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  • On Dissatisfaction

    first_imgPeople don’t change unless and until they are dissatisfied. Without dissatisfaction, there’s nothing to compel your prospective client to do something. There’s no reason for them to take action.Your job in sales is to discover dissatisfaction or create it.Find DissatisfactionIf your prospective client is dissatisfied, the source of that dissatisfaction is the focus of your discovery work. What’s causing them pain? What needs to change? What’s broken? Your dream client’s dissatisfaction is where you’ll find the ability to develop a compelling solution.If your dream client isn’t motivated to take action, it’s because they aren’t yet dissatisfied enough to do so.Create DissatisfactionMuch of the time you find that your dream clients aren’t dissatisfied. When this is true, you have to help them become dissatisfied. Many of your dream clients should be dissatisfied. They just don’t know it yet. You can help them become dissatisfied, or your competitors will. Your dream clients should be producing better results. There is a gap between the results they are producing now and some better future results they’re capable of producing. And better future results are always possible—if you’re resourceful enough to figure out how.Stay with me here; I know this gets tough. What you sell is the ability to help your dream client close the gap and produce better results. But first you have to help your dream client understand that they should be dissatisfied, that there is a gap.If you want your clients to be compelled to buy, then you have to either discover the source of their dissatisfaction or you have to create that dissatisfaction. Then you have to show them how to close the gap around that dissatisfaction.You either find dissatisfaction or you create it. All opportunities are born in dissatisfaction.QuestionsWhat are the common sources of dissatisfaction that you discover?How do you help close the gaps around that dissatisfaction?How to you develop dissatisfaction when your client isn’t dissatisfied or doesn’t know they should be?What is the dissatisfaction you are working on solving for the dream clients in your pipeline now?last_img read more

  • Default Roils Investors in Best-Performing Asia Stock Market

    first_imgIndia’s benchmark equity index fell the most since March, as turmoil in nonbank finance companies deepened after a troubled lender disclosed further missed debt payments late on Friday and panic seeped into Asia’s best-performing stock market.The S&P BSE Sensex declined 1.5 percent at close in Mumbai, its fifth day of losses, with a gauge of financial shares tumbling 3.5 percent. Investors remained jittery about financial firms after a recent default by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. A gauge of investor anxiety surged to its highest level in more than seven months, after the Sensex on Friday had its wildest intraday move in more than four years.Financiers have come under pressure because “liquidity is getting tight,” Rahul Chadha, chief investment officer at Mirae Asset Global Investments, told Bloomberg TV. Markets may remain range-bound for six to nine months, he said.Equities declined even as Indian authorities vowed to support financial markets. Indiabulls Housing Finance dropped 7.6 percent, while PNB Housing Finance Ltd. and Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. slumped at least 8 percent. Citing recent share-price slumps and liquidity support, Kotak Institutional Equities upgraded nonbanking financiers under its coverage, including Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co. and LIC Housing Finance Ltd.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government will take all measures to ensure adequate liquidity for nonbanking finance firms, while the nation’s central bank and market regulator on Sunday said they are “closely monitoring recent developments” and are ready to take “appropriate actions,” if necessary.Friday was a “gut-wrenching day in the Indian market,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, senior vice president and head of research for wealth at Centrum Broking Pvt. in Mumbai. There was a “free fall” across the market, “with almost no place to hide,” he said.That day started with a nosedive in Yes Bank Ltd.’s shares after the central bank rejected the lender’s request to extend the tenure of Chief Executive Officer Rana Kapoor by three years. Then came a record plunge in Dewan Housing Finance Corp., which bled into other financial stocks, on speculation that a debt default by IL&FS may spread to other lenders. Dewan rose as much as 25 percent on Monday after the company said on Friday that it has 197 billion rupees of liquidity available to meet its obligations.The reason for the speculation: DSP Mutual Fund sold Dewan Housing bonds at a discount last week. The fund manager sold the debt to boost its cash levels before an expected tightening of market liquidity in September, Kalpen Parekh, president of DSP, said in an interview. The firm sold 3 billion rupees ($41.6 million) of the bonds to express “our interest view, not a credit view,” Parekh said. “This has been done across issuers over the last few days.”Dewan’s Chairman Kapil Wadhawan told Bloomberg that the company had not defaulted on any repayments, and that it had a cash surplus to cover any dues for the next six months.IL&FS missed interest payments again on Friday, causing concern among investors who had regarded the group’s debt as rock-solid. With the IL&FS cash crunch set to intensify, there are concerns that the impact may spill over into the wider infrastructure industry, pushing up funding costs. Its outstanding debentures and commercial paper accounted for 1 percent and 2 percent, respectively, of India’s corporate debt market as of March 31, according to Moody’s Investors Service.“The ongoing elevated volatility is here to stay in the near term,” said Rajesh Cheruvu, chief investment officer at WGC Wealth. “Housing-finance companies have seen the pressure due to high valuations as a segment over the past two quarters. This may spread to NBFC stocks, as their valuations too are quite demanding,” he said.The S&P BSE Finance Index, which includes mortgage lenders, trades at an estimated price-to-earnings ratio of 19.3, higher than its five-year average of 17.8, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Meanwhile, some money managers are still bullish, suggesting investors move capital into quality stocks. “We are not worried about overall India,” Arthur Kwong, head of Asia Pacific equities at BNP Paribas Asset Management said by phone from Hong Kong. “It is still bullish for me. We like private-sector banks.”“Despite current stresses,” James Syme, a London-based money manager at JO Hambro Capital Management, which oversees over $40 billion in assets, is “comfortable” owning Indian stocks, particularly private-sector banks. “This is more a historical problem being resolved now rather than an ongoing credit crisis in Indian corporate.”For Isabelle Mateos y Lago, chief multi-asset strategist at BlackRock Investment Institute, her focus is on India’s resilience amidst the broader emerging-market selloff. Strong local growth and the high proportion of dollar earnings from corporate India have acted as a good hedge against dollar strength. “It’s a market that requires high selectivity,” she said, ” particularly within the financial sector.”Still, after a world-beating advance this year, the outlook for India’s stock market might be turning amid the financial-industry turmoil. Elevated valuations, upcoming elections and a potential slowdown in economic growth prompted Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to call time on Indian stocks in a Sept. 16 report. The firm downgraded its stance to the equivalent of a “hold” rating after the Sensex climbed 13 percent from Jan. 1 through Sept. 14.“We believe the coming week will bring in some clarity,” said Jayant Manglik, president at Religare Broking Ltd. Investors should buy the dip and start accumulating “fundamentally sound” stocks, he said.Bloomberg’s Alexandra Stratton, Aline Oyamada, Ben Bartenstein, Yvonne Man and Rishaad Salamat contributed to this report.© Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

