Building Consensus. It’s What’s for Dinner.

first_imgA few days ago, Gerhard and I were talking about the differences between B2B and B2C sales. I noted that one of the major differences is managing the complexity of different stakeholders with different needs. One reader sent me an email suggesting that building consensus isn’t that complex or complicated. I would that this were true.Building consensus is difficult. Here’s a real life example as to just how difficult it can be to build consensus.I’m married, and I have three children. One of the most dangerous questions I can ask in my house is “Where do you want to go for dinner?” The boy predominantly eats hamburgers, French fries, and pizza. At 14 years old, he’s 6’1″ and always hungry. Unless a restaurant serves the very few items that he eats, it won’t even make it onto his radar.My youngest twin daughter will likely choose Canes, some sort of awful, fast food chicken place. The oldest twin daughter, thankfully, will be grateful to be taken to any restaurant. But if she has her choice it’s going to be the Japanese steak house (or someplace even more expensive). My wife won’t want to be forced to decide. She won’t really even want to participate in a conversation about dinner plans. She’s happiest when I have already decided where we’re eating and have made the arrangements.And, I’m the economic buyer, so even though I want everyone to be happy, ultimately I get to cast the deciding vote. It’s also likely that I’m driving, and that counts for a lot, too.So how do you gain consensus? Even though everyone agrees that they want to eat, no one agrees on where or what we’re going to eat. If our house looks anything like yours, you spend as much trying to decide where to eat as you do actually dining.Your clients go through a similar exercise.Some group of stakeholders sees things one way, and another group sees things differently. What makes one group happy sometimes makes another group miserable. Sometimes you can find a middle ground, but even though both groups are content, neither group is really happy. Sometimes the economic buyer steps in and makes the decision because they’re the one with the checkbook.It’s easy to talk about consensus as if you’re always going to be to make everyone happy. In reality that isn’t likely. Nor is it easy to achieve. The more complex and complicated the deal, the more difficult it can be to build consensus. Sometimes even simple decisions can be made more complex by a small group of people who want something reasonably close to the same thing.QuestionsHow do you handle the differing needs of different groups of stakeholders?What do you do when those conflicting needs are in conflict?How much influence does an economic buyer have even when someone else has a greater stake in the outcome?How you help your clients manage this process?last_img read more

Guide ‘inexperienced’ CM Deb with your ‘years of experience’, Modi tells Tripura Opposition

first_imgDestruction of Lenin, Periyar statues shows intolerant approach of BJP: Karat Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the Opposition parties in Tirpura to guide the “inexperienced” Biplab Kumar Deb with their “years of experience” in running the government. He also promised inclusiveness to those who did not vote for the BJP, in an oblique reference to CPI(M) that ruled the State for 25 years.The Prime Minister made his appeal after Mr. Deb was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tripura’s first BJP government in alliance with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).Governor Tathagata Roy administered the oath of office and secrecy to eight others, including BJP’s Jishnu Dev Varma as Deputy Chief Minister and octogenarian IPFT chief N.C. Debbarman.’This election has been historic’“This election has been historic and underlines the political significance of a small State like Tripura. The people here have scripted this victory, and it is our responsibility now to ensure that the lamp of development lit today brightens by the day,” Mr. Modi said.Also Read  Mr. Modi began his speech with the tribal Kokborok language and ended it with Bengali.Tripura has strengthened party’s goal: Amit ShahBefore him, BJP president Amit Shah said Tripura had strengthened his party’s goal of ruling seven of the eight Northeast States. In Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland the BJP has governments of its own or in alliance.Assembly election in Mizoram, where the Congress has been ruling for almost 10 years, is scheduled later this year.“We will try to honour the verdict of the people of Tripura by ensuring development and peace in the State,” Mr. Shah said.Deb seeks cooperation of allAn emotional Mr. Deb, crediting the electoral victory to hard work put in by hundreds of party workers, sought the cooperation of the people in facing the challenge of adhering to the vision document the BJP had come out with before the polls.“Treat me as your son, brother, and not the Chief Minister. Don’t hesitate to pull me by the ears and put me on the right track if I err in fulfilling your aspirations,” he said.  Mr. Modi said, “I assure you that this [BJP-IPFT] government is for all, for those who voted for us and for those who did not.”With former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, flanked by senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and M.M. Joshi, on the dais, Mr. Modi also urged the veteran CPI(M) legislators – 16 – to use their “long experience in running the government” and guide the “new, youthful and inexperienced” Mr. Deb and his team.He said his predecessors did not give adequate attention that the Northeast deserved since Independence. “I have come to the Northeast at least 25 times, more than all the Prime Ministers before me. This is not because of political mileage, but because we want the remotest regions to feel they belong to this country,” he added.Also Read Demolition of Lenin’s statue sparks off protestlast_img read more

