The Perils of Cold Calling

first_imgThe very first cold call I ever made, the lucky recipient accused me of reading from a script before hanging up in my face. I was 19 years old. I was reading from a script, and a damn good one. It was the delivery that killed me. But I called him right back and told him that I didn’t need the script to ask him for an appointment, and my audacity won him over (he might have been my first client).A few years later, my territory was the entire city of Los Angeles. I decided to target Century City because there were great targets there. One was Carnival Cruise Lines, but that story is one for another day.The big building where President Ronald Reagan kept his post-Presidency office was there, but the security was pretty tight. I fell in with a group of guys coming back into the building after lunch and pretended I was with them. I skated right past security. Then I started cold calling offices within the building. Apparently that wasn’t allowed. The security guards that received complaints about my sales efforts didn’t have a great sense of humor about me cold calling in the building and told me I was lucky I didn’t get to Reagan’s floor. I am certain the Secret Service would have been even more humorless.As a sales manager, I’ve had prospects call me to tell me to stop my salespeople from calling on them. I would get one or two calls a year when an overzealous rep rubbed a sensitive prospect the wrong way.Here’s the thing, if you’re not rubbing a person the wrong way occasionally, you’re not prospecting. It’s not that you have to be super aggressive or pushy or intolerable when you are prospecting (even though you do have to push for appointments). You aren’t intentionally trying to make people unhappy or damage relationships. It’s that you’re not running into people who are sensitive or not calling the same people frequently enough to get a single complaint. You’re not trying hard enough.If you’ve got the chops to defuse the occasional unhappy recipient of your unexpected call, then it isn’t a problem. If you do happen to rub someone the wrong way, apologize, shrug it off, and make the next call. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Meghalaya govt. clears setting up of farmers’ panel

first_imgThe Meghalaya government on Thursday approved setting up of a commission to look into the problems faced by farmers.The State Cabinet approved the proposal made by the Agriculture Department to set up a Farmers’ Commission, in line with the resolution passed at the ‘farmers’ parliament’, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said.The ‘farmers’ parliament’, the first of its kind in the country, was organised here last December and attended by scientists, bureaucrats, apart from farmers, to discuss issues related to the agriculture situation in the State.Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma had then announced setting up a commission to address the concerns of the farming community.Mr. Tynsong also said that the government was planning to observe 2020 as the year of farmers.The State Cabinet also approved a draft policy on persons with disabilities. The policy is based on the national policy for empowerment of persons with disabilities, Mr. Tynsong said, adding that it is about their right to reservations in education and jobs. Talking to reporters, Mr. Tysong also said that Mr. Sangma will meet Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in June to discuss development projects along the inter-State border and find a resolution to the border dispute between the two States. The last meeting between the Chief Ministers of the two States was held on April 1, 2017.last_img read more

Tambeling regains confidence, hot hand to lead Tanduay

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But slowly, the 6-foot guard has rebuilt his confidence, rekindling fire in him with his new school before getting his feet wet anew in the PBA D-League with Tanduay.And on Thursday, Tambeling felt like a rock star once again, leading the Rhum Masters’ smashing 111-86 victory over Batangas to help his side inch closer to a playoffs spot in the 2017 Foundation Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I just focused on what coach has been telling me. He said he got me for my scoring and for my effort, so I had to do my part,” the 25-year-old said in Filipino, just minutes after pouring 28 points, five rebounds, and three steals in his best game to date with Tanduay.Tambeling admitted that he couldn’t help but feel shy seeing the caliber of his teammates in the Rhum Masters camp. But all he needed was to heed coach Lawrence Chongson’s words and do his part in the team’s system. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “That was my thinking when I got here, that I’m with a lot of scorers. (Lester) Alvarez, (James) Martinez, (Jerwin) Gaco, every one can score here,” he said. “But coach told me that we can’t score if we can’t execute on defense, and once we show that effort, that’s the time when we can finally score.”Luckily for Tambeling, Chongson has been generous in boosting his confidence as he finds his niche in the team’s flow.“In our past games, I was struggling because I still didn’t have the confidence. But right now, I think that I’m getting in the same groove of my teammates and I can feel their trust on me,” he said.Tambeling, though, acknowledged that he still has a lot to work on before he makes the jump to the pros, giving himself at least one more year in the amateur ranks as he expects to figure on a go-to guy role in PCU this coming NAASCU season and a vital cog for Tanduay in the future.“I think I still need time. I feel I still lack parts on my game and I need to work on those. I still need to be confident and be consistent with my game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Von Tambeling. PBA IMAGESIt has been four years since Von Tambeling last made waves in the amateur ranks.Once an upstart guard for Letran under coach Caloy Garcia, Tambeling slowly faded into the shadows as he left the hollowed walls of Muralla and transferred to Philippine Christian University.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong English football club Lewes FC commits to pay male, female players equally El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara wages lone battle with maiden Test hundred in England

