The Hustler’s Playbook: Motivation Is Your Problem

first_imgMotivation is wanting something so badly that you are literally compelled to take action. Continuously. As if moved by some unseen force. Until you achieve what you want and set your sites on some new goal.What Moves YouMotivation means that your ambition literally launches you out of the bed in the morning, inspired to work on what is compelling you. It keeps you up late at night, working for hours on end, pursuing what it is that is driving you. When we say someone is “driven,” we are describing them in a way that is inaccurate. They aren’t “driven,” they are “being driven” by something so big, so important, and so compelling that it can’t be denied.When you are motivated, you can’t not do the work that moves you closer to what you want. No one has to ask you to do this work. You don’t need anyone to manage you, and most of what you do doesn’t need to be written down on a task list. You never need to be reminded. What motivates you consumes you. Nothing can stand between you and what motivates you.You Can’t Be MotivatedThere is a reason that no one can motivate you. That reason is this: no one can want something for you that you don’t want for yourself.Have you ever wanted something for someone who didn’t want it for themselves? Even though you wanted them to want for themselves what you could so plainly see was the right thing for them, they were completely unmoved. Unless or until this person changed and wanted for themselves what you wanted for them, they took no action.This makes motivation your problem. You have to spend the time discovering what you want and why you want it. You have to determine what is worth taking relentless, consistent action and persisting over time to obtain.If you are going to have ambition, what is the source? What are you willing to give yourself over to so much that you all know it to “drive” you?What can you not leave undone? 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

Patidars issue ultimatum

first_imgPatidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to the Gujarat government to clarify its stand on the demands for quota and farm loan waiver for which its leader Hardik Patel has been on a fast for 12 days. “If the government does not clarify its stand in the next 24 hours, then Hardik will once again give up water,” said Manoj Panara, convener of PAAS, which spearheads the agitation in Gujarat. PAAS representatives accused the State government of misleading the people and slammed the government’s efforts to scuttle the agitation.PAAS leaders also targeted the Patidar community’s religious organisations and their trustees, calling them BJP’s agents. “It is for the organisations and their leaders to decide whether to be with the community or with the BJP government,” Mr. Panara said.To meet MPsFrom Thursday, PAAS members and volunteers will approach legislators and parliamentarians from the State to ascertain their stand on the issues the PAAS led by 25-year-old Hardik Patel is fighting for. Meanwhile, the State Cabinet meeting scheduled for Thursday is likely to discuss Mr. Patel’s demands and his indefinite fast, which is drawing support from leaders across parties.Leaders meet HardikOn Wednesday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray expressed his support for Hardik Patel. He requested him to continue his fight but end the fast as his health was deteriorating.A delegation of Congress leaders, consisting of AICC in charge of Gujarat Rajeev Satav, State party president Amit Chavda and leader of the Opposition Paresh Dhanani, met Mr. Patel to offer support.last_img read more

India Second Largest International Creator of Jobs in UK

first_imgIndia is the second-largest international job creator after the United States in the United Kingdom, official data said. Indian companies have set up 3,999 new jobs in the United Kingdom in 2016-17, while safeguarding the existing 7,645 jobs. This was done by setting up 127 foreign direct investment projects in the same year, according to UK Trade and Investment (UKTI),Meanwhile, United States generated 24,607 jobs in 2016-17 across 557 projects, besides shielding 7,197 jobs, revealed data from the Department for International Trade, reported India Today. China generated 3,326 jobs in the United Kingdom while safeguarding 1,444 existing jobs. However, China has a higher investment in the United Kingdom than India. India is the third-largest investor in the United Kingdom after the United States and China.In a joint report, the Confederation of India Industry and Grant Thornton said that Indian companies are investing more in the United Kingdom than in the European Union. At least, 10 per cent of the Indian companies in the UK are listed on the London Stock Exchange, as per the report.The Indian High Commissioner in London stated that Indian companies have created over 1,10,000 jobs in the United Kingdom so far. Currently, there are 12 Indian companies employing over 1,000 people. These companies will gain importantance for the United Kingdom after Brexit.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is in the United Kingdom currently told UK Prime Minister Theresa May on April 18 that there will be no dilution in the importance of the UK to India after it leaves the EU. Modi and May had “fruitful discussions” on multiple aspects of India-UK relations and issues like counter-terrorism, radicalization and online extremism, according to official statements.“Wonderful meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. We had fruitful discussions on multiple aspects of India-UK relations,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted after the meeting. Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Modi and May talked on multiple issues, including redefining and infusing new energy into the bilateral engagement post-Brexit.“Prime Minister Modi said there would be no dilution in the importance of the United Kingdom to India post-Brexit. He said the City of London was of great importance to India for accessing the global markets and would remain so,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.“The Prime Minister May updated Prime Minister Modi on the progress of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, saying the implementation period agreed in March gives Indian companies and investors the confidence that market access will continue on current terms until the end of 2020,” the spokesperson added. Related ItemsIndiaUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Over 3000 missing children from Odisha traced

