If You Really Want to Be a Closer

first_imgThe real close when you make a complex sale doesn’t occur when your prospect signs the contract and through all your effort becomes a client. The real commitment you need to gain only starts when your dream client signed your contract. The real close is gaining their commitment to change and to execute.You’ve been here. You’ve sold your prospect the solution they need. They’ve agreed to make the changes necessary on their end. But then, you begin to execute only to find out that your new client is unwilling to change what they need to change. This even after you had a half-dozen conversations about how their processes and procedures would need to change.The real close you need is gaining the commitments to go to war inside their own organization and insist on execution from the stakeholders that supported you. Closing the deal all the way means going back into your customer’s company and working with the stakeholders who are dragging their feet (or digging in their heels, if you will forgive back to back metaphors) to get the commitment to make changes.These aren’t easy commitments to gain. Everyone wants the better results without having to fundamentally change what they are doing. This is why the incumbent failed. This is why your new client has changed partners three times and why they believe that changing again will give them better results. No one has been able–or willing–to push them for the real commitment they need.Execution is messy. It’s political. It pisses people off. Before it produces the results they need. If you really want to be a closer, you will make the final close and gain the agreement to change what needs changing. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie denies Australia approach

first_imgJason Gillespie denied that he had no immediate plans of leaving county side Yorkshire for any new coaching job. Gillespie’s name has been doing the rounds to be Australia’s next coach, but the former pacer has rubbished all the rumours.”I haven’t had any contact, so there’s nothing to report to be honest. If anything changes, I’ll let you know. At this point, it’s just focusing on my role here,” Gillespie told the county side’s official website.The 41-year-old has built a strong reputation for himself as a coach after guiding Yorkshire to successive County Championship titles. Last year there were strong chances of him becoming England’s coach replacing Peter Moores but the job went to Trevor Bayliss.Gillespie, who took 259 wickets in 71 Tests is presently not thinking of any new assignment beyond county side Yorkshire and wants to work with them.”You don’t rule out opportunities in the future. It’s whether you feel like you can make a difference in any job that comes available.”It’s well documented that I’ve got four kids under the age of 10. My eldest daughter, she’s 21, has just had a little girl. So family is important, and it should be an important consideration.”Any job that comes up, certainly, I’ve always said family comes first. If any opportunities come up in the future, that would certainly be a consideration.”last_img read more


first_imgThe apex court further said, “Your revenue depends on theThe apex court further said, “Your revenue depends on the viewership. They have a stake and their interest needs to be protected. They have a right to watch uninterrupted cricket matches. People watching the matches at cricket stadiums are on a different footing as they have purchased tickets to watch matches.”Orissa Cricket Association also opposed the recommendation of one state-one vote saying that territorial classification recommendation of Lodha panel is not a correct classification and cant be mechanically implemented as irreparable loss would happen to the games.”This territorial classification would result in down spin of the game if associations from North-east become full members and made to play against stronger teams,” senior advocate K V Vishwanathan appearing for Orissa Cricket Association said.To this the bench said, “What is your problem, weaker teams will get beaten? You dont want to play against Nagaland or Sikkim? You dont want to waste your time. People used to laugh when Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan started playing. But look at the turn around in these teams. Just see what is Bangladesh doing.”Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh appearing for Railways Sports Promotion Board and Services Sports Control Board opposed the Lodha panels recommendation to downgrade them to associate members of the BCCI and taking away their voting rights.”We have our own infrastructure, own parameters for talent hunt and none of the parameters are against us. We are the founding members of BCCI and our right in decision-making cant be taken away by taking away our votes and dowgrading us to associate members,” he said.advertisementThe hearing remained inconclusive and will continue on May 2.The fight between different factions of cricket associations in Bihar also came up for deliberations as the cricket bodies like Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) and Bihar Cricket Associations which are fighting to take control over the game.No fund has been disbursed by BCCI since 2009 for development of the game in Bihar as the erstwhile association had not given the account of Rs 50 lakh given to it. PTI MNL SJK RKS VMNlast_img read more


first_imgThe court said it was due to Yadavs bronze medal in theThe court said it was due to Yadavs bronze medal in the World Wrestling Championship in 2015 that India got a berth in the 74 kg freestyle category.”In the present instance, respondent no.5 (Yadav) after winning a bronze medal in World Championship September 2015 is being given meticulous training by the concerned authority so that he is best prepared to represent the country in the Olympics,” it said.The court termed as “unfortunate” that 66 kg category was abolished in January 2014 and Sushil was forced to play in 74 kg weight category but noted that Sushil has not won any major national or international tournament since September 2014.It said WFI had conducted a fair selection trial prior to World Wrestling Championship 2015, the qualification event, to ensure that the best athlete represents India so that there was a chance to secure a berth in the Olympics.The court said the decision regarding who should represent the country in “a sporting event is best left to the experts i.e. the concerned national sports federation”.”Power and responsibility go hand in hand. The National Sports Federation cannot be held responsible for performance of its athletes, if it does not have power to select them according to a flexible procedure as long as the same is fair, transparent, reasonable and consistent,” it said.”Keeping in view the aforesaid, this court is of the view that a writ court will not interfere in the exercise of discretion of National Sports Federation and substitute its own judgment except where the discretion is shown to have been exercised in an arbitrary or capricious or perverse manner or contrary to settled principles or practices,” it said.advertisementThe court noted that initially no allegation of bias or prejudice was made against WFI in the plea and later Sushil, in his rejoinder, had alleged that the federation has targeted him for not participating in Pro-Wrestling League.It, however, said that the allegation, in the absence of any contemporaneous document, “inspires no confidence”.Referring to the National Sports Development Code, 2011, the court held that it “does not restrict or impinge upon the autonomy or discretion of the National Sports Federations to select athletes/wrestlers to represent India in international sporting events.” PTI ABA HMP ARClast_img read more

