All You Need to Know About Leadership Styles

first_imgCognitive: Leadership requires that one be able to assess the current state, envision a better future state, and to determine the strategy, tactics, and actions for bringing that future state into being. This work requires that one be intelligent enough to be able to do each of these things in an environment of accelerating, constant, and disruptive change with limited resources.Intrapersonal: This is the Ancient Greek admonition: “Know thyself.” The ability to understand one’s own feelings, thoughts, and motivations is a recognized form of intelligence. When a leader knows themselves, they know who they are, their strengths, their deficiencies, and what areas that they may need help. This intelligence is a large part of what allows the leader to develop and utilize the next intelligence.Interpersonal: The effectiveness of a leader is limited by their ability to lead the people in their charge. This requires a higher than average intelligence when it comes to people. This intelligence is what allows the leader to understand others, to interact with them in ways that cause them to grow, inspiring them to act, and recognizing their feelings. This is the ability to take multiple perspectives, especially 2nd person, 3rd person, and likely even greater numbers.Moral: Hitler was high enough on the cognitive line. He was also intelligent enough when it came to interpersonal skills. Certainly, we can guess that he was lacking as it pertains to intrapersonal intelligence. But when it comes to moral intelligence, he is one of four or five people in modern times vying for the lowest possible score. Every leader needs a list of non-negotiables, and much of that list will be values. Determining what those values are and building a culture around them requires moral intelligence. No matter what your leadership style is, you should always remember that employees often do as you do, not as they’re told. That’s why it’s important to make sure your actions are in line with your words and directives so that employees can model their work after you. Beware of falling into these potential traps: What a Leader Does Developing the elements that makeup leadership is a lifelong process. The following is a list of fundamentals that should be a part of any personal leadership style.The vision thing. The leader can only lead if she has a clear vision of where she is leading the people in her charge. That vision—and the ability to share it in a clear and compelling way—is what draws followers to her, and what inspires them to take action.Making change. No leader ever finds themselves in charge of an organization that doesn’t need to change, or one that could not produce greater results than they are currently producing. That means a leader leads to change. That change is what moves an organization from its current state to its future.Strategy. A leader has to have some idea of how to compete and how to win. Strategy is the plan to do so. Without a strategy, the vision will not come to life, and you won’t achieve the change.Execution. A leader has to ensure execution. Execution is a big deal. You can have the best strategy on Earth and the tactics to achieve them, but without execution, it is all for naught.Growing people. Execution isn’t easy. To execute, the leader requires people to change, to grow, to develop personally and professionally (you cannot have the latter without the former). A great leader helps those in their charge become the best version of themselves. The greatest of leaders build leadership factories.Teams. Leaders build teams. They bring diverse groups of people together to achieve what would otherwise be impossible. Teams are a force multiplier, creating value far in excess of the individuals.Non-negotiable values. A leader creates a culture. They decide what values are non-negotiable, the core beliefs and behaviors that make the organization in their charge what it is. They decide where the organization stands, what it is for, and what it is against. And then the leader protects that culture. These are some of the component parts of leadership. But, the bottom line is that what a leader really does is lead. Leadership is a fluid practice and in order to become a better leader tomorrow, you need to know where you stand today. Here is a breakdown of the most common types of leadership styles at work today and the impact that each one can have on an organization. You want your salespeople to study so they’ll have the business acumen to create value for their prospects and clients, as well as distinguish themselves in a crowded field of “me too” competitors. You want them to read, to educate themselves, to do their homework. Are you better and more widely read than your sales team? Do you have the business acumen to be a peer when you are sitting in front of their clients? Or might you fail the test you ask your team to pass? 7 Most Common Leadership Styles Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Democratic LeadershipDemocratic leadership styles can be very effective in the business climate. This type of leader makes decisions based on the input of each team member – making all employees feel valued and included. The leader is making the final call but each employee has an equal say on a project’s direction or the bigger outcome.This is one of the most effective leadership styles because it allows employees to get comfortable with decision-making and authority that they may put to use in future roles. This is also how executives make decisions in company board meetings.Autocratic LeadershipAutocratic leadership is the opposite of democratic. This is when the leader makes decisions without taking input from anyone who reports to them. Employees are neither considered nor consulted before making a decision, and they follow orders as the leader determines.This leadership style is highly ineffective because most organizations can’t sustain this kind of environment without losing employees very quickly. Companies are much more successful when they have a more open leadership style that makes use to the intellect and perspective of other team members as well as the leader.Laissez-Faire LeadershipLaissez Faire leadership is the least intrusive form of leading. This means that leaders let team members pretty much do as they please – they have autonomy and authority and can proceed without the leader’s direction.Some employees thrive under this type of leadership style. They feel trusted to work however they like and don’t feel constrained or micromanaged. However, it can sometimes backfire. Without more direct management, some employees will have a hard time developing more fully. And without keeping this leadership style in check, it’s easy to overlook critical company growth opportunities. Strategic LeadershipStrategic leaders know how to straddle the line between a company’s ongoing operations and its potential growth opportunities. This leader accepts all things related to the executive interests of a company while also ensuring that current working conditions are stable for employees.This kind of thinking can be very effective for a company because it supports multiple types of employees at once. But, it also sets leaders up for a dangerous precedent – it’s easy to get overzealous about how many people you can actually fully support at once. If a leader doesn’t maintain focus, the company can easily lose direction and focus. Transformational LeadershipTransformational leadership is always changing and adapting to the company’s needs. For example, an employee might have a basic set of tasks and goals to stick to every week, but the leader also constantly pushes them to work outside of their comfort zone.This type of leadership is super popular with growth-minded companies today. It is highly motivating for employees who prefer a dynamic and challenging work environment. However, transformational leaders can also risk losing sight of where their employees are at individually. It requires thorough coaching to help guide employees in their new and changing responsibilities.Transactional LeadershipTransactional leaders reward employees for their work. An example would be a sales team that gets a scheduled bonus for making their numbers every quarter. This type of leadership is a great way to help establish roles and responsibilities for specific employees and give them the incentive to succeed. However, many companies find that it can encourage bare-minimum work if employees make too direct of a connection between their investment of time and how much they get paid. Bureaucratic LeadershipBureaucratic leaders, unlike autocratic leaders, listen and consider input from employees but don’t adapt well to change or consider input that conflicts with company policy. This type of leadership is not as controlling as autocratic, but it still greatly limits the freedom in how much employees can contribute, advance, etc. This is not a great style for innovation and definitely won’t help companies who have ambitious goals and are after quick growth. You say that your salespeople should block off time for their most important tasks, like nurturing their dream clients, prospecting, and following up. You want the members of your team to do the things that make a difference and produce results. Are you blocking time for coaching your sales team, the most important activity and the one that generates the highest return on effort? Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist, made an important observation about human intelligence. That observation was that one’s cognitive abilities provide a view of only one type of intelligence, a general intelligence. Gardner posits a theory that is now well accepted, that there are additional types of intelligence, like musical intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, interpersonal intelligence. Highly effective leaders don’t rely on what they know but constantly work to improve who they are and what they do. Like any position, there are certain qualities you should strive for and certain ones that do more harm than good in the long run. For example, fear-mongering, intimidating and mean managers might produce short-term results but lead to unhappy employees and a high turnover rate. By contrast, managers who are patient, understanding and nice tend to have happy and loyal employees. It’s critical to find the right balance. Of all the human capacities, leadership is surely one of the most demanding. It is also one that requires the development of multiple lines of intelligence that make one an effective leader. You may believe that there is more intelligence necessary to lead, but you are unlikely to be able to subtract from these without also reducing the effectiveness of the leader. Be a Model Leader Your people will follow your lead. They’re more likely to do what you do than what you say, especially when your words and your actions are in conflict. If you want your people to follow you, you have to lead them. That means you have to embody the values you want them to hold, and demonstrate the actions you want them to take. No one is born a great leader – but most people can become one. There are many different types of leadership and leadership styles and we are constantly changing and improving the way in which companies grow and mature. If you’re currently a leader in your industry or are aspiring to be one, it’s important to understand which leadership styles are most effective and how to emphasize and implement the specific strengths you bring to the table. A leader leads. They lead the people and the organization in their charge forward. You tell your sales team to get out from behind their email and get in front of clients, to go where the action is and make a difference. You tell them not to waste time with the browser and their twelve open tabs. However, you dole out this direction from behind your CRM’s dashboard. Staring at the score never helped anyone win a game. How often do you see a coach with his back to the field of play? The 4 Bits of Intelligence of Effective Leadership Styleslast_img read more

