On The Power of Being Nice

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now I’m not suggesting that you can’t be demanding. I’m not even remotely suggesting that you shouldn’t have knock down, drag out productive disagreements. And, I’m not intimating that you should be a softie, a cupcake, a cream puff, or that you should let anyone walk all over you (ever).But there is a difference between being resolute and demanding, and just being mean, unpleasant, foul, or abusive.Here’s a couple observations I’ve made recently.People Know You Care About ThemWhere managers and leaders are mean, foul, or bully their people, they have the kind of serious cultural issues that prevent results. Where managers and leaders are nice to their people, they produce better results, they have higher engagement, and they have lower turnover.This doesn’t mean that nice managers and leaders are not demanding; they are. But it’s the manner in which they are demanding that makes the difference. They are pleasant, supportive, and they have the “servant leader” mindset.If people believe you care about them, they tend to work differently.Think back over your experiences. You’ve never seen a great leader treat people at lower levels of the organizational chart poorly.People Are EngagedThe last decade, with it’s two major recessions, may have been the most stressful period in a Century. Business changed dramatically.I used to believe that there are times when force is necessary to getting results. The more urgently you need some result, the more important it is that everyone do his or her part. But force causes resistance . . . and resentment.Persuasion and inclusion are more powerful. They create a sense of ownership, a sense of purpose and meaning, and a greater commitment. Consensus doesn’t mean that everyone has to agree; it means that everyone is considered. And it produces a higher level of engagement.What if people resist? What if they simply refuse do what is necessary? Part company, but be nice while doing so—you are being watched.People Follow Your LeadWant your people to be nice to your clients, vendors, each other? Want them to assume everyone has good intentions, that it’s not their lack of trying or stubbornness causing problems? Then be nice.As a leader, you set the tone. People are going to look for you to understand the boundaries of acceptable behavior in your organization. Being a leader doesn’t give you a license to set the boundaries differently for you (or the rest of your leadership team).People are watching. They aren’t going to do what you say; they’re going to do what you do.Being Nice Is FreeNice is free. It doesn’t cost a penny more, but it’s a tremendous, results-producing investment in your company and your team.Being nice doesn’t mean that you lack candor, that you can’t be demanding, and that you can’t engage in productive arguments and disagreements. It means that you cannot be mean, that you have to care about people, and that you have to be decent and treat people well.last_img read more

Gujarat Police probing first case of bitcoin extortion

first_imgIn what is perhaps the first case of virtual currency, Gujarat police CID (Crime) has booked a Police Inspector (PI) and other policemen for extorting 200 bitcoins worth ₹12 crore from a Surat-based builder and real estate player. A compliant was received against PI Anant Patel for allegedly abducting a businessman Shailesh Bhatt at a farm house in Gandhinagar and forcing him to transfer 200 bitcoins from his mobile. Following the complaint and a preliminary probe, the police lodged an FIR naming 11 persons as accused. The FIR also named a private individual, who reportedly played acted as a fixer between the businessman and the police. “We have formed a team to probe the high profile case,” additional DG Ashish Bhatia said. The police maintained that they are yet to get substantive evidence of the bitcoin transaction as alleged by the applicant Mr Bhatt.last_img read more

Blazing Teodoro carries JRU past San Sebastian

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro caught fire as Jose Rizal University silenced the home crowd in San Sebastian with a 73-62 victory Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at San Sebastian Gym in Recto.The veteran gunslinger drilled back-to-back deep treys in the final five minutes to restore order for the Heavy Bombers, 64-58, with 3:34 remaining as they held off a gutsy rally from the host school.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion JRU 73 – Teodoro 19, Abdul Razak 13, Grospe 10, Mendoza 9, Bordon 7, Poutouochi 5, Lasquety 4, Sawat 4, Dela Virgen 2, Mate 0, David 0, Mariano 0, Castor 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 62 – David 18, Bulanadi 14, Navarro 13, Gayosa 6, Ilagan 3, Baytan 3, Baetiong 2, Capobres 2, Are 1, Calma 0, Mercado 0, Costelo 0, Valdez 0, Quipse 0.Quarters: 12-17, 30-25, 52-42, 73-62. Coach clamps down on volleyball team’s celebrity statuscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Teodoro went 4-of-13 from three to lead JRU with 19 points and three rebounds, while Abdulwahab Abdulrazak tallied a season-best 13 markers and seven boards.Ervin Grospe also added 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Jed Mendoza had nine markers, seven boards, and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Heavy Bombers are now on a three-game winning streak at 5-3, and can close out the first round with another victory against Mapua on Tuesday.JRU lost hold of a 10-point lead, 52-42, entering the fourth period as San Sebastian tied the game at 58 with a bucket from Allyn Bulanadi with 5:01 to play. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments But it was all downhill from there for the Golden Stags as Teodoro went off for the Heavy Bombers, followed by an undergoal stab from Grospe, a corner triple from Mendoza, and a thunderous slam from Abdulrazak with 21.0 ticks remaining.San Sebastian sorely missed the presence of leading scorer Michael Calisaan, who is serving his one-game suspension following his ejection from the team’s last game against EAC on Friday.Jayson David stepped up for the Golden Stags with 18 points on a 5-of-8 sniping from three, on top of six rebounds, while Bulanadi had 14 markers and seven boards,San Sebastian, though, wrapped up its first round with a 4-5 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Lady Tamaraws stop Lady Eagles for 2-0 start in PVL

