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 A lot more people run a 5K than a 10K. More run a 10K than a half marathon. Still, a greater number run a half marathon than a marathon. Almost no one runs in events of 50 miles or more. At the start of a marathon, the half marathon runners line up with those who are running the marathon.The further you go, the more difficult the running. You need a greater level of commitment and intestinal fortitude. At the halfway point, those running the half go back to their cars and head home. The rest keep running, doubling the distance.You don’t encounter many people on the extra mile. You often find yourself alone, with most of your competitors having dropped off long before they approached the place where continuing makes a difference.Proactive instead of ReactiveIn a commercial setting, going the extra mile comes down to your willingness to be proactive where others are reactive.The extra miles means identifying the potential problems and challenges your client is facing and doing something about them before they harm your client’s results. It also means generating new initiatives and proposing them before your client even recognizes there is an opportunity to produce better results.If you are proactive enough to follow-up to ensure your client is producing the result they need and are pleased with your performance, you will distinguish yourself from the crowded, competitive, “me too” market in which you find yourself. Most are content to wait for a request for support or service.The extra mile requires more of you. It requires more time, more effort, more energy, more focus, more planning, and more discipline. When you look at the list in the preceding sentence, you immediately recognize why you see so few as you travel the extra mile.More than Anyone ElseThe rewards accrue to those who distinguish themselves, those who stand out, those who are in some way exceptional.In most businesses, there are systemic challenges that plague clients and customers. When this is true, it’s easy to find yourself on your back foot, reacting to every issue and fighting dozens of small fires. Going the extra mile puts you squarely on your front foot, recognizing where those fires are likely to occur, and being there to extinguish them before they  do any real damage.If you are doing what everyone else does, following best practices, you will find yourself in a crowded field. That means you and your competitor’s both stop at the finish line. The extra mile is the mile that you run when everyone else has stopped running, and it is in that mile where you distinguish yourself.By going above and beyond—and staying on the course longer—you will soon find yourself all alone, a category of one. What you will see on the extra mile is loyal clients, raving fans, competitive differentiation, and the greater success that is only found by those who persist in going above and beyond what is expected.last_img read more

first_img“It was unfortunate that rivalries sometimes take the best out of us all,” said Suzara. “But apologies, like this, are accepted and all of us should move one.”READ: Foton looking to recruit GervacioFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGervacio, who captained BanKo Perlas in PVL, took to Twitter to air her grievances toward Suzara back in May and even used the hashtag “#IbigayMoNaTatsSuzara.”“You say you care for the sport but obviously you only care about yourself. I’m done being bullied. Bato bato sa langit,” Gervacio posted back in May 14. “And for somebody who’s ‘up there’ you’re supposed to help the sport grow. But instead you’re dragging down those who are not in your favor.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next Dzi Gervacio along with Foton and PSL execs during a small press conference Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine SuperLiga president Tats Suzara and new Foton spiker Dzi Gervacio mended their differences on Friday ahead of the new Grand Prix conference.Gervacio, with the help of Foton chairman Rommel Sytin, apologized to Suzara, who is also the director of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., after she accused the PSL president of withholding the international transfer certificates of foreign players who will play in PSL’s rival Premier Volleyball League.ADVERTISEMENT Suzara, who is a member of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), denied allegations and  assisted in the processing of the ITCs.Still, the official let bygones be bygones and assured that Gervacio will be treated with respect in the PSL.“Ms. Gervacio would be assured that she will be treated as the other players,” said Suzara. “I hope she plays her best for Foton and become one of the reasons for the team’s continuing success in the SuperLiga.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games JRU humiliates Perpetual with 33-point rout, holds on to 3rd placelast_img read more

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is has been impressed by Jack Wilshere’s recent performances and is sure that the England midfielder can reclaim his place in the national squad for 2018 World Cup in Russia.Wilshere has been plagued by injuries which has seen him last play for England in the humiliating defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016 and was then loaned out to Bournemouth last season.He opened the scoring in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea, a thumping left-foot effort that flew past Thibaut Courtois and in off the post in the 63rd minute, continued a return to form for Wilshere whose last Premier League goal was in May, 2015.Wilshere suffered a broken leg playing for Bournemouth in April and was a fringe player at Arsenal this season after recovering, but has started the last five league games.”I think he is at the level now where not many people expected him to be,” Wenger, who recently said he would allow Wilshere to leave to gain first-team football, told reporters.”When was the last time he played for England? Exactly, against Iceland (at Euro 2016), he came on. Since he has not played for England and I would say that means that everybody had given up on him.FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-2 ChelseaThe champions thought they had come from behind to win it before Bellerin’s sensational late leveller.A magnificent match.