The Power of Consistency with Weldon Long – Episode 14

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:52 — 12.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSSuccess stories are a dime a dozen. But success against all odds – like 3 different stints in prison – is unheard of. Today’s guest, Weldon Long, is a man who has lived that story and was the force behind making it happen. On this episode Weldon walks through how he landed in prison, why he went back 3 times, and what it was that turned him around and had in running his own successful business within 2 years of leaving prison. It’s more than an amazing story, it’s proof that with the right mindset and determination you can make a success of your life, your career, whatever it is that you want.From prison to multimillion dollar company, on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetIt’s easy to develop a victim mentality and an entitlement mindset.Weldon Long knows how easy it is because he had both in the first half of his life. It’s those mindsets and beliefs that landed him in prison, not just once, but three times. When a turn of events, including his father’s death, led him to recognize that he was responsible for his own life and destiny, everything changed. Now he’s not only the owner of several very successful businesses but also the author of 2 bestselling books. Anthony’s conversation with Weldon on this episode is both inspirational and instructive. You won’t want to miss it.Success in life and in sales is a consistency problem.It’s amazing the things we know to do but simply don’t do. We know smoking causes cancer, but still many, many people are killing themselves with cigarettes. We know that unhealthy eating and lack of exercise causes obesity and a slew of obesity related diseases – yet we overeat. Weldon Long is convinced that when the consequence to negative behaviors is not immediately apparent we tend to brush off those consequences. The key to change is learning to engage the emotion surrounding that consequence to bring yourself to a point of consistency in taking the right actions to avoid it. You can hear how Weldon explains it on this episode of In The Arena.Success is not a knowledge problem, it’s a consistency problem ~ Weldon LongClick To TweetMindset may be a buzzword these days, but for good reason.It’s been said that what you think about will impact the way you live, and the way you live will impact the life you have. Weldon Long completely agrees with that statement. He’s seen it proven true in his own life as he experienced the tremendous differences that positive, can-do thinking has enabled him to achieve. After leaving prison for the third time, Long was able to establish a successful life as a business owner and author that most people only dream about. Yet, he did it – and he attributes all of it to a change in mindset. You can hear his story and learn how to do the same thing in your life, on this episode.Would you like some free sales training?When Weldon Long started his first business, a heating and air conditioning company, he didn’t know anything about heating and air. But he did know that no money changes hands unless a product or service is sold. So he concentrated on learning marketing and sales, got his first customer, then hired the specialists who could service them. Rinse and repeat a thousand times and you have the raging success that is Weldon Long. That’s a man who can teach you a thing or two about sales, and he’s offering a free set of sales training videos and a complimentary membership to his coaching calls for a year. Find out how to get in on the deal on this episode.When I realized that I was responsible, everything changed ~ Weldon LongClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of Weldon Long. What entered Weldon’s mind the 3rd time back in prison. How Weldon developed a victim mentality and a sense of entitlement. Weldon’s success story with his first business after prison. Success is a consistency problem. Weldon’s book and how it has become a bestseller. The power of mindset and how it connects to emotion. Where people can connect with Weldon.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.WeldonLong.comwww.FreeSalesCoaching.com – Get Weldon’s free membership.11184868031608320006074326951904499117721585424331B006EQLYG8The 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/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeYou’re still breathing, and as long as you are still breathing you’ve got a shot, on this episodeClick To TweetYou have the responsibility to fill your mind with great things ~ Weldon LongClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

On the Occasion of My 4th Anniversary

first_imgIt was four years ago today that I decided to start writing and posting here daily.I had watched and studied (and shamelessly stole from) Chris Brogan, who wrote and posted daily at www.chrisbrogan.com (I am proud to call Chris a friend, and he’s been a great teacher). I also studied Seth Godin, who sometimes posted more than once a day. I made the decision to join them, and December 28th was the day I began.I have posted her every day with the exception of 10 days in August of 2010. During those 10 days I traveled to Lhasa, Tibet and visited Base Camp 1 on Mt. Everest. I thought it would be poor form to blog while I should be taking in the experience. If I had it to do over again, I would have just written about the experience in real time.When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was supposed to do here. I was concerned that people would judge me for what I had written, and I worried about other people’s perceptions. But when I started writing on the 28th, I decided to write without any concern about what others think, choosing instead to believe that the people who needed the idea I wrote about would find it when they needed it–and the people who didn’t need it would skip past it without a second thought.I also believed when I started that my best work would be the work people valued most. It hasn’t worked out the way. Oftentimes, the work I believed would be most valuable doesn’t get a second glance and the work I believed to be a “too simple” idea have proven to have legs.Over the past four years, I have been graciously invited into the community of salespeople, sales organization, sales trainers, sales coaches, and sales consultants. I was invited into a small tribe when there were only 8 or 9 of us who decided we were stronger together than apart. The people who had invited me into the tribe are gone, but some of us remain, and we have now grown the tribe to just over 40 people who think and write about sales.Some people have struggled to understand why we promote each other’s work when we work in the same space. They view this as helping our “competitors.” We don’t view it that way. We see it has helping each other, and we see it as helping point the communities we serve at good content.I’ve also been invited into a community of fellow entrepreneurs, speakers, marketing types, and all-around hustlers who have built their own platforms. You can find some people in that community over at www.ownermag.com.A few years into the adventure that is my writing life, I had one consultant call me to criticize me for sharing my ideas. He used very direct language and attacked me for not understanding how intellectual property works. He said by giving away my ideas, no one had any reason to hire me. He criticized me for providing a link to my archives, believing it was wrong to help people find what they needed without being able to charge them for it. Then he asked me how I was getting so much work. I failed in my attempt to explain to him just how much the world has changed.The opportunities that have to come to be through my writing life over the last four years have taken me across the country and around a good part of the world. I’ve made friends in every corner of the earth. I’ve also had the privilege to speak to and consult with companies that measure their revenue in tens of millions of dollars to tens of billions of dollars.I have had the great pleasure of helping thousands of individual salespeople, hundreds of sales managers, and dozens of sales organizations–none of which would have been possible without this blog and the ability to share here.There are only a few things that have had such a positive impact on my life. That list includes my mother (who raised four kids alone while launching her own entrepreneurial adventure, and for whom I have the deepest respect), my wife, and my three children. I’ve been fortunate enough to add many more relationships to this list through this blog.Thanks for being here with me!last_img read more

