How to Be Likeable

first_img 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 Now Selling effectively still depends upon you being known, liked, and trusted. You want to be known for the value you create. You want to be trusted because of your character. And you want to be liked. That means you must be likeable.Presence: We underestimate the power of presence. “Being there” makes you more likeable. It allows a type of intimacy that is difficult to achieve otherwise. Showing up is a sign that you care, and caring about other people helps make you more likeable.Listening: There aren’t too many things that will make you more likeable than the ability to listen intently to what someone else is saying by giving them your full, undivided, phone-face-down-on-the-table attention. Listening is proof positive that you care. If you want the fastest route to likeability, listening is it.Engaging Conversationalist: You need to know things beyond your company, your product, and your solutions. You need to be well read. You need to be well versed in cultural references. Knowing what other people like and care about allows you to converse with people about the things that they want to talk about. You also have be interesting enough to engage people in conversations, allowing them open up.Sense of Humor: The great leveler. The ability to make people laugh makes you more likeable. Business is a serious game, and it helps to be able to bring some levity to conversations. If you present ideas, and you do just that if you sell, a sense of humor and comedic timing will make you more like able. A self-deprecating sense of humor is a sign that you can laugh at yourself, a key that unlocks many doors, likeability being one of them.Positive and Optimistic: The only people who like negative people are other negative people. They commiserate. They share their misery together. It is easy to like someone who is positive and optimistic. Positive people like to spend time with other positive people, and they especially like to work with them. Given the choice of working with a negative, cynical, pessimist or a positive, empowered, optimistic person, which would you find more like able.Respectful and Polite: Part of what makes you likeable is your polite and respectful disposition. Good manners will get you a lot further than you might believe. It displays character. It indicates a sense of class, refinement.Personable: This is about your appearance and your manners. Even if you want to wear a t-shirt and your ball cap backwards, or slant ways, or sideways, you are going to be judged by your appearance. Your appearance gives people an idea of who you are. It also suggests how successful you might be. How you present yourself is important to likeability.Collaborative: Inviting other people to contribute their ideas, regardless of whether it’s in a conversation or the design of a solution, makes you likeable. Collaboration proves that you care about what the other person wants, and that their ideas are important.Non-Judgmental: likeable people aren’t judgmental of other people. They don’t talk about them behind their backs, and they aren’t gossips. They also don’t assign blame to others. They assume others have good intentions and focus instead on finding solutions to challenges, regardless of the source.Your dream client is basing their decision to buy from you, in part, on what they believe you are going to be like to work with once hired. Being likeable tilts the playing field in your direction.last_img read more

Mayawati appoints brother as BSP vice-president

first_imgIn a significant decision, indicating the possible line of succession in the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), supremo Mayawati on Friday declared her brother Anand Kumar as the vice president of the party on condition that he would dedicate himself to the organisation and never contest polls or hold office of power.In a departure from her earlier strategy, Ms. Mayawati also expressed her openness to join hands with anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parties. Ms. Mayawati made the announcements here on the birth anniversary of B. R. Ambedkar.In her address at the sprawling Ambedkar Park, Ms. Mayawati stressed she no longer had any reservations in “taking help of or joining hands with” other anti-BJP parties in her “struggle” against the issue of alleged EVM (Electronic Voting Machine) tampering, and the BJP in order to “save democracy in the country”.The BSP has suffered three back-to-back electoral setbacks and observers argue that if it needs to regain its position, it will need to change tack and join hands with other non-BJP parties,The change in posturing was evident in Ms. Mayawati’s tone. While she maintained a defiant stand on the issue of EVMs, saying her struggle against the alleged tampering of the machines would continue till her party “gets justice”, she said she was willing to work with other parties for the cause.“I want to inform the top leadership of the BJP that even if they try to harass me at all levels through misuse of both State and Central government machinery, to save democracy I will not step back,” Ms. Mayawati said to a loud applause.While entrusting Mr. Kumar with the “important responsibility” of vice-president, Ms. Mayawati said her brother would work for the party organisation in a “selfless” manner and not aspire to become an MLA, MP, minister or the chief minister. Mr. Kumar is a low-profile businessman based in Delhi, and is known to handle the BSP’s finances.Under the scannerOn the radar of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax (I-T) Department over his allegedly meteoric rise in fortune, the latter reportedly raided multiple locations linked to his business last week.last_img read more

