Stu Heinecke on How To Get a Meeting with Anyone – Episode 48

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:02 — 34.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSToday’s guest, Stu Heinecke, approaches marketing in a surprising and unique way. Stu is a cartoonist, using creativity as a truth-telling and marketing device. Today, we hear about Stu’s new book, How to Get a Meeting with Anyone. His unconventional combination of an education in marketing and a talent for drawing has morphed into a lucrative profession and inspiring marketing avenue. Stu has worked for big magazines, reached out to important names through cartoons, and set meetings with professionals who changed the course of his business and life. Learn from Stu how to harness that courage, make the meetings happen, and set campaigns in motion through creativity.If you want to connect with influencers, you’ve got to do certain thingsClick To TweetRevive your creativityAs an artist, Stu is familiar with the pressure of finding a “real” profession. On this episode, he talks about how the creative process can be driven out of us through the education process. We learn that success is regurgitating what we hear. But creativity is about making connections and discovering for yourself what works together. People stop painting, writing,drawing and dreams are driven out of us. Turns out, Stu found out a way to keep creativity alive and succeed professionally. Stu also uses humor as a truth-teller within the marketing world. He has reached out to professionals, created a buzz, and gained attention through humor and cartoons. He knows that if you can get someone to laugh, you are getting them to agree with your essential point. Stu took his talent and turned it into a sustainable financial business. Isn’t it time to revive your own creativity?Have you tried this marketing approach?Stu wrote How to Get a Meeting with Anyone to reveal the untapped selling power of contact marketing. His own campaign of approaching companies through cartoons birthed the idea, and ultimately the book. It is inspiration from Stu’s journey of figuring out how to reach people who were important to the desired outcomes in his life. For Stu, cartoons are a powerful selling device. He learned the importance of customizing a message and impressing important people. The truth is, important people are busy and have lots of people trying to get through to them. Stu believes contact marketing has been a hidden form of marketing existing for too long without a name. His mission is to bring it to light and teach people how to utilize it.We won’t go anywhere if we don’t believe we are worthy of going somewhere ~Stu HeineckeClick To TweetYou need to make that contact.Stu’s book reveals 20 categories of contact marketing campaigns he learned from his own endeavors and conversations with important people in his world. What do you have to do to gain the attention and impress the people crucial to your growth and business? Stu’s creative, resourceful approach will get you ready to brave the necessary interruption. It is about humanizing yourself quickly, because people buy from people they know and trust. This book is for salespeople and business owners networking for those breakthroughs. This is a book about audacity and going after the people important to your preferred future. It is about empowering you to reach out for the connection that could change the scale of your business. Stu is ready for you to be confident and access anyone you want to. Are you ready? Ready to get uncomfortable?Stu believes that we won’t go anywhere if we don’t believe we are worthy of going somewhere. So, why not believe in yourself? It is time to get uncomfortable because that is where the best things in life come from. Are you approaching your marketing strategies with any audacity? Do you know what audacity looks like in your profession? Stu’s thought is that audacity is simply enjoying what you are doing and allowing it to become infectious. His cartoons carry his approach of reaching out to impactful people that can change the course of his business. Learn how to face your fear, blow past your comfort zone and get that meeting with anyone. Tune in today to hear Stu’s experience and expertise, on this episode of In the Arena.The best things in life come from getting uncomfortable ~Stu HeineckeClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Introduction of today’s guest, Stu Heinecke. Stu’s unconventional combination of professions. How Stu got his start in cartoon drawing. Stu’s creative process. Humor and truth-telling as marketing devices. How Stu accumulates ideas. Stu’s book, How to Get a Meeting with Anyone. Surprising outcomes from the book writing process. What is required to get a meeting with anyone? Advice to breakthrough to a big CEO or personal hero. A VIP makeover on yourself. Audacity and addressing fear. Stu Heinecke’s contact information.Our Sponsors:Visit our sponsor, The TAS Group here.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeFind Stu here.1941631789 The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Tweets you can use to share this episodeWhy not me? ~Stu HeineckeClick To TweetAudacity is you having a lot of fun and it being infectious ~Stu HeineckeClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Udvada festival celebrates Parsi tradition, religion

