Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The question asked of me last week was this: “How do you think about making the right decision in sales?”There is no way you can know with absolute certainty what the right decision is before you make it. But there are ways that you can do a better job of making decisions in sales—or in any other area of life. The challenge is in not getting wrapped around the axle and committing to a course of action before you have had a chance to think things through.The way to make good decisions is to first consider your options. Once you have identified all your choices, you can weigh them against each other to determine which choice you believe will allow you to achieve the result you want. More choices improve your chances of success while believing there is only one course of action limits your chances.Let’s assume you are calling on your dream client, and their gatekeeper decides to lock you out, forbidding you from gaining access to the contact with whom you need to meet.You might decide that you are going to do any one of the following:Contact the client directly. A decision worth considering, even if it comes with the downside risk of alienating the gatekeeper and making an enemy.Identifying and pursuing a new contact. Another reasonably good choices depending on the context. The downside risk here is that word gets back to the contact and their gatekeeper and you end up bringing negative attention to yourself.Identifying someone who can make an introduction. Maybe you have a shared contact that would be generous enough to make an introduction. This might be especially valuable if you have done good work for this person and they’d like to do this for you.Enlisting the client as an ally. Maybe the best thing to do is try to win the gatekeeper’s heart and mind, enlisting their help in your cause, proving you create value, and making them look good in the process.There are still more choices available to you, like having someone else on your team work on access through another channel. From the small number of facts and clues, it’s still difficult to make a good decision, but with a little context, a good choice becomes clear. If your best client used to work for the contact you are pursuing, the decision is easier to make. If you have another contact that has engaged with you, that might make taking a different path a better option.The key to making good decisions is to first start by identifying your options before you make a decision and act.
After a 4-0 victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv reminded Jose Mourinho of what it feels like to win, the Chelsea manager has an important decision to make before facing Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.Mourinho made six changes for the Group G Champions League game on Wednesday after Chelsea lost their third league game out of five at Everton last Saturday. Regular starters John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa were on the bench.The commanding victory could boost confidence among the Chelsea ranks but Mourinho must decide whether to return his underperforming stars to the lineup, or keep faith with players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Loic Remy, who impressed against Maccabi.Also read: Sergio Aguero set to return for leaders Manchester City With Willian and Pedro Rodriguez expected to miss the Arsenal game through injury, Eden Hazard should keep his starting place, despite an unconfident performance against Maccabi where he missed a penalty after five minutes.United in form Meanwhile, Manchester United travel to Southampton on Sunday, where Louis van Gaal will renew his rivalry with Dutch counterpart Ronald Koeman.Their fractious relationship stems from when Koeman was manager at Ajax and Van Gaal was appointed technical director.Also read: PSV recover to beat United 2-1, Shaw suffers double break Last season, Van Gaal’s United battled to a scarcely deserved 2-1 victory at St. Mary’s, before Koeman avenged the defeat with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.United heads to the south of England in inconsistent form – an impressive 3-1 victory against fierce rival Liverpool at Old Trafford was followed by a 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday.Captain Wayne Rooney missed both games with a hamstring problem and it’s unclear whether he will be available against Southampton.Liverpool vs Norwich After two wins and a draw at Arsenal gave Liverpool a solid start to the Premier League season, Brendan Rodgers’ side hit reverse.It has since lost 3-0 to West Ham at Anfield and 3-1 at fierce rival United. Rodgers has swiftly found himself back under the scrutiny he ended last season under.He needs to arrest Liverpool’s slide urgently and left Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Lucas Leiva, James Milner and striker Christian Benteke out of the squad to play Bordeaux in the Europa League so they are fresh to face Norwich on Sunday.Rodgers wants Liverpool to return to the attacking style he is associated with.”I think it is good I have an identity as a coach,” Rodgers said. “I am confident we can get back to playing that way and it is something I along with the staff are working very hard to reinforce.”
