The Most Important of All Skills

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now One of the more important skills one needs is to develop is the skill of self-development and improvement. It is also one of the more difficult skills to acquire, unless one happened to be born with the deficiency need for growth. Without the skill of being able to develop and improve oneself, one cannot reach one’s full potential (something that, as far as we can tell no human being has been able to do, all of us having a greater capacity than we can possibly imagine).Comfort Is the EnemyOne of the reasons it is so difficult to develop the skill of self-development and improvement is that one becomes comfortable. Comfort is the feeling that one has when we are avoiding pain, struggle, strife, or exertion. Comfort is the feeling of having enough, and not being driven to be more, do more, have more, or contribute more. Comfort is the enemy because it leads to complacency, and complacency is the recipe for standing still.There is something to be said for the idea of “enough.” There is also something to be said for being pleased without being satisfied, especially as it pertains to one reaching their full potential.DesireIf you want to develop the skill that leads to all other skills, self-development and improvement, it starts with desire. It’s the desire to be more than you are right now and recognizing there is some area where you can and should produce better results. It might also start with the desire to have more than you have now, even though that idea is not popular in some quarters. You may also desire the ability to do something you presently are incapable of doing, or something you want to master. Or maybe you want to make a greater contribution, and developing yourself into the person who can make that contribution is what drives you forward in developing some new skill.Will and Self DisciplineThose with the skill of self-development have certain character traits and attributes that allow them to develop new skills and to improve themselves. The primary character traits are the will to act and the self-discipline to do so over longer periods of time; those who do not develop themselves never develop those traits. Like a great martial artist, they are willing to practice the same thing hundreds or thousands of times until they gain mastery. They’re able to stay on the mat and do the work without any loss of enthusiasm, and without giving up. Where others dabble, those with the skill to develop other skills and improve themselves go deep.What one person is capable of, so are others. This is the belief of those with the skill to develop other skills. There are not very many things that appear to be out of the realm of possibility for those who have the mindset and the skill set to improve themselves. Most, however, believe that what one person is capable of, is too difficult for them. When they are infected with a negative belief system, they believe that natural talent is the difference, or that some individual’s achievements are the result of luck. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those who develop themselves pay the price in full for the skills and abilities they develop before anyone recognizes their mastery.last_img read more

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Lambretta To Come Back To India In 2020

first_imgFor those who like retro/classic brands, here is some more good news. The choice for scooters in this space is set to increase as classic Italian brand, Lambretta, is planning a return to India with a prototype debut at the Auto Expo 2020 (February 6-9).To keep pace with the times, the Lambretta will come in an electric avatar, but expect it to retain the classic design. The company hasn’t revealed the specifications of the electric Lambretta but says ‘it closely cooperates with a reputed global partner’.Read it at Auto Car Related Itemslast_img read more

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Top India Official Who Oversaw Cash Ban Is New RBI Chief

first_imgIndia named a former bureaucrat who oversaw Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial cash ban program as its new central bank governor, a day after Urjit Patel abruptly quit following disagreements with the government.Shaktikanta Das, 63, who often sought a cut in interest rates during his time at the Finance Ministry, was appointed for a three-year tenure, according to a statement on Tuesday from the Personnel Ministry. He will be the 25th governor of the 83-year-old monetary authority.A former economic affairs secretary from 2015 to 2017, Das worked closely with the central bank and oversaw Modi’s plan to ban high value notes in late 2016, an exercise that hurt the economy and led to thousands of job losses. He is currently a member of the Finance Commission of India, and serves as the government’s representative at the Group of 20 summits.The new governor takes over at a contentious time for the Reserve Bank of India. Modi’s government wants more control over the central bank’s functions and higher dividends to help finance its budget deficit. That caused friction between the authorities and Patel, resulting in his departure on Monday. The government is also pushing the RBI to loosen curbs on some of the weakest banks to ensure lending continues ahead of an election next year.Patel’s departure, and Raghuram Rajan before him, indicates the “Modi government is strongly eroding the independence of the RBI,” said Said Haidar, chief investment officer of macro hedge fund firm Haidar Capital Management. “The government would like easier policy probably with an eye to next year’s elections. I doubt that a bureaucrat with close ties to the Modi administration will ease concerns over the independence of the RBI.”Markets swung between gains and losses on Tuesday as state election results showed Modi’s ruling party had lost support in key states. The rupee capped its biggest two-day drop since September, while one-month forward contracts weakened.ABN Amro senior economist Arjen van Dijkhuizen said Das is well-known in government circles and should help ease tension between the RBI and the state, giving financial markets some relief.“However, it’s still quite early stage,” he said. “Longer term, the key question remains what all this will mean for central bank independence. Something markets will continue to follow closely.”Das will take charge of the six-member monetary policy committee, which left interest rates unchanged last week after two hikes earlier this year. With inflation undershooting the central bank’s forecasts, there are growing expectations that the RBI will shift to a neutral policy stance from its current tightening bias, which could set the stage for a rate cut.“There was a disconnect between the government and the central bank and the market now expects a less hawkish stance under the new regime,” said Aashish Sommaiyaa, chief executive officer at Motilal Oswal Asset Management Co. in Mumbai.Modi initially brought Das into the finance ministry to head the revenue department, later moving him to economic affairs, where he oversaw the demonetization program.Das courted controversy in January last year when he sent a stern warning to Amazon.com for selling flip-flops with pictures of India’s revered icon Mahatma Gandhi.“Amazon, better behave. Desist from being flippant about Indian symbols & icons. Indifference will be at your own peril,” Das said on Twitter at the time.The government will look to Das to help provide much-needed liquidity to the banking system. Authorities want the RBI to do more to support crisis-ridden shadow banks, which accounted for at least 3 out of 10 fresh loans in the past few years. The crisis in the sector threatens consumption, the bedrock of Asia’s third largest economy.The new governor will also have to sort out debt defaults in a banking sector saddled with bad loans and share oversight of state-run banks with the government.“Das has got the right credentials,” said Ashok Chawla, a former finance ministry official. “He’s a balanced person who carries people along. He’s a consensus builder and that’s the need of the hour.”With assistance from Bloomberg’s Vrishti Beniwal, Ameya Karve and Nishant Kumar.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