Harden set to pair with Westbrook and chase title in Houston

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook and James Harden, right, are photographed together during NBA basketball media day Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — James Harden isn’t listening to anyone who is worried about how things will work in Houston with the addition of Russell Westbrook.The Beard is convinced things will be great and believes the move is not only good for the Rockets as they chase their first title since 1995, but that it also is a positive change for Westbrook after being the face of the Oklahoma City Thunder for more than a decade.ADVERTISEMENT “He just comes to entirely different chapter in his life to go out there and just play and doesn’t have to go out there and worry about the pressure of carrying an entire organization,” Harden said. “I’m excited for him.”Questions about how these two ball-dominate guards will coexist in Houston have swirled since the Rockets shipped Chris Paul to Oklahoma City this summer in exchange for Westbrook. Only time will tell if the pairing of these two MVPs will be the push this team needs to finally win another championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Until then everyone in the organization insists that it will work because Harden and Westbrook want it to.“If Russ got it going and Russ is on one of those games we’ve all seen before, guess what I’m going to do? Sit back and watch the show,” Harden said leaning back and crossing his arms. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Jimmy Butler, once a Heat hater, now eager to be in Miami Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Westbrook laughed when asked if he thought that was the case before he got serious.“Probably so,” he said. “If I think about it probably so.”Tucker, who is often referred to as the league’s Sneaker King, also has impeccable style and was seen on the front row at many of the shows during fashion weeks in New York, Paris and Milan this offseason. So when a reporter asked if he’d need to step his fashion game up now that Westbrook was on the team he was taken a bit off guard.“Step it up? Nah, I’m good,” he said smiling.Players have been photographed for several years entering the arena in their designer outfits. But with the style star power on this team, Harden joked that they might have to take that ritual up a notch this year.“It’s going to be a runway,” he said. “We’ll have a red carpet. We’ll have music. We’ll have the whole nine yards. So be ready for it.”D’ANTONI’S CONTRACTThe Rockets weren’t able to work out a contract extension with D’Antoni this offseason, leaving him with just one year left on the deal he signed when he joined the team in 2016. Despite the inability to come to terms on a new deal, Fertitta isn’t concerned about D’Antoni’s future with the team.“He’s a great coach,” Fertitta said. “He’s one of the great offensive minds out there. I truly do not see Mike going anywhere.”The 68-year-old D’Antoni is 173-73 in three seasons in Houston.center_img Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Westbrook also insisted that he isn’t the least bit worried about how they’ll mesh playing together for the first time since Harden was traded from the Thunder after the 2012 season. Westbrook, an eight-time All-Star, listed all the ways he can impact the game aside from scoring, reeling off all his skills from rebounding to being a leader.“When it comes to me and James playing together, who’s going to have the ball, who’s not going to have the ball, it really doesn’t matter,” he said. “My goal is to win a championship so whatever it takes to do that that’s what I’m going to do.”Coach Mike D’Antoni was quick to point out that not too long ago there were similar concerns about how Harden would adjust to playing with Paul. Those worries soon dissipated when Houston won a franchise-record 65 regular-season games and reached the Western Conference finals in Paul’s first season with the team in 2017-18.“It works itself out,” D’Antoni said. “You try not to over-coach it. We need Russell to be Russell. We don’t want to change him. He’s an MVP.”Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, the billionaire restaurant and casino owner, recalled seeing Westbrook play against the Rockets last season.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “I watched Oklahoma kick our butts twice last year and there was this guy that would get a rebound and have it dunked on the other side when our guys started to run down the court,” Fertitta said. “And I thought what would it be like to have this guy on our team?”Now that he is, Fertitta has high expectations for what he and Harden can do this season.“I know I’m really excited, so I hope they don’t let me down,” he said.Some things to know about the Rockets as they start camp.VETERAN PRESENCEThe Rockets signed veteran center Tyson Chandler this summer in hopes of improving their rebounding and to take some of the load off starter Clint Capela. Chandler, who’ll turn 37 next week, was the second overall pick in the 2001 draft.When Chandler started his career his goal was to play for 10 years and he never dreamed he’d play nearly twice that long.“That’s why I’m wearing 19 this year. I came in at 19. This is my 19th season,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine being here. I wear it on my chest because I feel blessed and fortunate to be here.”MOST FASHIONABLE TEAM EVER?Now that Westbrook has joined a team that already had style stars Harden and P.J. Tucker, the Rockets could be the most fashionable NBA team ever. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Ashes 2017: England hoping for ‘Starc’ difference in Boxing Day Test against Australia