Agra, Mar 3 (PTI) Nyaya Yatra, organised by Delhi-based Forum for Fast Justice, today sought large-scale participation of people to pressure Centre and the state governments to carry out judicial reforms.Activists took out a march from civil courts to the Shaheed Smarak in the busy Sanjay Place commercial complex today where they addressed a public meeting.NGO India Rising president Anand Rai said, “For decades the issue (of judicial reforms) has been postponed as delay in dispensation of justice suits vested interest. No meaningful headway had been made despite repeated demands from the civil society.”Activists said there was an urgent need to broad-base the movement and mobilise the masses to pressure the governments to implement recommendations of various commissions and experts bodies in this regard.Pravin Patel, national convener of Forum For Fast Justice said, “Right now we have 10.5 judges per million, whereas in Australia it is 41, in England 51, Canada 75 and, 107 in the US. The SC had directed the number be increased to 50.””Those in power do not want any judicial reforms as it suits people sitting in the legislatures,” he said.Nyaya Yatra reaches New Delhi tomorrow where a public rally will be held at Jantar Mantar. PTI COR TIR SK TIR
Real Madrid was held by Eibar at home on Sunday, drawing for the fourth straight time and dropping out of the Spanish league lead.Fans jeered Madrid after the 1-1 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu, which allowed Atletico Madrid to provisionally take over first place following its 2-0 win at Valencia. Atletico and Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid, which had led since the first round, each have 15 points from seven matches but Atletico has a better goal difference.Barcelona plays at Celta Vigo later Sunday and can go first on points with a win.Midfielder Fran Rico put Eibar ahead with a header in the sixth minute and Gareth Bale equalized from close range in the 17th, but Madrid was not able to capitalize on its scoring chances until the end, prompting some booing from fans. “That is normal when the results are not good,” Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas said of the crowd’s reaction. “The fans come here looking for the victory. They are upset, just like we are.”Alvaro Morata, who replaced Karim Benzema at halftime, had a goal disallowed for offside in the 54th, after Cristiano Ronaldo just missed with a close-range header. Bale struck the post with a header in the 60th.Madrid was coming off league draws against Villarreal, also at home, and at Las Palmas. It also drew at Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League match. (Also read: Real Madrid’s La Liga winning streak ends in 1-1 draw with Villarreal)It was the first time that the Spanish powerhouse failed to earn a victory in three consecutive league matches under Zidane.advertisementThe coach still couldn’t count on key players because of injuries, including Marcelo, Casemiro and Luka Modric, who earlier Sunday successfully underwent arthroscopy on his left knee to extract a fragment of damaged cartilage.It was the first point earned by Eibar against Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. The small Basque club is eighth in the 20-team standings with 11 points from seven matches. “It was historic,” Rico said. “Many players can spend years without being able to do what we did here today. We are very happy, we know it’s not something you get to achieve every day.”VALENCIA 0, ATLETICO 2Two penalty saves by Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves were not enough to stop Atletico Madrid.Antoine Griezmann scored in the 63rd minute and Kevin Gameiro in injury time to give Atletico the win at Valencia despite Alves’ saves in each half.Alves stopped Griezmann’s penalty in the 44th, but the France forward was able to open the scoring with a left-footed shot from inside the area early in the second half. Griezmann had already missed from the spot in the team’s 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday. He also missed in the Champions League final last season, when Atletico lost to Real Madrid.The Brazilian goalkeeper also saved Gabi Fernandez’s penalty in the 69th, but Gameiro sealed victory for the visitors in injury time.”The two penalties mean nothing to me,” Alves said. “I wanted to win the match.”It was the fourth win in the last five league matches for Atletico, with the only setback being a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou.Valencia, coming off two straight victories, remains near the relegation zone. The team announced Saturday a deal with former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli until June 2018. Interim coach Salvador “Voro” Gonzalez was still in charge on Sunday.
