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first_img 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 Now Elephants are enormous–and enormously powerful–animals. Upon arriving at the elephant sanctuary in Johannesburg, South Africa, I was immediately informed of the ground rules.The first rule is to understand that the elephants that I was about to interact with we’re not tame animals. They’re not domesticated, and they aren’t “pet” elephants. These elephants have only been trained, not tamed. The training is pretty limited, and the elephants, hopefully, will someday be returned to the wild (where they belong).The second rule is to understand the foundation on which the relationship between man and elephant is based: food.When I arrived at the sanctuary, one big, young, male elephant was running around trying to break the fence surrounding him and three other elephants. I asked the guide what he was doing. The guide said, “He’s hungry. Elephants are always hungry.” It’s true, too. Elephants eat about 400 pounds of vegetation daily.Here’s the rule: As long as you are giving the elephant food, you can approach and touch the elephant. But as soon as there is no more food, the relationship has ended, and you must turn and walk away. If you don’t walk away, it’s likely that the elephant will smack you with his big trunk–something you may or may not survive (and you sign a release agreeing to this potentially very serious negative outcome).The reasons the elephant in the picture above, Kumba, is tolerating me touching her is because she is being bribed by her handlers with food. As long as there is food, we’re all good. But if the food wasn’t there, I wouldn’t likely be there either. And that’s how it goes with elephants.As you might expect, there’s analogy to sales relationships here. As long as you are feeding your elephant what it values, you have a relationship. That value is the foundation of your relationship. No more value, no more relationship. And I would add no new value, no relationship. Once you run out of value you can expect your elephant to take it’s big, muscular trunk and smack you out of the way.QuestionsWhat is the foundation the relationship you have with your elephants?How do you ensure that you continually meet their enormous demands?last_img read more

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first_imgThe allure of the magic bullet is a strong force. At times, it’s overwhelming, irresistible. The idea that there is an easy answer to a difficult question is a delusion. Here are four magic bullet answers that are really delusions.Believing Headcount Equals Growth: Adding more people adds a lot to your sales organization. It absolutely adds costs, complexity, and an increased workload for sales management and leadership. But it doesn’t necessarily add growth. That requires something more than just increasing your headcount. You also need the right people, a training and development program, a good sales process, and the ability to lead the sales force.Headcount isn’t the easy answer to revenue growth unless you are prepared to invest in all that is required to ensure that investment produces a return.Believing Non-Salespeople Will Sell: They say that they’ve been told they belong in sales. They say they will do whatever it takes. And they are personable, charming, and persistent. But if they aren’t really salespeople, they won’t sell. They’re just non-salespeople. They don’t like to “bother” anyone. They don’t like to ask people for commitments because it makes them “uncomfortable.”If someone really wants to be a teacher, they aren’t likely to be a salesperson. You can’t make them something they’re not. Could they sell if they really wanted to? Absolutely! But they don’t want to. They are unwilling.Believing That Activity Equals Results: Activity is good. I’ve heard good things come to those who wait, but the evidence is to the contrary. Good things come to those who hustle and make it rain. But activity alone doesn’t always equal results. Results come from effective activity. Good sales management (and me management) is a careful balance of activity and effectiveness–not one or the other.Too many salespeople are active without results because they are ineffective. Even more may be effective but take too little action. Activity alone doesn’t equal results. But neither does no activity.Believing People Are Already Equipped to Succeed: It doesn’t matter if a salesperson has experience or not. It doesn’t even matter how long they’ve been selling. And it doesn’t matter that you hired them because they have experience. You may believe that the salesperson you hired is equipped to succeed, but they aren’t.You owe any salesperson–every salesperson–you hire training, development, coaching, and leadership. There isn’t any circumstance when a salesperson can’t use more training in the principles of effective selling, the development of new–and greater–skills, the opportunity to be coached, and a leader that cares about them.These four delusions, these misconceptions, can prevent you from doing what you really need to do to increase revenue and grow. Avoid the delusions and do the heavy lifting instead. It’s faster and more certain.QuestionsWhy is it easy to believe that adding headcount adds to revenue? What does it really add?How do non-salespeople convince you they want to sell?Is activity enough alone to produce results?What do you owe your sales force? What do you owe them even if they are experienced veterans?last_img read more

