The Real Reason Your Dream Client Says No to Your Meeting Request

first_imgOne of the reasons your dream client says “no” to your request for a meeting is that they don’t want to have to make a decision. Meeting with you might force them to decide. That decision means change, and change means challenges.Your meeting might force your dream client to address issues and challenges that have gone unaddressed for longer than they should have. The reason these things have gone unaddressed is because doing something about them would require change, and it would require getting internal agreement on those changes where consensus is necessary.The “no” you hear may not be so much about meeting with you. That “no” might be in response to addressing the fact that your prospective client has been underinvesting in the results they need to produce. In their mind, agreeing to a meeting with you means dealing with an inadequate investment.Your meeting might lead to a decision to change partners, and that might mean ending a long term relationship. If you haven’t fired a long-term partner, you might not recognize how difficult it is for the person who is ending the relationship. Commercial relationships aren’t as transactional as some would have you believe.Switching costs include more than just the financial costs that accompany change. There are psychological, emotional, and relational costs your prospective clients will also incur. It’s easy to see how the contacts in your dream client company might struggle with a meeting that requires addressing difficult issues.The first meeting sounds innocent enough, but with each next conversation, you move your dream client closer to having to make a decision they are not prepared to make.You may be able to help your dream client make a change for the better, but first, you have to gain the commitment of time, a first meeting. If you want a “yes” to your meeting request, lowering the commitment level by sharing with your dream client that you aren’t going to ask them to make a decision makes it easier for them to agree to a meeting. 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 Nowlast_img read more

Avoid protectionism, competitive devaluation: Jaitley to G20

first_imgFrom Lalit K Jha Washington, Apr 15 (PTI) Pitching for more coordinated effort by G20 to boost global growth, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that countries must avoid trade protectionist measures and refrain from competitive devaluations of currency as greater focus must be on public investment. The efficacy of monetary policy instruments has reached its limits and its pass through has not been seamless, he said in an intervention yesterday at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting here. “The time is ripe for a re-evaluation of the fiscal policy space, with a greater focus placed on public investment,” he said. Stating that declines in both imports and exports were recorded in all G20 economies in 2015, he said there is a need to articulate an effective and tangible policy response to revive the trade engine of the global economy. “Countries must avoid trade protectionist measures, and refrain from competitive devaluations,” he said. Also, he added, the asymmetry in the global financial safety net has to be taken note of. Jaitley further said: “While advanced economies have access to swap lines in order to smooth currency shocks, emerging market economies, which are highly dependent on reserve currencies both for borrowing and for international transactions, do not have recourse to these. “Global and regional financial safety net and oversight needs to be augmented, including through new financing mechanisms.” A balance has to be maintained between addressing domestic priorities of member countries with the international role that each G20 member has to play, he said. “Therefore, we should also consider undertaking an analysis of the possible negative spillovers of policy actions. At the moment, the recent use of negative interest rate policies has been identified as an area of concern by members,” he said. MORE PTI LKJ JD ANZ SAadvertisementlast_img read more

Neymar, Oscar left out of Brazil’s Copa America squad

first_imgBarcelona star Neymar and Chelsea midfielder Oscar have been left off Brazil’s squad for the Copa America in the United States next month.Brazil coach Dunga accepted the Catalan club’s request to use Neymar either at the Copa America or at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, and the Olympics won.Oscar was on the Brazilian Football Confederation’s preliminary list for the Copa America, but did not make the final cut. Other omitted players included Gabriel Paulista, Fernandinho, Roberto Firmino, and Kaka.Dunga’s squad includes seven players under the age of 23, all of whom will be eligible for the Rio Games.”We are bringing a competitive team for an important tournament,” Dunga said on Thursday.Brazil is in Group B with Ecuador, Haiti, and Peru, and starts its campaign on June 4 against Ecuador in Pasadena, California.The competition, which is celebrating its centenary, will take place for the first time outside of South America.Squad Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Ederson (Benfica).Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Fabinho (Monaco), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro), Miranda (Inter Milan), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo).Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Rafinha (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea).Forwards: Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Hulk (Zenit), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos), Gabriel (Santos).last_img read more