Your Prospects Don’t Need More Time

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now “We need time to think it over. We’ll get back to you in a couple of weeks.”This objection has nothing to do with time. It’s something deeper and more important. Your prospects might need a lot of things, but time isn’t one of them. Time doesn’t do anything except relentlessly tick away. And often it takes your opportunity and the change your prospect needs with it.What your prospects need is help. Specifically from a professional.Help UnderstandingYour prospects often need help understanding. They need help understanding how to evaluate your offering. They also need help understanding the trade-offs that they may have to make to get the results they want. They need help evaluating the risks and rewards that will result from their choices.If you aren’t there to help your prospect get a better understanding of how they should evaluate their next move, they’re making that decision without the insight and experience that you can give them.Help Justifying the InvestmentSome of your prospects are willing to pay more for the right solution. But they need help justifying the additional expense. Even though they understand your value proposition, they need to defend the extra expense to their peers, their leadership team, and to their financial overseers.Without your help building the case for a greater investment, the contacts within your dream client company can struggle to get the internal “yes” that both of you need.Help Building ConsensusSometimes a request for more time is an indication that your prospective client needs their team to agree with the decision to buy from you to move forward with your solution. The problem is that if none of those stakeholders know you, or if you mistakenly ignored them throughout the process, it’s difficult for these stakeholders to feel warm and fuzzy about giving a “yes” to a person who didn’t have the courtesy to even meet with them.You can provide immeasurable help in the consensus-building process.If you give your prospective clients more time, you aren’t giving them what they really need. To give them what they really need, you must have the courage to ask for the commitment to help them through the process of change.last_img read more

OutBound Conference – Atlanta 2017

first_imgA few years ago, while I was sitting in a sales kickoff meeting and waiting to speak, I was struck with an idea. I looked around the room, and saw 500 people enjoying great speakers and excellent content. That is a lot of salespeople, but I couldn’t help but think about all the salespeople who had never been to a sales kickoff meeting.At that point, I went to the web and bought virtualsaleskickoff.com. I called the people in my mastermind group, and we scheduled the first VSK. Over 2,500 people attended that first VSK in 2015. In 2016, 5,400 people attended, and over 10,000 watched that year’s kickoff. This year, 7,400 people signed up, and I have no idea how many attended.Around the middle of last year, I had another idea. There are all kinds of conferences, but there isn’t one on outbound prospecting, which is still the fastest way to create new opportunities. I called Jeb Blount and pitched him. He was difficult to restrain, calling it “genius.” I called Mike Weinberg and Mark Hunter, both of whom agreed that it was not only a good idea, but “necessary.”All of us agree that too little attention is being paid to prospecting and pipelines. There is too much waiting, and salespeople need more help creating opportunities. So, OutBound was born.The very first OutBound Conference is being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia on April 13th, 2017. The all-day event starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:45 PM.The morning will consist of four keynote speeches, all centered around the themes of Prospecting, Pipeline, and Productivity. These are the speeches that we give to the private companies that hire us to speak. The afternoon sessions will include five workshops, including one by our special guest, Laura Madison.I want you to join us at OutBound Atlanta. Go to www.outboundconference.com to register you and your team.OutBound Atlanta is sponsored by Cirrus Insight. 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