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Mercedes Benz to increase prices of its models in India due to rising input costs

first_imgMercedes Benz price increaseMercedes Benz is incidentally the first luxury maker to have entered India more than 15 years ago. With the launch of the new A-Class and B-Class Sports Tourer vehicles, it has been able to regain lost ground from competitors BMW and Audi. Owing to rising input costs and high exchange rate, the company has recently announced a small price hike of 2.5% across its model range from September 1, 2014Speaking more on the situation, Mr Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said, “Mercedes-Benz continues to offer ‘top of the line’ products for its customers and focuses on adding more value to their overall ownership experience. We have decided to upwardly revise the prices of some of our models given the rising input costs and continued high exchange rate. Mercedes Benz models are highly enriched in terms of features and they command high customer preference in the market. Our aim remains to grow sustainably in the market in the long-term and keep creating new benchmark in modern luxury for our customers.”Quality, world-class safety standards and refined performance are always standard with the Mercedes brand and the company will continue to maintain its high standards even in times of inflation. To adhere to the interests of the buyers, Mercedes Benz has come out with a host of financial services. Elaborating on the same, Mr. Kern said, “Despite the price hike, the attractive financial solutions from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services like ‘Flexinomics’, ‘STAR Agility, STAR Lease’ and ‘STAR Supersonic’ loan approvals etc. are all tailor made for our customers. These solutions will provide benchmark value proposition, enabling a hassle free purchase, while our service programmes like Star Care, Star Ease and Road Side Assistance, will enhance the customer’s overall ownership experience.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Just to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly reacted to India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator, hours before the second ODI between India and New Zealand.Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar has now been caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium.In what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.Maharashtra Cricket Association president Abhay Apte and BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary have already promised strong action following the sting and Ganguly, also president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, wondered if there was any way to stop anyone from visiting the pitch in India.”I am watching this on TV. I really don’t know what Salgaonkar is trying to say. I don’t think there is any way of stopping people from reaching the pitch. That is an issue in Indian cricket.”(At this point) I don’t have much to say on this as I really don’t know what he was trying to do. I don’t know how he can tweak the pitch in one day and prepare it accordingly for a bookie.”I don’t know in what context he was saying this was he saying this in haste. Let me go through the matter first,” he said.advertisement”If Pandurang Salgaonkar has done something he should be punished. But it should not hamper the progress of the cricket match. The curator needs to be taken off. At the end of the day the cricketers have not done anything, the match officials have not done anything. I don’t see a problem in the game going on.”CK Khanna is the president of the BCCI and he has the right give his opinion, whether it is right or wrong is another issue. It is important to take control of the situation. I personally feel the match should go on.”I don’t know whether its been going on for a while. BCCI has had all the securities but at the end of the day they cannot look into everything. You can have 15 cameras after one person but if he wants to do something wrong he will find out a way to do it.”Anti corruption of the ICC and BCCI has everybody connected. When an international match happens everybody comes under the purview.”No system is fool proof and things happen. Just to fire the BCCI for what Pandurang Ssalgaonkar has done is not correct. You cannot only control it to a certain extent,” Ganguly said.”This has to go till the end and an investigation must take place. But the game must go on. The match hasn’t started and the pitch will be same for both teams, so I don’t think it will be a problem,” he added.last_img read more

