BJP will fight 2019 Odisha polls alone: Amit Shah

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party is not looking for allies in Odisha and will fight the 2019 Assembly elections alone, party president Amit Shah said on Thursday. “We will have no alliance in Odisha,” Mr. Shah said at a press conference at the party office here on the second day of his three-day visit to Odisha.Mr. Shah, who has set a target of 120 seats for his party in the 147-member Odisha Assembly, said a BJP wave was blowing across the country and it would come to Odisha very soon. The party has 10 legislators in the current Assembly.Mr. Shah claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had allocated huge funds for the development of Odisha in the last three years.Mr. Shah, who arrived in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday as part of his 110-day nationwide tour to strengthen the party organisation, is holding a series of meetings with leaders and workers to chalk out the party’s strategy in the State.He is scheduled to address booth-level workers at a conclave in Bhubaneswar on the last day of his visit on Friday.last_img read more

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Congo outbreak of Ebola unrelated to escalating West African epidemic

first_imgA new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is unrelated to the 6-month-old epidemic in West Africa, a genetic analysis has confirmed. Although the virus belongs to the same species, Ebola-Zaire, the strain is genetically so different that it “is definitely not a dissemination of the outbreak in West Africa,” says virologist Eric Leroy of the International Centre for Medical Research of Franceville, the World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating center in Gabon that is characterizing the DRC virus.Meanwhile, WHO and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today issued fresh and even more urgent calls for immediate, massive international action to contain the West African outbreak, which is spiraling out of control. At a U.N. briefing today, MSF’s Joanne Liu painted a particularly desperate picture of the situation on the ground.”Ebola treatment centers are reduced to places where people go to die alone, where little more than palliative care is offered,” Liu said. “It is impossible to keep up with the sheer number of infected people pouring into facilities. In Sierra Leone, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets. Rather than building new Ebola care centers in Liberia, we are forced to build crematoria.”At the same briefing, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan raised her fist and called for “Action, action, action!”The DRC outbreak, first reported to WHO on 26 August, has so far sickened 53 people and killed 31, according to WHO. Early test results suggested the two outbreaks were caused by two different species of Ebola. (There are five species of Ebola virus, three of which cause outbreaks in humans: Zaire, Sudan, and Bundibugyo.) But the DRC outbreak, like the one in West Africa, turned out to be Zaire, Leroy wrote to ScienceInsider in an e-mail over the weekend.Now, a sequence of 346 base pairs of one of the virus’s genes has shown that the two outbreaks aren’t directly related. The fragment has seven mutations compared with genomes from the current outbreak in Guinea, but only four mutations compared with the strain that caused the first known Ebola outbreak in 1976, also in the DRC, which was then named Zaire. It is even more closely related—by just three mutations—to the strain that caused an outbreak in the DRC city of Kikwit in 1995. Leroy says he hopes to have a full genome sequence of the new DRC strain by the end of this week.An epidemiological investigation hadn’t suggested any links between the two outbreaks either. The index case in the DRC is believed to have been a pregnant woman from Ikanamongo Village in the north of the country, who prepared bushmeat hunted by her husband.The outbreak zone in the DRC is in a remote area approximately 1200 kilometers north of Kinshasa. “Motorcycles, canoes, and satellite phones have been supplied to facilitate outbreak investigation and contact tracing,” a statement issued today by WHO noted. “A dedicated helicopter will be made available soon.”That remoteness makes the response more difficult—but it’s also reason to be confident that this outbreak can be contained, Leroy says, because infected people won’t travel as much as they do in West Africa. In addition, he says, “the DRC has much experience with Ebola outbreaks, so all the people know very well what to do to stop the outbreak.”In West Africa, meanwhile, the outbreak shows no signs of slowing down. If it continues to accelerate at the current pace, the virus could sicken more than 10,000 people by 24 September, according to scientists trying to predict the spread of the virus.Public health experts are sounding increasingly alarmed. “There is a window of opportunity to tamp this down, but that window is closing. We need action now to scale up the response,” said Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, today at a press conference after returning from a visit to affected countries in West Africa.“In some ways, the most upsetting thing I saw is what I didn’t see,” Frieden said. “I didn’t see enough beds for treatment. So in one facility which had just opened with 35 beds, there were 63 patients, many of them lying on the ground. I didn’t see data coming in from large parts of the country where Ebola might be spreading. I didn’t see the kind of rapid response team that’s needed to stop a single cluster from becoming a large outbreak.”At the U.N. briefing, MSF’s Liu sharply criticized the international reaction to the outbreak so far, as MSF has done before. “The response has been too little, too late,” she says. Liu also criticized the fact that WHO didn’t declare the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) until 8 August. “We have lost 6 months,” she said.At a press conference later, Chan acknowledged that WHO and other organizations realized too late just how serious the outbreak would become. “I think it is fair to say that all organizations involved in this underestimated the complexity and the magnitude” of the outbreak, she said. But Chan defended the timing of the PHEIC declaration, which was triggered by the appearance of Ebola in Nigeria. “I think it was the right time to call it,” she said.*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

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In a need of a good coach: Team India

first_imgWhatmoreViswanathHopefully when the Indians queue up at Heathrow immigration on their tour of England, they will know who their coach is. What we already know is that Indian cricket is adamantly refusing to move up the evolutionary ladder. Going by the noise, this could be 2000, the first time the,WhatmoreViswanathHopefully when the Indians queue up at Heathrow immigration on their tour of England, they will know who their coach is. What we already know is that Indian cricket is adamantly refusing to move up the evolutionary ladder. Going by the noise, this could be 2000, the first time the Indians hired a foreign coach. The conscientious objectors to the idea have remained the same, their arguments have remained the same, and their choice of alternative candidates does not feature any new names. At least none that have made public.Sri Lanka and Pakistan, with equally capricious Boards, now know how to hunt for coaches. They put out ads, invite candidates. India’s method involves big-name committees, shooting in the dark, Chinese whispers and conspiracy theories.While other countries pick coaches in a planned manner, the BCCI believes in shooting in the darkWhat do the Indians look for when picking a coach? Er, who cares because coaches, apparently, come in only two kinds: Indian and foreign. Other qualities like a track record, the ability to manage men, to work hard, to build trust, are, apparently, built into passports, rather than the men carrying them.Dav Whatmore, as is known, is the front-runner but could be part of a package deal which includes G.R. Viswanath as batting consultant. South African Graham Ford is a late entrant with backers in the team, but more names will be thrown into the meeting for dramatic effect.In 1990, former India batsman Nari Contractor went to England to find a coach for the Mumbai Cricket Association’s bowling scheme. When no one impressed him, he returned and was not satisfied until he ran into former England fast bowler Frank Tyson. Twenty-seven bowlers from that scheme played first-class cricket and one of them, Paras Mhambrey, is a coach himself today. That’s the effect the right man can have in a job.advertisementLike Mhambrey, there are other former players who have committed themselves to cricket coaching like students, rather than gurus. Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad are already with the team. It won’t be long before an Indian heads our support staff. But to push for an Indian for the sake of his Indianness is meaningless.This is no defence of or campaign for What more. But the Sri Lanka-born Australian must be wondering what is it about him that has so incensed two of our luminaries, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. When asked about Whatmore taking the job he once did (without any great distinction) Kapil Dev responded, “Who is Whatmore? Why do we need to talk about Whatmore?” So often has Kapil paaji replied to questions by asking “Who is…?” in his fabricated earthiness, that he should consider patenting the response to prevent other rent-a-quote artists from making capital out of it.Sunil Gavaskar’s recent newspaper columns have contained a series of sniper attacks on Whatmore. May 23: “While it is no secret that (Habibul) Bashar is not the greatest tactical captain, what was the dressing room doing?” May 26: “Bangladesh’s limited success… is largely a matter of a good team playing them having a bad day… If eyes aren’t opened after this, then we are a myopic nation.” May 28: “What more does it take to prove that they have been plain lucky in their odd oneday wins and have made zilch progress in Test cricket? Nothing more, I guess.” You get the drift.For a columnist, all this is fair game but Gavaskar was also part of the panel to pick the new coach. Couldn’t a candidate believe Gavaskar has it in for him? Didn’t this strident public stance muddy the process? Besides, is any of it constructive? As India staggered into a new season, the search to find a perfect fit for their backroom turned into a battle of wills, a contest of non-issues and an exercise in self-aggrandisement.last_img read more

