The Hustler’s Playbook: Whatever It Takes

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you want success, you have to do whatever it takes. But, know that there are boundaries on whatever it takes.Whatever it takes, as long as it is not illegal or immoral. You may want to be on the cover of the New York Times, but what the headline reads is important, isn’t it? There is no recipe for success that requires you break the law or act immorally. In fact, both of these things (even if you see others do something illegal or immoral to gain financial success), ensure that you are not successful.Whatever it takes, as long as whatever it takes doesn’t harm others. You don’t have to take advantage of someone to be successful. You don’t have to force them to do something that doesn’t benefit them, and you never have to be manipulative. These are the choices of the weak, and they’re the strategies of those who lack character, influence, and the ability to persuade people. You are a failure if what you do to “succeed” harms others.Whatever it takes, as long as what you are doing isn’t what is easy instead of what is necessary. Both of the paragraphs above speak to the idea that some people try to take shortcuts to gain the success they want. They try to do what is fast, instead of doing what is right. They don’t play the long game that real success requires, and they aren’t patient in their pursuit. Real success often comes overnight—after you have put in years of hard work.Whatever it takes, as long as it is aligned with your longer term goals. Success now isn’t going to look like success later. What is important to you at 28 will not be what is important to you at 48 or 68 or 88. “Whatever it takes” needs to include your legacy. What are you going to be known for? What is your contribution? “Whatever it takes,” as long as it is something you will be proud of having done.If “whatever it takes” makes you believe you have to do something that goes against the ideas written here, you will never be truly successful. Success is a matter of who you are, and if you are someone who is willing to succeed at the expense of others, you are not successful, and you are not thoughtful or resourceful enough to have the success you desire.last_img read more

IIT Gandhinagar Hosts Overseas Indian Conclave on Feb. 22-23

first_imgIIT Gandhinagar is hosting an Overseas Indian Conclave on Higher Education on Feb. 22-23, 2019 at IIT Gandhinagar in Gujarat.The Conclave will celebrate IITGN’s overseas supporters and brainstorm on ways to engage more widely and deeply with overseas Indians and global professionals who are keen to advance India’s educational stature on the global stage.Read it at INEN Related Itemslast_img


first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday gave Kolkata’s cricket fans some hope when it announced a reinspection of the iconic Eden Gardens stadium for the World Cup.The ICC said the Eden Gardens would be reinspected on January 31 for the last three of its scheduled four World Cup matches. These are the encounters between Ireland and South Africa (March 15), Ireland and Holland (March 18) and Kenya and Zimbabwe (March 20).The cricketing body had on Thursday ruled out Eden Gardens as the venue for the February 27 World Cup match between India and England.An ICC inspection team had visited Kolkata on Tuesday and deemed the stadium unfit as it was still undergoing renovation.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat pulled up the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bengal for failing to meet the deadlines. “All venues had ample time to prepare for the World Cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates, but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks,” Lorgat said. “Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011. Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready,” Lorgat said.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Duckworth gain lost

first_imgChennai Super Kings joined the list of teams who were done in by the Duckworth-Lewis method despite getting a better score in computations in their tie against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League 2011 on Monday. The rain-truncated CSK vs KTK match saw Kochi opener Brendon McCullum scoring a quick-fire 47 along with Parthiv Patel to overhaul Chennai’s 135 by 7 wickets.Though CSK were given a revised target of 135 runs in 17 overs, three runs more than the original target, Kochi batsmen found the target rather easy to get and they chased it that way.Brendon McCullum and Captain Mahela Jayawardene got off to a fine start putting 39 runs in 4.3 overs, before the latter fell to an R Ashwin turner on 16.But McCullum remained and along with new man Parthiv Patel charged away at the opposition bowlers.Parthiv’s was the last Kochi wicket to fall as Brad Hodge and Ravindra Jadeja scored the winning run for the team in the 15th over.In the Chennai innings, Suresh Raina scored a fine 50 as Chennai put 131/4 in 17 overs against Kochi in the rain-truncated IPL match.In an early CSK setback, Kochi paceman RP Singh got the better of their in-form opener Michael Hussey in the third over of the innings. The ball was moving away from him and it took the top edge of his bat to land in keeper Parthiv’s gloves for 8. Chennai lost him on 11/1 in 2.2 overs.Post that wicket, southpaw Raina and Murali Vijay got on with a partnership to negate the effects of an early loss. But just when the two were looking good and in rhythm, Kochi’s Sri Lankan import Thissara Perera trapped Vijay leg-before on 28 and Chennai lost their second wicket on 48/2 in 7.2 overs.advertisementlast_img read more