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first_imgA five-member delegation from Punjab on Thursday met Meghalaya Home Minister James K. Sangma, urging him to ensure one-time resolution of the issues concerning the Sikh settlers in Shillong. The delegation, led by Punjab minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, went to Meghalaya after reports emerged that members of the Sikh community were told to leave the State by the authorities. It requested that the High Powered Committee (HPC) set up by the Meghalaya government on the issue take into account all genuine concerns of the Sikh families before reaching any conclusion.Security a concernAn official statement said the delegation requested the Home Minister to ensure security of the hundreds of Sikh families who have been residing in the Punjabi Lane area of Shillong for decades now. The statement also said that Mr. Sangma assured the delegation that all efforts would be made to protect the Sikhs in Meghalaya.last_img read more

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first_imgHiralal Solanki is waiting for the backwaters in the swelling Narmada to recede so that he could return home. Cooped up in a 10 feet-by-10 tin shelter at a relief camp with two younger brothers, a sister-in-law, and an assortment of recovered household items stacked around, he refuses to leave for Gujarat, where his parents were resettled more than two decades ago. Just eight, and a minor, in 1994, when his parents were given a five-acre plot in Panchmahal district, 192 km away, he and his siblings were left behind in the care of relatives. Today, leaving behind two shops and a ramshackle hut at Kotda village in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district that faces submersion, the families of Mr. Solanki and 130 others have shifted to the camp set up by the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) in the neighbouring Nisarpur, which too is facing submergence. Uncertainty remains As Gujarat continues to raise storage at the Sardar Sarovar Dam at a menacing pace, those residing in 178 affected upstream villages of Madhya Pradesh stare at uncertainty. On Saturday, the level in the dam had risen to 135.9 metres, well above the 135 metres that was to be filled by the end of this month as per the schedule prescribed by the Narmada Control Authority (NCA).Now, Mr. Solanki sits on the street selling pans, made possible with the help of some capital from a camp neighbour, who lent ₹20,000 at 5% interest. “I make just ₹50-60 a day now. Previously, it was ₹1,500,” he said. “Back at the village, the same friend lent us money at no interest.”“The allotted land is arid and we’re treated like outsiders in Gujarat,” said Mr. Solanki’s mother Durga Bai, who has come on a visit to care for her youngest son, who is suffering from typhoid. “We don’t know their language, and are often not allowed to pass through their fields.”Nowhere to go Rajesh Bhagole, 29, an agricultural labourer who shifted with his wife to the camp on July 12 from Nisarpur, said, “Why should we shift elsewhere when we were born here, studied here and vote here? I received no land when my father did. We have nowhere else to go. So, we’ll return to our houses when the water recedes.”As they had limited space to themselves, Mr. Bhagole explained that they had rented a room separately for ₹1,000 a month to store household goods.“Rehabilitated people continue to live in acquired houses [that the project authorities had acquired],” said Pawan Kumar Sharma, Commissioner, Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA). “We can’t force them to shift. Therefore, they usually return once the water recedes.”According to the NVDA, of the 37,729 project affected families in Madhya Pradesh, while 32,174 had been rehabilitated in Madhya Pradesh, 5,555 had been resettled in Gujarat. Recently, the Madhya Pradesh government admitted that more villages in the State were facing submergence than estimated earlier. At a makeshift school in the camp, 150 students shift to a neighbouring gaushala whenever the heat makes the tin classrooms with no fans, impossible to sit in. “I am waiting to return to my village school where we had fans,” said Payal Verma, who is staying at the camp alwith her parents, who are agricultural labourers, and a brother and grandparents.last_img read more

