What We Are Teaching (A Note to the Sales Leader)

first_imgSometimes we teach the sales force lessons that we didn’t intend them to learn.By not reviewing activity and outcomes, we teach the sales force that taking the activities and achieving the outcomes they need isn’t important. We teach them that they don’t have to prospect.By not reviewing their pipeline of opportunities, we teach them that it isn’t important to build a funnel that ensures that they meet their number. We teach them that it’s okay to produce sporadic results.By failing to review their opportunities, we teach the sales force that they don’t have to work on deal strategy. We teach them that it’s okay to wing it, come what may.By paying only lip service to the sales process, we teach the sales force that the sales process isn’t important. We teach them to believe the process is irrelevant and that they don’t need to worry about creating value at each stage.Giving the sales force one shiny object after the next teaches them to expect a magic bullet answer. It teaches the sales force to believe the tried and true, battle-tested methods are no longer worth their time. And it teaches them to look for easy answers to challenges that can only be overcome with a deep grounding in the fundamentals and first principles.By giving the sales force quick answers instead of coaching, we teach them to become dependents. We teach them that our time is too valuable to waste on helping them develop and grow.The Last WordPeople don’t learn by listening to the words you speak. They learn by watching your behavior. They learn from what you do, the actions you take, not your words. Make sure the lessons you are teaching the sales force are the lessons you want them to learn.QuestionsWhat are you teaching the sales force?What lessons might you be teaching unintentionally?What behaviors do you need to change so you can teach a more powerful and healthier lesson?Do your actions match what you value most as a sales leader?last_img read more

Bigger, Better Arctic Studies Needed, U.S. Report Argues

first_imgA new ocean. An unpredictable landscape changing faster than any other place on Earth. And remote, impenetrable places that are hard to reach and sit in darkness for months each year. Those are just some of the things awaiting researchers who will confront the challenge of studying the Arctic in the 21st century, concludes a report released yesterday. “The climate, biology, and society in the Arctic are changing in rapid, complex, and interactive ways, with effects throughout the region and, increasingly, the globe,” finds the report from the National Research Council (NRC) of the U.S. National Academies. “Understanding the Arctic system has never been more important.”The study, sponsored by several U.S. science agencies, aims to identify “the questions that in five or ten years’ time we will kick ourselves for not asking now,” the NRC expert panel writes.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(*)There’s no shortage of questions emerging as the Arctic melts. Sea ice is vanishing at an alarming rate. Warm water is entering the Arctic from the Atlantic Ocean, with the impacts still unclear. The Arctic Ocean is becoming fresher due to melting ice and changes in hydrology on land. As permafrost melts, some trees are growing faster, while others find their roots inundated with liquid water. “The cascading ecological impacts (e.g. on bears, caribou, small mammals and insects) are unknown,” the report notes.And the future Arctic will pose new intellectual challenges. About one-third of the Arctic Ocean is comprised of continental shelves, for instance, and researchers aren’t sure how shelf communities will evolve as ice melting increases. The region is getting stormier, which threatens settlements, aids ocean mixing that funnels nutrients to deeper waters, and could speed the breakup of sea ice. “We want to keep focus on the questions we’ve been asking, but [also] how we can be in position to detect the next thing,” said Stephanie Pfirman, an Arctic scientist at Barnard College in New York City, who co-chaired the report.Researchers also need to “look at what will be irretrievably lost as warming in the Arctic continues,” said report co-chair Henry Huntington, an Arctic scientist with the Pew Charitable Trusts in Eagle River, Alaska, on a conference call yesterday. For instance, researchers may have a limited time to survey coastal archaeological sites threatened by erosion, to sample melting ice sheets holding clues to past climates, and to document so-called thermokarst lakes, which are formed by meltwater from permafrost.Local languages are disappearing, too: The report calls for redoubled efforts to document and study indigenous cultures now, as groups that have depended on the frozen Arctic from Alaska to Scandinavia are adapting to a warmer climate or leaving altogether. A big focus should be on social science aimed at understanding the impacts on the region’s millions of inhabitants, the report says, plus the region’s outsized role in shipping, fishing, and natural resource production. “People are making decisions now. They’re not waiting for studies to come in 5 years from now,” Huntington says.Creating stable interdisciplinary partnerships and funding formal data centers will be key to carrying out such studies, the authors argue, and to “creating a culture of data preservation and sharing.” At the moment, a survey of 300 Arctic scientists revealed, many researchers who participate in international research collaborations “do so as a volunteer activity,” Pfirman said. “When they give up that activity, the whole collaboration tends to fall apart.” Researchers also “need to be engaging a broader set of people in collecting data in real time,” Huntington added.The report is silent on the total amount of funding required to study the changing Arctic, but it suggests a number of structural changes to funding mechanisms. The typical recipients of 3- to 5-year research grants are driven by the demands of publication, which cost them flexibility and can constrain them from collaborations with other scientists, it argues. An approach that could augment those grants would be multi-investigator projects with lots of collaborators studying portions of a system to encourage cross-pollination, the authors write. And while the wilds of the Arctic are calling, they argue that researchers need to do more big-picture collaborating and thinking back at their desks. “There is currently an imbalance, with most research initiated by individuals and small groups, and few resources devoted towards larger-scale synthetic thinking and study.” Studies that combine a variety of threads to make big conclusions “lack the allure of new field research,” the report concedes. But big conclusions are likely to come, it concludes, if researchers start asking new, more collaborative questions.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka trying to water down UNHRC resolution: HRW

first_imgColombo, Sep 24 (PTI) Sri Lanka should not be allowed to water down a UNHRC resolution on its alleged rights violations during its civil war with the LTTE, according to a prominent rights group which said that the current draft was “counterproductive” to the reconciliation efforts of the government. New York-based Human Rights Watch said Sri Lankas conduct of proposing amendment after amendment to water down United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on the report by the Human Rights High Commissioner was an attempt to try and strip away all references to implement the recommendations. The amendments affected by Sri Lankan tinkering include international participation in a justice mechanism and ending impunity. “Virtually no paragraph was left unscathed. The delegation even suggested deleting proposals to ensure victim and witness protection, to investigate attacks on human rights defenders and journalists and to address sexual violence and torture,” an HRW release said. Referring to the “trust us” plea by the Sri Lankan foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera, the HRW says “Sri Lanka is asking the world to accept its promise to being accountability as it sees fit.” But trust must be earned. Against decades long backdrop of politically motivated interferenceand inaction on justice issues, there is simply no basis whatever the sincerity of top officials to be confident of Sri Lankas ability to deliver justice without a significant international role, HRW asserts. The HRW statement followed the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Geneva statement that draft of the new resolution to be submitted by the US was not helping in adopting a collaborative approach to reaching consensus. Many paragraphs in the current draft are in fact counterproductive to the reconciliation efforts of the government, the release said. The UNHRC report as mandated by the resolution of 2014 suggested the setting up of a hybrid court with international judges, prosecutors and investigators. Sri Lanka is averse to the idea and insist on sticking to a local mechanism with international expertise. The report charged both the government troops and the LTTE of committing crimes against humanity between 2002 and 2011 in the islands civil war. PTI CORR AMS AKJ AMS KKadvertisementlast_img read more

