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 What level are most of your client relationships now?What can you do to move these relationships to a healthier place?Whose help do you need?How many of your prospects look like Level 4 candidates to you now? Ever wonder what you get in my Sunday newsletter? Here is an example.I’ve been looking at all kinds of different client relationships. I’ve dropped them into four categories as a way to make it easy to explore what you need to do to improve those relationships—for you and for your clients. As we walk through them here, take a few notes on where your clients fall.Category 1: Not good for you, Not good for your client. These relationships are not good for you or your client. If there is no way to create a healthy, value-creating relationship with a prospective client, then any category 1 deal is only going to cost both of you time and energy.But that’s not where most of these relationships come from. Most of the relationships start out at some higher level and decline to reach this category over time, normally when both parties have become complacent.What are you doing to prevent your relationships from slipping to this level?Category 2: Not good for you, Good for your client. This is where most weak salespeople and weak sales organizations live. They take deals where they can’t command the price they need to deliver, and so always deal with customers who are getting the better end of the deal. These are not relationships of peers, these are subservient relationships. These relationships make you resentful, and in the end, you probably underserve your client and make them resentful.How do you move these relationships to a better level?Category 3: Good for you, Not good for your client. These are not deals where you do good work. These are deals where you do well and your client or customers don’t do well. That is never good.When you create value, you are entitled to capture some part of the value that you create. When you create massive value, you can capture massive value. These are relationships that are all value capture. Ultimately, these will destroy your relationships, your reputation, and your revenue.What do you need to do now to create the value that entitles you to what you are capturing?Category 4: Excellent for you, Excellent for your client. This is the sweet spot. These are the relationships you need to grow and sustain a business. This is where you build customers for life. You create massive value. You capture massive value. You bring growth initiatives to your clients. They challenge you to grow with them.You have to create these relationships by calling on the clients for whom you can create massive value. You have to discover the people within those companies who are mature enough as business people to seek category 4 relationships. You have to develop the initiatives that deliver, and you have to accept the challenge to grow yourself.
Foreign direct investment in India, among the darlings of international investors during the past two years, fell by almost one-third in 2010 to $24 billion. Foreign investors took $2 billion out of the Indian stock market in the first six weeks of 2011, against a record $29 billion in net inflows in 2010. Analysts attribute the decline to rising inflation, currently running at 8 percent, and highly publicized corruption scandals. Foreign investors are shifting to more attractive emerging markets, such as Thailand and Brazil, which experienced a 16 percent growth in FDIs in 2010. Related Items
Pacer S Sreesanth may be brought into the Indian team in place of injured Ashish Nehra for the summit clash against Sri Lanka in the World Cup cricket final in Mumbai on Saturday.Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also issued a veiled warning to the Sri Lankans saying the home team has not played to its fullest potential and “there is plenty to come” and was prepared to take on veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.With swing bowler Ashish Nehra virtually ruled out of the grand finale due to a multiple finger fracture he suffered in the semifinal clash against Pakistan, Dhoni appeared to indicate his preference in the toss up between S Sreesanth and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.”Ashish is most likely ruled out he’s got multiple fracture on one of his fingers,” he said adding that the choice could be between Sreesanth and Ashwin.”If you see the Mumbai track there’s a bit of pace and bounce for the seamers initially and there is a bit of reverse swing going. The third seamer can have an impact on the game.An extra seamer means I am able to manoeuvre the bowlers,” the skipper said at the pre-match press conference,” Dhoni said.The skipper, who had surprised everyone by keeping Ashwin out of the Mohali encounter after his good performance in two matches, said “With a spinner, if you have three spinners along with a part-timer you don’t have room for manoeuvre. But whatever opportunity Ashwin has got, irrespective of where he has fared, he has done really well.advertisement”We have confidence in him but we are not clear about whether to go with three seamers or two seamers and one extra spinner,” he said.Sreesanth had not played after the tournament opener on February 19 against Bangladesh at Mirpur, and asked how he can slip into his groove after such a lengthy absence from the middle, Dhoni said it can be done if one looked at tomorrow’s final as just another game.”Don’t look at it as the final but as another game. Sree has done well for us most of the games he has played, he has done well. He’s one character who can definitely swing the ball and get you early wickets. Choosing one individual over other is difficult but let’s hope whoever gets chosen will perform at his best,” he said.”Unfortunately, we have not been able to give him more chances to play. Even in the first game, he played I thought he did not bowl badly. After that we gave chances to other individuals which I think were needed at that point of time.It’s more about who suits the condition more. Let’s hope whoever plays just performs,” said Dhoni.- With PTI inputs
