Here There Be Dragons!

first_imgMost sales processes and sales methodologies could be improved by adding big, bold text around the edges saying, “Here there be dragons!” Maybe even add a little graphic of a dragon bleeding through the paper.In times long past, mapmakers would put the words “Here there be dragons” at the edges of the map where the known world ended and the unknown began. The known world was dangerous enough, but the unknown world was horrifyingly dangerous. The unknown world was for the bravest, most resourceful, and craziest of all people.Your sales process and your sales methodologies are maps. They lay out the territory, as it is known anyway. But your sales process or methodology doesn’t include what you don’t know. And what you don’t know can be dangerous, unexpected, and deal breaking.When You Pass Through the UnexploredYour sales process doesn’t say anything about how to get your deal back on track after the stakeholder with whom you have cultivated a relationship—and built a solution over two year—leaves the company two days before you present your solution.Your sales methodology doesn’t prescribe a course of action when you share your new insight with your dream client only to have their subject matter expert shred your analysis in front of the buying committee.There isn’t a good map for where you go when you have received the green light and a purchase order from your dream client only to have them table your solution due to budget cuts.Here there be dragons!Following your maps can be difficult. But the uncharted territories can be even more challenging. This doesn’t mean that the maps aren’t useful. Your sales process and your sales methodologies are extremely valuable. But they aren’t enough by themselves.What is enough when dealing with dragons?You need to remember that you are the captain of the ship. You are the explorer. It’s your job to deal with the unexpected and find a way when there is no map, no guidance. You have to bring your best self to the endeavor, especially the part of you that is your initiative, your resourcefulness, and your courage to act in the face of the unknown.Here there be dragons! Don’t try to sail around them. Sail straight into them, and find a way.QuestionsWhy isn’t the map the terrain?What isn’t on your sales process map? What isn’t included in your sales methodology?How do you deal with the unknown and unexpected you encounter when pursuing deals?How do you deal with the dangers that lurk in the unknown?last_img read more

Be Someone Worth Buying From

first_imgThere is no reason to try to trick your prospect into buying from you. That isn’t what professional people do. By trying to trick someone into engaging with you or buying from you, you destroy trust, thereby making the goal of trusted advisor an impossibility.Built on a LieIf you type “Re:” in the subject line of an email in an attempt to have your prospective client believe that your email is a follow up to an earlier email in which they had already engaged with you, you are lying. How many positive, meaningful relationships do you have that began with—or were built on—a lie?Your prospective client can easily search their email to discover whether they have engaged with you in the past, exposing you as a someone who would deceive others to get what they want.Deceptive PracticesIf you advertise that you provide a service for a lower than expected fee as a trojan horse to trick your prospect into engaging with you about the more expensive service you really sell, then you are being deceitful. (There is an ad running on my Facebook where the “sales guru” suggests this tactic. He warns readers not to use this magical approach to do something untoward, suggesting that there is some purity to the method as he describes it.)Your motives matter. Most people are sophisticated enough to see through a ruse like this, and once they know you for what you are, you have eliminated the possibility that all but a few rubes will buy from you.You can forget about all the things you have read or heard about what it takes to sell effectively. You can forget about the sales process, closing, objection handling, and presentation skills. You can forget all about consensus, leadership, and insight.Until you are a person of character, you will never be a great salesperson.  There are no tips, tricks, or secrets that can help you sell more effectively, least of all any built on lies or deception.If you want to succeed in sales, start by being someone worth buying from. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Pranab hopeful of reviving Vikramshila University

