In a Battle of Wills, Lose and Try Again Later

first_imgEven though there is no reason to create unnecessary conflict with your prospective client or client, there tends to be the opportunity for conflict when asking for commitments. There can be conflict even in the simple ask for time, a meeting, or when your prospective client says no to your request and you attempt to overcome their objections.There can be conflict around whether the client should change what they’re doing, when they should change, and around how they should change, including the solution. There is often conflict around what the process of moving from the current state to a better future state. Often, they would like the outcome they want without having to agree to the commitments they need to make, including investing more money than they’re spending now.For some, this becomes a battle of wills. The salesperson makes an ask and the client says no. The salesperson attempts to overcome an objection (which should really be treated as real concern and resolved as such), and the client again responds in the negative. The third attempt now indicates that the salesperson may be tone deaf and not really interested in listening to their prospective client. They want what they want, and they’re going to push to get it.Force is the tool of those who are unwilling to learn to be more influential or persuasive.There are two ways to lose a contest over a commitment you are asking the client to make. The first way to lose is to lose while giving up the opportunity to try again. One of the choices that is helpful in making sure that you don’t give up the right to continue to pursue your dream client is to limit the number of attempts to overcome an objection or resolve a concern. When you continue to push, you are limiting your ability to try again later and you’re making what is a “no” into something other than a “not now” and something more like “never.” The game doesn’t have to end here, but trying to force a decision in your favor can do just that.The other way to lose a request for a commitment you need is to do so while retaining the right to try again. It may take you more than one attempt to get your dream client to meet with you. It may take more than a few attempts to have your client engaged deeply enough with you in discovery that they become a collaborator and build something uniquely suited to them and their company. As it pertains to building consensus, you may have to ask multiple times before your coach or power sponsor or champion or mobilizer agrees to bring in the other people who are going to be necessary to any decision to move forward.And then there is the money. You might be able to make a case for your client to invest more in a single sitting because you’re so effective at justifying the delta. But it is more likely it’s going to take time and multiple requests.I would never suggest that you should not try to help your client make the decision that produces the best results for them. Nor would I ever suggest you give up, give in, and go home. What I would suggest is that when you recognize that you are pushing for a commitment your client isn’t willing to give you, you are forcing them to entrench themselves in the defense of their no. This means you’ve gone too far and you should’ve backed off in time to protect the right to try again later.Remember that sales is about developing a preference to work with you, and while it is okay to engage in necessary constructive conflict, it’s also necessary that you are a combative diplomat, knowing when to move forward, and knowing when to accept the no and try again another time. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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HC dismisses plea against Kalmadi

first_imgA petition seeking CWG OC Suresh Kalmadi removal is coming up in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.The Delhi High Court on Wednesday turned down a petition seeking an inquiry into corruption charges against Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi. The court refused to intervene, saying that a probe had already been ordered by the Centre. The court asked the petitioners to place whatever ‘evidence’ they had against Kalmadi before the probe committee. Meanwhile, even as the investigating agencies continued their probe into the CWG scam, the Congress appeared to be unhappy with Kalmadi for defying the party’s gag order. Kalmadi had again gone public against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and defended his attack on her. He spoke out even though the party had categorically said that all stakeholders should only speak to the probe panel and no one else.last_img read more

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Rio 2016: Sakshi Malik thrilled over possibility of joining legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes

first_imgAsserting that she was thrilled beyond words on being recommended for the prestigious Khel Ratna award, bronze medallist Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik said that she was overjoyed about the possibility of joining the ranks of Sachin Tendulkar and Leander Paes, who had made the nation proud. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage)Speaking to ANI here about her historic feat at Rio, Sakshi said that the realisation of what she had achieved, took a while to sink in. (Also read: Air India ‘touched’ by Sakshi’s wish to fly, offers business class tickets) “I am really honoured to be considered for this award. I had expected an Arjuna award after my achievement, but to get recommended for a Khel Ratna straight away is just fantastic news. (Also read: Sushil Kumar backs Yogeshwar Dutt to win Gold in Rio today) “When I was a child I use to hear the names of Sachin Tendulkar and Leander Paes being bestowed with the honour and I would wonder if I would ever be in their place and make my country proud. Now that the moment has come, I’m thrilled that I’m joining the ranks of the greats,” she said.Talking about her coach Kuldeep Singh being possibly recommended for the Dronacharya award, Malik stated that he deserved the honour in every way, as he was responsible for her success at Rio. (Also read: Yogeshwar Dutt not thinking about the Narsingh saga)SAKSHI BASKS IN GLORY Meanwhile, the Haryana Government has announced a reward of Rs. 2.5 crores and a government job for Sakshi.advertisementYesterday, the Delhi Government also announced a cash prize of Rs. 1 crore and offered a promotion to Sakshi’s father who works in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).With the win, 23-year-old Sakshi became the fourth Indian woman athlete to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleswari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.After going down 2-9 against Russia’s Valeria Koblova in the quarter-finals, Sakshi received another chance at a medal via repechage and made full use of the second life by outplaying Mongolian wrestler Orkhon Purevdorj 12-3 to advance to the bronze-medal match.She also became the fourth Indian wrestler to win a medal in Olympics after Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt.last_img read more