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ikeh, Ravena star as Ateneo drubs Adamson Kim Gequillana also hurt her left knee in the third set prompting Ateneo head coach Tai Bundit to have her brought to the locker room.Bernadeth Pons finished with 16 points to lead FEU while Toni Rose Basas and Jeanette Villareal added 15 and 13 points, respectively.Jhoana Maraguinot led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games It wasn’t the best of starts for FEU and head coach George Pascua had to remind his team they just have to relax and play at their own pace after dropping the first set.“I told them that we have to dictate the tempo and not play at the same pace as Ateneo,” said Pascua in Filpino. “They were quite aggressive in the first set and unfortunately they were quite off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPascua added the absence of Ateneo captain Bea De Leon also helped as “her veteran presence can change the game for the Lady Eagles.”It wasn’t just De Leon who didn’t play for the Lady Eagles as Maddie Madayag, though in uniform, didn’t play due to an ankle sprain. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University remained spotless in Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after shrugging off Ateneo in four sets, 17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Tamaraws improved to 2-0 to stay atop Group A while the Lady Eagles slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Bucks, Raptors begin deciding Eastern Conference title

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Over the next couple of weeks, one team will separate itself.The top-seeded Bucks play host to the second-seeded Raptors on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. They had the best records in the NBA this season — Milwaukee went 60-22, Toronto went 58-24 — and one of them will have home-court advantage for the NBA Finals starting May 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You can’t get caught up in people’s expectations,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said Tuesday. “You’ve got to worry about self-expectations, team expectations, and winning, and that’s what we have to focus on. It doesn’t matter about the one-on-one match-up. This game isn’t a one-on-one basketball game.”Leonard made the shot that sent Toronto to the conference final, a buzzer-beating corner jumper over Joel Embiid that bounced on the rim four times before dropping. The Bucks, predictably, were impressed. LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Ateneo gets back at UST, forces decider for UAAP volleyball crown Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess RARITYThis is the first East final since 2006 where neither coach was leading his respective team a year earlier. Miami’s Pat Riley faced off against Detroit’s Flip Saunders in 2006; Riley was in the Heat front office the previous year, and Saunders was getting fired by Minnesota. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was an assistant with the Raptors under Dwane Casey last season, and Budenholzer was in the final year of his stint with Atlanta.INJURY WATCHThe Raptors are still without key reserve OG Anunoby (appendectomy), and Nurse said it likely will be at least another week before the team could pinpoint a possible return date. The Bucks will be without Pau Gasol for the rest of the season with a foot injury — so unlike the West final where Golden State’s Stephen Curry meets Portland’s Seth Curry in a brother-brother matchup, the East final will be played without Raptors center Marc Gasol facing his brother.POWER MATCHUPThis is the first time an East final has paired teams that posted at least 58 regular-season wins since 2011, when Miami (58-24) beat Chicago (62-20). It’s the 33rd time that a No. 1 seed has faced a No. 2 seed since the 16-team format was put into use in 1984; in the East, No. 2 seeds have beaten No. 1 10 of 18 times, and in the West it’s the No. 1 seeds with an 8-6 edge.CHASING HISTORYToronto has already tied a franchise record with 66 wins this season, counting both regular season and playoff contests. The 2015-16 Raptors went 66-38 overall; these Raptors are 66-28 so far. The Bucks are up to 68 wins this season, fourth-most in franchise history. The 1970-71 Bucks won 78 games, so Milwaukee’s single-season mark is out of reach, but this season’s team could get to No. 2. The 1973-74 Bucks won 70 games and the 1971-72 Bucks won 69.MONEY MATTERSThe NBA’s playoff pool of bonus money this season is a record $21,676,510, and Milwaukee and Toronto are both assured a significant chunk of that. The Bucks have already claimed $2,516,774 in pool money; the Raptors are up to $1,782,207. The winner of this series is assured $2,543,681 more just for making the NBA Finals — and would get another $1,295,117 for winning the title. MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo leaves the court after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)However, they weren’t rattled. The team with the best regular-season record also has the best record in these playoffs so far at 8-1, and confidence is not in short supply. The Bucks’ only blemish in these playoffs is a Game 1 loss at home against Boston in the second round, a mistake that will be on their minds Wednesday.“Against Boston, you can go down 1-0 and you’ll still be fine,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said Tuesday. “But against Toronto, it’s hard to be in that spot, to lose the first game in your home.”Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer is acutely aware of all that Leonard brings to the table. He was an assistant in San Antonio when Leonard was getting started there — after the Spurs, somewhat ironically, traded George Hill to Indiana for Leonard’s draft rights. Hill is now the Bucks’ backup point guard.“He made a great first impression on San Antonio on his teammates, on his coaching staff,” Budenholzer said when asked about his early days with Leonard. “Just the ability to get loose balls, rebounds and all kinds of little things that sometimes go unnoticed. But to think that he was going to evolve to the player he is … I don’t know when that happened.”Here’s some other things to know going into the Milwaukee-Toronto series:ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts with teammates after making a shot to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers at the end of the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)There’s a one-name superstar on either side: Giannis and Kawhi. There’s a Milwaukee franchise that hasn’t been to the NBA Finals in 45 years, opposite a Toronto franchise that has never been to the title round. The Bucks have a coach with an economics degree who wasn’t there last year; the Raptors have a coach with an accounting degree who wasn’t the boss last year.Similarities abound between Milwaukee and Toronto.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ashwani Kumar makes emotional remarks on retirement from RS

