Lose With Grace

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 If you lose an opportunity, lose gracefully. Maintain your professionalism, no matter how you lose. Be respectful of the prospective client’s decision, and be respectful of your competitor.At some point, your dream client is going to change their partner again. When they do, they are going to base their own decision about whether they allow you to compete for their business again on what they remember about how you compete (as well as how good of a job you have done nurturing the relationships you have built with members of their team).When you lose an opportunity, it is fine to argue your case, as long as you do so politely and professionally. It is also okay to ask your dream client to reconsider their decision, especially if there are issues surrounding their decision that may harm them (in fact, you are obligated to, if you really care about them). But you can’t be argumentative while you are pleading your case.There are boundaries that you do not want to cross, lest you prove to your prospective client that they made the correct decision by choosing your competitor.You don’t want anything you say or write to come across as a personal attack on the person or people who made the decision. You don’t want to attack their integrity or their ability to make a good decision. You don’t ever want to plead for their business because you were personally counting on winning their business (don’t laugh, I’ve seen this done).Your ability to lose with professionalism and grace is what allows you to maintain the relationships you need so that you can compete and win the next time. And never be so desperate for any one deal that you can’t be professional no matter what happens.last_img read more

Govt. soft on the Sanstha: Damodar Mauzo

first_imgSahitya Akademi Award-winning writer Damodar Mauzo, who has been provided police security recently following threats to his life, said on Wednesday that the Goa government had gone soft on Sanatan Sanstha, a right-wing Hindu outfit.“Why has this happened today? When in 2009 the bomb blast happened, the State government went soft on the accused. If the government had remained firm, this would not have come to pass,” he said at a solidarity meeting convened in the city to condemn the death threat to the writer. The meeting — called by the Goa unit of Dakshinayan Abhiyan, a national-level movement of progressive writers and rationalists, and prominent Goan writers like Datta Naik, Vishram Gupte, Pundalik Naik, and N. Shivadas, among others — demanded that the State government should ban Sanatan Sanstha.Two sadhaks of Sanatan Sanstha died while ferrying an improvised explosive device (IED) bomb towards a crowded Diwali function in 2009. The Sanstha has, however, maintained that it did not have any role in the bomb blast. Eight of their members were accused, but six were subsequently acquitted. A Congress-led coalition government was in power at the time. Meanwhile, Sanatan Sanstha, in a press release said that the campaign of the ‘Dakshinayan’ meeting was a clear-cut show of anti-Hindu attitude.In a press release, Mr. Chetan Rajhans, spokesman of Sanatan Sanstha said, “Those who are putting allegations of Madgaon bomb explosion on Sanatan Sanstha seem to have no trust in the judiciary or the constitution. During Congress rule, six seekers of Sanatan Sanstha were proved innocent and were acquitted by the court from the case.” Mr. Rajhans further said that there was not a single case registered against Sanstha and it has not been proved guilty in any of the cases.At the meeting, Mr. Mauzo also said that in the name of evicting Rohingyas from Assam, the national register of citizens was being used to de-list native Indians. “Do you know what is happening in Assam? In the name of evicting Rohingyas they have prepared a National Register of Citizens. Please go and see whose names have come on it. Please understand the agenda behind it and the thought behind it is betrayal of society,” Mr. Mauzo said, calling the controversial national register of citizens an “unconstitutional move.”last_img read more

