On Self-Inflicted Wounds

first_imgYou just found out your dream client chose a new supplier. Not only were you not chosen, you weren’t even invited to compete for their business. Because you didn’t make the calls, because you didn’t open the relationships, and because you didn’t nurture the relationships you needed, you weren’t even invited.You were asked to present to what is surely a dream client, even though you weren’t involved with shaping their needs. You were late to the game. You had no real understanding of their problems, and you had no way of knowing the ground truth. Instead of asking your dream client to let you do the discovery work you needed, you presented anyway and missed the mark by a wide margin.You and your dream client are down the home stretch together, and it looks like a certain win. They ask for time to work through the decision themselves, and they promise to get back with you soon. But instead of asking to meet and discuss what might be deal-breaking concerns, you allow the client to decide without your help. You discover later that you lost the deal over concerns that you might have easily resolved.These are self-inflicted wounds. In all of the situations described above (and countless more like them), the decision to take one course of action—or not to take some action—resulted in the loss of an opportunity.Deals You Shouldn’t LoseIn the course of selling, you are going to lose your fair share of deals. You are going to lose deals that you deserve to win, and you are going to win some deals that you probably deserve to lose. But you shouldn’t lose the deals that some simple, known action could have prevented.You shouldn’t lose deals because you never tried to open and nurture the relationships that you need. You shouldn’t lose because you failed to prospect or failed to make yourself known.You shouldn’t lose deals because you failed to ask for the commitments you needed in order to follow your proven sales process. You shouldn’t lose deals when you know what you need to win them.You shouldn’t lose deals because you disengaged from the client at the 11th hour, when all buyers try to resolve their concerns.You shouldn’t lose deals because you failed to fire every weapon in your arsenal, and you shouldn’t lose deals because you failed to play until the final whistle blows (hopefully that’s enough metaphors for you).Choose action over inaction. Choose asking for the commitments you need over taking a flyer. Choose more face-to-face sales calls to handle the sticky issues over fewer (or none). You are going to lose your share of deals, but you shouldn’t inflict that damage upon yourself.QuestionsIf you are being honest with yourself, how have you caused yourself to lose deals?Are most of the wounds you have inflicted upon yourself the result of action or inaction?Think about the last couple deals that you lost? What could you have done differently? What lessons can you take with you to future contests? 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 Nowlast_img read more

The Single Most Important Objection to a Meeting

first_img 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 You hear, “Can you try me back next quarter? We’re really busy now.” Of course your contact is busy. Everyone is busier than ever, doing more with less, struggling to keep up with the frenetic pace of business today.Your dream client asks, “Can you email me some information? I’ll take a look at it and get back to you.” You’ve heard this before. You agreed to send information in the past, and you are still waiting for the prospect to call you back. True?“We have a partner and aren’t looking to change now.” The statement is always true—until it isn’t. You have no doubt had prospective client tell you they are happy only to have them disclose to you in a first meeting that they are not pleased with their existing partner.Prospecting is difficult because of one single, universal factor: Time. You are asking people to give you their time, the only thing they don’t have enough of, and the one thing that, once spent, cannot be recovered. When it comes to time, there are no do-overs.What You Heard and What Is Being SaidThe real concern your dream client has expressed as an objection is that the meeting will be a waste of their time. The words they use may not express the fact that you didn’t not offer them enough value in trade for their time, but had you done so, you would have a meeting scheduled. There is a lot of concepts and ideas and talk tracks around objections, but the concern around wasting time is very real.The way to resolve real concerns is to acknowledge them and let your dream client know that you understand their concern—and that there is no risk of what they are concerned about coming true.last_img read more

Late Olympics qualification a blessing for men’s recurve team

first_imgThe Indian men’s recurve team qualified at the last possible opportunity and the archers and the coaching staff are looking at it as a positive going into the Olympics.They feel it will be easier to carry their form for a short duration, and the confidence and momentum will stand them in good stead when they step up to the line at Lord’s.”Our scores at the Ogden World Cup last month were very good. Before that, in Shanghai and Turkey too, we performed well. So our confidence is high,” Jayanta Talukdar, a member of the trio, told Mail Today.Talukdar was the only one of the archers who had secured his individual berth beforehand. He had done so at the 2011 World Championships in Turin.”Before Ogden, most of our focus was on our team performance. We devoted 70 per cent of our training time to that. After we qualified, we divided our time equally between team and individual training,” the man from Guwahati said.The 26-year-old archer has won two individual World Cup gold medals – in 2006 and 2009 – and leads his team in the shooting order during competition, followed by Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee.He knows what the team needs to work on to be among the top medal contenders at the Olympics.”We need to improve on our starting, especially our first three arrows. That is why even in training, we shoot a round or LIMBA RAM two before going for a one-onone match. That helps us get into rhythm,” he said.advertisement”Every other team that has qualified for the Olympics will be working as hard as we are so there will be no pushovers in London. We’re ranked No.4, behind Korea, the United States and France. But there are teams such as Italy, China, Japan and Chinese Taipei who can spring a surprise any day.”The Olympics comes once in every four years and one cannot harp on the negatives and problems, and one has to give his best,” Talukdar said.National coach Limba Ram has high hopes from his men’s team. “All three archers are equally good and have been shooting well over the last few months.”The weather during the Olympics also does not concern him. “It will be cold in London and the archery venue at Lord’s is expected to have swirling winds. But whatever the conditions, they should not affect our archers too much,” the threetime Olympian said. “The men’s team did not have a very good season in 2011, but they have turned it around this year. I am very hopeful of their chances.”last_img read more