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England cricket club 18 all out. Opposition win match in 12 minutes

first_imgA local cricket match in the Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League in England produced some never-seen-before numbers on Tuesday.Beckenham CC won the toss against Bexley CC and opted to bat first but little did they imagine that they would be back on the field in 50 minutes after getting bowled out for just 18 runs in 11.2 overs.Bexley CC in reply took just 12 minutes to knock off the 18 runs without losing a wicket in their run chase. The whole match was over within 61 minutes.The total was the lowest ever in Beckenham CC’s history and it will remain a big blot on the cricket club’s reputation which boasts of players from international through County to County 2nd XI level and Minor Counties.It was also the lowest score ever posted by a team in the Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League.Alexander Senn, William MacVicar and Calum Lennos managed to score 4 runs each with the latter remaining unbeaten on the score while three more – Johan Malcolm, Asad Ali and Junaid Nadir – scored a run each.The rest of the five players faced a maximum of 21 deliveries without opening their accounts. Bexley CC conceded just 3 runs in extras – 1 leg-bye, 1 wide and 1 no-ball – which added to the total. Scorecard of the Kent Cricket League match between Beckenham CC and Bexley CC (Bexley CC Twitter Photo)Beckenham CC cricket club has existed for 152 years but never has it faced such humiliation in the sport as Bexley bowlers Calum MacLeod and Jason Benn ripped apart the batting lineup sharing all the 10 wickets between themselves.advertisementCalum MacLeod finished with figures of 6 wickets for 5 runs with 2 maidens in 6 overs while Jason Benn produced a spell of 4 wickets for 12 runs with 3 maidens in 5.2 overs.Bexley CC openers Christopher Laas and Aiden Griggs then made light work of the run chase and finished the match in 3.3 overs.Griggs ended up with 12 runs from 9 balls with three boundaries while Laas managed a boundary from 12 balls as Beckenham CC’s bowlers – William MacVicar and Asad Ali – gave away 6 runs in extras.last_img read more

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Video: Ohio State Released An Awesome Highlight Video Of Its Sugar Bowl Win vs. Alabama

first_imgohio state players defend alabama's hail mary attemptNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Tyvis Powell #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a ball in the fourth quarter during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Want to relive Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama, Buckeye fans?Now you can. Ohio State football’s video production staff has created an awesome highlight video of the Buckeyes’ 42-35 upset victory over the then-No. 1 Crimson Tide on Jan. 1. Check it out:last_img

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Rajesh Khanna’s birth anniversary: Some amazing lesser-known facts on ‘Kaka’

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 28, 2015UPDATED: December 29, 2018 15:53 IST Rajesh KhannaOne of the greatest actors India has ever had was born on December 29, 1942.He was a legendary actor who charmed everyone with the way he delivered his dialogues, slightly tilting his head and speaking in a grave voice. Yes, we are definitely talking about Rajesh Khanna.On his birth anniversary, here are some little-known facts you should not miss about the Kaka of Bollywood:Rajesh Khanna was born as Jatin KhannaHe was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parentsOn his uncle’s advice, he changed his name from Jatin to Rajesh, before starting his career in BollywoodRajesh Khanna was the first Bollywood actor for whom the term ‘superstar’ was coined after he gave the blockbuster hit film AradhanaHe was a rich newcomer who used to struggle to get work in his own MG sports carTo get into Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna had to compete in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare. He was one of the eight finalistsHe made his film debut in the 1966 film, Aakhri Khat which also made entry into OscarsRajesh Khanna gave 15 consecutive superhits as a solo lead hero from 1969-1971The song Roop Tera Mastana was recorded in a single shotMany children born in 1960s and 1970s were named Rajesh, following Rajesh Khanna’s phenomenal rise to stardomThe title role of Mr. India was first offered to Rajesh Khanna. He declined it, as he could not relate to the invisible character of the heroIn his career of 45 years, Khanna did 180 filmsRajesh Khanna was the highest paid actor from 1970-79 and shared the honour with Amitabh Bachchan from 1980-87He was called a ‘Faaltu hero’ because of his eccentric featuresThe pair Rajesh Khanna-Mumtaz holds the record for being the romantic on-screen pair with 100 percent success ratio at the Box Office. Rajesh Khanna gave eight blockbusters opposite MumtazHe won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same, fourteen timesHe received the most number of BFJA Awards for Best Actor and was nominated 25 times for it. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industryIn 2005, he was awarded with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow The Ideas factoryFollow university electionsFollow Amitabh BachchanFollow Pregnant womenFollow BollywoodFollow Oil and Natural Gas Corp Rajesh Khanna’s birth anniversary: Some amazing lesser-known facts on ‘Kaka’He was a rich newcomer who used to struggle to get work in his own MG Sports car.advertisementlast_img read more

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Why Watergate prosecutor calls this a big moment two suspenseful days for

