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?
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.
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. 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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.
The BCCI on Saturday denied media reports that Deccan Chargers franchise has got a stay order against its termination from the IPL, saying that the matter would come up in the Bombay High Court on Monday.”It has been reported in some sections of the media that the Bombay High Court has stayed the termination of the Deccan Chargers Franchise, announced by the BCCI yesterday evening,” the Board said in a statement.”The BCCI would like to clarify that the counsels of both sides were present in Court at 10:30 am on Saturday, 15 September 2012. The Court heard both parties, and did not pass any order staying the termination. The matter has been placed for hearing on Monday, 17 September 2012,” it added.”The information that the termination of the franchise has been stayed is incorrect.”In a late night development on Friday, the BCCI terminated the Deccan Chargers contract, ending the suspense on the fate of the beleaguered franchise. The decision was taken at an emergency Governing Council meeting of the IPL in Chennai.”BCCI was compelled to hold an emergency meeting of the IPL Governing Council late on Friday evening to discuss certain developments due to the Deccan Chargers’ defaults,” Board secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a press release.BCCI had on Friday received a lawyers notice invoking arbitration from the franchise stating that it had not committed any breaches and even if such breaches were committed, the Board should not terminate the franchise till Yes Bank Ltd furnishes sufficient finance to cure the breaches.advertisementJagdale said the BCCI made every effort to save the beleaguered franchise which also rejected the sole bid that was received at the auction.Jagdale said the Governing Council took note of the sudden change of stance by the franchise and also the fact that any further extension of time would seriously jeopardies the interests of the players.
Surjit Singh and Mahajan: Whose Fault?”Was I leading an Indian team in the international competitions or leading a herd of cattle?” With that bit of bitter and pointed rhetoric, Surjit Singh, captain of the Indian hockey team, announced his decision to retire from Indian hockey last fortnight.His acrimonious farewell came,Surjit Singh and Mahajan: Whose Fault?”Was I leading an Indian team in the international competitions or leading a herd of cattle?” With that bit of bitter and pointed rhetoric, Surjit Singh, captain of the Indian hockey team, announced his decision to retire from Indian hockey last fortnight.His acrimonious farewell came when the Indian team was in Patiala at a training camp, preparing for the Champions Trophy tournament to be held in June in Amsterdam, Holland. The star player’s departure came on the heels of centre-forward Sukhbir Singh Grewal’s decision to quit the international arena, and was followed by veteran winger Maharaj Kaushik’s retirement. Put together, the three goodbyes add up to the most damning indictment of the state of India’s national game in general and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) in particular.From a combination that could have once beaten the world, the Indian team has degenerated into a motley crowd of skill-less stickmen – one observer feels that only fullback and penalty corner artist Rajinder Singh would find a place in a world first eleven, or even the first twenty.Dim Prospects: Taken against the larger shambles of what was once India’s only gold medal sport, the prospects of India’s “herd of cattle” at Amsterdam appears to be of academic interest. The tournament is restricted to the world’s top six teams and India managed to find a berth because it scraped to fifth place at the World Cup in Bombay.The IHF’S decision to field a string of new faces may not pay any dividends. Among the newcomers are Punjab inside-right Jagdeep Singh, Bombay centre-half J. Carvalho, Indian Airlines right-winger Jalaluddin and Services