Tendulkar’s birthday turns sad after Sathya Sai’s death

first_imgIconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was a sad man on his 38th birthday on Sunday as his spiritual guru Satya Sai Baba passed away this morning.Tendulkar, who landed in Hyderabad late last night with wife Anjali and two kids, was confined to his room at the Grand Kakatiya hotel.”He did not even have breakfast. No one was allowed to enter his room,” a hotel manager told PTI.There was speculation since yesterday that the Mumbai Indians captain would not celebrate his birthday in view of Baba’s health condition.News of Baba’s demise this morning apparently came as a shock to Tendulkar.A ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign was hung on his hotel room door since the news of Baba’s demise came and Tendulkar did not even meet his teammates, the hotel manager said.Only Mumbai Indians owner Tina Ambani was said to have met Tendulkar and consoled him.Mumbai Indians will take on Deccan Chargers in an IPL match match at the Hyderabad International Cricket Stadium this evening but it is not yet clear whether Tendulkar will play the match.None of the Mumbai Indians players or officials could be contacted for a comment.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

Maha SSC results: 193 students score 100 per cent

first_imgPune, Jun 13 (PTI) A total of 193 students scored 100 per cent marks in the Maharashtra Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Class X examination, results for which were declared today.The officials of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary said the reason behind the increase in the number of students scoring cent per cent marks could be because they got benefit of extra marks under the arts/drawing and sports quota.While the sports quota was already existing, the board this year introduced arts/drawing quota, which led to the increase in the number of students scoring 100 per cent marks.Last year 39 students had scored 100 per cent.A pass percentage of 88.74 was registered in Maharashtra in the results of this years Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination.A total of 81,736 students benefitted due to newly introduced arts/drawing quota, while 3,903 students got benefit of the sports quota. PTI SPK RMTlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel all set to chase fifth title

first_imgLewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will chase their fifth title each when they line up for the Australian season-opener on March 25.The Briton’s fourth title and the first under the new U.S.-based owners Liberty Media, has set the scene for an engaging battle in 2018.This is the first time two four-time world champions will fight against each other for a fifth crown as Hamilton’s Mercedes and Vettel’s Ferrari get ready for another showdown.How they shape up will be fascinating to watch, with Hamilton staying remarkably cool and composed in 2017 while Vettel let the rising pressure get to him and occasionally blew his top.Hamilton broke several records in 2017. He overtook Jackie Stewart to become his country’s most successful driver of all time and first to take four titles. He also took to his tally of wins to 62, second to only seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher (91). But he eclipsed the German’s all-time record of pole positions to end the season with 72. The 32-year-old scored in every race, while Vettel’s challenge faded amid collisions and mechanical failures.Powered by Hamilton throughout and some strong back-up from Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes completed the championship double for the fourth year in a row, despite rule changes that made the cars faster and wider on fatter tyres.Hamilton won nine of the 20 races while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, the overall runner-up after leading until September, took five.Ferrari, whose last driver’s championship was with Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, aim to be stronger in 2018 — when there will be one more race and the engine quota is reduced from four to three per driver.advertisement”I can’t expect him to make the same mistakes,” said Hamilton before collecting his winner’s trophy. “I’ve got to make sure I’m even better next year to stay ahead of him.”MCLAREN REVIVAL?With Vettel’s team mate Raikkonen nearing the end of his career and Valtteri Bottas some way off Hamilton at Mercedes, Renault must also raise their game if others are to enter the title reckoning.The French manufacturer now has former champions McLaren on the list of engine customers after that team’s tortured relationship with Honda finally ended.Spaniard Fernando Alonso, a double world champion who missed Monaco in May to try and win the Indianapolis 500, can hope to be back on the podium for the first time since 2014 when he was at Ferrari.Honda, who could at least celebrate Takuma Sato becoming the first Japanese to win the Indy 500, now focus on Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso.Red Bull won three races with Renault engines, with Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen and Australian Daniel Ricciardo increasingly taking the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari.One of those victories proved a highlight of the season, with Ricciardo triumphant in Azerbaijan in a cracker of a race.It was also a low point for Vettel, who collided with Hamilton behind the safety car in an incident of ‘road rage’.”The worst feeling I had was after Baku I think, just because I sort of ruined the race with something unnecessary, so I struggled with that,” the Ferrari driver said.Hamilton won the title in Mexico but singled out winning at Silverstone as a highlight because of the support he received from the home fans after the ‘negativity’ surrounding his absence from an earlier London event.That free demonstration was part of Liberty’s plans to bring the sport closer to fans and raise the profile.The jury remains out on their efforts, with teams concerned about a drop in revenues next season as a result of the increased spending.There are also some big battles looming over the sport’s direction, with Ferrari warning they could walk away after contracts expire in 2020 if they do not like what is being offered.Those who left the scene in 2017, apart from 87-year-old Ecclestone who was handed an emeritus title and attended only a handful of races, included retiring Brazilian Felipe Massa and Britain’s Jolyon Palmer.The Malaysian Grand Prix also bowed out but France returns next season for the first time since 2008, and as part of an unprecedented triple header with Austria and Britain, while Germany is also back after a year’s absence.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Addled Knicks Look To The Future