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara’s hard work reaped glorious reward on Day 2 of the fourth Test against England as he slammed his 15th hundred at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday.Pujara’s century was his fifth against England but the first on English soil after 14 innings in the country. It was also his second score of 100-plus outside Asia.The century helped India close down on the first-innings deficit as they reached 232 for 9, trailing by just 14 runs.He’s also only the second Indian batsman to score a century in the ongoing series apart from India captain Virat Kohli.Pujara toiled hard all day long and spent 210 balls at the crease while batting with the tail-enders for the most part of his knock which also included 11 boundaries.Pujara has been under immense pressure to perform on overseas Test tours with his form in England under scanner even before the five-match series began in the country.He was even dropped from the playing XI for the first Test with KL Rahul getting the nod at Edgbaston.India vs England, 4th Test Day 2: Live UpdatesEven after returning to the team at Lord’s, Pujara struggled to get going with scores of 1 and 17 in the second Test.But the team gave him another shot at Trent Bridge where Pujara came back to form with a crucial knock of 72 runs in the second innings which helped India take a massive lead over England and they eventually won the match by 203 runs.But his hundred here in Southampton now is the perfect reply to the critics who have always felt that Pujara wasn’t good enough outside the sub-continent.advertisementA hard fought CENTURY for @cheteshwar1.This is his 1st century in England, 5th against England and 15th overall in Tests.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/S1TzJp2iA6BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2018For the past two years Pujara has been one of the batting lynchpins for India after Kohli.In 11 Test matches in 2016, Pujara had scored 836 runs including three hundreds. The next year, Pujara was more phenomenal. In 11 Tests in 2017, he scored 1140 runs and hit four hundreds.But there was a deeper meaning to those numbers when looked at closely. Those runs mostly came at home. In 2016 and 2017, the only Test series India played away from home were in West Indies and Sri Lanka.In 2018, before the England tour, India had played four Tests including three in South Africa. Pujara played all four and scored 135 runs with a lone half-century against Afghanistan.As a number three batsman, he was expected to score big runs consistently. Moreover, he was expected to fill the big boots of Rahul Dravid.Well done @cheteshwar1 top inn.. well deserved 100 #ENGvIND 4th TestHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 31, 2018Before this Test series, Pujara had managed only 222 runs from five Tests in England. Besides, in the lead-up to the first Test of the current five-match series,Pujara had a disappointing county stint and failed to make an impression during the practice match against Essex.last_img read more

