The Fear of What If

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 If you’re going to learn and grow, you need to listen to things with which you don’t agree. You are going to have to suspend your own perspective and step into that of someone who thinks very differently than you do. The single greatest reason most people don’t is fear.The fear that stops you from opening your mind to, at least temporarily, embrace the outlook or viewpoint of another is based on What Ifs you can’t bear to answer:What if I have been wrong all of this time? I’ve spoken out loudly about how right I was. How can I undo all of that?What if the understanding that I was wrong makes me face what I need to do to be right? I have always done things the way I do them now. It would be a tremendous burden to change the way I do them now.What if embracing another viewpoint, even temporarily, makes me realize how wrong the person with that viewpoint is? What if that realization dramatically changes my relationship with that person? What if embracing a new way of thinking means that I will have to confront that the way I’ve been doing business, or my company has been doing business, is dreadfully wrong and holding all of us back? What if that realization means that I must face extraordinary financial challenges in order to fix what is wrong? Where will that money come from?What if embracing an alternative viewpoint, even temporarily, tears my world asunder because everything I am is founded on the viewpoint I have now?Embracing an alternative outlook temporarily may not mean that you need to transform your approach or your life, but it may. And the fear of what may happen is what holds so many people back from exploring the “what ifs?” that could make them so much better.last_img read more

JD(U), RJD get ready for another by-election battle

first_imgSwords were drawn for the Jokihat Assembly segment here on Wednesday with candidates of both the ruling Janata Dal (United) and the opposition RJD filing their nomination papers for May 28 bypoll. By-election on the seat has been necessitated due to resignation of sitting JD(U) MLA Sarfaraz Alam, who quit the party earlier this year and got elected – on an RJD ticket – to the Lok Sabha from Araria, a seat held by his late father Mohammad Taslimuddin. Tough fightWhile Alam’s younger brother Shahnawaz filed nomination papers as the RJD’s candidate, the JD(U) has fielded Murshid Alam, a former village Mukhiya who had joined the party a few years ago. The by-polls will be yet another test of strength between the JD(U) and the RJD, led respectively by arch rivals Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad. The political rivalry between the two has grown more fierce ever since Mr. Kumar broke a short-lived alliance with Mr. Prasad last year, following corruption cases against the latter’s son Tejashwi Yadav who was then the Deputy CM. Mr. Kumar subsequently returned to the BJP-led NDA which he had left in 2013 following differences over projection of Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate. By-poll for the Assembly segment comes about two months after the RJD succeeded in retaining the Araria Lok Sabha seat, defeating BJP’s Pradip Kumar. Incidentally, RJD’s victory by a margin of about 50,000 votes was on account of massive leads in just two of six Assembly segments falling under the parliamentary constituency, both of them having a heavy concentration of minority voters.last_img read more

Army flag march in Itanagar after violence

first_imgFriday night’s mob violence in Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar, triggered by the State government’s move to grant permanent resident certificates to six non-tribal communities, left one person dead in police firing and another grievously injured.The government clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent large gatherings and suspended Internet services while the Army staged a flag-march on Saturday. These measures came after protesters went on the rampage, destroying private and government property and setting cars on fire.Trouble over PRCThe violence coincided with the start of the first Itanagar International Film Festival that aims to pitch the frontier State as a film destination. A mob ran through the festival venue — Indira Gandhi Park in the heart of the city — destroyed five inflatable cinema halls and cars, among others.This forced the organisers, a Goa-based firm, to call the festival off.The mobs continued to vandalise property and burn vehicles until about 4.30 a.m. on Saturday, much after Chief Minister Pema Khandu tried to douse the flames by announcing that his government would not discuss the PRC issue during the current Assembly session “keeping in view the present situation”.Officials in Itanagar said a mob — women and elderly among them — surrounded the Assembly building and threatened to burn it down. They damaged the vehicle of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at the gates as most of the other MLAs stayed the night in the Assembly for fear of being assaulted.The police resorted to firing when another group tried to storm the Secretariat building in Itanagar. A man from Kimin in Papum Pare district died in the firing while another person, injured, was being treated at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences at Naharlagun nearby.Security was particularly strengthened around the house of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein as the protesters threatened to bury the body of the man killed in police firing at his residence. Mr. Mein, along with Mr. Khandu, had sought the granting of PRC to six of the State’s non-tribal communities — Adivasi, Deori, Gorkha, Moran, Mishing, and Sonowal Kachari — some of whom are Scheduled Tribes in Assam.These six communities are dominant in Changlang and Namsai districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Mr. Mein represents the Lekang Assembly constituency in Namsai district.Internet services shut In an order on Friday night, the State’s Home Commissioner G.S. Meena said telecom service providers have been asked to suspend Internet services for the next 24 hours. “This is in view of the law and order situation to avoid rumour-mongering through the Internet,” he said.The Chief Minister on Saturday appealed for calm, accusing “vested interests” of misleading the people over the PRC issue. “The government had never intended to bring a Bill on the PRC issue, which was blown out of proportion leading to misunderstanding among the people,” he said.One of the worst affected by the mob violence was Nagaland-based singer, composer, and songwriter Alobo Naga, the frontman of popular rock band Alobo Naga and The Band (ANTB). He had reached Itanagar to perform at the film festival.“Trouble had started brewing when I arrived here. I thought the film festival venue would be a safer place to park my music van than the hotel. This (Saturday) morning, I found my van burnt along with my guitar, keyboard and other music instruments,” he told The Hindu from Itanagar.last_img read more