first_imgGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony is gone for the season. Amare Stoudemire is gone for good.The partnership that had so much promise but such limited success lasted just four years before the high-scoring forwards went in separate directions: Stoudemire to Dallas, Anthony to the operating table.The veterans remaining for the New York Knicks now are Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani — unless one or both is traded by the Feb. 19 deadline.Anthony will have surgery on his left knee that could keep him off the court for four to six months. Knicks President Phil Jackson said a timetable for Anthony’s recovery couldn’t really be determined until after the surgery, and that he told the coaching staff he expected the team to be competitive even without its two leading scorers.“We’re going to have to be better at executing,” Jackson said. “We don’t have the resource to drop the ball off on Carmelo’s lap and say now we can have someone score these 20 points for us. We’re going to have to do a lot more activity as a team, but we’re not going to sit on our hands during this period of time. We’re going to continue to look for players as we go through this season.”Jackson said he anticipated the procedure, which will include a left knee patella tendon debridement and repair, would be performed this week.Anthony has had pain for most of the season but continued to play despite the Knicks’ league-worst 10-43 record. He was able to start in the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 15 but appeared to be struggling, scoring 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting.“It’s obvious that he physically can’t do the things that he’s capable of doing, so this is a necessary step for him to take, I think, in order for him to get to the level that he’s capable of getting to,” coach Derek Fisher said.Stoudemire was granted his release so he could join a contender. The Mavericks announced his signing Feb. 18, shortly after Jackson and Fisher spoke.Stoudemire arrived in July 2010 and the Knicks acquired Anthony the following February. They never won a postseason series while playing together — Stoudemire was injured for New York’s 2013 first-round victory over Boston.With their 36 points per game gone, Jackson indicated there may be use for Bargnani, the injury-plagued Italian who has appeared in just four games this season. Jackson said teams aren’t interested in acquiring the former No. 1 pick.“Now that we have a gap in scoring, this is a guy that’s a natural scorer, and I think the coaching staff would like to have him on the court and be competitive with his scoring capabilities,” Jackson said. “Without Carmelo and Amare, we’re going to need some scorers out there.”Not to mention veteran leaders, so Jackson sees a role for Calderon.“He’s a player that I would call a middle-aged NBA player who has great capabilities of holding a team together, being the glue that holds a team together, and we want to see that continue,” Jackson said. “Especially now without Amare and without Carmelo on the floor, he’s going to have to do some of that leadership that we anticipate.”Anthony did not speak to reporters. He finished his 12th NBA season averaging 24.2 points and 6.6 rebounds in 40 games. The two-time Olympian turned 30 in May, two months before signing a five-year, $124 million contract in July, but Jackson said he was confident the former scoring champion would make a full recovery.Anthony had knee surgery in 2011 during the offseason, and Jackson said he thought Anthony recovered well from that.He also had fluid drained from his right knee late in the 2012-13 season, and Jackson attributed his struggles this season to “continual aggravation” rather than any recent issues.Jackson will try, either before Feb. 19 or before next season, to find the pieces that can get the Knicks to where Anthony and Stoudemire together never could.“I’m not happy but it is what it is,” Jackson said. “That’s what you have to accept, is that this is what we have now and how could we provide help for this team in the future.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Go live in some other country: Kohli to fan who says he doesn’t like Indian batsmen

