PM Modi says opposition is misleading farmers and ‘playing tricks’ on them

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the opposition parties of misleading farmers and “playing tricks” again on them as he and the BJP asserted that the new agriculture laws over which protests by farmers raged in the NCR will provide new options to sell for more and also safeguards.

Modi also said that presently a “new trend” is being seen in the country where protests are based on creating doubts through misinformation while union ministers urged farmers not to have any misconceptions about the three agriculture reform legislations.


“Decades of deceit are making farmers apprehensive and they are seeing the new move in the same manner but now there is no deceit. Work is being done with intentions as pure as Ganga jal,” he said reaching out to the farming community.

“What we are doing now is not with ‘chhal'(deceit) but (our work is) like ‘pavitra Ganga jal’ (holy Ganges water),” Modi said addressing a public meeting in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, a temple town on the banks of Ganges river.

Modi’s attack on the opposition parties came even as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the new laws are meant for prime minister’s ”two-three friends“, and are aimed at stealing from the farmers.


The Congress also launched a social media campaign to muster support for the protestors saying when farmers raise their voice, it resonates across the country. The protests in the National Capital Region(NCR) in wintry weather entered the fifth day on Monday.

Leaders of the opposition DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu demanded that the prime minister ‘respect’ the democratic struggle of the farmers, negotiate with them and announce a repeal of all three agricultural laws. The Left parties called upon their state units to coordinate and organise protests in support of the thousands of protesting farmers.


Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people of Delhi to extend all possible help to the protesting farmers at the Singhu and Tikri border points of the national capital and urged the Centre to hold talks with them at the earliest.

As leaders of the protesting farmers, who are mainly from Punjab, declared they have come to the national capital for a “decisive battle” and urged Modi to listen to their “mann ki baat”, the prime minister stoutly defended the farm laws which deregulate the sale of crops. However, farmer bodies have raised apprehensions that the minimum support price (MSP) system is being dismantled.


“The farmers are being deceived on these historic agriculture reform laws by the same people who have misled them for decades,” he said, in an apparent reference to parties which are now in the opposition but not directly naming them.

He reiterated that farmers who wanted to follow the old system of trading – referring to the ‘mandis’ where they can get the MSP – are still free to do so. But the three laws gave them new options to sell for more, he said.

He said whenever new laws are enacted questions are bound to be asked.


“But presently a new trend is being seen in the country. The protests are based on creating doubts through misinformation,” Modi said.

“We must remember that those doing so are the ones who had for decades deceived farmers,” he claimed. The MSP used to be declared but very little procurement was done on it, he claimed.

“Farmers have faced deceit on MSP, loan waiver schemes, urea and productivity for a long time in the past.”

He said small farmers will now be able to take legal action even on deals struck outside the mandis, which will not only provide them fresh alternatives but also protect them from being cheated.


Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to express his solidarity with the protesting farmers and attack the prime minister.

“The Modi government has persecuted the farmer – first it brought black laws and then used lathis against them, but it forgot that when the farmer raises his voice, it resonates throughout the country. You also raise your voice against the exploitation of farmers and join the #SpeakUpForFarmers campaign,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

“The farmer of the country has come to Delhi in the cold, leaving his home and fields, to voice his protest against the black agriculture laws. In this battle of truth and untruth, with whom do you stand – the ‘Annadata’ (food-giving) farmer or the PM’s capitalist friends,” he said in another tweet.


The former Congress chief said wherever these farmers are protesting, the people and Congress workers should stand in their support and provide them food.

“The question is why is the farmer out on the roads, travelling thousands of kilometers and is stalling traffic. PM Modi says the three farm laws are in favour of the farmer, but if these laws are in the farmer’s favour, why is he not happy and why is he protesting,” asked the Congress leader.

“These laws are for Narendra Modi’s two-three friends and are aimed at stealing from the farmers. That is why we all have to together stand with the strength of India – the farmer,” he said.


Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Prime Minister Modi should announce the suspension of the three agri laws and demanded that he should himself talk to the representatives of all farmer unions.

Besides the prime minister, union ministers and BJP leaders urged farmers not to have “misconceptions” about the farm reforms which, it asserted, have nothing to do with the mechanism of MSP and that ‘mandi’ will continue along with the government’s purchase of grains.

