Leadership and the Remarkably High Cost of Low Expectations

first_imgYour standard as a leader is not what you believe to be your standard. Instead, your standard is what you allow, what you accept, what occurs without your objection or consequences. Over time, you can be lulled into expecting less from the people you lead. The result of low expectations is not reaching your full potential and not helping others achieve theirs.Expecting Too LittleWhile this post isn’t about sales, there may not be a better example than a sales floor with an activity quota. The leader of the team requires forty outbound calls a day, even though most of the calls result in a voice mail. Although anyone is capable of making five calls an hour, the average number of calls ends up being something like thirty-two calls, with a few reps making more, and others making so few calls as to pull down the average.Assume the leader is thoughtful and cares about the outcomes of those calls as much or more than they care about the activity. The standard is not really forty outbound calls. The real standard is what the leader allows, not what the leader suggests. When there is no accountability or consequences, you do not have a standard; you have what amounts to “suggestions.”When you allow your expectations to chase the average performance you can achieve, you both expect and receive something less than the best performance of the people in your charge are capable of producing.Seeing Too LittleThe best leader you ever had believed you were something more than you recognized and pushed you to become that person. They didn’t coddle you or accept something less than your best performance. They weren’t apathetic about your effort, and they didn’t neglect you. Instead, they coached and encouraged you.Most people already underestimate their real potential. They don’t recognize their gifts and their capacities, and many (most) haven’t had the experience of working for someone who cares enough about them to see something in them that they can’t see themselves, or something they can see but haven’t had the courage to become.As a leader, your results are not only limited by your exceptions, but also by the limit of your ability to help people grow and improve their capacities to generate results. What you see in each individual is the performance you can expect from them. If you want to see something different, you have to help them see what they might become.Believing Too LittleThere is a word that you don’t hear enough in business. Perhaps it isn’t heard much outside of business anymore. The word is “encouragement.” The word “encourage” means to support and provide confidence. Without researching the word’s etymology, it isn’t difficult to recognize the idea of providing someone with the courage to act.Most people have no idea what they are capable of, and many (if not most) haven’t been encouraged to become something more than they are now. Most don’t possess enough belief in themselves and are not helped by leaders who don’t have a greater belief in them they have in themselves. Accepting and allowing people to turn in mediocre or poor results because you believe that is all they are capable of is to hold too little belief in them.As a leader, it’s difficult to accept that the person who didn’t perform for you thrives under another leader. The person did not change, nor did their role. The expectations of the person changed when their leader changed.Pushing Too LittleThe person who cares about you will push you to become the better version of yourself that is presently locked up inside you. They will continuously remind you that you are not doing the work, not putting forth the necessary effort and that you are capable of more. They won’t accept anything less than your best, and they’ll keep pushing until you succeed.There are many reasons we fail to push people for their best performance. First, it takes a lot of time and energy. Second, it means having the same conversation over and over again without seeing much of an improvement, if any. Third, it’s easy to be busy with other things, none of which are likely to outweigh developing your people and improving your overall results. But mostly, we may not push because we didn’t have a model of how to drive performance and because we don’t believe it will make a difference (i.e., we see too little, and we believe too little).A considerable measure of your results as a leader is going to come from your ability to encourage the best possible performance from the people on your team. You have to see, believe, and push for their growth and their performance.Failing Those in Your ChargeIf there is a way to fail your people, allowing them to lower their standards has to top the list. You can easily rationalize lowering your expectations, something that will be debilitating to producing better results.You can believe that it isn’t your responsibility to see something in your people they can’t see, and that it isn’t your responsibility to encourage their growth. You are paying them for their work, and you shouldn’t have to push them for their best results. To hold these beliefs is to fail the people in your charge, and in return, you can expect them to fail you.Raise your standards and expect more. Recognize that everyone on your team is capable of more than what they are doing now. Believe and encourage their growth, their development, and their best performance. And push them to start moving towards these things.last_img read more

