The Very Best Time to Prospect

first_imgWhen I first started selling, I had no existing clients and no other responsibility. I made cold calls out of the phone book, more specifically, the business section of the white pages. I dialed from 8:00 AM until Noon, went to lunch with people on my team, and returned to the office to make calls from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. I made calls all day, every day, minus the time I spent at meetings booked as a result of my prospecting effort.On Mondays, I would call the stack of index cards I used to keep track of the known prospects in my territory. I would flip through every card each Monday, jotting the date and result on the back of the index card. After getting through that stack, it was back to the phone book, or the list of prospects I built as I drove through the area where I had booked a meeting. It was my practice to walk into the two doors next to the prospect’s building, as well as the one across the street. I also walked into any building with many cars in the parking lot, as that was a sign they employed a lot of people.I loved Mondays, and I always asked for time on Thursday. I believed that Thursday was late enough into the week that someone receiving a request for a meeting later in the week would possess a greater willingness to meet, even if I had no evidence to prove my superstition.Some people believe Monday is a terrible day to prospect, as people are just getting back to work and are dealing with an overflowing inbox and a list of tasks that need their attention. Others believe Monday means business, preferring to book their meetings as early in the week as possible.Others believe that Tuesdays are better than any other day, and I have seen the research that suggests this is the most effective time to make calls. I have seen conflicting research that insists that Thursday is the best days to ask for a meeting, with the highest percentages of positive outcomes occurring early and late on that day.The truth about the best time to prospect is something like the Chinese saying that “If you want shade, the best time to plant a tree was 100 years ago. The second best time is now.”The best time to prospect was days, weeks, months, and years ago, the result not being easily obtained without consistent effort and outreach over time. The second best time to prospect is now. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

3 injured after unidentified object explodes at orchard in J&K’s Shopian district

first_imgThree people were injured on January 28 after an unidentified object exploded at an orchard in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said. “While digging the fields at Chermarg in Zanipora area of Shopian, some suspicious object exploded, injuring the three people,” a police spokesman said.The injured were identified as Ghulam Nabi (55), Zubair Ahmad (18) and Umar Farooq (19), he said.The injured were taken to the district hospital in Anantnag for treatment. Their condition was stated to be stable, the spokesman said.The police have taken cognisance of the matter and the nature of the explosion is being investigated, he said.last_img read more

Anti-NRC shutdown affects life in Assam

first_imgA 12-hour shutdown imposed by the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal against a “faulty National Register of Citizens (NRC)” partially affected normal life in Assam on Friday. The shutdown, however, had no impact in Guwahati and a few other major towns. The police said there were no incidents of violence apart from the blockade of roads by mobs. Some members of the Bajrang Dal and affiliates were detained in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh for allegedly trying to stop the screening of a newly-released Assamese film.The Assam unit of the Bajrang Dal accused the NRC authorities of deliberately coming out with an erroneous document containing the names of Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants. “NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela has legitimised lakhs of such immigrants despite many leaders including former Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju saying Assam has at least 50 lakh Bangladeshis,” a spokesperson of the unit asserted. It demanded the reupdating of the NRC based on 1951 as the cut-off date, granting of citizenship to the Hindu refugees and their rehabilitation in various States and inclusion of the names of excluded indigenous people in the NRC.Tribunal hurdleSantanu Bharali, legal advisor to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, said the State government was finding it tough to make the 200 new Foreigners’ Tribunals operational as the NRC authorities had not shared district-wise numbers of the excluded people.“The government is ready to start the tribunals, but we are waiting for the data on district-wise exclusions,” he said, adding that the NRC authorities would have to put in place a security regime as in the case of Aadhaar before sharing the data. Leaders of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha on Friday met Assam Home Commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri and requested that the government provide relief to more than 20,000 Gurkha doubtful (D) voters excluded from the final NRC. Along with their dependents, the number of excluded Gurkhas is more than 1 lakh, the organisation said. “The Ministry of Home Affairs in October 2018 said the Gurkhas cannot be tried in Foreigners’ Tribunals,” said community leader Nanda Kirati Dewan. “But members of the community have nevertheless been tried in the tribunals, made D-voters and struck off the NRC. The government has to get out of its complacency and move the court,” he added.last_img read more

Figure skating debate rages between artistry, amplitude

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Yes, the points accumulated for jumps are substantial. But there remains a component score in which judges grade skating skills, transitions, performance, composition and interpretation.Those are the scores that give skaters such as Rippon a chance to compete at the highest level.The critics of figure skating’s current age, including two-time Olympic champion Dick Button, are just as quick to bemoan the way jumping ability has superseded everything else.“I don’t think the rules are 50-50, technical ability and creative ability,” said Button, also a longtime TV analyst. “I don’t even enjoy watching skating today, because it’s all about quadruple jumps, and the winner of the Olympic Games in men’s figure skating will be the skater that performs the best and most quadruple jumps. Period. End of subject.”It’s not just quads on the men’s side, either. The amplitude/artistry debate rages on the women’s side, where triple-triple combinations have become essential for landing on the podium.“I think the cream rises to the top,” 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski said. “Not every skater can do triple-triples in the second half of a program, and put out an artistic, emotional performance. But there are skaters who do, and those are the ones that are winning.”Six-time European champion Javier Fernandez of Spain believes there is already a pushback against the quad craziness. But the changes certainly won’t take hold until well after Pyeongchang.“I think at some point the ISU will maybe put a limit on the number of quads you can do in a competition or in a free program,” Fernandez said. “Let’s say three persons can do four quads, or three quads, whatever, and all of them land the quads they have planned. Then the skating’s going to tell who is the best skater, who’s going to win.“Skating is about who is the most complete, not who is the best jumper, right?” Fernandez added. “So that’s the point I think everybody is having in mind right now. “ “I’m the only skater that can offer that. I may be the last,” said Chan, the reigning Olympic silver medalist. “On the other hand, it’s very exciting to see some of these other skaters defy physics and expectations and break records.”The controversy in Vancouver in many ways led to the current controversy between artistry and amplitude. As a result of Lysacek’s gold, the International Skating Union revised the scoring for quads, pushing the value of it over 10 points and essentially making it a program requirement.It’s been a boon for someone like Chen, whose ability to jump higher and spin faster than his rivals gives him a major advantage. But it’s been a major obstacle for veterans such as Chan and American skater Adam Rippon, who have quads in their arsenal but lean on artistry and elegance.“I spoke to Nathan Chen last year and asked what got him motivated to go after six quads, five quads, and he said it all started at the junior level, looking up at the seniors doing three quads,” Chan said. “The only way to compete with us was to up the game technically.”Even those who’ve embraced figure skating’s high-flying age argue there is still room for artistry in programs, pointing straight to the ISU’s current scoring system for evidence.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Love back at power forward as chaotic Cavs tweak lineup John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Nathan Chen performs in the men’s free skate program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. Chen is planning an audacious five quads in his free skate at next month’s Pyeongchang Olympics, and it could take at least three or four to have any shot at landing on the podium (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)Patrick Chan remembers just about everything from his Olympic debut eight years ago in Vancouver, including the controversy that erupted when Evan Lysacek won the gold medal.Evgeni Plushenko of Russia landed quadruple jumps, the toughest in figure skating, in combination with a triple toe loop in both his short and long programs. But despite leading after the short program, Plushenko was beaten out by his American rival despite Lysacek never attempting a single quad.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Lysacek was rewarded for artistry over amplitude.Fast-forward to next month’s Pyeongchang Olympics, and Chan is amazed at the transformation that has taken place in the sport. Nathan Chen of the United States is planning an audacious five quads in his free skate, and it could take at least three or four to have any shot at landing on the podium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt begs the question: Is artistry dead in this brave new era?“I’ve kind of come to the point where I don’t really want to put any energy toward what others are doing,” the Canadian champ said with sort of an audible shrug. “I’ve been through it all. I’ve kind of lived the bridge between these two generations. I hope I can be one of those skaters that’s a little bit like Switzerland, right in the middle. A technically sound skater and an artistically sound skater. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Indian women make it big, eye success in all fields

