Velocity and Your Speed to Results

first_imgIn sales, fast is slow and slow is fast. This means the more time you take to to be present, create value, and help your dream client, the faster things move forward. The faster you try to go and the more you try to “cram” relationships, trust-building, and moving through your process before serving your buyer’s needs, the slower things go.There is a serious exception to this general principle: prospecting. When it comes to opening new relationships and creating opportunities, velocity matters a great deal, especially when many salespeople and sales organizations are opportunity starved.The ListImagine that someone provides you with a list. This list includes the name and phone number of 1,000 prospects. The person providing you that list tells you that there is no less than $5,000,000 in new sales in this list, all that revenue coming from prospects that are right in your sweet spot. All you have to do is accept the list, and start prospecting to collect the $5,000,000 in revenue.How long does it take you to make the calls and find the $5,000,000 in revenue?Slow DialingIf you made 10 calls a day, or 50 calls a week, it would take you 20 weeks to make your first contact with every person on the list. Minus holidays and vacation, that’s about half a year.Making 20 calls a day cuts your time in half. By making 100 calls a week, you make your calls in 10 weeks, less than a quarter of the year.But we are looking at “dials” here, “attempted” calls, not actually conversations. The reality is that most of your calls are going to go to voicemail. Even if you leave an excellent message, you aren’t likely to get a lot of calls back.If you were to dial 40 numbers a day, you’d be through your first attempt in 5 weeks. You’d have reached some percentage of the people you dialed and, depending on how effective you are on the phone, you’d have found opportunities, more if you’ve got chops, less if you don’t.Your Real MathLet’s assume you have a targeted list of 200 dream clients that are qualified, not some random list of 1,000 leads full of hidden opportunities. How long does it take you make it through that list?The speed at which you prospect is the speed you open new relationships and create new opportunities. The slower you go, the less likely you are to have a killer pipeline, and the longer it takes you to build your book of business.Fast is slow and slow is fast in human relationships. But faster is better when it comes to prospecting. In prospecting, you want velocity.How long it takes you to succeed is a personal decision.last_img read more

Denied ticket, Vijay Sampla says BJP committed ‘cow slaughter’

first_imgAs the BJP on Tuesday announced its candidates for Lok Sabha election in Punjab, sitting Hoshiarpur MP and Union Minister Vijay Sampla, who has been denied ticket this time, expressed his displeasure by stating that his party has committed “cow slaughter”. Venting his ire on Twitter, soon after the party announced Som Parkash as its candidate from Hoshiarpur, Mr. Sampla wrote: “It’s very sad, the BJP has committed cow slaughter.” Mr. Sampla posted his “credentials” on Twitter and asked the BJP to explain the grounds on which it denied him a renomination.“There’s no corruption charge on me. No one can point a finger on my conduct. I brought airport to my constituency, improved rail and road network. If all this is my fault, then I will tell my coming generations that they should not repeat such mistakes,” he tweeted.The BJP has announced actor Sunny Deol as its candidate from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat and renominated sitting MP Kirron Kher from Chandigarh.Mr. Deol will take on Punjab Congress chief and sitting Congress MP Sunil Jakhar from Gurdaspur, while Ms. Kher will face Pawan Bansal of the Congress in Chandigarh.last_img read more

