With the Zika virus kicking up rumpus in Brazil, there is growing discussion about moving the 2016 Olympics from Rio de Janeiro. However, the Olympics are so big and costly that few countries could attempt to take the Games with just six months to prepare. It’s a big ask.Beijing and London, host cities of the 2008 and 2012 Games, would probably be the best bets to take over if Zika forced Rio to defer. Both cities have the facilities and recent experience in organising the biggest multi-sport event in the world. With the schedule as tight as it is, those inputs are critical.One wonders whether all the other inputs could be mobilised in time. Volunteers play a huge role in running the sporting events and visitor hospitality, and by this stage their recruitment would need to be in top gear already. Even in the case of London, work might be needed to polish and shine the stadia that housed sporting contests four years ago. This requirement would be even greater for Beijing.Even so, their venue costs would be far less.Neither city may want to take up the challenge if Rio is out. Added to that, hosting the Olympics isn’t cheap. Beijing reportedly spent US$40 billion in 2008 and London shelled out US$13 billion in 2012. The Rio figure keeps morphing, but is probably some in-between the two. That’s not chump change.NO BEIJING OR LONDONWith the short time to prepare and the costs, it’s a good guess that Beijing and London won’t come running as substitute venues this year.If the Zika threat clears soon, the best bet will be for Rio to host the Games as planned. If the mosquito-borne virus infects the Games schedule, we could end up with an Olympics in 2017.With Brazil spending tons of cash to get ready, it’s going to be hard on that sports-loving nation to be left with a big bill, no Games and none of the financial benefits from increased tourism income.It follows then that if the Zika threat causes a postponement but is resolved by year end, the world’s best athletes could be doing the samba next summer. That’s the only solution that leaves Brazil with the Games it has worked so hard to prepare for.For everyone’s health and for the sake of the Games, we can only hope the Zika solution comes very quickly.n Hubert Lawrence attended the Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.
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Compensation drives results. If you change the plan, you can change the behaviors of the sales force.This is how most sales leaders think about sales compensation. There is nothing untrue about the idea that compensation can drive behaviors. What is wrong with this statement is that this truth is partial. It is a very small part of the truth, and it leaves out the other—equally or more important ways—to drive behaviors.Far fewer people than you believe are money motivated. If compensation plans alone were enough to change behaviors and reach your goals, you last compensation plan would have worked (and it’s likely it did for some of the people who are money motivated).Leading ChangeThe greatest way to change sales behaviors are to lead those changes. That’s right, the best and most effective method for changing behaviors is to lead them.People will help you launch a new product, enter a new market, and sell at higher margins if you help them understand why it is important, how it benefits the company, and how it is in their long term interest.Compensation is no substitute for leadership.AccountabilityYou are allowed to ask people to do the things that need done and hold them accountable for doing so. You are allowed to do this without changing the compensation plan. You can ask them to do it just because it is what must be done now.You can also hold them accountable for doing so. Not every change requires a change in compensation, and there is a strong argument that you set a poor precedent by always having to compensate a necessary change.More money isn’t a replacement for accountability.RecognitionSome people are more motivated by recognition than money. You can effect a change by providing recognition and heaping praise on people who produce results.Too many companies are too stingy with praise. They dole it out like it a rare and expensive commodity. Then they don’t understand why people feel unappreciated, why they are unengaged, why they aren’t motivated, and why they eventually leave.Recognition is free. So is gratitude.There are plenty of reasons to change a compensation plan, but using only the compensation plan to drive change is to leave many other more powerful and more potent weapons unfired.If compensation is the only tool you intend to use to drive behavioral changes, you aren’t going to achieve the results you are capable of, not will you do so as quickly as you could. read more
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed in Manipur’s Jiribam district after an “anti-Indian” bill, passed by the Assembly on July 23, triggered violent protests.The Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018 seeks to regulate the entry and exit of “outsiders” on the lines of the British-era inner-line permit system prevalent in three other north-eastern states — Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.The bill sets 1951 as the base year to identify locals and prevent an influx of outsiders. If approved by the Governor and made an Act, people who came to Manipur after 1951 would be viewed as ‘foreigners’ and would have no voting or land rights.At least 10 people were injured when hundreds of protestors led by the All Jiribam United People’s Joint Action Committee took to the streets on Friday and clashed with the police. The injured included M. Mubi Singh, the district’s Superintendent of Police.“The protestors included both Bengali Hindus and Muslims. They attacked us by pelting stones as we were advising them to take up any issue they have with the government. They thrashed the officer-in-charge of the local police station; a policewoman was injured and I had to be hospitalised because of an injury in my right hand,” Mr Singh said.Md. Ahmed Ali, one of the protest leaders, rubbished the police claim. “They lathi-charged some women without any provocation. The SP also ordered firing in which six persons, including a woman and a minor, were wounded,” he told The Hindu.He said the bill was against Indians, discriminatory and unconstitutional, and the Manipur government was trying to make non-Manipuris stateless. “We will continue with our agitation until this regressive bill is withdrawn,” he said.Bengali Muslims and Hindus from southern Assam’s Barak Valley have been migrating to Manipur, particularly Jiribam, for a long time. These people want the cut-off date to be January 1972, the year when Manipur attained statehood.The tribal people belonging to the Kuki-Zomi groups are wary of the bill too. They had protested against three bills of a similar strain the Manipur Assembly had passed in 2015. Though the President rejected the bills, the tribal agitation took a grim turn when they refused to bury nine bodies of boys and men killed in police firing for almost two years. “We have not read the content of the new bill, but we presume it excludes from the 1951 cut-off date all the communities listed as Scheduled Tribes in 1951. We have no problem if bill does not touch the tribal people,” Paul Lalchhanhima, a tribal leader based in Manipur’s Churachandpur town, said.Many people from the Kuki-Zomi groups are believed to have migrated from adjoining Myanmar before and after 1951. read more
Eighteen people were injured when members of two tribal communities clashed on Sunday over a land dispute in Rajgarh district, the police said. When a family from the Dhangar tribe was using an earthmover over a six-acre land at Sameli village in the afternoon, members of the Kanjar tribe objected to it and staked claim over the land. An altercation ensued followed by a clash in which members of the Kanjar community used firearms, said Superintendent of Police, Rajgarh, Pradeep Sharma. Fifteen people were injured from the Dhangar community and three women from the other side. Seven of the injured were moved to Bhopal, while eight to Biaora for treatment, he added. The police have registered a case of attempt to murder and rioting against the accused. read more