On Hiring a Salesperson

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Hiring is difficult. Hiring salespeople is exponentially more difficult. It is a complex human interaction, and there are wide variances in performance. A work history in sales may tell you part of the story, but some salespeople who succeed in one environment and selling one product fail in another environment—even when that environment has other people who are succeeding.Here are some thoughts about hiring salespeople. If you are a salesperson looking for work, reverse this and ask yourself these questions:Did the salesperson pick up the phone and call you? If they did not, why would they pick up the phone and call your prospects? You might use email effectively as part of a prospecting campaign, but you would never use it as your sole method, would you? You would never want your salesperson to spray and pray, would you? You would want the salesperson you hire to give themselves the best chance for success, and that means two-way communication.Did they prepare for the meeting? Did they have good questions about the business? Did they bring anything to the conversation? Is the person sitting across from you a business person? If they aren’t, can you tell that they are going to grow up to be one? If the only question they ask you is about the product or their compensation, you have cause for concern. Questions about the business are critical.Is there a reason to believe that your clients are going to want to buy from this salesperson? What are those reasons? There is no better test. Why are your clients going to want to buy from this salesperson? Are they likeable, with fast rapport skills? Do they have the ability to create value for your clients in a meeting?Did they follow up? Was it by email? Was it by telephone? Was it more than once? You know that salespeople is going to have to follow up. What does it mean when they don’t follow up? Maybe they don’t want the job. Maybe they don’t want to work that hard. Maybe they’ve never been taught how to follow up. A phone call is better than an email.Did they ask for the job? You want your salespeople to ask for the business when they’ve done enough to deserve it. It demonstrates confidence and commitment. It demonstrates that they aren’t conflict averse, and they are okay hearing “no” and moving forward. You don’t want to hire someone who is going to wait for the client to decide and let them know.You are hiring a salesperson, not a person. You’re looking for salesmanship.last_img read more

Indian Americans Raise Voice Over Green Card Limit

first_imgA large congregation of Indian Americans staged a march outside the White House on Feb. 3, backing United States President Donald Trump’s proposal to implement a “merit based” immigration system in the country. Another similar march is planned for Feb. 7 and 8 over the boiling issue.The march on Feb. 3, organized by Chicago-based Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), was attended by about 800 Indian technology workers from all over the United States, including California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Illinois and New York.The techies marched with slogans such as “Trump loves Hindus,” “Trump loves India,” “Trump bringing Ram Rajya,” “Indians love Trump.” They also demanded a discontinuation of country quotas for Green Card approvals as they are at a disadvantage with the current system that imposes a limit of 9,800 on the number of Green Cards issued to each country. More than 50,000 people apply for a Green Card every year.Trump’s proposal to end family unification immigration would open up more space for Indian skilled workers, Krishna Bansal of RHC told the Hindu “Thirty per cent of the country’s skilled immigrants come from India, but they have to wait several decades before being eligible for Green Cards. These are people who are already here, contributing to the economy, paying their taxes and raising their families,” he said, adding that the marchers support the ending of what the administration calls “chain migration.”Another issue the marchers raised concerns about was the future of their children, who would lose the dependency status when they turn 21.“These are legal dreamers. Colleges are reluctant to admit them as their visa status has to be changed midway through the course. And once they are graduates, they go back to the end of the queue, again starting with an H-1B application,” Ramesh Ramanath, who grew up in Chennai, was quoted as saying by the publication.“Dreamers” is the term used for undocumented residents who were brought to the country illegally when they were children. The Obama administration had protected them under an executive action that will end in March.The issue is also likely to be raised during the upcoming march on Feb. 7 and 8, when H-1B and H4 visa holders from 30 American states are expected to land in Washington, Firstpost reported.“More than 900 people have registered, we expect at least a little more than ~ 500 to land up,” Houston-based Harshit Chatur of Skilled Immigrants of America (SIIA), a social media closed group leading next week’s march, told the publication. The agenda is to protest against the current system of Green Card approvals, which has country-based limits. Related ItemsGreen CardH-1B visaIndian Americanlast_img read more

