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When You Must Be Impartial

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now A salesperson asked me a very important question. He asked, “How can you be a trusted advisor and consultative salesperson when you are partial to your company?” His point was that if your company and your solution is always right in all cases, then you aren’t giving them the best advice when it is not true. There are a number of factors worth discussing here, the first of which is qualification. If your solution is not right for your prospective client or your your company, then you are right to disqualify them and advise them to do something different. By giving up the deal now, you don’t fail the prospect, and you don’t bring in clients your company is not able to serve. The second factor is a bit trickier. It involves your belief in your company, your solution, and your ability to serve your prospect better than someone else. When you believe that what you sell is a commodity and a lower price is a better deal, you are not being impartial. The fact that you find differentiating more difficult isn’t impartiality. Instead, you are really just skeptical of your company’s business model. When you believe that because your solution is more difficult to sell, it makes another choice better because it is easier, you are not being impartial. There are always going to be competitors who choose to make selling easier by lowering their prices, making concessions, allowing the client to believe that producing better results won’t require them to change, and a dozen other strategies that allow them to win by saying yes to things that you cannot say yes too. These things do not make the competitor a better choice; they just make it more difficult for you to win. You can be impartial as it pertains to the advice you give your prospective client, but that impartiality should be exercised early in your conversations. By being impartial, you place the relationship above the transaction, increasing the likelihood that you gain an opportunity to work with them in the future.last_img read more

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Pollution: U.P. farmers seek govt. support

first_imgStubble burning: M.S. Swaminathan’s solutionVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3701:37  With pollution rising in cities of western Uttar Pradesh, farmers are seeking government support to get over the environmental crisis. It is not just Ghaziabad or Noida anymore, the Air Quality Index has crossed ‘severe’ category in Baghpat, Meerut, Hapur, and Bulandshar.“Farmers are being made to feel responsible for the rising pollution levels, when the main cause is the increase in the number of vehicles in Delhi-NCR,” said Nishant Chaudhary, a postgraduate who does farming for a living in Achheja village of Bulandshahr.“Stubble burning is just one of the many causes of pollution. It is being ‘marketed’ by governments of different States to pass the buck on the ordinary farmer who is grappling with an increase in input costs. It gets highlighted because its impact could be ‘seen’ because of the change in season,” he said.Admitting pollution was affecting their children, Mr. Chaudhary said farmers were not in a financial condition to invest in machines, even though subsidised, to prevent stubble burning. “At this time, every day is important for the farmer, as he is preparing for the wheat crop. He can’t wait for the subsidised mulcher to reach him. The government could buy stubble. It could be a source of biomass energy.”Gopal Singh, who has a farm in Hastinapur and agricultural land in Jewar, said farmers used the stubble to feed the cattle after mixing it with sugarcane leaves.Mr. Singh cautioned that the presence of combine harvester could be felt in the region as well and “perhaps that’s why the number of cases of stubble burning has increased in the last couple of years”.“We have so much unemployment, and agriculture could provide jobs to so many people. The government should think,” said Mr. Chaudhary. ‘Government’s job’Mojpal Singh, retired professor of agriculture, Janta Vedic College, Baraut, said it was the government’s job to think long term, not farmers. “Farmers indulge in stubble burning because they are left with no choice. This is not the case with those who burn crackers or drive cars,” he said.center_img Watch | Stubble burning: M.S. Swaminathan’s solutionlast_img read more

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Younghusband relishes China friendly

