How to become irresistible to clients

first_imgFour years ago, I had the worst meeting of my professional life. I felt uncomfortably hot. My heart was pounding, my palms were damp and there was a growing warmth rushing from my neck to the top of my head. Thoughts were zooming through my head and I had no idea what I was going to say.I had just quit my job at Microsoft to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship. I was inspired after reading so many stories of people who had created a dream lifestyle by starting a (deceptively easy-looking) freelancing online business. Coaches and consultants making 6-figures a month. Stories of 4 hour workweeks, virtual assistants doing all the hard work and clients zooming in from all corners of the internet all with glorious freedom from a boss. I had stars in my eyes and the fantasy was just too enticing to pass up.With over 16 years leading successful corporate marketing initiatives, I was sure I would be on the fast track to a booming online business quickly.But that day, sitting in my first business networking meeting, I wasn’t so sure. In fact, for a fleeting moment, I wanted my predictable job title, paycheck, benefits and comfortable work environment back.Because in that moment I realized how unprepared and alone I was. I had created a me-too business… and I didn’t know how to talk about what made me unique, different or compelling. I felt drab, boring and forgettable.My ideal client was anyone who would hire me because I hadn’t worked with enough people to know who my ideal clients actually were. And I had no confidence that I was worth the investment of someone hiring me. This tidal wave of self-doubt came sweeping over me just as I was about to open my mouth. My breath caught, my voice squeaked, words tumbled out in a wild jumble of disconnected jargon……it was mortifying.As I walked out of that meeting, I swore I’d NEVER put myself in that situation again.Have you noticed yourself in this story (or desperately want to avoid this situation)? Let me save you the hide-under-the-table embarrassment with three quick (and valuable) exercises you can do today:Exercise 1: I’m AwesomeEntrepreneurship is as much about personal growth and confidence as it is about what you actually sell. And our egos can take a beating on a daily basis.That’s why it’s important to remind yourself of all the things you are, actually, awesome at (and have a little fun while you’re at it).What’s included on this list? Literally anything that you know you rock out.Include things that have to do with your profession, sure, but also include things that make you HUMAN (and maybe even bring a smile to your face) like wine tasting and chick-flick binge watching.I have a list of 50 items (at least) posted on my bulletin board that I can review at any time.Set a timer for 10 minutes. Write a list and then read it out loud.Reminding yourself of that is a huge confidence boost for when you move on to exercise 2…Exercise 2: Why MeOK, you’re awesome… now what?Well, you need to take all that awesome-ness and craft a message about why you are THE BEST PERSON for your clients.In other words: why should they choose you over all the other (highly qualified) people out there?(Cue crickets)Now, at this point most entrepreneurs and small business owners get hung up. Jargon starts spewing forth. Language that is well suited for a PhD dissertation (that no one understands) creeps in. Eyes glaze over and potential clients drift away in a confused daze.That’s what happened to me in the story above. I turned into a crash test dummy of entrepreneurship… and ran right into the brick wall wondering why should ANYONE choose me?Save yourself a LOT of heartache and answer this question for yourself clearly. Then practice your answer out loud so you can confidently deliver it.Exercise 3: Success StoriesSuccess stories are really the key to attracting new clients easily. They don’t have to be long, but they do need to engage and excite potential clients.Develop stories that showcase what you do through the success of yourself or your clients.A success story can start with success YOU have with YOUR OWN business at first.Then add in client successes as they come rolling in.Here’s an example:Hi, my name is Michelle Evans. I’m a business coach and marketing strategist, which doesn’t mean much on title alone, right?Well, instead of me telling you about everything I do let me give you a client success story: I have a client named Sue. Sue is a brilliant consultant, highly sought after in her field for her knowledge. She was speaking at events and in demand for writing and giving soundbites across her industry. Yeah Sue!But here’s the challenge – Sue wasn’t able to turn that knowledge and credibility into a reliable stream of clients. She needed a strategy and approach to take all the work and knowledge she had to offer and turn it into business opportunities.That’s what I helped Sue to do, and within just a few months Sue got more clients than she had in the previous year.Want to talk about this for your business? Give me your business card and let’s set up a time to talk.Now it’s your turn.As we come to the end of this post, think about the three exercises above for your business and share your introduction/client success stories with me in my private Facebook community, Tame the Marketing Monster.Want even more ideas to quickly attract new clients? I’ve put together a valuable (and free) resource to get you started. Grab your copy of Secret to Sold Out: 15 Strategies To Get New Clients Quickly at www.MichelleLEvans.com.Michelle L Evans left her career in marketing strategy at Microsoft in 2012 after a successful 16-year corporate lifespan. Now Michelle shows experts, solopreneurs and entrepreneurshow to go from the best-kept secret to a sold-out success with a customized visibility strategy to attract the right kinds of clients to grow their business.last_img read more

