Social media helps ease policewoman’s burden

first_imgFor any police personnel, there is no running away from stress. But if we add to that the pressure and responsibilities that come along with motherhood, day-to-day routine becomes even more demanding.This was true for Archana Jain, a woman constable in the Uttar Pradesh Police. However, on Sunday life took a positive turn for her, primarily due to the power of social media.Posted at the Kotwali police station in Jhansi, Ms. Jain was transferred closer home to Agra after her story reached higher officials. The two cities are separated by over 230 kms.Ms. Jain caught the attention of her seniors after photos of her working at her desk with her six-month-old daughter sleeping on the table were widely shared on social media.As there was nobody else to take care of the child in Jhansi, where she lives in a rented apartment, the constable was forced to carry the infant to her workplace daily. “This child is dependent on me. She is only six-months-old and requires breastfeeding,” said Ms. Jain, whose husband works in a private firm near Delhi.Elder daughterShe also has an elder daughter, who studies in Class IV and lives with her grandparents in Agra. Taking cognisance of her case, U.P. Director General of Police O.P. Singh promptly ordered her transfer and even spoke to her. Mr. Singh said Ms. Jain’s situation had inspired the force to “explore creche options at every police line” .“The quintessential 21st Century woman, an ace at any responsibility she is trusted with!” the top cop tweeted about her.DIG Jhansi Range Subhash Singh Baghel acknowledged Ms. Jain’s dedication to her duty and child, and announced a cash reward of ₹1,000.“She has carried out her duties as a mother very well and at the same time not allowed it to affect her duties as a police personnel which she has been carrying out with similar dedication,” Mr. Baghel said.last_img read more

Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “That’s why I am saying right now, UE has to revisit what direction they want to go. That is one thing also that I have to think about. We already have a disadvantage without an import and we have a hard time recruiting local guys, so that makes the job more difficult,” Pumaren said. “Sometimes I envy other teams like UST and UP which have their own imports. We don’t. It’s so hard to get a 6-7, 6-8 Filipino now, and where will we find him? Unless we go for a Fil-Am, but the budget is still another story.”Pumaren said being on the same page with the stakeholders in terms of enhancing the basketball program through better recruitment will be integral in bringing the Red Warriors back to contender status.“That’s why I said I don’t know what’s the direction. Of course, they’re looking for a win, but they have to give me also what I need,” he said. “We can’t go to war without anything to offer. When I recruit, it’s just my basketball program that I offer. It’s just like when I was able to recruit Alvin, teams were offering him big incentives, but I was just able to convince his mother. But it’s not like that every day. You’ll be lucky to get one, but it’s not enough.”“I might have a good program, but still, I have to also to have the materials. We can’t just be participants here.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Pumaren was named UE head coach in 2014 but has yet to bring the Red Warriors back to the semifinals, and though UE showed a lot of promise in UAAP Season 80, it still finished with the second-worst record in the league at 3-11.“As I’ve told the team in the dugout, I think we could have done a lot better if we played consistently, both individually and as a team. I think that was the problem this season, that we were not playing consistent ball throughout,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe lack of success the past four seasons played a part in Pumaren expressing his doubts of coming back next year plus other matters that he hopes to discuss with the UE management.“I’m still thinking if I’m going to renew for next year because it depends on where they want the team’s direction to go to. Imagine, we don’t have an import, but when it comes to recruitment and getting the local guys, I would say that we’re far compared to the other teams, maybe even last,” he said. Read Next UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren is uncertain whether he would return to University of the East for another season after the Red Warriors failed to make the Final Four for the eighth consecutive year.“I don’t know, really. I still have to see what’s the direction of the UE management for next season and I have to think about that,” Pumaren said after his team fell to University of Santo Tomas, 85-88, on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST dominates UAAP judo anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

