The Hustler’s Playbook: How to Become a Hustler

first_imgIf you want to transform yourself from a non-hustler to a hustler, you are going to need to make some serious changes. These changes begin in your mind before they manifest in your results.You must reject the scarcity mindset and replace it with a belief in limitless abundance. You can’t see your opportunities or your potential while you believe there isn’t enough.You must reject fear and embrace unconditional love. You can’t make the transformation from non-hustler to hustler while you are consumed with fear. You fear things over which you have no control, while hustlers have a different set of fears.You will have to reject cynicism and skepticism and fill yourself with the belief that everything is possible. The transformation cannot occur until you believe in yourself completely. Your cynicism and skepticism is the defense mechanism you use to shroud your fear that you aren’t good enough.You must replace distrust with the belief that everyone is acting out of good intentions. Once your intentions and actions are strong enough, you will find that you have always been surrounded by people who will help you succeed, not people who are trying to hurt you.You must replace judgment with the compassion required to understand that when you recognize bad intentions you are witnessing someone who is sick, injured, or doesn’t believe they have real choices. Hustlers avoid negative people, but they work to pull up those who need a hand.You need to shift your focus from what you can’t do now to all the things you are empowered to do now. You see the great distance you must cross and decide it is too far. Hustlers take the first step, and then they keep moving. To you it looks like a grind. To a hustler it looks like work they love.You must eliminate your belief that you need to wait for permission or someone else to validate your gift  in order to share them. There is no one who is going to tap you on the shoulder and tell you that you are allowed to do something. Your transformation can only occur when you stop waiting and start sharing your gift.You must kill your inner critic and replace that voice with the voice of your strongest proponent, that voice that pushes you forward. There is only one voice that can stop you, and that voice it the one that speaks to you when you are alone with your thoughts. That is the same voice that can help you and propel you forward. You have to decide what that voice says to you, and you have to decide what you believe.You must replace your belief that what you do doesn’t make a difference with the belief that helping one person right now means you have made the ultimate difference. The hustler knows that they create value, that they make a difference. You need to take credit for the value that you create.If you would be a hustler, then you need to begin by making these changes. The sooner you make them, the sooner you find yourself in a different–and better–place.last_img read more

Militants attack BJP leader in Srinagar, hide in house

first_imgA group of militants attacked a BJP leader in Srinagar, injuring a policeman, on Thursday afternoon and subsequently took shelter inside a house in Srinagar.”Two to three militants are holed up in the area. A house has been zeroed in on. An exchange of fire was on till Thursday evening,” said a police officer. The police said the militants reportedly belonged to the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind led by Zakir Musa, associated with Al-Qaeda. Sources said the security forces had used explosives to blow up the house where the militants were hiding. One CRPF personnel was also injured in the exchange of fire. According to the police, the militants fired at the Personal Security Officers (PSOs) of a BJP leader, Anwar Khan, near the Arsh medical institute at Khonmoh on the outskirts of Srinagar city. The militants made an attempt to snatch weapons of the policemen.“However, the policemen repulsed the attack. One policeman, Bilal Ahmad, sustained minor injuries in the exchange of fire,” said the spokesman.On being chased by the security forces, the two militants took shelters inside a house at Balhama.Security forces used smoke shells to disperse protests, which broke out in Awantipora and Tral.last_img read more

Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Woods went 4-1-0 at the Presidents Cup in 2013, his last team competition. Except for the odd occasion when PGA champion Justin Thomas or Rickie Fowler comes over to his house in south Florida to chip in his backyard practice facility, he’s not around the players in this environment.Woods said he was “very optimistic” about getting back into the fray. He’s also as uncertain as ever.“Like I said, the pain’s gone, but I don’t know what my golfing body is going to be like, because I haven’t hit a golf shot yet,” he said.He said in his May blog that he “unequivocally” wants to play professional golf again, and he said again Wednesday that he was in no hurry to get back from a fourth back surgery, which followed four surgeries on his left knee.Woods was asked if could be the best in golf again if he returned to 100 percent health. That made Woods smile, only because he doesn’t know what 100 percent means anymore with all his injuries. The next question was if he could return to the health he had in his 20s, and Woods did all he could to keep from laughing.“Is anybody in here who is in their 40s ever going to feel like they did in their 20s?” he said.“Seriously?”He turns 42 at the end of the year. His role at the Presidents Cup is assisting U.S. captain SteveStricker, encouraging players who were not even in kindergarten when Woods won the first of his 14 majors.And he’s loving every minute of it.So are the players, and the fans. Woods still remains the top draw when it comes to autographs at Liberty National. It’s a rare sighting these days on a golf course.“The younger player on both sides, he was our dominant player, the face of the PGA Tour, and they grew up idolizing him,” Jim Furyk said. “Having him here in the team room and here with those guys is invaluable. “It’s a two-way street. It’s great for Tiger. As much as he’s been injured, it’s probably wonderful for him to be out here.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Tiger Woods made it back from his fourth surgery in time for the Presidents Cup.Just not to play.Not even Woods knows when or even if he can return. He even acknowledged Wednesday a scenario that he doesn’t return to competition because he’s at a stage where he’s only hitting 60-yard shots.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ He also was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup last fall, and even though he doesn’t have a club in his hand or a putt on the line, they are big weeks. Having not played a full schedule since 2015, removed from the game, opportunities to spend time with an American team is not anything he would want to miss.“There were times when … I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be here because I couldn’t ride in a cart,” Woods said Wednesday. “The bouncing just hurt too much. Driving a car still hurt. So that’s all gone now, which is fantastic. And yeah, there were some intrepid times — not just for this golf tournament, but for life going forward.”Woods looks as fit as ever. He said in another blog he posted last week that he was working out six days a week, alternating among a treadmill, his bike, swimming and lifting weights twice a day. He is hitting wedges up to 60 yards, but that’s as far as he said his doctors will allow him to go.He was asked if he could see a scenario where he would not return to competition and Woods replied, “Yeah, definitely. I don’t know what my future holds for me. As I’ve told you guys, I’m hitting 60-yard shots.”“I’ve been out of the game for a while,” Woods said. “First things first: Get my health organized. Make sure the pain goes away. Then, basically, just as I said, just keeping waiting for what my surgeon says.I’m still training. I’m getting stronger. But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained because obviously I’m not doing anything golf-related.”ADVERTISEMENT This was all about driving a cart as an assistant captain at Liberty National.Woods is back on a golf course for the first time since the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot 77 in the first round and withdrew the next day citing back spasms. He had fusion surgery on his back in April, and he had reason to wonder if he would be able to join the U.S. team in this capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe said in his blog May 24 that surgery brought instant nerve relief. Five days later, however, he was arrested on a DUI charge when Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a running car that was parked awkwardly on the side of the road with a blinker flashing.Woods said he had an unexpected reaction to pain medication. Three weeks later, he entered a treatment center. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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ICC admits modifying draws to put India and Pakistan in same group

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has admitted to modifying the draws in major tournaments to club India and Pakistan in the same group.The draw announced on Wednesday for 2017 Champions Trophy in England saw India and Pakistan clubbed in the same group. The defending champions India will begin their title defence against the arch-rivals at Edgbaston on June 4.”No doubt, we try to put India versus Pakistan in our event,” ICC chief executive Dave Richardson was quoted as saying to ‘The Telegraph’.”It’s hugely important from an ICC point of view. It’s massive around the world and the fans have come to expect it as well. It’s fantastic for the tournament because it gives it a massive kick.”It is the fifth tournament in a row when both the countries will be facing each other. Moreover, matches involving India and Pakistan attract huge viewership, sometimes  in millions.However, Richardson has denied any negative impact on the integrity of the game.”What we try and do is make sure that when you add up the rankings of the different groups, they all add up to the same number of points. You can do that in a number of ways. So long as the pools are balanced, it’s silly to avoid (the fixture) when you can fairly cater for it,” he said.last_img read more

Ford, Fiat Chrysler to build more SUVs, less small cars

first_imgFord Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are cutting production of smaller cars and idling workers at some North American factories, while boosting output of sport utility vehicles in reaction to a long-term shift toward larger vehicles, the companies said on Tuesday.The Detroit-area plant that makes the slow-selling Ford Focus and C-Max compact cars will shut an additional five weeks through the end of this year, Ford told Reuters.ALSO READ:Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine wins best small engine awardFord spokeswoman Kelli Felker said company executives earlier this year saw demand for small cars slowing and planned the extra downtime. The factory employs about 2,445 hourly workers, most of whom will be laid off when the plant is idled.US consumers have increasingly favoured SUVs and pickup trucks over traditional cars like sedans and hatchbacks. Car sales made up about 42 percent of US new-vehicle sales in the first five months of this year. That compares with about 46 percent in the same period of 2015, and 51 percent in 2013, when US gasoline prices were still averaging above $3 a gallon.The US government has forecast gasoline prices will average about $2.27 a gallon this summer. As gas prices have fallen, so has demand for smaller cars such as the Focus. US sales of the model are down 12 percent through the first five months of this year.ALSO READ:Ford recalls 48,700 units of EcoSport to fix faulty fuel, brake linesAt the same time, auto makers are revving up production of sport utility vehicles and trucks. Ford said on Tuesday that five of its US and Canadian plants that make SUVs or heavy duty trucks will have one rather than the normal two weeks of summer shutdown in order to keep up with robust demand.advertisementAmong the plants with reduced downtime due to high demand is the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky, which makes the Ford Escape, one of the top-selling SUVs in the United States.Fiat Chrysler said that five of its plants in the United States and Mexico will not have any summer shutdowns this year and three other factories will shorten the normal two weeks of downtime to a single week.ALSO READ:Fiat recalls half million Jeep Wrangler SUVs due to air bag issueFCA said previously that it plans on July 5 to cut a shift at its Detroit-area plant that makes the light-selling midsize Chrysler 200, indefinitely laying off 1,300 workers.No. 1 US automaker General Motors Co (GM.N) said it would not divulge its North American summer plant schedule.In April, after an earthquake in Japan cut supplies of some auto parts, GM chose to send parts it had to pickup truck and SUV plants and shut for two weeks four plants that mostly make cars.ALSO READ: Google to partner with Fiat Chrysler to build 100 self-driving minivanslast_img read more