BookMyShow raises Rs 550cr from Stripes, existing investors

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) Bigtree Entertainment, which owns and operates BookMyShow (BMS), has raised over Rs 550 crore in funding, led by US-based Stripes Group.The series D funding round, which is the largest to date for the company, also saw participation from BMS existing investors – Network 18, Accel Partners, and SAIF Partners.The Mumbai-based firm will use the proceeds to strengthen its international presence as well as ramp up offerings in the domestic market.Besides, it will use the funds to bolster the content on its platform and acquire firms working in areas like big data and analytics.So far, BMS has raised about Rs 200 crore in funding.”The current round values the company at close to Rs 3,500 crore,” BookMyShow CEO and co-founder Ashish Hemrajani told PTI.These funds will be utilised towards rolling out exclusive entertainment experiences on BMS, enhancing the overall offering for BMS users, he added.BMS had entered the Indonesian market last month and will foray into Sri Lanka later this month, he said.BMS allows users to book tickets for movies, plays, sports and live events through its website, mobile app and mobile site.Founded in Mumbai in 1999 and re-launched in 2007, BMS is now present in over 350 towns and cities across India. It raised funds in 2007, 2012 and 2014 from Network18, Accel and SAIF, respectively.It saw about 100 million transactions on its platform in 2015-16. While Hemrajani did not disclose the revenue numbers, he said the company expects to register 100 per cent jump in revenues this fiscal.advertisementTalking about the Indian operations, Hemrajani said the company has introduced many features like reserve now-pay later, mobile wallets and cash top-up of wallet for its users.”While we are working on expanding the market, the focus is also on solving issues like payments and connectivity to drive usage…We want to become a digital entertainment destination,” he said.Hemrajani said BMS is also looking at acquiring companies in areas like big data and analytics to enhance user experience on its platform.BMS is Stripes Groups first investment in the Indian market. Its other portfolio companies include Art.com, GrubHub, Remitly, GoFundMe and eMarketer among others.BMR Legal served as the legal advisor and Avendus Capital was the exclusive financial advisor to Bigtree Entertainment during this round. PTI SR ADI ANUlast_img read more

India set to play 15 internationals in 13 months

first_imgMumbai, May 23 (PTI) The Indian national football team is set to play 15 internationals – including eight at home – in a 13-month period, including some which have already been held, the All India Football Federation announced today.”All India Football Federation (AIFF) and its marketing partners, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), have shared the national football team?s yearly fixtures beginning March 2017 wherein the India National Team will play 15 competitive games including 8 matches in India (March 2017-March 2018),” AIFF stated today.”All the international fixtures will be broadcast live on Star Sports and its digital platform, Hotstar,” it said.Indias next international is a friendly against Nepal here at the Andheri Sports Complex on June 6 followed exactly seven days later by the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier game against Kyrgyzstan at Bengaluru.”Followed by the Champions Cup in August, the team returns to its AFC Asian Cup qualifier campaign as they play the last team in the group, Macau in the away leg on September 5, 2017,” AIFF said.”The national team will take part in two training camps between October 2017 to November 2017 where they also play the home games of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Macau (October 10, 2017) and Myanmar (November 14, 2017).”India National Team will also come together for additional friendly games at Home on October 4, 2017, November 8, 2017, and March 22, 2018, against teams yet to be confirmed. The last match of the AFC Asian Cup qualifier will be played in an away leg against Kyrgyzstan on March 27, 2018,” the AIFF said.”The national team played a total of 6 games that included 4 home games in the same duration last year,” it added.advertisementIndia have already played and won 2 games in March – the friendly against Cambodia and AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Myanmar.”With a clear focus to increase home games, AIFF recently launched the annual multi-country Champions Cup to be played by 4 countries including India in August 2017. The competition will be held from August 18-27, 2017 where the team will play 4 games provided they reach the finals,” AIFF said further. PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more

