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The Real Key to Speeding Up Sales

first_imgThere is a school of thought around sales that suggests you should do everything in your power to compress the sales cycle. The idea has merit in that it generates revenue sooner rather than later, something that benefits salespeople and their company. It also helps the client generate the better result they need sooner, and there is no benefit to pushing those results into the future.But the idea of compressing the time by shortening the sales process is problematic. It provides the idea that all one needs to do is shorten the time they spend in each stage to move deals forward in time. The conflict here is that it isn’t the sales process that one should be most concerned with compressing. Instead, the speed in the process comes from helping the buyer do all the things they need to do to be able to move forward.This is what is at the heart of The Lost Art of Closing, a book with a title that doesn’t accurately reflect the contents of the book. The way to move faster is to do a better job making sure your dream client makes all the commitments they need to make along that path.There are generally ten commitments that include, 1) the commitment for time, 2) the commitment to explore, 3) the commitment to change, 4) the commitment to collaborate, 5) the commitment to build consensus, 6) the commitment to invest, 7) the commitment to review, 8) the commitment to resolve concern, and then, 9) the commitment to decide. The tenth commitment comes after the deal is sealed when the client and you both need to execute.The way to speed things up isn’t to try to work through the stages of the sales process faster. Instead, you must help guide your dream client through all the things they need to do to be able to buy, most of which they may be wholly unaware. Speeding up your side causes the kind of problems that slow things down or cause you to lose. Helping the client, however, speeds things up. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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As it happened: Parrikar, Rane win Goa bypolls

first_img7.30 am: The bypolls were held in the Panaji and Valpoi Assembly constituencies last week.Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar contested against All India Congress Committee Secretary Girish Chodankar and Goa Suraksha Manch president Anand Shirdokar in Panaji.Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane is contesting against Roy Naik from Congress in Valpoi. Mr. Rane had resigned as the Congress MLA and joined BJP.  9.50 am: Vishwajit Rane gets an unassailable lead of 9291 votes at the end of the third round of counting, in Valpoi.Mr. Rane secured 14684 votes, while Roy Naik of Congress secured 5387 votes.9.45 am: In Valpoi, at the end of the second round, BJP’s Vishwajit Rane leads by 7591 votes against Roy Naik of the Congress.V. Rane has secured 10476 votes, Mr. Roy has secured 2885 votes and Mr. R. S. Gaonkar has got 225 votes. NOTA has registered 302 votes.9.30 am: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) has won the Panaji by-election by defeating Girish Chodankar of the Congress by a margin of 4803 votes.Mr. Parrikar has secured 9862 votes while Mr. Chodankar has polled 5059 votes. Mr. Anand Shirdokar of the Goa Suraksha Manch polled 220 votes.In Valpoi, BJP’s Vishwajit Rane is leading by 6000 votes at the end of second round.9.00 am: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane are leading by over 4000 and 3000 votes, respectively, over their nearest rivals at the end of the second round of counting of votes for the two Assembly seats, when reports last came in. The fate of the BJP-led State government headed by Manohar Parrikar was decided on Monday, both Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane winning the Panaji and Valpoi bypolls respectively.With these results, BJP now has 14 seats in 40 Member House and the coalition government has 24 members supporting it while the Congress remains at 16.Live updates:10.00 am: Vishwajit Rane wins Valpoi bypoll.At the end of the fourth and final round, Mr. Rane has polled a total of 16167 votes while his nearest rival Roy Naik of the Congress has polled 6101 votes.In the elections held on August 23, 15,538 votes had been polled in Panaji while 23,038 votes were polled in Valpoi.With these results, BJP now has 14 seats in the 40 Member House and the coalition government it heads has the support of 24 members. The Congress tally remains at 16.Read morecenter_img  8.00 am: Counting begins7.45 am: Why did Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar have to contest a bypoll?Read morelast_img read more

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Kejriwal flays Modi over crop insurance

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship crop insurance scheme, which had entered its third year of operation, was inflicting damage on farmers by deducting premium from their bank accounts and not giving any compensation for crop loss. Far from getting any benefits, farmers were being forced to run from pillar to post for their claims, he said.“This crop insurance scheme is a sham… It should be immediately abolished. In fact, it can very well be described as the BJP’s dacoity scheme,” Mr. Kejriwal said while addressing an Aam Aadmi Party’s public meeting at the Ramlila Maidan here. The Delhi CM was in poll-bound Rajasthan to kick off the AAP’s campaign for the coming Assembly elections.Flawed policiesMr. Kejriwal, also the party’s national convenor, said the BJP should tell the people “how much bribe” it had received from the insurance companies to fleece the farmers. “In a State like Rajasthan, a large number of farmers have been forced to commit suicide because of the government’s flawed policies.”Mr. Kejriwal said the Prime Minister had gone back on his promise to give a compensation much higher than the cost of crops in the event of loss. Despite making rounds of banks, insurance companies and the government offices, farmers were not getting “even a penny,” he said.Targets Cong. too Mr. Kejriwal targeted both the BJP and the Congress for the plight of common people, whose life had become difficult because of corruption and price rise, and called upon the State’s electorate to reject both of them in the polls. “The people of Delhi did it. They kicked out the 100-year-old Congress and the 40-year-old BJP. I can see an identical atmosphere of change in Rajasthan. The key to change is in your hands,” he said.The AAP leader also targeted Mr. Modi over alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal and asked why he was fearing a probe by the CBI if he was honest. He said the CBI chief was sent on leave in a midnight decision because Mr. Modi feared that he was going to register an FIR in connection with the deal the next morning.Mr. Kejriwal called upon the State’s people to vote for the AAP and dislodge both the BJP and the Congress from governance. He also released the party’s manifesto for the Assembly elections, with the locution, “Badli Hai Dilli, Ab Badlengey Rajasthan”.Earlier, Mr. Kejriwal went to Shaheed Smarak, where farmer leader Rampal Jat was sitting on an indefinite fast. He offered him a glass of juice to break the fast.last_img read more