  • The 2nd edition of Indian GP holds many thrills, with sizzling battle between Alonso and Vettel

    first_imgI read in the papers earlier this week that the American coffee giant Starbucks opened its much-awaited outlet in South Mumbai.Known as the “SoBo crowd” and not famous for their patience, they waited in long queues quite simply for coffee. But it wasn’t just for coffee, was it? It was for the bragging rights of the “I was there” moment.We’ve seen this happen before- the first multiplex, the first pizza joint, the first international rock concert- every time a new event or property gets introduced, there is an energy- part-euphoria part-curiosity- which sweeps through us all.And then soon enough it becomes a part of us and we just “get used to it”. But Formula One is such a rare exciting mix of sport, adrenaline and glamour that there is no option but to be mesmerised by it.There is no denying that with television coverage getting better, with high definition and what not, the sports fan could hardly choose a better vantage point than the comfort of his couch.Yet, there is a deeper significance to being at a sporting event- in the flesh, craning your neck, standing on your toes to catch a glimpse of your favourite stars in action.Stories about little kids going to watch Test matches with their parents and, in that instant, making a life-altering career decision are well known. Ask Rahul Dravid or Steve Waugh.Formula One has come to India for only the second time. To look at it differently, including the second edition, F1 would only have spent six days in India! The significance of hosting an F1 weekend and the footprint it leaves behind runs much deeper, though.advertisementThe second edition of the Indian GP holds many thrills. Right at the top is that sizzling battle for the drivers’ championship between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.There’s an ever-improving Force India car that seems determined to get on the podium in front of a grandstand painted in the same colours that it sports on itself.Michael Schumacher will race in an F1 car in India for the last time, giving us a chance to say ‘Thank you’ and ‘Well done’ to a man who single-handedly brought in Indian fans by the million to motorsports.Of course, there is one of our own in there too and Narain will look to push as hard as he can and make the best of what is available to impress the country.A bit away from the spotlight and the flashbulbs, the next generation of Indian racing drivers in their smaller cars are giving it everything to fast-track themselves on the long journey to F1.There is a seriously strong pool of young Indian drivers competing in the JK Asia Racing Championship, and it is from support races such as these that we will find continuity in our efforts to produce racing drivers.Personally, as a racing driver at the cusp of F1, being at the Buddh International Circuit during the weekend is hugely significant.Last year at this time, I was far away from the action, testing at Indianapolis as I became the first Indian driver in Indy racing. This year, being in the middle of the noise and the frenzy feels just right.Which is why, as comfortable as your couch maybe, and as long as the trek to the Buddh circuit is- make sure that if you can make it, you do it. Bring the kids with you; kids, drag your folks along, because all it takes is that one moment to fall in love with a sport.last_img read more

  • congatec: COM Express Computer-on-Module with 3 GHz Intel Core i3 processor

    first_imgcongatec introduces a brand-new price-breaking Computer-on-Module for the entry-level of high-end embedded computing based on Intel’s latest Core i3-8100H processor platform. The new conga-TS370 COM Express Basic Type 6 Computer-on-Module with quad-core Intel Core i3 8100H processor offers a 45 watt TDP configurable to 35 W, supports 6 MB cache and provides up to 32 GB dual-channel DDR4 2400 memory. Compared to the preceding 7th generation of Intel Core processors, the improved memory bandwidth also helps to increase the graphics and GPGPU performance of the integrated new Intel UHD630 graphics, which additionally features an increased maximum dynamic frequency of up to 1.0 GHz for its 24 execution units. It supports up to three independent 4K displays with up to 60 Hz via DP 1.4, HDMI, eDP and LVDS. For the first time, designers can now switch from eDP to LVDS purely by modifying the software without any hardware changes.The module further provides exceptionally high bandwidth I/Os including 4x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbit/s), 8x USB 2.0 and 1x PEG and 8 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes for powerful system extensions including Intel Optane memory. All common Linux operating systems as well as the 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows 10 IoT are supported. congatec’s unique personal integration support rounds off the feature set. Additionally, congatec also offers an extensive range of accessories and comprehensive technical services, which simplify the integration of new modules into customer-specific solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous The two big traps of code coverageNext Slimming program for medical operating deviceslast_img read more