Anil Kumble steps down as Team India coach

first_imgBharat Arun appointed as bowling coach × Team Coach Anil Kumble (right) stepped down on Tuesday, citing a breakdown in relations with skipper Virat Kohli (left). File Photo   –  PTI COMMENTS Team Coach Anil Kumble (right) stepped down on Tuesday, citing a breakdown in relations with skipper Virat Kohli (left). File Photo   –  PTI Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017 Ravi Shastri top contender for Team India coach BCCI invites applications for head coach post Former captain Sunil Gavaskar was critical of the circumstances that led to Kumble’s demise. “So you want softies. You want somebody to just tell you, ‘ok boys, don’t practice today because you guys are not feeling well, ok take a holiday, go shopping’. You want that kind of a person,” Gavaskar told a news channel. “If any of the players are complaining, I feel those players are the ones who should be left out of the team,” he added.Since Greg Chappell’s tumultuous two-year tenure ended in 2007, successors such as John Wright, Gary Kirsten and Duncan Fletcher registered varied degrees of success with the team, confining themselves largely to the background. Former skipper Bishan Singh Bedi said he was not surprised by Kumble’s decision as no self-respecting person could have carried on in such an environment. “Gratitude has obviously been thrown out of window by whoever raising ‘revolt’…”, tweeted the spin great, calling it a loss for Indian cricket.Gavaskar said the episode would send out the wrong message as the Indian board set about finding Kumble’s successor. “This is sending a signal for the next coach — either bow down to what the players want you to do, otherwise you, like one of India’s cricket legends Anil Kumble, will have to step down.” Published on COMMENTcenter_img Anil Kumble’s departure as head coach despite a successful year at the helm will be regarded as a triumph for player power in Indian cricket, according to several former captains.The country’s board took a gamble last June when they put their trust in former captain Kumble, who had no real coaching experience and was not even on the original list of candidates.The former spinner, however, forged a productive partnership with skipper Virat Kohli as India recorded 12 victories in 17 test matches and reached the final of the Champions Trophy. But the cracks that were forming beneath the surface of their seemingly harmonious association were becoming more visible as his tenure progressed.Kumble, whose original contract expired at the end of the Champions Trophy on Sunday but was extended to oversee the team’s tour of West Indies this month, stepped down on Tuesday, citing a breakdown in relations with his skipper. “…it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on,” the 46-year-old Kumble wrote in a Twitter message posted on Tuesday.Kumble, who is India’s highest test wicket-taker, added that he was surprised by Kohli’s reservations over his style of coaching. “I see the coach’s role akin to ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest,” wrote Kumble, who may not be as expressive as Kohli but is perceived as equally assertive. Superstar culture, conflict of interest, treatment of Kumble: Guha minces no words in his letter to Vinod Rai SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 21, 2017 null RELATED cricket Cites breakdown in relations with skipper Virat Kohli as the reason.last_img read more

MID-DAY MEAL 2 LAST

first_imgThis is being planed as part of LeEcos consumer-connectThis is being planed as part of LeEcos consumer-connect policy which has been integral to the unprecedented success the company has had in such a short period in the Indian market. Also noteworthy is the companys after-sales policies. LeEco has put in place 555 service centers in prime locations in the country, besides providing 24*7 toll free services, and other value-added services. About LeEco: LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs nearly 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.With disruptive innovation as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in myriad businesses, spanning internet TV, video production and distribution, smart gadgets and large-screen applications to e-commerce, eco-agriculture and connected super-electric cars. The company also has one of the worlds largest content libraries which includes movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be viewed on LeEco devices like Superphones and Super TVs.Breaking the barriers of innovation, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. About Akshaya Patra:Akshaya Patra, an NGO that supports the Mid-day meal program launched by Government of India feeds over 1.5 million children every day of the school year, in 24 locations, across 10 states in India. For these children, a full meal, even once a day, is a strong incentive to stay in school. This program enables hunger free education and it has led to a significant rise in enrolment and attendance. Media Contact: Shruti Singh Shruti.singh@bm.com +91-9654497747 Senior Associate Genesis Burson-Marsteller Source: LeEco PRN SC SCSadvertisementlast_img read more

These 22 nostalgic school-time pictures will take you on a trip down the memory lane