Men In Skirts

first_imgWould a man be any less the man for dressing in a skirt? Does he lose his sense of power if he doesn’t wear the pants in the family? If Prince Charles and Sean Connery can wear kilts, David Beckham a sarong and David Bowie a dress,why can’t ordinary men wear a skirt? Bravehearts: Men in Skirts, a provocative exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrates the skirt as a male garment and as a symbol of challenging moral, social and gender codes and thus redefining the ideals of masculinity. After all, women are forever stealing men’s shirts, suits and even ties! So, isn’t it about time that men started doing the pilfering?In fact, there was a time when skirts were perfectly acceptable attire for men: in many ancient civilizations wrapping provided the most basic skirt form. In those days the exposed male body signified virility and youth, and indeed who could be more warlike or manly than those ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians? From the wrapped waistcloths of the Egyptians to the tunics, mantles and togas of the Greeks, men enjoyed untrammeled freedom.Fashion designers have drawn inspiration from these ancient cultures, the Scottish kilt as well as the cultures of Asia and Africa to create their own versions of skirts or non-bifurcated garments, that is garments that are not divided down the middle. Asian, African and Middle Eastern attire such as the sarong, dhoti, lungi, caftan, kameez, the Chinese robe and the kimono are increasingly turning up on the catwalks of fashion capitals in the west. Urbanized Eastern men may have opted for the confines of the suit and the noose of the tie, but Western designers are turning to the freedom of the free-flowing ethnic garb.The East India Company also did its bit for fashion, queen and country during the British Raj: it popularized a garment in England which had Indian roots – the “India” gown or banyan based on the chogha or open-fronted gown worn by royalty. Interestingly enough, this is perhaps the only skirted garment in the form of a dressing gown that today’s men can wear, without stirring controversy. Not surprisingly the Met exhibition about breaking taboos is sponsored by that daring designer, Jean Paul Gaultier. He created his first skirt for men in 1984, and has in fact presented skirts in every succeeding collection, each more elaborate than the other. He says, “As a result of this exhibition, our western society will perhaps accept the fact that men wear skirts, just as 40 years ago it was accepted that women would wear trousers.”Gaultier has promoted the dhoti as a unisex fashion, dressing both the man and woman in black dhotis with matching jackets. He has also promoted the sari in his menswear collection, creating sari-suits, including a short version in a blue and white pinstripe, presumably for the office!Andrew Bolton, the associate curator of the Men in Skirts show and author of the accompanying book, believes that far from feminizing men, skirts actually reinforce their virility. The exhibition features more than 100 items drawn from The Costume Institute’s permanent collection along with loans from cultural institutions and fashion houses in Europe and America, showcasing the work of scores of designers from Georgio Armani to Paul Smith who have used the skirt as a means of bringing novelty to men’s wardrobes and creating a sense of individuality.Men have lost their skirts fairly recently, for as Bolton explains, “Since ‘the great masculine renunciation’ of the late 18th and early 19th century, men have tended to follow a more restricted code for appearance. From the 1960s, with the rise of countercultures and an increase in informality, men have enjoyed more sartorial freedom, but they still lack access to the full repertoire of clothing worn by women.”Designers like Vivienne Westwood, Roberto Cavalli and Sean Puffy Combs have reinterpreted the African caftans while Armani has turned the sarong into a garment of escape for Western men. Roy Krejberg for Kenzo even designed sarong suits with tailored jackets! The long shirts or kameezs worn by both men and women in South Asia were brought to the U.K., Bolton says, by second and third generation Indian and Pakistani men, who often wore them with jeans or tracksuit bottoms. The look has been adopted by non-Asians too, especially those frequenting the clubs. And top designers like Gaultier and Armani have given the kameez their own personal stamp, showing it on the ramp paired with two-piece suits.This interesting mix and match is actually happening in the Arab world, where men often wear their caftans with Western jackets. This East West trend has shown up in the collections of designers like Miguel Andover and Rosella Jardini for Moschino.Donna Karan as well as Dolce and Gabbana have shown lungi-like waistcloths on male models on the runway, paired with chunky sweaters. Far removed from its context of Village India, the simple wrap acquires a fashionable chic as the models careen in the style capitals of the world. “In terms of both design and styling, the results are often highly exoticized versions of these ‘culturally authentic’ garments,” explains Bolton. “Exoticism involves a dual process of nostalgia and alienation, a longing for a place that one has never been, or a culture that exists only in the Western imagination. Non-Western cultures are often perceived as static and timeless – a utopian, genderless paradise.”So even as Western designers yearn for clothing that is free and unfettered, why are Eastern men giving up their authentic wear for the tyranny of the pant? Little India asked Indian-American fashion designer Anand Jon, who hails from Kerala – the land of the lungi and the munduh, waistcloths that the Malayalees have worn for centuries. “Having grown up there, I can tell you that most people look forward to winding down their day and getting into their munduhs and relaxing,” says the designer who will be launching his menswear line next year, and already designs shirts for rock stars, including Bruce Springsteen. “Pants and shirts and suits are definitely the outcastes and the exception to the rule. They are worn only because of economic reasons, dressing in western clothes would help one to get work. The only exception is jeans and jeans have become a culture in itself. But the comfort and the androgyny of draped clothes is something most people are very secure with, particularly in their sexuality, so that you don’t have to be that distinct in what you wear.”In the West, it is only the youth or those in countercultural movements such as punk, grunge and glam rock that have adopted the skirt as their mantra of rebellion or self-expression. For most men, though, skirts or draped wear does not seem to be in their immediate future.As Bolton points out, trousers for women became acceptable largely because society reassessed its definitions of women and femininity but this re-evaluation has not happened for males. “For many men, the feminine connotations are too potent to overcome the fear that by wearing a skirt, their gender identity might be brought into question. Ultimately, men’s roles in society as well as society’s definitions of masculinity need to change before skirts become an acceptable alternative to trousers.”In Asian countries, men do seem to have a better deal than those in the West. After all, it’s perfectly acceptable for a man to switch between a three piece Western suit and a salwar-kameez, a robe or a lungi. Nowadays, fashion conscious Asian men are adopting long flowing robes, jackets and dhotis or baggy kameezs and salwars, with a shawl thrown over the shoulder. “There’s almost a symbiotic relationship between the body and the fabric in draped wear which kind of bounces and dances around the physical body whereas the fitted clothes contain the body and almost limit it from movement,” says Jon. “In the work environment draped clothes are not accepted that much because they embody freedom, particularly work, as we know it in the western civilization, is not about freedom. That’s why suits and monochromatic colors are so popular because the concept of work as dictated by the western civilization is about conformity. It’s about not standing out, it’s about performing a duty and getting out of there.”As he points out, it’s ultimately a question of each individual finding a balance of what works and where: “There’s no reason why people cannot be in that character and then at the end of the day shift into something that is much more personal, such as draped garments, skirts, lungis or caftans.”Way back in 1937 designer Elizabeth Hawes already understood this, when she created an Arabian Nights kind of robe for men. A big believer in skirts for men, she wrote, “The sheikhs of Araby, whose sexual exploits are legendary, wore skirts and they have never been considered sissies, to put it mildly. The American male is not only uncomfortable in his suits, but he has deprived himself of practically all the pleasures to be had from wearing colors, the feel of certain textures on his skin, the wind blowing on his body through his clothes, the sun and wind directly on his body or parts of it. That our men are not allowed to satisfy their souls in such simple human ways is a terrible thing.”Certainly seems time for a Dhoti-Revolution!  Related Itemslast_img read more