Lyceum outlasts San Beda in 2OT, seals 18-0 sweep of NCAA elims

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHow sweep it is!Lyceum gutted out a thrilling 107-105 double overtime victory over San Beda to complete an 18-0 sweep and take the top seed in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT After their unprecedented run in the elimination round, the Pirates will now advance to the best-of-three Finals, where they will face the last team standing in the stepladder semis.“They just don’t wanna give up,” said coach Topex Robinson. “Credit goes to the coaches also, they are working extra hard. It’s really about being together, we always talk about together is better. It’s just a testament of really working together as a solid group, you can really change a lot. I’m so blessed I’m surrounded with the right people. These guys really get the credit, it’s not mine.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMike Nzeusseu towered over the competition with 27 points, 21 rebounds, and two blocks, but his contributions go farther than the stat sheets as his endgame heroics saved Lyceum in the clutch.The Cameroonian big man drilled the go-ahead freebies with 12.7 seconds to play, 106-105, in the second overtime period before getting the job done on the defensive end as he intimidated Robert Bolick’s attempt in the waning seconds. Leading MVP candidate CJ Perez fired 20 markers, six boards, six assists, and four steals, and nailed the game-sealing free throw with 1.9 ticks to go.Robinson, though, would like his wards to keep their feet on the ground as they now progress to the championship round.“It’s still a long way to go. There’s so much things that we have to work on, and we always have to stay humble and be grateful for everything that’s been given to us. It’s a testament to how the character of this team is, and hopefully we are inspiring others in the way we play,” he said.With the game tied at 85 in the closely contested fourth period, both Lyceum and San Beda traded misses in the last two minutes including Franz Abuda’s botched potential game-winning jumper.In the overtime period, Pirates were 3.4 seconds away from the win after Perez’ drive. But the referees called a head-shaking foul on Jaycee Marcelino as he defended Bolick’s desperation heave with 1.5 seconds remaining. Bolick split his freebies to send the game to double overtime at 97-all.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight However, Lyceum showed its poise in the second overtime period as they bucked the graduation of integral cogs Jayvee Marcelino and Reymar Caduyac and went to Nzeusseu and Perez to salvage the game.Jaycee Marcelino fired nine points, nine rebounds, three dimes, and three steals, while Caduyac also had nine markers, three boards, and two assists in the victory.Donald Tankoua fired a career-high 34 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks for San Beda, before fouling out late in the first overtime.Bolick also unloaded 16 markers, but shot 4-of-17 from the field, to go with his five assists and two boards.Javee Mocon flirted with a triple-double with his 14 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists, as the Red Lions saw their 15-game winning streak snapped. They remained in second place with their 16-2 card.The Scores:LYCEUM 107 – Nzeusseu 27, Perez 20, Jc. Marcelino 9, Caduyac 9, Pretta 8, Santos 8, Ayaay 7, Baltazar 6, Serrano 6, Jv. Marcelino 4, Ibanez 1.SAN BEDA 105 – Tankoua 34, Bolick 16, Mocon 14, Doliguez 13, Abuda 8, Presbitero 6, Soberano 5, Noah 4, Oftana 3, Cabanag 2, Potts 0, Bahio 0, Adamos 0.Quarters: 25-22, 56-46, 70-69, 85-85, 97-97, 107-105. 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Upcoming motorcycles in India that you need to watch out for

