The End of Relationship Selling

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first_imgI am not going to sugarcoat this, and I am not going to be polite.All of this talk about the end of relationship selling is pure, unadulterated hogwash. While those that declare relationship selling to be dead shout louder, ignore their words. They couldn’t be more wrong.You will hurt yourself and your sales by believing and acting on this horrid and horrible idea. Relationships are an essential part of winning an opportunity. They are also the biggest part of retaining your clients.Where the Critics Are Right (and Wrong)There are two reasons that the critics bash relationship selling.The first reason critics bash relationship selling is that too many sales people believe that a warm, friendly relationship is enough to win and sustain client relationships. The critics are correct; it isn’t enough. Your relationship must be built on the firm foundation of your ability to continually create value for your client.The critics mistakenly suggest that relationships and value creation are mutually exclusive. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that the stronger your relationship, the greater the likelihood that you will be trusted to sell the ideas that create value, especially the big ideas that lead your client.The second reason the critics are crooked on relationships is because so many salespeople avoid the necessary conflict that accompanies selling. These salespeople are conflict averse. And again the critics are correct.But the critics of relationship selling make the mistake of believing that a warm relationship and an ability to deal effectively with conflict are mutually exclusive, that they can’t exist in the same body at the same time. But relationships and conflict aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, a strong relationship improves the odds of a conflict being successfully resolved. Wouldn’t you want a strong relationship going into a conflict? Wouldn’t you want to have a relationship that could withstand a nasty issue?What Is and What Isn’t a RelationshipA personal friendship is a surely a relationship, but it doesn’t rise to the level of an effective sales relationship. Your warm, friendly, personal relationship must be coupled with an equal or greater amount of value creation.If your personal relationship means that you can’t effectively manage the conflicts that accompany selling, then you don’t have an effective sales relationship. One who can’t deal with conflict in sales is an order-taker.An effective selling relationship is personal, professional, value creating, and built on trust. If you would be a trusted advisor, you are going to have to deal with conflict, and you are going to have to have the relationships to withstand those conflicts. If you are going to be a Level Four Value Creator, you are going to need the relationships that allow you to act as part of your client’s management team, and your clients don’t want people on their team with whom they don’t have great relationships.You can make a lot of mistakes and still win in sales. Believing that you can go without relationships isn’t one of them. In a time when so many people are behaving like sales is transactional, swim against the current and build the deep relationships that success is built on.All things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still probably win.QuestionsAre your relationships important to selling effectively?Can you have a personal, warm, friendly relationship with your client and still sell effectively? Can you have that relationship and still create value?Do your relationships enable you to effectively deal with conflict, or do they cause you to avoid conflict?At the time of your dream client’s decision, would you rather have a strong personal and professional relationship, or would you rather just try to sell the value you create?Have you ever lost a deal that you should have won because your competitor had the relationship? Have you ever won a deal that you should have lost because your competitor had a strong relationship? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Shelter-less Cyclone Fani survivors brave searing heat

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first_imgRabindra Mallick and his family members in the Bhagbatpatna village in Puri district have been spending most of their time under the open sky for more than seven days. During the day, the temperature hovers around 40°C, but they have nowhere to go — trees have been uprooted and roofs blown away by Cyclone Fani.The majority of the families in the predominantly Dalit village have been left with no roof over their heads. The two-room primary school is able to accommodate barely 20% of the local population.As many as 12 towns of Odisha recorded maximum temperatures of above 40°C on Saturday; Puri’s temperature could not be gauged.‘Completely ravaged’“A day before the cyclone hit our district, we were herded to the Goruala Multipurpose Cyclone Shelter, 3 km away from our village. When we returned, we found our houses completely ravaged. Except a few, who had houses with concrete roofs, all the villagers have been rendered shelter-less,” said Mr. Mallick.Also Read  Meanwhile, due to the heavy demand for asbestos sheets, prices of the product have gone up, with unscrupulous traders trying to create artificial scarcity. With a month left for Southwest monsoon to hit Odisha, cyclone survivors are trying to cover their houses with asbestos sheets.The State government said that 9 lakh trees worth ₹270 crore have been lost inside forests and sanctuaries, and there has been a loss of 5 lakh trees worth ₹150 crore outside forests. Environmentalists, however, said the official estimate on loss of trees was actually a lot lower than the actual loss. Cyclone Fani: Initial estimate pegs crop damage at ₹150 crore  “Although the community kitchen began functioning three days after the cyclone hit this village, taking care of our food needs, polythene sheets have not been provided. Polythene sheets would have helped cover the roof. Now, we are spending much of our time outside and our household articles are also lying under the sun,” he said.A similar situation prevails in almost all the villages in Puri district, and parts of the Khurdha district.“In Puri, Khurdha and Bhubaneswar, as many as 2,69,711 beneficiaries have been provided either polythene, or cash in lieu of polythene. The coverage is 36%. The Special Relief Commissioner is making additional requisitions for polythene,” said Sanjay Singh, Odisha Secretary of Information and Public Relations, at a press conference on Saturday.Mr. Mallick said, “The role of polythene carries equal importance as that of food for us during disasters. As my home does not have a roof, I cannot go out for work. The situation would turn worse if kalbaisakhi [a period of thunderstorms in the region] rain takes place.”Also Read Package for farmers last_img read more