first_imgVirat Kohli has found himself in the middle of a controversy after telling “non-Indian” cricket fans to leave the country, according to a video that has gone viral on social media.Kohli launched his mobile app on his 30th birthday on November 5. He read out social media messages and reacted after reading a particular tweet on his app.”Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians,” Kohli read out the tweet.To which Kohli replied: “Okay, I don’t think you should live in India then…you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”Is #Kohli asking his non-Indian fans to leave their country and come to India.. Or to sort their priorities? #WTF (@Hramblings) November 6, 2018Kohli has earned a legion of fans through his good work on the cricket field. He has a huge following on social media with most of his posts showing him sweating it out at the gym, which strikes a chord with the youth of the country. He is well aware of his influence on the youth of the country and that he is closely followed not only by the media but millions who profess him their hero.Kohli’s exploits on the field have been well documented as well as the multitudes of records he has broken and set over the course of his now-illustrious career.advertisementKohli scores runs for fun these days. He recently became the first Indian batsman to smash three successive hundred in one day internationals when he hit 107 against West Indies in the recently concluded series.During the series, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of becoming the fastest to complete 10,000 runs in the format. The India skipper blazed his way to 10,000 runs from only 205 innings.Kohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to join the elite club.In fact, the modern great completed 1000 runs in a calendar year six times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 and 2018). This year, he became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.Kohli now also has 150-plus scores in ODIs four times.Kohli has come a long way now — from leading the country’s U-19 team to World Cup glory back in 2008 to leading India’s charge in dominating the world of cricket in all forms of the game.As the captain of the team, he leads by example and his obsession with fitness is no secret. He spends hours at the gym, watches what he eats and expects his men to do the same.last_img read more

FIFA confirms Chelsea appeal against transfer ban

first_imgFIFA confirmed on Tuesday that English Premier League club Chelsea have appealed against a transfer ban imposed after they were found guilty of breaching rules on overseas players under the age of 18.The London side, banned from the next two transfer windows and also fined 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000), had already said they would appeal against the decision taken by FIFA’s disciplinary committee last month.FIFA said in a statement that it could not give a schedule for the process, nor say whether the ban would be lifted pending the appeal hearing.”Any decision on the sanction remaining in place during the appeal process is to be taken by the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee,” it said.Also Watch:last_img read more

Missing Your Favorite Food from Home? Goldbelly Will Deliver It to You

first_img Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Many of us are lucky enough to live in cities where we can find pretty much any type of food we desire. Sometimes, those foods are eclectic options that are really only liked by the locals (here’s looking at you, Cincinnati and Skyline Chili) while others, like a cheesesteak from Pat’s in Philadelphia, you could find elsewhere, but it wouldn’t be the same.If you live in such a city, good for you. You have access to it whenever you want. For others, though, it’s not as simple. Jobs change, love happens, and sometimes you find yourself in a town 2,000 miles from your favorite food. Until recently, you had to rely on friends and family to help you get your fix.“You’re coming into town? Can you pick up a dozen of those bagels I love?”“I swear, if you show up on my stoop without a few links of those jalapeño sausage links from Texas barbecue country, I’m not letting you in the door.”Etcetera.Now, though, online food retailer Goldbelly (which we first introduced in our bacon subscription guide) is working to solve that issue by shipping some of the country’s most iconic foods to your door, sometimes in as little time as 24 hours.Broken up regionally, by state, type of food, and what’s in season, Goldbelly allows anyone in the United States to find a beloved food and gorge themselves on it, even if they are nowhere near where it’s produced.For example: missing that aforementioned cheesesteak from Pat’s? Not a problem. You can order a four-, eight-, or twelve-pack of cheesesteaks online and have them at your door within two days. The cheesesteaks come frozen with directions on how to heat them (as well as the ever-so-important reheating cheese whiz directions). Before ordering, you have the option of getting your sandwiches wit or wit-out (onions), and also the option to order cheese whiz, American, or provolone cheese. (We’re not saying “Whiz Wit” is the only way to go, but let’s be real, it is.)Pat’s King of SteaksIs it exactly as you would have it if you were standing in line at Pat’s? No, the bread is a little crispier and you’ll probably put too much or too little whiz on there, but will you find better or make better on your own? Also no. Obviously, restaurants have a je ne se quoi when it comes to their food — the items made them famous, after all — but this is the closest you’ll come to tasting home when you’re not there.The other benefit to Goldbelly’s selection, we found, is that even if you’ve never tried a specific food — take the original Buffalo wings, for example — now you don’t have to travel all the way to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo to try them. Instead, you can order a 50-pack for $129 and get a bottle of extra wing sauce to boot.It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for Maine lobster rolls from Mcloons Lobster Shack, a dulce de leche cake from Milk Bar in Brooklyn, or to go wild and order food from a place you’ve never been, Goldbelly has you covered.Goldbelly adds new products all the time, so it’s good to check back often to see if what they’ve added to their list of available foods. Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Steak in the Oven The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain last_img read more