first_imgFlight PlannerNamrita ChandiSquadron Leader, IAF, 34Role Call: Posted as staff pilot at the IAF’s Helicopter Training School, Hakimpet, near Hyderabad, the most senior woman helicopter pilot in the IAF has completed 10 years of service and logged 1,500 hours on the Chetak and Cheetah. The daughter of a farmer from,Flight PlannerNamrita ChandiSquadron Leader, IAF, 34Role Call: Posted as staff pilot at the IAF’s Helicopter Training School, Hakimpet, near Hyderabad, the most senior woman helicopter pilot in the IAF has completed 10 years of service and logged 1,500 hours on the Chetak and Cheetah. The daughter of a farmer from Rudrapur, Uttaranchal, she became IAF’s first woman helicopter pilot to be deployed in Leh and Siachen between 2000 and 2002, and the first to fly to the world’s highest advanced landing ground in Siachen at 18,000 ft.Significant Others: Squadron Leader Nikhil Naidu, and her children, four-year-old Kuhu and one-year-old Advitya.A Typical Day : Begins at 5 a.m. with a yoga session, after which she flies a grey Chetak helicopter for two to three hours. On returning home, she shops for groceries and looks after her two children.Balancing Act: “Live in the present and give anything you do 100 per cent. Everything will automatically fall into place.”A Beautiful MindVidya BalanActor, 28Role Call: From the moment she received a call from Vidhu Vinod Chopra in the middle of an Enrique Iglesias concert informing her that she would be playing the lead in his movie Parineeta, to the present, when she’s been part of four commendable movies in two years and has worked with names like Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham, this Tamilian Iyer girl from Palghat has gone from being the face that launched many washing powders and two-wheelers to the talent that every Bollywood filmmaker is queuing up to sign on. While Balan excelled as the luminous Lolita in Parineeta, Lage Raho Munnabhai saw her play a spunky radio jockey. She sizzled with Abraham in Salaam-e-Ishq, and Eklavya saw her return to the Vidhu Vinod Chopra fold. Her liquid eyes have left thousands mesmerised but she still remains the Chembur girl who frequents the temple in her neighbourhood. Up next are Hey Baby with Akshay Kumar and Halla Bol with Ajay Devgan.Significant Others: Between the hustle and bustle of stardom, her parents and elder sister keep her firmly grounded. “I have always looked up to my sister Priya Balan Teny. She wrote my first biodata on the basis of which I bagged a job. I always seek her approval in everything. I always say that I have two sets of mother and father, and my sister and brother-in-law,” says Balan.Balancing Act : Striking a balance between work and family is effortless for Balan. “There is no substitute for your loved ones, so spending time with them comes naturally,” she says.Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: “It puts me off when someone says ‘Oh, he is such a woman’ or ‘He bitches like a woman’. Men gossip too. Its just that women are more open about their insecurities and fears.”advertisementJewel FiefPallam DudejaJewellery Designer, 27Role Call: A graduate of NIFT, Delhi, Dudeja started designing when she was still in school. Her first big break came when she won the Bright Sparks competition organised by DTC and was asked to design a collection using diamonds, gold and silk. For the last seven years she has been working with Tanishq retail sales of the jewellery brand of Titan Industries crossed Rs 700 crore last year as senior jewellery design manager. Dudeja has also designed watches for Titan, crowns for the Miss India pageant, trophies, and jewellery for the Milan Fashion Week.Significant Other: Jewellery and product designer Neil Foley, 32, senior product design manager at Tanishq for over 12 years now.”With the kind of work that I do, it was really important for me to find the right person to spend my life with,” she says. They have a four month-old daughter, Nia.A Typical Day :Work occupies a large chunk of the day. Involved with the creative process and with administration, she is planning to launch her own brand of jewellery.Balancing Act: ” I unwind by painting. When I was a child, the walls in my room were my first pages of expression.”Taking StockChitra RamakrishnaDeputy MD, NSE, 45Role Call: The woman ANAND who gives Dalal Street the shakes, she runs the National Stock Exchange (NSE), where shares worth Rs 9,000 crore are bought and sold daily. After setting up the NSE in 1994 following the Harshad Mehta share market scam, she and her team made it the third largest stock exchange in the world, and computerised all its trading, which can extend to seven million transactions a day. Apart from having zero tolerance for violators of regulations, she is also a proponent of the use of technology. If stock market scams have ceased to be a periodic occurrence, the credit goes to the way the systems are managed by the chartered accountant, who earlier worked in the resources department of IDBI.Character Trait: Low profile. Stubbornly refuses to talk about herself.Mistress of the Universe Move: The New York Stock Exchange group, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, private equity investors, General Atlantic, Actis, Goldman Sachs, and the Softbank Asian Infrastructure Fund have picked up stakes in NSE.A Typical Day: Involves hearing out brokers, holding internal meetings and tracking the system. The Soft Sell Neelam Dhawan MD, Microsoft India, 45Role Call: The chief of sales and marketing at Microsoft India is an economics graduate from St Stephen’s College, and an MBA from FMS. When at HCL, her home for 14 years, she was single-handedly responsible for slashing PC prices in India to Rs 20,000. In the 1980s, when PCs weren’t retailed, Dhawan, who is known for her never-saydie attitude, introduced the idea of paying for PCs in installments, making them affordable. Dhawan, who has also worked with IBM, handled the merger of Compaq with HP in India. Signature Style: “I am people-centric. I try to understand their concerns. I play to their strengths rather than harp on their weaknesses.” Significant Others: Husband Atul Dhawan is a partner at professional service provider Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Elder daughter Naina,18, is pursuing an undergraduate course at Syracuse University, New York, and younger daughter Nupur,15, is in school.A Typical Day: Starts with walking the dog, a golden labrador, followed by conference calls. She then sends her daughter to school before getting to office, and heads back home by 7 p.m. She solves the newspaper crossword with her mother-in-law and spends quality time with her family.Balancing Act: “Good time management and the ability to prioritise are imperative. I decide what needs focus at a particular point and give it my complete attention.” Legal ValouradvertisementPinky AnandLawyer, 49Role Call: From arguing for the French Government in the Clemenceau case to battling for BJP leader Arjun Munda to be made chief minister of Jharkhand, this Harvard graduate is a Supreme Court lawyer who does not shy away from controversy, whether it be in constitutional, corporate or civil matters.Significant Others: Husband Devendra Goburdhun is a lawyer. Their daughter Gauri is 13, and already a state-level basketball player.If She Was a Man: “It wouldn’t make any difference except that my husband wouldn’t have to pick me up from the airport at night.” A Typical Day : The late riser spends her day attending to court matters and meetings with clients. After-work hours are packed with conferences, lectures in law schools and seminars. She makes time for a yoga session thrice a week and occasionally, for golf. The one thing she doesn’t miss is the family dinner.Character Trait: Her forthright nature, and decisive views on all subjects. A sports buff, she has tried her hand at everything from hockey to table tennis.Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: “That I am too aggressive a lawyer. When was law meant to be mild, I want to know.”advertisement Pillar of Strength Amita Baig Heritage Conservationist, 55Role Call: A consultant to the New York-based World Monument’s Fund since 1999, she is devoted to preserving the past, whether it is the restoration of the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort or the 312-year-old Church of St Anne in Goa. A student of political science, she decided to join the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage in 1984 after watching its inauguration ceremony on TV. The freelance management consultant is best known for her association with the Taj Mahal conservation project, restoring the Gaiety Theatre in Shimla and the historic Jewish Synagogue in Cochin.Balancing Act: “Women are born multitaskers, and technology helps them strike a good work-life balance.”Significant Other: Husband Khalid Baig, an engineering consultant.Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: “That working women are unprofessional, and therefore, not competitive.”If She Was a Man: She would respect the strength of a woman. Money MagicianManisha GirotraMD, UBS India, 37Role Call: The country head of the Union Bank of Switzerland wears her deal-making honours lightly. After all, not everyone can boast of a $25-billion weekend like she had earlier this year when Vodafone acquired Hutch and the Aditya Birla Group picked up Novelis. And to think all Girotra ever wanted to do during her years at Loreto Convent, Shimla, and then at St Stephen’s Delhi, was to teach economics. Armed with a gold medal from the Delhi School of Economics, she started her career with the erstwhile ANZ Grindlays. She now manages a 1,000-strong staff and $1.5 billion in investments.Significant Others: Husband Sanjay Agarwal, who heads Deutsche Bank’s investment banking division, and four-year-old daughter Tara.A Typical Day: Kicks off at 6.30 a.m. with conference calls, followed by meetings with clients. When she is in town, she drops her daughter to school. Evenings are time for family, during which there’s no shop talk. The day ends with watching news and an hour of e-mails. If She Was a Man: “What we need is a change in mindset that gets people to look at women’s jobs more seriously.” Sure Shot Dayanita Singh Photographer, 45Role Call: With five solo exhibitions in India this year, she is easily the country’s most widely acknowledged art photographer. At a time when few photographers dared to work beyond documentary or news photography, Singh branched out to pursue whimsical subjects like families, chairs and beds. She has carved her distinctive path quite irrespective of what may be ‘trendy’. Invariably, though, her works have set off fashions be it the interest in eunuchs or the family. Her recent opus includes chairs and industrial sites. Her uniqueness lies in focusing on the ubiquitous and mundane yet bringing a sense of personal intimacy.Significant Other: Her mother, who once told her, “Have as many lovers as you like but don’t ever feel pressured to marry.” Fittingly, she allowed her to trade her dowry for a course at the International Centre of Photography in New York.Signature Style: Square black and white prints shot from her Hassel blad camera.Darkest Moment As a Woman: In 1987, after having turned every possible course at the National Institute of Design into photographic learning, and publishing a book on Zakir Hussain, when she walked into a media office wanting to apprentice at the photo department. She was told that as a woman her true creativity lay in “experiencing motherhood”. “I can never forget those words,” she says, adding, “those very words freed me.” She chose to go freelance and the world is her canvas today.If She Was a Man: “Temperamentally, I would have been exactly the way I am now.” Positive ActionAnjali GopalanAIDS, Activists, 49Role Call: Trained as a journalist, she was one of the first to work in the area of HIV/AIDS in India. Having founded the Naz Foundation in 1994 with a few likeminded friends, she ventured out among professional sex workers, the transgender community and men-who-have-sex-with men to spread the gospel of safe sex, sexual awareness and counselling. Apart from being at the forefront of AIDS advocacy, she also runs a privately funded care home for 32 children and five women living with HIV.Significant Other: The love of her life, her Great Dane Brutus.A Typical Day: Is spent feeding the dogs, gardening and meeting children in the care home. She likes having people over for dinner. “I love to cook, but I admit I am a moody chef,” she says. Balancing Act: “My work is an extension of me, my life, and everything I do. Balancing it feels natural.” Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: Too many ‘You’re as good and strong as any man we have known’, or sometimes ‘We never think of you as a woman’, and worse, ‘You’re so powerful we forget you’re a woman’.Darkest Moments As a Woman: The death of her brother and then her husband.”Those were dark moments for me as a human being, not just as a woman.” A Cut Above Monisha JaiSing Fashion Designer, 41Role Call: In a fashion designing career spanning 18 years, nothing has brought Jaising more glory than her history-making kurti. Twisting the traditional kurta into a shorter, spunkier version in 2000, Jaising spawned an entire industry of Indo-western wear. But before she cut into mainstream fashion, she designed children’s wear for Oilily, UK, right after she graduated from the American College of Applied Arts in London in 1989. Infusing a little bit of India in her designs, her creations have acquired a global vision.Significant Others: Husband Ravi Jaising, 41, is in the shipping industry. Their two sons, Yudhishthir, 12, and Karan, nine, are national level swimming champions.If She Was A Man: “I would make sure that I respect all the women in my life my mother, daughter, wife, sister and friends.”Worst Cliche She Has Ever Heard About Being a Woman: “You are a woman, so you are just emotional with all your hormones pumping.” Or, “Well, there’s a woman behind the wheels so what do you expect, huh?”Balancing Act: “We are biologically programmed to achieve a lot more. Not merely balance work and family but also manage to excel at both.” Peace CoreSeema Dhundia Commandant, CRPF, 40Role Call: She is the contingent commander of the UN’s first all-woman police force responsible for maintaining law and order in the West African nation of Liberia. For the CRPF officer with 20 years of policing conflict zones, from Jammu and Kashmir to India’s North-East, it is a challenge she is accustomed to. The youngest child of an Army Service Corps civilian officer from Haryana, one of her platoons also serves as the security detail to Liberia’s first woman president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Significant Other: Husband Sanjeev is a CRPF commandant in Delhi deputed to the National Security Guard.A Typical Day : Begins at 6 a.m. with a PT drill and continues late into the night when she has to coordinate patrols of her platoons around Monrovia.Worst Cliche She Has Ever Heard About Being a Woman: “Half the things are automatically done for a pretty woman.”Balancing Act: “I manage by keeping my sense of humour alive.” Seal Of Authority Rekha Seal Ethics Counsellor , Tata Steel , 57Role Call: She monitors the ethics compliance programme at Tata Steel the world’s fifth largest steel producer counselling and advising employees at all levels. The electrical engineer from Banaras Hindu University was Tata Steel’s first woman trainee. Seal worked as engineer and project manager before becoming ethics counsellor in 2002, which has assumed special significance with Ratan Tata on an acquisition spree. She was the key to aligning the ethics policy of NatSteel Asia, which Tata Steel acquired in February 2005. And she is equally involved in the Thai company Millennium Steel, which Tata snapped up in December 2005. Under her leadership, Tata Steel became the first company in the Tata Group to implement a whistleblower policy.Significant Other: Husband, Swapan Seal, 57, who is a metallurgist and former Tata Steel executive.A Typical Day: Is spent meeting employees and contractors and counselling them.Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: After my boss retired, I was asked, will you be able to handle this job? Then I remembered a quote by Bella Abzug: the test for whether you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.Balancing Act: “Women managers are managers who happen to be women.” On A Higher Scale Bombay Jay Ashri Singer, 41Role Call: From singing fusion with Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas, to playback for films, to co-authoring a book, Voices Within, with vocalist T.M. Krishna, she is the new, articulate voice of Carnatic music. Trained by violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman and mother T.R. Balamani, she has gone beyond the concert format by composing for dance performances and documentaries. She has sung for music directors Ilayaraja, M.S. Vishwanathan, A.R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan and Harris Jayraj.and balanced that with classical performances at Durban’s Opera House and the Russian Opera House in Helsinki, Finland.Significant Others: Husband V.P. Ramnath, a chartered accountant, and nine-year-old son Amrit.A Typical Day: Music dominates her day, be it listening, learning, teaching, performing or recording.If She Was a Man: “Thank God I am a woman and I will always want to be one forever.”Signature Style: Diamond studs and bright Kanjeevaram silk saris. Balancing Act:”Music is my passion and profession. Everyone understands that and just lets me be.” Rooted to Left C.S.Sujhata CPI(M) MP, 41Role Call: Having defeated Congress heavyweight Ramesh Chennithala to win the Mavelikara seat from Kerala in her first Lok Sabha election, she takes her job seriously. Her record at the grassroots has been impeccable. in 2000, her panchayat was judged the best in Kerala for the development projects it undertook. The CPI(M) MP has been raising women’s issues in Parliament, ranging from child marriage to the Women’s Reservation Bill, the Hindu Succession Act amendment, to support for the girl child.Significant Others: Husband Baby G is a law graduate and an inspector on the state Cashew Board. Her daughter Kartika, 15, is in school.Balancing Act: “No one can understand a woman’s plight better than another woman. We find strength from one another.”If She Was a Man “I’d be more supportive of women. I would help them in crowded buses and be chivalrous.”Best Thing About Being a Woman: “We are less corrupt and more sincere.” Dramatic Persona Amal Allana Chairperson, NSD, 59Role Call: Her latest production, Nati Binodini, based on the life of Bengali actor Binodini a courtesan who went to become a theatre actor in the early 20th century premiered recently. Emotionally attached to the National School of Drama, the institute that blossomed under her father, Ebrahim Alkazi, she has never hesitated in experimenting in her career spanning over 35 years. Be it Himmat Mayi, a Hindi version of Bertolt Brecht’s play, or Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Innocent Erendira, the director, who is inspired by Tyeb Mehta and Anupam Sood, has always combined realism with contemporary aesthetics. “Theatre is a sacred space where truths can still be told. It needs to be fiercely guarded,” she says. If She Was a Man: “It’s a frightening thought. I’ve always enjoyed a great deal of freedom.” Significant Others: Husband Nissar Allana is a stage and lighting designer and medical practitioner. Daughter Zuleikha Chaudhary is a director.Balancing Act: “I’ve been maintaining a diary for the last 20 years, in which I note down, early in the morning, everything I have to do from the calls I have to make to the food that has to be cooked at home,” she says.Cat CallVidya AthreyaWildlife Scientists, 39Role Call: The scientist from the Wildlife Institute of India has introduced a system of micro-chipping leopards in western Maharashtra, which makes it possible for her team to track them at all times and understand the threats they face. Having worked on the Lion Reintroduction Project and the Clouded Leopard Survey in the north-east, she now concentrates on providing medical aid to injured wild cats and educating people.Significant Others: Husband Ramana Athreya, an astronomer, and their six-year-old daughter Aarushi.A Typical Day: Starts at 7 a.m. and is spent studying leopard problems, while also being mother, wife and gardener.Balancing Act: She has avoided too much field work, but plans to resume her outdoor tours from June this year.If She Was a Man: “I would probably have to fight a little less with a lot of people.”Tech TonicPriti JaY RaoSenior VP, Infosys, 46Role call: Head of Infosys, Pune, the company’s largest office outside Bangalore with 12,000 employees, she has been part of several start-up teams at the IT giant. The Computer Society of India IT Woman of the Year for 2002 studied computer science at IIT, Mumbai, after which she worked with Larsen & Toubro till 1997.Significant Others: Husband Jay, 51, an engineer and management professional, who now runs a pre-school. Their daughter Pooja, 21, has just completed her MBBS.Balancing Act: “Prioritise, enjoy what you do, build a team you can trust, and don’t feel guilty about not being able to do what other homemakers can.”A Typical Day: She gets up at 5.30 a.m., does yoga and has breakfast with her family. She leaves for work by 8 a.m. After replying to e-mails, she attends to conference calls, customer visits and review proposals. She also tries to catch up on some surfing and reads some of her favourite websites. She is usually home by 6.30 p.m., after which she watches television for a while.If She Was a Man: “I would have been an air force pilot. This was my dream as a child.”Signature Style: Comfortable in both Indian and western formals, she likes pastel shades.Write ChoiceBaby HalderWriter and Domestic Help, 33Role Call: She is a domestic with the write stuff. Abandoning an abusive husband, she came to Delhi in 1999 looking for a job. She found one with Prabodh Kumar, an academic. She also found herself reading Taslima Nasreen and Ashapurna Devi, and soon, penning a book. Aalo Aandhari (translated into English, with the title A Life Less Ordinary) is her story: poignant and true. Of how she was married at an early age to an irresponsible man, and of her struggles as a mother of three. Brought up in Murshidabad, Halder, who was forced to give up school after Class VII, continues to work as housekeeper, but has employed a helper to lend her a hand. Clearly, it helps. Her second book, also drawn from her own life, is on its way.Significant Others: Her eldest son, Subodh, 20, lives separately, but often comes to meet her. Her two younger children study in a government school. Tapas,14, is a little Taekwando master and wants to be a pilot, while Peeya, 11, loves painting and dreams of being a doctor.A Typical Day : Starts at 5 a.m., when she takes the dog out for a walk. The rest of the day is spent cooking, reading and writing.Is She Was a Man: “I would have treated my family, my wife and my children, with respect.”Balancing Act: “I have to make time for everything. My children understand and don’t trouble me.”The NetWorkerRevathi KasturiMD, Noveel Asia West, 47Role Call: Her core responsibility is to strengthen Novell a software company specialising in network operating systems in the Asean region. Her biggest challenge is to sell open source software, free from licensing fees, and services related to it. The IIT Mumbai graduate has worked with Tata Burroughs now part of TCS and Wipro. In 1999, she started her own IT services company called Tarang Software Technologies, which focused on e-learning and had 300 employees.Significant