centre-half S. Bara. Surinder Singh Sodhi takes over as captain in place of Surjit Singh.advertisementGiving fresh players a chance is all very well, but it is doubtful whether the new look team would be able to contain marauders like Rick Charlesworth of Australia and Ties Kruize of Holland. And against a Pakistani forward line in full cry – Samiullah, Manzoor, Hassan Sardar, Hanif Khan, Kaleemullah – even the best back line can falter.Dictatorial: For this deplorable state of affairs, the blame lies not so much on the players but on the IHF which appears to be playing God. Said Surjit Singh: “We are pushed around at every stage, insulted and humiliated by those who know little hockey and understand none of the finer points of the game.” He also said that IHF President Indir Mohan Mahajan was dictatorial and liked only “yes-men”.In fact, Mahajan has been coming under fire for quite some time now, for the sacking of Bhaskaran, who led India to an Olympic gold medal in Moscow in 1980, for skipping important tournaments and for trouble-ridden training camps which resulted in a number of walk-outs by players for one reason or another.Last fortnight, the controversy over IHF affairs took a serious turn when the Secretary of the Rajasthan Hockey Association, Harnek Singh, alleged at a news conference that Mahajan had flagrantly flouted IHF rules and had not summoned the federation’s annual general meeting for two years despite repeated requests. There are also other allegations of financial irregularities. Says Mati Lal former IHF treasurer who resigned last fortnight: “None of these transactions form official accounts of the federation.”The players complain that even the meagre amount of foreign exchange they are entitled to on tours abroad is sometimes not forthcoming. A member of the Indian World Cup team says: “Hockey officials spend money like lords but we don’t get enough money for our expenses.”Another player who went to Europe says: “We used to get foreign exchange which was not enough even for our laundry charges. But our officials had enough foreign exchange for shopping.” Mahajan refused to comment, and said: “I will place my views in the executive meetings. I have nothing to hide. I can account for each and every paisa spent by me.”But the players who have done thankless duty for India are not very impressed. Says Surjit Singh: “If the present situation continues, there will be no good players in this country. Even now. with 685 million people, it is a matter of shame that we don-t have more than two players for each position.”He adds: “I would advise youngsters in India no’ to play hockey as there is no future in it. They should rather play cricket. I myself have spent a lifetime in hockey but have got nothing out of it. The politics in hockey has ruined it.” The stench can no longer be ignored.advertisement
According to reports, Hero MotoCorp is all set to launch the second-gen Super Splendor and the new Splendor Pro to compete against the growing market of Honda, Bajaj and Yamaha. This move comes after most of the Hero Splendor bikes have started looking outdated and old. With the new models, the company is hoping to revive the market for the once popular Splendor and Passion bikes in the country.READ ALSO:Hero Xtreme Sports, Passion PRO launched in Madhya PradeshMore than the engine, the bikes will go for a more sleeker and stylish look. The front part of the bikes are expected to receive major make-over as the new bikes will come with new graphics, say reports. Moreover, the new bikes will receive options in the disc brake category, which was not available in the previous models, say reports.READ ALSO:Hero MotoCorp launch Xtreme Sports and Passion Pro in HyderabadThe engines of the two bikes will come with minimum tuning as the company will look for more power and better fuel efficiency in the Super Splendor. Moreover, Splendor Pro will also get some minor tuning to keep it in par with the current lot of bikes in the same segment, reports say.With the sales of Honda Activa on the rise, Hero MotoCorp needs to hit the right spot with the Super Splendor and Splendor Pro, if it wants to get back the number one spot in the charts.