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: Sardar Singh helps India to scratchy 2-1 win over Japan

first_imgAsian Games champions India came from a goal down to clinch an unimpressive 2-1 victory over hard-working Japan on the opening day of the 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh on Wednesday.Squandering a series of scoring chances created by defence-splitting crosses that sailed across the goalmouth, India managed to earn full points against the lowly-ranked rivals through goals from young drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh (24th minute) and captain Sardar Singh (32nd) after Kenji Kitazato (17th) gave Japan the lead.Earlier, Pakistan banked on two goals from Muhammad Arslan Qadir to open their campaign with a 3-1 victory over Canada in extremely humid conditions at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium.Qadir opened the account with a field goal in the 27th minute and converted a penalty corner a minute later to give Pakistan a two-goal lead. Canada then pulled one back through Richard Hildreth’s flash strike, but Muhammad Arshad capitalised on a 52nd-minute penalty corner to seal Pakistan’s victory.In their opening match later in the day, India struggled to find a leeway through the hard-working Japanese outfit, nine of whose 18-member squad at this tournament are making their international debut.After an early foray into the Japanese circle, the Indian strikers were not allowed break into the scoring zone by the rivals, who also managed to assert some pressure on the Indian defenders.SV Sunil’s deflection on a diagonal cross from Ramandeep Singh went over the cross-bar before Japan stunned the Indian defence in the 17th minute. Kitazato converted Japan’s first penalty corner by placing a fine flick to the left of Indian goalkeeper Harjot Singh.advertisementTaken aback by the reversal, the Indians began exerting some pressure and were rewarded with their first penalty corner that Harmanpreet converted through a drag-flick into the right corner in the 24th minute.Skipper Sardar then capitalised on a short diagonal pass from Jasjit Singh Kular on the right wing to beat Japanese goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa with a reverse shot that went into the far corner of the goal two minute into the second half.Indian strikers then had more than a couple of chances to deflect crosses into the Japanese goal, but were often caught on the wrong foot. India will next play reigning World Champions Australia on Thursday.last_img read more

POLL-MAMATA-PROFILE 2 LAST

first_imgPerfecting the art of the impossible, the maverick andPerfecting the art of the impossible, the maverick and emotional politician, first hogged the limelight by blocking Jayaprakash Narayan`s convoy by throwing herself on the ground when he came to Kolkata to organise the masses against Indira Gandhi before Emergency.Defeated in 1989, she was back in Lok Sabha in 1991 from Kolkata South and retained the seat in 1996, 1998,1999, 2004 and 2009. Banerjees first tryst with the corridors of power came in 1991 when she became became union minister of state for human resources development, youth affairs and sports and women and child development in the P V Narasimha Rao government.Later on after forming TMC, Banerjee aligned with the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government and became Railway Minister in 1999 and Union Minister for Coal and Mines in 2004.Banerjee resigned as Railway Minister and left NDA just ahead of the 2001 assembly polls in Bengal after the Tehelka scam and allied with Congress for the assembly elections but could not dethrone the Marxist party.In 2004 Lok Sabha election Banerjee was the only one from TMC to win.In 2006 asembly polls in Bengal her party managed to win just 30 seats in the 294-member assembly.But being a fighter, Banerjee refused to be cowed down and led the protest against farmland acquisitions in Singur and Nandigram which finally catapulted her to the seat of power in the state.A firebrand orator, she had coined a catchy slogan “Ma, Mati o Manush” (Mother, Land and People) before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and played on the anti-incumbency factor after more than three decades of Left rule and the creeping disillusionment among several sections, like Muslims, to decimate the Left in partnership with the Congress.advertisementKnown for her humble lifestyle, the seven-time MP successfully sold a vision of development, cashing in on the deep resentment among the middle classes and unemployed youths, promising jobs and development.Her nondescript residence–a tiled single-storey house in a dingy lane close to the Kalighat temple?and equally simple attire comprising cotton saris, jhola bags and cheap hawai chappals, endeared her to the masses.It has not been an easy journey though for Mamata who turned her call for `Parivartan` (change) into a reality with Congress, her ally then, throwing its full weight behind her.Her energy, charisma and political astutenes made Banerjee one of the few mass leaders in the country.PTI PNT SUN KK VMN VMNlast_img