The Ongoing Effect of Empire in Britain

first_imgConsiderable attention has been directed to the plight of EU immigrants living in the UK following the Brexit vote, not least their role as “bargaining chips” in Britain’s forthcoming exit negotiations from the EU. Less attention has been paid to the government’s ongoing discriminatory immigration policies against its own citizens.If you marry, as I did, a non-British or non-European spouse, make sure you have a minimum income of £18,600 (or £22,400 if you have a child). You’ll also need thousands of pounds of additional cash for visa fees, biometric testing, and the newly-introduced £200 annual “health surcharge” if you want to have the privilege of remaining in your own country with your spouse and not be forced into exile or a life apart from your family.Such policies reveal a state that, in order to ensure its welfare and security, is capable of rendering all of its citizens into what the philosopher Giorgio Agamben has termed “bare life”: individuals who are denied the protection of law and whose lives are therefore disposable.In recent decades, the net of those reduced to “bare life” has widened to capture the white middle-class as well as the marginal sections of the population who are working-class or non-white. But the British state, through its empire, has a long history of reducing people – often entire populations – to this state of powerlessness. Few people today seem to remember or acknowledge this.In a YouGov poll conducted in January 2016, 43% of those surveyed regarded empire as a “good thing”. In a similar poll carried out two years ago, 49% of respondents thought that “former British colonies are now better off for having been part of the empire”. Disturbingly, a third of participants also wished that Britain still had an empire.Such attitudes reveal a lack of understanding of the nature and effects of colonial conquest and rule, spurred by insufficient education about the realities of empire. Historical analysis of empire has also tended to evaluate empire either “neutrally”, or offer a triumphalist narrative that heralds the benefits of empire for Britain while ignoring its devastating impact on the peoples whose lands were taken, cultures transformed, and economic well-being was decimated.The RealityTake the case of India. In the 17th century, it produced a quarter of the world’s income – equal to the whole of Europe combined – and its per capita GDP was 80% that of Britain’s. But standards of living in India fell rapidly following what the historian William Dalrymple has described as “the supreme act of corporate violence in world history” — the gradual conquest, plunder and subjugation of India by an English trading company with one of the most powerful armies in the world.In just the half century following the dissolution of the East India Company and the imposition of crown rule in 1858 – the start of what is popularly known as the “Raj” — per capita income declined by over 50%, life expectancy fell by 20%, and between 12 million and 29 million Indians died in famines that the colonial regime largely facilitated instead of alleviating. So rather than leaving the colonized “better off,” empire led instead to the creation of what some now term the “third world.”While the British liked to boast that they were bringing the “rule of law” to lawless peoples, they instead supplanted indigenous systems of law with ones that were alien, discriminatory and imposed by force. Colonial regimes also frequently suspended the “rule of law” in the face of real or imagined threats to their security. This meant that British colonies largely devolved into states of exception, in which the colonized were reduced to “bare life.”Them and usViolent arrivals:British East India Company.Photo: Francis Hayman, WikimediaThere is another reason why we continue to regard empire in a positive light: the British largely see the effects of empire as being one-sided, as affecting “them” and not “us”. But in Britain, even supporters of empire have long been troubled by the dangerous effects of empire on Britain itself. It’s not possible to govern a quarter of the world’s population despotically (as was the case at the height of Britain’s empire) without profoundly shaping Britain in the process — including methods of managing “undesirable” segments of the population.Such methods include the reduction of British citizens and their families to a state of “bare life.” This is apparent in policies ranging from the immigration rules that have affected my own family, to the government’s austerity measures, which a recent UN report declared a breach of international human rights. Empire is no longer merely “out there” in other parts of the globe. The disdain for human life that underpinned it has been brought “home.”The new British prime minister Theresa May has promised to retain at least some of the protections provided by EU law, such as those for workers’ rights — at least during her premiership. But when Britain “takes back its sovereignty” upon leaving the EU, even more segments of the population will undoubtedly find themselves subject to a sovereign “rule of law” that has been constructed in conjunction with the subjugation of large swathes of humanity. Now, we are all, potentially, “bare life.”The author is senior lecturer in Indian and Colonial History, University of Liverpool.Reprinted from The Conversation Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgWhile each of the three teams which took part in the While each of the three teams which took part in the first edition last year and are continuing this year — Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chandigarh — had the option of retaining one player, only Hyderabad did so by retaining Hingis. Amritraj explained that some minor changes have been made to the format of the matches so that they fit into the time slot of two and a half hours, suitable for broadcasters Sony Six. “Last year, when we had two matches per day and most of the matches were close, each day play got extended upto three and a half hours or more. So we had to make some changes so that this time around only one match (tie) will be held per day with a 7 PM start and an expected 9:30-9:45 PM end,” the former Wimbledon mens singles quarter finalist said. “Each match would comprise one set only (same as last year) but this year the set would be played to 5 games instead of 6. Sets can be won from 5-0 to 5-4 and if its 4-all a 9-point tie-break would be held,” he said. The format remains the same: Legends singles, ATP players singles, WTA players singles, mens doubles and mixed doubles. Similar to the first edition, each team will have one Indian senior mens player in its rolls, along with two juniors – a boy and a girl – recommended by the All India Tennis Association as per their rankings. The senior players who would be seen are Saket Myneni (Chandigarh), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (Hyderabad), Sriram Balaji (Mumbai), Divij Sharan (Nagpur), Ramkumar Ramanathan (Raipur) and Vishnu Vardhan (unnamed team). (More) PTI SSR NRB PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

French Open: French federation president hits out at local men’s players

first_imgFrench federation president Bernard Giudicelli has hit out at the country’s male players after their disappointing run at Roland Garros, saying they lacked physical strength and grit.No French man has gone past the fourth round at the Roland Garros this year.”What the French men lacked to go further, it’s grit,” Giudicelli told French radio RMC.”When a coach says that the player can spend eight hours on court when the temperature is 45 degrees Celsius and that he gets cramps in the fourth set, there’s a problem,” said Giudicelli, referring to Lucas Pouille who lost against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the third round.”Enough talking. We need to work according to the norms of modern tennis. It means having physical abilities very early and also work on the mental.”No French man has won a grand slam title since Yannick Noah lifted the French Open in 1983, something the so-called golden generation should have achieved, according to seven-time grand slam champion Mats Wilander.”It is disappointing, for sure,” Wilander, who is at Roland Garros commentating for Europsport, told Reuters last week.”If you look at those guys, (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga, (Richard) Gasquet, (Gael) Monfils… look at their rankings… for no-one to get to the quarter-finals is really quite disappointing.”I think they have underperformed, really. And then who is coming next? Lucas Pouille, okay… but right now this kind of golden generation has not got much more time. This group is not going to be around forever.advertisement”You would have expected them to have maybe won a grand slam by now.”The women have, however, fared better in Paris this year. Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia were both defeated in the quarter-finals — the first time France had two women in the last eight since 1994.”If the women have succeeded, it’s not by chance. They took another path because we discussed, we questioned some things,” said Giudicelli.last_img read more