Others: Mother Lakshmi and daughter Anandi, 16, the disciplinarian in the family.A Typical Day : Starts at the gym, followed by meetings and conference calls. The after-dinner news with the family is a must, after which she retires with a book.Best Thing About Being a Woman: “Women must use visibility to raise uncomfortable issues in public forums,” she says.If She Was a Man: “I would take a deserted street without any fear.”The ProtectorSunitha KrishnanActivist, 35Role Call: Sexually assaulted at 16, while doing community work in a village outside Bangalore, Krishnan now helps rehabilitate victims of trafficking by teaching them occupational and life skills. With the help of her NGO Prajwala, she has rescued 3,000 women from brothels so far. She runs a boarding school for HIV-positive children.Best Thing About Being a Woman: “There is no question of a man or woman being better or less. I am proud of what I am.”Significant Other: Filmmaker Rajesh Touchriver, 35, whom she married last year. He has made a documentary, Anamika, on the lives of victims of sex trafficking.A Typical Day: Involves raising funds and interacting with the police for rescue operations.Birth RightDuru ShahGynaecologists, 57Role Call: In a 26-year-old practice, she has delivered 5,000 babies, but as president of the Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India she has extended her involvement in the field to develop maternal health care and reduce mortality rates in rural India-most recently by adopting six villages in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.Significant Others: Husband Sushil Shah, a doctor and head of a chain of diagnostic centres in Mumbai, and daughters Aparna, 29, and Ameera, 26.A Typical Day: Starts at 6 a.m. with an hour-long workout. “I spend about 15-20 minutes in the morning chatting with my husband because that’s the only time we get together,” she says. The rest of her day is mostly work-oriented.Darkest Moment As a Woman: “When people come to me requesting sex determination tests and abortions in case of a female child,” she says.If She Was a Man: “As a child I wished I was a boy, but now I am proud to be a woman.”Maiden OverJulan GoswamiCricketer, 24Role Call: At 120 kmph, she is the fastest female bowler in the world, in addition to being the vice-captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. One of the chief architects of India’s Test win over England last year the first time India scored such a victory she is the second Indian, after Anil Kumble, to take 10 wickets on English soil. It was an India-Sri Lanka semifinal match at Eden Gardens during the World Cup in 1999 that made her take up cricket as a profession. Sitting in the middle of one lakh fans, she realised cricket was more than a game in India.Significant Others: Her parents Nisith and Jharna Goswami, with whom she lives in Chakda, in West Bengal’s Nadia district, and her coach, Swapan Sadhu, who’s been training her for over a decade now.A Typical Day : When she’s not playing matches, she gets up at 4.30 a.m. and takes the 5 o’clock train to Kolkata, where she trains at Vivekananda Park. She also works for Air India and attends office whenever she can. Evenings are either spent in adda with friends or in front of the television set.Darkest Moment as a Woman: “When, as a little girl, I asked the boys in the neighbourhood if I could play with them. They said women can’t bowl.” She now bowls faster than many bowlers in Team India.Balancing Act: “Music helps me relax, especially Rabindra Sangeet and Kishore Kumar’s songs.”Rights NoiseJasmeen PathejaPhotographer, 27Role Call: A designer and photographer by profession and an activist by choice, Patheja, who is originally from Punjab, but was mostly brought up in Kolkata, heads a nationwide agitation against sexual harassment called Blank Noise. A graduate of fine arts from the Shrishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, she believes in creative protests, and has helped spread the movement to over six cities in India.Significant Others: Her parents, from a business background, live in Kolkata. For inspiration, Patheja relies on artistactivists like the Guerrilla Girls, a group of creative women who wear guerilla masks, take on the names of dead women artists and focus on issues.Signature Style: “”Whenever I am harassed on the streets, I retaliate by taking photographs of the perpetrator.”A Typical Day: Involves monitoring the progress of activists in six different cities across the country. Verse WiseKanimozhi KarunanidhiSocial Activitist, 39Role Call: This articulate daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is fast being perceived as a future leader. The DMK’s answer to bete noire J. Jayalalithaa, a cultural activist and a poet, Kanimozhi has given Tamil society a new impetus by organising the Chennai Sangamam, a festival of the city’s art, music and dance, that evokes the classical Sangam era of Tamil arts and poetry. Transcending party lines, she has joined hands with Union Finance Minister’s son Karthi Chidambaram to form Karuthu, a forum that espouses freedom of expression. Tipped to join the Rajya Sabha this year, she is closely associated with several social groups in the state.Significant Other: Her seven-year-old son Aadhithyan, who she says has given a new purpose to her life.A Typical Day : Her day begins at 6:30 a.m., but there’s nothing fixed about her schedule.If She Was a Man: “I would have longed to be a woman.”Role PlayerSmriti Z. IraniTV Actor and Producer, 30Role Call: The former Miss India 1998 finalist has been playing ideal wife, mother, mother-inlaw and grandmother one hour every weekday on satellite television for seven years. With a fledgling career in the BJP and a company, Ugraya Productions, that now produces soaps the aborted Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan, and the newly-launched Viruddh the eldest of a Delhi businessman’s three daughters is the face of soap operatic India.Significant Others: Shortly after Kyunki went on air in 2000, Irani then Malhotra got  married to Mumbai businessman and childhood friend Zubin. Irani has a five-year-old son, Zohr, and a three year-old daughter, Zoish. She also has a step-daughter, Shanelle, from Zubin’s first marriage with model coordinator Mona.A Typical Day: Irani’s day starts at 5.30 a.m. and stretches on till well past midnight. After sending the children to school, she heads for shoots, comes home for lunch, returns to the sets, attends script reading sessions and heads to the studios for dubbing, while keeping tabs on what’s cooking at home and whether the laundry has been delivered.Balancing Act: “I manage to juggle things as I have no social life whatsoever.”Brand ConsciousJessy PaulCMO, Wipro, 37Role Call: As the chief marketing officer of Wipro Technologies, her primary task is to build the brand in the world’s largest market for IT services and BPO North America and Europe. This engineer from REC Trichy and MBA from IIM Calcutta is responsible for the positioning of the company overseas. So if it’s a Bollywood theme party for the World Economic Forum at Davos, it can also be handling the company’s residential customer forum.Significant Other: Husband Aniruddha, her classmate from B-school, is a technology consultant.Balancing Act: “One has to decide what kind of life one wants. Today the BlackBerry can ensure that you are not tied to your desk,” says Paul, who works out every day and believes in taking weekend breaks and a long annual vacation with her family.Signature Style: Mango pants, Tommy Hilfiger shirts and Harley Davidson boots.Darkest Moment As a Woman:Witnessing women being harassed in public places and buses.If She Was a Man: “I would miss not being part of the minority and the differential treatment that we get.”Fund RaiserKavita HurryMD, INGVYSYA Mutual fund, 45Role Call: The managing director of ING Vysya Mutual Fund and CEO of the private banking division manages assets worth Rs 4,000 crore and sells mutual funds like fast-moving consumer goods. A marketing graduate from the Narsee Monjee Institute for Management Studies, Mumbai, she launched equity mutual fund products, Value Pack and Mahila Nivesh, which allow investors to systematically invest every month in equity funds. Thanks to this, ING has never had to explain losses to its investors. Beginning with the Bank of Credit and Commerce in 1984, where she worked for seven years, she moved on to ANZ Grindlays Bank, where she learnt all the complexities of human resource planning, and finally to ING in 1994.Significant Others: Husband Vivek, COO of a legal outsourcing firm, and their two children, Tanya, 15, and Aditya, 12.If She Was a Man: “Being a woman has not made any difference to my professional life.”A Typical Day: She is up at 6 a.m. to get her children ready for school. Her yoga session starts soon after. At work, most of her time is spent on HR issues. Evenings are spent with family, watching television sitcoms like Friends.Balancing Act: “Though I am a CEO, I am available to my family 24X7. Once a year I take a holiday with my family.”Right MovesPadmini ChetturDancer, 36Role Call: She has redefined traditional Indian dance by going beyond the stated, winning international recognition in the contemporary rhythm movement. From learning Bharatanatyam at an early age, she gradually began experimenting and composing, along with her troupe, memorable works like Wings and Masks, Solo and Brown. She performed at the Goteborg Theatre and Dance Festival in Sweden, but in India, she remains unseen.Significant Other: She is influenced by the late dancer-choreographer Chandralekha, who “opened up the possibility to connect life and dance”.A Typical Day: “I spend six hours a day with my troupe and a year between premieres looking for a new vocabulary.”Balancing Act : The challenge to work day after day with the body sustains her. “The curiosity about what I do sustains my work economically,” she says.Healing BeautyGagandeep KangMedical Researcher, 44Role Call: Part of the faculty at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, she chose to give up clinical medicine for research on diarrhoea (which kills more people in a day than SARS or avian flu ever have) in children. Kang, a.k.a. Cherry, is working with a private company on a solar distillation apparatus for disinfecting water.Significant Other: Husband Mathew Joseph, a neurosurgeon, who is currently on a sabbatical in Bangladesh. Their sons, Arjun, 13, and Tej, 11, love reading and gaming.Darkest Moment As a Woman: A few. “I have had my share of molestations, but I have fought back and pity the men who think violence against women can destroy their spirit.”If She Was a Man: “I would never ever mess with a determined woman.” This year’s women of substance join a distinguished list:CLASS OF 20061. Sushma Singh2. Wahida Prizm3. Vinita Bali4. Asha Bhosle5. Rohini Nilekani6. Priya Dutt7. Padma Ravichander8. Mallika Srinivasan9. Ekta Kapoor10. Sudha Murty11. Belinda Wright12. Roopa Purushothaman13. Roopa Ganguly14. Prema Dhanraj15. Shaista Ambar16. Sonia Manchanda17. Manjula Rao18. Lakshmi Puri19. Meenaxi Chaudhry, UrvashiGulati, Keshni Anand Arora20. Farah Khan21. Leela Samson22. Daggubati Purandareswari23. Sister Sudha Vargheese24. Rashmi Singh25. Sania Mirza26. Ruth Manorama27. Ashu Suyash28. Latika Khaneja29. Anuradha Pal CLASS OF 20051. Kanchan C. Bhattacharya2. Brinda Karat3. Abha Narain Lambah4. Meher Pudumjee5. Rani Mukherji6. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw7. Vandana Luthra8. Priya Paul9. Jaya Row10. K. Ajitha11. Preetha Reddy12. Anuradha Desai13. Joshna Chinappa14. Shubha Mudgal15. Madhavi Puri Buch16. Arundhati Roy17. Amrita Patel18. Mehbooba Mufti19. Sanjna Kapoor20. Shobhana Bhartia21. Sushma Iyengar22. Sujata Keshavan23. Konkana SenSharma24. Jamuna Pai25. Vasundhara Raje26. Zia Mody27. Radhika Roy28. Kumari Selja29. Dhananjaya Saranath30. Pratiba Naitthanilast_img read more

