The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Spread the Hustle

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now It is naïve to believe that there isn’t a massive–and growing–gap between the Haves and the Have-Nots. The gap has always existed, and religion, philosophy, governments, nor economic systems have ever eliminated this disparity. Western capitalism is the only thing that’s even put a dent in economic disparity (Cronyism isn’t capitalism, and that disease seems to infect all governments and all economic systems, not just ours).There are a lot of Haves that spend a lot of their time and money trying to help the Have Nots. And there are a lot of Haves that don’t. There are a lot of Have Nots that believe that they are owed something. And there many Have Nots who don’t believe they are owed a thing, but only need an opportunity.As interesting as all of this, it ends being politicized, and not much gets done. So let’s deal with it another way.Believers and DoersThere are some people who believe that they are capable of succeeding. They believe that they can become whatever they wish to become, that they can do whatever they want to do, and that they can have whatever they want to have.The Believers act on their beliefs and, eventually, their beliefs become their reality. Their beliefs drive their actions, actions that they wouldn’t take if they didn’t believe that they could eventually succeed.A lot of Believers and Doers were born Have Nots. For some, that adversity was itself enough to give them the beliefs and the intestinal fortitude to do something. Some Believers and Doers were fortunate enough to have a head start and a good example.Believe-Nots and Do-NotsThe Believe-Nots do not believe that they can succeed. They don’t believe that anything that they could dream could ever become their reality. They believe that someone would have to give them permission to try, that they somehow aren’t good enough, and some Believe-Nots think they don’t deserve success.Without the belief that they can succeed, the Do-Nots do nothing. This doesn’t mean that they couldn’t succeed, that they lack the talent, or that they aren’t deserving of something better. They’ve mostly been infected with a diseased mindset, mostly due to the circumstances of their birth.Making HavesWe don’t do very much to help the Have-Nots become Haves. Charity is important, and it helps people with too little survive. But it doesn’t make them Haves. Government aid also helps people to survive, but it has also never created a Have. Both have helped some people survive long enough to eventually catch fire and become a Have.To make Haves, you have to help infect someone with the belief that they can be more, do more, and have more. You have to help them obtain a bigger vision of themselves. You have to nurture the small spark until it becomes a roaring fire in their belly.As a hustler, you know that everything I have written here is true. You may even recognize yourself in part of this story. If you want to give back, if you want to make a contribution, help someone by infecting them with the beliefs that have served you, and inoculate them against what the world would infect them with.last_img read more

Now, calls to include Chin refugees from Myanmar in Citizenship Bill

first_imgEight organisations of the Chakma community, on Tuesday, submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking the inclusion of Chin refugees in India by further amending the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The Bill awaits passage or rejection in the Rajya Sabha.The Joint Parliamentary Committee that submitted its recommendations to the Centre after a series of discussions with stakeholders had rejected suggestions to include minorities from Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The Bill seeks to fast-track the process of citizenship for non-Muslims who fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and came to India till December 31, 2014.The memorandum by the eight Chakma NGOs was made on the basis of a January 2009 report by the US-based Human Rights Watch titled ‘The Chin People of Burma: Unsafe in Burma, Unprotected in India’. The report said that there are an estimated 100,000 Chins in Mizoram, which is 20% of the total Chin population in Myanmar.Manipur, too, has an unspecified number of Chins, who are ethnically related to the majority Mizos of Mizoram and the Kuki-Zomi groups in Manipur.“The number of Chin refugees in India is at least 1.2 lakh over the years. In November 2017, about 1,600 Chins, many of whom were women and children, fled to Lawngtlai district of Mizoram following a military offensive against the Arakan Army militants in that country’s Chin State. While some went back, around 1,440 refugees have reportedly refused to return due to insecurity,” Dilip Kanti Chakma, president of the Delhi-based All India Chakma Students’ Union, told The Hindu.About 4,000 Chin refugees are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in New Delhi but in June 2018, the UNHCR decided to cancel their ‘refugee status’ with effect from 1 August 2018. The ‘cessation process’ would be completed by December 31 this year on the ground that Myanmar has now become “stable and secure” for them to return home and, therefore, they don’t need “international protection”.“We appealed to the Centre to further amend the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for including Myanmar along with Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan,” Mr Chakma said.The Chakmas in Mizoram have been at the receiving end because of the Bill, which the Mizo NGOs say would open the floodgates for Chakmas from Bangladesh. The Chakmas have a sizeable population in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.“It is a pity that some NGOs of Mizoram have never raised the issue of the Chin refugees while unnecessarily targeting the indigenous Chakmas who have an autonomous district council in the State under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution,” Mr Chakma said.last_img read more