first_imgThere is always a buzz when car-manufacturers are close to launch their new products in the market. But, this time around, we decided to bring a list of upcoming motorcycles that will soon make it to the Indian shores. Numerous bike-makers are bringing-in new products for the Indian market right from sportsbike to adventure to touring to cruisers. We compile a list of upcoming motorcycles that will launch in India in the coming months.BMW G310 RThe first in the list is the most anticipated product from BMW Motorrad. The G310R, was supposed to be the first product from the German bike-makers for its debut in India. However, due to some issues, the company postponed its launch, and we expect the new G310R to come to the Indian shores by this year end.Engine:The upcoming BMW G 310 R will come with a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with four valves and two overhead camshafts together with electronic fuel injection producing maximum power output of 34bhp and maximum torque of 28 Nm, mated to a six-speed constant mesh gearbox.We expect the new G310R to come to the Indian shores by this year end.Features:The BMW G310R offers a markedly relaxed seating position for relaxed, stress-free and easy-going motorcycling. Rigid tubular steel frame, upside-down fork and long swinging arm for a high degree of ride stability, precise steering response and sound handling.Price:We expect the upcoming BMW G310R to come for a price of Rs 1.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 2 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).advertisementBenelli Tornado 302RBenelli has been talking about launching the Tornado 302R for quite some time now, with the company teased the new motorcycle a few months back. We had earlier reported that the new Tornado 302R will launch in India by March, this year, the latest reports suggest that the bike will debut on June 2. However, we have no confirmation yet on the launch date.Engine:The new Benelli Tornado 302R will come with a 300cc, liquid cooled, inline 2-cyclinder engine capable of producing peak power of 36 hp and peak torque of 27 Nm, mated to a six-speed gearbox.Benelli Tornado 302RCompetition:The upcoming Benelli Tornado 302R will rival the Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC390 and Yamaha R3 in India.Price:We expect Benelli Tornado 302R to come for a price tag of Rs 4 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Ducati Multistrada 950The new product coming in from Ducati, is the Multistrada 950. The new entry-level small engined Multistrada 950 is the smaller sibling of the Multistrada 1290, which the company launched recently. The Multistrada 950 is one of the company’s much anticipated motorcycle and will be launched on June 14.Engine:The Multistrada 950 is powered by the already renowned twin cylinder 937cc, Testastretta, liquid cooling engine with a maximum of power of 113 hp and maximum torque of 96.2 NM, mated to six-speed gearbox.Ducati Multistrada 950Feature:The Multistrada 950 instrument panel consists of a large easy-to-see LCD that provides the rider with primary and secondary information, four Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro), DSP (Ducati Safety Pack) that includes ABS and Ducati Traction Control. At the rear there is a LED tail light. A hazard warning lights function is also available on the Multistrada 950.Price:We expect the Ducati Multistrada 950 to come for a price of Rs 11.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 13 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Ducati Monster 797Next in the list is the Monster 797. To be launched on the same date as the Multistrada 950, the Monster 797 has been spotted testing on Indian roads for quite some time now. Showcased at the EICMA 2016 in November, the new Monster 797 will be the company’s new entry level motorcycle.Engine:The all new Monster 797 comes with a 803 cc, L-Twin cylinder, 2 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, air cooled engine that produces 75 hp of peak power and 68.9 Nm of peak torque, mated to six-speed gearbox.Ducati Monster 797Design:The design of the Monster 797, elegant and muscular, perfectly integrates the wide handlebar, tank, trellis frame, engine and double-sided swingarm. An agile and dynamic line that transmits sportiness and instils confidence right from first glance: a compact, sports design that is unmistakeably Monster. The classic circular headlight is equipped with LED position lights, the tank reintroduces the fastening hook and the Desmodue twin, advanced and powerful, sees the return of the cooling winglets.Price:We expect the all new Ducati Monster 797 to come for a price of Rs 7 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).advertisementDSK Benelli TRK 502Moving on, the latest from the Benelli stable is the TRK 502, which will most likely come to India before the Tornado 302. Showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, the launch of the Benelli TRK 502 has been delayed as the company is mulling to launch the adventure motorcycle with the proper safety features.Engine:Wrapped in a traditional Benelli steel trellis frame is the all new twin-cylinder four- stroke liquid-cooled 500cc, developed by Benelli for its latest new models, with electronic injection, overhead double camshaft timing system, 4 valves per cylinder. The maximum power is 35 kW at 8500 rpm and the torque is of 45 Nm at 4500 rpm.DSK Benelli TRK 502Dimensions:The Benelli TRK 502 comes with a wheelbase of 1525 mm and measures 2170 mm in length, 912 mm in width, 825mm in height along with a ground clearance of 190mm.Competition:The Benelli TRK 302 will rival against the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan and the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure.KTM 390 AdventureAt the launch of the 2017 KTM 390 Duke, Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto said that the company will be launching the KTM 390 Adventure very soon in India. While the new 390 Adventure is said to be a Made-in-India product, the adventure motorcycle was recently spotted testing in Europe. KTM will most likely manufacture the components for 390 Adventure from Bajaj’s Pune plant, while the rest will come from the Austria facility.Engine:At the heart of the KTM 390 Adventure will be the same 373.2cc, 1-cylinder, 4-stroke liquid cooled engine from the Duke 390, which can churn out 43.5PS of peak power and peak torque of 37 Nm, mated to a six-speed transmission. The bike will also be BS-IV compliant.KTM 390 AdventureFeatures:The new KTM 390 Adventure will come loaded with features like LED DRL, LED headlight, LED taillight, Colour TFT instrument panel and KTM MY RIDE for smartphone tethering.Competition:At the moment, the KTM 390 Adventure has competition only from Royal Enfield Himalayan, but BMW Motorrad will soon launch new adventure motorcycles in India.TVS Apache RR 310S We had earlier reported that TVS rechristened Akula 310 as the Apache RR 310S. Showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, the Apache RR 310S is the most anticipated product from TVS, as the bike has been spotted several times on Indian roads. The new Apache RR 310S is based on the upcoming BMW G310R.Engine:The TVS Apache RR 310S will be company’s top product in the line-up, with the upcoming bike to get a 313cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine producing peak power of 34bhp and peak torque of 28Nm, mated to a six-speed gearbox.TVS Apache RR 310SCompetition:The TVS Apache RR 310S will rival the KTM RC 390 and the upcoming Benelli Tornado 302R in the market.Price:We expect the upcoming TVS Apache RR 310S to come for a price of Rs 2 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 3 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Triumph Street Triple 765Triumph recently unveiled their entire Street Triple range and will soon make its way to the Indian shores. While the Street Triple 765 comes with 3 variants, the one coming to India is the S variant. Moreover, we recently reported that the company has commenced with the bookings for Street Triple 765 in India for an initial token amount of Rs 1 lakh.advertisementEngine:The new Street Triple comes with a 765cc, Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder engine that churns out 111.5bhp of total power and 73Nm @ 9100rpm of total torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox.Triumph Street Triple 765Competition:The 2017 Triumph Street Triple will rival the Honda CBR 650F, Kawasaki Z800, Ducati Scrambler and DSK Benelli TNT 899 in India.Price:We expect the 2017 Triumph Street Triple to come for a price of Rs 9.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 12.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0Yamaha unveiled the 2017 version of the YZF-R15 V3.0 last year in Indonesia in the presence of Yamaha MotoGP racer Maverick Vinales. With initial bookings for the YZF-R15 V3.0 now on, Yamaha will most likely launch the new bike in India sometime by August.Engine:The all new R15 comes with a 155.1cc, liquid cooled 4-stroke, SOHC engine that churns out maximum power output of 19BHP and 14.7 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed transmission that aids a wet multi-plate clutch.Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0Features:The new R15 comes loaded with features like fully digital speedometer display which include shift timing light that will alert the rider to switch the gear positioning.Price:We expect the 2017 YZF-R15 V3.0 to come with a price tag of Rs 1.2 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 1.4 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).last_img read more

