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Of Course Selling Is About Relationships

first_imgIf selling is not about relationships, why then does your existing client call you to bring you in to help them when they take a new role at a new company? Is trust not a part of commercial relationships?What underlies your ability to get access to your contacts that they universally deny other salespeople? Why do they give you time and deprive others?If relationships are not a factor, why do you lose some deals to the incumbent supplier, even though you have a better offering? Why is it so difficult to displace an existing supplier, and why do so many of their contacts defend them—even when they perform poorly? What accounts for a contact’s desire to protect their under-performing supplier?When you receive the call from your existing client to provide you the details of your competitor’s bid and to ask you to make the necessary adjustments to your offering, is this somehow evidence of the absence of a relationship? Is it an absence of a strong preference to work with you?When your existing client refers you to a peer in another division or another company, was that done without any thought about you and your relationship? Are they recommending you because they don’t care about you? Are they suggesting the person they refer will find you to be adequate or acceptable?Your client hands you a giant stack of your competitor’s sales collateral, their proposals, and the pricing. Why is it that they want you to have this competitive intelligence? Why wasn’t your collateral and proposal handed over with all but the one competitor’s content they prefer?Be Careful and ThinkYou have to be very careful when you read ideas that propose that certain attributes, skills, or approaches are mutually exclusive.The danger here as it pertains to relationships falls into two areas. First, in a world that is increasingly being pulled in two directions, super-transactional and super-relational, deciding to have a super-transactional approach when that is not your overarching business strategy is a dangerous game. If you need to be consultative, super-relational is a better choice.Second, you can fall into the trap of believing that being smart means you don’t have to have all the other attributes, skills, and character traits that would cause people to prefer to work with you than with your competitor. You also have to deal with the definition of words.If relationship means that I like you and you like me without also providing other value (economic, strategic, etc.), then what you are describing is a conflict-averse, order-taker, not commercial relationships, per se. By definition, the word “relationship” means “the way two things are connected. If relationship means that I know you, I like you, I trust you, and you create value for me beyond our enjoying each other’s company, then you might be getting closer to a modern commercial relationship.last_img read more

Scribes’ bodies concerned over ‘anti-NRC’ dossier

first_imgThe Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) and its affiliate, the Journalists’ Union of Assam (JUA), have expressed concern over the “propaganda” under the “NRC authority logo to malign and malign a group of journalists from across the country as anti-nationals” for their critical reports on the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in the State.A dossier listing “anti-NRC” journalists and human rights activists has been doing the rounds on the social media for about a week. The office of State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela issued a statement saying it has nothing to do with its creation and circulation.“The IJU views this as a hate campaign and crass intolerance against opinions and reports by professional journalists,” its president and Press Council of India member Amar Devulapalli said in a statement. He termed the “hate campaign” an attack on the right to free speech and expression.JUA president Geetartha Pathak, who is also the IJU vice-president, said the dossier was a mischievous attempt to intimidate journalists and discourage them from reporting on and analysing the ground realities in Assam.The IJU and JUA asked the NRC authority to investigate the dossier’s origin since it has been prepared in their name.last_img read more

Hawks send center Dwight Howard to Hornets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage The Howard trade is the first deal for new Hawks GM Travis Schlenk, who faces the difficult challenge of re-signing free-agent forward Paul Millsap.“It is extremely important for our organization that we maintain our flexibility and this trade helps us achieve that critical goal,” Schlenk said. “We appreciate the contributions that Dwight made on the court and in the greater Atlanta community this past season.”Howard, 31, is due to earn $23.5 million each of the next two seasons.Plumlee, 28, still has three years remaining on his contract at $12.5 million per season. Belinelli, 31, is set to earn $6.6 million in the final year of his deal.Michael Jordan’s Hornets have been attempting to land a star player for quite some time and Howard potentially gives them that if he can return to playing at a high level.Point guard Kemba Walker has developed into an All-Star, but Nicolas Batum struggled last season after being handed a $120 million, five-year contract — the largest ever given to a Hornets player.The trade also satisfies the Hornets’ search for a true center since losing Al Jefferson to free agency last summer. They had hoped that Roy Hibbert would fill the role of a rim protector, but injuries slowed him down and he was eventually traded to Milwaukee in a midseason deal that brought Plumlee to Charlotte.Plumlee wasn’t much of a contributor last season for Charlotte and he was beset by injuries.The Hornets traded away their first-round draft pick in 2016 to acquire Belinelli after losing Courtney Lee and Jeremy Lin in free agency. Belinelli played in 74 games last season and averaged 10.5 points per game on 42.9 percent shooting. What offseason? A week after Finals, the NBA in overdrive Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Howard, an eight-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, will be playing for his third team in three seasons following a disappointing one-year return to his Atlanta hometown.“We are excited to add a player of Dwight’s stature to our roster,” Charlotte general manager Rich Cho said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He has been a very talented player, an elite rebounder and rim protector as well as a physical presence since the moment he entered the league. Howard’s best seasons came alongside coach Steve Clifford and we believe their familiarity will make an immediate impact for the Hornets this upcoming season.”Clifford was an assistant with Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers during Howard’s stints with those teams. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Dwight Howard saw his homecoming to Atlanta cut short as he was dealt to the Charlotte Hornets. AFPATLANTA — Dwight Howard’s Atlanta homecoming was short-lived.The Hawks sent Howard and the No. 31 overall pick in the NBA draft to Charlotte for center Miles Plumlee, shooting guard Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, getting the deal completed late Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT View comments What ‘missteps’? Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ “I’m excited about working with Dwight again,” Clifford said. “He brings a defensive mindset, shot blocking ability and a level of physicality that will be a huge asset for us. We look forward to him continuing his career here in Charlotte.”Howard signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with Atlanta and then sat out the fourth quarter in two of six playoff games in the Hawks’ first-round loss to Washington.Howard’s averages with the Hawks — 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds — were close to his production in his last of three seasons with Houston in 2015-16. Still, he finished the season unhappy about his diminished role in the playoffs, when he averaged eight points and 10.7 rebounds.“It was very difficult. I want to play,” Howard said after the season. “I want to be on the floor. I want to make an impact. You can’t do it on the bench.”The Hawks were eliminated in the first round for the first time since 2014. Following the season, coach Mike Budenholzer resigned his additional role as president of basketball operations and Wes Wilcox stepped down as general manager.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

