I 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 Now
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Jammu and Kashmir, the only State to miss the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout bus on July 1, will join the new tax regime from tonight as the State Assembly passed a Bill in this regard on Friday amid Opposition boycott.The Assembly passed the Bill to adopt the presidential order that “offers safeguards to its special status”. CM Mehbooba Mufti said “J&K cannot get bigger azadi [freedom] than this order, restoring the lost sanctity of our Assembly.” Responding to J&K’s demands to safeguard its taxing rights under Article 370, the presidential order reads: “…the powers of the State of J&K as per Section 5 of the Constitution of J&K, shall remain intact.”The order called for incorporation of fresh clauses under Article 246 of the Constitution. “Under 246A (1), the Legislature of the State of Jammu and Kashmir shall have powers to make laws with respect to goods and services tax levied by the State.” However, the order said, Parliament shall have power to make laws with respect to goods and services tax levied by the Union.Opposition walks outThanking President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Ms. Mufti said, “This act of the Centre will be written in golden words in Kashmir’s history.” The National Conference boycotted the Assembly proceedings describing it as “sham.” The Congress also staged a walkout in protest when the Bill was tabled. Both the parties were demanding a separate legislation on GST in J&K. Meanwhile, internet services were stopped in the Valley as part of unprecedented security measures to foil any attempt by supporters of the slain Hizb commander, Burhan Wani, to pose a law and order problem.
After months of speculation, Leader of the Opposition in Gujarat Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday resigned from the Congress. Announcing the decision at a massive gathering to mark his 77th birthday, Mr. Vaghela said he had resigned as Leader of the Opposition and would resign as legislator after the Rajya Sabha elections.However, he ruled out joining the BJP, which he had split in the mid 1990s.Mr.Vaghela slammed the Congress leadership and culture while asking his supporters, including legislators, to decide their future.A veteran of Gujarat politics, Mr. Vaghela has been at odds with the Congress high command for “ignoring his suggestions” and not allowing him free rein to take on the BJP in the Assembly polls slated for later this year.“You don’t want to fight yourself, nor will you allow anyone to fight because you have taken supari from BJP,” Mr. Vaghela said, taking on the Congress leadership, without naming anybody. “It is my destiny that I became victim of political conspiracy, first in the BJP and now in the Congress. I have always fought against injustice,” he said, indicating that a few leaders in the Congress conspired to ensure his expulsion.“I had told Soniaji mein aapka bharosa nahi todunga (I will not betray your trust). I went to meet her, told her “Thanks a lot madam for everything. I may not remain with the party after sometime, but don’t worry I am not going anywhere.” I am not joining BJP,” he said.He said the party leadership did not even listen to the MLAs or try to resolve the issues they raised with the high command.“For three years, you have not been able to appoint a president for Ahmedabad city Congress. This is not how a political party can be run,” he said.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the Shiv Sena is contesting the Nanded-Waghala polls at the behest of the Congress. Speaking in Nanded on the last day of poll campaigning, Mr. Fadnavis accused the Sena of “dancing to the tune” of State Congress president Ashok Chavan. Mr. Fadnavis said the Sena had entered the polls with the sole intention of “humiliating and defeating the BJP”.He said, “They [the Sena] are nothing but the stooges of the Congress. All these years, the Congress ruled Nanded and their leaders filled their own pockets. Now they are worried about a possible BJP win. They are using the Sena as a weapon to suppress the BJP. They will not succeed.”The Chief Minister was reacting to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s outburst against the BJP-led governments at State and Centre. The Sena president had criticised the BJP for failing to fulfil their poll promises. Mr. Thackeray mocked the BJP for allegedly seeking help after failing to find suitable candidates for the polls.Close contestThe elections are expected to be a closely fought affair with candidates from the BJP, the Congress and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the fray. the AIMIM is expected to eat into the Congress’s minority vote-share.The election has also cast a shadow on the political future of Mr. Chavan and his fiefdom, Nanded. The Congress leader was elected the chief of the State unit in 2016 after he managed to win the Nanded parliamentary seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls despite the ‘Modi wave’. A BJP sweep in the Nanded would be a severe loss of face for Mr. Chavan and deal a big blow to the Congress’s waning presence in the State. The BJP had secured just two seats in the 2012 polls to the Nanded Municipal Corporation. In 2012, the Congress bagged 41 seats, the Shiv Sena won 14 and AIMIM secured 10 seats. This time, the BJP has engineered a coup ahead of polls. Thirteen corporators from the Congress, the NCP and the Shiv Sena have defected to the party. The BJP is expecting to repeat its performance in the 2017 civic polls where it swept Western Maharashtra by routing the Congress and the NCP. It emerged as the single-largest party in four crucial civic bodies: Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nashik and Solapur.The party broke the decade-long stranglehold of Sharad Pawar’s NCP and won 78 of the 128 seats in the PCMC. In the 2012 PCMC polls, the BJP had won a mere three seats. The BJP scripted the turnaround by fielding heavyweight politicians who defected from opposition parties, especially the NCP. The BJP will be hoping for similar gains in Nanded as well.
