A Diseased Mindset

first_imgValue Creators have a code. They have a certain mindset. It looks different to people who haven’t yet come to understand what the Value Creator knows. A lot of people have a mindset that is still diseased, poisoned by unhealthy beliefs and bad ideas.I Need a Motivator“My sales manager doesn’t motivate me.”Do you really need someone to motivate you? Okay, try this: If you don’t do the work I will fire you. Are you motivated yet? This is what motivation is, an external stimulus, a threat.Maybe what you really meant was that you wanted inspiration? So you need someone to convince you that your work is meaningful, that it is worth doing well, that it is worth giving yourself over to?If you ever want to do meaningful work, you are going to have to provide that meaning yourself. The only inspiration that lasts is the kind that comes from inside of you. Someone may come along on light the match that you are already holding, but you have to catch yourself on fire.I Need an IncentiveIncentives are bribes, aren’t they? If you do this, I’ll give you that. This is motivation, too. But instead of a threat it’s a reward.What it often says is that you are unwilling to do what is necessary unless someone is willing to bribe you to do it. Value Creators live by a different code. They are proactive. No one has to incentivize them to do what’s right. They have a greater internal incentives.I’ll Withhold Value“If they aren’t going to pay me what I am worth, I am not going to do the work.”That’ll teach them, won’t it, Sparky? It never pays to get value creation in the wrong order. If you want to capture value, you must first create value.Old Zig Ziglar said that you can have anything you want in this world if you help enough other people get what they want. He didn’t say withhold the value you can create for others until they give you what you want. Why not? because it doesn’t work that way. It never has.Never withhold. Do the work. The rewards will most surely follow.It’s Someone Else“My school system didn’t prepare me.”“My government should help me.”“This is all someone else’s fault.”Your school system didn’t prepare you. Your parents didn’t prepare you. Your first sales manager didn’t love you enough.You’ll never find the answers you are looking for by looking outside of yourself. You’ll never find what needs to change by looking to someone or something external. You will never find anyone more responsible for you than you. You are all you’ve got, make of it what you will.Believing or behaving differently is a diseased mindset.QuestionsWho is responsible for motivating or inspiring you?Why do you need incentives? What’s your real incentive for creating value?What do you gain by withholding the value you might create?Who is ultimately responsible for your results? 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 Nowlast_img read more

Punjab withdraws dress code for teachers

first_imgFacing flak for its order directing women teachers not to wear ‘jeans, tops and bright suits’, the Punjab government on Tuesday withdrew the directive while suspending two employees of the Education Department in this regard.The State Education Department had yesterday imposed the dress code on government school teachers, especially women, asking them not to wear jeans, tops and bright suits as the outfits have a “bad” effect on students.The circular, which was issued to all circle education officers and district education officers, cited complaints received by the department regarding the “bright outfits” worn by women teachers.‘Effect on students’“In government schools, teachers, especially lady teachers, are wearing bright dresses while being on duty. Some teachers wear jeans, tops and several types of ‘provocative’ fashionable dresses when they are on duty. It has an effect on students,” said the order.“Therefore, the dress code should be implemented in government schools and regular checking should be done to ensure implementation of the order,” it said.‘Intolerable language’Condemning the Congress-led State government for issuing such a diktat, Democratic Teachers’ Front general secretary Davinder Punia said, “The language used in the order is intolerable for teachers. This is not the way such directives should be passed on to the teachers. We strongly condemn this order.”Meanwhile, Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary suspended Deputy Director Amrish Shukla and Assistant Director Amarbir Singh of the department.The Minister said the ‘controversial’ order containing “denigrating” language about women teachers was issued without proper authorisation. She said the two officials issued the order without taking the higher authorities into confidence.She made it clear that any affront to the dignity of the ‘nation builder’ teaching community would not be tolerated, adding that such a mindset needed to be condemned in this age of women empowerment. The Minister added that the order has been withdrawn.last_img read more