The legend of King Kohli

first_imgJune 11, 2017, Oval, London. India were playing a virtual knockout match against South Africa for a place in the Champions Trophy semi-final. They had lost rather unexpectedly to unfancied Sri Lanka two days ago at the same venue, and this was a make-or-break contest. Ontop of the pressures of,June 11, 2017, Oval, London. India were playing a virtual knockout match against South Africa for a place in the Champions Trophy semi-final. They had lost rather unexpectedly to unfancied Sri Lanka two days ago at the same venue, and this was a make-or-break contest. Ontop of the pressures of a high-stakes match against the world’s number one ODI team was all the ambient media noise about frictions between captain and coach (Anil Kumble). For Virat Kohli, the captain, it was a match of immense significance.Riding on a sharp bowling performance, India made an easy game of it. And Virat, as he has done so often through the year, anchored the run chase, remaining unbeaten on 76 to close out the game. But despite winning at a canter, the skipper seemed unmoved, he wasn’t to be swayed by the flood of praise.June 18, 2017, Oval, London. India lost the Champions Trophy final to Pakistan and Virat Kohli scored a duck. Within moments of the match getting over, Kohli was trolled on social media and called all kinds of names by furious fans lashing out for the great letdown. The defeat had hurt him more than anyone else but having played sport at the highest level for over a decade, he was no stranger to the extreme love-hate of fans. He knew well how cricketers in India are deities one day and fallen angels the next.As it turned out, the Champions Trophy final was an aberration in an otherwise glorious year for Virat. His 2,818 international runs in calendar 2017 is the third highest ever in history, and only 46 runs shy of the record held by Kumar Sangakkara (2,868 runs in 2014); he has nine back-to-back series wins as captain; and six 200-plus scores in the past 17 months, that’s special by even his own super-achieving standards. Quite aside from the high averages in all formats of the game, the most certain measure of his mastery and domination of the field is that he occupies pole position in the ICC rankings in the two shorter formats and is at #2 in Tests (behind Steve Smith of Australia). For perspective, no other batsman in the world features among the ICC Top 5 in all three formats. The captain-coach spat is long forgotten, and the year has ended with the fairytale flourish of a grand wedding.advertisementThe Transformation of Virat KohliPerth, January 2012. The Australians, as they often do, had managed to get under Virat’s skin. Not able to handle the heckling from spectators, Kohli descended to low-level combat: showing the middle finger to a particularly noisy section of the crowd after they called him a ‘wanker’. The anger (mis)management was a feature of early Kohli, and there were concerns if it would get in the way of a full blossoming of his talent.Two months down the line, it was a very different story. Kohli had just scored a match-winning 183 against Pakistan in Dhaka in a match that had ended close to midnight. The media, present in strength, was waiting for the Kohli sound bite before filing their match reports. At Mirpur, the press conference enclosure is on the opposite side of the pavilion and one has to trek across the ground to reach the media enclosure. On his way to the media centre, Virat suddenly stopped, turned and started jogging towards a section of his fans in the stands. Some 2,000 spectators had stayed back after the match and were still screaming “Kohli, Kohli” with gusto. Virat, to the surprise of many present, decided to oblige them first with photographs and autographs before turning his attention to the media. He was fully aware, of course, of what he was doing, and he even apologised to the media contingent as soon as he entered the press conference room.The transformation had begun.A new maturity, a new composure now seemed to cloak the aggressive on-field persona. In November 2013, after playing his 200th Test and his last international, Sachin Tendulkar sat in the Wankhede dressing room, all by himself, contemplating the moment. Here’s what happened next, in his own words: “Virat walked up to me. I could see tears in his eyes as he approached me and held out a gift for me. It was evidently something very close to his heart. He said his dad had given it to him (a family heirloom for good luck) and he’d always wondered who he would pass it on to. I was speechless that he’d considered me worthy of such a rare honour. As we hugged, a lump had started to form in my throat, and I asked Virat to leave before I burst into tears.”advertisementBy 2016-17, when Virat fully took over the captaincy, in all formats, the transformation was complete. Still combative and always a straight shooter, he was unafraid to call the Australian captain a cheat without ever using the word or taking on the media for criticising MS Dhoni and questioning his place in the team. The man has the unqualified loyalty of the squad and the support staff. He wasn’t perturbed by the cutting words of outgoing coach Anil Kumble nor by the backlash on social media prompted by the Kumble ouster. He was quite matter of fact when he said to me: “I have to take responsibility for my actions just as I take credit for my success? The media too has a job to do. They are within their rights to criticise me. My job as the captain of the Indian cricket team is to lead the team to the best of my ability. As long as I am true to my calling and prepare the best every time I step out to lead India, I’m not concerned about what is being said or written about me. I know how hard I work and as long as my preparations are going the way I want them to, the results will come.”Photo: Virat.Kohli/InstagramThis extreme self-assurance, mistaken for arrogance by some, is also key to understanding the Virat Kohli phenomenon. That, and what Tendulkar describes as his “peripheral vision”. “He can read the game brilliantly and can anticipate the run of play well in advance. That’s what makes him stand out.” Sachin might even be crediting him with a kind of cricketing prescience, apart from the ability to pace his knock to a nicety. “That’s why he is so good in a run chase. He knows and understands where a match can be [before it gets to that point], which helps him marshal his resources better.”Said peripheral vision was eloquently on show when India chased down a formidable Australian total in the world T20 encounter in Mohali on 27 March 2016 and in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Kolkata 16-20 November 2017. In Mohali, Virat, to quote compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin, “hunted down the Australian total with great precision” and in Kolkata, he set up the game with a century on a pitch that was difficult for his bowlers. “It is as if he knows the grids of stadiums like a mathematician. He knows where the gaps are, and while chasing, the acceleration is just perfect. He is a role model for all of us,” says Ashwin, himself one of the brightest stars on India’s cricketing firmament, with a trophy record to his name of being the quickest (52 matches) to 