Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Tyranny: the word means a cruel and oppressive ruler.Liberty: defined as freedom from oppressive rule.If you want liberty, you need to rule yourself like a tyrant. If you can’t govern your desires like a tyrant, then you will undoubtedly find a real form (or forms) of tyranny.Freedom Now is Tyranny LaterMaybe you can’t discipline yourself to get out of the bed in the morning. Instead, you hit the snooze button when the alarm clock rings at 6:30 AM, capturing nine more minutes of comfort and sleep. It feels good, so you hit snooze again, and one more time for good measure. Your decision to seek comfort results in you having no time for an effective morning ritual, and no time to do anything before running out the door. You have the liberty to sleep in should you want to, but it will likely result in the tyranny of low energy, poor clarity, mediocre work, complacency, and unfilled hopes, dreams, and wishes. How you do one thing is how you do everything.You can exercise your freedom to avoid anything that looks like exercise, taking poor care of your health and well-being. You can make poor dietary choices, and practice poor hydration habits and sleep rituals. It is possible to exercise your freedom in ways that make the poor decisions above seem acceptable by comparison. Your freedom to do what you want when it comes to your health is yours alone. The tyranny of sickness, illness, and poor health are the natural outcomes of the exercise of those freedoms.You can spend more money than you have to spend. Some companies count on you borrowing money from them to buy things you believe that you need to be happy. These companies want you to have the freedom to have what you want when you want it, avoiding having to go without or waiting. The Joneses have a new neighbor. You have the freedom to enter into contracts to borrow money from companies that provide you with credit, and you are free to borrow as much as they will lend you. Tyranny is paying interest on loans to buy things that no longer mean anything, if they ever did.The decision to have a pessimistic, skeptical, cynical attitude is available to you. And why wouldn’t it be when media designs every story to frighten you about something that isn’t likely to ever harm you, separate you from people who are different from you or sensationalize stories to make them ever more salacious? The exercise of the freedom to choose what you believe about the world and its inhabitants belongs to you. It’s your birthright. But the tyranny of cynicism will make your life far less than it would be had you decided differently.If you really don’t like to exert yourself at work, preferring instead to try to do as little as possible, staying under the radar and out of harm’s way, you have that freedom (while it lasts, anyway). You can allow your cynicism to creep over into your work, never giving yourself over to the work. You can look for new work, but when you show up to your new job, the same cynic in you will not have changed one iota, and you will be back to believing your unhappiness is caused by external forces. The lack of effort and the unwillingness to do good work will bring the tyranny of an inadequate income, a lack of advancement, a lack of purpose and meaning, and anxiety about a future where things are even worse than they are now.To Be Free, Be the TyrantThe personal freedom you want is found in being your own personal tyrant. The tyrant sets the alarm earlier than you find acceptable and doesn’t allow you to hit the snooze button. In doing so, you have the freedom to do all the things that lead to a successful day (successful days lead to successful weeks which lead to successful months and successful years).When you are a tyrant about your health and well-being, you have the freedom of abundant energy, stamina, clarity, flexibility, and mobility. You are less often ill, and you push the unavoidable health problems far into the future.The financial tyrant takes your money from you before you see it and transfers it to some vehicle that allows it to grow. This decision, even though it requires you to go without now, ensures you have better freedoms in the future.You need to be a tyrant when it comes to the things you allow to infect your mind, things like scarcity, envy, and judging others. This tyranny provides the freedom to choose a better, more empowering set of beliefs.Quality work is the product of the tyrant. The tyrant eliminates distractions. It provides a laser-focus on the outcome you are pursuing. The tyranny of good work offers the freedom to be more, do more, and have more, while also contributing more—and making a difference for more people.If you want freedom, you need to be your own personal tyrant. If not, a different—and much more harmful—form of tyranny will be yours.
Be Your Own Tyrant
Rodney Hood hopes to be ready for Game 1 after hyperextending knee
LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jerwin Ancajas to be feted with prestigious plum by IBF Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood reacts after being injured in the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)DENVER — Portland guard/forward Rodney Hood remains hopeful he can play in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals after hyperextending his left knee.Hood left Game 7 on Sunday against Denver after colliding with Nuggets forward Torrey Craig on a screen in the third quarter. Hood stayed down on the floor, clutching at his left knee as trainers checked on him. Hood was helped into the locker room.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting He had six points in 20 minutes as the Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets 100-96 to advance.“They checked my knee and everything was stable,” Hood said. “Major relief.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 1 of the conference finals is Tuesday night at Golden State.“Day-by-day,” Hood said. “Hopefully the pain goes down. Hopefully it’s feeling better by Tuesday.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue In a Game 6 win at Portland, Hood had 25 points. Nuggets coach Michael Malone referred to him as the “MVP of the series.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
Abhinav Mukund responds to trolls on his skin color with power-packed Twitter message
