Stop Avoiding Minor Conflicts

first_imgPeople don’t want you to cold call them. They don’t want to be interrupted while they are heads down working. They especially don’t want you to try to engage them in a discovery call that they haven’t agreed to. But there isn’t a faster way to generate new opportunities.People also don’t want to accept your LinkedIn request and then receive your self-oriented pitch two seconds later. You like this form of interruption better because it allows you to avoid conflict. It provides the illusion of prospecting.There’s a reason your prospects allow their phone calls to go to their email. They don’t like the conflict that comes with saying “no” to your request for an appointment. They ask you to email them so they don’t have to tell you “no,” depriving you of the opportunity to ask questions or ask again for the commitment you need.You make things difficult for yourself when you agree to allow the people you are trying to help live behind their email. You make it worse when you live behind email. Two people avoiding each other because they are afraid of the smallest amount of conflict does not a deal make.When you lose an opportunity, it’s difficult for your prospect to tell you that you lost. They’ll almost certainly will tell you that they were impressed and that the decision came down to price. If only you could have sharpened your pencil. It is easier to have a conversation about something that was out of your control than it is to tell you that they knew, liked, and trusted someone more than they liked you.Selling is conversations and commitments. Like most human endeavors, there is some inherent small amount of conflict. The real danger isn’t in engaging in the small conflict that can occur as you pursue a deal. The real danger is avoiding that conflict. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Belief that some fields require ‘brilliance’ may keep women out

first_img“More Action Needed to Retain Women in Science” Certain scientific fields require a special type of brilliance, according to conventional wisdom. And a new study suggests that this belief, as misguided as it may be, helps explain the underrepresentation of women in those fields.Sparked by sharing anecdotes about their personal experiences in fields with very different gender ratios, a team of authors, led by Andrei Cimpian, a psychologist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and philosopher Sarah-Jane Leslie of Princeton University, surveyed graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members at nine major U.S. research institutions. Participants rated the importance of having “an innate gift or talent” or “a special aptitude that just can’t be taught” to succeed in their field versus the value of “motivation and sustained effort.” The study, published online today in Science, looked across 30 disciplines in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, the social sciences, and the humanities.The authors found that fields in which inborn ability is prized over hard work produced relatively fewer female Ph.D.s. This trend, based on 2011 data from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates, also helps explain why gender ratios don’t follow the simplified STEM/non-STEM divide in some fields, including philosophy and biology, they conclude.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“That’s what’s particularly cool” about the study, says Janet Hyde, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “It’s a single framework that explains all of those data.”Cimpian, Leslie, and their co-authors say that their analysis considered other factors believed to depress female representation in academia, including women having different academic preferences and working fewer hours than men, and found them to be much less significant than the field’s believed importance of genius. Only 6.5% of the 28,210 academics who were contacted provided usable data. But the authors say they corrected for that single-digit response rate, which they note is typical for surveys of academics, by weighting the respondents’ scores. Although female respondents emphasized hard work over brilliance more than did male respondents, the authors say that a “gender-balanced” score for each discipline’s belief in the importance of genius also predicted gender differences in the various fields.The authors suggest that faculty members and graduate student instructors convey their attitudes to undergraduates, who internalize them before making career decisions. Given the prevailing societal view that fewer women than men have special intellectual abilities, they speculate, female students may feel discouraged from pursuing advanced degrees in fields that consider brilliance crucial. Male students, on the other hand, will not experience this same feedback, leading to a gender disparity in the discipline.The study investigates gender distribution and field-specific beliefs only at a single point in time, and the results do not address how female representation in certain fields, in particular the life sciences, has risen dramatically in the past 50 years. However, the authors predict that the rates at which women have gained footholds in different fields may be related to how much these fields emphasize the importance of genius.The results do not speak to the actual extent to which brilliance might be required for success in various fields or whether men and women have different intellectual capacities, the authors emphasize. “The argument is about the culture of the field,” Cimpian says. “In our current cultural climate, where women are stereotypically seen as less likely to possess these special intellectual gifts, emphasizing that those gifts are required for success is going to have a differential effect on men and women.”He and his colleagues also conclude that their findings help explain why African-Americans are underrepresented in STEM professions while Asian-Americans are not. “That’s another line of evidence that supports the gender data and that this a real phenomenon,” Hyde says.The authors recommend that academics wanting to increase the diversity of their field should try to downplay the importance of innate ability for success. “More emphasis on the concrete steps that one can take to become a productive member of the field would probably be welcome,” Cimpian says. Expressions of positive expectations can significantly improve achievement levels, notes psychologist Virginia Valian of Hunter College in New York City. “It’s good for every field to stress the role of effort and motivation,” she says.Although the authors do not argue that this single measure explains all the variation seen between fields, some researchers believe that the study has not sufficiently considered other possible reasons. Donna Ginther, an economist at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, suggests that the extent to which a field is math-intensive — a topic she has explored — is one such factor. On the other hand, some researchers note that philosophy is not mathematically intensive, and thus that factor would not be expected to affect career choices.“It’s not perfect,” Valian says of the authors’ study, “but they did an impressive job with the measures that are available. I think it’s a really good first step.”Related content:“Study: Women and minorities less interested in academic research careers” “Is academic science sexist?” “Nearly 40 percent of women leave engineering” “Elite Male Faculty Employ Fewer Women”center_img “The Complexity of Gender Differences in Choosing STEM” “Paradigms and prejudice” “What Is Keeping Women Out of Leadership Jobs in Academic Medicine?”last_img read more

