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 Now You want revenue growth? You want to make your goals? Here are your three imperatives.Create Enough OpportunitiesTo improve your revenue numbers and reach your goals, you need to generate opportunities. You might be able to acquire enough opportunities within your existing client accounts, but it isn’t likely. Opportunity acquisition is your very first problem and it should be your first priority each week.You create new opportunities by prospecting.If you want growth, you have to dedicate time to the activities that generate opportunities. If you put some other activity in front of opportunity acquisition, those activities will like crowd out the time you need to prospect and nurture your dream clients. If your honest with yourself, you know this is true.Put opportunity creation first and dedicate the necessary time to prospecting.Improving Your Win RateEvery sales interaction counts. It’s imperative that you execute your sales process and that this process helps your buyer navigate their buying process. You can generate all the opportunities that you want, but if you’re not effective enough at the moment of truth you don’t advance opportunities—and you don’t win them.You improve your win rate by following your sales process. You also improve your win rate by planning the outcomes of your sales interactions. Deep down, you know that opportunities are too rare to squander. Winging it isn’t a plan for value creation. Your effectiveness during sales interactions is the key to winning.Focus on executing and improving your win rate.Capture More ValueThe final imperative is to capture more value from each and every opportunity. You need to create the most value possible for your clients so that you can capture the most value for you and your sales organization. It’s easier to win small deals and it’s often faster. But you need an average deal size that allows you to reach your goals.Capturing more value requires that you build bigger deals. It might also mean you increase the size of target accounts. It almost always means improving your ability to create enough value to capture more of it yourself (i.e. selling well enough that you don’t have to discount).Focus on creating the maximum value for your clients and capturing some of the value that you create.These are the three imperatives for revenue growth: creating opportunities, improving your win rate, and capturing more value.QuestionsAre you creating enough opportunities? Are you dedicating enough time to opportunity acquisition?Is your win rate improving? Declining? Are you executing your sales process and preparing for each sales interaction as if it matters?Are you selling your clients what’s easy or what they really need? Are you selling small prospects instead of the dream clients you really need to build your business?
Come Saturday, Kolkatans, both the living and the dead, can look forward to a grand musical feast as the South Park Street Cemetery, one of the city’s oldest cemeteries, will celebrate its 250th birthday by holding a concert on its premises. In a clearing amid small and giant sepulchres, ageing plaques, and 300 varieties of trees, its sprawling, leafy compound will host a performance by a string quartet and a pianist on January 6. The performances, according to the programme booklet, will mainly be of “17th and early 18th century Baroque composers” such as Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel. Some of the finest musicians of the city, including some who are based abroad, such as the violinist Prosanto Dutt, will perform. “He will also talk about the music,” said Ranajoy Bose, the architect of the two-hour show and a managing member of the Christian Burial Board, which manages the cemetery. The tickets are priced at a modest ₹20.On being asked about the low price of the tickets, Mr. Bose said, “This is a strange cemetery. For instance, there are no crosses here. Instead, the tomb designs carry the architectural imprint of many civilisations, including Greek, Roman, Turkish and Mughal influences, and some are even shaped liked Hindu temples. We would like school children to know something about these eclectic designs created by Indian masons, besides some Western classical music.”
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Briton Andy Murray on Saturday secured his place in the Shanghai Masters final where he is due to play against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut here.Murray, who has won the Shanghai Masters on two occasions (2010 and 2011), overcame Frenchmen Gilles Simon on Saturday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 victory, reports Efe.Murray and Bautista have battled it out on the court twice in the past, at Wimbledon 2014 and in Munich 2015. (Also read: Djokovic stunned by Bautista Agut in Shanghai semi-finals)The Scot failed to concede a set on either of those occasions.However, Murray will have to prepare for an in-form Bautista in Sunday’s final after the Spaniard, ranked number 19 in the world, upset world number one Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-4) in order to secure his spot in the ultimate stage of this year’s Masters.
