Three Variables to Improve Your Prospecting Effectiveness

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Regardless of the medium you choose to prospect, and I hope you start with the telephone, the outcome is a meeting. Many variables play into your results, but three tend to dominate your ability to secure a meeting.Trading ValueNo matter what words your dream client uses to reject your request for a meeting, something you might refer to as an objection and what I would describe as a concern, their unwillingness is their belief that the meeting would be a waste of their time.“I’m happy with my current partner” might be translated into, “Your pitch to share information about your company and ask me what’s keeping up at night isn’t enough value for me to agree to a meeting.” “Can you send me some information,” as polite and positive it might sound, is not a request for information. Instead, it’s a polite way of saying, “I didn’t hear anything in your offer that is worth giving you my time.”When you know that the rejection is the result of too little value, you can improve your offer, promising something worth your dream client’s time and attention—and maybe exploring real change (See Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition).Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchYour ConvictionOne of the reasons your prospective says no to your meeting request is because what you say—and how you say it—betrays the fact that you aren’t sure you believe what you are saying. If you aren’t willing and able to promise you will not waste your dream client’s time, that they will benefit from spending time with you, your dream client’s doubt will be greater than their belief—and your belief that what you have to offer is valuable to command their time.If you want to be consultative and aspire to be a trusted advisor, you need the business acumen and situational knowledge to be able to create value in a meeting—without mentioning your company or your offerings. In part, confidence comes from knowing more than your prospective client. You and your company serve hundreds or thousands of clients or customers, and they buy what you sell for one company, meaning your collective experiences give you greater clarity and a much more nuanced understanding. How could it be otherwise?Your dream client will believe you belong in the room when you do.Professional PersistenceIf you are going to acquire a meeting, you are going to have to ask more than once. Your pursuit plan must include more than a quarterly call to “check in” and “see if anything has changed.” It would be best if you had a sequence (or cadence) that proves you have insights and ideas—and that you are not a one and done salesperson that gives up after one or two attempts.How do you demonstrate that what you have to offer is worth their time if you only ask once? How do you prove that you want your prospective client’s business and that you are seriously interested in helping them produce better results with an automated string of emails or a ridiculous pitch on LinkedIn? How serious are you?To professionally persist, you cannot be a nuisance, which means you have to nurture relationships over time, using a communication plan that allows you to professionally persist over time, never going away, never giving up, always providing enough value in every interaction until you have a meeting on your dream client’s calendar.If you want better results and more meeting, increase the value you trade for a meeting, ask again with confidence and conviction, and persist long enough that you get a yes.last_img read more

Geje Eustaquio exacts revenge, wins ONE interim flyweight title

first_imgMOST READ Eustqauio lost via split decision in their first match at ONE: Total Victory last September.He also became the third fighter out of the Benguet stable to win a championship in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Sweet revenge for Geje! @ONEChampionship— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Hayato Suzuki def. Yago Bryan – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:03)Emilio Urrutia def. Bruno Pucci – KO (punches) – Round 1 (3:33)Prelims:Edward Kelly def. Meas Meul – KO (knee) – Round 1Jomary Torres def. April Osenio – KO (slam) – Round 1 (0:40)Rajinder Singh Meena def. Zhang Ze Hao – submission (guillotine) – Round 1 (0:42)Adrian Matheis def. Eddey Kalai – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:15) Philippines’ Geje Eustaquio celebrates after defeating Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhmetov to claim the Interim Flyweight World Championship. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonGeje Eustaquio gained a measure of revenge as he claimed the ONE Interim Flyweight Championship and outclassed Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Team Lakay stalwart made sure that the result was definitive this time, winning via unanimous decision to avenge his past defeat to the Kazakh.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “This belt is not mine. It’s ours,” he proudly exclaimed as he shared his triumph with the adoring Filipino fans.Learning from his mistakes in Jakarta, Eustaquio entered the cage with a purpose as he attempted to ground Akhmetov and nearly got him with a kneebar in the first round.It was a complete opposite in the succeeding rounds as the fighters stayed upright and banked on their striking abilities in hopes of sending each other to the ground.The 28-year-old Filipino, however, showed poise as he wiggled his way out of danger and survived the former champion’s flurry late in the fifth round.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH With the win, Eustaquio improved to 10-6 and now has his sights set on unifying the ONE Flyweight titles against Adriano Moraes.“Give me one more try, Adriano. I hope I give you a better fight!,” he said.Akhmetov suffered only his second defeat to fall to 24-2.Results:Main Card:Geje Eustaquio def. Kairat Akhmetov – Unanimous DecisionJoshua Pacio def. Lan Ming Qiang – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:01)Rafael Nunes def. Eric Kelly – submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2 (1:31)Sam-A Gaiyanghadao def. Joseph Lasiri – TKO (strikes) – Round 2 (2:30)Ma Hao Bin def. Sotir Kichukov – Unanimous Decision Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pacio chokes out Lan in ONE Manila co-main event ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ICC World T20 Qualifiers: Zimbabwe knock Scotland out of the tournament