India Today Conclave East: Live updates from Day 1

first_imgHighlight270: We will be back tomorrow morning with Day 2 of the maiden Conclave East.#Highlight269: And with that captivating act, we reach the end of Day 1 of India Today Conclave East 2017.#Highlight268: And now, the choir’s ode to the great Indian train journey.# Highlight267: Next up: An east-meets-west composition called Something New.#Highlight266: Now, the choir adds a jazz touch to the peppy Hindi classic: Baar Baar Dekho from Shammi Kapoor’s China Town.#Highlight265: Now, the choir performs a song that was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourites, and written by Rabindranath Tagore – Ekla Cholo Re.#Highlight265: Next up: Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin Todenge, a song the choir performed for ex-US President Barack Obama.#Highlight264: The choir performs ‘We come together to celebrate’, a Khasi song.#Highlight263: Will they perform Mozart? We’re not sure yet!# Highlight262: And the Shillong Chamber Choir is here to enthrall you and the audience#Highlight261: We played Mozart to the crowd, largely filled with rickshawallahs, and they were simply stunned: Neil# Highlight260: One of our most memorable performances was in Patna: Neil#Highlight259: For my choir, the main priority was character, and most importantly, humility: Neil#Highlight258: When I came back home from Europe, it looked like career-suicide for a while: Neil#Highlight257: Apparently, no PM or President has ever had the reception we got when we went back to Meghalaya after winning the reality show (laughs): Neil#Highlight256: I come from a region that doesn’t watch Bollywood movies; I grew up knowing only three Hindi film songs: Neil#advertisementHighlight255: Neil Nongkynrih is a Padma Shri winner who founded the reality show-winning Shillong Chamber Choir.#Highlight254: To bring an eventful Day 1 to an end, Siddharth Basu will moderate a session with Neil Nongkynrih, the founder and director of Shillong Chamber Choir.#Highlight253: The next session is – The Power of Music: Language Beyond Boundaries.#Highlight252: I can guarantee that Narendra Modi will become PM for the second time: Sushil Modi.# Highlight251: Even if petroleum products come under GST, their prices will not be affected: Sushil Modi.#Highlight250: The revenue generation after implementation of GST is on the rise, says Sushil Modi.#Highlight249: GST is gradually balancing and the problems related to it are being solved: Sushil Modi.#  Highlight248: Why did some of the Congress ministers support GST if it was Gabbar Singh Tax: Sushil Modi.#Highlight247: Eastern states should come together for their betterment: Sushil Modi.#Highlight246: There are very few politicians who have not worked with the BJP: Sushil Modi.#Highlight245: No thinking man can work with Lalu Prasad as he is unorganised and chaotic: Sushil Modi.#Highlight244: After liquor prohibition law, incidents of domestic violence and eve-teasing have decreased: Sushil Modi.#Highlight243: We are focused more on small agro-based industries: Sushil Modi.#Highlight242: Our strength is not industries so we have to depend on small scale establishments: Sushil Modi.#Highlight241: Land in Bihar is the biggest problem: Sushil Modi on lack on investments in the state.#Highlight240: Lalu Yadav and Congress have ruined Bihar. The NDA has to start from scratch: Sushil Modi.#Highlight239: We have to face natural calamities every year. This year we spent Rs 4,000 crore on flood relief: Sushil Modi.#Highlight238: When we were in power, Bihar was the fastest progressing state: Sushil Modi.#Highlight237: The real change happened in Bihar in 2005 after the NDA came to power: Sushil Modi#Highlight236: The next session is Bihar: A New Growth Story with Sushil Kumar Modi#Highlight235: India will be recognised for its science and research soon: DP Duari.#Highlight234: We are not being able to fix end users, this dialogue has to start soon: Sukalyan Chattopadhyay on research.# Highlight233: We have to normalise pay across the country for teachers. They are very important as they shape future generation: Anuradha Lohia.# Highlight232: Scientific temperament should begin from grassroots level: DP Duari#Highlight231: Building up a scientific temper is as important as nurturing innovative ideas: DP Duari#Highlight230: Birth of Indian science was associated with Bengal renaissance: Sukalyan Chattopadhyay.# Highlight229: I am proud that scientific research in India has been left to scientific bureaucrats: Anuradha Lohia.#Highlight228: The term scientific temper was coined by Jawaharlal Nehru: Anuradha Lohia .#Highlight227: The next session is – Scientific Spirit: Lessons from the East.#Highlight226: The security situation in the northeast is the best in recent years: Naveen Verma# Highlight225: The strategic importance of the northeastern region being understood more now: Subimal Bhattacharjee# Highlight224: To understand northeastern states, you have to understand two factors: Psychological disconnect and physical alienation, says Jarpum Gamlin.#advertisementHighlight223: The session features Shyamkanu Mahanta, an entrepreneur; Naveen Verma, the secretary of DoNER; Jarpum Gamlin; general secretary of Arunachal Pradesh BJP; and Subimal Bhattacharjee, a defence and cyber security analyst.#Highlight222: New session: Connecting Northeast: From nowhere land to centre of south east#Highlight221: Don’t confuse illegal migrants with refugees: Sambit Patra#Highlight120: The government which doesn’t think about the security of its own citizen is the most inhumane government: Sambit Patra# Highlight119: Supreme Court will strike Citizenship Bill down if it does become an Act: Sushmita Dev#Highlight118: On Roghingya, Sambit Patra says there are four important aspects: Legal, security, strategic and humanitarian.#Highlight117: New session: Sushmita Dev and Sambit Patra talk about refugees and India’s responsibility to be a good neighbour.#Highlight116: Pay structure in Kolkata for actors is not conducive, I hope things change in future: Paoli Dam#Highlight115: Choice of content is very important for films to attract people: Paoli Dam#Highlight114: Language is no longer a barrier for cinema: Paoli Dam#Highlight113: I was treated like a princess in Mumbai, have made many friends: Paoli Dam on her transition from Kolkata#Highlight112: Questions on intimate scenes are the worst thing for an actor: Paoli Dam#Highlight111: I feel blessed to be a part of cinema: Paoli Dam#Highlight110: The next session – Working in Two Worlds:  Local Stories, Global Screens with Paoli Dam begins#Highlight109: There is nothing like the northeast in India, was mesmerized by Arunachal Pradesh: Adil Hussain#Highlight108: India is the greatest example of diversity. But among Indians we are not crossing our own boundaries: Adil Hussain#Highlight107: Interestingly the ‘out’ is no longer Delhi, youths now want to establish themselves abroad: Mitra Phukan#Highlight106: During agitation days, young people moved out for better opportunities: Mitra Phukan#Highlight105: Cuisine from different north-eastern states is gradually breaking the barrier: Mitra Phukan on racism#Highlight104: Visibility on television and films give confidence to people from community: Chang on role models from northeast# Highlight103: We need to find way to evolve from this narrative of reverse racism: Adil Hussain#Highlight102: A dark actor will always get to play negative characters: Adil Hussain#Highlight101: Many parts of northeast have been isolated from each other for years: Mitra Phukan on ghettoisation#Highlight100: Other communities in India are exposed to different circumstances and have much more acceptance: Chang#Highlight99: We need good infrastructure and governance in northeast: Mitra Phukan#Highlight98: India needs to open up to the northeast through various channels: Adil Hussain.# Highlight97: Indian audience have accepted diversity: Adil Hussain on stereotyping.#Highlight96: There is a lot of angst in northeast due to the alienation from other states: Mitra Phukan.#Highlight95: People from different cities speak to me in their own language because of my pan-Indian face: Adil Hussain.#Highlight94: The best way to deal with racism is to respond with a smile: Chang.#Highlight93: Next session: What Me, Chinki? Battling Racism with a Smile – actor Adil Hussain, writer Mitra Phukan and singer Meiyang Chang will share their thoughts.#advertisementHighlight92: West Bengal’s quest for investments is beginning to yeild results: Sanjiv Goenka.#Highlight91: Make in India is an imperative for India: Sanjiv Puri.#Highlight90: The current environment is enabling and supportive: Sanjiv Puri.#Highlight89: Now on stage are Sanjiv Goenka and Sanjiv Puri to talk about business and making in India.