Chandimal’s ball-tampering plea rejected, to miss 3rd Test vs West Indies

first_imgSri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal will miss the third and final Test match against West Indies, which commences on June 23 at Barbados, after his appeal was rejected on Friday.Chandimal was suspended for the final Test against West Indies after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball in the second Test. The cricketer was looking for a reprieve as he appealed against the verdict, however, Judicial commissioner Michael Beloff rejected his appeal.Chandimal was charged during the Test in St Lucia after video evidence indicated that he was taking sweets out from his pocket, putting them in his mouth, before applying saliva to the ball within the space of a few seconds.Acted against Spirt of Cricket, accepts Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh ChandimalMatch referee Javagal Srinath handed him the maximum punishment available under the code, i.e. two suspension points and a fine of 100 per cent of his match fee.”As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Chandimal was to miss the day/night Barbados Test, starting from Saturday, 23 June. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these have been added to Chandimal’s disciplinary record.In announcing his decision, Mr Beloff QC said: I express my gratitude to all who, though located in four different places, London, Colombo. Dubai and Barbados, collaborated in enabling me to reach a decision in time for the third test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka.”advertisementSri Lanka players walk off to protest ball-tampering allegationsAlso, Sri Lankan players refused to take to the field on the third day at St. Lucia last Saturday after match officials accused the team of altering the condition of the ball on the previous day. They eventually resumed play ‘under protest’.After which, Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were charged with breaking Article 2.3.1 of the Code of Conduct, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”The hearing for Level 3 charges will take place on July 10.Until the hearing takes place and Mr Beloff QC determines the appropriate sanctions for the Level 3 breaches, Mr Hathurusinghe and Mr Gurusinha can continue to perform their professional responsibilities, including in the Barbados Test.All Level 3 breaches carry an imposition of between four and eight suspension points.last_img read more

Make Us Dream review – the agony behind the ecstasy for Steven Gerrard

first_imgFilm Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on Messenger Documentary films reviews Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Topics Steven Gerrard Share on WhatsApp Apart from a somewhat redundant top-and-tail sequence in which Steven Gerrard is seen putting his feet up in a plush LA pad as he plays out his final months for the LA Galaxy, there’s a lot to admire about Sam Blair’s profile of the former Liverpool midfield dynamo who is currently embarked on the Herculean task of restoring Rangers to their former glory in the Scottish Premier League. Football documentaries often sacrifice quite a bit in return for access to their subjects (and there’s certainly significant amounts of “legend/icon/genius” burbling in Make Us Dream), but it’s Gerrard’s own readiness to open up and reveal something of the agony behind the permascowl he was famous for as a player that marks this film out.Gerrard, of course, is indelibly associated with Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League win, inspiring a comeback from three goals down against AC Milan. But it is his status as the main man of a team that never quite lived up to its supporters’ ambitions – or the sensational achievements of Liverpool’s 1970s and 80s vintages – that has come to define him, and Gerrard reflects on this at length: the oppressive sense of personal responsibility for the team’s fortunes, the persistent attentions of Jose Mourinho who repeatedly tried to sign him away, the pervading sense of disappointment as Liverpool kept on losing players and falling short. Gerrard is also surprisingly open about his disappointment with certain individuals, particularly Michael Owen’s decision to leave Liverpool for Real Madrid in 2004, and his “cold” relationship with manager Rafael Benitez.Above all, Gerrard is not afraid to enumerate his own failings: his terror of “fucking it up” in the Champions League final, his confusion and shortsightedness during constant media speculation as to whether he too would join the Liverpool exodus in the mid-2000s, the gruesome details of the injuries that mounted towards the end of his playing career. To his credit, Gerrard appears uninterested in playing the world-weary hero; he just seems exhausted by it all. … 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.last_img read more

Alabama Reportedly Expected To Hire Charles Kelly From Tennessee

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Alabama coaching staff is finally taking shape after it was ravaged following the title game loss against Clemson. Former offensive coordinator Mike Locksley left to become the head coach at Maryland and his presumptive replacement, Dan Enos, left to take the offensive coordinator role at Miami alongside Manny Diaz.That left a major hole on the offensive coaching staff for Nick Saban to fill, but not long after, Alabama’s defensive coordinator Josh Lupoi took a job with the Cleveland Browns as the team’s defensive line coach.After getting crushed on both sides of the coaching staff, Saban finally nabbed a few coaches from around the SEC.Earlier this week, Saban landed longtime defensive assistant Sal Sunseri from Florida. Just one day later, Saban grabbed another top SEC assistant.This time, he’s stealing from Tennessee. According to Austin Price of VolQuest, Tennessee assistant Charles Kelly is leaving the Volunteers to join Saban’s staff.Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt has lost assistant coach Charles Kelly to Alabama. The veteran secondary coach is leaving Rocky Top to coach the secondary for the Tide with sources telling Volquest that Kelly could be in line to for a bigger title once Nick Saban finalizes the rest of his staff.Saban’s staff finally appears to be taking shape. Stay tuned for an official announcement from Saban and the Crimson Tide.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik gives KKR players public dressing-down in Mohali