Coming down heavily on the Amarnath Shrine Board for not providing enough infrastructure to devotees, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday constituted a committee of experts to maintain the “sanctity of the shrine”.Directing the board to build eco-friendly washrooms, a bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatatnter Kumar said: “There are no proper facilities for toilets. Do you even know how humiliating this is for women? You have allowed shops on the path near the shrine. You are giving priority to commercial activities over pilgrims.”The panel asked the committee to consider the construction of an iron bridge from Panchawati to the steps of the shrine in order to protect the glaciers. The tribunal also directed the authority to remove an iron rod from the cave to facilitate devotees offering prayers. The NGT has also asked the committee to take enough measures to ensure that pilgrims did not pollute the cave with the material they carried inside.The committee set up by the green panel is headed by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), and comprises scientists, officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Pollution Control Board, petitioner Gauri Maulekhi and others.The committee has been asked to file a report before the tribunal by the first week of December on aspects like providing proper paths for devotees.On Monday, while hearing Ms. Maulekhi’s plea, the NGT capped the number of devotees at Vaishno Devi to 50,000 a day. The directions came after the petitioner had alleged that due to the increasing number of devotees at shrines, the ecosystem was being damaged.
A serving Colonel at the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) here was arrested on Wednesday evening on charges of raping the 21-year old daughter of a Lieutenant Colonel. He will be produced in the court on Thursday, police said.In the complaint filed on Tuesday, the victim stated the 56-year old Colonel drugged and molested her on Monday night at a house in Longwood, a Shimla suburb. SSP Shimla Somya Sambshivan said an FIR has been registered and the accused was arrested from the house where the crime took place. “The girl was under shock and could not divulge much,” she added.The woman, who belonged to Haryana, was a modeling aspirant and was frequently visiting Shimla.
Rebel Janata Dal (United) leader and former party president Sharad Yadav met Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Ranchi jail on Monday morning.The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) leaders Babulal Marandi and Pradeep Yadav too met Mr. Prasad in Birsa Munda Central jail in Ranchi.Mr. Prasad is currently lodged in jail in connection with two fodder scam cases.Later, appearing in special CBI court, Mr. Prasad told local media persons that they “ discussed about country’s politics…enquired about each others well-being”.Ever since Mr. Prasad was jailed, several leaders from the Opposition parties have met him.According to sources, Mr. Sharad Yadav and others are making an “effort to come at a common platform to oppose the BJP-led NDA government in upcoming 2019 general elections.”
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Uttarakhand next week, the Congress on Friday asked him to announce a farm loan waiver scheme, saying it was time he repaid his debt to farmers who voted the BJP to power in the State last year.The State unit of the Congress said it welcomed the Prime Minister, visiting Uttarakhand for the first time after the BJP’s victory “with a big mandate” in the Assembly election. “It is time for the Prime Minister to repay the debt to the people of the State by at least offering a loan waiver to farmers and a financial package for the State,” Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh said. . The BJP won 57 out of the total 70 Assembly seats in 2017.Vision documentClaiming that at least 10 debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide since the BJP came to power in March last year, Mr. Singh said the saffron party had promised to waive farm loans in its “vision document” ahead of the Assembly poll.“It is time the Prime Minister began to fulfil the promises he had made to the people of the State to give credence to his words,” Mr. Singh said, referring to Mr. Modi’s “much-publicised double engine” governance promise.Kedarnath packageHe said all reconstruction work in Kedarnath after the 2013 natural disaster was carried out with the ₹7,500 crore rehabilitation package announced by the previous UPA government and Mr. Modi should clear the remaining ₹3,000 crore under the package.Reminding Mr. Modi of his statement in the aftermath of the 2013 disaster that the rehabilitation package was not enough, Mr. Singh said if the Prime Minister’s heart bleeds for the people of Uttarakhand he would announce a fresh package without delay.More than 5,500 people were “presumed dead” by the Uttarakhand government a year after the natural disaster. Mr. Modi will preside over the main event on the International Yoga Day on June 21.
