Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Do you have a list of strategic targets, or something I call dream clients that you are actively pursuing today? Are you working from a list of companies that will perceive what you do as massive, strategic value?Do you have a call block on your calendar, protecting the time you need to make calls to your dream clients? Have you eliminated distractions, including your smart phone, the browser, and the water cooler chatter?Do you have language that indicates that you will trade more value for the time you are asking your dream client to give you? Is the disparity in the value greatly in your prospect’s favor?Do you have a theory about what your dream client should be doing differently now to produce better results? Can you help them discover something about themselves?Do you sound confident, like a peer, like someone who can contribute to your dream clients success? Are you confident about who you are, what you do, and your ability to move your dream client forward?Do you have a sequence to follow-up and professionally persist in acquiring a meeting with your dream client over time? Do you have ideas that will allow you to capture mind share over time?Do you have the insights and ideas that make you a subject matter expert at the intersection of your industry and your dream client’s industry?Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchThe fundamentals of selling can be broken into categories. The first category is opportunity creation. The second category is opportunity capture. The first category necessarily precedes the second.If you are struggling in sales, being able to answer yes to all the questions above will improve your results. If you answered any of them in the negative, you might look at shoring up the areas you need to improve.
KTM Duke 200Pune-based two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto has played a major role in KTM’s global expansion, according to the KTM CEO Stephan Pierer. It is expected that over 22,000 KTM bikes will be sold in the domestic market, indicating a growth of over 100 per cent. Incidentally, these bikes have between 95 per cent and 98 per cent local content.Pierer said, “The joint development and strategic alliance have given us the position of entering all emerging markets. The Japanese are (now) the only competition, everyone else is a niche player,” he said, adding that approximately 45,000 units, or nearly a third of the 1.4-lakh bikes KTM forecasts it will sell outside of India during 2014 will be exported from Bajaj’s Chakan plant. “Putting aside rumours that Bajaj Auto was looking to hike its current 48 per cent stake in KTM Power Sports AG, the holding company of KTM Sportsmotorcycles AG, Bajaj Auto India MD Rajiv Bajaj said that the partnership was not based on front-end or financial consideration. “It is more an integration of two kitchens, and of cooking together,” he was quoted as saying. This was at the launch of the KTM RC 390 and RC 200 on Tuesday.Bajaj Auto had first acquired 14.5 per cent equity in KTM in the year 2007. Though the Austrian company had reported a loss of over ?80 million, this was turned around last year as it gave Bajaj Auto its maiden dividend.KTM projects that by 2020, it will sell 2.5 lakh bikes in global markets, of which one lakh units will be exported from India. Much like existing products KTM Duke 390 and Duke 200, the new bikes are also being manufactured at Chakan near Pune. advertisement
In yet another early contest on Saturday morning for Oklahoma State’s homecoming against West Virginia, the Red-Bull chugging Mountaineers came into Stillwater and didn’t back down in a raucus Boone Pickens Stadium.The Mountaineers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to start the scoring, and WVU seemingly was controlling the momentum until defensive tackle Vincent Taylor forced a WVU fumble that gave OSU a first and favorable. The turnover lead to the first touchdown of the game for the Pokes to give them a 13-10 lead and steal back momentum, before shutting out the first half with a bang to score a TD to take a 20-10 lead into the break.Coming out of the second half, the Pokes had a three-minute drive that landed them in field goal position with a chance to put more points on the board but squandered an early opportunity with Benjamin Grogan falling victim to the wind and missing a long field goal attempt.But the defense tightened up in a pivotal third quarter, and after dropping a surefire INT earlier in the game, Ramon Richards pulled a rabbit out of his top hat that set up OSU in their own territory. .@CowboyFB likes to score off turnovers.Latest case in point – Ramon Richards INT.#Big12FB on FOX https://t.co/j5VGNPAnVL— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 29, 2016Mason Rudolph scored three plays later on the zone read keeper to give them a 27-10 advantage. But the Mountaineers scored on the second play of the fourth quarter on Skyler Howard’s own zone read keep and again in a chip shot field goal to score 10 straight and cut it to 27-20.With the offense sputtering in the second half, Mason Rudolph #PutTheTeamOnHisBack to lead them to a much-needed scoring drive with a beautiful fade to Chris Lacy in the endzone to put them up 34-20.And just as OSU fans were biting their nails with Dana Holgersen’s team in possession, the Oklahoma State defense came up with a huge INT by Kevin Henry that gave OSU the ball to allow them to run the clock.The Ice Pirate drained a safety field goal with 1:34 remaining to put the game out of reach, and just like that Mike Gundy has his sixth win over a top 10 team during his tenure in Stillwater.Oklahoma State faces Kansas State in Manhattan next Saturday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Read more Nothing compares to the raw and rugged brilliance of Scottish football Share on LinkedIn Read more Does he ever regret not taking his shot at glory? “I’ve thought about it a lot over over the years. The first thing my wife said after the game was ‘why didn’t you just shoot?’ but in the moment I honestly didn’t really think about grabbing the winner or anything like that. Since then I must have had 50 people telling me I should have hit it but for every single minute I played it was in my head not to do anything stupid. I didn’t want to be in any way responsible for ending that run. I was asked to keep things simple and that’s what I did.”Seven years on, Robertson remains as committed to Dundee as ever. He is a season-ticket holder, his wife is also a lifelong supporter and their two daughters have already heard all about the time their daddy played for their team.“If someone had said to me at 16 that I would get three games for Dundee I would have bit their hand off. I got to play more professional games than most guys who signed full-time when they left school. And for my team in a special season for them. A lot of Dundee supporters have said to me that I was living their dream for them. I mean, what a great thing to hear. I still can’t believe how lucky I am.”