Honda reveals five new middleweight motorcycles at EICMA 2018

first_imgHonda has revealed its full 2019 European motorcycle line-up at the EICMA show in Milan, with the introduction of two new model names and three extensively upgraded models, which bring new energy to the middleweight area of Honda’s uniquely broad and deep product line-up.CB650RHaving introduced the CB1000R, CB300R and CB125R trio of naked models for 2018, Honda now brings its unique Neo Sports Café’ look to the middleweight arena. The styling language’ is modern and minimalist, and mixes café racer inspirations and a super-compact trapezoid’ form to eye-catching effect. The in-line four-cylinder engine is fully on display, and the signature round headlight and sculpted fuel tank underline the Neo Sports Café’ family feel.With the premium look comes premium specifications: 41mm Showa upside-down Separate Function’ forks, radial-mount four-piston front brake callipers, Honda Selectable Torque Control, assist/slipper clutch and ultra-modern instruments.The result is a desirable naked middleweight with a unique combination of looks, performance and top-line specifications.CBR650RAnother new model name on the Honda line-up is the CBR650R sports middleweight.It features new styling which draws strongly on the CBR1000RR Fireblade for its sharp, aggressive lines and extended side fairings, plus super-short rear section and narrow dual LED headlights. The CBR650R is 6kg lighter than the CBR650F (which it replaces) with a sportier riding position thanks to handlebars repositioned 30mm forward, and footpegs moved both rearward and higher.It’s classically-Honda in-line four-cylinder engine revs 1,000rpm higher, producing 5 per cent more top end power with a peak output of 94bhp arriving at 12,000rpm ensuring that along with the sculpted looks and honed chassis the new machine’s new R’ designation is well deserved.advertisement47bhp conversions will be available for both the CB650R and CBR650R.CB500F, CBR500R and CB500XHonda’s lively parallel twin 500cc engine has been sold in over 75,000 motorcycles in Europe since its arrival in 2013.Having first arrived in the A2 licence-friendly CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X, for 2019 the engine has stronger power and torque between three and seven thousand rpm, and powers the light middleweight trio in upgraded packages with higher specifications and stronger roadster, sport and adventure identities.All three models now have new rear suspension, assist/slipper clutch, full LED lighting, modernised LCD instruments with gear position and shift-up indication, and new dual-exit muffler for a richer engine note.The CB500F roadster has sharper new styling from front to back, with more angled nose fairing and side shrouds that interlock cleanly with the fuel tank. The CBR500R is also re-styled: it’s narrower and sharper with strong Fireblade styling inspiration and a sportier riding position.The CB500X compact adventurer, meanwhile, has a much stronger X-factor’ thanks to a new 19 front wheel, longer suspension travel front and rear, slimmer seat, wider steering angle and tougher, more rugged fairing which also improves wind protection.The 500cc and 650cc engine platforms constitute 35% of Honda’s large motorcycle sales in Europe. These five new products for 2019 offer a well-rounded balance of exciting middleweight performance for riders of all experience levels while providing potential stepping stones to Honda’s flagship roadster, adventure and sports models.Also revealed at EICMA are a number of other product updates:CBR1000RR Fireblade and CBR1000RR Fireblade SPAfter a full model change in 2017, the Fireblade’s Next Stage Total Control’ is enhanced for 2019, with changes to its electronics package aimed at optimal circuit performance. Thus, HSTC and ABS have been modified, and the top Power setting boosted based on input from the HRC MotoGP programme. Honda Selectable Torque Control and Wheelie Control functions are now separated, with a new W’ indicator on the instrument panel.The Grand Prix Red colour has a thicker white stripe for a slightly more tricolore’ effect, while the Matt Ballistic Black Metallic version is now totally black, save for its red CBR logo.X-ADVHaving been an instant hit on its arrival in 2017 and upgraded in 2018 with multi-level Honda Selectable Torque Control and a G’ switch for more off-road friendly gear changes from its Dual Clutch Transmission, for 2019 Honda’s motorcycle SUV’ will now come in new colours including a striking camouflage’ green.GL1800 Gold WingSynonymous with long-range comfort, luxury and quality for over 40 years, the Gold Wing was redesigned from the wheels up for 2018 to be sharper, lighter and more compact, while maintaining its reputation as a technological flagship with numerous new features including the first adoption of Apple CarPlay on a motorcycle.advertisementFor 2019, both the GL1800 Gold Wing itself and the Manual Transmission version of the Gold Wing Tour’ will be available in a new moody’ Darkness Black Metallic colour. The top of the range Gold Wing Tour’ with Dual Clutch Transmission will be available in a new Pearl Hawkeye Blue’.SH300iFor 2019, the perennially popular high-performance mid-sized scooter is newly equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control and a Smart’ Top Box linked with its remote key system.Further colour updatesCB1000R Honda’s flagship Neo Sports Café’ naked model will be available in a sharp new Sword Silver Metallic colour, both in standard guise and in a CB1000R+’ version with a wide range of factory-fit’ accessories including heated grips, aluminium fender panel and rear hugger panel, flyscreen, single seat cowl, radiator grille with CB1000R logo, and quickshifter.Rebel Honda’s unique 500cc take on custom cool will be available in a new Pearl Cadet Grey and Matt Axis Grey Metallic.Integra a new Pearl Glare White for the machine which integrates scooter usability and motorcycle dynamic performance.NC750X darker silver side fairings for the supremely practical do-anything’ 750cc machine.SH125 and SH150 black (silver for the white colour) front panels and floor side panels add further class to the premium step-through scooter.last_img read more


first_imgSole SurvivorIs Behenji following in Didi’s footsteps? Grooming her nephew-younger brother Anand Kumar’s son Akash-as her political heir? That’s the speculation in the political circles of Uttar Pradesh these days. Schooled in Delhi with an MBA from the UK, the 24-year-old Akash handles the party’s social media campaign and was,Sole SurvivorIs Behenji following in Didi’s footsteps? Grooming her nephew-younger brother Anand Kumar’s son Akash-as her political heir? That’s the speculation in the political circles of Uttar Pradesh these days. Schooled in Delhi with an MBA from the UK, the 24-year-old Akash handles the party’s social media campaign and was appointed the Bahujan Samaj Party’s star campaigner after the announcement of the Lok Sabha poll dates last month. But he had attracted attention for another reason-sporting imported footwear while attending his aunt’s birthday on January 15. At a recent Samajwadi Party-BSP rally in Bulandshahr, Mayawati blamed news channels for making a big deal of her nephew’s footwear. “Though I keep my family away from politics, the slipper incident forced me to bring Akash into active politics,” she thundered. Make what you will of that!Lemon AidFormer prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda’s son and Karnataka’s public works minister H.D. Revanna’s belief in the occult is no secret in the state’s political circles. He has been spotted carrying nine lemons in hand to public meetings for the ongoing Lok Sabha election. The lemons, supposedly blessed by his family deity, are to protect him from ‘evil forces’ (read: political rivals). In south Karnataka, vegetable vendors have even taken to selling Revanna-brand lemons, and videos of the lemon-toting minister have gone viral on social media. Revanna, on his part, has maintained that the lemons have always brought him good luck. In recent meetings, he has even handed over some of these lemons to his friends in the Congress.advertisementCongress Raj?Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray has decided his party will sit out this Lok Sabha poll. But that isn’t stopping the MNS chief from targeting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP has approached the Election Commission to add Thackeray’s meeting expenses to the Congress-NCP account bec­ause of his direct appeal to vote for them. The EC, though, is unlikely to grant the plea.Commissioner’s OmissionPunjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal traded Twitter barbs recently over the ‘acquiescence’ of their ancestors after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. But there was a third public figure at the centenary with an equally interesting ancestor: British high com­missioner Dominic Asquith. His great-grandfather and British premier H.H. Asquith, had pushed prime minister David Lloyd George to set up the Hunter Commission to probe the tragedy. Asquith Jr, however, stuck to the official British line, expressing ‘deep sorrow’ and ‘regret’ but not the apology Indians wanted.last_img read more