first_imgWASHINGTON – It’s the political nailbiter Washington has been awaiting. A local bar is opening early to serve Russian vodka and an ‘FBI’ breakfast — French toast, bacon and ice cream. All the U.S. TV networks will cut into their live programming.The reason: Public testimony that carries high stakes for Donald Trump’s presidency.After weeks of anticipation, rumour, and the drip, drip, drip of leaks to the media, James Comey, the fired director of the FBI, will testify at a live public hearing Thursday.It’s part of a two-day affair starting Wednesday as a Senate committee first hears from heads of the National Security Agency, the Department of Justice, the Director of National Intelligence and the interim boss of the FBI.A former Watergate investigator calls this a big moment.He says based on what’s already known publicly, Trump is in a precarious legal place: ”I’d say he’s in deep trouble,” says Nick Akerman, who was assistant special prosecutor in the Watergate scandal.He said that as a federal investigator, then as a New York State prosecutor, he never had a witness say so much, so publicly, that could be construed as obstructing justice as the current president.Akerman lists the examples: Trump reportedly asked Comey to lay off an investigation into Russian election-meddling; fired Comey; told NBC News the investigation actually entered into his thinking as he fired Comey; reportedly told the Russians that, after Comey’s firing, the pressure was off; and appeared to threaten Comey on Twitter, by hinting at the existence of some kind of recording.Some of these details were based on anonymous leaks to the press.Now the questions will be aired publicly, by Comey. And what the old Watergate investigator will be listening for is whether there’s any evidence to suggest someone very important violated 18 U.S. Code Section 1503.“What you need for obstruction of justice is intent. The key is the intent — to show you’re trying to stop (an) investigation,” Akerman, now a partner at Dorsey and Whitney, said in an interview.“The bottom line is, the crime is whoever, ‘endeavours to influence, obstruct or impede the due administration of justice,’ commits a crime. It’s a 10-year felony. Here, you’ve got an overwhelming case. …”(What Trump told NBC) is a super-damning admission. When I was a prosecutor you never got that kind of admission from someone that so nailed their intent.”He says it doesn’t matter what the original allegation was — whether or not there was election collusion with Russia, what role aides like Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort played in the controversy, what financial transactions they might have had and what the president knew, because, he says: ”(Obstruction) in and of itself is a felony.”Washington will be hanging on every word. It’s an adrenalin injection into a town whose heart pulses for politics.Will Trump also be watching? Will he continue to provide running commentary on an ongoing investigation? That’s a big question hanging over the event. Sources told the Washington Post he was considering tweeting during Comey’s testimony.Trump tweeted Tuesday about his need to tweet.”The FAKE (News) is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out,” Trump wrote on Twitter. ”Sorry folks, but if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Washpost or NYTimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning (the White House).”He offered one gracious line when asked by a reporter at the White House whether he had a message for Comey: “I wish him good luck,” Trump said.Some of the president’s fans want to get tougher.A Republican radio host pressed the party’s Tom Cotton on whether he’d be looking for inconsistencies in Comey’s testimony and whether his side would ask Comey for any memos he kept about Barack Obama’s administration.Yes, Tom Cotton replied.Another Republican radio host urged his side to pound Comey with tough questions like: Did your notes contain classified information? Did you share these notes illegally? Did you witness obstruction of justice and fail to report it? Did you also take, or destroy, notes of conversations with Obama?”To me, the scandal is what’s in these notes,” said radio host Mark Levin, a Justice Department official under Ronald Reagan.”It’s a potential felony (to sit on evidence of a crime).”Partisanship isn’t the only obstacle to investigating a president.Akerman notes two other complications, drawn from experience. One is the possibility that public testimony taints evidence in a criminal case. In Watergate, Akerman said he worked to gather evidence before a witness testified under immunity in Congress, so it wouldn’t later be dismissed in court.Second, it’s unclear whether courts would ever hear a case against a sitting president. That’s why Watergate investigators planned to let lawmakers weigh impeachment against Richard Nixon, before proceeding with charges.”There were a number of things (Nixon) could have been indicted for,” Akerman said, including obstruction and tax evasion.In the end, Nixon resigned; he was pardoned by successor Gerald Ford.last_img read more

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US farmers store record soybean crop as China dispute weighs

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed.Usually by this point in the year, 100-car trains filled with North Dakota soybeans would be moving to ports on the West Coast destined for China. This year is different because that leading soybean customer has all but stopped buying American soybeans in response to President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs.Some farmers are storing unsold beans, hoping prices will improve and markets open. But with farmers already in debt due to high costs but falling net income, economists are warning they could be forced out of business by the export crisis.David Pitt, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UNESCO chief deplores killing of Afghan journalist

Jawed Ahmad, also known as Jojo Yazemi, worked for the Canadian media, including CTV News. He was gunned down on 10 March by two men as he was getting out of his car in Kandahar’s city centre.“The life of a dedicated reporter has been cut short, depriving the whole of Afghan society of a brave promoter of democratic debate and a defender of the basic human right of freedom of expression,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).According to the non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders, several Afghan journalists said that they suspect the murder may have been ordered by the Taliban. Mr. Ahmad was detained by the United States army in November 2007 for allegedly having contacts with the Taliban, and was released 11 months later.Reporters Without Borders said that the journalist had defended his “right” to be in contact with the Taliban, calling it a necessity for his work as a reporter in southern Afghanistan. 25 March 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killing of a reporter from Afghanistan earlier this month in the south of the war-torn nation, calling his death a blow to the freedom of expression. read more

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Somalia UN envoy welcomes release of abducted aid workers

12 August 2009The top United Nations envoy for Somalia today welcomed the release of four aid workers and two pilots who were abducted nine months ago and called for the freeing of remaining hostages. “It is with great satisfaction that I received the news concerning the release of the six hostages who had been held for so long, and taken into captivity while working in Somalia,” said Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah. The four aid workers, who were serving with the French non-governmental organization (NGO) Action Against Hunger, and two pilots were abducted last November from an airstrip in the central Somali town of Dusamareb.“I salute their courage in the face of such physically and emotionally difficult circumstances and I am pleased that an end has come to the concerns and worries endured by their loved ones,” stated Mr. Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia.“We should not, however, forget the number of Somalis and foreign nationals that are still being held hostage in unacceptable conditions, an action that should be vehemently condemned by the Somalis and the international community,” he added. Last month UN humanitarian chief John Holmes warned that aid workers in Somalia – and many other countries – are coming under increasingly violent attack.The UN has repeatedly called on all parties in Somalia to ensure the safety of humanitarian aid workers, who are tending to the needs of some 3 million people, or 40 per cent of the population, made vulnerable by the combined effects of conflict, drought, high food prices and the collapse of the local currency. Despite the signing of peace agreements, the formation of a new government and election of a new president, Somalia continues to experience strife and instability. Clashes in the capital, Mogadishu, since early May between Government forces and the Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam militant groups have forced over 200,000 people from their homes, many of them for the second time over the course of the past year.In a related development, Mr. Ould-Abdallah welcomed today’s convening of the Joint Security Committee held in Mogadishu as part of continuing efforts towards reforming and improving security in Somalia. The committee comprises representatives of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the international community, and was established by the 2008 UN-facilitated Djibouti Agreement. read more

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Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Monday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Mon Fri 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2505 1.2480 1.2977 1.3117 British Pound 1.6601 1.6716 1.6862 1.7004 Japanese Yen 0.0111 0.0110 0.0116 0.0129 Euro in U.S. 1.1745 1.1812 1.1415 1.1234 Euro in Cdn 1.4687 1.4742 1.4813 1.4736Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

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How Neymars Injury Affects Brazils Chances at the World Cup