The city police on Wednesday booked popular Marathi film actor Santosh Juvekar for allegedly creating noise pollution, obstructing traffic and misbehaving with the police during the dahi handi revelry in Pune’s Sahakar Nagar area earlier this week.The Sahakar Nagar police has also booked the head of the ‘Aranyeshwar Dahi Handi Utsav Mandal’ and two others including under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 143, 341, 283, 188, 34 of the Indian penal code (IPC) and Sections 5 and 5(a) of Noise Pollution Rules, 2000 along with Sections 135, 140 of the Bombay Police Act.Mr. Juvekar, however, has objected to the Pune police’s action against him, claiming he was not present in Pune.“How can the Pune police book me when I was at my home during dahi handi. Furthermore, my photos were illicitly used on the flex boards during a dahi handi event of which I have no knowledge of,” said the actor, adding that he would consider legal action against the mandal which organised the event.According to the police, the organisers defied police instructions to clear the road, causing authorities to slap charges against the mandal.As Mr. Juvekar’s name allegedly featured on the flexes, advertising him as a ‘chief guest’ at that event, the police booked him as well.“Although we have booked him [Mr. Juvekar], it is said he did not turn up for the event. We are investigating if the actor was present at the venue or not. In the event his absence is proven, we shall drop the charges,” said V. R. Puranik, Police Inspector, Sahakar Nagar Police station said.
Tension emanating from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam is “uncalled for” Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, MP, and Organising Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, said on Sunday. He was here to attend a conference on safety of minorities and democracy.“We think that there is considerable tension in the region over this (NRC). This is totally uncalled for and unnecessary,” Mr. Chowdhury told The Hindu on the sidelines of the conference. It was organised by the Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Centre along with civil society organisations.Peaceful South AsiaHe also said that the tension over NRC will be “harmful” to all stakeholders in the region. “If we want South Asia to remain peaceful, then all of us have to work on the issue in a dedicated manner,” said Mr. Chowdhury.The Awami League leader said no one should act in such a manner which will disrupt regional peace. “We have to be more dedicated in maintaining peace in the region,” said Mr. Chowdhury.Huge humanitarian crisisEarlier, noted rights activist Teesta Setalvad alleged that the NRC exercise in Assam was causing a “humanitarian crisis of huge dimension” as it has left out a large number of people from the draft NRC list.“Over 40 lakh people have been left out of the draft NRC list. We are also looking at a process that is politically whipping up the worst kind of sentiments for us as a society,” she said at a conference on NRC in the city.She further alleged that, “Dangerous politics is being played over the NRC. The humanitarian crisis is of such a scale that the family members of a former President have been left out of the NRC,” said Ms. Setalvad pointed out.
The 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 attitude
The Congress in Goa on Friday declared the names of the candidates for two of the three Assembly constituencies scheduled to go to bypolls and Lok Sabha polls on April 23.Both the candidates are recent entrants to the Congress from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sudhir Kandolkar, former State Executive Committee member of the BJP, joined Congress after being denied ticket for the Mapusa constituency. He will now contest against Joshua D’Souza, son of Mapusa BJP MLA and former Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, who died recently, leaving the seat vacant.In the Shiroda constituency in south Goa, former BJP Industries Minister Mahadev Naik will contest against former Congress MLA Subhash Shirdokar, who recently joined the BJP, causing the bypoll.Mr. Shirodkar had earlier defeated Mr. Naik to become the MLA for Shiroda constituency. Mr. Naik recently joined Congress after it was clear that Mr. Shirodkar will be contesting as the BJP candidate.The declaration of the Congress candidate for Mandrem constituency has been delayed as there are multiple aspirants for the ticket.