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FA Cup Qualifying Match Abandoned Following ‘Racial Abuse’

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. fa cupfootballHaringey Boroughracism First Published: October 19, 2019, 10:56 PM IST London:An FA Cup qualifying match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town was abandoned on Saturday after allegations that players were racially abused and spat on. The players of seventh-tier outfit Haringey walked off the field with about 25 minutes to go, shortly after Yeovil had scored a penalty.The incident during the match in the fourth qualifying round came just five days after England players endured racist abuse during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia.Haringey manager Tom Loizou said defender Coby Rowe suffered racial abuse while Cameroonian goalkeeper Douglas Pajetat was also spat at, prompting him to take his players off the pitch.”Early into the second half, we got a corner and a couple of the players said to me there was monkey chants,” Loizou told Sky News.”We got over that, we carried on playing. They got a penalty and my goalkeeper was spat at and had missiles thrown at him.”The referee halted the game briefly, they scored the penalty, one of players went to pick the ball out of the back of the net and Coby Rowe was racially abused.”Loizou said he had to take his players off.”I looked at a couple of our players’ faces and I was distraught myself, just to see their faces. I gave it a couple of minutes and I went on the pitch and pulled my players off,” he said.”There was no way that two or three of those players could have continued playing. What they heard was disgusting, they looked frightened.”I can’t sit down and watch young players being abused by a minority.”Rowe later posted on Twitter: “Can’t believe I’m tweeting this and it’s 2019 but today I was a victim of racism, in what was supposed to be a great day for @HaringeyBoroFC. Another game of football ruined by racists.”‘MATTER OF URGENCY’Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out praised the “swift and decisive action” taken by Loizou and his players.The FA said it was looking into the incident “as a matter of urgency”.In a statement, Yeovil said: “We are aware that there are allegations that racist comments were made in the crowd and this allegation will be a key part of any investigation.”Irrespective of the outcome of any investigations, we would like to make it clear that the club will not accept racism or discrimination in any form.”England players endured monkey chants and apparent Nazi salutes in Bulgaria. That match was stopped twice as England players made their feelings known to UEFA officials before the tie was eventually completed.Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, who made his international debut that night and was singled out by the Bulgarian crowd, applauded Haringey for “taking a stance” against racism.”Sometimes it can get brushed off in lower leagues but everyone stands with you,” he tweeted. “Our country isn’t perfect either.” last_img read more

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Indian woman creates history, climbs Mount Everest twice within a week

first_imgAn Indian climber on Sunday reached the summit of Mount Everest for the second time in less than a week, her expedition team said, setting a women’s record for a double ascent of the world’s highest mountain in a single season.Anshu Jamsenpa, 37, returned from the 8,848-metre (29,028-feet) peak on May 16, before turning around after a short rest to repeat the feat.”Anshu reached the summit of Everest at 8:00 am (0215 GMT) today for the second time this season, setting a new record,” said Dawa Lama of Dream Himalaya Adventures.Jamsenpa, a mother of two, was blessed by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama before leaving for the expedition.The current female record, certified by Guinness World Records, is held by Nepali climber Chhurim Sherpa, who in 2012 become the first woman to scale the peak twice in a season.Jamsenpa has climbed Mount Everest five times.She intended to make the summit in 2014 but the climbing season was cancelled after an avalanche killed 16 Nepali guides.Another attempt the following year was foiled after an avalanche — this one triggered by a massive earthquake that left swathes of Nepal in ruins — killed 18 people at Base Camp.Last week, Nepali climber Lhakpa Sherpa broke her own record for the greatest number of summits by a woman after scaling the peak for an eighth time.More than 120 climbers have made the summit this season, with the first ascents delayed by high winds, fresh snowfall and unusually cold temperatures.There are concerns that a high number of summit permits issued by Nepal could cause dangerous “traffic jams” on the mountain as climbers target a brief window of favourable weather before the monsoon in June.advertisementThis year’s climbing season has already been marred by two deaths, including legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck who fell from a ridge during an acclimatisation climb.last_img read more

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Don’t Let the Wedding Cake Take a Huge Slice Out of Your Budget

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Beat the Heat with Cool Money-Saving Tips

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How to Get Through Back to School Shopping on a Budget