9 held in Goa after group clash over lights

first_imgNine people from two rival gangs were arrested by Margao police in South Goa on Monday following a clash between two gangs over installation of lights at Ghogol on Sunday night. Asked if the clash was over decoration of a religious float for a parade being readied for a public procession, South Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas told The Hindu on Monday that had nothing to do with religious float, but it was purely a gang clash.“Our police have gone and checked the rumours. In no way it can be linked to the religious float. The complainant was thrashed while he was working on the street lights,” said Mr. Gawas. He further said that they verified that no damage was done to the float-under-decoration. Mr. Gawas said that nine persons had been arrested from two separate groups and that complaints from both groups have been registered with the Fatorda police station and two FIRs registered. “It was a fight between two groups. It is not a communal issue. The fight started over a small misunderstanding over setting up lights for the procession. We have arrested nine persons from both groups,” Mr. Gawas reiterated. The official also said, that following a complaint filed by one Kiran Naik, four persons had been arrested under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (causing hurt), 504 (breach of peace), while after registering one more complaint from Rekha Borkar from the other group, under Sections 143 (unlawful assmebly), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with weapon), 427 (mischief) read with 149 i (unlawful assembly guilty of offence) of the Indian Penal Code, four more were arrested.last_img read more

Why It Would Be Unwise to Enable Proxy Voting Across India for the 2019 Polls

first_imgOn December 18, 2017, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced The Representation Of The People (Amendment) Bill, 2017, in the Lok Sabha. As a two-page Bill, it is fairly short in comparison to bills running into nearly a hundred pages. The brevity of the Bill may even tempt legislators to dismiss it as a mere technical amendment.However, this small document, once passed, can significantly alter the manner in which electoral politics is carried out in India, as it provides legal sanction to ‘proxy voting’ for elections.Read it at The Wire Related Itemslast_img

3 Filipino boxers in SEA Games finals; Suarez crashes

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The match was very close with both fighters trading strong punches in the first round. But that was until the taller Thai felt Suarez’s power and started using his longer arms to fend off the Filipino attacks.Bautista, the defending champion, lost steam against Tanes Ong Junta of Thailand to yield another unanimous decision. LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles “It was tough, Very tough. He took the fight to me,” said Marvin, who is making his debut for the national team after serving in the British Army team.Fernandez had Nat Siek Nin of Cambodia under control the whole time, using his vaunted punching might that saw his foe getting a standing eight count.But tainting their wins were the defeats suffered by Ian Clark Bautista in flyweight and two-time champ Charly Suarez in light welter.“It’s not my time. I give it to him,” said Suarez, visibly upset over the split decision loss to Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program “I want a clear victory. I want to avenge my teammates who lost here by questionable decisions,” said Marcial in Filipino.Mario Fernandez and John Nobel Tupas Marvin also turned in convincing decision wins in bantamweight and light heavyweight categories, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sent three boxers to the finals, led by a spectacular stoppage win by an emotional Eumir Felix Marcial in the middleweight division Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Marcial didn’t hide his tears when he faced reporters after stopping Malaysia’s Indran AlRama Krishnan in the first round using his pet left hand.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Tupas via UD— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 22, 2017 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

‘Match referee Mike Denness may have been doing a little loyal pre-tour batting for England’

first_imgBetween them – players, manager, coach and physio – the Indian cricket team can speak in nine languages. Sometimes when they run between wickets or try to get a runout organised, it looks like no two men can agree which dialect they should pick to communicate in.But they now have,Between them – players, manager, coach and physio – the Indian cricket team can speak in nine languages. Sometimes when they run between wickets or try to get a runout organised, it looks like no two men can agree which dialect they should pick to communicate in.But they now have a new rallying point, a common expression that covers a vast range of emotions. It’s called a Denness and comes with infinite grammatical and linguistic variations.Controversial match referee Mike Denness still has a lot to answer for, but will forever be protected by the ICC’s rules, the strangest of these being that talking about the incident in any way could get all parties concerned in trouble. Reports coming from London now say Denness had warned the Indians once.That little nugget of information could possibly have come from Denness, which is in itself a breach of the spurious code of secrecy. The Indians stoutly maintain that they heard nothing from him. “We had absolutely no communication – in any way – before we got his letter,” a member of the Indian tour party claims.Back Foot: After Mike Denness’ action, will Virender Sehwag appeal for bat-pad catches against England?Details of that infamous meeting are still emerging. Denness was asked whether the Indian coach John Wright could sit in on the hearings as he usually does. Denness said the New Zealander couldn’t, a decision whose motive can be interpreted in many ways. It was one which did not go down well with the Indians.The players were shown replays of the controversial incidents and asked why they were appealing so. The reply that the appeals were spontaneous and came because they believed the batsman was out did not appear satisfactory. “Do you appeal at home like this too?” Denness then asked, raising the hackles of the cricketers present, all of whom had to, in deference to their situation, bite their lips.Dressing room gossip now has it that to some extent Denness may have been doing a little loyal pre-tour batting for England. He has rendered the core of the close-in catchers – keeper Deep Dasgupta, silly point Virender Sehwag, short leg Shiv Sunder Das and strike bowler Harbhajan Singh – a trifle hesitant for the next two months.advertisementOnly Tendulkar’s suspended ban lasts until the end of December 2001; all the rest are on notice until the end of January 2002. By curious coincidence, that is the time when the Indians will be playing a Test and one-day series against England at home. The sentencing of more than half the Indian team by Denness is not only very rough, it now also seems a little too ready.last_img read more

