How You Project Your Intentions

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now When I started work in my family’s business, I was hired to interview and place light industrial employees on assignments. Because it was a startup, I didn’t have enough orders to place the people I was interviewing, and I was directed to call companies to ask them for a meeting and see if I could help them get the people they needed to run their business. My title did not suggest that I was a salesperson, nor did anyone hint to me that these activities were called “sales.”A few years later, I found myself in Los Angeles working for one of the largest staffing firms in the world. They hired me because no one wanted to operate the light industrial desk, and I applied for the job. If I am being honest, they hired me because I threatened to take another offer if they didn’t hire me on the spot (they wanted me to meet with the Vice President of the region first). No one at the new company gave me any training, and I did the job the way I believed to be correct, including calling companies and asking for meetings.Sometime later, my manager left, and a new one took over. He recognized I won more clients than his salespeople, and he forced me into outside sales, something I was already doing—without knowing it.Suddenly, selling went from being something easy and natural to something impossibly difficult. I had trouble getting meetings, the conversations with prospects weren’t the same, and I started to present the company using the tools they’d provided me. For a few months, I struggled. Something had changed for me, but I didn’t know what it was.What had changed was my intentions. Instead of calling people to ask for a meeting to help them with their challenges, I was calling them to get a meeting so they could help me reach my goals. Instead of eliciting their challenges and sharing ideas about what might help them, I shared information about my company and our unique selling proposition. I used my expense account to take prospects to lunch, hoping that I could create a preference to work with me, something that literally failed every time.I was trying too hard to sell. I wasn’t trying hard enough to help. My agenda shifted from what they were experiencing and needed to what I needed. Because I was failing, I went back to what was already working for me.How do you help people recognize their challenges and explore making changes to improve their circumstances and results?How do you help them discover new options and ideas that might benefit them?How do you make sure the people who are going to be impacted by a decision to change are confident moving forward with something new?Selling isn’t something you are doing to someone; it is something you are doing with someone and for someone, and for their benefit. This practical approach is enough to shift your orientation from self to other, the most practical strategy for helping other people change.You project your intentions, even if you don’t mean to, and if you don’t believe others can feel them.last_img read more

Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite

first_imgElite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot Read Next “A little bit [tired], but not as much as like not doing what we’re needed to do on the defensive end. We left a lot of wide-open shots, and that team is filled with shooters and if you do that they’re gonna knock it down.”Durham nearly won it for Meralco after giving his team a 91-90 lead with 15.8 seconds left before Allein Maliksi put Blackwater ahead for good on a mid-range jumper six seconds later.“Like I said, as a team collectively, we played pretty bad on defense and for myself, I gotta be more aggressive on offense. I gotta do more. I’ll pick it up on Thursday and hopefully, come out with the win,” said Durham.Durham collected 18 points, 21 rebounds and seven assists, but he was still outplayed by Henry Walker, who put up 30 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, 18 rebounds and six assists to lead Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Import Allen Durham said the Bolts didn’t play defense the way they had been defending in the elimination round where they wound up at the helm in a tight race for the top spot.And Meralco’s poor defense resulted to a stunning loss to No. 8 Blackwater, which took a 92-91 win on a game-winner to setup a do-or-die game for a semifinals slot on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re out of it just the whole game. We’re doing a lot of dumb stuff on defense. We just weren’t playing like ourselves,” said the reigning Best Import.The Bolts played in their second game in three days, but Durham said it’s no excuse to play as badly as they did defensively. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Meralco was the No. 1 team coming into the playoffs but played nothing like it, at least on the defensive end on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he can still play the big shots

