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first_imgShoaib Akhtar and Virender Sehwag said nobody has the right to question players’ families if the team did not do well on the field. Several fans had targeted Sania Mirza after she was seen having a late dinner with husband and Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik.Videos and photos of the couple at a shisha bar went viral on social media a day after Pakistan lost their 7th match in World Cup history to India.Pakistan actress Veena Malik was among several online who hit out at Sania Mirza for dining with her husband and new-born son days before the India-Pakistan game.”Sania, I am actually so worried for the kid. You guys took him to a sheesha place isn’t it Hazardious? Also as far as I know Archie’s is all about junk food which isn’t good for athletes/Boys. You must know well as you are mother and athlete yourself?,” Veena Malik had said in a tweet.Sania Mirza responded to her tweet and said she was neither the Pakistan cricket team’s dietician not their mother and reminded Veena Malik that she cared more about her own son than anyone else.Legendary Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar said he did not understand why some Pakistani fans chose to blame Sania Mirza for the defeat: “People are blaming Sania Mirza (for Pakistan’s defeat). Pakistan fans are saying she was the reason for the defeat. What is her fault?”She sometimes has to fend off (online) attacks from Indians or Pakistanis. Now the Pakistanis are after her.. they are asking her why she went there.advertisement”Shoaib Malik is her husband. They went to have a meal together.. what wrong did they do?,” Akhtar said.Virender Sehwag, who joined Shoaib Akhtar on his YouTube channel said nobody had the right to talk about players’ personal lives if the team did not do well.”I don’t think you can connect personal life to their professional careers. I had said this before as well when Virat Kohli got out and Anushka Sharma was there to watch the match. I said you cannot comment on anyone’s family.. no matter how emotional you are about your team and your players but you cannot go into their personal life.”No one has the right(to do that). Sania Mirza and Malik where they go, what they eat and where they go.. no one can interfere there. It is his (Malik’s) life.. he has to prepare himself for an India-Pakistan match and it is his wish how he wants to prepare.. let him prepare anyway he wants to.”No one should raise questions on that. There are guys who cannot sleep till 6 AM.. there are others who go out till 6 AM.. I don’t see the problem in that.”It’s okay to say Shoaib Malik is not scoring runs and he should be dropped. But why raise questions on the fact that he went out to have dinner with his wife and he came back late?,” Sehwag said.Also Read | I’m not Pakistan team’s dietician nor mother: Sania Mirza responds to scathing attack from Veena MalikAlso Read | Don’t use bad words: Mohammad Amir pleads with Pakistan fans after India defeatAlso Seelast_img read more


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first_imgWolves captain Coady: Past week among best of careerby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says the past week was one of the best of his career.The men in old gold won three matches in nine days going into the international break, including eye-catching victories at Besiktas and Manchester City. Coady told the club’s website: “We won’t forget it. It was an amazing week for this football club, we beat Watford, went to Besiktas and put the effort in with such a small squad, and then went to the home of the champions and put in a brilliant performance.“It was massive for us because a lot of people spoke, saying how we started slow, but we were learning. A lot of players haven’t played in the Europa League before, we’ve had an awful lot of games, and the most important thing was we were listening to the manager after every game and learning. We’ve got a break, which we need, but we’ll move on as soon as possible.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Stop the presses: Alabama football has landed a five-star defensive lineman. Chris Braswell, the No. 1 defensive end in the class of 2020 and a five-star prospect, just committed to play for Nick Saban.Braswell stars for St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He is the second-ranked Maryland player in the class.247Sports ranks him No. 19 overall among 2020 recruits.Chris Braswell announced his Alabama football commitment today.He made the pledge via Twitter:COMMITED ⚪️? #ROLLTIDE? pic.twitter.com/X9TlUiaiQM— Chris Braswell (@Chrisbras410) November 25, 2018Braswell was in Tuscaloosa over the weekend to take in the Iron Bowl. After his commitment, he discussed the decision with 247Sports:“I have a good relationship with the coach and I feel like I fit will into the system and the history of the school,” Braswell told BamaOnLine as to why he decided on the Tide.With the commitment, Alabama’s 2020 class jumps up to No. 1 in the country, joining the top-ranked 2019 recruiting class.The 2018 recruiting cycle was the first in some time that Alabama failed to finish with the top overall class. With the two classes that Nick Saban has right now, don’t expect that to become a trend.[247Sports]last_img read more