Indian cricketer Abhinav Mukund has slammed racial abuse on social media, saying that he has himself been at the receiving end of insults and ridicule for his skin tone.In a statement posted on his Twitter page, Mukund, who featured in the first Test against Sri Lanka in the ongoing series and scored 81 in the second innings, expressed his disappointment at some of messages sent to him targetting his skin tone.The left-handed Tamil Nadu batsman, however, made it clear that his statement had nothing to do with any member of the Indian cricket team.”I am writing today not to garner sympathy or attention but with the hope to change the mindset of people on an issue I feel strongly about. I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me,” his statement, posted last night, read.”Anyone who follows cricket would understand the obvious.”I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not even once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades.”It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoors. I come from Chennai probably one of the hottest places in the country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground.”advertisementFurther, the 27-year-old said that he has been subjected to this abuse for long and it has not ended.”I have been subjected to a lot of name calling and I have laughed and shrugged it off because I had bigger goals! Affected young, I toughened up because this was never something that would pull me down.”There were many times when I chose not to dignify these insults with responses. Today I am speaking up not just for me but for many from our country who experience ridicule based on the colour of one’s skin. Obviously with the rise of social media, it has gone to magnitude that I see people hurling abuses left, right and centre at something I have absolutely no control over!”Fair is not the only lovely or handsome guys! Stay true, stay focussed and be comfortable in your own skin,” he concluded.pic.twitter.com/bdeSj3Bm9c- Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 9, 2017His statement evoked strong response from his fans, who praised him for sharing his thoughts on the subject.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin replied to the tweet by saying, “read and learn, don’t make it a headline cos its someone’s emotion.” All-rounder Hardik Pandya also came out in support of his teammate.Read and learn, don’t make it a headline cos its someone’s emotion. https://t.co/AnN9EMofj2- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 10, 2017Muk on point ??????????????? I love ???? https://t.co/s6e4Xb5H7t- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 10, 2017Bengal cricketer Manoj Tiwary, replying to him, tweeted, “Well said ABHINAV.”In his latest post this morning, the 27-year-old Mukund made it clear that his statement has nothing to do with Indian team.”Guys please don’t turn this into something else,it has absolutely no connection to anyone in the team. It is mainly targeted at people Who have been posting abuses about colour and saying absolutely derogatory things about the tone of my skin. That s all !,” he tweeted.He further appealed,”Please don’t turn this into something political,I just wanted to make a positive statement hoping to make a change. That’s all.”Mukund has played seven Tests for India and is yet to make his ODI debut.Guys please don’t turn this into something else,it has absolutely no connection to anyone in the team. It is mainly targeted at people 1/2- Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 10, 2017Who have been posting abuses about colour and saying absolutely derogatory things about the tone of my skin. That s all !- Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 10, 2017Please don’t turn this into something political,I just wanted to make a positive statement hoping to make a change. That s all.- Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 10, 2017
India Today Group launches MobileTak.in, a portfolio of 7 digital channels
The India Today Group has launched a new portfolio of seven niche digital channels across six platforms under the name of Mobiletak.in.The seven digital channels from Mobiletak.in are, News Tak, Sports Tak, Food Tak, Life Tak, Astro Tak, Tech Tak and Yoga Tak. At MobileTak.in, an omni-platform channel which offers visitors an opportunity to know more about what is new and trending around the world, users will get access to a hot list of short and crisp videos on topics ranging across sports, movies, politics, astrology, food, technology, humour, fashion and news. Commenting on Mobiletak.in, India Today Group Vice Chairperson Kalli Purie said, “Content consumption on mobile devices is growing at a phenomenal rate, and we are catering to this growing appetite for content on mobile with this new launch.” “Mobiletak.in is mobile-first in content and experience. We always wanted to create a series of niche channels. This would have been a herculean task on television, but the onslaught of content consumption on mobile and the current digital landscape have enabled in ushering in the simultaneous mega launch of the seven niche digital channels,” she said. The portfolio of niche digital channels from MobileTak.in.IN is as follows:Sports Tak: Matches, bouts and everything you need to know to stay updated on sports in India and the world.Astro Tak: Horoscopes to predictions and what is written in the stars. Get a glimpse of the future so that you can be prepared.Life Tak: Work life, family, relationships, trends and more. Engage & connect with what matters to you.advertisementTech Tak: From mobiles to digital platforms, to what’s in and what’s not. Get the latest on gadgets and technology .Yoga Tak: From health concerns to ageing, there is a yoga hack for everything, learn the asanas , sequences and techniques from the experts anytime and anywhere.Food Tak: Master traditional Indian & international cuisines, share family recipes and specialties.News Tak: Quick and short video updates on the latest news in India and around the world.Mobile Tak is built over progressive web app technology which works on any handset and any operating system giving users access to content in the remotest parts of the country. The combination of content, technology and ease of sharing makes the platform very engaging for all users. Sharing is at the heart of MobileTak and allows users to share content via Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail with just a click of a button.