Nico Rosberg claimed a dominant win in an action-packed Formula One Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his championship lead over Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton, who battled up to seventh with some feisty driving after starting last.Rosberg crossed the line a mammoth 37.7 seconds ahead of German compatriot Sebastian Vettel, who recovered after colliding with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen at the first corner, to claim his third win from three races this season.Daniil Kvyat finished third to score Red Bull their first podium finish since September’s Singapore Grand Prix but the Russian had to defend himself after the race when an angry Vettel blamed him for the collision between the Ferraris.Sunday’s win was the 17th of Rosberg’s career and extends his streak of race victories to six, dating back to last November’s Mexican Grand Prix.The German now leads Hamilton at the top of the standings by 36 points with 18 rounds of a record 21-race season to run.Hamilton, who had started from dead last after failing to set a time in Saturday’s qualifying session due to an engine problem, finished seventh, running into further trouble at the start when he lost his front wing in a first-corner collision.The Briton used some good-old fashioned racing nous and clever strategy from Mercedes to work his way up to third, but his challenge faded in the later stages of the race.Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth. The Australian rocketed off the line from second on the grid and shot past Rosberg into an early lead, but was pushed onto the back foot after being forced into an early stop by a tyre failure.advertisementRaikkonen, who came off worse in the first-corner collision with team mate Vettel, was sixth ahead of Felipe Massa of Williams.Max Verstappen was eighth ahead of Toro Rosso team mate Carlos Sainz, while Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top ten for Williams.The race was interrupted by an early safety car after a series of incidents at the very first corner left debris across the track.The safety car led to a chopping and changing of the order with some drivers choosing to pit even as others stayed out, putting a mix of tyre strategies into play.
Datsun has revealed their all new entry level hatchback, the redi-Go. The redi-Go is based on the same CMFA platform which alliance partner Renault used for the Kwid. However the redi-Go looks and feels different. It sports a rather rakish design which sets it apart from its sibling, the Kwid. Dimensions reveal that the redi-Go is 3.4m in length and sports a wheelbase of 2,430mm. Overall the redi-Go comes with a more proportionate design as compared to its nearest rival.Also Read: Datsun redi-Go unveiled, India launch in June Inside the redi-Go looks cool thanks to a rather rakish dash. The centre console houses the audio system and right below it sit the controls for the aircon. There are also a whole host of cubby holes around the cabin which sure comes handy. The instrument panel is borrowed from the Micra and is quite comprehensive for a car of its size. Datsun is also offering a driver’s side airbag but we expect it to come in only the top variants. As far as space is concerned the redi-Go offers ample headroom thanks to it being rather tall. The boot too is deep and spacious for a car of this class.Also Read: Comparison: Datsun redi-Go vs Alto 800 vs Eon vs Kwid Power comes from a 799cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine which churns out 54bhp and 72Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Expect the redi-Go to be a rather fuel efficient car. Datsun will also offer multiple accessory packages which will be available at dealership and treated as optional extra. So if you like the redi-Go, Datsun will open bookings from May and deliveries will begin in June.advertisement
Like father, like son, eh? It sure looks like in the family of disgraced cricket tycoon Lalit Modi.His son, Ruchir Modi, has made a debut as a game manager. Modi Jr has been crowned as president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA)’s Alwar district.His quiet entry into the RCA came in much the same way that his father had once made. In 2004, Lalit Modi broke into the RCA via his election from Nagore district.According to RCA secretary Somendra Tiwari, Ruchir was named chief of the cricket body’s Alwar zone in a vote on Aug 23.This election was atypical — no media hype, no jamboree.Modi Jr was seen at the RCA’s Jaipur office on July 21. His visit did trigger faint speculations about some activity under way in the cricket association.But his election last month as head of the RCA’s Alwar district has come as a surprise.In order to become eligible to stand from the zone, Ruchir also bought land in Alwar, insiders told India Today.His past association with cricket, sources said, had largely been limited to watching matches in Jaipur along with his father.At present, he is living in Mumbai after having completed his college.Speculation is rife that the young man’s sudden foray into district cricket management was a well-planned tactic to pave the way for him to take control of the RCA, which lost BCCI recognition because of the taint on his father as its president.That way, the state cricket association will then be able to claim the BCCI stamp back, sources say.advertisementIn December 2004, Lalit Modi was elected president of the RCA’s Nagore district.Six months later, he became boss of the state’s cricket association.
