How to Be More Productive

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 I was recently asked about how I stay so productive. Here are my thoughts on goals, tasks that move you closer to your goals, avoiding distractions, and psychic ram. Productivity is really about “me management.”last_img

48-Hour Decree Brought After 3500 Women Deserted By NRI Husbands In Two Years

first_imgAround 3,500 cases of distressed women being deserted by their NRI (Non-Resident Indian) husbands were received by various Indian missions abroad between 2015 and 2017. It was this that led to the promulgation of a law recently by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), according to which all NRI marriages solemnised in India have to be registered in India within 48 hours.Read it at Guardian Related Itemslast_img

‘It’s so fake’: Track legend Lydia de Vega dispels death hoax

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Visits from legends Ray Allen, Robert Jaworksi ‘uplifting’ for Lyceum Pirates Lydia De Vega, once dubbed as the fastest woman in Asia, dispelled rumors circulating on social media that she has passed away.In a conversation with Wednesday night, De Vega said she was surprised about her fictional death and that she actually felt sorry for whoever wrote the malicious article.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES “I don’t even know why someone would write such thing,” said De Vega in Filipino. “This kind of joke is not funny. I hope this serves as a lesson that he won’t do this kind of thing again.”A fake news website under the URL broke the so-called story about De Vega’s death, saying that the former Asian sprint queen supposedly succumbed to illness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two-time Asian Games gold medalist scoffed at the hoax, which she found out when her children called her Wednesday morning to check up on her.“I read the article, and it’s so fake because it said that I was rushed to V Luna (the avenue where the AFP Medical Center is located), but I’m not even in the Philippines,” said De Vega. De Vega is now based in Singapore as an athletics coach for students. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or Shine

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But it appeared like the game was really for the Picanto after the Elasto Painters muffed two free throws and five makable attempts from the field, three of which came in the last 19.5 ticks.Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu, one of the best free throw shooters in the league, had a couple of splits from the line. He also missed an open triple from the right corner that would’ve given the Painters a one-point lead in the waning seconds.The game got testy late in the second quarter that saw the ejection of Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan and Kia’s Eric Camson after engaging in a fight.Glen Khobuntin filled in for Camson, scoring eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back baskets that gave the Picanto a 96-89 cushion with 1:52 remaining.Mark Yee nearly had a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds while Rashawn McCarthy and Roider Cabrera led Kia with 14 points each.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESKia finally stopped its seemingly interminable slide after stunning Rain or Shine, 98-94, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Picanto ended a 16-game losing skid dating back to last conference. It was Kia’s first taste of victory since pulling off a double overtime win over Phoenix on May 21, 2017.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Rookie Rey Nambatac notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Painters, who fell to 2-3. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’m more relieved than anything else because of this win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan. “We broke that [16-game losing skid] and this will go a long way in our rebuilding our ball club.”“It was really difficult for us because our confidence were all shot, but we really had no choice but to move forward and look at the positives despite all of those blowout games,” he added. “We really dug deep and our guys really worked hard for this win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKia posted its first win this conference after a 0-4 start but not after surviving an anxious final minute where the Picanto barely avoided a major collapse.Protecting a three-point lead with 55 seconds left, Kia turned the ball over twice. View commentslast_img read more

