How To Reach Your Goals in 2019

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There is a difference between “goals” and what I call “disciplines,” something I wrote about in my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need. The distinction is critical (more about that later). There are also two types of goals you need to set, and most people only set the first type of goal for themselves, cheating themselves of what they really want (if they have even done the work to know what they want in the first place, as most people haven’t been given a model of how to determine that for themselves, and so, they drift).Since it’s the time of year where people are engaged in this thinking, let’s take a look at what you really need to do to make 2019 different from 2018, starting with goals.Event-driven GoalsEvent-driven goals have a date by which some outcome will be reached. You might set a goal to generate $2,000,000 in annual revenue by December 31. When that date pops up on the calendar, you will have either accomplished your goal or failed to do so. Running a marathon is also an event-driven goal. There is an event, and you run the distance, or you don’t.Once you reach the date of the event, the goal is now over. The deadline is part of what makes goals powerful.Identity GoalsIdentity goals are about who you want to be and what you want your life to be like, a process I call “Achievement Design.” Instead of an event, like $2,000,000 in revenue, your financial goal might be something like “create generational wealth for my children and grandchildren.” That’s a very different financial goal than generating a certain amount of revenue in a business, isn’t it? Not only does it raise the bar, it’s worth pursuing over the course of a lifetime. It also requires a very different set of behavioral changes (of which there is more to say).You might also decide that you want to be structurally sound, flexible, mobile, with the energy and endurance to keep up with your grandchildren–or great grandchildren. That goal for your physical health is a very different type of marathon. Structurally sound means lifting weights, flexible means stretching and yoga, energy means diet and sleep and hydration, and endurance means cardiovascular exercise. Identity goals don’t have an end date, and there is no “checking the box” that indicates the goal is reached. They require routine maintenance.This doesn’t mean we have no use for event-driven goals. These goals with end dates are the milestones that roll up underneath your identity goals. The revenue you generate in your business provides you with the money you need to invest for long-term wealth. The marathon is evidence you are fit, and you have the endurance and stamina you want as an identity goal.Why Resolutions FailThe primary reason New Year’s Resolutions fail is because the person making the resolution isn’t really resolved. They haven’t broken the goal down into the small, manageable actions they need to take every day, something I call “disciplines,” the things you do consistently, whether or not you want to.If you don’t have what you want, the most likely reason is that you are not doing the work necessary to have it. If you want something to be different in the new year, try setting identity goals, the event-driven goals that serve as milestones and prove you are making progress, and develop the daily and weekly disciplines that make this year your best ever.last_img read more

Rijiju unfurls 107-foot tall tricolour at Attari-Wagah border

first_imgUnion minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday unfurled a 107—foot tall tricolour near the Indo-Pak border at Attari-Wagah here.After unfurling the flag at the integrated checkpost, the Minister of State for Home told reporters he was here to take stock of security arrangements, besides inspecting the checkpost and meeting with BSF officers.The minister said he would also interact with traders engaged in import and export business with Pakistan and hear out their trade-related problems.Answering a query on the frequent incidents of stone pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, Rijiju blamed “some elements sitting in Pakistan” which have created WhatsApp groups to create trouble.“Indian intelligence agencies are monitoring them very closely and will shortly do the needful in this regard,” said Rijiju.On the killing and mutilation of two soldiers, he said the government would always extend support to their families.Rijiju said a scanner will be installed at the checkpost to scan goods being imported from Pakistan.last_img read more

Bogibeel bridge: Boatmen fear loss of livelihood

first_imgBoatmen ferrying hundreds of people daily across the Brahmaputra fear that the opening of the Bogibeel bridge will sound the death knell for their livelihood. Lakeswar Rajbonsi, 28, who runs a ferry service at Bogibeel Ghat, says there are about 120-odd boatmen who might be rendered jobless. Currenly, 28 boats, including six government ferries, ply between the Bogibeel ghat in Dibrugarh on the south bank of the Brahmaputra and the Kareng Bali ghat in Dhemaji on the north bank, carrying passengers, vehicles and goods. Ferry owners said they should be provided a rehabilitation package. “We expect some kind of a rehabilitation package for those whose jobs will be affected. However, such a package remains a long shot as this has not happened in other areas,” an owner said.The bridge also has many others worried. Among them are the operators of a fleet of close to 100 jeeps and mini-buses that carry passengers from the towns to these ferry wharfs, and also owners of petty shops running in nearby areas.last_img read more