Diana Containerships Becomes Performance Shipping

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greece-based containership owner Diana Containerships is changing its name to Performance Shipping Inc.At the company’s annual meeting of shareholders held on February 19, 2019, shareholders decided to change Diana’s name to Performance Shipping which is expected to be effective as of the date hereof.As informed, the company’s common shares will continue to trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker “DCIX”.The name change was announced as part of the company’s financial report for the fourth quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2018.During the fourth quarter of 2018, Diana Containerships managed to narrow its net loss to USD 0.4 million from a net loss of USD 16.6 million seen in the same period of 2017.Time charter revenues were USD 6.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to USD 7.8 million for the same period of 2017. This decrease was primarily due to the decrease in size of the company’s fleet and was partially offset by the increased time charter rates achieved as a result of improved market conditions, Diana Containerships explained.In addition, full-year net loss for 2018 amounted to USD 52.9 million, compared to a net income of USD 3.8 million posted in 2017. The loss for 2018 includes impairment charges of two vessels and aggregate loss on sale of seven vessels.Time charter revenues for 2018 amounted to USD 25.6 million, compared to USD 23.8 million recorded in 2017.The company currently has a fleet of two Panamax and two Post-Panamax containerships.last_img read more

Antonio Sabato Jr TMZs Max Hodges Add Star Power To Great American

first_imgActor/model Antonio Sabato Jr. will serve as the master of ceremonies for the Great American Inaugural Ball’s salute to our armed forces and the charities that support them.Antonio Sabato Jr, Great American Inaugural Ball Master of CeremoniesJoining him as a celebrity host will be Max Hodges, best known as the “surfer dude” on entertainment news show TMZ.The gala on Friday, January 20 at the new MGM National Harbor hotel and casino will feature Sabato as the official host who will introduce the ball’s special guests: country music sensation Darryl Worley who’ll be singing the national anthem and performing his 9/11 tribute hit “Have You Forgotten?” that spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts; USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Chairman Paul McQuillan, whose non-profit provides services for active duty military members and their families; and Gold Star Mother Tammy Davenport from American Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.Sabato, a former Calvin Klein model and TV star, and Hodges, whose laid back humor entertained America daily during his time at TMZ, are no strangers to the spotlight, but on January 20 they will pass it to the groups that selflessly support our servicemen and women and their families who have sacrificed so much. Taking center stage with USO-Metro and American Gold Star Mothers will be the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Families United Toward Universal Respect (FUTURE), and The Nashville Connection – Heroes Salute, a music workshop and benefit concert.Representing our armed forces will be Major General James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard. He will share the stage with fellow West Virginian Sen. Joe Manchin who will relate his experiences with another Great American Ball charity partner, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe, a program that mentors high school dropouts.“We’re really excited to have Antonio and Max on board to help show our nation the good work that USO-Metro, TAPS, FUTURE, and other charities do for the men and women who serve our country at great expense to themselves and their families,” said event organizer Amy Lao O’Brien. “It’s about honoring their sacrifice and I’m privileged just to be a part of it.”For tickets or more information, visit read more

