Talk of rift with Rohit ‘baffling’, says Kohli

first_imgMUMBAI (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli on Monday quashed reports of a rift with senior batsman Rohit Sharma, calling the rumours “baffling” and “ridiculous” before the team’s departure for a tour of the West Indies.Since India’s exit in the semi-finals of the 50-over World Cup this month, reports of a crack in relations between Kohli and his limited-overs deputy Rohit have dominated local media.“Even I have heard a lot of things in the last few days. You obviously get to hear these things from outside,” Kohli told reporters at a city hotel. “If the team environment was not good, then the way we have been playing in the last two-three years, that would not have been possible.“I know how much the dressing room atmosphere, the trust is essential in succeeding in international cricket so if that was not there, then whatever success we have achieved, would not have been possible, we would not have been at the position we are in world cricket.” Kohli’s men sit atop the world test rankings while they are second behind World Champions England in the 50-over format.Rohit scored five centuries in the World Cup in England to top the batting charts with 648 runs and Kohli, who is the top-ranked batsman in both tests and ODIs, said he only had respect for the 32-year-old. “In my opinion it is baffling to be honest. It is absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out there,” he added. “We are feeding off lies, we are overlooking facts. We are turning a blind eye to all the good things that have happened and creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and we want to accept that it is the truth. “And I have seen this for too long now. Bringing personal lives into the picture, it is disrespectful after a moment.”WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP India will play three T20s, three ODIs and two tests against the West Indies with the series also marking the start of the World Test Championship for both teams.The long-awaited Test championship, involving the nine top-ranked test nations competing in a league till April 2021, has been designed to give more meaning to test cricket. The revamped Future Tours Programme (FTP) will see teams play three home-and-away series over a two-year cycle. The top two teams will then progress to a June 2021 final.“It’s a great thing, we all have been looking forward to it. I feel it will give context to all the cricket we would play. It’s a great thing for test cricket at the moment,” Kohli added. “Test cricket really needed a boost… It was important to have an incentive attached to test cricket in a way which the test championship presents. I’m glad that people have thought about test to keep it relevant with the test championship.“I think for the pure joy of playing cricket and executing your skills as a cricketer test cricket is the most important format. For me nothing comes above test cricket.” FILE PHOTO: Cricket – ICC Cricket World Cup – India v Pakistan – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – India’s Rohit Sharma celebrates his century with Virat Kohli Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photolast_img read more

Legislators Want Harsher Penalties For ‘Move Over Law’

