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first_imgMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans A PSG fan holds a PSG yellow away jersey, marked with the number 10 and the name of Brazilian star Neymar, after he purchased it from the Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) football club store on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on August 4, 2017.Brazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZBrazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club.The 25-year-old forward doubled the previous record fee with his 222 million euro ($264 million) move from Barcelona and will earn a reported 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year under the new deal.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Neymar’s Brazilian international teammate Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.There is also scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.Spanish newspaper El Mundo described the move as a “state signing.”Spain’s La Liga initially refused to accept payment for Neymar’s buyout clause in a bid to stall the move over allegations of transfer irregularities, but Neymar’s ex-teammates wished him well.“My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!!” Luis Suarez posted on Instagram alongside a picture of the two hugging.“Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The transfer is more than double the previous world record set by Manchester United’s capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.Leading coaches such as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” said Wenger, whose 21 years at Arsenal have been characterized by prudent spending.“It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”‘A state signing’However, in the French capital there is huge excitement at PSG having landed a star name to finally make them feared among European football’s elite with even French president Emmanuel Macron enthused.“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it’s good news,” said Macron.“Paris at his feet”, splashed Le Parisien as Neymar dominated the French front pages Friday.“A king comes to Paris,” crowed L’Equipe newspaper.The mood is understandably more sombre in Barcelona where attention has turned to who the Catalans can sign to replace Neymar in the month before the transfer window closes. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketscenter_img ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Neymar said late Thursday.“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. “From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ NBA MVP Curry fires respectable 74 in pro golf debut PSG said that Neymar will appear at a press conference at the club’s Parc des Princes at 1130GMT on Friday.He will then be presented to fans at the same ground at 1345GMT on Saturday before the season-opening Ligue 1 fixture against promoted Amiens.PSG wasted no time in pressing Neymar’s commercial value by announcing that shirts bearing his name will be on sale Friday at the club’s megastore on the city’s iconic Champs Elysees.Football legend Pele congratulated Neymar on his move, telling his successor in the famed Brazilian number 10 shirt: “Good luck for your new challenge”.“Paris is a beautiful city and one of my favorites in the world,” three-time World Cup winner Pele wrote on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgAs the government concludes a three-day conference to identify and support Liberia’s Post Accession plan to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), Axel M. Addy has disclosed that a number of businesses have been set aside strictly for Liberian owned businesses.Minister Addy, Liberia’s chief negotiator in the ongoing WTO Liberia Post Accession Plan, made the disclosure yesterday at a special press stakeout held at a local resort in Monrovia.“There has been a serious concern from Liberia about the size of the economy and business set aside for Liberian owned businesses,” Minister Addy said. “Liberia’s package has already taken that into consideration in Liberia’s package and the people of Liberia can be assured.“Coalition building can also help small countries increase their bargaining power in negotiations or in creating new trade rules,” he said.Minister Addy indicated that there are horizontal packages that provide protection for citizens, investments, and domestic inventory among others, which he attributed to the delay in becoming a member of the WTO, including other countries.According to him, the three-day conference, which brought together international delegates, is important as it allows stakeholders to get the complete understanding of the implication of the commitment.“There have been stakeholder meetings around the WTO’s accession process since 2007 and sometimes specific sector meetings like the private sector that today resulted into Liberia being a member of the WTO. Liberia is already a market-based, liberalized economy.“By joining the WTO, small countries enjoy the benefits that all WTO members grant to each other, based on principles of non-discrimination and transparency,” he said.According to him, small countries can participate fully in the multilateral trading system as decisions are made by consensus and each member has an equal right to challenge the practices of other members in the WTO dispute settlement procedures.He said the major benefit of the WTO accession process itself is that it provides an acceding government with a powerful instrument for domestic reforms to accelerate growth, modernization, strengthen institutional capacity and enshrine the rule of law. “Through accelerated growth and development, government’s efforts at reducing poverty can be strengthened. WTO membership is an investment into future competitiveness – it can serve as a tool to attract domestic and foreign investment to diversify local production base and expand its supply capacity.Legally binding WTO commitments help improve investor confidence and the domestic environment for doing business,” Minister Addy added.