first_imgNearly 2,000 people from around the world had gathered in Udvada, a town in Gujarat, to celebrate the three-day Iranshah Udvada Utsav. The festival, which had everything from a fashion show of traditional Parsi attire to a thought-provoking speech by Farokh Udwadia about that past, present and future of the community, concluded on Monday. On Sunday, Union Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated a decorative gate with large pillars at the entrance of the sleepy town. Dinshaw Tamboly, managing trustee of the Foundation for Development of Udvada, which organises the festival, said, “The festival has been extremely well received. We had a variety of talks, devotional songs and traditional dances and panel discussions on how our religion can be made relevant without changing it in any way. All the dignitaries have spoken highly of the community, and Ms. Irani and Dr. Udwadia received standing ovations.”Debate on faithDr. Udwadia, during his speech, triggered a discussion by questioning if any individual or association has the moral, legal or ethical right to deny anyone the right to practice the faith he or she wants.On the first day, the festival paid a musical tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who is of Parsi descent. “The performance was put together beautifully, with great amount of glitz and glamour. I am not a Freddie Mercury, fan but I really enjoyed it,” said Farrokh Jijina, senior editor of community magazine Parsiana. The crowd appreciated the performance, but a section of the community criticised the decision to celebrate the “controversial” singer.Streamers stir up troubleThe debate was further extended after a picture of the colourful streamers put up for the festival at Udvada were said to resemble the rainbow flag that is used in LGBT pride marches. “The theme of the festival this year is ‘threads of continuity’. To depict the message, lovely colourful streamers have been put up in the town. I don’t think there is a need to interpret anything here. The festival has got the community together, and one should just enjoy and bond instead of drawing conclusions,” said Mr. Jijina. Parsiana’s editor Jehangir Patel said the tribute to Mercury was worthwhile. “Whether he publicly acknowledged his Parsi roots or not, he was one of us. And he was a great artiste and performer,” Mr. Patel said.last_img read more

WFI names tainted wrestlers for Asiad

first_imgThe selection policy of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is hard to understand. Three of the four grapplers, who had tested positive for a banned substance and were pulled out of the Commonwealth Games squad, have been included in the Asian Games squad which was announced here on Tuesday.Noose tightensRajiv Tomar (120kg), Mausam Khatri (96kg) and Gursharanpreet Kaur (72kg) have been handed a place each in the squad for Asian Games which starts in Guangzhou, China on November 12.Narsingh Yadav (74kg) , who was inducted into the Games squad in place of Sumit – another wrestler who flunked the dope test, has however, been retained in the squad as he won the gold in the Delhi Commonwealth Games.WFI president GS Mander was at a loss of words when asked to justify the selection as things have not changed much since the last hearing for the dope-tainted athletes. The anti-doping disciplinary panel had lifted the provisional suspension on all the 11 athletes who tested positive for methylhexaneamine, making them eligible to participate in the Commonwealth Games.While swimming and athletics federations ensured they make use of the lifeline and included their athletes in the CWG team, WFI remained defiant and kept its four wrestlers, who were initially in the team, out of the squad. “The situation is different now. The wrestlers are likely to be let off with a warning,” Mander told MAIL TODAY on Tuesday.”Narsingh was an automatic choice as he won a gold medal at the Games. Joginder Singh (120kg) and Anil Mann (96kg) were injured and were not available for the trials which were conducted a couple of days ago,” he added. Mander claimed that the federation has a zero tolerance policy for dope cheats but followed it with a contradictory statement.advertisement”Since three of the wrestlers were not available for trials, we selected those who flunked the dope tests,” he responded without clarifying on why others in their respective weight categories were not considered. Besides Narsingh, Yogeshwar Dutt will be the other prominent name in the men’s team who will spearhead the Indian challenge in the absence of world champion and the Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sushil Kumar, who has pulled out of the Asiad due to injuries.Amongst the women, Geeta (55kg) who won a gold at the Games, will have another chance to prove herself at the Asian Games while silver medallist Nirmala Devi (48kg) will also be there. Alka Tomar, another gold medallist at the Games, will however, miss out from the event as her weight category has been excluded from the Asiad.Tomar did try her hand in the 63kg category but lost to CWG bronze medallist Suman Kundu in the trials. Gursharanpreet is the other member of Indian women’s four-member team for the Asiad. India have named seven wrestlers each in the men’s freestyle and Greco-roman style categories for the quadrennial event.The Indian men’s squad includes, five Commonwealth Games gold medallist which include Narsingh, Yogeshwar (60kg freestyle), Ravinder Kumar (60kg greco-roman), Sanjay (74kg Greco-roman) and Rajender Kumar (55kg grecoroman).TEAMS:Men’s freestyle – Vinod Kumar (55kg), Yogeshwar Dutt (60kg), Pradeep Kumar (66kg), Narsingh Yadav (74kg), Ram Vir (84kg), Mausam Khatri (96kg), Rajiv Tomar (120kg) Men’s Greco-roman – Rajender Kumar (55kg), Ravinder Singh (60kg), Sunil Kumar (66kg), Sanjay (74kg), Manoj Kumar (84kg), Anil Kumar (96kg), Dharmender Dalal (120kg)Women’s team: Nirmala Devi (48kg), Geeta (55kg), Suman Kundu (63kg), Gursharanpreet Kaur (72kg).WADA monitoring dope cases in IndiaThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is monitoring the cases of the 11 Indian athletes who tested positive for methylhexaneamine. The athletes have so far appeared twice before the anti-doping disciplinary panel which is likely to announce the verdict on Thursday.WADA secretary general David Howman said that it will wait for the decision after which it will decide whether to challenge the verdict of the National Anti-Doping Agency panel. “We monitor the results management process.As we do with any case under the World Anti-Doping Code, upon completion of the results management process by the Indian NADA, we will review the reasons for the decisions and will determine whether or not to use our independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for any of these decisions,” David Howman said in an email reply to MAIL TODAY.At the Commonwealth Games, two Nigerian athletes also tested positive for methylhexaneamine, but they were suspended as soon as their results came out. “This was a decision taken by the Commonwealth Games Federation, which was responsible for the Games’ doping control programme.”advertisementlast_img read more

