This Should Be Keeping You Up At Night

first_imgIt’s okay to ask your client the question, “What’s keeping you up at night?” It’s not the most powerful question you might ask. It assumes your client is concerned about something they don’t know how to resolve themselves.Two things are generally true right now. First, if your client was worried about something to the point they can’t sleep, they’d be doing something about it. Second, you wouldn’t likely be the first salesperson to try to discover the source of their dissatisfaction in hopes of making a sale.In this case, a statement is better than a question. That statement is this: “This is what should be keeping you up at night!”Keeping You Up At NightOne of the most difficult challenges for sales people and sales organizations today is developing dormant dissatisfaction. It’s tough to move your dream client to the point that they are compelled to change. If they knew that the status quo were untenable and believed they could do something about it, then your prospective dream client would already be making changes, wouldn’t they?If your prospects knew they needed to change and how to do it, you wouldn’t have a difficult time gaining an appointment. And you wouldn’t have a difficult time creating a new opportunity. But these things are difficult to do, especially in a complex, business-to-business setting.If you want your client to be compelled to act, discover what should already be compelling.What are the trends that are going to have the biggest impact on your dream client’s business in the next couple of years?What are the challenges they are almost certain to face? What are the root causes of those challenges, and how should your clients be addressing those challenges now?What are the opportunities that your dream clients are going to use to create new opportunities that your prospects could benefit from were they to act?These are the things that should be keeping your prospective clients up at night. If you wait for them to discover these things for themselves, you may allow them to be harmed by their lack of insight or inaction. This makes you reactive. If you get in front of these issues and trends and help your clients do something about them, you are proactive. Your choice here defines you as a salesperson, or as a strategic partner, trusted advisor, consultative salesperson, or consigliere.last_img read more

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Kevin Pietersen signs up for inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League

first_imgFormer England batsman Kevin Pietersen is the latest to join the list of superstar cricketers who have signed up for Pakistan Super League.Pietersen confirmed the same with a video message that was played during PSL launch in Lahore on Sunday.  “Absolutely buzzing to be a part of the Pakistani mela (event) coming up in February. I can’t wait to get it started,” Pietersen was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”It looks like it is going to be a wonderful competition. Lots of fun, lots of sixes, lots of wickets, typical T20 stuff.””I am really excited to be a part of this wonderful tournament and excited to get going. I will see you guys soon.”Earlier this month, West Indian stars Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Naraine expressed their intent to play in the league. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al-Hasan and Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews were other notable foreign players who will be seen in action in the United Arab Emirates.Five teams- Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta- will be seen battling for the inaugural title of the PSL.A player draft will precede the start of the league in February.Big names associated with PSL so farAustralia: Brad HodgeEngland: Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach, Chris JordanWest Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin, Jason HolderNew Zealand: Jesse Ryder, Grant Elliott, James FranklinBangladesh: Shakib Al HasanadvertisementSri Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Thisara PereraSouth Africa: Johan Bothalast_img read more

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Durban Test: Wet outfield prevents play in Durban, embarrasses South Africa

first_imgA wet outfield again prevented play from resuming on time on the fourth day of the first test between South African and New Zealand in what is becoming an increasing embarrassment for the hosts.Heavy rain on Saturday night left the outfield at Kingsmead patchy, muddy and dangerous for the players and meant no play on the third day on Sunday, even though there were sunny skies.Despite a gusty wind overnight, the situation had not improved enough for a prompt resumption on Monday as wet patches remained, raising questions about a recent decision to relay the outfield. It is also the first ever winter test in Durban. (SCORECARD)New Zealand were struggling at 15 for two in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 263 before the rain came.Work was done to improve the outfield in Durban – removing sand and grass and relaying it – after both teams complained that it was too hard when they played there last year in a one-day international.The work was completed on July 1 but recent flooding and a lack of sunshine has not helped the grass to properly cover, leaving it soft underfoot and patchy. The latest rains have exacerbated the situation.The timing of the work is now under question as a similar process in Pretoria, where the second test is to be played next week, was completed in April.last_img read more

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BCCI mulls issuing cash cards to players post demonetisation

first_imgGoing with the times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling over the introduction of cash cards to all the national players instead of restricting it to only a few officials as is the case at present.”Basically we are planning it for our team. We want cards to be given to the players and officials. Already we give it to certain type of officials and want to expand it,” BCCI sources told PTI on Friday.Cash cards are prepaid instruments provided by banks which can be used by persons who don’t have accounts with them.The BCCI is also holding a two-day treasurers’ seminar to explain to people the tricky issues they needed to be aware of about the Goods and Services Tax which is set to be introduced by the central government, besides tax principles and accounting matters at the macro level.”It’s about normal bread and butter work,” the sources said about the interactive session between the board and its affiliated units in terms of treasury.last_img read more

