The 10 Time Management Strategies You Need to Implement Now

first_imgI have spent much time studying time management, or something I often refer to as Me Management since you can’t control time, but you can control what you do between the ticks of the clock. Here are ten strategies that, when implemented, are guaranteed to improve your productivity.Calibrate Your Priorities: There is nothing more critical to effective time management than determining your priorities. If you are going to be productive with time, you need to know what you want in every area of your life, something I call Achievement by Design. Because you have one life, you should design what you want from it. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in tasks that are not related to your priorities, so get clear on what’s most important first.Determine Your Outcomes: One of the reasons so many people struggle with time management is that they have a task list, or a to-do list if you like that better. The most productive people have these lists too, but they are focused on the outcomes of the tasks, not the tasks themselves. Let’s say you want to increase the sales of your business by $1,000,000. That growth will likely require many to-dos, and those tasks will probably change over time. Let me give you a straightforward example. You might have a task that reads, “Go to dinner with significant other.” The outcome might be “deepen the relationship with significant other,” a result you can achieve regardless of where you eat dinner.Treat Everything Like a Project: One way to improve your time management is to treat everything as a project. A project will likely have several tasks, it will take some time, and you will probably have helpful resources available to you. When you treat important outcomes as a project, you spend time planning your actions, and you schedule a time to complete the necessary tasks, turning a list of tasks into something more substantial.Establish Routines: In interviewing dozens of writers, they universally shared the routine of rising very early and producing pages first thing in the morning. They all suggest this routine was an essential part of their process. Whether your routine is to work immediately upon waking (my method) or go for a run or a workout, the discipline will improve your time management. You might have a morning routine, an afternoon routine, a weekly review routine, or a routine for reviewing your priorities.Draw Boundaries: When you say “yes” to small things, you are saying “no” to bigger things. It is challenging to manage your time when you don’t have boundaries. Some people want your time and attention at work, and many times, their needs are real. Without borders, you will never be able to protect the time you need for your priorities. You will no doubt be asked to help with projects, some of which will be interesting to you. However, when you agree to chair a committee, you are saying no to the things that are more important to you. Saying “no” is a powerful and necessary strategy, if you want to manage your time better.Schedule Weeks and Days: Minutes turn into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, and weeks into months. It is easy to fritter away your time when you haven’t determined beforehand what you are going to do with it. Once you know your priorities, you can schedule your days and weeks, starting each day with a solid plan to make progress on the few important things. When you begin to work, you won’t waste any time deciding what you need to do.Give Your Priorities Your Focus: Even though you have a schedule, you have limited attention and focus. You have some times of the day where your focus and your will power is stronger (for me, it is the first thing in the morning). You want to give your best energy to your most important priorities. Refuse to give those power hours to things like your email or social media sites. Instead, do the few things that move you closer to the outcomes you need to produce.Aggregate Tasks: Some tasks are necessary, like responding to your email or voice mail. You also have to pay your bills and fill out reports. These tasks lend themselves to aggregation. Instead of living in your inbox, check it three times a day, and process the emails completely (if you read it, decide what to do with it, do it, or put it on a task list, then archive it). If you are going to pay your bills or do your expense reports, collect them and do all of this work in one sitting—instead of allowing it to chip away at your time.Use a Single Task Manager: Some people’s idea of a task manager is a computer monitor covered in yellow post-it notes (maybe not the most elegant solution, and one that is also not mobile-friendly). It would be best if you had all of your projects and tasks wrangled into one place where you are confident you won’t miss something. If you like electronic task managers, there are dozens of good ones. If you prefer analog, a notebook works, as long as you keep everything there. Whatever your choice, commit to it completely.Decide What Not to Do: A to-don’t list is as crucial as a task list. What would go on a to-don’t list? How about “Don’t open email first thing in the morning.” Or, “Don’t allow people to interrupt your focus blocks.” If you want to do even better with your time, maybe try: “Don’t let other people place their priorities above mine,” knowing you can make exceptions when it makes sense. A list of things you are not willing to do will help you better manage your time.The list above is in the order I would recommend you implement and execute these time management strategies. If you decide to go out of order, I strongly suggest you start by calibrating your priorities.last_img read more

