Don’t Allow Work to Get In the Way of Your Real Work

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Work often gets in the way of your real work. There is a never-ending stream of incoming requests for your time, your attention, your energy, and your labor. For most of us, scratching one item off a task list only causes the replacement by two or more additional tasks.It is a race that one must run, even if there is no way to win. If there were a way to win, however, it would be to run the shorter, more important legs of the race. While the marathon cannot be completed, the sprints can be run to completion.If you were to make a list of all the things you must do, some of the tasks would be essential, and critical to your success. Other tasks, done or left undone, would go unnoticed. Many would be necessary, even though they would contribute almost nothing to the outcomes you need to produce, nor would they be instrumental in reaching your goals. This being true, your time, attention, energy, and labor needs to be employed in what is critical to your success.If you are in sales, there are a million distractions available to you, many of them being necessary, even though the time spent and energy depleted would have been better invested in the few things that matter. The email from Human Resources explaining a new change to the self-service portal might be interesting, but it isn’t necessary that you read it unless and until you need to use it for some reason. The client request for a report is undoubtedly important, but owning the outcomes is not the same as owning the task, and could easily be delegated (and should be). Your expense report is due on Friday, and it’s Monday morning at 9:00 AM, which should prevent you from spending sales hours on an administrative task, even one that is necessary.The work that is your real work in sales is creating new opportunities and pursuing those opportunities. While there are all kinds of tasks you might do, and many that are necessary, your success is mostly going to be measured by how well you do producing these two outcomes, and predominately the second one.You cannot allow work to prevent you from doing your work.last_img read more

In touch with Centre on restarting mining, says Goa CM

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said his government was still in communication with the Central government for early resumption of mining in “public interest”. In a written reply tabled on Thursday, last day of the three-day budget session of the Assembly, Mr. Parrikar said that the stoppage of mining had caused a “loss of major revenue” to the State government.“There is on-going communication between the State and Central Government to start mining early in public interest,” Mr. Parrikar, who also holds Mining portfolio, said in his response to a question by Pratapsingh Rane, Congress.He further said that many people are directly and indirectly affected. In fact, due to loss of major revenue of State government,every Goan is affected by the closure of the mines, the reply said.In February last year the Supreme Court banned mining in Goa from March 2018 for illegalities found in the second renewal of all 88 iron ore mining leases and directed the State government to reissue the leases by following the appropriate law.last_img read more

Olympic weightlifting: Svetlana Podobedova lifts Kazakhstan to gold

first_imgSvetlana Podobedova won Olympic gold for Kazakhstan by the narrowest of margins in London on Friday, edging out Russia’s Natalya Zabolotnaya in the women’s 75 kg weightlifting by virtue of lighter body weight.Podobedova and Zabolotnaya both broke the Olympic record with totals of 291 kg, with the Russian setting down a new Olympic best of 131 kg in the snatch and Podobedova setting a new Olympic record of 161 kg in the clean and jerk.Podobedova was born in Russia and represented that country until she was stripped of her 2006 world junior title for doping, after which she switched allegiance to Kazakhstan.”I am grateful I could compete. In 2008 Russia didn’t allow me to go to Beijing but Kazhakstan gave me a chance. I started training for this slowly, and this gold is for Kazhakstan,” she said.”I just wished for it so much. I have been working towards this all my life.”Official results show the total Olympic record awarded to Zabolotnaya, who only joined the Russian team last week after Oksana Slivenko withdrew with injury.Belarusian lifter Iryna Kulesha was a distant third with a total of 269 kg.Podobedova’s victory brings Kazakhstan its fourth gold of the games and third in women’s weightlifting, after Zulfiya Chinshanlo won the 53kg category and Maiya Maneza took victory in the 63kg event.last_img read more