first_imgZimbabwe beat Scotland by 11 runs after a brisk half century by Sean Williams and a four-wicket haul by left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza in the first round Group B match at the World Twenty20 on Thursday.Williams hit 53 off 36 balls as Zimbabwe made 147-7. Masakadza then took 4-28 as Scotland was bowled out for 136 in 19.4 overs, Richie Berrington top scoring with 36.It means Scotland exit the tournament early as in its two previous appearances in 2007 and 2009, the team still winless after three World Twenty20 tournaments.Hong Kong, which is Scotland’s opponent in the final match on Saturday, won the toss and opted to bat first against Afghanistan in the second Group B match.Zimbabwe, which defeated Hong Kong by 14 runs in its first game, stayed on course for the next stage with their second straight victory and will meet Afghanistan in the last group match on Saturday.”We have been playing well and the guys are gelling well,” said Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza. “The boys are believing a bit more, and that’s paying off.”After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Zimbabwe ran into trouble at 67-4 in the 11th over before Williams rebuilt the innings, hitting six boundaries.Hamilton Masakadza was run out for the second successive time in a mid-pitch collision with opening batsman Vusi Sibanda, who resumed his innings after getting a bandage on his injured chin.Scotland hit back late in the Zimbabwe innings when Williams holed out at square leg in the 17th over off Safyaan Sharif’s full toss with the score on 128 as Zimbabwe could add only 19 off the last 18 deliveries.advertisementHowever, Wellington Masakadza and Tendai Chatara took two wickets each inside the first four overs to reduce Scotland to 20-4 before Berrington added 51 runs with captain Preston Mommsen (31) to narrow the margin of defeat.”It was a difficult start,” Mommsen said. “We got to a better position to have a crack and it would have been different had we got that partnership going further.”last_img read more


first_imgBJP nominee Gopal Narayan Singh for Rajya Sabha andBJP nominee Gopal Narayan Singh for Rajya Sabha and Arjun Sahni for Legislative Council are likely to file their nomination papers tomorrow.Bihar BJP chief Mangal Pandey yesterday had announced that the party would field its second candidate for Legislative Council polls.If both RJD and BJP field third and second candidates respectively, as they have announced, for the seven-seat Council polls, then the contest will become inevitable for the upper house of the state.Polling, if necessary, will be held for seven Council seats on June 10 from 9 AM to 4p PM. Polling for Rajya Sabha election, if necessary, will be held on June 11 and counting of votes will be at 5 PM on the same day.All five Rajya Sabha MPs from Bihar – K C Tyagi, Pavan Kumar Varma, Gulam Rasool, Ramchandra Prasad Singh and Sharad Yadav – are from JD(U) and are set to retire in July.Members of the Legislative Council who will retire on July 21, 2016 are Uday Kant Choudhary, Kiran Ghai Sinha, Rudal Rai, Vijay Kumar Verma and Harendra Pratap Pandey while two seats fell vacant due to resignation of Bhola Yadav and Manzar Alam. PTI AR CR RTlast_img read more

