Top Eight Activities for Salespeople on Monday Morning

first_imgWait. Don’t open your email inbox. Don’t go straight into reactive mode, searching for something to do, and making your choice on what you feel like doing. Instead, do what’s most important. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Educate Yourself: On your way to work, listen to an audio book, listen to a podcast, or read a book, magazine, or journal article that will help you grow and develop both personally and professionally.Prospect: There is nothing more important than prospecting. Spend the first hour dialing the phone, calling your dream clients to ask them for an appointment. No matter what happens the rest of the day, you will already have done more prospecting than most.Nurture: Call, email, or find some other way to nurture the contacts inside your dream client’s company. Share something of value, something that will help them understand something about themselves and their business and compel them to change. You need to be known as a value creator.Move Late Cycle Deals: You know that big deal you are working on that’s in the closing stages of your sales process? Do whatever work is necessary to move that deal forward. If you haven’t gained the commitment you need, do that.Move Earlier Deals: The deals that are in the middle of your process need attention too. Do whatever needs to be done to move those deals forward. (See what we have done here. We have done the most future-oriented work first by prospecting and nurturing dream clients. Then we moved on to the work around deals that are live and need attention now).Check Your Email and Respond to Voice Mail: You can’t ignore this work. Most of what is in your inbox doesn’t require your attention, but three or four emails require you do something now. Take care of what needs to be done, and leave the rest of the emails for the time you block to process email.Follow Up with Existing Clients: You sold your clients some outcome they couldn’t achieve without you. Follow up with them to make sure that they are generating the results you promised them.Send Thank You Cards: When was the last time you sent your clients a thank you card? Gratitude is the biggest of big deals. When was the last time you did something nice to say thank you to the operations people who execute what you sell? Do something to appreciate the people who trust you with their business, and the people you trust to serve your clients.last_img read more

U.S. Brand Skechers Sues Flipkart, 4 Sellers Over Fake Footwear

first_imgUnited States-based footwear brand Skechers has sued Flipkart, India’s largest ecommerce company, and four sellers on its platform for allegedly selling fake products. The American brand is planning to conduct more raids soon, according to media reports.Skechers conducted raids at seven warehouses in Delhi and Ahmedabad, where merchandise by sellers Retail Net, Tech Connect, Unichem Logistics and Marco Wagon was stored, the Economic Times reported. The raid was conducted after seeking permission from court-appointed local commissioners.In response to the petition submitted to Delhi High Court, Flipkart told the publication: “Flipkart is an online marketplace that helps sellers connect with customers across the country. We only act as an intermediary. We conduct our business with the highest standards of integrity and are fully compliant with all rules of the land. We cannot comment on the current issue as it is sub judice.”Skechers says it found more than 15,000 pairs of fake shoes that were going to be sold as original products. A spokesperson of the company said it would take necessary steps to protect the brand name, safeguard copyright and intellectual property.While Flipkart says it maintains necessary checks through its “Flipkart Assured” model, it has not been able to completely root out the problem due to the sheer number of the sellers, which are more than a lakh. Flipkart has also blacklisted some sellers over the same issue.The problem with fake merchandise has been on the rise with the burgeoning of ecommerce in the country.Skechers isn’t the only brand that has conducted raids to unveil fake product sellers. Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, Levi’s and Superdry have earlier confiscated fake products through court-aided raids on warehouses in India.Skechers’ Future PlansSkechers also intends to become a Rs 1,500 crore brand in India in the next three years. By the end of 2017, it expects to increase its revenue to Rs 500 crore.“By end of 2020 or early 2021, we should have anywhere between 400-500 stores operational in India. At the moment we have 113 stores operation. Most of the stores will come up in tier II cities,” Rahul Vira, CEO of Skechers South Asia, told ETRetail. At present the company operates around 25 per cent stores in smaller towns of the country, he added. Related ItemsE-commerceFlipkartsketcherslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal: My mental stability has returned

first_imgRafa Nadal says his mental stability has returned after a topsy-turvy year for the former world number one.The 29-year-old Spaniard arrived in Canada last week for the start of the North American hardcourt swing having picked up his third title of the year in Hamburg.He will now hope to build on that as he attempts to claim a fourth Rogers Cup title.”It’s always about adapting your tennis,” Nadal, beaten by lowly-ranked Dustin Brown in the second round at Wimbledon, told the ATP’s website about the challengers in store over the next few weeks leading up to the U.S. Open.Also read: Rafael Nadal beats Fabio Fognini to win Hamburg Open”There’s a different way of hitting the ball, but at the end of the day it’s tennis. Hamburg had been a positive week for me. Mentally I was stable all week, something that I wasn’t able to do very often this season,” says Nadal.Twice U.S. Open champion Nadal, seeded seven, faces a potential quarter-final in Montreal with world number four Kei Nishikori who opened his hardcourt season with the title in Washington at the weekend. “My mental powers have been up and down more. Hamburg was not the case and I’m working well,” he added.World number one Novak Djokovic is the top seed.last_img read more