Abueva, Aces fall short in comeback bid vs Road Warriors

first_imgSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough those days are long gone, Abueva did admit that his side showed glimpses of that old fight after battling back from 30 points down against the Road Warriors.“I don’t know what happened in the first to third quarters. There were bad calls on our side which prevented us from making a run, but in the fourth quarter, we just played our game and tried our best to cut the lead down,” he said. “We still can’t say that we’ve brought the Alaska of before. If we’re able to get through our remaining games, if we make it to the quarters and the semis, that’s the only time we can say that we’re back on our old form,” he said after Alaska’s 89-96 defeat to NLEX on Sunday.Regular fixtures in the playoffs back in 2015, the Aces were feared by their opponents showing their capability to crawl their way from big deficits, a characteristic which earned them four trips to the Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Alaska made a huge rally in the payoff period, pulling to within two, 91-89, in the waning seconds before a costly turnover helped NLEX escape.Still, at 6-3, Abueva remains upbeat as Alaska shifts its focus on its final two assignments against San Miguel and Rain or Shine.“Whatever we’re doing, whatever we worked for, we have to double our efforts and keep our focus on our goals,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESAlaska has been known for making big comebacks, but Calvin Abueva believes this batch of Aces are still far from where they used to be.Abueva stressed Alaska has yet to prove anything in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City UST rookie Alessandrini set to miss rest of 1st round due to shoulder injury View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Prez launches AIRs Bengali language channel

first_imgKolkata, Aug 23 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee today launched Akashvani Maitree, a radio service for Bengali listeners aimed at providing a platform for blending content both from India and Bangladesh and preserving Bengali culture.”With this launch, a new chapter is being added in the India-Bangladesh relations,” he said while launching the channel at the Raj Bhavan here.”Akashvani Maitree and its multimedia website is a unique venture and initiative of All India Radio not only for the Bengali listeners in West Bengal, Bangladesh and the adjoining areas but for the entire Bengali-speaking diaspora living in different parts of the globe,” he said.Noting that India and Bangladesh are not just neighbours but are bound by an umbilical connection of ethnicity and kinship, Mukherjee said, “India always attaches highest importance to bilateral relations with Bangladesh because of our shared history, heritage, culture, language, physical proximity.”He said the two countries can play an important role in the development and prosperity of the entire subcontinent and beyond.The concept of the channel emanates from the decision taken during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh wherein the two sides agreed to share content among their broadcasting organisations.The channel will be broadcast from a state-of-the-art brand new high power 1000Kw DRM transmitter with a capacity to reach the entire length and breadth of Bangladesh through medium wave and will be also available globally on its website and mobile app.Mukherjee said Akashvani has a special place in the heart of millions of people of the Bangladesh since 1971 when the precursor to Akashvani Maitree, a special service in Bangla was launched in the wake the Bangladesh liberation movement.advertisementHe recalled that the channel had played a historic role during the liberation movement.According to Mukherjee, the new channel can play a significant role in promoting and preserving the composite Bengali cultural heritage which, he said, is proud inheritance of all Bengali-speaking people irrespective of their geographical location.”I am sure the blending of content from both India and Bangladesh in the fields if art, culture, literature, music, sports and also on shared socio-economic issues will make the channel a unique one,” he said, adding it will be useful for listeners on both sides of the border.He also said India and Bangladesh can work together for further realising the full potential of the SAARC initiative. PTI ZH ZMNlast_img read more