Promote culture of discussion and not dispute: Ram Nath Kovind

first_imgStressing that a values-based education helped promote ethics in society, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday called for the propagation of a culture of discussion, rather than dispute, to address thorny issues of caste, gender and other forms of discrimination.Remarking that Pune had long been a centre of education for Maharashtra and for the country, Mr. Kovind said, “the story of modern India owes much to the educational, reformist and progressive ideas that have flowed from this city and for which our nation is truly appreciative.”He observed that in their determined efforts to fight caste and gender discrimination and work for the weaker sections, Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule made education their chief weapon.“It was in Pune that in 1848 Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and his wife, Savitribai, opened what is believed to have been the first modern school in India exclusively for girls,” he said.Enumerating the contributions of Pune towards revolutionizing education in India, the President said the creation of the Deccan Education Society (DES) by Bal Gangadhar Tilak and his colleagues, and the contribution of Gopal Krishna Gokhale in setting up the ‘Servants of India Society’ has had an enduring legacy.“Each of these great men and women placed an emphasis on a culture of discussion rather than of dispute – and of addressing disagreements while being mindful of the other person’s dignity,” Mr. Kovind said.He noted that the Chief Architect of the Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, too, had a long relationship with Pune.“He [Dr. Ambedkar] too, had stressed on the importance of education as an instrument for social change and for building a just and egalitarian society,” said the President, while expressing satisfaction at the Maharashtra government’s decision to celebrate November 7 as ‘Students’ Day’.“This was the day [November 7], way back in the year 1900, when Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar enrolled in a school in Satara, and began his lifelong pursuit of academic excellence.”Exhorting children to imbibe strong values, he remarked that there were lessons of “culture, character, compassion and courage” that are perhaps not formally tested in a board examination.“But a child who internalizes these [values] will always be sensitive to world outside, to the underprivileged…these values will help in coping with change in a world evolving more rapidly than perhaps ever before,” he said.The President was in the city to inaugurate the Sadhu Vaswani International School which is coming up in the city’s Pradhikaran area. The function took place at the city’s Sadhu Vaswani Mission in the presence of Dada J.P. Vaswani – the 99-year-old spiritual leader and disciple of legendary educationist Sadhu T.L. Vaswani. “Sadhu Vaswani’s disciple Dada J.P. Vaswani has dedicated every moment to the cause of humanity. He has been an ambassador of Indian tradition and culture on countless platforms, within the country and abroad, including at the United Nations,” said the President.Also present on the occasion were veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani, Union Minister Prakash Javdekar and Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao.last_img read more

BCCI threatens to cancel India-New Zealand series: Reports

first_imgMiffed with the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha committee’s direction to stop disbursement of funds to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Indian cricket board is planning to cancel the ongoing New Zealand series, which still has a Test and five one-day internationals remaining.Not quite happy with the nonchalant attitude displayed by the BCCI, the Lodha panel on Monday directed banks, which disburse funds to the Indian cricket board, not to release any funds for the decisions taken in the Special General Meeting (SGM) on September 30.The BCCI in its SGM on Friday released payments to its member associations, against the directions of the Lodha panel. However, the Lodha panel has termed it “illegal”.The letter addressed to BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke, Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, CEO Rahul Johri and Rana Kapoor of Yes Bank, also talked about how the BCCI has openly breached the Supreme Court’s order.It further stated that any violation of this direction would be brought to the notice of the Supreme Court.The email was also marked to the Bank of Maharashtra and Yes Bank – the two banks that operate BCCI’s accounts.The Times of India today reported that both the banks have decided to freeze BCCI’s account. And the development has left the Indian cricket board fuming.The Indian Express, quoting a senior BCCI official, reported that the board has in fact taken the decision to cancel the ongoing series as it was unable to pay the member boards for hosting an international game.advertisement”We have no option other than to call off the India-New Zealand series as our banks have decided to freeze BCCI accounts. We don’t want India to be humiliated in front of the world. How can we function, how can we hold any games now? Who will make the payment? Freezing a bank account is no joke. An international team is here, and there is so much at stake,” a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.This can be a pressure tactic adopted by the BCCI to counter Lodha committee’s decision of freezing bank accounts.BCCI sources told India Today that they would wait till noon to see if the committee takes its decision back. If they don’t, then they could take the extreme step of cancelling the series.Meanwhile, the India beat New Zealand in the second Test on Monday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third Test is scheduled to start from October 8 in Indore.The five-match ODI series is slated to begin from October 16 in Dharamsala.last_img read more