CIIE Initiatives invests in Heelium

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 4 (PTI) CIIE Initiatives, the tech incubator of IIM Ahmedabad, Tuesday said it has made a seed funding in customised running-footwear maker, Heelium. Co-founded by Prateek Sharma and Siddharth Jain, Heelium aims to infuse technology-led research with design and manufacture high performance, tailor made footwear for runners, a statement said.Selling online, Heelium has sold over 4000 units to individual customers since its launch in January this year, it said adding that the company is now looking to foray into enterprise sales to sports institutions like the Sports Authority of India.****Tech Mahindra partners FutureSkills to re-skill employees* IT services major Tech Mahindra said Tuesday it has partnered with FutureSkills, an initiative by industry body Nasscom to re-skill and upskill its workforce in next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT). FutureSkills aims to help build skills in nine futuristic technology areas and 66 new-age jobs roles and over 155 skills. These efforts are aimed at enabling India to become a global hub for talent in emerging technologies in line with the Digital India initiative. “The platform will enable Tech Mahindra to curate the courseware and leverage FutureSkills new age learning features like micro-learning, smart cards, live-casting, peer-to-peer interaction, AI-based curated learning pathways and journeys to reskill its workforce globally in next generation futuristic technologies,” a statement said.** * *Route Mobile forays in to rich communication services business messaging* Cloud based communication platform Route Mobile Limited today announced foray in to rich communication services business messaging services for business entities.advertisement “Route Mobile strengthens its offering with its entry into Google’s Early Access Program for Rich Communication Services business messaging. Route Mobile will enable brands to use RCS business messaging services,” the company said on Tuesday.RCS allows brands to send interactive messages to its customers, like images of their products, GIFs, videos, location to nearest point of sale (POS) and even allow customers to browse and buy products and pay for it without leaving the messaging app, the company statement said. PTI SR PRS MRlast_img read more

ESPN’s Ryan Leaf Has Revealed His College Football Top 25

first_imgThe College GameDay crew on set in New York City.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The Associated Press’ college football preseason top 25 poll was released on Monday afternoon, with Clemson coming in at No. 1 and Alabama at No. 2.ESPN’s new college football analyst, Ryan Leaf, has decided to share his own preseason top 25 poll.Leaf has Clemson at No. 1 and Alabama at No. 2, though his poll does feature some notable differences.Utah is inside his top 10 at No. 9 and Nebraska, a popular preseason top 25 pick, is nowhere to be found. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Here’s his full top 25:#CFB Top 251. Clemson2. Alabama3. Georgia4. Ohio St5. Okla6. LSU7. Florida8. Michigan9. Utah10. TX A&M11. Notre Dame12. Texas13. UW14. Oregon15. Auburn16. Mich St17. Wazzu18. Iowa St19. Wisconsin20. Stanford21. Penn St22. Iowa23. Syracuse24. NW25. Minn— Ryan D Leaf (@RyanDLeaf) August 20, 2019Leaf, the former NFL Draft bust, was hired as a college football analyst for ESPN earlier this summer.“Five years ago, sitting in a prison cell, I would have never imagined that I was going to be part of ESPN and the Disney Corporation,” Leaf said after getting hired. “If you would have told me that, I would have said you are absolutely crazy. And I can’t believe it. I lay my head down every night with a ton of gratitude.”Leaf will be calling games on ESPN2 and ESPNU this season.last_img read more

