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Housing completions soar in England

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Housing completions soar in England previous nextHousing MarketHousing completions soar in EnglandThere has been a sharp increase in the number of new homes being built in England over the past 12 months.The Negotiator27th August 20150619 Views House building in England is now at its highest level since 2008 following a significant rise in the volume of new homes being developed, new Government figures show.In the year to June, 131,060 residential properties were completed, a rise of 15 per cent on the same period a year ago.The latest quarterly house building statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show that between April and June, the number of completions rose by 22 per cent year-on-year.The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis (right), welcomed the figures, but admitted there was more to do, vowing that the Government would “deliver 275,000 affordable homes by the end of this Parliament”.However, the number of new homes being started dropped by 1 per cent over the year, to 136,320, and by 6 per cent on a quarterly basis.The data was described as “encouraging” by Henry Gregg (left), the National Housing Federation’s(NHF) Assistant Director of Campaigns. But he also said that it was crucial that we as a nation continue to increase our efforts “to build the homes that are desperately needed”.He commented, “Last year alone we built less than half of the homes needed, pushing house prices and home ownership further out of reach for millions of families and young people.“Housing associations are building across the country and are valuable potential partners for Government to get even more homes built. We want to work together to end the housing crisis and provide quality affordable homes to everyone who needs them.”Earlier this month, the property industry welcomed two Government funds designed to help developers build significantly more new homes for first-time buyers on brownfield land.Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced the launch of a £26million fund which will help architects, developers, councils, and housing associations to acquire brownfield land on which to build Starter Homes. Clark also made available £10million to help local authorities prepare brownfield sites for development.The British Property Federation (BPF) hailed the launch of the funds as a welcome step towards unlocking brownfield land, which often demands a complicated and lengthy planning process, and which is expensive to develop.It warned, however, that more funding will need to be provided if the Starter Homes initiative is to deliver the 200,000 homes that the Government has promised.Melanie Leech (right), Chief Executive of the BPF, said, “Brownfield sites often prove to be extremely lengthy and complex to develop, and if the government wants to see significant amount of housing delivered on them, then developers and housebuilders are going to need some help.“The funds launched today show welcome recognition of this fact, but we will need to see more from government if it is to reach its Starter Homes targets.”Melanie Leech National Housing Federation Henry Gregg housing completions house building Housing Minister BPF Brandon Lewis british property federation August 27, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Seat-belt grant

first_imgDavis will oversee and coordinate all of the institute’s initiatives, said Don Bower, a UGA Extension Service human development specialist. Bower serves as project director and liaison between the institute and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Davis will coordinate trainings onsite and around the state, a comprehensive resource center, two demonstration projects in rural counties and a special initiative to help parents better prepare their teens to be safer drivers. By Janet RodekohrUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia’s Traffic Injury Prevention Institute was awarded a $1 million grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to continue its education and training program in the use of safety belts and child safety seats. UGA also announced the appointment of Steven V. Davis as director of the institute, effective Nov. 15. Strong new director”Mr. Davis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in law enforcement, project management and safety education and a network of colleagues statewide,” Bower said.Davis was chief of police in Blairsville since 1999. He was also in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety as project director of a federal highway safety grant from 1998 to 2001 and was a law enforcement specialist with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1996 to 1998.The institute was established to help reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities statewide. The $1 million grant is the largest in the 18-year history of the partnership between UGA and the GOHS. It was awarded Oct. 1.Leading killer of childrenCar crashes are the leading killer of children and young adults. Vehicle crashes cost society more than $150 billion annually, according to the GOHS.”This program is the primary resource in the state for public information and professional training on the use of safety belts and child safety seats,” Bower said.The program reaches virtually every Georgian with media information encouraging the correct and consistent use of these safety devices.In 2001, educators in the program conducted 280 safety seat checks and provided more than 18,000 hours of training, helping increase Georgians’ safety-seat use by 85 percent.last_img read more