#ARSCHE Premier League (@premierleague) January 3, 2018″Today, nobody would be surprised if he was selected again. I think first of all he deserves a great credit for remarkable strength and we do as well.”advertisementWilshere’s goal ended a 43-match run of Premier League games without one, although he was perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch after escaping a second yellow card for an apparent dive in the second half.”Fair to say I enjoyed that!” Wilshere said on Twitter and judging by the Arsenal fans’ reaction they also are delighted to see a player who was once tipped for the very top back to something approaching his best form.Fair to say i enjoyed that! I told you on this team we fight till the end. Important we didn’t give up and got the point. Thanks to all of the fans tonight, one of the best atmospheres I’ve experienced at the Emirates! �??�❤ Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) January 3, 2018The key now for Wilshere is to maintain his form for Arsenal and, most importantly, stay injury-free in a bid to convince England manager Gareth Southgate that he is worthy of seat on the plane to Russia in the summer.Although his priority is trying to get Arsenal back into the top four having slipped to sixth.”I’ve just got to keep working and take each game as they come I’m happy and I’ve said it before, I just want to be playing games, I missed it so much going out on loan, I just want to be an Arsenal player,” Wilshere said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgTURIN (2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments) – Croatia advanced to the Final of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Turin after holding off Greece, 66-61, in Friday’s first Semi-Final.On Saturday, Aleksandar Petrovic’s charges will face the winner of the second Semi-Final between Italy and Mexico.The Croats looked like they had their place in Saturday’s decider all but assured as they raced out to a 12-3 advantage inside the first 2:23 minutes of the game and led by as many as 24 points early in the second quarter.However, they could not sustain that high level of play and Greece erased the deficit gradually during the rest of the first half and well into the third quarter. They even took their first lead of the game, 47-46, on a pair of free-throws by Stratos Pereroglou with 3:22 left in that period.That advantage was short-lived though as Bojan Bogdanovic and Dario Saric stepped up to edge Croatia back in front, 52-49, heading into the fourth quarter. They re-built a double-digit lead in the final frame and did just enough to hold off Greece.Turning Point: After Perperoglou gave Greece a first lead, Krunoslav Simon picked up a technical foul which the Greeks converted for a 48-46 edge. The Croats seemed to regain their focus thereafter and went on a 16-3 run to go up by 11 and that looked to have dealt the final blow to Greece’s hopes of a miraculous comeback.Stats Don’t Lie: Croatia could not have got off to a much better start than they did, as they shot 11-of-16 from the field in the first quarter, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists.Game Hero: Saric had 16 points and 8 rebounds and did an outstanding job defensively on Giannis Antetokounmpo, holding him to 9 points on a 3-of-14 shooting display and forcing him into 6 turnovers.The Bottom Line: Croatia find themselves a win away from a first Olympic appearance since 2008. As for Greece, they fell short in the OQT much as they did four years ago.  source: FIBATweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgSource: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares An incredible finish at the GSP Stadium on Tuesday night saw APOEL score three goals in injury time against Rosenborg to book their place in the Champions League playoff round.Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, APOEL finally found the breakthrough in the 92nd minute through Gianniotas, but still found time to add two more courtesy of Vander and De Vincenti, ensuring European group stage football for the 2016-17 campaign.Efrem’s goal in the first leg earned him a place in the lineup, while coach Thomas Christiansen also made an attacking change in starting De Vincenti ahead of Artymatas. And it was the pair who combined for the game’s first massive chance. The Argentine threaded a pass through the Rosenborg defence but the Cypriot’s lob went well over the bar.Despite being under the cosh, Rosenborg almost took the lead themselves, when Helland’s attempted cross hit the top of the crossbar.Efrem came close again just before the break when he connected at full stretch to meet a cross to the far post, but was unable to direct it on target with the keeper out of position.The intensity levels around the GSP were raised in the second half, as their Champions League hopes hung in the balance. Every opposition touch was whistled while each misplaced pass by the home side was met with groans.De Vincenti was enjoying his free role behind the striker and was having a massive creative influence on the game. On 50 minutes, his pass, intended for Efrem, teed up Nektarios Alexandrou who unleashed a rasping strike from the corner of the penalty area which cannoned off the woodwork.The tie was almost sealed when Rosenborg broke quickly and captain Jensen ghosted into the box unmarked to meet a low cross but his effort was saved by the outstretched leg of Waterman to keep APOEL hopes alive.APOEL had the ball in the net with a sweet volley from Sotiriou, only for it to be ruled offside, which replays confirmed was indeed the case.The visitors slowed the game down in any way they could in the final stages, frustrating APOEL into needless fouls as the clock ticked down.After a dull second half, however, an incredible ten minutes of injury time would ensue. Vander’s low cross picked out Gianniotas at the far post who poked home what looked to be a certain winnerAs Rosenborg threw everybody forward for a leveler, APOEL broke in numbers, and rather than heading for the corner flag, the home side went for the jugular as Vander smashed the ball into the roof of the net for 2-0.And almost straight after kick-off, a mix-up in the Norwegian defence handed De Vincenti the chance to volley in from thirty yards with goal unguarded to send the home crowd into jubilation after an enduring night.APOEL have now sealed European group stage football for the sixth time in eight seasons but will aim to reach the Champions League rather than fall into the Europa League with the playoff first leg taking place on either August 16 or 17.last_img read more