West Bengal Governor attends Kali Puja at Mamata Banerjee’s residence

first_imgAmid the ongoing war of words between the Trinamool Congress government and Raj Bhavan, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar along with his wife visited to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence to attend Kali Puja and spent around two hours there. “I am glad to be here. Met several people. I heard that the songs that are being played here have been written by the chief minister herself. I requested her to give me a CD of her songs,” Mr. Dhankhar said. Dressed in an off-white kurta-pyjama set and a sleeveless jacket, the governor also interacted with senior Ministers and Trinamool leaders who attended the puja. He even hugged state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee. There have been numerous run-ins between the governor and Mr. Chatterjee, also the Trinamool secretary-general, in recent times. Ms. Banerjee’s nephew and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee also exchanged pleasantries with Mr. Dhankhar.The Chief Minister had invited the Governor to her south Kolkata residence on the occasion of Kali puja, after he had expressed his desire to visit her home during Bhatri Dwitiya or Bhai Dooj. Later, Ms. Banerjee wrote to Mr. Dhankhar inviting him to attend the 40-year-old Kali Puja at her residence in Kalighat.Mr. Dhankhar, who took oath as the Governor of West Bengal on July 30, had been at loggerheads with the State government over several issues — ranging from his seating arrangement at the Durga Puja carnival to security upgrade — since he rushed to Jadavpur University on September to “rescue” Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who was being “heckled” by a section of students. A controversy had erupted on October 25 after a Trinamool leader, who was the chief patron of a club in Barasat near Kolkata, stepped down from the post after it invited the Governor to inaugurate the Kali Puja. Sunil Mukherjee, the chairman of Trinamool-run Barasat Municipality, had said he was unhappy with the club’s move as the “Governor had a bias against the State government”.last_img read more

Pogoy, Rice power TNT

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa bounced back from a sorry defeat to repulse Phoenix Petroleum, 110-103, for its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Texters moved a game out of .500 and improved to 3-2 as they redeemed themselves after a humiliating 104-73 defeat to Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Kelly Williams finished with 18 points to complement Rice’s scoring while Ranidel de Ocampo added 14.Pogoy and Jayson Castro also finished in twin digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Roger Pogoy gave TNT a late-game buffer after his inside bank shot put the KaTropa up 107-101 with 1:46 left in the game and import Glen Rice Jr. secured the victory by picking off Brandon Brown’s pass at the 40-second mark.Rice not only willed TNT to victory with his 38-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist line, he also bounced back from his subpar PBA debut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We went to this game with the hope of Glen playing a lot better than he played the last game, and today he did,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.In the second game, San Miguel Beer rallied to a 115-112 victory over GlobalPort. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LATEST STORIES Read Next Duterte hails PH athletes WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programlast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Security on high alert for World Cup final

first_imgThe mother of all battles might have already taken place in Mohali when India beat Pakistan, but authorities at the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and Maharashtra Police are leaving no stones unturned to ensure that the coveted World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka isn’t marred by any security issues. 12,000 security personnel have been assigned to guard against any mishap on Saturday as 33,000 vociferous fans are expected to cheer the Men in Blue in an effort to help them win the biggest prize of One-Day International cricket.Although around 2,000 personnel were assigned to handle security matters at the Wankhede in the group stages, one of the senior officers in Maharashtra Police said that the number had been increased as the law keepers weren’t ready to take any chance.”We don’t expect such a highsecurity environment like the Indo-Pak match on Tuesday, but that doesn’t give us the liberty to take things lightly. We have beefed up security since March 26, with Maharashtra Police joining hands with the Rapid Action Force, Commandos, State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).”Mumbai has always been a soft target for terrorists and we don’t want to keep anything to chance. Just to make sure that there is no lapse, we have had separate briefing for the senior officers and a different briefing for the sub-ordinates,” he told Mail Today.”While the seniors will take position at the major areas including dressing rooms, ICC lounges, hospitality areas etc, the juniors will be posted at the different gates. Frisking is a must and even the VVIPs won’t be spared. At the end of the day it is for their safety, so they shouldn’t complain. Ifanything, they should come in well in advance to avoid missing the match.”advertisementA junior inspector said that while they were following all the orders being given by the seniors, not getting food was proving to be a hindrance. “While we get all top-class facilities on match days, things get really difficult on other days as food brought in from our homes goes bad by lunch time. But then, anything for the country’s sake. We have been instructed to be at the ground from 8 am in the morning till 8 pm in the evening. After that there is a change in shift,” he said.No Black MarketingAn MCA official told Mail Today that no scope has been left for the touts to have a field day with the final less than 48 hours away.”Firstly, we have kept no option for people to come to the stadium and buy tickets – it’s completely an on-line process – secondly, the tickets will have the name of the ticket holder. So, it won’t be possible for black-marketers to buy online tickets and sell them outside.”The SRPF personnel present at the entry gates will check identity proofs before letting ticket-holders enter the ground. Under no circumstance will there be any exception to that rule. We hope for a fair final with only those with legitimate tickets getting entry,” he said.last_img read more