UST’s Chabi Yo, Grace Irebu named UAAP MVPs in Season 82

first_imgChabi Yo, despite being an undersized center at 6-foot-4, garnered 76 statistical points throughout the eliminations while averaging 16.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.Nonoy, meanwhile, had 39.29 SPs while averaging 10 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists helping UST to an 8-6 record for the fourth seed in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIrebu, who took her second straight MVP plum, tallied 90 SPs while leading the Tigresses to an 11-3 record for the second seed in the women’s tournament.The double achievement by Chabi Yo and Nonoy is the first time since 2009 that teammates won the top individual awards in the men’s tournament. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – University of Santo Tomas’ Soulemane Chabi Yo dunks the ball against Ateneo during their game in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas reaped the individual awards in both the UAAP Season 82 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.In the official tally released Wednesday, the Growling Tigers’ Soulemane Chabi Yo and the Tigresses’ Grace Irebu secured the MVP plums in men’s and women’s basketball while Chabi Yo’s teammate Mark Nonoy emerged as the season’s top rookie.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Winning ONE world title won’t change Rene Catalan’s ways Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ View comments Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Dylan Ababou and Jeric Teng were the MVP and Rookie of the Year, respectively, in Season 72 after leading the Growling Tigers to the fourth seed with a 6-8 record.Chabi Yo and Irebu’s double MVP achievement was also the first time since 2013 that the two top players in both tournaments were schoolmates.Terrence Romeo and Camille Sambile of Far Eastern University were the MVPs of Season 76.Chabi Yo leads the men’s mythical team with La Salle duo Justine Baltazar (64 SPs), Jamie Malonzo (63.23 Sps), University of the Philippines’ Kobe Paras (62.08 SPs), and University of the East’s Rey Suerte (60.93 SPs).Joining Irebu in the women’s mythical team are Adamson’s Nathalia Prado (86 SPs), former MVP Jack Danielle Animam of National University (78.57 SPs), FEU’s Claire Castro (66.64 SPs), and La Salle’s Kent Pastrana (57 SPs).ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’last_img read more

Angelique Kerber wins in first round of US Open

first_imgNo.2 seeded Angelique Kerber started her US Open tennis campaign with a comfortable win against Polona Hercog, who retired from the match down 0-6, 0-1.”To be honest, it’s never the way I would like to finish the match, but I went out there to feel my rhythm and start the tournament well. I played the first set really good, so this is what I will take from this match, that I’m playing my tennis,” Kerber said after the match here on Monday.”For me, it’s always tricky the first few rounds. So it’s always good to have the first round done. Just now focusing on the next rounds,” she was quoted as saying by (Also read: Rafael Nadal completes straight-sets win in first round at US Open)The 28-year-old left hander is bidding to win her second Grand Slam title in 2016, a feat which would see her potentially unseat Serena Williams and reach the women’s singles No.1 ranking.”I mean, for sure I want to be one day No. 1, I think this is a goal from everybody, especially also for me,” Kerber said.”But I will not be putting too much pressure on myself like I said a lot of times, because I know that when I put the pressure I’m not playing my tennis then. (Also read: Novak Djokovic struggles into second round at US Open)”You know, I will go out there to win every match going step by step. If the day will come someday it will be amazing. But, yeah, just let’s see. I have to win few more matches.”advertisementlast_img read more

TNPL asks CoA to consider allowing outstation players

first_imgThe Tamil Nadu Premier League has requested the Committe of Administrators (CoA) to consider allowing the 16 outstation players to participate in the month long third edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League that began in Tirunelveli on Wednesday.While declaring that the TNPL will be held in accordance with the schedule as they have already been approved by the CoA, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that players registered with other cricket associations will not be allowed to participate for now.PS Raman, Chairman, TNPL, said on Wednesday that the TNCA has written to the CoA to consider the case of the 16 outstation players and permit them to play since they are all “uncapped” players who have an opportunity to showcase their talent through TNPL.”The issue of outstation players will be taken by the CoA and the TNCA is awaiting the response from the CoA to the above request,” said Raman.The Supreme Court had earlier said players registered with other cricket associations will not be allowed to take part.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, said TNPL matches will be held in accordance with the schedule as they have already approved by the CoA which has been administering the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for TNPL, has submitted that outstation players should be allowed to participate in the prestigious tournament after they produce a no objection certificate (NOC) from their respective cricket associations.Eight teams are participating in the tournament and every team is allowed to induct two players from outside the state to play for it in the TNPL, he said.advertisementSenior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for CoA, opposed the submission saying it has been disallowed by the CoA after considering the draft constitution of the BCCI.He also said no outside player has been playing this tournament since 2009.The TNPL tournament, which begins today, has eight teams and every team has been allowed to have a pool of 20 players each.The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had permitted teams to induct two players from outside Tamil Nadu after they procure NoCs from their respective cricket associations.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart Calls Out Kyle Flood’s Decision To Switch Quarterbacks At Halftime

first_imgRutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move.  hart tweetsTwitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.last_img read more