Divine Food

first_imgDivine food is pure vegetarian food, which Lord Krishna in the Bhagwad Gita described as satvic bhojan, because it purifies the mind, increases life span and contributes to health, joy and cheerfulness. The foods promote bodily health as they contain all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals required to maintain the body in optimum health. These foods comprise of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, milk and milk products. The delightfully delicious Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes that follow do not contain onion, garlic or gelatin and are not just nutritious and healthy, but enchant the taste buds as well.Capsicums MazedaarIngredients 6 medium capsicums slit in middleFor gravy ½ oz. almonds ½ oz. roasted ground nuts1 oz. dry coconut1 tblsp. dhania jeera powder¼ tsp. turmeric powder1 medium tomato pureed4 ozs. yoghurt mixed with 1 tblsp. chick pea flourFor filling  1 medium eggplant¼ tsp. mustard seeds1 tblsp. chopped coriander leaves1 tsp. mint leaves1 tsp. green chilies, minced½ tsp. grated ginger1 medium tomato chopped1 tsp dhania jeera powder4 tblsps.oilSalt and chili powder to tasteFry the capsicums until they wrinkle. Dry roast coconut and nuts and then grind them. Roast eggplant on open flame till it wrinkles and turns soft. Drop in cold water and then skin the eggplant. Mash to a paste. Heat 2 tblsps. oil and add mustard seeds, when they stop tossing, mix in 2 tblsps. nut mixture. Fry for 1 minute, then add eggplant along with all the filling ingredients. Cook until oil floats to the top. Stuff the mixture into capsicums. Heat 2 tblsps. oil and add the ground nut paste along with all spices and tomatoes. Cook till dry. Beat yoghurt with 1 glass water and add to tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and place capsicums side by side on the gravy. Cook until paste thickens. Decorate with coriander leaves and serve hot.Cherry CurryIngredientsFor cherries½ lbs. mashed paneer4 tsps. corn flour1 tsp. cumin seeds¼ tsp. monosodium glutamate A few drops of red food coloring For curry1 tsp. cumin seeds1tsp. ginger, cut into thin strips2 tblsps. yoghurt2 oz. tomatoes, peeled and pureed½ lbs. boiled green peas2 tblsps. ground cashew nuts¼ litre milk½ tsp. essence of saffron4 tblsps. cream1 tblsp. dhania jeera powder2 green chilies, minced1 tblsp. coriander leaves¼ tsp. turmeric powderSalt and chili powder to taste2 canned pineapple rings, cubed4 tblsps. oil½ oz. roasted cashew nuts Mix paneer along with corn flour, cumin seeds and salt. Add enough color to give it a deep red texture. Form into cherry sized balls and fry to a golden color. Drain. Heat 4 tblsps. oil and add cumin seeds, when they stop tossing, add tomato puree, yoghurt, cashewnut paste, all spices, salt, ginger, coriander leaves and chilies. When oil floats on the top, add boiled peas, milk and essence. After a few minutes mix in the cherries. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Place in a serving dish, pour cream on top and decorate with pineapple and cashew nuts.Mushrooms in ButterIngredients¼ lbs. mushrooms thinly sliced4 ozs. cream1 oz. corn flour2 oz. butterJuice of 1 lime1 tblsp. sugarSalt and chili flakes to tasteMix cream, salt and mushrooms together and set aside for 1 hour. Roll mushrooms in corn flour and deep fry in oil until crisp and golden. Melt butter in a pan over low heat, add sugar and lime juice and mix well. Remove from fire and place mushrooms in a serving dish and add the butter and sugar mixture over the mushrooms. Garnish with toasted cashewnuts, almonds and chopped cilantro.Manpasand ParanthaIngredients½ lbs. whole wheat flour2 ozs. refined flourMilk to mixSalt to taste For filling ½ lbs grated radish1 tsp. green chilies, minced1tblsp. coriander leaves1 tsp. chopped mint leaves2 tblsps. oilSalt to tasteMix both flours and salt. Add enough milk to form stiff dough. Heat 2 tblsps. oil and add filling ingredients. Cook till dry. Form the dough into balls. Take two balls and roll into small round discs. Squeeze out the water from the radish and mix with remaining ingredients. Spread radish on one round, sprinkle a little dry flour on top. Cover with the second round and seal edges. Sprinkle dry flour on top. Roll out into a parantha and shallow fry to a golden color. Smear with butter and serve with yoghurt.RivoliIngredients½ lbs. refined flour½ tsp baking powderSalt to taste For filling4 oz. bean sprouts½ lb. shredded cabbage, carrots and French beans2 oz. shredded mushrooms½ tsp. grated ginger4 tblsps. oilSalt and pepper to taste To prepare filling heat 4 tblsps. of oil and fry all vegetables until almost done. Mix in remaining filling ingredients and use as filling. Mix together flour, salt and baking powder. Add enough water and form dough. Chill for half hour. Divide dough into small balls and roll out into a thin round shape. Place a tblsp. of the filling in the center and fold over to form half moon shapes. Seal the edges with 1 tblsp. corn flour mixed with ¼ cup water. Deep fry to a golden color and serve hot.Vegetable Fried RiceIngredients1 lb. boiled rice¼ lb. shelled peas4 oz. each of shredded carrots, capsicums and cabbage4 oz. bean sprouts1 tsp. ginger juice2 tblsps. sliced parsley4 ozs. cubed potatoesSoy sauce to tasteSalt and pepper to taste8 tblsps. oilHeat oil and fry potatoes. Drain. Add carrots, peas, capsicums, bean sprouts, cabbage and salt. Fry over high heat until almost cooked. Mix in rice, ginger juice, pepper and potatoes. Fry 2 to 3 minutes. Place in serving dish, decorate with parsley and serve hot.Eight Jewel PuddingIngredients½ lbs. rice4 tblsps. unsalted butterA big pinch of salt2 tblsps. each of chopped almonds and walnuts¼ lbs. mixed candied fruit, such as cherries, pineapple, papaya and mixed peels.6 oz. whipped cream½ lbs. castor sugarA few drops of vanilla essence4 oz. whole nuts, such as almonds, pistachios, cashewnuts and walnuts for decorationCook rice in 4½ cups of water until soft and dry. Grease small steel bowls and place nuts and fruits in a decorative fashion in bowl. Mix unsalted butter, salt, sugar and vanilla essence into the rice and spoon into bowls, being careful not to disturb the nuts and fruits. Press down firmly for 30 minutes. Place on a bed of green lettuce leaves. Cover with whipped cream, decorate with whole nuts and chill before serving.Fig CakeIngredients8 oz. refined flour8 oz. dried figs4 oz. Castor sugar4 oz. unsalted butter½ tsp. baking powderPinch of salt Cut the figs into small pieces and cook in just enough water until tender. Mix together flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Add butter, figs and enough water to form a batter. Place in a greased pan and bake in a moderate oven for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. When cool, cut into small square pieces and serve decorated with slivers of almonds.Chocolate NougatIngredients½ lbs. dark chocolate grated For nougat 4 oz. sugar1 tsp. unsalted butter4 oz. coarsely chopped nuts like almonds, cashewnuts and walnutsOn a slow fire place sugar and butter in a pan and cook until melted. Add nuts, mix well and remove from fire and pour the mixture on a greased platform. Use rolling pin to roll to a ¼ inch thick layer. Slice layer halfway into small squares with the help of a sharp knife. When mixture cools, break into squares. Melt chocolate, dip nut squares one by one in melted chocolate. Set to harden in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours. Wrap in silver paper Related Itemslast_img read more

LeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games No Blatche for Gilas in Fiba Asia as Reyes bares Final 12 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES James also tweeted the same thing about a report from Cleveland.com saying that he is “eager” to see Irving go after he demanded for a trade.This was the first time that James had talked about anything related to Irving’s trade request since the story broke earlier this week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James has had enough of rumors about him from “sources.”The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar shut down reports that he was “tempted to beat” Kyrie Irving’s ass for asking a trade out of Cleveland and that he was looking forward to seeing the guard out.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Since Irving’s trade demand went public, several stories quoting sources have come out even as both James and the star guard had remained mum about it.In his podcast, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith cited “sources” supposedly from James’ camp that the former MVP would be tempted to beat Irving if he were in front of him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJames retweeted SLAMOnline, which carried the story based on Smith’s podcast, and cleared his side.“#NotFacts people! 🗣Boooo!! Get another source. 🤦🏾‍♂️. #EnjoyingMySummer #YouDoTheSame 😁😁😁,” said James in a tweet. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Telugu Titans vs Puneri Paltan in Panchkula: Pune Beat Telugu 53-50

first_imgRakesh Gowda was the top-performing raider for Telugu Titans with 16 raid points in 17 attempts. Aakash Arsul was their top defender, getting five tackle point in 10 attempts.They were on a mission to pick up a win and they put in a #GheunTak performance to fulfill that aim! 👏@PuneriPaltan win #HYDvPUN 53-50. Keep watching #VIVOProKabaddi action:⏳: Every day, 7 PM onwards📺: Star Sports and Hotstar#IsseToughKuchNahi— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 3, 2019 For Puneri Paltan, Manjeet was the top raider with 15 attempts yielding 11 points while Surjeet Singh getting seven tackle points in 11 attempts made him their best defender.last_img read more