Pats’ Brady Suspended Four Games

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are preparing for a fight.The reigning Super Bowl MVP will appeal his four-game suspension, his agent said, and the team threw its “unconditional” support behind its quarterback after the NFL came down hard on its biggest star in the “Deflategate” scandal.“Tom Brady has our unconditional support,” Patriots owner Bob Kraft said in a statement issued on May 11. “Our belief in him has not wavered.”Five days after an NFL investigator reported that it was “more probable than not” that the Patriots broke the rules, the league handed down its punishment: Brady was banished for four games, and the Patriots were penalized $1 million — matching the largest fine in league history — and docked two draft picks for using improperly inflated footballs in the AFC Championship game.NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers who carried out the plan, including the one who referred to himself in text messages obtained by the league as “The Deflator.”In letters to the team and Brady, Vincent wrote that the league’s investigation found “substantial and credible evidence” that the quarterback knew the employees were deflating footballs. It also said he failed to cooperate with investigators.The investigation by attorney Ted Wells found that Brady “was at least generally aware” of plans by two Patriots employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.“Each player, no matter how accomplished and otherwise respected, has an obligation to comply with the rules,” Vincent wrote, “and must be held accountable for his actions when those rules are violated and the public’s confidence in the game is called into question.”Unless the suspension is overturned on appeal, Brady would miss the first four games of the season — including the league’s marquee Sept. 10 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at which the Super Bowl championship banner would be traditionally raised.He would also miss games against Buffalo in Week 2, a home game against Jacksonville and a game at Dallas.Brady would return the week of a Patriots-Colts AFC championship rematch in Indianapolis. Backup Jimmy Garoppolo, a 2014 second-round selection from Eastern Illinois who won the Walter Payton award as the best player in the FCS, has thrown 27 NFL passes, including one touchdown.Brady has three days to appeal the suspension to Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee.“The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis,” Brady’s agent, Don Yee, said in a statement that questioned the NFL’s integrity and opened the still-raw wound of the league’s botched investigation of the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.“The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside,” Yee said.“Sadly, today’s decision diminishes the NFL as it tells its fans, players and coaches that the games on the field don’t count as much as the games played on Park Avenue.”The Patriots would lose next year’s first-round pick and a fourth-round choice in 2017. Kraft, who said after the Wells Report was released that he would abide by the league’s decision, reversed himself on May 11, saying in his statement that said the punishment “far exceeded any reasonable expectation.”It’s the second time in eight years the Patriots have been punished for violating league rules. In 2007, the team was fined $500,000 and docked a first-round draft pick, and coach Bill Belichick was fined $250,000 for videotaping opposing coaches as a way to decipher their play signals.In his 243-page report released by the league last week, Wells found that the team broke the rules again, this time by deflating the game footballs after they had been checked by officials.Although the report did not conclusively link Brady to the illegal activity, text messages between the equipment staffers indicated that the quarterback “was at least generally aware” of it. Investigators said Brady’s explanation for the messages was implausible.“It is unlikely that an equipment assistant and a locker room attendant would deflate game balls without Brady’s knowledge and approval,” the report said.The NFL allows each team to provide the footballs used by its offense — a procedure Brady played a role in creating — but it requires them to be inflated in that range of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch. Footballs with less pressure can be easier to grip and catch, and Brady has expressed a preference for the lower end of the range.The league owners will discuss the pregame handling of footballs next week at their meetings in San Francisco.Vincent told the Patriots that it did not matter whether the flatter footballs affected the outcome of the 45-7 win over the Colts. He said it was likely that was not the first time the footballs had been improperly inflated, citing evidence referring to games before the start of the 2014 season.“It is impossible to determine whether this activity had an effect on the outcome of games or what that effect was,” Vincent said.The Patriots went on to beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl 28-24 — their fourth NFL title since the 2001 season. In his only public comments since the release of the Wells Report, Brady said that the scandal hasn’t taken away from the team’s accomplishments.“Absolutely not,” he said at a previously planned appearance in Salem, Massachusetts, Thursday night. “We earned everything we got and achieved as a team, and I am proud of that and so are our fans.”Fans chanted “Brady” and “MVP,” then gave him a standing ovation as he entered the arena in the town made famous by the colonial witch trials.Since the airing of the scandal in the hours after the Colts game, New England fans have been unwavering in their support for the team, blaming the investigation on grudges by opponents jealous of the team’s success.But the odds for the Patriots winning another championship dropped from 7-1 to 10-1, according to the Glantz-Culver line.In Oakland to play the Athletics, Red Sox Manager John Farrell said he thought the punishment for his football counterparts was severe. Fortunately, he said, it wasn’t something he has to worry about.“Baseballs are solid,” he said.___By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this story from OaklandTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Robin Uthappa on Dinesh Karthik World Cup selection: Justice has been done