“New agri laws do not end APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) mandis. Mandis will continue to operate as they have been. New laws have given farmers the freedom to sell their produce anywhere. Whoever gives farmers the best price will get to buy their produce be it inside the mandis or outside,” Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a series of tweets in Hindi.


Many misconceptions like the farm bills are a conspiracy to not offer farmers MSP, are being spread, he said, adding that the reality is that these legislations have nothing to do with the minimum support price. “The MSP has been in force and will remain in force.”

Another senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Don’t have misconceptions about the farm laws. Farmers of Punjab have sold more paddy in mandi than they did last year and at a higher MSP. MSP is alive and so is mandi. And government purchase is also taking place.”


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Australia’s own trade tricks leave it exposed to China

Beijing would have you believe there is a simpler and more economic explanation for all of this. It is worth considering this perspective, if only to understand if the strikes are attempts at economic coercion or an exercise in squaring the ledger.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin made an extended reference to China’s chief gripe with Australian trade in a press conference last Friday. “So far Australia has launched as many as 106 anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against Chinese products, while China only initiated four investigations against Australian goods,” he said.


“Between China and Australia, which country is breaching the principles of market economy and the bilateral free-trade agreement? And which country is reneging on its commitments, undermining cooperation and taking discriminatory measures? The facts are all too clear.”

Australia is one of the most prolific users of anti-dumping measures in the world. Australia’s own Productivity Commission says so. In 2016, it said “there are no convincing justifications for these measures, and they reduce the wellbeing of the Australian community”. It repeated the same argument again in 2019 to press home the point on why anti-dumping measures should be avoided.

Dumping involves foreign companies selling goods in Australia below the price in their home market, crowding them out and reducing the competitiveness of the local product. The Productivity Commission argues anti-dumping measures stymie innovation and economic growth because they protect inefficient products that can be bought at a lower price from elsewhere. The products that are dumped are then subject to countervailing duties, or tariffs, to make the local product more competitive.

In the case of China, Australia has taken particular issue with Chinese paper, aluminum and steel being dumped into the local market and undermining the competitiveness of Australian players. These three are worth paying particular attention to because of their importance to the local economy.

‘We’re living in a glasshouse, so we shouldn’t be throwing stones, we have massively exposed ourselves.’

Geoff Raby, former ambassador to China

Between them they employ more than 140,000 Australians. More significantly, most are located in economically depressed manufacturing areas that are politically important. Steel comes out of the Illawarra, aluminum out of central Queensland and Tomago near the Hunter in NSW, and paper out of Morwell in the Victorian La Trobe valley.

All of them are vital, regional economic engine rooms. They can also drive shifts in political sentiment.

Opening them up to Chinese competition is a risk that might bring national economic dividends but cost workers in less competitive industries. Despite the pleas of the Productivity Commission, it is not a risk that Canberra has been willing to contemplate. Australia has risen to third in the anti-dumping ranks in the process. It has initiated 84 actions over the past half-a-decade, compared with 67 for the much larger European Union and six for Japan.

China uses a similar tactic to protect its coal industry. After years of not being able to produce enough coal to satisfy China’s insatiable demand for power, its local miners are now ramping up production. The Chinese Communist Party wants to protect these state-backed firms from Australian competition, so they implement quotas on cheaper Australian imports. The end result is ships filled with Australian coal floating in Bohai Bay with nowhere to unload their cargo.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham does not believe the two are a valid comparison. “Australia’s anti-dumping system is entirely transparent and evidence based,” he said. “It is open to any party who questions the decisions that Australia makes, to follow the processes of the World Trade Organisation in challenging those decisions.”

China’s claims against Australian products are spurious and opaque. As trade expert Dr Jeffrey Wilson from the Perth USAsia Centre notes it is a form of “psychological warfare” designed to make Australian politicians question their diplomatic position on critical issues such as Hong Kong, the South China Sea and the Uighurs in Xinjiang.

But Australia’s former ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, believes Australia’s trigger happy decade of anti-dumping measures has done it few favours in the lead up to this year’s diplomatic crisis.


How much does he think some of the recent trade tensions are a politically convenient way of striking back at Australia’s own protectionism? “Oh, I’m absolutely sure that that’s the case,” he said.

