Weak Managers Focus On More Activity

first_imgThere are no outcomes without activity. But the right outcomes require the right activity.“More activity” is the answer a weak manager uses when they need better results. It’s easier to demand more activity than it is to determine the real outcome you need, determine the “right and necessary” activity to deliver those outcome, and to ensure that his people have what they need to be effective in generating both the activity and the outcomes.Lest you think I’ve gone soft, many underperforming salespeople are asked to generate more activity because it is what is necessary to produce greater results. But when the idea of “more” is applied across an entire sales organization, it’s a clue that it is being used a substitute for what is really needed.You might need to make more phone calls. But you might also need a campaign of value creation in front of those phone calls to make them more effective.You might need more opportunities. But you might also need to better work the opportunities that are already in your pipeline but being haphazardly pursued.You might need more leads—or better leads. But you might also need a list of dream clients and a real plan to nurture those relationships to create the real opportunities you need.You might need more flexibility when it comes to your price. But you might also need to create a greater level of value and a compelling, differentiated, tailored value proposition.Sometimes you need more activity. But most of the time what you need is something more complicated, something more difficult to obtain. Strong managers know that some people need to be pushed for “more activity” to achieve their goals, but that most of their team needs greater effectiveness in areas where competencies are more difficult to obtain.QuestionsWhen is more activity the right prescription?When does getting better results require something more than more activity?Is more activity always necessary from all salespeople at the same time?Why is effectiveness more important than activity?last_img read more

Marrying Up the Sales Process and the Buyer’s Journey

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now When one designs a sales process, it is normally presented on a slide, beginning on the left side with a box, normally titled “target.” It ends on the right side of that same slide with the box titled “won/lost.” It is shown to be a linear process.We generally follow the same format when we present the buyer’s journey, another orienting generalization with real value, even if it is not as straightforward for B2B as it is for B2C. That process is also shown as something linear, with a straight path that is predictable and easy to follow.Some sales organizations have decided to pay less attention to their sales process, preferring instead to believe their role is to facilitate the buyer’s journey. Others are slavishly devoted to their sales process without much regard for where the buyer is in their process, driving hard to move through their sales process, buyer be damned. Still others work diligently to line up these two processes. That, however, is not easily done.Not a Journey, but JourneysWhen you look at the major, disruptive trends in complex B2B sales over the last couple decades, none of them might be as important or as difficult for sales organizations as the number of stakeholders involved in a single opportunity. Not only do more stakeholders slow the process, more people involved in a decision tends also complicate things by revealing conflicting interests and internal priorities that are often at odds.As it pertains to lining up a sales process and a buyer’s journey, more stakeholders immediately destroy almost any approach one might take.Maybe the executive leadership understands the nature of their problem and is highly compelled to change. This is a wonderful occurrence if you’re the one calling on executive leadership in this hypothetical, especially if you have their support. But, what if at the same time their IT department is wedded to the status quo and willing to defend to the death any attempt to change things? These two groups are out of alignment in any buyer’s journey, and recognizing where each group is in your sales process isn’t all that likely to help you sort out their differences.Complex, and Increasingly SoBecause the buyer’s journey is nonlinear, the sales process is now nonlinear as well. Complex B2B sales is ever more complex.I wrote The Lost Art Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, to provide salespeople with the commitments that are generally needed to help people and organizations change. The commitments provide a bridge between the sales process and a buyer’s journey, acknowledging the fact that different stakeholders may be in very different places when it comes to their buying journey, and providing some guidance on what to do to help move them forward.last_img read more