• This is an extract from Nutmeg magazine • Read the full article in Issue 9, which is out now• Nutmeg and Grant Hill are on Twitter In their heart of hearts, most football-mad kids know they will never become professionals. For a select band the dream lingers on a few more years before they too fall foul of a system that only cares for the freakishly talented. Craig Robertson belonged to this second group. Despite being a standout at schoolboy level, he was not handed a full-time contract on his 16th birthday and instead found himself at junior club Lochee United, happy to perform at a decent level but acutely aware was extremely unlikely to have a mark on the senior game.And yet there he was warming up under the floodlights and stealing glances at the rapidly filling stands as he tried to identify his family and friends among the travelling Dundee support. Five months past his 30th birthday and with the No9 shirt on his back, Robertson was about to make his professional debut for his beloved Dark Blues in a game that had huge implications for the future of the club. How could this have happened?An accountant’s office is an unpromising setting for a tale of footballing romance but it was there that Robertson’s Roy of the Rovers story began one Monday in February 2011. Despite his own playing commitments at Lochee, Robertson’s passion for Dundee remained undiminished. He was due to attend their match at Raith Rovers the following evening and, having injured his foot while training with Lochee, he could pass on driving duties if he fancied a few beers. As his thoughts drifted from spreadsheets to the game, he noticed a missed call from his Lochee manager, Paul Ritchie, who presumably wanted to check up on his injury. After an exchange of pleasantries, Ritchie uttered seven words his midfielder had dreamed of hearing since he was old enough to know what football was: “How do you fancy playing for Dundee?”“Obviously I was stunned,” says Robertson. “But I thought it could be a wind-up, so I wasn’t totally committing in case the call was being recorded. I just kept saying: ‘Honestly? Are you being serious?’”Ritchie was being serious. Dundee had entered administration and faced a fight for survival, a battle Robertson had himself aided by donating the £14,000 proceeds of his testimonial match against the Dark Blues. On the park, the rump squad manager Barry Smith had at his disposal were performing miracles. A pool of just 12 senior players supplemented by teenagers, trialists, loanees and legends coming out of retirement had gone on a 15-game unbeaten run as they sought to overcome a 25-point deduction imposed by the Scottish Football League.Dundee – who were banned from signing players until they exited administration – were dealing with the personnel shortage by exploiting a registration loophole that allowed them to play trialists for up to three games each. Having become aware of Robertson’s talents at his testimonial, Smith sought to bolster his squad with a player who would give more for the cause than anyone. His was the next call Robertson took.“My heart was thumping but, until I heard Barry Smith’s voice, I was still half-thinking it was a joke,” says Roberton. “Barry just said that, if I wanted to, I would be playing for Dundee the next night. He asked me if I had any hesitations and I said no. He asked how I would feel if I was starting and I said that’d be fine. Then he asked if I was fit and I honestly never thought to mention the injury.” features Share via Email The gentle pleasures of watching football in the Scottish Borders The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage The adrenaline coursing through his body helped anaesthetise his foot and a couple of early touches settled his nerves. He grew into the game with every completed pass and played his part as Dundee won 2-1. “It’s one of the biggest nights of my life and I can actually remember very little about it,” Robertson laughs. “I remember a couple of passes and thinking that if I committed another foul I’d probably get booked, so I had to be careful. That was about it. I wasn’t trying anything too fancy. Don’t get beat and don’t give it away – that was all I wanted to do.”Robertson left Stark’s Park with praise from Smith ringing in his ears as he basked in the glory of a lifetime’s ambition being realised. He lay in bed unfussed by his inability to sleep as he replayed the events of the previous 36 hours in his head. It was a tired man who returned to the world of accountancy the following day.“Going back into work was surreal. A few colleagues were Dundee fans and one had been there. Others had been following the game. Everyone wanted to talk about it. I didn’t do a scrap of work. I just hid behind my computer screen reading match reports and trying to find my rating out of 10!”Having waited 30 years to make his first senior appearance, his second followed quickly. Morton visited Dens Park a few days after the Raith match, but his home debut proved tougher. “There was a four-day build-up, the adrenaline had worn off and I was thinking about all kinds of stuff. I would be playing for Dundee at Dens. I’d be wearing the dark blue this time rather than the away strip. I kept thinking about all the great No9s who have played at Dens. All these stupid things were going through my head.”While an early touch at Raith had helped Robertson settle, the ball getting stuck under his boot during the warm-up on a rock-hard, heavily sanded pitch added to his insecurities. A dull 1-1 draw provided scant entertainment but one group of supporters enjoyed the occasion more than most.“I had just got changed when I was told there were some fans in hospitality who wanted to see me. There were about 50 guys on a stag do, all hammered – guys I knew and faces I’d seen home and away for 20 years. They were all singing my name. It was pretty comical.”Before Robertson left the stadium, Smith took him aside and told him he would be returning to Lochee temporarily but would definitely play his final trial game at some point. He was told to look after himself and “not to do anything stupid at weekends.” When the call came a few weeks later, it meant ducking out of his own stag do.“There were about 30-40 boys meeting up on the Saturday night but I got the call beforehand that I was needed to play against Dunfermline in a couple of days. I ended up having two pints and going up the road early. I couldn’t get smashed so close to the game, so the guys had my stag do for me.”Robertson watched on from the bench as title-chasing Dunfermline took a first-half lead and threatened that long unbeaten run. An injury just after the hour-mark forced Smith to make a change and Robertson ran out under the Dens Park floodlights for his last game in dark blue. Ten minutes later, Dundee equalised against the run of play.Then, in the dying minutes, the ball sat up nicely for him on the edge of the box. He had scored dozens of goals from just such a position over the years and now had the opportunity to grab a last-minute winner for his boyhood heroes. But instead of shooting, the amateur did the professional thing and squared the ball to a teammate. Dundee didn’t score a winner but they did see out the game comfortably to stretch their run to 22 games. Topics A lot of Dundee supporters have said to me that I was living their dream for them. What a great thing to hearCraig Robertson Read more Scottish Premiership Share on Messenger Share on Facebook In a daze, Robertson called his father, who had first taken him to Dens Park as a four-year-old, and then his brothers. “Once he got over the shock, my older brother launched straight into a pep talk. He was giving me lifestyle advice, telling me to start stretching immediately and get out for a run that night then go straight to bed. We’re all massive Dundee fans. It was a huge thing for them as well. Work were great about it. I think they thought I was taking the mick. ‘He wants a half-day off, at a day’s notice, to go and play for this team he’s always banging on about? Aye right’.”Following an unproductive morning in the office, Robertson met up with the Dundee-based members of the squad for the coach journey to Kirkcaldy. He sat on his own and felt the first flutter of nerves. “There were only a few of us who got on in Dundee, but all the Glasgow and Edinburgh lads were at the hotel where we were meeting. Walking in there was far worse than the thought of the actual game. They were playing for their livelihoods and must’ve been thinking: ‘Who is this guy? Is he going to mess up our run? Can we trust him with a pass?’ In the end, everyone was pleasant enough and no one made a big deal of it.“Barry came up and asked where did I want to start, left wing or in the middle? I was being asked to pick where I played for Dundee! I’d played out wide when I was younger but as I’d got older I’d moved inside, so I said I would stick there. He just wanted me to feel as comfortable as possible and not to make a fuss over me. He told me to go out and do what I’d been doing all season.”Dundee’s change kit was doled out in the dressing room and Robertson was handed the No9 shirt. “I can’t remember thinking ‘was I good enough?’ beforehand because it all happened so quickly. I just floated through on adrenaline without any major concerns. Then it hit me a bit in the warm-up as I looked at the big away support under the floodlights and was like: ‘Shit, I’m actually away to play here.’“I could see my wife-to-be and her family but I couldn’t see my family. My mum, dad, both my brothers and a couple of carfuls of mates were there. They’ve told me on numerous occasions since that it was the proudest moment of their time supporting Dundee, which means a lot.” Share on WhatsApp Dundee Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Guardian Sport Network Reuse this content
Northern Districts Touch Association (NDTA) is one of the oldest affiliates in Western Australia. It is also one of the largest, officially taking the title of second largets, with 87 teams taking part in the Summer 2004/2005 season. NDTA are also now a direct member of Touch Football Australia (TFA). Numbers are expected to grow again for 2005/2006, as the sport is thriving through extensive publicity, marketing and promotional campaigns undertaken throughout WA. AusTouch, the junior Touch program aimed at introducing children to the sport and building growth, is absolutely booming in WA and Northern Districts is only one of the many WA afilliates benefiting from the growth of the sport. The club operates from Doubleview, an inner suburb of Perth and has a major leadership role with respect to the development of the sport throughout WA. President of NDTA, Steve Whitfield, may have only been recently appointed but he and his affiliate have already been very supportive of the TFA unitary model of governance after he was introduced to the concept only a few months ago. NDTA is also seen as the breeding ground for new referees and is known to have more higher level badged referees than anywhere in WA. Both their Mens Open and Womens Open representative teams have also had recent success, winning Silver at the 2005 State Championships. With club membership bursting at the seams (and having only 5 fields), they continually refer players and teams to surrounding clubs with whom they have a positive relationship. Touch Football Australia is delighted to welcome NDTA on board and we look forward to servicing their affiliate and helping their growth to continue.
By BEN HARRIS1. Touch football tournaments and rain are a match made in heaven:It’s probably something we already know but if you want rain, hold a touch football tournament. I would not be surprised if there was a touch football comp held in the middle of the Sahara Desert, it would rain cats and dogs. The torrential rain we saw for the men’s open match was incredible. In 15 minutes, the field turned into a swimming pool. It brought back plenty of memories of past touch tournaments where Mother Nature has turned ugly.2. Tight divisions across the park:Out of the 13 divisions played, nine of them were decided in the final match. This was a huge increase compared to the 2012 series where four games were decided by the last game. The only divisions not to remain alive after two matches were the women’s 30s, women’s 40s, men’s 35s and men’s 50s. Three of those divisions produced clean-sweep victories with New South Wales winning all the matches in women’s 30s, men’s 35s and men’s 50s. 3. Queensland looks good for the future:Queensland can salvage some pride from their State of Origin series loss and they can also look to the future with optimism. The maroons won both the under 20s divisions. It was a far contrast from two years ago when NSW clean swept the women and men’s 20s divisions. Queensland got revenge by winning the two divisions 2-1 respectively. With a lot of youngsters coming through the ranks and as well playing in the open divisions, Queensland looks really strong for the future. 4. Television production takes touch football to next level:Touch Football has been telecast plenty of times before but not like how it was during the State of Origin series. For the first time, the series was broadcast live and with commentators. Power Productions did a great job at streaming the State of Origin series online and will no doubt do a phenomenal job at producing a 90-minute for Fox Sports in early October.5. Don’t mess with the refs:Referees – you either love them or loathed them. Some players, coaches and spectators think they are blind, while others can’t stand them. So what happens when the referee strikes back? We certainly found out in the mixed open first match when referee Nathan Budge levelled Adam Pryde. In a hit that would have seen Budge face a lengthy spell on the sidelines if it was the NRL, his shoulder charge on Pryde floored the Queensland player. Who says referees don’t have a mean streak? 6. Mate against mate, best against best:Trans-Tasman is great, World Cup is even better, but nothing compares to State of Origin. The best touch football players in Australia representing their state and going head-to-head. It was fast, energetic, acrobatic, breath-taking and exhilarating. For two days, the best of Australian touch football lit up Sunshine Coast Stadium. State of Origin is a great concept and a must for the touch football calendar. Ask the players what it means to represent either New South Wales or Queensland and they will tell how much pride they get by wearing their state colours.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO set of six
zoom ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of LNG as a marine fuel. The companies said that the goal of the collaboration is to establish the storage and technical support necessary to provide “safe, reliable LNG delivery for vessel operators bunkering in North America.”The three companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on June 27, 2017, and they will initially focus their efforts in Florida before expanding to other North American markets.Under the terms of the deal, ExxonMobil will provide its technical support and expertise to help the parties carry out safe bunkering operations and sell LNG bunker fuel to vessel operators. Eagle LNG Partners will supply the LNG and will design, build and operate small-scale production and storage facilities as well as coordinate land-based LNG transportation. Crowley will provide bunker logistics and ensure safe and reliable operations.“The Memorandum of Understanding is another major step forward in developing LNG as a marine fuel. It will leverage the specialist knowledge and expertise of ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley to the benefit of vessel operators bunkering in North America,” said Luca Volta, LNG Venture Manager at ExxonMobil. “This agreement provides additional opportunities for vessel operators looking to adopt LNG as a marine fuel.”The decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to introduce a global 0.50 percent sulfur cap on vessel emissions in 2020 will impact bunker fuel selection. The parties believe that the marine industry is heading for a multi-fuel future that will include low-sulphur options, with LNG an important part of that mix.
