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The Powerful Beliefs of a Successful Sales Manager

first_imgThere are all kinds of beliefs a sales management or sales leader might hold, some healthy, many more unhealthy. If you want to turn in your best performance, those results will start with your beliefs, your mindset. Here is a good set of beliefs to consider.Everything Is My FaultYou cannot be an effective leader without first accepting that everything is your fault. You are the leader, and that makes you responsible for the people in your charge. It also makes you responsible for the people one level above you on the organizational chart.If your team’s performance isn’t what it should be, you are the one with the authority and responsibility to remedy it. If an individual is negative and infecting others with harmful beliefs, they are only wreaking havoc because you haven’t done anything about it. If you don’t protect your team from negativity, the infection will eventually take hold.If people on your team lack the mindset, skill sets, or tool kits, those things are your responsibility. If they need to improve, you need to improve them (and if you don’t like this group you refuse to develop, I promise you won’t like the next group any better. There is nowhere to hide from your duty as the leader.)You are also responsible for the people to whom you report. If they don’t understand the situation on the ground in your market, you haven’t done an effective job informing them in a way that compels them to act. If your team is missing the things they need, you are the one who has to acquire these things for them. That means persuading the people to whom you report to give you what you need. You are responsible for informing your leadership with what they need to know so that they can help you lead your team effectively.The price of being an effective leader is responsibility. You cannot blame anyone or anything else.I Set and Keep the StandardsOver the last few years, more companies find themselves “opportunity-starved.” They don’t have enough opportunities because their salespeople don’t prospect (or don’t prospect enough, or don’t prospect effectively). Too many of these “non-prospecting,” “alleged” salespeople have spent too much time reading posts on LinkedIn. As a leader, you are responsible for setting and keeping the standards by which your team operates.If the standard is that everyone prepares for sales meetings, believing the gift of time is too important to waste, you will have better meetings with your dream clients and improve how you are perceived. If you leave success to chance, you effectively have no standard. When you allow people to decide for themselves how they will approach both creating and capturing opportunities, the lack of a standard allows people to do less than what is necessary to win.If you think back to the best leader you have ever worked for, one of the first things you will find true is that they required you to raise your standards. They believed you were capable of more than you believed at the time. They didn’t accept mediocrity. They wanted you to be your best and turn in your best performance.If there is going to be a standard, you have to establish and maintain it. If you don’t decide what the standard is, it will be lower than you need it to be by default.We Are All Accountable to Our MissionYour goal or quota does not belong to your company or your leadership. It belongs to you. As the leader, you were given responsibility and resources with which to produce some result. You are accountable for the mission you have accepted. For you to succeed, everyone on your team has to also be responsible for and to the mission.You have to talk about your goals. You have to share why they are important to you, your team, your clients, and your company. You also have to hold people accountable for the outcomes they need to produce to reach those goals. When one person isn’t accountable, very soon, more will follow.The mission cannot belong to you alone. The mission has to be the mission of everyone on your team. You cannot succeed without your team also succeeding.I Must Grow and Develop My TeamThere are sales managers who believe the people that work for them are their employees, something that is technically true, but not the healthiest view of the people in your charge. Instead, you have to believe that they are your team, and you are their leader. The lens through which you view your relationship with your team has an enormous impact on your results.If your people are merely your employees, you have a transactional view of leadership. If they are your team, they are going to be what you build them to be. If you want them to improve their results, you need to first help them improve themselves. If you want them to grow, you have to provide them with the opportunities to do so. You have to provide them with coaching, training, and development. You also have to provide them with your personal attention.Your team is going to play the game as well as you teach and coach them to play it. If everything is your fault, then you are empowered to do what is necessary to make things better. You cannot and need not wait for anyone’s permission to grow and develop your team for you.If your people cannot say that they grew under your leadership, then you will have failed them as a leader.I Set the TempoThere is an old saying that “the speed of the team is the speed of the leader.” You have to set the tempo for your team. Perhaps an example here will help.Maybe you have decided that you need to look at the new opportunities created once a month, not wanting to hold people accountable for creating new opportunities each week. The tempo now suggests new opportunities must be created each month (and maybe based on your long sales cycles and super small market, that might be appropriate, but I am doubtful).Another leader has decided the tempo requires creating new opportunities each week. Their view is that they need to pull opportunities forward in time, and an opportunity acquired this week is better than opportunity acquired seven weeks from now. All things being equal, the leader with the more aggressive operating tempo is going to produce better results than the one who leaves the outcome to chance.Too many leaders offer suggestions, which is to say, they want their people to do something, but are unwilling to hold them accountable. None of this requires you micromanage your team. It does, however, require you to lead and to set standards of performance.What You BelieveYou know that the mindset of the individual on your team matters. The same is true for what you believe about your role as a manager, a leader, and a coach. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected

first_imgIt was four months and eight days until the 2018 midterm elections, and Anna Eskamani had not spent a penny to promote her political campaign online.Eskamani, 27, is running to represent Florida’s 47th District in the state Legislature. Like many state-level candidates, she writes her own fundraising emails and manages her own social media accounts. And with her busy schedule on the campaign trail, advertising online is an afterthought.“My budget is zero for it right now,” Eskamani said. “It just hasn’t been necessary.”One recent morning, Eskamani attended an hourlong phone conference with volunteers from a group called Tech for Campaigns, who hoped to change her mind.Dozens of progressive groups are organizing for Democrats in this year’s midterms. But Tech for Campaigns has focused on a particularly challenging assignment: dragging Democratic campaigns into the digital age, before it is too late.In a year and a half of existence, Tech for Campaigns has become a kind of Democratic Geek Squad — a national volunteer network consisting of more than 4,500 tech workers with day jobs at companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix and Airbnb. These volunteers, who include engineers, marketers and data scientists, are matched with Democratic campaigns across the country to provide training on digital skills, such as how to promote themselves on social media, build their email lists and use data analytics to identify potential donors.“What’s at stake if we don’t build a true centralized digital arm is falling further behind the Republicans and continuing to lose ground, the battles on key issues and elections at every level,” said Jessica Alter, a co-founder of the group and a longtime tech executive. “If we don’t start now, it will be too late in 2020.”One of the group’s biggest tasks, Alter said, is persuading candidates to campaign heavily on social media, rather than relying solely on TV ads and printed mailers. Many Democrats running in 2018 are spending a much smaller percentage of their ad budgets on digital ads than their rivals, sometimes as little as 10 percent versus more than 40 percent for Republicans, according to two political consultants with ties to multiple campaigns.Tech for Campaigns has advised Democrats in about 60 races since it started, including Justin Nelson, who is running for attorney general in Texas, and Rob Quist, who was narrowly defeated in a special congressional election in Montana last year. The group plans to work with 200 campaigns by the end of the year, with a special focus on helping state-level candidates like Eskamani, who typically do not have the budgets to hire dedicated digital teams.“We do a lot of things that digital consultants don’t,” Alter said. “The most common question we get asked is, ‘What’s the catch?’”When Alter started contacting campaigns last year, she was shocked at how prosaic their technology was. Some campaign workers spent hours manually copying and pasting voter information into email lists. Others were not using basic social media capabilities, such as call-to-action buttons that can be used to ask followers to sign a petition, attend an event or make a donation.“They have all these really ingrained habits from pre-2016 that are very, very hard to unlearn,” Alter said.Democrats are often thought to be tech-savvy, because the Obama campaigns of 2008 and 2012 were celebrated for their online touch and because much of Silicon Valley backs the party’s candidates. In fact, Alter said, Democrats in congressional and state-level races have been outmatched by their Republican rivals, who benefited from the party’s heavy tech investments during the Obama years and their enthusiastic embrace of targeted ads on platforms like Facebook and Google.“People don’t understand how not far along we are as a party,” Alter said. “Obama was really good at tech, but it never trickled down to a Senate race, let alone the state-level stuff.”In 2016, state and federal Republican campaigns outspent Democratic campaigns 3-1 on Google ads, according to a presentation made to political ad buyers by Google’s election team. From April to July of that year, the period when many campaigns were building their email lists and garnering early support, Republicans outspent Democrats 20-1, according to the presentation, which was obtained by The New York Times. Brad Parscale, the digital marketing executive who developed the Trump campaign’s social media-centric strategy in 2016, has been tapped as his campaign manager for 2020.Democratic officials say they are catching up. The Democratic National Committee hired Raffi Krikorian, a former Uber executive, as its chief technology officer last year. Dan Sena, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that the group’s digital budget had tripled, and that the party was “light-years ahead of where it was” in 2016 because of new investments in its digital capabilities. Democrats are also getting help from outside groups like Higher Ground Labs, which finances startups that build campaign technology.Alter, 38, who sold her startup last year and now works as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the venture capital firm Social Capital, came up with the idea for a tech volunteer network in early 2017, just after President Donald Trump issued his travel ban targeting residents of several Muslim-majority countries.Outraged about the policy, and looking for a way to help, she enlisted Peter Kazanjy and Ian Ferguson, two friends in tech who shared her liberal politics. They agreed that Silicon Valley tech workers would jump at the opportunity to apply their technical skills to campaigns. How different is selling a candidate online, after all, from selling shoes or shaving kits?“This is not rocket science,” Kazanjy said. “Campaigns are online/offline e-commerce plays, where the transaction is a vote.”They sent a Google form to their friends in the tech industry to gauge interest. Within three days, more than 700 people had signed up. The group has since grown to more than 4,500 volunteers, raised more than $100,000 in a crowdfunding campaign, and moved into an office in downtown San Francisco that it shares with a venture capital firm.Nick Hobbs, 29, first heard about Tech for Campaigns while working at Google. Hobbs, who left the company last year, had always been politically active, but Tech for Campaigns gave him a way to channel his efforts into something productive.“Instead of coming home and watching Netflix, we come home and go to work,” said Hobbs, who is helping redesign the campaign website of Elizabeth Thomson, a Democrat running in New Mexico’s 24th District.Other left-wing advocacy groups, such as Swing Left and Indivisible, are helping to recruit volunteers and generate grass-roots support in competitive districts. Tech for Campaigns sees its role as behind-the-scenes amplification. Its work is mostly remote, and volunteers use a Slack channel to coordinate as well as regular calls with campaign officials.The group has not been universally welcomed by the party. It has irked some officials and media consultants, whose turf it is edging in on. And the group’s volunteers have learned to give advice to candidates gently, to avoid coming off as arrogant know-it-alls.“We’re very conscious of Silicon Valley having a savior complex,” Alter said. “We don’t walk in saying, ‘We’re the experts. Let us run your campaign.’”Chris Hurst, a first-time politician who was elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates last November, worked with Tech for Campaigns beginning several months before Election Day. The group redid his website, tweaked his online ads and coordinated a mass texting campaign to get out the vote.In the end, Hurst defeated his Republican opponent by 8 points.“I know, 100 percent, that they made a difference in our campaign,” said Andrew Whitley, Hurst’s campaign manager. “I was very surprised these Silicon Valley folks were willing to donate their time like that.”By the end of the recent conference call, Tech for Campaigns had persuaded Eskamani, the Florida House candidate, to start running ads on her social media accounts. In the coming days, the group said, it would audit her other social media accounts to see which types of posts generated the best engagement and give her tips for increasing their impact.Eskamani gushed with excitement.“I love it,” she said. “Oh, my gosh, so much structure. It’s great.”© 2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

