NextGen Know-How: The power of follow-through

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In February 2016, I was in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a week of training with my mentor, Jack Canfield. Jack was sharing his principles for success, and in one segment, he facilitated a session on the importance of asking for what you want. Jack shared some research on how many calls it takes to make a sale to a prospect that illuminated the fact that most salespeople quit following up before most prospects are ready to make a decision. Herbert True, a marketing specialist at Notre Dame University, found that:44% of all salespeople quit trying after the first call24% quit after the second call14% quit after the third call12% quit trying to sell their prospect after the fourth callThis means that 94% of all salespeople give up by the fourth call. But 60% of all sales are made after the fourth call. These oft-quoted statistics reveal that 94% of all salespeople don’t give themselves a chance at 60% of the prospective buyers. Success in sales is all about following up and following through.last_img read more

Jamaica to Reopen Its Borders on June 1

first_imgNationals seeking to enter Jamaica from countries within this travel bubble may not need to be tested on arrival. They would, however, be subject to health status screening (including temperature checks, symptoms observation, etc.) They will also be subject to mandatory 14-day home quarantine. “Countries with similar management & profile result for Covid-19 regarding spread, death rate, infection prevention & control measures, contact tracing protocols & other such criteria could constitute a “travel bubble” that would determine the protocols applicable to their entry. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that the reopening of the borders means greater personal responsibility for the returnees. The announcement was made tourism stakeholders in a letter signed by Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett. ALL Jamaicans will still need to apply to come home using the jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm Over the last few weeks, as the COVID-19 numbers have declined, Jamaica has allowed the reentry of citizens stranded overseas under the controlled reentry program. Approximately 2,300 persons have entered Jamaica so far under the program. Jamaicans returning from countries not considered to be within the “travel bubble” and returning to high risk communities will be tested and quarantined at home with either phone or wristband geo-fencing.” As for non-Jamaican tourists: As of June 15, testing on arrival will be subject to the result of the public health screening at the port of entry. All tourists entering Jamaica, however, will be encouraged to undergo voluntary testing at the port of entry. The Jamaican government has announced that it will reopen its borders in June; first to repatriate Jamaican citizens beginning on June 1 and then to allow international travellers to visit, beginning on June 15. last_img read more

Nine-goal Ahly equal CAF C.League record

first_img0Shares0000Al Ahly of Egypt hammered Atlabara of South Sudan 9-0 Friday to equal the record aggregate winning margin for a CAF Champions League tie © AFP / FETHI BELAIDJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug 23 – A Hussein el Shahat hat-trick helped Al Ahly of Egypt overwhelm Atlabara of South Sudan 9-0 Friday and equal the record for a CAF Champions League aggregate winning margin.The Cairo Red Devils won the preliminary tie 13-0 overall to match the margin achieved by Young Africans of Tanzania 10 years ago. Ahly had the benefit of playing both legs in Egyptian Mediterranean city Alexandria because the national stadium in South Sudan capital Juba is being renovated.Already four goals ahead from the first leg, record eight-time African champions Ahly scored four in the first half of the second leg with Salah Mohsen bagging a brace.El Shahat notched the second of his three goal a minute into the second half and a miserable night for Atlabara was completed when Mostafa Selim conceded an own goal nine minutes from time.Meanwhile, Cote d’Or became the first club from the Indian Ocean island of the Seychelles to win a Champions League tie since 2004 when they drew 1-1 at home against Fomboni of the Comoros.The Seychellois advanced on away goals having drawn 2-2 in the Comoros two weekends ago and could face 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the round of 32.Sundowns host AS Otoho of Congo Brazzaville in Pretoria Saturday having lost the first leg 2-1 in central Africa.In Uganda, late goals from Mustafa Kizza and Allan Okello gave hosts Kampala Capital City Authority a 2-0 win over African Stars of Namibia and a tougher than expected passage to the next round.Stars won the first leg 3-2 in Windhoek and contained the Ugandans for 81 minutes before Kizza scored direct from a free kick.Okello slammed a Mike Mutyaba pass into the net a minute from time to seal a 4-3 aggregate victory for the Kampala outfit.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Play Your Part episode nine: synopsis