first_imgAustralia head into their dead rubber Boxing Day Test, high on Christmas cheer, looking for their fourth consecutive win against a demoralised England in the Ashes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The hosts have barely put a foot wrong in the five-match series, lead by the mercurial Australian captain Steve Smith, and will head to the MCG confident of pushing England toward a second successive whitewash on home soil.Mitchell Starc though will be missing in action for the Aussies, as the pacer ruled himself out with a heel injury. Jackson Bird has been named as his replacement, who has been in impressive form in the domestic Sheffield Shield for Tasmania.Right-armer Bird also has ample MCG experience, having made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at the Melbourne colosseum and also bowled in last year’s Boxing Day Test against Pakistan.More of a line and length bowler, Bird’s inclusion robs Australia of the express pace, swing and left-arm variation of Starc, however.”They’ve had three bowlers who can all bowl 90 miles an hour (144 kph),” England paceman James Anderson told the BBC of Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.”But you look beyond that, they’ve got problems.”England have a few of their own issues to deal with, not least the worrying form of their senior players.With opening batsman Alastair Cook and paceman Stuart Broad both enduring a poor series, pundits have called on selectors to be ruthless and start the regeneration of Joe Root’s team now rather than later.advertisementThe calls are almost certain to be ignored given the players’ long service and lofty standing, but the pair will hope to prove they still belong at the highest level in the final Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.England’s pace stocks have been gutted by injuries and they are another man down with Craig Overton ruled out of the Melbourne match with a broken rib.The tourists’ lack of pace has been exposed on Australia’s flat wickets, so selectors might opt to recall Durham fast man Mark Wood rather than pick the slower Jake Ball.Queries over Moeen Ali also linger, the all-rounder struggling with the bat and his off-spin doing little to support England’s fast bowlers.Uncapped Mason Crane, a legspinner with an average of 43.98, is in reserve in the squad but battling Australia’s pressure-free batsmen in front of a huge Boxing Day crowd could prove a harrowing debut for the 20-year-old.England’s last trip to Melbourne was a miserable one, as Michael Clarke’s Australia thrashed Cook’s tourists by eight wickets to take a 4-0 lead in the series.Dead rubber aside, the Boxing Day Test is one of the great carnivals of Australian sport but a heavy security blanket at the MCG will add a sombre tone.A driver with a history of mental illness but with no known extremist links injured 19 people in the nearby CBD on Friday when he ploughed through Christmas shoppers.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

PAOK Beats AEK 1-0 to Win Greek Cup for Its 1st Double

first_imgATHENS (AP) — PAOK won the Greek Cup for a third straight year with a 1-0 victory over AEK Athens in a nearly empty Athens Olympic Stadium on Saturday.Chuba Akpom scored the winner with an overhead kick in the 45th minute.PAOK also won the Greek league title this season for its first-ever double. AEK was runner-up in the cup final for the third year in a row.Only 900 invited spectators — and 3,000 police — attended the game due to fears of fan violence. A German ref, Felix Zwayer, was chosen for the final.The two finalists each got 120 places, with 660 for EPO, Greece’s football federation. Despite the security measures, there were still minor clashes between rival fans inside the stadium requiring police intervention.PAOK’s players raise the trophy of the Greek Cup final soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Saturday, May 11, 2019. PAOK won the Greek Cup for a third year in a row, beating AEK Athens 1-0 at a nearly empty Athens Olympic Stadium. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Gatherings were banned around Athens’ central Omonia Square, where celebrating fans usually gather after important games, with the ban in effect from 6 p.m. local time on Thursday to 6 a.m. Sunday.Police also patrolled the national highway linking Athens and Thessaloniki, 500 kilometers (310 miles) to the north, for any signs of PAOK fans traveling en masse.Police clashed with 100 AEK fans on bikes near a major highway exit in Athens on Friday. Twelve people were detained.PAOK’s players raise the trophy of the Greek Cup final soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Saturday, May 11, 2019. PAOK won the Greek Cup for a third year in a row, beating AEK Athens 1-0 at a nearly empty Athens Olympic Stadium. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)PAOK’s coach Razvan Lucescu, center, leaps at the end of the Greek Cup final soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Saturday, May 11, 2019. PAOK won the Greek Cup for a third year in a row, beating AEK Athens 1-0 at a nearly empty Athens Olympic Stadium. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)PAOK’s Chuba Akpom celebrates after scoring against AEK Athens, during the Greek Cup final soccer match at the empty of fans Olympic stadium in Athens, Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)AEK Athens’ Nenad Krsticic, right, tackles PAOK’s Chuba Akpom, during the Greek Cup final soccer match at the empty of fans Olympic stadium in Athens, Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)PAOK’s players raise the trophy of the Greek Cup final soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Saturday, May 11, 2019. PAOK won the Greek Cup for a third year in a row, beating AEK Athens 1-0 at a nearly empty Athens Olympic Stadium. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)___TweetPinShare2525 Shareslast_img read more