first_img Post navigation Internships are coming to an end, blockbuster movies are in their final few weeks at cinemas, and slowly but surely people are beginning to pack up their pineapple floaties. It’s officially mid-August, which means summer is slowing down, and school is back in session.Whether you’re in your final years of high school, or beginning your first year of grad school in a new city, there is something about this time of year that makes people want to shop, shop, and shop. According to the National Retail Federation, total back to school spending for K-12 schools and college combined is projected to reach $82.8 billion, nearly as high as last year’s $83.6 billion.Don’t be a statistic of this season’s shopping spree. Follow these 4 rules when doing your back to school shopping that will help keep your wallet dent- AND debt-free!Make Your List, Check it TwiceWhatever you are about to shop for, there’s always one thing you should do first: determine your actual, needs, not just your wants. Maybe it’s a new backpack, calculator, or tennis shoes; spend on those items first, and plan on budgeting for the rest later in the year. Unless you’re going away to school in Alaska, chances are you don’t need a winter coat or boots for the first few weeks of school. It’s tempting to get all of your shopping out of the way while the racks are full of gear, but you are more likely to get a bargain on that adorable new coat when it goes on sale before the holidays.Once you have developed a ‘needs’ list, shop in your own house before you head to the store. Take your list around your house and look through what you already have and might be able to reuse. It’s likely your junk drawers and closets are full of common back to school items like highlighters, pencils, pens, calculators, and notebook paper. While it’s fun to have brand-new school supplies and clothes in the beginning of the school year, the savings you will see from shopping in your own home first are significant. Plus, you may find that old 90s denim skirt is back in style!Budget, Budget, Budget and…. Budget!Now that you have saved some money by going through what you already have, it’s time to create a budget. Whether you use the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or use an app like Mint, have a clear budget and stick to it. If you’re armed with a shopping list and a budget, you’re much less likely to succumb to impulse buys like the tricked out Swell water bottle, or the pricey Lilly Pulitzer planner. Skip the unnecessary, fancy stuff. You’ll save a ton of money if you buy plain, generic school supplies and save the flash for another time.Meet ‘Sale’ + ‘Coupon’ – Your Two New BFFsYou can do it, just put your time into it! Coupon finding and sale searching is time intensive, but time is money, and you are saving it! Visit a drugstore or office supply store to buy notebooks, pens, and other supplies where the prices are college-student-friendly.And don’t forget discount apps, such as Target’s Cartwheel app, that offer coupons for in-store purchases, as well as credit cards that offer rewards like cash back. While you shouldn’t be opening any new credit cards just for back to school shopping, use your preexisting ones wisely! Whether you prefer points for travel or retailer-specific credit cards, don’t be afraid to take advantage of a good deal. You can also find coupons in your newspaper or via apps and online sources such as Coupons.com and RetailMeNot.Also, don’t feel the need to start shopping too early. According to Deloitte, about two-thirds of shoppers (62 percent) people who start shopping sooner in the late summer spend about $100 more than shoppers who get a later start.Go Online, It’ll Save You TimeInstead of buying textbooks at the university bookstore where prices tend to be inflated, consider renting textbooks through Amazon or another service, at a fraction of the price. Not only will you be able to efficiently compare prices by going online, but you are more likely to stick to your shopping list.ALWAYS check prices online before you buy anything in the store. Apps like Price Comparison Shopping and ShopSavvy make it easy. Just open the app, scan the barcode of whatever you’re thinking of buying, and you’ll automatically see available online prices. And don’t forget to check retailers’ websites. Many big retailers offer online-only specials.These tools will help you finish the overwhelming (and fun!) task of back to school shopping while staying smart with your spending. Saving money is possible, and if you get sidetracked, just remember to clearly define your list and stick. to. your. budget!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedBack-to-School on a Budget + PrintablesJuly 22, 2019In “Budgeting”How To Go Back To School As An AdultJuly 30, 2019In “Student Finances”How to Create a Budget for Back-to-SchoolJuly 25, 2019In “Student Finances” last_img read more

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Balancing Saving for Retirement and Your Kids College? This is What You Need To Know

first_imgThe choice between saving for retirement and saving for your child’s college education is a microcosm of the dilemma many parents face: How do you balance your own needs with the needs of your child?The argument for putting your child first is obvious. Parents have a solemn responsibility to prioritize the wellbeing and future success of their offspring, even if it means sacrificing their own short term happiness. Most parents do this without thinking.But if you completely ignore your own needs, you’ll end up being miserable, unhealthy and a much worse parent. The key is striking the right balance.So when it comes to saving for retirement and saving for college, how do you find that balance?Analyze Your SituationBefore deciding how to split your money between retirement and college, take stock of your general financial health and the status of your retirement accounts. Look at your Mint account to see if you’re ahead or behind on retirement contributions.Use the Goals feature to set up a Retirement goal. You’ll need to link your IRA and 401(k) accounts, decide when you want to retire and input your desired annual income in retirement. The app will then decide if you’re on track or falling behind. You can play with the numbers and see if retiring a few years later gives you more leeway.If you’re already on-track, feel free to start saving for your child’s college education. If you’re desperately behind, it’s best to focus on retirement until you’re caught up.Choose Retirement FirstWhen deciding between saving for retirement and your child’s education, it’s always best to choose retirement. That might seem selfish at first glance, but skimping on retirement contributions could actually make things harder for your children.Your kids can borrow money, earn scholarships or attend community college to lessen their burden. If they still can’t afford to go, they can take a year off to work and save money.But you can’t borrow money if you reach retirement age and don’t have enough in your nest egg. There’s nothing you can do to make up the difference – except ask your children to take care of you. Student loan debt might be expensive, but not as expensive as funding your parents’ retirement.Make sure you’re saving at least 10-15% for retirement. You should also make sure you’re receiving any matching 401(k) employer contributions. This is free money that shouldn’t be left on the table.If you have money left over or receive a significant windfall, feel free to stash the rest in your child’s college fund.Another reason to prioritize retirement contributions is that money in an IRA or 401(k) doesn’t count as an asset on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By saving more money in those accounts, you might inadvertently help your child qualify for more need-based aid.Earn Free Money for Your 529Many states provide tax credits or deductions if you save money in a 529 account. These accounts are like IRAs for your child’s college tuition. Every state has their own rules, but about 30 states provide some sort of tax benefit if you contribute to a 529.There’s no federal tax deduction for 529s, so the state deduction or credit is the only tax benefit. If you really plan ahead, you can calculate how much you’ll save in taxes and then increase your retirement contribution.Use the Right Credit CardThere are several credit cards on the market that provide rewards in the form of 529 contributions.The Fidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® Card provides 2% cash-back that can be deposited in a Fidelity 529 account. There’s no limit on how many rewards you can earn, and rewards never expire. The card has no annual fee and was named “Best Credit Card for College Savings” in 2018 by Money Magazine.The Upromise Mastercard from Barclays has 1.25% cash back on all purchases and a 15% savings bonus when you connect the card to a 529 account.Using one of these credit cards for your everyday purchases will increase your college savings without affecting your retirement contributions.Talk to a College CounselorIf you’re worried about paying for college and don’t want your kids to take on significant debt, talk to a college counselor. A professional can identify schools that fit your child’s interests and your wallet. They can also provide guidance for your child’s application and essay to make them a great candidate for scholarship money.It’s best to start the conversation way before applications are due. If your school doesn’t provide a college counselor, ask around for recommendations on an independent counselor.Encourage your child to apply for every scholarship they’re eligible for, even if the chances seem slim or the payout is small. Every year, students leave billions of dollars in scholarship and financial aid money on the table. Just applying for lesser-known scholarships could be enough to get the money.Have the Conversation with Your KidsTelling your child you can’t pay for their college is a conversation no parent wants to have – but the issue won’t just go away if you avoid it. As your child starts exploring college options, sit down with them and tell them what they should expect from you financially. Lay out exact numbers if you have them.They may be disappointed – especially if you had promised to cover tuition – but waiting until they start the application process will only turn that disappointment into anger.Giving your kids a heads up allows them to plan realistically for college. I always knew how much my parents planned to pay toward my college education, so I was able to make decisions based on that knowledge.I applied to more public universities instead of private institutions with a higher price tag – even though going to a prestigious private university was a dream of mine. Over a decade later and five years after making my last student loan payment, I’m grateful that I was given the information needed to make a more financially sensible choice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedMint Success: Transitioning from College Kid to Young ProfessionalJune 3, 2016In “Budgeting”The Complete Guide to Independent Work for Seniors and RetireesJuly 3, 2019In “Financial Planning”How to Kick-Start Your Retirement Fund in the New YearJanuary 1, 2019In “Financial Planning” Post navigationlast_img read more