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first_imgzoom Salvors from Svitzer managed to board the grounded car carrier ‘Hoegh Osaka’ yesterday, the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency said in an update.  The car carrier ‘Hoegh Osaka’ remains grounded on the Bramble Bank in the Solent listing at 45 degrees.The car carrier was grounded deliberately in the Solent on Saturday evening, January 3rd having suffered a heavy list after leaving Southampton Port.There remains no reported pollution from the vessel and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Counter Pollution Team plan to continue to monitor the vessel which is assessed as being stable.Salvage plans are being developed by Svitzer and will be reviewed by the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage & Intervention, (SOSREP), the Coastguard Agency added.For safety reasons there is a 200 metre exclusion zone around the grounded vessel and a 1 mile and 2,000 ft air exclusion zone.According to the latest update, there was no impact on vessels transiting the Solent as the vessel is not within a shipping channel.The following video shows a recreation by SRT Marine Technology, a UK-based AIS technology firm, utilizing their GeoVS Dynamic 3D Viewer, of the movements of the Höegh Osaka after she left Southampton followed by deliberate grounding on Brambles Bank.Image: MCA, Video: SRT Marine Technologylast_img read more


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first_img accept money in advance for pre-arranged funerals sell or offer to sell insurance-funded pre-arranged funerals. Service Nova Scotia is making Nova Scotians aware of unlicensed activity at a Bedford funeral home. Trevor Tracey, the owner of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, pled guilty to a charge under the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act on Thursday, Aug. 3, and must pay a fine of $1,500. Mr. Tracey was charged with accepting money in advance for pre-arranged funerals without holding a licence to sell them. Service Nova Scotia staff assisted Halifax Regional Police in successfully laying the charge. In addition to a funeral home licence, funeral homes must hold a separate licence to sell pre-arranged funeral plans if they want to do either of the following: If the funeral home does not hold the proper licence, this could mean that when a purchaser passes away, there could be no money set aside to cover the cost of their funeral. Service Nova Scotia urges Nova Scotians looking to pre-arrange a funeral to only work with licensed sellers and to always check the licensing status before paying any money or entering into a contract. If Nova Scotians are concerned about unlicensed activity, they are encouraged to contact the department at 1-800-670-4357, or visit https://novascotia.ca/sns/access/individuals/know-your-rights.asp.last_img read more