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Robin Uthappa on Monday heaped praise on his captain Dinesh Karthik after the wicketkeeper-batsman was named in India’s 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup.Uthappa said Karthik deserved to be in the World Cup squad on merit and that the KKR captain has been India’s best finisher in the last two years.Uthappa’s comments come after Karthik pipped young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant to make the World Cup squad that was announced in Mumbai on Monday.”If ever a person deserved to be in this world cup squad on merit and his performances it (has) been @dkooo19!! Stoked for him!! Justice has been done. Easily the best finisher in the Indian squad in the past 2 years!!” Uthappa wrote on his Instagram profile. @robinaiyudauthappa PhotoDinesh Karthik has done well in the limited opportunities he got to represent India in ODIs over the last three years. Karthik has scored 425 runs in 20 matches at an average of 46.75 in ODIs since 2017. Team India has tried the Kolkata Knight Riders captain at the No. 4 spot as well.However, Karthik was not selected for the five-match ODI series against Australia at home last month which was also India’s final international assignment ahead of the World Cup.Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad though pointed out on Monday that Karthik’s proven ability to deal with pressure situations worked in his favour during the World Cup squad selection process.”The situation that was discussed in the selection committee meeting is one of them [Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik] will play in the XI only if MS Dhoni is injured. Under such circumstances in a crunch match, who is the best guy who can handle the pressure? That’s is the reason that went in favour of Dinesh Karthik,” MSK Prasad said.advertisementMeanwhile, Dinesh Karthik on Monday said selection for the World Cup squad has been a dream come true moment for him and that is very excited to be part of the Virat Kohli-led unit.”I am very excited. It has been a dream for me to be a part of this team for a long time now,” he said.”As a team, we have done some special things and I have been through that journey and I have really wanted to be a part of this team,” he told Read | 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadAlso Read | Indian selectors given data analytics presentation before World Cup squad meetingAlso Read | A bit surprised: Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant omission from World Cup squadlast_img read more


first_imgAn important message from NZ Touch regarding drug testing at the All Nations Championships… Touch NZ via the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency will be conducting a series of drug tests at the All Nations Tournament. Countries are advised that they need to ensure that their athletes are aware that this will happen and are aware of what substances are on the WADA prohibited list 2005 ( If you are unsure what drugs are banned you can also visit the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency website ( for further information. Attached is an outline of the testing procedures, please ensure that you have read and understand this prior to the tournament. If you have any questions please e-mail Simon Battrick Touch NZ International Development Manager at DRUG TESTING- YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIESlast_img read more

Video: Tennessee Football Turned Its Weight Room Into A Club For A Late Night Lifting Session

first_imgJosh Dobbs working out.Vimeo/Tennessee FootballAt first, we bet some Tennessee football players weren’t into the idea of a late night lift session, but the Volunteers found a way to make the workout a bit more palatable: they turned the weight room into a night club. Tennessee put out a video of “Night Lift” on Vimeo, and while the workout looks pretty intense, there is also a light show, a fire machine, and a full DJ booth set up. We must say, this is pretty cool.During the season, we’ll have to see if Tennessee takes some inspiration from Rutgers and sets up its own version of Club Tub. This definitely looks like a party that Butch Jones and his staff can approve of, and we’re sure it won’t hurt the recruiting efforts either.last_img read more

Hi-Fi Corner: Outfit your home in style with the W7 multi-room speaker

first_imgMulti-room wireless speakers are the easiest way to spread sound around your home — without calling the installer. Companies from Sonos to Samsung have created multi-room speaker series, allowing you to control a bevy of pieces from numerous sources, all from a single app. But while most of these speakers are proprietary, the latest from Definitive Technology, the premium W7, uses the new open-source Play-Fi protocol that allows you to mix and match speakers from several brands.And it looks pretty good doing it, too.Related: Sonos Play:1 goes blue for 75th anniversary of Blue Note RecordsThe W7 is crafted into a beautiful cube of sound. The speaker sports the same signature molded silver metal against black we’ve seen from Def Tech before, from computer speakers to sound bars. And thanks to its design, the speaker is able to spin sound from both the front and sides to load up the room with your favorite tunes.Inside the speaker are a nice collection of drivers, including dual 1-inch aluminum dome tweeters matched by a 4-inch midrange driver at the front, and another 1-inch dome tweeter at each side, along with twin passive radiators at the sides to beef up the bass.The speaker definitely compensates for its small size (around 6-inches on all sides) by loading up the low end with some musical heft. And while that makes the midrange a little cloudier than we’d like, there is some vivid brilliance above thanks to those dome tweeters. Pin-point precision in the treble makes for some fine listening, especially for lighter arrangements, like acoustic tracks and jazz.There’s also a digital Optical port, and a 3.5mm port to plug in. And of course, thanks to Play-Fi, you can mix and match the W7 with other brands, including Polk (Def Tech’s sister brand), Wren, and Phorus for starters, with more brands slated to come on board. Perhaps best of all, the app is intuitive, clean, and easy to use, allowing you to source audio from your phone, media servers, Internet radio stations, and services like Pandora and Deezer. However, there’s still no Spotify — yet.At $400, the W7 is pretty pricey. And we should also mention the top of the speaker scratches easily, so you’ll have to be gentle. But if you’re looking for a stylish cube of sound that will grow with more pieces in the multi-room speaker fashion, this new Play-Fi device from Def Tech is a fine choice. Why an Emotional Support Animal Is So Beneficial (and How to Qualify) 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Westland Distillery Creates New Fellowship for Barley Researchlast_img read more