first_imgOdisha police have rescued more than 3000 children including 82 from outside State by coordinating with Women and Child Development department and non-governmental organisations.Of the 82 children rescued as part of Odisha police’s Operation Paree-III, 61 are boys while 21 are girls. While 20 children from Odisha were found in Andhra Pradesh, 17 and 15 were traced from neighbouring West Bengal and Telangana respectively. Rescuers divided into eight different teams found nine and eight from Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh respectively. Children were also traced from Maharashtra and Delhi. These children were found from railway stations, bus terminals and shelter homes.Rescued children would be handed over to respective District Child Welfare Committees for reunion with their families. As many as 3056 children were rescued mostly from roadside eateries within Odisha.Recently, Odisha government had admitted that 6579 children had gone missing from the State since 2016. Of them, 5028 were minor girls. Number of boys is higher than that of girls among rescued children.Of the 5028 missing girls, 2370 had been traced which means whereabouts of more than half of the missing girls was not known. There has been rising trend in missing of girls from the State. In 2016, as many as 1291 girls had gone missing while 1360 were reported missing in 2017. Last year, the number of missing girls increased to 1875 registering 37.86% jump. Meanwhile, Akhand, a human rights activist, has moved NHRC drawing attention of the commission on the fact that last year, Odisha Police had rescued 2895 missing children during its operation Paree-II. Of 2895, 2789 children were rescued from different parts of Odisha.However, neither any action had been taken against the child abusers nor had the administration properly rehabilitated rescued children.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal wants to emulate Virat Kohli’s aggression

first_imgLondon Olympics bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal said she wants to emulate star batsman Virat Kohli’s aggressive approach in her matches.The Rio-bound shuttler, who recently clinched her second Australian Open title after beating World No. 12 Sun Yu of China in the final, said this while replying to Kohli’s congratulatory tweet.”Congratulations @NSaina So happy for you. Onwards and Upwards always #ProudIndian,” Kohli had tweeted after Saina’s win in Sydney.Congratulations @NSainaSo happy for you. Onwards and Upwards always #ProudIndian Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 12, 2016Replying to Kohli, Saina wrote, “I would love to get more aggression like u for winning more matches I m trying hard for that Thank u so much.”I would love to get more aggression like u for winning more matches ?º?I m trying hard for that ???Thank u so much ?????? Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) June 12, 2016Saina is among the seven shuttlers to compete in the Rio Games, starting August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.last_img read more

Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly: Dada of Indian cricket turns 45

first_imgSourav Ganguly, former Indian captain and current member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, turns 45 today.The world has witnessed the sheer audacity of a man from Kolkata to take on the might of world’s best ever since he stepped on the cricket pitch aged just 20.The left-hander can also be credited of promoting cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh to the Indian cricket team and history is testament to their impact on the sport.One to never shy away from a challenge, Sourav Ganguly moulded the team after taking up the reign of captaincy in early 2000 to become arguably one of India’s most successful captain.He has probably the most enviable records of leading India to 11 wins from 28 away Tests, one of the highest ever.After 7213 runs in 113 Tests and 11,363 runs in ODIs from 311 matches, the legend of Sourav Ganguly will forever be cherished by fans from all over the country.LORD’S DEBUTGanguly made a memorable Test debut on Jun 20, 1996 at Lord’s, scoring a century on debut against an English attack comprising the likes of Chris Lewis and Alan Mullally. He scored a stylish 131 as the crowd witnessed the now trademark cover-drive for the first time and from there started his love story with the iconic ground.SAHARA CUP IN TORONTOPhoto Credit: Reuters In a time when success in far-away lands was hard to come by, India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in 1997 at Toronto. Sourav Ganguly was declared the man of the series, having won the man of the match on 4 out of 5 occasions. He dominated the proceedings with 222 runs and 15 wickets in the series, with his best effort coming on September 18, 1997.advertisementHis career-best 5/16 earned him the moniker of ‘Prince of Calcutta’ from Geoffrey Boycott.ICC KNOCKOUT CUP IN 2002 IN SRI LANKAGanguly was the first Indian captain to get his hands on an ICC trophy after the legendary Kapil Dav lifted the 1983 World Cup. After losing out to New Zealand in the final of the previous edition in Kenya, India were declared co-winners with Sri Lanka.NATWEST SERIES FINAL IN 2002Sourav Ganguly would return to the iconic Lord’s ground in 2002 to give the world one of the most iconic moments in history at the end of the Natwest Trophy final. The image of an emotional ‘Dada’ taking off his shirt after Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif took India to a comeback victory over England is still fresh in everyone’s mind. 2003 TO WORLD CUP FINALIndia, as it seemed, had everything going for them when they reached Africa for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. A confident team with a good blend of youth and experience along with a capable captain in Sourav Ganguly seemed strong contenders for the trophy which had eluded India since 1983. They reached the final where hopes were dashed by an incredibly strong Australian team. But the seeds where planted for a new Indian side, one which would win the trophy in 2011, all started by a boy from Behala in Kolkata who just didn’t know to take no for an answer and whose vision has revolutionised the way the world perceived the Indian cricket team.last_img read more