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Global Citizen Festival: Coldplay, AR Rahman, Big B stun the audience with their acts

first_imgOne of the biggest events to be held in India, Global Citizen Festival started with a bang. The line-up of the entire concert was revealed, and much to the delight of the Coldplay fans, the British rock band got a lot of stage time.Yep, you read that right.Also see–Global Citizen Festival: Farhan Akhtar’s big bash for Coldplay’s Chris Martin was a star-studded affair .@arjunk26 now addresses the crowd and talks about the 17 SDGs and their importance. #GlobalCitizenIndia Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016The show kickstarted with a welcome talk by Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, which was followed by Sonakshi Sinha’s smashing performance.American pop singer Demi Lovato took the stage at 3:30 pm, and sang a number of her hit tracks. The shehenshah of the Hindi film industry, Amitabh Bachchan’s performance with the Shillong Choir amazed everyone, and was one of the big highlights of the event.Farhan Akhtar then rocked the concert as he sang popular numbers like Sindabad the Sailor and Rock On. Later, Shah Rukh Khan made his presence felt at as he gave a charming introduction of both AR Rahman and Jay Z. The star also urged the audience to do their bit to help make the world a better place. And finally, Jay Z set the stage on fire with his amazing vocals. Jay Z’s smashing act was followed by Bollywood star Ranveer Singh’s act. And wait for it, finally, British rock band Coldplay took the stage around 8 pm for 90 MINUTES.advertisementAnother interesting thing which caught everyone’s attention was that all the celebs at the event were seen sporting a Masaba Gupta t-shirt designed exclusively for the grand event. .@TheArijitSingh and his band are on stage now, and the Global Citizens are stirred by their soulful music. pic.twitter.com/5kQMIp6jJi Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016 As far as the concert was concerned, the show went on as beloved singer Arijit Singh took the stage and performed his hit tracks with his band.As mentioned earlier, Sonakshi Sinha  also took the stage. The talented actress sung Honey Singh’s number, and made the crowd sway with her act.  The multi-talented @sonakshisinha has taken the stage and she’s ready to rock. #GlobalCitizenIndia pic.twitter.com/P1H2FqNzd6 Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016Shankar, Ehsaan, and Loy’s musical act, which included the Kal Ho Naa Ho hit title track, also helped set the mood of the event.”Har ghadi badal rahi hai roop zindagi…” sing along with @ShankarEhsanLoy #GlobalCitizenIndia pic.twitter.com/3sHvj2Mrb5 Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016Actress-singer Shraddha Kapoor’s soulful voice also drove the Mumbai crowd to a frenzy. American pop singer Demi Lovato also performed her famous hits at the concert, much to the delight of those present.Here we go again! @aliaa08 welcome @ddlovato on stage. #GlobalCitizenIndia #Excitement went through the roof. pic.twitter.com/m9vdFe75eh Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016Later, Amitabh Bachchan stunned the audience with his performance as he took the stage with Shillong Choir, and sung a track from his recent movie, Pink.So THIS is happening!!! @SrBachchan ON STAGE with the @Shillong_SCC #GlobalCitizenIndia ? pic.twitter.com/HN0kbibdON Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016 Although, not all the celebs were there to perform. Bollywood celebrities Sonam Kapoor and Karan Johar gave speeches on the importance of gender equality, and swore to end poverty. Their speeches were followed by Farhan Akhtar’s mind-blowing Rock On 2 act. Farhan was later joined by Big B as they both sang Atrangi Yaari from their film Wazir.Amazing duo on stage @SrBachchan, @FarOutAkhtar .Highlight of the day! #GlobalCitizenIndia pic.twitter.com/si8vcgyb3N Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016Are you ready to #RockOn? @FarOutAkhtar is all set to blow your minds away with some phenomenal music! #GlobalCitizenIndia Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016Towards the evening, Bollywood’s king Shah Rukh Khan introduced the maestro of Madras on the stage to a thunderous applause. And obviously, Rahman blew everyone’s mind with his unforgettable performance.  He has left us all mesmerised. @arrahman #GlobalCitizenIndia pic.twitter.com/iVBP3QF5vg Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016Rahman’s dazzling act was followed by another entertaining performance. British rock pop band, The Vamps, took the stage next and left the fans asking for more. advertisementAfter Rahman, SRK went on to introduce another musician. Any guesses who are we talking about? Yep, American rapper Jay Z performed next, and the crowd went crazy. Obviously.   Jay Z takes the stage @glblctznIN! #BrooklynComesToMumbai pic.twitter.com/anNciTHPh0 Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) November 19, 2016The final leg of the event was super-entertaining, thanks to performers like Ranveer Singh and of course, Coldplay.Ranveer Singh shook the stage with his dance performance.  .@RanveerOfficial Bajirao is on stage now and he stirs up the audience with his electrifying performance. #GlobalCitizenIndia Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the public, and commended everyone’s effort in helping the world make a better place. The Prime Minister drew some laughs when he said that he would make his speech short, as he was aware that the audience had been eagerly looking forward to the Coldplay performance.I know that I stand between you and Cold Play and so will make this brief: PM @narendramodi begins his remarks at @glblctznIN PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 19, 2016And finally, popular rock band Coldplay took the stage to an audience uproar around 8:30 pm. The band performed its hit tracks like A Head Full of Dreams, and Yellow. Their performance was one of the main highlights of the event. The band even performed with AR Rahman on the latter’s rendition of Vande Mataram. And it was magical.COLDPLAY HAS ARRIVED !!! #Finally ! ??????? pic.twitter.com/mtORr3pGjr Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016Needless to add that the Global Citizen Festival India 2016 was a great success, thanks to the amazing performances, and the great number of people who showed up at the concert.Simply loving the energy!!! ??????? @coldplay #GlobalCitizenFestivalIndia pic.twitter.com/DJsQbHwFy6 Global Citizen India (@glblctznIN) November 19, 2016Also, people who couldn’t get entry were happy as well, as they saw the entire event on their TV screens, thanks to Vh1 that streamed the entire show live.last_img read more