Table Tennis: Manjit Dua is back with a bang among the titles

first_imgManjit DuaBy far the brightest star in an otherwise murky Table Tennis firmament is the recent winner of the Times of India Tournament-Manjit Dua.Soft spoken and painfully modest off court, Dua transforms himself into a compact tornado once he gets behind a table. His attacking game with the accent being,Manjit DuaBy far the brightest star in an otherwise murky Table Tennis firmament is the recent winner of the Times of India Tournament-Manjit Dua.Soft spoken and painfully modest off court, Dua transforms himself into a compact tornado once he gets behind a table. His attacking game with the accent being on spin has earned him an impressive track record in the relatively short time since he made his national debut. Currently ranked No. 2 in the country after Niraj Bajaj, Dua’s present form is bringing him closer to regaining the National title he lost to Bajaj in 1975. After going through an indifferent period last year which reaped him a lean harvest, Dua is once again back among the titles.The current T.T, season has just got off the ground, and already Dua has clinched the major titles so far, including the prestigious Western India Championships and the recently concluded Times of India Tournament, one of the few prize money tournament held in the country. Compactly built ad dedicated to a sport that has unfortunately been kept fairly low down on the priority list, the left-handed Dua has still managed to reach the top of the heap due to his own interests and effort.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Paralympians could have won Olympic Gold, Deepa wins Silver after 31 surgeries and more

first_imgRio Paralympic Gold medallist quicker than Rio Olympic Gold medallist in 1500m raceTop four finishers in the 1500m final at Rio Paralympics bettered the time registered by American Matthew Centrowitz, who won 1500m Gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio last month.Exclusive: Deepa Malik elated after winning Silver at Rio Paralympics The 45-year-old mother of two and the wife of an Army officer, Deepa Malik also thanked her family and friends for keeping faith in her abilities.New champions add to fresh look of US Open At a tournament where trainers had nearly as much court time as weary players, Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka were the last two standing in their respective draws as they each captured their first US Open titles.Cristiano Ronaldo cannot wait for ‘special’ Sporting Lisbon match Cristiano Ronaldo moved from his family home in Madeira to Sporting’s academy at the age of 12 and spent one season in the first team, scoring five times in 30 appearances in all competitions before joining Manchester United in 2003.Big signings to hit profits at Manchester United Manchester United paid a world-beating 89 million pounds last month for French midfielder Paul Pogba and has brought in other big name players including Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.last_img read more

London Mayor Welcomes Foreign Investment in UK’s New …

first_img My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 DP World, February 21, 2014 zoom The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf, welcomed the foreign direct investment by Dubai’s DP World into London Gateway, while visiting the recently opened deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park.During her visit, the Lord Mayor, climbed one of the world’s largest quay cranes to have an elevated view of the massive three square mile site, where work is underway for a Common User Facility and other proposed distribution centres.The Right Honourable Fiona Woolf, said: “The Port of London has a vital role in this country’s great trading history. As the Admiral of the Port of London, I am proud to say that the opening of DP World London Gateway has secured London as an international shipping and trading hub for the 21st century.“This is a fantastic inward investment that will reduce cost for UK businesses and bring many new jobs and benefits to supply chains by bringing goods closer to consumers.”DP World Group CEO, Mohammed Sharaf, said: “We were delighted to have the Lord Mayor of the City of London visit us at DP World London Gateway to see first-hand our investment and the benefits of having a major port and logistics park on London’s door step.”London Gateway CEO, Simon Moore said: “By bringing the port and distribution back to London and closer to consumers we are enabling supply chain savings and the eight million people in London will benefit.”Located in the heart of the UK’s largest consumer market, DP World London Gateway reduces time, CO2 and fuel costs associated with moving goods from distant distribution centres.Several shipping lines have taken advantage of DP World London Gateway during recent bad weather, with the port being less impacted by weather due to its sheltered location. It has taken eight unscheduled calls since Christmas, while other UK ports were face with delays and closures during high winds.DP World London Gateway has a weekly call by the Southern Africa Europe Container service operated by MOL, Maersk, Safmarine and DAL.Starting in May, Hamburg-Sud and Hapag-Lloyd will operate the South America East Coast service, a South America West Coast, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand service and a North America West Coast, India, Pakistan and Middle East services from the port.last_img read more