The Mystery Of The Ghost Particles

first_imgThey enter everywhere, unnoticed and strike at the heart of everything, without anyone realizing it. They have been traveling since the birth of the universe. They zip through the earth and continue their voyage, a journey that began long before the solar system was in place. Like a ghost, they are undetectable and disguise their identity. They act like a chameleon and morph when we try to catch them. As you read this, billions of them entered and exited through your body.  50,000 tons of pure water and 11,200 photomultiplier tubes form the massive Super- Kamiokande netutrino detector, measuring 41.4 meters high and 39.3 meters across, near the city of Huda in Japan.Enter the world of neutrinos — the improbable invisible particles.As much as they are abundant, paradoxically, they are hard to detect. It is no surprise that researchers call them the Ghost Particles. While their better-named cousins God Particles (Higgs Boson) remain still theoretical and not yet found, the neutrinos are everywhere. Some researchers even believe these particles account for the missing mass of the universe — oddly termed as dark matter.Neutrinos are the second most plentiful particles in the universe, just behind photons, the particles that make up light. They come in different flavors and on their way to earth they switch their identity, compounding the mystery that surrounds them.“Every second, hundreds of billions of these neutrinos pass through each square inch of our bodies, coming from above during the day and from below at night, when the sun is shining on the other side of the earth!” wrote M.A. Ruderman and A.H. Rosenfeld in American Scientist.  Scientists with the AMANDA Telescope project work at this South Pole research station. Their neutrino detectors are sunk more than one-anda- half kilometers beneath the ice.                                             NASA / WMAP SCIENCE TEAMNeutrinos are little neutrons, the chargeless particles inside atoms. These tiny neutrons do not reside inside the atom like their bigger partner; instead they pass through all material objects as if they weren’t present. While neutrons posses mass that makes up the atom, neutrinos are considered massless, at least, until recently. These strange characteristics enable them not to interact with anything they encounter, and the consequence is that nothing can catch or trap them. They truly live up to their name — Ghost Particles.These particles were introduced to modern physics in 1930 by Wolfgang Pauli, who invented these hypothetical particles in an effort to save the law of conservation of energy, a fundamental law in the universe. The observations of beta decay in radioactive materials demanded that a particle like neutrino must exist so that this law is not violated. Neutrinos come from several sources. Most of them were created during the first few moments after the big bang. The 14-billion-year journey exhausted them and they remain mostly undetectable. But, they, along with microwave radiation, create the Cosmic Background Radiation, the picture of the infant universe. Other types of neutrinos are produced in exploding stars as well as in laboratory experiments, such as particle accelerators. Cosmic rays, coming from various stellar phenomena that bombard the Earth perpetually, are also comprised of neutrinos along with other particles. The first use of a hydrogen bubble chamber to detect neutrinos on Nov. 13, 1970.                                  ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORYThe sun is also a source of neutrinos, which are known as solar neutrinos. In the core of our sun four protons combine with two electrons to form a helium nucleus, and in that process two electron neutrinos are created. A daring experiment spanning several years in a deep South Dakota mine allowed us to observe the solar neutrinos. Late Raymond Davis and his colleagues built a tank of 100,000 gallons of cleaning fluid in the depth of the mine to capture the solar neutrinos. Of the billions and billions of these particles coming from the sun one would hit an atom of the fluid on a day on average. Raymond Davis was awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering solar neutrinos through this painstaking experiment. Neutrinos, like the ones coming from the sun, can go through an average 10,000 light-years of lead before interacting once.Although this was an expected behavior, given the strange properties of these elusive particles, surprisingly a huge disparity existed between the number of neutrinos that arrive on earth from sun and the numbers calculated theoretically that are created in the sun. In the standard model of fundamental particles, this has come to be known as “The Mystery of the Missing Neutrinos” and baffled researchers for a long time. The two possible explanations were either that our understanding of the working of sun is incorrect or the theoretical calculations of their numbers are erroneous. KATRIN (Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino), shown being transported here in November 2006, is the next generation tritium beta decay experiment in Germany designed to probe the neutrino mass.However, a recent experiment has provided an explanation for the “missing neutrinos,” although it contributed another dimension to their mystery. Physicists at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in central Italy have been monitoring billions of muon neutrinos beamed to them through earth from the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, 456 miles away. They had confirmed that a muonneutrino turned into a tau neutrino in an obvious sign of switching identity by a fundamental particle on its way to its destination. Apparently, this could explain why there are fewer numbers of neutrinos arriving on earth than one expects. This long-sought proof suggests that other type of neutrinos could exist and slip detection. The solar neutrinos on their way to earth transform to other kinds of neutrinos that we do not yet know. The personality disorder exhibited by neutrinos that enables them to switch their identity once again underlines the never-ending wonders of the cosmos and the human limitations of comprehending it. “Neutrinos may be able to tell us things that the more humdrum particles can’t,” says Boris Kayser, a theoretical physicist at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill.  Neutrinos have been travelling through galaxies, such as those captured by the Hubble Telescope above, since the birth of the universe.                                                                              NASAThe ability of neutrinos to transform demands that they must have mass to jump between different flavors, a major deviation from the earlier understanding that these particles are massless. The question of their mass has cosmic importance. For a very long time, it was assumed that neutrinos are massless. However, the new experiments suggest that they could have a tiny bit of mass, maybe even less than that of an electron. Since they are created in vast quantities the tiny masses could become a significant quantity. Astronomers are unsure what 90% of the universe is made of and if the mass of neutrinos could provide part of the answer, then dark matter will not be so dark.At this point, no such definite conclusion is possible. Researchers are relying on upcoming experiments and detection for clarity. Neutrino detectors are located underground to avoid other particles that could create spurious results. One of the detectors is at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) situated two kilometers underground at the Creighton Mine in Ontario, Canada. Physicists think that neutrinos, as demonstrated in the CERN experiment, can switch identities between three known types — electron neutrino, muon neutrino and tau neutrino — and SNO will be able to detect all three kinds. Are there undiscovered particles and laws of nature? In the quest to understand the fundamental nature of the universe, physicists have modeled a universe with so-called elementary particles that make up everything. But as they explore closely, the secret life of fundamental particles is unveiling a nature of reality beyond our imagination.  ILLUSTRATION: DAN BRENNAN/ UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISONWhile the mysteries about these particles persist, some researchers are considering the practical applications of neutrinos. As we know, underwater communication, such as for submarines, is in its infancy even now. Radio waves, our most common tool of communication, do not travel well in water restricting underwater communication rates to a few bytes per second. Since neutrinos can travel through any material including water almost at the speed of light, researchers see a potential in new forms of underwater communication using these particles. The ghost particles might one day become a tool of communication considered hitherto impossible.The enthusiasm about neutrino research is so widespread that many researchers are joining the particle hunt adventure. Recently, the Indian Government gave clearance to the Department of Atomic Energy to set up a neutrino observatory. This facility will be completed in Bodi West Hills Reserved Forest in Theni district in south Tamil Nadu. The underground lab will be used to detect and study earth penetrating neutrinos..These most un-interactive particles can liberate our imaginations, and are capable of revealing the hidden places in the cosmos. The star explosions like supernova emit huge amount of neutrinos, providing the opportunity for studying the core of the stars and their inner dynamics. As these particles pass through intervening matter, they can provide us a magic vision of the cosmos, if we can catch them.Among the numerous particles that make up our universe, neutrinos are the tiniest and mostly sterile, yet their implications are profound. A coherent theory of fundamental reality has to account for the mysteries of these ghost particles.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Warriors score NBA-record 51 in 1st quarter to crush Nuggets

