Lower Price Equals Increased Risk

first_imgThe sales team knew that their pricing was very close to their competitor’s price. They knew that their solution was perfect for their dream client, but so was their competitor’s solution. The decision wasn’t going to be an easy one for the stakeholders charged with deciding.So this sales team decided to do what was necessary to swing the deal in their direction. After all, it was an enormous, game-changing opportunity, and more still, it was strategic. The team went back to their prospect and gave them an unimaginably large discount.The prospect was stunned. At first, they seemed pleased that this sales team came up with such a massive price reduction. It meant that the company was going to save serious money on the solution they were buying. All things being equal, the lower price should have been the deciding factor. But it wasn’t.It’s Not What You ThinkThe sales team got a call from the prospect. They had decided to go with the competitor. She apologized to the team and told them they did great work, but the decision was final.The price wasn’t the primary decision criteria the prospective client was using to make their decision. The stakeholders making the decision needed the outcome that the solution was going to provide them. The massive reduction in price meant that there would be a greater likelihood that the program wouldn’t be right, that it wouldn’t work as well as it needed to, and that it would take more time and effort to stand up.All told, the lower price meant the sales team’s solution was too risky.Shortcuts Aren’t Lower PriceBecause “price” is always going to be one of the factors considered in a buying decision, and because you are always going to be asked whether you can lower your price, it can feel like the price is the most important thing. And in some cases and for some buyers it is.Lowering your price isn’t a reliable shortcut for winning long cycle, relatively high-risk sales. A substantial reduction that isn’t traded against some different value gives the impression that you are buying the business and increases the perception of risk.Fewer people buy on price alone than you think. And far more buy on value, provided they are working with salespeople who will collaborate with them.last_img read more

Mehbooba discusses Art. 35(A) with Rajnath

first_imgHome ministry held a series of consultations with the law ministry on Article 35(A), which has been challenged in the Supreme Court by the way of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) last month.The constitutional validity of Article 35A, which prohibits a non-J&K resident from buying property in the State and ensures job reservation for J&K residents, has been challenged in the Supreme Court by an NGO. J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her political rival Omar Abdullah have strongly objected to any tinkering with it.Ms Mufti met home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday and is learnt to have discussed the subject.Home ministry is learnt to have told Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal that the issue being discussed in the apex court was a matter of interpretation of law for which “no affidavit was required.”Mr. Venugopal had informed the SC on July 17 that the government wanted a “larger debate” on the subject and the matter was transferred to a three-judge bench. While the State government had submitted a counter-affidavit, Centre did not do so, leading to apprehensions that it was in favour of challenging Article 35A.“The AG has been briefed that the validity of Article 35A is a legal issue. Whether it is to be treated as a procedural issue as per the PIL or a substantive issue as per the Constitution has to be decided by the court,” said a senior home ministry official.The official declined to comment whether the Centre will support or oppose the petition.“AG is not appointed to say the Constitution is wrong. The former AG Mukul Rohatgi was also briefed on the subject and it has been a consistent opinion of both the AGs that this is a issue of law and no affidavit is required to state the Constitution,” the official said.Article 35A was added by a Presidential Order in 1954 under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.Ms Mufti had said earlier that “any attempts to tinker with Article 35(A) would have repercussions and India will not get a shoulder to carry its national flag in J&K.”Mr. Abdullah had said that those seeking a debate on the special status accorded to J&K are “playing with fire” as the issue is linked to the State’s accession to India and they are “two sides of the same coin.”last_img read more

PANAGARIYA 2 LAST

first_imgAsked if there is a possibility of rolling out Goods and Asked if there is a possibility of rolling out Goods and Services Tax from April 1 next year, Panagariya said, “In politics you can never say that anything is over. Things can change, turnaround. I would not rule out that as a possibility.” Yesterday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that he wants the GST to be implemented from April next year, but warned that the new indirect tax regime may get delayed by sometime if the Congress continues to obstruct it. The Constitution Amendment Bill for roll out of GST has been passed in the Lok Sabha, but is yet to be approved by the Rajya Sabha where the ruling BJP does not enjoy majority of its own. “On the other hand if it delays .. its okay. It is a process. It started 10 years ago. If not in April may be 6 months later it can be rolled out,” Panagariya said. PTI DP CS ABD MRlast_img read more