Feilhaber ready to make most of shock USA return

first_imgUnited States Benny Feilhaber ready to make most of ‘shocking’ return to USMNT Ives Galarcep Last updated 2 years ago 05:52 4/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Benny Feilhaber USA Serbia United States United States v Panama Panama WC Qualification CONCACAF After haven fallen out of the U.S. national team picture for a second coach, Feilhaber played his way into another look at a crucial time for the USA SANFORD, Fla. — Benny Feilhaber will be heading to Orlando City Stadium later this week and it will mark his first trip there since May, when he played in Sporting Kansas City’s 2-2 draw with Orlando City.On that same night four months ago, Bruce Arena was in the building for the announcement that the venue would be hosting a big U.S. national team World Cup qualifier against Panama.The two never spoke that night, never crossed paths, and at the time it seemed as though the fact Arena didn’t speak to Feilhaber suggested his days as a national team player were done. Even Feilhaber was left to think that last January’s U.S. national team camp would be his last time with the team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Four months later, Feilhaber is back, having earned a national team call because of his impressive form for Sporting KC, but more specifically, because the USMNT needs some added creativity in midfield. That led to Arena calling up a player he hadn’t spoken to since February, surprising many, including Feilhaber.”I can’t stress enough how much of a shock it was for me,” Feilhaber said on Tuesday. “Once you accept it and you know it’s reality, you focus in like you’ve been coming in every camp. These guys are very welcoming. It’s easy. I know a lot of them from MLS and from previous camps. I’m just happy to be here and do my job.”Benny Feilhaber MLS Sporting KC 03112017Arena admitted that Feilhaber’s play in the months since that May night in Orlando had pushed him back into the national team picture after having faded out of it.”Just watching him play and the kind of form he is in and the kind of qualities he continues to have,” Arena said, “and thinking that maybe there are situations where we can utilize his skills.”Feilhaber steps into a national team that needed more creative options in central midfield. Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe have carried that load in the past, with Clint Dempsey occasionally being deputized into the role even though he’s better suited to play closer to goal with the national team.Though Feilhaber hasn’t been brought in to start, he does give the team another creative option in central midfield who can allow a Nagbe or Pulisic to shift wide if the U.S. is in search of a goal.As easy as it might be to forget, Feilhaber also has considerable big-game experience in a national team uniform. That will come in handy heading into Friday’s clash with Panama, which will go a long way in determining if the United States makes it to the 2018 World Cup.From his unforgettable game-winning goal to beat Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final, to his performances off the bench at the 2010 World Cup, Feilhaber knows what it means to deliver in big moments, and that’s experience Arena will turn to if the Americans find themselves searching for an important goal.For Feilhaber, the call-up is a chance he isn’t about to let go to waste, and it’s one he firmly believes he deserves.”I’ve always believed in what I can bring,” Feilhaber said. “When I did come in for the national team, I always felt a great sense of pride in playing here. I was extra motivated whenever I was called in. It’s nothing different for me. I know what the international game is like.”I have a little more experience, a little bit older, and that can be a good and a bad thing but I feel confident that I can make a difference and help the team.”last_img read more

Modric: Croatia situation is catastrophic!

first_imgLuka Modrić ‘It’s catastrophic’ – Modric refuses to back Croatia coach after Finland draw Ante Jukic Last updated 2 years ago 14:41 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Modric - cropped AFP Croatia Croatia v Finland Finland WC Qualification Europe Friday’s result leaves Ante Cacic’s side at risk of missing out on World Cup qualification, prompting an outburst from their star midfielder Croatia captain Luka Modric went on an angry rant after his side’s 1-1 draw with Finland in Rijeka on Friday and refused to give his support to coach Ante Cacic.After five wins in the opening seven matches of the 2018 World Cup qualification cycle, Croatia now sit two points off Group I-leading Iceland.The shock draw now has Croatia precariously sitting equal with Ukraine on 17 points, with their final match in Kiev on Monday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Asked if the players were behind Cacic, Real Madrid midfielder Modric was notably avoidant.”What do we do now? We started with him and now we have to just keep going,” Modric said.”Until our match with Iceland, everything was fine and now all of a sudden nothing is of any worth.”That’s the honest truth, the situation is catastrophic, but we still have a chance to make it right.”On the match itself – Modric’s 100th appearance for Croatia – the 32-year-old was brutal in his assessment.Croatia 40/1 for the World Cup”What happened? Nothing, we have only just compromised our path to the World Cup,” he said.”When we were looking for the goal, we had a few chances and initiative. When we scored, it was unbelievable that we would retreat against Finland, of all teams.”That Croatia was waiting for the final whistle against that kind of national team is…It is unbelievable that we are struggling against teams like Kosovo and Finland, where before we would have beaten them with ease.”last_img read more

Vijay’s Bigil song Singa Penne leaked online months before release. Details inside

first_imgVijay’s Bigil song Singa Penne leaked online months before release. Details insideA peppy motivational song titled Singa Penne from Vijay’s upcoming film Bigil has been leaked online months ahead of the film’s release.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ChennaiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 18:42 IST Vijay in BigilIt was only a few days ago that producer Archana Kalpathi of AGS Entertainments announced that the first song from Bigil, Verithanam, is sung by Vijay himself. Bigil, directed by Atlee, has music composed by AR Rahman. On July 16, another track from Bigil titled Singa Penne found its way to the internet and has gone viral on social media.The song in question has been sung by AR Rahman himself and has lyrics written by Vivek. It is said that the peppy track is a motivational song on the lines of Ella Pugazhum Oruvanuke (Azhagiya Tamizh Magan) and Aalaporan Tamizhan (Mersal).The leaked song is said to have been recorded from the film’s set when Vijay and Nayanthara were shooting for it. Within minutes, the hashtags #Bigil and #SingaPenne were trending nationally on Twitter.As of now, the makers are yet to respond to the latest development. Despite taking stringent measures, the song has been leaked, which has left the makers of Bigil in shock. Vijay’s ardent fans are mighty impressed with the song and have already added it to their playlists.Currently, Vijay and Nayanthara are shooting for the film in Chennai. While Vijay will be seen in two roles, Nayanthara is tipped to be playing the role of a physiotheraphy student. The shooting of Bigil is expected to be wrapped up in August this year.Bigil, which is based on women’s football, will release on Diwali 2019. The sports drama stars Vijay, Nayanthara, jackie Shroff, Vivekh, Indhuja Ravichandran, Varsha Bollamma and Yogi Babu in significant roles.advertisementALSO SEE | Bigil: Is this when the audio launch of Vijay film will take place?ALSO SEE | Bigil update: Vijay to sing Verithanam, his first AR Rahman numberALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Vijay hints at joining politicsGet 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 byK Janani Tags :Follow BigilFollow AtleeFollow VijayFollow AR Rahmanlast_img read more