300 Test wickets.Photo: Virat.Kohli/InstagramFor Sourav Ganguly, another Kohli fan, there’s daylight between Virat and the rest. “Maybe in Test cricket, Steve Smith is slightly ahead, but when you consider all formats of the game, it has to be Virat Kohli,” he says. In his reckoning, to watch him bat is to treat yourself. “He is the sort of player who’ll bring fans back to Test cricket,” Sourav gushes. Decoding the secret of this mastery of many formats, Sourav says: “Look at his shot selection closely. He never slogs. Even when he lifts the ball, it’s a conventional cricketing shot. Very rarely will you see him play a false stroke. Because he’s able to get runs effortlessly and able to score quickly across formats, he is never under pressure. And because he scores quickly, the bowler is always under pressure when bowling to him. He’s equally at home against pace and spin. Bounce does not faze him because he can play the pull shot to perfection. Which is why I think he’ll be successful in South Africa as well. And against spin, he can rely on his deft footwork.”advertisementFor David Warner, himself one of the best in the business, it’s down to self-belief: “He is a supremely confident batsman. His self-belief is what makes him different. Even if he is chasing 350, he knows he can swing the match in a matter of a few overs and is hardly ever under pressure. Someone who has scored 50 international hundreds in just nine years has to be a very good player.”Pankaj NangiaMail TodayClick here to EnlargeThe cult and business of fitnessThe other, already much-storied legacy of Virat is his obsession with fitness. The current Indian team is arguably the best fielding unit in the world across formats with Virat’s mantra of fitness becoming a way of life for his young team. Every second day, he posts a photo of his workout on social media. In matters of fitness, his benchmarks are not even only cricketers, and, as Sourav Ganguly says, he is possibly in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo or Justin Gatlin or Wayde van Niekerk or Gareth Bale.From introducing high-altitude training into his own regimen to making the Yo-Yo Endurance Test compulsory for all India cricketers, Virat now wants to take the country with him on a fitness journey. “If we can get people to come out and play and take pride in doing so, we will become a healthier India,” he said while launching his own sport and lifestyle line One8, in collaboration with Puma, in November.The deal, valued at over Rs 100 crore over a period of eight years, brings to the fore the savvy businessman in Virat. While turning down cola advertisements because he doesn’t “believe in the product”, presumably because it doesn’t square with his ideals of fitness, Virat, India’s biggest brand, valued at $144 million, no longer believes in deals for a year or two. “Long-term associations mean he can influence brand campaigns and shape the product line in sync with his vision,” says a leading Indian brand expert. “He knows that sporting careers are short, with only a few purple patches? and is justifiably making the most of his current dominance.” Judging by the current run of play, the idealism Virat is holding out for in his product endorsements, which means getting selective and turning down potentially lucrative deals, is only working to his advantage. He is in a position to choose and his scrupulousness is only adding to the aura of his brand.Scruples and a sense of fair play are manifest in his handling of Dhoni, who is in the evening of his international career. Every time the media has attacked the former captain, Virat has come to his rescue. “I don’t understand why MSD is being singled out,” he thundered at a press conference on November 8. “This is very different from anything I have seen,” says Sourav. “I am delighted to see Virat is protecting Dhoni the way he is.” Do you hear a wish-it-were-so lament? Well, anyway, buoyed by the captain’s support, Dhoni has lately been a much more expressive version of himself on the field.A famous wedding and life hereafterFor Kohli, who is as public a celebrity figure as you’ll find, the line between his personal and professional life is firmly drawn. The decision to conduct his lavish-yet private-wedding at a heritage resort in Tuscany, Italy, and the way the whole event was choreographed, including the controlled access to media, speaks volumes about that commitment. Wedding over, he was happy to part the doors for breathless fans and media back at home: with the two grand receptions, in Delhi and Mumbai, he made it up to the media for his Italian escape. As while batting, so in life, Virat seems to possess a charmed sense of timing. The wedding, which came at the end of a year of high achievement, his most successful professional year so far, and after the acrimony of a captain-coach spat was happily behind him, seemed like a perfect way to sign off the year.Tough tests await in the new year. Despite the sheer scale of his achievements, the Virat story is still unfolding. A victory in any one of the away tours to South Africa, England and Australia will give him an aura of invincibility. Is Virat aware of the enormity of the task at hand? Does he know what failure in the next 12 months might do? Two separate reports in the last week of October 2017, both involving Kohli, both of which consumed a lot of newsprint, tell me he does. While the first celebrated Kohli as one of the world’s leading sports brands, the second speculated on his then likely marriage with actor-partner Anushka Sharma. What’s interesting in each of these cases is how Kohli was being consumed and appropriated. Of course, anything Kohli says/ does is news. That he may get married to Anushka was considered breaking news across media platforms. And the wedding earlier this month seemed to send a news-hungry media into an uncontrollable tizzy. Wedding photos went viral on Twitter every time a new one was posted and within days it was revealed that Virat had overtaken Shah Rukh Khan as India’s most valued brand. There’s a lot at stake and Virat knows the highs and lows of his trade.The last words on Kohli have not yet been written. Five years down the line, will he be hailed as India’s greatest batsman and finest captain, or will he go down as an autocrat who treated a legend like Kumble unfairly? Will it really matter to him how we label him? Does Kohli, the person, really care? My guess is he doesn’t deep down. He looks fully immersed in the moment, at peace with himself, in his gym, at training, in marriage and between those 22 yards. My guess is he won’t blink giving up multi-crore endorsement contracts. The space he occupies in his head is inviolate, he is all alone when he bats or trains. It’s a passionate human robot with precision focus. Virat is fashioning a young Indian side in the same mould of utter self-belief, and it seems to be paying off. So far. He will continue to polarise opinion, but he will give us results. As veteran all-rounder Ian Botham says: “The best thing about Virat is that he plays to win. No matter what the situation, he will still want to dominate and win matches. That’s what makes him special.”On the evidence of his exploits in 2017, no one will challenge that assertion.last_img read more