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Tanaka Gem, Yanks Ace Rays, 9-0

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi knew what he was up against. “It was one of those games where the team that scores first was probably going to have the upper hand, and it turned out that way,” he said.Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits over seven innings, Chris Young hit a grand slam and the New York Yankees routed the Rays 9-0 on April 18.Brian McCann put the Yankees ahead in the sixth with his third hit, a two-run, two-out triple off Odorizzi (2-1) that followed one-out walks to Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez. McCann’s fourth career triple came in his 4,389th at-bat.Odorizzi gave up three runs and five hits in six-plus innings. He was the third AL pitcher in the last 100 years to start the season by winning consecutive starts of six-plus innings, two hits or fewer and one run or less.“He threw a great game,” Odorizzi said of Tanaka. “If I gave up one or I gave up 10, it probably wouldn’t have mattered tonight.”Tanaka (2-1) struck out eight and walked none. He gave up a single to David DeJesus leading off the first, then retired 15 in a row before Brandon Guyer’s double opening the sixth. After failing to reach the sixth inning in his first two starts, Tanaka lowered his ERA from 7.00 to 3.94.“I’m happy with the results,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I’m happy with the way I pitched. I think it’s all about the mechanics. The mechanics was working well.”The Japanese star missed most of the second half of last season with a partially torn elbow ligament and had faced questions this spring about his decreased velocity. He reached 93 mph against the Rays.“I really think it’s important for him to see when I have my stuff, I’m going to pitch extremely well, and that’s what he did,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.This was the first time since joining the Yankees that Tanaka had a start of two hits or fewer while walking nine.David Carpenter and Branden Pinder completed a three-hitter, the first shutout for the Yankees since Sept. 22 against Baltimore.Young homered off Grant Balfour in a seven-run seventh, his third career slam. “A good ballgame that turned somewhat ugly,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Slumping Economies Dent Europe-ECSA Container Volumes

first_imgzoom Europe-East Coast South America (ECSA) container volumes will have shrunk in 2014 when the final data comes in, Drewry Maritime Research predicts.The slowdown in Brazil’s economic growth is evident in the moribund container trade between Europe and the East Coast South America. This trade has proved to be a major disappointment with the latest statistics from Datamar reporting a big drop in demand in both directions for November.Containerised cargo from Europe to ECSA decreased by 8.4% year-on-year in November, which was only a marginal improvement on the 8.6% and 10.3% drops recorded in September and October respectively. The trade has seen annual declines in every month since March of last year.Weaker demand in November, coupled with unchanged capacity reduced Drewry’s estimated average utilisation for ships sailing southbound from Europe to ECSA for the month to 62%, down from 68% in October.Despite ships being less full, southbound spot rates only saw a minor decline in the last two months of 2014. Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight reports that all-in spot rates from Rotterdam to Santos fell from USD 2,090/40ft container in October to USD 2,030/40ft and USD 2,010/40ft in November and December respectively.Similarly, northbound ship utilisation is thought to have decreased in November, dropping to an estimated 85%, down from 97% in November. With a large share of northbound cargo moving under commodity contracts the spot market is not particularly representative, but again spot rates showed minor monthly declines in November and December.These are hardly the sort of numbers that carriers were hoping for when they invested in new and bigger ships for the route. Discounting Grimaldi’s multipurpose ships, only three carriers (Maersk, MSC and Hamburg Sud) deploy ships on this route, although many others are present via slot charter arrangements. Maersk has indicated that it is considering reducing its capacity on Brazil routes, but so far capacity has remained pretty constant with very few missed voyages.Drewry believes that carriers will need to revaluate their capacity needs in this trade, which looks set for a prolonged downturn as the major Latin America economies of Brazil and Argentina will take time to recover. Moreover, questions must be raised about whether Brazil’s sub-par infrastructure could handle extra container loads. Future investment could be hampered by the involvement of local construction firms in the Petrobas scandal.Source: Drewry; Image: Santos Brasillast_img read more