Lionel Messi surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo’s club goal scoring record as he scored two goals for Barcelona against La Liga opponents Real Valladolid on Tuesday. Messi also provided two assists in the match as Barcelona strolled to a 5-1 victory in a masterclass performance – in what was the Barcelona superstar’s mere fifth appearance in the league this season. The match saw defender Clement Lenglet open the scoring for Barca with a goal in the second minute of the game. Valladolid’s Kiko Olivas managed to bring Valladoid level in the 15th minute, but post that Messi stole the show.The unstoppable Messi teed up Arturo Vidal with a magical pass for the Chilean to put the hosts 2-1 in the 29th minute and followed it himself with a free kick that was whipped into the top corner that would have been out of reach for any goalkeeper. Watch the special goal here: Video does the talking 🙌🏻🔥 #Messi pic.twitter.com/NR0ehQ4hU6— Calvin (@CalHignett) October 29, 2019As it turns out, it was also the 50th direct free-kick scored by Messi in his professional career.The second half of the game saw Messi scoring his second and the match’s fourth goal, and Luis Suarex bagged a goal for himself as well, thanks to another Messi assist.With the two goals, Messi now has 608 goals for Barcelona, as opposed to Ronaldo’s 606 club goals.The Argentine has managed to take over the all-time club career goals tally despite playing 119 fewer games than his great Portuguese rival.”Leo showed all the quality he has, when he’s like that the team really feels it,” said Vidal. “We see him every day and he surprises us every day, with the quality he has, he’s from another planet. I have no words to talk about Leo, he’s from another world, everything he does, he does well.”With the win, Barcelona is now at the top of the La Liga point table with 22 points in 10 matches. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Arturo Vidalbarcelonacristiano ronaldola liga First Published: October 30, 2019, 12:19 PM IST
Continue Reading Previous Kontron: 3U VPX SBC features Layerscape quad-A72 ARM coresNext DATA MODUL: LCD controller boards on show at electronica Würth Elektronik eiSos is represented at electronica 2018 with no fewer than four booths. Highlights include the launch of the new product groups – Resistors, Sensors as well as Quartz Crystals and Oscillators.Würth Elektronik eiSos unveils its new Resistors product group for the first time at electronica 2018, namely: firstly resistors for current measurement applications. These include metal plate resistors, which, with their very low resistance values down to 10 mΩ, are used to measure currents up to 50 A. The second resistor group, the thick film resistors, are used to measure low currents in the hundredth-Ampere range. The resistance values in the low to medium range are from 100 mΩ to 270 Ω.With electronica 2018, Würth raises the curtain on its new Sensor portfolio. The sensors are based, among other things, on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). All sensors have an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) in common. This ensures that sensor signals are processed with temperature compensation and filter algorithms in the sensor itself. Another highlight on this booth: highly efficient, proprietary wireless solutions and new Bluetooth, Wireless-m-Bus and WiFi modules.The Würth Elektronik eiSos subsidiary “IQD Frequency Products” showcases quartz crystals and oscillators. In the future, piezoelectric crystals and oscillators will be available in 24 different packages in the Würth Elektronik eiSos standard portfolio. The package sizes extend from 1.6 × 1.0 mm to 13.4 × 4.9 mm. The frequency range lies between 32.768 kHz and 125 MHz. These pulse generators are optimally dovetailed for use in quartz watches and many industrial applications.The focal point of the Würth Elektronik eiSos trade show presence is the main booth with its twelve thematic areas. Here the group of companies demonstrates its innovative strength on the basis of typical examples. Horticulture LEDs are to be seen on the “Optoelectronic Solutions” thematic area, for instance, which can be matched to special plant breeding requirements in a greenhouse. The theme of “EMC Shielding and Cable Solutions” is promoted with interesting experimental setups on suppression and the filter effect of components. Other thematic areas are dedicated to “EMC Onboard Solutions”, “Connector Solutions”, “Electromechanical Solutions”, “RF & Frequency Solutions”, “Signal & Communications Solutions”, as well as two stations with Power Management Solutions. The presentation of reference designs with IC partners at the “Design & Support” thematic exemplifies the strong customer orientation of Würth Elektronik. The REDEXPERT online platform for easier component selection and simulation is also presented, as well as the SMART5 area.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Barcelona Girona vs Barcelona: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 14:20 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Girona v Barcelona Primera División Girona Ernesto Valverde’s men will not have to travel far this weekend as they prepare for a Catalan derby against the Manchester City-linked club Barcelona will make the short trip to Girona for a Catalan derby between two clubs with many links on Saturday.Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have become heavily involved with Girona, who were playing in the fourth tier of Spanish football as recently as the 2006-07 season.Barcelona 6/4 to beat by -2 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing This is their first season ever in the top flight and they have collected five points from their first five games. Game Girona vs Barcelona Date Saturday, September 23 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Girona players Goalkeepers Iraizoz, Bono Defenders Espinosa, Mojica, Ramalho, Alcala, Juanpe, Muniesa, Planas, Maffeo Midfielders Granell, Pons, Portu, Amagat, Benitez, Douglas, Timor, Boulaya, A. Garcia, B. Garcia Forwards Stuani, Olunga, Moreno, Kayode Girona will be missing former Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa, who is injured.Potential starting XI: Iraizoz; Juanpe, Alcala, Espinosa; Maffeo, Pons, Granell, Mojica; Kayode, Stuani, B. Garcia. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Arda, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Deulofeu, Alcacer Barca are missing Ousmane Dembele, who is unlikely to play again this year, as well as Rafinha.Andres Iniesta could be rested with a view to starting the Champions League meeting against Sporting in midweek.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho; Deulofeu, Messi, L. Suarez.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Barca are 1/4 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Girona priced at 10/1 and the draw available at 5/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Girona fit into Manchester City’s increasingly wide network of football clubs across the world and have five players on loan from their parent club this season.The reach of the City Football Group – founded by City owner Sheikh Mansour – now extends from Australia to the United States and also includes Spain, Japan and Uruguay.The City Football Group owns 44.3% of Girona, who are looking to surpass Espanyol as Barcelona’s biggest rivals in Catalonia.What makes the situation even more interesting, though, is that City’s pursuit of a club in the region appears to be related to their manager, Pep Guardiola, who oversaw the most successful spell in Barca’s history.Pep’s brother, Pere, also owns 44.3% of Girona, putting the Guardiolas and their benefactors from Abu Dhabi on equal footing.Whether Girona are simply a development tool for City’s young players or a project that Pep could become directly involved with himself when his time at the Etihad Stadium ends will be fascinating to watch.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Earlier tonight, an unconfirmed internet rumor that Notre Dame starting quarterback Ian Book was going to be suspended sent Fighting Irish fans into a frenzy. It would obviously be a huge blow.Book was rumored to be guilty of some type of academic impropriety that would result in his being suspended. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like it is actually happening, at least right now.First, One Foot Down, the Notre Dame SB Nation blog, refuted the rumor. Now, two veteran beat writers are doing the same.Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated said Book is “fine” as it relates to his standing with the football team. Prister adds there is no valid source to confirm or deny the rumor.Communication w/ #NotreDame football source says Ian Book is “fine” as it relates to continued, normal participation w/ football team. No valid source to confirm or deny speculation of academic issue. Subscribe to Irish Illustrated.— Irish Illustrated (@timprister) October 9, 2018Pete Sampson of The Athletic also seemed to downplay any of the Book murmurings.A note on journalism on Twitter.1. I read my mentions.2. I’m not going to respond to questions on rumors.3. I will look into them.4. And if there’s something to report, I’ll report it after checking with multiple sources.5. If there’s nothing to report, I won’t.6. See #5— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) October 9, 2018Since taking over for Brandon Wimbush in Week 4, Book has played exceptionally well. For the season, he’s completed 77-of-105 passes for 887 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception.Notre Dame is ranked fifth in the country and will take on Pitt at home on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET.
ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight is predicting several ranked teams to go down in games this weekend.The computer model, which outlines season-long and game-by-game predictions, has four top 25 teams falling this Saturday.These four top 25 teams:No. 24 Michigan State vs. No. 6 MichiganNo. 16 NC State at No. 3 ClemsonNo. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSUNo. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington StateThree of these four losses are probably expected.The No. 12 Oregon to No. 25 Washington State loss, though, would shake up the Pac-12 race quite a bit. Everyone is really high on the Ducks coming off this past weekend’s win over Washington.What are your picks for Saturday?
