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How to Do Your Best Work

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You need to do your best work.But the best work you are capable of producing isn’t always the same level of work. Sometimes you are tired and lack the energy, so your work suffers. Sometimes you are physically ill and not capable of producing any better work than you can squeeze out while you are suffering. You did your best under the conditions, but it wasn’t your best work.But most of the time you can exercise control over the two interrelated factors that allow you to do your best work. Those two factors are your energy level and your attention level.Your Energy LevelSome work simply requires more energy to do well. You have to be at your very best, your peak state, in order to do your best work at these tasks.As you energy level changes throughout the day, you are better suited for some work. You can plan your work to take advantage of the way your energy level changes. You do the work that takes the most energy to do well when you have the energy (like prospecting), and you do the work that you can do well without much energy when you don’t have it (like paperwork).I have more energy early in the morning. I try to do the most important work I have to do early each day, while I have the physical energy and the psychic RAM to do that work. I write early in the morning, and I handle all of my most difficult calls or meetings early in the day. As the day progresses, I plan tasks, activities, and meetings that don’t require as much energy.I like mornings, but your mileage may vary.Your Attention LevelYour attention level is tied up with your energy level. There are some tasks that demand your full attention, your full focus. But there are other tasks that you can do that don’t require your full attention. There are some tasks and activities that you can do while doing something else at the same time.You can plan your tasks around your attention levels too.I have an easier time focusing my attention early in the morning and later in the evening.I listen to content I want to hear and read late in the evening. If I need to read something to gain a deep understanding, I can give it my full attention after I have done all of my heavy lifting work in the morning, after I accomplish what I want to accomplish.But there some things I have to do that don’t require any real focus, and I can do more than one thing at a time. I can listen to a webinar and scan all my paperwork into Evernote at the same time. I can get the value of listening to the webinar without giving it 100% of my attention, as long as it’s not content that requires me to take notes.You do your best work when you give it the energy and attention it needs. Not every task or activity is worth your best energy and your full attention. You need to give your energy and your full attention to your most important outcomes. Build your model sales week around your energy and attention. Plan to work on the tasks and activities that don’t require your best energy or full attention for the times when your energy is lowest.QuestionsWhen is your energy level the highest throughout the day?When is your energy too low for you to do your best work?When do you have the ability to give something your full attention—with no distractions?What tasks can you do when your energy is low or your attention is split?last_img read more

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Gurugram Ryan school murder: juvenile accused to be tried as an adult

first_img Mr. Tekriwal said the verdict meant that the juvenile, if convicted, would not be set free after three years and could be sentenced to even 14 years in jail. “In case of conviction, the juvenile will stay in the Observation Home till the age of 21. But as per Section 21 of the JJ Act, he cannot be sentenced to death or life imprisonment.”The lawyer said he was yet to receive the copy of the order, but the court had broadly based its decision on the findings of the Social Investigation Report and the Psychological Report of the juvenile and the amendments carried out in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 with effect from January 15, 2016. The two reports had indicated that the juvenile was hyper-aggressive, upset and restless.Moving the application on November 15, seeking the trial of the juvenile as an adult, the victim’s father argued that the manner in which the throat of the seven-year-old was slit showed that the crime was “chilling”, “horrific” and “serious” in nature. The 16-year-old student of Ryan International School, accused of murdering a junior, will be tried as an adult, the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Gurugram said on Wednesday.The Board, ruling on an application of the victim’s father, said the juvenile would be tried as an adult and produced before the sessions court on December 22.Sushil Tekriwal, lawyer of the victim’s father, termed it a “turning point” in the case. “The verdict of the board that the juvenile will be treated and tried as an adult is historic. The juvenile will now be produced before a sessions court and the judge will then assign the case to the relevant Child Sessions Court for the trial,” said Mr. Tekriwal, while coming out of the JJB after the verdict.Also Read Ryan student confesses, says he wanted exams postponed at any costlast_img read more

