Your Willingness To Succeed

first_imgAre you willing to do what is necessary to succeed?Are you willing to take the first step alone? Are you willing to begin your journey by yourself?Are you willing to start earlier and stay later? Are you willing to begin your day before anyone else? Are you willing to keep working after everyone else has stopped?Are you willing to study your craft? Are you willing to keep learning, to keep searching for the distinctions that only the master can make? Is good enough not good enough?Are you willing to ignore the voice in your head that tells you that what you are doing isn’t good enough? Are you willing to ignore the voices of the critics that will only point to your flaws and keep on?Are you willing to keep working towards your goal when there is no shred of evidence that you are making progress? Are you willing to keep going when a rational person would have long ago given up?Are you willing to make adjustments to what you are doing? Are you willing to be infinitely flexible in your approach, even when it means that you aren’t going to reach your goal the way that you hoped to?Are you willing to ask? Are you willing to ask other people for help? Are you willing to pick up the phone?Are you willing to believe? Are you willing to keep the faith through the dark times when what you are doing isn’t producing the results you want and when your actions are actually moving you away from your goals?Anyone can do what is necessary to succeed. But very few will. Are you willing? 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 Nowlast_img read more

After creating history as India’s first female fighter pilot, Avani Chaturvedi says a machine doesn’t have a gender bias

first_imgOn the occasion of International Women’s Day, Avani Chaturvedi, the first ever Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo, said that an aircraft knows no gender boundaries.“The best thing to be in the aviation sector is when you fly an aircraft which is a machine, it does not know whether the person handling it is a male or female. it will behave in a similar way. Be it a boy or a girl they have to be equally competent and professional to fly an aircraft,” Read it at Economic TImes Related Itemslast_img read more

Afghan-born off spinner in England Under-19 team vs India Under-19

first_imgA 16-year old Afghanistan off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri made his debut for the England Under-19s against India Under-19s at Canterbury on Wednesday.He made a sparkling first-class debut for Derbyshire, claiming a match-winning five-wicket haul against Glamorgan at Cardiff last month.Following his impressive spell in country cricket, he was rewarded with a call-up to the England Under-19 One-Day International squad to face India in the Youth ODIs.Qadri was born in Kandahar in Afghanistan on December 5, 2000. He claimed 5/60 in the second innings against Glamorgan to lead Derbyshire to their first Championship victory since July 2015.A 16-yr old Kandahar born, Afghani off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri is now playing for England U19 against India U19 at Canterbury#YouthODI- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 9, 2017The off-spinner can now look to impress the selectors and seal a place for the Under-19 World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand next January.This is a good sign for the people in Afghanistan. Earlier this year they were granted Test status along with Ireland and their star players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi were selected by the Sunrisers Hyderabad to play in the Indian Premier League.While Nabi had a decent outing in the hugely popular league, Rashid was one of the most exciting players in the league. The leg-spinner finished with 17 wickets from 14 matches.Rashid also took 7 wickets for just 18 runs against West Indies at Gros Islet in June in a One-Day International to hand Afghanistan a 63-run victory.Congratulations to #DCCC spin bowler Hamidullah Qadri who debuts for @englandcricket U19s today vs IndiaadvertisementLive on Sky; 2pm start.#P2bD pic.twitter.com/jDbyPQtRMP- Derbyshire CCC (@DerbyshireCCC) August 9, 2017last_img read more