BJP makes big gains in Maharashtra civic polls

first_imgResults at 6.00 p.m.  CorporationTotal SeatsBJPShiv SenaINCNCPMNSOthersDeclaredPending1BMC2275978259713191362Thane1311749317 389423Pune16238149 3551074Pimpari-chichwad12828209 241875Nashik12242203421182406Nagpur15156 17  376757Amravati871534  729588Solapur102171961 750529Akola80397135 6701010Ulhasnagar78322514 16780 Total126834320476589717615076.30 p.m.It is definitely a setback, says CongressMaharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) concedes that the results so far for the 10 municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis across the State have signaled a setback to the party.“The results are mixed, with the party doing well in zilla parishads while suffering reverses in the municipal corporations. It is definitely a setback,” party spokesman Ratnakar Mahajan told PTI.He said the results have been unexpected and need to be analysed on the organisational level at the popularity level. “Whether there has been a disconnect between voters and the party leaders should be seen,” he said.6.10 p.m.The BJP’s win in the civic polls is a result of people’s acceptance of our agenda of transparency, says Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.BMC results | 5.50 p.m.Shiv Sena victorious on 84 seats; BJP gets 80The Shiv Sena emerges as the single largest party in the cash-rich BMC, winning 84 seats, closely followed by the BJP, which bagged 80 seats, as results for 225 seats poured in.The Congress was relegated to the third position in the civic body with 31 seats, followed by the NCP with 9 seats, MNS 7, SP 6, AIMIM 3, Akhil Bhartiya Sena 1 and others 4.Results for two seats in the 227-member House are still awaited. — PTI5.30 p.m.Pankaja Munde offers to quitMaharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde offers to quit the Fadnavis-led government for the BJP’s poor performance in the local body polls in her constituency in Beed district.However, BJP State president Raosaheb Danve downplays the issue. “I had a word with Pankaja Munde. Victory never went into our head and we never got depressed with defeat. We will decide about her stand [resignation],” Mr. Danve says. — PTIResults at 1:45 p.m.BMC: BJP-61, Shiv Sena-93, Congress-22, NCP-7, MNS-10, Others-7. Total: 200/227Thane: BJP-11, Shiv Sena-28, Congress-, NCP-7, MNS-4, Others-4. Total: 54/131Ulhasnagar: BJP-21, Shiv Sena-15, Congress-1, NCP-4, Others-5. Total: 46/78Pune: BJP-54, Shiv Sena-9, Congress-11, NCP-29, MNS-6, Others-5. Total: 114/162Pimpri-Chinchwad: BJP-21, Shiv Sena-6, NCP-22, Others-1. Total: 50/128Solapur: BJP-24, Shiv Sena-20, Congress-6, NCP-4, Others-5. Total: 59/102Nashik: BJP-24, Shiv Sena-13, Congress-4, NCP-2, MNS-2. Total: 45/122Akola: BJP-25, Shiv Sena-3, Congress-9, NCP-4, Others-12. Total: 53/80Amravati: BJP-17, Shiv Sena-2, Congress-4, NCP-1, Others-11. Total: 35/87Nagpur: BJP-44, Congress-14. Total: 58/151Here are the updates:Akola The BJP gets a clear mejority in the Akola muncipal corporation by winning 42 out of the 81 wards. The Congress secures 12 wards, the Shiv Sena 7, the NCP 5, the BBM 3 and the MIM 1.ThaneThe Shiv Sena leads in Thane with 28 seats and the BJP and the NCP in eight and seven seats respectively.AmaravatiThe BJP is ahead in 17 seats, the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM and the BSP in 3 each. There are a total of 87 seats.Sanjay Nirupam blames it on infightingMumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam offered to resign taking moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the BMC polls. He says party infighting cost them these elections. “I was alone campaigning, as others tried to defeat me, but in turn they cost the party.” BJP and Shiv Sena workers get into an argument near BJP office in Dadar.  | Photo Credit: Deepak Salvi MPCC president Sanjay Nirupam addresses media at his residence, in Mumbai on Thursday. The BJP made big gains in the Maharashtra civic polls, even as it was in a neck-and-neck fight with the Shiv Sena for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, according to latest trends.The BJP is leading in Pune, Nashik, Akola and Amravati Corporations, while the Shiv Sena is ahead in Thane and the NCP in Pimpri-Chinchwad.Read more: BJP set for decisive gains, Shiv Sena has an edge in BMCcenter_img | Photo Credit: Vijay Bate  SolapurOut of the 102 seats in the Solapur Municipal Corporation, the BJP has won 12 and the Shiv Sena 4. This corporation was once the bastion of the Congress owing to regional stalwarts such as Sushilkumar Shinde.The AIMIM makes in roads by winning 8 seats.Trends show the BJP is poised to sweep the SMC.PuneReshma Bhosale, wife of NCP legislator Anil Bhosale, wins from ward number 7 in the Pune Municipal Corporation poll in the city’s Shivajinagar area.Ms. Bhosale, who was denied an NCP ticket, decided to contest on a BJP ticket. However, owing to a controversy in her nomination form, the Bombay high Court quashed her BJP candidature, compelling her to contest as an independentNagpurEarlier reports said that the BJP has secued 54 wards and Congress trailing in 19, BSP in 4 and NCP in 1.The BJP and the NCP are neck-and-neck in the Gadchiroli Zila parishad.Wife of Bhandara BJP MLC Parinay Fuke Mrs. Parinita Fuke wins for the BJP ward 13 in NagpurThe Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra council and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde camp wins Ambejogai panachayat Samiti in Beed.This is seen as a setback to BJP leader Pankaja Munde, a cousin of Dhananjay Munde.Pimpri-ChinchwadIn the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, the NCP is leading in 20 wards, followed by the BJP in 15PCMC, the bastion of Sharad Pawar’s NCP in Pune, has 128 seats.Incumbent Pune Mayor and NCP leader Prashant Jagtap bags ward number 25 in the Wanowrie area.The results till noon: NCP 5, BJP 3, IND 1. Leads: NCP 19, BJP 19, Shiv Sena 2.MumbaiEarly trends in the BMC indicate a major victory for the Shiv Sena.Despite high octane campaign by Chief Minister Devendra fadnavis, the BJP seem to be failing to grab the top post.Till noon, the Sena was leading in 85 seats, while the BJP was leading in 53. The Congress, however, is turning out to be the major loser as it was leading in only 19 seats.(With inputs from PTI )last_img read more

