The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Act Before They Are Ready

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Hustlers take action before they are ready.Getting Ready to Get ReadyThe would-be hustler spends a lot of time getting ready to get ready. They believe that they aren’t quite ready yet. They aren’t confident that they can succeed. They believe they need to know more, that they need more time, and that someday they’ll be ready.Would-be hustlers get stuck in this loop. The feel they aren’t ready. They make a list of all the things they lack, whether it is skills, connections, or resources. They refine that list over and over again, and the list of what they need to get started only grows longer.The root cause of would-be hustler’s procrastination is fear. They’re afraid they’ll fail. Afraid they’ll be judged. Afraid that they’ll be embarrassed.A few non-hustlers are afraid they’ll actually succeed. You may not know this, but a lot of non-hustlers fear success because it is a step into the unknown. Will they lose the comfort of the life they know? Will they lose their family, friends, and peer groups when they succeed?Ready, Fire, AimThe hustler begins before they are ready. If it’s not “ready, fire, aim” then it is “ready, aim, fire” with very little time wasted on the “aim.” It’s this bias for action that provides the hustler with the energy to break the gravitational pull that holds the would-be hustler firmly in place. The would-be hustler is locked in a status quo of their own making, never allowing themselves to risk the discomfort necessary to launch.The hustler doesn’t fear failure, knowing that failure is only feedback, a chance to make adjustments. The hustler doesn’t worry about being judged, either. They believe that the opinion of the critic sitting in their recliner playing Monday Morning Quarterback is purely motivated by their pent-up jealous.No one who isn’t actually in the arena has the right to criticize those who are.Stop getting ready to get ready. Stop getting ready. You are ready right now. Take the first step forward today. Take the second stop tomorrow. Adjust your course as you go. Don’t look back.last_img read more

