You Are a Commission Only Salesperson

first_imgI just spoke to a group of people learning to master the digital channels. I opened by asking for a show of hands as to who in the room worked as a commission only salesperson? Not a single hand was raised. I’m certain they thought I was in the wrong room.So I asked for a show of hands from people who believed that the results that they produce in business and life are the direct result of their ability to sell themselves and their ideas, their ability to influence and persuade others. Every person in the room raised a hand. I asked again how many believed they were commission only salespeople … again, every hand.Now I want you to raise your hand.People don’t want to believe that they’re salespeople. But they are. You are. If you don’t describe yourself as a salesperson, it’s even worse than that: you are a commission only sales person. Whether or not you know it, believe it, or accept it, it’s true.All of the results that you produce in business (and life) are the result of your ability to sell yourself and your ideas. The only thing that you have any modicum of control over is yourself. The best you can hope for with other people is influence; you’ll never control them. The results that you produce are necessarily the result of your ability to influence other people.So is the money you make. The amount of money you earn (your commission) is a direct reflection of the value you create. The more people you persuade to let you create value for—and with—them, the more money you make.Do you believe this to be true? Then what do you need to change? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Meghalaya resents Punjab giving funds directly to Sikhs in Shillong

first_imgThe Meghalaya government on Monday took exception to its Punjab counterpart providing funds for the benefit of people residing in Punjabi Lane here without informing the State government.The issue was raised in the Assembly by Urban Affairs Department Minister Hamlet Dohling. He informed the House that the Punjab government had sanctioned ₹1.5 lakh for treatment of 10 Sikh widows in 2015. It had also sanctioned ₹10 lakh for the construction of the Guru Nanak School at Bara Bazar in 2016, he added. “I am surprised that the Punjab government had sanctioned funds directly to the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner without informing the State government,” he said while replying to a supplementary question raised by Congress MLA from East Shillong Ampareen Lyngdoh.Shilling had witnessed large-scale violence in June last year following clashes between Sikhs living in Punjabi Lane and local tribals. NCP MLA Saleng A. Sangma attacked the government saying it reflected its irresponsible attitudelast_img read more

India’s youth spend more time on internet than with friends: India Today survey

first_imgIn a fiercely competitive world, young people are using their limited leisure to build their skillsWith over 550 million Indians under 25, India is now the envy of many developed countries around the world which are facing problems arising out of aging populations. The 12-24 years age band is a,In a fiercely competitive world, young people are using their limited leisure to build their skillsWith over 550 million Indians under 25, India is now the envy of many developed countries around the world which are facing problems arising out of aging populations. The 12-24 years age band is a tumultuous journey, synonymous with life-defining changes. In this ‘growing up’ phase, priorities metamorphose. It’s in this context that the role of leisure becomes critical.While leisure is important for all ages, its importance in the psychological, physical and intellectual development of young people is well recognised. But in the absence of any concerted initiatives like sports, cultural groups and youth camps like in many developed countries, what do India’s urban young do in their leisure time?One of Technopak’s recent studies- India Consumer Trends 2006/07 – has brought out some very interesting facts about the leisure habits of 12-24-year-olds. Leisure is fast becoming sedentary and passive. Watching television is the most prominent among leisure activities for the youth, taking up close to three hours every day.Young males may still be devoting about 40 minutes a day towards sports but females are on the playfield far less. Office-goers spend barely 15 minutes on exercise of any kind. While spending time with friends still comes up as a significant activity, its importance is reducing as gaming, Internet browsing and other ‘my time’ entertainment options become popular.’Hanging out with friends’ as an activity seems fairly prevalent among the student community but reduces once they start working, and is mostly done at a friend’s house or around parks, movie halls, malls and markets. Access to a PC and the Internet is significant. Those who have a PC, use it to play games, work on something related to academics, browse or chat online.advertisement50% of those polled have access to the Internet, either at home or through cyber cafesSocialising, normally happening on the playground, is increasingly moving to a virtual medium, as it offers ‘own-term entertainment’. So, are we breeding a generation of couch potatoes disinclined towards any physical activity? The answer lies in an acknowledgement of the environment our youth live in today. In a fiercely competitive world with importance attached to academic excellence and getting ahead, young people are using their limited leisure to build their skills.An increasing number view leisure as an unaffordable luxury that cuts into time available for tuitions and self-improvement courses. De-stressing is no longer something only corporate executives do. Home has become the mandatory place to “chill, switch off and then thrill”.The other key contributor to this is, of course, the lack of urban infrastructure that would provide the facilities for active recreation. Most neighbourhoods have the merest apology of a park. Many of the larger parks in a city are offlimits for games. Government sports facilities are few and far between. Schools too typically do not provide access to their recreation areas after school hours. So where can Indian youth build the practice of an active lifestyle?It is difficult to hypothesise how today’s youth, brought up in such an environment, will cope with the challenges of the real world and what the impact will be on Indian society. However, as a 48-year-old, what I can say, with some sadness, is that the ‘virtual’ life we are subjecting our youth to today is not a patch on the ‘normal’ life we enjoyed in our youth-a life that seemed so much fuller even with fewer means and gadgetry.While it is not feasible for the government to create large, open spaces in major cities any more, it is possible to create hundreds of natural parks-each of a few hundred hectares in size-across India that can be reserved for outdoor activities such as hiking, youth camps, sports, and will bring the young out of their bedrooms, cyber cafes, and coaching classes into a world of sunshine and stars.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch UP Yodhha vs Jaipur Pink Panthers Live Telecast