Don’t complain if you are caught cheating, says Dave Richardson at MCC lecture

first_imgBall-tampering, verbal abuse and on-field confrontations are threatening the spirit of cricket and recent poor behaviour by players has to stop, International Cricket Council (ICC) boss David Richardson has said.Richardson also took aim at players claiming confusion over ball-tampering rules, saying the laws were clear and their complaints “disingenuous” in a speech at the MCC’s Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s.”The phrase ‘it’s just not cricket’ is not an accident, it’s because cricket’s DNA is based on integrity and people know that cricket represents something more than a game,” Richardson said.”We have seen too much behaviour of late that puts that in jeopardy and it has to stop.”Sledging that amounts to no more than personal abuse, fielders giving send-offs to batsmen who have been dismissed, unnecessary physical contact, players threatening not to play in protest against an umpire’s decision and ball tampering.”This isn’t the version of our sport that we want to project to the world.””We have seen too much behaviour of late that has to stop”@ICC chief-executive David Richardson on “cheating” in cricket.Watch live #CowdreyLecture’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018Cricket’s image has taken a battering in recent months, with former Australia captain Steve Smith and two of his players slapped with long bans for the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March.The same Test series against South Africa was also marred by an off-field altercation between Australia’s David Warner and Quinton de Kock, and a string of code of conduct violations by players on both sides.advertisement”Who will want their kids to play cricket if there’s poor behaviour?”@ICC chief-executive David Richardson on the future of the #SpiritOfCricket.Watch live #CowdreyLecture’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018Ugly incidents involving players undermining officials have also tarnished the game, with Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan sanctioned after threatening to take his team off the ground over an umpiring decision in a Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in March.Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were all sanctioned last month after the team refused to take the field for two hours in a June Test match against West Indies in protest after Chandimal was charged with ball-tampering.The ICC introduced tougher punishments for ball-tampering last month, but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who has twice fallen foul of the rules, remarked that he needed more “clarity” over what was permitted.Richardson said the rules were already clear enough.”If you are wearing sunscreen, sucking on a mint or chewing gum with intent to use it on a ball – that is ball tampering”@ICC chief-executive David Richardson on ball-tampering in cricket.Watch live’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018″Over the last few months I’ve read comments from players requesting guidance on what is allowed in relation to the ball,” he said.”Asking if they can chew gum, wear sunscreen or drink a sugary drink, and to be brutally honest, I find this a little disingenuous.”The laws are simple and straightforward – do not change the condition of the ball using an artificial substance.”If you are wearing sunscreen, sucking a mint or chewing gum with the intent of using the cream or sugary saliva on the ball, you are ball-tampering”You may not always get caught, we are not going to stop players chewing gum or from wearing sunscreen. There are many players who have chewed gum on the field throughout their careers and never once thought to use it on the ball, but if you are caught – and we have only caught players when it is pretty obvious what they are doing – then don’t complain, saying others do it is not a defence. You are cheating,” Richardson said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Revealed: Why Ibrahimovic missed World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Henrik Larsson reveals why Ibrahimovic wasn’t picked for Sweden at World Cup Chris Burton 20:17 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden Euro 2016 Getty Images World Cup Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden v South Korea South Korea Sweden LA Galaxy MLS The Celtic legend claims a fellow countryman was overlooked for Russia 2018 duty as he never requested to come out of international retirement Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed out on a place in Sweden’s World Cup 2018 squad because he never requested to come out of international retirement, claims Henrik Larsson.The enigmatic frontman hinted on a regular basis during the build-up to this summer’s showpiece in Russia that he would step back into the fold for the first time since Euro 2016.At 36 years of age, an iconic figure was considered to still have plenty to offer his country on the grandest of global stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Ibrahimovic was, however, overlooked when Janne Andersson settled on a 23-man party, with the former Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United striker denied the opportunity to add to his haul of 116 caps.Celtic legend and former Sweden striker Larsson says the national hero is responsible for his own absence at another major finals, telling ITV Sport: “He never called the coach. That’s what the coach said when he took over.“Zlatan announced his retirement and he said ‘if he wants to come back, he has to give me a call’.“He never called him and that’s why he’s not here.”Ibrahimovic has suggested the Swedish media are responsible for his snub, with the finger of blame pointed in the direction of those who questioned a possible return in a public forum.He said: “I think it’s the biggest party in football, playing the World Cup.”All the best players are there. Zlatan is not there, so… He should be there, but he’s not there.”The media says they [Sweden’s team] are better without me, so that’s why I believe in them.”This is the Swedish media mentality. I don’t have a typical Swedish name. I’m not the typical Swedish attitude, behaviour and that, but still I have the [goal-scoring] record in the national team.”Still I won what I won; still I played in Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, [AC] Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and now LA Galaxy.”So, if you don’t know how to do it collectively, why did you play in the biggest teams in the world, and you won? So, I know how to win, trust me. And I do it good.”last_img read more