#Highlight88: Conclave East will now break for lunch. Live coverage of the event will be back soon# Highlight87: Read the headlines… you will know then whether the Indian citizen feels safe right now or not: Tarun Gogoi#Highlight86: We are committed to our democratic, constitutional values and to inclusive growth: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi#Highlight85: Even the world recognises that reforms such as demonetisation and GST will help the Indian economy: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi#Highlight84: We will always work in the interest of the nation: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi#Highlight83: More focus needed on development of SCs/STs: Raghav Chandra#Highlight82: More than appeasement, we should talk about empowerment: Gaurav Gogoi#Highlight81: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Raghav Chandra and Gaurav Gogoi speak on The Minorities Report session#   Highlight80: The next session – The Minorities Report:  No Longer Marginal? – to begin shortly.#   Highlight79: Bengali women have a beautiful soul and that makes them beautiful: Rani on Bengali beauty.#  Highlight78: Rosogulla is the best thing about Kolkata: Rani.# Highlight77: I will be Rani Mukerji for the rest of my life: Rani on her name after marriage.# Highlight76: I want to work as long as I can: Rani on her Bollywood career.# Highlight75: We don’t talk about work at home, conversations are only about love and our daughter: Rani.# Highlight74: Actors are like beggars, we have to pick and choose from whatever is offered to us: Rani.# Highlight73: When I approach a role, it is not simply playing it but to make it believable: Rani.# Highlight72: Enjoyed working with Big B more in Bunty aur Babli: Rani.# Highlight71: As a society, we need to move towards love and disassociate with hate: Rani on Padmavati# Highlight70: The deaf, blind people on the sets of Black taught me a lot: Rani# Highlight69: Black is the film that changed me as a person and a performer: Rani#Highlight68: You can be a son or a daughter of anyone, what is important is the verdict of the audience: Rani#Highlight67: In our industry, we have to work under all conditions and wait for acceptance: Rani#Highlight66: Only merit and talent take you places: Rani on nepotism.#Highlight65: I had no interest in films and even told my family that I would make a fool out of myself if I took the plunge: Rani.#Highlight64: Being an actor does not require one to come from anywhere specific: Rani on influence of regional cinema in her career.#Highlight63: My name shows how much I love being a Bengali and the state: Rani.#Highlight62: The love I get from Kolkata is because of my mother: Rani.#Highlight61: The next session is – From Babli to Hichki : A Career in Cinema – with actor Rani Mukerji.#Highlight60: West Bengal will lead India, says Mamata as the session draws to an end.#Highlight59: Let me continue as commoner, I do not want to be VIP… I want to be LIP (Less Important Person): Mamata on PM aspirations.#Highlight58: United India is always strong: Mamata.#Highlight57: Will welcome Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight56: I love and respect Gujarat: Mamata.#Highlight55: West Bengal will never accept divide and rule politics: Mamata.#Highlight54: Without regional politics you cannot strengthen national politics: Mamata.#Highlight53: Do not need a secularism certificate from anybody: Mamata.#Highlight52: Have no personal agenda against PM Narendra Modi: Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight51: There is a super emergency on in the country right now: Mamata.#Highlight50: West Bengal is the cultural capital… of the world: Mamata.#Highlight49: The government of India has always given more importance to western states, not the eastern ones: Mamata.#Highlight48: The idea that Gujarat is progressing a lot and other states aren’t is wrong: Mamata.#Highlight47: West Bengal has progressed a lot in the last 5-6 years: Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight46: The session with Mamata Banerjee will be moderated by consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai.#Highlight45: Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie welcomes Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight44: The next session is –  Rising from the East:  An Alliance for India –  with CM Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight43: Actors should not be dragged into such controversies, I am really hurt: Prosenjit  on Padmavati.# Highlight42: I feel I should reach to a new audience everyday: Prosenjit # Highlight41: In India, we have a huge number of talented people but they are mostly overshadowed: Prosenjit # Highlight40: Music is very important for mainstream films and we have numerous musicians here: Prosenjit # Highlight39: Actor Prosenjit grooves to a popular song from his film at the India Today Conclave East 2017# Highlight38: Although content has changed, going to cinemas remains unaffected and it will continue to thrive: Prosenjit.# Highlight37: Professional theater has faded and cinema was a challenge for me: Prosenjit.#Highlight36: I write my characters in Bangla, but we use English mostly: Prosenjit.# Highlight35: I am trying to learn, understand and manage it in my own way: Prosenjit on social media.# Highlight34: When we do a character, we try to create magic: Prosenjit.# Highlight33: For us actors it is important to upgrade ourselves, says Prosenjit on social media.# Highlight32: The next session is with acclaimed actor Prosenjit Chatterjee – Actor at Work: New Medium, New Expressions.# Highlight31: I believe that one should do what they can do regardless of the outcome: Sourav Ganguly on politics.#Highlight30: Not right to compare, says Sourav on the Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar debate.# Highlight29: My first Ranji Trophy game got me Rs 400 in earnings: Sourav.#Highlight28: Would never do it again: Sourav on his famous shirt-less Lord’s pose.#Highlight27: In sports, it is never over until it is over: Sourav.#Highlight26: Dance for me is a hobby: Sourav’s wife Dona.#Highlight25: Not many captains in the world would go from not being captain to not even being in the side, says Sourav, recalling the Greg Chappell phase.# Highlight24: The Greg Chappell phase was a difficult one, but we knew he would make a comeback, says Sourav’s wife Dona.#Highlight23: What you see on the field, and what you see off the field are two different personas: Sourav#Highlight22: I am a laid-back person, but when I became captain of the Indian cricket team, I realised this team has to do different.# Highlight21: Sourav “controls” the home, but in a very nice way: Dona.# Highlight20: Sourav recalls the first time he saw Dona.# Highlight19: The next session is on ‘All in the family: Keeping it together’ with former cricketer Sourav Ganguly and wife Dona Ganguly.#Highlight18: Session – Music Divine: Dancing to a New Tune – ends with a spellbinding performance by all three guest speakers.#Highlight17: Sunita Bhuyan, Sanchita Bhattacharya and Bickram Ghosh captivate audience with their performance and insight on music and dance.#Highlight16: At India Today Conclave East 2017, violinist Sunita Bhuyan collaborates with musician Bickram Ghosh for the first time.#Highlight15: Communication for an artist or performer is vital for demystifying the myths surrounding music: Sunita Bhuyan.#Highlight14: There is a language to rhythm in our culture; it is onomatopoeic with a sound for every word: Bickram Ghosh.# Highlight13: Rhythm in everyday life is accent and modulation: Bickram Ghosh.# Highlight12: Value of classical dance is when people relate to it as something universal: Sanchita Bhattacharya.# Highlight11: Indian or western music, rock or jazz all start with seven notes: Sunita Bhuyan.# Highlight10: Dancing is communion with the higher soul: Sanchita Bhattacharya.#Highlight9: Musician Bickram Ghosh enthralls all with body drumming.# Highlight8: The first session – Music Divine: Dancing to a New Tune – with Bickram Ghosh, Sunita Bhuyan and Sanchita Bhattacharya begins.# Highlight7: We seek illumination, inspiration and intellectual stimulation in the two-day conclave here: Aroon Purie.# Highlight6: West Bengal’s relation with Bangladesh is setting new benchmark for bilateral ties: Aroon Purie.# Highlight5: Editor-in-chief Aroon Purie welcomes all to the first edition of India Today Conclave East.# Highlight4: India Today Conclave East will begin shortly.#Highlight3: The power-packed event will see chief ministers and top ministers, legends of cinema and icons from sports, all on one platform.#Highlight2: The event will be attended by leaders and stalwarts, including Mamata Banerjee, Sarbananda Sonowal, Sourav Ganguly, Rani Mukerji, Prosenjit Chatterjee and many more.#Highlight1: Welcome to India Today Conclave East. Live coverage of the event that will feature some of the biggest names in sports, cinema and politics on one stage will begin soon.#last_img read more