Has Amar Singh’s elevation in the Samajwadi Party alienated Mulayam from his family?

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s decision to appoint Amar Singh as the party general secretary, bringing him at par with his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav despite serious difference over the presence of an “outsider” in the party ranks, may have divided Uttar Pradesh’s first family more than ever before. Party insiders feel the move could further alienate Mulayam Singh from his family,including son Akhilesh.The rift is getting more defined with members siding with either the Akhilesh or the Shivpal camp. Amid all this, party stalwarts have chosen to stay silent, leaving the lower ranks to fight it out among themselves.’AMAR SINGH IS IN OUR HEARTS’By appointing Amar Singh as the party general secretary, Netaji has proved that Amar Singh is not an outsider, local SP leader Mohd. Akbar Qureshi told India Today. “Amar Singh dil mein bhi rahenge aur dal mein bhi (Amar Singh will stay in our hearts and in the party too),” Qureshi said.ALSO READ: Samajwadi drama: Now, Mulayam makes Amar Singh party’s National General SecretaryThe SP chief, Qureshi said, is known to be a staunch supporter of a person he likes and can fight even political opposition to protect the person from any harm.It comes as no surprise then that he backed Amar Singh even as his cousin and the second most powerful leader in the Samajwadi Party, Ram Gopal Yadav, has been extremely critical of Singh and blamed him for starting the fight in the party.In such a scenario, raising Singh to a rank equivalent of Ram Gopal is being read by party insiders as a move that could further alienate him from his family, including son Akhilesh.advertisement’AMAR CANNOT WIN AN ELECTION’A senior SP leader told India Today that Amar Singhs elevation in the party will become more apparent on October 6 when the SP chief will hold a ‘maha rally’ in Azamgarh. Mulayam Singh Yadav is the MP from Azamgarh, while Amar Singh is an Azamgarh native. By hosting a rally in the district with Amar Singh, the party chief is giving more credence to the former than he probably deserves, the SP leader said.ALSO READ: With Mulayam Singh’s backing, Amar Singh alive and kicking in SP “Amar Singh cannot even win an election for himself, and he is assuring Mulayam of bringing the Rajput voters into the Samajwadi fold in the hope that he will get a major role in deciding the electoral policy of the party,” the leader said.SENIORS STAY SILENTSenior party leaders, however, have refused to make comments on the issue. When contacted by India Today, SP General Secretary Ramji Lal Suman, who is currently staying away from political arclights in Agra, said he does not want to get “entangled” in this matter.Similarly, party leaders such as Sports Minister Ram Sakal Gurjar, Raja Aridaman Singh, Ramji Lal Suman and CP Rai refused to make any comments on the issue.ALSO READ: In the war for succession, why Mulayam can’t ignore Shivpal for son Akhileshlast_img read more