first_img jaipur pink pantherspro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019UP Yoddha First Published: August 19, 2019, 4:55 PM IST The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 is now into its fifth week with teams fighting to reach the knockout of the league. The 50th match of the season will be played between UP Yodhha and Jaipur Pink Panthers. This will be the second match of Monday, August 19 and will commence at 8.30PM IST. All the matches of the fifth week will take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.With 12 teams in PKL Season 7, the league began on July 20, 2019. This is the seventh season of the famous kabaddi tournament. Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will conclude on October 19, 2019. The 12 teams who are part of PKL 2019 are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortune Giants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. After a power-packed match between U Mumba and Haryana Steelers, the second match of Monday, August 19 will be played between UP Yodhha and Jaipur Pink Panthers. The league leaders Jaipur Pink Panthers will be playing the first of their two matches in the Chennai leg. On the other hand, UP Yoddha, who have been suffering due to their poor performance so far, will be try to grab a win this time. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 UP Yodhha vs Jaipur Pink Panthers start?The UP Yodhha vs Jaipur Pink Panthers clash will be the 50th match of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7. The match is scheduled to begin at 8.30PM IST at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The match will take place on August 19, 2019. Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 UP Yodhha vs Jaipur Pink Panthers on TV?The UP Yodhha vs Jaipur Pink Panthers clash of the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 can be watched on television on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 UP Yodhha vs Jaipur Pink Panthers match on live streaming?The live streaming of UP Yodhha vs Jaipur Pink Panthers, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. 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.last_img read more

Pawan Negi peeved with Delhi Daredevils despite record price-tag

first_imgPawan Negi  was the toast of the cricketing world in February this year when he was bought for a record price of Rs 8.5 crore by Delhi Daredevils at the Indian Premier League auctions. Things looked bright for Negi as the big-money purchase came a day after he was selected for the Indian squads for Asia Cup and World T20 tournaments. Cut to June, Negi wears the face of a man far from the one who had grabbed all the limelight before the start of the lucrative tournament. The Delhi all-rounder had a disappointing season in IPL 9 after getting to bowl only 54 balls in nine matches this season. With the bat, he managed only 57 runs with a best of 19 this season. Negi was warming the benches for the most part of the season, in which his team finished fifth. ‘DELHI DIDN’T BACK MY SKILLS’ After not being able to do justice to his price tag, Negi blamed the Daredevils, saying the franchise failed to give him enough opportunities.  “I kept wondering why wasn’t I given more opportunities. And the team management didn’t tell me the reason either,” he told The Asian Age. Negi felt unlike Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Delhi failed to make use of his talent. He had played for the now suspended Chennai Super Kings for two seasons. Negi was Dhoni’s go-to-man at CSK. He came into prominence after a match-winning performance in the Champions League Twenty20 final in 2014. Negi picked up five wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders and won the Man of the Match award on the big night.  “When I was with CSK, Mahi bhai backed my abilities. Maybe, I feel Delhi didn’t back my skills with bat and ball. Maybe, it was a rotation policy, because I was never told that I was dropped.” Negi had been vocal about how Dhoni had helped him become a strong, thinking bowler. “When you get a supportive captain who tells you not to be frightened after being hit for six, your confidence automatically increases. In the Chennai Super Kings dressing room, Dhoni bhai would tell me exactly what his plan was for a particular batsman. In his mind, he is so clear as to what he wants from his bowler,” Negi had said earlier this year. ‘WANTED TO APPROACH ZAHEER’ Negi reveals he had mulled asking the Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan about the lack of his opportunities. “I was about to ask why I wasn’t playing regularly ahead of our last two matches. But to my surprise, I was picked in the XI. However, I never wanted to go and ask Zaheer ‘Can I bowl?’. He is such an experienced cricketer and he knew his job.” NEGI FAILS TO MAKE THE CUT Quite a few youngsters who had been successful in the IPL season are now part of the Indian squad which will travel to Zimbabwe for a short limited-overs series. The likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Dhawal Kulkarni and Jayant Yadav earned their India call-ups after strong performances in the 20-over tournament. However, Negi who had travelled with the team in the last two tournaments, failed to make the cut. Negi felt a poor season with the Daredevils cost him a chance to tour Zimbabwe. “I wanted to perform well and ensure I get selected for the Zimbabwe series. I didn’t make the cut for the Zimbabwe series because I didn’t perform well in the IPL. Now, I will practice hard for the upcoming Ranji season,” he added. ‘WAS MENTALLY DOWN’ Negi said he was mentally bogged down after constantly watching the action from the sidelines. He added he did not have any answers when people asked him why he wasn’t playing regularly. “Sitting on the bench was hard to digest as I never expected to watch the action from the sidelines. I was mentally down, but I didn’t lose hope.  The hardest part was, before every match, I had no clue whether I would play or not. People kept asking me why I didn’t play much. I didn’t have a proper answer,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan appoint Mustaq Ahmed as assistant coach

