Your product isn’t going to sell itself. Unless you showed up to work today with a line of clients trying to buy what you sell, your product cannot do the selling for you. Nor should you want it to. That would make you an order taker, and you would create little value and risk being automated.Your company and its storied history isn’t going to do the selling for you either. It’s nice that you have been in business a long time, and the origin story may have indeed shaped the values that you still hold dear. Very few of your dream clients are going to be compelled to buy from you because of the time your company has been in business.The logos of all the clients you won are impressive. You work with some of the best-known companies on the planet. This has to be a sure-fire way to prove your bona fides. Your dream client might also think that they are too small to get your attention and that they don’t resemble the clients you serve. Either way, the fact that you have won clients doesn’t create much of a preference for you, and it doesn’t absolve you of having to sell.This is a short list of the things that salespeople front load in conversations with their prospective clients, mistakenly believing that this improves their credibility. There was a time when this was true. That time, however, has passed. None of these things do enough of the selling alone or combined.It’s more important now that you are capable of helping your prospective clients learn something about themselves, something that compels them to change, something that nothing on the list above can do for you. It’s also important that you know how to advise your prospective client on how to change, what they need to do, why they need to do it, and what trade-offs they will need to make.There are better starting places for the conversations you need to have to create value for your dream client and to establish yourself as a trusted advisor. Starting somewhere else establishes you as something less than a peer, and likely positions you to be commoditized. 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
Days after the government announced a ‘cease-ops’ plan during Ramzan, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who had called for a unilateral ceasefire, says the government’s peace initiative will be incomplete without a ceasefire on the LoC with Pakistan. In an interview, he called on the Hurriyat to join the effort.Do you think this ceasefire or ‘cease-ops’ will be successful?A ceasefire will work only if Pakistan joins the ceasefire. In PM Vajpayee’s time, we had the advantage that Pakistan agreed to a bilateral ceasefire and that gave us peace for a long time. People started agriculture along the Zero Line and they were quite happy on both sides of the fence. Today the ceasefire is late, and the other side hasn’t responded and the Hurriyat has been non-committal. This is unfortunate, as both the mainstream and the separatists must work together to bring peace. So we still have to wait and see. Militants have attacked the Pulwama picket today; Pakistan is still bombing our borders and LoC. If Pakistan doesn’t join then what do they want? An escalation? Our bilateral issues must be settled bilaterally with some give and take.But realistically, India and Pakistan are far away from bilateral settlements at present. There are no talks at all.Unfortunately, hawkish attitudes by both Indian and Pakistani government haven’t worked. The way forward is to come down from high horses and help people live better lives.It wasn’t a small step for Vajpayee to call General Musharraf to India after Kargil, when we had lost so many soldiers. But he thought [that in the] long term we can’t live in war with neighbours forever. Today winning elections is more important than winning peace. The [Modi] government came with such a large mandate, and the majority’s support, and we thought they would get support for any strong decision he took.But he has been unable to work with Pakistan, and over there, the Army is calling the shots.So we can live in harmony and live in progress, or live in disharmony and destroy each other.You called the Modi government hawkish, but do you think it has softened by taking up the State government’s call for a cease-ops?Softening doesn’t mean only development, or just giving money for a power project or tunnel or road. You have to meet the aspirations of the people.This is a political problem that needs a political solution.Rather than going to Russia, U.S. or China, lets solve our internal problems here, put our house in order.Is this the right time for a cease-ops? There seems to be a new wave of militancy in Kashmir, with new recruits who are homegrown.I agree, this is a new turn. But how does one wean them away [from militancy]? We need to create an atmosphere where they feel the government is working in their interests.These boys know their future lies with the nation itself: we can’t go to China or Pakistan.Our way is this side. But it is for the State government to convince them, which it hasn’t done.
Former Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma’s husband Chandrashekhar Verma surrendered before a local court in Begusarai on Monday in connection with a case under the Arms Act. Mr. Verma’s name had cropped up during investigation into the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case and the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the case, had recently rapped the CBI and the Bihar government for the delay in his arrest.“Chandrashekhar Verma surrendered before a court in Begusarai today under intense pressure from the police, which had issued notice for attachment of his property,” Bihar Director General of Police K.S. Dwivedi told journalists in Patna.The court remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.On August 17, 50 live cartridges were recovered during a raid at the residence of Mr. Verma in Cheria Bariyarpur village. The raid was conducted in connection with the shelter home case. Later, a case under the Arms Act was registered against him at the Cheria Bariyarpur police station.In September, an arrest warrant was issued against Mr. Verma and he had been absconding since. Mr. Verma was also accused of having links with Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the shelter home case.