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French players crash press conference to celebrate World Cup triumph

first_imgFrance became the sixth nation to become multiple-time World Champions on Sunday after defeating Croatia 4-2 in the final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to lift their second World Cup.Mario Mandzukic scored an own goal to give Russia the lead before Ivan Perisic scored to restore parity. However, he soon handled the ball in the penalty area and France got a penalty after a VAR review. Antoine Griezmann slotted home from the spot to give France a 2-1 lead at half time.France came out all guns blazing in the second half and within the first 20 minutes, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored two stunning goals to give France a 4-1 lead.Mandzukic did get one back, courtesy a blunder from Hugo Lloris but in the end, France had done enough.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEEspecially after the agonising loss of European Championships 2016, this young team needed the win in Russia and as expected the celebrations were going to last long.They could be seen dancing, smiling and talking on the pitch before and after the presentation ceremony and the celebrations transcended to their press conference as well.Also read – France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsAs videos across social media show, as soon as France coach Didier Deschamps sat for the press conference, players barged into the room and started celebrating their victory.#France players invade Didier Deschamp’s press conference pic.twitter.com/PRtcUBOtXlSoccer Life (@FCSoccerlife) July 15, 2018Some stood on the table, some held Deschamps and some just danced but they were all visibly buoyed by their achievement and they showed.advertisementGriezmann, the Man-of-the-Match in the final stood near Deschamps singing and celebrating the victory that was close to the hearts of each of them. A moment they would never forget!Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersFrance lifted the World Cup trophy for the second time in 20 years after 90 minutes of riveting football, with the game witnessing six goals for the first time since 1958.France really got some juicy vibes RT @GFFN: Presnel Kimpembe keeps up appearances as the teams DJ as the dressing room celebrations ensue. pic.twitter.com/ewZvaTyBn4epon gbigbona enieleni (@badmankayy) July 16, 2018Brazil had beaten hosts Sweden 5-2 on that occasion at the Rasunda Stadium, Solna.Also read – World Cup 2018: Putin gets his own umbrella as world leaders get drenched in rainPele had become the first teenager to score in a World Cup final in that match and on Sunday, Kylian Mbappe repeated the feat in France’s win.France manager Didier Deschamps became just the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach. Deschamps was captain of the France squad that won the World Cup on home soil in 1998.That moment in France #WorldCup winning dressing room Benjamin Mendy & Paul Pogba make French president Emmanuel Macron dab#FRA#WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/Vp9vZHJAMC#ViveLaFrance #championdumonde #CoupeDuMonde2018 #francewins #dabbing #follo4follo #folloMe #FOLLOW #FRACROAlexCam (@followalexcam) July 15, 2018With France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the final in Moscow, he joins Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) in an elite trio that has won the title on the field and from the bench.Also read – France youngest team since Pele’s 1970 triumphant Brazil to win World CupAfter all the mayhem had subsided, Deschamps did complete the press conference.”My greatest source of pride is they had they right state of mind,” Deschamps, who had captained France to the 1998 title, told reporters.”Today there were imperfections, we did not do everything right but we had those mental and psychological qualities which were decisive for this World Cup.”Also read – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World Cup”Talent is not sufficient. You need the psychological and mental aspects. Any team is then able to climb mountains,” Deschamps said. “Sometimes I can be hard very hard with them but I do it for them and even though they are young they usually do listen.””The collective is always important but there are individual players who have made the difference,” he said, naming Mbappe and man-of-the-match Antoine Griezmann.Also read – Antoine Griezmann soaks in surreal atmosphere after France win World Cup”Those 23 players will now be linked forever whatever happens. They will go different paths but will forever be linked together and from today nothing will be the same professionally because they are world champions. “We will realise what has happened tomorrow,” he said after his players stormed the news conference twice to douse him with champagne. “At the moment they do not know what it is to be world champions.”advertisementAlso read – France win World Cup 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’The 49-year-old coach, who also led France to the Euro 2016 final only to lose in Paris to Portugal, said that defeat may have been key to winning the World Cup.”Maybe if we were Euro champions we would not have been world champions today. I learned a lot from that defeat,” he said.”The Euro final was different. We tried to stay relaxed this time and the players knew what they had to do and what was at stake.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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25 days agoMan Utd hero Keane pleads patience for ‘classy guy’ Solskjaer

first_imgMan Utd hero Keane pleads patience for ‘classy guy’ Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be given more time to succeed at Old Trafford.Monday’s draw with Arsenal left United with their worst start in 30 years and pressure on Solskjaer is mounting.But Keane says his former teammate needs a couple of transfer windows to change his squad.”I think he has been brilliant, a good honest guy. It is hard work at the moment, but there are six or seven young players learning their way,” said Keane on Sky Sports.”We’re all very impatient, we want success yesterday, but you have to give the man time. He is frustrated, under pressure, but dealing with it. He’s a classy guy but no doubt he will be disappointed at not winning enough games.”They have given him the job, support him in a couple of transfer windows. Are there more tough days ahead? You bet your life, but you need to stick with it. There was a lack of quality from both teams tonight. Their lack of goals, the lack of opportunities they’re creating.”Give these boys time. But on tonight’s performance, none of them [neither Manchester United nor Arsenal] will be in the top four.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Suvendu to meet govt employees union lend ear to grievances

first_imgKolkata: State Transport minister Suvendu Adhkari will hold a meeting with the state government employees’ union at Trinamool Bhavan on Monday, to give a hearing to the demands and problems faced by them. Adhikari has recently been given the responsibility to look after the welfare of the government employees in the state, by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.It may be mentioned that BJP had taken a lead in 39 among the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, when it came to postal ballot voting. Trinamool managed a lead in two seats, while the Left Front had a lead in a solitary seat. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaTrinamool was ahead in the Kolkata South and Raiganj parliamentary constituencies, while the Left lead was in the Jadavpur seat. The Jadavpur seat, however, was won by Trinamool candidate Mimi Chakraborty, while Left Front’s Bikash Bhattacharjee bagged the third spot. In the Lok Sabha results, Trinamool managed to win 22 seats against 18 won by the saffron party. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress secretary general and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee has been looking after the welfare of the government employees till date. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”The meeting has been called to apprise Suvendu Babu (Suvendu Adhikari) about various issues regarding the government employees,” said Soumya Biswas, convener of West Bengal Government Employees Federation. Chatterjee will also be present at the meeting. In a number of seats, BJP candidates were found to take huge leads in postal ballot results. Raju Bista from Darjeeling took a lead of 4,679 votes in postal ballot, in comparison to Trinamool candidate Amar Singh Rai. Bista got 5,410 votes against Rai’s 831. In Barrackpore, BJP’s Arjun Singh got 1,504 postal votes, against a meagre 267 managed by Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool. Sources in the state secretariat Nabanna said that resentment of state government employees over dearness allowance and dragging feet on effective implementation of the sixth pay commission in the state could have been “a factor”, as their votes comprise a part of the overall postal votes in each constituency.last_img read more

