There Is No Substitute for Caring

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Your dream client can tell whether or not you really care about them or whether you are just trying to make a sale. They can hear whether or not you care in the words you use. They can see it in the actions that you take—or fail to take.In world driven by commoditization, globalization, and disintermediation, the pressure to believe and behave as if all business relationships are transactional can be overwhelming. Those who care deeply about their clients and their relationships are going to be differentiated, trusted, and welcomed as strategic partners.There is no substitute for caring.In Word and DeedYou can allow marketing to do your lead generation and send emails and links to white papers on your behalf. But if you want to prove that you care about your dream client, you will send an email yourself, including a personal note letting them know that you were thinking about them.You can make a deal with those with formal power in your dream client’s company. But if you want the people you are going to be working with and serving to know you care, the end user stakeholders, you will spend time understanding their needs and making sure your solutions works for them. You show you care by spending time with the people who have no power to give you the deal. You tell them that their needs are important to you.When things go south and you and your dream client are faced with a nasty, awful, relationship-challenging issues, you meet with your client face-to-face to resolve the issue. You say: “I want you to know that your relationship is important to me, and we will find a way to work through this together.”You can’t pay lip service to caring. You have to prove it in both your words and your deeds.Say It ProudRecently, a salesperson challenged me about the language choice I made when speaking with one of my clients. I sent them something and said: “I saw this and I was thinking about you.” She thought it sounded “too personal.” That’s because it was personal. Business is personal. People choose to do business with other people, and they want to work with people that they can trust, people they know care about them.If you want to win and retain your dream clients, prove that you are about them in both your words and your deeds.QuestionsWhen you make a major purchase, how important is it that the salesperson cares about you and the outcomes you are trying to achieve?How do you know that someone cares about you?Does caring engender trust?Do you treat important client relationships as if they are simply transactional?How do you move your business relationships beyond transactional?last_img read more

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Rajasthan officials lynch man for stopping them from taking photos of women defecating in open

first_imgMunicipality employees in Pratpargh town on Friday beat a middle-aged man to death when he allegedly tried to stop them from scaring women defecating in the open and taking their photographs.The incident happened near Bagwasa Kachi Basti area at around 6:30 am where few women had gone to attend nature’s call.The municipality employees of Pratapgarh town municipality tried scaring away women and took photographs of women defecating in the open. It was then that Zafar Khan intervened and tried stopping municipality employees from taking pictures.In retaliation, municipality employees kicked, punched and beat Khan with a stick, which led to his death, according to the FIR lodged by Khan’s elder brother Noor Mohammed.Noor has lodged a complaint against Kamal Harijan, Ritesh Harijan, Manish Harijan, Nagar Parishad commissioner Ashok Jain and others following police have registered a case of murder, Pratapgarh Kotwali police said.Pratapgarh Superintendent of Police, Shivraj Meena said, “We are getting the matter investigated and a case has been registered against four named accused in the FIR.”SHO, Pratapgarh Kotwali, Mangilal Bishnoi said that the body has been kept at district hospital for postmortem. Police have been deployed considering the matter sensitive and to maintain law and order.“We are investigating the case and no arrests have been made so far,” he said.last_img read more

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Local BJP woman leader slaps girl for being friendly with Muslim youth

first_imgA local woman BJP leader purportedly slapped a girl here for being friendly with a youth from the minority community, a video of which went viral on social media.The youth in question was arrested on charges of “obscenity” in public place and released later on bail, according to police officials.The incident, in which BJP’s Aligarh city convenor Sangeeta Varshney allegedly slapped the girl twice, took place on Tuesday when she saw her having tea with the youth, according to the police.In the video which has gone viral on social media, Ms. Varshney is heard saying, “Tere ko samajh mein nahi aataa kaun Hindu hai, kaun Musalmaan hai. Pyaar se samajhaa rahee hoon, samajh hee mein nahi aa raha. (Don’t you understand who is a Hindu and who is a Muslim. I am politely making this clear, but even then it seems that you are not getting it).” When contacted today, Ms. Varshney told PTI, “I do not have any problems with Muslims. But, we have a problem with their policy of alluring Hindu girls (Humme Musalmaano se koi shikayat nahi hai, humme unki bargalaane ki neeti se shikayat hai).” Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey yesterday said that after the slapping incident, a case under relevant sections of the IPC pertaining to obscenity at a public place was registered against the youth.He was arrested but later released on bail, Mr. Pandey told PTI.The SSP also said that the girl’s father arrived on the spot and took her away after declaring that he and his family did not wish to make an issue.“Both the girl and her father do not want any action against anyone in the case and they gave this in writing to the police,” Mr. Pandey said.last_img read more