Scottish leader warns new UK PM on Brexit

first_imgLondon: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Thursday that Scotland needed an “alternative option” to the Brexit strategy of new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as she planned another independence push. Sturgeon, who leads the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP), wrote to Johnson to say the devolved Scottish Parliament would consider legislation in the coming months for another vote on seceding from the United Kingdom. Britain as a whole voted by 52 percent to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum. Within Scotland, 62 percent voted in favour of the UK remaining in the EU. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThree years on, Johnson insists that Britain should leave the EU on the October 31 deadline, preferably with a divorce deal but without one if Brussels will not renegotiate the agreement rejected by British MPs. Sturgeon sent Johnson Scottish government research on the potential negative impacts of Brexit on Scotland. The nationalist leader told him it was “imperative that you change course immediately to avoid causing lasting harm to the people of Scotland.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsGiven Johnson’s position, “it is now — more than ever — essential that in Scotland we have an alternative option.” The left-wing SNP’s mission is Scottish independence — a proposition rejected by 55 percent of voters in Scotland in a 2014 referendum. Sturgeon has already indicated she is targeting another referendum in the second half of 2020. The first minister said her administration in Edinburgh “will continue to make preparations to give people in Scotland the choice of becoming an independent country. “The parliament will consider the necessary framework legislation for a referendum after the summer recess.” Another Scottish independence referendum could only be legally held with the permission of the British government. However, Johnson is opposed to allowing a re-run of the 2014 vote. Ian Blackford, the SNP’s leader in the British parliament, called Johnson the “last prime minister of the United Kingdom” in his first exchanges in the House of Commons with the new premier. “Scotland did not vote for Brexit, we did not vote for no deal and we most certainly did not vote for this prime minister,” he said. Blackford said Johnson was “deluded” because a new deal from Brussels was “the stuff of fantasy”. Johnson said Blackford was “completely wrong in his analysis, in his defeatism and his pessimism”.last_img read more

How industry outsider Carolle Brabant changed Telefilm from the inside out

first_imgCarolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada since 2010, poses for a photograph at the Telefilm offices in Montreal on Feb. 23, 2018. Brabant will be leaving the position in March. “Carolle’s one of the best executive directors Telefilm has ever had,” veteran producer Robert Lantos (The Sweet Hereafter, Eastern Promises) said. Twitter Advertisement If you find yourself with an afternoon to kill at the tail end of this year’s Canadian Screen Week – and possess a high tolerance for exposure to regional box-office statistics – take some time to read Telefilm Canada’s annual reports from the past two decades. Along with all the facts and figures expected in the filings of a federal agency, there’s a curious repetition in the statements from its board chairs and executive directors: “It was an ambitious yet challenging year.” “We continued to struggle.” “Clearly we have many challenges to face.” “This was a year of many accomplishments …” – great! – “but we still face substantial challenges.”Running the 51-year-old institution charged with supporting Canada’s feature-film industry has never been an easy job – and it’s only gotten harder since Carolle Brabant took over as executive director in 2010. Traditional business models have gone sideways. Theatrical exposure for Canadian films has imploded, thanks to threats both foreign (Hollywood’s big-footing blockbusters) and domestic (disruptive digital technology). Ottawa seems to be more interested in playing with Netflix than investing in its own Crown corporation, with its funding of Telefilm largely static.Yet, as Brabant prepares to step down this month at the conclusion of her eight-year tenure, she seems to have met the challenges her predecessors warned of with something resembling success – if such a thing can be had in the easily disagreeable world of Canadian film. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Indian eves beat Malaysia 30 in series opener