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How to Master the Connect Call

first_imgThe sales connect is the most transferrable skill to master. If you master the connect, you can begin mastering so many other important life skills — sorority rush, dinner party schmoozing, networking events, and even the first date.In sales, the connect is your opportunity to make that first impression on your prospect — the first time that you’re catching someone live on the phone. And the last thing you want is for it to be the last time. So, what should you say?Free Download: 101 Sales Qualification QuestionsA connect call is about getting to know your prospect. Think about when you meet someone new at a dinner party — the first conversation you have is about introductions and learning the basics without being overbearing or creating a tell-all confessional too soon. Similarly, in the sales world, we use a connect call in order to begin understanding whom we’re talking to, what she cares about, and whether we have anything in common that we can get value out of discussing. We ask questions to find out what she’s working on, how that fits in with her company’s greater business goals, what’s tough about her day, whether that’s something we can help with, and whether she even wants anyone’s help in the first place.The goal of a connect with any person is to strike up a good conversation, get to know what makes them tick, and walk away knowing whether you want to continue that conversation at a later point in time. The goal of a sales connect call is exactly the same, with an added emphasis on determining whether there’s any way you can help a prospect with a need that her business has prioritized addressing.A Few ClarificationsBefore we jump into the methodology for running a sales connect, it may be helpful to describe some common pitfalls that should not find their way into your connects. OR … before discussing what a connect actually entails, let’s highlight what it should never become.The connect is NOT an opportunity for an elevator pitch. Remembering this takes discipline, because many times the prospect will insist that you provide one. If the prospect asks you for a high-level sale, give them a high-level overview instead. Resist the urge to talk about your product for 20 minutes straight. Practice conveying what you do in 2 sentences or less; then learn how to pivot back into your intended playbook.Secondly, this is NOT an opportunity to budget-qualify someone as quickly as possible. There are no shortcuts in a strong and thorough sales process, so I’d encourage you to over-invest in the front end of the sales process here. The last thing you want to do is to pass on a potentially qualified opportunity because you’re trying to cut to the chase too quickly. How would you feel if you met someone at a party and they asked you what your salary is within the first few minutes of conversation? Keep that in mind, and don’t jump the gun.The Connect Call PlaybookThe art of the connect is to uncover a prospect’s pain points and determine whether there’s any way you can help address these struggles. This is achieved through a combination of expressing genuine interest, active listening, and abiding by the guidelines in the following playbook:1) SalutationsKeep your introductions short and sweet: “Hi, this is Dannie calling you from HubSpot.” (PAUSE)A brief pause after stating your company name allows you to gauge your prospect’s reaction to/familiarity with your company. Does he sound happy to hear from you? Does he recognize your company name? Does he sound like he’s anticipating a sales pitch?2) Address ResistanceWhen you’re calling someone who’s not expecting your call, her natural reaction is to feel guarded. She is assuming you’re calling with an agenda, and will often be eager to get off the phone. Addressing resistance allows us to earn permission to continue the conversation, despite this initial reaction. Try the strategy of ‘going negative’ on a prospect from the very outset of the phone call by saying something like “sounds like I caught you at a bad time.” Nine times out of 10, they’ll swoop in to save you and insist that now is actually an okay time. At that point, you’ve earned yourself permission to continue the conversation.3) Leverage Past Prospect ActivityHow did you find this prospect? Had she downloaded a whitepaper from your company’s website? Use the prospect’s recent actions as a conversation starting point: “I noticed that you downloaded our ebook on XYZ best practices. What were you looking for help with when you stumbled upon that ebook? What’d you think of it?” By referencing something the prospect has done, you are creating relevancy and are showing her that you’ve done your research and reminding her that she was, indeed, looking for help with something your company created content around.  4) Build RapportBe a human first, and a salesperson second. Your prospect’s day may be extremely monotonous, and your phone call should be an opportunity to liven it up. Spend some time building rapport by bonding about anything you can find in common (and do your very best to find some unexpected commonality that’s more creative than today’s weather). If you have your prospect’s website open, look at what city they’re located in. Have you traveled there recently? Did you go to any fun restaurants while in town? Did you notice anything particularly charming about the architecture? Did your prospect grow up there or relocate for work? Have some fun getting to know the stranger on the other end of the phone. The more you can establish some sort of commonality, the easier it will lower the prospect’s guard and ask some probing questions down the road.5) Gather ContextNow that you’ve built some rapport with the person on the other end of the line, take the opportunity to naturally segue into some questions about their business and their job role. Here’s an example: “So like I said, I’m on your website, and now I’m checking out your services page. Looks like your company specializes in XYZ services, is that right? What’s your role at the company? How long have you been there? Are you liking it? Interesting — so what does your day typically entail? Does your company focus on selling to any specific industry verticals? Interesting — how’d you choose those?”The more context you have, the better you can paint a picture of the world your prospect is operating in. Who do they like doing business with? Can you help get them in front of businesses like that? You need to be able to visualize as much of their business context as possible in order to choose which positioning statements have the best chance of resonating with them — and in order to keep the rest of our conversation as relevant as possible to their priorities.5) Introduce Positioning Statement(s)The purpose of a positioning statement is to make your prospect say, “That’s me. How did you know?”Positioning statements help you show your prospects that you understand their pain points. You’re showing them that you’ve been around the block and that you’ve seen similar companies go through similar struggles. The implication is that you’ve found a way to help them through that struggle. This should pique a prospect’s interest and convince them that they could learn from you. Here’s an ad-lib example: “A lot of time, when I talk to companies like yours, they’re really good at ________, but they struggle to ________ for the following reasons: _____, _____, or _____.”Positioning statements are not one-size-fits all, and it’s all too possible that the one you tried out doesn’t resonate with the prospect. Have a list of three to four different positioning statements on hand, and use them as a chance to do two things: 1) show active listening by paraphrasing their current situation as they described it, and 2) determine whether they can relate to scenarios you’ve helped similar companies address. Use tie-down questions at the end of a positioning statement to determine whether you’ve successfully identified a pain point worth digging into. For example: “Can you relate to that? How so?” Now it’s time for the prospect to do some more of the talking.6) Dig Deeper Into Pain PointsWhile positioning statements may lead the prospect to certain conclusions, short, open-ended follow-up questions allow prospects to continue the conversation and articulate their struggles in their own words. The shorter the question, the more freedom you provide your prospect for putting things in her own words. Here are some good ones: “How so? Tell me about which part of that statement resonated with you. Is that a big problem? Do you have a plan to fix this? Do you think that’ll work?”Asking an open-ended question after you hear a prospect affirm that a positioning statement resonated with her allows her to open up and do some talking about her challenges. This helps paint a picture of the context they’re operating in, and allows you, the salesperson, to start getting a better idea of how you may be able to help the prospect.7) Validate Desire for Help”That’s something that I’ve helped a lot of similar companies overcome. If that’s something we could give you some guidance about, would you be open to receiving and implementing our help?”Use a soft tie-down to make sure that you’re not about to spin your wheels providing unsolicited advice in follow-up calls or meetings. You will be using different forms of tie-downs throughout the sales process to confirm that whatever you’re about to help the prospect with is a top priority to invest time and money into, and this is your first shot at getting this affirmation.If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can even ask the prospect what’s held him or her back from getting any help up until now. This will begin to help answer the critical question: “Why now?”8) Suggest Concrete Next StepsBe specific here. Set expectations properly. If you operate on a monthly sales cycle, encourage the prospect to take a follow-up call that same week. If you’re going to set up a GoToMeeting for your next phone call but don’t intend to demo your product, make sure the prospect knows what you do plan to cover during the next call and why that will ultimately be valuable for him. Try this: “I hope this conversation was valuable to you. Do you want to schedule some time on Thursday of this week to dig a little deeper into what you’re hoping to achieve within this facet of your business? That can give us a better opportunity to mutually assess if and how we might be able to help.”See what you did there? You reminded the prospect that this conversation was about him, not about you. You set expectations about what you’ll cover during the next call. And even more importantly, you pointed out that sales is a two-way street, and that both parties should be mutually assessing one another to determine if it’s a good fit.Practice Makes PerfectThe more you practice the connect playbook, the more you’ll realize that every connect call can really follow a similar methodology. If you’re nervous about trying it out on a prospect first, then try applying the connect playbook to a real-life situation as you’re making new friends or forging new business connections. When you’re ready to practice the connect in a sales setting, use this methodology to structure your notes. Are there parts that you find yourself repeatedly leaving blank? That’s probably an area that feels a little less comfortable for you, and therefore an area that’s worth doubling down on during practice. No two connect calls will ever be exactly the same, but mastering a repeatable structure should make every new sales job a little bit easier.Have some tactics that have worked for you? Disagree with any part of this methodology? Share your comments below.   Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Aug 21, 2013 6:00:00 PM, updated October 29 2019 Inbound Sales (Marketing) Topics:last_img read more