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board after much reluctance has agreed to coach Mickey Arthur’s request by appointing former legspinner Mustaq Ahmed as assistant coach for the England tour.”The board had initially rejected Arthur’s recommendation that Mushtaq should be attached as assistant coach with the team for the tour to England and it had told the new coach he will be assisted by former Test allrounder Azhar Mahmood,” a well-informed source in PCB told PTI.The source said Azhar was not available for the first part of the tour due to his prior commitments with English county, Surrey.”With Azhar not available for the Tests, the board found itself in a dicey situation with Arthur asking as to who would be assisting him as the team leaves for England around June 17th,” the source said.He said with time running out the board finally decided to allow Mushtaq to go with the team to England.”Initially, the board had explained to Arthur they couldn’t release Mushtaq since he was now working as head coach at the NCA in Lahore.”Ironically, the board had released Mushtaq quietly as assistant coach when Waqar Younis was head coach and Pakistan had gone to play in the Asia Cup and World T20.The source said the board had also accepted Arthur’s recommendation to hire former Australian wicketkeeper Steve Rixon as fielding coach of the team with Zimbabwe’s Grant Ludon now working as trainer.Rixon was assistant coach of the Australian team until January 2014 when Darren Lehmann opted for his own hand-picked support staff. The source said another important decision which the board has taken is to appoint a public relations firm in the United Kingdom for the duration of the Pakistan team s tour.advertisement”The public relations firm will be responsible for working with the Pakistan team management in England and will ensure that a positive image of Pakistan cricket is built throughout the tour,” the source added.The board had earlier tried to appoint a foreign media professional to work as media manager of the Pakistan team in England but failed to convince two candidates to accept the assignment.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