De Gea at Man Utd crossroads amid Juve & PSG talk

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first_imgAmid all the bickering about the reasons for Manchester United’s struggles of late, there has been one subject on which it appears there is an overwhelming consensus: they would be even worse off were it not for David de Gea.The Spain international continues to stand out as United’s one player of world-class ability, and, while his form may not be quite of the ridiculous standard which has seen him pick up four of the club’s last five Player of the Year awards, he remains the one asset the Old Trafford hierarchy can barely contemplate losing.However, Jose Mourinho’s recent public assessment of De Gea’s ongoing contract talks sparked major concerns in some areas of the United fan base, especially since there have been suggestions that Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are keeping an eye on developments. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I am not confident but I am also no worried,” Mourinho said to Sky Sports when asked if he was expecting De Gea’s ongoing contract talks to reach a positive resolution. “I can not find the word in English. Let’s just see what happens.”There are only six months remaining on the former Atletico Madrid star’s current deal, and, even though United hold the option to extend the contract by a year until 2020, the failure to agree new terms before next summer is likely to see the club seriously consider cashing in on the No.1 rather than potentially lose him for nothing 12 months later.David de Gea quote Manchester UnitedDe Gea famously came very close to leaving the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ in August 2015, when he was a faulty fax machine away from signing for Real Madrid, but he has continued to speak highly of his life in Manchester and is thought to be keen to extend his stay.United had initially looked set to prepare a deal worth £275,000 ($354,000) a week to keep him at Old Trafford but that projected salary has soared in recent months in light of his continued form and the club’s decision to sign Alexis Sanchez on a Premier League-record contract worth around £390,000 ($502,000) a week.As a result, United now look set to offer De Gea anything up to £375,000 ($483,000) to get his signature on the dotted line. The one sticking point, though, is United’s form.In addressing the speculation surrounding his future, he stated: “You have to be focused on what’s important. What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus, on which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction.”However, De Gea’s potential renewal is obviously tied to United winning games – something they are not doing a lot of at the moment.With the club sitting in eighth place in the league table, well adrift of the pace-setters, and having already been dumped out of the Carabao Cup, De Gea’s hopes of being a part of a trophy-winning team have been hit by the inconsistencies on show ahead of him.Wojciech Szczesny Gianluigi Buffon JuventusIn 13 games this season, De Gea has now conceded 18 goals, a figure which he hadn’t reached until 25 games into his 2017-18 campaign.It is widely accepted to be a far greater reflection of the time and space being afforded opponents in United’s defensive half of the field rather than any shortcoming of the goalkeeper’s, but it is still something which could potentially have a knock-on effect when it comes to persuading the Spaniard to prolong his stay.However, the 27-year-old’s affection for his life in Manchester weighs in United’s favour, as does the combination of Real Madrid’s summer swoop for Thibaut Courtois and the Spanish press’ unforgiving assessment of his form for the national team. With the Blancos not in the market and De Gea adored and heralded in England like never seen in his homeland, the keeper’s heart is far from anchored in Spain.Juventus and PSG also seem like curious potential suitors, with both outfits seemingly happy with their lot in the goalkeeping department for the time being.Juve have been pleasantly surprised by the form of Wojciech Szczesny since the Pole took the No.1 shirt from Gianluigi Buffon, while the Bianconeri also have the highly-rated Mattia Perin waiting in the wings.Meanwhile, in Paris, there is also a surfeit of quality between the posts, with Buffon and Alphonse Areola currently sharing the duties, and Kevin Trapp also out on loan with Eintracht Frankfurt.As such, everything points to a positive outlook for United as they look to pin down De Gea to a longer-term contract.Naturally, things can change quickly in football but Mourinho perhaps ought to be more confident than he has intimated thus far since the Reds look the most willing and most able to give De Gea what he wants going forward.Present league placing notwithstanding, of course.last_img read more