Pakistan army chief accuses India of undermining China investment corridor

first_imgPakistan’s army chief on Tuesday accused longtime regional rival India of seeking to undermine his country’s $46 billion project to build an economic corridor to transport goods from China’s western regions through the Pakistani deepwater port of Gwadar.Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, speaking at a development conference on the impact of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said the significance of a Pakistan-China economic alliance had “raised eyebrows” in the region.”In this context, I must highlight that India, our immediate neighbour, has openly challenged this development initiative,” Sharif told the conference in Gwadar.”I would like to make a special reference to Indian intelligence agency RAW that is blatantly involved in destabilising Pakistan. Let me make it clear that we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan. Therefore, it is important for all to leave behind confrontation and focus on cooperation.”Indian officials could not be reached for comment late on Tuesday night.RAW is India’s Research and Analysis Wing, its main external intelligence agency.Last month, Pakistan said it had detained a suspected Indian spy for RAW in Baluchistan, the southwestern Pakistani province where most of the CPEC is taking shape.India has confirmed that the man is a former Indian navy official but denied that he is a spy.Majority Hindu India and mostly Muslim Pakistan, once part of a vast British colonial holding, have fought three wars since they were partitioned upon independence in 1947, leading to a violent separation that has fed decades of mutual suspicion.advertisementPakistan believes India is supporting a separatist insurgency in resource-rich Baluchistan. It also accuses India of fuelling strife in the city of Karachi. India denies any such meddling.India has long accused Pakistan of backing militants fighting Indian security forces in its part of the divided Kashmir region, of helping militants launch attacks elsewhere in India and backing the Taliban in Afghanistan.Pakistan says it only offers diplomatic support to the Muslim people of Kashmir living under what Pakistan says is heavy-handed Indian rule. It denies backing militant attacks in India.last_img read more

SPORT-PATIL 2 LAST

first_imgAccording to BCCI, a candidate applying for head coachs According to BCCI, a candidate applying for head coachs job should have successfully coached a cricket team of any of the member countries of the ICC, at the first class or at the international level; should be able to prepare and present a coaching plan elaborating the approach for Team India to attain leadership position in all formats of the game. It is preferred that the candidate should be qualified through a certification/assessment programme conducted by any of the full member countries and currently possess such a valid certification. The candidate should demonstrate methods/tools to effectively measure individual player performance and present metrics to the Board, which will in turn measure the performance of the team, on a consistent and timely basis; demonstrate an understanding and ability of employing a multidisciplinary approach that will include sports psychology and sports medicine, and effectively manage the workload of the players, thereby enhancing their contribution to the cause of the team. Those applying for the top job should have communication skills befitting the coach of an international team, are mandatory along with the ability to effectively convey the right messages and must demonstrate proficiency in English. The ability to communicate in an Indian language is desirable but by no means mandatory. The candidate should be well versed with the latest technologies/trends in sports software and ability to utilise the same, which will assist in analysing/improving the performance of the player and the team; should demonstrate plans and ability to contribute to the NCA Cricket Development Programmes and forecasting/planning to develop the next generation cricketer and agree to make themselves available for the NCA, as and when they are not with the team. It is mandatory that the candidate should have an impeccable personal record, devoid of any past or current disputes, with any of the member boards of the ICC or its affiliates. PTI SSR PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Gareth Southgate to stay on as England manager till 2022 FIFA World Cup