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) high-fives guard Stephen Curry (30) near the end of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)DENVER — Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors weren’t trying to send any sort of message or make any kind of statement against a team they were chasing in the Western Conference.“They know who we are,” Durant said.ADVERTISEMENT Malik Beasley finished with 22 points for the Nuggets. Big man Nikola Jokic struggled with early foul trouble, finishing with 17 points and eight assists in 23 minutes.“We’re not a bad team,” Jokic said. “The game just happened.”Denver knocked off Golden State 100-98 in Denver on Oct. 21 thanks to Juancho Hernangomez blocking a layup at the buzzer. This version of the matchup was never close.And this demonstrates just how dominant the Warriors were in the opening half: Denver scored 60, shooting 49 percent from the floor, and still trailed by 19 at the break.As tempting is it might be to erase this game from memory, Malone won’t let his team hit the reset button.“I don’t believe in flushing games when you get your (expletive) kicked,” Malone said. “Take this failure of tonight, learn from it and use it moving forward. If you can do that, this negative becomes a positive in the long run.”TIP-INSWarriors: Green was given a technical in the second quarter for arguing a call. … F Kevon Looney grabbed 12 rebounds.Nuggets: G Gary Harris missed a fifth straight game with tightness in his left hamstring. … G Jamal Murray scored 21.THE COUSINS COUNTDOWN Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins remains on schedule to make his Warriors debut Friday in Los Angeles against the Clippers. He’s been steadily progressing after tearing his left Achilles tendon last January while with New Orleans. Cousins signed a one-year deal with Golden State in the offseason.“When he’s healthy, he’s one of the more unstoppable big men in the NBA,” said Malone, who coached Cousins when they were both with Sacramento. “He’ll give them a definite lift.”DUNK CONTESTThompson and former teammate Zaza Pachulia, now with Detroit, are keeping track of who has the most dunks.“He texted me after the game and said he’s never seen me have four dunks,” Thompson said. “Felt better than hitting 10 3s, to be honest.”UP NEXTWarriors: Host New Orleans on Wednesday. The Warriors are 5-1 in the second game of a back-to-back this season.Nuggets: Host Chicago on Thursday. Denver has beaten the Bulls 11 straight times at Pepsi Center. 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MOST READ View comments Golden State cruised to a fifth straight win to move a half-game in front of the Nuggets, who had their 12-game home winning streak snapped.The showdown between the top two teams in the conference proved a little too big for the Nuggets, with Curry and Co. putting on a shooting exhibition all night long. Durant hit the first shot of the night, a 12-footer, as the Warriors broke the old first-quarter mark of 50 held by several teams. The last time it happened was also against Denver when Phoenix scored 50 on Nov. 10, 1990.“They came in with an edge and we didn’t have that edge to start the game,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “I don’t think anybody on our team is scared of the Golden State Warriors or too respectful. They took it to another level and left us in the dust.”Golden State shot a blistering 60 percent from the field, had 38 assists and hit 21 3-pointers — 10 in the first quarter — in leading wire-to-wire. Durant finished with 27 points and Draymond Green was a plus-41 as he had 13 assists to go with four points.“When we make shots, we’re a tough team to beat,” Curry said.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Still, message received.Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 31 points as the Warriors, propelled by an NBA-record, 51-point first quarter, regained the top spot in the West by routing the Denver Nuggets 142-111 on Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Beautiful, beautiful basketball,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Just liked the way our guys moved the ball, the shot fakes, playing with purpose, playing with a simple style of execution but aggressive at the same time. Finding that balance is always what we’re looking for. That was as good as it gets for us.“I don’t remember a better first quarter. That was a fireworks show.” LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited having problems finding buyers for its Marut aircraft

first_imgFinancial imbroglioFinance Minister Pranab Mukherjee does not seem to be getting his way in key postings within his ministry. The Prime Minister’s Secretariat has overruled Mukherjee in three cases in recent weeks: in the appointment of R.K. Kaul, additional secretary in the banking division, as secretary of the Finance Commission;,Financial imbroglioFinance Minister Pranab Mukherjee does not seem to be getting his way in key postings within his ministry. The Prime Minister’s Secretariat has overruled Mukherjee in three cases in recent weeks: in the appointment of R.K. Kaul, additional secretary in the banking division, as secretary of the Finance Commission; of Textile Secretary A.K. Dutt as banking secretary; and the promotion of P.K. Basu, director-general of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, from the rank of additional secretary to secretary.Basu is likely to be shifted out of the ministry and his place in the upgraded post taken by an officer who has been rejected thrice recently for senior postings. The Public Enterprises Selection Board found him unsuitable for two top public sector posts, while the Union Public Services Commission rejected him for the post of director-general, technical development. P.C. Alexander, principal secretary to the prime minister, is understood to have virtually vetoed the finance minister’s suggestion in all three cases.Sporting changesThe formation of a separate ‘Sports Authority of India’ is being seriously considered at the concerned levels. The construction of the various sports complexes for the Asiad has apparently sparked off the move since it gives India a permanent sports infrastructure to hold international events (India is a leading contender for the Afro-Asian Games in 1983).Rather than let the stadia lie vacant, a sports authority would be the ideal answer to coordinate efforts and lobby for international meets. If the move fructifies, the man tipped to head the organisation is Ram Niwas Mirdha, deputy chairman of the Asian Games Special Organising Committee.advertisementGrooming a chiefSome major changes in the military hierarchy are in the offing. According to reliable sources, the grooming of the next chief of army staff is shortly to begin. The man tipped for he take over is Lt-General S.K. Sinha, general officer commanding-in-chief.Western Command. Sinha, it is reported, will shortly be shifted to New Delhi to take over as vice-chief of army staff while the present vice-chief, Lt-General Sethna, will switch places and take over as COC-in-C, Western Command. That will give Sinha enough time to get attuned to Delhi’s political atmosphere before he takes over from General Krishna Rao who retires next year.Unwanted offspringHindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is having some major problems finding buyers for its Marut aircraft. The Marut, thanks to innumerable delays, has been rejected by the Indian Air Force since it is now considered to be of obsolete technology and doesn’t fit in with the IAF’s scheme of things, HAL has been trying to interest the Navy in the Maruts, but despite reported pressure from political circles, the Navy has turned HAL down flat – which leaves HAL once again holding an unwanted baby along with the Chetak helicopter which is also looking vainly for buyers, despite some heavy advertising.Unusual alliancesPouitics has never had stranger bedfellows than in Haryana. The recent post-election developments were distinguished by a realignment of forces. Bhajan Ual, who had been attempting to sabotage Bansi Lal’s chances in Haryana politics by collaborating with Union Agriculture Minister Rao Birendra Singh, has now switched sides. The first move in the rapprochement with Bansi Lal came when his son Surinder Singh was given the agriculture portfolio.Birendra Singh and Bansi Lal: Continuing battleNow, reliable sources say that Bansi Lal) will get Birendra Singh’s place in the Union Cabinet, and Singh will be jettisoned after Mrs Gandhi returns from her US trip. These moves also represent a victory for Birendra Singh’s arch Ahir enemy, Rao Ram Singh, who is slated to get the plum home portfolio in Haryana. Action on these fronts was reportedly withheld only because Mrs Gandhi did not want any upsets in the Presidential election.Flogging a memoryEven two years after his death, Congress(I) leaders are still collecting funds in Sanjay Gandhi’s name. Despite Mrs Gandhi’s disapproval, a prominent Delhi Pradesh Congress(I) Committee (DPCC-I) leader raised over Rs 16 lakh last month from wholesale traders of Khari Baoli, Chandni Chowk, Kamala Market and Sadar Bazar for celebrating Sanjay’s second death anniversary on June 23. Mrs Gandhi attended several DPCC(I)-sponsored functions.Recently, two Delhi Congress(I) MP’s complained to Mrs Gandhi that the method by which the donations were procured had brought a bad name to the party, because Sanjay’s name was exploited to fleece the trading community.Moreover, the list of donors includes a notorious land-grabber against whom both the DDA and the Municipal Corporation have launched criminal cases. These MP’s have requested Mrs Gandhi to put an end to such practices which may spoil the party’s prospects in the coming elections to the Metropolitan Council.advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 : Portugal fend off Iran to book their place in…