10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts Editors’ Recommendations Socks may not be among the sexiest articles of clothing, but they certainly have their place. They make shoes more comfortable and sanitary, and they’re excellent for sliding on hardwood floors, Risky Business style. However, most socks out there are lacking in one key category: creative expression. BucketFeet — the outrageously creative footwear company — is changing that.Last week, BucketFeet released a line of 18 socks — each of which features a stunning, very unsock-like design. BucketFeet has made a name for itself by working with thousands of artists from around the world. More than 20,000 artists from 100+ countries have submitted unique designs that have ended up on BucketFeet shoes, and now, socks. This is a welcome development. Though socks don’t see the light of day as often as other articles of clothing, they’re still a way to express yourself. Every time you sit down and cross your legs, your socks make themselves seen; suddenly they aren’t just simple strips of cloth that prevent chafing — they’re a conversation piece and an expression of your personal style. Related: The Unspoken Suit Rules You Need to KnowIf you get positive feedback from your artistic socks, you might feel more inclined to express yourself in other ways — maybe a smart pocket square, sharp shoes, a striking tie. Pretty soon you’re turning heads, getting compliments, and landing promotions. In short, there’s a direct line between wearing a pair of funky socks and becoming a titan of industry. Ridiculous twists of logic aside, BucketFeet has some great-looking socks. You should at least check them out to see whether they’re something you might be interested in — especially with the holidays coming up. You’ll find socks inspired by NES controllers, flamingos, Aztec pizza, and much, much more. If you have artistic tendencies, you might submit a design to BucketFeet yourself. Imagine: No longer will people look up at the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling to see God; instead, they will look down at your glorious shoes. All socks are available for $12 on BucketFeet’s website or at BucketFeet studios in NYC & Chicago. The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Fenton Ferguson, is urging members of the public to support the Government’s move to impose a ban on smoking in public spaces.Speaking at an exposition at the Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston on Tuesday, May 7, Dr. Ferguson said the effort is aimed at protecting the health of citizens, especially since surveys show that the nation’s children are partaking in unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking.“The 2010 Global Youth Tobacco Survey undertaken by the National Council on Drug Abuse indicates that 40.4 per cent of youth age 13 to 15, has smoked at least once and at least 19.4 per cent of those who have ever smoked were under 10 years old. In addition, 70 per cent of the students surveyed indicated that they are exposed to second hand smoke,” he said.He informed that six million persons are dying annually around the world from smoking and some 600,000 are dying globally from passive smoking, by just being in the presence of smokers. Dr. Ferguson said the World Health Organization (WHO) also indicates that tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide.“The Ministry of Health continues to stress the importance of health promotion and actions to counter the effects of lifestyle diseases. Exercise, good dietary practices, reduction in alcohol intake and a cessation of smoking are among the lifestyle choices that will produce the results that we want,” he stated. The Health Minister reminded the children that smoking is neither “cute nor cool”, and appealed to them not to partake in the practice.Dr. Ferguson said that his position on the matter is not an anti-smoker stance, noting that as Minister of Health, he has a responsibility to protect the wellbeing of Jamaicans.The Government is seeking to put in place a Tobacco Control Act that will protect citizens from the harmful effects of tobacco smoking, by prohibiting its use in public areas and work places. The legislation is in the draft stage and is expected to be brought to Parliament this financial year.Dr. Ferguson also urged the children to desist from partaking in alcohol consumption, pointing out that this is another unhealthy lifestyle practice.The Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 2008 indicates that 65 per cent of Jamaicans aged 15-75 years old, consume alcohol. The Jamaican Youth Risk and Resiliency Behaviour Survey 2006 reports that almost 50 per cent of youth used alcohol, with 10.4 per cent of males and 5.8 per cent of females reporting drunkenness.The Minister said these behaviours can have negative long-term effects on health and wellness and may also indicate a need for some kind of social intervention and guidance for these children.“I urge parents to be more involved in the life of their children. You have to support the work of the school and the Ministry. We cannot do it alone, strongly established partnerships with the family are needed to improve the current situation,” he stated.The exposition was staged under the theme: ‘Get Educated…Eat Healthy…Live Wealthy’.Contact: Chris Patterson
zoom Increasing vessel supply will keep LNG charter rates under pressure in 2018, despite strong growth in trade, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Short-term outlook for LNG charter rates remains pessimistic because of the high fleet growth rate compared with demand, according to Drewry. The fleet is expected to expand by 11% because of high deliveries and low demolition activity. Low freight rates in the first three quarters of 2017 have resulted in a huge pile-up of deliveries in 2018, which will further put pressure on supply.In 2017, 43 vessels were scheduled for delivery, while just 27 were delivered during the entire year, and 16 were deferred to 2018. Taking into account the slippages from 2017, 69 vessels, aggregating 11 million cbm capacity, are scheduled for delivery in 2018.However, Drewry believes not all 69 ships will stick to schedule, and therefore, projects that only 45 LNG carriers, with 7.6 million cbm capacity, will be delivered. Demolitions are also expected to remain low.High slippages of vessels from 2017, along with low demolition activity, will further add pressure on the supply side. Average spot rates are projected to remain lower than charter rates were in 2017.The first quarter of 2018 will be weaker than the last quarter of 2017, and slide further in the second quarter on account of high tonnage availability. Charter rates will improve in the second half of 2018 as high Chinese LNG imports will absorb the excess tonnage available in the spot market.Overall, the LNG market in 2018 will be marked by a high number of vessel deliveries, low scrapping activity, reactivation of idle fleet and strong Chinese demand.