Raby sits on the board of Chinese miner Yancoal and has been criticised for his mix of foreign policy advice with business links. He is also a former World Trade Organisation ambassador, which means on this topic he has an interesting perspective.

“As I used to say in the WTO, the reality is we’re all sinners in the church and somehow we get this public mind in
Australia that we are cleaner than anyone else.

“We use anti-dumping, always have, as a form of protection. There are some legitimate cases. But if you have that many cases, you’re using anti-dumping as trade harassment and that’s part of our trade policy kits.

He said former colleagues at the Department of Foreign Affairs would be shocked to hear him say this but “it’s the truth”.

“Why [China] has not taken more action sooner is an interesting point itself. But having that record ourselves, we’re living in a glasshouse, so we shouldn’t be throwing stones, we have massively exposed ourselves.”

This does not mean China’s diplomatically charged actions are reasonable, but as a risk management exercise, it might not hurt to take another look in our own backyard for measures that might expose more Australian exporters to unjustified retribution.

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Keyboard tricks, shortcuts, and more

Every year, the idea that the iPad is insufficient as a productivity device becomes staler.

That’s because Apple keeps making the iPad increasingly laptop-like, with features like trackpad support, a full-blown file browser, and multitasking. At the same time, the company has imbued its tablet with capabilities that you won’t find on a laptop, such as Pencil support for sketching and the Shortcuts app for automation.

Now that Apple has released new iPads along with iPadOS 14, let’s look at all the ways you can turn the tablet into a productivity powerhouse.

Use it like a laptop

Add a keyboard and cursor: Got a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse handy? Pair them with your iPad to turn it into a miniature workstation. Got a 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro (or are planning to get the upcoming fourth-gen iPad Air)? Apple’s Magic Keyboard accessory lets you snap on a keyboard and trackpad for using your tablet like a laptop, while Logitech’s Folio Touch provides a cheaper alternative. For other iPads, like the baseline iPad, 2017 iPad Pro, and third-generation iPad Air, Logitech’s Combo Touch gives you a keyboard, trackpad, and kickstand for the tablet all in one package.

Hold Cmd in any app to view its keyboard shortcuts.

Know your shortcuts: Once you’ve connected a keyboard, use shortcuts to get around faster.

  • Cmd-H to go home
  • Cmd-Tab to open your last-used app
  • Hold Cmd and press Tab to show recent apps, then use Tab or the arrow keys to switch
  • Cmd-Space for the Universal Search bar (try typing the name of an app and hitting Enter)
  • Hold Cmd in any app for a list of app-specific shortcuts
  • Space to scroll through web pages in supported apps

Get a grasp on trackpad gestures: If your keyboard has a trackpad, you can also use multitouch gestures to navigate around the iPad:

  • Two-finger swipe to scroll in any direction
  • Swipe up quickly with three fingers or scroll down from the bottom of the screen to go home
  • Scroll up from the top of the screen to view notifications
  • Swipe up with three fingers, pause, and let go to show the app switcher
  • Swipe left or right with three fingers to switch between recent apps
  • Swipe up with two fingers on the home screen for the Universal Search bar
  • Pinch to zoom in web browsers and other supported apps
  • Right-click or two-finger click to bring up contextual menus in many apps

Tweak your cursor settings: If your mouse or trackpad doesn’t feel quite right, head to Settings > General > Trackpad (or Trackpad & Mouse), where you can adjust tracking speed, reverse the direction of scrolling, enable trackpad tap-to-click gestures, and reverse your mouse buttons.

Modify your modifiers: Can’t stand Apple’s layout of modifier keys such as Ctrl and Cmd? Change their behavior under Settings > General > Keyboard > Hardware Keyboard > Modifier Keys. Making the globe key behave like Cmd for things like copy and paste will make Windows users feel right at home again.

A hidden accessibility setting lets you navigate with a keyboard.

Unlock more keyboard controls: With a setting called Full Keyboard Access, you can set up your iPad keyboard to perform all kinds of additional shortcuts. To enable this feature, head to Settings > Accessibility > Keyboards > Full Keyboard Access, then set the toggle to On.

Right away, you’ll be able to navigate the entire system with arrow keys and use new shortcuts such as Tab-C for Control Center, Tab-N for notifications, and Tab-S for Siri. You can also view, modify, and create new keyboard shortcuts under the “Commands” section in the Full Keyboard Access menu.