Hearing on Foodora union push and gig economy gets underway at labour

TORONTO — A hearing related to a union drive at food delivery company Foodora is underway in Toronto and is expected to have significant implications for workers and companies in the gig economy.  The Ontario Labour Relations Board is set to hear a number of issues raised by both couriers looking to unionize, and the company — which opposes the push — including whether couriers are independent contractors or employees, and which couriers should be eligible to vote in a union drive.The board hearing comes after a union certification vote at Foodora in August was challenged, and the results sealed until the issues at the board are resolved.Couriers voted on whether to join the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which has also filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the board over claims that Foodora Canada spread misinformation during the union drive.The treatment of workers in the new gig economy has become a hot button issue globally as major players like Uber, Lyft, and a range of delivery companies challenge assertions that the people doing the driving and delivering are employees.A court in the U.K. found last year that Uber drivers should be classified as workers rather than self-employed contractors, while California legislators are trying to pass a new law to limit when some companies can label workers as independent contractors. The Canadian Press read more

World has learned too little from past says Ban on Day of

Recalling that the 100th anniversary of the first time chemical weapons were used on a large scale on a Belgian battlefield, Mr. Ban said “the events in Ypres in 1915 should be a distant memory – but the frightening truth is we are still grappling with the inhumane and indiscriminate effects of chemical weapons today.”The UN Secretary-General reminded the world about the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria that served as a shocking wake-up call to the international community about the continuing threat posed by these inhumane weapons. “The horrific images of the victims of chemical weapons in Syria should continue to haunt us all,” Mr. Ban said in this year’s message, marking the annual Day of Remembrance, observed on 29 April each year – the date in 1997 on which the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force.The Secretary-General declared it “an outrage that 90 years after the 1925 Geneva Protocol and nearly 20 years after the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention the list of those we mourn on this Day only grows longer.” As such, there is no more meaningful way to collectively honour the victims of chemical warfare and make sure that humankind is forever liberated from the ominous threat of the use of chemical weapons, he said.”On this Day of Remembrance, let us do more than recall the past,” he said. “Let us shape a new future by renewing our common pledge to rid the world of chemical weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.”He spoke of the importance of the Chemical Weapons Convention, strongly urging those few countries that still remain outside this framework to adhere to it “without further delay,” and reminded the world how the multinational effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons programme clearly demonstrated what can be achieved when the international community unites. read more

EYEWITNESS Lifting the veil…

…on PNC’s voting focusThe PNC – still using the fig leaf name “APNU” – had its last rally in Georgetown to fire up its supporters for yesterday’s LGE. They beat the bushes with all the ingenuity they could muster (cheap Banks was the clincher for the usual Stabroek Market lumpentariat!) and managed to attract some four hundred bodies.It’s clear that David Granger had been scheduled to address the faithful, but with him stuck in Cuba dealing with his (unrevealed) illness, the party made an interesting choice for its main speaker – Winston Jordan. This in itself is revealing. Why weren’t some of the other party leaders – including newly-elected Volda Lawrence picked? Word is, the infighting within the PNC for leadership in 2020 is reaching boiling point with Granger’s absence and none of the three heavyweights would agree to each other getting exposure.The compromise? Winston Jordan, who, up to now, has been a lacklustre Finance Minister for the past three years after being a faceless flunkey in the Finance Ministry’s Budget Office!! They were playing it safe – ‘cause they knew they couldn’t risk having the Mayoress Patricia Green-Chase in the audience, get onto the stage and speak. While they didn’t tell her to “SHUT UP!”, their tactic was just as effective!! Even the faithful wouldn’t have been able to stand her and with all those beer bottles in their hands, who knows what might’ve happened!!But it might just be they’ve created a monster with presidential ambitions of his own!! Jordan said not a single word about the Municipal Elections nor even mentioned even a single one of the PNC candidates – especially the aforementioned Mayoress! His entire MAIDEN political speech was on the 2020 General Elections and how he would spend the oil revenues and how they must join him to keep out the PPP!!The man was virulent on the race issue. He accused the PPP of “buying off” the Disciplined Forces by giving them a month’s bonus for years – while not doing the same for nurses, civil servants and others in the public sector! He clearly thinks the Disciplined Forces personnel are more easily bought out than the others! But not to worry, he declaimed: comes 2020 and the oil money, “watch with us one more day, one more hour. We are for you, we are for you. We have not forgotten that it’s you who put us here!”The reason why the Government could give them the promised “substantial salary increases” was because they were saddled with a “misery of a sugar industry to deal with” and payments to rice farmers!!The PNC presidential leaders better look out! Air Jordan looks ready to fly!!…on AFC’s demiseWhile the PNC was mining its stomping grounds in Georgetown, the AFC returned to Berbice – more specifically the fishing village of Whim where Moses Nagamootoo was born.  As your Eyewitness had mentioned, Nagamootoo declared the race in that part of the country was “between the AFC and the PPP”!! Well, he had his “Mini rally” in Whim, while the PPP had its in the neighbouring village of Bloomfield.And if these rallies are anything to go by, it just confirmed the “dead meat” status of the AFC – even with fellow Berbician Khemraj Ramjattan at his side! All you’ve got to do is take a gander at the coverage of the AFC “rally” and “march” in the Chronic – which Nagamootoo controls. The Chronic only mentioned “the crowd” without daring to reveal the number in the “crowd”!! The pics were closely cropped to hide the low turnout. But they couldn’t hide that even these were all AFC with their free caps and T-shirts!!In Bloomfield, however, the PPP was blooming like poppies in the field!!…on the President’s medical conditionThe news blackout on the President’s medical condition is unconscionable in a democracy, especially in the face of him being unable to return to Guyana as promised to vote in the LGE.This is causing too much speculation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: SuccessionJuly 3, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”OPINION: Eyewitness: Jailhouse rock…July 8, 2019In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Sisyphus, his rock…November 26, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Watch Ministers wont answer questions on U2s tax affairs or Arthurs Day