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Car crash 12day police remand for biryani chain owners son

first_imgKolkata: A city court on Sunday sent Arsalan Parwez, the scion of a biryani chain owner, to 12 days’ police remand in connection with a car crash that led to the death of two Bangladeshi nationals. Rejecting his bail plea, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (in-charge) Alakananda Roy remanded the 21-year-old in police custody till August 29. A Jaguar, allegedly being driven by Parwez, had early on Saturday rammed into a Mercedes, which then hurtled towards a police kiosk and dashed into it, killing two bystanders and injuring one, all three of them Bangladeshi nationals. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Seeking his police remand, the prosecution claimed that Parwez, who was driving at a high speed in inclement weather, had jumped the red signal at the four-point Loudon Street-Shakespeare Sarani intersection in south Kolkata. Two Bangladeshi nationals, who had taken shelter under the police kiosk due to heavy rain, were killed when the Mercedes dashed into the booth after being hit by the Jaguar, the public prosecutor said. Two occupants of the Mercedes also sustained injuries in the crash. They are currently undergoing treatment at a city hospital. According to the prosecution, Parwez has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, attempt to commit culpable homicide, rash driving, mischief and damage to public property.last_img read more

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Joanna Krupa Says No To Fur Farming In Poland

first_imgJoanna Krupa has teamed with PETA to write to Polish prime minister Beata Szydło, urging her to ban fur farming in Poland.“Today, I would like to ask the government and all members of the Sejm to take a stand by advocating a ban on fur farming in Poland,” she wrote. “I was shocked to hear from my friends at PETA that Poland has become one of the biggest players in this cruel business in recent years, with nearly 11 million minks, foxes and raccoon dogs killed every year only for their fur.”Poland is the second largest fur farming country in Europe, second only to Denmark.

”Cannibalism, injuries, illness, lack of veterinary care, aggression and stereotypical types of behaviour were some of the systemic problems observed on Polish fur farms during investigations by Otwarte Klatki,” she wrote. “Social, intelligent and curious animals such as foxes, minks and raccoon dogs should not be confined, gassed, shot or electrocuted for luxury fashion.“To stop this unnecessary cruelty, fur farming must be banned, as it already has been in many countries, including Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. Fox farming is banned in Denmark and the Netherlands.“According to a 2014 public opinion poll by the Homo Homini polling institute, 55 per cent of the people in Poland already support a ban on fur farms. I would like to ask you to initiate a bill to ban fur farming in order to save the lives of millions of animals in the near future.”last_img read more

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Arab development undermined by lack of human security UNbacked report says

The annual Arab Human Development Report noted that human security – which it called a pre-requisite for human development – is being undermined by the region’s unjust political, social, and economic systems, a scramble for power and resources among fragmented social groups and, in some cases, the impact of external military intrusion.“The tendency is to think of security only in military or state security terms,” said Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, Director of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States.But Ms. Al Alim Alsoswa said that the ability of some 330 million people in the Arab world to lead stable lives and achieve their potential is not only threatened by conflict and civil unrest, but “also by environmental degradation, discrimination, unemployment, poverty, and hunger.”She stressed that only if these sources of insecurity are addressed “will the people of the Arab region be able to make progress in human development.”The report, which draws on contributions from more than 100 Arab scholars, identifies a series of measures to improve human security, including: guarantees on universal basic rights and freedoms, especially for women; better protection for the environment; tackling poverty and hunger; expanding access to affordable health services; and ending occupation and military interventions, which cause human suffering and erase decades of economic development.UNDP noted that the report highlighted that in six Arab countries, “there is an outright ban on the formation of political parties, while restrictions on political activities and civic organizations in other countries often amount to de facto prohibition.” “National security measures such as the declaration of emergency law often serve as a pretext to suspend basic rights, exempt rulers from constitutional limitations, and afford security agencies sweeping powers,” it added.Pointing to the poverty and hunger despite the comparative affluence in the region, the report said that one in five people live on less than $2 per day, below the internationally recognized poverty line, but stated that a more accurate estimate would be that 20 per cent of Arabs live in poverty.Large segments of the population in low-income countries face basic deprivation, reflected in inadequate access to safe water and a high incidence of underweight children, with the number of undernourished people in the region rising from almost 20 million in 1990-1992 to 25.5 million in 2002-2004.Since 2002 Arab Human Development Reports (AHDRs) have targeted decision-makers and opinion leaders in governments and civil societies, helping build consensus around regional and national development priorities, identifying disadvantaged populations and religious groups and suggesting policies, strategies and opportunities for investment to benefit them. As instruments for measuring human progress and triggering action for change, the AHDRs feed into and draw upon the data and analysis of the global Human Development Reports, which promote regional partnerships for influencing change and region-specific approaches to human rights, poverty, education, economic reform, HIV/AIDS, and globalization.The global HDR was first launched in 1990 and the Human Development Index has become a globally-recognized measure which ranks countries using indicators such as life-expectancy, levels of education and standards of living as its guide. 21 July 2009A widespread lack of basic elements of human security, such as access to clean water, freedom from hunger, democracy and a robust rule of law, is denying citizens of Arab countries the ability to fulfil their potential, according to a United Nations-sponsored report released today. read more