Police fire teargas at Sri Lanka cricket fans during fourth ODI

first_imgSri Lankan police were forced to fire teargas when hundred of fans forcibly tried entering the stadium where the home side was playing in the fourth ODI against Australia on Wednesday.About 300 fans tried to force their way into the 18,000-capacity Dambulla stadium after the authorities announced that all tickets had been sold and asked anyone without tickets to leave the area, a police official said.”We asked them to go, but they tried to break in while some blocked the main road by sitting down,” said a police official in Dambulla, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Colombo. (Bailey, Hastings propel Australia to series-clinching win )”The situation was quickly brought under control,” added the official who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media. There were no immediate reports of casualties.There were also chaotic scenes during the third ODI at the same venue on Sunday when fans without tickets broke through barricades and entered the stadium en masse, dislodging thousands of ticket-holders from their seats.Sri Lankans are cricket-crazy, but interest in the game has soared to new heights since Angelo Mathews and his team recorded a historic whitewash in their recent three-match Test series against Australia.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

I watched Dangal: Chinese President Xi tells Modi

first_img(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs)By Manash Pratim BhuyanAstana, Jun 9 (PTI) Chinese President Xi Jinping today told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he watched Aamir Khan- starrer sports drama Bollywood film Dangal and liked the movie and its actors.Dangal, which was released in China on May 5, has broken several records in the Chinese movie industry and raked up over Rs 1,100 crore.It became only the 33rd film in China to cross a whopping collection of one billion yuan (USD 147 million). It continues to play in over 7,000 screens across China.”President Xi in fact spoke very highly of Indian films. He said that Dangal was doing particularly well and that he himself has actually seen it,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said after the talks between the two leaders on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), where India and Pakistan today became full members of the grouping.Hi said he liked the movie as well as its actors.Dangal has also become the first top-grossing non- Hollywood film in China.The film is inspired by the real-life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who went against a patriarchal society to train his daughters to become champion wrestlers.Aamir Khan had recently said he hoped the film would be loved in China but never dreamt of such a spectacular success.”I always believe that language is not a barrier when it comes to creative endeavours and its success in China has proved that,” Aamir had said.advertisementJaishankar said both Modi and Xi also deliberated on enhancing cultural cooperation between the two countries. Xi also talked about upcoming Yoga Day celebrations in China. PTI MPB CPS AKJ CPSlast_img read more

Go BehindTheScenes With Ben Affleck For Earth Day

first_imgThe Climate Reality Project, the leading international organization dedicated to mobilizing action on climate change, and Charitybuzz, the global leader in online charity auctions, today announced the launch of the two-week Climate Reality auction.This auction will run from April 22 – May 6 at www.Charitybuzz.com/ClimateRealityProject.The auction, which begins on Earth Day, will raise funds for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps educational and grassroots-organizing program, with 2013 trainings in Istanbul, Turkey; Chicago, Illinois, and Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is currently made up of 4000 Climate Leaders from 58 countries who educate their communities about climate change impacts and solutions.Items featured in the Climate Reality auction include the following:• Meet Ben Affleck with a day-long set visit on his next film • Meet country music superstar and American Idol judge Keith Urban with VIP tickets to an upcoming concert• Tickets to the Vera Wang Fashion Show During New York Fashion Week • A Versace gown worn by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron• Meet Chelsea Handler with VIP tickets to Chelsea Lately • Tickets for 2 to the Galapagos Islands on a Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic vessel• An autographed guitar from Maroon 5• Tickets to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and Awards Party• Premium tickets to see Celine Dion at a Las Vegas concert • Tickets to the critically acclaimed play “The Weir” in London and a private meet and greet with lead actor Brian Cox• Meet Jackson Browne with VIP tickets to his upcoming tour• Autographed copy of Betty White’s newest book and autographed picture• VIP tickets to “Dancing with the Stars”• Ultimate Disneyland Family VIP Package“We are incredibly grateful to these friends who are generously contributing their unique talents to support the Climate Reality Leadership Corps program, which is changing the cultural conversation about climate change and driving for solutions,” said Climate Reality CEO Maggie L. Fox.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks surge on trade talks jobs report

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are jumping at the open on Wall Street Friday as investors welcome news of trade talks between the U.S. and China and a big gain in jobs in the U.S.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 308 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 22,994. The S&P 500 gained 34 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 2,482.The Nasdaq rose 96 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 6,559.The U.S. government said employers added 312,000 jobs last month. The strong showing could allay concerns about an economic slowdown in the U.S. Those concerns, along with a weak revenue forecast from Apple, contributed to steep losses in stocks Thursday.Most overseas markets rose after China’s Commerce Ministry said trade talks between the U.S. and China will be held Monday and Tuesday in Beijing.Bond prices dropped as investors turned back to riskier investments. The yield on the 10-year Treasury surged to 2.64 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