Xolo Era 2X budget 4G phone with fingerprint scanner launched at Rs 6,666

first_imgLava’s subsidiary Xolo launched a new budget 4G LTE-capable phone, the Era 2X in the Indian market on Thursday. The Era 2X, which is successor to Era 1X, will be available for buying at a starting price of Rs 6,666 exclusively from online retail website Flipkart from January 9.Also Read: Xolo Era 2 smartphone to go on company’s first flash sale tomorrow The Xolo Era 2X, as per the company, is an entry-level phone and yet it focuses on value for money. The phone comes with an all-plastic body and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. Presence of a fingerprint scanner in itself (at its price point) is being touted as a USP of the Era 2X. The fingerprint scanner onboard the phone will enable security as well as serve a couple of more functions including tap to talk and tap to capture a photo. It can also be used to lock and unlock select apps, the company said. The phone is capable of registering up to five fingers to make all this possible. Each finger can then be assigned to perform each of the aforementioned tasks.The Era 2X comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek processor clubbed with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. The 3GB RAM variant of the phone will cost buyers Rs 7,499. The dualSIM 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) phone runs Android Marshmallow software out-of-the-box. The phone is backed by a 2,500mAh battery which is removable and claimed to offer up to 14 days stand by time on single charge.advertisementIt sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, 5P Largon lens, blue glass filter and single LED flash. The rear camera is also capable of shooting time-lapse videos. On the front, it comes with a 5-megapixel camera.Also Read: Best phones to buy in December: OnePlus 3T towers over all othersThe Era 2X will be available in two colour options: black gunmetal and latte gold.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Lukasz Kubot-Marcelo Melo outlast Oliver Marach-Mate Pavic in marathon men’s doubles final

first_imgPoland’s Lukasz Kubot and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo won the Wimbledon men’s doubles title on Saturday after beating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(2), 3-6, 13-11 in an epic test of endurance.The match had to be finished under the Centre Court floodlights with play suspended at 11-11 in the evening gloom for the roof to be closed.Photo Credit: Reuters Marach and Pavic were caught cold and broken in their first service game after the restart, leaving the victorious pair to fall to the floor in an exhausted celebration after clinching victory in a match lasting four hours and 39 minutes.Both pairs had come through titanic five-set battles in the semi-finals, with Austrian Marach and Croatia’s Pavic taking more than four and a half hours to subdue Croatians Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor 17-15 in the final set.EKATERINA MAKAROVA AND ELENA VESNINA CRUISE TO WOMEN’S DOUBLES TITLERussians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the Wimbledon women’s doubles title for the first time on Saturday with a crushing 6-0, 6-0 victory over the pairing of Taiwan’s Hao-Ching Chan and Romanian Monica Niculescu.The second-seeded Russian pair have now won three of the grand slam events in doubles following their triumph at the French Open in 2013 and the U.S. Open a year later.Photo Credit: Reuters The final lasted 54 minutes and the Russians, runners-up at the All England Club in 2015, had to save just two break points in the entire match against the pairing playing in their first season together.advertisementThe top-seeded duo of American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Lucie Safarova had to withdraw before the second round after Mattek-Sands suffered a severe injury in a singles match.last_img read more