Millwall charged after fans allegedly chanted racial abuse at FA Cup tie

first_imgShare via Email Police condemn ‘shocking’ FA Cup violence of Millwall and Everton fans Share on Facebook news The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Reuse this content Read more FA Cup Millwall Share on Twitter Share on Messengercenter_img “If you think you can come to Millwall and chant racism, no you can’t. This is a safe place to come,” he told the BBC. “We’re being damaged by 30-40 people. We haven’t won this. No one has won. But this isn’t just a Millwall problem. As Millwall football club, we can’t be responsible for educating the whole of south-east London. It’s an issue that is out there in society.“We will take responsibility for our guys but let’s find a way to try to work together to find different solutions to get this education piece across. It has been swept under the carpet by football, I agree with that, but I can assure you it hasn’t been swept under the carpet by Millwall.”Before the same game, a man was slashed across the face in fan violence that the deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Matt Twist, called “some of the most shocking football violence seen for some time”. Topics Share on LinkedIn Everton Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Liverpool The FA has fined Jürgen Klopp £45,000 after the Liverpool manager accepted a charge of making comments about a referee. After the 1-1 draw at West Ham this month, Klopp questioned whether Kevin Friend’s decision-making had been affected by the mistake of allowing an offside goal by Liverpool’s Sadio Mané to stand.The FA said the comments “questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or implied bias”. The Football Association has charged Millwall after a section of their fans allegedly chanted racial abuse during the FA Cup fourth-round victory over Everton.A clip of some Millwall fans singing a song which appeared to include discriminatory language emerged after the game, and as such the club have been charged under the rule that covers misconduct in the stands and places the responsibility on clubs to control their support.An FA spokesperson said: “It is alleged the club failed to ensure its spectators conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from using abusive and/or insulting words, which included a reference to race and/or ethnic origin.”Millwall have said they will issue life bans to any supporter found guilty of abuse but the chief executive, Steve Kavanagh, has claimed it is not a problem confined to his club’s supporters.last_img read more

Australia wins the 2015 World Cup!

first_imgIt was a near perfect day for the Australian teams on 2015 World Cup finals day at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Australia won eight of the nine divisions on offer, including retaining the Open’s and Masters World Cup trophies. Men’s Open Australia 11 defeated New Zealand 2Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oiUtWM4rQE Women’s Open Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 4Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpSp-J8L1W8&feature=em-upload_owner Mixed Open Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 5Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x374sc7aidU&feature=em-upload_owner Men’s 50’s Australia 7 defeated Italy 2 Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kVYvIIVdyY Men’s 40’sAustralia 7 defeated New Zealand 6 (drop-off) Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mWCwlQA4rs Men’s 35’sAustralia 5 defeated by New Zealand 6Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOvreuOH5uI Men’s 30’s Australia 9 defeated Cook Islands 1 Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KP9wM9LkUk&feature=em-upload_owner Women’s 27’sAustralia 6 defeated New Zealand 1Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K9hVXrzvH8 Senior Mixed Australia 11 defeated New Zealand 7 Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY35DTVwaBA&feature=youtu.be Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for plenty more match reports, highlights and photos from the 2015 World Cup. Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksWorld Cup Championslast_img read more

Devin Gardner Thinks Mark Dantonio Copied Jim Harbaugh’s Outfit On Saturday

first_imgMark Dantonio and Jim Harbaugh shake hands before a game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans prior to the game at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner thinks Mark Dantonio dressed like Jim Harbaugh on Saturday.Devin Gardner, who played for Michigan from 2010 to 2014, apparently isn’t content enough to just bask in the glory of his alma mater’s win over Michigan State last Saturday. No, Gardner took to Twitter on Monday with an interesting observation, which no doubt comes as a shot at the Spartans.Gardner noted that Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio wore an outfit that looked like something that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh would wear. Check it out:Is it just me or does this outfit look wildly familiar? Did Coach D try and bite Coach Harbaugh’s swag Saturday? pic.twitter.com/VMy5s605fW— Devin Gardner (@devingardnerXCI) October 31, 2016I’ve always known him to be a polo, three quarter zip up, hoodie guy! Never once seen him with the crew neck sweatshirt! ? pic.twitter.com/NBMpsHKVvm— Devin Gardner (@devingardnerXCI) October 31, 2016For the record, we highly doubt Dantonio purposely dressed up like Harbaugh. We imagine he has no interest in copying what his biggest rival is wearing. Gardner, however, seems convinced.last_img read more