Almost Single, But Most Eligible

first_imgMy name is Aisha Bhatia, I am 29 years old and single…. I tolerate my job, hate my boss, and bond big time with my friends, while routinely suffering from umbilical cord whiplash.”Aisha is the modern Indian woman. She is in her late 20s, desperate for a life partner and anxious about her weight (which only goes up). But, she is in “denial” and would never disclose to anyone her real weight. Remind you of someone? Well, the modern Indian woman should definitely feel at home with Aisha. She will remind you of any protagonist of the chick-lit genre that is so popular in the U.S. and Europe. Her priorities, her angst, her attitude — thus far restricted to Western women (at least in literature) — are now distinctly Indian, a bold reminder that the Indian woman has come of age.With Aisha, the chick-lit genre has made its debut in India. And what a fitting debut too — funny, tongue-in-the-cheek, irreverent, compact, neat. Almost Single has sold 40,000 copies since it was released in August 2007, catapulting its author Advaita Kala as the reigning queen of Indian chick-lit.Kala comes across as easy going, comfortable in her casual hoodie top and black salwar kameez. Her eyes light up when she laughs, often uproariously; she is quick with her repartees and exudes confidence from every pore. She is the quintessential modern Indian woman, who can hold her own anywhere. There us a bit of her in Aisha or maybe a bit of Aisha in her.First novels are often slightly autobiographical. In her early 30 years, Kala is still single … is she almost single? She laughs, before replying, “I’m almost single because I am always in love with something and I don’t mean a person necessarily.”Kala insists that Aisha is not her (in fact she is tired of clarifying that), but her experiences have found a way into the novel. She feels overwhelmed with the reaction, but hold on, it’s not reaction, as Kala says, it’s “affirmation” that the Indian woman has come of age.Does she identify with the angst that Aisha goes through in the novel? “Not so much my immediate family, but rather friends and so-called well wishers were always hinting that while my career was going well, I was incomplete without a man by my side. And they would have these conversations right while I am sitting there and I am like, ‘Hello, I am here too!’ I think such experiences acted as a trigger for the book as I have a habit of mocking something through writing when I feel angry or hurt. I just felt it so unfair that the life of an Indian woman at the end of the day boils down to marriage. No matter how successful she is as a career woman, unless and until she is married, she is looked upon with pity by all and sundry.”  Advaita Kala on the book publicity circuit.The ex-hotelier started writing the book in October 2005 after she returned from a stint abroad. Her parents were relocating from Mumbai to New Delhi and she decided to take a break from work and do some writing. In her novel, she wanted to show the change India was going through, especially among its women. “I think when women change there is a cultural shift. My generation of women are busy redefining themselves and what it means to be happy, what it means to put yourself ahead, if not necessarily first. We are choosing to live lives that are very different from those our mother’s led and there is great freedom in that. But then there are also insecurities and challenges that we never anticipated or were prepared for. Being single for longer than it is ordained is most certainly one aspect,” she says.Kala completed her undergraduate degree from Berry College, Mount Berry, Ga. She admits that her U.S. experiences shaped her attitude towards life considerably: “You leave home for the first time and especially in my case, travel half way around the world. It was a big opportunity for me to discover myself and enjoy the relative freedom that a country like America provides, especially back when I was there in the mid nineties.”Almost Single was recently released in the U.S. and Europe and Kala is hopeful for its success abroad, as she feels that Aisha transcends all countries, struggling against the outdated norms of a traditional society, trying to break free and yet stay rooted, being continuously judged on a scale that is unfairly and unfortunately tilted toward men. “Aisha straddles the world of modernity and tradition, and that I think is a common theme for women around the world. Even in western societies, we are still confined to certain patriarchal definitions in different measures, so in that sense there is a thread of commonality. In India the issues are different, in Saudi Arabia, where I believe the book is being photocopied, the situation is very different. But one thing is true, women, no matter where they belong, are challenged by the same issues in different measures and we all feel this constant need to prove ourselves, be it personally or professionally.” Kala’s book has been hailed as the Asian Bridget Jones, although she feels that she is more attuned to American fiction and literature than British and hence, she feels she was inspired more by Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City than Bridget Jones. “It certainly inspired me to tell a story that was more about friendship than anything else. Also we are a society where family is very important, if not paramount. What is happening today is that since more and more young people are leaving home for work and study, we are turning to friends more than ever before. They are truly becoming the family you choose. It’s a new phenomenon and Aisha and her friends are each others family in the big city. Having said that, I am aware of how tremendous the impact of Bridget Jones was in its time, and to be referred to the Asian Bridget Jones is nothing short of a wonderful compliment.”Kala is a big fan of the chick-lit genre and likes the works of writers like Sophie Kinsella and Candace Bushnell for their candor and wit. She says she loves the mystery genre too. “Interestingly a lot of mystery writers are women who were romance novelists. So who knows that may be the next step. My next book is a sequel. I just wasn’t ready to say good bye to these characters.” The book is expected next year.So, when will her singledom end? The spark of her witty humor reveals itself when she says tongue-in-cheek, “Well I’m a Hindu and aren’t our partners supposed to be predestined for us? I will be attached to him for many lives, right? I have a feeling that we have already spent a few janams (lives) together. So, this janam (life) we need a break and so he’s taking his time.”Till then, she stays “Almost Single.”    Related Itemslast_img read more

2020 Tokyo Olympics India’s Hockey Qualifier on November 1-2: Check Details Here

first_img 2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicshockeyhockey india First Published: October 31, 2019, 1:51 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The upcoming hockey qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will see the Indian men’s and women’s hockey team fight to seal their Olympic berths on November 1 and 2. The Olympics 2020 Indian Hockey qualifiers will be played at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar.World No. 5 Indian men’s hockey team led by Manpreet Singh will lock horns with Russia, who are currently World No. 22. Meanwhile, Rani Rampal-led women’s hockey team, who are currently at 9th spot in the world ranking, will be facing the US. According to the latest 2020 Olympics qualifying format rolled out by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), 28 teams with 14 players each side (both for men and women) will be featuring in seven qualifiers. The 2020 Olympics hockey qualifiers draw were held in September this year.Here is a list of team’s who have qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics:2020 Tokyo Olympics Men’s Hockey Qualifying list:Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Belgium, Australia Spain, Netherlands, Canada2020 Tokyo Olympics Women’s Hockey Qualifying list:Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, China, AustraliaIndian Men’s Hockey Squad: Manpreet Singh (C), PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, S.V. Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Simranjeet Singh.Indian Women’s Hockey Squad: Rani Rampal (C), Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur and Sharmila Devi. last_img read more