ISL coaches hail new six Indian player rule

first_img(Eds: Rpt after making a correction in para 3)Kolkata, Nov 12 (PTI) Indian Super Leagues new rule of mandatory six Indian players on the field at all times in a match has been lauded by foreign coaches who said this will help develop local players.Until last season, six foreigners can be on the field but that has been changed to five this season. This meant six Indians will have to be on the field at all times of a match.Englishmen head coaches Teddy Sheringham (ATK) and John Gregory (Chennaiyin FC) said the tweak in rule this year will help the development of Indian players while Jamshedpur FCs Steve Coppell said it would add “extra responsibility on Indian players to perform and develop”.”I think its a good decision to have six Indians on the pitch at all times and it means Indians getting more chances to play and show their skills,” said the Man United legend Sheringham here at the ISL Media Day.”We dont have a marquee signing this year but you will see that we have invested our money in young Indians who will not just come on for 10 minutes but will form an integral part of my squad this season,” explained Gregory.Northeast Uniteds head coach, Portuguese Joao Carlos Pires de Deus was pleasantly surprised with the quality of Indian players he has worked with so far.”You ask me if the Brazilians in my team will produce magic, but what is magic? Its not limited to Brazilians. Even Indian players in our team are very skillful and can produce magic. You see the kid with blonde hair in U-17 World Cup team (Komal Thatal) and he was producing magic. So its not limited to a nationality,” he said.advertisement”Rubbing shoulders with top players has made a huge difference to Indian footballers. You see them play with marquee signings and come up against top class forwards and midfielders and it automatically builds their confidence and the game. The ISL has played a huge role in this development,” said Coppell, who is now into his second season in ISL”The ISL will eventually see a player emerge, someone like the Virat Kohli of Indian football, who will then carry the team in the future and inspire youngsters to play the sport. The development of youngsters is very important for any countrys progress in a sport and this league will help in that,” Delhi Dynamos head coach Miguel Angel Portugal said.The ISL kicks off on November 17 with a high-profile clash between Kerala Blasters and ATK at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

Kane Rape Probe Dropped

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane can finally focus solely on his NHL career after avoiding criminal charges in a rape investigation, with prosecutors ending a bizarre three-month ordeal that put one of hockey’s biggest stars at the center of intense speculation and criticism.Prosecutors announced Nov. 5 they declined to file charges against Kane because of a lack of credible evidence in a case “rife with reasonable doubt.” The accuser signed an affidavit saying she did not want to press charges, prosecutors said.Roland Cercone, a lawyer for the 21-year-old woman who made the accusation, did not return messages seeking comment from The Associated Press. A person who answered the accuser’s mother’s cellphone hung up when contacted by The AP.Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said a three-month investigation found that physical and forensic evidence “tend to contradict” the accuser’s claim that she was raped on Aug. 2 at Kane’s offseason home outside Buffalo.“The DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant’s claim,” said Sedita, who decided against presenting the case to a grand jury for possible charges.“I have repeatedly said that I did nothing wrong,” Kane said in a statement issued by the Blackhawks. “I have respected the legal process and I am glad that this matter has now been closed and I will have nothing further to say going forward.”It’s not immediately clear whether Kane could face disciplinary action from the National Hockey League. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league wouldn’t comment until reviewing the prosecutor’s findings.At 26, Kane is one of the NHL’s top young stars and has won three Stanley Cup championships in Chicago over the past six years, including last season.He had been in trouble before, too, arrested after an altercation with a cab driver in Buffalo in the summer of 2009. Photos of him partying are easily found online.But the assault case brought by a woman he had met at a nightclub was by far the most serious allegation Kane had faced.The high-profile investigation led to Kane’s removal from the cover of a popular NHL video game and fan chants of “She said no!” and “No means no!” during a couple of early road games.“We knew all along that Patrick didn’t do anything wrong,” his agent, Pat Brisson, said in a text to The Associated Press.Kane, the first pick in the 2007 draft, hasn’t shown any signs of distraction on the ice. With a goal and assist in a 6-5 overtime loss to St. Louis on Nov. 4, Kane’s 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 13 games have him ranked third in the NHL’s scoring race. Two of his goals have been game-winners, and he’s tied for the league lead with four power-play goals.Sedita’s decision to not pursue charges came after signs of trouble with the investigation first appeared in September.In a strange series of events, the accuser’s initial attorney, Tom Eoannou, announced that the woman’s mother had found an empty evidence bag in her doorway. The attorney quit the case a short time later, saying he no longer believed the mother’s story.Sedita called the episode — apparently meant to cast doubt on how evidence had been handled — “a bizarre hoax.”It still wasn’t easy for Kane to deal with scrutiny he attracted in both Chicago and hometown of Buffalo.Kane’s day to spend hosting the Stanley Cup was Aug. 8, but he called off a public display of the iconic trophy because of the investigation and instead spent the day with family and friends.He stayed out of sight after the investigation became public, then reported to training camp with the rest of the Blackhawks in September. With the team facing heavy criticism for allowing him to play during the investigation, the star winger was joined by top Blackhawks executives for an awkward news conference where he said he would be absolved of any wrongdoing and brushed aside any questions that touched on the situation.“The very difficult part of this is when you are basically an international sports star, and as a result, a likely target,” Kane’s attorney, Paul Cambria, said.“And you have to go through three months of reading things in the media that you know are not true, and they’re hurtful things and accusatory things. That’s a very difficult burden to bear.”The Blackhawks were also criticized for allowing Kane to play despite the allegations made against him.“The Chicago Blackhawks organization has taken this matter very seriously and has tried to navigate a very sensitive situation while continually respecting the legal proceedings,” the team said in a statement released Thursday.Kane resisted any public signs of strain or frustration. When asked about the investigation this season, he has mostly stuck with polite comments that he was simply waiting for the prosecutor’s decision.“After a thorough investigation, we agree with the District Attorney. We’re not surprised that they did not go forward,” Cambria said. “And I agree that the case is rife with doubt.”____By Carolyn Thompson. AP Sports Writers John Wawrow and Jay Cohen contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ramos could play up front for Real – Solari

