Sell Your Higher Price From In Front

first_imgThe real trick to defending your pricing and the value you create it do so proactively, to get in front of it. This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.The last thing you want to do is to defend your pricing after it comes under attack by a low-priced competitor. Value is tougher to defend when you are on your back foot. Worse, there are stakeholders in every company who are easily swayed by the big lie that you can have better results, better service, and greater outcomes while making a smaller investment in those results.The RecipeSell your value proposition from the start: If your price is higher than your competitor’s, make that point clear from the very beginning of the sales process. It isn’t a secret–or it isn’t going to be a secret for long. Make it known that your price is higher but that the value you create is greater. Your value proposition is what it is; wear it proudly.Justify your higher price: All things being equal, your client is right to choose the lowest price. It is your responsibility to explain to them why your price is higher and why you are worth paying more. It isn’t obvious to them, and it isn’t there job to understand your value proposition–these outcomes belong to you as the salesperson. You justify it–and teach them to do the same.Take credit for producing the value you create: Your clients are under a continuous and unrelenting assault from your competitors. I once had a competitor send a letter to my clients telling them how much they could save by firing me and hiring them. Your competitors are aggressive. The time to defend the value you create isn’t after you are under assault. Report your results. Take credit for the value you create–and do so proactively, not after you are under pressure.Move to higher levels of value: Fear complacency. You need to move to higher levels of value. You need to move from new idea to execution to new idea. Creating new value will keep you one step ahead of your lower priced competitors and it will keep you off your back foot.last_img read more

Barcelona has ‘doubts’ about Neymar’s future amid PSG rumors

first_imgNeymar of Barcelona reacts during their International Champions Cup football match at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALBARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona is worried, very worried, that Neymar might be headed to Paris-Saint Germain.The Brazil striker is expected to be at practice on Wednesday, but no one seems to know if he’ll accept a world record transfer or show up for training. Just in case, Barcelona is making moves to protect 26 million euros ($30.7 million) that would be paid to Neymar if he stays in Spain, according to a club official.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Neymar also remained mum about his future while playing for Barcelona during its preseason tour in the United States before heading off to Shanghai to boost his brand as a fashion icon.Last year, Neymar signed a contract extension with Barcelona through 2021, with his buyout clause increasing to the current 222 million euros and 250 million ($288 million) by 2018. The bonus Barcelona is now trying to protect is from that deal.If PSG does sign Neymar, the cost of the transfer would more than double the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.PSG starts its season on Saturday, while Barcelona has until Aug. 13.Two weeks ago, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu told The AP that Neymar “is not on the market.” He then told ESPN that if Neymar “wants to go then they will have to pay the clause, right down to the last euro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Beyoncé considering purchase of Houston Rockets ownership stake—report Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said “given doubts concerning the future of the player and while the situation is resolved” the money is being held from Neymar.“What the club does with the money, it does not know yet, given the uncertainty of the future,” the official told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 25-year-old Neymar would be due the money now as per his contract renewal last year. But the amount is tiny compared to the 222 million euros ($262 million) that PSG would have to pay Barcelona to trigger the release clause included in Neymar’s contract.Neymar arrived to Barcelona on Tuesday night after some publicity events in China — both personal and for Barcelona. Catalan television channel TV3 showed images of Neymar walking quickly through Barcelona’s airport while wearing large headphones. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Neymar is scheduled to return to training at Barcelona’s training grounds just outside the city on Wednesday.There are growing rumors that Neymar, who has had four seasons of winning trophies and scoring spectacular goals at Barcelona, will bolt for PSG.Part of the gossip surrounding the possible transfer is that Neymar was to meet with doctors in Qatar for a medical. PSG is owned by a Qatari company.But the Barcelona official said the “club is not aware of any medical exam of the player with PSG.”Neymar’s father, who acts as his agent and is also named Neymar, arrived in Barcelona on Monday. He was swarmed by journalists at the airport but revealed nothing about his son’s intentions.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

How is Madrid signing Vinicius developing at Flamengo?