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BJP MP’s “Indian female figure” remark creates uproar

first_imgBJP MP from Haryana DP Vats created a furore in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday when he said the uniform for women police personnel — pants and tucked in shirt — does not suit the “Indian female figure”. In the zero hour Mr. Vats said, “The present pattern of summer working dress/uniform with shirt tucked under the belt and pant is very inconvenient for ladies in police and military, especially, during pregnancy and afterwards. It does not suit the Indian female figure.” His comment drew angry retorts from women members in the Opposition with many including Congress MP Kumari Selja questioning it. Mr. Vats suggested that the Ministry concerned should give an option of wearing safari uniform or salwar kameez with rank badges as per the respective dress colours. He said women in the Special Protection Group and Parliament security wear safari suit. “In addition to Beti bachao, Beti padhao, make the Beti comfortable and dignified….that is to restore the dignity of Indian lady especially in uniform,” Mr. Vats said. With loud protests from women members, he beat a hasty retreat. “It is not an aspersion, and if you feel that it is an aspersion, I apologise for that,” he said concluding his speech.last_img read more

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BCCI has its way, ICC fails to ratify universal DRS

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) again had its way on the contentious Decision Review System (DRS) after ICC failed to ratify its universal application following India’s opposition to the technology.The issue was discussed at the ICC’s Executive Board meeting here on Tuesday night, but was not put to a vote despite perceived support from most of the full member nations.The BCCI had stuck to its stand by objecting to the technology after the ICC’s Chief Executives Committee had recommended mandatory use of the DRS in Tests and one-dayers.The issue was brought up but was not discussed at the meeting, which was chaired by outgoing ICC president Sharad Pawar.The development effectively retained the DRS in its current form — to be used in a mutually agreed arrangement in bilateral series.The motion for the universal application of the DRS was put to the Executive Board by the CEC on Monday, also through a “unanimous” non-vote, with the BCCI’s opposing stance being noted and the matter not being put to vote.The CEC had said it was satisfied with the improvements in technology in the fourth year of the DRS, which included new Hot Spot cameras and independent ball-tracking research.As far as other CEC recommendations were concerned, the ECB opposed the idea of cricket being included in the Olympic Games via the Twenty20 format.The ICC Executive Board will also settle issues regarding a constitutional amendment, the fourth in 16 years, to the process of appointing the ICC president, making the presidency an annual ceremonial term and creating a parallel and more powerful post of chairman.advertisementThe meeting was attended by the Board presidents of the 10 Full Member nations and three representatives of Associate and Affiliate nations, besides ICC vice-president Alan Isaac, outgoing Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and ICC’s principal advisor I S Bindra and Pawar.last_img read more

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‘I honestly feel John Wright is one man who can do a lot of good for Indian cricket’

