Your competitor might have a better product or a better price. You might believe that gives them a competitive advantage, but it doesn’t have to. You can tilt the playing field in your direction. Work Ethic: You can outwork your competitor. Honestly, it isn’t really going to be all that difficult to do. Most people do what is required of them, not what they need to do to succeed. Your commitment to out-hustle your fiercest competitors alone is enough for you to win. Do the work they won’t do. Do that work when they are sleeping.People Skills: A person with better people skills can develop the relationships that level the playing field—and level their competitors. The ability to connect, the fact that you are likeable, and the fact that you care can create a preference. All things being equal, being good with people is a serious advantage.Business Acumen: A better student of business makes a better salesperson. By educating yourself on your business, your client’s business, and the economy more generally, you are likely to know how to create greater economic outcomes. Greater business knowledge and experience is a competitive advantage.Trustworthiness: Following up on your commitments creates a sense of trust. So does knowing what you are talking about. Being client-focused and working as if you are already part of your client’s decision-making team creates a gap between you and any competitor that doesn’t generate the same level of trust.Patient Persistence: The willingness to stay the course long after it seems a lost cause levels the playing field, especially when it comes to winning your dream clients. There is a strong advantage in outlasting your competitors. Patient persistence doesn’t mean you hang back. It means you keep taking action over time and, eventually, you win.Better Sales Skills: Knowing how to sell will never hurt you. Sales acumen is still incredibly important in creating a competitive advantage. Winning by intention instead of through a series of happy accidents is what separates the professionals for the amateurs, and it can tip the balance in your favor in a contest.Desire to Win: There is no accounting for the desire to win. It is the kind of intangible that appears to be some kind of voodoo. There is something about heart, guts, and the will to win that gives someone who is fighting above their weight class an advantage in a contest. 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
Kashmir witnessed a shutdown on Monday over the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) move to summon Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) president Yasin Khan and Kashmir University scholar Aala Fazil to New Delhi for questioning in an “illegal funding case”.Several supporters of Mr. Khan held a silent sit-in in Lal Chowk against his summoning. The NIA had asked Mr. Khan to asked present himself before the NIA on Monday.“We would continue our peaceful protest until Yasin sahab leaves the NIA headquarter,” said a protesting trader.The shutdown call by traders, supported by separatists, impacted the daily life in the Valley. There was a thin traffic on the roads as educational institutions, petrol pumps and banks remained closed. The authorities placed areas under five police stations in the old city under restrictions. Train service in south Kashmir was also stopped. Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “The NIA is resorting to coercive and intimidating tactics against people of Kashmir”.NIA raids continueMeanwhile, the NIA on Monday continued with its raids in Kashmir Valley.Police sources said two youth, one from Ganderbal and another from Baramulla, were questioned regarding their involvement in stone pelting.The NIA has registered a case in May regarding illegal funding from across the border to fuel violence in J&K. Seven separatist leaders are already in the NIA custody.Court grants bail to Jamaat-e-Islami spokesmanThe high court on Monday granted bail to Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) spokesman Zahid Ali Lone.“Freedom of speech and expression is the soul of our democratic and secular fabric. The might of our great India is not so weak that by using a few nonproductive and ego satisfying slogans the people will be scared even by a grain of fear that their levies will be put at a peril,” said Justice M. K. Hanjura, while granting bail.Lone’s lawyer Salih Pirzada said his client was arrested on August 4 “for raising slogans.” The police had alleged Mr. Lone’s objecting was “to induce the youth of the adjoining areas to indulge in rioting and join the militant ranks to accomplish the ultimate aim of seceding Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India”.