first_imgTransfers How is €45m Real Madrid signing Vinicius Junior developing at Flamengo? Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 00:01 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Vinicius Junior Flamengo Transfers Real Madrid Flamengo At just 17, the striker is already entering a pivotal year in his football development with a move to the Bernabeu looming on the horizon In Vinicius Junior, will Real Madrid be landing the next Neymar or the next Keirrison? It is not always easy to guess how even the most talented youngsters will step up when swapping Brazil’s Serie A for the hustle and bustle of European football.Some make the transition with apparent ease. Neymar quickly settled into life at Barcelona and became a Camp Nou favourite, while before him stars like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and even Robinho – before the ex-Santos forward’s career went off the rails – also made positive early impacts after crossing the Atlantic.The flip side, of course, are those who fail to make the grade: The aforementioned Keirrison, a superstar in his first days with Coritiba and Palmeiras, flopped miserably with Barca, while ex-Betis man Denilson is another infamous example of the pressures involved in stepping up to La Liga. 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 It is far too early to gauge what lies in wait for Vinicius at the Bernabeu. But what is perfectly clear from his fine debut season in Brazil is that the forward is a sparkling prospect at the tender age of 17.Vinicius made his professional bow for Flamengo as recently as May 2017, at just 16 and days prior to sealing a €45 million switch to Real Madrid. He went on to appear in 25 Serie A games and made seven further appearances in Fla’s run to the Copa Sudamericana final, scoring on four occasions.Vinicius Junior Flamengo Independiente Copa Sudamericana 13122017Vinicius Jr Felipe Vizeu Flamengo Palestino Copa Sudamericana 09082017It is clear that the Rio de Janeiro giants are at pains to ease their wonderkid into action. Just four games in those two competitions have seen him line up from kick off: He has mostly been used as an impact substitution in the last 10-15 minutes, using his impressive pace and ability to further tax tiring defences.That policy paid dividends in Flamengo’s Sudamericana quarter-final against Rio rivals Fluminense. Vinicius changed the face of the game after entering in the second half, helping his team fight back from two goals down to grab a 3-3 draw and progress to the last four. Playing on his favoured left flank and causing mayhem, the youngster brought to mind the first steps taken by Neymar at Santos as he dismantled beleaguered Flu.Those closest to Vinicius, however, are trying to keep his feet on the ground. “I’m happy to see what we thought back then, what we thought might happen with him, is happening, but I think it’s still too early. He is 16 and in a process of development Flamengo,” Ze, the youngster’s former youth coach, explained back in May during an interview with Goal.Indeed, an ineffective cameo in the Copa final itself against Independiente showed that there is still a long way to go in his development. Thrown on again after the break in a losing position, Vinicius was bullied out of the game by the Argentine side’s uncompromising marking, and grew frustrated enough to pick up a booking as Fla slumped to defeat.That game betrayed deficiencies in his physique that will have to be worked on before the youngster is ready to step up for regular action in the Flamengo first team, let alone for Madrid. The good news is that he has plenty of time to continue honing his trade prior to the big move.Vinicius will technically become a Blanco in July, upon turning 18. On that date a further loan deal is expected to keep him in Rio for a further 12 months. Staying patient, the forward has insisted that he will not rush his move in 2018.Vinicius PS“Nothing has been decided yet and I’ve only been on holiday for three days so my plan is to start thinking about the future in the new year,” Vinicius told reporters in his homeland in December, shortly before travelling to Madrid as a guest of the club to watch their Clasico defeat at the hands of Barcelona.“I plan to stay here through to the end of 2018 and after I win the Libertadores, then it’ll be time to move to another club.”The timeline for development is thus clearly marked out. Vinicius will likely play a starring role in Flamengo’s Rio State Championship curtain-raiser that runs from January to April, a tournament that mixes clashes against part-timers with fierce Carioca derbies, which should be a fine test of his mettle. A strong showing there would be the prelude to more involvement in the first team going into Serie A and the Copa Libertadores, where a real gauge of his ability will be available.Then, and only then, will Vinicius be ready to step up to the challenge of La Liga; and Madrid will find out if the player on which they have staked the club’s future is ready for the big time.last_img read more

WATCH: Chuba Hubbard Hurdles Two Defenders in Blowout Win

first_imgThe fastest recruit on Oklahoma State’s commitment list is without a doubt Chuba Hubbard. As a canadian sprinter, Hubbard has been clocked at a 10.55 100m sprint, placing him fourth overall at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, last July.But as the No. 1 recruit in Canada, he’s a heady enough runner to not only put his speed to use but also his Chris Carson-esque hops. Check out the guts to go up over two defenders before being dragged down:Hubbard and Bev Facey went on to win 55-0, and it’s nice to see as a runner that Hubbard is developing some tools in his arsenal his senior year. There’s a pretty good chance he’ll see the field as a true freshman at OSU. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Notebook: Cowboys Getting Amped Days Before Spring Game

first_img• Later, when I was talking with Tre Flowers, Chad Whitener sneaked behind him. Apparently everyone wants to know what’s being said about them. I propose they just come to PFB to find out later on.• After Gundy got to practice, there was no talk of rattlesnake hunts, singlets or “Big Daddy” mugs. It was exclusively football.• When the media broke from Gundy’s interview and started watching practice, all the reporters saw was a swarm of focus.• Every position group was challenged at the highest level. Coaches were barking. Players were really buzzing around. It was intense and good.• There aren’t any fun videos this week because frankly there wasn’t a lot of fun. That makes sense though. The Cowboys’ Spring Game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.Click here for more details. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. At every spring practice I’ve been to, the theme has been fun. Not Wednesday. Well, let me establish. The first 15 minutes or so were fun. Everything after that was about as intense as spring practices come.Here’s the rundown:• The Cowboys got to the Sherman E. Smith Training Center about 2:20 p.m.• Headlined by Ramon Richards, Trey Carter and Tre Flowers, several Cowboys, mostly defensive guys, grabbed a football and a pair of filled trashcans and started playing a game of trashketball. I guess they didn’t realize it would pretty difficult to score on a trash can that was already filled.• After Mason Rudolph spoke and the media moved to Mike Yurcich, Rudolph creeped behind to listen in on what his offensive coordinator was saying about him which was pretty funny.• See 20 seconds in below.last_img read more

