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Reduce the Commitment Level

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 There is a reason to reduce the commitment you are asking for from your dream client. That reason is because you make it easier to say “yes,” and because that “yes” is progress.When you ask for an appointment, your dream client imagines the worst of all possible outcomes. They imagine that you have no agenda, that you are going to try to build rapport with some clumsy story about how much you have in common, and that you are going to be impossible to get rid of. Even if none of these things are true, you are paying for the sins of the bad salespeople who have come before you.When you ask for 20-minutes to provide an executive briefing, the commitment is greatly reduced, as is their fear. You have a commitment of 20-minutes, not an open-ended meeting. That improves the commitment.Much of the time when you ask for a commitment your dream client believes you are going to ask them to make a decision to buy. The reason so many of your prospective clients let your calls go to voice mail and refuse to answer your email is because they don’t want to give you a decision. They’re not ready to decide.By asking for a meeting to review ideas and resolve concerns, you can reduce the commitment level. You can even say as much by saying, “Look, you aren’t going to be ready to make a decision yet, but we should get together so I can answer your questions and resolve any concerns you may have.” That’s a commitment that allows you to move forward without causing your dream client to resist the meeting because they don’t want to tell you “no.”You don’t move deals faster by outpacing your dream client. To go faster, you have to slow down and bring your dream client along with you. By reducing the commitment your dream client needs to make to things that will help them move forward with you, you speed things up.A commitment to move forward is better than no commitment, and it’s far better than asking for a commitment that causes your dream client to avoid you.last_img read more

Gujarat question paper leak case: 4, including 2 BJP workers, arrested

first_img| Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Accused for paper leak case (from left to right) Manhar Patel, Mukesh Chaudhary, P.V. Patel and Rupal Sharma In a major breakthrough, Gujarat police on Monday arrested four persons, including two BJP workers, for their alleged involvement in leaking the exam paper for police constable recruitment.The question paper for the exam was leaked and circulated on social media a few hours before its commencement, following which it was cancelled. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered probe in the matter.As soon as the news of arrests and identities of the accused were announced by the police, Gujarat BJP President suspended the two workers Mukesh Chaudhary and Manhar Patel from the party.Mr Chaudhary is a Taluka Panchayt member in Vadgam in Banaskantha district while Manhar Patel is a senior BJP worker in Arvalli district. A police Sub Inspector P.V. Patel, based in Gandhinagar, was also arrested as was Rupal Sharma.The main accused, Yashwant Solanki, a sanitary inspector in Vadodara Municipal Corporation, is yet to be arrested, said the police.center_img  Re-examination to be conducted in a monthFor the 8.75 lakh applicants who were set to take exam for 9,713 unarmed police constable jobs in Gujarat, the exam paper leak came as a major shock.“Some anti social elements succeeded in leaking the paper,” said senior IPS Officer Vikas Sahay.“Questions and answers started circulating on some social media before the exam was to begin,” Mr Sahay told media persons in Gandhinagar on Sunday while announcing the cancellation of the written test. Mr Sahay said the exam will most probably be conducted again within a month.The police said that the paper was leaked from Delhi. “We launched the probe which will be conducted in expeditiously,” Gujarat’s DGP Shivanand Jha said.Meanwhile, opposition party leaders slammed the the State administration for failing the conduct the exam. “The State government is playing with the future of youth who are struggling to get jobs in Gujarat,” said senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil.Thousands of applicants were irked that they had prepared for months and travelled from far-flung areas to the exam centres only to find that the test was cancelled. Furious applicants even held protests in several centres shouting slogans against the authorities.National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress party, also joined in the protests against the government.“Gujarat Police Constable Exam paper leak! Exam canceled (sic), 8.7 lakh young people affected. All major recruitment exams for government jobs under BJP governments marred by repeated paper leaks. Vyapam model of undermining merit from the backdoor by corruption and influence a feature of BJP government,” NSUI tweeted after the exam was scrapped.last_img read more


first_imgSend us your photos capturing an interesting or intriguing aspect of Indian life in America and win $50.Every month, we will publish a selection of the submitted photos in Little India and the photo judged best by the editors will win $50. Photos will be evaluated both for concept and photo quality. We are especially interested in photos that reflect Indian American life in amusing, incongruent or unusual contexts.You can email your photo to or mail photo to: iSpy Little India, 350 Fifth Avenue Suite 1826, New York NY 10118.Please include a photo description and your contact information.THIS MONTHThis 5 feet statue imported from India stands at the entrance of the elephant yard of the Tulsa Zoo in Tulsa, Okla., with the inscription: “The Ganesha is a beautiful example of artistic expression, reflecting a cultural belief that is strongly influenced by the presence and power of elephants. This statue was hand-carved from granite in Madras, India. As a symbol of wisdom and good will, the Ganesha is said to bring luck to students preparing for exams.”Photographer: Santanu Das of Tulsa, Okla., wins the $50 iSpy award of the month. Related Itemslast_img read more