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Unintended Extras

first_imgA dam in a village 100 kms. from Mumbai was the location for the climax of Rakesh Chaudhary’s film The Eclipse of Taregna. On reaching there early one morning, when a shoot was scheduled with some 50 villagers, his heart sank to find no one.When Joseph Mathew began shooting Bombay Summer in Mumbai, he wanted to work with a small crew. He hired the key people and thought that would be it. But when he turned up on the set the first day, there were more than 100 people.Making a film in India comes with its quirks and eccentricities. One runs the risk of being force-fed in Indian homes, dealing with extraneous crowds on the sets, and perpetually running behind schedule. Yet both these NRI filmmakers went back to India to shoot their projects, and have returned with success stories, a bagful of anecdotes, and, most importantly, lessons that they will remember for future projects.“Working in India comes with its own set of rules. In India everyone brings their own ‘people.’ I’ll keep that in mind the next time,” says Mathew whose 2009 film Bombay Summer won awards for best film, best director and best actress at the MIAAC New York 2009 Film Festival.Chaudhary decided to proceed with the shoot at the dam with his assistants doubling up as extras. “It was a funny incident. I found out from the location manager later that the reason no women or children turned up was because there was a big religious event in town, and all the women had to attend that,” he says.“Making a film in India has taught us patience. We had no choice but to produce on an Indian schedule, not ours,” says Priya Giri Desai, who won a documentary program grant from Sundance Institute recently for her film Match + : Love in the Time of HIV, with Ann S. Kim. She believes that even if it takes longer, it will prove to be valuable for the film in the long run.So, what set these filmmakers on a quest across the shores leaving behind their work and convenient settings in America: curiosity for their homeland, an assuaging sense of familiarity, or a little bit of both?The Indian connectionGiri Desai, whose documentary is about a matchmaker for HIV+ couples, is constantly reading stories from India. She is attracted by stories that are multi-layered and complex and even look contradictory or hypocritical in their details.She came across the story for her movie on the BBC and pointed it out to her associate Ann Kim when they both worked at public television together. She thought it would make a good film years before she actually shot it in India.The San Francisco based filmmaker was born and raised in the United States and grew up visiting her extended family in India every other summer.“Indian culture is so rich, so vast, so old, and so new all at once, that I find myself drawn to them again and again,” she says.Chaudhary, a computer engineer who migrated to the United States in search of a job in 1997, on the other hand, never set out to make anything Indian. His starting point is a theme or a character, and when it comes to providing a setting for it, familiarity brought him to India.His parents lived in Mumbai and he had a strong social network there. “It is a very real possibility that I’ll move back to India at some point. So I wanted to test the waters there.” Chaudhary’s short film is the story of a man and his grandson woven around a solar eclipse in a small town called Taregna.But Joseph Mathew, who considered the very idea of filmmaking preposterous while he was growing up in India, was convinced about setting his debut feature in India.Bombay Summer is the exploration of the friendship between three young people in contemporary Mumbai. “I was fixated about setting it in Bombay. From the time I was a kid, the city has had a mythic hold on my imagination,”Mathew says.But there is much more to a film than just setting it in an Indian city. One dabbles in the milieu of the place and feels a compelling need to capture it fittingly on celluloid.Across culturesNew York-based Mathew says that filmmakers can only approach their subjects with artistic and personal integrity and give it everything they have got. And then viewers decide if justice has been done to the place. He was very comfortable setting his film in contemporary Mumbai even though he settled in the USA in 1994. However, he admits that the city is no longer what he knew it to be as a child.The closed, quasi-socialist country of the 1980s has given way to a different nation. “Whenever I went back over the last 10 years, I was blown away by how quickly the country is changing.” It was not just about new cars, highways and buildings, but the rearrangement of a whole social order. All this was happening in a society that is still fiercely conservative and class and caste conscious, says Mathew.Chaudhary too felt the pinch of a changing India. Things had changed so dramatically in a short span of time that it felt to him like a generational difference. He was astonished at the fact that the average age of his crew was below 30.“But on a macro level, things are deteriorating. People are too busy trying to make it for themselves, and nobody has the time to notice how bad our cities have gotten,” he laments.Giri Desai, unlike Mathew and Chaudhary who have spent considerable parts of their lives in India, had a different set of concerns altogether. She was worried about staying true to the Indian culture without employing stereotypes. She was very conscious of not being a parachute film-maker. “I think curiosity and respect go a long way in ensuring that you don’t just drop into a country and extract a story and leave,” she says.However, all three of them vouch for how difficult and capricious India can be for filmmaking.Incredible India!Giri Desai admits that the pace at which India works is different from America, and one has to respect that. Personal relationships are important in India and it is nearly impossible to work on sensitive stories without spending enough time getting to know people. “It is inherent in Indians to invite you in, feed you, chat with you and ask you questions about your life. We have to be as open as we are asking our subjects to be in some ways,” she says.It took three years for her subjects to open up to her. In several instances, she and her associate brought the camera into a scene and never turned it on, or waited hours before they got the go-ahead. She spent her first three visits to India getting to know people over several cups of South Indian filter coffee.Chaudhary opted for a different path. He moved in with his parents in India to make his film. He had a hard time knocking at producers’ doors to secure financing for his short film and eventually had to produce it himself. However, he maintains that it wouldn’t have been any easier for him in America.Mathew arrived in Mumbai not knowing anyone. From his hotel room, he contacted people who could make the film happen. And when it did, Mathew enumerated the challenges he faced: “Two things happen when you shoot on the streets of Bombay — a crowd forms instantaneously followed by cops who have an uncanny knack for sniffing out a five hundred rupee bill. No getting away from either.”When he rented a camera, it was accompanied by two guys who took care of it. They even had veto power over certain shots they considered “too risky,” he adds.On the other hand, Chaudhary and his crew were adopted quickly by the residents of a chawl they were shooting in, who invited them into their homes and helped them with everything, including providing them with an unlimited supply of extras. The Eclipse of Taregna won the Grand Jury prize for Best Short Film at the International Film Festival of Los Angeles 2011.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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First Kendall, Now Kim; Vogue India Faces Backlash For Featuring Kardashian Sisters