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first_imgPakistan unsurprisingly occupies a predominant place on our foreign policy turf for the reason that our approach to this hostile neighbour is impacted not only by India’s strategic partnership with the US but also by the state of our bilateral relations with Russia and China and the consistent stand India had taken against terror in spite of the uncertainties that had lately cropped up around the ‘war on terror’. In the context of the political narrative that the opposition in India has generated in the aftermath of India’s recent air strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp at Balakot in Pakistan — wherein the virtues of talking to a ‘neighbour’ are invoked — our policymakers need to make it clear that India’s problem is with the deep state of Pakistan, not with the people of that country. India-Pakistan relations are not about ‘people-to-people contact’ anymore, linked as they are to the challenge of dealing with a regime under the effective control of a hostile army that gave no space to the people’s voice. In any case, substantial chunks of the population there are now either under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists and the hardened Ulema or are swayed by the anti-India tirade of the extremely communal elite that had entrenched itself in the body politic of that country. The anti-India legacy of Partition is kept alive by them, particularly after the creation of Bangladesh, and this sustains the overriding hold of the Pakistan army as the ‘saviour’ of their country. What is truly alarming from India’s point of view is that the firm collaboration existing between the army and the Islamic militants in Pakistan has now acquired domestic legitimacy in that country. This has enabled Pakistan’s rulers to survive the criticism of the democratic world against Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists across the Islamic spectrum — ranging from the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), JeM and the Hizbul Mujahideen — as also the American pressure on the Pakistan Army not to play a duplicitous role on the Afghan front. Pakistan is shrewdly aware of its geopolitical importance for the US, Russia and China and is deftly positioning itself as a helping hand for them. American President Donald Trump wants Pakistan to facilitate the American pull-out from Afghanistan, the oldest theatre of the ‘war on terror’, and smoothen the path of restoration of a peaceful regime there even with the participation of Taliban in that experiment. Russia and China want Pakistan on their side in the matter of keeping their own Muslim lands insulated from external instigation from Islamic extremists. In the Cold War era, Pakistan operating through Afghanistan as a Western ally caused faith-based insurgency to grow in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang. Pakistan is watching the Afghan scene with smugness over the fact of some levers being in its hands and is prepared to go along with the US initiatives in Afghanistan provided India was kept out of the frame there. India has to watch out for Pakistan trying to use whatever support it can muster for building a case for resumption of the India-Pakistan dialogue. Playing the underdog, Pakistan has cleverly asked China to give up its technical objection to the UN move against Masood Azhar in return for a guarantee of ‘de-escalation’ from India. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a display of cussedness that is easily traceable to his army, responded to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s message of greetings on Pakistan Day in a way that speaks for itself. Modi’s message had conveyed India’s hope that the two countries would work for creating a climate free of terrorism but Imran’s reply abstained from making any mention of terror emanating from his soil and blandly asked for resumption of dialogue to discuss the ‘core issue’ of Jammu and Kashmir and other matters. Pakistan is brazening out the situation of potential isolation it finds itself in after the Indian air strike at Balakot received validation from the world community — Pakistan’s plea that the militant outfits were not under its control gave a moral justification to the Indian operation. None of this, however, is keeping Pakistan from relentlessly trying to get India to climb down from its declared policy that ‘terror and talks do not go together’. It would be prudent for India’s strategic planners to presume that the advantage India presently has over Pakistan is not static and that a combination of factors already seen on the horizon will tend to bail out Pakistan on the issue of cross border terrorism against India. Pakistan’s deep state cannot be pressured beyond a point to sever its political links with forces within the country that used the call of ‘defence of Islam’ or jihad to fight an identified enemy, since in Islam the faith embraces the entire life of the individual — personal, social and political. Also, a major source of sustenance for Pakistan is the implied support it will always get in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) led by Saudi Arabia which runs on the philosophy that ‘Quran was the best Constitution’ and does not regard a democratic state as being any better than an Islamic state. The secular character of the Indian state has not come in the way of Imran Khan’s regime trying to fish in the troubled waters of our domestic politics in the run-up to the general election here. Imran Khan has again insinuated that the Modi regime was not resuming talks with Pakistan because of electoral politics. If Pakistan gets a strategic advantage in Afghanistan it will use it against India. The US policymakers are not doing much to keep India as a stakeholder in the future set up of Afghanistan. American negotiator Zalmay Khalizad has been talking to the Taliban behind the back of Ashraf Ghani’s regime with which India has a good equation. The Taliban is not prepared to have anything to do with the legitimate Afghan government and is keeping up the pressure of violence to dictate terms in the negotiations. The US may pull out of Afghanistan on a half-baked deal which will benefit Pakistan, not India. Our defences on the western front will have to be strengthened to deal with an escalated proxy offensive of Pakistan in Kashmir in case the Pakistan-supported Taliban get into a position of power in Afghanistan. In the situation obtaining after the Balakot episode, Pakistan is shifting the onus for initiating a conventional war onto India without at the same time relaxing on its planned covert offensive in Kashmir to keep what it calls the ‘core issue’ between India and Pakistan in the focus of the world attention. In the mean time, it is hoping that after its wishy-washy attempts to show that action was being taken against the LeT and JeM, international opinion would gravitate towards the idea of resumption of India-Pakistan talks. Pakistan’s deep state is now too involved and collusive towards Islamic militants of all shades to give up on them as instruments of state policy. India is exposed to the unceasing attempts of Pakistan to exploit India’s domestic scene for spreading radicalisation here. India is rightly going ahead with its plans of modernising its defence forces and building capacities in missile and space technologies but the lasting threat nearer home is from the enlarging faith-based militancy emanating from the large Muslim world around us. The values of democracy in India need to be protected against the subversive violence whipped up in the name of religion and beamed at us from across the borders. This long-range threat to our security should be kept above party politics. (The writer is a former Director, Intelligence Bureau. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


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Members of the Brock community are invited to join the University’s suicide prevention team by getting QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training.QPR is a one-hour suicide intervention training course that helps you recognize the warning signs of suicidal behaviour. It also teaches you how to think and act when someone you know might be considering suicide and lets you know who to contact to prevent a possible tragedy.The training is offered at the Focus on Learning site. Sessions being offered are:Thursday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m. to 12 noonThursday, March 1, 12 noon to 1 p.m.Tuesday, April 10 from 1 to 2 p.m.