The Ashes: England finally win video review to snare Steve Smith

first_imgEngland were “very relieved” to finally get a video review in their favour with the dismissal of Steve Smith, seamer Chris Woakes said after collecting the vital scalp of the Australian captain in the second Ashes Test on Monday.Smith had barely survived when an lbw decision was overturned on review off the third ball Smith faced from fast bowler James Anderson, so England were understandably nervous when umpire Chris Gaffaney gave the same player out to Woakes three overs later.Smith had no hesitation calling for a review by the Umpire Decision Review System (DRS), but this time the technology projected that the ball would have clipped the top of off stump and the decision was upheld, sending Smith packing to the delight of the England team.That’s stumps! How good is #Ashes cricket?! (@CricketAus) December 4, 2017″The way DRS has gone this game for us, there were a few that we thought were dead certs for us, and they haven’t (been), so to get (one) on umpire’s call was really nice,” Woakes told reporters.”It’s obviously a big wicket as well. The way the others had gone, it was a relief in the group to get that wicket.”Smith’s dismissal ultimately might not affect the outcome of the match, but how differently the game might have unfolded had two reviews not gone against England on Sunday, when Australians Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh both benefited.Marsh was on 29 when he was given out lbw, but DRS projected the ball would have bounced a whisker over middle stump.advertisementReprieved, he proceeded to score 126 not out as Australia built a huge first-innings score of 442 for eight declared.Marsh acknowledged that he had not been overly confident of getting the decision overturned.”I probably thought it was outside leg (stump) more than going over,” he said. “When I saw the ball pitch in line I thought I might have been in a bit of trouble.”Two overs after Marsh’s reprieve, Paine, on 24, was adjudged lbw to Anderson. As with Marsh, the ball was projected to have passed fractionally over middle stump and the wicketkeeper went on to make 57.Marsh and Paine shared a sixth-wicket stand of 85 that tipped the match firmly in Australia’s favour.Later in the day, England also opted for a review when opener Mark Stoneman was trapped lbw for 18 by Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc.On that occasion, however, the umpire had the call right and Stoneman was sent on his way.last_img read more

25 days agoRodgers plays down Leicester top-four chances

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rodgers plays down Leicester top-four chancesby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers has played down Leicester City’s chances of breaking into the top-four.The Foxes were in scintillating form in Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.The win leaves the 2016 Premier League title winners in third place, but Rodgers has cooled expectations of his side.”It’s very early in the season,” said the Northern Irishman.”We know it’s a big ask because of all the other clubs that have been regulars there. We are only really focusing on how we play, looking at our performance levels.” last_img read more

Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts

first_imgNova Scotians can enjoy the holiday spirit at the 20th annual Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts in Middle Musquodoboit. The event involves communities, industry and government in celebration of the natural balsam fir Christmas tree and its importance to Nova Scotia. The festival takes place at the Natural Resources Education Centre, 12014 Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit, and the Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre, 12046 Highway 224, from, today, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. Community groups and businesses decorate and display more than 30 balsam fir trees, which are provided by the Natural Resources Education Centre woodlot, and the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association. The opening ceremony takes place today, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Natural Resources Education Centre. There will be greetings by special guests, the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and festive entertainment by youth choirs and community groups. On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre, the Festival of Crafts will provide opportunities for visitors to browse through displays of Nova Scotia’s finest crafts. The $2 admission provides access to more than 70 Maritime crafters, presenting a large variety of unique items. Visitors can also stop in to St. Nick’s Cafe and enjoy a cup of warm apple cider and gingerbread served by local groups. In collaboration with Nova Scotia Power, people can save energy, money and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by exchanging two sets of incandescent holiday lights for one set of energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) lights. The LED Holiday Light Exchange will take place at the opening ceremony from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lights will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on this event, visit . For detailed directions to the Natural Resources Education Centre, go to .last_img read more