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IBASE: expandable Panel PCs for harsh factory automation applications

first_imgIBASE Technology launched a series of expandable Panel PCs powered by 6th Generation Intel Core processors and available in 15-inch (IPPC1505-RE), 17-inch (IPPC1705-RE), and 19-inch (IPPC1905-RE) touchscreen displays to perform a variety of tasks. These fanless units come with state-of-the-art features, combining connectivity with flexible I/O and high reliability for factory automation, machine automation and other harsh indoor applications.These multi-function Panel PCs are designed for easy construction and integration into existing systems while providing a rich set of I/O interfaces with two Gigabit Ethernet that supports EtherCAT master, six USB 3.0, one RS232/422/485, and one USB 2.0 port at the front bezel. Current models are installed with an Intel Core i7-6822EQ, Intel Core i5-6442EQ or Intel Core i3-6102E processor and 4GB of system memory, expandable to 32GB. Expansion comes in the form of two PCI-E x8, an M.2 M Key, and a mini PCI-E slot.The panel computers have IP65 rating on the front side and uses VESA/Panel mounting. Built with a 64GB SSD drive, it supports an operating temperature of up to 50C and power input of 12V/24V DC. Other advanced features include a 4-in/4-out digital I/O and IBASE’s iSMART green technology with EuP/Erp power saving, auto power on/off scheduler and power resume functions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Infineon and XAIN to collaborate on bringing blockchain into the carNext SYSGO reinforces its Commitment to the Automotive Marketlast_img read more

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Dakar Rally should return to some Latin countries: Spanish racer Roma

first_imgMadrid, Dec 19 (IANS) Spanish racer Joan Roma, best known as Nani, urged organisers to consider returning the Dakar Rally to countries in Latin America such as Argentina and Chile, as the upcoming edition is to be held in Peru.During an event by organisers held here, Nani, who won the 2004 Dakar Rally riding a motorcycle and the 2014 edition driving a car, said that Latin America has wonderful areas to hold the event, while getting back to Africa is difficult at the moment, reports Efe news.”For me South America has spectacular sites: the Atacama (Desert) in Chile, Argentina,” the 46-year-old racer said.He added that the French media group of Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which organizes several sports events including the Dakar rally, “has to react, change the way of doing things and return again to the countries they were in before.”Nani also sees that returning to Africa currently would not be the most suitable choice as the security and geopolitical situation in many countries of that continent was getting worse all the time.”There are talks of going back to Africa, but honestly I do not see it is possible,” Nani expressed. “Morocco is safe, there are parts of Algeria that are safe; (however the rally) cannot go to Libya, Mali is not safe.”He added “to get the rally back to Africa will be different from what it used to be. For me, the Dakar rally could stay in Latin America.”–IANSgau/bglast_img read more