  • World Cup 2018: Germany eye last-16 berth, Mexico face Sweden test

    first_imgGermany look set to rely on players who did not win the 2014 World Cup to carry them past South Korea in their final Group F match on Wednesday and into the knockout stage.A shock 1-0 opening loss to Mexico was followed by a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Sweden, with players like Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy and Julian Brandt providing much of their spark in the latter.The world champions now need to beat South Korea by two goals or more to guarantee they qualify, or they must better Sweden’s result in the other group game against Mexico to secure a top two finish.The South Koreans, after two defeats, would have to beat Germany by more than two goals while hoping Sweden lose to Mexico to have any chance of advancing.”We have a lot of alternatives, that is the structure of our squad,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGELoew had already benched World Cup winners Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira after their first game and will add even more players who were absent in 2014 to his next line-up against South Korea on Wednesday.The Germans have so far failed to live up to their expectations as title favourites and were it not for those players hungry for World Cup success, they might already have been booking their return flights to Frankfurt.Reus, who missed the 2014 tournament after being injured in their final warmup game, should start once more after his fine performance against Sweden.advertisementFIXTURES | POINTS TABLEHe has quickly ousted Ozil, who had faced a barrage of criticism for his opening match performance.Instead Reus, time and again, sliced past the Swedish defence with his speed and was a constant threat while also scoring the equaliser in their win.Central defender Niklas Suele, who four years ago had just won promotion from the third division, is also likely to start in the place of the suspended Jerome Boateng, another World Cup winner who was sent off against Sweden.Holding midfielder Rudy, who started against the Swedes, broke his nose in that game, but should he be fit to play he would probably be picked ahead of Khedira, who admitted his own performance in their opener against Mexico was bad.Thomas Mueller, a winner in 2014 with 10 World Cup goals overall to his name, has yet to score in Russia.He is also feeling the pressure from 22-year-old Brandt, who has only had two brief substitute appearances so far but made an impression and hit the post against Sweden while also looking far more dangerous than Mueller.Loew sounds like he is keeping his options open.”It is about using all possibilities. Those players who did not play will definitely still be needed,” he said.That may not sound like a vote of confidence in his 2014 champions, but it’s not 2014 any more.MEXICO LOOK TO STAY UNBEATENMexico will look to add gloss to their World Cup campaign when they face Sweden in their final Group F match on Wednesday, with a win likely to boost the image of their embattled coach Juan Carlos Osorio back home. Mexico vs Sweden: Mexico are currently on top of Group F (Reuters Photo)Osorio’s relationship with the Mexican media has been prickly due to his frequent experimentation with the squad since taking charge in 2015. The Mexican public too have seemed unconvinced by his methods.But that appears to have changed somewhat after a shock victory over defending champions Germany in their first game and a 2-1 win over South Korea, which has put the team top of their group and on the brink of qualification to the last 16.Supporters who had been calling for the 56-year-old to be axed following a 1-0 friendly win over Scotland earlier this month appear to have made their peace with the Colombian.Osorio could ensure everyone involved with Mexican soccer will have more reason to celebrate after Wednesday’s match at the Ekaterinburg Arena.”El Tri” will advance to the knockout stages with a win or a draw against Sweden. A loss too will not halt their progress provided Germany lose to or draw with South Korea, who are yet to open their account. Sweden would move on in that scenario.However, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said Mexico have what it takes to beat the Scandinavians.”We knew it was going to go down to the last match, and that is what happened,” said Ochoa, who has made more saves (14) after two games than any other keeper in the tournament. “We are prepared to win all three matches… That’s what we want to do.”advertisementMexico could then look to break a frustrating run of six successive last-16 eliminations but face the prospect of meeting Brazil in the next round.Sweden, who beat South Korea 1-0 in their first match, have three points and were unlucky not to collect another from their game with Germany, who they had been holding to a draw until Toni Kroos’ last-minute winner.Sweden’s forward Marcus Berg admitted the team had “broken down” after that defeat.”But there’s a saying, ‘Breaking down to rise again’… We have it in our own hands, and that’s something we’re happy about.”We’ll do everything against Mexico and we have an incredible spirit in the team. It’s going to be extremely difficult to stop us from advancing out of the group,” he said.last_img read more