Hundreds throng DUs open day session for their queries

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 1,200 parents and students took part on the second day of open day session organised by Delhi University, for clearing doubts regarding various courses, colleges and admission process.After a presentation by the University officials, participants asked questions about the newly introduced EWS quota and their certificates issues. “I had some question about evaluation and to make edit at the portal, I have registered because the portal was not displaying the significant switch while filing the form,” said Rohit Verma, an applicant from the Baraut. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarLike Verma, there were many students who had queries on the certificates required for admission under the extracurricular activities category. “I had received a number of certificates in extracurricular activities and from the regional level,” said Tavleen Sethi, who glad to over their query resolved. Moreover, many parents and students had queries about the newly introduced EWS category. Some aspirants also complained that their SDMs were not even aware about any EWS certificate, which they were required to issued. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”The DU administration has demanding EWS certificate but our regional administration is not addressing our problem, if we would not get any certificate than we are compel to registered as general candidate and will miss the benefit,” said Rohit, from Bhiwani, Haryana. “The authorities are saying that they are not aware about the EWS certificate. DU is saying that it’s not their prerogative. It is disheartening to know this. I had a subject engineering graphics in Class 12 and I wanted to know whether the marks I secured in that subject can be added to the best of four,” she said. An admission official said some 24-25 students who have registered themselves on the admission portal have uploaded EWS certificates and if any government official is saying they do not know about it, the varsity is helpless. Many other students and their parents had queries about the OBC certificate, which they said had been issued last year, while the Delhi University mandates that it should be dated March 31, 2019 or later. Some students also said that the district authorities were refusing to reissue certificates as they queried if they could upload income certificate along with a copy of the OBC certificate of last year. The University will hold the next sessions on June 8 at the conference center near gate number 4, while on June 4, 6, 7 and 10 will have at Kamla Nehru College, Rajdhani College, Ramlal Anand college, Zakir Hussain College and Maharaja Agrasen College. Meanwhile, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and NSUI set up help desk of their own near the Arts Faculty.last_img read more

Former MLB allstar Alomar swings for fence on Edmonton ballparks behalf

first_imgEDMONTON – A baseball legend who helped the Toronto Blue Jays capture back-to-back World Series titles in the early 1990s is stepping up to the plate to try to keep Edmonton’s river valley ballpark from the wrecker’s ball.Hall-of-Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar has written a letter to Edmonton’s mayor and city council after hearing that the 9,200-seat park may be demolished some day to make room for future redevelopment in the neighbourhood where it’s located.Alomar offered to write the letter when he spoke last month at a fundraising dinner for the Edmonton Prospects, a collegiate summer team that plays in the Western Major Baseball League, and learned the facility’s days may be numbered.Mayor Don Iveson says the ballpark, situated next to the North Saskatchewan River, is not in any immediate danger of being torn down.The Prospects hold a lease on the stadium for at least the next two seasons.A report outlining potential options for the area in which it sits is expected to come before city council near the end of this year or early next year.Alomar wrote in his letter that baseball is on the upswing in Alberta, due largely to organizations such as the Prospects that work with local players and coaches to improve their skills.He said the ballpark — once home to championship-winning Triple A baseball teams — inspires kids throughout Western Canada by showing them they can have a chance to play in front of thousands of fans who respect their skill and accomplishments.“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of this ballpark for baseball in Alberta and, more importantly, how devastating it would be to the baseball community and the many young players if it were demolished,” he penned.Iveson said Alomar’s letter isn’t necessary right now, but he plans to keep the former major leaguer in the loop.“Attendance numbers (for Prospects games) are coming up and that’s very positive. We’re still an awful long way from a sustainable cost model there. The ballpark is aging and it’s going to require a lot of investment,” he said.Jordan Blundell, the Prospects’ assistant general manager, said any decision on the ballpark is years down the road and the team is planning to play there long term. He also said when Alomar offers to volunteer on your behalf, you don’t say no.“It kind of falls in line with what he’s doing now as a baseball philanthropist, teacher and builder.”A statement posted Tuesday to the team’s website from managing partner Pat Cassidy said the Prospects are pleased with Iveson’s comments, but they “want to clarify that our concerns emanate from city administration comments that three or four concept plans may go to council by year’s end and one may not include the ballpark.” (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay apology not enough

first_imgPUTRAYAJAYA, Malaysia — Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that an apology by Goldman Sachs for its role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB was insufficient and that it must pay $7.5 billion as compensation.Goldman CEO David Solomon apologized Wednesday to the Malaysian people for its former banker Tim Leissner’s role in arranging bond sales for 1MDB. Those sales provided a means for associates of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to allegedly steal billions over several years from the fund.Solomon has said the investment bank conducted due diligence but was misled by Leissner and former Malaysian government officials.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco: San Leon Energy finds shale oil in its Timahdit permit