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Croc attacks surge in the Andamans

first_imgOn November 12, 2017, Bishnu Hari Mandal (21), died after a salt water crocodile (‘salty’) dragged him away while swimming at the popular Wandoor beach. A week after this, five salties were caught from the same place, including one that was 4.25 metres long. Water-based activities were temporarily suspended in Havelock island later in November 2017, and in Corbyn’s Cove in early December 2017, after sightings of paw marks and a crocodile, respectively.In 2016, Vardhan Patankar, a marine biologist affiliated to the Andaman and Nicobar Environment Team (ANET), found that there had been 22 attacks by crocodiles in the A&N Islands over the decade from 2005-2015. Half of them were fatal, the remaining 11 resulted in injuries.Interestingly, Patankar noted that 20 crocodile attacks were reported in the nearly two preceding decades, between 1986-2004, indicating a doubling of such incidents after the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. This has led to an intriguing question posed by several ecologists. Could the tsunami have spawned the surge in the number of crocodile attacks? And if so, how?One view is that the tsunami, by destroying the natural habitat of the salties, has brought them closer to human habitations.“The geological uplift and subsidence of coastal land over 4-5 years after the tsunami caused extensive loss of mangrove forests, natural habitat to salties,” says Ajai Saxena, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, Goa, who dealt with cases of human crocodile conflict (HCC) over his work in the islands between 1986-95 and 2008-12. An estimated 3,730 hectares of coastal vegetation in North Andaman and 7.5% of mangroves in Little and South Andaman were damaged by the tsunami, vast tracts irreparably so. As a result, the tsunami turned low-lying areas and agricultural fields near human habitations into mudflats, favoured basking and nesting sites for salties, raising the possibility of HCC.Artificial increaseThe change in ecology was not the only thing the tsunami wrought. The scale of destruction also caught the nation’s attention which, ironically, resulted in an increased interest in visiting the islands. As author Pankaj Sekhsaria notes in a 2009 paper published in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society (JBNHS), tourism was aggressively promoted after the tsunami. As many as 4,87,000 tourists arrived in 2017 alone. The growth of tourism has resulted in increased human activity along the coastline.“The dumping of untreated kitchen waste, including raw chicken, fish and meat, by hotels and eateries that have mushroomed along the coast, has never been as rampant as it is now,” says B.C. Choudhury, retired scientist and visiting professor, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. “Such practices create an unnatural or artificial increase in crocodile population and sightings.” Unregulated slaughter houses disposing offal into the water is another problem.The increase in the islands’ population, from 356,152 in 2001 to 3,80,581 in 2011, is cited as another reason. “As crocodile conservation programmes succeed, and human populations expand, interactions between the two become more frequent and problematic,” says a 2014 report in the JBNHS. Ecologists say mitigating HCC requires a crocodile survey and management plan focused on ‘problem’ or ‘nuisance’ salties (territorial adult males of the species). Also, most attacks occur in narrow creeks near which human and crocodile populations overlap.Managing the conflictIn response to the increased incidence of human crocodile conflict in the Andamans, a salt water crocodile survey was launched over two years ago. On January 30 and 31, 2016, 125 teams set out in as many boats to 122 major creeks in the islands armed with GPS devices and PH meters for a crocodile census. Such a large and concerted exercise was being attempted for the first time.“We identified 83 vulnerable areas based on crocodile sightings and movements,” says Dr. K. Ravichandran, currently Chief Conservator of Forests, Daman & Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli. He was based in the A&N Islands from June 2013 to October 2017. A follow-up exercise timed for the monsoon breeding season in 2017 had to be called off due to inclement weather on both days. Data from the first leg remains unavailable.A ‘Human Crocodile Management Action Plan’ has been formulated by the Department of Environment and Forests, A&N Islands. It requires, among other things, beat officers monitoring the movement of ‘problem’ crocodiles, preventing eateries from dumping food waste into the sea, updated signage, patrol dinghies, and sanitising beaches for salties before tourists arrive and after they leave.“The Andaman and Nicobar Administration took a lot of initiative in mitigating human crocodile conflict but despite its best efforts, one or two unfortunate incidents happened,” says Dr. Ravichandran. The current status of the plan is unclear.last_img read more