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Gaelic History and Family Fun at Iona Picnic

first_imgHighland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach will bring history and culture to life with a variety of activities on Saturday, Sept. 16. FZill Eachainn /Iona Picnic will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and feature indoor and outdoor entertainment for the whole family. Activities will include quilt making, candle dipping, Gaelic singing and step dancing. Demonstrations of daily tasks including weaving, flax processing for making linen, soap making and iron working, will be held throughout the day. Historical interpreters will also hold musket demonstrations in full costume. A special feature of this year’s historical demonstrations will be Mi’kmaw basket weaving presented by Donna Poulette of Eskasoni. Visitors can challenge themselves with a game of horseshoes and children can enjoy horse and wagon rides in the barn area. A presentation of a spinning frolic will take place at Cash’s Carding Mill. The mill was moved to Iona from Irish Cove, Richmond Co., and set up as a working exhibit. It is fully operational and will provide visitors with a look at how wool was prepared for the spinning wheels and looms. Visitors dropping by the houses will get a sample of country cooking and be treated to the musical side Gaelic culture.Joe Peter MacLean on fiddle and Wally Ellison on the small pipes will entertain throughout the day. The one-room schoolhouse will feature step-dancing demonstrations to live music. Other activities at the houses include Gaelic singing and storytelling in the 185 year-old MacDonald House, and a milling frolic. Food for guests will feature corn on the cob and lemonade at prices from days gone by. For more information on this event or other Highland Village programs call 902-725-2272 or e-mail highlandvillage@gov.ns.ca. The Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona, Victoria Co., overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family.last_img read more

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HC upholds cancellation of LS poll in Vellore

first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court Wednesday upheld the Election Commission’s decision cancelling the election in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore Lok Sabha constituency.A bench of justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad dismissed petitions filed by AIADMK-led alliance candidate in the constituency, A C Shanmugham, and an Independent, K Sugumar, seeking to set aside the order cancelling the election which was slated for Thursday. The EC had on Tuesday cancelled the polls in Vellore — one of the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state — over allegations of excess use of money power. President Ram Nath Kovind had rescinded the notification to hold election to the seat based on an EC recommendation after “black money” worth Rs 11.53 crore, allegedly linked to DMK candidate Kathir Anand, was seized by the Income Tax Department on the intervening night of March 29-30. When the petitions were taken up for urgent hearing, the counsel for the EC submitted a report in a sealed cover to the court. Citing a Supreme Court verdict in its order, the bench said, “Legislatures are no Prophets, but pragmatic. Hence, comprehensive provisions have been made in Art 324 of the Constitution to take care of surprise situations.” The bench also said the EC, which has the power to issue notification for conducting polls, also has the power to recommend cancellation if it has arrived at the view that it is necessary to countermand it. The EC, after going through various reports of the Income Tax Authorities, Special Observers for Expenditure had come to the conclusion that there was enough material to cancel the election, it said. The commission informed the court that the cash was packed in covers with names and slips with details of whom it was to be paid to, the bench noted. Senior counsel Satish Parasaran, appearing for Shanmugham, contended the cancellation of the election due to seizure of cash allegedly linked to the DMK candidate was illegal, arbitrary and disproportionate. Referring to Section 8A of the Representation of the People Act, he argued appropriate remedy in cases of corrupt practices was disqualification of the concerned candidate and not countermanding the election as a whole in the constituency. The legislature in its wisdom had envisaged countermanding or adjournment of elections only in such cases as law and order violations and natural disasters and not in cases of corrupt practices, he added. The Union Law Ministry, which issued the order, and the President, who rescinded the notification, have no such powers after the announcement of the elections, Parasaran contended.last_img read more

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Nepal UN unit urges respect for human rights as election nears

3 April 2008A week ahead of Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country is urging all political parties and the Nepalese people to abide by the electoral code of conduct and ensure respect for human rights. “The human rights relevant to the election include the right to freedom from intimidation and discrimination, as well as freedom of opinion and expression,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said in New York. She said that OHCHR stresses that a sincere commitment by the people to respect these rights will create an environment for a successful and credible election.Once elected, Assembly members are supposed to draft a new constitution for Nepal, where an estimated 13,000 people were killed during the decade-long civil war that ended when the Government and the Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. The polls were supposed to be held last year, but had to be delayed several times because of political disputes, and an upsurge of acts of violence in the Terai region and daily clashes between party supporters in March were also threatening to undermine the historic polls.However, Ian Martin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative to the country yesterday said that security now appears to be under control, after he toured troubled areas of the country and cantonment areas to check on arrangements for the poll. OHCHR recommends a six-point strategy to ensure respect for human rights in the context of the election, including making sure that voters are free to make choices without fear and that children do not participate in political activities that risk their safety.In other developments, Mr. Ban has appointed Aracelly Santana of Ecuador as his Deputy Special Representative for Nepal and Deputy Head of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). Ms. Santana, who will assume her new functions on 21 April, succeeds Tamrat Samuel of Eritrea. Ms. Santana is currently serving as Chief of Staff in UNMIN after having working in a range of posts since joining the UN in 1980, including positions of responsibility for African and the Americas regions in the Organization’s Department of Political Affairs (DPA). read more