first_imgIt’s a funny relationship that we share with our schools. When we are studying, most of us hate the very mention of school, but once we pass out, nostalgia hits us in throes at the mere mention of the word!1. We have all been through those PT days, when we had to hurriedly apply chalk on our canvas shoes to make them look squeaky clean. However, just after a period or so, they would start looking like they had not been cleaned EVER.2. What is the first thing you recall on seeing chalks? We bet it is the chalk throwing fights that ensued in between the classes at school.3. At a time when we did not have the luxury of pagers and mobile phones, classroom messages were carried through chits that had to be passed from one person to the other till it finally reached its destination (with fingers crossed that the teacher does not notice it!).4. The best time of the year was our birthday, when we could ditch our school dress, flaunt our clothes and enjoy the chocolate distribution that followed after the whole class wished happy birthday by singing the birthday song; some very loudly in the hope of getting extra sweets.5. At the time when coke cans were not so readily available, flaunting the can in the school and acting as if it was just an everyday affair was what the ‘cool kids’ did.6. No bench in the school would be spared from scribbling! It was an effective way to vent out one’s feelings or at times, even used for cheating during tests.advertisement7. Oh! The dreaded day of results, when parents had to sign our report cards. It’s memory still sends a chill down the spine!8.  The farewell day or the saree day was the most important day in a student’s life. The preparations started months in advance– from choosing the saree to getting the matching blouse stitched, and for boys, getting their suits and matching shirts and ties-. The details were extremely important to rock the look on the D-day.9. We have all been punished for something or the other during our school days. But even the punishment turned out to be fun when the whole group was asked to leave together.10. Oh! How we used to look forward to the sports period, where we could enjoy some outdoor games and escape from the teacher’s wrath.11. The colourful house T-shirts were a thing of pride and the arguments that we had in class regarding which house rules will always be cherished.12. That awesome feeling we got when on reaching class 5 were allowed to use ink pens for the first time in school, and the pride with which we carried and showed off ink stain marks on the fingers.13. The futility of trying to erase something written with a pen and ending up tearing the sheet every single time.14. The last page of every student’s copy says a lot about them, whether they enjoyed the class or were getting bored in a period or were distracted by something or someone?. It is that page in the life of a student which is hidden from most people.15. That hi-fi gadget of a pencil box, which without fail drew envious glances from peers every time. 16. Every time during the class when we had the urge of having cola based drinks Rol-a-cola came to our rescue and provided instant gratification.17. Remember the time when we had to trudge down the stairs and stand in ques in the open grounds for morning assembly irrespective of whether it was scorching heat or spine chilling cold? At times the heat would be so unbearable that some of the students would even faint?but as they say ‘assembly must go on’18. In all likelihood, in some corner of your house, carefully wrapped away, lies your school shirt scribbled with farewell messages from all your friends. The last day of school, before the official farewell, marked the day when classmates would scribble something on each other’s shirts and once we reached home would spend quite some time trying to comprehend who wrote what.19. For some unknown reason, higher the classes we reached, shorter our skirts became!20.  How can we not mention Slam Books here? Before Orkut and Facebook hit us, Slam Books held the ultimate class secrets.21. That ethereal smell of new books!22. The immense joy and happiness that we felt when the bell rang for the final period, indicating the end of the school day.advertisementTime to get back to reality folks!last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: India vs Pakistan clash bigger than Ashes, says Irfan Pathan

first_imgAhead of much-anticipated, high octane Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan at the Oval, Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has declared the clash between the two Asian arch-rivals bigger than the Ashes series.Admitting that the match between India and Pakistan is always ‘special’, the 32-year-old backed his side to continue to play in the same manner as they have performed so far and emerge victorious.”It is a big match. A final match between the two is happening after 10 years. The last time India and Pakistan met in the finals was in T20 World Cup in 2007. I was a part of that match. We went on to win that match. The match between the two sides is always special. Many people get involved in this. It is even considered bigger than the Ashes series between Australia and England. I hope the Indian team win. My wishes are with Virat Kohli and his team. I am very hopeful of their win especially after the way India have played in the tournament so far. They have won all the matches except the one against Sri Lanka,” Pathan said in an exclusive conversation with ANI.Like many people, Pathan also believes the Virat Kohli-led India’s strength lies in their batting while Pakistan would bank on their superb bowling attack in the summit clash.”I think the way Virat Kohli is batting and his timing is great. I think India have an upper hand going into the match. If we talk about bowling and batting, the competition has always been between Pakistan’s bowling and India’s batting,” he added.advertisementTeam India, the defending champions, registered their place in the Champions Trophy final after registering a resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final to set up another high-voltage clash against the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side.Going into the match, India would be high on confidence having comprehensively defeated their Asian neighbour by 124 runs in the group stage.India have won four of their last five ODI matches against Pakistan, including a 124-run victory earlier in this tournament during the group stage.However, it would not be easy for the Men in Blue to defend their title as they would face a charged-up and equally confident Pakistan, who surprised everyone by beating favourites England in the first semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday.If India manage to clinch the victory at the Oval today, they will become the first team to win the Trophy three times and join Australia as the second team to defend the title.last_img read more