first_imgSantiago Solari has admitted that Sergio Ramos could be used as a striker, with a Real Madrid “warrior” having proved his goalscoring pedigree once again.The World Cup winner has been a regular source of firepower for the Blancos down the years.In 594 appearances for Real, Ramos has recorded 82 goals – many of them vital, such as priceless efforts in Champions League finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His most recent outing saw him net an important brace, with a late surge staged against Girona in the first leg of a Copa del Rey quarter-final to secure a 4-2 win.Ramos converted a Panenka penalty shortly before half-time, before restoring Real’s lead on the night 13 minutes from the end.That contribution in the final third has not gone unnoticed, with Solari conceding that he may be tempted to use the 32-year-old as a frontman if the situation ever called for such a move.He told reporters: “I wouldn’t rule it out.”Sergio is a warrior, a leader. He showed that in defence, and in the opposition area heading his second goal just like a centre-forward.”He took the penalty like that [a Panenka], he’s a specialist – so perfect. He doesn’t just take them like that, but in many different ways.”Sergio RamosRamos has become famed for his penalty-taking expertise since inheriting spot-kick duty in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the Santiago Bernabeu.He had already displayed plenty of composure from 12 yards prior to that, but has been a reliable option for Real this season.There is, however, an acceptance on his part that he cannot continue to delicately chip every penalty he takes down the middle, with opposition goalkeepers now wise to his preferred approach.Ramos told Real’s official website of the decisions he now faces: “It’s how I like to play and hopefully they will keep going in, but I can’t take it for granted.”Keepers are staying on their feet for longer, so maybe I’ll have to put it to the side next time.”The Blancos will be back in La Liga action on Sunday when they travel to Espanyol, with Solari’s side currently sat 10 points adrift of another Catalan foe – arch-rivals Barcelona – in the Spanish top-flight table.last_img read more

Badminton: Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon cleared of doping charge

first_img Reuters BangkokOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 17:07 IST Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRatchanok Intanon escapes doping banThai badminton star found to have ingested contaminated meatIntanon was charged with an anti-doping violation in MayWorld number five Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand has been cleared of a doping charge after it was found she ingested contaminated meat, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Thursday.The 24-year-old former world number one was charged with an anti-doping rule violation in May after her sample returned an adverse analytical finding.However, Ratchanok proved it was related to the ingestion of meat contaminated with clenbuterol — a steroid-type drug that decreases body fat and increases muscle mass.”She was found to bear no fault or negligence for the violation, and thus no period of ineligibility has been imposed on her,” the BWF said in a statement.This is not the first time Ratchanok, a former Asian champion, has been cleared of an anti-doping violation.In 2016, she was cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics after initially receiving a provisional ban following a positive test for a corticosteroid. Her team stated that it may have been due to an injection she received to treat a knee injury.The BWF found that “because the route of administration of the substance in the medical treatment process was intra-tendinous – an authorised administration route – no violation of the regulations was committed”.Also Read | Ultimate aim is to win gold at Tokyo Olympics: PV SindhuAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Ratchanok IntanonFollow Thailand Badminton: Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon cleared of doping chargeFormer world number one Ratchanok Intanon was charged with an anti-doping rule violation in May after her sample returned an adverse analytical finding.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Act to Increase Small Claims Limit