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Pet stores are seeing an influx of anxious customers wondering if they should switch up their dog’s food after a U.S. report raised the possibility of a link between certain brands and a serious heart condition.Proprietors say they understand the concerns, and are trying to assuage those fears with facts and prevent owners from shifting to poorer quality kibble.“I’m taking it very seriously because obviously people are worried about their pets,” said Ruth Heathcote, owner of Wag on the Danforth in Toronto.“But having looked at the studies and having read them, I know it’s a potential and an if.”The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an update in late June to its ongoing investigation into a potential connection between dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and their diets. In the report, the FDA released for the first time 16 brands named most frequently in DCM cases reported to it.The majority of cases reported using products that were grain free, and contained either peas or lentils, or both. The FDA does not suggest avoiding certain brands or diets, and said any possible link “is a complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors.”Natacha Santos, manager of The Dog Market pet store in Toronto, said people come in every day to ask staff for advice on the issue.“I haven’t met a customer that isn’t confused,” she said, explaining that many have seen sensational headlines or media reports that failed to explain the number of cases in the report make up a small percentage of all dogs in America and that it doesn’t directly link the disease to any specific brand.Several pet shops have been keeping their customers informed via social media. Bones Pet Stores in Vancouver noted on its Facebook page that “we have received a number of questions” about the report and linked to the FDA’s question-and-answer page on the topic.The Dog Market held staff meetings to discuss the situation, and all of its staff read the FDA’s 77-page report, as well as detailed reports from the manufacturers to ensure they’re armed with answers, Santos said.It and Wag stand by the brands they choose to sell, which include some of the 16 brands the FDA identified. Fromm, for example, is Wag’s biggest seller, said Heathcote, who feeds her dog the brand’s grain-free option and does not intend to stop.Heathcote and Santos said they do their best to explain the report to customers with questions, but sometimes dog owners will still want to switch.Heathcote suggests a grain-inclusive formula, which has less of the ingredients red flagged by the FDA. She had one customer switch from Fromm’s grain-free line to its inclusive one.At The Dog Market, staff guided some customers through similar swaps, and others to a completely different brand, Santos said.“I want the customers to feel comfortable,” she said. “So if they are nervous, we will do whatever we can to make them not feel nervous.”What she doesn’t want is for customers to move from a good quality brand to a poorer quality one.Small Wonders Pets, another Toronto store that is posting updates on its social media channels, told concerned customers who may wish to switch their dog to a grain-inclusive product that it has many options.“We are here to support any decision you make as a pet owner,” it posted on its Facebook page.The Dog Market plans to continue selling the same brands — whether or not they were mentioned in the FDA report.“I’m not going to drop the brand… That wouldn’t be fair either,” said Santos, comparing it to sending someone to jail without going through due process.Heathcote said sales will dictate which brands she stocks. However, she doesn’t plan to shake things up.“I don’t sell anything that I wouldn’t feed my own animals.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more


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“There is a fear that half of the fully destroyed houses (approximately 500 houses) will not be rebuilt before the winter begins,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. “If this were to occur, it would have serious humanitarian consequences, which is the reason for this appeal.”The UN Country Team and the international community have been effective in meeting urgent, sector specific needs, especially in health, water and sanitation, and education in the southern district of Qumsangir. But although the Government started rebuilding houses only a few days after the quake, the work has progressed very slowly. The appeal calls for 500 winter tents, as well as material support for rebuilding 200 houses. Nine schools, in which more than 7,000 children study, were also affected by the quake and the appeal covers part of their rehabilitation.Although the school year has already begun, the children in the affected area do not have access to a safe learning environment. There is an urgent need for full or partial rehabilitation of schools, provision of school furniture, textbooks, and essential school supplies.Although the Government has committed to the reconstruction of two schools on their own, their resources are very limited to complete the rehabilitation of the other seven schools. read more


