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  • Why You Are Not Producing the Results You Want Now

    first_imgThe results you are producing now are feedback. Your results are evidence as to how well you are being served by your beliefs and your actions. Your beliefs and your actions up until this point have produced the exact results that you are experiencing right now.If you are not producing the results you want right now, then you have to take note of the feedback you are receiving, change your beliefs, and change your behaviors.Feedback LoopsNo matter what the area of your life, you are receiving feedback right now.If your relationships are not what you want them to be, there is feedback available to you. Unhealthy beliefs would have you believe the reasons your relationships aren’t what you wish is “their fault.” You might also be able to confess the other party’s sins, keeping careful score of all the ways you’ve been wronged. You can keep these beliefs and take the same actions you’ve been taking, but if your results haven’t changed before, why would they now?If you aren’t producing the financial results you want, then your beliefs and actions with money are informing you that changes are necessary. Some people’s beliefs around money are terribly unhealthy. They believe that money is scarce, that there isn’t enough, that someone would have to give them more for them to be better off financially. These beliefs and the accompanying behaviors literarily repel money away from them. Poor results provide feedback.This is thesalesblog.com, isn’t it? We are compelled then to speak about your sales results, are we not? Poor sales numbers are simply feedback. When you don’t put up numbers, there is something amiss. Your beliefs about sales and selling are not serving you. Since your actions precisely follow your beliefs, your actions—or lack thereof—are responsible for bad numbers.Change One, Change the OtherA lot of people will tell you they believe things that are in complete opposition to what you see them do.They will tell you that they believe prospecting is necessary to generate new opportunities. But they don’t prospect.They’ll tell you that they want to make more money, and then they’ll hit the snooze button 3 times and find ways to avoid responsibility to greater outcomes.Here’s the thing: to believe something and not act on it is the same as not believing it. To know the right thing to do and not to do it is the same as not knowing it. The result is the same for you as it is the person who doesn’t know any better.If you change your beliefs, you change your actions. That may help you produce the results you want. But if it doesn’t, it’s simply feedback that you need to change again and then try something else.last_img read more

  • Parking lot a must to protect Taj: U.P. to SC

    first_imgDust-free adequate parking facilities and an orientation centre are the immediate priorities for conserving the Taj Mahal, the Uttar Pradesh government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.NEERI paperThe State government, which fell afoul of the Supreme Court for building a multi-level parking lot within 1 km of the Taj, quoted a NEERI concept paper submitted on November 7 suggesting adequate parking facilities and an orientation centre at both the sides (East and West) of Taj Mahal as “immediate priority” for the environmental protection of the monument.“The State government is considering a separate micro level plan only limited to due protection and preservation of the monument of Taj Mahal. The State government is actively considering engaging expert / professional institutions in the field of environment protection and preservation like Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, or School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and/or other such similar reputed institution,” an affidavit filed by the Tourism department of the State government said.Demolition orderedOn October 24, a Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta had ordered the demolition of the multilevel parking at a site which is at a distance of 1000 m. from the Taj Mahal.Justifying the project, the State government termed it a “necessary sustainable developmental activity” undertaken to avoid vehicular movement in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal even beyond the prohibitory limit of 500 m. “This facility will ensure eco-gestation of vehicle due to increasing number of tourists visiting the Taj Mahal,” it reasoned.Clearance givenIt said the necessary permission/clearance of the Taj Trapezium Zone Authority and the Agra Development Authority had been obtained for the project. The Archaeological Survey of India had also not objected. For the 11 trees which would be felled, the government said it would plant 330 trees.The construction work on parking was started on June 18, 2016 after getting permission of the Taj Trapezium Zone Authority and the Agra Development Authority. The construction was stopped on May 20, 2017, it said.last_img read more

