Things have changed.Globalization: Globalization has been around a long, long time. But in the last couple decades, a lot of labor moved overseas because labor was cheaper there. Then, white collar jobs started to follow. As it turns out brains are cheaper there, too. Then, more and more global competitors stepped up and started competing. People around the world aren’t only every bit as smart as you are (wherever you are), they’re also every bit as competitive. Your customers are dealing with this competition. Your company is, too.Disintermediation: (The Internet, in some form or fashion, shows up on this list a couple of times). You don’t want to be a newspaper right now. You don’t want to be a book publisher. You don’t want to be a record label. You don’t want to be a commodity. The Internet makes transactions faster and cheaper. It’s (still) disintermediating whole industries. And we’re just paving the cow paths.Two Recessions The beginning of this Century started with a serious recession when the tech bubble burst. Not to be outdone, the financial sector decided to remind us just how much things can unravel. These recessions have reinforced a global “scarcity mindset” and a further push for transactional, commoditized business models at all levels. Your clients are under margin press. You might have felt a little margin pressure, too.The Rise of Purchasing: Purchasing has grown more powerful. They’re managing global supply chains. They are sometimes paid bonuses on saving their companies money. They are trained to make you feel like a commodity. They’re laser-focused on price. And they’re part of your dream client’s buying committee and decision-making process. Your dealing with purchasing. The salespeople that sell for you customers are also dealing with purchasing.Consolidation of Vendors: It’s easier to business with one great partner. It’s difficult to manage a bunch of partners that each do things differently. Plus, consolidation allows you to command lower prices. Companies are consolidating vendors. They’re limiting the number of suppliers they use to a smaller, more manageable number of real Level Four Value Creators.Commoditization: You’re not Wal-mart. Your company’s business model isn’t lowest price. But all of the above listed forces make it feel as if the only value you can create is around price. It isn’t true. But if you don’t create a higher level of value, you will surely be treated like a commodity. If you behave like a commodity, the market will agree to treat you like one.Your Customer’s Required Financial Performance: Your customers are under pressure to perform financially. And this is no longer something that just a few people in executive management are concerned with; it’s organizational. Even low level stakeholders within your client companies are responsible for a line on the P&L. They’re under greater pressure to perform. They have less time to spend with salespeople that can’t help them. They need Level Four Value Creators, salespeople that can help them improve their results.The Internet: Here it is again: The Great Leveler. Your clients can learn as much about you as you can them. You can know more about your prospects with less effort than at any time in history. The tools we’re using have radically reshaped the nature of sales and the nature of our relationships with our clients–and prospects. There is a new tool kit, and you have to adopt and employe it if you are going to succeed.Your Customer’s Buying Process (but not as much as you might think): I don’t buy the idea that buyers are finding their own way through the buying process by using the Internet. They’re too busy to spend all of their time researching suppliers. But they are using more formal buying processes. And they’re including more stakeholders, and when they decide to abandon the status quo, they’re doing it with the consensus of more of their team members.Required Sales Skill Sets: Sales acumen used to be enough. To sell well, you needed product knowledge, the ability to prospect, the ability to tell a good story, to overcome objections, and to close. You still need to be able to do those things. But they’re not enough to help either you or your clients deal with the preceding nine factors. Now you need the ability to differentiate yourself by the value you create and negotiate to capture some of the value you create. You need deep business acumen, massive leadership skills, and the ability to sell change.Is there any question that you need to get better? Is there any question that you need to act with urgency? If you’re not working to become a Level Four Value Creator, you’re being left behind.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your job and your work may be very different things. Your job is something you do so that you can make money. You may not want to go to your job, but you might have to if you want to survive.Your work, on the other hand, is something you do to produce results. You might do your real work at your job, or you might do your real work outside of your job. But if you want to love your job, you have to treat it like it’s your work.Give Yourself OverIf you want to love your job, you have to give yourself over to it. It doesn’t matter what your job is, there is a way that you can make it something more. One of my favorite quotes of all time makes this point better than anything I might write.Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”That one quote explains what you need to do to give yourself over to your job. Your job is what you make of it.Do More Than Is ExpectedThere aren’t too many things worse than doing what is expected of you, especially if you are the recipient of that low standard. Mediocrity isn’t in any way sexy or interesting. How could it be exciting for you to create something mediocre?If you want to love your job, you have to do more than is expected of you. You have to take things up a notch or two. You have to surprise people. Doing more than is expected is going to require that you be resourceful and that you take the initiative. But it is worth it.Find New Ways To Be ValuableWe humans are novelty-seeking creatures. We like new and interesting things. We’re made this way. When you do the same things over and over again, you can allow things to become tedious. The way to keep this from happening is to find new ways to create value for the people you serve.What needs to be done that isn’t getting done? What new tasks could you take on? What are most of your peers trying to avoid? The more value you create, the more interesting and engaging your job will be. You will also find that the very act of seeking out new ways to create value is the surest recipe for being promoted into roles of greater responsibility—and the financial remuneration that comes with it.Inspire Others with Your AttitudeWhen people go to their jobs, they say things like, “I hate Mondays,” or “Thank God it’s Friday.” They also say things like, “I’m just living the dream,” a strong indication that they are bored, unengaged, and bring very little of themselves to their job. Hanging around with the crowd with the black cloud over their heads is only going to infect you with what they’re carrying.Instead of buying into the idea that your job is terrible, have some fun and inspire others with your attitude. When things go wrong, be positive in insisting you can solve the problem. Client unhappy about mistakes? Call them and tell them you are on it and that you own it. Being accountable alone will turn your client around.Look it’s not easy to do these things when you are surrounded by slackers, cynics, and burnouts. But either they are working to influence you, or you are working on influencing them. Raise your personal standard and pull as many people up with you as possible.If you can learn to bring your best self to your job, it will help you tremendously should you ever decide to hang up your shingle and do your work.