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Security Council discusses lessons learned from UN Mission in Sierra Leone

Speaking this morning at the outset of the Council’s daylong meeting, which was chaired by Baroness Valerie Amos, the United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa, Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the timeliness of the discussion and its effort to develop a coordinated approach to the situation in that part of Africa.”It comes at a critical juncture, when UNAMSIL is about to begin a new phase of its operations in Sierra Leone, but at the same time the escalating conflict in Liberia threatens to destabilize he whole area,” Mr. Annan said.The Secretary-General said that the UN’s peacekeeping experience in Sierra Leone offered invaluable lessons not only because of the success achieved so far but also because of the trials encountered in the early stages of the Mission and how they were dealt with.”Lessons were learned the hard way from that tragic experience,” Mr. Annan noted. “But, thank goodness, the international community did not give up.”According to Baroness Amos, the meeting’s objectives were to identify lessons from the UN’s experience in Sierra Leone, which may be relevant to other conflict situations in Africa; consider how the UN might manage the transition from peacekeeping to peace-building in that country and examine what more the UN and the international community could do to reduce the instability in the Mano River Union subregion, especially the fighting in Liberia.Holding its discussion in a workshop format, the Council heard from all 15 of its members as well as the Foreign Ministers of Sierra Leone, Momodu Koroma, and Guinea, François Lonseny Fall.In his statement, Mr. Koroma told the Council that the United Nations peace mission in Sierra Leone was in many ways unique because of its recognition of the linkage between peacekeeping, peace-building, good governance, security and post-conflict concerns. UNAMSIL’s success in achieving its objectives was due in large part to its acting in concert with other partners – which could augur well for future UN operations in similar situations.Nevertheless, Mr. Koroma said, the gains already achieved in Sierra Leone would be temporary without peace, security and stability within the region. The current situation in the Mano River Union subregion was indeed cause for concern, as the escalating violence in Liberia was overshadowing the recent successful gains in the Sierra Leone peace process. It was now widely accepted that peace and stability in the Mano River Union was a key factor for security and development in West Africa.For his part, Mr. Fall echoed the concerns of the Sierra Leonean Foreign Minister. In an attempt to settle the situation in Liberia, the international community must remain vigilant in monitoring developments there. Meanwhile, he pointed out, the Presidents of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea met earlier this year in Rabat and had held several other meetings, making recommendations for the approval of a protocol on relations between the countries and rapid deployment of border units.Other officials participating in the meeting included the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Sir Kieran Prendergast, as well as Ivan Šimonovic, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), General Chekh Diarra, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and Sylvian Ngung, the Deputy Permanent Observer for the African Union. read more

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International conference raises 82 billion for Afghanistans recovery UN

Jean Arnault, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, described the two-day meeting in Berlin as very encouraging.In a final declaration adopted by the forum, donors pledged contributions totalling $8.2 billion, with $4.4 billion set aside for the first year.Mr. Arnault said there had been a candid assessment of what achievements had been made since a previous international conference on Afghanistan, held in Bonn in late 2001, mapped out a framework for the country’s short-to-medium-term future, shortly after the United States ousted the Taliban in its war on terror.Afghanistan’s outstanding challenges were also raised and discussed this week, he said, especially the problems caused by factionalism and the illicit drug industry.Mr. Arnault said the Berlin conference showed the Afghan leadership that it had the full backing of the international community during its difficult transition to a functioning, stable democracy. National presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for September. read more

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Downtown Calgary already getting ready for Christmas

Downtown Calgary already getting ready for Christmas AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Nov 5, 2014 6:29 pm MDT Expect to see some very busy crews working away at Barclay Centre and along Stephen Avenue in the coming days.Downtown Calgary has started the lengthy and labour intensive project of putting up Christmas lights in the core.Executive Director Maggie Schofield tells 660News they’ll usually start this early to avoid the bad weather, they won’t turn them on though until after Remembrance Day.“One of the groups that we represent within the businesses in the downtown are all the restaurants and retailers and this is a very, very critical time of year for them,” said Schofield. “For many it’s make or break, whether it’s Christmas parties or people actually shopping so we need to set the stage for that.”“We have to wrap poles, we have to drape things and we have to work around people in the downtown as well,” she said. “We’re very conscious of the fact, particularly Stephen Avenue, that it’s a very busy mall.”They’re hoping to have all the lights in place by sometime next week. read more

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OPEC chief confident countries to meet oil production cuts

by Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 7:56 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OPEC chief ‘confident’ countries to meet oil production cuts Iraq’s Minister of Oil Jabar Ali al-Luaibi speaks during a panel discussion at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo said Thursday he remains “confident” that the cartel and outside members will stick to an agreement to cut production to help boost oil prices. The comments by Barkindo of Nigeria come as the cartel and nonmembers try to stick to the landmark deal after oil prices collapsed last year. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The head of OPEC said on Thursday that he remains “confident” that the cartel and outside members will stick to an agreement to cut production to help boost oil prices.The comments by OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria come as the cartel and nonmembers try to stick to the landmark deal after oil prices collapsed last year.OPEC agreed in late November to cut its production by 1.2 million barrels a day, the first reduction agreed to by the cartel since 2008. Nearly a dozen other countries pledged in December to cut an additional 558,000 barrels a day.“I remain very confident with what I have seen in the last several months,” Barkindo said at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi. “The level of commitment from both sides … is unparalleled.”He added that there’s been “a high level of compliance.” However, how that compliance will be verified has yet to be determined.Kuwaiti Oil Minister Essam al-Marzouq, who leads a five-nation OPEC committee monitoring compliance, said that should be judged on the average at the end of the six-month cut.Al-Marzouq declined to offer any other specifics ahead of a planned committee meeting in Vienna beginning Jan. 21. However, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi pledged his country would meet its required cuts by the end of January.Crude oil sold for over $100 a barrel in the summer of 2014, before bottoming out below $30 a barrel in January 2016. Crude oil futures closed at $52.25 a barrel in New York on Wednesday.Producers acknowledged they hoped for higher prices, especially those in the Persian Gulf, whose crude-based economies have been hurting. Also hurting are the oil-dominated economies of Venezuela and Nigeria.Emirati Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazroui said there is “a fair movement” toward higher prices, though it isn’t at a price his nation would like.“The real correction will happen when we see the actions of all of those … concerned nations who came together to try to help the market,” he said.Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih echoed that viewpoint.“We want moderation. We want to reduce volatility; we cannot eliminate it,” al-Falih said. “We also want prices that are supportive of continued production, as well as equally important continued consumption.”However, Patrick Pouyanné, the CEO of French oil firm Total SA, offered a stark warning, saying that there’s a lot still unknown in the market — especially ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Oil ministers, most notably al-Falih, dodged answering questions about Trump’s protectionist views could mean for international markets.“I’m not sure we fully understand what would be Mr. Trump’s policies, but I’m sure it will be America first,” Pouyanné said.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz . read more

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Security Council senior UN official urges strong leadership on Middle East peace

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the 15-member Council that direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, which resumed in August of last year following efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry, have opened “a credible political horizon for achieving the two-state solution.”He urged that they continue to be supported by regional stakeholders, underlining the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative.“Any genuine intention to pursue peace requires strong leadership,” Mr. Feltman said. He noted that for Palestinians, a negotiated peace settlement “holds the promise of becoming a fully recognized Member State,” while for Israel, “the security and recognition it deserves in the region and beyond.”In the West Bank, where the situation on the ground remains “fragile,” he noted increased clashes in and around Palestinian refugee camps, and reports of Israeli forces foiling alleged terrorist attacks originating from the area. Clashes were also reported by settlers on Palestinian property, with the UN registering increased funding and incentives by Israeli Government for existing settlements, including in occupied East Jerusalem. The UN is “deeply concerned by the ongoing demolition of Palestinian residential and livelihood structures in Area C, particularly in the Jordan Valley and East Jerusalem,” Mr. Feltman said, where 175 Palestinians have been displaced in this reporting period.Turning to Gaza, Mr. Feltman stressed that only the reunification of Gaza and the West Bank under the legitimate Palestinian Authority based on the PLO commitments can pave the way to a durable solution for Gaza as part of political progress towards peace. “Gaza too must reap the peace dividends of a negotiated two-state solution,” the senior UN official noted.In his briefing, he detailed “troubling signs” that a ceasefire signed in November 2012 is eroding, with an increase in hostilities and barriers to entry for people and goods. “We are deeply concerned about this rise in violence and call on all parties to act in accordance with international law,” Mr. Feltman said which included 44 rockets and mortars fired into Israel, and six incursions and seven airstrikes from the Israeli side.The humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate. At this point, if the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) does not obtain $30 million for which it has appealed, it will not sustain critical emergency operations.In Syria, Mr. Feltman said that the progress in the talks in Geneva has thus far been “limited” confirming the deep rift between the two sides.”Still, it is no small feat that these long-awaited negotiations have finally begun, and both sides remain committed to sitting at the table, he added.The situation in the Golan continues to be of deep concern. Peacekeepers serving with UNDOF operate have been in the areas since the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel. Among hostilities cited by Mr. Feltman, he said the UN was looking into reports of an airstrike yesterday in the border area between Lebanon and Syria and urge all parties to avoid escalation. “These developments have potential to escalate and to jeopardise the ceasefire between Israel and Syria as well as heighten tensions between Lebanon and Israel,” he warned.Meanwhile, in Lebanon, Mr. Feltman noted the formation of a government of “national interest”, and called it “a positive development against a backdrop of continued tensions stemming from a spate of deadly terrorist attacks.” read more

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Only through widescale reforms will UN keep pace with changing times Myanmar

“Today’s new and emerging challenges are increasingly questioning the effectiveness and efficiency of the Organization,” he told the Assembly’s 70th annual General Debate. “While the cardinal principles of the UN Charter remain valid, the world Organization founded seven decades ago needs to be reformed in conformity with the today’s changing realities and drastic growth in membership. “We believe that the UN Security Council also has to be reformed to make it more representative, efficient, transparent and to strengthen its capacity to better discharge its responsibilities to maintain international peace and security as entrusted by the Charter.”The Council is still restricted to 15 members, even as the total UN membership has risen to 193 from the original 51.Turning to his own country, U Wunna Maung Lwin said the situation has improved in violence-torn Rakhine state, home to internally displaced people (IDPs) along with an estimated one million others of undetermined citizenship, who have been affected by restrictions on freedom of movement, and access to livelihoods and services, such as health and education.“The Government has managed not only to prevent any new violence but also started to promote culture of peace through Interfaith Dialogue and talks among communities and their leaders. Peace and stability has been restored,” he declared, thanking regional and international partners for their assistance to humanitarian, resettlement, reintegration and development needs.He also cited the progress made on democratic reforms since 2011. “The Government is now consolidating firm foundations for democracy,” he said. “The reforms have widened democratic space, advanced economic performance and narrowed differences with the non-state armed groups.“New political culture of dialogue is rooted as Myanmar opened its door to different political forces since the early days of reforms. Amnesties were granted on several occasions allowing former prisoners to take part in nation building endeavours. Activists, media people, entrepreneurs and academicians living abroad have returned home. They are working hand in hand with the Government for a common goal of peaceful and prosperous Myanmar.” read more