New Delhi: The Central Board of Direct Taxes has issued a notification extending the deadline for filing Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) statement in Form 24Q and issuance of TDS certificate in Form 16 for FY 2018-19 following a revision of its format and consequent updating of the File Validation Utility (FVU) for its online filing. The CBDT has ordered that deadline for filing TDS statement in Form 24Q for FY 2018-19 be extended from May 31 to June 30 and that the deadline for issuing TDS certificates in Form 16 for FY 2018-19 be extended from June 15 to July 10. The tax authority had amended the necessary forms earlier and said the extension is being granted to redress difficulties faced by deductors due to these changes.
Gurugram: According to sources in the Haryana government, the amendment to the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 2019, which removes a legal shield in place since 1,900 on thousands of acres of land in the Aravali and Shivalik foothills in Haryana, could be sent to the Supreme Court soon for approval.The amendment bill was passed by the assembly this February and was sent to the governor for approval. The sources said the governor had given his assent. There was, however, no confirmation of this from the governor’s office. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Supreme Court had in March ordered a stay on the amendment, describing the move as “obnoxious” and “contemptuous”. The court had also observed that the move was a violation of its previous orders on the Aravalis. The amendment excludes from its ambit municipal areas and those notified under master plans. A city like Gurugram, which is notified under three master plans, will go entirely out of PLPA’s purview, as will large portions of foothills in Faridabad. The total area under PLPA in Gurugram is 6,869 hectares. In Faridabad, it’s 4,227 hectares. The 118-year-old Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) of 1900 is meant to protect areas ‘not notified’ under the Indian Forest Act as the reserve or protected forests in the states of Haryana and Punjab. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn Haryana, the PLPA extends protection to forests and trees on private lands, community lands, panchayat and municipal lands in the uncultivable hills of the Aravallis in the south and Shiwaliks in the northern parts of the state. Forest areas notified as per special orders under the PLPA in Haryana amount to 75,000 acres i.e. 33 per cent of the effective forest land in the state. These Aravalli areas notified under PLPA have been treated as forests following Supreme Court judgements in 2002 and 2004, reiterated in 2008 and 2009 (MC Mehta case), and again clarified in 2018 (Kant Enclave matter). The 20-30-year-old notifications are usually renewed on expiry. Interestingly Gurugram district has 16,930 acres of Aravalli forests notified under PLPA in 38 villages. Notifications in 36 villages have expired.