Brazil has been FiveThirtyEight’s frontrunner to win the World Cup since the beginning of the tournament. But A Seleção will have to do it without its star, Neymar, who is out of the tournament after fracturing a vertebra in Brazil’s quarterfinal win against Colombia. In the semifinal against Germany on Tuesday, Brazil will also be without defender Thiago Silva, who was suspended after accumulating two yellow cards (Silva will return if Brazil reaches the final).Our forecast, which gives Brazil a 54 percent chance of treating its home fans to a title, doesn’t account for these player absences. This article will attempt to measure their impact and recalculate the numbers.We have some reasonably good news for Brazil. Even without Neymar and Silva, the team remains the leading contender to win the World Cup in our estimation. You may or may not agree with the math, but the intuition behind it is this: Soccer is a team sport, and Brazil is a very deep team. Whether Brazil is better than Germany without Neymar and Silva is up for debate. However, Brazil will play at home, where the national team hasn’t lost a competitive match since 1975.Our rating systemOur World Cup forecasts are based on ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). SPI is essentially two ratings systems rolled into one. It measures a national team’s performance, placing more weight on its most competitive matches, and evaluates the talent on its roster based on players’ performance in national and club matches.The player ratings work by means of a plus-minus system that assigns or subtracts points from players based on goals scored and allowed at the time they’re on the pitch. They include data from national team matches, along with the top-flight club leagues in Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France, and matches from the Champions League.In principle, the system operates something like this. The average English Premier League team scores and allows about 1.4 goals per game. But let’s say Arsenal wins a game 3-1 instead against an average EPL opponent. Its three goals scored are 1.6 goals above the league average, so we have 1.6 goals worth of extra credit to apportion out to the players who were on the pitch at the time. Arsenal also allowed 0.4 goals less than average, so there’s 0.4 goals worth of defensive credit to split up, too.In theory, this allows us to estimate the impact of any one player. But the plus-minus works better for some players than others. The statistics it accounts for are goals scored, bookings and the starting lineups and substitutions of a match, along with the players’ positions. This works fine for strikers like Neymar, whose main objective is to score goals and set them up, but it isn’t as helpful for defenders like Silva.1Soccer statistics are rapidly improving — and we hope to be able to account for things like time of possession, passes completed and tackles in future versions of the system. SPI will give about the right overall amount of credit to the back line and midfielders on a team — for instance, to Silva’s Paris Saint-Germain after an impressive victory. But if Silva is better than the other defenders, it will give him too little credit and his teammates too much.So we’ll use the SPI method to account for Neymar’s absence, and then an alternative method that might more accurately measure the loss of Silva.The impact of Neymar’s absenceFor forwards and strikers, the SPI plus-minus ratings line up reasonably well with subjective perceptions. The following chart compares SPI plus-minus ratings for forwards, measured as the number of additional goals they help score and prevent per 90 minutes of play, as compared to The Guardian’s consensus list of the top 100 footballers in the world.The correlation isn’t perfect, but it’s reasonably good. The amazing Lionel Messi, along with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, rate as the best forwards in the world by far in both systems.Based on data from his FC Barcelona games over the past two years, along with his recent play for Argentina, for instance, we estimate that Messi contributes about 0.65 goals per game relative to an average international footballer. (Almost all of that impact comes from Messi helping his team get more goals — only a little bit is defense or goal prevention.)How big is that impact? The SPI match predictor estimates that if you put Messi on an average team, it would go from winning 50 percent of its games (assuming a knockout-style format with no draws) to around 65 percent instead. That’s impressive — not far from the effect you might see by replacing an average NBA player with LeBron James. But James plays a 5-on-5 game, while Messi and Ronaldo play one with 11 players to a side.Neymar isn’t quite at Messi’s or Ronaldo’s level — nor is anyone else. Instead, SPI estimates his impact at about 0.4 goals per 90 minutes. Almost all of this (0.37 goals) comes from increasing his team’s scoring, while just a fraction (0.03 goals) comes from improving its goal prevention.These player ratings can be carried forward to the team level. For instance, if you removed Neymar from the pitch and replaced him with an average international footballer, Brazil’s scoring would drop by 0.37 goals per 90 minutes, we estimate. Brazil would also allow an additional 0.03 goals per 90 minutes of play.But the players replacing Neymar are going to be well above average. An average international soccer player, according to SPI, is something like a starter on Israel or Libya or Uzbekistan. A player on Brazil’s second or third string would be a star on one of those sides.It’s not clear exactly who will replace Neymar. In fact, it may wind up being a combination of players, given that his injury will have knockoff effects on Brazil’s depth. But Neymar’s playing time will likely be distributed principally among three players: the forwards Bernard and Jo, and the winger Willian.Of the three, we have the best data on Willian, since he plays his club football for Chelsea in the EPL — one of the leagues we track. SPI estimates he’s worth about 0.2 goals per 90 minutes relative to an average footballer. If Neymar is worth about 0.4 goals per 90 minutes, Willian is 0.2 goals per 90 minutes worse. (Some numbers in the tables below may look slightly off due to rounding.)For Bernard, who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, we have data only from his performance with Brazil, plus a smattering of Champions League matches. And for Jo, who plays for Atlético in Brazil, we have the national team data only. But they rate similarly to Willian, at about +0.2 goals per 90 minutes.Certainly these players lack Neymar’s explosiveness and creativity. But this isn’t a total disaster for Brazil. Ratings in the range of +0.2 goals per 90 minutes imply that Willian, Bernard and Jo would belong somewhere in the top 200 or 250 footballers in the world, and would start for most of the teams that made the World Cup.The impact of Silva’s absenceBrazil will also be without Thiago Silva for the Germany match, and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has a number of options to replace him. Brazil played Dani Alves in its first four World Cup matches, then replaced him with Maicon for its game against Colombia. Scolari could choose to play them both instead, though Brazil would