first_imgLATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Creamline stuns no.1 Bali Pure to send semis to Game 3 “It should be an interesting match as China is a strong team that is always in the Asian Cup,” Younghusband said. “It’s a tough test, but the more important game will be against Tajikistan on June 13.”Filipino-Spanish striker Javier Patino, who plays club football for Henan Jianye in the CSL, is unlikely to feature in the friendly due to an injury, but will be available for selection against Tajikistan in Dushanbe. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAwaiting a big-money move to Cardiff City in the English Championship, goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is skipping both matches, which means Patrick Deyto of Global Cebu will start for the Azkals, who are on top of Group H in Asian Cup qualifying after a 4-1 win over Nepal last March. The clash against China will give the Azkals a chance to end a 98-year winless spell against the Asian powerhouse. MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The last time the Philippines beat China was on May 14, 1919 in the Far East Games in Manila, where the Filipinos prevailed, 2-1. China bounced back with a 2-1 win the next day to wrest the gold medal and has not lost to the Philippines since. The Philippines has lost the last 12 games to the Chinese, the last coming in Asian Cup Qualifying in 2000 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, where the Filipinos suffered a 0-8 rout. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley also has a battle in his hands on the sidelines as he will be matched with Italian World Cup winner Marcelo Lippi, who is calling the shots for the Chinese. “It’s always good to prove yourself against a better team, against better players,” said Younghusband. “We will try to win the game, but we might try some new things.”Guangzhou Evergrande striker Gao Lin will be among the players to watch for the Chinese side, having scored 18 goals from 91 appearances so far.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband is relishing the experience of facing a formidable side in China on Wednesday night in Guangzhou as the Azkals brace for another grueling trip to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. Ranked 44 notches higher than the Azkals in the Fifa rankings at No. 82, the Chinese will host the Filipinos in the 7:30 p.m. kickoff at the 58,500-seater Tianhe Stadium, which is the home of Chinese Super League powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande. ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View commentslast_img read more

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Moving forward

first_imgView comments Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao PLAY LIST 02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “Our practice became intense because that’s what Kiefer brings,” Guiao said. “He’s very intense in the practices and it rubs off to the rest of his teammates.”And if Friday’s victory, which preceded Phoenix Pulse’s 111-103 upset of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, was any indication, the Road Warriors could be in for some success in the Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-5 Ashaolu looks sharp this early for the season-ender.“Well I had some doubts on Olu’s condition before the game because he arrived three days ago but he looked good in practice and we just ran a couple of plays for him,” Guiao said.And everyone on the team is just eager to have Kiefer back.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Out of the running and with nothing left to play for in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the NLEX Road Warriors spent the day getting two key players prepped for the  next conference—one during practice and one during an actual game.And both players left coach Yeng Guiao pleased.ADVERTISEMENT World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Begging for peace/unity in divided POC MOST READ PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup “Kiefer is a stabilizer,” center Poy Erram said. “We won’t have a disadvantage at the point guard position because Kiefer can do a lot of things.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Olu Ashaolu came up with a huge double-double to lead NLEX to a 100-97 victory against Rain or Shine in the Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum and spent some time after the game sharing his excitement about the return of Kiefer Ravena.“I’ve been hearing about him since last year and I met him one time in Macau,” said Ashaolu, who had 26 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists against the Elasto Painters. “After I practiced with him in his first day back, I can already see how good of a player he is. I’m excited to play with a guy like him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAshaolu first met Ravena last year in Macau when the Road Warriors participated in the Asia League: Summer Super 8 back in July.Guiao was also pleased with Ravena’s instant impact in his first practice with the team.last_img read more

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Sergio Ramos agrees to extend Real Madrid contract until 2020

first_imgReal Madrid’s Spain defender Sergio Ramos has agreed to extend his contract with the La Liga club until 2020, ending speculation he could join English Premier League side Manchester United.Ramos, 29, will sign his new deal together with Real president Florentino Perez at the Bernabeu stadium later on Monday, the club said on their website.Local media reported the team captain, a dressing-room heavyweight and a huge fan favourite, would earn 10 million euros ($11.1 million) a season after tax, making him one of the best-paid members of Real’s expensively assembled squad.Also read: Chelsea coach Mourinho defends Terry substitution Ramos was strongly linked with a move to United following the end of last season, with reports in Spain and England suggesting he might be included in a swap deal for the English side’s unsettled Spain goalkeeper David De Gea.As well as tying Ramos into a new contract, Real are also reportedly poised to sign Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan for a fee of around 30 million euros ($33.31 million).Inter coach Roberto Mancini appeared to confirm Kovacic was leaving after Sunday’s 0-0 friendly draw at home to AEK Athens, in which the 21-year-old did not feature.”None of us are pleased, from the president, to me to the directors and his team mates,” Mancini told reporters when asked about the player.Kovacic is seen as ideal backup in the centre of Real’s midfield for his Croatia team mate Luka Modric and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos and would compete for a place in the side with the likes of Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Casemiro.advertisementlast_img read more