Saina Nehwal and Mahesh Bhupathi, who showed up for with Bollywood actor wife Lara Bhupathi, were present at Virat Kohli’s wedding reception in Mumbai at St Regis on Tuesday night. Kohli tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in a private ceremony in Tuscany on December 11 and returned to India and held a reception in Delhi for close family and friends on December 22.While the wedding rituals were shrouded in secrecy, Kohli’s adoration for Anushka has never been a secret.India football captain Sunil Chhetri came to the Mumbai reception with wife Sonam Bhattacharya. Chhetri had got married this earlier this December in Kolkata.The queen of Indian badminton came dressed in a gorgeous cream gown, created by famed fashion designer Neeta Lulla. Nehwal posted a photo from the evening with Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif.Lovely pic with Katrina Kaif ï¿½?ï¿½ï¸ï¿½?ï¿½ï¸ pic.twitter.com/EBOSIevrFw- Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) December 26, 2017Lovely dress by @neeta_lulla ï¿½???ï¿½???ï¿½??ï¿½ pic.twitter.com/gLcTYwK1Ad- Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) December 26, 2017Earlier, she missed the first match of the Premier Badminton League season 4, with an ankle strain. Representing Awadhe Warriors, she was and slated to face Chennai Smashers’ PV Sindhu, but had to pull at the last moment.”Saina is recovering from a small ankle issue which she had developed few weeks back. She is recovering well and we are expecting her to be fully fit for the next match,” Awadhe Warriors coach Anup Sridhar had said.Saina, recently, lashed out at BWF for its cramped schedule in 2018 saying players don’t have time to breath between tournaments and it may lead to injuries.advertisement”Lots of practice and recovery time needs to be given to players between tournaments. Just pointing Nationals is not right, there are too many tournaments anyway, if you see even PBL makes it heavy. 2018 is especially tough with Asian Games and Commonwealth Games (CWG) also there.Mahesh Bhupathi walked in with Lara Dutta Bhupathi, a marriage of Bollywod and sports, blessed the newly-wedded Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. Speaking recently at India Today’s ‘ The Unforgettables’ series, Mahesh Bhupathis shed some light on the state of Indian Tennis. “I have obviously been into doing tennis events for a long time. We did the WTA in Hyderabad and in Kolkata and ATP in Mumbai. So, I think when I went to watch my first IPL match in Delhi, five years ago, I was just amazed with the whole atmosphere. Not really the quality of the cricket but the way the fans were into it and the format, it was quick. You know, the cheerleaders, the music. I just thought what if we did something like this for tennis. Obviously very challenging, because tennis is such an individual sport, so creating a team, an atmosphere and an event was tough. At that time I was on tour, so I had a captive audience of players in the locker room and I spoke to a couple of the top guys, who are all football fans. Every tennis player, at least in the men’s locker room, follows a football team. So they said it sounds unbelievable. If it happens, they’d be happy to play. Obviously, when you start something, it’s very important to get the names to support it, and once we were able to do that, we were able to get it off the ground.”