CEU escapes Batangas, advances to D-League semis

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet JK Casiño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCentro Escolar University hacked out a tough 81–74 victory over Batangas to advance to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.JK Casiño topped the Scorpions with 18 points, none bigger than his insurance freebies with 14.3 ticks left to douse Batangas’ late rally, along with five rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games It was a huge confidence-boosting campaign for the Scorpions, who consider the semis berth as an overachievement following the huge offseason shift for the squad.“Nobody expected us to get in to the semis, but with our collective effort, we made it,” said the youthful coach, who took over from coach Egay Macaraya before the conference. “We just keep on reminding the players to treat every game like a championship, and hopefully, whatever experience we gained in the quarterfinals, we can bring it to the semis.”Celiz paced Batangas with 18 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, while De Joya unloaded 17 in the season-ending defeat.The Scores:CEU 81 – Casiño 18, Cruz 15, Ebondo 15, Jeruta 13, Aquino 8, Arim 5, Wamar 5, Manlangit 2, Guinitaran 0, Intic 0, Uri 0.ADVERTISEMENT Congolese big man Rod Ebondo added 15 markers, 19 boards, and two blocks, while Mark Cruz chimed in 15 points and nine rebounds in the win.“I’m so proud because they were so focused in the game. even though we had that tendency to relax, we were able to recover in the end,” said coach Yong Garcia, as CEU moves on to the next phase where top-seed Flying V awaits in a best-of-three series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Scorpions squandered a 14-point lead, 67-53, with 8:49 remaining as the Batangueños sliced the deficit down to three, 77-74 , thanks to a Cedrick Ablaza putback with 1:33 to play.Batangas had numerous chances to tie the game but failed to make the most of it as Robby Celiz muffed his trey in the final minute before Cedric de Joya got pickpocketed by Orlan Wamar to quash the uprising for CEU. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BATANGAS 74 – Celiz 18, De Joya 16, Ablaza 15, Bautista 7, Gabayni 7, Dela Peña 3, Isit 3, Saitanan 3, Laude 2, Anderson 0, Bulawan 0, Mendoza 0, Ragasa 0, Sorela 0.Quarters: 28-18, 43-34, 61-50, 81-74.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ No love lost between TNT, San Miguel Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her Fight to Protect

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Yap inks 3-year extension with Rain or Shine “A lot of times, sexual abuse leads to depression or sometimes, if it’s not addressed, the child even becomes the perpetrator in the future when they grow up,” said Ochoa. “So it becomes this whole vicious cycle, that will lead to other social problems.”READ: Jiu-jitsu star Meggie Ochoa launches ‘Fight to Protect’ movement vs child sexual abuse MOST READ “It’s an awareness campaign to get people talking about the issue,” said Ochoa. “I really believe that anyone can do something—no matter how big or small—to help.”RELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominanceRELATED VIDEO BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Ochoa knows the grim reality that even though child sexual violence is a prevailing problem, it’s not a constant topic in the public consciousness and this is where “Fight to Protect” hopes to make a difference. MANILA, Philippines—Meggie Ochoa’s exploits on and off the mat were hard to miss, making her campaign this year no.3 in INQUIRER.net’s top 7 sports stories of 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening While it had been a productive year for her in jiujitsu, it’s her advocacy outside the mat that speaks volumes of her heroism.Ochoa launched the campaign “Fight to Protect” to help spread awareness on child sexual violence in the Philippines.“We need to work together because the issue is so bad and it so complex,” said Ochoa in a previous Inquirer special report. “What we really need to do is ‘Fight to Protect’ Filipino children.”READ: Her biggest fight The United Nations international Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) in 2016 tagged the Philippines as the world epicenter of online child pornography and sexual trade.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ochoa made history when she nabbed the gold medal in the 49-kilogram division in the JiuJitsu World Championship in late November in Malmö, Sweden.The Filipino martial artist was the first in the country and in Asian to win the top prize jiujitsu worlds after she defeated Canada’s Ni Ni Vicky Hoang, 2-0, in the final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefREAD: Meggie Ochoa makes history, wins gold in World ChampionshipsShe also won gold in the JiuJitsu World Tour in March and another third-place finish in the Asian Games in Indonesia in September. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