Gov’t Constructing Three Marine Bases to Strengthen Border Security

first_img The project is part of efforts by the Administration to protect Jamaica’s borders by curtailing illicit activities. Government is in the process of acquiring lands at key points across the island for the construction of three marine bases at a cost of $80 million. Government is in the process of acquiring lands at key points across the island for the construction of three marine bases at a cost of $80 million.The project is part of efforts by the Administration to protect Jamaica’s borders by curtailing illicit activities.To be located at Rocky Point in Clarendon; James Bond Beach, St. Mary; and Alligator Pond in St. Elizabeth, the bases will be jointly established and operated by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA).Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Acting Director for Protective Security in the Ministry of National Security, Paul Henry, tells JIS News that the areas for the bases were chosen based on intelligence.“Intelligence and information would indicate that these specific geographical areas would be areas of concern, as it relates to interdicting shipments of contraband, whether they are regular contraband or high-security contraband. So it’s really based on police analysis of Jamaica’s coasts,” he says.Mr. Henry tells JIS News that the bases will be built in keeping with engineering specifications and National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) standards to ensure their longevity.“We are advanced in acquiring and leasing the lands as it relates to Oracabessa. The lease was drafted and it is now being reviewed… and will be eventually returned to the National Land Agency and the landowners for final signature,” he says.As it relates to Alligator Pond, he indicates that a location has been identified and negotiations are being done with the owner.Crown lands will be leased for the Rocky Point site. “We are… completing some considerations that were put to us by NEPA in order to finalise that lease for that purpose,” Mr. Henry tells JIS News.The marine bases will be used to deter, prevent, detect and/or prosecute breaches of the Customs and other laws of Jamaica.Activities will include planning and execution of joint contraband-interdiction operations; search of vessels; interception of suspicious vessels, persons and/or goods; coastal surveillance and intelligence gathering; and execution of and/or the provision of support for the regulatory functions of other agencies of the Government.Mr. Henry tells JIS News that the JCF and the JCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in December 2016 to undertake the project.“The MOU… is really seeking to target their roles as law-enforcement bodies on our borders,” Mr. Henry says.Under the agreement, JCA will be responsible for constructing and otherwise establishing the physical infrastructure required to support the marine bases.This includes modular facilities for the operation of the bases and installation of sewage disposal, water supply, electricity and any other utilities required.The JCA will also provide two 30-foot Boston Whaler watercraft and twin-cab pickup motor vehicles to be deployed at Rocky Point and Alligator Pond (Little Ochi).The JCF will provide three marine craft, along with a coxswain (person who steers the boat) and crew to be deployed to all bases for 24-hours, seven days per week.Mr. Henry says that marine bases will better enable the security forces to launch operations, detect and interdict persons who are involved in criminal activities, particularly in the drugs trade.“When the security forces are showing dominance of space, it increases investor confidence and people will be more minded to construct marine-oriented attractions in the areas. When that is done, there will be more jobs,” he argues.Mr. Henry adds that the marine bases will also improve the JCA’s vigilance as “it will reduce the potential of persons trying to bring in commodities without duties being charged, as they have that concern.” To be located at Rocky Point in Clarendon; James Bond Beach, St. Mary; and Alligator Pond in St. Elizabeth, the bases will be jointly established and operated by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Metro Transit Case Concluded

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry that was to begin hearing arguments today, Feb. 13, in a complaint of disability against Halifax Regional Municipality’s Metro Transit did not proceed. A tentative settlement was reached before the board hearing officially began in the case involving Malcolm Browne of Dartmouth. The board was to hear Mr. Browne’s allegation that Metro Transit failed to accommodate a disability caused by ongoing pain in one of his ankles. An earlier news release issued by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission had incorrectly said other matters were also to be considered and that Local 508 of the Amalgamated Transit Union was a party to the complaint. -30-last_img read more

Paving Scheduled for Sambro Area

first_imgDrivers in the Sambro area will soon be travelling on new pavement as a result of a road-paving contract awarded by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a $1,059,525 contract to Dexter Construction to repave Route 306 from the intersection of Acres Road southeast for 4.5 kilometres to the intersection of Route 349. “Work has already started on this project,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “I encourage area drivers to be patient during construction and drive with extra caution.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more

32000 Belgian students march to demand climate protections

BRUSSELS — Thousands of students skipped school for the third week in a row and more than 30,000 swamped the centre of Brussels to demand better protection of the world’s climate.What started out as a march of a few thousand high school student swelled to a vocal movement that Thursday also included many that skipped courses at university. Brussels police estimated the crowds at 32,000, who braved the cold and snowy conditions.Another climate march — adults included — is set for Sunday. It drew some 70,000 last month.“The planet can do without us, but we cannot do without the planet,” was one of the many signs carried around.The Associated Press read more