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Governments £90 million boost for buses across England

Bus services across England are set to receive £90 million to make them greener, more efficient and easier to use, Transport Minister Norman Baker announced today. The funding aims to cut carbon emissions and encourage growth, delivering a better service for passengers.The new £50 million ‘Better Bus Areas’ fund is an initiative which will see bus operators working in partnership with local authorities to increase passenger numbers. Successful bids must have the backing of at least one major local bus operator. Bids could include measures to reduce congestion, provide better information to passengers, or make improvements to bus stations.The government is injecting a further £10 million to support the development of Community Transport, which will provide funding to 76 local authorities. Today’s announcement of a total of £60 million comes on top of the announcements in the Autumn Statement, which provided £20 million for a third round of the Green Bus Fund and £10 million to fit pollution reduction technology to London buses.“This package of bus measures will support growth in our economy by creating better links to work, shops and schools, as well as helping to cut carbon emissions,” said Transport Minister, Norman Baker. “In terms of the Green Bus Fund announcement, the UK is fast establishing itself as a world leader in low carbon bus technology, and I am proud to deliver this vote of confidence in our bus building industry. This is great news for jobs and manufacturing in this country.Talking specifically about the Green Bus Fund, Norman Baker added, “The £20 million being provided is in addition to the £47 million that has already helped put 540 new low carbon buses on our roads and demonstrates how serious we are about reducing carbon emissions from transport.”Click through for more information about the Green Bus Fund. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Report Ohio States Noah Spence tested positive for ecstasy

Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence (8) knocks the ball away during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAs it turns out, one of Ohio State’s top defenders didn’t miss the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl because he used a dietary supplement.First reported to have been suspended for the use of a dietary supplement, OSU sophomore defensive end Noah Spence’s three-game ban is because he tested positive for ecstasy, according to a Tuesday report by abc27 of Harrisburg, Pa.The report states Spence’s father, Greg Spence, said his son tested positive for “a small amount of ecstasy” prior to the Big Ten Championship game Dec. 7 against Michigan State.Greg Spence also said the conference originally suspended his son for a year, according to the report, because it considers the substance to be a performance enhancing drug. He added that his son consumed the drug accidentally after taking an open drink from someone he did not know at a party.In the state of Ohio, possession of the Schedule I drug in its smallest form results in a felony of the fifth degree, with penalties of six months to a year in jail and no more than a $2,500 fine. In the United States, possession of five grams or more of the drug has a penalty of anywhere between five and 40 years in prison.The Spence family appealed Noah Spence’s year-long ban, which was ultimately reduced to three games, according to the report. The report also stated that the NCAA considers ecstasy to be a “street drug,” which carries a lesser penalty. A second appeal was unsuccessful.After not traveling with the team to Miami for the Orange Bowl against Clemson — in which the Buckeyes fell to the Tigers, 40-35 — OSU coach Urban Meyer was asked about Noah Spence’s absence.“Noah didn’t fly down with us,” Meyer said in a press conference Dec. 29. “He’s working through some personal issues at home.”Noah Spence was then suspended for three games Jan. 1 after it was determined that he had “violated a Big Ten Conference rule,” according to an university press release.An OSU spokesman said “we will have no further comment” on the situation in an email to The Lantern Tuesday.Noah Spence led the Buckeyes with eight sacks in 2013 and finished second on the team with 14.5 tackles for loss. Prior to the start of the season, Meyer spoke highly of the sophomore, stating how well he handles himself away from the football field.“Extremely high character, go hard. When I tell our coaches to go out and find players, (Noah Spence is) who you go find. Very, very talented guy that has incredible self discipline, self respect. I love Noah Spence,” Meyer said at OSU Media Day Aug. 11.Meyer also called Noah Spence and fellow sophomore defensive lineman Adolphus Washington two players who are “potential candidates for all-conference one day.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said after arriving in Miami that it would “be a huge loss” if Noah Spence was unable to play against the Tigers, and his presence was surely missed, as redshirt-senior quarterback Tajh Boyd and company posted 576 total yards of offense, including 378 yards and five touchdowns through the air.The abc27 report also said the Spence family plans to file a lawsuit against the Big Ten.Continued attempts to contact Noah Spence and his family for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday evening.After serving his suspension, Noah Spence figures to be a large contributor for the Buckeyes in 2014. read more

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Blood and bodies everywhere Witnesses describe aftermath of Manchester attack