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Mehul Choksi Extradition Case May Also End up in a UK Court

first_imgIndia’s request to Antigua and Barbuda for the extradition of fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi may finally be decided in the United Kingdom, where India is already fighting a case for the extradition of Vijay Mallya. The UK’s extradition laws are stringent and its extradition process lengthy, with a special emphasis on the possible treatment of persons sought to be extradited in the country seeking their extradition.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

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It’s jazz time: Lady Gaga gets trumpet tattoo

first_imgThe 28-year-old singer, who already had more than 10 inkings, including flowers on her hip and a unicorn on her thigh, has now had the musical instrument tattooed on her inner right arm, in honour of jazz musician Tony Bennett.Gaga posted a photograph of the body art on Instagram on Wednesday (17.06.14), along with caption, “…let’s go it’s jazz time world (sic)”Lady Gaga has had a trumpet tattooed on her arm in New York in honour of jazz musician Tony Bennett.The ‘G.U.Y’ hitmaker, visited a tattoo studio in New York, and was wearing an Iron Maiden T-shirt and her huge curly wig when she was inked by artist Becca Roach.Her jazz musician friend Brian Newman, who has worked alongside Tony, also payed tribute to the legend with a duplicate tattoo of his trumpet artwork and Gaga posted a snap of them both.She wrote: “Bennedetto. Tony’s an artist. he sketched this trumpet and were getting tattoos @brainnewmanny playing on the tony album and arranging music. Tattoos by @badnewsbecca photo by @skwotty (sic).”Gaga and Tony surprised students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens earlier this week with a masterclass and performance, including ‘The Very Thought Of You’, previously covered by Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole, and Cole Porter’s ‘Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye’.The 700 students in the audience were also given the opportunity to ask questions during the session.last_img read more

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LOOK: Centuries-old Indian pole wrestling goes global

first_imgTo broaden its international appeal, it helps that the gravity-defying mallakhamb doesn’t require much money or equipment. With only a rope or a wooden pole, it is an activity compatible in a village playground as well as the neighborhood gym.In India, a country with some 800 million people living in poverty, that could be mallakhamb’s greatest strength.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In this Feb. 6, 2019, photo, players perform on a mallakhamb pole at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)MUMBAI, India — Is it gymnastics? Is it yoga? Is it even a sport?Picture a person climbing a coconut tree. Now imagine the person twisting, turning, rotating and practicing yoga postures, all while firmly gripping the tree with the thighs. Mallakhamb is this and more.ADVERTISEMENT Deshpande says the sport has gained an international audience owing partly to reality television shows such as India’s Got Talent where mallakhamb performers have won popularity. Cirque du Soleil’s show Bazzar also features a mallakhamb performance.In this Feb. 6, 2019, photo, Vikram Nadkarni, of Newcastle, England, performs a Mallakhamb pose on a pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)Participants from 15 countries, including the U.S. and Germany, will compete in the championship.In the evening, the historic Shivaji Park in Mumbai comes alive with mallakhamb players swirling around poles and on ropes, falling, only to get up and make another attempt.International players have started arriving to train. Delia Ceruti, 36, an aerialist and physical performer from Italy, has been practicing mornings and evenings under Deshpande.In this Feb 5, 2019, photo, a mallakhamb instructor Sachin Malekar, right, calms a child who made an unsuccessful attempt to climb the pole, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)“I am used to physically demanding activities but I am learning completely new techniques,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mallakhamb is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India, and its name comes from the words malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole.Now after centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship this weekend in the capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, where it first originated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn this Feb. 5, 2019, photo, a trainer helps Alfie Meeson of Newcastle, England, on a mallakhamb pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)Like yoga, the time has come for mallakhamb to be shared with people across the globe, said Uday Deshpande, director and secretary general of the Vishwa Mallakhamb Federation“Our goal is to inspire a new generation of sports fans who can experience the discipline, endurance and concentration required by this sport,” he said. 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A-Rod Sues To Overturn Drug Ban