New Update On Kyler Murray’s Upcoming NFL Draft Decision

first_imgoklahoma quarterback kyler murray warms upMORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 23: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 23, 2018 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)When the Oakland A’s drafted Kyler Murray No. 9 overall in June’s MLB Draft, they did so with the idea that Murray would eventually focus solely on baseball. Murray’s contract included a $4.6 million signing bonus and an agreement that he would only play one more season of college football.Well, Murray has been a revelation in that season, winning the Heisman Trophy and leading Oklahoma to the Big 12 title and College Football Playoff. In the meantime, he’s also rekindled talk of potentially sticking with football.Murray’s agent Scott Boras has been adamant that his client will play baseball next year. If Murray elects to continue his football career, he must forfeit his signing bonus.Boras on Kyler Murray: We negotiated a baseball contract provision allowing him to play COLLEGE football for 1 year…He is grateful & will honor agreement w/A’s & wants to be great MLB player. While every player would like to do both he understands why he’s focusing on baseball.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 10, 2018However, the latest report from Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler gives more credence to the possibility that Murray is wavering on his baseball commitment. According to Kahler, Oklahoma has submitted Murray’s name to the College Advisory Council for evaluation.The CAC is a “panel of senior personnel evaluators from NFL teams and directors from the league’s two scouting organizations.” The group provided feedback for any underclassman who is considering entering the NFL Draft, and provides the player with one of three grades: potential first round pick, potential second round pick or a recommendation that the player returns to school.Most major college programs submit their top underclassmen to the College Advisory Council for evaluation at the request of the player. One scout familiar with Oklahoma’s program says that the school usually only submits the names of players they really think will come out for the draft. Through an Oklahoma spokesperson, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley declined to comment on how OU compiles the list it submits to the CAC.According to NFL operations, programs can submit up to five players to be evaluated each year; requests to submit more than five are determined on a case-by-case basis. This year, Oklahoma submitted four players for evaluation.Murray has until January 14 to apply for entry into the 2019 NFL Draft, so he has about a month to make a formal decision. By having his name submitted to the CAC, Murray isn’t binding himself to any type of NFL commitment, but it does appear he is at least trying to cover all the bases for his future, no pun intended.Murray and Oklahoma will take on No. 1 Alabama in the Orange Bowl on January 1 for the right to play for the national championship.last_img read more

God bless you, stay healthy and fit: Sachin Tendulkar wishes MS Dhoni on 38th birthday

first_imgGod bless you, stay healthy and fit: Sachin Tendulkar wishes MS Dhoni on 38th birthdayMahendra Singh Dhoni was showered with loved and lots of good wishes from former players, teammates, and fans on social media on his 38th birthday.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 21:02 IST MS Dhoni turned 38 on Sunday. (Getty Images)India legend Sachin Tendulkar wished Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his 38th birthday in an interview to India Today on Sunday.Born on 7th July 1981, Dhoni turned 38 on Sunday and he celebrated it with his family, wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva, along with some of his India teammates in a party. MS Dhoni celebrated his birthday after India’s won against Sri Lanka in Headingley in the ongoing Cricket World Cup.”Many many happy returns of the day, god bless you and stay healthy, happy and fit,” said Sachin when he was asked about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s birthday.Virat Kohli also wished MS Dhoni on his birthday. Virat shared a photo with former India captain with heartfelt message.He wrote: “Happy birthday mahi bhai @mahi7781 . Very few people understand the meaning of trust and respect and I’m glad to have had the friendship I have with you for so many years. You’ve been a big brother to all of us and as I said before, you will always be my captain.”Happy birthday mahi bhai @msdhoni. Very few people understand the meaning of trust and respect and I’m glad to have had the friendship I have with you for so many years. You’ve been a big brother to all of us and as I said before, you will always be my captain pic.twitter.com/Wxsf5fvH2mVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 7, 2019Currently, MS Dhoni is representing India in his 4th World Cup and has scored 223 runs at a strike-rate of just over 90. Dhoni has attracted a lot of flak for his slow batting during the quadrennial tournament.advertisementTeam India has been in supreme form in the World Cup 2019 as they topped the group stages with seven wins and just one defeat from their nine matches to finish a point clear of Australia.India will now take on New Zealand in the first semi-final in Manchester on July 9.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s batting is poetry in motion, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | New Zealand have won just 1 out of 7 World Cup semi-finalsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mahendra Singh Dhoni Nextlast_img read more

