How Not To Be A Sales Poseur

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now My friend Mike Weinberg says “No one defaults to prospecting.” What he means is that when salespeople have time between calls or meetings, they don’t automatically pick up the phone and start prospecting. And he’s right about this.When I was a young salesperson, there was only the phone. Every morning, I secluded myself in an office and made prospecting calls. I started making calls at 8:15 AM, and I stopped for lunch at Noon, when I’d usually go to a restaurant with my peers. After lunch, I’d start making calls again until it was time to go home.As I made calls to every number in the business section of the phonebook, I wrote down every “good” lead on an index card. If someone told me that they used what I sold, they were a good lead. The next day, I’d flip through all of those index cards, knowing that they were better than the numbers in the phonebook. Then I started back through the phonebook. No targets. No business intelligence. No social networks. No LinkedIn. No research.It was prospecting. All day. Every day. And then the appointments came. And after I made a sales call, it was back to prospecting. Lots of people were better salespeople than I was. No one made more calls. Prospecting was my default.As a young salesperson, no one had to tell me to prospect. I didn’t know what else I should have been doing. And there still aren’t many real choices available to you. When you need new business, you make your calls.Don’t be a sales poseur. Pick up the telephone.I made two cold calls today. Dave Brock and his team make calls every week.last_img read more

‘Tourists like fish more than beef’

first_imgGoa’s Minister for Tourism Manohar Ujgaonkar on Thursday said fish and not beef was the food preferred by tourists and the Centre’s notification banning the sale of cattle for slaughter will have no impact on the flow of tourists to the State. Over six million tourists, both domestic and foreign, visit the State every year.Mr. Ajgaonkar said, “Just as Goa is known for its sun and sand, it is also known for its fish, curry and rice. Goan fish curry is a big draw for tourists who love authentic Goan xit kodi [fish curry] and sea food. Other non-vegetarian dishes are always the second choice. Goa therefore has not really been affected by the beef notification.”Mr. Ajgaonkar said there was no beef shortage in Goa, but tourism industry stakeholders and meat traders are worried the order banning the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets would badly hit sale of beef. Over 30% of the State’s population compirse of people of minority communities who consume beef regularly.Francisco Braganca, hotelier and former president of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, said hoteliers worry that fears of beef shortage could lead traders hoarding stocks and creating articifical scarcity. He said, “I am told by many supermarket stores owners that there is no impact on the supply of beef as of now. Cattle continues to come in from Karnataka, but the beef is sold out instantly. People perceive a shortage and are hoarding beef.”He said tourists continue to flock to the State as it’s hotter in the other parts of the country.last_img read more

Scientists grow tiny human stomachs in lab dishes

first_imgThe colorful snakelike image above is actually fluorescently labeled tissue from a section of a stomach that’s smaller than a pea. But it’s not the stomach of an extraordinarily small animal; it’s a mini human stomach grown in a dish by scientists who hope to use it to study gastrointestinal diseases. Because the digestive systems of mice, flies, and other model organisms differ from those of humans, researchers have been hard-pressed to find a way to study the development of human gut maladies such as peptic ulcer disease. So several groups have turned to pluripotent stem cells—cells derived from human embryos or reprogrammed adult cells that can turn into any cell type in the body—to try to grow digestive organs in the lab. Last week, one group of researchers announced the creation of a lab-grown small intestine from stem cells. Today, a different team reports online in Nature that they’ve perfected the recipe of molecules needed to coax both types of stem cells to grow into small spheres that, despite their size, have all the properties of a functional stomach. When the researchers exposed the ministomachs to the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, infections of which are blamed for many stomach ulcers and cancers, they saw the same molecular and cellular changes already known to occur in life-size stomachs.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Sunny, Holding slam Dhoni and Co

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar has blamed poor technique of Indian batsmen for the team’s dismal show in the Test series in England, saying the tourists have looked like a “school boys’ team”.Team India was found wanting in all three departments of batting, bowling and fielding as they were outplayed by the English side.Down 2-nil in the series, Team India’s two losses in the series have exposed a lot of chinks in their armour and experts worry that if India does not improve immediately M.S. Dhoni’s team stand to lose their top Test ranking.Scathing in his criticism of the world number one side, Gavaskar states that the Indians have been “totally outplayed by England in the second Test so much so that it looked like a contest between a professional team and a school boys’ team”.Gavaskar elaborates, “The batting has failed to get to 300 in four innings and the bowling in both Tests has faded away after a bright beginning”.Talking specifically about the batsmen, the master criticises the batting technique of both the seniors and the youngsters in the side: Getting onto the front foot and they suddenly find that when it comes to overseas pitches and the quicker bowlers, “they just don’t know how to play off the back foot”.India just does not care about international commitments: HoldingThe poor show by Dhoni and company in England is drawing flak world wide.Legendary West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding has slammed Indian cricketers for below average performance so far, even claiming that it was the money that was on offer in the IPL that had ensured that the Indians just did not care about their international commitments.  The former pacer questioned why none of the players pull out of IPL with injuries, suggesting that the money on offer ensured that international commitments take a back seat.  Holding went on to accuse Team India of neither playing like world champions nor putting in extra effort.advertisementlast_img read more