Newcomer Antonio Brown scores as Patriots beat Dolphins 43-0

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Belichick didn’t let up against Flores, his former assistant. Brady’s passing sparked a 59-yard drive for the final touchdown with 2:10 left.“Last year it came down to 60 minutes of football,” Brady said. “We were talking about 60 minutes of football, and that’s what it took.”The defending Super Bowl champions won for only the second time in their past seven trips to Miami, and avenged a loss in 2018 on a last-second pass and double lateral.Brady tied George Blanda for the second-most regular-season wins in the NFL with 209. Adam Vinatieri began the weekend first with 215 wins.HOW DO YOU DO?Brown celebrated his touchdown by leaping into the seats, where he landed on an 18-year-old college student wearing a Brady jersey.“I was really excited,” said the spectator, Jenna Saadah, attending her first football game. “The fact that it was the Patriots team that scored a touchdown, it was mind-blowing.”INJURIESThe Patriots’ battered offensive line was dealt another blow when left tackle Isaiah Wynn left in the first half with a foot injury. Marshall Newhouse replaced him.DISGRUNTLED DEFENDER One thing Brown didn’t do was talk to reporters after the game. The NFL allowed the four-time All-Pro receiver to play despite a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by his former trainer accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. Brown has denied the allegations.New England’s defense outscored Miami with interception returns for touchdowns of 54 yards by Stephon Gilmore and 69 yards by Jamie Collins Sr. The Patriots totaled seven sacks and four interceptions and earned their most lopsided win in the 108-game history of the series.“The defense was spectacular,” Brady said.He threw for 264 yards and two scores for the Pats, who are 2-0 for the first time since 2016, winning by a combined score of 76-3.The Dolphins are 0-2 for only the second time since 2012, with their losses by a combined score of 102-10.“It’s never fun to be embarrassed,” Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said, “especially two weeks in a row at home.”Fitzpatrick threw for 89 yards and was intercepted three times. Josh Rosen replaced him and went seven for 18 for 97 yards and one interception.Coach Brian Flores hedged when asked if Fitzpatrick remains the starter.“We’ll evaluate things over the course of the week,” Flores said, “and as of right now, Ryan is still the starter.”NO MERCY Determined to play to the final gun after allowing a miracle comeback at Miami last year, the Patriots beat the Dolphins 43-0 Sunday.Coach Bill Belichick had Tom Brady still throwing at the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“We’re playing 60 minutes,” Belichick said.The Pats did that. They scored twice on interception returns in a two-minute fourth-quarter span, and registered their first shutout since Week 3 of 2016. Minkah Fitzpatrick started at safety for the Dolphins even though he has requested and received permission to seek a trade. He made six tackles.“There’s a saying: ‘I never lose, I just learn.’” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s just what we’ve got to do right now.”BAD DAYPatriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed two extra points and a 48-yard field-goal try. He has missed three extra points in the past two seasons, all in Miami.UP NEXTThe Patriots play host to the Jets next Sunday. New England has won the past six meetings.The Dolphins continue their race to the bottom Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys, who have won their past three meetings.“There’s not going to be anybody in this league that’s going to feel sorry for us,” Fitzpatrick said. “So we have to continue to try to get better every day.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brown helped get them going. The Patriots were 18½-point favorites but led only 7-0 late in the first half before Brady hit his newest target for a 20-yard score.They connected four times in all.“It was a good start,” Brady said. “I was just trying to find an open guy. He was snapping off some routes and did a great job.”Brown, who signed Monday, made an 18-yard catch on his first play and finished with 56 yards receiving, all in the first half. He won raves from teammates for his debut.“It was awesome,” receiver Julian Edelman said. “A lot of energy. He’s a playmaker.”ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Becoming his own man New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) smiles on the sidelines, during the second half at an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — When Antonio Brown celebrated his first touchdown with the New England Patriots by vaulting into a first-row luxury box, he didn’t linger.The Patriots had a job to finish.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical US Open champion Bianca Andreescu feted in hometown DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls PLAY LIST 01:38Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View commentslast_img read more

Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins have been spotted in public for the first time ever

first_imgEver since international pop star Beyonce posted a picture of herself sporting a goddess-like avatar with her newborns Rumi and Sir Carter, the world has been too eager to meet the star babies.It looks like their wish has finally come true. In these five months since they were born, the babies have now been spotted in public for the first time ever, with their mother.Picture courtesy: Twitter/blackgirlicon The paparazzi caught a glimpse of the infants while their parents, Beyonce and Jay Z, enjoyed the weather at a mega mansion in Miami, Florida, reported Daily Mail.Picture courtesy: Twitter/HelloBeautiful The Lemonade singer was seen cradling Sir Carter in her arms while her mother, Tina Knowles carried Rumi. Carter seemed comfortable in his white onesie and socks. Rumi, on the other hand, looked pretty in a pink dress and a white bow in her hair.The couple were in Miami for Jay Z’s concert at the Amway Centre in Orlando.Also Read: Eminem is back with a new single and this time it features Beyonce Social media, of course, couldn’t keep calm after seeing the babies. Take a look at some of the reactions:Cute babies always make you smile even if #Trump is still in the WH ?? since Nov 9 2016 Im reaching for joy everywhere. https://t.co/NS0bjqdpRw- pearlstoliveby (@Lyndablooms) November 12, 2017They look like adorable little cherubs https://t.co/AIyfAYxXg9- miguel ?? (@migjpg) November 12, 2017Omg ????????I want another baby lol https://t.co/r6JfqAxpb5- LoYaLtYRoYaLtY (@empresstreez) November 12, 2017advertisementlast_img read more

Klopp ignoring wobble to focus on the future

first_imgJurgen Klopp is not worried that Liverpool have lost momentum in the last week as he insists the squad do not discuss the situation at the top of the Premier League table.The Reds lead the way after 21 matches, but their advantage over Manchester City was cut to four points last week as they lost at the Etihad Stadium.A further defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup has hinted at a wobble in Liverpool’s so far outstanding season, yet Klopp is keen to leave those defeats in the past – along with the team’s prior good work and any talk of how the Reds’ position compares to previous campaigns. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Statistics from the past have no relevance in the present. It’s always different – that’s what we’ve said,” Klopp said ahead of the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. “We don’t think about the season before or 20 years ago.”Our season so far is really good and now we have to carry on. It’s not important what has happened so far – it’s only a basis. We have to use it. That’s what we try to do.”Two weeks ago, everyone was so excited about the distance between [Liverpool and City] and stuff like that.”Now we’ve had two games which we’ve lost. It’s not nice, but it’s not a real problem. These games are gone as well. We have to prepare for Brighton and go there and try to do our best again.”We only talk here [with the media] about the distance and the points and stuff. We never do that during the week, because it’s just not relevant. We have to train as well as possible and prepare the next game.”Klopp claims Liverpool will approach the title run-in in the same way they have tackled previous challenges, such as qualifying for the Champions League last term.”These are normal challenges and now we go for the big stakes. This is how it is,” he said. “The less games you have, the better it is because you have all your points. You play each other or not, it’s normal.”Every year is the same. Last year we fought for the Champions League, everything was fine and Chelsea found their feet and made it really difficult at the end. There’s nothing on top of that, just the normal thing.”You have to stay completely focused on yourself. We try to do it and so far it has been pretty easy for us to stay focused. That’s what we have to show again.”There’s no game in the Premier League where you can count the three points before you play the game. I like that. That’s good.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