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Report: Poland 0 Uruguay 0

first_imgPoland 0 Uruguay 0: Boruc bows out in dour Warsaw draw Rob Lancaster 06:14 11/11/17 ArturBorucCropped Getty Images Without Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez, Poland and Uruguay failed to muster a goal in forgettable friendly encounter. Artur Boruc bowed out on the international stage as World Cup qualifiers Poland and Uruguay fought out a lacklustre 0-0 draw in Warsaw on Friday.Despite combining to produce 24 shots between them, the key absences of star strikers Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez – both rested to nurse niggling injuries – saw the nations draw a blank.The visitors, who qualified for next year’s World Cup behind Brazil in the CONMEBOL section, controlled possession for long periods of the game but struggled to create many clear-cut opportunities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Striker Edinson Cavani was denied five minutes into the second half by Swansea City’s Lukasz Fabianski, who had replaced veteran Boruc just before the interval.The substitution allowed the goalkeeper, winning his 65th and final cap, to receive a guard of honour from his team-mates as he left the field.Jakub Blaszczykowski went close for the hosts – who won 3-1 when the sides met on Polish soil five years ago – with a well-struck drive in the second half, but Adam Nawalka’s side laboured in attack without the talismanic Lewandowski up top.They will hope to find the net when they play again on Monday, as they host Mexico in Gdansk. Uruguay, meanwhile, continue their short European tour by taking on Austria on Tuesday.. @ArturBoruc dziękujemy za wszystkie występy z Orzełkiem na piersi! #KrólArtur #KingArturBoruc #POLURU pic.twitter.com/jhWXOyZzce — Łączy nas piłka (@LaczyNasPilka) November 10, 2017 read morelast_img read more

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Valverde wants confident Coutinho

first_imgBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hopes Philippe Coutinho’s brace against Sevilla gives the Brazilian attacker a boost in confidence.Coutinho netted twice as Barca thrashed Sevilla 6-1 on Wednesday to claim a 6-3 aggregate success in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.The 26-year-old has been questioned this season, but converted an early penalty – given to him by Lionel Messi – before adding another in the second half. 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? Valverde praised Coutinho and said he hoped that would give the attacker the boost he needed.”Leo has given it to him to take and he has taken a great responsibility and made it 1-0,” Valverde said.”I hope the success gives him more confidence.”Coutinho extended his thanks to Messi after the game for allowing him to step up to the spot.Barca looked in trouble in the tie, but Coutinho’s double and goals from Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Messi saw them seal a comeback win.Valverde said it showed his team, who are top of La Liga, could step up when needed.”The best thing is that we have security and we confirm that we are a team that when we have to take a step forward, we do it,” he said.Messi meanwhile stressed the victory showed the Catalans are a club that would never throw away any competition. Barcelona are next in action with a La Liga clash at home to Valencia on Saturday.last_img read more

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Noble Group Selling Four Kamsarmaxes to Cut Debt

first_imgzoom Commodities trader Noble Group said on Wednesday that it has inked a deal to sell four Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier vessels for a total of USD 95 million.“The consideration was arrived at after arm’s length negotiations between NGL and the buyers, on a “willing buyer willing seller” basis, and taking into account, inter alia, the valuation of the vessels and the vessels’ specifications and age,” Noble Group said.The vessels in question are 2014-built Ocean Ambition, 2015-built Ocean Forte,  2015-built Ocean Integrity and 2015-built Ocean Vision, all registered under the flag of Hong Kong. They have an average age of three years and range from 81,499 dwt to 81,616 dwt in capacity.The ships are employed to service external customers as well as Noble Group’s internal freight requirements. They are included in Noble Group’s Metals, Minerals and Ores segment for reporting purposes, the company disclosed.The proposed disposal of vessels is part of the company’s efforts to reduce debt.“The vessels are currently mortgaged to financial institutions and part of the proceeds from the proposed disposal will be used by Noble Group to pay down the amounts owned under such facilities,” the company said.Once these are repaid Noble will be left with around USD 30 million.The sale is expected to be finalized between March 10 and May 31, 2018, and is conditional upon the approval of Noble Group’s shareholders and buyers’ board of directors.As informed, the sale is not expected to significantly impact the operations of Noble Group’s freight business.last_img read more