Dry Bulk Shipping ETF Rolled Out

first_imgzoom The dry bulk shipping industry has seen the launching of its first tailor-made freight futures exchange-traded product, the Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF (BDRY).The fund has been set up by Breakwave Advisors in partnership with ETF Managers Group (ETFMG).Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are used for tracking of stocks, futures and derivatives for lower fees than actively-traded funds, making them an attractive alternative for individual investors.The fund aims to reduce the effects of rolling contracts by using a laddered strategy to buy contracts while letting existing positions expire and settle in cash, a joint press statement said. Furthermore, it is planned to progressively increase the fund’s position to the next calendar quarter three-month strip.As informed, the BDRY provides long exposure to the dry bulk shipping market through a portfolio of near-dated freight futures contracts on dry bulk indices.In practice, this means that investors get the exposure to dry bulk freight without the need for a futures trading account.“We are thrilled to bring such an innovative product to the market, allowing investors to participate directly in the exciting world of dry bulk shipping,” John Kartsonas, Founder and Managing Partner of Breakwave Advisors LLC, said.“Freight futures have historically exhibited strong cyclical returns, but for most investors it has been a very hard-to-access market. For the first time, through BDRY, a wide range of market participants can now directly access the dry bulk market using a simple, transparent, equity-like investment product.”The fund will hold freight futures with a weighted average of approximately three months to expiration, using a mix of one-to-six-month freight futures, based on the prevailing calendar schedule.Capesize contracts will be the key focus of the initial freight futures of the fund reaching 50 pct share, followed by Panamax contracts with 40 pct and  Supramax contracts with 10 pct, rebalancing annually.The launching of the fund comes at a time when the dry bulk shipping is experiencing an upturn again following several years of underperformance.last_img read more