“Modernization through domestic reforms undertaken in the process of accession as well as transparency and predictability of the rules-based multilateral trading system can help create a competitive and favorable business environment for all private sector operators, domestic and foreign. Export-oriented operators can also benefit from access to the markets of all WTO members on a most-favored nation (MFN) basis. The greatest benefits of accession arguably go to SMEs and consumers, who are typically not able to lobby/negotiate on their own behalf. “Telecommunications are essential for producing and distributing goods and services,” he said. “Transport services contribute to the efficient distribution of goods within a country and are particularly important for international trade. Efficient business services reduce transaction costs and increase productivity. Education services are necessary to build up the stock of human capital. Distribution services connect producers and consumers and influence the efficiency with which resources are allocated. Tourism is appropriate for increase in consumer spending, job creation and overall economic growth.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was targeted with racist abuse by Inter Milan fans at the San Siro last week © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Dec 31 – Diego Maradona has given his backing to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly after the Senegalese international was subjected to racist abuse by Inter Milan supporters last week.Argentina great Maradona, who won the Serie A title with Napoli in 1987 and 1990, posted a picture of himself on social media holding up Koulibaly’s No.26 shirt with a message of support for the player, who was targeted with monkey chants by Inter fans during Napoli’s 1-0 defeat at the San Siro on Wednesday. “I played for Napoli for seven years and I also suffered from racist chants from some fans,” said Maradona, who is coach of Mexican second division outfit Dorados and adored by Napoli fans.The 58-year-old, currently on holiday in Buenos Aires as the Mexican league is on a break, said he feels “even more Neapolitan today and that he wants “to be close to” Koulibaly.“I hope this incident signals a turning point to eliminate, once and for all, racism from football.”Maradona’s gesture of solidarity comes after thousands of Napoli fans wore Koulibaly masks in support of the 27-year-old during their side’s 3-2 win over Bologna on Saturday.On Friday, European football governing body UEFA said its anti-racism protocol had not been followed during the match in which Koulibaly, who was also sent off, was abused.Fans were asked three times over the loudspeaker to stop the abuse, but they ignored the pleas.According to UEFA’s protocol, the match should have been suspended then but instead the game was allowed to continue.The Italian league subsequently ordered Inter to play two home matches behind closed doors as punishment.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgThe University of the West Indies has named Desmond Tutu the recipient of its Luminary Award. His daughter, Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, received the award on his behalf, at an award gala in Toronto.Mpho Tutu van Furth, daughter of Desmond Tutu, centre, with Senator Murray Sinclair, left, and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen at the University of the West Indies annual benefit gala in Toronto on 1 April 2017. Van Furth accepted the Luminary Award on her father’s behalf. (Image: Nicholas Keung, via UWI Gala)Brand South Africa reporterThe University of the West Indies (UWI) has honoured Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the retired Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, with its Luminary Award.The ceremony took place during the university’s Toronto Benefit Gala at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, Canada.The award is given to people with a Caribbean heritage who have achieved outstanding feats internationally, or people who have brought prominence to the Caribbean or to issues that affect the region.Tutu’s daughter, Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, travelled to Canada to receive the award on 1 April on behalf of her father.Her father was honoured to continue his strong ties with Canada, she said at the ceremony. “He has this particular fondness for Canada since the 1980s at the height of the apartheid regime. Canada’s support was incredible and the welcome was amazing,” she said.Second time aroundThe university first recognised Tutu for his accomplishments in 1986 when he received an honorary degree.He has been described as having a strong passion for social justices and activism. Tutu became South Africa’s first black archbishop of the Anglican Church and served as the chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“He has also used his high-profile position to campaign, globally, for poverty, HIV/Aids, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and land rights,” said the university.Tutu has been honoured with other globally respected awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Gandhi Peace Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the US.Other recipientsTutu was not the only recipient at the gala. Other honourees included neurosurgeon Dr Renn Holness, businesswoman and retired diplomat Kay McConney, entrepreneur and philanthropist Wayne Purboo, cardiologist and community activist Dr Vivian Rambihar, Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Michael Tulloch and GraceKennedy Limited, one of the Caribbean’s largest food and finance companies.Source: UWI Toronto GalaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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first_imgImage supplied by RSA.comBy Phindi MadunaThe RSA.com brand officially launched in 2015. The brand’s aim is to promote and embrace South African trends and style in the country and around the world. Its modern and minimal approach to design is a refreshing take on how to bring out South Africa’s edgy street style.Brand South Africa had a conversation