9 Dec
2019

Disclose Your Pricing When Asked

first_imgFor a long time, salespeople have been taught and trained not to disclose their pricing when asked. Instead, they have been directed to require their prospective client to engage in the discovery process with them, allowing the salesperson to gain the information they need to provide pricing. It’s a very logical idea that one should know what they are pricing before doing so, but that logic tends to elicit an emotional response.Why Can’t You Say It?The fact that you are unwilling to disclose your price can signal to your prospective client that it is so much higher than your competitors that you dare not disclose it for fear of chasing them off. If you are afraid of your price, then maybe they should also be concerned.Even more troubling is that fact that you don’t seem to believe that your price is appropriate for the value that you create, or you’d be more likely to share it. The Mercedes dealership doesn’t hide their prices. Neither does Tiffany’s. Any brand that is differentiating and creating value understands that higher prices are a signal of greater value.The fact that you won’t share your pricing is a lack of transparency. You look like you are hiding something negative. What kind of partner are you going to make if you are going withhold things that your dream client will perceive as a negative? One of the ways you build trust is to deal with things that are negative in a frank and candid way.But in this case, your price isn’t a negative at all. In fact, it’s the way you capture enough value to generate the better results for your clients. Without their investment, your company can make the investments in creating compelling, differentiated value, the value worth paying more to obtain.Sooner. Not Later.There is no way you are going to win a deal with a higher price by hiding that fact from your client. By hiding it, you create doubt. By sharing the price, you create confidence in what you sell.When asked, you say, “Based on the little that we know now, the price is likely somewhere between $100,000 and $140,000. If you are willing to answer a few questions to make sure I understand what you need, I can dial that number in from you.” If your prospective client says, “That’s more than we’ve heard up to this point, you reply, “I understand. Our price is little higher, but as we talk through what you need, I’ll share with you the investments we make to produce better results, and we’ll see if it makes sense for you to make the same investments.”If you don’t want your prospects to believe your price is higher than you can justify, don’t be the cause of that belief.last_img read more

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26 Nov
2019

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Tamil Thalaivas Live Telecast

first_imgGujarat Fortunegiants will face Tamil Thalaivas in Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 match 112 on Saturday, September 28. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Tamil Thalaivas will be held at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula. Gujarat Fortunegiants, who are third last in the points table, have a must-win situation in their hands. Tamil Thalaivas, on the other hand, who are out of PKL play-offs race will fight for pride. The PKL 2019 season 7 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Tamil Thalaivas is scheduled to start at 8.30PM.The 10th week on Pro Kabaddi League will end with two games on Saturday. Fans at Panchkula will see their home team Haryana Steelers take on Tamil Thalaivas at 7.30PM and Gujarat Fortunegiants face Tamil Thalaivas in must-win match. The Gujarat side led by skipper Sunil Kumar need to win their remaining four matches to keep their playoffs hopes alive. Tamil Thalaivas will hope to finish their campaign on a high note. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Tamil Thalaivas match start?The 112th match of PKL 2019 season 7 is scheduled to start at 8.30PM. The match between Gujarat Fortunegiants and Tamil Thalaivas will be played at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Tamil Thalaivas clash on TV?The PKL 2019 Gujarat Fortunegiants and Tamil Thalaivas clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Tamil Thalaivas match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Gujarat Fortunegiants and Tamil Thalaivas, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Gujarat FortunegiantspklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: September 28, 2019, 5:12 PM ISTlast_img read more