Chalk Talk: How the Cowboys Can Improve the Run Game in 2016 (Part 3)
The last in our weekly look at how Oklahoma State can make its run game great again.Part 1 — In the ZonePart 2 — Spread It OutEnsure Numbers AdvantageJust because a team is in a spread-out formation like we looked at in Part 2 doesn’t mean that they are going to have success. There were many times when the Cowboys tried formations like the ones above and they didn’t work, but there’s a good reason for it.Take this still from the Pokes’ game against West Virginia. They may be in a spread formation, yes, but the defense crowds the box and the offense can’t do anything about it. WVU has six against OSU’s five, and the Cowboys’ disadvantage leads to a disappointing result.So if the offense doesn’t have the numbers advantage in the box, it is counterintuitive to run the ball; this is a given. But with the pace of modern offenses, hardly any teams actually audible anymore. Rather, they just attach routes to the receivers to give the quarterback an out if the defense commits to the run. This ensures that when they do run the ball, they have advantageous numbers.These ‘attachment’ plays are called RPOs. RPOs, or run-pass options, are frequently used to take advantage of overly aggressive defenses. Pre-snap run-pass options are used to punish defenses that overcommit to either covering the run or the pass. The Cowboys don’t always use RPOs, but when they do, they usually fare well. Let’s take a look at an RPO example from OSU’s game against Kansas State.This is a play that the Cowboys successfully used multiple times against the Wildcats in their game last season. It’s one they stole straight from Baylor — an inside run play, either an inside zone or dart play, and a bubble–stick combo on the trips side with a ‘gift’ route on the backside.This might sound complicated, so let’s break it down. The inside slot on the trips side is running a stick route and the outside slot is running a bubble with the outermost receiver blocking downfield. The backside receiver runs a route that is designed to beat single-man coverage. This varies from team to team, but it is usually a quick curl or slant/bang route. If the corner presses, though, it is understood by both the receiver and the quarterback that he is to run a fade down the sideline, as none of those short routes would work against press coverage. The linemen and running back treat it as a regular inside run play. Now it’s the quarterback’s job to decide where his numbers advantage is.If the defense stacks the box and leaves two corners on three receivers, he should throw to one of the receivers on the trips side. Here’s a look at it with trips on the other side of the field.If the defense plays base with only five in the box, the quarterback should hand it off to the back up the middle.And if the defense both covers all three of the receivers on the trips side and brings a safety down into the box, the quarterback should throw to his isolated receiver on the weak side.So if the defense doesn’t cover the trips side in anticipation for the run, Rudolph has an easy out and can both avoid a negative run play and gain yardage without having to audible. Remember: even though RPOs sometimes end in passes, they ensure that when you run the ball, you do so against a favorable front. And sometimes, especially with a struggling offensive line, this all may be for naught. You might get the perfect advantage, only to have a lineman miss a block for a tackle for loss. But that’s why a lot of RPOs use either angles ( like the dart, which we will cover in the future) or double teams (iso, double on 3 technique, which we will also cover later) to their advantage. Plus, you can’t think that way as a coach. A play may be only perfect on a chalkboard, but that’s all that they can do; it’s the players’ job to execute.So those are just three ways that the Cowboys could aid the run game this season. They’ve shown all three before, so don’t be surprised if they use them a bit more in 2016. The coaching staff has shown the ability to make necessary changes leading up to the first game; let’s just hope that the lineman are getting ready as well.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
5 days agoPartizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utd
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Partizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utdby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePartizan Belgrade manager Savo Milosevic has urged fans to be on their best behaviour against Europa League rivals Manchester United.The Aston Villa legend, who now manages the Serbian team, said he understands why there might be some concerns ahead of the game.He told The Sun: “Sure, and I, as a former player with friends throughout the world, will do everything to make sure our guests will feel comfortable and to think only of a game of football.”I will say to our fans: ‘A big club, a giant club, is coming to visit us – and we should be honoured to play against Manchester United for the first time since 1966’.”We have to be proud to host the players, coaches, leaders and fans of such a great club.”
Jamaicans Urged to Show Greater Levels of National Responsibility
Director of the Fi Wi Jamaica Project, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, is appealing for citizens to show a greater sense of national responsibility, noting that this is key to addressing social ills.She argued that there is a direct correlation between civic pride, national responsibility of citizens and the urge to speak out or take action against deviant behaviours.Professor Hamilton said the project has been playing its role in sparking discussions around the obligation of each citizen towards the development and safety of Jamaica.“We have been using our organised conferences and training sessions as platforms from which to impress upon participants the necessity for every individual to play his role to create the Jamaica that he wants to see,” she noted.She said that when questioned about who owns Jamaica, participants had a number of varying answers that did not include themselves.“This sort of perception that Jamaica belongs to other groups or entities significantly contributes to the abdication of responsibility that has become prevalent, and we see it in the lack of bystander intervention in instances where individuals face varying levels of injustice,” Professor Hamilton pointed out.She cited low voter turnout for elections as a manifestation of the waning levels of national responsibility.“The time is right for all of us to recognise the role we play in militating against the abuse of our fellow citizens and upholding moral standards as a nation for the greater good of all,” Professor Hamilton said.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, implemented in 2015, works to address domestic violence, human trafficking and intolerance within the Jamaican context, designing strategies to help stem these issues. Story Highlights The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, implemented in 2015, works to address domestic violence, human trafficking and intolerance within the Jamaican context, designing strategies to help stem these issues. Director of the Fi Wi Jamaica Project, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, is appealing for citizens to show a greater sense of national responsibility, noting that this is key to addressing social ills. Professor Hamilton said the project has been playing its role in sparking discussions around the obligation of each citizen towards the development and safety of Jamaica.