Three years after damning report on death of Phoenix Sinclair changes still

first_imgThe Canadian PressMost of the recommendations from a public inquiry three years ago into the death of a five-year-old Manitoba girl in government care have not been implemented, the province’s children’s advocate said Thursday.“We were very surprised,” Darlene MacDonald said on the finding that less than one-third of the recommendations from the inquiry into Phoenix Sinclair’s death have been enacted. “Basically, the only reason I was given was some of them would take time, and with the processes that they were going through, they felt that some would take longer than others.”Phoenix was repeatedly neglected, abused and finally beaten to death in 2005 by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend after she fell through the cracks in government care. The inquiry found social workers frequently lost track of her and closed her file without checking on her.The inquiry report by retired judge Ted Hughes recommended a new central database to better track children in care, lower caseloads and better training for social workers. He also recommended more power for MacDonald’s office, an independent body, to investigate and report on problems.Hughes said the province would have to address the fact that the vast majority of kids in care are Indigenous.The province has acted on 29 per cent of the recommendations, including better training of and education for child-welfare workers, MacDonald said.Half the recommendations are still works in progress, including reducing caseloads and setting up the information database. Social workers are still using an old system from the early 1990s.“My understanding is there was some fine-tweaking done … but it’s still very cumbersome to use,” MacDonald said.Caseloads will only be reduced when the province finds a way to reduce the number of kids in care, MacDonald said. Manitoba has roughly 10,000 children in the system – one of the highest per-capita rates in Canada.It apprehends an average of one newborn baby a day.Another 21 per cent of the recommendations have yet to be addressed. They all relate to expanded powers for MacDonald’s office. The former NDP government introduced legislation to enact the changes, but failed to get it approved in the legislature before the provincial election in April.The new Progressive Conservative government has promised to reintroduce the bill in the coming read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Time keeps ticking as the Arizona Cardinals continue their search for a new head coach. One of those candidates left sitting and waiting patiently is current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Most coaches and coordinators have hobbies they enjoy during the offseason to help get their mind off the game. Horton’s happens to be different than most — he enjoys flying planes. “For me it’s just relaxation and something I’ve always wanted to do,” Horton said after a recent flying session. “I don’t know if it’s a male thing or not but you know you look up as a kid and you see planes and birds and you think, ‘why can’t man fly?’ “I just had the opportunity last year during the lockout and I did and it was amazing. It’s so much easier than I thought and so much more peaceful.”The defensive coordinator revealed his unique hobby to me after practice one day and mentioned he has his pilot’s license. He joked about being a good pilot. “You’re more than welcome to come along some day,” he said. As the offseason began and Horton’s future in Arizona in limbo, I started to think about his offer because he also said it’s something he does because it’s relaxing for him. What better time to join him on a flight than in the midst of a head coaching search when peace and relaxation could be at a premium?? My thoughts exactly…“With our schedule I try to fly every other Friday just to stay proficient at it. It’s one of those skills you can lose and get rusty at it,” Horton said when asked how he fits flying in with the busy schedule of an NFL coach. “So during the season twice a month and then during the offseason, this is the first offseason since I’ve had my license, so I don’t know.” Horton said he’s enjoyed flying in Phoenix, Flagstaff and even in the Pittsburgh area. He’s flown during the night, logged cross-country hours and continues to improve, but admits there’s still learning to do. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I’ve been probably flying twice a week where I actually go fly somewhere. I’m still a novice at it and learning. Michael Bidwill, the Cardinals owner, is a pilot and he says you’re always learning. It’s not really a license to fly; it’s a license to learn, because you’re always learning something. You should learn something every flight.”That statement from Horton should not be a surprise to anybody who has spent time covering the coordinator during his two years in Arizona. One could have guessed he’s as meticulous and detail-oriented when flying a plane as he is at breaking down offenses in the NFL. Horton sees something he wants and goes after it without hesitation. He finished his ten-year playing career in the NFL in 1992 and has been a coach in the league ever since, including seven successful years with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining Arizona in 2011. So what was different about flying? Why wait until he was 50 years old to get his pilot’s license?“Because of the time it takes. It would be hard to do that on your five weeks of summer vacation that you get,” he said. “I don’t think I would’ve had the time to devote during the season during the offseason of scouting and playbook and it just happened when the lockout came that everything was locked down for whatever that period was.” – / 4 Horton said it takes 60 hours total between flight and ground school. “I started May 1 and basically got it right before training camp. Basically it was May, June, July; a three-month process to get it which was amazing but I flew twice a day sometimes.”For a coach that doesn’t like to sit still, this coaching search may lead to a few more flying opportunities as it drags on. Horton would argue he uses his flight time as something fun to do and not an activity to relieve a little stress that comes with the unknown of a coaching search.“I’m not stressed,” he said laughing. “Why would I be stressed? I have no worries in my life.”He’s proven to be pretty good at breaking down offenses and now proven to me that he’s pretty good at flying, too. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Eurosport is to make its mobile streaming app avai

first_imgEurosport is to make its mobile streaming app available to Android users for the first time today, and has signed up Samsung as its exclusive launch partner.Users will be able to download the Eurosport Player app to access live simulcasts of Eurosport and Eurosport 2. Customers will be able to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as live cycling from the Tour de France, motorsports, football, snooker, wintersports and live tennis action from US Open tennis Grand Slam.To promote the app, Samsung customers who purchase a Galaxy SIII phone will receive a month long promotional subscription to the Eurosport Player app. Samsung is also extending its promotion with Eurosport during the London 2012 Olympic Games.last_img