Seven coaches of Shaktipunj Express derail in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgSeven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express derailed on Thursday in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, a railway official said.“The accident occurred at around 6:25 am  and we have already cleared out the site,” railway ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said.“All passengers were put on the remaining coaches and by 7:28 AM all of them had left the spot. All of them are safe and no one was injured in the accident,” he said.The train was running at a speed of about 40 km/hr which, officials say, prevented any injuries when the incident occurred.This is the third such derailment in the State in less than a month.On August 19, the Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar district, killing 22 people and injuring 156.About 100 passengers were wounded when 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed after crashing into a dumper which strayed on to the tracks in Auraiya district on August 23.last_img read more

Haryana books owner of school

first_imgHaryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma on Sunday said some security lapses were found on the part of Ryan International School and a case was registered against its management and the owner under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. “Action will be initiated against the school management and its owner,” said Mr. Sharma, after a brief meeting with senior district administration officials. He, however, ruled out revocation of the affiliation for the school saying that over a thousand students would be affected. On the demand for a CBI probe into the murder, the Minister said the government was ready for probe by any agency if the family was not satisfied with the police investigation. Mr. Sharma said the safety and security of the students was the responsibility of the school managements during school hours and strict action would be initiated if any laxity was found by any private school.Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram, Vinay Pratap Singh told The Hindu that preliminary investigation by a three-member committee had found several security lapses on the part of the school management. “Though there are closed-circuit television cameras on the school premises, they were missing at a few strategic points. Another major lapse was to allow the support staff to share the washroom with students. Also, there were some discrepancies related to the verification of the support staff. The things would be more clear after the detailed report expected on Monday,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more

Congress announces 59 candidates

first_img  According to media reports, Mr. Singh had earlier said that he wanted to contest the election from a seat which the Congress has not won in previous polls. Arki in Solan district was won by the BJP in the previous two Assembly polls. State Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu has been fielded from the Nadaun seat, which the latter had unsuccessfully contested in the previous election to the 68-member Assembly.The Chief Minister’s son, Vikramaditya Singh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mr. Virbhadra Singh had two days ago had said that Mr. Vikramaditya Singh will contest from his Shimla (Rural) seat. Late Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh’s son, Aditya Vikram, is in the race from Banjar constituency. Karan Singh passed away in May.The Congress has fielded all its senior State leaders in the election. Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur will contest the election from the Dehra Assembly segment, which she had lost in 2012.Other senior leaders including AICC secretary Asha Kumari, Kaul Singh Thakur, G.S. Bali, Mukesh Agnihotri and Gangu Ram Musafir will contest from Dalhousie, Darang, Nagrota, Haroli and Pachchad, respectively. Party veteran Vidya Stokes was supposed to contest from Theog, one of the seats left out in the first list. But Ms. Stokes announced quitting politics on October 18. Assembly Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail is currently representing the Palampur seat. Former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s son Anil is currently representing Mandi. But he has quit the party and joined the BJP, which has already fielded him from the same seat. The Congress on October 18 announced its first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh being fielded from the Arki constituency in Solan district.The list was finalised after a marathon meeting of the Congress central election committee chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi. Nominees for the remaining nine seats, including Shimla (Rural), would be announced later.Also Read Ex-CM Dhumal, State chief in BJP list of candidateslast_img read more

Rahul attacks Modi on farmers’ plight

first_imgTaking forward his ‘question-a-day’ campaign, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on December 7 targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the problems afflicting the farm sector and farmers.Asking his 9th question in the series, he asked, “Neither loan waiver, nor remunerative price for produce, neither received crop insurance benefit, nor were tubewells installed.”The Congress leader also used the ‘Gabbar’ jibe to target the Prime Minister. “Agriculture hit by Gabbar Singh, land snatched and the (Annadatta) farmer was rendered useless. PM sahib, explain why such step-motherly treatment with the farm labour?” he said on Twitter.Mr. Gandhi had earlier termed the Goods and Services Tax as Gabbar Singh Tax to attack the government.Under the ongoing offensive, the Congress leader is using the tagline 22 saal ka hisab, Gujarat maange jawab (22 years of account, Gujarat demands answers), in the run-up to Gujarat elections starting December 9.The Congress vice-president has been tweeting to pose daily questions to the Prime Minister over the performance of the BJP in Gujarat and its “unkept” promises over the past 22 years of its rule in the State.last_img read more