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20 Must-Read Takeaways From the Dublin Web Summit

first_img Originally published Nov 7, 2014 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Imagine a party where Bono, Drew Houston, Eva Longoria, and 20,000 of your lovably nerdy tech friends show up. Add colorful sheep, some intermittent Wi-Fi issues, and a whole lot of drinking, and you’ve got the Dublin Web Summit, one of the hottest tech and marketing events of its kind.The event is remarkable unto itself, but it’s even more remarkable when you consider that the event grew from 400 attendees just four years ago to 20,000 attendees this year. The conference is growing as fast as the Dublin tech scene — as Barry O’Dowd, Head of Emerging Business for IDA Ireland told us, “there is little doubt that the Web Summit has helped put Ireland’s tech scene on the international stage.”Not all the action happens on stage at the Summit, of course. Local legend states that Uber’s 2011 funding round was finalized in a pub at the Summit, and last year’s top 25 startup winners from the Summit raised over $400M over the past twelve months. We tried interviewing the sheep for comment (they politely declined), so instead we found the most tweetable, shareable insights we could find from many of the speakers and assembled them all into one doc for easy inspiration and motivation.Whether you attended the Summit for the first time this year, watched the live stream, or just heard about it from friends, here’s a SlideShare and a few tweetable takeaways of our favorite insights from our friends in the Emerald Isle, thanks to HubSpot’s Melissa Obleada: Topics: Conferencescenter_img 1) “Amazing people need a purpose beyond profits.” -@dharmesh (Click to tweet!)2) “Deal with disruption by being the disruptor.” -@andymarkowitz (Click to tweet!)3) “Life is too short for bad software.” -@sweetlew (Click to tweet!) 4) “Great marketing is marketing for people, not at them.” -@robnewlan (Click to tweet!)5) “One of the key triggers, statistically, for shareability is emotional intensity.” -@sarahfwood (Click to tweet!) Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma on their way to Australia for ODI series

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have left for Australia to join Team India on Monday.Dhoni and Rohit along with the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Khaleel Ahmed, who are part of the one day squad, are expected to reach Australia by the January 8.India are slated to face Australia in three ODIs which begins with the first ODI on January 12 in Sydney, followed by the second ODI on January 15 in Adelaide and the third ODI being on January 18 in Melbourne.Kedar Jhadav shared a photo of his travel with Dhoni and Rohit on Monday.”Off to Australia with Dhoni and Rohit,” he tweeted along with photos.Off to Australia with @msdhoni @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/lTFaeEwG2YIamKedar (@JadhavKedar) January 7, 2019Rohit Sharma was in Australia for the Test series but had to return to India to be with his wife for the birth of his daughter Samaira.Rohit recently posted a photo of his daughter to reveal the name pf his daughter in an adorable post.Rohit shared a photo in which he can be seen embracing his wife who has their daughter in her arms. Rohit revealed his daughter’s name to be ‘Samaira’.Dhoni on the other hand will be returning to action in international cricket after a gap of more than two months.Before flying to Australia, MS Dhoni visited Ranchi’s iconic Deori temple to seek blessings ahead of an important series.advertisementIndia on Monday celebrated their first ever Test series win in Australia after the fourth match was washed away with Virat Kohli’s men walking away with series 2-1 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Also Read | Girls like you: Rohit Sharma shares adorable photo with wife and SamairaAlso Read | MS Dhoni offers prayers at Ranchi’s Deori temple ahead of Australia ODIslast_img read more

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20 Creative Writing Prompts That’ll Help You Beat Writer’s Block [Infographic]

first_imgI’ve written a lot of blog posts over the past few years. (Read: I’ve stared at a lot of blinking cursors on blank screens over the past few years.) And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about business blogging, it’s that getting started is often the hardest part.When you’re tasked with writing regularly and writing well, it’s natural to feel some pressure. My advice? Rather than letting that stress overcome you, consider what you can do to regain control of your time and output.One technique I’ve found to be incredibly helpful in these situations is the act of freewriting, or writing continuously for a set period of time without worrying about accuracy, punctuation, or usability.Trouble is, sometimes coming up with a topic to freewrite about can also leave you feeling stuck or stumped. That’s why we put together a handy list of creative writing prompts below to help you get started.319Save319Save Originally published May 2, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated May 03 2017 Topics: Writing Skills Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