  • World Cup snub will hit me when I watch it on TV: Josh Hazlewood

    first_imgAustralian pacer Josh Hazlewood has said he is bitterly disappointed after not being included in the 15-member squad for the World Cup beginning May 30 in England and Wales.Hazlewood played a vital role in Australia’s successful campaign in the World Cup four years ago and was also the number one ranked bowler in ODIs in 2017.”It was obviously bitterly disappointing. It only comes around every four years. I was lucky enough to experience it on home soil last time. It’ll probably hit me a bit once the tournament starts and you’re watching on TV,” Hazlewood was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”It’s pretty hard. It’s not just a normal ODI series, it’s a World Cup.”Selectors felt Hazlewood, who is recovering from a back injury he suffered in January, wouldn’t have enough match practice going into the World Cup and thus, he should focus on building his fitness and prepare for the Ashes.”Not playing cricket for four months went against me. I can see their side of things,” he added while pointing at the reason for his exclusion.The right-arm pacer also hoped selectors would keep him in mind if Australia needed a mid-tournament replacement during the showpiece event.”I guess if someone went down halfway through the tournament then my chances would be a bit better (compared to last week),” Hazlewood said.Australia will begin their title defence against Afghanistan on June 1.Also Read | For MS Dhoni, Team India is above everything else: Virat KohliAlso Read | Arjun Tendulkar shines with all-round show in T20 Mumbai League openerAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

  • Report: Huddersfield 4 B’mouth 1

    first_imgHuddersfield Town 4 Bournemouth 1: Inspirational Mounie helps end five-game losing streak Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 2/11/18 mounie-cropped Getty Images Huddersfield Town climbed out of the bottom three after Steve Mounie inspired a 4-1 defeat of Bournemouth, who had not lost in seven. Steve Mounie played a starring role as Huddersfield Town ended their five-match losing streak in the Premier League with a 4-1 home win over in-form Bournemouth. Mounie has struggled for consistency since becoming the Terriers’ record signing at £11.5million in pre-season, but he produced arguably his most complete display in England on Sunday, impressively leading the line to inspire the side’s first league win since December 16.Considering David Wagner’s men had scored just once in the process of losing their last five top-flight games and had not netted two goals in a single game since beating Watford 4-1 in mid-December, their first-half performance came as something of a surprise against a Cherries outfit unbeaten in seven in the league.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Alex Pritchard opened the scoring early on and, although Junior Stanislas levelled soon after, the hosts went ahead again in the 28th minute through the lively Mounie, who had set up their first.Bournemouth found their opponents even more difficult to deal with after the break, only managing to stay within touching distance as a result of Huddersfield’s profligacy. the celebrations you’ve all been waiting for #HTAFC (AT) pic.twitter.com/Moa7XfMEKI— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) February 11, 2018But no such criticism could be levelled at Mounie, whose strike deflected in off Steve Cook with 24 minutes to go to effectively end Bournemouth’s chances, with Rajiv van La Parra’s late penalty wrapping things up to lift Huddersfield – who lost Aaron Mooy to a potentially serious knee injury late on – out of the relegation zone.Despite the understandable lack of confidence that comes with losing five in a row, Huddersfield started brightly and broke the deadlock after seven minutes.Mounie did brilliantly on left flank, powering past Simon Francis and cutting a pass back to Pritchard, who steered home for his first Premier League goal since joining from Norwich City in January.Eddie Howe’s side responded promptly as Stanislas coolly picked out the bottom-right corner from 10 yards after Ryan Fraser’s cross found its way past Florent Hadergjonaj.But the Terriers showed admirable persistence, restoring their lead before the half-hour mark – Mounie this time the finisher, heading Mooy’s teasing free-kick delivery past the helpless Asmir Begovic.Cook almost brought Bournemouth level again soon after, but his flick from a clever corner routine clipped the outside of the left-hand post.Huddersfield continued to look the more threatening at the start of the second half, with Pritchard firing into the side netting and Mooy dragging a 20-yard effort narrowly wide of the bottom-right corner.Their best opportunity fell to Tom Ince, but he inexplicably headed over from close range after reaching Mooy’s pinpoint delivery.66′ GOAL #htafc 3-1 #afcb: STEVE MOUNIE! (AT) pic.twitter.com/IJfufvZaFk— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) February 11, 2018Persistence finally paid dividends for Huddersfield in the 66th minute, Cook given the unwanted credit of an own goal after Mounie’s shot from 18 yards following Mooy’s inch-perfect cut-back.Huddersfield subsequently suffered the blow of seeing the excellent Mooy taken off on a stretcher, putting a dampener on an otherwise excellent afternoon for the Yorkshire club.But there was still time for a fourth goal, as Van La Parra confidently converted a spot-kick after Pritchard was sent tumbling by Dan Gosling, giving the home side a measure of revenge for their 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth in November.  Key Opta facts:- Huddersfield Town scored more goals against Bournemouth (4) as they managed in their previous eight Premier League games combined (3).- Bournemouth are the seventh team Huddersfield have beaten in all four tiers of English league football, along with Bradford City, Brentford, Bury, Grimsby Town, Portsmouth and Watford.- Alex Pritchard scored his first Premier League goal in his seventh appearance in the competition, spanning three clubs (Tottenham, West Brom, Huddersfield).- Pritchard has been involved in three goals in three league games against Bournemouth (2 goals, 1 assist). read morelast_img read more