first_img scorecard view more view less commentary advertisement No data available!center_img IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik gives KKR players public dressing-down in MohaliIPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik reprimanded Kolkata Knight Riders players after the team became sloppy on the field against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Friday. Rajarshi Gupta MohaliMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 22:34 IST IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik gathered his players around and seemed to have a public meltdown as he gave his men a dressing-down for poor efforts on the field. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Karthik was far from happy with his players during the KXIP vs KKR match in MohaliFans on social media wondered whether Karthik had a public meltdown on FridayKKR had snapped their 6-match losing streak with a victory over Mumbai IndiansDinesh Karthik appeared to give his players a dressing down after Kolkata Knight Riders lost their way in their penultimate match of the 2019 Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Friday. Sandeep Warrier had removed KL Rahul and Chris Gayle early but KKR lost their way thereafter.Kolkata Knight Riders had won 4 out of their first 5 matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League before losing 6 in a row. As the tournament progressed, it became evident not all was well in the KKR camp. Andre Russell, KKR’s best player this season, questioned the team’s decision-making in a press conference.Nothing is right in the @KKRiders campRussell has not been happy with the Team DecisionsNarine showing his frustration on not getting the ball & Uthappa supporting himDinesh Karthik & Uthappa never liked each other #KXIPvKKR Aashim (@broken602) May 3, 2019It was perhaps more bad decision-making in Mohali that led to Sunil Narine looking expressing his displeasure on the field. It looked like he was upset at not getting another over when his West Indian teammate Nicholas Pooran had just started to explode. Robin Uthappa, a KKR veteran, even looked like agreeing with Narine.After Piyush Chawla went for 14 runs in his first over and the timeout was called, Dinesh Karthik gathered his players around and seemed to have a public meltdown as he gave his men a dressing-down for some poor efforts on the field.Never seen DK this animated ever in my life. He literally shouted at everyone during that team huddle in between overs. Jacques Kallis just stood there watching!All is not well with the KKR team and this needs to be addressed in a matured way.#KXIPvKKR #KKR #DineshKarthik #IPLadvertisement Parag Bhandiye (@im_parag21) May 3, 2019Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa and other star players in the team looked glum while coach Jacques Kallis stood next to Karthik.Dinesh Karthik giving some serious words to #KKR players during the strategic time-out and rightly so. Why show your displeasure (Narine & Uthappa) on the field when the team has enjoyed a good start. KKR management should officially warn Narine and Uthappa!#IPL2019 #KXIPvKKR Subhayan Chakraborty (@SubhayanTweets) May 3, 2019In a press conference following KKR’s defeat against Rajasthan Royals late last month, Andre Russell blamed the bowling for the team’s downward spiral.”They said we have been struggling in batting. But the batting has not been struggling really. We are getting the totals that we should have defended.”But when you bowl as bad as our bowlers, you don’t really take catches — we have been the worst fielding team so far,” Russell had said.Andre Russell, who has hit the most sixes in the 2019 IPL, was also not happy with his batting position lower down the order. He was promoted to No.3 against Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens and smashed an unbeaten 80 off 40 before picking up crucial wickets and taking catches to script a 34-run win for KKR.Also Read | Andre Russell slams KKR team atmosphere: It is not healthyAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Dinesh KarthikFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019 graphslast_img read more