European and United States forestry sector hit hard by global recession –

The 56-country UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), whose membership includes the United States and Canada, accounts for nearly half of global forests, and the region is also the largest global producer, consumer, exporter and importer of wood and paper products.The new joint report by UNECE and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found that consumption, production and trade of forest products reached record highs in 2006, with a slight downturn registered in 2007.That decline accelerated in 2008, marking the sharpest drop since the first oil shock of 1973, and continued into the first half of this year, it said.But the study pointed to marked distinctions between the three UNECE subregions, with consumption marking 3 per cent growth in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).However, with forest products markets primarily driven by housing construction requiring lumber, which tumbled dramatically in North America and Europe, consumption plummeted by nearly 13 per cent and almost 6 per cent, respectively.From a peak of 2.2 million new homes in 2006, new constructions took a nose-dive, falling 25 per cent in 2007, 34 per cent in 2008 and an estimated 50 per cent this year. The UNECE/FAO study said that housing construction was down by 14 per cent last year and the same amount in 2009.Although more houses continue to be built in the CIS, the pace has softened, the agencies said.The fall in demand has pushed the real prices of building materials to their lows since the 1940s, while the paper sector is also falling deeper in to crisis, with production in Europe, North America and the CIS all reporting declines.UNECE and FAO reported that some mills in the region have permanently ceased their operations, while forest owners and managers have cut back on their harvests, resulting in unemployment, as well as less income and tax revenues.On the bright side, the new report noted that the wood energy sector seems to be immune to the current economic downturn, as demand for renewable energy sources, such as wood biomass, continues to steadily climb thanks to government policies towards climate change mitigation and energy security. 4 August 2009The current economic crisis has pushed the European and the United States forestry sector into an even larger slump, according to a new United Nations study. read more

Walmart Canada introduces five cent charge for plastic bags

TORONTO — Walmart Canada will begin to charge customers for plastic bags as part of its strategy for cutting the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills.Beginning on Feb. 9, customers will be charged five cents each for plastic bags, with reusable bags available for a discounted rate of 25 cents each.The company — headquartered in Mississauga, west of Toronto — said that the introduction of a small fee in other countries has helped Walmart to reduce the number of plastic bags by more than half.Wal-Mart Mart Stores Inc pulls plug on smallest store format, shuts 269 stores around the worldCanadian Tire Ltd suing Wal-Mart Canada Corp for allegedly copying clip-on Christmas lightsWalmart says some of the proceeds from the new charge will go toward supporting recycling initiatives for grocery bags and other thin plastic objects.The company said it’s also going to improve in-store recycling and collection programs and work with suppliers to find ways of removing plastic from its packaging.Walmart Canada has 397 stores and serves more than 1.2 million customers per day. read more

Afghanistan UN mission condemns alleged shelling by national army which killed 9

Initial reports indicate that the casualties, including four boys, killed from the impact of the shelling were fired by the Afghan National Army, according to a statement from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), adding that the shelling injured three other persons near a mosque in the village.The UN mission expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery to the injured.According to the statement, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani assigned a delegation to investigate the attack prompting UNAMA to urge the Government to ensure an independent, impartial and transparent investigation and that those responsible be held accountable, and to provide appropriate compensation and support to victims and their families.“UNAMA reiterates its call for all parties to the conflict, including pro-Government forces, to cease firing explosive weapons into civilian-populated areas and urges the Government to prioritize the development and approval of a national policy on civilian casualty mitigation backed by an action plan with concrete objectives to prevent civilian casualties in the conduct of hostilities,” the statement concluded. read more