Report: Roma 0 AC Milan 2

first_imgRoma 0 AC Milan 2: Cutrone and Calabria secure superb win for Rossoneri Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 26/2/2018 Patrick Cutrone - cropped Getty Images AC Milan’s fine form in Serie A continued as a superb second-half display saw off an out-of-sorts Roma. AC Milan stretched their unbeaten run in Serie A to eight games as Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria sealed a 2-0 win over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.Gennaro Gattuso’s side were second best during a poor first half but came out for the second period rejuvenated and secured all three points thanks to their young stars.Their more adventurous approach bore fruit after 48 minutes when Cutrone got a delicate touch to Suso’s cross, which flashed past Alisson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Milan had further chances to add a second before the unlikely figure of Calabria added gloss to the scoreline with a composed finish in the 74th minute.The win sets Milan up perfectly for a big week, which sees them face Lazio in a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg on Wednesday before a crunch derby with Inter four days later.Roma, meanwhile, will need to pick themselves up quickly after a second consecutive defeat ahead of a daunting trip to Napoli next weekend.74′ AND @davidecalabria2 MAKES IT TWO!!!! Il raddoppio rossonero con un gran gol di Davide!!! Dai ragazzi!!!!! ️ #RomaMilan 0-2 — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 25, 2018 Roma started with a spring in their step and tested Gianluigi Donnarumma – celebrating his 19th birthday – twice inside the opening 10 minutes through Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti.Milan soon settled, however, and largely kept their hosts at arm’s length for large swathes of the first half.When Roma did threaten, Lorenzo Pellegrini was at the heart of it. The 21-year-old midfielder had a penalty appeal waved away before flashing a shot wide of Donnarumma’s right-hand post as the half ended goalless.In stark contrast to their tepid first-half display, Milan started the second period with verve and swagger and were rewarded with the opening goal after just three minutes.Cutrone found Suso on the right and then stormed into the box to meet the Spaniard’s teasing cross with an impudent flick past Alisson for his sixth Serie A goal of the season.48′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! Patrick!!!!CUTRONEEEE! Vantaggio rossonero! ️ #RomaMilan 0-1 — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 25, 2018 Perotti then drilled a long-range effort just wide as Roma attempted to restore parity, while Alisson had to be alert to parry over Franck Kessie’s powerful drive as Milan looked to double their advantage.The shackles were well and truly off Milan’s players after Cutrone’s goal and Hakan Calhanoglu should have at least tested Alisson with a low drive just before the hour, instead dragging it wide.Substitute Nikola Kalinic should have wrapped it up with 20 minutes remaining but was denied by a smart one-handed save from Alisson.The Croatian made up it for it soon after, though, playing in the marauding Calabria who coolly clipped over the onrushing Roma goalkeeper for his first ever Serie A goal.Roma rarely looked like clawing their way back into the game in the closing stages as Milan – who could have had a third late on through Fabio Borini – comfortably held firm to register a memorable win. Key Opta Facts:- AC Milan have won an away league match against Roma for the first time since October 2011.- Patrick Cutrone has scored four goals in his last four Serie A games. His strike on Sunday was Milan’s first shot on target of the match.- Davide Calabria has scored his first goal for AC Milan (42 apps in all competitions).  read morelast_img read more

21 hours agoMan Utd midfielder James Garner a target for Preston and Wigan

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder James Garner a target for Preston and Wiganby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder James Garner is a loan target for Preston and Wigan Athletic.Both clubs are ready to make a move for the 18-year-old when the January window opens in a couple of months, says The Sun.Sunderland are also looking at the midfielder as part of their promotion push in League One.Garner has travelled for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Partizan Belgrade in Serbia.But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will weigh up whether he will be allowed out for regular games in the New Year.Alex Neil is willing to take him to Deepdale as he looks to get into the Premier League, while Paul Cook at Wigan is also a big fan of the teenager. last_img read more