When Rajesh V Shah was appointed chairman of the board of governors of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in 2017, there was none of the apoplexy surrounding his predecessor, former cricketer Chetan Chauhanwho departed to become sports and youth affairs minister in Yogi Adityanaths cabinet in Uttar Pradesh. For,When Rajesh V Shah was appointed chairman of the board of governors of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in 2017, there was none of the apoplexy surrounding his predecessor, former cricketer Chetan Chauhanwho departed to become sports and youth affairs minister in Yogi Adityanaths cabinet in Uttar Pradesh. For many reasons. Shah is co-chairman and MD of Mukand Limited, is the proud owner of a Charles Correa-designed home in Mumbai which is a showcase of the best work of 300 artisans, and comes from a family with deep connections to Mahatma Gandhi.It was on the Mahatmas insistence that his grandfather and Jamnalal Bajaj took over Mukand Steel and ran it together, an arrangement the two families continue to honour even now. Shah is possibly one of the finest ambassadors of Make in India. While Mukand Limited produces over 400 grades of specially engineered steel to stringent requirements for customers across the globe, his involvement in NIFTs revival suggests his seriousness in giving a boost to textiles, which embody the cultural heritage of the country. Shahs mandate is clear: to set right the institution, started in 1986 by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at the insistence of Pupul Jayakar and now in 16 centres with 11,000 students and 800 staff.What is your mandate at NIFT?Textiles and jewellery form a large chunk of Indias exports apart from IT and NIFT has a very important role in the industry, of textiles, apparel, footwear, jewellery and accessories. The entire industry has not grown as fast as it should and we really need to expand the employment offered if we are to make it grow and provide value addition. At the Textiles India 2017, Indias first ever mega textiles trade fair, at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said something that really struck a deep chordhow textiles would be playing a vital role in the journey from farm to fibre, fibre to fabric, fabric to fashion and fashion to foreign. That helped me in outlining the vision of what we want to achieveto define who we are, which at the core is the student, and the only measure of success there is job offers. Our target should be to get them at least two offers upon graduation with attractive pay packages.advertisementWere there any initial problems?We found that the faculty though excellent was less than half the strength. For more than ten years, they hadnt been given an increment which had created an extremely demoralising atmosphere, increments and promotions were effected straightaway. Then we found our communications left a lot to be desired, with not even a proper website to represent us. So, we launched the website in November last year highlighting student activities, industry connect, craft interventions, archives and research studies. This we hope will give a global connect to the pan India network of 16 campuses. We have also finalised a new curriculum, which incorporates greater emphasis on course flexibility and learning in depth our traditional crafts techniques while bringing in the latest in global technologies. All this was possible in a short span of time only because of an extremely efficient Director General, very knowledgeable and constructive Board of Governors and of course the total support from the minister Smriti Irani.Whats the road ahead for NIFT?Well in one sentence, we want to offer a learning experience of the highest global standards in fashion design, textile and technologies, encourage our diverse student body to revive traditional arts and crafts while remaining relevant to industry and society. As part of this, we want to enhance the NIFT-industry and NIFT-alumni connections and become the largest repository of knowledge and techniques of traditional crafts and textiles. We have also taken on an ambitious India Size project where NIFT will scan more than 25,000 persons across age groups across India to create specific India sizes for garments. We feel this will be a major contribution to building Brand Make in India. NIFT was set up by an Act of Parliament and has tremendous autonomy. The faculty is excited now, because of the flexibility in curriculum and the opportunities for retraining. We intend to recruit new faculty and also rejuvenate relationships we have had with major international fashion and design institutions. The destination is clear and were enthused about the journey.
With the countdown under 60 days until the start of college football season, oddsmakers and prognosticators are taking a long look at the predicting the 2016 campaign.Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada dropped its updated college football odds today, including lines for the ACC division and league championships. In the Atlantic, Clemson (-110) leads the way, followed by Florida State (+125). Those two will likely duke it out for the divisional crown, but keep an eye on Louisville (+600).Meanwhile, in the Coastal, Miami is the favorite (+150). Pitt (+300) and Virginia Tech (+300) come next, with defending division champ UNC (+425) in fourth. Clemson, Florida State and Miami have the three best odds at winning the league. The full odds can be found below. ACC fans, what do you think of your team’s chances on this list?For a look at Bovada’s list of odds, click here.