KXIP vs SRH: Support of my countrymen gives me energy, says Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan

first_imgAfghanistan’s leg-spinner Rashid Khan says the entire country watches Indian Premier League and the support of the people back home gives him energy to perform better in the cash-rich T20 tournament.The 18-year-old Rashid returned with impressive figures of 4-0-16-1 to help his side Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs here.”The whole of Afghanistan is watching this league. The way they are supporting us both, me and (Mohammed) Nabi, it is just amazing. The prayers of our people back home help me and whenever we have a game, they all pray for us,” Rashid told reporters last night after the match.”Their back up, their support really helps me and gives me energy,” said Rashid, who hails from Nangarhar province in war-ravaged Afghanistan.Rashid has impressed one and all as he not only has been among the wickets but also putting brakes on the opposition run flow.Asked what does his performance mean for Afghan cricket, he said, “It means a lot to them because coming to this stage and performing here is a very positive message for the people of Afghanistan.”He said the message to the youngsters back home was “to work hard, do your best and you will achieve for which you have set your foot for”.”It is my message for youngsters of Afghanistan to work hard. It does not matter whether you are from Associate or other team, just do your best, you will get your achievements.”Talking about the experience of his maiden appearance in the IPL so far, Rashid said, “Actually, most of the pitches in Asia, they are good for spinners. I have been working a lot with my coaches, especially Muttiah Muralitharan, he is the best spinner in the world. He has been helping and giving me all the confidence to just go out there and give my best.”advertisementAsked how much of the experience gained in IPL will help him in Test and one-dayers, Rashid said, “It makes a big difference. Playing in IPL alongside some of the big names and big coaches and getting their experience will help me a lot. I am just trying my best to get their experiences to do my best.In future, I will work hard for longer format games. Mentally I am preparing myself for that.””I am trying my best to do 100 per cent and follow what the team requirement is,” he said.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton signs two-year contract extension with Mercedes

first_imgLewis Hamilton has finally signed a new contract that will keep the four-time world champion at Mercedes till 2020. Hamilton penned a new two-year deal on Thursday and ended months of speculation about his future.The 33-year-old Briton would have been out of contract at the end of this season and the negotiations have been a major talking point in the paddock.No financial details were given but British media reports have suggested the new deal could be worth up to 40 million pounds ($52.01 million) a year.Thursday’s announcement is now likely to trigger other driver decisions, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo set to remain with Red Bull but waiting for confirmation of Hamilton’s contract.”This contract extension has basically been a formality since (team chief) Toto (Wolff) and I sat down during the winter, so it’s good to put pen to paper, announce it and then get on with business as usual,” Hamilton said ahead of Sunday’s German Grand Prix.”I have been part of the Mercedes racing family for 20 years and I have never been happier inside a team than I am right now,” he added.#Announce… Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) July 19, 2018″I’m very confident that Mercedes is the right place to be over the coming years.”While Hamilton had been expected to stay with the team that has won both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles for the past four years, there had still been some lingering doubts about his commitment to the sport.Former teammate Nico Rosberg stunned the team in 2016 when he won the title and then announced his retirement only days later.advertisementHamilton, who won his first title with McLaren, enjoys a celebrity lifestyle with plenty of interests — mainly in music and fashion — outside of Formula One and there have been questions about how long he will race on for.#HamiltonAnnounced #F1 #AnnounceLewis Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) July 19, 2018The Briton said on Thursday that he was still hungry for success on the racetrack.”The competitive passion that burns bright inside me is shared by every single member of this group — always chasing the next improvement and digging even deeper to make sure we come out on top,” he said.”I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together in the next two-and-a-half seasons.”I have been in the Mercedes Family since 1998. I am forever grateful for their continued support, love and protection over these years. Im incredibly proud of what we have achieved together and even more excited for the future! @MercedesAMGF1 #grateful #letsgo #announcelewis Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) July 19, 2018The Briton is currently eight points adrift of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, also a four-times world champion, at the halfway point in the season.Wolff recognised there had been plenty of speculation in recent months and was happy to put it to bed.”It’s good to put all of that to rest and get this thing announced,” he said. “We signed the final documents this week and didn’t want to keep people waiting any longer.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Roundup Of All The Projected NCAA Tournament Brackets A Month From Selection Sunday