55 years on only 1 CPIM candidate retains deposit
Kolkata: Within 55 years after the CPI(M) was formed, only one candidate of the party has been able to retain his deposit in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.The CPI(M) had fielded 29 candidates while Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI had three candidates each in the Lok Sabha election. Sitaram Yechury, the party general secretary, said it will carry out post-poll analysis at a two-day meeting on May 26 and 27 in New Delhi. It is interesting to note that only Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya, former Mayor of Kolkata who had contested from Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat, was able to retain his deposit. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBhattacharya has finished third in the triangular contest. Mimi Chakraborty of the Trinamool Congress won the seat by 2.95 lakh votes while Anupam Hazra of the BJP came second. According to the rule of the Election Commission of India (ECI), if a candidate fails to achieve one sixth of the total valid votes cast in any constituency, then the amount deposited by the candidate with the EC is seized. For the Lok Sabha polls, it is Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 for general candidates. For SC and ST candidates, the amount that is deposited with the Election Commission is half the amount deposited by the general candidates. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAmong the prominent figures who have forfeited their deposit included Nandini Chakraborty, a teacher of Jadavpur University in Kolkata South, Nepaldeb Bhattacharya, a well-known organiser in Dum Dum, Gargi Chatterjee in Barrackpore, Kaninika Bose (Ghosh) in Kolkata (North) and Deblina Hembram in Jhargram. The CPI(M) was set up in Kolkata in 1964. The first nine Politburo members were Jyoti Basu, Pramode Dasgupta, EMS Namboodiripad, M Basavapunniah, Puchalapalli Sundarayya, B T Randave, A K Gopalan, P Ramamurthi and Harkishan Singh Surjeet. After the Left Front came to power in Bengal in 1977, the CPI(M) slowly became a powerful political force in the country. Even party veteran like Ram Chandra Dome forfeited his deposit. Abhas Roy Choudhury who was fielded in Bardhaman Durgapur also forfeited his deposit. The Left Front’s poll percentage has dropped to 5 percent from 28 percent in 2010. Twenty three percent votes have been transferred to the BJP. It may be mentioned that former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had requested party members not to vote for the BJP. The poll result has proved beyond doubt that the political bosses in Alimuddin Street do not have any control over the rank and file. Local leaders supplied the BJP with their election machinery to ensure victory of the candidates. The CPI(M) supporters said the party has failed to assess the situation. To oust the Trinamool Congress from Bengal, the party has taken a suicidal step and it will not be easy for it to bounce back.
Why Royal Air Maroc CEO Is Never Held Accountable
By Omar AziziNew York – I had never before flown first class on Royal Air Maroc, and had always been one of those people who avoided flying with RAM whenever possible.As a young man without children, I flew RAM many times. Each time I flew them between 1990 and 2008, they were invariably late, their planes filthy, and, the most inexcusable part was that the flight, the attendants were beyond rude. Asking for a glass of water on RAM was not the same as asking for a glass of water on any other airline. The flight attendant would simply glare at you, pretend she heard you, and not return. When you asked a second time, she would act like getting a glass of water for you was not part of her job description. Ultimately, when the food arrived, which, to be fair, was always of very high quality (pre-2008) – you would get your glass of water. As if that was not bad enough, I once flew to Mauritania, and prior to boarding the plane, I confirmed with the woman working at the gate that a visa was not needed to fly to Mauritania (I was travelling on an American passport). Since I knew that airlines are the ones who are penalized if people go to a country without a visa, I had no reason to doubt her word. You can only imagine my shock at being refused entry to Mauritania and put back on a plane as soon as I arrived. The next two days were spent frantically trying to get a visa so that I could complete my trip to Mauritania. The shock was that RAM not only refused to refund the cost of my ticket, they were not even remorseful about it.I went to the RAM office in Rabat and they were beyond useless. I filed a complaint with the airline in the Centreville Rabat location, too. I then decided to go to the very top, because I truly believed that top management would not want customers to have this kind of horrible experience. I was certain that if they knew what had happened, they would personally act to make things right. This is when I discovered that RAM was run by two brothers. This is also when I found out that despite having a monopoly, RAM was still not making a profit. When I realized that RAM was not generating ANY profit and was run like a family business, this is when I understood that complaints to RAM would always fall on deaf ears.RAM acts like a Mafia. They do not sell drugs, engage in murder for hire, and other kinds of activities we associate with the Mafia, but they are a Mafia in that they have a captive market in the form of a legalized monopoly, and although they receive bailouts and cash from government tax coffers, the “leadership” of the company (for lack of a better word) is completely and absolutely unaccountable to its customers. In other words, they couldn’t care less about how their customers felt. They know their control over the company is solid, and heaven and Earth can’t change that.I took my anger online and wrote several scathing editorials and reviews about the airline, and resolved to NEVER fly RAM again in my life. Then I had kids. Once you have kids, especially young kids, you become acutely aware of how important it is to NOT take indirect flights. Paying an extra few hundred dollars to have a direct flight is a must. Consequently, I was forced to take RAM, as they have the monopoly on direct flights between Morocco and the US. So what happened?The service had actually gotten better. The female flight attendants who previously lacked any kind of social graces had been replaced with young male and female stewards who at least made an effort to be polite. The airplanes were cleaner than I remembered. The only real negative was that the food had decreased in quality.Fast forward to last year: I took a RAM flight from Tunisia to Morocco, and because I needed to take extra luggage, it actually worked out to be cheaper for me to buy a first class ticket one way than it would have cost to pay for the extra bag and fly economy. Thus went my first flight on RAM First, and this is when I realized that business in Morocco, all high level business, for that matter, was not run in a way that had any resemblance to what I grew up with in the United States. In the US, the CEOs want their customers to be happy and look for opportunities to engage their customers. As luck would have it, on my flight back from Tunis, who would be sitting in the first class seat right behind me other than the CEO of Royal Air Maroc? I looked at this man and expected him to be 40 to 50 pounds overweight smoking a cigar, in line with how I assumed all Mafia godfathers would dress. Unfortunately, this was not the case at all. As the alcohol was passed around the first class cabin, he did not drink. This also surprised me, as I assumed that someone who cared so little for the interests of the Moroccan people would have the same kind of vices associated with other types of gangsters. Unfortunately, he did not live up to my expectation of pure evil, so what did that leave?The CEO did not engage people, even in the first class cabin, much less the economy section, to enquire about their comfort