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first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Former champion Foton takes on Generika-Ayala on Thursday, shooting for a win that would keep it out of the cellar of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Tornadoes gun for a follow up of their previous win by taking on the Lifesavers at 7 p.m. with a win likely to keep them out of a collision course with elimination round topnotcher Petron.ADVERTISEMENT Before that, Sta. Lucia, which lost to Foton on Tuesday, will take on United VC carrying the same goal of avoiding a last-place finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hard work paying off as Lady Eagles run like well-oiled machine PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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first_imgLionel Messi Too risky to play Messi and Dybala together for Argentina – Sampaoli Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 14:54 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(27) Lionel Messi - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Argentina WC Qualification South America World Cup Paulo Dybala With the country’s hopes of reaching Russia 2018 on the edge of a knife, the coach will not take risks with the attacking duo Jorge Sampaoli said it is too risky to pair Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala together in the starting XI as Argentina fight desperately to qualify for next year’s World Cup.Argentina welcome fourth-placed Peru to Buenos Aires on Thursday, with Sampaoli’s men clinging to fifth place in the CONMEBOL standings, which would only be enough for a play-off berth.Argentina win to nil v Peru 17/20 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. With so much to play for at La Bombonera, head coach Sampaoli said he is reluctant to name five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi and Dybala in the same line-up, given their lack of playing time together.”As there is no time to work the Dybala-Messi relationship, we should go to something more concrete,” said Sampaoli, who is convinced Argentina will qualify for the showpiece in Russia.Dybala, who has starred for Juventus this season with 12 goals in all competitions, previously admitted it was difficult playing with Barcelona icon Messi as the pair occupy similar positions.Lionel Messi Paulo Dybala Argentina 06062017On Dybala’s comments, Sampaoli added: “I don’t see what Dybala said as something bad. He said that he was happy to play with Messi, but he just did not find his place.”Leo needs to move in the field normally as he does with his club,” Sampaoli continued. “To invent a position or to structure him, that would be crazy.”When we use the 4-2-3-1 formation, he is even further forward, always near the box. Being away from the box puts our best player far from the scoring positions and that is what he does best in his club.”It is my job to make him understand that he is vital in the finishing, in the last third of the pitch.”last_img read more

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first_imgDerek Mason clapping his hands on the Vanderbilt sideline.COLUMBIA, MO – NOVEMBER 12: Derek Mason head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores gives support to his team during a game against the Missouri Tigers in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)One of Saturday’s college football games took an ugly turn late in the first half. Vanderbilt has Florida on upset alert and tempers are starting to flare between the players and coaches.During a punt return, a Florida player hit a Vanderbilt player with a crack-back block and was called for targeting. The players was ejected from the contest, but not before both benches cleared.Florida head coach Dan Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham can be seen yelling at Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason as well.Here’s video of the play.? ? ? pic.twitter.com/19NEM1t3ye— Matthew Chastain (@MattChastain_) October 13, 2018That sparked the benches to clear.Vanderbilt just cleared the benches. #Gators came out too pic.twitter.com/QVf2Y1gyTS— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) October 13, 2018When the benches cleared, both head coaches were seen yelling at each other.Dan Mullen and Todd Grantham in a shouting match with Derek Mason. pic.twitter.com/xfIxyUtiNJ— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) October 13, 2018Clearly there’s some bad blood brewing in this contest. The Commodores held a 21-3 lead at one point in the contest, but enter halftime with a 21-13 lead.Can Vanderbilt hold on, or will the Gators find a way to complete the comeback?last_img read more