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’Nagaland’s Gandhi’ Natwar Thakkar dies aged 86

first_imgEminent Gandhian Natwar Thakkar, popularly known as ‘Nagaland’s Gandhi’, died in a private hospital here on Sunday after a brief illness, family sources said.He was 86 and is survived by his wife Lentina Ao, a son and two daughters.He was admitted to the hospital here on September 19 after his health condition deteriorated.His condition improved considerably but suddenly his blood pressure started dropping, and later, the kidneys failed, his son Dr. Aotoshi said.Also Read ‘The musty smell of old books welcomes us’  Mr. Thakkar’s mortal remains will be taken to his workplace in Nagaland’s Chuchuyimlang on Sunday evening.Mr. Thakkar, a Padma Shri awardee, had founded the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram at Chuchuyimlang.His efforts to spread Gandhian philosophy and peace had earned him the sobriquet ‘Nagaland’s Gandhi’.He was from Maharashtra and had made Nagaland his home ever since he had arrived in the State in 1955.last_img read more

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Indian Olympians provided life insurance cover of Rs 1 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) In a first of its kind move, the Olympics-bound Indian athletes were today presented life insurance cover worth Rs one crore even as the Indian Olympic Association roped in three sponsors in its quest for financial independence. Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance of financial conglomerate Edelweiss Group, which will be the principal sponsor of the Indian contingent at Rio Olympics, today offered a life Insurance cover of Rs 1 crore for each athlete representing India at the Rio Olympics. “We are happy to announce that each of the athletes who will represent India in Rio Olympics will be given a life insurance cover of Rs 1 crore,” Edelweiss Financial Services Executive Director Rujan Panjwani said at an event to announce Bollywood actor Salman Khan as brand ambassador of the Indian contingent for Rio Olympics. IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta hoped that the Edelweiss Group will continue to provide the life insurance cover to future Olympics also. “We have discussed this (life insurance for future Olympians) and they are positive about this. I hope they continue to provide life insurance cover to Indian athletes in future Olympics,” Mehta told PTI. Besides Edelweiss, which will be the principal sponsor, the IOA also roped in sporting goods company Li Ning as the apparel partner and Herba Life as the nutrition partner. “We have roped in three sponsors for the Indian Olympic contingent. This has set the ball rolling in our quest for the financial independence of the IOA and to sell IOA as a brand. This will allow the IOA to realise its dream of giving more funds to the NSFs and the athletes so that they can win more medals in the Olympics,” IOA President N Ramachandran said. IOAs official marketing agency IOS Sports and Entertainment helped it in finding the official partners. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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At 16 a convict, at 19 a football coach: Juvenile offenders restart their lives

first_imgThe children look up at Adarsh (name changed) with approval as he bounces the football off his knees with amazing dexterity. The 19-year-old coaches kids in various parts of the Capital. But this wasn’t always his life. About two years ago, he was found guilty of attempted murder. While many juveniles end up being repeat offenders, Adarsh decided to turn things around. Now he is not just a football coach but also helps Delhi Legal Aid spread awareness about law in communities and schools.At the same time, he is also pursuing graduation from Delhi University. On a day in 2015, Adarsh went to watch a film with a cousin and a college senior. He says the other two got into a drunken brawl. Adarsh and his cousin ended up causing severe head injuries to the other boy. While he agrees to have committed the offence, he adds that it was dictated by circumstances. Both Adarsh and his cousin were sent to an observation home. He was 16 years old then. “I thought this was the end of the bright future I was looking forward to,” he told Mail Today.For the first 15 days, nobody from his family came to visit. “It was my parents who handed me over to the police.” Life took a new turn for Adarsh when he first met his counselor, Moonis Iqbal, at the observation home. “All it took was one warm hug that taught me never to look back in life and gave me courage to turn things around.” His story of reformation began with a simple task from his counsellor. “We were asked to observe and prepare a list of those inmates who showed a sign of improvement or wanted to leave their past behind and start afresh,” he said. “Our counsellor engaged us in various discussions that created an urge in me to learn.advertisementHe asked us to read books and acquire knowledge. The other inmates began to look up to me and approached me for all their troubles.” After being released, living with the family was a big challenge for Adarsh. He was barred from leaving the house. “I missed my books and wanted to get back to formal education.”Two years is what he asked for from his brother, after their father died. On coming back to Delhi, he got a job in an automobile workshop. “That was the worst phase of my life. People exploited and mistreated me,” he said. “My counsellor, whom I was still in touch with, suggested I re-appear for the class 12 board exams.” A senior official from Legal Aid noticed him and roped him in to conduct awareness programmes and also sent him to the football academy where he found his love for the sport. “I began coaching football. I picked it up real fast and this also gave me ample opportunity to study and I cleared class 12 with distinction.”Like Adarsh, 22-year-old Badri Prasad (name changed) was also a juvenile offender who is today a gourmet chef at a restaurant in Punjab. Originally from Nepal, he came to India when he was eight years old. He worked as a helper at various establishments. He was sent to six months in custody for murdering an 80-year-old woman who was also his employer. But he ended up languishing in Delhi’s Tihar Jail for over three years.He had an interest in cooking. At the jail he was famous for making a variety of mouthwatering parathas and momos. “I often experimented with recipes and received very good feedback,” he told Mail Today. After working for a three-star hotel and small restaurants a former head chef roped him in for a new project that serves gourmet food. These days he is busy experimenting with pizzas, burgers and pastas.Also Read:Was almost kidnapped on Chandigarh road: Girl stalked by Vikas Barala reveals midnight ordealMeet the men who came to rescue bleeding Nirbhaya on the fateful December night   Be harsh in cases of crime against women on social media: Prasad to IPS officers  ALSO WATCH: Chandigarh woman stalked by Haryana BJP chief’s son narrates ordeal to India Todaylast_img read more