Munich World Cup: Manu Bhaker secures Olympic quota in shootingIndian shooters are competing for 12 of the 17 Tokyo Olympic quotas available in Munich, having already secured seven quota places in rifle and pistol competitions.advertisement Next Press Trust of India MunichMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 19:55 IST Manu Bhaker finished fourth in the 10m air pistol final. (Photo: @OGQ_India Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSThis is India’s first Olympic quota in women’s 10m pistolSaurabh Chaudhary had won a gold medal by setting a new world record in 10m Air Pistol eventSaurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won quota places in men’s 10m air pistolYoung shooter Manu Bhaker secured India its seventh Olympic quota with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup here Wednesday, putting the disappointment of pistol malfunction in her earlier event behind.The 17-year Bhaker shot 201.0 in the final to secure the quota for the Tokyo Games.Winner of multiple medals at top global events, Bhaker finished third in qualification with a total of 582 points (28 x inner 10s), shooting a solid 98 in her last two rounds.On Monday, Bhaker suffered a heartbreak as she missed out on the podium after a weapon malfunction saw her slip to fifth spot after leading the field.This is India’s first quota in women’s 10m pistol.Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won quota places in men’s 10m air pistol at the World Cups in Delhi and Beijing respectively.Yashaswini Singh Deswal, a junior World Cup winner, was also on course to make the final before a poor series of 92 in the final set saw her slip to 22nd with a total of 574 (17 x inner 10s).Heena Sidhu, the third Indian in the fray, was placed 45th with a total of 570 (13 x inner 10s).Also Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary smashes world record to put India on topAlso Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in MunichAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ISSF World CupFollow Manu BhakerFollow Tokyo Olympics
view more view less scorecard advertisement Shikhar Dhawan hits 3rd World Cup hundred as India bully AustraliaWorld Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan hit his maiden World Cup hundred vs Australia at The Oval. Overall, this is his 3rd World Cup hundred and 17th in ODIs. Next No data available! graphs Rajarshi Gupta LondonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 17:30 IST Shikhar Dhawan hit 100 against Australia at The Oval (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan hit his 17th ODI hundred during India’s 2019 World Cup match vs AustraliaDhawan now has 3 World Cup hundreds – 1 each vs South Africa, Ireland and AustraliaThis is Shikhar Dhawan’s 2nd ODI hundred in 2019 – both have come vs AustraliaShikhar Dhawan hit his 17th ODI hundred and his 3rd in World Cups as India dominated defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday after Virat Kohli won the toss.After India decided to bat on a bright and sunny morning, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were watchful against the Australian new ball-bowlers before Dhawan quickened the pace. Both India openers raced away to their fifties before Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 57.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had added 127 for the 1st wicket and they were the first Indian openers to put on a century stand against Australia in any World Cup match.But Shikhar Dhawan was not done yet. He had come back to form with a fine 143 against Australia in Mohali on March 10. Incidentally, Australia won that high-scoring game to begin their winning streak leading into the 2019 World Cup.On Sunday, Shikhar Dhawan was under pressure after his failure against South Africa in India’s opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on June 5. After weathering the early storm, Shikhar Dhawan opened up and played some thrilling shots on both sides of the wicket.Shikhar Dhawan’s international form was a bit of a concern for India before the World Cup but he is a big tournament player.In the 2015 World Cup, Dhawan had scored two hundreds. His 137 had set up victory for India over South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) while an 85-ball 100 in Hamilton highlighted a crushing win over Ireland.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been a formidable opening pair for India since the 2013 Champions Trophy. The two men brought up their 16th 100-run stand and are now only behind the erstwhile opening firm of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar who had 21 century partnerships.advertisementOn June 5, Rohit Sharma had guided India to victory over South Africa with an unbeaten 127 after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli failed in a modest chase.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma breaks a Sachin Tendulkar record in ODIsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma set flurry of records vs AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs Australia commentary
Reuters Belo HorizonteJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 10:12 IST Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 to reach Copa America final. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino scored a goal in each half for BrazilArgentina have not beaten Brazil in a major competitive fixture dating back to 2005Argentina bowed out of the tournament after scoring just five goals in five gamesBrazil advanced to the Copa America final with a 2-0 win over old rivals Argentina on Tuesday in a pulsating and, at times, a bad-tempered match decided by a goal in each half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.Both sides tried to impose themselves physically early on but it was Jesus who gave Brazil the lead after 19 minutes when Firmino sent in a low cross for the unmarked striker to side-foot home from close range.The two combined again on the counterattack after 71 minutes to make it 2-0 after great work from Jesus left Firmino with the simplest of tap-ins.Brazil, who have lost twice in 42 games under coach Tite, will face either Peru or Chile in Sunday’s final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro and captain Dani Alves said their goal was within reach.There is one more step to go before we fulfill our