Knicks Beat 76ers, 84-77

first_imgSYRACUSE, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in a successful return to his college home, and the New York Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 84-77 in a preseason game on Oct. 14.Anthony, who led Syracuse to its only national championship in 2003, also had seven rebounds in 27 minutes at the Carrier Dome. He was 5-for-12 from the field and 6 for 8 at the free-throw line.Two more former Syracuse stars took the night off. Philadelphia was without Michael Carter-Williams, who had right shoulder surgery in May, and rookie Jerami Grant, who was sidelined by an ankle injury.Tony Wroten and Nerlens Noel led the 76ers with 12 points apiece. Noel also had 11 rebounds and four steals.New York had a 17-1 run in the first quarter and led 45-29 at halftime.Jason Smith scored 14 points for the Knicks, who had a 43-36 rebounding edge. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 13 points, and Iman Shumpert finished with 12.Philadelphia shot 38 percent from the field, including a 2-for-18 performance from 3-point range.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Humble’ Pumas move atop Liga MX

first_imgLiga MX Pumas atop Liga MX but staying humble after two victories Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 08:49 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nicolas Castillo Pumas Ronaldo Schemidt Liga MX Pumas Pumas v Atlas Atlas After finishing dead last in the Apertura, Pumas are atop the league after two weeks, but new manager David Patino knows there’s still plenty to do The Liga MX leader after Jornada 2 is a surprising but familiar face. Pumas’ 3-1 win over Atlas on Sunday afternoon means coach David Patino’s men are one of just two teams to take all six points out of the first possible six. The other, Leon, has scored fewer goals and sits second. Far less important than being the superlider after two weeks is how Patino has Pumas fans dreaming again.The former Pumas forward has rejuvenated the current crop of Pumas’ forwards, with Nicolas Castillo already up to four goals in two games and Matias Alustiza adding one today as a reward for his strong work alongside the Chilean.The two wins were different. Pumas needed an aggressive comeback at the Estadio Hidalgo to top Pachuca after falling behind 2-0 early last week. It was obvious Sunday that they weren’t going to make the same mistake. Jesus Gallardo found Castillo in the sixth minute with a gorgeous pass from his left foot. Castillo brought down the ball and beat Cristopher Toselli to give the home side the early lead. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player #NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Nicolás Castillo@PumasMX 1-0 @atlasfc #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/4yVdEKp0r2— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018It again was Castillo creating issues for the opposing defense on Pumas’ second goal. The 24-year-old pressured Atlas right back Juan Vigon into a poor pass for Leiton Jimenez. The Atlas center back coughed up possession and Castillo pounced, setting up Alustiza and sending Pumas into the halftime break with a two-goal lead.Nicolas Castillo Pumas Juan Vigon AtlasCastillo confirmed the victory by winning and converting a penalty just after the hour mark as the Estadio Universitario was able to celebrate a victory for the first time since Oct. 17, 2017. Pumas didn’t let go of the momentum with even Ravel Morrison’s beautiful goal from a free kick failing to dampen their enthusiasm.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Ravel Morrison@PumasMX 3-1 @atlasfc #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/ld61n9ZZdn— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018After all, this once-great team – the runner-up as recently as the 2015 Apertura – finished dead last in Liga MX in the recently concluded Apertura. Patino took over as the interim coach after Paco Palencia was fired, but sticking with the former Pumas player seemed like a move of convenience more than brilliance after Patino ran off a few draws but also struggled to get victories. The early results in this tournament say otherwise – that while Palencia wasn’t a young Mexican manager who has what it takes to lead Pumas into a successful new era, the 50-year-old Patino is.The attack is thriving with Castillo getting a boost from Alustiza playing behind him and with Marcelo Diaz and David Cabrera in the midfield looking to get the ball forward after winning it. At the back, Alejandro Arribas looks like an improvement at center back next to Luis Quintana, though the Spaniard had to leave Sunday’s game with an injury.It’s the first time since the 2011 Apertura that Pumas have won their first two matches, but Patino isn’t getting ahead of himself.”I’m really happy with the two matches, but this is just getting started. We’re not going to (celebrate prematurely) or change our style,” Patino said after Sunday’s win. “Humility above everything and work. That’s it.”Staying humble is at the center of Patino’s model, but Pumas’ fans will have extra swagger around Mexico City and beyond this week. Their team is in first place, and they’re dreaming of big things once again.last_img read more