Shipping Up to Boston: Where to Play, Eat, and Stay in New England’s Most Iconic City

first_imgBoston offers more history per square mile than any city in America. (Sorry, Philadelphia. At least you’ll always have Rocky.)Add to that copious amounts of charm, century-old pubs, some of the country’s greatest sports franchises, and a revolutionary, in-your-face attitude that prevails to this day, and you’ve got one hell of a destination city for travelers. Here’s a definitive guide to best places to stay and the best things to do in Boston.MUST-DOStart at the BeginningThe city’s long and storied past means history buffs might find it difficult to know just where to begin. It may seem touristy, but walking The Freedom Trail is one of the best things to do in Boston for few reasons. First, the 2.5-mile brick-lined path is the most concise route to literally walk the city’s entire historical timeline (including Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, and the site of the Boston Massacre). Self-guided audio tours are available for those who prefer to go it alone, or opt for a guided tour which provides a far more in-depth appreciation of the city’s Colonial influences. For first-timers to the city, the Trail also offers a great overview to orient you for subsequent travel days.Shop SmartThe history, the scale, the sheer number of shops, restaurants, and stores. Boston can feel overwhelming. So, it pays to know where to shop smart. First up: head to the South End where you’ll find Bobby from Boston. This is a high-end outlet disguised as a thrift shop with a killer selection of one-of-a-kind vintage men’s (and some women’s) goods. We’re talking period clothing and accessories from the Victorian era up through the 1960s.Fashion-forward travelers won’t want to miss Bodega. Thanks to the internet, this once under-the-radar outlet may have lost some of its underground cool. But it’s still a unique, trendsetting shoe store hidden behind a fake Snapple machine inside an otherwise innocuous corner store. Even if you’re not into footwear, it’s worth a visit just for the (bizarre) experience.Eat UpNarrowing down your dinner selection is a bit like having to pick your favorite bourbon (can’t you just have them all?). A solid, if obvious, place to start is the North End. It’s been continuously inhabited since 1630, making it the oldest residential community in the country. It also boasts about as many restaurants as you’d expect a near-400-year-old neighborhood to have.Virtually every single one is Italian (or Italian-inspired), family-owned, and out-of-this-world good. Regina’s Pizzeria is one of the city’s most popular mainstays and a great first stop, but expect a wait. Head to Todd English’s Figs for one of the neighborhood’s newest outlets with contemporary twists on thin-crust pizza (the Isabelle includes country ham, aged provolone cheese, fresh asparagus, and sweet onion).Beyond the North End, world-class eateries dot every corner of the city. At the Godfrey Hotel — one of the city’s newest hotels in Downtown Crossing— is Ruka. Situated in a bold, vibrant space, the menu is inspired by all things from the sea with a preparation that combines Japanese, Chinese, and Peruvian in a way that somehow just works. Take the Octopus Lomo Saltado — topped with onions, ginger soy, black rice, peppers, and shoestring fries. Don’t leave without an order of Suspiro Limeno — a Peruvian specialty similar to dulce de leche.If you’re instead craving legit Mexican fare chased with good tequila, Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar ought to satisfy your needs. It’s a dark, lively, intimate place with a funky menu and even funkier atmosphere (complimentary Pop Rocks and temporary tattoos are delivered with the check). Before even thinking about food — as difficult as that may be at Lolita’s — order one of their signature margaritas. They’re the best in the city.For something completely different, head to Liquid Art House. This one-of-a-kind destination is at once a restaurant, lounge, showroom, and art gallery — all integrated under one roof. The owner, Ruta Laukien, deftly created an environment suitable for everyone that marries art with social dining. The large canvas behind the circular, central bar is the focal point of the experience and reflects the chefs, artists, designers, and nightly guests. It’s a lovely, intimate space perfect for a dinner date or nightcap with friends. Pub Crawl Like It’s Your Last Night on EarthVisitors needn’t look far for a properly poured cocktail in Beantown as there’s no shortage of gin joints (see also: The Hawthorne mentioned below). No visit to Boston is complete, however, without an actual pub crawl — and we mean pub, not bar. According to a study we made up for this post, the city boasts more Irish pubs than any city in the world outside of Dublin. Just resign yourself to the fact that you won’t hit them all in a week, let alone a single night.Start downtown at The Black Rose — a mainstay that’s among the city’s oldest pubs. It’s unabashedly old school with traditional Irish cuisine, legit Irish knickknacks throughout, and live music every night of the week. Afterward, head to Mr. Dooley’s, just a few blocks away. This longtime favorite among Irish Americans boasts an excellent whiskey selection, live music most nights, and (thankfully) not a single television. If it’s televised sports you’re after, The Banshee in Dorchester is the place. The Irish heritage here is as thick as the patrons’ accents, and there’s always a handful of rugby and football (we mean soccer) on at any given time. Or, if it’s a post-Guinness snack you’re