need to rotate its formation, as they both typically play right back rather than center. Scolari could also go with Dante, who plays center defense for Bayern Munich and who has the advantage of being familiar with some of Germany’s stars. Henrique, who plays as a center back or defensive midfielder, would be another option.The SPI plus-minus ratings suggest that there’s hardly any difference between Silva and some of these options — and what impact it does find comes on offense, such as on set pieces.But this conclusion may be misguided. As I mentioned, the SPI ratings are a crude tool for evaluating defensive players. They do get us somewhere: SPI knows that Silva plays for Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain, two excellent teams, and gives him credit for being in those lineups. But it will have trouble distinguishing truly world-class defensive players from merely very good ones.There’s a more aggressive way to approach the problem, however, which is to approximate Silva’s defensive value by using his position on The Guardian’s top 100 ranking. Silva was No. 17 on that list.As I mentioned, the SPI plus-minus should be pretty solid for forwards and strikers. So we can calibrate the value of Silva by estimating how much a striker rated as the No. 17 player in the world would be worth. This value turns out to be about 0.37 goals per 90 minutes based on the regression line I drew in the chart above. By comparison, the raw SPI numbers put Silva’s impact at 0.19 goals per 90 minutes, considering both offensive and defensive contributions.So let’s assume that The Guardian’s panelists have it right and that Silva is in fact worth 0.37 goals per match. We’ll further assume that SPI is missing Silva’s defense but that it gauges his offensive contributions about right. That implies having Silva on the pitch reduces an opponent’s goal-scoring by about 0.28 goals per 90 minutes relative to an average player, while he adds 0.09 goals per match with his offense.If we make this fix for Silva, however, we should do so for Dante and Dani Alves, who also rank in The Guardian’s top 100. (We won’t make any adjustment for Henrique and Maicon, who are outside the top 100.)Averaging the figures for Silva’s potential replacements yields a combination of players that rate at +0.22 goals per 90 minutes. That’s about 0.15 goals per match worse than Silva. More precisely, we estimate Brazil’s goal-scoring to decline by 0.03 goals per 90 minutes without Silva, and for it to allow an additional 0.11 goals in that time.The change to Brazil’s oddsThe next step is to see what impact this has on Brazil’s overall chances of victory. Brazil, at full strength, has an SPI offensive rating of 3.12 (placing it No. 1 in the world) and an SPI defensive rating of 0.50 (putting it at No. 3 — at the team level, lower defensive ratings are better).Without Neymar and Silva, Brazil’s offensive rating declines to 2.90 while its defensive rating worsens to 0.61. Both ratings are almost identical to Germany’s, which checks in with a 2.92 offensive rating and a 0.63 defensive rating.But Brazil still has the home-country advantage. If we run the new numbers through the SPI match predictor, we come up with a 65 percent chance of Brazil prevailing against Germany. This is as opposed to a 73 percent chance of doing so with Silva and Neymar in the lineup.Let me pause here to ruminate on the nature of home-country advantage in soccer. Brazil has developed a reputation for “winning ugly” so far in this World Cup. The team was helped by a dubious penalty in its opening match against Croatia. It needed a penalty shootout to get by Chile. And Brazil’s match against Colombia was marred by rough play, including the foul that knocked Neymar out.But winning ugly is part of what home-field advantage is all about. Home teams benefit significantly from officiating decisions — it’s much harder for most referees to hand out a red card or to award a penalty against the home team’s hero. Home teams may also have some advantage in shootouts. Since 2005 — and counting Brazil’s win against Chile — home teams are 7-0 in penalty shootouts in major international competitions. That’s not to say that Brazil has been in its best form (in fact, its SPI rating has declined slightly over the course of the World Cup). But in Brazil, being in pretty good form may be good enough.Should Brazil make it to the final — with Silva returning but still without Neymar — we estimate that it would have a 67 percent chance of beating Argentina (down from 72 percent with Neymar in the lineup). Almost all of that comes from home-field advantage — the teams would be almost level at a neutral site. Brazil would have a 73 percent chance against the Netherlands without Neymar, we estimate, down from 77 percent with him.We can recalculate Brazil’s overall odds of winning the World Cup as well: They’re 45 percent, as opposed to 54 percent with the team at full strength. The other teams benefit from Brazil’s limitations: Argentina’s odds of winning the World Cup rise to 23 percent from 20 percent; Germany’s to 18 percent from 14 percent. The Netherlands gets the least help and goes to 14 percent from 12.5 percent.Betting markets see things a bit differently. The odds available as of early Sunday afternoon have Germany, Brazil and Argentina as co-favorites, each with about a 27 percent chance of winning the World Cup, and the Netherlands just slightly behind at 20 percent.It could be that the markets see a greater impact from the losses of Neymar and Silva than the ones we’ve estimated here. But I suspect that’s only part of the issue — from the start of the tournament, betting markets have consistently been lower on Brazil than SPI and another computer rating system, Elo, have.So far, SPI and Elo have performed well compared to the betting markets. In general, markets are fairly tough to beat, so this could just reflect good luck. International football is particularly hard to rate, whether using subjective or objective methods. The main problems are that the teams don’t play very many competitive matches against one another, and that the composition of the rosters is always changing. SPI tries to address some of those problems, but it isn’t perfect.But there could also be a pro-European bias in the markets. Even though Europe has performed rather poorly in this World Cup, it has the highest-profile club leagues, and it has a higher concentration of wealthy people who can afford to bet on soccer. FIFA’s ranking of international teams, with methodological flaws that may result in overrating European teams, also has some currency in shaping perceptions about international soccer. That may help to explain why betting markets give the European teams a 47 percent chance of winning the World Cup when SPI gives them a 32 percent chance (even after accounting for Brazil’s player absences). It may also help to explain why Brazil’s ugly wins against Colombia and Chile are given less credit than if they had come against, say, Portugal and France.In a sense, the World Cup has come full circle. At the start of the tournament, SPI’s major contentions were that South America was underrated as compared with Europe — and that Brazil’s home-field advantage shouldn’t be overlooked. Brazil still has those things working in its favor, even without Neymar. read more