first_imgGet your sneak peek of episode nine of the Play Your Part television series, here:Lufefe Nomjana, known as the Spinach King, is one of the guests featured on episode nine of Play Your Part, broadcast on 4 November. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter Lufefe Nomjana was a volunteer at a community garden when he spotted a business opportunity. Using the vegetable spinach, he went on to build his company. He tells his story of how he became known as the Spinach King in this week’s Play Your Part.The episode, which is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane, airs on Saturday, 4 November 2017, at 18:00. It is part of a 26-episode series.Here’s more on the other two guests on this week’s episode:Avril SnymanAvril SnymanSnyman and her team talk about the growth of Lebone Village outside Bloemfontein. The village consists of five centres and benefits vulnerable children, youth and their families. Most of the children are affected by HIV and Aids.Matona Ntshona-SakupwanyaMatona Ntshona-SakupwanyaNtshona-Sakupwanya is the general manager of the marketing and communications department at The Innovation Hub, Gauteng’s innovation agency. She talks about how The Innovation Hub creates a platform to bring tech entrepreneurs, industry, academics, researchers and venture capitalists together.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Team South Africa announced for African Games

first_img30 July 2015The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has named the South African team to compete in the 11th edition of the African Games to be held in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, from 4 to 19 September.The team will have representation in 15 out of 22 sporting codes being contested at the games.For Team South Africa, the biggest code in terms of numbers will be athletics with a contingent of 60 athletes participating. Other codes represented by Team SA will include: badminton, boxing, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastics, judo, karate, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, powerlifting and wrestling.Previously known as the All Africa Games, the African Games is an important multi-code event and the highest pinnacle of continental games. The championships are held every four years – one year before the Olympic Games.At the last games, in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011, Team South Africa were crowned champions of the continent as they came top on the medal table.This year, Ezera Tshabangu, as Chef de Mission, will lead the team.“Team South Africa are expected to perform well in Brazzaville and as has been the case, are encouraged to cement their position as one of the sporting powerhouses on the continent.”Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy commented: “We congratulate the athletes that have been selected to participate in these renowned games as they have met the eligible criteria set by the International Federations to participate in African Games.“We believe in your capabilities and may you do the country proud.”Sascoc president Gideon Sam added: “Considering that it’s just about a year ahead of the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, our top sportsmen and women should need little reminding that this is the perfect opportunity to put their hands up and let us see just what they are made of.“Competition for Rio is going to be really tough so this is a great chance to stake their claim at the African Games.”The first African Games were held in 1965 in Brazzaville, meaning the host will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of this event. Officially recognised by the IOC from this first edition, the concept of the African Games has since been perpetuated.More than 15 000 athletes, delegations and journalists will attend the 2015 African Games.The full team is:AthleticsWomen: Carina Horn, Justine Palframan, Tamzin Thomas, Caster Semenya, Claudia Heunis, Wenda Nel, Annerie Ebersohn, Marilize Higgins, Julia du Plessis, Geraldine King, Deone Joubert, Jo-Ane van Dyk, Bianca Erwee, Lynique Prinsloo, Matsi