first_imgSaurav GangulyIt should give the old codgers a coronary. Sourav Ganguly leads India in the Test series against New Zealand this month just one Test victory short of equalling Mohammed Azharuddin’s record as the most successful Indian captain. Ganguly took over in mid-2000 during a difficult period post-match fixing and,Saurav GangulyIt should give the old codgers a coronary. Sourav Ganguly leads India in the Test series against New Zealand this month just one Test victory short of equalling Mohammed Azharuddin’s record as the most successful Indian captain. Ganguly took over in mid-2000 during a difficult period post-match fixing and has led India in 30 Tests with 13 wins, 8 losses and 9 draws to Azhar’s 14 wins, 14 defeats and 19 draws from 47 Tests. In one-dayers, Ganguly has 43 wins from 82 matches, while Azhar had 89 from 173. The controversial and confrontational lefthander from Bengal tells Associate Editor Sharda Ugra about the pains and pleasures of the toughest job in Indian sport.Q. In four of their last five away series, the Indians have gone into the final Test with a chance to win but haven’t. Will New Zealand be different?A. It’s my one aim, my dream to win a series overseas. We have come close so many times now – the talk of 16 years and no away – series wins goes on and it can be irritating, but cricket’s not about talk, not about ifs and buts. Until we do it, such talk will remain. New Zealand will be a tough side at home. But my team has a lot of talent. I haven’t been part of an Indian team that has so much talent and I’m being frank here.Q . You’re now one short of Mohammed Azharuddin’s record of most Test wins by an Indian captain. When did the possibility of breaking that record strike you?A. When I started I didn’t know whether I would survive as captain. You don’t start a career thinking about statistics, but now when you’re close to a record like this, you feel good. But every win is a team effort. You feel good because the players you have backed through thick and thin have delivered the goods. It’s a very satisfying feeling.Q. India may have had a good year. But where are we in relation to Australia? What would happen if we toured Australia for a Test and one-day series now?A. Australia are still the No. 1 Test team. In one-day cricket we are at par with the best team in the world, which is still Australia. Australia are formidable, but I think we have played well in all conditions recently, in England, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Last year we had a lot of injuries that hampered our campaigns abroad.Q. But where is your team in the rankings at the moment?A. I don’t believe in rankings. Sometimes the rankings surprise me. I don’t think it’s fair to judge a team on the basis of rankings. This year we’ve lost one series in the West Indies and a one-day series at home, but other than that we’ve won everything and we drew the Test series in England.Q. How would you say your captaincy has changed?A. It is a job you grow into. Any captain will take some time to settle down. Nobody is an outstanding leader straightaway. When I became captain we had a very young team. It was a bit difficult to get them to combine but we managed to do that by retaining the same team for a certain span of time. I’m a much better captain now I think, more mature I hope. I analyse situations much better. Fatherhood has changed me, I’ve become more patient. When you get back home and see your daughter smile, you forget whether you had a good day or a bad day.Q. What’s been the trademark of your captaincy?A. More than winning Tests and winning overseas, I feel that every player in this team believes injustice won’t be done to him. Which I think is a huge thing in a dressing room.Q. Knowing Indian cricket from the inside, did you think you could change things when you took over?A. Definitely. I believed I could. At this level you have to feel you can make things happen. I got a lot of confidence when I led the team in the ICC Trophy in Kenya. The way we played made me feel I could turn things around with this side. When I led in Toronto in 1999 we didn’t have Sachin Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja, Javagal Srinath, Azhar and Anil Kumble, yet we still beat a full-strength West Indies that had Courtney Walsh, Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.Q . You’re considered a seamer-friendly rather than a spinner-friendly captain, which is not common among Indians.A. No, not really. It depends on the surface. This year in England we played two spinners for the most part of the series. Except at Lord’s, where I thought I made a mistake by playing only one spinner. I didn’t expect the wicket to turn so much. It’s only in the West Indies that I played one spinner – the wickets were not helpful and they had good players of spin bowling.Q. Indian captains aren’t known to be as emotional or demonstrative either.A. There have been many times when emotion has got the better of me… like after we won the NatWest Trophy final. But it is easier when your side plays well – it’s always the case with captaincy. Look at Steve Waugh. I’m not saying his job is easy but obviously he has a much easier time than other captains because he has such a fantastic side. This year all our batsmen have scored runs when the team was in trouble. It has made things easier for me and allowed me to be more settled.Q. What’s the worst part of the job?A. It’s a tough job. I’ve gone grey because of it – I think so anyway. It’s tension, hard work. Captaincy is extra pressure on top of what you have as a player. The best part is the honour of being the man who leads the Indian team. The worst is when you don’t do well, then you just have to cop it.Q. How do you cop it if you think the criticism is unfair?A. To people I know, I ask, ‘Why are you making things difficult?’ I do. A lot of times I’ve felt – and I may be wrong –  that criticism is based on personal likes and dislikes, which is unfair. But that goes with the job and you have got to get used to it. I have always thought that when I walk out on the field leading India I will give my best. I don’t want to come off the field thinking I could have given a bit more. Obviously I make mistakes, everybody does, no captain is perfect. I think I’m mentally tough, otherwise I would have never survived seven years in Test cricket and I intend to survive a bit longer.Q. Knowing what you know now, what do you tell your players who are struggling?A. Last year when I was not getting runs, Rahul Dravid told me, ‘You’re one evening away from greatness’. That line has had a huge effect on my cricketing career. I now tell players who are struggling what Rahul told me – keep working hard and do the things you did when you played well and believe.Q. Weren’t you more fortunate than most captains to have fewer seniors and fewer egos to appease in the team?A. A team is like a family. In a family, a lot of things depend on how your elders are. The atmosphere in the dressing room depends on how the senior guys behave. Ours have done a fantastic job of passing on good habits, good practices. It’s up to the younger players to now pass that on. Even if some injustice was done to them they should ensure it isn’t repeated with their juniors.Q. Weren’t you lucky also to ask for and get a foreign coach?A. It wasn’t just me. All of us were involved. Sachin was equally important in the process, Anil, Rahul, all of us. We couldn’t let things be the way they were. People don’t remember personal glory. People won’t recall how many runs Mohammed Kaif scored in the NatWest final or what Rahul scored in Headingley. They only remember India won the NatWest final and at Leeds batting first on a seaming wicket. People remember India won.John Wright is a very good man. I trust him a lot. Many times I do things on my own. He may give me a suggestion but I may try something else. But the best thing he has done is to send the right vibes in the dressing room about hardwork and fitness. I honestly feel he is one man who can do a lot of good for Indian cricket. Some day somebody else will be captain and they will have another coach but I think John should still be involved with Indian cricket. He has a lot of ideas, he can help youngsters grow and become better players.Q. Captains are known to turn to books for inspiration and growth. You’re not a great reader, so where do you turn?A. I’m not fond of reading, no. I draw inspiration from people I see around me. I have a lot of regard for Steve Waugh as a character, as a cricketer. He got a hundred in Sharjah under pressure and I watched every ball of his innings. I get a lot of inspiration from his career, how he conducts his cricket.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Bare knuckles to KO record for Myanmar woman breaking MMA mold