  • Australia end Day 2 at 237/6

    first_imgnull Ashwin spins India to 75-run win in second Test, series level × cricket COMMENT Lyon roars for Australia as India skittled out for 189 Australia were 237 for 6 in their first innings at close of play on the second day of the second cricket Test against India here today.Earlier, India grabbed three quick wickets in the second session with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja claiming two of them as they reduced Australia to 163 for 5 at tea in second cricket Test here today.After taking two Australian wickets for just 47 runs in the morning, the Indians took three wickets, including that of a determined opener Matt Renshaw (60), late in the post-lunch session to come back into the match.Jadeja, who had picked up a wicket in the morning session, bagged two more, including that of Renshaw, in nine overs while conceding 19 runs.At the end of the second session, Jadeja’s figures were three wickets for 32 runs in 13 overs, a bowling performance which helped India to bounce back into the game.The other wicket taker was Ishant Sharma who dismissed Mitchell Marsh for a duck at the stroke of tea.Australia could muster 76 runs while losing three wickets in 35 overs in the session. Shaun Marsh was batting on 38 from 127 balls at the break.The Indians toiled hard for more than 20 overs in the second session without any success with young opener Matt Renshaw and Shaun Marsh showing tremendous application on a turning track for a 50-plus partnership.The Australian duo’s doggedness looked like taking away the momentum from the fired-up Indians who showed a lot of intent today and the visitors were inching towards the home side first innings total of 189.Renshaw, who stitched 52 runs for the third wicket with Shaun Marsh, departed in the 67th over and that changed the scenario as Australia lost three wickets in 13.3 overs for the addition of just 29 runs.Peter Handscomb (16) and Mitchell Marsh (0) were out in the space of 3.2 overs. Renshaw’s 60 came from 196 balls and he hit five fours and a six.Australia now trail by 26 runs with five first innings wickets in hand on a difficult Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch where run-making has been extremely hard.Renshaw, who dropped anchor to build a solid innings, took his time to score runs. He reached to his third half century when he clipped Ravichandran Ashwin through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.Renshaw’s fifty came in 240 minutes of 183 balls with five boundaries to his name. His fifth boundary came after facing 71 balls.Jadeja had the last laugh as he forced Renshaw, who had belted the same bowler over his head for a magnificent six, to come outside the crease to play the ball. The batsman missed it completely and Wriddhiman Saha dismantled the bails before the opener could get in.Jadeja then removed Peter Handscomb, after the batsman scored 16 runs of 30 balls with two boundaries. He came down the track and tried to flick it but failed to get contact as the ball went straight towards Ashwin at mid-wicket. Kohli dismissed for 15, India 122/4 at tea SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on March 05, 2017center_img SHARE Matt Renshaw plays a shot on the second day of the second Test match between India and Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. — Bhagya Prakash K India RELATED Australia Bengaluru to offer ‘sporting’ pitch for 2nd Test against Australia BCCI backs Kohli, wants ICC to step in Matt Renshaw plays a shot on the second day of the second Test match between India and Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. — Bhagya Prakash K COMMENTSlast_img read more

  • Its high time there is rethink on sports quota:HC

    first_imgHyderabad, Aug 18 (PTI) The Hyderabad High Court has observed that it is high time there is a rethink on sports quota as they have no constitutional basis and said sports and professional education take a beating as a result of this reservation.The bench of Justices V Ramasubramanian and Anis, in its order on August 8, also noted that in an earlier case, the high court had clearly spelt out that reservations for persons excelling in sports, NCC, are not based upon any constitutional guarantee and such reservations, in reality, appear to be inventions made for the purpose of diluting the constitutionally guarantees granted to BCs, SCs and STs.The bench said this while dismissing a writ petition filed by a student, who was refused allotment of a medical seat under sports category by Andhra Pradesh government and NTR University of Health Sciences.The petitioner, who appeared for Andhra Pradesh EAMCET-2016, had sought to declare the action of the respondents in not considering the persons who excel in games such as tennikoit, power lifting, netball, throwball, sepak takraw and boxing etc, as illegal and arbitrary and for consequential directions.”It is sad to note that except video games, all other games that one could conceive of, have been brought within the sports quota, to enable persons, who cannot excel in academic studies, to gain admission to under-graduate medical courses through the back door,” the bench said.”The result is that the field of sports as well as field of professional education take a beating. Ultimately, persons who gain admission to medical courses, lose their flavour for sports if they really had some,” it observed.advertisementThe persons who have interest in academics are kept out by less meritorious, due to such quotas not borne out of the constitutional scheme, it said.Therefore, it is high time that there is rethinking on such quotas, which have no constitutional basis, the bench said, adding the reservation for such quotas neither helps the students to become great sports persons in life nor to become great professionals in other fields.PTI GDK/VVK GK GSN GSNlast_img read more