Cape Breton Man Builds EnergySaving Home

first_imgCape Breton resident John Ross had a mission when he built hisnew home: he wanted to build a house that uses alternativeenergy. But he achieved much more, including a national awardfrom the federal Department of Natural Resources for the mostenergy efficient home in Canada in 2004. The Richmond County home uses less energy, produces lesspollution and was no more expensive to build than any similar-sized home in the area. The 2,000 square-foot bungalow containsthree bedrooms, an attached garage, as well as special modulesfor electricity and active solar panels for heat and hot water. “The key to helping to preserve the environment is for people totreat the outside as if it was a favourite birthday present youreceived when you were young,” says Mr. Ross. “Do not destroy ordirty anything that is in the air or on the ground.” Not only is he following his passion and saving energy at thesame time, this homeowner is also saving money. Mr. Ross, whoclosely tracks his hydro and propane bills, estimates that hesaves $1,500 per year compared to a similar home using an oil-fired furnace and the province’s electrical grid. He says a solarwater heating system alone will cut the cost of a domestic hotwater bill by as much as 60 per cent. Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash says Mr. Ross setsan example for others to follow not only this week, EnvironmentWeek (May 30 to June 5), but all year. “I would like tocongratulate Mr. Ross on his entrpreneurial skills that help makeour environment a cleaner place,” the minister said. “We’realways pleased to see homes being built in our province that helpconserve energy and protect the environment.” The Ross home was built with high-efficiency windows on the southside, allowing the sun to pour in. Solar collectors on the roof,also facing south, heat a liquid that is pumped through tubing inthe insulated floor. In the floor, a central fan forces the heatinto heating ducts throughout the house, distributing heat toeach room. In the summer the process is reversed to help cool thehome. Mr. Ross’s life-long passion for energy grew in the early 1980s,when he was studying solar-power theory and technologies at theUniversity of Minnesota. There he met other enthusiasts fromacross North America, who helped fuel his desire to promote theuse of alternative energy. This summer he will lend his expertiseto two more construction projects. “The trend to move to energy-saving buildings is not going tohappen overnight,” says Mr. Ross. “But the new homeowner whowants to build this type of home can find good information outthere. This type of home is just as easy to build as any otherplan you can pick out of a glossy home-building book.”last_img read more

New Program Helps Businesses Create Worldclass Tourism Experiences

first_imgTourism Nova Scotia announced today, June 13, the first participants in a new program that is following through on the Crown corporation’s commitment to change how it approaches tourism. The World-Class Experience EXCELLerator program will help businesses develop tourism experiences that are authentic and differentiate Nova Scotia as a travel destination. The experiences are supported by market research that shows their potential to attract visitors from key markets. “We’re excited to collaborate with Tourism Nova Scotia on our culinary kayak experience,” said Angelo Spinazzola, owner of North River Kayak Tours in Cape Breton and program participant. “By combining our expertise with Tourism Nova Scotia’s, we’ll build a unique, world-class experience that visitors will be talking about for a lifetime.” The program is unique in that participants do not directly receive funding. Instead, EXCELLerator connects businesses with Tourism Nova Scotia’s subject matter experts, research and training on key markets. Participants will also receive marketing assets to help promote their experiences. “We’re thrilled to launch this new program and support some of Nova Scotia’s forward thinking tourism operators,” said Michele Saran, chief executive officer of Tourism Nova Scotia. “This program is different because we’re taking a proactive approach to collaborating with the private sector to create the experiences visitors want.” The eight participants, along with their experience concepts, are: Tourism Nova Scotia staff will work with participants over the coming months to develop each experience so they are available for visitors in 2017. Experiences will also be used in Tourism Nova Scotia’s promotions to market the province. Focusing on world-class experiences is a pillar of Tourism Nova Scotia’s strategy that outlines how it will help the industry meet the One Nova Scotia goal of doubling annual tourism revenues to $4 billion by 2024. For more information on the EXCELLerator program, visit: Advocate Boat Tours – Your Own Island: Overnight Adventure Domaine de Grand Pré Winery – Pop-up Vineyard Dinner Overlooking a World Heritage Site Go North Tours – Tidal Bay Wine Tasting Adventure North River Kayak Tours – Lighthouse Bites: Beacons of Taste Kayak Halifax Inc. – Coastal Hiking and Glamping The Lightkeeper’s Kitchen and Guesthouse on Cape d’Or – Nova Scotia’s Ultimate Lobster Feast Taste Halifax Tours – Taste of Halifax’s Hottest Restaurants White Point Beach Resort – Stellar Stargazing Feast and Hikelast_img read more