Chris Gayle is special and a hero to young players, says Darren Bravo

first_imgWest Indies batsman Darren Bravo has paid a rich tribute to Chris Gayle, calling the opening batsman a “hero to the young players”. Gayle will retire from one day internationals after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales.”He’s definitely a hero to the young players. Not even a hero; he’s a legend. The experience of having Chris in the dressing room is priceless. He puts a smile on each and every player’s face. And, as you can see when we go out there, we really enjoy our cricket,” Bravo was quoted as saying by ICC.Gayle holds the record for most centuries by a West Indian in ODIs, with 24, as well as the highest score of 215, which he scored in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 against Zimbabwe. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.”If you look at the stats, he’s achieved a lot at the international level. He’s a special player. We’re really happy to have him,” he added.Bravo said that Gayle is still an asset for the team and is the one who always helps the youngster with their game.”He’s getting on a bit in age, but he’s still striking the ball nicely, so that is the most important thing,” he said.”And in the dressing room, he’s always giving information, he’s helping all the youngsters. I think over the last few years he’s changed the game a little bit. He’s not going so hard as before. He understands his game pretty well,” he said.advertisement”As long as it all goes well, as far as his approach is concerned, I don’t see any reason we can’t consistently cross the 300 mark,” he added.The left-hand batsman, who made a comeback after being out of action for sometime, said that he is quite happy with the current atmosphere in the dressing room and is enjoying his style of play.”I’m happy; the guys are smiling. It’s always good to have the best of both worlds. It’s a good feeling. There’s a nice gel of experience and young guys. The fans are enjoying our style of play, which is the most important thing,” Bravo said.West Indies, who are currently playing a five-match ODI series against England at home, open their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31.Also Watch:last_img read more

Kochi ready for U17 World Cup

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup 2017 – Kochi geared up for its biggest football extravaganza Goal Kochi Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kochi WC promotion Manjappada U17 World Cup Brazil U17 v Spain U17 Brazil U17 Spain U17 India U17 The most happening place in ‘God’s own country’ has opened its doors to FIFA’s U-17 football carnival… GOAL U17 WORLD CUP SPECIAL | BY NISANTH V EASWAR    Follow @Niktheblue94 on Twitter The FIFA U-17 World Cup in India is all set for kick-off on October 6. A day later is when the carnival will begin at the Kaloor Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium in Kochi. For a stadium that packs one of the most football-crazy crowds in the country. to say that Kochi has welcomed the opportunity to hosts teams from around the globe would be an understatement. The excitement levels have soared through the roof.The grand entry of Indian Super League (ISL) into the state that is already filled with passionate football fans has only helped in promoting the FIFA mega-event across all regions in Kerala. Kerala’s ISL representative, Kerala Blasters have a huge fan following and they have taken matters into their own hands as far as promotions for the World Cup are concerned.For a start, the popular Kerala Blasters fan group named ‘Manjappada’ initiated flash mobs with banners across different parts of the state. Wearing yellow jerseys that represented their club colours, the fans were at their energetic best at local towns and in cities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Kochi WC promotionArjun Ajayan, a football-crazy 23-year-old who lives a few kilometres away from the stadium in Kochi, believes that the U-17 World Cup could prove to be a stepping stone for the country and he, like the rest of Kochi, is excited about the massive event. “To be able to witness international teams like Brazil and Spain in Kochi is a dream come true. I grew up watching Brazil and we know how Ronaldinho and Toni Kroos came through the U17 ranks. This is the proudest moment for people in Kochi,” he remarked.Palakkad, Thrissur, Kasargod and Malappuram witnessed the Yellow Brigade in full flow as they danced with joy in public, in an attempt to reach out to people and get them to the stadium for the big event.Kochi WC promotionThere were bike rallies in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts. In Delhi, where India U-17 will play their group games, these set of fans successfully organized a promotional campaign that encouraged people to book tickets and fill the stadium to offer support for the host nation.Delhi ManjappadaThe district of Malappuram is especially known for its love for football and there will be a huge number of Brazil supporters coming all the way to Kochi when Brazil take the field. They have set up special buses covered with posters of the Brazil team despite the absence of star player Vinicius Junior.Malappuram is more than 160 kilometres away from Kochi but that has never been a concern for the fans. Vishnu Bose, a football-loving engineer from Malappuram, feels that the chance to watch a FIFA event at the stadium is an opportunity that should be grabbed with both hands.”I have never watched a World Cup match from a stadium. Although it is the U-17 players that are taking the field, they are the stars of tomorrow. I can’t wait to watch some of the academy graduates from the club I support in Europe.”Kochi WC promotionThe temptation to go to the Kaloor JLN stadium to watch Brazil, Spain, DPR Korea, Niger, Guinea and Germany is inexplicably irresistible to the people of Kerala. On October 7, when Brazil meet Spain at the Kochi stadium, the city will come to a standstill and all eyes will between the two goal posts for ninety invaluable minutes.last_img read more