first_imgPresident Pranab Mukherjee on Monday visited the excavated ruins of Vikramshila University here in Bihar and said he would talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the revival of the ancient seat of Buddhist learning.Mr. Mukherjee also said the excavated site of Vikramshila should not only be a museum but be developed like Nalanda, asserting that India needed such universities.“The seats of higher education Vikramshila guided the nation and encouraged research…I will talk to the Prime Minister for its revival,” the President said while addressing a public gathering at the university.Role in researchHe noted that ancient seats of learning like Nalanda, Takshshila and Vikramshila used to play a pivotal role in research. Mr. Mukherjee said he had been keen to visit such seats of learning since his college days and was overwhelmed to see people’s love and passion for their revival.Stressing the need to augment higher education infrastructure in the country, the President said these seats should provide enough scholastic stimulation to students. “This is possible only with top class institutions adoring our higher education landscape,” he said.The President said resurrection of Vikramshila will be an important step in preserving Indian civilisational ethos. He said ancient Vikramshila reflected an era where a rich culture of learning flourished.The institution, one of the two important seats of Buddhist teaching in India during the Pala dynasty rule, was established by King Dharmapala as a centre of Buddhist and Tantric learning, he said.Mr. Modi had announced a Rs 500 crore package for the university in August 2015, while the State government was expected to provide around 500 acres for the institution.last_img read more

Kashmiri traders call for shutdown

first_imgTraders in Kashmir have called for a shutdown against the GST regime even as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s government is facing growing opposition to the reforms from political parties and separatists. Two traders’ bodies — the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation and Kashmir Economic Alliance — have called for a shutdown on July 15. A special Assembly session is scheduled to debate the implementation of the GST in Srinagar on that day. “There is consensus among traders on GST being a threat to J&K’s identity,” said the KEA chairman.last_img read more

BSF deployed to contain Bengal clashes

first_imgOn Tuesday, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pulled no punches when she said the situation in parts of North 24 Paraganas district, adjacent to Kolkata, was “serious.”“It is a serious situation and the State government is adopting serious measures to contain it,” Ms Banerjee said. The State government has rushed 400 BSF personnel to the district after communal tensions flared up following a social media post.The problem began on Sunday night following the social media post on Islam and Prophet Mohammad by a young man, Souvik Sarkar, from Rudrapur village in North 24 Parganas district. Mr Sarkar has since been arrested.Though tensions rose from early on Monday, the district police took at least a day to assess the situation and take action to defuse the tensions.A senior BSF officer said four companies of the force’s South Bengal Frontier have been deployed in Bashirhat, Swarupnagar, Baduria and Devganga areas to assist the State police in containing the situation. No one was “killed or severely hurt”, the police sources said.At least three blocks in the district were severely affected as residents blocked the roads. Schools, colleges and offices were shut down as clashes broke out. Shops belonging to members of both communities were damaged in Tentuliya area of Swarupnagar block.The West Bengal chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami has appealed for peace in the district. The organisation’s Bengal president Md. Nuruddin requested the State government to “monitor” social media and said the post against the religious sentiment of the community was an attempt to “spread hatred and anger” in the State.Demanding Army deployment, State secretary of CPI(M) Surjya kanta Mishra said an all party meeting should be convened to diffuse the tension. “All must be united for peace and amity. Defeat polarisation politics,” Mr Mishra said on Twitter.(This report referred to a young man who is almost 18 years old by name; a photograph of his accompanied it. It was not known at the time of filing the report that he is a minor.The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, Section 74, lays down that no media report on “any inquiry or investigation or judicial procedure, shall disclose the name, address or school or any other particular which may lead to the identification of a child in conflict with law…” The Hindu apologises for the error of judgment, caused by the confusion about the boy’s age at lack of clarity at the time of going to press.- Editor)last_img read more

West Bengal flood toll reaches 31

first_img| Photo Credit: Reuters People paddle their boats as they try to move to safer places along a flooded street in West Midnapore district in West Bengal. Even as the flood situation in West Bengal improved, three more deaths were reported from the State in the past 24 hours.“Three more persons have died in the last 24 hours. The toll since July 21 (when heavy rain started) is 31,” an official of the State disaster management informed journalists at the State Secretariat.Around 2,067 relief camps were opened in the 11 flood-hit districts where 165 villages spread across 104 blocks had been inundated due to heavy monsoon rain and release of water from the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) dams in south Bengal since July 21.“The (flood) situation has got better but the problem will rise again if water is released further. The quantum of water released was more than the amount during the 1978 floods,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said while leaving the Secretariat.IAF rescues 9 personsIndian Air Force helicopters rescued at least nine persons from flood-affected areas of Ghatal in West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district. The helicopters also dropped 500 kg of food and medicines in Ghatal sub-division of Howrah district.Several villagers were stranded in Pratapur and Harishchandrapur in Ghatal. Those rescued were mostly women and children and have been kept at a State-run rehabilitation camp.center_img  On July 28, 2017, an IAF helicopter was pressed into action but the villagers refused to leave. Situation in Udaynarayanpur and Amta areas of Howrah district remained the same with large parts under water.Both the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Congress raised the plight of the people suffering due to flood. CPI(M) State secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra and State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that instead of taking proper steps and providing relief to the people, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is passing the blame to the DVC by calling it “man-made floods”.last_img read more