first_imgAssemblymanEric Houghtaling is calling for harsher penalties against those who fail toabide by New Jersey’s “Move Over Law.” Houghtalingsaid the current “Move Over Law,” which was established in response to thetragic death of Castellano, only carries with it a moving violation and apossible fine of $100 to $500, but no points to a guilty party’s record. In the article, Franco described the law as “silly,”and argued that this new law could create more hazardous situations, withdrivers potentially forcing their way into another lane where an opportunitymay not necessarily present itself. “Asthe daughter of a retired state trooper, I am disgusted by Judi Franco’s completelack of respect for the memory of Marc Castellano and apparent lack of care forthe safety of New Jersey’s police officers. How anyone can argue that this lawis unnecessary, when its violation has already resulted in the loss of numerousinnocent lives, is unfathomable.” “…a horrible tragedy doesn’t warrant a law that putsother drivers at risk and is almost impossible to enforce,” Franco concluded. “Whateverwe have to do, we have to do to get through to people,” Houghtaling said. “MarcCastellano was struck, thrown 200 feet and had little hope of survival. Wecan’t allow this to happen anymore. I’d be happy if no one gets a ticket. Butthis is a matter of safety that we need to take more seriously.” ThoughHoughtaling admits he doesn’t expect an abundance of these tickets to be handedout, the assemblyman believes it’s the “fear factor” of a two-point ticket thatcould affect positive change. Houghtalingwas recently on hand at Howell High School for a presentation by Donna Setaro,a Forked River resident whose son and former State Trooper Marc Castellano wasstruck and killed on the shoulder of I-195 by a passing motorist on the morningof June 6, 2010. “Thechances you’ll actually get a ticket are slim, because usually it’s only oneofficer on the scene and they’re not going to leave the stop to chase you down,but it’s the fear of a ticket of this severity that could make drivers thinktwice. That’s what we’re really pushing for. We’re pushing for awareness,”Hougtaling said.center_img “Thereare too many drivers that aren’t paying any mind to this law and too manypeople getting hurt because of it,” Houghtaling said in an interview with TheTwo River Times, noting how four officers and another person were injured thispast August in Manchester when an inebriated driver crashed into a parkedpolice vehicle on the side of Route 37 in Toms River. In December, NJ 101.5 midday show radio host Judi Franco published a controversial opinion piece on the station’s website titled “Move-Over Law: Dead Cops Make Bad Laws.” Houghtalingsaid the harrowing tale moved him emotionally and inspired him to co-sponsorlegislation that would assess two motor vehicle points to drivers who fail toreduce the speed of their vehicle and transition lanes when approaching anauthorized emergency vehicle, a tow or highway maintenance truck, or anemergency or sanitation service vehicle that has its lights flashing. Houghtalingsaid he and Downey will move to meet with New Jersey’s Department of MotorVehicles to formulate a plan of action to promote awareness about the harsherpenalty through direct mail pieces, signs hung in local motor vehicledepartments and even through digital and social media means. AssemblywomanJoanne Downey, who co-sponsored the legislation with Houghtaling, calledFranco’s article an “insult” to officers and state troopers everywhere. Setaro’spresentation centered on the merits of the law, the safety risks authoritiesand fellow motorists face while stopped on the side of Garden State roadways,and how a simple lane change could have saved the life of her son, who passedaway at just 29 years old from injuries sustained in the accident. “Thissort of thing is happening all the time,” Houghtaling added. “Thankfully itdoesn’t always result in injuries, or worse, but the potential is there becausethe law isn’t being observed by our drivers.”last_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 0 West Ham 0

first_imgChelsea were unable to find an early breakthrough at Stamford Bridge despite dominating possession in an impressive start.Oscar, back in the side in the number 10 role, with Cesc Fabregas reverting to his more regular spot alongside Nemanja Matic, missed a glorious chance inside four minutes.A fine run and cross by fellow Brazilian Willian found Oscar, who shot wildly over the bar from six yards.Gary Cahill also headed over and had a fierce strike saved as the Premier League leaders continued to boss things.West Ham barely got out of their half after the first minute when they threatened through Andy Carroll.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba. West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Collins, Reid, Noble, Kouyate, Nolan, Downing, Carroll, Valencia.Subs: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Song, Amalfitano, Jarvis, Cole, Sakho.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Weather outlook into spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAThe weather and climate pattern has been on a real roller coaster ride and it is expected to continue right into spring.Currently, the climate models are struggling to deal with the ocean conditions in the Pacific Ocean. Most models have been forecasting an El Nino this winter into spring and it just has not happened as of this time. In addition, without an El Nino or La Nina going on, this creates greater uncertainty in our weather and climate. It appears this may at least last into early spring.February is shaping up to be wet with significant temperatures swings. Rainfall is forecast to range from about 2 inches in far northern Ohio to possibly 6 in southern Ohio over the next two weeks. Combine the rain with recent snowmelt and icemelt and conditions will be very wet and muddy.Many climate models are suggesting a warmer and drier than normal spring but based on recent trends, it appears to be shaping up to be normal or wetter than normal into April but uncertainty is high.You can see updated potential for flooding at the NOAA/NWS/OHRFC flood briefing pages: 16-day rainfall potential map is located here: can also see updated seasonal outlooks at the NOAA/NWS/OHRFC seasonal briefing pages here: read more