NBA MVP Antetokounmpo, Greece Open World Cup with Easy Win

first_imgSHANGHAI (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo stole the ball at one end, dribbled behind his back around midcourt, kept going and took off from just below the foul line before unleashing a dunk.The NBA MVP sent a message on Sunday. So did his team.Turning it into a rout by halftime, Greece opened its World Cup schedule with an easy 85-60 victory over Montenegro in Group F at Nanjing. Antetokounmpo had 10 points and eight rebounds in only 16 minutes.It was 42-16 at the half. Big minutes were not required.In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Georgios Papagiannis of Greece, right, celebrates as Nikola Ivanovic of Montenegro looks on during their their group stage match at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (Han Yuqing/Xinhua via AP)“It was a great win today,” Antetokounmpo said. “A lot of guys played well. I think coach did a great job managing minutes. Everybody got some minutes. Everybody got to play.”Georgios Printezis led Greece with 16 points and Georgios Papagiannis added 15 on 7 for 8 shooting.“When you play for the national team, you don’t only play for yourself,” Antetokounmpo said. “You represent every single Greek person.”Nikola Vucevic led Montenegro with 12 points.In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Giannis Antetokounmpo, second from left, and Georgios Papagiannis, right, of Greece battle for the ball against Marko Todorovic, center, of Montenegro during their their group stage match at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (Han Yuqing/Xinhua via AP)AUSTRALIA 108, CANADA 92At Dongguan, Canada came to the World Cup expecting that its group would be extremely challenging, and Australia proved that to be correct.Matthew Dellavedova scored 24 points, and the Australians opened the fourth quarter on a huge run to pull away and beat Canada 108-92 in a Group H opener.“Good to start the tournament with a win,” Australia’s Chris Goulding said. “Our first half, we showed we can do some really good stuff.”Goulding scored 16, Patty Mills had 15 and Joe Ingles finished with 13 points and nine assists for Australia. Andrew Bogut added 12 points on 6 for 7 shooting, plus grabbed nine rebounds, and Aron Baynes scored 10 for the winners.Khem Birch scored 18 for Canada, and Cory Joseph had 16.Australia led 52-40 at the half, but Canada roared out of the gate in the third quarter on a 25-7 run over the first 5:20. That put Canada up 65-59, and seemed to put the Australians on the ropes.The Boomers rallied.Canada’s lead was 77-76 going into the fourth quarter, but the last 10 minutes were all Australia. An 8-0 run by the Aussies put them on top to stay, and they wound up outscoring the Canadians 28-6 over the first 8:44 of the final period.The loss put Canada in a likely must-win scenario against Lithuania on Tuesday.“I thought the start wasn’t very good for us, I didn’t think the end was very good and I think the middle was excellent,” Canada coach Nick Nurse said. “We didn’t seem to be catching many breaks or the ball bouncing our way early, but we regrouped and after halftime we came out and put a heck of a third quarter together.”It was the sixth straight World Cup loss for Canada; the Canadians went 0-5 at the world championships in 2010 and didn’t qualify for the tournament in 2014.U.S. 88, CZECH REPUBLIC 67At Shanghai, Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points, Harrison Barnes added 14 and the U.S. opened its quest for a third consecutive FIBA World Cup gold medal.Tomas Satoransky led the Czechs with 17 points.FRANCE 78, GERMANY 74At Shenzhen, France opened the game on a 21-4 run and held on to beat Germany behind 26 points from Evan Fournier.Johannes Voigtmann scored 25 points and Dennis Schroder had 23 for Germany in the Group G opener.LITHUANIA 101, SENEGAL 47At Dongguan, Lithuania had seven players in double figures and held Senegal to 29% shooting in a Group H opener. Domantas Sabonis, Jonas Valanciunas and Mantas Kalnietis each had 13 points to lead the winners.TURKEY 86, JAPAN 67At Shanghai, Turkey got its Group E schedule started with a wire-to-wire win over Japan behind 17 points apiece from Ersan Ilyasova and Melih Mahmutoglu. Rui Hachimura scored 15 points for Japan, as did Nick Fazekas.DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 80, JORDAN 76At Shenzhen, Victor Liz scored 15 points to lead the Dominican Republic to a Group G win. Ahmad Al Dwairi had 34 points and 10 rebounds for Jordan, which got 24 points from Dar Tucker. Jordan was down by 16 points late in the third quarter, then pulled into a 64-64 tie early in the fourth after a 22-6 run. Jordan took a pair of one-point leads late, but the Dominicans finished on a 7-2 run.BRAZIL 102, NEW ZEALAND 94At Nanjing, Brazil outscored New Zealand 28-12 in the third quarter and held on to win a Group F opener. Leandro Barbosa led Brazil with 22 points. Corey Webster scored 19 for New Zealand.MONDAY SCHEDULEGroup A: Venezuela (0-1) vs. Ivory Coast (0-1), China (1-0) vs. Poland (1-0)Group B: Nigeria (0-1) vs. Argentina (1-0), Korea (0-1) vs. Russia (1-0)Group C: Tunisia (0-1) vs. Iran (0-1), Puerto Rico (1-0) vs. Spain (1-0).Group D: Italy (1-0) vs. Angola (0-1), Serbia (1-0) vs. Philippines (0-1).—By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Trent Bridge Test: Virat Kohli follows up first innings 97 with 23rd hundred

first_imgVirat Kohli was dismissed three runs short of a hundred in the first innings of the third Test but he made up for the heartbreak with a sizzling century in the second innings. This was Kohli’s second hundred in England and 23rd overall.Kohli now joins Virender Sehwag and Steve Smith with 23 centuries in Test cricket. And as Kohli survived a few nervous moments in the 90s, his wife Anushka Sharma watched from the stands. She stood up to applaud a special effort when Kohli finally got to his hundred in rather streaky fashion.This was Kohli’s 58th international hundred and sixth of 2018. He scored four centuries in South Africa (three in ODIs and one in Tests) and two in England so far this year.Also read – India in England: Virat Kohli joins Gavaskar, Tendulkar Dravid in elite listKohli ultimately he fell for 103 to a Chris Woakes inswinger and walked off to a standing ovation from the Trent Bridge crowd.Kohli now has 440 runs from three matches in the series. England’s Jonny Bairstow is a distant second with 206 runs.Kohli, who had endured a horror Test series in England four years back, has been in supreme form this year. He started off with a classy 149 and a gutsy 51 in the first Test at Edgbaston before managing only 23 and 17 in an innings defeat at Lord’s.Also read – Virat Kohli misses hundred by 3 runs but sets another record in Test cricketadvertisementAt Trent Bridge, Kohli was at his best again, scoring 97 in the first innings in tough conditions. He looked set for a hundred but was caught by Ben Stokes at slip off the bowling of Adil Rashid.But there was plenty of time left in the Test to get another hundred. India had posted 329 in their first innings and Hardik Pandya picked up a maiden five-wicket haul to dismiss England for 161. Kohli walked out to bat again on Day 2 and remained unbeaten on 8. Virat Kohli scored 97 in the first innings of the third Test (Reuters Photo)On Monday, Kohli looked determined to bring up another three-figure mark.While Cheteshwar Pujara was watchful, Kohli was prepared to punish any poor delivery on offer. More significantly, Kohli had battled a stiff back only a week ago but he showed no signs of pain and discomfort.Also read – Virat Kohli fires Team India up before 3rd Test: Only option is to winEngland’s bowlers were helpless in the face of another Kohli assault. He had made only 134 runs from 10 innings in 2014 and it was clear Virat Kohli wanted to make amends.Incidentally, Kohli has been extremely dominant since that nightmare of 2014.Soon after India were crushed 1-3 by England, Kohli went to Australia and scored 692 runs. Against England at home in 2016, Kohli smashed 655 runs as India decimated Alastair Cook’s tourists 4-0.Also read – 10 years of Virat Kohli in international cricket: 17675 runs, 57 hundredsAgainst Sri Lanka in 2017, Kohli scored 610 runs and by the end of the three-match series in India, became the only captain to score six Test double hundreds.In the course of the innings, Kohli also became only the sixth Indian batsman to score over 400 runs in a Test series in England.Gavaskar had scored 542 runs from four Tests in 1979 with a best of 221.Mohammad Azharuddin had scored 426 runs from three Tests in 1990.In 2002, Dravid amassed 602 runs from four Tests with a best of 217. He had scored three hundreds on that tour. Nine years later in 2011, Dravid had another impressive series in England, scoring 461 runs including three hundreds.Besides Dravid, Tendulkar also scored over 400 runs twice in a series in England. In 1996, he was the highest scorer with 428 runs from three matches.In 2014, when Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara struggled, Murali Vijay top-scored for India with 402 runs.last_img read more