All necessary security measures will be in place for voters poll personnel

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission said on Monday that there will be deployment of armed forces at all the booths and adequate security measures would be taken for the voters and voting personnel in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab said on Monday that they are concerned over the security issues of polling personnel. In some places, the polling personnel have threatened to boycott the polls if adequate security measures are not taken. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the office of the District Election Officer in North Kolkata launched the e-portal Pollstar, where the voters and voting personnel would be given information related to the poll procedure. Voters will be trained through 7 modules which have been uploaded in the portal. It may be mentioned here that a number of polling personnel in North Bengal have recently written to the CEO, seeking immediate deployment of Central Forces in all the polling stations. They have also threatened to pull out from their election duties, unless adequate forces are deployed to man all the polling stations of these districts. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhile answering the questions of media, Aftab said armed police personnel from both the Centre and the state police force will be deployed at the polling stations. Senior officials of the CEO’s office assured all the election employees that all preemptive measures would be taken to conduct free and fair elections. Sources in the CEO’s office said that the commission is thinking of deploying 35 to 45 companies of Central Force in the state. At present, 36 companies of Central Forces are available for the polls in the two districts of Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Around 10 companies of Central Forces would be brought to Jharkhand. Meanwhile, the state government has released 29 companies of Central Forces which were deployed in Jangalmahal. Out of the 29 companies, 11 will be deployed in Alipurduar and 18 in Cooch Behar, sources in the CEO’s office said. 9,000 state armed police personnel will be deployed in the 3,844 polling booths, of which 2,010 are in Cooch Behar and 1,834 in Alipurduar. The decision about force deployment was finalised following a meeting between CEO Ariz Aftab and ADG (law and order) Siddh Nath Gupta recently.last_img read more

Morocco UN Ban Kimoon Regrets Misunderstanding Caused by Use of Occupation

New York – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has finally given in to the pressure place on him by the Security Council following the diplomatic row he caused when he described Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara as “occupation.”After several intense meetings in which the UN chief hoped to get the backing of the Security Council in his personal feud with Morocco, Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson has issued a statement on Monday in which he “regret the misunderstanding” the UN chief has caused when he described Morocco as a country that “occupies” the territory.“We regret the misunderstandings and consequences that this personal expression of solicitude provoked, especially since the main purpose of the Secretary General’s trip was to focus on the need for a mutually acceptable way forward that would, among other things, end the tribulation of the refugees,” Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief’s personal told the press on Monday. Dujaricc pointed out that Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” was not intentional, adding that he used it only one single time after he was “moved and saddened” by the conditions in which the Saharawis in the Tindouf camps have been living for decades.“it is useful to understand the circumstances of the Secretary-General’s use of the word ‘occupation.’ He used it one single time in response to a press question, noting that he had been moved and saddened to see the harsh conditions in which men, women and children have been living for decades. His use of this word was not planned or deliberate. It was a spontaneous personal reaction,” he noted.Diplomatic “Victory” for Morocco A group of UN experts who have been following the tension between Morocco and Ban Ki-moon told Morocco World News that Ban Ki-moon has been probably pressed by one or more members of the Security Council to present an implicit apology to Morocco.“Ban Ki-moon has been pressed to do so. He would not have done it on his own without the pressure of the Council,” a UN expert told MWN by phone.“Pressure probably came from one or more of the powers that expressed support for Morocco in the Security Council,” he added. read more