The quarterback is currently without a NFL franchise, but one of Nike’s biggest stars is clearly standing up for him. LeBron has always voiced his opinions about social and political issues and he is a clear advocate of the motto that athletes should use their brand to tackle such issues.The Lakers will continue their preseason against the Warriors as the season opener for them is just 10 days away. AdvertisementThe Los Angeles Lakers played the Sacramento Kings on Friday and star LeBron James was seen wearing a Colin Kaepernick’s branded shirt before the preseason game. Kaepernick became a national figure in 2016 when gave way to controversy by choosing to kneel on one knee rather than stand while the during the National Anthem of the United States before a NFL game.When reporters questioned James about the shirt, he replied, “I support Kaep. I’ve always supported Kaep and what he stands for and what he believes in. Obviously, you guys saw the global spot Nike put out where he was the face of it. I was happy to be a part of it.”LeBron has also voiced his support for Kaepernick in the past as well. Last month, he told ESPN that he backed Nike’s “Just Do It” advertisement which featured Kaepernick. “I stand with Nike, all day, every day.,” James had said then..@KingJames weighs in on why he wore a @Kaepernick7 shirt before his game Thursday. pic.twitter.com/O5QDrqn8o6— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 5, 2018 Advertisement
Transfers Crouch never had Chelsea contact before attention switched to ‘division’s second best looking target man’ Chris Burton 17:05 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers Chelsea Olivier Giroud Stoke City Premier League The Stoke striker emerged as a shock target for the Blues during the January window, but Antonio Conte eventually landed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal Peter Crouch says there was “never any strong interest” shown in him by Chelsea before attention switched to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.The Stoke frontman emerged as a surprise target for the Blues as they sought to bolster their attacking ranks during the January transfer window.Several options were considered by those at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte in the market for a physical presence to complement and compete with Alvaro Morata. 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 On deadline day, Giroud crossed London from north to west, with Crouch conceding that he was never really in the running against “the division’s second best looking target man!”The 37-year-old former England international wrote in a column for the Daily Mail: “So there I was, sat at home a couple of weeks ago, when my phone started to beep and I heard I was trending on Twitter.“I didn’t expect to see my name linked with Chelsea but that was the situation. It was all speculation, I suppose. “Of course it was nice to get linked with a club of that stature — particularly as they were the club I used to watch when I was a kid — but I didn’t think much more about it.“There was never any strong interest. I heard Antonio Conte quite likes me as a player but I was only ever concentrating on Stoke.“I didn’t expect anything to happen and, as it turns out, Chelsea have gone on to make a great signing. “I’ve always admired Olivier Giroud. He is France’s No. 9, he’s been to the World Cup and the Euros and worn that shirt with distinction. “He’s a top striker and maybe he didn’t get as many chances as he deserved at Arsenal.“I’d go as far as to say they got themselves the division’s second best looking target man!”Crouch has been with Stoke since 2011, making over 200 appearances for the club.He has passed the 100 Premier League goal mark while with the Potters and committed to a new contract in November 2017.A desire to play at the highest level until the age of 40 has previously been expressed, with it possible that Crouch could have many more meetings with Chelsea and Giroud to come before he hangs up his boots.
“Football’s back,” Chapas said. “Can you feel it? Welcome to Athens. You hear that? The hometown team is back. Around here there’s just two seasons — football season and well, not football season. And it’s about that time again. The time when the classic city comes alive. It’s your favorite show, painted from head to toe. It’s the sound of the band, the trumpets and cheers. It’s family and closest friends.”Week 2 Trailer | Football is Back #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/deqrkQApYg— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 5, 2019The second half of the video focuses on the team and what they bring to the field. Highlights of last week’s victory over Vanderbilt are shown as well.“Get ready for pads popping and Dawgs barking. And energy like nothing you’ve seen before. Get ready for Saturdays in Athens, back between the hedges. It’s an explosive offense and a savage defense bringing thousands to their feet. Football comes back, we come together — all 92,000 and a million more. Football’s back, can you feel it?”Georgia and Murray State kicks off at 4 PM ET. The game will be televised on ESPN2. NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 12: A helmet of the Georgia Bulldogs rests on the field during a game against of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Georgia football had an impressive season opening win last Saturday. The Bulldogs took care of business against SEC opponent Vanderbilt.This week, No. 3 Georgia heads home to face a much easier opponent in Murray State. Ahead of their home opener, the Bulldogs’ social media team released an epic game trailer for week two.The video is narrated by former Georgia fullback Shaun Chapas. Chapas played for the Bulldogs from 2007-10 and in the NFL for two seasons after that.This gameday trailer focuses on the town of Athens and the electricity in the air during football season. Georgia has always had one of the more passionate fan bases in the country.