  • Ambassador Vasciannie to Deliver Keynote Address at IDB

    first_imgWASHINGTON — Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Stephen C. Vasciannie, will deliver the keynote address at a forum entitled, ‘Who Owns the Caribbean Sea?’, on November 8,  at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in Washington, D.C., commencing at  8:00 p.m. Like Us On Facebook The forum is organised by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), the IDB and a number of Caribbean Embassies to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Law of the Sea.  According to the President of the ICS, Dr. Claire Nelson, the forum will bring into focus a critical question facing the countries that rim the Caribbean Basin.  She said that while most often CARICOM countries take centre stage in the discussion of all things Caribbean, the reality is that for matters pertaining to the Caribbean sea, there are 32 countries, territories and dependencies that ‘own’ the Caribbean Sea. Dr. Nelson pointed out that attendees can expect a lively forum, including an update on matters pertaining to the UN Law of the Sea and to the critical aspects affecting the sustainable economic exploitation of the Caribbean Sea. Ambassador Vasciannie is an international legal expert, having served as a Professor of International Law at the University of the West Indies; Head of the International Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers, and as a member of the United Nations International Law Commission.  Professor Vasciannie also served as Principal of the Norman Manley Law School.  The forum will be moderated by Executive Director for the Caribbean at the IDB, Mr. Kurt Kisto. Like us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Second edition of Manthan to take place in July

    first_imgThe Gem and Jewellery Industry’s most sought-after conclave that adds tremendous value to the lives of jewelers, and acts as a unique knowledge sharing platform to promote learning and gain insights from India Inc.’s most charismatic and dynamic leaders/ captains is back with a bang.All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC), will present its flagship event promoting a common platform to share expertise and knowledge – Manthan Gems and Jewellery Conclave 2019 – on July 2-3 at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai. Manthan 2019, an initiative by GJC (All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council) will witness over a 1,000+ attendees. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe conclave is Presented by NSE, Powered by World Gold Council and Supported by Forevermark, Logistics Partner BVC Logistics, Laboratory Partner GIA, Jewellery Partner Shineshilpi, Software Partner Acme Infinity, Solitaire Partner Divine Solitaire. Last year, Manthan 2018 was the first-ever milestone event in the history of Indian gems and jewellery sector. In its second year, the needle moves notches higher to the next paradigm, as this year speakers from more than 27 industries will be present on the occasion and their speeches will also be translated live in Hindi language for the convenience of the invitees. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardManthan 2019 raises the diversity bar higher with inspirational and transformational leaders such as Abhishek Munjal, Director, Hero Cycles; Asher O, MD, Malabar Gold, Gaurav Singh Kushwala, Founder and CEO, Bluestone, Murugavel Janakiraman, Founder and CEO, Bharat Matrimony Group; RS Sodhi, MD, Amul; Rajeev Kapur, MD, Steelbird Hi-Tech India Limited; Ramesh Nair, CEO and Country Head, JLL; Sachin Jain, MD, Forevermark; Sajjan Raj Kurup, Founder and Creative Chairman, Creativeland Asia Group; Sunil Dutt, President, Reliance Jio. Speaking at the event, Anantha Padmanaban, Chairman, GJC, said, “Manthan was conceptualised after a lot of discussions and deliberations to be positioned as a progressive business transformation initiative to take the largely unorganised jewellery businesses towards the organised realm of India Inc. The timing for Manthan is apt as the churning of thoughts, vision and insights will result in a new mindset, mission and ethos.” Shaankar Sen, Vice Chairman, GJC, stated, “Manthan 2019 will add more value by generating significance for key drivers for growth towards stakeholders in their businesses in a disruptive environment. Manthan 2018 was an inspirational experience and transformational voyage for participants who were enthralled by the true-to-life anecdotes of everyone from the Prince of Kolkata’s (Saurav Ganguly’s) extempore speech to Suresh Narayanan (CMD, Nestle) on Maggi crisis and Vivek Chand Sehgal (Chairman and co-founder Samvardhana Motherson Group) on their think Indian and have global aspiration motto. Everyone has high expectations from Manthan 2019 and we shall deliver like never before.” Manoj Kumar Jha, Convenor-Manthan, GJC, said, “Manthan, a thought-provoking initiative of GJC, is organized in pursuit of the eternal quest for knowledge. We are proud that we DREAMT about it and DID it in 2018. And we are back with Manthan 2019. The purpose of this powerful knowledge sharing platform is to promote learning and gain insights from industry professionals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets spread across different industries. Cross pollination of ideas leads to out-of-the-box thinking and innovation. As an attendee you will not just know the insights about how to grow your business but you will also learn how to implement and successfully execute it to earn multiple benefits. The finest experts from various walks of life will be addressing attendees in Manthan 2019.”last_img read more