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Inderjeet Singh qualifies for world athletics final

first_imgInderjeet Singh became the first Indian shot-putter to enter the final round of World Athletics Championships while Baljinder Singh produced his personal best to finish a creditable 12th in the men’s 20km race walk on the second day of competitions at Beijing on Sunday.Inderjeet, the reigning Asian champion, began the qualifying round at the Bird’s Nest Stadium with a below par 19.15m effort in his first attempt before he fouled his second throw. But he made his third and final attempt count as he heaved the iron ball to 20.47m to qualify for the final round as one of the 12 best performers in the qualification round.Inderjeet, who has a personal best of 20.65m, was fourth best in Group A and ranked eighth among the 12 shot-putters who entered in final round after taking into account the performances of Group B competitors in the qualification round. The final round is slated later this evening.In men’s 20km race walk, Baljinder Singh finished 12th out of 51 athletes, who completed the race, with a personal best time of 1:21:44. Two other Indians, Gurmeet Singh (1:25:22) and Chandan Singh (1:26:40) ended 36th and 42nd respectively.European champion Miguel Angel Lopez won the race in a personal best time of 1:19:14 to become Spain’s first 20km race walk world champion since 1993.Chinese Olympic bronze medallist Zhen Wang was second in 1:19:29, while Benjamin Thorne – the biggest surprise of the race – took bronze in a Canadian record of 1:19:57. Japan’s world record holder Yusuke Suzuki dropped out just after 45 minutes into the race. Reigning Olympic champion Ding Chen of China was ninth with 1:21:39.advertisementlast_img read more

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David Ferrer pulls out of Monte Carlo Masters due to injury

first_imgSpanish tennis player David Ferrer on Tuesday declared that he will not participate in the Monte Carlo Masters which started on Monday, because of a calf injury.The Spaniard announced on Tuesday on his Twitter account that he will not participate in this tournament due to injury, reports Efe.The third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season began on Monday and will last until April 17.Ferrer, replaced in the main draw by compatriot Marcel Granollers, was due to face German Alexander Zverev.With this, the world No.8 will miss a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time this season and it is this tournament where he has been successful throughout his career.His best results were in 2011 when he reached the final but lost to Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-5.last_img read more

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Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso skipping Monaco GP for Indy 500