Robert Greene has become both a critical favourite and polarizing figure in the documentary world thanks to films like Fake It So Real, Actress and Kate Plays Christine, which have used staged situations to explore the nature of performance in non-fiction. Bisbee ’17, which debuted at Sundance, continues that theme, but is more epic in scope. Greene followed a handful of diverse citizens living in the Arizona town Bisbee who decided to re-enact a suppressed historical tragedy from 100 years prior: when local authorities conspired with mining execs to kidnap more than 1,000 striking workers at gunpoint and deport them to the middle of a New Mexico desert with nowhere to go.April 27, 2:45 pm, Hart House; April 30, 11:30 am, Scotiabank 7; May 4, 5 pm, Scotiabank 3OF FATHERS AND SONSTalal Derki is probably one of the buzzier names with a film at this year’s Hot Docs. The follow-up to his award-winning Syrian war doc, The Return To Homs, picked up the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance earlier this year. Advertisement United Skates looks at the impact of roller rinks on African-American culture. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: UNITED SKATESRacism in America is a big topic in documentaries and in the media in general, but first-time directors Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown broach the issue with an unexpected angle: roller skating. Though they’ve been closing down, the venues have been the focal point of underground culture and family-friendly fun for African-Americans for decades. The doc, which was exec produced John Legend, is arriving at Hot Docs following a buzzy premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.April 28, 9 pm, Scotiabank 3; April 30, 1 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2; May 4, 9:30 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1BISBEE ’17 Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsDevon Allaire-Bell was murdered in a schoolyard in Surrey, BC on April 24th, 2011. The RCMP is hoping members of the public can help identify the perpetrators, and has released new surveillance video of their whereabouts following the murder.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has the details.
Hyderabad: Retired Supreme Court judge N Santosh Hegde Tuesday said Articles 35A and 370, giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir, are required to be scrapped as they run counter to the rights of other states. He said in 1948 when the Maharaja of Kashmir agreed to merge the state of Kashmir with India, certain assurances were given to the people by introducing Article 35A and Article 370 of the Constitution. Though the wording of this looks like the assurance is “permanent”, in the background in which it was given and the consequential things that have happened in the nation indicate it’s not possible to continue these articles because if Kashmir is an integral part of India, it can’t have a separate status compared to other states, Hegde said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “So, in today’s context both the articles are causing a lot of problems for the country as a whole”, the former Solicitor General of India told PTI in an interview. “So, I don’t think it’s possible to continue that article”. He said “today’s situation” requires those articles to be scrapped because certain autonomy given under that Act would run counter to the rights of other states and if Kashmir is an integral part of India, then it must have only an equal status with others. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “I think 70 years have gone by…whatever was the purpose of those articles…according to me, it has served that purpose. Therefore, now it can’t be said that Kashmir is not an integral part of India. Therefore, these two articles do not have any place in the constitution anymore”, the former Karnataka Lokayukta said. Article 370 grants special status to J&K and 35A prohibits outsiders from purchasing land and property in that state. The BJP has in its election manifesto promised to repeal the articles if it retains power after the Lok Sabha polls. Meanwhile, referring to campaigning by political parties for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Hegde, a former Advocate General of Karnataka, said “We have come to the lowest possible standards in our electioneering now”. Hegde mentioned in particular controversial comments made by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi regarding “minorities’ votes” and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on his BJP opponent and film actor Jaya Prada. “Politics is in the lowest ebb possible today. I think unless there is a change in the thinking and moral standard of these politicians go up, I think we are in big trouble in the days to come”, he said. Irrespective of political parties, some of their members have gone to such a level that they don’t deserve to be in politics, he said. “And this is not the political campaign India would have expected from its leaders. It’s a very cheap and low level of campaigning, without any moral standards”, he said. “Unfortunately, it’s not confined to only one political party. Every day standard is coming so low, it’s a very sad thing that in a country of values like India, that we have to suffer this”, Hegde said.
The experts, at a regional conference in Bogotá, Colombia, jointly organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Embassy of Sweden and ending last Friday, stressed that human trafficking was an issue of growing concern in Latin America, with numerous networks operating to smuggle migrants within the region and into North America, Europe and Asia.UNODC said trafficking in persons in Colombia and in Latin America was on the rise. Indicators show that other forms of transnational organized crime such as drugs and arms trafficking as well as money laundering were related to and increased this type of crime, it added.The modalities and purposes of human trafficking differ within the region, UNODC said. Colombia is mostly affected by sexual exploitation and Bolivia, by forced labour.