Three lawsuits filed last week that attempted to achieve “legal personhood” for four chimpanzees living in New York have been struck down. The suits, brought by the animal rights group the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), targeted two chimps on private property and two in a research lab at Stony Brook University in New York. They were the first step in a nationwide campaign to grant legal rights to a variety of animals.NhRP had spent 5 years honing its legal strategy. It picked what it thought would be the most favorable jurisdictions and petitioned the judges with a writ of habeas corpus, which allows a person being held captive to have a say in court. Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice W. Gerard Asher denied the writ for the Stony Brook chimpanzees, writing in a brief decision that the animals did not qualify for habeas corpus because they were not “persons.” Both chimps are used in locomotion research at the university in work that is attempting to shed light on the origin of bipedalism in humans. Asher did not meet with NhRP lawyers; he issued his decision via a court clerk.The other judges were more accommodating. Fulton County Supreme Court Justice Joseph Sise and Niagara County Supreme Court Justice Ralph Boniello both allowed NhRP lawyers to make oral arguments in the courtroom. “As an animal lover, I appreciate your work,” said Sise, who handled the case of a chimpanzee named Tommy living in cage on his owner’s property in Gloversville, according to an NhRP press release. The group made “a very strong argument,” Sise said, according to the release, but he did not agree that habeas corpus applied to chimpanzees. Boniello, who oversaw the case of a chimp named Kiko living on his owner’s property in Niagara Falls, said he did not want to be the first “to make that leap of faith” equating chimpanzees with human beings.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)NhRP Executive Director Natalie Prosin tells ScienceInsider that her group expected this outcome. “We were pleasantly surprised at how respectful the judges were, specifically the two that allowed us to have oral hearings,” she says. “We were thrilled to be able to do that. Now we have something on record that we can take to appeals court.” She says her group is now preparing those appeals, which she hopes will be heard in about a year.Richard Cupp, a law professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a proponent of focusing on animal welfare rather than animal rights, was also not shocked by the outcome. “Animals are not persons, but that does not mean that abusing them is acceptable,” he writes in an e-mail. “Both humans and animals would be best served by placing a strong emphasis on human responsibility for humane treatment of animals rather than creating an artificial construct of animal personhood.”Before NhRP filed its lawsuits last week it had already planned to file similar suits in other states. It had also planned to target animals beyond chimpanzees, including whales, dolphins, and elephants. Prosin says that is still the plan. “I don’t see it changing our nationwide strategy,” she says. “We’re very motivated by what has happened. We’re itching to get going with other lawsuits.”*Update, 10 December, 10:40 p.m.: A comment from Richard Cupp has been added.
Old age may make us wiser, but it rarely makes us quicker. In addition to slowing down physically, most people lose points on intelligence tests as they enter their golden years. Now, new research suggests the loss of certain types of cognitive skills with age may stem from problems with basic sensory tasks, such as making quick judgments based on visual information. Although there’s no clear causal link between the two types of thinking yet, the new work could provide a simple, affordable way to track mental decline in senior citizens, scientists say.Since the 1970s, researchers who study intelligence have hypothesized that smartness, as measured on standard IQ tests, may hinge on the ability to quickly and efficiently sample sensory information from the environment, says Stuart Ritchie, a psychologist at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. Today it’s well known that people who score high on such tests do, indeed, tend to process such information more quickly than those who do poorly, but it’s not clear how these measures change with age, Ritchie says.Studying older people over time can be challenging given their uncertain health, but Ritchie and his colleagues had an unusual resource in the Lothian Birth Cohort, a group of people born in 1936 whose mental function has been periodically tested by the Scottish government since 1947—their first IQ test was at age 11. After recruiting more than 600 cohort members for their study, Ritchie and colleagues tracked their scores on a simple visual task three times over 10 years, repeating the test at the mean ages of 70, 73, and 76.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The participants—all of whom had normal or, thanks to glasses or contacts, corrected-to-normal vision—sat before a computer and watched as two lines of different lengths flashed before their eyes. Joined by a single horizontal line at the top of the screen, this asymmetrical “n” shape appeared for a randomly assigned amount of time, sometimes as few as 6 milliseconds. The participants’ only job was to choose whether the longer line had appeared on the left or the right side of the shape by pushing a button. They were allowed to take as long as they wished to deliberate, Ritchie explains. (So boring was the 30-minute task that the elderly participants “groaned like hell” at its mention during the recent Lothian cohort reunion pictured above, he says.)Next, Ritchie and colleagues compared the amount of time it had taken for participants to make their choices, called inspection time, and examined how it tracked with their performance on four standard intelligence tests. All focused on solving problems based on novel information: For example, one test required recreating a visual pattern with colored blocks, while another required participants to listen to a list of numbers and recite them backward. Over time, the decline in participants’ scores on the intelligence tests was strongly correlated with an increase in their inspection times, suggesting that it might be possible to use the simpler task as a proxy for more complicated intelligence tests in hard-to-reach elderly populations, the scientists report today in Current Biology.The results strengthen the hypothesis that the complex intelligence we associate with geniuses like Albert Einstein may actually be driven by very simple processing skills in vision, hearing, and other senses, says John Gabrieli, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge who wasn’t involved with the research. As we age, our brains may become like “an extremely slow computer that can’t run more complicated operations,” he says. More research is needed to establish whether loss of visual processing speed actually leads to slower higher level thinking, but if it does, it might be possible to help 70-year-olds maintain intelligence by training them to make these simple visual judgments faster, he says. That’s easier said than done, however, Ritchie notes. One of his colleagues tried to improve his performance on the task over the course of 100 days, but “stopped getting better on the second day”—which doesn’t bode well for the test’s usefulness as a brain-training exercise.