Suspension of Maharashtra MLC revoked

first_imgMumbai: The Council on Wednesday revoked the suspension of Prashant Paricharak, MLC. He had been suspended for a year-and-a-half for his remarks on soldiers and their wives during campaigning for local elections last year. The government formed a 10-member all-party committee comprising members of the Council headed by chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar. On Wednesday, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “Paricharak told the committee that he made the remark casually and there was no intention to hurt the sentiments of soldiers or their families. He also apologised for the comment. Hence the committee recommended to revoke his suspension.”last_img read more

Agra put on 72-hour weather alert till Monday

first_imgThe weather office on Friday sounded a 72-hour alert till Monday here in Uttar Pradesh, Agra District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal said and issued a detailed advisory to manage any imminent disaster.This comes after a 132-kmph dust storm hit the city on the intervening night of Wednesday-Thursday, bringing heavy showers and hailstorm that killed 44 people and destroyed properties worth in crores. The doctors at the S.N. Medical College conducted the postmortem of 44 bodies who succumbed to injuries. The number of deaths were expected to rise.Agra witnessed two devastating storms in 20 days. More than 1,400 villages continue to remain without power supply, an official said. Trains were still running late. Historical buildings, including the Taj Mahal suffered extensive damages. Two wooden doors of the Taj minarets were damaged and several trees in the mausoleum were uprooted.Divisional Commissioner K. Ram Mohan Rao and Dayal visited the medical college hospital to review arrangements.A separate ward has been opened there and a dedicated team of doctors has been deputed. Mr. Rao told medical staff to provide prompt services and ensure there was no lack of medicines.Dayal along with Special Superintendent Amit Pathak and other senior officials visited several villages in Khairagarh. A team of officials were deputed to survey affected villages and evaluate loss of property and crop. The district magistrate has promised adequate compensation.last_img read more

AAP MLA assaulted by Punjab sand mafia

first_imgAn Aam Aadmi Party MLA in Punjab was allegedly assaulted by a group of people involved in illegal sand mining near Nurpur Bedi in Rupnagar district on Thursday, prompting Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to seek a detailed report on the incident.Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira alleged that MLA Amarjeet Singh Sandoa was attacked for trying to expose the ongoing illegal activities of the sand mafia.The AAP MLA and his gunman, head constable Sukhdeep Singh, were injured in the incident.“Both were taken to a civil hospital, from where Mr. Sandoa was referred to PGI, Chandigarh, for further check-up after he complained of chest pain,” an official spokesperson said.Three arrestedThe police have arrested three persons allegedly involved in the incident. The spokesperson said three relatives of Ajwinder Singh — the key accused from Baihara village — have been arrested. Ajwinder and another accused, Bachittar Singh, of Bhauwal village fled after the incident. Those arrested have been identified as Jaswinder Singh Goldy, Manjit Singh and Amarjit Singh, all residents of Baihara. One vehicle and two guns were seized from them.The Chief Minister has sought a detailed report from the Deputy Commissioner and asked him to ensure a free and fair probe.The two PSOs attached to the MLA have also come under the Chief Minister’s scanner for evidently failing to protect him and have been transferred to the police lines. “The Chief Minister has directed the DGP to investigate their role in the entire episode,” the spokesperson added.‘CM should resign’Reacting to the alleged attack, the AAP in Delhi said the Chief Minister should resign if he cannot rein in the mafia.AAP spokesperson Ashish Khetan said Mr. Sandoa had raised his voice against the sand mafia in the past as well. He said the Chief Minister had during last year’s election campaign promised to rid the State of the drugs, transport, extortion and mining mafia. “Instead, the influence of the mafia has increased. They are carrying out lethal attacks on MLAs,” he said.The AAP has demanded a new policy to put an end to illegal mining and also called for a White Paper detailing the loss of revenue caused to the State by illegal mining during the past 15 years.last_img read more

Intruder beats up headmaster for making students clean school

first_imgThe headmaster of a primary school in Odisha’s Ganjam district was attacked and injured by an intruder on Tuesday during a cleaning exercise on the premises.The headmaster, Purna Chandra Das, was admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. The incident happened at Gangadhar Primary School in Kavisuryanagar. The intruder, a youth in early 20s, was angry as the headmaster had engaged the school students in cleaning their classrooms, said sources. It is to be noted that Gangadhar Primary School has been adjudged the best school for cleanliness in Kavisuryanagar Notified Area Council. The headmaster, according to the sources, had asked two Class V students to clean their classroom. The accused saw this from outside and entered the campus to record it on his cell phone. He protested against students being used for cleaning work and entered into an altercation with the headmaster. He hit Mr. Das’s head with a boulder, injuring him seriously, the sources added. The headmaster has lodged a complaint at Kavisuryanagar police station but the culprit is yet to be arrested.Ganjam District Education Officer Sanatan Panda condemned the violent act and said that if the youth had any complaints he could have conveyed them to the authorities instead of taking the law into his own hands.“Under the ‘Swachh Vidyalaya’ drive going on in the district, students and teachers together clean their school campuses.last_img read more