Former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has claimed that he was authorized by Alexis Tsipras last December to look into a parallel payment system that would operate using wiretapped tax registration numbers (AFMs) and could eventually work as a parallel banking system, according to sources.In a teleconference call with members of international hedge funds that was allegedly coordinated by former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont, Varoufakis claimed to have been given the okay by Tsipras last December – a month before general elections that brought SYRIZA to power – to plan a payment system that could operate in euros but which could be changed into drachmas “overnight” if necessary.Varoufakis worked with a small team to prepare the plan, which would have required a staff of 1,000 to implement but did not get the final go-ahead from Tsipras to proceed, he said.The call took place on July 16, more than a week after Varoufakis left his post as finance minister.The plan would involve hijacking the AFMs of taxpayers and corporations by hacking into General Secretariat of Public Revenues website, Varoufakis told his interlocutors. This would allow the creation of a parallel system that could operate if banks were forced to close and which would allow payments to be made between third parties and the state and could eventually lead to the creation of a parallel banking system, he said.As the general secretariat is a system that is monitored by Greece’s creditors and is therefore difficult to access, Varoufakis said he assigned a childhood friend of his, an information technology expert who became a professor at Columbia University, to hack into the system. A week after Varouakis took over the ministry, he said the friend telephoned him and said he had “control” of the hardware but not the software “which belongs to the troika.”Recorded callYou can find extracts from the conversation below. Varoufakis was advised that the call was being recorded when it began.Varoufakis: “I have to admit we did not have a mandate for bringing Greece out of the euro. What we had a mandate to do was to negotiate for a kind of arrangement with the Eurogroup and the ECB that would render Greece sustainable within the eurozone. The mandate went a bit further, at least in my estimation. I think the Greek people had authorised us to pursue energetically and vigorously that negotiation to the point of saying that if we can’t have a viable agreement, then we should consider getting out.”“We don’t have a currency which we can devalue vis a vis the euro, we have the euro”“[Wolfgang] Schaeuble, the finance minister of Germany, is hell-bent on effecting a Grexit so nothing is over. But let me be very specific and very precise on this. The prime minister before he became PM, before we won the election in January, had given me the green light to come up with a Plan B. And I assembled a very able team, a small team as it had to be because that had to be kept completely under wraps for obvious reasons. And we had been working since the end of December or beginning of January on creating one. But let me give you if you are interested some of the political and the institutional impediments that made it hard for us to complete the work and indeed to activate it. The work was more or less complete: We did have a Plan B but the difficulty was to go from the five people who were planning it to the 1,000 people that would have to implement it. For that I would have to receive another authorisation which never came.”“But let me give you an example. We were planning along a number fronts. I will just mention one. Take the case of the first few moments when the banks are shut, the ATMs don’t function and there has to be some parallel payment system by which to keep the economy going for a little while, to give the population the feel that the state is in control and that there is a plan.”“What we planned to do was the following. There is the website of the tax office like there is in Britain and everywhere else, where citizens, taxpayers go into the website they use their tax file number and they transfer through web banking monies from the bank account to their tax file number so as to make payments on VAT, income tax and so on and so forth.”“We were planning to create, surreptitiously, reserve accounts attached to every tax file number, without telling anyone, just to have this system in a function under wraps. And, at the touch of a button, to allow us to give PIN numbers to tax file number holders, to taxpayers. So let’s take for instance the case the state owed 1 million euros to some pharmaceutical company for drugs purchased on behalf of the National Health Service. We could immediately create a digital transfer into that reserve account of the tax file number of the pharmaceutical company and provide them with a pin number so that they could use this as a kind of parallel payment mechanism by whichever part of that digital monies to any tax file number for whom they owed money or indeed to use it to in order to make tax payments to the state. That would have created a parallel banking system while the banks were shut as a result of the ECBs aggressive action to deny us some breathing space.”“This was very well developed and I think it would have made a very big difference because very soon we could have extended it, using apps on smartphones and it could become a functioning parallel system and of course this would be euro denominated but at the drop of a hat it could be converted to a new drachma.”“But let me tell you – and this is quite a fascinating story – what difficulties I faced. The General Secretary of Public Revenues within my ministry is controlled fully and directly by the troika. It was not under control of my ministry, of me as minister, it was controlled by Brussels. The general secretary is appointed effectively through a process which is troika-controlled and the whole mechanism within. It’s like the Inland Revenue in the UK being controlled by Brussels. I am sure as you are hearing these words your hair is standing on end.”“Ok, so problem number one: The general secretary of information systems on the other hand was controlled by me, as minister. I appointed a good friend of mine, a childhood friend of mine who had become professor of IT at Columbia University in the States and so on. I put him in because I trusted him to develop this.”“At some point, a week or so after we moved into the ministry, he calls me up and says to me: “You know what? I control the machines, I control the hardware but I do not control the software. The software belongs to the troika controlled General Secretary of Public Revenues. What do I do?””“So we had meeting just two of us – nobody else knew – and he said: “Listen, if I ask for permission from them to start implementing this program then the troika will immediately know we are designing a parallel system.” But I said: “That won’t do, we don’t want to reveal our hand at this stage.””“So I authorised him – and you can’t tell anyone that, this is totally between us…”Normal Lamont interrupts: “There are certainly others listening but they will not tell it to their friends.”Varoufakis (laughing): “I know. I know they are. And even if they do I will deny I said it, so we decided to hack into my ministry’s own software program in order to be able break it up to just copy just to copy the code of the tax systems website onto a large computer in his office so that he can work out how to design and implement this parallel payment system.”“And we were ready to get the green light from the PM when the banks closed in order to move into the General Secretariat of Public Revenues, which is not controlled by us but is controlled by Brussels, and to plug this laptop in and to energize the system.”