first_imgNEW YORK –  Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players’ union, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was “clear and convincing evidence” the New York Yankees star used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport’s drug investigation.As part of the complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, Rodriguez’s lawyers made public the Jan. 10 34-page decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who shortened a penalty originally set at 211 games last August by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig for violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.Horowitz, a 65-year-old making his second decision as baseball’s independent arbitrator, trimmed the discipline to 162 games, plus all postseason games in 2014.“While this length of suspension may be unprecedented for a MLB player, so is the misconduct he committed,” Horowitz wrote.Horowitz concluded Rodriguez used testosterone, human growth hormone and Insulin-like growth factor-1 in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in violation of baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. He relied on evidence provided by the founder of the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic in Florida.“Direct evidence of those violations was supplied by the testimony of Anthony Bosch and corroborated with excerpts from Bosch’s personal composition notebooks, BBMs (Blackberry messages) exchanged between Bosch and Rodriguez, and reasonable inferences drawn from the entire record of evidence,” Horowitz wrote. “The testimony was direct, credible and squarely corroborated by excerpts from several of the hundreds of pages of his composition notebooks.”While the original notebooks were stolen, Horowitz allowed copies into evidence.Rodriguez’s suit accused the Major League Baseball Players Association of “bad faith,” said its representation during the hearing was “perfunctory at best” and accused it of failing to attack a civil suit filed by MLB in Florida state court as part of its Biogenesis investigation.His lawyers criticized Michael Weiner, the union head who died from a brain tumor in November, for saying last summer he recommended Rodriguez settle for a lesser penalty if MLB were to offer an acceptable length.“His claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges,” new union head Tony Clark said in a statement.“The players’ association has vigorously defended Mr. Rodriguez’s rights throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career. Mr. Rodriguez’s allegation that the association has failed to fairly represent him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on our former executive director, Michael Weiner, are inexcusable.”The suit also claimed the MLB engaged in “ethically challenged behavior” and was the source of media leaks in violation of baseball’s confidentiality rules.Rodriguez’s lawyers said Horowitz acted “with evident partiality” and “refused to entertain evidence that was pertinent and material.” They faulted Horowitz for denying Rodriguez’s request to have a different arbitrator hear the case, for not ordering Selig to testify and for allowing Bosch to claim Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing to answer questions during cross-examination.They also said Horowitz let the league introduce “unauthenticated documents and hearsay evidence … obtained by theft, coercion or payment,” wouldn’t allow them to examine Blackberry devices introduced by MLB and was fearful he would be fired if he didn’t side with management.Rodriguez asked the court to throw out Horowitz’s decision and find the league violated its agreements with the union and that the union breached its duty to represent him. The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.Supreme Court decisions have set narrow grounds for judges to vacate arbitration decisions, instances such as corruption or not following the rules agreed to by the parties.The three-time AL MVP admitted five years ago he used performance-enhancing substances while with Texas from 2001-03, but the third baseman has denied using them since. MLB’s Biogenesis investigation was sparked after the publication of documents last January by Miami New Times.Bosch agreed in June to cooperate with MLB and testified during the hearing, which ran from September until November. Rodriguez’s lawyers attacked his credibility because of that deal, which included reimbursement by MLB for costs of lawyers, up to $2,400 daily for security, insulation from civil suits and a promise to tell law enforcement he was cooperative.“The benefits accorded to Bosch under that arrangement did not involve inducements that the panel considers to be improper,” wrote Horowitz, who chaired a three-man panel that included MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and union General Counsel David Prouty.Horowitz cited the credibility of Bosch’s “unrebutted testimony — testimony which was corroborated by substantial documentary evidence,” and he described the method Bosch and Rodriguez communicated in code, referring to banned substances as “food.”“Once when Bosch sent a message telling Rodriguez that he was going to pick up Rodriguez’s ‘meds,’ Rodriguez replied ‘Not meds dude. Food,’” the arbitrator wrote.Rodriguez did not testify in the grievance, walking out after Horowitz refused to order Selig to testify.At a brief hearing Monday, MLB said it would not discipline Rodriguez for including the decision in his lawsuit. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III brushed aside concerns from the union about confidentiality concerns.“Given the intense public interest in this matter and Commissioner Selig’s disclosures last night on 60 Minutes, it’s difficult to imagine that any portion of this proceeding should be under seal,” Pauley said.The arbitrator noted Bosch and Rodriguez exchanged 556 text messages and had 53 telephone calls in 2012. He said all records of text messages were produced by Bosch, while lawyers for Rodriguez said the Blackberry he used to communicate with Bosch was deactivated last March and Rodriguez no longer had it.The arbitrator said Rodriguez instructed Bosch in one message to “erase all these messages.”Horowitz recounted how Rodriguez was introduced to Bosch after a Yankees game in Tampa, Fla., in July 2010 by A-Rod cousin Yuri Sucart, who knew Bosch through Jorge “Oggi” Velazquez.Horowitz wrote MLB was justified in citing violations of the collective bargaining agreement because Rodriguez “played an active role in inducing Bosch to issue his own public denial on Jan. 29” and “attempted to induce Bosch to sign a sworn statement on May 31” saying he never supplied the player.In determining the length of the penalty, Horowitz cited a 2008 decision in a grievance involving Neifi Perez in which arbitrator Shyam Das ruled “separate uses are subject to separate disciplines.” He said under the discipline system for positive tests, Rodriguez would be subject to at least 150 games for three violations of 50 games. Still, Horowitz thought Selig’s initial penalty was too severe.“A suspension of one season satisfies the structures of just cause as commensurate with the severity of his violations,” he wrote.Rodriguez’s lawyers claimed at worst the case should involve one first violation with a penalty of 50 games, and they said including the 2014 postseason was beyond the scope of Selig’s original discipline. Horowitz rejected Rodriguez’s argument that the lack of a positive test was proof of innocence.“It is recognized Rodriguez passed 11 drug tests administered by MLB from 2010 through 2012. The assertion that Rodriguez would have failed those tests had he consumed those PES as alleged is not persuasive. As advanced as MLB’s program has become, no drug-testing program will catch every player,” Horowitz wrote.In Selig’s notice of discipline to Rodriguez on Aug. 5, he said MLB actively is investigating allegations he received banned substances in 2009 from Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty in 2011 to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States from Canada.(By Larry Neumeister and Ronald Blum)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Raptors Can’t Handle the Truth: Nets Win Series on Pierce’s Last-Second Block