Floodlight malfunction overshadows pink ball debut in Duleep Trophy

first_imgThe inaugural day-night Duleep Trophy match started off on the wrong note as a major floodlight malfunction grabbed all the limelight rather than the much talked about Pink ball making its first class debut in India.A power failure saw two stoppages in play with the second one leading to lights going off completely in a couple of floodlight towers. There was a total 78 minutes of interruption due to power tripping in two towers in two separate phases. (Bowlers dominate first day with pink ball in Duleep Trophy)Led by Yuvraj Singh, India Red lasted only 48.2 overs, being bowled out for 161 with Sandeep Sharma grabbing 4 for 62.Left-handed opener Abhinav Mukund was the only batsman who looked in control during his innings of 77 off 116 balls that had 12 boundaries. Incidentally, the Red team was all out even before the floodlights became functional.The Green team fared no better as pacer Nathu Singh rattled the top order with pace and swing under lights leaving them at 36 for 3. Nathu had figures of 3 for 32 in 7 overs having accounted for Robin Uthappa (1), Jalaj Saxena (10) and Rajat Paliwal (1).At stumps, the Green team was precariously placed at 116/7 with chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav getting three scalps including the prize wicket of Suresh Raina (35) who was deceived by a dipping full toss.The wickets were more about wrist spin than pink ball.Nathu got Robin with a delivery that pitched on three quarter length which came back sharply breaching through his defence. Jalaj chased a wide delivery while Paliwal also got an inswinger that trapped him infront.advertisementADJUSTMENT ISSUES WITH PINK BALLOne thing was evident that the pink ball swung a bit more under lights than in the afternoon session.The entire focus during the duration of play was on the pink kookaburra. The good part of it was it held its shine during the 48 overs in the first innings.More than Pink kookaburra, it was poor application by Red batsmen that saw them lose wickets at regular intervals. The pitch had even grass cover and Green bowlers mostly bowled three quarter or fuller length deliveries to get wickets.K S Bharat (3) tried to pull a delivery from Sandeep and the ball ballooned up with Uthappa taking a skier. Sudeep Chatterjee (5) got a fuller delivery that was moving away as he went for a drive and was caught behind.Yuvraj tried to flick Ankit Rajpoot (2/16) to be caught by Paliwal at square leg. All were regulation dismissals that could have happened with red kookaburra also.Mukund, however, played sensibly even as wickets tumbled at the other end. One delivery that accounted for Gurkeerat (0) saw Ankit bowling a sharp incutter that took inside edge onto keeper Parthiv Patel’s hands. Similarly, Sandeep got one to dip back bowling Kuldeep Yadav.Spinners bowled 14 overs in all with veteran Pragyan Ojha getting 3/19 in 5 overs.However, on a first day pitch with even cover of grass there wasn’t much turn available off the surfaces and all the three dismissals off Ojha’s bowling was due to poor shot selection.last_img read more

Real & Barcelona beware, Valencia are back!