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26 Nov
2019

IPL 2016: Sunil Narine yet to recover from finger injury, says Piyush Chawla

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has said it might take some more time for Sunil Narine to get back into the playing XI as the West Indies mystery spinner was yet to recover from an injury to his bowling hand.  The two-time former champions’ most successful bowler, Narine, missed a second match against Gujarat Lions on Sunday.”He’s not yet fully fit. He has injury on his spinning finger. We will have to wait,” Chawla said after the match.Gujarat Lions go topThe Knight Riders lost to Lions by five wickets at Eden Gardens on Sunday. With the win, the Lions moved to the top of the points table with seven wins from 11 outings.Chawla said Gujarat got the advantage of bowling on a fresh wicket.”Wicket was good and maybe because of the last night’s rain it was fresh and seaming a bit during the first innings. They got the advantage of first wicket,” Chawla said.In a splendid display of seam bowling, Praveen Kumar (2 for 19), Dhawal Kulkarni (1 for 30) and Dwayne Smith (1 for 14) reduced Kolkata to 24 for 4 in 5.5 overs before they recovered to post 158 for 4 but the total proved insufficient.”We lost a few early wickets but recovered well. They batted really well. I don’t think many things went wrong, it’s just that they played better cricket,” Chawla said.Death bowling a concern?”First few games, we didn’t bowl well in death. But in the last game against KXIP we defended really well. In this game, they just needed run a ball at one point of time and we could not do much. It’s not that like that. In this format, you’re bound to go for few runs,” Chawla said.advertisementLot of positivesFrom being at the top of the table, Kolkata slipped to third place after the loss and they still have to win two out of four matches to qualify for the playoffs but Chawla chose to look at the positives.”There’s a lot to take. Shakib batted really well and Yusuf too was hitting well in last few games. He went in a difficult situation and paced his innings really well. It was tremendous to watch,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

India thrash New Zealand 4-2 in hockey Test series opener

first_imgThe Indian men’s hockey team pulled off a sensational 4-2 win over New Zealand in the first Test of the three-match series at the Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru Campus today.Rupinder Pal Singh (2′, 34′), Mandeep Singh (15′) and Harmanpreet Singh (38′) scored for India while Stephen Jenness (26′, 55′) scored a brace for the visitors.The forwards won India their first Penalty Corner of the match in the opening minute. Rupinder Pal, making a comeback into the squad after the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, was splendid as he fired the ball low to beat New Zealand Goalkeeper Richard Joyce in the second minute.Though the visitors had an opportunity to equalise in the seventh minute, Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak was attentive at the goalpost.In the 15th minute, India doubled their lead when Manpreet Singh’s cross was brilliantly picked up by forward Mandeep Singh, who swiftly deflected it into goal.The second quarter saw New Zealand shake off the starting jitters and showed a tighter defence. Though India won the second PC of the match in the 22nd minute, a poor execution dented the home team’s chance of taking the score to 3-0.In the 26th minute, New Zealand finally made a breakthrough with Stephen Jenness scoring a perfect field goal that narrowed the lead to 1-2.After the half time break, India came back with a stronger attack. Forward SV Sunil, created India’s third PC and drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh was brilliant yet again as he flicked towards top right of the net taking India’s lead to a comfortable 3-1 in the 34th minute.advertisementIn the 38th minute, SV Sunil created yet another opportunity for India to score as he won another PC. Harmanpreet Singh was spot-on as he improvised the injection to powerfully convert India’s fourth goal.The final quarter saw New Zealand test Indian defenders as they made strong forays into the striking circle. Their efforts paid off with Stephen Jenness converting his second goal of the match as his shot bounced off Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera’s pad into the back of the net.With score-line reading 4-2, New Zealand won a crucial PC with four minutes remaining on the clock. But Nic Woods’ drag-flick was way off the target. The visitors earned yet another PC with a little over a minute remaining for the final hooter. And this time, Woods’ powerful flick was well defended by Karkera. New Zealand won two more back-to-back PCs with 50 seconds on the clock but Karkera kept the visitors at bay.The second Test will be played on Saturday.last_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

OLSON ANNOUNCES CITY COUNCIL BID

first_imgA Sioux City man has announced his intentions to run for a seat on the city council.John Olson, is a lifelong resident of Sioux City and President of the non-profit organization CSCR Incorporated, which has held the Cancer Sux, Comedy Rox event for six years.He says his decision is based on frustration for the current administration:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/OLSON.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………sense to me. :09Olson says recent talk that the council would look at banning fireworks after the state just legalized them helped make up his mind to run:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/OLSON2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….six weeks ago. :11Olson also feels the city’s pet licensing rules are too restrictive and he is opposed to the proposed new hotel next to the city’s convention center:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/OLSON3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….being done either. ;12Three seats will be up for election in November.last_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Neymar vows to fight Barcelona over damages claim and bonus payment