Chelsea to offer Cech a chance to return

first_imgChelsea are ready to offer Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech a role with them at the end of the season when he retires from football, Goal understands.The 36-year-old announced that he will hang up his gloves at the end of the season after a glorious career which included 11 years at Chelsea – a period that was the most successful in the club’s history.The decision to bring back Cech would follow their strategy of wanting to recognise the contributions of some of their top former players by offering them roles when their playing careers come to an end. 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? The Gunners goalkeeper has yet to make a concrete plan over his next step after he leaves the north Londoners, preferring to focus on helping Unai Emery’s side win a trophy in his final season.He could, though, be offered roles ranging from a coach to an executive, or an ambassadorial role.The former Czech Republic international has a personal relationship with Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich, with Cech having recently moved house to a location that’s closer to Chelsea’s training ground than Arsenal’s.He would be following a host of ex-Chelsea players in having worked with the club after retirement, with John Terry, Frank Lampard and Jody Morris having all coached the club’s youngsters in recent years.They went onto secure positions with Aston Villa and Derby County, with Lampard having taken the manager’s job at Pride Park.Ashley Cole LA Galaxy MLSJoe Cole has also returned to the Blues’ Cobham training ground to coach youngsters across all age groups, helping out the likes of Eddie Newton, Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo.Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, is part of Maurizio Sarri’s first-team backroom staff, alongside the likes of Carlo Cudicini and Hilario.Andy Myers and Joe Edwards are another two ex-players coaching the club’s younger players this season, while Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien have all done work for Chelsea in ambassadorial roles.The club’s policy is understood to extend to Ashley Cole, who is currently playing in MLS with LA Galaxy.The Blues hope that their policy of incorporating club legends can help them maintain their identity and avoid a situation similar to Arsenal, who saw former midfielder Patrick Vieira end up in a youth development role at Manchester City.Cech won 13 major trophies at Chelsea including four Premier League titles and the club’s only ever Champions League success back in 2013.The Blues travel to face Arsenal on Saturday but Bernd Leno is likely to start ahead of Cech, after establishing himself as the club’s No.1 goalkeeper.last_img read more

There’s Reportedly A New Favorite For 5-Star RB Bijan Robinson

first_imgA pylon in the Texas Longhorns endzone.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: An end zone pylon in a general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)Five-star running back Bijan Robinson is one of the elite talents of the Class of 2020. But while Ohio State fans have largely believed he’ll be theirs, it appears that a new contender has emerged.According to 247Sports via Eleven Warriors, the Texas Longhorns have emerged as the new favorite to land Robinson. Per the report, the Ohio State staff was informed on Sunday that they were no longer his favorites, and had only “a small chance” of landing him.247Sports rates Robinson as the No. 20 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 3 running back in the nation, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Arizona.The five-star back is expected to announce his commitment this coming week. The Hurry Up: Five-star running back Bijan Robinson notifies Ohio State staff he’s looking elsewhere, and Jaylan Knighton attends Florida State’s SNL recruiting event. https://t.co/WriWTDMoLk— Eleven Warriors (@11W) July 28, 2019Robinson is a tremendous talent who any team in their right minds would love to have.As a junior at Salpointe Catholic, Robinson rushed for an incredible 2,400 yards and 35 touchdowns on just 170 carries.The year before, he had another 2,000-yard season with 26 touchdowns on 189 carries.Suffice it to say, Texas fans will certainly be overjoyed to get a quality running back like Robinson.As for the Buckeyes, they have yet to secure a commitment from a running back in the Class of 2020. Though they’re still trending for several backs, it looks like they won’t be bringing in a five-star at that position.last_img read more