Hawks Rally Past Knicks, 103-96

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first_imgATLANTA — The Hawks needed a little time — and a strong halftime push from coach Mike Budenholzer — to forget about a tough loss the previous night and focus on the Knicks.Kyle Korver scored 27 points and Atlanta overcame a strong start by Carmelo Anthony and New York to win 103-96 on Nov. 8.  The Knicks were handed their fourth straight loss.Jeff Teague had 19 points for Atlanta, which recovered after losing back-to-back road games at San Antonio and Charlotte by a combined five points. Korver said it wasn’t easy to block out a Nov. 7 122-119 double-overtime loss to Charlotte.“We made a little adjustment, but most of it was we lost in double-overtime last night and we came out a little sluggish,” said Korver, who added that Budenholzer “really challenged us at halftime, and guys responded.”Anthony led New York with 20 points, including 14 in the first quarter. Iman Shumpert had 19. Anthony shot 6 of 10 from the field in the first period and 2 for 10 the rest of the game.“I felt great. Coming into the game, I felt good,” Anthony said. “I felt good in the first quarter. I just kind of cooled down from there. I can’t put a finger on exactly what happened from there.”The Knicks led 61-48 at halftime before the Hawks rallied to take the lead with the final basket of the third period.“I think we got over being tired and started playing,” Teague said. “Our feet were in sand at the beginning of the game.”After several lead changes in the fourth, the Hawks took a 94-88 advantage with seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Korver and two baskets by Teague.With Anthony leading the way, the Knicks led 32-20 after the first period. New York stretched it to 61-48 at halftime even though Anthony didn’t score in the second quarter.Budenholzer said before the game he hoped improved depth would give Atlanta an advantage when playing on consecutive nights. The Hawks and Knicks traveled following losses to Charlotte and Brooklyn, respectively, on Friday night.With the Knicks down to 12 players, Atlanta’s deep bench showed in the second half. The Hawks outscored the Knicks 27-13 in the third quarter.“I think they upped their energy a bit,” New York coach Derek Fisher said. “I think they felt like they got pushed around in the first half.”The Hawks went up 5-3 and didn’t lead again until a fast-break drive by Thabo Sefolosha gave Atlanta a 75-74 edge to close the third quarter.Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points and Amare Stoudemire scored 14 for the Knicks, who are still adjusting to the triangle offense.“The lack of confidence we have as a team, it’s affecting both ends of the court,” Anthony said.Fisher blamed the Knicks’ offensive letdown on “just not being able to get the ball moving as much in the second half.”DeMarre Carroll scored 12 points and Paul Millsap had 11 points with 13 rebounds for Atlanta. Millsap drew the primary defensive assignment on Anthony, but had help from Sefolosha and Carroll.(CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

A-Rod, Yanks Slam Twins, 8-4

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first_imgNEW YORK — Before the season began, beleaguered slugger Alex Rodriguez thought the days of being adored by Yankees fans were over.Returning to New York’s lineup after sitting out a yearlong suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal, Rodriguez has restored his star status with a big bat.Having already surpassed the milestones of his 660th home run and 3,000th hit this year, Rodriguez connected for a slump-busting grand slam in the seventh inning Aug. 18 as the Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit against a depleted Minnesota bullpen to beat the Twins 8-4.“I thought those days were long gone,” Rodriguez said. “A grand slam feels pretty awesome and especially to do it late and to help us win a game.”A-Rod extended his major league record for grand slams, hitting the 25th of his career into the Yankees bullpen off J.R. Graham (0-1) to put New York up 5-4.With a 1-0 count, Rodriguez connected on a 95 mph fastball, snapping an 0-for-18 slump and earning a curtain call from the crowd of 38,007.Rookie Miguel Sano homered for the second consecutive game, a two-run shot off CC Sabathia, and Shane Robinson had an RBI single against Nick Rumbelow (1-0) in the seventh to give Minnesota a 4-1 lead.The win was Rumbelow’s first major league decision. “It’s always the way you want it when your team ends up winning,” Rumbelow said with a smile.Andrew Miller got four outs for his 27th save.Pinch-hitter Chase Headley singled off left-hander Ryan O’Rourke to begin New York’s rally leading off the bottom of the seventh. Brendan Ryan walked and, after Jacoby Ellsbury flew out to right, Brett Gardner walked to load the bases.Without relievers Casey Fien, Kevin Jepsen and closer Glenn Perkins, who had all pitched on three consecutive days, Twins manager Paul Molitor turned to Graham, a Rule 5 draft pick.“I had who I had,” Molitor said. “It’s not easy. Sometimes, the guys got to get out of their roles. You hope they can step up, and tonight, they just weren’t able to do it.”Rookie Greg Bird added his first major league RBI for New York.Pitching on an extra day of rest, Sabathia retired the first 13 batters before walking Trevor Plouffe in the fifth. Eduardo Escobar singled two batters later to end the no-hit bid.“I thought he threw a good game,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It seemed like the sixth and seventh, the innings started to get a little harder for him as his pitch count started to mount but I thought he pitched a really good game.”“If you look at the first four innings, I thought it was vintage, old CC,” Rodriguez added.Plouffe scored on Kurt Suzuki’s RBI double, but Escobar was thrown out at home on a perfect relay by shortstop Didi Gregorius.The Twins chased Sabathia with three runs in the top of the seventh.Sabathia pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits, striking out five and walking three.Mike Pelfrey worked into the sixth inning for the Twins, allowing five hits and one run. He walked one and struck out four. Headley had a two-run double and Ellsbury had an RBI single in the eighth.(CHARLES O’BRIEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

