have all our passwords in one place? If someone is able to obtain my master password, they will then grab all my passwords in one fell swoop. Multifactor authentication makes this nefarious outcome much less likely and it personally eases my concerns, but does it ease yours? We have plenty more questions surrounding your views on these services below. Do you trust password management services with all your passwords? Is there a reason other than privacy you don’t use one? Is it cost? Do you have your own password creation method? If you do use one, which is your favorite? Take a look at our poll below to easily cast your vote. And as always, you can leave your opinion in the comments. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.  Tags Now playing: Watch this:center_img Keep your data secure with a password manager Internet Software Sci-Tech Security CNET Asks Comments Encryption Privacylast_img read more

JDS leader Prajwal Revanna sticks to superstition to take oath as per

first_imgPrajwal RevannaTwitter [Representational Image]The wait is finally over for the Janata Dal (Secular) candidate and a newly-elected representative from Hassan parliamentary constituency, Prajwal Revanna who will take oath on Friday (June 21) as a member of the Lok Sabha.The 28-year-old Prajwal Revanna will take oath on Friday after 2.30 pm as per to his astrologer’s advice, as it is seen as an auspicious time. Just like the rest from the powerful JD(S) family, Prajwal has also been waiting for an auspicious day to make his way to the lower house. Being the son of Minister HD Revanna and the grandson of the party supremo HD Devegowda, Prajwal also makes his decisions based on the advice from astrologers.According to the reports, when rest of the Lok Sabha members took the oath of the office on Monday, Prajwal was absent from the Lower House proceedings. His name was also called in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, after the election of the Lok Sabha Speaker, but he was not present, reports Deccan Herald.Prajwal attended the meeting of Karnataka MPs convened by Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday here. He is also likely to attend the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for MPs on Thursday at Ashoka Hotel, adds the report.The Gowda family is known to be a lot more superstitious than any other political party in the state. Prajwal’s father HD Revanna chose to take the oath of office on 6 June 2018 at exactly 2.12 pm before other senior leaders as suggested by his astrologer.Earlier, Revanna used to travel between Bengaluru and Hassan (Holenarasipura-his constituency), a round trip of 350 km every day for six months to ward off evil, as his astrologer had advised him against sleeping in his own house in Bengaluru as long as he is a minister. If he did so, he would lose his ministerial berth was the claim behind this.last_img read more