first_imgGareth Southgate has signed a new contract which will keep as the England national team manager until the end of the 2022 World Cup.Southgate and Football Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn announced the agreement, which also includes Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland, at a news conference on Thursday.The former national team defender was widely praised after England reached the semi-finals at the World Cup in Russia before losing to Croatia in the last four.Southgate, who had two years left on his deal, will now lead England into the Euro 2020 tournament and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the national team through the next two major tournaments,” said Southgate, 48, after signing his new deal.Congratulations, boss. Here’s to the next four years! https://t.co/wZmeI0dueBEngland (@England) October 4, 2018″The job remains an incredible privilege and a true honour. Experiencing at first hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come,” he added.Southgate initially took over as caretaker manager following the departure of Sam Allardyce in September 2016 before being confirmed in the role.The FA lost their technical director Dan Ashworth last week after he opted to move to Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion, and clearly did not want to risk Southgate departing before the next World Cup.However, several England managers, including Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello, have left their positions before the end of their contracts.advertisementGlenn said: “Securing Gareth on a longer-term contract was always a priority for us. He has performed remarkably well and has given everyone the belief that England can compete on a world stage again,” he said.Gareth: “With young players, you never know what they’re capable of until you give them their opportunity.”It may be a bit early for them, but they’re having big impacts in important matches.”#threelions https://t.co/A9bQmfGheUEngland (@England) October 4, 2018Southgate also announced his squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games away to Croatia and Spain on October 12 and 15, with more young players given a chance.Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, Borussia Dortmund striker Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount, on loan at Championship (second tier) club Derby County from Chelsea, earned first call-ups to the senior squad.Busy day for Gareth Southgate!See who he’s named in the #ThreeLions squad for our next two #NationsLeague games: https://t.co/azRa3ukvBlEngland (@England) October 4, 2018Uncapped Nathaniel Chalobah of Watford, who has played just four minutes in the Premier League this season, was a surprise call-up, while Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, who has one cap, was recalled after coming back from injury.Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Adam Lallana, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all out with injuries.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Marriage has improved my captaincy: Virat Kohli ahead of World Cup 2019

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 20:37 IST This is the first World Cup in which Virat Kohli is participating as a captain (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli married Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2017Kohli has claimed in the past that marriage has made him more responsible as a personKohli also picked Shane Warne as one of the former players he would love to have in his World Cup teamVirat Kohli has in the past stated quite a few times on how his relationship and subsequent marriage with Anushka Sharma has helped him grow as a person and the India captain reiterated his feelings once again as he claimed that marriage has also improved him as a leader of the cricket team.Speaking at the captains’ media day in London, Virat Kohli opened up on how his life has changed post his marriage with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.”You become more responsible (after marriage). It’s very different from the responsibility you had in your life. You start understanding things much better and you start putting things into perspective a lot more.”I have become a lot more responsible. That helps you in captaincy as well. It’s only improved my captaincy and me as a human being and as a player,” Kohli replied on being asked how it is to lead a team before and after getting married.Virat Kohli was also asked on which player from the past he would pick in his current World Cup team to which he chose Australian spin legend Shane Warne.”One guy that I would love to have from the past would be Shane Warne. I would have loved to watch him bowl if I was in the same team being on the field, just watching him bowl and what he did to the batsmen would have been amazing,” Kohli said.This is the first World Cup in which Kohli is participating as a captain and a huge responsibility lies on his shoulders with India bidding to win their third title after 1983 and 2011.advertisementVirat Kohli having a net pic.twitter.com/vRavinlFpJCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 28, 2019Team India’s preparations are in full swing before they open their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.Kohli and Co. are gearing up to face Bangladesh in the second warm-up match in Cardiff on Tuesday. India had lost the first warm-up game against New Zealand by 6 wickets and would like to iron out their flaws in the second match against Mashrafe Mortaza’s team.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India look to solve batting woes in 2nd warm-up vs BangladeshAlso Read | Watch: Dhoni’s guest appearance on Chahal TV, Kuldeep listens to Kishore Kumar songsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar back in nets ahead of 2nd warm-up after injury scareFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Anushka SharmaFollow Team IndiaFollow Shane WarneFollow World Cup 2019 Marriage has improved my captaincy: Virat Kohli ahead of World Cup 2019Virat Kohli opened up on how his life has changed post his marriage with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and how it has helped him grow as a cricketer as well.advertisementlast_img read more

Lankan prez resumes Cabinet meeting after threatening to boycott over separate Lanka