Aces gun down Road Warriors

first_imgMOST READ View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Alaska coach Alex Compton rhapsodized about having been given a chance to even compete for a spot in the playoffs, and said he looked to honor the game when they played NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT “Our defense was fantastic in the first half. Obviously we’re fortunate to get them after playing Magnolia last Wednesday, so we had fresher legs,” Compton noted.The Aces hurdled their first KO game of the conference and will enter two more in order to make the Final Four. They would have to beat the Fuel Masters two straight times to advance.The quarterfinals start Saturday with San Miguel Beer clashing with TNT KaTropa at 4:30 p.m. and Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia slugging it out at 6:45 at Mall of Asia Arena.Both series are best-of-three.“It’s a steeper, higher mountain,” said Compton of the task ahead as he faces his former deputy, Louie Alas, who has done a marvelous job at Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Aces did just that, dominating the Road Warriors, 88-80, to complete the PBA Philippine Cup’s quarterfinal cast Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.“I think the guys battled [well],” Compton said. “I am so proud of the guys’ effort. All you ask is a chance, we had a chance, we took advantage of it, and now we have one more chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlaska held NLEX to just eight points in the second period and to a total of 25 for the first half, basically winning it there as the Aces advanced as the eighth seed and will play No. 1 Phoenix Pulse in the quarterfinals.Sonny Thoss finished with 21 points and five rebounds in one of his worthiest games of late. Final four-defining matches up for 3 teams SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Sonny’s been awesome this conference. He’s invigorated. He’s turned back the clock this conference,” he said of his old reliable. “I think when his legs are fresh and playing strong like that, he’s a tough matchup for any big man in the league.”Simon Enciso and Carl Bryan Cruz pumped in 16 points each as Alaska avenged a 70-91 loss in their only elimination round clash.“It has been a tough conference for the both of us. I think NLEX is better than the conference they’ve had. But sometimes the cards are dealt in a certain way,” Compton said.The scores:Alaska 88—Thoss 21, Enciso 16, Cruz 16, Casio 13, Banchero 4, Baclao 4, Ayaay 4, Racal 3, Exciminiano 3, Teng 2, Potts 2, Pascual 0.NLEX 80—Ighalo 16, Galanza 14, Quinahan 13, Erram 10, Paniamogan 8, Magat 7, Rios 5, Baguio 3, Paredes 2, Tiongson 2, Taulava 0, Soyud 0, Tallo 0, Lao 0.Quarters: 23-17, 44-25, 73-50, 88-80Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Denmark Open: PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth Advance as Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma Crash Out

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Odense: World champion PV Sindhu and B. Sai Praneeth made impressive starts to their campaign at the Denmark Open while Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma crashed out early after losing their first-round matches.Sindhu registered a straight-game win over Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the women’s singles competition. She defeated former World Junior Champion Gregoria 22-20, 21-18 in 38 minutes. World championships bronze medallist B. Sai Praneeth also entered the second round after he outclassed China’s Lin Dan 21-14, 21-17 in a 35-minute opening round clash.He will now likely be up against world No. 1 and two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan, to whom he lost at the World Championships recently in Switzerland.However, it was the end of the road for Parupalli Kashyap, who had reached the semi-finals at the Korea Open, as he went down to Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin 13-21, 12-21 in the men’s singles event.National champion Sourabh Verma also made an early exit after losing 21-19, 11-21, 17-21 to Netherlands Mark Caljouw in 68 minutes.In the men’s doubles contest, Thailand Open champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty registered a win as they defeated the South Korean pair of Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae 24-22, 21-11 in the 39-minute affair. b sai praneethChirag ShettyCrash OutDenmark Open First Published: October 15, 2019, 10:57 PM ISTlast_img read more

Manchester United and Mourinho succumb to Derby County and Lampard

first_imgAdvertisementDerby County overcame an arduous Manchester United challenge at Old Trafford to secure their spot in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. After a 2-2 scoreline at full-time , The Rams held on to win 8-7 on penalties after Phil Jones’ kick was saved by the former Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson.Image : Frank Lampard celebrates in front of the travelling fans . Source : GettyJuan Mata scored the first goal of the game and his first in nine months . The lead was not long lived as Derby’s Harry Wilson equalized. Things went on from bad to worse for The Red Devils as the United goalkeeper Sergio Romero was sent off for handling the ball outside the box after what looked like a horrendous mistake.Derby took the lead through Jack Marriott header’s in the 85th minute. It was again a Marouane Fellaini header to rescue United on this occasion deep in the 95th minute.Lampard’s men had to endure 8 rounds of penalty shootout before celebrating with their 3000 travelling fans on a historic night for the club .Mourinho’s was a frustrated figure throughout the game but was graceful in defeat after his former Chelsea player, Frank Lampard expressed : ‘He [Mourinho] said what a great performance it was from the [Derby] team. I appreciate that because it’s not easy in defeat in that last moment.’Lampard also added : ‘It was an honour for me to go up against him.’ That goes to show the magnitude of mutual respect between arguably the greatest manager of Chelsea F.C. and the top most scorer of all time of Chelsea F.C.Advertisementlast_img read more

