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  • Managing By the Numbers Alone

    first_imgIt’s easy to fall into the trap of leading and managing by the numbers. The objective numbers are real, concrete, unassailable. If goal was $1,000,000 and only $825,000 was achieved, there is a measurable gap of $175,000. Similarly, if the goal is 40 phone calls a day, a report showing that one made only 27 calls is objective proof they didn’t hit their number. But to lead and manage from this place is to misunderstand both leadership and management. It’s to abdicate your responsibility in both areas, and it is to miss the real picture, one that can only be found by broadening your view of results and how you generate them.The fact that you missed goal by $175,000 is a statement of fact. That fact, however, doesn’t explain why the person or team missed their goal. You need to open your aperture quite a bit wider to understand what you are seeing and what you need to change.If an individual misses their goal, managers and leaders often look first to activity, that being the easiest of all choices—and also the one that eliminates any responsibility on their part. In this view, the person should have simply worker harder, which may be true—or may be a partial truth. The real deficit may have the root cause of a lack of effectiveness, something more difficult to identify and correct. To see effectiveness issues, you have to observe the individual when they are working, and to correct effectiveness issues you have to be skilled in helping people change and gain new competencies.To get the best view of the cause of a poor performance, you have to look deeper, getting past the objective evidence to look at more difficult and subjective truths.What does the individual believe about their goal? Do they believe it is arbitrary and unfair? Do they believe their territory doesn’t support that goal or that they lack an offering that would get them there? Are their beliefs limiting the results?Did the person have a plan that should have allowed to reach goal? Did they execute their plan effectively? Are they equipped to reach those goals?Does the individual know what they want, why they want it, and how it contributes to the life they want for themselves and their people? Do they have a source of motivation, something or someone they are working for?Was their performance impacted by the people around them? Does the culture support them in reaching their goals, or is it an obstacle? Are they surrounded by negativity, cynicism, fear, or disempowered thinking?Did the processes in place serve them? Were the tools available to them creating the right effect when they came in contact with clients and competitors, providing them with a competitive advantage?Has the main thing they are supposed to changed so often they are no longer sure what to do?The score on the scoreboard is always right. It always reflects how well—or how poorly—you are playing the game. What it doesn’t tell you is in what areas you are playing the game poorly, nor does it tell you why each individual on your team may not be playing the game well enough to win and succeed. The numbers tell you “what,” but they don’t tell you “why” without a deeper look into the inputs, which are always human beings.In the end, the numbers are a reflection of your leadership, which means leading people is a better and more effective choice than managing by the numbers. Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Nowlast_img read more

  • ‘Caste, not BJP rule to blame for violence against Dalits’

    first_imgRamdas Athawale, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Republican Party of India (A) chief, said on Saturday that Dalits were facing atrocities in many parts of the country. But he refused to lay the blame for it on the Centre and the BJP-ruled States.Mr. Athawale, one of the most prominent Dalit leaders in the Modi cabinet, said, “Dalits are facing atrocities. The recent case in Saharanpur shows it is wrong to link the violence with the new BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. Dalits suffered violence even under the watch of the Samajwadi Party government. Uttar Pradesh is a State known for violence. Nowadays, Dalits are retaliating to the violence; they should refrain from it. There should be harmony among all communities. I would again reiterate that the State governments are not responsible for such incidents. These clashes are taking place because of caste rivalries. What happened in Saharanpur should not have happened.” Speaking to reporters in Nagpur, Mr. Athawale praised the Narendra Modi government “for its three years of commendable work” and said Dalits were voting for the BJP in large numbers. He said, the Bharatiya Janata Party has become a party of bahujans (the majority) now.“Narendra Modi’s leadership has made it difficult for any other party to emerge now. Even the Dalits are voting for the BJP and that is why the party is winning almost everywhere. It is a party of bahujans now. “The Central government has done a lot of good work in the last three years and it took tough decisions such as demonetisation that benefited more than 80% of the people in the country. The PM has increased funds for memorials to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. He also keenly follows Dr. Ambedkar’s economic policies,” he said. ‘Reservation to stay’He also accused the Congress of “spreading rumours” against the Modi government. “The Congress party is anxious and frustrated because of losing power. It is making false allegations that the government wants to change the Constitution and repeal the reservation for Dalits. “The Constitution will never be changed. Only some amendments can be made. The reservation for Dalits will also stay. Those who want the reservation on the basis of caste repealed, should first make sure that caste is repealed,” he added.last_img read more