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It was that all too familiar feeling. After a dominant 34-25 scoreline heading into the break, the question lingering in the back of every Buckeye fan’s head was slowly becoming a reality – could they really lose this game? I wanted to believe I went colorblind, or that Ohio State started the half wearing Kansas’ jerseys as an early April Fool’s prank, but that wasn’t the case. A common sequence transpired for the next 20 minutes. Kansas responded, breaking hearts in Columbus, eliminating the Buckeyes from the Final Four, 64-62. So there is a new question for Buckeye fans – what could be next for the OSU men’s basketball team? It can be expected that changes will be made when a team travels the distance OSU did in the tournament. Between coaches wanting to find a new home and players graduating or entering the next level of competition, it is a common chain of events. The question can be summarized as a big “what if?” but a prediction is necessary with all the talent surrounding the team. Former guard William Buford will be the only player leaving the roster due to his senior status. Forward Evan Ravenel and guard Alex Rogers will be the only seniors on the roster beginning next year. The leading scorer, former sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, is officially out. The sophomore announced his departure on Wednesday, opening up the center position for the Buckeyes. Satch Sullinger, Jared Sullinger’s father, weighed in on the topic to WBNS-10TV’s ‘Wall to Wall Sports’ following the loss on Saturday: “The one question that I’ll have for Jared is, at this point, coming back, what do you have to prove?” The All-American didn’t have much more to prove. Sullinger led the team in points and rebounds for the past two years. If health was a major concern, it was no surprise that we saw the last game Sullinger plays in the scarlet and gray. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas will have until April 10 to make his decision on entering the NBA Draft, according to the NCAA. With Buford and Sullinger gone, and the possibility of Thomas joining them, there will be a void that needs to be filled. When it comes down to it, the Buckeyes are young. Freshman forward Sam Thompson and sophomore guard Jordan Sibert are prepared to take the two open positions. Thompson played in each game this season and has impressive athleticism and ball handling. On the other hand, Sibert appeared in 24 games this season, but offers good size alongside sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Bearing in mind the departure from Sullinger, Ravenel would be a solid replacement. Ravenel was the only other player to start for the Buckeyes this season providing plenty of minutes off the bench during the tournament as well, but don’t be for certain he is the answer. Enter freshman center Amir Williams. The soon-to-be-sophomore stands in at 6-foot-11. Sitting behind Sullinger, he didn’t see much action this season, but Buckeye fans took notice when he stepped in against Syracuse in the Elite Eight. With the youth on the bench and the talent to fill the void; the team should be able to make another strong push into the tournament. read more


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first_imgAustralia Minerals and Mining Group (AMMG), through its wholly owned subsidiary Kaolin Resources, has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Kalamazon Estudos Geologicos (KEG), the wholly owned subsidiary of Kalamazon Minerals. Canadian exploration company Kalamazon is a leading industrial minerals corporation, which is developing a worldclass industrial minerals province within the tax incentive zone near Manaus, Brazil. The MOU provides both parties with the framework to work together in the future to determine whether a licence agreement can be reached for any acid-based kaolin to alumina process that AMMG may develop. The MOU further supports a potential Heads of Agreement for a Joint Venture for the development of one or more of AMMG or KEG’s projects.AMMG, through its wholly owned subsidiary Kaolin Resources, has one granted exploration licence and 11 applications targeting kaolin/aluminous clay in the Yilgarn Craton, southwest Western Australia. The projects extend across four areas: Meckering, Kerrigan, Kellerberrin and Bobalong. The Company has delineated two separate resources on its 100% owned Meckering and Kerrigan kaolin projects, for a combined indicated and inferred resource of 150 Mt at approximately 83-85% brightness with an additional exploration target ranging from 215 to 320 Mt.The company is currently exploring the potential for the development of the processing of kaolin to alumina via an acid-based technology process.The company has also signed an exclusive option agreement with the technology holder, Professor Shang, to develop this process. Originally, Professor Shang successfully produced 1.06 kg of 99.5% smelter grade alumina (SGA) and 85 g of 99.99% high purity alumina (HPA) from the company’s Meckering kaolin.AMMG will continue to work closely with Professor Shang towards advancing and tailoring the unique technology process to the specific attributes of AMMG’s particular kaolin material, which has relatively high alumina (38% Al2O3) and low impurity levels.Kalamazon, through its subsidiary KEG, is developing the Manaus kaolin deposits in Brazil, with proven reserves of 29 Mt with total kaolin resources of 48 Mt. Kalamazon’s target markets include coating clays, white ceramics and pharmaceuticals.Guangdong Highsun Yongye (Group), with a 35% interest in Kalamazon, has an off-take agreement to purchase a minimum of 150,000 t/y of high-grade kaolin from the kaolin deposit in Manaus. Approximately $150 million is expected to be invested by KEG in a kaolin project 40 km north of Manaus, according to the Amazonas state government.last_img read more