“So I am trying to convey to you the kind of institutional problems that we had, institutional impediments we had to carrying out an independent policy for ameliorating the effects of having our banks being closed down by the ECB.”On Schaeuble“Schaeuble has a plan. The way he described it to me is very simple. He believes that the eurozone is not sustainable as it is. He believes there has to be some fiscal transfers, some degree of political union. He believes that for that political union to work without federation, without the legitimacy that a properly elected federal parliament can render, can bestow upon an executive, it will have to be done in a very disciplinary way. And he said explicitly to me that a Grexit is going to equip him with sufficient bargaining, sufficient terrorising power in order to impose upon the French that which Paris has been resisting. And what is that? A degree of transfer of budget making powers from Paris to Brussels.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Sean Dyche believes that goalkeeper Joe Hart has earned a recall into the England squad after an impressive start at BurnleyThe latest selection for the Three Lions is set to be announced on Thursday with Hart hoping to be among the names on the list to face Croatia and Spain in the UEFA Nations League.The former Manchester City keeper was left out of the World Cup team by head coach Gareth Southgate, but has done well at Turf Moor since arriving in the summer.“Gareth Southgate is someone I respect and he’ll make his own mind up about it,” Dyche told talkSPORT.“The noise from the World Cup was that he wants to go into a new direction with a younger band of players and develop them, understandably.“But, I think you equally need experience.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’m in a great situation at Burnley with not just Joe coming in, but with Nick Pope and season he had and then going to World Cup and Tom Heaton, who is a fantastic goalie and professional.“I’ve got a really good group of goalies, without a doubt.”The Burnley coach added: “Joe has done really, really well. He’s fitted in really nicely. He just wanted to come in and get on with it and enjoy his football.“The main thing at his age is he wants to be challenged and be in a good environment, and I think he’s got that at Burnley.”Hart has made 75 appearances for England at international level.
Comments Chandrayaan-2 is made up of a lunar orbiter, lander and rover. The spacecraft successfully entered lunar orbit earlier this week and will aim to deliver its lander and rover to the surface in early September.Touching down safely on the moon is hard, as Israel’s Beresheet mission discovered when it crash-landed into the lunar surface in April. If successful, India will become only the fourth country — besides the US, the Soviet Union and China — to soft-land on the moon. As we wait for the big day, we can enjoy Chandrayaan-2’s spectacular views from orbit. 2 Beyond Apollo: See NASA aim for the moon with Artemis 2024 17 Photos Space Share your voice Take a look at the first Moon image captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander taken at a height of about 2650 km from Lunar surface on August 21, 2019. Mare Orientale basin and Apollo craters are identified in the picture.#ISRO pic.twitter.com/ZEoLnSlATQ— ISRO (@isro) August 22, 2019 Enlarge ImageThis image marks the Apollo crater and the Mare Orientale basin. ISRO The moon is so hot right now. Everyone wants to go there, including the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. Chandrayaan-2, which launched in July, just sent back its first image of its destination. India’s spacecraft plans to land robots on the lunar south pole for the first time. It’s a fascinating and icy place that NASA is eyeing as the destination for its crewed Artemis moon mission in 2024. ISRO tweeted out the moon view on Thursday. Chandrayaan-2 snapped the portrait from a height of 1,650 miles (2,650 kilometers) above the lunar surface Wednesday. The space agency annotated the image to show the locations of the large Apollo crater and the Mare Orientale basin. Sci-Tech Tags
The on-going Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain has turned out to be an ideal platform for smaller smartphone vendors to unveil their new offerings as market leaders like Samsung and Apple have no new handsets to showcase at the event.While the iPhone-maker has long sworn-off trade shows like MWC, the South Korean conglomerate is taking its time to release a new handset as it is still recovering from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle.With Samsung steering clear of the MWC 2017 in terms of introducing new handsets, Chinese smartphone vendors like Huawei and OPPO have got a golden opportunity to grab some serious spotlight at the event. Considering that these Chinese companies have solidified their position in the global smartphone market in the last few months, they are likely to exploit the gap left by Samsung even further this year.Chinese vendors are getting tractionChina’s Huawei, which has started getting momentum in the high-end segment of the smartphone market, unveiled a new flagship model named the P10 and its larger version P10 Plus at the MWC 2017 on Sunday. Both the devices incorporate features like dual Leica rear camera lenses, a longer-lasting battery and a fingerprint sensor system.Although these features are quite similar to those found in Huawei’s recently-launched Mate 9 smartphone, the new P10 models are expected to be priced at a much cheaper cost, if the company sticks to its conventional pricing strategy.Analysts also believe that Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor after Samsung and Apple, has the best hope among rival Android smartphone makers of benefiting from Samsung’s misfortunes.”Chinese makers succeeded in winning market share over last year and Huawei now seems to be the main rival to the two giants, even if the gap remains large,” Gartner analyst Annette Zimmermann told AFP.OPPO is another Chinese smartphone maker which also has managed to grab people’s attention of late. The company is currently the fourth largest smartphone vendor in the world, and it recently witnessed its fourth straight quarter of greater than 100 percent year-over-year growth.At the MWC 2017, OPPO introduced its “5x Dual-Camera Zoom” technology along with a prototype smartphone. The new technology is expected to revolutionise smartphone photography by allowing zooming at 5x with image stabilisation.Comeback of veteransVeteran brands like LG, ZTE, Nokia and BlackBerry also unveiled their new flagship devices at the event. A split-screen functionality was the highlight of LG’s new handset, while ZTE showcased what it claimed to be the world’s first smartphone with 5G network support.Nokia attempted to make a comeback with three new Android smartphones and a refurbished version of its iconic 3310 that was produced in the early 2000s.BlackBerry, on the other hand, came up with a new high-end smartphone called KEYOne which features the company’s signature physical QWERTY keypad.The year 2016 marked a memorable year for the worldwide smartphone industry in multiple ways. While Apple had to deal with the first down year for iPhone in 2016, the world also witnessed a three-horse race at the top of the market as Huawei managed to capture a double-digit market share for the first time ever.”The top three Chinese vendors (Huawei, OPPO, and vivo) are persistently applying pressure on Samsung within China thanks to a vast portfolio of affordable, well-built devices,” Anthony Scarsella, an analyst at International data corporation, said in a statement. “However, it is worth noting that despite the success of these brands within China, they will need to find growth beyond their home turf to eventually knock off either Samsung or Apple at the top.”