Nova Scotians Learn How to Selfmanage Chronic Conditions

first_img Lynn Jones says Your Way to Wellness taught her to better manage her chronic conditions, including arthritis, and says the group approach to learning will benefit everyone. “I really enjoyed the group interaction,” says Jones. “Being part of a group, you realize that even though people may have different health concerns, there are many common threads that bring us all together. You quickly appreciate the group mentality, and once you start, you don’t want to miss a session because you don’t want to let the others down. “The goals are set according to the individual. My goal was to begin doing yoga: it has been a year and I now go to yoga three times a week.” Dr. Peter MacDougall, director of the Nova Scotia Chronic Pain Collaborative Care Network, says the Your Way to Wellness program gives his patients confidence and skills to better live with chronic pain. “If they have a flare plan when the pain worsens, they have the ability to work through it until I can see them,” said Dr. MacDougall. “And, the goal-setting facilitates long-term lifestyle changes that improve their overall health and sense of well-being.” People with chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, mental illness, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and/or degenerative disease can attend a session. Family members, caregivers and friends are also welcome. Sessions are held in groups of six to 15 and conducted by a trained leader. For more information visit, or call 1-888-672-3444. -30- Better health, improved quality of life and fewer days in hospital are some of the benefits Nova Scotians with chronic health problems are getting from the Your Way to Wellness program. As part of Better Care Sooner, Your Way to Wellness is one of the ways the province is improving the health and well-being of Nova Scotians. The evidence-based, self-managed Your Way to Wellness initiative, is based on the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, and has helped more than 1,600 Nova Scotians since its launch in 2008. “The province understands that living with a chronic illness can create anxiety for many, and those affected often feel isolated and alone,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Your Way to Wellness is a free program that provides Nova Scotians who suffer from chronic illness, and their family members, the tools they need to lead healthy, active, fulfilling lives.” The program is available across the province and French sessions are held in communities in the Cape Breton and South West district health authorities. Although different chronic conditions have varied physical impacts on the body, the program focuses on the similar problems many sufferers share such as: difficulties with daily living interacting with the health care system communicating with family and friends dealing with fear, anxiety, pain and depression last_img read more

Bill Clinton Honored With HOPE Founding Civil Rights To Silver Rights Award

first_imgOn the heels of the 2015 HOPE Global Forum, Operation HOPE published the names of all those recognized by the financial dignity nonprofit during its annual meeting, January 15-17th.Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant presents award to President Bill Clinton at the 2015 HOPE Global ForumChairman Awards are given to those who provide exceptional leadership and who best exemplify its mission for empowerment, or “silver rights,” to under-resourced communities.“Our success could not be possible without the leadership, compassion and support of our esteemed partners,” said John Hope Bryant Operation HOPE founder, chairman and CEO. “It is our honor to recognize these great individuals for their work and support to help us carry out our mission to empower the underserved.”During the course the Forum both Bill Clinton and Andrew Young were distinguished for their longtime service with the prestigious HOPE Founding Civil Rights to Silver Rights Award, which is only presented to those who have had a profound impact nationally or globally.
”Your leadership in economic public policy to uplift the poor spans from the New Market Tax Credits, significant increases in EITC, creation of the CDFI Fund, active support of financial literacy, to even the global recognition of micro-finance and micro-credit,” Bryant cain about Bill Clinton. “Your vision of corporate responsibility and call to action of the private sector has ignited a spirit of global community engagement. You continue to generate thoughtful solutions to both national and global challenges and inspire the world to strive for positive, impactful change.”
”In recognition of your life’s work and its positive effect on both basic human dignity, and global economic growth,” he added about Andrew Young. “From a Civil Rights leader working alongside Dr. King, to a political career as a U.S. Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations and Mayor of Atlanta, chairing the Atlanta Olympic Games, to your more than 100 Honorary Doctorate Degrees, and your role in silver rights as the HOPE Global Spokesman, you have truly changed the course of history.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

UN sends in helicopters food medicines to aid Nepalese flood victims

1 August 2007With helicopters, food, water purification tablets, blankets and medical supplies United Nations agencies have rushed emergency aid to tens of thousands of Nepalese hit by floods and landslides, responding rapidly to the Government’s request for assistance in the crisis. With helicopters, food, water purification tablets, blankets and medical supplies United Nations agencies have rushed emergency aid to tens of thousands of Nepalese hit by floods and landslides, responding rapidly to the Government’s request for assistance in the crisis. “The UN System in Nepal stands fully committed to extend all possible assistance to the people of the affected districts who are suffering from the current natural calamity,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Matthew Kahane said in an update on the incessant rains that over the past three weeks have triggered floods and landslides in 28 districts of the Himalayan country, killing some 57 people, affecting more than 230,000 others and driving 4,000 families from their homes.Food, drinking water and temporary shelter have been identified as the major needs. There is a heightened risk of increased deaths and illness in the coming weeks and months due to outbreaks of communicable diseases, most importantly acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, vector-borne diseases and snake bites. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided water purification tablets and flocculent powder to purify water for some 30,000 people in affected areas in Banke, Bardiya, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Rautahat and Karnali Zone. The agency has also sent 6,000 packets of oral rehydration salts through its partners to address the onset of diarrhoea and dysentery that may arise from water contamination, as well as tarpaulins, water buckets and blankets. The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has made its helicopters available, at the Government’s request, and, with financial support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has flown rescue teams including members of the Nepal Army, police, Red Cross, government officials and UN agencies for evacuation, relief and assessment operations. UNDP is also coordinating with the private sector to facilitate contributions to the overall response. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is ready to immediately respond with food aid for people displaced by flooding across the Terai if the Government requests such assistance, while the UN World Health Organization (WHO), along with the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division of the Department of Health, is conducting rapid health assessments, introducing post-emergency disease surveillance. Medical supplies have been pre-positioned and new requests are being processed. For its part, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided food and supplies to 1,000 flood victims in Mahottari, including medical support to the district hospital and jail, and its mobile health teams are on alert to go other affected areas as requested.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has been helping to coordinate structures at all levels, facilitating inter-agency assessments as well as working with the with the Government, Nepalese Red Cross, Army, Police, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more