first_imgTORONTO, CANADA – Paul “The Truth” Pierce may no longer undeniably be the premier “go-to” player when the game is on the line, but he still shows flashes of brilliance. The lifelong Celtic-now-Net did it on the defensive end, with a last-second block of Kevin Lowry, the Raptors guard who led all scorers with 28 points.Pierce, a certain future hall of famer, had a modest 10 points in the game, having spent much time in foul trouble. But as he has done so often in his illustrious career, The Truth came through when it counted most. His game-saving block gave the Nets the victory in a 104-103 squeaker.With the win, the Nets advance to Round 2 of the playoffs, taking on the two-time defending NBA champ-Miami Heat. Led by Lebron James, widely considered the top player in the league today, and Dwayne Wade, the Heat are no strangers to Pierce or his fellow Celtic expatriate Kevin Garnett, who migrated along with Pierce to Brooklyn in quest of another championship. Pierce and Garnett won their first – and to date only – title with the Celtics in 2008, their first year together and with Ray Allen. They were the original modern-day “Big Three.”Two years later, James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, forming the new – and since, the preeminent – Big Three. The Celtics came close to the big prize twice more: in 2010, when they fell short by four points in Game 7 of the Finals to their perennial rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, and in 2012 when they lost a seven-game series to the Heat. Further adding drama to the mix, Ray Allen defected from the Celtics during that offseason, joining the Heat.Since that point, the Celtics and the Heat have continued to head in different directions. The Heat won two titles, the Celtics dismantled their team of aging legends, with Pierce and Garnett, along with Jason Terry, heading to Brooklyn.  Poised to bring a title to Brooklyn, the newly-acquired Pierce and Garnett, joining forces with younger talents Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez – and with new head coach Jason Kidd, have new life in them as they head South for Games 1 and 2 against the Heat.Though it remains statistically improbable, Pierce and Garnett – if they get past the Heat and topple the winner of the Pacers-Wizards series, might have a chance to face another person from their recent past: their old head coach, Doc Rivers, who left the Green Team for even greener pastures, as head coach of the mighty Los Angeles Clippers.Fresh off a one-man scandal perpetuated by their owner, Donald Sterling, resulting in his lifetime ban from the league and prompting celebrities from Magic Johnson to Oprah Winfrey to contemplate buying the team, Doc’s Clippers begin their own second round, in the West, taking on the formidable Oklahoma City Thunder, led Kevin Durant. If James is the Beast of the East, Durant is the Best in the West.But don’t count those ex-Celtics on either coast out just yet. Their new lives, in Brooklyn and LA, have just been extended this playoff season, for at least another week and a half.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Eaton Breaks Own Decathlon Record

first_imgAmerican Ashton Eaton broke his world record in the decathlon, running 4 minutes, 17.52 seconds in the 1,500 meters to finish with 9,045 points and retain his world title.It was the first world record at the 2015 championships at the Bird’s Nest, the venue of the 2008 Olympics.The Olympic and world champion had 8,216 points after nine events, a lead of 256 over second-place Damian Warner of Canada, and needed to go under 4:18.25 in his last event to surpass the world mark of 9,039 he set in Oregon in June 2012. His personal best in the 1,500 in a decathlon is 4:14.48.Eaton, who hadn’t competed in a full decathlon in two years, started with a championship record in the 100 when he recorded 10.23 in his opening event. He added a decathlon world record in the 400 — running 45.00 seconds in his last event Aug. 28.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh bats for Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in India playing XI