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are two types of presentations, and they are very different. Because your audience has different expectations, choosing the wrong presentation type may cause you to fail in achieving your outcome, whether that be to inform, inspire, or compel action.Lean Backward PresentationsA lot of the advice given to presenters isn’t good advice for every situation, especially sales situations. You are not giving a “Ted Talk” when you are presenting in a board room. That said, you may be giving a “Lean Backward” presentation.Your audience may expect and want you to present. They may want you to provide them with information, tell your story, and provide ideas about what your solution might look like. Even if there is a C-Level executive in the room, their expectation may be that you are briefing them, and they expect to lean backwards, and ask their questions at the end of your presentation.Lean Forward PresentationsSome presentations are a dialogue. It doesn’t matter whether or not you prepared a slide deck, meticulously laid out your case, and that your intention is to drive through the deck, logically laying out your arguments. If your prospective client, your audience, is expecting a lean forward presentation, you are going to engage in a dialogue.In a “Lean Forward” presentation, your audience has questions and ideas they want to share with you. You may prompt those questions by sharing ideas and information with your client, but their primary outcome is to get answers to their questions. There are some C-Level executives who have no interest in leaning backwards to watch you present. They simply need answers, and you need to provide them.Close The LaptopI once had a meeting with a client and I brought a slide deck that had incredible graphics and would answer any question he might ask. When I sat down he said, “Don’t open your laptop. I have a list of questions I need you to answer.” Sitting in front of him was a yellow legal pad with about 18 questions written on the first page.All of the questions would’ve been answered had I used the slide deck, but that wasn’t the presentation my audience needed. I closed the laptop, and began to answer his questions one by one. He would’ve enjoyed the graphics in the presentation that I might have shown him and that would have supported our conversation. But he wanted a “Lean Forward” presentation. And that’s what he got. And I won his business. How do you prepare to give the presentation your audience wants, needs, and expects from you?How do you prepare to deliver a “Lean Forward” presentation?
A leader leads. They lead the people and the organization in their charge forward.The vision thing. The leader can only lead if she has a clear vision of where she is leading the people in her charge. That vision—and the ability to share it in a clear and compelling way—is what draws followers to her, and what inspires them to take action.Making change. No leader ever finds themselves in charge of an organization that doesn’t need to change, or one that could not produce greater results than they are currently producing. That means a leader leads change. That change is what move an organization from their current state to its future.Strategy. A leader has to have some idea of how to compete and how to win. Strategy is the plan to do so. Without strategy, the vision will not come to life, and the change will not be achieved.Execution. A leader has to ensure execution. Execution is a big deal. You can have the best strategy on Earth and the tactics to achieve them, but without execution, it is all for naught.Growing people. Execution isn’t easy. To execute, the people in the leader’s charge will be required to change, to grow, to develop personally and professionally (you cannot have the latter without the former). A great leader helps those in their charge become the best version of themselves. The greatest of leaders build leadership factories.Teams. Leaders build teams. They bring diverse groups of people together to achieve what would otherwise be impossible. Teams are a force multiplier, creating value far in excess of the individuals it is made of.Nonnegotiable values. A leader creates a culture. They decide what values are nonnegotiable, the core beliefs and behaviors that make the organization in their charge what it is. They decide where the organization stands, what it is for, and what it is against. And then the leader protects that culture.These are some of the component parts of leadership. That said, what a leader really does is lead. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP from Kendrapara, Baijayant Panda, was on Wednesday suspended from the primary membership of the party for “anti-party” activities.Mr. Panda, who is the vice-president of IMFA, India’s largest, fully integrated producer of ferro alloys, was suspended from the party with immediate effect by Chief Minster and BJD president Naveen Patnaik.IMFA is engaged in mining, ferro alloys and electricity production.The dissident MP, who remained a Rajya Sabha member of the BJD from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2009, had won from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency twice as a BJD nominee — first in 2009 elections and again in 2014.Mr. Panda had been trying to weaken the regional party since he was not allowed by the party leadership after the 2014 elections to become the head of the Lok Sabha’s Standing Committee on Finance, senior Minister and BJD vice-president Surjya Narayan Patro said in a press note.“Mr. Panda’s claim that he was a founder-member of the BJD is baseless,” said Mr. Patro in his statement.Backed OppositionThe rebel MP had not campaigned for the BJD nominees in the run-up to the panchayat elections last year and instead openly campaigned for opposition parties, Mr. Patro added.Mr. Patro further said that as vice-president of IMFA, Mr. Panda had received ₹1,45,27,747 in 2014 towards salary and allowances, and waiver of loans to the tune of crores of rupees of IMFA (previously named as ICCL) was still surrounded by controversy.Reacting to Mr. Panda’s recent tweets, BJD spokesperson and MP Pratap Keshari Deb said the rebel MP was appearing to be speaking the language of Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
The “hurried renewal” of 88 mining leases in Goa by the BJP-led coalition government was a huge scam, a top official of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the State said on Wednesday.”This scam is much bigger than the ₹ 35,000 crore illegal mining scam exposed in 2012 by the judicial commission headed by Justice (retd.) MB Shah,” AAP Goa State Convenor Elvis Gomes alleged on Wednesday, demanding a probe into the entire lease-renewal process.AAP’s response came soon after the Supreme Court earlier in the day cancelled all existing iron ore mining leases in Goa and ordered that the leases should be auctioned to new licencees after obtaining fresh environmental clearances. The court said that mining activity will be allowed only till 2018 in the present form.”The Justice M.B. Shah Commission had exposed a ₹ 35,000 crore illegal mining scam. There was no action on it by the government. The hurried renewal of 89 mining leases, before the Central act which made auctioning of leases mandatory, is an even bigger scam.“It is shameful for the government. There should be probe into how the leases were renewed. I congratulate the Goa Foundation [petitioner],” Mr. Gomes told the press.Goa exported over 50 million tons of ore annually, before the Shah Commission report implicated government agencies associated with mining of iron ore and exports and also nearly all major mining industrial houses in the scam, along with the then Chief Minister Digambar Kamat (of the Congress party) and key bureaucrats.Iron ore extraction in Goa was subsequently banned by the State and Central governments and eventually by a final ban by the Supreme Court in 2012 on extraction and export.However, after the apex court lifted the ban partially in over a year with an annual cap of 20 million tons of ore extraction for the State’s mining industry, the subsequent BJP-led coalition government in 2014-15 renewed the mining leases in favour of the same mining companies accused by the Shah Commission of illegal mining.This action of the government was challenged in the court by Goa Foundation, and it had finally reached the Supreme Court.
“My mother left home at 5.30 p.m. When we tried to contact her after an hour, her phone was switched off,” Mr.Kamble told The Hindu.The police found the two bodies under a bridge on a stream near Bahadura, on the outskirts of the city, on Sunday morning.Mr. Kamble, a crime reporter, said the murderer had slit his mother and daughter’s throats. “It does not appear to be a theft gone wrong or abduction for extortion. The gold ornaments they were wearing were found intact on the bodies,” Mr. Kamble said.The Nagpur Police claimed to have cracked the case by evening. A statement issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) said Ganesh Sahu (26) had been arrested for the murders. “The accused had a big quarrel with Usha Kamble on Saturday evening over some monetary transactions, which is why he killed her and her granddaughter,” the statement said.The Nagpur Union of Working journalists condemned the murders. A journalist’s mother and daughter were abducted and brutally murdered on the outskirts of Nagpur on Sunday. The police have arrested a 26-year-old man.Ravikant Kamble, a journalist working for a web portal in Nagpur, had informed the police on Saturday night that his mother, Usha Kamble (52), and daughter Rashi (18 months old) were missing since Saturday evening from Pawanputra Nagar area of the city, where he lives with his family.