first_imgThis would be the seventh time reality star Kim Kardashian is on the cover of Vogue magazine, and the first time she is the Vogue India cover girl, a news that has not gone down well with many netizens.Vogue shared pictures from the star’s photoshoot on Instagram where the fashion influencer is seen styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania in a beige lehenga with gota work, a red sari dress, a plain gold shimmer number and black satin gown.The 37-year-old celebrity shot for these photos in Los Angeles. Vogue quoted her as saying: “The saris, the jewelry, the clothes—everything was so beautiful! I told my show that we have to figure out how to get to India.” While many praised the photographs and the general look and feel of the dresses she wore, the magazine faced backlash for not featuring a South Asian model instead, just as it did when it featured Kim’s half-sister Kendall on their cover last May.Netizens tweeted:How many cultures can kim k appropriate #vogueindia— phoebe (@phoebe_G) February 27, 2018@VOGUEIndia so basically you wanna create a new generation of bleached head, naked Indian girls? What happened to authenticity? Bad move #VogueIndia you killing the beautiful culture and history of #India— tweetybird (@tweetiibee) February 27, 2018I have nothing against Kim Kardashian but @VOGUEIndia is really doing itself a disservice by continually neglecting to portrait brown women in their “magazine”— you’re perpetuating a detrimental cycle of underrepresentation. Stop white washing your own damn culture.— Aditi Prasad (@P_diti) February 27, 2018so many pretty Indian models out there and Vogue India somehow chooses kendall jenner and kim kardashian for their covers. How hard is it to have Indian women represent Indian culture.— n (@nxvyaa) February 27, 2018I can’t believe @VOGUEIndia featured Kim Kardashian on their cover as if we don’t see her featured on a different magazine every day. India’s vogue should embrace and feature their own south Asian women instead of choosing someone from pop culture— fari (@fariiihaa) February 27, 2018Some of them did post comments in the defense of Vogue and the Kardashian sisters:Why do y’all hate @KimKardashian & her siblings so much? Were you this pressed when Cindy Crawford was featured in 2016?@VOGUEIndia features many beautiful women, mainly from India, as well as other countries every month.🙄 It’s a beautiful cover shoot! #KimKardashian #VogueIndia pic.twitter.com/J57JmOy273— Finéssa Hudgens (@_Cakezz) February 27, 2018Kim in Indian clothes makes me happy 😍😍😍 #VogueIndia pic.twitter.com/ZwREkmiJrr— Nida Hyder (@NiderHyder) February 27, 2018A) Vogue isn’t an NGO, it’s a magazine. It is there to sell and generate sales for the featured brands & companies. B)Vogue India should be obliged to feature an Indian person as much as Vogue U.K. should be obliged to feature a British person. That is, it shouldn’t. #vogueindia— Carol C. (@TeddyGirlCarol) February 27, 2018And this whole appropriating culture thing is getting out of hand. Why can’t a non-Indian wear a lehenga? I’d hope my white friends would like to wear Indian clothes at my wedding one day. #VogueIndia— Nahida Akhtar (@NahidaTAkhtar) February 27, 2018To all those who say Vogue India doesn’t select Indian women as cover girls, please google Vogue India before making a mountain out of a molehill.#VogueIndia #KimKardashian @VOGUEIndia pic.twitter.com/xuJJEbUjUu— JustSaying (@JustMyOpinion65) February 27, 2018When the magazine faced a similar predicament over its decision to feature Kendall Jenner on the cover last year, they released a statement, saying: “In the last 10 years, Vogue India has had only 12 international covers, including Kendall Jenner in 2017. Therefore, statistically, 90% of our covers are Indian! And we are proud of that. India has given the world so many beautiful faces to admire. After all, we are Vogue, an international brand, and we want to give the love back by featuring some of the best international celebrities on our covers. Occasionally!”Kim Kardashian started as a personal assistant to former reality star, Paris Hilton. She told Vogue India in an exclusive interview about the makings of a social media sensation: “I thought I was just going to run my clothing store. I didn’t think [the reality show] would go beyond season 1 or 2. And then as things were happening, my mom and I were so excited. We didn’t even know what we were starting, but we knew we were in it together. We definitely made so many mistakes.”She also gives advice to young women entrepreneurs in the magazine: “Don’t give your name away. Stand your ground on being an owner in your company.” Related ItemsFashionKim Kardashianstylelast_img read more

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India Prepares For Lavish Wedding Estimated To Cost $100 Million

first_imgIndia is preparing for what could be one of the world’s most lavish weddings, a spectacle that could even put the fictional nuptials in “Crazy Rich Asians” to shame.On Wednesday, Asia’s richest man — oil-and-telecom tycoon Mukesh Ambani — is scheduled to give away his daughter Isha to billionaire Ajay Piramal’s son, Anand. There have been a wide range of figures for how much the week-long extravaganza will cost. People familiar with the planning estimated the expense at about $100 million, while a person close to the family said the amount is not more than $15 million. The people asked not to be identified speaking on a private matter.Invitees to the pre-wedding festivities, in the central Indian lake city of Udaipur, range from international and local celebrities such as Beyonce and Shah Rukh Khan, to politicians like Hillary Clinton and business tycoons including Henry Kravis, according to people familiar with the matter. The guest list is so long that the Ambanis and Piramals have taken over at least five five-star hotels nearby, and a war room has been set up in Mumbai to manage logistics, they said. According to local media reports, more than 100 chartered flights will fly guests to and from Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport.As gratitude to the city of Udaipur, the Ambanis donated enough food to feed 5,100 people three meals a day for four days, and set up a bazaar to showcase 108 traditional Indian paintings, pottery and other art from local artisans, according to a statement from a family representative.The main ceremony will be held at the patriarch’s home, the 27-story Antilia palace in Mumbai, and post-wedding events will be held in the city.For the chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd., who overtook Jack Ma this year as Asia’s wealthiest man, Isha will be the first of his children to wed. After the festivities, the newlyweds are poised to move in to their $64-million diamond-themed mansion at the Gulita building in Mumbai, according to one of the people.A spokesperson for Piramal Enterprises Ltd. declined to comment.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

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A German Coach Crossing Hurdles to Take Hockey to Rural India

first_imgA hockey turf has been cut into pieces and is being used as doormats and carpets in a Rajasthan village. The turf was brought to village Jatwara in Dausa district of the state from Germany in 2013, when Andrea Thumshirn, a primary league hockey player from the European country, began teaching the sport to children in the village. In a country with hockey as its national game and where sports infrastructure has always been an issue, the use of AstroTurf as door mats has invited national attention.Thumshirn left Rajasthan recently after a three-year stint in the area when she discovered that she was being cheated by the locals, the Hindustan Times reported. The 42-year-old hockey trainer told the publication that she had earlier suffered the same experience in another village in the state.Hockey Village India in RajasthanThe turf in Jatwara was the third one in Rajasthan, with Jaipur and Ajmer being the two places with hockey turfs in the state, the report added.Thumshirn’s foray into training village children in hockey began when she visited Garh Himmat Singh village in 2010 with some German tourists while traveling from Jaipur to Agra. She started Hockey Village India, a non-profit organisation to introduce the sport to children in the rural area. In 2014, she moved to Jatwara after finding out that her local partner was using the funds meant for the children.In Jatwara too, her plans did not fructify since the locals opposed her plans to lay out the turf, she told HT. “They gave a 14-page objection letter too. One of the reasons was that their annual fair was held in the school ground,” said Thumshirn.The turf was then shifted to the house of the Sharma family, who own the school where its pieces are now used as mats. Varsha Sharma, the wife of the school owner, told the publication that the pieces came as samples, a claim that Thumshirn denies, saying there were no samples as the turf was a second-hand one that she got from Germany. “It lay behind their house for a long time. They must have cut the pieces from there,” HT quoted her as saying.Accusations against ThumshirnThumshirn, who enrolled more than 100 boys and girls at the two schools in the Rajasthan villages, was also accused of imposing her Western culture on the local population. She was accused of trying to convert children to Christianity, and plotting to grab land in the village, Economic Times had reported in 2015.“I tried to be not angry,” she said talking to Scroll. “I don’t know if people really understand what they did was wrong. It was a clash of cultures that could not be any bigger,” added Thumshirn, who has now moved to Theralu in Coorg, Karnataka.  Related ItemsAndrea ThumshirnAndrea Thumshirn hockeyAndrea Thumshirn RajasthanGerman Hockey Village IndiaHockey Village IndiaJatwara German coachJatwara Rajasthan hockeyLittle IndiaRajasthan German hockeylast_img read more