In Indias sixthlargest city lines for water sna

first_imgIn India’s sixth-largest city, lines for water snake around city blocks, restaurants are turning away customers and a man was killed in a brawl over water. Chennai, with a population of almost 10 million, is nearly out of water. In much of India, municipal water, drawn from reservoirs or groundwater, typically runs for only a couple of hours each day. That’s the norm year-round. The affluent fill tanks on their roofs; the poor fill jerrycans and buckets. But in Chennai this summer, the water is barely flowing at all. The government has dispatched water tankers to residential areas to fill the void. Still, some people in especially hard-hit areas have vacated their homes and moved in with relatives or friends. Satellite images of the city’s largest reservoir, Puzhal Lake, taken one year apart, reveal a chilling picture. Since June 2018, the lake has shrunk significantly. Puzhal is one of the four rain-fed reservoirs that supply water to most parts of Chennai. Another picture shows the parched bed of Chembarambakkam Lake, another major reservoir. Its cracked surface is covered with dead fish. “It’s shocking but not surprising,” says Tarun Gopalakrishnan, a climate change expert at the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment. He says the crisis in Chennai is the result of “a toxic mix of bad governance and climate change.”Rains have become more erratic because of climate change. That, coupled with a delayed arrival of the seasonal monsoon, which usually comes in June, has all but dried up the city’s water supply. Government data show that the storage level in the four lakes combined is less than one-hundredth of what it was at this time last year. A severe heat wave gripping most of India, including Chennai, has aggravated conditions.What’s happening in Chennai could easily happen anywhere across India, Gopalakrishnan says. A 2018 government think tank report projected that 21 major Indian cities, including the capital, New Delhi, and India’s IT hub, Bengaluru, will “run out of groundwater as soon as 2020.” Approximately 100 million people would be affected, the report predicts.In Chennai, residents are scrambling to conserve water.”We stopped using showers for bathing. We use buckets so that we can ration the amount of water,” says 33-year-old university professor Nivash Shanmugkam. His family also avoids using a washing machine for its laundry and washes clothes by hand as much as possible.Public institutions are suffering. Hospitals and nursing homes are charging more for services to cover the increased cost of water, according to the local press. There are also reports that toilets at schools are dirty due to a lack of water.A scuffle over water turned deadly for a 33-year-old man when he tried to stop another man and his sons from siphoning large amounts of water from a public tank this month.Businesses and offices have been affected too. Amit Agarwal, a 28-year-old IT professional in Chennai, has been working from home for the past few days because there is no water in the bathrooms in his office. Many tech companies have been advising employees to do the same.In Chennai’s shopping malls, restrooms are operational only on some floors.The rich can buy additional deliveries of water from private tankers, sometimes at exorbitant rates. Poor people living in slums simply can’t afford to pay.The response of the government of Tamil Nadu, the state whose capital is Chennai, has ranged from downplaying the extent of the crisis to praying to the rain gods. “There has been a water shortage in several areas due to monsoon deficit. The government is taking several steps,” Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami told reporters on Friday.Those steps include a special train that will soon begin transporting 10 million liters of water per day – that’s about 2.6 million gallons — to Chennai from another part of the state. After initially turning down donations, Tamil Nadu has accepted an offer of aid of 2 million liters of drinking water from a neighboring state, Kerala.Opposition politicians in Tamil Nadu are staging protests. Dozens of women carrying colorful plastic water pots with slogans written on them gathered in Chennai this week to criticize the government for its handling of the water crisis. One thing that could have possibly averted this acute water shortage? Rainwater harvesting. In 2002, the government of Tamil Nadu passed legislation that mandated rainwater-harvesting structures on all buildings, including private homes, in the city. The goal: to capture rainwater and store it for later use. It was a revolutionary idea. When the city got hit with heavy monsoon rains a few years later, rainwater harvesting raised the water table enough to last the city until 2016, says Sekhar Raghavan, director of the Chennai-based nonprofit The Rain Centre. But the government failed to monitor the rainwater-harvesting structures, which meant a lot of them didn’t work properly. “This is a wake-up call for the government and citizens,” he says.Raghavan says he’s now getting calls from people asking about how they can properly harvest every drop of rainwater. Anticipating inadequate rainfall and planning for acute water shortages are further complicated by climate change.”The fear associated with climate change is not the fear of knowing that everything is going to be worse,” says Gopalakrishnan. “It’s the fear of not knowing.”While they may not necessarily light ceremonial fires for rain like their elected leaders, Chennai residents will nevertheless be praying for a downpour soon. NPR correspondent Lauren Frayer contributed to this report from New Delhi. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