Politicians should also have a retirement age like cricketers

first_imgKaveree BamzaiIn 1990, British Conservative MP Norman Tebbit devised what he thought was perfect proof of a British citizen’s loyalty. His means test was cricket: Whether you cheered for England or the land of your origin in a match. I propose a few other tests borrowed from the world of,Kaveree BamzaiIn 1990, British Conservative MP Norman Tebbit devised what he thought was perfect proof of a British citizen’s loyalty. His means test was cricket: Whether you cheered for England or the land of your origin in a match. I propose a few other tests borrowed from the world of sports for our politicians. Even a partial application will transform governance for the better.The VVS Laxman Test Politicians should know when to retire. Look at the master batsman. All it took was the suggestion by a selector that the series against New Zealand would be his last and a couple of critical columns. And he was gone, poof. We know a few veteran politicians who need to administer this test to themselves with immediate effect. We could start with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.The Mary Kom Apology Mary Kom, a farmer’s daughter from Manipur, overcame tremendous odds to win India its first bronze in women’s boxing. Yet she apologised to the nation. We still haven’t heard anything even remotely apologetic from Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi-we’ve been waiting 10 years. Or from Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.The Sushil Kumar Test Sushil Kumar won us a wrestling bronze in 2008 and a silver in 2012. He could retire and make enough money off endorsements from hair oil to underwear. Instead he is hungry for more, dreaming of a third medal in Rio 2016. And then there is Rahul Gandhi who seems to have lost his appetite for the big fight after spearheading the Congress loss in Uttar Pradesh.advertisementThe Gagan Narang Shot As you can guess, I am not a bronze-sceptic. I truly believe the Bronze Age of Indian Olympics is a prelude to the Golden Age, especially in previously unheralded sports where fire in the belly has to meet high tech training systems. Narang is a particular favourite. Which other man can call three cities his home, being equally comfortable in shooting ranges in Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune, and shift seamlessly between all three? We would suggest the test be administered to some politicians who can’t win an election from anywhere-we could start with Ghulam Nabi Azad but first we would have to find him.The Vijay Kumar Seize Your Moment Test Strike when the iron is hot. The nation loves you now. So be like Vijay Kumar and demand a promotion in exchange for your shooting silver. That would have been Priyanka Gandhi during the 2011 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Will her appeal extend beyond Rae Bareli now? Or has her moment passed?The Saina Nehwal Test This is a variation on the VVS Laxman Test but involves ending one’s career on a winning note. “I am now going to watch movies and eat chocolates. I don’t care even if I put on weight,” said the badminton ace after winning a bronze. We would like Mamata Banerjee to have said this in 2011 after wresting West Bengal from the increasingly out-of-touch Communists. Pity Mamata chose to govern, instead of devoting all her time to painting and writing poetry.And finally, may I suggest the Kevin Pietersen Test? If a star performer misbehaves, no matter how starry his performance is, be like the English Cricket Board. Drop him. Mukul Roy would head this very long list of Union ministers to whom it should apply.last_img read more

Duke rises to No. 1 in AP poll again, Kansas drops to 5th

first_imgNo. 20 North Carolina State (11-1) moved into the poll for the first time since 2013 after knocking off then-No. 7 Auburn on Wednesday and South Carolina Upstate on Saturday.No. 25 Oklahoma is ranked for the first time since hitting No. 4 in last year’s poll.VOTER DEATHIndiana beat writer and AP Top 25 poll voter Terry Hutchens died last week after being critically injured in an automobile collission. He was 60.“Hutch” covered the Hoosiers for CNHI Sports Indiana . FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Duke guard Tre Jones gestures to teammates during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in New York. Duke has regained the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 following a win over No. 12 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)Duke moved to No. 1 after blowing out Kentucky in its season opener, only to lose the top spot two weeks later with a loss to Gonzaga in Maui.Well, the Blue Devils are back at No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue ‘Difficult, rewarding’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Following a 21-point win over Air Force in their only game last week, the Wolverines (12-0) moved up two spots in this week’s poll, passing Tennessee.Michigan has its highest ranking since hitting No. 1 during the 2012-13 season and still has that stifling defense, allowing 55.8 points per game, good for third nationally.VOLS JUST SHORTTennessee won in two blowouts last week and added 10 more first-place votes than the week before.It wasn’t good enough to keep the Vols ahead of undefeated Michigan.Tennessee, which lost to Kansas on Nov. 23, finished a single point behind the Wolverines in the overall voting, 1,472 to 1,471.BUZZING HOKIESVirginia Tech entered the 2018-19 season with high expectations. The Hokies are living up to those so far under coach Buzz Williams.Virginia Tech moved into the top 10 for the first time since 1995-96 after beating North Carolina A&T in its only game last week.The Hokies have one blemish on their record, by one at Penn State, and have a win over then-ranked Purdue on their resume. The Blue Devils stayed in the top spot until a rally against Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational title game came up short. Duke worked its way up to No. 2 and slid into the top spot after routing Princeton and holding off No. 12 Texas Tech last week.The 69-58 win over the previously-unbeaten Red Raiders had a March-like feel at Madison Square Garden as two Elite Eight teams from a year ago played for the first time.“This is a great night for college basketball,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.WOLVERINES RISINGMichigan’s follow-up to its national title-game run a year ago keeps chugging along.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No. 6 Nevada, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Florida State and Virginia Tech rounded out the top 10.Duke (11-1) started the season No. 4 in the preseason poll, but moved to No. 1 for a record-tying 135th week in the first regular-season poll after turning its opener against then-No. 2 Kentucky into a laugher. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Buoyed by a win over No. 12 Texas Tech and Kansas’ loss at No. 18 Arizona State, Duke moved atop The Associated Press Top 25 released on Monday, receiving 35 of 64 first-place votes.No. 2 Michigan received nine first-place votes, No. 3 Tennessee got 12, and No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Kansas received four each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SUN DEVILS (BARELY) RISINGNo. 17 Arizona State picked up one of the biggest wins in program history by knocking off top-ranked Kansas 80-76.The Sun Devils (9-2) picked up only one spot in this week’s poll, thanks to a road loss to Vanderbilt the previous Sunday.The Jayhawks dropped four spots to No. 5, but should get big man Udoka Azubuike back soon after he missed four games with a sprained ankle.RISING AND FALLINGNo teams made significant jumps in this week’s poll. No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Kentucky were the biggest movers, adding three spots each.No. 21 Buffalo had the biggest drop, losing seven places after losing to No. 18 Marquette. No. 12 Auburn and No. 14 North Carolina lost five spots each.Furman’s first run at being ranked came to an end this week after the Paladins lost by 20 to LSU.Nebraska dropped out of the poll from No. 25 despite winning its only game last week.IN AND OUT View commentslast_img read more