One Planet Summit: Investors, regulators ‘raise their game’

first_imgAsset managers and asset owners have a requirement to take into account risks related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, the European Commission plans to clarify. Presenting its “Action Plan for the Planet” on the occasion of the high-level climate change summit in Paris this week, the Commission foreshadowed a series of measures it planned to take to place the financial sector “at the service of the climate”.The summit coincided with the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement.The Commission’s measures were intended to provide incentives for investors to invest in the green economy.  In addition, although Climate Action 100+ was explicit about including emissions from the use of a company’s product, Preventable Surprises said the methodology was underweighting energy utility companies. This sector accounted for around 42% of global emissions, according to figures cited by Preventable Surprises, and was “the low hanging fruit for reducing greenhouse gases”.Hayman said investors needed to quickly come to a view about what stewardship activity would lead to the biggest reduction in the shortest timescale, and Climate Action 100+ was the perfect initiative for experimenting with “different theories of change”.Lastly, Preventable Surprises called upon asset owners joining the initiative to report on how they were changing their mandates for investment consultants and fund managers to incentivise action on climate-related systemic risk.This was a prerequisite for “real manager commitment and participation in this initiative”. In March the Commission would present a plan with these initiatives, it said, which would include “integrating sustainability considerations into the duties that asset managers and institutional investors have towards those whose money they manage, to clarify the requirement to take into account risks related to environmental, social and governance factors”.One Planet SummitFrench president Emmanuel Macron hosted a ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris this week. Held two years to the day after the UN climate change agreement was reached in the same city, it brought together people and organisations from different walks of life, from those engaged in making a clean economy a reality, to those whose primary power lies in their capacity to finance this transition. An appreciation that action was now needed more than words seemed to pervade at least some of the many announcements made in connection with the summit. But some stakeholders still saw the need to hold to account those making new commitments or launching new initiatives.IPE reported on some initiatives and views expressed in connection with the summit earlier this week.Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission vice-president for financial stability and financial services, said in a speech in Paris that the EU executive would propose to integrate sustainability factors into investment mandates. This would clarify institutional investors’ legal obligation to factor sustainability risks into capital allocation decisions.center_img Commission vice president Dombrovskis during the One Planet SummitThis essentially means the Commission is taking forward one of the recommendations of the sustainable finance expert group it has established.The other well-trailed measures included the creation of a “common language and classification system for what is considered green and sustainable”, said Dombrovskis. The goal is a EU classification system for sustainable finance.Lower capital charges for banks on qualifying “green” assets may also be forthcoming. The Commission was looking favourably on a European Parliament proposal to that effect, according to Dombrovskis.Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The time has now come to raise our game and set all the wheels in motion – regulatory, financial and other – to enable us to meet the ambitious targets we have set ourselves.“This is a necessity dictated by our current living conditions as well as those of future generations. This is the time that we must act together for the planet. Tomorrow will be too late.”  AXA IM implements new climate policyAXA Investment Managers has brought in a new climate policy that will apply to all of its responsible investment open-ended funds and other products and mandates on an opt-in basis, from the end of January.According to a spokeswoman, AXA IM planned to divest from companies that derived 30% or more of their revenues from coal. The new policy also covered divestment from any companies with significant exposure (30% or more of revenues) to tar sands activities.In April, the asset manager sold its holdings in companies deriving more than 50% of revenues from coal-related activities. Fixed income and equity holdings worth €177m were sold.Climate Action 100+ investors urged to aim highThe advocacy organisation Preventable Surprises has issued a challenge to investors involved in the Climate Action 100+ engagement initiative that was launched in Paris this week.Carolyn Hayman, board member and climate lead at the organisation, said the initiative had set itself apart because investors were saying what they would do as stewards of capital, instead of telling governments or companies what to do.“Investors need to quickly come to a view about what stewardship activity would lead to the biggest emissions reduction in the shortest timescale.”Carolyn Hayman, Preventable Surprises“Potentially this could be a big shift,” she said.Although applauding the initiative, Preventable Surprises raised the question of whether it could actually help reshape the current global warming trajectory by 2020.It highlighted that many major US fund managers – including BlackRock, State Street, Fidelity and Goldman Sachs – did not appear on the list of participating investors.“Well before the next anniversary, we hope that climate-aware asset owners and investment consultants will have been able to persuade all major global managers, wherever they are headquartered, to come on board,” the organisation said.last_img read more