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first_imgThe new year is a great time for business owners to remember their mistakes and plan for the year ahead. Margins: Many business owners with below-par results are often concentrating on sales volumes rather than margin per sale. In a tough operating environment, business owners try to out-sell the competition, but in losing their profit margin to push your sales volume, they end up going backwards. Quality: A weakness of many firms is having too many slow-paying or non-paying clients in the receivables. I advise you spend the first quarter of 2012 reducing exposure to bad clients: they take your time and mess with your cash flow. One way to deal with these clients is to change your credit policy. Pareto: The rule of Pareto was that a business will make 80 per cent of its income from 20 per cent of its clients. Your resolution for 2012 should be to find out which 20 per cent of your customers are producing the bulk of your revenues, and then do two things: find a way to keep them as clients and make a plan for how to get more clients just like them. Staff development: In 2012, resolve to see your employees as assets who create revenues for your business. You need to develop these people because learning, growing employees who feel they are making a contribution are more valuable than those who just punch a clock. But you have to invest in them to make this happen. Hire one expert: an excellent resolution is to engage the services of at least one new expert. In business we so often become engrossed in our own world, kidding ourselves that our problems are unique. An expert has seen your business issues many times before and knows how to address them. The plan: I suggest a good resolution for 2012 is to pull out your business plan and read it cover to cover; have a look at your assumptions and your goals. Give it a reality check but also remind yourself of what you once wanted to achieve. Then either change the business plan to what it should say, or alter your operations to get back in line with what you originally planned for. Leadership: All too often, business owners become bogged down in problems and they forget about their leadership role. But for more than half the Australian workforce, you are the predominant leader in their lives. In 2012, resolve to remember: the business owner is the leader and he or she sets the tone. If you want 2012 to be a winning year, you’ll have to lead the way.* Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Independent Senator Nick Xenophon had harsh words to say about parliament’s debate on asylum seekers this week. Senator Xenophon was unhappy with the government’s amended proposal to send refugees to Malaysia and re-open Nauru but said it was preferable to the current situation of more rickety boats coming to our shores. “This compromise might stink but the stench of death is worse,” he said. Xenophon, who previously supported onshore processing of asylum seekers as a “more humane approach”, shifted his support as a way to move policy forward rather than do nothing. From his hospital bed, he told Adelaide Now “doing nothing is not an option, something’s got to give”. “Politicians should accept that you need to lose a bit of face to save a few lives,” he said. Suffering from an inner ear condition that prevented him from attending parliament, Xenophon pushed for a policy change and to stop “petty pissant” politicians from stalling action. The Opposition and the Greens were demanding humanitarian safeguards, as the government would send refugees to Malaysia, not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention. Despite marginally pushing through the House of Representatives, by a vote of 74 to 72, the Bill failed to win the Senate’s approval. Furious debates in parliament during the week were set against the news that another boat was sinking off the shores of Indonesia. With the rescue effort complete, Australian Maritime Safety Authority said they recovered one body. Based on information from the survivors, including crew members, it is now believed that there were 134 people on board and that three people went down with the vessel. All of the survivors are being taken to Christmas Island. This comes barely a week after another boat went down with 200 people on board. Rescuers managed to save 110 people and recovered 17 bodies, but no other survivors were found. Labor backbencher Steve Georganas believes with the bill not passed, time now should be spent on tailoring a better policy that will please both parties and stop migrants taking the dangerous route to Australia. “We are hoping … that the messages that we take back to our political leadership team is a serious message where we are asking to sit down, clear the slate and ensure that we work for a solution,” he said. Prime Minister Julia Gillard was definitely angered by the senate result. With policy unchanged, the boats will still be on route to Australia. “I don’t want to see a 13-year-old girl drown at sea in the weeks between now and when this parliament comes back in the spring. We’ve seen too many people lose their lives at sea. We have to act,” she said.last_img read more