Penalty calls will make for ‘interesting’ World Cup – Southgate

first_imgEngland Penalty decisions will make for ‘interesting’ World Cup – Southgate Nicholas McGee 09:19 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Englandpenalty-Cropped Getty Images England Harry Kane Tunisia v England Tunisia World Cup England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their tournament opener but their boss was bemused by a number of contentious penalty decisions Gareth Southgate believes it will be an “interesting” World Cup if penalties akin to the one England conceded against Tunisia continue to be awarded.England claimed a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening Group G encounter in Volgograd on Monday, but looked set to have to settle for a draw after Harry Kane’s opener was cancelled out by a contentious spot-kick from Ferjani Sassi.Sassi converted from 12 yards after Kyle Walker was penalised for catching Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm, which the defender disagreed with after the match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move England then saw two penalty appeals waved away despite Kane appearing to be impeded in the box on each occasion and the presence of VAR, which could have allowed for review.The Three Lions seemed to be running out of ideas as they struggled to create chances in the second half, having wasted a plethora of opportunities in the first.However, Kane headed home the winner at the far post in the 91st minute to spare England’s blushes, though Southgate still expressed his bemusement at referee Wilmar Roldan’s decisions.”We recovered from a really harsh decision and kept our composure,” Southgate told a media conference. “Our set-plays were a threat all night, we worked on them and got just reward for that.”I think if it’s a penalty at one end it has to be a penalty at the other. Once the first one is given, it wasn’t going to be overturned [by VAR] because it wasn’t going to be a clear and obvious error. “If penalties are going to be given for that, it’s going to be an interesting tournament, I think there were similar offences at the other end of the pitch.”Meanwhile, Kane admitted the official’s decisions were not easy to deal with on the field, but was pleased the team pushed on despite their frustrations. “It’s part of the game,” Kane told reporters post-match. “We’ve seen in some of the other games that there have been a lot of penalties and a lot of what I would say are soft decisions.”We have to be aware of that and obviously we’ve had one go against us and probably another couple that didn’t go our way. But as players it’s difficult – all we can do is get on with the game and it’s down to the officials.”Hopefully when they watch it back they can get it right for the next game. I’m more proud of us that we kept going and fighting and sent a lot of fans home happy.”England are next in action against Panama on June 24.last_img read more

Ajax sign Dutch forward Promes

first_imgNetherlands international Quincy Promes has joined Ajax from Sevilla on a five-year contract for €15.7m (£14m/$17.9m), the Eredivisie champions have confirmed.The 27-year-old returns to his home country after a lone season in La Liga to play for the club whom he spent part of his youth playing days with as the Dutch outfit continue to shape their squad ahead of the new season.Promes found himself restricted for chances at Sevilla where he was primarilly played out wide as a winger as opposed to an outright attacker, and made just 15 league appearances on the back of his move from Spartak Moscow. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His move makes him the latest recruit to Erik ten Hag’s side, following in the footsteps of Standard Liege’s Razvan Marin and Defensa y Justicia’s Lisandro Martínez, as they look to build on a stellar 2018-19 campaign.The Dutch outfit reached the Champions League semi-finals in addition to completing the domestic double, though they ultimately fell short in defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.Their excellent season has seen several of their stars seek new pastures though, with Frenkie de Jong having left for Barcelona and Matthijs de Ligt expected to depart too.Promes reteams with Ten Hag, who he worked with at Go Ahead Eagles, and becomes the third most-expensive signing in the club’s history, after Miralem Sulejmani and Daley Blind.He featured earlier this year in his side’s Nations League campaign, scoring in their last-four defeat of England, though he was unable to help his country triumph over Portugal in the final.He has won both the Russian Premier League and Russian Super Cup, in 2017, with Spartak Moscow, and was a member of their unsuccessful 2017-18 Champions League campaign, when he netted a brace against future club Sevilla in the group stages.Promes will wear the number 11 shirt, the club has confirmed, which was previously last held in 2017-18 by Amin Younes.Meanwhile, Ajax have also confirmed the extension of the loan deal for Benfica goalkeeper Bruno Varela, who arrived in mid-season.The 24-year-old is yet to make an appearance for the club but provides additional cover for Andre Onana.last_img read more