Conditions still critical for typhoon victims in Philippines says UN

25 November 2009Nearly a month after back-to-back typhoons submerged villages across the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of people displaced or still living in flooded areas are in need of safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene items, the United Nations humanitarian wing said today. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 46,000 homes were completely destroyed and 261,000 partially damaged after Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoons Parma and Mirinae swept through the country, bringing with them the heaviest torrential rains in 40 years and landslides that cut off contact with villages. OCHA said today that the humanitarian situation is still critical for people who were displaced by the typhoons and those living in submerged homes or areas inaccessible by landslides. As of 16 November, nearly 79,000 families, or more than 382,000 individuals, were still living in flooded areas in 871 villages.Emergency response projects are winding down and recovery programmes are taking over. The most recent figures from OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service show that the Revised Philippines Flash Appeal 2009 of nearly $144 million is 22 per cent funded at almost $31 million.This month, the World Food Programme (WFP) plans to distribute rice and high-energy biscuits in six regions. Preparations are also underway for WFP’s supplementary feeding programme. Starting in January, some 50,000 children between 6 and 24 months will receive a monthly take-home ration of fortified blended food, sugar and oil.Meanwhile, WFP is due to release its Emergency Food Security Assessment later this month. Various UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participated in the assessment which was concluded on 20 November. The preliminary results have been incorporated into the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, an effort led by the World Bank to determine the extent of damage and loss, as well as identify measures for recovery and reconstruction. read more

JSA to meet on Saturday to discuss concerns on judge

The Judicial Service Association (JSA) is to meet on Saturday to discuss concerns over the appointment of Ramanathan Kannan as a High Court judge.The JSA said that the Judicial Services Commission had found that the appointment of Kannan was illegal. However the JSA says President Maithripala Sirisena has failed to reverse the appointment of the High Court judge.The JSA says it will now meet on Saturday to discuss the next course of action. (Colombo Gazette)

UN ramps up assistance for Philippines flood victims

The UN has already made emergency cash grants available for the purchase of relief supplies and will determine whether to launch an appeal for the stricken country next week.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is concentrating its efforts on search and rescue operations. The agency also plans to examine water source contamination levels and structural damage to health institutions.For now, the Philippines needs inflatable boats to reach the affected persons, clean water, medicine, body bags and shelter, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Secretary-General Kofi Annan today sent his condolences to the families of the deceased and to all those affected by the catastrophe.In a statement issued by his spokesman he said he was “profoundly saddened” by the large-scale loss of life and destruction. read more

Commentary Wrestling more than just a complex sport

I love sports. Prior to this semester, whenever I said that, I actually meant that I loved baseball, basketball and football. Growing up, all I ever played or watched on TV were those three. I tended to cast all the “lesser” sports like hockey and soccer aside. They bored me. But that’s only because I never gave them a chance. I never understood them. Like the majority of sports enthusiasts, I followed the most popular ones, indulging anything and everything I could about them. I understood their ins and outs. The more knowledgeable I became, the more I enjoyed the sport. So it’s by no coincidence that my favorite sport happens to be baseball because I comprehend it the best. When I decided that I wanted to be a sports journalist late in my freshman year, I had dreams of one day writing about the “big three” athletic events. Never did I envision reporting on a sport I hadn’t the slightest clue about. I just had the gut feeling that I’d hate it. Who likes to write about things they have no interest in? Certainly not this guy. That’s when it happened. At the beginning of this semester, I walked into the Lantern class as a sports reporter for the first time. I was psyched. I had the pre-conceived notion that I was going to be writing about Ohio State football, basketball and baseball (I did end up covering two out of the three, however. Not bad). But when I saw which beat I was assigned to, my heart sank. Wrestling? Other than the fact that it involved two guys rolling around on a mat, I knew next to nothing about the sport. I was having a mini panic attack. How was I going to write about something that I knew as much about as knitting a sweater? My first story was due in a couple of days and I honestly didn’t know how I was going to do it. Fortunately, I had confidence in my ability to learn enough about wrestling in a short period of time to be able to write a passable story. I literally Google-searched “wrestling for dummies” to soak up as much information as I could. How embarrassing. I read about the fundamentals, from the different positions to all the different types of moves a wrestler could make to gain points. I read about how the scoring works, that every move had a consequence, awarding points to either the wrestler who committed the move or to his opponent. I had heard the terms before, but I never knew what they actually meant until now. This was a complex sport. The first story I was assigned was about reigning 133-pound NCCA champion Logan Stieber’s injury update. I thought to myself, “My first time doing some actual sports reporting and I get to interview a national champion? This might actually be pretty cool after all.” When I walked into the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility for the first time to conduct interviews with the OSU wrestling team, I really didn’t know what to expect. I arrived at the tail end of the team’s practice and the wrestlers were paired off, grappling with one another. The way they countered each other’s moves and maneuvered to gain a better position, it was almost like an art. It was entrancing. After practice, coach Tom Ryan, Stieber, redshirt sophomore Josh Demas and freshman Mark Martin all talked to me and to my surprise, were all down-to-earth guys. They gained a lot of respect with me for that. As my visits to Steelwood increased and as I acquired more insight on the sport through research and observation, my appreciation for wrestling began to build. But it wasn’t until I attended the home meet against Penn State back on Feb. 10 that I gained a true appreciation for the sport. More than 6,000 screaming fans created an atmosphere in St. John Arena that I could only compare to a big-time basketball or football game. It was so intense. I never would have guessed that a sport such as wrestling could be so exciting. After back-to-back pins by Stieber and his younger brother, Hunter, in the second and third bouts of the meet, the crowd erupted in applause. Then I thought to myself, wait, this is wrestling. I like basketball this time of year. I’m not supposed to like this, right? Wrong. Although the Buckeyes ended up losing the match, 29-18, I could see how much hard work these guys put in it. They battled the entire match and that really resonated with me. I never expected to like wrestling, but boy, I’m glad that I had the opportunity to cover it. As the cliché phrase states, “You’ll never know if you like something until you try it.” Well, I tried it, and I liked it. So now, when I say I love sports, wrestling belongs on that short list right next to baseball, basketball and football. read more