India vs South Africa: Unfortunate that we dropped Rohit Sharma on Day 1, says George Linde

first_imgIndia vs South Africa: Unfortunate that we dropped Rohit Sharma on Day 1, says George LindeSouth Africa’s spinner George Linde was the pick of South African bowlers with 4/133 from his 31 overs and he was the one who terminated Rahane’s sublime innings on 115.advertisement Press Trust of India RanchiOctober 20, 2019UPDATED: October 20, 2019 20:51 IST India vs South Africa: South Africa’s George Linde (AP Photo)South Africa’s debutant left-arm spinner George Linde on Saturday said it was unfortunate that they failed to latch onto the chance given by Indian opener Rohit Sharma, whose maiden double century put the hosts on a driver’s seat in the third Test.Rohit scored 212 and Ajinkya Rahane contributed 115 as India declared their first innings at 497 for 9. South Africa are 9 for 2 at close of play.”Those catches they stick or they don’t. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our way, it was Rohit’s. He played well, so well done to him,” the rookie spinner said, referring to the catch that Zubayr Hamza dropped at forward short leg off his bowling when the opener was batting on 28.”He (Rohit) played well. He gave us that one chance, it wasn’t easy and after that he didn’t give a chance,” Linde said.The 27-year-old, who was part of the touring South Africa A side to India last month, was alled up to replace the injured Keshav Maharaj.Linde has impressed for his domestic team Cape Cobras with 160 wickets in first-class cricket to date, at an eye-catching average of 24.05, as well as scoring 1497 runs at 25.81.But it’s been a hard toil for Linde, who said he was a bit nervous to debut at such a short notice.”It’s been lessons to be honest. Also I didn’t expect to play Test cricket. This year I didn’t expect to come back to play the Test series. So when I got the call-up, I was quite nervous,” Linde said.”Luckily, I had a few days to just settle. And today few lessons learnt especially at the end.”advertisementOn a day dominated by the Indian batsmen, Linde was the pick of South African bowlers with 4/133 from his 31 overs and he was the one who terminated Rahane’s sublime innings on 115.”Obviously, consistency is very important. Today, I was a lot better on the off side,” he said.Linde was heavily strapped in his legs and he said: “It’s because I have been diving on it for about three times, so it’s protected.”South Africa once have frittered away a good start and Linde said they would stay positive to force a comeback.”Obviously, it was a bad start. It’s not the way we wanted it to go but tomorrow is another day. We were positive. Guys were smiling in the dressing room, so we are ready for tomorrow. We are not going to sit back and relax, we are going to go forward and try to take the challenge on,” he concluded.Also Read | India vs South Africa, 3rd Test stat wrap: Rohit Sharma and Team India rewrite record books in RanchiAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Rohit Sharma Nextlast_img read more

Asia to ECSA Trade Heading to DoubleDigit Growth

first_imgzoom The container market from Asia to East Coast South America (ECSA) is on course for double-digit growth this year, but will still fall shy of 2015 numbers, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Southbound container shipments from Asia to ECSA continue to recover after what were a few “truly dreadful years”. In the first seven months of 2017 southbound traffic flows increased by 11% to nearly 710,000 TEU, Drewry cited data from Datamar.Based on current numbers the southbound trade will end the year with a tally of about 1.3 million TEU, a rise of 11% on 2016 but still some 5% short of 2015 levels and 15% down on the 2013 peak.Three carriers, including Evergreen, CMA CGM and Cosco, introduced a few extra sailers in July and August in a bid to capitalise on higher freight rates in this corridor. The number of available slots from the three weekly services is currently tracking at about 10% above the amount on offer one year ago, with the upwards trend primarily the result of the ongoing upgrade in vessel capacity. The average size of the 39 ships working between Asia-ECSA was 8,955 TEU in August, up by 2% on the same month last year when there were two fewer units in operation.With ships full on the southbound leg carriers have enjoyed a freight rate bonanza in recent months with spot prices rising in each month since February. Shanghai to Santos rates hit a 44-month high of USD 4,050/40ft container in July.However, it seems that utilisation took a bit of a nosedive in August as rates dropped by USD 640 in August. While this will be a matter of slight concern to carriers even after the fall, that price was still about 13% above the value of the same month one year ago.“Freight rates on this trade are susceptible to relatively small changes in the supply-demand balance so carriers will need to be watchful if they want to avoid any further pricing erosion,” Drewry concluded.last_img read more