H-4 Work Authorization Unlikely to be Revoked Anytime Soon, Says Former Obama Administration Official Who Helped Implement Rule

first_imgH-4 visa holders, who have been on tenterhooks since the Trump administration announced last year that it intended to revoke their work authorization, can relax for now as the program will continue on for at least this year, according to a former Obama administration official who was pivotal to developing the EAD rule.“The Trump administration has made no secret of the fact that they want to curtail these work permits. But it’s not something you can do half-baked,” Doug Rand, former assistant director for entrepreneurship in the Obama White House who helped implement the H-4 work authorization rule said.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img

‘Round-the-clock security for doctors’

first_imgHaryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Sunday said round-the-clock security would be provided to doctors and paramedical staff working in civil hospitals in the State. It is learnt that the decision came in the wake of an attack on a junior doctor allegedly by relatives of a deceased patient at a medical college in Kolkata recently. The attack had triggered nationwide protests by doctors. Mr. Vij told reporters here that he had written to the Director of Haryana Health Services directing deployment of home guards, if sufficient police constables were not available in any hospital. A letter was also sent to the DG, Home Guard, he said. “Till I am the Health Minister, doctors should not worry about their security,” he said. He said he would make surprise visits at government hospitals to check the security arrangements. If any lapse was found the officer concerned would be held responsible, Mr. Vij added. CCTV camerasHe said the Health Department had installed CCTV cameras in hospitals and more would be installed if needed. The Minister said latest medical equipment like ultrasound machines, ventilators, and MRI scan machines were being provided in all the State government hospitals. A big cancer hospital was being constructed at Ambala cantonment, he added.last_img read more

New Olympic and Paralymic Emblem, Paris 2024 Unveils Golden Marianne Logo

first_img 2024 Olympics games2024 paralympics games2024 Paris Olympics2024 Paris Paralympics First Published: October 22, 2019, 1:09 PM IST Paris: The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralymic Games Paris 2024 has unveiled its new emblem.The new design brings together three iconic symbols connected to sport, the Games and France — the gold medal, the Olympic and Paralympic flames, and Marianne. International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission Chair for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, said: “I congratulate Paris 2024 on the launch of their new emblem. It perfectly reflects their vision and desire to put people at the heart of the Olympic Games Paris 2024.””The combination of the gold medal, the Olympic flame and Marianne brings together the values, history and French touch that will make these Olympic Games truly special. I believe that this innovative design will be quickly recognised around the world and be a wonderful calling card for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.”The emblem embraces the shape and colour of the most beautiful medal of all to express one of the core values of sport: striving for excellence. That same commitment also informs every step that Paris 2024 is taking in organising the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, so that it can fulfil the pledges it has made to stage a different, grounded, sustainable and inclusive Games. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

sport-RANJI-GAVASKAR 2 LAST

first_imgGavaskar said the selectors would have had their own Gavaskar said the selectors would have had their own reasons for not including the likes of Test regulars — Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara — in the Rest of India team that won the Irani Cup by defeating Mumbai today.”Ideally yes. But I think the selection committee had their own reasons for looking at other players. I think the thinking is that we have had a look at Pujara and Vijay and Rahul, we want to see somebody else.”When they see those players against the champion team, they also get a little bit of an idea about how he can bowl, how he can bat. But ideally for it to competitive, I think it should be best of the rest.”A Mumbaikar to the core, Gavaskar welcomed the rise of other outfits in the national championship, adding it would be wonderful if all the top players are available to play in Ranji Trophy, at least in the initial stages of the league.”Last couple of years, Karnataka has dominated. They won all the tournaments, just one of those things that they didnt gel this time around.”Actually, its good news for Indian cricket because if you have strength all-round, not one team is dominating, that actually is good news. It means that other teams standard is getting up and you?re getting good cricketers,” said the one-time prolific run accumulator.”I somehow wish that the schedule was tweaked in such a way that our international cricketers are able to play at least some matches, not all the matches clearly, but even if some matches at the start or end of the season, that would lift the first-class circuit. Its difficult with the international calendar,” Gavaskar added. PTI SSR RSY PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

