February 28, 2021 /Sports News – Local Utah St. rides Queta and Bean past Nevada in 21-point win Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Neemias Queta scored 26 points with 13 rebounds and Justin Bean scored 17 with 13 boards and Utah State bounced Nevada 87-66.Queta and Bean alone had more than Nevada’s 24 total rebounds. Utah State collected 47 boards total. The Aggies’ Trevin Dorius threw down a dunk with 14:32 before halftime sparking a 17-2 run from which Nevada never recovered. Utah State led 39-23 at halftime and stayed ahead by double-digits the rest of the way.Desmond Cambridge Jr. scored 13 points for Nevada. Tags: Justin Bean/Mountain West/Neemias Queta/Utah State Aggies Basketball
PHOENIX >> Matt Kemp is back and knocking the baseball all over the park, just in time to help the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch the NL West and look for even better things ahead.One day after coming off the disabled list, Kemp went 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs Tuesday night and the Dodgers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3.The Dodgers, who once languished in last place, nine games out, snapped a four-game skid and can clinch the division title by beating Arizona on tonight.“It feels good to just be able to be here with the team and be able to go out there and run out with them and compete with them and do all that, “ Kemp said. “I missed baseball, man. I haven’t been able to play in a while, so it feels good, you know the crowd, to hear all that, it’s a good feeling.” “We haven’t had that conversation yet,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “The game just got over, (general manager) Kevin (Towers) is not here. I have talked to him but we will see how Patrick feels. He didn’t throw a lot of pitches tonight. He just didn’t have his good stuff.”Aaron Hill hit a solo home run for the Diamondbacks.Hanley Ramirez, who had missed the previous four games with a sore back, reached base four times with a single and three walks and scored three runs.Mark Ellis and Ramirez got the Dodgers going with consecutive one-out singles in the first. Gonzalez popped out, but Kemp lashed a two-out double to right to bring home both runs. Uribe followed with his third home run of the season, a two-run shot to left made it 4-0.Corbin retired the side in order in the second but walked Ramirez to start the third. Then on an 0-2 pitch, Gonzalez hit a soaring home run into the right field seats, his 17th homer of the season, and the Dodgers were up 6-0. Kemp’s double off the center field wall ended Corbin’s brief but rough night.“That’s me,” Kemp said, “driving the ball to center field, that’s what I do. To be able to do that, especially the first game back, that’s a pretty good sign.”Kemp had been sidelined since July 21 with a left ankle sprain. He struck out as a pinch hitter to end Monday night’s 2-1 loss. Manager Don Mattingly had said that until Kemp showed he could run well enough, pinch hitting would be his role. Kemp showed enough in a simulated game earlier Tuesday to get him back in the lineup.“He swung the bat good,” Mattingly said. “I thought he looked good in the outfield, too, just turning, a couple of plays he ended up backpedaling and stuff. It looked like he was pretty easy out there.”Kemp’s RBI single off Matt Langwell in the fourth put the Dodgers up 8-0.Arizona scratched out a run in the fourth when Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez led off with singles. Goldschmidt scored from third when Martin Prado grounded into a fielder’s choice.Hill’s leadoff homer in the sixth cut the lead to 8-2.Michael Young tripled home Ramirez with the Dodgers’ ninth run in the eighth.The Dodgers won’t have Clayton Kershaw on the mound tonight as had been scheduled. Mattingly said before the game that Kershaw has been pushed back three days and will start Saturday in San Diego to give him some added rest. Right-hander Stephen Fife (4-3, 3.38 ERA) will start in what the Dodgers hope will be the clincher. Greinke (15-3) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to improve to 7-0 in his last nine starts.The Dodgers seemed to downplay being so close to the NL West title.Winning the division, Greinke said, is “nice but it’s not really the special part.”“Something special would be winning in the playoffs or the World Series,” he said.Patrick Corbin (14-7) gave up six runs on seven hits in two innings plus three batters, his shortest outing of the year. After starting the season 12-1, Corbin is 2-6 in his last 10 starts and there has been speculation he could be shut down for the remainder of the season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Joe McHugh TD has said that Sinn Féin’s persistent negativity about the work of the IDA in Donegal does not help efforts to attract investment to the county.Deputy McHughAnd he has said that a positive approach by political parties would be more useful to the Donegal workforce during this time of economic crisis.Responding to criticism of the IDA by Donegal Sinn Féin today, Deputy McHugh said Sinn Féin’s statement about the IDA’s work in Donegal comes just 15 days after Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton TD & the IDA announced that the early stage technology company KeyedIn Solutions will establish its new European Software Research and Development Centre at CoLab on the LYIT campus in Letterkenny, initially creating 20 new jobs, with plans for significant expansion in the short-term. “Sinn Féin’s criticism of the IDA also comes just a short few weeks after the IDA’s biggest client company in Donegal, Pramerica Systems Ltd, started hiring 100 new additional employees at its premises in Letterkenny.“I have expressed concern in the past about the contribution of job creation agencies in Donegal. However, it must be pointed out that IDA client companies created 274 new jobs in Donegal in 2011 and 245 new jobs in Donegal in 2010; whereas IDA client companies in Donegal created 81 new jobs in 2009 and just 41 new jobs in 2008.“Businesses in Donegal are struggling to survive at present, and accessing credit is a key challenge. Today, as small-to-medium enterprises prepare for the Christmas season, what the Irish economy requires is money flowing through it. The Government is doing its utmost to address the banking crisis and to improve credit flow.“The Government launched its Credit Guarantee Scheme last week; this will provide an additional €150m in lending per year for small Irish businesses over the next three years. Bank of Ireland, AIB and Ulster Bank are the participating lenders in this scheme, and applications should be made to the participating banks in the normal way. The MicroFinance Fund has been in operation since October 1st 2012: it provides loans of up to €25,000 for viable businesses with less than 10 employees. Information on this scheme is available from Enterprise Boards. “This swipe by Sinn Féin at the IDA today may be a tactic to take attention away from the fundamental contradiction at the heart of Sinn Féin’s bogus new jobs strategy. Sinn Féin proposes to create new jobs nationally on the strength of a €1.534bn loan from the European Investment Bank, and the Party’s policy document also commits to stopping the funding of bondholders. The EU has said that European Investment Bank funds will not be available to countries that default on bondholders.“Sinn Féin’s bogus strategy also commits to investing €300m in new schools in the Republic of Ireland, even though the Party is closing schools in Northern Ireland, where it holds the Education Ministry.“I encourage Sinn Féin to stop playing politics with people’s futures and to stop undermining the sincerity of public debate by publishing bogus policy documents during a time of real crisis. I also encourage Donegal Sinn Féin to be more positive about our county instead of trying to score cynical points.”MCHUGH SLAMS SINN FEIN’S ‘NEGATIVITY’ ON INVESTMENT IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 31st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joe McHughSinn Fein
It has also earmarked more than R1.7-billion for the country’s Further Education Training (FET) colleges for 2012, compared to R1.2-billion last year. For example, Khena indicated that Walter Sisulu University would receive nearly R250-million in 2012 compared to the R148.7-million it received last year, while Tshwane University of Technology would get R393-million compared to R42.7-million last year. Source: BuaNews 17 February 2012 At the same hearing, Higher Education South Africa acting chief executive Jeffrey Mabelebele made a proposal that students who owed universities money should still be allowed to graduate. He proposed that these students sign a formal contract committing to pay their outstanding fees once they got a job, adding that they should not receive their certificates until their debts were cleared. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) projects that it will allocate over R3.6-billion to South Africa’s universities this year, up from R3.4-billion in 2011. Limpopo University has been earmarked to receive R203-million compared to last year’s R186.9-million, while North West University would get R124-million compared to the R115.9-million from last year. On FETs, Boland College in Stellenbosch would get R35.7-million in 2012 compared to last year’s R23-million, while King Sabata Dalindyebo FET College in Mthatha would get R24-million compared to the R17-million it received in 2011. Mabelebele said universities were willing to provide employers with a letter confirming that the student had graduated. Addressing MPs on Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education in Cape Town on Wednesday, NSFAS chief executive officer Nkosinathi Khena said the allocations took note of historically disadvantaged institutions, as well as how money had been spent in the previous year.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The raccoon is hard to love, but easy to respect. The coon commits a variety of social infractions that make it a real pest in agricultural areas — crop damage, stealing chickens and eggs, raiding gardens, and making smelly messes of barns and hay mows. Coons are curious critters, and this curiosity often lands this brazen omnivore — who will eat almost anything — in trouble. As naturalist Marty Stouffer has observed, this “masked bandit knows what he’s after and is bold enough to risk the consequences.”Outdoorsman and trapper Ryan Minyo, of Morrow County, agrees.“They’re curious animals. They aren’t afraid to try something new. Raccoons just go for it. But they’re not doing things to be hateful. A raccoon does what it does to feed itself and its family,” Minyo said. “They do what they have to do to survive; they are just going about their lives like we are.”Minyo, a senior at Highland High School, took up serious trapping as a freshman (after being taught to trap as a youngster by his father, Dale) in order to fulfill the requirements for his state FFA degree.“I need to make $3,000 profit from my SAE project as part of my FFA State Degree. To do this, I sell firewood and the pelts from coon, muskrat, and mink that I trap,” he said, “I wanted to help local farmers and landowners and at the same time make some money on the side. After a few years of trapping, farmers now call me to take care of problem animals.”When trapping for coons, Ryan has learned that “no one place is the same — you need to know all the different techniques and strategies to catch coons in different habitats, environments, and setups. I have also learned about the time and money investments required to be an effective trapper through my project. I have $1,800 dollars in traps and supplies and have had to learn how to best market the furs. There is also a lot of time spent checking trap lines every day and preparing the pelts after the animals are harvested.”When trapping coons, Ryan prefers dog-proof traps.“They allow me to trap near barns and outbuildings without catching unwanted animals. I also use live traps in barns,” Ryan said. “I will use leg hold traps when running creek lines and farm fields. For bait, I use dog food and maple syrup, and when the raccoon rut is on in January, I will also put gland lure about four to five feet in the air above the traps to bring the coons in. At that point in the year, the coon’s main instinct is breeding, and the gland lure attracts the boar coon because it feels that another coon has invaded its territory, which makes him curious and brings him in to the trap to check things out. Coons are everywhere. It’s a species that is easily targeted.”Trapping the raccoon is just the first step.“There’s work that goes into processing hides, but the raccoon’s hide is easy to prepare and it doesn’t take too much time, not like a huge coyote,” he said. “It takes me 5 minutes to skin, 15 minutes to scrape and put on a board, and a week to cure the coon pelt.”Most importantly, Ryan said that regardless of his respect for this animal, his interest in trapping raccoons is based on the need to maintain a balance in agricultural ecosystems.“Whether we think about it or not and regardless if the fur market is up or down, raccoons need to be managed. I’ve seen 40 to 50 acres of corn that have been destroyed mainly by coons,” he said.Ryan has become quite adept at managing raccoon populations in his neck of the woods.“At one spot near my house — a creek running through a cattle pasture on one of my teacher’s properties — I caught a new raccoon in the same trap along the creek every day for two weeks straight,” he said. “I have been running a trap line for four years, since I was a freshman. My first year, a buddy and I caught 30 raccoons. We thought that was amazing, but every year the numbers have steadily gone up. I’ve trapped 120 coons this year, and I pulled my traps at the start of deer gun season the first week of December. I put them back out in the first week or so of January.”While the raccoon has been relegated to nuisance status in many farmers’ minds, it should be noted that the critter possesses qualities of a more regal and revered beast of the forest. Raccoons have been compared to bears in several cultures. The German name for the raccoon, “waschbar,” translates as “little bear” and the Mexican name for the coon, “osito lavador,” means “little bear washer,” a reference to the raccoon’s habit of “washing” its food in water prior to consumption. And indeed, raccoons and bears share many qualities. The coon’s track looks like a miniature version of the bear’s and they have similar diets and habits. Both are known for their inquisitive, scavenging nature. They claw up rotting wood for grubs, are attracted to berry patches, and are driven to put on a layer of fat in late summer/early fall for winter, gaining 25% of their original body weight during this time. Like bears, ring-tails walk flat-footed, with a high-humped back and a shuffling, lazy walk; when on the run, both animals possess a rocking gait.Ryan Minyo and other raccoon trappers are participating in a tradition, pursuit, and livelihood that stretch back centuries on this continent, and raccoons have played an important role in the history and development of the nation. They were a common and important source of food and income for Native Americans and early European settlers and explorers. Raccoon was a staple food item for Christopher Columbus’ sailors. According to zoologist Samuel I. Zeveloff in his book Raccoons: A Natural History, early settlers “presumably roasted raccoon and strips of their meat were smoked like bacon. Their fat was used for many purposes: it could be applied as a salve for bruises and sprains, it was converted into a lubricant and employed as a leather softener, and it was probably used in place of lard.”Examples abound of how early Americans took advantage of the raccoon as a resource. Native American tribes used the animal’s s-shaped penis bone as a pipe-cleaning tool. In the cold winters during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers donned coonskin caps for warmth, and there was such a great European demand for raccoon pelts during the frontier era that coonskins could be substituted for money to pay court fees and to purchase goods at trading posts.Highland senior Ryan Minyo has taken up trapping for his FFA SAE. Here he is holding the first coyote he trapped.Ryan Minyo clearly understands this frontier impulse to use the resources that avail themselves to an outdoorsman, as he noted that through his trapping experiences, he has learned “how nature works, and to take what you can catch, and make the most out of what you can get.”The raccoon’s common name derives from the Algonquin Indian name for the animal, “arakunem,” which roughly means “he who scratches with hands.” Minyo points out that a raccoon’s paws are 30 times more sensitive than human hands. Lake Erie and the Erie tribal group take their names from the Huron tribe’s name for the raccoon, “iri,” or “eri,” meaning “big-tailed.”This moniker for the lake and people has its roots in the frontier fur trade, as Zeveloff explains: “A Northern Huron tribe may have been the first to use the term ‘big-tailed’ for both the pelts and the tribes bearing them, and the other local tribes evidently adopted this label. These southern fur traders hence became known as ‘people of the long-tailed ones’ and the nearby lake was called ‘lake of the long-tailed ones’…This is why the southernmost Great Lake is named Erie, as was the tribe of fur traders from its southern shore.” Although many a curious coon finds itself the victim of a trapper’s tricks each trapping season, there are always more of these resilient animals to fill the void left by their fallen brethren. Say what one will about these sneaky little thieves, they are clever, tough, and intelligent, as testified to by a variety of American naturalists who have observed many admirable qualities in the species.In his book Wild Animal Ways, Ernest Thompson Seton speaks reverently of the creature’s stealthy ghostliness, calling the raccoon “the black-masked wanderer of the night and of the tall timber…the dryad of the hollow trees.”In his field identification guide, The Complete Tracker, Len McDougal points out that raccoons are “exceptionally tough and ferocious fighters when injured or cornered. I’ve seen them whip game dogs twice their size, even luring hounds into deep water where the coon actively tried to drown them.”Calling it a “ring-tailed rascal,” Marty Stouffer also admires the raccoon’s hardiness and “street smarts,” pointing out that one “measure of intelligence is adaptability.” The coon is found in all of the lower 48 United States, southern Canada, and down into Central America, inhabiting every ecosystem from un-peopled woodlands to urban cityscapes.Although the chances for frontier freedom and the lust for raccoon pelts has declined in contemporary times, as the previous quotes show, there is still much to be appreciated and learned from the raccoon’s habits and lifestyle, and much to be gained from a person’s chase of these wily varmints.Ryan Minyo clearly understands this, saying that the most enjoyable aspect of running trap lines for coons is “being able to get away from society, to go into the woods and run traps, where it’s peaceful and quiet, and there are no phones or demands of you, and there is no one to tell you that you have to do this, or do that. You’re out there doing your own thing and seeing how animals interact, how they live, and learning about how people used to live before us.”
“Stadt im Wald”“Stadt im Wald” (GC17K3A) is a “Lost Place Cache.” The Multi-Cache takes geocachers through a rotting relic of the Cold War. The nine stages of the cache lead adventurers into an abandoned and decayed Soviet military base. This “lost place” in Eastern Germany is the size of a small city. The military installation has been largely forgotten since the fall of communism. The geocache was placed with landowner permission.”Stadt im Wald”Geocachers are warned to take extreme safety precautions. They’re warned to be especially careful of broken glass and hidden holes in the ground. Geocachers are also reminded to respect the site and cause no further damage.“Stadt im Walk” is a difficulty 3.5, terrain 3.5 cache. Hornesia placed the cache in 2007. It has accumulated more than 230 Geocaching.com Favorite Points.This Geocache of the Week comes straight from two Lackeys traveling in Europe. They recorded local German geocachers as they completed the cache on June 2. The Geocaching.com video team is on location exploring some of the most exciting geocaching Germany and the Czech Republic have to offer. The videos will eventually be shown on Geocaching.com and YouTube.Oh the places Groundspeak hamsters will go – Groundspeak videographer Reid shooting video in a secret location at “Stadt im Wald”Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Presents: Lost Places – GermanyJuly 28, 2011In “Deutsch”A photo is worth 1000 finds? – The Mountain of Moonlit Rocks (GC1CB) – Geocache of the WeekJune 18, 2015In “Geocache of the Week””Petrified Canyon” GCME8A GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 20, 2011June 20, 2011In “Community”
Murray Newlands Murray Newlands is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor and speaker. He is the founder of the How to CEO podcast and you can read his blog at MurrayNewlands.com. How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… Related Posts Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Tags:#Banking#business#travel Luxembourg is a country which prides itself on its individuality and welcoming mentality. The origin of the nation’s motto says it all:Kommt hier aus Frankräich, Belgie, Preisen — Come here from France, Belgium, Prussia,Mir wellen iech ons Hémecht weisen — We want to show you our fatherlandFrot dir no alle Säiten hin — Ask in all directionsMir welle bleiwe wat mir sin. — We will stay what we are.This historically derived notion of hospitality and predilection for embracing individuality has undoubtedly played a key role in their current international business model.As a result, it comes as no surprise that Luxembourg’s uniquely inviting policies, coupled with their solid financial reputation make the nation the main attraction for international fintech businesses looking to set up shop in Europe.Luxembourg’s history of welcoming American business goes explicitly as far back as the 1950s when Goodyear, one of the world’s leading tire companies, looked towards the country to establish their first international R&D center. This center is currently the largest one the company owns outside of its headquarters in Akron, Ohio.I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Luxembourg’s current Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna, at the Global Ventures Summit | Silicon Valley Tours the World (GVS) reception in San Francisco, hosted by Parkpine Capital. “Parkpine Capital’s thesis is to invest in scalable tech companies that can immediately scale beyond boarders.We are very excited about GVS Luxembourg as the first stop in Europe, and we look forward to announcing deals in @GVS Luxembourg this winter. Thanks to Nasir Zubairi and Alex Panican at Luxembourg’s Fintech Innovation hub for plugging Parkpine into the ecosystem” – Ahmed Shabana, Managing Partner – Parkpine CapitalWe discussed the initial draw of Luxembourg to American financiers, which started back in the 1960s when numerous American players began swarming the country as a way to circumvent the Equalization Tax imposed by the Kennedy administration.During this interview, Gramegna elaborated on the circumstances surrounding the Kennedy administration’s policies. “If you’re trying to make the life of business difficult, business is always going to find a way around it.” And indeed, they did. “The top 10 investment fund players of the US are all there with huge presence and huge portfolios,” said Gramegna.However, it’s not just America that has a particular affinity for the nation. Luxembourg has 140 banks in total that have established locations within their borders.This number includes not only the most prominent players in America but seven of the largest Chinese banks as well that have headquartered themselves in the country.Luxembourg offers something that very few places in Europe can offer growing fintech companies. For one, they have a wealth of the traditional players. They’re additionally at critical mass in a robust market where companies can have access to 500 million consumers.Luxembourg also happens to have an AAA investment grade, a prime rating currently afforded to just 12 countries in the world. These ratings primarily assess the creditworthiness of an entity and Luxembourg gets the highest of marks by S&P, Moody’s and Fitch.According to Gramegna, this means that fintech businesses can rest assured.“Whatever financial initiative you take, you’re in a country that is extremely safe,” he said. Luxembourg additionally has decades of political continuity that have served as a significant driver in ensuring their warm policies towards international business investment remain solid.“The present government has been very successful and has received the confidence of the people…We have a kind of common ground between all majority parties which ensures there’s going to be no surprises.” The nation is also quickly becoming an international hub for electronic payments.“We have become over the years…the capital of e-payment in the heart of the European Union starting from Paypal and Amazon being there for over 10 years to more recent successes like Rakuten, who is a leader in Japan, or Alipay which is the payment arm of Alibaba of China,” said Gramegna.Luxembourg’s success lies primarily in their generous business model which prides itself on limited bureaucracy.As a result, it is one of the most successful financial centers in Europe. “A company that invests in Luxembourg is not a number, it is a company that we cherish, and we know and that we will, in one way or another, help if it has challenges ahead. And I think that has been a recipe that has worked well.”Luxembourg’s diverse population also contributes to its business-friendliness.They are a multilingual nation at heart; with a high population of French, Germain, Italian, Spanish and English speakers. If you’re an English-speaking business setting up shop in the country, you can file your requests in English even though it is not an official language, nor a policy mandated by law.The country prides itself in its customer service model and its willingness to dive in and help growing businesses.The growing companies are no doubt a significant reason behind the fact that, according to the Finance Minister, more than 50 startups have elected domicile at their Luxembourg House of Financial Technologies. “…What we can offer is not only that we can solve your formalities…but basically introduce you to the business community that is already there,” said Gramegna.“You are not a number. You are a person. You are a company that we cherish, and with that, you are already on the right track.”According to the 2019 Index of Economic Freedom, Luxembourg currently ranks 17th globally. With a financial freedom score of 80, a business freedom score of 68.8 and a financial freedom score of 80, it comes as no surprise that this tiny little nation serves as a major attraction to international business from all over the globe. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …
The first problem with giving an ultimatum is that it can be accepted. You may believe that you have the power in a negotiation. You might believe that that power can be exercised by giving the other party an ultimatum. But giving an ultimatum allows for the other party’s acceptance. And then, you’re done.Maybe you really believe you should be done negotiating. But giving an ultimatum usually indicates a different, deeper set of problems.Lack of Strong RelationshipsAll things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still probably win.Giving ultimatums often means that you don’t have the relationship necessary to work through the issue and arrive a more positive solution. Strong relationships allow you to work through issues and give the other party the benefit of the doubt. But sometimes you don’t quite have the relationships you need. Before you give an ultimatum, you’re better off asking for an opportunity to work on the relationships, to build trust, and to build a better understanding of the other party’s view.Ultimatums eliminate relationships … they’re a seriously transactional behavior. They aren’t what people with relationships offer each other.Lack of ResourcefulnessYou are a limitless reservoir of ideas.Ultimatums are also a sign that you are in an unresourceful state. Your resourcefulness (your imagination and your creativity) allows you to continually identify new options, new ideas, and new solutions. There is no reason to get to an ultimatum when you can instead work on creating alternatives. You need the trust that relationships are built on to get the time and opportunity to work on these solutions. If you’ve got the relationship, use it to collaborate.Ultimatums eliminate the possibility of identifying and pursuing alternatives. You are a limitless reservoir of ideas. So is the person with whom you are negotiating. The best relationships are built on collaborating to find a way or make a new one.Instead of giving ultimatums, work on the underlying relationship and resourcefulness problems. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The power in a promise isn’t found in the making of that promise. The power of a promise is in keeping it.Lots of people will make commitments with every intention of keeping them. But for all kinds of reasons, they will fail to keep them. They’ll fail to keep promises they make to other people, and worse, they’ll fail to keep the promises they make to themselves.Other people will make promises with no intention of keeping them, or they’ll make promises that they know that they cannot keep. Some have no intention of keeping the promises they make. They are making the promises because they want what they gain by making those promises.Some people are very stingy with their promises. They make very few promises. They aren’t quick to commit to doing anything. They only make promises that they intend to keep, and they keep their promises. These people recognize that the value in the promise is in its being kept, not made.You want to be in this last group, slow to make promises, fast to keep them.
“Just a few more minutes and you will reach. Think of the breathtaking views up there. You can do it.” Like a stuck record, I keep repeating these words to myself as I bravely trek up the steep 8-km hill to Tiger’s Nest, or Taktsang Monastery, sitting on the edge of a sheer cliff. Raj, our friendly Bhutanese guide for the trip, slows his pace to keep me company. But I am in no rush. I am enjoying stopping and chatting with passersby as they motivate each other. Coming from a city where the pace of life is absolutely maddening, going slow is my motto and agenda for these four days. It is not everyday that I go to the Kingdom of Happiness, and I want to experience it at leisure.Looking at the emerald green mountains around me, my thoughts flash back to my journey here. I sat in awe as the charter plane, part of the MakeMyTrip package, flew over the tallest mountain range in the world and then close to the Mount Everest. The sight of this towering, snowclad Himalayan peak, shimmering under the bright morning sun made me goosebumpy. Coming out of my reverie, I start walking again. We are climbing from 7,382 to 10,200 ft and when I reach, huffing and puffing, I am quite proud of what I have accomplished. For me, it is as good as scaling the Everest.The sight of the Taktsang monastery, hanging at the edge of a sheer vertical cliff,Mount Everest is spectacular and I wonder how it was constructed way back in 1692. Butter lamps flicker inside as I bow my head in silence and close my eyes for five minutes. It’s peaceful and silent. As I walk out to the terrace, I am entranced by the surreal sight of Paro spread out at my feet.Like almost every monastery in Bhutan, this one too has a legend associated with it. I am told that at Tiger’s Nest, Guru Padmasambhava travelled from Tibet to Bhutan on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months in the 8th century after subduing a demon.To me Bhutan seems a land that proudly retains its culture, and has managed to keep its distance from the hustle-bustle of the 21st century. After all, this tiny mountain kingdom has given the world the concept of Gross National Happiness as a measure of progress in place of economic indicators. Never mind the eight lakh local people, this philosophy begins working for me from the moment I land. Soon after arriving in Paro–which I am told is the world’s second toughest landing strip after Alaska, the first thing I spot is a board that says ‘130 Years of Peace, Unity and Happiness’. It is an appropriate welcome. I am already beaming with the picture of Mount Everest etched in my mind. Just after leaving the airport, we pass by a park where the 15th Paro Archery (the national sport) tournament is underway. All the men are attired in their national dress, gho, a single piece of cloth that is tied with a belt and women in kira, a long cloth till their ankles. It is compulsory to wear this in a few public areas and all government offices. We watch the competitors aim at a target which is a mind boggling 340 ft away, and I, a city bird, wonder how they can they even focus on the target so far.Paro Valley is quiet with a small market. The houses, made of mud and wood, are sprinkled along different hills so that the town does not look congested. After spending a day here, we are on our way to the capital, Thimphu. It is vibrant, lively and much bigger than Paro. There is a certain buzz in the air in the Bhutanese capital, but it never loses the air of serenity I am already getting accustomed to. What strikes me is the absence of traffic lights-, not just in Thimphu, but across the country. We visit a number of dzongs (ancient monastery-fortresses) but it is Punakha Dzong that mesmerises me the most. Three hours away from Thimphu, it is located at the confluence of two rivers. This peaceful setting takes my breath away, making me stare for a few moments. We stop by at a park next to Punakha Higher Secondary School where children are sitting during their break. Some are chatting, others are studying. A spirit of well-being and calm hangs in the air as the river gushes by. I cannot help thinking that if my school had been located in such a place, I would have fared better with my studies. We walk over a wooden bridge, festooned with colourful prayer flags and then along a pathway strewn with flowers to reach the dzong. Four purple jacaranda trees outside are a perfect contrast to the crimson red robes worn by the monks.Incense and chants fill the air. Chimi Lhakhang monastery is next on our list. Also known as the temple of fertility, people from across the country come here to pray for a child. We walk for 15 minutes through fields to reach there. A group of young monks playing with a ball catch my attention. It is the sweetest sights ever–little monks clad in maroon robes, but not missing out on a carefree childhood. As far as I can gauge, the happiness concept is not mere talk. Wherever I look, people appear content, whether it is a monk, a child or women behind shop counters.Inside the monastery, I am surprised when the priest blesses us with a phallus. Legend goes that Lama Drukpa Kunley, who travelled from Tibet to Bhutan, would hit the evil with his penis. He told people that the phallus was lucky and they should keep one in their home to drive away evil spirits. That is why many houses have graphic paintings of phalluses. I am rather amused to see all this.Back in Thimphu, we roam around the market. Even small shops here have a bar and you can pick up local liquor from the general stores as well, but smoking is frowned upon and banned in public. On our last evening in Thimphu we visit Bhutan Kitchen, a popular restaurant. Food in Bhutan is spicy. The fiery red chilli is a staple, which they tend to throw into practically every dish. I could not get enough of Ema Datshi, the national dish made with green chillies in a cheese sauce. The meal starts with Ara, a potent local drink made of grains like rice, wheat and barley. We then have the Bhutanese staple red rice, served with chilli beef, and the meal turns out to be amazing.I head back to Paro and then finally need to pack my bags for our return journey. These four days have been like time out from my world of rush, hurry and noise and I cannot help wishing that I could also pack some of the leisure, calm and serenity of this magical land to take back with me forever.advertisementadvertisement At a glanceGetting there: MakeMyTrip runs packages that include charter flights from Delhi/ Mumbai to Paro. Tour Fare: Rs. 33,333 onwards per person.When to go: March to November is the best season.Must doStay:Paro: Affordable: Tashi Namgay Resort; tel: +975 08 272 318; www.tnr.bt. Cost: Rs. 2,900 for two.Luxury: Zhiwa Ling; tel: + 975 08 271 277; www.zhiwaling.com. Cost: Rs. 11,250 for two.Thimphu: Affordable: Namgay Heritage Hotel; tel: +975 02 337 113; www.nhh.bt. Cost: Rs. 3,700 for two.Luxury: Amankora Thimphu; tel: +975 08 272 333; www.amanresorts.com. Cost: Rs. 58,000 (approx) per person.Eat: It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you are open to experimenting try butter tea. It is salty and made from yak milkShop: Beef or red chilli pickle from the farmers market in Thimphu.See: The 51.5 metre high statue of Shakyamuni Buddha close to Thimphu. It is the tallest statue of Buddha in the country.FYICurrency in Bhutan: Indian currency is accepted in Bhutan. It is on par with Bhutan’s currency, Ngultrum. However, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 bank notes are not accepted. It is best to take lower denominations from the bank or airport before. These can be used in hotels and most of the shops.Hot dealA hill getaway: MakeMyTrip offers a 7 night/8 day package with airfare, breakfast, dinner & sightseeing for Rs. 33,333 per person. www.makemytrip.com advertisement