SEZ Authority Anticipates Billions in Investments, Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Seaga said that investors from across the globe are establishing businesses locally, noting that interests from countries with which Jamaica has had no previous relations “are now knocking at our doors”. Chairman of the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA), Metry Seaga, says the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) landscape, when fully mature, will boast “many billions in investments” and hundreds of thousands of jobs in a range of sectors, including manufacturing, logistics, and business process outsourcing (BPO). “We have seen significant growth in the BPO industry segment… and the time is right to start realising significant growth in other areas as well,” he said. Chairman of the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA), Metry Seaga, says the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) landscape, when fully mature, will boast “many billions in investments” and hundreds of thousands of jobs in a range of sectors, including manufacturing, logistics, and business process outsourcing (BPO).In just under two years since its establishment, Mr. Seaga said the JSEZA already has on the ground more than US$500 million in investments and over 5,000 jobs in SEZs.“We have seen significant growth in the BPO industry segment… and the time is right to start realising significant growth in other areas as well,” he said.He was speaking at the official opening of the authority at Waterloo Road, St. Andrew, on July 11.Mr. Seaga said that investors from across the globe are establishing businesses locally, noting that interests from countries with which Jamaica has had no previous relations “are now knocking at our doors”.He said that local investors “are jumping at the opportunity to play their part in the investment landscape”.“Our talented people, nearshore location, robust telecommunications network, track record and our commitment to keeping our laws, regulations and incentive framework as modern and investor-friendly as possible, make Jamaica the ideal location for investment,” he pointed out.Mr. Seaga said that there is a push to connect local suppliers, including small businesses, with SEZ investors.“As we know, investments can have a tremendous ripple effect, but we have to create the space for it to work,” he said.Mr. Seaga informed that a “clear plan” has been developed to ensure the success of the SEZs, which outlines the activities to be undertaken and how these will be carried out.He said that the plan “must be integrated into our larger economic development strategy”.Additionally, Mr. Seaga indicated that work is ongoing to establish a sound and legal regulatory framework, while assuring that “we are working with you, our stakeholders, to address any gaps that exist in the legislation”.Mr. Seaga noted the support from Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, for the authority and its work, which he said, “bodes well for us”.“We aim to develop a joined-up approach to this segment of government business (and) call on all agency heads, Permanent Secretaries and Ministers to put their weight behind a cause that is for our country, Jamaica,” he urged.The SEZs, which will replace the free zone regime, are pivotal elements of the Government’s Global Logistics Hub Initiative (GLHI).They are geographically defined areas that offer simple and efficient business regulations and procedures to investors.The GLHI aims to position Jamaica as the fourth node in the global supply chain, along with facilities in Singapore; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

Montreals Mirabel cargo airport to get 107 million for expansion

first_imgMIRABEL, Que. — Montreal’s Mirabel airport does not have enough space to expand its flagship air cargo business.On Tuesday, the federal government and local airport authority sought to change that, announcing $107 million in funding to boost the airport’s capacity for goods-handling and infrastructure.Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the money will go toward building 20,000 square metres of warehouse space for air freight and logistics.It will also fund an expansion to the main aircraft parking lot and upgrades to the neighbouring road network.Ottawa will contribute $50 million to the infrastructure project and the Montreal airport authority will offer up $57 million.Garneau says the goal is to beef up trade volumes, stimulate economic growth and create jobs. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CP Rail train operators on strike signal workers reach agreement