Eleven-year-old Thomas was mortally afraid of water. Not unusual for children of his age. Then one fine morning at the Bangalore City Corporation pool, he fought his fear-and won. As he splashed about, it was obvious that this was a big accomplishment. Bigger still because Thomas has cerebral palsy. And,Eleven-year-old Thomas was mortally afraid of water. Not unusual for children of his age. Then one fine morning at the Bangalore City Corporation pool, he fought his fear-and won. As he splashed about, it was obvious that this was a big accomplishment. Bigger still because Thomas has cerebral palsy. And because he was accompanied by 44 children, who like him, are physically or mentally disadvantaged.Some suffer from cerebral palsy, a condition marked by weakness and impaired coordination of the limbs caused by damage to the brain before or during birth. Others have Down’s Syndrome, a congenital disorder due to a chromosome defect and characterised by diminished intelligence and physical abnormalities.But watching them in the pool, you wouldn’t know that. With every successful stroke, their sense of integration with the mainstream seems more complete, the smiles on their drenched faces fuller.In their midst is coach Raju Pujari, a product of the National Institute of Sports, Patiala. He looks at the splashing youngsters with pride, recalling how he first saw them a year ago at Sri Sajjan Rao Vidya Samsthe (SSRVS), a school for children with special needs. The sight tugged at his heart and he imagined taking them under his wing. That’s what he actually did, training them with the support of the neighbouring Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre (BAC), where he works.HOPE FLOATS: Pujari helps the children to improve their motor coordinationDevising a course suited for these 45 children was not easy. “In the beginning, we were not sure how to go about training these children,” says Pujari. “We had to slowly work on them and fight their fear of water.” But painstaking efforts by Pujari, other coaches and a host of volunteers eventually paid off.”Children who had no clue about hand and eye coordination began to show a marked improvement after being put into water,” says K. Shashikala, a teacher at SSRVS who has been trained to impart special education. A good example is that of 14-year-old Swathi Srinath who has Down’s Syndrome. Attending the intensive two-month programme at the centre seems to have done her wonders. Her father believes Swathi looks much more confident now.She’s not the only one. Rekha could not walk properly, but in the pool she splashes about happily. Pawan, who has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair, but he undergoes a transformation in the water, as does Raju, who swims with the inflatable tube that keeps him afloat. Says Pawan’s mother: “We wish we had done this earlier. His stiff limbs have loosened.”That’s not an exaggeration. Studies have proved the benefits of swimming for the mentally and physically challenged. Water is believed to relax the muscles while lending firm support to the body weight. There are neurological advantages as well, because sensation is more pronounced in water.The coaches follow exercises that are designed to enhance the range of motion and coordination, besides lung capacity, breath control and overall strength. As a result, children with cerebral palsy or other problems have greater freedom of movement in water than anywhere else.Prabhavati Chandra, whose 12-year old daughter with Down’s Syndrome has made considerable progress at the pool, is even striving for perfection. Though her daughter swims very well, her left arm does not have the same extension, amplitude, speed or power as her right arm, she feels. As a result, her strokes are a bit uneven, but she’s convinced that practice will correct this.Pujari is equally confident. “There is no handicap at all as far as I can see,” he says. “What these kids lacked was opportunity.” While showing them the way, the BAC has been especially sensitive to their special needs-that children with cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome are slow learners. Since flippers have proved beneficial abroad, BAC hopes to acquire some to help the children improve their speed and posture. That would allow them to focus better on their strokes.While self-enhancement and integration are the final goals, the coaches at the centre believe that they can be achieved only through patience and perseverance. That’s instilled in the minds of the students and their parents right at the outset. As Pujari points out, it’s one step at a time. Or perhaps a stroke in the right direction.advertisement
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said people write off Cristiano Ronaldo at their peril after the Portuguese forward struck twice in the 5-0 drubbing of Sevilla on Saturday as the La Liga champions and their prolific scorer roared back to life.Ronaldo has been widely criticised in Spain for his domestic form this season and before the game with Sevilla he had only scored twice in the league, his lacklustre form mirroring Real’s feeble defence of the title they won so convincingly last May.Ronaldo was crowned world player of the year for a joint-record fifth time on Thursday and showed off his shiny Ballon d’Or trophy on the Bernabeu pitch before kick off and when the game began he appeared to have an extra spring in his step.He latched onto a through ball from Marco Asensio to confidently sidefoot the ball inside the near corner to score Real’s second goal midway through the first half and then powered home the third from the penalty spot, his shot bouncing under Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico.”It has been a perfect week for him and I hope he continues at this pace, although I already said you have to be careful with him,” Zidane told a news conference.??????? #CRI5TIANOThe moment @Cristiano presented his fifth Ballon d’Or to the Bernabu! pic.twitter.com/yBj88b4mR3- Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 9, 2017Ronaldo also scored in Real’s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to become the first player ever to score in all six Champions League group games in one season.advertisement”I don’t say that for no reason, I know him well and I see how ambitious he is every day in training, he knows he’s going to score. Sometimes it doesn’t come off for him and no-one is happy about that, but you always have to be careful with him.”??5????? An afternoon full of goals and celebrations at the Bernabu! ??