Gujarat BJP leaders fight over location of AIIMS

first_imgThe Union government is yet to announce the setting up of a world-class All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home State Gujarat, but some State Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are already fighting over its location.Gujarat BJP leaders and legislators from Rajkot and Vadodara have been fighting over the venue of the facility, which is likely to be set up in the State. Recently, Gujarat State BJP president Jitu Vaghani said in Rajkot that the AIIMS would be set up in Rajkot to cater to the healthcare needs of the people of the Saurashtra region.Mr. Vaghani said this while campaigning for the recently held by-election for the Jasdan Assembly constituency in Rajkot district. Mr. Vaghani’s impromptu announcement caught even State Ministers off guard. Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Nitin Patel feigned ignorance over an AIIMS in Rajkot.“I am not aware of any development regarding the AIIMS in Rajkot,” Mr. Patel reportedly said. Legislators meet CMSubsequently, a group of eight legislators from the Vadodara district called on Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in an attempt to persuade him to select Vadodara as the venue for AIIMS.“We want AIIMS in Vadodara as was promised earlier. Now, they cannot change the location and pick up Rajkot,” said the party’s veteran legislator Yogesh Patel, who led the delegation of legislators from central Gujarat to the Chief Minister.According to Mr. Patel, there are tribal pockets like Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Godhara and Dahod near Vadodara, so a world class medical institute can cater to them, too, besides Vadodara city. Another legislator who was part of the delegation said that the CM himself was not sure whether Rajkot was being picked as the location for the AIIMS, as was suggested by the State party chief.last_img read more

Hope floats for women in politics

first_imgThe women’s wings of the three major political parties in Odisha have become more active since the State Assembly passed a resolution unanimously for providing 33% reservation for women in the Legislative Assemblies and Parliament on November 20 last year. Ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State, the number of meetings and demonstrations by the women’s wings of the ruling Biju Janata Dal and Opposition Congress and BJP has also started multiplying after Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 4. Mr. Patnaik had urged Mr. Modi to initiate necessary steps for passing the Women’s Reservation Bill for reservation of one-third seats in Parliament and State Legislatures for women. “I assure full support of my government in providing women their rightful place in the decision-making process,” Mr. Patnaik wrote to Mr. Modi.The Chief Minister, who has been focussing on women’s empowerment, has not stopped there. Senior party leaders have been meeting top leaders of different parties across the country seeking their support for passage of the Bill in Parliament.Positive signs In fact, the three major parties have also strengthened their women’s wings in the recent months. While the BJD and the Congress have appointed new presidents in their women’s wings, the BJP has inducted some prominent women to add strength to its women’s wing. Such has become the political atmosphere that women leaders of these parties from far-off districts have started frequenting Bhubaneswar hoping to get party tickets. They are of the view that more women will be given tickets to contest the coming elections even if the Bill is not passed in Parliament. “This is a positive sign that more and more women are coming forward to actively participate in politics. Odisha has produced many women leaders, including former Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy, in the past and the current trend should be encouraged by different parties,” said political analyst Rabi Das. Buoyant by the developments with regard to women’s political participation, transgender rights activists too have become active in their work with the hope that they may also be given tickets by different parties. “Time has come for all parties to give tickets to transgender people to ensure their participation in the decision-making process,” said Meera Parida, chairman of the All Odisha Transgender Welfare Trust.last_img read more

Secret Maoist camp busted in Odisha; no arrests made

first_imgA secret Maoist camp was busted by Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Niyamgiri hills region under Kalyansinghpur police station limits of Odisha’s Rayagada district on Thursday.According to police sources, 15 gelatin sticks, 15 detonators, one Improvised Explosive Device in the form of a ‘tiffin box’, batteries and wires were seized from the spot. The Maoists using the camp could not be traced as they had managed to escape taking advantage of the hilly jungle terrain, said the sources.During their continuing anti-Maoist search operation, the CRPF personnel had unearthed this secret Maoist camp inside the jungle near Tuluba village in Niyamgiri hills region. The explosives seized from the spot suggested that the Maoists were planning to plant them to target security forces.last_img read more