first_img‘It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest’Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters that she felt a massive explosion as she was leaving the concert.”We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming.”It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Emergency vehicles are seen outside the Manchester Arena following the explosion ‘In so much shock and panic’Oliver Jones, 17, was at the concert with his 19-year-old sister. Police and fans outside the Manchester Arena following the explosionCredit:Getty Images ‘Lucky to have gotten away’ Robert Tempkin, 22, from Middlesbrough, told the BBC: “Everyone was screaming and running, there were coats and people’s phones on the floor. People just dropped everything.”Some people were screaming they’d seen blood but other people were saying it was balloons busting or a speaker had been popped.”There were lots of ambulances. I saw somebody being treated. I couldn’t tell what had happened to him.” ‘I heard a huge bang’Suzy Mitchell, 26, whose flat is opposite the venue, reported a huge bang rocking the neighbourhood. ‘The corridor was full, it smelled of burning’Isabel Hodgins, an actress who had been attending the concert, told Sky News: “Everybody was panicking, there was pushing up the stairs.”The corridor was full, it smelled of burning, there was quite a lot of smoke as we were leaving.”It’s just shocking and we just feel very shaken up. We’re just lucky to have gotten away safely,” she said.Police have issued a number for people to call if they are concerned about relatives or loved ones: +44 (0)161 856 9400 ‘There was a sound like thunder’A barman at the nearby Steven Charles Snooker Club, who gave his name as Tyler, said he saw people lying on the ground covered in blood.”We’ve had a few people in with panic attacks and in all kinds of disarray,” he told the Press Association.”We’ve got four girls here – trying to get them sorted to get picked up.”There was a gentleman on the floor with his leg all bleeding and woman with blood down one side of her face.”We felt something but didn’t know what it was – there was a sound like thunder.”One girl had a panic attack and another had streaming tears, a woman had a heart attack just outside.”It’s a lot of teenagers – they’re all in tears.” “We heard the last song go and then suddenly there was a massive flash and then a bang and smoke,” he said. Emergency vehicles are seen outside the Manchester Arena following the explosionCredit:EPA He said: “I was in the toilet and heard a loud bang just after the concert had finished and people had started to leave.”The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.”I seen people running and screaming towards one direction and then many were turning around to run back the other way.”Security was running out as well as the fans and concert goers.”Reports of blood and people injured.”He added: “In so much shock and panic. You see this on the news all the time and never expect it to happen to you. I just had to run and make sure me and my sister were safe.” ‘Everyone was in a huge state of panic’Majid Khan, 22, went to the concert with his sister. He described how the explosion hit the venue as they were leaving the building.”I and my sister, along with a lot of others, were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.”It was one bang, and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit Trinity Way – and that was blocked, so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.”Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.” She told the Press Association: “(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we’re on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds.”The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks.”Currently lots of emergency services going to and from. But can’t see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars.” Police and fans outside the Manchester Arena following the explosion Concert-goers and witnesses have described the chaos after an apparent suicide bomb attack in the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert, which killed at least 22 people and injured about 50 more.Police have issued a number for people to call if they are concerned about relatives or loved ones: +44 (0)161 856 9400Here are some of the witness accounts: ‘I saw bodies lying on the ground’Andy Holey, who had gone to the venue to pick up his wife and daughter who had been at the concert, told the BBC: “As I was waiting, an explosion went off and it threw me about 30 feet from one set of doors to the other set of doors.”When I got up I saw bodies lying on the ground. My first thought was to go into the arena to try to find my family.”When I couldn’t find them, I went outside with the police and fire and looked through some of the bodies to try and find my wife and daughter.”Mr Holey told BBC that he did find his family and they were unhurt.”It was definitely an explosion and it was some force. It happened near the box office at the entrance to the Arena.” ‘We heard the last song go, then suddenly a massive flash and then a bang and smoke’Gary Walker from Leeds told BBC Radio 5 Live he was hit by shrapnel in his foot and his wife sustained a stomach wound as they waited for their daughters to come out of the concert.last_img read more

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17 new 3DS Zelda Ocarina of Time screenshots released

first_imgBeyond Pilotwings Resort and Super Street Fighter IV 3D, the release day games sitting alongside the 3DS did little to interest me. But as is always the case with Nintendo, it’s the promise of future releases that get you to spend your money on the hardware.Mario Kart always tops my list of games to get, but  Zelda: Ocarina of Time is also one of those must-own games, and Nintendo has done little to stunt our excitement for its release with a batch of 17 new screenshots appearing today.AdChoices广告The re-release of the game is expected to arrive on June 19 in the U.S. and, as you can see from the screenshots, the graphics have been given a major overhaul. The other big bonus is the inclusion of the Master Quest originally added to the Gamecube release of the game. Your desire to play Zelda in 3D should also heighten your need to get this game, but if it doesn’t there’s always the slider to present a 2D experience – something that is a welcome feature for extended play time and tiring eyes.Anyone who has memories of playing through the original game will also be glad to hear that game designer Eiji Aonuma has promised to make control of the iron boots in the Water Temple area a much more pleasant experience. So less furstration, better graphics, and additional gameplay. Pre-ordered the game yet?With still more than eight weeks until the game launches, all we can hope for is more details to appear about the game and some better video footage. We’ve included all of the new screenshots below and the video of the game recorded at Nintendo World 2011 back in January.zelda1zelda1zelda2zelda3zelda4zelda5zelda6zelda7zelda8zelda9zelda10zelda11zelda12zelda13zelda14zelda15zelda16zelda17zelda_quadvia ShopTo.net and Wikipedialast_img read more