Use desktop websites: If you’re feeling constrained by a particular iOS app, try using the web version instead. Apple’s Safari browser on the iPad can load full desktop versions of sites such as Gmail, Tweetdeck, and Airtable. Those sites are often more capable than their mobile app counterparts, especially when paired with a trackpad and keyboard for right-click menus and shortcuts.

To make those sites more readily accessible, add them as bookmarks on your iPad’s home screen. In Safari, press the Share button, then select “Add to Home Screen.”

Make the most of the Pencil

Scribble anywhere: With the new Scribble feature in iPadOS 14, you can use the Apple Pencil to write anywhere that accepts text entry, and the iPad will convert your handwriting to text. It’s great for quickly entering text without putting your Pencil down. Once the iPad has converted some handwriting, here are some extra tricks to know:

  • Draw a wavy line over any word to delete it
  • Circle some text to select it (or just draw a straight line through it)
  • Draw a vertical line to add or remove a space between letters
  • Triple-tap any word to highlight an entire paragraph

If you’d rather switch to the keyboard while scribbling, just hit the keyboard icon in the floating menu at the bottom of the screen. And to disable Scribble entirely, head to Settings > Apple Pencil.

With an Apple Pencil, you can handwrite in any place that accepts text.

Take a note faster: To jump straight into Apple’s Notes app from the lock screen, just tap in the middle of the screen with your Pencil. By default, this will create a new note every time, but you can change this under Settings > Notes > Access Notes from Lock Screen. You can also add a Notes shortcut in Control Center by heading to Settings > Control Center and hitting the green + icon next to Notes.

Make perfect shapes: Apple’s Notes app can automatically recognize shapes such as squares, circles, arrows, and lines. Just keep holding the Pencil down for a moment after making a shape, and your sloppy drawings will turn into perfect geometry.

Newer Apple Pencil tricks: With the second-generation Apple Pencil, you can double-tap on it to switch between drawing tools in supported apps. This will switch to an eraser by default, but you can change this under Settings > Apple Pencil.

Add a battery widget: To avoid getting stuck with a dead Pencil right when you need it, add a battery status indicator to your widgets list. At the bottom of the list, hit Edit, then hit +, then select “Batteries” from the list and hit “Add Widget.” Now you can see exactly how much charge is left at a glance.

Master multitasking

Customize your dock: On the home screen, press, hold, and drag apps down to the bottom row to keep them in your dock. By default, some recently used apps will appear in the dock as well, but you can disable this under Settings > Home Screen & Dock.

Split View multitasking

View two apps in split-screen: To use the iPad’s Split View feature—which works with a high percentage of popular apps but isn’t universally supported—make sure you have one app open, then press and hold another app in your dock and drag it up so the icon moves with your finger. (If the app isn’t in your dock, you can hit Cmd-Space to search for it, then drag the icon in the search results.) Move it to either side of the screen, then let go once the other app slides over to make room. Adjust the split-screen by dragging the black bar between the two apps, or drag the bar to either edge of the screen to close the other app.

Open a mini app: Instead of moving your second app to the edges of the screen, try dropping it into the middle. This will open a miniature app window (called “Slide Over”) that appears on top of your main app. Dismiss this app by swiping the top bar to the right of the screen, or drag on the top bar to move it around. Dragging it to the top edge will open it in full screen, and dragging it to the sides will open it in Split View.

Use Slide Over to swap between mini apps.

Stack up your apps: Slide Over really becomes useful when you stack up several apps on top of one another. Try dragging a second or third app on top of your first Slide Over app, then swipe on the bottom bar to switch between them. Or, flick up gently on the bottom bar to view all your Slide Over apps side by side. You can then dismiss any of them by swiping up.

Use the same app twice: Multitasking doesn’t merely apply to separate apps. In some cases, you can also have two instances of the same app running side by side. Not every app supports this, but it’s great for viewing separate web pages in Safari or comparing documents in Word. Opening a second instance of one app works the same way as multitasking with two separate apps: Just drag the app onto your screen from the dock or from Cmd-Space search results.

Wrangle your documents

Get familiar with Files: For full-blown file management on an iPad, use Apple’s Files app. Here you’ll find files saved by your apps—located under either “On my iPad” or iCloud Drive, depending on how the app stores files. Long-press or right-click any file for a menu of options, such as duplicating the file, moving it to another location, or adding it to a compressed Zip file.