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Indian Couple Flew To Florida To Beat Up Daughter-in-law

first_imgAn Indian man and his family was arrested in the United States on Sept. 2 for abusing and beating his wife. The man’s parents reportedly flew from India to abuse their daughter-in-law, and joined their son to physically assault her.Devbir Kalsi, 33, used to regularly beat his wife, Silky Gaind, according to Florida’s Hillsborough county sheriff’s office, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He had told his parents that she was “disobedient”. Hearing this, his 67-year-old father Jasbir Kalsi and mother Bhupinder Kalsi, 61, travelled from India to “counsel and discipline” his wife.On Sept. 1, the argument between the couple ended with Kalsi hitting Gaid “repeatedly and forcefully”. As she tried defending herself, his parents joined in the fracas and began beating her too. They left bruises on her face, neck and torso. Gaind’s one-year-old daughter, who was in her arms at the time, was also struck in the face.Her husband also held a knife to her throat and threatened to stab her.The case came to police’s notice when Gaind made a distress call to her parents in India, telling them that she was being beaten and held captive against her will in her husband’s house. When the authorities arrived at the Kalsi home at 6.30 am at Sept. 2, no one answered their repeated knocking on the door. Gaind then tried to open the door and screamed for help, asking the police to save her and her child.The deputies had to force their way in since Kalsi was blocking the door. When the officers tried to arrest him, his parents confronted the police. Gaind was found badly bruised and beaten. Investigations revealed that she had been suffering abuse for a long time. Gaind and her child were taken to a safe place.Since all the parties involved are Indian nationals, the Florida Abuse Hotline as well as the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement were notified.“ Awful, nobody should go through that,” an unidentified neighbour was quoted as saying by the news channel Fox 13. “It really is heartbreaking. There’s a brand new baby. But who beats their wife up and his mother and dad help him? Who does that?”Kalsi was charged with false imprisonment, felony, battery, child abuse, and denying access to 911. Jasbir, his father, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (knife), false imprisonment, child abuse, and denying access to 911. His mother Bhupinder Kalsi has been charged with battery, domestic violence and failure to report child abuse. All three may be deported back to India. Related ItemsBhupinder KalsiDevbir Kalsi USIndian man’s parents beat wifeJasbir KalsiLittle IndiaNRI domestic abuseNRI wife assaultSilky Gaind USlast_img read more

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Reaching for the Sky

first_imgBehind the glittering skyscrapers, the famous bridges and other structural marvels that adorn the skyline of a city are architects who transform them from being mere ideas to reality. United Kingdom-based structural engineer Roma Agrawal’s debut book, titled Built, which was released earlier this month, gives readers an insight into the mysterious world of engineering — and helps them decode it.“I had been presenting the amazing work that engineers do to design our structures for a number of years, but there’s only so many places I can visit. I realized that writing a book would be a way to pen the stories of some of my favorite structures and engineers and reach a truly global audience,” Agrawal tells Little India, talking about how she has designed bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures with signature architects over her 10-year career.The book, Agrawal says, gave her an incentive to dig deeper into the often-forgotten stories in architecture and engineering, and weaving a narrative that included science, travel and history. She has, after all, always loved science and design, and found engineering to be a great combination of the two.In Built, Agrawal has taken a unique look at how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to towers of steel stretching into the sky. She describes the journey behind construction of tunnels bridging deep rivers and tells vivid tales of the pioneers behind landmark builds such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Burj Khalifa.She has also examined from an engineering perspective tragedies like the collapse of the Twin Towers. Revealing her varied experiences in designing a building that will stand strong, Agrawal has presented anecdotal, factual and historical accounts as well as her own line drawings to illustrate points better to readers.The 34-year old writer who was born in India, moved to the United States as an infant and moved back to India at the age of six years. She moved to London when she was 16, and that’s where she now stays.Agrawal was 23 when she worked on the construction of London’s iconic landmark, The Shard, the glass-clad pyramid tower that redefined the city’s skyline. The engineer, who was awarded Young Structural Engineer of the Year 2011 by the Institution of Structural Engineers, explains that the idea behind the book is to explore the history and science behind structures.“Outside work, I promote engineering, scientific and technical careers to young people and particularly to under-represented groups such as women. I also engage about these topics with our institutions and government to understand and develop an effective way forward,” she says.“I really love what I do. It was this passion for my work and the buildings and bridges I’ve designed that led me to wanting to tell more people about it, to encourage young children to consider pursuing it as a career,” she adds.The desire to peel the layers and to delve into how and why the world looks the way it does is what drove her to write the book. The complicated measurements and technical jargon of the engineering industry has been simplified by Agrawal in the book, making scientific principles easy to understand. “I traveled to countries like Turkey and Mexico to search out stories and also researched the amazing characters, the engineers, that came up with great innovations,” she adds.The writer has also drawn inspiration from architectural masterpieces of ancient Indian civilizations and their techniques, such as their use of fired brick. These interesting details are peppered throughout the book. “Our world today has intricate connections to all the ancient civilizations, from the materials we use to our systems of hygiene. I also explore the Iron Pillar in Delhi, which has a very unique recipe as note even the tide of time has been able to make it rust. Indian steel and iron were world famous over two millennia ago, and mentions of it are found in Roman texts,” Agrawal says.Transitioning to modern history, some of the biggest changes, the engineer explains, happened when computing came into the picture. “Engineers in the past built a lot of redundancy in their structures to make sure they were safe, so what we find now is that the amount of steel in the Empire State Building for example far exceeds the amount we would use in today’s equivalent tower,” she says.For now, she hopes that people of all age groups would read her book. She is also contemplating writing a children’s book in the future. Her first love, however, will continue to be structural engineering. “I love the fact that the brick, concrete, and steel, have histories that extend into the millennia, and that they play such a key role even today,” she says. Related ItemsArchitectureLondonUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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UK Court Finds Lorry Driver Guilty Over Accident That Killed 8 Indians