OSU, IU top Wisconsin

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s tennis team entered Sunday’s match at Nielsen Tennis Stadium against Ohio State still looking for its first win in Big Ten play. The Badgers — 7-5 against nonconference competition — had failed to record a victory in their first six conference matches of the season, and the 29th-ranked Buckeyes prolonged the Badgers’ recent woes, defeating them 5-2.Ohio State began the match by sweeping Wisconsin in the doubles portion of the competition, clinching a 1-0 lead in the match when Angela DiPastina and Christina Keesey claimed an 8-4 victory over junior Elizabeth Carpenter and freshman Jessica Seyferth of Wisconsin.In singles play, the Buckeyes won four of six matches to nail down the victory. Carpenter and freshman Emese Kardhordo picked up the Badgers’ two points of the match. Carpenter bounced back from a tough loss on Saturday, in which her opponent made a large comeback, to win a thrilling match over DiPastina, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.“It’s always a scare when you go up early and the girl battles back, and that started happening again today,” Carpenter said. “I was up 3-0 and [DiPastina] battled back to 3-3, but I was able to weather her great playing and was able to win that next game and the match.”First-year coach Brian Fleishman was proud of his star player’s gutsy effort.“I think what helped [Carpenter] win today’s match was everything that’s happened up to this point,” Fleishman said. “She’s been playing No. 1 for us all year, except for one match, and she just used all that experience and kind of got fed up with losing and got herself over the hump today.”On Saturday, Wisconsin faced a formidable Indiana team looking to rebound from a tough home defeat at the hands of its in-state rival, No. 19 Notre Dame. The Hoosiers, ranked No. 28 in the nation, took care of business, sweeping the overmatched Badgers 7-0.In doubles play, Wisconsin’s No. 1 doubles team of Seyferth and Carpenter got the only win of the match with a victory over Indiana’s Brianna Williams and Katya Zamanova. The Badgers lost the other two doubles matches, and the Hoosiers took the early 1-0 lead.In the No. 1 singles match, Carpenter faced Alba Berdala, a talented junior from Spain. The match started promisingly for Carpenter, as she jumped out to a 4-0 advantage by capitalizing on the early mistakes of Berdala.Despite the strong start, however, Carpenter failed to win the first set. Berdala went on to win six consecutive games and handed Carpenter a demoralizing 6-4 first set defeat. The second set was competitive, but Carpenter, still visibly frustrated by her collapse in the first set, never fully recovered, and Berdala took the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.The remainder of the singles competition went similarly for the Badgers, who lost all of their singles matches in straight sets aside from senior Morgan Tuttle, who won her first set in the No. 4 match before falling by a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.“We competed well,” Fleishman said. “Still, we haven’t gotten the Big Ten win yet. That’s the one we’re looking for, but I think, for the most part, everybody competed to the best of their ability today, and that’s all we’re asking of them — to fight to the end and try to leave it out there on the court.”The Badgers are on the road next weekend, visiting Big Ten opponents Minnesota and Iowa on Apr. 12 and 13, respectively.last_img read more

High School Football returns, four local teams are set to begin their 2018 seasons tonight

first_imgThe 2017 Division V-A state champs open at home against a perennial football power, the defending Big 5 conference champs open on the road against a Division I juggernaut and two of the Humboldt Del-Norte League’s scrappiest clubs go head-to-head up north as the 2018 high school football season kicks off tonight. Fortuna Huskies (0-0)The Huskies, fresh off a state championship run a season ago, will host Cardinal Newman at home tonight at 7:30 p.m. to begin what head coach Mike Benbow hopes …last_img

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 18

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province:Rafting the rapids of the Orange River near Hopetown. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Dullstroom, Mpumalanga province: Tourists visit the shops in this picturesque trout-fishing town. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Dullstroom, Mpumalanga province: One of the popular restaurants of this attractive country town. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mpumalanga province: An aerial view of a popular roadside petrol stop, restaurant and tourist complex. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image North West province: The Palace of the Lost City hotel at the Sun City entertainment complex. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image North West province: The Palace of the Lost City hotel at the Sun City entertainment complex. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image North West province: The Palace of the Lost City hotel at the Sun City entertainment complex. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image North West province: The spires of the Palace hotel at the Sun City entertainment complex. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image North West province: Hotel reception at the Sun City entertainment complex. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageTOURISM AND LEISURE 18:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library?Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Children’s Books Help Military Children Manage Transitions