first_imgLegendary India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said Team India can benefit by including Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI for the Sri Lanka match ahead of the knockout stages of World Cup 2019.Harbhajan Singh pointed out that Jadeja can not only give captain Virat Kohli a few overs in the middle but that he is a “very, very handy” batsman at the death.Ravindra Jadeja has been part of India’s 15-man squad for World Cup 2019 but the Chennai Super Kings star is yet to get a game in England. Jadeja has often been used as a substitute fielder and, you guessed it right, the gun fielder hasn’t disappointed. In fact, Jadeja’s brilliant diving catch to dismiss Jason Roy brought India back in the game vs England after Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 160 runs for the opening stand.Jadeja has been a mainstay in the Indian Test side but the left-arm finger spinner was dropped after Champions Trophy 2017. Jadeja made a comeback to the ODi set up in 2018 and ever since has complemented the two wrist-spinners in the squad.With India having sealed a semi-final spot already, their final group-stage match against Sri Lanka on Saturday gives the team management the license to experiment.Harbhajan Singh has backed Jadeja to play against Sri Lanka and from there onwards in World CUp 2019.Speaking to India Today, Harbhajan said: “Would like to see Ravindra Jadeja get a game against Sri Lanka or from there onwards. He gives you options – he can bowl 6, 7 or 8 overs. Imagine if anyone has a bad day with the ball, Jadeja will not just give you 6 or 7 overs but he is a very, very handy batsman in the later part of the game.”advertisementHarbhajan’s comments come days after Jadeja launched into former cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar who had reportedly called the India all-rounder a “bits and pieces cricketer”.”I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.In a sharp response to the comment, Jadeja had said: “Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea (sic).”India take on Sri Lanka in Leeds on Saturday in their final group-stage match. India will be hoping to collect 2 points and keep their chances of topping the table alive. Australia, with 14 points from 8 matches, are a point ahead of 2nd-placed India on the 10-team table.Also Read | MS Dhoni should continue playing for another 1 or 2 years: Lasith MalingaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni using different bat logos as goodwill gestureAlso Seelast_img read more

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Report: Oman 3 Turkmenistan 1

first_imgMohammed Al-Musallami guaranteed Oman’s place in the last 16 of the Asian Cup with a last-gasp goal sealing a 3-1 victory over Group F rivals Turkmenistan.The two teams appeared set to be eliminated with the scores locked at 1-1 after 83 minutes at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, but Muhsen Al Ghassani and Al-Musallami got the goals they needed to advance as one of the best third-placed teams.Oman took the lead in the 20th minute through a sensational free-kick from Ahmed Al Mahaijri, but Altymyrat Annadurdyyev drew Turkmenistan level before half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After the Gulf Cup champions missed out on a penalty for a handball by Mekan Saparov, Al Ghassani put them ahead in the 84th minute and Al-Musallami headed home nine minutes later to complete a huge victory.When you qualify to the #AsianCup2019 RO16 with a stoppage time goal!Congratulations to @OmanFA— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 17, 2019There was nothing the Turkmenistan goalkeeper Mamed Orazmuhamedov could do to stop Oman moving ahead through Al Mahaijri’s 25-yard free-kick that flew into the top-left corner.Annaguliyev Guychmyrat fired a glorious chance over when he was somehow not deemed offside, while Serdar Geldiyev had the ball in the net only for play to be pulled back for a perceived foul by Mekan Saparov on keeper Faiyz Al Rusheidi.Turkmenistan got an equaliser in the 41st minute as a deflected pass fell kindly for Annadurdyyev, who drilled beyond Al Rusheidi at his near post.Oman were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Saparov handled the ball in the area and Orazmuhamedov pawed the deflection off the line, while Khalid Al-Hajri had a goal-bound shot blocked from the resultant corner.Pim Verbeek’s team ramped up the pressure and got their rewards when Al Ghassani turned home from Al Mahaijri’s cutback six minutes from time.And there were scenes of jubilation when Al-Musallami headed Salaah Al-Yahyaei’s corner into the bottom-right corner to send Oman through to the knockouts for the first time in their history.last_img read more

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Ajay Devgn sidesteps query on costar Alok Naths MeToo allegations

first_imgMumbai: Ajay Devgn on Tuesday refrained from commenting on the #MeToo allegations against his “De De Pyaar De” co-star Alok Nath. Writer Vinta Nanda had accused Nath of rape last year. When producer Luv Ranjan was asked to comment on the same, Ajay intervened saying, “This is not the right place to talk about it.” “And jinki aap baat kar rahe hai woh film uske pehle complete hui (the film was completed before the allegations surfaced against the concerned person) Ajay was talking on the sidelines of the trailer launch of his film “De De Pyaar De”. The trailer was launched on the occasion of Ajay’s 50th birthday. The film, also featuring Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh, is directed by Akiv Ali. It releases on May 17.last_img read more