Street Savvy: The Manual’s top five cruising longboards

first_img Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Longboarding has a history. The sport was originally birthed from surfing in the mid-1950s, a logical pastime that stemmed from the days when the Hawaiian tides were too low or too rough to paddle out. Once surfers realized skateboards could mirror the fluid, dynamic maneuvers of their water-based counterparts, they they began taking the wooden decks to the streets, hence coining the phrase “sidewalk surfing.” However, more refined modifications soon followed in suit, resulting in longer boards and soft urethane wheels designed for a smoother ride regardless of one’s age.In the five decades since their inception, longboards have moved from the fringes to the mainstream. Bamboo and Maple decks now litter the landscape, sporting a variety of design cuts and sizes catered toward a bevy of notable riding styles. Whether you prefer to bomb downhill or merely cruise — sans a lengthy SUP stick — there are plenty of quality deck manufacturers spanning the globe. As expected, the Manual has a few favorites of its own, from the California-based Maki Drifter to the Aussie-crafted Byron Bay. Wearing a helmet is still entirely on you.Maki Signature Drifter  — $235Maki is essentially a one-man operation based out of El Sugundo, Calif. Founder Erik Maki initially began the company with quality craftsmanship and sustainable sourcing in mind, quickly developing a line of decks that prove just as versatile as they are modern. He builds each decking using natural fiber laminates and sustainable woods, such as American Red Oak and Baltic Birch, while eliminating the need for fiberglass using laminated wood cores for greater strength and lasting durability. The assorted colors are even sampled from vintage cars, with bio-resin graphics designed to curb scratches and natural fading. Measuring 35-inches long and nine inches at its widest, the Drifter is one of eight attractive builds in the company’s Signature Series. Maki personally hand crafts each board from start to finish himself, so even though the shipping time might be a bit longer than most manufacturers, you can rest assured they’re built with the utmost care and attention.Arbor Genesis — $270Named after the Latin name for Tree, Arbor first began making ripples in the field when it started constructing skate decks from refashioned snowboards back in ’98. The materials and craftsmanship lies in the same tradition as the company’s snowboards, and moreover, the company donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Hawaiian Legacy Forests. Featuring sustainably-sourced deck constructed of maple and koa wood, the 38-inch Genesis represents Arbor’s drop-through line of longboards. Though commonplace, the design allows you to get closer to the ground and eases pushing, while the 9½-inch standing platform provides ample standing room. Whereas the equipped, fiberglass flex provides for a more responsive ride, the added kick tail grants you freestyle versatility when coupled with the recycled-glass grip. Arbor also produces the decks using using eco friendly water-based sanding sealers and a little help from its in-house art department, creating a longboard without a guilty conscious.Globe Byron Bay — $190Though the Australian-bred Globe essentially began as a skateboard distribution company in the early ’80s, the company has since expanded to include its own line of decks and urban apparel. One of many similar longboards in Globe’s lineup, the Byron Bay sports a standard maple design, gorgeous rosewood veneer, and clear griptape designed to maintain the natural wood inlay. It additionally features a mellow concave topside and convenient kick tail, allowing you to easily maneuver with precision and accuracy while cruising the pavement or sidewalk. Given Globe is a company priding itself in lasting quality and simple maintenance, all of its boards utilize stainless steel hardware, durable urethane risers, and precise bearing spacers. The latter feature is even made of the same shock-absorbent material as the wheels, extending the lifetime of your longboard while maintaining a tight build. And like the iconic surf spot from which it takes its name, it’s the kind of natural beauty you keep coming back to.Barfoot Death Stik — $170Having been inducted into Transworld Snowboarding‘s Hall of Fame more than two decades ago, Chuck Barfoot is a man with some experience. As expected, the California-based Barfoot showcases the veteran skateboard maker’s vision for quality and revolutionary design. Maintaining a concave frame and a wide kick tail similar to the aforementioned Maki Drifter for firming planting your back foot, the 44-inch Death Stik is one of Barfoot’s most unique offerings. It’s constructed of a simple Maple ply measuring 9.5 inches at its widest point, but it’s also endowed with a extra narrow nose aimed to lighten the longboard’s respective swing weight when transitioning and cruising about. The clear traction grip additionally ensures the longboard’s trademark skull is always visible, and despite the varying color choices, the 71mm black wheels perfectly compliment the board’s borderline-goth demeanor (for better or worse).GoldCoast Classic Pintail Longboard — $175It’s not surprising GoldCoast remains a staple among longboard manufacturers. The company’s timeless pintail longboard is one of the most heralded in the field, featuring a slight concave deck designed for effortless carving and a bi-axial bamboo laminate crafted for increased durability. The precision-cut, 44-inch decks are made of renewable North American bamboo and maple, and a complete setup comes equipped with GoldCoast’s 70mm wheels for smooth navigation. The most robust portion of the boards run 10 inches in width and the board features cut-in wheel wells in case you want exchange the stock options for bigger offerings. The sleek longboards are also impeccably clean, lined only with with the company’s trademark graphic on the underside. GoldCoast product developer Brock Harris knows his stuff having started Binary Skateboards — and it continually shows throughout the company’s pintail boards. Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenturelast_img read more

$1.45 Billion for Housing Project in Two Parishes

first_imgJust over $1.45 billion has been allocated in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure to continue work on the Jamaica Economical Housing Project, being implemented by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing. Under the project, work is slated to be undertaken on some 764 service lots, in phase three of the Belle Air development in St. Ann. The project, which commenced in November 2010, aims to upgrade water, sewerage and road infrastructure in rural communities located in the parishes of St. Ann and St. Elizabeth; and to provide affordable housing solutions in both parishes, primarily targeting tourism industry employees in St. Ann. Originally scheduled to be completed in December 2013, the project has been extended to January 2015. Achievements up to the end of February 2013 include the completion of work on sewerage and housing infrastructures in St. Ann. Funding is being provided by the China Export/Import Bank. Contact: Douglas Mcintoshlast_img read more