AFC Asian Cup 2019: India open campaign against Thailand in Abu Dhabi

first_img Press Trust of India Abu DhabiJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 21:23 IST India will be hoping for a strong start to their AFC Asian Cup campaign when they take on Thailand in Sunday’s opener (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will be hoping for a strong start to their continental campaign on Sunday in Abu DhabiIndia last defeated Thailand in 1986 while their recent meeting in 2010 ended in defeatIndia will look to their talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri to get them the goalsUnderdogs India will look at their impressive results in recent months for inspiration when they open their AFC Asian Cup football campaign against Thailand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.With the continental showpiece event being expanded to 24 teams for the first time from the earlier 16, the Indian side have a real chance to make it to the knockout rounds, which will be a first after their runners-up finish in 1964.Both in 1984 and 2011, India were knocked out of the tournament at the group stage.The two top sides from each of the six groups made up of four countries as well as four third-place teams will advance to the Round of 16.India head into the continental tournament after goalless stalematesIndia, playing in their fourth Asian Cup, are entering the tournament on the back of a goal-less stalemate against World Cup-winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi’s China and Oman in the lead-up to the tournament. They lost narrowly (1-2) to Jordan in their third big match ahead of the Asian Cup.Fixtures, full schedule, date, time and venuesThese results were preceded by a 13-match unbeaten run in international friendly matches and the Intercontinental Cup at home last summer.Constantine’s players will also be keen to improve upon the disastrous performance of the country in 2011 edition when it badly lost all its group matches.Sunday’s Group A match against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium will be crucial for India as a positive result will boost the Stephen Constantine-coached team’s chances of making it to the Round of 16.advertisementIf India beat Thailand on Sunday, then a draw in the remaining two matches — against hosts UAE (January 10) and Bahrain (January 14) — could be enough for them to qualify for the knockout round.Defensive discipline key for India at AFC Asian Cup Defensive discipline will be one of the key factors for India against a Thailand team that scored a lot of goals at the ASEAN Football Federation Championship.India are placed 97th in the FIFA charts compared to Thailand’s 118, but rankings will hardly matter in the continental showpiece. In fact, India are the second highest-ranked team in the group after the UAE.Historically, India and Thailand have played against each other 24 times with the South East Asian nation winning on 12 occasions. India have won five times while the remaining seven were drawn.India’s head-to-head record against ThailandBut the two sides are more or less unknown quantities as they have played very few matches against each other in recent times. The last time the two sides played against each other was in 2010. Thailand won both matches — 2-1 and 1-0.The last time India beat Thailand was way back in the 1986 Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur.On the eve of match, Constantine said that he “can’t wait for the match to begin”.Asked about Thailand losing to Oman a few days ago while India drew with the West Asian country, Constantine said, “They are different teams with a different set of players. Oman were trying out different players, and so were Thailand.”India will look to their talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri to get them the goals, but the recent form of his strike partner Jeje Lalpekhlua could be a cause for concern. The Mizo, though, has it in him to produce impressive performance.He has evolved his game according to the needs and is one of the most important players we have in the team – @chetrisunil11Name @jejefanaiSquad Number 12Position Striker#BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigers pic.twitter.com/VJpJAISxXvIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 5, 2019Sandesh Jhingan has spearheaded the defence well and he will pair up with Anas Anas Edathodika at the heart of the backline. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been in top form as the last defensive bulwark.Constantine will look forward to his first-choice wingers, Udanta Singh and Halicharan Narzary, to supply enough deliveries upfront for Chhetri and Lalpekhlua.President @praful_patel is in Abu Dhabi to support the #BlueTigers for their first @afcasiancup match tomorrow! #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/M4iS59exEUIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 5, 2019For Chhetri, this will be his second appearance in the Asian Cup after the 2011 edition. He is the only player in this team to have played in the 2011 tournament. Goalkeeper Gurpreet was in the 2011 squad but did not play a single match.On the other hand, Thailand’s best result in the continental championship came in 1972 when they finished third. Since then, they have failed to overcome the group stage hurdle in all the five occasions they qualified for the final round.advertisementThailand have come into the tournament after failing to defend their AFF Championships title, losing to Malaysia in the semifinals but that team did not have four key players who were based abroad.But head coach Milovan Rajevac, who guided Ghana to quarterfinals in 2010 World Cup, named all the foreign-based players for the Asian Cup to strengthen the Thailand team though Belgium based goalkepeer Kawin Thamsatchanan was ruled out last week due to injury, which may turn out to be a boon for India.The South East Asian side still have captain and striker Teerasil Dangda, Theerathon Bunmathan and Chanathip Songkrasin — all plying trade in Japan’s top-tier J League.The 30-year-old Dangda, who currently plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J-League, is the only surviving member from Thailand’s last Asian Cup appearance in 2007 when the country played host to the tournament.Midfielder Songkrasin is currently a Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo player in the J League while full-back Bunmathan plays for Vissel Kobe on loan.A lot of travelling fans — the Blue Pilgrims — have already landed here to cheer for India. A lot of expatriate Indians are also expected to throng the Al Nahyan Stadium to support their team.Also Read | India will not take any team lightly, says Sandesh JhinganAlso Read | Bhaichung Bhutia wants Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Sandhu to lead from frontAlso Read | Gurpreet Singh says India will take one match at a timeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs ThailandFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow Asian Cup footballFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow Stephen Constantine AFC Asian Cup 2019: India open campaign against Thailand in Abu DhabiAFC Asian Cup 2019: Sunday’s Group A match against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium will be crucial for India as a positive result will boost the Stephen Constantine-coached team’s chances of making it to the Round of 16.advertisementlast_img read more