Russian appeal hearings end with no immediate decision

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “We can’t comment on what just happened at the panel. I’ll just say that we came here to defend our good name and we were fully listened to by the CAS panel,” said luge coach Albert Demchenko, who was at the hearing. “All our documents and words were heard.”The Russians are seeking to overturn the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to invite them to the games. If they win, it would force the IOC to accept athletes it considers to be linked to doping offenses.The Russian team is formally banned, so they would have to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag. With 168 IOC-approved athletes, it’s already one of the biggest teams in Pyeongchang.The IOC won’t comment on individual cases, but says its invitation process was based on evidence from a newly obtained Moscow laboratory database detailing doping in previous years.Other athletes whose cases will be heard include Viktor Ahn, a six-time Olympic gold medalist in short-track speedskating, and Alexander Legkov, a cross-country skiing gold medalist.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, men’s 1,000-meter short track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Forty-five Russian athletes are still waiting to hear if they will be allowed to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics after their appeal hearing ended Thursday without a decision.The first competitions of the games—including a U.S.-Russia curling match—had already started when the Court of Arbitration for Sport heard the cases at a luxury resort in the mountains near Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Sergei Parkhomenko, the general secretary of the Russian Bobsled Federation, said athletes from his team were training in Siberia, ready to fly to South Korea at a moment’s notice if CAS gives them the green light.“We’re hoping for a fair and logical decision from the court,” he said. “If there’s a positive ruling, they’ll fly in.”Russian officials and athletes have indicated that not all of those who have filed appeals plan to compete if they win. Some are reportedly no longer in training, while others may not be included on full rosters in sports like hockey.The six athletes who filed an appeal Thursday include two world champion speedskaters, Denis Yuskov and Pavel Kulizhnikov, plus athletes from biathlon and ski jumping.All six were originally refused invitations to compete by the IOC. All have previously served bans of various lengths for failed doping tests. The IOC had said it wouldn’t invite athletes previously banned for doping.CAS had previously said it didn’t plan to hear their case until after the Olympics. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City “(A ruling is expected) within the next 24 hours,” said Philippe Baertsch, a lawyer for the Russians. “We are hopeful that the panel will follow our argumentation and respect the rights of the athletes.”The total number of appeals hit 60 on Thursday, the day before the opening ceremony. The cases heard Thursday concern 45 Russian athletes and two coaches, but CAS said it will also hear new Russian cases involving six athletes and seven support staff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn attendance for the hearing were Elena Nikitina, the 2014 bronze medalist in women’s skeleton, and Tatiana Ivanova, a luger who won silver in the team event in 2014.Leaving the hearing, Nikitina said the three arbiters—from Canada, Switzerland and Australia—”were pleasant and we were listened to.” View commentslast_img read more

Hip pain

first_imgDefinitionHip pain involves any pain in or around the hip joint. You may not feel pain from your hip directly over the hip area. You may feel it in your groin or pain in your thigh or knee.Alternative NamesPain – hipCausesHip pain may be caused by problems in the bones or cartilage of your hipHip fractures can cause of sudden hip pain. These injuries can be a serious and lead to major problems. Hip fractures are more common as people get older because falls are more likely and your bones become weaker.Infection in the bones or joints (links to osteomyelitis and septic arthritis)Osteonecrosis of the hipArthritis — often felt in the front part of your thigh or in your groinLabral tear of the hipPain in or around the hip may also be caused by problems:Bursitis — it hurts when you get up from a chair, walk, climb stairs, and driveHamstringIliotibial band syndromeHip flexor strainHip impingement syndromeGroin strainSnapping hip syndromePain you feel in the hip may reflect a problem in your back, rather than your hip itself.Home CareGeneral tips:Try to avoid activities that make pain worse.Take over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.Sleep on the side of your body that does nothave pain. Put a pillow between your legs.Lose weight if you are overweight. Ask your health care provider for help.Try not to stand for long periods of time. If you must stand, do so on a soft, cushioned surface. Stand with an equal amount of weight on each leg.Wear flat shoes that are cushioned and comfortable.For hip pain related to overuse or physical activity:advertisementAlways warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Stretch your quadriceps and hamstrings.Avoid running straight down hills. Walk down instead.Swim instead of run or bicycle.Cut down the amount of exercise you do.Run on a smooth, soft surface, such as a track. Avoid running on cement.If you have flat feet, try special shoe inserts and arch supports (orthotics).Make sure your running shoes are made well, fit well, and have good cushioning.See your health care provider before exercising your hip. If you think you may have arthritis in or have injured your hip.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalGo to a hospital or get emergency help if:Your hip pain is caused by a serious fall or other injury.Your leg is deformed, badly bruised, or bleeding.You are unable to move your hip or bear any weight on your leg.Call your doctor if:Your hip is still painful after 1 week of home treatment.You also have a fever or rash.You have sudden hip pain, plus sickle cell anemia or long-term steroid use.You have pain in both hips and other joints.What to Expect at Your Office VisitYour health care provider will perform a physical exam with careful attention to your hips, thighs, back, and the way you walk. To help diagnose the cause of the problem, your health care provider will ask questions about:Where you feel the painWhen and how the pain startedThings that make the pain worseWhat you have done to relieve the painYour ability to you walk and support weightOther medical problems you haveMedicines you takeYou may need x-rays of your hip or an MRI scan.Your health care provider may tell you to take a higher dose of over-the-counter medication. You may also need a prescription anti-inflammatory medication.ReferencesShah A, Busconi B. Hip, pelvis, and thigh: Hip and pelvis. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 21, section A.Huddleston JI, Goodman SB. Hip and knee pain. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Harris ED Jr, et al, eds. Kelleys Textbook of Rheumatology. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 42.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Pietersen unlikely to return, Cook can’t handle him: Boycott