Former science teacher becomes first woman to complete all UKs Marilyn hills

first_imgMs Hatfield walked her first Marilyn in 1972 A map showing the location of 'Marilyn' hills across the UK Ms Hatfield walked her first Marilyn in 1972 Ms Hatfield, 58, who worked as a science teacher for many years before moving into medical sales, said she was “absolutely over the moon” to have finished the challenge. Ms Hatfield estimates she has climbed about 243,000m to achieve her goal – the equivalent of climbing Everest from sea level 28 times – covering about 5,370km as well.She said: “The list is great because it covers the whole of the UK, with hills of all sizes, and a huge range of character. It’s a massive list too, but not so big as to be unachievable.”The term Marilyn is a play on Munro – the name for mountains in Scotland that are at least 3,000ft (914.4m) high. A map showing the location of ‘Marilyn’ hills across the UKCredit:Wikimedia There are 1,556 Marilyns across the UK, though most of them are in Scotland  A science teacher gave up her job to become the first woman to conquer all of the UK’s 1,556 ‘Marilyns’ – hills with a drop of at least 150m on all sides.Jenny Hatfield, from Cumbria, completed her final Marilyn on Sunday, ascending the 632m Cruinn a’Bheinn, near Ben Lomond, in Scotland.She reached the summit with her partner, Rick Salter, who becomes the ninth man to complete the list, and the couple celebrated with a glass of champagne. The list is great because it covers the whole of the UK, with hills of all sizes, and a huge range of characterJenny Hatfield There are 1,556 Marilyns across the UK, though most of them are in Scotland  She told BBC Radio: “It just feels amazing to have that huge list of hills complete.“In the last year, myself and my partner Rick Salter have actually managed to climb 500 of them, so that’s been a huge ongoing every day commitment.”Ms Hatfield walked her first Marilyn, the 950m Helvellyn, in the Lake District, in 1972 while on a youth hostelling trip with her sister. But it wasn’t until 15 years ago that she bought the book The Relative Hills of Britain by hillwalker Alan Dawson, which lists the 1,556 Marilyns across the UK.Over the last ten years, Jenny has climbed many of the Marilyns with her partner Rick, saying the pursuit became a “common interest” for the pair.But she says it was only in October last year, when she climbed the St Kilda sea stacks, Stac Lee and Stan an Armin, that she first saw the opportunity to become the first woman to complete the list. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Millennials have finally worked out how to use social media to be