M.S. Dhoni? The Untold Story a stolid affair

first_imgDirector: Neeraj PandeyCast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anupam Kher, Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, Rajesh Sharma, Kumud MishraBy Saibal ChatterjeeThe title of the film is rather misleading. M S Dhoni ? the Untold Story reveals precious little about the star cricketer that isnt already in the public domain.Made with the backing of Dhoni himself and co-produced by his business partner Arun Pandey, the film is built around selected nuggets of information and Interpretations of events and actions aimed at bolstering the cricketers brand equity as his active playing days draw to a close.The result is a dreary, overlong, antiseptic drama that fails to create a nuanced, layered portrait of the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket.What M S Dhoni ? The Untold Story does instead is unabashedly seek to give the Indian wicket keeper-batsman a halo of perfection. Anything that is likely to be at variance with that single-point strategy is summarily glossed over.Steering completely clear of, or merely skimming over, the controversies that have plagued Dhonis long reign at the top, the film focuses on his rise from Ranchis back-lanes to the very pinnacle of international cricket.The story the film tells might have been more entertaining had Dhonis life and times not been so extensively documented by the media over the years.In any case, there is little in the protagonists formative years that could be described as exceptional. Indias sporting annals are replete with far more startling success stories scripted by underdogs.advertisementIf MS Dhoni ? The Untold Story is watchable in parts it is only because of lead actor Sushant Singh Rajputs performance and the strong support he receives from a cast of skilled character actors like Kumud Mishra and Rajesh Sharma.The narrative has a generous dash of mirth, but any genuine dramatic potential is stymied by the films need to skirt around the conflict points of Dhonis career.Rajput pulls off an impressive Dhoni impersonation, getting the body language and gait just right, although he might not bear much resemblance to the real-life hero that he plays on the screen.In fact, Herry Tangri, in a cameo as a swaggering Yuvraj Singh, looks far more like the Punjab southpaw than Rajput does like Dhoni.A whole lot of resources has clearly been pumped into MS Dhoni ? The Untold Story. But the outcome isnt a cracker of a film.If anything, director Neeraj Pandeys eulogistic take on the life of one of Indias most successful contemporary cricketers is a stolid, overlong exercise that completely loses its way post-interval.The second half of the film focuses both on Dhonis international career and the two women in his life ? Delhi girl Priyanka (Disha Patani) and his would-be wife Sakshi (Kiara Advani).While the former bit is designed to solely boost his reputation as a sportsman, the latter is a pretext to push several romantic ditties on to the soundtrack, which slows down the already sluggish film.The movie, which has a running time of 190 minutes, is strictly for Dhoni fans and for those that want to see for themselves how close Rajput gets to the spirit of the protagonist. PTI CORR BKlast_img read more