  • Euro 2020 Qualifying Resumes With France, Spain In Action

    first_imgBERLIN — World Cup winner France can take a major step toward booking a spot at the 2020 European Championship when it takes on Turkey this weekend in the last round of qualifiers before the summer break.France and Turkey both have six points from two games in Group H, making their meeting in Konya on Saturday one of the highlights of the matches that will be played between Friday and Tuesday.Spain, Italy and Germany are also all in action, while the Netherlands, Portugal, England and Switzerland are busy playing in UEFA’s inaugural Nations League final four.Here is a closer look at the 10 groups ahead of the third and fourth rounds of qualifying for the 24-team tournament next year.GROUP AEngland has taken command of Group A with big wins over the Czech Republic (5-0) and Montenegro (5-1), but its participation in the Nations League finals will give other teams a chance to catch up.One final session at @StGeorgesPark for the #ThreeLions before departing for Portugal ? pic.twitter.com/FaefuhZNzF— England (@England) June 5, 2019The Czechs hope to rebound with a couple of home wins over Bulgaria on Friday and Montenegro on Monday. But the team is missing two key playmakers, Vladimir Darida and Borek Dockal, due to injuries.Bulgaria’s 1994 World Cup star Krasimir Balakov makes his qualifying debut as coach with a home game against Kosovo on Monday. Kosovo also visits Montenegro on Friday.Aiming to reach a first tournament since Euro 2004, Bulgaria, which drew its first two qualifying games in March, is second in the group with two points.— By Karel Janicek.GROUP BWith Portugal busy at the Nations League finals, Ukraine and Serbia aim to build big leads in Group B. They meet Friday with Ukraine top of the group on four points – Portugal has two after a slow start – and Serbia unbeaten in its eight games since the World Cup. New Real Madrid signing Luka Jovic could start for Serbia.Ukraine dodged a potentially hefty penalty last month when UEFA rejected Portugal and Luxembourg’s claims that Brazil-born forward Junior Moraes was ineligible to represent Ukraine in two games in March. Fractured ribs have ruled Moraes out of this week’s fixtures, his club Shakhtar Donetsk says.Lithuania hosts Luxemburg on Friday. On Monday, Ukraine plays Luxembourg and Serbia meets Lithuania.— By James Ellingworth.GROUP CGermany is still trying to come to terms with its shambolic World Cup defense in Russia last year. Coach Joachim Löw took the drastic decision to axe experienced Bayern Munich trio Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng in March, when he hoped for a reaction against the Netherlands in the side’s opening game in Group C. It responded with a somewhat fortunate 3-2 win in Amsterdam, thanks to an injury-time winner from Nico Schulz.With the Netherlands busy in Portugal, Löw’s side can further boost its confidence with wins in Belarus on Saturday and at home to Estonia on Tuesday.Löw will be absent, however — the Germany coach suffered an injury while training and assistant coach Markus Sorg will instruct the side in his place.Group-leader Northern Ireland (two wins from two games) visits Estonia and then Belarus.— By Ciarán Fahey.GROUP DDenmark plays two home qualifiers in the coming days, with star playmaker Christian Eriksen looking to get over the disappointment of losing the Champions League final with Tottenham against Liverpool.Ahead of games against Ireland and Georgia, Eriksen has said in an interview that he “might want to try something new” in his club career.“I hope there will be a clarification during the summer,” Eriksen told Danish magazine Ekstra Bladet. Before then, he’ll look to help the Danes get their first wins of Euro qualifying.Ireland also plays twice, its second game at home to Gibraltar.— By Steve Douglas.GROUP EReal Madrid’s loss might be Wales’ gain when it comes to Gareth Bale.The forward was barely used by Real Madrid in latter stages of the La Liga season — he didn’t even come off the bench for the final game — and his future has been the subject of much scrutiny.It will mean Bale is fresh and maybe keen to put himself in the shop window for potential suitors, when the Welsh play qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary.Wales coach Ryan Giggs saw Bale in a recent training camp in Portugal and said: “(He) struck me as a professional who still loves football.”Wales won its first Euro 2020 qualifier, 1-0 against Slovakia, and is one of four teams on three points. The others — Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia — have all played two games.Hungary plays Azerbaijan on Saturday before hosting Wales on Tuesday, when Slovakia is away to Azerbaijan.