first_img“(My parents) had never seen or heard of girls doing lethwei,” the 24-year-old told AFP. “I had to trick them by saying I was playing football.”The diminutive 1.57 metre (5ft 2in) fighter holds the record for the fastest MMA bout for the Singapore-based One Championship, the sport’s biggest promotion in Asia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe bout ended at 24 seconds when Bozhena, sitting astride her opponent — compatriot Shwe Sin — landed a barrage of nine rapid punches to the head.Bozhena, who goes by the nickname Toto, trains in a humid Yangon gym where she pummels her coach with jabs and hooks while ducking counterpunches. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings PLAY LIST 01:22Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings02:37Myanmar battles rising floodwaters after dozens killed in landslide03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The most well-known — and Bozhena’s hero — is Aung La Nsang, an ethnic Kachin nicknamed the “Burmese Python” who holds both middleweight and light heavyweight world titles for One Championship.The 34-year-old was even voted 2019 International Fighter of the Year at Las Vegas-based World MMA Awards.Bozhena’s career is still in its infancy, but she is already proving a formidable foe. In a knuckle-biting battle in July against Vietnamese-American fighter Bi Nguyen, the judges favoured her in a split decision.She has gained fans across Myanmar, including within her once-disapproving community, she says with a smile. “Now when I have a fight, my house is packed with people who come to watch,” she said.Social norms aside, Bozhena decries the lack of support for women wanting to get in the ring, saying men are more readily offered sponsorship deals and high-profile fights.“There should be no gender discrimination,” she said, explaining that was the reason she left the lethwei arena for MMA.Despite the challenges the trailblazer vowed to fight on. “I miss the days when I could be beautiful and feminine, but I prefer the path I have chosen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? She will need to be on top form for her next outing at the end of this month against Indonesian star Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol at One Championship’s card in Jakarta.Bozhena hails from Myanmar’s poor eastern Kayah state, where women are better known for using brass rings to elongate their necks rather than the traditional combat sport lethwei.The bone-crunching Myanmar fighting style is considered one of the most aggressive in the world. Combatants eschew boxing gloves for thin gauze wrapped around hardened knuckles and head-butting is permitted.Like many in Kayah state, the fighter’s family are subsistence farmers. “My parents live hand-to-mouth. That helped drive me to success,” said Bozhena.Her ambition to excel in MMA was also inspired by the increasingly high profile of Myanmar-born fighters.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Murray climbs over 200 places as Djokovic stays top in ATP rankings This photo taken on August 15, 2019 shows Myanmar’s top woman fighter Bozhena Antoniyar attending a training session in Yangon. – Myanmar’s Bozhena Antoniyar had to side-step conservative parents to take up bare-knuckle fighting, but her stealth paid off on her MMA debut when she knocked out her opponent in a record 24 seconds. (Photo by Sai Aung MAIN / AFP)Myanmar’s Bozhena Antoniyar had to side-step conservative parents to take up bare-knuckle fighting, but her stealth paid off on her MMA debut when she knocked out her opponent in a record 24 seconds.Bozhena picked up Myanmar’s brutal martial art of lethwei when she was 16, secretly attending training sessions.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Day-Night Test is ‘step into unknown’ for England: Stuart Broad

first_imgFew England players have any experience with the ball, which will be the centre of attention when the first Test gets under way at 13:00 GMT at Edgbaston on Thursday.England seamer Stuart Broad said it would be a “step into the unknown” and that bowlers will have to “figure out what’s going on”.Earlier this week, he said he had only ever bowled a single delivery with the new ball, and England will have had just one session with the ball under lights before play starts.Broad’s new-ball partner Jimmy Anderson may be slightly better prepared, having taken two wickets for Lancashire with the pink ball in a one-off round of County Championship matches in a trial of its use earlier this season.The experiment received a mixed reception, with some players reporting that the ball went soft earlier than its red equivalent.While red balls are dyed, waxed and lacquered, white and pink balls rely on paint to provide colour. The demands on pink balls, which must last 80 overs, are much greater than those on white balls, which are used for shorter forms of the game.Manufacturers say the new balls should be easier to pick up in all conditions and England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow said on Tuesday that fielding sides may benefit. “With a red ball it is not perfect, to be quite honest,” he said.Reuters PhotoWhile red balls are dyed, waxed and lacquered, white and pink balls rely on paint to provide colour. The demands on pink balls, which must last 80 overs, are much greater than those on white balls, which are used for shorter forms of the game.advertisementManufacturers say the new balls should be easier to pick up in all conditions and England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow said on Tuesday that fielding sides may benefit. “With a red ball it is not perfect, to be quite honest,” he said.”If you are stood at second slip, third slip, gully, point, fine leg, deep backward square, you are actually picking a maroon ball up out of a multi-coloured background, which is the crowd,” he told Sky Sports on Tuesday.”You never know, coming out of a dark background, it might actually be easier to see a luminous pink ball than it would a gloomy red one. I am sure it will be a learning curve, for the batters and the bowlers “The Edgbaston game will be cricket’s fifth Day-Night Test, but the first played with a Dukes ball, the make traditionally used in England.The other four tests — three in Australia and one in Dubai — all used a Kookaburra, and the rival manufacturers fought their own battle this week over the merits of their respective balls.”This (Day-Night Test) is an experiment and people will expect miracles, but I think you have to give it a bit of time,” Dukes owner Dilip Jadojia told the Independent news site. “I think the colour is perfect, but if there are lessons to be learnt then they’ll be learnt.”last_img read more