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) With his membership coming to an end, Congress member Ashwani Kumar today bade an emotional adieu to Rajya Sabha with two regrets, including his resignation as Law Minister in 2013 in the wake of a controversy with regard to coal block allocation issue. He said his tryst with politics and membership of the august House has taught him many lessions and “the first is that hypocrisy annuls leadership. The second lesson is that, what you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.” Kumar, who was representing Punjab, said he had “realised that in Parliament, ones worst enemies are not always sitting on the Opposite benches; they are alongside or behind you and that in the final analysis a mans own character is the arbiter of his fortune.” He added that he also “learnt that in politics, as in life. there should be room for multiple loyalties. The foremost loyalty must be to ones own conscience and to the country.” Kumar said during the last 14 years, as a member of Rajya Sabha, he had been witness to the unfolding of the political history of India in the 21st century. Talking about his two regrets as member of Rajya Sabha, he said, “it pained me when I resigned as Law Minister in 2013”. Kumar had to resign after a controversy over alleged sharing with PMO a CBI probe report in coal block allocation. Another regret, he said, related to the impeachment proceedings of former Calcutta High Court judget Saumitra Sen in 2011. “I had a conscientious objection to the impeachment proceedings in relation to Justice Sen, not because he was not heard but because it appeared to me at that time that the verdict against him was already etched in stone because of political considerations rather than justice of the cause,” an emotional Kumar said. PTI NAM AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

Not right to compare Virat Kohli with Sachin Tendulkar, says Kapil Dev

first_imgIndia’s former World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev sought to downplay the oft-repeated comparison between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, saying it’s not right to compare the two.Kapil, who led India to first World Cup triumph in 1983, said it isunfair to compare batting icon Tendulkar with current Test captain Kohli at present.”Why do you need to compare the two? Sachin is a legend. Kohli is still playing at an early stage. I believe at present it is wrong to compare the two,” Kapil said in Kolkata. (Also Read: Virat Kohli fiery and a real fighter, says Mitchell Johnson)Asked if Mahendra Singh Dhoni should continue as captain of the side after India failed to make it to the World T20 final, Kapil said the decision should rest with the skipper and the selectors.”You have to let him and the selectors decide. The selectors will make the change if need be. So it should rest upon them,” he said.Commenting on India’s performance at the world event, Kapil said: “It was fabulous. Very good. But on that given day, the opponents outplayed us. They were brilliant.””If the rival team plays better, you must respect that. Every time India lose, I feel bad. But at the end of the day, it is cricket.”The legendary all-rounder also insisted that T20 cricket is not spoiling the longer version of the game. (Also Read: Kohli, Rohit join Ronaldo, Messi to release ‘Unscriptd’ videos)”Have you ever seen so many sixes being hit or such huge totals being chased down? So long as the cricketing world is there, I am for it,” he said.advertisement(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