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 12:16 IST Kuldeep Yadav said MS Dhoni’s presence behind the wickets has helped his bowling (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav said he did not give inappropriate statements about anyoneKuldeep insisted MS Dhoni’s inputs have been invaluable to himKuldeep Yadav spoke about MS Dhoni’s advice during an award function on MondayIndia wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has lashed out at rumour mills over his comments on MS Dhoni’s inputs from behind the stumps, saying his words on the veteran wicketkeeper were misconstrued.Kuldeep Yadav had made a tongue-in-cheek remark when he was asked during an award function in Mumbai if MS Dhoni had erred while giving inputs to young spinners from behind the wickets.”There are a lot of times he (Dhoni) goes wrong but then you can’t say that to him,” Kuldeep had replied in jest.Nonetheless, the young wrist-spinner faced a lot of flak on social media over his comments.Kuldeep and his spin partner Yuzvendra Chahal have time and again insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have made a lot of difference to their bowling in limited-overs cricket. Known for his astute game awareness, Dhoni has been an integral member of India’s ODI side as he has been able to share his experience with the rest of his teammates.MS Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps makes our job easy: KuldeepKuldeep insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have been invaluable not just to him but to the entire team.”MS Dhoni is a senior player and there is no doubt that his tips have been invaluable not only for me but for the entire team. His presence behind the stumps makes our job easy and nobody can change that fact,” Kuldeep Yadav told The Indian Express.The young wrist spinner added: “These are rumours which people love to spread and I have no idea why. I haven’t given any interview regarding this so I fail to understand as to how the media came up with these comments.”advertisementKuldeep Yadav took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his disappointment at the way in which his comments were interpreted.”Here we go for another made up controversy from our media who loves to make tangy rumours for no reason. Just want to throw some light on the issue that has been proliferated by some people, that the news is total false. I didn’t give any inappropriate statement about anyone (sic),” Kuldeep wrote in an Instagram story.Kuldeep did not have a successful Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign in 2019 as the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner struggled for consistency, managing just 4 wickets from 9 matches at an average of 71.50. However, Kuldeep remains to be India’s first-choice spinner at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Also Read | Asking Indian players to have sex was a joke: Paddy UptonAlso Read | Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty RhodesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL 2019Follow World Cup 2019Follow India national cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow Yuzvendra Chahal Kuldeep Yadav clarifies MS Dhoni comments: His tips invaluable, people love spreading rumoursIndia’s leading wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav faced flak after he had jokingly said that MS Dhoni sometimes errs with his suggestions from behind the wicket to spinners.advertisement
World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni wanted to honour the Army, says former coach on Balidaan badge rowThe BCCI has written to the ICC, seeking the cricket body to reconsider its decision on letting MS Dhoni continue sporting the special pair of gloves with the ‘Balidaan Badge’ at the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2019.advertisement India Today Web Desk NottinghamJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 14:06 IST MS Dhoni has been asked to take off the gloves which has erupted a huge controversy among the higher cricket officials (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni trying to honour the army, controversy blown out of proportion: Former coachDhoni was spotted wearing gloves with Army badge during India’s World Cup tie vs South AfricaThe ICC had asked the BCCI to make sure the Army crest is removedFormer coach of MS Dhoni, Chanchal Bhattacharya has reacted to the controversy surrounding the Army Insignia on the gloves of the India wicketkeeper-batsman at the World Cup.The cricket fraternity has been divided over the issue after the International Cricket Council (ICC) asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to make sure the Army crest is removed from Dhonis’ gloves.On Wednesday, MS Dhoni was seen sporting gloves with the Army badge (Balidaan Badge) on them. The ICC objected and fans in India were left fuming after a statement from the world governing body.MS Dhoni’s former coach Chanchal Bhattacharya said Dhoni was only trying to honour the Army and the situation has been blown out of proportion.”See it is not about violation of rules. You would know that Dhoni has honorary lieutenant colonel’s rank in the Army. He hasn’t done anything intentionally if somebody thinks so. he has done it out of his feelings for the country and the army and people should respect his feelings,” Chanchal Bhattacharya told India Today.”If there is something about ICC not permitting then I don’t think it is a very big issue and Dhoni can remove the logo.””It is a small thing which is being made into a big issue, he never thought of anything like that, he just wanted to honor the army, his feelings and passion should be respected.”Meanwhile, former India football captain Baichung Bhutia said it was a wonderful gesture by MS Dhoni but ICC rules needed to be respected.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s Army Insignia gesture wonderful but ICC rule has to be respected, says Baichung BhutiaAlso Read | https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019/story/australia-vs-west-indies-world-cup-2019-umpiring-errrors-michael-holding-carlos-brathwaite-reactions-1544164-2019-06-07 Also SeeGet 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Balidaan BadgeFollow Army Insignia