first_imgPrimera División Real & Barcelona beware, Valencia back in the big time thanks to Marcelino Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 01:00 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(28) Simone Zaza Valencia Getty Images Primera División Deportivo Alavés v Valencia Valencia Deportivo Alavés Opinion Los Che have long considered themselves to be behind only Real Madrid and Barcelona, and now look like they can finally challenge again in La Liga They saw themselves as “el tercer grande”. Before Atletico Madrid’s La Liga win 2013-14, the previous team from outside Spain’s top two of Real Madrid and Barcelona to claim the Primera Division was Valencia, in 2002 and 2004. They were the nation’s third big club.As well as those triumphs, the Mestalla-based side also reached back-to-back Champions League finals in 2000 and 2001, losing to Los Blancos and then to Bayern Munich. And in 2004, they won the UEFA Cup. Times were good.Even a poor season under Ronald Koeman in 2007-08 ended in Valencia winning the Copa del Rey and, with Unai Emery as coach, Los Che finished in third place in the Primera Division for three successive seasons between 2010 and 2012. Article continues below 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 Valencia 4/6 to beat AlavesFans, however, were not satisfied as big-name players left the club one after another, with Juan Mata, David Silva and David Villa all departing. And despite the funds brought in, huge debts meant Valencia were forced to leave their new stadium only half-built.Valencia gfxA return to the Champions League in 2015 following a takeover provided new impetus, but that turned out to be another false dawn and the following season, coach Nuno was gone. In his place came Gary Neville, with no top-level experience, and the Englishman proved a disaster. He lost 7-0 to Barca and took the club from the Champions League to the brink of relegation.Recovery has taken time. A 12th-placed finish in 2015-16 was followed by a repeat of that position last season and Valencia were no longer seen as a top team in Spain.In fact, when Emery moved from Sevilla to Paris Saint-Germain, Valencia-based sports paper SuperDeporte was widely ridiculed for their headline: “Five years on, Emery is about to join another grande”. The Mestalla outfit had fought relegation while Sevilla had just won the Europa League three times in a row.But now Valencia are back. After nine rounds of La Liga, Los Che lie in second place with 21 points and remain unbeaten (along with leaders Barcelona and Atletico, in fourth). And this time, it looks like they are set to stick around at the top of the table.Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has been key to their success. The Asturian has had success wherever he has been, taking Recreativo Huelva into La Liga and securing an eighth-placed finish with the Andalusians, securing promotion amid a crisis with Zaragoza, steering Racing Santander to their best-ever placing of seventh in the Primera Division and enjoying further success with Villarreal, leaving the Yellow Submarine in the Champions League before his surprise sacking last year.Valencia La Liga Simone ZazaMarcelino’s obsession with diet has seen Valencia’s players subjected to a strict regime and midfielder Dani Parejo admitted this week: “I have lost five and a half kilos since he has been here”. And he added: “It’s hard at first, you go through a bad time, you’re hungry, but your body adapts. Now I feel more agile and faster.”Parejo has been a revelation in central midfield this season, but the 28-year-old had actually made the decision to leave Valencia at the end of the last season. He stayed, however, when he found out Marcelino was joining the club. “I knew that we would do well with Marcelino,” he said. “Because of the way we learn, the way we train every day, the way he prepares matches.”It is not only Parejo who has been transformed by the arrival of Marcelino. Many of the players who under-performed last season, including Jose Luis Gaya, Ezequiel Garay, Martin Montoya, Rodrigo and Simone Zaza, have been excellent. The Italian striker, a flop at West Ham and so disappointing at Valencia in 2016-17, won the award for Player of the Month in September and has scored more in La Liga (eight in nine games) than anyone else apart from Lionel Messi (11 in nine).On top of that, the summer signings have all done well. Following high-profile disappointments in recent seasons such as Alvaro Negredo and Nani, Marcelino had a big say in the arrivals this time around and they have delivered.Marcelino ValenciaMidfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has slotted in seamlessly after a difficult spell at Inter, while goalkeeper Neto has made sure nobody now misses Diego Alves, and Gabriel Paulista has impressed at the back. “Marcelino told me he was going to change everything at Valencia and he has been good to his word,” the former Villarreal and Arsenal defender said.Colombia international Jeison Murillo has also done well since arriving on loan in the summer from Inter, but the greatest of them all has been Portuguese starlet Goncalo Guedes, who moved from PSG on a year-long deal and has already made his mark with some scintillating displays.The 20-year-old’s best game of all came in the 4-0 win at home to Sevilla at the weekend, when he struck two goals, including one stunning strike as he raced forward and cracked an unstoppable drive in off the crossbar.That result, along with the team’s 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu and their unbeaten start to La Liga, has convinced some supporters that even a title tilt is possible this time.And although that maybe a step to far, there is no doubt that after some turbulent times, Valencia are back where they belong – challenging to be considered as Spain’s third great club.last_img read more

Deepika Padukones image caption impresses Ranveer Singh

first_imgMumbai: Actress Deepika Padukone’s “shuddh desi” photograph caption has impressed her actor-husband Ranveer Singh. Deepika on Thursday night shared an image of herself wearing a bright green ensemble and captioned it: “Vishisht aakriti dharan karna (to take on a special shape) wearing @ashishstudio.” Ranveer, who is currently busy shooting for “83”, replied: “”Shuddh desi caption.” Deepika will be seen sharing screen space with Ranveer in the upcoming film “’83”. “’83” will trace India’s historic victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup. Ranveer Singh will be playing the role of former Indian skipper Kapil Dev and Deepika will essay his wife Romi. Deepika has also wrapped up “Chhapaak”, where she plays an acid attack survivor. The film also stars Vikrant Massey and is slated for release on January 10, 2020.last_img read more