BCom sees highest number of admissions in DU so far

first_imgNew Delhi:B.Com course has so far seen the maximum number of admissions this academic session in the Delhi University, with Zakir Husain College seeing the highest enrolment of students. According to data shared by the varsity, 49,971 admissions have taken place till now and the number of cancellations stands at 8,348. The number of withdrawals is 1,234. At least 5,252 students have chosen B.Com, 4,897 have opted for B.Com(Honours) and 4,204 students have applied for BA (Honours) Political Science, it stated. The two other courses popular among the students are BA (Honours) History and BA(Honours) Hindi which have seen 2,683 and 2,279 enrolments, respectively. The admissions for BA(Honours) Political Science for the unreserved category were closed at many colleges after the first and second cut-off lists were announced.last_img read more

Vets lobby to expand medical cannabis laws to include dogs cats

first_imgOTTAWA — Parliament Hill is going to the dogs today as veterinarians lobby MPs to authorize the use of medical cannabis for critters.The vets are bringing five dogs to the Hill to draw attention to what they see as glaring omissions in the legalized regimes for medical and recreational marijuana.The law does not allow veterinarians to prescribe pot for pets, even though preliminary research suggests it could be beneficial in treating pain, seizures, anxiety and other disorders — much as it is for humans.Moreover, the law requires labels on cannabis products warning they be kept out of reach of children, but there’s no similar warning that they could be harmful to animals.Dr. Sarah Silcox, president of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, says her group has been told the omissions were likely “an oversight” that can be considered when the legalized cannabis regime is reviewed in three years.But she wants more urgent action.“For our patients, they age much faster than we do and this really isn’t an issue that can wait for a three-year review,” Silcox said in an interview.Because vets can’t legally prescribe cannabinoids for animals, or even offer advice to pet owners on the most suitable products or dosages, Silcox said some people are taking it upon themselves to administer cannabis to their pets. They’re using products sold for human consumption or unregulated “black market” products marketed for animal use, but about which veterinarians have concerns about “safety and purity.”“Veterinarians are able to prescribe almost any other drug, including things like fentanyl and other opioids and … prescription drugs that contain cannabis derivatives and yet we’re not able to authorize the use of cannabis itself,” Silcox said.The prohibition on veterinary use of cannabinoids has made research into the potential benefits “challenging,” but Silcox said preliminary studies suggest positive benefits for managing pain from arthritis and other conditions, epilepsy, anxiety and general inflammatory conditions.It is particularly useful for treating cats, who are more sensitive than dogs to the other pain medications currently used for animals, she said.Silcox’s group and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have lobbied the government to authorize veterinary use of cannabinoids. Silcox said they’ve been told by the policy adviser to Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor that it is not a priority at the moment, but can be considered when the Cannabis Act is reviewed in three years.However, Silcox noted the government is in the process of reviewing cannabis regulations now in preparation for adding edibles and oils to the list of legal products next year. It would take only a “few small changes” to add vets to the medical practitioners authorized to prescribe cannabinoids and to change references to people to patients, covering both the human and animal variety, she said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa orders regulator to investigate telecom sales practices