AMSA Bans Cargo Ship from Australian Ports

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Philippines-flagged cargo ship Thorco Luna has been banned from Australian ports after it was detained for the third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards.According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the ship was released from its latest detention at Port Kembla on June 8, 2018 and will not be permitted to enter an Australian port for a period of three months.AMSA inspected the ship five times between November 2017 and June 2018. On three of these occasions the ship was detained and issued with 34 deficiencies. The ship’s average deficiency rate is 6.8 deficiencies per inspection, which is nearly triple the industry average of 2.3.The most serious deficiencies stemmed from the fact that officers and crew were unfamiliar with the operation of critical shipboard equipment and procedures for navigation and fire safety.In one case, the ship’s navigating officers had planned to transit a compulsory pilotage area without a pilot and were unfamiliar with the operation of the electronic navigation systems upon which they relied. AMSA also has concerns with safe systems of work and the operation of critical shipboard equipment for fire-fighting, navigation and alarms.AMSA’s Acting General Manager of Operations, Stephen Curry, said Thorco Luna’s operator had repeatedly failed to ensure the crew ran the ship safely and in line with international standards.“Thorco Luna has been banned from entering an Australian port for a period of three months, which should give the operators time to reassess the management of their operations,” Curry informed.last_img read more

India on Canvas A brush with our diversity

first_imgAnukta Mukherjee Ghosh’s magical strokes breathe a symphony of the world around her, as she goes about celebrating life through her colours. Like a child looks at the wonders of the world, experiencing even the ordinary with an amazement, Anukta’s canvas brings to life a fresh perspective – transforming the mundane to the extraordinary.’India on Canvas: A brush with our diversity’ is an exhibition of few such phenomenal works by Anukta. The solo art show will be held from September 6-8, at WelcomArt Gallery, ITC Sonar Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe horizon of her works is beyond the boundaries of categorisation. Just as many India(s) breathe within one India, Anukta gives an ode to that versatility through her works. Ever inspired by the spaces she inhabits, the places she visits and the people she meets, her works are mostly personal insights and associations from the ordinary to the obvious. Colours, forms and lines play a special interest in her works done mostly in contemporary realistic style. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardRising above from her corporate avatar of over a decade, Anukta bid adieu to her successful career and embarked on a new adventure to complete a two year online Diploma course in drawing and painting with a certificate of distinction from the London School of Art, while also honing her skills through guidance from professional artists. For Anukta, painting is not merely about the end result. Between the first brush stroke to the last, what brings her joy is the meditative and spiritual process of losing oneself to the subconscious. In a world that is standing at the brink of chaos, Anukta believes in the redemptive power of art. Her strokes cast a magical spell of positivity and cheerfulness on the audience, reaching not only to the heart but the very soul of those who take respite in art. Anukta’s paintings have been exhibited across India and abroad. Her paintings and commissioned projects find home all across the globe for corporates and individuals alike. For example, Image of her painting ‘Magan’ has been adapted by the Government of India in 2019, for a period of five years as a mascot for its recently launched Pan India project called Womaniya on GeM – supporting woman entrepreneurs and SHGs.The image is currently on the home page of the Govt. e–market website. She has been recently felicitated by the then Union Minister of Commerce and Industries, Mr Suresh Prabhu at a National Launch of the project. One of her paintings from her series ‘My Brush with Bollywood’ found a feature and favourable mention by Amitabh Bachchan in his official blog in February 2018. She has recently done an artwork titled ‘Kolkata Kaleidoscope’ for the public area of the newly launched, super luxury hotel ITC Royal Bengal, as part of an art camp hosted by ITC Ltd., comprising some of the leading artists of Bengal.last_img read more

Electrolux closing Memphis plant reinvesting in Springfield

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Swedish appliance maker Electrolux says it is stopping production at its Memphis, Tennessee, factory while investing $250 million in a separate facility in the state.The Stockholm-based maker of Frigidaire products said Thursday that it is consolidating all U.S. cooking manufacturing into its facility in Springfield, Tennessee. The company said in March that it was putting its plant expansion in Springfield on hold, citing President Donald Trump’s tariff announcement as the reason.Springfield is about 30 miles (about 50 kilometres) north of Nashville.Electrolux said production at the Memphis facility is expected to continue through 2020. Buttressed by $150 million in tax incentives, the company opened its Memphis factory in 2014 with the goal of producing 600,000 ovens annually while employing 1,200 people. Job cuts have reduced that to 530.Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press read more

Colombia UN experts urge protection of AfroColombian communities against elevating violence