Carbon capture research centre on verge of shutting down

REGINA — A Saskatchewan organization that developed what was hailed as the first guidelines in the world for safe carbon capture and storage is on the verge of shutting down.Funding is running out for the Regina-based International Performance Assessment Centre for Geologic Storage of CO2, known as IPAC-CO2.And Premier Brad Wall said Tuesday that it could be “wound up.”“They’ve done some great work,” Wall said at the legislature. “We wanted to lead in terms of the standards of CO2 storage and because of the work that’s been done, we have those standards today.”“There might be some wind-up dollars required. I think we’ll look at that in terms of the budget, but I don’t think there’s a need to continue because the work’s been completed,” he added.IPAC-CO2 was created in 2008 when the province and Royal Dutch Shell each put up $5-million over a five-year period.Carbon capture and storage involves gathering CO2 from power plants and refineries and injecting it deep into porous rock. The goal is to prevent the gas from entering the atmosphere and contributing to climate change.Jurisdictions such as Saskatchewan that rely heavily on coal-fired power plants need carbon capture and storage to work. But the technology has been panned as unproven and critics say not enough is known about the consequences.Last November, the centre released guidelines on the best way to store carbon dioxide underground so it doesn’t get back out.IPAC also investigated claims from a Saskatchewan couple that CO2 from an oil company’s carbon capture operation was leaking on their family farm near Weyburn. The centre determined that the company was not the source of gas found on Cameron and Jane Kerr’s farm.But the organization has been under scrutiny over concerns surrounding a contract for IT services that wasn’t tendered.When it was starting up, the centre, under acting managing director Malcolm Wilson, got into a sole-sourced IT deal with Climate Ventures Inc.A forensic investigation by Myers Norris Penny found there was a conflict of interest because two people, including Wilson, held seats on both the IPAC and Climate Ventures Inc. boards. A news release from the Opposition New Democrats said the company got $2.9 million over a year and a half for computer hardware, software and IT services that were worth considerably less. read more

TimorLeste UN transfers security duties in Lautem district to local police

Speaking at a ceremony in Los Palos to mark the hand over from the UN Police to the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), the head of the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), Kamalesh Sharma, said the transfer was a “historic day for Lautem District and indeed Timor-Leste itself.”Although seven of the country’s 13 districts are now under the responsibility of the Timor-Leste police, Lautem is the first to be granted such complete security and law enforcement authority by UNMISET.Mr. Sharma told the assembled officers that “[you] must demonstrate to the people that this truly is a new, democratic Timor-Leste in which police and other security forces are not feared but respected.” He also stressed that “without the rule of law, and the effective enforcement that it entails, Timor-Leste cannot hope to achieve the peace and stability its people so richly deserve after a quarter century of struggle and suffering.”President Xanana Gusmão said in a statement read out at the ceremony by PNTL Commissioner Paulo Martins, the hand-over shows “the trust that the international community has in our police.” In addition, he reminded the law-enforcement officers that they are the most visible symbol of the country’s independence. read more

UN welcomes signing of political agreement on elections in DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing today in Kinshasa, by the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls. “The Secretary-General commends all actors involved in this effort, including the leaders of the opposition and of the Majorité présidentielle, and the Conférence épiscopale nationale du Congo (CENCO) for leading the mediation,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “He calls on them to abide by the agreement just signed. He underscores the commitment of the United Nations to support its implementation, in line with resolution 2277 (2016).”According to the statement, this long-awaited development builds on an initial agreement signed on 18 October between part of the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle, and represents a significant step towards a peacefully managed transition consistent with the democratic principles enshrined in the country’s Constitution. Noting that all political actors must work to ensure an environment conducive to free, fair, and credible elections, including by refraining from violence, the Secretary-General encouraged the Government to redouble its efforts to uphold fundamental rights and freedoms, which are essential to a credible electoral process, the statement said. On his final day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wishes continued success to the people and the Government of the DRC in their efforts to achieve peace and stability, the statement concluded. read more