Public Servants Honoured for Excellence in Frenchlanguage Services

first_img Ms. Wood is a past Web Program Co-ordinator at the Department of Justice who helped co-ordinate the publication of French content on the department’s website for a variety of programs such as restorative justice and mental health court. The Nova Scotia Archives team is committed to delivering high quality services in French in all areas of its operations. The archives website offers more than 20 French-language archival resources including the historical vital statistics website which is bilingual. The team that developed the new birth registration kiosks showed that including French into a complex service is achievable. Parents can register their newborn electronically eliminating the need to complete more than three separate paper forms in order to apply for key government services. This year, the province recognized Université Sainte Anne as the Bonjour! Awards champion for French-language services. “Université Sainte Anne is proud of its role within Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone community,” said Allister Surette, president and vice-chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne. “We are also proud to offer programs for those who desire to learn and enhance their ability to work in French.” In addition, six former French-language co-ordinators were recognized for their work enhancing French-language services: Public servants are making a difference in developing and delivering services in French for Nova Scotians. Acadian Affairs Minister Michel Samson was joined today, March 4, by community partners and colleagues from the public service to present provincial government employees with Bonjour! Awards for Excellence in French-language Services. “We are fortunate to have public servants across government who recognize the value in making French-language services more accessible,” said Mr. Samson. “I thank this year’s Bonjour! Awards recipients, and all of their partners, for their continued commitment and hard work.” This year’s award recipients are: Bernardine Wood, Excellence in Leadership Nova Scotia Archives Team, Excellence in Service Delivery to the Public Nova Scotia Birth Registration Kiosk development team, Excellence in Program Development Jennifer Cooper, Department of Energy Christine Gibbons, Department of Health and Wellness Judy MacDonald, Department of Environment Heather MacDougall, Department of Finance Grant MacEachern, Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Chris Payne, Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. This is the fifth year for the Bonjour! Awards. Nominations for the 2015 awards will be accepted in the fall. Nova Scotians can follow the province in French on Twitter @GouvNE .last_img read more

Industry wants more RBI has more room to slash rates ahead

first_imgNew Delhi: Hailing the RBI’s decision to cut lending rate by 0.25 per cent as a welcome step to boost demand and revive economy, industry chambers Thursday said there is more room to slash rates further. The Reserve Bank of India cut the repo — short term lending rate at which it gives loan to banks — third time in a row to 5.75 per cent in its second bi-monthly policy decision, adopting an accommodative stance. “There is room for further rate cut…this third consecutive rate cut in repo rate will lead to effective transmission, encouraging banks to lower their lending rates for both retail and corporate credit,” said Sandip Somany, President, Ficci. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsTaking cues from the global factors as well as recent government data that estimated India’s GDP growth to a five-year low of 6.8 per cent in 2018-19, the RBI has also revised downward the economic expansion to 7 per cent from 7.2 per cent earlier for the current fiscal. Reviving business confidence, consumer confidence and triggering animal spirits in the economy is the need of the hour, the chamber said in a statement. “Going forward, while RBI should continue the accommodative stance in coming months, the new Government should present a progressive Union Budget that would help revive consumption and encourage greater private investments,” Somany said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefAssocham said the shift in policy stance from neutral to accommodative is looking significant and these measures would rekindle economic growth and improve business sentiments. “The credit policy resolution and the RBI Governor’s emphasis on faster and higher transfer of rate cuts will be reassuring if done by the banks. This, when coupled with improved liquidity, would reduce the cost of borrowing,” said Assocham President B K Goenka. The industry body’s Senior Vice-President Niranjan Hiranandani said the cut in repo would provide momentum to the market, but more needs to be done to address the issue of liquidity. “Liquidity is very low as the borrowing cost is still very high. This liquidity crisis is taking a toll on the health of the companies and further inflicting financial damage thereby affecting the credit rating of companies and industries. Unless things are passed down, the NPAs of the banks would pile up in the near future,” he added. PHD Chamber also welcomed the rate cut and said it will help to stimulate demand, boost investments, enhance exporters’ competitiveness and growth of the industrial sector. While common man will be benefited with softening of EMIs on loans, the ripple effect of rate cut will enable small business to fulfil their credit requirements, the industry lobby said in statement. “At this juncture, the transmission of the policy rate cut by the banking sector in terms of reduced lending rates would be crucial to boost liquidity. Going ahead, we expect repo rate to come down to 5 per cent in the coming quarters for adequate availability of credit to the industry especially to the MSMEs sector,” the chamber said.last_img read more