ODPEM declares South Camp Road clear of chemical odour

first_imgFollowing reports of a chemical odour pervading the vicinity of the Central Sorting Office (CSO), South Camp Road on Thursday, February 28, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) wishes to advise the public that all major roads except Norman Road have been re-opened. Preliminary investigations from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) have revealed that the odour has dissipated and the community and the eastern side of the CSO have been cleared. Checks were done for sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and organics. An emergency team which includes ODPEM, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Ministry of Health, NEPA and the Jamaica Constabulary Force conducted investigations. On Thursday morning, some schools in the immediate area, including Genesis Academy, St. George’s High, and Alpha Girls School, closed as a precautionary measure.last_img read more

Grants To Help Disabled in Western Nova Scotia

first_img Residents of western Nova Scotia who have disabilities or otherbarriers to employment will be among the people who benefit froma $2-million enhancement of vocational day training programs,Community Services Minister David Morse announced today, Feb. 15. “This investment will strengthen programs that enable NovaScotians with disabilities or barriers to employment to achievetheir individual goals and improve their quality of life,” saidMr. Morse. About $1 million in one-time grants will go toward infrastructureor capital purchases and improvements for adult service centresacross the province that provide vocational day programs forpeople with intellectual, mental health or physical challenges.In western Nova Scotia, these centres include New Boundaries,Corridor Community Options, Carleton Road Industries, The Ark,Sea Spray, and Conway Workshop. The centres already receive corefunding from the department. Another $1 million will create similar grants for the province’ssix work activity programs. These programs provide support topeople who have barriers to employment. In western Nova Scotia,the programs include South Shore Work Activity Centre andAnnapolis Valley Work Activity Society. The funding is part of the department’s $11-million investment toimprove programs for seniors, low-income earners and people withdisabilities, announced by Mr. Morse in December. COMMUNITY SERVICES–Grants To Help Disabled in Western NovaScotialast_img read more

Enforcement Partners Launch Operation Aware

first_imgOff-highway riders, boaters, fishers and campers across Nova Scotia will be subject to spot checks this holiday weekend to make sure they are playing by the rules. The Department of Natural Resources, RCMP, Halifax Regional Police and Transport Canada’s office of boating safety will launch Operation Aware today, May 17, with a show of helicopters (weather permitting), boats, trucks, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles at DeWolfe Park in Bedford. “This weekend, we will focus on the safe and proper use of off-highway vehicles,” said John Mombourquette, director of enforcement, Department of Natural Resources. ” Failing to wear a helmet, driving on public highways, operating without registration and operating while under the influence of alcohol are some examples of what we will be checking for.” Mr. Mombourquette added that conservation officers will also drop in on remote fishing locations and campsites. Brian Elson, boating safety officer with Transport Canada, said boaters on lakes, rivers and harbours this weekend will be checked to make sure they have mandatory safety equipment, including flotation devices. “As many as nine out of 10 boating deaths could have been prevented if the boater had worn a personal flotation device,” said Mr. Elson. “The office of boating safety will also check for operator competency cards and illegal use of alcohol.” “The RCMP in Nova Scotia are proud to be in this partnership, working together with all enforcement agencies to promote safe homes and safe communities,” said Sgt. Frank Skidmore. “Along with ensuring compliance, we hope to further educate people about laws designed to protect them and the public.” The agencies involved in Operation Aware will continue their practice of working together throughout the year on provincial enforcement issues.last_img read more

