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An Over-reliance on Marketing

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 It’s a mistake to rely too heavily on marketing.Give Me the Glengarry LeadsIt is a mistake to wait for your marketing department to deliver you leads. If you wait for your marketing team to develop your leads you are practicing the most dangerous strategy in sales: waiting.It doesn’t matter if marketing is supposed to generate leads or not. Your job is to create new opportunities and win them. The fact that marketing has not developed the leads that you need is not going to absolve you of your responsibility to win new business. And it may not save your job either.An over-reliance on marketing is dangerous. You’re far safer taking your fate into your hands by prospecting and developing your own opportunities. Marketing is the sprinkles on the icing on the cake.Nurture My Leads, PleaseIt’s also a mistake to believe that marketing can nurture your prospective clients for you. Our inboxes are full of marketing’s attempt to nurture relationships, and they end up filtered into a folder called “spam.” Because it isn’t personal, email filters believe the messages from marketing are spam. If marketing’s attempt to nurture your dream clients isn’t picked up by email filters, your dream client contacts believe it looks like spam and delete them.If you want to own the relationship, then you have to do the nurturing. The content that you use may come from marketing and certainly some of it should. But the message is different if it comes from you, regardless of what the content is. The message is different because you were thinking of your prospective client when you sent it. That means it’s personal, especially if you added your thoughts and insights to the content that marketing created.Marketing has an important role in the sales process. It’s above the funnel. It can create awareness. It can sometimes create a compelling case for change. Marketing can generate leads and share insights that help you create and win new opportunities. But you can do these things, too.An over-reliance on marketing is dangerous. You can succeed with or without marketing generating your leads for you or nurturing your dream client accounts.last_img read more

A matter of time

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino, arrives at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Infantino arrived in Pyongyang on the day that North Korean and South Korean teams are set to play a World Cup qualifier match in the North’s capital. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) president Gianni Infantino sees the Philippines at least “fighting very close” to landing a spot in the Fifa World Cup within the next “10 to 15 years.”Speaking to select reporters after he was briefed by Philippine Football Federation officials on the state of the sport in the country, Infantino expressed satisfaction over the progress of the sport, while tipping the Philippines to be a bigger force outside the Southeast Asian region.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stellar field taking part in Summit Point tourney Hazing is a matter of perception, PNP chief Albayalde says PLAY LIST 02:04Hazing is a matter of perception, PNP chief Albayalde says00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect The 48-nation field in the Fifa World Cup will start with the 2026 edition in the United States.Infantino believes putting in more infrastructure and increasing the number of competitions in the Philippines are key to the development of the sport, especially in countries where football isn’t a top priority.“There is a much bigger potential so we have to focus much more on those [developing] countries,” said Infantino.Fifa provides financial assistance of at least $1.5 million every year to member-countries.“But it is targeted to projects which can make a difference. And these projects have to be in infrastructure and competitions.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I’m very positive about football in the Philippines,” said Infantino, 49, who was elected to a second term to lead the sport’s governing body early this year.“I mean, already, if you see the most recent results in the last year or two with a qualification in the Asian Cup for men and women. The last couple of years has shown that some work is done and that some progress is made.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Azkals reached the AFC Asian Cup for the first time this year in the United Arab Emirates, just after the Malditas participated in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan.“Certainly, we want to see the Philippines in the World Cup or at least fighting very close to be in the World Cup,” said Infantino. “For this reason, we have also increased the number of teams for the World Cup. From 32 to 48 and for the men’s and from 24 to 32 for women’s. We need to make it truly global and we need to increase the level.” View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READlast_img read more