#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/x3iFi4XGvF- Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 9, 2017Zidane also praised Ronaldo’s overall play, as the Portuguese helped tee-up 19-year-old right back Achraf Hakimi for the fifth goal of the game before the halftime whistle.”After watching the game we can safely say we have got him back,” added the coach after Real moved to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona, who visit Villarreal on Sunday.”We’re very happy with the performance as it’s not easy to score five goals against Sevilla. I hope we can keep scoring, we’ve scored eight goals in our last two games and we have to keep going like this.”We’re growing in every sense and playing better. When you play better you create more chances, we created a lot today and scored five times, for the first time this season (in the league).”Real left back Marcelo added: “For me, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world. I never saw (Diego) Maradona or Pele play but I know you can’t compare anyone to him.”We’re privileged to live in the same era as (Lionel) Messi and Cristiano, each own has his own story and attributes, but I prefer Cristiano.”??????????????? #CRI5TIANO@Cristiano showcased his fifth Ballon d’Or to the Bernabu ahead of kick-off! pic.twitter.com/ZcHpf7zaaz- Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 9, 2017
India left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya expressed his satisfaction over contributing in India’s 3-0 series win over West Indies.Krunal Pandya was awarded the Man of the Series for his all-round performance throughout the T20I series. The spinner had taken two crucial wickets to help India clinch the rain-marred 2nd T20I against West Indies.Following the third match, the 28-year-old at the press conference said, “Quite satisfying and obviously won the series and to contribute in a winning cause is a good feeling. The focus is to improve every day and and I am not thinking much about anything, just trying to focus on getting better.”He further shed light on his camaraderie with Mumbai Indians teammate Kieron Pollard. Calling the West Indies all-rounder a brother, he said that both the players know each other’s strength.”He (Pollard) is like a brother to me and playing against him, he knows my strength and I know his strength. I guess whoever uses his brain (when asked who gets the better of who), he added.”India completed a 3-0 whitewash over West Indies by clinching a 7-wicket win in the final T20I in Guyana on Tuesday. A fiery bowling spell from Deepak Chahar coupled with a 100-plus stand between Kohli and Rishabh Pant helped India dominate the hosts at the Providence Stadium.Earlier, India had defeated West Indies by four wickets in the opening T20I before beating the Caribbean side by 22 runs owing to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method in the second match.advertisementAlso Read | ‘God help Indian cricket’: Sourav Ganguly slams BCCI for sending conflict of interest notice to Rahul DravidAlso Read | Virat Kohli backs Shikhar Dhawan after India’s T20 series win over West IndiesAlso See:
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The SEC had a huge 2017 season. The conference sent Alabama and Georgia to the College Football Playoff national championship game, with the Tide winning it all.The league is expected to have another banner year this fall. Alabama and Georgia should be title contenders again, and Auburn is also ranked in the preseason top 10.ESPN’s Mark Schlabach unveiled his predictions for all of the Power 5 leagues. Schlabach picked the conference champs, award winners and much more.He also made three bold predictions for each league this fall. For the SEC, they are:Alabama wins another SEC titleTexas A&M will pay Jimbo Fisher more than $1 million per victory Georgia will have two 1,000-yard rushersOkay, is that first prediction really a bold one? Alabama winning another SEC title is as chalky as a pick can be.The Jimbo one is the most interesting. He is making over $7 million this season.Schlabach picked the Aggies to go 7-5.While Texas A&M’s president and its fan base might already be dreaming about SEC titles and national championships under Fisher, who was lured away from Florida State with a 10-year, $75 million contract, the Aggies first have to finish higher than fourth in the SEC West, which they’ve done only once since joining the league in 2012. The Aggies won’t do it this season, as they’ll lose to Clemson at home in Week 2 and drop each of their four SEC road games.You can read all of ESPN’s preview here.
Ateet Sharma New DelhiMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 20:41 IST Ricky Ponting said his heart broke after watching some of the footage from the Christchurch shootings (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA gunman opened fire inside 2 mosques in Christchurch on Friday killing 49 peopleBangladesh cricketers and support staff were approaching the mosque when the gunman firedBangladesh cricket team left Christchurch after narrowly escaping the mosque shootingsEven though he is sitting thousands of miles away on another continent, Ricky Ponting, the former skipper of the Australian cricket team, is deeply shocked by the Christchurch terror attack in New Zealand which left 49 people dead and over 40 injured on Friday.”You know my heart broke yesterday watching some of that stuff. The boys were watching some of the footage on the bus during their way back (from practice) and I couldn’t watch it. It is a devastating news and wish all the families involved the very best in future,” Ponting told India Today in an exclusive interview.The 44-year-old, head coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Capitals – earlier known as Delhi Daredevils – is busy holding the pre-season camp before the tournament starts from March 23.”I obviously couldn’t stay away from it (New Zealand shooting) yesterday as it was all over the news channels and I was continually getting updates on phone and everything,” said a visibly shocked Ponting.The two-time World Cup winning captain, who has also featured in a number of trans-Tasman on-field battles over the last few decades, is appalled by the horrendous attack.”It is devastating, not just for New Zealand and Christchurch but devastating for the entire world to think that things like that continue to happen in different parts of the world,” said Ponting.Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, aged 28 and a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea. He is due back in court on April 5 and police said he was likely to face further charges.advertisementTarrant has been described as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity.Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a “manifesto” denouncing immigrants as “invaders” was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.At one stage the shooter returns to his car, changes weapons, re-enters the mosque and again begins shooting. The camera attached to his head recording the massacre follows the barrel of his weapon, like some macabre video game.Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque.Police said the alleged shooter took seven minutes to travel to the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven people were killed. No images have emerged from the second mosque.Tarrant was arrested in a car, which police said was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called.Also Read | Everything will change after this incident: Bangladesh cricket boss on Christchurch attacksAlso Read | Bangladesh cricket team leaves New Zealand after narrow escape in Christchurch shootingsAlso Read | Please save us: Tamim Iqbal in phone call to journalist as Christchurch horror unfoldedFor 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 Ricky PontingFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Indian Premier LeagueFollow New ZealandFollow New Zealand shootingsFollow New Zealand mosque shooting My heart broke, couldn’t watch the footage: Ricky Ponting on Christchurch mosque shootingsRicky Ponting said that he was deeply shocked by the Christchurch terror attack. He added it is devastating that such attacks continue to happen in different parts of the worldadvertisement
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DUBAI: Iranian officials said on Friday that Tehran had received a message from US President Donald Trump warning that a US attack on Iran was imminent but saying he was against war and wanted talks on a range of issues. News of the message, delivered through Oman overnight, came shortly after the New York Times said Trump had approved military strikes against Iran on Friday over the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but called them off at the last minute. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”In his message, Trump said he was against any war with Iran and wanted to talk to Tehran about various issues,” one of the officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He gave a short period of time to get our response but Iran’s immediate response was that it is up to Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei to decide about this issue.” A second Iranian official said: “We made it clear that the leader is against any talks, but the message will be conveyed to him to make a decision. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador”However, we told the Omani official that any attack against Iran will have regional and international consequences.” Khamenei has the last say on all state matters and has ruled out any talks with Washington while Tehran is under sanctions. After weeks of festering tension amidst a spate of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf region, Iran said on Thursday it had shot down an unmanned U.S. military surveillance drone with a surface-to-air missile. Trump indicated after the drone’s downing that he was not eager to escalate a stand-off with Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile activities and support for proxies in various Middle East conflicts. He said the unmanned drone might have been shot down in error by someone who was acting “loose and stupid”, though added: “This country will not stand for it.” The incident aggravated global fears of direct military confrontation between the longtime foes, and oil prices rose a further $1 per barrel to above $65.50 on Friday due to worries about possible disruptions to crude exports from the Gulf. The New York Times quoted a senior administration official as saying U.S. warplanes took to the air and ships were put in position for a retaliatory attack on Iran, only for an order to come to stand down without any weapons being fired. Targets had included Iranian radar and missile batteries, the paper cited senior administration officials involved in, or briefed on, the deliberations, as saying. The strikes were set for early in the day to minimize risk to the Iranian military or to civilians, the Times added, and it was unclear if attacks on Iran might go ahead later. Keyvan Khosravi, a spokesman for Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, denied that Tehran had received a message from Trump via Oman, according to state broadcaster IRIB. Russia accused the United States of deliberately stoking dangerous tensions around Iran and pushing the situation to the brink of war, and urged all sides to show restraint. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called on Washington to weigh the possible consequences of conflict and said the Times report showed the situation was extremely dangerous. Some global airlines re-routed flights to avoid Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration barred American carriers from the region until further notice. Tensions with Iran have increased since Trump’s withdrawal last year from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, signed by six world powers including the United States. Trump has denounced it as flawed to Tehran’s advantage. Washington then imposed fresh sanctions to throttle Iran’s vital oil trade and Iran retaliated earlier this week by threatening to breach limits on its uranium enrichment programme set by the nuclear deal. The sanctions have pounded Iran’s economy, scuttled its vital oil exports and barred it from the dollar-dominated global finance system, dimming the promise of a trade bonanza for Tehran for having curbed its nuclear capabilities under U.N. monitoring. Iran said it shot down the unarmed Global Hawk surveillance drone while it was spying over part of its coastal territory, and state television on Friday showed what it said were retrieved sections of the aircraft. Washington said the drone was downed over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz. Independent confirmation of the drone’s location when it was brought down was not immediately available. An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Friday that a manned U.S. military P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance jet accompanied the drone into Iranian airspace but Tehran refrained from shooting it down as well, according to Tasnim news agency. The drone’s destruction exacerbated tensions in the Gulf, a critical artery for global oil supplies where six tankers have been damaged by explosions in the past six weeks.