“We are concerned that many Afro-Colombians community leaders have faced repeated death threats following their call for their ancestral land rights and to prevent the exploitation of their territories by outside mining interests, including multinational mining companies,” said human rights expert Ricardo A. Sunga III, who currently heads the Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent.The call came at a time when several Afro-descendant leaders are being subjected to intimidation, including death threats, as they campaign for territorial rights.“We ask for protection of Afro-Colombians, especially those engaged in active campaign for land restitution including in the Cauca Department. The communities’ territorial rights must also be respected,” Mr. Sunga stressed earlier in the week. “We urge the Colombian authorities to put an end to criminalisation and threats against human rights defenders and members of their families,” he added. While acknowledging ongoing efforts by the Government, the human rights expert emphasized that much more work is required to address the situation. “The Colombian Government must take effective action to guarantee the safety of their communities, undertake full and impartial investigations into the threats and bring all those responsible to justice,” Mr. Sunga underlined.Recalling the Working Group’s request for an official invitation in December 2014, the expert reiterated their willingness to visit the country to investigate the Afro-Colombian community’s human rights situation.The Working Group’s appeal to the Colombian Government has also been endorsed by the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye; the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns; and the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere. read more

Mother of junior doctors strike leader was nurses firebrand who plotted full

first_imgShe followed in her mother’s footsteps as an enthusiastic union supporter, first becoming ‘active’ in the British Medical Association in 2013, rising to the ranks of deputy chair of the junior doctors’ committee.The committee at the time was led by Johann Malawana, who brokered the deal with Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, that should have led to a truce between junior doctors and Conservative ministers. Sources close to the negotiations in May said that Dr McCourt was instrumental in reaching agreement with Mr Hunt.But when the BMA put the deal to its members, they rejected it, prompting Dr Malawana to quit his post and for Dr McCourt to stand unopposed in his place. Dr McCourt has been an enthusiastic member of the BMACredit:Sean Spencer/Hull News & Pictures Ltd  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. Dr Ellen McCourt studied at St Andrews UniversityCredit:Simon Greener/Newcastle Chronicle Junior Doctors to take strike action 12-16 September: full withdrawal of labour 8am-5pm with further dates to be confirmed #junioraction— #hellomynameisEllen (@McCourtEllen) August 31, 2016 The mother of the junior doctors’ leader behind the NHS strikes plotted an all-out stoppage by nurses when she headed its union, The Telegraph can disclose.Professor Kath McCourt, whose daughter Ellen is spearheading the five-day doctors’ strike, was chair of the governing council of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) when it threatened its own industrial action just four years ago.Prof McCourt was at the forefront of the push for a ballot in January 2012 over the Government’s plan to change nurses’ pensions.  Unlike her mother, Ellen McCourt, 32, is determined to press ahead with the junior doctor’s strike. Born into an affluent home in Whitley Bay, the seaside resort in the north east, Dr McCourt has followed an unconventional career path since graduating with a medical sciences degree from St Andrews University in 2006 and a further medical degree from the University of Manchester in 2009.  She completed a year as an orthopaedic registrar in the north east before taking a year out to study for an MSc in global health at Kings College London. The programme included volunteering work in two of Africa’s most dangerous countries – Somaliland and the Democratic Republic of Congo.On returning to the UK, she moved back up north, working in the A&E in hospitals in Hull where she is now an emergency medicine trainee.  Dr Ellen McCourt Dr Ellen McCourt is pressing ahead with the strike Credit:BMA  Dr McCourt is adamant that junior doctors have been left with no choice but to strike.“Genuine efforts to resolve the dispute have been met with an unwillingness to engage, and, at times, deafening silence from the secretary of state,” she complained.On Thursday senior Government sources complained the BMA council had become too political and that members of it had strong labour ties. Dr Ellen McCourt  The RCN members subsequently voted to reject the Government’s deal but the turnout was so low – at just 16 per cent – that the union declined to plough on with industrial action. The RCN has never taken all-out strike action in its history.At the time, Prof McCourt  said that while nurses “would not take an unprecedented step over industrial action lightly”, the union was being pushed towards a ballot by Government intransigence.Six months later, Prof McCourt, who retired earlier this year at the age of 63 as dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University, was awarded a CBE for services to the nursing profession. The new proposal for all out strikes – beginning on Sept 12 – has astonished ministers, not least because Dr McCourt had played such an important role in the spring in seemingly bringing an end to hostilities.A source close to the negotiations said: “Ellen McCourt led them and she was in the room every step of the way. Every bit of the new contract she signed off. To then turn around and say we need to deprive patients of live-saving care is astonishing hypocrisy.“So many of the things the BMA asked for, the Government gave to them. They came up with an idea for weekend working and she was heavily involved in that. She basically co-led the negotiations with Johann, the only two BMA negotiators present.” Dr Ellen McCourtlast_img read more