South Korea lodges complaint ahead of Asian football elections

first_imgIn a letter to panel chairman Randall Cunliffe dated Friday, seen by The Associated Press, South Korean soccer federation president Chung Mong-Gyu “urgently request(s) you to review this matter.”South Korea canceled its invitation for voters to visit Seoul last month after Cunliffe intervened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsChung and Qatari official Saoud Al Mohannadi are among eight candidates to fill five seats on the FIFA Council.The Asian football body says it is reviewing the complaint. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) logo is displayed at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on March 15, 2017. (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— On the eve of Asian football elections for the FIFA Council, South Korea complained that Qatar’s candidate has been given favorable treatment.The South Korean football federation told the Asian Football Confederation’s election oversight panel that Qatar offered voters free trips to see games in Doha in the past week.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PBA: Alaska ousts NLEX, sets up playoff clash vs ‘extended family’ Phoenix Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Sindhu rising

first_imgWhen the Badminton World Federation (BWF) unveiled its weekly rankings on Thursday, April 6, PV Sindhu’s superlative showing gained global recognition. India’s star badminton player had moved up to No. 2 from No. 5.That may seem like a small improvement, but it is not an easy climb. Sindhu has been,When the Badminton World Federation (BWF) unveiled its weekly rankings on Thursday, April 6, PV Sindhu’s superlative showing gained global recognition. India’s star badminton player had moved up to No. 2 from No. 5.That may seem like a small improvement, but it is not an easy climb. Sindhu has been toiling her way to the top ever since she took the world by storm in August last year, by reaching the badminton finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics. At the time, she returned home with the silver medal-the best Indian result in Olympic Badminton-having lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the finals. Since then, Sindhu has focused on her all-round game. She has already avenged her Olympic defeat-twice-by beating Marin in the BWF Super Series in Dubai last December, and before a home crowd at New Delhi’s Siri Fort Sports Complex on April 2 this year, winning her first Yonex India Open Super Series title in the process. At the end, it seemed a facile win. Facing match point, Marin, the current world and Olympic champion, netted a return. But when Sindhu raised her arms in the air and shouted in triumph, she vividly displayed the grit of a fighter.PEDAL TO THE METALBoth Sindhu’s persona and playing style have developed. She carries herself on court with greater poise and confidence than before, and begins her matches having gauged her opponent thoroughly. “I have to [be able to] change my game and strategy at every point, every shot and every second by anticipating my rivals, who are also among the world’s best,” says Sindhu. “Home work about [opponents] and hard work during training are sure shots for ultimate success.”advertisementThe new confidence helped Sindhu win against the aggressive Marin at the Yonex India Open. This match was their ninth meeting, and Sindhu had lost to Marin five times before. Even so, and despite dropping the opening point, Sindhu conceded the lead just twice-at 17-18 and 18-19. Keeping the pressure on Marin gave her the edge to dictate the course of the match.”What she has perceived and practised after Rio is physical and psychological preparedness in pinpointing and dealing with pressure points,” says Pullela Gopichand, her personal coach of over a decade and now India’s chief coach. “This is what enables a champion to squarely face the challenge of competition.”Another change is her improved agility. She is smoother on the court, her feet moving well. She has learned to keep up the intensity and momentum, whether playing high tosses, deceitful drop shots, long rallies, lunging pickups or stunning smashes.JUST REWARDSSindhu remains unwavering in her commitment to training and practice. This is despite the fact that post-Rio, she has emerged as the most rewarded sportswoman, surpassing the earnings of the feisty Sania Mirza and badminton’s own Saina Nehwal, bagging a three-year deal with sports management firm Baseline, valued at Rs 50 crore. Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has even offered to induct her into the state administrative service when she’s done with badminton. Nonetheless, the success isn’t going to Sindhu’s head. She has declared two caveats to any endorsement deal that come up-she refuses to endorse brands perceived as having a negative influence, such as cola drinks, and will not allow commercial commitments to affect her training and practice schedule.Badminton remains uppermost for her. Yet, there remains the glorious uncertainty of the sport itself. Tournament draws can throw up stiff challenges in early rounds. Sindhu has learnt to cope with this too, allowing her to take on and outplay one-time peer Saina Nehwal for the first time in her career at the India Open. In their only other encounter, at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Tournament in 2014, Nehwal won 21-14 , 21-17.The 1.79 metre tall Sindhu, who turns 22 on July 5, reached her career best ranking when she broke into the top five earlier this year. Now, at No. 2, the journey forward is even more arduous. Saina Nehwal has already had the distinction of being ranked the best in the world, albeit briefly, in 2015. Sindhu’s performance so far suggests that she could have a much longer run of it.last_img read more