As the freshly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex embark on married life together, many Canadians said the fledgling royal union also marks a new chapter for the monarchy.With its combination of stately grandeur and touches of modernity, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was hailed by Canadians as a coming-out celebration for a younger generation of royals who promise to shake up the largely ceremonial institution.For the crowd watching the event unfold on a big screen at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Markle’s adopted home of Toronto, it was also a thrilling first glimpse of the newest royal on her wedding day.Some attendees were moved to tears. One clutched her chest as Prince Harry seemed to fight back tears at the sight of his bride.The audience was spellbound as the couple locked eyes and Harry lifted Markle’s veil to reveal a shimmering tiara from the Queen’s collection.“I actually felt power between the two of them,” said Yolanda McClean. “When he took the veil off and she just smiled, and I knew this was meant to be.”After months of royal wedding fever, Canadians across the country gathered in the early-morning hours for a broadcast of the lavish marriage ceremony.The downtown Toronto theatre, which is named for Harry’s late mother Diana, was packed to the brim with about 2,000 fans, many bedecked in top hats, fascinators and tiaras.Sitting among fellow revellers as the ceremony on the grounds of Windsor Castle unfolded on a towering screen, McClean said “it felt like we were there.”Given Markle’s special connection to Toronto, where the American-born former actress lived while filming the TV legal drama “Suits,” McClean said it seemed like the city was consumed by nuptial cheer for the honorary local.“I absolutely feel like Toronto was being represented,” she said. “I actually think she’s representing the world, because I think the world stopped for the wedding today.”As the bride was about to be shown in her gown for the first time, the theatre was seized with cries of shock as the live broadcast temporarily cut out, followed by sighs of relief when the feed came back on a few seconds later, just in time for the wedding dress to be revealed.Smiles swept across the theatre as Markle emerged in a resplendent boat-neck white gown, followed by a gaggle of pageboys and bridesmaids including Ben and Jessica Mulroney’s children, who brought a moment of levity when one of them wiped sweat from their brow.From the front row to the balcony, a hush fell over the theatre as the couple affirmed their commitment, followed by extended applause as Harry and Markle were declared husband and wife.Most of the crowd rose from their red-cushioned chairs to join a rendition of “God Save the Queen” with their hands over their hearts, some holding up the other to wave the Union Jack. Whoops could be heard as the newlyweds shared a kiss on the steps of the chapel.Christine Hill, who borrowed her daughter’s tiara for the occasion, said she found the performance by a gospel choir who sang popular hits like Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” to be a refreshing break from the monarchical pomp and pageantry.The 57-year-old said she hopes Markle and Harry will continue to buck royal tradition for the better as they enter married life.“I think it’s absolutely needed,” she said. “I think it’s timed that things changed a little bit and welcomed everyone into this century.”A line for the free viewing party formed before dawn Saturday, stretching beyond the theatre’s marquee and around the corner, forcing many ticket-holders to huddle under umbrellas so they could shield their wedding best from the spitting rain.Dressed in a royal blue sari with lace, 30-year-old Purnima Kabir said she hadn’t slept because she was too excited for the occasion.“I hope that (the couple) go really far, because they work really well together as a unit,” Kabir said.“With the royal family as well as with everyone else, I think they’re not here to disappoint. I think they’re here to stay. They’re here to bring in new rules, new ties.”Lorena Erazo, who was celebrating her 38th birthday in addition to the royal nuptials, wore a wedding dress so she and her white-tied husband, Mark MacLean, could vie for the grand prize in the theatre’s costume contest — a trip for two to London.With the winner determined by audience applause, a spry gentleman clad in a straw hat, striped suit and bowtie prevailed as the best-dressed royal watcher.In Montreal’s Burgundy Lion pub, several dozen people dined on crumpets and a full English breakfast in anticipation of the big moment.Samantha Elfassy, 23, donned a red fascinator and pulled out a phone to snap some shots as the Queen arrived at the ceremony. Elfassy said she was most excited to see the monarch — and had made bets on the length of the bride’s train.Deborah Ayre and a handful of her long-time friends showed up in dresses and hats, ooh-ing and aah-ing and occasionally dabbing their eyes throughout the ceremony.Ayre, who has previously watched the weddings of royal couples Charles and Diana and William and Kate, said she came to witness a historical moment.Her favourite part was Markle’s entrance, she said, although she also appreciated the multicultural aspect to the ceremony and the apparent “true love bond” between the couple.