Kolkata: Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, visited Hijatullah Lane where a bridge is coming up to ease traffic movement during the Durga Puja.He was accompanied by senior officials of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) and the city police. The KMDA is constructing two bridges and both will be opened before the Pujas. The decision was taken at a meeting held between senior KMDA officials and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) last week. Hakim said due to the inordinate delay by the Railways to give clearance to the sub-structure drawing, the construction of Majerhat bridge got delayed by six-seven months. Initially, the deadline to open the bridge was September but because of the delay, it is likely to be opened in February 2020. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe bridge at Hijatullah Lane is situated beside Tolly Club and the Karunamoyee bridge. For the construction of the bridge beside the existing Karunamoyee bridge, a portion of the wall of Tolly Club will have to be pulled down. The labourer quarters of Tolly Club will have to be demolished and the employees will have to be shifted. Forty trees will have to be relocated as well. The Kolkata Police has introduced the one-way system in the area to facilitate movement of cars coming from Behala. According to the minister, the prime concern of the city police, KMDA and KMC is to ensure steady flow of traffic. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHakim said during the Puja, thousands of people will come from Behala to visit South Kolkata. As the construction of Majerhat bridge is not yet complete, there will be tremendous traffic jam in vast areas surrounding Taratala. He added that both the bridges will help in the smooth movement of traffic. “The Kolkata Police will introduce the one-way traffic system for smooth flow of traffic.” He also added that a Bailey bridge will come up in Chetla as the Chetla Lock Gate has become weak. The movement of heavy vehicles has been stopped along the bridge.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability, saying only a “foolish government” would make such a disclosure and “betray” a defence secret.In an address to the nation, Modi had on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite under ‘Mission Shakti’, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Slamming the announcement by the prime minister, Chidambaram tweeted, “The capability to shoot down a satellite has existed for many years. A wise government will keep the capability secret. Only a foolish government will disclose it and betray a defence secret.” The former finance minister also questioned the motive of the government in making the announcement. “Besides, why was it done now in the middle of an election campaign? Only to boost the sagging fortunes of the BJP,” Chidambaram claimed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KFollowing the prime minister’s speech, several Opposition parties had complained to the Election Commission alleging violation of the model code of conduct. The Election Commission, however, said on Friday night that Modi’s address to the nation on the successful test-firing of an anti-satellite missile did not violate the model code of conduct. Chidambaram also sought answers from the prime minister on high unemployment rate and job losses, citing data from the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).
Casablanca – The police of Casablanca Mohammed V international airport arrested on Tuesday night two sub -Saharan Africans who were in possession of 75 kilograms of cocaine, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The suspects were onboard a flight coming from a Latin American country.This is the biggest amount of cocaine seized recently by Moroccan customs in all border check points in the country. According to Mr. Abdelhadi Siba, chief of the airport’s judiciary police, the drug intercepted was carefully concealed in decorative objects, parts of vehicles, handbags and laptop bags.The perpetrators deliberately used spices to neutralize the smell of drugs.This it is the fifth aborted attempt to smuggle hard drugs into Moroccan soil in less than two weeks. About 22 kg of cocaine were seized recently in similar operations, according to the same source.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed a trio of nominees to the Export-Import Bank, reviving a U.S. agency that provides loans and other help to foreign buyers of U.S. exports.Confirmation of the nominees, including Republicans Kimberly Reed as board president, restores a quorum and permits the bank to process larger transactions to help companies like Boeing and others with export deals.Congress reauthorized the agency in 2015, but GOP opponents of the bank prevented both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama from populating its board, which must approve deals exceeding $10 million.It has many GOP critics who say it distorts markets and that too much of its help benefits large corporations like Boeing. Some U.S. businesses, including airlines, say the bank effectively subsidizes foreign competitors.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press
1 October 2007The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has expressed its deep regret at the death of two pedestrians in an accident involving one of its vehicles and said it will set up an investigation into the incident. On Sunday afternoon, an UNMIN vehicle transporting members of the UN verification teams was involved in an accident with three pedestrians some 16 kilometres from Dhangadhi in the country’s western region. Two pedestrians died and a third was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital. “I am deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the loss of life and injury,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Nepal Ian Martin said in a statement.Mr. Martin, who is also head of UNMIN, said the Mission “will do all it can to support the families in their time of grief,” and has sent Deputy Special Representative Tamrat Samuel to convey condolences to the families of the deceased.“UNMIN will of course cooperate with the police in their investigations, and is immediately establishing its own Board of Inquiry in accordance with UN procedures,” the statement added.The Mission was established this January to support Nepal’s peace process by helping to create conditions for the election to take place in a free and fair atmosphere, and to monitor the arms and armies of the former adversaries, the Maoist army and the Nepal Army, who are confined to cantonments and barracks in the lead-up to the election.