Take note of the icons at the top-right corner of the Files app as well; these’ll let you create new folders and switch between different views.

Connect cloud storage: The Files app isn’t just for documents you’ve stored on the iPad or in iCloud. You can also link other cloud storage services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. That way you can move files between locations or open them in other apps.

Use the Files app with cloud storage services like Dropbox.

To link a service, make sure that you’ve installed and signed into corresponding app on your iPad. Then, in the Files app, hit the “…” button in the left sidebar and select “Edit Sidebar.” From here you can toggle on the services you want to access through the Files app.

Favorite folders will appear in the left sidebar.

Add favorite folders: Instead of digging through endless directories to access your files, you can mark certain folders as favorites to make them show up in the left sidebar. This even works with cloud storage sources you link (per the tip above). Just long-press any folder and select “Favorite” for quicker access.

Scan your paper documents: While there’s no shortage of paper scanner apps on the iPad, Apple also has a free one built into the Files app. In the left sidebar, tap the “…” icon and select “Scan Documents,” then use the camera to scan each page of your document. Apple will automatically crop each image, and you can save the resulting PDF file to the directory of your choosing.

Do more with Shortcuts

Use some basic shortcuts: Apple’s Shortcuts app is a powerful way to automate actions within apps on your iPad. On the most basic level, you can have Shortcuts for things like creating a new email, launching Google Assistant, texting a favorite contact, or shortening a link. You can then launch these actions through the Shortcuts app, create icons or widgets to launch them from your home screen, or in some cases access them via the Share menu within apps.

The easiest way to get started is to visit the Gallery section of the Shortcuts app, where you’ll find suggested Shortcuts from Apple. Take a look at the “Shortcuts from your apps” section in particular, which will list some quick actions you can take within the apps you use most.

Add Shortcuts to actions within your favorite apps.

Search for more advanced shortcuts: Apple’s Gallery only begins to cover what’s possible with Shortcuts. For more advanced automation, check out some online communities such as RoutineHub, ShortcutsGallery, and Shortcut Hub, which host all kinds of Shortcuts you can add to your own iPad. One particularly impressive example: A Shortcut that automatically adds the weather, calendar events, and reminders to your lock screen.

Use the keyboard to execute Shortcuts.

Run shortcuts with your keyboard: After setting up some useful Shortcuts, you can map them to your keyboard for even quicker access. Just head back to the Full Keyboard Access menu (under Settings > Accessibility > Keyboard), then select Commands and scroll to the bottom of the list, where you’ll find all your shortcuts. Tap on any Shortcut, then enter the key combination you’d like to associate with it. You might, for instance, use Ctrl-G to launch Google Assistant, or use keyboard shortcuts to open certain apps such as Safari or Gmail.

The only quirk to this trick is that you must engage keyboard most first by pressing any key, then type the shortcut you want to use. But once you’ve started mapping custom actions to the keyboard, you might wonder how you went so long without it.

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3 Marketing Tricks Every Business Student Should Be Aware Of

3 Marketing Tricks Every Business Student Should Be Aware Of

photo: Erik Eastman / Unsplash 

By contributing Author

Marketing is a pretty contentious subject. Most types of advertising are designed to interrupt your life to try and sell you something you might not even want to buy. Still, it is an essential part of virtually any business that can become the difference between an insanely successful project and a complete failure.

Marketing itself can not be reduced to a set of simple life hacks. It’s a very complicated and competitive field with thousands of ever-changing variables that require a lifetime of experience to master. 

However, there are a couple of basic tricks that can help a beginner start making the first steps. So let’s look at what you should pay attention to as a business student going into marketing.

Time Management

It is true that the best ideas tend to come spontaneously. But sitting around and waiting for a glimpse of inspiration doesn’t really make for an effective business strategy. In order to be successful, you should learn to deliver even when conditions are less than optimal. 

This requires strict discipline and solid time management skills, especially when you are at the very beginning of your career. 

Burning out is a serious issue that is universal to all fields, not just marketing. Instead of putting all you’ve got into a one week sprint, find your own pace, and plan your activities accordingly. That doesn’t mean you can ditch your work whenever you want – just that your working schedule should be comfortable. 

