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Consistent Effort is the Key to Better Sales Results

first_imgOne of the primary reasons salespeople produce sporadic results is because their actions are equally sporadic. Their effort isn’t consistent enough to produce the results they want—or need. It’s zero effort for a long time, and then it’s time to play catch up. But that doesn’t work.You can’t go long periods without prospecting and then prospect like crazy. You can’t make up for lost time and cram to get results. Building a pipeline doesn’t lend itself to sporadic activity. To build your pipeline, you need consistent effort over a long period of time. Anything less gives you wavy results—it if it gives you anything at all.You build a pipeline through consistent prospecting.You can’t follow your sale process for a little while and then abandon doing what you know to be effective in hopes of succeeding by taking some easier actions. There are all kinds of occasions to fall out of your sales process, especially when what you are seeing means you have to get creative. But not following the sales process means poor results, longer sales cycles, and lost opportunities.You win sales opportunities by consistently following your sales process, by making it your standard operating procedure.Speaking of prospecting, nurturing is another area we can produce an inconsistent effort. If you only make a call every 90 days, you aren’t nurturing the relationships you need—you’re neglecting them.You only open the relationships with a frequent and consistent effort to create value.It’s easy to ask for the commitments you need when it feels like the answer will be in the affirmative, and it’s easy not to when you fear the answer will be no. By failing to ask for what you really need, you go without information that you need to create and win an opportunity. You also go without the access to stakeholders that you need. Then, you’re surprised to learn that you lost an opportunity for which you are perfect.By consistently asking for the commitments you need, you improve the likelihood of winning the opportunities you create.None of this is true for sales alone. It’s true in whatever your endeavor, for whatever result it is you hope to achieve. Consistency is the key. It’s the daily stacking up of your efforts, brick upon brick, which ultimately produces results.QuestionsWhat do you do most consistently? How are your results in that area of your life?What do you do only sporadically? How are your results different?What do you need to commit to doing more consistently to produce the results you want?What do you need to stop doing so consistently to produce the results you’re after? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Reimagining Democracy

first_imgThe spontaneous eruption of mass opposition to Pres. Donald Trump, the day after his inauguration, has brought the inherent contradictions of U.S. democracy into sharp relief. Trump was elected under U.S. election rules by prevailing in the electoral college, which games the system to the advantage of smaller states. But he lost the popular vote decisively — by close to 3 million votes.The popular uprising (by all accounts, the number of protestors in Washington, DC, alone was triple those who celebrated his inauguration a day earlier) stems from widespread fears of his misogynistic and autocratic streaks, as well as apprehensions that the Republican majority will steamroll minorities, opponents and dissenters.We will know in a few months whether the public misgivings over Pres. Trump are justified. The early signs are certainly unsettling. His inauguration speech demonstrated little grace and was a ringing call to arms for his most reactionary proposals. Within 24 hours of the inauguration, he was railing against the media over petty slights, such as the size of the inauguration crowd, and falsely alleging that millions of illegal voters had cost him the popular vote.Trump’s surprising victory and the rise of populism in the West is fraying the two contradictory strands fused in Western democracy — popular will on the one hand and individual rights on the other. At its core, democratic governance is responsive to the popular will. Absent its liberal strand —individual liberties — it can lend itself to, what Alexis de Tocqueville called, the tyranny of the majority.In the United States, the Bill of Rights, separation of powers in the Congressional, executive and judicial branches, free speech, etc., are all bulwarks against majority tyranny. Most Western countries, and to lesser degrees, new democracies, such as India, have embraced liberal democracy, constraining popular will by enshrining constitutional protections for civil and political liberties. The inherent contradictions between majority rule and individual rights exist in uneasy balance in the democratic enterprise, and always have for centuries.The rise of populism now — like the Alien & Sedition Acts in the 18th century and the Red Scare in the 20th century — is testing democracies and individual liberties are once again under siege wearing the time-honored mask of the evil “other,” this time of terrorism, Muslims and illegal aliens.Democracy is a deeply flawed enterprise. To begin with, there is the dubious process by which the popular will is constructed by appeals to passion, deception, manipulation, incumbency, manufacture of consent, money, gerrymandering of political districts, suppression of votes, etc. Besides, there is nothing inherently virtuous about majority will. As Winston Churchill famously said 70 years earlier, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”It is unquestionably preferable to alternatives such as monarchy and autocracy. But three centuries into the modern democratic enterprise, the comparative measures ought no longer to be the retrograde regimes of the Middle East or tin-pot dictatorships of Africa.The time has come to reimagine democracy, predicated on the first principles of individual rights and individual autonomy. Democracy was at best an imperfect instrument for its times, but it has outlived its shelf life, long before Trump stormed the White House barn.Political philosophers and activists should try to leverage the latest instruments of mobility, communication, networks, and globalization to envision a new and liberating political order that disrupts and erases national and parochial borders of both mind and territory that are driving the retrograde populists of the 21st century.170 years on from the publication of the last major revolutionary political tract, in the form of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, is surely long enough to reboot the human political imagination. Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Minister Assures Help to Stranded Workers in Kuwait