first_imgExactly eight months after his cricketing epitaph was written by all and sundry following a series loss to Bangladesh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a jibe at his detractors saying that “Freedom of Expression” in India is used liberally by people when it comes to having an opinion on cricket.”I believe, in India, everyone has an opinion on issues and especially on cricket. There is freedom of expression and everyone is entitled to an opinion. Play like this, play like that, do like this, do like that. The problem is cricket looks a bit easier on television than when we play it at the ground,” Dhoni said after India were crowned Asia Cup champions for the sixth time following an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh last night. (India on track for World T20, says Dhoni after Asia Cup win)”Well there will be a lot of criticism. If anyone asks me that what would you have liked to do, I would have said: ‘Playing cricket for India will be my first choice. I will never play for any other country’.”But he also said that an individual should take a middle path when he is cornered, something which enables him to maintain a fine balance.”Best for an individual is to take the middle part. Don’t get too bogged down by criticism and also don’t take yourself too seriously when you are praised. The media also balances it. If they take you up they will also bring you down. If you are up on a parachute, you can delay your coming down, but eventually you will come down.  And then they will again throw you up.” (Also read: India have a 99 per cent chance of winning World T20, says Virender Sehwag at Salaam Cricket) advertisementThe Bangladeshi crowd and the media has been very hostile to the Indian cricket team in the recent past after their World Cup quarter-final loss.”It would be putting a lot at stake, when you win nothing really. It’s like when you lose to Bangladesh, people would say like ‘You lost to Bangladesh’ and if you win they would say ‘It’s okay, you are supposed to win’. It’s just that there is a lot at stake but when you win you don’t take anything home,” Dhoni in his own inimitable manner put across a point in-front of the Bangladeshi media.But knowing fully well how he can be misunderstood in this part of the world, Dhoni did his own ‘balancing act’ praising the opposition.”But things have changed. It’s not a Bangladesh team of 2004. They have a fantastic squad, they have improved a lot and that’s showing in their performance.”He agreed that any defeat hurts but staying in present is paramount.”Staying in the present helps. If you start thinking about past, you always feel hurt but it’s important to forget about past. You can only take your learnings out of it. We played to our strength and glad we did that as this was an important win.”After his match-finishing act on Sunday, someone asked if he still feels that he cannot win matches regularly as he had said late last year, a smiling Dhoni replied:”More than me, the media said (laughs). (On a serious note) I can play big shots. It’s about consistency.”A Suresh Raina or a Rohit Sharma can actually play big shots from the first delivery. In the sub-continent, it is very difficult to play big shots straightaway when you are coming down the order. The ball reverses and also is soft.””Out of 10 innings, I might be able finish in 5 innings but some in the team have strength to do that in 7 out of 10 innings. So I think we criticise individuals too much without giving them a fair run. We have a habit of throwing statistics but I would like to check the statistics of last 50 years (limited overs have been serious played only last 33 years) as to who has finished how many games for India,” concluded Dhoni.last_img read more

UP set for contest RS, Legislative Council seats

first_imgLucknow, Jun 1 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh is set to witness a contest for the 11 Rajya Sabha seats with nomination papers of all the 12 candidates being found valid on scrutiny today.Nomination papers of 12 candidates for 11 seats of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh were found valid, an official spokesman said here at the end of scrutiny.The elections to Rajya Sabha are slated for June 11. The polls took an interesting turn yesterday when an Independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra, backed by several BJP MLAs and some others, entered the fray as the 12th candidate for 11 seats from the state.She filed her nomination papers on the last day yesterday, ensuring that the elections will not be uncontested. Earlier, seven candidates of SP and two of BSP, including national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, had filed their nominations for Rajya Sabha. Kapil Sibal is the candidate from Congress while BJP has fielded Shiv Pratap Shukla.In the 403-member UP Assembly, ruling SP has 229 MLAs, BSP 80, BJP 41, Congress 29. In addition, there are some smaller parties and Independents. Each candidate will need 34 votes for victory.Contest also imminent for 13 Legislative Council seats, with nomination papers of all the 14 candidates being found valid.To win a Council seat, a candidate would require 29 votes. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is June 3. PTI AVA SMI AKK AKKlast_img read more