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Unnao rape case: arrest MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, Allahabad HC directs CBI

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the CBI to arrest BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused in the Unnao rape case. A bench comprising Chief Justice DB Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar gave the direction to the agency after the counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government informed it that Sengar has been detained for interrogation and not arrested yet.The court directed the CBI to carry out investigation strictly in accordance with law and to consider filing an application for cancellation of bail granted to other accused in the case. It also directed the CBI to file status report by May 2. The bench passed the order on a letter written by senior advocate Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi demanding a court-monitored investigation of the incident and treated it as a PIL.On Thursday, the court had asked the Advocate General whether the state government proposes to arrest Sengar. Advocate General Raghvendra Singh had replied that he was not in a position to make any statement in this regard and that the police would proceed in accordance with law only after recording statement of the complainant and witnesses.The CBI registered three separate cases in connection with the alleged rape and detained Sengar for questioning in the early hours on Friday. The cases pertain to the alleged rape, killing of the girl’s father and a case of arms act which was slapped on her father in which he was arrested by local police. He had subsequently died in judicial custody and the autopsy report showed serious injuries on his body.last_img read more

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Unnao rape case: We acted swiftly, says U.P. Deputy CM

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government took action against erring officials, said Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma here on Sunday. He was responding to a question on the Unnao rape case in which the local BJP MLA is one of the accused.“We took swift action against the culprits. We have taken action against erring officials. They have been suspended. We can’t just hang people. The minute the CM [Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath] got to know about the matter, immediate and strict action was taken,” he said.Without taking the name of the Samajwadi Party (SP), he also said that the BJP is not the party which did not act against people like Gayatri Prajapati despite serious charges against him. “There was this case of Gayatri Prajapati where serious charges were levelled against him with substantial evidence. But it was the previous government which did not do anything. Till the time the government lasted, no action was taken against him. We do not believe in that kind of governance, where people like him are given safety and security. This government took immediate action,” Mr. Sharma added.He also said that the proposed mahagathbandhan [grand alliance] between the SP and Bahujan Samaj Party would not last. “It is the most opportunistic alliance. Who will be the leader of the alliance, we will get to know only after the quarrel between them ends,” he said.last_img read more

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AGP says it will sever ties with BJP

first_imgThe Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has threatened to sever its alliance with the BJP in Assam if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is pushed through.The regional party, a product of the Assam Agitation against foreigners from 1979-1985 that ended with the signing of the Assam Accord, has also announced a signature campaign from May 12-30 against the Bill. “We will sever our friendship with the BJP if it goes ahead and passes the Bill,” senior AGP leader Kamala Kanta Kalita said on Tuesday. “If needed, we will revive the anti-foreigners’ agitation by drumming up support across the Assembly constituencies in the State,” he said.The BJP, which has 61 seats in the 126-member House, formed the government in May 2016 in alliance with the AGP and the Bodoland People’s Front. The AGP has 14 MLAs and the BPF 12. The BPF too is not happy with the BJP because of the latter’s move to contest local polls in areas covered by the Bodoland Territorial Council. Last week, BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary had accused the BJP of trying to create unrest in the council by backing blockades by unions seeking statehood. The simple majority mark in the Assembly is 64.last_img read more