Ninong Ering, Congress member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh, has opposed the extension of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in some parts of the State, saying it was “misused by the Army.”Mr. Ering, who represents Arunachal East in the Lok Sabha, said that in the name of the Act, the Army “harassed and tortured” villagers.On April 1, a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification extending the AFSPA for another six months, declared Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of eight police stations in districts bordering Assam as ‘disturbed area’ under Section 3 of the Act.‘A peaceful State’“It’s a peaceful State. We didn’t expect the AFSPA to be extended by another six months. This Act has been there in these areas for the past 20 years, what has been the outcome? Army and NSCN beat people. If it was serving any benefit, I would have understood. The Army misuses it and does not do the real work,” Mr. Ering said, highlighting the troubled situation in the region.Mr. Ering claimed he had raised the issue earlier also when the UPA government was in power, saying he had given multiple notices in Parliament to discuss the subject.“The Army comes and tortures the public; they arrest and harass them. You don’t take any action against the insurgents but harass the public instead. No one knows where the funds allocated for these areas are spent. I get several representations — villagers feel the government is betraying them,” he said.He said it was easy to identify outsiders and locals could hand them over to police.In its previous notification issued on October 1, 2017, the MHA had cited “extortion and intimidation” by the cadres of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) who were “contriving to dominate areas hitherto occupied by NSCN (Khaplang)” as one of the reasons to extend AFSPA.The Army did not respond to an e-mail sent by The Hindu. An Army official said it had strict system in place and was not in involved in any kind of excesses on locals.Reduced areas: RijijuResponding to Mr. Ering’s demand that the AFSPA be revoked, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, “The AFSPA has been enforced in Arunachal Pradesh for the last three decades. As the situation is improving, our government has reduced the total area under the AFSPA, and hopefully, it will be reduced more as the situation improves.”As per Section 3 of the AFSPA, it can be invoked in places “where the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.” AFSPA gives the Army and other central forces deployed in “disturbed areas” the power to kill anyone acting in contravention of law, arrest persons and search any premises without a warrant and provides a cover to forces from prosecution and legal suits without Centre’s sanction.The NDA government had signed a ‘framework agreement’ with the NSCN-IM in September 2015 to find a final solution to the six decades old Naga issue. NSCN-K was banned last year after its alleged involvement in an ambush on an Army convoy in Manipur’s Chandel district where 17 personnel were killed.After decades of violence, NSCN-IM had entered into a ceasefire agreement with India in 1997. The largest group representing the Nagas has demanded a “Greater Nagalim” or a contiguous land for the Nagas spanning Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
The harmony of the Indian Armed Forces speaks of the essential unity of the country as much as it does for its pluralism as a society, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Wednesday.The President was in Khadakwasla to review the Passing out Parade of the 134th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA). “As Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, this is a moment of immense satisfaction for me.”Mr. Kovind said a soldier or an officer in uniform, irrespective of whether he or she was from the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, evoked admiration and trust everywhere in the country. “The Armed Forces are a symbol of excellence and dedication for the entire country. This [134th Passing out Parade] comprises cadets from all parts of India, hailing from a variety of communities,” he said.He praised the NDA as the “crucible of valour and bravery” and complimented the cadets on their exceptional drill movements. A total 344 cadets graduated from the academy as they passed through the portals of Khetrapal Parade Ground in the morning. This included 238 cadets from the Army, 26 from the Navy and 80 from the Air Force. The batch also included 15 cadets from friendly foreign countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Lesotho and Tajikistan. Academy Cadet Captain Arjun Thakur won the President’s Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit. Divisional Cadet Captain Rahul Bisht won the Silver Medal for standing second, and Battalion Cadet Captain Shashank Shekhar won the Bronze Medal for standing third. Battalion Cadet Captain Akshat Raj won the President’s Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit. Academy Cadet Captain Md. Sohail Islam won the Silver Medal for standing second, while Squadron Cadet Captain Ali Ahmed Choudhary won the Bronze Medal for standing third. The ‘Kilo’ Squadron bagged the prestigious Chiefs of Staff Banner for being the Champion Squadron during the parade.