seeking, hop an Uber to The Druid in Cambridge. It’s about as authentic Irish as it gets (the cod and house-made fries are a staple and served wrapped in newspaper just like the old country).PLAN YOUR ESCAPELike many East Coast cities, one of the best ways to experience Boston is from the water. Nature lovers will appreciate a visit to Stellwagen Marine Sanctuary — the East Coast’s premier spot for whale-watching. Passengers aboard Boston Harbor Cruises’ whale-watching tours can spot dozens of whales, dolphins, and marine birds on a single cruise (plus, their tours are guaranteed). If a whale watch isn’t disco enough for you, check out BHC’s other tour boat — the insane Codzilla jet boat.The city is within a two-hour drive of some of the best hiking on the east coast in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. However, if you’re short on time, head just four miles offshore to Spectacle Island, part of the Boston Harbor Islands. This 105-acre patch of green boasts a marina, a cafe, a sandy, swimmable beach, and five miles of hiking trails. All of which center around a 157-foot-tall hill (considered a “mountain” in these parts) with sweeping views of the Boston skyline. For more challenging trekking, the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation guarantees more than enough hiking opportunities to keep even the most avid nature-lover occupied for a week.WHERE TO STAYFall Asleep to the Cheers of Fenway ParkFor sports fans in general and Sox fans in particular, it’s hard to imagine more perfect lodging than Hotel Commonwealth. The hotel offers an approachable form of luxury through a tasteful decor, modern amenities, and two chic, world-class cocktail lounges (Eastern Standard and The Hawthorne). But, the big get for sports fans is the newly opened Baseball Suite and Fenway Park Suite. The latter is the hotel’s flagship room with 700 square feet (massive by Beantown standards) of living space and a large, walk-out balcony just 500 feet from Fenway Park.Lock Up at The Liberty HotelFor sheer luxury, West End’s The Liberty Hotel may be the city’s most iconic accommodations. The one-time Charles Street Jail was converted into a boutique five-star hotel in 2007. It’s now best known for its stunning, four-story lobby atrium that doubles as a swanky, contemporary lounge that’s as popular with locals as with travelers. In addition to nearly 300 guestrooms, the hotel also offers five luxury bars and restaurants.WHAT TO SKIPAt almost 90 square miles (four times the size of Manhattan), Boston is a sizable city. Unfortunately, there isn’t just one tourist area or neighborhood to avoid. In short, here are things to do in Boston you can absolutely skip:Faneuil Hall: On paper, this historic market has a lot to offer: charming, 18th-century stone buildings, cobblestone walkways, a storied past when it served as the city’s hub of commerce for merchants and fishermen, and a connection to almost every major figure in Boston’s history. In reality, it’s home to “fake” Cheers, 100 mostly chain stores (including Abercrombie & Fitch and Crate & Barrel), and the city’s highest concentration of tourists. It’s beautiful from afar, but the few minutes you’ll spend here on your aforementioned walk of The Freedom Trail are all you need before moving along.Chinatown: Most of America’s largest cities (San Francisco among them) boast distinct, beautiful Chinatown districts. Boston’s, by contrast, is small, run-down, and lacks an ounce of charm.Roxbury: Quite simply, it’s the city’s most dangerous neighborhood. Stay far, far away.(If you’re wearing Yankees attire, don’t go anywhere near Fenway Park. In fact, don’t leave Logan Airport without a cadre of armed security.)PACK YOUR BAGS (WHEN TO GO)Every year, New Englanders brave a long, dark, seemingly 13-month winter. So, when summer finally hits, locals make the best of every last hour of warmth and daylight. Like everywhere in the Northeast, Boston experiences four distinct seasons. Summer is comfortable and warm (though rarely too hot). Spring and Fall are cool, breezy (a light jacket is always appropriate), and the best time to visit due to thinner crowds and lower prices on hotels and tours. Winters are cold — sometimes bitterly so — and snow is a real threat every other week.But, with a long list of things to do in Boston every month of the year, ole Beantown is always worth a visit. Here are the city’s most noteworthy festivals and events:March: With more Irish descendants per square mile than any city in the country, the St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans are almost enough to bring the city to its knees. The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a great place to kick-off the day’s festivities.April: Every April, the city hosts one of the largest, most celebrated marathons in the U.S. — the Boston Marathon.June: The annual Boston Pride Week is New England’s largest event of its kind.July: The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is among the largest July 4th celebrations in the country. Every year, more than a million people line the banks of the Charles River to watch the massive fireworks display and experience an exclusive performance by the world-renowned Boston Pops.September/October: With the country’s highest concentration of colleges/universities and (again) Irish folks, Boston loves to drink … a lot. So, it’s no surprise that its Oktoberfest celebrations (plural) are off the charts. Times and locations change every year, but Event 12’s Boston calendar is a good place to start your planning. The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity last_img read more