“Sri Lanka is developing its economic strategy in line with its strategic location in the Asian Waters (Ocean). The vision of Sri Lanka’s way forward is to develop the logistical hub between Singapore and Dubai in the Asian Waters. Colombo port is one of the busiest ports in the world, can play an important role in this context. The newly established Hambantota Port will also join with the country’s economic and trade strategy and be a vital base of maritime transportation”, Deputy Minister said. He noted that currently, Sri Lankan investment in Viet Nam stood at US dollars 76.5 million with 14 projects, while Vietnamese investment in Sri Lanka was one project, yet to operationalize. More and more Vietnamese business ventures could explore the potentials of Sri Lanka’s business and market environment where Vietnamese could approach the huge and ever-growing South Asian market in the threshold of the process of creating knowledge based Social Market Economy built on social justice principles.Moderating the Business Event, the Ambassador highlighted that Sri Lanka’s partnership with Vietnam is on the basis of mutual benefit and prosperity. She further emphasized the focus of the new Government’s Foreign Policy to engage all countries, with emphasis on economic diplomacy and the mandate of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs to promote economic diplomacy.At the Business Event, 11 professionals and leaders of the business community in Viet Nam were identified to serve in the Interim Committee of the Sri Lanka Business Council in Viet Nam. The participants appreciated the role of the Embassy in launching the timely initiative. During the visit, the Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva called on his counterpart, Mr. Le Hoai Trung, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Do Thang Hai, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade. Meanwhile, Mr. Dang Xuan Quang, Deputy Director General of Foreign Investment Agency, counterpart of the Sri Lanka Board of Investment, called on the Deputy Minister. The Deputy Minister also participated in an event organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Hanoi, to launch the Sri Lanka Business Council in Viet Nam where he addressed top investors, business leaders and professionals. The Deputy Minister also attended the opening ceremony of the Linea Aqua Viet Nam and interacted with the Sri Lankan community in Viet Nam.The main focus of the discussion between Vice Minister Le Hoai Trung and the Deputy Minister was Viet Nam’s strategy on economic development, sectors for bilateral cooperation, with special emphasis on attracting investment to Sri Lanka.During the bilateral meeting with the Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr. Do Thang Hai, the focus was on improving bilateral trade in line with the agreement reached at the Sub Committee on Trade held in Colombo in March 2015, that highlighted the strategic location of Sri Lanka, as an important logistical hub for air connectivity and the promotion of tourism, trade and investment. The Government says the Hambantota Port will join with the country’s economic and trade strategy and be a vital base of maritime transportation.Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the vision of Sri Lanka’s way forward is to develop the logistical hub between Singapore and Dubai in the Asian Waters. Those who attended the Business Event included, Deputy Director General of Foreign Investment Agency Mr. Dang Xuan Quang, Deputy Director General of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nguyen Dac Thanh, senior officials of Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency, Petro Viet Nam, Viet Nam Engineering and Agricultural Machinery Corporation, senior officials of Associations representing tea, gem and jewelry, apparel industries, Secretary General of Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce, Executive Vice President of FPT Group, the 3rd largest private company in Viet Nam and other expat business community and professionals including CEOs of top banks. He said this during talks held in Viet Nam, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement today. The Foreign Ministry said that the Vietnamese hailed the visit of Dr. Harsha de Silva especially noting that it is the first high level bilateral visit to Viet Nam since President Maithripala Sirisena assumed office on 8th January 2015.The visit also coincided with the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) at which, the top leaders to lead the country for the next 05 years were elected. Further, the visit preceded an important period during which Viet Nam signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and Free Trade Agreement with the EU, clearly giving a high leverage for the country over most other developing countries, opening doors to fast track its economy. The Deputy Minister sharing his views emphasized that just as Sri Lanka welcomes businesses to invest in Sri Lanka, it also encourages Sri Lankan companies to take the comparative advantages that are offered elsewhere. Linea Aqua (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of the MAS Holdings of Sri Lanka, opened a factory just outside Hanoi city, where the Deputy Minister had participated in the inauguration. He welcomed Sri Lankan companies expanding their global footprint and establishing operations overseas.