first_imgIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli has once again become the sole Indian in the Forbes 2019 list of world’s highest-paid athletes, announced on June 11.Virat Kohli is ranked last on the list of top 100 athletes which is headed by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi.According to the Forbes 2019 list, Virat Kohli is estimated to earn $21m from endorsements and $4m from salary and winnings, taking his total tally to $25m for the last 12 months.Notably, Virat Kohli was ranked 83rd on last year’s list and has moved down to the 100th spot despite an increase of $1m in endorsements.Virat Kohli, who leads the batting charts in International Cricket Council’s Test and ODI rankings, has a couple of big-money deals with some of the sport’s biggest brands. The India captain is certainly among the most popular cricketers across the globe and his fiery on-field outlook dominates narratives whenever India take to the field.Lionel Messi tops Forbes list for the 1st timeMeanwhile, Lionel Messi has led the Forbes list of world’s highest-paid athletes for the first time, having unseated boxing great Floyd Mayweather. Cristiano Ronaldo, who made the much-talked-about move from Real Madrid to Juventus last season, is second on the list with Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar coming third.Notably, it is the first time that footballers have clinched the top three spots since Forbes began tracking athlete earnings in 1990.With $92m from salary and winnings and an additional $35m from endorsements, leader Messi has total estimated earnings of $127m. Ronaldo has total estimated earnings of $109m over the last 12 months with $65m coming from salary and winnings and $44 coming from endorsements.advertisementNeymar has total estimated earnings of $105m over the last 12 months ($75m from salary and earnings, $30m from endorsements).Tennis great Roger Federer is fifth on the list with a whopping $86m coming from endorsements and $7.4m coming from salary and earnings.Golf star Tiger Woods, F1 great Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Conor McGregor are among the other big names in the top 25.Meanwhile, legendary women’s singles tennis player, Serena Williams is the only woman in the list at the 63rd spot. Notably, there were no women in Forbes 2018 list but Serena has come back into the top 100 following her return to the sport after a maternity break. With an endorsement earning of $25m and pay from salary amounting to $4.2m, Serena’s estimated total earnings over the last 12 months stand at $29.2m.World’s Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes in 2019 (Source: Forbes)Lionel Messi (Football) – $127mCristiano Ronaldo (Football) – $109mNeymar (Football) – $105mCanelo Alvarez (Boxing) – $94mRoger Federer (Tennis) – $93.4mRussell Wilson (American Football) – $89.5mAaron Rodgers (American Football) – $89.3mLeBron James (Basketball) – $89mStephen Curry (Basketball) – $79.8mKevin Durrant (Basketball) – $65.4mAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistani fans won’t boo Steve Smith, says Sarfaraz AhmedAlso See:last_img read more

first_img Mr. Holness said logistics operations have commenced on land that Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) has leased at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome, which is adjacent to Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the planned development of Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI) is now materialising. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the planned development of Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI) is now materialising.“The dream has begun (as) we are seeing the first signs of it with major investments along the (Marcus Garvey Drive) corridor,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at Tuesday’s (April 24) ceremony to break ground for the Foreshore Estate housing development in Delacree Pen, south west St. Andrew.Mr. Holness said logistics operations have commenced on land that Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) has leased at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome, which is adjacent to Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston.In his 2018/19 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on March 20, the Prime Minister explained that the land is being developed with a view to converting Kingston into the Automobile Logistics Centre for the Caribbean.This activity is part of the proposed development of lands adjacent to the port of Kingston into a modern competitive near-port logistics centre.“The plans are to develop all of these lands to house modern logistics facilities, which will be connected to the terminal by an efficient and cost-effective transportation system,” he said.Additionally, KWL has launched its new 160,000-square-foot Total Logistics Centre, which has seen all of the space being taken up.The Port Authority of Jamaica has also started construction of a modern 200,000-square-foot logistics facility immediately adjacent to Kingston Free Port Terminal Limited.