first_imgStranded Indian employees of a company in Kuwait who have not been paid wages for months were assured of help by Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. VK Singh on Jan.11. Singh visited the unpaid Indian workers of Kharafi National, and also met the Kuwait Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah.Singh assured the workers that the Indian government would pursue the matter. “We will try to see that you get at least part of the dues. However, we cannot pressurize them too much, or else they may not pay even that amount. However, we will pursue the matter legally for whatever salary dues you are supposed to get,” Singh told the workers, the Times of India reported.As many as 2,000 Indian workers are stranded in Kuwait as they have not received wages from the construction company, Kharafi National, where they have been working for over a year. The visas of many of them have also expired, making their stay illegal as they wait for the company to settle the issue.Singh assured workers that the penalties for overstaying in Kuwait, as their visas have expired, will be waived off and that they can now return to India. He also informed them that he met Kuwaiti ministers and received assurances from them that the concerns of the workers will be discussed in the Cabinet.“Two years ago, when I came here, I understood the problem was severe and took up the issue of workers. However, it has not been totally resolved and has grown serious. We are making the best of our efforts to help you all. In fact, we are more concerned about you, than you are about yourselves,” he said.Minister of State @Gen_VKSingh met Mr. Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kuwait and discussed Labour issues amongst other bilateral issues in Kuwait City. pic.twitter.com/NFaUNbIEgC— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) January 12, 2018Singh, during his meeting with the Indian workers, suggested that people from each state should list out their individual problems and submit it to the embassy. He introduced the newly appointed ambassador, Jeevasagar, to the workers.He also asked them to specify the details of the agents who sent them to Kuwait in an effort to check whether they have been authorized by the government.Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Jan. 10 also said that an illegal migrant would be brought back only after the concerned state government has lodged FIR against the agent. The cost would be recovered from the agent who sent the migrant abroad illegally.Meanwhile, Protector-General of Emigrants MC Luther said that a high-level delegation is going to visit Kuwait to look into the pending issues. The delegation will also try and resolve the situation being faced by the Indian employees of Kharafi National Company, the publication reported. Related ItemsEmploymentKuwaitlast_img read more

Rajput Community in UK to Protest Over Padmavati Release

first_imgMembers of the Rajput community in the United Kingdom have written to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), after it approved the release of the controversial Hindi film Padmavati without any cuts. The BBFC gave the film a 12A rating, which means that a child under the age of 12 cannot watch it unless accompanied by an adult.“‘Padmavati‘ (12A) moderate violence, injury detail,” the official website of the British censor board stated. “All known versions of this work passed uncut,” it said.Rajput Samaj, a group in the United Kingdom, said that it would protest against the BBFC’s certification without cuts.“We as Rajputs are very concerned about the Padmavati situation,” Mahendra Singh Jadeja, the president of the Rajput Samaj of the United Kingdom, was quoted as saying by CNN-News18. “We have written to the BBFC…. We also have plans to campaign and protest to ensure that this film is not released in the UK.”“We are asking for legal opinion and want to remain within the law. This is not the first time that he (Bhansali) is distorting the history. This time we are sure that the entire story is being distorted. We want to make sure that the people are made aware of the real story and not the creative story which is being shown to the public just to make money,” Jadeja said.The BBFC has refused to comment on the matter.The release of the movie, however, has been deferred until India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) approves it, an official of Viacom 18, the makers of Padmavati, was cited as saying by PTI. “The film was cleared by the UK censor board without any cuts. But we are waiting for censor clearance in India. Till then we will not release the film anywhere,” the report quoted the official as saying.Meanwhile, the Shree Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) declared on Nov. 23 that it would protest the release in the United Kingdom, and if necessary, members of the organization would go to the European country for the purpose. They also said that it would mobilize the Rajput and Hindu organizations in the United Kingdom to stop the film’s release.SRKS patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi said that he wrote to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, requesting her to use “India’s good diplomatic ties with England” in this matter.“The Indian government cannot pass orders to the British government, but to maintain good relations with India, I hope the British government will honor the sentiments of the people,” he said.Despite appeals and assurances from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali that the film, which revolves around the story of a Rajput queen and a Muslim ruler in the 13th century, does not include scenes where Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji are shown together, the protesters have continued to demand a ban on the film.The movie stars Deepika Padukone as Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji. Both Padukone and Bhansali have faced condemnation from members of the Rajput community, including death threats, over the film. Related ItemsDeepika PadukonePadmavatiUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Kapoor’s Orbit

first_imgA $29 million, 380-feet spiraling sculpture, taller than even the Statue of Liberty, designed by Indian British artist Anish Kapoor has been selected to mark London’s 2012 Olympic Games. Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal’s steel company ArcelorMittal will finance almost 70 percent of the cost of the sculpture, named ArcelorMittal Orbit, beside the Olympic Park.  Related Itemslast_img

88 Injured Yemeni Nationals Arrive in India for Medical Treatment

first_imgIndia has extended help to Yemeni nationals who have been injured during the ongoing Houthi insurgency in the country. A total of 88 injured Yemenis landed in New Delhi on Nov. 19 for medical treatment, under a program launched by the United Arab Emirates-based Emirates Red Crescent organization.The injured victims, who will undergo treatment at Fortis Hospital, were brought in by a UAE Air Force C-17 military transport plane fitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment and carrying doctors, the Khaleej Times reported. Two of the patients require hospitalization in the intensive care unit.This is not the first time India has offered to treat Yemenis who have suffered in the prolonged strife. In June this year, a group of 90 Yemenis arrived in the country to seek medical treatment. While some of them were admitted to the Rockland Hospital in Vasant Kunj, many others received medical aid at Manesar in Gurgaon.Yemeni nationals have been seeking treatment at Fortis Hospitals since 2015. “Yemeni nationals have been coming to Fortis Hospitals in the last two years. Over 20 of them have sought treatment in the past two years,” an Outook report quoted as saying in June this year.The patients come to India under a program sponsored by the ERC, a humanitarian organization based in the UAE. The entire cost of transporting the war casualties and their treatment is borne by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation. ERC bears the cost of medical escorts who travel with the injured.Between April and June 2017, 99 patients were brought to the VPS Rockland Hospital at Manesar. The injured were brought in a batch of two, while the first batch has 50 patients who were flown in on April 15, the next batch was flown in on June 23 and comprised 49 patients. Another set of 65 patients was brought in later, after the first batch was treated and sent home.Overcoming  ChallengesOne of the biggest challenges faced by the doctors at Rockland has been the language. In April this year, VPS Rockland Hospital had to hire 40 interpreters who knew Arabic. But that was the least of the doctors’ problems as the real challenges lay in the ravages that the war had caused. Post-traumatic stress disorder was one of the toughest challenges that presented itself. Being miles away from their homeland made the patients look at everyone with an eye of suspicion, the Indian Express reported at the time.Hospitals also have to alter a lot of their standard procedures for them, preparation of food being one of the areas of concern. The cooks have mastered the art of making the traditional Yemeni soup, Marak Temani. The patients are also served kuboos, a kind of flat bread, the report added.Strife-torn YemenThe number of people killed since March 2017 is more than 4,773 while another 8,272 people have been injured since the air strikes ensued, according to the United Nations. Over 15.2 million Yemenis are struggling to access even the most basic healthcare amenities, and that is half the population of Yemen, the BBC had reported earlier.It is not just the civilians who are admitted to hospitals in the National Capital Region of India, and many injured army personnel, drivers and teachers have also been brought for treatment. Related ItemsEmirates Red CrescentMedical tourismyemenlast_img read more