first_imgAdvertisementVAR awarded Iran a late penalty in stoppage time as Portugal and Iran play out a dramatic draw to wrap up the group stage matches of Group B. A draw was more than enough for the men in red as they have set up an interesting clash with Uruguay in the Round of 16. This match is a contrary to all those people who believe Portugal are a one man team as Portugal got the result they wanted without much contribution from their talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo.Not only did Ronaldo have his penalty saved but he should have been sent off for throwing an arm on Morteza Pouraliganji’s face. But after checking with the on-pitch screen, only a yellow card was shown. Hard to see the fact that those raging horns off the pitch symbolizing the enthusiasm has to go home after a remarkable campaigne. Portugal took the lead courtesy a stunning Quaresma goal at the brink of half time. The besiktas player recieved the ball just outside the penalty box and in classic Quaresma fashion, he whipped the ball beyond Iran goalkeeper with the outside of his right foot. With Iran trying their very best to find an equalizer, Portugal had the chance to double their lead when a VAR decision when in favour of Ronaldo who was tripped by Ezatolahi inside the penalty box. However, the Iranian goalkeeper had ideas. A brilliant save by the young Beiranvand denied Ronaldo his 5th goal of the tournament.Iran’s frustration with the VAR increased as a referal clearly showed Ronaldo elbowing Pouraliganji in the face, But the Real forward was awarded just a yellow card for his offfence. But this wouldn’t be the last significant highlight of the match as Iran found a late equalizer in stoppage time through a penalty that was awarded by the VAR. Although Iran took this a glimmer of hope to pull out a rabbit out of the hat, it was a little to late as they had run of time and eventually out of the competition as well.Watch the match highlights here :Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Uruguay finishes in top of Group A by outplaying RussiaFIFA World Cup 2018: Egypt Go Home Empty Handed As Saudi Arabia Get A Consolation Win Advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: France look to achieve ‘no Messi, no Argentina’ policy

first_imgDidier Deschamps is focussing in stifling Lionel Messi to hurt Argentina in their Round of 16 match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Saturday but the France manager must also look to get the best out of his own players.France advanced to the knockout stages as Group C toppers are wins over Australia and Peru and a 0-0 draw against Denmark but the story has been far from rosy.France, despite having some of the brightest young talents in the world, have not exuded dominance. Despite sailing through smoothly, they have not been at their menacing best.Argentina, on the other hand, barely scraped through. After a draw with Iceland in their opener, they were completely outclassed by Croatia. In the final match, they needed a late winner from Marcus Rojo to beat Nigeria and book their place in the last 16.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDespite the fact that French stars are yet to truly arrive at the biggest stage in world football, the narrative behind France vs Argentina has largely been dominated by Argentina’s over-reliance on Messi and their difficult path to the last 16.At his news conference on Friday, Deschamps was asked repeatedly how France would stop Messi, and he answered patiently until a fourth such query triggered a small sigh of exasperation.ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULE”This player is outstanding so we have to take a number of precautions,” the former World Cup-winning captain said.Starving Messi of the ball by winning the midfield battle would seem the obvious starting point for Deschamps’ precaution-taking.advertisementCroatia managed to blanket Messi by having Ivan Strinic and Marcelo Brozovica screen behind midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, and take turns at running with the Argentine danger man.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018: Who plays who in the round of 16N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi may be pressed into similar stopping roles, and Deschamps could elect to revert to a more conservative 4-2-3-1 formation with Matuidi covering the left wing rather than a more attacking option such as Messi’s Barcelona team mate Ousmane Dembele.Concentrating too much on Messi, however, could also prove stifling for France’s attack which has shown itself to be a collection of expensive moving parts yet to move in synch.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 – STATSDeschamps sacrificed a golden chance for them to gel by shaking up his side for the 0-0 draw against Denmark, which secured qualification but did little to improve team cohesion.Another shake-up looms for the Argentina match, with Deschamps unlikely to have teenage juggernaut Kylian Mbappe starting on the bench again or to rest Paul Pogba.Also read – World Cup 2018: Messi gets face-saving Kazan mural to match Ronaldo’sAntoine Griezmann’s form is another concern and Deschamps has yet to find a combination that can get the best from the striker.With no clear sense of direction being set by Deschamps’ selections, it may be up to the players to find their own way to deal with Messi.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Three Royal Caribbean Ships to Feature Optimarin BWT Systems

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Optimarin Miami-based cruise major Royal Caribbean International has chosen Optimarin to provide its USCG compliant Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) for three flagship vessels. The ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist has now retrofitted its technology on Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, with installation on Grandeur of the Seas set for the first quarter of 2019.“Royal Caribbean leads the cruise market in terms of passenger experience, vessels, service standards, and environmental performance, and these three ships are some of the ‘stars’ of their growing global fleet,” Tore Andersen, Optimarin CEO, said.Grandeur of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, and Mariner of the Seas are key members of Royal Caribbean’s 25-strong fleet.“With a fleet that sails throughout the world – from the Caribbean to Alaska, South America to Australia – it is imperative that we have the best systems to ensure complete compliance,” Jorge E. Coronado, Superintendent, Technical Systems, Global Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean, said.last_img read more