Mehsana custodial death: FIR filed, two arrested

first_imgA week after the custodial death of 26-year-old Ketan Patel in Gujarat’s Mehsana, the police have finally lodged an first information report (FIR) for murder against cops and others and arrested two persons in connection with the case that has pushed the district to the brink of violence. However, the family members have still not accepted the body of deceased, holding to their demand of arrest of all cops who had reportedly beaten to death after his arrest in a petty theft case. On Monday late night, the police lodged the FIR based on a complaint by Mahendra Patel, father of the victim, died in police custody on June 6. The case has been filed under Section 302 for murder and other sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC). According complainant, his son was beaten to death by the cops and even two autopsies conducted by a panel of doctors have revealed that the deceased died of multiple injuries due to excessive beating. “We are yet to get the CD of PM conducted at civil hospital in Mehsana as was promised by the government authorities,” a family member said, adding till they get the CD and all accused are arrested, dead body will not be accepted by the family. The incident has revived the Patidar agitation against the state BJP government, which has desperately trying to find a way out from the imbroglio that had pushed the state to the castes clashes and violence in 2015. “The custodial death of Ketan is a cold blooded murder of a Patidar youth by the police. This is the latest example of how the cops are committing murders of Patidars under the BJP government,” said Varun Patel, member of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) that spearheads the quota agitation in the state.Following the incident, tempers soared high in Mehsana, an epicentre of the Patidar quota agitation started in 2015. The Congress and Patidar groups had given North Gujarat bandh call resulting in violence, as protesters torched two buses and a portion of the Mehsaha civic body’s office.last_img read more

BJP leader Anil Parihar, brother shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgBJP’s Jammu and Kashmir secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet were shot dead at point-blank range by unknown gunmen at Kishtwar in Jammu division on Thursday evening. The authorities imposed an indefinite curfew on the town as a “precautionary measure.” An official said the attack took place at Tapal Gali, a narrow lane, close to the residence of the BJP leader.“A hunt has been launched to nab the assailants. We are investigating who are behind the killings,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, Rajinder Gupta said.Before joining the BJP, Mr. Anil had contested the 2008 Assembly elections on the J&K National Panthers Party ticket from the Kishtwar constituency. His brother was a government employee, who also owns a stationery shop. “The brothers after closing their shop were going home when the assailants opened fire. They took bullets in the upper body and the head. They were declared dead at the local hospital,” said a police official.The incident sparked massive protests in communally sensitive Kishtwar district. Two police officers were injured in clashes with the protesters. The police said they were probing “both militancy as well the local angle.” Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana, who decided to impose curfew on the town, warned the administration of “violent reaction endangering property and lives of locals.” The Internet service has been suspended in the region.The incident comes at a time when J&K is set to witness a nine-phase panchayat poll this month.Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah offered his condolences. “It’s sad news. My condolences to Anil and Ajit Parihar’s family and colleagues,” said Mr. Abdullah.last_img read more

Russell drops 23 points, 8 assists as Nets beat Suns

first_img“Give them credit, they challenged us well,” Suns interim head coach Jay Triano said. “We tried … to see if we could get a bunch of guys going and it was tough to make shots.”MR. 3,000Booker reached 3,000 career points with a 19-foot jumper with 7:46 to play in the first quarter. He needed six points to reach 3,000 entering the game.Booker, 21, is the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to score 3,000 points, behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.“It means a lot,” Booker said after the game. “My dream my whole life is to play in the NBA. Once I got here I realized I wanted to leave a mark. … I’m trying to do it, and trying to get wins along with it.”TIP-INSNets: F Rondae-Hollis Jefferson played 17 minutes in the first half but did not return in the second half due to a right hip contusion. … F Trevor Booker (sore lower back) did not play and is day to day, coach Kenny Atkinson said. Booker didn’t take part in the pregame shootaround. … F Quincy Acy played despite a left groin strain, his first action since Oct. 27.Suns: Veteran F Jared Dudley played a season-high 21 minutes and scored his first six points of the season. … Former NBA All-Star and Suns forward Clifford Robinson attended the game. … The Suns have lost three straight at home to the Nets.UP NEXTNets: At Denver on Tuesday night, the third game of five on a Western road trip.Suns: Host Miami Wednesday night. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Irving takes charge, Celtics beat Hawks for 9th straight win Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 D’Angelo Russell of the Brooklyn Nets reacts alongside Quincy Acy during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 6, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nets defeated the Suns 98-92. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — The Brooklyn Nets had lost their scoring touch during a four-game losing streak, so they turned to defensive pressure to end the skid.D’Angelo Russell scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Brooklyn held the Phoenix Suns to 34.9 percent shooting in a 98-92 win Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Russell added eight assists, Joe Harris scored a season-high 18 points and Brooklyn won a game that featured 32 turnovers and 59 fouls.“It wasn’t the prettiest game ever played in the NBA,” Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said. “A lot of fouls, but we found a way. Our defense was good. We had contributions from a lot of guys.”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 shutoutThe Suns rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to lead 75-74 after Jared Dudley’s layup with 9:17 to play. The Nets went back ahead moments later and held on for their first road win of the season, with Russell scoring eight of his team’s next 12 point after it lost the lead.“Just didn’t want to lose and tried to do whatever it took to win,” Russell said. “Everybody came through as a collective unit and did what they were supposed to do.” DeMarre Carroll added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Allen Crabbe scored 15 points.“That was the first time we held a team under 100 (points) this year,” Crabbe said. “I think we all just came in focused.”T.J. Warren had 20 points as the Suns dropped their third straight, including Sunday at San Antonio. Devin Booker scored 18 points before fouling out late in the game.The Suns started well, with Booker scoring 11 points in the first seven minutes, before the Nets used a 16-0 run to go up 28-16.Phoenix cut the lead to one twice in the second quarter but finished the half making 10 of 40 shots. The Nets, behind 14 first-half points from Harris, led 47-41 at the break.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Amid AIFFs opposition, Falcao backs futsal in India