From touchline to sand dunes, Ex-Chelsea boss follows passion

first_imgBy Philem Dipak SinghPisco (Peru), Jan 7 (PTI) Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas admits that driving in the gruelling Dakar Rally is an all together different ball game than executing the tactics in a football match from the touchline but says team work and passion remains the same.Villas-Boas, who has coached top English Premier League sides like Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur before helming the affairs of wealthy Chinese Super League side Shanghai SPIG, made his debut in the motorsports most gruelling endurance event behind the wheel of a Toyota Overdrive car yesterday.The Portuguese was celebrating his 40th birthday and also carrying a family tradition (his uncle Pedro Villas-Boas competed in the Dakar Rally in 1982 and 1984) by taking part in the 9,000km rally through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.”It (this rally) is a bit different (from football). Of course, there is a lot of teamwork (in both) that has to be done, with the mechanics, with the team management and the logistics and in the car also with the driver and co-driver and the car,” he said.”You know these machines are strong but we need to take care of these machines to hold on for 15 days. My car has the Portuguese flag and I have no sponsorship but I want to raise awareness about my charity foundation,” said Villas-Boas, who left his last coaching job at Chinas Shanghai SIPG in November.Villas-Boas is involved with charity projects in football through Laureus which is also being written on his car.advertisement”Im 40 and its the 40th edition of Dakar,” said the Portuguese, who has also worked alongside the explosive Jose Mourinho at Porto.Asked about any targets in this rally, he said: “I dont have any target. I just want to finish the race.”On the motivation to take part in the Dakar Rally, he said, “It is just the passion of overkill. For long time I have been following the Dakar, I had always wanted to do it and finally chance was there and I took it. My uncle took part in Dakar in 1982 and 1984.”A motor sport enthusiasts, Villas-Boas was happy about being placed among top 50 after the first stage.”It went very well. I was a little bit anxious when I made the start but after that everything went very well. I am very happy. This is only my second time with a car in any sand dune. It is going to be more and more difficult but very happy that I made it to the upper 50 group among cars,” he said.”We spent the last six days before the rally in Morocco but not with the Toyota. With the Toyota, I had one day in Belgium and in Barcelona another day and in the shake down over here. So the car is good and so is the drive that you had a feeling for it. It is very quick. The shake down was very important, two days before we started. The car is magnificent and I am very happy.”Villas-Boas may not the first football figure to take his chances in the Dakar and it will be interesting to see how he fares when the rally ends at Cordoba in Argentina on January 20. PTI PDS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Minister Kellier to Attend International Labour Conference in Geneva

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, is to attend the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, between June 17 and 19.Minster with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said Cabinet has approved the official travel of the Minister and a seven-member delegation, which will cost approximately $3 million.Speaking at a Jamaica House media briefing on May 22, the Minister pointed out that the International Labour Conference has helped Jamaica to address important matters and obtain technical support for issues, such as child labour, migrant workers and HIV/AIDs.“The International Labour Organization has also collaborated with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in the development of a rural component of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), which will require $100 million for implementation. Funding for the project will be discussed at the conference,” Minister Falconer said.She informed that this year’s conference will focus on: “Employment and social protection in the new demographic context and sustainable development, decent work and Green Jobs, among other things.”Minister Falconer further informed that the Minister will be accompanied on his trip by President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, Mr. Lloyd Goodleigh; Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Employers Federation, Mrs. Brenda Cuthbert; President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, Oneil Grant; President of the Jamaica Teachers Association, Clayton Hall; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Alvin McIntosh; Director of Industrial Relations in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mrs. Lorna Phillips and Director of the National Insurance Scheme, Mrs. Portia Magnus.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Harmony of the Seas in Disharmony?

first_imgzoom A number of media reports hit the headlines this week claiming that Harmony of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship in the world, was not ready to set sail yet.Passengers present during the vessel’s pre-inaugural four-day voyage, which launched on May 22 from Southampton to Rotterdam, complained via social media citing various ‘flaws’ aboard the new 361-meter long cruise ship.The passengers reportedly witnessed open holes in floors and walls, long waiting lines in the dining rooms, as well as loud noises at night from workmen aboard the ship. They also claimed that many features and amenities were closed during the voyage, according to The Telegraph.Posts on social media were accompanied by photos from the giant cruise ship showing wet paint remains and safety breaches, with some passengers even dubbing the ship “Calamity of the Seas”.Bad workmanship, this boat is not finished ! @RoyalCaribbean pic.twitter.com/pQttotcXG7— diane (@dianekh000) May 27, 2016 The 227,000 gross ton cruise ship is currently moored in Vigo, Spain, and will continue its voyage to Malaga, where it is expected to dock on June 3, according to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic. The vessel is scheduled to arrive in Barcelona, Spain on June 5.Starting from June, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas will sail the Western Mediterranean from Barcelona, Spain, during its inaugural season before arriving at its homeport of Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November 2016 from where it will sail the Caribbean.The vessel officially joined its owner’s fleet on May 12 in Saint Nazaire, France.World Maritime News Staff “While the majority of Harmony of the Seas’ features are open and already being enjoyed by guests, as with any new build, we were making some final finishing touches,” a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean Cruises told World Maritime News in a statement.“We thank our guests for their patience as we address these areas,” the spokesperson added.The vessel’s owner confirmed that the 5,479-passenger Harmony of the Seas deployed on its official maiden voyage this Sunday, May 29.#HarmonyoftheSeas not fit to sail. We alerted staff to safety glass missing on deck 15 @MyRoyalUK @RoyalCaribbean pic.twitter.com/xzOcMk5AkG— Hayley Lewis (@HayleyHas) May 27, 2016last_img read more