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first_imgAmit Rohidas, Simranjeet power India to 2-1 win over world champions BelgiumAmit Rohidas (10′) and Simranjeet Singh (52′) scored the goals for the impressive Indian men’s hockey team, who held onto their lead in the closing stagesadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service AntwerpOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 20:33 IST Simranjeet Singh gave the lead back to India in the 52nd minute (Hockey India Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat World and European Champions Belgium 2-1Amit Rohidas (10′) and Simranjeet Singh (52′) scored the goals for IndiaIndian team will face Belgium again on Thursday in their fifth and last match of the tourThe Indian men’s hockey team on Tuesday produced a gritty display as they beat reigning World and European Champions Belgium 2-1 to register their fourth consecutive win of their tour of Belgium.Amit Rohidas (10′) and Simranjeet Singh (52′) scored the goals for the impressive Indian team, who held onto their lead in the closing stages, after Belgium’s Captain Felix Denayer had earlier equalized in the 33rd minute.Riding high on confidence after their 5-1 win against Spain in their third match of the tour, the Indian team started their game against the hosts on the front-foot and earned a crucial Penalty Corner (PC) in the 10th minute. It was defender Amit Rohidas, who stepped up to take the strike, and placed the ball into the back of the net to give the World No. 5 team a 1-0 lead.Belgium, however, did not sit back after conceding, and tried to break up play, and counter the Indian attacks. But some last-ditch defending from the Indian defenders coupled with some fine stops by PR Sreejesh meant that India took their one-goal lead into the quarter-break.The second quarter had a similar story as the visiting team enjoyed possession in the opening few minutes, creating a few chances, but the quarter ended with the hosts putting intense pressure on their opponents. It meant that India took their lead into the half-time break, but the momentum being on Belgium’s side.The Belgium team showed their quality in the opening minutes of the third quarter as they earned themselves another Penalty Corner in the 33rd minute. It was Belgium’s skipper Felix Denayer who took the responsibility to take the execution, and scored from a stunning drag-flick to bring back the teams on level terms. Both the teams seemed focused on not giving away possession cheaply, and tried to keep the possession as the quarter went on, meaning that the teams ended the period level at 1-1 with 15 minutes to play.advertisementIt was a fast start by the hosts as they won themselves a couple of PCs in quick succession at the start of the last quarter. However, India’s Krishan B Pathak was up to the task again as he made some crucial diving saves to deny the hosts taking the lead. India, on the other hand, were happy to wait for the opportunity to attack at the right moment, and displayed that brilliantly when they scored a well-constructed team goal in the 52nd minute through Simranjeet Singh, which meant India secured their fourth consecutive win of the tour.The Indian team will face Belgium again on Thursday in their fifth and last match of the tour.For 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 India vs BelgiumFollow Hockey IndiaFollow Indian men’s hockey Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller continued her visit to Addis Abba, Ethiopia on Monday, May 27, with a meeting with members of the Jamaican Diaspora, many of whom journeyed over 150 miles away from the town of Shashamane, where members of the Rastafari movement and other persons from Jamaica and the Caribbean have settled.In 1948, Emperor Haile Selassie I, donated 500 acres of his private land for the purpose of creating the town of Shashamane in central Ethiopia.Yesterday, the Prime Minister accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister A.J. Nicholson held bilateral talks with the Presidents of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa on a range of strategic cooperation issues including airlift, trade and investment.Meanwhile, addressing the 50th anniversary Summit of the Organisation of African Unity on Saturday, Prime Minister Simpson Miller renewed Jamaica’s commitment to the nations of Africa, noting that our prominent role in the non-aligned movement and the anti-apartheid struggle made Jamaica a natural ally of the African Union.“Jamaica and indeed the entire Caribbean community are proud of our African heritage and the strong links that we have forged with many African countries,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said, noting that although separated by distance and water the countries and people remain connected by the blood bonds of ancestry.The Prime Minister said Jamaica was firmly committed to ensuring that strengthened relations with the AU become a stronger priority on the CARICOM agenda and that “the commonality of our shared African history and legacy must now be channelled into tangible projects that will harness the energies of our peoples to build our societies and economies.”Recalling Jamaica’s principled stance in the Pan African struggles and evoked in the messages of Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said: “Marley’s Redemption Song is, for us in the African Diaspora, a reminder of the dehumanizing experiences our ancestors suffered and evokes the spirit of Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance.”In joining other world leaders in expressing solidarity with the nations of the African Union, Prime Minister Simpson Miller emphasised that Jamaica regarded the struggle for justice and human dignity as indivisible and border less. She recalled that “when people of African origin were seen as less than human and deemed only fit for domination, Marcus Garvey saw (them as) people with a rich history and culture, and a people with a bright future.”Prime Minister Simpson Miller who has been in Addis Ababa since last Friday leading Jamaica’s delegation to the celebratory 50th anniversary events of the African Union will return to the island tomorrow.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244 Fax: 920-4684Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmWebsite: www.opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