Program Will Help Nova Scotia Homeowners Cut Energy Costs

first_imgIf you are planning on making your home more energy efficient, the province can save you money. The Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program was launched today, Oct. 3, at an event in Dartmouth by Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “We are helping Nova Scotians make their homes energy efficient,” said Mr. Dooks during his remarks to the Nova Scotia Homebuilders Association. “These efforts will help Nova Scotians save money, help the environment and make their homes more comfortable to live in.” Under the new Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program, householders can get a grant of up to $2,000 for energy efficient repairs. The amount of the grant is awarded based on the improved energy efficiency rating of the home. This program replaces a similar federal initiative that ended in May. An additional $400 grant is available for single homeowners with net incomes of less than $25,000 and families with net incomes of less than $40,000. Mr. Dooks said programs such as these give Nova Scotians practical advice on how best to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, increase comfort, and save money. “We know that about 25 per cent of Nova Scotians plan on making energy efficient home improvements this year,” said Mr. Dooks. “In a province that has some of the oldest housing stock in the country, our programs make economic and environmental sense.” On average, Nova Scotians saved 30 per cent of their energy costs by making energy efficient upgrades to their home under the former program. Each participant spent about $5,000 in home improvements. The energy improvements paid for themselves through energy savings within two to five years, on average. Judy McMullen, executive director of Clean Nova Scotia, said the province’s actions are ensuring that a valuable program continues to operate. “When the EnerGuide service was cancelled, we heard from hundreds of concerned Nova Scotians. The program is both popular and valuable, since it can address problems such as greenhouse gas emissions and energy poverty for the long term,” said Ms. McMullen. “We hope that this commitment from the province encourages even more Nova Scotians to take advantage of the initiative and rebate.” Terry Watters, president of Sustainable Housing, said Nova Scotia’s efforts mean continued employment for home auditors in the province. “Over the course of the past seven years, providing EnerGuide for Houses energy evaluations, we have developed a pool of highly skilled energy advisors,” said Mr. Watters. “Advisors perform evaluations and provide recommendations to assist homeowners in making energy upgrade decisions that will have the greatest impact on improving home comfort and reducing heating costs.” To participate in the Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program, homeowners must first contact a home energy evaluation group to schedule an energy evaluation. The home evaluation involves determining existing insulation values, a blower door test to identify air leakage points, a report with customized energy upgrade recommendations, and an estimate of potential annual energy savings. A preliminary EnerGuide rating is assigned to the home. There is a $150 fee for the audit. The fee will be rebated for homeowners that qualify for the low- to modest-income EnerGuide grant. Three organizations in Nova Scotia offer the audit service on behalf of the province: A second home energy evaluation should be conducted after the homeowner makes the recommended energy efficiency upgrades to the home. This must be done within 18 months of the first audit. The energy advisor will then determine the new EnerGuide rating. The amount of the rebate from the province will be determined based on the EnerGuide rating increase. Average provincial grants in the previous program were $824. Homeowners do not need to apply for the grant; however, an application is necessary for the additional low-income subsidy. Applications for subsidies for low- to modest-income homeowners are available at all Access Nova Scotia centres, through the energy auditing groups, on the Department of Energy website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energuide or by calling 1-800-670-4357. Sustainable Housing,(provincewide, including Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-877-722-2842 Clean Nova Scotia,(Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-800-665-5377 Atlantic Coastal Action Program,(Cape Breton Regional Municipality) 902-567-1628.last_img read more

Special Olympics and WWE Team Up to Support the 2018 Special Olympics

first_imgSpecial Olympics has announced that WWE will once again support the Special Olympics mission to change the world through sports by sponsoring the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.Taking place in Seattle, WA July 1- July 6, more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 family members, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 spectators will take part in this premier national sports competition, showcasing the power and joy of sports at the highest levels.WWE will promote the upcoming USA Games through its global media assets including the WWE Network, TV, digital and social media, as well as during upcoming WWE live events held throughout the U.S. To support the road to the USA Games, WWE will be highlighting Special Olympics through the eyes of three athletes: Katie Millar, a Powerlifter from Illinois; C.J. Piantieri, a Powerlifter from Florida; and Joshua Oakley, a Track and Field athlete from Connecticut. Additionally, WWE Superstars will be supporting all Special Olympics athletes at the USA Games by conducting daily autograph signings, medal presentations and attending the Opening Ceremonies.“We’re thrilled to partner with WWE and appreciate their commitment to Special Olympics and to furthering the ideals of inclusion,” said Beth Knox, President and CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “We know how much our athletes admire WWE Superstars and I know meeting them will be one of the many highlights of their week in Seattle.”“WWE is honored to continue our longstanding partnership with Special Olympics and help spread the message of acceptance and inclusion through our global platforms,” said WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. “The heart, passion and dedication of Special Olympic athletes is truly inspirational and we look forward to supporting them at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.”WWE’s partnership with Special Olympics started with the 1995 World Games in New Haven, Connecticut, and it has continued through the more recent Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey, and an ongoing corporate partnership with Special Olympics Connecticut.Click here to see the announcement that was made on Monday Night Raw.last_img read more