New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) German luxury car maker BMW today launched the diesel variant of its 6 Series Gran Turismo model in India with price starting at Rs 66.5 lakh. The locally produced, BMW 630d Gran Turismo diesel is available in two design schemes — Luxury Line and M Sport — and will be available at dealerships of the company across India from today onwards, the company said in a statement. While the BMW 630d Gran Turismo Luxury Line is priced at Rs 66.5 lakh, the BMW 630d Gran Turismo M Sport is tagged at Rs 73.7 lakh (ex-showroom), it added. The new variant is powered by a 3-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with 265 horse power and the car is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/hr in 6.1 seconds, it said. BMW Group India President Vikram Pawah said with the diesel variant broaden the range of choices for the company’s customers. The model is equipped with safety features such as anti-lock braking system with brake assist, dynamic stability control, including dynamic traction control, hill descent control and side-impact protection among others. PTI RKL ANS ANS
Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser has responded to rumours linking him with a move away from Dean Court this summer, stating that he does not believe teams will fork out the reported £30 million ($38m) price tag the club have placed on him.Premier League side Arsenal have been the team mentioned most when Fraser’s future has been discussed in the media, while Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old Scotland international.As stated, the Cherries are said to have set their demands at £30m, a figure that would blow most of the Gunners’ summer budget, and the player himself claims that he can’t imagine interested parties meeting the alleged asking price. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I honestly don’t think anyone will be paying that [£30m],” Fraser told the Scotsman. “It was six or seven months ago that we last spoke about my future, but nothing since. Even in the end of season meeting I had with the manager [Eddie Howe], we didn’t speak about my future.“He knows I’m not one to speak about it. If something happens, it will happen. If it doesn’t, then I’m not one to throw my rattle out of the pram. I’ll keep trying my best. I keep getting things tagged on Instagram that I’m going places and I think ‘Am I?’.“I’ve got a year left with Bournemouth. If I’m there, I’ll give my all. If I’m somewhere else, I’ll give my all. I just want to play well, do my best and work hard for my team-mates.“It’s nice [to be linked with big clubs]. But I’m just one of those players who enjoys playing football, wherever I am. I never look too far ahead, I never want to try and think ‘where am I going to be playing?’.“Because if you start thinking like that, then you’ll probably start playing badly and not concentrating on the here and now on the pitch.“Not once, since the season stopped at Bournemouth, have I thought ‘where am I going to be next season?’ It was just about staying fit for the Scotland matches against Cyprus and Belgium and then wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. As long as I’m enjoying my football, that’s all I care about.”
Rabat – The Moroccan head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, announced on Wednesday that a proposal he made that would grow the country’s vocational training programs in order to address imbalances in the educational system has been approved by King Mohammed VI.During a symposium dedicated to the launch of the National Strategy on Vocational Training 2021, Benkirane announced a new program that would allow students to spend half of their time learning concepts in classrooms and the other half in the field learning aspects of their chosen craft or trade.In order to secure the future of Morocco, its citizens must spend time learning practical and productive skills for economic growth, according to Benkirane. “A society cannot just consist of employees in public offices, lawyers, judges, and writers because only a minimal number of them will be enough in the community,” he said, noting that the specified fields are not directly productive for the economy in the way that manufacturing and vocational jobs are.The program has been allocated MAD 65 billion over five years so that it can be implemented, Medias24 reported.The head of the government also pointed out that vocational training has always been a part of the North African country’s culture, citing an old Moroccan proverb that states, “Learning a craft will protect you, and if it does not enrich you with money, it will increase your time on earth.”Vocational training will make Moroccans a “hard currency” inside and outside of the country, he added, as international demand for skilled vocational workers is currently high.“Morocco has a strategy that will allow Moroccans to raise their heads up high in front of the world,” he said.
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF PROGRAMME On Thursday, the Secretary-General visited Sesame Street studios in New York City to tape a segment in which he arrives on the scene just as the show’s characters – Elmo and his friends – get into an argument over whose turn it is to sing the alphabet song. Stepping in as a mediator, Mr. Annan brought the dispute to an end by showing the value of compromise and they all agreed to sing the alphabet song in unison.After the taping, the Secretary-General was asked by a reporter about the reasons that prompted him to make time in a very demanding schedule – especially under the current circumstances – to appear on Sesame Street.”I think it is wonderful to be able to reach the young, and reach them very early, and try to give them the spirit of the United Nations – a spirit of understanding, sharing and working together,” Mr. Annan said. When Elmo broke in to add, “and love,” the Secretary-General agreed, stressing, “and love, and peace.” Asked if children had to be aware about world events, including war and terrorism, the Secretary-General said: “I think it is important for kids to know what was going on in the world, but we have to explain it to them. We have to get them to understand why these terrible things are happening, and what we have to do to avoid them, and be sensitive to what we should teach them, so that when they grow up they don’t make some of the mistakes that we all consider are abominable and awful behaviour.” The Secretary-General taped the Sesame Street segment – which is expected to air in February – as he was preparing to leave for Oslo, Norway, where he will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday.