MSCs Newbuildings Break 23000 TEU Threshold

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MSC The giant containerships ordered by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) at Korean yards last year will feature 23,000 TEU, based on the details released by German engine builder MAN Diesel and Turbo.Under the deal announced in September 2017, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) will construct six of the vessels while Daewoo Shipping Marine Engineering (DSME) will construct the remaining five.The eleven mega-ships will be powered by G95ME-C9.5 main engines, MAN Diesel & Turbo said earlier today. The ‘G’ prefix stands for an ultra-long stroke engine design that reduces engine speed, enabling ships to achieve high-efficiency.                     Image Courtesy: MAN“G-type engines’ longer stroke results in a lower rpm for the engine driving the propeller. This lower optimum engine speed allows the use of a larger propeller and is, ultimately, significantly more efficient in terms of engine propulsion. Together with an optimized engine design, this means that the MSC newbuildings will enjoy a reduced fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions,” MAN explained.As informed, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI-EMD) will construct the ME-C engines for SHI, while Doosan Engine will construct those for DSME.MAN Diesel & Turbo has also won the order to supply the GenSets for each vessel in the form of 3 × MAN 9L32/40 + 2 × MAN 6L32/40 units, to be constructed by STX Engine in Korea.Bjarne Foldager, Vice President of Sales & Promotion, Two-Stroke Business, at MAN Diesel & Turbo, said the order cements the company’s strong position within the large containership segment “where the G-type is the market’s preferred engine.”Back in September, DSME said that the five ships were contracted for KRW 926.6 billion (USD 817 million), while SHI, announcing the contract for the sextet said the deal was worth KRW 1.118 trillion (USD 982.6 million). Hence, the total value of the 11 ships would be around USD 1.8 billion.However, the duo noted that the final value of the orders would depend on the company’s propulsion choice for the newbuildings.The handover of the boxships is expected to start in 2019 from SHI, with the final vessel from the series due for delivery by March 15, 2020 from DSME.last_img read more

Other Nobel winners failed to persuade Suu Kyi to speak up for

first_imgOTTAWA – Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed three fellow Nobel laureates who tried in a private meeting four years ago to persuade her to speak up for Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim minority, The Canadian Press has learned.The result of the closed-door meeting in New York City in September 2013 foreshadowed the worldwide outrage she now faces for not defending her country’s Rohingya Muslims.All three attendees, including American Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, who worked with the Canadian government to ban landmines, added their voices Friday to the global condemnation of Suu Kyi.An estimated 270,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh, saying they are running from attacks by government troops and Buddhist mobs.Suu Kyi, who is an honorary Canadian citizen, has dismissed the complaints as misinformation and says the Myanmar government, which she now leads, is fighting a militant insurgency.But there have been widespread global calls for her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize to be rescinded and for world leaders to denounce her silence.Four years ago, three of her fellow female Peace Prize winners — Williams, Iran’s Shirin Ebadi and Liberia’s Leymah Gbowee — met her privately in what proved to be a futile effort to persuade her to recognize the Rohingya issue.“We were disappointed in her reaction behind the scenes,” said Rachel Vincent, the director of the Ottawa-based Nobel Women’s Initiative, who was also at the New York meeting.Suu Kyi was in the U.S. on a tour organized by the U.S. State Department. The meeting took place in office space provided by Human Rights Watch, Vincent said.“We felt the appropriate thing to do was to voice our concerns, first, privately. But it has become clear that it was necessary to become public in our concerns.”On Friday, Williams, Ebadi and Gbowee and four other female Nobel laureates sent Suu Kyi a letter telling her she had betrayed the values of the Nobel Peace Prize with her silence.“How many Rohingya have to die; how many Rohingya women will be raped; how many communities will be razed before you raise your voice in defence of those who have no voice?” said the letter.“Your silence today casts a dark and disturbing shadow on the prize and its values, which we are privileged to represent.”Vincent said Williams and her fellow Nobel laureates stood up for Suu Kyi during her years of house arrest in Myanmar, defending her in numerous public statements. Williams was one of the few who managed to win permission from Myanmar’s ruling military junta to visit Suu Kyi during her detention.“When she asked people around the world to use their freedom to support freedom for her and many Burma democrats in prison, she entered into an unwritten compact,” said Phil Robertson, the deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division.“But now it looks like she’s reneging on the deal … and it’s a gut punch to the world community that supported her.”Suu Kyi visited Ottawa last spring and had a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He raised concerns about the treatment of the Rohingya during the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office said at the time. Trudeau reiterated that concern this week during the Liberal caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C.“Prime Minister Trudeau needs to go further and make clear to Aung San Suu Kyi that unless her government ends the atrocities, Canada will do more than denounce abuses and needs to reassess Canada’s bilateral relationship with Burma,” said Farida Deif, the Canada director of Human Rights Watch.So far, government officials say privately there is no consideration being given to rescinding her honorary Canadian citizenship. Suu Kyi is one of six international figures to receive that honour.An online petition by has almost 390,000 signatures calling for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Peace Prize. A Gatineau, Que. man has also launched a private petition calling on the government to revoke her Canadian citizenship.last_img read more

Jennifer has zero time for dating

first_imgNew York: Jennifer Aniston says dating has never been on top of her priority list but she is open to finding love. The 50-year-old actor said she has “zero time” for romance right now. “I have zero time, to be honest … Dating has not been one of my first priorities. I feel like whatever (romance) looks like, it will present itself, and it’s not about seeking it out,” Aniston told Harper’s Bazaar. She said whenever love comes knocking, she would welcome it. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I’m not like, ‘No, I’m done with that. That’s never going to happen again.’ My time on this planet has been about… It hasn’t looked a certain way. It’s my way; it’s what I’ve been given this round. “But I would say I don’t find any of my past has given me a reason to harden up and create a shell or a wall of ‘No more, that’s it, I’m closed’,” Aniston said. Asked if she believed in the concept of soul mates, the actor said she has her own interpretation of the term. “I think we have many soul mates. I don’t think there’s one and one only. I think we have soul clusters. I’ve had some of my friends for 35 years. I think we’ve all made some sort of unconscious agreement,” Aniston said.last_img read more