HTC U12 Life schematics show Google Pixel-like dual tone design

first_imgHTC has called off its smartphone business in India but it continues to make phones for other markets. The Taiwan-based company is working on adding a new device to its U12 lineup aka the HTC U12 Life codenamed Imagine Life. The U12+ is said to be the souped down version of the HTC U12+ which launched only recently. Rumours suggest that the HTC U12 Life will go official very soon and will come with an affordable price tag. Before the launch, a pair of schematics of the U12 Life have been leaked online showing Google Pixel like dual tone design.The schematics of the U12 Life that have been leaked by Slashleaks reveal both front and rear panel design of the phone. On the back — as already said — the U12 Life will have a Google Pixel-like dual design. However, the schematics don’t really show if the phone will be made of two different material like the Pixel or will just come in two different colour or finish.The schematics further show that the HTC U12 Life will sport dual cameras on the rear panel aligned in a vertical fashion. The two cameras are seen separated by a flash. In the middle of the rear panel there’s the circular shaped fingerprint sensor just as the Pixel phones.On the front, the schematics show the HTC U12 Life with thick bezels and a tall display. The size of the screen, however, is still not known. But, looks like the display will come with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The top bezel is seen with an earpiece, some sensors and front camera. The bottom bezel, on the other hand, is left as it is.advertisementLast month, the complete specs of the HTC U12 Life was leaked. The U12 Life will borrow some specs from the flagship U12+. The phone is said to come with a 6-inch display with 1080 x 2160p resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expandable via a microSD card slot.The HTC U12 Life is tipped to come with two cameras on the rear panel and a single sensor on the front. On the back side, the HTC U12 Life is said to include a primary sensor of 16MP and a secondary sensor of 5MP. On the front, the HTC phone is expected to boast of a 13MP sensor paired with a selfie flash. The leaked specs show that the HTC phone will be backed by a 3,600mAh and offer a long last battery life — will mostly last for one full day.Well, it is important to note that the HTC U12 Life will not come to India. This is because the company has decided to wind up its smartphone business in India. Meaning, there will be no new HTC phone coming to the Indian market including the HTC U12+ and U12 Life.last_img read more

India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Dhoni quick as a wink, Jadeja on fire in Adelaide heat

first_imgAustralia vs India, 2nd ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores: Australia 214/5 in 41 overs (Shaun Marsh 100*, Glenn Maxwell 12*) vs IndiaRavindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni were in the thick of two inspired moments from the Indian team that led to two Australian wickets even as Shaun Marsh powered on from the other end of the Australian spectrum.Jadeja inflicted a run out while Dhoni produced a special stumping behind the stumps as India contested Australia in the second ODI at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.Jadeja’s exemplary fielding abilities came to the fore once again in the 19th over of the first innings and just when Usman Khawaja was just beginning to settle along with Shaun Marsh, Jadeja sent him packing.Khawaja played a Kuldeep delivery towards the point region and tried to go for a single but Marsh denied. Jadeja was behind the ball in a jiffy and made a one-handed pickup and shot it straight at stumps. Khawaja fell just short of the crease and had to depart.This is a grouse piece of fielding.#AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/FyxkFy62Pgcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2019Post Khawaja’s dismissal, Marsh took even more onus on himself to score big runs and played the Indian bowlers excellently. Peter Handscomb at the other end was playing a perfect partner, negotiating the deliveries well.In the 28th over of the innings, Jadeja bowled one outside off-stump and Handscomb tried to go for a slog-sweep for the first time since arriving at the crease but failed to connect with the ball.advertisementWhile going for a bat swing, his foot came just outside the crease and MS Dhoni delivered a special. Dhoni collected the ball immediately and before Handscomb could realise, he had been stumped.Dhoni went for the appeal and even before the confirmation, Handscomb had begun walking back towards the pavilion.STUMPED! Lightning fast hands as always from Dhoni and Handscomb has to go for 20. Jadeja has his first.Australia 4-134 (27.2) #AUSvIND https://t.co/3fNQjC4Hmhcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2019The former India captain is famous for his lightning quick glove-work and is the third most successful wicketkeeper behind Kumar Sangakkara (482) and Adam Gilchrist (472) in the format with 426 dismissals.But he is head and shoulders above the rest in the stumpings tally with 116 while Sangakkara (73) is second ahead of Romesh Kaluwitharana (75).While all the other Australian batsmen are having to work really hard against the Indian bowlers, Shaun Marsh was the one who timed the ball extremely well and kept the Australian innings going.Australia lead the three-match series 1-0 and a win in Adelaide would guarantee them the trophy.Also Read | India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj becomes 225th ODI player for IndiaAlso Read | India vs Australia Live Score, 2nd ODI in Adelaidelast_img read more