first_imgnews Barcelona Paris Saint-Germain Barcelona to sue Neymar for €8.5m for breach of contract after PSG move Share on Twitter The Spanish club said on Tuesday they were pursuing damages from Neymar for what they allege to be a “breach of contract”.Neymar and his lawyers released a joint statement, quoted in the Spanish media, which read: “We inform everyone that Neymar and his lawyers are aware of the news released today regarding the legal actions filed by FC Barcelona before the courts of Barcelona.“Following official notification and after full review of the club’s claim, the player’s formal defence will be filed in due course.“Regarding the bonuses owed for the execution of the contract of 2016, it is also necessary to inform that the player has already initiated the formal procedures of collection before the competent courts.”On Monday Neymar said Barcelona deserved “much more” than the current board of directors and added that it made him “very sad”.On Tuesday the Catalan club announced they were chasing €8.5m (£7.8m) in damages, plus the return of an undisclosed bonus due to the player when he renewed his contract to 2021, and a further 10% of that amount in interest.“Barcelona decided to take these actions in defence of their interests, after a unilateral termination of contract urged by Neymar Jr a few months after signing the renewal until the end of the year 2021,” a Barcelona statement read.PSG said in response the club were “surprised” by Barcelona’s statement. The Ligue 1 side added in a statement: “The club repeats that, along with Neymar Jr, it strictly respected all applicable laws and rules and can only regret, once again, the attitude of FC Barcelona.” Read more Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Neymar is to fight a claim by Barcelona for compensation following his move to Paris Saint-Germain and has promised to battle his former club for bonuses from his 2016 contract renewal which he says he has not be paid.The Brazil forward left the Camp Nou this month for a world-record £198m, joining PSG in a move that more than doubled the previous highest fee. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Neymar Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Talking Horses: Sarah Harrison’s Gambling Commission levies £7.8m fine

first_img Irish Turf Club reopens case of jockey Davy Russell punching his horse The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Talking Horses Reuse this content Horse racing tips Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn All in all, I’d say the signs suggest Dukinta has at least as much chance to be ahead of her mark as Piedita or anything else in the race. I’ll cheerfully take the 4-1.There’s been some interest this morning in Master Of Heaven (3.50), who has lost his way on turf over the summer. He’s dropped back to 53, the rating from which he won at Brighton in May, and could bounce back now that he returns to Chelmsford, where he’s won twice from his last four visits. He’s 9-1 from an opening 14s. In similar vein at Wolverhampton tonight, Top Of The Bank (7.10) is 13-2 from a general 14-1 when betting started. He’s had a fruitless summer on turf but won three of his last six on all-weather surfaces, including at this track in January. He’s dropped 8lb during his losing run and is now 4lb below the mark from which he won at Lingfield in March. Tips for all Thursday races Chelmsford 1.20 Austrian School 1.50 Honiara 2.20 Dukinta (nap) 2.50 Aljuljalah 3.20 Cainhoe Star 3.50 Master Of Heaven 4.20 Chilli Jam 4.50 Mobbhij Musselburgh 1.30 Brandy Station 2.00 Hamba Moyo 2.30 Claramara 3.00 Trooper’s Gold 3.30 Erinyes 4.00 Peach Melba 4.35 Quiet Moment 5.10 See Vermont Bath 1.40 Just For The Craic 2.10 Tobouggaloo 2.40 Affair 3.10 Dandilion 3.40 Paint 4.10 Chalky 4.40 Jaganory Sedgefield 4.30 Ange Des Malberaux 5.00 Man Look 5.30 Ashoka 6.00 Almost Gemini 6.30 Highbury High 7.00 Shining Romeo 7.30 Shrubland Wolverhampton 5.40 Wolfcatcherjack 6.10 Military Parade 6.40 Just For Fun 7.10 Top Of The Bank (nb) 7.40 Moxy Mares 8.10 Envisaging 8.40 Robbie Roo Roo features Share on WhatsApp Today’s best bet, by Chris CookThis morning brings news that the Gambling Commission has biffed a gambling website with an eye-watering fine of £7.8m. It reminded me of my summer interview with Sarah Harrison, the GC chief executive, who is dealing out unprecedented punishments like the first sheriff a town ever had. Support The Guardian Topics Share on Facebook Share via Email Horse racing Read more Share on Pinterest “Far more willing to show her teeth than her predecessors were,” was how one betting insider described her when I asked. And today’s news is further evidence, 888 having been found to have failed in their obligations towards vulnerable gamblers and by extension to those people close to those vulnerable gamblers. The GC has definitely made progress under Harrison. Still, I wish it were more prepared to kick up a fuss in cases where your average, non-vulnerable punter is having trouble extracting his winnings from a firm. When I have asked about such cases in the past, including the very recent past, the GC has been cagey to the point of silence. My focus today is on Chelmsford, where Piedita is a predictably short favourite for the staying handicap. She’s a fairly typical Sir Mark Prescott type who got a beatable mark from maiden defeats and is now 2/2 since stepping up to this distance and moving into handicaps. She’s 2lb well in under a penalty for last week’s Lingfield win and I can easily see why people expect her winning run to continue. But I eventually decided there’s more promise in Hugo Palmer’s Dukinta (2.20), a 4-1 shot, who also earned a low mark through maiden defeats before bolting up in her first handicap, stepped up in distance and with a visor fitted. Gee, it seems this is a game that more than one can play. Sure, Dukinta has been raised 11lb for her success, which is a big number. But Piedita is 12lb higher than for her first handicap success, achieved three days before Dukinta’s. The only difference is that Piedita has managed to squeeze another run into the intervening time. Could that be an advantage for Dukinta, who has had 22 days since her last run? Both fillies have been winning on turf with some cut and now make the switch to all-weather. That might not be great news for Piedita, a daughter of Authorized, who has produced many mudlovers. But it should be fine for Dukinta, a daughter of Dubawi, whose progeny have often done well on artificial surfaces. Dukinta is also a half-sister to Grandeur, who was rated 115 when he won the Easter Classic on Lingfield’s Polytrack. Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