Indian Americans Have Lowest Rate of Sudden Infant Deaths: Study

first_imgThe rate of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is far less among the Indian American community, compared to that recorded for other groups in New Jersey, according to a recent study by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.Though Indian Americans have the highest incidence of sleeping with their babies among all ethnic groups in New Jersey, they experience the lowest rate of SUID, the study found. The American Academy of Pediatrics considers bed-sharing to be a high risk factor in SUID, contributing to sudden infant death syndrome, accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed, and ill-defined and unknown causes in children under one year old.However, researchers who conducted the recent Rutgers study found paradoxical results, which they have attributed to some compensatory factors in the behavior of Indian American parents or the practices in these families, which negate the risk associated with bed sharing.These behaviors include less consumption of alcohol or cigarettes by Indian Americans as compared to other groups. “Conditions that substantially increase the risk of SUID while bed-sharing include smoking, alcohol use and maternal fatigue. Indian-Americans smoke and use alcohol less than other populations,” lead author Barbara Ostfeld said in a statement. “In addition, grandparents tend to be very active in childcare, which reduces maternal fatigue. Apart from bed-sharing, poverty also increases the risk of SUID, and Indian Americans have higher incomes.”There is strong clinical information on the risks associated with bed-sharing, Ostfeld, a professor of pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, said. The study was conducted to better understand the demographic breakdown related to SUID, which has not been researched to a great extent so far. Ostfeld added that the researchers intended to better understand the risk factors for SUID in all groups and create culturally sensitive health messaging. The study, published in the journal, New Jersey Pediatrics, looked at the mortality rates of 83,000 New Jersey-born infants of Asian-Indian heritage over a 15-year period and safe sleep practices in a sampling of this population. Results showed that 97 percent of the surveyed American-born mothers of Asian-Indian heritage reported using a crib, compared to 69 percent of those who were foreign-born.Although infants of the foreign-born mothers of Asian-Indian heritage now residing in the United States had a higher SUID rate compared to infants of U.S.-born mothers of Asian-Indian heritage, for whom no SUID was recorded, the rate was still lower than that in other populations.From 2000 to 2015, infants of foreign-born mothers of Asian-Indian heritage had a SUID rate of 0.14 deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to 0.4 in white, 0.5 in Hispanic and 1.6 in black populations, the study found.“Our study shows that improved compliance with American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on supine sleep and avoiding bed-sharing is associated with a lower rate of SUID even in already low-risk groups,” said Ostfeld. Related Itemsculturefamilylast_img read more