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Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Vaani Kapoor looked mesmerising in her red romance on the runway

first_imgAs the fourth day of the on-going fashion fiesta, Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Autumn 2017 is progressing, the show is reaching entirely a new level of awesomeness. From just Disha Patani turning up as a showstopper on the first day to a star-studded ramp on the third day, this fashion week is geting better by the moment.The fourth day of the event saw the power of red on the runway with actress Vaani Kapoor turning showstopper for designers Sonam and Paras Modi. Clad in an elegant red lehenga, the actress redefined the idea of plush dressing for us.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Nargis Fakhri looked utterly sensual on the runwayVaani’s ensemble was an example of striking the right balance between glamour and class, and we’ve taken our cues. The deep-red lehenga had a fine leaf-embroidery all over it that was as dainty as it could get, and looked extremely well-refined.Photo: Yogen Shah The outfit was exactly what we’d call perfect, thanks to the well-balanced bling on it, and the choice of the deep-colour that was exuding with elegance. The embroidered, plunging-neckline choli looked perfect with the lehenga, while the blue-border on the dupatta jazzed up the colour-game of the red ensemble.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Esha Gupta looked as sizzling as molten gold on the runwayWe fell in love with how the outfit was accessorised with a silver kamarbandh and a statement ring that completed the look.Vaani wore minimal makeup, and sported a simple hairdo, and just like that, she won our hearts yet again.advertisementlast_img read more

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14 days agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp named Premier League manager of the month

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp named Premier League manager of the monthby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named Premier League manager of the month for September.The Reds perfect start continued in September, with three wins.They claimed a home win over Newcastle United as well as away victories at Chelsea and Sheffield United.Klopp topped a four-man shortlist of Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Brendan Rodgers to take the award.The European champions entered this week’s international break eight points clear at the top of the table after victory over Leicester. last_img read more

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Esha Gupta posts Republic Day wish on August 15: Twitter account hacked. Trolls are too much