PV Sindhu begins Senior National Badminton Championships campaign with easy win

first_imgOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu Thursday opened her campaign in the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship with a straight game win over Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod to enter the women’s singles quarterfinals here.A former champion, Sindhu took time to get into the groove before claiming a 21-11 21-13 win over Malvika, who is a gold medallist at the South Asian U-21 Championship in Nepal and a runner-up at Khelo India Games.Like last year, the top eight players of the competition on the combined basis of world and domestic rankings were given direct entry into the singles pre-quarterfinals for which a Super Draw was held Wednesday night.Day 3 Match Updates:Olympic Silver Medalist, @Pvsindhu1 scaled through to the quarter-finals of Yonex Sunrise 83rd Senior Nationals, she defeated #MalvikaBansod 21-11;21-13 in the pre-quarters. #IndiaontheRIse #SeniorNationals2019 pic.twitter.com/sgy6f8kVrIBAI Media (@BAI_Media) February 14, 2019Malvika made a dream start, moving to a 4-0 lead. Soon Sindhu clawed her way back to level the scores with a push at the backcourt.Sindhu eventually grabbed an 11-7 advantage at the break. She continued to force the younger shuttler to commit errors.At 19-11, Sindhu unleashed a couple of smashes to seal the first game.In the second game, Sindhu was ahead 9-2 with Malvika committing unforced errors. The Hyderabadi went to the break with an 11-4 lead.Malvika played well in the rallies but lacked the finishing touch, committing unforced errors as Sindhu eventually wrapped up her pre-quarterfinal match in 35 minutes with a precise return at the forecourt.advertisementAlso Read | Lakshya Sen eyes top 30 ranking by year endAlso Read | All England Badminton Championships 2019: Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth handed tough drawsAlso See:last_img read more

Revealed: The most prolific PL divers

first_imgPremier League Revealed: The most prolific Premier League divers Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 16:51 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Dele Alli Ashley Young Willian Getty/Goal Premier League Chelsea Crystal Palace Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City Liverpool From Manchester United to Chelsea to Middlesbrough, Goal takes a look at the teams who have been booked for diving the most Goal takes a look at the teams who have received the most bookings for diving between 2013-14 to 2017-18.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd impressed by Reading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke

first_imgMan Utd impressed by Reading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarkeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke is attracting big Premier League interest.Sky Sports says Manchester United are scouting 15-year-old Reading keeper Boyce-Clarke.The highly-rated teenager caught the eye as he played for Reading Under 23s against Manchester United last Sunday.And he’s now being closely monitored by representatives at Old Trafford. Boyce-Clarke is an England U16 international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cape Breton Strait of Canso Applicants Awarded Grants

first_imgCommunities in the Cape Breton and Strait of Canso regions have an opportunity to make more sustainable, active and accessible transportation choices through the latest round of the Nova Scotia Moves program. Through Nova Scotia Moves, the province offers grants of up to $200,000 to groups supporting sustainable transportation at the local level, including municipalities, band councils, community benefit organizations and social enterprises. Three successful applicants from the regions were awarded grants in this round, totalling $176,565. “The Nova Scotia Moves program is a key element of the province’s Sustainable Transportation Strategy,” said Guysborough-Sheet Harbour MLA Jim Boudreau, on behalf of Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “This program provides financial support to community-based or regional projects in Nova Scotia that help further the objectives of this important strategy. I congratulate the successful applicants from Cape Breton and the Strait of Canso area for their hard work.” Cape Breton Regional Municipality was awarded $124,750 for the first phase of the Grand Lake Road Multi-Use Path, which will connect Cape Breton University, Sydney and Glace Bay. The Town of Mulgrave was awarded $36,815 for the construction of a town trail, and the Municipality of the County of Victoria was awarded $15,000 to develop an active transportation plan. Across the province, 37 successful applications were awarded funding during the latest round, totalling $1.4 million. “This round’s applicants were diverse and address a broad range of sustainable transportation issues,” said Mr. Boudreau. “The people of Cape Breton and the Strait of Canso area want transportation options that are healthier and will help protect and preserve the environment.” The program helps Nova Scotians drive less distance, move more actively and efficiently, use cleaner energy, access a wider range of sustainable transportation options and engage communities around sustainable transportation issues. The province consulted with a number of municipalities, environmental organizations and transit-oriented community groups in designing this program to ensure it responds to the needs of those doing work at the ground level. In the 2012-13 pilot round, the province awarded over $900,000 to projects developing ideas from active transportation routes to online information services. Twenty-eight grants were awarded and are now under way. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/ .last_img read more