— By Steve DouglasGROUP FGroup leader Spain resumes qualifying campaign without Luis Enrique, who also missed the first two qualifiers for personal reasons. The coach again won’t be available when “La Roja” faces the Faeroe Islands away on Friday before hosting Sweden on Monday.Luis Enrique remains active, though, receiving video feeds of the team’s practice sessions at his home in Barcelona. He continues to do most of the planning for the training sessions, although the work has been delegated to assistant coach Robert Moreno and other members of his staff.?? ¡VAYA MANO, PORTERO! ? @D_DeGea #UnidosPorUnRETO pic.twitter.com/oolROk1R0G— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) June 5, 2019The Spanish soccer federation says it is fully supporting Luis Enrique and has not considered a change in command despite his long absence. It also said there’s no timetable for the coach’s return. Local media reports suggest his absence is down to a family member.Also Friday, Sweden hosts Malta and Norway plays Romania. The Faeroe Islands hosts Norway and Malta welcomes Romania on Monday.GROUP GPoland is the early leader in Group G as it aims to reach a fourth consecutive European Championship, but few would have expected its closest rival to be Israel, which has never qualified but beat Austria 4-2 in March. Poland plays third-place North Macedonia on Friday before hosting Israel in Warsaw three days later.With two defeats from two games, Austria tries to turn around a floundering campaign against Slovenia on Friday and North Macedonia on Monday.Latvia hosts Israel on Friday before Slovenia on Monday.— By James Ellingworth.GROUP HFrance coach Didier Deschamps hopes to have star striker Kylian Mbappe back to face Turkey on Saturday after the Paris Saint-Germain forward picked up an ankle knock in a recent friendly.Deschamps could also welcome Olivier Giroud back to the starting lineup.Small pitch, small goals ?The orange team were the winner’s in today’s training session!pic.twitter.com/3Hk0sHul92— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) June 4, 2019France has already scored eight goals in two qualifiers and the bad news for Turkey is Giroud’s return after Chelsea’s recent Europa League win. Giroud scored in the final to top the Europa League’s scoring charts and the veteran striker will be in the mood to add to his 35 international goals.Deschamps could start with the attacking trio which won the World Cup final against Croatia, with Antoine Griezmann alongside Mbappe and Giroud. They have all scored one goal each in the first two qualifiers.Griezmann netted his 29th international goal in the friendly against Bolivia.Iceland hosts Albania on Saturday before Turkey on Tuesday.— By Jerome Pugmire.GROUP IBelgium is cruising at the top of Group I after beating Russia 3-1 in March, and is unlikely to face serious trouble against Kazakhstan on Saturday or Scotland on Tuesday. National-team duty has offered Eden Hazard an escape from the speculation about his future after he bid Chelsea fans goodbye following last week’s Europa League final win.Russia is using its home games against San Marino and Cyprus as a chance to visit two of the smaller host cities from last year’s World Cup, Saransk and Nizhny Novgorod. The Russians played an unofficial friendly on Monday against second-tier club Chertanovo, winning 6-0. However, midfielder Yuri Gazinsky hurt his shoulder and has been ruled out of the upcoming games.Playing Cyprus on Saturday offers Scotland a chance to rebuild its confidence after a surprise 3-0 loss to Kazakhstan in March.— By James Ellingworth.GROUP JItaly’s new attack-minded approach is a sign of how far the Azzurri have come under Roberto Mancini since he took charge following the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.Italy tops Group J after opening its Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by beating Finland 2-0 and Liechtenstein 6-0.It faces a tougher test on Saturday at second-place Greece, which is two points behind Italy, but Mancini is set to stick to his style of attacking football.In training this week, Mancini adopted an exciting lineup with Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne flanking Serie A’s top scorer Fabio Quagliarella, just ahead of Federico Bernardeschi.#Nazionale ??? La spettacolare #sforbiciata di #Barella in allenamento ⚽️!#Azzurri #VivoAzzurro #GreciaItalia #ItaliaBosnia @CagliariCalcio pic.twitter.com/9aSpNKaohQ— Nazionale Italiana (@Vivo_Azzurro) June 5, 2019Mancini tested several options for the trident attack in a friendly against the Bologna youth team on Tuesday and Italy won 17-0, with 13 different players getting on the scoresheet.“If we play attacking football that is entertaining and gratifying, then results are possible,” Mancini said. “We are Italy, we can be like France and Spain in opening up a new era. It’s a good moment in our football.”Italy also hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • a month ago​Ex-Sheff Utd owner McCabe questions suitability of new choice