Continued Rise in Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

first_imgYesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised eyebrows, and concern among current and prospective parents, with a report documenting that the rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis in the United States jumped 30% between 2008 and 2010, from one in 88 to one in 68 children. CDC officials don’t know, however, whether the startling increase is due to skyrocketing rates of the disorder or more sensitive screening, or a combination of both. (Forbes gives a nice rundown of the many reasons for this uncertainty).The number of diagnoses “have been steadily climbing” from one in 150 since the CDC’s national surveillance system was put into place in 2000, “so I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised” by the new data, says Sarah Spence, a neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. About half of the children diagnosed with ASD in the new report had normal or above-average intelligence, compared with a third of children 10 years ago, suggesting that a significant proportion of the new cases are due to more sensitive diagnostic measures rather than increased incidence, she says. Still, “I think all of us in the field are a little frightened by the numbers.”Huge differences in rates of diagnosis between regions—one in 45 children in New Jersey, compared with one in 175 in Alabama, for example—need to be accounted for before the new data can be properly interpreted, says veteran autism researcher Catherine Lord, a psychologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. “As a researcher it’s hard to believe” that the increase in cases is as large as the report suggests, she says. “It’s time for the CDC to really put some effort into figuring out why there are these huge discrepancies.”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(*)Nonetheless, the new data suggest that more professionals trained to properly diagnose and treat developmental disorders are desperately needed, Spence says. Advocacy groups have jumped on the new study to call for more federal funding for research and better services for families affected by the disorder.last_img read more

English Football Association approves retrospective bans for diving

first_imgPlayers will face a two-match retrospective ban for diving from the start of next season after the English Football Association (FA) approved a new rule to combat simulation in an annual general meeting on Thursday.Under the new regulations, incidents involving players who deceive a match official into awarding their team a penalty or sending off an opponent can be reviewed by a three-man independent panel.”This process would be similar to the one used now for a red card offence (violent conduct/serious foul play/spitting at an opponent) which was not seen at the time by the match officials but caught on camera,” the FA said in a statement.The FA will only be able to impose the ban if the panel’s decision is unanimous. The panel will consist of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.”Should a charge of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ be admitted or found proven, the Independent Regulatory Commission will have the power to rescind the caution or dismissal received by the opposing player as a result of the simulation if it chooses to do so.last_img read more

Lukaku: Man Utd underdogs against PSG

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku believes Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites to win their upcoming Champions League second round tie.United welcome the Ligue 1 leaders to Old Trafford for the first leg of the last 16 clash on February 12. The Premier League side are in good form again after recovering from a difficult start to the season, winning nine of their 10 matches in all competitions since caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped in to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho in December. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The United boss was in the stands to see PSG lose in the league for the first time this season against Lyon on Sunday, and centre-back Thiago Silva said he expects the Norwegian to have come away from the game with a boost in confidence.But Lukaku believes it is PSG who will be in better spirits heading into the encounter and would not be surprised if they went far into the competition.”For me, they are the favourites, but we will come well prepared and we will see what will happen on the field,” he told Canal+.”We know we will play against a team that is, for me, one of the favourites in this tournament.”You just have to see their squad, there are players with great talent and a good coach, good fans and leaders who have a great plan for their club. It will be a difficult match.”United’s resurgence under Solskjaer has brought them back into contention for a top four finish in the Premier League, as they moved into fifth in the table with Sunday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City to leave them two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester UnitedLukaku has noticed a big change in spirits in the dressing room, saying star players like himself, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are happy again.”Since the departure of Mourinho, it’s different, it’s much more positive,” he said. “Already in the game people smile a lot more, right now everything is going very well, and we must continue like that. We are benefitting. “[Pogba] is happy. In training, he is told all the time: ‘Paul, we see you happy!’ And after he laughs. So now, everything is going very well, everyone is playing at their level.”Paul, Marcus, myself, Anthony, everyone, the competitive spirit is coming out in every player and it’s already starting in training when we play small matches, six against six, eight against eight, it shows that the players want to prove themselves in front of the coach, because they want to seize their opportunity.”When we play a game, we know that each player can play. But the most important thing is the team.”Before their meeting with Thomas Tuchel’s side, the Red Devils travel to Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday as they aim to continue their fine recent run.last_img read more