first_imgProjected NCAA Tournament brackets.NCAA BracketsWe’re about a month away from the start of the best three weeks of the college sports year. In roughly four weeks, it’ll be Selection Sunday. On March 13, the NCAA Tournament selection committee will unveil its 68-team field on CBS. Here’s what the bracketologists are currently projecting the NCAA Tournament to look like. CBSNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Kansas, Virginia, Villanova. No. 2 seeds: Xavier, Iowa, Oregon, Miami. No. 3 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Michigan State, West VirginiaNo. 4 seeds: Dayton, USC, Iowa State, PurdueFull bracket. ESPNNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Villanova, Kansas, Iowa. No. 2 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Oregon, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: Miami, Michigan State, Xavier, West Virginia.No. 4 seeds: Kentucky, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Dayton. Full bracket. FOX SportsNo. 1 seeds: Kansas, Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: Iowa, Michigan State, Oregon, Miami.No. 3 seeds: UNC, West Virginia, Maryland, Xavier.No. 4 seeds: USC, Texas, Iowa State, Purdue.Full bracket.Sports IlllustratedNo. 1 seeds: Iowa, Villanova, Kansas, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: UNC, Maryland, Xavier, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: West Virginia, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oregon.No. 4 seeds: Baylor, Miami, Texas A&M, Purdue. Full bracket. And now, to get you in the mood for the NCAA Tournament: last_img read more

Maharashtra Board SSC date sheet 2019 released: Check exam dates here

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 12:32 IST Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has released the date sheet on the official website.The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has released the date sheet for Board Exam 2019 on the official website- As per the date sheet, the class 10th examination will begin from March 1, 2019 while the class 12th examination will begin on February 21, 2019. Candidates can directly download the date sheet from the official website of the board.Check MSBSHSE Class 10th date sheet here:March 1, 201911 am to 2 pm: First language- Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Sindhi, Bengali and Punjabi3 pm to 6 pm: Second or third language- German, FrenchMarch 2, 201911 am to 2 pm: Second or third language- Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Sindhi, Bengali and Punjabi11 am to 1 pm: Second or third language- Marathi (Composite)March 5, 201911 am to 2 pm: First language- EnglishThird language- EnglishMarch 6, 201911 am to 2 pm: Multi Skill Foundation Course/ Introduction to Basic Technology, Automobile Service Technician, Retail Merchandising, Healthcare- General Duty Assistant, Beauty and Wellness, Physical Education and Sports, Tourism and Travels Agriculture, Media & Entertainment, Banking and Financial Services, Mechanical Technology, Electrical Technology, Electronics Technology, Electronics &Hardware Installation Technician.March 7, 201911 am to 2 pm: Second or third language- Hindi11 am to 1 pm: Second or third language – Hindi (Composite)March 8, 201911 am to 2 pm: Second or third language – Urdu, Gujarati, Sanskrit, Pali, Ardhamagadhi, Persian, Arabic, Avesta, Pahalavi and Russian.3 pm to 5 pm: Second or third language (Composite Course) – Urdu, Sanskrit, Pali, Ardhamagadhi, Persian, Arabic, Persian, French, German, Russian, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Sindhi, Punjabi, Bengali and Gujarati.advertisementMarch 11, 201911 am to 1 pm: Mathematics Part-I (Algebra)March 13, 201911 am to 1 pm: Mathematics Part-II (Geometry)March 15, 201911 am to 1 pm: Science and Technology Part-I11 am to 1.30 pm: Physiology Hygiene & Home ScienceMarch 18, 201911 am to 1 pm: Science and Technology Part-IIMarch 20, 201911 am to 1.30 pm: Social Sciences Paper-IMarch 22, 201911 am to 1 pm: Social Sciences Paper-IIRead: Allahabad High Court results 2018 declared @ allahabadhighcourt.inRead: Delhi University Placement Cell calls for Amazon interview on February 22Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byHarshita Pathak Tags :Follow Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary EducationFollow MSBSHSE Maharashtra Board SSC date sheet 2019 released: Check exam dates hereAs per MSBSHSE date sheet, the class 10th examination will begin from March 1, 2019 while the class 12th examination will begin on February 21, 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