Unforced Sales Errors

first_img 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 Now There are as many or more ways to lose deals than there are ways to win them. One way to lose, but likely not the most common, is to be outsold by a competitor. Fair enough, you have been on both sides of that story. However, the most common way to lose is by unforced errors, the mistakes you make in your pursuit of a client.There are also unforced errors that cause you to produce results that are far short of the results you are capable of.There are a few classes of mistakes, but for our purposes here, we’ll bundle them into three categories. The first category is errors in planning or preparation. The second category is errors in execution. The final class being strategic errors.Caused by a Lack of PreparationYou can and will lose deals when you are unprepared or through a lack of planning.If you have not been trained, and if you are not working on developing the mindset, skill sets, and toolsets to succeed in sales, you will lose deals because you are unprepared to sell effectively. By not being aware of where you are in space, without understanding what you are seeing, hearing, and experiencing, you will lack the ability to know what your choices of action are or how to make good decisions.If you have not prepared for a sales meeting, you are less likely to produce a positive outcome or move your prospect forward. The deck you put together the morning of the meeting, the one that has your last prospect’s name on the third slide, indicates that you are not buttoned up or detail-oriented. For your client, this is a preview of things to come. One salesperson walked into a client’s office and said, “So tell me a little bit about what your company does.” (It was a very brief meeting, as you might have guessed).Starting your year without goals and a plan to reach your quota, starting the week without a plan, and beginning your day in your inbox all make you reactive, and will eventually cause you to lose deals–or to not have any deals to pursue.Caused by a Lack of ExecutionSelling is made up of conversations and commitments. The lack of disciplined execution of things like nurturing your dream clients and prospecting will cause no end of stress and poor results due to a lack of meaningful opportunities. Taking poor notes–or no notes at all–leaves you open to forgetting what your prospect believes is important. Poor energy will show a lack of enthusiasm for your prospect and their business, an outcome that could easily have been avoided with a good night’s sleep.The inability or an unwillingness to create real, differentiated, compelling value for your prospect will have them looking elsewhere for help, as will a pitiful attempt to acquire the next commitment your dream client needs to make to realize their goals. Add poor presentation skills with a pitch that misses the mark, and poor negotiation skills that feel like an ultimatum and smack of arrogance.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Caused by Poor StrategyYou can lose deals because you do too little work designing your approach to the pursuit of a deal. It’s also possible to lose by underestimating your competition, believing them to be too weak to beat you. You may find the path to a loss that runs straight through your belief that you have the right answer, even if the prospect has hinted their disagreement.By not matching your strategy to the situation, you make an error of ignoring context and stubbornly sticking to an approach that reality rejects.It’s difficult enough to win. Don’t make it impossible.last_img read more

NGT seeks performance guarantee

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has modified a previous order and directed the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation to furnish a performance guarantee to the Central Pollution Control Board within a month for dumping muck into the Bhagirathi river in Uttarakhand. A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said: “We modify the [earlier order] requiring deposit of ₹2 crore as compensation to the effect that instead of depositing the said amount, the NHIDCL may furnish a performance guarantee to the satisfaction of the CPCB within one month undertaking to take remedial measures by March 31, 2020.”last_img read more

Labour Ministry to Focus on Facilitating Job Creation

first_imgGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the Government, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will be focused on measures to facilitate job creation during the new fiscal year.“This is being executed through a two-pronged approach. The first is to undertake measures to equip the workers with the necessary training and certification to enhance their ability to take advantage of available opportunities,” he said.“The second is to identify and secure new job opportunities in the United States and Canada. Discussions are being held with a major university in Canada to facilitate training programmes for our farm workers,” he added. The Governor-General was delivering the Throne Speech to open the 2018/19 fiscal year in Gordon House on February 15 under the theme: ‘Continuing on the path to propsperity’.Other areas of priority for the Labour Ministry include enhancing labour productivity in order to boost economic growth and enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.The Bill, on which debate began in the House of Representatives on February 13, recognizes the rights of workers to do productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.Emphasis will also be placed on amending the Minimum Wage Act in order to incorporate provisions under the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 189 relating to domestic workers.The Convention was adopted during the 100th session of the ILO held in Geneva, Switzerland in 2011 and was entered into force in September 2013.last_img read more