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian Pacific Rail’s more than 3,000 train operators walked off the job late Tuesday night while a second group of workers reached a tentative contract settlement with the rail company.The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said its workers walked out at 10 p.m. EDT as negotiations continued with the assistance of federal mediators.That announcement came just minutes after CP Rail said a tentative deal had been reached with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 360 signalling workers who were also poised to walk off the job at 10 p.m.The Teamsters said the strike by its members began despite “best efforts to reach a negotiated settlement,” adding it is “willing to remain at the bargaining table during the strike.”It also said commuter train services in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are operated by Bombardier, not Canadian Pacific, and Teamster members who operate trains in those cities are Bombardier employees and will not go on strike.As a result, said the Teamsters, commuter train services would not be affected by the walkout.Via, however, had already cancelled passenger rail service starting Tuesday morning in Ontario between Sudbury and White River.CP Rail has said it will use qualified management staff to handle signalling and switching tasks so trains can continue to operate.However, the strike could force the railroad to shut down its freight service at a particularly bad time for grain farmers. Shippers had said they expected talks would fail, resulting in the third CP Rail strike since 2012.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier in the day that the federal government would not be rushed into introducing back-to-work legislation, preferring instead to employ various levers to motivate both sides to reach a settlement.Trudeau also said his government would not do as the Conservatives did and favour employers.“Quite frankly, we have companies that have gotten used to the fact that in certain industries, the government in the past was very quick to legislate against unions,” Trudeau said during a conference in Toronto.“We are not going to do that.”If eventually forced to intervene, said Trudeau, the Liberal government won’t be giving the advantage to employers.Even before the strike began, the livelihoods of Canadian grain farmers were already threatened because shipping was severely disrupted over the past winter due to extreme cold.“You always hope for a miracle but we’re pretty sure there’s going to be a stoppage,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, which represents the country’s largest exporters.He said there was little that could be done to prepare other than to notify farmers that deliveries will have to be rescheduled and tell overseas customers they could receive late shipments.“We’re just coming off of a year where we had poor rail service even though we didn’t have a work stoppage and we are trying to maintain relationships with our customers,” he added.The train operators voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action to back their contract demands in early April and voted 98 per cent to reject CP’s final offer last Friday.Both unions gave the railway notice over the weekend that they plan to walk off the job to support contract demands.— Companies in this story:(TSX:CP, TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

China US open trade talks as Beijing says exports rebound

BEIJING — U.S. and Chinese negotiators have opened talks on a vexing trade war as Beijing reported its exports rebounded in January despite tariff hikes by President Donald Trump.Economists and business groups say the two days of negotiations that started Thursday allow too little time to resolve the array of disputes under discussion. They say Beijing hopes to persuade Trump that enough progress is being made to forestall more tariff hikes.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier Liu He, shook hands at the start of the meeting at a government guesthouse but said nothing to reporters.Customs data released Thursday showed China’s exports rose 9.1 per cent in January from a year earlier, recovering from December’s 3.5 per cent decline. But imports of U.S. goods plunged 41 per cent.The Associated Press read more

UN chief deplores razing of East Jerusalem building for new Israeli settlements

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the destruction of the Shepherd’s Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem to make way for new Israeli settlements in the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood.Israel’s refusal in late September to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the Palestinian territory occupied in the 1967 six-day war prompted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus.Mr. Ban said the demolition which took place yesterday “only serves to heighten tensions,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“It is deeply regrettable that growing international concern at unilateral expansion of illegal Israeli settlements is not being heeded. Such actions seriously prejudice the possibility of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”The Secretary-General again called on the Israeli Government to take “whatever steps are necessary” to freeze settlement activity anywhere in occupied territory, the statement added. 10 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the destruction of the Shepherd’s Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem to make way for new Israeli settlements in the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood. read more