during the flight (there was significant choppy air turbulence) – he just did not seem to care one way or another. Now, to be fair, he could have recently had a very difficult situation in his family. He could be going through a divorce, facing health issues, etc… so it is not really fair to make too much out of his seeming lack of interest in getting the opinions of people who had paid good money to use his company’s services. However, taken in concert with the complete lack of accountability I and countless thousands who have flown RAM in the past have experienced, here we had further confirmation that RAM was run like a personal piggy bank – the CEO, far from being concerned with improving the services of his carrier, far from fearing for his job, simply did not seem to care.Did you know that it is illegal in Morocco for Moroccan Muslims to serve alcohol? Did you know that consumption of alcohol by Moroccan Muslims is illegal? Yet, on all RAM flights, you have Moroccan “Muslims” (whether they pray or not, I don’t know) – but they certainly don’t eat/drink in public during Ramadan. These people serve alcohol to Moroccan customers. In other words, criminal activity takes place on every single RAM flight that takes off and lands every single day, yet nobody has been held accountable.If nobody has been held accountable for breaking Moroccan law on ALL RAM flights, what makes anyone believe that anyone will be held accountable for customer complaints? RAM has a monopoly: a monopoly that finally reported a profit for the first time in its history this year! Samir Gas, Alliance, CGI, and a long line of other Moroccan companies are similarly given “preferential” treatment by the government, and the management of these companies is miraculously never held accountable either.I hope that this time is different, but if the powers at be were to react differently to RAM, it would set a very dangerous precedent. It would rock to the core the lynchpin that holds Morocco’s delicate patchwork of interests and moving parts together.I would be absolutely shocked to see RAM start complying with Moroccan law and stop serving Moroccans alcohol on flights. I would also be shocked to see RAM’s bosses stripped of their control of the company. The reason I would be shocked to see any action taken against the CEO of RAM is that this would represent the arrival of accountability in Morocco. In order for the “system” to survive, it depends on two things, NO accountability for members of the oligarchy and no absolute rule of law. Thus, the criminal justice system will always be a place where injustice reigns supreme and top level business leaders in Morocco have no interest in generating revenue or being accountable to their customers. They just take their piece of the pie and try not to make waves. If accountability were to find its ways to the shores of Morocco, it would represent instability to some, and though it would likely be welcome by the masses, it would threathen the interest of the oligarchy.There are no easy answers, but one thing is certain: the CEO of RAM will not be going anywhere without a seriously large golden parachute. The survival of the clientelist system depends on it.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permissionThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy
Port Colborne drug bust
Five people have been arrested following a drug bust in Port Colborne on May 30th.Police say they searched multiple homes on King St. and seized $1,500 worth of cocaine, weapons and over $5,000 in cash.Four people from Port Colborne and one person from Thorold have been arrested and are facing a number of drug and weapons charges.Editor’s Note: This article was corrected February 23, 2015 to reflect the actual value of cocaine seized.
German court drops Ecclestone bribery trial after F1 boss agrees to make
German court drops Ecclestone bribery trial after F1 boss agrees to make $100m payment AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2014 5:15 am MDT Bernie Ecclestone is free to concentrate on running Formula One after a German court dropped a bribery case against him Tuesday in exchange for a $100 million payment.After hearing more than three months of evidence, the Munich state court cited significant doubts that Ecclestone could be convicted on charges of bribery and incitement to breach of trust as it approved an agreement between his lawyers and prosecutors and closed the trial.The charges can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and a conviction would have threatened Ecclestone’s grip on the global racing series. The 83-year-old Englishman has continued running F1 while spending two days a week in a Munich courtroom.“Bye-bye,” Ecclestone said to reporters as he left the court, adding that he was off “to take care of Formula One.”Later, Ecclestone said he was “a bit of an idiot” for agreeing to the huge settlement as he believes he would probably have been acquitted had the trial continued.“Anyway, it’s done and finished, so it’s all right,” he told Britain’s Press Association. “I’m contented. It’s all fine. This now allows me to do what I do best, which is running F1.”The charges involved a $44 million payment to German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who is serving an 8 1/2-year sentence for taking the money. Gribkowsky was convicted of corruption, tax evasion and breach of trust in a trial led by the same judge who heard Ecclestone’s case, Peter Noll.Ecclestone denied wrongdoing and said Gribkowsky, who was in charge of selling German bank BayernLB’s 47 per cent stake in F1 in 2005, blackmailed him.After hearing evidence since late April, “the court did not consider a conviction overwhelmingly likely,” court spokeswoman Andrea Titz said.“There was no conclusion on guilt or innocence of the defendant,” she said. “He is leaving this courtroom a free man.”Prosecutors alleged that the payment to Gribkowsky was meant to facilitate the sale of Munich-based bank Bayern LB’s stake in F1 to a buyer of Ecclestone’s liking. However, the court noted in Tuesday’s decision that witness testimony suggested that the sale of the stake to CVC Capital Partners was “an unexpectedly profitable deal” for the bank.Defence lawyer Sven Thomas welcomed the court’s decision and said it showed that there would have been a “clear option of acquittal” had the trial continued, news agency dpa reported. The trial had been scheduled to last until at least mid-October.The defence last week called for proceedings to be dropped, using a provision in German law that allows for prosecutors to drop a case in exchange for conditions such as a fine or community work, so long as the gravity of a possible offence is sufficiently small. The $100 million figure emerged from talks with prosecutors over recent days.Such deals are common in Germany though they rarely involve anything near the amount Ecclestone will pay. The $100 million is believed to be a record for such a payment.Most of the payment, $99 million, will go to the German state. The remaining $1 million will go to a German organization that helps terminally ill children. Ecclestone, who has run F1 for 40 years, has a week to pay up.“In the end what has happened today is good and bad,” Ecclestone told the Press Association. “The good is the judge more or less said I was acquitted, and they (the prosecution) really didn’t have a case. So I was a bit of an idiot to do what I did to settle because it wasn’t with the judge, it was with the prosecutors.”According to Forbes magazine, Ecclestone and his family are worth $4.2 billion. Noll, however, said after examining documents on his assets, that Ecclestone isn’t a billionaire, dpa reported.A former German justice minister criticized the deal as it took shape ahead of Tuesday’s decision, saying that the scale of it didn’t fit with the spirit of the law.“In my eyes, there should not be negotiations in this dimension with justice,” Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told Deutschlandfunk radio Monday. “It doesn’t just leave a bad taste, it is really barefaced cheek.”