IPL 2019: RCB stun SRH to end unsuccessful campaign with a win

first_imgShimron Hetmyer smashed a 47-ball 75 while Gurkeerat Singh Mann hit a stylish 65 as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets to end the 2019 Indian Premier League with a victory. RCB were already eliminated from the playoff race but SRH will now have to depend on other results to learn their fate.Kings XI Punjab will host Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede on Sunday in the final 2 league matches of the season. If KKR win, they will be through to the playoffs with 14 points. SRH, who made it to the final in 2018, have 12 points from 14 matches.Chasing 176 to sign off another disappointing IPL campaign with a win, Royal Challengers Bangalore were jolted early. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers while Khaleel Ahmed dismissed Virat Kohli to leave RCB in a huge spot of bother.Sunrisers Hyderabad have one of the best bowling attacks in the IPL. With Kohli and de Villiers gone, the onus was on Shimron Hetmyer who played only 5 matches this season. His partner at the other end, Gurkeerat Singh Mann had played just 2 matches in the 2019 IPL before Friday.But Shimron Hetmyer and Mann did not let lack of match time get in the way of a fabulous partnership. The two were undaunted by the early loss of wickets and kept RCB on course with some sensational strokeplay. Hetmyer was the more aggressive of the duo but Mann showed great resilience and patience against a top-quality bowling attack.advertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore were reduced to 20 for 3 off 2.5 overs and Sunrisers Hyderabad had every reason to feel they had the game under control. Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann had other plans.Hetmyer raced away to his maiden IPL fifty while Mann hit his second fifty of his IPL career as Royal Challengers Bangalore stormed to only their 5th win of the season from 14 matches..@RCBTweets win by 4 wickets and sign off their #VIVOIPL campaign on a high #RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/uD0rmxiL1CIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019On Saturday, Virat Kohli won only his 4th toss of the 2019 Indian Premier League and beamed as he asked Sunrisers Hyderabad to bat in their last league game of the season. But the smile soon disappeared after Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill got off to a rapid start.However, Navdeep Saini removed Saha in the 5th over of the SRH innings while Washington Sundar dismissed Martin Guptill to help RCB get some kind of control after a frenetic start by the visitors.Royal Challengers Bangalore were sloppy on the field to start with but they soon bounced back with regular wickets. Manish Pandey, SRH’s No.3 in recent matches, was in dangerous form. However, Washington saw him off 3 balls after packing off Guptill and Virat Kohli was a much happier captain.And when Vijay Shankar threatened to take the game away from RCB, Sundar struck again to send him off as SRH slipped to 106 for 4 in the 14th over.Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan fell cheaply and SRH were reduced to 139 for 7 off 17.3 overs. It was left to Kane Williamson, the Orange Cap winner in 2018, to bail his team out of choppy waters and he did exactly that.Kane Williamson played only 8 matches in the league stage because he was recovering from an injury he sustained before the IPL. He was not in great touch but on Saturday when his team needed him to stand up, Williamson played a classic. After hitting his first fifty of the season, Williamson targeted Umesh Yadav, who conceded 28 runs off the final over.Also Read | Another no-ball controversy and Virat Kohli is frustratedlast_img read more

Big 12 Expert: Here’s What Needs To Happen For Oklahoma To Make College Football Playoff

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma football is a bit behind the eight ball, with an early-season loss to Texas. One loss doesn’t keep an elite team from College Football Playoff contention, luckily.In the first College Football Playoff rankings, the Sooners came in at No. 7, behind Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Georgia. Washington State, Kentucky, and Ohio State round out the top 10.Luckily for the Sooners, a few of those situations will work themselves out.Alabama and LSU face off this weekend, as do Georgia and Kentucky. The SEC Championship Game will likely come from those two match-ups.Ohio State and Michigan also face off at the end of the season, and Michigan has a tough game against Penn State this weekend.In a new column, Big 12 beat writer Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning-News outlined what Oklahoma football fans should root for going forward.There are a few paths for the Sooners to make the playoff once again. Here’s how Carlton broke things down:Oklahoma is well-positioned in the first College Football Playoff rankings but will need some help. First, the Sooners need to win out, including the Big 12 championship game at AT&T Stadium. Really don’t like the chances for at two-loss Big 12 champ. Then, the Sooners need Alabama to win the SEC to avoid the committee picking two teams from that league, especially if Alabama is sitting there with just one loss. Another key will be a loss for Notre Dame, which could steal a bid from one of the power conferences by running the table. Oklahoma also needs Texas, West Virginia and Iowa State to stay in the CFP Top 25 for strength of schedule.There’s nothing terribly controversial there. The big risks are a two-bid SEC like last year, which seems pretty unlikely since only Alabama is undefeated, unless the Crimson Tide go down, and Notre Dame crashing the party. The Fighting Irish are at a pesky Northwestern this weekend, so Sooners fans may want to break out some purple on top of the crimson and cream this week.[The Dallas Morning-News]last_img read more