Earlier this week, a committee headed by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Nripendra Misra, took stock of preparations by Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to combat pollution from the burning of stubble. Various studies say that during November such burning of straw contributes to 20%-50% of the pollution in Delhi.A key focus of the meeting was ascertaining the extent to which States had distributed agricultural equipment to prevent such burning, according to an official privy to the proceedings but who didn’t want to be identified.‘Haryana well on target’“Haryana is well on target but Punjab (which has the largest wheat acreage) is lagging behind,” the official said. States have been provided nearly ₹650 crore — courtesy the Union Agriculture Ministry — to help farmers buy subsidised equipment such as Happy Seeder, Paddy Straw Chopper/Cutter, Mulcher, RMB Plough, Shrub Cutter, Zero Till Drill, Super Straw Management System on Combine Harvesters, Rotary Slasher and Rotavator.All of this equipment is expected to disbursed by October 15. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said last week that Punjab has delivered 7,337 subsidised agro-machines/farm equipment. Of this, 2,819 machines/equipment were given to individual farmers, 2,144 to cooperative societies and 2,374 to Custom Hiring Centres across the State. In all 24,315 machines are expected to be delivered.The committee, which meets monthly, is an inter-ministerial task force led by the Principal Secretary and comprises of Secretaries from the Union Ministries of Earth Sciences, Agriculture, Environment, Power as well as Chief Secretaries of the States involved.To deal with pollution in Delhi, the State had readied 70 road-sweeping machines as well as 400 water tankers to check rising dust. (With inputs from Vikas Vasudeva)
Five months after the promise of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to allot space to Bangladesh on the premises of Sri Aurobindo Bhavan — where Aurobindo Ghose was born on August 15, 1872 — no access has been provided to the country yet. Government sources told The Hindu that the “issue has not moved due to the reluctance of the trust” that looks after the Bhavan. “The trust officials did not entertain any request to meet the Bangladesh High Commissioner when he came to Kolkata about a month or so ago,” an official said. No one in the trust office could be reached.The building houses the office of the first government of Bangladesh. On April 17, 1971, it took the oath of office there. Three of the Ministries were at Aurobindo Bhavan, while seven were at 9 Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Sarani [formerly Shakespeare Sarani] where the Deputy High Commission office is housed. Acknowledging that they have not been granted any access yet, the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Kolkata, Toufique Hassan, said they have plans to construct a museum on the premises “but only in consultation” with the Bhavan’s authority. “If we do anything it will only be done in consultation with the authorities after having a consensus, not by displeasing anyone as Sri Aurobindo is a much respected figure in both [parts of] Bengal. Sentiments attached to him [Sri Aurobindo] would never be disrespected,” Mr. Hassan said. “We plan to raise a museum, but without touching the main building even if the Bangladesh government office was located there. Since Sri Aurobindo was born there, we will not touch it, but construct the museum in some designated corner to mark our Independence and the fact that the first office of the government was located there. We will definitely not spread all over the campus as some people perhaps fear,” said Mr. Hassan.Earlier this year, following her meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Ms. Banerjee had said that both countries would talk to find out how the issue can be addressed. “The place was with them [Hasina’s family] for a long time. Now it is Aurobindo Bhavan, perhaps under the Ashram [trust]. They [Bangladesh] want to restore it. Both countries will talk about it [and] find out if they [the trust] agree and accept land elsewhere,” Ms. Banerjee had said.Mr. Hassan and West Bengal’s Minister for Urban Development Firhad Hakim are likely to visit the Bhavan to discuss the issue with the trust.
At least 12 people were killed and 49 injured after a bus fell into the Mahanadi riverbed from a bridge near Jagatpur on the outskirts of the city on Tuesday evening.The private bus, on its way to Cuttack from Talcher, crashed into the railing of the bridge and plunged 30 foot below into the dry riverbed, the police said.Buffalo came in frontWitnesses said the driver of the bus lost control when a buffalo came in front of it. The driver swerved the bus to the right to save the animal but the vehicle skidded and fell off the bridge. The bus nevertheless hit the buffalo and its carcass was found lying on the bridge railing.Policemen from the city, along with fire brigade personnel and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), rushed to the accident site to rescue the trapped passengers.Chief Fire Officer Sukant Sethy said all passengers trapped inside the bus had been rescued and they were taken to the SCB Medical College and Hospital for treatment.CM expresses concernEmergency officer of the hospital, B.N. Maharana, said they had received 12 bodies. Among the deceased, nine were men and three women. Forty-nine people were undergoing treatment at the hospital, Mr. Maharana said.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep concern over the accident and directed the State Health Minister Pratap Jena to rush to the spot and ensure that the injured received proper treatment.The Chief Minister announced an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each to kin of the deceased. He said the injured would be provided free treatment. Watch: 12 dead as bus falls into Odisha river (With PTI inputs)
Maharashtra’s leading business houses must loosen their purse strings to ensure greater participation in the government’s efforts towards battling drought, the Opposition has said.Raising a demand for imposing a 2% duty on companies outside Maharashtra which operate in the State, leader of the Opposition Dhananjay Munde said the State government must ensure greater scrutiny of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities of out-of-State companies. “Firms that have been registered in the State prior to March 31, 2018 must pay a 2% cess on the net profit towards drought-relief measures. As it is, the CSR regulations in Maharashtra are not properly implemented,” Mr. Munde said in the Upper House on Wednesday.According to Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, all companies with earnings above specified thresholds for turnover, net worth or net profit have to spend at least 2% of the average net profit calculated for three immediately preceding financial years, on CSR activities specified in Schedule VII of the Act.The data released by the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs shows CSR funding in Maharashtra stood at ₹702 crore in 2017, an over 61% drop when compared to the ₹1,810 crore committed by companies in 2016.Non-bank contributionThe leader of the Opposition had raised a motion on the current drought-like situation. In suggesting measures to counter it, Mr. Munde urged the State to not only regulate private companies but also push non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) to make a contribution towards drought-relief efforts. The Nationalist Congress Party leader in the Legislative Council said, “NBFCs extend loans to farmers at high interest rates — personal and housing loans — later pressurising them for repayment. The government must restrict district officers from issuing orders to seize homes of farmers who are not able to pay NBFCs back.” Corporates roped inMaharashtra has roped in major corporate houses to take part in drought-relief work. Among the ongoing CSR schemes in the State are Reliance Jio’s offer to provide free connectivity in 22 villages and other corporates covering 1,000 villages under the Jalyukta Shivar and the Village Social Transformation Scheme (VSTS). Under the VSTS, corporates have committed ₹134 crore over the next three years.