congatec introduces MIPI-CSI 2 Smart Camera Kit for rugged vision systems

first_img Continue Reading Previous VadaTech announces MicroTCA chassis optimized for FPGAsNext Ikalogic wants to lead the way in T&M ergonomics congatec introduces its first MIPI CSI 2 Smart Camera Kit for vision systems at the edge of the IIoT. It is an application-ready kit for the evaluation and deployment of MIPI-CSI 2 based rugged smart camera analytics in harsh industrial, outdoor, and in-vehicle environments. Developers benefit from an instantly deployable industrial-grade smart MIPI-CSI platform. Built with commercial, off-the-shelf available components, it simplifies development and accelerates the time to market of smart camera analytics solutions for the edge of the IIoT.MIPI-CSI 2 based smart camera technology brings video analytics and optional artificial intelligence for decision making to the IIoT edges, saving on data transmission costs, speeding time to results, and ultimately enabling autonomous behavior. Typical smart camera applications at the IIoT edge include industrial and medical imaging and vision systems, situational awareness and video surveillance systems in smart cities, as well as intelligent vehicle applications, augmented reality in maintenance, gesture-based controls or biometrics recognition.MIPI-CSI is the most widely used camera interface for consumer-grade mobile devices. Implementing this high-speed protocol on embedded boards such as the Pico-ITX motherboard from congatec simplifies the support of high-performance applications, including 1080p, 4k, 8k and beyond for rugged industrial-grade 24/7 embedded systems, as the ecosystem for MIPI-CSI is rich and highly elaborate.The congatec MIPI-CSI 2 Smart Camera Kit includes all the building blocks of a smart camera solution, and can be easily customized to support new applications and features. It is 100% compliant with the latest MIPI-CSI standard and optimized to run the MIPI CSI 2 camera from Leopard Imaging based on ON Semiconductor’s AR0237 HD sensor together with the rugged conga-PA5 Pico-ITX single board computer based on Intel Atom E3900 processors for the extended temperature ranges. It comes with all required configurations and patches, and is ready to run code on the basis of the Linux Yocto kernel.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Open air gyms in Bengal is TMC’s response to ‘Hum fit toh India fit’ challenge

first_imgLess than a month after Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore started the viral Twitter campaign ‘Hum fit toh India fit’ which saw the participation of various A-listers, Trinamool Congress (TMC) has come up with open air gyms in various areas of West Bengal’s Howrah district.Howrah Municipal Corporation has opened up several open air gyms for the public. TMC claims this is its response to the fitness campaign except this is by the people of Bengal.The open air gyms are being set up in parks owned and maintained by the government and corporation. These are open to the public at a fee of Rs 50 per month and registration charges of Rs 100 per person.An instructor at one of the open air gyms Shibu Das said, “The equipment is quite modernised so people are enthusiastic about the gym.”There are two coaches or trainers in each gym who are there on shifts. Sanchita Manna, an instructor at an open air gym said, “We see a lot of gyms but this is kind of extraordinary. People from all classes can come. People develop a sense of responsibility towards staying fit too.”Interestingly, the number of women allowed in the gyms is more and young males have been kept away so that it can function as a family gym.Madhumita Mal, a resident of Howrah said, “There is no such infrastructure available nearby and we are very happy coming here every morning. We need more of it so that a lot of people can become involved in regular fitness regimes.”advertisementSusmita Trivedi, another local resident said, “The equipment are quite handy, there are instructors who help us with yoga too. The benefit of open gym is that we can enjoy the air and not covered like the ones in closed rooms”The open air gyms have come as a breath of fresh air for the politicians too. The locals have praised the effort and what can be better than this of the local TMC councillors to be compared to the Union Minister and former Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore who had thrown open a fitness challenge to the entire country on Twitter.Gautam Bera, a local said, “Our Sports Minister promised us an open gym as a move towards improved fitness but nothing happened. No infrastructure was constructed. Our local councillor Bibhas Hazra has developed this infrastructure but we have received no help from the central government.”Currently there are 5 such gyms in ward number 66 of Howrah district. Be it the youth, senior citizens or women, everyone can be a part of these gyms and access facilities during scheduled timings. The cost of one gym ranges from Rs 8 lakh to 10 lakh with the total cost of all gyms around Rs 60 lakh.Bibhas Hazra, councillor of Howrah Municipal Corporation said, “What West Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow. Our Chief Minister has proved herself. That is why Bengal is in 1st position. Some don’t act on what they say. Central government is telling people to do yoga and exercise but the have not done anything for the public. But today, our municipal corporation has proved it’s to the public. People are benefiting which is why they are coming. On TV and radio they are just saying “Man Ki Baat”. But you have to prove that too. Just find out if there are any sports projects in Howrah that have been initiated by the central government.”But BJP leaders have a befitting answer to this fitness fight too!Sanjay Singh, Secretary, BJP West Bengal unit said, “It is a tradition of the central government. We believe if a person is physically healthy then he will work with better mental stability which will result in better productivity. If we talk about gym, it is definite that whoever is fit will be a hit. If the state government has any better proposal relating to this then they must let us know and we shall look forward to funding it. The problem with the West Bengal government is that the money that is allotted for one department is spent for other purposes. If West Bengal has any such proposition of development, we will walk hand in hand with them. We do not want to involve politics in the work of development. It doesn’t matter what TMC says, we are doing whatever we are saying. If they want help then we will definitely help. There is a system which has to be followed, the proposal is laid, then the fund is allotted. BJP has brought about legitimate schemes for dalits, the downtrodden, minorities and the common people too. People are drawing benefits from those schemes. We have started with the “ujwala scheme” for women. They (TMC) want politics in development. That is not how we work. Let the West Bengal government send their proposal for development. We will definitely do the needful.”advertisementEven as the morning sun shines on the park, the women and men turn up to keep themselves fit in this part of the town but the reality is that despite politicians trying to make their claim to fame …this time it is the “aam aadmi” who is getting fitter!Also read: Forget Virat Kohli fitness challenge, here is Sachin Tendulkar challenging youAlso read: Mamata comes out in Swaraj’s solidarity, condemns trolling, strong languageWatch: TMC terror: Opposition scared in West Bengallast_img read more