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How to Make the Most of a 30-Minute Phone Interview

first_img Topics: Hiring good people can be difficult, time-consuming, and costly. If you’re in a constant cycle of hiring, I don’t have to tell you about the time warp it can cause — but what about the cost?The more interviews you do, the more you spend. And the more time you spend absorbed in lengthy interviews the more likely you are to take shortcuts and make mistakes.Qualify top marketing candidates faster with this collection of 100 interview questions.And according to Dr. John Sullivan, the hiring process is getting even harder:”Aggressiveness, the need for counteroffers, higher rejection rates, and a renewed focus on recruiting the currently employed will all return to prominence.”What if I told you I could help you be more efficient with your time, and get the information you need to make decisions for next steps — in about half the time you’re currently committing?The advantage of reducing your hiring time will add to your bottom line, perhaps more than you realize. A report from UrbanBound illustrated the time demands, and how costs can add up:”Onboarding can be an extremely time-demanding project. It can cost up to 1/3 of an employee’s salary to onboard and train new hires, especially when that employee’s job description does not have to do with onboarding. Therefore, if a small company has a flawed onboarding plan, they risk having a bad retention percentage which can be extremely costly.”Considering this, it’s logical to believe organizations would be better off spending less time overall on interviews, but more quality time during that initial conversation. So, how would one shorten the time commitment and reduce overall costs, and give a better interview in the process? Consider my process for a 30-minute phone interview, below.How to Run a 30-Minute Phone InterviewI know what you’re thinking … 30 minutes seems really short when you are trying to find a fabulous candidate, how do you make it worthwhile? You’re probably asking yourself:What questions do I ask?How do I prioritize the questions?If I run such a tight agenda, how will we connect?Okay, maybe not that last one. But if you structure a simple agenda, prepare quality questions, and are disciplined throughout your time in front of candidates, I believe you can answer all of your questions after just a few interviews. Let’s start with time management.Managing The First 5 MinutesIf you’re going to pull off an effective interview in 30 minutes or less, you have to be organized and efficient. You’ll want to start strong and there’s no better time than the first five minutes.4 Things to Cover in the First 5 MinutesIntroduce yourself: “Hi, I’m the Managing Partner of Revenue River Marketing. We’re growing quickly and I’m looking for the very best marketers in the country.”State your intent: “We’re hiring for position XYZ and I’m looking for a specific type of candidate. I’d like to move quickly so we can both decide if there’s a good fit for us.”Set the agenda: “I’d like to spend 10 minutes asking you a few questions, then I’ll give you an equal amount of time to ask me anything you’d like.”Confirm buy-in: “How does that sound?” (If they say anything other than ‘absolutely’ or ‘I’m ready’, I’d be concerned. Anyone who just starts rambling clearly isn’t picking up on your goals.)The Next 10 Minutes: Getting Answers to Key QuestionsIf you’re going to get through enough quality questions in 10 minutes, you’ll want to ensure you’re on point with your preparation. You’ll want to prepare a set of direct questions and count on the candidate being perceptive enough to answer with brevity.I’ve noticed that observing how candidates handle the pace of this section can be very telling. If the candidate decides to grandstand during replies to your questioning, it’s a clear disqualifier.Instead of interrupting to get through your questions efficiently, I advise you let them talk. They’ll cost themselves the chance to answer the remainder of your questions, and likely a chance at employment with your organization.Conversely, a good candidate understands that you’ll ask follow-up questions if you want more detail. Some of our very best hires have quickly and artfully answered our most direct and pointed questions with quick-witted responses.While I can’t provide the exact types of key questions you should ask for your own specific position, I can give you a sense of qualities you want to look for that are predominantly universal for any job.Giving Them 10 Minutes to Pass the “Test”Now it’s time for your candidate to impress you with their prepared questions. Your goal for this ten-minute segment is to see how prepared the candidate is and how much they want this job in particular. You want to know if they’re just looking for any job they can find, or if they’re truly interested in a career with your organization.Good candidates prepare well. They study your website, your bio, your team, and your offering. They have a list of specific questions that demonstrate their understanding of your business, and hopefully even some observations on how they believe they can add value.Many candidates won’t realize how important this segment of the interview is, and they’ll reveal something about themselves you missed previously. The candidates that used active listening during the first five minutes will operate at the same pace you did and respect the agenda.Insight to Gain during Candidate QuestioningDid they study your website? Test them on it.Do they understand what you do? Ask them questions about it.Are they more interested in compensation or job duties?Are they more interested in benefits and vacation or company growth trajectory?Remaining 5 Minutes: Wrapping Up with Next StepsSomething to remember during this initial interview is that the goal is not to hire, but to qualify for next steps. Each candidate is either ready for another interview or they’re being ruled out. You’re not hiring them today, so don’t overdo it. Just get through the critical questions you think need to be answered and wrap things up.You likely won’t have exactly five minutes here, but that’s okay. Let them know your plans for next steps and let them know your expectations for follow-up.Follow-up should always be the responsibility of the candidate and never on the executive. I’ve been surprised by some great interviews that were followed by poor follow-up and their responsibility here allows them to demonstrate their skills further, one way or another.5 Important Qualities To Focus On in a 30-Minute Phone Interview1) CoachabilityEmployees that aren’t coachable struggle to get through tough times, and those who are receptive to instruction improve quickly. As Derek Lauber from Lightbox Leadership puts it, “Hiring for coachability can help you find those individuals with the traits necessary to becoming long-term valuable members of your organization.”Example Question: What would you do if you found yourself struggling to meet your objectives after 90 days?2) TransparencyYou can substitute in the word “honesty” here. I love asking questions that allow the candidates the chance to prove they’re not completely honest. A transparent workplace is important in maintaining a positive culture, and you don’t want to let any bad seeds take root. Jessica Miller-Merrell of Glassdoor advises, “When one person is not aligned with the organization, it is significantly more likely that everyone below them will be out of line as well.”Example Question: Why shouldn’t I hire you? (Please don’t tell me because sometimes you care too much) 3) DesirePeople that really want something for themselves work harder than people who just want to live a life of leisure so I look for people who are hungry. These are the people you want in your organization, pure and simple.Example Question: Why is this position the direction you want to go with your career?4) Organizational SkillsThe modern workplace is a massive game of dealing with distractions– organization creates efficiency and that means better productivity. In “Organizational Skills in the Workplace,” Rick Suttle advises, “Planning is a needed workplace skill, and it is particularly important as person advances into more supervisory or managerial roles.”Example Question: How do you plan your day/week, and what tools have you used to do so?5) HumilityThe best players on any team have humility — ego and selfishness can cause cancerous behavior that can destroy what you’ve built. As John Baldoni put it in HBR, “Humility is more than an important characteristic for leaders, but for employees as well. It is this trait which allows leaders and employees to work well individually and as a team. A humble employee is aware of his own limitations and is willing to accept –- and give –- help as needed.”Example Question: Those are some impressive results. To what do you owe that success?Additional Questions & CommentsYou’ll also want to spend a couple minutes on some resume specific questions. You should prepare a few direct questions about their resume you can mix in with the others. Here are a few questions I like to ask to see if I can get someone to complain, make excuses, or show inconsistencies for the character traits I’m targeting at this time.How was your relationship with your boss at this job?Which of these positions do you feel held your career back?These can be clear indicators of disqualifiers for your role, so don’t shy away from them.With Practice Comes PerfectionAfter you’ve used this 30-minute phone interview script with a few candidates you’ll perfect the process and refine your style. Once perfected, cutting your initial interview time in half with these concepts will save time and money while improving results during this step in the hiring process.Start by spending a little more time setting up your own script, and you’ll be sure to benefit once you’ve applied these tactics.Ready for the half-hour interview? Try out some of these great interview questions on your next candidate. Don’t forget to share this post! Interviews Originally published Oct 4, 2017 7:58:00 AM, updated April 18 2018last_img read more