TIME FOR A PAYCHECK TAX WITHHOLDING “CHECK UP” AS APRIL 15TH…

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first_imgAs the federal filing deadline approaches for 2017 taxes, the Internal Revenue Service is asking you to be sure everything is in place for this year’s taxes.I-R-S spokesman, Christopher Miller, says you should do a “paycheck checkup” to make sure your are having the right amount of tax taken out of your paychecks.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/WITH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………withholding calculator” :10Miller says it is an easy tool to use.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/WITH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……particular situation” :13Miller says changes in the tax law may have made the withholding amount you’ve been using the wrong one for you to use now.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/WITH3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………our withholding” :16He says if the withholding is wrong you could end up taking out too much during the year.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/WITH4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..a refund” :17Around a million and a half Iowans are expected to file federal tax returns this year.last_img read more

CITY POOLS WILL SOON CLOSE FOR THE SUMMER

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first_imgSIOUX CITY’S MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOLS ARE WINDING DOWN THEIR SUMMER SEASON.THE LAST DAY FOR LEWIS POOL IN MORNINGSIDE WILL BE THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH.THE LEIF ERICKSON POOL’S FINAL DAY FOR SWIMMING WILL BE TUESDAY, AFTER THE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT ACTIVITY THERE.THE RIVERSIDE AQUATIC CENTER WILL REMAIN OPEN DAILY FROM 1PM UNTIL 7PM THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 19TH.A POOCH PADDLE WILL BE HELD THERE THE EVENINGS OF AUGUST 20TH AND 21ST FROM 5PM UNTIL 7PM.last_img

Ederson: Beating Liverpool a matter of life or death

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first_imgEderson has admitted that it was win or bust for Manchester City against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium last week when Pep Guardiola’s men rose to the occasion.City secured a hard-fought 2-1 home victory against the Reds which closed the gap at the top of the Premier League table to just four points, with 17 matches remaining.Defeat would have seen the 2018 winners fall 10 points behind their rivals but the title race has now been blown wide open, with Tottenham also in the hunt, sitting two points further back in third. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Goalkeeper Ederson has confessed that the team were under pressure to produce the goods against Liverpool in front of their own fans and he hopes that now they can maintain that high level of performance until May.”For us, it was a matter of life or death,” Ederson told Sky Sports. “We knew the circumstances around the game – drawing or losing was not an option. We only contemplated winning, and we did a great game.”It was our best game in the Premier League so far, and hopefully we will continue at the same level as of now.”City have won their last four games in all competitions to bounce back from a disappointing December, with a home clash against Wolves up next on Monday.Ederson will retain his place between the sticks after a strong first half of the season, despite coming under the microscope at times for his unorthodox style in possession.The Brazil international often shows off flashes of skill and takes risks in dangerous positions, with one ‘no-look’ pass against Southampton recently the subject of intense scrutiny.He went on to reveal that his team-mates were not impressed by his antics that day, but he stands by his methods.”It was a play during the game,” Ederson continued. “The forward was pressing high and it was over very quickly. It was my only resource at that time and I executed it well”I got into the dressing room and my team-mates are telling me ‘why did you dare to do that when we were 1-0 up?”I told them that you need to have that personality and that calm as well and luckily it worked out very well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Adrian Martinez Getting Early 2019 Heisman Hype