Black Point Quarry Passes Environmental Assessment with Conditions

first_imgEnvironment Minister Margaret Miller approved the Black Point Quarry project in Guysborough County, today, April 26, in accordance with Environmental Assessment Regulations under the Environment Act. Black Point Aggregates Inc., Birmingham, Alabama, is proposing a 355-hectare granite quarry, with a marine terminal and loading facility alongside in Chedabucto Bay. Ms. Miller said that any adverse or significant environmental effects can be mitigated through terms and conditions for the quarry. Planned activities for the quarry triggered an environmental assessment under both federal and provincial regulations. Under provincial regulations, a quarry larger than four hectares or a project that may disrupt wetlands of two hectares or more requires an environmental assessment. For information on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency assessment, see http://ceaa.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=80064. During consultation, there were questions and concerns over the quarry’s effects on water quality and use; wetlands; local fisheries and aquatic habitat; mainland moose; heritage and archaeological resources; noise and dust; and tourism. The project is subject to numerous terms and conditions, including mitigation plans for protecting water and wetlands, managing light, noise and dust, and the need to stop work if archaeological sites or artifacts are unearthed. Requirements include creating a community liaison committee, a complaint resolution plan, and ongoing engagement with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia. The department uses science and fact-based decision making when assessing projects for environmental approval. For more information go to http://novascotia.ca/nse/ea/black-point-quarry.asp .last_img read more

Bengal being unfairly singled out for violence

first_imgNew Delhi: Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra Tuesday said West Bengal is unfairly singled out in Parliament for discussion about violence in the state, while violence in states like Uttar Pradesh goes unnoticed.Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the Krishnanagar MP said Parliament is becoming a forum to raise West Bengal issues and that things are being generalised. Last week, Moitra delivered a fiery maiden speech in Parliament in which she warned that India was moving towards fascism. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefThe Leader of the TMC in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay also urged the Speaker to not allow such discussions. “State subjects are not allowed to be raised on the floor of the House if it is a law and order situation,” the senior TMC leader said. TMC’s Derek O’Brien also contested home minister Amit Shah’s claim on Monday in Rajya Sabha that the death toll in Bengal violence rose to 96 in 2018. “In which capacity did the home minister deliver his speech on the floor of the House? As a Union Minister or as the BJP national president!” O’Brien wondered. The home ministry on Tuesday refused to release figures of those killed in political violence in West Bengal in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.last_img read more

Mawazine Blues at Bouregreg with Delgrés

Rabat – With hundreds of years of culture and tradition behind them, Delgrés brought the sound of the West Indies to Rabat on Tuesday, June 25 with their Carribean blues-inspired performance.On the fifth day of the Mawazine, Delgrés brought the smooth flow of blues as well as the hypnotic energy of rock and soul music to the festival’s “Rhythms of the World Stage” on the banks of the river Bou Regreg.Energetic guitar riffs accompanied with hefty drum beats and tuba sounds has allowed the band to fuse together influences from a myriad of genres. From blues and rock to reggae and soul music, the band’s sound represents a melting pot of rhythms from around the world. However, despite the influences the band has adopted, it remains firmly dedicated to its Caribbean sound and origins, distinguishing it from other artists performing at this year’s Mawazine.This Carribean influence can be seen upon first look at the band’s name: Delgrés. Selected shortly following the release of their track “Mo Jodi” (I’ll Die Today), the band’s name is a reference to Louis Delgrés, who died after revolting against French Napoleonic troops attempting to reintroduce slavery to the West Indies.“The piece Mo Jodi (I’ll Die Today) pays tribute to his sacrifice. As a result, the figure of Louis Delgrès was ever-present as the band slowly matured, to the extent that it seemed obvious they should take on his name,” said Pascal Danaë, the band’s lead singer.Meanwhile, the band’s use of the dobro guitar, accompanied by drums and brass instruments, helps to further entrench the Carribean vibes given off by their musical performances.Read also: Mawazine: Les Amazones d’Afrique Bring World Music to BouregregDelgrés has routinely used their music to convey messages that are difficult to state with just words. Songs such as Mr. President, venting frustration with the world’s treatment of the marginalized, and Ramené Mwen, emphasizing feelings after rejection, help to creatively express many emotions collectively felt around the world.Whether or not every member of the audience could understand the band’s creolized French, the music’s message was universally understood and its emotional weight was universally felt by all in attendance. read more

Probe on processions held violating polls law

Investigations are being held with regards to processions staged soon after the accepting of nominations for the August 17 Parliamentary elections closed on Monday.Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that video footage and photographs of the processions are being analysed. Local election monitors reported election law violations at several locations around the island as the deadline for accepting of nominations for the August 17 Parliament elections ended on Monday afternoon. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said that processions including several vehicle processions were reported after the main political parties handed over their nomination papers to the respective District Secretariats.CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said that most of the election law violations were reported from Kurunegala, Galle and the Vanni Districts. He said that in the Galle District at least six processions were held in violation of election laws disregarding orders issued by the Department of Elections and the police.Tennakoon said that in the Kurunegala District several processions were held outside the town while in the Vanni District a candidate had attempted to travel by procession using over 120 vehicles from Silavathura to Vavuniya but was stopped at three locations by the police. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the police had been advised not to use force to disperse the processions and instead to take video footage of the processions and file legal action on the accused later. read more