Never give up on us: Virat Kohli turns emotional after Lord’s humiliation

first_imgVirat Kohli sought to garner emotional support even as India continued their poor showing in the Test series in England. After failing to chase down 194 in the first Test at Edgbaston, India lost the second match at Lord’s by an innings and 159 runs.Kohli scored 200 runs in the first Test but only managed scores of 23 and 17 at Lord’s. However, it is his captaincy that has come under the scanner following the heavy defeat over the weekend. This was infact the first innings defeat for India under Kohli’s leadership. This year, India have lost four out of five Tests played overseas in South Africa and England.READ – India handed humiliating defeat by ruthless England at Lord’sKohli, who is likely to be questioned by BCCI upon his return home, posted a message on Facebook.After India went down at Lord’s on Sunday, Kohli conceded he had made some selection errors and said India deserved to lose after the way they played.READ – Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to lose”Can’t really think about conditions when you’re playing the game. You can’t sit and crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green won’t go your way. Even when the ball’s doing a bit, you have to pitch it in the right areas. Their guys were relentless, they made us work for the runs,” Kohli said. “Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable, I think we got the combination a bit off before the game. Chance to correct that next game.”advertisementREAD – India needs Virat Kohli at Trent Bridge even if he is half fit: Sunil GavaskarKohli, who battled stiff back during the second Test, said he was confident of playing at Trent Bridge for the second Test. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes Kohli should play even if he is 50 per cent fit but agreed the skipper needed to make the final call.(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)last_img read more

Atletico Madrid wish to play a match in India

first_imgAtletico de Madrid president Miguel Angel Gill here on Wednesday cleared his intentions about bringing the Spanish side to India during their next summer’s pre-season tour during July-August.”We will be doing an Asia tour during the pre-season. We will play matches in China and being so close to India, we will push for a game or two in India too with clubs who are willing to play,” Gill said at the sideline of their collaboration with Tata Football Academy (TFA) on a grassroots program.The Atletico president, who also owns majority stakes of the club, revealed why their successful partnership with ATK (formerly known as Atletico de Kolkata) couldn’t last.”Sanjeev Goenka (owner of ATK) and I had different views on how to run a grassroots programme. That’s the reason why we couldn’t come to an agreement and decided to end the tie,” he explained.Gill. nevertheless admitted that he still maintains a cordial relationship with Goenka.The Atletico boss, whose club is also informally involved with Indian Super League (ISL) club Jamshedpur FC, added that partnering with the Tata group gives them the advantage of overseeing a football development program the way they want to.”Indian football lacks the basic grassroots program system at the moment. Things haven’t changed since I came here the first time. Being in partnership with TFA gives us the opportunity to work from scratch and set up a proper system to develop football in India,” he said.Talking about La Liga expanding their international reach, Gill said he agrees with the Spanish top division president Javier Tebas’s view of playing few liga matches in USA.advertisementThe announcement was met with resistance by many clubs and players and the matter is due to be settled in court.”I feel it is a good move to play league matches in other continents because that will help in advertising the league in other countries and earn more eyeballs internationally. But we will have to wait for the court’s decision on it.La Liga president Tebas, who was also present at the press conference, said he is confident that the ruling will be in their favour.last_img read more