first_imgEarlier, three former Labour TDs urged Bono and U2 to bring their tax affairs back to Ireland.Dublin North-East deputy Tommy Broughan described U2 as the “greatest rock band by far that came out of Ireland” but said Bono’s “first duty is to his people”:YouTube videos: Hugh O’Connell‘Tough’ Bono insists: ‘I helped bring Google and Facebook to Ireland’Read: Diageo defends Arthur’s Day saying it’s a music festival and celebration of the pub MINISTER RICHARD Bruton and Justice Minister Alan Shatter would not answer questions about the tax affairs of U2 or the Arthur’s Day event planned for later this week at a press briefing earlier.The two ministers appeared before the media to discuss the Seanad referendum but when asked about Bono’s comments in The Observer yesterday explaining U2′s decision to move their publishing arm to the Netherlands to reduce the band’s tax bill, Bruton said only that Ireland has a “transparent tax code”.When asked about the Diageo-organised Arthur’s Day event planned for this Thursday, Shatter would not comment about concerns regarding possible increases in public order incidents as a result of the event. (Watch the full exchange above)A short time later at a press conference in Iveagh House, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he would not talk the “individual tax matters” of his constituents – of which Bono is one – but joked that his door is open if the frontman wishes to discuss such issues:last_img read more

The wizard speaks Mark Bouris

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Well this week has been a hotbed of discussion about the 28th July Australian bureau of statistics inflation number. Guesstimates are plentiful in every edition of all the newspapers; the question is though who has the best crystal ball? Most popular is a headline number of 3 per cent annualised, that number of course will draw the Reserve into very difficult territory as they may conclude that an interest rate rise in the August meeting must follow. The mitigating factors against that decision, unpopular as it will be, should be addressed. The headline rate needs to be carefully looked at and adjusted if it does not properly reflect a medium term trend.There may well be inputs into the headline number that distort. For example, tobacco and liquor will definitely show a price increase but it’s largely due to new taxes imposed this year. Another input which has surely risen is housing which includes house prices and rent. Both of these have risen but not because the economy is galloping away but because of supply shortages in new housing caused by banks not providing funds to developers the way they used to. The underlying inflation rate might just surprise on the downside and I really hope so. The disruptions in Europe are Herculean and quite frankly potentially disruptive to the raising of capital for banks in Australia. Sovereign risk there is a real threat to the health of the world’s economy. China has revised its growth numbers downwards to around 10 per cent so there may be some pressure released there as well. Whilst the unemployment figure is very good indeed, whether that translates into further wage pressures is a question worth pondering. The usual flow of information is that it does result in higher prices for goods and services as vendors pass the higher wage cost on to consumers but I would hesitate to accept that proposition currently. The reasoning is that vendors are aware that consumers may not be able to bear higher prices and they may actually absorb the wage increase, if any, so that they don’t lose market share. We are hardly in an environment now where goods and services prices are going up. If anything I see discounts and sales on everywhere. Nothing surer though is that if the interest rates do go up in August then it won’t be too many quarters past this one that the RBA considers interest rate reductions. Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on or check for your nearest branchlast_img read more

Hurricane Maria hits Barbados

first_img Barbados Prime Minister speaks to country ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian; said country is preparing for 6-12 feet storm surge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBarbados, September 18th, 2017 – Bridgetown – Hurricane Maria is currently making its way through Barbados. At 11am today, the national hurricane center confirmed that the eye of the storm was located near 14.7 degrees north, 60.1 degrees wear north-northwest of the island.Hurricane Maria is currently moving with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph with higher gusts predicted for the next 48 hours. Hurricane Maria is now a category 3 hurricane and is rapidly strengthening as it moves it way toward the Leeward Islands.As a result, Barbados will remain under a tropical storm watch with flood warnings until 6pm today. Magnetic Media understands that areas in St. Andrew are currently flooded. The met office has also predicated that Hurricane Maria will likely hit other islands such as the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and may even target Turks and Caicos by the end of this week.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #HurricaneWatch, #LeewardIslands, #magneticmedianews, barbados FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizinglast_img read more