Greece Buys World Hoop Ticket

first_imgDespite erratic play that seemed to doom its chances, Greece has gotten one of the four wild cards granted by FIBA and will take part in the World Championship this year in Spain, which got the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics, losing to the U.S. team dominated by NBA All-Stars.Basketball’s world governing body filled the four empty slots for the tournament, scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 14, by inviting Greece, Turkey, Brazil and Finland, out of 14 candidates.Greece had failed to get a invitation because of its poor performance in the 2013 European championships, finishing a mediocre 4-4 with uninspired play that ired Greek fans, but got the FIBA pass because it still stands fifth in the world rankings.Participation in the World Championship also means Greece will not have to negotiate a qualifying round in order to play in the 2015 Eurobasket.Among the candidates for the wild cards were Russia, Germany, Italy and China, but all reportedly withdrew from the process for various reasons, with Germany and Italy protesting about the financial requirements that wild card receivers had to pay 800,000 euros ($1.079 million) essentially meaning it bought its way into the tourney.Greece’s basketball federation head Giorgos Vassilakopoulos said it would be paid by the team’s sponsor, Eurobank, because of Greece’s economic crisis and government cutbacks, including for national sports teams.The draw for the World Championship will take place on Feb. 3  in Madrid.When the Greek delegation returns from Spain it will start the hunt for a new coach, with favorites including former Greece coach Panayiotis Giannakis and Bilbao coach Fotis Katsikaris.Greece was knocked out early in the 2010 championships in Istanbul, losing to Turkey and Russia in group play and then to Spain in the round of 16. Greece lost to Spain in the 2006 championships final after surprising the US team, 101-95 in the semi-final, shocking the basketball world.In 2010, Spain lost in the quarter-finals to Serbia, which then lost a heartbreaker to Turkey by a single point in the semi-finals, allowing the hosts to reach the final where they were dominated by the Americans and lost handily, 81-64, in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Duke Coach K Gets 1000th Win

first_imgNEW YORK — Make no mistake: Mike Krzyzewski is proud of his 1,000 wins. Just don’t expect him to keep chasing milestones much longer.“There’s an end in sight. I’m going to be 68 next month. It’ll end sooner than later,” he said.Krzyzewski became the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to get 1,000 wins when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John’s late in the second half on Jan. 25 for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden.Tyus Jones scored 22 points and the Blue Devils (17-2) went on an 18-2 run down the stretch to put Coach K in four figures on his first try.“There will be others that win more, but it is kind of neat to be the first one to 1,000,” he said. Coach 1K. How grand, indeed.Krzyzewski shared the moment with his family, pointing out that two of his three daughters and seven of his nine grandchildren were in attendance as he spoke in the postgame interview room.But he could do without all the recent hoopla and individual adulation.“I’m glad it’s over,” Krzyzewski said. “There have been so many articles written. There were things written that I didn’t even know about me.“Now, no more stories about my past or whatever,” he pleaded. “Enough is enough.”Jahlil Okafor had 17 points and 10 rebounds, combining with Jones and Quinn Cook (17 points) to fuel the decisive spurt after Duke trailed by 10 with 8:15 remaining.That’s when the Blue Devils finally began to look like a Krzyzewski-coached team, picking up their defense and hustling to loose balls as he urged them on from one knee in front of the bench. Duke outworked the Red Storm (13-6) on the glass and held them without a field goal for 6 pivotal minutes.“It just, boom! It was great,” Krzyzewski said. “It was beautiful, really, to see them fight today and win.”When the final horn sounded, Blue Devils players engulfed Krzyzewski and he received a bear hug from top assistant Jeff Capel. Photographers swarmed the coach on the court, and players were given T-shirts that read “1,000 Wins And Kounting.”“It’s a great feeling. Winning in the fashion that we did for Coach’s big game, it’s really special,” junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon said.A public-address announcement offered congratulations to Krzyzewski, and Duke fans at a packed Garden chanted his name.“I’m not sure I’ve ever been a part of a game like that. That’s kind of nuts, huh?” Krzyzewski said. “It just seemed like three different games.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

5 Best Wine Barrel-Aged Beers to Drink Right Now

first_img Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietals The Most Interesting Drinks From Around the World You Can Try Today What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine Editors’ Recommendations Allagash Brewing Company/FacebookThe process of barrel-aging a beer is meant to infuse additional flavor and aroma characteristics in a base brew. The elements passed from barrel to beer are influenced by many factors, such as the native aspects of the wood, any bacteria found in the barrel, and previous usage and treatment of the barrel (in addition to time, temperature, et cetera). An oak barrel, for example, provides hint of vanilla to whatever liquid it comes in contact with. Microorganisms that penetrate the wood in barrels may contribute funk to wild ales. And if the barrel was once used to store another liquid, those remnants can seep out and mix with the new beer. Bourbon, rum, and tequila barrels are the most popular choices for aging beer. These barrels work well with strong, sweet stouts that can hold up to the biting, acidic characteristics of the liquor. But wine barrels are another excellent source for pushing beer in new directions. The more delicate notes from red and white wine barrels can enhance a variety of both dark and light beers. Here are a five wine barrel-aged beers to search out.SupplicationRussian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company brews up a brown ale and then ages it in barrels that previously held Sonoma County Pinot Noir. Each barrel is loaded with sour cherries and the souring bacteria triple threat of Pediococcus, Brettanomyces, and Lactobacillus. The resulting sour beer is unlike any brown ale you’ve had before. It’s funky, tart and lush with a smooth red wine finish.The AbyssDeschutes BreweryA longtime favorite of beer nerds, The Abyss is an amalgamation of 6 malts, 4 hop varieties, and other additions including cherry bark and licorice. Deschutes Brewery then ages the beer in bourbon, new Oregon Oak, and wine barrels. Those privileged to pick up a bottle of the annual limited annual release are treated to a rich, complex, and dense beer that won a platinum medal at the 2018 World Beer Awards. Coolship PêcheAllagash Brewing CompanyOne of Allagash’s esteemed Coolship series releases, Pêche is a Belgian Fruit Lambic with 7.3 percent alcohol by volume. The simple Belgian-style base beer is fermented in the brewery’s traditional open-air coolship followed by 2 years of aging in French Oak wine barrels. Then, the beer spends five months sitting on fresh peaches. The beer is simultaneously sweet and tart, with the sour funk, oak and peaches taking center stage.Red Wine Barrel Midnight in the GardenCoastal Empire Beer CompanyThis outstanding beer from Coastal Empire Beer Co. takes the brewery’s Imperial Chocolate Stout and ages it in red wine barrels for six months. The resulting beer is a blend of chocolate, raspberry, and mulled wine flavors buoyed by a creamy mouthfeel.Darkest HourAnchorage Brewing CompanyAnchorage Brewing Company’s Darkest Hour is a triple-fermented Belgian Style Imperial Stout brewed with Summit hops. The first fermentation is with a Belgian yeast. The second is in Pinot Noir and rye whiskey barrels. The final step is bottle fermentation with a wine yeast. There is a grape must bite that comes through in the taste, standing up to the sweetness of dark chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About last_img read more

ECSA Seafarers Operators Need Less Administrative Burden

first_imgzoom European shipowners (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have called for easing the administrative burden that seafarers and ship operators are now facing.“Crews and companies face a worse situation today than before. Rather than having a single European window, diverging national solutions were developed and even at Member States’ level there is very often no single solution in place,” ECSA said during Digital Transport Days in Tallinn.The organization added that this led to an increase of the administrative workload and the risk of seafarer fatigue, to the detriment of job satisfaction and smoothness of operations.The European Commission has now fully grasped the problems around the Reporting Formalities Directive and the urgency to address these. An Impact Assessment on a European Maritime Single Window (EMSW) environment has beeen launched and an ambitious proposal is scheduled to be presented in spring 2018.“We have the unique chance now to not only rectify things but to improve the administrative procedures applied to maritime transport,” Martin Dorsman, ECSA Secretary General, said.“We urge all parties to have an open mind. Surely there are reporting requirements that can be dropped, information that can be re-used better and responsibilities of the various actors that can be clarified better. If this assessment is thoroughly done, this will result in a huge reduction of the administrative burden on crew and companies,” Philippe Alfonso, Political Secretary at ETF, concluded.last_img read more

Expanded Mineral Fund Supports Innovation Youth

first_imgBusinesses, prospectors and academics now have more support for innovative projects in the mining sector that attract investment, grow Nova Scotia’s economy and creates jobs, especially in rural areas. As part of Budget 2019-20, the province is increasing the Mineral Resources Development Fund by $800,000 to a total of $1.5 million. Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette opened the fund to applications today, April 9. “Mining is a globally competitive sector that creates career opportunities for our young people, while generating revenue for programs and services that benefit all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “These investments make connections and develop new ideas that help our companies stay at the forefront of technology and environmental protection.” Saint Mary’s University professor Jacob Hanley and PhD student Kevin Neyedley received $47,500 from the fund in 2018. They are working on research and gathering geological information about how strategic minerals formed. This will help identify where deposits may be located and then extracted with minimal environmental impact. “It is vitally important for Nova Scotians to have access to the most current scientific knowledge, gathered using cutting edge research tools,” said Mr. Hanley. “Our research can help attract companies by reducing exploration costs for industry and reduce the impact that grass-roots exploration has on the environment through narrowing the size of mineral deposit targets,” said Mr. Neyedley. Last year, the province supported 28 projects including mineral exploration programs, professional development, innovation, university research and training opportunities for young people. “Our investment in Nova Scotia can be directly attributed to efforts made by the province to support prospectors,” said Greg Collins, chief operating officer at Transition Metals, a mineral exploration company based in Sudbury, Ontario. “The fund has helped us generate some very encouraging results that could attract new investment and allow us to consider acquiring additional projects in Nova Scotia.” To apply or find out more about the fund, visit .last_img read more