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Darren Bravo, John Campbell in West Indies A squad for practice game vs India

first_imgCricket West Indies (CWI) included Darren Bravo and John Campbell in the 14-man squad for West Indies ‘A’ to play against India in a three-day tour match.Bravo and Campbell are part of the West Indies Test squad that will play against the Indians in the two-Test series, starting August 22, at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua. This series forms part of the new ICC World Test Championship.The duo played key roles in Windies winning back the Wisden Trophy from England with the Test Series triumph in February and the match will help them gain valuable practice to get match-ready to face Virat Kohli’s side ahead of the first Test.The squad will be led by Leeward Islands Hurricanes wicketkeeper-batsman Jahmar Hamilton.Following is the 14-member squadJahmar Hamilton (c), Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Akim Fraser, Keon Harding, Kavem Hodge, Brandon King, Jason Mohammed, Marquino Mindley, Khary Pierre, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Jeremy Solozano.West Indies ‘A’ will play against India in a three-day tour match on Saturday, ahead of the Test series.Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma hit the nets as India gear up for 3-day practice match in AntiguaAlso See:last_img read more

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Free Fire India Today League: Rs 35 Lakh and a trip to Brazil up for grabs

first_imgWell, if you’re a pro at Free Fire and you think you can teach noobs a lesson or two, then don’t miss an opportunity to create history. In the biggest ever Free Fire all-Indian tournament, Rs 35 Lakh and a trip to Brazil wherein you can represent the country are up for grabs.India Today and Garena have joined hands to launch The Biggest Free Fire Battle Royale League in India. With Battle Royale games gaining huge popularity in the country, the Free Fire India Today League is seen as a massive push to promote Espots.The registration for Free Fire India Today League is open now and will go on till September 12. One you’re done registering, the online qualifiers start on September 16 and the group finals will be held in New Delhi from October 12.The winner of the Free Fire India Today League will walk away with Rs 8.5 Lakh while the 2nd, 3rd and 4th-placed teams will get Rs 4 Lakh, Rs 2 Lakh and Rs 1 Lakh, respectively. Travel allowance will be provided for teams travelling into New Delhi for the Group Finals and mobile phones worth Rs 15 Lakh are available. .@IndiaToday & @Garena are all set launch of The Biggest Free Fire Battle Royale League in India . Prize pool of Rs. 35,00,000 and a chance to represent India at Free Fire’s World Series in Brazil. Register now at https://t.co/E1Pbi6pl50#FreeFireITL pic.twitter.com/KAUlNiFWSaIndia Today (@IndiaToday) August 30, 2019What do you have to do to participate in Free Fire India?advertisementYou need to be 13 years or older to participate and an Indian citizen to participate in Free Fire India Today League.Participants are to utilize their own accounts, and their own unique survivor name, for competing in tournaments conducted by Garena. Each participant will be locked to his/her registered player account for the remainder of the tournament, and will not be allowed to switch to another player account under any circumstances.A minimum account level requirement is imposed on all Garena tournaments. All player accounts have to be at least Level 10 at the time of registration in order to be eligible for registration.No rank requirements are imposed for registration.Free Fire India Today League: RulesRegistered teams, each consisting of 4-5 players, will first be entered into the “Qualifier” stage. Each Qualifier may be comprised of multiple stages, requiring teams to compete in sets-of-1/sets-of-4/sets-of-6/etc Rounds.Teams will be ranked on points assigned for their placements and kill counts at the end of each Round. Top 12 teams will of each set will proceed to the next stage/main Tournament.Each tournament will require teams to compete in sets-of-1/sets-of-4/sets-of-6/sets-of-8 Rounds. Teams will be ranked on points assigned for their placements and kill counts at the end of each Round. Points will be awarded based on a standard scoring table.Top 12 teams will qualify for the Group Finals in New Delhi. (For More information, visit Free Fire India Today League)Scoring (20 points per kill)1st – 302nd – 203rd – 174th – 145th – 106th – 087th – 068th – 059th – 0310th – 0211th – 0112th – 00Also Read | Popular battle royale game Free Fire now delivers premium experience to Indian gamersAlso See:last_img read more

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Double Fault All India Tennis Association