Stars Attend Playground Of Dreams Event

first_imgPlayground of Dreams (POD), a new innovative non-profit mentoring program that teams entertainment industry influencers with children to help foster their creativity, confidence, leadership skills and unique purpose in the world is proud to announce that its first-ever “Coolest Variety Show on Earth” raised $30,000 in funds for the charity.The donations from the benefit will flow directly to the Los Angeles-based organization in bringing in a new team of children, advancing its current team into their community service initiative, growing their national presence, and make it possible for the maximum number of children to participate and realize their dreams.For its first-ever full-scale benefit, POD saw an overwhelming amount of support from the community. More than 500 people attended the sold out “Coolest Variety Show on Earth,” including a slew of celebrities such as actress Vanessa Williams, actress Frances Fisher, E! News correspondent Catt Sadler, actors Aldis and Edwin Hodge, NBA great Joe Smith, actor Ernie Hudson, actress Sharon Lawrence, actor Dash Mihok, actor Martin Kove, and actress Erin Cahill.The main event at the benefit was an impressive variety showcase starring the children of Playground of Dreams expressing their number one passions through song, dance, science, spoken word poetry and other talents.“I have never seen so many standing ovations in one place in my life,” says Brian Larrabee, Co-Founder of Playground of Dreams.” “What was intended to be a day of our Playground of Dreams kids expressing and fulfilling their dreams, turned into a celebration of everybody in the theatre experiencing what it is like to live the life of their dreams.”Special performances by The School of Rock, actor Dash Mihok, actor Travis Van Winkle, actress Sharon Pierre-Louis, international recording artist Kandace Lindsey, bands COED and Mosaic also wowed the crowd. In addition to the live acts, the event included a “Dream Panel,” featuring Catt Sadler, Sharon Lawrence, Frances Fisher, Martin Kove, two time Oscar-winning sound engineer Ron Judkins, and talent manager Michael Greenwald. The event also included interactive “dream clinics” such as a build-your-own-superhero station, “Michael The Baker” baking station, E! News hosting clinic by Women Like Us foundation, an artistry station with live music and painting and hosted by World Peace Project 24 Peaces.“Our sincerest gratitude and thanks for the contributions of all of our sponsors, kids, volunteers and attendees – all of which made this possible,” says Anna Herbert, Playground of Dreams Co-Founder. “Everyone was 100% invested in creating this magnificent event, and we really appreciate their commitment, patience, giving, and love. We are excited to work with all of them in the future!”Event attendees enjoyed food, drinks and prizes donated by sponsors including Lacoste, Village Pizzeria, Level 3 Design Group, Sweet Crush Ice Bar, Duff Goldman’s Cake Mix, EarthBar, Hint Water, Ice Link, KB Covers, Chef Richie Million, Cinema Secrets, Blue Ice Vodka, Corozon Maya Tequila and Kickin’ Foods.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Western Sahara Morocco Hails Swedens Decision on SelfProclaimed SADR

Rabat – Moroccan authorities have been quick to react to the decision of the Swedish government not to recognize the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).“The decision by Sweden not to recognize the pseudo “SADR” is “in accordance with international law and consistent with the political process conducted within the framework of the United Nations” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation on Friday.The Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, said Friday that her country does not intend to recognize the “Western Sahara” as a state, reaffirming Sweden’s support to the ongoing negotiations process under the aegis of the United Nations. The Swedish government “does not intend to recognize the Western Sahara and it is position consistent with the assessment of previous governments in this regard,” Wallstrom in a statement.“This is a position in accordance with international law and consistent with the political process conducted in the framework of the United Nations, with a view to achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable to the dispute which has lasted too long,” the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement carried by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Ministry emphasizes that Morocco “took note of the presentation this Friday, the conclusions of the “Assessment” report carried out by the Swedish Government on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.”“Beyond some questionable assessments, Morocco notes that the analysis conducted by the Swedish Government for 18 months, led to the inexorable conclusion that the chimeric “SADR” cannot be recognized while “under international law, the requirements for recognition are not met,” it added.The Foreign Ministry stressed that Morocco is convinced that “the constructive position of the Swedish Government on the various dimensions of this regional dispute, including the economic dimension, will promote the peaceful and substantial development of bilateral relations.” read more