ATP chief hails Rafael Nadal’s ‘unprecedented’ return to world number one

first_imgRafael Nadal’s return to the top of the world rankings is a testament to the Spaniard’s longevity in the game and is as impressive as any of his career achievements, men’s tennis chief Chris Kermode has said.The 31-year-old Nadal became the world number one for the first time since July 2014 after replacing Britain’s Andy Murray at the top spot on Monday.”To regain the No. 1 ranking nine years after having first reached it is unprecedented,” ATP president Kermode said in a statement.”Rafa has been setting records throughout his remarkable career and this one is as impressive as any. It shows incredible dedication and longevity, and we congratulate him on this amazing achievement.”Nadal, a 15-times grand slam winner, came back from a series of knee and wrist injuries to reach the Australian Open final and claimed a record 10th French Open title this season.”Being No. 1 after all the things that I have been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable, so (it) is, for me, an amazing achievement to be back to that position after three years,” said Nadal.Nadal has claimed four titles on tour this season, winning 49 matches and losing nine in a stellar 2017.last_img read more

Bahri Plans USD 1 Billion Sukuk Sale

first_imgzoom The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) is planning to raise around USD 1 billion through the sale of a ten-year sukuk by the end of March, a company executive was reported as saying by the local news site Arabian Business.The proceeds of the sale are planned for debt repayment and general business purposes, the official said.In June 2014, Bahri merged with Vela, a subsidiary of the world’s largest producer and exporter of oil, Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco), in a deal worth USD 1.3 billion.The merger included transferring the whole fleet of Vela, consisting of 14 VLCCs used for floating storage and 5 refined petroleum product tankers, to Bahri.Through the merger with Vela, Bahri became the sole provider of VLCC shipping services to Aramco, as well as the fourth largest VLCC operator in the world.last_img read more

VIDEO: Dublin Port Welcomes Longest Ever Cruise Ship

first_imgDublin Port Company welcomed on Monday the arrival of the 333m long MSC Splendida cruise liner, the longest ship to ever call at Dublin Port.She is one of 83 cruise calls confirmed for Dublin Port this year, which will see a total of 140,000 passengers arriving to sample the sights of Dublin.Currently ranked as the 11th longest cruise ship in the world, accommodating her arrival has pushed the boundaries of the port’s operational limits.The ship’s 4,600 passengers and crew were greeted on Monday morning by a Celtic-inspired welcome on the quayside featuring a live ceili band, Irish drummers, dancers and entertainment before passengers departed for the city’s shops and attractions.Dublin Port Company has also announced that Dublin Port will become the first Irish port to welcome Disney Cruise Line following confirmation that “Disney Magic” will call to Dublin in 2016.The 300m long Disney Magic will make her maiden call to Dublin Port on 26th May 2016 as part of a transatlantic cruise starting in Port Canaveral, Florida and finishing in Dover, England. Disney Magic will visit Dublin again on 13th June 2016 as part of a 12 night cruise around Britain with Dublin selected as the only destination in Ireland. She will bring 2,700 passengers and a complement of 950 cast and crew to the city each time.“2015 is an extraordinary year for our cruise business which we have been patiently building over the past decade. We started this year with 82 cruise ships booked to call to Dublin Port with a further 18 ships longer than we normally handle going to anchor in the bay, including the MSC Splendida. We are delighted that the MSC Splendida has now opted to call into Dublin Port,” Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company, said.“The cruise market is very dynamic and fast changing. We handled 86 ships last year and welcomed 141,000 visitors. We now expect that we will exceed these figures this year as many of the 18 ships which had originally planned to anchor in the bay may now opt to come into Dublin Port,” he added. Dublin Port Company has developed the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project which is intended to transform the port to allow larger ships of all types, including the world’s largest cruise ships, to routinely call to Dublin Port.In the case of cruise ships, they will berth upriver at the East Link Bridge and ships greater than 300m in length will be able to turn in the expanded Alexandra Basin West. The project, once complete, will mean that Dublin Port will be able to handle the world’s top ten largest cruise liners, including the 360m long Allure of the Seas.Images: Port Dublin, Video: Youtube zoom last_img read more