Santosh Trophy moved from Delhi to Punjab due to AIFF-DSA dispute

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 23:59 IST Delhi Soccer Association and AIFF did not agree to the host stadium due to which Santosh Trophy was relocated. (Football Delhi Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSantosh Trophy was shifted away from Delhi after a dispute between AIFF and DSADelhi Soccer Association wanted to host the tournament at Ambedkar StadiumDSA president Shaji Prabhakaran said Ambedkar would get more crowdA dispute between the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) has led to the relocation of the 73rd edition of the Santosh Trophy, which was supposed to be hosted in Delhi.According to DSA president Shaji Prabhakaran, the AIFF insisted that the competition should be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium, Delhi whereas the DSA wanted to host the tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium.”They wanted us to do it at the JLN stadium, but we told them that it is feasible for us to do it at the Ambedkar Stadium,” Prabhakaran said.The AIFF is of the opinion that if the tournament is hosted at the Ambedkar Stadium then a number of facilities have to be upgraded. While the DSA agreed that they will upgrade the facilities, AIFF wanted a written commitment from the authorities (MCD or NDMC).Prabhakaran told IANS that generally municipalities do not give any such commitment in writing to anybody because they are not obliged to. But we were agreeing to give such commitment in writing as it is our, DSA’s prestige. But then, AIFF did not agree to our proposal and shifted the tournament to Punjab.Prabhakaran also told IANS that the whole purpose of holding the tournament in Delhi will be defeated if it is hosted at the JLN Stadium. “Nobody goes there, whereas in Ambedkar people throng to see the matches. It is very difficult for fans to go there and the stadium is also very expensive.advertisement”One need not have to go back to 20 years or more, even in the last five years, whenever there was a match there was crowd. That is the main purpose. Even I-League second division matches are on right now,” Parbhakar said.”Therefore, since AIFF did not agree for Ambedkar and we were not interested in JLN stadium, the talks fell and AIFF shifted the venue to Punjab.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Santosh TrophyFollow Delhi Soccer AssociationFollow All India Football Federation Santosh Trophy moved from Delhi to Punjab due to AIFF-DSA disputeSantosh Trophy has been relocated to Punjab after a dispute arose between All India Football Federation and Delhi Soccer Association over the stadium to host the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

More Focus on Tyre Safety in 2013

first_imgHead of the Road Traffic Unit of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing has indicated that the new Road Traffic Act, that is expected to be passed in 2013, will focus on motor vehicle tyre safety.Director of the Unit, Kenute Hare,told JIS News that the agency will continue to educate the public on the importance of tyre safety as part of efforts to further reduce the number of road fatalities.“Motorists will be required to have tyres with threads at a threshold of 1.6 millimetres,” Mr. Hare emphasised.He explained that “the groove in your tyre is there to disperse water, so if there is no groove, the water will not disperse quickly as it should and hence you will have less friction.”“In other words, your ability to stay on the road can be minimised and, hence, your ability to stop that motor vehicle in time will be difficult. So, we believe strongly that this would add some plus. Of course, we will continue to educate the population about the importance of proper tyre safety, so they are able to make proper choices within the traffic environment,” Mr. Hare added.The amended Act will also ensure that road safety issues are addressed according to 21st Century requirements. It will, among other things, deal with the use of mobile phones while driving, and also cover the use of in-car devices, such as DVD players.Once the new Act is passed, driving schools and instructors will be required to be certified by the Island Traffic Authority and adhere to an approved curriculum, which will address issues such as defensive driving.The country recorded a total of 258 road fatalities for 2012, some 49 less than the previous year, and for the first time in over a decade, achieved its ‘Below 300’ target.last_img read more