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Striker Vandana Katariya scored a brace to help Indian women’s hockey team beat hosts Malaysia 3-0 in the opening game of the five-match series here on Thursday. Vandana struck in the 17th and 60th minutes before Lalremsiami (38th) scored in the third quarter to hand India the easy win. It was Malaysia who got a head start with a penalty corner in the third minute of the match, but it was well-saved by an experienced Savita guarding the Indian goalpost. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIndia shook off the initial nerves and young Lalremsiami took a brave shot on goal in the fifth minute but her effort was saved. Two minutes later, Navneet Kaur attempted a shot on goal but was denied by an alert Malaysian goalkeeper. Soon India got a penalty corner but the resultant try went wide. After a goalless first quarter, India broke the deadlock in the 17th minute when Vandana scored a fine field goal. With a one goal cushion, India maintained a good structure and controlled the proceedings in the third quarter too. The Indians kept the Malaysian attack in check and under pressure the hosts conceded three penalty corners but all the chances went in vain. India doubled their lead in the 38th minute through another field strike by young striker Lalremsiami. The 2-0 lead put India in a comfortable position in the fourth quarter and the visitors increased their lead just seconds from the final hooter through Vandana. The second match of the series will be played on Saturday.last_img read more

Unifor workers in Whitby walk off job in campaign to save GM

The Canadian Press WHITBY, Ont. — Unifor says workers at an autoparts supplier in Whitby, Ont. have walked off the job in solidarity with the union’s campaign to save the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.The union says employees at the Lear Corp. operation, which supplies seats to the GM Oshawa plant, started demonstrating early Friday morning.It says the 350 workers at the Lear plant face probable job losses if GM goes ahead with its planned closure of the Oshawa plant by the end of the year.Unifor president Jerry Dias says the workers and the union are demanding government action to help protect jobs.The closure of the Oshawa plant will mean the loss of about 2,600 unionized jobs. The union says thousands of spin-off jobs are at risk because of the closure.Unifor has been campaigning to save the plant, including with walk-offs and a call to boycott GM vehicles from Mexico, since the company announced its plans last November. read more

As Ukraine fighting continues UN warns of worsening humanitarian crisis

Addressing a press briefing held earlier this morning in Geneva, Jens Laerke, of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters that almost 1.4 million people were internally displaced while another 3 million remained in non-government controlled areas. Both groups, he said were prioritized for humanitarian aid. Despite the ongoing fighting, Mr Laerke also noted that humanitarian partners in Ukraine had already provided aid for more than 450,000 people this year, including food, emergency shelter, non-food items, medical consultations, nutrition and psychosocial support to children as well as emergency cash grants. At the same time, he said, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had recently announced plans to scale up emergency food assistance efforts in order to reach 500,000 conflict-affected people until the end of the year. This would require, however, the ability to traverse crossing points into non-government controlled areas, the OCHA spokesperson added. Mr. Laerke further warned that funding of UN aid operations remained a concern with only 35 per cent of the total 316 million dollars requested having been received. The severity of the funding shortfall’s impact is slated to grow as Ukraine’s short summer turns into winter, exacerbating the needs of the country’s most vulnerable people. In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full-scale conflict in the east. Nevertheless, despite a September 2014 cease-fire agreed in Minsk, the fighting has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. read more

Monster Pitch finalist Athletes Pursuing Excellence

This is the fourth in a series of four stories featuring the finalists of Monster Pitch, the annual student business competition hosted by the Goodman School of Business student club Brock Innovation Group. This year’s competition will be held in the Goodman atrium on Friday, March 1.Athletes Pursuing Excellence has a simple goal: to help athletes reach their full potential.The team, made up of Kinesiology students Matt Kowald and Chance Mutuku and Business student Max Budgey, created The Athlete’s Journal as a tool to help athletes work on their mental focus. The team will highlight their business idea at Friday’s Monster Pitch competition.“Often, the mental aspect of sport performance is neglected, with time usually spent on the physical and technical aspects,” Kowald said.“We believe that reflection is a foundational element of success across all disciplines, especially in athletics. While techniques and training habits vary, the core act of reflection is relevant across all sports.”The journal includes items that have been proven to be successful, such as daily gratitude practice, affirmations, visualization reminders and mindfulness meditation practice reminders.The team members are all wrestlers who train at Brock. Kowald first pitched the idea to Budgey and Mutuku in November 2017. By April 2018, the team had their first beta version ready for trial. The final journal is a result of more than 80 elite level athletes, Olympians and coaches using it and providing feedback that has made the final product more effective.“The thing about the journal is that it won’t work unless you do,” Budgey said. “So, we expect the athletes that purchase it are passionate about what they do and reaching their full potential.”To ensure customers make the most out of the journal, the team is creating a digital success path that will create a community among users and help establish triggers to make journaling a habit.“We think the idea of mental training is where the idea of lifting weights was 20 to 30 years ago; it’s a burgeoning frontier to be explored in athletics and we want to be at the front of that wave,” Budgey said.While the journal was under development, the team worked out of Goodman Group Venture Development (formerly BioLinc) daily, using staff and other entrepreneurs as sounding boards.Athletes Pursuing Excellence has already sold 50 copies of the journal and are working with athletic organizations and coaches to get the product into the hands of more customers. The books are made in Canada on recycled paper and will last an athlete roughly three months.The company has also established a Grants for Growth fund, committing 10 per cent of all profits to support other athletes.“We’ve had a lot of support from our community and we want to give back,” Kowald said. “There’s a bigger voice and bigger purpose behind the company. It’s about helping others.”The sold-out Monster Pitch event is hosted by Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and Goodman Group Venture Development and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.This year’s judging panel includes: Bruce Croxon, co-host BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round 13; Allie Hughes, CEO and Founder of marketing agency H&C Inc.; Deborah Rosati, Corporate Director and Founder and CEO, Women Get On Board; and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners. read more