Stickwielding farmers attack cyclists during Scottish borders road race

first_imgThe two men can be seen standing in the middle of the road brandishing long sticksCredit:Iain Elliott/YouTube/Deadline News A video clip filmed on a GoPro by Iain Elliott shows cyclists approach the two men The men, who were captured on one of the cyclist’s GoPro cameras, were said to have poked the sticks through riders’ spokes, hit them and caused at least one rider to fall off.Cyclist Brian Ogg wrote on the event’s Facebook page: “A great day out, however almost ruined by the 2 farmers who tried to create a road block as wave 1 joined the A701 by standing in the middle of the road with sticks in each hand trying to get them through the spokes.” Event organiser, Neil Dalgleish, said he was told at least one rider had been forced off his bike and had to be taken to hospital.He said: “I think a truly special day was marred by some thugs, some idiots.”Their behaviour is disgusting, and they are a disgrace to the whole of the Borders, let alone their own communities.”We have had to make it clear that this kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable. It could have caused serious injuries or worse.”In recent years, farmers have expressed concerns at not being able to move between their fields at harvest time due to cycling events.A Police Scotland spokeswoman said they had not yet managed to identify the two men but that a member of the public who had reported the incident had said they were local farmers staging a protest.“We can confirm that we are aware of interactions between participants and members of the public at the Tour O the Borders event on Sunday, September 3,” she said.“At this point no injuries have been reported to police, however officers are still establishing the full circumstances.” Cyclists taking part in a road race through the mountains of the Scottish borders were attacked by elderly men brandishing sticks who tried to block their path.The two men, thought to be in their 70s, were both dressed in tweed and flat caps and were said to be local farmers protesting at the road closures preventing them from getting between their fields during the harvest.Police are investigating the incident and are keen to speak to witnesses who saw the men, who had disappeared by the time they arrived on the scene.The 74-mile race, which began and ended in Peebles, some 23 miles south of Edinburgh, attracted almost 2,000 competitors and required the closure of several local roads.Angry cyclists vented their fury online, and organisers of the Tour O The Borders event branded the men’s actions “totally outrageous” and said they were “horrified” by what had happened. A spokesman for Tesco Bank, which sponsors the annual ride, said: “We feel that the event was a success, we had over 2,000 participants and lots of people cheering the participants on.“We are aware of the incident and that the Police are looking into it.” Another, Patrick Hutton, said: “Only actually saw one of them, who had a wee face-off with a rider in front of me, Older bloke, long coat and holding what looked like sections of rodding, as you would use for clearing drains.”In footage posted online, the two pensioners appear in the middle of the road, brandishing sticks and try to stop the cyclists from passing, forcing them to slow down or stop.Most swerve around the pair but one cycles through the middle.Eddie Petrie, who was in the first wave of riders and witnessed the incident, said: “The cyclists in front started to slow down, because something was something on the road.“As I got closer I saw what I assumed were two farmers, and each had a 3ft or 4ft long stick in each hand. They were standing in the middle of the road and the cyclists were just trying to get past.”It was a totally appalling unprovoked attack which spoiled the day. Hopefully something will be done and these two idiots will be brought to justice in some way.”Paul Mellotte, another competitor, said: “I cycled up towards them and noticed they were both holding out big sticks I asked them what has happened and was there a problem ahead? One of them said, ‘You are the problem.’ “I had to stop my bike and then I pushed with my foot to get past them.” A video clip filmed on a GoPro by Iain Elliott shows cyclists approach the two menCredit:Iain Elliott/YouTube/Deadline News The two men can be seen standing in the middle of the road brandishing long sticks Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Shazam Spotify Team Up

first_imgMusic tagging service Shazam is getting a powerful new ally–the popular European music service Spotify. Says Spotify head, Daniel Ek of the deal, “Now if you hear a great new track you can identify it, listen to it instantly in its entirety and easily add it to your music collection. That’s pretty powerful stuff.”Spotify will be added to the list of services that users can purchase identified music from, alongside bigger stores like Amazon and iTunes.Spotify was founded in Sweden in 2006. Unlike Shazam, which has made major waves in the US, courtesy of its iPhone app, the service has yet to break into this country, a market still almost entirely dominated by Apple’s music service. The service has become popular quite quickly in its native continent, however. No word on whether this European deal will help speed up the service’s arrival in the States.last_img read more