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Buildings made of spiders’ webs, sandals that clean the earth, crockery constructed from corn, furniture that is grown rather than manufactured, and garbage bag mini-skirts.Sounds weird, impossible and a bit wacky? Designs by Abhijit Bansod, who developed the Karmameter Well, these were some of the 204 entries in Metropolis magazine’s Next Generation contest, creative ideas of a whole new generation of young designers and indicative of the trends you might see in the future in design. With Indians popping up everywhere, it wasn’t surprising to see a handful of desi names cropping up here too. The winner of the prize was a young Boston design firm, Single Speed Design, whose innovative proposal transforms abandoned, dismantled sections of a huge elevated highway in Boston into the Big Dig apartment buildings. Talk about turning life’s lemons into sweet lemonade!In a related collaboration with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, about 20 of these designs were collected together for an exhibition – Raw: The Next Generation, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. The ideas were all innovative, some radical, and some environmentally friendly in today’s changing world.Karin Carter, who was born in India and raised in Denver, came up with the concept of SLiK fabric developed as part of her thesis project on sustainable fashion. She used plastic shopping bags to create snazzy SLiK clothing: a non-woven textile made of 100 percent post consumer polyethylene film. So now there’s finally a use for all those Walmart shopping bags!Sandals that clean the earth is another feel good solution to the world’s environmental woes and these JohnnyAppleSandals were created by Lift, a design firm headed by Eric Bergman, which has Amit Mirchandani on its six-member team. These sandals disperse soil-cleaning seeds through channels embedded in the soles.With wear, the soles release seeds, some of which take root and clean the environment through phytoremediation, a process by which certain natural plants can destroy hazardous contaminants in the ground. So now you can save the world by merely putting one foot in front of the other – wearing the right footwear, of course. Abhijit BansodWhile the Danish design team of Anne Bannick and Lene Vad Jensen had come up with PAPCoRN, plates, bowls and cutlery made out of Bioplast, a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from cornstarch, Abhijit Bansod came up with an intriguing concept, a Karmameter!Bansod, who did mechanical engineering in Nagpur, is a product design post-graduate from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and works for Titan Design Studio in Bangalore. He bases the concept of the Karmameter on the Bhagvad Gita, which teaches that individuals must accept the consequences of their actions.“The unfortunate fact is that the world is an exhaustible resource at a crisis point and citizens of a democracy have duties that complement their rights,” he says. “We are not helpless; and man can never be certain that there is no afterlife or rebirth where actions in this life are tallied up and made to count at some subsequent time!”Buying stuff never felt so good! With Abhijit Bansod’s Karmameter, shopping becomes almost a moral issue. In fact, as Bansod suggests, design takes the lead in fomenting a morality induced cultural discourse.It involves a voluntary system where the designers, the government, industry and consumers sign up and work together; smart technology is designed and built into products that are manufactured.Under this system every product that is designed, and subsequently manufactured by industry, is assessed a certain number of points. These points take into consideration the “environmental” expense to manufacture, use or consume, and dispose the product. Abhinand Lath created the Optrix fiber optics panel embedded in resin. Whenever a product, recognizable by the Karmasun logo is purchased, the purchaser must provide his karmameter, where points are deducted against the total.If the product is used in an optimal way and disposed in a proper manner, points are added to the individual’s account. These points increase or decrease on the individual’s Karmameter with every purchase and every disposal. If the consumer is involved in purchasing recyclable products, using biodegradable ingredients, points are added. At the end of allocated periods the points can be used for redeemable purchases, tax rebates and benefits, holiday schemes, or charitable donations.At Titan, Bansod is involved in product design of everything from vases to picture frames and watches, and his designs are fresh and whimsical. His latest lifestyle accessories collection is Lifethings, fun items that bring cheer into daily living. The award for best new design at the RAW exhibition went to Abhinand Lath for Optrix, his fiber optic panels embedded in resin and react to changes in light intensity and color. It not only looks beautiful but also has great potential for use in architecture, lighting and signage.It is only in India, one thinks, that prosaic engineering students are also poetry enthusiasts. In fact, Lath who came to the United States from Jaipur to study electrical engineering got the concept for Optrix after reading the following poem:I repeat my vowin unchanging colors of the ageless bamboo-which still creates ten thousand generations of shadows– Gyokuran (an 11th century Japanese poet)“Translating this poetic idea into a physical form, one that is able to provide a corresponding sensory experience of the imagery while being abstract enough to be removed from ‘the bamboo forest’ and become a thing in itself, resulted in Optrix,” says Lath.The material is