Sarri confirms contact talks amid Chelsea reports

first_imgNapoli Sarri: Contract talks to take place amid Chelsea reports Sacha Pisani 12:35 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MaurizioSarri-cropped Getty Images Napoli Benevento v Napoli Serie A Chelsea Talks between the Napoli manager and team officials will take place regarding a new contract for the 59-year-old Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri said discussions will take place regarding a new contract “over the next few days” following links with Premier League side Chelsea.Sarri, 59, has reportedly emerged as a target for Chelsea, who are apparently considering the future of Premier League-winning boss and fellow Italian Antonio Conte.Napoli have earned rave reviews for their style of play under Sarri, with the Italian high-flyers a point clear atop Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked about reports president Aurelio De Laurentiis is set to offer a new deal, Sarri told Mediaset Premium: “I can’t meet anyone on Friday, as we have a game on Saturday.”I want to focus on other issues right now, so someone will meet with the president over the next few days and listen to the proposal on my behalf.”There’s no problem between Aurelio and I, so it’s not an issue.”Napoli stayed top of the standings thanks to Sunday’s 2-0 win over Benevento.Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik scored for Napoli, who moved back above Juventus after the defending champions embarrassed Sassuolo 7-0.”The surprising thing is that Napoli are up there, not Juventus,” Sarri said. “This team picked up 60 points in 23 games, an extraordinary tally. Juve are going at more or less the same pace, but they are accustomed to it.”We cannot feel pressure, because we are going beyond anyone’s expectations. Don’t forget, pre-season you all said it was a fight between Juventus and AC Milan. We are doing better than I expected, than the club expected, so there is zero pressure.”Mertens hobbled off with an ankle injury in the victory and Sarri said: “We’ll evaluate Mertens tomorrow [Monday]. He had a knock and a slight sprain, it doesn’t seem particularly serious.”last_img read more

Vela & the top MLS newcomers in 2018

first_imgMLS Vela, Barco and the top MLS newcomers in 2018 Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Vela Mexico Getty Images MLS Los Angeles A number of Major League Soccer teams have brought in exciting talent from abroad prior to the 2018 campaign. Goal runs down 15 of the best newcomerslast_img

SFIO identifies coterie that defrauded ILFS

first_imgNew Delhi: Launching a massive crackdown on perpetrators of the IL&FS scam, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has charged the erstwhile top management members of the group’s financial services subsidiary IFIN of forming a “coterie” with its auditors and independent directors to defraud the company while running the business as their “personal fiefdom”.Officials also said it is just a tip of the iceberg in this massive fraud case, involving defaults totalling an estimated amount of over Rs 90,000 crore, as the SFIO’s first charge sheet concerns just one entity, IL&FS Financial Services Ltd (IFIN), and the probe is already underway against the parent firm Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) and several other subsidiaries. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistIn addition to prosecution of former executive and independent directors of IFIN, among others, and attachment of their properties, the SFIO is also looking to seek interim attachment of all moveable and immovable assets of the auditors including their lockers, bank accounts and jointly-held properties, officials said. The SFIO is also collecting details about all borrowings by IFIN from banks and through market instruments, as also about the role of banks and their officials and of credit rating agencies. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe first charge-sheet, filed by the government’s white-collar fraud investigation agency, follows inspection of accounts of close to 400 entities, an extensive forensic audit, data collected from desktops and laptops seized from various IL&FS offices as also e-mails extracted from the IL&FS servers, RBI inspection reports, minutes of meetings, among other documents, as also the assessment reports from the government-appointed new board of IL&FS. The huge scam came to light last year after IL&FS and its subsidiaries defaulted on several debt repayments due to a severe liquidity crisis. As of March 2018, it owed over Rs 90,000 crore to banks and other creditors. The government in October last year superseded the board of IL&FS and appointed a new board, with eminent banker Uday Kotak as its executive chairman. In its charge sheet filed before a special court in Mumbai last Friday, the SFIO has accused 30 entities/individuals of various violations and offences, including of financial fraud. Some of the accused persons are already in judicial custody. The former top-management members of IFIN have been charged with committing fraud with intent to injure the interest of the company, its shareholders and creditors, resulting in wrongful loss to the company. They have been accused of forming a “coterie to control day-to-day affairs of the company and of colluding with others” in using illegal methods on multiple occasions in violation of the RBI directions.last_img read more