The Cardinals And Diamondbacks Are Now On Very Different Paths

The Cardinals And Diamondbacks Are Now On Very Different Paths

Before Wednesday’s trade headlined by Paul Goldschmidt, the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals were relatively even on paper. But today, the two clubs inhabit completely different neighborhoods.Arizona and St. Louis ended last year separated by 25 points in Elo rating, and the teams entered Wednesday just two games apart in FanGraphs’ projected standings for 2019. With the trade of the six-time All-Star, the clubs have seemingly chosen different paths. The Diamondbacks appear ready to join the Seattle Mariners as teams that contended in 2018, fell short and have elected to become less competitive to restore their depleted talent bases. The Cardinals add a star talent with the hope that they can close the gap in the National League Central and return the club to the postseason after a three-year absence.The Diamondbacks are in a division with the powerful Los Angeles Dodgers, who are loaded with cash and talent and are heavy favorites in the NL West. Arizona already lost one key free-agent pitcher in Patrick Corbin, who agreed Tuesday to a deal with the Washington Nationals, and free-agent center fielder A.J. Pollock also figures to land elsewhere. The club has also expressed interest in trading ace Zack Greinke, whose contract accounted for 25.8 percent of the club’s opening day payroll this past season — the second-highest share in the majors. It’s a reminder that such contracts can hamstring teams’ abilities to build complete, competitive rosters.Conversely, the Cardinals do not have a clear super team in their way in the NL Central. The Cubs might have limited ability to improve this offseason, but the FanGraphs’ forecast has the Brewers regressing in 2019. The Cardinals entered Wednesday projected for four fewer wins than the Cubs, three more wins than the Pirates and six more wins than the Brewers. After the trade, the FanGraphs projection had the Cardinals picking up three wins to be just one game behind the Cubs and nine games better than the Brewers. (The Diamondbacks fell from 82 to 80 wins.) The Cardinals have been stuck in the standings purgatory — winning 88, 83 and 86 games the past three years — where no club wants to reside, but they could break that streak this year.The Diamondbacks went for it last year on the heels of a 93-win season and in the final year of control over Corbin and Pollock. St. Louis is now in a similar situation, as contributors like Marcell Ozuna, Miles Mikolas and Michael Wacha are free agents after 2019. Goldschmidt is under control for just one season before entering free agency. For the Cardinals, this is a win-now move.And what St. Louis received in the deal is not only one of the game’s best hitters but also one of its most consistent.In wins above replacement,1Using FanGraphs’ metric. Goldschmidt finished the past three seasons at 5.1, 5.2 and 5.0. He’s been worth at least 4.3 WAR every season since his first full year in 2012, when he finished at 2.8. Goldschmidt’s career slash line is .297/.398/.532. His slash line this past season? .290/.389/.533. He’s played in at least 155 games in five of the past six years.Goldschmidt, 31, is still near his physical prime and offers consistent star power for a club sorely lacking it. St. Louis thought it was landing a star in Ozuna last winter, but he had a mildly disappointing season. Since 2016, the only Cardinals to deliver seasons of 4 WAR or better were Matt Carpenter (5.0) and Mikolas (4.3) this past season and Tommy Pham, who was traded to Tampa Bay last season, in 2017 (6.1). Goldschmidt’s 4.3 projected WAR is a big upgrade over the Cardinals’ weakest projected starting infielder, Jedd Gyorko (1.7 WAR) — who could be supplanted in the lineup by Carpenter moving from first to third. And Goldschmidt may not even be the Cards’ final step: Ownership hasn’t ruled out a pursuit of Bryce Harper.While there is not a young star in the trade package, Goldschmidt didn’t come cheap. Some executives liked the return for Arizona, which included young major leaguers in pitcher Luke Weaver and catcher Carson Kelly, infield prospect Andy Young and the Cardinals’ Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 draft. The deal gives the Diamondbacks youth and a number of controllable years.The Diamondbacks had the fifth-oldest groups of batters (at an average of 29.2 years old)2Weighted by games played. and pitchers (29.6) last year. According to FanGraphs, Arizona entered the offseason with the game’s 26th-ranked farm system. Teams prize young, cheap, controllable talent — and now more than ever before, they are willing to endure deep, painful rebuilds to accumulate high draft picks and signing bonus pool space. The Astros and Cubs created a model to get to super-team status that other teams are following. Those clubs took rebuilding to extreme degrees, stringing together multiple 95-plus-loss seasons, but those paths resulted in World Series titles.The Diamondbacks consider themselves to be retooling rather than entering a deep rebuild, though that might be an optimistic assessment: Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb, outfielder David Peralta and starting pitchers Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker are all eligible to become free agents within the next two to three years.Kelly and Weaver immediately fill needs on the major league roster. They are not prospects that are years away from the majors, though they also lack star-level upside.3The Diamondbacks were in the market for a catcher after free agent Jeff Mathis signed with the Texas Rangers. “There are decisions that you want to do and there are decisions you feel like you have to do,” Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said of Wednesday’s trade.More than ever, teams seem comfortable entering retooling periods, but not every rebuild is a successful project. For the Cardinals, perhaps they’ll have to consider such a path down the road. As for 2019, they’re going for it. read more