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Pakistan violates ceasefire again along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri

first_img Poonch Deputy Commissioner Rahul Yadav said the health institutions are open and working round-the-clock to meet any eventuality. “All ambulances have been mobilised and moved to the areas close to the LoC with special teams to help people in need,” he said.The Pakistan Army has violated the ceasefire for over 60 times during the last one week by targeting over 70 civilian and forward areas along the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri, Jammu and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir, also leaving nine persons, including some army personnel, injured.Amid high tensions along the LoC, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh accompanied by White Knight Corps Commander Lt Gen Paramjit Singh visited forward posts in Rajouri Sector to review the operational preparedness on Thursday. The year 2018 had witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations — 2,936 — by Pakistani troops, in the last 15 years.Pakistan continues to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides. Pakistani troops again violated ceasefire along the Line of Control on Saturday in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting strong and effective retaliation by the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said.The shelling from across the border started in Nowshera sector around 12.30 p.m., ending over 12-hour-long lull in the border skirmishes which intensified after India’s pre-emptive strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s terror camps at Balakot in Pakistan on Tuesday.A young woman and her two children were killed and several others, including two Army personnel, were injured in heavy shelling along the LoC in lower Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district on Friday night, raising the death toll in the exchange of firing on the Indian side to four.“Pakistan continues with nefarious designs and at about 12:30 hours, again initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along the LoC in Nowshera sector,” the spokesman said. “The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively,” he said, adding that there was no report of any casualty on Indian side in the latest round of firing.Meanwhile, all educational institutions within five kilometre radius of the LoC remained closed for the fifth day on Saturday as a precautionary measure, officials said. They said the Indian forces are on high alert and keeping a close vigil along the LoC and the International Border (IB).A police official said the shelling from across the border stopped around 11:00 pm on Friday after intense firing which left 24-year-old Rubana Kosar, her five-year-old son Fazan and nine-month-old daughter Shabnam dead and her husband Mohammad Younis injured in Salotri village of Poonch district.“The panic-stricken border residents in some worst-hit villages fled to safer places. There was no report of mass migration and people are staying back at their homes although the district administration had made necessary arrangements in case people are forced to flee their homes,” the official said.Also Read Crossing the line: ceasefire violations by Pakistanlast_img read more

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Goa youth questions Minister on job, held

first_imgA youth was arrested at Valpoi in North Goa on Thursday for questioning local MLA and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane for not being given employment, at a BJP campaign meeting for the party’s candidate and Union Minister Sripad Naik.The Congress on Friday condemned the arrest, calling it an act of frustration by the BJP.“This is how the BJP is misusing its power and it it is now frustrated. This is happening because Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who is the Home Minister, is misusing the police. The Congress condemns this action,” said party spokesperson Trajano D’Mello. Sources close to the Minister said the youth, Darshan Gaonkar from Hivrem village, was instigated by the Opposition to disrupt the corner meeting and he had been unruly during the event. Mr. Rane declined to comment. During the meeting, Mr. Gaonkar asked Mr. Rane why he had not been provided a job despite being his active supporter for more than a decade.last_img read more

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Flu Researcher Ron Fouchier Loses Legal Fight Over H5N1 Studies