“I believe that it’s very important for Iran to take whatever measures required for the international community to have confidence that its programme is peaceful in nature,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei told reporters after a meeting yesterday with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.“I believe also it’s very important that Iran goes back to the negotiating table with the Europeans,” he added, referring to European Union (EU) efforts to reach a diplomatic package solution to the issue. “My preferred solution, obviously, to the Iranian issue, is a negotiated solution.”Earlier this year, the IAEA referred the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme to the Security Council, which can impose sanctions, after Mr. ElBaradei repeatedly reported that although the Agency had not seen any diversion of material to nuclear weapons or other explosive devices, it was still not able to conclude that there were no undeclared nuclear materials or activities. Iran says its activities are solely for energy purposes but the United States and other countries insist it is clandestinely seeking to produce nuclear weapons. Last August, Iran rescinded its voluntary suspension of nuclear fuel conversion, which can produce the enriched uranium necessary either for nuclear power generation or for nuclear weapons. Mr. ElBaradei called the India-US pact on nuclear cooperation “a win-win agreement,” voicing the hope that the US Congress will approve it and that the deal can ensure that India becomes a partner in the non-proliferation framework.Earlier this year, Mr. ElBaradei said the agreement reached was a milestone that could consolidate efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear arms and combat nuclear terrorism, by satisfying India’s growing need for energy while bringing it closer as an important partner in the non-proliferation regime. On sensitive nuclear technology, Ms. Rice thanked Mr. ElBaradei for work on “some innovative non-proliferation ideas like fuel assurances that would allow the proliferation risks associated with civil nuclear programs to be minimized.” Mr. ElBaradei said that the IAEA was “trying to look at the big picture in making sure that we have innovative measures to ensure that sensitive proliferation technology, like enrichment or reprocessing is contained.”
Groups write to Trudeau asking him to shut down NEB process pending reforms MONTREAL – The current federal review process of energy projects needs to be shut down and overhauled immediately, say more than 50 environmental and activist groups in a letter sent to the prime minister.No pipeline projects should go forward until Justin Trudeau reforms the National Energy Board (NEB), says the letter, which was also addressed to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.That means the current review of the Energy East pipeline proposal for Eastern Canada and the NEB’s decision to accept the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Alberta and British Columbia need to be annulled, they argue.“If the government wants to restore public confidence in the (review) process and they want a fair, objective and evidence-driven analysis they need to overhaul this thing,” Patrick DeRochie of Environmental Defence, one of the letter’s signatories, said in an interview.The activists say the NEB board members are in a conflict of interest and that First Nations communities are not being properly consulted.Moreover, they argue the review process doesn’t properly explain to citizens how Canada can build pipelines and expand Alberta oilsands production while also respecting the country’s greenhouse emission targets.The groups that signed the letter include Greenpeace and the Sierra Club Canada Foundation.Trudeau campaigned in 2015 on the premise that Canadians had lost confidence in the NEB process after what he claimed were years of Conservative government meddling that made pipeline approvals foregone conclusions.The Liberals put in place interim measures at the NEB — such as increased consultations with aboriginal groups — to give more legitimacy to the Energy East and Trans Mountain reviews while the government reforms the federal body.“It’s inconsistent to say the process is flawed, create interim measures, and then review these pipelines without going through the entire modernization process as they had promised,” DeRochie said.The NEB review of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline is on hold after protesters forced the cancellation of public consultations in Montreal at the end of August.Protesters demanded that two of the three board members overseeing the proposal resign after it was revealed they had met with former Quebec premier Jean Charest when he was a paid lobbyist for TransCanada (TSX:TRP).Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was approved by the NEB in May and the federal government still has to make a decision on whether to proceed with it.DeRochie acknowledged that several First Nations groups accepted the Kinder Morgan proposal but pointed out that many opposed it.While he stopped short of declaring that First Nations communities should have a veto on all energy projects going through their territory, Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace Canada was unequivocal.“We have to respect the right of refusal on the part of (First Nations) communities,” he said. “If projects go against their interests and opinions we cannot impose them. They have suffered enough from the impacts in Alberta and British Columbia.” by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 8, 2016 6:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“You can enhance your work in promoting progress in social development in the context of the new Agenda. You can integrate your work related to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, youth, older persons and families, into ensuring that no one is left behind,” said Lenni Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.While “enormous” gains were made since the World Summit for Social Development had resulted in the Copenhagen Declaration in 1995, progress remained uneven — both within and among countries — with millions of people still excluded from access to the very rights, services and income-generating activities that underpinned a sustainable future for all.As such, the Commission’s work is indeed vital to implementation of the new 2030 Agenda. Further, it is critical in providing a platform for Member States to deliberate social policies, share experiences, raise awareness and mobilize action. While more than one billion people since 1995 had been helped out of extreme poverty and the proportion of undernourished people in developing regions was down by almost half, progress had been uneven.The Commission’s session, which runs through 12 February, will conclude the 46-member body’s 2015-2016 review and policy cycle under the priority theme “Rethinking and Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World.” As the first session held after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, it is marked by a new overall context, with discussion focused on the role of social policy in achieving people-centred, inclusive sustainable development for all. “We need to create over 600 million new jobs by 2030,” he said, or 40 million annually to keep pace with growth in the working age population. Conditions for the 780 million working poor must be improved and rising inequality addressed,” Mr. Montiel said, noting that a lack of equal opportunity for women, youth, those with disabilities, the elderly and indigenous communities meant they could not realize their potential.