SPORT-FIH 2 LAST

first_imgThis format will still gives teams the chance to go all This format will still gives teams the chance to go all the way to the World Cup or Olympics. Even the smallest hockey-playing nations have the opportunity to write their own chapter in hockeys history books as they progress throughout the rounds of competition into these flagship events. While Hockey World Cup qualification will remain similar to the current system, Olympic qualification will change, pending approval of the International Olympic Committees Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification criteria. These proposals were approved by the FIH Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier this month. The decision was made after more than 18 months of consultation, research and development between a number of stakeholders, overseen by a specially formed working group for this project. “This is a historic decision for the sport of hockey — a game changer! More than a years worth of work and over 700 people have helped develop this new portfolio of events. Moving from a tournament based format to a home and away league will considerably increase the value of our sport,” said FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather. “Fans will be exposed to more international hockey throughout the year, with many more home matches for them to enjoy. This, along with tweaks to the tiers below, will have a significant impact on the sport across all levels, safeguarding its future for many years to come,” he added. FIH President Leandro Negre said the changes were made with an aim of making hockey a global game. “When we launched our strategy 18 months ago we knew that drastic measures were required to revolutionise the sport. This is an exciting opportunity for hockey. A lot of hard work has already been undertaken, but this is only the start. “We need the hockey family to embrace this change now to ensure we reach our 10-year aim of making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. This will certainly be a monumental step for the sport as we take it to the next level,” said Negre. PTI CM PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Vaibhav Gehlot, son of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, is new RCA President

first_imgVaibhav Gehlot, son of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, is new RCA PresidentVaibhav Gehlot got 25 votes while his opponent Ramprakash Chaudhary from the rival Rameshwar Dudi group received only six votes.advertisement Next Dev Ankur Wadhawan New DelhiOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 15:51 IST Vaibhav with his father Ashok Gehlot in a file photoVaibhav Gehlot, son of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, is the new President of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA).Gehlot managed to win by 25 votes during the elections held today to become the new President of the Rajasthan Cricket Association.Vaibhav, son of Ashok Gehlot, had support from CP Joshi camp. Vaibhav has replaced Dr. CP Joshi as the new President of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA).Vaibhav Gehlot had last month entered into the arena of cricket politics in Rajasthan. He was appointed as the treasurer of the Rajsamand Cricket Association in Rajsamand district of the desert state.Vaibhav Gehlot had fought the Lok Sabha election from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur Lok Sabha constituency on Congress ticket against the BJP’s Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. He had to suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of Shekhawat during the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The trouncing meant that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot faced criticism for his son’s loss from Jodhpur, which was considered his stronghold.The elections of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) are keeping the state politics on the boil.Rameshwar Dudi, former leader of opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly had leveled serious allegations against seasoned politician of the Congress, Dr. CP Joshi. Dudi has alleged that Dr. Joshi has been indulging in gross misuse of power for the upcoming elections of RCA.”I absolutely accuse him of the manner in which misuse in this institution has been happening.”, Rameshwar Dudi, former leader of the opposition and Congress leader, had mentioned.Vaibhav Gehlot, however, in his interview to India Today, had refuted allegations leveled by the former leader of the opposition, Rameshwar Dudi.advertisement”No. It is not like that at all. Rameshwar Dudi and we, there is nothing like that in this matter. He has put forth his thoughts and the circumstances that developed in future, we moved forward according to that and Rameshwar Dudi is a senior leader of our party and everyone has the right to put forth his thoughts and as far as the thing about misuse that you mentioned, I want to tell you that there is nothing like that.”, Vaibhav Gehlot, son of Ashok Gehlot mentioned to India Today.Also Read | Kapil Dev didn’t need to resign as Cricket Advisory Committee chief: Vinod RaiAlso Read | Diana Edulji expresses her displeasure to Rahul Dravid on part-time coaches for India women’s cricket teamFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashok GehlotFollow Vaibhav GehlotFollow Rajasthan Cricket Associationlast_img read more