  • A free digital syllabus, thanks to Jalgaon teachers

    first_imgMumbai: In what could be termed a first-of-its-kind independent experiment in Maharashtra to promote digitisation, around 800 teachers from Zilla Parishad schools in Jalgaon district have created videos of 800 chapters from Class I to VIII textbooks to innovatively engage students.The videos are available free of cost to all schools affiliated to the State board.One chapter each“We have been looking for innovative ways to ensure education for our students in around 1,800 schools in the district. We decided to focus on individual subjects, and searched for the best teachers in each. Every teacher was assigned only one chapter and asked to present it in a digital format,” said Jalgaon ZP CEO Kaustubh Divegaonkar.The teachers worked on each chapter for over a month. Audio-video tools and technical help was made available to them. “Some of the tech-savvy teachers took up the responsibility of giving finishing touches to the videos,” he said.The teachers produced 800 videos and submitted them to the ZP. Class-wise CDs were then distributed in all schools. Teachers can transfer the videos to Android phones, and then project them on a white screen in classrooms.Negligible cost “A number of private companies supply such material at a very high cost, and with validity of only a year. We have created the material of exactly the same standard at almost negligible cost,” Mr. Divegaonkar said.The project was recently launched in the presence of Jalgaon Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil.last_img read more

  • PM Modi to unveil Sardar Patel statue on October 31

    first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi is set to unveil Sardar Patel’s statue, the world’s largest, on his birth anniversary on October 31. The Prime Minister will arrive in Gujarat on the evening of October 30 and will stay overnight at the Gandhinagar Raj Bhawan. Final touches are being given to the Statue of Unity, as it is called, built by engineering and infrastructure major L&T on the river Narmada in South Gujarat. The ₹3,000 crore project is funded for the most part by the Gujarat government, with minor contributions from the Centre and Central PSUs.“This is a tribute to Sardar Patel, who united the country after Independence. This is not a party function. It’s a tribute by the nation and the State he was born in,” Gujarat’s Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Monday.The statue is made up of 1,700 tonnes of bronze, 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding, 70,000 metric tonnes of cement and 24,500 metric tonnes of steel. Two high speed elevators inside can take tourists up to the statue’s chest from where around 200 visitors can view the Narmada river and Sardar Sarovar dam over it.last_img read more

  • Durant says will boycott White House, slams Trump

    first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Durant meanwhile saluted athletes who have spoken out about race in America, citing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and NBA superstar LeBron James amongst others.“As far as what’s going on in our country, for one as an athlete, you have to commend Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, CP3 (Chris Paul), Dwyane Wade for starting that conversation last year.“For us to move forward, we need more athletes and people of power and influence to come out and speak,” Durant added.“It’s great to see a lot of athletes coming together and trying to direct a positive path for a lot of kids and a lot of people in this country who look up to us.“It’s huge for us. It’s huge for sports. It’s huge for the influence we have, because we’re leaders at the end of the day. It feels good to see my brothers in the NBA and across sports speaking out.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant said Thursday he would boycott the White House if the NBA champions are invited, accusing President Donald Trump of escalating racial tensions in the country.In an interview with ESPN, 2017 NBA Finals MVP Durant said if the Warriors were invited to Washington in keeping with recent tradition of honoring sports teams, he would skip the event in protest.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Nzeusseu tows Lyceum to 8th straight win “Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN at an event in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now…I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”Durant stressed that his decision was a personal choice, but added that he expected many Warriors players would follow suit if the team was invited.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“That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me,” Durant said.Durant’s team-mate Stephen Curry has already said he would be unlikely to attend while Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been a vocal critic of Trump. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Durant was speaking amid an outcry over Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend which saw neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups clash with counter-protesters.Durant said he believed Trump bore responsibility for stoking racial divisions in the United States.“He’s definitely driving it,” Durant said. “I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When (Barack) Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.“So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top. Leadership trickles down to the rest of us.“So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn’t care about all people, then we won’t go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won’t see any progress.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Nextlast_img read more

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    first_imgIts time to express solidarity with our soldiers: Amitabh Mumbai, Oct 11 (PTI) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who turned 74 today, said it is time for people to express solidarity with the Indian soldiers when they are coming under terror attacks that has “incensed” the country. Bachchan said this during a press conference here on the occasion of his birthday when asked if Bollywood is divided over supporting Pakistani artistes working in India, amid the demand for their ban after the Uri terror attack. Bachchan also said he respects all artistes. “With folded hands I request you that this is not the time and I dont think it is right to put forward these questions,” said Bachchan, who was dubbed Indias first “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. He felt that considering the grave situation at the border one should express solidarity with Indian soldiers. “Who said what and why, where and how, this is not the time for it. The nation is incensed, the people of this country are very angry by the incidents that are happening at our border.” “I think it is time to express solidarity with our jawans, armed forces who are sacrificing their life so that you and me can be safe now. Thats what needs to be put in question and nothing else.” Following the Uri attack, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS had raised objection to Pakistani artistes working in India. When asked if an artiste from a country should be banned or not, he said, “I have answered this question earlier. I respect all artistes.” Birthday wishes for Bachchan have also poured in from far and wide. Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to Bachchan, saying his versatility and humility has many admirers.advertisement “Dear @SrBachchan, wishing you a very happy birthday. Your versatility & humility has many admirers. Praying for your long & healthy life,” the PM tweeted. Union ministers like Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu, and Bachchans admirers from the film industry and the sports world also took to Twitter to extend their wishes “Birthday wishes to Shri Amitabhji @SrBachchan who is one of the finest actors of our country. May he be blessed with good health & long life.” Singh tweeted. “Greetings to @SrBachchan on his birthday. May he be blessed with long life with good health,” wrote Naidu. Actor Arjun Rampal, who shared screen space with Bachchan in “Aankhein”, tweeted, “Happy birthday @SrBachchan thank you for being such an inspiration, for setting such high standards. Love you always #thelegend.” “There are heroes & then there are Legends!! Happy birthday legend @SrBachchan,” tweeted choreographer-director Farah Khan. Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, known for his dry humour, wished Bachchan in this manner, “I celebrate today when planets conspired to get Sri Harivansh Rai n Sri Teji jis joint venture to give rise to phenomenon of @SrBachchan.” “To the LEGEND… the best who is an inspiration to every generation!!!! Happy birthday Amit uncle @SrBachchan… you are the BEST!!” wrote filmmaker Karan Johar.PTI KKP GK PSH GSN GSNlast_img read more