Bista eyes separate division for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling Member of Parliament Raju Bista will be making the demand that the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) be converted into a separate railway zone or division.At present, it is under the North Eastern Frontier Railways. On Tuesday, the MP visited the railway station in Darjeeling and spoke to the officials and employees. “The DHR is a world heritage. It is an integral part of the lives of the people of this region. It is a part of the daily life of people through which the train passes. It carries the rich history and legacy of this place. We have to be more focused on the DHR,” stated the BJP MP. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTalking to media persons in Siliguri, Bista stated that as soon as he returns to Delhi he will take up the issue of creating separate DHR division or zone. “This will give more focus to the DHR. People from all over the world visit Darjeeling to see and ride the DHR. We have to overhaul it and improvise on it,” stated Bista. In Kurseong, the MP was apprised of the Railway printing press that has been shut down as manual tickets are no longer printed. “However the local residents have approached me with the proposal that this age old printing press should be converted into a museum. I will take it up with the Railways,” assured Bista. In 1879, work first started on the DHR, then called the Darejeeling Steam Tramways. DHR was inscribed as the a world heritage site on December 2, 1999.last_img read more

Sri Lankan teas branded with UN Global Compact to promote corporate responsibility

A Sri Lankan company introduced two new “ethical” teas of the Ceylon variety today, the first products ever to be jointly branded with the United Nations Global Compact to promote responsible corporate citizenship around the world by including information on the initiative’s 10 principles in packs sold to millions of consumers each year.The launch of the products coincides with the start of the “A Home for Every Plantation Worker” project, in which Mabroc Teas will work to improve the lives of 10,000 families involved in the production of the tea in Sri Lanka’s Kelani Valley.“For every pack of Mabroc Single Garden and Valley teas sold, we pledge a minimum of 1.5 US cents to this programme,” the company’s Chairman Bandula Jayasekera told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.Through the programme, “we make a difference to better the lives of our workers by improving their living conditions, their environment, supporting health and nutrition, creating capacity-building initiatives and empowering communities,” he added.Every box of the teas will include a leaflet explaining the principles of the Global Compact, an initiative bringing together businesses, governments, UN agencies, labour and civil society organizations to promote 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. The information is provided in five languages and the teas are shipped to some 40 countries each year.“We believe that this story is of great importance and we hope that it will inspire many others,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the Global Compact.The new brand of teas not only promotes the Global Compact, but “also at the same time implements the principles and gives practical meaning to it for the many, many people who are working on plantations,” he noted.According to Bernard Goonetilleke, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, his country is the largest exporter of black tea in the world. Additionally, the tea industry is the largest employer, involving 1 million people directly and indirectly.“It is not an exaggeration to say that Ceylon tea and Sri Lanka have become synonymous,” he said, voicing hope that Mabroc will continue in its efforts to further the Compact’s principles. “At the same time, the example set by Mabroc should encourage other entrepreneurs around the world to follow suit and have a closer look at the way they conduct their businesses.”Since its launch in 2000, the Global Compact has 3,800 participants, including almost 3,000 businesses from around the world. 19 March 2007A Sri Lankan company introduced two new “ethical” teas of the Ceylon variety today, the first products ever to be jointly branded with the United Nations Global Compact to promote responsible corporate citizenship around the world by including information on the initiative’s 10 principles in packs sold to millions of consumers each year. read more

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras upbeat ahead of meeting with Germanys Merkel