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26 Oct
2019

A High School Football Player Has Died After Injuries Suffered During A Game Friday Night

first_imgTwo generic NFL footballs.(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)We’ve got some awful, awful news out of Zebulon, Georgia this Monday morning. A high school football player named Dylan Thomas, who played for Pike County, has died after sustaining injuries during a game this past Friday night.Thomas, who was a junior linebacker, was injured during his team’s game against Peach County High School. He was transported to a nearby hospital following the injury and underwent emergency surgery. He suffered from brain swelling and fell into a coma.His uncle, Nick Burgess, issued a grave update on Saturday. Sunday night, numerous reports confirmed that Thomas had passed away from his injuries.Alexa Liacko of FOX 5 reports that Thomas was just 16 years old.Things are not looking good at all. I can’t even describe the pain I am feeling. we will know the outcome in 12 hours….Posted by Nick Burgess on Saturday, September 29, 2018BREAKING: We’ve just received word from family that 16-year-Old Dylan Thomas has passed away. We have more information on this heartbreaking news in MINUTES on @FOX5Atlanta. ? #DylanStrong pic.twitter.com/wmtbzJkNOh— Alexa Liacko FOX 5 (@AlexaLiackoFOX5) October 1, 2018It’s unclear what kind of play led to Thomas’ injury.Our thoughts and prayers are with Thomas’ family and friends.last_img read more

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22 Oct
2019

Settlement Agreement Approved for Quadrus

first_img The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order please visit http://nssc.novascotia.ca . -30- The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has approved a settlement agreement with Quadrus Investment Services Ltd. The respondents violated Nova Scotia securities laws by failing to properly supervise one of its mutual fund representatives, and by failing to ensure the recommended investment strategy was suitable for the client. “It’s important for investors to open their financial statements that come in the mail,” said Heidi Schedler, senior enforcement counsel for the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. “Statements tell you where your money is going and if there is something that doesn’t seem right, or that they don’t understand, investors should contact the firm’s head office immediately.” Quadrus accepted responsibility for its conduct, was co-operative with commission staff, and has made numerous changes to its supervisory structure. The commission approved the settlement agreement and ordered Quadrus to: comply with Nova Scotia securities laws be reprimanded pay an administrative penalty of $40,000 pay costs in connection with the commission proceedings of $1,000last_img read more