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ST to highlight semiconductor solutions for smart industry and smart driving at electronica

first_imgSTMicroelectronics will show and demonstrate its products and solutions aimed at making industrial and automotive applications smarter and more efficient at electronica 2018. Many of the product and system demonstrations on show will be based on customer examples showcasing the ongoing technology transformations across industrial and automotive applications: 3D printers, high-power motors, machine condition monitoring equipment, a test bench using Artificial Intelligence to identify defects on a railway, asset trackers, 48V automotive subsystems, 77 GHz radar, secure and tamper resistant telematics, many automotive subsystem modules including LED lighting plus integrated hardware/software solutions for both industrial and automotive applications – supported by a broad set of evaluation and development kits.In the ST Smart Factory area, the company will feature a smart factory control-center demonstration, as well as technologies for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance through vibration monitoring using AI-enhanced technologies running on STM32 microcontrollers, as well as ultrasound inspection, a broad set of motor control, power and energy management, and industrial sensors demonstrations, and non-destructive testing.ST will also demonstrate a range of connectivity and security technologies including secure cloud connectivity for edge computing, asset tracking, next generation IoT connectivity, Bluetooth low energy-Mesh, and NFC.Carmakers and their technology suppliers are reshaping mobility platforms and vehicles with the development of assisted and autonomous driving and the shift to more efficient and higher performing hybrid and electric power technologies. A leading provider of technology and solutions for the automotive industry, ST will be showing a broad range technology solutions and demonstrations for both traditional automotive applications and cutting-edge technologies being designed into next-generation automotive platforms.To showcase these efforts, ST’s Smart Driving area will include technology and product demonstrations for all key automotive subsystems. In Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and secure infotainment & telematics ST will notably show in-cabin imaging for driver monitoring, radar sensing, precise positioning, V2X communication and over-the-air system updating. ST’s engineers and marketers will also be showing technologies supporting the design of Electric Vehicles and hybrids, with full Silicon Carbide-based solutions for EV traction inverters, battery management systems, on-board chargers and acoustic vehicle alert systems. In addition, the automotive area will highlight powertrain, chassis and safety, and body and convenience applications. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Tearing into a Zigbee-based LED lightNext Infineon and NEXT Biometrics introduce biometric card reference designlast_img read more

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The Video Round Up: October 31st 2015

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The Video Round Up is a new series highlighting videos and multimedia content that caught our eyes. Getting stoked on travel, good food, and extreme sports is best when shared with friends, so we’ll be posting a bi-weekly series on our favorite videos we find from every corner of the web. Have a tip or some awesome footage? Shoot an email to support@themanual.comPAKPODWe received this fun little product in the mail a few weeks ago to test during Pakpod’s Kickstarter. Since then, our pakpod has been hung from bridges while fly fishing, wedged into narrow cracks on gnarly rock climbing routes, and stashed in our day packs every single day. The genius is in the stake design – each leg can grab onto just about anything, and lock down, providing you more versatility in getting the right shot in tight spaces or less than cooperative weather. Originally designed with underwater shooters in mind, this mighty little tripod will become an indispensable tool for seasoned pros and amateurs alike.Sony Action Cams: Travis PastranaYou’re probably familiar with Sony’s new action cams from our very first Round Up and behind the scenes look at Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream film. Sony continues to march on and recently signed action sports legend Travis Pastrana to the team. We can’t wait to see what his Nitro Circus crew comes up with, so stay tuned for some craziness.Cannibal CanyonSector 9 Longboards and Redbull Media found a group of longboarders crazy enough charge down the 2.4 miles of Highway 40 through Donner Pass, CA. With top speeds of up to fifty miles an hour, and a total elevation change of more than 2,000 feet, this race to the bottom is way beyond our meager abilities on a board.Birchbox’s Movember Ball ExamNot going to lie, watching this video made us feel more than a little awkward. Birchbox is an official partner in the Movember, so they are invested in keeping every man healthy, one testicle at a time. While don’t advise that you take a video of your own cancer screening, you should definitely check out their Movember Survival Kit while you get ready to grow your stache for the next few weeks.Tactivate Wingsuite World RecordOn November 11th Jimmy Petrolia, a retired USAF Pararescueman, will jump out of a plane from above 30,000 feet in an attempt to break multiple wingsuit world records. His stunt is not just for bragging rights, but will raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides support for the children of American Special Operations personnel who fall in the line of duty. Our hats are off to Jimmy and the entire Tactivate team. We’ll be following his efforts closely. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned last_img read more

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MS Zuiderdam to the Rescue

first_imgzoom Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Zuiderdam rescued eight crew members of the Bahamian inter-island vessel Excalibur that was sinking on January 3, 2015.Zuiderdam was en route to Oranjestad, Aruba and was approximately 15 miles away from the sinking vessel when it received a distress call from Excalibur. The cruise ship altered course and was able to execute a nighttime rescue of all eight crewmembers at 3:01 a.m.The ship brought them onboard and provided food and accommodations.  The rescued crewmembers debarked in Aruba on January 5.In addition, on January 4 Zaandam came to the aid of seven crewmembers from the sailing yacht Polonus that were staying at the Arctowski Polish research station at King George Island in Antarctica.The crew, all Polish nationals, were stranded after their yacht went aground. They are being taken to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will disembark Jan. 11.Zuiderdam is currently in the middle of a 10-night Panama Canal cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that departed Jan. 2.last_img read more

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Vijay Mallya decries witchhunt after winning right to appeal extradition

first_imgLondon: Beleaguered liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya has claimed that he is victim of a witch-hunt based on a “false” case against him after the UK High Court granted him permission to appeal against his extradition order.The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss, wanted in India to face alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crores, won a reprieve when a two-judge bench at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday concluded that “arguments can be reasonably made on some aspects of the prima facie case put forward by the Indian government. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”After all the mockery made of me, I would respectfully ask those interested parties to focus on the Divisional Bench Judgement in England, allowing me to challenge the core of the false prima facie case filed against me by the CBI. Witch-hunt?,” Mallya tweeted. “Despite the good court result for me, I once again repeat my offer to pay back the Banks that lent money to Kingfisher Airlines in full. Please take the money. With the balance, I also want to pay employees and other creditors and move on in life,” he said, adding that justice had prevailed in his favour. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn their ruling, Justices George Leggatt and Andrew Popplewell accepted that there was “substantial ground” to review if Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot was wrong to conclude that the Indian government had established a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya when she ordered his extradition last December. The High Court judges noted that some of the lower court’s findings may have been on allegations that the defence had not had a “chance to answer”.last_img read more