  • Virat Kohli’s lows of IPL 2017 after highs of IPL 2016

    first_imgVirat Kohli’s nightmare is finally over as Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Indian Premier League 2017 campaign came to an end with a win against the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla.Bangalore won against Delhi by 10 runs to pull down the curtains on their disastrous campaign.The 28-year-old, who missed the first four matches with a shoulder injury that he picked up during the third Test against Australia in Ranchi, came back with a bang hitting 62 in the first match against Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru.But he couldn’t keep the tempo up throughout the tournament, failing to make a mark this year.The RCB captain however ended the campaign with a 45-ball 58, hitting 308 runs from 10 games at an average of 30.80 with four half-centuries to his name.BCCI PhotoA YEAR TO FORGETThis return is a paltry one compared to the benchmark he had set last year with a record tally of 973 runs from 16 games at an average of 81.08. Kohli had hit four hundreds and seven fifties last year compared to just four fifties this year.His and AB de Villiers’ (687 runs) brilliant form led Bangalore to the finals of IPL 2016, where they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad. He single-handedly won them six out of seven games towards the end of the tournament to reach the playoffs.BCCI PhotoBut, this year, things only went from bad to worse for him and the franchise. Bangalore started off without their star players and once they were back they failed to replicate the midas touch they had last season. While Kohli failed to score even half the runs he scored last year, de Villiers (216), Chris Gayle (200) and Shane Watson (71) all failed to fire for RCB.advertisementWORST SEASON BY RCBTheir bad form reflects on the points table as well. Bangalore are last in the table with seven points from 14 games. This is their worst season since the inception of the tournament, which goes back to 2008. They finished seventh that year, with eight points from 14 games.BCCI PhotoWhile the tournament comes to end for Kohli, he will quickly have to get back into the thick of things again as India are all set to defend the ICC Champions Trophy next month in England.The defending champions will start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on May 4.last_img read more

  • Leaked pictures of Redmi 7 Pro showing waterdrop notch are FAKE, don’t fall for them

    first_imgXiaomi is working on a number of phones right now. The company is gearing up to launch the Xiaomi Play on December 24 followed by the 48MP phone, which is said to the Redmi Pro 2, in January 2019. Then there will be the usual Redmi series phones coming in that the company refreshes every year. This year Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi 7 series which will include the Redmi 7A, the Redmi 7 and the Redmi 7 Pro. Months ahead of the launch, pictures of these Redmi phones have started flooding the internet and the newest of them all show the Redmi 7 Pro with the retail box. But, don’t’ fall for it.The pictures of the Redmi 7 Pro with the retail box have been leaked by a website called The Leakster. This is for the first time that live images of the Redmi 7 Pro have surfaced online, but sadly, the pictures aren’t authentic enough to be believed. They are FAKE. If you check the pictures (see the main image above) it might not take much time for you to find out the truth that the “Redmi 7 Pro” written on top of the retail box is actually photoshopped. The font size and style of the “Redmi” and “7 Pro” varies, which definitely isn’t the case in the usual Redmi phone boxes.Alongside the photos, the source website has also posted a video of the Redmi 7 Pro which makes things clearer. Both the videos and pictures are basically a result of poor photoshop skills and that’s about it. If you watch the video you’ll see that the presenter claims the phone kept in the foreground is the Redmi 7 Pro, but never picks it up to show the phone completely. Why? Because that’s actually not the Redmi 7 Pro.advertisementThe video and the pictures basically show a phone with a notched display, which the Redmi 7 Pro is said to come with. We feel the phone used in the video is possibly the Realme 2 Pro (could be some other phone too). Several media house have reported the video to be authentic claiming that the phone showcased in the video is actually the Redmi 7 Pro, but we say don’t fall for it, the phone used in the video and pictures isn’t the Redmi 7 Pro and the retail box has been photoshopped.Rumours say that Xiaomi could be launching the Redmi 7 Pro in early 2019. Last week, the smartphone made its way to the TENNA benchmarking site where the listing revealed some of the key specs of the phone. The TENNA listing revealed that the Redmi 7 Pro, when compared to the Redmi 6 Pro, will come with the same rear camera setup, display and dimensions, a slight bump in the selfie camera. The Redmi 7 Pro is expected to sport a much smaller battery compared to the Redmi 6 Pro. Basically, the Redmi 7 Pro won’t be a major upgrade over the Redmi 6 Pro, at least that’s what the benchmark listing reveals.The listing reveals that the Redmi 7 Pro will come with a 2,900mAh battery setup which is much smaller than the 4000mAh battery found inside the Redmi 6 Pro. Other specs that the Redmi 7 Pro could include are a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display with a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels, 12MP primary camera on the back, and 8MP selfie shooter.The benchmark listing reveals that the Redmi 7 Pro will have several variants and come with a maximum of 128GB storage option and up to 6GB RAM. The listing suggests that the phone could launch in three variants — the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the second model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and the top end model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. On the hardware front, the Redmi 7 Pro will be powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core processor while on the software-wise the phone will come with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and not Android 9 Pie, which might disappoint the consumers.ALSO READ | Redmi Pro 2 is Xiaomi’s 48MP phone launching in January 2019ALSO READ | 48MP Xiaomi phone could be a Redmi device and not Mi 9, to feature in-screen selfie cameraALSO READ | Mysterious Redmi Go smartphone pops up in certifications, what is Xiaomi up to now?last_img read more