Ryan teen confessed in front of father: CBI

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has told the Juvenile Justice Board that the teenager apprehended for the murder of seven-year-old fellow schoolmate was identified on the basis of reconstruction of sequence of events, analysis of CCTV footage, and questioning of students, teachers and staff. The CBI, in its application to the JJ Board on Wednesday seeking custody of the juvenile in conflict with law, said the boy had admitted to his involvement in the crime, in the presence of his father, independent witnesses and the agency welfare officer. The application said the juvenile was identified and apprehended around 11.30 p.m. on Tuesday based on minute inspection of the crime scene, analysis of CCTV footage, movement of students near the crime scene on the day of the incident, questioning of students, staff and other employees of the school and reconstruction of sequence of events. The agency declared the date of birth of the juvenile in his application as April 3, 2001.After he was apprehended, the juvenile was sent to Sewa Kutir at Kingsway Camp in New Delhi around 3.30 a.m. on Wednesday.Custodial interrogationSeeking six-day custody of the teenager, the agency said his custodial interrogation was required to ascertain the details of other persons, if any, involved in the crime. The CBI said the juvenile was also required to be questioned to identify the shop from where the knife was procured to recreate the scene of crime and collect more evidence. The CBI had on Wednesday said that the 16-year-old Class XI student of Ryan International School was apprehended in connection with the killing of the Class II student of the same school.last_img read more

MeT warns of storm in 13 U.P. districts

first_imgThunderstorm and duststorm accompanied by gusty winds are “very likely” at isolated places in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh over the next two days, the MeT department warned on Sunday. According to the meteorological department, the districts that might be hit by thunderstorm or duststorm are Banda, Chitrakoot, Fatehpur, Hardoi, Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Bareilly, Rampur, Moradabad, Meerut, Bijnore, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur. The weather office has also forecast “very likely” rain in certain parts of the State. The latest bout of deadly duststorm over the weekend claimed 17 lives and left 11 persons injured.last_img read more

Two tourists from T.N. drown in Goa

first_imgTwo tourists from Tamil Nadu drowned at Baga and Sinquerim in North coastal Goa, on Saturday and Sunday respectively.Dinesh Kumar Ranganathan (28) drowned at the Arpora beach on Saturday evening and his body was found at Baga on Sunday.Sasikumar Vasan (33) drowned and his body was found at Calangute on Sunday evening, police said.The police said bodies were sent to State-owned Goa Medical college hospital near here for postmortem.The Goa Tourism has issued a detailed advisory for tourists as well as people at large not to venture into water in the beaches during the monsoons, even when it is not raining.This is the fifth such case reported from Goa in the span of last 72 hours.last_img read more