  • President Kovind offers prayers at Lord Balaji shrine

    first_imgTirupati(AP): President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday offered prayers at the ancient hill shrine of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala near here. The President accompanied by his wife Savita and other members of his family, arrived here on a spiritual visit on Saturday to worship at four different shrines in and around the hills here. At the crack of dawn Sunday, on arrival at the main entrance of the hill temple complex, the President was accorded a ceremonial reception, amid chanting of Vedic hymns by high priests and top functionaries of the shrine who conducted him to the sanctum sanctorum, a temple official told PTI. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Kovind spent about half an hour inside the over 2000-year old shrine, the official added. After offering prayers, the President was offered a sacred silk cloth, portrait and laddu prasadm by TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy, Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal, and Special Officer AV Dharma Reddy among others, the official said. Before visiting the Lord Venkateswara shrine, as per tradition, Kovind paid obeisance at the shrine of Sri Bhu Varahaswamy close to the hill temple, the official said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Earlier, upon arrival yesterday at Renigunta airport, the President en route to Tirumala Hills, had offered worship at the shrine of Goddess Sri Padmavathi in Tiruchanur and an ancient cave shrine of Lord Shiva at Kapilatheertham near here, the temple official said. It was Kovind’s second visit to the hill shrine after offering prayers to Lord Venkateswara in September 2017. The President is expected to leave Tirumala for Sriharikota, some 100 km from here later Sunday and after an overnight stay, would witness the launch of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 tomorrow and return to Tirupati and fly back to New Delhi, a government official said.last_img read more

  • Chandrayaan2 We shall overcome some day says President Kovind

    first_imgNew Delhi: “Hum honge kamayab, mann me hai vishwas, poora hai vishwas hum honge kamyaab ek din,” this is how President Ram Nath Kovind summed up his thoughts on the Chandrayan-2 mission on Saturday.ISRO’s plan to soft land Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module on the Lunar surface did not go as per script in the early hours of Saturday, with the lander losing communication with ground stations during its final descent.The president hoped that India would be successful in its moon mission the next time. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe said he himself had seen the massive carrier, “bahubali”, in Sriharikota when he visited the assembly point.”We covered 3.84 lakh-km journey successfully, only 2.1 km were left. The distance left is negligible on such a huge scale. It’s such a huge achievement,” he said.It was just a coincidence and not misfortune.”I would say ‘Hum honge kamayab, mann me hai vishwas, poora hai vishwas hum honge kamyaab ek din’,” he said.Lauding the scientists for their commitment to their work, the president said he had met a scientist who had left her baby back in Bengaluru.Kovind said ISRO Chairman K Sivan and his team will be our role model in the times to come.last_img read more

  • Ontario BC mull preconstruction condo sales registry amid CRA crackdown

    first_imgVANCOUVER – Ontario and B.C.’s finance ministers say they are open to the idea of a registry of pre-construction condominium sales as the Canada Revenue Agency ramps up efforts to find tax evaders who earn money flipping condos still being built.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the government wants the CRA to enforce disclosure of so-called assignment sales or shadow flipping, where a buyer purchases a condo from a developer and sells it to another buyer before it is completed, to prevent tax avoidance of any capital gains.His B.C. counterpart, Carole James, says the province has made some changes to allow for better sharing of information with the federal government, and is looking into ways it can assist the federal government in their investigation and audits.She says the provincial government is discussing a registry of condominium presales and assignment sales, which some have suggested might help the problem, but stresses it’s one of many possible options.Sousa says he’s supportive of anything, including a registry, that enables the government to ensure full disclosure.The CRA said Tuesday it is analyzing 2,810 transaction of pre-construction condo flipping in Toronto and may carry out audits to find tax evaders. The agency says real estate deals in the hot housing markets in the Toronto and Vancouver areas have been the subject of greater scrutiny.last_img read more

  • The Latest: EU concessions on Brexit deal would be ‘stupid’

    LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s plans to leave the European Union (all times local):12:40 p.m.A top European Commission official says it would be ‘a stupid thing’ for the European Union to make any concessions to Britain that would put the bloc at a disadvantage just to clinch a Brexit agreement.Jyrki Katainen says “there’s no reason to give any concessions” to Britain which knew of the consequences of leaving the bloc. He said the EU has negotiated in good faith and had reached a good deal that was rejected by the British parliament.Katainen said he doesn’t see “much room for manoeuvr” on a backstop deal designed to prevent a hard post-Brexit border that would bring back customs and identity checks between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K.Katainen was speaking Monday after talks with Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades.Georgiades said although Cyprus wants to “definitely avoid” a no-deal Brexit and would opt to “pause the process” in order to give negotiators more time to hammer out terms that are “benign and less damaging for all.”___9:35 a.m.A leading Brexit supporter says he will back Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal with the European Union if she wins concessions on controversial language designed to prevent border checks in Northern Ireland.Boris Johnson, the former U.K. foreign secretary, writes Monday in the Daily Telegraph that it would be “unadulterated good Brexit news” if May negotiated an expiration date for the Irish border backstop plan. Currently, the backstop clause would indefinitely keep Britain in a customs union with the EU if no other way were found to avoid physical border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.Tuesday is a crucial day for May’s Brexit deal, with Parliament considering a number of amendments that could prevent Britain from leaving the EU without an agreement on future relations.The Associated Press read more