Blockchain venture studio ConsenSys and cloud-based metal concentrates exchange Open Mineral, have established Minerac, a blockchain consortium set on changing the way mineral commodities trading and connected supply chains operate. A number of mining companies and financial institutions will also join as stakeholders and collaborators.Minerac notes that in current trading, “many operational and commercial practices remain inefficient and antiquated, leading to critical data omissions, security vulnerabilities, and even corruption. These inefficiencies can be eliminated with blockchain, an immutable and cryptographically secure archive of records stored on a distributed ledger, by using smart contracts built on the Ethereum platform. Minerac will allow stakeholders to securely exchange critical trade documents, such as bills of lading and letters of credit, via the use of smart contracts.”“Commodity trading transactions involve multiple parties, located in different jurisdictions. Logistics are complex, financing is difficult to acquire and the entire process is very paper heavy. Thus, the industry is primed for blockchain disruption to simplify the trading process, increase efficiency and profitability”. – Boris Eykher CEO Open MineralBeyond mining and metals, blockchain solutions are applicable to all stakeholders connected to the broader value chain, from ship operators and financial institutions to surveying laboratories, warehouses and many others. Joseph Lubin, co-Founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys said, “At ConsenSys, we are dedicated to building the Ethereum ecosystem and committed to supporting new use cases across all industries. We look forward to collaborating with Open Mineral to build blockchain solutions for mining and mineral supply chains. Minerac will offer a solution where all parties involved in the supply chain will benefit from digitization, secure data collection, the seamless exchange of data and immutability of their records, made possible by the Ethereum platform.”Minerac stakeholders will benefit from increased compliance, transparency and ease of auditability. Because the Minerac ledger will be shared, all parties involved in a transaction can be confident that all data is up-to-date, which will reduce errors and create greater overall transparency, eliminating the potential for bad actors to take advantage of loose record keeping.“Minerac will be structured within a private network and will offer the most sophisticated levels of encryption, ensuring complete privacy while also benefiting from the vast interconnectivity possibilities of the Ethereum ecosystem”. – Max Weiland CEO MineracMinerac is also set on addressing key sustainability and security issues by creating processes that would require sealed bags or containers to be stamped with a unique, tamper-proof, identifying ID that will be logged on the Minerac ecosystem. The ID will contain specific information related to each parcel of ore and will also be continually updated with location details and movements. This will provide clients transporting high-value minerals with increased security and will also help validate that the commodity being purchased is from compliant and conflict-free regions.Minerac will develop its own enterprise platform based on the industry standards established by the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). Minerac will also integrate Consensys’ cloud-based TMS logistics platform, a customizable solution designed to support the commodities logistics space by reducing the amount of data entry points and reconciliations during the supply chain process.The project will be incubated out of Consensys Energy and Natural Resources group, a team within ConsenSys Solutions, in partnership with Open Mineral.