‘Everybody can miss’ – Rashford backs Pogba following failed penalty

first_imgMarcus Rashford says that he has no issues with Paul Pogba’s penalty on Monday despite the Frenchman missing from the spot as Manchester United dropped points.The Red Devils were forced to settle for a draw with Wolves on Monday at the Molineux Stadium, with Anthony Martial and Ruben Neves scoring in either half of the teams’ second Premier League match of the season.But Manchester United could have seized the lead in the second half through Pogba, who fired his spot-kick into a diving Rui Patricio as the World Cup winner opted for power over placement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Patricio’s save was enough to seal a tough point for Wolves while earning Pogba plenty of criticism for missing his fourth penalty of the calendar year.Following the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated that both Pogba and Rashford have been designated as penalty takers, and the latter says he has no problem with conceding Monday’s spot-kick to the former despite the miss.”Paul wanted to take it. It’s that simple. Everybody can miss a penalty,” Rashford told Sky Sports. “He’s scored countless penalties for us and throughout his career. It’s normal to miss one. We forget about that now.”We go again in the next game and if we play how we played today, with a bit more urgency, we’ll be fine.”He added: “It’s simple. If you want to take it, you take it. I took one last week so for me it’s no problem for him to take one this week. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t score but it’s football.”Pogba’s decision to take the penalty was criticised by former Manchester United star Gary Neville, who said that he was “fuming” when he saw the midfielder step up to the spot .But Rashford backed his team-mate and said that both he and Pogba are confident from the spot, and that whoever takes the next one will have plenty of belief when the situation arises once again.”The confidence that you’re going to score the goal is always the same. And so it should be,” he said.”We practice pretty much all week and we score the majority of the time so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have the confidence to take the penalty.”Like I say, it’s unfortunate we didn’t score it but it’s not on him it’s as a team. We take that forward into the next game.”Next up for Manchester United is a clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Bode Miller Hits the Slopes with Aztech Mountain

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Parkas for Braving the Cold 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Who better to add crucial insider knowledge to Aztech Mountain than a champion skier? Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller is bringing his insight to the renowned performance outerwear and apparel brand and it’s an extensive partnership worth watching.Aztech Mountain is known for its luxury approach to pieces like the Shadow Mountain Parka and Triangle Jacket, so it only makes sense that Miller has now joined the team as Chief Innovation Officer — and the face of the brand’s Autumn/Winter collection, to boot. Miller will advise on everything from business and product development to marketing, with a healthy dose of real-life action with the gear on the slopes.The champion skier’s new partnership with Aztech is extensive.Miller’s experience and knowledge of the market — and his prowess as a skier — all make him a valuable asset to the brand, explained co-founder Anthony Rutgers.“Having Bode on our team to bounce ideas off of — be our sounding board — pushes the envelope in terms of product development; it allows us refine our designs and techniques,” Rutgers said.Miller’s own admiration for the brand — which is sold in premium retailers like Barneys New York — makes the entire partnership a natural and fun fit, Miller noted.“From the moment I was introduced to Aztech Mountain, I knew it was world-class,” said Miller. “I wanted to partner with a company that provides top-level design and performance both on and off the mountain. The quality of the fabrics, construction of the jackets and pants and attention to detail at every level is impressive.”That level of detail shines through in pieces like the Sopris Shirt, a multi-faceted piece able to be worn as a shirt, a jacket or a turtleneck. The blue-and-black plaid color is cool, crisp and wearable on the mountain or off — particularly alongside classic slim tan chinos and durable leather chukka boots. Throw in an essential henley and consider yourself set for weekend adventures. The Five Peaks Cotton Pant is another similarly versatile piece, designed with performance and style in mind.With an elastic waist and ankle cuffs, plus a modern, wearable fit, they’re the type of pant that would be perfect for apres-ski relaxation — at the bar or around the fireplace. There’s surely plenty more in store where that came from. With a slew of essential, functional product in the Fall collection ,and Miller’s know-how of the market,  it’s worth watching where the partnership between Miller and Aztech Mountain will go. 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion last_img read more