Federal regulator takes temporary control of Maple Banks Canadian branch
OTTAWA – The federal banking regulator has taken temporary control of the assets of the Canadian branch of the German-based Maple Bank GmbH.The move follows a decision by a German regulator to suspend the bank following investigations into certain trading activities during the 2006-2010 taxation years.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said Wednesday that Maple Bank’s main business at its Toronto branch was securitization, securities financing and structured secured wholesale lending.The Canadian regulator said the branch has a small number of wholesale deposits.It is not a member of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corp. and therefore its deposits are not covered by CDIC deposit insurance.In a statement late Wednesday, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada said it has been in “constant communication” with Maple Securities Canada Ltd. and Maple Futures Corp. and has taken “the necessary regulatory actions to preserve the firms’ capital in Canada.”“We continue to closely oversee the capital and liquidity of the firms as they reduce their business activities,” IIROC said. Federal regulator takes temporary control of Maple Bank’s Canadian branch by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2016 10:32 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Factory activity shrinks in US China in February
by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2016 8:15 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, photo, employees work on a school bus on the assembly line at Blue Bird Corporation’s manufacturing facility, in Fort Valley, Ga. On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for February. (AP Photo/David Goldman) WASHINGTON – Factory activity in the United States and China — the world’s top two economies — slowed in February, reflecting and contributing to worldwide economic weakness.In the United States, the Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its manufacturing index rose to 49.5 last month from 48.2 in January. But anything below 50 signals a decline. Manufacturing has now contracted in the United States for five straight months.Two Chinese surveys of manufacturing activity released separately Tuesday showed deterioration in February.The global economy has been lacklustre, partly because the Chinese growth has decelerated sharply. Internationally, manufacturers have endured much of the fallout from sluggish worldwide growth.The ISM reported that U.S. manufacturing employment and exports fell, but new orders and production increased.Some economists say the February ISM index reading —the highest since September — signals that American manufacturing might have hit bottom. Nine of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in February.“It’s reaching for 50,” said Bradley Holcomb, chair of the ISM’s manufacturing survey committee. “I feel the momentum.”American manufacturers have been hurt by cutbacks in the energy industry, following a sharp drop in oil prices, and by a strong dollar, which makes U.S. goods more expensive in foreign markets.“The worst is over, but don’t expect a strong rebound,” Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a report.The ISM, a trade group of purchasing managers, surveys about 200 U.S. companies each month.In China, an index based on an official survey of factory purchasing managers dropped to 49.0 in February from 49.4 in January, the seventh straight month of contraction. The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing index has not been lower since the January 2009 — in the midst of a global financial crisis.Separately, a private survey also showed more weakness in Chinese manufacturing. The Caixin/Markit purchasing managers’ index fell to a five-month low 48.0 last month from 48.4 in January. Chinese industry is plagued with overcapacity — too many factories competing for the same customers. Factory activity shrinks in US, China in February
UNICEF and David Beckham unveil digital installation to help bring voices of
“2014 was one of the most devastating years on record for children […] and 2015 has proven to be just as bad,” David Beckham told a press conference in New York. “As a UNICEF Ambassador and as a father, it breaks my heart to see children continue to suffer.”In a press release, he further underlined that the international community has an opportunity this year, with the world focused on the new Global Goals, to create a better future for millions of children.The international soccer star was referring to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new set of 17 goals and 169 targets that seek to stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance towards building a more equitable world for all.As the UN prepares to adopt this new framework tomorrow, the Assembly of Youth– a digital installation created for UNICEF by Google – harnesses mobile technology and social media to deliver personal messages from children and young people across the globe directly to world leaders. The messages highlight the challenges they face in their homes and communities – including extreme poverty, inequality, violence, deadly disease and conflict – and express their hopes for the future.At the unveiling, Mr. Beckham urged world leaders to listen to these messages and to take action to transform the lives of children by putting the most disadvantaged at the centre of all decisions and investments in the new 15-year development agenda.“Every child has a voice, but too often they’re just not heard,” he said. “At this crucial time, as world leaders are gathering here in New York, and thanks to this incredible installation, their voices will be heard.”Also speaking at the press conference was UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said the new Global Goals put people, especially youth, at the centre of development. “I am pleased to be here today to help UNICEF bring the voices of young people to the forefront of this new development era,” said Mr. Ban. “They will live tomorrow in a world that will be shaped by the actions we take together now.”Despite the progress made toward realizing the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN estimates that nearly 6 million children under the age of five still die every year from mostly preventable causes, and more than 120 million children and adolescents are still not in school.“Unless we invest in the most disadvantaged children from the earliest years, we will continue to see in the next generation the same poverty and inequalities that divide and destabilize our world today, and rob us of the potential of so many young people,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.“To realize tomorrow’s goals, we need to listen to children and young people today – for who knows better than children and young people themselves what their needs are? And we must do more than hear these voices, we must heed them,” he added.Also present were Noor Samee, 16, and Rodrigo Bustamante, 17, who are helping UNICEF bring the voices of young people to the General Assembly this week.Data displayed in the installation located at the Visitor’s entrance of the General Assembly is drawn from U-Report, a free SMS-based system that allows young people to speak out on the issues they face and what is happening in their communities. Data is also derived from outreach to children and young people across UNICEF social media channels.