Dikotla, Patience Ntshingila, Sonia Smuts, Ischke Senekal, Geraldine Duvenage, Sunette Viljoen, Gezelle BernardMen: Akani Simbine, Roscoe Engel, Henricho Bruintjies, Anaso Jobodwana, Wayde van Niekerk, Berend Koekemoer, Ofentse Mogowane, Mthembi Chauque, Rynardt van Rensburg, Johan Cronje, Dumisane Hlaselo, Stephen Mokoka, Antonio Alkana, Tshepo Lefete, Ruan de Vries, LJ van Zyl, Cornel Fredericks, Wouter le Roux, Lindsay Hanekom, Mpho Links, Chris Moleya, Eben Beukes, Ruswahl Samaai, Zarck Visser, Godfrey Khotso Mokoena, Orazio Cremona, Jaco Engelbrecht, Victor Hogan, Russell Tucker, Chris Harmse, Rocco van Rooyen, Philmar van Rensburg, Tobie Holtzhausen, Fredriech Pretorius, Willem Coertzen, Lebogang Shange, Wayne SnymanPara athleticsWomen: Ilse Hayes, Johanna Pretorius, Liezel Gouws, Carley LomaxMen: Danie Breitenbach, Hilton Langenhoven, Jonathan Ntutu, Fanie van der Merwe, Gerrit Hendricks, Tyrone Pillay, Heugene Murray, Michael Louwrens, Christiaan du PlessisOfficials: Karin le Roux, Raymond Julius, Marius WesselsBadmintonWomen: Elsie de Villiers, Michella Butler-Emmett, Jennifer Fry, Sandra le GrangeMen: Jacob Maliekal, Andries Malan, Willem Viljoen, Prakash VijayanathOfficials: Willie Joseph, Christoffer DednamBoxingMen: Sibusiso Bandla, Ayabonga Sonjica, Luvuyo Sizani, Akani Phuzi, Paul SchaferOfficials: Johannes Prinsloo, Nkosinathi HlatshwayoCyclingWomen: Lise Olivier, Heidi Dalton, Anriette Schoeman, Zanele TshokoMen: Hendrik Kruger, Reynard Butler, Thulasizwe Mxenge, Gustav Basson, Stefan de Bod, Emile JacobsOfficials: Wimpie Gouws, David van Straaten, Brigitte MilesonFencingWomen: Juliana Barret, Gisele Vicatos, Aphiwe Tuku, Tamaryn CarfootMen: Robert McGregor, Alexander Collings, Mogamad Faai’q Gamieldien, Keith Sefularo, Sello Maduma, Joseph Maluleke, Thulani ManziniOfficials: Randall DanielsGymnasticsWomen: Dominique Mann, Kirsten Beckett, Claudia Cummins, Bianca Mann, Angela Maguire, Tylah LotterMen: Wilson Mafona, Terence Ledwaba, Ryan Patterson, Tiaan Grobler, Siphamandla NgcoboOfficials: Tseko Mogotsi, Alta Lategan, Ilse Laing, Andries GroblerJudoMen: Jacques van Zyl, Siyabulela Mabulu, Zack PiontekOfficials: Pierre Rusmus MaritzKarateWomen: Elsabe le Roux, Meghan Booyens, Noloyiso Bonga, Nicole Luther, Maxine WillemseMen: Michael du Plessis, Stefano Biagioni, Silvio Cerrone-Biagioni, Marius Madgwick, Jan Booysens, Sandile Makwali, Morgan Moss, Mphikeleli Mthimunye, Troy Futter, Theogran Pillay, Andre de Oliveira, Balungile NcofeOfficials: Skosana Humphrey, Jody Young, Zachous BanyaneSwimmingWomen: Jessica Lee Ashley-Cooper, Kelly Gunnell, Vanessa Mohr, Rita Naude, Charlise Oberholzer, Karin Prinsloo, Marlies Ross, Tatjana Schoenmaker, Megan van Wyk, Rene Warnes, Michelle WeberMen: Alard Basson, Calvyn Justus, Alaric Basson, Chad le Clos, Martin Binedell, Daniel Marais, Myles Brown, Nico Meyer, David de Villiers, Caydon Muller, Richard Ellis, Daniel Ronaldson, Douglas Erasmus, Ayrton Sweeney, Clayton Jimmie, Brent Szurdoki, Edward Johannisen, Cameron van der BurghOfficials: Nellie Silent, Graham Hill, Igor Omeltchenko, Sibani MakhanyaTable tennisWomen: Danisha Patel, Zodwa Maphanga, Khanyisile Madlala, Caitlin LingeveldtOfficial: Neville ParkerVolleyball – beachWomen: Palesa Masinga, Randy WilliamsMen: Grant Goldschmidt, Leo WilliamsOfficial: Gershon RorichPara powerliftingWomen: Chantelle StiermanOfficial: Anita BarnardWrestlingWomen: Jeanne-Marie Coetzer, Zumicke Geringer, Refilwe MolongwanaMen: Jan Combrinck, Barco Badenhorst, Tiaan van der Merwe, Andries Schutte, Gert Coetzee, Armando Hietbrink, Martin ErasmusOfficials: Gert van der Merwe, Nico CoetzeeGeneral team managementChef de Mission: Ezera TshabanguLeon Fleiser, Zandi Monyadi, Isaac Mdaka, Jessica Choga, Kagisho Matolong, Reabetswe MpeteTeam attache: Pela SelomoMedical teamDoctors: Dr Jerome Mampane, Dr Kgomotso Mogapi, Dr Mapitsi Maphoto, Dr Santa-Marie VenterPhysiotherapists: Sandhya Silal, Fikile Phasha, Greshne van Wyk, Sarah Jane Fergusen, Danielle Munezero, Ashleigh Hansen, Rannoa Ntseke, Given Baloyi, Avirlash Lukhan, Siyabonga Kunene, Sergant Motha, Hugh EversonSource: News24Wirelast_img read more