first_imgIn the best of times, the All India Tennis Association has been seen as a national sports federation that never helped players and did nothing to groom talent.As the soap opera in Indian tennis resumed last week, with similar scenes being enacted, it brought into focus how the AITA has only humiliated its own tennis stars.Agreed, for a moment, doubles tennis star Rohan Bopanna may have been rash in demanding an explanation from the AITA on non playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi being unceremoniously sacked. What followed was verbal volleys of the worst sort from AITA secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee who said Bopanna had exceeded his brief.To my mind, players have only one brief to excel in their sport. Whether they play for the country in Davis Cup, Asian Games and the Olympics, or the ATP and WTA Tour, it is always for India. To slam Bopanna for exceeding his brief brought out the ugly side of tennis administrators in India.Mind you, this was not the first time a player was being humiliated. Rewind to 1993, just before the India vs Australia Davis Cup semi-final, AITA bosses Late RK Khanna and Ramesh Desai slammed Ramesh Krishnan and Leander Paes for demanding Rs 20 lakh each. What the two players had asked was for cumulative fees. In the end the money was paid, but after hefty tax deductions!Unlike many other sport at home, payments to tennis players for Davis Cup is meagre. Whatever is given is a pittance and nothing compared to what the cricketers get. If at all they get anything, for Davis Cup, it is only air travel and staying in decent hotels.advertisementMuch after the infamous 1993 Davis Cup incident, many more players faced AITA’s wrath from Leander to Mahesh and Somdev Devvarman to Bopanna. Why? Simply because they highlighted a few hard facts and AITA’s poor administration.Back to Bhupathi being sacked, it’s still baffling. He did nothing wrong and was certainly not leading any kind of trade union movement. If the players and he decided not to travel to Pakistan, it was purely on security concerns.The AITA has later tried to make up by saying Bhupathi is welcome but no Indian worth his salt will come back to help Indian tennis. After all, even Ramesh Krishnan decided to move out as non playing captain when it was getting messy.To be sure, the list of non playing and playing captains who have been insulted, sacked or made to leave is long. Vijay Amritraj, Naresh Kumar, Jaidip Mukherjea, Ramesh Krishnan, Leander Paes, SP Misra, Anand Amitraj and Bhupathi were all victims of AITA’s high-handed approach.One thought with Anil Khanna at the helm, things would change. It has been just the same, even though, officially he is just life president now. What has happened is new people have come to head the AITA and none has development of players in mind or giving respect to captains.Compared to another racquet sport like badminton, tennis has been a poor sport in terms of development and grooming talent. Each player who has risen to the top has done so on own efforts, be it Sania Mirza, Somdev or more recently talented Sumit Nagal and Karman Kaur Thandi.The AITA has no national coaching programme like the badminton federation and there is no player of P.Gopichand stature who is grooming talent. The AITA has coaches and captains for the Davis Cup and Fed Cup but these are all very miniscule part-time roles.While badminton, wrestling, boxing and other sport gain from the government’s funding, national camps and tournaments abroad, tennis has no such plans. It is easy for the AITA to say the government does not support them but they have no proper blueprint in place.There are any number of tennis coaching shops in the country, with most functioning as a money-spinning racket. Why the AITA has hugely ignored the national tennis circuit is also a mystery. Earlier, three nationals used to take place, on grass, clay and hard courts. What happens now is a Fenesta Open which is fully funded by the Fenesta group in the Capital.Bhupathi has gone and Rohit Rajpal is the captain for the tie against Pakistan. He has spoken loquaciously about being ready to pick a racquet or a gun for national duty against Pakistan. Such kind of immature talk was simply not needed.As one who is president of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association as well, Rajpal can offer us insight into what he has done to produce champions in the Capital.advertisementOne thing is to be harsh and quite another to take people along. When it comes to medal projections for the Olympics and Asian Games in meetings with the sports ministry, the AITA will talk big. The eternal doubles medal in Olympics has been talked of for two decades.Again, next year, before the Tokyo Olympics, should one player Divij Sharan or Bopanna be in the ATP top 10 ranking, there will be talk of a doubles medal. Mind you, these are the players who slog on their own week after week.If you cannot respect them and support them, at least do not humiliate them. As a national sports federation, the AITA ranks in the bottom in terms of its own performance. Perhaps, that is why when it comes to grants from the government and even national awards, the tennis players have to suffer.last_img read more

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Overmedicalization of Birth: Why Are Cesarean Section Rates so High in the U.S.?

first_imgPosted on May 16, 2014November 4, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Some view the rate of Cesarean sections as ubiquitous, others scarce. Either way, rates that deviate far from the WHO’s recommended rate of 15 percent are undesirable and pose health risks to both moms and babies. To highlight this fact, the birth story of the MHTF’s very own Kate Mitchell was recently featured in PRI’s article, “Why are Cesarean sections so common when most agree they shouldn’t be?” From the PRI story:Kate’s birth story“‘I constantly meet women who have very similar experiences to me,’ says Mitchell, ‘where they were committed to having a low-intervention vaginal birth, and their providers were also committed to support them in that, and somehow they still ended up having a C-section. That’s the mystery to me. I don’t understand how that happens… The evidence suggests that a C-section is a more risky route of delivery than a vaginal birth,’ she says. ‘So why are we delivering more and more babies in a risky way?’”Lack of clear clinical guidelines“One problem, experts say, has been a lack of clear guidelines specifying the circumstances under which a C-section is medically necessary, leading to a wide variation in the prevalence of Cesareans across hospitals. A study published in March of last year found that the C-section rates across Massachusetts ranged from 14 to 39 percent, with no differences in the condition of the patients that might explain the variation. ‘It really comes down to a difference in styles across hospitals,’ says Sakala. ‘We need to rein in those differences.’In an attempt to do that, this February the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued joint guidelines that call on doctors and hospitals to avoid Cesarean sections, even if it means letting first-time mothers remain in labor longer and push harder. The guidelines recommend letting first-time mothers push for three hours or more during labor. They also recommend using forceps to get the baby out vaginally.”Kate’s story is not uncommon. While the under medicalization of birth is a problem in many countries, so is over medicalization. A combination of legal, clinical, and cultural factors have brought us to a dangerous new normal for birth. To review the implications of an increase in Cesarean sections on maternal health and rights, see our previous post.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Mbappe makes 100th Ligue 1 appearance

first_imgKylian Mbappe has made his 100th appearance in Ligue 1 in Paris Saint-Germain’s match against Toulouse.The 20-year-old made his debut at 16 years old for Monaco in 2015, supplanting Thierry Henry as the club’s youngest debutant.He scored his first goal in February 2016, also becoming the club’s youngest goalscorer ahead of Henry. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He was vital in Monaco surprisingly winning the French title in 2017, scoring 26 times in 44 games across all competitions as the club also made the Champions League semi-finals.His performances attracted the attention of PSG, who signed him that summer, initially on loan but with an obligation to buy at a price that could rise to €180 million, making him the second-most expensive player in history behind his team-mate Neymar.He has won back-to-back titles in the French capital and has scored 47 times in 58 games for his team in the last three seasons.He has also contributed 17 assists in his time in Paris, the city of his birth.The speedy attacker was a revelation at the 2018 World Cup inspiring his country to victory in Russia.He scored four goals in seven appearances in the that title tilt, including the fourth goal in the final as his side triumphed 4-2 over Croatia.PSG have not got off to the best start in Ligue 1 this season as Mbappe’s strike partner Neymar is reportedly unhappy with the club.The Brazil international is yet to make an appearance this year, though he has returned to training.Mbappe did score in the first game of the year as his side ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Nimes.He was unable to make a similar impact in his 99th game in the competition as the Paris club went down 2-1 to Rennes.The No. 7 was dismissed in the Coupe de France defeat to the same opponents that concluded the 2018-19 season.That season overall was a personal triumph for the youngster though, as he tallied 33 league goals, becoming the youngest player ever to bag so many and the first Frenchman to do so since Jean-Pierre Papin in 1990.last_img read more

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