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday presided over a Cabinet meeting, days after he threatened to boycott it over Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s faction initiating a separate parliamentary probe into the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings. He convened the meeting amidst an infighting between the two factions of the ruling coalition over the abdication of responsibility to prevent the deadly attack despite the availability of prior intelligence. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London The President, who is the head of the Cabinet in his troubled coalition government with Wickremesinghe, did not call last week’s meeting over a stand-off with his coalition partner. Sirisena wanted the halt to proceedings of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed by Assembly Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to probe the events leading to the attacks that killed 258 people, including 11 Indians, and injured nearly 500. He had threatened not to reconvene the Cabinet until the government abandoned the select committee process. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Sirisena claimed that the committee proceedings were aimed at putting the blame of the attacks on him being the Defence Minister for the intelligence failure. At the PSC, the security apparatus which gave evidence suggested that there was bungling at the very top of the defence establishment. The prior intelligence on the possibility of attacks had been ignored. Sirisena said he would not cooperate with the parliamentary probe and would not allow defence or police officials to testify before the committee. The government and speaker Jayasuriya had made it clear that the probe process would not be halted. On Saturday, Sirisena sacked national intelligence chief Sisira Mendis who reportedly said that the attacks could have been avoided and that the president had failed to hold regular security meetings to assess the threats from the militants. India had shared intelligence inputs with Sri Lanka about possible attacks weeks before the bombings. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa, and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in the country’s deadliest violence since the devastating civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in 2009. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath for the attacks.last_img read more

US tax cuts Fiscal pros weigh in on how Canada should respond

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – While they have slightly differing views on the landmark tax cuts just adopted in the U.S., and their potential effect on Canada, some of the country’s leading fiscal-policy experts agree on one thing.In short: Don’t expect Canada to engage in a corporate-tax-cut-war with the U.S. That’s according to three prominent fiscal experts contacted by The Canadian Press as the U.S. passed a bill that will make it cheaper to do business down south.Kevin Page, Jack Mintz, and Kevin Milligan all agreed Canada has different policy tools to respond. And they expressed doubt the likeliest tool involves taking a chainsaw to corporate tax rates.The University of Calgary’s Mintz believes Canada should worry about its neighbour’s tax reform; he’s expressed it in National Post pieces with titles like, “Trump’s tax tsunami is about to wallop Canadian jobs and investment.”His view is that for several decades Canada had two business advantages: lower corporate taxes, and free trade. Now the taxes are about equal, and free trade is in jeopardy. He said Canadian businesses also face new challenges, like carbon taxes; while the U.S. eliminates regulations.But he said Canadian policy-makers can respond with a variety of solutions. One is tax rates. Others include simplifying regulation, or designing tax policy to benefit investment, say, by steering the proceeds of carbon taxes back to businesses.“There are a gamut of different policies,” he said in an interview.“It’s wrong to think that a single nugget is going to solve, deal, with the issue.”He suggests Canadians seek some clues in an annual World Bank document. In the bank’s annual Doing Business report, Canada scores high in several places — it’s No. 2 in the world for ease of starting a business.But it points to sore spots.Overall, Canada ranks as the 22nd-best country to run a business, sandwiched between Lithuania and Malaysia — 13 spots behind its neighbour, the U.S. It’s 57th in dealing with construction permits, and 108th in getting electricity.Page, Canada’s first parliamentary budget officer, also doubts copycat tax cuts are coming.“I think it is unlikely Canada will try to match U.S. tax cuts,” Page said in an email.“Tax reform pressures will likely build in Canada over the next few years leading up to the 2019 elections but it is more likely to have a broader agenda than tax reductions , including fairness, sustainability, growth, (the) environment.”He said corporate income taxes are one important cost of doing business — but that companies look at a variety of things: dividend, capital and payroll taxes; regulations; and production costs like wages.He said Canada might even draw some early benefit from the U.S. tax bill. That’s because economic growth in the U.S. tends to spill into Canada. Scotiabank’s models estimate that for every percentage point of growth in the U.S., there’s a half-point growth in Canada.Page said he expects a short-term positive impact for Canada. But he said that dissipates as the bill’s less-desirable aspects kick in — like the $1.5 trillion added to the debt, Republicans’ talk of offsetting that through social-spending cuts, growing inequality, and the diminished fiscal manoeuvring room whenever another recession hits.He offers a term to describe the temporary boost for Canada: “A sugar high.”Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist who has advised the Trudeau Liberals on tax reform, said he’s not nearly as concerned about this bill as he would be if it gave U.S. businesses a permanent tax advantage of, say, five percentage points, rather than simply putting the countries at similar rates.“Then we’d be in a world where we’d be really, perhaps, in trouble — where you’d see firms wanting … to shift profits out of Canada. The fact that we’re tied, at about the same rate, means there’s no incentive to move profit,” he said.“That’s why I don’t have apocalyptic concerns that some others might have expressed.”He said businesses will continue making choices based on numerous factors, like the cost of providing health insurance to employees, a significant issue in the U.S.; good transit links; pleasant communities; workforce training; and the ability to attract talented immigrants — an area where Canada has gained some advantage, he said, given the current U.S. political climate.“So that’s the question,” Milligan said.“Are we best off getting into a tax-rate competition with the U.S., or competing on other grounds?”last_img read more