Key numbers in the Volkswagen emissionscheating scandal

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2016 1:09 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Key numbers in the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal Some key numbers related to Volkswagen’s admission that it programmed diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests:— 475,000: Number of cars with 2-litre diesel engines in the U.S. that Volkswagen has agreed to buy back or repair under a settlement released Tuesday. The settlement will likely get final approval from a federal court judge this fall.— 80,000: Number of Volkswagens with 3-litre diesel engines in the U.S. They aren’t covered by this settlement.— 2009-2016: Model years affected by the diesel scandal.— $12,500 to $44,000: Range of values for the affected Volkswagen diesels before the scandal became public on Sept. 18, 2015. Owners who sell their cars back to VW will get the clean trade-in value as determined by the National Automobile Dealers Association depending on the model, age, mileage and options on their car.— $5,100 to $10,000: Amount of additional compensation owners will get, whether they opt for a buyback or have Volkswagen fix their cars.— 19 per cent: The amount the average value of a VW diesel has dropped since before the scandal began. In August 2015, the average was $13,196; in May 2016 it was $10,674, according to Kelley Blue Book. The average value of non-diesel VWs dropped 9 per cent in the same period.— 125,205: The numbers of cars the VW brand sold in the U.S. in the first five months of 2016. That’s down 13 per cent from 144,006 in the first five months of 2015.— 38 gallons: The amount of additional gasoline the owner of a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta diesel would have to buy each year if a fix decreases the vehicle’s fuel economy by 3 mpg. The Jetta diesel currently gets 36 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. If a repair reduces fuel economy by 3 mpg, a driver who drives 15,000 miles per year would have to buy an extra 38 gallons of fuel. That would cost $114, assuming gas is $3 per gallon. VW hasn’t yet submitted a plan to fix the vehicles.— 38 per cent: Five states — California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and New York — accounted for about 38 per cent of all the diesel vehicles VW sold in the U.S. since 2008. read more

Should Terrell Owens Be In The Hall of Fame

Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Here’s a list of all the records that were set or tied in Super Bowl LI.The Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg picks eight numbers that highlight why this year’s Super Bowl was so shocking.Despite all the memes, Nate Silver notes that Super Bowl LI wasn’t really like the election.Across the NFL, players reacted to Terrell Owens’s Hall of Fame snub.SB Nation’s Harry Lyles Jr. argues that it’s ridiculous that Terrell Owens isn’t in the Hall of Fame.Significant Digit: 26.1, the player efficiency rating of Elena Delle Donne last season. Last week, Delle Donne was traded from the Chicago Sky to the Washington Mystics. Delle Donne said she would be willing to sit out the 2017 season if Chicago did not trade her. Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 7, 2017), we do a super-sized segment breaking down the record-smashing Super Bowl LI. The New England Patriots clipped the Atlanta Falcons’ wings in a 34-28 come-from-behind victory featuring the first overtime in Super Bowl history. Next, in his second year of eligibility, Terrell Owens did not make the Hall of Fame — does his #FlawedProcess claim have merit? We investigate. Plus, a significant digit on the WNBA’s Elena Delle Donne.Links to what we discussed: read more