first_imgProposed changes to the Small Claims Court Act will make it easier and cheaper for Nova Scotians to resolve certain legal disputes. Justice Minister Michael Baker introduced legislation today, Oct. 18, that would allow the court to decide cases with claims valued at up to $25,000 instead of the current $15,000. “Increasing the limit to $25,000 will help people avoid the more costly option of starting a legal action before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Baker. “It’s another step that will streamline our justice system and help people resolve disputes in a more timely fashion.” The small claims court provides a quick, informal and cost-effective method for deciding claims. It is not necessary for the participants to hire lawyers. Proceedings are also less formal than in other courts. Cases are heard by adjudicators who are lawyers, not judges. The small claims court is administered by the Department of Justice. On average, the court hears 3,750 cases each year. For more information, see the website at . Mr. Baker also introduced three other justice bills. Amendments to the Enforcement of Canadian Judgments and Decrees Act will make it easier to recognize and enforce civil orders of protection issued in other Canadian provinces. It would also make sure consumers in Nova Scotia are treated fairly if a judgment is issued against them in another province. The International Trusts Act will see Nova Scotia join most other provinces in establishing common provisions for the recognition of trusts. The Commercial Mediation Act will establish standards for commercial mediation agreements, and make agreements more readily enforceable by the courts. The act is based on model legislation adopted by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada.last_img read more

Malaysian authorities to question televangelist Naik for hate speech

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Zakir Naik has been summoned for a second time by Malaysian authorities after his alleged racial remarks against Hindus and Chinese, hours after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told the controversial Indian televangelist that he is not allowed to participate in political activities in the country. The official Bernama news agency reported on Monday that Naik, wanted by Indian authorities since 2016 for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches, has been called for the second time to have his statement recorded at Bukit Aman, The Royal Malaysia Police Headquarters here. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USZakir is scheduled to arrive at Bukit Aman to resume giving his statement under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, according to CID director Huzir Mohamed. The 53-year-old preacher, who is a permanent resident in Muslim-majority Malaysia, had his statement recorded for the first time on August 16, the report said. Naik is alleged to have made controversial remarks against Malaysian Hindus and Malaysian Chinese during a talk in Kota Baru on August 3, prompting calls for him to be deported to India. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsResponding to calls for his deportation from Malaysia by suggesting Malaysian Chinese should leave the country first as they were “old guests.” He also said that ethnic Hindus in Malaysia enjoyed “100 times more rights” than Muslims in India and that they believed in the Indian government more than the Malaysian one, media reports said. Reacting to Naik’s controversial comments, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir on Sunday said it was “quite clear” that Naik wanted to participate in racial politics. “He is stirring up racial feelings. The police will have to investigate whether it is causing tension; obviously, it is,” he said. Mahathir added that as a permanent resident, Naik was not allowed to participate in politics. “You can preach (religiously). But he wasn’t doing that,” he said. “He was talking about Chinese going back to China and Indians going back to India. I have never said such things. But he did. That is politics,” the annoyed Malaysian prime minister said. Meanwhile, more Malaysian provinces have banned Naik from making public speeches. On Monday, Melaka became the latest state to ban his speeches. Naik has been banned from speaking in Melaka, said the Malaysian state’s Chief Minister Adly Zahari. Adly said the state government wants to avoids any issue that could strain ties between races, the Star reported on Monday. We want to maintain this. So we decided not to allow Mr Naik to hold talks or gatherings here,” he was quoted as saying.last_img read more

Scanbox Rob Heydon Productions line up Last Rituals exclusive

first_imgThe partners have earmarked a first quarter 2018 start on the Canada-Iceland co-production based on Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s first book in the series, 2005 global hit Last Rituals. The story follows Thora Gudmundsdottir, a single mother and lawyer in Reykjavik who moonlights as a detective.Los Angeles-based Sighvatsson (pictured at left) acquired the rights several years ago and is developing with Rob Heydon Productions, Canadian broadcaster CHCH, and Telemunchen, which holds the German rights and serves as international sales agent on the series.”This will be a book adaptation set and produced in Iceland in English language,” Sighvatsson said. “There’s not been a female-driven, worldwide hit Scandinavian crime story in some time. We think this material is quite unique. It’s a procedural with a much more humanistic element.” Login/Register With: READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