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first_imgWASHINGTON — Decisive midterm election victories in November put Republicans in a powerful position to move their own legislative agenda this year, but as the new Congress convenes Tuesday there are early signs of trouble in the House for the GOP’s expanded majority.House Republicans are facing some of the same divisions that have hobbled their efforts to govern over the past four years, particularly on fiscal matters.House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is again the central figure in a now-familiar drama as he faces a revolt from rank-and-file GOP conservatives who want to deprive him of a third term as speaker. While the mutiny seemed unlikely to succeed, it could inject some turmoil into the leadership vote Tuesday and is a reminder of the lingering discord that threatens to blunt Republican efforts to govern.“We’re on probation, quite frankly,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., who told reporters that Republicans must not overplay their post-election hand and become mired in intraparty squabbles. “We’ve got to perform for the next two years. … There is an expectation for us to do a lot of work, and I’m ready to get started.”GOP leaders have said that their top priority is to put the disunity of the past four years behind them and demonstrate to the average American that they can govern without shutting down the government or watching the party rip itself apart. Some of the GOP’s top legislative goals — passing a budget the president will sign, replenishing the highway trust fund and overhauling the federal tax code — could present severe tests for Boehner, who has seen conservative anger derail his plans in the past.last_img read more


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first_imgIndia’s biggest automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is all set to establish its fourth assembly line in Gujarat to attain its sales target of two million units by 2020.MSI’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), which owns manufacturing units, will make investments into augmenting capacity, the Economic Times reported. The move aims to strengthen the carmaker’s leadership status in the country’s automotive landscape.The company is likely to invest a whopping Rs 3,000 crore to build its new production unit. The fourth production line will take Suzuki’s total installed capacity to a million units in Gujarat, ET reported.”(At) the Gujarat facility which Suzuki has set up, the first line of 250,000 units has already been commissioned, and work is going on with the second and third lines that will increase the Gujarat plant capacity to 750,000 units in 2-3 years. The fourth line of similar capacity (250,000 units per annum) is presently under review,” Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava said.Speaking on increasing manufacturing capacity, Bhargava told the business daily that the pace of growth will ensure that the company attains its target of selling 2 million cars annually in 2020. Sales are expected to rise further to 2.5 million vehicles every year in next 2-3 years, he said. Presently, MSI manufactures around 1.5 million cars from two plants in Haryana. Maruti SuzukiReutersLast week, Bhargava lauded the government’s electric vehicle push and said the company plans to release models based on customer preferences. Speaking at the company’s 36th annual general meeting (AGM) he said the move could greatly enhance the usage of electric vehicles in the country and lead to a cleaner environment over time.Earlier on Thursday, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has sent a clear message to automobile manufacturers to move to alternative fuel vehicles. Auto companies will have to move to vehicles that run on electricity, biodiesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas “whether they like it or not”, Gadkari said.In April, Suzuki had announced joining hands with Toshiba and Denso to set up a plant in India to produce lithium ion batteries, with an investment of nearly Rs 1,200 crore, ET reported.The auto major has around 50 percent of the market share in the Indian passenger vehicle segment. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Can Maruti Suzuki NEXA change the dimensions of Indian auto market?last_img read more


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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Amy BishopSheldon Epps came onboard as Theater Under the Stars’ new Artistic Advisor in late April.It’s only been about six weeks since Sheldon Epps came onboard as Artistic Advisor for Theater Under the Stars, but he’s already making some bold changes. They’ve just announced that half of next season’s shows are being switched out.“One of the things that was a bit bothersome for me about the previously announced season was that there were shows on it that had not only been produced here but had been produced often and in recent memory,” Epps says, adding that his intent for the Houston-based musical theater company is to reach an audience that represents the area’s diversity. He’s replacing Grease with In the Heights, cutting Shrek and adding Into the Woods, and replacing Jesus Christ Superstar with Dreamgirls.But how will the subscribers – which number about 4,000 – feel about the changes?“I’m hoping that even though change is sometimes difficult to adjust to, that it’s change for the better and people will be happy about that,” he says.But for any subscribers who are not happy with the changes, TUTS says they’ll refund their money.Epps came into TUTS in the wake of what some have described as drama within the organization, which has undergone swift and unexpected leadership changes over the past few months.But Epps is more concerned with the future.“Frankly, my focus is not on what has occurred in the past, but where TUTS is going,” he says.The California native’s acting career began at the Alley Theater in Houston after college. For the past 20 years, he’s served as artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse in California.He says another interest is creating a “Second Stage Series,” which would involve bringing in additional shows specifically for the Hobby Center’s smaller stage. The organization has not made an announcement of their plans for TUTS Underground, the company’s series known for its edgier, more contemporary productions. Epps says they’ll have more information for the public in early July. X Share 00:00 /02:00last_img read more