Emergency Preparedness Everyones Responsibility

first_img Nova Scotians should also keep an emergency kit in vehicles. Information on home and vehicle emergency kits is available on the Emergency Management Office’s website, www.gov.ns.ca/emo or by phoning 1-866-424-5620. Marking Emergency Preparedness Week, the Emergency Management Office will have a public information display Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9 at Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth. Emergency preparedness guides, including the new “Are You Ready?” guide, designed for persons with disabilities and frail or older seniors, have been distributed to all 34 municipal emergency management co-ordinators in the province. The Weather Network will air a series of special reports during Emergency Preparedness Week, including interviews with Craig MacLaughlan, the CEO and deputy head of the Emergency Management Office. Emergency Preparedness Week was introduced in 1996. A comprehensive list of tools and resources is available at www.getprepared.ca . The Emergency Management Office is responsible for ensuring prompt, co-ordinated responses to emergencies. Its head office is in Dartmouth, with regional offices in Sydney, Truro, Kentville and Lunenburg. Being prepared for an emergency isn’t only the duty of government and first responders, such as police, paramedics and firefighters. It’s also a personal responsibility. That is why the Emergency Management Office is encouraging all Nova Scotians to consider their readiness during Emergency Preparedness Week, which runs May 4 to 10. “Being properly prepared for an emergency begins at home,” said David Morse, acting Minister of Emergency Management. “It begins with parents talking to their children, and with individuals taking the time to know the risks in their community, plan their response to a potential crisis and assemble a kit of basic supplies to have on hand.” In recent years, Nova Scotia has endured a hurricane, floods, forest fires, blizzards and ice storms. It is important for Nova Scotians to be prepared in the event of a natural or manmade disaster, which could cut them off from supplies or leave them without electricity for days. The national theme of Emergency Preparedness Week — “72 Hours … Is Your Family Prepared?” — speaks to that point. Families are urged to have a kit of basic supplies on hand that will allow them to get by on their own during the first 72 hours of a disaster, while first responders help those most in need of assistance. A home emergency kit should be easy to carry in the event of an evacuation. It should include: Water: Two litres of water per person per day. (Include small bottles for ease of transport) Food: Items that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods. (Remember to replace the food and water once a year) Manual can opener Flashlight and batteries (and extra batteries) Battery–powered or wind–up radio First aid kit Special needs items: Prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities Extra keys for cars and houses Cash: Include smaller bills and change for payphoneslast_img read more

2 teenage boys critical after being shot in WBs Purulia

first_imgKolkata: Two school students are battling for their lives after being shot at by miscreants in Parbelia town of West Bengal’s Purulia district, police said on Tuesday. The two boys – both aged around 15 – were sitting and chatting on the banks of river Damodar on Monday evening when two bike-borne miscreants fired at them and fled, an officer of Neturia police station told IANS. “Both are critically injured. One of the boys was hit on the lower abdomen, while the other sustained injury on the waist,” said the officer. They are now being treated at a private hospital. The motive for the attack is not yet clear.last_img read more

Quebec man is dead after falling into manure pit on agricultural land

first_imgMONTREAL – A 39-year-old man died Monday after falling into a manure pit on agricultural land in Sainte-Helene-de-Bagot, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal.Firefighters and first responders extracted the man from the pit, but their resuscitation efforts failed.Stephan Scalabrini, spokesman with the ambulance company that arrived on the scene, said the 39-year-old could have been overcome by a health issue or was intoxicated.“The odours (from the pit) are very strong,” he said. “Gas is released from there, asphyxiant gasses too, it’s a possibility the coroner will evaluate.”Quebec’s workplace safety board has also opened an investigation into the man’s death.last_img read more