Bowling becomes easier with MS Dhoni behind the stumps: Kuldeep Yadav

first_imgBowling becomes easier with MS Dhoni behind the stumps: Kuldeep YadavKuldeep Yadav spoke highly of former India skipper MS Dhoni, who uses his vast experience to constantly guide the spinners in limited-overs matches.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 23:05 IST MS Dhoni is constantly seen telling the spinners where to bowl in limited-overs cricket (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChahal and I feel very lucky to be playing with Mahi Bhai, Kuldeep saidKuldeep also picked England and Pakistan as the major threats for India at the ICC World CupKuldeep also praised Kohli’s captaincy for the way he supports the bowlers and youngsters in the teamIndia off-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has picked England and Pakistan as the other two teams to watch out for in the upcoming ICC World Cup.Apart from India, cricket experts have labelled hosts England as the favourites to win their maiden World Cup title this summer and Kuldeep is also wary of the threat that the home side will possess. Along with England, Kuldeep also thinks Pakistan will be a team to watch out for in the showpiece event.”We definitely have the chance to bring the World Cup home. Apart from us I think all the other teams are really strong. But I feel England has a strong batting lineup as compared to the other teams. They will be playing in home conditions.”I think Pakistan will also perform well in the World Cup looking at the way they have been performing. So I think England and Pakistan will be the ones to watch out for,” Kuldeep Yadav told Sports Tak.Team India will be going to the World Cup on the back of some tremendous performances in England and Australia which came mainly due to the outstanding show from the bowlers.India’s fast bowling lineup in particular, has performed really well over the last year and Kuldeep credited the improved fitness levels as the reason behind their performances in overseas conditions.”We have good fast bowlers in our team who did very well in Australia and before that in England as well. We have a very good combination of bowlers in the side now. We train together and back each other which is the biggest plus point,” Kuldeep Yadav said.advertisementKuldeep Yadav also spoke highly of former India skipper MS Dhoni, who uses his vast experience to full effect and constantly guides the spinners in limited-overs matches.”Since the time I have made my debut I have played with MS Dhoni. He always guides us bowlers whenever he feels the need to get his message across he does it. When the wicketkeeper supports you like that it becomes easier for the bowler.”A lot of times the bowler is not able to understand the situation but the wicketkeeper understands it better. Mahi bhai is just like that. He has so much experience. He tells gives us small details and even when he doesn’t, I make sure to ask him for guidance. Chahal and I feel very lucky to be playing with him. Bowling becomes easier with Mahi bhai behind the stumps,” Kuldeep Yadav said.Talking about Virat Kohli’s captaincy, Kuldeep praised the Delhi cricketer for the way he supports the bowlers and youngsters in the team.”Virat bhai always backs us. He understands our bowling styles be it spinners or fast bowlers. He is a very attacking captain. It feels good as a spinner because then we get to take wickets regularly. He supports not only me and Chahal but all the other youngsters in the team,” Kuldeep Yadav said.Also Read | He will close his eyes and defend: How Dhoni masterminded Boult dismissalAlso Read | MS Dhoni huge plus for Virat Kohli at the World Cup: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Best thing for Kohli is that he has Dhoni as wicketkeeper: Sunil GavaskarFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow MS DhoniFollow Team IndiaFollow ICC World CupFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

WWL, Baltimore Port to Work Together for Three More Decades

first_imgzoom Norwegian maritime industry group Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) and the Maryland Port Administration signed an agreement yesterday to continue their cooperation for another three decades.The agreement is expected to bring an increase in roll-on, roll-off cargo capacity at the US West Coast port of Baltimore, which already holds the record of 792,000 cars handled in 2014, more than any other US port, and a total of some 861,000 tons of roll-on, roll-off cargo in 2014.Starting in January 2016, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics expects to increase the frequency and capacity on the company’s service on the Atlantic Ocean, by offering a regular weekly service from key ports in Europe to the West Coast in the US.“Doubling the frequency and capacity for its Europe to U.S. West Coast service allows WWL to lead the market—by offering an unmatched frequency and reliability to effectively accommodate the growing needs of heavy equipment and breakbulk shippers and, in particular, demand by car manufacturers,” says Flavio Batista, EVP and Head of Commercial for EMEA at WWL.WWL said that it will deploy its 200 tonne capacity RoRo ships, and, once the new locks debut on the Panama Canal, it will introduce the Post-Panamax HERO class of vessels to the Americas trade markets.Under this agreement, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics will serve the port through 2045.The company and the port had an existing 20-year contract, which would have expired in 2021.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

In the news today July 4

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, July 4———‘NAIVE’ CANADA SHOULDN’T BELIEVE TRUMP: CHINAThe Chinese government is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being naive in assuming that President Donald Trump did him any favours by raising the case of two imprisoned Canadians with President Xi Jinping. Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, was talking Friday about Trudeau’s comment a day earlier in Toronto, where he said he was “confident” Trump raised the matter with Xi at the G20 summit in Japan this past weekend. In an Oval Office meeting last month with Trudeau, Trump said he would raise the plight of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in his planned meeting with Xi, as a favour to Canada.———CROSS-EXAMINATION RESUMES IN BOYLE ASSAULT CASECaitlan Coleman told an Ottawa courtroom today that she believes that if her husband Joshua Boyle had wanted her dead he would have already killed her. Coleman, 33, is under cross-examination at Boyle’s sexual-assault trial, which resumed this week after being suspended for several weeks while the courts determined whether the defence could question Coleman about her sexual history. The couple, now estranged, spent five years as hostages of Taliban-linked extremists in Afghanistan. They were captured in October 2012 during a backpacking trip to the country and freed in October 2017 by Pakistani forces. The couple had three children while in captivity.———CONCERNS FLAGGED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE RIGHT WHALESMeasures taken to protect North Atlantic right whales from being struck by ships and getting caught in fishing gear may not be doing enough to prevent more whales from being hurt or killed in Atlantic Canada, according to data contained in a new federal scientific review. Speed restrictions and fishing-zone closures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence have lowered risks that the endangered whales will be harmed, but dangers remain — especially in the waters outside protected zones, according to the national study. The review was done late last year by scientists who work in federal departments and universities across Canada, looking at data compiled by marine-mammal experts over the last three years. They wanted to get a better idea of how many whales congregate in Atlantic Canadian waters and why.———REPORT IDENTIFIES TOP CANADIAN CLIMATE RISKSNew research for the federal Treasury Board has concluded that buildings, coastlines and northern communities face the biggest risks from climate change in Canada. In a report released Thursday, the Council of Canadian Academies has narrowed down a myriad of threats posed by climate change into the most pressing dozen — a list co-author John Leggat hopes will wake people up to the urgent need to prepare for them. The council is comprised of Canada’s leading academics and researchers. The report, done at the Treasury Board’s request, was conducted by experts from industry, insurance firms, engineers, sociologists and economists. Climate change is such a broad issue that it can be difficult to figure out what to do first, Leggat said, adding that the report is an attempt to do that.———GROWING DISASTER RISK PUTS FOCUS ON INSURANCEThe Fort McMurray wildfire in May 2016 destroyed almost 2,600 homes and resulted in many tales of hardship but Rob de Pruis says one man’s “heart-breaking” story stands out for him. The director of consumer and industry relations, western, for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, was stationed in the northern Alberta community for a year after the fire forced the temporary evacuation of more than 80,000 people. At an event to help people with their insurance claims, a man who was nearing retirement age asked for advice, explaining his single-family home had burned to the ground.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Justice Minister David Lametti provides greetings at the Cambridge Lectures 2019 at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.— Sentencing for a former senior Nova Scotia Mountie convicted of stealing 10 kilograms of cocaine from an exhibit locker. Craig Robert Burnett — the one-time commander of an RCMP National Port Enforcement Team — stole the drug from the force’s Nova Scotia headquarters in 2010 or 2011, and replaced it with another substance.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the Sunfest opening ceremony and delivers brief remarks.— The United States Embassy in Ottawa hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration.— Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi speaks to Chamber of Commerce on the federal government’s vision for the future of Canada’s natural resources.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Junior oil firms cutting dividends output as prices remain embarrassingly low