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Galle Bishop denies statement

The Fides Agency had earlier reported that Bishop Raymond Wickramasinghe, the Bishop of Galle, had raised concerns about the Bodu Bala Sena in a message sent to the agency. The Bishop of Galle has denied making comments about the Bodu Bala Sena or calling the organisation “Buddhist Taliban” operating in Sri Lanka.“As reference to a news item appearing in certain Internet websites about a statement attributed to his Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Raymond Kingsley Wickramasinghe, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Galle, about Bodhu Bala Sena, is not true and has no basis whatsoever. As such, his Lordship vehemently denies such a statement,” Rev.Fr. Michael Rajendram, a Spokesperson for the Galle Bishop said. However the Galle Bishop says his reference was only on the importance of Peace and Harmony among Ethnic and Religious communities in Sri Lanka, which is the need of the hour. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Man arrested in Oakville road rage incident

Halton Regional Police have made an arrest in a road rage incident in Oakville.Officers responded to reports of an assault at the intersection of Fourth Line and North Service Road around 1 p.m. Wednesday.They determined one vehicle had followed another vehicle to that intersection.Police say the driver of the first vehicle got out of the car and repeatedly kicked the door of the second vehicle, which had two people inside.A physical altercation followed between the three parties.Roger Mario Freitas, 40, was arrested at the scene and charged.The Brampton man faces two counts of assault, dangerous driving, mischief under $5,000 and causing a disturbance.Freitas has been released and is expected to appear in court in August.Halton Police are reminding people to avoid confrontation if targeted by an aggressive driver.If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, stay in your car, lock your doors and call 911. read more

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Alarmed by intensified clashes in Liberia Annan calls for protection of civilians

Mr. Annan is troubled not only by the severe effect the intensified fighting is having on the Liberian capital’s more than one million inhabitants, he is also concerned that clashes on the city’s western edge have caused the majority of an estimated 100,000 displaced people in camps there to flee for their safety, according to UN spokesman Fred Eckhard.Thousands have moved to the central and eastern parts of the capital, Mr. Eckhard added, noting that before fighting erupted around Monrovia on 5 June, humanitarian workers had access to barely 30 per cent of Liberia. “Today, virtually none of Liberia’s more than 3 million people, already traumatized by years of war and abject poverty, will be able to receive emergency relief assistance,” he said.Along with his call for civilian protection, the Secretary-General also urged the parties to prevent looting of humanitarian assets and property. “Finally,” Mr. Eckhard said, “he reminds them that perpetrators of international humanitarian and human rights law violations, which have been far too common in Liberia, will be held accountable for their acts.”Meanwhile on the ground, the Secretary-General’s Representative for Liberia, Abou Moussa, continues to engage informally with the parties to the Liberia peace talks underway in Ghana. The talks are expected to begin fully on Wednesday, when the political delegation of the Movement for Democracy of Liberia (MODEL) is expected to join the meeting.The spokesman said that earlier today in Monrovia, the intensified fighting has forced 29 UN international staff, together with European Union nationals, to be taken out of the city to a French ship waiting off the coast.Over the weekend, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pleaded for the safety of the country’s children, whom she feared were being swept up in Liberia’s ongoing civil unrest.”As heavy fighting forces thousands of civilians to flee the shelter of camps on the outskirts of Monrovia, we are deeply troubled about the plight of Liberian children and the civilian population caught up in the mayhem,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said, calling on the warring parties to protect children from harm.UNICEF said that the current fighting has only exacerbated the collective effects of years of displacement and social insecurity, which have left the Liberian economy and basic social services devastated, and the employment rate at about 85 per cent. After nearly 14 years of conflict, most teenagers have no idea what it means to live in peace. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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Sony says PSN back in the coming days offers ID theft insurance