with the brand’s founder and Operations Manager, Tshepo Kolanchu to discuss the brand, it’s highlights and future prospects.Q: What is the inspiration behind the brand’s name?Tshepo: The name came from observing multitudes of people from all over the world wearing clothes branded New York (NY), Chicago, Los Angeles (LA), to name a few. RSA.com is a premium brand that is meant for South Africans to brag about and be proud of while carrying the South African name/brand across the world. Having resolved to promote the country as a brand, the next consideration was the most preferred sales platform, the “.com” domain, which is the top level domain for global commerce. We therefore decided on “RSA.com” as a representative brand.Q: What have been some of the successes and highlights for RSA.com since its launch in 2015?Tshepo: Some our highlights have been the successful registration of the trademark; our online store; our affiliation with two government agencies who promote the country and its products across the world namely – Brand South Africa and Proudly South Africa; exhibiting the brand at the 2018 Buy Local Summit; and our partnership with the Miss Gauteng pageant.Q: Why have you focused on t-shirts and vests as your staple garments?Tshepo: We initially launched the brand with  caps, t-shirts, jogger pants, hoodies, track pants, dresses & warmers to test the market, from this exercise we learned that due to demand and limited resources, it was better to re-focus our energy and push t-shirts, dresses and vests which are capsule garments.Q: Please tell us a little bit more about the market’s reception to your brand?Tshepo: People are showing interest in our clothes and we are slowly gaining popularity. With the launch of the new site established in April 2018 (1 month old), which is being promoted on social media, that has helped the market to get reacquainted with the brand. The new site is interactive and it is receiving more attention.Q: What’s next for RSA.com?Tshepo: The plan is to grow the product lines with time as we grow the love and loyalty of the brand with our clients.We also hope to create opportunities for other business people to open and manage physical stores in cities around the country and abroad, to encourage economic growth and job creation.You can get in touch with RSA.com on the following platforms:Mobile: +27 81 597 7778Email: info@justrsa.comFacebook: Rsa.comInstagram: @rsa_comTwitter: @rsa_comWebsite: www.justrsa.comlast_img read more

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first_img SharePrint RelatedFastest 15 Minutes in Geocaching – WWFM XApril 15, 2013In “Community”The Fastest 15 Minutes in Geocaching: WWFMMay 5, 2014In “Geocaching Info”2012 World Wide Flash Mob ApproachingMay 22, 2012In “Movie References” Delft, the NetherlandsOregon, United States58 people (most on Pool Noodle ponies) rode into the Riverfront Carousel and sang Happy Birthday to the Carousel ponies (who were all wearing party hats for their 13th Birthday party). The Operations Manager was surprised and delighted and really, really wants a geocache there now!  He said “it gave him goosebumps seeing us”.Salem, OregonThe 10 largest WWFM XI events were all in Germany, each with over 150 participants. The very biggest was in Dortmund with 450 people. The other countries with events over 100 people were Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, The Netherlands, Portugal, France, and Team PodCacher’s San Diego event.On the other end of the scale, there were actually quite a few with only 2 participants. Events in Poland, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Indonesia and Greenland.To hear more stories from the amazing WWFM XI, listen to PodCacher show 473 and show 474. To get more information on the WWFM, you can visit gcwwfm.com, and listen to Show 473 and Show 474.Share with your Friends:More WWFM XI – World-Wide Flash MobThe Fastest 15 minutes in GeocachingBy Sonny and Sandy, of the PodCacher Podcast.June 7th was another record-breaking experience for flash mob participants. Over 27,000 geocachers gathered at 792 events in 52 countries for this annual event.WWFM hosts are known for their creativity and quirkiness and this year’s events did not disappoint. Here are some “WWFM snapshots” from around the globe.Pretoria, South AfricaWe had an awesome event blowing bubbles around a giant sculpture of an upside down cow.  It was freezing here in Pretoria but geocachers are not put off by a bit of cold weather and we had a super turnout of 35 people.  It was great to see some new geocachers attending their first ever event and a Flash Mob at that!Pretoria, South AfricaMikkeli, FinlandDuring the event the geocachers gathered to the main park of our town to take a football club type of photo – with everyone wearing a red shirt and black pants. All participants were asked to gather to the different parts of the park. When the referee whistled, everyone gathered in front of the main building in the park in three rows and took their places as professional football players in front of the building. After the photos were taken, the referee whistled again and everyone disappeared without saying a word.Mikkeli FinlandHong Kong26 geocachers decided to copy Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks at the busiest zebra crossing in Causeway Bay, HK. There were zombies, gymnasts, supermen and women, backwards walkers and couples with their own silly walk. We had to cross 5 times to earn our smiley.Hong KongPennsylvania, United StatesPainting it Purple was our theme. Attendees were to dress and accessorize in purple and to bring along a paintbrush with purple ribbon tied to it. When the event began, we started “painting” everything in sight with our paintbrushes. The color purple was chosen because our event was held very near the Relay For Life of Lancaster.  After the event, some of the cachers went into the Relay and walked some laps around the track to Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back against cancer.Pennsylvania, United StatesDelft, the NetherlandsWith pride we would like to report our WWFM XI event, “Applause for Hugo”. Hugo, in this case, is a statue of Hugo the Groot on the central square in Delfs. At 19:00 hours, a lot of people walked up to this statue and gave it a standing ovation.last_img read more