Gujarat TAT result 2019 declared: Simple steps to check

first_imgThe State Examination Board (SEB), Gujarat has announced the result of Teacher Aptitude Test (TAT) 2019, conducted on January 27, at the official websites- and TAT is an eligibility test to hire teachers in the state-board run institutions.As per the data, more than 1.86 lakh candidates took the exam out of which 62.32 per cent or 1.20 lakh students passed the exam.Gujarat TAT result 2019: Steps to checkStep 1: Visit the official website, 2: On the homepage, click on the link ‘Gujarat TAT result 2019’ under ‘news and announcements’Step 3: A new page will open.Step 4: Log-in using the registration numberStep 5: Result will appearNote: Candidates need to download the result and take a print out for the future reference.About State Examination Board (SEB), Gujarat:The objective of the establishment of state examination board is to arrange examination, graduate level and postgraduate level examinations and awarding different professional diploma and certificates for general knowledge, knowledge of different subjects like Sports, Drawing, Architecture of the students studying in the various schools and high schools. The noble intention of the examination board is to see that students get employment and self-employment thru different examinations.Read: NIOS DElEd Results 2019 to be declared this week at How to downloadAlso read: JEE Advanced admit card 2019 to release on May 20: Here is all you need to knowlast_img read more

IIT Kharagpur to launch undergraduate research programme

first_imgKolkata: IIT Kharagpur will launch an Undergraduate Research Programme (UGRP) from the upcoming Autumn semester of 2019-20, to encourage the spirit of research among undergraduate students. The UGRP will fund select research ideas proposed by the students on a competitive basis and each successful proposal will be guided by a member of the institute’s faculty, an IIT KGP statement said on Thursday. “The undergraduate students are extremely talented and motivated. As teachers, we have observed for years that the innovative ideas, they come up with, can address many real- life challenges. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga “The ability to carry out research is a key capability for all graduates today. Through UGRP we are promoting the idea of research challenge among them, which will germinate their potential as innovators and problem-solvers,” institute Director Prof P P Chakrabarti said in the statement. Twenty such proposals will be accepted each year and a portal is going to be set up for project submission. The funding for the UGRP programme will be generated from alumni donation fund resources. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “IIT Kharagpur launched an endowment campaign in 2012 and every year one or two alumni batches have been raising Rs 50 lakh- Rs 1 crore. It has been decided that part of the earnings from this fund will be utilized towards funding the Undergraduate Research Platform,” Dean Alumni Affairs Prof. Subrata Chattopadhyay was quoted as saying in the statement. Students who have completed four semesters at IIT Kharagpur can form departmental or interdisciplinary groups and submit project proposals under faculty supervision. “The project submission needs to be completed 30 days prior to the beginning of the fifth semester,” Dean Prof. Sudhir Kumar Barai said in the statement.last_img read more