PASTOR HAS A KEY PICK Szeged beat FC Barcelona Lassa

3.Nantes8512231:22211 1.Vardar8710219:18815 2.Rhein-Neckar8431240:21711 8.PPD Zagreb8026196:2322 5.Szeged8413241:2289 4.Barcelona8422240:22110 6.Kristianstad8125204:2394 EHF Champions LeagueFC Barcelona Lassajuan carlos pastorPick Szeged 7.Wisla Plock8026213:2372 Over 3.200 fans in Szeged witnessed outstanding night of their heroes in victory over FC Barcelona Lassa 31:28 (16:13). Juan Carlos Pastor obviously scouted tactics of the Spanish champions in the best possible way. Szeged’s right back Zsolt Balogh had an amazing performance with nine goals.MOL-PICK Szeged – FC Barcelona Lassa 31-28 (16-13)MOL-PICK Szeged: Sego – Sostaric 1, Balogh 9, Skube 1, Bánhidi 2, Gorbok 3, Källman 1, Sierra, Gaber, T. Petrus 2, Sigurmannsson 6/6, Bodó 4, Blazevic, Zsitnyikov 2, Buntic, Fekete B. Barcelona: P. de Vargas – Tomás 2, Mem 6, Sorhaindo, Morros 1, N’guessan 7, V. Rivera 3/1,  Ristovski,  1, R. Entrerríos 3, Pálmarsson 3, Syprzak 1, Lenne, Arino 1, Jallouz.RK Vardar Skopje are now secure at the first position after win over Rhein Neckar Lowen.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story VIDEO: Crazy finish in Nantes and Celje! Next Story → CRISIS IN PLOCK: IFK Kristianstad take a point home! read more