Vetting process for upcoming Afghan polls not thorough enough says UN envoy

“The Vetting Committee could have done a more thorough job and at this stage we are disappointed,” Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said in a statement.The final candidate list for the 18 September polls – the first time Afghan institutions are running their own elections – has been announced. Out of 2,577 candidates, 13 appear to have been excluded for having links to illegal armed groups.The vetting of candidates was carried out, at their request, by the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Defence and the National Directorate of Security.In accordance with Afghan electoral laws, this information was then passed on to Afghanistan’s electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) – for action. “The process of vetting has not produced a satisfactory result so far,” stated Mr. de Mistura, while adding that the IEC and ECC have done their jobs in carrying out their part of the vetting process. He noted that President Hamid Karzai is equally concerned and planning to “constructively and proactively” attempt to address this issue.While pledging the UN’s commitment to supporting the IEC and ECC technically and logistically as required over the coming months, the Special Representative pointed out that, in the end, it will be up to the people of Afghanistan to determine who will best represent them. “The ultimate word, and the ultimate vetting, is up to the Afghan voters, the electorate, as it is in any country,” said Mr. de Mistura.Meanwhile, the members of the visiting Security Council delegation met today with Afghan electoral officials and parliamentarians in the capital, Kabul, including the Chairman and commissioners of the IEC and ECC. The mission by the 15-member body, which last visited Afghanistan in November 2008, is led by Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan of Turkey and intended to review progress made by the Government with assistance from the international community, and to demonstrate its continued support for the country’s efforts to ensure a sustainable peace. 23 June 2010The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today voiced discontent with the process of vetting candidates ahead of September’s parliamentary elections, stating that it has not produced a satisfactory result. read more

From town square to living room Zuckerberg announces sweeping changes to Facebook