AP CM, Jagan congratulate Sindhu on her silver medal

first_imgVijayawada, Aug 19 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy joined the nation in congratulating P V Sindhu on winning silver medal in badminton at the Rio Olympics.”By fighting relentlessly for the gold with commendable spirit, Sindhu stood as an inspiration for scores of Indian youth. We are proud that shes a Telugu girl,” Chandrababu said in a statement.He also complimented her coach and mentor Pullela Gopichand for propelling her to Olympic glory.In a separate statement, Jagan said, “Her fighting spirit would inspire the sports fraternity of the country and the Telugu speaking states in particular and would pave way for many achievements in future.”He also congratulated the parents of Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand on the occasion. PTI DBV NP AJR JMFlast_img

Real Madrid C.F. edge MLS All-Stars to salvage disappointing tour

first_imgReal Madrid ended a frustrating pre-season tour of the U.S. on a winning note as the Champions League winners beat a Major League Soccer All-Stars side 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Chicago on Wednesday.The Spanish champions took control of the shootout after the MLS side missed their first two spot kicks, with Real keeper Luca Zidane saving Dom Dwyer’s effort before Giovani Dos Santos rattled the bar.Mateo Kovacic calmly slotted home his effort to put Madrid on the brink of victory before left back Marcelo sealed the contest by burying his penalty into the left corner past substitute goalie Stefan Frei in front of 61,000 spectators.Real Madrid had lost to Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona in their first three games of the tour and without FIFA player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, found it difficult to find a way past starting goalkeeper Tim Howard.The visitors finally broke through on the hour mark when 20-year-old prospect Borja Mayoral’s deflected blast nestled into the right corner but Dwyer pounced on a rebound to equalise with three minutes remaining, sending the contest into a shootout.”It was important to go back with the sensation of having won, but of course now we’re going to look forward to the UEFA Super Cup which is an important game coming up,” Mayoral said after being awarded the game’s Most Valuable Player trophy.Real Madrid will face Europa League winners Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8 in Macedonia.advertisementlast_img read more

Bad Year Ending, Mets Split With Nats

first_imgWASHINGTON — A series that began with contract extensions for New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson and Manager Terry Collins ended with another frustrating losing season confirmed.Gio Gonzalez struck out a career-high 12 and allowed just one hit through seven innings as the Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 3-0 for a split of their day-night doubleheader Sept 25.“I’ve seen a lot of him,” Collins said of Gonzalez. “That’s as good as I’ve seen him.”In the first game, Matt den Dekker singled home the go-ahead run off Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning to help the Mets to a 7-4 victory.Curtis Granderson singled three times and drove in three runs, and Wilmer Flores also singled three times and drove in an insurance run as New York got 15 hits.Those hits disappeared in the nightcap as Gonzalez (10-10) did more than enough against Zack Wheeler (11-11), who allowed three runs over five innings.Drew Storen pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save. That sealed a loss that is New York’s 82nd, guaranteeing a sixth straight losing season. And Collins, who the Mets announced Sept. 23d would be returning in 2015, admitted snapping that streak was a definite goal this season.“It was one of the things we were looking forward to, especially the way we’ve played last month,” said Collins, whose club is 40-34 since July 4. “We were making a comeback, but now we are just worried about finishing strong.”The NL East champion Nationals did their damage off Wheeler in the fourth on a fielder’s choice, a passed ball, and one of three singles by Anthony Rendon.“They hit one ball hard the whole night,” said Wheeler, who allowed four hits and three walks. “It was just one of those games where they were finding holes and they were dropping in. It’s not the way I wanted to go out this year.”Alderson received a contract extension Tuesday through 2017 as an endorsement of the Mets’ rebuilding project. That they can still finish in second place in the NL East is some testament to their progress.The Mets have twice assembled streaks of seven straight losing years since their inception in 1962.Granderson had one of only three Mets hits in the nightcap as he continues a hot September after struggling for much of his first season in Queens. He’s now 10 for his last 24, and has eight multihit games this month.“I’m just getting hits,” said Granderson. “I really wish it was more complicated than that, but sometimes you find a little bit of grass or a couple of holes here or there. That’s really it.”In the opener, Carlos Torres (8-5) pitched the seventh and Jenrry Mejia worked the ninth for his 28th save.Washington’s Blake Treinen allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 1-3 innings, the shortest of his seven spot starts this season, while New York’s Dillon Gee gave up four runs on nine hits over five in his shortest outing since July 24.Clippard (7-4) allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning.Granderson opened New York’s scoring in the first with a single off Treinen, and drove in two more in a three-run fifth off reliever Xavier Cedeno.The Nationals responded for three runs in the bottom of the inning. But then, the Mets got to the usually reliable Clippard.Ruben Tejada was hit by a pitch to lead off. Juan Centeno reached on a fielder’s choice that retired Tejada, stole second, and scored on den Dekker’s single. Den Dekker reached second on the throw and scored from there on Flores’ infield single.(IAN QUILLEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Australia beat Pakistan in tense clash to move to No.2