RioCan REIT reaches 132million deal with Target regarding leases

TORONTO — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust has reached a deal with Target Corp. regarding leases the retailer disclaimed as part of its retreat from the Canadian market.The real estate trust says Target has paid $132 million, including $92 million which belongs to RioCan, under the agreement.In return, RioCan and its partners have released Target from its obligations.RioCan says the settlement cash will be used to mitigate losses caused by Target Canada’s departure.Investors rights at most REITs not up to standards, governance group warnsTarget Corp’s hasty retreat still haunting Canadian REITs nine months laterWhen Target Canada announced it would close all of its Canadian stores, RioCan had 26 locations that were under lease to the retailer.Seven locations were assigned to new tenants, while RioCan has been working to fill the remaining 19 properties representing some two million square feet.The trust has been splitting up many of the former Target stores into smaller units and leasing those locations to new tenants.RioCan said it has signed 14 leases totalling approximately 448,000 square feet and two conditional offers to lease space totalling 50,000 square feet.In addition, the trust said it is advanced talks for another 16 leases. read more

Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 7945 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Friday was 79.45 cents US, up 0.38 of a cent from Thursday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2586, down 0.61 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6197, down 0.93 of a cent, and US$1.2869, down 0.12 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4787 down half-a-cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.

Senators unveil compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

WASHINGTON — Two senior senators — one Republican, one Democrat — are unveiling compromise legislation to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs.Staffers for Iowa Republican Charles Grassley and Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden said Tuesday the bill would for the first time limit drug copays for people with Medicare’s prescription plan, capping patients’ total out-of-pocket costs at $3,100 a year starting in 2022.It would also require drugmakers to pay a “price hike penalty” to Medicare if the cost of their medications goes up faster than inflation.Senators are hoping for a committee vote Thursday.The White House encouraged the Senate negotiations.Democrats controlling the House want to go farther by granting Medicare legal authority to negotiate prices.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press read more

Liberia UN envoy calls on newly elected officials to rise above partisan

The top United Nations envoy in Liberia today called on the newly elected officials to fulfil their obligations to bring peace and democracy to the war-torn West African country, which the world body has been helping to nurse back to health since a 2003 ceasefire ended a decade and a half of strife. “We ask you, the elected leaders and representatives of the people, to discharge that responsibility with wisdom, diligence and integrity,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Alan Doss told the certification ceremony for the officials elected last month, including President Elect Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “We ask you to rise above partisan politics and narrow interests, and put the welfare of this nation in first place.” He told the participants, who included the new senators and representatives, that the recent elections clearly demonstrated Liberians’ desire for a vibrant and healthy democracy and for continued peace. “In assuming office, you have assumed a sacred responsibility to protect and serve the people of Liberia. In this, you will have the full support of the United Nations and other international partners as you address the many difficult and complex tasks that lie ahead,” he declared. “The international community stood by the people of Liberia in 2003, when together we started the process of bringing peace and stability to a nation torn by conflict; the United Nations will be at your side to consolidate the foundations of democratic governance that can ensure enduring peace and growing prosperity,” he concluded. read more

Yellen promises clear communication of interest rate policies to minimize market disruptions