Province Helping Nova Scotians Prepare for Future Opportunities

first_imgNova Scotia is getting ready for a better future. As Irving Shipbuilding prepares to build Canada’s next fleet of combat ships, the province is helping Nova Scotians prepare to make the most of future opportunities. Dartmouth-based Akoostix Inc. is one of many Nova Scotia companies training their employees and making upgrades to their businesses with support from the province’s Productivity Investment Program. At an event with local aerospace and defence companies today, Nov. 9, Premier Darrell Dexter also announced that the province has commissioned Duke University to analyze the range of activities to create, produce, and deliver the arctic offshore patrol ships and research vessels. The opportunities study will help government, companies, and workers make the most of the huge opportunity shipbuilding presents. “Nova Scotians are ready to turn the corner on 20 years of the worst economic growth in the country. We’re focused on preparing for the better future that’s in store for our families,” said Premier Dexter. “We’re investing in people and companies across the province to take full advantage of the opportunities that are before us to contribute, compete and lead — nationally and internationally.” Akoostix has emerged as one of Canada’s top resources for defence and underwater sonar systems. The research and development firm specializes in software design and acoustics. The company has used $12,340 from the Productivity Investment Program to train employees in technical writing and developing advanced underwater acoustics and sonar systems, skills that will help it become more competitive, and attract and retain highly skilled employees. The Aerospace and Defence Industry Association of Nova Scotia (ADIANS) is also using $39,750 in provincial funding to offer its members training to help local aerospace and defence companies become more competitive. “Companies that invest in training, research and development are agile, they have the ability to change as the world changes around them,” said Akoostix president Joe Hood. “The support we’ve gotten from the province and from ADIANS is helping us improve our business and train our employees so we’re ready for the big opportunities that are coming.” “The training initiatives we have been able to offer our members as a result of the province’s direct support will help position companies to offer products and services on a global scale that will enable them to generate growth beyond our borders,” said ADIANS president and Lockheed Martin Canada project manager, Glenn Copeland. “Today is yet another example of the recognition of the importance of the industry within the province and the strong relationship that continues to be realized among industry and provincial government partners.” Hundreds of local and international companies will be involved in shipbuilding. Duke University will identify how the province can help Nova Scotia firms take advantage of the full range of opportunities and grow a strong shipbuilding industry, now and for the future. The opportunities study will also show ways to accelerate emerging technologies and support entrepreneurs to ensure Nova Scotia’s tradition of shipbuilding meets the demands of today’s marine environment. Colin Stephenson, executive director for the region’s annual defence and security exhibition and conference, DEFSEC Atlantic, says more international companies are showing interest in the province. “There’s no question that the world is taking notice of Nova Scotia and the opportunities that are just around the corner. I expect the results of the opportunities study will only generate more interest,” said Mr. Stephenson. “Knowing exactly what goes into the construction of these ships will help our local companies prepare, and help the province attract more businesses from abroad.” The $25-billion federal shipbuilding contracts will provide work for the next 30 years and 11,500 direct and indirect jobs when the project hits its stride in a few years’ time. “In Nova Scotia, we’re investing in people and in our future –- education, training and skills for good jobs that are the foundation for a good future,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Now we need to make the most of it, to create opportunities for communities across the province and for people of all backgrounds, from all walks of life.” This week has been one of the most significant for job creation in Nova Scotia in the last decade. Two companies, PROJEX Technologies Inc. and IBM Canada, announced plans to create nearly 1,000 high-paying, long-term jobs in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Obama offers World Cupwinning advice to Messi

first_imgBogota (Colombia): Argentine football great Lionel Messi has received a piece of advice from former US President Barack Obama on how to win the World Cup. In 2018, Argentina failed to win the Cup after facing defeat in the first knock-out round against eventual winners France. In 2014, Argentina lost to Germany in the finals in Rio de Janerio. According to Obama, one of the reasons why Argentina have not been able to lift the World Cup trophy is because the Argentine XI doesn’t play like a team. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “Even people that we consider geniuses work with other people in order to develop their style,” Obama was quoted as saying by goal.com. According to the report, the former US president gave a rare interview on football when at the EXMA Conference in Bogota and offered an insight on one of the planet’s top talents. “In Argentina, even though Messi is wonderful, they have problems winning the World Cup,” said Obama. “My advice to young people is that we have to recognise very few people achieve great things on their own,” he added. The comments from the 57-year-old come as Argentina prepare to take on the Copa America challenge next month in Brazil.last_img read more

Only for poetry lovers

first_imgA well-renowned film actor of Bengal film industry – Prosenjit Chatterjee along with the famous Bengali poet, writer and editor Subodh Sarkar, and other eminent personalities of Bengal, released a poetry book by the actress Sonali Chakraborty, at the Press Club of Kolkata on July 15, 2019.last_img