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first_imgStory Highlights The Bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica, and a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national identification cards. Mr. Holness argued that the absence of a uniform system of identification enables corrupt persons to escape accountability if they cannot be identified, and creates “an ecosystem of informality, permissiveness and dark corners in which corruption hides and thrives”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the establishment of a reliable National Identification System (NIDS) for Jamaicans is pivotal to the Government’s thrust to combat corruption. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the establishment of a reliable National Identification System (NIDS) for Jamaicans is pivotal to the Government’s thrust to combat corruption.This system is expected to be implemented following the passage of the National Identification and Registration Act, 2017, which is being deliberated at a special sitting of the Senate on Monday (November 13).The Bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica, and a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national identification cards.“Anti-corruption efforts require a process of establishing, verifying and certifying identity. Several different databases of identity, using different standards and means of identification without a means of crossmatching, do not enhance transparency,” Mr. Holness said.He was speaking at Sunday’s (November 12) certification ceremony for 434 persons trained under a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported National Integrity Action (NIA)/Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) ‘Integrity Champions’ programme at Merl Grove High School in St. Andrew.Mr. Holness argued that the absence of a uniform system of identification enables corrupt persons to escape accountability if they cannot be identified, and creates “an ecosystem of informality, permissiveness and dark corners in which corruption hides and thrives”.Against this background, the Prime Minister called for support of this critical piece of legislation, which, he contended, will not only help to fight corruption but is expected to result in improved governance and management of social, economic and security programmes.Mr. Holness highlighted other pieces of legislation that are serving to advance the anti-corruption thrust.These include the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Act, which is intended to establish an independent body to fight organised crime in Jamaica; and the Integrity Commission Bill, which aims to promote and enhance standards of ethical conduct for parliamentarians, public officials and other persons by consolidating laws relating to the prevention of corruption and the award of government contracts and prescribed licences.“These pieces of legislation… will certainly play a significant role in curbing corruption,” the Prime Minister emphasised.Mr. Holness noted that the Administration continues to take steps in ensuring that transparency and accountability are at the forefront of all government procedures, through efforts to streamline the public sector.“A strategy of the Government is to increase the efficiency of the public sector with various actions in terms of reviewing the (civil service), looking at mergers (and)… right-sizing. We have been taking various actions to ensure that the public sector is not an unfair and burdensome cost on the public, and that will go a far way in reducing corruption,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday expressed grief after an accident involving a mini bus in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district left 33 people dead. Calling it “heart-wrenching”, Modi tweeted: “We mourn all those who lost their lives and express condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.” Shah too said he was “extremely saddened to learn about the loss of lives”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones,” he tweeted. Thirty-three people were killed and 22 injured when the bus travelling from Keshwan area to Kishtwar town went out of the driver’s control and plunged into a gorge near Sirgwari village. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah also expressed their condolences. “Saddened to hear about the tragic accident in Kishtwar. Deepest condolences to families of the bereaved,” Mufti tweeted. Abdullah wished for a “swift recovery of the injured”.last_img read more

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first_imgBirmingham: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza wants his players to stay calm amidst hype surrounding the India clash which will decide his team’s fate in the World Cup. Mashrafe played a big role in Bangladesh’s only win over India in the 2007 World Cup at Port of Spain, where he was adjudged Man of the Match. “It is very important to stay cool. Hype is such that it becomes difficult for each player to stay calm. It is important to do the things we do on the field properly. Initially nerves play a role and it’s important to control nerves in the beginning. It is better to stay away from outside pressures,” Mortaza said at the pre-match press conference here on Monday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together India’s matches against Bangladesh of late has been filled with a lot of acrimony, crass TV commercials and print advertisements on both sides. The fans of both countries have a go at each other on social media and Mortaza wants to refrain from that. “I don’t think the talk on social media will help us a lot, and we want to stay away from that. If we play well and win, it will be a big achievement.” Talk about 2007 World Cup and Mashrafe said that former skipper Habibul Bashar’s guidance meant a lot. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “Obviously (the victory was) a good memory. Talking about 2007, on those days Sumon bhai (Bashar’s nickname) guided me a lot.” Mortaza is expecting that Mustafizur Rahaman, who has troubled India in the past, maintains his good form which has seen him get 10 wickets in the tournament. “If Mustafizur is in a good state of mind and he gets his cutters going, he will do well. It is important to stay in the match and deal with the situations that come up.”last_img read more