  • Subway sues CBC for reckless Marketplace report claiming chicken is half soy

    TORONTO — Subway has filed a defamation lawsuit against the CBC over reports the sandwich chain alleges have caused it to suffer significant sales losses.In a statement of claim filed with a Toronto court earlier this month, Subway takes issue with television and online reports as well as tweets published by the broadcaster, which it alleges were meant to discredit the company and its products.Subway alleges the CBC acted “recklessly and maliciously” in airing a “Marketplace” report in February that said DNA tests suggested some chicken products served by the chain could contain only 50 per cent chicken or less.The company further alleges the tests conducted on the chicken “lacked scientific rigour,” were conducted without appropriate methods by people without proper training and then interpreted by people who also lacked training.“These false statements … were published and republished, maliciously and without just cause or excuse, to a global audience, which has resulted in pecuniary loss to the plaintiffs,” the company says in the document.Subway becomes latest restaurant chain to remove artificial ingredients from its foodSubway to stop using chemical also found in yoga mats in its breadSubway is seeking $210 million in damages, saying its reputation and brand have taken a hit as a result of the CBC reports. It is also seeking recovery of out-of-pocket expenses it says were incurred as part of efforts to mitigate its losses.None of the allegations have been proven in court and the CBC says it will defend itself against the lawsuit, which also names as defendants the reporter and two producers who worked on the program.CBC “Marketplace” reported that DNA test results showed high levels of soy DNA in Subway’s chicken products, suggesting potentially high levels of soy content in Subway’s chicken products.The TV report was followed by an online story and several tweets that included similar content.Subway reacted angrily after the report aired, calling it false and misleading. The company said at the time its own analysis found only trace amounts of soy in its chicken.The CBC has said it stands by its reports, noting the DNA tests were done by independent and credible experts.The lawsuit alleges the reports unfairly painted Subway as resorting to misleading business practices and cheap ingredients at the expense of Canadian consumers. read more

  • Blast devastates part of California refinery injuring 4 and sending ash raining

    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2015 11:08 am MDT A vehicle is covered in ash after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility’s flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson) Blast devastates part of California refinery, injuring 4 and sending ash raining down on area TORRANCE, Calif. – An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California.The blast at the Exxon Mobil Corp. facility occurred in a recently installed processing facility, Fire Department spokesman Steve Deuel said. The four-story structure was shattered, and four contractors suffered minor injuries.Electrical contractor Cory Milsap-Harris, 21, was in a switch house next door to the blast site keeping an eye on three colleagues working 8 feet underground in a manhole. “Everything was going smooth. Next thing I hear sounded like heavy metal next door. There was a loud bang,” he said. “You could feel the building shake a little.”The blast reverberated in his ears despite the several layers of hearing protection he routinely wears, Milsap-Harris said. He rushed his co-workers outside, where people were running away from flames and black smoke.Residents within a mile or two reported feeling a sharp jolt that they initially thought was an earthquake.“The whole building shook. We couldn’t figure out what it was, but we stepped outside the door and the flames were shooting up from the refinery,” said Brittney Davis, whose office is about a block away. “I could feel the heat from the flame.”Students at 13 nearby schools were kept indoors, said Tammy Khan of the Torrance Unified School District. The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for areas surrounding the refinery, and it dispatched inspectors to the facility with air sampling equipment.Exxon Mobil said no harmful emissions were detected by its air-quality monitors on the refinery fence line.The refinery about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles covers 750 acres, employs over a thousand people and processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It produces 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline per year, which accounts for about 8.3 per cent of the state’s total refining capacity.Gas prices in California had been inching up even before the blast.Allison Mac, West Coast petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com, said the accident could contribute to an immediate spike of 7 to 15 cents per gallon, but the effects are likely to remain limited to Southern California.There are refineries in the region that produce nearly twice as much, so it should not cause a major dent in supply, Mac said. “It’s not like we were at 100 and now we’re at zero,” she said.Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, agreed.“You’re not going to see another gasoline apocalypse” like after the 2012 Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, California, that helped send gas prices over $4 a gallon, he said.It was not clear what caused the explosion or how much work at the refinery was disrupted. Company spokesman Todd Spitler only said other parts of the facility continue to operate.The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health is leading the investigation, which can take six months to complete. Cal-OSHA inspectors shut down a fluid catalytic cracking unit — a device used in refining oil — where the accident was thought to have occurred, said Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Industrial Relations.The Exxon Mobil refinery is the second in the state to encounter production interruptions. A Tesoro refinery in Northern California — which accounts for about 9.2 per cent of the state’s total refining capacity — was shut down earlier this month after the contract with the United Steelworkers union expired.___Associated Press writers John Antczak, Christopher Weber and Alicia Chang in Los Angeles contributed to this report. read more

  • Outcome of global hunger summit major step towards ending injustice of malnutrition