OPP says fatal transport truck collisions are up

Ontario Provincial Police say fatal transport truck collisions are up in all but two of the force’s six regions this year.The OPP says officers have responded to 33 transport truck-related collisions so far this year.That marks a 37.5 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.41 people have died in those crashes.OPP say they’ve investigated more than 3,600 transport truck-related collisions – 11 per cent of the total number of collisions so far this year.The force also says it has spent close to 4,300 hours on transport truck inspections and taken 658 vehicles off the road.These troubling statistics come as the OPP prepare for its “Operation Safe Trucking” campaign.“We continue to work diligently with our road safety and trucking industry partners toward our goal of reducing the number of transport truck collisions on our roads,” said OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes.“Despite our efforts, it takes a firm commitment to safe driving on the part of all transport truck drivers and other motorists in order to see a significant reduction in these types of collisions.”The campaign runs from July 15 to July 21. read more

Alberta First Nations chief to be honoured for 30 years of business

by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Nov 20, 2016 3:08 pm MDT Photo: Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business Alberta First Nations chief to be honoured for 30 years of business leadership AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business leaders from across Canada will be in Calgary celebrating the successes of an Alberta First Nations chief. Jim Boucher, who is the chief of the Fort McKay First Nation in northern Alberta, will be honoured on Wednesday evening at the Aboriginal Connections Reception. J.P. Gladu, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, said Boucher has spent the past 30 years building strong partnerships between Fort McKay, industry and government. Gladu said in the early days, the First Nation was opposed to development for fears it would be negatively impacted, but shifted when members realized there were opportunities to work with industry to develop their economy, and that they could have a say in how and where the development happened. He said Boucher’s ability to build relationships has led to the economic and social success of the First Nation. “At the end of the day, it gets down to relationships,” Gladu said. “We need to treat relationships like we treat our marriages in that if we’re going to have a healthy marriage; we have to have a healthy understanding of each other.”“We have to understand where the value is in the relationship, and we have to communicate regularly. We both have to benefit from the relationship, and we both have to be at the table when we make decisions.”Gladu added, Boucher took time and effort to build these types of relationships, and the companies Fort McKay works with have reciprocated, which is why the community is such a success story. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State blows another secondhalf lead falls to Clemson 7965

Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop attempts a contested 3-pointer in the first half against Clemson Wednesday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFor the second straight game, Ohio State blew it in the second half. Like in its 67-66 loss to Butler, the Buckeyes seemed to have everything going right for them early, and lost all momentum when it came down to the final stretch of the game.Ohio State (5-3) led Clemson (6-1) for nearly 26:43, but a late slump by the Buckeyes pushed the Tigers to their 79-65 victory in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center.The Tigers slowly crept back into the game after trailing by as much as 13 in the first half. Clemson began the second half on a 23-16 run and with 11:08 remaining took its first lead, 54-53, since the game’s opening minute. A 15-3 run pushed the Tigers well ahead 64-56 with just 7:36 left.Head coach Chris Holtmann expressed frustration that his team squandered back-to-back games it should have won, citing a step back in mental toughness from earlier in the season when the Buckeyes fought through slumps and opposing runs.“I didn’t think we handled adversity very well and weren’t as connected as we needed to be and let frustration get the best of us and so I think we definitely took a step backwards when it comes to that today,” Holtmann said. “We’re going to have to respond better to runs and I’m going to have to continue to coach that better.”The Buckeyes began with plenty of life, especially from beyond the arc. The first shot made was a 3-pointer by redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop. Shortly thereafter, Bates-Diop fired another 3 from the baseline to put the Buckeyes up 8-5. They shot a combined 53.3 percent from beyond the arc, making 8-of-15 shots.Freshman forward Kyle Young entered the game with 14:24 left on the clock, and just 18 seconds slammed home a one-handed dunk to put the Buckeyes up 17-7. About two minutes later, he made the first 3-pointer of his collegiate career to bring the score to 22-11.But when Clemson switched from man-to-man to zone defense, Ohio State could not find the basket. The Buckeyes went on a 3:41 scoring drought with less than 10 minutes left in the first half, and the Tigers and the Tigers responded with a 10-0 run to make it 24-21. Ohio State has struggled consistently when opposing teams bring out zone defenses, and Holtmann said the Buckeyes will need to become a better passing team in order to better attack the zone.“Good zone-offensive teams are really good passing teams,” Holtmann said. “And I think we are just going to have to simplify some stuff and be able to move the ball and pass it quicker and make quicker decisions. Maybe simplify some things on our end as well.”The Buckeyes began the game passing without much of a problem, however. Of their 14 shots made in the first half, 12 came on assists. But Ohio State could not keep its passing up in the second half and added only three more assists to its total by the time the game ended. “I can think of more than a couple times that the ball should have moved and it’s stuck in guys hands,” Holtmann said. A lay-up by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate with 13:26 put Ohio State up 51-44, but a 3-pointer from Clemson guard Shelton Mitchell and a one-handed fast-break dunk by senior forward Donte Grantham after a turnover from freshman guard Musa Jallow shrunk the lead to 51-49.That quickly became a theme of the game for Clemson, with the Tigers making the Buckeyes pay for every turnover or fast-break opportunity. Clemson scored 23 points off turnovers and 16 points off fast-break opportunities. Bates-Diop said the issues they encountered late came back to that mental toughness Holtmann had cited, and said the Buckeyes just seemed to fall apart and not get itself back up.“I mean that’s only mental toughness,” Bates-Diop said, referring to the second-half collapse. “That’s just knowing you can’t turn the ball over, try to find shooters on there as they start knocking down 3s and led to them getting layups. Their big men started putting some work on us. Credit to them, they found all of our weak-spots and capitalized on them.”Ohio State plays Wisconsin on the road at 5 p.m. Saturday. read more