Legal action mulled over Indian Affairs contract given to exofficial

first_imgATPN National NewsOTTAWA–A Manitoba grand chief is considering legal action against Indian Affairs over the department’s decision to award a $25,000 contract to a former bureaucrat for a review of programs in the same branch where the official once worked.Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Morris Shannacappo said he is troubled by the department’s silence on the contract which was rescinded after a complaint was issued to the minister of Indian Affairs.The deputy minister of Indian Affairs has also been asked by the watchdog that oversees federal procurement to probe the awarding of the contract.Shannacappo said he has failed to get any explanation from the department on the contract, which was awarded to the non-Aboriginal former bureaucrat under a special program for Aboriginal businesses.Now he wants to explore whether the department broke any laws.“I would like to get a legal opinion on it,” he said. “I would like to take it to a lawyer to see if we can go (the legal) route.”Indian Affairs announced it had awarded a contract to review its economic development programs on June 29 to Radek Bandzierz, who worked in the department’s Aboriginal Business Canada section and retired in the fall of 2009.The contract was rescinded in August after the issue was taken by Shannacappo’s organization to the minister’s office.In an Oct. 13 letter, obtained by APTN National News, federal deputy procurement ombudsman Oriana Trombetti asked deputy minister Michael Wernick to consider reviewing the contract’s awarding. Trombetti cited concerns from the chief’s organization over possible conflicts of interest and fair competition.Trombetti said the contract fell outside the ombudsman’s mandate because it was initially awarded under the Aboriginal set-aside program and was eventually rescinded.Indian Affairs would only confirm it had received the letter and that it would receive a response. A spokeswoman said the response constituted private correspondence and would not be revealed.Shannacappo said the affair is an example of how the government doesn’t walk the talk on accountability.“There is a lot of pressure being put on (First Nations) leadership to be accountable, but accountability is a two-way street,” he said.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:BoC outlookBank of Canada will release its spring Business Outlook Survey on Monday. The central bank’s previous survey in December showed that sentiment had decreased slightly, but remained elevated as responses to almost all the survey questions were holding above their historical averages.March home salesThe Canadian Real Estate Association is expected to release March home sales results on Monday. CREA’s report for February found that the average price for homes was down 5.2 per cent from last year as the number of sales dropped to a 10-year low for the seasonally weak month.Aphria resultsAphria Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss its fiscal third-quarter financial results on Monday. The cannabis company along with rival Aurora Cannabis recently announced they were among the three companies selected by the German government to cultivate and distribute medical pot in the European country.Metro earningsMetro Inc. will release its second-quarter financial results on Wednesday. The grocer’s performance in its most recent financial year fell in line with company expectations, even as it grappled with supplier pressure to raise prices.March inflation numbersStatistics Canada releases its consumer price index for March on Wednesday. The agency’s CPI for February showed that inflation climbed 1.5 per cent compared with a year ago as gains in most spending categories offset lower gasoline prices.The Canadian Press read more