first_imgAustralia defeated Pakistan by 41 runs on Wednesday in Taunton to register their third win of World Cup 2019. This was a remarkable comeback by Australia who had crashed to a 36-run defeat against India at The Oval on Sunday.There were several heroic performances from several players. David Warner smashed his 15th ODI hundred and his 2nd in World Cups. Mohammad Amir showed why he is one of the best pacers in world cricket with a haul of 5 for 30 while the Pakistani lower-order gave Australia a real scare with some fireworks. Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz were special with the bat on a day Pakistan’s top-order disappointed.But a the end, Australia held their nerves in a tense finish.That’s the game.Glenn Maxwell with an astonishing run-out to end proceedings. Wahab threatened to do something special for a brief period but the bowlers have done their job it’s a 41-run win for the reigning champions. #CmonAussie #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/xjGInDB7mICricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019Australia, the defending world champions had set Pakistan a 308-run target and immediately jolted them with an early blow when Pat Cummins removed Fakhar Zaman for a duck in the 3rd over. Babar Azam looked good in his 28-ball 30 and added a breezy 54 for the 2nd wicket but he fell to Nathan Coulter-Nile as Pakistan slipped into further trouble.But Imam-ul-Haq was looking set to anchor the innings as Mohammad Hafeez came out and played some scintillating shots. The pair brought Pakistan right back into the game with an entertaining 80-run stand. However, Imam-ul-Haq played a horror shot after reaching his fifty.advertisementHad Imam only left that Pat Cummins delivery down the leg side alone, it would have been called a wide. But Imam tried to pull and only managed to get a glove as Alex Carey held on to an easy catch. It was a major blow for Pakistan in the 26th over. In the 27th, Aaron Finch bowled a full toss and Mohammad Hafeez hit it straight down the throat of Mitchell Starc at deep square leg.In the 28th over, Shoaib Malik fell to a combination of outstanding bowling from Cummins and a stunning catch by Cummins. And when Kane Richardson removed Asif Ali in the 30th over, it was endgame for Pakistan.Australia overcome Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali scare Wahab Riaz smashed a 39-ball 45 for Pakistan vs Australia (AP Photo)Hasan Ali came out and smashed the ball around to briefly give Pakistan hope as Sarfaraz Ahmed watched from the other end. Hasan hit 3 fours and 3 sixes in a 15-ball 32 before Kane Richardson struck again to bring Australia back in.At 200 for 7, Pakistan needed 108 from 16.1 overs. And if you thought, they had given up hope, you would be mistaken.Wahab Riaz played one of the greatest lower-order innings for Pakistan in all World Cups. He hit 3 sixes and 2 fours to scare Australia. With Sarfaraz Ahmed, Wahab brought Pakistan really close – the two added 64 in less than 10 overs. Pakistan had genuinely started to believe at that stage till Mitchell Starc got rid of Wahab Riaz in the 45th over who was undoubtedly disappointed.Starc struck again in the same over to remove Mohammad Amir in the same over and it was only a matter of time before Australia wrapped up victory.Earlier, it was a tale of two halves for Australia who had been asked to bat by Pakistan after Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss.David Warner and Aaron Finch had struggled against India but both men timed the ball beautifully against Pakistan’s quicks.Warner surprised Sachin Tendulkar with his go-slow approach in Australia’s chase of 353 at The Oval but on Wednesday, he was determined to stamp his authority on the game. At the other end, Finch was more watchful but switched gears as the two men settled in for a long haul.Mohammad Amir gave Pakistan the breakthrough they were looking for in the 23rd over when he removed Aaron Finch. Even as Warner reached his 3rd successive hundred against Pakistan in ODIs, Australia started to lose their way.Steve Smith fell in the 29th over. Glenn Maxwell got off to a rapid start but fell to Shaheeh Shah Afridi in the 34th over. Afridi struck again 4 overs later to remove Warner.But it was Amir who was the wrecker-in-chief. He became the 7th Pakistani bowler to take a five-wicket haul in World Cup history and was the reason why Australia managed only 142 for 9 off 24 overs after scoring 165 for 1 off the first 25 overs.advertisementAustralia will next take on Sri Lanka on June 15 while Pakistan take on India on June 16.Also Read | India look to equal World Cup record vs New Zealand in Shikhar Dhawan’s absenceAlso Read | Mohammad Amir 1st Pakistan bowler to pick up 5-wicket haul vs Australia in World Cup historyAlso Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 18: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso See:last_img read more