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Man arrested in the UK in connection with the murder of Gareth

first_img Short URL Share Tweet Email Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 2:15 PM 16,679 Views The scene of Gareth Hutch’s murder. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3438286 By Paul Hosfordcenter_img The scene of Gareth Hutch’s murder. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie No Comments Man arrested in the UK in connection with the murder of Gareth Hutch The arrest comes a day after a 39-year-old woman was charged with the murder in Dublin last year. A MAN HAS been arrested in the UK in connection with the murder of Gareth Hutch.The National Crime Agency (NCA) in conjunction An Garda Síochána and the London Metropolitan Police this morning arrested a 31-year-old man in the Romford area of Essex in the UK on foot of a European Arrest warrant.The arrest comes a day after a 39-year-old woman was charged with the murder in Dublin last year.Father-of-one Gareth Hutch (35), a nephew of Gerry “the Monk” Hutch, was gunned down outside Avondale House flats, where he lived, on North Cumberland Street.Two men approached him in the car park of the complex as he was entering his car.A number of shots were fired and the men attempted to leave the scene in a BMW but soon after got out and made their escape on foot.A man has previously been charged with the murder.Comments are closed as a case mentioned is before the courts. Jun 11th 2017, 2:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Face Up Online Whos Who in Baseball

first_imgMarch 31 is opening day for Major League Baseball, so I thought it would be appropriate to review the cover of a baseball magazine. And there isn’t a better publication to look at than Who’s Who in Baseball. It’s a thick, 360-page digest-sized annual. It describes itself as “a handy reference guide to batting & pitching stats,” and the inside is packed with obsessive line-by-line and team-by-team listings of over 775 major league players. Fans of classic baseball visuals will also enjoy these vintage covers of Baseball Digest, another obsessive sports publication that has been in existence since the 1940s. Actually, there might also be some inspiration there for the editors of Who’s Who in Baseball as they gear up to design the cover for the 100th anniversary issue. And speaking of nostalgia, Tom Hoffarth at the Farther off the Wall blog smartly pointed out that the current Who’s Who in Baseball cover mirrors another cover the publication did 50 years ago, in 1964. The 2014 cover features Los Angeles Dodgers pitching ace and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, while the 1964 cover highlighted Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, another Dodgers pitching star and Cy Young winner. Of course as a New York Yankees fan, I would have rather seen Derek Jeter and Tony Kubek on those covers! And nostalgia is the most important component of the Who’s Who in Baseball cover design. The basic format of red cover background and black type has been used since the 1940s and the current logo is an iteration of one developed in the early 50s. The present cover design has been static for at least 20 years, save for a little tightening of the logo. In fact, the only basic difference between this year’s cover and the 2013 edition are the pictures of the players. The format is so recognizable to readers that the editors feel comfortable covering up most of the word BASEBALL in the logo. Many years ago I worked at Harris Publications, the magazine factory that publishes Who’s Who in Baseball. I was given free access to help myself to back issues, and delighted my baseball friends by giving them a series of presents of those very-collectible vintage copies. Ever since, I’ve been aware of the strong affinity baseball fans have for this little publication, and how it evokes both a passionate love for the game and the heart-tugs of nostalgia.center_img Nevertheless, as much as we love a good retro cover design, this is a publication begging for a visual branding update. Perhaps Who’s Who in Baseball could draw some inspiration from their extensive archives, which are a treasure trove of baseball graphic delights. A little more playfulness, a diversity of graphic elements and a small nod to the 21st Century might not be a bad thing for this cover. I may be stretching the definition of a magazine cover this time around, since Who’s Who in Baseball is really more of a bookazine, given that it’s an annual publication sold at newsstands and bookstores. Like a mini-phonebook, it’s printed on cheap newsprint, but the cover paper stock is slick, glossy and heavy. First appearing in 1912, and every year since 1916, this year it will celebrate its 99th anniversary. That said, this cover design is clean and well balanced, with a highly efficient organization of material, instantly identifiable photos, and a pop-off-the-newsstand graphic sensibility. There are a lot of lessons here for small (and not-so-small) publications that are looking to develop a consistent graphic brand on a limited budget. One could describe this cover as retro, or a more critical analysis might call it old fashioned. Still, I think it’s brilliant and I never get tired of looking at it (they got my $9.95, I might add!).last_img read more

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Rains occurring with influence of monsoons brings cheers to the

first_imgKadapa: The rains with the influence of monsoons occurring since last five days brings cheer to the farmers who were in despair due to continues dry spell now they are preparing for Kharief crop in the district. Farmers of the district have proposed to irrigate around 1.50lakh hectors in the current season. According to the metrological department district has received 22.4mm average rain fall on Wednesday. Popumamilla mandal received highest rain fall. Following arrival of monsoon farmers are high hopes on occurring sufficient rains as they are expecting good profits of their produce. “As per the met officials Kadapa district might have witness witnessed good rains as they will helps the farmers securing rich yielding of their produce. But the problem is agriculture department is not able to supply the seeds in time causes to prevailing unrest among the farming community” said AP Rythu Sangam district secretary B.Dastagiri. Reddy. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Apart from Paddy, ground nut, Cotton, Red Gram, Green Gram, Black Gram, Jawar, Sunflower, Banana, Mango, Papaya are the major crops grown in the district. Ground nut is the a major crop grown in the mandals like Rayachoti, Pulivendula, Kamalapuram, Jammalamadugu, Vempalli, Vemula, LR.Palli Chakrayapet, RAjampet pet around 37,000 hectors during the Kharief season. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us In most of the mandals crops are being irrigated under rain fed tanks, small water bodies, canals agriculture motor pumps.”Cultivation has become like Gambling in Kadapa district. If it rains we have profits, otherwise we incur huge crop losses.It has become common practice to the farmers praying rain god for rains after planting seeds.” Said R.Kameswara Reddy of Rayachoti Pandilla palli of Rayachoti mandal told. Advertise With Us Joint Director of Agriculture T. Murali Krishna said farmers need not worry over irrigating crops as the administration is ensuring all steps for supplying water in the Kharief season. He said there will be no scarcity of either seeds or fertilizers as government is keen on to supply them according to the requirement as per schedule. He said ayacut in the district increasing year by year as the government is keen on completing pending irrigation projects. The agriculture officer hoped that Kadapa district may have moderate rains in coming days so as the farmers get much benefited in the current Kharief season.last_img read more

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