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt planning to live together before marriage

first_imgAlia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor confess love on stage.InstagramRanbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are currently in a happy phase in their relationship and rumours are now doing the rounds of the industry that the lovebirds are planning to live together.Recently, the couple were spotted together stepping out of an interior designer office located in Worli, Mumbai. Ranbir was even seen waving at the paparazzi while Alia looked busy in her own thoughts.According to reports, it is being said that Ranbir and Alia have expressed their wish to move in together to spend more quality time with each other. Earlier, it was reported that Alia was allotting most of her time shooting for Brahmastra to spend ‘we time’ with her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor.Alia had earlier revealed that she has bought an apartment which is located in the same building where she currently lives in.When Alia was asked if the property was meant to be a love nest of her and Ranbir, she denied it and said that the property will be used as an office space for her own production house named Eternal Sunshine Productions.So there could be a possibility that Alia must be looking to decorate her office and might not be willing to have a live-in relationship with Ranbir. Alia Bhatt, Ranbir KapoorInstagramEarlier, Ranbir and Katrina had moved together when they were in a relationship and were even on the verge of getting married. But Neetu Kapoor was reportedly not in favour of it.As Alia and Ranbir have openly declared their love for each other, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the couple start living together in the near future. It is also being said that the couple are all in for marriage and may tie the knot soon.Take a look.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving is a better overall player than Steph Curry

first_imgLeBron’s not giving up the East and Kyrie is a better player than StephKevin Love and J.R. Smith are out for the Cavs, Toronto has added mediocre Serge Ibaka via trade and the media is already questioning the certainty of the Cavs making to their 3rd straight Finals. Their lack of faith is disturbing.In Colin’s opinion, it’s absurd to think that Serge Ibaka is going to change the balance of power in the East. LeBron has already played in more games than Michael Jordan with the Bulls and is showing no signs of slowing down. Serge Ibaka isn’t stopping him.If Cleveland is healthy in the Playoffs, or close to it, they should come out East. Colin also thinks that in a matchup with the Warriors, Kyrie Irving is a superior overall player than Steph Curry, as he proved in last year’s Finals.“I think Kyrie overall is a better player than Steph, I think he’s more skilled. I think Steph’s a better shooter.”McGregor’s like Ali, Mayweather’s like…boring.Mayweather/McGregor is reportedly close to going down, and even though Colin thinks the fight is going to be awful, he understands why people want to watch it. Colin thinks the fight itself will be a disaster, but the event will sell record numbers of Pay Per Views because the public always watches interesting and compelling stories.He also thinks that despite his undefeated record, Floyd Mayweather is boring. He’s all about money. Great. That doesn’t make him interesting. The real draw in this fight is McGregor. He’s the most compelling figure in either fight game right now showman instincts in the spirit of Ali. He also thinks he’ll probably get destroyed in the fight.“Conor McGregor is our Ali.”U Conn’s dominance is boring.The U Conn Women’s Basketball team just won their 100th game in a row and there’s no question it’s a remarkable streak and Geno Auriemma is a fantastic coach.While U Conn’s dominance as a program is unquestioned, Colin thinks it’s also fair to point out that their competition level in the women’s game is so poor that they’re rarely even challenged.  He thinks the women’s game has become more of a monument to U Conn than a competitive sport.“Part of the story is, women’s basketball is just a U Conn history museum. That’s all it is.”Draft Mitch Trubisky, but don’t trade for Jimmy Garoppolo? Really?The NFL Draft is coming up and the paralysis by analysis season is well underway. Mitch Trubisky is currently ranked as the top quarterback in the class.Colin is dumbfounded that people are so quick to throw cold water on the idea that teams would give up a first round draft pick for Jimmy Garoppolo, when Trubisky is a one-year starter who struggled against all his best competition.There’s NFL tape on Garoppolo and people aren’t sure, but they’re ready to turn over their franchise to a one-year starter who couldn’t put away Duke. It makes absolutely zero sense.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss Kevin Love’s knee surgery; if there is any legitimate threat to the Cavs in the East; how many peak years he thinks he has left; if he thinks Magic is the answer to run the Lakers; if he thinks the NBA could make James Dolan sell the Knicks.Glen “Big Baby” Davis – NBA Champ with the Celtics is in-studio discussing LeBron’s remarkable lack of injuries; why he’s amazed by LeBron’s discipline in taking care of his body; what a road trip looks like from an NBA player’s perspective.Phil Savage – Former NFL GM and Executive Director of the Senior Bowl joins the show to talk about this year’s Senior Bowl class; what position he thinks Jabrill Peppers will play in the NFL; if he thinks the SEC has eroded; and what he makes of this year’s college quarterback class.last_img read more