first_imgTwo-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso announced Wednesday that he will race for McLaren at the Indianapolis 500 next month in a surprise switch that means the Spanish driver miss the Monaco Grand Prix on the same day.It will be Alonso’s first time in the showcase race as he steps up his bid to win the so-called “Triple Crown” of motor sport: the Monaco GP, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours race.”As a driver, if you want to be considered the best, you need to be able to drive all kind of cars in all different series,” said the 35-year-old Alonso, who has twice won in Monaco and hasn’t competed at Le Mans. “After successful F1 championships, the opportunity to race in the Indy 500, the opportunity to race in Le Mans, that dream of the Triple Crown is something very attractive.”McLaren said the Monaco GP will be the only Formula One race that Alonso will miss. The British-based team hasn’t announced who will replace Alonso for the most glitzy race on the F1 calendar, held a few hours before the Indy 500 on May 28 this year.Alonso, who has 32 grand prix victories, didn’t earn a point in the first two races of the 2017 season – in Australia and China – and McLaren is struggling to be competitive once again.”To be honest, if we are fighting for the world championship, we can’t afford to lose 25 points of possibilities. But we are not in that position, unfortunately,” Alonso told reporters on a conference call. “This possibility is a win-win situation for McLaren as a team.”advertisementMcLaren will be racing in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 38 years. Its entry will be a Dallara DW12 chassis, run by the Andretti Autosport team headed by Michael Andretti – a former IndyCar champion who raced in Formula One for McLaren in 1993.Alonso will fly to Indianapolis immediately after the Spanish Grand Prix on May 14 to get in two weeks of IndyCar practice.”I’ve never raced an IndyCar car before, and neither have I ever driven on a super-speedway, but I’m confident that I’ll get to grips with it fast,” said Alonso, who plans to attend the April 23 IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. “I’ve watched a lot of IndyCar action on TV and online, and it’s clear that great precision is required to race in close proximity with other cars on the far side of 220 mph (354 kph). I realize I’ll be on a steep learning curve.”Andretti will have six cars in the Indianapolis 500, including Alexander Rossi, the former F1 test driver who was the surprise winner of last year’s 100th running of the classic.For Alonso to drive in the Indy 500, Stefan Wilson had to give up his expected ride with Andretti.”It was really difficult obviously because the Indy 500, I live and breathe for it. I’ve spent 12 months trying to get to this point, so definitely hard from that standpoint,” Wilson said. “But when it really comes down to it, I wanted to put the interest of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series first.”Wilson is expected to get the opportunity to drive in the 2018 Indianapolis 500.The Andretti team has shown much improvement from last year, when Honda was dominated all season by Chevrolet. Honda drivers have won the first two races of the season, and the Andretti cars have been competitive.There had been rumblings in the paddock over the weekend in Long Beach that IndyCar officials were trying to bring in a “showstopper” for this year’s 500. Alonso makes sense now that McLaren is run by Zak Brown, who ran an Indianapolis-based marketing firm for years before his gradual move into Formula One. He has often been consulted by IndyCar management and was even in talks for an official role with the series.”Could Fernando win this year’s Indy 500?” Brown said. “Well, I wouldn’t be so silly as to make any such rash prediction, but I expect him to be in the mix.”Three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves, who was doing IndyCar testing in Texas, said it’s great to have Alonso coming to Indianapolis. He said it shows how special that race is for someone of Alonso’s caliber to miss Monaco to be there. Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner, believes Alonso has a realistic chance to compete for a win.”You get enough miles around Indianapolis to sort of get a good basis on it,” Dixon said. “He’s with a team that’s a proven winner, and teammates that are definitely proven winners, too. He’s walking into a good combination. Honda is a very strong package right now. So the stars are somewhat aligning for a great run for Fernando.”advertisementIn 1966, F1 champion Graham Hill won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie on his way to completing the Triple Crown – the only driver to have done so. The most celebrated F1 driver to take part in the race in recent years was Nigel Mansell, the then-defending champion, in 1993. Mansell finished third.Alonso, who is competing in his 15th season in F1 and was champion in 2005 and ’06, said he hasn’t set any targets for the Indy 500.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus move: Real Madrid has conquered my heart

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo wrote an emotional letter to the Real Madrid fans after the Spanish club released a statement of the Portuguese superstar agreeing to join Juventus.Ronaldo, who spent nine seasons at Madrid since joining from Manchester United in 2009, has scored 451 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.And, the 33-year-old released a statement via Real Madrid’s official website to thank the fans for nine wonderful years.”These years in Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life.”I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this hobby and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.”They have been absolutely wonderful for 9 years. They have been 9 unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of a very high demand, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way,” he said.Cristiano Ronaldo moves to Juventus after nine years at Real Madrid”I have had fabulous teammates in the field and in the dressing room, I have felt the warmth of an incredible crowd and together we have won 3 Champions in a row and 4 Champions in 5 years. And together with them, on an individual level, I have the satisfaction of having won 4 Gold Balls and 3 Gold Boots. All during my time in this immense and extraordinary club,” Ronaldo added.advertisementCarta de Cristiano Ronaldo.https://t.co/N6ssf0qoca#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/tLNYvnMzQqReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 10, 2018The five-time Ballon D’Or winner also thanked the club and everyone involved in the club.”Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you: thanks to the club, the President, the directors, my colleagues, all the technicians, doctors, physios and incredible workers that make everything work and that are pending every detail tirelessly.”Thank you infinitely once more to our fans and thanks also to Spanish Football. During these 9 exciting years I have had great players in front of me. My respect and my recognition for all of them,” said Ronaldo.The all-time leading Real Madrid scorer also clarified his decision to quit Madrid, a place, where he always dreamt of playing. But in the last couple of months, it was believed that Ronaldo was unhappy with Real president for not keeping his promises and was finally ready to move on.Moments after lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy by helping Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final in May, Ronaldo appeared to suggest he had already decided to leave the club this year, telling a reporter on the pitch at Kiev’s NSC Olympic Stadium: “It was beautiful to play for Real Madrid.” It was Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream to play for Real Madrid (Reuters Photo)He also has had several fallouts with his club and on several occasions indicated that he would leave and on Tuesday, it has finally happened.”I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.”I have reflected a lot and I know that the time has come for a new cycle. I’m leaving but this shirt, this shield and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am,” said an emotional Ronaldo.And, he signed off by saying saying what he said the first time he stepped on to the Bernabue in the famous whites of Madrid: “Hala Madrid!”last_img read more