created from acrylic or Plexiglas into which light conducting channels are carved, these then carry light and color within the material. As he explains it, the basic Optrix system consists of two parts. A transparent material that acts like a conduit for light and a substrate that it is embedded in: “Together this composite either reacts to the presence of light by redirecting it or reacts to the absence of light by reconfiguring shadows.”Lath first started making things with his hands in his mother’s design workshop, and later got interested in robots, building a large one for the Birla Science Museum, just after high school. His interest in robotics brought him to the United States to pursue electrical engineering at Arizona State University. Last year he also completed his MA in architecture from the University of Michigan. Tallayi Raja Viswanadhan.With help of the University of Michigan, Lath has applied for a comprehensive utility patent. He is forming a company that will explore the commercial possibilities of SensiTile, and is doing an installation for Digital Globalsoft, an Indian subsidiary of Hewlett Packard, in Bangalore.Lath’s journey as an inventor started early. “I had started building small robots quite early on in school. By 12th standard I was making pretty complex ones that could move around and pick up things and had some degree of automation. These caught the eye of the young director of the new Birla Museum and Planetarium that was coming up in Jaipur and he talked me into building a very large and complicated robot for the Museum.The robot would show the visitors around the museum. It took me about a year to complete this machine and since there were no parts specifically available for a robot in Jaipur in those days, it was made with recycled automotive and other odd parts.The head as you can see is made from a motorcycle helmet! The completed machine could roam around and had a fully functional arm. It had a tape recorder to talk and the lips were synchronized to its speech so that it would seem to talk! Unfortunately, the leadership at the Birla center changed soon after the machine was completed (the new director had his own plans) and I left for the U.S. so I don’t think it was in service for very long.”Which finally brings us to the astounding notion that spiders’ silken webs could reinforce entire buildings! Yallayi Raja Viswanadhan who graduated with a B.A. in architecture from REC Bhopal and an M.A. in construction management in the United States, came up with this futuristic concept that seems right out of science fiction.He says, “It’s a fiber, which has evolved over 400 million years, and it’s just one-tenth of the diameter of a human hair and if it can stop a bee traveling at 20 miles an hour, I guess there’s a possibility that this fiber can be combined with other materials to develop structural elements that can be effective in resisting wind and other forces such as the attack on the World Trade Center.”In his proposal, Viswanadhan explained that spider silk is stronger than all known materials and the dragline of the European garden spider can support a weight of 0.5 g without snapping, whereas a steel strand of similar thickness will snap under the strain of just 0.25 g. It is also five times more elastic than Kevlar and Kevlar is several times stronger than steel. Spider Silk by Tallayi Raja Viswanadhan. He points out that Nexia and the U.S. Army have mimicked the spider’s spinning process and produced recombinant silk for a wide range of applications and material composites and says, “So, probably in the near future, new fibers can be developed in place of steel to support curtain walls.” Minnecola, who is Zakir’s manager as well as a dedicated Kathak dancer and teacher, has seen the mix of Caucasian and South Asian Americans at the sold out concerts as well as in classes: “I’m extremely encouraged. It’s wonderful to see the young people coming to be interested in the music. I also feel very satisfied as an American who fell in love with this dance and this music myself. It’s an affirmation to me; sometimes I’ve gone to teach and I’ve all Indian students studying Kathak with me! It’s a real testament to universality and that we all can meet in the arts.”She gets numerous emails from Indian students on college campuses, who are very proud of their culture and want to present the maestro’s concerts through their Indian associations. She says, “That’s a piece of the pudding right there, that there are all these associations all over the place, all over the country.”So what is happening? Is it a full scale Renaissance, a revival of India’s great music and dance traditions? And why is it happening now?There’s a simple, one word answer – demographics.As the Indian American population has escalated to almost two million, the sheer numbers ensure an increased demand for such services, as immigrants, now well established, try to catch up on what they’ve missed and their American born children, who have come of age, hreflect on their roots. You have Indians everywhere, in major corporations, hospitals, and college campuses and of course, Silicon Valley. There’s wealth and a hunger to reconnect.“Our numbers are so much higher now that people feel hey, it’s ok to be part of the culture,” says Raja of YICG. “You have a larger pool, so you have more people who are good in dance, in music, in teaching. There’s leadership that’s thrown out when you reach critical mass.”She points out the generation, which came 30-40 years ago, pretty much wanted to blend in with the landscape and most of their cultural efforts were basement operations. Like the Irish and the Chinese before them, they tended to congregate in enclaves. Even though they had money and were educated, they did not build cultural institutions.