WASHINGTON — Nissan has agreed to pay $15 million and its former chairman Carlos Ghosn is paying $1 million to settle federal regulators’ civil fraud charges of hiding from investors more than $140 million in compensation and retirement benefits for Ghosn.The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Monday with the Japanese automaker and its former chairman, who also agreed to be barred for 10 years from serving as an officer or director of a public company. Ghosn is awaiting trial in Japan on financial misconduct allegations.Ghosn and Nissan Motor Co. settled the charges without admitting or denying the SEC’s allegations, but agreed to refrain from future anti-fraud violations of the securities laws.The Associated Press
by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2015 8:46 am MDT Last Updated Oct 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Appeals court rules ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town’ can return to heirs of song’s co-author NEW YORK, N.Y. – You’d better watch out: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” is comin’ back into the hands of the heirs of a songwriter who composed it.Rejecting a lower-court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday ruled for a daughter and grandchildren of John Frederick Coots.Coots, who wrote the music for hundreds of songs before his 1985 death, co-wrote the song in 1933 with James Lamont “Haven” Gillespie, who died in 1975.“Terrific!” said Coots’ lone surviving child, Gloria Coots Baldwin, in a telephone conversation from her Boca Raton, Florida, home.David Milian, a Miami attorney, called the decision “a milestone in the development of copyright law” because of the lengths the 2nd Circuit went to analyze the termination rights of artists under copyright law. The decision was written by Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston.Baldwin, 81, and two granddaughters sued EMI Feist Catalog Inc. in Manhattan federal court in 2012, claiming entitlement to re-establish their share of publishing copyright ownership in December 2016.A three-judge appeals panel agreed, rejecting EMI Feist’s claims it could hold the copyright until 2029. EMI Feist is an arm of the London-based music company EMI Group. A lower-court judge in December 2013 had ruled for the company. Its lawyers did not immediately return messages seeking comment.Baldwin — one of the composer’s four children — said she initiated the legal case for the benefit of younger relatives.She said the family had always received a songwriter’s royalty cut but no longer got payouts from publishing rights. She said she did not know how much those rights were worth.“We’ll find out, won’t we?” Baldwin said.According to court papers, Coots’ heirs had been offered $2.75 million by EMI about eight years ago to drop claims.Lawyers opposing the lawsuit had argued that Coots gave up some rights when he in 1981 accepted $100,000, which he distributed to his children.The current heirs were described in the lawsuit as Baldwin, three granddaughters and three grandsons.Baldwin recalled him as a “tough” father who “liked to go to the track” but was mostly careful with money.“We never went hungry. We always had nice clothes. We went to public schools,” she said.Baldwin said her father wrote the music while Gillespie wrote lyrics on the back of an envelope after a publisher told the pair: “Write me something for Christmas, a novelty.”“It was just for Christmastime. You didn’t hear it in June or July,” she said. The tune gained fame after Eddie Cantor sang it on his radio program in 1934.Now, decisions about the song’s use are made by granddaughters of Coots living in Connecticut and California.Baldwin said she had no plans for new income.“At my age, trying to get up in the morning is my goal of the day,” she said.
We should strenuously defend our multi-cultural society which enriches us allDr Jackie Appleby Dr Jackie Appleby, from Tower Hamlets division, said: “Under the Prevent programme public sector workers – which is all of us – are required by law to register concerns about people they come into contact with who might be developing extremist ideas.“The main focus is clearly on Islamic extremism and this builds a a climate of fear and mistrust feeds Islamaphobia and leads to racial profiling.“Home office data show that Muslims are 40 times more likely to be referred than someone who is not a Muslim. I understand that people are fearful of terrorism and I absolutely condemn it in all its forms but we have to balance our fear of terrorism against the intrusion into people’s lives of counter-terrorism strategies,” the GP said. He told the conference in Brighton: “What is the pre-criminal space? It’s that part of your life before you have committed a crime. Everyone here is in a pre-criminal space. The idea of police intervening in the pre-criminal space – I wasn’t sure whether to describe that as Orwellian, Kafka-esque, or as a scene from Minority Report.” “Prevent means that Muslims are increasingly afraid to express a political opinion for fear of being reported.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. She attacked the programme which she said was worsening tensions within society.“Prevent feeds Theresa May’s hostile environment, which emboldens racists and provides fertile ground for their organisations to grow,” she said.“We should strenuously defend our multi-cultural society which enriches us all. Prevent makes us suspicious of each other, sows fear and hatred cause racial profiling and does not work.“Doctors’ relationships rely on the antithesis of this. We depend on building trust.”And she urged delegates to support members “who refuse to be drawn in to this Orwellian world”.Dr Piyush Pushkar, from junior doctors conference, said he was “deeply troubled” by the rhetoric used by the programmes, such as the attempts to make interventions during the “pre-criminal space”. Doctors should not be obliged to refer concerns that patients or colleagues have extremist ideologies to de -radicialisation authorities, their union has ruledThe British Medical Association agreed a motion to support any members who refuse to take part in training in the scheme.Doctors said the obligations on them were “Orwellian” “Kafka-esque” and “like a scene from Minority Report” – claiming the measures were creating “a climate of fear and mistrust”.They said that the obligation to refer suspicions about patients or colleagues to the authorities could undermine trust in medics. CLARIFICATION: This article originally reported that the British Medical Association had ruled that its members should not have to refer concerns about ‘suspected terrorists’ to authorities under the Prevent programme. We wish to clarify that Prevent in fact targets individuals at risk of adopting extremist ideologies. The article has been amended accordingly. And he said it was not clear if the schemes actually reduced the risk of violent extremism, highlighting figures that show 65 per cent of referrals involve an Islamist threat.Dr Col Glynn Evans, from the BMA’s armed forces committee failed to convince delegates to reject the motion.Speaking after Dr Applebee, he said: “We heard some emotive rhetoric there… I would like to put a bit of objectivity into this. This is about the objective policy that keeps all of us safe and is by and large working. Please do not pull the plug on this because of your emotions.”There have been cases of NHS doctors becoming radicialised, working as medics for Isis or plotting attacks in the UK.Issam Abuanza, 39, left his wife and two young daughters in Sheffield when he fled the country in July 2014 to become a doctor for jihadis in Syria. He posted comments online praising appalling terrorist acts and encouraging the slaughter of women and children.Bilal Abdulla was jailed for 32 years in 2008 for plotting car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow the previous year. The junior doctor attacked Glasgow airport in a Jeep laden with petrol and gas canisters but was thwarted by police.