Militant, civilian killed in separate incidents in Kashmir

first_imgUnknown armed men stabbed a woman to death in Bandipora on Sunday. Initial reports suggest suspected militants on Sunday night around 11 p.m. barged into the house of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worker Abdul Majeed Dar in Shahgund area of Bandipora.  “The militants intended to kidnap the PDP worker. However, his wife Shakeela resisted it. In the scuffle, the woman was stabbed. She succumbed to her injuries in a Srinagar hospital later,” said a police official. Contrary to the police statement, Mr. Dar said the armed men “were looking for gold and cash”. “These men asked for the keys of the locker in the house. They took away cash worth Rs. 3 lakh and the gold of my daughter,” Mr. Dar said.  The police said it has registered a case and started an investigation. Kupwara encounterMeanwhile, an unidentified militant was killed early this morning in an overnight encounter with security forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.The encounter in a forest area of Handwara, in north Kashmir’s Kupwara, broke out late last night after security forces launched a cordon and search operation there following specific information about the presence of militants. The operation is underway, the official said.Grenade hurled at CRPF patrolIn a separate incident, militants hurled a grenade on a CRPF patrol in Pulwama’s Tral. “No one was injured in the explosion” said the police, In a separate incident, the police on Monday arrested four persons along with large quantity of brown sugar and arms and ammunition in Tangdhar Sector of Kupwara district.last_img read more

Gujarat seeks ₹9000 crore compensation for prohibition

first_imgThe Gujarat government on Monday sought a special compensation to the tune of Rs 9000 crore, which the State had lost owing to prohibition in the State. The demand was placed before the 15th Finance Commission, which was on a three-day visit to the State.In its presentation before the Finance Commission Chairman and NK Singh and other members, the State Government had stressed that the State had lost approximately ₹9864 crore per year in excise owing to the prohibition policy.“We have brought it to the notice of the Finance Commission that the state loses considerable amount and that should be factored in,” Gujarat Chief Secretary Dr J N Singh told The Hindu. Earlier during the presentation, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had urged the commission to encourage the policy of prohibition as adopted by the State by giving some incentive considering its positive externalities and social benefits.“The prohibition as a policy offers social benefits in terms of better law and order,” a State official said.The State had also demanded a special grant on the ground that it was a border State, shared land and sea border with Pakistan. The State wants special grant for infrastructure development in the border districts Kutch, Banaskantha and Patan.The commission chairman Mr Singh praised Gujarat’s rapid progress on industrial development and also noted increasing expenditure on health and education, both human development sectors in which the State was found to be lagging behind.“Recently, Gujarat is improving its expenditure in health and education – areas which deserve fuller attention over the coming years,” Mr Singh said while talking to media persons after meeting Mr. Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM and Finance Minister Nitin Patel and top officials including Dr J.N Singh.While lauding the Gujarat government’s efforts in pushing economic growth in the State, the commission also underlinedthat the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be a primary challenge in coming years.“One of big challenges Gujarat is facing is GST collections. Once the 14% guarantee as GST compensation by the Centre winds up, Gujarat will need to look at the GST collection projections seriously and tax buoyancy may become an issue,” Mr Singh added.last_img read more

Villagers rescue crocodile in Odisha

first_imgResidents of a village in Odisha’s Malkangiri district rescued a six-foot-long crocodile from a pond on Monday. They handed over the rescued reptile to the forest department so that it could be transferred to a safe place. According to forest officials, it was a marsh crocodile that had strayed into a pond in MV78 (Malkangiri Village 78) around six months ago.Fear among residents After seeing this crocodile in the pond the villagers had stopped using it for pisciculture and bathing. The villagers had informed the forest officials about the crocodile but they failed to catch it. Finding no other way out, five residents of MV78 decided to search and capture the crocodile with a fishing net. After an effort of around three hours on Monday, they were successful in capturing the reptile. This in not the first incident of crocodile sighting in a village area in Malkangiri. On November 1, 2017, a 10-foot-long crocodile had entered the home of a tribal family at Munata village in the district. The owner of the house, Dasrath Madkami, his wife and two daughters had managed to escape without serious injuries. Later, the villagers had captured the reptile and handed it over to the forest department.last_img read more