first_imgA UK court on March 6 found a Polish truck driver guilty of causing the death of eight Indians and injuries to four other people in one of the country’s worst motorway accidents in 2017, PTI reported. The last time the country saw such fatalities was in November of 1993 when 12 children and a teacher died.The jury at Reading Crown Court found that 31-year-old Ryszard Masierak was two times over the legal drunk drive limit and had stopped his truck in the inside lane of the highway, reportedly sleeping for 12 minutes. His truck blocked the road, which forced others to slow down before moving around him. The court was told that the Indian-origin driver of the minibus waited with his hazards lights on to go around Masierak’s truck until a second truck crashed into the back of the van. The impact led the van to crash into and then go under Masierak’s heavy goods vehicle. The minibus was flattened. The crash happened near Newport Pagnell in southern UK, 80 km from London, on Aug. 26.Masierak was pronounced guilty by the jury and was also convicted of four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, in relation to injuring four other passengers — including a four-year-old girl orphaned by the crash.The jury hasn’t given a verdict on 53-year-old British citizen David Wagstaff,who drove the second truck involved in the crash. The prosecution noted: “In Mr Wagstaff’s case, on a hands-free call, his lorry on cruise control and he on auto-pilot, completely failing to notice what was ahead of him in full view for some time, inattention on a gross scale.”The sentencing will take place after the jury pronounces Wagstaff’s verdict some time this week.Cyriac Joseph, the 52-year-old minibus driver who died in the accident, hailed from Kerala and lived in Nottingham. He was hired to drive Indian passengers from Nottingham to London so that they could join a European holiday tour group. The plan was to go the Disneyland in Paris. Among the Indians killed were three IT professionals from software giant Wipro.The deceased passengers were identified as Panneerselvam Annamalai, Rishi Ranjeev Kumar, Vivek Baskaran, Lavanyalakshmi Seetharaman, Karthikeyan Pugalur Ramasubramanian, Subramaniyan Arachelvan and Tamilmani Arachelvan. Related ItemsBritish IndianUK motorwayUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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Former Sikh Extremist Charged With Threatening Radio Host in Vancouver

first_imgCanadian businessman Jaspal Atwal, who was at the center of a controversy between the two countries during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit, was charged for uttering threats against a local radio host in Vancouver, according to local reports.Atwal, a British Columbia resident of Indian origin, faces one count of “uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm,” the reports cited court documents as showing. He allegedly made the threats outside a Punjabi radio station in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb, on April 23.His is out on bail, and is scheduled to appear in court on May 24, according to court documents.Atwal, a former member of a banned Sikh extremist group, was previously convicted of attempted murder for trying to assassinate Indian Cabinet minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu while he was visiting Vancouver Island in 1986.According to his lawyer, Marvin Stern, Atwal “vehemently denies making any threats” to the radio jockey.“It was a conversation outside, in the parking lot of the radio station,” Stern added.According to Stern, Atwal was arrested at home on April 25. He made an appearance in provincial court in Surrey the next day, but “was released on his own recognizance without cash or surety.”If he doesn’t show up in court on May 24, he could be liable for $1,000, the lawyer said.Atwal had kicked up a controversy when his photos with Canadian ministers, and with the Prime Minister’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, surfaced at an official reception in Mumbai in February. His presence invited severe criticism in India, and was debated in the Canadian parliament for weeks.Atwal, accused of being a Khalistan supporter, later issued a statement about the visit, and  apologized for embarrassing the Canadian government. The Opposition party made the Liberal Party agree to let Trudeau’s security advisor, Daniel Jean, testify before the House Public Safety and National Security Committee over the incident.Jean had earlier said that Atwal’s presence in India was because rogue elements in the Indian government or private citizens wanted to undermine Trudeau and wanted to portray him as being soft on Sikh extremism. He later issued a clarification over his statement after India denied the innuendos.Atwal has “answered any controversy over the governmental trip to India,” Stern told the Globe and Mail, adding,  “That situation is long over and has nothing to do with this charge.” Related ItemsCanadajaspal atwalJustin Trudeaulast_img read more

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Champions Trophy 2017: Hardik Pandya says India ready to deliver their best vs Pakistan

first_imgIndia and Pakistan renew their rivalry when the two cricketing giants face off at the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on June 4. However, Indian team all-rounder Hardik Pandya has downplayed the hype around the high-profile match and said the team will treat it as any other one day international.India start favourites against Pakistan and the clash is believed to light up the tournament. It will be another full house with supporters of both the teams set to paint Birmingham ‘Blue’ and ‘Green’.”I think we as team will treat it as a normal game. We won’t take any unnecessary pressure but make sure that we play our best cricket,” Hardik Pandya said.We wont take any unnecessary pressure but make sure that we play our best cricket: @hardikpandya7 #INDvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/EGjsdicpeh- BCCI (@BCCI) June 3, 2017India’s record against Pakistan in limited-overs cricket off late has been really impressive. Out of the contested seven matches since the 2012 bilateral series, which Pakistan won, the Men in Blue have come out on top on six occasions.The team that handles pressure better will do well. I am sure it will be a great game: @DineshKarthik weighs in on the #INDvPAK clash. #CT17 pic.twitter.com/srpY0kaizi- BCCI (@BCCI) June 3, 2017The bilateral cricket between the two teams has been stalled for quite some time now due to political tensions and cross border terrorism and they meet only at the multi-team tournaments hosted by the International Cricket Council or the Asian Cricket Council. (India’s pace attack better than Pakistan’s: Gavaskar)advertisementThe two teams had clashed in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England (at the same venue as this year: Edgbaston) where India won a rain-truncated game. They next took on Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide and won again, thanks to a classy hundred by Kohli.Last year, India played Pakistan twice and Virat Kohli was the difference between the two teams on both occasions. His magnificent 49 had helped India overcome a dangerous Pakistan pace attack in Dhaka and his sublime half-century resulted in an Indian victory at the Eden Gardens in the World Twenty20.However, it has been over two years since India and Pakistan clashed in an ODI. Led by Kohli, India will also look to make it 2-2 in head-to-head encounters in the elite tournament.India have had pretty mixed fortunes at the multi-nation tournament. While they are the most successful team with two title triumphs and ending runners-up once, the Men in Blue have also crashed out in the first round three times.India will also look to become the first team to win the title thrice and the second team after Australia to successfully defend their their title. Pakistan have never reached the final.last_img read more

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WANATEE RETRIAL BEGINS MONDAY IN COUNCIL BLUFFS

first_imgJury selection in the retrial of Elias Wanatee of Sioux City on a charge of first degree murder will begin Monday in Council Bluffs.Judge Duane Hoffmeyer issued a change of venue order to move the trial to Pottawattamie County following a mistrial in the case last December when a Woodbury County jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial of Wanatee.Wanatee is charged in the fatal stabbing of 50 year old Vernon Mace outside of a West 1st Street home last February 7th.last_img