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first_imgAdrian Martinez warms up for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)As far as freshman seasons for quarterbacks whose teams finished two wins short of a bowl game, Adrian Martinez is getting all sorts of hype heading into his second year under center for Nebraska football.Martinez finished with 2,617 yards, 17 touchdowns, and eight interceptions through 11 games. He completed over 64-percent of his throws, for a solid 7.54 yards per attempt.He was also a real threat on the ground, and a part of a very good Huskers rushing attack. Martinez carried the rock 140 times for 629 yards and eight additional scores.Those numbers are not Heisman-worthy. However, assuming the team takes a leap forward as a whole in 2019, sophomore Adrian Martinez could be in the running.Adrian Martinez is already drawing some Heisman Trophy hype, days removed from Kyler Murray capturing the 2018 award.Right now, the award looks like Tua Tagovailoa’s to lose. Of course, the preseason Heisman favorite rarely winds up taking it wire-to-wire and winning the award.Tagovailoa opens as a major favorite at +200 over at MyBookie, courtesy of the Action Network. Martinez is a few spots down, with the 14th best odds to win it at +2000. That puts him tied with Tagovailoa teammate (and likely transfer) Jalen Hurts, Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello, and Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin.Publications have Martinez mentioned in their early lists for the award, as well. Bleacher Report put him No. 8 on its new watch list.“The 6’2″, 220-pound quarterback from Fresno finished the year having completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,617 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He added 629 rushing yards and eight more scores on the ground, proving to the nation he is worth the price of a ticket.“He’s only going to get better as he grows and matures and gets more star athletes around him. Martinez ran the ball nearly 13 times a game, and that probably needs to decrease if he’s going to stay healthy. But it will once the offense gets in a groove. When that happens, the sky is the limit.”USA Today‘s Paul Myerberg did B/R one better, putting Martinez at No. 7.“As a true freshman in 2018, Martinez threw for 2,617 yards with 17 touchdowns with another 629 rushing yards despite missing all of one game and being physically limited in several others with a knee injury. As seen during his coaching career, Frost’s quarterbacks explode as second-year starters. Martinez will be no exception.”Former Scott Frost quarterback McKenzie Milton finished sixth in this year’s Heisman voting, even after missing the AAC Championship Game against Memphis. With a full year in Frost’s system, and some talent developing around him, Martinez could put up some wild numbers next year.last_img read more

Canadian music festivals pledging gender equality in lineups by 2022

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first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement TORONTO — Four Canadian music events are joining an international pledge to fight inequality in the industry by vowing to have gender parity across their lineups by 2022.Montreal’s electronic music festival Mutek, western Canadian-based conference BreakOut West, and both North By Northeast and Canadian Music Week in Toronto are among 45 global events agreeing to take part in the initiative.The move is being led by U.K. talent firm PRS Foundation, which founded a program called Keychange in the hopes of “empowering women to transform the future of the music industry.”So excited to announce that 45 music festivals and conferences have signed up to our 50:50 by 2022 pledge! Find out more (and how you can join us) here > https://t.co/T1QnbSudOQ pic.twitter.com/CQ8iF3KOpw— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018 Vanessa Reed introduces the Keychange 50/50 pledge and says we’ve got lots to do, but we’re excited about this as a start! #keychange pic.twitter.com/qwku4ncZTU— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018Gender imbalance has long been a conversation in the music industry, though pressure has ramped up in recent years, with both the Grammy Awards and Junos facing criticism over a lack of female representation among their nominees.Music festivals have come under similar scrutiny for poor representation of women among their performers. Some have suggested it’s a relatively easy fix for promoters to book more female artists. Keychange’s goals offer festivals roughly five years to implement their changes.Other international festivals and conferences among the participants for gender balance include Iceland Airwaves, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Liverpool Sound City and the Manchester Jazz Festival. Advertisementlast_img read more

UN official urges more help for South Sudan to cope with crises

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“This country is facing at the present moment, six months after independence… a number of huge humanitarian challenges that needs massive solidarity from the international community,” said António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, who is on visit to South Sudan, in an interview with UN Radio.South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July last year after voting overwhelmingly for separation in a referendum held as part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades of civil war.Fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states has caused some 80,000 Sudanese refugees to flee across the border into Unity and Upper Nile states in South Sudan. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been delivering tens and other relief supplies to assistant the refugees.“UNHCR… is directly engaged in relation to the support of refugees that are coming now in great numbers fleeing from South Kordofan and Blue Nile and have been received in an extremely hospitable way by the people and the Government of South Sudan in Upper Nile and Unity states,” said Mr. Guterres.He said 60 planeloads of tents and other relief items had been delivered for the 80,000 refugees and that UNHCR was working with partners to ensure that they have food, water, heath care and protection.On the situation on South Sudan’s Jonglei state where the recent outbreak of inter-ethnic clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities resulted in major internal population movements, Mr. Guterres commended the work of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the country’s Government in preventing an escalation.“The UN mission… has done a fantastic job to avoid an escalation of this conflict and to avoid much worse the consequences,” he said.“We have been closely cooperating with the mission, but I think one should recognize the leadership of the mission together with the authorities of the country has been exemplary,” he added.UNMISS has reinforced its presence in key areas of Jonglei to protect civilians following the recent violence and is continuing to conduct daily air and land patrols. But the mission has repeatedly stressed that the Government has the main responsibility of restoring peace and stability. The Government also deployed extra security forces in Jonglei. 9 January 2012The head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the international community to show greater solidarity with South Sudan as it strives to cope with enormous humanitarian challenges as tensions between communities cause internal displacement amid a refugee influx from Sudan. read more