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) World renowned futsal star Alessandro Rosa Vieira, also known as Falcao, today threw his weight behind the introduction of Premier Futsal League in India amid strong opposition from the countrys football federation. Citing “non-interference” from FIFA, Falcao felt its time All India Football Federation (AIFF) gave recognition to the first-ever multi-national futsal league set to be played in India from July 15 to 24 with each game split into two halves of 20 minutes each. In an interview, Falcao told PTI, “There are several private Futsal leagues that also happen world over and I have played in Dubai, Kuwait, USA etc. and they have never had any interference from AMF or FIFA.” “As a player, I feel this is a great opportunity to popularise the sport in India by bringing the best futsal players in the world. Premier Futsal and other Futsal tournaments will enhance the sporting ecosystem here and give people another sport to choose as a viewer, audience or a player.” After its launch, AIFF President Praful Patel and Secretary Kushal Das expressed opposition to the league and declared that the body is mulling legal action. The AIFF even considered starting a similar tournament of its own, and this was not lost on Falcao, who is also called the Pele of Futsal. “Launch of Premier Futsal was the introduction of Futsal to India. I have heard since its launch, the Indias apex football body has also announced the launch of their own Futsal League and I think that is the biggest validation for Premier Futsal and for Futsal as a sport in general. Given the high intensity nature of the sport, the Indian youth is going to embrace Futsal,” the 39-year-old Brazilian from Sao Paulo said. MORE PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Once rejected, Antoine Griezmann now toast of France at Euro 2016

first_imgToo small. Too frail. No future in French football. Antoine Griezmann defied plenty of skeptics by becoming the highest scorer at the European Championship.France’s hopes of a first title since Euro 2000 rest largely on the slim shoulders of Griezmann, who is on the small side for an attacking player at 1.76 meters (5-foot-9). (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) The 25-year-old forward scored with an excellent finish and set up two more goals as France swatted aside Iceland 5-2 on Sunday to set up a semifinal against Germany.”It will be great if he carries on being the top scorer in the competition,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “He’s a very efficient player and is excellent technically. We’ll need more of the same from him on Thursday.”REJECTED BY SEVERAL CLUBSHe may be the toast of French football today, but it hasn’t always been that way.There was no comfortable route through the well-reputed French football academies for Griezmann, who was so exasperated at being rejected by several French clubs for his small stature that he went to Spain as a teenager, joining Real Sociedad in 2008.How Lyon and other French clubs must cringe with embarrassment now. Even his current club – Champions League runner-up Atletico Madrid – may struggle to keep him.His affable and calm demeanor belies a tough interior. His difficult route to the top has made for a refreshingly blunt speaker.After France’s labored win against Ireland in the last 16, Griezmann revealed what was said at halftime – giving a rare insight into changing room politics.advertisement”We said things to each other, basically that we needed to ‘move our butt,'” Griezmann said. “(Otherwise) we would have all looked like idiots.”For a player of his size, he is remarkably good in the air, uncoiling his slight frame to unleash considerable power. Two of his four goals at this tournament have been headers – which he recently said he has been practicing since the age of eight.DEFENDER’S NIGHTMAREBut that’s only part of what defines his game.Griezmann’s awareness, touch and skill – allied to pace, a low center of gravity and great movement – make him extremely difficult to mark and he has the uncanny gift that top players have of finding space.”When I’m close to the penalty area, that’s where I feel more comfortable,” he said on Sunday.When he’s not scoring, he’s also dropping deep and spraying cushioned passes around with unwavering accuracy.He is also a lethal one-on-one finisher, as he showed against Ireland last weekend with his second goal in a 2-1 win.WELL-EXECUTED FINISHHis goal on Sunday night, on the stroke of halftime against Iceland, was even better. Collecting Olivier Giroud’s delicate flick, he drew goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson off his line and then floated the ball over his shoulder for his 11th international goal.It was a finish that Barcelona great Lionel Messi would have been proud of for its mixture of technique and composure.Against Iceland, Griezmann also created goals for midfielder Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet, who has begun a habit of kissing Griezmann’s trusty left boot in thanks for a goal.It’s a scene that Deschamps clearly wants to be repeated on Thursday, though it is likely to be a very tight match. “We’ll have to give everything against Germany,” Griezmann said.last_img read more