Marrakech – San Leon Energy reported encouraging signs for shale oil extraction at its Timahdit permit which is 240 kms  south East of Rabat. This is the second largest shale oil  deposit in Morocco. The company is still carrying out tests in the area and updating its feasibility study on its options for extracting the shale oil. Timahdit site is located near Ifrane National Park and Haut-Atlas Oriental National Park and environmental control will be an  important consideration.Oisin Fanning, executive chairman of San Leon Energy said, according to Oil Review Africa: “Our Timahdit oil shale project continues to show its long-term potential to generate up to 11,000 bpd for 30 years and the current work is designed to build the business case to attract capital investors.” The company is reported to have signed an MOU  in January 2014 with Chevron Lummus Global on developing technologies to produce synthetic crude oil from the shale deposit in the Timahdit  licence area. Sample evaluation of the shale oil layers and possible shale oil yield is being conducted in Frankfurt.In addition, San Leon Energy has also started drilling a well on the Nour prospect offshore Morocco. The well is targeting 300mn barrels of oil equivalent  according to San Leon Energy.San Leon has interests in the Tarfaya and Zag licence areas and two offshore licences – Foum Draa and Sidi Moussa. The company is also developing an in-situ oil shale (In-Situ Retort) technology in Tarfaya. read more

Globe-Trotting Moroccans Complete 17,000 Kilometer Train Trip

Rabat – Anass Yakine first made national headlines when he walked across Morocco. Travelling from Dakhla to Tangier on foot, including many zig-zags on the route, he covered over 5,000 kilometers during his 2-year adventure.Driven by curiosity and wonder, people from around the world began following his journey, including dozens who actually joined his daily marches through rural Morocco. It was like a scene from Forrest Gump – Anass leading his band of followers to experience simple, slow-paced travel.yakinsOne of the frequent visitors during his long walk across Morocco was a young student from Rabat named Amal, who walked over 700 kilometers with him in various segments. They married in 2015 and have since expanded their adventurous vision to global proportions. This year the Yakines completed the world’s longest train journey: 17,000 kilometers from Portugal to Vietnam—travelling through a dozen countries in a span of five months.They spent time in Europe, watched Morocco compete at the World Cup in Russia, spent 54 hours straight on the train across Siberia, climbed the Great Wall of China, and enjoyed exploring their favourite country—Mongolia!Read Also: Moroccans Spend $1.7 Billion on Foreign TravelHow do they afford to do all this?The Yakines are not a rich family, and they do not work “normal jobs” to save a large sum of money before embarking on their adventures. Instead, they are digital nomads: Creating content like photos, blogs, and videos which companies can use for their social media and branding efforts.They also live simply. They spend less than MAD 100 per night for accommodation and often stay with their fans and followers. They prepare most of their own food, and they only spent MAD 15,000 dirhams in total for the train tickets. Is it just a phase before facing reality?The Yakines often face negative comments and criticism about their chosen lifestyle. Many Moroccans cannot understand how and why they are travelling full-time and expect that they will soon quit and become part of “normal” society. The Yakines completely disagree.Yakines Rather than settling down, the Yakines have big plans to continue their globe-trotting ways. Next on their list? Travelling across all of Africa by bicycle!Even if they have children, they plan to continue their adventurous lifestyle and home-school the kids, believing, “Travel is the best school.” They recognize that the nomadic life is not for everyone, but they do spread the message that “everyone should be doing what they love.” The Yakines are more focused on their emotional stability than their physical stability. Travelling makes them happy, and they are willing to sacrifice the comforts of a stable salary and a permanent home to make it happen.They are also quick to point out that this is also a career. Though it is not easy to earn a living as a digital nomad from Morocco it is possible, and they are blazing a trail for a new generation that looks up to them, and admires their passion for adventure.With over 230,000 followers on Facebook and a new YouTube series ready to be released soon, surely more Moroccans will follow in their (many) footsteps around the globe. read more

Urn containing ashes of deceased child stolen in Midland

Ontario Provincial Police are investigating after an urn containing the ashes of a young child was reported stolen in Midland. Police say the urn was taken sometime between Sept. 11 and 14 from a business on Elizabeth St. The ceramic urn is blue, with light blue butterflies and flowers on the side and top. The base is brown with a gold rim on the lid.OPP are asking anyone with information to contact them.