Veteran South African player Hashim Amla feels that the IPL has become a lot more accommodating for ‘orthodox’ batsmen like him and says that one can score big runs in T20 format with proper cricketing shots.Kings XI Punjab opener Amla hit a brilliant 104 off just 60 balls, which was studded with five sixes and eight fours, though for a losing cause as his side lost to Gujarat Lions by six wickets on Sunday.As his wont, Amla, a Test-mould player, mostly stuck to traditional cricketing shots to score the ton. This was his second century for KXIP this season, the previous one being against Mumbai Indians.When told that many think T20 cricket is all about hitting fours and sixes almost every ball, Amla said the format forced every player to get a way out to “maximise each ball”.”Everybody who plays T20 cricket has to find a way of how to maximise each ball they faces. You will find many examples of better cricketers who have been successful in T20 cricket without necessarily looking agricultural, as they say. They have played good cricketing shots and managed to get runs,” Amla said at the post-match press conference.”So, I think over the ten years of IPL and T20 cricket around the world, I know it comes up every time someone who has got his runs who is not known or is not a massive six hitter. But this has been happening for many years now. I think guys are becoming a lot more accommodating for players like that,” Amla said.advertisement”Obviously, it is very disappointing to lose, target of 190 was a pretty decent score. But you’ve got to give credit to Gujarat, in the way they came out and they played so positively and managed to kind of negate whatever advantage we had earlier on,” Amla said.KXIP were also sloppy in their fielding, giving two lives to Dwayne Smith, who hit a 39-ball 74 to help Gujarat Lions win the match, but Amla said dropped chances were part of the game.”Dropped catches are part of game, it’s going to happen now and then. Before this game, we have done exceptionally well on the field and had great fielding efforts throughout the campaign. But this is one game when we haven’t been at our best and that happens.”Guys who drop catches, you know how brilliant fielders they are, so it’s only natural that they are allowed to drop couple here and there. But I said it’s part of the game.Unfortunately in this game, it (the result) didn’t go in our favour,” he said.Asked about his side’s inconsistency, Amla said, “We know any team that is going to be successful has to be consistent.I like to think that our bowlers have done exceptional job at times, but you’ve got to get credit to Gujarat. Defending here in Mohali is very difficult, it’s a big field, the wicket was playing pretty good. I will not be too critical about our bowling unit, I like to acknowledge Gujarat’s fine batting display to get to a good score.””We were not at our best against Gujarat. It’s just about finding consistency. We are still in the competition, which is a wonderful thing. If we manage to win the remaining of our games, cause some upsets here and there, then we get to reach the final four,” Amla said, exuding hope that KXIP can still make it to the play-offs.KXIP’s upcoming match will be against Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR openers Sunil Narine (54 of 17 balls) and Chris Lynn (50 from 22 balls) destroyed the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack to seal their eighth win from 12 matches.Asked how would rate KKR, Amla said, “We watched that innings in the change room before we went out to play. It was great to see those guys bat like that. Every ball seemed like either four or a six, which is quite entertaining. In T20 cricket, that’s what happens. There are certain things when you play attacking cricket, you end up with some brilliant performances like these two guys (Narine and Lynn)”.
Kolkata, Oct 25 (PTI) Blaming the elements for the last minute shifting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal between Brazil and England from Guwahati to Kolkata, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) today praised the Assam government for its help during the tournament.LOC Tournament Director Javier Ceppi commended the authorities in Assam for helping the organisers in trying to get the pitch at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium playable, though the match was ultimately taken to Kolkata, fearing that the poor pitch conditions could lead to injury to the players.”…nobody can control the weather and the effects these unforeseen rains had on the Field of Play made it impossible to ensure the safety of players for the scheduled semifinal match. The State Government gave us all its support to try to get the pitch to a playable condition, deploying workforce, manpower, extra equipment and even a helicopter to try to dry out the ground,” Ceppi said in an LOC statement.”Their efforts on this issue were commendable and we feel everyone in the Northeast should be proud of all the measures that Government of Assam put in place to try to resolve this situation,” he added.Ceppi said the organisers were extremely grateful for all the help and support provided by the authorities of Assam.”We have worked with the current authorities from Government of Assam for the past year and a half and they were the reason why Guwahati was chosen as a venue for the FIFA U- 17 World Cup India 2017.advertisement”Their unstinting support and commitment to the event was tremendous and it is fair that they get due acknowledgement and recognition for all the efforts they made to provide all the people of the Northeast the opportunity of enjoying World Cup football in the region,” said Ceppi. “Without the complete support and assurances given by the current authorities of Government of Assam, it would not have been possible to host the tournament in Guwahati. We are sure that with this leadership, Guwahati will keep on competing to become the Sports Capital of India,” he added. PTI PDS CM CM