The Latest Canada gets access to exdiplomat in China

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on talks between the U.S. and Canada (all times local):11:47 a.m.Canada’s ambassador to China has received consular access to detained ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig four days after he was arrested in China.Canada’s Global Affairs Department says Ambassador John McCallum met with Kovrig in Beijing on Friday.The department says they are continuing to press for access to another Canadian, entrepreneur Michael Spavor, who was also detained in China on Monday. The two were arrested in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States.Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei, on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The U.S. wants her extradited to face charges that she and her company misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran. A Canadian judge released Meng on bail Tuesday.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis were meeting their Canadian counterparts on Friday for discussions expected to be dominated by the arrests.__11:04 a.m.The U.S. and Canada are holding high-stakes talks amid an escalating dispute with China that threatens to further complicate ties between the North American neighbours.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis were meeting their Canadian counterparts on Friday for discussions expected to be dominated by Canada’s arrest of a Chinese tech executive at Washington’s request. China has detained two Canadians in apparent retaliation.The case has set off a three-way diplomatic furor in which Canada is stuck in the middle.Canada arrested the chief financial officer of telecoms giant Huawei (WAH’-way) on Dec. 1. The U.S. wants her extradited on charges she and her company violated sanctions on Iran. But a Canadian judge released her on bail Tuesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Massire Project to Promote Innovative Water Solutions for Farming in Morocco

Rabat – The MAD 19.5 million ($2 million) project coordinated by French research institute CIRAD will run for four years and is funded by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).It’s purpose is to identify and reinforce small-scale innovative projects in the water management sector in rural Morocco, focusing in particular on successful small-scale farming irrigation practices. These may include drip irrigation, new solar water pump technology, and recycling waste water, as well as innovative water governance measures.The project also aims to identify any other agricultural practices with the potential to reinforce Morocco’s resilience towards water shortages, stated CIRAD in a press release. Once these innovative projects have been identified, CIRAD aims to develop and reinforce them.The Massire project will pair small scale farmers with key players in sustainable development such as irrigation companies, agricultural cooperatives, NGOs, researchers and local Moroccan start-ups, to give them access to the technologies and services needed to develop sustainable farming.Read also: Moroccan Agriculture Minister Predicts Average Cereal ProductionWater management is a key issue for Morocco as the country regularly faces droughts. In 2016, a particularly severe drought seriously impacted agricultural production and the country’s GDP dropped by 3.3%. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 83% of agricultural land in Morocco is not irrigated. Crop yields therefore suffer significantly from variations in rainfall and droughts.This vulnerability will only increase, as the FAO predicts a 30% drop in rainfall by 2050, making water management an urgent issue for Morocco. read more

UN mission reports calm as Sudanese President visits strifetorn Darfur region

During the visit to the capital of North Darfur, El Fasher, where the hybrid African Union-UN peacekeeping operation in the region (UNAMID) is based, the President addressed the local population at a rally. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Sudan Ashraf Qazi arrived in El Fasher with Mr. Bashir, who the ICC has issued an arrest warrant against for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the western region of Sudan.Since the ICC made its decision, several humanitarian agencies, aiding some 4.7 million people in Darfur, have been barred from working in the region by Khartoum.“The Government of Sudan”s order suspending 16 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will have devastating implications for the citizens of Darfur,” said a joint statement issued by six UN agencies, including UN Children”s Fund (UNICEF) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“Aid operations in North Sudan, the largest humanitarian emergency in the world costing over $2 billion annually, will be irrevocably damaged,” read the statement.Meanwhile UNAMID reported that the security situation in Darfur remains relatively calm with the exception of an increase in banditry in El Geneina, West Darfur.The UNAMID force and police continue to conduct their normal activities throughout the region and over the past 24 hours the blue helmets conducted 25 confidence-building patrols, seven escort convoys, 11 night patrols covering 40 villages/IDP camps, and 87 police patrols in and around camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). On 6 March, UNAMID Police Commissioner Micheal Fryer led a night patrol to Zam Zam IDP camp, where he met the Umda, a traditional leader. An estimated 300,000 people have died in Darfur, either through direct combat or because of disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, over the past five years in Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied Arab militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, since 2003. 8 March 2009Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) earlier this week, visited the war-ravaged Darfur region today, accompanied by the top United Nations official for Sudan among other members of the diplomatic corps. read more