bojinovickarabaticlukaMladen BojinovićnikolaNikola Karabatic According to lequipe.fr, right after the match against Paris HC, the brothers Karabatic, Nikola and Luka have been arrested and taken to a police station. Another arrested is Samuel Honrubia. They are suspected that they have been fixing a game in the previous championship in order to have financial gain. A total of 10 people have been suspected.Montpellier lost the game to Paris HC with 24:38.source: lequipe.fr ← Previous Story France (Round 3): Paris HC demolishes Montpellier, wins 38:24 Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 6): Flensburg with an easy victory against Grosswallstadt
Verglas : prudence en Île-de-FranceLa plupart des axes de circulation ont rouvert ce matin en Île-de-France, après deux jours de grande pagaille due aux chutes de neige abondantes. Mais attention aux risques de verglas aujourd’hui.La grande pagaille, terminée ? Si les chaussées sont praticables ce matin et que les camions reprennent progressivement la route, les risques de verglas persistent et des difficultés sont toujours rencontrées sur les nationales. Il vaut mieux éviter les points noirs et rouler avec précaution.Selon le Centre national d’information routière, la circulation est délicate sur les N3, N12, N118 et A86, entre la N118 et l’A12, voire difficile sur la N4, à cause de plaques de neige compactes et glacées.Sur les rails et dans les airs : la SNCF et RATP font état d’un retour à la normale, de même que pour Roissy et Orly, dans la journée. En attendant, quelques retards sont à noter. Des milliers de passagers avaient passé la nuit dans les aérogares mercredi soir, alors que tout était bloqué à cause des chutes de neige très importantes.La capitale avait battu son record de précipitation neigeuse avec 11 centimètres de neige tombés en quatre heures et jusqu’à 20 centimètres dans les Yvelines. Conséquence : des milliers d’automobilistes sont restés coincés pendant des heures dans les embouteillages sur l’ensemble du bassin parisien, déplorant l’absence ou l’insuffisance du salage mercredi. Le premier ministre François Fillon, a alors accusé Météo France de n’avoir “pas prévu cet épisode neigeux, en tout cas pas son intensité” ; ce que Météo France a démenti : “Nous avons fait la prévision parfaite, dans un timing parfait”, a alors répondu hier soir sur Europe 1 Emmanuel Bocrie, ingénieur prévisionniste. Celui-ci a rappelé qu’une alerte orange avait été diffusée pour l’Île-de-France dès mardi après-midi, valable jusqu’au lendemain 22 heures, prévoyant des chutes de neige pouvant atteindre “une dizaine de centimètres”.Le 10 décembre 2010 à 09:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
Paul Pogba has admitted he was lucky to have scored after missing from 12 yards and suggested he may have to change his approach to penalties.The Frenchman saw his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford, only to calmly slot in from the rebound to give United the lead.Pogba also saw his effort saved earlier this season after Joe Hart thwarted him at Turf Moor earlier in the campaign.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…And despite United’s 2-1 win over the Toffees, Pogba admits he will need to think about a change in his technique.“I was lucky,” he told the Mirror. “The important thing is it went in and I scored the goal, good for us and me. After we carried on and had other chances, most important thing was the win.“I always try and destabilize the keeper, maybe they know how I take penalties, maybe I should practice to change it, if the keepers know my step.”
From 11 p.m. tonight through 8 a.m. Saturday, drivers will not be able to get on or off southbound Interstate 205 at Highway 500.The northbound ramps will be open, said Abbi Russell, spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Transportation.Workers will be repaving the ramps on to and off southbound 205 at the cloverleaf interchange, Russell said.All Interstate 205 lanes will be open.Signs are posted to alert drivers of the closures.
Kadthal: In spite of rising incidents of wild attacks by Cheetah against the cattle and other livestock in Ekwaipally village of Kadthal mandal in Rangareddy district, the Forest officials still remain mere spectators. Earlier a few weeks ago, the wild cat had devoured a cow calf of Yedla Yadaiah and killed it. And now once again it has attacked a Calf of a farmer Jengala Mallaiah in his farm land on Saturday. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us According to the villagers of Ekwaipally, during the past 2-3 months the wild cat had killed more than 300 domestic animals like Sheep, Goats, Cow Calves and buffalos. Even though the villagers had lodged their complaints with the forest officials no action has been taken yet and still the killer wild cat is roaming loose, causing fear among the villagers. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “The Cheetah has been roaming in the surrounding hilly areas since past 3-4 months. We have earlier spotted it many times and also informed to the forest officials, but till now no action has been taken up. As many as 40 calves have been killed by the wild cat since past 3 months. We are demanding the forest officials to take action and capture the wild animal and protect us and our animals,” said Mallaiah. Advertise With Us The forest officials who are already aware of this, are also helpless as they have attempted many times to capture it but failed. “We are not able to spot the exact location and area of the wild cat. This is roaming from one habitat to the other, though we tried to capture it, it is not falling to our baits,” informed a forest officials. Not just in Ekwaipally, similar incidents of Cheetah attack are also witnessed in Ippalapally village of Nagarkurnool district. “A Cheetah is on the prowl in Ippalapally village, we have already lost a buffalo and we under fear that the Cheetah may also attack humans and we are not coming out of our homes during nights. We are seeking the protection of the forest department officials, however no one has come forward to assure protection from the wild life,” said a resident of Ippalapallly. However, the forest department officials said that the people of the village must be alert and advised them to keep their cattle and other live stock indoors so that no such incidents repeat again.