A day in rural India with Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAnticipating the arrival of India’s most famous son, Sachin Tendulkar, the village folk of Donja, 430 kms away from Mumbai’s urban expanse in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district were singing merrily,” Donje cha gavaat, Sachinva ala re.” (Dear Sachin has come to Donje village)Their warmth in awarding Bharatratna, the Sachinva’ title not withstanding, Sachin has become their caretaker, not son, having adopted Donja village last year.This is the second village Tendulkar has adopted after Puttumraju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh, utilising funds under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY). To some degree, he has answered questions widely raised over his poor Rajya Sabha attendance and his passive role in Parliamentary activities.”People here have had to face a lot of challenges but they haven’t given up. I feel when they have this sort of spirit, they should be given help, a chance in life,” he told India Today in an interview after overlooking progress at his adopted village.For the villagers, it did not matter what Sachin did or did not do in Parliament. For them, he had come with a ray of hope, potentially to transform their gloom into cheer just the way he spread happiness on the cricket field.A lot of them did not know much about his records. The older women folk simply wanted to touch his hands and he obliged.A makeshift cricket pitch with white lines demarcating the square from the circle was set up in the mud. The kids that make up a sizable number of the 2800 residents in Donja, couldn’t resist and soon became a mob around their idol, the local security got equally star struck and the match became a non starter.advertisementBut even in the chaos, Sachin managed to dispatch a few tennis balls delivered to him to the boundary. “It was very crowded and was very difficult but when I have the bat in my hand, it’s a different feeling. Especially playing with kids takes me back to my childhood days,” he said.Image Credit: Rasesh Mandani India TodayDonja like the rest of rural India is entirely dependent on agriculture. The green in the sugarcane farmland is thanks to a good monsoon. But the years before, were trying and Osmanabad district over the years has been drought affected. Sachin intends to provide protable water with construction of water tanks and pipelines to their homes.”When my team reached here we had shortlisted about 15 villages. But we picked on Donja because I liked the fighting spirit of the people. More importantly people from different communities here stay in harmony. Which for me is most important that people of different religions want good of others,” he said.Sachin intends to make up on lost time in Rajya Sabha, having proposed a special discussion on sports which may come up soon.The jury may still be out if Sachin could have played more of the front foot in Parliament but for the people of Donja, they are simply overjoyed they are Sachin’s chosen ones.last_img read more

Harden has 43 Points for 26th Game in a Row with 30 or More

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once James Harden figures out the best way to take over a game, there isn’t much other NBA teams can do to stop him.Harden attacked on both ends of the court and quickly filled up the stat sheet to power the Houston Rockets to a 125-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.Harden had 43 points for his 26th straight game with at least 30 points. The 30-point streak is the third-longest in NBA history, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain’s runs of 65 and 31 games.“It was a must win for us and we came out here and played like it,” the reigning NBA MVP said. “Defensively, we got after it. Offensively, we moved the basketball. Everybody played well. That’s the effort it’s going to take for us on every single night.”Harden also had 12 rebounds, six steals, five assists and four blocks. He was 12 of 22 from the field, making 4 of 12 3-pointers, and made all 15 of his free throws.“He’s so locked in,” teammate Gerald Green said. “He puts the work in. He’s leading us in the right direction. Our job is to let him lead and follow him in this. He’ll take us where we need to go.”Green added 25 points, and Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 5:07 remaining. Houston snapped a two-game losing streak, holding the Jazz to 36 percent shooting and forcing 23 turnovers.“The biggest thing is we turned that ball over way too much,” Utah guard Donovan Mitchell said. “That’s what really hurt us.”Mitchell had 26 points and nine assists for Utah. Rudy Gobert added 10 points and 13 rebounds.Harden fueled the bulk of a 17-4 run that put Houston up 60-48 with 30.1 seconds left in the first half, making three baskets and four free throws. He punctuated it by scoring on three consecutive possessions.“It never feels like he’s selfish,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “It just feels like he’s making the right play all the time and a lot of times the right play is him shooting the ball. He’s playing at a level that is rare.”FIVE BY FIVE DENIEDHarden missed his first career five-by-five by a single block.“If I was any taller I could have gotten another block,” Harden said. “Honestly, I was trying to be active and create some opportunities with our defense.TIP INSRockets: Chris Paul did not play to rest after scoring 20 points and adding six assists against Denver on Friday night. … Houston improved to 5-3 in the second game of back-to-backs.Jazz: Mitchell is 14 of 42 from the field in his last two games. … Utah outscored Houston 19-0 in fast-break points.UP NEXTRockets: At Phoenix on Monday night.Jazz: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night.By JOHN COON , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ricky Ponting surprised at India’s ‘X-factor’ Rishabh Pant not being in World Cup squad