KMC looks to phase out deep tubewells in bid to reduce groundwater

first_imgKolkata: At a time when the state government is laying emphasis on reducing dependence on groundwater, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation is working on a comprehensive plan to gradually replace big dia tubewells in the city.The Water Supply department of the civic body has started work for coming up with capsule booster pumping stations at different parts of the city, in a bid to replace the deep tubewells.”There are two deep tubewells located in ward 85 in and around Deshapriya Park. One is located at Dover Lane while another is near Tridhara Akalbodhon Club. The capsule booster pumping station inside the premises of Deshapriya Park with a reservoir capacity of 0.3 million gallons will contribute in replacing the two tubewells. We are expecting to make the pumping station operational from January 2020,” a senior official of KMC’s Water Supply department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the official, this will also ensure smooth water pressure even in the households located in the interior areas of the ward. Similar work with the same objective is also being undertaken in Chetla in the ward of Mayor Firhad Hakim and at Mansatala ward 77 in Kidderpore area. Such capsule booster pumping stations have already come up at Harish Park in Bhowanipore, Nagendra Udyan in Behala, Airport Road in Behala, Netajinagar and Naktala in the added areas of the city. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We are gradually moving towards replacing all deep tubewells in the city with groundwater depleting at a rapid pace. This is a global problem and if we do not take measures to address the issue, our future generations may reel under severe water crisis,” said Mayor Firhad Hakim. There are 369 deep tubewells in the city at present, mostly located in the added areas that include Jadavpur and Tollygunge. 132 deep tubewells exist in Borough X of the civic body, which comprise wards 81, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 and 99. According to the data of the Water Supply department, there are 54 tubewells in Borough XI, 71 in Borough XII, 13 in Borough XIII, 21 in Borough XIV, 11 in XV, 24 in XVI, 26 in VII, 9 in VIII, 5 in IX, only 2 in VI and one in III. Boroughs I, II, IV and V do not have a single deep tubewell.last_img read more

In the news today May 16

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, May 16———TRUMP PARDONS CONRAD BLACK FOR FRAUD CONVICTIONU.S. President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. In a release Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Black “has made tremendous contributions to business, and to political and historical thought.” The statement said those supporting Black’s pardon include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Sir Elton John, Rush Limbaugh and the late William F. Buckley, Jr., founder of the conservative magazine National Review. In 2007, Black was convicted of three counts of fraud and one of obstruction of justice in a Chicago court and sentenced to six and a half years in jail.———FEDERAL OIL TANKER BAN BILL DEFEATED IN SENATEA federal ban on tanker traffic off British Columbia’s north coast has been defeated in a Senate committee. On a 6-6 vote, the Senate’s transportation and communications committee rejected Bill C-48 Wednesday night. The committee’s five Conservative senators voted against it, joined by Alberta independent Paula Simons. Five other independents and one self-identified Liberal voted in favour. When the result was clear — a tie vote means whatever is being proposed fails — the bill’s opponents applauded briefly in the Senate committee room. The House of Commons passed the bill a week ago and its failure in a Senate committee doesn’t mean it’s dead, but the vote is a blow for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.———FEDS FACE $138M BILL TO MOVE FLOODED HOMESFlood-ravaged provinces are asking the federal government to provide almost $138 million to move or buy out affected homeowners, new data that gives a glimpse into the national costs of helping residents leave floodplains indicates. Only four times in the past decade have provinces turned to the federal treasury for help to move homes — twice in New Brunswick, and once each in Quebec and Yukon. In New Brunswick’s case, the federal government picked up more than 80 per cent of the $1.8 million spent to buy out a combined 36 properties after flooding in 2008 and 2010. Public Safety Canada says provinces and territories have asked for $137.9 million in federal money to help cover costs related to 10 floods, but the dollar figure is only an estimate and doesn’t include this year’s.———VOTERS HEAD TO THE POLLS IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADORVoters in Newfoundland and Labrador head to the polls today to decide the fate of Premier Dwight Ball’s Liberal government after an election campaign that focused on two leaders — neither of whom is particularly well-liked by the public. Recent polls have suggested the Liberals, who are seeking a second term in office, were locked in a tight race with the Progressive Conservatives, led by lawyer Ches Crosbie — son of former federal cabinet minister John Crosbie. Though no government in Newfoundland and Labrador has served less than three consecutive terms, the Liberals are all too aware that a recent string of provincial elections have turfed the incumbents.———IMPORTED DOGS MAY PASS ON INFECTION TO PEOPLE: DOCTORA public health doctor in British Columbia says the transmission of infectious diseases from imported dogs to humans is an emerging problem and both physicians and patients should beware of symptoms. Doctor Elani Galanis says a woman who had fever, headaches and weight loss for two months was diagnosed through a blood test as having an infectious disease called brucellosis caught from a dog she’d rescued in Mexico. Veterinarian Rob Ashburner, a spokesman for the B.C. branch of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, says the organization has been working for years to try to get the federal government to enact stronger regulations for imported dogs because certificates presented to Canadian officials at borders are sometimes bogus and animal inspections are not comprehensive.———TIFF WIDENS JURY POOL FOR ITS PLATFORM PROGRAMOrganizers at the Toronto International Film Festival are shaking up the composition of the jury for the competitive Platform program. The three-member panel, which traditionally was built with filmmakers of global renown, has broadened its scope to include more voices from the entertainment industry. This year’s jury will feature movie director Athina Rachel Tsangari, Hollywood trade publication Variety’s international film critic Jessica Kiang and Carlo Chatrian, the newly appointed artistic director of the Berlin Film Festival. The change comes as TIFF organizers reduce the Platform best film prize amount to $20,000 from its previous $25,000 value.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The House of Commons defence committee meets to discuss a request by four members to undertake a study of the government’s conduct in the investigation and prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale makes an announcement regarding the expansion of the Security Infrastructure Program in support of protecting communities at risk of hate motivated crimes.— The first-degree murder trial of Perez Cleveland continues today in Winnipeg. He is accused of killing of Jennifer Barrett, whose body was found in a barrel.— Canada Pension Plan Investment Board releases its financial results for 12 months ended March 31.— Statistics Canada releases its monthly survey of manufacturing for March.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dakhla Moroccos Amazing Kitesurfing Destination