2017 Big Ten football preview Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa’s Josey Jewell (43) tackles Wyoming’s Avante Cox during the 2017 season opener on Sep. 2. The Hawkeyes went on to defeat the Cowboys, 24-3. Credit: Courtesy of Ben Smith | The Daily IowanLocation: Iowa City, Iowa 2016 record: 8-5 (6-3) Head coach: Kirk Ferentz Current record: 2-0 All time record vs. OSU: 14-46What has happened thus far in 2017 The Hawkeyes outlasted in-state rival Iowa State, 44-41, in overtime in Week 2. In its season opener, Iowa’s defense stymied Wyoming’s offense, led by likely first-round pick Josh Allen, and the Hawkeyes won, 24-3. Impact Player While senior linebacker Josey Jewell is a menace, the Hawkeyes’ inexperience on offense places greater importance on running back Akrum Wadley. The senior rushed for 1,081 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, in 2016. Through two games, Wadley has 234 rushing yards and a touchdown. Wadley can be dynamic in space, which he showcased late against Iowa State when he turned a short catch out of the backfield into a 46-yard, game-tying touchdown, made possible by three broken tackles and a slick stutter-step.Strengths Because some things never change, Iowa’s running game will be sturdy behind an experienced offensive line and the legs of Wadley and James Butler, a graduate transfer from Nevada who owns back-to-back 1,300-plus rushing yard seasons. The O-line was dented in Week 2, with right tackle Ike Boettger lost for the year, but because the Hawkeyes often substitute linemen to keep players fresh and develop young talent, they should have enough depth to overcome Boettger’s injury. Jewell, a preseason All-American, leads a defense that returns six of last year’s front seven. The Hawkeyes should be stout against the run and put pressure on opposing offensive lines. The reason they limited Wyoming’s Allen to 174 passing yards was because Allen had little time to throw. Weaknesses The Hawkeyes are inexperienced at quarterback, receiver and defensive back. Whether Iowa is a legitimate threat to win the Big Ten West or is its usual eight-win self comes down to the performance of those units. Sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley showed promise against Iowa State, throwing for 333 yards and five scores, but it’s a small sample size. Junior college transfer wideout Nick Easley has 11 catches so far, giving Iowa another target alongside senior receiver Matt Vandeberg, whose 2016 was cut short by a broken foot. Even so, the Hawkeyes lack a game-changing playmaker on the outside. Safety Miles Taylor, a three-year starter, is the only returner in the secondary. Other players, like sophomore Manny Rugamba, have seen the field, but not consistently. If the secondary is at least average, the Hawkeye front seven is good enough to handle the rest.
Women who identify as men not offered routine NHS breast cancer screening
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Women who identify as men are not being routinely offered potentially life saving NHS screening for breast and cervical cancer, amid fears it might offend them it is claimed.However men living as women are being invited for cervical smear tests even though they do not have a cervix, an official guidebook states.The invitations were yesterday accused of being “ludicrous”.David Davies MP, who has campaigned against Government plans to let people legally ‘self-identify’ their own gender, told the Mail on Sunday: “This NHS effort to be politically correct is putting the lives of women who claim to be men at risk.”He claimed it was also “wasting the time of men who claim to be women by offering them tests for organs they do not have”.Laura Perrins, A conservative women’s campaigner, told the paper: “We’ve now got to the point where state collusion with this transgender agenda is endangering the health of women. It’s a ludicrous use of NHS resources to invite men for a cervical smear test, while it’s immoral and dangerous not to invite women.”A 24-page Public Health England booklet giving information on NHS screening programmes for trans people explains who is routinely invited for tests. The booklet explains that trans people who register with their GP as being their birth sex will be invited to screenings appropriate to that.But if they register with their doctor as their new gender, they will not be. For example if a trans man, who was born a woman, registers with a GP as male, they will not be sent an invitation for breast or cervical screening. Studies have reported most trans men have not had their wombs removed.Cervical cancer claims the lives of 900 women each year in Britain, but the NHS screening programme is estimated to prevent thousands of cases.A video accompanying the guidance explains that smear tests can be “uncomfortable” for trans men, as “it is often a procedure designed for women”.Public Heath England said the invites were generated using GP’s data on sex and age. The advice says trans men not invited for a smear test “should still consider having cervical screening”.Anne Mackie, director of screening, said: “Where people feel they are not being referred correctly, they can speak to their GP or the screening service to ensure they are offered the right services.“Following engagement with the LGBT community, we produced a guide to help trans people understand what screening is available in England. We have promoted the guide to LGBT groups to help trans people access the most appropriate screening for them.”