Serie A or Champions League Roma resembles different squads

ROME — It’s anyone’s guess which Roma will show up against Real Madrid on Tuesday.Will it be the squad that seems to rise to the occasion in the Champions League? Or will it be the team that struggles to put together consistent results in Serie A?Lately, Roma has resembled two different squads in the two competitions.Building on last season’s semifinal appearance, Roma has won three straight matches in the Champions League after opening the campaign with a 3-0 loss at Madrid. Over the three wins, Roma outscored the opposition 10-1 and the Giallorossi sit level on points with Madrid at the top of Group G.In Serie A, however, Roma has lost three times to opponents near the bottom of the standings. A 1-0 loss at relegation-threatened Udinese on Saturday followed defeats to Bologna and Spal.In all, Roma has gained only seven points against the bottom six teams in the standings. The lost opportunities have left the Giallorossi in seventh place, nearly 20 points behind leader Juventus.It’s the worst start since 2011-12, which was Roma’s first season under American ownership.“I’m asking myself why this happens and I’m angry because I don’t have an explanation,” Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said.One reason could be that after selling off the backbone of the squad — goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool, midfielder Radja Nainggolan to Inter Milan, and beloved defensive midfielder Kevin Strootman to Marseille — Roma no longer has the resources to compete at a high level in both competitions.With five goals in four matches, Edin Dzeko is the co-top scorer in the Champions League but the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker has a miserable rate of two in 12 games in the Italian league.Making matters more complicated is that Patrik Schick, Dzeko’s reserve at centre forward, has scored only one goal in all competitions.This is shaping up as a crucial week for Roma, with a home match against Inter Milan following the Madrid game.Any further stumbles could cause Di Francesco his job, with former Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa — who recently attended a Roma match — having acknowledged that he’s interested in taking over if necessary.POLITICAL PRESSUREItaly’s hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, had some advice for AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso following a 1-1 draw with Lazio on Sunday.“If I were Gattuso I would have made some substitutions. The players were tired and I don’t understand why he didn’t change anything in the second half,” said Salvini, an avowed Milan fan who attended the match wearing a scarf featuring Milan’s red-and-black colours.Lazio held onto fourth place — which carries the final Champions League berth — with a last-gasp goal.Gattuso, who did not use any of his substitutes, did not appreciate Salvini’s comments.“Listen, I don’t talk about politics because I don’t understand any of it,” Gattuso said. “He should focus on politics, because if the deputy premier is talking about football it means we’re in trouble.”EUROPARMAHaving already become the first Italian club to earn three straight promotions, Parma is in position to qualify for yet another league.A 2-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday vaulted Parma into sixth place, which carries a spot in the Europa League.After being declared bankrupt three years ago, Parma has been promoted in consecutive seasons from Serie D.IRONMANAgainst Milan, centre back Francesco Acerbi started his 139th consecutive Serie A match.Having joined Lazio for this season from Sassuolo, the last time Acerbi was left out of the starting 11 came with Sassuolo against Empoli in October 2015.What’s more is that Acerbi has played every minute of his last 139 games — without being substituted.“The difference was Acerbi,” Gattuso said. “He made it difficult for us physically.”___More AP soccer: and Dampf on Twitter: Dampf, The Associated Press read more

Close family of Khuram Butt insisted they had no idea he was

Ms Rehman claimed she did not find her husband’s regular visits to the Ummah Fitness Centre – where he met his accomplices – suspicious, as she was too busy raising their two children. Her husband left the family home for the final time on June 3 without kissing either his son or baby daughter, she claimed. Through tears, she described his actions as “disgusting” and said she still struggled to look at the pictures of the people he killed.Mr Lucraft, however, took a dim view of the accounts provided by Butt’s three close relatives, who were all shielded from view as they spoke to the court. On Friday, he said of Butt: “He lived in a very small flat with his wife and all of the family knew something of his extreme views.”He added: “I have to say, I didn’t find any of them convincing witnesses. Each has accepted that they should now have done more at the time.” “There was a lot of things he didn’t tell me,” she said.In early 2015, she became aware that Butt was planning to take them to Turkey for a holiday, but believed this to be a “cover story” to sneak across the border to Syria.She alerted her father, who confiscated their passports and tore up the plane tickets.Another flash point of tension came when Butt appeared in a Channel 4 documentary called The Jihadis Next Door in January 2016, to the surprise of his family. However, the inquests heard that Ms Rehman had only walked out on her husband once – when he suggested he would like to have a second wife. Jonathan Hough QC, counsel to the inquests, asked her: “It might be suggested that you should have been provoked to that reaction, leaving , by what he had been doing in the previous year – his expressions of extremist views, associating with extremist figures. What would you say to that?”She replied that Butt was “still being a good husband and a good father and living a normal day-to-day life”.Similarly, when he hosted extremists including Anjem Choudary, the radical preacher, for dinner, she claimed she was segregated to a different part of their east London flat and excluded from conversation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Zahrah Rehman, the widow of the London Bridge ringleader, was tearful as she insisted she knew nothing of his deadly intent.The mother of Khuram Butt’s two children described how friends had shunned her because they suspected she was complicit in his plot, telling a court: “You have to believe me, I didn’t know.”She was one of three close relatives who appeared at the inquests into his victims’ deaths to explain why they never raised the alarm about his deepening extremism.Each claimed they never considered that the 27-year-old, whose virulent Islamist outlook had brought him to the attention of MI5, was capable of murder.Ms Rehman told the Old Bailey she suspected her husband may one day travel to Syria, but never in her “wildest dreams” imagined he would bring carnage to London.Saad Butt, his older brother, claimed he felt “capable of monitoring him” thanks to his previous work in anti-extremism, for which he had received Government money.Butt’s darkening mindset – which had developed rapidly from around 2013 – likewise caught the attention of his sister and she expressed regret for failing to report him to authorities.The Chief Coroner of England and Wales, Mark Lucraft, took the unusual step of highlighting their failure to intervene as he delivered a narrative conclusion about each victim’s death.  He suggested Saad Butt “did very little, if anything” to effectively monitor his brother, but accepted the death of his daughter at around this time had plunged his life into turmoil.In his conclusions, the coroner added: “Multiple warning signs about the extremist views and conduct of one attacker were known to a number of his close family members in the months and years before the attack.“In the main these were not reported to the authorities.”Usman Darr, then husband of Butt’s sister Haleema, was the only member of his family to contact police, when he phoned an anti-terror hotline in September 2015. He had an explosive argument with Butt after he had sought to defend a video showing ISIL executioners burning a Jordanian pilot to death in Syria. Butt, by then a married father-of-one, had also been bombarding Mr Darr and other relatives with anti-Western messages on WhatsApp, alongside links to websites glorifying jihad. “I don’t like my religion being hijacked by extremists,” Mr Darr told the inquests as he explained his motivation.Ms Rehman claimed she had repeatedly clashed with her husband about his radical views in the years leading up to the attack, but insisted her husband would ignore her.  read more