Some baloney in PMs claim Hytera went through national security review

first_imgOTTAWA – “Every single transaction of this sort is subject to a national security review. This is a multi-step assessment process, and that process was followed. We take advice and feedback from our national security agencies very seriously, and based on that advice, we proceeded with this transaction. In this particular case, our security agencies consulted with key allies, including the United States, and I can reassure the member and this House that we will never, ever, compromise on national security.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, June 13, 2017.___Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been under fire for the way he has been answering questions about a potential takeover of Vancouver technology firm Norsat International by Hytera, a privately owned communications company based in China.Unease about the acquisition deal stems from concerns that even privately owned businesses in China can still fall under the influence of the Chinese government, as well as the fact that the United States, whose military is a major client of Norsat International, which makes radio systems and transceivers, has been raising its eyebrows over the move.The Liberals say the deal triggered a requirement in the Investment Canada Act that brought it under security-agency scrutiny, but their political rivals say that’s not the same as ordering a full national security review.Conservative MP Tony Clement has said the Liberals, in saying all transactions go through a national security review, are conflating that formal process with a preliminary analysis. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair went so far as to say Trudeau’s claim is “demonstrably false.”Both are accusing the Liberals of putting their desire for closer relations with China above the interests of Canadians. Who’s right?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below)This one earns a rating of “some baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSOn June 2, Norsat said Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains had served notice that the Liberal government would not be ordering a review of the transaction under the Investment Canada Act, which can happen if the minister decides the move could be a threat to national security.The Conservative government added the national security test in 2009, but faced severe criticism three years later when they allowed a takeover of Nexen Inc., a Calgary-based oil company, by CNOOC Ltd., a state-controlled Chinese firm, without a formal national security review.After the backlash, former prime minister Stephen Harper placed strict limits on state-owned enterprises investing in the Canadian oilsands, allowing them only in exceptional circumstances.Karl Sasseville, a spokesman for Bains, said Trudeau was being accurate, because the deal, as in all cases, was still examined through a national security lens.Sasseville said that in all cases, security agencies are given at least 45 days to go over the transaction in order to figure out whether it has the potential to impact national security. The Liberal government then issued a notice to Hytera that would prevent the deal from closing until those agencies had an additional 45 days to finish going through the application.Sasseville said those security agencies said there were “no outstanding concerns” that would necessitate triggering the formal review.“Throughout this process, security agencies have access to all the information and intelligence necessary,” Sasseville said.“They could also consult with our allies, if appropriate, to determine if an order under the Act is necessary to protect national security, which in this case, they did.”THE EXPERTSGus Van Harten, an international investment law professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, said it was wrong for Trudeau to say that all transactions go through a national security review, as most people would understand that to mean it went through the full process.“If we understand all transactions to mean all foreign investments that are subject to review under the Investment Canada Act, then the statement is not accurate, or at least highly misleading,” said Van Harten.Ward Elcock, a former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said the difference between a preliminary review and a formal review ordered by cabinet is exactly as it sounds.“The reality is, a full review is more onerous,” he said. “If you are doing a review to decide whether there should be a formal review or not, it’s more cursory.”Peter Glossop, a Toronto lawyer and international trade expert, said there is a way to interpret what Trudeau said as true.There is a lot of information that a foreign investor like Hytera would have to submit to Bains on its application for review, including whether a foreign state is involved, or whether that foreign state has the authority to direct its operational or strategic decision-making.“That filing contains information that can enable the government to review the transaction on a national security basis,” he said.Glossop suggested Trudeau could have been clearer.“All investments by non-Canadians require disclosure of information to enable us to conduct a national security review if we choose to do so,” said Glossop. “Something like that, technically, I think, is what he meant to say, but he is obviously not choosing his words as selectively as I just did.”THE VERDICTGlossop, who said he found it surprising the Liberal government decided not to launch a formal review, said the fact that the process is so secretive — usually because it has to be — makes it hard to say exactly what went on, or why.“People are kind of left scratching their heads as to what happened.”Van Harten said Bains, like any minister, is always free to consult without triggering a formal review, and that doing so was likely a political choice.“It seems to me to come down to the government seeming to want to have its cake and eat it too,” he said.“(They can) tell a Chinese company or the Chinese government that there has been no national security review of the takeover, which would be true in a formal sense, while also telling the Canadian public that there has been such a review — avoiding the detailed point that the designated statutory process for national security review has been skirted.”For this reason, Trudeau’s statement contains “some baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney – the statement is completely accurateA little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurateSources:———— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Report Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape

first_imgAMSTERDAM – The Netherlands’ spy service broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group and may be sitting on evidence relating to the breach of the U.S. Democratic National Committee, a Dutch newspaper and television show jointly reported Friday.Reports carried in the respected daily Volkskrant and by the current affairs show Nieuwsuur said hackers working for the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service penetrated the computers used by the group, often nicknamed Cozy Bear, in mid-2014 and watched them for at least a year, even managing to catch the hackers on camera.Dutch Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongren, interviewed by reporters in The Hague before the government’s weekly Cabinet meeting, declined to address the report, saying only that she was “very happy that we have good security services in the Netherlands that do their work well.”President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he had yet to see any official comment from the Dutch intelligence services on the matter.“If the Dutch media want to fuel anti-Russian hysteria in the U.S., it’s an activity that can’t be called honourable,” he added.Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur said that the Dutch spies used their access to help oust Cozy Bear from U.S. State Department computers in late 2014. Volkskrant said American spies were so grateful they sent the Dutch cake and flowers.Ko Colijn, a researcher at Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, said the report may indicate a levelling trend in which small but tech-savvy countries like the Netherlands “can compensate their military inferiority with cyber quality surpluses.”The news drew particular attention in Washington, where Cozy Bear has been identified as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke in to the DNC ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear.Unmasking the Cozy Bear hackers would provide key evidence for investigators trying to unravel the DNC breach, but it may not dispel the mystery surrounding the leaks that followed.A recent AP investigation found that all but one of the two dozen or so officials whose emails were published in the run-up to the 2016 election were targeted by Fancy Bear, which cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said operated independently from Cozy Bear.The Kremlin has denied meddling in the U.S. presidential vote.___Satter reported from London. Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.___Online:Volkskrant report (in English): report (in Dutch): read more