Story Highlights Non-traditional export sector continues to perform well despite the economic challenges facing the country President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), Andrew Collins says the non-traditional export sector continues to perform well despite the economic challenges facing the country.“We have been seeing a decline in traditional export products, what is noteworthy however is that non-traditional exports in Jamaica have grown consistently over the past few years. In 2008, the sector saw earnings of US$949.1 million but due to the recession in 2010, this figure had dropped to US$595 million,” he said.“The sector was able to rebound to US$827 million in 2012 which is very close to the pre-recession figure of 2009. This means that there is demand for our products globally and especially in the products which were not traditionally considered export products such as art, craft, gift wear- these are some of the products that there is a demand in the export sector,” he explained.The JEA President was speaking at a closing ceremony for graduates of the JEA and St. Andrew Settlement Income Generating project at the association’s offices in Kingston yesterday (September 12).The objective of the five-month project was to provide skills training to unemployed residents of Majesty Gardens aged 18 to 35. Training areas included: the creation of craft items (jewellery, paintings) from recyclable materials; dressmaking and tailoring; carpentry and woodwork.Mr. Collins added that the JEA stands ready to assist with the continued development of their product line. “When you are ready to break into targeted niches in the export market directly or indirectly, the JEA stands ready and willing to assist,” he said.Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Reginald Nugent encouraged the participants to hone their skills while ensuring that the standards of their products remain the highest.“With the skills acquired, (you) can now start (your) own businesses and, indeed, become employers of other youth. In essence, this is empowerment. This project has demonstrated the tremendous potential and what can be achieved by our youth, given the necessary support,” he said.He said that another critical component to a establishing a successful venture is ensuring that their intellectual property (IP) in their designs and creations are protected.“In this connection, you will find that the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, is ready to assist you in registering your IP. We believe, therefore, that engaging the youth in organized activities directed towards the creation of an entrepreneurial culture will not only serve to harness their enthusiasm, but also lead to the germination of more innovative ideas across our society,” he said.Project beneficiary, Tashia Henclewood expressed gratitude to the developers of the programme, noting that they are now equipped to earn from the skills they have acquired. Ms. Henclewood received training in crochet making.Approximately 40 residents of Majesty Gardens received certificates and tool kits having participated in the ‘Income Generating Opportunities For Young Unemployed People, Through Linkages With Established Micro, Small And Medium Entrepreneurs’ project.The project, which is a collaboration among the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Jamaica Exporters’ Association, the European Union, and the St. Andrew Settlement, sought to empower them to earn and establish their own businesses.The project also included a component for job readiness where the beneficiaries received training in the development of business plans for their respective areas, basic accounting, records keeping, marketing and sales, inventory management, business communication and computing.In addition to the skills training, an intensive programme of internship and vocational training followed which prepared the graduates for careers in entrepreneurship including improved access to start-up capital and business development support. The objective of the five-month project was to provide skills training to unemployed residents of Majesty Gardens In 2008, the sector saw earnings of US$949.1 million
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown-owned utility says it has directed the main contractor at the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric megaproject site to stop work.In an emailed statement Thursday, Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall says the move was made because of the inability of Italian contractor Astaldi Canada Inc. to continue to pay its workers.Marshall says the action is to minimize the “financial harm placed upon the workers by Astaldi.”He says the immediate priority is to make arrangements for the company’s 500 workers living at the Muskrat Falls site in Labrador to return home in a “safe and orderly fashion.”Marshall said Nalcor’s action won’t have any impact on ongoing work by other contractors on the site.He says Nalcor has recently notified Astaldi that all of the funds the contractor is currently eligible to earn under its contracts have been paid.Marshall said Astaldi has been paid for all of the work they have completed to date on the powerhouse, intake and spillway for the Muskrat Falls project.“Astaldi’s surety has directed payment of funds to the Resource Development Trades Council in relation to Astaldi’s obligations to the workers’ pensions and benefits plan.” he said.The utility said it understands Astaldi’s workers are facing a “challenging situation” and it pledged to work to address their outstanding concerns.“Nalcor has financial insurance and securities in place that provide us with the necessary financial protections. We have also been working on a contingency plan to finish the work should Astaldi be unable to complete its remaining scope of work.”The $12.7-billion, 824-megawatt hydroelectric dam on the lower Churchill River will send power to Newfoundland and later Nova Scotia through subsea cables.Marshall said Nalcor remains committed to producing power from the project in 2019 with full power available in 2020.