iPhone 5 rumors leaked parts give view into new phone

first_imgApple is renowned for its secrecy around the development and launch of new products, and always refuses to talk about what’s coming next. We don’t even know schedules for releases, we’re forced to rely on guesses based on what the company has done in the past, then waiting for the usual event invitations to go out.But for the iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple calls the “new iPhone”) it seems Cupertino has failed at keeping the smartphone under wraps as we’ve now seen, or heard, about most of the major components included in the handset. It’s so bad in fact, that come launch day we could all be sitting there listening to Tim Cook tell us about a phone we already know quite intimately.Below is a rundown of what we have heard about the phone. None of this is confirmed, but it does paint a very detailed picture of what most people expect the handset to be.A 4-inch 16:9 displayThe display on the iPhone 5 has been a major talking point because it causes Apple a bit of a dilemma. Android handsets have been shipping with much larger displays than the iPhone 4S’s 3.5-inch part, and consumers like the extra screen real estate. So how does Apple fit a larger display into the iPhone 5 without changing the iconic look of the handset too significantly?The solution seems to be a 4-inch display, give or take a little, that has a 16:9 aspect ratio. We’ve even seen the supposed glass front of the phone.Using such a screen means Apple only has to make the phone slightly longer in order to make it fit. A 16:9 aspect ratio also means iOS 6 can have an extra row of icons and movie playback will occur without screen borders. The final resolution is expected to be 640 x 1136.Fully-assembled caseTo back up the claims that a larger, 16:9 display is going to be used, images of a fully assembled case appeared not long after the displays started appearing. Sure enough, it looks very similar to the iPhone 4S but is noticeably longer, yet slightly thinner. That ties in with the claims that the iPhone 5 will only be 7.9mm thick, as opposed to the 9.3mm of the iPhone 4S.Mini docking portCase leaks have also revealed another major change to the phone design: the dock connector. It has been redesigned to be smaller, which is sure to upset a lot of peripheral manufacturers and in the process get Apple lots of dock converter peripheral sales. What it does mean though, is Apple has more space to play with both on the case and inside the phone.There have been contradictory reports about whether Apple’s standard 30-pin connector will shift over to a 19-, 16, or even an 8-pin design, but the rumor mill is quite sure that a change is in the works.A smaller SIM card?A smaller dock connector isn’t the only way Apple is thought to be saving space inside the case. A new nano-SIM design was put forward by Apple and accepted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) months ago. It is 40% smaller than the current SIM cards we currently use in our phones, which means a major space saving inside a handset.With iPhone 5 case images suggesting the SIM card slot is smaller, it looks as though Apple is adopting the nano-SIM design for its next smartphone.A quad-core SoCThe iPhone 4S relies on a dual-core A5 system-on-a-chip, but with the apps and game engines targeting iOS becoming ever more detailed, that won’t cut it for the next generation iPhone. Whatever chip is selected also has to power that larger display and higher resolution Apple has selected to keep using the “Retina” tag.With that in mind it is expected that Apple will select, regardless of its legal fight, a Samsung Exynos quad-core processor to be at the heart of the iPhone 5. The Exynos 4 quad-core (4412) runs at 1.4GHz and uses the Mali-400 quad-core GPU, but Apple will probably ship with a tweaked chip to suit the iPhone.A 1440 mAh batteryA larger display, possible LTE radio, and a quad-core processor are going to burn through your battery life quicker than ever. And it looks as though Apple couldn’t keep the iPhone 5 battery under wraps either.Apparently the new battery will only be 10 mAh higher than the iPhone 4S at 1440 mAh. That’s surprising if it has to cope with a power-hungry chip and bigger display, but then Apple may have given up some battery life to keep the phone smaller, or iOS 6 and the Exynos chip have been optimized to the point where a larger battery isn’t required.If the predicted LTE capability is included with the iPhone 5, this could end up being a negative for the handset, and a smartphone that doesn’t last the whole day.Launching September 21So we know what the phone will look like and most of the components we’ll find inside, but what about when it will launch?Several sites have reported that September 12 is the day it will be announced and September 21 the actual launch date. The iPhone 4S launched on October 14, but that is no indicator of timeframe as the iPhones before that all launched in a June-July time slot.Is this really the new iPhone?Regardless of when the launch is, we could still find out yet more about the iPhone 5 in the run up to its release. Only yesterday images of the motherboard appeared on the web. All we need now is a shot of the packaging and someone booting up iOS 6 using the new phone on video, and the majority of the handset will have been shown off a month before launch.Of course, Apple may be snickering at all this attention knowing full well the iPhone 5 looks nothing like the images that are leaking. It could have a revolutionary design to wow us with come September, but is anyone really convinced that’s going to happen?last_img read more

Smuggled cigarettes take up 15 pct of market

first_imgThe sale of contraband cigarettes in Greece has grown considerably, estimated at some 3.5 billion euros per year for 2010 and 2011, an amount which corresponds to about 15 percent of the legal market, according to Spyros Flengas, the head of the Association of Hellenic Tobacco Industries.In a bid to combat the phenomenon that deprives the state of millions of euros in tax revenues and tobacco firms of a significant amount of income, the Papastratos tobacco company has offered to deliver special seminars for police officers that investigate cigarette smuggling, as well as provide special equipment that can detect illegal cargoes, as part of an agreement with the Public Order Ministry.Flengas says that the World Health Organization’s protocol aimed at the ellimination of the illicit trade in tobacco products, to be completed by the end of 2012, provides for the industry to establish a global tracking and tracing system for its products within three years from the signing of the protocol. The marking of the products will have to reveal the authenticity of the tobacco product, its production date, the machine that has produced it and the identity of its first recipient.Prior to the onset of the financial crisis in Greece the contraband cigarette market accounted for just 3 percent of sales, given that legally sold products were relatively cheap. However economic developments have led to consumers turning increasingly to illegal products while the legal market declines at an alarming pace.The domestic tobacco industry estimates that the legal market has shrunk in the two years from January 2010 to December 2011 by a total of 25 percent, while the first couple of months of 2012 saw an additional drop of about 10 percent, despite a significant decline in the price of expensive legal products, averaging about 12.5 percent, that applied for the first time in December 2011. State revenues from cigarette taxation amounted to 3.6 billion euros in 2011.Tobacco industry officials are telling Kathimerini that cigarette smuggling has spun out of control and is threatening the very viability of tobacco companies.Yet consumers’ swing in favor of low-cost tobacco products is not only down to the economic crisis, but also due to high taxation. This has led to huge price hikes that have seen expensive brands of cigarette soar from 3.20 euros per pack to 4 euros within just 12 months. Some 84 percent of that price concerns the special consumption tax and value-added tax, a rate that is considered one of the highest in the European Union, where the average tax rate is at 75 percent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more