Athlete Caster Semenya features in inspirational Nike ad

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Sportswear brand Nike has featured olympic champion Caster Semenya in a new commercial. The 27-year-old South African has long fought off critics who question her gender with impressive accomplishments on the running track.She says in the inspirational ad: ‘Will it be easier for you if I wasn’t so fast? Will it be simpler if I stop winning? Would you be more comfortable if I was less proud?’‘Would you prefer if I hadn’t worked so hard? Or just didn’t love it? Or stopped at my first steps? That’s too bad, because I was born to do this…’[embedded content]‘Just Do It’The commercial is part of Nike’s 30th anniversary celebrations of the slogan ‘Just Do It’.The promotion has hit global headlines by featuring the USA’s NFL star Colin Kaepernick as face of the campaign.The football star has been denounced by US nationalists for refusing to stand for the US anthem in protest at police brutality and racism.Gold rushSemenya, meanwhile, has had an impressive season. She won gold in 800m and silver in the 400m at the IAAF Continental Cup. South African runner Caster Semenya is featured in a new Nike ad (Photo: Facebook) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img The athlete also has two Olympic medals under her belt. She won silver at London 2012 and gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, both for the women’s 800 meters.Semenya made international headlines in 2009 when she was was subjected to so-called sex verification testing after questions were raised about her gender.The results were never published, apart from a few leaked passages which suggest she might intersex. She has continued to compete in women’s events.The tests drew heavy criticism, especially in South Africa. Critics called the tests racists and said it violated her right to privacy.The runner and her long-term partner Violet Raseboya got married early last year. They tied the knot in a lavish ceremony just outside Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Tadd Fujikawa becomes first US Open golfer to come outLGBT people in South Africa face unprecedented violenceBritish University launches LGBTI student accommodationRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

Regional investment is key to Central American security say foreign ministers

first_imgRelated posts:Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís ‘Writing was on the wall’ for child immigrant crisis, says new study Obama to request $1 billion from Congress to help Central America Guatemala has no idea how many of its undocumented citizens live in the United States WASHINGTON, D. C. – The influx of immigrants to the United States from the three countries of Central America’s “Northern Triangle” region won’t see significant reduction until those nations can stand on their own economically.Hugo Martínez Bonilla, foreign minister of El Salvador, and his Guatemalan counterpart, Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoso, attempted to drive this message home during a Nov. 13 event at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.The seminar, “Re-envisioning the Future: A Discussion with Central American Foreign Ministers,” was moderated by Jason Marczak, deputy director at the council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. It preceded by one day a meeting at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Washington headquarters with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and three heads of state: Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, and Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras.The three presidents had traveled to Washington in order to unveil their “Alliance for Prosperity” plan, which will largely be financed by the IDB, the U.S. government and other sources. Billed as a sort of “Plan Colombia” for Central America, the proposal aims for a total economic and social transformation of the region, including dramatic investments in job creation, crime reduction and physical infrastructure.“You need to judge us by what we’re doing now, now what happened in our countries before,” said Martínez, alluding to the civil wars and political upheavals of the 1980s and early 1990s. We are very committed to this plan.”A third panelist, Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Agüero, had been scheduled to join her Salvadoran and Guatemalan counterparts on the podium, but she unexpectedly resigned the week before.Among other things, the Alianza para la Prosperidad del Triángulo Norte – as it’s known in Spanish – calls for an overhaul of tax systems and their management in the three countries, as well as the “creation of special economic zones” that would grant preferential treatment to new investment.“Unfortunately, even though we’re taking measures to strengthen immigration laws or have stronger border patrols, if no one tries to fix the economic situation, there will always be people moving toward the border,” said El Salvador’s Martínez. “Since there are not enough opportunities in their countries, they view immigration almost as an obligation. If we created economic opportunities in the countries where these people are coming from, then immigration would become an option, not an obligation.”Added Guatemala’s Morales: “The lack of development forces people to emigrate. Our immigrants are very nostalgic. When I meet them here, eight out of 10 tell me they want to save money and go back home. If most of them had opportunities in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, they would not emigrate.”See also: Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans From left, Jason Marczak, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center in Washington, D.C., moderates a discussion about Central America with Hugo Martínez Bonilla, foreign minister of El Salvador, and Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoco, foreign minister of Guatemala, on Nov. 13, 2014. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesSome 180 people packed the Atlantic Council’s auditorium for the event, including representatives of think tanks, U.S. government agencies, NGOs and 12 foreign embassies in Washington. Among ambassadors in the audience: Costa Rica’s Román Macaya and Nicaragua’s Francisco Campbell.“When I was 5 years old, I used to play with a child across the street. His name was Felipe,” recalled Martínez. “One day, all of a sudden, I didn’t see him anymore. That was in 1975. I asked my parents where Felipe was, and they told me his family had moved to the States. This was all about a lack of opportunity.”This summer was dominated by news headlines describing the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. That prompted President Barack Obama to speak out and helped bring the child migrant issue – as well as the tightening of border enforcement – to the forefront of the national immigration debate.However, as Martínez said, “it’s much better to invest in our countries than to add 1,000 more border guards. Our people are hard workers, and are valued for their hard work. We want to develop our countries so that people will want to stay.”Added Morales: “You can have a million soldiers at the border, and you’ll be shocked how many people will still get into the United States. That’s why investing in our economy is better than concentrating exclusively on security. The more we develop Central America, the better it’ll be for the United States. That’s the idea we’re looking for with this alliance.”See also: For Central America’s migrant women, life can change in a secondThe plan presented to the IDB has four basic pillars, said Martínez: economic development and entrepreneurship, safety and security, capital investment and human resources, and the development of capacities at the local level.“If we do not develop all four pillars, we will not have a complete plan,” he stressed. “For example, we can make great strides in entrepreneurship with small- and medium-sized enterprises, but if we don’t concentrate on safety and security, we won’t be able to develop at the local level. Likewise, if we are able to attract investment but the human resources aren’t available, we will be taking a huge risk, because investors would then have to bring people from abroad – which is not what we’re looking for. So we have to work hand-in-hand with investors and the private sector.”Both men stressed the need for business-friendly policies that would lure foreign companies to Central America, which would in turn bring greater stability to the region.“The first thing we must offer is inexpensive energy. That’s something we’re pushing for right now,” said Morales, estimating that electricity costs 15 times as much in Central America as in Mexico, making operating costs prohibitively high.He noted that Guatemala is now in discussions with Belize to connect their national grids, allowing the two neighbors to buy and sell electricity from each other; also in the works is a gas pipeline from Mexico.“We want to improve our ports and roads. How can we tell investors to come if we don’t have the proper roads or ports for them to move their products? Human capital is essential, but we also have to keep in mind ports, so the country can develop itself. If we don’t have competitive energy prices, then investors will go to other countries where electricity is cheaper.”Marczak asked the two foreign ministers how the Alliance for Prosperity is different from the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), a U.S. government initiative that has spent $642 million on assistance to the region since 2008.“There’s a very big difference between CARSI and what we’re proposing,” Morales replied. “CARSI was designed for law enforcement, but our plan seeks development in the region to increase economic opportunities. CARSI was designed by the U.S. government, and our plan was designed by our governments.”Both Mexico and Colombia are viewed by Central American leaders as success stories. Yet the Guatemalan diplomat said the stark difference between his country and Mexico is immediately apparent to anyone who crosses their shared 960-kilometer border.“When we cross into Mexico, we see that all their communities have roads, water, electricity, schools, medical facilities. You feel the government’s presence. On our side of the border, there’s not even water or toilets. Mexico today is completely different from what it used to be.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Putins first week sees wave of challenges