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first_imgBeijing: China’s concern over the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is “misplaced” as the decision has no implication for the external boundaries including the Line of Actual Control with it, India’s envoy here has said. In his first press conference with the Chinese media after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, Ambassador Vikram Misri on Tuesday reiterated India’s clear stance that the move was intended to be a temporary and transitional provision, and the amendment of the Constitution was purely an internal matter, and the sole prerogative of India. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Ambassador also pointed out that the change was an internal administrative reorganisation and “had no external ramifications whatsoever, and was intended to enable good governance and provide social and economic justice to the people of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, affording them the same rights available to citizens in other parts of India.” He said that it has “no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls India is not raising any additional territorial claims, he said, adding “the Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced”. After India’s decision to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two separate Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, China had issued two separate statements outlining its stand. In its first statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry objected to the formation of Ladakh as Union Territory, highlighting China’s claims over the area. On the revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, it said that China was “seriously concerned” about the current situation in Kashmir and called on the “relevant sides” to exercise restraint and act prudently. Misri said, “So far as the India-China boundary question is concerned, the two sides had agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question on the basis of the 2005 Political Parameters and Guiding Principles.” He said that India’s stand over the boundary issue had been articulated by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his recent visit to Beijing. India and China have held 21 rounds of talks so far to resolve the differences over the 3,488-km long LAC. Misri also highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion at the just concluded G7 Summit that the “issues between India and Pakistan were purely bilateral and were not international in nature”. “The recent informal consultations of the UN Security Council in New York had also indicated that India-Pakistan issues were bilateral and could only be resolved bilaterally,” he told the Chinese media. It was China, a close ally of Pakistan, that had asked for “closed consultations” in the UN Security Council to discuss India revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. About, the forthcoming 2nd informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi in India later this year, Misri said similar to the first edition held at Wuhan last year, the two leaders could discuss regional, international and bilateral issues, and that the format of the meeting was conducive to this. He also referred to the expansion in bilateral relations over the past decades into a full-spectrum relationship. “There was a diverse array of bilateral mechanisms as well as progress in many areas. Areas such as increasing people-to-people contacts, exchanges and understanding, as well as strengthening understanding between the media, were important areas for further efforts. It was important to try to understand each other’s perceptions and to look beyond the headlines,” he said. In response to a question on 5G technology, Misri said that no decision has been taken by the Government of India. “Any decision in this regard would be taken on the basis of India’s national interest and not in response to any kind of external pressure,” he said, amidst efforts by the US for a global ban on Huawei’s 5G products by raising cyber snooping concerns. China has called on India to take independent judgement about permitting Huawei to conduct 5G trials.last_img read more

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13 January 2012The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the recent killing in Syria of French television reporter Gilles Jacquier and called on authorities to ensure the safety of journalists working in the country. Mr. Jacquier, a reporter for French public television France 2, was killed on Wednesday by unidentified gunfire while on a press visit to the troubled city of Homs. Six Syrian nationals were also killed in the incident, and a Dutch photographer was severely injured.The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, urged the Syrian authorities to investigate the killing and ensure safer working conditions for journalists in the country, which has been beset by bloody unrest since early last year.“It is essential that the authorities investigate this serious attack on freedom of expression and freedom of information,” she stated.“The number of people, journalists and non-journalists, killed in Syria is deeply troubling,” added Ms. Bokova. “I call on the authorities to do all in their power to ensure the full exercise of the universally recognized basic human right of freedom of expression and citizens’ access to information.”More than 5,000 people have lost their lives across Syria since a popular uprising began in March last year, part of the Arab Spring movement that has engulfed the Middle East and North Africa and toppled several long-standing regimes. read more