Facebook, which for a generation has encouraged billions of people to widely share their life updates and pictures, says it is now trying to reinvent itself as a place for private communication.CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced a sweeping reorientation toward privacy, explaining in a lengthy essay posted to his account that he would spend the coming years focusing Facebook’s distinct apps — WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger and Facebook — on content that disappears after a period of time or is encrypted, meaning that data is scrambled so outsiders, and even Facebook, cannot read it. But the shift, which shows how the embattled company is positioning itself for an uncertain future marked by consumer distrust, declining growth on its core social network and ongoing fights with regulators around the world, could cause an upheaval in Facebook’s business model of mining people’s information to show them ads.While offering few specifics, Zuckerberg said the company’s direction would shift from being a social network where people broadcast information to large groups of people — a town hall — to a service that is modelled after a living room, where people communicate with smaller trusted groups. Facebook employees angry at treatment of moderators, who have one of internet’s most dystopian jobs Apple revokes Facebook’s app development credentials after latest data tracking revelations Mark Zuckerberg says he’s going outside his comfort zone in 2019 to host regular discussions on tech “As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally, which is why we build social networks.”Reactions to Zuckerberg’s announcement were swift and skeptical. Privacy advocates said Zuckerberg needs to go beyond touting encryption to provide concrete information about whether less data will be collected and used for Facebook’s profits. “Why does it always sound like we are witnessing a digital version of ‘Ground Hog Day’ when Facebook yet again promises — when it’s in a crisis — that it will do better?” said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a nonprofit privacy advocacy group in Washington. “Will it actually bring a change to how Facebook continually gathers data on its users in order to drive big profits?”The promised shift to more secure communications, while good for users, could entail major risks to Facebook’s relationships. Many governments oppose encryption, and Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook may end up getting blocked in some foreign countries as a result. Encryption will also make it harder for Facebook to fulfill what Zuckerberg has described as a core mission of detecting misinformation operatives and other bad actors on the company’s platform, which requires the ability to read the content people post. On Twitter, Facebook’s former Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said law enforcement and people who care about moderating unwanted content were the “losers” of Wednesday’s announcement.Public trust in Facebook is at record lows, according to studies, the result of crushing privacy controversies last year as well as the misuse of user data that extends back more than a decade. In a reputation score of 100 highly visible public companies, Facebook last year dropped from 51st to 94th, according to a Harris Poll published Wednesday in conjunction with the news organization Axios. In a Pew Research Center study from September, a quarter of the Facebook users polled said they deleted the app from their smartphones last year, and more than half said they adjusted their privacy settings.Zuckerberg acknowledged the trust deficit in his post. “I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing,” he wrote. “But we’ve repeatedly shown that we can evolve to build the services that people really want, including in private messaging and stories.”But the moves also appear to be prompted by business considerations. Since 2012, Facebook has grown from a single social network — Facebook — to what Zuckerberg refers to as a “family” of four apps, with Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Facebook was long the star, but last year WhatsApp surpassed it in the number of people who use it on a monthly basis, according to industry reports. Zuckerberg recently began emphasizing the number of people who use at least one of its products once a month — 2.7 billion people — more than the 2.3 billion monthly users for Facebook alone. Users log on to messaging apps more frequently than the core social network, whose growth has flattened in the U.S. and Europe.Usage of Facebook and of Messenger in the U.S. also appear to have declined by about 10 per cent per person between 2017 and 2018, according to Brian Wieser, an analyst with Pivotal Research Group. The trend is worrisome for Facebook: U.S. users on the core social network are the most lucrative because Facebook can command high ad prices to target them.“This move is entirely a strategic play to use privacy as a competitive advantage and further lock in Facebook as the dominant messaging platform,” Ashkan Soltani, a former Federal Trade Commission official and privacy researcher, said on Twitter.Zuckerberg’s new blueprint for Facebook arrives as regulators around the world, including the United States, are forging ahead with efforts to craft new rules targeting how companies collect and monetize their users’ data. There’s widespread trepidation that tech giants know too much about their users — and immense frustration that Facebook in particular hasn’t safeguarded that data from abuse.Facebook’s mishaps have triggered an investigation from the Federal Trade Commission, which is considering a multibillion-dollar fine against the tech company. Facebook also is set to defend itself against a lawsuit Wednesday filed by the attorney general of the District of Columbia, who said the company deceived its users about its data-collection practices.But some of the ideas Zuckerberg proposed could lead to their own share of regulatory headaches. European officials have criticized Facebook for its plan to merge communications services after initially promising to keep apps, including WhatsApp, separate; greater integration among Facebook’s apps may raise antitrust concerns.Zuckerberg has routinely reaffirmed Facebook’s commitment to privacy when apologizing for scandals. But the differences in Wednesday’s announcement were the structural changes Zuckerberg said he intends to make to Facebook’s wide array of services — changes he said he hopes will ensure that Facebook, with its damaged reputation and slowed growth, has a place in the future of social media.WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired for US$19 billion in 2014, is the model for Facebook’s new embrace of privacy. While WhatsApp has been end-to-end encrypted for years, Facebook’s standalone Messenger app is not. Messaging within Facebook’s Instagram app is also not encrypted.In Zuckerberg’s blog, he set out a vision for “interoperability,” meaning that the changes would not only make messaging more private, they would allow people to message and communicate with one another across the company’s apps.More-fluid communication could also help Facebook achieve a goal that it has made little progress on: finding money in its messaging platforms. Messaging apps — while hugely popular with users — generate a fraction of the revenue compared with the core social network. The company recently introduced advertising on Messenger and also allows businesses to pay to reach customers on WhatsApp.But Facebook makes the majority of its revenues by targeting ads to U.S. and European users of its core social network — and Zuckerberg didn’t address the revenue implications of the privacy shift. Facebook can command the highest ad prices to target these groups because the company has extensive profiles of them and they make the most purchases. If the company cannot read the content of messages, it will lose valuable profiling data.If Zuckerberg continues to encrypt more services, Facebook could run into more trouble internationally.WhatsApp’s encryption has put the service into bruising fights with governments in India and Brazil, two of Facebook’s largest markets. Brazil has shut down WhatsApp on three occasions when government officials asked for data that WhatsApp said it did not have. The Indian government has also proposed breaking WhatsApp’s encryption to make the data in it more traceable.Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications at Syracuse University, said Facebook’s changes would severely curtail its ability to moderate content.“What’s not clear is how they are going to make this transition safely,” she said. “We have already seen the risks associated with WhatsApp and private encryption in India, for example, where misinformation has led to mobs and the loss of life.”Zuckerberg suggested that the future would look different. The company, for example, might allow businesses to communicate with their users not only WhatsApp but to find new users on Instagram. Currently, the services are distinct.After making messaging more secure, he said, the company will “build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.” read more

UN study calls for improved initiatives on African commodity trading

Many firms and consumers in the advanced countries have benefited from low commodity prices, according to a new UNCTAD study called “Economic Development in Africa: Trade Performance and Commodity Dependence.”The report points out that “even as these countries have provided lavish protection for their own farmers from the adverse impact of volatile and generally declining real commodity prices, they have argued against deploying similar instruments to protect far harder-hit rural communities in the developing world.”The study calls for new international initiatives on commodities in the context of African development needs, calling on the international community to assume its share of responsibility by supporting a coherent policy framework that does not frustrate Africa’s efforts at economic restructuring and diversification. read more