Cup of Nations secured, now the real work starts for Matildas

first_imgWomen’s World Cup 2019 Read more Three games played, three games won. Nine goals scored, one goal conceded. But for an exceptional free-kick from player of the tournament, Korea Republic and Chelsea’s Ji So-yun, it would have been three clean sheets.No major injuries (although hearts were in mouths for a moment when Argentina’s Aldana Cometti barged heavily into Hayley Raso’s only recently mended back), and as promised from Ante Milicic to his squad, minutes for all 20 outfield players and a chance to press their case for World Cup selection. Share on WhatsApp Australia 3-0 Argentina: Cup of Nations – as it happened Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Women’s World Cup features Share on Facebook Matildas Women’s football Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Australia sport Topics From whatever angle you look at it, it’s hard to conclude anything other than that the Cup of Nations has been an unmitigated success for the Matildas, after the worst possible ructions over the preceding month.Tactically, there has been no major re-invention of the wheel under Milicic, with the former Socceroos assistant favouring a 4-3-3 system the Matildas were already familiar playing with under predecessor Alen Stajcic. But it’s through the incremental tinkering at the edges that the evolutions of the next few months will become evident.For a coach appointed just over a fortnight or so ago, this tournament was an important first step – but expect the real work to happen over the next 95 days until Australia’s opening Group C clash against Italy.“We’ve made a lot of steps in a short space of time,” Milicic said at the post-tournament press conference. “As a foundation, a starting point I’m more than pleased the way the last 10-11 days have gone.“It was not just about seeing the girls getting match minutes, but in a few different positions.”In isolation, the game against Argentina could be seen as a minor step backwards, and the coach expressed his slight disappointment post-game. After two promising showings against New Zealand and Korea the ball movement against Argentina was at times sluggish, the front-third and middle-third passing lacked cohesion – all criticisms you’d expect after a third game inside a week, and with nine changes made from Sunday’s 4-1 win.But evident inside the match was the micro-adjustments, the tinkering of a coach testing the depth and abilities of his squad. Players were played out of position, key cogs of the team such as Emily van Egmond were rested. Decisions like the one to push Elise Kellond-Knight further forward into a creative midfield role spoke to such experimentation.After the opening game against New Zealand, Milicic emphasised the importance of midfield movement, of “distances” and “angles” between players – the positional and mental tweaks needed to face forward and play with positivity.Importantly, the bravery and willingness to play (including out from the back) that typified Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos was evident. But so too was a systemic balance that saw no overcommitments to attack, no premiums given to flair at the expense of discipline and collective defence.Nevertheless, concerns emerged. In the opening game of the 2015 World Cup, Australia were mercilessly exploited for a lack of pace out wide defensively by a USA side that went on to score five in a World Cup final. That at times the Matildas were exposed against less-fancied teams here playing a high line is a major work-on.The one-off friendly against the USA in three weeks’ time looms therefore as a development process as important as this entire Cup of Nations, with Milicic indicating staff will begin their tournament review and burn the candle at both ends to analyse the data and video to feed back new messages for the team ahead of that crucial test.Player loads will be measured, domestic league minutes and performances will be tracked – with special programs developed for those coming back from injury.“What we need to do now is work on our pre-World Cup camp, that’s a priority for us. We’re looking at games, timings, when players can come in, the ones that aren’t going to play in the US, or Europe, we need to work through those issues.”It is understood Milicic is pushing for a two to three week camp ahead of the World Cup, with one or two more competitive matches included there-in.The myriad of 1%-ers that his extensive backroom staff are hired to improve now become the focus and the challenge of the next three months. But the biggest hurdle – and one cleared in emphatic fashion at this tournament – is that the team is back together, working in the same direction, and playing with a smile on their faces.In the final minute of the final game of this tournament Caitlin Foord reminded us of what makes this incredible crop of athletes so special: the players themselves.Having converted the winning penalty, Foord wheeled away to reveal a dedication for teammate Caitlin Cooper, who’s father passed away this week. Cooper is unlikely to feature in France – but past teammates aren’t left behind.It’s the spirit, the commitment and the determination within the group that will determine whether or not Australia’s hopes can be realised in France. And for that, Milicic and his staff need only to be the best facilitators they can.Comments on this piece are premoderated to ensure discussion remains on topics raised by the writer. Please be aware there may be a short delay in comments appearing on the site.last_img read more

ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Makes Prediction For Star QB’s Transfer Destination

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.One of the top quarterbacks in college football has decided to transfer, as veteran starter Kelly Bryant has opted to leave Clemson following Dabo Swinney’s decision to start true freshman Trevor Lawrence on Saturday against Syracuse.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum weighed in on Bryant’s decision and where he might land during a TV appearance this morning.Finebaum doesn’t see Bryant landing with a high-level Power 5 team.“I don’t see Kelly Bryant landing with a large (Power 5) team. Jalen (Hurts) is the one every team is waiting on,” Finebaum said.’I don’t see Kelly Bryant landing with a large (Power 5) team. Jalen is the one every team is waiting on,’ Finebaum on SportsCenter— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) September 26, 2018Finebaum does believe that Swinney made the right decision.“Dabo Swinney was fair to Kelly Bryant … he had the job and lost it,” Finebaum said this morning, per 247Sports. “That’s the way it goes. Dabo Swinney could’ve misled him and started him this week and handcuffed, but instead he gave him the truth which is not something a lot of coaches often do. I don’t think Clemson can win a national championship with Kelly Bryant.“I’m not saying they can with Trevor Lawrence, but they have a chance.”It’s unclear when Bryant will be making a decision. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Street Light Pilot Project Funded