TD Bank acquires Torontobased artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto-Dominion Bank is acquiring artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI for an undisclosed amount as financial services companies increasingly look to tap the technology’s potential.Canada’s largest bank by assets has been looking to build up its capabilities in AI for some time, said Michael Rhodes, group head of innovation, technology and shared services.“The mass amounts of data with increases in computing power really give rise to the ability for machine learning, or artificial intelligence, to really play a much more prominent role,” he said.Toronto-based Layer 6, which launched in late 2016, uses AI in its platform to analyze various forms of data to learn and anticipate an individual customer’s needs.Layer 6 will retain its brand name and separate office in Toronto’s Yorkville area, but TD will become its sole client and customer, said Rhodes.TD’s acquisition comes after it announced in October 2017 an agreement with U.S.-based Kasisto to integrate its KAI Banking chatbot platform into the bank’s mobile app.This also comes as corporate interest in AI and its potential continues to mount.Canadian AI companies saw record funding in the first three quarters of 2017, receiving $191 million across 22 deals, according to PwC Canada.Royal Bank of Canada has been investing in AI research, setting up labs in Toronto and Edmonton, as well as one in Montreal in November 2017. RBC, Canada’s largest bank by market capitalization, also last January tapped AI pioneer Dr. Richard S. Sutton as an academic adviser.Meanwhile, the federal and Ontario governments have doubled down on AI, collectively investing $100 million in a Toronto-based research institute. The Vector Institute, which opened in March 2017, was also set to receive $80 million from more than 30 private sector companies.Both TD and RBC are Vector Institute partners, while Layer 6 founders Jordan Jacobs and Tomi Poutanen are Vector Institute founders.Jacobs said after the startup’s launch in late 2016, it began doing work for various clients, including TD, last spring.After Layer 6 won an international competition last August for the best recommendation system — called the RecSys Challenge — and as it began looking to raise more money from venture capital that fall, the startup began getting acquisition approaches, he said. Jacobs would not specify which companies, but said the interest came from a variety “both inside and outside of Canada.”He said the startup, which now employs 17 people, was at an “inflection point” and needed to raise money to grow and meet demand. Its decision was guided by its aim to “build a global AI ecosystem in Canada,” he said.“If we go and we raised a ton of money from foreign investors, at some point along the way we essentially stop being a Canadian company even if we’re located here,” said Jacobs. “And for us, this was an opportunity to build inside a global company that is Canadian, TD, and to help them leap to the front of the pack around the world in adopting AI.”While neither firm would detail exactly how the technology would be applied at TD, Rhodes said this could include detecting certain spending patterns that indicate a customer may be buying a house and offer a mortgage. Or, in the future, applications could include the ability to analyze call centre audio and identify disgruntled customers who make multiple calls, and offer additional measures to address their issues, he said.Given the growing number of ways customers interact with their banks, such as via smartphone apps, online, social media as well as through call centres and branches, it has become much more difficult to monitor customer needs, he said.“What we hope to gather from AI is the ability to kind of know and understand our customers, in the same way that store manager knew back in the 1970s,” Rhodes said.last_img read more

Public warned of lightning

Thundershowers will develop at a few places in the Eastern and Uva provinces during the afternoon or evening. Southwestern monsoonal winds over the Island will strengthen at times. Fairly heavy rain falls (about 100mm) are also likely at some places. It also said that there will be showers or thundershowers at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Galle.The sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Jaffna and Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota will be rough at times. (Colombo Gazette) The department of meteorology has warned the public to take precautions to minimize the damages caused by lightning activities which could accompany heavy rain today.It said that showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces today. Showers may extend to the Puttalam and Kurunegala districts too. read more

CBSA seized 35 bricks of suspected opium hidden in coffee packaging

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Commercial Operations seized 37 kilograms of suspected opium that was hidden inside coffee packaging.Border services officers examined a shipment from German on December 23 and noticed the weight felt heavier than the 500 grams listed on the packaging. Officers opened the shipment and found 35 brick-shaped objects containing suspected opium. CBSA officers turned over the shipment to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.Goran Vragovic, CBSA Regional Director General, says CBSA officers are always on the lookout for contraband. “This significant seizure demonstrates our commitment to Canadians to intercept illegal narcotics and prevent them from hitting the streets of our communities.”

Top UN rights official shocked about recent civilian deaths in Iraq

In a statement issued in Geneva, the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, stressed the responsibility of the occupying forces to ensure the safety and welfare of Iraqi civilians and to refrain from excessive use of force and indiscriminate attacks.He “calls on all belligerents to respect human rights and humanitarian law, and to demonstrate at all times paramount concern for the safety and protection of civilians,” the statement said. “He reiterates that even if there are security-related concerns, there can be no licence to commit carnage.”Meanwhile in Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, continued his consultations, meeting with representatives of the Iraqi Arab Nationalist movement, lead by former Foreign Minister Sohbi Abdel Hamid, as well as the leadership of the Dawa Party – Iraq Branch.Later Friday, Abdellaziz al-Hakim, a leading Shiite cleric and head of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), invited Mr. Brahimi to dinner along with about 10 other leading political figures in Iraq. They included Ahmad Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, Mohammad Baher el-Uloom, a member of the Governing Council from Najaf, Adel Abdel Mahdi, deputy head of SCIRI, and Dr. Ibrahim Jafaari, leader of the Dawa Party.Speaking to the press afterwards, Mr. Brahimi said the group discussed “the painful situation in Najaf and Karbala” and expressed their hope that it would end soon. “The spilling of blood of innocent Iraqi civilians should stop as soon as possible. Security and stability should return to these two areas, which are considered sacred to Muslims throughout the world,” he said. read more