Give some extra attention to planning if you have other essential activities besides work. It’s not easy to juggle college assignments and a full-time job, but it is certainly doable. Prioritize your tasks, and don’t let deadlines pile on. If you get buried in your work – clear it up by any means available.

Look for an essay writer on sites like essayhub to take care of some of your college assignments if need be. If you get stuck on a particular task – look for a solution in reliable sources like a blog or a thematic website of some kind. Just remember that blowing your deadlines is no way to go. 

Take Risks

Marketing is one of the most competitive fields out there. And when you are a small-time marketing specialist, it can be difficult to play on an even field with multi-billion mega-corporations. That’s where your creativity comes in.

Small businesses are much lighter on their feet than the corpos. Innovation is an essential part of their survival. Always look for new mediums to reach your customers as well as for opportunities to promote your product.

Don’t be scared away by marketing themes or strategies that haven’t seen much use before. The internet connects humanity in ways never before deemed possible. There are plenty of ways to be original in this new digital world.

Think Like a Customer

Unwanted sales pitches are unanimously hated by everyone. And it doesn’t really matter how well you hide them. The modern generation lives in a digital world filled with a sea of advertisement noise. 

Therefore, customers have developed a tolerance for sneaky marketing techniques. Despite all that, you can probably name at least one marketing campaign that you didn’t find particularly annoying or maybe even liked.

This effect can be achieved in several different ways. But one of the most effective ones is customizing your marketing strategy to fit your target audience. Sure, you can try to cover as many people as you can with your marketing. But what you get in the end is a very generic, nondescript piece of info noize that will speak to no one.

Instead, look for ways to make your ads appealing to people who are already predisposed to buying and liking your product. You will get way more success with your campaign and a more loyal customer base at the same time.

In order to appeal to a certain segment, you are risking completely missing another. And that tends to scare inexperienced businessmen. But there’s nothing wrong with losing the attention of, say, middle schoolers if you are selling sports cars. 

On the other hand, people like to feel special. And taking an extra step to make them feel like you are talking to a particular customer (not just a faceless crowd) can create a very strong bond.

Final Words

Modern-world marketing is a necessary evil. It is a bridge that can guide customers to your product. So any aspiring businessman should learn to use this tool. But they should also learn to use it responsibly. 

Sure, there are many ways to abuse search engine algorithms and maximize your clicks. But marketing is about connecting with people. And you can’t do that when you are designing your strategy around a search robot.


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Cricket: Australia’s women’s team will start the home summer this weekend and Alyssa Healy has some new tricks to unveil

Australian opener Alyssa Healy wants unveil a new bag of tricks as the World Champions finally get to strut their stuff again six months after their epic MCG win.

The Aussies will take on New Zealand in six white-ball games, all in Brisbane, starting on Saturday, the first international cricket in Australia since the COVID-19 shutdown.

It also comes amid angst-riddled ongoing talks between Cricket Australia and Channel 7 after the broadcaster threatened to walk away from a deal which has four years to run.

Healy refused to get involved in that stoush and with all tickets for the three T20 games at Allan Border field, which will have a reduced capacity with spectators following strict protocols, sold out the impact of the World Cup win in March lives on.

“And I don’t think any of my family even bought those tickets, usually there’s 50-odd Healys on the hill,” Healy said on Tuesday.

“It would have been amazing to have another series right after the World Cup but … it‘s almost like we’re kicking off right where we left off.”

Superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry could make her return from a serious hamstring injury which required surgery, left a “whopping scar” according to Healy, and forced her to miss the World Cup triumph over India.

“It was a surprise to most of us that she was here (in Brisbane) knowing the severity of the injury and seeing the whopping scar she‘s got on her hamstring,” Healy said

The last remaining members of the Australian squad flew to Brisbane this week, where the Kiwis had to serve 14 days quarantine on arrival.

Healy, player of the match in the World CUp final, blasting 75 from 39 balls in front of 86,174 fans at MCG, has used the time between games to up skill in a bid to take her batting to another level.

“I did sit down after celebrating for a month with my batting coach and discussed a few things to work on,” she said.

“So you might see some new, different things in this series.

“I don‘t want to give away too many secrets to the Kiwis, but I’ve been preparing for a few things in particular … so stay tuned.