objective, he added.The standard here is very high there are no easy teams. You have to work and fight for what you want and we worked for this.Argentina has not beaten Brazil in a major competitive fixture dating back to 2005 and that run rarely looked like ending in front of 52,000 fans at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.Sergio Aguero hit the bar with a header in the first half and Lionel Messi struck the post 11 minutes into the second period but the visitors had little luck in front of goal and were never on top for any length of time.advertisementWhile the tournament has been plagued by lengthy stoppages for the video assistant referee (VAR), Tuesday’s officials preferred to let the game run, though Argentina was incensed VAR did not come into play when Arthur felled one of their players at a corner.Messi, who has still not won a major title with Argentina, was more influential than in his first few matches here but was still a pale shadow of the player who has won everything with his club side.We had chances, the ball hit the woodwork, it flashed across the six-yard box, there were penalties that weren’t given, said Messi, who like coach Lionel Scaloni complained about the refereeing.Today it just didn’t happen.Argentina bows out after scoring just five goals in five games and are still looking for their first major title since lifting the Copa America in 1993.We knew that it would be difficult because of the players they have, Brazil’s Casemiro said.It’s about details. We knew it would be scrappy and that there would be wind-ups and time wasting. But we have to congratulate our strikers who did a great job. When they got chances, they scored.Also Read | US beat France to enter Women’s World Cup semifinalsAlso Read | AC Milan banned from 2019-20 Europa League for FFP breach, confirms CASAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Brazil vs ArgentinaFollow Copa America 2019 Copa America: Jesus, Firmino on target as Brazil crush Argentina to reach finalBrazil, who have lost twice in 42 games under coach Tite, will face either Peru or Chile in Sunday’s final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiroadvertisement Next
“The Secretary-General wishes the new interim Government every success in addressing the numerous challenges facing Libya in this transitional period, including the crucial issues of national reconciliation, public security, human rights protection, and the resumption of basic services to the Libyan people,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban reiterated United Nations commitment to fully supporting the new Government and the Libyan people, in accordance with its mandate as stipulated in a Security Council resolution.He said the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), under the leadership of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ian Martin, will continue to work closely with the interim Government and the National Transitional Council (NTC) as they move towards building “a modern, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Libya.”The NTC declared the full liberation of Libya on 23 October, more than eight months after the start of the popular uprising against the regime of long-time ruler Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi.Mr. Qadhafi, who had been on the run as his regime collapsed, was captured by then opposition fighters on 20 October and killed. 23 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the formation of the new interim Government in Libya and congratulated Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib and members of his cabinet.
In a statement to the press, Council President Fayssal Mekdad of Syria said the 15-nation body had been briefed today on recent reports submitted by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and its own the expert panel on Liberia on the possible humanitarian and socio-economic impact of the timber sanctions that went into effect on 7 July.Mr. Mekdad said Council members welcomed the two reports that provided a preliminary, though useful, assessment of the possible humanitarian and socio-economic impact of timber sanctions and noted that the conflict in Liberia during the reporting period made it difficult to obtain an accurate assessment that would enable the Council to decide how best to minimize that effect.”In the context of the rapidly evolving, yet fragile, situation in Liberia,” Mr. Mekdad said, “the members of the Council considered that it was premature to draw definitive conclusions regarding the timber sanctions and their possible impact.” He added that Council members agreed that the concern over the possible use of timber revenues to fuel the conflict in violation of the Security Council resolutions remained valid and, hence, the need to maintain the timber sanctions for the time being.”At the same time, members stressed that the timber sanctions should not lead to a deterioration of the humanitarian situation,” he said, adding that the Council underscored two priority areas – improvement in the security situation and the need for increased humanitarian assistance.”Members of the Council also recognized the important role that a well-managed and transparent timber industry could play in Liberia’s rebuilding and long-term development, and the need to adequately assist the Government of Liberia in that regard,” the Council President said.The members were of the view that the developments in Liberia in the coming weeks and months would be of direct relevance to the Council’s review of the sanctions regime on Liberia, according to Mr. Mekdad.”Once the situation stabilizes in Liberia, the Council would be better placed to consider the issue of timber sanctions and the various possible options for minimizing any impact,” Mr. Mekdad said, stressing that the members also underlined the importance of a review and monitoring arrangement to assess the progress with regard to the desired transition of the timber industry and the need to keep track of the possible impact of the timber sanctions.Finally, he said the Council had welcomed recent positive developments in Liberia, but noted with serious concern the human rights situation and the reports of renewed fighting in some areas, and urged all Liberian parties to the conflict to fully abide by the ceasefire agreement and the comprehensive peace plan signed on 18 August.