The Fourth Nordic Exploration Award 2010 was awarded to geologist Dr. Tapani Mutanen for:His extensive and successful exploration work with layered intrusions in Finnish LaplandHis great persistence and determination to understand the role of magmatic processes in ore genesisHis discovery of the Kevitsa nickel-copper deposit in Northern Finland.Kevitsa is yet another example of the long time it often takes from the discovery of a deposit to the actual commencement of the mining operation. In this work Mutanen has played an important role with his great energy and his knowledge of the magmatic processes which were decisive for his discovery of the Kevitsa nickel-copper deposit. For his commitment and his thorough work Mutanen has been awarded this year’s Nordic Exploration Award.During the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) discovered several significant mineral occurrences. Some were large and had in common the feature that the ore mineralogy was complicated which is why it took a long time before mining could begin. Talvivaara nickel deposit and Kittila gold mine are but two other examples of this.Mutanen received his master’s degree at the University of Uleåborg in 1972 and in 1997 at the University of Helsinki he successfully defended his doctoral thesis on the layered intrusions in Finnish Lapland. He joined the GTK in 1973 when his long and purposeful exploration career began; it was crowned in the 1990s with the discovery of the Kevitsa nickel-copper deposit. As this deposit has a relatively complex mineralogy, an extensive testing process was necessary something which Mutanen with his mineralogical competence predicted.From 2005 until 2008 GTK’s laboratory performed the crucial tests. These showed that two different concentrates should be produced: a nickel-PGM concentrate and a copper-gold-concentrate.The Kevitsa mine, owned by First Quantum Minerals, is now under construction and open-pit mining will begin in 2012. The anticipated annual processing capacity will be 5 Mt of ore with the possibility to expand. Kevitsa will be Finland’s, largest copper producer, the second largest nickel mine and the first platinum-palladium producer in Europe. It will be one of Finland’s largest metal mines with reserves large enough for more than 20 years of mining. There will be a workforce of approximately 200 when commercial production starts demonstrating the great importance of mining as an employer in regions with not many other alternatives.The Nordic Exploration Award is sponsored by Raw Materials Group and honours outstanding achievement, accomplishment and service to the Nordic exploration industry. For selection criteria and nominations please see http://www.rmg.se/ For more information please contact Magnus Ericsson email firstname.lastname@example.org
The venerable wishbone slingshot is perhaps the only weapon that it’s socially acceptable for a child to wander around with, a fact that is probably more accountable to the slingshot’s lack of accuracy than anything else. A bifurcating branch and a big rubber band are chaotic enough materials that headshotting a kid from across the school yard with a big, round buckeye is more luck than anything else.I wonder, then, how the encroachment of 21st century technology into a device as timeless as the back pocket slingshot will effect social attitudes. Check out, for example, this home built slingshot by maker KipKay, made from solid aluminum, some surgical tubing and — the piece de resistance — a laser-guided aiming system.AdChoices广告The design is made of several pieces of aluminum, meaning this slingshot isn’t going to snap in half from over-enthusiasm. The laser-guiding system is provided by a single 6mm red laser diode, driven by a pair of AA batteries ensconced in the handle, which also functions as a storage compartment for ammo.This thing just looks deadly. Of course, gravity and a wobbly forearm are still going to throw a projectile off course, but pity the kid who brings some cheap wooden affair to his neighborhood slingshot fight when KayKay’s nephew is around. Forget Bart Simpson or Dennis the Menace: this is the kind of slingshot that the Terminator would use.Read more at DVICE