first_imgThe sales practices of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies – a long-time sore spot for many consumers – will be the subject of a public inquiry ordered by the federal government on Thursday.“Like many Canadians, we are concerned by allegations of clearly inappropriate sales practices by telecom carriers,” Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for telecommunications, said in a statement.“We have listened to Canadians about this issue, and we are taking action.”Bains said he has directed the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to conduct the investigation, including a public inquiry, and report on the sales practices used in the industry.His statement didn’t point a finger at particular industry players or specify which practices have been inappropriate.John Lawford, executive director the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa, said he’s happy that the minister had asked for a public inquiry that will take a wide look at long-standing practices that are widespread.“I think consumers are going to see some real changes. Because it’s going to be hard to write a report that doesn’t have at least some recommendations to change the way things go.”“I hope the major telecoms are going to feel a little bit more fair when they sell stuff,” Lawford said from Ottawa.He said one the biggest sore points has been promotional discount prices that don’t last for the term of the entire service contract and add-on fees that aren’t well disclosed.“So the consumers feel they have been promised one price and had to pay another,” Lawford said.CRTC chairman Ian Scott had previously declined calls for a public inquiry lodged earlier this year by PIAC and OpenMedia, two consumer advocacy groups that often do battle with Canada’s major carriers such as BCE’s Bell, Rogers Communications, Telus and Quebecor’s Videotron.Rogers Communications issued a brief statement saying, “We strive to deliver the best possible experience for our customers with products and services that best meet their needs and budget, and we will participate and share how we work to be clear, simple and fair with our customers every time they contact us.”OpenMedia’s Katy Anderson said in an email that it’s unfortunate that the CRTC “needed guidance from the government” but added she was encouraged that Bains had ordered an investigation.“Hopefully this sends a strong signal to the CRTC to keep the interests of Canadians front of mind in all their decisions,” Anderson said.The CRTC is an arms-length regulatory body responsible for upholding the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act, which are both under review by the federal government.In that capacity, the CRTC has attempted to balance sometimes conflicting mandates – such as protecting the interests of consumers while creating conditions that allow for private-sector investment in infrastructure and innovation.Scott wasn’t available for comment but a CRTC spokeswoman acknowledged receipt of the minister’s directive.“`We understand that there are growing concerns about the issue. And we will announce next steps in due course,” Patricia Valladao said.last_img

Cineflix TV production group faces Ontario class action seeking unpaid wages

first_imgTORONTO – The company that makes “Property Brothers” and dozens of other TV programs is being sued for millions in regular wages as well as overtime, vacation and public holiday pay claimed on behalf of hundreds of contract production personnel.The proposed class action suit claims Cineflix and its affiliates violated the Ontario Employment Standards Act and seeks compensation for all past, present and future personnel in certain job classifications as far back as 2000.The suit filed in an Ontario court also claims the defendants are liable for any tax liabilities, Canada Pension Plan or employment insurance contributions owed by the affected personnel.The allegations have not been proven in court.Cineflix confirmed it was formally served with a statement of claim Tuesday afternoon.“Cineflix has demonstrated a solid history of ethical standards and respect for the creative community for over 20 years.” stated spokeswoman Vanessa Marra. “Cineflix will be vigorously contesting this claim.”A Toronto-based employment lawyer with no connection to the case said Tuesday that the issue is whether the workers have been improperly classified as independent contractors.“There is no universal test to determine whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor, but courts look to a number of factors to answer the central question of whether the person is in business on his own account or is actually an employee,” said Kimberly Boara Alexander, founding partner of KBA Partners LLP.The suit claims that Ontario’s provincial labour law applies — and entitles the plaintiffs to a minimum wage and other protections of the Employment Standards Act — because of the specific working conditions required of the personnel.For example, the suit says members of the class must adhere to a schedule determined by Cineflix, they’re told when and where to work, and to request unpaid days off in advance of taking such days as “vacation” or “sick days.”Another hurdle for the plaintiffs to overcome is that the Cineflix group is a multinational, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, as well as New York City, London and Dublin.The suit names more than 100 legal entities as defendants, including Cineflix Inc. and Cineflix Media Inc. and dozens of program-specific entities such as Cineflix (Property Brothers 6) Inc.The “Property Brothers” show, starring real estate expert Drew Scott and his twin brother Jonathan Scott, a contractor, is produced in association with HGTV — a specialty television channel devoted to homes, decoration and renovations.Other shows produced by Cineflix include “American Pickers,” “Secrets of the Morgue” and “Bizarre Murders.”The suit is seeking about $35 million in general damages and $10 million in punitive damages, plus costs and interest.The proposed class action was launched by Toronto-based law firm Cavalluzzo, which launched a similar class action earlier this year against Blyth Academy, a private school with a number of campuses, on behalf of teachers.The named plaintiff in the Cineflix suit, Anna Bourque, worked as a story editor from September 2017 to February 2018 at the company’s Toronto production office location.“Picture editors and story editors work together taking hundreds of hours of footage and sharpening it into 43 minutes or so of entertaining television, but as schedules get squeezed our hours expand and there is never compensation for that, so our pay becomes inversely proportional to the hours worked,” Bourque said in a press statement.The Cineflix workers covered by the suit aren’t members of a union but they have support from the Canadian Media Guild, and its parent CWA Canada, which aren’t plaintiffs in the case.“Since these workers aren’t covered by union contracts, production companies often use them as a way to create less expensive but still lucrative programming,” CMG organizer Denise O’Connell said in the press statement.“Reality and factual TV are the wild west of the entertainment world,” said Lise Lareau, a co-ordinator of the CMG’s Fairness in Factual TV campaign.“People working in this area of production are cut out of labour laws. They don’t have the rights of other employees, and historically they’ve been left out of union contracts enjoyed by the rest of the entertainment industry.”last_img read more