    first_img​Ex-Sheff Utd owner McCabe questions suitability of new choiceby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Sheffield United owner Kevin McCabe has questioned new owner Prince Abdullah’s suitability to run the club, reports BBC Sport.McCabe was forced to sell his 50% stake in the Premier League side because of a high-court ruling, and says he regrets selling 50% to the Saudi in 2013.Lifelong Blades fan McCabe said he had “hesitation and concern” and would consider a court appeal.But Prince Abdullah, who invested £10m, said: “When fans look back in four or five years’ time, they’ll be happy.”McCabe, who has invested more than £100m in the club, told Sky Sports: “I have hesitation and concern over the overall management of the club off the field, and more particularly management on the field.”I question whether [Prince Abdullah] has the suitability to be the right guy to lead as the owner of Sheffield United.”McCabe fell out with Prince Abdullah in 2017 and attempted to buy back the Saudi’s 50% share for £5m.McCabe has previously also questioned why Prince Abdullah had been to only four Sheffield United games in six years.But Prince Abdullah said: “I’ve seen every game in the past three or four years. I don’t like to attend games really. I like to watch games in mute and alone. I will appoint my son-in-law as chairman of club. He will move to Sheffield.”I’ll be there when I need to be.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Two High Speed Ferries Collide in Piraeus, Greece

    first_imgzoom Two high speed ferries collided while sailing out of Piraeus port, Greece on July 30, the Hellenic Coast Guard reports.The two ferries have been identified as Champion Jet-1, which had 297 passengers on board and Athina, which was carrying 60 passengers on board.As informed there were no injuries to the passengers or the crew on board, however; both ships suffered damages.The Port Authority detained the two ships in harbor until an investigation into potential marine pollution was carried out. The ban was lifted shortly after as no leak was detected from either of the ships.Champion Jet-1 was heading for the islands of Sifnos, Milos, Ios and Thira, and the hydrofoil Athina was en route to Agistri and Aigina when they collided.The Coast Guard reported that on the same day a general cargo vessel, flying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, named Wittenbergen, ran aground off the Kithira island, Greece. The 1992-built cargo ship, operated by Arkon Shipping, had eight crew members on board who are all reported to be safe.There was no pollution to the environment, however the Coast Guard said that a small crack in the vessel’s forepeak area was detected resulting in water ingress, which was subsequently put under control. The vessel was en route from Gebze, Turkey to Belfast, Ireland, with a cargo of steel coils when it got grounded.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

  • David Suzuki Explains The EconomyEcology Conflict

    first_imgEnvironmentalist David Suzuki was very pleased when he found out that Jeff Rubin, former CIBC World Markets Chief Economist, had written The End of Growth, a book explaining that an economy cannot continue to grow without end on a finite planet.This meant an end to Suzuki’s lonely stand on the message, which he’s taken a lot of criticism for over the years because he’s an environmentalist, not an economist.Suzuki believes that the fundamental disconnect between modernity’s understanding of survival (that it depends on the economy) and his message that the environment (including the management of ecology and economy) determines the survival of the species is not so hard to comprehend.“For 95 percent of human existence, we were nomadic hunter-gatherers,” he explains. “We had to carry everything we owned on our backs and we had to follow plants and animals through the seasons. When you exist as a nomadic hunter and gatherer, you know very well that we depend on nature for our very survival.”Eventually came farming, and by 1900, most people lived in small, rural villages and were involved in some aspect of farming. Farmers, like nomads before, understand weather, climate and seasons very well, and they understand that humans are dependent on nature. Only 100 years later, however, big cities came to dominate.“In a city,” says Suzuki, “your highest priority becomes your job, because you need a job to earn the money to buy the things you want. The economy, then, becomes the highest priority because [in a city] our dependence on nature isn’t nearly as obvious. Therefore, we say, ‘We can’t afford to do anything about climate change; it’ll destroy the economy.’ We elevate the economy above everything else,” lost to the fact that there can be no economy without life.Suzuki says he’s tired of fighting industry. Fighting necessitates a winner and a loser. Better, he says, would be to ask, “What are the fundamental things that everybody agrees are the most important needs? And then we’ll ask what role all the sectors play in protecting and valuing our needs. We live in a world dictated by physics. There are limits. We need air. How can we continue to use the air as if it’s free and we can dump our most toxic chemicals in it? We are water created by water and yet we use water as a toxic dump. We use the soil that gives us our food to dump our most toxic chemicals as if it’s going to go away. Long before economics or business or governments, those are our most fundamental needs. We have to then build a new society by protecting those things. Can it be done? Absolutely. And we’ve got no choice, we’ve got to get on with it.”On book tour with Jeff Rubin across Canada, you can hear the two speaking about the environment, economy and limits of growth here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