  • India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not do

    first_imgJasprit Bumrah registered his third five-wicket haul in Test cricket and a 6-wicket haul overall in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday to leave the home team stunned with his quality. Nathan Lyon was Bumrah’s fifth victim and was dismissed on a duck with a brilliant delivery coming in to the pads. Apart from Lyon, Bumrah picked the wickets of Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head and Tim Paine.With Bumrah leading the line, he inflicted the last wicket of Josh Hazlewood with another bowled and Australia were bundled out for just 151 runs. They played 66.5 overs in reply to India’s first innings total of 443/7 declared.Bumrah is the first Asian bowler to take a 5-fer in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year. Three major overseas tours for India this year and Bumrah has proven his worth in all the three places.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 3: Live Cricket ScoreBumrah’s 6/33 is also the best bowling figures for an Indian at the MCG.Earlier in the day, Bumrah broke a 39-year-old Indian record with the wicket of Shaun Marsh by taking 41 wickets (then) in his debut year in Test cricket. He surpassed Dileep Doshi’s record of 40 wickets in his debut year in Tests in 1979.Venkatesh Prasad is on third behind Doshi with 37 in 1996. Narendra Hirwani with 36 wickets in 1988 and Sreesanth with 35 in 2006 complete the top five.Out of his six wickets, Bumrah had two lbws, two bowled and two catch-outs. It was an absolutely brilliant piece of bowling from Bumrah. He was expected to the x-factor for India in Australia and he has delivered.advertisementHere is how Bumrah took his six wickets:MARCUS HARRIS: Bumrah used the short ball to good effect against Harris but it was a callous short from the Australian opener that brought about his dismissal. Ishant Sharma was placed at fine leg for the exact shot that Harris played and it ended up to be an easy catch.SHAUN MARSH: This wicket came right at the stroke of lunch. Final ball before lunch and Marsh was only looking to defend and go into the break but Bumrah had another idea. He bowled a peach of a delivery to catch Marsh leg before wicket (lbw) – a slower ball drifting inside and it hit the pads.TRAVIS HEAD: It was a near-perfect yorker that got Head for Bumrah. Bumrah bowled an extremely pacy delivery which was drifting in just slightly and Head just could not pick up that pace. The ball ended up cleaning up the stumps. Michael Clarke on the commentary was in awe of the delivery and said, “He’s [Head] done in for pace. He’s done for swing. Bumrah you are a genius.”An awesome display of fast bowling from Jasprit Bumrah!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/RcJAuIAPQhcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2018TIM PAINE: Bumrah bowled a short of a length and it was drifting away slightly. Paine had a go at it even though he could have left it and Rishabh Pant behind the wickets took a solid low catch.NATHAN LYON: It was always going to be extremely tough for Lyon to survive on this pitch against this bowling attack and Bumrah proved it. An inswinging yorker but pace behind it, Lyon wanted to flick it – he missed it and it crashed straight into his pads.JOSH HAZLEWOOD: Hazlewood was beaten for pace there. A full-length delivery angling back into the left-hander chasing him literally. Hazlewood tried the flick and it instead hit his pads and into the stumps.During the post-lunch show on Sony Sports, Clarke had even said, “He [Bumrah] is my favourite bowler in international cricket right now.””He will run through a brick wall for this Indian team, bowl as many overs as Virat Kohli wants. He will bowl from whatever end Virat Kohli wants, he will bowl with the new ball, old ball. He doesn’t care, he wants to help India have success.”The way he bowls with his attitude, he will find a way to take wickets all around the world. Watch this space, in the next 12 months, he will be the No.1 bowler in all three formats in the world.”Also Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy himAlso Read | Viv Richards: Love Kohli’s aggression. Can you imagine us playing in the same team?Also See:last_img read more