This Bandit9 L-Concept Motorcycle Looks Straight out of Star Trek

first_img NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Previous The Best Anti-Aging Creams and Skincare Products for Men Next 1 of 3 “The only thing that stands between fact and fiction is time,” reads a quote from Daryl Villanueva, founder and chief of design of Bandit9.While these words could easily reflect our sentiments toward technology and science fiction, Villanueva is actually talking about motorcyclesBandit9 is a small design shop in Vietnam that focuses on crafting futuristic two-wheeled rides. The company’s latest enterprise, the L-Concept, looks straight out of the world of  Steam Punk Star Trek.“The L-Concept is a tribute to our favorite sci-fi films. It was created to serve the same purpose: to excite, to advance, and to progress humanity. Whether you’re a Trekkie or a Jedi or simply love futuristic gadgets, you’ll enjoy this sleek masterpiece,” the team says on the website.The design is truly unique. The handlebars curve towards the rider, forging a unique grip on the bike that is reminiscent of space ship controls rather than your typical hog. Five white LED lights in a vertical row serve as the forward-facing headlights, and a similarly contemporary-looking grid of red LEDs provide brake lights and turn indicators in the rear. Other features include a stainless steel unibody tank and front cowl, dual shocks, a leather teardrop saddle, and custom accents. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The most interesting trait, however, is the suspended engine, which Bandit9 admits was styled directly after Star Trek’s USS Enterprise. Here you will find four-stroke engine with 125 cc and a four-speed transmission. However, you won’t be reaching any warp factor in the L-Concept as the top speed is about 68 mph.All of Bandit9’s creations share a similar modern aesthetic and tribute to nerd culture. Past projects include the foreboding Dark Side (cue The Imperial March); the well-rounded Odyssey (HAL 9000 not included); and the valkyrie-approved Eve (to Valhalla we ride). The designs are predetermined, each bike is bespoke and built-to-order with your specifications.Bandit9 will only make nine of these L-Concept beauties and, as of publication, there are three left. If you want to engage, get ready to spend $10,950 (but, hey, that includes free shipping!). On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling last_img read more

New Customs Bill Will Improve Business Efficiency

first_imgThe Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has assured importers and exporters in St. James that the modernised Customs Bill slated to be tabled in Parliament next year, will allow stakeholders to conduct business in a more efficient environment.Senior Legal Officer at the agency, Krystal Corbett, said the legislative reform has become necessary, as aspects of the existing Act do not align with international customs best practices.She said that the Government has moved to adopt and introduce modern customs practices that will improve the ease of doing business in the 21st century.“We also have to adopt modern language, and this is in keeping with international agreements, such as the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) safe framework of standards, the revised Kyoto convention, the Arusha declaration, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade facilitation agreement,” she noted.Miss Corbett, who was speaking at a recent one-day sensitisation workshop at the Grandiosa Hotel in Montego Bay, noted that the use of internationally accepted terms and definitions in the Bill will improve Jamaica’s interaction with the global trading community and will facilitate carriers, agents and all industry professionals who operate in the global context.The draft bill will retain some of the substantive provisions of the current Act and will incorporate several new provisions geared towards trade facilitation and international best practices. The area of risk-based compliance and selectivity in Customs processing or treatment will be part of the new Act.The proposals in the draft Bill are intended to promote socio-economic development and assist with the creation of the conditions for economic growth; facilitate the efficient processing of Customs-related transactions; aid in protecting local businesses and the international supply chain from unfair trading practices, smuggling of goods, under-invoicing, fraud, and intellectual property rights infringement; encourage voluntary compliance with Customs laws and procedures; and further support the implementation of Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World.last_img read more

Candid Talk with Emily

first_imgEmily Shah, who won the title of Miss New Jersey USA 2014 at the age of 18, assisted the stunt team of action films like Run All Night and Fast & Furious 7. The actor wanted to learn the techniques behind the camera before getting in front of the camera. It is her desire to work in action films and her dream job would to become a ‘James Bond Girl’ or even the next ‘Agent Salt’. Emily has completed two feature films as the lead – Jungle Cry and Fortune Defies Death. Speaking Hindi and Gujarati fluently, Shah says that she wouldn’t mind having a crossover career in Hollywood and Bollywood. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveFavourite actor Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma Three things you can’t live without Music, gym and my freedom Favourite old film ‘Gupt’ and ‘Shawshank Redemption’ Biggest regret Taking time for granted in my college years One thing that makes you happy no matter what Working out Dream destination Amalfi Coast Most over-rated movie Bahubali The best compliment you’ve received… “Your innocence and kindness is what makes you beautiful” Which song describes your current life the best ‘Smile’ (living my best life) by Lil Duval and Snoop Dogglast_img read more

UNICEF chief meets with storm and flood victims in the Philippines

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has met with victims of recent storms in the Philippines, witnessing the damage wrought by the typhoon and subsequent floods and hearing first-hand accounts of the devastation.Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, yesterday toured communities in Pasig City, part of the Manila metropolitan area and one of the hardest-hit districts in the wake of Tropical Storm Ondoy (also known as Ketsana) late last month.About 300 Filipinos died and hundreds of thousands of others were displaced from their homes by the storm, which brought the equivalent of a year’s worth of rain in just 12 hours to some areas of Manila. Many families have had to seek temporary shelter in schools and other public buildings.“My heart goes out to the families I met today, who now have no home but the corner of a school classroom,” Ms. Veneman said, noting that she was encouraged by news that many children are starting to return to school classes.One of the people the UNICEF chief met was Rossana Balboa, a 40-year-old mother who is staying in a classroom of a local school with her family and five other families.“It’s been very difficult,” she told Ms. Veneman. “My husband is sick and because of the flood he doesn’t work, so we don’t have money for medicines.”UNICEF has provided authorities in Pasig City and other neighbourhoods with family kits containing such items as water cans, blankets, mosquito nets and sleeping mats. Water and hygiene kits are also being issued to ensure that families have clean water for drinking and cooking.UN agencies have appealed for $74 million to help victims recover from both Ondoy and the more recent Typhoon Parma, which struck more rural areas of the northern Philippines when it made landfall in recent days.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the region continues to be beset by floods and mudslides as a result of the latest intense rains, which have exacerbated the problems caused by Ondoy.Yesterday Ms. Veneman also met with Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines, to discuss how UNICEF can best assist authorities provide emergency relief to flood victims.John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, will arrive in the Philippines on Monday for a two-day visit of his own to meet with senior officials and review the emergency response. 9 October 2009The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has met with victims of recent storms in the Philippines, witnessing the damage wrought by the typhoon and subsequent floods and hearing first-hand accounts of the devastation. read more