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18 Oct
2019

Special court refuses to hear Rajeev Kumars anticipatory bail plea

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar moved a special court in Barasat on Tuesday, seeking anticipatory bail in connection with a CBI notice to him for appearing before it in the multi-crore Saradha chit-fund scam. But the special court judge Sanjib Talukdar refused to hear Kumar’s plea, saying it does not have jurisdiction to hear anticipatory bail prayers. The special court, in charge of trial of criminal cases against MPs and MLAs, said it is a trial court and cannot hear an anticipatory bail application. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It said Kumar may move the court of Barasat district sessions judge with his application. On September 13, the Calcutta High Court vacated its interim order granting the former Kolkata police commissioner protection from arrest in the Saradha chit-fund scam case. The high court also rejected Kumar’s prayer for quashing a CBI notice that sought his appearance for questioning in the case. Kumar, who is currently the West Bengal CID Additional Director General, was part of a Special Investigation Team set up by the state government to investigate the scam, before the Supreme Court handed over the case to CBI in 2014, along with other chit-fund cases.last_img read more

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13 Oct
2019

Investors reacquaint themselves with turmoil in the markets

first_imgInvestors may be feeling a bit unsettled after a few days of market turmoil upset months of tranquility.A slide that started early last week led to a sharp dive in markets Friday and Monday. The fall on Monday alone represented the steepest drop in 6 1/2 years. That can rattle a few nerves. Things seemed to have stabilized Tuesday, easing fears of a global sell off.Market professionals say investors should stay calm — although they can’t guarantee markets will do the same.So what should you do? Here are a few answers to common questions:WHAT JUST HAPPENED?No one thing triggered this.The markets took a marked turn downward Friday after the monthly U.S. jobs report showed that wages surged in January, representing the sharpest year-over-year gain since the recession. That stoked concerns about higher inflation because as companies raise pay, they often raise prices and that cycle can speed inflation.The Federal Reserve is already expected to raise short-term interest rates this year with the economy growing. But inflation worries raise concerns that the Fed will increase rates at a quicker pace. Higher borrowing rates can be a challenge for corporations over time as they want to borrow money to grow and it drives investors to bonds rather than stocks.The selling continued Monday, in what most experts are saying is just an overdue correction. Some believe automated trading also played a role as the systems that buy and sell stocks may have been triggered. Trading was choppy Tuesday but the U.S. market mostly recovered after an early plunge.HOW BAD WAS IT?Not that bad, really.That big two-day drop only erases a few months of gains. Plus, market pros have noted that declines of 10 per cent or more are common during bull markets. And this has been the second-longest bull market on record.There hasn’t been a correction in two years, and by many measures stocks are awfully expensive.“Market corrections are normal, no matter how nerve-wracking they are at the time,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.And after an extended period of market calm, it serves as a good reminder that stocks are volatile.WHAT SHOULD I DO?The answer can be one of the toughest parts of investing: Stay calm.“Just hang in there, maintain a long-term perspective and resist the urge for any knee-jerk reactions,” McBride said.Stocks go up and down — that is the nature of the market.People should be making their investments as part of a long-term plan, one that won’t be entirely hijacked by a few days of losses. And there may even be more volatility ahead — there’s no way to be sure.Check in with your financial planner or investment firm if you are feeling uneasy. It may be a good time to look at your portfolio and make sure it has a mix of assets that you are comfortable with. After the market’s big run-up, you may have more of your portfolio weighted toward stocks than you realize.Vanguard said that it counsels customers that changes to their portfolio should be made because their life circumstances, or their time horizon, have changed — not because of inflammatory headlines or “noise.”Some people may want to take advantage of the dip to buy. Others may want to revisit their strategy. But those who want to get out of the stock market altogether should take pause, said Ken Hevert, senior vice-president for retirement at Fidelity Investments.It’s easy to get out during down times but hard to get back in for a recovery. And drops of 5 per cent to 10 per cent are typically followed by a pretty rapid recovery period, he said, adding that current conditions are favourable for growth.last_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