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Larrêt à froid enfin décrété pour les réacteurs de Fukushima

first_imgL’arrêt à froid enfin décrété pour les réacteurs de FukushimaLe gouvernement japonais vient de décréter l’état d’arrêt à froid des réacteurs accidentés de la centrale de Fukushima. Il s’agit d’une étape-clef qui indique que le site est enfin stabilisé.Le Premier ministre japonais, Yoshihiko Noda, a confirmé que les installations du site de Fukushima avaient enfin atteint “l’état d’arrêt à froid”, rapporte les agences de presse nippones. Cela signifie que la température à l’intérieur des réacteurs est maintenue en dessous des 100°C. Cette température est maintenue depuis août grâce à l’installation de systèmes de refroidissement en continu, un point essentiel qui marquait l’achèvement de l’étape 1.Le contrôle des émissions radioactives, était un des objectifs clefs de “l’étape 2 du plan de travail” établi par la compagnie Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco). Pour y parvenir, différentes dispositions ont été prises, dont la couverture du réacteur 1. Toutefois, le fait de parvenir à la fin de l’étape 2 ne signifie pas la fin de crise. “Le gouvernement et Tepco utilisent l’expression ‘arrêt à froid’ dans un sens différent de l’acception habituellement employée pour un réacteur sain”, a souligné Takashi Sawada, le vice-président de la Société japonaise de l’Energie atomique. “Je crois plus correct de dire que les réacteurs ont essentiellement atteint l’état de refroidissement stable”, précise-t-il.Des réacteurs considérés comme sous-contrôle En effet, habituellement, dans une centrale, l’arrêt à froid permet de procéder à des opérations de maintenance. En revanche, dans le cas de Fukushima Daiichi, le combustible a fondu et a percé les cuves. Il est alors tombé au fond de l’enceinte de confinement de trois des six réacteurs. L’arrêt à froid ne signifie pas qu’on va pouvoir intervenir à l’intérieur en raison de la radioactivité surélevée, indique Sciences et Avenir.”L’état de l’usine aujourd’hui n’est pas radicalement différent de celui d’hier. Cette étape signifie cependant que les réacteurs ont été maintenus dans un état stable pendant un certain temps, donc qu’on peut désormais les considérer comme étant sous contrôle”, a précisé M. Sawada. L’Agence de sûreté nucléaire estime à présent que la centrale est en situation relativement sûre. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLes prochaines phases visent à optimiser les moyens mis en œuvre pour continuer de réduire les rejets radioactifs. Il s’agira également de sécuriser le site et de préparer son démantèlement, ce qui prendra trois à quatre décennies. Parallèlement, les autorités vont devoir s’occuper des alentours contaminés et de la population évacuée. Elles envisagent de revoir le statut des zones évacuées en fonction des niveaux de radioactivité effectivement mesurés.”Une fois l’étape 2 terminée, nous allons progressivement étudier le problème de la zone interdite”, a déclaré la semaine dernière le Premier ministre. “Nous devons en débattre de façon très approfondie avec les autorités locales dès que possible”. Le 16 décembre 2011 à 18:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Secret Portland memo details lapses in arrest of black man

first_imgThe Portland City Council, apprised of the police department’s failings in the incident, unanimously approved a $25,000 settlement Wednesday with the man who was arrested, Anthony Allen Jr.Portland police officers have for decades stopped, searched, arrested, shot at and killed black men at disproportionate rates and continue to do so, according to data published by the Police Bureau, city auditor reports and accounts from criminal justice reformers. Police officials have generally maintained that while there is room for improvement, outright racial profiling is extremely uncommon.The liability incurred by police officer Colby Marrs’ arrest of Allen was outlined in the confidential memo, prepared by a city attorney for the mayor, commissioners, police chief and other select high-ranking officials. The document, provided to The Oregonian/OregonLive by an employee at City Hall, encouraged the City Council to pay to settle a lawsuit brought by Allen.The night of the arrest, Marrs was posted in Allen’s Northeast Portland neighborhood as part of a police perimeter after a shooting. Officers were told the suspects were three young black men wearing hoodies.Allen, then 21, was riding his bike home from work when stopped by officers at the perimeter, who told him to go straight home. Marrs subsequently spotted Allen, who was not wearing a hoodie, just a few houses from his home and told him to “f***ing stop.” When Allen kept going, Marrs used force to handcuff and arrest him. He was jailed for most of the night.last_img read more