“My theory is that they weren’t so comfortable with themselves and wanted to blend in, and their children too,” she says. “But what I see now is definite pride in oneself. It’s OK to be who we are, we want to keep our traditions, we want to preserve them, we want to learn them. 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Amazon.com is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp.The service began two years ago in India, and Amazon has been slowly marketing it to U.S. merchants in preparation for a national expansion, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the U.S. pilot project is confidential. Amazon is calling the project Seller Flex, one person said. The service began on a trial basis this year in West Coast states with a broader rollout planned in 2018, the people said. Amazon declined to comment.Amazon will oversee pickup of packages from warehouses of third-party merchants selling goods on Amazon.com and their delivery to customers’ homes, the people said — work that is now often handled by UPS and FedEx. Amazon could still use these couriers for delivery, but the company will decide how a package is sent instead of leaving it up to the seller.Handling more deliveries itself would give Amazon greater flexibility and control over the last mile to shoppers’ doorsteps, let it save money through volume discounts, and help avoid congestion in its own warehouses by keeping merchandise in the outside sellers’ own facilities.“Amazon’s final-mile efforts reflect a logical extension of its model as it builds network density,” Benjamin Hartford, a Robert W. Baird analyst, said in a note. FedEx and UPS shares were likely to come under pressure, however, since investors could be concerned about another “data point of Amazon’s encroachment on the broader logistics space,” he said.UPS shares fell as much as 2.1 percent to $116.52, and were trading down 1.3 percent at 10:32 a.m. in New York. FedEx dipped as much as 1.6 percent to $217.77 before recovering somewhat to $220.09.“Amazon is a valued UPS customer,” said Steve Gaut, a UPS spokesman. “We support all our customers with industry-leading e-commerce solutions and expect to expand these relationships further in the future.” FedEx said it wouldn’t comment on Amazon’s plans but pointed out the “scale, infrastructure and complexity” involved in running a global transportation network. The company said it’s innovating in ways related to new services for e-commerce residential deliveries, but noted that is “only one piece of the capabilities that we provide.”Last year, Amazon introduced Seller Fulfilled Prime, which lets merchants who don’t stow items in Amazon warehouses still have their products listed with the Prime badge, meaning they’ll be delivered within two days. The merchants had to demonstrate they could meet Amazon’s delivery pledge, and many used UPS and FedEx for deliveries. The new service gives Amazon control over those deliveries instead, even if it continues to use third-party couriers.Amazon has started looking beyond its own warehouse network to give shoppers quick access to an abundant assortment of goods. Its Fulfillment by Amazon offering already lets merchants ship goods to Amazon warehouses around the U.S., where they can be stored, packed and shipped to customers. That centralized approach can create logjams, particularly during the busy holiday shopping season.Seller Flex would also give Seattle-based Amazon more visibility into the warehousing and delivery operations of its merchant partners, potentially helping it make full use of their product inventory, storage space and proximity to customers while still guaranteeing quick delivery.The project underscores Amazon’s ambitions to expand its logistics operations and wean itself off the delivery networks of UPS and FedEx. A rush of last-minute holiday orders in 2013 forced Amazon to issue refunds to shoppers who didn’t get gifts in time, highlighting the perils of being overly dependent on partners for a main part of its business pledge — quick, reliable delivery. Taking over some responsibility for delivery enables Amazon to protect that edge as rivals like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. enhance their own delivery operations.“Shares are going to be under pressure” for UPS and FedEx “because it’s Amazon and no one wants to go head to head with them,” said Kevin Sterling, a Seaport Global Holdings analyst. “But if you look at the world of e-commerce and double-digit growth year after year, FedEx and UPS are still going to get their share of growth. If Amazon does take a few customers, the whole ecommerce pie is growing so fast that FedEx and UPS won’t miss a beat.”Amazon accounts for 5 percent to 10 percent of UPS revenue, according to analyst estimates, while FedEx has said the e-commerce giant accounts for less than 3 percent of its sales.Amazon is constantly experimenting to shorten delivery times and reduce costs. It built a network of “sortation centers” around the country, where packages are sorted by zip code and trucked to post offices, with the U.S. Postal Service handling the final mile of delivery since it already has workers bringing mail to every home in the country. It launched Amazon Flex, which uses independent contractors driving their own vehicles to deliver packages from Amazon shipping hubs, guided by a smartphone app. Prime Now offers a limited assortment of products, such as phone chargers and bottled water, in as little as an hour to shoppers in many cities.Many online merchants who sell on Amazon’s marketplace pay fees to store products in the retail giant’s warehouses, letting Amazon gather and pack products when orders arrive. But the popularity of this service strains Amazon’s capacity during the end-of-year holidays. Online holiday spending in the U.S. will hit $129 billion this year, up 12 percent from a year ago, according to Forrester Research Inc.— Spencer Soper, Bloomberg Related Items