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Parents of newborn baby thank Ireland after Irishfunded operation saves their son

first_imgMany more children from newborns to 14 years will undergo the operations throughout the week.The surgeons are internationally renowned specialists from the US, Canada and Nicaragua who volunteer their time for the trip.Because of the volunteer work of the international surgeons each operation can be carried out for approximately €1,000.Of the 6,000 babies born with heart defects in Ukraine each year, 50 per cent are not operated on because of lack of facilities and qualified medical teams in Ukraine.Without cardiac surgery the children who need complex open heart operations have little hope of living beyond 5 years.Since 2004 more than €3 million has been raised in Ireland to fund the programme organised by Chernobyl Children International.The charity funds six surgical missions to Ukraine each year in conjunction with the International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF).Between 35 and 40 children are operated on during each mission.CCI’s long-term objective is to create local cardiac teams who will be able to undertake year round surgical programmes across Ukraine.Read: Doctors to risk Ukrainian violence to carry out life-saving children’s operations>Read: Children can’t get surgery because of Ukraine crisis, the Irish government is being asked to help> PARENTS OF A 9-day-old baby who was saved by an Irish funded surgical team have thanked the people of Ireland.The crisis in Ukraine has meant that surgical teams have been unable to get to get there with life saving cardiac operation being postponed twice.The baby boy Miroslava was at serious risk of dying from ‘Chernobyl Heart’ if emergency cardiac surgery was not carried out by the surgical team.He was the most critical of the 60 children suffering from genetic heart defects on the waiting list and so was the first child to be operated on.Miroslava’s parents expressed their gratitude to the surgeons and the Irish people who funded the operation organised by Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International.We are so grateful to the people of Ireland for saving our son. You are his guardian angels.Seven month old Sergei, who also suffers from ‘Chernobyl Heart’ also received surgery.last_img read more

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MPA Launches Magazine App Directory

first_imgMPA said the directory is growing and will include apps across not only mobile phones but also e-reader devices like the forthcoming Apple iPad. Recognizing the growing interest and development of magazine-related mobile applications by its members, the Magazine Publishers of America this week launched “mapps,” a directory of mobile apps produced by magazines and media companies. The launch coincided with the MPA’s Magazines 24/7: The E-Reading Revolution conference Thursday.“As technology advances, devices proliferate and consumer adoption increases, we expect healthy growth in magazine app development, and in turn, in our database,” an MPA spokesperson tells FOLIO:. Currently, the database includes 120 apps with links to download them. Several of the apps are free (Epicurious’ “Recipes & Shopping List,” Vogue’s “Stylist,” and several from Hearst’s recently launched LMK) while a number are paid. The most costly is the Women’s Health “Eat This, Not That!” app at $4.99.last_img read more

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Telangana Man gets life imprisonment for murdering father

first_imgRachakonda: A local court on Thursday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for murdering his father and imposed a fine of Rs 100 on him. “During a quarrel, the convict took a cement slab and repeatedly hit his father on his chest, head, and face. He died on the spot,” said the police. The man, identified as Ramesh, was in inebriated state when the incident took place. According to the police, the 26-year-old became an alcoholic when his wife left him in 2017. Ramesh also used to frequently beat up his mother and niece, said the police. The inquiry was initiated on the complaint moved by his mother in Hayathnagar Police Station on July 4 in 2016.last_img

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Most parties but AL want troops in polls

first_imgCheif election commissioner KM Nurul Huda and election commissioner Kabita Khanam during a dialogue. Prothom Alo File Photo Most of the political parties except the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) have sought army deployment to maintain law and order during the general elections.As much as 25 of a total of 40 registered political parties during their scheduled talks with the election commission held from 24 August to 18 October sought the deployment of army personnel during the polls.And some 19 political parties, except the AL, also demanded dissolution of parliament before the general elections to make the ballot free from the influence of the ruling quarters.Many political parties have favoured formation of an election-time government – a longstanding demand of principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies.However, eight of the 40 registered parties – mainly ruling AL and its allies – wanted elections to be held under AL president Sheikh Hasina-led government.The political parties submitted around 450 proposals to the election commission for holding the next general elections in free and fair manner.Talking to Prothom Alo, former and serving election commissioners said the election commission alone would not be able to implement all the proposals tabled by the political parties and political will of the ruling AL is a prerequisite for implementing some of the proposals.The country’s constitution and some laws will have to be amended to implement those and it is impossible if the ruling AL does not want so.Election commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury said the commission will compile and publish all the proposals and then send them to all the political parties.He said the commission will sit and discuss the proposals and then will take a decision as to what could be done with the proposals.A study of the proposals shows that 10 political parties including opposition BNP are in favour of deploying army with magistracy power.The ruling AL wants only the regular law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order.About troops deployment, the AL in its proposals said Sections 129-131 of the Code of Criminal Procedure aka CrPC and the section titled ‘In Aid To Civil Power’ of the rules on army have described well when the military troops can be deployed and in which context.Section 129 reads: “If any such assembly cannot be otherwise dispersed, and if it is necessary for the public security that it should be dispersed, the 152 [Executive Magistrate] of the highest rank who is present 153 [or the Police Commissioner in 154 [a Metropolitan Area] may cause it to be dispersed by military force.”Sections 130 and 131 describe the duty and power of commissioned military officers who are in the command of troops required by magistrate to disperse assembly.     The proposals of country’s two major rival political parties – AL and BNP – are contradictory, particularly over the issues of army deployment, delimitation of constituencies, and use of electronic voting machine (EVM).Although the AL gave no specific formula about the poll-time government and dissolution of parliament, its position regarding the issues is diametrically opposite the one of its rival BNP.When his attention was drawn, AL presidium member and health minister Mohammed Nasim said the next elections would be held following the provisions of existing constitution like that of 5 January 2014 elections.If the elections are held under the current constitution, current prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina will be at the helm of all powers during the elections.The BNP and its allies oppose the system and boycotted the controversial 5 January 2014 elections.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said a party-neutral poll-time government, dissolution of parliament before the polls and army deployment are the requisites for holding a neutral general elections.As per the existing Representation of the People Order (RPO), the primary electoral law, there is no legal compulsion for deploying troops during the polls.The election commission, however, can deploy troops as striking force without magistracy power as the AL-led ninth parliament amended the RPO in 2009 to drop armed forces from the list of law enforces as defined by the RPO.If the armed forces are required to be deployed with magistracy power, the RPO must be amended by incumbent parliament which is overwhelmingly controlled by AL.BNP, Kalyan Party, Muslim League, Khelafat Majlish, Jatiya Party (Matin), Bangladesh NAP, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), Bangladesh Muslim League and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) submitted proposal for army deployment with magistracy power.Besides, AL’s ally Ershad-led Jatiya Party (JaPa), Islami Front, Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Gana Front, Gana Forum, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and Krishak Sramik Janata League demanded army deployment, but did not clear if they want it with magistracy power.AL’s ally Workers Party proposed that there is no need of giving the armed forces the magistracy power.Poll-time GovernmentThe BNP has been demanding restoration of neutral caretaker government system for overseeing the general elections since it was scrapped by the AL-led parliament in 2011 and also boycotted the 2014 general elections.Now the party is demanding a neutral supportive election-time government to oversee the next polls.During the EC dialogue, alongside the BNP, several other political parties like Revolutionary Workers’ Party, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party, Bangladesh NAP, Kalyan Party, and Krishak Sramik Janata League demanded the next general elections be held under a party-neutral government.Jamiyat-e-Ulema Islam and Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan demanded restoration of caretaker government system.Talking to Prothom Alo, election commission acting secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said the parties which have demanded an election-time government also know the jurisdiction of the commission.“They wanted us to take initiative to install a neutral polls-time government. The commission will look into matter and see what it can do in this regard.”Dissolution of ParliamentAs per the current constitutional provision, the general elections shall be held in 90 days before the expiry of the incumbent parliament, suggesting that the MPs will remain in their posts along with the benefits and facilities they get as MPs during the elections.A total of 19 political parties, including BNP, and AL’s ally Ershad-led Jatiya Party, demanded dissolution of parliament before the next general elections, arguing that the MPs will get advantage during the polls if they remain in the posts.Constituency Delimitation, No-Vote and EVMRuling AL, its allies Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasad) and Samyabadi Dal, Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, LDP, and some other parties demanded the next polls with the existing demarcation of the constituencies.But the AL’s primary rival BNP want the EC to re-demarcate the constituency to restore the boundary existed before 2006.Revolutionary Workers Party, Bangladesh NAP, PDP, Islami Front Bangladesh, JSD, Bikalpadhara, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Samyabadhi Dal and few other parties wanted introduction of No-vote.There is a debate in the political arena over using electronic voting machine or digital voting machine.BNP and like-minded parties are against using EVM. They argue that it would be easier for the ruling quarter to manipulate the election result if the device is introduced.But ruling AL and its allies like Jasad and Workers Party said the voting machine can be used to digitise the system, saying it would expedite the balloting.Apart from these, the EC get proposals like introduction of online system for submitting nomination papers, enlisting non-resident Bangladeshis as voters, reshuffling administration before polls, appointing returning officers from EC officials (not from admin cadres), installation of CCTV cameras, cancellation of system of submitting signatures of 1 per cent voters for independent candidate, and reduction of the amount of security deposits.*The article, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, is rewritten in English Abu Taib Ahmedlast_img read more