2018 Juno Awards will be mix of celebration and reckoning

Financial and industrials weigh on TSX loonie climbs against US dollar

first_imgTORONTO — The key financial and industrial sectors weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading, while the loonie traded higher against the U.S. dollar.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 13.91 points at 15,130.97.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 50.84 points at 25,340.11. The S&P 500 index was down 0.59 of a point at 2,729.61, while the Nasdaq composite was down 37.52 points at 7,221.51.The Canadian dollar traded higher at 76.10 cents US compared with an average of 75.75 cents US on Thursday.The January crude contract was up US$1.19 at US$57.87 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 18.6 cents at US$4.22 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$6.50 at US$1,221.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.15 cents at US$2.77 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fez Festival: Nabil Benabdeljalil Takes Audience on a Journey from Africa…

Fez – Moroccan composer and musicologist Nabil Benabdeljalil and the Zakharif Ensemble delivered an outstanding performance on Thursday afternoon at the Batha Museum, marrying oriental and occidental melodies and taking the audience on a voyage across cultures.The ensemble approaches music holistically and interprets it as a harmony of intricate, polyphonic compositions and arrangements that connect with the spirit of tradition. The ensemble plays jazz, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, and Arabic music, classical music of the Romantic era, and classical 20th century music.Although the groups participating in the Festival this year may differ in name, kinds of music, and rhythm, they all share a pivotal theme in common: the journey of Hassan Al Wazan and his migration from Andalusia to Africa and back again to Europe. Nabil Benabdeljalil and the Zakharif Ensemble emphasized this theme performing pieces from the classical Arab repertoire infused with western tunes.Before the concert began, the organizers experienced difficulties due to rain and the heavy wind which blew tree leaves all over the tiled courtyard of the venue, causing a delay. Responding to the discomfort with the weather conditions, one spectator commented: “This is part of the sacred,.” urging listeners to smile.Finally, the group appeared on stage to a warm applause.The first two pieces were “Romance without Speech” and “The Impossible Dance,’’ both composed by Nabil Benabdeljalil. The pieces were deftly and musically played although they sounded as if they were composed of a hodge-podge of intricate musical notes, mixing Austrian, Egyptian, American, and Moroccan rhythms and tunes. The audience noticed the meticulous precision with which the group of artists played their instruments (piano, percussion, Ooud , saxophone, and percussions) to create the uncanny harmony of which Nabil Benabdeljalil is fond of. The quartet whetted the viewers’ appetite for more, transporting them to different parts of the world.The Oud player, Ozzahr Noureddine, took the audience to the winding alleys of Egypt’s old Medinas with a stunning piece of music. which took the listeners to the winding alleys of Egypt’s old Medinas. The percussionist, Youssef Outamrich, leaving his instrument for a spell, perfectly sang a captivating Mawal “Ya Lili Ya Lili.” He was much appreciated by the audience and precipitated several minutes of applause.One of the best performances of the concert was, the group played a piece called “The Child from Mrirt” (enfant de Mrirt ). Mrirt is originally a name of a small city in the Atlas Mountains whose dwellers are purely Amazigh. This captivating piece, carried the audience back to Morocco and its sacrosanct and nostalgic Amazigh roots.In an exclusive interview with Morocco World News, Nabil said that music goes beyond just entertainment. When asked about the connection with sacred music, he said that music should be spiritual in the first place, and then other indicia of the spirituality will follow.Photo Credit: Zoubir Ali© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