$50M Provided For National Irish Potato Programme

first_img Mr. Hutchinson also commended stakeholders supporting the Irish potato programme for their efforts in assisting farmers to increase productivity thereby repositioning Jamaica to attain self-sufficiency in the crop. He was speaking at a national Irish potato stakeholders’ seminar at the National Irrigation Commission research station in Hounslow, St. Elizabeth on August 24. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has committed $50 million to provide crop care and productivity support for this year’s implementation of the National Irish Potato Programme, which will cost $1.6 billion. Story Highlights The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has committed $50 million to provide crop care and productivity support for this year’s implementation of the National Irish Potato Programme, which will cost $1.6 billion.This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in MICAF, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, who said the inputs will include pesticides and fertilizers, among other key provisions, adding that “we are going to be increasing productivity by 11 per cent (equating to0 17 tonnes per hectare.”He was speaking at a national Irish potato stakeholders’ seminar at the National Irrigation Commission research station in Hounslow, St. Elizabeth on August 24.Mr. Hutchinson said the programme’s outturn for the 2016/17 crop year, which ended in June, saw the sector recording a 99 per cent self-sufficiency rate in local table potato production.This, he contended, has set the tone for the 2017/18 crop year, which will focus on further boosting productivity.In this regard, the Minister advised that nine validation plots will be established on which participatory training for farmers will be conducted. Additionally, he said 20 farm tours will be conducted for farmers not benefitting from the training exercise.The activities, he further stated, will also include the strengthening of marketing agreements or contracts between farmers and buyers.Mr. Hutchinson said based on its outcomes, the programme has become a model for other crops.“The National Irish Potato Programme has earned its reputation as a success story for Jamaican agriculture and in addition to that, it has become a model for our import substitution strategy, which we are also now applying to other crops such as onion,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, Mr. Hutchinson announced that the Ministry’s Plant Quarantine Division has finalized negotiations with authorities in the Cayman Islands to facilitate the exportation of local Irish potatoes to that country under a pre-clearance arrangement.In this regard, he urged farmers to adapt to the changing requirements of the sector while making every effort to practice climate-smart agriculture.Mr. Hutchinson also commended stakeholders supporting the Irish potato programme for their efforts in assisting farmers to increase productivity thereby repositioning Jamaica to attain self-sufficiency in the crop.Among the stakeholders are: the Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL); Newport-Fersan; H & L Agro; the Potato and Onion Producers Association (POPA); and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).last_img read more

BOEM Launches Arctic Ecosystem Research Project

first_imgzoom The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) partners have chosen Stantec Consulting Services to lead a broad Arctic study that will investigate the interrelationship among the physical, biological, chemical and social science components of the Beaufort Sea ecosystem from Barrow, Alaska, to the Mackenzie River delta in Canadian waters.The overarching goals of the study are to better understand the interrelationship of the physical, biological, chemical, and human systems, including traditional knowledge, of the Beaufort Sea and to advance scientific prediction capabilities for linkages between marine life, human uses, sea ice, atmospheric and oceanic processes and river discharge.To better inform future BOEM decisions, the bureau seeks to learn more about the impact of the Mackenzie River plume on the Beaufort Sea shelf. A river plume is formed by fresh water runoff discharged into the marine environment. These waters are very low in salinity (in comparison to the surrounding oceanic environment) and undergo intense mixing with saltier, marine waters along its boundaries. River plumes are clearly distinguished from satellite images and other oceanographic data. High-resolution in-situ and satellite observations and modeling data on the Beaufort shelf area will inform BOEM’s decision-making process for any future OCS activities.“BOEM is pleased to join our Federal and industry partners to undertake this forward-looking project,” said BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank. “With widespread interest in the Arctic, including potential oil and gas leasing and development, we’re looking to significantly expand our knowledge of the Beaufort Sea ecosystem to inform our decision-making.”Press Release; Image: NRCANlast_img read more