Ranil wants to end Mahindas reign for good

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the United National Party (UNP) will use the August 17 Parliament elections to bury former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s reign for good.He said that despite Rajapaksa losing the January 8 Presidential election, there is a push to bring him back to power through the Parliament election. Wickremesinghe however said he is confident the UNP will win the election and defeat any attempt by Rajapaksa to form a new Government. Speaking in Nawalapitiya today, Wickremesinghe said that the UNP will not be contesting the Parliament polls with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The UNP leader noted that his party will look to continue with the good governance concept used at the last Presidential elections.He said that the public however me be allowed to decide who they feel is best to govern the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Destroyed Mostar Bridge rebuilt with UN aid as symbol of Balkan reconciliation

Flanked by two fortified towers, the single hump-backed Ottoman arch – four metres wide, 30 metres long and constructed of 456 white stone blocks between 1557 and 1566 – collapsed into the waters of the Neretva River after being hit by heavy shells in November 1993 during the fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Old Bridge was destroyed for its symbolic value and for this same reason the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) pledged to rebuild it. Just four months after the span’s collapse UNESCO launched an appeal for its reconstruction. Next Friday, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will be in Mostar to represent the UN, in the presence of national leaders from southeastern Europe and other top European political figures, as the chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency, Sulejman Tihic, inaugurates the restored structure. “We are present in Mostar in order to breathe fresh life into an exceptional heritage which, after having been used as a target, needs to become a rallying sign, a sign of recognition, the powerful symbol of a plural identity founded on mutual trust,” Mr. Matsuura said in remarks released in advance of the ceremony. In 1998, UNESCO, the World Bank and municipal authorities launched a joint appeal for the reconstruction, which was answered by five donor countries – Croatia, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey – as well as the Council of Europe Development Bank. While the World Bank was responsible for the financial part of the project and the city of Mostar handled the disbursement of the funds, UNESCO’s main task was to ensure the technical and scientific coordination. read more

DBT sells fourth automated plow system to Tiefa Coal Mining Group

first_imgDBT has signed a contract to supply a fourth automated plow longwall system to the Tiefa Coal Mining Group located in Liaoning Province, China. This will bring the total to nine automated plow systems sold into China since delivery of the first system, which commenced production in January 2001.The new package takes a further step in the application of DBT’s state of the art systems by using the PMC®–R roof support technology, the lowest version of the Gleithobel plow capable of operating to an extracted height as low as 800 mm and also the latest standard of AFC drive frames and sprockets. The package also includes significant upgrades to the second and third systems to increase their face lengths to 240 m each; same as the fourth system sold.A spokesperson from Tiefa at the contract signing ceremony held in Beijing stated that the DBT automated plow longwall system has been proven as the most productive, safe and efficient method of mining China’s thin coal seams, while also maximizing extraction. He added that now 26% of Tiefa’s thin seams reserves are mined using the DBT automated plow system and the company’s plans include extending this approach to all of its thin seam reserves. He added that the successful operation of the DBT plows had considerably extended the life of mines by allowing them to access and profitably mine reserves which otherwise would have been uneconomic.The success of the automated plow systems operating in China has sparked interest and sales of the systems in a number of other countries where thin seams with high quality coal are prevalent and the operators wish to eliminate the need for mining costly and unwanted rock in the run of mine product, DBT reports.In China DBT automated plow longwall faces hold all the production records for coal seams of 2 m and below.As normal, part of this latest system will be manufactured in DBT’s Chinese facility in Langfang, which also serves as customer service centre to support DBT longwalls in China.last_img read more

Tory MPs call Irelands bluff comment is just scraping the bottom of

first_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share136 Tweet Email1 This is one of those things we must not fall for. The EU says this is EU law. It is holy writ. Moses has brought it down from the Alps, when he was not busy in the Sinai, and therefore it must be obeyed. Whenever it is convenient to the European Union, European law is adjusted. It is political rather than legal.Sinn Fein’s Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane said he believes Brexiteers like Rees-Mogg are “trying to pretend they can have their cake and eat it too and also trying to pretend the EU can essentially break the rules of the customs union”.“Rules exist for a reason and once you’re in the customs union you have to abide by those rules – if not you are subject to checks and tariffs. He knows that.“Nowhere in the world is there an a la carte approach to customs arrangements where you can ignore the rules, he’s scraping the bottom of the barrel.”TD Lisa Chambers, who is Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Brexit, told she found the Tory MP’s language “unhelpful”.“The Irish government has been trying its best to ensure the UK gets a good deal. There is a large amount of trade back and forth and we are very close neighbours, we have a lot of history. We appreciate that a bad deal for the UK is a bad deal for Ireland.“But we are remaining inside the club and Mr Rees-Mogg is missing the point that it cannot be better to be outside it than inside it.”She said his comments about simply telling the EU there will not be a border displays “a lack of understanding” of what his own government agreed to last December in the backstop agreement. This is a fallback clause that would see the UK remain in alignment with the EU’s customs union rules in the absence of another solution after the two-year Brexit deadline has passed.Without the backstop agreement, there could be no withdrawal treaty and this would see the UK crash out of the European Union.“That may be okay for him with the privileged position of no financial concerns but for many of his citizens in the UK that would be hugely detrimental in terms of the damage to the economy and financial hardship.“Perhaps that is not a concern for Mr Rees-Mogg because he won’t be one of those people.”When asked for its response to the Tory MP’s statements, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it did “not have any comment at this time”. Jun 15th 2018, 5:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Wire/PA Images Friday 15 Jun 2018, 5:55 PM By Michelle Hennessy Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tory MP’s ‘call Ireland’s bluff’ comment is just ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’ TDs said today that Jacon Rees-Mogg’s comments were unhelpful and showed a lack of understanding of the issues at hand. 86 Comments TDS HAVE CRITICISED comments made by Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said the UK should call Ireland’s bluff on the issue of a border.Speaking to the Irish Times, he said he believes British Prime Minister Theresa May should “simply make it clear that we will not put up a border and that is our position”.“And what would the Irish do if the EU insisted? I think that is a really interesting question. I think we should call that particular bluff.”He also dismissed the EU’s argument that its rules demand it should police its external borders and protect the integrity of the single market and the customs union. He suggested that the European Union could ignore its own rules and make an exception in this instance. 47,424 Views last_img read more