Delhi Through Loving Eyes

first_imgMichael Creighton’s book, titled New Delhi Love Songs, is a testament to his love for the street life of India’s capital city. His poems celebrate the common man – rickshaw-pullers, jasmine-sellers, coconut-sellers – on the streets. They describe the daily happenings, dreams and struggles of the different people living in this “extraordinary, segregated city.”Creighton, who has been living in India with his wife and children since 2005, focuses on the ordinary instead of the extraordinary. In Divinations, he describes the beauty of the Jantar Mantar (the only monument to feature in his poems) but his focus soon shifts to a coconut-seller, who “sits on a wool blanket laid over brown grass and dust” just outside the premises.Creighton, who hails from Portland, Oregon, in the United States, is a teacher at the American Embassy School in New Delhi. He spoke to Little India about his love for the city, his book, what inspires him to write poetry and more:How did you decide to settle down in Delhi?That’s an easy question to answer in a boring way: I got a good job here at the American Embassy School (AES) as a fifth grade teacher; my partner was happy here; and together, we’ve met many interesting people and have seen many interesting things here.To answer the question in a more interesting way took me a dozen years and book of poems.What is it about Delhi that you love the most?Delhi is the city where my partner was born, and where my children spent most of their childhoods. I’m a natural critic, so I’ve never seen it through rose-colored glasses; Delhi has many problems. But I’ve always tried to look at it through loving eyes, because every place and all people deserve that kind of gaze.One of your poems, To Bhagwan Kumar on the Occasion of His Daughter’s Wedding, talks about what usually happens at a marriage function. What do you think Bhagwan went through at the time?Like fathers everywhere, I suspect he felt love, pride, and a healthy dose of relief at his daughter’s wedding. But not being inside his head, I can’t be sure — and maybe that’s the way he’d want to it to be.Do you think Bhagwan Kumar was sad to see his daughter leave for a new home, which is why there was no sign of a smile on his face? Surely, he might have felt that way — I just went to a wedding in a village in Uttar Pradesh in November, and I think I saw the sadness, the worry, that you are talking about when a daughter leaves home. The great thing about a poem — as opposed to an essay, or even a novel — is that poetry doesn’t need to answer all the questions or tie up all the loose ends; in fact, for me, a successful poem often leaves me wondering. Those are often the poems I come back to again and again.Your poem Escaping Chirag Dilli describes how five boys try to maneuver a cycle-rickshaw on the busy streets of Delhi. What was it about them that caught your eye?In spite of the fact that so many kinds of people come to this city from so many kinds of places and end up living so close together, in many ways Delhi is an extraordinarily segregated city. People of different classes rarely talk to each other except to bargain over goods and services. In fact, I’d go a step further: we often fail to even see each other. I wonder if this is because to recognize our working class neighbors as fellow humans would obligate us to treat them as human — with rights to things like clean water, good schools, and respect. It would require us to recognize our collective failure to ensure these things.There is nothing out of the ordinary happening in this poem — this kind of thing happens every day all over the city, because all over the city, all kinds of people struggle, live and dream, just like people everywhere do. But too often we miss this, because we look away — I’m no different, I fail to do this every day. Among other things, for me, poetry is the struggle to see and to touch, to reach across the things that divide all of us from each other, if only for a moment.What led to the birth of The Community Library Project? What do you strive to achieve through it?Michael Creighton at a community library he runs in New DelhiThe Community Library Project (TCLP) began as a small, after-school reading club in the Ramditti JR Narang Deepalaya School, way back in 2008. Since then, we have grown a great deal. We now serve hundreds of members every week. We do what good libraries do everywhere: we read aloud to young members and we provide access to books and special programs that are relevant and interesting to our members.In the past three years, we’ve helped start several libraries in Delhi. Currently, we run one library in collaboration with the Deepalaya and one in collaboration with the NGO Agrasar.  TCLP has two main ambitions. First, we strive to run excellent community libraries that encourage reading and thinking among our members. And second, we want our libraries to stand as a provocation to the rest of the city: we have proved that low-cost libraries can and do work, and now we ask, why are there so few of them, even in the nation’s capital?What is it about Delhi that you dislike the most after having lived here for so many years?It’s a long way from my family and friends back in Oregon. And though Delhi’s air pollution makes for some interesting images, I think we’d all prefer a little more clean air and blue sky.What are the similarities and differences between Delhi and Portland?Well, in terms of similarities, both are cities that I call home, so for me, at least, they are both places I feel a special kind of intimacy with. In terms of differences, there are many, of course. But most interesting to me is the fact that Portland, like many cities, tends to see itself in relation to other places. At times, we imagine ourselves to be the sixth borough of New York City — a west-coast version of Brooklyn. At other times, we see ourselves as a colder, wetter version of San Francisco, or a smaller, cleaner version of Seattle.Delhi, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to care too much about what other cities think of us. On some level, we understand we are the center around which the dreams of others orbit.Who has been your inspiration with regard to poetry?That’s a hard question to answer. I continue to be inspired by many great poets, from William Stafford to Arun Kolatkar. A family friend, the Oregon poet Roger Weaver, encouraged me to work hard at the craft when I first started writing 16 years ago and many others have done so since. But mostly, I’m inspired by the people around me — friends, family, people I meet on the street — and by the questions they provoke in me.Reading and writing are ways to explore the questions that matter to us. Some of those questions are universal and even ‘political’: the nature of injustice, the ways we are all alike and different from other people; the limitations and possibilities of language and our ability to see. Some questions are more personal: our own experience with love, grief and faith, for example. Poetry — the reading and writing of it — is just one way to examine those questions, but it’s worked for me so far, so I keep at it. Related ItemsNew DelhiPoetrylast_img read more

Sikh Council Nominee in Australia Racially Targeted

first_imgA Sikh man, who is running for the city council in an Australian city, has been racially targeted by a man in a truck shouting racial slurs at his huge cut-out, made up of one of his election placards. In a video that was posted online, the truck was seen running over the cut-out, in the end.According to a report in ABC News, Sunny Singh, a taxi company owner and founder of the city’s Sikh church, is running for the Port Augusta City Council. His was targeted on social media in a video, in which a man was seen directing racial slurs on his cut-out and later running over it. The video was posted on the national trucking Facebook page.Australian newspaper The Advertiser said the video was made by Grant Moroney of Moroney Trucking.ABC News cited Singh as saying that it was the first time he was subjected to racial behavior in Port Augusta and added that the community has always been with him.He said that neither he or anyone he knows could watch the video until the end. He said that he doesn’t even know the man who was abusing him in the video.“I was a little upset and shocked because I’d never even seen this man before, never met him, I don’t know why he did it,” Singh told ABC.However, he expressed his happiness for getting support from the people be it in form of Facebook messages and comments or personal gestures.“This morning I saw Facebook and I saw hundreds of messages and comments supporting me,” he said.Many people including South Australian Attorney-General Vicki Chapman and Port Augusta mayor Sam Johnson have denounced this racial act.Chapman termed the video as “disturbing” and “on the face of it, racist conduct” and said, “I understand the police are immediately investigating this matter, but certainly at first blush this is most disturbing conduct. But we’ll await the police report,” the report said.“We are a state that has a very proud history of democracy. Our government is completely behind maintaining that and the right for people to stand for public office. I just want to say to other candidates in the local government elections, thank you for standing,” she added.Johnson expressed his shock over the violence and racial behavior in the footage and said, “Appalled, absolutely appalled, gutted, outrageous — in today’s society, what would possess anyone to do that? Clearly a lot of effort was put into that.”Sharing his sadness over the attack in his Facebook post, he admired Singh and the community by calling them hard working people.“Sunny Singh is a shining example of exactly the type of migrant we want to welcome into our community, and not offend in this way. The offending post should be removed immediately,” said Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Member for Stuart, which includes Port Augusta.Moroney Trucking, the trucking company seen in the video, has been suspended as a service provider. Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian-American Elected President of Harvard University’s Student Body