MONTREAL — Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques won’t be carrying much with him when he leaves Earth to blast off to the International Space Station on Monday.If all goes according to plan, he will take off at 6:31 a.m. eastern time from the steppes of Kazakhstan on the first manned Russian rocket launch since a dramatic aborted Soyuz failure in October.What does one bring to space? A small shoebox containing items such as wedding rings and a watch.“I brought a few personal items that remind me of my family, of my children, of my parents, my wife and the people I love on the planet, so they’re mainly mementoes,” he said recently, adding that his luggage has already been sent ahead.There will also be a few Christmas presents, which he’ll unwrap as his family watches him back on Earth, his wife Veronique Morin said last week.The 48-year-old doctor and astronaut has spent years training for the six-month mission, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 20 but was moved up after the aborted Soyuz launch.Aboard the station, his role will include conducting a number of science experiments, some of which will focus on the physical effects of the weak gravity astronauts experience in orbit, as well as how to provide remote medical care.And while he’s likely to keep in touch, he says Canadians shouldn’t expect a repeat of the out-of-this-world guitar performances that brought his predecessor Chris Hadfield international fame during his own stint on the space station in 2013.“I don’t think I’m going to try to top what Chris did in terms of entertainment — that is his forte,” Saint-Jacques said on Nov. 29.“We each go there with our own personalities and our own ambitions.”People all over the world are expected to watch Monday’s launch with extra attention, given the fate of the previous mission.On Oct. 11, a rocket failure forced a Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to abort and make an emergency landing. Russia suspended all manned space launches pending an investigation before giving the green light Nov. 1.The crowd on the ground in Kazakhstan will include members of Saint-Jacques’ family as well as Governor General Julie Payette, herself a former astronaut.In an interview, Payette expressed confidence in Saint-Jacques and the technology that will bring him to space.“David is exceptional…. He’s been working for years, and he fully deserves it,” Payette said, adding that the fact that the launch has been moved up “demonstrates to what point everyone has complete confidence in the equipment that’s leaving.”Payette, who completed missions to the space station in 1999 and 2009, knows what to expect during the drama of the launch.“It shakes, as they say,” she said. “It’s very powerful — a rocket that’s leaving Earth’s gravity, and it’s very impressive for a spectator. In fact, it’s very emotional when you know there are people aboard.”She said the most dangerous moments will come in the moments following the launch, as the rocket passes through several “critical zones” on its way into space.Payette would not say whether she’d offered Saint-Jacques advice, saying only that astronauts are a tight-knit group.“We’re very few in Canada, they can be counted on the fingers of two hands,” she said.But while the list of astronauts may be small, both Payette and Saint-Jacques emphasize the strength and importance of Canada’s space contributions.“I believe that Canada has a big role to play in that community,” Saint-Jacques said. “To me, it’s the kind of innovative, creative, bold Canada that I would like my children to live in — Canada is there to stay in space.”— With files from Melanie Marquis and Peter RakobowchukThe Canadian Press
Kolkata: The Kolkata Police on Thursday filed a chargesheet against Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami. The cricketer has been charged under IPC section 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 354A (outraging the modesty of a woman).The non-bailable charges have been levelled by Shami’s estranged wife Hasin Jahan. Shami’s brother – Hasib Ahmed – too has been named in the FIR. Last Friday, the Kolkata Police had lodged an FIR against Shami and four others under various non-bailable and bailable sections after the former’s wife lodged a complaint of domestic violence and infidelity against him. Shami, in posts on his Facebook page and Twitter handle, has claimed that the allegations were false and a conspiracy to defame him.
The bombings are “particularly despicable” due to the timing given Eid is a time when Iraqis extend their hands to the needy and the suffering, Mr. Ban said in a statement from his spokesperson.“On this holiday, the Secretary-General reiterates his call on Iraqi leaders to work for political unity and bring the country back from the brink of sectarian violence,” according to the statement.Dozens of people have reportedly been killed in the past days, including school children. Mr. Ban extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Iraq, and wishes the wounded a speedy recovery.The top United Nations official in Iraq called last week on political, religious and civil leaders to work together with security forces to halt a recent surge in violence.Nearly 1,000 Iraqis were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in acts of terrorism and violence last month, according to the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).In today’s statement, Mr. Ban said the UN, including UNAMI, will continue to support the Government and people of Iraq in building a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country.
Join Telegraph Women for an evening of resilienceDon’t miss our ‘Women and Resilience: How to be your strongest self’ event on November 22nd at the Ham Yard Hotel.The evening, chaired by Telegraph Women editor Claire Cohen, will focus on how women can better cope with setbacks in work and life. The research found that the UK economy could see a £1.7bn boost if there were more women in the workplace and more female leaders. Laura Hinton, executive board member and head of people at PwC, said: “The business and economic arguments for getting more women back into high quality work following a career break are compelling.“Many women want to return, it is the system that needs to change.”The organisations all called for employers and recruiters to do more to reassess how they evaluate women’s potential.“Getting more senior women back into the workplace will help businesses build stronger pipelines of potential female leaders and improve the diversity of businesses at senior levels,” said Brenda Trenowden, global chair of 30% Club.“Returnships create an effective route back to mid- to senior-level professional roles, and the availability of part-time and flexible opportunities in professional roles helps widen the pool of talent businesses can access.” Women need flexible roles to help them combine work and family lifeCredit:Alamy Two-thirds of female professionals end up working below their potential when they return to work after career breaks, research has found.PwC, Women Returners and 30% Club estimated that out of the 427,000 women in the UK on a career break, around 249,000 are likely to enter lower-skilled roles when they return to work.They also found a further 29,000 women returning to the workplace are forced to work fewer hours than they want due to a lack of flexible working.Women earn nothing from now until 2017 – sort it out Theresa MayWhen women are downgraded on their return to work, they can end up experiencing a 12-32 per cent reduction in hourly earnings – or an average £4,000 per year.Julianne Miles, co-founder and director of Women Returners said: “A CV gap presents a significant barrier to resuming a successful professional career after a multi-year break. Employers often assume a lack of recent experience equates to a loss of the ability to operate at a senior level. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. There will be a panel discussion featuring Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre; June Sarpong MBE, author and social entrepreneur; Lara Morgan, founder of Scentered; and Cassandra Stavrou, co-founder of Propercorn. Plus a secondary panel of female entrepreneurs, available for networking. Tickets include a luxury goody bag and a Laurent Perrier Champagne reception.Tickets are available here. “A US study found that managers prefer to hire a less qualified candidate over one who has been out of work for more than six months, as they assume skills have deteriorated; and this recruitment bias is far greater with a multi-year gap. Those returners seeking a part-time or flexible role to combine work with family life also struggle to find a suitable professional opportunity.”