  • Report: Man City 5 Leicester City 1

    first_imgManchester City 5 Leicester City 1: De Bruyne inspires as Aguero scores four Ryan Benson 03:23 2/11/18 aguero-cropped Getty Images Riyad Mahrez returned to Leicester City action, but he was helpless as Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero inspired Manchester City’s 5-1 win. A three-day rest clearly did the trick for Manchester City, as they thrashed Leicester City 5-1 thanks to four goals from Sergio Aguero and a treble of Kevin De Bruyne assists to go 16 points clear at the Premier League summit.Much of the build-up was dominated by Riyad Mahrez’s return to Leicester’s squad after missing 10 days of training in response to not securing a move to the hosts, but he was benched as City – who were afforded a few days off beforehand – ultimately cruised, with De Bruyne and Aguero stealing the show.Although City enjoyed an electric start, going ahead in the third minute thanks to Raheem Sterling’s 15th league goal of the season, they appeared to lack a little sharpness in the first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And a Nicolas Otamendi error 24 minutes in was punished in ruthless fashion by Jamie Vardy, reminding City there is more to Leicester than just Mahrez – who was eventually introduced in the 62nd minute.77 – Since his Werder Bremen debut in August 2012, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 77 assists in Europe’s big 5 leagues, more than any other player in that time (Lionel Messi, 76). Generous. pic.twitter.com/0Nxo3n6aa1— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2018But Pep Guardiola’s men stepped things up a notch after the break, with De Bruyne setting up a quick-fire Aguero double to effectively end Leicester’s chances, with the Argentinian scoring for the seventh successive game at the Etihad across all competitions.Leicester caused some problems towards the end, but Aguero added to an emphatic second-half performance by capitalising on a Kasper Schmeichel error before thumping in an injury-time fifth, as City bounced back from their disappointing draw with Burnley in style.It did not take the home side long to establish an advantage, Sterling tapping in from close range following an exquisite De Bruyne cross between Schmeichel and his defenders. The early goal was not a sign of things to come, however, as City’s performance became a little flat and Leicester equalised in the 24th minute.Otamendi’s poor pass inside was intercepted by Vardy and the striker rode two challenges, before running at Aymeric Laporte and firing into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box.Sterling looked destined to restore City’s lead just before the break, only for Aleksandar Dragovic to produce a vital block after the England international had skipped past Schmeichel.City did find themselves ahead once again in the 48th minute, however, as Aguero collected De Bruyne’s teasing low cross from the left and tapped in from a couple of yards out.And the home side effectively wrapped things up soon after.De Bruyne was the inspiration yet again, playing an intricate pass into the area and Aguero fired past Schmeichel, despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to it.Claude Puel introduced Mahrez from the bench to a chorus of ironic cheers just after the hour mark, giving him his first appearance since January 20.But the Algerian’s introduction was far too late to influence the outcome, as Aguero rounded off a sensational second-half performance in the final 13 minutes.His third goal came via a Schmeichel gift, after the Denmark international had passed the ball straight to him and the Argentinian delightfully chipped into the net.And he took his season tally to 21 late on, smashing in off the crossbar from 25 yards.ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH!! DID YOU SEE THAT??!! @aguerosergiokun!!5-1 #cityvlcfc #mancity pic.twitter.com/N0Mn8xWaSt— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2018 read morelast_img read more

  • Agencies in Charge of Public Resources Must Meet the Highest Standard of Accountability – PM

    first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says any State agency in charge of administering public resources must meet the highest standard of accountability and responsiveness. Mr. Holness, who was speaking at the inaugural Local Governance Conference at the Jewel Grande Resort and Spa in Rose Hall, St. James, on July 17, said the conference’s theme, ‘Strengthening Responsiveness and Accountability within the Local Governance Framework’, is in tandem with the tone that “this Government has consistently maintained” in requiring responsiveness and accountability at all levels of government.center_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says any State agency in charge of administering public resources must meet the highest standard of accountability and responsiveness.Mr. Holness, who was speaking at the inaugural Local Governance Conference at the Jewel Grande Resort and Spa in Rose Hall, St. James, on July 17, said the conference’s theme, ‘Strengthening Responsiveness and Accountability within the Local Governance Framework’, is in tandem with the tone that “this Government has consistently maintained” in requiring responsiveness and accountability at all levels of government.He added that Local Government, of all the Ministries, has on the ground mechanisms that can make a huge difference in the lives of the citizenry and must operate at all times above board and with a high sense of responsibility.“Prosperity can only be achieved if the Government creates an enabling environment and where the people are empowered. To this end, local government has a critical role to play in delivering service to the people,” he pointed out.He said local government, being closest to the people, delivers critical services that “directly impact and determine the quality of life that we enjoy”.The Prime Minister further noted that local government is “subject to the same national standards of accountability” and is expected to deliver the highest quality of service.“Local government is not parochial government in the figurative sense. It is also not a lesser form of government, which would require a lesser form of responsiveness and accountability. Local government is about the delivery of service. Local government exists because [it is] able to deliver service to the citizens in a much quicker and efficient fashion than service delivery from central government,” Mr. Holness said.last_img read more