City to implement Citizen Satisfaction Survey needs a different approach

first_imgCouncil stated they had concerns with the surveys presented as the way the information is gathered is through phone calls. A couple of councillors agreed that phone calls are not a great way to acquire the data needed as people tend to hang up on these calls and do not want to be disturbed at home in this manner.Acting-Mayor Bolin suggested that a successful survey would require everyone working together and that in years previous their most successful surveys and ways to acquire the communities input was not by phone yet rather a hands-on direct approach such as those that happened during the ‘Let’s talk Site C survey and the Survey about Marijuana’ standing out most to him.Bolin says it’s time for a more progressive approach in reaching citizens.“We would miss the entire next generation from the survey if we go that route.”Bolin also expressed that times have changed and what used to work is not working, he explained municipalities and even the Province’s referendum are receiving a low turn out rate.“I would rather see us with i-pads out at events collecting information from our citizens, a, we don’t spend the $40 grand and b, the information is more relevant with community participation than it would be if somebody is doing it as a third party.” Council recommended the City come back with recommendations that were more like the initiatives that took place, such as the Site C Survey and a more grassroots approach rather than getting an outside agency to get the job done. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John wants to implement a scheduled public survey to receive valuable feedback from residents yet traditional surveys might not garner the information the City seeks.The City Staff made a presentation to Council during Monday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting about how receiving regular input from the community, would be used to gauge the City’s strengths and weaknesses.The presentation, titled Citizen Satisfaction Survey, shared three options that feedback could be acquired from the community, 1) by a website, 2) by Third Party and 3) Research Company.  These three methods are strongly reliant on phone calls. With a budget of $40,000, each option does come with their own pros and cons as they lack personalization to our region.last_img read more