World Cup Countdown: 1979- Viv’s miracle shot and Canada’s debut

first_imgAfter the success of the inaugural Cricket World Cup in 1975, the International Cricket Conference decided had to come up with the second such tournament in 1979 which was once again held in England.The West Indies, who were well on their way to dominate world cricket by then, were once again the favourites to win the trophy and they didn’t disappoint as they set the record by becoming the first team to retain the World Cup. A record which they held for 28 years before Australia emulated that feat by defending the title in 2007.Clive Lloyd’s team once again took the cricketing world by storm as they proved too hot to handle for any other team in the competition.While the tournament itself was once again a huge success, there were a few instances which stood out.CANADA’S WORLD CUP DEBUTThe format of the 1979 World Cup remained unchanged with all six Test-playing nations along with Sri Lanka participating but last edition’s debutant East Africa were replaced by new entrants Canada.East Africa failed to qualify for the second World Cup which meant that there was no representation from Africa.The ICC had organized a separate tournament among the associate nations from where Sri Lanka and Canada qualified to mark their entry into the World Cup.Sri Lanka lost its first match to New Zealand saw its second match against defending champions West Indies being abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. They won their third game against India by 47 runs. But that wasn’t enough for them to advance any further.advertisementCanada on the other hand, couldn’t register a single win from their three games against Pakistan (8 wickets), England (8 wickets) and Australia (7 wickets). They managed just 45 runs against England in which at the time was the lowest total managed by a team in a World Cup match, later matched by Namibia against Australia in the 2003 World Cup.VIV’S 138 NOT OUT AND GARNER’S 11-BALL FIVE-FORThe final of the 1979 World Cup was arguably the best match of the tournament thanks mainly to the two West Indies legends – Viv Richards and Joel Garner.The West Indies were put into bat first by England captain Mike Brearley which proved to be the wrong decision in the end.The Windies rode on a magnificent 138 not out from Viv Richards and 86 from Collis King to post 286 for 9 in 60 overs.Richards’s innings was laced with 11 boundaries and three sixes, including a miracle shot which he later said he invented himself during the match. When Richards was batting on 132, he anticipated a full ball, moved to the off-side and played a stylish flick to send it all the way and took the cricketing world by surprise. Recalling the moment, Richards later said, “That shot is my invention.”Richards’s hundred was also the first by a batsman in a World Cup final.England in reply got off to a slow but solid start as openers Mike Brearley (64) and Geoff Boycott (57) added 129 runs in 38 overs. But once they got out, the rest of the batsmen just crumbled under the mounting pressure of the required run-rate.Colin Croft and Joel Garner ran through the opposition with Croft bagging 3 wickets while Garner finished with an 11-ball five-wicket haul as England got shot out for 194 in 51 overs. Richards was named man-of-the-match for his performance in the final as West Indies retained the World Cup for four more years before they were stunned by India in the 1983 World Cup final at Lord’s.Key stats from 1979 World Cup:Team records -Highest Team Total: West Indies 293/6 vs PakistanLowest Team Total: Canada 45 all-out vs EnglandHighest successful chase: New Zealand 183/2 vs India 182Individual Records -Most Runs: 253 – Gordon Greenidge (West Indies)Highest Score: 138* – Viv Richards (West Indies)Most Wickets: 10 – Mike Hendrick (England)Best Bowling figures: 5/21 – Alan Hurst (Australia) vs CanadaAlso Read | World Cup Countdown: 1975 – Slow Sunny, a broken foot and 4000 pounds within 5 daysAlso Read | World Cup 2019 will be the most challenging World Cup I have played: Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | MS Dhoni will be a big player in World Cup 2019: Ravi Shastrilast_img read more