first_img“So a lot of apps that older millennials are using now are really geared towards embedding that within your social life.”Older millennials are also the last generation to remember a time before the internet – so might place a higher value on face-to-face interaction, she added. “At this age they’re investing in relationships and in identity-building activities and experiences which allow you to explore what’s out in the world and try new things,” she said. Younger millennials were spending less time on average “actively” socialising, than they were in 2000, suggesting that they were spending more time at home on activities such as computer games. Despite its name, social media may be making us less sociable. But one age group is bucking the trend. Older millennials are the only group who have successfully harnessed online apps and platforms – and are spending more time actively socialising than they were before, experts say. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the amount of time spent eating out, going to the theatre and cinema and playing sport by those aged 26 to 36 has risen from 35.5 per cent to 36.5 per cent from 2000 to 2015 – the only age group where the figure has risen. Among 46 to 55 year-olds the number has fallen from 32.6 per cent in 2000 to 30.3 per cent in 2015, and the overall time spent socialising among all age groups has fallen to six hours a week, a 12.7 per cent fall since 2000. “It’s possible that with increased device use, people are becoming less likely to go out of their way to meet up and socialise,” the ONS said. “Easy internet access enables people to talk to friends via social media apps, but they’re still doing so alone.”The figures show that those in their late twenties and early thirties are now spending the most time actively socialising, having overtaken those aged 18 to 25 in the time since 2000.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Dr Rebecca Graber, a senior lecturer in psychology at Brighton University, said that the group were more successful at using apps which encouraged social interaction. “The figures are compared to 2000, and back then device usage was much more one-way and now it’s much more interactive,” she said “Not only that but apps are designed to get you socialising in some way – so whether that’s meeting up over Tinder or fitness apps that encourage you to keep track of your accomplishments with other people or meet up with people for park run, that kind of thing. last_img read more

Modern diets could be killing us suggests major study on ultraprocessed foods

But the new study is the first major investigation linking high consumption of processed foods to higher overall mortality rates. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The study of 45,000 middle-aged people found that every 10 per cent increase in intake of “ultra-processed food” was linked to a 14 per cent increased risk of death within the next eight years. Previous research has linked consumption of foods like white bread, ready meals, sausages, sugary cereals, fizzy drinks to a higher risk of high blood pressure and cancer. Eating white bread and ready meals could be killing us, according to the first major study linking “ultra-processed” food with early death. The study, led by Paris-Sorbonne University, tracked the diets and… read more