IPS officer Mohammad Mustafa asked the Punjab government on Friday to relieve him as the chief of the anti-drug Special Task Force as he is “senior” to newly appointed police chief Dinkar Gupta. The Director General of Police (STF) reports to the Punjab DGP.Mr. Mustafa, a 1985-batch officer, said he has requested the CMO to give him the charge of the State Human Rights Commission.The DG (STF), left out of the panel sent by the Union Public Service Commission, said he will approach the Supreme Court for being “ignored”, alleging that there was a conspiracy to keep his name out. “I will move the Supreme Court for my rights,” Mr. Mustafa said, asserting that he fulfilled all the parameters as per the top court guidelines.“My name was not in the panel despite fulfilling all the parameters,” said Mr. Mustafa, whose wife Razia Sultana is a Minister in Amarinder Singh Cabinet.In the UPSC meeting held in Delhi on February 4, the State was represented by Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and DGP Suresh Arora. On Thursday, Mr. Gupta was appointed as the DGP. He succeeded Mr. Arora, who had been on an extension after his retirement on September 30 last year.Mr. Gupta became the new DGP after superseding five officers — Samant Goel (who is on central deputation), Mr. Mustafa, DGP (Law & Order) Hardeep Dhillon, DGP (Internal Vigilance Cell) Jasminder Singh and DGP (PSPCL) S. Chattopadhayaya.
One of BJP’s local units in north Bengal “paraded” children wearing masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleged the Trinamool Congress. TMC’s senior leader in Cooch Behar and a Minister in the State Cabinet Rabindranath Ghosh said the BJP has violated the model code of conduct.“We have filed a complaint with the Election Commission,” Mr. Ghosh told journalists on Wednesday. In the complaint, Mr. Ghosh alleged that the children were “made to shout pro-BJP slogans wearing Modi masks”. A video clip in circulation shows the children shouting “Bharat Mata ki jai” wearing Modi masks and carrying BJP flags.“The BJP has crossed all limits this time, parading schoolchildren around in masks,” Mr. Ghosh said. BJP’s Cooch Behar district president Malati Rava could not be reached for her comments. However, another local official of the BJP said the “TMC has fabricated” the allegation.
The 14-year-old Subaru Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea has gotten the equivalent of a new pair of spectacles. And the first celestial object it looked at, producing a picture released today, is the Andromeda galaxy. Subaru’s 8.2-meter-mirror makes it one of the world’s largest optical telescopes. Its new Hyper Suprime-Cam digital camera has a field of view seven times larger than its previous camera, allowing it to capture the entire Andromeda galaxy in a single shot instead of the multiple exposures previously required. The new camera also has 870 million pixels, more than 10 times the number of its predecessor, ensuring high-resolution images. These capabilities will be put to use surveying hundreds of galaxies to determine their distance, brightness, motion, and chemical composition. And that, researchers say, should lead to an understanding of the evolutionary history and fate of the expanding universe.