Popular Telugu actorfilmmaker Vijaya Nirmala dead

first_imgHyderabad: Veteran Telugu actor-filmmaker G. Vijaya Nirmala died on Thursday, her son Naresh has confirmed. She was 75. Naresh, who is also a popular Telugu actor, took to Twitter to announce the death of his mother. “I regret to inform you that my mother, senior artiste, prominent producer and director Dr.A G Vijaya Nirmala passed away during early hours today, that is, 27.6.2019, at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, due to sickness. She was 75,” Naresh tweeted. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Her body will be kept at our residence from 11 a.m. Final rites will be held tomorrow (Friday).” Vijaya Nirmala started her career as a child actor. At the age of five, she made her acting debut in 1950 Tamil film “Machcha Rekkai” and four years later she forayed into Telugu cinema with the film “Panduranga Mahatyam”. It was through 1964 Malayalam film “Bhargavi Nilayam”, she rose to stardom and got noticed. She went on to work with Prem Nazir again in “Udhyogastha”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot As a leading lady, she made her Telugu debut with “Rangula Ratnam” alongside Vanisri and Anjali Devi. In 1967, she starred in Telugu film “Sakshi” and it’s on the sets of this film she met actor Krishna with whom she worked in 47 films and eventually ended up marrying. However, it was her second marriage. Vijay Nirmala, who has directed 44 films, was a visionary filmmaker and she made her directorial debut via 1971 Telugu film “Meena”, which was based on the eponymous popular novel written by Eddanapudi Sulochana Rani. Two year later, she directed her first Malayalam film “Kavitha”. As a filmmaker, she had the privilege of directing major stars like Sivaji Ganesan and Rajinikanth. She directed the latter in the Telugu remake of “Amar Akbar Anthony”, which also starred her husband Krishna. Her other popular directorial projects include “Rowdy Rangamma”, “Sirimalle Navvindi”, “Bezawada Bebbuli” and “Collector Vijaya”, among others. She holds a Guinness Record for most number of films directed by a female filmmaker. In 2008, the Andhra Pradesh government conferred her with Raghupathi Venkaiah award for her contribution to Telugu cinema. Members of Telugu film fraternity took to twitter to remember the veteran. Actor Jr. NTR wrote she was a “pioneering filmmaker whose life is an inspiration for many”. Actor Nithiin said her demise was a “huge loss” to Telugu industry. Actor Sudheer Babu described Vijaya Nirmala as “mother like personality”.last_img read more

13 Members of ‘Very Dangerous’ Terrorist Cell Move to Prison

Rabat – The investigating judge in charge of terrorism cases at Salé’s Court of Appeal ordered the detention of 13 members of a terrorist cell, previously seized in Fes, in Salé’s local prison.The terrorist cell was prosecuted last Thursday by the Attorney General of the King at the Court of Appeal in Rabat, for “preparation for the commitment of acts of terrorism aimed at serious damage of public order by intimidation, terror or violence, possession of fire arms and ammunition.”On October 14, police elements of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), Morocco’s anti-terror bureau, dismantled a terrorist cell in the city of Fes, who were active in Fes, Meknes, Khouribga, Casablanca, Zaouiat Sheikh, Sidi Bennour, Demnate, and Sidi Harazem. According to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior, the BCIJ arrested the leader of the terrorist network and one of its partners, suspected of having links with the terrorist organization ISIS.The terrorists were seized in the possession of guns, hunting guns, explosives material, blades, communication equipment, and a large sum of cash money.The members of this cell had planned “very dangerous terrorist operations,” using the expertise of one of its members in the manufacture of explosives and bombs, said the Ministry of the Interior.BCIJ head Abdelhak El Khiam previously said that the bureau is on constant alert to counter terrorism threats facing Morocco.Since its creation in 2015, the bureau, locally nicknamed Morocco’s FBI, has dismantled over 40 terrorist cells. read more