  • Nunatukavut hope federal election will breath new life into their land claims

    first_imgAPTN National NewsThe southern Inuit in Labrador hope Monday’s election brings a fresh start for their land claim.It’s been a 25-year fight for the Nunatukavut.And after all these years, Canada still doesn’t recognize their claim or Aboriginal rights.As APTN’s Trina Roache reports, commitments from the federal candidates could be a turning point.troache@aptn.calast_img

  • US China extend talks on trade battle for 3rd day

    first_imgBEIJING — U.S. and Chinese envoys extended trade talks into a third day Wednesday, as President Donald Trump said negotiations aimed at ending a tariff war were “going very well!”The two governments have announced no details, but Asian stock markets rose on news the negotiations that originally were planned for two days were extended.The two sides are meeting face-to-face for the first time since Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed on Dec. 1 to suspend further punitive action against each other’s imports for 90 days while they negotiate over the fight sparked by American complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.“Talks with China are going very well!” Trump said late Tuesday on Twitter.Washington is pressing Beijing for changes including rolling back plans for government-led creation of Chinese global champions in robotics and other fields. Europe, Japan and other trading partners echo Washington’s complaints that those violate Beijing’s market-opening obligations.Chinese officials have suggested Beijing might alter its industrial plans but they have rejected pressure to abandon their blueprint for greater prosperity and global influence. They have tried to defuse pressure for more sweeping change by offering concessions including purchasing more American soybeans, natural gas and other exports.An official Chinese newspaper warned Washington not to demand too much.China is strong and has its own needs, said the Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party. Washington “cannot push China too far” and must avoid a situation that “spins out of control.”Joe McDonald, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Ali Squalli Moroccan National Anthem Writer Man of 2018

    Rabat – Moroccan author and poet Ali Squalli Houssaini, who died this year, deserves to be Morocco’s man of the year 2018 because of his great contribution to the Moroccan national identity by writing the national anthem’s Arabic lyrics.Squalli wrote the national anthem in 1969 under the reign of King Hassan II. Before independence in 1956, the anthem was used only as a melody. Even after independence, Morocco continued to use the anthem without lyrics until 1969.Squalli was born in Fez in 1932 and died on November 5 at the age of 86 from an incurable disease. Read Also: Ali Squalli, Author of Moroccan National Anthem Dies at 86Morocco’s Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani in addition to a number of literary and media personalities attended Squalli’s funeral ceremony.“We have received, with pain, the sad news of the passing of the poet, Ali Squalli Houssaini, may his soul rest in peace,” King Mohammed VI wrote in a condolence letter to Squalli’s family.The King recalled Squalli’s “righteousness, patriotism, and respect and devotion to the Alaouite crown,” and prayed for patience for Squalli’s family.The idea of writing lyrics to the national anthem came after the Moroccan national football team qualified to participate in the World Cup for the first time for the 1970 games in Mexico. Squalli’s lifeSqualli received a bachelor’s degree in literature from Al-Quaraouiyine University in 1951 and later became a professor there.Squalli joined the Royal Cabinet in 1956, in which he was appointed as an advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then became an associate professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Rabat in 1964. The Moroccan author worked as an inspector general at the Ministry of Education beginning in 1971.  Read Also: King Mohammed VI Mourns Death of Morocco’s Anthem Writer Ali SqualliSqualli also wrote numerous books, especially children’s books. He had also been a member of the Union of Moroccan Writers since 1967.Throughout his career, Squalli achieved various awards for his literary works, including the Morocco Grand Prize in 1982 and the international prize of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia for children’s literature in 1992.What did they say about him?King Mohammed VI described Squalli as one of the “pioneers of modern Arabic literature, the creator of the national anthem who enriched the national library.”Mourning Squalli’s death, El Othmani said the deceased author was known for his true patriotism. The national anthem that Squalli wrote represents “one of the national landmarks that we are proud of,” El Othmani added. Abdelhak El Merini, a Moroccan historian and official spokesperson for the royal palace recommended paying attention to Squalli’s books and collection of poems dedicated to children. They should be “distributed to national educational academies” to spread the messages Squalli wanted to convey children, El Merini stressed.Read Also: In Memoriam: Moroccan Celebrities Who Died in 2018Mustapha El Ktiri, the Moroccan high commissioner of former resistance fighters and members of the Army of Liberation, said that Squally was among the early participants in the Moroccan national movement. El Ktiri continued, Squalli “was among the arrested people in the events of 1944 in the cities of Rabat, Sale, and Fez,” after King Mohammed V sent an official letter to the French colonial authorities demanding independence, known as the manifesto demanding independence. read more