IHF gives green light to the Caja Magica

← Previous Story Montenegro and Norway with the first match balls for semi-finals Next Story → Gummersbach signs Fredrik Larsson After Madrid Arena was no more an option for hosting one of the groups at the upcoming World Championship in Spain 2013, the organizers tried to seek a new solution and they found it in “Caja Magica” or “The Magic Box”. However, this hall did not meet preliminary requirements and had to undergo many changes. Few days ago it was officially approved by the IHF, and games will be played there starting on January 11th. Organizers are however, very well aware, that a lot more needs to done in order to meet the standards required for being a host hall of the World Championship 2013. caja magicaIHFmadrid read more

Get ready for Lonsdale Greek Festival

first_imgThe Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria is sticking to the February dates for the Lonsdale Street Festival and will once again host the festival on February 14 and 15.Moving away from the late March, early April dates, GOCMV has taken a liking to the new dates as it enables those who would like to fast during the Easter months a chance to get their souvlaki fix in February and bask in the last rays of summer sun.While the festival initially became synonymous with the Greek Independence Day celebrations on March 25, the new dates allow for a less busy event calendar in the city to compete with and more favourable weather conditions. The warm weekend is expected to once again welcome local and international performers in the heart of the Greek precinct, but no word yet on who will be booked for the headlining act. In this year’s festival Greek Australians braved the rain to see Greek popstar Mihalis Hatzigiannis, who only recently came back to play with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Cooking demonstrations, zorba till you drop competitions, karaoke and a non-stop program of traditional dancing and music will be just some of the events on offer next year. The Lonsdale Greek Festival is arguably one of the largest festivals of the Greek diaspora, which celebrates all things Greek.The GOCMV has put a call out for volunteers to register their interest now in the build-up to the event.Stall holders who would like to participate and performers keen to sign up to perform will be asked to sign up shortly, and should visit the festival’s official page in the next couple of weeks for more information. To volunteer for the 2015 Lonsdale Street Festival visit this link and fill out the application form more information visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Beam Your Support To New Horizons Ahead of Historic Flyby

first_img Interplanetary space probes need encouragement, too.The public is invited to send messages of support to the spacecraft on its record-setting flyby.On Jan. 1, 2019, the ship will visit the most remote world ever explored by humankind: “(486958) 2014 MU69,” also known as Ultima Thule.Launched in 2006 as part of NASA’s New Frontiers program, New Horizons completed its objective—perform a flyby of Pluto—in 2015, and has been cruising through the Kuiper Belt, more than 3.7 billion miles from Earth, ever since.Visit the Beyond Pluto website to select a greeting for the mission team to beam (along with your name) to New Horizons, as it speeds past Ultima Thule next month.“Traveling at light speed, the signals carrying these messages will reach the spacecraft about six hours after being beamed from the [Johns Hopkins] Applied Physics Lab’s largest dish antenna, on the very same day that New Horizons flies by Ultima Thule,” according to principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado. “How cool is that?”Entries will be accepted through Dec. 21, 2018.“Like the flyby itself, this is a one-shot chance to become part of deep-space exploration history,” the Applied Physics Lab said in a recent announcement.After the New Year’s Day flyby, scientists will choose a formal name to submit to the International Astronomical Union, based in part on whether MU69 is a single body, binary pair, or system of multiple objects.(Early observations hint at either a binary orbiting pair, or a contact [stuck together] set of nearly like-sized bodies, some 11 and 12 miles in diameter.)The people’s moniker—Ultima Thule—will be used in the meantime.NASA, meanwhile, announced on Monday that its Voyager 2 probe has exited the heliosphere—the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun—and entered interstellar space.More on Global Maps of Pluto, Charon Available to AllNASA’s OSIRIS-REx Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu‘Christmas Comet’ Will Be Brightest Comet of the Year Stay on target NASA Makes Ultima Thule ‘Pop’ in Artsy 3D ImagesNew Horizons Snaps Sharp Images of Ultima Thule’s Surface last_img read more