SC green diktat prompts cut in capacity at west coast refinery

first_imgNew Delhi: India is looking at cutting capacity at its biggest oil refinery to match lower fuel demand projections and contain costs which jumped to $60 billion due to meeting stringent environment norms and relocation of the plant, top officials said. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) together with Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) plan to set up a 60 million tonnes refinery-cum-petrochemical complex on Maharashtra coast. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe refinery was projected to cost $44 billion (about Rs 3.08 lakh crore) but meeting stringent environment norms such as not producing petroleum coke, and relocation of the plant has jacked up the cost to an estimated $60 billion (about Rs 4.2 lakh crore). “Supreme Court has mandated that you cannot sell petroleum coke and so to produce fuel without any such residue requires the use of best in class technology and will cost more,” an official said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAlso, the unit will now be set up in Raigad district as land acquisition at a previous site in Ratnagiri district was stalled due to farmer protests. “Land acquisition is a small cost in the project of such size. To say that the project cost has increased by $16 billion or Rs 1.12 lakh crore just because the site was relocated is absurd,” he said. “We would have paid some money for purchasing land at Ratnagiri. We would pay for land at Raigad too, which can be higher or lower, I don’t know. It can be slightly more than Ratnagiri but it certainly cannot be over Rs 1 lakh crore more.” Maharashtra government will decide on the price of the land, he said. The consortium has engaged Engineers India Ltd (EIL) to do a cost study which should be out by next month, another official said. Also, a detailed feasibility report (DFR) is being prepared that will detail the cost. Simultaneously, demand assessment is being done keeping in mind the government push for moving away from petrol/diesel driven vehicles and adopting electric vehicles (EVs). The two will be married to arrive at an optimal refinery configuration, he said adding that the preliminary cost estimate going up to as much as $60 billion from $44 billion previously was primarily due to producing fuel meeting the stringent environment norms including those set by the Supreme Court. “We will come up with different scenarios – should we do a 60 million tonnes unit in one go or should we do a 40 million tonnes refinery first and built another 20 million tonnes later if there is demand for fuel. Alternatively, should we build a 20 million tonnes refinery first and later scale it up depending on the demand,” he said. The refinery configuration would also depend on financing power of the companies involved. The three PSU firms can put in Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore as equity and equivalent money would come from Saudi Aramco and ADNOC as they own 50 per cent of the project. But the rest of the money will have to be financed from domestic sources or raised internationally, the official said. “The final call will have to be taken by the government. Can banks finance about Rs 3.5 lakh crore in just one project?” he said. The project, he said, will have to be approved by the Cabinet and it will have to take a call on how much financing can be put in one project. Another official said the DFR, which will include the type of products the refinery will produce, will not be ready before 2021 and it would take 4-5 years to build the project from thereon. Initially, the refinery was considered to include three crude units of 20 million tonnes each that could produce petrol, diesel, LPG, aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and feedstock for making petrochemicals such as plastics, chemicals, and textiles. While the project will give IOC a strong foothold in western states as catering to customers in the west and the south is difficult with its refineries located mostly in the north, for HPCL and BPCL this will increase their capacity as their Mumbai refineries cannot be expanded further. Currently, the country has a refining capacity of a little over 232 million tonnes, against the domestic demand of 194.2 million tonnes in fiscal 2017. According to the International Energy Agency, this demand is expected to reach 458 million tonnes by 2040. The country is the world’s third-biggest oil importer. But the fuel demand is slowing due to a slowdown in the economy as well as a shift towards EVs. IOC has 11 refineries with a capacity of 81.2 million tonnes, while BPCL runs four with a capacity of 33.4 million tonnes and HPCL operates three refineries with a capacity of 24.8 million tonnes. Saudi’s interest in the project can be seen as securing its future with a large customer as India has been moving away from Saudi to other markets like Africa, Latin America, and even the US.last_img read more