David Camerons new government will include a camp

first_imgDavid Cameron’s new government will include a campaigning disabled MP and a former minister for disabled people from the last time the Tories had an absolute Commons majority, 18 years ago.The prime minister announced this week that Robert Halfon, the disabled MP for Harlow, had been appointed a vice-chairman of the Conservative party, but also a minister without portfolio and member of the Cabinet.Halfon (pictured) is known as a campaigning MP – with successful campaigns on cuts to fuel duty and to tax on bingo – and was previously parliamentary private secretary to the chancellor, George Osborne.The new minister for disabled people is the North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson.Tomlinson, who did not respond to a request from Disability News Service for an interview this week, does not appear to have a significant previous interest in disability issues.He was a member of 25 all-party parliamentary groups in the last parliament, including groups for heritage railway, Taiwan, speedway, the video games industry, beer, libraries, betting and gaming, and family businesses, but not the all-party disability group.His website points to his success in parliament on issues such as school sport, business, banking, libraries and housing development, but not disability.Tomlinson was previously owner of a marketing company and is also a former nightclub manager.But despite his lack of a track record on disability issues, Tomlinson’s constituency office in Swindon appears to be far more accessible than that of his predecessor as disabled people’s minister, Mark Harper, who has become the government’s chief whip.A member of staff in the office in Swindon that Tomlinson shares with Swindon South MP Robert Buckland – on the first floor of a building with a lift – said accessibility had been one of the “top priorities” when they chose the location.She said: “It was high on my agenda and their agenda. It had to be accessible to all.”Meanwhile, Cameron has appointed a veteran former minister for disabled people to lead the government’s health and care reforms.Alistair Burt was minister for disabled people between 1995 and 1997, and was a popular Foreign Office minister in the coalition, before being sacked in 2013 following parliament’s vote against military action in Syria.He said in a statement: “I am honoured to have been entrusted with an important portfolio spanning care and health services.“There are some huge tasks awaiting for the department and the wider system, not least the delivery of aspects of the Care Act, the better integration of health and care services, and the enhanced attention to be paid to the provision of mental health support.“The work done within the areas for which I am responsible touch on the lives of many people, and I believe it is an extraordinary sector full of remarkable individuals.“I am looking forward to listening to those involved and doing all I can to ensure the government plays its full part in the further development of vital services.”Cameron also appointed the former education secretary Michael Gove – who has previously spoken out in favour of reintroducing the death penalty – as his new justice secretary, with responsibility for scrapping the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a new bill of rights.And the new employment minister, replacing Esther McVey – who lost her seat last week – is a similarly divisive figure, the right-wing Witham MP Priti Patel, an economics graduate and former communications executive who served as exchequer secretary to the Treasury in the last government, and has also spoken out in support of the reintroduction of capital punishment.Patel said in a statement: “Employment and earning a salary gives families security and our long term economic plan will continue to reward work.“I look forward to working with Iain [Duncan Smith] and others to deliver our manifesto and help more people into employment.”Duncan Smith remains as work and pensions secretary, with responsibility for the government’s welfare reform programme and finding another £12 billion a year in cuts to social security spending.Lord [David] Freud remains as welfare reform minister.last_img read more