first_imgBoycott feels that Cook lacks the strong personality to handle someone like Pietersen Former England cricket team captain Geoffrey Boycott has reportedly said that an international call for Kevin Pietersen is unlikely because captain Alastair Cook “can’t handle” him.Boycott said that although Pietersen is capable of giving match-winning performances yet he can give “headaches” and therefore, one needs a captain who can handle that. He went on to say that Cook lacks the strong personality required to handle someone like Pietersen, reported Sport 24.He also said that Michael Vaughan would have handled Pietersen much better than the present England hierarchy.Thirty four-year-old Pietersen’s international career effectively ended in February following England’s 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia even though he was England’s all-time leading run-scorer across all formats.The move was dubbed as an attempt to support current skipper Cook.last_img read more


first_imgHowever, Beniwal admits that achieving this freedom isHowever, Beniwal admits that achieving this freedom is more challenging for women than it is for men.”Women are not supposed to travel or just go out without a specific purpose. Men on the other hand can. A man can say, I will be back soon, and he will not be bombarded with questions but women cant be heard saying this very often,” she says.The self-proclaimed advocate of womens freedom says that she likes to remain free and that she has earned the freedom to take her own decisions and to live the way she likes.”We need to work harder, get a job, get a house, get a bike or car and start living on our own terms! We need to stop waiting for the prince charming and be our own princess charming!” she says.Beniwal, who hails from Haryana, a state notorious for skewed sex ratio and female foetecide, batted for womens rights in property and their due respect.”We dont respect women unless they are successful or economically powerful to be respected. Sports, thankfully is given a lot of importance by the state government and it gets you employment and fame both.”Women should be given their due in property, they need to me be more economically independent and hopefully respect will follow,” she says. PTI NK TRS ANSlast_img read more

Virat Tales: When Guru became emotional on Teachers Day

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) It is well documented fact that Rajkumar Sharmas contribution in Virat Kohlis progression from a precocious talent to a world-class batsman has been immense. A strict disciplinarian, the Guru did become emotional during 2014 Teachers Day by a gesture from his shishya which he would never be able to forget. The book Driven written by veteran sports journalist Vijay Lokapally recalls one such overwhelming incident. The author wrote:”I answered the bell and found Vikas (Kohlis elder brother) at the door,” said Raj Kumar. “His brothers arrival at his house so early in the day was cause for concern. Vikas stepped into the house, dialled a number and handed his cell phone to Raj Kumar. Happy teachers Day Sir, said Virat, even as Vikas thrust something into Rajkumars palms — a bunch of keys. “Rajkumar stood perplexed as Vikas requested him to step out of his house. A gleaming Skoda Rapid was parked at the gate — a gift from Virat to his mentor.” “It was not merely because he had gifted me the car. It was because of his emotional touch to the process of reminding me how much he treasured our association, and valued the role of a teacher in his life.” If this was an emotional incident, there was a funny one too. Virat may feel whats there in a name but there are others who may think otherwise. Yuvraj Singh in his book Test of My Life wrote that he thought that Virat Kohlis must have got his now famous nickname Chikoo from the famous comic series Champak which had a character by the same name. But a new book written on the Indian Test captain reveals the secret behind Kohli getting such a fruity nickname. The author writes:”The Delhi team was playing Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai. Virat has not even played a total of 10 first-class matches. He was a part of set-up that included players he had looked up to — (Virender) Sehwag, (Gautam) Gambhir, (Rajat) Bhatia and (Mithun) Manhas. He was more than happy to be sharing dressing room with them. “One evening, he returned to the hotel with his hair nicely cropped. He has spotted a fancy hair salon close by and given himself a new look. How is it? he asked excitedly as he ran into a couple of younger colleagues. Not bad, you look like a Chikoo (Sapodilla),” joked Ajit Chowdhary, the assistant coach looking from a distance. “The name struck. Chikoo. Virat didnt mind it all. “He was still trying to find his feet in the big world of domestic cricket circuit. He liked it when he got attention. I have not known a more competitive youngster. He was just hungry for more — runs and attention,” said Chowdhary, the only person other than coach Rajkumar Sharma to have admonished Virat.” PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Goalkeeper Aditi eyes return to Indian team for Asian GamesÂ

first_imgJammu, Jan 7 (PTI) Back from England after playing two seasons with West Ham United Ladies Football Club, goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan is hopeful of regaining her spot in the national womens team for the Asian Games later this year.Aditi is anticipating a better show from the team at the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.”I am coming back from an injury and this year. The Asian Games are taking place in August. So my target is to return to the senior team and represent my country in Indonesia,” Aditi told a select group of media persons here.Aditi, daughter of Inspector General of CRPF, Jammu, A V Chauhan, is the only Indian woman footballer who played for the top English club for two seasons from 2015.West Ham Ladies are currently in the Football Associations (FA) Womens Premier League Southern Division, a league in the third level in the womens football structure in England.She is here to spend time with her parents and is leaving for Delhi next week to resume her training ahead of the national camp for the Asian Games.”We still have a long way to go but I am confident that the team will do better this time (in the Asian Games) compared to last year.”Last time, it was little bit unfair also as in our pool there were teams like China and Korea. They are ranked much higher than India so we were unlucky in that aspect,” she said.Brimming with confidence after her experience with the West Ham, Aditi said she would work harder to ensure her selection in Asian Games-bound squad.advertisement”I had gone for studies and landed in London for internship through my course. There are opportunities, no matter what level you are playing and there is a football club in every corner,” Aditi said.”Basically, I wanted to test myself that if I am the first goalkeeper of the national team back in the country and if I have that calibre where does it puts me in England.”I gave a trial in Mill Wall club but because I was on student visa I could not play professionally for that club. But their goalkeeper coach was also the West Ham coach and suggested me to give a trial there. After the trial match and two training sessions, I was selected,” she said.About her experience in England where she completed her post graduate degree in sports management from Loughborough University, she said it was very difficult as the level of their sport is much higher.”We have to accept the fact that the history of football in Europe is very old while the football culture in our country is new. It is very unfair to compare the two. Football is their main sport and it will take time to match their standard,” she said. PTI TAS SSC SSClast_img read more