Supreme Court of Canada wont hear Oland appeals retrial date to be

first_imgOTTAWA – Dennis Oland could soon be back in a New Brunswick courtroom, facing trial for the second-degree murder of his multimillionaire father all over again, but his lawyer says that’s just what they’re hoping for.On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application by the Crown to restore Dennis Oland’s conviction, while his lawyers had filed a cross-appeal seeking an acquittal. Both were denied.“We’re happy with the outcome,” defence lawyer Alan Gold said in an interview. “The Crown was trying to take away our new trial by having the Supreme Court say it shouldn’t have been ordered. We’re happy that the Supreme Court said no to that.”The three-judge panel did not provide reasons for the decision.“Dennis is back in the same position he was in when first charged. He’s presumed innocent and there will be a trial sometime in the future,” Gold said from his Toronto office.Richard Oland, 69, was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011. An autopsy showed he had suffered 45 sharp and blunt force blows to his head, neck and hands. A murder weapon was never found.During Dennis Oland’s trial, court heard he had visited his father’s office the night before and was the last known person to see him alive.Dennis Oland, a 49-year-old financial planner and scion of one of the Maritimes’ most prominent families, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2015 and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.However, he was released on bail last October when the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, citing an error in the trial judge’s instructions to the jury.Dennis Oland had told police he was wearing a navy blazer when he visited his father, but video evidence and numerous witnesses said he was actually wearing a brown jacket that was later found to have tiny traces of blood and DNA that matched his father’s profile.The Crown portrayed Dennis Oland’s original statement about the jacket as an intentional lie, while the defence said it was an honest mistake. The appeal court said the trial judge did not properly instruct the jurors as to the probative value of that statement.Now that the Supreme Court has refused to review the matter, the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench will be asked to set a date for a new trial.Gold said the date could be set at a court hearing on Aug. 8.He said both the defence and Crown will need time to prepare for a trial, which is expected to begin until 2018, at the earliest.“At the first trial, the results were tainted by irreversible errors, so this time we’re going to try to do it right,” Gold said.However, the Crown has the option of dropping the case, which would mean the latest decision would stand and Dennis Oland would not face prosecution.However, Nicole O’Byrne, a law professor at the University of New Brunswick, said she expects the Crown will want to proceed.“They could decide not to, but I expect with the amount of resources and effort they’ve put into this already, I expect they’ll continue with a new trial,” she said.Still, it has been more than six years since the murder, and O’Byrne said the Crown faces a more difficult challenge with each passing day.“The general wisdom is the longer these cases go, the benefit goes to the defence because it’s easier to bring up a reasonable doubt on one key piece of the evidence needed to prove the Crown’s case,” she said.Gold said a decision not to retry Dennis Oland would be at the top of his wish list. But he wouldn’t speculate on what the Crown might decide.A spokesman from the province’s Public Prosecutions Office declined to comment as the matter is still before the courts.Dennis Oland’s first trial lasted more than 60 days. Gold said the retrial could be quite different.“It essentially is a brand new proceeding and may bear little resemblance to the first proceeding,” he said.O’Byrne said pre-trial hearings dealing with admissibility of evidence will be key.“All those things, like the blood-stained jacket, the cellphone data, will all be back in play as to whether they should have been admissible to the trial proper. So we’re right back to the beginning here with respect to all the different pieces of evidence,” she said.— By Kevin Bissett in Frederictonlast_img read more

Haida Nation prepared to fight Enbridge pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsOpposition continues to grow in British Columbia against Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project.The Haida Nation is fiercely against the proposal which they belive could seriously threaten the environment if there was a spill.APTN National News reporter Tina House explains.last_img