10 Powerfully Persuasive Words Your Customers Want to Hear

first_img Have you ever stopped to wonder why you buy some products and leave others sitting on the shelf? How do we decide between all the options we have every single day, when the majority of the time we have little to no first-hand experience with the products we’re deciding between?What makes you finally decide to try a new restaurant, use a new toothpaste or switch to a new piece of software? The answer lies largely in the types of words used to sell the product or service.Maybe you’ve never realized it, but words play a huge role in helping our brains decide which products to buy. There are tons of variables, but one thing has been proven time and time again — certain words sell better. They just do.So here you go, here are 10 words customers love to hear when making a decision:1. Free.If you think “free” is sleazy and overused, think again. People love free, plain and simple. You can give practically anything away for free, no matter how small, and you’ll grab people’s attention.Gregory Ciotti of Help Scout points this out using a study where the researchers asked people to choose between a Lindt truffle for $0.15 — which is a heck of a deal — or a Hershey Kiss for $0.01. An amazing 73 percent chose the Lindt truffle.Then they asked another group to choose between a Lindt truffle for $0.14 — again, a heck of a deal) — or a Hershey Kiss for free. This time, 69 percent wanted the Hershey Kiss. Why? Because everyone loves free stuff.2. Exclusive.Everyone want to be in the “in” crowd. When you make your product exclusive — only available to a select group — you make people want it even more. You can exchange the word exclusive with other words or phrases — members only, invitation only, first, insider — everyone will still want in.Related: Use These 10 Words in Conversation to Get What You Want3. Easy.As sad as it is, Mayberry doesn’t exist anymore, at least in most parts of the world. Life is complicated, and we also might be just a smidgen on the lazy side. So anytime we hear that something is simple or easy to do, we’re drawn to it.I’ve helped conduct surveys where customers were asked what their top purchase factors were in buying a piece of software, and “easy-to-use” was in the top three. When in doubt, don’t flex the complexity muscle. Features are good, but not when they sacrifice simplicity.4. Limited.Oh, how we hate missing out. It can be as simple as bobble heads at a local minor league baseball game, and if they say the first 100 people get one free, suddenly those bobble heads are more appealing. I mean, what are you even going to do with a bobble head? Who cares. It’s a great deal, and you have to make a decision now before it’s too late, so you’re in.5. Get.HubSpot cites a test conducted by Encyclopedia Brittanica where they replaced a headline that was a question with a headline that started with the word “get.” Conversions doubled.I don’t have a research-backed explanation for this, but I would say it’s because get is an action word that psychologically puts the reader in charge and prepares them for action. Get is also typically followed by a benefit. Get a flat stomach in six weeks. Get better grades with less studying. Get the freshest, cleanest haircut in town. You get the picture.You can also use other verbs like claim, start, try, grab or give.6. Guaranteed.With so much fraud in the world today, authenticity is a legitimate concern your customers have. Using the right words can give them the reassurance they need to pull the trigger.Related: 5 Four-Letter Words That Persuade CustomersYou’ve likely seen this everywhere — because it works. The key, though, is to actually be able to back up your guarantee. If your product doesn’t have a guarantee, returns aren’t hassle-free, or your results aren’t proven, don’t say it. It may work in the short-term, but it’ll bite you down the road. That said, if you don’t offer a guarantee, maybe it’s time to do so.Other words you can use to provide assurance are proven, results, no obligation, risk-free, hassle-free and secure.7. You.When you’re writing sales copy, or anything intended to persuade, use first-person language. It makes the reader’s, or listener’s, ears perk up a bit. And — on an unconscious level — it makes them feel special.Using “you” makes your writing conversational, and it brings your voice down to a friendly level where you can actually make a connection.8. Because.This one’s interesting. Gregory Ciotti cites studies in the book Influence by Robert Cialdini by using interesting scenarios. One that sticks out is where different phrases were tested to see which one would make people most inclined to allow someone to break in line at the copy machine.”Excuse me, I have 5 pages. May I use the Xerox machine?” — 60 percent allowed the person to cut in line.”I have 5 pages. May I use the Xerox machine, because I am in a rush?” — 94 percent allowed the person to cut in line.”Excuse me, I have 5 pages. May I use the Xerox machine because I have to make copies?” — 93 percent allowed the person to cut in line.Notice that by simply hearing a “because,” followed by a reason, nearly everyone decided the person could get in front of them in line. The reasons given weren’t even legitimate reasons. Because I have to make copies? Everyone in line had to make copies — that’s why they were there.The thing to remember is that human brains love explanations. We need to know why. Why do I need that feature? Because it will help me get ____.Tie your product, features and the actions you want people to take in with a reason, and people will be more compelled to take action.9. Best.Which sounds better?  “How to Change a Flat Tire” or “The Best Way the Change a Flat Tire.”It’s a no-brainer, really. Think about how many times you’ve Googled something, only to get frustrated during the search, so you go back and add the word “best” in front of your search. Maybe it’s just me, but I have a feeling I’m not the only one.It’s as if “best” is a sacred word that’s only awarded to the truly great, so you can count on anything labeled as the best. We all know that’s not true, but to call something the best implies that at some point there was a comparison, and this one came out on top.Related: Want to Be Successful? Be the Best at What You Do.But please, don’t be deceptive with this. If you’re not truly the best, or you can’t get people to call you the best without coercion, keep working to actually be the best at what you do. Don’t just slap that label on yourself without validation.10. Compare.With social media and as many review sites and blogs as there are today, practically everyone makes comparisons before making a decision.Ford vs. ChevroletPampers vs. HuggiesCharmin vs CottonelleHubspot vs. MarketoWe want to know who the top players are, and then we want to see them side-by-side. Use that to your advantage by telling your readers to compare your quality, ease of use, price, etc., to your competitor’s. Even better, make it easy on them by doing the comparison yourself.When you openly show them the difference between your product and your competitors, you take that work off of them, and they’ll be grateful for that. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 10 Powerfully Persuasive Words Your Customers Want to Hear Image credit: Shutterstock | Enhanced by Entrepreneur 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Guest Writer Mike Taylor Next Article 8 min readcenter_img August 2, 2016 Add to Queue Marketing Writer, Founder of, Content Contributor at Digium, Inc. –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more