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Montella targets Serie A resurgence

first_imgMilan Montella targets Serie A resurgence after Europa League success Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 08:37 11/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) VincenzoMontella - cropped Getty Images Milan Austria Wien Milan v Austria Wien UEFA Europa League After reaching the last 32 of the Europa League, Vincenzo Montella believes AC Milan can now make up lost ground in the league Vincenzo Montella praised his AC Milan players for securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League – and now wants them to focus on closing the gap in Serie A.The Italian side thrashed Austria Wien 5-1 for a second time this season, with strike duo Andre Silva and Patrick Cutrone both scoring twice in the San Siro rout.Milan 3/4 to beat Torino 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 The result, coupled with AEK Athens’ 2-2 draw with Rijeka, means Milan have secured top spot in Group D with a game to spare.But while Montella’s side have impressed in Europe they are languishing down in seventh place in Serie A, a situation their manager hopes they can now rectify in the coming weeks.”It was an extremely positive evening and we will honour the final game in the Europa League group phase, as that is what our history demands,” he told Sky Sport Italia.”Qualifying top of the group was the minimum objective. We achieved it, now we turn our focus to making up lost ground in Serie A.”Milan are in the process of gaining the right mentality, but unfortunately we were improving right as we came across sides like Juventus and Napoli, who are ahead of us right now.”As for the visitors, Wien boss Thorsten Fink felt his side fell apart after taking the lead, albeit the result has not completely ended their hopes of joining Milan in the knockout stages.The Austrian team can qualify courtesy of a better head-to-head record if they defeat AEK Athens in the final round of group fixtures.”Our plan worked for 20 minutes. After we scored the goal, we somehow lost our confidence,” Fink told UEFA.com.”We didn’t attack anymore and we defended horribly. Anyway, I’m happy that our hopes are still alive.”last_img read more

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Mourinho watches Arnautovic amid Man Utd links

first_imgTransfers Mourinho watches Arnautovic in Austria action amid Man Utd transfer links Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:09 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho, Marko Arnautovic Getty Transfers Manchester United West Ham United Premier League José Mourinho Austria v Russia Austria Friendlies The Red Devils boss has been linked with the West Ham striker and was taking in the action as his national side faced Russia in a friendly Jose Mourinho was spotted at a friendly between Austria and Russia on Wednesday, as rumours swirl he is targeting a move for Austrian forward Marko Anautovic.The West Ham star has been linked with a big money move to the north of England as Mourinho looks to bring in reinforcements for Manchester United behind Romelu Lukaku.The pair previously worked together in 2009-10 at Inter, when Arnautovic was on loan from Twente, but the move did not work out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The forward only appeared in three Serie A contests as a substitute, with Mourinho saying the striker had “the mentality of a child” and claimed he was “unmanageable”.However, that was eight years ago, and the 29-year-old Arnautovic has displayed quality since then, scoring 11 goals last season for West Ham after making a £20 million ($24m) move from Stoke City, where he had spent the previous four seasons. He also added six assists in his 31 Premier League appearancesIt was the second time in three seasons Arnautovic had scored 11 goals and added six assists, having managed it with Stoke in 2015-16.Those numbers have led to speculation Mourinho could seek to add him to play with or beside Lukaku after the Red Devils’ depth behind the Belgian was proven wanting in the 1-0 FA Cup loss to Chelsea .And Mourinho’s presence at a friendly in which Arnautovic started is only likely to pour more fuel on the rumour fire despite Mourinho reportedly claiming he was only “on holiday” when asked why he was in attendance at InnsbruckJosé #Mourinho is in the house! 😎🤙🏻 #autrus pic.twitter.com/YzhMcAhfc0 — Wiesi💯 (@cwiesi82) May 30, 2018 However, if Mourinho was there to have a look at the forward, he was treated to Arnautovic making an impact for his national side as he laid on the assist for Alessandro Schopf’s 28th minute opener.That proved to be the winner as Arnautovic played 83 minutes of the victory over the World Cup hosts.last_img read more

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9 months agoAlexander-Arnold happy for Liverpool to snap form slump

first_imgAlexander-Arnold happy for Liverpool to snap form slumpby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was happy to snap their form slump with victory at Brighton.A penalty won and converted by Mohamed Salah in the early stages of the second half proved decisive at the Amex Stadium, and Jürgen Klopp’s side now sit seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur still to play in this round of fixtures.”No matter what every game is important for us, but especially this game,” the right-back told Liverpoolfc.com.“We knew we needed a win to get the momentum back and show that we are a really top-quality side and that’s what we’ve done, especially as it’s a tough place to come. “I think everyone in the league would agree that this is one of the toughest places to play, with good fans and a good solid team who are hard to break down. We found it difficult even at Anfield to score goals against them. We got a 1-0 win there and are happy to get the 1-0 win here as well.“Questions were probably asked about our mentality and how we would bounce back from a [Premier League] defeat because we hadn’t experienced it so far [this season], and I think it was important for us to show everyone that we are a top-quality side and to bounce back and get the win. “Like I said, everyone knew how hard it was to come here and try and take points from Brighton so we’ve done it excellently and we will look forward to next week now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Fundraising for Louisiana Hurricane Victims

first_imgNew Orleans chef Alon Shaya will be sharing his passion for Louisiana cooking while in Halifax to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A fundraising reception, featuring live Acadian music, a silent auction and food, will be held at the Prince George Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $25 by calling 1-800-563-6368. Proceeds from the reception will go to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Shaya’s visit to Nova Scotia is part of a chef exchange program organized by the Taste of Nova Scotia Society. Halifax chef Ray Bear travelled to New Orleans in early August as part of a provincial trade mission and chef exchange. Mr. Shaya decided to use his visit as an opportunity to help the people of Louisiana. “I was originally scheduled to visit Nova Scotia as part of the chef exchange, something that might not have happened if it were not for the fundraising events,” said Mr. Shaya. “I feel extremely honoured to represent the city of New Orleans and I hope to return there with a sense of hope. The city has been through so much and I want to do anything I can to help.” “I am deeply saddened to hear about the destruction caused by the hurricane,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Acadian Affairs. “Because of our close historical and cultural connections to the people of Louisiana, this reception ties together the chef exchange and the desire of many Nova Scotians to help our southern neighbours.” “This reception is an opportunity for me to help out the people of New Orleans and Louisiana who have lost everything,” said Mr. Bear. “I am so glad that I had an opportunity to visit New Orleans last month and I will always remember the city’s character and vitality.” A Po’Boy Power fundraiser, which is happening in many cities in the United States, will take place during the Grou Tyme festival on the Halifax waterfront from Sept. 23-25. The po’boy sandwich is a traditional sandwich in New Orleans made with French bread. A number of Nova Scotia chefs will be preparing po’boy sandwiches at the Grou Tyme tent during the three day event. The requested donation for each po’boy is $10, with proceeds going to the hurricane relief effort. Mr. Shaya will be the guest chef during the Grou Tyme Festival, celebrating the Nova Scotia – Louisiana bond. Nova Scotia chefs are donating their time and skills while the ingredients for the sandwiches will be donated by local producers. Po’ boys will be available 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24; and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.last_img read more