Free travel in Delhi metro buses for women says CM Arvind Kejriwal

first_img Close CM Arvind Kejriwal is ‘cancer’ for Delhi: Kapil Mishra IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:13Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Arvind Kejriwal is addressing a press conference in Delhi.Twitter/ANIAhead of 2020 Assembly elections in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, June 3, announced free rides on public transport, including Delhi Metro and DTC buses, for women. The development came almost 10 days after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was wiped out in all seven Lok Sabha seats in the recently concluded general election.Addressing a press conference, Arvind Kejriwal said that the expense of the free ride scheme will be borne by the Delhi government which will be around Rs 1200 crore. “On all DTC buses, cluster buses and metro trains, women will be allowed to travel free of cost so that they have safe travel experience and can access modes of transport which they were not able to, due to high prices,” Kejriwal said.The Delhi CM said that the security of women is of utmost importance for his party. “We have taken two important decisions — first is installing CCTV cameras across Delhi, while the other is free public transport for women,” Kejriwal said.Kejriwal also clarified that subsidy will not be imposed on anyone as the free ride scheme is optional. “There are several women who can afford these modes of transport. Those who can afford can purchase tickets, they needn’t take subsidy. We encourage those, who can afford, to buy tickets and not take subsidy so that others could benefit,” the Delhi CM said.The move by the Delhi government is yet to be cleared by the centre.The AAP contested in 40 Lok Sabha seats in nine states and Union Territories out of which it won in one. The poll results came as a shock to the party as it builds up for the assembly elections in Delhi in 2020.last_img read more

SoftBank Tencent lead race to buy 21 stake in PolicyBazaar Report

first_imgReutersGlobal investors Tencent and Softbank are planning to buy Tiger Global’s 21 percent stake in Policybazaar, according to reports. Etechaces Marketing and Consulting, owns Policybazaar and Paisabazaar. The New York-based investor is seeking about $300 million in the stake sale in Etechaces. The deal values the company at $1.5 billion.  Reuters fileAs per the Economic Times report, SoftBank has plans to increase its stake to about 20 percent in the company. The report also added that Tiger Global has appointed a banker to initiate the deal.   Tiger Global has been selling its stakes in companies like Flipkart and has made about $3 billion from stake sales last year. It also partially left the online transportation major Ola, selling major stakes in the company this year. The global investor had invested about $50-60 million in Etechaces. De-mergers | Representational ImageThe Modi government has proposed allowing 100 percent FDI in insurance intermediaries.Etechaces boosted its business with Policybazar and Paisabazaar, taking them past market leaders like Coverfox. The marketing and consulting company is now stepping into the online health service and car service verticals through its start-ups DocPrime and QuickFixCars, respectively.Etechaces expects to reach a net revenue of Rs 1000 crore this financial year.last_img read more

