I Am Not Your Prospect

first_imgTonight, I did something I rarely do. I stepped foot in an office supply store. My daughter wanted a fancy planner, and I needed some new highlighters for books I am reading and documents I need to review. Naturally, I only like one pen, some sort of Uni-Ball gel pen, so I picked up a pack of those and a pack of assorted colors (even though I have no idea when I will ever use them.)My daughter couldn’t find an acceptable planner, but she did find Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (which upon reflection, might have been more important to her).As we were checking out, the nice gentleman behind the counter asked me if I had a rewards card. I said that I did not and, naturally, he pitched me. Did I know that I could save on every transaction? Did I know that I could collect points that can be redeemed for merchandise in the store?I explained that I visit an office supply store on the same frequency of occurrence as Haley’s Comet passing Earth.Undeterred, the cashier, acting as salesman, adjusted his approach. Was I aware that their program was free? Had anyone informed me that there was no card necessary; I could simply register with my phone number? Politely, I told him that I understood, but I wouldn’t find any value in the program. As what he tried thus far hadn’t worked, he went to time as my likely objection. Did I know it only takes a minute to sign up?This is a mistake that salespeople make, but in this case, the cashier was trained to pursue an enrollment, and he did his best. But as my daughter was with me, I continued to say no to teach her an important lesson. No matter how persistent someone is, you do not have to agree to what they ask you to do. No matter how polite they seem, you have no obligation to agree to what they ask of you to be polite. If someone refuses to take no for an answer, they are not being polite, and you can stick to your no with no apologies.And here is a lesson for at least 14 salespeople who have communicated with me through email and LinkedIn over the past two weeks. Not everyone is your prospect. A pulse and blinking eyes are not enough to make someone a prospect. What makes someone a prospect is the fact that you can create value for them—and that they will perceive what you sell as value, even if they say no.There is no reason to assume that a LinkedIn profile is an indication that one needs a mobile application, a responsive website, better SEO, Oracle Java developers, or lead generation services (all of which I have been offered in the last two weeks). If you sell consulting services, pitching me and sending me a link whereby I can schedule time on your Calendly or TimeTrade link is to misunderstand prospecting altogether.I may not be your prospect. You may not be mine either.last_img read more

Tea body refutes Oxfam claims on rights abuse

first_imgThe Indian Tea Association has countered an Oxfam report on plantation labour rights violation, saying it left out the share of the price paid to a producer providing employment to the workers as well as the non-cash component of their wages.Oxfam, a confederation of 20 NGOs focussing on the alleviation of global poverty, a week ago published a report on “Addressing the human cost of Assam Tea – an agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations”.The study by Oxfam India and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, based on interviews with 510 plantation labourers in 50 tea estates across Assam, said that the workers earned ₹137-167 despite working for over 13 hours a day.The study also said supermarkets and tea brands “typically capture over two-thirds of the price paid by consumers for Assam tea in India – with just 7.2% remaining for workers on tea estates”.In a letter to Oxfam India CEO Amitabh Behar on Wednesday, ITA secretary general Arijit Raha said the Oxfam’s study came to conclusions on issues based on findings in some tea gardens that did not reflect the true picture of the industry.last_img read more

Nara upsets 2004 champion Kuznetsova at US Open

first_imgView comments Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ ‘Not a god’: Federer tops cramping Youzhny in 5 sets at Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit Thursday night means five of the top eight women in the field are already gone before the third round. She joins No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6 Angelique Kerber and No. 7 Johanna Konta. Kerber was the defending champion.Kuznetsova won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2004 and was the runner-up in 2007. She also was the French Open champion in 2009. The Russian came to New York this year as one of eight women with a chance to move up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings after the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, returns a shot from Marketa Vondrousova, of Czech Republic, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Past U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset in the second round by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.This was Nara’s first victory in nine career matches against opponents ranked in the top 10. It also allowed her to get to the third round at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2013, equaling her best showing at any Grand Slam tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Gameslast_img read more