MLS NYCFC’s 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 03:55 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brad Penner MLS New York City Patrick Vieira has enjoyed two successful seasons in the Bronx, but anything short of a title will be a disappointment for the David Villa-led squad Last summer it didn’t seem like too much of a stretch to see New York City FC as a full-blown MLS Cup contender, if not favorite. David Villa was scoring in bunches, the midfield was clicking, and the defense was holding up well.Then a slump came at the worst possible time, with NYCFC managing just one win in its last seven regular season matches before being eliminated by a red-hot Columbus Crew side in the Eastern Conference playoff semifinals. That sudden slide, and premature exit cast a shadow over what had the makings of a special season.The reality is NYCFC still finished with the second best record in the league, even with the late-season swoon, and Patrick Vieira’s club has been aggressive in revamping its roster to try and close the gap on a Toronto FC squad widely regarded as the best to ever play in MLS. Vieira enters his third season in charge, and finds himself with the deepest and strongest team he has had in New York since his arrival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With key additions like Jesus Medina and Anton Tinnerholm, NYCFC will once again be a title contender, and David Villa and his squad have the weapons to finish the job they fell short of accomplishing a year ago.How did New York City FC perform in 2017?2017 finish: Second in Eastern Conference (16-9-9), lost in the Eastern Conference semifinalsFew teams in MLS were more dangerous when in top form than NYCFC, and Patrick Vieira’s squad hit a good stride during the summer months, posting a pair of wins against the New York Red Bulls, while also defeating the Seattle Sounders. Yankee Stadium was a fortress, with just two losses out of 17 matches. A late-season slide saw the team manage just one win in its final seven regular-season matches, form that proved costly in the playoff loss to the Crew.New York City FC’s key offseason lossesJack Harrison enjoyed a breakout 2017, and figured to be a big part of NYCFC’s plans this season, but that was before interest in his services reached a fever pitch in England. Manchester City’s transfer acquisition of Harrison sets up NYCFC to land a significant transfer windfall if he is sold again this summer.Harrison is the only key starter who left the team this winter. Defenders Ethan White and Frederic Brillant saw significant minutes last season, but that was more down to injuries. They are both gone, as are forwards Sean Okoli and Khiry Shelton, with Shelton having been traded away after having been the first draft pick in NYCFC history.Andrea Pirlo retiring wasn’t exactly a surprise, and as much as the Italian legend was beloved by fans, he provided little in 2017.New York City FC’s key offseason additionsYoung Paraguayan winger Jesus Medina arrives with plenty of hype as one of the better young prospects in South America. The 20-year-old steps right into the starting right wing role vacated by Jack Harrison, and NYCFC will be banking on that swap being an upgrade.A move that could be just as important, but isn’t generating much attention, is the signing of Anton Tinnerholm. The reigning Swedish League defender of the year steps in and provides a significant upgrade at right back, a position NYCFC filled with patchwork solutions last season.Revamping the team’s forward depth was a priority, and Swedish striker Jo Inge Berget will be called on to provide support behind David Villa. Ismael Tajouri offers some depth on the wings, while former VfB Stuttgart Ebenezer Ofori will offer a strong challenge to Alexander Ring and Yangel Herrera in the defensive midfield slots.Benin international Cedric Hountondji steps in and gives NYCFC some needed depth in central defense, while Saad Abdul-Salaam arrives from Sporting Kansas City to provide depth at right back.Full New York City FC roster entering 2018 seasonGoalkeepers: Jeff Caldwell, Sean Johnson, Andre Rawls, Brad StuverDefenders: Saad Abdul-Salaam, Kwame Awuah, Alexander Callens, Maxime Chanot, Cedric Hountondji, Ronald Matarrita, Ben Sweat, Anton TinnerholmMidfielders: Yangel Herrera, Thomas McNamara, Jesus Medina, Maxi Moralez, Ebenezer Ofori, Alexander Ring, James Sands, Rodney WallaceForwards: Jo Inge Berget, Jonathan Lewis, Ismael Tajouri, David VillaNew York City FC’s projected starting lineupFrom a talent standpoint, there are few starting lineups in the league as balanced as NYCFC’s, but what stands out this year compared to last year is the depth the team has added at multiple positions. Left back Sweat and right back Abdul-Salaam could start for some teams in MLS, but they are the backups on a team with two international starters.Bringing back Herrera for a second year was huge, with the Venezuelan having impressed in his first season. He will have some competition for playing time with veteran midfielder Ofori. An injury-hit season left Matarrita on the sidelines for most of what