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first_imgA few years ago, experts were predicting that by now, every new home built would be a “smart home,” packed with smart devices as part of an integrated network of the internet-of-things (IoT). But there were several issues with IoT—at least as we conceived of it—that led to the concept declining. Contemporary experts are divided, with some claiming that IoT is “dead,” and others insisting that IoT here merely changed forms from what we originally expected.So where does the truth lie? Is IoT really dead? And if so, what killed it?The Big PictureLet’s start by looking at the big picture. IoT is a broad term, referring to any network of connected devices. In the context of a smart home, this might mean all your devices and appliances having “smart” features, like a connection to the internet, the capability to be controlled remotely with a smart device, automatic updates, and backups via the cloud.But the “smart home” hasn’t really taken off for consumers. Smart thermostats and smart TVs have seen surges in popularity, but there isn’t much interest in other IoT devices, like smart washing machines or smart toasters, nor are we seeing the emergence of strongly interconnected networks in homes.We are seeing more IoT applications for various industries, capitalizing on RFID chips to track batches of products or utilizing sensors to determine when machines are down. We’re also seeing IoT manifest in homes in less obvious, more centralized ways.Factors for the Decline in IoT EnthusiasmIoT has certainly fallen short of predictions originally made by industry experts, but why is this the case?Sensationalism in journalism. Part of the problem stems from hype and sensationalism in tech journalism. Tech journalists are under constant pressure to predict the “next big thing,” identifying new technologies that will change people’s lives and/or change the world for the better. The problem is, these tech breakthroughs are rarer than they seem—and technologies rarely turn out the way we would have originally predicted. When tech writers first caught onto the IoT trend, they latched onto it, predicting that it had the potential to change the world, and artificially boosting consumer expectations in the process. What’s slow or fast for a technology’s development only depends on our expectations for it, and in this case, our expectations were a bit too lofty.Perceived values. There’s also the problem of perceived value—especially when compared to costs. Upgrading from a traditional refrigerator to a smart refrigerator may cost you several hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on which models you choose, but how much value is the “smart” component really adding? Having a built-in grocery list may marginally improve your quality of life, but it isn’t going to revolutionize the way you live. For the most part, consumers haven’t felt the strong compulsion to invest in the technology.Consumer requirements. Some forms of IoT require too much of the consumers that purchase them. For example, getting people to upgrade their current software can be challenging, and those frequent updates are practically necessary for the devices to maintain consistent, reliable operations. Older consumers, or those who aren’t tech-savvy, may also not be willing to learn the ropes of 10 different user interfaces when they purchase ten different smart appliances to bring into their home. A single, universal provider of IoT devices may be able to streamline things, offering a comprehensive interface for all your connected devices, but so far, a leader has not emerged.Security and privacy. There are also significant and justified concerns about the future of consumer privacy and security. As far as a hacker is concerned, all it takes is one point of entry to compromise an entire network—and every IoT device serves as another point of entry. Having just one poorly designed or developed device on your network could compromise everything else on your Wi-Fi network. Plus, many consumers are acutely aware of the tracking potential in smart devices; a smart security camera may be able to keep an eye on your home for security purposes, but it may also store that footage in the cloud—making it a target for potential criminals. And every company offering any type of smart device could hypothetically access all your data for advertising purposes.Development opportunities. IoT has also suffered in part because it isn’t lucrative—at least on the consumer side of things. Consumers haven’t shown much interest in upgrading to smart devices, which means it often isn’t worth the time or money to develop those devices to begin with. And many of the most successful smart devices (such as smart speakers) are frequently sold at a loss (so companies can get greater market share), so it’s hard to enter an already-competitive market.Developmental standards. IoT also never found a foothold in terms of developmental standards. Ideally, we’d have an environment where there were defined protocols for how devices connect to each other, and how they connect to a central hub. But developers can barely agree on what the definition of “IoT” is—let alone work together on a consistent set of standards. That makes it incredibly hard to create devices of independent origin that can work with each other—and pushes more consumers away from the conventional picture of the “smart home.”The Future for IndustryIndustrial applications haven’t been slow to adopt IoT—at least not the way consumers have. Already, IoT networks have become more common and more important for almost every business that requires internal tracking. RFID chips and other small bits of sensing equipment are much cheaper and easier to manufacture than big, lumbering consumer electronics; together, they add more valuable features than any single devices with