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said Foreshore Estate will provide affordable homes for persons employed under the Logistics Hub Initiative.He noted that the project forms part of overall plans for the community, aimed at, among other things, repositioning the area to support aspects of the Hub being developed along Marcus Garvey Drive, Newport, and the port of Kingston.“One of the reasons we were very eager to see this development done is that we know that it will create the dormitory environment for the labour force to support (those) industrial developments.So it fits neatly into a greater development plan,” he said.Foreshore Estate, which will comprise 230 high-quality affordable housing units, is being undertaken by World Homes Jamaica Limited in partnership with the National Housing Trust.Mr. Holness said the project will provide an opportunity for the transformation of Delacree Pen and its environs, emphasising that “this is an opportunity to spread development beyond the gates of this community”.He indicated that the venture also involves significant infrastructure improvement, “where we will solving the traffic issues at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive, Spanish Town Road and Hagley Park Road”.“There will be some dislocation… (so) we ask the residents and the commuting public to understand,” he urged.The Logistics Hub Initiative seeks to establish Jamaica as the premier logistics node within the Americas, to capitalise on trade and business opportunities emanating from the Panama Canal’s expansion.It includes plans to further develop national infrastructure assets, such as ports, airports, roads, utilities and special economic zones, and attract private-sector investment in logistics, transportation and other value-added sectors.Jamaica’s Logistics Hub will be the fourth global logistics node, joining Singapore, Dubai and Rotterdam. “The dream has begun (as) we are seeing the first signs of it with major investments along the (Marcus Garvey Drive) corridor,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Five-time Congress MP from West Bengal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, will be the party leader in the Lok Sabha, top party sources said Tuesday. Chowdhury’s name was cleared by the top party leadership after which a letter of his appointment was handed over to the Lok Sabha secretariat, they said. The party, however, remained tight-lipped officially on his appointment. Chaudhary too feigned ignorance about his appointment. Asked about his appointment, he said the issue of who would lead the Congress in the Lower House of Parliament was not discussed in the party leaders’ meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s residence this morning. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Chowdhury was part of the top Congress leaders’ meeting at Gandhi’s residence. The meeting was also attended by, among others, party leader K Suresh from Kerala, who too is likely to get an important role. The Congress failed to secure the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha as it did not get the requisite 10 per cent seats in the House required for the post. This is for the second time in a row that the Grand Old Party has failed to get the post. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Chowdhury is a five-time MP from West Bengal and has not lost the Lok Sabha election since 1999. He currently represents the Berhampore Lok Sabha constituency in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Chowdhury has also been a member of the West Bengal assembly from 1996 to 1999. He has been the chief of the West Bengal Congress, besides also being the minister of state for railways between 2012 and 2014 during the UPA government. Chowdhury’s fighting spirit helped him win the party’s confidence, said sources. Mallikarjun Kharge was the leader of the Congress in the previous Lok Sabha but he lost the election this time, forcing the party to decide on another name.last_img read more

first_imgThe second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards presented by YUM! Brands Foundation took place last night at the Louisville Downtown Marriott.The event was created to celebrate the greatness of people from around the world who are making differences in their communities and beyond. In addition to awards given to seasoned humanitarians, six young people, 30 years and younger, were honored with an award for each of Muhammad’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.“The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards personify what the Ali Center stands for,” said Lonnie Ali, Vice Chair of the Ali Center. “Tonight, we honored some exceptional humanitarians who are demonstrating that one person’s conscious actions can effectively change the lives of many, and ultimately transform the world. We hope the Ali Humanitarian Awards continue to inspire young people to be great and do great things. It was a privilege to be among these great humanitarians who are tomorrow’s hope.”Recipients of the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards included: former NFL star, social justice activist, and actor Jim Brown; international humanitarian and entrepreneur, Mick Ebeling; Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon; musician, poet, and activist Common; six young adults (age 30 and under), and Kentucky humanitarians, Robert and Deborah Blair.Jim Brown was presented with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim Brown is known worldwide for his Hall of Fame football exploits as a running back for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. He boldly stood up for civil rights at a time it was not a cool thing to do, and fought for equality and against injustice with necessitated courage and uncompromising integrity. It was Jim Brown who rallied the premiere athletes of the 1960s to support Muhammad Ali’s right to conscientiously object to service in the Vietnam War. Brown founded the Amer-I-Can Life Management Skills program in 1988, a program that has changed and saved thousands of lives.Mick Ebeling was named Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year for his work as founder and CEO of Not Impossible, LLC, an