was supposed to be a breakout season, but it was instead a big year for Sweat, who thrived in Matarrita’s place. Now fully healthy, Matarrita should retain his former job.Another area of depth that Vieira will love is at forward, where Norwegian striker Berget should give his coach the option to play him alongside Villa, as well as allowing Villa to cut down some of his minutes to keep him fresh for the full season.Former first-round pick Lewis should some impressive flashes as a rookie in 2017, and it will be interesting to see how he develops, and if he can push for more minutes.New York City FC’s national TV coverageSporting Kansas City vs. New York City FC – Sunday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1New York City FC vs. Orlando City – Saturday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UnivisionSan Jose Earthquakes vs. New York City FC – Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2Atlanta United vs. New York City FC – Sunday, April 15, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1Portland Timbers vs. New York City FC – Sunday, April 22, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC – Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. ET on ESPNLos Angeles FC vs. New York City FC – Sunday, May 13, at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1Houston Dynamo vs. New York City FC – Friday, May 25, at 9 p.m. ET on UniMasNew York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls – Sunday, July 8, at 7 p.m. ET on FS1Orlando City vs. New York City FC – Thursday, July 26, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNSeattle Sounders vs. New York City FC – Sunday, July 29, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNToronto FC vs. New York City FC – Sunday, August 12, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNNew York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls – Wednesday, August 22, at 7 p.m. ET on FS1New York City FC. vs. D.C. United – Saturday, September 8, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UniMas
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Angel Gomes deserved chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Angel Gomes deserved his chance last week.Gomes featured in victory over Huddersfield.Solskjaer said, “It sends a signal to the boys that ‘you are close’, because they are. “They’ve done really well in training. When you get the chance to put a player out there for 15 minutes at Old Trafford to give him that experience, Angel was, of course, the one I wanted to put on. And we probably would have still done it if we’d needed a goal, as well, because he’s that sharp.”
Liverpool hero Hamann: I wanted to join Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has admitted that he wanted to join Arsenal instead of the Reds!The German defensive midfielder played over 200 games for the club in the early 2000s.But when he left Newcastle in 1999, Hamann has revealed that his first choice was to go to Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.It is understandable, given the Gunners were competing for Premier League titles in those years.However, Hamann told The Athletic that he never got any serious interest from Arsenal, which meant that Liverpool was his best option for a step up from Newcastle.He signed for the club in an £8 million deal under Gerard Houiller and became a mainstay in the team for the next seven years. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know In the battle to find the happy medium between comfort and formality in menswear, hundreds try, but few succeed.The team at Vancouver B.C.’s Dish & Duer have come to market with a breakthrough at this very intersection with a fabric called Nature2X.The material was developed in an effort to build sweat pant comfort into woven/twill fabrics that most causal pants are made out of. Ironically enough, they’re calling it the “No Sweat Pant” – inspired by the desire to need just one pair of pants for anything life throws at you. After returning from this year’s Outdoor Retailer show, I had an opportunity to test out a pair around Portland and I have to say I was very impressed. The pant material is soft to the touch and the 19 percent polyester blended in with a bit of spandex gives it the perfect stretch.My olive green pair went on several mornings at 8:00 am and worked right through the day between meetings, coffee shops and a couple post-work happy hours. Even more so than pants twice the cost, this material moves with you effortlessly.I also appreciated the contrasting inner material, which makes for a very handsome cuff. Being a short guy, I typically have to cuff anything off the shelf, No Sweat Pants included. However, this cuff looks great in its off-green shade and the material actually flexes nicely as to hold the cuff’s shape rather than droop over sneakers.I’m looking forward to breaking these in more and seeing how they handle through the rigors of travel. (I could easily see these pants becoming my new airplane go-to.)Some get the pattern down, but lack wearability. Others create a comfortable jean, but the silhouette isn’t flattering and you could never get away with it in a business meeting.As an added bonus, these pants are designed with special fibers (including one derived from the Eucalyptus plant) to be anti-microbial and anti-odor. Anything with less added maintenance is fine by me.Dish & Duer have found that sweet spot where premium and functionality exist. With more colors, washes, and fabric technologies planned in the coming months, there’s an opportunity for everyone to jump on the No Sweat Pant bandwagon.You can get your own pair here. What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts
Mumbai: The rupee depreciated by 17 paise to 71.95 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday, tracking weak domestic equity market and persistent foreign fund outflows. Pessimism over US-China trade talks prospects also put pressure on the domestic unit, forex dealers said. However, a weak dollar against other major currencies overseas and softening crude prices restricted the rupee’s fall, they added. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened weak at 71.96 and fell further to 72.05 against the US dollar. The domestic currency, however, pared some losses and was trading at 71.95. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The rupee fell 29 paise to close at 71.77 against the US dollar on Wednesday. The BSE Sensex was trading 215.51 points, or 0.58 per cent, lower at 37,236.33, while the broader Nifty fell 58.90 points, or 0.53 per cent, to 10,987.20 in early trade. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 935.27 crore on Wednesday, as per provisional data. Meanwhile, investors remained edgy over concerns about developments in the China-US trade talks. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, declined 0.63 per cent to USD 60.11 per barrel. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.02 per cent to 98.19. The 10-year government bond yield was up at 6.57 per cent in morning trade
OTTAWA – Canada and Saskatchewan seem headed to a legal showdown over whether the federal government can force provinces to impose a carbon tax.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last fall he wants every province and territory to have a $10 a tonne price on carbon in place by 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022. Trudeau said if they didn’t do it themselves, he would do it for them.Saskatchewan Environment Minister Scott Moe told The Canadian Press on Thursday his province will never let that happen. A $50 a tonne carbon tax would amount to $2.5 billion in Saskatchewan, he said, and that’s a cost its export-based economy cannot bear.“We’ll use everything in our disposal to not have that cost imposed on industries here in the province of Saskatchewan and that may include going to a court of law,” he said.Eleven provinces and territories agreed to the carbon price plan in December, when they signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.Saskatchewan and Manitoba did not.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna told The Canadian Press this week negotiations with the two have continued.“We’re always having good discussions with them and, to be honest, they agree with most parts of the framework, so I’m optimistic,” she said.Manitoba is working on a carbon plan, but Premier Brian Pallister has said his priority is a better deal on health care. A spokesman for Pallister did not respond this week when asked whether Manitoba will sign the framework now.Moe said his government will cut emissions through innovation and technological advances in areas such as carbon capture and storage and renewable energy production.The federal government has never specified when in 2018 the price has to be in place or exactly how it intends to impose a carbon price in provinces which don’t do it on their own. A spokeswoman for McKenna said Thursday the federal backstop plan to impose a carbon tax on any jurisdiction without one will be ready in a few weeks.British Columbia and Alberta already have carbon taxes in place. Ontario and Quebec have cap-and-trade systems under which governments set a cap on emissions. Companies with lower emissions can sell credits to those with higher emissions.Both systems are designed to provide financial incentives to encourage people to find ways to cut their own emissions.Nova Scotia intends to create its own cap-and-trade system and the other three Atlantic provinces are now looking at whether or not to join it.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.
VANCOUVER – Voters in British Columbia go to the polls on Tuesday. Here are 10 things to know about B.C. politics:— The Liberals have been in power since 2001, but Christy Clark didn’t become premier until 2011.— John Horgan was acclaimed NDP leader three years ago and first won a legislature seat in 2005.— Green Leader Andrew Weaver was part of a group of scientists who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for their work on climate change.— This election has 87 seats up for grabs, but at dissolution the Liberals held 47 seats in the legislature, the NDP 35, and there were three Independents including Weaver, the first Green to be elected to the house.— The Liberals are promising a personal income tax freeze, a cut to the small business tax, and four more balanced budgets on top of the five straight they have already recorded.— The NDP would increase the corporate tax rate, bring in $10-a-day childcare and give renters a $400 annual rebate.— The Greens say they would overhaul the tax system to pay for spending on childcare, education, public health and the environment.— The Liberal Party of British Columbia is not affiliated with the Liberal Party of Canada and describes itself as “a made-in-B.C. free enterprise coalition.”— The last time B.C. had a minority government was in 1952, one of only three in the province’s history.— The NDP was in power from 1991 to 2001 after defeating Social Credit and had four different party leaders during their time in office.
