Marshfield girls swim team competes at WIAA Division 1 sectional at Hudson

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterHUDSON — The Marshfield girls swim team placed 11th out of 13 teams at the WIAA Division 1 sectional Saturday at Hudson High School.Hudson won the team title with 301.5 points, Eau Claire Memorial finished second with 291.5, and Wausau East took third with 278.Sophie Koehn placed seventh in both the 100 freestyle (58.91 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:05.64) for Marshfield’s top finishes.Elizabeth Holbrook finished eighth in the 100 breaststoke (1:12.21) and 12th in the 100 breaststroke (2:22.72) as well for the Tigers.Koehn, Holbrook, Valerie Kushnir, and Megan Donahue had Marshfield’s top relay finish, taking eighth in the 200 medley relay in 2:00.92.The event winners move on to the 2014 WIAA State Girls Swimming Championships in Madison next Saturday.2014 WIAA Division 1 Girls Swimming SectionalNov. 8 at Hudson High SchoolTeam scores: 1. Hudson 301.5; 2. Eau Claire Memorial 291.5; 3. Wausau East 278; 4. Chippewa Falls/McDonell 259; 5. Stevens Point 232; 6. D.C. Everest 213; 7. Holmen/Aquinas/Onalaska 157; 8. Eau Claire North 121; 9. Wisconsin Rapids 119; 10. Superior 117; 11. Marshfield 92; 12. Wausau West 69; 13. La Crosse Logan/Central 8.Winners and Marshfield finishersDiving: 1. Ele Higley (ECM) 503.50.200 medley relay: 1. Wausau East (Hailey Bunkleman, Sarah Kane, Hannah Plummer, Bethany Novak-Tveten) 1:51.68; 8. Marshfield (Sophie Koehn, Elizabeth Holbrook, Valerie Kushnir, Megan Donahue) 2:00.92.200 freestyle: 1. Kaitlin Heinen (SUP) 1:54.89; 21. Sarah Claessens (MAR) 2:11.44; 28. Elise Ashby (MAR) 2:26.86; 30. Megan Nordbeck (MAR) 2:37.66.200 IM: 1. Sarah Manz (ECM) 2:12.08; 12. Holbrook (MAR) 2:22.72; 22. Charlotte Urban (MAR) 2:49.40.50 freestyle: 1. Devin Cicha (HUD) 24.37; 22. Michelle Fernandez (MAR) 28.74; 26. Erika Roeglin (MAR) 29.59.100 butterfly: 1. Cicha (HUD) 58.93; 26. Kushnir (MAR) 1:08.78; 30. April Read (MAR) 1:11.57.100 freestyle: 1. Carli Olson (CF/M) 52.78; 7. Koehn (MAR) 58.91; 14. Donahue (MAR) 1:00.38.500 freestyle: 1. Heinen (SUP) 5:10.47; 15. Claessens (MAR) 5:51.21; 28. Madi Hall (MAR) 6:34.63; 29. Grace Hilbelink (MAR) 6:36.36.200 freestyle relay: 1. Chippewa Falls/McDonell (Olson, Ashton Ott, Nadine Porzondek, Erica Shakal) 1:39.49; 12. Marshfield (Roeglin, Fernandez, Kushnir, Claessens) 1:54.72.100 backstroke: 1. Madalyn Peterson (DC) 1:01.73; 7. Koehn (MAR) 1:05.64; 14. Donahue (MAR) 1:07.53; 19. Molina Barker (MAR) 1:10.91.100 breaststroke: 1. Lianna Wood (HUD) 1:06.61; 8. Holbrook (MAR) 1:12.21.400 freestyle relay: 1. Chippewa Falls/McDonell (Olson, Ott, Porzondek, Shakal) 3:39.58; 10. Marshfield (Claessens, Donahue, Koehn, Holbrook) 4:01.30.Click here for complete results.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