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first_imgThe Uncharted series has always been highly cinematic so it’s fitting that fans would come up with their own Uncharted-inspired short film. The folks over on the Freakin Rad YouTube channel have released a new video that is as close to the Uncharted experience as you can get outside of the video games.The video features series protagonist Nathan Drake as he mounts a rescue of his long-time partner, Elena Fisher. The video is shot with the same camera angles as the games, and as such, the entire thing is filmed in one continuous take.Little things like the game’s HUD and the smoke trails left behind by gunshots give it that appropriate Uncharted feel. There is also a good amount of witty back and forth between the characters because it wouldn’t be Uncharted without witty banter.While it’s easy to see that the creators of the video are genuine fans of Uncharted, they didn’t get everything 100% right. For example, we don’t see Nathan Drake’s back whenever he fires a shot, and some of the angles wouldn’t exactly allow the player to see where to aim their gun. The final bit with the jeep chase should have had the camera angle be in front of Elena and Nathan’s getaway vehicle instead of behind it. Just some nitpicking on my part, but nothing that takes away from the overall awesomeness of the video.In other Uncharted 4 news, Sony announced that the game has sold 2.7 million copies during its first week.last_img read more


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first_imgNewsweek names United Airlines top global carrierNewsweek names United Airlines top global carrierUnited Airlines ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek’s 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. United placed 59th among 500 U.S. brands and 100th among 500 global brands, further strengthening the company’s position as a leading sustainable airline.Newsweek’s recognition of United’s green initiatives follows Air Transport World (ATW) magazine naming United the Eco-Airline of the Year last year for the company’s environmental leadership, innovation and action within the industry. Air Transport World has twice named United the Eco-Airline of the Year since the carrier launched its industry-leading Eco-Skies program.“We are proud to be recognized as a global leader for our environmental stewardship,” said Angela Foster-Rice, United’s managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability. “We will continue to innovate, in the air and on the ground, as we strive to make United the most environmentally sustainable airline in the world.”United’s Eco-Skies program represents the company’s commitment to the environment and the actions taken every day to support a sustainable future. Several of United’s most-significant environmental achievements include: Becoming the first U.S. airline to begin using commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights, marking a significant milestone in the industry by moving beyond demonstrations and test programs to the use of low-carbon biofuels for ongoing operations.Investing more than $30 million in U.S.-based alternative aviation fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., which represented the single largest investment by any airline globally in alternative fuels.Becoming the first U.S. airline to repurpose items from the carrier’s international premium cabin amenity kits and partnering with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.Teaming up with Audubon International to protect raptors – including hawks, ospreys and owls – in and around New York-area airports and resettle the birds of prey at suitable golf course habitats where the species are more likely to thrive.Achieving “Green Business” certifications for United Club lounges from the cities of Los Angeles, Denver and San Diego.Partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration to demonstrate the potential benefits of new satellite-based technology for instrument landings that enable aircraft to use fuel more efficiently on arrival and land at normal rates in challenging weather.Continuing to replace its eligible ground equipment and service vehicles with cleaner, electrically powered alternatives, with nearly 40 percent of the fleet converted to date.Becoming the first airline to fly with Boeing’s Split Scimitar winglets, which reduce fuel consumption by up to 2 percent; United is the largest Split Scimitar winglet customer today.Sourcing illy coffee’s internationally certified supply chain of farmers who earn above-market prices in exchange for meeting quality and sustainability standards for the finest coffee.Offering Eco-Skies CarbonChoice, the airline industry’s only integrated carbon offset program for corporate business travel and cargo shipments.For more information on United’s Eco-Skies commitment to the environment, visit www.united.com/ecoskies.About UnitedUnited Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 744 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 507 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “UAL”.Source = United Airlineslast_img read more