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Former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose joins TransAlta board

first_imgCALGARY – TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA) is appointing former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose to the power company’s board of directors.Ambrose was interim leader of the federal party and leader of the Opposition from 2015 until 2017.She also held several different cabinet posts including Environment, Health and Labour when the Tories were in power.Ambrose was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and officially resigned her seat earlier this month.She is currently a fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington, D.C., focusing on key Canada-U.S. bilateral trade and competitiveness issues.last_img read more

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United 2026 Can it Survive AntiMuslim Sentiments Gun Control Policies

Rabat – While the final few days countdown has begun until FIFA’s assessment of host candidates’ readiness is published, the Trump administration is still silent on concerns over access to powerful firearms, which has exposed America to violent attacks.In 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a report on crime statistics, estimated that the murder rate rose 8.6 percent across the country in 2016. The report shows that murders committed with weapons rose to 73 percent in 2016, compared to 70 percent a year earlier.Easy access to guns is making the US face challenging issues and contributing to mass shootings that claim the lives of many people across the country. According to Mass Shooting Tracker, which defines mass shootings as an incident in which four or more people are shot (regardless of fatality count), 2,030 mass shootings have occurred in the US since 2013, while 89 mass shooting incidents have occurred in the US in 2018 alone.Trump’s gun control policy is sparking controversy across the world; international press are concerned about how a country with low safety host the World Cup.More guns than people in USThe Washington Post estimated in 2015  that there would have been 357 million firearms in the US in 2013, “40 million more guns than people.” The news source added that the estimation  does not include “firearms that enter and exit the country illegally” or “guns that break down, or are lost or destroyed.”Most recently, on May 18, a 17-year old student killed ten students inside Santa Fe High School, in southeast Texas. The suspect also injured at least 10 others.On April 22, four young adults were killed at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, on February 15, a shooting in Parkland, Florida, claimed 17 lives and injured many others. The shooting was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012.In October 2017, a lone gunman fired at the audience of an open-air country music concert in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 400 others.Muslims, second-class citizens in USTrump’s anti-Muslim sentiments could also jeopardize the United 2026 bid.Islamophobic fear has been a part of US President Trump’s stance on immigrants and refugees since the early days of his campaign. The tension against Trump’s policies mounted in January 2017, when the president introduced a travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries.The ban has shifted to cover Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, with additional travel restrictions placed on North Korea and Venezuela.In a press conference held in March, US Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro emphasized that FIFA has not expressed concerns over  Trump’s travel ban and public xenophobic sentiments.“This is not geopolitics. We are talking about football,” said the chief of the US federation.Renowned officials, however, do not appear to agree with Cordeiro’s statement. On May 15,  Pascal Boniface, the director of the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS), heavily criticized President Trump and his country’s immigration laws.“Can we welcome the whole world when we spit in the face of the whole world,” said Boniface in reference to Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority countries and his determination to build a wall between Mexico and the US.Morocco World News last month contacted FIFA, asking whether the US would address issues related to  Trump’s travel ban on Muslim countries and changing immigration laws. FIFA, however, chose not to answer, saying that “since the bidding process of the 2026 FIFA World Cup is currently ongoing we cannot comment on specific content matters of the bids.”The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)’s Hate Crime Statistics for 2016. Regarding hate crimes motivated by religion, Muslims and Jews were “the two most common targets… with nearly 54 percent and more than 24 percent respectively, of religiously motivated hate crimes committed against them,” according to Vox.com.The US intelligence services used several ways to monitor Muslims’ practices and activities, including mapping Muslim communities and employing video/image surveillance.Muslims in the US have been surveilled since at least 2002, when New York authorities singled out Muslim mosques, student organizations, and businesses for surveillance that is described as “discriminatory,” by many human rights organizations.FIFA’s task force will publish its assessments on May 29, to announce whether Morocco and the North American bid are eligible to host the 23rd World Cup bid in 2026. The assessments will be published prior to the vote scheduled for June 13, when 211 football federations will vote for their favorite bid. read more

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TimorLeste UN official stresses need for credible State institutions