first_imgNova Scotia will conserve energy and further reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions by using new LED lights on many streets and roads. A company in Amherst making street lights that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions will receive $1,156,000 in government assistance for a demonstration project. The province’s ecoNova Scotia for Clean Air and Climate Change fund is contributing $756,000 to help LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. demonstrate the new technology. Conserve Nova Scotia, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, is also investing $400,000 in the project. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Environment Minister David Morse announced the funding in Amherst today, April 8. “We are pleased to support a project that invests in our growing green economy,” said Premier MacDonald. “The government is committed to protecting the environment while supporting innovative Nova Scotia based businesses.” The pilot demonstration project will convert 1,100 high pressure sodium street lights in at least 10 municipalities to more efficient light emitting diode, or LED, lights. Many lights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and along Nova Scotia highways will also be converted. Switching to LED lights could reduce energy use by more than 50 per cent. The conversion is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 288 tonnes and air pollutant emissions by close to 1,000 kilograms, annually. “The Climate Change Action Plan calls for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in our province to at least ten per cent below 1990 levels by 2020,” said Mr. Morse. “This LED projectwill help us achieve that goal.” The LED street light demonstration project will support the high tech manufacturing sector and research and development in Nova Scotia. It will also benefit municipalities. “Given the number of street lights in Nova Scotia, municipalities can significantly reduce emissions and save in energy and maintenance costs through this demonstration project,” said Barry Barnet, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “These LEDs will help light the way toward cleaner, more energy-efficient roadways.” LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. plans to market the technology internationally. “This funding will help us partner with Nova Scotia municipalities to showcase this unique, green-friendly lighting to the world,” said Chuck Cartmill, President of LED Roadway Lighting Limited. “This homegrown LED technology has the interest of potential customers in the United States, Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and Panama.” LED lights have a lifespan of 20 years, compared to about three years for roadway lights currently in use. The longer lifespan will increase street safety and lead to less waste in landfills. LED roadway lights further protect the environment by being mercury and lead free. They also reduce light pollution in the night sky. The ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change continues to work with Nova Scotian municipalities, businesses, and organizations on ways to save energy and cut harmful emissions. It is funded by a $42.5 million federal grant. For more information about ecoNova Scotia projects or to apply for assistance, go to . To learn more about Conserve Nova Scotia, visit www.conservens.calast_img read more

Steve Ladurantaye not returning as managing editor of CBCs The National

first_imgTORONTO – The former managing editor of “The National” who was reassigned in the wake of a cultural appropriation controversy will not be returning to the CBC’s flagship news program.Steve Ladurantaye was reassigned in May for what the public broadcaster called “an inappropriate, insensitive and frankly unacceptable tweet” he made as part of a controversial online debate over cultural appropriation.At the time, the CBC said Ladurantaye had been reassigned to work on digital “storytelling strategies” and added that he would reach out to Indigenous communities “as part of his learning process.”In a memo to staff, CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire also said Ladurantaye’s future with “The National” would be reassessed in the fall.On Wednesday, in an interview with The Canadian Press, McGuire said Ladurantaye “won’t be going back to ‘The National.’” The decision was announced internally a month ago.She said Ladurantaye is now the managing editor of the CBC’s “content verticals,” which include the business, health and arts units.McGuire said the CBC hasn’t hired a new managing editor for “The National,” which will relaunch Nov. 6 with Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing as co-hosts.They take over for Peter Mansbridge, who stepped down from his role as anchor and chief correspondent in July after nearly three decades with the program.In May, Ladurantaye was among a number of journalists who engaged in a late-night Twitter conversation that was sparked by a contentious magazine article advocating for more cultural appropriation in Canadian literature.In the Writers’ Union of Canada’s magazine Write, novelist and then-editor Hal Niedzviecki suggested “anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities.”The opinion piece also suggested there should be an appropriation prize in literature.After the article was published, apologies came from the union as well as Niedzviecki, who resigned.Meanwhile, former National Post editor Ken Whyte responded by tweeting he would “donate $500 to the founding of the appropriation prize if someone else wants to organize.”Ladurantaye replied that he would contribute $100. He later deleted the tweet and apologized, saying “what I did was hurtful, and my apology is without condition.”“In short, I wasn’t thinking. I didn’t stop to think,” he said in a string of tweets.“That’s a problem. I need to address it. I didn’t stop to think about what it is like to not have my position or my power or my voice.”last_img read more