UN launches yearlong celebration of vital role of worlds forests

Recognizing the role that forests play in everything from mitigating climate change to providing wood, medicines and livelihoods for people worldwide, the United Nations today kicked off a year-long celebration to raise awareness of the value of this important resource.“Forests for People” is the main theme of the International Year of Forests, which was launched at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York attended by world leaders, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai and forest experts.The General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, on which at least 1.6 billion people depend for their daily livelihoods and subsistence needs. Forests are also home to over 60 million people, mainly members of indigenous and local communities, who reside in forests.“By declaring 2011 as the International Year of Forests, the United Nations General Assembly has created an important platform to educate the global community about the great value of forests – and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them,” noted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Today’s launch ceremony, presided over by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, is part of the high-level segment of the UN Forum on Forests, an intergovernmental policy forum dealing with forest-related issues.Mr. Deiss noted that it is very meaningful that the International Year of Forests follows on the heels of the International Year of Biodiversity (2010), which concluded with the adoption of a new strategic plan containing targets on significantly reducing, by 2020, the rate of loss of all natural habitats, including forests, and sustainably managing forestry to ensure biodiversity conservation.In his speech at the launch ceremony, Sha Zukang, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, noted that political interest in forests has been rising, and stressed that that interest should be translated into action.“We have to make sure that the billions of dollars pledged towards forests and climate change financing is actually released and applied to sustainable forest management,” Mr. Zukang said.Jan McAlpine, the Director of the Forum’s Secretariat said: “Every one of us, all seven billion people on earth, has our physical, economic and spiritual health tied to the health of our forest ecosystems. Throughout 2011, we will celebrate this intricate, interdependent relationship between forests and people,” she said.Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), also noted that forests represent many things to many people including spiritual, aesthetic and cultural dimensions that are, in many ways, priceless. “But they are also cornerstones of our economies, whose real value has all too often been invisible in national accounts of profit and loss,” he added.Forests cover about 31 per cent of total land area, amounting to just under 4 billion hectares, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which today released its “State of the World’s Forests” report.The report, which is published every two years, stresses that the forest industry forms an important part of a “greener” economy and wood products have environmental attributes that would appeal to people.The industry is responding to numerous environmental and social concerns by improving sustainability of resource use, using more waste materials to make products, increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions. For example, 37 per cent of total forest production in 2010 came from recovered paper, wood waste and non-wood fibres, a figure that is likely to grow to up to 45 per cent in 2030, with much of that growth from China and India.“What we need during the International Year of Forests is to emphasize the connection between people and forests, and the benefits that can accrue when forests are managed by local people in sustainable and innovative ways,” said Eduardo Rojas, FAO’s Forestry Director. Ms. Maathai noted in her address at the launch, as well as in a briefing to reporters, that the value of the International Year is the opportunity to “explore the value of the trees, the forests and the environment, as well as the value of the environmental services that these resources give us.”She added that too often forests and the services they provide are taken for granted and seen as resources that are unlimited. “But we all know now that we are facing situations where these forests are disappearing,” she told reporters. As part of the launch, international filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand will premiere his short film “FOREST.” The ceremony also featured clips from winning films from the International Forest Film Festival which was organised by the UN Forum on Forest Secretariat in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. 2 February 2011Recognizing the role that forests play in everything from mitigating climate change to providing wood, medicines and livelihoods for people worldwide, the United Nations today kicked off a year-long celebration to raise awareness of the value of this important resource. read more