UN and partners boost food aid to Somali refugees amid alarming malnutrition

At the Kobe camp in Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado area, medical assessment of newly arrived refugees revealed that 19 per cent of children were suffering from severe acute malnutrition, according to Adrian Edwards, the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In the nearby Hilaweyn camps, a malnutrition rate of 16 per cent was recorded, while in Melkadida and Bokolmanyo camps, the rates were 10 and 7 per cent respectively, Mr. Edwards told reporters in Geneva. Severe acute malnutrition poses a risk to the lives of children under the age of five. UNHCR considers a rate of over one per cent to be alarming. An inter-agency task force agreed yesterday to increase food distribution points in the camps, to urgently open additional centres for nutritional feeding, and to ensure that malnourished refugees receive appropriate supplementary food, Mr. Edwards said. “After consulting with the refugee community, awareness-raising campaigns will be conducted to encourage refugees to access health services. Outreach workers will go from tent to tent and look for malnourished children who are not enrolled in the feeding programmes,” he said. The aid workers will also trace children who may have dropped out of nutritional feeding treatment. Meanwhile, a convoy of UNHCR trucks delivering essential relief supplies for an estimated 18,500 refugees in the Gode area of Ethiopia, some 250 kilometres north of Dollo Ado, reached its destination on Wednesday. The supplies, including shelter material, blankets, sleeping mats and mosquito nets, was airlifted into the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, from UNHCR’s emergency stocks in Dubai last weekend. UNHCR officials also learned from the local authorities in Gode that some of those previously assumed to be refugees are actually displaced inside Somalia in an area where the border is not clearly demarcated. In Kenya, the new school term starts on Monday, and at Dadaab, the largest refugee settlement in the world, some 40,000 refugee children are preparing to go to school – many of them for the first time. There have been 154,000 new refugees who have entered Kenya from Somalia so far this year and more than half of them are children who will need more classrooms, desks, stationery, textbooks and teachers. For the 156,000 school-age children in the three Dadaab camps, there is currently only one teacher for every 100 pupils and most of the teachers are themselves refugees. Enrolment remains low at 42 per cent for primary and five per cent for secondary school. The enrolment rate for girls is even lower, at 33 per cent for primary school. Overall, some 75 additional schools, or 1,800 classrooms, are urgently required. Few of the newly-arrived refugee children have had any formal education in Somalia. To smooth their transition into schooling, UNHCR’s partner agency, CARE, recently began an accelerated learning programme to teach basic literacy and numeracy skills. Some 1,500 children between the ages of 5 and 13 are benefiting from the programme. 2 September 2011United Nations agencies and their partners are stepping up food distribution in refugee camps in Ethiopia that house people who have fled famine in neighbouring Somalia amid alarming malnutrition rates among children, the UN refugee agency reported today. read more

Kosgoda Nadun to be extradited

Italian media reports said that he was arrested at a small town near Milan over a theft. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda He is wanted in Sri Lanka for murder and the illegal possession of a hand grenade. Kosgoda Nadun is wanted in Sri Lanka and has an INTERPOL arrest warrant issued against him. The Sri Lankan government is to to seek the extradition of Pradeep Deva Nadun Dharmawickrama aka Kosgoda Nadun, who was arrested in Italy last week.A spokesman at the External Affairs Ministry told the Colombo Gazette that the Italian authorities will be approached to have the suspect sent to Sri Lanka. read more

Terex MPS announces details of Hillhead crusher lineup

first_imgTerex MPS will be exhibiting two large jaw and cone crushing solutions at its stand at Hillhead from June 19-21, 2012. Jason Talbot, Terex MPS Global Product Line Director, said, “After the success of the recent Intermat show in Paris where we showcased our Modular MC1000 cone we are delighted to be able to exhibit our Modular MC1000 Cone and Modular MJ42 Jaw at Hillhead. These machines demonstrate our ability to listen to the customer and bring products to the market that enable our customers to choose ‘ready to work’ modules to create the plant they need for a variety of applications. We look forward to meeting with customers at the show and discussing the benefits of our equipment to help them deliver the crushing and screening needs.”The Terex  MC1000 cone module handles an all-in feed for continuous crushing. Its 1,000 mm (40 in) cone has an unrestricted feed opening and a full range of configurations for short and long throw. The all roller bearing design improves crushing efficiency. Additional features include hydraulically adjustable closed side setting, easy manganese changes, and a weather-protected control panel with user friendly controls. The Terex MJ42 jaw module features the rugged JW42 jaw crusher with its hydraulically actuated wedge system which allows closed side settings to be made quickly and easily. Additional features include a three-piece boltless hopper and spring mounted vibrating pan and grizzly feeder. Set up time and ease of operation is aided by the simplicity of the modular product range. The modules are designed to fit and work together interchangeably. The modular product line bolts together on site with little onsite wiring. Designed with logistics in mind, each module, including all its components, can be transported in one container.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo museum These trophies cannot be robbed