“The ultimate goal in cricket is to be able to play 360 (degrees) and there‘s some areas I’m not quite hitting.

“So I‘ve been trying a few things to see if I can get the ball there, so you will have to see if they come out.”

Healy knows she may not see husband Mitch Starc much this summer, potentially even at Christmas, as the nature of both playing out of bubbles becomes real.

“But cricket comes first. As long as I can see him on the TV doing his stuff, that’s OK,” she said.

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Tips And Tricks To Starting Your Own Small Business

Building your own small business relies heavily on having the passion to put in the hours and create something that you’re not only proud of, but that people can’t live without. Founders and owners of We Are Food, a frozen-food delivery service based in Durban, Amy Weare and Jane Bisset have passion in bucketfuls. They also have great advice for newbie small business owners who are looking to up their game. Get ready to take some notes…

1/ Describe your journey to becoming successful business owners. Why did you start your business?

Jane: I started the business from my parents’ kitchen, back in 2013, after family members requested quick and easy meals to feed their families. After a few years of working from home, the business organically grew, so we took the plunge and moved to an industrial kitchen in Durban North. This gave the business a little more legitimacy and meant that I had to take my hobby a lot more seriously to ensure its viability.

In 2016, my sister returned from a stint in Australia and joined me as a full-time partner. We began to ramp things up and focused on growing a national footprint, building our retail offering with amazing stockists and our own We are Food stores, launching a new website and upgrading our kitchen, to name just a few of the projects we undertook.

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2/ What were the three most important steps you took when starting your business?

Jane: What started as somewhat of a hobby on the side slowly gained traction thanks to a few key points (which my Mum, Didee, a great entrepreneur herself, instilled in me throughout those early days):

– We kept a meticulous database of all customers so we could get in touch with them later on and entice them with new meals and special offers.

– We focused on customer service, something which is so damaging if done poorly, yet so easy to get right by maintaining great communication. If someone didn’t enjoy their meal, a replacement would be in their hands within 24 hours.

– We kept set-up costs as low as possible and everything we bought was secondhand, or we searched for great deals, and we only spent on flashy new equipment when we absolutely had to. This is a principle we still try to maintain today when purchasing anything for the business, as it reduces the financial pressure we have to deal with and helps us sleep a little better at night.

3/ What’s the most important thing you’ve ever done for your business?

Jane: I reached out to a similar business in the UK which I admired from the early days and has been operating for over 25 years. It was a real shot in the dark, but they responded and we promptly visited their kitchen in Kent where we gained invaluable insight and now have lifelong friends and mentors to turn to. This is a wonderful gift for any entrepreneur.

Amy: Personally we made great sacrifices for the business in the early days and kept our personal expenses really tight to ensure that we could invest time, energy and cash into the business. Fortunately we work in a food business, so we were always kept well fed, but all the usual beauty, entertainment and luxury splurges become much less of a priority.

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4/ How did you upskill yourself in the ways of running a business?

Jane: I joined every entrepreneurial group out there and attended loads of motivational talks. This is a great way to meet like-minded people, and learn from experts in various fields who provide incredible real life examples and share war stories – and boost motivation when I’m feeling a little flat.

5/ What is the one thing you will not compromise on?

Amy: As a family, and a business, we have strong ethical values when it comes to how we treat other people, whether it’s our customers, our team or further afield in the community. Our team is the most important element in the business and we’ve worked really hard to create a company culture we’re proud of.

We are incredibly proud of our pledge to pay our team a living wage – this is above minimum wage and is set by international standards, allowing for basic human needs, as well as saving and money left to live a comfortable and secure life. We’ve also implemented a development plan where we focus on our team members’ personal and professional development, mental health, financial skills and other areas of development that will help to ensure that they are fulfilled at work and at home.

6/ How do you make sure your business stands out from your competitors?

Amy: We are a small business with a big heart that combines a team of people with loads of passion. We aren’t perfect and we don’t run a slick operation, like our big corporate competitors, but we have a story with a real human element and we believe that our customers appreciate this.

7/ What drives you to keep going when things get really tough?

Jane: Our team and their families. We now employ 26 people, who in turn support over 150 people. The thought of failing them keeps us motivated during the toughest days.

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8/ How do you make sure that each of your voices is heard/represented in your business?