first_imgAnother snap shot of happenings from around Australia… · A 3400km round trip is on the cards for teams from Kununurra as they head to the North West Touch Championships in Port Hedland on 5th – 6th June. Teams will also travel from Broome, Derby, Karratha, Tom Price, Newman and Paraburdoo. · The TouchWest 18s State squads have met in Perth to begin preparations for the 2004 18 years & Under National Touch Championships and South Australia held their 18 years & Under trials on May 29-30. · 3 weeks today until the Australian Senior teams venture to South Africa, England and Jersey! · Victoria touch have released their new website, looks good! · The Queensland teams for the 2004 State of Origin have been released on the Queensland Touch website; check it out if you’re an interested Queenslander or just a NSW spy. · Queensland will be holding their 2004 Galvin’s Landscaping Junior State Cup in the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains. The tournament will be held from July 9-11, with boys and girls divisions in 11 years and under, 13 years and under, 15 years and under, 17 years and under. · Incidentally, a quick Internet tourism search on the Glasshouse Mountains found that according to Aboriginal legend the mountains form a family, with Tibrogargan being the father at 364 metres and Beerwah being the mother at 555 metres. They had many children – Coonowrin (the eldest), Beerburrum, the Tunbubudla twins, Coochin, Ngungun, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai and Elimbah. Check out the full story on · Central Coast and Newcastle Uni claimed the Mens and Womens Open titles at the 2004 NSW Country Championships, while the Hunter Western Hornets were named Champion Permit and Newcastle City were the Club Champions. Check out the full story or go to the NSW website for more details. · Congratulations to all the `Player of the Final’ recipients at the 2004 NSW Country Championships: Mens Open: Dean Wilbow (Central Coast) Womens Open: Linda Poolman (Newcastle Uni) Womens 18’s: Leica Le Brocq (Tamworth) Mens 18’s: Patrick Smith (Kempsey) Womens 23’s: Rebecca Lang (Wallsend) Mens 23’s: Jason Scott (Wallsend) Mixed Open: Cherie & Darren Marsh (Kiama) Womens O/30’s: Renae Sealey (Wollongong) Mens O/30’s: Nathan Warren (Peninsula) Womens O/35’s: Lyn Eason (Forster) Men’s O/35’s: Robbie McCormack (Newcastle City) Womens O/40’s: Cherie Green (Newcastle City) Mens O/40’s: Mark Koch (Forster Toncurry) Mens O/45’s: Rodney Byrne (Wagga) Men’s O/50’s: Michael Gallagher (Newcastle City) · The Uni of Canberra are continuing their strong touch tradition, leading both the Mens and Womens Premier League competition in ACT touch. All results can be found on the ACT touch website. · Tassie touch will be holding their selection trials for the 2004 Australia Cup; they will be Sunday 13th June in Launceston and Sunday 20th June in Hobart. Contact Tasmania touch for more info. By Rachel Moyle,

What to Drink When You’re Not Drinking: Seedlip, the World’s First Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit

first_img 7 of the Best Drink References in Music How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows You’ve been there before. We know we have. Thursday night, you’ve gone hard. Jäger shots and lemon drops until last call. Friday night, same deal. Saturday? You agree to go day drinking, which leads into a night out again. By Sunday, you need to go to brunch , but no matter your constitution, you probably feel tired at this point, like you want to give up. But no, you can’t. You won’t.If you won’t, then there are certain challenges. What are you supposed to drink when everyone else is drinking? Well, if this British company has anything to do with it, you’ll be drinking Seedlip.Seedlip is the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. Yes, you read right. Non-alcoholic distilled spirit. We know, this sounds confusing. But, it’s not that complicated. We promise.In short, Seedlip is what happens when you go to make alcohol … but don’t.To make Seedlip, each ingredient is cold-macerated separately (there are two flavors using different ingredients, which we’ll get to shortly) in neutral grain spirit and water. These macerations are then distilled in a copper pot still. This removes the alcohol and allows the flavor of each plant ingredient to be concentrated. The remaining liquids are cold-filtered and blended, creating a drink that lacks alcohol, calories, sugar, and sweeteners.Not only are you getting a drink that isn’t going to get you drunk, but you’re saving on calories to boot.Ben Branson, the creator of Seedlip, traces the drink’s origins to the 1600s, even though it’s only been on the market for about eighteen months. Branson, who does not drink, found a copy of The Art of Distillation, which was published in 1651. From that tome, he learned about a variety of non-alcoholic cures that he had never heard of previously. Having a family history that was tied to the pea industry, this piqued his interest. He began experimenting with a home still and, when he finally reached a recipe he was happy with, moved forward with the project.Branson brought two flavors of Seedlip to market: Seedlop Garden 108 and Seedlip Spice 94.Seedlip Garden 108 utilizes peas and hay grown on the Branson family farm. In addition, you’ll find spearmint, hops, rosemary, and thyme. The number 108 refers to the average number of days it takes to sow, grow, and pick the peas.For Seedlip Spice 94, you’re going to get a nose that is aromatic and woody. The distillate contains Jamaican allspice berries, cardamom, oak, cascarilla bark, lemon, and grapefruit peel. The name is a reference to 1494, when Columbus discovered allspice berries in Jamaica.As far as the overall name, Seedlip comes from the bean-shaped baskets that people — including Branson’s own family — used to sow seeds in the field.When thinking about drinking Seedlip, the first choice is to mix it with soda or tonic. Both allow the flavors of the drink to shine without muddying them up. If drinking it straight isn’t your thing (or you’re not looking to abstain from alcohol), Seedlip also works well in cocktails, adding a nice, vegetal layer. While it isn’t necessarily what the creators want, it’s good to know that it works well as an component in adult beverages when you do feel like imbibing.Seedlip retails for around $40 per 700 ml bottle. Editors’ Recommendations Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valleylast_img read more

Remains Found on Seabed Belong to Sewol Victim

first_imgzoom South Korean authorities have identified a bone found at the Sewol sinking site in early May as belonging to one of the nine still missing persons, according to the country’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.The bone was identified to be from Danwon High School teacher Go Chang-suk, Korea Herald informed. The 35-centimeter shinbone, which was located during an underwater search of the wreckage site near Jindo, was the first major discovery since the start of the investigation in April.Over the weekend, the search party found 16 bone pieces on the fourth deck. The remains were reportedly identified as belonging to a student of Danwon High School, Cho Eun-hwa.Earlier this week the teams conducting a search operation aboard the salvaged wreck found 13 human bone fragments, Korea Herald cited data released by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. Nine fragments were located inside a passenger cabin on the ferry’s third deck, while the remaining fragments were found in mud collected from the third and fourth decks.Korea Herald added that the fragments would be sent for DNA analysis.The 6,800-ton Sewol ferry sank on April 16, 2014, off Jindo Island resulting in the deaths of 304 people. 250 of the ferry’s passengers were high school students on a school trip.Almost three years after the ill-fated event, the South Korean government managed to lift the wreck from the seabed. The resting place of the ship was some 44 meters below the surface.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Youtube Screenshot/ Arirang Newslast_img read more