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Advocates encouraged by government plan to reopen prison farms

first_imgAdvocates for Canada’s prison farm system said they felt wind in their sails on Wednesday after learning the federal government was about to start reviving the program they’ve been fighting to restore for years.One of the measures announced in Tuesday’s federal budget earmarked $4.3 million over five years to reopen two shuttered prison farms that operated near Kingston, Ont. before their closure in 2010.The Joyceville and Collins Bay farms were among six shuttered when the then-Conservative government concluded they were unprofitable and ineffective.Advocates passionately fought for the farms, which operated in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and New Brunswick prior to the shutdown and produced much of the food consumed in the prison system in those provinces.They argued that inmates working on the farms gained valuable life skills that greatly decreased their odds of reoffending once they had served their time.One group formed in Ontario even launched a co-operative to purchase some of the dairy cattle from one of the defunct prison farms and paid to house them until they succeeded in their quest to reopen the facilities.Tuesday’s announcement in the Liberal government’s budget, they said, makes them feel like they’ve nearly achieved their goal.“It’s been nine-plus years of lobbying, campaigning, driving the country,” said Jeff Peters, chairman of the Pen Farm Herd Co-Op. “Finally, we’re getting close. We’re only on third base, this has been a long, long game, but we’re heading for home.”Peters was an early crusader for the farms, which had operated in Canada since the 1880s until they were axed during Stephen Harper’s tenure as prime minister.At that time, the Conservative government argued the farms consumed more money than they made while conferring minimal benefit on the prisoners.At a 2010 speech in Toronto, then-Public Safety Minister Vic Toews contended that less than one per cent of prisoners who worked on the farms actually went on to find work in an agricultural setting. He argued that rehabilitation efforts ought to be focused on the sorts of environments former inmates would find themselves in once their incarceration came to an end.But prison farm advocates said the facilities did much more than Toews gave them credit for. They argued that farm work for inmates not only promoted values such as work ethic and responsibility, but taught sometimes hardened criminals to view the world around them and even living creatures in a more productive light.Sustainable food activist Andrew McCann, who was briefly arrested over his efforts to prevent the Kingston-area farms from closing, said people serving time for murder developed a different outlook after helping cows give birth and raising calves on the farms.“Helping mothers give birth is a profoundly transformative process for many of these men,” McCann said. “That’s at the heart of the therapeutic program.”Advocates said they hope the newly announced funds from today’s government will allow for a more comprehensive program that includes research as well as farming.Peters said that while the land at the Collins Bay and Joyceville farms is still in good condition, the animals would benefit from more spacious, modern barns that will allow for more movement and provide safer shelter.“The cows have become bigger in the genetics and so on,” he said. “There’s just better ways to keep animals happy.”McCann, for his part, said he hopes the modernized program will also contain a research component that will allow government to track the effects of inmate participation both during and after their time on the farm.The 2018 budget makes no mention of the other four facilities that are currently sitting idle, but activists outside Ontario said the revival of prison farms in that province bodes well for their local efforts.Terri Cormier, who actively campaigns for the reopening of a large, mixed farm in Dorchester, N.B., said she was thrilled to learn that the Ontario facilities might soon be up and running, adding she’s hopeful farms elsewhere may eventually rejoin their ranks.“We know we’re on the roster,” she said. “I’m just pushing to make sure we stay on it. Then we’ll see what happens from there.”last_img read more

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Sudanese President Invites King Mohammed VI to Sudan

Rabat – The President of Sudan, Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, has invited the Moroccan Monarch, King Mohammed VI, to make an official visit to Sudan. Special Envoy of the Republic of Sudan to King Mohammed VI, Lieutenant General Ali Osman Taha, made the announcement on Friday that Sudanese President, Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, has invited the Moroccan Monarch to make an official visit to Sudan.Ali Osman Taha made the announcement in a press conference following a royal reception on Friday at the Royal Palace in Fez. The official also revealed that King Mohammed VI accepted the invitation. “I handed over a letter to His Majesty the King an invitation from President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir to visit the Republic of Sudan. His Majesty accept the invitation,” he said.The Sudanese Special Envoy added that King Mohammed VI praised the deep-rooted Moroccan-Sudanese relationship and confirmed Morocco’s intention to develop existing relations by giving greater dynamism to joint ministerial committees. read more

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Sheriff seeks dismissal from lawsuit over antiprotest laws