Principals to Get More Support

first_imgNova Scotia’s school principals will be looking at ways toimprove their role as educational leaders in their schools. Morethan 250 elementary school principals from across the provinceare wrapping up the first of three meetings today, May 10, inHalifax. “Principals have a major influence on student performance,” saidEducation Minister Jamie Muir. “But we recognize that operationaldemands and pressures often take priority. We want to help thembalance their responsibilities and focus on being improvededucational leaders. This meeting is the first step.” Principals in Focus meetings are being hosted by the provincialgovernment. This is the first time the Department of Educationhas met directly with elementary, middle and senior high schoolprincipals as a group. Heather Harris has been an administrator for 21 years and is theprincipal of Kingston and District Elementary School. She saidprincipals spend a significant amount of time managing theoperations of the school, rather than focusing on the directneeds of students. “The amount of time I spend dealing with operational andmanagerial issues such as building cleanliness, fire and safetyregulations, facilities management, and dealing with healthissues, takes away from the time I can spend on student needs,”said Ms. Harris. “I want to be able to focus on studentachievement and this conference is a positive step toward that.It’s really an opportunity for the department to see a typicalday through my eyes.” During the two-day meetings, principals are being asked to thinkabout their role, what could be done differently, and whatsupport they need from the department and school boards to helpthem focus on leadership. “We want principals to have the time and energy to make an evengreater difference in student performance,” said Mr. Muir. “Wewant to help them re-focus their time so they are better able toshare their expertise in teaching and learning, and leadimprovement in their school.” The Principals in Focus meeting for junior high school principalswill be held May 24-25. The meeting for high school principalswill take place May 26-27.last_img read more

IndianAmerican population grew by 38 between 201017

first_imgWashington DC: The population of Indian-origin people in America grew by 38 per cent in seven years between 2010 and 2017, a South Asian advocacy group has said in its latest demographic report. In 2017, the population of Indian-Americans with multiple ethnicities was recorded as 44,02,363, up 38.3 per cent from 31,83,063 in 2010, the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) said in its snapshot. There are at least 630,000 Indians who are undocumented, a 72 per cent increase since 2010, it said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonThe increase in illegal Indian-Americans can be attributed to Indian immigrants overstaying visas, it said. Nearly 250,000 Indians overstayed their visa in 2016 therefore becoming undocumented, it said. In general, the population of American residents tracing their roots to South Asia grew by 40 per cent. In real terms, it increased from 3.5 million in 2010 to 5.4 million in 2017, SAALT said. The Nepali community grew by 206.6 per cent since 2010, followed by Indian (38 per cent), Bhutanese (38 per cent), Pakistani (33 per cent), Bangladeshi (26 per cent) and Sri Lankan populations (15 per cent). Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorThere are currently at least 4,300 active South Asian Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. As of August 2018, there are approximately 2,550 active Indian DACA recipients. Only 13 per cent of the overall 20,000 DACA eligible Indians have applied and received DACA. SAALT said that as far as DACA recipients from other countries are concerned, there are 1,300 from Pakistan, 470 from Bangladesh, 120 from Sri Lanka and 60 from Nepal. The immigrant population density of the country shows that undocumented Bangladeshi immigrants live in New York (19,000); Michigan (4,000); Virginia (3,000); and California (2,000). The demographic snapshot is based primarily on Census 2010 and the 2017 American Community Survey. According to the report, income inequality has been reported to be the greatest among Asian Americans. Nearly one percent of the approximately five million South Asians in the US live in poverty. SAALT said there has been a rise in the number of South Asians seeking asylum in the US over the last 10 years. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained 3,013 South Asians since 2017. US Customs and Border Patrol arrested 17,119 South Asians between October 2014 and April 2018 through border and interior enforcement, it said. According to SAALT, since 1997, more than 1.7 million dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders have received H-4 visas. In 2017, 136,000 individuals received H-4 status. Nearly 86 per cent of H-4 visa holders are from South Asian countries. In 2015, DHS granted work authorisation to certain H-4 visa holders. As of December 2017, approximately 127,000 visa holders were approved for H-4 EAD, the report said. Nearly 472,000 or 10 per cent of the approximately five million South Asians in the US live in poverty, the report said. Among South Asian Americans, Pakistanis (15.8 per cent), Nepalis (23.9 per cent), Bangladeshis (24.2 per cent), and Bhutanese (33.3 per cent) had the highest poverty rates, it said. Bangladeshi and Nepali communities have the lowest median household incomes out of all Asian American groups, earning USD 49,800 and USD 43,500 respectively, it said. Nearly 61 per cent of non-citizen Bangladeshi American families receive public benefits for at least one of the four federal programmes including TANF, SSI, SNAP and Medicaid/CHIP, 48 per cent of non-citizen Pakistani families and 11 per cent of non-citizen Indian families also receive public benefits, the report said. In the lead up to the 2020 elections, South Asians are becoming an increasingly powerful segment of the American electorate, SAALT said. According to the Current Population Survey (CPS), 49.9 per cent of voting-age, Asian American citizens cast a ballot in 2016. The number of Asian American voters in the last decade has nearly doubled from about two million voters in 2001 to 5 million voters in 2016. Of these, Indians account for more than 1.5 million, followed by Pakistanis (222,252) and Bangladeshi (69,825), SAALT added.last_img read more