Modi flays opposition over surgical strikes Mission Shakti

first_imgMeerut: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attacked the opposition parties for raising questions over India’s air strikes against Pakistan and its capabilities in the space. “The country has seen many governments which believed in sloganeering but for the first time it has seen a decisive government which knows how to fulfil its commitments,” Modi said as he launched his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. “Be it land or sky or space, the government of your ‘chowkidar’ has shown courage to conduct surgical strikes,” he added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Modi’s reference was to the bombing by the Indian Air Force of a terrorist camp in Pakistan on February 26 and Wednesday’s launch of an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile that destroyed a satellite orbiting 268 km above the earth. The Prime Minister said that by raising questions over the government’s actions, some opposition leaders had become a “hero” in Pakistan. “People have to decide whether they need a hero of India or a hero of Pakistan. They have to decide whether they need ‘saboot’ (proof) or ‘sapoot’ (hero). Those seeking ‘saboot’ are challenging the ‘sapoot’,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Taking potshots at Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his ‘theatre jibe’ at the Prime Minister after the Anti-Satellite missile launch, Modi said some opposition leaders didn’t even know the difference between a theatre set and A-SAT. “Yesterday when I was speaking about A-SAT, he got confused. In theatre you see sets being shifted… He thought I was talking about that set… What do you say about someone who does not even know the difference between a theatre set and an A-SAT?” Modi said scientists wanted a test to shoot down a satellite in space, but the previous Congress government postponed that decision also. “To make the India of 21st century strong and for its security, this decision should have been taken a long ago. But it kept getting delayed,” he said. Slamming the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh as political opportunism, Modi said to defeat the BJP, the old enemies have now become friends. “From ‘2 ladke’ its now ‘bua-bhatija’. This just shows that for these people there is no bigger target than power,” he said, adding that crime will again go up if people voted for the two parties. The Prime Minister said the 2019 election was a fight between “dumdaar” BJP and a “daagdaar” opposition. “Under these ‘mahamilaavati’ (adulterated) group of leaders, did you see how terrorists flourished? Did you not see incidents of terror from across the country under their rule? So, tell me, can you trust such people?” Modi said the country had decided to again vote for a BJP government “because here is a decisive government which has delivered on every front”. This is Modi’s first election rally for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since the announcement of the April-May Lok Sabha polls by the Election Commission.last_img read more

British Rapper Skepta Accused of Plagiarism by Moroccan Photographer

Rabat – British rapper Skepta is facing accusations of plagiarism from professional Moroccan photographer Ilyes Grieb.In November 2016, Grieb’s friends noticed that photographs posted in Skepta’s Instagram’s page were shockingly similar to Grieb’s own pictures from “Moroccan Youth”, a series he has been working on since 2013, the photographer explained to Morocco World News.“My pictures were taken by Skepta without me being aware,” said Grieb. “The only thing they have changed is the cropping and of course, adding the clothing line logo on them. I didn’t receive any credit.” ©Ilyes GriyebIn the image captured by the Paris-based photographer, a group of Moroccan youth are shownin different attires and different postures, representing what it is like to be a young adult in the country.The same picture, slightly cropped, was posted in Skepta’s Instagram page on November last year to promote his latest clothing line, MAINES.Another picture by Grieb, showing a set of satellites grounded on a Moroccan roof, was also used by the British rapper for his clothing line campaign, claimed the photographer.“If Skepta liked my pictures so much that he used them to promote for his brand, he could have at least contacted me and we could have worked together” Grieb said. “But he preferred to rob from me, as if Morocco is just a background for his clothing brand. I took those pictures with emotions involved and with stories behind. He knows nothing about Morocco. What he did is plagiarism and it’s a shame.”Grieb tried to contact one of his acquaintances who works with Spekta to investigate on the matter. “This person was also shocked that my name wasn’t mentioned anywhere on the campaign. I told him that I wanted credit for my pictures and he said that he would contact Spekta and his crew.”The unidentified person assured the photographer that they had spoken to Spekta and promised the rapper would “do something about it.” However, Grieb did not receive word from Skepta to settle the matter. The photographer said he made several attempts to reach out to the rapper, but without response. read more

Trump Says Saudi Arabia Has Nothing But Cash

Rabat – US President Donald Trump renewed his support for Saudi Arabia during a “Make America Great Again” event on Saturday, April 27.During the rally, hosted in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Trump indicated he would remain a firm supporter of the Saudi government, largely because of Riyadh’s continued purchases from US companies.Oil and weaponry constitute the cornerstone of the trade relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. The US buys Saudi oil, and Saudi Arabia purchases American weaponry, with an additional understanding that the US would aid the kingdom in the event of a military attack. Read Also: Trump Administration Urges US Support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen“They have nothing but cash, right?” Trump said. “They buy a lot from us, $450 billion they bought.”PolitiFact, a fact-checking website, has raised doubts about the $450 billion figure. “You had people wanting to cut off Saudi Arabia … I don’t want to lose them,” Trump said.An unconfirmed callLater in the rally, Trump described a recent phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in which he demanded more from the oil-rich nation in exchange for the US’s continued military support.“We lose $4.5 billion on a country to defend them, and they’re rich,” Trump said. “So, I called them. I said: listen, no good. They were in a state of shock because they’ve never got a call like this in 25 years, right.”He went on: “I said we’re losing $4.5 billion every year, we can’t do this anymore. This is crazy. He [King Salman] got very upset, angry, said this is not fair. I said, of course, this is fair. He said we’ll give you $500 million more … I said I want more. We argued. So, they paid us more than $500 million for one phone call, it took me one call.”Trump said King Salman then asked him why he was calling because “nobody had made such a call.”“That’s because they were stupid,” Trump said.The existence of the phone call between Trump and the Saudi king has not been confirmed, nor have Trump’s accounts of their alleged conversation. read more