Justice Ministry Wants More Retired Nurses to Serve as Justices of the Peace

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, is calling for more retired nurses to come forward to offer their services as justices of the peace (JP). Mrs. Palmer noted that the Restorative Justice programme needs qualified volunteers to counsel victims, assist in accessing medical help for them or inform victims of agencies where they can receive support. “Nurses are leaders in whatever they do. I would like some nurses as JPs because in our communities, we need to have people that we look up to. I believe that you have much more to contribute and I want to dialogue with you about some of those possibilities,” she said. Story Highlights Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, is calling for more retired nurses to come forward to offer their services as justices of the peace (JP).“Nurses are leaders in whatever they do. I would like some nurses as JPs because in our communities, we need to have people that we look up to. I believe that you have much more to contribute and I want to dialogue with you about some of those possibilities,” she said.“Mrs. Palmer was speaking at the Retired Nurses Special Interest Group of the Nurses Association of Jamaica’s (NAJ) Annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, December 12 at the Alhambra Inn, Kingston”.She further challenged the members to apply their knowledge and experience to critical programmes within the Ministry, such as Restorative Justice.Mrs. Palmer noted that the Restorative Justice programme needs qualified volunteers to counsel victims, assist in accessing medical help for them or inform victims of agencies where they can receive support.Additionally, she said retired nurses can offer their experience to formulating sound policies for implementation in the health sector.Mrs. Palmer commended the contribution of the retirees, noting that the modern nursing profession owes much to its predecessors.“Nursing in Jamaica has come a very long way since its early beginnings, and today, over 30,000 skilled persons in the health and social work fields form the backbone of the healthcare system in this country operating in health promotion, disease prevention, specialist and critical care services, palliative care and education,” she pointed out.Acting Chief Nursing Officer in the Ministry of Health, Patricia Ingram Martin, in her greetings thanked the retirees for their invaluable contribution to the local health sector, which she said, has built the foundation for the profession of nursing and midwifery.“You have played many and varying roles as teachers, mentors, counsellors, even parents, among others, to help us the younger generation. It is because of that solid foundation that you have laid that we, as present-day leaders, are able to manage the challenges that exist. The Ministry of Health acknowledges your work and worth and thanks you for your yeoman service to this country,” she said.President of the NAJ, Carmen Johnson, said the Retired Nurses Special Interest Group is one of the most vibrant in the Association, and encouraged the members to continue to give back where they identify needs and continue to assist in closing the gaps in the profession.“I want you to know how much we appreciate you for the contributions you have made and continue to make. You have demonstrated visionary leadership,” the NAJ President said.last_img read more