Casablanca — Morocco’s real estate developer Adoha has now stated its support for Saad Lamjarred “during this painful and difficult time.”Adoha was asked about poster ads featuring Saad Lamjarred last week, after they were removed a few days following the singer’s arrest in Paris on charges of of “aggravated sexual assault.” When asked if the removal meant anything, the company’s communications manager, Ouidad Melhaf, stated that “it has nothing to do [with his arrest]” and that the removal of posters featuring the singer simply “coincided with the end of the contract between Adoha and the star.”While the earlier statement was neutral regarding Adoha’s support (or lack thereof) of the singer, it seems the company is now choosing to take a clear stance on the matter, as is reflected by an Adoha editor’s note published on November 4. “Mr. Saad Lamjarred is still a representative figure of the Adoha group,” says the note. The removal of the posters have “nothing to do with the problems that Mr. Saad Lamjarred has encountered,” adds the statement.“Adoha would like to reiterate its support for Saad Lamjarred during the painful and difficult time he is experiencing,” it concluded.Though the French justice system has yet to make a decision regarding Lamjarred’s implication in a serious charge of “aggravated sexual assault,” Adoha’s does not seem quite so unsure about Lamjarred’s innocence.
Rabat – Morocco’s aeronautic industry is growing exponentially thanks to its proximity to Europe, low labor costs, and political stability.Since 2001, the Moroccan aeronautics sector has seen a remarkable and considerable growth.From 2001 to 2011, the number of companies active in the aeronautics industry increased from 10 to more than 100. Total employees increased from only 300 to more than 10,000 with a total sales of over $1 billion, according to the Moroccan Agency of Investment and Development (AMDI). In 2016, Morocco’s Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy said, “The Moroccan aeronautics industry has seen … huge growth these last few years. The sector has multiplied by six in 10 years.”Morocco now has 130 aeronautics companies.Morocco’s strategic location gives it access to Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Africa. This advantage has made the North African country a favorite destination for big international aircraft manufacturers, such as Bombardier, Boeing, and Safran.In September 2016, the American Boeing company announced plans to create a “Boeing industrial ecosystem” in Morocco to attract 120 suppliers for Morocco’s aeronautics exports, generating $1 billion and creating more than 8,200 jobs.“Through our business in Casablanca, we have already seen with our own eyes the unique opportunities offered by Morocco to aeronautics subcontractors in terms of cost effectiveness, all while producing quality products,” said Boeing Vice Chairman Raymond Conner.The Seattle-based aerospace company has settled in Morocco since 2001.Boeing also has a joint venture with France’s Safran in Casablanca to build aerospace parts such as wire bundles and harnesses for aircraft makers like Boeing and Airbus.According to Safran’s general delegate in Morocco, Hamid Benbrahim El Andaloussi, “Morocco is now regarded as one of the most aeronautical platforms in the region. It is, without question, the most competitive aeronautical base in the natural extension of Europe.”Safran has been operating in Morocco for more than 15 years with more than 2,700 employees in seven companies and joint ventures. Safran’s companies in Morocco involved in activities such as aeronautical cabling, thrust reversers and nacelles, engineering, and engineering maintenance.The company’s employees are primarily young people in their 20s, of which 70 percent are young women. Women make up 40 percent of the managing staff.Bombardier has plans to invest $200 million in Morocco by 2020 and create 850 direct jobs and 4,400 indirect jobs.In July 2014, US-based Alcoa Aerospace also announced that “it would invest €4.6m in a production unit in Midparc specialising in fastening systems for the aerospace industry,” reported Oxford Business Group.“Bombardier’s Moroccan facility today produces wing components, slats, ailerons, winglets, flaps, fuselage parts, fuselages, nose extensions, doors, floors, nacelles, and subassemblies for various programs of regional aircraft and business jets,” a Moroccan Bombardier spokeswoman told the aviation outlet AIN in July.Bombardier is the world’s third-largest aerospace and transportation manufacturer, based in Montreal. In 2014, the company built an aerospace-manufacturing facility in Morocco.Great logistics, stable economic environmentMorocco boasts of many economic free zones which provide an important platform for Morocco’s growing aeronautics sector. These include Casablanca’s Aeropole Nouaceur and Midparc free zones, in addition to zones with aerospace facilities in Tangier; Kenitra, north of Rabat; Oujda, in northeast Morocco; and Sale, near Rabat.Midparc’s Director General Aref Hassani told Morocco World News that there are 16 companies such as Hexcel, Stelia (an Airbus company), Arconic (an Alcoa company), Eaton, and Thaler which are operational in the Midparc free zone, in addition to 2 companies “under study before construction.”Hassani added that among the 16 companies, 12 are French, 3 are American, and 1 is Canadian.Foreign direct investment website fDi Intelligence ranked Casablanca among the 15 aerospace cities of the future in 2016, and 6th in the top 10 aerospace cities “in terms of cost-effectiveness.” Morocco is situated only 14 kilometers south of