Rumeen FarhanaBNP assistant international affairs secretary Rumeen Farhana is going to be elected MP from a seat reserved for women in parliament, reports UNB.BNP got one reserved seat for women in proportionate to its five elected parliament members.Rumeen, a lawyer and daughter of late Language Movement hero Oli Ahad, submitted her nomination form to the election commission on Monday.Talking to UNB, Rumeen said she submitted her nomination form to returning officer Abul Kashem around 1:15pm as her party picked her as a lone candidate for the election to the seat.Once she takes oath as an MP, Rumeen said, she will place in parliament the demand for the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.Expressing her gratitude to the party for nominating her for the seat, Rumeen said she will perform her duty as an opposition MP with sincerity and honesty.As per the election schedule announced by the EC on 8 May, today (Monday) is the last day for BNP to field its candidate in the reserved seat for women.The election is scheduled to be held on 16 June while the date for scrutinising nomination papers is 21 May and the withdrawal of candidature is 28 May.As BNP nominated only one candidate, Rumeen will be declared elected just after the expiry of the deadline for the withdrawal of candidature, said EC officials.The 50 seats reserved exclusively for women in parliament are distributed among political parties in proportionate to their number of seats in parliament.Since five BNP MPs-elect took oath at the last moment of the stipulated time, the EC is arranging the election to the seat the party got.The EC earlier completed the polls to the remaining 49 reserved seats.Among the reserved seats, 43 women MPs were elected from ruling Awami League, four from the main opposition Jatiya Party, one from Workers’ Party and one independent.
Imagine a day when you could create a fully personalized 3D avatar just by using the camera on your smartphone. The technology isn’t too far away. Researchers at the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory have developed a system (complete with demo) that would allow users to create true-ish 3D facial reconstructions, complete with dynamic expressions.The researchers report that this technology “facilitates a range of new applications in computer animation and consumer-level online communication based on personalized avatars.” Indeed, imagine going into one of BioWare’s or Bethesda’s character creators and having the ability to upload your 3D face. No longer would gamers spend hours fine-tuning their avatar.The researchers were even able to show how an actor could manipulate multiple 3D facial renders in real-time. In the reconstruction process, as you can see in the video above, the developers pay special attention to details, such as adding wrinkles and making sure the program captures the nuances in each participants’ facial expressions.It’s interesting to see how far 3D facial animations have come. I just keep thinking back to the amount of tech that was necessary to make the acting in the video game LA Noire look so real. The MotionScan technology used to create the facial ticks and tells that cued players as to when a character could be lying were some of the best animations gamers had seen. More recently, Nvidia pushed the envelope with its own demonstration of some new facial recognition tech back in 2013, called FaceWorks. The company managed to condense something like 32GB of data down to 300MB. Now, developers may just need a smartphone camera.
Kolkata: More than 200 men from 11 districts of Bengal are gathering in Berhampur, Murshidabad to celebrate changes they have experienced in their perception and practices in their behaviour towards women.A two-day unique event will be held at Ganga Bhavan, Berhampur on Friday and Saturday with the aim to promote and celebrate non-aggressive, non-violent masculinity. The participants in the programme will explore issues like patriarchy, masculinity, gender and sexuality through games, debates, songs and other cultural forms. This festival is organised by five NGOs that work to establish gender equality. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that for the past one-and-half-year these men have discussed many things individually and collectively, reflected on their privileges as men and are questioning societal norms that cause issues such as gender discrimination. “On a particular day when I was asked about the immunisation schedule of my daughter, I realized that I had no idea. It shook me up and now I take more responsibility for my daughter. I was wrong to leave all childcare tasks to my wife,” says Samar (name changed), from Bosepukur. He is working with 15 other men to make the club in his locality more inclusive for women. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMany men are also doing more household chores and are participating more actively in childcare. Baburam, Sanjay, Banshi and many others are doing household chores and trying to lessen the workload of women in their households. Men are motivating others to change and challenge gender discriminatory societal norms. Ranjan, a young man from Jodhpur Park is trying to engage women in popular sports like cricket and football. “I have organised a cricket match between boys and girls and will organize a football match soon,” Ranjan said. The Forum to Engage Men, (FEM) West Bengal is also participating in this festival.