Professor Green Joins Fight Against Male Suicide

first_imgRapper and singer/songwriter Professor Green has been named as the new patron of anti-suicide charity CALM.Two major men’s brands, Lynx and Topman, have also committed to lend their support to the campaign to fight male suicide.Writer and comedian, David Baddiel, who is stepping down as Patron and handing over the baton to Professor Green, said, “I’m very honoured to have been the patron of CALM for the last seven years. Over that time, it’s done a brilliant job of raising public consciousness about the overwhelming problem of male suicide, and of providing a resource and lifeline for men who are depressed and feel they have no-one to talk to. I’d also like to welcome Professor Green to the Patron post. I know he’ll have a great time working with this amazing charity.”Professor Green said,“We need to get the message out to young men that talking and asking for help when things go bad is what everyone should be able to do, whatever their gender, and it’s fantastic to see brands like Lynx and Topman put their weight behind CALM and help create the cultural change which will help save lives.”Lynx has committed to support CALM’s helpline that is currently taking almost 5,000 calls a month. Topman will be distributing award-winning men’s magazine, CALMzine, in their key stores across the UK.Jane Powell, CALM CEO emphasises: “While mental health has risen up the agenda urgent funding is still required as more money needs to be dedicated to this service in the years to come, but with all the will in the world that won’t create the social change needed to tackle male suicide. Having Professor Green and brands like Lynx and Topman help us share the message that it’s ok to talk, however, will help us foment the cultural change we need to finally tackle this issue.“On behalf of everyone at CALM, I would like to thank David Baddiel for his work and commitment over the last seven years. His support and passion for this cause has been unswerving and his dedication has helped us to progress our campaign. We now look forward to working with Professor Green to continue this work.”Find out more about CALM here.last_img read more

Baseball player at NAIG cant hear the balls and strikes but that

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsThe second round of baseball games began Tuesday morning at the North American Indigenous Games.And the first game of the day was a nail biter.In the end, Team Eastern Door defeating Team Saskatchewan by just a run.Playing in that game was an athlete who is breaking through barriers to play the sport he loves.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

Modi, Mamata in furious war of words

first_imgKolkata/Dinhata: Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee Wednesday went for each other’s jugular in battleground West Bengal, with the prime minister castigating “speedbreaker Didi” for stalling the state’s development and the TMC chief hitting back warning he will face a “voter strike”.Modi, who kicked off his Lok Sabha campaign in West Bengal with back to back rallies in Siliguri and Kolkata, hit out at Banerjee over a host of issues including alleged lack of development, perpetuating family rule and for seeking proof of Indian Air Force’s retributive strike on terror camps in Pakistan to avenge Pulwama killing of 40 CRPF troopers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsNot the one who would take things lying down, the West Bengal chief minister mounted a blistering counteroffensive, mocking Modi’s “56-inch chest” and claiming his government did nothing to save the lives of the CRPF jawans despite having “information” about the impending terror attack. “We are nationalists not fascists,” she asserted. Modi launched his campaign, all guns blazing, as he targeted Banerjee, calling her the “speedbreaker” in the path of the state’s development who wanted poverty to stay so her “politics of poverty” can flourish. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAt both the rallies, Modi slammed opposition parties for seeking proof of the damage done by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan’s Balakot where terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s training camps were targeted. “While your chest swelled with pride and you held your head high, some people began crying and shouting here,” he told the rally at Siliguri. He accused both the Congress and the TMC of “perpetuating family rule”. Hardly had Modi concluded his speech at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata when Banerjee took the microphone at a rally in north Bengal’s Dinhata, calling the prime minister “expiry babu” (one whose time to go had come). “I am not Modi, I don’t tell lies,” she declared, as she took on the prime minister over his “speedbreaker Didi” jibe. Claiming that 12,000 farmers had ended their lives under Modi’s prime ministership, she listed out various social welfare schemes undertaken by her government like ‘Kanyashree’ for girls, ‘Yuvashree’ for the young people. Banerjee said West Bengal has been awarded by the Government of India for being the best state in implementing the 100-day minimum work guarantee scheme, the Centre’s flagship rural employment programme. “It’s not my claim but your government has given the award for the achievement,” the feisty West Bengal leader said. Livid at Modi’s remarks on Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot air strike by the IAF, Banerjee shot back, claiming the government did nothing to thwart the bombing of the CRPF convoy despite having “information”.last_img read more