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Ayushmann wants to playback for SRK

first_imgHe may have crooned several hit songs for himself, but actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana says if given a chance he would love to do playback singing for superstar Shah Rukh Khan.Ayushmann, 31, who has sung many popular tracks like Paani Da Rang and Saadi Galli Aaja, feels his voice will match with that of the Chennai Express actor, as he imitates him well.“I don’t know, I would probably love to do playback for Shah Rukh. The voice will match because I mimic him pretty well, so I can sing like him. It will be quite credible,” said Ayushmann. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameThe Dum Laga Ke Haisha actor is currently riding high on the success of his latest song Yahin Hoon Main and with many Bollywood actors like Hrithik Roshan, Sonam Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi featuring in singles, Ayushmann believes the trend will boost up independent music.“More than anything else, it gives a boost to singers, to music. Because, of course in other singles there are actors who are acting, lip syncing, but with me, I am singing…,” he said. The Vicky Donor star shot to fame with the hit number Pani Da Rang and since then has lent his voice to songs like Mitti Di Khushboo and O Herriye. The actor feels he is lucky to get good songs, but credits his team of lyricist and co-composer Rochak Kohli for the success of all his tracks. “Of course I am lucky that way. More than that I am lucky to get the brilliant team. There is no wall, no professional barrier… Lyricists are my juniors from college, Rochak and I did theater together and have been composing since childhood,” he said.last_img read more

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NASA Puts Out Open Call To Private Companies On Supplying Lunar Station

first_img Bestseller All Ads by Amazon AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Close NASA’s Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway will not begin construction until 2022, but the space agency has started looking for companies that will deliver cargo to the planned station.Artemis Moon Missions Resupply OpportunityThis week, the space agency issued an open call for industry feedback on future opportunities for American companies to support the Artermis program. Like the International Space Station, the Gateway will require regular resupply missions and cargo deliveries during construction (which, the agency projected to last for at least six years) and upon completion, when the space station is ready to welcome astronauts.”The Gateway, and specifically our logistics supply requirements, enables the deep space supply chain, taking the next step toward further commercialization of space,” stated Mark Wiese, a logistics element manager at Kennedy Space Center. “In addition to delivering cargo, science, and other supplies to the Gateway with these services, there’s potential for an extension to industry to deliver other elements of our lunar architecture with this solicitation.” ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийNASA’s Gateway To The Moon And Deep SpaceThe Gateway is part of NASA’s plan to return to the Moon in five years and maintain a sustainable presence on the Earth’s natural satellite. The orbiting outpost will serve as a platform for astronauts who will come in and come out of the lunar surface during missions as well as for scientific observations and experiments in space.The United States is set to vacate its side of the ISS by 2024.The announcement is only asking for proposals right now, and not for providers to submit formal bids. A formal solicitation for a firm-fixed-price contract is expected to be issued later this summer. The agency said that the contract award for all Gateway services over the course of 15 years will be valued at $7 billion.The industry comments are due on July 10. NASA, however, will host a Q&A in Florida on June 26.”We’re using the Moon as a proving ground for Mars to develop the technologies and systems we need for exploration farther into the solar system, so we look forward to seeing how industry responds to our upcoming solicitation, and potentially awarding multiple contracts for this lunar service,” added Marshall Smith, director of the human lunar exploration programs at NASA. TAG NASA, Lunar Gateway, Space Station, Moon, ISS Search DEAL OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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