first_imgIn a letter posted to the official Sony PlayStation blog last night, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer acknowledged that this has been a trying and frustrating time for Sony customers and promised that the company is doing everything it can to get online services back up and running.Stringer noted that Sony has suffered two major blows in recent months: first the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and now a criminal attack against its players and its security. The letter reaffirms that the company is working hard to recover from them both. He also answered questions about why Sony hasn’t been more forthcoming with communication to its customers, citing that computer forensics is a “complex, time-consuming process,” and that the attackers had covered their tracks well.AdChoices广告Perhaps most importantly, Stringer said that “in the coming days, we will restore service to the networks,” indicating that both PSN and SOE will return to service within days, not weeks. Also, he said that Sony has no confirmed evidence that credit card or personal information retrieved from the attack has been misused.Even so, Sony will offer AllClear ID Plus, an identity theft insurance policy, for one year to each PSN customer. Debix, the company that provides AllClear services, put together the plan for Sony, and the features straddle the line between their traditional AllClear ID Free and AllClear ID Pro plans. The policy will include monitoring and surveillance of credit and personal information with alerts to customers and law enforcement if any data is found on trading sites or misused, and an insurance policy of up to $1 million in financial relief if someone’s identity is stolen as a result of the breach.Whether or not this, combined with Sony’s “Welcome Back” package, will be enough to restore gamers’ faith and keep them from heading for the exits remains to be seen. Still, it’s clear that we’ll see PSN return to service little by little over the coming days: that is unless this weekend’s proposed third strike against Sony takes place.Read more at the PlayStation Blog and Slashdotlast_img read more

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Oculus CEO says Oculus Rift is a 1500 experience

first_imgWant to own and use an Oculus Rift? Then expect to spend $1,500 to ensure you have everything you need. That’s the advice of Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus.Before you start figuring out how to save up $1,500 to purchase the Oculus Rift, understand that Iribe is basing his price on the headset and the cost of a PC powerful enough to support it. We already know the minimum PC spec for using Oculus Rift:Intel Core i5-4590 processor8GB RAMNvidia GTX 970 or AMD 290 graphics card2 USB 3.0 portsWindows 7 SP1 or newerConsidering such a PC will cost you at least $1,000, that suggests the Oculus Rift retail price is going to fall somewhere around the $400 mark. That’s about the same as a games console, and I’m sure that is what Oculus is aiming for initially. However, Iribe also pointed out that the goal was to get the cost down to under $1,000, although he admitted it will take time to do that.Chances are most gamers already have the hardware under their desks capable of supporting the Oculus Rift, so come launch you’ll just need to find $400 as well as the cost of any virtual-reality games you want to play. Of course, then you have to start considering other add-ons to improve the immersion experience, such as a treadmill, handheld controllers for in-game arms, etc. It all adds up.The Oculus Rift is expected to launch before April 2016, but hopefully the final retail price will be confirmed long before then. I also suspect we may get a few pre-order deals.last_img read more

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Aqua aerobics New rage among fitness enthusiasts

first_imgWith increasing interest in health and fitness to counter the effects of a modern stress-filled lifestyle, various fusion and experimental fitness methods like aqua aerobics, with its “therapeutic” effects, have become a “growing trend”, say experts.Mumbai-based fitness trainer Deepali Jain, considered as being among the first to introduce the concept of aqua aerobics in India, says that the concept, which includes exercises like cardio, pilates and kickboxing, is a useful training method for obese people or the ones suffering from arthritis. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Explaining the idea behind aqua aerobics, Jain said: “You weigh only 10 per cent of your body weight in water. So when a person who weighs 100 kg, or who has arthritis in the joints, or cannot do any exercises on the land due to gravitational pull, enters the water, the load is lifted off the joints and he is able to exercise without pain.”“Water is therapeutic and it removes the pain completely. Inside the water, everything becomes pain-free and you can exercise for an hour,” added Jain, who holds her training sessions at a south Mumbai club called Body Rhythm. She says doing aqua aerobics every second day will help in stalling the progress of arthritis. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“The moment you stop, you stop rusting. Elderly people face problems with walking, getting up, sitting. They are scared to get knee replacement. Doctors send their patients with prescriptions and I work on that regime,” she said.Diabetics too have something to gain out of this training method. “It’s excellent for diabetics because there are specific exercises to regulate insulin in your body. It is excellent for heart patients, the sugar level comes down to normal, and it is also an anti-depressant. It’s therapeutic,” said Jain. The exercise session is also made interesting with use of exclusive water-specific equipment. “Inside water there are weight-bearing exercises. Dumb-bells specifically made for aqua. Bar-bells, ankle bells…we have specially made kick-boxing gloves too.”At Jain’s classes, “everybody is bonding: husband-wife, father-son, mother-in-law-daughter-in-law. “It’s a lot of fun”. The trend of aqua aerobics with all its health benefits may be rising in India, but Brazilian fitness trainer Cristiana Pipoli, who is currently living here and training at Jaypee Vasant Continental, Vasant Vihar, says her classes consist of 80 per cent foreigners and only 20 per cent Indians.“Aqua aerobics arrived 25 years ago, but it became popular in India only five to six years ago. In India, the swimming pool is outside and people don’t feel comfortable in swimming suits,” said Pipoli.She however, added that for the last two years, there has been an increased interest in aqua aerobics among Indians —whether they’re 18 or 80! “I started getting more Indians in the last two years. Once they come, they are hooked. It’s a different concept for them,” she said, adding that “in general, India is waking up for exercise for the last two years.”And how could the trend be encouraged in the country? “Somebody needs to open an indoor swimming pool. It’s just a culture thing. What makes aqua aerobics truly interesting is its diversity. “It is not just plain aerobics; one can incorporate several other techniques such as resistance training, Zumba, running, kickboxing, spinning and many other,” said Neeraj Mehta, international fitness expert and nutritionist, GFFI (Growth for Fitness Instructors) Fitness Academy.“It is extremely effective in increasing the range of motion as well,” he added. It also doesn’t pinch your pocket as a session may cost you anything between Rs 400 and Rs 600.last_img read more