A Letter to Executive Leaders About Unaddressed Operational Challenges

first_imgI would be the very first person to tell a sales force to continue to prospect and sell through operational challenges. It is too difficult to regain that discipline once it has been lost, and it is never, ever a good idea to allow your pipeline to wither away.I would also be the first person to tell a sales force to take the difficult calls from their clients when there is a service failure, owning the outcome and giving the transaction, the task, to the person responsible doing whatever needs to be done. I would tell a salesperson to have a presence and to be accountable, even when it’s painful (scratch that, especially when it is painful).If the operations team is having trouble executing, I would be the first person to tell the salesperson to meet with their client to help get changes made on their side, when that is what is necessary. I would also tell them to turn their sales skills towards their own company leadership to get the help they need to take care of their clients.But as it pertains to the systemic challenges that cause salespeople to lose clients because they go unresolved, I must tell you as leadership and operations that you need to make the changes necessary to correct the issues in a way that is sustainable. When you don’t make improvements, you can cause the sales force to pull up the reins and slow their efforts.Imagine that right now you have operational challenges of the first order. You are failing clients, and the sales force is doing their part to help hold things together. But these problems don’t get better. Instead, they persist and get worse over time. Even though your sales leadership team is tough, forcing their salespeople to move away from the reactive, customer service role they still need to play, the sales force does everything they can to avoid prospecting and win new business.What you must know is that salespeople trade in a currency called trust. When they sell something they know is going to fail, they know that will be the very last time they sell anything to that customer. They will work very hard not to do anything that would destroy that trust. More still, you want them to have the trust that allows them to walk in, make a recommendation, have their client take their advice, and leave with a new project or new order or new initiative. They can’t do this if what they sell is guaranteed to fail.There are always operational issues. The sales force needs to be able to deal with the things that happen day-to-day in the business. But the exceptional challenges need more attention, and they need to be resolved in a meaningful way.If you are in leadership, you must have the will, the determination, and the resourcefulness to make the changes necessary to correct operational issues that have persisted for too long. If you don’t, you are putting the brakes on your sales efforts, and you will undoubtedly suffer lost clients and decreasing revenue. In this case, you need to go first.last_img read more

North Carolina Football: North Carolina Shows Off New ACC Football Patches On Tar Heels’ New Jerseys

first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the Military Appreciation Day game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Idaho Vandals during play at Kenan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Much of North Carolina football’s 2015 uniforms is new. The uniforms themselves are new, with the argyle pattern getting added to the collar of the Tar Heels’ jerseys. The ACC Football patches are new, too. Here they are: View of @theACCfootball patches on the new @TarHeelFootball jerseys. #GoHeels pic.twitter.com/PLrlTdEHHe— Jason Freeman (@UNCEquipment) June 9, 2015North Carolina will debut its new jerseys Sept. 3 against South Carolina.last_img read more