13 December 2007Building strong State institutions, particularly a credible security sector, will be vital if Timor-Leste is to resolve many of the issues that continue to plague the young nation, a visiting senior United Nations official said today. “Without a credible security sector that has the trust of the people, that is not seen… to be aligned with one group or another, the State of Timor-Leste will remain weak,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guéhenno said in an interview with UN Radio.Mr. Guéhenno is currently in Timor-Leste, which the UN helped shepherd to independence in 2002, ahead of an official visit by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tomorrow. The peacekeeping chief said that the crisis which engulfed the tiny nation last year showed the weaknesses of the State, particularly its police force. While police training has been a key component of the UN’s involvement in Timor-Leste, building a credible and viable security sector will require “much more work” that goes beyond the training of an individual police officer, he said. “I think we have to be there for several more years,” Mr. Guéhenno stated, adding that the country had “major internal problems that need to be resolved.”While in Timor-Leste, Mr. Guéhenno has met with representatives of political parties, civil society and women’s groups, and visited a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). His visit follows a recent mission by Security Council members who also had an opportunity to see first-hand the challenges facing the country, having met with a wide range of people from the Government, civil society and the UN family, including the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT).In its report on the 24 to 30 November visit, which the 15-member body discussed in a formal meeting today, Council members noted that rebuilding the confidence of the population in State and security institutions, addressing the fate of about 100,000 IDPs and resolving land and property disputes “are all very real challenges facing the nation in 2007 and beyond.” read more

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UN emergency food aid agency spotlights shortages in southern Sudan

The WFP was trying to feed 520,000 people in the southern province of Bahr-el-Ghazal this month, compared with 274,0000 last month, despite funding shortfalls, WFP spokesman Simon Pluess told journalists at the UN complex in Geneva.Bahr-el-Ghazal experienced a poor harvest last year, leading to increases in the prices of basic staples, while displaced people and refugees were returning there in response to the peace agreements reached in the south. WFP said it expected 68,000 tons of food to be distributed in the province this year. read more

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Made for just 3 million The Purge scares up 341 million at

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Made for just $3 million, the suspense thriller “The Purge” scared up more than 10 times that in its opening weekend at the box office.The Universal horror film took in $2 million less than the studio estimated Sunday, but its actual weekend haul of $34.1 million still blew away industry forecasts.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com, are:1. “The Purge,” Universal, $34,058,360, 2,536 locations, $13,430 average, $34,058,360, one week.2. “Fast & Furious 6,” Universal, $19,626,885, 3,771 locations, $5,205 average, $202,812,580, three weeks.3. “Now You See Me,” Lionsgate, $19,040,890, 3,020 locations, $6,305 average, $60,914,914, two weeks.4. “The Internship,” Fox, $17,325,307, 3,366 locations, $5,147 average, $17,325,307, one week.5. “Epic,” Fox, $11,876,003, 3,594 locations, $3,304 average, $83,930,559, three weeks.6. “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Paramount, $11,425,755, 3,152 locations, $3,625 average, $199,866,194, four weeks.7. “After Earth,” Sony, $10,712,240, 3,401 locations, $3,150 average, $46,103,809, two weeks.8. “The Hangover Part III,” Warner Bros., $7,343,414, 3,242 locations, $2,265 average, $102,337,370, three weeks.9. “Iron Man 3,” Disney, $5,753,661, 2,351 locations, $2,447 average, $394,283,326, six weeks.10. “The Great Gatsby,” Warner Bros., $4,222,409, 2,160 locations, $1,955 average, $136,167,527, five weeks.11. “Mud,” Roadside Attractions, $1,147,633, 580 locations, $1,979 average, $18,538,320, seven weeks.12. “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,” Eros Int’l, $803,206, 161 locations, $4,989 average, $2,855,631, two weeks.13. “The Croods,” Fox, $724,969, 414 locations, $1,751 average, $181,649,007, 12 weeks.14. “Frances Ha,” IFC, $545,715, 233 locations, $2,342 average, $2,333,281, four weeks.15. “Before Midnight,” Sony Pictures Classics, $526,419, 52 locations, $10,123 average, $1,460,103, three weeks.16. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Disney, $374,964, 322 locations, $1,164 average, $233,671,832, 14 weeks.17. “42,” Warner Bros., $364,175, 370 locations, $984 average, $92,924,954, nine weeks.18. “Oblivion,” Universal, $247,475, 298 locations, $830 average, $88,473,925, eight weeks.19. “The East,” Fox Searchlight, $228,561, 41 locations, $5,575 average, $336,002, two weeks.20. “The Kings of Summer,” CBS, $212,873, 44 locations, $4,838 average, $294,481, two weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Made for just $3 million, ‘The Purge’ scares up $34.1 million at the box office by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2013 5:56 pm MDT read more

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Environment minister approves use of giant turbines in Bay of Fundy