first_imgAfter Luka Modric won FIFA’s The Best award, the Cristiano Ronaldo museum posted a curious warning on social mediaMonday night proved to be a forgettable one for Ronaldo, who missed out on two awards in FIFA’s The Best ceremony in London.Although neither Ronaldo or fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi attended the gala, which saw Luka Modric end their decade long-hold of the top individual prize in football.The Croatian playmaker saw off fellow nominees Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to be named FIFA’s Player of the Year.Following the announcement, many criticised the decision to not award Ronaldo the prize after inspiring Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown last season.The Cristiano Ronaldo museum wrote on Instagram: “These trophies cannot be robbed. There is an alarm.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Portuguese’s agent, Jorge Mendes, said: “It is simply ridiculous.”last_img read more

Veteran honors soldiers as a namekeeper

first_imgThis is a weekend to salute our servicemen who died in the line of duty, and to honor the families of the fallen.It’s what Richard Landis did every day for almost four years. The Clark County veteran was chief of the U.S. Army’s casualty operations center from 1984 to 1987, and was called back to duty for the first Gulf War.“I buried 3,000 soldiers,” Landis said.“All Army casualties are reported to the office,” Landis said. “We initiate the notification process. The office assigns casualty assistance officers, helps with the funeral. It coordinates the assistance and benefits the next of kin is entitled to.”The process did take a quite different turn after one unprecedented disaster, however. That’s when distraught families swept into his headquarters, wondering if their loved ones were dead.Now the retired lieutenant colonel is a member of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, a local nonprofit organization that will continue to celebrate our military tradition as Army units leave Vancouver Barracks.Landis said he also serves in another volunteer role, as “name-keeper” for the Clark County Veterans War Memorial. The monument at Vancouver Barracks lists the names of local service personnel who died in conflicts ranging from the Spanish-American War to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.last_img read more

ecigarettes nicotine flavoured hookahs may be banned

first_imgNew Delhi : The government is mulling various options including bringing an ordinance to enforce a ban on manufacture, sale and import of ENDS devices including e-cigarettes if it fails to get a reprieve from the Delhi High Court, which had earlier stayed its order to ban such products, sources said. Banning such alternative smoking devices like e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape and e-nicotine flavoured hookah among others, is one of the priorities of the Health ministry as part of the first 100 days agenda of the second term of the Modi government. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us With more than 75 days having passed, the Union health ministry has swung into action wanting to implement the ban on the manufacture, sale, distribution and import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). “The ministry is exploring various options including bringing an ordinance to enforce a ban on the manufacture, sale and import of ENDS devices,” the sources said. The Ministry is also learnt to have sought a legal opinion over the issue. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us If the government bring an ordinance, it will have to replace it with a Bill in the next session of Parliament. Once Parliament approves the Bill, the proposed ban on such products will get a legal backing. The Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) had written to all state drug controllers, saying they should not allow the sale, online sale, manufacture, distribution, trade, import or advertisement of ENDS. Advertise With Us A single-judge bench of the Delhi High Court, in March this year, had granted an interim stay on the Centre’s circular banning sale and manufacture of ENDS, saying as the products were not a “drug”, authorities did not have the jurisdiction to issue such a direction. The Centre appealed against the order before a division bench of the High court which dismissed the appeal against the interim stay. It further directed the government to approach the single judge bench with its plea, the sources said. The Centre has recently filed a counter-affidavit and an application for vacation of order before a single-judge bench of the High Court which is scheduled to hear the case on August 22, the sources said. A high-decibel debate is on globally over the harm-reduction aspects of ENDS with some organisations claiming that these devices help in smoking cessation and are less harmful alternatives to traditional cigarettes, while the government is seeking to ban them contending that they pose health risks to users, similar to those caused by conventional cigarettes. ENDS are devices that heat a solution to create an aerosol, which also frequently contains flavours, usually dissolved into propylene glycol and glycerin. In June, the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), the government’s top advisory body on technical matters related to medicines in the country, approved the Health Ministry’s proposal of classifying ENDS devices including e-cigarettes as “drugs” under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The proposal stated that under the provisions of ‘drugs’ in the Act, any item intended to be used as an aid to help quit smoking is covered under the definition of drugs. Apex research body – the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended a “complete ban” on ENDS, saying their use can initiate nicotine addiction among non-smokers also. In a white paper, the ICMR said e-cigarettes adversely affect the cardiovascular system, impairs respiratory immune cell function and airways in a way similar to cigarette smoking and is responsible for severe respiratory diseases. More than 3,000 users of these devices, recently, wrote to the prime minister, requesting him to legalise ENDS claiming their health has improved significantly after they switched to vaping from smoking conventional cigarettes.last_img read more