    In a video message to the high-level event, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to alleviating malnutrition in all its forms. “No child should suffer the injustice of malnutrition. Yet one in four will be stunted by chronic malnutrition — unless we act,” said the UN chief.“These commitments can support children’s development, help hundreds of millions of people and boost the economies of some of the world’s most vulnerable countries. The UN system and I will do everything within our power to see them fulfilled,” he declared.The event, which brought together leaders from Governments, the private sector and civil society, was hosted by the Governments of Brazil and the United Kingdom, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the event resulted in renewed commitments to accelerate progress towards significant reductions in stunting and improved nutrition for children and mothers around the world, including initial pledges of funds exceeding $4 billion. “For children who face the unnecessary threat of stunting – something that not only deprives them of physical good health but dramatically weakens their potential to learn, to earn a decent income and to contribute to the prosperity and growth of their communities – today’s gathering underlined a global determination to meet that threat,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a press release.At the event, UNICEF pledged to continue its own investment in strengthening nutrition in countries worst-affected by stunting and other forms of undernutrition – an investment represented by more than 350 nutrition experts working with governments and local communities in some 65 countries, backed by a financial contribution that has seen around $1 billion spent by UNICEF on improving nutrition over the last five years.UNICEF was among several United Nations agencies welcoming the formal Global Nutrition for Growth Compact agreed by participants that highlighted commitments to make nutrition a top political and socio-economic priority for both donors and countries affected by undernutrition, capitalize on scientific knowledge and innovation to improve nutrition, and strengthen transparency and monitoring of results.José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also welcomed the new funding pledges, commitments and targets for action on nutrition. “I welcome the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact agreed at the meeting. FAO will work with all committed Governments to realize their food security and nutrition goals,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. He also outlined how FAO was stepping up its efforts to improve nutrition over the last 18 months. This includes the additional deployment of experts in the field to better respond to country needs and the implementation of a new nutrition strategy. Mr. Graziano da Silva also stressed the importance of improving measurement of hunger and malnutrition. In this regard, FAO is developing the Voices of the Hungry project- a new, faster and more precise way of measuring hunger and food insecurity across the world. The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement today hailed world leaders signing the Compact. Since launching in 2010, the SUN Movement has expanded to 40 countries that together are home to 80 million stunted children equivalent to about half of all stunted children in the world.“Good nutrition is essential for the growth of individuals, nations and economies,” said Dr. David Nabarro, Coordinator of the SUN Movement. “All in the Movement are excited by this event in London, which should be remembered as the day when the world started to turn a corner and start to see an end to the scandal of child malnutrition in today’s world,” he said in a press release on the event. read more

  • Opinion Michigan bringing in former Alabama coordinator Buckeye fans should take notice

    Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (left) and coach Brady Hoke share a smile after a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 10.Credit: Courtesy of MCTUnder coach Urban Meyer, the Ohio State football team has yet to lose to Michigan, but a recent big-time move on the Wolverines’ coaching staff could inflict some uneasiness into Buckeye fans.Offensive coordinator Al Borges, the same coach who helped the Michigan offense put up 41 points against Ohio State in November, was out of a job Wednesday morning. By nightfall, however, his replacement was already announced.That replacement is former Alabama offensive coordinator, Doug Nussmeier, who will become one of the highest-paid coordinators in college football.While the details of his hiring are still a bit cloudy, rumors are swirling that Alabama head coach Nick Saban was pushing out Nussmeier in order to bring in his new buddy, Lane Kiffin, to take the reigns of the Alabama offense.In any case, this somewhat-shocking hire by the Wolverines should motivate OSU players and fans.Even with the aforementioned Borges at the helm, the Wolverine offense torched the Buckeyes’ defense and was even a single play away from winning The Game. But under control of Nussmeier and a revamped pro-style offense more suitable to Michigan’s personnel coming along with him, the Michigan offense could certainly take leaps and bounds forward.If OSU wants to continue its dominance against Michigan, the defense will have to at least match the improvement of the Michigan offense.In hiring Nussmeier, Michigan might have started a domino effect that will definitely have an impact in Columbus. Should Borges have stayed, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell’s job might have been safe. Now, however, Michigan has challenged OSU even further to resurrect the formerly fantastic “Silver Bullet” defense.If the Buckeyes stand pat, meaning Fickell is retained and the entire defensive outfit continues its less-than-stellar production, OSU will certainly have taken a step backward while Michigan has taken a step forward. That’s something no one involved with OSU football would be content seeing.Be it the firing of Fickell, a change in scheme, or just an overall closer examination of certain players, something needs to change defensively for OSU. Michigan made its move and is challenging the Buckeyes to answer with a counterattack.If the Buckeyes don’t take measures to improve their defense, a loss to Michigan next season in Columbus will be no one’s fault but their own.A word to athletic director Gene Smith and Meyer, in this century-long chess match between OSU and Michigan: it’s your move. read more

  • PlayStation AllStars Battle Royale beta launches

    first_imgIf you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, you are eligible to partake in Sony’s first open access beta for its hotly anticipated PS3 title PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The game is Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros franchise, and it is due out this holiday season.Players will be able to duke it out with characters from the nearly two decades of PlayStation history, ranging from the classics that every casual fan knows to the more obscure for the truly fanatical Sony fanboys to appreciate. The game launches on November 20, but the beta goes live today for PlayStation Plus subscribers.In the beta, users will have access to the playable characters Kratos, Sweeth Tooth, Colonel Radec, Sly Cooper, PaRappa the Rapper, and Fat Princess. All come from very different genres and different time periods from within the storied PlayStation universe.Of course, at its heart this is a test for Sony to just put the game through its online connectivity paces and make sure that the network support is fully in place. So it is all about online matches; users can participate in four-player melee fights, or 2-vs-2 games to allow players to invite friends and compete in team-based brawls.Also launching is the beta of the PlayStation Vita version, which is available to everyone and not just PlayStation Plus members. This game is one of Sony’s poster children for “cross-play” functionality, which means the game is functionally identical between the PS3 and Vita so players can take the experience with them on the go. This is also fully represented in the beta.For those who don’t have PlayStation Plus, the beta will be opening up for all PS3 users next week.via PlayStation Bloglast_img read more