CWG scam: Darbari blames Suresh Kalmadi

first_imgA day after CBI arrested former CWG official M Jayachandran, an aide of Commonwealth Games organizing committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi, there is more trouble in store for the latter.TS Darbari, an aide of Kalmadi, on Monday told a city court he followed orders related to the Games from the top.Blaming Suresh Kalmadi, he said that he had no role to play in the CWG fraud.Darbari said that the decision to award contract was approved by the OC chairman.He also accused Kalmadi and former deputy director general Sanjay Mohindroo for the AM Films fraud.CBI on Sunday arrested sacked treasurer Jayachandran in connection with the alleged bungling in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in London last year.Jayachandran was arrested after several rounds of questioning by the investigating agency, CBI spokesman R K Gaur said on Sunday night.The CBI on last Monday had arrested Kalmadi aides T.S. Darbari and Sanjay Mahendroo for alleged corruption related to the sporting event.CAG asks govt to ensure that CWG records are not destroyedThe government auditor CAG has written to the Cabinet Secretary to ensure that no records from the office of the Commonwealth Games organising committee are removed till the audit is complete.The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), sources said, in October had written to the Cabinet Secretary to take steps to ensure that no damage was done to papers relating to award of contracts for the Games.The CAG, sources said, is worried that records of OC were being bungled and some important files have been found missing.advertisementThe official auditor, which is probing the expenses incurred for organising the CWG, is slated to submit its audit report to the Parliament by January end.The two-week long Commonwealth Games have reportedly cost the nation an estimated Rs 70,000 crore. The CAG is probing the contracts given by various agencies for construction of infrastructural facilities, equipment and conduct of Games.BJP all set to corner Delhi govt on CWG, unauthorised coloniesThe winter session of Delhi Assembly is likely to start on a stormy note on Tuesday with BJP set to corner the government on alleged irregularities in Commonwealth Games spendings and demand a probe by a House Committee.The party has already indicated that it will specifically target Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and may move a no confidence motion against the government in the session which will have a total of six sittings.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Australia cricketers seen smoking during Ashes celebrations: Not ideal, says Steve Smith

first_imgAustralian cricketers Shaun Marsh and Jackson Bird were seen smoking in public during celebrations after their Ashes triumph over England.The Australian team was at Coogee Pavillion recently to have a good time after crushing England 4-0 to regain the urn. However, the mood was dampened a bit when Marsh and Bird were pictured smoking by Australian newspaper, the The Daily Telegraph.Both Marsh and Bird drew heavy criticism for smoking in public. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who finishd 2017 as the highest wicket taker in Tests, also appeared to be holding a cigarette when he arrived for the party.Health experts were not impressed as Australia’s cricketers puffed away in public. “In this day and age, why would elite sportsmen (a) still be smoking, and (b) doing so in a public space when children around Australia, teens around Australia, young men, seek to emulate them?” Quit Victoria director Dr Sarah White told Heidi Murphy. “Smoking is not illegal … it happens to be the leading cause of preventable deaths and disease in Australia, but sadly not illegal.”Australia captain Steve Smith, who was also present at the Coogee Pavillion, said it was not ideal for his men to be seen smoking in full public glare.”It’s not ideal. But boys were just there trying to have a good time. Trying to celebrate what’s been a great couple of months and that’s part of playing cricket for your country and winning big series,” he told Channel 9’s Today Show. “You need to celebrate your success and the boys had a really good time and those kind of things coming out aren’t ideal but you can’t do much about it.”advertisementAustralian leg-spinner Adam Zampa said he did not see what all the fuss was about as there were no children present at the venue when Marsh and Bird lit up. “I don’t think there was any kids at the [bar] Coogee Pavillion,” he said.”I don’t think they were doing it on purpose in front of any kids either.”After a 4-0 Ashes, the guys have done quite well, it’s probably a nice time just to loosen up a little bit and have a beer and, if they want to, they can light one up.”Marsh, making a comeback into the Australian team during the Ashes, was the second-highest scorer in the series with 445 runs including two hundreds and two fifties from five matches.Bird, the other Aussie cricketer in the eye of a storm over the puffing incident, played just the Boxing Day Test and finished with figures of 0/108.Marsh and Bird are not the first Australian cricketers to be clicked smoking in public.Shane Warne, back in 1999, had been offered a $200,000 contract by a nicotine substitute company named Nicorette to give up smoking. However, a mere days before the end of a four-month deal, Warne was seen lighting up at a bar in Barbados.Back in May 2011, Warne, then captain of Rajasthan Royals, was caught on camera puffing a cigarette inside the airport premises in Indore. Soon after deplaning, the legendary leg-spinner had a quick smoked before boarding a bus to go to the team hotel.last_img read more