Bajaj Auto sales marginally up at 404624 units in June

first_imgNew Delhi: Bajaj Auto Ltd Monday reported a marginal increase in total sales at 4,04,624 units in June as against 4,04,429 units in the year-ago month. Total domestic sales were at 2,29,225 units last month as compared to 2,34,576 units in June 2018, a decline of 2 per cent, Bajaj Auto said in a statement. Motorcycle sales in the domestic market were down 1 per cent to 1,99,340 units in June as against 2,00,949 units in the same month a year ago, it added. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Similarly, commercial vehicle sales in the domestic market also declined by 11 per cent to 29,885 units last month as compared to 33,627 units in June last year. Total exports in June, however, grew by 3 per cent to 1,75,399 units from 1,69,853 units in the same month last year. Bajaj Auto said its motorcycle exports grew by 11 per cent to 1,51,951 units in June this year from 1,36,803 units in the year-ago month. Commercial vehicle exports were, however, down by 29 per cent at 23,448 units as against 33,050 units in the same month last year, the company said.last_img read more

Emmanuel Macron Invites King Mohammed VI to WWI Commemoration

Macron invited several other world leaders, including Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to Paris’ Elysee Palace to attend a ceremony commemorating the end of World War 1 on November 11, 1918.The celebration is scheduled to start on Saturday. The palace will host a banquet honoring the world leaders and a Picasso art exhibition in the Musee d’Orsay of Paris.Read Also: Macron to Visit Morocco Next Week to Launch LGV with King Mohammed VIA meeting amid political tensionsTrump and Macron met on Saturday morning, following social media tension between the two presidents. Trump took offense when his French counterpart proposed that Europe create its own continental military force, considering it “very insulting” in a tweet on Friday.President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018Trump wrote: “President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!”“We can’t defend Europe if we don’t have a real European army,” he said. “We must have a Europe that can defend itself more, without just relying on the U.S.”A possible confrontation between Trump and Turkish President Erdogan over the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is also anticipated during the meeting. read more