Police release photos of suspected truck in Aboriginal mans hitandrun death

first_imgFREDERICTON – Police have released pictures of a GMC pick-up truck suspected to have been involved in a hit-and-run death that has left a New Brunswick First Nation grieving and seeking justice.RCMP Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh says the investigation continues into a hit-and-run in Saint-Charles that took the life of 22-year-old Brady Francis of the Elsipogtog reserve.Francis was struck and killed around 9:30 p.m. after he left a party on Feb. 24. RCMP have said they found a GMC truck logo at the scene.“We are asking people to look closely at the pictures we’ve released in the event they may have seen the vehicle that day and can provide us with information on the vehicle and who was in it,” Rogers-Marsh said Tuesday.Many Elsipogtog residents are calling for criminal charges in the case, and have alluded to Aboriginal anger at the jury acquittals in the killings of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine on the Prairies.Social media posts were circulating following the incident with pictures of Boushie, Fontaine and Francis side by side, and many were tweeting #justiceforbrady, echoing hashtags used after the recent Prairie verdicts.About 40 community residents went to the alleged truck driver’s house on the morning after the incident, but Francis’s grandfather urged the crowd to disperse.The pickup truck was seized by police on Feb. 25 and later returned to the owner.“The truck is a grey 2003 GMC Sierra 4 X 4 pick-up truck, and it would have been travelling on the local roads around Richibucto on Saturday, February 24 between noon and 10 p.m.,” Rogers-Marsh said Tuesday.“We’re looking for basically a timeline of where the vehicle was prior to the incident and if anyone saw the vehicle around the Saint-Ignace, Saint-Charles and Saint-Louis-de-Kent area prior to the incident.”The truck has a camouflaged coloured wind deflector on the hood, camouflaged window deflectors over the driver and passenger side windows, a “Browning” decal over the front windshield, several camouflaged decals on the tailgate and there are also decals on the rear window.Rogers-Marsh said police are working through their investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.last_img read more

Water flowing again on Neskantaga First Nation but chief awaiting allclear

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsOfficials in Neskantaga First Nation say their water issue appears to be fixed.Last week, more than 200 members of the Ontario community were sent to Thunder Bay after a broken water pump affected water pressure in homes.However, the chief is waiting to get an all-clear the water is safe for drinking before bringing people back home.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img

Irony of immigrants

first_imgI learned about the New Zealand shooting massacre on Friday morning while listening to the news on the radio. The reporter was speaking to local Muslims about their reaction and the voices were distinctly South Asian. A newspaper report on Saturday morning says that nine Indians are among those missing after the attack, including men from Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. After the shooting report, the commentary (this is BBC’s Radio 4, which I listen to every morning) turned to another story. The first piano ever to come to Australia had been located and sent to England for repairs. Why England? Because that is where it was made. Also Read – A special kind of bondIt came to Australia in January 1788 with 11 ships that are known as the First Fleet. These were the original vessels from Portsmouth in England, that brought over a thousand Europeans to Australia, beginning its colonisation. This is not that long ago: it is after the last Battle of Panipat between the Marathas and the Afghans, long after the fall of the Mughal empire. The British first came to Surat in 1608 and so Australia and New Zealand are very new in the colonisation process. Also Read – Insider threat managementThis is of interest because of the beliefs that the shooter in New Zealand has about immigration and foreigners. In a note he wrote before the massacre, he says his motive for murdering people is to “directly reduce immigration rates to European lands.” He considers New Zealand and Australia (where he was born) to be European lands, though Europeans are themselves, immigrants. The colonisation of Australia and New Zealand brought great misery to its original inhabitants, called the aborigines (with whom we Indians have genes in common). Aboriginal means something existing from the earlier times, just like we refer to India’s most ancient inhabitants as Adivasis. The aboriginal population was destroyed by the European colonists, who brought ruthlessness in taking over the land and they brought disease. The takeover came with its own names. Victoria, New South Wales, Wellington, Auckland, Queensland are names we are familiar with today. They are ones that the colonisers imposed on the land they occupied against the will of the aborigines. New Zealand was annexed in 1840 by the British from the local Maori population. The Europeans inflicted severe cruelty on the aborigines even after they conquered their land. Under acts of their parliament, they began officially separating aboriginal children from their parents. This is known today as the Stolen Generations. This policy continued into the 1960s. Even today the aboriginal people face discrimination, including in the criminal justice system. All of this is hidden under their cheerful and sporty demeanour which supposedly reflects the Aussie spirit (of course, these days we also know Aussie spirit through its cheats). What I have written above is common knowledge and every Australian and New Zealander will be familiar with it. European colonisation devastated populations on the other side of the world also and if today we are familiar with names like Canada, Virginia, Georgia, Washington, America, Bolivia and Argentina, it is because foreigners conquered these lands and imposed names on them. It is this European colonisation that around the world produced gun laws that allowed people, meaning White settlers, to keep firearms, ostensibly for their defence. The prime minister of New Zealand said after the massacre that she would change the country’s gun laws. This will, of course, help prevent future violence. It is astonishing that nations allow civilians to purchase and keep high powered rifles with large magazine capacities whose only purpose is war. America’s resistance to gun control has inflicted the greatest massacres on its population, including its children. All this is why it is so remarkable that the shooter Brenton Tarrant should feel that it is only others who are immigrants and imposing on his culture. It may interest readers to know that the word Tarrant, which is of British origin, shares the same root as the word ‘trespasser’, meaning someone who enters without permission, which in Hindi is called ‘ghuspethiya’. Tarrant says that he does not hate people if they live in their own country, but he had a problem with “invaders who colonise other people’s lands.” However, he also wrote that “the origins of my language are European, my culture is European, my political beliefs are European, my philosophical beliefs are European, my identity is European and, most importantly, my blood is European.” Perhaps he should have moved to Europe if he felt so strongly, instead of taking out the problems of his identity crisis on innocent people. But we should ask ourselves why the descendants of violent conquerors and colonisers still claim victimhood. It is not natural. The fact is that this sentiment, against immigrants and particularly against Muslims, is produced by the climate of hatred and bigotry that we see all around us. It is produced by the politics of division and spread by a reckless media around the world including in India, unfortunately. (The author is head of Amnesty International India’s operations. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