  • American national collapses on ground while playing cricket dies

    first_imgKolkata: An American national collapsed while playing cricket with local boys and was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead on the arrival in Durgapur on Thursday.Timothi Patrick (32) was staying in Durgapur since October last year with his wife Hannah. He worked with a multinational company and came to India for some business. He had to stay in India till 2021. He was staying in a rented flat at the ward number 21 in Durgapur police limits. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs Timothi and Hannah were living in Durgapur for almost a year, they had got familiarised with local residents. They often interacted with them and sometimes Timothi played cricket with them. On Thursday afternoon, when local youths were playing cricket with Timothi, he suddenly collapsed on the ground. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital in Durgapur where he was declared dead on the arrival. The police were immediately informed. Upon getting the information of death of an American national here, Officer-in- Charge of the police station informed his superiors. Timothi’s body has been sent to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital for an autopsy. Meanwhile, the American Consulate was also informed about his death. According to a source, doctors suspect that Timothi suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while playing cricket with the local boys. But the exact cause of death will be ascertained after the autopsy examination. An unnatural death case has been initiated at the Durgapur police station. The police are keeping in touch with the American Consulate in Kolkata in this regard.last_img read more

  • California sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Scientists have installed an underwater sound system they hope will reduce collisions between whales and ships in the Santa Barbara Channel off Southern CaliforniaThe Los Angeles Times reports Friday that a listening station on the channel floor is able to capture whale calls as far as 30 miles (48 kilometres) away. That device is connected by cable to a buoy floating above that transmits data by satellite to scientists on shore.From there, captains can be alerted to slow their ships down.It’s the latest attempt to prevent ships from running into whales in the channel, where cargo vessels in and out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach cross feeding grounds of endangered blue, fin and humpback whales.The system is being tested and will fully launch in early 2020.___Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/The Associated Press read more

  • Contribution of volunteers hailed at UN event

    “[Volunteers] help us carry out our work in sometimes difficult and dangerous conditions,” Mr. Annan said in a message at a UN General Assembly event marking the official close of the International Year of Volunteers. “They fight poverty and marginalization. They bring assistance to those in need and help us protect the global environment.””In these troubled times, volunteers are a shining example of the brave and caring face of our humanity,” Mr. Annan said.For her part, the head of the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme told the audience that through volunteer efforts this past year, numerous national governments, the Council of Europe, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations have passed resolutions and enacted legislation that will support volunteering at national and international levels in the years ahead.”Now is our chance to assess our best volunteer practices and pull together our studies of national volunteerism, our best arguments for better conditions for volunteers, our proposals for pro-volunteer legislation and our strategic vision for a global volunteer network,” Executive Coordinator Sharon Capeling-Alakija said. “This will position us to be effective in encouraging governments and the UN system to take further steps in support of volunteers as time goes on.”Meanwhile, the Acting President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa, called for a renewed commitment to supporting the volunteer movement “because it is people’s desire to help one another which makes for the harmonious and peaceful co-existence which is at the heart of the ideals of the United Nations to which we all aspire.”After the Assembly event, Mr. Annan accepted a gift from Canada of a sculpture designed by Anthony Testa of the Royal Canadian Mint that is dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism. read more