first_imgAustralian great Ricky Ponting on Wednesday expressed surprise at Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad, saying he could have been the X factor in the playing eleven.Ponting met Pant on Monday night, hours after the India squad was announced with Dinesh Karthik being preferred over the 21-year-old for the reserve wicketkeeper’s slot.”Yes I was surprised when he was left out of the Indian squad. I thought he would be in and he would be in the starting eleven. I thought someone like him batting at four or five could have been that X factor and the difference between India and the other teams,” said the Delhi Capitals head coach.Ponting had nothing but words of encouragement for the star Delhi Capitals player.”One thing we know about Indian cricket is that there is a lot of depth around in batting and this time Rishabh has missed out. Knowing what he is like and the talent he has, I would be surprised if he doesn’t play in at least three World Cups before his career is over.”I had a quick chat with him. He seems to have taken it pretty well. There is no doubt that he is disappointed, he would have loved to be in that squad but the thing he still has to remember is, potentially, he will get the opportunity to play in three to four World Cups.”What is negative thing for the Indian team is positive for Delhi Capitals. Really happy that the decision has been made and he can focus on the back half of the tournament.”advertisementPant at times has been criticised for throwing away a good start. Asked if that could be the reason selectors did not pick Pant, Ponting said: “I don’t know the selection criteria. Don’t know why he is not being picked. I don’t why the other guys have been picked ahead of him. To be honest it is none of my business.”Though I don’t think he is impatient, he is a very smart player. I think he sums up situations and conditons really well. But they obviously have their reasons for not picking him and I am not going to comment on that.”I actually think he missing out you will see a different player in th IPL. His determination will shine through and I am sure he will score heavily in the back half of the tournament,” he said.On the game against Mumbai Indians, Ponting said his team has adjusted to the wicket and the opposition will have a tough time on a slow and low Kotla pitch.”It should not be difficult for us anymore. We have an understanding of how the wicket is going to play. It is going to be quite slow and slow and we expect it to turn a little bit. I feel it would be difficult for Mumbai to come play on this wicket. The last wicket caught us a bit off guard, we though it was going to play better.Also Read | Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu named standbys for India World Cup squadAlso Read | A bit surprised: Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant omission from World Cup squadlast_img read more

Morocco Made Progress in Gender Equality Minister

Rabat – Morocco made considerable progress in gender equality with the promotion of women participation in national bodies and institutions, Minister delegate to the Head of the government in charge of civil service and the modernisation of administration, Mohamed Moubdii said on Thursday in Rabat.The 2011 constitution provides for measures to implement gender equality and non-discrimination and parity particularly in public bodies and institutions, Moubdii said at a conference held by the Franco-Moroccan civil service Forum.The minister added that women represent 17% of elected members in 2011, he said. The participants at the conference discussed issues relating to governance and women participation.In this respect women panellists from Morocco, France, Algeria and Tunisia pondered on the place of women in political life and proceeded to an exchange of experiences and views on the issues facing women. read more

Report Moroccos Debt Reached MAD 715 Billion in September

Rabat – According to the latest report from the Department of Treasury and External Finances (DTFE), the treasury debt reached MAD 715 billion by the end of September, up 4.6 percent from September 2017.Due to spending exceeding revenue, Morocco’s budget deficit for the first three quarters of 2018 was more than MAD 29 billion.The report noted that with MAD 715 billion in debt, the treasury’s total debt represents 67.3 percent of the 2017 GDP. The 2018 GDP data is not yet available. Meanwhile, debts of enterprises and public companies in the country are estimated at MAD 178 billion as of June 2018. The report forecasts that the rate of the national debt has continued to grow throughout the last quarter of 2018.Read Also: Benchaaboun: Privatization to Cut Deficit to 3.3% GDP in 2019The government sought to reduce its annual budget deficit from 3.5 percent of GDP in 2017 to 3 percent in 2018. However, the report foresees that the year will end with a higher deficit than that of last year’s due to the decline in tax revenue.The expected rate is estimated at around 3.8 percent.In a parliamentary meeting in October, the president of the court of auditors, Driss Jettou, warned about the treasury’s debt, which reached MAD 692 billion by the end of 2017.Jettou called on the government to raise taxes and cut spending, to accelerate growth to reduce debt, and to ensure that Morocco can meet its debt obligations over the medium and long-term.Both internal and external debts increased significantly between 2016 and 2017.The report also drew attention to the alarming increase of the country’s external debts, which amounted to MAD 153 billion by the end of September, representing 21 percent of the total amount of the treasury debt.The public external debt amounts to over MAD 330 billion, representing 31 percent of the 2017 GDP.According to Trading Economics, Morocco held MAD 492 billion in external debt by this summer. read more