2 press briefings in 3 years GPA endorses criticisms of President

…says side-line interviews cannot be substituted for press conferencesGPA President, Nazima RaghubirOn the heels of criticisms made against President David Granger for his continuous lack of engagement with members of the media, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) on Wednesday endorsed those reproaches, labelling the brief side-line interviews allowed as “limited cosmetic media access.”“The GPA sends a clear message to the President and the wider Ministry of the Presidency that these side-line interviews cannot be substituted for press conferences, and are at best limited cosmetic media access,” the entity said in a press statement on Wednesday.Among other concerns raised the Press Association said that President Granger “barely speaks to the media for five minutes after any official engagement. This was evident when the President was approached on Monday, July 16th, 2018 for a reaction to accusations of non-fulfilment of promises by the National Toshaos Council. The Head of State barely afforded reporters a 1 minute opportunity until they were forced out of the way as he hopped into his car.”Furthermore, the GPA recounted that when Granger acted in the capacity of the Opposition Leader; the media were summoned to weekly press conferences or told that he was available for public comments and interviews. However, as President, the GPA noted that this is not the case.As such, the Association said that it is awaiting “the announcement of frequent press conferences with the Head of State.”Just last week, Opposition Leader and former President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo asserted that President David Granger’s constant excuses to not host press conferences is a clear indication that he is “abdicating his responsibilities.”Recently, in defending why he has not held a press conference in months and why there were fewer formal engagements with the media, Granger said that his schedule was a major factor.President David Granger“My heart is in the right place, but right now, I’ve had a really difficult period of public engagement and overseas travel,” the President told the media on the sidelines of an event.He added that “this time last week, I was in Montego Bay, the week before I was in Da Nang, Vietnam. It could be a very challenging period and soon as I get the opportunity I will engage with the press, but I’ve been travelling quite a lot … I’m asking the media to be tolerant.”However, on Wednesday last during his weekly press briefing, Jagdeo lambasted this, saying that Granger’s “sojourn abroad” has resulted in nothing significant for Guyana or its people.The President also said that he was preoccupied with dealing with several local issues.“It could be a challenging period and as soon as I get the opportunity, I would engage with the press, but I’ve been travelling quite a lot and then to deal with domestic issues – the sugar industry, we have to deal with the petroleum industry, I have to deal with crime and security,” he had explained.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoHowever, according to the Opposition Leader, this is a baseless statement.“He claimed that he was busy… travelling quite a lot and have to deal with domestic issues, petroleum and sugar industry…and crime…He shamelessly cites the Petroleum industry [when there are so many unanswered questions]. What is he dealing with in the Sugar Industry? [He] laid off thousands of people, there’s no social safety net, people can’t feed their families…they raised $30B through SPU and not saying what they will spend the money on…The President has been addressing the sugar industry so much that he can’t even name a board…but he’s busy…When this country is being ravaged on a daily basis by criminals and we have a hopelessly misguided British consultant…We don’t see any specific measures being rolled out…They can’t move ahead with the appointment of  a substantive Police Commissioner,” Jagdeo chided.After two years in office, President Granger held a press conference in December 2017, only the second since the coalition came into Government in May 2015. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident promises to host press conference after almost one year of not having anyJune 21, 2017In “latest news”After such a long wait President provided no clarity, direction at presser- Opposition LeaderSeptember 6, 2018In “latest news”2 press briefings in 3 years: President Granger abdicating his responsibilities- JagdeoJuly 11, 2018In “latest news” read more

Comcast successfully protects accused BitTorrent pirates from lawsuits

first_imgFaceless internet service provider Comcast takes a lot of heat for poor customer service and high prices. But what can you do when the interests of the business and the consumer are so often at odds? Well, in an Illinois courtroom this week, Comcast was on the side of the little guy, but maybe for its own reasons. Comcast has successfully blocked an effort to sue dozens of users accused of BitTorrent piracy.In recent years, copyright holders have started filing mass P2P lawsuits, wherein dozens, or even hundreds of defendants are named by IP addresses. The copyright holder gets the addresses from a torrent swarm that is hosting its content, but it needs the ISPs to translate that number into a real person that can be sued. The practice was pioneered by the makers of the award-winning film The Hurt Locker. The courts have been happily passing subpoenas along to ISPs all this time, but now Comcast has had enough.It takes time and money to process these court ordered requests for information, and the volume of lawsuits is staggering. Hundreds of thousands of IP addresses have been added to these lawsuits. When Comcast or another ISP hands over user information, the copyright holder uses that to seek an out of court settlement. None of the cases have gone to court, which Comcast used to argue against the subpoena.Comcast cited the intimidation tactics employed by the copyright holders, many of which produce adult content, as a rationale for blocking the subpoena in this newest case. Comcast successfully argued to the judge that these lawsuits are being used as a “shakedown” operation to force settlements. Like other similar cases, according to Comcast, the plaintiff simply wanted personal details and had no intention of going to court.The judge sided with Comcast and quashed the subpoena. The case associated with it was also dismissed, much to the chagrin of AF Holdings, the plaintiff in this case. It’s unclear if Comcast will continue to oppose these lawsuits, but plaintiffs might not bother going after Comcast subscribers at all in the future based on this outcome.via TorrentFreaklast_img read more

Snow falls around Vancouver slick roads expected Monday

first_imgAn inch or so of snow fell in the Vancouver area late Sunday. It was the first wintry weather since Christmas and set the stage for what will likely be slick roads on Monday morning.Because Monday is Presidents Day, schools and government offices are closed, reducing traffic. But motorists should be prepared for snow and black ice. The overnight low for Vancouver was forecast as 27 degrees.The National Weather Service in Portland wasn’t predicting significant additional overnight snowfall, at least as of 10:30 p.m. Instead, the night was expected to become clear and cold. Those conditions should persist Monday.For more information on the Monday commute and forecast, check columbian.com early Monday.Do you have photos of Sunday’s snow that you’d like to share? Email them to metrodesk@columbian.com.last_img read more

Tow boat crews free stuck sailboat in shallow water in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A sailboat was stuck in shallow waters for a time in Fort Lauderdale.Tow boats could be seen surrounding the 190-foot vessel in the intracoastal waterway, just south of the 17th Street Causeway, Wednesday.After some hard work, the boat was freed from the shallow waters.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