On day for midwives UN hails unsung heroes of maternal and newborn

“Midwives deliver – and not only babies,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “They save lives and promote good health in societies as a whole. They are an essential workforce in an effective health-care system.”In a statement to mark the International Day of the Midwife, Dr. Osotimehin noted that more than one in three women in developing countries give birth alone, and in some of the poorest countries, as few as 13 per cent of all deliveries are assisted by a midwife or a health worker with midwifery skills.UNFPA estimates that 1,000 women die every day and 5,500 newborns die in the first week of life for lack of adequate medical care.The Executive Director urged investing in human resources to tackle the current global shortage of some 350,000 of these “unsung heroes” of maternal and newborn health. Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General of Family and Community Health at the UN World Health Organization (WHO), noted in her statement that midwives are essential to the delivery of quality health services before, during and after childbirth for women and newborns. “Despite this vital role in improving maternal and newborn health, recent analyses indicate that midwives and midwifery services are unequally distributed both between and within countries,” she said. “Direct investment in midwifery education, regulation and association will create the necessary conditions for the midwifery profession to achieve its full potential.”Both UNFPA and WHO, along with its partners, will release in June the first ever State of the World’s Midwifery report, which will address some of the critical issues surrounding the profession. Also in June, they will also join thousands of midwives at the Triennial Midwives Congress in Durban, South Africa, to discuss human resources for health and the way forward. 5 May 2011United Nations officials today hailed the significant impact of midwives on the health of women and newborns, and called for greater investment to ensure their life-saving services are available to all who need them around the world. read more

President notes sensitive nature of national security

Addressing the troops, the President summed up the few projects that have been implemented for the greater benefit of the security forces at all levels. He also briefed them on the national security plan which is to be implemented to cover all areas. President Maithripala Sirisena today highlighted the sensitive nature of the notion of national security and also the importance of it for the country’s forward-march. The President made the observations when he undertook his first formal visit to meet Security Force personnel serving in the East today. “It has already been taken up in the National Security Council and will be finalized shortly with the support of tri-service consultations,’ the army media unit quoted the President as saying.The President also assured the troops that the welfare facilities of the tri-service personnel will be looked after. While appreciating the troop contribution to the development of the country, the President told the gathering that the valuable support of the security forces needs to be mustered for the development of the country in the future as well. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Palestinian towns suffered 300400 million worth of damage UNDP says

Tim Rothermel, the Special Representative of the UNDP Administrator for the Programme for Assistance to the Palestinian People, said the total damage in the West Bank could range between $300 million and $400 million. The total damage to Nablus is estimated at $110 million, while the agency said Qalqilya suffered some $3.5 million worth of damage.UNDP said the Palestinian Authority’s central institutions in Ramallah suffered approximately $16 million in damages. This figure “does not include invaluable public records from various ministries, including the Ministries of Health, Education and Public Works,” Mr. Rothermel observed. The agency has earmarked $1.5 million for a recovery programme which aims not only to repair damaged buildings and equipment, but also to strengthen staff through training and policy advice. “Without an efficient and transparent Palestinian public administration, there will be no foundation for peace in the occupied Palestinian territories,” said Mr. Rothermel. “I think it is in the interest of all parties in the conflict to have an administration that is able to provide its people with basic social services, education, free trade and all the factors that an open, democratic and prosperous society depends on.”A detailed damage assessment for the entire West Bank and Gaza is being carried out by UNDP and other UN bodies, the World Bank, the European Union and the Governments of Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and the United States. The results are expected to be made public on 15 May. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today released the preliminary results of its own assessment mission in the Middle East. Reporting on the food situation in Jenin, the agency said that 35,000 people there were in urgent need of food assistance. Around 90 per cent of all commerce with Israel has been lost due to recent closures, and a total of 4,320 people in the Jenin area are now homeless, WFP said. read more