What we know about Thor Ragnarok so far and one big guess

first_imgConstruction of #TonyStark #Quinjet that #Hulk used at end of #avengersageofultron. Onset of #ThorRagnarok. pic.twitter.com/3lqLoaTDbu— b1gr1g (@Bigr1g) August 6, 2016Just what Hela’s big plan is, if Loki is involved and what Thor and Hulk can possibly do to stop it is still up in the air…….but if I had to make an educated guess…I’d say that Thor: Ragnarok will be the movie that has the last of Marvel’s Infinity Stones, the Macguffin’s that are tying together all the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Right now, the location of the Time Stone and the Soul Stone are still a mystery and James Gunn has said Thanos and Infinity Stones aren’t his problem in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.When we last saw Thor, he was leaving Earth to find out more details about the Infinity Stones vision he had in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Assuming he still keeps a modicum of focus, Thor would still try to be tracking down the Stones. The three he wouldn’t know about are the Power Gem (from Guardians of the Galaxy, because the Nova Corps have it), the Time Gem, and the Soul Gem – he’s seen the other three in action.For reasons we can detail later, let’s assume that Doctor Strange will reveal a magical object that has power over time. There’s a shot in the most recent trailer that isn’t a kaleidoscope effect like everything else, and it might be the first of many hints that the Time Stone is in Doctor Strange. That would explain why Thor and Loki would have to go to Strange, who might or might not be aware of what he has.At some point in space he could be told about the Power Stone, but the only absent Stone is the Soul Stone. If we’re talking about the redemption of dead and debased gods, could we be talking about souls in Thor: Ragnarok? Hela would certainly covet a Stone that would give her power to claim souls, so that fits. And there’s the crazy “T-H-A-N-O-S” acrostic theory…In this theory, the first letter of the identity of each of the Stones combine to spell Thanos, the villain of Avengers: Infinity War. The Tesseract from Avengers, the Aether from Thor: The Dark World, a necklace from Doctor Strange, the orb from Guardians of the Galaxy, and Loki’s scepter from Avengers: Age of Ultron. That means we’re only missing the H for the missing Stone, which some have guessed is Heimdell.Heimdall in Thor: the Dark WorldIf the Latino Review rumor is true, maybe Hela doesn’t slay Heimdall just to be mean to Thor, maybe she has to kill him to gain possession of the Soul Stone. There’s a bit more that backs this up. In Guardians of the Galaxy, we briefly glimpsed the Infinity Stones and their respective colors:The unidentified Stones are the green one in the lower right and the orange one in the lower left. Look at the orange one, then look back at the photo of Heimdall from Thor: The Dark World. Is the watcher’s bizarre eye color a hint that he has or is an Infinity Stone? It may not be that far fetched if the “What happened to your eyes” from Thor’s Age of Ultron vision turns out to be literal and not a creepy metaphor.That would wrap everything up in a nice little package. At the end of Thor: The Dark World, it was unclear what had happened to Odin, but Loki (Tom Hiddleston) had taken his place on the throne of Asgard in the final shots of the movie. Back in January, we heard this from our inside sources:Whatever did happen, Odin has fled Asgard for Midgard, where he wanders the Earth as one of those crazy-looking “the end is nigh” street-corner hobos, warning of the impending apocalypse (American for Ragnarok). That report lines up with what we see in this set photo, combined with photos we saw earlier this week with Loki and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor in street clothes wandering fake New York. Jeff Goldblum’s comic book character The Grandmaster, is fond of playing games with lesser beings, occasionally making The Avengers fight each other. It’s possible that Goldblum is taking the place of the king of Sakaar from the Planet Hulk comics and will force Hulk and Thor to fight each other or escape.Through unofficial channels, it looks like we were right about most everything in the Hulk report, right down to the Gladiator planet being where his Quinjet crash lands after Avengers: Age of Ultron. A sharp-eyed spy caught the Quinjet being built in Australia to be used for filming. Just sellin papers with my mate @twhiddleston #PartTimeJob #ThorRagnarok @TaikaWaititi pic.twitter.com/QdxgPRFQiw— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) August 22, 2016Among the photos from earlier is this one of Thor holding a card that reads “177A Bleeker St,” the NYC address of one Stephen Strange.Also back in January, before the official announcement that tacked on Tessa Thompson (Creed, Selma, Dear White People) as Valkyrie, Karl Urban (Star Trek: Beyond, Dredd) as Skurge the Executioner, and Jeff Goldblum as a cosmic Elder called The Grandmaster, we were able to independently confirm that Cate Blanchett was Hela.In addition, we received some story details that have not yet been officially confirmed. While Thor and Loki are on a road trip to Midgard, Hela’s plans for Asgard take hold. According to our sources, when Thor confronts Hela, things do not go well. Not only does she banish Thor from Asgard, but she destroys Mjolnir.Presumably this is what starts Thor’s journey through space to reclaim Asgard and his birthright, and possibly to rescue some people. According to a rumor published at Latino Review, Hela will also kill Idris Elba’s Heimdall before banishing Thor. Not to worry, as the concept of Ragnarok is based around the debasement and death of the gods only for them to eventually be reborn.The report also said that Heimdall would return in a battle royale at the climax of the film, when certain creatures (people?) will be brought forth from the afterlife. Thessa Thompson being cast as Valkyrie, a character tasked with bringing the souls of warriors to Valhalla, suggests that the opposite of Hela and her Hel could also be in play.After Thor’s banishment, he eventually ends up teaming up with the Hulk. Mark Ruffalo’s involvement in the third Thor movie was known early on, but just how he’d play into the story wasn’t hinted at through official channels until this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Lucky for us, we were able to report the answer last January as well:Just when it looks like Thor is about to put a stop to it, he gets banished — but not to any old planet. He ends up on a gladiatorial planet where his head is shaved and he’s forced to fight for his life…Thor runs through all of his alien opponents in gladiatorial combat, even without his trademark hammer. Finally, Thor has to face the current champion of the arena, and wouldn’t you know who that ends up being? The Hulk. At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel showed off concept art of a Thor with his head shaved and animatics of the Hulk fighting aliens in Hall H. On the convention floor, they unveiled what they called “Gladiator Hulk” armor, giving more weight to our mere rumors of last winter.center_img Production is underway on Thor: Ragnarok down in Australia where the production is substituting Brisbane for New York City. Director Tiki Waititi is taking on the third of the Thor movies and yet another cog in the massive machine that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With some set photos leaking out from Brisbane confirming things we’d previously reported about Thor’s third outing, it seemed like a good time to re-cap just what it is we know and what we’re pretty sure we know about the final film in the Thor solo trilogy.The newest addition to set photos from Thor: Ragnarok reveals Sir Anthony Hopkins goofing around while dressed like…well, like he’s seen better days. <>last_img read more