Russia Facing Drug Use Doping Allegations

By Bernad Dito,New York- In the world of Olympic sports, there is one rule that cannot be broken without serious ramifications on an athlete’s entire career. That rule is in regards to steroids. Athletes who fail to show up clean on their drug testing, and are found guilty of using these banned performance enhancing substances can face severe penalties. Medals and the prize money they have earned can all be revoked, in addition to being banned from future events. The personal and professional devastation that comes from using steroids can be a thousand times worse when the event involved are the Olympics. Olympian athletes who are disgraced and penalized are not only frowned upon, their actions often besmirch the country that the athlete represents. Despite the regulations, regular testing, and well known negative consequences that can, and often do arise from steroid use, Olympians are still caught “doping up” with anabolic steroids.Liliya Shobukhova is a well known, now infamous Russian Olympian athlete. Anyone who is keen to the marathon circuits is likely familiar with the name Liliya Shobukhova. She holds a record for being the second fastest runner of all time for the Chicago marathon, as well as having placed first each year between 2009 to 2011. In 2012 she won the London marathon and competed in the 2012 Olympics but was unable to place, and only reached fourth in the Chicago marathon that year. Despite her fame on the track, she has come under fire, along with Russia’s Athletic Federation, bringing to light the ongoing issue that officials have with athletes using banned steroids to get ahead in the game.The scandal: Doping, extortion, and conspiracy.According to an in depth investigation by the German television channel ARD, which has also been reported upon the French sports daily L’Equipe, Shobukhova is just the most recent example of corruption and doping. The story according Shobukhova, her husband, and other sources is not an easy one to tell. In 2011 Shobukhova failed to pass a drugs test for anabolic steroids, as reported by Steroidal.com. She was told by a member of the Russian Athletic Federation that the price to keep it under wraps would cost a sum equal to $550,000 USD. For her it was a matter of paying the money or getting banned. She and her husband agreed to and paid the price of the extortion. However, when she did not place in the 2012 London Olympics, the Russian Athletic Federation turned around and banned her for the failed test. They even went a step further by annulling all of her winnings from 2009 and forward. Her husband demanded they return the extorted funds, to which they only complied by returning two-thirds of it. The actual transaction can be traced to the Russian federation’s president, Valentin Balakhnichev. Balakhnichev also happens to the be the treasurer for the IAAF, International Association of Athletics.The fallout out from her being outed as having doped:When it surfaced that Shobukhova had been caught doping up with the banned steroid known as oxandrolone, she was placed under a two year ban. The ban itself is dated from January of 2013, and was set to last to January of 2015. However, beyond being barred from competing, any of the titles earned, as well as money given, were stripped and ordered to be repaid. The winnings from the time period include four major events, whose prizes for her total over $1,000,000 USD. She has also been facing investigation by the IAAF ethics comity, with has been even more encompassing due to the evidence and accusations made by the investigative report from the German channel ARD.Shobukhova’s hidden confession and open admissions.Part of ARD’s report includes Shobukhova on hidden camera admitting to using steroids. In light of the extortion and the public humiliation, as well as financial hardships inflicted, she decided to add some genuine insight into what she has dealt with. According to Shobukhova, all of the trainers and staff involved with the Russian Federation tell their athletes that they cannot have a chance without using steroids. By using psychological brow beating, they push the practice of doping onto athletes of all ages. They then offer to cover up their habit for a percentage of their winnings each year. The extortionist even going so far as to inform them how to cheat the test, such as how to keep a clean urine sample preserved for use when needed. To those that cannot afford to pay the fees, they are busted and tossed aside when caught using. For Shobukhova, the pressure of the extortion looming over her head affected her to the point of having a bad year, which only got worse when they turned on her.What does all this mean for Russia?Aside from naming the president of the Russian Athletic Federation, Shobukhova story is only one of many that were discussed in the ARD story. The picture painted is one of nothing less than corruption and greed, with too many conflicts of interest to keep the country’s reputation from being tarnished. The irony of the IAAF assuring its ethics comity will fully investigate Shobukhova’s claims, as well as the others made in the accusation, is not lost by many in the reporting world. Members of the IAAF were named, some even proven on paper, to have participated in shady dealings with extortion and cover ups. A corrupt organization cannot be expected to properly police itself with any sense of credibility.Furthering the attention and press related to the story presented by ARD, other organizations, such as the World Marathon Majors, or WMM have prompted for clear results. The WMM funds a large part of the division responsible for screening participating athletes. They say that they will not abide by people cheating and will look to extend the band on Shobukhova. One of the other issues with policing and addressing of the accusations is that all of the governing organizations, such as the Russian Athletic Federation and its own Anti-Doping Agencies, draw direct funding and reporting to the Russian government itself. This makes the allegations have even heavier implications towards their ability, or inability, to properly regulate and control the abuse of steroids in their country.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Extremists terrified of history UNESCO chief says deploring destruction of Arch of

“This new destruction shows how terrified by history and culture the extremists are, because understanding the past undermines and delegitimizes the pretexts they use to justify these crimes and exposes them as expressions of pure hatred and ignorance,” said said Ms. Bokova. “Palmyra symbolizes everything that extremists abhor; cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, the encounter of different peoples in this centre of trading between Europe and Asia,” she declared.“Despite their relentless crimes, extremists will never be able to erase history, nor silence the memory of this site that embodies the unity and identity of the Syrian people,” she continued. Ms. Bokova also said that there would be no impunity for war criminals, and that UNESCO would make every effort to ensure that those responsible for the destruction of the Arch would be tried and punished. According to UNESCO, the Arch of Triumph was built by Septimius Severus between 193 and 211 AD. It marked the junction between the immense Great Colonnade of the site and the Temple of Bel, also destroyed this year. read more