Lakshmis NTR movie row RGV to move Andhra HC against ECs order

first_imgLakshmi’s NTRScreenshot of YouTube videoRam Gopal Varma has now announced that he would move the Court against the contradictory stand of the Election Commission (EC) to stop the release of his movie Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh.After a month-long wait, Ram Gopal Varma had planned to release Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh on May 1. But on April 30, the Election Commission directed him not to release, reiterating its April 10 order not to screen it till further orders. In reply to the latter’s letter, AP Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi informed that it should not be released until the model code of conduct was in force.This order came as a big shock for Ram Gopal Varma, who has now decided to wage war against the EC. He tweeted, “Point 8C in EC ‘s below letter combined with AP high court judgement is why we planned to release today .we going to court against the contradictory stand of EC now to stop film after giving permission to release for reasons best known to it and we all know the force behind responsible.”Point 8C in the letter of the EC reads as follows:8. Section 126 (I) of the Representative of the People Act, 1951 prescribes that (1) No person shall—(a) convene, hold, attend, join or address any public meeting or procession in connection with an election; or(b) display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus; or(c) propagate any election matter to the public by holding, or by arranging the holding of, any musical concert or any theatrical performance or any other entertainment or amusement with a view to attracting the members of the public thereto, in any polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll for any election in that polling area.Lakshmi’s NTR is a biopic based on the life of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N T Rama Rao. The movie, which deals with the last days of NTR’s life, showcases Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu as the backstabber of his father-in-law NTR. The TDP got a court order for stalling its release in Andhra Pradesh, while was released in other parts of the globe and received a good response.last_img read more

EC to not compromise with any force CEC Huda

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda inaugurates EC’s voters’ roll update campaign at a programme in Mymensingh on Tuesday. Photo: Kamran ParvezThe election commission will not compromise with any force or party, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said, expressing resolve that it will only follow the law.“I can firmly say that all the next elections will be held in a democratic manner in the light of the laws and the rules whatever we have. [We] will make no compromise with any force,” Nurul Huda said at a programme in Mymensingh on Tuesday.The election commission (EC) organised the programme marking the inauguration of the EC’s voters’ roll update campaign across the country ahead of the next general elections.Other election commissioners – Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury – and government officials attended the programme chaired by the EC’s additional secretary Md Mokhlesur Rahman.CEC Huda said he and his team took office with an oath for establishing democracy in the country.“Election is the foundation of democracy and a flawless voters’ list is the prerequisite for fair polls. We want to carry out that job properly,” said Nurul Huda.Election commissioner Mahbub Talukder said, “Money power and muscle power often exert influence on the election. We want these dual powers to not influence the election.”He said cooperation of all political parties as well as of the government is required in order to ensure level-playing field in the run up to the next general elections.last_img read more