Moroccos Bouchra Baibanou Finishes 7 Summit Challenge in Antarctica

By Mohamed HikalRabat – Moroccan mountaineer Bouchra Baibanou has become the first Moroccan to complete the “Seven Summit” challenge, climbing the seven continents’ tallest peaks.The first Moroccan woman to summit Mount Everest Baibanou completed the seven summits with Antarctica’s Vinson Massif. She shared pictures of her accomplishment on Saturday, December 29, to celebrate the end of the year.“So proud to reach the summit of Vinson in Antarctica and finish the project seven summit. I hope to inspire others that the dream can be fulfilled. After 8 years I closed the challenge and became the first Moroccan to climb seven summit.”“Thanks to my family, my friends, my sponsors, to all who supported me,” Bouchra commented on one of the photos she shared on Facebook.She posted another photo documenting her arrival in Punta Arenas, the southernmost city of Chile from where she flew to Union Glacier in Antarctica prior to her Vinson Massif challenge.Read Also: Top Moroccan Achievers of 2018Bouchra Baibanou celebrated the end of her Vinson Massif mission with another picture bearing the caption: “Vinson’s team in Union Glacier waiting for the flight back to Punta Arenas.”Before heading to Antarctica, Baibanou gave a press conference in Casablanca, saying she would climb the massif “to prove that dreams can come true [if you] just believe in it and have the will. With a lot of perseverance [and] determination, I am pursuing my dream to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, and to be the first in Morocco to realize the ‘Seven Summits’ challenge.”Vinson Massif is the highest summit in Antarctica with an altitude of 4,892 meters. A US navy airplane discovered Vinson Massif in 1958. read more

Ship with body diverted to Port for investigations

The Police have launched an investigation into the death of an Indian sailor whose body was discovered onboard a ship en route to Fujairah from China, an official said.The ship was asked to berth at the Colombo Harbour after the ship’s agent requested the police to conduct an inquiry and postmortem into the death of the sailor. The Galle Port Police had instructed the ship’s captain to divert the vessel to the Colombo Port. “The ship’s agent has asked the police to conduct an investigation. The sailor is believed is to have committed suicide. An inquiry will be held followed by a post mortem examination,” Police Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. (Colombo Gazette) According to initial reports, the sailor is said to have committed suicide and his body had been discovered when the ship was passing the Galle coast, in southern Sri Lanka. read more

UN agencies pledge to fight rural poverty by boosting education

“Basic education is a fundamental human right in itself and an essential prerequisite for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically the first two goals which focus on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and achieving universal primary education,” Assistant Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), John Monyo, told a three-day meeting ending today in Rome.”The gap between urban and rural illiteracy is widening and, in several countries, rural illiteracy is two or three times higher than in urban areas,” Mr. Monyo said, pointing out that worldwide the great majority of the 2.8 billion people who survive on less than $2 a day live in rural areas.Representatives from more than 100 non-governmental and civil society organizations, senior officials from the Italian Development Cooperation programme and experts from FAO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) took part in the meeting.A partnership project will raise public awareness in Europe on the importance of education for rural people in poor countries and the urgent need to target rural areas where over 70 per cent of the world’s poor live. As an example of the problems, Mr. Monyo cited the village of Wikihi in the rural Niassa Lake region in Mozambique, where schoolchildren and their teacher have no books. They write down in the sand what the teacher writes on an old wooden board using dried cassava.”In Wikihi, as in so many other African, Asian, and Latin American villages, what is needed is an efficient, inclusive and widespread education system, which addresses the basic learning needs of rural people,” he said.FAO expert Lavinia Gasperini noted that with illiteracy on the increase in the developing world, more and more farmers will be unable to read instructions on a bag of fertilizer or warnings on a box of pesticide. “Without basic education, rural people cannot increase their productivity, adopt enhanced technologies and improve their livelihoods,” she said.She underlined that the problem of poverty is first of all a problem of rural poverty and food security. “This has prompted FAO to accept the challenge of leading the partnership project on education for rural people and food security,” she said. read more

Annan calls on rich countries to fulfill their pledges of aid to

“They must keep their promises by increasing development aid, through debt relief and affording fair market access for the product of poor countries,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered to the 10th Summit of Franchophonie in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, by Ibrahima Fall, his Special Representative for the Great Lakes region. “But these measures, as necessary as they are, cannot replace the will for change on the part of governments and peoples nor substitute for national capacities,” he added, calling on the governments to adopt social policies that bring health and education to all and establish gender equality. “In too many countries, notably on this continent, armed conflicts and human rights abuses cause terrible suffering and pose a major obstacle to development,” he declared, calling on all parties in conflict, in Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan and elsewhere, to show a high degree of responsibility towards their peoples. “Africa cannot allow itself to be torn apart. It has too many other problems to resolve.” read more