The Unintended Benefit Of An Improved Run Game For Oklahoma State

first_imgMike Gundy talked recently about the benefit of having a good run game. It is straightforward and probably obvious.“Our ability to run the ball a little more effective this year has given us other options when last year it was just protect and keep chunkin’ it down the field, which I’ve never been comfortable with,” said Gundy.“More effective” is a relative term, I suppose because Oklahoma State is only averaging 3.59 yards per carry this vs. 3.58 yards per carry last year. But I don’t think there is any question the run game has improved. Just watching this team move the ball is wildly different, and more of its rushing yards are coming via running backs instead of The General falling forward for a couple of yards. Plus, OSU has allowed more sacks per game this year which brings the average down.There is another unintended benefit linebacker Jordan Burton touched on recently.“It also helps the defense because then we’re not on the field as much,” Burton told the O’Colly about a more established run game. “I think recently we’ve only been on the field 60 to 70 plays. Whereas last year, it was up to 118, 125 plays a game. Guys like that help the entire team. Not just the offense.”The real numbers are 75 plays this year against 77 last year, but a couple of plays a game is a big deal. It adds up. So it’s small, but one of the best things about having a more stable ground attack is that your defense is not playing as many plays overall and it doesn’t feel like it is going right back out there after three incompletions and 10 seconds of actual game time run off the clock.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Damen Lands $224 mln Deal in the Bahamas

first_imgzoom The Government of Bahamas has placed an order for nine new vessels to be built by Dutch shipbuilding group, Damen Shipyards.Under the contract, signed on March 18th, Damen will deliver four Stan Patrol 4207 vessels; four Stan Patrol 3007 vessels; nine Rigid Inflatable boats and one Damen Roll-on Roll-off Landing Craft.Commenting the order, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said: “The pressing priorities of the country happen to concern coverage of 100,000 square miles of water that make up the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. We have illegal human migration as a major challenge to our country, the consequence of which is enormous in terms of the implications to the future well-being of our country. Therefore, there must be no compromise of the capacity of the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to put itself in a position, notwithstanding help from its allies, the United States of America”.In addition to the acquisition of the nine ships, the contracts with Damen Shipyards include the upgrade of two Bahama class vehicles and the establishment of training facilities and acquisition of a Bridge Simulator.Furthermore, the Government executed a contract for Port Infrastructural works (both marine and shore side) at Coral Harbour (New Providence), Gun Point (Ragged Island) and Mathew Town (Great Inagua).“Damen Shipyards has teamed with Van Oord, an international contractor specialising in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects, to execute the civil works components of these services,” said Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage. “Much of the works to be undertaken by Van Oord will be subcontracted to local partners in order to stimulate employment in this area.”The price of the shipbuilding portion of the contract is approx $149 million, while the civil works will cost around $75 million.The first vessel, Her Majesty Dion Hanna is slated for delivery in June. bahamas.gov, March 21, 2014last_img read more