first_imgEsha Gupta posts Republic Day wish on August 15: Twitter account hacked. Trolls are too muchEsha Gupta was mercilessly trolled on social media for sharing Republic Day message on August 15. Later, she took to Twitter to post that her account was hacked.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 13:55 IST Esha Gupta trolled on social media for Republic Day post on Independence Day.Be it her photos or racist remarks on Nigerian footballer, Esha Gupta has faced the wrath of social media several times. However, a recent incident came as a shock to netizens and in no time, the actress was mercilessly slammed on Twitter for a faux pas on Thursday.While celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan lead Bollywood in saluting freedom fighters on 73rd Independence Day, it was Esha, who posted a Republic Day message card on Twitter, the same day.She captioned the tweet as, “Gantrantra Diwas ke hardik subhkamnaye (Heartfelt greetings on the occasion of Republic Day).” The now-deleted post got viral on micro-blogging website as Twitterati begun trolling by correcting her. “It’s not republic day ma’am. It’s independence day,” a Twitter user pointed her mistake. One of the Twitter users took a dig at her saying, “Didi, Parade ka wait mat karna TV chalu karke.”It’s not republic day ma’amIt’s independence day..!! https://t.co/I34RrRdBuOANKUR (@ankur_16n) August 15, 2019Didi, Parade ka wait mat karna TV chalu karke.Maaya (@mohmaaya) August 15, 2019Here’s how other users reacted to Esha Gupta’s post:@eshagupta28111pic.twitter.com/razuVsrjmcAalok (@Chuckle_Some) August 15, 2019Did you mean, Happy Ganesh Chaturthi? https://t.co/odq1PK2wgGRS (@AwaraRish) August 15, 2019pic.twitter.com/Bg8f6ralLmRahul (@iamRahul66) August 15, 2019pic.twitter.com/HDlDVEtzHJPkli (@LordOfTheWinks) August 15, 2019https://t.co/iwW6k1TKXp pic.twitter.com/Eu1CJtyPqiVed. (@AjaySRKFan) August 15, 2019On the same day later, she deleted the post and tweeted saying that her account was hacked. In the series of tweets, Esha wrote that she was alerted about the mistake on her Instagram story and she also revealed that her account has now been restored.advertisement”Account hacked please don’t open or respond to any DM through this account. Thanks,” she tweeted on Thursday.Account hacked please don’t open or respond to any DM through this account. ThanksEsha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) August 15, 2019″Finally got the account back in order. Thanks to a lot of people who informed me on IG. (P.S-don’t change your password if you get a mail about any suspicious activity on twitter and asks you to change the password as that can lead to hacking),” her second tweet read.Finally got the account back in order. Thanks to a lot of people who informed me on IG. (P.S-don’t change your password if you get a mail about any suspicious activity on twitter and asks you to change the password as that can lead to hacking).Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) August 15, 2019″Happy Independence Day. (thanks for telling an airforce daughter that she knows otherwise) y’all troller are too much,” the actress tweeted last.Happy Independence Day.. (thanks for telling an airforce daughter that she knows otherwise) y’all troller are too muchEsha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) August 15, 2019Earlier this year, Esha Gupta made a racist comment on Alexander Iwobi- a Nigerian footballer, during a Whatsapp conversation with her friend, which she later shared on her Instagram story. Esha was heavily trolled on social media, when a tweet featuring her conversation went viral on the micro-blogging website.How do you feel about an Arsenal brand ambassador making these racist comments about an Arsenal Academy graduate? @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/Dfcpvl58mF#WeCareDoYou (@LondonGoona) January 27, 2019She had criticised him for his performance in a football game. According to IANS, Esha’s friend who was having the conversation with her on WhatsApp called Iwobi a “gorilla” and said that “evolution stopped for him”. To that, Esha Gupta replied, “Haha… I don’t know why they don’t bench him more.”After receiving backlash on Twitter, she came up with an apology to her fans saying, “Guys I am sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Sorry guys, forgive the stupidity.”Esha, who claims that her Twitter account was hacked on Independence Day, was last seen in Total Dhamaal in 2018. She has appeared in films like Jannat 2, Raaz 3D, Baby, Rustom, Baadshaho and a few others.Watch Baadshaaho trailer:ALSO READ | Esha Gupta slams trolls: I get really angry at times. What’s their problem?ALSO READ | Independence Day 2019: Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan lead Bollywood in saying Jai HindALSO READ | Esha Gupta shares sultry topless snap. Trolls ask film mein kaam nahi mil raha kya?ALSO WATCH | Acting was like awakening for me, says Esha GuptaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Independence DayFollow republic day Nextlast_img read more

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HapagLloyd Cruises Hanseatic Natures Launching Delayed