Europe, across the Mediterranean, with much lower labor costs.According to Midparc, Morocco is a “competitive platform for export” with an average monthly wage of $327, which is “almost ten times lower than in Spain.”In its 2018 Investment Climate Statement, the US Department of State wrote, “Morocco enjoys political stability, robust infrastructure, and a strategic location, which are helping it emerge as a regional manufacturing and export base for international companies.”In the World Bank’s most recent Doing Business report for 2018, Morocco ranked 69th worldwide. Morocco scored 67.91 points with a more favorable business climate than that of neighboring countries in North Africa, such as Tunisia (88th), Egypt (128th), and Algeria (166th).The report also stated that Morocco’s scoring enabled it to rise to the third position in the MENA region behind the UAE (21st) and Bahrain (66th). Among African countries, Morocco also took third place, behind Mauritius (25th) and Rwanda (41st).Training centers to meet needs of aeronautics industryTraining centers are part of Morocco’s plan to boost its attractiveness for aeronautical industry investments. Morocco boasts of an Aeronautics Professions Institute (IMA), which the Group of Moroccan Aviation and Aerospace Industrialists (GIMAS) established in partnership with the Moroccan government.The center, near Casablanca’s international airport, was inaugurated in 2011 and provides Moroccan aeronautical companies with a skilled workforce and human resources.Before 2011, Morocco never had any specialized centers for training technicians and operators , said El Andaloussi, president of IMA.“IMA’s medium-term objective is to train 800 persons per year in aviation and aerospace professions thanks to a tool of international standards in place as a result of a partnership between GIMAS, the UIMM (Union of Metallurgical Profession Industries) and the state of Morocco,” Midparc said.In September, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani inaugurated the Moroccan Private Aviation Academy (MAPA) in Benslimane, near Rabat.El Othmani said that the school will meet the growing needs of the aviation industry and will train pilots and aviation maintenance technicians.MAPA received the national license for airline pilot training and the EASA European Approval for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians.
With Tajikistan facing the harshest winter in three decades amid severe shortages of water and gas supplies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has rushed in emergency supplies to meet immediate critical needs.“Our immediate concern right now is to urgently provide life-saving measures and assistance to children and women,” said Ruth Leano, UNICEF’s Deputy Representative, in Tajikistan.Half of the estimated 7 million people affected by the crisis are children, close to 1 million of them under the age of five, when they are most vulnerable. Since the onset of the severe weather and the energy shortage over the past weeks, UNICEF has delivered emergency health kits, jerry cans, baby blankets, hygiene sets, high protein biscuits, and generators to child and maternity hospitals and residential child care institutions in Tajikistan.The agency said that all 3,800 primary schools and 400 kindergartens have almost no, or very limited, heating.Tajikistan’s Ministry of Health reports that acute respiratory infections including pneumonia have increased by two-fold and maternal mortality has also doubled in comparison with the same period last year. There are reports of some newborn deaths in maternity departments of hospitals owing to electricity cuts and the cold weather. 13 February 2008With Tajikistan facing the harshest winter in three decades amid severe shortages of water and gas supplies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has rushed in emergency supplies to meet immediate critical needs.
A national football powerhouse such as Ohio State expects to win every game. This is a stark difference from the aura that surrounds the Eastern Michigan program. The Eagles have lost 15 straight games. In the time since Eastern Michigan’s last victory, Barack Obama was inaugurated, LeBron James “took his talents to South Beach” and the Jersey Shore became a popular tourist site. The last time OSU lost consecutive games was in 2004, when they lost to Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa. That was the last season in which OSU did not play in a BCS bowl game. Safety Tyler Moeller doesn’t care that Eastern Michigan has not won since Nov. 28, 2008. “Any team can beat us any day,” Moeller said. “Ohio University proved that in 2008. They gave us a great game. We need to play our game every week and not let go of the throttle.” Are the Eastern Michigan Eagles really as bad as they seem? The team is led by senior linebackers Neal Howey and Tim Fort, who are both in the top five in tackles in the Mid-American Conference. Second-year coach Ron English, former defensive coordinator at Michigan under Lloyd Carr, leads a team that is predominately underclassmen. “He knows us better than his players know us, having been on Lloyd’s staff for all those years, coaching the secondary there at Michigan, and he knew the challenge when he took over,” said OSU coach Jim Tressel. Five of Eastern Michigan’s 15 consecutive losses have come in games decided by a touchdown or less. The Eagles’ losing streak is currently second behind Western Kentucky’s 23-game drought. Despite the disparity in team success, the message in the OSU locker room is quite simple. “We can’t have any letdowns,” defensive end Cameron Heyward said.