Quebec nonprofit launches public awareness campaign for 35 missing children

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec non-profit group is launching a public awareness campaign for the cases of 35 missing children through a partnership with MSN Quebec.Throughout May, which is Missing Children’s Month, the MSN website will display records of children whose disappearances date from a few months ago to a few years ago.“They have close to a million visitors a day on their website, so imagine the number of people who will become aware of this,” said Pina Arcamone, executive director of the Missing Children’s Network.“Maybe someone in this group will have the information that will ultimately allow a family to have closure,” she said, noting that partnering with MSN Quebec will also help the organization share safety tips.Arcamone said the Missing Children’s Network has become a reference point for groups at home and abroad — particularly in Europe’s French-speaking countries — taking on 32 cases of missing children outside of Canada.“For us, there is no border when we talk about missing children,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“All we want is communicate the information that a child is missing, support the family and work with the authorities so that we can find these young people and, above all, bring them home.”Runaways account for between 75 per cent and 80 per cent of all reports, according to ArcamoneThe number of missing children in Quebec fell by 18 per cent last year, due mainly to a steep drop in the number of runaways reported to police.There were 5,927 reports of missing children to police in Quebec in 2018 compared to 7,025 the previous year, according to an annual RCMP report listing all missing children across Canada.“I believe that young people are better equipped today to better recognize risk situations. They also know the importance of seeking help if they find themselves in difficult situations,” Arcamone said.“I hope that prevention and awareness campaigns are starting to bear fruit.”Helen Moka, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In Odisha, members of political families seek re-election, some pitted against kin