Minnesota’s QB Says Michigan State Has Big Ten’s Worst Visiting Locker Room

first_imgMichigan State's Spartan Stadium during the spring game.InstagramGoing on the road in the Big Ten is never a treat – between the travel, the team’s opposing fans and the shoddy facilities. But according to Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, one program’s visiting locker room situation is worse than the rest.Leidner was asked which program has the worst locker room in the Big Ten, and his answer was Michigan State. He claims the stalls don’t have doors. Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press captured the quote.#Gophers QB Mitch Leidner was asked today about worst #B1G visiting locker room. Michigan State, he said. Reason: no doors on toilet stalls.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) July 26, 2016It’s hard to disagree with Leidner, if what he’s saying is true.Luckily for Leidner, he won’t have to deal with the situation again. He’s a senior, and Minnesota doesn’t play Michigan State in 2016.last_img read more

EU UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

first_imgSALZBURG, Austria – Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade.With Britain’s departure from the EU on March 29, 2019, looming, there are growing concerns that a deal on the post-Brexit relationship may not be cobbled together in time to ensure a smooth and orderly British exit.All leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, are desperate to solve the biggest Brexit riddle — how to keep goods moving freely between Northern Ireland in the U.K. and EU member state Ireland.Despite reports of a friendly spirit at a summit in Salzburg, Austria, the fundamental differences remained. EU Council President Donald Tusk said parts of May’s Brexit plan — dubbed Chequers after a key Brexit meeting at the premier’s country residence of the same name — simply “will not work.”But just minutes after he spoke, May insisted that her Brexit plan was the “only serious and credible” proposal on the table.Like many leaders, including May, Tusk said “we need to compromise on both sides.” He wants to see a major breakthrough by the time the leaders meet again in Brussels on Oct. 18-19. Tusk said a special Brexit summit could be held in mid-November if things progress as hoped — but only as a “punch line” if most of the deal had already been agreed.If Britain is to leave with a deal in six months, May and the Europeans must find solutions in coming weeks so parliaments have enough time to ratify the agreement.They’ve spent two days in Salzburg trying to do just that, but with things at a standstill, each side tried to ramp up pressure on the other. Each is urging the other to compromise, while EU leaders issue constant warnings to Britain about the Brexit clock ticking.“Time is running short,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters. “We want to avoid a ‘No Deal Brexit,’ but we are preparing for that. We are hiring extra staff and officials, bringing in IT systems. We are ready for that eventuality, should it occur.”Tusk said that key parts of the British proposals to leave would undermine the union of the 27 remaining members.May wants to keep the U.K. inside the bloc’s single market for goods, but not services. The EU has insisted that the single market cannot be cherry-picked like that.“Europe isn’t an a la carte menu,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.The French said May’s proposals “are not acceptable as they stand, particularly in the economic realm” because they “don’t respect the integrity of the single market.”Tusk agreed May’s Chequers proposals “will not work, not least because it risks undermining the single market” of seamless movement of goods, services, capital and persons.The biggest single obstacle to a deal is the need to maintain an open border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. For Ireland, it’s important not to undermine the hard-won peace after decades of sectarian tensions in neighbouring Northern Ireland.May said Britain and the EU agreed on the need for a legally binding backstop to guarantee there would be no hard Irish border. But Britain rejects the EU’s proposal, which would keep Northern Ireland inside the bloc’s customs union while the rest of the U.K. leaves.May said the backstop “cannot divide the United Kingdom into two customs territories.” She said Britain “will be bringing forward our own proposals shortly” about how to break the impasse.Dealing with the EU is only part of May’s problem. Her Chequers plan also faces opposition from pro-Brexit members of her own Conservative Party, who say it would keep Britain tethered to the bloc, unable to strike new trade deals around the world.Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who quit the government in July, said Thursday that the Chequers plan was “devoid of democracy” and “worse than no deal.”Macron, meanwhile, expressed contempt for pro-Brexit British politicians who told the public there would be “simple solutions” to leaving.He said Brexit “demonstrated that those who explain that one can get by easily without Europe — that it will all go well, that it is easy and brings in a lot of money — are liars.”Any Brexit deal will include a withdrawal agreement and transition period to smooth Britain’s exit from the bloc.Currently that’s expected to last until the end of 2020 — but without a deal Britain would crash out of the EU on Brexit day, a development that in theory could see flights parked and trade between the two sides grind to a halt.It all suggests a fractious summit in Brussels next month.