Muslim Council raises concerns over Sagalas statement

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) welcomed the cabinet decisions to appointment another committee to address the reforms needed to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.The ministry of Justice had earlier appointed a committee of 17 eminent representatives of the Muslim community under the leadership of former Supreme Court Judge, Saleem Marsoof to make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. This report has still not been released. The Muslim Council however said it is deeply concerned about the statement made by Sagala Ratnayake, the Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development at the cabinet media briefing on 26th November 26th 2016 that the reforms to the Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act has to be enacted as part of the conditions to regain the GSP Plus concessions from the European community. “There is certainly a need ammend the Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act, but this has to be done in consultation with the Muslim religious leadership and the Muslim community in Sri Lanka and not at the dictates of the European Union or the International Community. The demand by the international community to intervene in a religious issue could cause irreparable damage to co-existence in Sri Lanka,” the Muslim Council said. Similarly, the Muslim Council says there is widespread concern that the North and Eastern provinces would be merged by the current administration to accommodate the demands of the international community.“The foreign policy of the Sirisena-Wickramasinghe administration should not be on the dictates of the International Community but in the best interest of the citizens of this country,” the Muslim Council added. The Muslim Council urged the Government to address the concerns of the Muslims through a consultation process with Muslim political, religious and Civil Society leadership. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNEP hails Dutch financial backing in runup to UN environment summit

Already a significant financial supporter of the organization, the Netherlands raised its contribution to UNEP’s Environment Fund by around $2.1 million to a total of about $4.5 million for this year, the agency said in a statement issued from its Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. “The decision by the Dutch to give us this much needed and much welcomed support has come at an important time as we head for next year’s crucial World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. “We are facing the New Year with renewed optimism concerning the financial stability of the organization.” The Environment Fund, which in recent years has been declining, is UNEP’s core funding. It is critical for the organization’s activities in areas such as chemicals, early warning of disasters, wildlife and environmental law as laid out in the organization’s work programme and authorized by its Governing Council of 58 nations, the agency’s main decision-making body. The increase in contributions comes in the wake of an assessment of UNEP work carried out by the Government of the Netherlands. “We were pleased with what we found,” said Gertjan Storm, the Dutch Ambassador to Kenya and Permanent Representative to the agency. “It is our conclusion that UNEP has become a more efficient and effective organization and that our money is being generally well spent.” UNEP’s core work programme, the lion’s share of which is funded from the Environment Fund, is estimated at about $50 million a year. Other basic costs include around $14.5 million for management and administrative support costs. Last year, contributions from Governments to the Environment Fund – which are made on a voluntary basis – amounted to some $41 million. read more

In wake of derailment railroad unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd crew