A western South Dakota sheriff is seeking to be dismissed from a lawsuit challenging new state laws that target disruptive demonstrations by anti-oil pipeline activists.Attorney Rebeca L. Mann said Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom must enforce state laws but isn’t responsible for defending them.“Pennington County is not a proper party to defend the constitutionality of state statues nor should it be burdened with the expense of defending statutes it has no power to change,” Mann argued in court documents filed last week.Pennington County is one of eight South Dakota counties along the route of TransCanada Corp.’s planned Keystone XL pipeline to move Canadian crude through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with lines to Gulf Coast refineries. The $8 billion project has the backing of President Donald Trump but is being fought in the courts by opponents.Activists and American Indian tribes also plan on-the-ground protests against construction. Such protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017 resulted in 761 arrests and cost the state and Morton County $38 million. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners also is seeking to recover millions of dollars in protest-related damages from Greenpeace, an effort the environmental group is fighting.In March, South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and GOP leaders passed legislation allowing officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in “riot boosting,” which is defined in part as encouraging violence during a riot. Noem has said the law is meant to address problems caused by “out-of-state rioters funded by out-of-state interests.”The American Civil Liberties Union and tribes contend the law stifles free speech, and the ACLU is suing Noem, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and Thom in federal court on behalf of activists.Thom is named as a defendant because he’s sheriff in the county in which the activists are working, according to Courtney Bowie, legal director for the ACLU of South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. Plaintiffs include the Rapid City-based NDN Collective non-profit, which advocates for indigenous peoples and climate change awareness.Mann argued “there is no jurisdictional basis for suing Sheriff Thom to challenge the constitutionality of state statues.” She also argued more broadly that since activists have pledged peaceful protests against Keystone XL, there is no “realistic fear of prosecution.” Attorneys for Noem and Ravnsborg made a similar argument earlier this month.Plaintiffs’ attorneys have not yet responded to Thom’s argument, but Bowie in a statement to The Associated Press said “our complaint alleges a chilling of free speech, which is itself an injury that our clients have suffered and continue to suffer.”“They do not have to wait for prosecution to bring a claim and, with the way the laws are written, they are subject to later civil or criminal liability for their organizing work,” Bowie said.The law states that people who solicit or pay someone to break the law or be arrested would be subject to paying three times the amount that would compensate for the detriment caused. The ACLU maintains it fails to adequately describe the speech or conduct that could subject protesters and organizations to penalties.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/NicholsonBlakeBlake Nicholson, The Associated Press read more

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Brock OSSTF reach tentative deal for support staff

Brock University and OSSTF District 35 today reached a tentative agreement on a renewal contract for about 240 office, clerical, administrative and library support staff at Brock.Details of the agreement will not be made public until it has been ratified by OSSTF members and by the University’s Board of Trustees.University President Jack Lightstone welcomed the news and praised the work of negotiators to reach a settlement.“We are pleased that we were able to reach common ground with a group of employees who form such an important part of our University’s operations,” said Brock President Jack Lightstone.The tentative agreement with OSSTF would complete a series of renewal collective agreements negotiated between the University and unions representing Brock employees. Earlier agreements were reached with CUPE 1295 (maintenance and trades staff); CUPE2220 (Rodman Hall); CUPE 4207-1 (TAs, part-time instructors, course co-ordinators, lab demonstrators and marker-graders) and CUPE 4207-2 (ESL co-ordinators). read more

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Prince Charles charms delegates as Royal Familys Commonwealth mission continues

The Prince officially launched @ComSecYouth during a visit to @UoNMalaysia in November.The Commonwealth Youth Programme recognises young people as assets to a country’s development and they should be empowered to realise their potential. #CHOGM2018 pic.twitter.com/cnh2bh9A9I— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) April 17, 2018 The Prince of Wales stands beside a huge whale made from plastic bottles as part of an environment campaign The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to guests at the Commonwealth Big Lunch “He has been a great supporter of ours,” he said. “People don’t realise how lucky we are to have this Royal Family. The great thing is they they are removed from politics. The Prince of Wales stands beside a huge whale made from plastic bottles as part of an environment campaignCredit:Getty The Duke of Cambridge offers a gift to Tanzania’s vice president Samia SuluhuCredit:AFP All four senior members of the Royal Family will be attending numerous events throughout the week of Chogm, with Meghan Markle joining her fiance on Wednesday.Lord Marland, a British businessman and Conservative politician leading the Commonwealth Business Forum, gave his support to the Prince of Wales becoming the next head of the Commonwealth. The Prince of Wales has showcased his credentials as the likely future head of Commonwealth, as he and his sons embarked on a Royal charm offensive.The Prince greeted hundreds of Commonwealth representatives in a lively lunch celebrating the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), sharing anecdotes about his time visiting most of its 53 countries.Attending events on climate change, plastics and a forum for young people, he made his way through some of the 5,000 delegates in London for a landmark week expected to see leaders decide whether he should automatically succeed his mother in the honorary role of head of the Commonwealth.The Duke of Cambridge, who on Monday took part in a business forum, and Prince Harry have already emphasised the central role the Royal Family has taken in the Commonwealth in a family-wide charm offensive, with the Prince praising his father’s foresight in environmental issues.The Prince of Wales has visited 44 of the 53 nations, and lost no time in regaling delegates with memories of his travels at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. The Duke of Cambridge offers a gift to Tanzania's vice president Samia Suluhu The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to guests at the Commonwealth Big LunchCredit:Getty “I have really happy memories of the Uganda CHOGM all those years ago,” he told one group of delegates from the east African country, recalling his first trip to an overseas Commonwealth summit in 2007. The Prince and his two sons joined the Queen in hosting key figures from the Commonwealth, with the Presidents of Malawi, Rwanda and Botswana calling upon Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace, and the President of Kenya on the Duke.The President of the Republic of South Africa visited the Queen at Windsor Castle, while the Prince of Wales received the Prime Minister of Jamaica, and the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands at Clarence House. “For an organisation like this to have a non-politician as its head is something great, I believe.”The decision will be made by the heads of government of the 53 Commonwealth countries, who will all attend a private retreat at Windsor on Friday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. When he met Israel Nyoh, a youth delegate from the central African country of Cameroon, the Prince recalled a visit there in 1990. “I remember going to Cameroon years ago. I have never been so hot in my life. All the air conditioning broke down,” he said.His conversation with young environmentalists was peppered with anecdotes about official visits, including a trip to the Caribbean to see hurricane damage last November, recent visits to Singapore, Malaysia and India, and his tour of Australia, which also took in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. read more