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MarioNET attack lets hackers control your browser even after you leave the

first_imgMarioNET attack lets hackers control your browser, even after you leave the attack page by Martin Brinkmann on February 26, 2019 in Internet, Security – Last Update: March 01, 2019 – 31 commentsThe rise of web technologies opened up new possibilities on the Internet. Browsers have become more powerful as new APIs landed and support for certain features was introduced.A new attack, called MarioNET by the researchers that discovered it, highlights that APIs may also be abused if no proper safeguards are in place (which is the case right now).The attack relies on existing HTML5 APIs that all modern web browsers support. It does not require the installation of software or user interaction, and persists even after the user leaves the web page the attack originated on.The attacker may abuse the resources of the computer for all kinds of activities including DDOS attacks, crypto-mining operations, or password cracking.Update: You find a critical voice that argues against the scenario described in the research paper here. The main point of criticism is that the attack method relies on a feature called PeriodicSync and that it is not part of any specification at this point. EndMarioNET uses Service Workers, scripts that run separate from visited web pages and in the background, in the attack. The main idea behind Service Workers is to move certain computations to a separate thread so that it is not blocking or slowing down the app or web page the user interacts with.The lifecycle of Service Workers is completely independent from the page they were created on. Service Workers don’t have access to the DOM (Document Object Model) of the web page and parent page variables and functions.The use of Service Workers isolates the system from the originating website, gives persistent control to the attacker, and makes it difficult for users to detect what is going on.In particular, our system fulfills three important objectives:(i) isolation from the visited website, allowing fine-grained control of the utilized resources; (ii) persistence, by continuing its operation uninterruptedly on the background even after closing the parent tab; and (iii) evasiveness, avoiding detection by browser extensions that try to monitor the webpage’s activity or outgoing communication.MarioNET registers a service worker when a user visits a webpage attacks can originate on. Possibilities to spread the attack include creating malicious websites, hacking sites, or using advertisements.Browsers provide little information to users about Service Workers; in fact, browsers don’t highlight the creation of new service workers on sites to users. There is no alert, no prompt, and not even an option to display a prompt to ask for user permission when service workers are created.The only request that reveals the existence of the service worker is the initial GET request at the time of the user’s first website visit, when the service worker gets initially registered. Although during that GET request a monitoring extension can observe the contents of the service worker, it will still not observe any suspicious code—the code that will carry out the malicious tasks is delivered to the Servant only after its first communication with the Puppeteer, and this  communication is hidden from browser extensionsWhat makes MarioNET particularly troubling is that it continues to run in the background after the user closes the website the attack originated on. The control ends when the web browser is closed; the researchers found a way to overcome this as well, but it requires user interaction as it uses the Web Push API to do so.ProtectionMost modern browsers include options to display existing Service Workers. Firefox users may load about:serviceworkers or about:debugging#workers and Chrome users may load chrome://serviceworker-internals/ to do so.You may unregister any Service Worker using functionality provided on these pages. Firefox users may disable Service Workers altogether furthermore.Note that this may impact functionality on sites that use it for legitimate purposes. You need to set the preference dom.serviceWorkers.enabled to false on about:config.Some browser extensions, e.g. Service Worker Detector for Chrome and Firefox, notify users when a web page registers a Service Worker.Now You: Should browser developers implement additional safeguards? (via ZDNet)SummaryArticle NameMarioNET attack lets hackers control your browser, even after you leave the attack pageDescriptionSecurity researchers created a new web-based attack that uses existing HTML5 APIs to run code on user systems even after users exit attack pages.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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In rural Colombia ban on anticoca herbicide is bittersweet