Scientists Program RemoteControlled Nanobots to Kill Cancer

first_img Scientists have created an army of remote-controlled, biodegradable, cancer-killing nanobots.A joint effort by researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Manchester, these tiny droids could one day empower doctors to diagnose disease and deliver drugs from within the human body.The wee machines are made from spirulina algae—a dietary supplement sold in most health food stores. Popular among Aztecs in the 14th through 16th centuries, the algae was rediscovered in the 1960s.It remains unclear whether its consumption actually yields any benefits; spirulina is currently under investigation as a source of nutrition on long-term space flight or Mars missions.“Rather than fabricate a functional microrobot from scratch using intricate laboratory techniques and processes, we set out to directly engineer smart materials in nature,” Li Zhang, an associate professor at the Chinese University, said in a statement.How nanobots work (via Carlo Schaffer, Science Robotics, AAAS)By exploiting intrinsic elements—fluorescence, degradability, shape—and engineering additional features—magnetization, biological activity—scientists can easily track their biohybrid bots’ journey through the body.“Creating robotic systems which can be propelled and guided in the body has been and still is a holy-grail in the field of delivery system engineering,” according to Manchester professor of nanomedicine Kostas Kostarelos.Specific uses for the technology were not described. But a press announcement tipped its ability to release potent drug compounds to attack cancer cells.More work is required to refine motion tracking, biocompatibility, biodegradation, and diagnostic and therapeutic effects before clinical trials can begin.“But nevertheless, our work provides the first ever example of how this could be possibly achieved by degradation,” Kostarelos said.“The potential of these bots for controlled navigation in hard-to-reach cavities of the human body makes them promising miniaturized robotic tools to diagnose and treat diseases which is minimally invasive,” he added.A paper detailing the team’s findings were published today in the Science Robotics journal. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain last_img read more

Spring chinook retention to reopen in Columbia Gorge

first_imgSpring chinook salmon retention in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam will resume on Saturday, Washington and Oregon agreed today.Retention will be open through June 15 for boat and bank anglers from the Tower Island power lines near The Dalles to the Washington-Oregon border east of Umatilla, Ore. Retention also will be allowed from the shore only between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.The daily limit will be two fin-clipped salmon or steelhead, but only one chinook.Retention closed on May 10 for chinook upstream of Bonneville when the catch allocation was reached.Biologist John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the upper Columbia spring chinook forecast was upgraded today from 224,000 to 230,000.Sportsmen in the lower Columbia are expected to have 1,312 spring chinook left on their allocation even with angling open daily through June 15.State officials agreed to transfer 750 spring chinook upstream to the Columbia Gorge and 500 to the Snake River from the lower Columbia allocation surplus.North said it is estimated 365 spring chinook will be taken in the Columbia upstream of Bonneville Dam.“High flows and (dam) spill may limit angler success, North said.Gillnetting — The commercial fleet will fish from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday from Beacon Rock downstream to the ocean with 8-inch-mesh nets.Commercial fishermen are expected to retain about 600 hatchery-origin chinook on Wednesday night.North said the commercial catch for the spring will total about 3,100 chinook or about 72 percent of the allocation.Tribal fishing — The four Columbia River treaty tribes will fish from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Saturday between Bonneville and McNary dams.Stuart Ellis, a biologist for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, estimated the tribes will catch about 4,100 spring chinook, well short of the 8,443 remaining under allocation agreements.last_img read more

Former Hanley Wood Exec Galen Poss Takes Over dmg events

first_imgGoldstone has since also left Hanley Wood following another round of management restructuring.Almost a year later in April 2010, Hanley Wood, following an arbitration hearing, was ordered to pay Poss and Green $2.9 million in unpaid bonuses, salary adjustments and severance pay.Poss and Green landed at Hanley Wood in 2000 after working for Miller Freeman, to which they sold their own event management company, Precision Planning & Sales, Inc., in 1993. dmg:: events, the organizer of the New York International Gift Fair and ad:tech, among others, has hired Galen Poss [pictured] as its chief operating officer. The position is a newly created one and Poss will report directly to chairman and CEO Suresh Kavan.Poss’ appointment comes on the heels of dmg’s restructuring of its events into five business units. The company’s 18 main event brands have been organized along market verticals including energy, retail, Middle East, leadership conferences, and digital marketing. “We are delighted to appoint Galen into this important role,” said Kavan in a statement. “Over the last 18 months we have completed the restructuring of our events businesses into five extremely strong business units, each with leading market positions and strong prospects.”Poss was president of Hanley Wood’s exhibitions group from 2000 to 2009. In June 2009 Poss, along with executive vice president Michael Green, resigned over a contract dispute. The resignations triggered a management restructuring where the subsequent exhibition group heads were to report to business media group president Peter Goldstone rather than CEO Frank Anton. last_img read more