organization that develops creative solutions to real-world problems. Impossible’s latest endeavor, Project Daniel, is the subject of Intel’s latest Look Inside campaign. For Project Daniel, Ebeling flew to Sudan to 3D-print and fit prosthetic limbs for children of the war-torn region, then left the equipment behind with locals he’d trained who continued after he left, thus establishing the world’s first 3D printing prosthetic lab and training facility. Mick also created the Eyewriter: a DIY, open-source, low-cost device that enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes.Susan Sarandon was honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship. The Academy-Award winning actress and social and economic activist’s charitable work includes serving as an ambassador for UNICEF, on the board of advisors for the Yele Haiti Foundation, and on the Advisory Committee for FilmAid International. She also has served on the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) Board of Directors and is now on their Advisory Board. Susan was Action Against Hunger’s award recipient at the “Restaurants Against Hunger Campaign” gala in 2006, in honor of World Food Day.Common was presented the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education. Common, who is a multiple Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist, poet, and guest speaker known to motivate and empower collegiate minds at prestigious universities across the country. In 2000, he launched his own philanthropic effort, The Common Ground Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to the empowerment and development of disadvantaged youth in urban communities by mentoring in three areas: character development, creative expression and healthy living.“The incredible efforts of the humanitarians who were honored this year serve as a testament to the fact that one person can change the world. Muhammad Ali is a living example of that statement. It is our hope that these awards create a catalyst in younger generations to get out and make a difference,” said Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center. Holly Robinson-Peete was a presenter, and Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s Today Show, hosted the event.last_img read more

first_imgTumbler Ridge Secondary – News Update –— School District 59 (@SD59PRS) February 11, 2019 TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – School District 59 has released news, on Twitter, that Tumbler Ridge Secondary School is currently in a secure and hold situation as a precautionary measure.According to SD 59, an indirect threat was made towards an employee earlier today.The School District says RCMP are involved and there is no immediate threat to students or staff.last_img

11 July 2011The process aimed at attaining United Nations membership got under way today for the Republic of South Sudan as the President of the Security Council referred the application of the world’s newest country to the body tasked with examining such requests. The process aimed at attaining United Nations membership got under way today for the Republic of South Sudan as the President of the Security Council referred the application of the world’s newest country to the body tasked with examining such requests. The Council’s Committee on the Admission of New Members met this afternoon to review the application, which was submitted by the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, on 9 July, the day the country formally separated from Sudan and became independent.“I have the honour, on behalf of the Republic of South Sudan and its people, in my capacity as President, to submit this application for membership in this esteemed body as a full Member State,” Mr. Kiir wrote in a letter sent to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.“The Republic of South Sudan accepts the obligations contained in the Charter of the United Nations and solemnly undertakes to fulfil them,” added the letter, which Mr. Ban referred to the Presidents of the Council and of the General Assembly. Any recommendations for admission must receive the affirmative votes of nine of the Council’s 15 members, provided that none of its five permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – vote against the application.If the Council recommends admission, the recommendation is presented to the 192-member Assembly, where a two-thirds majority of members present and voting is necessary for admission of a new State.Should South Sudan’s application be approved by the Council and subsequently the Assembly, the country of more than 8 million people will become the UN’s 193rd member. Membership becomes effective on the date the resolution for admission is adopted by the Assembly.South Sudan’s independence is the result of the January 2011 referendum held under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades-long civil war between the North and the South. In a related development, the Council today decided to close the six-year-old UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which was set up to assist the parties in implementing the CPA, and called on the Secretary-General to complete the withdrawal of all its uniformed and civilian personnel, except those needed for its liquidation, by 31 August.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council emphasized the need for an orderly withdrawal of UNMIS following the 9 July termination of its mandate to pave the way for the new UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS). The Council also requested the Secretary-General to transfer appropriate staff and supplies, including “the logistics necessary for achieving the new scope of functions to be performed,” from UNMIS to the new Mission and to the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which the Council set up last month to monitor the withdrawal of northern and southern troops from the region that is disputed by both sides. read more