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Ailing killer whale swimming off BC Washington diagnosed with parasitic worms

first_imgVANCOUVER – Scientists say an emaciated and endangered killer whale that’s been swimming in waters off the west coast has parasitic worms.Michael Milstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in an email that biologists are standing by to deliver a dart with deworming medication to J50.The administration’s Facebook page says genetic analysis of some results of fecal and breath samples the team collected shows the evidence of parasitic worms.The administration has previously said the nearly four-year-old whale, also known as Scarlet, appears lethargic at times with periods of activity, and that she is in poor condition and may not survive.The statement also says researchers in Seattle have a DNA breath sample collected from J50 last month, and while it yielded little DNA, they are adapting their analysis to make the most of the available material.The Vancouver Aquarium’s head veterinarian Martin Haulena was able to dart the sickly whale with an antibiotic on Monday.last_img read more

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Qikiqtani Inuit Association signs iron ore mine deal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Baffin-land iron ore mine have a deal and recently signed it.Many of the details are still to be announced.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has this from Iqaluit.last_img

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BC Indian Chiefs condemn RCMP enforcement of TransCanada injunction

first_img(with files from the CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says they are concerned about the safety and well-being of the Wet’suwet’en as the RCMP set up nearby the Gidimt’en camp to enforce the interim injunction from the BC Supreme Court in December 2018.UBCIC President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip stated “We strongly condemn the RCMP’s use of intimidation, harassment, and ongoing threats of forceful intervention and removal of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders from Wet’suwet’en unceded territory.  In continuing to aggressively threaten the Wet’suwet’en with eviction from their own Title land, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are blatantly ignoring the Supreme Court of Canada’s precedent-setting Delgamuukw case which confirmed that the Wet’suwet’en’s Title and Rights have never been extinguished.  The RCMP’s actions are in direct contradiction to both governments’ stated commitments to true reconciliation, and to full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is a global human rights standard. We demand that Canada and BC call on the RCMP and Coastal GasLink to respect the Unist’ot’en/ Giltseyu-Dark House on unceded lands. The provincial and federal governments must revoke the permits for this project until the standards of free, prior and informed consent are met.”UBCIC Condemns RCMP Intimidation of Wet’suwet’en: “We strongly condemn the RCMP’s use of intimidation, harassment, and ongoing threats of forceful intervention and removal of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders from Wet’suwet’en unceded territory.” #cdnpoli https://t.co/6D1yk1hHvp pic.twitter.com/24jsJRX0JP— UBCIC (@UBCIC) January 7, 2019On Dec. 14, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs issued a statement saying they were deeply concerned by the National Energy Board’s decision denying their request to participate in a jurisdictional challenge to the permits issued to TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which would cross Wet’suwet’en territories.While members of another Wet’suwet’en house, the Unist’ot’en of the Gilseyhu clan, erected a camp and checkpoint in the area of the planned pipeline almost seven years ago, Wickham said the Gidimt’en checkpoint is more recent.“We wanted to show that even though the Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en are from separate clans, all the chiefs have been opposed to pipelines in our territories for years and years and years,” she said.“Unist’ot’en has been holding that responsibility all by themselves, so the (Gidimt’en) chief decided it was time for all of us to physically show our support.”In an amended injunction order filed Friday, a B.C. Supreme Court justice said the defendants, which include anyone “occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access” in the area, have until Jan. 31 to file a response to Coastal GasLink’s injunction application.In the meantime, the order says they are prohibited from physically interfering with or impeding any person or vehicle trying to access the area or carrying on pipeline business, including pre-construction and construction activities. The defendants are also prohibited from threatening, intimidating or getting within 10 metres of anyone actively working on the project.LNG Canada announced on Oct. 2 that its joint venture participants had taken a positive investment decision to construct the Kitimat export facility.B.C. Premier John Horgan said LNG Canada’s decision ranked on the historic scale of a “moon landing,” emphasizing just how much the project means to an economically deprived region of the province,  an estimated $23 billion in provincial revenue.In a notice of civil claim filed Nov. 23, Coastal GasLink says construction on the pipeline is scheduled to begin this month for completion in 2021.“Coastal GasLink has project agreements with all 20 elected Indigenous bands along the length of the project in British Columbia,” the company said in the court document.The company has tried to begin work in an area only accessible by the Morice Forest Service Road, but has been prevented from doing so by the demonstrators, it said.“A small delay in completing the work could contribute to a significant overall delay for the project,” it says.Around 2012, the Unist’ot’en camp set up a blockade by constructing a gate and other obstacles to the area, and a second gate has been constructed recently at the Morice River Bridge, it said. Coastal GasLink was most recently prevented from accessing the area on Nov. 20, it said.In a statement posted on its website, the Unist’ot’en camp issued an international call to action for the Gidimt’en access checkpoint.The statement describes potential RCMP action as “an act of war,” and evidence that Canada is criminalizing and using violence against Indigenous people, despite paying “lip service” to reconciliation. It points to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which says Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their territories.“We are now preparing for a protracted struggle. The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en and the land defenders holding the front lines have no intention of allowing Wet’suwet’en sovereignty to be violated,” it said.last_img read more

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Bhanushali murder case: Ex-BJP leader Chhabil Patel arrested

first_imgAhmedabad: Over two months after the murder of former Gujarat MLA Jayanti Bhanushali, former BJP leader Chhabil Patel, a prime accused in the case, was arrested as soon as he landed at the Ahmedabad international airport on Thursday morning, officials said. The arrest was made the Gujarat CID-Crime. Talking to reporters, Director General of Police, CID-Crime Ashish Bhatia said, Patel admitted that he played a key role in the conspiracy to kill Bhanushali, his political rival. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Patel had fled to Muscat in Oman a week before Bhanushali was murdered. While Bhanushali was shot dead in a moving train on January 8 (this year), Patel had fled to Muscat on January 2. Thereafter, Patel went to the US on January 10 and lived with his daughter in New Jersey, Bhatia said. “Patel was arrested from the Ahmedabad airport as soon as his flight from New York landed here early today morning. He confessed to us that he played a key role in the Bhanushali murder case. He revealed how he contacted sharp shooters and conducted a recce of Bhanushali,” Bhatia said. He said, more details will emerge once they secure his remand after he is produced before the court. The CID had earlier arrested five persons- Patel’s son Siddharth, two sharp shooters and two caretakers of Patel’s farmhouse in Kutch district, Bhatia said. According to him, around three accused in the case, including a woman named Manisha Goswami, are still at large and yet to be arrested.last_img read more

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