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Between 2 and 4 August 2014, a total of 108 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 45 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, according to the latest update released today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).The breakdown from the four countries was reported as follows: Guinea, 10 new cases and 5 deaths; Liberia, 48 new cases and 27 deaths; Nigeria, 5 new cases and 0 deaths; and Sierra Leone, 45 new cases and 13 deaths.As of 4 August 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to Ebola in the four countries stands at 1, 711, including 932 deaths.Speaking earlier to UN Radio, WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaïb, said more cases were being discovered every day and thus far, the chain of transmission has not been broken.“If we don’t put all our weight [behind this] and mobilize all our resources – human, logistic and financial ¬– to help West Africa deal with this disease that was [heretofore unknown in the region] it will be difficult for the affected countries, their economics and populations to fight alone,” she added.WHO has said that early next week, it will convene a panel of medical ethicists to explore the use of experimental treatment in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Currently, there is no registered medicine or vaccine against the virus, but there are several experimental options under development.Meanwhile in Geneva, members of the Emergency Committee of International Experts reviewing the outbreak, will receive an epidemiological briefing and advise WHO Director-General Margaret Chan whether the Ebola outbreak is a so-called Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).“If it does,” according to a WHO spokesperson, “then the committee would recommend to the Director-General of WHO to declare it a public health emergency of international concern and recommend appropriate temporary measures to reduce international spread” of the virus.A summary of the two-day meeting will be made public and WHO has scheduled a press conference with Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Security at 9 a.m. Geneva time on Friday, 8 August, on its outcome.WHO reported today that in a briefing with representatives from member States on Tuesday it outlined the essential components for control, including the need for national leadership, improved care and case management, identifying transmission chains and stopping disease spread, and preventing further outbreaks.Among the critical issues are: cross-border infections and travellers; partners reaching the limits of their capacity and ability to respond rapidly, safely, and effectively; and concerns about the socio-economic impact of continued transmission.Director-General Chan also shared information from her August 1 meeting in Guinea with West African leaders and the common strategies to eradicate Ebola from the sub-region. The response would focus on the treatment of Guéckédou, Kenema, and Foya as a unified sector, which will include public health measures meant to reduce movement in and out of the area; intensifying current measures; and taking steps to reduce international spread to other countries in Africa.While in Guinea, Dr. Chan also launched a $100 million Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response Plan in West Africa.Meanwhile, in Guinea, exit screening is currently being tested, in partnership with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).In Liberia, security issues continue to be of concern, as community resistance remains high.In Nigeria, the Government is focused on following up the contacts from the first patient.And in Sierra Leone, efforts are underway to map where treatment centres and laboratories are most needed and getting those set up.Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms of Ebola. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.WHO says the incubation period, or the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, is from 2 to 21 days. The patients become contagious once they begin to show symptoms. They are not contagious during the incubation period. read more

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Senior Kevin Metka prepares for a forehand hit during a match against South Florida on Feb. 8 in Columbus. OSU won, 4-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAs his team gets set to defend its ITA Indoor National Indoor Championship title this weekend, Ohio State men’s tennis coach Ty Tucker said his players plan to show the other schools the discipline and mental toughness it takes to play like a Buckeye.“You’re at Ohio State, they expect to win matches,” Tucker said. “You’re at a major place … It’s a major athletic department. You want to win to be able to hold your head up high.”Going in as the defending champs might give the Buckeyes a slight advantage but they are dealing with a different lineup this time around,” redshirt-senior Kevin Metka said.“This year we have a little less experience in some positions … So everyone’s got to focus on all the courts to get the job done,” Metka said.Metka said he believes it will be just as hard, if not harder than last year for the Buckeyes to take home the tournament title. OSU is heading to Chicago as the No. 8 seed and is set to kick off the tournament Friday against No. 9 Texas. The winner will then play the winner a match between No. 1 University of Southern California and No. 16 Penn State on Saturday.Metka said the Buckeyes have to take the tournament one match at a time in order to earn a repeat of last season’s triumph.“I’d say mostly just getting through that first match and then hopefully getting a shot at USC,” he said. “That would be the next match but we’re trying not to look at it … We just want to take care of business in that first match.”One of the most important things for the Buckeyes is to get off to a fast start in these matches and capture the doubles point, Tucker said.“If we get the doubles point, we’re a tough team to beat,” he said.With doubles only being one set, Tucker said the Buckeyes won’t have a chance to have a bad game or be moody and get off to a slow start.Defending their first and only Indoor Championship isn’t something Tucker puts too much emphasis on, though, he said.“Tennis courts (are) the same size everywhere we go, whether we’re at the nationals, whether we’re at Iowa,” Tucker said.Although the court is the same size, Metka said it is not the same feel.“The courts, it may not look like it but there’s actually some big difference in where you play,” he said. “Ball bounces a little but it can really throw off your strokes.”For that reason, the Buckeyes left Columbus on Wednesday to get an extra day of practice on Thursday.OSU is coming off its 200th consecutive home win, a record Tucker is happy to leave in the rearview mirror.“It’s nice not having to answer questions about the streak … The guys can just concentrate on tennis,” Tucker said. read more