UN lauds Afghan forum as important step towards achieving peace

4 June 2010The United Nations today congratulated the Government and people of Afghanistan as they concluded a three-day dialogue aimed at achieving peace in the country, calling it an important step in efforts to end conflict and restore stability. The Consultative Peace Jirga, which began in Kabul on 2 June, brought together some 1,600 participants, including 300 women, to chart the way forward in the country’s peace process.“This is a significant step toward reaching out to all Afghan people to promote an inclusive dialogue aimed at achieving stability and peace in Afghanistan,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The United Nations supports these national efforts to end conflict in Afghanistan, and remains fully committed to working with the Afghan authorities and people as they strive for a peaceful life,” the statement added. Both Mr. Ban and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) congratulated the Government and participants on the “process and outcomes” of the gathering. “The participants of the Consultative Peace Jirga have committed themselves to move forward together and reach out to communities across the country,” the mission said in a statement.“It is essential that the momentum of this Jirga is maintained and utilized to take the next steps toward the Kabul Conference in July,” it added, referring to the major international gathering on the way forward for the country that is scheduled to take place in the capital.The July meeting follows the London Conference held in January, during which the Government and its international partners jointly endorsed a strategy of transition to greater Afghan responsibility for the affairs of the country. read more

Afghanistan UN health agency sends medical supplies to avert displacement

“Though a functioning health centre alone will not keep people in a village or be the main reason why they return, it is an essential part of the jigsaw of social and economic support needed to avert displacement and encourage return,” explained WHO’s representative to Afghanistan, Dr. Said Salah Youssef.The WHO official said adequate medical care could prompt families to decide to stay in the country. “If a family member is sick, the pull of health services in both the larger towns in Afghanistan and over the border in Pakistan can tip the balance between staying and going,” said Dr. Youssef. Together with the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), WHO is working to raise funds for projects which will help people to stay in their place of origin. Among other measures, the agency plans to refurbish basic health centres that have fallen into disuse because of inadequate drugs, poor equipment and lack of pay for staff.WHO also hopes to pre-position drug supplies to allow quick response to epidemics in Afghanistan. In addition, the agency is helping with water quality monitoring while supporting intensified health education campaigns. read more

UK new car market dips in February

The UK new car market dipped in February, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 80,805 new cars were registered, a -2.8% drop compared with February 2017, in what is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year ahead of the March number plate change.Continuing recent trends, demand for petrol and alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose in February, up 14.4% and 7.2% respectively, with the former driven by some new, smaller models coming to market. Registrations of new diesel cars declined -23.5%, a disappointing performance given the latest low emission vehicles can help address air quality issues.So far this year, the UK new car market has declined -5.1%, with registrations by business, private and fleet buyers all down, -29.8%, -7.1% and -2.1% respectively.Meanwhile, double digit growth for petrol and AFVs has been unable to offset the move away from diesel, which now commands a 35.6% market share. The discrepancy in demand suggests diesel car owners are keeping their older cars for longer.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Although the new car market has dipped, it remains at a good level despite the drop in demand for diesel. Consumers should be reassured, however, that the latest cars are the cleanest in history and can help address air quality issues, which is why they are exempt from any restrictions.Looking ahead to the crucial number plate change month of March, we expect a further softening, given March 2017 was a record as registrations were pulled forward to avoid VED changes.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 80,805 new cars driven off forecourts in the month, -2.8% down on 2017, as UK new car market dips.Demand for petrol and alternatively fuelled vehicles continues to rise, but diesel demand falls again.Year-to-date market for new cars down -5.1%, with 244,420 units registered nationwide.SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATA read more