Chinese state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi. Photo: BSSChinese state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi on Friday said that Myanmar has a “political will” over Rohingya repatriation during a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen in Beijing, reports BSS.“The Chinese foreign minister has assured that Myanmar has a political will to take back its Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh,” foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque said while briefing newsmen after the meeting.The foreign secretary said the two ministers discussed the Rohingya issue at the meeting.He said the foreign minister highlighted the Rohingya crisis and said Bangladesh has no conflict with Myanmar. “We’re good neighbours and we want Myanmar to take back its nationals from Bangladesh,” he said.In reply, the Chinese foreign minister hoped that the repatriation of the first batch of Rohingyas will be made soon.“We hope that Bangladesh and Myanmar will make arrangements over the Rohingya repatriation and we’ll always stay beside the two countries on this issue,” Haque quoted the Chinese foreign minister as saying.The foreign secretary said Bangladesh, China and Myanmar sat over the issue in New York and Beijing. “A new door may be opened up due to the talks,” he hoped.
The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rainfall in Texas this weekend. Rainfall totals in the Houston area are expected to be in the one to two inch range, but they could get slightly higher.NWS meteorologist Scott Overpeck said two storm systems are expected to move through the state, possibly stretching between Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas.“We’re not talking about any kind of outbreak or anything like that, but (it’s) possible that a few storms could be severe,” Overpeck said, “and by that we mean it could produce hail, it could produce some really strong gusty winds like around 60 miles an hour and of course there’s always that small chance we could see a brief, brief tornado.”Additionally, long periods of heavy rain could cause street flooding. Share
Adding new strength to Khadi India’s fashion power-house, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. (ABFRL) and Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Ministry of MSME, Government of India announced a strategic collaboration to strengthen the synergies between the two iconic Indian brands. This initiative is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of promoting ‘Khadi for Fashion’ and hand-woven fabric. The agreement document was exchanged between CEO, KVIC, Anshu Sinha and Ashish Dikshit, Business Head, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. in the august presence of Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman KVIC, and other dignitaries. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs a part of this strategic partnership, Peter England, leading menswear brand from the fashion brands portfolio of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail will be among the leading brands to develop an exclusive product line branded as ‘Khadi by Peter England’.Speaking on this partnership, KVIC Chairman V K Saxena said, “Khadi, the heritage fabric of India which was discovered and promoted by none other than Mahatma Gandhi, has grown with the passage of time and has come to become a major job provider in rural areas at a very low-cost capital investment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a major boost to Khadi Programme by regularly appealing to the countrymen to buy Khadi and support rural artisans. This has created a great demand for Khadi and I am happy to inform that the Khadi and Village Industries sale has crossed Rs 50,000 Crore mark during 2016-17. The KVIC – Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. convergence is a major initiative to bring Khadi into the branded garments market in a big way with better designs, colors, and style to cater to the youth segment and the high-end market. This convergence will provide around 2 lakhs man hours to the Khadi artisans and will definitely bring in much needed professional input in Khadi readymades.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCommenting on the collaboration, Ashish Dikshit, Business Head, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail said, “Our partnership with Khadi & Village Industries Commission is a testimony of our commitment towards innovative and sustainable fashion. Reckoned as ‘Fabric of the Nation’, Khadi is a symbol of self-sufficiency, a versatile fabric that is trendy, with high-fashion appeal in its pure, rustic form. Authentic, Indian products resonate strongly with the Indian consumers and there is an increasing demand for hand-made fabric, that stays true to its roots and exudes simplicity and vogue at the same time. Through our partnership with KVIC, we aim to bring the rich Indian heritage of hand-woven fabric closer to our discerning consumers.” Elaborating on this strategic initiative, Anshu Sinha, CEO, KVIC said “KVIC has been taking many new marketing initiatives to promote Khadi and village industries products. Bulk orders has been received from corporates, PSUs and govt departments like ONGC, Air India, Ministry of Health, J K Cement etc. to develop the market for Khadi and also provide professional expertise in area of designing product development etc. This convergence will be a win-win proposition for both the organizations and will bring in sustainable employment to Khadi artisans.” This initiative is conceptualized under KVIC Act that permits it to promote the sale and marketing of Khadi or products of Village industries or handicrafts and forge links with established marketing agencies through the PPP mode. Under this convergence, Peter England has agreed for a guaranteed minimum procurement of Khadi and its products for a period of 5 years with primary purchases of muslin cotton and silk. This partnership will not only provide an assured market to Khadi artisans and institutions but will also give the opportunity to upgrade the skill and designs of fabric and garments and also create sustainable employment opportunities in rural areas through Khadi. ‘Khadi by Peter England’, a mélange of Indian ethos and latest trends is sure to position Khadi as a fashion fabric. As a part of this strategic association, Peter England will also bring in design interventions at Khadi manufacturing clusters across the country along with providing technical expertise. Additionally, Peter England will procure all India Khadi varieties from departmental sales outlets of KVIC for OTC sales as well as crafting garments for its apparel brands. Additionally, Khadi Logo will be displayed across Peter England stores through visual merchandising, where Khadi products are displayed. Khadi by Peter England will be available at Peter England stores across the country, KVIC outlets and leading e-commerce portals.