Taroudant – Dakhla in the southern region of Morocco is one of country’s most attractive tourist destinations. The peninsula, which stretches into the Atlantic Ocean, offers ideal conditions for surfers and beach lovers.With water at 25 ° throughout the year, Dakhla is a must destination and a haven for any surfer and water sports enthusiasts.Surfing is one of the challenging sports that demand skills and physical efforts. However, for beginners, there are some places in the world that turns this demanding sport into a very enjoyable experience.The Moroccan city of Dakhla is an example of these places for the bountiful advantageous factors it afford, such as warm water, soft waves, easy access, and loads of expert help.With nearly 3,500 miles of diverse beautiful coastline, last October Morocco was ranked third five best places to learn to surf in the world. read more

Louisvilles Teddy Bridgewater Undecided on Entering NFL Draft

Photo by louisvilleky.com.Teddy Bridgewater, the junior Louisville quarterback who is consensus No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft should he decide to forgo his senior season, said he remains divided on what to do.Bridgewater said he will decide  “hopefully three-to-four days after” Louisville’s Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami on Dec. 28 in Orlando.“Whenever I feel comfortable after discussing it with my mom, my family and my coaches,” the 21-year-old said. “It’s not a hard decision at all. I know I control my future and my own destiny.”He said he would return for his final year to play “in a new conference (the ACC) against better talent and being able to play another year with guys I’ve had great relationships with at Louisville.”Going to the NFL would allow him to “finally say I reached my ultimate goal and it would change my mom’s life (financially),” he said. “I can make an impact on my environment, where I grew up in Miami, showing there’s no restrictions what you can reach. That someone from the same neighborhood can make it out.”Bridgewater added that whatever NFL team has the first pick for next year’s draft will not impact his decision. He added that whenever he leaves college for the NFL, he wants to be able to say, “I was able to leave college a better person than when I came to college.” read more

RSPB tells public to call 999 to report wildlife crimes after Norfolk

The RSPB has told worried birdwatchers to call the police to report nature crimes after a council delayed the removal of netting over the nests of migrating sand martins, which had flown thousands of miles to nest and lay eggs.Wildlife activists reported seeing a kestrel become entangled in the wide holes of the netting covering over a kilometre of the cliff at Bacton beach, north Norfolk.The netting was put in place to deter birds from nesting as part of an anti-erosion scheme to protect a local gas terminal.Locals say that winds caused parts of the material to fall down overnight, meaning some sand martins managed to get to their nests. The RSPB said that if reports are accurate, this means the council and contractors could be committing a wildlife crime, as disturbing a live nest is illegal under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.A spokesperson for the local RSPB said: “All wild birds whilst they are nesting are protected by the countryside act so if they are being disturbed that is an offence and we would recommend the witness calls the police.”If contractors are aware of birds being caught and are not taking action, that is a crime. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “If anyone sees a crime in action then call 999. And a crime would be birds getting trapped or caught in the netting.” Sand martins nest in the sandy cliffs at Bacton - unless they are prevented from doing so by netting North Norfolk District Council promised on Tuesday that the netting would be removed within 24 hours – but delayed this to 48 hours by Wednesday morning, angering animal experts.Prof Ben Garrod from the University of East Anglia said this delay could “absolutely” cause the birds to become injured or die.He said: “This is why it’s such a horrible thing because councils and companies are putting these nests up before they start nesting so it doesn’t cause a nest disturbance on a technicality.”Each little sand martin can lay 4-5 eggs a season, they are only here for a few weeks and every day that this is delayed reduces the chance they will lay”We have the privilege of this little animal coming to visit our shores and we have put netting up and turned our back on them.”Juli Kett-Brodie, a local animal enthusiast who has been on the beach to watch the birds said she saw a kestrel become entangled in the nets. Kestrels are a threatened species and have amber protection in the UK. She said: “We saw a kestrel yesterday trying to land, and the third time he tried to land he got caught up, we started running towards him and he managed to get free and fly away.”There is a massive risk of this large netting that other animals can get caught in.”We have seals all along the coast and had a really high tide yesterday. We were on a peaceful protest march last night and we found a whole load of netting on the beach.”I’m fed up with the wildlife in Norfolk being trampled over for financial gain.”North Norfolk District Council said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon that it is working “at pace” to resolve the issue. Sand martins nest in the sandy cliffs at Bacton – unless they are prevented from doing so by nettingCredit:Jason Bye read more