Where Oregons Fall Under Mark Helfrich Ranks AllTime

VIDEO: Ohio State’s chances are better than most No. 1 comes with its own special circumstances: SMU was given the NCAA’s “death penalty” in 1987, canceling an entire season and severely damaging the school’s football program for years after. Other cases involve a new coach coming in with disastrous results, such as when Southern Miss fell from 12-2 to 0-12 in a single season after replacing Larry Fedora with Ellis Johnson. But Helfrich oversaw the high and the low — even if the high was built from the foundation laid by Chip Kelly during his four seasons in Eugene. Now the Ducks must find a new coach for only the fifth time in four decades, and rebuild the pieces of what was a great program until very recently. Share on Facebook It wasn’t surprising that the Oregon Ducks fired head football coach Mark Helfrich on Tuesday night, given Oregon’s 4-8 overall record, its 2-7 mark within the Pac-12 and the fact that the team lost eight of its final 10 games to close the season. Even by the standards of a school that rarely changes coaches, this was a fireable type of season. What was surprising, however, was how quickly things unraveled for the Ducks. Exactly 700 days — and 26 games — ago, Oregon was coming off a 59-20 shellacking of the then-undefeated, defending-champion Florida State Seminoles, and the Ducks were 7-point favorites in the national title game against Ohio State.Then the wheels fell off. What followed was the fourth-biggest decline — at least, according to the Elo rating system we like to use here at FiveThirtyEight — for any school over a 26-game span since the AP poll ushered in college football’s modern era in 1936:1For the purposes of the chart, the 26 games had to occur over no more than four seasons, to filter out teams that went on long hiatuses from Division I-A before returning many years later. read more

Grippe les médecins manquent de vaccins en GrandeBretagne

first_imgGrippe : les médecins manquent de vaccins en Grande-BretagneAlors que l’épidémie de grippe commence à gagner l’ensemble de l’Europe, les médecins britanniques se trouvent dans une situation rare et délicate : le manque de vaccins anti-grippe.La grippe est au cœur de tous les sujets de conversation en Europe en ce moment et pour cause, plusieurs pays sont en proie à une épidémie, et les gouvernements exhortent la population à se faire vacciner. Certains Britanniques ont suivi ce conseil mais n’ont pu obtenir la piqure. En cause ? Des problèmes d’approvisionnement locaux ont fait que certains médecins ont manqué de vaccins. Si le département de la santé britannique a assuré qu’il n’y avait pas de pénurie nationale, les laboratoires Sanofi Pasteur MSD ont expliqué à l’AFP avoir été approchés par les autorités britanniques voulant savoir combien de doses de vaccins étaient éventuellement disponibles à l’importation.Et l’AFP de préciser qu’il n’existe pas de stock de vaccins national en Grande-Bretagne et qu’il appartient à chaque médecin de commander les doses dont il a besoin. Si la situation perdure, les autorités du pays envisagent de puiser dans les vaccins commandés l’année dernière contre la grippe H1N1. En Grande-Bretagne, cinquante personnes seraient mortes de la grippe cette année, explique l’Agence de protection de la santé, dont 45 du virus H1N1.Le 7 janvier 2011 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Victims demand arrest of Kodela Sivaram

first_imgGuntur: The victims of K-tax staged a protest before former Speaker of Assembly Dr Kodela Siva Prasada Rao’s residence in Narasaraopet town on Saturday. MRPS State president Kalva Ravi led the protests. Speaking on the occasion, Kalva Ravi alleged that Dr Kodela Siva Prasada Rao’s son Kodela Sivaram assured an attender job in the Collectorate in Guntur city and took Rs 7 lakh from Nagarjuna, a resident of Narasaraopet town. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us He said Sivaram failed to fulfill his promise and added that when they demanded him to return money, Sivaram and his secretary Prasad were threatening them. Demanding Kodela Sivaram’s arrest, the victims raised slogans against the family members of the Dr Kodela Siva Prasada Rao and sought justice to them. They warned that they will continue their fight till they get justice. It may be mentioned that the police booked several cheating cases against Kodela Siva Prasada Rao’s son Kodela Sivaram, his daughter P Vijayalakshmi.last_img read more