first_imgVirologist Ron Fouchier has suffered a loss in a legal battle with the Dutch government over the publication of his controversial H5N1 influenza research. On Friday, a Dutch district court ruled that the government was right to ask Fouchier to obtain an export license before sending two hotly debated papers out for publication. The ruling, published yesterday (Dutch), could provide new roadblocks for Fouchier’s research in the future.At issue is Fouchier’s hotly debated paper showing that a few mutations can make H5N1, a virus that normally infects birds, transmissible through the air between ferrets, which was published in Science in June 2012. The fight also involved an accompanying paper published in the same issue in which Fouchier and others tried to gauge the likelihood that such viruses arise spontaneously in nature.The Dutch government considered sending the papers to Science a form of “export” and required Fouchier to formally ask official permission first. In doing so, the government correctly interpreted E.U. regulations aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and so-called “dual use” technology that could be used for good or evil, the court in Haarlem said.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The decision means that future H5N1 transmissibility studies—which Fouchier resumed after a worldwide moratorium ended in January—would require an official stamp of approval as well. The same could be true for similar studies involving H7N9, a strain that emerged in China this spring, because the government could consider any studies that give the virus new capabilities as providing dual use findings.Fouchier was unavailable for comment today, but he has said in previous interviews that the Dutch government is infringing on academic freedom and putting him and other scientists in the Netherlands at an unfair disadvantage compared to scientists from other countries.Fouchier’s H5N1 work triggered a worldwide furor in late 2011, along with a similar study by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Tokyo, when the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) judged that it should not be published without striking the most sensitive details. In the wrong hands, the NSABB reasoned, the studies could be used to turn H5N1 into a bioweapon. The board reversed that decision in March 2012 and gave the papers a green light.But while the Kawaoka paper was published online in Nature in early May 2012, Fouchier’s study was held up longer because of the Dutch government’s position.Fouchier applied for an export license under protest and received it on 27 April 2012, allowing the paper to finally be published. But Erasmus MC also filed an appeal against the government’s decision; when the government rejected it, it took the issue to the district court.The government based its decision on E.U. regulations issued in 2009 that aim to prevent the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. Those rules put limits on the export, trade, and transfer of a range of materials, including dangerous flu viruses, and also apply to technical know-how that could be used to make such weapons.Erasmus MC and Fouchier argued that the rules don’t apply to Fouchier’s papers because an Annex to the document carves out exceptions for ″basic scientific research″ and for information already ″in the public domain.″ The ferret studies were basic scientific research, Fouchier’s lawyer argued, because the researchers sought to better understand mammalian transmissibility of an influenza strain; meanwhile, the methods used in the study to generate mutants had been described before and were well-known.The court, which heard arguments in the case on 29 August, did not buy this line of reasoning. Making H5N1 airborne was not just basic research, but was a “practical goal,” the judges said; and while the methods had been described before, the researchers had “taken steps and made choices that have led to entirely new outcomes.” To avoid hollowing out the regulations, any exceptions “should be interpreted strictly,” the court said, adding that it’s not up to individual researchers to decide whether their work is basic research.The court acknowledged that its decision could cause delays in the dissemination of scientific information but said this “disadvantage” is outweighed by the importance of preventing proliferation.Fouchier and Erasmus MC have 6 weeks to take their case to the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam.last_img read more

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Saturn-Like Rings Spotted Around Asteroid

first_imgEven before astronomers pointed their telescopes at a dim star over Chile last June, they knew it would darken for a few seconds as an asteroid passed in front of it. What they didn’t expect were two brief flickers a few seconds beforehand and afterward, suggesting that the asteroid was encircled by Saturn-like rings. The find is the first evidence for such rings around anything in our solar system other than a giant planet.Like other teams positioned in a 1500-kilometer-wide swath across South America, the astronomers had started out the night with one mission: They intended to measure the size of Chariklo, an icy body that circles the sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus. Knowing Chariklo’s speed across the sky, they could use the duration of the mini-eclipse to estimate the distant asteroid’s size, says Felipe Braga-Ribas, an astronomer at the National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.“But then we saw the flickers,” he says. Because the team members weren’t looking for a ring, the discovery came as a complete surprise, he notes.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Braga-Ribas and his colleagues were measuring the brightness of the target star—one in the constellation Scorpio that’s too dim to see with the naked eye—every 0.1 seconds. That sampling rate was fast enough to discern that there were two flickers before and after the main occultation, or blockage of light—evidence of two dense, narrow rings with a small but distinct gap between them. (Other groups also recorded dips in light caused by the rings, but couldn’t discern the gap between them because their sensors weren’t taking data samples often enough.)Using data gathered at six other sites along the mini-eclipse’s path, the researchers estimate that Chariklo has a radius of about 124 kilometers. The same data sets suggest that material in the rings orbit the asteroid at radii of about 391 and 405 km, the researchers report online today in Nature. If all the material in each ring were gathered together, the inner ring would measure about 2 km across and the outer ring would be about half that diameter, Braga-Ribas says.The newly discovered ring system answers a couple of mysteries, says Joseph Burns, a planetary scientist at Cornell University. After Chariklo was discovered in 1997, he notes, its brightness gradually dropped by about 40%, reaching a low in 2008. Over the same period, signs of water ice—certain wavelengths missing from the light reflected back toward Earth—faded. Since 2008, though, Chariklo has regained its brightness and its watery signature.Burns says those trends can be explained by the shifting view of the rings as seen from our planet: Six years ago, when Chariklo was in a different part of its orbit, the rings would have been seen edgewise from Earth, an invisible sliver that reflected little or no light in our direction. Data suggest that although the ice-rich rings have only 15% of Chariklo’s surface area, they reflect almost three times as much light on an area-to-area comparison. Particles in the rings are on average much brighter than Chariklo’s surface because they often collide, exposing fresh, bright ice; meanwhile, Chariklo itself continues to accumulate dust, he suggests.At present, it’s not clear how Chariklo’s ring system formed. One possibility is that a slow-motion collision with a smaller asteroid or comet once blasted debris into orbit, and the gravitational pull of the largest bits of debris have shepherded the smaller bits into a sharply defined ring. (The presence of such “shepherd moons” could help explain the distinct, 9-kilometer-wide gap between Chariklo’s two rings as well, Braga-Ribas notes.)In another scenario, a loosely consolidated object (possibly a comet) passing near Chariklo was captured to become a satellite but subsequently was ripped apart by gravitational interactions with its new parent.Regardless of its origin, analyses of the new ring system—which is much smaller and simpler than those circling Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune—may help scientists develop better computer models of how rings behave and evolve, Burns says. The particles in Chariklo’s rings take about 10 hours to orbit the asteroid, he estimates, about the same time the small bits of material near the middle of Saturn’s broad ring system take to circle that planet.last_img read more