TSX takes small gain as RIM stock moves higher

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market eked out a mild gain Friday as shares of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion rose ahead of its planned new smartphone launch.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 2.44 points to 12,602.18 while the TSX Venture Exchange inched ahead 0.17 of a point to 1,240.25.The Canadian dollar rose 0.01 of a cent to 101.58 cents US after Statistics Canada reported that the country’s trade deficit with the world jumped to $2 billion in November.Meanwhile, information technology stocks provided major lift in the market, up 3.8%, as RIM shares led the sector. The company’s stock (TSX:RIM) rose 13% to $13.31 on very heavy volume of more than 12.4 million shares.RIM shares have been on a volatile ride in recent months as investors await the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system and devices on Jan. 30.On Friday, promotional materials for the new BlackBerrys leaked onto some technology blogs, a day after thre top three U.S. cellphone carriers each announced they would support the new devices.But an analyst at BMO Capital Markets lowered his price target for RIM stock to US$9 from $12 on Thursday, based on revised earnings estimates for the coming year and 2014 following a visit to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Financial stocks fell 0.08% as weakness in the U.S. sector spread to the Canadian market.Wells Fargo, the biggest mortgage lender in the U.S., earned a record $4.9 billion in the fourth quarter, up 25% from the same period a year before. But investors worried that the results showed signs that its giant mortgage business was losing momentum.Great-West Lifeco (TSX:GWO) shares lost 13 cents to $24.67.In New York, the Dow Jones industrials gained 17.21 points to 13,488.43 while the Nasdaq was 3.87 points higher at 3,125.63.The S&P 500 index gave back 0.07 of a point to 1,472.05, pulling away from the five-year high it reached on Thursday.The Commerce Department said that the U.S. trade gap widened 15.8% in November to its widest point in seven months. The deficit was grew to $48.7 billion.In commodities, oil prices fell after China’s inflation rose to levels that could affect the country’s growth. February crude was down 26 cents to US$93.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.European countries are also facing their own uphill battle to restore economic growth. The economies of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro are in recession and unemployment is soaring across the region.Gold prices backtracked with the February contract down $17.40 to US$1,660.60 an ounce.PetroBakken Energy Ltd. (TSX:PBN) said it has budgeted $675 million for capital projects this year, with a focus on growing production from the Cardium formation in Alberta. Shares of the company were down 20 cents to $10.09.Shares of Boeing fell after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was launching a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing’s 787 after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week. read more

Tamil repatriates in India face uncertain future

Lawrence said Katchal Islands had one school and higher education was available only in Port Blair.“We are 24 hours away from Port Blair and most of the families are so poor to afford hostel facilities for their wards,” he said.“The Tamils also lack health facilities. All that you will get there is medicine for fever. If you have stomach ache, you have to take a helicopter to Port Blair for treatment. Helicopter fare costs Rs 4,000 per head. But constant rain affects helicopter service. A ship travels between Port Blair and Katcal Islands once a week,” said Mayakrishnan, one of the members of the association. “Even though the Calcutta High Court had ordered the Andaman and Nicobar Island administration to evolve a scheme to resettle us in a non-tribal area in 2012, no effort has been taken to implement the order,” said G.D. Lawrence, joint-secretary of the Katchal Tamil Settles Youth Welfare Association here on Monday. He is one of a handful of graduates from the community. “My classmate died during child delivery as there was no medical facility. How long can we suffer? What prevents them from resettling us in non-tribal area as it settled around 50 families in Hutbay islands with five acres of land and other facilities,” Mr Lawrence asked. “Now they are witnessing upward mobility, thanks to reservation policy well integrated with the local Tamils. A boy from the community has become an IAS officer,” he said. Settled on tribal lands in Katchal Islands in Andaman and Nicobar in India and kept away from the outside world’s attention, 161 plantation workers of Tamil families face an uncertain future, The Hindu newspaper reported.They were unable to undertake any economic activities on the land as the tribal community had sought reclamation of the land and resources after tsunami wreaked havoc on the island in 2004. “Now our family has grown into 226. So we just want two acres of land, a house and employment for one family member. The administration is responsible for our present situation because it settled us despite the fact that there is no scope for permanent settlement for us there,” he said.A total of 48 families of Indian origin were settled in the tribal areas of the island under a pact signed between then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Srimao Bandaranayke in 1964. At the time of settlement between 1974 and 1976, they were given half an acre of land, a single bedroom house and employment for two members of a family in the rubber plantation on daily wages. Sri Lankan expert V. Suryanarayan said when it came to settlement of plantation Tamils, the policy of the Indian government was ill conceived.“When they arrived in Tamil Nadu, they were given business loan. But they were not capable of using the money and they ended up as bonded labourers in Kodaikanal and daily wage labourers to the Badaga landlords in Kothagiri in Nigiris,” he said.Some of them were absorbed in the State-owned TANTEA. Instead, the administration had formulated a scheme under which they were given a tsunami model house on a 200 square metres of land. Whereas in 2003, the administration had promised to allot 4.5 acres land, a two-bed room house and employment for two members of the family for five to six years in a rubber plantation, Mr. Lawrence said. read more

Government condemns Indian Air Force base attack

Sri Lanka says it remains committed to work with countries in the region and beyond to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The Government today strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.The Foreign Ministry said that the Government and people of Sri Lanka extend condolences to the victims and their families.