SLFP cautions the UNP on critical comments

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Perera said that Hashim should remember that he is the General Secretary of a political party which is in a coalition Government with the SLFP. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today cautioned the United National Party (UNP) on critical comments being made on coalition partners in the Government.SLFP spokesman Dilan Perera said the UNP should not hurt the feelings of the SLFP or others who are in the Government. His comments came after UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim had yesterday been critical of the SLFP policies when it was in power. The SLFP Parliamentarian also noted that the new Government was formed as a result of the victory achieved by President Maithripala Sirisena at the January Presidential elections, who before the election was the SLFP General Secretary. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Student wins an iPod from Academic Integrity

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Academic Integrity officer Troy Brooks, right, presents Guillaume Poulin-Couture with an iPod Touch.Guillaume Poulin-Couture has won an iPod Touch for learning more about academic integrity.The first-year Business Economics major completed an online Academic Integrity tutorial. About 1,000 students completed the tutorial in September and October. Poulin-Couture’s name was drawn for the iPod.The tutorial has been online since 2008.

Fed survey finds widespread concerns over trade

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve’s latest nationwide survey released Wednesday reveals that despite growing worries about the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade battles, the overall economy remained solid.The Fed said that many of its 12 regions saw slight gains in retail sales and home sales. Auto sales remained flat and farmers struggled with heavy rains.“The outlook generally was positive for the coming months with expectations of continued modest growth, despite widespread concerns about the possible negative impact of trade-related uncertainty,” the Fed report said.The report, known as the beige book, will be used for discussion at the next Fed meeting on July 30-31 when it is expected to cut its policy rate for the first time in a decade.That view has strengthened following comments Fed Chairman Jerome Powell made in congressional testimony last week and in a speech on Tuesday in Paris. Powell emphasized Fed concerns over rising uncertainties related to trade tensions and a global slowdown and promised that the central bank “will act as appropriate” to sustain the current expansion, now the longest in U.S. history.A rate cut would un-do some of the credit tightening that occurred after the Fed raised rates four times last year, hikes that Trump has strongly attacked.Supporters of a rate can point to the beige book’s assessment that despite tight labour markets, inflation has remained at stubbornly low levels below the Fed’s target of 2% annual price increases.The report found that in the period from mid-May through early July, inflation was stable to slightly lower, even though some districts were seeing increased production costs due to higher tariffs and rising labour costs.The impact of the increases on consumers has been retrained, the Fed report said, because companies have not been able to pass on price increases due to brisk competition.The report said that farmers in the St. Louis, Minneapolis and Kansas City districts have had to contend with heavy rains and flooding that has delayed planting and ruined crops.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

BlackBerry defines its prosumer target market communications and productivity

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BlackBerry defines its ‘prosumer’ target market: communications and productivity TORONTO – Long battered by complaints that it lacks the latest and greatest apps to attract consumers and keep them entertained, BlackBerry hopes the customers it’s now focusing on just don’t care about the dreaded “app gap.”When BlackBerry provided a dire update on its business last month, the floundering company signalled it was turning away from mainstream consumers to refocus its efforts on two markets: enterprise customers and so-called “prosumers.”The company didn’t elaborate then on what exactly it considers a prosumer to be but during a recent demo of its new Z30 smartphone, which was released in Canada this week, two spokesmen defined the customer type and why they might choose a BlackBerry.“Their sole purpose is that this is primarily a communications device and a productivity machine,” said Michael Clewley, director of handheld software product management, while holding up his BlackBerry.“While applications are good to have in some respects they’re not primary or sometimes even secondary for that type of user. And if they do use applications they’re using very targeted specific applications, they’re not spending a lot of time in the storefront browsing for the latest or greatest or trying to find out what’s hot and stuff like that. They’re going to look for apps that help get the job done for them.”Todd Wood, senior vice president of design, said some think the “pro” in prosumer stands for professional, but it can also be short for producer.“They create more content than they consume, in most cases, and arguably that was the original definition of prosumer,” said Wood.“There’s a set of BlackBerry users that really think of themselves as enterprises in and of themselves so they want to choose a more professional or semi-professional device.”Clewley did emphasize that the company hasn’t given up on trying to land some of the biggest apps, including Netflix and Instagram. He said the new build of BlackBerry’s operating system, 10.2, incorporates the latest version of Google’s Android platform, which should lead to more Android apps getting repurposed for BlackBerry users.“What we find is developers who bring their apps to BlackBerry 10 actually see a good uptake of those applications but you’ve got to sort of win them over,” Clewley said.“So I think we’re doing things to help users get the more fun applications or the media-type applications and we’re continuing to drive and go after important productivity focused applications.” by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 10:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Counter and reject leaders who seek to exploit differences between us urges