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Ramiz Raja slams Sri Lankan cricketers for pulling out of Pakistan tour

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 16:18 IST T20 skipper Lasith Malinga is one of the 10 Sri Lanka players who have pulled out of the Pakistan tour (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS10 Sri Lankan players have decided against travelling to Pakistan due to security concernsSri Lanka are scheduled to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in Karachi from September 25PAK has not hosted a high-profile team for a full length tour ever since the terrorist attack on SL team bus in 2009Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja slammed Sri Lankan cricketers who have opted out of the upcoming tour to Pakistan citing security concerns but at the same time have agreed to feature in franchise cricket instead.Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera are among 10 players who have decided against travelling to Pakistan, where Sri Lanka are scheduled to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in Karachi from September 25.Pakistan had been an isolated destination for international cricket since the 2009 terrorist attack in which gunmen targetted a Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore, leaving several cricketers injured.”Don’t know what to read into 10 Sri Lankan players pulling out of Pak tour. Disappointing! And couple of them then opting instead to play franchise cricket. Wow!” Ramiz Raja tweeted.Don’t know what to read into 10 Sri Lankan players pulling out of Pak tour. Disappointing! And couple of them then opting instead to play franchise cricket. Wow!Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 10, 2019Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne have opted out of tour while Kusal Mendis was not available for selection due to an injury.Families of several Sri Lankan players were reportedly uncomfortable with the prospect of the stars playing in Pakistan. However, An official source in the Pakistan Cricket Board had told Press Trust of India that Pakistan would accept whatever team the Sri Lankan board sends.Pakistan have not hosted a high-profile team for a full length tour ever since the terrorist attack in 2009. The Sri Lankan team had come down to Lahore for a day to play a lone T20I match in October, 2017 while the ICC World Eleven and West Indies have also played short T20 series in Pakistan in the last two years.advertisementSri Lanka are also expected to take a decision on whether to play the Tests in December in Pakistan or in the UAE.Also Read | Sri Lankan national team will tour Pakistan regardless of which players are coming: PCBAlso Read | Lasith Malinga, Angelo Matthews among 10 Sri Lanka players to opt out of Pakistan tourFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sri Lanka CricketFollow Sri Lanka tour of PakistanFollow Lasith MalingaFollow Angelo MathewsFollow Ramiz Raja Ramiz Raja slams Sri Lankan cricketers for pulling out of Pakistan tourRamiz Raja took to Twitter to slam the 10 Sri Lankan players who have pulled out of the tour of Pakistan later this month citing security concerns.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Simone Biles dazzles on floor to win record 25th world championship medal