high tech behind it. Accordingly, vast networks of small components are both cheaper and more valuable for industries to use, so it makes sense that they’d be in heavy use by big companies. The future of IoT will continue along these lines, with devices in the network being small, inconspicuous, and lending only a fraction of the total value of the overall system.The Future for ConsumersSo what about the future of IoT for consumers? Instead of manifesting as dozens of independent smart devices operating on the same network, we’ll instead start to see gravitation toward more centralized devices and apps, and more high-level functionality of IoT devices. For example, smart speakers and “home” devices are starting to become popular because they can allow you to control an enormous number of individual devices—even if they only have a handful of features on their own. We’ll also see more devices that provide big data and analytic insights to consumers, helping them learn more about their big-picture habits (like how they’re sleeping or how much electricity they use), rather than giving them individual features that don’t add much value (like determining whether or not the milk is bad).IoT may also come in a more integrated, less noticeable form. Rather than buying individual devices with touchscreen interfaces, or homes with obvious high-tech nodules, low-key devices like smart speakers will become center points for an integrated network of chips and sensors. And a combination of wireless internet and wireless electricity will give consumers more control over their environment—without the need to invest in expensive gadgets that only add marginal benefits.It’s hard to say exactly how the IoT will develop, but this certainly isn’t the end of the line. IoT may not have developed exactly how experts predicted, nor did it develop as fast as most of us hoped, but both industry professionals and everyday consumers will have much to gain in the coming years, as IoT finds its footing and comes to us in some unexpected ways. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Frank Landmancenter_img Follow the Puck Related Posts Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutionslast_img read more

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first_imgTo reach your full potential, you need to meet the following recommended daily allowances:Optimism: To be the most effective, best-ever version of you, you have to start with the right attitude. That attitude is built on optimism. Your recommended daily allowance is the maximum dosage available.Gratitude: Optimism is more potent when it is taken with a huge dose of gratitude. Nothing eliminates negativity and a scarcity mindset like gratitude. The recommended daily allowance is a minimum of ten minutes of quiet reflection or saying thank you to a minimum of two people.Adversity: You can’t be your very best unless you take on challenges that move you out of your comfort zone. Facing adversity is how you grow. Tackle one challenge each day that requires more courage than you believe you can muster.Persistence: That thing you tried and failed at? The recommended daily allowance of persistence is to try again. Every day. Until you succeed.Education: Your responsibility to educate yourself doesn’t end when you leave school. Learning one useful thing each day is the minimum recommended daily dosage. Education is best when taken with Curiosity. Think “chops.”Generosity: Do one thing every week for someone who can never repay you. If you can’t do something for someone you know, write a check to the charity of your choice.Passion: Give yourself over to what really drives you. Even if it isn’t your day job and you have to do it after work. Minimum recommended daily allowance: 1 hour.Humor: The recommended daily allowance is 24 full belly laughs each and every day. Laughing at yourself or using self-deprecating humor counts for 8.Compassion: The required minimum daily allowance is every human interaction, no exceptions.Imagination: There is a difference between dreams and day dreams. Spend at least 15 minutes dreaming your dream.What’s on your list of recommended daily allowances? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgHundreds of Non-Resident Indians from the Sikh community have trooped to Patna for celebrations in connection with the 350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh. Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgThe Goa government has decided to slash road tax by 50% on purchase of new vehicles for a period of three months to boost the auto industry, State Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho said on Tuesday. With festivals like Dussehra and Diwali coming up, the State government’s decision will help the sluggish auto industry, he told PTI.“The Government has decided to reduce the road tax by 50% on purchase of new vehicles for three months from October,” Mr. Godinho said. As per a Transport Department official, there was a decline of 15% to 17% in the overall registration of vehicles in the State during first four months of the current financial year. A total of 19,480 vehicles were registered from April to July this year, he said. Currently, two-wheelers costing up to ₹1.5 lakh are taxed 9% of the vehicle’s cost, and for those in the range of ₹1.5 lakh to ₹3 lakh, the tax is 12%.Vehicles costing above ₹3 lakh are charged 15% tax. For four-wheelers up to ₹6 lakh, the tax is 9%, while those upto ₹10 lakh are charged 11%.Vehicles costing ₹10 lakh to ₹15 lakh are charged 11% tax and those costing more have to pay 13%. Meanwhile, the Opposition Congress said the move may benefit the common man, but it also shows that the government has “failed” in economic management.“It may superficially appear that the 50 per cent reduction in road tax will benefit the common man, but the hard truth is that due to the failed economic management of the BJP government, people don’t have the financial strength to buy vehicles,” Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar said.last_img read more

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