India vs Australia 1st T20I: Adam Zampa ‘stoked’ to get Virat Kohli’s wicket

first_imgAustralia defeated India in the 1st T20I by 4 runs, via the DLS method, in a thriller at The Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday.Virat Kohli returned to lead India after skipping the last series against West Indies.He won the toss and sent Australia out to bat but personally had a below-par performance on return, dropping a regulation catch in the fourth over, misfielding later in the innings and getting out for four. Shikhar Dhawan, on the night, even broke his record for most T20I runs in a year.India vs Australia, 1st T20I: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDAdam Zampa said he was “stoked” after getting the Indian captain for cheap, speaking at the post match press conference. He was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his tight bowling, eventually ending with figures of 2/22 from his four overs.When asked about what it was like to get the best batsman in the world out, Kohli, he said, “Stoked. Really good feeling. Virat being the player he is, just thought he was a big wicket at the time. Getting him out, I was really excited.”Also read – Virat Kohli wants India to ‘learn from mistakes’ after heartbreaking Gabba defeatZampa had dismissed KL Rahul too with a peach of a delivery, as he drew out the struggling Indian out of his crease, only to allow Australian wicket-keeper Alex Carrey to take the bails off in a flash. It was touch and go but the on field umpires decided that Rahul was safe.advertisementIt doesn’t get much closer than that! #CloseMatters#AUSvIND @GilletteAU pic.twitter.com/9R6smFMpTAcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 21, 2018Carey although was adamant that he got his man and asked the review to be taken. He was right in the end as reviews showed that Rahul’s foot was indeed on the crease and not back safe across.Zampa was thankful to the Australian wicket-keeper, saying that Carey isn’t always the one to trust.”Never trust Carey with his decisions behind the stumps, with his DRS decisions. He got this one right,” Zampa said.Adam Zampa’s 2-22 saw him earn Player of the Match honours in the #AUSvIND opener.Full recap from the Gabba here: https://t.co/HOpEVIkXUR pic.twitter.com/mXQf0GA5z7cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 21, 2018Earlier, Australia posted 158-4 from 17 overs after rain interrupted play, with Glenn Maxwell (46 from 24 balls) and Chris Lynn (37 from 20 balls) each belting four sixes.Also read – India vs Australia: Powerful Maxwell shot damages spider camera in BrisbaneThe rain delay brought the DLS rules into play and India had a revised target of 174 from 17 overs.Dhawan set India up in its run chase with a 42-ball 76, including 10 boundaries and two sixes, before he upper cut a short ball from Billy Stanlake to Jason Behrendorff on the third man boundary and India slipped to 105-4 from 11.4 overs.He raised his 50 with a six over backward square, his first, and had a reprieve on 65 when Zampa put down a return catch, but finally succumbed to the short-pitch tactic.Also read – Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virat Kohli’s record for most T20I runs in a yearHis wicket came in a spell when India lost 3-24, and seemed to give Australia the advantage. But Rishabh Pant (20) and Dinesh Karthik (30) took up the attack and plundered 25 from one over by Andrew Tye after a tactical blunder by Australia captain Aaron Finch, who lost track of the new bowling restrictions.The pair put on 51 for the fifth wicket to give India the ascendancy before Pant paddled an easy catch to Behrendorff off Tye’s bowling to again change the momentum, leaving India needing 18 runs from nine balls.Stoinis bowled the last over, with India needing 13 runs and took pace off the ball and picked up the wickets of Krunal Pandya and Khartik caught in the outfield as India finished 169-7.Final over. Thirteen runs needed. Over to Marcus Stoinis…Watch the full over HERE: https://t.co/YgFCPUYAdO #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/7bMu563PPBcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 21, 2018India has won its last seven T20 series, and Kohli’s squad is using the three-game series in the shortest format to fine-tune for the bigger prize starting next month when it chases its first ever Test series victory in Australia.Australian cricket has been in turmoil since a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March and is coming off back-to-back series losses to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and at home against South Africa.advertisementOn top of that, the hosts were missing frontline bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and offspinner Nathan Lyon, who were preparing for the four-match Test series which kicks off Dec. 6 in Adelaide.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Man City, Juve & Man Utd all wanted me – Godin