UN Security Council welcomes results of Malis presidential elections

The Constitutional Court of Mali validated a few days ago the provisional results of the second round of the presidential election and proclaimed Mr. Keita the victor.In a press statement, the Security Council congratulated the people and Government of Mali “for the generally peaceful conduct of the polls of July 29, 2018 and August 12, 2018, despite difficult security conditions and limited cases violence in certain areas.”The 15-member body congratulated the Malian authorities for the preparation, conduct and conclusion of this election, within the constitutional framework. It also congratulated the Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, for his good offices throughout the electoral process.The Security Council also congratulated all national, regional and international election observation missions, including those of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and the UN. The European Union, for their positive contributions to the electoral process, as well as MINUSMA for its logistical and security assistance to the Malian government during the electoral process.Council members called on all Malians “to join forces and work together to promote lasting peace and address the security and development challenges facing Mali.”They expressed their intention to continue working with the Malian people and Government to support inclusive and sustainable peace and security throughout the country.The members of the Security Council stressed “the absolute urgency” for the Government of Mali and the armed groups of the Azawad Platform and Movement Coordination “to take unprecedented steps to fulfill their obligations fully and rapidly remaining in the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali”.The Security Council declared “that lasting peace and security in the Sahel region would not be possible without a full, effective and inclusive implementation of this Agreement.”MINUSMA has been busy providing logistical support to the Government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, especially in the restive north and centre, where an alliance of militant Islamists and Tuareg rebels have been launching attacks with increasing frequency and ferocity against government troops and UN peacekeepers.When Mr. Keïta was first elected in 2013, his administration replaced a transitional government which had wrested back control – with international support – of the outlying regions following a failed coup, that saw the iconic and ancient city of Timbuktu occupied by militants. Dozens of UN peacekeepers have made the ultimate sacrifice defending Mali’s fragile recovery in recent years. read more

Cate Blanchett blames reality television for backlash against straight actors playing LGBT

Scarlett Johansson pulled out of the role as a transgender manCredit:Paramount Pictures Backing down from the role earlier this year, Johansson said she’d “learned a lot” from the trans community and was glad there had been a “larger conversation about diversity and representation in film”. She also told the festival that she would like to be a part of more LGBT films, and hopes they are getting easier to make.“Carol was a real labour of love for me. I’d read the Patricia Highsmith story ages ago, when I was in high school. And the film, I think now would be made in a heartbeat, but eight years ago, it was a very difficult film to get up,” explained. “Two women, both of whom are of lesbian-ish persuasion in the 1950s, which is like ‘who wants to go and see that? Only 12-year-old boys go to movies.’ Thank goodness we’re changing the demographic of the critics who write for Rotten Tomatoes.” “For me if something is difficult to make,” she said, “it’s like a red rag to a bull. It makes me want to make it more.” While it has long been accepted that the job of an actor is to pretend to be someone they are not, some activists have lately admonished non-LGBT actors for taking on roles that do not match their sexuality or gender identity.Cate Blanchett has blamed reality television for this backlash, vowing to “fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief”.The actress, who played a lesbian in Oscar-nominated film Carol, said part of the pleasure of acting is “finding out what makes [the character] tick.”The Lord of The Rings star made her comments during a Q&A at the Rome Film Festival.“I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience,” she said.Blanchett added: “I think reality television and all that that entails had an extraordinary impact, a profound impact on the way we view the creation of character. “I think it provides a lot of opportunity, but the downside of it is that we now, particularly in America, I think, we expect and only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience.”Scarlett Johansson was recently forced to withdraw from a role as a transgender man in the film “Rub & Tug” after backlash from campaigners, while Eddie Redmayne faced criticism for playing a transgender woman in The Danish Girl. “While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person,” she said.Actors including Sir Ian McKellen have pointed out that openly gay man has ever won a best actor Oscar, but that straight actors have frequently taken home the coveted trophy for playing LGBT parts.“No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance,” he said in 2016.Referencing straight actors who had played gay men, he said “How clever, how clever. What about giving me one for playing a straight man?”Campaign groups have pointed out that 52 straight people have received Oscar nominations for playing gay characters, including both Blanchett and Rooney Mara for Carol.Blanchett, who recently starred in Ocean’s 8, said playing someone with thoughts and experiences different from her own is one of the joys of her job.She said: “Part of being an actor to me, it’s an anthropological exercise. So you get to examine a timeframe, a set of experiences, an historical event that you didn’t know anything about. 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. Scarlett Johansson pulled out of the role as a transgender man “But also I’m about to play a character whose political persuasions are entirely different to my own, but part of the pleasure is trying to work out what makes her tick.” read more