PHILADELPHIA – The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.“The public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit,” the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said in a statement. “There is no reason that rail employees and rail passengers’ lives should be viewed any differently.”Brandon Bostian, 32, was alone in the locomotive of Train 188 when it derailed May 12, about 10 minutes after departing Philadelphia for New York.Train 188 had a five-member crew — including a conductor who is still hospitalized with serious injuries — but they were in the passenger coaches, closed off from the locomotive.Amtrak hasn’t had a second crew member in the locomotive of its Northeast Corridor trains since Congress ended the requirement in the early 1980s, the union said.In a statement, Amtrak said it operates its locomotives in accordance with federal standards and that its locomotive engineers and train conductors work together to ensure safe train operation.“Amtrak is and always has been committed to safety as its number one priority and continues to work with all the stakeholders toward a consensus on the appropriate management of crew resources in passenger train locomotives,” the statement said.The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into why the train was going more than double the 50 mph limit around a sharp curve. It is also investigating whether an object may have struck the locomotive’s windshield before the crash.The FBI said it found no evidence a grapefruit-sized fracture on the windshield was caused by a firearm, and the NTSB said it was unsure anything had struck the vehicle.Investigators said Bostian, who was among the injured, told them in an interview that he couldn’t recall anything from the last 3 miles before the derailment.About 20 people remained hospitalized Tuesday. Five were listed in critical condition.Authorities say it could be a year before they determine the probable cause of the derailment.The union Tuesday called on Congress to require a second “fully trained and qualified” crew member in each locomotive, but stopped short of demanding that person also be an engineer.Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested Tuesday that Amtrak at least place a second crew member in the locomotive until automatic speed control technology is fully implemented.A former NTSB chief railroad crash investigator questioned the idea, saying putting multiple crew members in a locomotive was “more of a distraction” than a safeguard and most likely would not have prevented the May 12 derailment.The former investigator, Ed Dobranetski, pointed to a 1996 collision outside Washington, D.C., in which a commuter train engineer was thought to have been distracted by a conversation with a crew member riding along in the cab compartment, causing a crash with an Amtrak train that killed 11 people.Amtrak occasionally employs a second engineer on long-haul routes, according to Dobranetski.On some railroads a conductor or brakeman will sit to the left of the engineer. With only one set of controls to operate the train, their role is limited to calling out signals and hitting the emergency brake if trouble arises, he said.“I’ve done accident investigations where either the conductor is asleep, inattentive or intimidated by the engineer, but 99 per cent of the time the conductor only reminds the engineer of the speed or a situation. He’s rarely prevented something,” Dobranetski said.The engineers’ union on Tuesday also blamed lawmakers for deep funding cuts it said translated into fewer Amtrak crew members and greater lag time in the implementation of technology that slows speeding trains.The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing on the derailment after Memorial Day. A spokesman said it was not clear if the two-person crew proposal would be discussed.The hospitalized conductor, Emilio Fonseca, has sued Amtrak, claiming the railroad was negligent and careless. His lawyer said Tuesday he suffered a broken neck, broken back and other serious injuries.The attorney, Bruce Nagel, said Fonseca, 33, of Kearny, New Jersey, was in a bathroom in the first car of the train at the time of the derailment and that his location likely saved his life.Fonseca managed to get out of the train and remembers telling people to watch out for electrical wires, Nagel said. Doctors have dubbed him the “miracle man” for surviving the crash.“Obviously the hand of God was on his shoulder,” Nagel said.___Associated Press writers David Porter in Roseland, New Jersey, and Joan Lowy in Washington contributed to this report. In wake of derailment, railroad unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd crew member in every locomotive by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2015 11:27 pm MDT Last Updated May 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bruce Nagel, attorney for Amtrak conductor Emilio Fonseca who was working on the first car of last week’s train wreck in Philadelphia, speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Roseland, N.J. Fonseca has sued Amtrak, claiming negligence and carelessness on the part of the rail carrier. Eight people were killed in the May 12 derailment and more than 200 injured. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) read more

Policy brief from Brock NCO and Niagara Region calls for novel approaches

A shared responsibility across different health, social, government, economic and education sectors is a key element to improving health outcomes, recommends a new Brock University — Niagara Region Public Health policy brief.Each stage of life from infancy to old age has characteristic health challenges such as illnesses, accidents, and mental health issues says “The Future of Niagara’s Health: Using a Life-Course Approach to Improve Well-Being.”But often these challenges are viewed — and treated — in isolation as they occur. The life-course approach focuses our attention on understanding the biggest health issues across the lifespan and considers how to reposition programs, policies and services to address these issues in order to have the largest impact on health and well-being, says the brief, produced by Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) and release in a webinar Wednesday, May 2 hosted by Niagara Connects.“The life-course perspective offers a new way of looking at health, not as disconnected stages unrelated to each other, but as an integrated continuum,” says co-author Sinéad McElhone, Manager of Surveillance and Evaluation, Niagara Region Public Health and adjunct faculty at Brock University.For example, currently two-thirds of 45- to 64-year-olds in Niagara are overweight or obese.As this condition is known to be associated with a multitude of chronic conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and asthma, as well as knee replacements, the life-course perspective identifies times at which targeted interventions may be especially effective.This would help reduce the burden on hospitals and clinics in the future, the brief outlines.Drawing upon data from a wide variety of sources, the brief provides a detailed snapshot of the region’s overall health challenges as well as those in 11 age groups from birth to those 75 and older.The Top 10 reasons why Niagara residents seek health services are cancer, diabetes, digestive system diseases and infections, circulatory system diseases, injuries, maternal/reproductive issues, mental health, poisonings, respiratory infections and diseases, and sexually transmitted infections.Health challenges in the various age categories include:Congenital abnormalities (birth defects) were the main cause of death in babies in their first year.Sexually transmitted infections (STI) were most frequently reported for those aged 20 to 24 (especially females); this group had the highest number of STI cases in comparison to any other age group.Most EMS transports for those aged 25 to 44 years were in relation to musculoskeletal and soft tissue pain and gastro-intestinal problems.Hepatitis C was prevalent across many age groups (especially in males) and is the most common reportable infectious disease in Niagara residents aged 45 to 64.Enterics (campylobacteriosis, C. difficile, salmonellosis) are within the Top 5 most frequently reported infectious diseases for those aged 65 to 74.The main reasons for mortality in those aged 75 or older were heart and cerebrovascular diseases, dementia, falls and respiratory infections.Overweight and obesity were the most prevalent self-reported conditions across all age groups, with anxiety and mood disorders being more prevalent in younger age groups.“This policy brief is an attempt to advance new ways of understanding and approaching the design and implementation of public health policy in Niagara,” says NCO Director Charles Conteh.“The discussion embraces a holistic life-course perspective and explores how health-related policies, programs and services in Niagara can give greater consideration to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of individual and community health and well-being.” read more