first_imgPutin’s decision not to go to the G-8 summit _ instead sending his predecessor and now prime minister Dmitry Medvedev _ was explained as necessary for Putin to form his Cabinet. That raised eyebrow since Putin’s return to the presidency had been all but certain since he announced his intention to run last September. Some observers suggested it gave Putin a convenient excuse to avoid a highly visible international forum where his tough line against dissent could come under criticism.The harsh measures against protesters on the day before the inauguration and subsequent arrests at smaller protests in the following days were a harsh contrast to Russia’s winter of discontent, during which demonstrators fastidiously stayed within the limits sanctioned by authorities and police in turn kept close watch but did not interfere.But the opposition now is raising the stakes, even setting up a small round-the-clock demonstration in a Moscow square. That puts Putin in a bind. Either he invites international opprobrium with tough police action or risks allowing the opposition to expand its actions to something resembling the 2004 Orange Revolution tent-camp in Kiev. Putin denounced both the Orange Revolution and the similar Rose Revolution in Georgia _ and allowing similar actions in Moscow could be seen as blinking first in a staring match. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories One of Putin’s strong suits against the opposition has been Russia’s remarkable prosperity during his presidency and premiership. That has come mostly because of Russia’s vast reserves of oil, gas and minerals, but the country has sought to move beyond its natural-resources economy to become a manufacturing power.The new Superjet-100 regional airliner is a key piece of that strategy, and Russia is energetically seeking customers for it worldwide. The crash in Indonesia occurred during an Asian sales trip for the plane.No cause has yet been determined, but either mechanical failure or pilot error would be a blow to Russia’s image. If the plane itself was at fault, orders almost certainly would dry up. The plane’s pilot was described as one of Russia’s most experienced, and if his error caused the crash it would follow a run of Russian airline disasters blamed on poorly trained or inattentive crews.The announcement of the foiled plot against the Sochi games hit at two of Putin’s other traditional strong points.Putin drove Russia’s campaign to win the right to host the event and his success was not only a personal victory but a strong endorsement of Russia’s aspirations to be seen as a country that is modern, welcoming _ and secure. Sochi’s location on the fringe of Russia’s insurgency-plagued North Caucasus raised concerns about terrorist attacks, fears that were countered with Putin’s strong record in the fight against Chechen rebels. But the reported plot, blamed on insurgents, underlined that the militants, although less active than in recent years, have not been vanquished _ a fact grimly underscored by the May 3 car bombs in Dagestan. A further embarrassment to the Kremlin could be seen in the claim that the plot was organized in Abkhazia, the Georgian separatist region adjacent to Sochi.Putin, amid his difficult first week in office, did find time to reinforce his image as a strong leader beloved by salt-of-the-earth Russians. On Thursday, he made a well-publicized visit to a tank manufacturing plant in the scruffy city of Nizhny Tagil. The plant became a potent symbol for Putin in January, when a cadre of workers promised him on national television that they would come to Moscow, if needed, to battle the rising protest movement.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories A corps of the most determined has occupied a Moscow square since Wednesday. Although small in number, the defiance is significant in a country where unauthorized rallies are routinely dispersed with force.Putin has also taken hits on other fronts.An airliner that is the pride of Russia’s campaign to regain a foothold in the civilian aviation industry crashed Wednesday under mysterious circumstances in Indonesia. The next day, a project of even greater national significance _ the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, appeared vulnerable: Authorities said they had uncovered an elaborate and heavily armed plot to attack the games in the Black Sea resort.Putin meanwhile baffled the world by announcing that he would not attend next week’s Group of Eight summit in Camp David _ a startling absence for a man who appears to relish the world spotlight.Nor did the days leading up to the inauguration augur smooth sailing for at least the early part of Putin’s new, six-year term. Tensions with the United States got a very public viewing when the military chief of staff threatened pre-emptive strikes if Washington moves ahead with a European missile-defense program. An inauguration eve protest attracted tens of thousands, well more than expected, and vivid scenes of police beating and dragging demonstrators played worldwide. Two car bombs in Dagestan killed 13 and wounded scores. Comments   Share   Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Putin appeared to shed tears of joy the night he won back the presidency in March. After less than a week in office, he may be tempted to shed some in frustration.Since his inauguration on Monday, the man whose 2000-2008 presidency was characterized by steely control and a cowed opposition has faced a wave of confrontations and misfortunes.Opposition activists, energized by this winter’s unprecedented wave of massive protest rallies and angered by Putin’s March 4 re-election, which they claim was riddled with vote fraud, are showing new willingness to risk arrest and police beatings. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Bill approved to regulate dog ownership and strays