Not to the Wall Notley wont team up to fight federal carbon

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to reporters at the McDougall Centre in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh by Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 10:59 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s not interested in presenting a united front with some other provincial leaders against Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil have been vocal critics of the Liberal government’s intent to charge $10 per tonne of carbon starting in 2018. Notley has said Alberta won’t go along with the plan unless the federal government makes progress on new oil pipelines to Canada’s coasts.But after a speech to Alberta municipalities Thursday, Notley said she isn’t interested in banding together with Wall and McNeil to battle the plan. Unlike some of her counterparts, Notley said Alberta supports the idea of a national price on carbon in principle.“We’re always open to engaging in conversations with all of our colleagues across the country. But to suggest that there should be no carbon price in Canada, that’s probably not a starting point that’s helpful for me to utilize.”Alberta is bringing in its own carbon tax based on the equivalent of $20 per tonne of carbon emissions on Jan. 1. It is scheduled to rise to $30 a tonne in 2018.The federal plan calls for the price on carbon to rise by $10 per tonne each year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022. Trudeau has said carbon pricing will be imposed on provinces that don’t match the tax either through direct pricing or through a cap-and-trade mechanism.McNeil has said Nova Scotia definitely won’t impose a tax and he isn’t sure cap and trade is the right way to go either. He said the province has already met the national target of a 30 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 by 2030.Wall, who has never supported carbon pricing, has called Trudeau’s plan disrespectful and a betrayal. He has argued Saskatchewan will be one of the hardest hit by what he calls “one of the largest national tax increases in Canadian history.”“We are probably farther along the path to agreeing to the principle that a common pricing on carbon across the country is of value,” said Notley, who has clashed with Wall on a number of issues in the past. “At this point, we are talking with the federal government.”Notley said she hasn’t talked to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since he announced his plan Monday, but Alberta’s stance shouldn’t have come as a surprise.She hasn’t outlined what Alberta would do if there is no significant progress on pipeline development, except to say Ottawa will find it difficult to implement a national carbon price without provincial co-operation.“It is a complex and complicated policy initiative. You can’t simply snap your fingers and have it happen with a completely predictable outcome,” Notley said.“The federal government simply announcing a new price without working with each of the provinces … is going to run into trouble. They can either work collaboratively with the provinces to get through that, or they cannot.” Not to the Wall: Notley won’t team up to fight federal carbon tax read more

Change of pace Martin makes mark at running back after time at

Jermil Martin came to Ohio State as a defensive end. Seven carries, 75 yards and one touchdown later, the redshirt freshman has completed his transition from the Glenville High School defensive line to the Buckeye backfield. It took injuries to two OSU backs and a huge fourth quarter lead for Martin to finally get his chance to shine.“I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long,” Martin said. “I finally got it.”With 11-and-a-half minutes remaining in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 victory against Minnesota, Martin took a carry to the left side. After rumbling 39 yards, he had his first collegiate touchdown. Though his score meant virtually nothing for the outcome of the game, it was a moment Martin will never forget.“It felt good to score a touchdown,” Martin said. “It was a dream come true.”While many people were surprised to see Martin in the end zone Saturday, Martin said he knew he was ready for success.“Before I even got a chance to carry the ball, I try to visualize what I’m going to do,” Martin said. “I actually had a visualization that I was going to score, so that’s what I did.”Martin came into the game with only one carry for negative two yards on the season. But it was his hard work, he said, that earned him another opportunity to prove himself. “I’ve gotten a lot better,” Martin said. “I get better every day. I’ve been getting more reps in practice and hopefully it’s paying off.”Coach Jim Tressel has always preached the importance of having a deep stable of running backs on the roster. With Dan “Boom” Herron inactive Saturday because of an ankle injury, and Brandon Saine leaving the game with a head injury, Tressel had the chance to see just how deep his team was.Freshman Jordan Hall received the bulk of the carries following the injury to Saine, before being relieved late in the game by Martin. “You never have enough tailbacks because tailbacks take a pounding unlike any other position,” Tressel said. “We obviously weren’t excited about playing the second half without Brandon. Jordan stepped up and Jermil did a heck of a job.”Martin said when he saw that Saine was hurt, his immediate thoughts were with his injured backfield mate.“As soon as Brandon went down, I was like, ‘Dang, I hope he’s going to be okay so he can get back in the game,’” Martin said. “I feel like if I bump my teammates up, they’re going to do better.”But Martin had little time to worry about the injury, as he was quickly thrown into the fray. Fortunately for Martin, once given a chance, he did not disappoint.“It’s a very special day,” Martin said. “I can’t wait to get home with my family and celebrate.” read more