  • Lack of funding could put half a million in Chad at risk

    Only $51 million has been received so far for the 2008 Humanitarian Appeal for Chad, which covers 70 projects proposed by eight UN agencies and 14 non-governmental organizations (NGOs).UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said he was still hopeful that donors will respond generously to the appeal.“But if funding trends do not significantly improve in the coming months, this could have devastating consequences for nearly half a million people who heavily rely on humanitarian assistance for their survival,” he warned.In addition to the more than 180,000 IDPs who have fled internal conflict in the east of the country, Chad also hosts over a quarter of a million refugees from the Sudan, and more than 57,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR).Solofo Ramaroson, head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) field office in Chad’s eastern town of Abéché, also cautioned that “should our life-saving operations ever be interrupted, whether due to lack of funding or to insecurity, the current crisis would seriously deteriorate within a short period of time.”Humanitarian actors in Chad are set to meet in May to revise the humanitarian needs and the requirements for the response.The acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Chad, Eliane Duthoit, noted that the 2007 Humanitarian Appeal for the country was the “best-funded worldwide,” having received 99 per cent of the $274 million requested.The contributors to this year’s appeal include Canada, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United States. 14 April 2008United Nations humanitarian officials have repeated their appeal for funds to support nearly half a million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Chad, noting that less than 20 per cent of the $290 million requested last December has been provided. read more

  • UN seeking nearly 59 million to aid Georgian conflict victims

    “I hope the international community will show itself fully ready, capable and willing to help provide critically-needed assistance to the people of Georgia,” said Catherine Bragg, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), donors have already pledged $23 million towards the appeal, which will support the aid efforts of nine UN agencies and 16 non-governmental and international organizations.Food, health and nutrition, protection, shelter and non-food items, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene are among the most urgent needs for the victims of the conflict, which began over a week ago when heavy fighting broke out in South Ossetia between Georgian and South Ossetian forces. The ensuing hostilities, in which Russian forces also became involved, uprooted close to 118,000 people from their homes, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).OCHA says the humanitarian response has been challenging due to limited access. Those affected have also gathered in numerous sites making it difficult for both the Georgian Government and relief agencies to locate them and identify their needs.There have also been reports of property destruction, looting of assets and civilians traumatized by the conflict. “While the most acute phase of the violence appears to have passed, until there a firm peace in the country we must be prepared to respond to a critical and fluctuating humanitarian situation,” said Ms. Bragg.The limited access to the affected areas means that the airlifting of goods is still required, and it is the only way to get supplies to the western part of the country. On Sunday, a UN convoy of relief supplies managed to enter the town of Gori for the first time in the past two weeks, bringing with it high-energy biscuits, jerry cans, kitchen sets and blankets. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed the importance of providing appropriate health care and safe drinking water, sanitation and accommodation for those affected, adding that there have been no reported outbreaks of communicable diseases among the displaced so far. Authorities in both Georgia and Russia have indicated that they currently are able to cope with the health needs that may arise, the agency said. WHO has offered both governments its assistance and is in constant contact with officials to monitor the health situation. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spent the past several days conferring with his top advisers regarding the situation in Georgia, as well as with the President of the Security Council, the body’s five permanent members and the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN. The last of those meetings took place today, when he met with the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the UN. 18 August 2008The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $58.6 million to meet the needs for the next six months of almost 130,000 people affected by the recent crisis in Georgia. read more