first_img Top Stories In this Monday, May 11, 2015 photo, Joani Londono, 5, front center, sits between of her father Pio V Londono, right, and her mother, Edith Diaz at their home in Crucito, in Colombia’s northwestern state of Cordoba. Joani’s mother claims the girl was born premature with a club foot and a missing leg and she started to have pregnancy problems after she ate vegetables from a plot fumigated with chemicals from a plane. “A few days later my liquid broke and my baby was born at six months,” Diaz said. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) “This is an argument among the deaf,” said Myles Frechette, a U.S. ambassador to Colombia in the 1990s. “Those who argue it does damage will not be convinced by science.”On Thursday, Colombia’s National Narcotics Council, which sets drug policy, approved Santos’ call to phase out glyphosate by October in favor of slower-going manual eradication by army units in areas frequently dominated by rebels.Residents of Crucito consider it a bittersweet victory. They are afraid of the arrival of combat troops and say they don’t have any means of sustenance besides the roughly $1,000 they receive from drug traffickers for each kilogram of coca paste.Currently the most visible presence of the state in the town, besides the twice-a-year fumigation campaigns, is an army checkpoint that restricts the flow of gasoline, food and other supplies to guerrillas and drug traffickers lurking in the jungle-covered mountains beyond.“Our problems aren’t resolved by ending fumigation,” said Andres Herron, a community leader. “The government needs to give us an alternative to traditional crops that allows us to live. Growing yucca, plantains and yams doesn’t even leave enough money to put food on the table.” ErrorOK ErrorOK “I never went to a doctor because I know he’ll prescribe creams and pills that I can’t afford,” said Sanchez. Unable to till his farm, he now squeaks by selling candy along the dirt streets where a handful of families live in wood and zinc-roofed shacks.Tales of harmful health effects, everything from skin problems to miscarriages, abound in this hamlet on the edge of the remote Paramillo national park in northern Colombia. Tracing the health problems to glyphosate is impossible — too many years have passed with possible exposure to other pesticides, and most of the town’s residents, many of them coca growers, are either too poor or afraid to travel the three hours by boat and car to the nearest hospital and prosecutor’s office to investigate the causes.President Juan Manuel Santos last week decided to halt fumigation in the wake of a report by a research arm of the World Health Organization classifying glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. The move is lending strength to injury claims by dozens of farmers here who consider themselves victims of the U.S.-led drug war in South America. But it’s also raising concerns that cocaine production in Colombia could come roaring back after a bloody, decades-old war against the nation’s cartels. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Although Miranda has no evidence to back up his observation or eliminate other possible causes, it’s not hard to find examples of illness.Five-year-old Joani Londono was born with a club foot and a missing leg. Her mother, Adevis Diaz, attributes the malformations to having eaten vegetables from her garden just after a fumigation plane flew by.“A few days later my water broke and my baby was born at six months,” Diaz said, watching over her four children as they play on their home’s dirt floor. “If we continue in this land our lives will be at risk.”___Jacobo Garcia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jacoboggCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Santos’ opponents warn that Colombia could soon be swimming in coca, though just as many observers argue that the spraying of 4 million acres since the 1990s has done little to reduce cultivation of the leaf.The latest survey by the U.S., released this month, shows that areas under coca cultivation in Colombia shot up 39 percent last year to 112,000 hectares (about 276,000 acres). The White House’s drug czar attributed the boom in part to an increase in off-limits areas like Paramillo, one of the country’s 59 national parks and conservation areas where spraying is banned.But supporters of Santos’ move say the health threat is too high a price for Colombians to pay to keep cocaine off the streets of the U.S. and Europe.Research published last year by Daniel Mejia, an expert adviser to Santos on drug policy, found higher rates of skin problems and miscarriages in districts targeted by herbicides. It was based on a study of medical records from 2003 to 2007.Omar Miranda, who in the absence of a doctor is the only resident in Crucito trained in first aid, said he counted 20 miscarriages last year in a town of roughly 75 families. He said there has also been an increase in birth defects. CRUCITO, Colombia (AP) — Manuel de Jesus Sanchez holds up a green poncho to protect his skin from the midday sun. The farmer says he was working in a rice paddy four years ago when a crop duster buzzed by, dumping large quantities of what everyone here refers to as “the poison.”From that moment Sanchez was exposed to the glyphosate-based herbicide used by Colombia to wipe out cocaine-producing crops, he says his skin broke out in a yellow rash. Now white blotches have spread across his body and his eyesight is dimming. Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   St. Louis-based Monsanto, which discovered glyphosate, told The Associated Press that it no longer supplies the Colombian government with weed killer. It and other manufacturers have strongly rejected WHO’s March assessment, citing a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that glyphosate-based products are safe. They accuse critics of cherry-picking data and pushing an agenda.In October 2013, in response to an Associated Press article on glyphosate use in farming in Argentina, Monsanto described the herbicide as “even less toxic than the repellent you put on your children’s skin.” It said the chemical had been misused in Argentina.Colombia is the only country that destroys coca crops by air and the practice has long provoked hostility from political and environmental groups. Many observers see its suspension as Santos’ political gift to rebels he has been trying for two years to lure into signing a peace deal. The insurgents depend on the narcotics trade for much of their funding and liken the spraying, which is carried out by U.S. contractors, to the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.U.S. officials deny any harm has been caused by the spraying and say there is more danger to people’s health and the environment from the chemicals used to manufacture cocaine in clandestine labs. 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first_imgThe Sunshine Coast has been the major beneficiary of new funding allotments by the Queensland State Government for growing regional events tourism in the State.Five Sunshine Coast events will benefit as a result of funding under the Queensland Government’s Regional Development Program. Events that will receive funding over the next three years include the Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing, which will receive $150,000 over three years from 2016 – the largest recipient from the grants program.The event – which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year – is billed as “eight days of pure stoke” and attracts surfers from around the world. , the week-long festival, which attracts some of the world’s best surfers, will celebrate its 25th year in 2016.Also on the sporting front, the International Rally of Queensland, which is held in June at Imbil in the Mary Valley, will receive $75,000 over three years from 2016.Other Sunshine Coast events to be supported by additional funding include the Queensland International Three-Day Equestrian Event to be held at Tandur from October 3-5, the Queensland Ocean Swim Series, and the Noosa International Rugby 7s from October 9-11.Welcoming the grants, Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) CEO, Simon Ambrose, said that the region had worked hard in recent years to establish the Sunshine Coast as one of Australia’s premier events destinations.“We are fortunate to have the weather, the variety of locations and the ease of accessibility that few other destinations can match,” said Mr Ambrose.“Sporting events are a ‘natural’ for the Sunshine Coast because of our year-round favourable climate, but we have also been expanding our range of food, cultural and business events, so that just about every week visitors have another reason to return to the Sunshine Coast.“We work closely with local tourism organisations across the Sunshine Coast to support and promote events to highlight the diversity of the region’s attractions, whether it be surfing in Noosa, music in Caloundra, motor sports in the Mary Valley or arts and food events in the Hinterland.” Source = Sunshine Coast Destination Limitedlast_img read more