first_img Next Reuters StuttgartOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 21:53 IST Simone Biles shows her five gold medals at the Gymnastics World Championships (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSimone Biles is now the owner of 19 gold medals across four championships against 12 for ScherboBiles successfully defended her floor title to win medal number 25Biles finished her campaign in Stuttgart with five gold medals from six eventsAmerican Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history on Sunday when she won the beam and floor finals to take her career tally to 25 medals.Soon after securing a convincing victory on the beam in Stuttgart to overtake Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo’s record tally of 23 world medals, the 22-year-old Biles successfully defended her floor title to win medal number 25.The four-time Olympic champion is now the owner of 19 gold medals across four championships against 12 for Scherbo, who competed in five world events between 1991 and 1996.Making her final appearance of the week in front of a raucous crowd, Biles wasted no time as she landed a superb triple-twisting double back flip — known as the Biles II – on her first pass.Biles’s double layout with a half turn — another skill named after her — put her out of bounds for a 0.1 penalty but she did enough to post a winning score of 15.133.The Americans took a one-two finish as Sunisa Lee finished with 14.133 for the silver medal, while Russian Angelina Melnikova came third.Earlier, Biles delivered a polished routine on the beam before a full twisting double tuck dismount for an impressive 15.066.Although Biles had twice before won the world beam title, in 2014 and 2015, it has not always been plain sailing for her on the apparatus.Her slip on the landing of a front tucked somersault at the 2016 Rio Olympics meant she had to settle for a bronze in the event. Last year again, she dropped off the beam during the women’s all-around final at the world championships.advertisementBut she has regained her swagger this week, under the watchful eyes of balance beam coach Cecile Landi, and posted top scores in all four attempts — qualifying, the team and all-around finals and Sunday’s apparatus final.As another title-winning score was announced in the arena, Biles punched the air in jubilation before joining celebrations with the U.S. team.Last year’s winner Liu Tingting of China took silver with 14.433, while team mate Li Shijia won the bronze.Biles finished her campaign in Stuttgart with five gold medals from six events to mark ideal preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Her barnstorming run included a record fifth all-around gold as well as helping the U.S. to a fifth straight world team title.Also Read | Simone Biles scripts history after winning record-equalling 23rd worlds medalAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Simone BilesFollow Gymnastics Simone Biles dazzles on floor to win record 25th world championship medalSimone Biles ended her Stuttgart 2019 with a total of 25 world medals and has became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Cumberland County

first_img The following roads are closed due to flooding: TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL–Traffic Advisory,Cumberland County Detours are in place. Motorists are asked to use caution. -30-center_img Route 302 between Athol Road and Route 242 Little Forks Road Nappan Roadlast_img

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Digby Homicide Case Added to Rewards Program

first_imgThe homicide of Lynda Anne Comeau has been added to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. “Any loss of life is extremely difficult for families, and they want answers and closure,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “As a former law enforcement officer, I know how important it is that you speak with police and share what information you may have about this crime.” On Sept. 1, 2016, at 3 p.m., the Digby RCMP received a call for assistance at a residence on Fort Point Road, Weymouth North. The body of Lynda Comeau was discovered within the residence. It was determined that Ms. Comeau’s death resulted from an injury and the manner of the death was ruled a homicide. “We want to continue to investigate Lynda’s death,” said Sgt. Bill Raaymakers, RCMP SouthWest Nova Major Crime Unit. “We hope that by adding this case to the rewards program, it will encourage someone to do the right thing and come forward with information, no piece of information is too small.” Anyone with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. The program provides up to $150,000 to anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for these homicides. For more information about this case and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards/.last_img read more

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Sock Kyrgios keep World in touch at Laver Cup

first_imgGeneva: Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios paired up to defeat Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas as Team World cut Europe’s lead to 7-5 heading into the final day of the Laver Cup in Geneva. Sock and Kyrgios won Saturday’s doubles 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 after Nadal defeated Milos Raonic in his first match since his US Open triumph in the singles. “There was a lot on the line there,” said Sock. “We obviously wanted to keep the overall weekend close. Being down 9-3 is different than 7-5. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “We’ve had so many chances this weekend, it’s been crazy, so I think the score could be the other way round. “I thought it was a high quality match and we’re definitely happy to get the win.” Nadal, who won his 19th Grand Slam title in New York, had earlier overcome Canada’s Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) after defending eight break points in the first set. “I feel very lucky,” said Nadal. “I think he deserved that first set for sure. Later in the match I think I started to play a little bit better.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Roger Federer, who won his first match alongside Alexander Zverev in Friday’s doubles tie, beat Australian Kyrgios 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 10-7 to the delight of his 17,000-strong home crowd. “The crowd could feel it, I could feel it. I needed to get some energy going but you can’t do that if you don’t play any good shots and Nick was playing very well,” said Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion. “I was just trying to stay focused. If you can turn the momentum, the crowd gets back into it and I need some earplugs next time, it was just phenomenal.” Bjorn Borg’s holders had seen Team World draw level with John Isner’s victory over Zverev. Isner fought back from a set down to beat Zverev 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 10-1 and haul Team World level at 3-3 after Europe led by two points after the opening day. The scoring system sees one point awarded for each win on the first day, two points given for each victory on the second day, and three points on offer in each match on Sunday’s final day. This year is the first time the tournament has been played since being added to the ATP Tour. Europe won the 2018 edition 13-8 in Chicago.last_img read more