UGC red flags FRIDU V-C’s appointment

first_imgThe University Grants Commission has red-flagged India’s premier Forest Research Institute Deemed to be University (FRIDU) in Dehradun over alleged appointment of the Vice-Chancellor in violation of rules framed for maintaining the standards of higher education.Responding to a petition challenging the appointment of a bureaucrat, Dr. Savita, as the V-C of the university, the UGC has submitted before the Delhi High Court that the rules mandate appointment of an academician with a minimum of 10 years of experience as a professor.“There is nothing on record to show that the Respondent No. 4 Deemed University has followed the above regulations in the present case,” the UGC said in an affidavit before the High Court.The regulator thereafter backed the removal of Dr. Savita, an Indian Forest Service officer, as V-C of the university if the appointment was not as per rules. “It is submitted that if the appointment of the Respondent No. 5, Dr. Savita, IFS, as Vice-Chancellor of the Respondent No.4 is in violation of the UGC regulations, the same is bad and is liable to be set aside,” it said, adding that the regulations “are mandatory in nature and cannot be overlooked by the university at any stage”.The petition filed by Mr. Hilaluddin, a former scientist with the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, sought to quash Dr. Savita’s appointment claiming that she did not have the “requisite qualification”.PhD degreeThe plea claimed that the UGC’s minimum academic qualification for the post of V-C is PhD degree holder who has spent a minimum of 10 years as professor in a university. It said that Dr. Savita, also the Director of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, has never held the post of a professor in any university nor was she posted as scientist in any academic institution.The High Court has posted the case for hearing on October 16.last_img read more

Rout may form a new party in Biju’s name

first_imgExpelled BJD leader and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout on Wednesday hinted at coming together of many loyalists of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik to form a new party in the name of the legendary leader.Mr. Rout, who was expelled from the ruling BJD on September 12 over anti-party activities, hoped the formation of the new political party would be finalised by October-end. “Many Biju Patnaik loyalists are coming together to float a new regional party ahead of the 2019 elections. We hope a new political outfit having name of Biju Patnaik is likely to be finalised by the end of October,” he said. Mr. Rout added that the proposed party will be formed to accommodate all the Biju Patnaik loyalists who have worked and had been associated with the legendary leader.last_img read more

Congress is behind attacks on workers: Gujarat Minister

first_imgGujarat’s Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja has said around 20 Congress leaders, along with some social workers, have been identified for instigating violent attacks on migrant workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the State. He accused the Opposition party of orchestrating violence to defame the BJP government ahead of the Assembly elections. The police have arrested 533 people, based on 61 cases, for over 75 incidents of attacks on Hindi-speaking workers following the rape last week of an infant, allegedly by a migrant worker from Bihar, in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat. “The police have identified 20 Congress leaders and a few other social workers who have been involved in inciting and orchestrating violent attacks,” Mr. Jadeja told journalists, adding, “Nobody will be spared by the police.”“This is an attempt to disturb peaceful environment in Gujarat and hamper its industrial production,” Mr. Jadeja said. The attacks have triggered an exodus of over 20,000 migrant workers, who form a significant chunk of the labour force in factories in Gujarat.Mr. Jadeja, however, refused to name any specific Congress leader involved in the violence.Alpesh denies chargesMeanwhile, Congress legislator Alpesh Thakor, who is at the centre of controversy, said he would never allow violence against any community and said there was a conspiracy to “blame him and his community for violent attacks.”“This is a conspiracy to drag my name and blame my community for violence. This is the BJP’s low political game to finish my political career,” Mr. Thakor said.The Ahmedabad crime branch on Tuesday arrested one Rahul Thakor, social media convener of Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena, a social caste group headed by Mr. Alpesh Thakor, for spreading hate messages on social media.Extra police deployedFollowing the attacks, authorities have deployed extra police in industrial estates and localities where migrant workers live.At a meeting in Gandhinagar, Chief Secretary Dr. J.N. Singh has directed all district collectors and police officials to meet the migrant workers, assure them safety and also book those who are trying to create tensions between migrants and locals. “In a video conference with district officials, we have issued several measures with regard to recent attacks on migrants and how to control the situation. Fortunately, no incident of violence has been reported in the last 48 hours,” Dr. Singh told The Hindu.last_img read more