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Reflecting on what he called “ever-rising anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia”, the Secretary-General said it was vital now to “counter and reject religious and political figures who exploit differences” for their own gain. He said we must also ask “why so many people feel excluded, and why they are tempted by extreme messages of intolerance against each other.”Mr. Guterres arrived at the more than 1,000-year-old mosque and centre of Islamic scholarship in the Egyptian capital, as “a man of faith”, he said, to show his solidarity with the faithful, in the wake of last month’s massacre at two mosques in New Zealand by a self-avowed white supremacist.What an impressive reminder of how the Arab world opened the door to epic discoveries and possibilities. Seeing the cultural heritage at the conservation center of the Grand Egyptian Museum was marvelous. pic.twitter.com/jphjQyoEKc— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 2, 2019 “As the holy Quran says in Surah Fussilat, verse 34, ‘Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better, and then you will see that one who was once your enemy, has become your dearest friend.’” said the UN chief.He noted the similar attack by a lone gunman on Jewish worshippers at a Synagogue in the Pennsylvanian city of Pittsburgh last October, where as in the Christchurch aftermath, concerned citizens of other faiths, rallied to support and protect survivors.“This is the spirit that I know is deeply embedded in Islam – a faith of love, compassion, forgiveness, mercy and grace”, said the UN chief.With hate speech “entering the mainstream” and “spreading like wildfire” through social and traditional media, he noted that it was infecting both liberal democracies and authoritarian States. “These dark forces menace democratic values, social stability and peace. They stigmatize women, minorities migrants and refugees,” he said.Faith leaders “have a very important role” Mr. Guterres said, noting that his host, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, had joined hands with Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi in February.“I have here, given by the Grand Imam, the text, the common text, approved by him and the Pope”, said the Secretary General, “which is a fantastic testimony of mutual respect, tolerance, compassion and peace, given by the two great religious leaders to the world.” Muslims have paid ‘heavy price’ for terrorist acts of ‘a handful of criminals’“As the Grand Imam stated, Muslims have paid a heavy price due to the actions of ‘a handful of criminals.’ He also stressed that ‘all religions agree that God forbids killing,’” added Mr. Guterres. He noted that the Grand Imam had also called for Muslims in the Middle East to protect Christian communities, who have been subjected to terror at the hands of fundamentalist groups such as ISIL, or Da’esh. “I also commend the initiatives taken by al-Azhar to promote the true face of Islam and counter violent extremist philosophies and terrorist propaganda,” said the UN chief: “Nothing justifies terrorism and it becomes particularly hideous when religion in involved.”Later in the day in Cairo as part of his extended visit to the Middle East region this week, Mr. Guterres toured the Grand Egyptian Museum describing it on Twitter as “an impressive reminder of how the Arab world opened the door to epic discoveries and possibilities”. read more

Ratsized snails are taking over South Florida

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first_img 10 things in tech you need to know today 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions SNAILS AS BIG as rats are menacing residents of the sunshine state as the large creatures chomp their way through everything in South Florida from plaster to concrete, devouring a wide variety of plants and getting underfoot.The oversized nuisance is a giant African land snail or GALS for short. Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told Reuters’ Barbara Liston that the snail was first spotted in Southern Florida in September 2011, and that close to 120,000 of the slimy creatures have been caught in Miami-Dade County since then.More snails are expected to crawl out from under the earth as Florida’s rainy season kicks off over the next two months, Feiber told Reuters.“Scientists consider the giant African land snail to be one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different types of plants, and can pose a serious health risk to humans,” the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services warns on its website.A parasite known as rat lungworm can be found in the snail’s mucus, which could lead to meningitis in humans if it makes its way into your digestive tract — usually from putting your hands in your mouth after coming in contact with the snails. People are strongly advised not to pick up or handle the snails, which can grow up to 8 inches in length and 4 inches wide.It’s illegal to import African land snails into the United States without a permit, but the snails can make their way into the country through luggage or agricultural products.There was also one instance, in 1966, when “a boy smuggled three giant African land snails into Miami as pets,” according to Florida’s department of agriculture.The snails were released outside. Seven years later those three snails became 18,000 and Florida had to launch a $1 million eradication program.If Florida residents come across a giant African snail, they are being urged to contact authorities by emailing a photo for identification.- Dina SpectorRead: Demand for exotic pets pushes species to brink>last_img read more