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We are committed to meet Indias energy security needs Saudi Arabia

first_imgNew Delhi: Notwithstanding the biggest-ever attacks on its oil facilities, Saudi Arabia has said it is committed to meet India’s energy security needs and will work constructively with other oil producers to maintain market stability. Saudi Ambassador Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati, in an exclusive interview to PTI, said his country will invite the United Nations and international experts to view the situation on the ground and to participate in the investigation into the attacks. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He said Saudi Arabia has the capability and resolve to defend itself and to forcefully respond to “these aggressions”, and appreciated India’s support and solidarity to Riyadh following the strikes which, he asserted, were “against the international community as a whole”. A series of drone and missile attacks on oil facilities of Saudi Aramco, the country’s national petroleum company, on September 14 knocked out half of its daily oil production, severely impacting the global oil market and triggering fresh tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “As the investigations are ongoing, the Kingdom will invite UN and international experts to view the situation on ground and to participate in the investigations,” the ambassador said. “The Kingdom will take appropriate measures to ensure its security and stability. The Kingdom affirms that it has the capability and resolve to defend its land and people, and to forcefully respond to these aggressions,” he said. Yemen’s Houthi terror group has taken responsibility for the biggest-ever attacks on Saudi oil facilities which severely impacted global oil supply. Saudi Arabia and its ally, the US, have blamed Iran for the attacks but Tehran has strongly denied the allegations. “The recent attack against Saudi Aramco was not only against the Kingdom, but against the international community as a whole, and was a deliberate attempt to disrupt the global economy. Therefore, the perpetrators should be held accountable,” the envoy said. Asked whether Saudi Arabia will increase oil supply to India to address the shortfall due to curb on import of oil from Iran, the envoy said his country is committed to India’s energy security and will meet any shortfall that may arise due to disruptions from other sources. He said as one of the world’s leading energy producers, Saudi Arabia will continue working constructively with other producers within and outside OPEC to maintain market stability, thus protecting all the interests of producers and consumers alike. OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) is a 14-nation powerful bloc of oil producing countries. “India condemned the attacks on our oil facilities and reiterated its resolve to oppose terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. As a friend and strategic partner, we appreciate India’s support and solidarity,” Al Sati said. He said initial investigations have indicated that the weapons used in the attack were Iranian, adding probe was going on to determine the source of the strike. “The Kingdom condemns this egregious crime which threatens international peace and security and affirms that the primary target of this attack is in line with the previous attacks against Saudi Aramco pumping stations using Iranian weapons,” he said. “The Kingdom calls upon the international community to assume its responsibility in condemning those that stand behind this act, and to take a firm and clear position against this reckless behaviour that threatens the global economy,” he said. The envoy said Saudi Arabia will continue working with its partners and allies in stabilising the security of the region. India’s relations with Saudi Arabia have been on an upswing over the last few years based on burgeoning energy ties besides cooperation in several other areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Riyadh in 2016 put bilateral ties on a new trajectory. There are over 2.96 million Indian nationals working in Saudi Arabia, the largest expatriate community in the country.last_img read more

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3 killed in lightning strike in Jharkhand

first_imgChatra (Jharkhand): Three persons, including two minors, were killed and four others injured when lightning struck them at a village in Chatra district, the police said here on Sunday.The incident happened at Madwa village under the jurisdiction of Lawalong police station on Saturday evening, when seven cattle grazers, all of them residents of the same village, had taken shelter under a tree during a downpour, the Block Development Officer (BDO) of Lawalong, Sailendra Kumar Chourasia, said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThree of them were killed on the spot, while the rest were seriously injured, the BDO said. The deceased were identified as Pappu Kumar (18), Kelu Ganju (10) and Kailash Kumar (12), Chourasia said. The injured were identified as Sakindra Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Yugal Kumar and Pravesh Kumar and they are being treated at the Sadar Hospital, he said. Compensation as per rules would be given to the families of the deceased, the Deputy Commissioner of Chatra district, Jitendra Kumar Singh, said.last_img read more