Promise to give my best in 2019: Harmanpreet Singh after winning Asian Player of the Year 2018

first_imgIndian defender and drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh was overwhelmed after receiving the Asian Player of the 2018 award from the Asian Hockey Federation and thanked fans and supporters for their continuous backing. Harmanpreet expressed that the Indian hockey team feels blessed to have so much of public support and promised to give his best in 2019.”Okay! Where do I began to thank you for your consistent support, for inspiring me to be the best I can possibly be .. for giving me strength to fulfill your expectations .. by embracing your blessings. We as team is very blissful by your support ..”A big thanks to Asian Hockey Federation for presenting me the award of Asian Player of the year 2k18 .. I promise I will give my best in 2k19 n in coming years also .. with all your support n ofcourse with my hardwork …,” Harmanpreet said on Twitter.Okay! Where do i began to thank you for your consistent support, for inspiring me to be the best i can possibly be .. for giving me strength to fulfill your expectations .. by embracing your blessings . We as team is very blissful by your support .. Singh (@13harmanpreet) February 25, 2019A BiG THANK to ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION FOR presenting me the AWARd of ASIAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2k18 .. I promise i will give my best in 2k19 n in coming years also .. with all your support n ofcourse with my hardwork …Harmanpreet Singh (@13harmanpreet) February 25, 2019Harmanpreet was an integral part of the Indian team in the Hockey World Cup that happened in Bhubaneswar last year, where India lost their quarter-final of the Netherlands.advertisementHarmanpreet was a major contributor in India’s silver medal-winning performance at the FIH Champions Trophy in Breda last year and was also part of the team that won the Asian Champions Trophy 2018.Indian men’s hockey team winning the silver medal at the Champions Trophy was a historic feat as they repeated their success from the 2016 edition of the tournament.The Indian men’s team was awarded with the Best Performance of The Year for being the only Asian side to have reached the top eight at the World Cup in Bhubaneswar.Hockey India is proud to announce that the Indian Men’s Hockey Team was bestowed with the title of the ‘Best Performance Award 2018’ by the @asia_hockey in Gifu on 22nd February 2019.#IndiaKaGame India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 23, 2019Apart from that, Indian women’s team striker Lalremsiami bagged the Rising Player of The Year award. The 18-year-old Lalremsiami impressed one and all at the 2018 World Cup and the Asian Games, where Indian women won a historic silver. She was also a part of the Youth Olympics squad in Buenos Aires last year, where the under-18 team won a silver medal.Hockey India congratulates our promising Forward Lalremsiami for being presented with the award for the ‘Rising Player of the Year 2018 – Female’ by the @asia_hockey in Gifu on 22nd February 2019.#IndiaKaGame India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 23, 2019last_img read more

Why I Hope OU Moves Ahead of Oklahoma State in the CFP Rankings

first_imgCarson and I were texting after the Baylor-OU game on Saturday night when he joked that OU would probably move ahead of Oklahoma State when the CFP rankings come out on Tuesday.Turns out … it might not be a joke.I woke up on Sunday morning to a pair of my colleagues at CBS writing that they would rank OU in the top four on Tuesday night instead of Oklahoma State. Even our friend Joel Klatt isn’t immune.My New CFB Top 10 (11/15)1) #Clemson2) #OSU3) #Bama4) #Sooners5) #OklahomaSt 6) #NotreDame7) #Iowa8) #Florida9) #MSU10) #Baylor— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) November 15, 2015This would be pretty unbelievable, wouldn’t it? OU lost to Texas! Texas! OSU hasn’t lost.It would also go against what the committee did last year to TCU and Baylor. When the first rankings came out in 2014, TCU had already lost to Baylor and Baylor had already lost to West Virginia. The committee had TCU ranked ahead of Baylor every week until the final one.This tells me the committee punished a bad loss (which Baylor had — to West Virginia … and OU has) more than it valued a good win (which Baylor also had — over TCU). And here’s the thing, OSU hasn’t even lost yet. Why is everyone acting like that’s not a reality?It’s almost as if the committee is saying, “you know, you might have won 92 straight games by one point, but we really aren’t sure that matters because 8-5 USC just looks like a Playoff team.” Like I’ve been saying for the past two weeks, what’s the point of playing games then?We’re getting ahead of ourselves, I know, and I’m already loading up the hot take cannon. But you know OSU won’t get credit for running the table on the road in conference play and OU will get credit because it’s OU (this is a brand-name competition, remember).It seems unfathomable that OU would jump OSU on Tuesday night. OSU (No. 8 right now) should slide into the sixth slot behind Clemson, Bama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa. And OU (No. 12) and Florida (No. 11) should probably follow in some order since, you know, they’ve lost. But the committee doesn’t operate like the normal polls (which I’m told is a good thing) so who knows what’s going to happen.I’m actually sort of rooting for OU to move ahead of OSU despite having lost to Texas for three reasons.1. Glenn Spencer gets a new deck of “nobody believes in us” cards to play and you know he doesn’t need many of them to get his squad fired up at home.2. Getting the opportunity to beat teams ranked ahead of us seems like it would be a good thing. I think. I might not have any idea about anything anymore.3. The hilarity and absurdity of it all would be outstanding. As a proprietor of a web property, I’m rooting for as much controversial madness as possible.Either way, Tuesday night should be fun.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Pique: Chelsea defeat could derail Barca’s season