UN refugee official asks Lebanon to continue protecting Iraqi refugees

A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) official today asked Lebanon to continue protecting the 40,000 Iraqi refugees and asylum seekers who have fled their country. Following a three-day visit to neighboring Syria, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller is in Lebanon to meet with authorities to raise the agency’s concern about the detention – especially prolonged and indefinite detention – of refugees and asylum seekers. Ms. Feller has expressed appreciation for Lebanon’s flexible and humanitarian approach towards Iraqi refugees, in spite of the complexity of the Lebanese situation and in light of the country’s security concerns. She asked the Government to find a balance between Lebanon’s security needs and the refugees’ humanitarian concerns. The Commissioner visited Roumieh Prison, the largest in the country, in which 400 people of concern to UNHCR, mostly Iraqis, are being detained mainly for illegal entry or stay. She met with Iraqis in their cells, where she witnessed their conditions first-hand and heard of their plights in fleeing their country. “Of particular concern is the fact that many refugees suffer prolonged detention periods, even beyond the normal expiry of their sentence, with no prospect of release in sight unless they agree to return to Iraq,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. Of the countries in the region, Lebanon has the largest number of detained refugees and asylum seekers, he added. Only 7,878 of the estimated 40,000 Iraqis in the country have registered with UNHCR, although numbers have risen in recent months. In Syria, the Commissioner met with Syrian authorities, UNCHR’s partners on the ground and Iraqi and Palestinian refugees. At Al Tanf camp, situated in the no-man’s land between Iraq and Syria which shelters 350 Palestinian refugees from Iraq stranded there since last April, refugees appealed for a solution to their plight. They told Ms. Feller that life in the camps is no longer sustainable and that they deserve to be treated like human beings. Yesterday, Ms. Feller stopped at Bint Jbeil, a village in Lebanon’s south which was severely damaged during last summer’s Israel-Hizbollah war, and she noted that the humanitarian consequences of the conflict were still very visible. While in Bint Jbeil, she saw the progress made in implementing a UNHCR-run and European Commission-funded recovery project which aims to assist vulnerable displaced Lebanese and returnees. Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro last night paid tribute to the work of UN peacekeepers serving with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). “The men and women of UNIFIL illustrate what is most noble about United Nations peacekeeping,” she said last night at the opening of an exhibition on the mission. “They come from every corner of the globe. They are united in their mission for peace. They display professionalism and courage under difficult and even dangerous circumstances.” She noted how UNIFIL is crucial in supporting “Lebanon’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security, as well as stability in the wider region,” and also paid tribute to those who lost their lives in last year’s hostilities. 7 September 2007A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) official today asked Lebanon to continue protecting the 40,000 Iraqi refugees and asylum seekers who have fled their country. read more

Gaza flotilla raid the focus of talks between UN and Lebanese official

Michael Williams, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, told reporters following his talks with Lebanese Defence Minister Elias Murr that the two men discussed the incident on early Monday morning when Israel took control of a six-ship flotilla in international waters. Nine civilians were reportedly killed and dozens more were wounded.Mr. Williams reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s condemnation of the acts that led to the deaths and the Special Coordinator stressed that the root cause of the deadly incident was the three-year blockade of Gaza.The UN has repeatedly spoken out against the closure of Gaza and raised concern over the insufficient flow of materials into the area to meet the basic needs of its estimated 1.5 million Palestinian residents and to spur reconstruction.“And now, after such a tragedy, it is even more imperative that that blockade is lifted on Gaza and its people,” Mr. Williams said today.Mr. Ban, the Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council have all called for an independent probe into the incident.Another topic of discussion between Mr. Williams and the Lebanese official today was resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizbollah. It calls for respect for the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, the disarming of all militias operating in Lebanon and an end to arms smuggling in the area.“The minister and I agreed that we both would like to see a further progress from all sides with this key resolution, which is so important for Lebanon and the region,” the Special Coordinator said. 4 June 2010The deadly Israeli military interception of an aid convoy bound for the Gaza Strip topped talks today between the top United Nations envoy to Lebanon and the country’s defence minister. read more

White House Christmas Obamas Bidens release 31 of their favourite holiday tunes

by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press Posted Dec 23, 2015 1:54 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email White House Christmas: Obamas, Bidens release 31 of their favourite holiday tunes on Spotify President Barack Obama tips his cap to a crowd of onlookers after hitting a long chip shot on the 18th hole during a round of golf at Mid-Pacific Country Club, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) HONOLULU, Hawaii – Ever wonder what music gets President Barack Obama in the Christmas mood?Sign in to Spotify to find out. Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden and their wives on Wednesday released matching lists of their favourite holiday songs on the popular music streaming service, just in time for Christmas.Topping the list for Obama and his wife, Michelle, is “O Tannenbaum,” the instrumental version by the Vince Guaraldi Trio featured in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”“Let it Snow” by Boys II Men was next for the Obamas, followed by Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Their list of 14 songs also features The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, Ledisi, Luther Vandross, Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston, among others.Biden and his wife, Jill, went with a slightly edgier No. 1: Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” Second for the Bidens is Neil Diamond’s “You Make it Feel Like Christmas,” followed by “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” by Ella Fitzgerald. Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett, U2 and Coldplay are among the other musicians on the Bidens’ list of 17 songs.This past summer, the White House boosted its already active online presence by launching an official channel on Spotify in August. Obama shared his summer daytime and evening playlists, and Mrs. Obama followed with a music list for the International Day of the Girl.Obama and other White House officials regularly use Twitter, Facebook, Medium and other social media platforms.Obama recently taped an appearance on comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s online talk show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” that’s scheduled for release Dec. 30. He is the first elected official to appear on the show, the White House said, continuing a strategy designed to put him in front of new and non-traditional audiences.Obama’s holiday music playlist was released during his Christmas vacation in Hawaii. The Bidens are spending the run-up to Christmas at their home in Wilmington, Delaware.OBAMA PLAYLIST“O Tannenbaum,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (“A Charlie Brown Christmas”)“Let it Snow,” Boyz II Men“All I Want for Christmas is You,” Mariah Carey“Santa Claus is Coming To Town,” The Jackson 5“8 Days of Christmas,” Destiny’s Child“Someday at Christmas,” Stevie Wonder“The Christmas Song,” Nat King Cole“Silent Night,” Ledisi“Do You Hear What I Hear,” Yolanda Adams“Away in a Manger,” Kenny Burrell“Santa Baby,” Eartha Kitt“The First Noel,” Frank Sinatra“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Luther Vandross“Little Drummer Boy,” Whitney HoustonBIDEN PLAYLIST“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” Bruce Springsteen“You Make it Feel Like Christmas,” Neil Diamond“Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” Ella Fitzgerald“Adeste Fidelis,” Andrea Bocelli“Wexford Carol,” Govannen“This Christmas,” Mary J. Blige“A Sky Full of Stars,” Coldplay“Celebrate Me Home,” Kenny Loggins“Delaware Slide,” George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers“Merry Christmas Baby,” Bruce Springsteen“Snowfall,” Tony Bennett“Cheek to Cheek,” Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett“We Need a Little Christmas,” Percy Faith“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” U2“Jingle Bells,” Diana Krall“Christmas All Over Again,” Tom Petty“Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime,” Paul McCartney___Online:Obama playlist: playlist: Darlene Superville on Twitter: read more