UN aid officials warn of fears of waterborne diseases in flooded Kenya

10 March 2010The recently flooded regions of Kenya could fall victim to water-borne diseases if public hygiene campaigns are not organized, the United Nations humanitarian wing warned today. This year’s rainy season in Kenya, which just begun and is expected to last through June, has killed at least 11 people and affected some 8,300 others. The northern, north-eastern and western regions of the country are the worst affected areas.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said hundreds of livestock have been washed away and farms are submerged, particularly near the country’s border with Uganda, where mudslides have caused thousands to flee their homes.In the central district of Isiolo, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided chlorine for water purification. Garba Tulla, a small town in the district known for one of the country’s large schools, may need additional support since the piped water distribution system has reportedly been damaged, said the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Potable water is also needed in the north-eastern town of Mandera, near the border with Ethiopia and Somalia, where displaced people have been gathering. The town is known for droughts and frequent periods of famine.UNICEF is consulting with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Kenyan Red Cross Society to provide health support, including the distribution of health kits which are on standby.OCHA said it is also working with local partners on potential plans for flood-prone areas, in case of emergency. read more

Calgarybased AltaGas selling US solar fuel cell power plants for 940M

Companies in this article: (TSX:ALA, TSX:BAM)The Canadian Press CALGARY — AltaGas Ltd. says it is selling its portfolio of U.S. distributed electricity assets held by subsidiaries WGL Energy Systems, Inc. and WGSW, Inc., to TerraForm Power, Inc., an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management, for $940 million.The portfolio consists of 322 megawatts of generation facilities in 20 states and the District of Columbia, including 291 MW of commercial and industrial solar, 10 MW of fuel cells and 21 MW of residential solar assets.Earlier this year, the Calgary-based energy infrastructure company completed the sale of its interest in the Stonewall Gas Gathering System in West Virginia for $379 million.AltaGas says the asset sales are part of a plan to regain financial strength and flexibility to fund future growth opportunities in its midstream and U.S. utilities business.The company, which recently opened Canada’s first propane export terminal at Ridley Island on the West Coast, has been paying down debt after completing the $9-billion purchase of U.S. utility company WGL Holdings in July 2018.Last year it exceeded its target to sell $2 billion in assets to pay down bridge financing on the WGL deal. read more

Industry looks for creative ways to brand legalized marijuana

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Marijuana industry titans will gather in New Brunswick next week to discuss how to market cannabis in a competitive legal marketplace, and other issues raised by the dawn of government-run weed.The World Cannabis Congress will host 450 industry leaders starting Sunday evening in Saint John.Topping their agenda is the branding challenge: Health Canada is requiring marijuana packages to be a single, uniform colour without images or graphics other than the logo and a health warning.“We have to find creative ways to market our product and differentiate ourselves while remaining within the regulations,” said Ray Gracewood, chief operating officer for Organigram, a Moncton, N.B., based medicinal cannabis producer that is ready to enter the recreational market.Gracewood said the market needs to be able to develop brands when recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada later this summer.“Without the opportunity to develop a brand that’s targeted in a responsible way to responsible adults, it allows the industry to be exposed to the illicit market and the continued growth of the illicit market where brands do exist and amazing packaging does exist,” he said.Organigram recently announced a number of brands, including Trailer Park Buds, through a partnership with the people responsible for the “Trailer Park Boys” television show. The firm’s Moncton facility has expanded several times and now has more than 260 employees.Gracewood said unless producers are able to be competitive within the regulations, people will be forced to look for loopholes.“I don’t think that is the intention, but there is a good chance that may become the end result.”Rock stars are becoming one early differentiator.In March, Vancouver-based licensed producer Invictus MD brought on KISS co-founder Gene Simmons as “chief evangelist officer” and investor.Simmons, who maintains that he has never smoked cannabis in his life, said he is “bullish” on Invictus. He has purchased $10 million in stock in the company.The Tragically Hip, meantime, are a creative partner and shareholder in Newstrike Resources Ltd., an Ontario marijuana producer.Derek Riedle, publisher of cannabis culture magazine “Civilized” and co-chair of the conference, said the invitation-only event is an opportunity to draw on the experience of other jurisdictions around the world.“A brand is something we can talk about here in Canada but there are remarkable differences between the way Canadian and American companies need to behave in those marketplaces. It is not just within the Canadian context,” he said.The conference agenda includes other items such as impaired driving and the unanticipated impacts of legalization.Riedle said they will also explore the lessons learned in different jurisdictions in the United States and elsewhere around the world, but he said all eyes are on Canada.“Because Canada is moving towards a legal recreational market first and before the vast majority of other jurisdictions around the world, we really are viewed as global leaders. The rest of the world is interested in what’s going on here in Canada,” he said.But Riedle stresses there are many lessons to be learned and Canada is still very early in the game. read more