first_imgBarcelona Defeat to Chelsea could be a turning point for Barcelona, warns Pique Jamie Smith 01:11 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gerard Pique Getty Images Barcelona UEFA Champions League Barcelona v Getafe Getafe Primera División Chelsea v Barcelona Chelsea Ernesto Valverde The Catalans have drawn twice in a row in La Liga, and the defender believes that defeat against the Blues could derail their excellent season Gerard Pique has told Barcelona to be wary of the threats posed by Chelsea ahead of next week’s last-16 Champions League tie.Barcelona travel to the Premier League champions for the first leg of their clash on Tuesday, the Catalan giants having seen their comfortable cushion atop La Liga cut to seven points after back-to-back draws.Chelsea and Barca have a rich shared history in the Champions League, having faced each other 12 times in the tournament since 2000, most recently in the 2011-12 semi-finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There have been four Chelsea wins to three for Barca during that time and although the Blues have made a poor attempt at defending their league title, Pique believes Antonio Conte’s men should not be underestimated.”Expectations are maximum,” Pique said on Thursday. “We go out as favourites, with a chance to win.”I know the atmosphere is positive, very favourable, everything looks good, but I think we have to be more prudent.”We have to learn from experience, what has happened in recent years, and know that one bad day could see you knocked out of the Champions League.”A bad result against Chelsea could turn the good season we are having into one that’s not so good.”We know we are in a good position in the league and the Copa del Rey and we go to London in the Champions League looking to win, get through and progress in the competition.”last_img read more

Shanta Rangaswamy resigns from CAC and ICA after being served conflict of interest notice

first_img Next Shanta Rangaswamy resigns from CAC and ICA after being served conflict of interest noticeShanta Rangaswamy, who was a member of the CAC along with Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad, sent her resignation letter to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Board’s CEO, Rahul Johri via email in the early hours on Sunday.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 11:42 IST Rangaswamy (r), a former Indian women cricketer, was a director in Indian Cricketers Association (PTI)In response to the ‘Conflict of Interest’ notice served to her by BCCI’s ethics officer DK Jain, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Shanta Rangaswamy has decided to quit from both positions she holds in BCCI.”There is no point in contesting the notice, going through a hearing. As it is I would have had to give up a post. I have decided to give up both posts,” she told India Today.Rangaswamy, a former Indian women cricketer was a director in Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) as well as a member of the CAC. The Kapil Dev-led CAC also comprises of Anshuman Gaikwad apart from Rangaswamy and made the appointment of Indian women’s team coach WV Raman. The committee working in an ad hoc capacity also decided to extend the contract of Indian head coach Ravi Shastri post an interview process.Asked how she would respond if the appointments made by the CAC could be questioned as well citing procedural lapse, she replied, “Look we made the appointments to the best of our ability and without bias. If they say in future, we should not have been allowed to make the appointments, it’s for the CoA to answer.”Rangaswamy expressed frustration at the scenario emerging out of strict implementation of Conflict of interest guidelines which has left the cricketers helpless. “I want to contribute to BCCI but I want to pursue other things as well. I can’t do it if I stick to these positions,” she said.Rangaswamy has meanwhile registered as member of Indian Cricketers Association, the elections for which will soon take place.advertisementAlso Read | Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee served with conflict of interest noticeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Kapil DevFollow BCCIFollow Shanta Rangaswamylast_img read more

Avoya Travel Receives Three Gold Travvy Awards

first_imgFt. Lauderdale, Fla. – February 26, 2016 – Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s leading travel companies, received three prestigious gold Travvy Awards. Avoya took the top honors for Best Host Agency, Best Host Agency Website, and the Most Innovative Executive in the Travel Agency category — Avoya’s Executive Vice President, Jeff Anderson. Presented by travAlliancemedia at its annual gala event held January 6th, 2016 in New York, the highly coveted Travvy Awards acknowledge Avoya’s legacy of innovation and Shared Success™ model that create exceptional experiences for travelers, Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network and its supplier partners. In awarding the Most Innovative Executive, travAlliancemedia and voters throughout the travel industry recognized the significance of Jeff Anderson’s exceptional leadership. Anderson has enabled Avoya to continue enhancing the customer experience by pairing powerful online search technology with personalized service from Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network to help travelers get the most out of their vacations. “It’s an honor to win three Travvy Awards in such top-tier categories that recognize our strength in providing premier customer experiences while driving our network of independent agencies to reach higher sales volumes than ever before,” commented Brad Anderson, President at Avoya Travel. “Jeff’s efforts have empowered Avoya’s affiliated agencies to grow their sales substantially year over year, with the highest commissions in the industry. In addition, his ongoing contributions are a catalyst for change in this competitive and quickly evolving travel industry.” The Travvy Awards recognize the travel industry’s highest standards of excellence, while honoring travel companies, products, agencies, individual agents, executives, and destinations for their outstanding achievements. Brad, Van and Jeff Anderson accepted the awards at the Travvy Award Gala Event.  About Avoya Travel: Avoya Travel has a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s largest and most innovative travel companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 25 years, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. For this, Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year, by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit read more

Millions Invested in Nova Scotia

first_img The province is investing more than $2.6 million dollars in 53 ofNova Scotia’s leading cultural organizations. The organizationsinclude theatre companies, arts facilities, service organizationsand music festivals. Premier John Hamm and Tourism, Culture and Heritage MinisterRodney MacDonald made the announcement today, June 1, at NeptuneTheatre in Halifax. “Cultural organizations play a vital role in preserving andpromoting the various cultures that help define who we are as aprovince,” said Premier Hamm. “We are committed to investing inNova Scotia culture, in turn strengthening the social fabric ofour communities and enabling our economy to grow.” “All of the organizations receiving funding help to ensure thatNova Scotia’s diverse culture scene remains alive and continuesto develop,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Supporting this sector helps usin our goal to build a more prosperous Nova Scotia, bycontributing to our quality of life and well-being.” The funding comes from the department’s Anchor OrganizationsProgram, which provides operating funds to organizations, helpingthem to develop Nova Scotia’s cultural community. Neptune Theatre, a world-class live theatre venue in Halifax,received $255,000. “Investment by the province helps make so many important thingshappen at Neptune,” said Don Stoddard, vice-president NeptuneTheatre. “Our objectives for cultural growth are closely alignedwith the province. Support for anchor organizations like NeptuneTheatre contributes to initiatives like the development of newworks, opportunities for artists and community outreach.” Each successful applicant had to meet specific criteria,including proof of effective operations, the ability to generatetheir own resources and to offer programs that meet their mandateand the ability to deliver programs and services to the culturesector. With a total investment of $2,602,626 the organizationsare expected to generate an estimated $29 million in economicactivity during the year. Organizations across the province are receiving support, witheight in Cape Breton, nine in Halifax region, 11 in southern NovaScotia, eight in northern Nova Scotia, and 17 that are provincialin scope. The business of culture in Nova Scotia has an estimated yearlyvalue of $1.2 billion and creates more than 28,000 direct andindirect jobs. Overall, the province is investing more than $5 million incultural programming. Additional provincial resources supportcultural tourism and cultural heritage activities throughout theprovince. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Millions Invested in Nova ScotiaCultural Organizationslast_img read more

DavidsTea lends Squish up to 2 million despite continued loss in second

MONTREAL — DavidsTea Inc. says it is lending candy retailer Squish up to $2 million even though the beverage company continued to lose money in the second quarter.Squish, whose parent company is Oink Oink Candy Inc., is operated by the daughter of DavidsTea founder and interim CEO Hershel Segal.His investment firm has guaranteed the loan. The two companies have previously entered into a collaboration agreement.Montreal-based DavidsTea says it lost $7 million for the three months ended Aug. 3, improved from a $10-million net loss a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, the adjusted loss was $7 million or 27 cents per share, compared with $3.3 million or 13 cents per share in the second quarter of 2018. Revenues decreased 2.5 per cent to $39.2 million despite gains in its e-commerce and wholesale channels.Retail sales declined to $3.8 million as same-store sales fell 9.4 per cent. E-commerce and sales to grocers increased $2.8 million or 52.8 per cent.DavidsTea operates a network of more than 230 stores in Canada and the United States.The Canadian Press read more

Rwandan refugees moved without notice farther into Burundi UN says

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern at the surprise relocation over the weekend of thousands of Rwandan asylum-seekers by Burundian authorities to an inadequately equipped northern transit centre in their post-conflict Great Lakes country.Without notifying the Office of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for the second time in a month, Burundian troops dismantled three border sites where more than 5,500 Rwandans had recently received temporary shelters, latrines and water, and thousands of them were walking 50 kilometres to Songore transit centre, UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis said.The Burundian authorities also ordered the closure of Cankuzo transit centre, with its 1,700 refugees, shortly after temporary shelters, sanitation facilities and water had arrived there, she said. UNHCR moved 572 Rwandans from Cankuzo to Songore and the transfer was continuing. “Although UNHCR has been pressing for the relocation of the asylum seekers to the two inland transit centres for security and assistance reasons, the way this is being done causes us concern,” Ms. Pagonis said.”Songore is ill-prepared to receive large numbers of people and those converging there now are once again in very precarious conditions. They will initially have to live in the open, without basic sanitation facilities and with limited water supplies.” The agency would take two or three weeks to expand and upgrade the facilities at Songore, she said.Rwandan asylum-seekers first arrived in Burundi in early April, citing fears of traditional local courts, or gacaca tribunals, looking into the 1994 genocide by Hutu extremists that took the lives of some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. They also cited threats of intimidation, persecution and rumours of revenge as reasons for leaving home. The refugees built makeshift shelters just inside the border in Burundi.The ethnic ratios of Tutsis, Hutus and Twa in Burundi and Rwanda are similar.UNHCR said another 1,500 Rwandan refugees had arrived in Uganda. read more