first_imgBhubaneswar: Several political families in Odisha are in the fray in the 2019 polls, with members of some either seeking re-election or crossing swords with their kin. In some cases, members of such families have been fielded by parties from different constituencies, including one in which the Congress has given a father the responsibility to retain an assembly seat and son to wrest a Lok Sabha seat from rival Biju Janata Dal (BJD). The assembly election will be held in Odisha along with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases – on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Kinship is evident in the Bolangir Lok Sabha seat, where sitting BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo is pitted against his sister-in-law and former MP Sangeeta Singhdeo of the BJP. He is the son of former state minister A U Singhdeo and is seeking a re-election from the seat. For Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo, who won the Lok Sabha constituency in 2009 and 2014, the battle will be an interesting one. His father, now a BJD vice-president, has won all the state elections from the Bolangir assembly seat since 1990, but lost to Congress’s Narasingha Mishra in 2014. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo has said he is hopeful of another victory because of the development work carried out by the BJD government in the past five years in the state. Sangeeta Singhdeo’s husband K V Singhdeo, the BJP legislature party leader and a former state minister, is fighting to retain the Patnagarh assembly segment as a saffron party nominee. In Sundergarh district, veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Hemanand Biswal’s two daughters are in the fray as nominees of opposition parties in Sundergarh district. While Sunita Biswal is a BJD candidate for the Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat, her younger sister Amita has been fielded by the Congress from the Sundergarh assembly segment. Amita claims the candidature of her elder sister as a BJD nominee will not affect the poll prospects of the Congress which has a strong base in Sundergarh. Family ties seem important in south Odisha, too, as the baton of BJD MP Jhina Hikaka has been transferred to wife Kausalya. She has been fielded by the ruling party from the Koraput (ST)Lok Sabha seat, currently held by Hikaka in the outgoing House. Kalyani Devi, the great granddaughter of erstwhile king of Paralakhemundi Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, will contest the election on a BJD ticket from the Paralakhemundi assembly seat. She is the daughter of Gopinath Gajapati, who was a two-time Congress MP from Berhampur. Congress stalwart and Leader of Opposition in the Odisha assembly Narasingha Mishra has been given a ticket from the Bolangir assembly constituency, while his son Samarendra Mishra will fight the general election from the Bolangir parliamentary seat. Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Bhakta Charan Das has been fielded by the party from the Kalahandi Lok Sabha constituency, and his son Sagar Charan Das is the party’s candidate from the Bhawanipatna assembly seat. Similarly, George Tirkey is the candidate of the grand old party from the Sundergarh (ST) Lok Sabha constituency, his son Rohit Joseph has been fielded from Birmitrapur (ST) assembly seat, now represented by his father. Firebrand Congress leader Suresh Routray is a nominee from Jatni assembly segment, while his son-in-law Prasad Harichandan, former Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee chief, will vie for victory from the Satyabadi assembly constituency. Sisir Gomang, son of former Congress chief minister Giridhar Gamang, who is now in the BJP, has been fielded by the saffron party from Gunupur (ST) seat. Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who made his foray into the poll scene as the heir of legendary leader Biju Patnaik, will fight the assembly elections from Bijepur and home turf Hinjli. Naveen fought his maiden poll battle in 1997 in a by-election from the Aska Lok Sabha constituency and won the seat as a nominee of the erstwhile Janata Dal.The bypoll was necessitated following his father’s death. Thereafter, the BJD was formed and Patnaik scored victory in the Lok Sabha elections in 1998 and 1999 from the seat. The BJD supremo is now in the race for a fifth consecutive term as CM.last_img read more

Massive fire rips through heavily crowded tent at NSP, Police says no casualty

first_imgNew Delhi: A massive fire broke out in two tent houses in New Delhi’s Netaji Subhash Place on Tuesday. At the time of the incident, a function was going on and the place was heavily crowded. According to Delhi Fire Services, they received a call around 12.20 AM regarding the medium fire.Around 25 fire tenders reached at the spot to douse the fire. “Fire was under control at 4.40 AM but a fireman got injured during the operation and got admitted to a private hospital,” said DFS official. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe official further added that LPG cylinders caught fire which created hindrance in fire fighting operation. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) said that three persons received minor injuries. ” A function was going at the place when the incident took place,” added DCP North West. Another police officer said that they cannot tell the exact number of people present at the spot that time but yes the place was heavily crowded and city police conducted the safe rescue operation. “Some said 500 people were there and other 2000. So the exact figure is not clear,” added officer. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsChief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg said that they cannot tell the exact reason behind the incident. “First of all wind was blowing yesterday(Tuesday) and also tents were made of combustible materials which easily catch fire,” added Garg. At any function in Pandal, According to DFS, there should be proper access, open space around the pandal, distance from medium and high voltage electrical installations, means of exits, materials of construction, first aid fire fighting arrangements, water storage for fighting, electrical wiring, and availability of trained fire fighting staff.last_img read more