MacGregor Cargo Handling Systems for Hapag-Lloyd Boxships

first_imgzoom Cargotec’s MacGregor has received an order worth USD 21 million for optimised cargo handling systems for five 10,500 TEU container ships currently under construction at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries for German operator Hapag-Lloyd. The boxships are planned for delivery between October 2016 and May 2017 and will primarily be deployed on South American routes.The optimized MacGregor cargo handling system for each new vessel will comprise hatch covers, lashing bridges, a loose lashing system and container fittings, along with related software and a lifecycle support package.“Cargo system flexibility during loading and unloading operations, in combination with attaining a vessel’s actual payload capacity, is crucial for maximizing a ship’s revenue and long-term profitability,” said Tommi Keskilohko, Director at MacGregor’s Customer Solutions.“Such efficiency can only be achieved when all parts of a cargo system are designed as one integrated element at an early stage of any newbuiding project, before any restrictive decisions have been made.”last_img read more

Kejriwal warns pvt hospitals refusing to treat accident victims

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday warned private hospitals against refusing to treat accident victims in the city. Kejriwal said despite a scheme launched by the AAP dispensation in February 2018, under which the Delhi government bears all expenses of treatment on such patients, some hospitals were refusing to treat them. Addressing a press conference here, Kejriwal said that he on Tuesday held a meeting with representatives of privates hospitals, which assured him of full cooperation in implementing the scheme. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder He said there is also a Supreme Court order according to which no hospital can refuse to treat accident victims. “After accident, there is a golden hour to save the life of accident victim… If they (private hospitals) refuse to treat accident victims, we will take a strict action, including cancellation of their license,” Kejriwal told reporters. He said that since the Delhi government’s scheme has been launched in February in 2018, 2501 people have been treated.last_img read more

Ariana Grande To Perform At 10th Annual DKMS Gala

first_imgDKMS announced today that international superstar Ariana Grande will perform at the 10th Annual DKMS Gala, taking place Thursday, May 5 at Cipriani Wall Street.DKMS also announced today that the benefit gala will honor Angelina & Monte Lipman and Daniele & Alexandre Behring for their continued support and dedication to help delete blood cancer. The event will raise funds for the largest bone marrow donor center in the world.Dr. Angelina Lipman and Monte Lipman are pillars of the New York philanthropic community. Not only are they integral to the heartbeat of DKMS, but they also remain active for other great causes and serve on the board of TJ Martell Foundation, Amy Winehouse Foundation, and recently honored by UJA-Federation of New York. Dr. Lipman’s experience includes serving as Professor at the Business School of Columbia University while also working in the corporate sector. Her forthcoming literary debut, Blocking The Noise, is scheduled for release later this year. Mr. Lipman is the co-founder and chief executive of Republic Records — the music industry’s #1 label for four consecutive years according Nielsen’s Soundscan.Alex Behring is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of 3G Capital, a global investment firm. Behring serves as Chairman of Restaurant Brands International since December 2014, following 3G Capital’s acquisition of Burger King in October 2010 and subsequent combination with Tim Hortons in December 2014. Mr. Behring also serves as Chairman of the Kraft Heinz Company since July 2015, following Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital’s acquisition H.J. Heinz Company in June 2013 and subsequent combination with Kraft Foods Group in July 2015. He also serves as a Director of Anheuser-Busch Inbev since April 2014. Daniele Giacomazzi Behring is an untiring advocate of the children’s health cause. Mrs. Behring worked in corporate marketing and human resources, and complemented her studies at Tavistock Institute London. In 2011, her ties with Brazil put her in contact with the work developed by Hospital Pequeno Príncipe – the biggest pediatrician Hospital in Brazil and the Pelé Little Prince Research Institute since then, she has been working to engage Corporations and individuals to the cause. The Behrings work to help individuals and corporations become supporters that help in the advance of many of the institution’s projects related to Health as DKMS.“We are so thrilled to have the support of Ariana and can’t wait to see her performance!” stated DKMS co-founder Katharina Harf. “The efforts and support of the Lipmans and Behrings over the years also make them overdue for the recognition they deserve. We’re so pleased both families could be with us this year so DKMS could give them the appreciation they deserve.”This year also marks the 25th anniversary of DKMS, whose mission is to continually increase the number of suitable bone marrow donors. This year’s Corporate Founding Sponsor is COTY Inc. and COTY Global Ambassador Georgia May Jagger. Event Honorary Chair members include interim CEO of COTY Inc., Bart Becht, EVP & CFO of COTY Inc., Patrice de Talhouet, and Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Co-Founder Katharina Harf. Katharina and her father, Peter Harf, founded DKMS in honor of their mother and wife, Mechtild Harf. Carina Ortel is the Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Chief Executive Officer.More info will be available here.last_img read more