first_imgCabinet approved on Tuesday the amended bill on dog ownership and strays which had been sent by the House back for vetting due to the many changes made after exhaustive discussion.According to Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos, the bill aims at “putting an end to the uncontrollable situation as regards stray dogs”.“This is a huge issue which has been plaguing communities for decades,” Hasikos said.“There was no order, nor legislation in place on who bears responsibility for dog licences, who has the authority and responsibility to report those who keep dogs without a licence, to assess how dangerous an animal is,” Hasikos said. The bill, he said, will regulate all these matters.He added that the bill stipulates that the local government bears the responsibility for the creation of dog shelters, and in case communities cannot afford one there is provision for the creation of regional shelters, built with state aid.The bill, Hasikos said, also regulates all issues concerning dog ownership, including the maximum number of dogs that can be kept.The bill was initially approved by the cabinet in September 2014 and was sent for discussion to the House Environment committee, but due to the many changes made it was sent back for vetting in January 2016. After scrutiny, the state legal services sent it back to the House committee which deemed that as it was heavily edited the cabinet had to re-approve it.Discussion of the bill at the House environment committee was very eventful as local authorities kept insisting that they couldn’t afford to enforce the legislation, animal welfare NGOs were failing to coordinate, while the committee chair despaired with the many diverging views between animal welfare groups, the competent authorities and local authorities.The bill – that was several years in the making – provides for fines for not microchiping a dog, not registering it with local authorities, not keeping medical records, bans on keeping dogs on balconies, roof tops or yards in apartment buildings. It also carries harsh penalties for not cleaning up after a dog in public places, for not having a collar, not writing specific details regarding the owner on the collar, as well as for loud and persistent barking that could potentially disturb neighbours.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Our View Hefty and frequent fines are the only way to make

first_imgA study of the Cypriot driver, presented to secondary school children by justice and public order minister Ionas Nicolaou, found him/her to be a bad driver, careless, dangerous, bloody-minded and with a tendency to ignore traffic rules. The study also found them to be inconsiderate, rude and selfish in the way they behave on the road. Younger respondents, commenting on road habits, noted the lack of respect shown by drivers to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.As regards habits during driving, Cypriot drivers admitted to using their mobile phones – both to talk and to send text messages – drinking, eating and smoking, while some women said they would put make-up on while driving. The youngest drivers (18-19 years) belonged to the high-risk group as their road behaviour was marked by excessive self-confidence about their driving ability, inexperience and no concept of danger; they committed the most dangerous traffic violations.The study said nothing new or anything that was not known, but Nicolaou felt it was a better way to educate teenagers about road safety than through the customary lectures given at schools. The presentation of the study engaged students, many of whom took part in the discussion that followed. He believed that the new approach succeeded in conveying the right messages to the teenagers likely to drive dangerously.While awareness campaigns at schools are necessary they will not make our roads any safer, just as national road safety campaigns have not markedly improved the road behaviour of drivers, which, according to the report remains selfish, dangerous and careless. Campaigns are quite clearly not enough and, at last, the government has realised this. Nicolaou said his ministry is in consultation with the attorney-general’s office about imposing harsher penalties on traffic offenders, including the confiscation of cars and the imposition of driving bans without going to court.We doubt such measures can be introduced, but there are countless other things that can be done to make drivers comply with traffic rules. First, traffic cameras need to be installed on the roads as soon as possible. Second, fines for traffic violations must be increased and automatic bans imposed on drunk drivers. Third, more traffic policemen should be on the city roads – not just on highways with speed traps – issuing fines to drivers for violating traffic rules such us doing right turns where they are not allowed. Fourth, illegally parked cars should be towed away because they also make roads less safe.Hefty and frequent fines plus the threat of a driving ban would soon improve the behaviour of the Cypriot driver. This may seem a harsh approach but it is the only way to make our roads safer, as awareness campaign, obviously do not work.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more