Nigerian Women Lead Rallies for Their Missing Girls Worldwide

first_img(TriceEdneyWire.com) – An unprecedented surge of gatherings and rallies across the U.S. and abroad sparked by the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian boarding school girls have made plain the growing anger and frustration of Nigerian and other women over inaction by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration. After three weeks, little more than a call this week for an investigative committee has been accomplished.Since the rallies Saturday, photos of the impromptu events have appeared on Facebook and on blogs, widely exposing a story which received little press attention when the crime in the town of Chibot in the state of Borno, was first reported.From Union Square in New York City to Oakland, California, women filled public plazas with hand-written signs that read “Bring Back Our Girls” “Nigeria the World is Watching” “200 Too Many” among others. Most of the women wore headwraps or “geles” which have a spiritual significance for Yoruba women.In New York, Gugu Lethu said she was planning only to meet with a few women in Union Square to show support for the girls and mothers. However her flier for the event was passed from hand to hand and Facebook page to Twitter and close to 300 women turned up.Morgan State University also hosted a “Bring Back our Girls” rally on campus on May 7. At the event, participants marched from the University Student Center to the Academic Quad.Repercussions from the spontaneous gatherings were felt in Nigeria as the wife of President Jonathan tearfully took to the airwaves to accuse the grieving mothers of the missing girls of embarrassing her husband and to order the detention of two of the protesting mothers. She also pledged to march to the governor’s office of Borno state to demand the release of the girls although it is widely believed that the girls were spirited away to be sold as brides of men in neighboring Chad or Cameroon or to members of the terrorist group Boko Haram.Despite the tragedy, a major economic conference is expected to take place in Nigeria’s capital Abuja from May 7 to 9. President Johnson has given assurances for the safety of the foreign and African guests expected to attend. The BBC is reporting that schools and government offices are to be closed and arrests are being made.According to the website of the conference: ”The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa comes at a crucial time for the continent. Taking place under the theme, Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs.” Guests include Premier Li Keqiang of China and eleven African heads of state and government.Some 1,500 people have been killed since January 2014 due to the ongoing fighting between the insurgent Boko Haram group and the Nigerian military.A U.S. contingent in Nigeria will not be taking part in the girls’ rescue, it was clarified today. Their efforts are limited to security training and crowd control for the business event this week, reports said.Nigeria’s budget for security this year is more than $6 billion – double the allocation for education.Meanwhile, the noted author of Half of a Yellow Sun and most recently, Americanah, published a response to the tragedy called “The President I Want.” The full article can be read at: http://www.thescoopng.com/exclusive-chimamanda-adichie-president-want/last_img read more

New Ways to Search

first_imgFebruary 12, 2009 Register Now » Next time you need to Google something, why not try one of these upstart search engines instead?123peopleLaunched: October 2008What it is: A meta search engine that finds all publicly available information about peopleWhy you should care: Searches are real time, so information is always up-to-date and results are fresh with every search.CuilLaunched: July 2008What it is: A multifaceted search engine that analyzes text within a page containing your keywordWhy you should care: Its intuitive interface provides search tips, expanded categories and definitions for the most in-depth search possible.EcoSmartSearch.comLaunched: March 2008What it is: A Google-powered search engine that uses a black search screen, cutting down energy usage on CRT monitorsWhy you should care: If Google is your search engine of choice, then why not use it in an energy-saving format?LeapFishLaunched: November 2008What it is: A search engine that uses proprietary hyper-threading to deliver more results in a single searchWhy you should care: Its click-free search functionality makes it faster, too. The screen refreshes with results as words are typed in.RushmoreDriveLaunched: April 2008What it is: A comprehensive search engine that delivers mainstream search results as well as those specific to the black communityWhy you should care: Regardless of your ethnicity or business industry, the site gives you access to a targeted audience.SpockLaunched: August 2007What it is: A people search engine that indexes people-related documents across the webWhy you should care: Get detailed information on anyone involved with your business (employees, customers, clients and so on). Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read This story appears in the March 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more