first_imgBy Sara CroymansWe know that military children experience multiple transitions.  They may relocate frequently, resulting in attending multiple schools or their parents may be away from home often due to trainings or deployments.  Children’s books are a great way to introduce and discuss transitions with military children.According to a 2009 Technical Assistance and Training System TATS eUpdate on Transition “Using Children’s Literature to Support Successful Transitions” one of the best ways to help children navigate transitions is through preparation.  Using books that introduce potential transitions can help prepare children for these transitions.   TATS provides several best practices when using children’s literature to support transitions.  First, children’s literature can be used by any adults in the child’s life, including family members who can read and discuss books with the children. Select stories that are similar to the transitions the child is or will be encountering or concerned about.  After reading stories about transitions discuss the similarities and differences with the child’s current or new environment.  Use parts of the story to help the child talk about their feelings related to the transition.  Use children’s stories to support transitions before, during and after the transitions occur.  If appropriate, help the children participate in activities or practice skills they are learning to support the transitions.The Minnesota National Guard Child & Youth Program provides this list of age-appropriate children books that address transitions:Preschool – Age BooksA Lesson About Deployment by Ron Madison (Preschool – 2nd grade)It is a series of short (1-2 page) poem-style accounts by characters about their  experience/feelings.One Nation: America by the Numbers by Devin Scillian (Preschool – 1st grade)Author Devin Scillian and illustrator Pam Carroll weave their magic around the  symbols of Americana that make us proud in One Nation: America by the Numbers, a follow-up to A is For America:  An American Alphabet.  More than a counting book, One Nation Illuminates the landmarks and treasurers that are uniquely American.Hooray for Our Heroes, Sesame Street (Preschool – 1st grade)The residents of Sesame Street discover that heroes are found in every place, every day.  Sometimes they are firefighters and police officers, whose jobs are heroic in nature.  And sometimes they are your neighbors down the street who do favors, large and small, that make life a little better for everyone.  This is a reassuring story that reminds us that there are all sorts of heroes, whether they are a teacher, a parent, or a friend that you don’t always have to brave great danger to be someone’s hero.My Many Colored Days (board book), Dr. Seuss (Toddler – Preschool)Dr. Seuss’ youngest concept book has stunning illustrations that capture a bright and playful book about feelings and moods to discuss with toddlers.I’m here for You Now (Board book), Zero to Three (Toddler – Preschool)This board book includes eight photo inserts for caregivers to add pictures that chronicle a child’s daily interactions with the loving adult deployed.  This book serves as a calming reminder to children that they will be loved, nurtured, and protected, no matter what the circumstances.Elementary – Aged BooksA Very Long Time by Geri Timperley and Nikki Arro (K – 2nd grade)An excellent book for military families whose Service member leave home for “A Very Long Time”.  Helps children understand that they are not alone because other daddies and mommies leave to serve our Country and a time does come when the military parent does return home.Wherever You Are MY Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman (K – 2nd grade)This book teaches your child how love takes shape from heartfelt words and images.  This book is great to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting (K – 2nd grade)The boy has been waiting for this day for many months.  It’s the day his daddy comes home from overseas.  He jumps out of bed and gets ready for the big event.  But before going downstairs for breakfast, he takes along something very important: his red balloon.  The red balloon will help is father find him among the crowd.  When the boy and his mother get to the pier, they find parents waiting for daughters and sons, and children waiting for mommies and daddies.  Suddenly, the crowd gives up a rousing cheer as the big ship approaches the harbor.  The boy can see sailors standing on the deck.  Could one of them be his daddy?  But as the s hip approaches, the boy loses his grip on the red balloon.  Will his daddy find him in the crowd?Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut (K – 5th grade)When a soldier’s work takes him half-way around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son.  Night Catch is a timeless story that connects families while they are apart and offers comforting hope for their reunion.While You are Away by Eileen Spinelli (K – 5th grade)At times a loved one may be far, far away, but that special person is never far from mind and heart.  Whether you share thoughts, memories, photographs, or favorite songs, there are many ways to find comfort when you miss someone you love.The Wishing Tree by Mary Redman (1st – 5th grade)Amanda understands her dad is making the world a better place, but it doesn’t make his deployment any easier.  After mulling over ways she can support her dad, Amanda creates a small wishing tree in her room, writing her hopes and prayers on yellow ribbons that she ties onto the branches.  As Amanda wishes for her dad to enjoy good meals, make new friends, and return safely, the little tree comes to life with yellow ribbons of hope.Middle School – Age BooksAlmost Forever by M. Testa (6th – 8th grade)This seemingly simple novel in blank verse captures the feelings of a six-year old girl when her father goes to be a doctor in the Vietnam War for a year.  We learn about the fear the family feel of their father never returning.  Important things to a child like changing where they live and changes in her mother’s behavior are highlighted.  It also captures well the idea that children do not necessarily understand what is happening to them and their families, and cannot change many things even if they do understand, they can only observe.Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan (6th – 8th grade)Ever since her brother Sef left for Iraq, Cassie has felt like her life is falling apart.  Her parents are fighting over her brother having gone to war.  Her smart, beautiful sister is messing up.  Her little brother, who has Down syndrome, is pretending he’s a Marine.  And her best friend no longer has time for her.  In her loneliness Cassie turns to a surprising source of comfort:  Blue Sky, an Iraqi girl she meets through her blog.  The girls begin a correspondence and Cassie learns that when Blue Sky says “I want my life back,” she means something profound, as she can no longer venture out in her destroyed city.  Cassie takes strength from Blue Sky’s courage and is inspired to stop running away from the pain, and to reclaim her life.Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue by Jack Gatos (5th – 8th grade)Jack’s father rejoins the navy after going bankrupt from being cheated in a business deal.  Jack, his parents, brother and sister go to live at Cape Hatteras in a camouflage-painted trailer parked in a swamp.  Jack’s father expresses some dissatisfaction with the Navy.  It depicts the family of an enlisted military member through a laugh aloud fun at times theme.High School – Age BooksA Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer (9th – 12 grade)When fourteen year old Adam moves to Hawaii with his mother, small sister and Navy father, he goes to a civilian school for the first time in his life.  He makes friends with a boy of Japanese ancestry, Dave, and his father strongly disapproves.  Adam sneaks off to go fishing with his new friend and they climb under a fence to fish on Pearl Harbor.  In a dramatic and scar(and injured by) the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Adam sees his father’s ship, the USS Arizona sink, in the confusing Adam is assumed to be in the Navy and helps rescuers.After the First Death by Robert Cormier (9th – 12th grade)Ben Marchand’s father joined the army late in life and is a General when the story opens.  When a bus full of children is taken hostage by terrorists Ben is asked by his father to take messages between the government and the terrorists.  His father tells Ben this is because he is young and non-threatening, but by the end of the book the reader learns that Ben was chosen by his father because his father and the secret government agency he works for have been conducting psychological experiments on Ben his whole life and his father know exactly how Ben will act under stressful circumstances.Finding My Way by Michelle Sherman (9th – 12th grade)A unique, three-part book that honestly and gently addresses key issues in dealing with a parent who has experienced trauma.  An important resource for anyone working with teens, this interactive book includes clear information and opportunities for self-expression.When the Lights Go Out by Max Elliot Anderson (9th – 12th grade)Peyton Aldrich’s father is an Army colonel, who specialized in Army intelligence.  His work is always top secret, which means he can’t even discuss it with his own son.  Nevertheless, Peyton idolized his father, who believes that after what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe.An additional list, “Children’s Books for Young Children in Military Families”, developed by  eXtension is organized in the categories of:Military LifeDeployment/SeparationRelocating:  PreparingRelocating:  AdaptingHomecomingStrong EmotionsInjury of a ParentDeath of a ParentActivity BooksDo you have a favorite children’s books for military children that wasn’t included on one of these lists?  If so, please share by commenting on this blog.Sara Croymans is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions team and an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. In addition, she is a military spouse.  Sara and her husband, retired from the Army National Guard, and three children navigated 22.5 years of weekend drills, annual trainings and two deployments. Their youngest son, daughter, and son-in-law also serve in the Army National Guard.last_img read more