BBC presenter sent rape threats by obsessed pensioner urges stalking victims to

Judge Martin Picton imposed an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Lovell or going to the BBC’s regional centre on Whiteladies Road in Bristol.”People in the public eye are entitled to the same respect and privacy as everyone else in society,” he told Hawthorn.”The fact that someone has a high profile does not mean that it can be open season for people such as yourself. A BBC presenter who received rape threats from a pensioner has warned other stalking victims not to wait until the “situation is extreme”.Alex Lovell, who hosts BBC Points West in Bristol, received 38 “grossly violent and offensive” cards from Gordon Hawthorn, 69, over a two-year period.As Hawthorn was jailed for two-and-a-half years  on Thursday, she urged victims of stalking to “tell someone who can help”.“Today’s decision shows those being stalked or harassed can come forward and will be heard,” she said.”If there is one positive I can take from this ordeal, it is the messages from people who have said that seeing the court case unfold has given them the strength do something about their own situation.”Stalking can happen to anyone and can take many forms but please don’t wait until the situation has become extreme to tell someone who can help.” Gordon Hawthorn at courtCredit:Simon Chapman/LNP Gordon Hawthorn at court Bristol Crown Court heard that in January 2016, Hawthorn wrote that his New Year’s resolution was to have sex with the presenter – with or without her consent.He initially wrote the name ‘Gordon’ at the end of the cards but signed them “your stalker” and “your soon to be rapist” as they became more sinister. 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. A handwritten greetings card sent by Gordon Hawthorn “You need to understand, as does the public in general, that serious consequences result from appalling behaviour of that kind that features in this case.”He said that for two years, Ms Lovell could never be sure that she was safe and was aware, whenever she was on screen, that he would be watching.Hawthorn was caught after DNA tests matched with two of the cards sent to Ms Lovell.When interviewed by Avon and Somerset Police, he admitted he was “obsessed” with Ms Lovell and said he was “disgusted” with his actions but laughed after saying he would have carried on had he not been caught. A handwritten greetings card sent by Gordon Hawthorn read more

Starting prices at auctions set to take a dive

first_imgThe Greek government and the country’s international creditors agreed that repossessed properties as well as real estate being put up for sale by the state will have a starting price of two-thirds of their market value at auction, after the government convinced the troika against an initial asking price of just one-third of the value.“If there are no buyers at two-thirds, then we will go to half the price. If there is nothing then either, it will be up to the courts,” said a top Finance Ministry official on Tuesday.This means that auctions which have already been planned are unlikely to find any buyers willing to pay the full market value given that starting prices will drop significantly after the change is introduced.Consequently the state properties advertised on publicrevenue.gr will be auctioned off at a lower price than the one currently asked after the change is introduced. For instance, with the implementation of the new starting prices, it will be possible to purchase a detached house in Markopoulo with a market value of 169,600 euros for just 111,936 euros.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les Anonymous comptent détruire Facebook

first_imgLes Anonymous comptent détruire FacebookAujourd’hui, le collectif de pirates informatiques Anonymous a annoncé via une vidéo publiée sur YouTube et Facebook qu’il comptait prochainement s’en prendre au réseau social. L’attaque serait prévue pour le 5 novembre prochain. Les cyber-hacktivistes d’Anonymous ont communiqué l’identité de leur prochaine cible. Si l’on en croit la video publiée par leurs soins sur Youtube (lien non disponible), celle-ci ne serait autre que le réseau social Facebook. Mais plus qu’un simple piratage, l’attaque baptisée “opération Facebook” qui débuterait dès le 5 novembre prochain, aurait pour but une destruction totale du réseau social. À lire aussiCharlie Hebdo : Anonymous a lancé son #OpcharliehebdoEn effet, les hackers profèrent dans la vidéo, une longue liste d’accusations contre Facebook,  qui concernent essentiellement les données personnelles de ses utilisateurs. Le collectif reproche notamment au réseau social de s’immiscer dans la vie privée de ses membres, de vendre des données normalement confidentielles à des organismes gouvernementaux, mais aussi de conserver toutes les informations communiquées par ses utilisateurs et ce, même après fermeture du compte. Ainsi, Anonymous explique : “Facebook en sait plus sur vous que votre propre famille”. Au regard des nombreuses attaques déjà réussies par le collectif basé aux Etats-Unis et en Grande-Bretagne, le réseau social a largement de quoi s’inquiéter. Mais son fondateur, Mark Zuckerberg ne s’est pas encore prononcé sur cette attaque potentielle. On ignore donc encore si celui-ci va prendre ces menaces au sérieux. Si tel est le cas, il n’est toutefois, pas sûr que les ingénieurs de Facebook parviennent à parer l’opération des hacktivistes. Le 8 août 2011 à 18:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Report Zinedine Zidane wanted Real Madrid exit in February

first_imgZinedine Zidane reportedly wanted to vacate his role as Real Madrid manager back in FebruaryThe Frenchman stunned the football world in May by announcing that he had decided to leave Los Blancos, just five days after he had led the club to a third consecutive Champions League title.Since that shocking moment, Zidane has been regularly linked with replacing the under-fire Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.But now Marca claims that Zidane had decided to leave Real in February and was very close to leaving on the same month.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.This came in light of Los Galacticos’ shock Copa del Rey exit at the hands of the lowly Leganes.However, Real president Florentino Perez and his right-hand Angel Sanchez managed to convince Zidane to stick it out for the remainder of the season.Zidane won 104 of his 149 games in charge of Real with a win percentage of 69% after replacing Rafael Benitez in January 2016.last_img read more