TCS to Train 1 Lakh Employees on Digital Technologies

first_imgIndia’s largest software firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will give training to more than 1 lakh employees this year in the fast growing digital technologies. Towards providing this, the company has rolled out a new learning platform.TCS chief executive N Chandrasekaran said that the company has invested huge money in offering the training programme. Some of its employees seem to have already making use of the new learning platform.The Mumbai-based IT firm has an employee base of 3,24,935 at the end of June quarter. It aims to increase its revenue from digital segment to $5 billion over the next five years.”Digital is the fastest-growing business vertical now; we have got a huge traction. It occupies for 12.5 per cent of overall revenue on a ‘conservative basis,” Chandrasekaran said.TCS revenue rose 16.1% to ₹25,668 crore in the first quarter of FY, while net profit stood at ₹5,684 crore, up 2.1% compared to previous quarter. TCS handed out a massive dividend of ₹15,474 crore in the fiscal year 2014-15, emerging as the highest dividend-paying company in the country.Last month, the company had said that it saved about $16 million in costs by automating a part of its training programme for freshers, apart from reducing training time by almost 20%, The Economic Times reported.Besides, the IT services firm said that it had deployed digital learning tools to pick out “high-performers” during the training period.TCS has given job offers to about 35,000 freshers in the current financial year. It has rolled out a online learning portal for the freshers to do a part of the coursework before joining the company.last_img read more

Nach Baliye 9 Anita is highest paid contestant SanamAbigail to perform in

first_imgAnita Hassanandani with husband Rohit ReddyAnita Hassanandani/InstagramFans are eagerly waiting for Nach Baliye 9 to go on air soon. Backed by Salman Khan’s production house, the upcoming season of the celebrity dance reality show is set to take the entertainment quotient a notch higher by spicing it up with ex-couples, who will be grooving together and compete against current partners to win the coveted trophy. While makers have already revealed a few contestants – Urvashi Dholakia, Vishal Singh, Anita Hassanandani, Shraddha Arya, Aly Goni – it has been reported that Anita, who is participating with her husband Rohit Reddy, is the highest paid celebrity this year.Anita, popular for her roles in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Naagin, was offered the show previously as well. “Anita was approached even in the earlier seasons, however, it didn’t materialise. This year, the makers have offered her a good amount to participate in the show, which she couldn’t refuse,” BollywoodLife quoted her as saying.In an interaction with IANS, Anita had opened up about her desire to be a part of the show and was quoted as saying, “I love to dance and I always wanted to be a part of Nach Baliye but couldn’t take it up earlier owing to prior commitments. Now that I have more time on hand with fewer commitments, I can focus entirely on the show and do justice to all the performances. I am dancing after a long time, so I am right now working on myself and warming up my body. I’m trying to give my best in everything my choreographers are teaching me.” Meanwhile, preparations for the grand premiere of Nach Baliye 9 are going on in full swing. Contestants are also busy rehearsing for their performances. The opening episode will see Sanam Johar and Abigail Pande, who were runners up in the last season, performing an act on a hot air balloon.The two are quite excited about getting back on the stage with each other. Sanam said, in a statement, “Our performance had a hot air balloon as a part of it! After years of experience, I have reached a level of confidence. However, Abigail got a bit nervous as we had to perform with the hot air balloon being suspended from the top of the stage. I am sure that the audience will love our act more than the fun we had while performing” Nach Baliye 9Twitterlast_img read more

LaFontaine hosts veterans town hall

first_img Categories: News 28Mar LaFontaine hosts veterans town hall State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, and Macomb County Commissioner Kathy Vosburg invite local veterans to attend a town hall meeting.Veterans Town Hall6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 9Lempke-Blackwell VFW Hall35011 23 Mile Rd., New BaltimoreGuest speaker Jason Allen, senior policy advisor for the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will share information and answer questions regarding veteran services. Veterans will also learn about Camp Liberty from retired Major Rick Briggs, U.S. Air Force.“Michigan offers many benefits and services to our veterans as a small way of repaying their service to our country,” LaFontaine said. “I’m hosting this town hall meeting to make sure veterans in District 32 are aware of these opportunities.”The town hall will provide updates on many issues affecting veterans, including current legislation and policy changes, veteran treatment courts, taxes, fishing and hunting licenses, occupational licensing changes and education benefits. Agency representatives will be available to provide additional information and discuss local services offered to veterans.Veterans who have questions or cannot attend the town hall meeting may contact Rep. LaFontaine’s office toll-free at 866-347-8032, via email andrealafontaine@house.mi.gov or online at replafontaine.com.last_img read more

Three generations at the Capitol

first_img25Feb Three generations at the Capitol Three generations of the Saylor family of Midland recently toured the state Capitol in Lansing and were introduced from the floor of the state House of Representatives by Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland. Back row left to right: Rep. Glenn, Diane Saylor, and her daughter Krista Saylor. Front row left to right, Krista’s children Torianna, Daniel, and Hannah Saylor. The photo was taken in the House gallery with the floor of the House visible one floor below in the background. Categories: Glenn Newslast_img read more

Rep Lucido announces fall office hours

first_img State Rep. Peter J. Lucido today announced upcoming fall office hours for residents and families of the 36th District, which includes the townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo.“My job as state representative for the 36th District involves bringing the concerns and ideas from local residents and families with me to Lansing,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “Having office hours allows me to hear from constituents so I can better represent their needs at the Capitol.”Fall office hours will be held at the following times and locations:Monday, Sept. 28Washington Township Senior Center57880 Van Dyke in Washington9-10:30 a.m.Monday, Oct. 26Romeo Senior Center361 Morton St. in Romeo9-10:30 a.m.Monday, Nov. 30Washington Township Senior Center57880 Van Dyke in Washington9-10:30 a.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. More office hours will be announced throughout the fall.Rep. Lucido represents the families and residents of the 36th District, serving the townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo. Categories: Lucido News 22Sep Rep. Lucido announces fall office hourslast_img read more