UN agency monitors mass expulsion of Congolese living in Angola

UNFPA said yesterday that it had launched a joint project with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Caritas Congo to monitor the movements of the expelled population. A contingency plan to help the affected Congolese as they return to their homeland is also being prepared by the humanitarian community.Nationals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), many of whom have lived and worked – often illegally – in neighbouring Angola for years, have been expelled by Angolan authorities in large numbers since late 2003.Since the current wave of expulsions began in late May this year, around 85,000 people have been sent over the border, mainly to Kasaï Occidental and Bandundu provinces in the DRC. This figure includes over 20,000 Congolese in the past month.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned that there is insufficient infrastructure in the returning areas of the DRC to handle the sudden influx. It added that another 80,000 Congolese may be affected in the coming months. 22 August 2008The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is probing the mass expulsion of Congolese nationals from northern Angola, with as many as 85,000 people being forced across the border by authorities in the past three months alone. read more

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8 Oct
2019

EU provides €300 000 to support aid delivery to flood victims

The EU funding is being made available via the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) through its Small Scale Response mechanism. The EU-funded assistance will focus on the most pressing needs of the affected families in the immediate aftermath of the floods, including access to clean water and sanitation facilities, the provision of essential household items, as well as emergency shelter. The European Commission is allocating €300 000 (LKR 51 million approx.) in humanitarian funding to Sri Lanka to bring emergency assistance to communities affected by the recent floods.“This contribution from the EU will allow our partners on the ground to provide relief to the most-impacted families. This is an expression of solidarity from the European people to the people of Sri Lanka”, said Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. Additionally, the Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre has activated its Copernicus mapping service upon request from the World Food Programme. The Copernicus maps will focus on the Southern and Western areas of Sri Lanka that have been affected by the rains. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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7 Oct
2019

Scheer accused of breaking law falsely claiming he was once an insurance

OTTAWA — The Liberals are asking Saskatchewan’s insurance industry watchdogs to investigate Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for allegedly falsely claiming he once worked as an insurance broker in that province.Biographies of Scheer posted on the Conservative party’s current website and his past MP and leadership websites have repeatedly referred to the Conservative leader as a one-time insurance broker in Saskatchewan.But the Globe and Mail reported on the weekend that it could find no evidence that Scheer ever received the accreditation necessary to practice as an insurance broker in the province.Scheer clarified Saturday, saying: “I did receive my accreditation. I left the insurance office before the licensing process was finalized.”Related Liberal platform projects deficits of over $20 billion per year for four years, adds $31.5 billion in debt Rex Murphy: The Liberals’ 2050 net-zero carbon vow is pure delusion Naheed Nenshi: There’s something more threatening than Trudeau’s blackface However, the Liberals are pointing out that it’s illegal under the Saskatchewan Insurance Act for anyone without a licence to act as a broker or “hold himself out” to be a broker.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.In a letter Sunday to Saskatchewan’s superintendent of insurance and the chair of the Insurance Councils of Saskatchewan, which regulates the industry, Liberal MP Marco Mendicino says Scheer “appears to have publicly and repeatedly misrepresented himself to Canadians by falsely claiming he was once an insurance broker in Saskatchewan.”He provides numerous examples of Scheer being described as a one-time insurance broker.“As the authorities responsible for enforcing the law and the rules, I urge you to investigate immediately and take appropriate action,” Mendicino writes. read more

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6 Oct
2019

African countries reaffirm commitment to addressing population concerns – UN

Representatives from African countries today reaffirmed their commitment to a global consensus on population and development forged a decade ago which favours empowering people over demographic targets, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported. The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo, marked a significant shift from focusing on numbers to addressing underlying concerns such as women’s health and access to reproductive care services. At their ministerial meeting in Dakar, Senegal, which wrapped up today, African nations adopted a declaration vowing to “exert maximum efforts” to build on the progress achieved in the last 10 years and to address poverty eradication, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, maternal death and the empowerment of women. “The price of inaction – roughly 2.4 million maternal deaths, 7.5 million child deaths and 49 million maternal injuries in the next 10 years – is too high to contemplate,” warned UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a message read out by his Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah. UNFPA chief Thoraya Ahmed Obaid urged open discussions on HIV/AIDS and called for better reproductive health care in Africa. In addition, she urged attention to the broader need for gender equality. “As long as girls are being married off at young ages and cannot refuse, we must continue to work for human rights for all,” she said. “When women have equal opportunity and equality before the law, the benefits go to everyone,” she said. read more