Timehri man slapped with narcotics charge

Thirty-year-old Shazid Shaw of Timehri Public Road, East Bank Demerara was on Friday granted bail on a narcotics possession charge.Shaw, a taxi driver denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Providence Magistrate Court earlier today.Shazid ShawPolice stated that on January 29, 2019 while at his Timehri, East Bank Demerara home, Shaw had in his possession 668 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to police facts, an intelligence led operation was conducted by ranks of C.I.D Headquarters at his home when the narcotic was unearthed in the yard.The defendant’s pregnant wife, mother and father-in-law were also taken into custody and released after the 72-hour detention period.Defense Attorney Bernard DaSilva made a successful bail application on behalf of Shaw. He was granted bail in the sum of $100,000 and will make his next court appearance on March 4. In addition, he was ordered to report to the Timehri Police Station on a weekly basis until the completion of the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBusinesswoman facing 3 charges remanded on narcotics possessionJune 5, 2018In “Court”Police Constable slapped with cocaine chargeApril 24, 2015In “Crime”US citizen caught with cocaine at CJIA remandedApril 22, 2015In “Crime” read more

Properties in Greece going cheap

first_imgAs Greece enters its sixth year in recession, property hunters are taking advantage of the low prices and buying up luxurious villas and family homes. And for property investors, Greece is providing them with an opportunity to enter the high-end market in Europe.“Prices have fallen by around half since 2008. You can find excellent quality vacation homes in Greece at similar prices to Spain and Turkey, where previously they could be as much as 40 per cent higher because so few were available,” Katerina Samaropoulou of Samaropoulou Associates, a Greek estate agent, tells the Financial Times. Since the outbreak of the Greek debt crisis four years ago, property values nationwide have dropped by around 32 per cent, according to the Bank of Greece. Greeks who bought vacation homes – which was a popular investment choice in the ’00s, are now being forced into selling for a number of reasons: maintenance costs have become too high, a new property tax was added to the bills; and also the increased regulation on people who rent on properties on declaring their income to the taxation department. Investors are looking at areas – specifically the islands – that have always been an attractive tourist option for foreigners. The most popular market places include: Corfu; Mykonos, Santorini and the Peloponnese. Crete and Halkidiki also featured highly. But there is some light to be shed in all this and that is if more foreigners and international investors are buying up properties, it would boost tourism activity towards Greece. Danos Athens Property Market Report from the second half of 2013 states: “The reforms in the real estate legislative context that incentivise investors, as well as the decline in residential prices, have boosted investors’ interest for the Greek market; interest coming mainly from abroad.“Chinese and Russian investors, who are looking to benefit from visa grants, have expressed their strong interest to invest in the residential real estate market of Greece, especially in Athens, Rhodes, Corfu and Crete. Moreover, there is an increase of interest coming from the UK. It seems that the demand is focusing on Cyclades and Corfu.”Four out of 10 Greeks recently told a Kapa Research poll they would willingly hand over properties to the state to fulfil future payments; one in three, unable to keep up mortgage repayments, feared their homes would be confiscated in 2014. This is because over a third of Greek households are unable to meet their tax obligations.In an article in The Guardian, property analyst Christos Bletas said that the Greeks have inherited a dark sense of humour about their plight. “The joke now doing the rounds is: if you want to punish your child, you threaten to pass on property to them,” he said. “Greeks traditionally have always regarded property as a secure investment. But now it has become a huge millstone, given that the tax burden has increased sevenfold in the past two years alone.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un appareil à faire taire les bavards