first_imgCompanies in this article include: (TSX:CJ, TSX:GXO, TSX:BNE)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A pair of junior Calgary oil companies are cutting payouts to shareholders and reducing production because of current steep discounts on western Canadian oil prices.Both Cardinal Energy Ltd. and Granite Oil Corp. say they can’t afford to wait and see if production cuts imposed by the Alberta government starting Jan. 1 will work to drain a glut of oil and thus allow prices to recover.Cardinal shares fell by more than six per cent in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after it announced it would temporarily cut its monthly dividend from 3.5 cents to a penny per share in view of “embarrassingly low prices” in the fourth quarter.Granite stock fell by as much as 4.7 per cent after it announced it would suspend its monthly dividend of 2.3 cents per share.Cardinal said it has decided to cut what had been record production of 22,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 15 per cent (about 3,300 boe/d) to avoid net losses due to low prices.Granite, similarly, said it has stopped production of about 200 boe/d after posting third-quarter output of just under 2,000 boe/d.“Our lack of provincial and federal government leadership and failure to act in getting new export pipelines built is costing not only Alberta, but all Canadians significant revenue and future investment in our country,” said Cardinal in a news release.“Although we don’t think that the current pricing differentials between Canadian barrels and U.S. barrels will be permanent, we are obligated to our shareholders to protect our business and our balance sheet until Canadian prices improve.”Junior oil firm Bonterra Energy Corp. announced in late November it would cut its monthly dividend to a penny from 10 cents per share.Bonterra and several other Alberta oil companies have said they will delay announcing budgets and providing guidance for 2019 until January in anticipation of more visibility on where oil and gas prices are headed.last_img read more

Two K12 support staff agreements ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that the first two K-12 support staff agreements have been ratified by local unions, their districts and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association Board.According to the Government, these agreements have been ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.The Government says the agreements focus on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation and includes: A three-year term of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022General wage increases of two percent per yearSchool District 81 (Fort Nelson) and BCGEU Local 717, representing 56 members, negotiated a provision of monthly collaboration time to educational assistants and similar positions directly supporting students.The ratifications complete the process that was started by the September 2018 Provincial Framework Agreement.For more information on Public Sector Bargaining, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

Morocco Inezgane Women Acquitted of Gross Indecency Charges

Rabat – The two Moroccan women, who were facing charges of “gross indecency” after they were accused of wearing “immoral” clothes, were acquitted on Monday.The Inezgane Court of First Instance in the suburbs of the southern city of Agadir found Sanaa and Siham, hairdressers-aged 23 and 29, not guilty of committing an act of gross indecency.The two young women were surrounded last month by merchants in the open-air market of Inezgane who accused them of dressing in a disrespectable fashion. The incident sparked an outcry in the kingdom, with Human Rights activists and politicians holding sit-ins across the country in support of the two young women and to call on authorities to ensure that personal freedoms are respected.A petition in support of the two women dubbed “Wearing a dress is not a crime” has been launched to garner support for the two women on social media platforms. It had been signed by more than 14,000 supporters.The two women were facing charges under article 483 of the Moroccan Penal Code which states that anyone found guilty of committing an act of “public obscenity” can be jailed for between a month and two years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Morocco Arrests 6 ISIS Affiliates Planning Domestic Terrorist Attacks

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday six people on suspicion of belonging to the so-called Islamic State, better known as ISIS, in different cities across Morocco, including Casablanca, Tangier, Tetouan, Marrakech and Safi, the Ministry of Interior said in a communique on Wednesday.A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects had been promoting terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS in several countries, pledging that they would carry out similar ones in Morocco.The investigation has also revealed that some of the detainees had contact with ISIS fighter in Syria and Iraq and had been learning how to manufacture explosives to carry out terrorist attacks in vital and public areas of Morocco, the communiqué added. Following the arrest, the BCIJ confiscated electronic equipment, electrical cables, gloves and protective masks that used in the manufacture of explosives, knives, as well as documents authorizing the liquidation of people who are not affiliated with ISIS and the banner of the terrorist organization, said the communiqué.The suspects will appear in court as soon as the ongoing investigation of the public prosecutor ends. According to the communiqué, the dismantling of this cell is part of a larger effort being undertaken by Moroccan security services to counter growing terrorist threats.Over the past few years, Morocco has made many efforts to eradicate terrorism and thwart any potential serious threat exposed to destabilize the country.In February, Mohamed Moufakir, Wali and Director General of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Moroccan authorities have dismantled 168 terrorist cells since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Fifty of the dismantled cells had connections to foreign hotbeds of terrorism, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and the Sahel. read more

Meeting convened by UN environment agency to explore need for action on

A year after adopting a treaty to rid the world of hazardous chemical pollutants, government representatives gathered in Geneva today for the start of a meeting sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to consider the environmental and health effects of mercury.During the weeklong meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Assessment Working Group, 150 experts will explore options for addressing such effects, including reducing or eliminating the use of mercury in products and industrial processes, cutting mercury emissions and releases, improving international cooperation and sharing information.”We live now in the 21st century and there can no longer be any excuse for exposing people and the natural environment to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. “In the case of mercury – which has destroyed the lives of thousands of people – we need to make mercury poisoning a thing of the past.”The risks of mercury poisoning and of chemical pollution in general gained worldwide attention in the 1960s and ’70s when several thousand people living on the shores of Minamata Bay in Japan became ill or died after eating seafood contaminated with mercury from a nearby factory.According to UNEP, many governments have national regulations to control mercury emissions, reduce or eliminate the use of mercury in certain products, and protect workers. Several have succeeded in reducing emissions and uses of mercury by as much as 75 per cent over the past 10 to 20 years.The Working Group’s recommendations will be forwarded to the next UNEP Governing Council meeting in February. read more

A quick glimpse at common lingo used for mortgages

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Experts say learning common mortgage terms will help you choose which type is best for your goals.Here is a quick look at some key mortgage lingo:AMORTIZATION AND TERMAmortization is the life of your mortgage while the chunks of time in between is the term.The maximum amortization is 30 years for those putting in more than 20 per cent downpayment while it’s 25 years for those who put down less than 20 per cent. Remember that the longer you take to pay off the loan, the smaller the payment but the higher you’ll pay in accumulated interest.——FIXED AND VARIABLE INTEREST RATELenders offer fixed and variable interest rates. A variable rate can change during the term, depending on prime rate, while a fixed rate is set for the entire term.If you want the flexibility of putting in a lump sum payment, you may want to opt for an open mortgage. It has a higher interest rate and availability is limited compared to a closed mortgage, but it’s perfect for someone who’s expecting an inheritance or a big bonus.——FREQUENCY OF PAYMENTApart from the choice of term and amortization, the biggest impact you’ll have on your mortgage is deciding on the frequency of payment which varies from accelerated weekly to monthly.Accelerated weekly or biweekly payments allows you to make an equivalent of one extra payment per year, which helps you save on interest rate charges and pay off your mortgage faster. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2013 2:08 pm MDT A quick glimpse at common lingo used for mortgages read more