PotashCorp and BHP Billiton comment on withdrawal of tender offer

first_imgYesterday Potash Corp of Saskatchewan issued the following statement in response to the announcement by BHP Billiton that it has withdrawn its unsolicited tender offer to acquire PotashCorp: “BHP Billiton’s decision to withdraw its offer underscores the PotashCorp Board of Directors’ unanimous belief that the offer substantially undervalued PotashCorp and failed to reflect both the value of our premier position in a strategically vital industry and our future growth prospects.“We believe our opportunity for growth in the industry is unmatched and we are excited about the future. As the food requirements of our growing global population continue to increase, we believe PotashCorp has the right strategies in place to enhance earnings in the strong market conditions we see unfolding.  Building further value continues to be our primary focus, and with our world-class asset base and proven business strategies, we believe we are well-positioned to exceed the expectations of our customers and deliver compelling value to our shareholders.”“BHP Billiton said it “has determined that the condition of its offer relating to receipt of a net benefit determination by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada Act cannot be satisfied, and accordingly, the offer has been withdrawn. A total PotashCorp-related transaction cost of approximately $350 million, of which approximately $250 million related to the $45 billion acquisition financing facility, will be recognised as an exceptional item in the December 2010 interim accounts.”The company maintains that its offer would have resulted in “a significant net benefit to Canada, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. As a package, the proposed undertakings offered by BHP Billiton in a signed, written submission to the Minister of Industry were unparalleled in substance, scope and duration, reflecting the importance of potash to Canada and Saskatchewan. The company had offered to commit to legally-binding undertakings that would have, among other things, increased employment, guaranteed investment and established the company’s global potash headquarters in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.”The investment commitment included $450 million on exploration and development over the next five years over and above commitments to spending on the Jansen project. An additional $370 million would have been spent on infrastructure funds in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. BHP Billiton would also have applied for a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.BHP Billiton was also prepared to make a commitment to forego tax benefits to which it was legally entitled and, as a condition of the Minister’s approval, BHP Billiton was prepared to remain a member of Canpotex for five years. Both of these undertakings were intended to allay any concerns the Province of Saskatchewan may have had regarding potential losses in revenues.“Further, to give the company an even stronger Canadian presence, BHP Billiton undertook to relocate to Saskatchewan and Vancouver over 200 additional jobs from outside Canada. BHP Billiton would have maintained operating employment at PotashCorp’s Canadian mines at current levels for five years and would have increased overall employment at the combined Canadian potash businesses by 15% over the same period. BHP Billiton also made a number of additional undertakings in relation to Saskatchewanian and Canadian participation in senior management roles within the combined potash business, within a new Potash Advisory Board and also on the Board of BHP Billiton.“Local suppliers would have been guaranteed a full and fair opportunity to provide goods and services and BHP Billiton undertook to spend at least $8 million per annum on community programs, primarily in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, while raising overall community spending from PotashCorp’s current levels to BHP Billiton’s levels. BHP Billiton also offered to invest in the University of Saskatchewan to create a Mining Centre of Excellence to enhance the province’s mining capabilities and to raise the international profile of both the University and the province.“BHP Billiton was prepared to accept an unprecedented monitoring and compliance regime that would have provided the Government with additional assurances that the undertakings would be complied with, including making available a $250 million performance bond.”During the investment review process, BHP Billiton engaged with officials from the Investment Review Division of Industry Canada. It says that “in view of the reasons underlying the Minister’s interim decision of November 3, the company believes that the Minister of Industry would have required additional undertakings beyond those BHP Billiton had already offered which would have conflicted with BHP Billiton’s business strategy and been counter to creating shareholder value.”BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer Marius Kloppers expressed disappointment at the outcome. “Unfortunately, despite having received all required anti-trust clearances for the offer, we have not been able to obtain clearance under the Investment Canada Act and have accordingly decided to withdraw the offer. We remain committed to Canada and we plan to develop a significant presence in the potash industry in Saskatchewan. As part of those plans we will continue to progress our Jansen Project and other development opportunities,” he said.“Our core business strategy of diversifying our investments across geographies and commodities differentiates us and, more importantly, continues to deliver value to our shareholders and the communities and countries where we operate. We have an unparalleled portfolio of tier one assets, which we believe can sustain decades of increased production. We plan to invest $15 billion in our global business this financial year and expect our ongoing capital commitment to continue to deliver robust production growth,” Kloppers added.BHP Billiton also announced its intention to continue the company’s strong track record of returning excess capital to shareholders by reactivating the remaining $4.2 billion component of its previously suspended $13.0 billion buy-back program. BHP Billiton Chairman Jac Nasser said: “The decision to reactivate the buy-back program is entirely consistent with our commitment to maintain an appropriate capital structure while we continue to make substantial investments in our growth projects. BHP Billiton has a strong track record of returning capital to shareholders. From 2005, BHP Billiton has completed buy-backs totalling $12.7 billion or 11% of issued capital, and has also paid out $17.9 billion in dividends.”last_img read more

Chinese food more popular than Greek

first_imgChinese food rated the highest as Australian’s favourite take-away food by 42 per cent, in the latest Roy Morgan research. Chinese was the preferred take-away toping the list at 73 per cent, followed by Italian food with 60 per cent. Greek food came in seventh place with 31 per cent preceded by Thai (52 per cent), Indian (54 per cent) and newcomer Mexican (38 per cent). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