Update killed bandit was ex Prison officer injured accomplice checks into

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAccomplice of killed bandit was sentenced for armed robberySeptember 1, 2017In “Crime”Bodyguard who killed bandit will not be charged- BlanhumAugust 31, 2017In “Crime”Accomplice in botched ECD robbery remandedSeptember 5, 2017In “Court” The dead bandit has been identified as Troybon Munroe, an ex Prison officer Police have confirmed that one of the two bandits who was shot and killed on Tuesday morning during an attempted robbery on a Interior Flight Services Supervisor along the Railway Embankment at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara was an ex Prison officer.Dead is Troybon Munroe of East Canje, Berbice.Munroe was reportedly dismissed from his position in March of this year after several breaches of the Prison Service Regulations, according to Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum.INews was also told that shortly after the botched robbery, a man- identified as Mark Griffith, 23, of One Mile, Linden- turned up at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to nurse a gunshot wound.Police believe he could be Munroe’s accomplice. As such, he is presently being treated for his injuries under police guard.Around 09:45hrs this morning, a 42-year-old Interior Flight Services Supervisor and her armed security escort went to Ogle Airport in a motor car-driven by the supervisor- to collect several parcels.However, as they were returning to Georgetown via the Railway Embankment, in the vicinity of the Giftland Mall Access Road, a dark coloured car reportedly pulled up and blocked their path.Two men reportedly exited the vehicle, brandishing firearms and relived the woman of her bags.Police say that at that time, it was unknown to the bandits that the woman’s armed bodyguard was also in the vehicle. As such, it came as a surprise when the security officer discharged several rounds at the men. The vehicle that the perpetrators arrived in sped away almost immediately after the shots were fired.Munroe received three gunshot wounds about his body, while reports indicate that his accomplice- suspected to be Griffith- sustained one wound to his left abdomen. He managed to flee the scene on foot.The ex-prison officer’s lifeless body fell to ground, a .32 pistol with with three live matching rounds were found next to him. He was subsequently pronounced dead at the GPHC. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Indian teen kills schoolmate to postpone exams

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — India arrested a teenager Wednesday for allegedly slitting the throat of a seven-year-old schoolmate in hopes the murder would lead to an exam being postponed, federal investigators said.The 16-year-old is accused of killing his young schoolmate in September at a smart private school near Delhi in an attempt to delay an impending test and parent-teacher meeting.Police had initially detained a bus conductor over the murder, claiming he killed the boy after the young pupil resisted a sex attack.But a spokesman for federal investigators said they had credible evidence against the “academically weak teenager, whose motive was to postpone the examination and a forthcoming parent-teacher meeting”.“He admitted during questioning that he wanted to shut the school to defer the exams and meeting,” Central Bureau of Investigation spokesman RK Gaur told AFP.The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, would be sent to a juvenile detention centre until his trial for murder, he added.Gaur said the bus conductor would remain in custody until cleared by a court of any wrongdoing.The crime made national headlines and stoked concern among parents over safety in schools.India’s swelling middle class has fuelled the growth of private schools in a country where public education is under immense strain.Much prestige is placed on academic achievement and children face intense pressure to score good grades. Experts say this has aggravated stress and mental illness among teenagers.India, a nation of 1.25 billion, has the world’s highest rate of suicide. Students are particularly vulnerable.Official figures show nearly 9,000 students committed suicide in 2015.Health experts say many young people find it difficult to cope with the pressure to succeed and struggle to accept failure in examinations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThird teenager attacked and burned in a week in IndiaMay 11, 2018In “latest news”17-year-old charged with attempted murder of 15-year-old schoolmateJanuary 26, 2018In “Court”Schoolgirl reported missing – family pleads with teenager to return homeApril 13, 2016In “Local News” read more

Bus set on fire outside Quinn Group property

first_imgA BUS WAS set on fire outside Quinn Group property last night.Gardaí in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan are investigating an incident in Rakeelan, Ballyconnell, that occurred at 5.30am today.A bus was parked across the entrance to three business premises, and set on fire.Gardaí were called to the scene and found that no damage was caused to other properties in the area and no one was injured.The scene has been preserved and a technical examination is being carried out today.The site is where the Quinn Therm company is based.A number of attacks on Quinn Group properties have taken place over the past year. In November, arson was reported at a Quinn Group business premises in Co Fermanagh.In 2012, a truck was driven into a wall at a Quinn Group premises in Co Fermanagh, while the previous year, there was a fire at the group headquarters.Read: Attack on Quinn Group operations condemned>Read: Everything you need to know about the Quinn saga, but were afraid to ask>last_img read more