How to Make Moroccan Chicken Pastilla

Rabat – Pastilla is a delicious and unique dish, a crispy pie that combines sweet and salty flavors, it is often served at weddings and celebrations but can be cooked for a special family dinner.The sweet-savoury meat stuffing is enveloped in a thin, crispy pastry called “warqa,” it can be bought in supermarkets as “feuilles de pastilla” or freshly made in the market. The same pastry is used for briwat. There are different forms of pastilla and the traditions vary from region to region. In coastal areas, for example, pastilla is more often made with seafood. Chicken and pigeon are also common fillings. Today we’re going to learn how to make my favorite – chicken and almond pastilla.  It can be quite tricky to get it right, but I promise it’s well worth the effort.Let’s start with the ingredients:2kg of chicken cut into pieces½ kg of onions, finely chopped2 cloves of garlic, minced1 tablespoon of chopped parsley½ tablespoon of chopped cilantro1 teaspoon of ginger powder1 teaspoon of  turmeric powder1 teaspoon of salt½ teaspoon of black pepper1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder2 tablespoon of brown sugarA large pinch of saffron threads1 tablespoon of salted butter¼ cup of oil½ kg warqa sheets (if you can’t get warqa, you can replace with filo pastry sheets.)To prepare the almonds you will need:500g boiled almonds – peeled – fried until  light golden and crushed3 tablespoons of caramelized, condensed milk1 tablespoon of  orange blossom sugar¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powderNow we’re ready to get started:In a large pot, put the chopped onions in oil and add chicken, salted butter, spices, and garlic. Stir and cook for a few minutes.Add water almost to the level of the chicken.Cover the pot and when it comes to the boil, lower the heat to medium and keep stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until the chicken pieces are cooked and the meat separates easily from the bones.When the chicken is cooked, remove the pieces to a plate. Add brown sugar and cinnamon cook the sauce still in the pan until the onion is caramelized.When the chicken is cold remove meat from bones and add into the pot to onion and mix well.In a bowl, mix the crushed almonds condensed milk, cinnamon, and orange blossom sugar.Grease the round mold with butter.On the bottom of the dish, place 7 sheets of pastilla well-greased with butter (butter side up), overlapping them like the petals of a flower and leaving the overflow to the outside edges of the dish (about half of the sheet inside the flat, the other half to the outside).Consolidate the bottom of the pastilla with 1 or 2 more sheets placed in the center of the mold.Put a layer of the almond mixture on the sheets using the back of a spoon to spread it perfectly.Put pieces of chicken and onions over the entire surface of the almonds in order to completely cover the mold.Add a layer of almonds on the top.Add another sheet of pastry on top then fold the layers of the pastilla pastry over the stuffing.Arrange 3 new sheets on top and overlap to close the pastilla firmly.Once the pastilla is closed, spread the yolk of an egg on the top.Using a small wooden stick, like a toothpick, put some small holes on the top of pastilla.Put the pastilla in a preheated oven for about 45 minutes (more or less depending on oven). The pastilla should be golden brown and crispy when cookedWhen it is baked, leave to rest (about 5 minutes) then Sprinkle icing sugar over the entire surface Just before serving, sprinkle icing sugar or the surface of pastilla and decorate it with cinnamon and crushed fried almonds. read more

Royal wedding guest list Who did Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank invite

High profile guests arrived at Windsor castle for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank.  The star-studded guest list provided appearances from Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore and Pixie Geldof. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also seen in Windsor again today; the couple were attending the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank – which took place in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel, the venue of their wedding. Celebrities made up the guest list, as well as senior members of the royal family and selected members of the public. 850 people will reportedly be in the chapel, with a further 1,200 expected in the ground; here is everything we know about the guests, from royal…