On encourage les employés à embaucher des apprentis

first_imgUne étude sur le rendement des investissements en matière d’apprentissage démontre que chaque dollar qu’un employeur investit dans un apprenti peut lui rapporter un rendement net de 1,38 $. L’étude a été menée par le Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage. Elle a été présentée à Halifax, aujourd’hui 7 mars, lors d’un petit déjeuner visant à encourager un plus grand nombre d’employeurs à embaucher des apprentis. « Pour effectuer cette étude de recherche, des employeurs de partout au pays représentant 15 métiers différents ont été interrogés, » a dit Allison Rougeau, directrice générale du Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage. « Nous partageons cette information avec les employeurs de partout au pays afin de présenter une analyse de cas positive pour l’apprentissage et pour l’embauche d’apprentis. » Des représentants du gouvernement, des membres de l’industrie et des employeurs du domaine de la cuisine, du débosselage et de l’automobile ont assisté à l’événement d’Halifax. « En Nouvelle-Écosse, nous avons traditionnellement vu un faible nombre d’apprentis dans les domaines de la cuisine et du débosselage puisque nous n’avons pas suffisamment de mentors, » a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. « Nous espérons que les résultats de cette étude démontrent aux employeurs que le mentorat apporte des récompenses non seulement personnelles, mais également économiques. » Lors de cet événement, des employeurs de métiers ont discuté de la façon dont l’embauche d’apprentis améliore le rendement de l’entreprise en augmentant la productivité et en réduisant le roulement de la main-d’oeuvre. « Chez Wolf Collision, nous avons établi un programme de mentorat visant à former les futurs techniciens dans l’industrie des réparations automobiles, et la qualité de l’exécution des apprentis est excellente, » a dit Peter Wolf, président et propriétaire de Wolf Collision. « Personnellement, je crois que la formation en apprentissage permet à l’étudiant d’acquérir les compétences dont il a besoin pour réussir dans l’industrie. » Le Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage organisera des événements à l’intention des employeurs à l’échelle du pays au cours des prochains mois. Les participants auront la chance de partager leurs points de vue avec d’autres employeurs et de discuter de la formation en apprentissage comme un avantage concurrentiel. Un rapport résumant les conclusions sera publié à l’automne.last_img read more

CRTC opens online survey about sales tactics by phone cable internet providers

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. – Canada’s telecom regulator is giving consumers until Sept. 7 to answer an online survey about sales tactics used by the country’s largest phone, cable and internet service providers.The 11-day online survey conducted by Ipsos is part of a months-long process leading to public hearings to be held by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission starting on Oct. 22.Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, who is responsible for telecommunications, ordered the CRTC investigation in June after media reports and direct complaints about how telecom services are sold.In particular, the inquiry wants to address complaints that prices for services may be unpredictable or higher than expected and sales messages may result in stress, confusion and frustration.The CRTC has already collected about 890 comments, mostly from individuals, since mid-July through a more formal intervention process that closes on Thursday.The bilingual survey can be found at https://ipsosasks.ca/CRTClast_img read more

Experts gather for UN meeting to discuss benefits and perils of bioenergy

Specialists from around the world are meeting at the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome today to discuss bioenergy production and the opportunities and dangers that the industry poses, especially for food security and the environment.The three-day meeting, ending on Wednesday, is expected to conclude with a set of recommendations for the way forward, including the identification of ways to produce more environmentally sustainable biofuels, FAO said in a news release.Biofuels are currently made from such materials as sugar cane, palm oil and maize and, given they can substitute for fossil fuels, hold the potential to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They could also boost employment and infrastructure in rural areas.But there have been warnings that large tracts of land are being cleared for monocultures, causing environmental damage and a loss of biodiversity. The merit of using food crops to make fuel for vehicles rather than for consumption by humans or animals is also being questioned.“Bioenergy holds out enormous opportunities for farmers, especially in the developing world,” said Gustavo Best, FAO’s Senior Energy Coordinator. “But there are dangers too, and we want to be very clear about them.” 16 April 2007Specialists from around the world are meeting at the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome today to discuss bioenergy production and the opportunities and dangers that the industry poses, especially for food security and the environment. read more