first_imgDiego Godin is taking on a new adventure at Inter but admits to having received offers from Manchester City, Juventus and Manchester United in the recent past.The Uruguay international has established a reputation as one of the most reliable defenders in world football.He is now 33 years of age, but remains at the top of his game and has continued to attract interest from leading sides across Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? City and United were heavily linked with moves to lure Godin away from Atletico Madrid during his time in Spain, while Juventus were eager to bolster their Serie A title-winning squad.A South American star was, however, to remain loyal to Atletico before seeing his contract in the Spanish capital expire this summer.Godin told Gazzetta dello Sport on the advances he has received: “A year ago there was Juve, Manchester United, in the past also [Man] City.“However, back then I had a contract with Atletico and I didn’t think of leaving.“This time it was different, as my contract was about to expire. I can say that no club convinced me as much as Inter.”He added on his decision to head for San Siro: “They came alive first and acted more decisively than other clubs.“They showed me the project: it’s ambitious, like me. And I liked the idea of being part of it and being able to help Inter realise it.”Diego Godin Atletico Madrid La Liga 2018Godin is now readying himself for a first taste of life in Serie A, a division he believes is made for him.He said on his perception of Italian football: “That it is more difficult to play for a striker than for a defender. In theory, better for me.“But I have to quickly understand what the manager wants from me, I want to help my team-mates on and off the field.”Antonio Conte will be calling the shots at Inter in 2019-20, with Godin trading life under Diego Simeone for that working with another passionate coach in Milan.“Conte? He reminds me a lot of Simeone,” said Godin.“They live football with the same passion, they pay attention to details, they get the most out of the guys they train.“Conte, in particular, is a concrete type: he knows what he wants, he goes straight to the point and for a player this is ideal.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Michigan AD Comments On Jim Harbaugh-NFL Rumors

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan’s athletic director has commented on the rumors linking Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh to the NFL.Earlier this week, FOX Sports 1’s Cris Carter said Harbaugh is “potentially” trying to get out of Ann Arbor, Mich., saying he could be a candidate for the Green Bay Packers job.“Watch out for Jim Harbaugh because Jim Harbaugh, potentially, is trying to get his way out of Michigan, all right? I’ve got good sources that are telling me not only Green Bay but also watch out for the Cleveland Browns,” Carter said. “He likes the quarterback situations there, and, I believe, that there is front office people in Green Bay who are enamored with Jim Harbaugh and potentially trying to get him to come to Green Bay.”Of course, there are Harbaugh-to-the-NFL rumors every offseason, and every year, they’ve been proven to be false.Will they be proven false this time around?Michigan’s athletic director said this morning that Harbaugh hasn’t said anything to him about leaving for the NFL.“Consider the source of the comment … I haven’t missed any sleep. Jim hasn’t said anything to me about it. He’s out recruiting. … From my perspective, it has no validity at all,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said.Warde Manuel on WTKA this morning RE: Cris Carter claiming Harbaugh is trying to leave Michigan: ‘Consider the source of the comment … I haven’t missed any sleep. Jim hasn’t said anything to me about it. He’s out recruiting. … From my perspective, it has no validity at all.’— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 6, 2018For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum also said he believes Harbaugh could leave for the NFL.“On the NFL side, there are plenty of whispers out there because of the multitude of jobs that Harbaugh would be on many people’s lists (to consider),” Finebaum said on Wednesday. “I think he would be a very good NFL coach. He’s already proven that in San Francisco. I don’t think he has anything to gain and a lot to lose at Michigan. Next year, The Game is in Ann Arbor. If he loses to Ryan Day — I’m not laughing at Ryan Day. Ryan Day hasn’t accomplished anything other than win three games. The biggest win of his career is over TCU — a lousy TCU team at that.“That’s a high-wire, high-risk opportunity for Jim Harbaugh to look even worse than he does already. So I don’t know what’s inside Jim Harbaugh’s mind. I don’t think anyone does. I’d love to do a reality series about it. But I think he would very anxiously get out of there.”For now, though, Harbaugh remains at Michigan.last_img read more

2nd T20I: Reeza, Rassie shine as South Africa seal series vs Sri Lanka

first_img view more view less No data available! graphs advertisement scorecardcenter_img 2nd T20I: Reeza, Rassie shine as South Africa seal series vs Sri LankaReeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen scored half-centuries to lead South Africa to a 16-run victory against Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 international and secure the 3-match series 2-0. commentary Reuters PretoriaMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 08:51 IST South Africa won the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka by 16 runs despite resting a number of key players (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa to a 16-run victory against Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20IReeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen scored half-centuriesSA secured the 3-match T20I series with an unassailable 2-0 leadReeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen impressed with the bat as a much-changed South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 16 runs to seal the Twenty20 International series at Centurion Park on Friday.Sri Lanka sent their hosts in to bat but battled to contain the home side as Hendricks (65) and Van der Dussen (64) put on 116 in 76 balls for the second wicket with South Africa making 180 for three in their 20 overs.The two batsmen are likely fighting over one position in South Africa’s 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales that starts on May 30, with the less experienced Van der Dussen’s ability to clear the boundary potentially giving him the edge.Sri Lanka looked down and out in their reply at 83 for seven, but a master-class in hitting from all-rounder Isuru Udana (84 not out from 48 balls) kept them in the match until the final over before they were restricted to 164 for nine.The home side have won all seven limited overs matches on Sri Lanka’s tour, and sealed the Twenty20 series 2-0 with the third and final fixture to be played in Johannesburg on Sunday.South Africa rested a number of key players, including captain Faf du Plessis, in-form batsman Quinton de Kock and fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, and handed a debut to 20-year-old wicketkeeper Sinethemba Qeshile.Also Read | 1st ODI: Aaron Finch century helps Australia beat PakistanFor 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 Tags :Follow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow SA vs SLFollow sl vs saFollow sa vs sl t20Follow Reeza HendricksFollow Rassie van der Dussenlast_img read more