TORONTO, Ont — Canadian Business announced the top 100 wealthiest Canadians, Thursday, many of which saw their net worth grow this year. The magazine said the Rich 100 broke a number of their own records, including the collective net worth, which is now above $200-billion. Eighty-six of the 100 individuals and families saw their net worth rise this year, with the remaining 14 per cent experiencing declines. The Thomson Family of Thomson Reuters fame took the top spot with a net worth of $20-billion, down 5.7 per cent over the year, Galen Weston of George Weston Limited, Loblaws and Holt Renfrew stood second with $8.2-billion, while the Irving Family of New Brunswick ranked third with $8-billion and the Rogers Family fell into fourth with $6.4-billion. The founder of Lululemon made the biggest move in the top 10 with a net gain of 23-percent to $3.5-billion. Meanwhile, the number of billionaires on the list increased to 69. Click here to view the full list of the Top 100 Richest Canadians. Canadian Business magazine|canadians|top 100|wealthy by News Staff Posted Nov 22, 2012 2:58 pm MDT Canada’s wealthiest – the Top 100 – announced, Thursday AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The three regions that are still reporting new cases in Liberia include Grand Cape Mount, Margibi and Montserrado, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York this afternoon. Farhan Haq also said that according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone all reported their lowest weekly total of new cases in months. Guinea reported its lowest weekly total of new cases since 17 of August 2014. Liberia has had no confirmed cases nationally for the final two days of the week ending the 11th of January 2015. And Sierra Leone has recorded its lowest total of new cases since 31 August 2014. The spokesperson also said that UNMEER was welcoming these new developments as ‘very good’ progress but was also cautioning all involved in the fight against the virus to remain on high alert and continue the high intensity of response efforts. Additionally, over the weekend, WHO, UNMEER and the Malian Government declared Mali free from active Ebola transmission.
Ms Edwards admitted that they would not have any real idea of which animals will star in the show until they began filming in the Scottish wilderness.“So much depends on the type of winter and spring the wildlife has endured,” she said. “Some animals will do amazingly well and some won’t.”The BBC team has experienced snow, hurricanes and balmy temperatures during its previous filming in Scotland.The team will start planning meetings tomorrow (MON) and will begin filming in late December, staking out locations as they work out which animals will provide the best footage.Around 80 people will be involved in producing Winterwatch, including the local partners and wildlife experts who help the BBC team get the best shots.They will work through incredibly long days, starting at 7.30am and filming late into the night as some of the best action occurs after dark. Ms Edwards said: “I’m really excited about it. When you are in one place for a year you get to know the surroundings and the habitats very well, it’s a more immersive experience.”“Around 70 per cent of the area is deemed of international importance so you couldn’t have a better location.”This year was the first time the show based itself in one location for all three seasons, filming the farmland, birds and countryside of Gloucestershire for Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch.Ms Edwards said: “We had never done countryside, we normally do reserves which are managed but we wanted to film in a part of the countryside where anyone can go.”Michaela Strachan said: “I’m so excited to be going to the Cairngorms for Winterwatch. It’s such a stunning place. Full of wildlife, dramatic, wild and very, very cold! The wildlife always delivers from Golden Eagles to Mountain Hares, Wild Cats to Black Grouse, Ptarmigan, Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Water Vole, Otter. The Highlands have a wonderful diversity of wildlife and habitats. It’s one of those places in the UK where you can really connect with the natural environment.”Chris Packham said: “Scotland – land of the brave, home of the wild and hope for the UK’s wildlife. This is the happening zone in conservation and home to the most amazing diversity of sexy species. I can’t wait”. Winterwatch viewers will be transported directly into the habitats of one of the wildest places in the UK, when the BBC