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first_imgIf you pick up an RPG for your console of choice, chances are the play time to complete the games is going to fall somewhere between 40-120 hours. That varies and can be higher depending on how much of a completist you are.There is one gamer in Japan who would laugh at anyone boasting about a 120 hour game playthrough, though. This gamer is a fan of the Level 5 RPG White Knight Chronicles II on PS3, and his time logged so far playing it: 8,701 hours. It sounds unbelievable, but it is actually possible. Barely possible, but still in the realms of reality.The game has been available for 519 days in Japan having launched on July 8, 2010. 8,701 hours translates to 362.5 days if you don’t sleep. However, if you average the play time out over the whole 519 days he could have been playing it, then he’s had the game running for 17 hours every single day.That amount of time spent playing the game has certainly paid off as he has a Level 85 character (that’s the maximum level you can achieve), and the highest rank you can achieve for a guild too.I doubt he has spent 17 hours sat in front of his console, though, unless he is someone who doesn’t venture out at all. Instead, he could have just left the game running and returned to it when he was ready to play again. Maybe he played before work or school, left the game running, and then picked it up again when he got home?For anyone planning to pick up White Knight Chronicles II, don’t be concerned, it doesn’t take that many hours to finish the game. This guy is certainly an over achiever in that regard and must really love the game or be really lazy when it comes to turning off his PS3.More at Siliconera and jin115.com (Japanese)last_img read more

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first_imgValve has been working on a port of Steam for Linux for quite a while, but didn’t go public with the project until April this year. Since then we’ve learned that Valve intends to release Steam on Linux before 2012 is over. However, it will initially only be supported on Ubuntu 12.04. The first Valve game to run on Linux will be Left 4 Dead 2.Now it seems Valve is getting ready to let actual Linux gamers get their hands on the software. An internal beta is being carried out at Valve next week, but then before October is over an external 1,000 user beta will be made live.The reason for the external beta is because Valve want to test Steam on a wide variety of hardware configurations to work out the bugs. They also want to keep access to the external beta as fair as possible. You won’t get preference for owning any Valve games or for already using Steam. Instead, a sign-up page will appear in the coming days or weeks where you can make your interest in participating known. Valve will then choose 1,000 people based on some unknown criteria.The beta won’t include the recently launched Big Picture mode or support any Valve games beyond L4D2. You’ll no doubt have to run Ubuntu 12.04 for it to work properly, but owning L4D2 seems unlikely. Valve will probably just make it available to beta testers for the duration of the external beta.There will be no shortage of Ubuntu users eager to take part in the testing of Steam on Linux. So the server running the sign-up page is going to be hammered. As soon as it goes up we’ll let you know.Read more at Valve Linux Team bloglast_img read more

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first_imgA Washougal man who was driving drunk when he crashed and rolled his car, critically injuring his passenger, was sentenced Thursday to 30 days on a work crew.Jesse Q. Gower, 25, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to third-degree assault and driving while under the influence in connection with the Aug. 9, 2015 crash on Northeast Padden Parkway. He initially faced vehicular assault-DUI, but that charge was amended as part of a plea deal.Gower was driving his 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX at about 7:40 p.m. west on Padden Parkway and approaching Northeast 78th Street when he struck the back of a Ford Explorer. The Explorer was stopped at a red light, according to a probable cause affidavit.Gower was traveling 45 to 50 mph when he hit the other vehicle. There was no evidence he attempted to brake, the affidavit said.He reportedly told officers he had “passed out” before the crash, court records state.Moses Morales, then 26, was asleep in the backseat of the Subaru at the time of the crash and was not wearing a seat belt. He suffered multiple facial fractures, brain bleeding and a broken vertebra, according to court documents. Morales also had several teeth knocked out and sustained cuts to his face.Gower admitted to drinking alcohol hours before the crash, and a blood test later found he had a 0.072 blood alcohol level, court records show. However, it was estimated he actually had a blood-alcohol level of approximately 0.113 at the time of the crash, the affidavit states. In Washington, a level of 0.08 is considered evidence of drunken driving.Gower was additionally sentenced to 12 months’ community custody. He was given credit for one day in custody.last_img read more

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