Edmonton students build a sweat lodge for the public

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsA public school in Alberta provides education for student — with an Indigenous focus.Now those students have helped the school build a sweatlodge.It’s now open to both students, and the public.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

UN agency launches free ecourse on causes and characteristics of malnutrition

9 May 2007The causes and nature of malnutrition are the focus of a free e-learning course launched today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with the aim of improving the collection, analysis and dissemination of food security information. The three-lesson course, known as “Nutritional Status Assessment and Analysis,” has been produced by FAO in conjunction with the European Commission (EC) and was launched in Rome during the latest meeting of the Committee of World Food Security.Each lesson is designed to be interactive and self-paced, using illustrated step-by-step exercises and instructions to guide the student and drawing on case studies, job aids and methodological guidelines. The course also has resources available for trainers.Other e-learning courses already available include “Reporting Food Security Information” and “Food Security Information Systems and Networks.” A French-language version of each course is expected to be developed soon. read more

Yemen fighting worsening already dire humanitarian situation warns UN official

28 March 2011The top United Nations relief official today called for restraint by all sides in Yemen, warning that the ongoing violence is worsening an already dire humanitarian situation. It is estimated that the recent political turmoil in Yemen, part of a wave of protests across the Middle East and North Africa calling for social, economic and democratic reforms, has led to more than 82 deaths and hundreds of injuries. “I am especially concerned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen because, even before the recent protests, the country was facing a humanitarian crisis due to protracted conflict in the north displacing 300,000 people, some of them multiple times,” said Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. “The recent fighting has again affected hundreds of people that have not recovered from earlier conflict,” she added, urging those involved to refrain from violence and ensure the safety of civilians. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the country is also facing acute water and food shortages. Some 31.5 per cent of the population is food-insecure, and approximately 12 per cent – or 2.7 million people – are severely food insecure.Ms. Amos noted that some humanitarian agencies are having difficulty reaching those in need due to insecurity. The UN is discussing access with both the Government and the Al-Houthi rebels. “I hope we will have a meaningful agreement on access soon,” she stated. “The prolonged and chronic suffering in the country means that humanitarian aid continues to be urgently needed.”Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN human rights office have voiced their concern about the situation in Yemen, where a state of emergency has been declared. Mr. Ban has called for a broad dialogue with the political opposition, youth groups and other elements of civil society leading to “bold” reforms in country. read more