  • UN cultural agency promotes power of youth to preserve cultural heritage

    The future of our remaining heritage will depend largely on the decisions and actions of the present generation of young people who will soon become the leaders and decision-makers of tomorrow,?h the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a note about the week-long international youth forum. About 80 men and women – aged between 18 and 30 – gathered at the official opening of the forum, organized by UNESCO around the theme of “Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Road.” Today?fs event was held at the Yuelu Academy, which is now part of Hunan University but is believed to have been founded in 976. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova was among the speakers who opened the forum, which seeks to raise awareness among youth about the need to preserve heritage and cultural locations, as well as to help to shape a scholarship and training programme aimed at young people. According to UNESCO, each participant is from a country along the Silk Road, which once stretched from China through India to the Middle East and Europe. In addition to carrying merchandise and commodities, the constant movement and mixing of populations along the Silk Route ?galso brought about the transmission of knowledge, ideas, cultures and beliefs, which had a profound impact on the history and civilizations of the Eurasian peoples,?h the Paris-based UN agency said. The youth forum will travel later this week to Quanzhou, located at the south-east coast of China. A cultural heritage site, Quanzhou is also known for linking the ?gmaritime Silk Road?h which fanned out to nearly 100 countries and regions, according to UNESCO. read more

  • Topdown and diesel motoring drives new car market forward

    New car market has risen 2.7 per cent over the year-to-date, to 1,137,490 units May registrations dipped 2.8 per cent – or 5,579 cars – to 194,480 units The market for convertible cars continues to soar, rising 32.1 per cent to 50,203 cars from January to May 2004 Diesel models now account for more than 30 per cent of all new cars sold SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘Until 6 June, the world motoring spotlight will continue to be focussed firmly on Birmingham’s NEC. But while many visitors will have come to The Sunday Times Motor Show Live to enjoy the new interactive features, it is also a fact that many more have the serious business of car buying in mind. We forecast that 2.6 million new cars will leave showrooms by the end of this year and you can be sure that a significant proportion of buying choices will have been made during this year’s motor show.’For more comment and analysis please click on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

  • Lavender Prahalis combo leads Bucks to blistering start

    Following the Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament Championship last weekend, Ohio State’s women’s basketball team is looking ahead to another full slate of games in the upcoming week. The Buckeyes play at home tonight against UNC Greensboro before playing in the Buckeye Classic this weekend at St. John Arena. As part of a two-game tournament, OSU will play IUPUI followed by either California or Southern. The Buckeyes have dominated their opponents early in the season, winning by an average of nearly 24 points a game. UNC Greensboro, IUPUI, California and Southern have combined for a rather pedestrian 9-7 record so far this year.If any of them expect to compete with the Buckeyes, they will have to figure out a way to slow down OSU’s offense — a daunting task considering the Buckeyes have been scoring at will early in the season.Through five games, they average 91 points a game, up from 69 per contest last season, and their 367 total points in the WNIT were the most in tournament history.Junior center Jantel Lavender, who was named WNIT co-MVP with teammate Samantha Prahalis, said that it is her team’s depth that is responsible for the scoring outburst.“[Our team] has a ton of weapons,” Lavender said. “The freshmen bring a lot of different things to the table both defensively and offensively. I love playing with a team that is so deep.”It was depth that was on display in Sunday’s tournament finale against Oklahoma State. Including Lavender’s team-high 26 points, four of the Buckeye starters scored in double figures. Oklahoma State head coach Kurt Budke expects the Buckeyes to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament come season’s end. “They can hit you from many ways,” Budke said. “That is a very good team and they could definitely be in the Final Four.”If Budke is right, OSU would make just its second Final Four appearance in the program’s 43-year history.The Buckeyes take on UNC Greensboro tonight at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

  • People urged to blow whistle on England player caught snorting cocaine at

    Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Footballers can be banned for two years if they test positive for Class A drugs.UK Anti-Doping collected almost 2,000 samples from Premier League players during the 2017-18 season.Six players failed tests for recreational drugs last season but their identities have not been revealed. The Football Association has appealed for people to come forward with information after a England footballer was allegedly caught taking cocaine in a nightclub.The unnamed sportsman, who plays for a premier league side, was reportedly spotted by a teammate snorting the Class A drug in the loo at a pre-Christmas party.A club source told The Sun newspaper that the footballer had emerged looking worse for wear and had been sent home in a taxi by the team manager who thought he was drunk.Professional footballers can be subjected to random drug testing at any time during the season, but it was claimed the player had given clean samples the day before the incident.A FA spokesman said it operated one of the most comprehensive anti-doping programmes in the world that was also aimed at preventing the use of recreational drugs.The spokesman also asked anyone with any information about the case to come forward.”Although incidents of doping in English football are very rare, it remains a priority for The FA to find and sanction anyone found taking performance-enhancing or recreational drugs.”We encourage anyone with information about any anti-doping violation in football to report it to The FA,” the spokesman said. read more