The Spartans Shift Up Updated College Football Playoff Predictions Week 12

Alabama 10-121359%66% ▲ 2122% Florida 10-18101932%17% ▼ 5a3% Clemson 11-014660%69% ▲ 2116% Michigan 9-21213157%6% ▲ 21<1% LSU 7-31538120%<1% ▲ 21<1% Utah 8-31337260%<1% ▲ 21<1% Northwestern 9-22021550%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … USC 7-424261033%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 11-05122937%29% ▲ 6a3% Stanford 9-21111952%11% ▲ 212% Oklahoma 10-175163%55% ▲ 1022% North Carolina 10-11781640%11% ▲ 212% Navy 9-116163826%<1% ▲ 21<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 18; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Florida State 9-21419130%<1% ▲ 21<1% Notre Dame 10-1478—a31% ▲ 216% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Baylor 9-1109216%19% ▲ 217% Oklahoma St. 10-16141420%9% ▼ 162% Wisconsin 8-32531280%<1% ▲ 21<1% Memphis 8-32152490%<1% ▲ 21<1% Houston 10-119284431%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 10-1921747%44% ▲ 336% (But first, a reminder: Our predictions are probabilistic for a reason. There’s a lot we don’t know! With only one year of data to work off, it’s not clear how the playoff committee weighs winning a conference championship against not playing in one, or how it judges a one-loss team in a strong conference versus an undefeated squad from a weak one. We’ll learn a lot more on Dec. 6 when the committee makes its picks.)Clemson and Alabama cruised on Saturday and retain pole position to make the playoff at 69 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Oklahoma sweated out a thrilling TCU comeback and remains the best bet from the Big 12 to make the playoff: The Sooners’ odds have risen to 55 percent. If they can win at Oklahoma State next Saturday, the Sooners make the playoff in 85 percent of our simulations.After that, it’s a pair of Big Ten teams — and things get hairy. Our model now gives Michigan State the inside track to be the fourth team in the playoff (with a 44 percent likelihood). Right behind the Spartans are the Buckeyes, at 33 percent. Luckily for Michigan State, it has a clear path to the playoff: Beat Penn State next week (the Spartans are 80 percent favorites) to wrap up the Big Ten East and then win over Iowa in the conference title game. Should Michigan State win out, our model gives them a 92 percent shot to make the playoff.Ohio State is not out yet, however. The Buckeyes’ path is just much less clear. They first need to beat Michigan at The Big House next week — no easy task, as the Buckeyes are only 58 percent favorites. Then they need the Spartans to lose. In a scenario in which Michigan State does slip up and a one-loss Ohio State team wins out — including over Iowa — the Buckeyes make the playoff in 96 percent of those simulations.But that is not the Buckeyes’ only way to the playoff. Should they win out and be excluded from the Big Ten championship game, they still make the playoff 54 percent of the time. As I explained last week, Ohio State as a one-loss defending national champion presents an impressive résumé for the committee to consider, even if the Buckeyes are prevented from vying for their conference title. It’s possible that two Big Ten teams make the playoff.Other takeaways from our model: Notre Dame, even if it wins out, is not assured a playoff spot. Three teams ranked behind it by the committee — Iowa, Michigan State and Oklahoma — have a good chance to leapfrog the Irish if they win out. Still, if the Irish beat Stanford next week to finish their regular season, their chances jump noticeably, to 69 percent.Baylor notched an impressive win over undefeated Oklahoma State on Saturday, but it didn’t help its playoff chances much. Currently, the Bears’ chances are 19 percent. Florida, on the other hand, had an overtime scare against Florida Atlantic, but despite a Gator victory, the model revised Florida’s playoff odds down to 17 percent. Oregon 8-3236240%<1% ▲ 21<1% TCU 9-2181850%<1% ▼ 5a<1% Mississippi 8-3221779%<1% ▲ 21<1% Ohio State 10-133410%33% ▼ 299% Michigan State kicked a field goal on the last play of its game on Saturday to topple the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes — and made the College Football Playoff picture more complicated. You may have some unanswered questions: What does the upset of the Buckeyes mean for the eventual Big Ten champ’s chances? Does it help or hurt Notre Dame’s playoff position? And what about the Big 12? Fear not! FiveThirtyEight’s college football model has some (probabilistic) answers. Here are our updated projections following Saturday’s games (these numbers will change again on Tuesday night after the new committee rankings are released): read more