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license German cruise line company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has canceled the launching ceremony for the first of its three new expedition ships.The newbuild, Hanseatic Nature, was planned to be launched in Hamburg on April 12, 2019.However, Vard shipyard, part of the Fincantieri Group, needs more time to finalize the construction of the cruise ship.For this reason, the maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon and delivery of the vessel will also be delayed, according to Hapag-Lloyd.The 16,000 gross ton expedition cruise vessel will be 139 meters long and 22 meters wide. The vessel has seven passenger decks, with accommodation for 230 passengers.The Bahamas-flagged ship will be a German-speaking ship, with all cruises conducted in German only.Its two sister ships — Hanseatic Inspiration and Hanseatic Spirit — are scheduled to join the company’s fleet in October 2019 and in 2021, respectively.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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SNCLavalin faces criminal probe over Montreal bridge contract documents reveal

first_imgMONTREAL — Court documents show that Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge.In December, Quebec court approved a request by prosecutors to retain until June thousands of documents seized by the RCMP in connection with an investigation that drew on more than two dozen witnesses.If the provincial prosecution service pushes ahead with the four potential fraud charges outlined in court filings, the embattled engineering giant would face a legal battle on another front.In October, federal prosecutors told SNC-Lavalin they would not invite the company to negotiate a remediation agreement over fraud and corruption charges that stemmed from alleged dealings with the Libyan regime under Moammar Gadhafi between 2001 and 2011. SNC has filed for a judicial review of that decision.In court documents, the RCMP lays out a bribery scheme involving a $127-million Jacques Cartier Bridge contract in the early 2000s. Former federal official Michel Fournier pleaded guilty in 2017 to accepting more than $2.3 million in payments from SNC-Lavalin in connection with the project.SNC-Lavalin tells The Canadian Press it will continue to work with authorities, noting the court files involve employees and third parties no longer affiliated with the company. Allegations in the latest court documents have not been proven in court, and SNC-Lavalin has not been charged.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Quincy Jones And Elvis Costello Join Lineup For A Great Night In

first_imgQuincy Jones, Elvis Costello, Paul Shaffer and Jeffrey Wright are part of the lineup for the Jazz Foundation of America’s A Great Night In Harlem concert on May 17 at the Apollo Theater.Quincy Jones will pay homage to his mentor, legendary trumpeter Clark Terry who just turned 92 and introduce a memorial musical tribute for his dear friend Claude Nobs, the beloved Montreux Jazz Festival founder.For 24 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been dedicated to saving the homes and lives of elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis. They now assist in nearly 6,000 cases a year, including hundreds of musicians and their families affected by Hurricane Sandy in the New York region as well as those still recovering from Katrina in New Orleans.Their Programs Include:•Preventing homelessness and evictions by paying rents and mortgages•Creating dignified work through our Agnes Varis Jazz in the Schools Program•Providing free medical care and operations through their partners at Englewood Hospital & Medical Center•Keeping the heat turned on and food on the table through their Musicians’ Emergency Fund“I cannot even imagine the world without jazz and the blues, and I cannot imagine turning our backs on the very people who gave their lives, their life experiences, and their music to us all these years, especially now when they need us most,” said Quincy Jones. “The Jazz Foundation is saving the music.”Find out more about the concert and foundation here.last_img read more

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Celebrate Peace And Love With Ringo Starr At His Birthday In France

first_imgHere is your chance to join Ringo Starr in celebrating his birthday in France.Video: Celebrate Peace & Love with Ringo Starr at his Birthday Celebration in FrancePrizeo is giving you this unique opportunity, and all you have to do to get in the draw is donate to the David Lynch Foundation.The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.“In 2008 a TV reporter asked what I would like for my birthday and I answered, ‘If on July 7, my birthday, people would say or post Peace & Love at Noon their local time that would be a great gift to me’,” says Ringo. “Every year since I have invited everyone everywhere to say or post Peace & Love, and I have joined fans wherever I am at Noon in a moment of Peace & Love. This year I am on tour with the All Starrs so we will celebrating at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nice, France and I’m inviting YOU to join us.“For just a $10 donation to the David Lynch Foundation, who promote world peace by teaching meditation to at-risk individuals all across the world, you will be entered for a chance to win a trip to Nice, France to join me at my Peace & Love Birthday Celebration.“But remember – it does not matter where you may be on July 7th, everyone everywhere is invited to join in on spreading Peace and Love by stopping what you’re doing at noon and thinking, posting or speaking those words into the universe with us. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for.”To find out more, visit prizeo.com.last_img read more

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The North Peace Ride for Disabled Country Dinner Fundraiser a Success