New Mandela portrait at UN should inspire work for better world –

“Most Africans of my generation retain a very strong association with Mr. Mandela’s walk to freedom,” Ms. Migiro said at ceremony at UN Headquarters Thursday evening.The portrait by Jan Beekman “could not hang in a better place,” she said. “Its spot near the Security Council brings one of the world foremost voices for peace and justice to the world’s leading forum for international peace and security.”Ms. Migiro also emphasized how Mr. Mandela, who she called “a true human treasure,” stands for tolerance, equality, justice and forgiveness, values also cherished by the UN.“I hope that having Nelson Mandela watching over us will help inspire us in our daily work for a better, more just world,” she said. “After all, that would be the best tribute we can all pay to this great man.” 2 March 2007Evoking her own recollections of when Nelson Mandela, or Prisoner 46664, walked out of prison after 27 years, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro paid tribute to the founding president of post-apartheid South Africa at the unveiling of his portrait at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Several Asian countries not on track to reach development goals – UN

2 October 2007A new United Nations report finds that despite the region’s economic prosperity, some countries in Asia and the Pacific are not on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets to slash such ills as poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015. The report entitled “Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific,” which will be released next week, notes that progress has not been uniform in the region and that some countries face challenges in reducing poverty, child malnourishment and child mortality, as well as improving water quality and sanitation.While some developing nations in the region are making inroads in achieving the Goals, no country is on course to achieve all eight of them, according to the report, which will be launched by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Detailed assessments of each country’s pursuit of the MDGs, as well as analysis that allows for comparison with other developing regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, are included in the report. read more

Chile UNICEF to reach out to 1 million quake victims

12 March 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing emergency education and water services for 1 million Chilean children and their families in the wake of the powerful earthquake that struck the South American nation on 27 February. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing emergency education and water services for 1 million Chilean children and their families in the wake of the powerful earthquake that struck the South American nation on 27 February.A tsunami inundated part of the coastline, wiping out entire villages, following the magnitude-8.8 earthquake. Parts of Chile were rocked by a strong aftershock yesterday.The official death toll is just over 500, with six regions – home to 80 per cent of the country’s population – having been declared as “catastrophe zones.”Some of the hardest hit areas are also the poorest parts of Chile. Roads have been cut off, while Government buildings, schools, health facilities and at least half a million homes have been destroyed or badly damaged.“As in any disaster, children are the ones suffering most,” since they are especially vulnerable to cold, hunger and disease, said Gary Stahl, UNICEF Representative in Chile.“Their lives have been brutally disrupted and many of them will have difficulty coping with such an upheaval. We must help them now.”The agency is appealing for $3.5 million to meet the immediate and medium-term needs, including psychosocial support, of women and children.UNICEF is working closely with President Sebastian Piñera, who was sworn in yesterday.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who visited Chile last weekend, stressed that Member States must help the nation – which he said has been very generous in helping Haiti during its time of need after it was struck by a catastrophic earthquake in January – rebuild.Mr. Ban said that he has asked John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, to ensure there is coordinated support both in the emergency phase after the quake and in terms of longer-range disaster management.He also tasked Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to work closely with the Chilean Government, the World Bank and others to launch a post-disaster needs assessment. read more

Elite criminal networks exploiting wealth in DR of Congo Security Council told

“The elite networks’ grip on the DRC’s economy extends far beyond precious natural resources to encompass territory, fiscal revenues and trade in general,” said Mahmoud Kassem, as the Council began consideration of the panel’s report, written after seven months of field work in the war-torn country. Mr. Kassem said the exploitation activities of the networks involved highly organized and documented systems of embezzlement, tax fraud, extortion, kickbacks, false invoicing, asset-stripping of State companies and secret profit-sharing agreements, and that these activities were orchestrated in a manner that closely resembled criminal operations. “The networks collaborate with organized criminal groups, some of them transnational organizations in order to maximize profits,” he said, adding that the networks use those criminal groups for discreet military operations, money laundering, illegal currency transactions, counterfeiting operations, arms trafficking, smuggling and many other activities aimed at political destabilization. Mr. Kassem said the war economy directed by these networks functions under the cover of armed conflict, manipulation of ethnic tensions and generalized violence that generate enormous profits for “small coteries of powerful individuals or the commercial wing on military institutions.” The activities drain the DRC’s treasury of revenues at the national and local levels and leave the population without basic services. The Chairman said his panel would be willing to provide extensive first-hand testimony and evidence based on insider information and documents. “Knowledgeable sources and a long paper trail have permitted the panel to also identify numerous intermediaries that help in marketing minerals and other commodities, the institutions that provide financial services, the companies that buy, process and re-sell the extracted resources and the criminal organizations that provide transport, arms and other services,” he said. Voicing hope that the report would be used as a constructive tool by the Council to motivate parties to honour their obligations under the recently signed peace agreements, the Chairman said the panel’s investigations and recommendations aimed at promoting peace and stability. Following Mr. Kassem’s briefing, the Council decided to allow more time to consider the panel’s report and postponed discussion of it until a later date. read more