Hundreds of Teachers Apply to the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions

first_img data collection and reporting assessment and evaluation timing of administrative days relative to report card preparation student attendance policy technology and work processes, including PowerSchool and TIENET (Technology for Improving Education Network) scope of practice for teachers planning for student success complex classrooms class sizes at all grade levels student discipline policy. The nine classroom teachers will be joined by a representative of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union who will serve as co-chairs. Government will appoint three additional council members – at least one student and a parent. The department has asked student councils and school advisory councils across the province to put forward names for these positions. The co-chairs will name a neutral facilitator to work with the committee. There is also a provision for an arbitrator to be appointed in the event the co-chairs cannot agree on a recommendation. Initial recommendations from the council are expected no later than April 28. More than 700 Nova Scotia teachers have submitted applications to be part of the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, a cooperative initiative to improve the province’s teaching and student learning environment. A total of 779 applications were submitted online by the Feb. 28 deadline. The nine teachers, three each from elementary, junior, and senior high school, who will join the council will be chosen by school board superintendents who will work with human resources, program directors, and other board staff. The council will be formed by March 7. There will be further opportunities through the work of the council for teachers to engage in the process and share their ideas. The council will have $20 million over two years to address issues in the classroom that have been identified by teachers, including these priorities:last_img read more

Annie Lennox Supports PeoplePowerGreece Solar Energy Campaign

first_imgAnnie Lennox is supporting a campaign to create more solar energy in Greece.Let’s Solarize Greece“As a long term supporter of Greenpeace International I’m spreading the news about their crowd funder initiative to help create a more economic and sustainable future by utilising solar power for Greece,” said Annie on her blog.With energy poverty being one of the most dramatic symptoms of the Greek crisis (6 out of 10 households are struggling to pay their energy bills), investing in the abundant sun, the country’s biggest asset, will be key to a Greek recovery. The solarization of the country will put money back in real people’s pockets by reducing their energy bills, it will put people back to work with new skills and opportunities, and it will support a renewable energy revolution that is sweeping the globe.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

TMC files complaint against BJP for using Khali in poll campaign

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI), protesting against BJP for engaging wrestler the Great Khali during an election campaign in favour of Anupam Hazra, who is contesting from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat on the saffron party’s ticket.A complaint lodged with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) raised questions on how a foreign national can take part election campaign for Hazra. The complaint also alleged that BJP is trying to influence the electors by using Khali, who is a national of the United States of America. The wrestler campaigned for Hazra on April 26. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”He (Khali) holds a US citizenship. Therefore, a foreigner shouldn’t be allowed to influence the minds of Indian electors,” reads the complaint. The complaint also says; “Dalip Singh Rana, who is known by the name the Great Khali, was seen campaigning for Anupam Hazra, the BJP candidate from Jadavpur. He was seen campaigning from an open top jeep on the streets of Jadavpur. Rana is not an Indian citizen and holds citizenship under the United States of America. BJP is using Rana’s celebrity status to misguide Indian voters.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is also mentioned in the complaint that Khali gave an interview saying that he would be present for Hazra whenever he would be called in. “I have specially come from America to support my younger brother. He is filing his nomination papers. I want to request everyone to cast their votes for him. Do not waste your votes. Anupam is a learned man and he knows your troubles and will be able to serve you better than anyone else,” Khali was quoted in the complaint. During his campaign, Hazra said that Khali is a popular global youth icon and many of his supporters had requested him to do something exceptional. Hence, he thought it was a unique platform to bring in the popular wrestler. The letter alleged that BJP is desperate to win the elections by any means possible. In this case, utilising the help of a non-citizen who has no information about the intricacies of Indian politics or what may be the best option for the Indian electors. Trinamool urged the Election Commission to take action against the BJP candidate in this regard. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that they have received the complaint and an inquiry is being conducted into the incident. “We will comment on the issue after we receive a report in this regard,” he added.last_img read more

SC collegium recommends Justice V Ramasubramanian as CJ of Himachal HC

first_imgChennai: Justice V Ramasubramanian, the senior-most judge of the Madras High Court, has been elevated as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, according to a resolution passed by the Supreme Court collegium. The collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, passed the resolution on May 10. In its resolution, the Supreme Court collegium said, “The office of the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court would be falling vacant, very shortly consequent upon elevation of Justice Surya Kant, Chief Justice of that High Court, to the Supreme Court, in terms of a recommendation made by the collegium on May 8.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made, the SC said. Justice V Ramasubramanian, the senior-most Judge from Madras High Court, is functioning on transfer in Telangana High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the collegium is of the considered view that Justice V Ramasubramanian is suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, it said. While making the above recommendation, the collegium has also taken into consideration the fact that at present there is only one Chief Justice from the Madras High Court.last_img read more