“I just wish them all the best, and I think they will make a really significant difference in the world because of their passion and what they care about and what they want to do,” she said.For Paul Abraham, a retired educator watching the wedding at the Delta Halifax, the event was a can’t-miss milestone for those in the Maritimes who have a long history of affinity for the monarchy.“We’ve been a garrison city right from day one, and obviously our contributions during the major wars, and our cultural link to the U.K. … sort of deeply embeds the monarchy in our culture here in the East Coast,” he said.Abraham was also struck by the modern twists to the ceremony.“It was sort of poignant to see a gospel preacher being so impassioned about the concept of love in the ancient chapel. To me it kind of pointed to the transition from the monarchy of yesterday into the monarchy of today.”By mid-morning Pacific time in British Columbia, David Spence and his wife Donna Otto said they were recovering from a 3 a.m. breakfast party they helped organize at Victoria’s 139-year-old Union Club.Spence and Otto, who are president and secretary of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Vancouver Island, respectively, said it was well worth it.“To quote an ancient hymn writer, I was lost in wonder, love and praise,” Spence said, referencing the 1747 English hymn by Charles Wesley, which was sung at the 2011 marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.Otto, who wore a hot-pink fascinator to the party, said she was enamoured with Meghan’s veil.“I was especially impressed that her veil was embroidered with certain appliqués of 53 countries of the Commonwealth. I thought, how amazingly appropriate for her new role, standing next to her husband, as ambassador for youth in the Commonwealth,” Otto said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife congratulated the newlyweds in a statement, saying Canada will donate $50,000 to local charity Jumpstart, which makes sports more accessible to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.“Sophie and I congratulate the newlyweds on behalf of the Government of Canada. We wish Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a lifetime of happiness, and all the best as they start this new chapter together. We look forward to welcoming them on a future visit to Canada.”—with files from Percy Sherwood in Toronto, Morgan Lowrie in Montreal and Alex Cooke in HalifaxNote to readers: This is corrected story. A previous version of this story misspelled the name of Lorena Erazo and misstated that the Mulroney boys were carrying the train of the gown.
OTTAWA – Canada’s foreign affairs minister says North Korea’s latest provocative missile test is a reckless violation of Japan’s sovereignty.Chrystia Freeland says North Korea is showing a total disregard for its international obligations for firing a long-range missile over Japan that landed in the northern Pacific Ocean.The latest in a series of missile tests came as South Korea and the U.S. were conducting war games in the region.U.S. President Donald Trump says all options are on the table and he had a 40-minute conversation with Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe.Last week, the House of Commons defence committee held a rare summer sitting to discuss the North Korea situation and to discuss whether Canada should consider joining the U.S. ballistic missile defence shield for North America.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is hosting Jordan’s King Abdullah today, has said Canada has no interest in joining the controversial program that successive governments have opted out of for more than a decade.
Rabat – Thousands of protesters in Rabat rallied once again on Sunday to denounce the harsh sentences against the 54 detainees of the Hirak movement.More than 6,000 participated in Rabat’s march, including families of the detainees and the Secretary-General of the Unified Socialist Party (PSU) Nabila Mounib. Casablanca witnessed nearly 10,000 demonstrators voicing their protest against the rulings. Demonstrators carried banners saying, “Justice” and “Free the Activists.” and chanted slogans denouncing the security crackdown against the 2016 and 2017 protests.Demonstrations erupted after Al-Hoceima province fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri, was crushed to death by a garbage truck while trying to retrieve confiscated goods.Since a June 26 ruling by a Casablanca court that gave sentences ranging from 1 to 20 years for the Hirak Rif activists, the government received a nationwide backlash.Activists, politicians such as Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, and international NGOs expressed solidarity or protested in Casablanca and Rabat, calling for the freedom of the detainees.Reacting to criticism, several government officials said their hands were tied, emphasizing that the cabinet could not interfere because the judiciary is independent.El Othmani regretted that his government cannot intervene in the Hirak Rif case, because the “judicial power” is an independent authority.All of the detained activists, including Nasser Zefzafi and Nabil Ahamjik, decided to appeal the court’s decision, except Rabie E Ablaq.El Ablaq was on a hunger strike for more than 40 days and suspended the strike just a week ago.