Yellen promises clear communication of interest rate policies to minimize market disruptions by Greg Keller And Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 8:17 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Fed is striving to clearly communicate its intentions on interest rates in order to minimize surprises that could disrupt financial markets both in the United States and globally.She said central bank policymakers understand that moving from a period of very low interest rates to more normal rates will lead to more volatility in financial markets.But she said the normalization of rates will be an important sign that economic conditions are “finally emerging from the shadow of the Great Recession.”Yellen’s comments came in a speech at a conference sponsored by the Bank of France. The Fed last week ended its bond-buying program but its first increase in rates is not expected until mid-2015.“As employment, economic activity and inflation rates return to normal, monetary policy will eventually need to normalize too, although the speed and timing of this normalization will likely differ across countries based on differences in the pace of recovery in domestic conditions,” Yellen said.“For our part, the Federal Reserve will strive to clearly and transparently communicate its monetary policy strategy in order to minimize the likelihood of surprises that could disrupt financial markets, both at home and around the world,” Yellen said.Yellen spoke after the Labor Department in Washington reported that the U.S. unemployment rate dropped in October to 5.8 per cent, the lowest point since July 2008, while the economy added a solid 214,000 jobs.During a question-and-answer session following her remarks, Yellen was not asked about Friday’s unemployment and she made no comments during her appearance about the current state of the U.S. economy or the possible timing of Fed interest rate moves.Yellen said that among the lessons learned from the crisis is that central banks need to be prepared to employ all available tools, including unconventional policies such as bond buying, to support economic growth and achieve optimal inflation rates.In response to a question, Yellen said that before the 2008 financial crisis hit, the Fed had spent a great deal of time studying the prolonged period of weak economic growth and deflation in Japan in an effort to learn how to deal with similar problems.She said among the lessons U.S. policy-makers drew from the Japanese experience was the need to quickly get banks on a sound footing and to guard against inflation persistently falling below the Fed’s 2 per cent target.“That was an important lesson from the Japanese experience that we have tried to learn from,” Yellen said.Last week, the Fed announced the end of its bond-buying program, which had been designed to keep long-term interest rates low, and upgraded its outlook for the U.S. labour market. The massive bond purchases have pushed the Fed’s balance sheet up by more than $3 trillion to nearly $4.5 trillion.In a statement after a two-day meeting, the Fed reiterated its plan to maintain its benchmark short-term interest rate near zero “for a considerable time.” The Fed statement noted that the job market is strengthening. The statement dropped a previous reference to “significant underutilization” of available workers.___Crutsinger reported from Washington. read more

Stock market plunge marks gloomy start to first trading day of 2016

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 4, 2016 8:57 am MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets got off to a tumultuous start in the first trading day of the year as a sharp decline in China triggered a sell-off that spread worldwide.It started with a nosedive in Chinese stocks — the main index sliding seven per cent — after the world’s second-largest economy posted the 10th consecutive month of weaker manufacturing data.As traders reacted to that and other uncertainties affecting the country’s economy, the drop in prices enacted a new “circuit breaker” mechanism that closed trading early to limit losses. The Shanghai index shed 6.9 per cent to 3,296.66 before the market was closed early to avert steeper falls.The uncertainty appeared to set off a panic across other global markets as questions arose about the fallout’s repercussions to other economies.Toronto’s main stock market emerged less scathed than most others, losing about 0.6 per cent for the day, helped by a rally in gold stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 82.80 points on Monday, taking the index to 12,927.15, after falling as much as 262 points earlier in the day.Wall Street didn’t fare quite as well.The Dow Jones average marked its biggest loss in two weeks, closing down 1.6 per cent, or 276.09 points, at 17,148.94. The broader S&P 500 index declined 31.28 points to 2,012.66 and the Nasdaq lost 104.32 points to 4,903.09.“This is really an affirmation to the market that China is going to continue being the central global risk,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.Fehr said after years of stimulus from central banks, investors need to become more accustomed to relying on economic data to stand on its own.This year, the markets could feel the impact of the shift as traders respond to good news and bad news “more sharply,” he suggested.“I think this is going to be more the norm than the exception moving forward,” Fehr said.The Canadian dollar ended at 71.73 cents U.S., down 0.52 of a cent from Thursday’s close before the New Year’s holiday.In commodities, gold prices settled at their highest level in more than a week, helping the sector lead gains on the TSX, rising 3.7 per cent.The February contract rose $15 to US$1,075.20 an ounce. Gold is often seen as a safe haven in times of political or economic uncertainty.Fresh political tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran left traders questioning the outlook for oil prices.The February crude contract was originally up but eventually gave way to close 28 cents lower at US$36.76 a barrel, while the February contract for natural gas was unchanged at US$2.33. Stock market plunge marks gloomy start to first trading day of 2016 read more