This 32inch Toshiba Fire TV just hit an alltime low 100 Update

first_img Amazon Fire TV Tags Share your voice The Cheapskate Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Commentscenter_img Amazon Toshiba News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV This 32-inch Toshiba smart TV is only $100. Toshiba Just when I thought all the best TV deals were in the rear-view, bam: Today only, and while supplies last, the Toshiba 32LF221U19 32-inch Fire TV is just $99.99. Are. You. Kidding. Me?See it at AmazonI was pretty excited a week ago when you could score a 24-inch Insignia Fire TV for the same price. This is 35 percent larger!Like Roku TVs, a Fire TV comes with lots of streaming apps: Netflix, Hulu, HBO and so on. (No YouTube, though, which is a definite deal breaker for some.) And you get the benefit of an Alexa-enabled remote, so you can just tell the TV which channel or show you want.What’s more, Fire TV affords access to various Alexa skills and a huge library of Amazon apps. For example, you could play the excellent party game Quiplash — something Roku can’t do. The screen itself tops out at 720p, or a 1,366×768-pixel resolution. This means it’s not ideally suited for computer use. But don’t let that “low” resolution dissuade you: At this size, 1080p isn’t really necessary to enjoy HD goodness.Toshiba provides three HDMI inputs for things like cable boxes and game consoles. Over 3,100 Amazon customers collectively rated this 4.1 stars out of 5.Crazy-good deal. Crazy.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! TVs 6last_img read more

Watch Dogs PR stunt backfires Bomb Squad called

first_imgHave you heard the one where a mystery box shows up at a news station, starts beeping, and when the bomb squad rips it open there’s a video game inside?PR stunts for video games are not a new thing, but occasionally they do tend to backfire a bit. Sure, you’ve got companies like Valve shipping crowbars to people for Half Life, and folks at Bungie shipping whole duffel bags full of ODST gear for Halo, but where’s the fun in making it clear from the moment you accept the package what the game is all about?Ubisoft decided to be  clever when it came to promoting Watch Dogs, and shipped sealed metal safes to newsrooms all around the world. The idea was for the recipient to have gotten a voicemail with the unlock code as the safe arrived, so they could participate in a quick little super spy mission of their own.Unfortunately, Australian news group Ninemsn didn’t get the voicemail. With no identifying marks on the casing, the team was happy to ignore the safe until is started beeping and wouldn’t stop. So when you’ve got a beeping safe from an unknown sender in the middle of a busy newsroom, what would you do?The photo above shows what happens when the bomb squad needs to get into a safe to determine what is inside, and imagine everyone’s surprise when the contents is a copy of Watch Dogs, an ICONIC cap, and a beanie from the game. Meanwhile no one has determined why the recipient never got the voicemail with the instructions, or why the folks from Ubisoft didn’t just include a burner phone in the package with the instructions preloaded.So for now all we can do is laugh and imagine the mild panic over a video game in a locked case.last_img read more

Nokia Unveils 1 Green Phone 1 Super Phone

first_img Citation: Nokia Unveils 1 Green Phone, 1 Super Phone (2008, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The attraction of the Remade lies in its future potential. Although the phone isn’t functional, Nokia hopes that similar concepts could be implemented in future devices.The clamshell phone’s casing is made entirely from recycled aluminum cans, and its chassis is made from the plastic of recycled drink bottles. The rubber keys come from old car tires. The screen and circuit board also minimize environmental impact by using manufacturing techniques such as printed electronics. The display graphics are also specially selected to save energy.While the “Remade” concept itself isn’t planned for production, all the components are plausible and could be applied to a real phone. Nokia hopes that the knowledge gathered while designing and building the phone will play a role in future Nokia handsets.On the other hand, the N96 is the hot phone of today. The successor to the N95, the N96 contains 16GB of on-board memory, which is enough to hold about 40 hours of video or 12,000 songs. If that´s not enough space, the phone also has a slot for an 8GB microSD memory card. The device also has GPS, a 5-megapixel camera, a DVB-H television tuner for watching live TV, and even a little kick-stand so the phone can be propped up when viewing the 2.8-inch display. The N96 will be available in September for around US$800. via: PhoneMag and Gizmodo Nokia´s “Remade” recycled phone (left) and N96 “multi-media computer” phone (right). Among its many new devices at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Finnish company Nokia is demonstrating two cell phones that are intriguing in very different ways. The “Remade” is built almost entirely from recycled materials, while the N96 is Nokia’s high-end “multimedia computer” phone.last_img read more