  • Measles vaccination advised before travel to World Cup in Russia PAHOWHO

    The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has recommended that all those travelling to the 2018 FIFA World Cup ensure that they are up-to-date with all their vaccinations, including the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (also known as MMR).The 2018 World Cup will be hosted this year by Russia between June 14 and July 15.According to PAHO/WHO, the increase in international travel and the mass movement of people during events such as the World Cup increases the risk of transmission of diseases. It also increases the likelihood of travelers returning to their countries with diseases such as measles, which is highly contagious and can have grave consequences on the health of unvaccinated populations.“We recommend that people get vaccinated at least 15 days prior to travel,” said Cuauhtémoc Ruiz Matus, Head of the Comprehensive Family Immunization Unit at PAHO. “Those travelling to Russia should make sure that their vaccines are up-to-date, particularly those that protect against measles and rubella.”Last year, the number of new cases of measles in Europe quadrupled, infecting 22,360 people and leading to 36 deaths. In the first three months of 2018, Europe reported more than 18,000 cases of measles. France, Greece, Serbia and Ukraine are the countries with the highest number of cases. Russia reported more than 600 cases.Around one million people from all over the world are expected to travel to the World Cup. Of the 32 countries that will participate in the World Cup, 28 have reported cases of measles this year.Facts from the Health Organization outlined that in 2018, as of the last Measles and Rubella Bulletin issued May 19, 11 countries reported 1,194 confirmed cases of measles in the Region of the Americas: Antigua and Barbuda (1 case), Argentina (3 cases), Brazil (173 cases), Canada (11 cases), Colombia (25 cases), Ecuador (7 cases), Guatemala (1 case), Mexico (4 cases), Peru (2 cases), United States of America (63 cases), and Venezuela (904 cases).This is higher than the four countries that registered a total of 895 cases for all of 2017: Argentina (3 cases), Canada (45 cases), United States of America (120 cases) and Venezuela (727 cases).The region was declared free from endemic rubella in 2015 and measles in 2016.This followed a 22-year effort that included the mass vaccination of 450 million children, adolescents and adults under the age of 40 from all over the continent between 2003 and 2009.However, PAHO notes that imported cases and recent outbreaks in some countries have put these achievements at risk.“Maintaining the elimination of measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in the Americas requires a vaccination coverage rate of at least 95%, as well as swift action to detect imported cases and break the chain of transmission,” affirmed Ruiz Matus.WHO/PAHO has been issuing warnings about the situation since May 2017, calling on countries to maintain high levels of vaccination coverage, strengthen surveillance, and urgently put into place measures to respond to suspected cases.During Vaccination Week in the Americas in April, and within the framework of the 2018 World Cup, PAHO underscored the urgent need to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases.As part of Vaccination Week initiatives, eleven countries announced their intentions to strengthen immunization programs through the vaccination of 6 million people against measles. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVaccination week 2018 aiming for 100% coverageApril 24, 2018In “Health”C’bean health ministers agree on new agenda to attain universal health by 2030September 29, 2017In “latest news”PAHO urges Caribbean to keep polio at bayOctober 24, 2018In “Regional” read more

  • Northbound lanes of I75 reopen after vehicle fire in West Broward

    first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – An RV became engulfed by flames on Alligator Alley, in West Broward, Wednesday.The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in West Broward were closed due to a vehicle fire.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the RV fire, at Mile Marker 42, near Snake Road.Traffic was shutdown northbound near Mile Marker 41. However, lanes have since reopened.No one was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • BSE closes points 14041 down on Jan 30

    first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 140.41 points down to stand at 20506.89. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 46.55 points down to stand at6073.70. Crompton Greaves and Oberoi Realty were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.48% and 6.66% along with Titan Company and IRB Infra with an increase of 3.94% and 3.73% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Bank of India and United Spirits with a decrease of 10.06% and 7.19% along with HDIL and Godrej Industries Ltd with a decrease of 6.56% and 6.32% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 47.02 points at 11,634.98 while the banking sector is down 309.01 points at 11,628.03 and the realty sector is down 26.70 points at 1,197.33. The Indian currency is down 0.57% at Rs 62.77 per dollar.last_img read more