A REPORT MEASURING Ireland’s progress gives mixed reports about how we are getting on as a country, with the Central Statistics Office collecting data to show that while we are improving at some things, we are lagging behind in others.The Measuring Ireland’s Progress Report 2012, gives a mixture of good news – like Ireland being the only country in the EU to experience a decrease in inflation from 2008 to 2012 and then bad news – like Ireland being the fifth most expensive state in the EU in 2012.Here is a round-up of the good news and bad news in terms of how we are progressing:Good NewsEconomy: Ireland was the only country in the EU to experience a decrease in inflation between 2008 and 2012.GDP rose slightly by 0.2 per cent in 2012. Here is how we compared to other countries in 2012:The public balance deficit was 8.2 per cent of GDP, the third largest in the EU (which is not great) but a big improvement on 2010 when it was 30.6 per cent.The productivity of the Irish workforce in 2012, measured by GDP per person employed, was 43 per cent higher than the EU average.The productivity of the Irish workforce remained above the EU average by 29 per cent, however we do work longer hours.Population and Procreation:Ireland’s population is increasing at the third highest rate in the EU and it has the highest proportion of young people and the second lowest proportion of old people in the EUIreland has the highest fertility rate and the second lowest divorce rate in the EU. Ireland had the highest fertility rate in the EU in 2011 at 2.04, ahead of France and the United Kingdom.Fertility graphPropertyThe average value of a new housing loan in Ireland rose from €159,600 in 2003 to €270,200 in 2008 before dropping by over a third to €173,600 in 2012.EducationEarly school-leaver rate is better than the EU average.The proportion of the population aged 25-34 in Ireland that has completed third-level education is the fourth highest in the EU.Real expenditure per student in Ireland increased over the period 2003-2012 by 16% at first level and by 12% at second level.A tenth of the Irish population aged 18-24 left school with at most lower secondary education in 2012, better than the EU average of 13 per cent.CrimeThe number of homicide offences recorded in Ireland fell from 132 in 2007 to 79 in 2012, a decrease of just over 40 per cent.EnvironmentThe level of acid rain precursor emissions fell from 464.6 SO2 equivalent per 1,000 tonnes of gas emitted in 2000 to 318.1 in 2008, 4 per cent above the Gothenburg Protocol 2010 target level of 306.A total of 48 per cent of waste was landfilled in 2011, a decrease on the 2003 figure of 61 per cent.HealthCurrent public expenditure on health care in Ireland averaged €3,044 per person in 2011, an increase of 15 per cent on 2002.Life expectancy at birth in Ireland in 2011, as calculated by Eurostat, is 83 years for females, which is 0.4 years above the EU average. The male life expectancy at birth in Ireland was 78.6 years, nearly two years above the EU averageBad NewsEconomy: The public balance deficit was the third highest of any EU member state at just over 8 per cent of GDP, while government debt increased to 117.4 per cent of GDP, having been at only 44.2 per cent of GDP in 2008.Ireland’s gross fixed capital formation fell sharply since 2008 to only 10 per cent of GDP in 2012, lower than any other EU state.In 2012, Ireland was the fifth most expensive state behind Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Luxembourg – with prices here recorded as 15 per cent above the EU average.Ireland’s rating in comparison to EU average.Current expenditure by central and local government as a percentage of GDP increased each year between 2003 and 2010, rising from 27 per cent in 2003 to 39.3 per cent in 2010. However there was a small decline in 2011 when current expenditure by central and local government fell to 38.1 per cent of GDP and a further small drop in 2012 to 37.7 per cent.Graph of Central and Local Government current expenditure, 2003-2012.Employment Unemployment rate was the fifth highest in the EU. The employment rate (for those aged 15-64) in Ireland rose from 65.2 per cent in 2003 to 69.1 per cent in 2007, but fell to 58.8 per cent by 2012.Employment rates by sex from 2003-2013.PropertyThe number of new houses and apartments, after peaking at almost 90,000 during the boom in 2006, collapsed to 8,488 in 2012, below the level in 1970, which is one of the factors being blamed for rising prices in the capital.EducationAverage class size at primary level in Ireland is the second highest in the EU. Average class size at primary level in Ireland in 2010/2011 was 24.1.There was a decrease in spending by a fifth – 20.1 per cent – at third level, despite increase in primary and secondary.Crime Over the period 2007-2012, the number of sexual offences increased by 50 per cent while the number of robbery, extortion and hijacking offences over the same time period rose by nearly 30 per cent.Poverty In 2011 6.9 per cent of the population were in consistent poverty. This was an increase on the level recorded in 2010, when 6.3 per cent of the population was living in consistent poverty.EnvironmentThe percentage of waste recovered in Ireland rose to 43 per cent in 2011, from just under a quarter in 2003.Do you agree with the CSO results – is Ireland seeing an improvement or do we still have some way to go. Why not tell us in the comments section below.Read: Penney’s, helping the Irish economy since 1979>Read: European stocks mixed as Chinese economy growth slows down>