Republic of Ireland hit with Uefa charge over tennis ball protest

first_img 69 Comments Tennis balls on the Aviva Stadium pitch during the Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia. Tennis balls on the Aviva Stadium pitch during the Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Georgia. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Republic of Ireland hit with Uefa charge over tennis ball protest Supporters threw tennis balls onto the Aviva Stadium pitch during the game against Georgia on Tuesday. Short URL Share33 Tweet Email 26,358 Views By Paul Dollery Mar 28th 2019, 11:36 AM https://the42.ie/4564879 UEFA HAS OPENED disciplinary proceedings against the Republic of Ireland as a result of a protest from supporters which briefly interrupted Tuesday night’s game against Georgia.Ireland were 1-0 winners in the Euro 2020 qualifier at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium thanks to a Conor Hourihane free-kick.However, Hourihane’s taking of the kick was delayed for approximately two minutes after supporters threw tennis balls onto the pitch.  The case in relation to the incident, which occurred in the 33rd minute of the game, will be dealt with by European football’s governing body’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary committee on Thursday, 16 May.Irish fans were airing their grievances over the governance of the Football Association of Ireland, following recent revelations that John Delaney provided a €100,000 “bridging loan” — which was later repaid — to the FAI in 2017.Shortly after last Saturday evening’s 1-0 win in Gibraltar, the FAI announced that Delaney had stepped aside from his position as Chief Executive to move into the newly-created role of Executive Vice-President. The FAI are being charged under Article 16 (2) of Uefa’s Disciplinary Regulations, which relates to the throwing of objects.The article states that “all associations are liable for the inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters and may be subject to disciplinary measures and directives even if they can prove the absence of any negligence in relation to the organisation of the match.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Image: James Crombie/INPHO Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 11:36 AMlast_img read more

OGM Bruxelles propose aux Etats européens de devenir autonomes

first_imgOGM : Bruxelles propose aux Etats européens de devenir autonomesEurope – La Commission européenne a proposé mardi aux États membres de devenir libres d’interdire la culture d’organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM) sur leur territoire. Une mesure qui permettrait de débloquer le processus européen d’autorisation de mise en culture.”Les mesures adoptées aujourd’hui vont donner aux États membres la liberté de décider en matière de culture d’OGM” a expliqué John Dalli, commissaire européen à la Santé. La proposition de Bruxelles vise à rendre aux États réticents la liberté d’interdire ou de restreindre sur leur territoire les cultures d’OGM, et ce même si les cultures concernées ont obtenu un feu vert européen. “L’expérience avec les OGM jusqu’à présent a montré que les États membres ont besoin de davantage de flexibilité pour organiser la coexistence des produits transgéniques et des autres sortes de plantes, conventionnelles ou biologiques”, a souligné John Dalli.En contrepartie de cette flexibilité, la Commission invite les États opposés aux OGM à cesser de bloquer les processus d’autorisation de mises en culture demandées par les multinationales. Le commissaire européen assure toutefois qu’il “n’est pas question de faire pression pour obtenir davantage de votes positifs”. Et d’ajouter : “Je ne m’attends pas à ce que les gouvernements changent leurs votes simplement parce que nous avons présenté ce paquet”.A ce jour, le maïs MON 810 du groupe américain Monsanto est le seul produit à avoir été autorisé à la culture en Europe pour l’alimentation. Victimes de la crainte de l’opinion publique européenne, les cultures OGM sont en recul sur le Vieux continent, tandis qu’elles se multiplient en Amérique du Nord et du Sud.La proposition de Bruxelles est accueillie avec méfiance par les gouvernements européens. Alors que la France et l’Espagne se sont déjà déclarées opposées à une renationalisation des autorisations de culture, l’Allemagne et l’Italie n’ont pas encore pris position.Le 13 juillet 2010 à 16:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more