MarrakechAgadir Highway Under the Snow

Rabat – February’s cold weather is bearing down on Marrakech-Agadir highway. Snow and bone-chilling temperatures have swept over the road, covering it in scenic white.The southern regions have been experiencing snow, caused by  a mass of air coming from Northern Europe,  in the past few days. Despite its appeal, the fall of rare heavy snow in the the Southern region has caused the roads to close, particularly in Ouarzazate, “where travelers were forced to wait for the roads to be cleaned before being able to access the city or leave it,” the director of Ouarzazate Tourism Council told Morocco World News. read more

Annan urgently appeals to Colombian rebel groups to release all kidnapped

Armed individuals who identified themselves as belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) seized Alan Jara, former Governor of the Department of Meta, while he was riding in an official UN vehicle with the world body’s Resident Coordinator, in connection with an important local development project.”The FARC is responsible for Mr. Jara’s physical well-being and should provide proof that he is alive to his family, which has wrongly suffered his forced absence,” said a statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman in New York.The Secretary-General urgently appeals to the FARC and others to release all those kidnapped and to stop this inhuman practice, it continued.”It is a gross violation of human rights and international humanitarian law that has inflicted terrible suffering on the Colombian people,” the statement said. read more

Europe backs ambitious pedestrian protection measures

Europe backs ‘ambitious’ pedestrian protection measures The European Commission has today announced that it supports the commitment made by the motor industry to improve pedestrian protection. Describing the industry’s voluntary targets as ambitious but realistic, Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society, said that the commitment was an important step towards reducing deaths and injuries among pedestrians and other road users. Industry proposals set targets for changes to vehicle design which will limit the effect of a pedestrian impact and prevent accidents occurring in the first place. However, unlike the long drawn out legislative route, industry measures promise to bring about benefits sooner rather than later. By 2005, 80 per cent of the aims of a directive will have been achieved, a full three years ahead of schedule. And by the time legislation would finally be in place, 100 per cent of the benefits will have been achieved. Commenting on the Commission’s announcement, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The motor industry has already made significant cuts in CO2 emissions from new cars through constructive dialogue with Europe. Now we are ready to deliver on voluntary targets set for pedestrian protection. I am delighted that the Commission has backed a voluntary agreement, which promises real benefits through tough but achievable targets.’ Member States and the European Parliament will now be consulted by the Commission on the proposals. The industry urges MEPs to support the Commission’s view and opt for a negotiated agreement before a final decision is made towards the end of the year. Note to editors: The European automotive industry is already committed to a voluntary agreement to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2008 from 1995 levels. ACEA, the European automobile manufacturers association, recently reported that CO2 output from new cars is falling by an average 2.5 per cent per year. The industry is on target to reach the 140 g/km threshold set for average CO2 emissions from new cars by 2008. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

One Metric by Which the NBA Is More Popular Than the NFL

One Metric by Which the NBA Is More Popular Than the NFL

We often hear about the NFL’s dominance in the mindshare of sports fans, and it’s hard to argue with the facts and figures floating around to support this notion. Pro football has been No. 1 in the annual Harris Poll survey of Americans’ favorite sports for three consecutive decades, and the NFL’s television ratings routinely trounce those of other sports. But, curiously, I was fooling around with Google Trends, and there is at least one area in which the NFL is not crushing the opposition: Google searches.The NFL is trailing the NBA by about 5 percent since Google’s Trends search data became available in 2004.There are a lot of factors that can cloud these results, including the possibility that not all search terms are being correctly attributed to each league. This is a particular issue for “football,” which is, as you probably know, what everyone outside the U.S. calls soccer. Recent improvements to Trends make this issue less problematic, but it’s still worth mentioning.The numbers also include worldwide searches; the NBA has a large global presence (particularly in Asia), and Google is, by definition, biased toward countries with a greater number of Internet users. For what it’s worth, the NFL is still tops by quite a bit within the U.S.Even so, it’s an interesting data point about the relative global reach of America’s biggest sports leagues. If we look at things from an international perspective, the NFL is not the behemoth it usually appears to be stateside. read more