UN mission in DR of Congo returns 120 more Rwandan excombatants

Earlier in the week, MONUC also repatriated 55 former soldiers from Rwanda, along with 59 dependents, who had been housed by the DRC Government at the military base in Kamina to Kigali. Another 64 ex-combatants were returned last Friday. The Mission said that since the start of the repatriation operation in October, about 600 former combatants and their dependents have been returned home to Rwanda.

Marking Palestinian solidarity day Annan calls for renewed action toward peace

“Performance of Road Map obligations is the way to move forward towards the shared goal of a sovereign, contiguous and democratic Palestinian State, living side by side in peace and security with Israel,” Mr. Annan said of the plan, which is sponsored by the Quartet consisting of the UN, European Union, United States and Russia.Otherwise a solution to the decades-long conflict remains elusive, after the hopes raised by Israel’s disengagement from Gaza were tamped down by violence, he told the meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, at which many other delegates spoke.Mr. Annan said that renewed action on the Road Map could take advantage of the new opportunity that has emerged due to the agreement to open the Rafah crossing and facilitate other freedom of movement, which could bring about tangible benefits to Palestinians who have suffered due to the events of recent years.”I strongly urge the Palestinian and Israeli leaderships to work with each other, with Quartet Special Envoy James Wolfensohn, and with the Quartet to ensure that the agreement is implemented in full and on time,” he said. The coming elections would have an important bearing on the peace process, he said, but should not distract from the essential work of building mutual trust.”Palestinians need to be assured that the future viability of a Palestinian State will not be eroded by settlement expansion and barrier construction. Israelis need to be assured that their security will not be compromised by failure to act decisively against terror,” he said.Jan Eliasson, President of the General Assembly, also urged the parties to build on the achievements of the past several months by making progress along the Road Map.”It is crucial that Palestinians and Israelis no co-operate to the fullest extent possible. Actions which could aggravate the situation and increase suspicions and mistrust must not be undertaken,” he said, stressing that the international community should focus its assistance on capacity-building programmes as part of a development strategy for a future Palestinian state.In addition to this morning’s programme, a dance performance, a film screening and other activities are scheduled to mark the Day of Solidarity at UN Headquarters. read more

SEWEURODRIVE seeing growth in mining volumes in Southern Africa

first_imgSEW-EURODRIVE says it is experiencing significant growth into Southern Africa, boosted by the introduction of latest technology such as its IE3-compliant DRN series of asynchronous motors. The OEM has doubled its exports into this region within three years.The OEM is represented in 12 countries in Southern Africa, with Angola, Zimbabwe, and Zambia representing the most significant opportunities for future expansion, notes Marcio Sicchiero, Head of Exports at SEW-EURODRIVE.He explains that the OEM has divided the continent into different sales regions in order to retain better control over internal pricing, and to improve customer service and aftermarket support. Industries represented include mining, which also accounts for the largest orders and biggest values.Sicchiero comments that he has managed to double export volumes into Southern Africa over the last three years. “This has been on the back of extremely tough times recently, especially due to the slump in commodity prices, which has had a major impact on the mining industry.”While greenfield mining projects have largely been stalled due to the financial crisis, a lot of mining companies have looked to redesign their mineral-processing plants, or introduce added efficiencies. “This is where SEW-EURODRIVE’s extensive product range plays a major role, as energy efficiency and environmental awareness are key drivers for us,” Sicchiero emphasises.However, he adds that the rout in commodity prices is likely to have bottomed out by now. “We are likely to see an increase in the short term, whereafter prices will level out at a more realistic level, indicating that the market will have returned to normal.”The emphasis on cost-cutting has also meant added interest in refurbishment and repair as an alternative to extensive capital investment in new equipment. “Our customer service and aftermarket support, coupled with the quality of our products, in addition to factors such as our industry-best lead times, gives us a distinct advantage in the export market,” Sicchiero concludes.last_img read more