EU lawmakers approve regulations to counter smoking imposing bigger warnings banning menthol

BRUSSELS – European lawmakers approved sweeping new regulations governing the multibillion-dollar tobacco market on Tuesday, including bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol and other flavourings in a bid to further curb smoking. They stopped short, however, of tough limits on electronic cigarettes.The European Parliament vote in Strasbourg came after months of bitter debate and an unusually strong lobbying campaign by the tobacco industry, which decries the regulations as disproportionate and limiting consumer freedom. The Parliament dismissed many of the industry’s arguments, but agreed on watered-down versions of sensitive legislation.The legislature still must reach a compromise with the 28 European Union governments on certain points before the rules can enter into force. Diplomats say a deal could be struck by the end of the year.The tobacco vote was viewed by the World Health Organization and EU health officials as an important milestone — but not the end of their quest to stop people from smoking and keep teens from ever picking up a cigarette.Smoking bans in public, limits on tobacco firms’ advertising, and other measures over the past decade have seen the number of smokers fall from an estimated 40 per cent of the EU’s 500 million citizens to 28 per cent now. Still, treatment of smoke-related diseases costs about 25 billion euros ($34 billion) a year, and the bloc estimates there are around 700,000 smoking-related deaths per annum across the 28-nation bloc.The lawmakers voted to impose warning labels — with the inclusion of gruesome pictorials, for example showing cancer-infested lungs — covering 65 per cent of cigarette packs, rejecting a measure for blank packaging instead. Current warning labels cover 30-40 per cent of packages.Legislators also voted for new limits on advertising for electronic cigarettes, but rejected a measure that would have restricted them to medical use only. The battery-operated products, which are enjoying a boom in the United States and many European countries, turn nicotine into a vapour inhaled by the user and are often marketed as a less harmful alternative to tobacco. Many health experts say e-cigarettes are useful for people trying to quit or cut down on nicotine.Armando Peruga, a tobacco control expert at WHO in Geneva, said regulating e-cigarettes wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing and that WHO is currently evaluating their safety and effectiveness. “We do think e-cigarettes could be useful, but we need more information. We have not yet ruled them out. We do think they could be helpful for some smokers.”Linda McAvan, a member of the European Parliament and Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said she expects tougher rules on electronic cigarettes down the line, saying that most EU governments want them. “We want to make sure they aren’t marketed as gateway products for young people.”The European Parliament also voted to ban menthol — though not until 2022 — and some other flavourings, favouring those who argued that fruity or other pleasant aromas entice novices to smoke. They rejected a ban on slim cigarettes, however.Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland wrote a fervent appeal to lawmakers on Monday, saying: “Every year, more Europeans die from smoking than from the combined total of car accidents, fires, heroin, cocaine, murder and suicide.”Lobbying against the measure was led by Philip Morris International Inc., which owns several brands such as Marlboro and called the new legislation “deeply flawed.” The company maintains that, among other things, banning menthol, slim cigarettes or small packages would violate EU rules.Philip Morris, with $8.5 billion of sales and 12,500 employees in Europe, also claimed the regulation could result in up to 175,000 job losses and lost tax revenues of 5 billion euros ($6.8 billion) per year. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday’s vote.Leftists broadly favoured the new regulations, joined by many conservatives concerned about the costs to national health care systems of smoking-related treatment.___Charlton reported from Paris. Maria Cheng in London contributed to this report.Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at by Juergen Baetz And Angela Charlton, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 11:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU lawmakers approve regulations to counter smoking, imposing bigger warnings, banning menthol read more

A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for June 9-15 Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for June 9-15. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NBA Finals: Miami vs. San Antonio, Game 5, ABC, 18 million.2. NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami, Game 4, ABC, 14.96 million.3. NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami, Game 3, ABC, 14.78 million.4. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.54 million.5. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.37 million.6. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.07 million.7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.45 million.8. “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 7.09 million.9. “Night Shift,” NBC, 6.7 million.10. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.58 million.11. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.52 million.12. “Hillary Clinton: Public & Private,” ABC, 6.46 million.13. “Mom” (Thursday), CBS, 6.37 million.14. “24: Live Another Day,” Fox, 6.29 million.15. “Dateline NBC: People vs. OJ,” NBC, 6.28 million.16. “20/20,” ABC, 6.23 million.17. NHL Finals: New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings, Game 5, NBC, 6.02 million.18. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 5.69 million.19. “48 Hours” (Monday), CBS, 5.68 million.20. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 5.4 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. HBO is owned by Time Warner. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 11:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more