Indias economy slows stalling once thriving manufacturing

NEW DELHI — Anuj Kapoor took over his father’s booming auto parts business in 2012, hoping to elevate the company from selling to suppliers to selling directly to carmakers.Seven years later, he’s had to lay off half his workers as drooping sales caused his profit to plummet by at least 80%.Confidence in the Indian economy is giving way to uncertainty as growth in the labour-intensive manufacturing sector has come to a near standstill, braking to 0.6% in the last quarter from 12.1% in the same period a year earlier.The economy grew at its slowest annual pace in six years in April-June, 5%. Many economists believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature economic policies are at least partly to blame.A surprise demonetization in 2018 and the hasty rollout of a goods and services tax were dire blows to manufacturing, especially the auto industry. The fourth largest in the world, it’s a pillar of the Indian economy, contributing 7.5% to the country’s GDP.The industry employs almost 37 million people and is on its way to shedding as many as a million jobs in the months ahead because of declining sales, according to the Auto Component Manufacturers Association of India.Car deliveries in August dropped 41% from a year earlier, truck and bus sales fell 39% and motorcycle sales, a key indicator of the health of the economy in rural India, sank 22%.“This is a trickle-down impact of the slowdown,” said the association’s director general Vinnie Mehta.No segment of the industry has been spared. India’s biggest carmaker, Maruti, has laid off 3,000 temporary employees and shut down two of its plants for two days.The 15 workers in Kapoor’s plant in a Delhi suburb make clutch buttons used in heavy duty trucks and tractors.The first hit came in November 2016, when Modi decided to pull 86% of cash out of circulation to undermine black markets. At the time, nearly all transactions in India were conducted in cash. Seven months later, Modi’s government introduced a GST, goods and services tax, forcing small businesses like Kapoor’s to quickly digitize their payment systems.Mid-size and small businesses, the backbone of much of India’s economy, are still suffering from the combined consequences of both reforms, economists say.India’s unemployment rate was 3.4% when the GST was introduced in July 2017. As of the end of August, it was 8.4%, according to the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy, a Mumbai-based research firm.“The auto components market still functions without any billing system and more than 50% of our market is still cash-driven,” said Kapoor. “How do we file tax returns when sellers don’t give us any bills?”The sudden demonetization was the “biggest policy mistake of independent India,” says Jayati Ghosh, an economist at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. It drastically reduced consumption — the bedrock of India’s economy — “because people had no cash to pay.”Supply chains, production and job markets were all disrupted, Ghosh said.Measures of consumer confidence have weakened amid growing pessimism over jobs and the economy in general.“Demonetization pulled the rug under the feet of India’s cash economy and the informal sector was the worst hit. The much-hyped reform triggered the current economic slowdown,” said Dr. Pronab Sen, India’s former chief economic adviser and the director of the India program at the London School of Economics’ International Growth Center.Instead of improving government finances, the GST and demonetization have undermined India’s financial stability.To counter that, in August the Reserve Bank of India transferred $24 billion to the cash-starved government to help support stimulus measures, prompting criticism from opposition parties that it compromised the central bank’s autonomy.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently announced piecemeal policy reforms to stimulate the economy.“We are conscious that we need to respond,” she said.Even getting a clear picture of the overall economy is a challenge for policymakers given the huge size of India’s informal economy of day labourers and small businesses.For workers with no guarantee of a paycheque or other protections, the slowdown can mean just going hungry. Such troubles were evident on a recent morning at a worker pickup area about 25 kilometres (15 miles) east of Delhi.Mohammad Shamshad, a day labourer who moved his wife and three children from the northeastern region of Uttar Pradesh to the Delhi region a decade ago, says he used to make nearly $200 a month — enough to feed his family and pay for schooling.Now, he spends more time standing on a corner waiting for jobs than he does working, and averages less than half that amount.“There is work for a day or two, and then nothing for the next five days,” he said. “Some days we have to sleep (on an) empty stomach.”Sheikh Saaliq, The Associated Press read more

Security Council welcomes Burundi agreement

The agreement, called the Pretoria Protocol, between the Transitional Government of Burundi and the Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie/Force pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD), covers joint action on political, defence and security issues and was signed yesterday.Council members thanked South African President Thabo Mbeki, his deputy, Jacob Zuma, and other regional leaders for their mediation and called on the Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL) to join the negotiations, the President of the Council, Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States, said in a press statement. read more

Gathering to discuss getting more women and girls into science

The Brock community is invited to celebrate and discuss how to enhance the role of women and girls in science.In honour of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Professor of Biological Sciences and UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability, Liette Vasseur has organized an informal gathering to be held on campus Monday, Feb. 12.The goal is to start a dialogue about ways to further inspire and engage women and girls in science. From mentorship opportunities to raising awareness and strategies for empowerment, all ideas are welcome.Held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Mackenzie Chown F Block, Room 237, the event is open to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. Refreshments will be served.Joining the group will be Valerie Davidson, former NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph.The United Nations General Assembly declared Feb. 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and, in 2016, UNESCO collaborated with the L’Oreal Foundation to engage governments and stakeholders in promoting the full participation of women and girls in science.If you’re not able to attend Monday’s event, everyone is encouraged to join the conversation through social media by tagging posts with #GirlsInSTEM, #WomeninScience or #GirlsCrackTheCode. read more