Anchorage Assembly says no to legalizing marijuana

first_imgThe state’s largest city is publicly speaking out against Ballot Measure 2, which aims to legalize marijuana. But the Anchorage Assembly’s vote was not unanimous.The Assembly resolution argues that part of the problem of locally legalizing marijuana is that banks can’t accept money from pot-related businesses. It’s considered money laundering because selling the drug is illegal according to federal law. The resolution cites an increase in robberies in Colorado because so many businesses now have cash sitting around.But the opposition was not supported unanimously. Chairman Patrick Flynn said the municipality should not weigh in on state issues.“I don’t think, frankly, the voters care what we think,” he told the rest of the Assembly. “And to the extent that we take actions like this, I think it’s more of an irritant than an attractant for the position we take.”Most others voted in favor saying they were urged by their constituents and the ballot measure endangers public safety.last_img read more

Caution is better part of valour Watch for specific stocks and buy

first_imgOffice workers walk past a digital broadcast at the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai showing the budget presentation in parliament on February 1, 2019. The market is expected to move sideways this week as the general elections begin. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesTraders are cautious as they expect the market to move sideways this week with the unveiling of the first phase of the general election 2019 in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to return to power. Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex closed last week with a net weekly gain at 38,862 points, up 0.46 per cent on Friday. National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty 50 also closed with a weekly net gain to top 11,665 points, marking a 0.59 per cent on the last day.The week ahead promises action as March quarter earnings season kicks off with IT majors TCS and Infosys amid election hype and release of the consumer price index (CPI), inflation and factory data. The general bullish bias supported by the market optimism of a Prime Minister Modi’s return to New Delhi with a decisive mandate gives traders scope to buy on dips, experts say. Last week’s volatility seems a curtain raiser to the next month and a half when the country winds its way through the tortuous election process the results of which are scheduled to be announced on May 23 to be followed by government making.Barring the continuing uncertainty over Brexit, most global cues are conducive to a bullish bias with the US-China trade war fears receding. Nifty 50 closed a volatile week with a net gain of 42 points or 0.36 per cent over the previous week’s close even with the elections and subsequent likely government-making chaos at the market’s doorsteps.Experts advise traders to stick to traditionally defensive sectors like IT and pharma unless the market makes a healthy correction in the first half of the week. Higher levels of the index could trigger bouts of profit taking as Nifty levels of 11,760 and 11,845 remain vital resistance points. Technical charts show support levels at 11,501 and 11,420, according to the experts Economic Times cites. The weekly relative strength index (RSI) at 67.7869 is at a fresh 14-period high, but the absence of a divergence from the price is tempering traders’ enthusiasm. However, the position of MACD above the signal line confirms the bullish bias and hence the advice to watch for dips to initiate fresh buys. But the Doji Star on the candle capping the upward move reveals bearish potential suggesting extra caution with tight stop loss setting. In the circumstances, experts suggest a highly stock-specific risk-averse approach to individual traders. “We expect Nifty to consolidate after the sharp surge while volatility will remain high on a stock specific front as participants would react to the earnings announcement of IT majors viz. Infosys and TCS,” Jayant Manglik of Religare Broking told Moneycontrol. He also advised trades to watch for scheduled release for macroeconomic data like the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and CPI apart from the choppiness from the warming up general election scene.On the heels of TCS and Infosys results on April 12, a host of other major players will be announcing their March quarter results and some even full year earnings data. Delta Corp, Tata Metaliks, Bajaj Consumer Care, Tinplate Company, and GTPL Hathway will also announce their earnings for the quarter this week. Brokerages expect double-digit earnings growth in Q4 of FY19 driven by banks and single-digit growth in revenue.last_img read more