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Speak as Well as You Think: Business Communication Strategies

first_imgWhat we say, how we say it, and what we’re doing when we say it combine to create great messages—or messages that are forgotten in the next moment. When you can “speak as well as you think,” you can drive your business results, whether you are addressing shrinkage issues with the loss prevention manager or discussing profit-enhancement strategies with corporate executives.Beyond that, the ability to communicate clearly, confidently, and comfortably is a key talent differentiator that will enhance your career and professional development. When you’re speaking to your staff, your management, or your customers, first impressions are critical and you need to know the most effective business communication strategies. Focus on the four quadrants of communication, shown in Figure 1.Executive PresenceFigure 1.Executive presence is “what we see” and “what we hear” as you communicate. The specifics include the following:- Sponsor – Eyes—Where you are looking when you speak.Hands—What you are doing with your hands when you use them (gestures) and when they are at rest.Posture—How you stand, sit, and move.Volume—Your “speaker’s voice” for those times when you are “on” should be at the 7 to 8 level, where 1 is a whisper and 10 is a shout.Inflection—These are the peaks and valleys that the voice has. It’s how your listeners know what’s more important from what’s less important.Non-Words—The four most common non-words in American English are “umm,” “ahh,” “like,” and “you know.” You sound smarter when those words don’t land in every pause. They take away from your executive presence.Executive presence is essential to winning the business or selling a project to the capital committee. Here’s what you need to do physically:Speak one thought to one person and pause between thoughts and people.Use your speaking voice.Inflect your key words and phrases.Balance your stance or sit up straight.Gesture above the waist and outside your body lines with hands open.Reset or drop your hands to your sides between thoughts.Here’s why these skills are important. Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, cites a research study done by psychologist Nalini Ambadi, who studied how effectively a professor taught a college class. There were four test groups:The first group was shown three 10-second silent videotapes of the professor teaching the class.The second group was shown three 5-second silent videotapes of the professor teaching the class.The third group was shown three 2-second silent videotapes of the professor teaching the class.The fourth group was the students who sat through that professor’s class for the entire semester.Those who watched a silent 2-second video clip of a teacher they never met reached conclusions about the teacher that were very similar to those who attended the teacher’s class all semester.Message OrganizationOne of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to “start with the end in mind.” To that end, there are two critical questions to ask yourself when you organize your message:Who are my listeners, andWhen I’m done speaking, what do I want them to know or do?Who Are Your Listeners? Consider your staff, your team, or your audience. Who are they? How many people will you speak to? What time of day will you speak? What do you know about them? In what ways might they be predisposed to you or your topic?If you’re familiar with them, and you’re there to influence them, think about how they might have influenced you previously. Do they have a storytelling culture? Do they like statistics and facts? Do they often quote key thought leaders?When you tailor your message to your listeners, you come across as customer-oriented, focused, connected, and aligned with them.I once attended a dinner where the keynote speaker was Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy. Coach Dungy didn’t sit at a head table; he sat with nine other people, next to a ten-year-old boy and his father. When he was introduced at 7:30 p.m., he began by saying, “I sat next to Tommy Jones tonight. I want to share with all of you why Tommy is the most important person with us at dinner. The reason I say that is I asked Tommy what time his mother was expecting him to be home from tonight’s banquet. Tommy said she wanted him home by 9 o’clock. I told Tommy that I’d be done and he’d be home before 9 o’clock when his mother is expecting him.”The crowd enjoyed the embedded message that Coach Dungy wasn’t going to bore them with a long speech, and he made Tommy and his dad feel very special that evening.What Do You Want Them to Know and Do? The following are the three key messages we deliver when we speak to a group and the reasons why we deliver them: “Know this” means we want to inform, update, or educate.“Do this” means we want to recommend, propose, persuade, or influence.“Believe this” means we want to inspire.When you’ve answered the question, “What do you want your listeners to know, do, or believe?”, build your message so that when you’re done speaking, that’s where you finish.If my outcome is to have my audience “do something,” how will I influence them?How Will I Influence Them? Six forms of influence are used to move listeners to action. The first five form the acronym S-P-E-A-K. The sixth is “the demonstration.” Let’s look first at S-P-E-A-K:S = Statistics and facts.P = Personal experience, meaning something I have experienced and can talk about passionately.E = Examples are something someone else has experienced personally.A = Analogies are those descriptive phrases that convey a thought, such as “the perfect storm,” “the domino effect,” or “kick the can down the road.”K = Killer quotes can come from authors, speakers, business leaders, and team members.Finally, there’s the demonstration. The great demonstration of our era was at the O.J. Simpson trial, when the prosecution had him try on the bloody glove. As Simpson tried to slip his hand into the glove, he was clearly heard saying, “It doesn’t fit. The glove doesn’t fit.” When a demonstration goes well, it’s compelling–and the opposite is also true, as in this case.Story Telling. Speakers in a business setting often lament, “Oh, I don’t want to tell a story. It’s a business presentation.” But stories are synonymous with case studies, examples, personal experiences, even jokes. They all follow the same B-A-R pattern. Here’s an example that illustrates the pattern.(Background) The year is 1974. The country is Bangladesh. There were 42 female bamboo stool weavers who needed money for raw materials. They were poor and had no collateral. They had been borrowing from a local moneylender at usurious interest rates.(Action) Muhammad Yunus loaned these women the equivalent of $27 US dollars. He required no collateral. His idea was simple. Given the chance, poor people could be just as creditworthy as the rich. He depended on peer pressure of the group to repay the loans.(Result) Yunus established a practice called microlending, and he founded Grameen Bank, which since 1974 has lent more than $5.7 billion to more than 6.6 million poor people around the world. Others have imitated microlending. In 2006, Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Anytime you tell a story, tie it back to the point you’re using it to make. Many presenters expect their listeners to make the connection. Make it for them. Use words such as, “Now, the reason I tell you this story is to…” and reaffirm your point.Remember what the French philosopher Voltaire said: “The secret to being a bore is to tell everything.”Transitions. Transitions are how one part of the message hangs together with the next part of the message. When we use appropriate transitions as part of our business communication strategies, listeners describe the message as organized, flowing well, hanging together, making sense, and logical.How do we transition? If you’re using a PowerPoint or notes, embed your transitions in the headers. You have two options for transitional statements. You can say them in the declarative—“So let me explain transitions”—or the rhetorical—“How do we transition?”When I coached Ford Motor Co. President Red Poling in the late 1980s, he told me he gave just six speeches a year, which I thought was a small number. Poling explained that I was confusing the number of times he speaks with the number of talks he gives. “I have six talks,” he said. “They are a finance talk, a quality talk, a product-development talk, and three others. Now, I give each of those talks 20 to 30 times a year. What makes it easier for me is that each is formatted in a similar way. Eighty percent of the product development talk I give in Seattle tomorrow will be the same 80 percent I give in Cleveland next week. The other 20 percent are the Seattle details or the Cleveland details.”Make this approach work for you. Find a format. You need a “know this” format and a “do this” format. Figure 2 is a sample “do this” format.Figure 2.However you develop your own format, make it your own, and the majority of messages you deliver during your career will be accomplished far more easily than if every presentation is a unique-unto-itself message.DeliveryWhen you deliver, you marry your physical skills with your message. When it matters most, get up on your feet. If you’re only presenting to two or three clients, it’s overkill to stand to deliver your entire message. But do look for an opportunity to get up on your feet. When you are on your feet, you take an ordinary presentation and make it an event.Every message can be delivered by speaking one thought to one person. It will work best if you organize your message in bullets, thoughts, or packages. Don’t write your message out in script or longhand. It makes it too hard to deliver. Speak or deliver thought to thought rather than word to word.The three main adult learning styles are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Business communication strategies play into these learning styles.  When you tell your audience something (auditory), show them a PowerPoint presentation and/or give them a handout (visual), and have them interact with that handout (kinesthetic), they will retain that information much longer.For example, when you deliver from PowerPoint or handouts, follow the approach that great sports announcers, such as Al Michaels and John Madden, use. Michaels always speaks as he calls the play, meaning he tells you what you see. Then, after the play is run, Madden steps in and adds the color by telling you what it means.As a presenter, you need to know that the audience will look first and listen second. This means that if you’re delivering with visuals or presenting from a handout, you need to tell your listeners first what they see, then what it means.It’s critical that the spoken message and the visual message be identical. So often we hear the presenter adding color first while listeners are looking at the pitch book to find some visual cue of what the presenter is saying. The rule of thumb is to write what you’re going to say, then stay very close to what you’ve written.Q&A FacilitationYou work hard to organize a logical, compelling presentation and it’s absolutely sensational, but the audience hammers you during the question-and-answer period…and that’s all anybody remembers.Always “meet the listener where the listener is.” This means, if the listener wants to ask a question in the middle of your presentation, take it when it’s asked. What’s important to the listener is what should be most important to you.The ultimate credible answer to a question is when the answer is stated up front first, and then you develop the answer. Here’s an example:(Question) “Isn’t the discipline of a watch list an exact science?”(Direct Answer) “We believe it’s both a science and an art.”(Develop the Answer) “The quantitative analysis is the science. Applying decision-making discipline to the analysis is the art. Let me give you an example of that…”Another option is to rephrase the question. You need to stay true to the issue. Using the above example, here’s how that might sound:(Question) “Isn’t the discipline of a watch list an exact science?”(Rephrase) “How will we manage the watch list for you?”(Direct Answer) “We believe it’s both a science and an art.”(Develop the Answer) “The quantitative analysis is the science. Applying decision-making discipline to the analysis is the art. Let me give you an example of that…”There are three reasons you might rephrase a question:To take the negatives out if it’s a hostile question.To position the issue in preparation for your answer.To buy thinking time before answering.When you don’t know the answer, acknowledge it. Say something like, “I don’t have that data with me…” Then, you have two options:(Option 1) “But I will get it for you and phone you this afternoon with it.”(Option 2) “But if you’d give me a call following our meeting, I can get it for you.”So how do I communicate these messages most effectively?Practice These Business Communication Strategies for SuccessWhether you’re having a cup of coffee with your boss or speaking to a roomful of your store management team, your executive leadership team, or a group of people you’ve never met, the way you communicate is critical to accomplishing your objectives. For the best results, follow the four quadrants of communication.Do your homework and organize your message.Then deliver it to one person at a time.Handle questions non-defensively.Don’t forget to use your voice, gestures, and posture to physically project confidence and enthusiasm.Practice these techniques for just six weeks to make them your own. You—and your listeners—will notice a big improvement.This post was originally published in 2013 and was updated March 1, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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What To Expect At The Grace Hopper Conference

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Event#Grace Hopper Celebration#women in technology center_img There are a few things I look forward to each October: Halloween and pumpkin beer are among my favorites. But this year, the one thing I’m most excited about is happening this week, and as luck would have it, it’s in my hometown.The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is one of the biggest events in the world dedicated to women technologists. Aptly named after legendary computer scientist Grace Hopper and sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery, the conference takes up all four floors of the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona. It’s like South by Southwest—but for women in technology who would rather listen to technical talks by some of the industry’s leading computer scientists and researchers than spend a day attending 20 parties sponsored by startups. This is my first Grace Hopper Celebration. After working with the Anita Borg Institute and Harvey Mudd College on a series about women in computer science, I decided this conference was one I absolutely could not miss.I’ll be spending three days at the conference, which is broken up into a variety of different tracks. Day one focuses on future careers; day two is all about emerging technologies like the Internet of Things and human computing interaction; and day three offers sessions on wearables, software engineering, and privacy and security. It sounds like a lot. So I’ve planned ahead to make sure I’ll be attending panels I think our readers will be most interested in, including tuning in to keynotes featuring Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Nest’s Yoky Matsuoka, and the director of DARPA, Arati Prabhakar.Wednesday is open source day, and companies like GitHub are hosting how-to sessions for technologists interested in contributing to open source. Though the first day isn’t just for discussing best open source practices, but also how to make companies and workplaces more open and welcoming. There is a trend in technology to release numbers that illustrate diversity data in the workplace, and the numbers at big tech companies all skew white and male. To improve these statistics, companies are dedicated to bringing more women and minorities into the technical workforce, and drop the brogrammer, sexist stereotypes that permeate tech culture. On Wednesday night, a talk called “Male Allies Plenary Panel” will take a look at different ways male leadership at companies like Google and Facebook advocate for women in the workplace.Thursday kicks off with a conversation between Nadella and the president of Harvey Mudd College, Maria Klawe. (I’ll also be interviewing Klawe to discuss how universities are working to get more female and minority students in computer science.) Machine learning and human interaction will be a hot topic throughout the day, and I’ll find out from Matsuoka what it will be like for humans to live in the connected homes of the future with devices that talk to one another, and how smartening our products will provide opportunities for life-saving technology.On Friday, I’ll be attending a wearable fashion show, and I’m hoping to find some cute new technologies to add to our Pretty Geeky series for women who are looking for some fashion in a piece of technology strapped to their wrist. Bonnie Ross, studio head of 343 Industries and manager of the Halo franchise, will describe how technology has changed the way we show, and tell, stories in entertainment.There’s so much more I won’t be able to check out while I’m there—there’s no way one person could take in all the conference has to offer. Still, it’s going to be a great opportunity.Not only do I get to hang out with some old friends while in Phoenix, I get to make new ones at the biggest and best women-in-tech conference in the world. I hope you’ll follow along with me when I’m there.Lead photo by the Anita Borg Institute 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market selena larsonlast_img read more

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Bringing women into the forefront

first_imgA lot has been discussed about PM Modi’s first year in office. Report cards, grades, polls and other rituals of assessing performance have been dominating the public discourse. While actions and policies on economy, security, external affairs, ‘Make in India’ are being deliberated upon extensively, there is little attention on how the government has fared on its traditional battleground: gender equity.HistoricalModi’s speech on Independence Day was historical in highlighting an incumbent government’s commitment to women safety and empowerment. Unfortunately, a conspicuously masculine new national executive body of the BJP constituted by Amit Shah comes up as an unmistakable irony.While one year is not enough to mitigate centuries of exploitation and disenfranchisement, the PM must realise the issue needs to be tackled on a war footing and not delegated to the Ministry of Woman and Child Welfare. A gender sensitive approach needs to be adopted by all the ministries internally as well as at the level of policy making. Some ministries particularly have their tasks cut out for them. To begin with, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under Nirmala Sitharaman can put its weight behind eradicating human trafficking.As per a 2007 report from the Ministry of Women & Child Development, the presence of female ‘sex workers’ in India is over 3 million. Out of these, 35.47% of them enter the trade before the age of 18. The magnitude of the problem of sex trafficking and prostitution is increasing and worsening in India. The number of girls and women being pulled into prostitution is on the rise while their age at entry is decreasing.advertisementNatural calamities like the recent Nepal earthquake are a boon to the hawkish traffickers. With the destruction of livelihood and habitation, women’s vulnerabilities increase manifold.With the Companies Act, 2013 mandating Corporate Social Responsibility for big corporate houses, a lot can be achieved in this field. It is noteworthy however, that while issues like education, public health, AIDS etc have been covered in the Schedule VII of the act as potential areas for CSR, there is no mention of human trafficking.By specifying human trafficking as a key area, systematic efforts can be made to combat the menace. Other ministries like Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Urban Development, and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation can come together for a comprehensive solution by beginning with minimising vulnerabilities of potential victims.Another ministry that needs gender balanced policies is Defence Minsiter Parrikar’s recent dismissal of the idea of inducting women in combat roles is not in keeping with the modern outlook our Prime Minister espouses. The armed forces need dedicated soldiers – men or women. Cultural taboos restricting women’s greater participation in the services need to be discarded as a policy prerogative. The government must look at deliverables like entry for women as fighter pilots, minor design changes in warships for welcoming women in the Navy, uniform commission and promotion policy for achieving a gender balanced environment in the armed forces.AccessThe HRD Ministry along with the ministries of Women and Child Development, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports, must pay special attention to providing women access to necessary means for their financial empowerment.Gender based synergy in these ministries will lead to improved performance and eliminate duplication of schemes. The government may not need cost-cutting measures then. Maneka Gandhi’s dissenton federal spending in the social sector is crucial. In the capacity of a cabinet minister, she has drawn her government’s attention to the dangers of shortfalls in social welfare schemes. One cannot help making this into a textbook example while demanding for women’s increased participation in governance. Gandhi’s refusal to toe the line, and thus highlighting her commitment to the job at hand, is a magnified reflection of the actions of our women representatives at panchayats. Several studies show that women sarpanches fare remarkably well in the field of social development.PatriarchyThis brings us to the Women’s Reservation Bill. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha during the UPA government. Soon afterwards, Modi became PM and it was expected that the long pending bill would be passed. Why it is stuck? Responding to my question during a TV debate, Amit Shah assured of an early resolution on the bill. He shared the opinions of voices of dissent on the matter. How the present government turns naysayers into allies over this issue to get the bill passed remains to be seen. A majority government comes with many privileges so why not use them to address pressing societal concerns? Patriarchy has long been reigning in India.advertisementIt is high time that women empowerment became a policy matter. Social attitudes will fall in line once the government makes its own intent clear through action. Zero tolerance for gender related violence, discrimination and harassment as a national policy will percolate into the society at large. Let this government set an example and then we can celebrate.(The writer researches on Gender at the Observer Research Foundation)last_img read more

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Lobster Season opens midAugust

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 26, 2016 – Lobster season will not open on the first day of August, it will open on the 15th day of August and officials issued notice Friday for restaurants and fishermen and the residents to be aware of the legal open season.DECR Director, Dr John Claydon calls the two week change a benefit to the country’s number three industry, fisheries.  “Last season the fishing community of the Turks and Caicos benefited from an increase in crawfish landings. This appears to be the result of the stock starting to rebuild…”  Crawfish Season opens August 15 and closes on March 15 2017.last_img read more

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Disneys Aladdin enters the billiondollar club Earns 1 billion at the global

first_imgDisney’s Aladdin crosses $1 billion. TwitterDisney crosses a new milestone as their venture, Aladdin, has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. Despite lukewarm reviews, Disney’s live-action managed to rake in a very good amount at the box office. Well, perhaps the music-infused family drama with its colours and pizzazz brought about such a big feat.Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negabhan, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar in pivotal roles, Disney’s retelling of the classic 1992 animated film has become a big hit. This also marks the first time for Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie to enter the billion-dollar club. The breakdown of the collection goes like this – North American total of $343.1 million and $656.2 million overseas. This brings their collection to a total of $999.3 million. This is the third Disney movie that managed to cross this feat this year. Earlier, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel were the two releases that put Disney at the top position. Disney’s AladdinInstagramThe studio has had quite a few films to cross the $1 billion mark. Aladdin is the fifth film to have crossed the mark after Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and two of the Pirates of the Caribbean instalments. Interestingly, just earlier it was revealed that Sony and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Far From Home achieved this feat as it entered the $1 billion club. Avengers: Endgame which was distributed by Disney has already surpassed the $1 billion mark and has, in fact, entered the $2 billion club, surpassing the lifetime collection of James Cameron’s Avatar! Disney’s AladdinInstagramGuy Ritchie’s Aladdin surprisingly enjoyed a good stand at the box office. For the first nine weeks, Aladdin stayed at the top seventh spot. Even at the overseas market, the earnings have been remarkable. In Japan, the film neared a total of $100 million box office collection while in South Korea, the film stands tall at the #4 spot with an all-time record of $81 million. In the Middle East region too, the film has become the highest-grossing of all time!last_img read more

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80pc married women experience violence from partners

first_imgOver 80 per cent of married women in Bangladesh have experienced violent behaviour from their partners at least once, says a report, according to UNB.  And, as high as 55 per cent of the married women faced physical or sexual harassment in their lifetime, said UN Women Bangladesh on Saturday quoting VAW (Violence against Women) Survey 2015 carried out by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.Only 2.6 per cent took any legal action for physical or sexual violence, says the report.About 1 in 5 adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 surveyed in Bangladesh reported experiencing partners’ sexual violence, according to UNICEF.Nearly 2 per cent of GDP is lost due to expenses related to violence against women and girls.More than 67 per cent of the female respondents of a survey reported violence at the factory they are working.Some 76 per cent female students in higher education institutions faced sexual harassment in their education campus (UN Women).On the other hand, some 50 per cent of violence incidents reported by Rohingyas are sexual assault.Many cases go unreported by survivors because of “safety, confidentiality, shame and stigma” (UNFPA 2017)According to Ain-o-Salish Kendro (ASK) Bangladesh, from 2013 till Sept 2017, 86 per cent of rape victims were minors under 18 years.Among these minors, 49 per cent of rape victims were girls between 7-12 years.Some 10 per cent of all men interviewed in urban site reported perpetrating some form of rape against a woman or girl in their lifetime (Partners for Prevention – P4P study 2013).A survey with violence perpetrators reveals that the most common motivation for sexual violence was the belief that sex is men’s entitlement (77 per cent of urban and 81 per cent of rural men).About 29-35 per cent of men sexually abused women to take out their anger or to punish them, while about 57- 67 per cent of men sexually abused women just for fun (P4P study 2013).A UN study in Bangladesh asked men if they had forced a woman to have sex in anytime in their lives and 10 per cent men said yes, they had done it, UN Women Bangladesh said citing a 2013 report.Some 82 per cent of rural and 79 per cent of urban Bangladeshi men said “privilege” as their reason for rape. And an overwhelming 95.1 per cent of these men experienced no legal consequences.last_img read more

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Howrah firearms racket House used for making small firearms

first_imgKolkata: The sleuths have got some important clues in connection with Howrah arms factory. Sources informed that police personnel, who went to Bihar, came to know that the house in Howrah had became the workshop for manufacturing small firearms. The materials were supplied from Munger in Bihar.According to the sources, after interrogating the three accused persons, police came to know that Munger is the hub for such firearms manufacturing. They were supposed to hand over the finished firearms to someone who would take those to Munger. Later, the firearms would be sold to its customers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter getting all the information, the sleuths suspect the arms racketeers might be using West Bengal as a manufacturing hub. They also came to know that to avoid any kind of suspicion, arms racketeers used to receive only small orders. If big orders came, it would be divided into several parts. The members of the manufacturing units were asked to keep a strict vigil on the locality whether they were being monitored. They were also instructed to stop manufacturing work completely for a few days if necessary. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough police received some valuable tip off, they could not trace any one from Bihar in this case. Howrah Police has arrested three persons identified as Md Anwar, Md Sohel and Md Niraj Ansari on Tuesday evening from Gangaram Bairagi Lane in Howrah. During a search operation, police found 40 finished and 30 unfinished pistols and other apparatus related to firearms manufacture. The trio were arrested immediately. Sources informed that the accused persons are from Munger in Bihar. The trio had hired the house a few years ago for the purpose of a lathe factory. During day time, they used to do normal work and at night, they used to manufacture fire arms.last_img read more

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