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6 Oct
2019

UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea gets new force commander

An Indian general will succeed a British one as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) later this month, UN Secretary-General Kofi told the Security Council President in a letter made public today. In his letter, dated 6 July, Mr. Annan said Maj. Gen. Robert Gordon had served as Force Commander, with “exemplary dedication and professionalism” since 1 November 2002 and his tour of duty was ending. In an exchange of letters, Mr. Annan and the Council agreed on the appointment of Maj. Gen. Rajender Singh of India as UNMEE’s next Force Commander. “He is expected arrive in the mission area in the second half of July 2004,” Mr. Annan said.

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4 Oct
2019

Smartphones pushing old flip phones to extinction

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Smartphones pushing old flip phones to extinction TORONTO – Writer Steve Burgess doesn’t like to use his cellphone in public.While data shows cellphone users are increasingly jumping to smartphones, Burgess still carries his trusty flip phone.He knows his “stupid phone,” as he calls it, is made by Samsung but has no clue what model it is.He’s part of a rapidly shrinking minority that has resisted upgrading to an iPhone, Android device or BlackBerry.A telephone survey conducted for the Media Technology Monitor this fall with 4,001 Canadians suggested about 83 per cent of the anglophone population owned a cellphone, up from 80 per cent in 2011 and 74 per cent in 2010.About two thirds of the mobile phone owners polled said they had a smartphone and the other third had an older non-smartphone — called feature phones in the telecommunications industry.According to MTM, non-smartphone users are more likely to be female, older, have a lower income, live in a small community and have less education.The survey found smartphone owners tend to be male, younger, live in a high-income household with children in the home, and residents of a community of one million or more people. Students also rank high among smartphone owners.Burgess says he definitely feels like he’s in a small club of non-smartphone users. He’s been teased for his choice of phone.“I don’t pull it out in public very much but it has happened (where) there’s been instances of genuine shock, jaws naturally dropping open, (people saying), ‘Oh, you have one of those?’”Burgess says the antiquated phone has served him well for many, many years even though it was far from top-of-the-line when he originally bought it.“I got this one because it was the one I could get for free,” says Burgess. He says he’s mostly held onto it out of laziness (he just hasn’t explored his upgrade options) and an effort to be frugal.“As a freelance writer my income fluctuates widely and I need to keep my monthly expenses to a minimum and I just don’t want to have a larger monthly cellphone bill,” he says.“I’ve actually given consideration to dropping the thing entirely because it’s not like it’s ringing all the time for me.”Rogers says about 71 per cent of its customers have bought a smartphone and that number is expected to continue rising as owners of older phones near the end of their contracts.“It’s really the exception when someone walks into a store that they go to a feature phone (but) I think we probably still have a couple of years where there will be niches of customers that will be interested in something basic,” said the company’s senior vice president of consumer marketing Phil Hartling.“There’s still a group of customers who when they’re looking for the first phone for their son or daughter they kind of like the basic features of a feature phone and not to be worried about the child using Internet browsing.”John-Kurt Pliniussen, an associate business professor at Queen’s University, said most consumers are jumping on the mobile computing bandwagon but some may decide to skip the smartphone step and choose another device.He noted his wife still carries a flip phone, not because she’s not a technophobe but because she decided she’d rather buy a tablet than a smartphone. Many consumers rarely use smartphones for calls anymore, he added.“My wife doesn’t rely on the telephone that much, she just has different needs,” he said.“I know people who don’t use a smartphone because they have an iPad. And so what they’ve decided is because of the fees (for a phone) their iPad gives them enough access to the things they want.”The MTM survey results are considered accurate within plus or minus 1.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20. by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2013 11:36 am MDT read more