Gerry Adams lashes out at John Bruton for calling the 1916 Rising

first_imgWhat they did when they occupied the GPO and other strong points in Dublin – and they said so in their proclamation – they were allying themselves with the Kaiser, the Kaiser’s Germany, with the Ottoman Empire and with the Austrian Empire. JB: I think they made a mistake. It is incredible that a former Taoiseach – a position that would never have existed but for the Easter Rising and the Tan War – would denigrate the sacrifice of the participants and their families in this way.He was reacting to comments made by Bruton this morning on the Today programme on RTE Radio 1, and in his submission to the government on the 1916 Centenary. John Bruton: First of all, I don’t question for one moment their sincerity or their spirit of self-sacrifice. SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has lashed out at former Taoiseach John Bruton for saying the 1916 Rising “was a mistake.”In a statement today, the Louth TD called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to clarify his position on the events of Easter 1916, and criticised an apparent lack of planning for its centenary in two years’ time.There is as yet no programme of events for the Anniversary and the only suggestion so far by members of this Government has been around inviting British royalty.center_img Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandCalling for a “rewriting of history”, the former Fine Gael leader had been proposing that the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Home Rule Bill in 1914 should be commemorated enthusiastically this year.Present Keelin Shanley then asked Bruton what was his view of “the people who are seen as the heroes of the 1916 Rising.” Keelin Shanley: Were they misguided, in your view? Against the French republic, and against the United Kingdom, in whose armies many other Irish people – including perhaps brothers of those who were going out in 1916 – actually fought.Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly had earlier called for clarity as to the Government’s position regarding the Easter Rising, and said the former Taoiseach’s remarks had “upset” families of 1916 combatants.In response, a spokesperson for Arts Minister Heather Humphreys – who has responsibility for the ‘Decade of Centenaries Commemorative Programme’ – said that all events which led the creation of the modern Ireland would be commemorated, and that John Bruton was speaking as an individual.Read: Relatives of 1916 leaders call for Moore Street preservation work to begin>The 1916 relatives had a “surprisingly positive” meeting with Minister Deenihan>last_img read more

Major League Rugby announces New York team for 2019 with OSullivan and

first_img Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 10:00 AM By The42 Team Share98 Tweet Email9 Follow us: Feb 14th 2018, 8:27 AM Short URL 27 Comments Munster centre Sam Arnold itching for chance to get Irish opportunityConnacht’s O’Halloran in race to be fit for Challenge Cup quarter-final 39,096 Views Major League Rugby announces New York team for 2019 with O’Sullivan and Horgan as advisors Eddie O’Sullivan and Shane Horgan are involved with Rugby United New York. MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY (MLR) has announced that Rugby United New York (RUNY) will join the league from the beginning of 2019, with Irishmen Eddie O’Sullivan and Shane Horgan involved in an advisory capacity.The inaugural season of the MLR gets underway with seven teams in April. New York will play an exhibition schedule in 2018 before they enter the league next year.RUNY will join Austin Elite, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, NOLA Gold, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves and Utah Warriors in the newly-founded professional rugby league.“It is incredibly exciting to see a professional rugby club launching in the greater New York area,” said former Ireland and USA Eagles head coach O’Sullivan.“It is a rugby region with immense potential and it is hugely encouraging the vision involves building a franchise from the grassroots upwards engaging age-grade, university and club rugby. I have no doubt it will play a key role in bringing USA Rugby to the next level.”They’ll be led by former USA Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin, who’ll be joined by assistant coaches Bruce McLane, Andrew Britt and Vili Vakasisikakala in his backroom team.“This is a particularly historic moment for rugby in New York,” said Tolkin.“This will be the first domestic professional endeavor in the city and it provides an opportunity for the wealth of talented players and coaches found in our great local clubs to come together as a formidable team.”RUNY will play an exhibition game against the Boston Mystics on 24 March at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Développement durable une école zéro énergie ouvre ses portes à Pantin

first_imgDéveloppement durable : une école “zéro énergie” ouvre ses portes à PantinPantin, France – 300 élèves seront accueillis ce jeudi dans une école autosuffisante en énergie située dans la ville de Pantin, en Seine-Saint-Denis. Annoncé comme étant “zéro énergie”, le groupe scolaire Saint-Exupéry produira plus d’énergie qu’il n’en consommera. L’école Saint-Exupéry est le troisième établissement à énergie passive de France, après Limeil-Brévannes et Arcueil, dans le Val-de-Marne. Quelque 1.168 m² de capteurs photovoltaïques ont été installés sur les toits de l’école, qui compte onze classes de maternelle et primaire. Grâce à ce dispositif, le groupe scolaire produira suffisamment d’énergie pour assurer ses besoins, et devrait même pouvoir vendre un surplus d’électricité à EDF.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéPour limiter leur consommation énergétique, les bâtiments de l’école Saint-Exupéry bénéficient d’une excellente isolation, notamment grâce à un triple vitrage et des murs épais. Dans toute l’école, c’est la lumière naturelle qui a été privilégiée, avec de grandes vitres et des puits de lumière. En hiver, une pompe à chaleur à eau permettra d’assurer le chauffage des locaux, de même qu’une ventilation hivernale double flux avec récupération de chaleur.Le coût total de l’établissement atteint les 14 millions d’euros, soit 20 à 25% de plus que celui d’une école classique. Mais selon le maire de Pantin, Bertrand Kern, cet investissement devrait être rentabilisé d’ici les trente prochaines années grâce aux gains d’énergie. “En attendant, on a la satisfaction d’avoir fait quelque chose pour l’environnement” se réjouit-il.Le 2 septembre 2010 à 19:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more