Trump storms out of shutdown talks with Democrats

first_imgUS president Donald Trump (2nd L) speaks to members of the media as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) and vice president Mike Pence (R) listen at the US Capitol after the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon 9 January 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump stormed out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday over funding for a border wall with Mexico and reopening the government, complaining the meeting at the White House was “a total waste of time.”On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by the dispute over the wall, a short meeting that included Trump, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ended in acrimony with no sign of a resolution.”Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?” Trump wrote. “Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”Exasperated Democrats called Trump’s behavior a “temper tantrum” and said the meeting broke down when they refused to commit to funding his proposed southern border wall. Trump’s desire for a wall between the United States and Mexico was a central theme of his 2016 presidential campaign.”It was a petulant president of the United States,” Pelosi told reporters when she returned to the Capitol. “A person who would say: ‘I’ll keep government shut down for weeks, months or years unless I get my way.’ That’s just not the way democracy works, and so it’s very sad.”Schumer said Trump had had “a temper tantrum.” The lawmaker told reporters: “That is sad and unfortunate. We want to come to an agreement. We believe in border security. We have different views.”The breakdown in talks could strengthen the possibility that Trump will declare a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border if no deal with Congress can be reached on his request for $5.7 billion for the project.Earlier on Wednesday, Trump said he had the authority to declare a national emergency that would let him pay for the wall with military funds. Vice president Mike Pence told reporters Trump was still considering that option.Asked what Trump had gained by walking out, Pence said: “I think the president made his position very clear today: that there will be no deal without a wall.”Shortly after the White House meeting broke up, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation to end a partial shutdown of the Treasury Department and some other agencies that have been closed since 22 December, without money for the wall.But there was no indication that the Senate, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, would allow a vote on the bill.Democrats are eager to force Republicans to choose between funding the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service – at a time when it should be gearing up to issue tax refunds to millions of Americans – and voting to keep it partially shuttered.In a countermove, the Trump administration said that even without a new shot of funding, the IRS would somehow make sure those refund checks get sent.The National Treasury Employees Union filed suit on Wednesday challenging the administration’s authority to force federal employees to work without pay.Trump attended a lunch meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday and emerged to declare unwavering support for the tough stance he has taken on funds for the wall.Asked if he got the impression in the meeting that the shutdown would end soon, Republican Senator Tim Scott said: “I did not. I think we’re going to be here a while.”Democratic TacticsPelosi plans more votes this week that one by one would provide money to operate departments ranging from Homeland Security and Justice to State, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor.Able to get the bills through the House because of the Democratic majority, Pelosi is hoping some Senate Republicans back her up and abandon Trump’s wall gambit.The political maneuvering comes amid a rising public backlash over the suspension of government activities that has resulted in the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of federal workers.Other “essential” employees are being required to report to work, but without pay for the time being.On Thursday, Trump travels to the border to highlight what he calls an immigration “crisis.” He delivered his first prime-time television address from the Oval Office on Tuesday to make his case for the border wall.The funding fight stems from Congress’ inability to complete work by a deadline last September on funding all government agencies. It did, however, appropriate money for about 75 per cent of the government on time – mainly military and health-related programs.US airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have warned that security and safety could be compromised if the shutdown continues, but the Trump administration said staffing was adequate and travelers had not faced unusual delays.Union officials said some TSA officers had already quit because of the shutdown and many were considering quitting.Ratings agency Fitch warned that it could cut the US triple-A sovereign debt credit rating later this year if the shutdown proves prolonged and Congress fails to raise the legal limit on the national debt in a timely manner.last_img read more

Mamata to leave for twoday tour of Birbhum today will hold administrative

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave for a two-day tour of Birbhum on Wednesday. Banerjee will be chairing an administrative review meeting at Gitanjali Auditorium in Bolpur on Wednesday and on Thursday will be present at a distribution programme at VIP More in Kamarpara under Ilambazar police station area.A senior official in the district administration informed that the Chief Minister will also inaugurate the Baul & Lok Utsav from the venue at Ilambazar. “We have held meetings for the last few days and district magistrate Moumita Godara Basu along with senior officials paid a visit to the venue and gave necessary instructions. The top brass of police are also putting up a strong security blanket in and around the area,” the official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThree helipads have been set up in the area, with one at the backside of Gitanjali Auditorium, another at Binoy Bhavan Stadium in the campus of Visva Bharati and the third one at Kamarpura adjacent to the stadium in which the Chief Minister’s distribution programme has been scheduled. Banerjee will lay the foundation stones of various projects and inaugurate a number of schemes at her distribution programme on Thursday. She will also award prizes to winners of various sports events and Jangalmahal Cup. Men and women in the districts who have excelled in sports activities will be also handed over prizes by the Chief Minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe district police have already held a rehearsal on how the beneficiaries will go to the stage and collect awards from Banerjee. A large number of farmers will also be handed over toolkits at the venue. A major attraction of the programme will be 1,000 Bauls with their ektaras and other similar musical instruments. Around 100 Bauls will perform on the main stage. The administrative review meeting will be attended by senior officials of the Block, Zilla Parishad and Panchayat level, senior police officials and officers-in-charge of all police stations in the district.last_img read more