Army operations will clear the decks for political processes: J&K commander

first_imgArmy operations in Kashmir are heading to a point where other processes, especially political ones, can take over so that soldiers can return to the borders, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of strategic 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Anil Kumar Bhatt, told The Hindu in an exclusive interview in Srinagar. “The results of operations are never seen in the short term but we are making headway. The Army can always create conditions of peace and tranquillity for other processes. Presently, we are reaching there. In the long-term strategy, any Army would prefer to do its primary role of protecting the borders,” said Lt. Gen. Bhatt. He said the launching pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) saw a dip during elections in Pakistan. “It has increased since then, as 250 to 300 terrorists are waiting to infiltrate. What they (Pakistan) speak publicly has not changed anything on the ground,” he said. On the killing of 37 militants in November, the most for any month in the ongoing offensive, the Army officer said the change in tactics was yielding results. “One, there is cooperation from people. Two, we shortened operations and finished them in the night. The idea is not to get involved in crowd control. We have slowly learnt our lessons. It’s equally important for us to avoid civilian casualties.” He said the swelling of militant ranks with local boys joining them, even two years after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing, was an area of concern. “There is a bench strength terrorists maintain and fill it with people who are on the sidelines waiting to get recruited. The social media has been a challenge to us on this. Youths are radicalised by online propaganda. Photos of youth posing with guns posted online is done as part of a strategy, so that the door for return is shut.” He said Pakistan succeeded in exploiting the “situation of alienation in south Kashmir” to fill militant ranks with emotionally vulnerable youths. “The trend has waned considerably in the past two months. It had reached 24 recruits a month in June-July,” said the Army commander. “What is also turning the tide against the terrorists is that a lot of people have been at the receiving end of the terrorist atrocities of the worst kind and are refusing to provide shelter to them,” he added. He said targeting policemen or security forces personnel at home or during leave “was a new low on the part of terror groups.” “There is an attempt by the terrorists to compensate their loss of capabilities by targeting innocents and unarmed personnel, and adopt the methods of ISIS and Al-Qaeda for infusing fear,” said Lt. Gen. Bhatt. However, the Army will abide by its rule not to go after “terrorists’ families or unarmed civilians”, he said. Approximately 300 terrorists are still operating in the Valley, he said, with 175-180 in South Kashmir, while 57 surrendered or were apprehended this year. The IS, the officer said, has attraction to the extent of its glamour. “It is a matter of great concern for the separatists’ Joint Resistance Leadership. Its strength remains in single digit,” he said. Lt. Gen. Bhatt said there was no case where the soldiers violated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during operations this year, even in the incidents of Kulgam and Shopian, which left seven civilians dead. “There was no crossing of line. The casualties have been a result of cross-firing or where the crowd posed a danger to the life of soldiers or in cases of grave provocations. Houses are destroyed as a last measure. During the operations in November, only in 30% cases houses were damaged,” he said.last_img read more

Eight killed as bus rams truck in U.P.’s Greater Noida

first_imgEight persons died while over three dozen others injured after a bus rammed a stationary truck on Yamuna Expressway on Friday morning. The officials said that the incident took place 29 km from zero point in Gautam Buddh Nagar district in Western Uttar Pradesh. The bus was on its way to Noida from Agra. Acting on the information, police team rushed to the spot and rescued the victims and taken to a nearby private hospital where they are recuperating with their injuries. The bodies of the victims  have been sent for autopsy. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed Gautam Buddh Nagar police and administration chiefs to expedite assistance to the victims, officials said.“The bus was on its way to Noida from Agra. The incident took place under Rabupura police station limits around 5 am. The bus belongs to Auraiya depot. Eight people were killed and 20 injured in the incident,” police said in a statement.Police personnel were present at the site of the accident and the victims were rushed to the nearby Kailash Hospital in Jewar, it said.An official spokesperson in Lucknow said, “The chief minister has taken cognisance of the bus accident in Greater Noida where eight passengers have died.”“He has directed the district administration and the police to provide all assistance. The district magistrate and the senior superintendent of police are reaching the accident site,” the official said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