The Problem with Wanting Sales to Be Easy

first_img 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 Now Some people want sales to be easy. They want more and better sales without putting forth the effort necessary to acquire clients and opportunities. Many of them believe that their business should run like Amazon.com, with them offering a product or service or solution, and people clicking to buy what they sell, an idea that works well for some transactional sales, but performs poorly when their target clients need help (and even Amazon has salespeople for AWS, their biggest money-maker).Entrepreneurs spend their time seeking a technological solution to a problem that isn’t easily solved through technology. They spend their time looking for a go-to-market strategy that eliminates the need for salespeople, a part of the business they see as a cost, and one they have no idea how to engage and manage effectively. Because they believe so deeply in their offering, they suffer from the delusion that their target market will immediately recognize the value and buy from them, a rare occurrence. By trying to make selling easy, they make obtaining clients and opportunities more difficult.Salespeople and some of their leaders believe they can pitch everyone and win new business, and there is a growing cottage industry on LinkedIn of salespeople who are taught and trained to write a four-paragraph pitch with a link to their calendar to strangers, without targeting, and without any indication that the person might be right for their service or solution (I know this because I receive sales training and development offers, as well as appointment-setting services pitched to me every day).It’s easy to increase your activity by pitching more people faster, and you can deceive yourself into believing that you are efficient. Efficiency is measured by the energy expended to produce a specific result, not the elimination of effort and energy without a result. To believe that you are efficient when you try to make selling easy, you have to refuse to look at the wasted energy and effort.Most of the effort expended in trying to make selling easier would be better spent in increasing your effectiveness.last_img read more