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Ride for the Disabled (NPRD) held its annual Country Dinner Fundraiser and was hailed a success.Elizabeth Calder, a board member for the NPRD, shares Fort St. John came through again with a significant turn out to the door, purchasing tickets for dinner.Saturday, September 28th, 2019, approximately 180 people attended the event raising around $8000 for the group. The community support and donations towards the silent auction and cash donations as well were outstanding, shared Calder.Monies raised from this fundraiser go towards the operational costs such as horse boarding, arena rental, horse feed and care (chiropractic, farrier, etc.), coordinator fees, insurance, and any other expenses that come up during the year.Calder continues to say, the entertainment was donated, and a big thank you to the new Colt “45, Tom Cole, Brian Salmond, Jay Stafford, and Darion Wray.last_img read more

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Egyptian Pop Singer Arrested for Sexual Gesturing in Music Video

By Sana ElouaziRabat – A young Egyptian pop singer was arrested on Saturday, November 18, after she appeared in her first music video in lingerie. Egyptian authorities have charged her with “inciting debauchery.”Many complaints have been filed following the release of the video calling it “indecent.” The young singer, known as Shyma, appears in a mock classroom licking an apple and simulating fellatio on a banana, in front of a chalkboard scribbled with “Class # 69” and the letters “Vag.”After her detention, the video, which gained 150,000 on YouTube within 24 hours after its release, is no longer available on the streaming site, and all versions are blocked by the publisher.The Egyptian daily Youm7 has denounced the pop singer, saying that “Shyma presents a lesson of depravity to young people”.The music video has also sparked strong reactions on social media.pic.twitter.com/nDUDozcgKVOh! The banned song clip is a copy! And singer Shyma was graduated in Al Azhar university!!!— Candy Rukh Khan ?? (@Kemet2MkMert) November 16, 2017An Egyptian Song WTF ??? Shyma – Andy Zoroof https://t.co/BplFiFhDOL via— amr odtallah (@amr_3s) November 16, 2017On her Facebook account, the young woman apologized in a now-deleted post that reads. “I apologize to all those who were disturbed by the clip and considered it indecent,” wrote the 21-year-old singer.Shyma added that she did not expect to be “the target of such virulent attack from everyone, as a young singer […] who dreamed of becoming a singer from a young age.”According to Egyptian Independent, the prosecution accuses her of committing a “shameful act,” a crime punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a LE 300 fine.She was also accused of committing a “shameful act in public,” which could be punishable by three years in jail.Shyma’s arrest follows recent crackdowns on public displays of sexuality in Egypt.At least 50 people suspected of homosexuality were arrested after waving a rainbow flag at a recent concert by the Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila in Cairo.In 2015, the Egyptian court sentenced to one year in prison a dancer for actions considered indecent in a music video, while several others pleaded guilty and received jail sentences for what it called “debauchery” and “incitement to debauchery.” read more

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Morocco to Inaugurate Worlds Largest Seawater Desalination Station in 2021

Rabat – Construction work on the world’s largest seawater desalination plant is well on track. An employee at the National Office of Electricity and Potable Water (ONEE) has released a photo of the construction work on social media.Located in Morocco’s southern coastal city of Agadir, the Douira seawater desalination station project has a MAD 3 billion budget, and a treatment capacity of around 75 million cubic meters of desalinated water per year.The plant is expected to produce nearly 275.000 cubic meters of desalinated water daily before reaching its maximum capacity of 450.000 cubic meters per day. The station will supply the region’s population with drinking water and irrigate a perimeter of 15.000 hectares in the region of Chtouka Ait Baha.Farmers have also contributed MAD 10.000 to the financing of the station.The government has promised them desalinated water for irrigation at a low price of MAD 5 per cubic meters in exchange for the investment in construction.Spanish company, Abengoa, is in charge of construction which will be functional in 2021. read more

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UN calls for more aid to people of northeastern DR of Congo