William Hague steps down as British Foreign Secretary

Marrakech – William Hague is stepping down as the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary after serving in the position since 2010. He previously served as Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and a leading member of the Conservative Party. He remains First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons, and will play a prominent part in the coming elections in the United Kingdom before his planned return to writing.His resignation as Foreign Secretary comes as part of a larger cabinet reshuffle prior to the next British election. Many are wondering why, at a moment of grave international crisis, a leading figure in foreign affairs would step down. Issues such as terrorism in Iraq and Syria threaten not only the Middle East, but also the world. Prime Minister David Cameron recently called the threat of British jihadis from Syria Britain’s number one security concern.A BBC commentator suggested that recent developments with Europe and David Cameron’s political defeat regarding the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as EU President may have had a hand in Hague’s departure.The UK’s role in Europe always plays a significant role in Conservative Party politics, and Cameron’s promise of a referendum on Britain’s EU membership could cause a rift.Significantly, Europhile Kenneth Clarke and William Hague are changing positions as the Ukip party gains ground politically. The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, and Labour Party are all looking rather weak. read more

Law firms selected to represent users owed millions from QuadrigaCX platform

HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia judge has selected two law firms to represent users of the insolvent QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange who are owed about $260 million.Justice Michael Wood of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court issued a decision today saying he had appointed Miller Thomson of Toronto and Halifax-based Cox & Palmer as representative counsel.Wood says both firms have extensive experience with insolvency cases, and he noted that Miller Thomson has expertise when it comes to cryptocurrency.As well, the judge approved of their communication strategy, which includes the use of social media and online discussion groups to reach 115,000 affected users.Both law firms have also agreed to cap their fees at this stage of the court proceedings, though the cap was not spelled out in Wood’s decision.The Vancouver-based exchange was shut down Jan. 28 following the sudden death in December of its CEO and sole director, 30-year-old Gerald Cotten of Fall River, N.S.Court documents say $190 million in missing cryptocurrency is locked in offline digital wallets — but they are beyond the reach of the company because Cotten was the only person who had the encrypted pass codes.The Canadian Press read more

Haiti UN experts urge steppedup protection for child quake victims

18 January 2010United Nations independent experts today voiced concern about the impact of the Haitian earthquake’s impact on the country’s children, who are always the most vulnerable to any disasters. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child highlighted that children will inevitably face many hazards in the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude quake, which struck Haiti on 12 January and is believed to have impacted one third of its 9-million strong population.“Children are always deeply affected by major disasters of this type, and almost half of the Haitian population are children,” the experts said in a news release.Although the international community’s initial response to the quake is encouraging, the Committee called for special attention to be paid to the needs of children.Access to clean water and sanitation is crucial to avoiding the spread of communicable diseases, which can be especially dangerous to young people.It is also vital that food aid reaches children, not just those who are best placed to receive it – usually adults.The Committee also expressed its concern over the thousands of children who have been separated by their families in the earthquake. “It is imperative they are identified as soon as possible and provided with care and protection both to avoid further trauma and to minimize violations of their rights.”There have been reports of looting and violence in Port-au-Prince, underscoring the need to protect children from exploitation, including sexual abuse and abductions masquerading as adoptions.The 18-member Committee on Rights of the Child monitors a key global treaty enshrining the rights of children, which has been ratified by 193 States so far. read more