3 former Ohio State womens hockey players set for Sochi Winter Olympics

Then-sophomore forward Minttu Tuominen skates off the ice during a game against Wisconsin Jan. 8, 2011, at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3.Credit: Lantern file photoIn less than a month, eyes will turn toward Sochi, Russia for a few short weeks as the 2014 Winter Olympics captivate the world.Ohio State fans should especially keep their eyes on the women’s ice hockey tournament as three former Buckeyes are slated to compete for gold.Former Buckeye defenseman  Emma Terho (née Laaksonen) and forward Minttu Tuominen are competing for Finland, while Natalie Spooner, who holds the OSU record for goals scored in a career, plays for the Canadian national team.Terho, who is preparing for her fifth Olympics with Finland after winning bronze in 1998 and 2010, said she believes each Olympic Games is different and she is going to enjoy every second this time around.“I think I have learned to enjoy the entire journey leading to the Olympics and learned to live in the moment and that way, I get the most out of it. I’m very excited about the event right now,” Terho said in an email.Named Finland’s Player of the Year in 2002 and 2006, Terho was inducted into the Women’s Varsity “O” Hall of Fame in 2009.Tuominen is set to play in her second straight Olympics and was Terho’s teammate when Finland earned its bronze medal in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia.“There’s a fire in me that wants to have that feeling again, winning and holding an Olympic medal. I think that’s the biggest thing,” Tuominen said in an email.Tuominen most recently competed at the Four Nations Cup in November with Terho, in which Finland defeated the U.S. team, a result that has given Finland confidence heading into Sochi.“We have had a great season with the national team … beating the USA in Lake Placid …  we just need to keep playing the way we have and improve from there as the tournament goes on and the stakes get higher,” Tuominen said.Spooner is participating in her first Olympic Games with Canada, who was won the last three gold medals.Despite never appearing in the Olympics with Canada before, Spooner has been involved with Team Canada since 2007. She has played on the Under-18 and Under-22 teams, and she competed in her first International Ice Hockey Federation world championship with the senior team in 2011, which won the silver medal.Also competing at the Four Nations Cup last November, Spooner scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory against the U.S., a performance she said will help her in February.“I guess knowing that I can contribute in big games helps, leading into the Olympics,” Spooner said in an email.With Canada and Finland paired together in Group A alongside the U.S. and Switzerland for the Sochi Games, it won’t take long for Spooner and Tuominen, teammates for three years at OSU, to get reacquainted.Tuominen said she is excited for the game but also knows she has her work cut out for her when Finland plays Canada in the preliminary round Feb. 10.“Natalie is a great person who has worked hard for this,” Tuominen said. “It will be a great challenge to try and keep her from scoring.”In the end, no matter what the final score might read, all three athletes are excited to be a part of such a historic event.“I’m expecting a month of great atmosphere and excellent challenges on the ice,” Terho said. “Hopefully, I can be the best I’ve been and have a great experience with my team.” read more