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Whitmore launches satellite lubrication room for industrial sites

first_imgWhitmore, a CSW Industrials Company and leading innovator of products and services which increase the reliability, productivity, and lifespan of industrial assets, including mines, has brought to market the Satellite Lube Room, a full-featured “go anywhere” storage solution.“OilSafe has always been about streamlining storage and handling of lubricants in a way that is simple, clean, and efficient. But the demanding environments of many industrial sites can wreak havoc on equipment and lubricants if it isn’t housed well. Instead of forcing operators to bring the machine to the lube station, this product brings a lube room closer to the machine,” said Steve Anderson, Product Development Director at Whitmore.The Satellite Lube Room supports all the essential features of an OilSafe lubrication setup and packages them into a fully self-contained, regulation compliant structure that can be loaded (in its 20 ft configuration) onto a flatbed tow truck and moved easily with a forklift (both 20 ft and 40 ft models).Doug Reid, VP of Product Development describes the new lube rooms as, “A serious operational upgrade for clients struggling to find a lubrication storage option that is both robust and flexible enough to take into the field on a permanent basis.”Whitmore offers several different types of lubricants to serve the many needs of the mining industry. These include multi-service lubricants, open gear lubricants, extreme pressure lubricants, enclosed gear oils, propel machinery lubricants and wire rope lubricants.last_img read more

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Survey Majority of TDs believe funds for community mental health services should

first_imgTHE MAJORITY OF Dáil members believe that the provision and funding of mental health services should be made a priority over the next three years, according to a new survey from Millward Brown Lansdowne.Today marks World Mental Health Day, which aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and help to fight the stigma relating to depression.The survey shows the majority of TDs believe that delivering community mental health services (63 per cent) and increasing funding (59 per cent) should be “top priorities” if the country is serious about improving mental health services over the next three years.The survey contains responses from nearly half of Dáil members (71 out of 166) and reveals that 56 per cent of politicians surveyed see the topic of mental health raised ‘very often’ or ‘frequently’ within their constituency clinics – a significant increase from the 27 per cent reported last year.The emphasis on improving mental health services is also reflected in a nationally representative survey run at a similar time, which found that more than two-thirds of the public (68 per cent) believe that the importance of mental health services needs to be focused upon over the next three years.Deputy Simon Harris, one of co-convenors of the the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Mental Health, said there is “a clear appetite” for improvement in our mental health services from politicians, regardless of their political affiliation. “We owe it to our constituents to ensure we don’t forget how crucial this issue for everyone, even among all the difficult budget decisions that will be made this Dáil term,” he said.The survey, commissioned by the One Foundation, also revealed:Political view The provision of mental health community services (61 per cent) and budget increases (59 per cent) are seen as top prioritiesA large majority of the 71 TDs interviewed (83 per cent) believe money for community mental health services must be ringfencedNearly four in five support a legal obligation for government to deliver mental health services within the communityThe vast majority (87 per cent) agree teachers should receive training on mental health, with 86 per cent agreeing mental health should be on the curriculumPublic viewsTwo-thirds (66 per cent) believe cuts in health spending have hit mental health services more than other areas of the health spendThe majority (85 per cent) agree that the state needs to prioritise mental health by increasing its budget over the next three yearsMore than nine in 10 (92 per cent) believe awareness and understanding of mental health issues should be part of the curriculum in Irish secondary schoolsThere is a strong consensus that teachers should receive training to recognise and respond to mental health issues among students (in primary school 82 per cent agree, and in secondary schools this jumps up to 93 per cent)Meanwhile, a senior psychologist has spoken out about the need to pay particular attention to young people’s mental health.Dr Michele Coyle, a senior clinical psychologist at Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan in Dublin, says  the symptoms of depression in young people can vary. She said that while many adolescents display low mood similar to adults who are depressed, adolescent depression may also be masked by anger and acting out behaviours.Signs can include:Continuous feelings of sadness, and/or angry outburstsPersistent thoughts of hopelessness, worthlessness or guiltSocial withdrawal and isolationDifficulty experiencing pleasure or enjoymentIncreased sensitivity to rejectionChanges in appetite and sleep patternsIncreased periods of tearfulnessDifficulty concentrating, fatigue and low energyPhysical complaints, such as stomach aches, headaches that do not respond to treatmentThoughts of death or suicideCoyle recommends the following advice for helping young people who are depressed:Validate feelings: acknowledge the pain and sadness they are feelingOffer support: let depressed teenagers know that you’re there for them and that they are not alone in their feelings – hold back from asking a lot of questions, but make it clear that you’re ready and willing to provide whatever support they needListen without lecturing: resist any urge to criticise once they begin to talk; the important thing is that they are communicating – avoid offering unsolicited advice or ultimatumsBe gentle but persistent: don’t give up if your adolescent shuts you out at first – be respectful, while still emphasising your concern and willingness to listenSeek professional help: depression is very damaging when left untreated; if you see depression’s warning signs, seek professional helpFor information or support on mental health and suicide, contact the following organisations:Samaritans 1850 60 90 900 or email jo@samaritans.orgTeen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634Console 1800 201 890Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ie Read: World Mental Health Week marked with opening of €300,000 facility>last_img read more

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