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first_imgTrue fans of music will find this cruise a real temptation – 16 days on the mighty Mississippi, stopping to soak up the history of music in the Deep South, the birthplace of much more than the Delta Blues.Travelrite International’s new cruise will be led by music historian Glenn A. Baker and travels on the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world – American Queen – from 22 June to 10 July 2018. The cruise includes a visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Louisiana Delta Museum, The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studios, Fame Studios, New Orleans Studios and the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame, New Orleans, and much more. Guests can also enjoy performances at venues including the Grand Ole Opry, the Ground Zero Blues Club and the famous jazz clubs of New Orleans. In each new destination, passengers will be immersed in a musical nirvana, celebrating the birthplaces and historical landmarks of Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country and Rock’n’Roll. Baker is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of music and is also an award-winning travel writer so guests will be in exceptional hands for American Queen’s voyage into the heart of American blues, rock and soul.“I can’t wait to get on board our version of ‘Proud Mary’,” said Glenn A. “From a true music fan’s perspective it really doesn’t get much better than this. Not only does the cruise explore so much history, but it takes passengers to the haunts of some of the truly pivotal acts of America’s musical history – to the Crossroads where the devil and the blues are supposed to have interconnected, to the recording studios where some of the greatest sounds of the twentieth century were captured. The cities we’re visiting were at the centre of, and shaped the face of music for decades. On top of that, it’s going to be a huge amount of fun, with like-minded people indulging their passions and being immersed in the cultures they have long dreamed of.” Mississippimusic cruiselast_img read more

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