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My Virgin Diary- An Indian-British movie to bust Bollywood myths about campus life

first_imgDigital media has emerged as the most powerful platform in recent times. Besides providing people an opportunity to speak their minds out, unlike Bollywood, it is touching different aspects of life. Our addiction to films and web series available online is a solid example of digital media’s popularity. Despite this, it is not an easy task for filmmaker to tell their story in zero budget. Bollywood actor and director Nalin Singh has gone an extra mile to portray the story he wanted to and that too without any improvisation.My Virgin Diary is an Indian-British crossover movie that will be available across the digital platforms. The film which basically deals with bitter and sweet reality of campus life has been distributed in four parts in Asia. Talking about the movie to indiatvnews.com, Nalin Singh said that the movie will be loved by youth and those who are missing their college life. It has lot of humour and talks about various emotions and things in layers.Read it at India TV Related Itemslast_img read more

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Vijay Mallya To Appeal British Court Verdict On Extradition Order To India

first_imgVijay Mallya intends to file an application to appeal against a British court’s verdict in favour of his extradition to India, the embattled liquor baron’s legal team confirmed on Wednesday.The 63-year-old businessman told reporters soon after the ruling by Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot last week that he would consider the verdict in detail and decide his next course of action.Read it at DNA Related Itemslast_img

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Infosys to Build $245 Million Campus, Hire 3,000 Americans in Indianapolis

first_imgIndian technology major Infosys will train and hire 3,000 American workers at its United States Education Center in Indianapolis by 2023, according to a filing made by the company with the Bombay Stock Exchange.Infosys also plans to hire and train 1,000 American workers over the next two years and invest in training to ensure that the U.S. workforce has the essential skills required for digital economy, according to the company’s filing.“Infosys will provide an initial investment of $35 million to create the first 1,25,000 sq. ft. of development to transform the 70.5-acre site at the old Indianapolis airport terminal into its U.S. Education Center,” the company said, the Hindu reported.“Today’s announcement really is a tribute,” United States Vice President Mike Pence said in a press conference announcing Infosys’ decision to build a $245 million airport campus in Indianapolis on April 26, according to Indianapolis Business Journal. “It’s a tribute to a great company. It’s a tribute to a great state and the leadership of a great state at every level. But I also believe it is a tribute to the agenda that President Trump has been advancing with strong support on Capitol Hill from very early in this administration.”Today’s @Infosys jobs announcement is a tribute to a great company, a great state & to the agenda @POTUS Trump has been advancing. #AmericaFirst pic.twitter.com/ANtgwVA4AU— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 26, 2018Infosys president Ravi Kumar said on April 26 that the initial construction will be a 250-person residential facility on the site near the old Indianapolis airport terminal. Ultimately, the project, which will be developed in phases over the next several years, is expected to be a $245 million, 141-acre campus with 786,000 square feet of facilities.“Today’s announcement with Infosys is a big win — not just for Indiana but for the nation as a whole,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb.“Infosys’ state-of-the-art training facility will teach thousands of folks across America right here on Indiana soil. And, it will help prepare more current and future Hoosiers (a person from the State of Indiana) for success in our rapidly evolving, global economy,” he said, according to the Hindu.Kumar told IBJ that the decision to scale up in the United States was taken to be closer to the clients. The company — India’s second-largest software services exporter — is also receiving federal tax cuts in the country. They will be saving $225 million by 2021.Indian IT giants such as Infosys, TCS and Wipro are rapidly following the United States’ Hire American plan. Infosys announced on March 14 that it will be opening a new office at Hartford, Connecticut, for which it will hire 1,000 American citizens by 2022. Related ItemsIndianapolisInfosyslast_img read more