Almost one in four Irish adults are obese a rate worse than

first_imgIn the developed world, men have higher rates of obesity than women, while the opposite is true in developing countries.The greatest gain in overweight and obesity occurred globally between 1992 and 2002, mainly among people aged between 20 and 40.Especially high rates of overweight and obesity have already been reached in Tonga and a number of other Pacific countries where levels of obesity in men and women exceed 50%. It is also the case in Kuwait, Libya and Qatar that most people were obese.In developed countries, the rate of increase in adult obesity has started to slow down in the past 8 years and there is some evidence that those more recent birth cohorts are gaining weight more slowly than previous ones.“Unlike other major global health risks, such as tobacco and childhood nutrition, obesity is not decreasing worldwide,” said  Professor Emmanuela Gakidou lead researcher at the University of Washington.Our findings show that increases in the prevalence of obesity have been substantial, widespread, and have arisen over a short time. However, there is some evidence of a plateau in adult obesity rates that provides some hope that the epidemic might have peaked in some developed countries.The importance of the addressing the issues was highlighted by the research which showed that 3.4 million deaths were caused by obesity in 2010.The Lancet article in full can be accessed here.Read: Half-ton Mexican man, once the world’s heaviest, dies aged 48 >Read: More shops need to stop selling sweets and chocolates at checkouts – Reilly > OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT rates in Ireland are among the highest in Western Europe according to a new global study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The figures for Irish men over 20-years of age show that 66 per cent are above their recommend weight while 51 per cent of women of the same age are.In the case of men, only six countries out of 22 in Western Europe fare worse while five countries have higher rates in the case of women.Comparisons with other European countries of overweight and obese young people under-20 were also along similar lines, but slightly better.In Ireland, obesity rates are as follows; 6.9 per cent for boys under-20 and 7.2 per cent for girls under in 20. Among Irish adults over 20, the rates for men and women are at about 23 per cent.For the purposes of the research, obesity was calculated at a proportion of body-mass index above 30 kg/m² while being overweight was measured at above 25 kg/m².The worldwide research has been published by the Lancet medical journal and found that the number of obese and overweight people worldwide has increased from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013.This varied greatly across the world with more than half of the world’s 671 million obese individuals living in just ten countries.In high-income countries, some of the highest increases in adult obesity prevalence have been in the USA where roughly a third of the adult population are obese, Australia where 28 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women are obese, and the UK where around a quarter of the adult population are obese.On balance however, obeseity rates are higher in developing countires, approaching 40 per cent in some places with 62 per cent of the world’s obese people live in developing countries.Worldwide, the proportion of men who were overweight increased from 28·8 per cent in 1980 to 36·9 per cent in 2013, and the proportion of women who were overweight increased from 29·8 per cent to 38·0 per cent.The research also makes specific reference to childhood obesity which has increased by 33 per cent in the past 33 years.Some of the other key findings include:last_img read more

Scientists find that antimatter occurs naturally on Earth

first_imgStar Trek fans know that apparently in the future space propulsion is produced through the combination of matter and antimatter. The problem with antimatter though is that it’s scarce and most scientists agree the only way to produce it on Earth is through artificial means. At least, that was the belief until scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope discovered a previously unknown phenomenon that occurs above thunderstorm clouds.It turns out that in addition to producing rain and lightning, thunderstorm clouds also produce antimatter. The discovery is the first time antimatter has been found to be created naturally on Earth. Antimatter particles are created within a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF) which is produced inside thunderstorms in association with lightning. These TGFs occur around 500 times a day, but the vast majority go undetected. Gamma rays contain a high amount of energy and occur when particles of antimatter strike normal matter. TGFs with energies of 511,000 electron volts have been detected by Fermi.The Fermi spacecraft was originally designed to detect high-energy events in space. Scientists have now found that the spacecraft can be a valuable in detecting high-energy events occurring on Earth as well. Most of the TGFs detected by Fermi were the result of it being immediately above a thunderstorm, though in four other cases the storms were relatively far away. Those distant storms were detected as a result of TGFs producing high-speed electrons and positrons, an electron’s antimatter counterpart, which rode Earth’s magnetic field to strike the spacecraft.Read more at NASA.last_img read more

MIT is bioengineering bacteria to turn CO2 into fuel

first_imgResearch scientists at MIT look to be on the brink of solving two big problems with one tiny bacteria. They’ve taken the soil bacteria called Ralstonia eutropha and bioengineered it to use carbon as a food source and produce a gasoline substitute as waste. The ultimate goal being to get the bacteria to feed on CO2 and produce fuel in the process.The unmodified version of Ralstonia eutropha feeds on organic compounds or hydrogen and grows in the process. But when it gets stressed through a lack of certain nutrients in its diet it decides to store food for later instead. That food is stored as a polymer.What the scientists at MIT did was to modify the bacteria so that instead of storing food as a polymer, it produces isobutanol. Isobutanol can be used as a substitute for gasoline making the usefulness of this bacteria very clear.However, the research team aren’t finished yet. Its food source is carbon-based and work is currently underway to get it on to a diet of carbon dioxide. By doing so, Raistonia eutropha could one day eat our carbon emissions and output new fuel for us to use.The isobutanol produced is easy to filter off as the bacteria stores it in the liquid surrounding of its body rather than internally. With that being the case, having large vats of Ralstonia eutropha producing a steady stream of fuel is highly viable. It’s also possible the bacteria could be adapted to use some of our other waste products as a food source, for example, agricultural waste.As the whole system relies on this single bacteria it can be setup just about anywhere there’s access to a food source and a fuel storage system. That means it won’t take up valuable farming land like ethanol production does, making it a much more viable and eco-friendly long term solution if the MIT team can perfect Ralstonia eutropha’s eating habits.Read more at MITlast_img read more