Mandatory overtime for nurses at centre of hospital strike

TOLEDO, Ohio — A hospital strike now in its third week is putting a spotlight on staffing shortages at the same time Ohio lawmakers are debating legislation that would allow nurses to refuse mandatory overtime.Many of the nurses among the 2,200 workers on strike at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo say they are tired of repeatedly being on-call or forced to work beyond their regular shifts because of understaffing.The nurses say they sometimes only get a few hours of sleep before they’re expected to be back assisting with surgeries or caring for the sick, which creates a dangerous situation for both them and their patients.“This is not a bakery where if I miss an ingredient, I can throw it out and start over,” one of the striking nurses, Michele Powers, said. “There are times when we’re so rushed that it sets up a potential disaster.”The use of mandatory overtime in hospitals isn’t new, but nursing associations say it’s increasing and becoming a more contentious issue within the health care industry. Eighteen states now have laws that limit it.Labour disputes between hospitals and nurses over staffing concerns seem to be on the rise, experts say.In New York, about 10,000 nurses threatened to strike in April at three hospital systems until an agreement was reached to set minimum staffing levels. Last year, nurses in Michigan, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Nevada either walked off the job or demonstrated during disputes over staffing and mandatory overtime.Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow nurses to say no when they’re asked to work beyond scheduled hours. It would stop hospitals from disciplining or firing nurses who refuse overtime except during disasters or emergencies that bring in a large number of patients.The Ohio Hospital Association argues the proposal would get in the way of patient care, saying hospitals need flexibility in staffing because of the always changing number of patients.“We believe, through current measures in place, that we are putting patient safety first,” it said in a statement.The Ohio Nurses Association says mandatory overtime causes fatigue and burnout among nurses. “They end up risking their lives and their patients’ lives because they’re scared and don’t want to lose their jobs,” said Brian Burger, president of the association.The daughter of a Cincinnati-area nurse told Ohio House lawmakers in early May about how her mother, Beth Jasper, fell asleep while driving home after working a long shift and died in 2013.“Nurse fatigue is real. It’s not only a danger to patient care … but it’s a danger to the nurse,” Emma Jasper said. “Nurse fatigue is the reason I don’t have my best friend by my side any longer.”The hospital strike in Toledo that began May 6 involves nurses, paramedics, physical therapists and custodians. One of the issues the workers are upset about is health care costs, but mandatory overtime and staffing concerns are at the centre of the labour dispute.The hospital, which is part of the Cincinnati-based health care system Mercy Health Bon Secours, has said the way it handles staffing is reasonable and common within the industry.In a statement to The Blade newspaper last week, it said the practice of asking employees to be on-call “is a reasonable and responsible process to ensure each patient has the specialized care he or she needs while respecting the work-life balance of our associates and their families.”Powers, a surgical nurse, said she was on-call just over 40 hours a week last year — on top of her regular 40-hour work week.“It’s nothing more than a crutch because they don’t want to hire more help,” she said.It wasn’t unusual, she said, when she worked in general trauma to work a 12-hour shift and then get called back into work in the middle of the night.“We are expected, regardless of when we leave, to then get back on time the next morning,” she said. “Some people just stay and take a nap.”John Seewer, The Associated Press read more