STEAMED TINGMO HOTDOG

first_imgIngredients All Purpose Flour 1½ cup Sugar 2 tsp Water ¾ cup Yeast 2 tsp Refined Oil 1 tbsp Baking Soda ½ tsp Salt to taste Chicken Sausage 1 Bacon (crispy) 2 strips Mustard Mayo as required Hoisin Sauce 1 tbsp Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAShredded Lettuce & Red Cabbage handful Preparation In a bowl, mix all purpose flour, sugar, water, yeast, refined oil, baking soda and salt. Mix well and knead dough. Let the dough rest for 1 hour. Once the dough rises after 1 hour, make small balls out of it. Now, roll them into long ropes, like hotdog bread. Let them rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the steamer. Once the steamer is ready, steam the tingmo. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, take a pan and make the bacon crispy and in the same fat from bacon, sear the sausage. Once the tingmo is done, assemble the hot dog along with sausage, lettuce, red cabbage, hoisin sauce, mustard mayo and crispy bacon. (Courtesy: Pawan Bisht, Corporate and R&D Executive, Mango Kitchen and Bar, Delhi)last_img read more

VAT Amendment Bill presented to Parliament

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Amendment Bill was presented to Parliament today.The Amendment Bill was presented to Parliament by Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella. The joint opposition however objected to the presentation of the Bill saying the proper process had not been followed.The opposition also said that the amendments could have been included in the budget for 2017. (Colombo Gazette)

NorthSouth leaders to meet at UN to set globalization talks on path

The meeting, on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate to be attended by some 100 Heads of State or government, comes just a year after the collapse of World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in Cancun, Mexico, where African nations walked in protest at the refusal of developed countries to open up their agricultural markets by eliminating subsidies and other barriers. Monday’s meeting will be hosted by Presidents Tarja Halonen of Finland and Benjamin William Mkapa of Tanzania, who co-chaired the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, and will be moderated by the Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia. The event will seek to press upon the international community that, as poverty, social conflict and insecurity are rising worldwide, global efforts under the Millennium Declaration and Development Goals to address these issues by 2015 will fail unless new ways are found to create job opportunities and decent work for all through building a fair and inclusive globalization. The Declaration and Development Goals, adopted by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, seek to rehabilitate the world’s social fabric, from slashing extreme poverty and hunger to curbing infant mortality and major diseases to improving access to education and health care for all – all by 2015. Perspectives on the social dimension of globalization will be provided by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Presidents Jacques Chirac of France and Luiz Inàcio Lula da Silva of Brazil, and Foreign Minister Jean Ping of Gabon, President of the 59th session of the General Assembly. The meeting will urge the 191-member UN to begin discussions on the need for “A Fair Globalization: Implementing the United Nations Millennium Declaration” for the first time. The findings of the Halonen-Mkapa Commission highlight fair globalization as essential for global prosperity, peace and security and see a strengthened UN multilateral system as the instrument for bringing about the necessary reforms and ensuring coherence between international, economic, social and environmental policies. read more