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Cow is the only animal that exhales oxygen, says Uttarakhand CM

first_imgUttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has kicked up a row by claiming that cow is the only animal which inhales and exhales oxygen, and has asserted breathing problems can be cured by massaging it.A video went viral on Thursday showing Mr. Rawat extolling the medicinal properties of cow milk and urine at a function here. In the video, he said cows not only inhale oxygen but also exhale it.The Chief Minister also said that massaging a cow can cure one of breathing problems, while living in close proximity with the animal can cure one of tuberculosis.In 2017, former Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani also claimed the same.The Chief Minister’s cow speech comes after State BJP president and Nainital MP Ajay Bhatt recently said that pregnant women can avoid caesarean deliveries if they drink water of Garud Ganga, a river in Bageshwar district.An official at the CMO defended the Chief Minister’s remarks saying that he was only stating something which is a common belief in the hills of Uttarakhand.“While the medicinal values of cow milk and urine are well known, people in the hills also believe that the cow gives them oxygen,” he said requesting anonymity.last_img read more

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‘Sharad Pawar was defamed because of me’ — Ajit Pawar breaks down at press meet

first_imgNCP leader Ajit Pawar addressing press conference in Mumbai on Saturday. Photo: Emmanual Yogini “I apologise for hurting feelings of leaders, workers and sympathisers for resigning without discussing them. I knew that they would stop me had I discussed it with them. I had been thinking of resigning for the past three days due to allegations of scam. But elections were staring at me. I was upset because Sharad Pawar was named in this case despite having no relation whatsoever with the case. He was named only because of his relationship with me,” he said. He said he wondered how a bank with deposits worth ₹11,000 crore could get involved in a scam worth ₹25,000 crore.Own decisionMr. Amit Pawar said he did not inform even the NCP president about his decision and was at a relative’s residence as he needed time to think. At a press conference in Pune on Friday night, Mr. Sharad Pawar had said that Ajit had spoken to his family members about quitting politics and going back to agriculture and industry.On Saturday morning, he held a meeting with the NCP chief at the latter’s residence in south Mumbai along with other members of the family. NCP leaders were kept out of the meeting. After the meeting, Mr. Sharad Pawar said the decision on whether to continue or quit politics would be announced by his nephew himself.Asked if he would contest the Assembly election or quit politics, the former Deputy Chief Minister said, “Sharad Pawar told me that you will have to do what I tell you. I could not meet his eye and nodded.”Rubbishing reports of a family feud, Mr. Ajit Pawar said, “A feud was talked about when Supriya [Sule] entered politics, then Parth [Pawar] contested and now when Rohit [Pawar] may contest. It is all baseless. Sharad Pawar is the head of the family and we work as per his directions.” A day after resigning as MLA and remaining incommunicado for over 20 hours, an emotional Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Saturday said that he was being defamed and allegations of scams were levelled against him before every election. The inquiries against him keep on continuing with no end in sight.“In 2014, I was blamed for the ₹70,000-crore irrigation scam, and now it is ₹25,000 crore. The inquiry on the allegations in the irrigation scam has been going on for five years. Just like others, we too are doing our work. How long am I supposed to suffer? We are humans too. We too have emotions,” he said fighting back tears at a press conference at the Y.B. Chavan Centre here.Mr. Ajit Pawar, a former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, was joined by senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, NCP State president Jayant Patil, Leader of the Opposition Dhananjay Munde and NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad in a show of solidarity.He, along with other directors of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, has been named by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the alleged ₹25,000-crore scam. His uncle and NCP president, Sharad Pawar, too has been named, despite never being a director of the bank. “Had my name not been on the director board of the bank, then this case itself wouldn’t have come up ever. It came up because of me, and Sharad Pawar had to suffer,” he said.last_img read more