TOKYO—Nature today published a retraction of two controversial papers that had reported a new, astoundingly simple way of generating pluripotent stem cells. The retraction notice—for an article and a letter written by Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan, and colleagues there, at other institutions in Japan, and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School—had been expected for some time.The two papers reporting the stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) phenomenon appeared online on 29 January. Questions about the papers arose almost immediately, leading to an investigation by RIKEN, the headquarters of the network of the nationally funded laboratories that is based in Wako near Tokyo. Investigators documented several instances of fabrication and falsification in the papers and concluded that some of these constituted research misconduct on the part of Obokata.Japanese media recently reported that authors had agreed to retract the papers but were discussing the wording of the notice. In the note that appeared today, the authors point to errors previously identified by RIKEN investigations in supplementary documents. They also identify additional errors in both papers, including mix-ups in images, mislabeling, faulty descriptions, and “inexplicable discrepancies in genetic background and transgene insertion sites between the donor mice and the reported” STAP cells.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)”These multiple errors impair the credibility of the study as a whole and we are unable to say without doubt whether the [STAP stem cell] phenomenon is real. Ongoing studies are investigating this phenomenon afresh, but given the extensive nature of the errors currently found, we consider it appropriate to retract both papers,” the authors write.Co-author Charles Vacanti, a tissue engineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and one of the staunchest defenders of the work, has agreed to the retraction as well. “Although there has been no information that cast doubt on the existence of the stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cell phenomenon itself, I am concerned that the multiple errors that have been identified impair the credibility of the manuscript as a whole,” Vacanti wrote on his lab’s website. He added that he still trusts that the STAP cell concept “will be verified.” So far, no one has reported reproducing the results; several groups tried and failed.Austin Smith, a stem cell researcher at University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, has retracted a News & Views article in Nature that accompanied the STAP cell reports and discussed the results.”We have concluded that we and the referees could not have detected the problems that fatally undermined the papers. The referees’ rigorous reports quite rightly took on trust what was presented in the papers,” Nature writes in an accompanying editorial.The editorial explains that Nature’s policy had been “to check a small proportion of accepted papers” for image manipulation. In this case, as the authors explain in the retraction notice, images were duplicated across panels and in several panels, and images were mislabeled—problems more difficult to catch. “We are now reviewing our practices to increase such checking greatly, and we will announce our policies when the review is completed,” the editorial notes.Separately, RIKEN CDB announced today that Obokata will return to the lab to try to reproduce her results as part of efforts to redo every step of the STAP experiments. The institute already has a team led by Hitoshi Niwa, a respected stem cell scientist and co-author of the papers, working on the issue. Obokata will be set up in a separate building in a lab with 24-hour monitoring intended to strictly limit who enters. Precautions will be taken to prevent the introduction of extraneous strains of mice or cellular material.If neither team can reproduce the first stage of the work, which involves demonstrating the appearance of a genetic marker for pluripotency in cells generated from adult cells, by November, the efforts could be halted, said Shinichi Aizawa, a RIKEN CDB group leader who is overseeing the project, at press conference in Kobe today. Aizawa explained that Obokata was invited to participate to find out if there are subtleties in her experimental technique not captured in her published protocols. “I know some are of the opinion that this is a waste of time, but we want to scientifically proceed to determine whether the STAP phenomenon and STAP cells exist or not,” said Aizawa, who added that he remains neutral on that question himself.At least one of RIKEN CDB’s star researchers has had enough, however. “I can’t stand RIKEN’s ethics anymore,” Masayo Takahashi tweeted yesterday as news leaked about the pending invitation to Obokata. Takahashi, a RIKEN CDB ophthalmologist, is producing replacement retinal cells for patients with macular degeneration and is leading the world’s first clinical trials in which induced pluripotent stem cells are genetically matched to individual patients. She wrote that she would consider abandoning the procedure for patients who haven’t yet started, and even stopping the treatment for those want to opt out midway. “I don’t think the circumstances [at RIKEN CDB] fit clinical studies,” Takahashi wrote. She did not immediately respond to an e-mail asking how the STAP cell problems affect her research.A reform committee on 12 June called for RIKEN CDB to be dismantled or at least thoroughly overhauled, because of management shortcomings exposed by the incident, though many in the scientific community think that would be an extreme response.
A virtual family in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is helping scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrate that an ordinary-looking home can more than offset its energy usage.The home generated a surplus 491 kilowatt hours of energy in its first year of operation, according to a report on the agency’s Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility released earlier this month. That savings, which exceeded expectations, amounts to more than half of what the average American household uses in a month.There are other net-zero projects around the country, says A. Hunter Fanney, chief of NIST’s Energy and Environment Division, but NIST’s house is unique in achieving net-zero energy consumption without skimping on the comforts of a regular home. The home touts a long list of energy-saving technologies and design features, from geothermal heat pumps to smart energy zones that concentrate power only where it’s needed. With the exception of the five solar panels on the roof—a large one which converts solar power into electricity and four smaller panels that convert solar into heat energy—the home looks indistinguishable from what you might find in any comfortable neighborhood in the Gaithersburg area.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“It was important to us that the house looked appealing,” Fanney said. “We’d like to see the general public move towards net-zero energy homes, and we think the way to do that is to show people they can have a house similar to what they’ve always had and yet still have a net-zero energy bill.”The house may have decent curb appeal, but its extra cost is nothing to scoff at. “The cost difference between a regular home and this one is about $160,000,” Fanney said. Fanney estimates it would take the virtual family 28 years to earn back the extra cost of their zero-energy home through energy savings alone.That’s a daunting prospect for those in the market for a net-zero home. David Roberts, a senior engineer at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, believes the average homeowner looking for significant savings on their energy bill would do better by reducing the home’s energy requirements instead of producing energy in-house.The most cost-effective way, he says, is to increase insulation in the walls and roof of a home and to reduce air leakage. Going a step further by implementing energy-efficient appliances will cost a bit more.