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Suniel Shettys interference causing trouble in Athiyas career

first_imgVarinder ChawlaIt has been four years since Suniel Shetty’s darling daughter Athiya made her big banner debut with Aditya Pancholi’s son Sooraj in Salman Khan’s Hero. The film was as big as it could get and no newcomer could have expected a better launch than this. Though Athiya grabbed many awards for her debut performance, four years down the line, her career hasn’t taken off the way we all had anticipated.With just one film in 2017, Mubarakan, where she didn’t have much to offer and her character could have been played by anyone in the industry. Athiya Shetty hasn’t been on our minds lately. Even in Nawabzaade, her cameo in Tere Naal Nachna didn’t last in our memories for too long. And the latest report suggests that her dad and actor Suniel Shetty’s interfering attitude might have to do something with Athiya’s not-so-flying career.Athiya Shetty is currently busy shooting for Motichoor Chaknachoor with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. As per a Mumbai Mirror report, a notice has been issued to daddy Suniel Shetty by the producers of the movie Rajesh and Kiran Bhatia, asking him not to interfere. “Mr Suniel Shetty has no right, title and/or interest in the said film and has no capacity or any authority to either directly or indirectly discuss or take any decisions, negotiate, strategise or overlook the edit or in any manner interfere or be involved with the film Motichoor Chaknachoor or with its cast, crews, technical teams or coordinate with the studio involved with the film or its creative and marketing teams or post productions or any person connected or with the trade,” the notice stated.Though the report further states that Suniel Shetty said he would comment later, we wonder, if this is the reason behind Athiya not having too many good offers coming her way. Despite everything that has been going on, we know one thing for sure, that the Shetty girl sure is a brilliant actress and deserves many more good roles in future.last_img read more

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AB de Villiers returning for World Cup South African makes surprise retirement

first_imgAB de Villiers opened up on his international retirement.Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesAB de Villiers has opened up about his international retirement ahead of the World Cup and the former South African captain has revealed why he took the decision to not play for his country in any format so close to the ICC World Cup 2019. De Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on May 23, 2018, but has been plying his trade in the various T20 leagues across the world very successfully. On Saturday, April 13, the South African played a match-winning knock of 59 against Kings XI Punjab to help his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore notch up the first win of their Indian Premier League campaign. Talking at the post-match presentation ceremony, de Villiers said that he quit international cricket because he finds it a major challenge to stay sharp for 11 months after nearly 15 years of playing at the highest level. “That is (being sharp) exactly the reason why I decided not to play international cricket, it’s to be as sharp as I can in other forms of the game around the world. I cannot keep playing 10-11 months a year and keep being sharp after 15 years of international cricket. This kind of tournament, I am playing every now and then, every 2-3 months,” de Villiers said.  AB de Villiers has been in fine form since his international retirement.IANSThis may come as a surprise as de Villiers does not seem to have lost a step. Since retiring, the 35-year-old has played in Mzansi Super League, the Bangladesh Premier League and the Pakistan Super League. De Villiers represented captained Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League wherein he was the team’s second-highest scorer with 282 runs in 10 games at a strike rate of 162. In the BPL, de Villiers played only 6 matches for the Rangpur Riders and scored 247 runs at a strike rate of 168.02 and also scored a century in the tournament. The former South African skipper also said that working with local youngsters back home keeps him motivated and energetic. “It really keeps me energetic. I get to work with university guys back home. With some of the local guys and local youngsters, which really gives me the energy and really motivates me to be better for some of the youngsters back home and be an example for them,” he said.De Villiers also spoke about his former South African teammate Dale Steyn who has joined the RCB ranks after Nathan Coulter-Nile’s participation in the IPL was curtailed due to international commitments and personal reasons. De Villiers said that Steyn is a fantastic human being and the addition of a high-quality cricketer will only boost their ranks. Steyn may wear the RCB jersey for the first time since 2010.MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images”I think it was a fantastic move to get Dale involved, We all know what he’s capable of. One thing is for sure, you’ll get 200 per cent from him. He’ll give his absolute best every single time he bowls for the team and it’s just going to be great to have a guy of that calibre and another great human being in our team,” de Villiers said.Steyn may be involved in the thick of the action as early as tomorrow, April 15, when RCB will take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.last_img read more

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Geek deals Buy a global SIM kit and get free mobile service

first_imgIf you’re in search of a mobile phone service that delivers affordable coverage in over 60 countries, check out today’s deal from FreedomPop. Spend just $1.99 on a SIM card kit, and you’ll get a free selfie stick. Even better, you’ll have access to free voice minutes, text messages, and data.$1.99 for a three-in-one global SIM kit from FreedomPop with free mobile service and a selfie stick If you have an unlocked GSM phone (compatible with AT&T or T-Mobile), you’re likely already compatible with the FreedomPop service. Just order your SIM, pop it in, and you’ll get 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 200MB of data for free every month. And if that’s not quite enough, there are multiple ways to increase your allotment.If you’d like more monthly data, you can simply invite your friends, or complete select promotional offers. Or if you’d prefer, you can simply invest in a higher service tier, and get unlimited text, unlimited talk, and more data for a very reasonable monthly fee. And if you change your mind, you can cancel at any time. You’re not locked into any long-term contract.Just keep in mind that you’ll start off with a free trial of the $19.99 per month tier and the Premium Plus service. If you’d prefer to just use the free basic plan, you’ll need to opt out of both of them before the next billing period.And if you’re switching away from your current mobile plan, you don’t have to give up your existing number. You can simply port your number over to FreedomPop, or start off fresh with a new number. It’s up to you. Terms and restrictions apply. Availability varies based on your geographical location. See FreedomPop’s site for more details.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals on data plans and smartphones, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