Governments at UN forum on development urged to close spending gaps honour

UN Photo/Loey FelipeInga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Inga Rhonda King, along with Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, provided an overview of discussions during the first week of the HLPF. Ms. King, highlighting key messages, said the global response has not been ambitious enough — and there are worrying trends. Investment in education, quality employment and vocational training is imperative, as are special efforts to integrate women and young people into labour markets.While the international community is on the right path, no Goal or target should be considered met unless met for all social and economic groups, Ms. Spatolisano said, noting that the Forum’s first five days have reminded participants that they have the means and tools to achieve the 2030 Agenda. “The problem is that almost all the current spending is done in high‑income and upper middle-income economies and very little spending is being done in low‑income economies,” Mr. Kharas said. Significant gaps emerge between minimum spending needs and actual spending levels — creating a cumulative gap of $840 billion per year. These gaps are heavily concentrated in lower middle-income countries, which also have the largest economies and populations.  They can be filled by honouring pledges to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross national income to official development assistance (ODA). Doing so could yield $200 billion a year, Mr. Kharas explained, while multilateral development banks could unlock a further $1.4 trillion.Brooking research noted that there were eight major replenishments happening in the next 12-18 months, with total “ask” of $70 billion. They include: International Development Association, the African Development Fund, the Global Fund, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Global Partnership for Education, and the International Finance Facility for Education“Replenishment negotiations should focus squarely on SDG needs and the ability of organizations to deliver resources to meet SDG outcomes,” Brooking stressed.As for the second panel, Government officials joined civil society representatives in an interactive discussion exploring the usefulness of the voluntary national review process — namely, the structure through which countries report to the Forum on their progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda.  Moderated by Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the session heard several speakers welcome the fact that over 150 countries have already submitted reviews.Some delegates said the stock-taking exercise has helped their Governments improve data collection, address policy inconsistencies and avoid overlap and duplication.  However, others stressed that the reviews have sometimes resembled “travel brochures”, instead of honest examinations of the situation on the ground.  Still others drew attention to a broad lack of civil society participation in the process, with one speaker emphasizing that vulnerable groups — the very reason why the 2030 Agenda was adopted — must not be excluded from its implementation. Meeting for two panel discussions, respectively on the theme ‘Financing the SDGs: Moving from words to action’, and ‘Four years of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs): what have we learned on implementing the SDGs?’ the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) heard a diverse group of speakers underscoring the need to more effectively support poorer countries in reaching development objectives.Homi Kharas of the Brookings Institution, the morning Panel’s Keynote Speaker, started things off by announcing what Brookings research had found surprising: Government spending on the SDGs has reached $20 trillion and is due to increase, possibly reaching $30 trillion by 2030, the year all countries are expected to have attained the Goals.What financing & policy solutions can help unlock resources needed to achieve👉Quality education👩‍🎓Economic growth & decent work📈Reduced inequalities🤗#ClimateAction🌊Peace, justice & strong institutions?⚖️Find out at #HLPF today & learn more👉— UN DESA (@UNDESA) July 15, 2019 read more

Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada changes name logo

The Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada (AUCC) has undergone a name change.Starting Wednesday, it will be known as Universities Canada/Universités Canada.Under the AUCC banner, adopted in 1965, the organization brought universities together, facilitating a cohesive voice and a forum for collective action. The shift to Universities Canada/Universités Canada highlights the association’s focused role in supporting universities’ significant contribution to Canada.“The evolution from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to Universities Canada/Universités Canada marks a significant new era for our organization,” says Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada/Universités Canada. “Our new identity truly reflects the innovative, focused and dynamic nature of our organization, our work and our people. We are articulating more clearly who we are and what we stand for.”Universities Canada/Universités Canada (formerly AUCC) is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, representing the interests of 97 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges.The new identity features an iconic diamond image that symbolizes convergence and destination-a town square, a traffic intersection, a university quad. Turning it on end creates added dynamism, highlighting the need to continually advance in order to serve the needs of higher education, research and innovation.The diamond expands outward from a common centre to symbolize growth, evolution, steadily increasing reach and inclusiveness. It illustrates that Canada’s universities are shaping responses to a perpetually changing world. read more