Unable to Vote Dreamers Take Immigration Issues to People Who Can

first_imgElizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaFranklin Henriquez is part of a youth group that joined a coalition of organizations to boost voter turnout.When people go to vote in midterm elections this November, they may be thinking about any number of serious issues. In Texas, polling data suggest both immigration and border security are priorities for voters.  Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/13110546/HPM-Red-2018-09-13-at-11.04am.mp400:0000:0000:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Not only did it protect Dreamers like Henriquez from deportation, but it also gave them the chance to get the documentation they needed to apply for college and scholarships. “It was like a relief. I was really happy, I was really excited. My mother was crying. She was happy about it, too,” said Henriquez.But that happiness is now on pause. The future of DACA is murky. After being rescinded by the Trump administration last September, courts have ruled to keep DACA renewals going for now. However, no new applications are being accepted. Many experts believe the Supreme Court will end up making the final decision on the program’s legality as a number of DACA-related suits are making their way through federal courts. A real fix for the DACA program could come from Congress, which has yet to pass any legislation protecting Dreamers and is unlikely to do it before midterms.“Rescinding DACA was frustration, disappointment, anger, sadness, a lot of worry,” said Henriquez. “But also it motivated me. It started a spark inside me to do something about it.”Getting Organized– / 2At a co-working space in Houston’s East End, 10 or so community organizers, including Henriquez, gather around a white table and discuss plans to register voters at local high schools.Representatives from groups like Mi Familia Vota, an organization that registers Latino voters, are at the table.Henriquez is there to speak not only on behalf of Dreamers and young people, but also immigrants – legal and otherwise. Many of whom, like him, can’t vote, but call Houston home. His hope is they’ll recruit allies who can vote this November.Chasing the young Latino voteNationwide polling suggests Latinos in battleground districts (TX-7, TX-23, TX-32, TX-32) feel strongly about immigration-related issues, especially in light of the government’s child separation policy and anti-immigrant rhetoric.Though the Latino vote historically underwhelms in Texas, targeting youth could be a winning strategy in the long-term, considering demographic shifts. “Forty four percent of eligible Latino voters are millennials, so that basically means that if young people are not voting, then the Latino vote is not present,” said Carlos Duarte, Texas State Director for Mi Familia Vota.The group is pursuing millennials as a key aspect of their registration efforts. They consider them an essential segment of the 4.8 million eligible Latino voters in the state.Mi Familia Vota reached 450,000 registrations nationwide last month. They’ll continue to register Latino voters before the October 9 deadline. Part of their efforts involves working with 30 or so Houston-area schools to educate and register students.In Harris County in particular, demographic shifts are also affecting the electorate. Whites are no longer the majority of registered voters, according to voter registration data. An increasing number of the county’s Latino residents are registering to vote, while older white voters are dying off. Primary elections in Harris County also showed the number of Latino voters who cast their ballot more than doubled compared to the 2014 primary. Experts have attributed this spike in participation to an increasingly polarized political climate, especially around the immigration debate, and strong Latino candidates. 00:00 /04:01 Listen X Share One group of Houston’s most motivated activists are hoping voters care enough to show up to the polls in support of immigrant issues. Their future in this country could depend on it. – / 2Dreamers on the ground Whether it’s knocking on doors, making calls or registering voters on campus, Houston youth are taking action. “Across the country, and here in Houston, we have not seen youth involvement at this level since immigrant youth won DACA in 2012,” said Julieta Garibay, co-director of United We Dream, a non-profit group that advocates for DACA-recipients. One of those politically active youth is Franklin Henriquez, a 23-old junior at the University of Houston. He just switched his major to political science after initially pursuing what he considers more pragmatic degree paths. “People would say ‘Engineering! Do engineering! That’s where the money’s at,’” said Hernandez. Henriquez said he’s much happier in his current degree plan. He’d like to work somewhere like the ACLU some day. But for now, he’s got a lot on his plate with two jobs, school, helping care for his little sister and volunteer work. “I volunteer also for United We Dream and recently I’ve been involved with Harris County Civic Engagement,” said Henriquez. He’s part of a youth task force that’s joining a new coalition of organizations to boost voter turnout, even though he himself cannot vote.“I’m also a DACA-recipient,” said Hernandez. Like 11 million U.S. residents (1.6 million of which live in Texas), Henriquez is undocumented.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaFranklin Henriquez’s mother brought him to Houston from El Salvador when he was eight years-old.His mom brought him to Houston from El Salvador when he was eight years-old. They stayed. Even though Houston was safer and had more opportunities, growing up undocumented meant uncertainty. “I was trying to get good grades, involve myself in school trying to seem like the exemplary student to hopefully get a better education at a higher institution,” said Henriquez. “But in the back of my mind, because of my status, (I thought) it’s all gonna be in vain.”Besides the threat of deportation, Henriquez didn’t have a driver’s license or a social security number – things that make getting scholarships, working and enrolling in college possible.  Then, in 2012, President Obama created DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), offering protections for children brought to the United States during a certain time frame. That announcement changed Henriquez’ life.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Despite FDA Expansion HPV Vaccination Still Faces Social Hurdles

first_imgCourtesy University of Texas System Office of Health Affairs 00:00 /09:46 Share Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved expanding the vaccine that prevents the human papillomavirus – or HPV – for men and women ages 27 to 45. Up until this point, vaccinations were primarily targeted toward teens and pre-teens.Despite that, doctors say many social hurdles still exist that prevent people from getting vaccinated, such as the misconception that it’s only for young people — or the idea that only the sexually active need it.Back in July of 2016, we talked with a pair of Houston physicians about what HPV is, how it’s spread, how it can be prevented, and the social hurdles in the way.In the audio above, we revisit Craig Cohen’s conversation with Dr. Kamini Muzumdar, a pediatrician with Texas Children’s Pediatrics, and Dr. Michael Frumovitz, associate professor and fellowship director in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center.center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more