From prison to the rich list Who is South Africas new president

first_imgFrom prison to the rich list: Who is South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa? Nelson Mandela once described Ramaphosa as one of the most gifted leaders of the “new generation” of anti-apartheid campaigners. Share18 Tweet Email3 SOUTH AFRICAN LAWMAKERS formally named wealthy former businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as new president today after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under intense pressure from his own party.In the course of his 65 years, Ramaphosa has experienced the poverty of Soweto, jail for fighting apartheid, trade union activism, fabulous wealth – and now the ultimate prize of South African politics, the presidency itself.He reached the goal after forcing out Jacob Zuma, a longtime master of political survival, in a strategy that combined long-term vision, stealth and backroom skills.Ramaphosa, the only candidate, was approved without a vote by the parliament in Cape Town, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled lawmakers, to loud cheers. Source: Nasief ManieThat feat, say analysts, bears all the hallmarks of the bald, stocky Ramaphosa – pragmatism, patience and use of the inside track.ActivismHe was born on November 17, 1952 in Johannesburg’s Soweto township – a centre of the anti-apartheid struggle – to a police sergeant and a domestic worker.He took up activism while studying law in the 1970s, and spent 11 months in solitary confinement. Nelson Mandela himself once described Ramaphosa as one of the most gifted leaders of the “new generation” – the young campaigners who filled the void left by their jailed elders.After studying, Ramaphosa turned to trade unionism – one of the few legal ways of protesting against the white-minority regime.He founded the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in 1982 which grew to have 300,000 members and led massive strikes in 1987 that shook the foundations of white rule.When Mandela was released in 1990 after 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid, Ramaphosa was by his side and soon rose to wider prominence. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams with Ramaphosa during a Sinn Féin welcome rally in Belfast in 1998. Source: Paul McErlaneHe played a key role in steering the negotiations to a peaceful transition to democracy and then led the group that drew up the country’s new constitution, famed for its pledges to justice and equality.WealthRamaphosa’s destiny seemed pre-ordained. But in 1999, his hopes of winning the top job were dashed when he failed to clinch the nomination of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to succeed Mandela.True to his practical nature, Ramaphosa bowed out of politics and opted for a life in business.He held stakes in McDonald’s and Coca-Cola’s local ventures and made millions in deals that required investors to partner with non-white shareholders.He became one of the richest men on the continent – reaching number 42 on the Forbes list of Africa’s wealthiest people in 2015 with a net worth of over €380 million.Return to politicsRamaphosa returned to the political fray in 2012 when he was elected to the ANC’s number two post.Two years later, he became deputy president of the nation, but was forced into a careful balancing act.He had both to serve Zuma – tarred by accusations of corruption and incompetence – and also deliver occasional, cautious criticism of his political boss.Ramaphosa was never the target of any graft accusations himself – but his political ambivalence and vast wealth led to criticism.Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party, said Ramaphosa’s acquiescence made him “at best a silent deputy president, and at worst a complicit one”.ScandalIn 2012, his image took a battering when 34 striking mine workers were killed by police at the Marikana platinum mine, operated by London-listed Lonmin, where he was then a non-executive director.Shortly before the massacre – the worst police killing since the end of apartheid – Ramaphosa had called for a crackdown on the strikers, whom he accused of “dastardly criminal” behaviour. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) walked out of parliament today to protest Ramaphosa’s election. Source: Nasief ManieRamaphosa has four children with his second wife Tshepo Motsepe, a doctor, who is the sister of fellow tycoon Patrice Motsepe.He was accused in 2017 of having affairs with several young women, which he denied.Ramaphosa did admit to an extramarital affair but told local media that he had since disclosed the relationship to his wife.Some saw the sudden revelations as a smear campaign by associates of Zuma who feared Ramaphosa’s rise.But the scandal’s impact was brief. As the smell of scandal around Zuma intensified and threatened ANC’s rule in the 2019 elections, Ramaphosa made his tilt for the top job.At an ANC conference last December, he narrowly won against Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as party leader – the stepping stone to the nation’s presidency, which is chosen by the governing party.Critics characterised Dlamini-Zuma as a puppet who would shield Zuma after he left office.Eschewing a frontal attack, Ramaphosa ran his campaign on pledges to fight corruption, rebuild the economy, boost growth and create desperately-needed jobs.“Our ability to overcome these challenges has been undermined over the last decade by a failure of leadership and misguided priorities,” he said. http://jrnl.ie/3853769 14 Comments By AFP Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 3:17 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Image: AP/PA Images For the first time since the advent of democracy, there is a real chance that the transformation of our country may suffer significant reverses.‘Inside game’In the following weeks, as Zuma dug in his heels, Ramaphosa rallied support within the ANC, sidelined Zuma’s backers and finally forced the president’s resignation. Zuma reluctantly pronounced his exit yesterday. Ramaphosa speaking in parliament today. Source: Mike HutchingsBut by becoming president, Ramphosa must now match his well-established patience and strategic skills with leadership qualities, analysts caution.“Ramaphosa has no association with any of the corruption scandals that have plagued South Africa,” wrote his biographer Ray Hartley in “The Man Who Would Be King”.“But the years he spent at Zuma’s side, playing the ‘inside game’ suggest he is more comfortable as a powerful insider than as a radical reformer.”READ: Cyril Ramaphosa wins South Africa’s ANC presidential election>READ: South Africa’s ruling party has decided to oust scandal-tainted President Zuma – reports> Short URL Feb 15th 2018, 3:17 PM 16,980 Views Image: AP/PA Imageslast_img read more

Washington state seeks to keep marijuana out of bars

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants the state Liquor Control Board to figure out how to stop the spread of bars allowing marijuana consumption.The issue became a concern for Inslee after an Associated Press story about two bars, Frankie’s in Olympia and Stonegate in Tacoma, letting patrons use marijuana within their walls.Voters legalized recreational marijuana through Initiative 502. But I-502 prohibits public consumption. “We think the board needs to give this a very hard look,” said Inslee spokesman David Postman. “We will implement the will of the voters and create a well-regulated industry. Washingtonians did not vote for a wide-open policy.”The board is considering its options. However, there’s “a loophole in the law that doesn’t allow the board to hold licensees accountable” for such activity, said board enforcement chief Justin Nordhorn.Sharon Foster, the board’s chairman, said she expects the board to try to come up with a new rule to deal with the situation.last_img read more

Paving maintenance starts on Vancouver streets

first_imgAnnual summer street maintenance work starts this week, including overlay paving on 14 lane miles of major arterials, according to a Monday news release from the city’s public works department.Drivers should expect possible lane closures on the following streets: Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard from Southeast Chkalov Drive to Southeast 136th Avenue; Andresen Road between MacArthur and Mill Plain boulevards; East 33rd Street between P Street and St. Johns Boulevard; St. James Road from Arnold Road to Cherry Road; and Southeast Bella Vista Road between Southeast Cascade Park Drive and Southeast McGillivray Boulevard.Much of the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, but may run as late as 8 p.m.On heavily traveled Southeast Mill Plain, however, work will be done between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays to minimize disruption for commuters.For a list of all streets that will be treated this summer, go to http://www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement.last_img read more