Podcast The Pats HomeField Advantage Djokovic The GoAT Cespedes For The Rest

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 15, 2015), we discuss the allegations that the Patriots interfered with the Steelers’ communications in their Week 1 matchup. Then, Carl Bialik breaks down whether it’s time to start thinking of Novak Djokovic as the best men’s tennis player of all time — even though everyone seems to root for Roger Federer instead. And, can Yoenis Cespedes win National League MVP even though he’s only been in the National League for a few months? Plus, an update from FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey on our crowdsourcing Madden challenge to win the Super Bowl using his avatar. And to close out the show, a Significant Digit on a turnaround for Kansas City’s women’s soccer team.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of what we discussed on the show:Want to win Madden with Walt Hickey as your quarterback? Here’s how to take part in our crowdsourcing project.ESPN’s list of injuries in the NFL.The Patriots’ home and road records in the Belichick era as compared to the rest of the league.When the Giants decided to pass on third down near the end of their Week 1 game against Dallas, they doubled the Cowboys’ win probability.Djokovic and Federer are vying to become the greatest of all time.Carl Bialik found that Roberta Vinci’s upset of Serena Williams was the biggest in modern women’s tennis.FanGraphs breaks down the argument for Yoenis Cespedes for MVP.The full archive of Baseline podcasts from Carl Bialik.Significant Digit: 4 — the number of teams that FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League leapfrogged to finish the regular season in third. FC Kansas City will face regular-season champion Seattle Reign FC in a repeat of last year’s National Women’s Soccer League final. Hot Takedown read more

Pupils should be taught that some children have two mummies or two

She went on to explain how even faith schools, where their religion does not permit same sex relationships, manage to fulfil their requirements under the equalities act in a “sensitive and careful way”.  “The essence of democracy is that we don’t all get our way. The essence of democracy is that we accept majority decision,” she said.“There will always be things that we don’t like which if we were running the country we wouldn’t do. That is the very essence of it, accepting that we can’t have 100 per cent of what we want.”Andrew Moffat, the assistant head at Parkfield Community School, designed the “No Outsiders” programme which aims to teach children about issues such as gender, identity and sexual orientation during Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) lessons.Mr Moffat, who has been awarded an MBE for services to equality and diversity in education, said he has received threats from parents who oppose the course.While parents are allowed to withdraw their children from RSE lessons, they are only permitted to do so for the sex education part, and not for relationship education.Learning about same sex couples would be part of the latter section, meaning parents who disagree with this are not able to remove their children from classes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  Amanda Spielman’s intervention comes amid a row at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham Pupils should be taught that some children have “two mummies or two daddies”, the head of Ofsted has said, following protests by Muslim parents at a school in Birmingham.Amanda Spielman’s intervention comes amid a row at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, where parents launched a petition against the primary school’s “No Outsiders” programme where children are taught  about same sex couples and gender identity.She said that parents need to learn that “we don’t all get our way” and must accept that “we can’t have 100 per cent of what we want”.Hundreds of parents have protested outside the school in recent weeks, saying that teaching children about LGBT rights and homophobia contradicts their Islamic faith.But Ms Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, has weighed in to support the school, saying that children need to be taught about same sex relationships irrespective of their religious background.“It’s about making sure they [children] know just enough to know that some people prefer not to get married to somebody of the opposite sex and that sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies,” she told the BBC.“It’s about making sure that children who do happen to realise that they themselves may not fit a conventional pattern know that they’re not bad or ill.” Ms Spielman said if there is a disagreement, parents must engage in “rational discussion” and “proper conversation” rather than protest to establish a “middle ground”. Fatima Shah, who has taken her 10-year-old daughter out of the school, has said that the lessons were “inappropriate””Children are being told it’s OK to be gay yet 98 per cent of children at this school are Muslim,” she told Birmingham Live.“It’s a Muslim community. I’ve taken my daughter out and other parents have too. Enough is enough.”The school has defended the programme, which they said had been fully explained to parents. They added: “No Outsiders allows us to raise awareness of these differences so that children are able to tolerate and accept differences in our society.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Parkfield Community School is an outstanding school with a leadership team and staff committed to ensuring pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain.“The Department trusts headteachers and teachers to develop a curriculum and whole school approach that ensures personal as well as academic development of their pupils.”  Amanda Spielman’s intervention comes amid a row at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham read more