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras upbeat ahead of meeting with Germany’s Merkel by The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2013 4:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is striking an upbeat tone ahead of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Samaras told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday that his country is “delivering and Europe is helping.”Greece has been struggling under the weight of massive government debts that required a series of international bailouts.Germany and others have demanded sharp cuts in public spending in return for the financial aid.Samaras said he saw “the glass half full” and had come to Berlin with a message of optimism.He spoke ahead of a closed-doors conference organized by German newspaper Die Welt.Samaras was due to meet Merkel later in the day. read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedImpressive motorcade ushers in Diwali celebrationsNovember 3, 2013In “Local News”Diwali Messages 2018November 6, 2018In “latest news”Diwali greetings from religious, other organisationsNovember 10, 2015In “Opinion” Diwali is a joyous celebration of inner light over spiritual darkness; knowledge over ignorance and right over wrong. It is a festive restatement of the Hindu belief that good ultimately triumphs over evil. As we celebrate Diwali, the PNCR remains committed to ensuring unity in diversity so that our beloved country can experience real development and progress. The PNCR has always been and will always remain respectful of Guyana’s cultural and religious diversity and believes that our diversity has worked and will continue to work to the country’s advantage.   Guyana is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. Our diversity is an asset not a liability. Our Party is proud to belong to a society of many faiths. Shubh Diwali to all Guyanese!Indian Action Committee (IAC)The Indian Action Committee (IAC) extends Diwali greetings to the entire nation, especially persons who are adherents of Sanatana Dharma on the occasion of the now global festival of Deepavali or Diwali. Deepavali means a row of lights from the words deep (light) and avali (row); this festival is physically characterized by homes being illuminated during the dark hours by rose of lit deeyas.The Goddess Maha Latchmi is revered at this time and is believed to bestow wealth and prosperity upon all of her devotees.The bright lights of Diwali are considered to signify the illuminatory power of knowledge which destroys the darkness of ignorance and also to represent the triumph of good over evil.The IAC realizes that Diwali of 2017 is very significant coming at the time when there is uncertainty facing many families given present economic difficulties particularly in the sugar and rice industries.The IAC is calling upon the various Hindu organizations to agree upon one date for Diwali in 2018.The IAC calls upon all Guyanese to respect the sanctity of Diwali and engage in appropriate and fitting observances and activities.Shubh Diwali to all Guyanese.VIraat SabhaToday, Hindus in Guyana, other parts of the Caribbean and North America are observing Diwali, the festival of Lights. This annual feature is embraced by every distinction and strata of society. The festival transcends all barriers, economic, social and religious.The occasion is unique in every regard as it exhibits man’s faith and determination to convert Amawaasya (Dark Night), the darkest period of the lunar month into a mist illuminated night. The high point of the Hindu Life is self-realisation. Diwali provides the opportunity for introspection and self-analysis, i.e., to rekindle the flame of positivity within. The deep significance of Diwali must never be allowed to elude us as a people, instead, the festival should be used to build bridges of love and unity rather than to construct walls of division.The universal principle is to ignite the light of wisdom so that it could permeate our entire being and of those whom we connect with. Maha Lakshmi is a total representation of the eight cardinal virtues of life (Ashta Siddhi). Diwali, like other Hindu festivals, depicts spirituality transcending physical acquisition which is a product of our lower nature. Man in general is a product of duality. He is unnecessarily affected by the pairs of opposites which is influenced by ignorance. Diwali, in essence, is the sum total of that principle which is rooted in wisdom, truth and goodness. May this Diwali increase the capacities of all those who act in conformity with the principles of truth and goodness. Happy Diwali to All from the Viraat Sabha – Guyana.GAWU’s Diwali MessageThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is once again pleased to join with all Guyanese and especially our Hindu community, to celebrate Diwali, widely regarded as the Festival of Lights. The Diwali observances give us an appropriate occasion to urge that the light of peace, tolerance, understanding and compromise in today’s conditions lighten our pathways and guide us in our daily lives. Like the thousands of Diwali diyas in many regions which will light up the darkness of the night, let our existence be unobstructed by the darkness that and prevent our development and well-being.The Diwali celebration is one that today transcends one community and is supported nationally. The symbol of the lighted diyas is not only lovely to behold in the evening but it impacts the message of the value of spiritual enlightenment in our collective efforts to bring about conditions for our peace of mind and a satisfying life.With such sentiments in mind, GAWU is encouraged by the usually wide interest shown in the expectedly dazzling celebrations that are traditionally associated with Diwali.GAWU is aware of the current differences surrounding the actual dates for this year’s Diwali celebration but do earnestly hope that this would not detract from full participation in the festivity nor will it serve in any way to obscure its enduring significance.We wish all the practitioners of the Hindu faith, and indeed, all Guyanese a happy and enjoyable Diwali, the festival of lights.Let the lights, at this time, light up our pathway to harmony, economic well-being and our general upliftment.Happy DiwaliMinister of Social CohesionToday Hindus in Guyana and across the world are celebrating Diwali, known as the ‘Festival of Lights’. This festival is one of the most auspicious occasions on the Hindu calendar and is believed to have been first celebrated in Guyana in 1853 by Indian indentured servants, who had first started arriving in this country in 1838.Diwali, which is now celebrated by all Guyanese, occurs on the night of Amawasya (New Moon) in the month of Kartik, which is considered to be the darkest night on the Hinducalendar and commemorates the return of Lord Rama from a 14 year exile.According to the legend, his return was celebrated with the lighting of rows of clay lamps and ‘diyas’. This became a tradition, which is practiced all over the world today.A time of great religious significance, Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.In Guyana, the festival is marked by the lighting of diyas, the stringing of lights to illuminate homes, along with rich cultural presentations, motorcades, Rangoli competitions and the distribution of sweet-meats.Guyana is a richly diverse nation, strengthened by the contributions of all our people and festivals such as Diwali help us to preserve and share our cultural heritage. Guyanese are given the opportunity to experience the rich Indian culture and traditions, allowing for greater understanding and appreciation.Celebrations transcend the Hindu community in Guyana since it is anxiously awaited with great enthusiasm by Guyanese from varying religious and cultural backgrounds, who embrace the message of hope for a brighter future.At a time when the Government of Guyana is intensifying its efforts towards deepening Social Cohesion, Diwali must, more than ever before, be seen as a unifying festival, bringing together a wide cross-section of Guyanese.This festival reminds us of the need to look beyond our differences and work together towards building a society illuminated by love, peace, harmony and understanding among its people.As we celebrate Diwali in our various communities, let us commit to uplifting each other and being a light of hope in each other’s lives. Making Guyana brighter requires the triumph of unity over all forms of division.I urge all Guyanese to celebrate this festival in an atmosphere devoid of conflict and misunderstanding but filled with peace, love and harmony.Shubh Diwali to all Guyanese! The People’s National Congress Reform takes this opportunity to extend greetings to the Hindu Community in Guyana and indeed, to all Guyanese, on the occasion of Deepavali or Diwali. PPP/C’s Diwali MessageDiwali is universally recognized as the festival of light; the triumph of knowledge over ignorance and the substitution of all that is negative with that which is positive.As we celebrate this most auspicious occasion of the Hindu calendar, we call on all Guyanese, in particular our Hindu brothers and sisters, to reflect upon the significance of this great festival and to inculcate its message into our daily lives, as we strive together, to remove the darkness of hate, discrimination and racism and replace them with the illumination of love, unity and brotherhood.Occasions like Diwali continue to present the opportunity for all of our people to display to the world, as one nation, the beauty and uniqueness of our cultural, ethnic and religious diversity and tolerance. It is from this perspective that we continue to note the division which has recently erupted in respect of the date when we are to celebrate this great festival.Notwithstanding, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) expresses the hope that in the near future, these differences will be reconciled so that this pious occasion can continue to be observed in an atmosphere and environment which is devoid of any controversy and overwhelmed with divinity and mutual respect.The PPP wishes to extend warm Diwali greetings to every Guyanese, especially our Hindu brothers and sisters.SHUBH DIWALI!PNC/R’s Deepavali Message Diwali occurs on the night of Amavasya (New Moon) in the month of Kartik, which is considered to be the darkest night on the Hindu calendar and marks the return of Lord Rama after 14 years in exile. To welcome his return and to light his path, diyas were lit. read more

AVN BoneCraft the Porno World of Warcraft Knockoff

first_imgAdChoices广告 We already knew about the folks at D-Dub software.The company old us that it aims to be the “adult video game version of South Park. Last year at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, it was showing off BoneTown–a game that could only be described as a comedic, pornographic sex fighting game.This year, D-Dub has upped the ante with BoneCraft, a pornographic comedy sci-fi game that it promises “will appeal to both the adult gamers who always loved BoneTown and to the legions of fans the fantasy/sci-fi genre, who will now be able to experience what has never been possible in other games of the genre–taking the action all the way to bedroom.”In other words, the game is a dirty, dirty take off of Blizzards World of Warcraft and Starcraft. The company debuted the BoneCraft trailer today at the AVN show. The game (only single play, for better or worse) is due out later this year. last_img read more

iFixit teardown the Motorola Atrix

first_imgiFixit have managed to get their hands on a Motorola Atrix and have literally dissected the phone inside and out to uncover how fast the device is, and also how easy it is to repair.In terms of raw speed, they have confirmed what the specs show on paper that the Atrix is currently the fastest Android phone on the market. It’s not hard to see why with a Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU/GPU combo, 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM on-board.However, it does not stop there as the iFixit crew also discovered that the Atrix is the most-repairable smartphone they have ever taken apart. Now we know most people won’t touch their phones under warranty, but if your screen gets damaged, or a component fails further down the line, then you will be able to repair it a lot more easily (and cheaply) than say an iPhone.iFixit claim that the Atrix was designed for repairability from the word go and it received a 9 out of 10 in their repairability score. It achieved this because there were no proprietary screws, the battery could be easily replaced just by popping off the back cover, and the 4″ LCD wasn’t fused to the front panel glass. The only downside was that there are two central ribbon cables soldered to several components (i.e. the cameras and proximity sensors), which made the cables more costly to replace.iFixit concluded that the phone was great, but there were two factors stopping it from becoming the ultimate Android phone: the MOTOBLUR software (a social-centric propriety skin) and its anti-root mechanisms.We can certainly agree on both these points, the first especially, as Motorola’s MOTOBLUR skin on previous phones has led to performance issues and extra battery drains due to its social networking status updates.Read more at iFixitlast_img read more