Enforcing a ban will not end the menace of stubble burning, say researchers

first_imgOnly educating farmers about the monetary costs of burning stubble can address the environmental crisis triggered every year in Punjab, says a team of Swiss and Indian researchers who interviewed 600 farmers over two years. Burning stubble, the rice chaff left over after harvesting, is linked to winter air-pollution in the State as well as down-wind DelhiAccording to the team, the government’s efforts — earmarking funds for specialised farming equipment (for straw management) or enforcing the state-led ban on the practice — are unlikely to solve the problem.Farmer cooperative groups — a key link between government and farmers — ought to be playing a more active role in educating farmers, say key authors associated with the study. Watch | Farmers continue to burn stubble despite ban Cheap solution“The main message is that farmers are not to blame (for the pollution crisis),” says Max Friedrich, a post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). “There are deeper causes beyond economic incentives or awareness about the health consequences of burning at play.”On average, about 20 million tonnes of straw are generated in Punjab, and they barely have two to three weeks to dispose them of and prepare the fields for the next crop. Hence the popularity of deploying stubble-burning as a quick and cheap solution.For about a decade now, the Delhi and the Centre have held this practice responsible for the abysmal air quality in the capital in winter.In 2013, the National Green Tribunal issued a directive to Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh asking them to ban such stubble burning. The environment ministers of these States as well as top officials at the Centre declared a “zero tolerance” policy on the burning of stubble, which has been estimated to contribute anywhere from 7% to 78% of the particulate matter-emission load in Delhi during winter.The Centre has spent about ₹600 crore in subsidising farm equipment via village cooperatives to enable farmers to access them and avoid stubble burning. In 2018, Punjab had disbursed about 8,000 farm implements to individual farmers and set up 4,795 custom hiring centres, from where such machinery could be leased. The cost of hiring these machines was about ₹5,000 an acre, as The Hindu has previously reported.Mixed resultsHowever, the success of these efforts has been mixed, even though stubble-fires in 2018 were fewer than in 2017 and 2016, according to satellite maps by independent researchers.In their interviews, the researchers found that farmers who had bigger landholdings were more likely to burn straw; those who used combine harvesters (for cutting the straw) as opposed to manual labourers were more likely to engage in burning; and those who burnt or didn’t burn were equally aware of the steps and procedures required to abstain from burning, said Dr. Friedrich. On average, the input costs of farmers who burned straw were about ₹40,000 per acre and those who didn’t about ₹25,000 per acre but the incomes of those who burned and those who didn’t were closer — about ₹60,000 and ₹50,000 respectively.“There needs to be greater participation by village cooperatives in being able to impose social norms that would dissuade burners,” said Banalata Sen, an independent public health professional, associated with the study, coordinated by Ranas Mosler (affiliated to Eawag), the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), Hyderabad and Kethi Virasat Mission (KVM), Jaitu, India.center_img Farmers continue to burn stubble despite banVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1501:15  last_img read more

Rape case filed against Congress MLA

first_imgA case was registered on the court’s order against Congress MLA Johari Lal Meena, representing Rajgarh-Laxmangarh constituency of Rajasthan’s Alwar district, on charges of raping a 38-year-old widow several times during the last two years and threatening to release the video of the alleged act. The FIR was registered at Raini police station over the weekend.The woman, who filed a complaint in the Judicial Magistrate’s court for registration of FIR, alleged that Mr. Meena, 68, whom she had met two years ago, took her to a hotel in the temple town of Mehandipur Balaji on the pretext of taking her to a doctor when she was ill. At the hotel, the MLA allegedly gave her some medicines and raped her when she fell unconscious, according to the complaint.Mr. Meena denied the charge on Saturday and said the complaint against him was a “political conspiracy” hatched to prevent him from campaigning for his party in the Lok Sabha election. “The objective is to damage the prospects of Congress. This is also a ploy to reduce my popularity in the public,” said Mr. Meena, who had defeated his BJP rival with a margin of 30,298 votes in the 2018 Assembly election.The complainant alleged that Mr. Meena had made a video of the act and started blackmailing her with the threat to release it. She also alleged that the MLA had forced her to establish a physical relationship with him several times.The FIR was registered under Sections 376 (rape), 384 (extortion) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) of Indian Penal Code and investigation handed over to CB-CID in view of the accused being a legislator.last_img read more