Olympic Committee warns consumers about trademark infringements

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian Olympic Committee is cautioning consumers about a marketing campaign it says infringes on Olympic trademarks.The organization said it considers a line of North Face products, advertised as its “International Collection”, uses Olympic-themed advertising without being a sponsor and is misleading Canadians who may think they are supporting the country’s Olympic program with their purchase.The North Face isn’t an official Olympic sponsor, supporter or licensee of the Canadian Olympic Team, the Committee said, adding it expects the company to “take immediate action to remedy the situation.”North Face, an outdoor and sports clothing retailer, said in an email Wednesday that the company has long supported Canadian freeskiing athletes, including Canadian Freeskiing athletes Mike Riddle and Yuki Tsubota.“We are not an official sponsor of the Canadian Olympic Committee or Team Canada and never indicated we were,” the company said, declining to comment further.Christopher Overholt, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said in a statement that the Committee “will vigorously defend its brand, including all its sponsors and licensees, against ambush marketing attempts to mislead Canadians.”“I’m concerned that Canadians have purchased the North Face apparel assuming that by doing so they are supporting the Canadian Olympic Team, when that is just not the case.”The Committee watches for instances of what it describes as ambush marketing, an advertising technique in which companies try to cash in on events like the Olympics without actually paying to be officially affiliated.“Olympics are the ‘creme de la creme’ of sponsorships and all other sponsorships are sort of below that,” said Monica LaBarge, a marketing professor at Queen’s University.“It’s certainly a huge deal and, unsurprisingly, the Olympic Committees take them pretty seriously because if you have sponsors who are paying millions and millions of dollars, then you have an obligation to protect that sponsorship.”While it’s hard to control what other marketers do, she added, organizers will become more vigilant as it draws closer to the games.Norm O’Reilly, a sports marketing expert with the University of Ottawa, said what companies seek when they pay to sponsor an athlete or event is exclusivity.While there are ways for non-affiliated companies to get around the advertising rules, the guidelines themselves have become stricter.“It’s much, much less and much, much more controlled than it used to be,” he said. “Where you see activity happening is in the social media world, where it’s not as certain what you have control of and where borders fall.”Ambush marketing is a tactic that can seem worth the risk to many companies, O’Reilly added, since long-term studies by the university have shown that about 40 per cent of people in developed countries will support organizations that they believe are supporting their Olympic team.“The COC is right in that misleading people will alter their purchase patterns in a way where they think they’re supporting Canadian athletes but they are not,” he said.Hudson’s Bay is the official outfitter of the Olympic team in Canada, while other sponsors include Canadian Tire, Sport Chek and Sports Experts, as well as Adidas. Olympic Committee warns consumers about trademark infringements by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 2:03 pm MDT read more

Womens basketball Buckeyes hot shooting torches Canisius 8956

OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell guards the ball in the Buckeyes 89-56 victory over Canisius on Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsBehind 51.5 percent shooting and a solid defensive effort, the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes downed the Canisius Golden Griffins 89-56 on Sunday afternoon.“I thought our effort, our attention-to-detail was better than it’s been,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “We’ve practiced better.”Both teams shot well out of the gate and the Golden Griffins took an 11-9 lead with 5:48 remaining in the first quarter. The No. 12 Buckeyes (8-3) would then outscore Canisius 22-7 the rest of the opening quarter, a stretch that included an 11-0 run and eight made field goals in a row. The teams played just about even in the second quarter, with the Buckeyes edging out Canisius 19-16 in the frame.OSU missed its first four shots of the second half, but a field goal from junior guard Kelsey Mitchell with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter started an 8-0 run for the Buckeyes. OSU would take a 69-44 run into the fourth quarter and would outscore the Golden Griffins 20-12 in the final frame to claim the 33-point victory.Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The Buckeyes buried 16-of-21 free throws, and despite converting on over half of its field goals, OSU was just 3 for 18 from three-point territory.“We have good shooters, but we didn’t shoot the ball very well today from the arc,” McGuff said. “That’s something that we’ve got to get in the gym and work on a little bit.”Canisius was led by 14 points from sophomore forward Sara Hinriksdottir. Senior guard Lauren D’Hont grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.Defensive improvementOSU put together one of its better defensive performances of the season on Sunday. Of the Buckeyes’ 21 forced turnovers, 15 were steals. Canisius shot well early from the three-point line – 7 of 16 in the first half – but they finished just 10 for 31 from beyond the arc and couldn’t get anything else going.“I thought our press today was as good as it’s been in a couple weeks,” McGuff said. “We really gave Canisius problems.”The Buckeyes didn’t allow the Golden Griffins to see the free-throw line at all and committed just eight team fouls. All nine Buckeyes who saw the floor had two personal fouls or less. McGuff praised his team for a solid defensive game, but acknowledged that there were still several hiccups.“We had 4, 5, 6, 7 possessions where we had really good possessions and then just didn’t finish them out,” McGuff said. “We were close to having a really good day defensively.”For the game, Canisius shot 34.8 percent (23-for-66).Bench pointsAnother Buckeye advantage came in bench points, where OSU outscored Canisius 40-6. The bench effort was led by freshman forward Tori McCoy, who scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. She was also 3 of 3 from the free throw line.Redshirt sophomore forward Makayla Waterman had one of her best games on the young season, adding nine points, nine rebounds and a team-high five assists. Freshman guards Kiara Lewis (10 points) and Jensen Caretti (four points) also contributed off the bench.“As we go through the year, depth is going to be a real strength of ours,” McGuff said. “Today, I thought we had some really good minutes off the bench.”OSU’s current depth has been well documented, but the Buckeyes are about to get even deeper. Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper is just days away from regaining eligibility and will be available to play in OSU’s next game against Alabama State on Friday.“She’ll bring a lot of defense, rebounds and points,” OSU junior guard Asia Doss said. “That means way more depth as far as our rotations and the pressing, I feel like, is going to be even more hectic.”Harper decided to transfer from the University of Kentucky last fall.Up nextOSU will finish off its current five-game home stand with a game against the Alabama State Hornets on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Schottenstein Center. read more