100 year old Aussie athelete in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Aussie centenarian Ruth Frith realized the dream of a lifetime in January this year when she traveled to Ancient Olympia in Greece for the first time.“It was like a dream come true,” she said.“Standing on that ground at Ancient Olympia, I just can’t describe how I felt. I felt so insignificant, humble. You just felt, ‘well I am really nothing compared to the ground I’m standing on’.”A veteran of nine World Masters Games, Mrs Frith has set world records for her age class in the weight pentathlon, triple jump, weight throw, long jump, discus, hammer throw and javelin.Most recently she set a world record in the 100-104 years of age classification in the shot put at last year’s Sydney games, with a throw of 4.07 metres, taking out the gold medal.The complete lack of competition was no downer either, but more of a testament to her incredible longevity.“I just love athletics and I do it because I love it, not for any other reason. It doesn’t really matter to me whether I lose or I win,” she said.The realization of Mrs Frith’s dream was made possible by Greek philanthropist Jovanna Fragouli after an anonymous Greek-Australian made the nomination through www.postmywish.com While in Greece Mrs Frith attended several events in her honour including a dinner attended by Spyros Capralos, President of the Greek Olympic Committee, George Aydonis, Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Lefteris Skiadas, Deputy Mayor of Athens and Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis.At Ancient Olympia Mrs Frith was presented with a crown of wild olive branches and a gold wreath by Mayor George Aydonis. She also met with students from local schools and sporting academies, who despite their ancient surroundings, found themselves in awe of her.“I was like a relic from the past,” she said.And she credits her incredible longevity and ongoing fitness to a strict diet that she simply could not maintain in Greece.“I don’t like things cooked in oil, and your salad was glistening with the oil. I don’t eat vegetables and all that jazz, so I found that their food just wasn’t for me,” she said.Ruth Frith’s next goal is to continue her winning streak at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships in Perth this coming April. Mrs Frith was accompanied to Greece by her daughter Helen Searle, who represented Australia at the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games.last_img read more

Enter Now to See Your Art in Doctor Who The Illustrated Adventures

first_imgRun, you clever artists: There is still time to submit an entry for the Doctor Who Illustrated Adventures Competition.Puffin Books invites artisans of all ages to apply for a chance to have their work featured in the upcoming Doctor Who: The Illustrated Adventures book.“You don’t have to be an experienced artist to enter,” the contest website said. “Whether you want to scribble a Silurian, paint a Pyrovile, or simply draw the Doctor—just grab your pencils, pens, and paper and get creating!”Simply choose an episode (or two or three) from the publisher’s list of 100 Doctor Who favorites, including stories classic and new, from the first Doctor o the 12th (including the eighth TV-movie reincarnation). Then download the template and get to work.“Your image could illustrate the episode as a whole, or just one particular element/scene, character from the episode,” according to Puffin. “The choice is yours.”Final submissions should be emailed as a PDF, JPEG, AI, or PSD file format to doctorwhoart@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk; include personal details like the artist’s name, age, and email address.The competition is open to UK, Ireland, and US residents aged nine or older; those under 13 years old require a parent or guardian’s email address with entry.Puffin Books is accepting designs until 6:59 p.m. Eastern today.At least 25 (but as many as 100) entries will be chosen by a team of Puffin design and illustration experts, as well as members of the BBC’s Doctor Who brand team, for publication in The Illustrated Adventures—due out in late 2017.Winners will be notified by March 1, and receive two copies of the volume, along with a Doctor Who Book Bundle worth £100 ($126). But don’t fret if your piece isn’t chosen: All entrants will have their name printed in the book.last_img read more

In Our Communities

first_img ADC AUTHOR A bill is advancing in New Mexico that would waive professional licensure fees for service members, spouses and dependent children, according to the Kirtland Partnership Committee, which has helped guide the legislation. It passed a House committee unanimously Tuesday and is moving through other committees ….Canada became the sixth country to send a delegation to visit the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, according to an Augusta Chronicle editorial. The cybersecurity facility is a partnership among the Army, academia, state and local officials, and the private sector. “When Augusta is producing useful, helpful answers to one of the world’s biggest emerging problems, the world will come to Augusta,” the editorial board wrote.Chief Master Sergeant Clayton Watson Jr. and Col. Mary Stewart at the New Mexico Capitol. Photo by Kirtland Partnership Committeelast_img read more

Demonetisation Media multiplexes films will suffer says IDBI Capital Markets

first_imgThe almost-certain economic slowdown induced by demonetisation of high-value currencies is set to affect the media and entertainment sectors, according to an update by IDBI Capital Markets & Securities.For the media, the hit will be in the form of lesser advertisements next month and in the last quarter of the current fiscal. “No significant impact on advertisement revenue has been visible as the inventory was already sold. The actual impact to be visible over the next month and Q4FY17,” the brokerage said in a note on Thursday.A similar fate awaits Hindi films, impacting producers as well as cinema halls where two latest releases, Rock On 2 and Force 2 are being shown.”Multiplexes have seen impact of decline in footfalls for movies like Rock On 2 and Force 2. This is likely to have impacted both the box-office collection and F&B sales. We expect 15-20 percent impact on footfalls due to decline in cash transactions. We believe that this should ease in December with the improvement of content. Impact on smaller film producers to be felt over the next three-six months,” IDBI Capital Markets & Securities said.It reiterated what many other analysts have said on the negative impact of demonetisation on the real estate sector.”Secondary market is frozen since the date of event. Unsold inventory could lead into price correction. However, they are very property specific. The impact on private real estate players is very negative,” it added.Share prices of listed multiplexes have dropped ever since the November 8 “surgical strike.” PVR slipped from Rs 1,284 (as on November 8) to close 10.90 percent lower at Rs 1,144 on Thursday, while Inox shares have lost 8.57 percent from Rs 245 apiece to Rs 224 on Thursday during the comparable period.Eros International Media closed at Rs 155, a loss of 15.3 percent from its November 8 closing of Rs 183. The company is into film production and distribution in India and abroad.last_img read more