Meet The Spurs Sharpshooter Who Refuses To Shoot Straight

Marco Belinelli has been one of the NBA’s more successful marksmen from deep the past decade. But few would suggest emulating the Italian’s often unsightly approach to shooting. The 11-year veteran has a curious habit of leaning into his jumpshots “Smooth Criminal”-style. The move puzzles even Gregg Popovich, who, as the longest-tenured American professional coach in sports, has seen just about everything by now.“It’s not a sometimes thing — he always is leaning somewhere,” said Popovich, who is coaching Belinelli for a second stint. “I don’t know who taught him that, but it can’t be untaught at this point. It’s just there.”But watch the 32-year-old dart around on offense long enough, and it becomes more clear why he does what he does. Much like an armadillo curls into a ball for protection, Belinelli leans to safeguard his shot from being blocked from behind, particularly as he comes around teammates’ screens.“It looks crazy when I’m off-balance all the time, but I just want to be quick with the ball,” said Belinelli, who’s had just two of his 265 jumpers blocked this year.1Of those two blocks, per Second Spectrum data, one resulted in an immediate putback and basket for the Spurs, while the other drew a loose-ball foul on Jimmy Butler, who’d blocked Belinelli’s shot just before. “That’s the life of a shooter, I guess.”Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s hard to overstate Belinelli’s offensive importance off the bench in San Antonio, which not only came into the year short-handed but also had several new faces in its experienced rotation. Aside from the trade of star Kawhi Leonard,2Danny Green was also sent to Toronto, while Tony Parker signed with Charlotte in free agency. Manu Ginobili — the 16-year warhorse who gave the Spurs’ reserves stability — retired, leaving Belinelli with even more scoring to replace.The Spurs are the NBA’s biggest shot-selection outlier, with long, midrange jumpers making up a league-high 17 percent of their shots while 3-points are an NBA-low 27.7 percent of their shots. Because of that, Belinelli’s production as a reliable perimeter shooter is welcome.His return from an early season hibernation — he shot a frigid 35 percent from the field over San Antonio’s first 25 games — lines up with the Spurs’ streak of 13 wins in 16 games, which put the team squarely back in the Western Conference playoff race. During this hot streak, Belinelli has connected on 46.8 percent of his field-goal tries, including almost 41 percent of his threes.A handful of Belinelli’s most successful tendencies are used more often by the game’s elite ball-handlers. His desire to come off screens aggressively (and with almost no space between him and his screener) is an art that Kemba Walker perfected some time ago. And he sometimes makes use of the perimeter give-and-go, which Steph Curry employed to blister the Cavs in last year’s NBA Finals.But few players, if any, shoot as well as Belinelli while using such unorthodox leans and angles. He initially developed the tendency to lean forward on a number of his jumpers when he first entered the league with Golden State, playing for Don Nelson’s up-tempo Warriors club. Because the team was always in transition, Belinelli often had forward momentum as he’d launch threes in Golden State’s offense — something that would become a habit elsewhere.As for his penchant for leaning as he comes around screens, Belinelli said that was something he took from his lone season in Chicago, where the Bulls needed him to serve as a point guard of sorts in the absence of Derrick Rose. The team didn’t have many players capable of creating their own offense, so his coaches there told him to be aggressive — and quick — about shooting when he saw daylight after getting a pick at the top of the key.Belinelli acknowledges that a fair number of his misses stem from being too off-balanced. But similar to Klay Thompson, the Spurs swingman suggested that it’s usually most important for him to square his shoulders — and less important to think about where his feet or toes are pointed as he lets it fly.Having the occasional embarrassing miss (or a seemingly impossible, completely redeeming make) simply comes with the territory in this day and age, according to J.J. Redick, the Sixers sharpshooter who was teammates with Belinelli in Philadelphia last season.“The game’s changed too much for us to stand still and wait for open shots. If we did that, we’d get maybe a shot or two each game,” Redick said of his and Belinelli’s perpetual movement. “We’re not getting many swing-swing passes where we can come straight up and down. When you’re on the move and beating someone to that spot, you’re going to be a bit off-balanced.”So next time you see Belinelli nearly falling over on a jumper, as strange as it might seem, just remember that it’s likely not an accident. More often than not, he feels like the unusual look gives him a split-second advantage on his defender.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State wrestlings Jordan brothers following in footsteps of family Stiebers

Redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan is awarded a victory during a dual meet against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13.Credit: OSU athleticsGrowing up in a family with a wrestling background could prove to be difficult, especially when your father and uncle were successful.Bo and Micah Jordan grew up in Ohio and have known they would be wrestlers for the majority of their lives. It was in their blood, as their father Jeff is the head coach of their alma mater St. Paris Graham High School, which has won 14 straight team state titles, and was an All-American at Wisconsin. Their uncle, congressman Jim Jordan, like his brother, was a four-time state champion in high school and also became a two-time NCAA Champion for the Badgers.Like the pair of Jordan brothers before them, Bo and Micah also each won four state titles, but chose a different path for college.“I think my whole family wanted me to go to Wisconsin, especially my dad at the start, but he told me to do what felt right and Ohio State was the place I grew to love,” Bo said.The Jordans — Bo is a redshirt-freshman while Micah is a freshman — have now arrived at OSU, and have another set of brothers to look up to, the well-known Stiebers.Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, who has totaled seven championships in as many years dating back to high school, believes the Jordans can continue their success at a high level.“They’re very similar, both really tough, both have four high school state titles and I think they can bring the same amount of hype and results as Hunter and I have,” Stieber said. “They’re great people and they work really hard.”Hunter Stieber, a redshirt-junior for the Buckeyes, was a four-time Ohio state champion as well.OSU coach Tom Ryan said the two sets of brothers resemble each other.“They’re (the Jordans) similar to the Stieber brothers in a lot of ways. Both are really close and obviously the success has been there,” Ryan said. When comparing the brothers, Ryan said the elders — Logan and Bo — are as alike as the younger brothers.“I would say in both cases the older brother is the more physical wrestler and the younger brother is a little prettier,” Ryan said. “The younger brothers use a little more speed and the older brothers use a little more braun.”These aren’t traits that have developed overnight either, as even at a very young age, the Jordans were wrestling.“We’ve been wrestling for as long as I can remember,” Bo said. “One of the earliest childhood memories I have is me wearing a diaper, knee pads and my dad’s shoes on the wrong feet trying to do penetration steps in the house.”Along with being successful wrestlers, Ryan said the Jordans had a great upbringing.“They are guys that will always get along with people and are very humble,” Ryan said. “Humility will always be a constant, despite the success they’ve had.”Their cousin, Isaac Jordan, is currently wrestling for Wisconsin and is ranked No. 2 at 165 pounds. The cousins are the top two 165 pounders in the Big Ten, and could match up in the Big Ten Championship Finals.“I just have to go out there and wrestle my best like every match,” Bo said. “I’m not going out there wrestling Isaac Jordan or any other name, I’m wrestling against myself and being the best I can be.” Micah Jordan is redshirting this year and has posted a 29-1 record in various open tournaments throughout the season. The 149 pounder is the same weight as Hunter and, in the case of Stieber not being able to return from injury, Micah has stayed ready with the postseason looming.“It’s been a good year, redshirting is allowing me to get ready for next year,” Micah said. “I definitely want to be wrestling with the varsity guys and my brother, but for now my main goal is just to get better for next year.”Having his brother help him out with the transition to college and redshirting has helped, Micah said.“It’s great having my brother here. We are drill partners and he pushes me and helps me out a lot,” he said. “He’s a big role model for me and is a big reason for me coming to Ohio State.”Bo is currently ranked No. 5 in the country at 165 pounds and is a perfect 15-0 on the year, as well as 38-0 in his career. Watching the Stieber brothers has motivated him to be even better, Bo said.“It’s really cool to have seen the Stieber brothers winning state titles together and that’s what I want me and my brother to do,” he said. “There is no replacing the Stiebers. These guys are animals, but that’s the goal, trying to be as successful as they are.”The Buckeyes are 13-3 and finished second in the Big Ten at 8-1 and are currently ranked third nationally. As Logan finishes up his final push for greatness at OSU, he will leave behind a legacy that might never be matched. Hunter and Bo will look to get their first taste at greatness this March at the NCAA championships and Micah will be ready and waiting for his turn next season.“The Stiebers are tough. It’s awesome to see what they’ve accomplished and Bo and I are trying to follow in their footsteps,” Micah said.And following in the Jordans’ footsteps could even be yet another Jordan.The youngest of the three, Rocky, a freshman in high school, hasn’t officially committed to OSU, but wants nothing more than to follow in his brothers footsteps and become a Buckeye, Bo said.Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Bo Jordan is a redshirt-sophomore. Bo Jordan is in fact a redshirt-freshman. read more

SIDA une 19e conférence mondiale marquée despoir

first_imgSIDA : une 19e conférence mondiale marquée d’espoirCe dimanche, débutait à Washington la 19e conférence internationale sur le sida. Cette année on y attend 25.000 participants de 190 pays, tous désireux qu’une nouvelle mobilisation mondiale de mette en place afin de mettre fin à cette pandémie.L’ouverture officielle de la 19e conférence mondiale sur le Sida était prévue à 23h GMT mais de nombreuses sessions avaient lieu depuis dimanche matin au Palais des Congrès de Washington. Prévue pour se dérouler jusqu’au 27 juillet, la conférence a, pour la première fois depuis 22 ans, lieu aux Etats-Unis. En effet, en 1990, l’entrée avait été interdite aux séropositifs mais cette mesure a été levée en 2009 par le président Barack Obama. Pour appuyer cette nouveauté, les dirigeants de plus de 20 multinationales ont lancé un appel aux 46 pays qui continuent à imposer différents types de restrictions de voyage aux séropositifs afin qu’ils lèvent ces mesures. Parmi ces pays on retrouve notamment l’Egypte et Singapour.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous avons potentiellement les moyens de nous rapprocher de la fin du sida”, a déclaré Bill Gates, le fondateur de Microsoft, qui a donné avec sa fondation plus de 2,5 milliards de dollars à diverses organisations combattant l’infection par le virus du sida (VIH). Faisant référence aux nouvelles recherches sur un vaccin et les thérapies antirétrovirales, celui-ci a également ajouté : “Je suis optimiste : nous mettrons au point ces nouveaux outils et nous mettrons fin au sida en travaillant ensemble”. “Ce qu’il faut maintenant, c’est la volonté politique et individuelle de s’organiser pour mettre en œuvre ce que la science nous offre”, a souligné pour sa part devant la presse le Dr Anthony Fauci, directeur de l’Institut américain des allergies et des maladies infectieuses. Mais “la grande erreur serait que ceux qui viennent à la conférence pensent qu’à la fin de ce colloque nous aurons réglé le problème. Nous avons encore un très long chemin devant nous”, a-t-il averti cité par l’AFP. Selon les dernières estimations, la fin de l’épidémie est envisageable. C’est ce que tendent à montrer les avancées médicales et la mise en place d’un arsenal thérapeutique relativement efficace. Cet espoir a été renforcé par les résultats d’essais cliniques montrant que les antirétroviraux permettent aussi de réduire fortement le risque d’infection des personnes séronégatives ayant des relations sexuelles risquées.En quête d’une mobilisation plus forte  Pour autant, il y a encore 1,5 million de morts du sida chaque année et environ 35 millions de personnes (dont 97% vivent dans les pays pauvres) sont contaminées par le virus. Le manque de ressources pour étendre l’accès aux antirétroviraux reste une préoccupation majeure des responsables sanitaires. La conférence de Washington veut donc être le moteur d’une mobilisation plus forte, surtout des politiques, pour élargir l’accès aux traitements mais aussi pour poursuivre la recherche sur le VIH.Le 23 juillet 2012 à 16:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more