EUs foreign ministers still cant decide whether to arm Syrias rebels

first_imgBritain and France want to to arm the rebelsBritain and France, with some support from Italy and Spain, want the embargo lifted so that the military balance on the ground can swing in favour of the rebels.This, they hope, will force Assad to agree a political deal, ending the two-year-old conflict that has reportedly claimed over 94,000 lives.“It’s important to show that we are prepared to amend our arms embargo so that the Assad regime gets a clear signal that it has to negotiate seriously,” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague.The 27-nation bloc has split in three over the Syria sanctions: one group who favour lifting the embargo to arm the opposition, a second group who oppose the idea, and a larger third group which is more concerned with maintaining EU unity – even though some are very reluctant to ship arms to Syria.Austria, Finland, the Czech Republic and Sweden fiercely oppose sending more weapons into an already bloody conflict and fear they might end up in the wrong hands.Austria’s Michael Spindelegger, outspokenly critical in the last weeks of Britain and France, suggested “maybe a compromise just to see what comes out of the Geneva conference”.There is a linkage to the Geneva conference in a possible compromise that suggests supplying arms to the rebels but only with a host of conditions and safeguards.A document obtained by AFP says this option if agreed would renew sanctions against the Assad regime — including asset freezes against his family and cronies — for another year, but agree on principle to provide weapons to the National Coalition.But the actual delivery of arms would be postponed until a fresh political decision by all EU members is taken by August 1 “in light of the developments related to the US-Russia initiative.”The supply of weapons would be subject to strict safeguards and conditions, notably regarding the end-users, with possibly a list of authorised material.“Quite a lot of arms are already going to the wrong hands,” said Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans. “The parties to the conflict don’t have a shortage of arms, frankly.”- © AFP, 2013Read: US, French and Russian ministers to meet for Syria talks THE EU’S foreign ministers have struggled to reach a compromise in a long-running row over whether to arm Syria’s rebels when an embargo expires at the end of this week.“There is a strong spirit of trying to find a European solution,” said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton as ministers went into talks deeply divided over the issue.But as the meeting continued hours later, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius regretted that there was still “no agreement” – though “it is very important that Europe take a united stand on this affair.”After Germany’s Guido Westerwelle warned that a deal might not be agreed today, EU diplomats said further talks could be called by the end of the week.At stake is a wide-ranging package of EU sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, including a blanket arms embargo on Syria that will lapse at midnight on Friday – that is, unless all 27 nations agree to extend the embargo.Fabius said France favoured one of three compromise options set out by Ashton’s office – under which the EU would agree to supply arms to Syria’s main opposition National Coalition, but only under certain conditions and according to a timeframe linked to political negotiations.If agreed by all EU nations, this would “encourage European consensus, enable resistance fighters to obtain the arms they need, and control those arms,” he added.Fabius also warned there were “mounting suspicions” that chemical weapons were being used in Syria. “We are consulting with our partners to examine what concrete consequences to draw,” he added.Fabius was to meet with his Russian and US counterparts, Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry, in Paris this evening. Those talks were part of efforts to arrange a Syrian peace conference in Geneva next month.“I definitely support the lifting of the arms embargo against the Syrian people,” said Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, who was in Brussels for talks.In Istanbul, Syria’s opposition coalition also urged EU foreign ministers to lift the embargo. “It’s the moment of truth that we’ve been waiting for for months,” said spokesman Khaled al-Saleh.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee1. #PRIME TIME: The treatment of children in Irish crèches is in the spotlight this morning following the RTÉ Prime Time programme ‘A Breach of Trust’ which aired last night and showed young children being mistreated at crèches in Dublin and Wicklow. Gardaí have confirmed they are investigating complaints of mistreatment at two crèches in Dublin.2. #CHILDCARE: A review of services and the number of inspections being carried out in crèches across the country is being undertaken by the HSE in light of the programme, while Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald is due to respond to the Prime Time report later this morning.3. #SHATTER: The Dáil will tonight decide on a motion of no confidence in Justice Minister Alan Shatter with the opposition attempts to undermine Shatter almost certain to fail. He told the chamber last night that while it was a mistake to mention that independent TD Mick Wallace was stopped by gardaí he has a “serious job to do”.4. #EARTHQUAKE: An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.8 has been recorded off the coast of North Wales in the Irish Sea with tremors felt along parts of Ireland’s east coast. The British Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake was 15 kilometres away from Abersoch in Gwynedd.5. #UNIVERSITY FEES: An increasing number of Irish universities are calling in debt collectors to deal with unpaid fees by students with the Irish Independent reporting that NUI Galway has joined University of Limerick, DCU, and UCD in hiring debt collectors. Katherine Donnelly and Barry Duggan write that universities and ITs are suspected of being owed millions of euro in unpaid fees.6. #PROPERTY TAX: You have until 8pm tonight to pay the property tax following the extension of the deadline for payment to be made after a surge in in registrations yesterday. Revenue reported yesterday evening that around 10,000 people were paying the charge per hour.7. #FRANCE: Police in France have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the knife attack on a soldier near Paris at the weekend. The suspect has been detained southwest of the capital. Private Fist Class Cedric Cordier was stabbed while on patrol last weekend in an incident eerily similar to the fatal attack on British soldier Lee Rigby in London last week.8. #SALT: Irish people eat too much salt, according to food safety experts who say that people here still eat more than the recommended daily intake of 6g of salt per day, although salt intake has decreased by 1.1g over the past ten years.9. #COYBIG: Eighteen years after the infamous riot at Lansdowne Road, Ireland will face England at Wembley tonight as Giovanni Trapattoni’s men look for a famous win. Our colleagues at have outlined five reasons why we can beat Roy Hodgson’s side and they’ll be bringing you all the action later this evening. Over on Who is forcing everyone to taste her breast milk? It’s The Dredge >last_img read more