The Rocks production company behind film about WWE star Paige

first_img February 7, 2017 at 10:50 pm goddessroleplay Lindsay Lohan 3 COMMENTS Yep, she’s rehabbing after neck surgery Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Tre Zen Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced via Instagram on Tuesday that his Seven Bucks Production company is teaming with WWE Studios and Film 4 to produce a new movie about WWE star Paige and her family being involved in the pro wrestling industry.Rock noted that the project first came to light when he was shooting another “Fast and Furious” film in London back in 2012 and came across a documentary on a UK station about Paige’s family being in the wrestling industry and her journey to WWE.Paige commented on the news via Twitter that you can view below.Dream come true! I’m extremely happy for myself but mostly happy for my family.. they deserve everything and more #TheKnights— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) February 7, 2017 Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel February 8, 2017 at 1:29 am These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker Pinterestcenter_img …the Rock may have just made Paige untouchable in wwe for the time being. Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker O. T. Fagbenle Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR inFAMOUS Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 52.47%0:05Remaining Time -1:53 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii Now Playing Up Next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five Facebook Is Paige even still with WWE??? Videos Articles Google+ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest Paid Actors of 2019 list Comments are closed. February 8, 2017 at 1:19 pm WhatsApp Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthdaylast_img read more

BAHAMAS Administrations investments in education healthcare communities and economy to ensure renaissance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 24, 2018 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration will channel resources into areas such as education, healthcare, social development and economic opportunities – including jobs and opportunities to become entrepreneurs and businesspersons – as part of its commitment to provide Bahamians with the resources and opportunities they need “to build a good life and a better Bahamas.”“That is my vision and commitment as Prime Minister,” Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said while addressing the 17th Jones Communications Network’s (JCN) Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards Ceremony held at Jones Communications Media Centre, University Drive.“We will only truly achieve success as a nation when more of us succeed.  This is why I am committed to the redevelopment of Over-the-Hill and to providing training and other opportunities for entrepreneurship for young Bahamians.  This is why I am also committed to Family Island development and to a rebound and renaissance for long-struggling Grand Bahama,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis, who was named Jones Communications Network’s Person of the Year for 2017, used the opportunity to further explain the path his Administration will take in order to “build a better Bahamas while providing greater opportunities for Bahamians – especially our young people.”The Prime Minister said his Administration will use the tools of education and the internet to “help our young Bahamians succeed and flourish.”“This is why I have an emphasis on improving pre-school and introducing more technology-based learning into our schools.  This is why my Government will introduce an ambitious programme for the development of young entrepreneurs. This is why I have insisted on introducing free WiFi to communities Over-the-Hill.”Recalling the story of the legendary German Printer/Inventor Johannes Gutenberg (Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg his full name) who has been credited with being the first European to use movable type, Prime Minister Minnis said Gutenberg’s introduction of mechanical movable type-printing began the Printing Revolution and is regarded as a milestone of the second millennium, ushering in the modern period of human history.“Gutenberg played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment and the scientific revolution and laid the material basis for the modern, knowledge-based economy, and the spread of learning to the masses.“Gutenberg’s accomplishment helped a mass of people to realize their talents and imaginations,” Prime Minister Minnis continued, “this included the great inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci who had around 300 books in his library.“Today, the tools that will help our young Bahamians to succeed and flourish are education and the internet,” Prime Minister Minnis added in driving home his point about his Administration’s decision to provide free WiFi to Over-the-Hill communities and the introduction of more technology-based learning in schools.“The Internet is like the Gutenberg Press, enabling the mass of people to use it for learning and personal development.  The internet is one of the greatest learning tools in human history,” Prime Minister Minnis added.  The Prime Minister said as a “son of Bain Town” he knows the value of education.“I could never have dreamt of being here to receive such a award. But through education, I was able to develop my talents and gifts.  My commitment is to help our young people realize their talents and gifts so that they can contribute to our Bahamas in a meaningful way.  Who knows from whence will come our own Leonardo da Vinci, or the next Max Taylor, or Brent Malone,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis – ‘Person of the Year’ for 2017 addresses the 17th Jones Communications Network’s (JCN) Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards Ceremony at Jones Communications Media Centre, January 19, 2018.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more