Mounties find no evidence of McLeod Schmegelsky in York Landing

first_imgPolice have urged people not to post any photos or information about the whereabouts of officers to social media, and have said so far more than 200 tips have come in.The pair are wanted in connection with the second-degree murder of UBC sessional lecturer Leonard Dyck, as well as the deaths of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese.The bodies of Fowler, 23, and Deese, 24, were found July 15 along the Alaska Highway, about 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs. Dyck’s body was found near a burned out camper owned by McLeod and Schmegelsky near Dease Lake. The Port Alberni men were first reported missing, and later deemed suspects in three killings.This is a developing story and will be updated as new information is received.-With files from Taran Parmar, Lisa Steacy, and Lauren Boothby YORK LANDING, Mb. (NEWS 1130) – Despite a credible tip coming in on Sunday, Mounties in Manitoba say they haven’t been able to substantiate reports that two people spotted in York Landing were indeed the Vancouver Island men wanted in B.C.Manitoba RCMP Cst. Julie Courchaine said on Monday that Mounties were alerted to a possible sighting of two men fitting the description of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod at around 5:00 p.m. local time.“Based on the information received, the RCMP immediately deployed multiple resources to the community, including the Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, Containment Team members, Major Crime Services and Air Services assets,” she said.Kam McLeod, left, and Bryer Schmegelsky are seen here in handout images from the RCMP. (Source: RCMP)Search teams combed the area overnight, and will continue to have a presence in the area.“York Landing is approximately 90 kilometres southwest of Gillam, and is only accessible by air or via a two-hour ferry crossing in the summer,” Courchaine explained. “There is also a rail line that runs approximately 25 kilometres south of the community.”Mounties have not been able to make contact with the two people reportedly spotted in York Landing, and on Monday afternoon said in a tweet that it has not been able to substantiate the tip.After a thorough & exhaustive search, #rcmpmb has not been able to substantiate the tip in York Landing. RCMP resources will continue to be in the York Landing & Gillam areas.We thank the community for their patience & understanding & ask them to continue to be vigilant.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 29, 2019“We understand that this is a trying time for the community of York Landing and that there’s a lot of uncertainty. We want to remind residents that we have a lot of police resources in the area, and that our priority is their safety.”Locals were asked to remain vigilant, to stay indoors, and ensure their doors are locked. “And to report anything suspicious by calling their local police immediately,” Courchaine added.Community on edgeMounties have been searching parts of northern Manitoba for nearly a week as Schmegelsky and McLeod continue to evade arrest. Their efforts intensified after the possible sighting near a dump in York Landing came in from a community safety group — the Bear Clan Patrol.Chief Leroy Constant with the York Factory First Nations told NEWS 1130 his community is on edge.“There’s a heavy police presence here — there’s approximately 30 plus officers here in our community, and the last, I’m going to say, [24 hours] has been very stressful on everybody, as the news has broke about a possible sighting,” he said. “Everybody is on edge, first off, and still are. The feeling is still the same.”Meantime, Chief Constant said a lockdown was in place, and only designated volunteers were allowed to be “out and about.”Chief Constant believes the fugitives could have used rail lines to travel the rough and marshy terrain.Related video: Bear Clan eases fear in Northern Manitobalast_img read more

Survivors from electric chairequipped residential school facing another court fight with Ottawa

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsIndian residential school survivors who attended an institution that used an electric chair to torture students are returning to court in another effort to force the federal government to release uncensored documents from the investigations and criminal trials of former school staff.Lawyers with the Ottawa firm Sack Golblatt Mitchell filed a “Return of Request for Directions” in December on behalf of students who attended St. Anne’s Indian Residential School, which was in St. Albany, Ont. A hearing date has been set for June 9 in Toronto.The filing is essentially asking for a clarification of a previous Jan. 14, 2014 ruling when Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ordered Canada to disclose documents it held in its possession from an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into physical and sexual abuse at St. Anne’s Residential School.Ottawa initially denied it had the material, but eventually handed over 12,300 electronic documents related to the OPP probe, criminal court hearings and allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the school.The documents released by Canada, however, have been heavily redacted, according to the court filing.The documents are important for St. Anne’s survivors involved in the Independent Assessment Process (AIP), which was set up to hear claims and give compensation for sexual and serious physical abuse to residential school survivors under the multi-billion dollar Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.St. Anne’s survivors need the documents to prove their claims of abuse to IAP adjudicators. The redactions by Ottawa, however, are making it difficult for survivors to use the documents in their cases. The federal government acts as a party in the IAP hearings.“It has been difficult for claimants and council to try and figure out which documents may or may not be relevant to the case,” said Fiona Campbell, a lawyer with Sack Golblatt Mitchell.The court filing alleges that the federal government is redacting documents that are “in the public domain.” Ottawa is also “failing to provide an adequate school narrative for St. Anne’s or adequate reports for persons named in the applications as having abused the claimant.”Campbell said in some instances there are thousands of documents describing abuse allegations against individual staff members, but the “person of interest reports” on those staff members contain no more than a page or two and sometimes no mention of the allegations.The federal government is also refusing to release unredacted versions of three of five transcripts from open court criminal proceedings against former St. Anne’s staff. Ottawa is claiming that the three transcripts are no longer in the public domain as a result of the “length of time that has elapsed,” according to minutes from a Dec. 9 meeting of the IAP Oversight Committee.“I don’t even know what it means,” said Campbell. “If you can get the documents and it is a transcript of what took place in open court, I would have thought it was something that was available to the public.”The IAP Oversight Committee has basically given up on dealing with the issue of the St. Anne’s transcript and document issues, according to minutes of the December meeting.“The technical subcommittee has reached the end of its discussions on the St. Anne’s IRS issues,” said the minutes.NDP MP Charlie Angus said the IAP committee shares some of the responsibility for the scenario that has residential school survivors marching back to the courts.“The responsibility here [falls on] the Independent Assessment Process, who continue to fail survivors of St. Anne’s,” said Angus. “What kind of legal process says it’s okay for the defendants to suppress evidence and produce false evidence?”Angus said the IAP Secretariat “is making no effort to make sure it’s a fair process.”Justice Canada referred questions on the issue to Aboriginal Affairs which it said was the lead department on the file.Aboriginal Affairs said in a statement that Canada is also seeking clarification through the request for direction filed by the St. Anne’s survivors, but could provide no further comment because the matter is before the courts.Survivors who attended the Bishop Horden Indian Residential School from Moose Factory, Ont., are also seeking to have the results of the request for direction apply to their cases that have not yet been concluded through the IAP process.In addition to physical and sexual abuse, staff at St. Anne’s used an electric chair to shock students as young as six. They also forced sick students to eat their own vomit.A five-year OPP investigation in the 1990s led to the conviction of five former staff members from the read more

Canadian Pacific raises quarterly dividend ahead of key shareholder vote

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is raising its quarterly dividend as a U.S. investment manager seeking to replace its chief executive argued the railway’s improved financial results were not due to improved management.The Calgary-based railway said it now would pay a quarterly dividend of 35 cents to shareholders, up from 30 cents.“Canadian Pacific is committed to enhancing value for shareholders through profitable growth, execution of our operating plan, balanced investment and dividend growth,” CP chief financial officer Kathryn McQuade said.“Our multi-year plan is clearly delivering record operating and service metrics with financial results and operating cash flow to fund our capital investments and increase our dividends 17 per cent.”Last week, the company reported a first-quarter profit of $142 million or 82 cents per share on $1.37 billion in revenue.That compared with a profit of $34 million, or 20 cents per share, on $1.16 billion in the same quarter a year earlier when winter storms bogged down the railway and slowed shipments.However, Bill Ackman, head of Pershing Square Capital Management, the New York hedge fund seeking to oust CEO Fred Green, said the improvement in earnings was not all due to improvements at the railway.In a letter to shareholders issued Monday, Ackman said the railway benefited from a mild winter and an improved economy.“The relief from headwinds and the benefit of a tailwind should not be confounded with ‘successful execution’,” Ackman said.Ackman also said Monday that the company didn’t set aside money for bonuses in its first-quarter results, which made operating ratios appear healthier.“If things have really turned, then why aren’t they paying bonuses to their team? The answer is to make their quarter look better,” he said in an interview with the Business News Network.But CP said late Monday that first-quarter accruals actually increased by $7 million due partly to a higher share price, while executive compensation accruals were $4 million higher compared to the first quarter of 2011.“To put the company’s performance in a negative light, Mr. Ackman suggested that management deliberately distorted CP’s financial results. He attacks the competence of our audit committee, which approved our first quarter results,” said Dick Kelly, chairman of CP’s audit committee.Pershing Square, the railway’s largest shareholder, wants to see former Canadian National Railway Co. chief executive Hunter Harrison replace Green in the top job at the railway.The New York-based firm, which Ackman runs, has put forth seven nominees to sit on CP’s 15-member board, which will be elected at the company’s annual meeting next month in Calgary.“The board and Mr. Green attempt to divert shareholders’ attention from the company’s poor financial performance to ‘improvements’ in non-GAAP, non-financial operating metrics,” Ackman said.“These metrics are distorted by the material benefit of a record mild winter and the outsized capital and operating expenditures of the company’s wasteful 2012 Winter Plan.”CP said Monday it is building on its significant momentum and continuing to improve its operations, which is resulting in improved financial results.“When faced with incontrovertible proof of CP’s strong operating and financial performance, Pershing Square continues to distort the record to distract shareholders from the fact that it has no plan and no ideas,” CP said in response to Ackman’s letter.Ackman has said that CP’s plan isn’t the problem, but rather the management’s inability to deliver on the plans.Pershing Square, which first disclosed its investment in CP last October, has a 14.2 per cent share of the railroad.The investment firm and Harrison have said Canadian Pacific can improve its operating ratio to 65 per cent by 2015 — a target that CP says can’t be achieved in that time frame.CP, which reported an operating ratio of 80.1 per cent in its first quarter, has set a target of 70 to 72 per cent operating ratio for 2014 and between 68.5 per cent to 70.5 per cent for 2016.The ratio represents the percentage of revenue required to pay for operations, so investors want railways to push the number lower in order to boost profitability.For the three months ended March 31, CP earned $142 million or 82 cents per share on $1.37 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $34 million or 20 cents per share on $1.16 billion in the same quarter a year earlier when winter storms bogged down the railway and slowed shipments.Meanwhile on Monday, rival Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) reported its first-quarter earnings grew 16 per cent to $775 million or $1.75 per share for the period ended March 31, compared to $1.45 per share in the prior year.Operating income increased 23 per cent to $793 million, while the operating ratio was 66.2 per cent, a 2.8-point improvement over the year-earlier quarter.CN shares closed down 74 cents at $79.39 in Monday trading. Shares in CP closed down $2.24 at $74.21 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.CP’s annual meeting will be held on May 17. Canadian Pacific raises quarterly dividend ahead of key shareholder vote by News Staff Posted Apr 23, 2012 7:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Longdormant concerns over Greece flare up causing dramatic selloff in stock bond