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Mamata pegs loss due to cyclone ‘Bulbul’ at ₹50,000 crore

first_imgDeath toll due to Cyclone Bulbul rises West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, after conducting an aerial survey of cyclone ‘Bulbul’-hit areas in North 24 Parganas, said on Wednesday that the loss incurred by the state due to the natural calamity might go up to ₹50,000 crore.Ms. Banerjee handed over a cheque of ₹2.4 lakh each to the family members of five people from the district who lost their lives in the calamity. Taking note of the fact that at least 15 lakh hectares of agricultural land was damaged due to the storm, she said the affected farmers would get all help from her government.“Going by what I have seen, I think the cyclone has led to massive destruction. By massive, I mean really massive… People sitting in Kolkata and other parts of the state will be not able to realise the degree of devastation.“If I’m not wrong, I think there has been a loss of ₹50,000 crore,” the chief minister said at an administrative review meeting here following the reconnaissance. Those who have enrolled their names for the state government’s crop insurance scheme would get 100% coverage for their loss, she asserted.“A total of 15 lakh hectares of agricultural land has been damaged. The entire paddy cultivation has been ruined. I assure the farmers of all form of support from our government.The farmers under the state’s crop insurance policy will get 100% coverage,” Ms. Banerjee said. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo further said that the state government would soon announce a special package for the affected farmers. At least nine people have lost their lives in the calamity — five from North 24 Parganas, three from South 24 Parganas and one from Purba Midnapore — while seven fishermen were still missing, Ms. Banerjee said during the meeting.Also Read   According to the chief minister, six lakh people have been affected and over five lakh houses damaged due to the cyclone, which made landfall late on Saturday between Sagar Islands in West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh. The CM gave assurances to rebuild damaged houses under her government’s ‘Banglar Bari’ scheme.Also Read Cyclone Bulbul leaves a trail of destruction in Bangladesh   She also announced one hurricane lamp and five litres of kerosene for each affected family in the state.Ms. Banejee directed the education department to provide books to schoolchildren appearing for board examinations in the storm-hit areas. On Monday, the chief minister had surveyed the storm-affected areas of Kakdwip, Namkhana and Bakhkhali in South 24 Parganas. She had urged people to “stay positive” and stand beside those affected by the cyclone.last_img read more

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18,683 lives lost in road accidents in Odisha in 4 years

first_imgDespite road safety measures being taken up by Odisha government under Supreme Court-monitored supervision, the road fatalities continue to rise with the State losing 18,683 lives in past four years.According to information furnished in the State Assembly, in the first nine month of the current year 4,115 road accident deaths have already been reported.In 2018, number of accident deaths on road had breached 5000-marks for the first time. As many as 5,315 persons had lost their lives under wheels. In 2017 and 2016, accident deaths were 4,790 and 4,463 respectively.The Supreme Court appointed committee on road safety had warned the State government saying road fatalities in Odisha was on a rising trend as against decreasing national road accident death rate.Ganjam district has consistently reported above 300 of road accident deaths annually during past four years. Districts such as Khordha, Keonjhar and Jajpur have been reporting fairly high number of accidental deaths since 2016.This year’s road accident statistics appear to be alarming one. As many as 4,115 persons have died in 8,203 accidents that have taken place in 2019. Similar was the situation in the previous year. In 11,262 accidents, 5,315 persons had succumbed to injuries. The number of accident deaths is rising proportionately. In the year 2017, 4,790 deaths were reported from 10,855 accidents. Padmanabh Behera, State Commerce and Transport Minister, said the State government is implementing all recommendations of Supreme Court appointed committee.“We have deployed 37 interceptors to track vehicles speeding along roads. Besides, we are taking help of breathe analyser and speed detection machine to detect violations and stop rash driving. All police stations have been instructed to take stringent action against violators,” said Mr. Behera.last_img read more

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