The people of Haut Uele, especially its main town of Isiro, are complaining of continued harassment by the army and police and the levying of unauthorized taxes by the administration, the mission says in a report released today.The area is governed by the former rebel Rassemblement congolais pour la démocratie-National (RCD-N) which is now part of the national transitional government. According to the report, the locals also say military recruitment continues, especially of children. The mission is urging humanitarian agencies to open offices in Isiro, where it says the reduced staff of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international non-governmental organization MEDAIR feel they are working alone to meet major humanitarian needs.The residents are suffering from a lack of clean water, the mission says, and the majority of households lack access to a balanced, protein-rich diet.More than 100,000 workers are unemployed due to a drastic strife-induced decline in the area’s agricultural industry, which used to comprise growing and processing cotton, coffee and palm oil, the report says.The joint mission, which visited Isiro from 26-28 November, included the UN Deputy Special Representative to the DRC, Lena Sundh, German Ambassador Loretta Loschelder, and representatives from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).With the advent of the dry season in January, many displaced people will be on the move and are likely to spread meningitis, which experts have confirmed to be spreading in the region, the mission says.A separate OCHA report raises concern over an estimated 6,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Watsa, northeast of Isiro. Further details are difficult to obtain because no mission has been able to visit the area. read more

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Temple trustees vote next week on naming NBCs Tamron Hall to board

Temple trustees vote next week on naming NBC’s Tamron Hall to board seat vacated by Bill Cosby PHILADELPHIA – Temple University trustees are expected to vote next week on naming NBC correspondent Tamron Hall to fill a seat on the board vacated by Bill Cosby last year.The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1j9uCwv ) reports that board chairman Patrick O’Connor said the 1992 Temple grad has the support she needs for approval. Trustees are to vote Tuesday.He called Hall a “vibrant, loyal alum” who will add “a new dimension” to the 36-member board.Hall grew up in Texas and joined NBC in 2007. She currently hosts an hour of the “Today” show.In a story in the school’s magazine, she says Temple “gave me my confidence.”Cosby resigned from the board in December following renewed allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted women over many years. He’s never been charged with a crime.___Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com FILE – In this Dec. 6, 2014 file photo, Tamron Hall arrives at Selma And The Legends That Paved The Way Gala in Goleta, Calif. Temple University trustees are expected to vote next week on naming NBC correspondent Tamron Hall to fill a seat on the board vacated by Bill Cosby last year. Cosby resigned from the board in December following renewed allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted women over many years. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2015 5:43 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Coop student chips in at FritoLay plant

When Jacob Stickel walked through the doors of his new co-op workplace, he knew it was crunch time.The third-year international business dual-degree student was being handed significant responsibilities at the PepsiCo Frito-Lay manufacturing plant in Cambridge, Ont. and he was determined to succeed.In addition to assisting with daily taste tests to examine the quality of potato chips made at the factory, the 20-year old Kitchener native made use of skills learned during his studies at Brock to oversee a shift of 15 to 20 employees.“I used the lessons from my human resources course to better interact with people, and to examine their motivations and personalities,” he said. “Some of the employees were 50 years older than me, so it was important that I knew how to get them to listen and how to effectively lead the team.”As the manufacturing resource manager for one of the plant’s three daily shifts, Stickel was charged with ensuring everything on the production line, which included two fryers, four kettles and two seasoning lines, ran smoothly during his shift. And the significance of the task was not lost on him.“The responsibility and accountability is beyond anything I would have expected,” he said. “When I was running the first shift, I was completely accountable for meeting our potato chip processing targets. They trusted me with so much, and it says a lot about their screening process when they are hiring co-op students.”While finding a role that allowed him to increase his work experience was key, Stickel had also hoped to secure a job near his hometown. He was thankful that Brock’s co-op job board helped to make that happen.“The job board is fantastic,” he said. “There are lots of really cool opportunities to make an impact, to test yourself and to apply what you learned in school.”Stickel was proud to take on the huge responsibilities that came with being named a manufacturing resource manager.“I felt like I was making an impact,” he said.That impact included harnessing his organizational skills to conduct a special project concerning food safety.To help make the plant more efficient and safe, Stickel helped the plant transition into having colour-coded processing zones by creating a tool audit that ensured tools were in the right place. He also helped to improve the company’s compliance with food safety standards.It was the reputation of Brock’s diverse co-op education options, which include co-op employment opportunities in 40 programs and the participation of 15 per cent of the University’s students, that helped Stickel make his post-secondary decision.“When I went to the Ontario Universities’ Fair in Toronto, the Brock booth featured a business program with a co-op and that was important to me,” he said.  “After reading more about the program, I decided to come here.”Stickel’s confidence in the program and its ability to impact his career development has remained strong ever since.“I was happy to apply my skills in the real world,” he said. “If I had worked a standard summer job, I would not have been doing such meaningful work that would advance my career.”The experience taught him about “taking risks to find out what works for you and those around you,” he said. “The four-month term gives you the ability to try new things. You meet new people and make connections. It’s all about capitalizing on those opportunities.”Now back at Brock for the Fall semester, Stickel brings with him a wealth of real-world experience and new networking contacts that he hopes will help to fast-track his career after graduation.He also brings with him new admiration for the work, such as sampling for quality control, that goes into each bag of the popular treats.“Initially, tasting the chips was fantastic,” he said. “But eventually you lose your taste for them and it just became another important part of the job.” read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball looks to extend winning streak in final nonconference