THERE ARE SOME songs you’ll just always know the words to. Not because you want to, necessarily, but because the laws of science have committed them to your memory.From ad jingles to theme songs, we bet many of these have taken up residence in your memory.We recommend you turn your speakers up and join us in a good auld sing song.Birdseye Potato WafflesYouTube/Matthew Harding-PayneHome and AwayYouTube/rphr1987Shake n’ VacYouTube/UKTVNostalgiaCalifornia DreamsYouTube/SlayerMatt69BodyformYouTube/SCAeverydayWho’s the BossYouTube/pressminPat the BakerYouTube/Syzy9ialThem Bones, Them Bones…YouTube/kazimannFamily TiesYouTube/retrorebirthUm BongoYouTube/TheUmBongoNeighboursYouTube/radf0rdHellmann’s MayonnaiseYouTube/in10se365WimaxYouTube/ImagineWimaxCheersYouTube/TiktookCan you think of more? Stick them in the comments.11 things girls like, according to the internet>What happens when you blow bubbles at -30°C?>
“Allo Houston !” Les transcriptions radio de la Nasa enfin disponiblesLes missions spatiales de la Nasa sont une source de fascination pour le grand public, et les films tels que Apollo 13 ont tenté de retranscrire l’expérience du voyage dans l’espace. Il est désormais possible de consulter en ligne le récit de ces missions. Les célèbres mots “Houston, nous avons un problème” prononcés par le commandant Jim Lovell le second jour de ce qui allait être le troisième atterrissage lunaire des Etats-Unis (1970), resteront aussi célèbres que la mission en elle-même. A présent, grâce au programmeur britannique Andrew Godwin, il est désormais possible de voir les transcriptions de la Nasa en ligne. Spacelog.org a en effet publié les transcriptions radio des premières missions habitées dans l’espace.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAPour le moment, le site héberge les retranscriptions de la mission Apollo 13 ainsi que celles de Mercury-Atlas 6, la mission de John Glenn à bord du Friendship 7. L’homme s’avéra être le premier Américain à se placer en orbite. Spacelog.org permet donc d’accéder aux retranscriptions radio entre Apollo 13 et la Nasa alors basée dans son centre à Houston à différentes phases de la mission. De plus, les retranscriptions de Mercury 6 donnent la possibilité de suivre la mission en 1962 de John Glenn tandis qu’il effectue un vol équivalent à trois fois le tour de la Terre en communiquant avec le personnel de la Nasa.Il est aussi possible de consulter des photos historiques prises à l’occasion des missions et d’autres informations répertoriées incluant aussi les problèmes survenus en vol et les mesures prises pour y parer. Un glossaire explique également les termes techniques. Bientôt le site devrait accueillir les informations concernant Gemini 7, Apollo 8, la première mission habitée à franchir les limites de l’orbite terrestre et Apollo 11, le premier alunissage.(Re)découvrez ces images historiques sur Maxisciences. Le 21 décembre 2010 à 15:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown will accommodate nearly 150 additional homeless residents tonight due to the storm, according to the San Diego Housing Commission.The commission activates its Inclement Weather Shelter Program when temperatures drop below 50 degrees, the chance of rain is higher than 40 percent or sustained high winds are predicted.The program is funded through a partnership between the commission, the city of San Diego, Father Joe’s and Connections Housing.Father Joe’s can shelter an additional 113 residents throughout the night while Connections Housing can add up to 30 residents.Check-in at Father Joe’s begins at 4 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 5 the next morning.Check-in at Connections Housing runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 7 the following morning.Those at both shelters will have meals provided to them.Residents can dial 211 or visit 211sandiego.org to find out more about the county’s Inclement Weather Shelter Program. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:10 PM Posted: January 31, 2019 Due to storm SD Housing Commission to accommodate 150 additional homeless January 31, 2019 KUSI Newsroom
Bolstered by new and revamped fitness products, Nautilus Inc. on Monday vaulted into territory that has long eluded it: profitability.The Vancouver-based maker of fitness equipment reported a profit of roughly $3.2 million for the three-month period ended Dec. 31, or 10 cents per share. The company broke even in 2010’s fourth quarter.For all of 2011, Nautilus posted a profit of $1.4 million. By contrast, the company saw a net loss of $22.8 million for all of 2010.The company’s financial results mark “a quantum improvement over prior years and puts us on a path towards sustained profitable growth,” Bruce Cazenave, chief executive of Nautilus, said in a news release.The company, which employs 320 people — most of whom work in Vancouver and Portland — reported fourth-quarter net sales of $60 million. That’s up 11.7 percent from net sales of $53.7 million during the same October-through-December period in 2010.For all of 2011, the company had net sales of roughly $180.4 million — a 7.1 percent increase from $168.5 million in net sales for all of 2010.The company’s direct-to-consumer business — which reaches consumers through TV and online media advertising — reported fourth-quarter net sales of $31.7 million, an increase of 12.4 percent year over year.Driving that increase was strong demand for the company’s TreadClimber cardio machines. Stoking that demand were two forces, according to Nautilus: increased advertising effectiveness and higher consumer credit approval rates.