UN chief reiterates support for twostate solution in Middle East vows to

“I will continue to speak out against anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, hate speech and the use of anti-Semitic appeals by violent extremist groups to recruit new followers,” Mr. Guterres said in remarks delivered by his Chef de Cabinet, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, at the Queens Museum in New York. The event marked the 70th anniversary of General Assembly Resolution 181, which called for the division of the former British mandate for Palestine into Arab and Jewish states. Adopted on 29 November 1947, the resolution led to the birth of the State of Israel on 14 May 1948. “Resolution 181 was subsequently cited in the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel, marking the beginning of a relationship between Israel and the United Nations that has endured and deepened, even during challenging times,” Mr. Guterres said. He noted that since becoming a UN Member State in 1949, the cooperation between the UN and Israel has grown in peacekeeping, sustainable development and disaster relief, among others. Having visited Israel three months ago, Mr. Guterres said he saw “remarkable examples of innovation and solutions” that can help all countries fight climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State drops matches to Michigan and Michigan State

Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate their final match point and victory against Maryland on Sept. 20. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten) returned from its road trip to Michigan empty-handed as it suffered its first two Big Ten losses of the season, losing in four sets to No. 23 Michigan (11-4, 1-2 Big Ten) and in a sweep versus No. 16 Michigan State (10-2, 3-0 Big Ten) over the weekend.No. 23 MichiganMichigan handed Ohio State its first conference loss in a 3-1 match (25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22) Friday night.Both teams played a closely-contested game in the first set, but it was not long before the Wolverines picked up the lead. Although outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and middle blocker Madison Smeathers contributed four kills each, it was not enough to catch Michigan as the Wolverines took the set 25-15.The second set did not look good for the Buckeyes as they were down 9-4. Although they were able to tie the score at 17, Michigan took the lead once again and won the set 25-20.The Buckeyes came back strong in the third set and were finally able to get ahead of the Wolverines with a 19-15 score. Although Michigan kept it close, Ohio State won the set 25-22 on the strength of 18 kills and a .326 hitting percentage.The fourth set started well for the Buckeyes with a 17-11 lead. After a timeout by Michigan and two tied scores, the Wolverines took the set 25-22, defeating Ohio State 3-1.Middle blocker Lauren Witte and outside hitter Ashley Wenz put away nine and eight kills, respectively, while defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder picked up 24 digs on the night.Setter Taylor Hughes took the eighth spot in the program’s all-time assists leaders, passing Amanda Peterson (09-12), with 43 assists in the match against Michigan and a total of 2,765 so far in her career.No. 16 Michigan StateOn the strength of 48 kills and a .396 hitting percentage, Michigan State defeated Ohio State in straight sets to hand the Buckeyes their second loss of the weekend.The previous night’s loss seemed to affect Ohio State’s performance against Michigan State as it started off slow in the first set. The Spartans jumped out to an early 20-9 lead and eventually captured the set 25-13.The Buckeyes tried to build momentum in the second set with 10 kills, but the Spartans hit back with 16 of their own. Michigan State outside hitter Brooke Kranda contributed six kills to the set, helping defeat the Buckeyes 25-18.Michigan State did not give up its lead in the third set as the Buckeyes fought for the victory, but still trailed. Although Wenz pushed through with five kills, it was not enough to help the Buckeyes. The Spartans won the set 25-17. Wenz recorded nine kills and Wenz added 22 assists for Ohio State.The Buckeyes will have opportunities to gain back its strength against Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. and Rutgers Saturday at 8 p.m. Both matches will take place at St. John Arena. read more