British authorities join US in raising suspicion about Chinese tech firm Huawei

first_img Short URL By AFP Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 2:49 PM Mar 28th 2019, 2:49 PM 24 Comments 13,113 Views Huawei is the leading manufacturer of 5G technology. Share1 Tweet Email2 British authorities join US in raising suspicion about Chinese tech firm Huawei Its tech could pose “new risks” for the UK’s telecommunications, a new report has stated. Overall, the oversight board can only provide limited assurance that all risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks can be sufficiently mitigated long-term.HCSEC was formed in 2010 to mitigate perceived risks arising from the involvement of Huawei in critical national infrastructure.The government-led board includes officials from Britain’s GCHQ cybersecurity agency as well as a senior Huawei executive and representatives from the UK telecommunications sector.The report “details some concerns about Huawei’s software engineering capabilities”, the Huawei spokesman added.“We understand these concerns and take them very seriously.“The issues identified… provide vital input for the ongoing transformation of our software engineering capabilities,” he told AFP.The spokesman also noted that Huawei’s board of directors had last year launched a company-wide €1.8 billion transformation plan to enhance those capabilities.“The mechanism of collaboration between Huawei and the UK government continues to work properly — the identification of the issues in the OB report is an indication of the HCSEC model working properly,” he insisted.EU plan for safe 5GToday’s report was published two days after the European Commission presented its plan to ensure the secure introduction of 5G telecoms networks.The Commission has not yet urged European countries to follow the example of the US, Australia or Japan in banning or restricting deals with the firm.However, it will now take steps to determine the extent of the risk and encourage EU members to share information.The plan calls for member states to report back on any security threats to their national network infrastructure by 30 June.After that, the European Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) will be given to 1 October to produce a report evaluating the risks at a European level.Then member states will debate what if any measures to take, with a decision before the end of the year.Huawei stands accused by the United States of posing a security risk to western networks, because of its alleged ties to Chinese intelligence.Nevertheless, some European countries are in negotiations with Huawei to deploy its advanced technology to power the faster wireless networks of the future.© – AFP 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4565302 Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Huawei is the leading manufacturer of 5G technology. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images THE UK HAS identified “significant” issues in Huawei’s engineering processes that pose “new risks” for the nation’s telecommunications, a government report has found amid lingering global suspicion over the Chinese technology giant.“Further significant technical issues have been identified in Huawei’s engineering processes, leading to new risks in the UK telecommunications networks,” read annual findings from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) oversight board.Huawei is the leading manufacturer of equipment for next-generation 5G mobile networks with almost instantaneous data transfer that will become the nervous system of Europe’s economy, in strategic sectors like energy, transport, banking and health care.However, some Western nations have barred it amid fears Beijing could gain access to sensitive communications and critical infrastructure.A Huawei spokesman said it was taking the British concerns “very seriously” and they would be used as part of its “ongoing” process to improve its capabilities.HCSEC stressed that in the report that it “does not believe that the defects identified are a result of Chinese state interference”.‘Limited assurance’ over risksThe board added however that “no material progress has been made by Huawei in the remediation of the issues reported last year”.And it concluded: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Immigrants find help on Facebook

first_imgA facebook group developed to help Greeks migrate to Australia has had an overwhelming response from people seeking support. The group, called Greek Australian Support Network, was developed by eight Victorians only two weeks ago and already has 1069 members (at time of print). The group’s intent is to offer support, assistance and advice to all migrating Greeks. It provides a forum for people to advertise jobs, offer grass roots assistance like blankets, furniture for new arrivals, and accommodation. Peter Kalliakoudis, one of the administrators of the group said Greek Australian Support Network is a “community based facebook group so all we can give is advice to our members and it’s something we are just trying to support fellow Greeks going through hardships”. “All we tried to build here was a network between people looking for help we are just trying to be the medium form between coming and people’s support for fellow Greeks,” says Mr Kalliakoudis. The group’s origin’s began after a facebook discussion on Peter’s homepage discussing the current crisis in the Hellenic Republic. “When we saw the footage of Athens burning like that, it really struck us at the heart, and seeing it we knew we had to do something about it,” says Mr Kalliakoudis. The eight people involved in the discussion are now the administrators of the group and they include: Anna Stergiouconstantakis; George Tsitsis; Sossa Gonzales; Pytheas Massalias; Antony Margetis; Petros Kosmopoulos; Stella Avgerinakis; as well as Mr Kalliakoudis. All administrators are from Melbourne. Administrator Ms Stergiouconstantakis told Neos Kosmos that she has not only been overwhelmed by the response, but also overwhelmed by the support shown on the forum. “It got to the stage where every couple of seconds we were getting requests to join the group,” says Ms Stergiouconstantakis. Ms Stergiouconstantakis said the network has already been very successful in helping Greeks immigrate, and says “it shows the true philanthropic character of the Hellenes, the word comes from us and it shows on our wall”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more