Mens Hockey No 5 Ohio State beats Michigan State 42 for sevenstraight

Junior Forward Dakota Joshua (8) gets ready to set off against Michigan’s Adam Winborg (5) tonight Jan. 26, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | For The LanternOhio State junior forward Dakota Joshua scored a pair of goals and redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo made 25 saves on 27 shots en route to a 4-2 win against Michigan State (9-17-1, 3-13-1-1 Big Ten) Friday night at the Schottenstein Center to give the No. 5 Buckeyes (18-5-4, 11-5-1-0 Big Ten) their seventh-straight win at home. Joshua’s physical presence on the boards made him a difficult matchup for the Spartans. He led the team with five shots and he played with a bit more motivation going against his former coach.“I love playing Michigan State, chance to play Joe Exter, former coach of ours,” Joshua said. “We had a close relationship so it’s always good to get one over him. Definitely provides a little extra energy.”  Joe Exter was an assistant coach for Ohio State from 2011 to 2017. This is Exter’s first year as an assistant coach at Michigan State. After mentioning this week a desire to jump on the Spartans from the beginning, Ohio State scored its first two goals on its first two shots. On the Buckeyes’ first power-play chance four minutes into the game, sophomore forward Ronnie Hein took a pass from junior forward Mason Jobst and tucked the puck past the pads of sophomore goaltender John Lethemon for the game’s opening score. Junior forward Freddy Gerard added his 10th goal of the season off a give-and-go play with senior forward Matthew Weis two minutes later.  Romeo was only tested seven times in the first period, but faced 20 shots in the second and third periods combined from an aggressive Spartan attack. The goalie said he was fortunate his defense gave him a clear line of sight to make the saves he needed to and clear the traffic.“They’ve done a great job all year, they just did what they’ve been doing,” Romeo said. “Letting me have the first shot, kind of pushing everyone to the outside, let me see everything. It makes my night easier.”  In the early part of the third period, Joshua sped down the right side while driving to the net and used his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame for his first goal of the night. “It’s always good to be able to use my body,” Joshua said. “I feel like I have an advantage over most people, so yeah, the physical play doesn’t bother me. I like to think I can play anytime of hockey.” Michigan State scored a power-play goal to bring the score within one goal with eight minutes left in the game, but Joshua added the empty-net goal on a power play to ice the game. Weis’ two assists and sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski’s single helper extended their point streaks to 11 games each. Weis has 19 points and Laczynski has 17 points during the streak. Coming into Friday’s game against Michigan State, the Buckeyes were known to be a defensively stout team. Fourth in the nation in team defense with just 2.08 goals allowed per game and the nation’s top penalty kill, Ohio State would be comfortable entering the matchup playing a physical style of hockey, head coach Steve Rohlik said.“They brought it, and it was kind of the way the game was going there for a while,” Rohlik said. “We just wanted to stay with our structure and stay disciplined. At the end of the day, if that’s the way the game is going to go, we certainly will play that way.”   The Buckeyes will have a chance to sweep the season series against the Spartans at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Spartans spoil Ohio States home win streak beat Buckeyes

The Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season Saturday, as Michigan State out-muscled the Buckeyes for a 58-48 win. The loss snapped a 39-game home win streak for OSU and dropped the Buckeyes into a tie atop the Big Ten standings. The Buckeyes struggled shooting all night and the Spartans found their edge inside, totaling 14 offensive rebounds for the game. OSU’s 48-point output was their lowest of the season. “I feel fortunate because I think they missed some shots they normally make,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said after the game. “Defensively we were as good as we’ve been all year.” MSU senior forward Draymond Green and sophomore center Adreian Payne dominated, combining for each of the Spartans’ first 15 points. It wasn’t until 9:12 remaining in the first half that another MSU player scored a bucket when sophomore Keith Appling hit a 3-pointer to give his team the 18-14 advantage. OSU went on a 3:46 scoring drought that saw MSU take an 8-point lead in the opening period. Sophomore guard Aaron Craft broke the streak with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Jared Sullinger cut the lead to three. The Spartans continued to have success in the paint. Payne followed an MSU miss with his second tip-slam of the game and Sullinger had the ball poked away on the inside on the other end. The turnover by Sullinger — his fifth of the game — occurred with OSU trailing 33-25 with under a minute remaining in the half. An acrobatic layup by Appling gave MSU a 35-25 lead at intermission. “We looked out of synch,” Sullinger said of the Buckeyes’ first-half performance. “We didn’t run our offense.” The Buckeyes cut MSU’s lead to four at one point in the second half, but couldn’t get closer. OSU tried to work the ball into Sullinger down low throughout the final 20 minutes, but the Buckeyes’ big man continued to struggle finding his touch. Sullinger finished the game on 5-of-15 shooting. The rest of the Buckeyes didn’t fare much better as the team connected on just one of their first nine shots of the half. OSU head coach Thad Matta said the shots just weren’t falling. “We opened up the second half. We got the ball at the rim,” Matta said. “We’re getting fouled and it just wasn’t going in.” The Spartans’ lead swelled to 12, but an alley-oop finished by senior guard William Buford brought the sold-out crowd to its feet and cut the lead to 10 with 14:37 remaining. After an Appling layup with 11:48 remaining, the Buckeye defense stepped up and MSU was held scoreless for the next six minutes. Sullinger was able to put in a bucket from the left block and bring OSU’s deficit down to six, 44-38. He then connected again on a baseline jumper to bring OSU within four, but poor shooting killed any chance of an OSU comeback victory — the Buckeyes shot 26 percent from the floor and 13.3 percent from behind the arc. A layup by Green and pair of free throws by Appling again put MSU up by double digits and OSU never threatened again. Sullinger finished the game with 17 points and 16 rebounds, but also had 10 turnovers. He said MSU’s double team gave him trouble. “I wasn’t expecting the double because that’s not what Michigan State shows if you look at the film,” Sullinger said. “They had a great game plan and they stick to their system and that’s what happens when you stick to the system.” Craft added 15 points and was the only other Buckeye to finish in double figures. Payne was the high scorer for the Spartans finishing with 15 points, hitting all six of his shots. The loss drops OSU’s record to 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference. Matta said his team needs to move forward. “It’s got to be a learning experience for a relatively young basketball team,” Matta said. “You’ve got to stay together. You’re still sitting atop the conference. As a I told them, we’ll see what kind of team we have tomorrow.” OSU next travels to Minnesota where to take on the Golden Gophers Feb. 14. Tip is for 9 p.m. read more