OSU senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (17) prepares to hit the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternWith a demanding Big Ten schedule looming, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team has one more opportunity for a tune-up before it begins conference play.Coming off two straight tournament wins and riding an eight-match winning streak, No. 13 OSU is scheduled to head north this weekend to play in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan.On Friday, OSU is set to play Eastern Illinois (5-5) at noon and Western Michigan (2-9) at 7 p.m., followed by a match against host Oakland (3-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m.Although his squad is playing three teams with underwhelming records, coach Geoff Carlston said he is prepared to get the best shot of each one.“They’re not going to be as physical as Arizona, but they’re going to pass and play defense probably better than a lot of teams we’ve seen,” Carlston said. “So they’re going to make you earn it. If you’re making tons of mistakes, you’re going to lose.”Carlston said he is pleased with the start that his team has gotten off to this season, but is preaching balance to his players as they head into the weekend and look ahead to their conference schedule.“You can’t get bummed out when you lose because you can play really well and lose,” Carlston said. “And you sometimes you can grind out wins and you can’t feel like you’re the best team in the world, either. You just have to stay steady and confident.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said keeping the focus on playing together as a team and controlling the tempo of the game will be important if the Buckeyes want to extend their winning streak.“I know that these teams this weekend aren’t necessarily ranked like we had played the previous weekends, but everyone’s good at what they do,” Campbell said.Carlston has kept practice light during the short week to keep his players fresh as OSU gets into the grind of its schedule.“With our Big Ten schedule and how it shapes up, if we’re going to rest a little bit, this is the time to do it,” he said.Versatility at setterBoth OSU setters have seen plenty of playing time in the early going of the season. Freshman Taylor Hughes leads the Buckeyes with 198 assists, but senior Emily Ruetter is not far behind with 172.Carlston compared the situation to what’s going on at quarterback for the OSU football team with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett.“We have two very good setters,” he said. “They are very different personalities. You’re going to get a different look. Emily is just steady, steady, steady, and Taylor Hughes is more physical … The two of them together is a really neat combination.”León wins Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the WeekAfter being named the most valuable player of the Blackbird Invitational last weekend, the awards didn’t stop there for Valeria León. The junior libero was also named the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week — alongside Michigan State middle blocker Megan Tompkins — for her efforts in Brooklyn, New York.León had a tournament-high 71 digs, including 35 against then-No. 13 Arizona, the second-best single-game total in OSU history. She has been named to the all-tournament team in all three of OSU’s non-conference competitions. León said she feels that she’s playing at the top of her game right now.“I feel like I worked really hard this summer and preseason,” she said. “I feel like my hard work is just finally paying off. We can only get better from here.”What’s next?The conference schedule is scheduled to begin for the Buckeyes on Sept. 23 when they host No. 23 Minnesota at St. John Arena, the first of four straight home matchups to kick off Big Ten play. read more

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Armed forces placed on standby for new cold snap in Greece

first_imgDefense Minister Nikos Dendias has ordered the armed forces to be on standby as a new wave of bad weather hits Greece.The Civil Protection Authority in central and northern Greece is also on standby for potential problems caused by the cold weather and strong winds expected in many parts of the country.The temperature is expected to reach as low as -11 in Florina, West Macedonia. Meteorologists believe it could snow overnight in Athens’s northern suburbs.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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