Videocon group chairman Venugopal Dhoot has rubbished rumors doing the rounds on the social media that he may flee India.“I am very much in India and have no intention to ever go out of the country, in fact, I am most comfortable here and have not stepped out of India since the last five years,” Dhoot said on March 8, the Economic Times reported.The debt-laden Videocon Industries Ltd is planning to raise nearly Rs 30,000 crore by selling its stakes in oil blocks in Brazil to repay bank loans, Livemint.com reported.“We will repay banks in the next 2-3 months by selling oil blocks in Brazil, we hope to raise around Rs 30,000 crore,” Dhoot said. He added that Videocon Hydrocarbon Holdings Ltd, the Cayman Islands firm owning the stakes, has received interests from some parties who are keen to strike a deal. Videocon’s oil assets in Brazil are estimated to be worth Rs 40,000 crore.Videocon Industries has economic interests in oil and gas concessions in Brazil, Indonesia and East Timor through its subsidiaries and affiliates.In January, the State Bank of India (SBI) referred Videocon Industries to bankruptcy court since lenders were not able to resolve loans by Dec. 31, 2017. The SBI had filed separate insolvency proceedings against Videocon Industries and Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.The company’s total debt was Rs 19,506 crore as of March last year.In 2015, Videocon Industries entered into an alliance with a Bharat Petroleum Corp unit (BPCL) to form a joint venture called IBV Brasil Petroleo in order to manage oil assets in Brazil. Videocon and the BPCL unit own 20 percent stake each, while Brazil’s Petrobras holds the remaining 60 per cent, according to ET.“Oil and gas business has been a tremendous success for us. We are the largest and most successful Indian private sector explorer in the world today. Total reserves in the fields that we have discovered in Indonesia and Brazil, have around 4 billion barrels of oil and oil equivalent. We are working towards getting those fields in production. We were in the phase of the development cycle of these projects,” Saurabh Dhoot, executive chairman of Videocon d2h had said earlier, according to Livemint. Related ItemsoilState Bank of IndiaVideocon
An Indian American man from Monrovia in Los Angeles has been convicted for being part of an international money laundering racket that plotted to move millions of dollars for narcotics for organizations such as the Sinaloa drug cartel.Harinder Singh, 32, also known as Sonu, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 30. At the time of sentencing, Singh will face a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for the conspiracy count, and five years for each of the other two charges. Singh was found guilty on Jan. 19 of conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.In the course of the two-week trial that took place in Los Angeles, evidence that was presented included wiretap calls in Punjabi, witnesses who spoke Punjabi as well as a money laundering expert.All the evidences pointed out that Singh participated in a “hawala” conspiracy that was moving money generated from drug sales in Canada to the United States to pay for multi-kilogram drug shipments that were purchased in Los Angeles and then routed back to Canada for distribution, a statement from the Department of Justice said.“The jury deliberated for less than two hours on Jan. 19 before finding Singh guilty of all three charges. With the verdicts against Singh, prosecutors have convicted 18 defendants who were named in a 2015 grand jury indictment that was the first major case in the United States involving ‘hawala’ transfers of drug money,” the statement added.The other 17 defendants pleaded guilty earlier, and several have already been sentenced, receiving prison terms as long as nearly six years. The indictment also charges four other defendants who are currently fugitives.Singh was stopped by the California Highway Patrol in October 2012, which led to the discovery of $274,980 in United States currency in rubber-banded stacks wrapped in black plastic. “While the traffic stop was being conducted, special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration were conducting surveillance and observed Singh’s wife exiting the couple’s apartment complex carrying a bag, which later revealed $388,100 in United States currency, again rubber-banded in stacks and similarly wrapped in black plastic,” the statement added.Hawala is an alternative form of money remittance that operates outside of traditional banking or financial systems. The transfer of monetary value occurs between the brokers, who are typically located in different countries, but sometimes in different cities in one nation.“Drug traffickers used a traditional hawala network of brokers spanning the United States, Canada and India to secretly transfer millions of dollars of drug proceeds to the United States, where brokers such as Singh delivered money to couriers acting on behalf of the Canadian drug traffickers and Mexican drug cartels,” said the statement.Before the traffic stop and the seizure at Singh’s apartment complex, a federal wiretap had intercepted calls in the Punjabi language. This indicated that Singh and co-conspirators had communicated over multiple telephone calls to arrange for the pick-up, transport and delivery of large amounts of United States currency, as much as up to $800,000, panning across the Los Angeles area. Related ItemsIndian Americanlos angelesUnited States