Syria UN agency awaits clearance to resume aid delivery to Palestinian camp

“There was no distribution of food or humanitarian assistance today in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which is regrettable given the desperate humanitarian plight of the civilian population there, said Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).However, a few critically sick people were evacuated in arrangements between the authorities and concerned parties. UNRWA is awaiting clearance to resume distribution tomorrow 21 February. Mr. Gunness said the parties to the agreement have had lengthy discussions on ensuring implementation of their agreement so as to enable sustained food distribution, and on allowing UNRWA to resume food distribution and other humanitarian activities from UNRWA facilities inside Yarmouk. “The discussions are yet to come to any firm conclusion,” he said, adding: “UNRWA stands ready to resume humanitarian work inside Yarmouk immediately clearance is given.”Yesterday, UNRWA was able to deliver food for around 280 families – the first such shipment since fighting forced the agency to suspend activities in the camp for 11 days.The UN agency had distributed over 6,500 food parcels of food and other supplies to civilians in the camp since mid-January. Each parcel lasts an average family only about 10 days, so provisions had all run out by the time a new shipment was allowed in.Prior to the armed conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, Yarmouk – a suburb just south of Damascus – was home to over 160,000 Palestine refugees. Since December 2012, fighting has caused at least 140,000 Palestine refugees to flee their homes in Yarmouk, as armed opposition groups established a presence in the area, with Government forces controlling the periphery.Starvation and illnesses exacerbated by hunger or lack of medical aid have contributed to some 100 people dying in the camp in recent months, according to UN figures.During food delivery, UNRWA said a crowd of “desperate civilians surged towards the distribution,” disrupted the operation for over three hours.“The crowd control issues that arose today reflect the massive pressure of hunger, misery and desperation that continue to afflict civilians in Yarmouk,” Mr. Gunness said. In a statement on behalf of UNRWA, he called on all concerned parties to facilitate the establishment of “a more dignified and effective system” to distribute aid in Yarmouk. He said that during yesterday’s distribution, UN staff heard “passionate and vocal demands” for “substantial, sustained humanitarian access for Yarmouk, for the restoration of UNRWA services, and for Yarmouk to be rapidly opened for normal civilian life.” read more

The Cheapest Super Bowl Tickets Get The Biggest Markups

AVG. TICKET RESALE PRICESUPER BOWL IS X TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE Super Bowl 50 will be played Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the regular-season home of the San Francisco 49ers. To a bird, Levi’s Stadium looks something like this: Red30610,0679,3263330-7 Yellow1716,6895,1983930-22 Source: SeatGeek SECTION COLOR49ERS HOME GAMESUPER BOWL ON JAN. 27SUPER BOWL ON FEB. 2ON JAN. 27ON FEB. 2∆ FROM JAN. 27 TO FEB. 2 Dark Green$78$3,989$3,7275148-7% Dark Blue1435,2314,4193731-16 Black2247,4396,8363331-8 Middle Blue1314,8274,5973735-5 At the Super Bowl, the cheapest tickets come at the highest added cost. Tickets for the worst seats — in the nosebleed dark-green sections — are selling at 48 times the average resale price for a regular-season 49ers home game. That’s a Super Bowl multiplier higher than anywhere else in the stadium. During the season, those seats retailed for $85 or $106, depending on the game. They resold on SeatGeek for an average of $78. For the Super Bowl, they’re reselling at an average of $3,727.The other most relatively expensive sections are also bad seats — purple (slightly closer but way behind the end zones) and light green (dark green’s marginally better counterpart). Tickets in both those sections are going for 42 and 38 times what they did during the season, respectively.Real “deals” can be found in the gilt-edged red, gold and black sections — close to the action and near midfield. While the average tickets in those sections are going for $9,326, $7,944 and $6,836, respectively, they’re a mere 30, 30 and 31 times more expensive than they were for a regular-season 49ers game. (One exception to this pattern are the über-elite gray “VIP” section tickets, but they’re a small sample — only eight gray tickets are listed on SeatGeek as I write.)This is either a clear case of “you gotta spend money to make money” or a regressive tax that the Bay Area certainly does not need.Over the past week, average resale prices for Super Bowl tickets have fallen in all sections, one by as much as 22 percent. This is evidence that buyers won’t suffer through another “short squeeze” like the one that plagued prices last year for the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. A short squeeze, which is rare for a Super Bowl, can happen when brokers sell speculative tickets early, when prices are high, hoping to cash in when prices dip right before the big game. “We’ll just never allow that to happen again,” a StubHub spokesman told Bloomberg. To a human, ticket prices to sit in various parts of that stadium Sunday look something like this over the past week, according to data provided to me by SeatGeek: Light Green1054,6864,0384538-14 Purple1064,7424,4714542-6 Super Bowl tickets are expensive Gray51321,40219,3974238-9 Gold2659,4497,9443630-16 Light Blue1675,7175,1313431-10 read more