UN says foreign staff still unable to return to Russian republic of

Briefing reporters today in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond said only local UN workers and international staff from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have resumed working in Ingushetia. He said UNHCR had planned to return its international staff – which were relocated within the Russian Federation after the violence on 21 June – on Wednesday, but the move fell through when guards were not available. UN staff are anxious to return to help an estimated 50,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from Ingushetia and the neighbouring Russian republic of Chechnya living in temporary settlements or private accommodation. In the wake of the fighting between Russian Government forces and rebels on 21 June, many IDPs living in temporary settlements have received hostile treatment from the local Ingush population, Mr. Redmond said. Many landowners have also pressured the IDPs to return home. One temporary settlement has been closed and local officials have threatened to evict IDPs from other settlements. Mr. Redmond said that while there had been “a strong response” by security services following 21 June, all but five of the 50 or so IDPs who were detained have since been released. He said UNHCR has raised its concerns about the evictions, detentions and other problems involving the settlements with authorities in Moscow, but stressed how important it was for all staff to be able to return. Magomed Getagazov, a local UN staff member, died after he was hit by crossfire during the fighting on 21 June. His death prompted a UN security review for staff working in the northern Caucasus region. read more

New UNICEF head promises results not rhetoric benefits not banalities

“I come to this position with a deep and abiding belief in the missions and work of UNICEF,” United States Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman told a news briefing at which she was introduced by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to succeed Carol Bellamy as the Executive Director of the 58-year-old agency. She will take over on 1 May.“Her qualifications are outstanding,” Mr. Annan said of Ms. Veneman, who has administered the vast and complex operations of the US Department of Agriculture since 2001.“She has focused strongly on new ways of feeding the hungry around the world, thus making an important contribution to the first of the eight Millennium Goals, and she has been a long and steadfast supporter of programmes to advance the welfare of children both at home and abroad,” he added, referring to the target of halving hunger by 2015.“Ms. Veneman’s extensive experience, as well as her personal commitment to UNICEF’s values and mission, make her an eminently suitable person to lead UNICEF,” he said.With more than 7,000 people working in 157 countries, the agency is the world’s leading body addressing the needs of youngsters, ranging from running massive child immunization campaigns to mobilizing urgent aid in unexpected emergencies such as last month’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami.Mr. Annan paid tribute to Ms. Bellamy’s “outstanding contribution” over the past 10 years to the UN, UNICEF and welfare of children all over the world. “Carol’s record speaks for itself,” he declared. “She has led UNICEF into the 21st century with exemplary skill, determination and conviction, facing numerous challenges along the way. Her legacy must inspire us all as I am sure it will inspire Ann to do everything we can to make the world a safer, better place for children everywhere.”Ms. Veneman said the plight of children around the world is enormous. “Children today must face issues that no child, no human being should have to confront – malnutrition and hunger, illiteracy and disease, especially the scourge of HIV/AIDS, exploitation and suffering, wars and natural disasters,” she declared. “The challenges are imposing, but there is also a vast reservoir of will to solve them. I am committed to tapping into that potential.” Video of press briefing [14mins] read more