Amy: We are very fortunate to both be rather vocal (and opinionated), so we always ensure we are both heard! But, most importantly, from the day I joined the business in 2016, it became evident very quickly that we each had very unique strengths and weaknesses that complemented each other so well, and distinct roles for each of us became clear.

This, balanced with our shared values and ethics in life, means that 99 percent of the time we are in agreement. But when we’re not, we always turn to our mum to be the mediator so we’re able to talk everything through and reasonably come to a decision.

9/ What’s one thing you wish you’d known at the beginning that would have saved you so much grief?

Amy: Focus on the focus! One great thing about running your own business is that you are incredibly agile and have freedom to make decisions and changes as you see fit. We get rather excited about new ideas that we may not have applied enough critical thought to, and have been steered a little off the pathway more than once, which has cost us time and money. Rather apply razor-sharp focus and self-control to perfecting your business model without allowing too much distraction. Once you’ve built a viable core offering, then you can start to build on other concepts and ideas.

10/ What’s the best advice you’ve received and how has it helped you?

Jane: One of our mentors warned us to “be careful of the suits”. What he meant by this was to be mindful of advice we received from “sensible” corporate gurus, as “sensible” advice can remove all joy and fun from your business.

Remember you have to work harder than you’ve ever worked before to build a business, so focus on doing what you do with passion and determination and the countless hours won’t feel like a chore, but rather a real investment into your future.

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Painting, Ikea tricks to help Aussies de-stress

Rolling dice, performing yoga asanas and painting dreamy landscapes — these are just a few soothing techniques helping adults to unwind in a pandemic.

With millions of people remaining confined to their homes, there has been a huge satisfaction in practising meditation, arts and crafts and even hopscotching to reduce the ongoing effects of stress in adults and instead nurture creativity.

Australians are more than ever reporting an increase in mental distress due to social isolation caused by lockdown.

New research from the Centre of Social Research and Methods at Australian National University has found nearly half of over 3000 people surveyed report feeling more stressed, lonely or isolated.

As households continue to deal with the anxiety and restrictions of the coronavirus, aesthetically pleasing games can give adults the power to transform their living rooms and backyards.

Experts say those who engage in slow, mindful activities are less likely to spend time on anxious self-reflection.

“Activities which are absorbing and challenging can be a great way to experience flow,” psychologist Jemma Doley said.

“This could be playing an instrument, completing a puzzle or creating an artistic project.

“Exercise is a great way to reduce the bodies’ stress response. Finding ways to keep active on a daily basis can be an important part of managing stress.”

Popular and classic activities such as Lego, board games and jigsaw puzzles also provide a structure and a calm environment to spark laughter, creativity, joy and other pleasure-filled moments.

Adult colouring books continue to increase in popularity as a noiseless and screen-free indoor past time. And unlike other passive activities that adults have engaged in, such as Netflix, the colouring-in trend is all about the cultivation of calm.

Artists and illustrators endorse it as a perfect way to tackle stress with only a crayon or a sharp coloured pencil required.

Playing video games can also be a healthy escapism for adults, according to performance and development coach Matthew Robinson.

“It’s a highly effective way to tune out from what is happening in the real world,” he said.

“Games such as The Witcher 3 and Skyrim contain graphics that are both relaxing and meditative.”

Retailers such as IKEA Australia have partnered with co-collaborators, including Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins and gardener Jason Hodges to create flatpack Mindsets that allow users to engage in 15 minutes of mindful activity at home.

These were created off the back of this year’s Life at Home Report, which found that 99 per cent of Australians enjoy doing deliberate, specific activities when they have privacy at home, IKEA spokesperson Christine Gough said.

“Whether it’s taking a moment to create a piece of art, engaging your mind by solving a puzzle, immersing yourself in music, connecting with nature or playing with your furry friend, these small moments of privacy where we engage in mindful activity are crucial to our wellbeing, overall state of mind and personal growth,” she said.

Helena Adele Kyriacou, 30, spends her time focusing on pilates, painting and listening to soothing tunes to reduce stress and use her imagination.

“These creative outlets are a fantastic way for me to de-stress (during COVID—19) ,” she said

“Self-care is something that adults often neglect so we need to take the time out to focus on ourselves and do something that we enjoy. It can be a fulfilling experience.”

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