In the small industrial town of Tinsukia in Assam, a couple of decades ago, in a big joint family of around 50 people, lived a young, feisty girl. The eldest of four children, she had a happy childhood, filled with love and laughter. It was a simpler time and an easy childhood as parents, unlike those of today, did not have a lot of expectations from their children. Left to her own devices, she rode bikes with her brothers, played outdoors with 20 odd cousins every day, sat down to mass meals with them, pursued her studies, and dreamt of becoming a doctor. However, for girls those days, in a quiet little town, the only option was humanities. And then, in the first year of college, she married and moved to Kolkata. That girl is Minu Budhia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMinu Budhia – Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Founder of Caring Minds & ICanFlyy shared her journey of Self Discovery. Minu Budhia, a special Needs Mother shared with the audience how her younger daughter Prachi’s ADHD, low IQ, and Bipolar disorder diagnosis had initially shattered her, but ultimately set her on a path of self-discovery. Speaking of the challenges she reiterated the importance of looking beyond stereotypes, not being judgemental and asking for help when one needs it and highlighted the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding mental health with awareness and making mental healthcare easily accessible. Her passion and dream gave birth to CARING MINDS – a Psychological Wellness Centre – her 3rd baby and then ICANFLYY, an Institute for Special Needs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMinu Budhia strongly echoes “Enable the Able” which is the motto of her life and her organisations. Accepting yourself, as you are, and being okay with it, is key to living a healthy life. And sometimes we need help and guidance to do this. Her entrepreneurial venture, a social initiative in the field of Mental Healthcare, is there to provide this helping hand. Mental illness can make an appearance any stage of one’s life whether childhood, adolescence, adulthood or old age. It may be genetic or may develop after a trauma. The point is, it could happen to anyone and it should not make us a social pariah.
How secure or private is Gmail’s new confidential mode? by Martin Brinkmann on May 11, 2018 in Email – 27 commentsGoogle launched a redesign of the Gmail web interface last month. The the focus of the update was to bring the interface in line with other Google products.While the update was cosmetic at its core, Google did introduce several new features to the web interface such as direct access to attachments or a new confidential mode for emails.Confidential mode sounds like a business-only feature but it is available for home and business users alike on Gmail. But what is it?Confidential mode on Gmail adds access restrictions to emails that you sent using the mode. Designed to protect sensitive information, it enables you to set time limits and passcodes. The mode blocks certain actions, forwarding, copy and paste, downloading of the email, and printing as well automatically.Using Confidential mode on GmailIt is simple to make certain emails on Gmail confidential. All you need to do is compose a new email or reply to one, and click on the new “confidential mode” icon in the send button row of the compose interface.A click on the icon opens the confidential mode configuration overlay which gives you two options:Set an expiration date for the email. Available options are 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 5 years. The expiration date is displayed next to the selection menu so that you know immediately when the email expires.Enable the SMS passcode feature. Recipients need a mobile phone for that and Google will sent recipients a passcode text message which they need to unlock the email.Gmail highlights confidential mode by adding a “content expires” message to the email. You can edit the requirement or click on the x-icon to remove it again before you hit the send button.What happens when you hit send? If you selected the passcode option, you are asked to type the phone number of the recipient. This is mandatory and the only option that you have when you don’t want to enter the phone number or don’t have it is to go back to the compose window to remove the passcode requirement.What happens when you type the wrong phone number? Nothing at first, Google accepts any number at this stage.File attachments are not supported by the mode and you will receive a warning when you have selected confidential mode and added an attachment to the email. Your options are to disable confidential mode or remove the file attachment.The email that you receive does not contain the message. Google uses the selected subject and shows the sender of the email, but instead of displaying the content, it informs you that you have received a confidential email which you can only open on Gmail directly.In other words: Google sends you a notification by email that a confidential email was sent to you and that you may click on the link to open it.If you are not a Google user, you are asked to sign in to a Google account to continue and view the email message.You can sign in to any Google account at this point in time (if the recipient email address is not a Google account). If passcode was enabled during setup, you are informed that a one-time passcode will be sent to the phone number the sender entered during setup.You can only select “send passcode” and see only the last two digits of the phone number. There is no option to change the phone number; if it is wrong, you cannot open the email and it will expire eventually unread.How secure and private is the whole thing?The short answer: it depends. Gmail’s confidential mode protects the email by not sending it to the recipient directly. The same result — that the email cannot be read during transit — can be achieved with secure email providers or using encryption technology such as PGP.The actual implementation blocks some options to download, copy or share messages but it does not protect against all. It is still possible to create a screenshot of the email and print it that way, write it down, or take a photo of the computer screen using any camera.There is another issue that needs to be addressed. Recipients get an email with a link asking them to click on the link and even sign in to a Google account if they are not already to view it. If that does not sound a lot like phishing I don’t know what does.Recipients may not want to click on the links. Ironically, attackers who use phishing as an attack vector may exploit the new functionality to steal user credentials.Closing WordsGmail’s Confidential mode feature is not the right option when you need to send confidential messages to others. Email is not the right format for confidential messages unless you use PGP or another secure form of communication.Now You: What’s your take on Gmail’s confidential mode feature?SummaryArticle NameHow secure or private is Gmail’s new confidential mode?DescriptionGoogle introduced Confidential mode recently on Gmail promising that it would enable users of the service to send confidential messages securely and privately to recipients.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement