This Is How I Work

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now This is my riff on Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series.Location: Westerville, OhioCurrent computer: Macbook Pro 15 w/Retina Display (backup computer MacBook Air 11)Current mobile device(s): Samsung Note 3 and iPhone 5sWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?For my money, Evernote is the indispensable app. I use Evernote for taking notes, for clipping articles, and for scanning every document that enters my life. I just bought the Evernote ScanSnap scanner from Evernote’s new marketplace.I love 37 Signals, and I use Highrise for my customer relationship manager and Basecamp for projects. Highrise is an untraditional customer relationship manager or sales force automation. It’s pretty simple, and it isn’t for managing a pipeline, but it works for me. Basecamp is perfect! I love sharing projects with my team and my clients.I like Dropbox, but I pay for Box.com. Box is a professional grade version of online storage. I sync a number of files across my computers, and I share a number of folders with my team and my clients.I just switched from Mail.app to Airmail. It’s a super-slick email application with a killer user interface. Mail.app and Gmail just don’t play nicely together anymore, so I had to find something that let’s me replicate the Mail Act-On functionality, particularly archiving email to certain tags with a keystroke.I also use 1Password as a password manager (on everything but the Note 3). I am really trying hard to use complex passwords and two-factor authentication wherever I can.What’s your workspace like?I have a Geekdesk with two 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt displays. I like to stand when I work on the telephone, and I like to sit down to write. My office is my library, and I am surrounded by floor to ceiling bookshelves (I am never more comfortable than when I am surrounded by books and coffee).What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?Capture everything you need to do in a trusted system (Thank you, David Allen). Hire a personal assistant (Thank you, Michael Hyatt). Outsource the work for which you are not the primary value creator (Inspired by Gerhard Gschwandtner).For my money, getting up before 5:00 AM and working until 7:00 AM on creative, psychic-RAM-draining tasks is the ultimate key to productivity.What everyday thing are you better than everyone else?I don’t know that I am better than anyone else at any everyday thing. But I can read for hours and hours.What’s your favorite to-do list manager?I love Omnifocus, but since I switched to an Android phone, I had to find something else (or at least I thought I did). I am currently using 2Do. It’s not as powerful, clean, or flexible as Omnifocus, but it’s the best-in-class if you need to manage tasks across platforms. Airmail’s newest update allows you to share emails striaght to 2Do, which helps tremendously.What do you listen to while you work?Nothing. At 4:30 AM, I am surrounded by and enveloped in my thoughts.What are you currently reading?Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers (the most important book of 2013) by Niraj Dawar and The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization.What’s your sleep routine like?In bed and asleep at 10:00 PM (I normally fall asleep in seconds), up at 4:30 AM (except on weekends, then usually up by 5:45 AM).Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ___________ answer these same questions?He’s not quite as tech-nerdy as I am, but he’s running a close second: Charlie Green (who I am hoping will write his own response and name someone else).What’s the best advice you’re ever received?It’s a tough question. Let’s start with “Shut up. It isn’t about you.” Then maybe, “Stop worrying about politics and just make enough money to outrun the bastards.”last_img read more

The Invaluable Nature of Mistakes

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now I was a better salesperson before I was given my first job in sales. I just tried to get people to meet with me, some did, and some gave me good opportunities. Then my manager made me a full time, outside salesperson. The company armed me with a big binder full of our history, our locations, and our features and benefits. Having not been trained, I read most of the 84 pages to my unsuspecting prospects, never noticing that all were lulled into a catatonic state.As I was responsible for more deals, I mistook receptivity for opportunity. I spent time with people who were happy to have someone to speak with but had no real power–or interest–in changing anything. They were receptive, but they’re weren’t motivated to change anything.As I improved I won very, very big deals. At one point I had three of four major clients and I was making more money than I had ever made, all of it commissions. Then the largest of the clients decided to relocate to another state. The second largest changed their business strategy and no longer need me or what I sold. My income was cut in half, and because I was content to serve these big clients, I had no pipeline.I had a big deal all wrapped up and a verbal commitment from the buyer. It was worth a few million bucks a year. But then he took a final meeting with a competitor, and they showed him something I hadn’t shown him. It was something he never mentioned. He chose them instead of me. I demanded a meeting, and he agreed. I reviewed 8 pages of notes with him, none of which contained a single word about the shiny object my competitor had used to lure him away.These were all major mistakes I made. And I could write dozens and dozens more of these that I have personally made, and countless more I have seen others make.No one likes to make mistakes, but the experience of making them is one of the primary ways that you learn, adjust, and improve. The experience is something very different and more valuable than reading about other people’s mistakes. It ingrains the lesson into you.Mistakes without learning, without deciding what you will do different in the future, are wasted. But mistakes with a lesson that changes your beliefs and behaviors are invaluable–but only if you treat them as such.last_img read more

Mark Schaefer on Becoming Known Instead of Becoming Famous – Episode #81

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 40:03 — 36.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere are few people who know what it takes to become known, like Anthony’s guest on this episode, Mark Schaefer. Mark has spent his entire adult life consistently generating the quality content that has placed him in the spotlight in the business world. From studying under Peter Drucker to engaging with business leaders worldwide, Mark’s experience has led him to write his newest book, “Known” – an examination of how we become known and why it’s more important and powerful to be known than to be famous. Anthony and Mark have a wide-ranging conversation, all centered around the things it takes to truly become known for the value you provide, so be sure you make the time to listen.Mark Schaefer on Becoming Known Instead of Becoming FamousClick To TweetHow being known is different and more powerful than being famous.A quick check just now reveals that 27,100 people are Googling the phrase, “How to become famous” every day. That tells you a lot about the culture we live in. But Mark Schaefer, Anthony’s guest on this episode of In The Arena, is convinced that being known is very, very different than being famous and that it has a great deal more power for good in the world. In this conversation, Anthony quizzes Mark about his book, “Known” and asks about the specific things that go into being known. Be advised, it’s a long game, but one well worth playing. You’re going to enjoy this conversation.Being famous is about you. Becoming known is about your goals.Anyone who wants to become famous is seeking glory, the spotlight, notoriety. And when you look closely you’ll see that those things all have to do with the individual. They are purely selfish. But becoming known is a step in the journey of those who are trying to make a difference, it’s a move toward accomplishing their crazy goals that can change the world. Find out how Mark Schaefer says we have to go about becoming known and why it’s the exact opposite of becoming famous by listening to this episode. In his characteristic way, Mark tells stories and gives examples so you can walk away from this conversation knowing exactly what you need to do next. Ready? Welcome to In The Arena.Being famous is about you. Becoming known is about your goalsClick To TweetHow important is content creation in becoming known?In the digital world, content is everywhere – from stupid cat videos to in-depth articles outlining the newest sales strategies. With so much content available you might think that adding your voice to the noise is not going to make much difference. But here’s how it can: If you create content that is better and you do it more consistently, you’ll rise to the top – you’ll become known. Mark Schaefer highlights the importance of creating great content in this day and age and provides some tips for how you can adjust your mindset to play the long game required – and it’s all on this episode.Consistency is the power behind becoming known through content creation.It’s hard to keep going when you don’t see the results of what you’re doing. Mark Schaefer understands that. He’s been posting incredible, regular content for years and it wasn’t until the recent past that he began seeing the influence he was having. Why did he keep going all those years when it seemed like nothing was really working? It’s because he has the philosophy that as long as you see signs that what you’re doing MIGHT be making a difference, you should keep going. The certainty of your impact only comes through consistency, and by default, that’s a long game. You have to believe in the change you’re trying to make enough to keep going. You can hear a good deal more of Mark’s wisdom, on this episode of In The Arena.Consistency is the power behind becoming known through content creationClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of his guest today, Mark Schaefer. What is the new equity of influence? Why being known is different than being famous. How important is content creation in becoming known? Anthony’s decision to create content to become known – and the results. Is there any truth to the “follow your passion” mantra? How narrow should a niche focus be to truly become known? Human content VS non-human content. Mark’s experience studying under Peter Drucker. The truth behind Mark’s biggest blog post: Content Shock.Our Sponsors:Join Anthony for the Outbound ConferenceJeffrey Gitomer Sales Seminars – use the code “Anthony” to receive your discount.Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeMark’s website: https://www.businessesgrow.comMark’s post “Content Shock” – https://www.businessesgrow.com/2014/01/06/content-shock/0071841156B01MUVMPQP150111110814555091240060851139The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Tweets you can use to share this episodeHow being known is different and more powerful than being famousClick To TweetHow important is content creation in becoming known?Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

The Best Salespeople Are Combative and Collaborative

first_imgThe salesperson speaking to their team was direct, and just a little combative. Not the kind of combative that would make someone not want to work with them, but combative in the way of not accepting that his company couldn’t accommodate his client’s need.What they client needed wasn’t anything special. It wasn’t something that the company doesn’t routinely do; in fact, what the client needed is the company’s core business. It didn’t require a discounted rate or some radical change to their approach. The conflict that the salesperson and his peers in operations were working through was a scheduling issue.The operations team said it couldn’t be done. He offered to move the time, including coming in on the weekend to make sure he was there to oversee the project. He offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday, day or night. When that failed, he pushed to move the job to another one of the company’s locations, knowing that one of their many locations would be able to help.The salesperson was adamant about succeeding for his customer. He was working to be resourceful, finding a way to get something done. He was pushing his team, and he was pushing himself to get something done. It was clear he felt a sense of responsibility to the client and that he did not intend to fail. He was still working on the problem when I stopped eavesdropping on his phone call.If you sell your client something, you own that outcome. That doesn’t mean you own the outcome only when it’s easy, when it suits you, or when you don’t have to push internally to get things done. What it means is that you do what is necessary, occasionally pushing and prodding your team, and occasionally being a bit of pain to ensure that your client succeeds.When there is conflict between you and your operations team, don’t focus on people, focus on the problem (exactly what I witnessed here). The general rule is that you need to answer one question and one question only: How do we take care of this client 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 Nowlast_img read more

Narada videos: A year after the sting, Trinamool feels the pain

first_imgA sting operation video released at the time of West Bengal elections failed to cut the ice then, but court intervention and central agency probes are tightening the grip of Trinamool Congress leaders.In early March 2016, West Bengal was gearing up for the Assembly elections. The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool was seeking a second term, the Left was hoping that it would reclaim its lost bastion, and the national parties — the Congress and the BJP — wanted their share in the East.Narada News, then a little-known portal, carried ‘X Files’, a 24-minute-sting video in which many Trinamool Ministers, and officers close to them were shown accepting bribes. The video went viral on social media. Though the Trinamool dismissed it as “conspiracy” and “manufactured video”, it featured in Opposition campaigns.The sting operation was conducted by Mathew Samuel, a former employee of investigative magazine Tehelka, and Angel Abraham. Mr. Samuel has said he had been working on the expose since the 2014, during the Lok Sabha elections. Incidentally, at that time Mr. Samuel was still with Tehelka, whose majority shares were with businessman K.D. Singh, who is a Trinamool-backed Rajya Sabha MP.Claiming they were from a fictitious Chennai-based company called Impex Consultancy, which wanted to expand its operations to Kolkata, the reporters approached the Ministers. The footage shows several top Trinamool leaders including party vice-president Mukul Roy and Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. The “Impex employees” allegedly bribed the Ministers and legislators up to Rs. 25 lakh. The portal claimed 11 Trinamool leaders and a police officer accepted bribes. The portal also claimed it had “52 hours of content” to prove its claim.But the sting operation failed to cut ice in the West Bengal Assembly elections. The Trinamool Congress not only emerged victorious, five out of six Narada-stung MLAs retained their seats. Only Madan Mitra lost the elections. But he contested from jail after he was arrested in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.  The first Assembly session after the West Bengal elections witnessed heated exchanges over the sting operation. Ms. Banerjee ordered Kolkata Police to probe the allegations. The Calcutta High Court also constituted a three-member committee to collect footage of the sting.Kolkata Police made little headway in the probe. It summoned Mr. Samuel a couple of times and interrogated a few others including Trinamool MLA Iqbal Ahmed, but none were booked. No action was taken against M.H. Ahmed Mirza, the police official who was seen accepting cash on camera. Appalled by this, the Calcutta High Court, on March 17, 2017, ordered transfer of the case to CBI saying “(the) State police has ended up being with the respondents”. The court also ordered the police to take disciplinary action against Mr. Mirza.A month later, the CBI lodged an FIR against 13 persons in connection with the Narada News sting videos. All those who figured in the sting video, and Aparupa Poddar were named in the FIR. The Enforcement Directorate, based on the CBI’s FIR, launched a probe under Prevention of Money Laundering Act against these Trinamool leaders.While the booked leaders are not part of Ms. Banerjee’s Cabinet, Mr. Suvon Chatterjee continues to be the Mayor of Kolkata. Ms. Banerjee claims there is “political motive” behind the central agency probe. | Photo Credit: The Hindu center_img One of the posters attacking the Trinamool that appeared across Kolkata after the Narada News sting. Filelast_img read more

Of cows, compassion and communal comity

first_imgEven as cow vigilante groups in the northern States are targeting people on the mere suspicion of eating beef or smuggling cattle, an adarsh gaushala (model cow shelter) established by a Muslim institution in Jodhpur is taking care of old and sick cows. It is also assisting dairy farmers in a dozen surrounding villages in looking after their animals, and earning goodwill for promoting communal amity.Launched in 2004 by Jodhpur-based Marwar Muslim Educational and Welfare Society (MMEWS), the initiative has won mass appreciation, with hundreds of people handing over cows and bulls to the shelter.Old, weak, sick, abandoned, and neglected cows are given priority at the sprawling gaushala located in Bujhawad village off the Jodhpur-Barmer highway, 12km from Jodhpur. The shelter claims to be the first gaushala to be wholly owned and managed by the Muslim community.Situated on a large piece of land without any boundary wall, the shelter is currently home to 217 bovines tagged by the State government’s Animal Husbandry Department. The shelter’s full-time caretaker Hakim Khan and his wife Allahrakhi are in charge of the bovines’ welfare. Dogs and wild animals intruding into the shelter is a major concern, but Mr. Khan says the job is worth it. “We are glad to receive appreciation from the majority community, which sees the gaushala as an enterprise promoting communal harmony,” he said. A trained team brings the cows, mostly from nearby villages, to the gaushala in a specially-designed vehicle. The MMEWS currently spends a little over ₹1 lakh a month on the animals. It is planning to double the shelter’s capacity by taking over a part of the 56 acres of land allotted for the construction of the Maulana Azad University, the society’s general secretary, Mohammed Atique, told The Hindu.“When we started the gaushala, some fringe elements objected to Muslims operating the shelter,” Mr. Atique said. “But over the years, the shelter has won people’s admiration and generated immense goodwill as villagers appreciate the selfless work.”Most of the bovines in the shelter have come from villages such as Doli, Gangana, Bhandu, Narnadi, Khudala, Jhanwar and Rohila Kalan. The shelter also employs a team of veterinarians who not only attend to the animals but also visit the nearby villages to assist dairy farmers in taking care of their cattle. Filling gaps in the government’s veterinary infrastructure, the team runs vaccination and treatment camps for stray cows in the villages. “A mobile van visits these villages to treat cows, goats and buffaloes free of cost,” Mr. Atique said.last_img read more

As Darjeeling shutdown continues, senior GJM leaders resign from GTA

first_imgDarjeeling unrest: The story till now Senior leaders of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), including party president Bimal Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri, on Friday resigned from the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) , a regional autonomous body. Their resignation letters were sent to the West Bengal Home Secretary.The resignation comes in the wake a decision taken by all political parties in Darjeeling on June 20 that the GJM representatives will resign from the GTA.Mr. Gurung, who was staying away from media for seven days since his house was raided, resurfaced on Friday.  At a press conference he announced that all 43 elected members of GTA would resign. He added that he would continue to stay at Patleybas and dared the police to come and arrest him. ” We won’t allow any elections to the GTA in the Hills,” Mr. Gurung declared. Also Read  An agreement, signed by the GJM, the State government and the Centre in 2011, led to the formation of the GTA, which was administered by the GJM, with Bimal Gurung as its Chief Executive. The council has 43 elected representatives, while two are nominated. Boarding School students return to plainsHundreds of students of the boarding schools in Darjeeling descended to Siliguri on Friday. In the ongoing indefinite shutdown demanding ”Gorkhaland”, the GJM provided a 12-hour breather to them to travel.The schools have arranged private buses and other means of transport to send back the students to the plains. But local people were not allowed to use the facility. Over 5,000 students from about 50 schools study in Darjeeling and Kalimpomg district.Summer vacations of over a dozen schools in the Darjeeling hills began on Friday and the school authorities have expressed concern over the students reaching their home safely.As the indefinite strike in the hills entered the ninth day with protests, there was a protest in Siliguri also. A section of drivers plying to Sikkim put up posters and said that no vehicle would go to the neighbouring State.last_img read more

Arunachal MP seeks survey on snow leopards in the state

first_imgArunachal Pradesh Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering has requested Union Forest Minster Harshvardhan for a survey in the state to find the number of snow leopards in the state.The letter follows photographic evidence of the presence of snow leopards at Thembang area in West Kameng district of the mountain state recently which was yielded during a study of the elusive animal by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), India.Mr. Ering in his letter on December 4 last also requested the Union Minister to initiate Project Snow Leopard in Arunachal Pradesh. The letter, a copy of which was made available to the press, also sought publishing of a vision document with regard to the country’s participation in ‘The Bishkek Declaration 2017’ which seeks to conserve the snow leopard and its ecosystem. “In Arunachal Pradesh, there is also need for extension of the area allotted to the snow leopard landscape with a plan for community participation in the surveillance process as most of the forests are community owned,” Mr. Ering said in his letter. “While the Centre has always identified Arunachal as a snow leopard state, this is the first time that proof of their presence has been captured. This is a significant feat for our state for the presence of this carnivore is an indicator of the thriving ecology in the area,” Mr. Ering added. The state-wide survey carried out by WWF India in collaboration with state forest department was started in March this year, focusing on unexplored areas. It had yielded photo evidence of the snow leopard through a camera trap set up at Thembang, one of the community conserved areas in the state, according to a WWF statement released in October this year. Only a fraction of snow leopard habitats in the state fall into two protected areas – the Dibang biosphere reserve and the Namdapha National Park. “The presence of the big cat beyond these protected areas highlights the importance of community support for conservation as well as landscape-scale conservation planning,” the WWF statement said.The survey relied on the knowledge of the community members to understand the current distribution of snow leopards and other large mammals in the region. The state-wide survey is significant as it covers one of the 22 priority landscapes of the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP).The findings of the state-wide survey will enable Arunachal Pradesh forest department to develop a snow leopard conservation plan to address increasing threats such as retaliatory killings, infrastructure development and climate change induced impacts on the habitats, the statement said.Snow leopard, native of central and south Asia and a sacred animal in Kyrgyzstan, is listed as a vulnerable category animal in the Red List of threatened species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).last_img read more

Protests in J&K Assembly over Kashmiri students’ ‘harassment’

first_imgTwo incidents, one of “thrashing” and another of “harassment” of Kashmiri students in Haryana and Bhopal respectively, evoked protests from legislators, especially Opposition parties, in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Saturday. The government said both the cases had been taken up with the respective state governments.After protests registered by the Opposition parties over the incidents, Peoples Democratic Party minister A.R. Veeri informed the House that two students, identified as Aftab and Amjad, both residents of Rajouri, were attacked by some miscreants, “causing minor injuries”. They were students of the Central University in Mahendergarh in Haryana“Three persons were arrested after the issue was taken up with the Haryana government,” said Mr. Veeri.The incident of the attack came to fore when Javid Iqbal Jagal, a student of Political Science in Central University, Haryana, in a tweet, posted a series of pictures showing bruises on the face of a Kashmiri student. He alleged the student were beaten up when they were on the way to mosque on Friday.In response to the tweet, Ms. Mufti urge the authorities to “investigate and take strict action”.In a separate incident, students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKUAST) alleged that they were harassed by a co-passenger in a train and later by the police in Bhopal.According to a group of 24 students, including 17 females, who were on a three-month training course in Bhopal, they boarded a train from Bhopal on January 31 and were questioned by a woman “why Kashmiris in such a large number were travelling in the train.”They alleged that the woman clicked a photograph of their 5kg gas cylinder. The woman, they said, tweeted that photograph with a caption: “Dozens of Kashmiris carrying a bomb in Delhi-bound Bhopal train.”Confirming the incident, Mr. Veeri said, “A woman reportedly posted a photograph with a caption, which created confusion and the railway police detained one of the students, Muhammad Idrees of Anantnag district.”He said that on the intervention of SKUAST and the state police, the student was released and “was on the way back home”.National Conference working president Omar Abdullah described the incidents as “terrible” and “against the spirit of what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort”.Mr. Abdullah wrote: “This hyper-nationalism built around the propaganda that all Kashmiris are terrorists and stone pelters will drive young Kashmiris further away from the national mainstream”.CPI(M) MLA M.Y. Tarigami alleged that “a hate campaign has been unleashed on Kashmiris outside the state and it has the patronage of communal forces in the country.”“In the past, similar incidents have happened in Rajasthan and other states. It is a hate campaign. It has patronage of the ruling party in the country,” said Mr. Tarigami. He asked the House to “pass a resolution urging the Prime Minister to condemn such incidents on the floor of the Parliament.”“The Prime Minister assure a safe and secure environment for Kashmiri students, businessmen, labourers and others working in various states of the country,” he added.Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders also condemned the “attack” on Kashmiri students.last_img read more

Odia made mandatory for signages in Koraput dist from May 15

first_imgThe administration in Odisha’s Koraput district has decided to make it mandatory for shops and commercial establishments to display signboards and hoardings in Odia from May 15 this year. The move follows the State cabinet’s decision on March 14 to make penal provision for those who fail to comply. After launching a campaign on April 1, on the occasion of ‘Utkal Divas’ to promote the use of local language, the district administration has now set May 15 as the deadline for government offices, educational institutions, shops and commercial establishments to include Odia prominently on their signage, said an official.“The establishments can use any other Indian language on the signboard, but only second to the local language,” Koraput District Collector K. Sudarshan Chakravarthy, who on Thursday chaired a meeting of administration officials and other stakeholders, said. To make the decision effective, the cabinet also approved a proposal to amend the Odisha Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1956. Pending amendment of the Act, the State government earlier this month asked district collectors to ensure use of Odia signage in all government offices and educational institutions within two months. The administration will form special squads from May 16 to conduct raids on shops and commercial establishments to find out whether they have complied with the order, the collector said, adding that offenders will be taken to task. The district authorities have also directed offices to make all correspondence in Odia. Several activists and welfare organisations have hailed the Koraput administration’s decision as States like Telangana and Assam have also implemented similar rules.“People are gradually losing the sense of belongingness to the state and the language. It’s a welcome move by the administration but it should be implemented sincerely,” said Binod Mohapatra, a member of Utkal Sammilani, a socio-cultural outfit.last_img read more

Aditi finishes tied sixth

first_imgAditi Ashok notched up her second successive top-10 finish by finishing tied-sixth at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic at the Old American Golf Club on Sunday.The tournament, cut short to 36 holes because of rain and weather, had Aditi setting the clubhouse target as she played her second and final round in five-under 66 to finish at seven-under 135, six off the champion. This was Aditi’s second top-10 in a row after her tied-seventh at LPGA Mediheal last week. Aditi, who shot 69 in the first round, played 14 more holes of her second round on Saturday itself for a total of 32 holes. On Sunday she played her four holes with one birdie on the par-5 15th.“I played better all day and also made a lot of birdie putts. I feel I was able to read the greens much better than the last few weeks on the West Coast. Overall it was a good finish and a positive week,” said Aditi.Reigning US Open champion Park Sung-hyun of South Korea chipped in for birdie on the final hole to edge fast-closing Lindy Duncan and win the tournament.Park fired a 66 to finish at 11-under 131 for a one-stroke victory over American Duncan with Chinese rookie Liu Yu another shot adrift in third on 133.last_img read more

Crocodile released into Chambal after village stint

first_imgForest officials on Friday captured a crocodile from a pond , a week after the reptile had drifted into a village near Agra causing panic among the locals. The nearly four-year-old Mugger crocodile was caught using a trap cage and later released into the Chambal. The river has a large breeding population of mugger crocodiles and gharials, as part of the State’s conservation project.The crocodile was sighted in the Amar Singh ka Pura village in Pinahat area, a few kms away from the Chambal River. The locals alerted the forest department, which along with Wildlife SOS, an NGO that rescues and rehabilitates wildlife animals in distress, carried out the operation.Since it was difficult to spot the crocodile in the muddled waters , , the officials initially decided to empty the pond but set up a trap cage on the banks of the pond on May 16.“”The crocodile eventually emerged on Friday and was lured into the trap cage’’ said Wildlife SOS.Baiju Raj M.V, director conservation projects, Wildlife SOS said the trap cage with bait was set up as they “wanted to avoid capturing the reptile by force and causing it any harm.’’ The crocodile was a juvenile and was approximately six years old, he added.No harmAshok Sharma, range forest officer (Pinahat), told The Hindu that though the crocodile stayed in the village pond for over a week and was regularly sighted, it did not attack any human. “We, however, did receive complaints from the people of the Valmiki community who live close to the pond that the crocodile took away their ducks and hens,’’ said Mr. Sharma.The officer said he could not yet explain how the crocodile reached the village pond as the Chambal River, its natural habitat, was more than 3 kms away.Meanwhile, officials had set up another trap in the area after locals claimed that a second crocodile was sighted. Vulnerable speciesThe Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris), also called the Indian or marsh crocodile, was listed ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Reed List and was protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO of Wildlife SOS said, “Crocodiles are met with fear and hostility leading to incidents of human conflict with this species.”last_img read more

CM meets Maratha luminaries

first_imgChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday held a meeting with 22 prominent members from the Maratha community to discuss the ongoing agitation over reservation. After the meeting, Mr. Fadnavis said his government is committed to giving reservation to the Maratha community, which stands legal scrutiny.A joint appeal by the members and the ministers who attended the meeting was issued for exercising restraint and maintaining peace. Justifying the demand of quota, the appeal urged the pro-quota protesters not to indulge in violence or to commit suicide. “Immediate steps should be taken to give reservation to the community, which will stand legal scrutiny.”Intellectual and author A. H. Salunkhe, actors Sayaji Shinde and Amol Kolhe, art director Nitin Desai, Shirdi temple trust chairman Suresh Haware, and water conservation activist Popatrao Pawar were among those who were present at the meeting.Mr. Fadnavis held deliberations with artistes, writers, and intellectuals from the community for nearly three hours. “Various short-term and long-term measures to provide relief to the community were discussed. Everybody present gave valuable suggestions. We put forward to them the steps being taken by our government,” he said.Mr. Kolhe who is known for his portrayal of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj earlier and currently as Sambhaji in TV shows, said, “I could feel the Chief Minister’s genuine concern over the violent turn that the quota stir took and his positive approach towards the welfare of the community. Those present at the meeting sought long-term and concrete efforts to improve the quality of life of Marathas.”Meanwhile, members of the Kolhapur royal family, who are descendants of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, stayed away from the meeting citing personal reasons.last_img read more

Congress MP writes to Rajnath on NRC

first_imgExpressing concern over the “non-inclusion of genuine Indian citizens of the Hindi- and Bengali-speaking community” in the final draft of NRC of Assam, Congress Lok Sabha MP and the party’s observer in West Bengal Gaurav Gogoi has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.Mr. Gogoi has urged the Home Minister to include documents like ‘grazing permits’ and ‘Khuti permits’ in the prescribed lists of documents for the NRC that will help indigenous Gorkha Community. “These documents, though not listed in the prescribed documents’ list, will help genuine Indian citizens of the indigenous Gorkha community to prove their permanent resident status before 1971,” Mr. Gogoi said, adding that around 1 lakh indigenous Gorkhas of Assam found their names excluded in the final draft of the NRC. Representatives of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, a non-political organisation, had met Mr. Gogoi earlier this month and informed him about a “sizeable number of Gorkha population” being left out. Recently, leaders of both rival factions of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha ( GJM) — Bimal Gurung and Binay Tamang — had warned of mass protests if the interests of Gorkhas were ‘undermined’ due to the NRC update.last_img read more

Dip in stubble-burning cases in Punjab: officials

first_imgStubble burning cases in key grain-producing States of Punjab and Haryana have dipped this season compared to the last year, according to officials.With paddy harvest in full swing, Punjab this year witnessed 3,228 cases of stubble burning between September 27 and October 22 compared to the 8,420 cases reported in 2017 during the corresponding period, according to data from the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC). In 2016 the figure was 13, 358 during the same period.Punjab’s State nodal officer for anti-stubble burning campaign K.S. Pannu attributed the drop to the constructive response of the farmers, coupled with environmental friendly initiatives taken by the State government as well as the Centre. In a statement, Mr. Pannu said that due to this the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Punjab was far better now than it was last year. “AQI of Punjab is 111 against 326 in the corresponding period last year,” he said.“In Punjab, as many as 24,315 subsidised agro-machines and equipment are being supplied to the farmers, co-operative societies and custom hiring centres to achieve zero burning of paddy straw,” he said. Over 21,000 farm equipment and agro-machines have so far been given to the farmers for in-situ management of paddy straw in a scientific manner.Mr. Pannu said an awareness campaign had been launched, and nodal officers appointed in 8,000 paddy growing villages to check stubble burning.Paddy is grown in about 30 lakh hectares in Punjab. After its harvesting, about 20 million tonnes of straw is left on the fields. It is estimated that 15 million tonnes of straw is burnt on the open fields to clear the land for sowing wheat or other crops.In neighbouring Haryana, meanwhile, according to the government statement, the burning of paddy stubble had been reported only on 6,200 hectares till date. “This was only 0.6% of the total area on which harvesting had taken place. Paddy had been sown on 13 lakh hectares in Haryana. Till now harvesting had taken place on 10 lakh hectares,” said an official statement.last_img read more

Three Haryana cops suspended

first_imgThree policemen of Haryana Police’s Special Task Force were suspended after a Delhi businessman alleged that they kidnapped him in the national capital last month and extorted ₹19 lakh for his release. The three policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector rank police official, have been suspended after preliminary inquiry by the State police into the allegations, a senior Haryana Police official said on Thursday. “During preliminary inquiry, we found something fishy against these three STF members… extortion and other allegations were made against them… They have been placed under suspension and a regular departmental inquiry was launched against them,” DIG (STF), Bhondsi, B. Satheesh Balan, said over the phone.‘Serious allegation’ He said as the nature of allegations made against the three policemen was serious, they had been immediately placed under suspension. The victim, an electronic goods shop owner in Delhi, had alleged that the three kidnapped him at gunpoint and released after extorting the money.last_img read more

Anganwadi workers to strike again, demands unfulfilled

first_imgAnganwadi workers from Maharashtra will go on a two-day strike from Tuesday as their demands have not yet been met by the State government, after their protest last month. The workers have also threatened to continue their Jail Bharo Andolan that has been planned in February.Anganwadi workers from across the State had gathered in Azad Maidan to protest against the delay in regulating the Centre’s order of an increase in their honorarium. A day later, a delegation of Maharashtra Rajya Anganwadi Kruti Samiti (MRAKS), an umbrella body of seven anganwadi unions, had met with Rajgopal Deora, principal secretary Finance (Reforms), and Vinita Ved-Singhal, secretary, Women and Child Welfare Ministry.However, on Monday, the delegation said that while the discussions in December were positive, there has been no development since. “We have not been called again to Mantralaya. They have said our matter is being looked into, but we haven’t heard from them,” Shubha Shamim, member of the Centre for Trade Unions, who was a part of the delegation, said.On Tuesday and Wednesday, anganwadi workers and helpers will gather at Azad Maidan in red clothes to support the nationwide strike called by 10 centrally recognised trade unions for minimum wages and social security, including pension for all workers, and against amendments to the labour law. Workers and helpers from the other parts of the State will protest at the State-level and taluka-level on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. They will raise the issue of honorarium, minimum wages, pension and unemployment. “We have also sought appointments in Mantralaya and are hoping to receive a positive response,” said a member of the MRAKS.M.A. Patil, one of the core team members of MRAKS, said that they were expecting a response from Mantralaya. “If there is no response at all or if we do not see development in our matter, we will not think twice before starting the Jail Bharo Andolan between February 11 and 13,” he said.last_img read more

NIH Details Plan for BRAIN Initiative

first_imgAfter nearly a year of meetings and public debate, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced how it intends to spend its share of funding for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a $110 million U.S. effort to jump-start the development of new technologies that can map the brain’s vast and intricate neural circuits in action. In short, it’s looking for big ideas, such as taking a census of all the cells in the brain, even if there’s little data so far on how to accomplish them.The agency is calling for grant applications in six “high-priority” research areas drawn from a September report by its 15-member scientific advisory committee for the project. The agency is committing to spend roughly $40 million per year for 3 years on these areas, says Story Landis, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. “We hope that there will be additional funds that will become available, but obviously that depends upon what our budget is,” she says. The six funding streams center almost exclusively on proof-of-concept testing and development of new technologies and novel approaches for tasks considered fundamental to understanding how neurons work together to produce behavior in the brain; for example, classifying different types of brain cells, and determining how they contribute to specific neural circuits. NIH’s focus on innovation means that most grant applicants will not have to supply preliminary data for their proposals—a departure from “business as usual” that will likely startle many scientists and reviewers but is necessary to give truly innovative ideas a fair shot, Landis says. Only one call for funding, aimed at optimizing existing technologies for recording and manipulating large numbers of neurons that “aren’t ready for prime time,” will require such background, she says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Now that the requests have been released, all applications are due by March 2014 or earlier, Landis says. The review process will take several months, but “we want to have the money out the door by September,” Landis says. If one adds up the funds available for all six of the requests for proposals (listed below), it comes to more than $40 million per year, because “we simply don’t know which of these RFAs will end up producing the most exciting results,” Landis acknowledges. She says this initial round of grants will be an audition period, allowing NIH to determine which projects have most promise and warrant a second round of funding.NIH today released six requests for applications for funding for its portion of the BRAIN Initiative. They include:1. $10 million, five to eight awards: Transformative Approaches for Cell-Type Classification in the BrainDevelop new classification strategies for the brain’s different cell types, with the goal of ultimately creating a census of all the cells in the human brain.2. $5 million, seven to 10 awards: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Analyze Specific and Circuit-Specific Processes in the BrainDevelop new genetic and nongenetic tools to perform more sensitive, precise, and detailed analyses of brain circuits.3. $7.5 million, 10 to 15 awards: New Technologies and Novel Approaches for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous SystemDevelop new technologies that can record and manipulate the activity of large numbers of neurons at the resolution of individual calls, in any region of the brain.4. $7.5 million, 10 to 15 awards: Optimization of Transformative Technologies for Large Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous SystemBring existing technologies for large-scale recording and modulation of neurons up to snuff.5. $10 million, 10 to 15 awards: Integrated Approaches to Understanding Circuit Function in the Nervous SystemCreate interdisciplinary teams to study how circuit activity contributes to specific behaviors or neural systems. 6. $4 million, seven to nine awards: Planning for Next Generation Human Brain ImagingCreate teams of imaging scientists, engineers, material scientists, nanotechnologists, and computer scientists to plan for a new generation of noninvasive imaging techniques for the human brain.last_img read more

New Plan for U.S. Particle Physics: Go International

first_imgIt’s a gamble that leading U.S. particle physicists say they must take: To finally get started on building their next megaproject at the United States’ sole particle physics lab—Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois—they want to stage it as an international collaboration—even if that means ceding direct control of the experiment to a council of member nations.That recommendation comes from a draft road map for U.S. particle physics presented today to a federal advisory panel in Washington, D.C. Requested by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) 8 months ago, the report of the ad hoc Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) largely embraces the same main projects that physicists have been mulling for years. But it strikes a decidedly more international tone than previous plans. “Pursue the most important opportunities wherever they are, and host unique, world-class facilities that engage the global scientific community,” reads the first of its 29 recommendations.”I think the case for proceeding this way is persuasive [because] collaboratively, we can address all the physics” originally envisioned for the Fermilab project, says Andrew Lankford, a particle physicist at the University of California (UC), Irvine, and chair of DOE and NSF’s High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP), which commissioned the report. “The question is, will the decision-makers in Washington appreciate it?”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Charting a course for the next decade, the report calls on Fermilab to build a so-called long-baseline neutrino facility. The megaproject would fire neutrinos 1300 kilometers to a gigantic underground detector filled with 40,000 tonnes of frigid liquid argon set 1480 meters down in an abandoned gold mine in South Dakota. It would study how the three types or “flavors” of neutrinos morph or “oscillate” into one another as they zing along at near light speed. Researchers are looking for an asymmetry between how neutrinos and antineutrinos oscillate, which could help explain how the evolving universe generated so much matter and so little antimatter.Fermilab researchers already have a specific plan for such a project, called the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE). But budget constraints have whittled it down so much that it’s no longer worth doing, P5 says. It recommends starting over to build an international experiment even more ambitious than the original LBNE proposal. But DOE, the main funder of U.S. particle physics, would most likely have to cede control of it, says Fermilab’s director, Nigel Lockyer. “To me, this is a transformative moment,” he says. “But the U.S. government has to accept that it has to give up something in the way they normally do things.”In going international, P5 has followed the lead taken by European particle physicists last May, when they revised their long-term strategy. The European report suggested a sharing of the field’s biggest projects among Europe, the United States, and Japan. Europe would continue to run the world’s highest energy atom smasher, the 27-kilometer-long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, in Switzerland—which 2 years ago unearthed the long-sought Higgs boson. Europe would be willing to contribute to a massive neutrino experiment, perhaps in the United States, and to the proposed International Linear Collider (ILC). That 30-kilometer electron-positron collider would study the Higgs boson in great detail, and Japanese physicists hope to host it.In keeping with that global vision, the P5 report puts a top priority on continued U.S. participation in the LHC and says physicists should work as planned to upgrade by 10-fold the rate at which the LHC smashes protons. More than 1200 physicists work on the two biggest experiments fed by the LHC, a plurality of the U.S. particle physics community. “The LHC upgrades are our highest priority near-term large project,” Steven Ritz, a physicist from UC Santa Cruz and the P5 chair, told HEPAP. Similarly, if Japan goes forward with the ILC, then the United States should join that collaboration—if money allows.Overall, the P5 report addresses the entire U.S. physics portfolio, including projects large and small. For example, informed by an earlier yearlong community survey known as the Snowmass process, it recommends increased funding for smaller underground experiments that strive to detect particles of dark matter—the mysterious stuff whose gravity binds the galaxies. Conversely, it calls for an end to current R&D efforts to develop a collider that smashes muons, heavier unstable cousins of electrons, and several other projects.Physicists and DOE officials hope the plan will help unify the U.S. particle community, which they fear has become fragmented. Some prominent physicists had questioned the value of building the neutrino experiment and instead had pushed for greater effort on the ILC or in astrophysical research.That problem was exacerbated by cuts to the LBNE plan. Fermilab physicists had envisioned building a neutrino detector filled with 34,000 tonnes of liquid argon in Homestake. Deep underground, the detector could have also looked for signs that protons in the liquid argon decay—a key prediction of some theories—and spot neutrinos from supernovas. But DOE officials balked at LBNE’s $1.9 billion price tag. So, in August 2012, Fermilab physicists proposed a $789 million version with a detector less than one-third the size on the surface. It could have studied only neutrino oscillations, and only in a limited way.There is a potential hitch in P5’s global vision, however. The panel had to consider what to do under three scenarios: One in which DOE’s particle physics budget, now $797 million, increases by 5% over 10 years, one in which it increases by 17% over 10 years, and one where it is unbounded. In either of the first two cases, the United States could not afford to contribute more than modest R&D money and perhaps some hardware to the ILC.That may cause heartburn for Japanese backers of the ILC, who are anxious for other countries to commit to the project. And Japanese neutrino physicists, who historically have an edge over their U.S. counterparts, may then argue that their country would be better served by pursuing their own enormous neutrino experiment, already in the planning. “That’s a challenge for the strategy,” Lankford says, although he adds that the U.S. project might be able to go ahead without Japanese participation.Ultimately, the success of the plan will depend on whether the community buys into it, Lankford says. “We believe it’s a good program, and it’s balanced,” Lankford says. “We do think it’s something that people can get behind.” If they don’t, researchers say, there isn’t a plan B.*Correction, 27 May, 3:53 p.m.: The story has been revised to correct the budget scenarios the panel considered.last_img read more