Kuskokwim River May Meet Its Chinook Escapement Goal

first_imgUnprecedented closures kept fishermen this summer from targeting king salmon in an effort to bring more fish to spawning grounds after several poor runs. The drainage-wide results showing how well the management worked are now beginning arrive, and the state says the Kuskokwim may have achieved its critical Chinook escapement goal.Download Audio:Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.John Linderman is Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Regional Supervisor with the Division of commercial fisheries. He says the fisherman deserve a thanks for their sacrifices this summer.“The result this year is that we saw escapements overall compared to 2013 well, about double, or a little bit higher than that. So, much improved escapement this year compared to 2013, with many more escapement goals being achieved, however, two primary tributaries: the Kogrukluk river at the headwaters of the Holitna river and the Kwethluk in the lower river, their escapement goals were not achieved this year,” said Linderman.A preliminary report published last week says the drainage wide escapement goal was likely met. Managers however are not committing until they’ve worked through all of the data in the coming weeks.“There’s a chance that yes we could have achieved the goal this year. But the big wild card in that equation is the fact that two signification tributaries did not meet their escapement goals. It makes it that much more difficult. If it was a bit more black and white, if a minority of goals were reached or all goals were reached it’d be easier to try and draw conclusions at this point,” said Linderman.Lisa Olson, the deputy director for State’s Subsistence Division says work is underway for next year’s planning.“Now is the time to starting thinking what would work for 2015, what did not work well in 2014, and I hope that people in the area get involved,” said Olson.Federal managers were in control of the Chinook fishery last summer after the federal subsistence board took action to federalize the management. No one knows yet what will be happen next year in terms of management, but Linderman says fishermen will likely see restrictions on par with this year.“It’s an unfortunate reality of the current situation and the current poor abundance that the Kuskokwim Chinook run finds itself in, there just isn’t enough to provide for the demand that’s out there with respect to chinook salmon. That is the current expectation that we would expect the season to start with similar restrictions to what we saw in 2014,” said Linderman.Subsistence fishing will likely be at the forefront at the Association of Village Council Presidents Convention, which hosts a subsistence panel Tuesday afternoon. The forum will include Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell, AVCP Attorney Sky Starkey, and Federal Manager Gene Peltola Junior, plus Victor Joseph, the CEO of the Tanana Chiefs Conference.last_img read more

Bangladeshis suffer abuses when Rohingyas given shelter HRW

Bangladeshis suffer abuses when Rohingyas given shelter HRW

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamThe moment Dhaka gave shelter to Myanmar’s Rohingyas, the Bangladeshi citizens themselves saw no reprieve in their quest for justice, observed the Human Rights Watch (HRW).The rights group alleged that the authorities failed to respond to repeated and serious allegations of secret detentions, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.An HRW report pointed out that the government of Bangladesh denied the abuses instead of holding perpetrators accountable – a state that demonstrated a culture of impunity.“In domestic rights concerns, scores of Bangladeshis remained victims of enforced disappearances, even as law enforcement authorities continued to target both opposition supporters and militant suspects,” the HRW said in the 28th edition of ‘World Report’ released on Thursday.It mentioned that civil society groups, including the media, continued to face pressure from both state and non-state actors, while dozens of Bangladeshis were arrested for criticising the government or the political leadership on Facebook.The group, however, appreciated Bangladesh for hosting over 655,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar although the country does not recognise most of them as refugees.“Bangladesh deserves credit for not forcibly returning Rohingya refugees, and for doing what it can with strained resources to provide safety for them for the time being,” said Brad Adams, HRW’s Asia director.“However recurring plans to move the refugees to uninhabitable islands or to return them to Burma without key citizenship rights and protections remained a concern,” he added.last_img read more