“The success or failure of the Darfur process has the potential to make or break the stability in the whole region, if not the whole continent,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres told reporters at the agency’s in Addis Ababa at the end of a two-day visit to Ethiopia.The AU has several thousand troops monitoring the situation in Darfur, where two years of fighting between Government forces, pro-government militias and rebels has killed some 180,000 people and displaced 2 million others.“The world should help the African Union succeed in Darfur, and I will personally be your advocate for the international community not to shy away from its responsibilities,” Mr. Guterres told AU Commission President Alpha Oumar Konaré. The two leaders also discussed their common vision of a strong African political integration and committed themselves to strengthening their organizations’ cooperation. They resolved to jointly approach donors with creative projects to address the gap between short-term humanitarian relief and longer-term development assistance.“The funds always come too late,” Mr. Guterres said, alluding particularly to the Southern Sudan situation, where reconstruction should have started early on, after last January’s settlement of a two decades-long war between Government and rebel forces, to allow for the sustainable return of some 4.5 million displaced people and the country’s recovery. Organized repatriation to South Sudan, which began over the weekend from Kenya, is due to start from Ethiopia in February.Mr. Guterres, accompanied by UNHCR’s Geneva-based Africa Bureau Director Marjon Kamara, also met with the UN country team and deplored the frequent unpredictability of funding for Africa – a perennial problem for UNHCR and its partners.“Money follows television,” he said. “Unfortunately television does not often come to Africa.” read more

by Bradley Klapper And Deb Riechmann, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2013 6:59 am MDT WASHINGTON – The United States targeted more than a dozen companies and people on Thursday for allegedly evading sanctions against Iran, an effort by the Obama administration to show it will enforce existing law even as it presses Congress to hold off on additional measures while world powers pursue a comprehensive nuclear deal with Tehran.The action freezes the U.S. assets of firms in Panama, Singapore, Ukraine and elsewhere for maintaining covert business with Iran’s national tanker company. Other companies involved directly in the proliferation of material useful for weapons of mass destruction also were blacklisted from the U.S. market. American citizens are banned from any transactions with the listed individuals and firms.The announcement by the Treasury and State departments comes as the administration is furiously lobbying lawmakers to refrain from any new package of sanctions on Iran after last month’s interim nuclear agreement in Geneva. As part of the deal, the U.S. agreed to no new nuclear-related financial penalties against Tehran for six months, and Iran’s foreign minister has warned that any such action could kill the diplomatic effort.Still, many Republicans and Democrats in Congress have called for even tougher measures to raise the pressure further on the Islamic republic, despite the administration’s pleas for patience.On Thursday, the Obama administration received important support from Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, which had been seen as a likely starting point for any new sanctions from Congress.“The administration’s request for a diplomatic pause is reasonable,” Johnson said at an Iran hearing he chaired. “A new round of U.S. sanctions now could rupture the unity of the international coalition against Iran’s nuclear program. Existing sanctions will continue to bite, and to bite hard.”U.S. officials have stressed that most U.S. oil, banking and commercial restrictions remain in place despite the deal last month, which eased $7 billion in sanctions on Iran for a series of nuclear concessions. Secretary of State John Kerry argued earlier this week that Iran would still lose $30 billion as a result of economic penalties that stay in force under the interim deal.Separately Wednesday, the Royal Bank of Scotland agreed to pay $100 million to settle claims by U.S. and New York state regulators that it violated U.S. sanctions against Iran and other countries. Regulators said the bank channeled about $523 million in transactions to other banks for clients from those countries and concealed the clients’ identities in the paperwork.“We have not imposed sanctions for sanctions’ sake,” David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department’s sanctions chief, told Senate Banking Committee members. “One of the key purposes of sanctions always has been to induce a shift in the policy calculus of the Iranian government and to build the necessary leverage for serious negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program.”Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. nuclear negotiator with Iran, also testified.The administration appears to have succeeded in heading off any immediate sanctions, but Senate action may not be far off. Aides said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been talking about possible votes in January after the passage of a defence bill he hopes to secure before senators break next week for Christmas.And in the House, legislative aides said Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., would wait at least until January before introducing a nonbinding resolution spelling out suggested terms for any final deal. Cantor had been working on the resolution in recent days with Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who decided Thursday against supporting immediate action.The No. 2-ranked House Democrat “believes Congress has the right to express its views on what should be included in a final agreement, but that the timing was not right to move forward this week,” Hoyer spokeswoman Stephanie Young said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US hits firms evading Iran sanctions, while Congress debate over new measures goes on read more