Drunk friends rescued from top of 300ft Coventry Cathedral after scaling ruins
Not the brightest thing to be doing on a night out,2 adult men decided it was a good idea to scale Coventry Cathedral endangering themselves and others for a laugh.many thanks to @_coventryfire @OFFICIALWMAS @WMPolice in assisting. Both have been arrested for there actions #fools pic.twitter.com/JQfTvFygWy— pete drummond (@petedrummond666) August 12, 2018 West Midlands Police thanked colleagues from the fire brigade and ambulance service for their help.A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by the police just before 11pm. Rescuers used a hydraulic platform to bring the pair down to groundCredit:Coventry Telegraph/BPM MEDIA “We sent one ambulance and one paramedic officer to the scene. We assessed two men once they were back on the ground.”Neither wished to be taken to hospital so they were discharged.” pic.twitter.com/3Cac8HJyLM— St Michaels Police (@StMichaelsWMP) August 12, 2018 Emergency services were called at 10.50pm after reports that two people had become stuck after climbing the ruins.The pair were “safely returned uninjured into the arms of the police” after being brought down with the help of a hydraulic platform. They were then arrested on suspicion of trespassing.Pete Drummond, from West Midlands Fire Service, wrote on Twitter that it was “not the brightest thing to be doing on a night out”. Two drunk friends got stuck at the top of Coventry Cathedral after scaling the ruins on a night out.The pair were rescued by firefighters before being arrested on suspicion of trespass when they were brought back down to safety on Sunday night.Pictures showed the revellers gripping onto concrete pillars at the top of the 90-metre (295ft) high ruins, which are the tallest structure in the city. West Midlands Police officers thanked other emergency services who helped return the men “back to earth” after their “late night drunken climbing spree”. Coventry Cathedral said it “takes security very seriously” and will be reviewing procedures after the incident. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The former 14th-century Gothic church turned cathedral remains a shell after its bombing during the Second World War. It has the third tallest cathedral spire in England and is next to the new Coventry Cathedral, which was built in 1962.
Volatility in the spot coal market strong steel prices
RBC Capital Markets notes that steel prices have risen significantly in 2011, with North American, European and imported East Asian HRC prices up an average 17.1% year-to-date. Its latest analysis also notes a stablilising in hard coking coal proces and thermal coal proces moving upwards. Freight rates were flat or down during the week January 25, 2011, to Tuesday, February 1, 2011.Hard Coking Coal: After peaking at $383/t on January 20, 2011, spot hard coking coal (HCC) prices declined for six consecutive trading days as dry weather in Queensland resulted in the resumption of contract shipments. The HCC price declined a total of 10.4% to $343/t over that period. However, prices swiftly reversed direction earlier this week, increasing $16/t (4.7%) over the past two days. “The upswing in price is primarily due to supply concerns, driven by cyclones off the east coast of Australia and to a lesser extent a labour strike at Teck Resources’ second-largest metallurgical coal mine in Canada,” RBC says.Thermal Coal: Thermal coal prices moved higher following two consecutive week-over-week declines. The price increase was driven by increased thermal coal demand in Asia, a proposed strike action at Columbia’s largest open pit coal mine, and cyclones in Australia.Iron Ore: Iron ore prices crept higher this week with market activity dwindling ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday.Freight: Freight rates were flat or lower this week. Year-to-date, iron ore freight rates from Australia and Brazil to China are down an average 21.5%, while coal freight rates from E. Australia to China are down a much more modest 3.4%.Steel: Steel prices posted another strong gain this week, led by rebar prices in Europe and HRC prices in North America. HRC prices have moved noticeably higher since late 2010.
I deeply miss my beautiful wife and three beautiful children Muhammad Taufiq
THE DUBLIN-BASED doctor whose family were killed in an arson attack in England has spoken of his loss for the first time.In a brief public statement, Dr Muhammad Taufiq said that he will “deeply miss my beautiful wife and three beautiful children” after the “tragic incident”.“What has happened has happened and nothing could be worse, but I hope that justice prevails and this should not happen to any other family,” said Dr Taufiq, who is a neurosurgeon at Beaumont Hospital.Taufiq said that the people of Leicester have been “very supportive” and thanked both police and media for their help.“A real big thanks to the police in Leicestershire for their work and to the media for being patient and understanding the pain I am going through. The local communityhave made me feel that even though I have lost my entire immediate family, the entire community is a family to me.Police earlier arrested three 19-year-olds in connection with a murder that was believed to be connected to the house fire, though police say they are “confident” the Taufiq family had no connection to that incident.Read: Three arrested in connection with Leicester house fire
Nintendo releases the 3 hardest Mario levels ever created
Mario titles have always been games anyone can pick up and play regardless of your gaming skill level. It’s only when you get deeper into such a game that the difficulty starts to spike, but even then, it’s never too hard. That changes with New Super Mario Bros. 2.NSMB2 was already notable for being the first game Nintendo has offered with DLC made available in the form of new level packs. And it’s one of those DLC packs that sets the new bar for level difficulty. In fact, two level packs have just been released. The first is called Mystery Adventure Pack, the second is fittingly called Impossible Pack.Both will cost you $2.50 to download, but it’s clear to see the three impossible levels will take you far longer to master than the mystery ones. Not only does the layout of these courses make it extremely difficult to navigate them without dying, there’s also no coins or power-ups available along the way. Your only means of collecting coins is the time left at the end of the level.This is also reflected in the coin targets set for each pack. The Mystery Adventures Pack has a target of 20,000 coins. For the Impossible Pack it’s just 100 coins.Nintendo only recommends purchasing the Impossible Pack if you have “supreme confidence” in your Mario skills. That’s sure to get many veteran Mario game players interested and spending some cash. I’d recommend completing the game, completing all the other level packs, and only then consider the impossible levels. It could end up in your 3DS %displayPrice% at %seller% being thrown around the room in frustration otherwise.