first_imgAn Indian-American woman has been elected as the president of reputed Harvard University’s student body, which is known as a powerful student body among universities in the United States.The Harvard Crimson, the daily student newspaper of Harvard University reported on Nov.16 that Sruthi Palaniappan, 20, has been elected as President of the Harvard University Undergraduate Council. Her running mate Julia M. Huesa, also 20, has been elected as the Vice President of this student body.Both will be leading the student body in 2019 after taking the charge from current UC President Catherine L. Zhang and Vice President Nicholas D. Boucher, both 19, in December this year, said the report.According to a report in PTI, Palaniappan’s parents belong to Chennai and moved to the U.S. in 1992.Telling about their plans to lead the student body, Palaniappan told The Harvard Crimson that at the beginning of their term, she and Huesa want to work on improving the Council’s communication with the student body.“I think from the onset, better structuring the way we communicate with students I think is something that we need to already set the tone and plan for,” she was quoted by the paper as saying.“I think we’re going to work on it before we even leave for break and just get off the ground running,” added Palaniappan, who is currently serving as council’s education committee Chair.Palaniappan and Huesa, who ran their campaign under the slogan “make Harvard home” got roughly 41.5 percent of the vote total. Their nearest opponents Nadine M. Khoury, and Arnav Agrawal, both 20, received 26.6 percent of the vote, reported the paper. Related Itemslast_img read more

Asian Games: Athletes provide the sparks as India clinch three gold medals

first_imgIndia’s Preeja Sreedharan (C) shows the gold medal she won in the women’s 10000m event, at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, on Sunday. Silver medallist of the event India’s Kavita (L) and bronze medal winning athlete from Indonesia are also seen. PTIThe athletes provided a huge boost to the country’s lacklustre campaign in the 16th Asian Games by fetching two gold medals while Ronjan Sodhi brought an end to the gold drought in shooting as India bagged as many as nine medals on an eventful ninth day of competitions in Guangzhou on Sunday.India’s Sudha Singh shows the gold medal she won in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event of the 16th Asian Games at Aoti Main Stadium in Guangzhou on Sunday. PTIAfter a disasppointing medal collection on the first week of competitions, long distance runner Preeja Sreedharan and steeple chaser Sudha Singh stole the thunder with their gold-winning feats on the track to raise hopes of a top ten finish for India on the medal table.Ace shooter Ronjan Sodhi finally brought an end to the shooting contingent’s gold drought by taking the honour in the men’s double trap event.The 31-year-old Sodhi, the world record holder shotgun shooter, made amends for his colleagues’ miserable campaign and provided the first gold medal from the shooting range, which has not been too productive for the Indian shooters so far.India’s Ronjan Sodhi blows onto his shotgun during the men’s double trap shooting final of 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China on Sunday. PTIKavita Raut fetched a silver in the women’s 10,000 m run while star tennis player Sania Mirza and grapplers Ravinder Singh (60 kg Greco Roman) and Sunil Kumar Rana (66 kg Greco Roman) were among those who claimed individual bronze medals.Sodhi teamed up with Asher Noria and Vikram Bhatnagar to claim the bronze in the double trap team event while the women’s archery team comprising Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly also chipped in with a bronze.advertisementWith the addition of nine more medals, India’s medal tally climbed to five gold, 11 silver and 17 bronze. India had finished tenth on the medals table in the last Asian Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26.Somdev Devvarman also assured India of at least a bronze medal by storming into the semifinals but Karan Rastogi went down fighting to top seed Denis Istomin in the men’s singles tennis quarterfinals.The men’s hockey team also had a good day as they beat Japan 3-2 for their fourth consecutive win and finished atop the points-table in group B.After a generally disappointing show, Sodhi turned the tide for the shooters as he clinched the top honours with a score of 186 after being second behind China’s Pan Qiang at the end of the qualification stage.Sodhi, part of the silver winning squad in the same event four years ago at Doha in Qatar, also reeled in the team bronze for India with his stupendous effort at the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre.After a generally disappointing show, Sodhi turned the tide for the shooters as he clinched the top honours with a score of 186 after being second behind China’s Pan Qiang at the end of the qualification stage.Sodhi, part of the silver winning squad in the same event four years ago at Doha in Qatar, also reeled in the team bronze for India with his stupendous effort at the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre.Sodhi shot 139 (47, 44 and 48) and was four shots behind China’s Qiang going into the finals competed by six men and shot 47 in the final while the host nation shooter flopped with a 38 for an overall tally of 181.This was the first gold from the much-heralded shooting squad after they started competing on November 13 and it was also the eighth medal hauled in by the marksmen and women who have so far won one gold, three silver and four bronze medals.While Sodhi won the top honours in the individual, he combined with Asher Noria and Vikram Bhatnagar (16, 130) to rake in the team bronze medal with a combined aggregate of 403.In the showpiece athletics event, long-distance runner Preeja Sreedharan clocked a personal best of 31:50:47 in the women’s 10,000m final.Kavita Raut, who won the bronze in the women’s 10000m at the Commonwealth Games last month, walked away with the silver with a personal best timing of 31:51.44.Later, Sudha Singh fetched India’s second gold medal in track and field events and fifth overall by winning the 3000m Steeplechase event with her personal-best timing.advertisementSudha made up for her poor outing at last month’s Commonwealth Games, clocking 9:55.67s to take the honours at the Aoti Main Stadium.The Indian hopes of a gold medal in the women’s singles tennis event were dashed when Sania Mirza settled for a bronze after losing to third seed Akgul Amanmuradova in the semifinals.Sania lost the long-drawn-out battle, that lasted two hours and 49 minutes, against the big-serving Uzbek rival 7-6 (7), 3-6, 4-6 by committing a number of forehand errors to exit from the competition.Indian women archers settled for a bronze in the team event after missing out on an opportunity to stun world number one South Korea in the semifinals shoot-off.After qualifying for the semifinals with an easy 214-202 victory over North Korea, the Indian trio of Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly were leading by two points at 167-165 after 18 of the 24 arrows against South Korea.In the bronze medal play-off against Chinese Taipei, India were trailing from the beginning and they were four points behind after 18 of the 24 arrows.India scored 56 from the last six arrows as against 51 by their opponents to win the close contest 218-217. Indian wrestlers started their campaign impressively with Ravinder Singh and Sunil Kumar Rana clinching bronze medals in their respective weight categories in the Greco-Roman style.Even though Ravinder could not repeat his Commonwealth Games gold-medal winning effort, he opened India’s account in wrestling by winning a bronze in the 60kg category and then another Delhi Games gold medallist Rana doubled the joy with another bronze in the 66kg.While CWG gold medallist Ravinder defeated Muhammad Aliansyah of Indonesia 9-3 in the repechage to bag the bronze, Rana got the better of Sutep Oomchompoo of Thailand 4-2 to register his name in the medals tally.Indian men spikers’ dream run in Games came to a screeching halt after they were thumped 0-3 by Thailand in the quarterfinals.After impressive wins against Japan and Qatar in the league stages, the Indian men’s volleyball team failed to register a hat-trick of wins, going down fighting 20-25 23-25 22-25 to Thailand in the last eight round.The Indian women spikers, on the other hand, slumped to their third consecutive defeat in four matches after they were thrashed 0-3 by Kazakhstan in their preliminary Group B, match.The Indian eves were no match for the Kazakh girls who spanked them 18-25 9-25 10-25 in little more than an hour.In tennis, second seed Somdev, ranked 106 on the ATP circuit, fought back from 1-4 down in the opening set to complete a 6-4, 6-4 win over lowly ranked Chinese rival Zhang Ze in one hour and 51 minute during which he called tournament director Chen Shu of China to court one to settle a controversial ruling by umpire I M Chahoo of Korea.Preeti Beniwal gave India a rousing start in women’s boxing as she advanced to the 60kg quarterfinals with a thumping win in the discipline which made its Asian Games debut today. Beniwal out-punched Mongolia’s Erdene Suvd Oyungerel 8-2 in the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementIn athletics, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Harminder Singh finished a disappointing sixth in the men’s 20km race walk event. Harminder clocked a below-par 1:26:33 to finish sixth. He had clocked 1:23:28 in the Commonwealth Games last month.Another Indian in the fray, Baljinder Singh finished seventh with an effort of 1:28:06.India thrashed Qatar 3-0 in their opening pool B match of the men’s squash team event.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Virendra Nanavati appointed Vice Chairman of FINAs committee