Dave Pritchard retires on June 27 after working at Prudhoe Bay for 42 years. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The North Slope community of Deadhorse is an unusual place. Its No. 1 purpose is to serve the oil field it’s next to: Prudhoe Bay. There are no houses, no downtown and no parks; just a series of industrial lots and gravel roads in the middle of the tundra.Listen nowBut Deadhorse does have a store. And the man who runs it is retiring this month, after 42 years.If you find yourself in Deadhorse and you need some paint, an energy drink or a book about Sarah Palin, you’ll need to go to the Prudhoe Bay “general store.” It’s the only store in town.Dave Pritchard, the manager, gave a tour of the general store, which is what people usually call it instead of its official name, Brooks Range Supply. As he walked around the store’s various rooms, he points out the inventory: pipe fittings, industrial hoses, candy, paint, copy paper, cases of water.“We sell everything!” Pritchard said. “I always call us ‘the mall.’”Pritchard’s clocked in at Prudhoe Bay since 1975 — longer than oil has flowed through the trans-Alaska pipeline. He started out working as a roustabout for a tug and barge company. After that, he took a job with the supply company that eventually bought the general store.And over the next few decades, Pritchard said he worked his way to the top: “I’ve done the sales, I’ve been purchasing, I’ve done a little bit of everything — I was assistant manager for years, I’ve done the welding supply counter…”Except for the occasional adventurous tourist driving the Dalton Highway, Pritchard’s customers are mostly oil workers. And the oil industry never stops — so when Pritchard’s on duty, he doesn’t stop, either.“We are open 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” Pritchard said. “We’re open Christmas, we’re open Thanksgiving, we’re open every holiday — we’re working.”More than 15,000 oil workers move through Deadhorse every month, according to BP, but nobody lives there full time. Pritchard works “two and twos” — two weeks on and two weeks off, a pretty common schedule for the North Slope workers. When he’s off, Pritchard flies to his house in Cincinnati or a condo in Florida. Pritchard said that might sound great, but it takes a special kind of person to work where he does.“There’s a lot of people that come up can’t handle the dark. There’s a lot of people who come up here and can’t handle the light,” Pritchard said.Plus, Pritchard said the two weeks away from home can be tough for families. Pritchard’s never been married and doesn’t have kids. And he’s seen a lot over the last 42 years, including some big changes. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, Pritchard recalls that things could get a little crazy.“When Alaska Airlines first came up here, they brought Playboy Bunnies and beer kegs,” Pritchard said.Did he actually meet the Playboy Bunnies?“Oh yeah, I was at that party,” Pritchard said with a laugh.Today, oil workers aren’t allowed to drink once they land at Prudhoe Bay. Things are more tranquil nowadays. And Pritchard doesn’t mind that. Working in the middle of the tundra, hundreds of miles away from the nearest city, he’s become more in tune with nature’s patterns.“All of a sudden you’ll see the foxes will be plentiful. And then the squirrels — won’t be that many squirrels. All of a sudden, all the squirrels are around and the foxes aren’t that many because they birth that way – it’s a cycle,” Pritchard saidAnother cycle Pritchard’s gotten used to is the fluctuation in oil prices.“I’ve seen it go both ways,” Pritchard said. “I’ve gone through about three or four ups and downs. And right now we’re on a big down thing – it happened in the ’80s, it happened in the ’90s, and now it’s happening in the 2000s.”Brooks Range Supply isn’t an oil company, but like every other business in Deadhorse, it’s suffering through the latest oil price slump. Pritchard said it’s hard — they’ve had to cut jobs and limit the number of hours employees can work.But pretty soon, Pritchard won’t have to worry about that. He retires this month. Asked what he thinks the future holds for the Prudhoe Bay General Store once he’s gone, he replied, “Well, the future won’t have me here — I’m kind of looking forward to that. But it all depends on the price of oil.”He added, “I always joke with my father and say, ‘you pay too little for your gas right now,’ and he laughs at me and says, ‘yeah, I know what you mean.’”Pritchard’s last day at the General Store is June 27. After his final flight lifts off from Prudhoe Bay, he’s looking forward to golfing and spending more time with his father.This story is part of Alaska Energy Desk’s series, Midnight Oil, about the pipeline that shaped Alaska. Next week, they’ll look at why it was so hard to find oil at Prudhoe Bay.Listen on Alaska Public Media or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.