“We are today at the moment of truth,” Macron warned.___Lawless reported from London. Raf Casert in Brussels, Thomas Adamson in Paris, and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___US hiring slower but steady as employers add 155K jobsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in November, adding just 155,000 jobs. That’s below this year’s average monthly gains but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. The Labor Department says that the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average hourly pay rose 3.1% from a year ago, matching the previous month’s figure, which was the best since 2009.___Chinese executive facing US extradition appears in courtVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A prominent Chinese telecommunications executive facing possible extradition to the United States appears in court Friday as she seeks bail in a case that has rattled markets and raised doubts about the U.S. being able to reach a truce in its trade war with China.___Meng Wanzhou’s rise through the ranks at HuaweiNEW YORK (AP) — Before her dramatic arrest in Canada, few in the U.S. had heard of Meng Wanzhou. She’s the chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board of Chinese telecom company Huawei. She started there in 1993 and has risen up the ranks with the growth of the company, which is founded by her father.___Stocks drop 4 per cent in rocky week on trade, growth worriesNEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street capped a turbulent week of trading Friday with the biggest weekly loss for the U.S. stock market since March. The latest wave of selling erased more than 550 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, bringing its three-day loss to 1,400. Worries that the U.S.-China trade dispute and rising interest rates will pump the brakes on global economic and corporate earnings growth next year has made investors uneasy, leading to volatile swings in the market from one day to the next.___Oil producers join forces and cut production againVIENNA (AP) — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply. Following two days of meetings, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries that includes the likes of Saudi Arabia and Iraq said they would cut 800,000 barrels per day for six months from January, though some countries such as Iran, have been given an exemption.___Marlboro maker places $1.8 billion bet on marijuanaNEW YORK (AP) — One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $1.8 billion buy-in. Marlboro maker Altria is taking a 45 per cent stake in Cronos Group, the Canadian medical and recreational marijuana provider, which said that the investment could grow. According to terms released Friday, Altria’s investment would be similar to that of Corona maker Constellation Brands, which invested about $4 billion in another pot company earlier this year.___Australia anti-encryption law rushed to passageMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A new law rushed through Australia’s parliament will compel technology companies including Apple, Facebook and Google to help police catch terrorists and other criminals by disabling encryption protections. Cybersecurity experts say the law will instead be a boon to the criminal underworld by undermining the internet’s technical integrity, weakening digital security and privacy.___France girds for weekend protests, fearing more violencePARIS (AP) — Anticipating a fourth straight weekend of violent protests, France is mobilizing thousands of police, cordoning off Paris’ broad boulevards and making plans to shut down tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The heavy security will put central Paris in a virtual lockdown Saturday against what the interior minister called “radicalized and rebellious people,” who authorities believe will join members of the “yellow vest” movement that has been holding anti-government demonstrations.___Foie gras off Amazon’s offerings in California in settlementLOS ANGELES (AP) — California prosecutors say Amazon has agreed not to sell foie gras in the state from birds that have been force-fed. State lawmakers banned that form of the fatty duck and goose liver delicacy nearly 15 years ago. Prosecutors said Friday a state judge approved a settlement between the online retailer, her office and district attorneys in Monterey and Santa Clara counties. Amazon said the company is not commenting.___The S&P 500 index fell 62.87 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 2,633.08. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 558.72 points, or 2.2 per cent, to 24,388.95. The Nasdaq composite slid 219.01 points, or 3 per cent, to 6,969.25. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks gave up 29.32 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,448.09.U.S. benchmark crude rose 2.2 per cent to $52.61 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 2.7 per cent to $61.67 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline climbed 3.7 per cent to $1.49 a gallon. Heating oil rose 1.5 per cent to $1.89 a gallon. Natural gas gained 3.7 per cent to $4.49 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more