Long-dormant concerns over Greece flare up, causing dramatic sell-off in stock, bond markets by Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2014 7:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – After months out of the spotlight, Greece was back at the centre of Europe’s financial troubles on Wednesday, when concerns over the stability of the government and its bailout program triggered a massive sell-off in stocks and bonds.Greece’s main stock index closed 6.3 per cent lower — having traded down as much as 9.8 per cent lower earlier in the day. Following a 5.7 per cent loss on Tuesday, that brings the index to its worst level in 14 months.Yields on Greece’s 10-year bonds also rose sharply, to 7.73 per cent — up 1.10 percentage points on the day, a sign investors are more worried about default.Economist Megan Greene said investors were rattled by a combination of factors, with the sudden rise in Greece’s borrowing rates likely to hurt the country’s hopes of leaving its bailout program.The benchmark 10-year borrowing rate has risen from a low of 5.5 per cent in September, making it harder for the country to hope to finance itself on markets and no longer depend on bailout loans. The government had hoped to emerge from its bailout program earlier than planned.“The rising government borrowing costs should be a wakeup call to the Greek government not to tempt the markets with an early bailout exit,” said Greene, chief economist at Manulife Asset Management.Greece was at the heart of the eurozone debt crisis that started in 2009 and resulted in Athens receiving bailout loans worth 240 euros billion ($304 billion) to avoid bankruptcy. The country has since then stumbled through an economic depression and is this year finally seeing a stabilization in its economy.But its massive national debt is still not considered sustainable. That could mean it may need more rescue loans or seek further improvement to its bailout loan repayment terms.Though Wednesday’s losses come amid a wider drop in global markets, they were exacerbated by a survey on Monday indicating the government may not last through the winter. The poll showed the opposition Syriza party — which wants Greece to renege on part of the bailout loans it owes fellow European countries and the International Monetary Fund — had a widening lead over the governing conservatives.The government will rely on opposition support in February to elect a new president. Without it, the government would collapse.Syriza is arguing Greece’s economy cannot recover unless a substantial portion of money owed to bailout creditors is cancelled. It describes the dramatic increase in poverty and unemployment after years of austerity measures as a “humanitarian crisis.”A default on Greece’s bailout loans could have uncertain financial consequences, however. International investors may shy away for years from lending to the country for fear of not being repaid, for example.Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras chaired a cabinet meeting on the economy after markets closed Wednesday.His Socialist coalition partner, Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos, said doubts over Greece’s political stability posed the biggest threat to the country’s recovery.“We can see just how fragile the situation is … and the danger of turning pretty domestic political squabbles into reasons for the markets to turn against us,” Venizelos said.“What we are seeing today, is scenes from the future that must be avoided.”To make matters worse, Greene, the analyst, said there were concerns that Greece’s banks might get hit by upcoming stress tests by the European Central Bank, due to their rising number of bad loans. The ECB is reviewing eurozone banks to see if they are healthy enough — if not, they will be required to raise money on markets or receive bailouts.—Follow Gatopoulos at read more

UN experts press Turkey to adhere to human rights obligations despite state

“One cannot avoid, even in times of emergency, obligations to protect the right to life, prohibit torture, adhere to fundamental elements of due process and non-discrimination, and protect everyone’s right to belief and opinion,” the experts underscored in a press release.Their call comes as Turkey’s Article 4 – which, within certain narrow conditions, temporarily relaxes some obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – enters into effect, and the Government declared a state of emergency. Turkey signed the ICCPR in 2000 and ratified it in 2003.“The invocation of Article 4 is lawful only if there is a threat to the life of the nation, a condition that arguably is not met in this case,” the experts noted. “Even in situations that meet this high threshold, Article 4 establishes limits to how much a State may deviate from its obligations under the Covenant.”Since the 15 July attempted coup, and particularly from the 20 July declared state of emergency, detentions and purges have spiked in Turkey – most notably in the education, media, military and justice sectors.“The derogation provision under Article 4 does not give a carte blanche to ignore all obligations under the ICCPR,” the experts said. “Even where derogation is permitted, the Government has a legal obligation to limit such measures to those that are strictly required by the needs of the situation,” he added.Additionally, allegations of torture and poor detention conditions have risen following legislative provisions that enable indiscriminate administrative powers to affect core human rights.“While we understand the sense of crisis in Turkey,” the experts said, “we are concerned that the Government’s steps to limit a broad range of human rights guarantees go beyond what can be justified in light of the current situation.”In recent statements, UN human rights experts have urged the Turkish Government to uphold the rule of law in time of crisis, voicing their concern about the use of emergency measures to target dissent and criticism.The experts stressed, “Turkey is going through a critical period. Derogation measures must not be used in a way that will push the country deeper into crisis.”Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Banking apprentice succumbs to injuries days after being involved in motorcycle

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo killed in Coverden accident – two others criticalApril 17, 2016In “latest news”Driver of Allion in smash-up on the Kuru-Kururu public road succumbsMay 19, 2018In “Crime”Herstelling fatal accident: Woman identified by daughterJuly 31, 2017In “Crime” A banking apprentice, attached to the Republic Bank’s Diamond operations, died on Monday morning in the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she had been a patient since last Wednesday.Dead: Keisha AnthonyEighteen-year-old Keisha Anthony of Lot 62 North Timehri, East Bank Demerara  had reportedly sustained head and body injuries in a motorcycle accident that occurred at Supply, East Bank Demerara last Wednesday as she was returning home.Her boyfriend, Kenroy London, was taking her home on motorcycle CH 9730, and they were proceeding south along the eastern side of the East Bank public road when London, who allegedly was speeding, lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a pedestrian proceeding in the same direction. That collision had flung Anthony onto the roadway, where she had received injuries about her head and body; while the pedestrian, identified as a 13-year-old of Supply, EBD, had received injuries to his left ankle and lacerations about his body.It has been alleged that neither Anthony nor London was wearing a helmet at the time of this accident.Anthony and the teen were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they received treatment and were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. Anthony has now succumbed to the injuries she had sustained.Her mother Paulette Anthony said her daughter, the younger of two siblings, had only recently been successful at the CSEC examinations, earning her the attachment at Republic Bank Limited. read more

Arnautovic discusses mental pressure on footballers

first_imgWest Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic insists footballers are under far more pressure than many fans realise.The former Inter Milan striker came under fire from Stoke City fans after moving to West Ham last year.He was then vilified by the Hammers’ fans for a poor first half after the season before coming good to help save them from relegation.The Austria international has maintained that form this season with his five Premier League goals making him joint-third in the scoring charts. But he admitted to the scrutiny taking its toll.He said, according to Mirror:“It’s easy, from the outside to hammer people, hammer the players and say, ‘He didn’t do this well, he didn’t do that well.’”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“But when you know the life of a footballer, you’ll cry, believe me! We don’t talk about money, you cry.”“Sometimes because there is so much pressure on you, you have to deal with this because a lot of players go, ‘I’m okay, no worries’ – it’s not right, “ but in the game, it’s affecting you.”Meanwhile, Arnautovic has revealed he would have become a businessman instead of a player if his dad had his way.The 29-year-old, who has since confounded his father’s expectations, also admits he can understand when supporters take their frustrations out on the West Ham team.Arnautovic explained: “There were a few occasions when my father told me that I have to go to this company to work, maybe to take a test to see if they’ll take me.“I got to the test and sat there and didn’t write anything, because I didn’t want to work there. I wanted to play football and wanted to make this my job.”last_img read more