FedEx Uber and Yelp cases bring employee status issue to the fore

first_imgRecent court cases from Uber, Yelp and FedEx have highlighted the difficulties associated with how employers define the difference between ‘employees’ and ‘workers’, and what rights these individuals are entitled to.In the US-based case of Gray vs FedEx Ground Package System, the latter contracts with operators to make deliveries. Under their contracts, the operators were not required to personally drive, but could hire someone else to do so. The plaintiffs brought a suit against FedEx claiming that they should be classed as employees rather than independent contractors, and should therefore receive the benefits employees are entitled to.A court originally ruled in the operators’ favour and awarded damages. FedEx appealed the decision.The original decision was reversed and the case has been submitted to a jury for consideration.The case follows others surrounding employment status, such as those recently involving Uber and Yelp.Yelp reviewers class action dismissedUS District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed class action brought by a group of Yelp reviewers against the organisation. The reviewers sought to be considered as employees and therefore be compensated as such.In the case of Lily Jeung, et al., vs Yelp, the claimants alleged that they were ‘directed how to write reviews and given other such employee direction’ from Yelp, which also controlled their work schedule and conditions. Two of the three claimants bringing the class action also claimed to have been ‘fired’ by the organisation.In the judgment, Seeborg said it could be inferred that the term ‘hired’ referred to the process by which members of the public could sign up to Yelp to leave reviews, while ‘fired’ referred to user accounts being involuntarily closed.The judge found that submitting reviews could not be considered as performing a service, dismissing the class action case.Uber drivers seek employee status in UK and USIn the UK, Uber faces legal action from the National Union of General and Municipal Workers (GMB) over claims that it has breached its legal duty to provide staff with basic rights around pay, holiday, health and safety, and discipline and grievances.Uber stated that its drivers are ‘partners’ rather than employees, and are therefore not entitled to standard workers’ rights. GMB has called on Uber to ensure that all of its drivers are paid the national minimum wage, given the statutory entitlement to paid holiday, and adhere to legal standards on discipline and grievances.Meanwhile, in California, a US District Court judge has certified class action by certain Uber drivers in the US state against the organisation. In the case of O’Connor et al. vs Uber Technologies, the drivers are seeking to be recognised as employees rather than independent contractors, with support for expenses such as fuel and vehicle maintenance.These cases raise questions about what defines someone as an employee and therefore what rights and benefits they are entitled to. Although the individual cases differ from one another, they also highlight the blurred lines between how different organisations recognise staff.Neena Patel, senior associate, employment and partnership law at Fox Lawyers, said: “Although it’s a preliminary finding, this decision [in O’Connor et al. vs Uber Technologies] has paved the way for further litigation and signalled a potential victory for the drivers, who argue that they are employees and should therefore be protected by employment laws. ”Similar to the approach taken for determining employment status in the UK, the judge held that under Californian law the question of whether the drivers are ultimately employees or independent contractors depends on a mixed question of fact and law. “Uber is now facing similar legal action in the UK. There are significant cost savings in engaging their drivers as self-employed contractors. “In the UK, not only does it allow the organisation to avoid employer’s national insurance contributions (NIC) liability associated with hiring, but it also means that there is no obligation for holiday, sick pay or maternity pay or to contribute towards pension benefits. “When determining employment or worker status, UK employment tribunals look at the substance of the relationship rather than the label that is applied. This is likely to be one of the biggest obstacles to a finding of employment or worker status.”Sarah Henchoz, partner at Allen & Overy, added: “Organisations regularly review the most effective way they can provide services, and this has led to many looking at innovative, and cheaper staffing solutions. This is not necessarily a bad thing for workers; these new models can provide a worker with greater flexibility, allow them to find a work pattern that suits them, and to work for different employers in tandem. However, without the right protections and awareness of what giving up employment rights means, workers can find themselves without job security and losing out on valuable benefits.“These cases highlight the need for employers to take care when using alternative resourcing. What a worker is called is largely irrelevant; it is how that worker is treated in practice and the level of control that the employer has over them that really matters.“It is therefore important that both parties understand the relationship and how it will work in practice. Contractual documentation must clearly set out what rights and obligations each parties have.”Commenting on the legal action facing Uber in the UK, Lyndsey Crook, employment solicitor at Langleys Solicitors, said: “This will be an interesting case about whether Uber’s drivers are genuinely self-employed, or are actually workers or even employees. There are a wide variety of factors that employers need to consider when establishing the true employment status of those they engage to do work for them, including whether the individuals need to carry out their duties personally, the amount of control the employer has in relation to the way the job is done, whether the employer is required to provide work to the individual and whether they must accept it; the level of integration of the drivers into the business, and how they are paid and taxed on earnings.”last_img read more

Dozens of companies hiring at Miami job fair

first_imgIf you’re on the hunt for a new job, then get your resumes ready, because dozens of Miami’s biggest companies will be hiring, Wednesday.Dozens of employers will be hiring at the Miami Career Fair inside the Miami Airport Marriott, located at 1201 N.W. LeJeune Road.The job fair will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Registration is free to the public, but job seekers are required to have multiple copies of their resume on hand.For more information and to register for the event, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more