Yes, You Can Blame the Moon for a Bad Night’s Sleep

first_imgIf you were tossing and turning and howling at your pillow this week, you’re not necessarily a lunatic, at least in the strictest sense of the word. The recent full moon might be to blame for your poor sleep. In the days close to a full moon, people take longer to doze off, sleep less deeply, and sleep for a shorter time, even if the moon isn’t shining in their window, a new study has found.“A lot of people are going to say, ‘Yeah, I knew this already. I never sleep well during a full moon.’ But this is the first data that really confirms it,” says biologist Christian Cajochen of the University of Basel in Switzerland, lead author of the new work. “There had been numerous studies before, but many were very inconclusive.”Anecdotal evidence has long suggested that people’s sleep patterns, moods, and even aggression is linked to moon cycles. But past studies of potential lunar effects have been tainted by statistical weaknesses, biases, or inconsistent methods, Cajochen 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(*)Between 2000 and 2003, he and his colleagues had collected detailed data on the sleep patterns of 33 healthy volunteers for an unrelated study on the effects of aging on sleep. Using electroencephalograms (EEG) that measure brain activity, they recorded how deep and how long each participant’s nightly sleep was in a controlled, laboratory setting. Years after the initial experiment, the scientists were drinking in a pub—during a full moon—and came up with the idea of going back to the data to test for correlations with moon cycles.“What’s nicest about this study is that it uses data that wasn’t originally intended for this purpose, so you know there couldn’t be any bias and that makes it quite convincing,” says neuroscientist Kristin Tessmar-Raible of the Max F. Perutz Laboratories in Vienna who was not involved in the new work.When the researchers investigated how sleep patterns changed during moon cycles, they found a striking association between poor sleep and lunar cycles. In the few days before and after a full moon, people took an average of 5 extra minutes to fall asleep, slept 20 minutes less per night, and had 30% less deep sleep, as measured by the EEG. Moreover, the volunteers recorded poorer sleep on a survey around the full moon, the scientists report online today in Current Biology.“This paper showed that it’s possible to detect a correlation between the human sleep cycle and lunar phases, which strongly suggests to me that there is some kind of synchronization,” Tessmar-Raible says. “And the question now is what is the mechanism behind this?”Because the subjects couldn’t see the moon, increased light levels aren’t producing the effect, at least not entirely. It’s more likely influenced only in a small part by light or other external factors, and maintained through internal hormones, like people’s 24-hour sleep-wake cycles, which persist even in the absence of light or darkness, Cajochen speculates. “In terms of the lunar cycle, light could be important to synchronize this biological clock with environmental stimuli,” Cajochen says. “But the clock itself then continues on independent of light.”To test that possibility, he says, scientists could set up additional controlled experiments that measure how physiology and brain activity varies over the 29.5-day lunar cycle. Studies on animals with mating or migration patterns that revolve around lunar cycles could also illuminate the underlying biological drivers as well as the evolutionary benefit of having a moon-synced clock. Whatever the mechanism, inconsistent sleep around the full moon could be partially responsible for the origin of the word lunatic, which derives from the Latin for “moonstruck.”last_img read more

Tracing Cichlids Through the Seas

first_imgMore than 1600 species of cichlids swim in fresh water around the world, spanning a rainbow of colors and a myriad of shapes. They’re popular with evolutionary biologists, who study the diverse, rapidly evolving fish in the rift lakes of East Africa and elsewhere. A new study casts doubt on an old hypothesis, that cichlids reached multiple continents by swimming in place while an ancient supercontinent split up. Instead, the researchers say the freshwater fish must have undertaken death-defying dispersals by paddling across the salty seas.Cichlids live in South America, Africa, Madagascar, and India—all former components of the supercontinent Gondwana that broke up about 135 million years ago. Several decades ago, scientists hypothesized that cichlids dispersed by going along for the ride as the continents spread.But this theory came with a big assumption: Cichlids must have evolved before Gondwana broke up. The oldest cichlid fossils are only about 45 million years old. That leaves about 90 million years of cichlid history unaccounted for. The fossil record is spotty, so it seemed possible that older cichlid fossils just hadn’t been discovered yet.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(*)Matt Friedman, a paleobiologist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, thought he could estimate just how likely it was that there are more ancient cichlid fossils out there. He and his colleagues assembled a database of known fossils of cichlids. They compared that to a list of sedimentary rocks that might plausibly contain cichlid fossils. The rocks were from the former Gondwana, had formed in fresh water, and contained other fish fossils. The researchers concluded it wasn’t likely that so many cichlid fossils remain undiscovered: The cichlids’ fossil records would have to be 10 to 30 times worse in the older time period than in more recent times—an unlikely scenario, Friedman says. The work is published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.The researchers also counted mutations in genes shared between cichlids and their close relatives. Mutations accumulate gradually and can be used to measure the time that has passed since two groups of species diverged. They sequenced 10 nuclear genes from 89 modern species of cichlids and 69 other fish to come up with dates when cichlids diverged from their fishy relatives.All of these tests pointed toward a cichlid origin of 65 million to 57 million years ago, long after Gondwana split apart. “It seems much too late for these guys have been sitting and rafting with the continents as they broke up,” Friedman says.That leaves a weirder alternative: that the fish dispersed after the continents started splitting up. Dispersal across salt water “seems highly unlikely” for these smallish freshwater fish, Friedman says, but not impossible. Strong east-west currents, a possible island chain, and even the Congo River’s enormous flow of fresh water might have helped cichlids across the South Atlantic, which was of course much narrower then. And some cichlids can handle salt water.George Turner, an evolutionary biologist and self-described “cichlid nerd” at Bangor University in the United Kingdom, says the study is well done. Drawing conclusions from fossils is difficult, he adds. Not everything gets preserved; not everything that’s fossilized gets found; and after species diverge, millions of years can go by before any differences appear in the hard body parts that get fossilized. So cichlid ancestors could be in the fossil record, but looking so much like their closest relatives that nobody has recognized them. “Saying that, it’s a very interesting stab and it makes me feel a lot more skeptical of the Gondwanan idea than I was before,” he says.“I think it’s definitely a move forward in our understanding of cichlid evolution,” says Leo Smith, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, who studies cichlid evolution. “We’re closing in on something that we haven’t really had good answers for yet,” Smith says.last_img read more