first_imgUn appareil à faire taire les bavardsRécemment décrit dans la revue du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), un dispositif technique simple, inventé par des ingénieurs japonais, permet de modérer la loquacité des personnes trop bavardes. L’astuce : leur rediffuser en direct les paroles qu’ils sont en train de prononcer. Deux situations horripilantes : tomber sur un bavard qui ne vous laisse pas placer un mot et entendre en résonance ses propres paroles (lors d’une communication téléphonique faisant écho, par exemple). Mettant à profit ce double constat, Kazutaka Kurihara, chercheur à l’Institut national de science industrielle et de technologie avancée, et Koji Tsukada, de l’Université Ochanomizu de Tokyo, ont mis au point le SpeechJammer (‘brouilleur de parole’), un dispositif destiné à couper le sifflet aux parleurs impénitents.À lire aussiAccidents vasculaires cérébraux : connaître et repérer leurs symptômesTrès simple, le prototype consiste en un enregistreur directionnel, tenu à la main et orientable comme un pistolet, qui capte le discours du locuteur et le rediffuse dans sa direction avec un délai – réglable – minime. Un dispositif qui a prouvé son efficacité. Néanmoins, les tests ont montré qu’il s’avérait encore plus efficace lorsqu’on fait varier, en cours de manœuvre, le délai de restitution (temps écoulé entre la parole prononcée et sa rediffusion). Il fonctionne également mieux face à une personne qui lit (à haute voix) que face à une personne qui parle spontanément.Bibliothèques publiques, réunions houleuses… : autant de lieux qui profiteraient grandement de cette surprenante invention, selon ses créateurs. “Nous devons établir et obéir à des règles de prise de parole à tour de rôle lorsque l’on parle. Il y a encore de nombreux cas où les aspects négatifs de la parole deviennent un obstacle à la résolution pacifique des conflits”, ont-ils souligné cité par le Telegraph. Le 4 mars 2012 à 11:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ramsey Next chapter at Juventus

first_imgAaron Ramsey has officially said goodbye to Arsenal fans after 11 years of service to the club.The Wales international’s contract with the Gunners expires in June and he has already signed a new deal with the Bianconeri.Ramsey joined Arsenal from Cardiff FC back in 2008 and has gone on to win trophies with the club.“As you may have already heard, I have agreed on a pre-contract with Juventus Football Club,” wrote Ramsey on Instagram and cited on Football Italia.“I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive.“You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I’ve encountered during my time at the club.“It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in North London. Thank you.English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…“I will continue to give the team 100% and hope to finish the season strongly, before heading on to my next chapter in Turin. Kind regards, Aaron.”His contract with Juventus runs to June 2023 and there is a €3.7m signing on fee.Arsenal are currently in a fierce three-horse race with United and Chelsea for a Champions League position.last_img read more

Harold Bradley Iconic Country Music Guitarist Dies At 93

first_img Facebook Twitter News Harold Bradley, Iconic Country Music Guitarist, Dies At 93 Iconic Guitarist Harold Bradley Dies At 93 harold-bradley-iconic-country-music-guitarist-dies-93 Email Bradley, along with his brother record producer Owen Bradley, is known to have built the “Nashville Sound.” Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 1, 2019 – 1:52 pm Harold Bradley, the legendary guitarist behind some of Nashville’s most well-known songs including Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry” and Elvis Presley’s “(You’re The) Devil In Disguise” and an essential person in creating the “Nashville Sound,” has died. He was 93.The guitarist died early Thursday, his daughters said on Facebook. “Early this morning Harold died peacefully in his sleep,” they said on what looks like Bradley’s personal Facebook page. “Many of you know him as a successful musician and no doubt many stories will be told in the coming week. But to us, his greatest accomplishment was being the best dad in the world. We love you, dad.”Harold, along with his brother record producer Owen Bradley, is known to have built the pop induced “Nashville Sound.” The two opened recording studios in Nashville including, Bradley Film And Recording. Harold worked with numerous artists in the studio, including Ray Stevens, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, and Bill Monroe. Raised in Nashville, Bradley picked up the banjo first but switched to an interest in guitar after his brother suggested to do so. He served in the Navy for two years starting in 1944, but upon his return to Nashville began to focus on music. Bradley was also the first-ever president of the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences, commonly known as the Recording Academy. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of renowned country music guitarist and our first Recording Academy Nashville Chapter President, Harold Bradley,” Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. “Harold will not only be remembered for his musical accomplishments, but for his unwavering dedication to our field and commitment to advocating for his industry. We have lost an integral member of our music community, and he will be dearly missed by many.”Bradley was inducted in the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2006.”Everything that was happening in the studio, that was my world,” Bradley said in an interview with NPR in 2013. “That was as big as it got. And then one day, my brother came up and he said, ‘Well, we’re doing pretty good. We’ve got 25 out of the top 50 songs.’ All of a sudden I’m thinking, ‘That stuff we did in the studio, people are listening to that all over the world? Maybe I better pay some attention to what’s happening a little bit more because, goodnight! Whatever I’m playing, these people are listening to it. And I better be good.'”Dolly Parton Talks Longevity, Equality, Whitney Houston & MoreRead morelast_img read more