Ohio State set to battle Nebraska in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball during a game against Purdue March 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 63-61.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — In postseason college basketball, winning supersedes all.Teams come into their conference’s respective tournaments with different amounts of dependance on each game — a win or two could help bolster an NCAA Tournament résumé. A bad loss could hurt seeding in the tournament, or a program could need to run the table to secure its spot in the big dance.Ohio State’s tournament life is likely secure, but dropping a first-round game in the Big Ten Tournament to a team with a losing record — Purdue — wouldn’t have done the team any favors as far as seeding goes come Selection Sunday.But the Buckeyes in fact survived to play another day with a chance at the Big Ten Title, defeating the Boilermakers, 63-61, Thursday.The outcome wasn’t decided, however, until Purdue senior guard Terone Johnson’s final 3-pointer fell hopelessly to the floor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But a win is a win — the Buckeyes are now 23-9 all time in the Big Ten Tournament — and OSU is looking to further bolster its argument for a higher seed in the Big Dance when it plays in the quarterfinals Friday. Their opponent might come as a bit of a surprise to diehard Buckeye fans — Nebraska.Yes, Nebraska.The Cornhuskers (19-11, 11-7) earned the tournament’s fourth seed after dispatching then-No. 9 Wisconsin, 77-68, Sunday at home, and the program has been trending upward since Tim Miles took over prior to the 2012-13 season. Nebraska finished 12-18 the year before Miles arrived, but the coach has brought a new energy and aura to the program — even splitting games with OSU this season.The second meeting between the two teams was a 68-62 win for the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Neb., a game that was the fourth consecutive loss for the Buckeyes. The rematch is a game senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said he’s been looking forward to playing ever since that loss.“I’m so ready to play these guys. Obviously when we lost to them up there and they stormed the court … but we get another crack at them,” Smith Jr. said after the win Thursday. “I’m expecting the team that I know this team can be to show up tomorrow and play those guys. I’m pretty sure everybody remembers that.”OSU shot 39.6 percent from the field in the loss, including making just six of 21 shots from beyond the arc. A pair of sophomores, guard Shavon Shields and forward Terran Petteway, paced the Huskers with 18 points each in the win, getting in the lane and drawing fouls to ultimately go a combined 10-13 from the free throw line.Nebraska also won eight of 10 games to close out the regular season to earn the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.“They’re on a roll right now. They are playing great basketball, and obviously Shields and Petteway are doing a good job,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after his team’s victory against Purdue. “They’ve got guys that can stretch the defense, they’re shooting the ball well. I think they’re playing as well as anybody in the country right now.”Buckeye senior guard Aaron Craft tallied a team-high 12 points against Nebraska in the Jan. 20 loss, eight of which came from the free throw line. He finished with 16 Thursday against Purdue, also swiping three of OSU’s nine steals in the game.Craft said after the win against Purdue, shutting down the potent Nebraska guard play Friday is going to be a team effort.“It’s got to be a big defensive game for us. They’ve got bigs that can shoot the ball, and obviously Petteway and Shields, who are playing great basketball right now,” Craft said. “It’s going to be a big team defensive effort for us.”At times against the Boilermakers, OSU seemed disinterested, nearly sleepwalking its way to an early exit in what has been an up and down year. Doing the same against Nebraska, however, would yield a different result, Smith Jr. said.“Obviously, guys’ minds weren’t right (against Purdue),” he said. “We got Nebraska rolling in here, and they beat us already this year and I’m pretty sure they think they can beat us again.”Junior center Amir Williams — who had six points and grabbed nine rebounds against Purdue — said he believes Nebraska is on the bubble, but a win against OSU would go a long way for the team’s tournament hopes.“They’ve been on a tremendous run as of late. We have that in the back of our minds, we want to win, they want to win. If they win, I think they’re in the tournament. Right now they’re still on the bubble, we’re still playing for something so they’re still playing for something,” Williams said after the game Thursday. “We’re worried about ourselves, take it out on them Friday and get a victory.”Tipoff Friday is set for 25 minutes after the completion of No. 8 Michigan and Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. read more