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Shaggy In Mortal Kombat Its Time For A HannaBarbera Fighting Game

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Let’s talk about Norville “Shaggy” Rogers from Scooby-Doo. He’s great! He’s got a talking dog. He introduced several generations of children to the idea of a functioning 1970s drug addict. He eats a bunch. He ushered in an era of amazing knock-offs. And he’s been played to perfection by underappreciated actors like Casey Kasem, Billy West, and Matthew Lillard.Shaggy is also the star of a hot new internet meme. After folks dug up this absurd clip of him beating up some bikers, and paired it with Dragon Ball music and sound effects, the new canon is that Shaggy’s cowardice belies the true incalculable strength of a fighting god capable of bending reality with just a fraction of his total power.Shaggy worship became so fervent that soon fans were petitioning his inclusion in the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11. After all, it’s a fighting game published by Warner Bros., so they have the rights to the character. The series has a history of guest characters, albeit ones ones more explicitly violent. And after NetherRealm previously put guests like Hellboy and the Ninja Turtles alongside Superman and Batman in Injustice 2, the sky seemed like the limit when it came to crossover characters.Unfortunately, right now Shaggy appears to be the actual limit. While revealing returning MK11 characters speedster Kabal and bug queen D’Vorah, the team confirmed that “dead meme” Shaggy would not make the cut. This is a bigger crime than denying Waluigi his spot in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. And the best way to rectify it is to finally pull the trigger on a Hanna-Barbera fighting game.Think about it. What makes people love a fighting game? Yeah satisfying competitive mechanics help a lot. But at the end of the day it’s the characters. That’s why fighting games based on other properties are so beloved. They let us bash our Nintendo or Dragon Ball or Power Rangers toys against each other to see who would win in a fight. A good crossover fighting game needs a universe with a diverse roster of icons to pull from. Marvel and DC have that. Capcom and Tatsunoko and Shonen Jump have that.And Hanna-Barbera’s culturally important cost-cutting TV animation, one of the craziest cinematic universes, absolutely has that. Take a look at Boomerang and blow your mind with how many potential amazing characters a Hanna-Barbera fighting game could have. The game would need full-on tag-team battles to do the roster justice.Imagine a team of Shaggy, Space Ghost, and Fred Flintstone vs. Jabberjaw, Harvey Birdman, and that laughing dog from Wacky Races. Finally, we can beat up Yogi Bear’s smug ass. And that’s just if we stay limited to classic Hanna-Barbera characters. 90s Cartoon Network hits like The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, and Dexter’s Laboratory technically fall under the Hanna-Barbera banner, too. Everyone is here!So yeah, if NetherRealm gets tired swapping between Mortal Kombat and Injustice games, WB should let them take a crack at the Hanna-Barbera fighting game we all deserve. Honestly, this wouldn’t even be that big a leap aesthetically after all of these mature Hanna-Barbera comic book reimaginings we’ve been getting these past few years. Or just let Shaggy develop it himself. It would only take 0.42069 percent of his power.For more on Hanna-Barbera insanity check out this WWE/Jetsons crossover and read our pitches for more Flintstones dinosaur slavery appliance ideas.last_img read more

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People prone to guilty feeling may be more trustworthy

first_imgIf you want to identify who is the most trustworthy person in your team, then pick the one who is more prone to feeling guilty, says a study.The findings showed that a person’s tendency to anticipate feeling guilty, which the researchers call “guilt-proneness,” is the strongest predictor of how trustworthy that person is – more so than a variety of other personality traits (extraversion, openness, agreeableness, neuroticism, and conscientiousness). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGuilt-proneness differs from guilt, as it reflects the anticipation of guilt over wrongdoing and causes people to avoid transgressing in the first place. On the other hand, guilt elicits reparative behaviour following a transgression.People who rank high in guilt-proneness feel a greater sense of interpersonal responsibility when they are entrusted, and as such, are less likely to exploit the trust others place in them.”Trust and trustworthiness are critical for effective relationships and effective organisations,” said Emma Levine from University of Chicago. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Individuals and institutions incur high costs when trust is misplaced, but people can mitigate these costs by engaging in relationships with individuals who are trustworthy.”Our findings extend the substantial literature on trust by deepening our understanding of trustworthiness: When deciding in whom to place trust, trust the guilt-prone,” Levine said.For the study, published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the team conducted a series of six studies including economic games and surveys to measure trustworthy behaviour and intentions. They found that individuals who scored high in the personality trait of guilt-proneness returned more money to others than individuals who scored low in guilt-proneness.Further, individuals who were primed to behave responsibly as a result of reading a code of conduct were more likely to return money to others than the individuals who read a passage about the importance of looking out for themselves.”Our research suggests that if you want your employees to be worthy of trust, make sure they feel personally responsible for their behaviour and that they expect to feel guilty about wrongdoing,” Levine said.last_img read more

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