first_imgRajkot, Aug 20 (PTI) Virendra Nanavati, Chief Executive Officer of the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has been appointed as Vice Chairman of FINAs Swimming Committee.Nanavati, who is also Senior VICE president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been appointed Ted Vice Chairman of FINAs Swimming committee, a release issued by Swimming Federation of India (SFI) said.FINAs technical Swimming Congress took place recently in Budapest, where Nanavati was honoured for his dedication and commitment to the sport, it said.”It is a matter of pride for me as an Indian would carry such a big responsibility in FINA,” Nanavati told PTI. PTI VJA NRBlast_img read more

Manchester United face mutiny if Solskjaer isn’t named permanent boss, says Gary Neville

first_imgGary Neville has warned there will be “mutiny” among the Manchester United supporters if the club hierarchy do not appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the permanent manager at Old Trafford.Solskjaer’s impact on a United side that was labouring under Jose Mourinho until last December has surpassed expectations, with the team unbeaten in 10 Premier League games and have also secured a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.”I don’t think you can give it to someone else, otherwise there would be mutiny,” former United defender Neville, who was Solskjaer’s team mate from 1996 to 2007, told Sky Sports.”The fans were singing for him. I think it’s very close now — I can’t see the club going away from it.”Injuries forced the Norwegian to make all three substitutions before half-time in Sunday’s 0-0 league draw with Liverpool but Old Trafford was in full voice throughout the 90 minutes, singing the name of their manager.”Three months ago they were singing ‘attack, attack, attack’ and today they were singing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s name for all of the second half,” Neville added.”The mood has completely transformed – the atmosphere was one of the best I’ve seen at Old Trafford for years and it was 0-0! If Manchester United had scored it would have been incredible.”United, who trail fourth-placed Arsenal by a point in the league table, next visit Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Also Watch:last_img read more

Spalletti Inter had forgotten losing feeling

first_imgInternazionale Apologetic Spalletti had forgotten losing feeling at Inter Ben Spratt 01:39 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LucianoSpalletti - cropped Getty Images Internazionale Serie A Udinese Internazionale v Udinese Inter must return to basics if they are to avoid further defeats, according to Luciano Spalletti after his first loss as coach. Luciano Spalletti apologised for his first defeat as Inter coach and called for his side to go back to basics in their Serie A title bid.Inter led the league table heading into the weekend, but a costly 3-1 home defeat to Udinese on Saturday handed opportunities to second-placed Napoli and third-placed champions Juventus to take top spot.Spalletti admitted the stunning defeat was a strange feeling for his previously unbeaten players, but added that it is important they return to the principles rooted in their title challenge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’m sorry for this defeat – like all of them,” he told Mediaset Premium. “It had been a long time and we had forgotten how it feels.”In the second half we were not able to keep the ball and we made mistakes, also not making brave choices. It did not turn out so well. This is something new, especially what happened to us at the beginning of the first half.”Now we have to go back to doing the things that brought us to this point.”18 – Today’s defeat ended Inter’s 18-game unbeaten run in Serie A (between this and the last season). Stop. #InterUdinese— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 16, 2017Assessing the title race, Spalletti acknowledged that this was a huge blow as a number of sides maintain a fine pace at the top.”For the teams at the top, it is a continuous sprint and it is clear that those who stop for a moment are overtaken,” he added. “We obviously did not want this.”With this small mistake, the other teams have gained a great advantage.”last_img read more

Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester City travel to Newcastle on Tuesday with close to a full squad of players.Kevin De Bruyne has returned from a lengthy injury while David Silva and Sergio Aguero have shaken off problems that kept them out of action in December.MAN CITY INJURIES Benjamin Mendy is returning from knee surgery but his return is being managed carefully and he is very unlikely to start at Newcastle. 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? Vincent Kompany is ruled out through injury, while Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko are doubtful after being deemed not fit enough to be in the squad that beat Burnley at the weekend.Vincent KompanyMAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Guardiola could pick close to what many people would consider his strongest XI for the trip to St James’ Park.Mendy would perhaps feature in most teams but in his absence Danilo seems likely to start, given he has done well in the position in recent weeks.There are not too many other contentious spots in the team. Nicolas Otamendi could play at centre-back but Guardiola is expecting a defensive performance from Newcastle and while Salomon Rondon’s aeriel presence is a threat to City, the passing ability of John Stones could help facilitate City’s build-up play, alongside the almost ever-present Aymeric Laporte.De Bruyne and David Silva are generally considered City’s best options as No.8’s and although Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva have deputised well for one or the other this season, it is likely that last season’s first-choice pairing will be started.And while Gabriel Jesus has done well of late, the fact that Sergio Aguero was on the bench at the weekend suggests he was being kept fresh. That also goes for Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, who seem good bets to return to the XI.Man City XINEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS Rafa Benitez has a few injury worries to contend with for the visit of the champions.”The midfielders are very close, but not ready for this game so it’s more or less the same [squad],” he said in his press conference on Monday, confirming that Jonjo Shelvey (thigh) and Mo Diame (hip) will miss out. Ki Seung-Yung returned from the Asian Cup with a hamstring strain and will also miss out.Joselu is on the sidelines with a hamstring injury picked up against Watford in the FA Cup at the weekend, and the game comes too soon for Karl Darlow (elbow) and Paul Dummett (hamstring).OPTA MATCH FACTS Newcastle are winless in their last 22 Premier League games against Man City (D3 L19) – both Newcastle’s longest winless run and Man City’s longest unbeaten run against any top-flight opponent. Man City have taken 46 points from their last 48 available against Newcastle (W15 D1 L0), scoring 45 goals and conceding nine in that run. Manchester City have won their last four Premier League games, winning the last two by a 3-0 scoreline. Man City have scored the opening goal a league-high 20 times in Premier League games this season (W18 D0 L2), while Newcastle have lost all 11 of their games in which they’ve conceded first – the highest such 100% defeat record this season. This will be Man City manager Pep Guardiola’s 100th Premier League game in charge. He’s won 73 of his 99 so far (D15 L11) – the record for most wins by a manager in their opening 100 matches in the competition is 73, held by Jose Mourinho. Man City’s Raheem Sterling is currently on 99 goal involvements in his Premier League career (59 goals, 40 assists in 212 games). Man City’s Sergio Aguero has scored 14 goals in his 12 Premier League appearances against Newcastle – more than any player has scored against an opponent for a single club in the competition’s history.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET) on Tuesday, and will be shown on BT Sport in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Japanese Lines to Order Up to 20 LNGPowered Car Carriers

first_imgzoom Prompted by the upcoming environmental regulations set to enter into force in 2020, Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation is said to be turning to LNG-powered ships to transport its cars across the globe.According to a report from Japanese daily Nikkei, the company is backing an investment in up to 20 LNG-powered car carriers with the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles each. The order, priced at USD 1.83 billion, would be split between three car carrier owners entrusted with shipping Toyota’s cars; NYK Line, K Line and Toyota’s Toyofuji Shipping, the daily reported.A specific timeline for the orders was not given, as the move is believed to be still in its initial stage.However, once the ships are delivered, they are expected to replace existing vessels on North American routes.Japanese yards such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Imabari and Japan Marine United have been identified as potential builders of the new ships, Asiasis reported.Neither Toyota Motor nor Toyofuji Shipping was available for comment at the moment of publishing of this article.The plans have emerged weeks after a naming and launching ceremony for Toyofuji Shipping’s new 3,000-vehicle car carrier vessel Trans Harmony. The ship will be sailing on the company’s Asia routes, once delivered in January next year.Data from VesselsValue shows that the company also has one more newbuilding on order at compatriot Naikai Setoda Shipbuilding also set for delivery by the end of this year.Based on Toyofuji’s website info, the company has 17 car carriers in its fleet, their age ranging from 1986 to 2011.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Canada eyeing implications of US plan to allow imports of prescription drugs

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s health minister says the federal government is in touch with U.S. officials to discuss the Trump administration’s plan to allow imports of cheaper prescription drugs from north of the border.In a statement, officials for Ginette Petitpas Taylor are describing the latest display of American interest in Canadian medication as further evidence of Canada’s commitment to more affordable prescription drugs.The statement says Ottawa is constantly monitoring the Canadian drug supply, and will work closely with health experts to better understand the implications for Canadians and avoid any adverse effects on supply or drug costs.The U.S. administration announced today it intends to set up a system that would allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada.A recent spike in U.S. interest in cheaper Canadian medication — it has become a central issue in the American election campaign — prompted more than a dozen organizations to urge Petitpas Taylor to safeguard the Canadian supply.In a letter, the groups say Canada’s drug supply is simply not sufficient to support both the Canadian and the U.S. market.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EBRD Loans Moroccan Producer of ClimateFriendly Fertilizers €24 Million

London – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the increased use of sustainable climate-friendly agricultural inputs with a €24 million loan to Elephant Vert, a Morocco-based producer of bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants.Elephant Vert is the first company in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region exclusively dedicated to the development and production of a full range of these innovative bio-inputs, the bank said in a statement.The EBRD’s financing will allow Elephant Vert to significantly boost the development, output and distribution of these biological products, which are used to increase agricultural yields while remaining cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. The switch away from chemical fertilizers should lead to significant greenhouse gas emission savings of over 150,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents each year in Morocco. Adil Chikhi, EBRD Director for Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness in the SEMED region, said: “Elephant Vert’s business model is based on recycling and contributes to the EBRD’s objective of supporting a more circular economy. The production process consumes waste, leading to reduced landfills; and the final product is environmentally friendly, reduces water consumption in agriculture and fights soil degradation.”Laurent Chabrier, EBRD Director for Morocco, said: “We are very pleased to support this innovative and research-intensive project, which proves that Morocco is a fertile ground for new ideas. It comes at a very timely moment, just months before COP22 when the world will gather in Morocco to continue working on viable solutions to fight climate change.”Sébastien Couasnet, CEO of Elephant Vert, said: ‘“We have ambitious plans and were looking for a reliable long-term partner to finance our expansion. We found this partner in the EBRD. The Bank’s support goes beyond what you would expect from a financing institution.”Elephant Vert is also a pioneer in Morocco in terms of providing career opportunities for women so, in addition to the loan, the company will receive support from the EBRD’s Gender Advisory Services to further strengthen its equal opportunities policies. The project will also benefit from a grant under the EBRD’s FINTECC (Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change) program, which supports the demonstration of climate technologies with low market penetration.The EBRD started investing in Morocco in 2012. To date, the Bank has invested over €1 billion in 26 projects across the country.With MAP read more

Could you live on your retirement savings for 23 years

Precision isn’t always possible when it comes to retirement planning. That doesn’t mean you have to wing it and hope your savings don’t expire before you do.Looking at the income, living expenses and life spans of today’s retirees can help you make the right financial moves so your golden years aren’t tarnished by an unexpected shortfall.WHAT’S AN “AVERAGE” RETIREMENT COST?Government and Gallup data reveal a lot about what retirement is like for Americans today.It starts at age 61, even though many tell Gallup they planned to work longer. And based on some morbid math — the average remaining life expectancy of someone who’s made it to their early 60s (23.3 years), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — you should plan to be retired for at least a few decades.Your mileage may vary based on things such as your work (accountant versus rodeo clown, for example), diet, family health history and participation in extreme sports leagues.The average budget for a retiree, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, provides even more colour on what to expect when you’re expecting to retire. Older households, defined as ones headed by someone 65 or older, spend $46,000 annually, versus the $57,000 average spent by all U.S. households combined. The top three monthly expenses for those 65 and older are housing ($1,322), health care ($500) and food ($484).On average, about half of a retired household’s income comes from Social Security and private and government pensions, according to the BLS, with personal savings and investment and rental income providing 6.9 per cent.FIND OUT HOW LONG YOUR MONEY WILL LASTAn online retirement calculator can project a more accurate picture of your retirement readiness. It will use your current saving, spending and investment profile and some rules of thumb about historical investment returns, reasonable withdrawal rates and, yes, life expectancy. (Most calculators assume people will live into their 90s.)What if the calculator shows that at the rate you’re going, you’ll outlive your retirement savings? If you’re not yet retired, one of the best moves is postponing your retirement party. This strategy is especially valuable for those in their peak earning years.Besides reducing the number of years you’ll need to live off your savings, working longer allows more time for your investments to grow. Plus, the additional time contributing to Social Security could mean a bigger benefits paycheque down the road. Every year you postpone filing for Social Security after your full-benefit retirement age (66 or 67 for most people), your future monthly benefits check grows by as much as 8 per cent per year until you turn 70.HOW TO PAD YOUR Paycheque IN RETIREMENTIf you’re already retired and un-retiring or waiting to file for Social Security aren’t feasible, there are other ways to make up for the shortfall between retirement income and expenses.— Leverage your home. If you have substantial equity in your home, a reverse mortgage can turn this asset into income. You’ll receive a regular check as long as you’re living in the house. When you exit the premises to move elsewhere or on to the great beyond, the checks stop and your estate must repay the loan.— Shop for an immediate annuity. Although annuities are complex instruments — they’re essentially investments baked into an insurance policy — paying a lump sum upfront to get a guaranteed monthly payment for life may provide the income stability you need.— Withdraw less money during down years. A common rule of thumb among financial pros is the 4 per cent rule, which is based on research in all market conditions that shows a retiree can withdraw that amount annually from a portfolio invested half in stocks and half in bonds without depleting their financial reserves before they die. If you can be flexible and withdraw less, for example, when market returns are lower than expected or you’ve got reserves from previous years’ withdrawals, you can make your money last longer.— Seek assistance. There are government, non-profit and for-profit programs that provide benefits to struggling seniors. The National Council on Aging (NCOA.org) helps the 60-plus set navigate things such as Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, debt management programs and subsidized housing.______________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Dayana Yochim is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: dyochim@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @dayanayochim.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: Retirement calculator: How much will you need to retire?https://nerd.me/retirement-calculatorDayana Yochim, The Associated Press read more

Police use water cannons on garbage site demo

The police used water cannons on a protest staged at the Meethotamulla garbage dumping site this evening.A tense situation arose at the site when residents in the area protested against the dumping of garbage at the location. The residents of the area have been protesting over the past several months urging the authorities to move the garbage to another location. (Colombo Gazette)