Moroccan Markets to Meet Citizens Ramadan Demands Minister

Rabat – The holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner, and the Moroccan government has started preparing its markets to meet the demands of citizens during the holy month.During a meeting of the Interministerial Commission on Monday, Minister in Charge of General Affairs and Governance Lahcen Daoudi said that Moroccan markets will be supplied with all the necessary products, which will be made available at reasonable prices during the holy month of Ramadan. Daoudi said that the meeting served as an opportunity to evaluate the state of supply in the country, including fruits, vegetables, and cereals to last throughout the month. Daoudi also emphasized the importance of strict monitoring to avoid manipulations, which prevent fair competition in accordance with Law 31-08 enacting consumer protection measures.In March, Moroccan astronomer Hicham El Issaoui predicted that Morocco will observe the holy month of Ramadan beginning May 17, 2018.El Issaoui, who graduated from Dar El-Hadith El-Hassania for Higher Islamic Studies in Rabat, has predicted that Ramadan will begin in Morocco on Thursday, May 17, 2018.In addition to El Issaoui’s Ramadan prediction, some other Middle Eastern sources predict that Ramadan will start on Tuesday, May 15. However, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs will not confirm the official start day until astronomers first observe the crescent moon in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.Ramadan lasts from 29 to 30 days depending on the observance of the crescent moon and on relevant astronomical calculations.Next month, Muslims around the world will take part in rituals, including fasting and nightly prayers.  The Ramadan break-fast, known as ftoor, also serves as a special celebration for families to gather together and share a meal after a whole day of fasting. read more

Work of Nobel Prizewinning climate change panel hailed by UN official

“Key IPCC messages have now been widely publicized with the support of many nations and of the United Nations, and serve as the basis for an international mobilization in the domain of climate change,” said Hong Yan, Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).Addressing an IPCC meeting which began today in Budapest, Hungary, Hong Yan noted in particular the panel’s latest research on the impacts of climate change on water, which he said reinforced the need for countries – especially in the developing world – to strengthen the monitoring and observational capacities of their National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. He said the work on climate change and water covers a number of WMO’s concerns, such as the link between global warming and large-scale changes in the hydrological cycle, including changing precipitation patterns, the melting of continental ice and changes in the frequency and intensity of droughts. “All these aspects of the climate system are central to WMO’s expertise and these results highlight the need to further support research and observations,” he stated.Established in 1988 by WMO and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the IPCC and its more than 2,000 scientists and experts have grappled with science and economics of climate change and its likely impacts. It was recognized for its groundbreaking work in 2007 when it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with former United States Vice-President and climate change activist Al Gore.WMO has been supporting the Panel’s work in a variety of ways, including as the principal provider of the scientific and technical information that underpins IPCC assessments.Mr. Hong Yan stressed the commitment of WMO to assisting the Panel in its work and in facilitating the increasing involvement of scientists from both developed and developing countries to meet the challenges of global climate change – one of the “defining challenges of the 21st century.” 9 April 2008The head of the lead United Nations agency on weather, climate and water has lauded the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose Nobel Prize-winning efforts have helped the world better understand the impact of global warming on the planet. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9931Brazil real 0.3982China renminbi 0.1902Euro 1.4887Hong Kong dollar 0.160186India rupee 0.01961Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01138Malaysia ringgit 0.2935Mexico peso 0.07039N.Z. dollar 0.8977Norway krone 0.1610Peruvian new sol 0.3868Russia rouble 0.02157Saudi riyal 0.3343Singapore dollar 0.9233South Africa rand 0.09629South Korean won 0.001115Sweden krona 0.1573Switzerland franc 1.3023Taiwanese dollar 0.04159Thailand baht 0.03776Turkey lira 0.3625U.K. pound 1.6161U.S. dollar 1.2536Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

Top UN rights official appeals to Australians on behalf of possible asylum

For its part, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reiterated its offer to help find a solution for the impasse and said that Australia was best positioned to take the lead in resolving the problem, a UN spokesman said.Meanwhile earlier today, Australian Prime Minister John Howard called Secretary-General Kofi Annan regarding the ship problem.Late yesterday the UN received a letter sent from the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan to the Secretary-General regarding the matter, according to the spokesman. read more