U.S. Announces Crackdown on Ivory Sales

first_imgCalling it a “sobering and daunting crisis,” U.S. government officials announced today a national strategy to combat the surging trade in elephant ivory and other wildlife products. The announcement follows an executive order President Barack Obama issued in Tanzania in July 2013 for the U.S. government to improve its efforts to fight wildlife trafficking. The new directive is particularly aimed at stopping the commercial trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn. The two species are among “the most beloved and magnificent animals” now “facing significant declines” because of uncontrolled poaching in Africa, Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said in a teleconference with reporters today. At one time, several million elephants roamed the African continent, they noted, but their numbers have been slashed to less than 500,000. Some 35,000 elephants are now being killed each year, while 1000 rhinoceros were poached in South Africa alone last year.The commercial demand for ivory and rhinoceros horn stems from the high prices they command: Rhinoceros horn now sells for $45,000 a pound (slightly more than the price of gold) and elephant ivory for $1500 a pound, according to Ashe. As a result, there has been an “escalating criminalization” in the trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn, Ashe said. And the United States has emerged as one of the world’s largest markets for ivory and other wildlife products, both legal and illegal.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(*)In response, FWS will impose a ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory within the United States, including resale and exports. Commercial elephant ivory in any form, including antiquities, can no longer be imported. Only items that can be proved to be antiques—more than 100 years old—will be allowed to be sold in the United States. The burden of proof will be on the seller.The United States is also often a transshipment point for wildlife products, other officials noted, with items being shipped into New York, for instance, and then reshipped to countries such as China. This includes illegal shipments of fish, birds, reptiles, snakes, and coral. New regulations will be enacted to stop these illegal activities.The administration has formed a task force to create a national strategy to strengthen the enforcement of regulations concerned with the trade in wildlife products both in the United States and abroad. “We want to ensure that the United States is not contributing to the decline of the elephant and rhinoceros,” an official stated. “It is a global challenge, but we plan to have a much more dramatic impact through these actions.”last_img read more

Podcast: A Mysterious Extinction, a Friendly Fungus, and What Your ‘Hello’ Says About You

first_imgWhy did New Zealand’s moas go extinct? Can a friendly fungus protect us from disease? And what does your “hello” say about you? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Listen to the full Science podcast.Hear more podcasts.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(*)last_img read more

Bomb Blast Victims Sue Indian Restaurant at Toronto for $6 Million

first_imgA group of victims of the bombing at an Indian restaurant near Toronto, Canada, in May have filed a lawsuit, alleging that the restaurant was involved in a “turf war between rival business associates,” which led to attack.Six out of the 15 victims have filed the lawsuit, asking for Can$6 million from the Bombay Bhel restaurant at Mississauga, Ontario.The plaintiffs — Sonia Sheth, Porshia Mehta, Surjit Luthra, Parmeshvar Luthra, Arjun Luthra and Neelamhit Luthra — are each claiming damages for both psychological and physical injuries suffered as a result of the explosion. In the lawsuit, filed on Aug, 20, they are seeking Can$1 million each for “severe and permanent injuries,” CBC News reported.“The owners of the Bombay Bhel restaurant knew or ought to have known there was an issue with security and that they were targeted,” lawyer Darryl Singer said at a news conference at Diamond & Diamond, a Toronto-based personal injury law firm, the report added.“The restaurant failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent this bombing,” Singer said, according to a statement from the law firm. “Security was insufficient and the restaurant itself was open past the time it was supposed to be closed,” he added.The bomb detonated two minutes past 10.30pm, when the restaurant doors were supposed to be closed. The restaurant website says it closes every day at 10pm.“Had the doors been closed on time, the bombing would not have happened inside the restaurant,” the lawsuit says, CBC News reported.“We are victims of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” it qouted the statement of claim as saying.The blast took place on May 24 at Bombay Bhel restaurant, located in a plaza in the area of Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue where two birthday parties were being celebrated.According to the Peel Police, two unidentified people walked into the establishment, and detonated an improvised explosive device and fled from the scene in an unidentified vehicle.They described one suspect as a man in the mid-20s, stocky, wearing dark blue jeans, a dark zip-up hoodie pulled over his head and black cloth covering his face. The second suspect, as per their description, was thin, wearing faded blue jeans, a grey t-shirt, dark zip-up hoodie over his head and with his face covered.Fifteen people were injured in the explosion.No arrests have been made so far in the case. Related ItemsCanadatorontolast_img read more