Japanese SNES Classic Edition Has Different Games and Better Box Art

first_imgStay on target The Japanese always seem to get the better end of the deal when it comes to video games, don’t they? Not only will their version of the SNES Classic Edition come with five exclusive games, but it’ll also have some slick looking (i.e. better) box art.Instead of simply featuring a picture of the console on the box, the Japanese cover looks like it was hand drawn. They eye-catching minimalist design really pops out with its bright colors. I could totally see it being displayed in a museum as a piece of pop art.As far as the games lineup goes, it’s not all that different from North America and Europe. On top of classics like Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Final Fantasy III (VI), Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country, the Japanese SNES Classic Edition will exclusive have:Fire Emblem: Mystery of the EmblemThe Legend of Mystical NinjaPanel de PonSuper SoccerSuper Street Fighter II: The New ChallengersFor comparison’s sake, here are the five games exclusive to North America and Europe:EarthboundKirby’s Dream CourseStreet Fighter 2′ Turbo: Hyper FightingSuper Castlevania IVSuper Punch-Out!!Yes, the Japanese SNES Classic Edition features the best version of Street Fighter II. Not that there’s anything wrong with Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, but come on! With that said, it could be argued that we got the better end of the deal overall with our exclusives. After all, the Japanese SNES Classic Edition doesn’t have Earthbound, Super Castlevania IV, or Super Punch-Out. Still, not having Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers stings.Despite Nintendo stating it would produce more SNES Classic Editions than it did NES Classic Editions, folks are having a hard time pre-ordering the system. How do you get your hands on this already highly sought-after console? There’s not much that can be done now, so keep checking back with your favorite local (or online) retailer to see if they have any in stock.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 8Bitdo’s SN30 Wireless Gamepad is a Perfect Controller for the SNE…8Bitdo SNES Classic Edition Wireless Controller Now Available for Pre-Order last_img read more

Access Intelligence Buys Four Marketing Brands From Penton

first_imgRockville, Maryland-based b-to-b media company Access Intelligence (parent company of Red 7 Media, publisher of Folio:) has purchased four of Penton Media‘s marketing brands. Included in the deal are Chief Marketer, Multichannel Merchant, Direct and PROMO and their associated events and digital components. The four brands were part of Penton’s Marketing and Meetings group and will be incorporated into AI’s Marketing and Media group, which currently includes Event Marketer, EXPO, Best Events, Event Design, LeadsCon, DM Confidential, min, Folio:, PR News, Cynopsis and CableFAX.Penton group publisher Leslie Bacon and 15 employees will be joining AI as a result of the deal and will report to Kerry Smith, senior vice president of Access Intelligence. “Particularly after buying LeadsCon, we’ve been trying to move into coverage of new, technology-driven marketing practices,” says Access Intelligence president and CEO Don Pazour. “We thought Penton was doing a very good job in this area and so we approached them. It’s not one of their larger product groupings and they were ready to make the move.” Pazour declined to offer a sale price, but the deal makes AI’s Marketing and Media group the company’s largestmarket cluster and the acquired assets’ revenues are more than 60percent digital with double-digit growth, he says.   Access Intelligence, backed by Veronis Suhler Stevenson has been one of the few regularly acquisitive b-to-b media companies—in the last 18 months it has made four other acquisitions including LeadsCon, Red 7 Media, OR Manager and Cynopsis Media.last_img read more

Plea to fix potholes

first_imgSuchitra Junction: Suchitra X road is in a very bad condition and commuters are facing hardships to travel from the area. “Due to the potholes, it is creating hardships for commuters. The lanes are damaged and there is a chance of motorists falling off their vehicles due to the bad condition of the road,”said a worried Srikanth. Locals over here have complained about this issue to the officials concerned, but in vain.last_img