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s environment minister has cleared the way for the installation of two giant turbines in the Bay of Fundy for tidal power research, weeks after halting the project to gather more information about its environmental impact.Margaret Miller announced her approval Monday of the monitoring plan drawn up by the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) and Cape Sharp Tidal Venture.After consulting with concerned fishermen and her counterparts at the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Miller said she is satisfied enough with the plan to test the waters of tidal power technology.“This is a demonstration project,” she told reporters on Monday. “There is no place like the Bay of Fundy, so putting these turbines in the water at this point we will be collecting data from now on.”Cape Sharp’s five-storey-high turbines, destined for the Minas Passage, are expected to generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. The company, a partnership of OpenHydro and Emera, is one of several who plan to test different turbine technology in the Bay of Fundy.The plan to install the mammoth turbines in the passage has faced strong opposition from the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, which contends that instream tidal turbines can’t be made safe for the ecosystem.Miller said her department has been consulting with the fishermen as part of an ongoing data-gathering process since 2009 and their concerns have been “heard.”No one from the association could be reached for comment.Miller said the project’s environmental effects program will improve the understanding of the interaction between the turbines and marine life.An environmental assessment officer for the department said similar projects in Europe have proven to be “low risk,” but granted that Fundy’s unparalleled tides could present unique challenges.“Until devices are in the water and we have the opportunity to learn what these effects are … that’s largely unknown at this point in time,” Steve Sandford said.Despite the gaps in knowledge, Sandford does not anticipate the 1,000-tonne turbines will have a “food processor effect” on marine wildlife, assuring that the blades spin below sushi-making speeds.If it is determined there is a negative effect on the ecosystem, he said the response could be anything from improving mitigation plans to removal of the devices, depending on the extent of the problem.Sandford said the information collected from the turbine trial run will inform decisions about possible commercial expansions.In a statement, the province said FORCE must develop programs aimed at enhancing marine mammal monitoring and provide more details on contingency planning in the event of equipment failure before it gives the go ahead for more turbines to be deployed. by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 8:40 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Environment minister approves use of giant turbines in Bay of Fundy A turbine for the Cape Sharp Tidal project is seen at the Pictou Shipyard in Pictou, N.S., on May 19, 2016. Nova Scotia’s environment minister has cleared the way for the installation of two giant turbines in the Bay of Fundy for tidal power research. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan read more

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Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 8 April 2011

DOWNLOADOn this page you will find the current news from Brussels. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Brussels can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Thesis defences — Sept 30 to Oct 4

Brittany Campbell, a Master of Social Justice and Equity candidate, will defend the thesis “Protecting Animals and People: The Role of the Public Sector in Improving Animal Cruelty Investigation Work” Monday, Sept. 30 at 1:00 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Kendra Coulter, Supervisor; Melanie Rock, External Examiner (Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine’s Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary); Mary-Beth Raddon, Graduate Program Director; Lauren Corman, Committee Member and Kate Bezanson, Committee Member. Master of Science thesis defencesArpi Sen Gupta, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend her thesis titled “Objective Reduction in Many-Objective Optimization Problems” on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Brian J. Ross, Supervisor; Henryk Fuks, External Examiner (Brock University, Deptartment of Mathematics and Statistics); and Beatrice Ombuki-Berman and Sheridan Houghten, Committee Members.—Richard M. Le Sueur, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Synthesis and Investigation of Light Responsive Molecules Containing Cyclopropenium Ions” on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Travis Dudding, Supervisor; James L. Gleason, the External Examiner (McGill University); and Martin Lemaire and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.—Paul Michael Pilkington, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “The Rise of Green Algae: Using Algal Palynomorphs as Proxies of Natural Events and Anthropogenic Activities” on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. in MC D319.The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Francine McCarthy, Supervisor; Laurent de Verteuil, External Examiner (P.Geo CPG, President Mundo Nuevo Limited); and Martin J. Head and Richard Cheel, Committee Members. The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, Sept. 30 to Friday, Oct. 4.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Social Justice and Equity thesis defence read more

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Urban Meyer not concerned about rankings looks toward November schedule

Just a day after the announcement of the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he hadn’t done anything more than glance at where the Buckeyes stand in the playoff picture.Meyer also gave an update on the health of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who suffered a sprained MCL in OSU’s Saturday win against Penn State.When he checked the College Football Playoff rankings, Meyer said he “looked down to see where we’re at, that’s it.” OSU — despite being ranked No. 13 in both the Associated Press top 25 and the USA Today coaches’ poll — checked in at No. 16 when the rankings were announced Tuesday night.Meyer said the Buckeyes’ goal is still to simply “compete for championships in November.”After redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith was dismissed from the team earlier this week, Meyer said no other players on the roster are currently facing suspensions or disciplinary action.On Barrett’s status at Wednesday’s practice, Meyer said: “He went — I wouldn’t say quite full — but he’ll be full tomorrow, they’re telling us. He did good, real good.” On Monday, Meyer said he expected Barrett to be “full go” by Wednesday.Current senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered the same injury as Barrett last season, but Miller missed multiple games. Meyer said Barrett won’t miss any game time, and added that he believes the injury is simply less severe than the one sustained by Miller.OSU is scheduled to play Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