FSIN calls on Premier Brad Wall to partner with First Nations on

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsIt was an election result that surprised no one.Premier Brad Wall’s party was elected to another majority in Saskatchewan Monday.Wall’s party won 51 of 61 seats.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations congratulated Wall on his victory and Chief Bobby Cameron believes now is a good time to talk about resource development.More so, partnering with First Nation communities.last_img

Mounib FGD Will not Form Opposition Coalition with PAM

Rabat – On Monday, Secretary General of the Unified Socialist Party (PSU) Nabila Mounib said that the PSU’s decision to join the opposition coalition means that the FGD will not be with the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) and what she calls the other administrative parties that “adopted the position of the faithful politicians.”In an interview with Moroccan news outlet Lakome, Mounib asked, “how did the PAM double its parliamentary seats in comparison with the 2011 election, from 47 to 102 seats?”Mounib said that “PAM’s concern is not to fight corruption or the absence of democracy, [instead] it only opposes the Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has shown a strong cohesion despite efforts to sow division within it.” Mounib affirmed that the PSU “will form an independent and fierce opposition coalition to build democracy and fight corruption outside of the [other] administrative parties.”Mounib also noted that 20 members of the Federation of Democratic Left (FGD), of which PSU is a member, will ”support the members of the parliament who were elected in last Friday’s legislative elections.”Since the beginning of this year’s elections, Mounib has supported the FGD’s stance of being a part of the opposition, rather than the government, in order to “amend the constitution in ways that are critical for Morocco’s political development.”The FGD’s efforts among the opposition will “build toward the next step in Morocco, clearer conditions for democracy, and the FGD will increase pressure until a huge political front for these revisions is formed,” Mounib told CNN last month. read more

Lack of cooperation prompts UN to close Angola human rights office

The United Nations announced today that it will close its human rights office in Angola, after authorities in the southern African nation decided not to sign an agreement that would have formally established the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country.OHCHR, which has had a presence in Angola since 2003, has been asked by the Government to cease its activities in the country by 31 May, according to a news release issued by the Geneva-based Office. This came “after the authorities decided not to proceed any further with negotiations on establishing a formal Memorandum of Understanding similar to those under which OHCHR usually operates in other countries.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said she “respected but regretted” the Government’s decision.“We look forward to examining any fresh initiatives the Government may suggest in line with its voluntary pledge to the Human Rights Council to increase its cooperation with my Office,” Ms. Arbour said.Over the past five years, OHCHR has been working to increase awareness of human rights in Angola, which was devastated by a 27-year civil war that finally ended in 2002. In addition to helping to establish a national human rights institution, the Office also assisted the Ministry of Justice in the area of alternative mechanisms of justice, and promoted the inclusion of human rights education in primary and secondary schools.OHCHR was also helping the Government in preparing its national reports to various human rights treaty bodies. 18 April 2008The United Nations announced today that it will close its human rights office in Angola, after authorities in the southern African nation decided not to sign an agreement that would have formally established the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country. read more

Former WFP chief awarded 2003 World Food Prize

Following the announcement, the World Food Prize Foundation applauded Ms. Bertini’s contribution in “defeating large-scale famine in our time,” and praised her decade of leadership at WFP, during which she transformed the agency “from primarily a development assistance organization into the largest and most responsive humanitarian relief organization in the world, delivering life-sustaining food aid to over 700 million people.”The $250,000 prize, referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture,” will be awarded on 16 October, World Food Day, in Des Moines, Iowa. It is the foremost international award inspiring and recognizing breakthrough achievements that increase the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world. Ms. Bertini pioneered the practice of channelling food aid through women, thus ensuring the most widespread and effective distribution of food in crisis situations.Welcoming Ms. Bertini’s selection as the 2003 prize winner from WFP Headquarters in Rome today, the agency’s current Executive Director, James T. Morris said: “Her achievements made the difference between life and death for the millions of hungry people around the world and all of us at WFP welcome this timely recognition.” read more