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first_imgUltrabooks are one of this author’s favorite “new” products of 2012. While there were some models in 2011, the category didn’t really take off until Intel’s Ivy Bridge platform finally released in mid-2012.Some may scoff, but for the vast majority of users truly don’t need anything more than an ultrabook and do benefit from the differences from a standard mainstream PC. Ultrabooks are slim, light, and easy to tote with you anywhere. And thanks to deals like this, they fit in most anyone’s budget.This Dell Inspiron 14z packs a — you guessed it — 14-inch screen and has a built-in DVD drive, but measures in at just 0.81-inches thin and 4.12 lbs. In the belly of this thin beast is an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and 32GB SSD cache for fast boot and load times.It has all the other goodies we’ve come to expect from ultrabooks, like wireless n, USB 3.0, HDMI, and Bluetooth.At $699.99 with free shipping, this well configured model comes in at a very competitive price point to other ultrabooks and deals we have seen this year. But when you figure in the bonus $100 store gift card that Dell includes, this is an absolutely smoking hot offer. That gift card (which is emailed within 10-20 days) is perfect for accessorizing your new laptop or maybe buying a warranty upgrade, making this a great deal that comes out to $599.99 out of pocket if you use the gift card.Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook with Core i5, Windows 8, and $100 gift card for $699.99 + Free shipping(reg. price $850.99 | use coupon 1BBBZLJSCTPSS3 | ends Dec. 21 or sooner)Our other top deals:LG BH4120S Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound Home Theater System for $159.99 + Free shipping (reg. $179.99)Planar Helium 27-inch Multi-touch LED-Backlit 1080p LCD Display for $699.99 + Free shipping (reg. $899.99)Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB SATA 6Gb/s 7mm 2.5-inch SSD for $144.99 + Free shipping (reg. $189)last_img read more

Getting into the Christmas spirits

first_imgChristmas is the best time of year for Flox Wines & Spirits, National Marketing director Lukas Papargiris says. “Basically all stock does sell through Christmas, and what we do find is that our novelty items sell a little bit better during this period, meaning alcoholic beverages that may come in novelty bottles such as a Bouzouki bottle or anything that is gift packaged or comes in some form of gift box,” Papargiris says. Flox Wines & Spirits imports, exports, produces and distributes over 180 local and internationally respected beverages. Beverages are imported from Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom, amongst others.The silly season’s best seller is beer, Papargiris says, which is why the company has a ‘three plus one’ campaign running, where for every three beers people buy they receive one complimentary bonus beer.Since early September, Flox Wines & Spirits have been importing Vergina premium lager from Greece. After starting with one container on trial, by the end of January the company will be on their fourth container. “It’s going remarkably well, we were quite surprised; it’s been accepted widely in the community,” Papargiris says. The beer isn’t just consumed by Greeks, but has also become mainstream and done well in the national market, he added.Vergina beer has a distinct taste, Papargiris says, adding that customers have commented that this particular beer is “not like another Heineken”. “It has a bit of a bitter taste to it, it is a little different from traditional Greek and European beers, it’s quite distinctive in that manner,” Papargiris says. Flox Wines & Spirits also sells Greek wine, which Papargiris says has established a more reliable reputation over time. “I’d say over the past four years the Greek wine companies are producing some exceptional Greek wines. What has come to the forefront is stability, where once upon a time you’d buy a bottle of wine in a particular brand and then the next shipment would come in and be quite different, now stability has come into it.”Greece exports both red and white wine and has between 200 and 300 indigenous grape varieties but the main one that is well accepted is Savatiano, Papargiris says.While beer is the best seller over Christmas, red wine and 2 litre flagons also do very well, Papargiris says. “The normal table wines are great, especially for barbecues and souvlas,” he says. While the company imports spirits from 17 countries the best selling product is Butterscotch schnapps. “The schnapps and Absinthe are our premium brands within Australia; spirits do very well,” Papargiris says. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more