UN and AU envoys hold more meetings with Darfur rebels to spur

The UN’s Tayé-Brook Zerihoun and the AU’s Sam Ibok, the Chief Mediators for the Darfur peace process, are meeting rebel groups that have been engaged in the peace process under the aegis of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.After today’s meeting in the southern Sudanese town of Juba, the two envoys will then travel to Darfur for a two-day visit starting on Wednesday in which they will hold meetings with other rebel movements that did not attend last month’s first round of peace talks in Sirte, Libya.Many of Darfur’s rebel groups, which have fragmented recently from three major groups into 16 or more separate factions, did not attend the Sirte talks that were designed to be the first step of a three-phase process to end the conflict.Since then the envoys, as well as other UN and AU officials, have been conducting meetings and consultations with the rebel groups in an attempt to find common ground ahead of the scheduled direct negotiations with Khartoum.More than 200,000 people have been killed since 2003 and another 2.2 million have been made homeless because of the fighting in Darfur between rebels, Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed. A hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID is slated to deploy at the start of next year to quell the widespread violence and humanitarian suffering. 19 November 2007United Nations and African Union mediators involved in the Darfur peace process are holding meetings today in southern Sudan in a bid to spur some of the war-torn region’s splintering rebel movements to unify their positions ahead of direct negotiations with the Sudanese Government scheduled for next month. read more

Wreckage of Valampuri located north of Point Pedro

‘Valampuri’ was destroyed by an LTTE suicide boat on 23rd February 1998 off Point Pedro when it was returning from Trincomalee. Twenty naval personal were killed during the confrontation. Attempts to search for the vessel were not successful due to rough sea conditions and the volatile security conditions which prevailed in the area during that time. (Colombo Gazette) The wreckage of the ‘Valampuri’ passenger ferry, which was sunk by the LTTE in 1998, has been located north of Point Pedro.The Navy said that on information received from a civilian diver, a fresh underwater search was carried out by Navy divers and the wrecked of the passenger ferry was located 8 nautical miles north of Point Pedro at a depth of 15 meters. read more

Initial agreement on Hambantota port to be signed tomorrow

The Initial agreement on operating the Hambantota port is to be signed tomorrow, Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said today.He said that the opposition is attempting to stage protests in Hambantota against the agreement. However the Minister said the initial agreement will be signed tomorrow and the final agreement will be signed after obtaining cabinet approval and Parliament approval. (Colombo Gazette)

UN predicts new displacements in northern Iraq

“It is likely there will be new displacements of people in the North,” David Wimhurst, the spokesman for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, told reporters in Amman. “The return to urban areas has slowed and the people who live in Dohuk are once again leaving the city.””This displacement follows increased military activities in the area by American, Iraqi and Kurdish forces,” he added.Meanwhile, UN relief agencies continued their efforts to assist the people of Iraq. The World Health Organization (WHO) has prepositioned supplies to deal with hundreds of cases of cholera and trauma. The health kits, now in Amman, “will be shipped to Iraq as soon as the situation allows,” said agency spokesman Fadela Chaib, who also voiced concern about “worsening hygiene conditions that can favor the spread of communicable diseases” in Iraq.In a separate development, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, warned that the black smoke over Baghdad coming from burning oil trenches and fires contains dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to human health and the environment. The agency is calling for efforts to monitor the potential impact of this smoke as soon feasibly possible.”UNEP believes that rapid action to repair environmental damage can play an important role in supporting humanitarian relief efforts,” said agency spokesman Michael Williams. read more

UN chief appoints Major General Hassen Ebrahim Mussa of Ethiopia to head

He succeeds Lieutenant General Birhanu Jula Gelalcha of Ethiopia, who will complete his assignment on 20 January. In a statement issued by the UN Spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he is “grateful to Lieutenant General Gelalcha for his dedication and effective leadership of UNISFA as head of the military component.”Major General Mussa has a long and distinguished career with the Ethiopian Armed Forces, and is currently serving as the Head of Peacekeeping Coordination Center in the Ethiopian Armed Forces. He graduated from the Ethiopian Defence Command and Staff College in 2005 and was a Corps Commander in the Ethiopian Armed Forces from 2011 to 2012. He previously served as the Sector Commander North in the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), where he gained valuable experience in UN peacekeeping. Prior to this, he held a number of other appointments within the Ethiopian Armed Forces, starting in 1995. read more