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We are challenging changing ourselves Modi to diaspora

first_imgHOUSTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed over 50,000 people in Houston, Texas at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event, organised by the Indian community at the energy hub of the United States. Modi arrived in Houston on Saturday on a week-long tour to the United States. “In the last five years, 130 crore Indians have achieved results which were impossible before. We are challenging ourselves and are changing ourselves. India is working to fulfil the dream of New India and is working day and night,” Modi told the Indian diaspora. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkHe began his marathon tour with a roundtable of the CEOs of energy companies. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said PM Modi had a “fruitful” meeting. After the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event, the next big thing on PM Modi’s agenda is the bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump. The two leaders will meet on Tuesday and will likely discuss the trade standoff between India and the United States. The next day, PM Modi will attend an investment roundtable, aimed at spurring growth in India. On September 27, PM Modi will speak at the United Nations General Assembly. His speech is being closely watched because of the tension between India and Pakistan over the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenUS President Donald Trump, sharing stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the huge public function by Indian Americans in Houston Sunday, papered over the tension over trade between the two nations. Trump said: “India has never invested in the US like it is doing today and it is reciprocal, we are doing the same in India,” he said. “PM Modi I look forward to working with you to make our nations more prosperous than ever before… You have never had a better friend in the White House than President Donald Trump”.last_img read more

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DCPCR suspects fake placement agencies might be operating from residential areas

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has suspected that fake placement agencies might be operating from residential societies in Delhi and NCR area and thereby, running human trafficking racket without any suspicion.The child rights body said that they have received complaints in which it was alleged that there is a possibility that fake placement agencies are being run either under the garb of a residential society or other establishments. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”We are suspecting that human traffickers, to dodge police and other agencies, have changed their modus operandi.,” said Roop Sudesh Vimal from DCPCR. He further said that apart from their probe, the commission has asked the city police to investigate this angle. DCPCR suspects that in society, traffickers are creating such environment so that the residents think that they are living like a family. According to DCPCR official, the placement agencies are working in an organised manner. They have established good links with the source areas and bringing children on the pretext of the good life. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarRecently, a programme was held on anti-human trafficking with special reference to the trafficking for the domestic maid in the urban areas. It was attended by the member from child rights body, RWAs, Delhi Police, NGOs. “Rural areas with chronic issues of poverty and socio-political instability act as source regions for migration and cheap human resource,” reads the report of the meeting. It further reads that metropolitan city with flourishing economies where people have the capacity to pay for hired domestic help are a hot destination for placement agencies to set up their offices and supply cheap labour, especially minors for domestic work. The report further added that personal circumstances like dysfunctional home environment, marital discord, large families, gender discrimination within the family, lack of employment opportunities leading to migration and later trafficking.last_img read more

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Rs 540 crore for Bantala leather hub infra boost

first_imgKolkata: State Commerce and Industry minister Amit Mitra said the state government is spending Rs 540 crores for developing infrastructure at the leather hub at Bantala where around 100 tanneries from Kanpur will be shifting in the years to come.”The present turnover of Calcutta Leather Complex (CLC) stands at Rs 13,500 crores. We are targeting to take it upto Rs 30,000 crores in the next five years,” Mitra said at the inauguration ceremony of two-day India, Leather and Accessories Fair at ITC Royal Bengal hotel on Friday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe fair is being organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) with active support from CLC Tanners Association, India Footwear and Components Manufacture Association, Central Leather Research Institute, India Leather Chemical Promotion Association and state Commerce and Industry department. Thirty-seven international buyers from countries such as USA, Korea, Italy , Spain, Potugal, Poland , Kenya, Sri Lanka, Germany to name a few are taking part in the two-day fair. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The organisers had received order of Rs 2,000 crores last year. I would like to see orders worth Rs 3,000 crore from this exhibition this year, ” Mitra said. It was on July 18 when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated a slew of new projects and laid the foundation stones of many others at Asia’s first “Integrated Leather Complex” at Bantala, the completion of which would generate 5 lakh employments in near future. A footwear park spread over an area of 60 acre is also coming up which is expected to have an investment of Rs 800 crore. The employment potential is projected at 7,000. Presently, 385 tanneries and 40 leather goods units are operational in Bantala Leather Complex.last_img read more