California stores licensed to sell cannabis for recreational use

first_imgCannabis is displayed at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, December 27, 2017. AFPCalifornia will launch the world’s largest regulated commercial market for recreational marijuana on Monday, as dozens of newly licensed stores catering to adults who enjoy the drug for its psychoactive effects open for business up and down the state.It becomes the sixth U.S. state, and by far the most populous, venturing beyond legalized medical marijuana to permit the sale of cannabis products of all types to customers at least 21 years old.Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Nevada were the first to introduce recreational pot sales on a state-regulated, licensed and taxed basis. Massachusetts and Maine are on track to follow suit later this year.With California and its 39.5 million residents officially joining the pack, more than one-in-five Americans now live in states where recreational marijuana is legal for purchase, even though cannabis remains classified as an illegal narcotic under U.S. law.The marijuana market in California alone, which boasts the world’s sixth-largest economy, is valued by most experts at several billion dollars annually and is expected to generate at least a $1 billion a year in tax revenue.“Adding California to the regulated market for cannabis is a really big deal,” said Heather Azzi, a senior attorney for the Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group working to liberalize marijuana laws.Uruguay became the first and only country to legalize recreational marijuana sales nationally, permitted through its pharmacies starting in July 2017, but is far smaller in comparison, with a population of just 3.4 million.Still, most California jurisdictions are sitting out the highly anticipated New Year’s Day inauguration of recreational cannabis sales.Many, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, will not be ready for days or weeks because of additional red tape required by city and county governments before would-be retailers can obtain their state licenses.But business will almost certainly be brisk at newly permitted shops ready on Day One. They number about four-dozen outlets across California, according to an authoritative guide to the cannabis market, GreenState, published by the San Francisco Chronicle.Stores authorized to carry recreational weed were set to go on New Year’s Day in San Diego, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Oakland, Berkeley, Eureka and Desert Hot Springs, among other locales. Hundreds more are expected to open throughout the state as the year progresses.Many previously operated strictly as medical cannabis dispensaries under a patchwork of local regulations, and will now be licensed by the state for recreational merchandise as well.Among the very first will be the Oakland-based Harborside dispensary, which has long ranked as the largest U.S. medical marijuana outlet. It planned to opens its doors at 6 a.m. local time on Monday.Customers in the recreational sector – which state regulators prefer to call the “adult use” market – are only permitted to buy an ounce (28 grams) of raw cannabis or its equivalent at a time.Medical patients can buy unlimited quantities, but must present a doctor’s note and have purchased a medical ID card.The stage for Monday’s grand opening was set when voters passed a ballot measure in November 2016, Proposition 64, immediately legalizing personal possession and use of recreational pot by adults 21 and over.But it has taken California lawmakers and bureaucrats over a year to devise a licensing, regulatory and tax structure for all phases of the commercial distribution chain.California in 1996 became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use, and more than 30 states have since done likewise.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday June 16

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA wide-ranging interview with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, including her thoughts on the latest surge in violence and homicides in Baltimore. Plus, we’ll talk about Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s pledge to give Baltimore more than $3 million for summer jobs for the city’s youth and another $4 million for recovery from April’s uprising.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Ram Katha redefined

first_imgEver thought of Ramayana depicted entirely through paintings? Well, more than 101 Ramayana based paintings are on display at National Museum titled as Rama Katha — The story of Rama through Indian miniatures.The paintings created between  17-19 century depicts various parts of Valmiki’s story like, the Portrait of Rama, Hanuman carrying the Dongiri mountain Rama breaking the Shiva’s bow in king Janak’s court, Rama, Laxman and the golden deer, fire ordeal of Sita, Ravan on his golden throne among others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The paintings also throw light on varied interpretations of the same story across stylistic genres like Pahari style, Kalighat style, Rajasthani style, Moughal style and many more. The paintings have been collected from various parts of India and more than 70 paintings are on display for the first time. The selection of art work has been done carefully so that each style is exhibited and viewers can compare, understand and imbibe the styles.The exhibition promises to be an experience of different styles of miniature paintings. Later this year, these paintings will travel to Royal Museum of Art and History at Brussels in Belgium, to be displayed.last_img read more