UN chief voices concern at escalating violence in Gaza and southern Israel

Mr. Ban “condemned the recent rocket fire from Palestinian militants, which hit a school bus and injured two Israeli civilians,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “He calls for an immediate end to rocket fire.”The Secretary-General also expressed concern “at reports of civilian casualties from Israeli operations in Gaza and calls for maximum restraint. He urges respect for international humanitarian law and calls for de-escalation and calm to prevent any further bloodshed.”In recent weeks Mr. Ban and other senior UN officials have expressed their ongoing concern about the recent upsurge in violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on the peace process between the two sides.Talks between the two sides have been stalled since late September after Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus. 7 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today at the escalating violence in the Middle East, with Palestinian militants firing rockets into southern Israel and Israeli military forces carrying out subsequent strikes in the Gaza Strip. read more

MR Government paid USD 65 million to lobby firm

Zuberi’s windfall was not disclosed to the Justice Department, as required under federal law, and the lobbying and public relations firms hired through his company to influence the U.S. government on Sri Lanka’s behalf have all received DOJ subpoenas, according to a senior government official. Justice is seeking public assets allegedly stolen from Sri Lanka. None of the firms is a target of the investigation, which is focused on members of the family of the country’s former president and has not been previously reported.According to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, paid representatives of foreign governments — even if they outsource the actual lobbying to other organizations — must disclose those relationships to Justice “within ten days” of acquiring a foreign client, according to the statute. WR Group, the company that held the contract with Sri Lanka, never registered with the Justice Department. Zuberi, who billed the government on May 5, 2014, for his services and received his first payment of $3.5 million from Sri Lanka on May 9, 2014, didn’t register as a consultant until Aug. 14 of that year, well beyond the 10-day deadline. Violating the act carries maximum penalties of a $10,000 fine and five years in prison. Among the perks of delivering that much money to candidates is access to them, and advertising that access caught the eye of those who wanted some of it for themselves. The former Sri Lankan Government, over a 5-month period in 2014, allegedly paid USD 6.5 million directly and indirectly to US-based WR Group and a private equity fund manager, Imaad Zuberi, the Foreign Policy magazine reported.Imaad Zuberi, age 45, is a an elite political fundraiser. He was among the top tier of bundlers for US President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, meaning he delivered $500,000 or more in contributions. He’s already among Clinton’s “Hillblazers,” bundling $100,000 for her presidential campaign in its first months. The Sri Lankan government, long under fire for official corruption and at a low point in its relations with Washington, did just that. Over a five-month period in 2014, it paid Zuberi $4.5 million directly — plus another $2 million to a company he co-owns — for consulting services which included influencing the U.S. government, according to documents obtained by Foreign Policy. “[W]e are not a lobbying firm, law firm, nor PR firm, therefore we do not engage in these activities because these are not our core competencies,” Zuberi wrote in response to detailed questions from FP. “I registered not as a lobbyist but as a consultant because that was the extent of my involvement.”In May 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Sri Lanka to pledge U.S. support for the administration of President Maithripala Sirisena, who came to power this past January, unseating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose government is alleged to have stolen as much as $10 billion over the decade he was in power. In prepared remarks, Kerry promised assistance from U.S. investigators and prosecutors to find money transferred to the United States. According to a government official familiar with the case, the U.S. team sent to Sri Lanka noted the payments to Zuberi and WR Group; the subpoenas to the lobbying firms are part of the effort to trace money misappropriated by the Rajapaksa regime. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Giants place safety Landon Collins on injured reserve

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have placed two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.Collins was hurt Sunday against the Chicago Bears and will need surgery to repair a partially torn labrum.The Giants signed defensive back Kenny Ladler off their practice squad to fill the roster spot. He had six special teams tackles with the Redskins this season before Washington released him on Nov. 6.Collins was the Giants’ leading tackler in each of his first three seasons. He led the team this year with 96 tackles.The Giants also signed punter Brock Miller to their practice squad to help them get ready to face the Redskins’ Tress Way on Sunday. Both are left-footed punters.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press