Abrams Acknowledges Loss Plans Legal Challenge of Georgia Elections

Abrams Acknowledges Loss Plans Legal Challenge of Georgia Elections

first_imgBy Bill Barrow and Kate Brumback, The Associated PressDemocrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia’s closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Nov. 16, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for “gross mismanagement” of a bitterly fought election.The speech Abrams delivered at her campaign headquarters Friday evening marked the close of the 44-year-old attorney and former lawmaker’s unsuccessful attempt to make history as America’s first Black woman governor. Since Election Day her campaign fought on, insisting efforts to suppress turnout had left thousands of ballots uncounted that otherwise could erode Kemp’s lead and force a runoff election.Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams makes remarks during a press conference at the Abrams Headquarters in Atlanta, Nov. 16, 2018. Democrat Stacey Abrams says she will file a federal lawsuit to challenge the “gross mismanagement” of Georgia elections. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Kemp, the 55-year-old businessman who oversaw the election as Georgia’s secretary of state, will keep the governor’s office in GOP hands as the state’s third Republican governor since Reconstruction. He responded to Abrams ending her campaign by calling for unity and praising his opponent’s “passion, hard work, and commitment to public service.”The kind words came just days after Kemp’s campaign spokesman derided Abrams’ efforts to have contested ballots counted as a “disgrace to democracy.”Abrams made no such retreat from her criticisms of Kemp, saying she refused “to say nice things and accept my fate.” Instead, she announced plans to file a federal lawsuit to challenge the way Georgia’s elections are run. She accused Kemp of using the secretary of state’s office to aggressively purge the rolls of inactive voters, enforce an “exact match” policy for checking voters’ identities that left thousands of registrations in limbo, and enact other measures to tile the outcome in his favor.“Let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession,” Abrams said. “Because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that.”The race grabbed the attention of the nation, with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey campaigning for Abrams in the final days and President Donald Trump holding a rally for Kemp.Unofficial returns showed Kemp ahead by roughly 60,000 votes out of nearly 4 million cast on Nov. 6. Kemp declared himself governor-elect the next day and stepped down as Georgia’s secretary of state, though thousands of absentee and provisional ballots remained uncounted.Abrams, meanwhile, sent volunteers across the state in search of voters whose ballots were rejected.  She filed suit in federal court to force county elections boards to count absentee ballots with incorrect birthdates. Her campaign even planned for possible litigation to challenge the election’s certified outcome.Abrams didn’t take that route. She said she had concluded “the law currently allows no further viable remedy.” Instead, she said she would fight to restore integrity to Georgia’s election system in a new initiative called Fair Fight Georgia.“In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions,” Abrams said, though she gave no details.Kemp tried to move past the contentious campaign even if his opponent wasn’t willing.“The election is over, and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward,” he said. “We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.”Kemp had been secretary of state since 2010. He was backed by and had embraced Trump as he tried to maintain GOP dominance in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to the governor’s mansion since 1998.Trump praised the Democrat in lauding Kemp’s victory, tweeting: “Congratulations to Brian Kemp on becoming the new Governor of Georgia. Stacey Abrams fought brilliantly and hard — she will have a terrific political future! Brian was unrelenting and will become a great Governor for the truly Wonderful People of Georgia!”Kemp stormed to the GOP nomination with ads featuring everything from the candidate cranking a chain saw and jokingly pointing a gun toward a teen male suitor of his daughter, to Kemp’s offer to “round up criminal illegals” himself in his pickup truck. He’s promised a tax cut and teacher pay raises and pledged to continue Georgia’s refusal to expand Medicaid insurance under President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul.Abrams’ campaign sparked huge energy across the state and she became a national Democratic star. Election turnout among both sides’ energized bases nearly equaled that of the 2016 presidential vote.Aides close to Abrams said that since the election she had been wrestling with competing priorities: She wanted to advance her assertions that Georgia’s elections process — which Kemp managed as secretary of state — makes it too hard for some citizens to vote. But she also recognized that a protracted legal fight would harm that cause and potentially her political future.Kemp’s victory is an important marker ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Kemp’s narrow margin already suggests that Georgia, a state Trump won by 5 percentage points in 2016, could be a genuine battleground in two years.___Associated Press writer Russ Bynum also contributed from Atlanta.last_img read more