Bharti Airtel Q2 net profit soars on data usage beats estimates

first_imgBharti Airtel Ltd, India’s leading mobile carrier by subscribers, posted a 10% rise in quarterly net profit that beat estimates, helped by a surge in data usage by customers.The company, headed by Sunil Mittal, said net profit for the quarter ended 30 September, 2015 rose to Rs 1,523 crore ($234.4 million), up from Rs 1,383 crore in the corresponding period last year. A rapid proliferation of smartphones, led by Chinese brands, has prompted Indian users to use their handsets to access the Internet and demand faster downloads, which are typical of 4G services.India is also seeing an unprecedented demand for fast data as its booming startup industry leans heavily on stable internet connections to get customers.”With the commercial launch of high speed 4G services across 334 towns and roll-out of 3G services … we are now best positioned in the industry to leverage the fast growing data market,” Gopal Vittal, chief executive of Airtel’s India & South Asia unit, said in a statement.Bharti Airtel has been in the lead in bringing fourth generation data services to customers in India, ramping up coverage ahead of rival Reliance Jio’s 4G services launch. Reliance Jio is the telecommunications unit of cash-rich conglomerate Reliance Industries led by Mukesh Ambani. In August, Airtel said it would price its 4G services at existing 3G costs, and the carrier is allowing some users to migrate to 4G for free.These efforts helped Airtel add more subscribers than rivals. Airtel, however, saw a drag from falling voice call charges, same as rival Idea Cellular did last week.As voice calls get cheaper, telecommunications carriers in India are focusing on building their data service networks to cater to an increasing number of customers who prefer using apps to calling.Average revenue per user for voice calls, a key measure of telecom health, dropped to Rs 140 from Rs 158 in the corresponding quarter last year. Average revenue per user from data rose to Rs 193 in the quarter, up from Rs 150 during the July-September quarter in 2014. Analysts on average expected the company to post a net profit of Rs 1,150 crore, according to Thomson Reuters data.Total revenue rose 4% to Rs 23,836 crore for the second quarter from a year earlier. Mobile data revenue grew 60% during the quarter.last_img read more

Dangal drives PVR Q3 earnings SRKs Raees Hrithiks Kaabil to boost Q4

first_imgMany sectors took a beating in November and December as a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation decision, but showbiz almost bucked the trend. The latest Hindi blockbuster Dangal starring Aamir Khan, which was released on December 23, has done well and is poised to beef up PVR’s Q3 earnings, according to brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL).The spend per head (SPH) actually grew about 5 per cent and advertisement income rose by about 10 per cent, MOSL said in a note.”Hindi film Dangal reported stellar net box office collection (NBO) of ~INR2.4b (Rs 240 crore) until 31-December 2016 in India, which is expected to aid PVR (~20% market share, according to management) in the current quarter.”In 3QFY17, we broadly expect average ticket prices (ATP) to remain flattish, given poor content overall (except for Dangal), SPH improvement of ~5 per cent, and advertisement income increase of 10-11 per cent,” analysts Niket Shah and Chintan Modi wrote in their sector update.PVR shares were trading at Rs 1,178 around 12.30 pm on Wednesday (Jan 4) on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The stock has fallen from Rs 1,284 on November 9, translating into an erosion of 8.25 percent since demonetisation.The analysts said that PVR is positioned well to see a similar buoyancy in Q3 revenues with two blockbuster releases this month — Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil.Valuations “We expect the impact of demonetisation to be lower than our previous estimates. We thus increase our earnings estimates by 22% for FY17 (was mainly cut because of impact on operating leverage in view of demonetization) while broadly maintaining FY18 estimates. The movie pipeline also appears strong with Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ scheduled to be released on 26-January 2017 along with Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Kaabil’,” analysts said.Movies that were released during Q3 or at the end of Q2 included Dear Zindagi, Befikre, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Shivaay, MS Dhoni and Kahaani 2.In related news, MOSL quoted the PVR management as saying that the integration of DT Cinemas with PVR is now complete, which is set to take the total screencount to more than 600 by the end of the current fiscal, with the addition of 32 screens of DT Cinemas. PVR’s listed rival Inox Leisure was trading at Rs 233, up 0.26 per cent from its previous close. The stock had closed at Rs 245 on November 8, 2016, the day PM Modi announced the decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes that accounted for about 86 per cent of the total currency in circulation in value terms.Cinepolis India, the Indian arm of Mexican multiplex chain Operadora Cinepolis SA de CV, operates about 240 screens and had indicated at plans to increase it to 400 by December 2017. It also plans to open new screens under the Fun Cinemas brand it acquired last January.last_img read more