Of Course This World Series Needs A Game 7

After the dramatic way this World Series played out through its first five contests, is anyone really surprised that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will require the full seven games to determine a champion? LA ensured the series would go the distance with its 3-1 victory Tuesday night, finally getting to Justin Verlander in the sixth inning and shutting down the high-powered Astros bats down the stretch. Now, everything will come down to the outcome of Wednesday’s Game 7 in Los Angeles — and that’s probably how things should be, given the way these teams have jockeyed back and forth with each other all season long.The Astros had their chance to end things earlier than expected. Although they were on the road for Game 6, they sent Verlander — their top starter according to our pitcher ratings — to the mound in a potential closeout game (games in which he’d previously had a 0.78 ERA in his postseason career), and they even held a slim lead for most of the middle innings. According to The Baseball Gauge, Houston had an 87 percent chance of winning the championship at one point in the fifth, their highest mark of the entire series. But Verlander went from cruising early to sputtering in the sixth inning for the second time in the series. Joc Pederson tacked on an insurance homer (extending the record for most home runs in a World Series to 23) that helped seal the victory.Now the Astros have to be wondering whether their best shot at ending the franchise’s 55-year championship drought — the team was founded in 1962 and has never won — has passed them by. They’ve won on the road in this series, but Game 7 will be on a different level. They’ll be facing four-time All-Star and former Cy Young runner-up Yu Darvish, whom LA picked up at the trade deadline, with Clayton Kershaw potentially looming in relief. Houston will counter with Lance McCullers, who won Game 3 but is inferior to Darvish by the numbers.So the championship odds will be stacked in Los Angeles’s favor. We have them pegged at a 60 percent win probability for the Dodgers.But we probably also haven’t seen the end of this series’ many twists and turns. According to The Baseball Gauge, it’s tied for the seventh-most exciting postseason series ever, in terms of its average per-play movement in championship probability added — and that’s without yet having the benefit of a Game 7, where the stakes are magnified to mind-bogglingly high levels. The tension can only rise from here, in a winner-take-all game to crown the champion of one of the most stacked seasons we’ve ever seen. read more

Cryopreservation technology 20 years away says UCL expert

first_img 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. A cryonics expert from UCL says the technology to successfully preserve a human body in order for the individual to be brought back to life is at least 20 years away.Professor Barry Fuller said at present it is only possible to successfully cryo-preserve cells and tissue such as blood, sperm and embryos, but not a whole human body. While Professor Barry Fuller says the cryo-preservation of singe organs for transplantation would be a “big step forward”, he believes that the technology to do so is at least 5-10 years in the future, and scaling that to a whole human body is at least 20 years away.He added that at the moment there is no “objective evidence” that it’s possible to recover bodies from cryo-preservation.The debate over cryo-preservation began after a terminally ill 14-year-old girl won a historic legal fight shortly before she died which allowed for her body to be frozen, in the hope that she could be brought back to life. Show more Professor Fuller says that in order to successfully cryo-preserve something, cells and tissues have to undergo three stresses.Firstly, they need to be bathed in special anti freezes that help them survive the process before the cells and tissue are dehydrated and shrunk.”Successful cryo-preservation means that the cells are not frozen, they are very shrunken,” said Professor Fuller. “They contain no ice, because ice will kill them.”However to withstand the dehydration, the cells and tissue have to be at ultra low temperatures.While the process is currently used to preserve cells and small tissue, the process is not yet “optimised” for whole organs, or even a body.last_img read more

Former INLA member Harry Flynn could be questioned over murder of Airey

Wearing a grey polo-shirt and chinos he pats customers on their backs before serving thirsty guests in the town’s square. Fluttering in the gentle breeze sweeping in from the Mediterranean Sea, a flag mourns the “executed leaders” who died in the 1916 Easter Rising against British Rule in Ireland. At first, the bar appears like any other Irish-themed hostelry on the… Beneath the flagpole erected on the Celts Well Irish Pub in Majorca, Harry Flynn is jovial as he discusses with a Spanish salesman what new cushions to buy for the seats outside his bar. To his regulars drinking pints of ice cold cider yesterday, the 65-year-old Irish landlord of the Santa Ponsa pub is as popular as he is friendly. read more

Sedgmans A185 million contract for Aston Resources Maules Creek coal project

first_imgSedgman has started work on an A$18.5 million design contract for a Coal Handing and Preparation Plant (CHPP) at Aston Resources’ Maules Creek project. The contract relates to the first phase of the project in the Gunnedah Basin of New South Wales where Aston Resources is preparing to commence operations in late 2012. Maules Creek is one of Australia’s largest coal deposits and full ROM production rate from the mine is expected to be 13 Mt/y. Sedgman Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Nick Jukes said Sedgman was also in negotiations with regards to contracts for later stages of the project. “We are very pleased to be working with Aston Resources and their management company on this very exciting project,” Jukes said. “We have already commenced engineering design work and procurement activities for the CHPP and will continue with this work in the coming months, as well as continue with negotiations for the supply, construction and commissioning of the CHPP.“Sedgman is a global leader in the design, construction and operation of coal handing and processing plants and we have more than 50% market share of CHPP projects in Australia. We have the expertise and skills that will enable us to be a long-term service provider to the Maules Creek project.”The design contract is Sedgman’s third significant contract win announced since January when the company announced $31 million in contracts at Mongolia’s UHG coal mine. In February the company announced a A$145 million coal plant expansion contract with Joint Venture partner Thiess in central Queensland.last_img read more