Alfred Gislason has no doubt Mikkel Hansen is the best

After an easy win over “former big rival”, Rhein Neckar Lowen 33:25. THW Kiel’s coach, Alfred Gislasson talked about next “big match” in the EHF Champions League in Copenhagen, decisive for the first place in the Preliminary Group and better position before the Draw for the TOP 16:– There are many players at AG, which we must watch out, many good and experienced players, says Gislason to sporten.tv2.dk and continues:– But Mikkel Hansen is a great player and in recent months probably has been the world’s best. AG Copenhagen and Kiel will meet on Sunday, and the winner of the showdown will win Group D.info: hbold.dk AG CopenhagenAlfred Gislassonhandbball clashMikkel Hansen ← Previous Story SEHA: Metalurg and Vardar “last second” wins – Antl show in Sarajevo! Next Story → IHF statement about OG Seeding System: Danes don’t speak about Women? read more

Indoor Championships Gregan dominates 400m heat

first_imgDUBLIN SPRINTER BRIAN Gregan showed his class in this morning 400m heat at the European Indoor Athletics Championships.Gregan, who holds the fastest time over the distance in Europe this season, powered out of the blocks and crucially took the lead at the half way stage as the runners left their lanes.After easing off in the final straight, he would coast into the semi-final with a time of 46.97 seconds. Leaving him sixth fastest overall going into the semi-finals which will go under the gun at around 4.45 pm tomorrow afternoon.Indoor Championships: O’Rourke eases through 60m heatlast_img

Gardaí concerned for welfare of missing Adrian Folan 41

first_imgGARDAÍ SEARCHING FOR a missing Connemara man say they are concerned for his welfare.They said today that gardaí in Athlone, Co Westmeath are seeking the public’s help in tracing the whereabouts of 41-year-old Adrian Folan.He has been missing from Athlone since 3 July 2014.Adrian was last seen in Athlone Town that night at approximately 11.40pm.Adrian is described as: Approximately 5ft 7” in heightBrown/grey hairBlue eyesStocky build.When last seen, he was wearing:A grey coloured t-shirtBrown knee length shortsSandalsAnyone with information is asked to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550, the Garda Confidential Line or any Garda Station.last_img

Crisis team set up to help Irish in Libya as French and

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs has set up a crisis response team to help Irish citizens still in Libya, amid an upsurge of violence in the North African country.Around 200 people have been killed in the last two weeks in the capital, Tripoli, and in the eastern city of Benghazi.Libya has suffered chronic insecurity since Col Gaddafi’s overthrow in 2011 — with the new government unable to check militias that helped to remove him and facing a growing threat from Islamist groups.Fighting between the rival militias in Tripoli has forced the closure of the city’s international airport, while Islamist groups are battling army special forces in Benghazi.In the past week, many countries have ordered their citizens to leave and, in some cases, have evacuated them.“Approximately 100 Irish people remain in Libya, most of them long-term residents,” Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said in a statement today. My Department has set up a Crisis Team and is currently in contact with these Irish citizens and their families, to offer advice and assistance.Flanagan said the Department “will continue to provide direct assistance and updated information to Irish citizens and their families, over the coming days”.Any Irish citizens still in Libya who haven’t yet registered their details are being urged to do so at the DFA website.[DFA.ie]Meanwhile, 47 French and British nationals evacuated on a French naval ship from Libya arrived early today in the southern port of Toulon.The group consisting of 40 French citizens, including the French ambassador, and seven Britons were received by the top maritime official in the region.The evacuees included 14 teenagers and children.The group was extracted from Tripoli on Tuesday night by sea because of the clashes at the airport.France on Monday advised its nationals — of whom fewer than 100 remained in Libya – to leave the country immediately and contact the embassy for evacuation.However several nationals who also have Libyan citizenship have opted to stay. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesFighters from the Islamist Misarata brigade fire towards Tripoli airport in an attempt to wrest control from a powerful rival militia.The Philippines has announced a “mandatory” evacuation of all 13,000 of its nationals living in Libya, after the beheading of a Filipino construction worker abducted by unknown suspects.That killing was followed by the gang rape of a Filipina nurse in Tripoli on Wednesday.Includes copy from AFP.Read Two Americans infected with Ebola being evacuated back to USRead President Bush is writing a biography of his dad, President Bushlast_img read more