Ireland caps are the dream for Cardiff Blues star Robin Copeland

first_imgROBIN COPELAND HAS had to work hard to get to where he is, especially after letting his first shot at the big time slip away.Having been capped for Leinster through the age grade levels, his chance with the province’s academy was left untaken due to the combination of a focus on education, self-doubt and a lack of total commitment.The turnaround has been complete since. Having dropped off Leinster’s books, Copeland continued to excel in the AIL for St Mary’s to the extent that professional rugby was soon back in the realms of possibility. With a degree in his back pocket and nothing to lose, the Wexford man set off for Plymouth in 2010 and just over three years later is being mentioned as a possible Ireland international.Copeland was named man of the match after his Cardiff Blues team beat current champions Toulon in the Heineken Cup on Saturday, a game in which the 25-year-old demonstrated all of his best qualities. Powerful ball carrying, pure pace, intelligent passing skills and a relentless work rate were the facets of his performance that stood out.For Copeland and the Blues, it was a special day.“It’s a great result for everybody at the club; supporters, staff, players. I think everybody needed it really. It’s given us a big push and it’s probably the highlight of my career so far, to be honest. It was just a great day and a great result.”There was an early error for Copeland, as he knocked on an attempted quick-tap penalty, but the manner in which he responded to that mistake was hugely encouraging. He told that his pre-game focus had been on staying relaxed before the biggest match of his professional life.“I didn’t really want to think about it too much leading up to the game. I just stayed pretty relaxed and then just let the occasion build me up as the game went on. I think with the quick-tap, it was just a rush of blood to the head.Copeland in St Mary’s colours in the AIL back in 2010. ©INPHO/Donall Farmer.“I tried to go a little bit quickly and the pass from our scrum-half Lloyd Williams was kind of behind me, I was trying to catch up with myself and ended up messing it up a bit! But I just put it behind me quickly and tried to just get on with the rest of the game.”That is most certainly what happened as Copeland made a total of 10 carries for 49 metres, including one excellent counter-attacking line break when he went past Toulon lock Bakkies Botha as if he wasn’t there.In a statement that is symbolic of Copeland’s intention to keep improving as a player, he says he feels there are areas where he could have done better against Toulon.“I try to believe in my game as much as I can. I look back on the game and I suppose that I could have done a lot of things better. I think I always try to be critical of myself and say ‘Yeah, I played well but there are a few areas where I could have probably done a little bit better.’I think there’s definitely room for improvement in the performance and I’d like to try and do that.”Copeland’s path to the Heineken Cup has been less than typical with a season spent at Plymouth in the English championship in 2010/11 followed by another with the Rotherham Titans, where the 6ft 5ins back row scored a phenomenal 11 tries and was spotted by Cardiff.Last season was all about settling into new surroundings, growing into the No. 8 role that he is now beginning to master. Many of Copeland’s formative years were spent in the second row or at blindside flanker, but he feels he has finally found his favoured position.“I think so. I played a lot of second row for most of amateur career, when I was playing back in Ireland I was always there. I played a little bit at 6, but not really 8. The back row is always a very competitive place and I’ve grown into that role now.Copeland’s importance to the Blues has grown over the last two seasons. ©INPHO/Huw Evans.“I think I’m learning my trade there fairly well and I’m definitely getting a bit more confident with it every week. I think No. 8 is probably where I’ll stay now. I’m happy enough to play six, but I play my best rugby at eight.”His excellent form for the Blues in recent weeks has led to something of a clamour for Copeland to be included in the Ireland set-up for the forthcoming Ireland internationals, but it is still early days in that regard. However, the athletic No. 8 says that playing for his country is an ambition.That’s the dream I suppose at the moment. All I can do is just keep playing well here and try to make my performances speak for themselves really.”If he does continue to perform at this level and begin to push for international caps, then there will of course be the possibility of another chance with his home province. While Copeland stresses that he is happy in Cardiff and enjoying his status as a fans’ favourite there, the lure of Leinster will always exist.“Ireland is my home and I’d love to go back and play there some day, but I can’t really think too much about it at the moment. I’m just trying to keep my performances moving in the right direction.“I think it would be nice to go back home, but those kind of things are pretty much out of my control. I’m not going to stress over that, I’m happy being here and I like Cardiff.“I love the Blues and I get on very well with the boys here. I’ve got a good thing going and I’m happy enough here for now anyway.”Like rugby? 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Fire rages in Norway heritage village

first_imgA LARGE BLAZE has raged through a historic village in western Norway, destroying many of its famed 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses and forcing the evacuation of local residents, police said.The fire in the riverside village of Laerdalsoyri, some 200 kilometres northwest of Oslo, began in a house on Saturday evening.Fanned by strong winds, the blaze raged out of control overnight and it took firefighters until Sunday afternoon to extinguish it.Laerdalsoyri is located in the West Norwegian Fjords area, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Police said 23 buildings including 16 homes were destroyed in the town, and hundreds of residents had to be evacuated.Local media said several buildings listed as historic monuments were affected.In all, 177 people were admitted to hospital for observation or treatment as a result of smoke inhalation. Two remain in hospital.“There were a lot of heroes in Laerdal that night,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.“I want to say a big thank you to all those who fought to bring the situation under control.”- © AFP, 2014Read: Incredible time lapse video of the Northern Lights>last_img read more