“A house can get pretty close to net-zero with better insulation and appliances alone,” Fanney says. But it’s the renewable energy solutions—the last bastions to net-zero—that take the biggest bite out of your wallet.NIST’s Net-Zero facility cost $2.5 million to build, with much of the expense going to the equipment and monitoring devices needed to make the house a functional laboratory. But price was not a key factor in the experiment, Fanney says. “One of the purposes of the house’s first year is to demonstrate that net-zero is even possible for an ordinary-looking home, and we’ve shown that.”With the initial success under its belt, NIST plans to turn the home into a testbed to develop performance metrics for companies who manufacture energy-efficient appliances. The energy ratings on current appliances are based on ideal laboratory conditions, Fanney says, far removed from the reality of how an appliance functions in a real house. NIST aims to take technologies from energy-efficient appliances and test them in the more realistic environment of the Net-Zero home.Homeowners looking for a cost-effective way to lower their energy bill can look to more energy-efficient systems. But Fanney thinks the future lies in full net-zero energy consumption. “It’s good to demonstrate efficiency, but I think net-zero should be the ultimate goal,” he says.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power at today’s Security Council meeting. Ebola’s devastation in three West African countries today compelled the U.N. Security Council to convene its first emergency meeting ever to discuss a public health crisis. It unanimously passed a resolution that declared the spread of the virus a “threat to international peace and security” and called on the world to send more health care workers and supplies to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and not to isolate those countries.Several speakers stressed that the epidemic is especially tragic because the three countries have made significant progress in their development in the past few years.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, who chaired today’s meeting, noted that the resolution had 130 co-sponsors, more than any previous one in the history of the Security Council.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Here are excerpts of speeches made by Power and others.Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary-general:”The gravity and scale of the situation now requires a level of international action unprecedented for health emergencies. … The leaders of the affected countries have asked the United Nations to coordinate the global response. We are committed to do what is needed with the speed and scale required …This unprecedented situation requires unprecedented steps to save lives and safeguard peace and security. Therefore I have decided to establish a United Nations health mission combining the World Health Organization’s strategic perspective with a very strong logistics and operational capability. This international mission, to be known as the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER, will have five priorities: stopping the outbreak, treating the infected, insuring essential services, preserving stability, and preventing further outbreaks.”David Nabarro, senior U.N. system coordinator for Ebola virus disease:”There is a disease outbreak that is advancing at an exponential speed. … The doubling speed is about every 3 weeks. … The response is increasing at more like a linear speed, so if you had a graph, it would look like a straight line. What that means is the outbreak is accelerating away from the control effort. … The challenge is to make sure that all these different offers [for support] are coordinated effectively with a very powerful platform that enables everybody to work in the region safely and not get themselves infected with the virus. … What’s absolutely vital, Madam President, is a very big tent, because this requires the whole world to come in behind the countries and behind their people to get a rapid outcome.”Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization:”This deadly and dreaded Ebola virus got ahead of us in a fast-moving outbreak as described by Dr. Nabarro that keeps delivering one surprise after another. Now we must catch up in the most urgent and pragmatic way possible. …This is likely the greatest peacetime challenge that the United Nations and its agencies have ever faced. None of us experienced in containing outbreaks has ever seen in our lifetimes an emergency on this scale with this degree of suffering and with this magnitude of cascading consequences. … In some areas, hunger has become an even greater concern than the virus. … Everything now is unprecedented. Everything now is happening faster than ever before. The needs are immense and we know it.”Jackson Niamah, a physician’s assistant at an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia run by Doctors Without Borders:”One day this week, I sat outside the treatment center eating my lunch. I met a boy who burst through the gates. His father had died from Ebola a week ago. I saw him with blood at the mouth. We had no space. We could not take him in. … When he turned away, he walked into town, and I thought to myself, this boy is going to take a taxi and he is going to go home and infect his family. …Please send your helicopters, your centers, your beds, and your expert personnel. But know that we also need the basics. There are still homes in Monrovia that do not have soap, water, and buckets. Even these simple things could help curb the spread of the virus.The future of my country is hanging in the balance. … We do not have the capacity to respond to the crisis on our own. If the international community does not stand up, we will be wiped out. We need your help. We need it now.”Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations: “Looking away will not make this go away. One of the main reasons this outbreak has spread so dramatically is that up to now, we haven’t come together sufficiently to confront it. … Isolation is effective and indeed necessary for dealing with individuals who may have been exposed to Ebola, it is utterly counterproductive when applied to entire countries. It deprives them of the very resources they need to bring the virus under control. So when governments in the region tell over 70 disease investigators that if they travel to the infected areas to volunteer, they will not be allowed back into their own countries, they not only put the currently affected countries at greater risk, but also their own countries.Today instead of isolating the affected countries we call for flooding them, flooding them with the resources that are desperately needed to turn the tide in this fight. … If today’s resolution is not followed by action on a scale and scope commensurate to the virus, this resolution will be cited years from now as evidence that we raised hope that we didn’t deliver on.”*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public. United Nations