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Womens lacrosse Eleven Buckeyes score Rizzo shuts out Dukes in second half

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team continued its winning ways, beating the Duquesne Dukes 17-5 on Friday afternoon. The Buckeyes had no shortage of offense with 11 different players scoring, but they were led to victory by sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott’s four-goal outing.The Scarlet and Gray are now 5-1 on the season after the team’s 14th win over the Dukes in 17 meetings.Duquesne opened up the scoring just 16 seconds into play, but the Buckeyes retaliated with three goals, giving them an early lead. Junior attacker Molly Wood and two New Albany High School graduates — senior midfielder Morgan Fee and freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez — netted the goals for the Buckeyes.The Dukes would tie the game up at three goals a piece with 19:27 remaining in the half after goals from freshman defender Maddie Hart and junior attacker Jill Vacanti. OSU would begin their barrage of goals with two goals from freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen and two goals from Parrott.Duquesne would cut into the Buckeye lead with two more goals right before the end of the first half, the latest of which came with just 15 seconds remaining. However, that would be the final time that the Dukes beat freshman goalie Jill Rizzo as OSU shut the Dukes out for the entire second half.The Buckeyes have been one of the most prolific offenses in the Big Ten this season, averaging 13.8 goals per game. This latest outpour of goals was just the most recent example of the volatility of their attack.In the second half, Hernandez began OSU’s 10-goal run just 44 seconds after the restart. From then on OSU continued to fill up the net. Parrott scored her third with sophomore midfielder Erika Keselman scoring within the next minute, pushing the Buckeyes’ lead to five.Junior midfielder Shannon Rosati scored her second goal of the year with 21:45 left on the clock. Wood scored her second goal of the day — rounding out her two-goal and three-assist game — off of a Hernandez helper. OSU would hold Duquesne to just 20 shots on the day while registering 44 of their own. Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo had more saves (7) than goals allowed (5).The Buckeyes added six more goals before the end of the game, including sophomore attacker Sara Dickinson’s first of the year. Junior attacker Lauren Sherry netted her second of the season before Parrott scored her fourth unassisted goal of the game. Two freshman would score their first collegiate goals when midfielder Regina Doty and attackman Jaclen Moxley found the back of the net finishing off OSU’s thwarting of the Dukes 17-5.The Buckeyes will need all of this production to continue as their next game is against the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

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Parents warned about Momo suicide game on YouTube

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. Schools are warning parents to keep an eye on what their children are watching on YouTube after an online suicide game reportedly appeared in seemingly innocent videos like Peppa Pig.Teachers used social media to draw attention to the “highly inappropriate” clips showing the creepy character Momo.Originally created by a Japanese special effects company, the character has bulging eyes, a distorted wide mouth and the body of a bird.It encourages youngsters to hand over their mobile number and correspond with Momo, who sets them “challenges” involving self-harm and eventually suicide.Schools have published warnings on social media telling parents about the sinister game and urging them to monitor their children’s internet activity.Momo was reported to have infiltrated the popular video-sharing platform YouTube, appearing in programmes such as children’s cartoon Peppa Pig and clips of the video game Fortnite.The disturbing challenges have been linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina. Other worrying stories include a five-year-old girl who hacked off her own hair after being ordered to do so by the sick character. Children who are feeling worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone, on 0800 11 11 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk.  Haslingden Primary School in Rossendale, near Blackburn, was among the institutions which put out warnings about Momo.The school wrote on its Facebook page: “We have become increasingly aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online and are being viewed by children across the school. “These video clips are appearing on many social media sites and YouTube (including Kids YouTube).”One of the videos starts innocently, like the start of a Peppa Pig episode for example, but quickly turn into an altered version with violence and offensive language.”Another video clip is going by the name of ‘MoMo’ which shows a warped white mask which is promoting children to do dangerous tasks without telling their parents.”Examples we have noticed in school include asking the children to turn the gas on or to find and take tablets.”National Online Safety said they had been contacted by hundreds of concerned schools and parents about Momo.The organisation told The Telegraph that their warning about the suicide game – “What parents need to know about Momo”- had been seen by more than two million people.YouTube said it had not received any evidence of the challenge on its site. A YouTube spokeswoman said: “Contrary to press reports, we have not received any evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube.”Content of this kind would be in violation of our policies and removed immediately.”If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. read more

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