Primaryschoolers yanked for bullying investigation launched

first_img Ministry of Education Announces Registration 2016-2017 for Public Schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands Five Cays ‘bullying’ video goes viral, MP on the case Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Related Items:bullying, ministry of education, primary school Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Apr 2015 – A shocking case of bullying is now being investigated by the Ministry of Education and the students involved have been pulled from the primary school in question. Video has been in circulation and has now made local TV news. The boys from one of the Provo-based public primary schools appear to capture themselves roughing up another boy, using foul language and completely enjoying repeatedly hitting the student. In the face, in the back, in the head, hits to the intimidated boy’s abdomen, lots of jeering and cheering and at one point the lead antagonist seems to spit on the bullying victim. The Ministry is discouraging spread of this video, but up to news production time well over 1,100 had viewed the news report by SunTV. I quote from a press release issued last night: “We are asking the public, that in the interest of the welfare and protection of the child who was bullied and parents, that we respect their rights and cease and desist from the circulation of this horrid video.” The authorities have already been called in this case.last_img read more

FUTURE LEADERS OF THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS URGED TO APPLY FOR

first_imgBe a Citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and return there for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Have completed an undergraduate degree Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Governor Peter Beckingham welcomed this year’s opportunity for Turks and Caicos Islanders to apply for scholarships, and said “I am delighted that during my three year term TCI has succeeded for the first time in winning Chevening scholarships. It is difficult to exaggerate the competitive nature of these awards, as I have seen for myself in other countries I have worked like India and the Philippines, where hundreds apply annually. Be able to meet the Chevening minimum English Language Requirement Be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university Have at least two years work experiencecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 13, 2016 –  Talented professionals and public servants from the Turks and Caicos Islands are able to apply for a fully funded one year Masters Degree, under the UK’s Flagship scholar programme supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations. The Chevening Scholarship Programme is a global scholarship programme aimed at future leaders.TCI has been successful in having two persons awarded with this Scholarship in the past two years, Mrs Kenisha Bacchus, who currently works as a Legal Consul for the TCI Financial Services Commission(awarded in 2014) and Miss Myrlchina Lewis, who is currently in the UK finishing up her studies(awarded in 2015).The Scholarship is awarded to outstanding individuals with leadership potential, and those that are willing to contribute positively to the development of the Turks & Caicos Islands.  Awards are typically for a one year Masters Degree, in any area subject at any of the UK Leading Universities. “It is to the great credit of TCI’s winners Kenisha and Myrlchina that they received these prestigious scholarships. I’m sure that they will use their experience for the benefit of the TCI organisations they have returned/will return to, and I hope that everyone in TCI will be proud of their achievements”. Chevening Scholarship offers a monthly stipend, travel to and from your country, a thesis or dissertation grant and tuition fees.Applicants should read the online guidance and be able to demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details of closing dates and priority subject’s areas are available atwww.chevening.org/applyFor more Information Contact the Chevening Officer- Mr Neville MisickEmail: Neville.misick@fco.gov.ukTelephone: +1649 -916-2308/9Applications open 8th August 2016 – 08th November 2016 Related Items:professionals and future leaders urged to apply for available scholarship, requirements to be eligible for the Chevening scholarship, TC Islander, The Chevening Scholarship Programme IN ORDER TO SUMBIT AN ELIGIBLE CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS MUST:last_img read more

Protesters call for end to US deportation of Haitians

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Community leaders held a rally in outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Northwest Miami-Dade, Friday afternoon, calling on the U.S. government to permanently reverse its deportation policy for Haitian refugees.The Department of Homeland Security passed a new policy change in September to deport many Haitian refugees back to Haiti.The policy has been put on hold due to Hurricane Matthew’s impact on the island, but Haitian Women of Miami and others South Florida leaders want the administration of President Barack Obama to permanently reverse the policy. They called on the department to release those who are being detained here and grant them temporary protection status.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more