  • TSX rallies more than 250 points as oil prices show signs of

    TORONTO — The Toronto stock market shot up over 250 points Friday as energy stocks responded to some stability in oil prices this week and base metals started to recover from a severe mauling sparked by a plunge in copper prices.The S&P/TSX composite index soared 267.59 points to 14,309.41.The Canadian dollar lost 0.02 of a cent to 83.56 cents US.New York markets improved following the release of strong consumer data. The University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index for January jumped to 98.2, up from 93.0 last month and better than the 94.1 reading that economists had expected.The Dow Jones industrials gained 190.86 points to 17,511.57, the Nasdaq was up 63.56 points to 4,634.38 and the S&P 500 index was 26.75 points higher at 2,019.42.The TSX energy sector was the star performer, ahead 6.15% as oil tries to find support around the US$45 a barrel level.Prices have plunged almost 40% since the end of November after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries ruled out cuts in production to support prices. Overall, crude prices are down about 55% from the highs of June 2014 amid a huge supply/demand imbalance.Despite the strong gain Friday, analysts caution about picking a bottom for oil.“It’s too hard a call,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“It’s really dependent on how much pain the Saudis want to inflict on, in ascending order, on Iran, the Russians and the U.S. fracking industry. And we just don’t know. These things tend to go on longer and further than you think.”Prices were supported Friday by a report from the International Energy Agency which said the collapse in oil prices is expected to slash growth in non-OPEC oil production this year. And it said that could in turn increase demand for OPEC’s own output.The February crude contract in New York closed up $2.44 at US$48.69 a barrel. There was further evidence of how the collapse in oil prices is affecting oilpatch support firms.Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE:SLB) has recorded a $296-million charge as it cuts its workforce by 9,000. Its quarterly adjusted earnings were $1.50 a share, five cents above estimates. Sales rose six per cent to $12.6 billion, in line with analyst expectations. The company is also raising its dividend by 25%, paying 50 cents a share. Its stock rose 6.13% to US$81.33.The base metals sector was ahead six per cent with March copper advancing six cents to US$2.62 a pound. The metals component has tumbled about 15% just this week alone after copper prices went into full retreat, falling below US$2.49 a pound in the worst performance since the 2008 financial crisis. The slide came amid weak trade data from China and a cut in the World Bank’s estimate for global growth this year.The gold sector was ahead 3.25% with bullion prices rising $12.10 to US$1,276.90 an ounce on top of five strong days of advances amid expectations that the European Central Bank will move next week to launch its own quantitative easing program, which would involve the massive purchase of bonds. There has also been speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve could delay raising interest rates this year.All sectors were positive, save for a 0.3% dip in consumer staples.North American markets continued to register losses last week with the TSX losing 76 points or 0.5% on top of a 2.5% drop the previous week. The Dow industrials fell 225 points or 1.27%. read more

  • Mauritania wants to elevate relations with Sri Lanka

    The President expressed great satisfaction on the status of existing bilateral relations between the two nations and indicated his strong desire to elevate it to a higher level for the benefit of both countries in the years ahead. (Colombo Gazette) The Ambassador also conveyed the greetings from the Sri Lankan President to the President of Mauritania. The President of Mauritania has requested Sri Lanka envoy to convey his personal well wishes to his Sri Lankan counterpart. The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Nigeria Thambirajah Raveenthiran, concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Mauritania as well, presented his Credentials to Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the President of Mauritania at a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace at Nouakchott in Mauritania.The Ambassador was granted an audience with the President after the presentation of Credentials. The Sri Lankan envoy made this opportunity to brief the president on all significant developments in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Ambassador thanked the President of Mauritania for the unstinted support extended to Sri Lanka at United Nations Human Rights Council in 2012 and 2013. The President recollected vividly his brief sojourn in Colombo in 2013 on his way to Brisbane Australia to attend G-20 Summit and remarked he was highly impressed by the developments in Sri Lanka. read more

  • Military assured they will not be charged on rights issue

    The President said he was not prepared to govern the country based on the opinions of some groups. The military was today assured they will not be charged on the human rights issue.President Maithripala Sirisena gave the assurance at an event held in Palaly today.

  • Supermarket operator Supervalu eliminating about 1100 positions nationwide

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – Supervalu is eliminating about 1,100 positions nationwide, or about 3 per cent of its workforce, less than a week after the supermarket operator completed the sale of five of its grocery chains.The company said Tuesday that sale of the five grocery chains means that the remaining business will need “significantly fewer” corporate and store support roles and functions.Supervalu has struggled for years to turn around its business. The broader supermarket industry has been facing growing competition from big-box retailers such as Target, drugstore chains and dollar stores. While bigger chains such as Kroger Co. have adapted by tweaking store formats and improving discount programs and product offerings, Supervalu has scrambled to keep pace.The reductions at Supervalu will include current jobs and open positions that won’t be filled. The job eliminations will occur at nearly all company offices and across most departments.But store-level employees and the Save-A-Lot chain are generally not affected by the reductions, with more emphasis on corporate and store support centre offices.Supervalu has about 3,470 stores in the U.S. and approximately 35,000 employees. The company said that the final working dates for employees whose positions are being eliminated will vary, as it depends on the needs of the business and the areas they support. Those workers whose jobs are eliminated will be offered severance and outplacement services.President and CEO Sam Duncan said in a statement that it was a difficult decision for the company to make, but a necessary step toward rebuilding the business.“This move is an important part of our strategy to be more focused and efficient in our operations, including how we staff and support our three business units going forward,” he said.Supervalu shares rose 7 cents, or 1.4 per cent, to close at $5.12 Tuesday.On Thursday Supervalu completed on the sale of Albertson’s, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw’s and Star Market to an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management. Supervalu announced the sale in January, at which time it said that after the sale it would focus on its Save-A-Lot discount stores, as well as its smaller regional chains Cub, Farm Fresh, Shoppers, Shop ‘n Save and Hornbacher’s. It will also keep its wholesale business that distributes groceries to stores.As part of the deal, the investor group agreed to pay $100 million in cash for the stores, and assume $3.2 billion in existing debt. Cerberus also offered to buy up to 30 per cent of what’s left of Supervalu for $4 per share after the deal closed. Supermarket operator Supervalu eliminating about 1,100 positions nationwide AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2013 8:58 am MDT read more