Full categories nominees for 2014 WWE Slammy Awards

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first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE told hold first-ever Latin American talent tryout in Santiago, Chile this December Google+ CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Videos Articles Triple H Pinterest Now Playing Up Next The Miz Videos Articles The following is the full list of categories and nominees for the 2014 WWE Slammy Awards that can be voted on via the WWE app and will be revealed during tonight’s 12/8 WWE RAW:Match of the YearDaniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania 30The Shield vs. Evolution – Extreme RulesJohn Cena vs. Bray Wyatt – Last Man Standing Match at PaybackTeam Cena vs. Team Authority – 5-on-5 Traditional Elimination Match at Survivor SeriesWWE Superstar of the YearBrock LesnarDean AmbroseJohn CenaSeth RollinsDaniel BryanRoman ReignsBray WyattWWE Diva of the YearAJ LeePaigeNikki BellaBrie BellaLOL Moment of the YearDamien Mizdow as The Miz’s Stunt DoubleMr. T thanks his mother at the 2014 WWE Hall of FameVickie Guerrero throws Stephanie McMahon in a pool of pudding on RawEl Torito vs. Hornswoggle – WeeLC Match at Extreme RulesExtreme Moment of the YearBrock Lesnar hits 16 German suplexes at SummerSlamKane hits Daniel Bryan with Tombstones on floor, steel steps and table on RawChris Jericho hits a cross-body on Bray Wyatt from the top of a steel cage on RawSeth Rollins Curb Stomps Dean Ambrose through cinderblocks on RawSurprise Return of the YearHulk Hogan returns as the guest host of WrestleMania 30 on RawUltimate Warrior returns to WWE at WrestleMania 30, Raw, Hall of FameBatista returns on RawThe Rock returns to interrupt Rusev and Lana on Raw“This is Awesome” Moment of the YearYes! Movement occupies RawStephanie McMahon gets arrested and taken away on RawSting debuts to help Team Cena defeat Team AuthorityHulk Hogan, The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin meet at WrestleMania 30OMG Shocking Moment of the YearBrock Lesnar defeats The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak at WrestleMania 30Seth Rollins turns on The Shield on RawBray Wyatt’s choir surrounds John Cena inside Steel Cage on RawNikki Bella turns on Brie Bella at SummerSlamHere are the 2014 WWE.com exclusive Slammy nominees. Winners will be revealed on Monday night in the WWE Network Raw Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. ET and right here on WWE.com:“Tell Me You Didn’t Just Say That” Insult of the YearNikki tells Brie she wished she died in the womb on RawPaul Heyman raps on John Cena on RawChris Jericho insults The Authority after Stephanie’s arrest on Monday Night Raw – July 28, 2014The Rock insults Rusev and Lana on RawWWE Tag Team of the YearGold & StardustThe UsosLos Matadores with El ToritoSlater Gator with Mini GatorThe Miz & Damien MizdowBreakout Star of the YearRusev with LanaRoman ReignsPaigeDean AmbroseSeth RollinsHashtag of the Year#OccupyRAW#RKOOuttaNowhere#MoscowMooseKnuckle#EatSleepSuplexRepeat#NineNinetyNineFan Participation Award“You Sold Out” – Seth Rollins“Nine Ninety-Nine” – WWE Network“We The People” – Jack Swagger“I’m Afraid I’ve Got Some Bad News” – Bad News Barrett“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” – Bray WyattDouble-Cross of the YearThe Authority turns on Randy Orton on RawSeth Rollins betrays the Shield and joins The Authority on RAWNikki Bella betrays her twin sister Brie Bella at SummerSlamMark Henry turns on his friend, Big Show, on RawAnimal of the YearGator (Hornswoggle)ToritoBunnyGrumpy CatBest ActorThe MizBatistaThe RockMizdowNXT Superstar of the YearAdrian NevilleSami ZaynTyler BreezeThe AscensionAnti-Gravity Moment of the YearSeth Rollins dives off the balcony at WWE PaybackAdrian Neville’s Red ArrowDean Ambrose dives onto lumberjacks at SummerSlamKofi Kingston in the Royal Rumble MatchFaction of the YearThe AuthorityThe Wyatt FamilyThe ShieldThe RosebudsTweet It! Best Twitter Handle (aka Social Champion)@HEELZiggler (Dolph Ziggler)@JohnCena (John Cena)@ZackRyder (Zack Ryder)@Ryback22 (Ryback)@BellaTwins (Nikki & Brie Bella)@RealPaigeWWE (Paige)Raw Guest Star of the YearLarry the Cable GuyJerry SpringerKevin HartHugh JackmanBetty WhiteRivalry of the YearThe Shield vs. EvolutionDaniel Bryan vs. The AuthorityBrock Lesnar vs. John CenaRusev vs. The USASeth Rollins vs. Dean AmbroseBest Couple of the YearDaniel Bryan & Brie BellaTriple H & Stephanie McMahonJimmy Uso & NaomiTyson Kidd & NatalyaRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgA floating outhouse was heavily damaged in a fire at a private marina on Southeast 139th Avenue early Saturday morning.Firefighters were called to the area just before 2 a.m. and firefighters doused the blaze with help from crews aboard a fireboat.The flames damaged the floating outhouse and a wave runner, and blistered some paint on a sailboat, causing an estimated $30,000 in damage, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said. The damage from the fire was too extensive for investigators to conduct a complete and thorough investigation, Scarpelli said. As a result, the cause of the blaze is undetermined.last_img