Bihar police drive to stop mob violence

first_imgThe Bihar police have launched a massive drive on social media and are conducting awareness programmes appealing to people to stay away from mob violence which has taken eight lives in the past two-weeks, mostly in Patna district. Over two dozen cases have reportedly been triggered by rumours of child lifting in past one month.On Saturday, a man was beaten to death by a violent mob in Mohammadpur village under the Naubatpur police station in Patna district. The lynching took place on rumour that the man was a child lifter. “As many as 43 people have been named and 150 are unidentified in the FIR…we have arrested 23 of those involved in the incident,” the officer-in-charge of the Naubatpur police station, Samrat Deepak Kumar, said. He added that the local police have been appealing to people, while making announcement on loudspeakers, not to believe in such rumours. Earlier, on August 3, two such incidents of mob violence took place in Rupaspur and Dhanarua villages.Alarmed with the rising trends of mob violence over child-lifting rumours, the police headquarters has instructed all district police superintendents to launch a drive against such incidents and make people aware through social media and public interaction not to believe rumours. ‘Don’t believe rumours’ Patna Senior Superintended of Police Garima Mallik held public meetings in different locations in the capital and appealed to the people not to fall prey to such rumours. The Patna District Magistrate, Kumar Ravi, too has expressed concern over such incidents and asked people to remain vigilant about such rumour mongering.In most of the incidents, the victims have been from weaker section of society. Apart from Patna, such incidents of mob lynching have also been reported from Kaimur and East Champaran districts. In Patna district, incidents of mob lynching were mainly reported from Sadisopur, Neora, Maner, Rupaspur, Fatuha and Naubatpur.“Special drives have been launched to sensitise people against such rumours…special patrolling of police personnel too have been initiated in such rumour-prone areas”, State Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey told media persons on Saturday. In 2018 as many as 19 incidents of mob lynching were reported from the State while in 2017 and 2016 the number of such incidents were 13 and 7 respectively.last_img read more

Modi addresses Bhutan’s Parliament, says a stronger India better for Bhutan too

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a Joint Session of the Parliament of Bhutan on Monday.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his government was committed to making the India-Bhutan relationship stronger. He also said a stronger India will be better for Bhutan too.”The relationship between India and Bhutan is historic. The new government is committed to make this even stronger,” Modi told members of the Bhutan Parliament on Monday.”If you walk a few steps, we too feel like walking those steps and supporting you,” Modi said in his address in Hindi. Modi arrived in the Himalayan country on Sunday.”Our hearts are always open for friendly relations with neigbours. A change in governance will not change that,” he said.”Strength of a democracy is very important for that region and its people. The stronger India will be, the better it is for Bhutan and other SAARC nations. A strong and stable India is needed to make sure that we can help our neighbours with their problems,” he said.Modi also promised to help Bhutan in science and technology.”India’s satellite technology can be used for Bhutan’s development. Our space technology can bring both countries closer. We have decided to form an E-library network for Bhutan,” he said.He also proposed a sports meet of all Himalayan states and Bhutan.”I thought: can’t we do a special sports meet on a regular basis for all Himalayan states and Bhutan? Sportsman’s spirit brings happiness,” he said.Modi also praised the Bhutan’s royal family for ushering in democracy.advertisement”Bhutan’s smooth transition from political monarchy to a successful democracy is admirable. Bhutan has worked tirelessly in establishing democratic values. The prime quality for maintaining democracy is self-reliance. Bhutan has established democracy among its people through awareness and strong democratic traditions. I congratulate Bhutan’s political family for securing development and protection of traditions and environment,” he said.”When a country provides for teachers to educate its society, it strengthens democracy. I am delighted that in the 2014 budget, Bhutan has devoted a lot of resources towards education. They are looking at future generations,” he said.”The Himalayas bring us together. We must be very proud of the Himalayas. They are our strength. The Himalayas are India and Bhutan’s common heritage,” Modi said.”India and Bhutan sharing culture and traditions will be beneficial for the youth,” he said.”Terrorism divides and tourism unites. Bhutan has rich potential for tourism to grow,” he said.last_img read more