by News Staff Posted Jan 30, 2015 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Another day, another oil company cutting spending.Calgary-based Bankers Petroleum has announced it will cut its capital spending plan for 2015 by $65-million to $153-million U.S.The company’s president says they have to show capital discipline to keep the balance sheet strong in light of low commodity prices. Bankers Petroleum cuts capital costs by $65M

“The ongoing destruction of Palmyra’s cultural artifacts reflects the brutality and ignorance of extremist groups and their disregard of local communities and the Syrian people,” decaled UNESCO chief Irina Bokova, strongly condemning this new assault on Palmyra, a World Heritage Site, particularly funerary busts and the renowned Lion statue of Athena from the entrance of the site’s museum.”The destruction of funerary busts of Palmyra in a public square, in front of crowds and children asked to witness the looting of their heritage is especially perverse,” she said, explaining that the busts embody the values of human empathy, intelligence and honor the dead. They also represent a wealth of information on costumes, jewelry, traditions and history of the Syrian people. “Their destruction is a new attempt to break the bonds between people and their history, to deprive them of their cultural roots in order to better enslave them, “she declared. With this in mind, Ms. Bokova reiterated her call to all religious leaders, intellectuals and young people to stand up against the manipulation of religion, to respond to the false arguments of extremists in all media and through the #unite4heritage campaign.”I commend the courage of the youth from the Arab world who are committed to protecting their heritage as a source of strength, resilience and hope in the future,” she said.Finally, she called strongly on all UN Member States, the art market and experts to join forces to curb the illicit traffic of cultural property.“I call on all researchers, artists, filmmakers and photographers to continue to cooperate and join forces with UNESCO to document and share the wealth of the Mesopotamian civilization. Neither bombs nor jackhammers can erase this great culture from the memory of the world,” she declared, adding that nothing can ever stifle human creativity – despite the obstacles and fanaticism, this energy will come back stronger than before, buildings and sites will be rehabilitated, and some will be rebuilt, and culture will find its place because it embodies the vitality of societies.“UNESCO will continue to work with the people of Syria to make sure that moment comes as soon as possible,” the Director General concluded. read more

first_imgWhenever a manufacturer releases a new device, there’s the mandatory selection of accessories made available to compliment it. In the case of a tablet, these accessories usually include cases, stands, and cables. For the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has gone one step further and teamed up to produce a bike mount.Created in partnership with 14 Bike Co. the mount hangs your Galaxy Tab in the middle of a bike frame held securely in a carbon fiber case. Why this doesn’t strike me as a very good idea is because the Tab’s display remains exposed.Allowing access to the screen while in the case may make it more accessible, but what happens if a stone flies up off the road and hits it? Or, you fall off your bike, leave your bike unattended, or it starts raining? There’s also a question mark over why you would want the Tab accessible why your were riding along. Tableting and biking surely isn’t a recommended form of multitasking.At the moment, this is just a concept rather than a readily available accessory. However, 14 Bike Co will provide you with one on special order, apparently. There’s no price listed anywhere, but special order usually translates into very expensive.If you did want a mount on your bike specifically for a tablet, I think it would be a lot more practical, and therefore sell better, if the case offered total protection, had a locking mechanism, and actually hid the fact you had a tablet inside it.Read more at SlashGear, via Geeky Gadgetslast_img read more

first_imgDon’t quite remember the Peek mobile email device? Back in 2008 the email-only handset (a TwitterPeek was announced in 2009), was a pretty hot gadget, that is at least among some small parts of the tech crowd and the for non-smartphone users. Others took serious issue with the Peek’s limitations (it couldn’t even handle HTML email), its slow speed, and its keyboard. Now Peek has announced that the company is discontinuing its email and Twitter services –both of which were sold as being “lifetime” — for its devices. It turns out that lifetime meant for the life of Peek’s offering the service, as opposed to the life of the device, the company, or the owner.The company’s CEO, Amol Sarva, noted that it’s just not tenable for them to maintain their US network for the small number of remaining users any longer. The company will focus on software only at this point, moving their business to the cloud and then working with other platforms, including Android. We’ve heard the company will focus on emerging markets, ostensibly where smartphone penetration is limited and mobile email is not ubiquitous.After paying up to $299 for the handset and lifetime service you’d imagine that Peek users would be furious, but I’ve been unable to find much outrage on Twitter, aside from some people like @whipstats asking about the “lifetime” service on his Peek9 . Either there just aren’t that many users left or they’ve restricted their complaints to other platforms. Peek’s forums, which used to live at, seem to have been closed down recently, if Google Cache is to be believed.Peek does not seem to have said anything about the shutdown on their blog, and aside from the statement on Engadget, nor has the CEO. On the company’s Twitter feed they did post this short message:via Engadget.last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments Share185 Tweet Email Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeTHE FAMILY OF 34 year-old William Maughan have issued an appeal for information about the murder of their son and his girlfriend, 20 year-old Anna Varslavane.The couple, who lived together in Gormanstown, Co Meath, went missing on 14 April, 2015 on the way to meet William’s mother Helen to get a lift to Tallaght, where the Maughan family lived.The couple had planned to leave Gormanstown to move back to the Tallaght area at the time of their disappearance.Gardaí believe the couple were murdered on their way to meet Helen, but their remains have never been found.Four years on from their disappearance, William’s family continue in their attempts to find the couple’s remains. Ana Varslavane and William MaughanSpeaking to Crimecall for RTÉ, Helen Maughan said the last four years have been “torture” for the family, which she says has been “torn apart”.