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2 Oct
2019

US President Trump rejects globalism in speech to UN General Assemblys annual

“America is governed by Americans,” he said on the opening day of the Assembly’s annual General Debate. “We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism. Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new forms of coercion and domination.”At the same time, he reiterated the US commitment to making the UN more effective and accountable. “I have said many times that the United Nations has unlimited potential,” he declared.“America is governed by Americans,” he said on the opening day of the Assembly’s annual General Debate. “We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism. Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new forms of coercion and domination.”At the same time, he reiterated the US commitment to making the UN more effective and accountable. “I have said many times that the United Nations has unlimited potential,” he declared.US-UN relationsBut Mr. Trump reiterated his past criticism of the world organization, hitting out at the UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) and the recently-proposed Global Compact on Migration, while stressing that the US will not pay more than 25 percent of the UN. peacekeeping budget, to encourage other countries to step up and share in the burden.“And we are working to shift more of our funding from assessed contributions to voluntary so that we can target American resources to the programs with the best record of success,” he said. “Only when each of us does our part and contributes our share can we realize the UN’s highest aspirations.”He added that despite his warning to the Assembly last year that “the UN Human Rights Council had become a grave embarrassment to this institution, shielding egregious human rights abusers while bashing America and its many friends… no action at all was taken.”“So the United States took the only responsible course: We withdrew from the Human Rights Council, and we will not return until real reform is enacted.” International Criminal Court has ‘no legitimacy’“As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority,” he declared. “The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process.  We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.”Likewise, he said the US will not participate in the new Global Compact on Migration, scheduled to be adopted in Morocco this December.“Migration should not be governed by an international body unaccountable to our own citizens,” he stressed.Turning to trade issues, in which Mr. Trump has recently imposed tariffs of steel and aluminium imports $200 billion of imports from China, Mr. Trump said the US had opened its economy with few conditions, allowing foreign goods from all over the world to flow in freely across our borders, while other countries did not grant fair and reciprocal access.“The United States will not be taken advantage of any longer,” he added. “Some countries abused their openness to dump their products, subsidize their goods, target our industries, and manipulate their currencies to gain unfair advantage over our country.  As a result, our trade deficit ballooned to nearly $800 billion a year. For this reason, we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals.”Turning to Iran, Mr. Trump called the Iran nuclear “a windfall” for the country’ s leaders an in the years since the accord had been reached, Iran’s military budget grew nearly 40 percent. “The dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, increase internal repression, finance terrorism, and fund havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen.”The deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached in 2015 by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US and the European Union. It sets out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring restrictions placed on Iran’s nuclear programme, while paving the way for the lifting of UN sanctions against the country.“We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons. We cannot allow a regime that chants ‘Death to America,’ and that threatens Israel with annihilation, to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth, Mr. Trump said. read more

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25 Sep
2019

Russia carried out Salisbury attack because Brexit has made Britain weak and

There was fresh outrage when Dawn Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley became infected with the nerve agent novichok used on the Skripals, after picking up a discarded perfume bottle. Ms Sturgess later died. Sergei and Yulia Skripal  Sergei and Yulia Skripal  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. Russia mounted the Salisbury nerve agent attack because it believed Britain was “weak and isolated” after the vote to leave the EU, a former MI6 chief has said.Sir John Sawers said he did not believe the Russians would have used a nerve agent on the streets of a US or German city in the way they are alleged to have done in the attempted assassination of former spy Sergei Skripal.”They thought they could pick on Britain and bully us because we were looking weak,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.”Actually Theresa May and her Government responded very strongly and forcefully to the Skripal attack but it was only because we were able to carry our European partners, the Americans and others, with us.”It was through engagement with others that we were able to push back and have a credible response to the Skripal attack.”Following the attack in Salisbury in March, in which Col Skripal and his daughter Yulia survived, the Government blamed the Russian GRU military intelligence agency. The aftermath saw more than 20 countries expel a total of more than 100 Russian diplomats despite fierce Kremlin denials of any involvement.  Sir John warned in future Britain’s diplomatic leverage would be weakened as it heads out of the EU in March 2019.”Our strength in the world has come from our ability to work with both the United States and our European partners,” he said.”The more influence we have with the European Union, the more weight we have with America and vice versa.”The Americans are to some extent walking away from their relationship with Europe, the transatlantic relationship, and we are walking away from the European Union. The West is fragmented.”He added: “What we are doing is losing traction both in Washington and in Europe, and that will make Britain less influential on the world stage.” read more

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