Zeitz like a bomb for Kiel win over PSG

He wasn’t a part of serious TOP handball for a while, as he was sleeping almost two seasons in Veszprem. It looked that THW Kiel brought him back as a mascot beside Vujin and Weinhold, but just last 10 minutes was enough to show how big maestro of this game he is – Christian Zeitz. The 36 years-old German lefthander smashed PSG Handball 28:27 (15:15) with his atomic feints and four goals from the same number of shots in the finish of the derby match at the VELUX EHF Champions League start.PSG Handball had attack to level the score at the end, but Karabatic, Hansen and Stepancic didn’t make proper action to avoid defeat at the start of the European season. Obviously, Zvonimir Serdarusic has still a lot of job to do in the City of Light on the way to Cologne.Young Swedish left back Lukas Nillson netted five goals for the winners, while Uwe Gensheimer was the TOP scorer for PSG with 10 goals.STANDINGS:FC Barcelona Lassa 2THW Kiel 2Bjerringbro Silkeborg 1Telekom Veszprem 1SG Flensburg 1Kadetten Schaffhausen 0PSG Handball 0Orlen Wisla Plock 0PHOTO:THW Kiel ← Previous Story New Barca win in Plock! Next Story → EHF TV Best 7 players of the Week 1 Christian ZeitzPSG HandballTHW KielVelux EHF Champions League read more

Russian forces storm Ukraine airbase Reports of soldier shot

first_imgUpdated at 4.19pmSoldiers in unmarked uniforms sit atop APC at the gate of the Belbek base [Ivan Sekretarev/AP/Press Association Images]ARMED FORCES BACKED by armoured vehicles have broken inside a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea on Saturday, firing from automatic weapons into the air.There are reports one Ukrainian soldier has been shot. The base commander confirmed one person had been wounded.An armoured vehicle rammed through the gate of the base, and an ambulance was also seen approaching with sirens blaring, as armed men went inside and pointed guns at Ukrainian soldiers.A man in camouflage and sunglasses then dismantled a camera that provided a live feed of the front gate to the base.At least three armoured personnel carriers enter the complex(Youtube: Mary Greeley)Earlier today, the Belbek base wrote on its website that troops inside had received an ultimatum from Russian forces to lay down their weapons and surrender or prepare to be stormed.“There have been explosions, blast bombs, one Ukrainian soldier has been shot,” Sky’s Stuart Ramsay reported from the scene.Ramsay said the troops who stormed the complex were believed to be special forces. “They are all balaclaved and have slightly different uniforms to regular Russian soldiers.”The Ukrainian commander of the base, Yuliy Mamchur, said there was at least one injury. He called his men together, they sang the Ukrainian national anthem and then stood at ease. He said they were going to turn over their weapons.Russian forces have been seizing Ukrainian military facilities for several days in the Black Sea peninsula, which voted a week ago to secede and join Russia.NovofedorivkaElsewhere — around 200 pro-Russian protesters stormed a Ukrainian base in western Crimea, forcing the soldiers to leave as the Ukrainian flag was taken down.The unarmed crowd yelling “Russia! Russia!” broke through to the base in the town of Novofedorivka and started smashing windows.Ukrainian servicemen barricaded themselves inside buildings and threw smoke bombs at the intruders from the roof.Some of the people threw the smoke bombs back at the soldiers.Russian officers stood outside watching as the protesters took down the Ukrainian flag and put up the white and blue flag of the Russian navy.“It’s my unit and I have to protect it!” a Ukrainian soldier yelled to the Russian officers from the roof.A Russian military officer then went inside the building to negotiate with the Ukrainians as the crowd of protesters were told to leave. Several dozen soldiers were later seen walking out of the base, leaving it empty, with Russian soldiers standing outside.The spokesman of the Ukraine defence ministry in Crimea, Vladislav Seleznyov, cited sources at the base as saying that the attackers were mostly non-locals.“There are some locals among the attackers, but a lot of non-locals. We do not recognise these faces,” the source from the base said, according to Seleznyov.The developments come a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation incorporating Crimea into Russia.Includes reporting from AFP & Associated PressFirst posted at 4.11pmRead: Welcome to Russia… Putin plans firework display to mark Crimea accessionRead: Fitch downgrades Russia rating as EU adds sanctions to 12 more peopleRead: US and Russia impose sanctions on each other over the crisis in Crimealast_img read more