“Nobody knows what this pain is until they’re in this situation themselves,” she said. “It’s a nightmare that no family deserves to go through.”William’s father Joseph says the experience has dragged him “through hell”, and describes himself as ”a broken man”.The couple are set to make an emotional appeal on the show, to be broadcast tonight, asking anyone with information about the couple’s disappearance to come forward.“If there is anyone with information out there…I plead to please have it in your heart to just pick up the phone,” Helen says.“Put the Maughan family at some kind of peace so we can lay our son with Anna,” Joseph will say. “Please, come forward…Do the right thing.” By Stephen McDermott 22,733 Views Mar 25th 2019, 12:55 PM Monday 25 Mar 2019, 12:55 PM Short URL ‘Put our family at peace’: Parents of murdered Willie Maughan make appeal to find his killers The appeal comes ahead of the fourth anniversary of Willie’s disappearance.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The last thing any Australian parent is going to want is for politicians to be deciding which bits of our country’s history their children should learn about, and which bits they shouldn’t – Angelo GavrielatosMigrant history and multiculturalism might be reduced or cut in the national curriculum as the Abbott government seeks to review the program. The government hopes to clear the way for reforms that could expunge parts of the history syllabus, which Prime Minster Tony Abbott has blasted for favouring leftist views. The current national curriculum includes quite an extensive exploration of migration and Australia’s multicultural history, and much of the syllabus aims to create intercultural understanding amongst students. Multicultural history in Australia is taught over six years in the history syllabus, including examining the role people of diverse backgrounds have played in the development and character of a local community, early migration and democracy and citizenship in Australia. In year seven, students can also take an elective to study ancient Greece and the Mediterranean. The first stage of the national curriculum introduced in 2011 after two years of consulting. The ACT was the first state to implement the curriculum, and other states have followed to become national curriculum compliant. The curriculum was an initiative the then Gillard Government hoped would centralise education and increase literacy and numeracy test results in the country that have been falling for the past decade. She hoped to include three themes in the curriculum, sustainability, indigenous affairs and Asia. Many states still haven’t introduced the national curriculum in the syllabus yet, with many hoping to introduce when schools start late January, prompting eachers to argue the review is premature. Only Mathematics, English, History, Science and Geography are ready to be implemented, while the rest of the curriculum is still being developed. The language program that includes Modern Greek is still being developed and is predicted to be ready in May. A group of 150 professors, lecturers, teachers and principals have signed an open and highly critical letter to Education Minister Christopher Pyne expressing their concerns about the timing and design of the review announced on Friday. Minister Pyne wants to see a “balanced” curriculum and says he will implement the suggestions of the review panel when they submit the final report in July 31. “The review will evaluate the robustness, independence and balance of the Australian Curriculum by looking at both the development process and content,” he says. Federal president of the Australian Education Union, Angelo Gavrielatos has slammed the review, saying Minister Pyne is “playing politics with the education of Australian children”. ‘The last thing any Australian parent is going to want is for politicians to be deciding which bits of our country’s history their children should learn about, and which bits they shouldn’t,” he tells Neos Kosmos. For teachers about to start the school year, some teaching from the national curriculum for the first time, the review will be weighing heavily on their minds. If all recommendations are taken on board and the curriculum changes, many students might be feeling like half the year was a waste. “Teachers put a great deal of time and effort into preparing class plans, resources and activities,” Mr Gavrielatos says. “If Mr Pyne takes the whole thing back to the drawing board, there’s no doubt this will have implications for teachers and students when any changes are introduced.” Minister Pyne has picked Professor Ken Wiltshire and Dr Kevin Donnelly, both vocal critics of the national curriculum to man the review. Dr Donnelly has previously sited the state curriculums teach ”a politically correct, black-armband view” of the world. In their letter, more than 150 signatories questioned the credibility and expertise of the two-man panel, saying “we are concerned about whether the panel members will hold the requisite openness to diverse views and perspectives required to produce a balanced and fair review”. Minister Pyne has voiced he will welcome diverse submissions to the review.last_img read more