team relocates to the Cairngorms.In a vast contrast to the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds, where the show was based throughout 2018, producers are hoping to capture the residents of Scotland’s snow-capped mountains, ancient forests, raging rivers and deep, silent lochs.Presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke will host the next series of the show in the depths of winter in one of the toughest places in the country for animals, watching as they adapt to get through this toughest of seasons.Rosemary Edwards, the executive producer, told the Sunday Telegraph: “We wanted to do something completely different. We wanted to go as wild as we could in the UK. A lot of people don’t know how wild parts of Scotland are and to me, this is one of the wildest places you can visit in the UK.“It’s so remote, it’s in the mountainous region, surrounded by the largest amount of pine forests dating back almost to the the Ice Age, the landscape is epic. It’s very, very different to last year and we have never spent a year in the wild.” Snow-covered landscape in the Cairngorms, in the Scottish HighlandCredit:PA Two wildlife cameramen with long lenses will bury themselves in hides around the clock while two or three camera will be placed in habitats and monitored 24 hours a day by a team of young zoologists and filmmakers working in shifts who hit record the moment there is any action.The team will be on location for around a week before the four days of live shows. Gillian Burke said: “I cannot wait to get going and bring the best of British wildlife from our new home in the Cairngorms! Brace yourselves for a truly wild Winterwatch!” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A COURT WILL hear Oscar Pistorius’s bail application next Tuesday.The hearing was postponed today to give the defence team and the State more time to gather evidence. Both sides agreed to the delay.Magistrate Desmond Nair also ruled that cameras would not be allowed to film the proceedings.At the start of today’s hearing, the Paralympian broke down in tears with one local reporter stating he ‘sobbed uncontrollably’. The emotion came after an initial state of calm confidence, according to witnesses.When he entered the box he was visibly shaking and the judge told him to “calm down…you need to relax”.Pistorius had his head bowed as the charge was read out. He stands accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of St Valentine’s Day.She was shot four times in the upper body and head with a 9mm pistol.It is understood that Pistorius will remain in custody until the hearing on Tuesday, 19 February. He will be held in a police station cell and not prison. The athlete’s lawyers asked for him to be kept in a police cell because of the high-profile nature of the case but the magistrate expressed concern this would be showing preferential treatment. However, the State did not oppose the arrangement.In an important revelation, prosecutors made it clear they were going to pursue a pre-meditated murder charge.According to eNCA, the sprinter cried and “his whole body reacted” on hearing that news.“The State isn’t buying any suggestion that this killing was an accident,” the station’s reporter added.On the other side, the defence has asked for a schedule five, and not schedule six, application. For a Schedule 6 offence, the accused has to give evidence to satisfy the court that exceptional circumstances exist in which the interests of justice permit his release. For a Schedule 5 offence, the accused has to present evidence to satisfy the court that the interests of justice permit his release.Oscar Pistorius’ brother Carl outside the Boschkop police station. (Image: Kobus van Rensburg/EMPICS Entertainment)The Pretoria court room was packed with members of the public and media personnel today.Dressed in a dark blue suit and covering his face, the 26-year-old was surrounded by family when being escorted from Boschkop police station.The athlete became the first amputee to compete in the Olympics at London 2012 having previously enjoyed significant success at the Paralympic Games.He won gold in the 4×400 relay at the most recent Paralympic event in London last year.A congenital condition meant he had to have both legs amputated below the knee before he was aged one. Last year he was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.Earlier: Oscar Pistorius arrives in court to face girlfriend murder charges
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In the final straight of campaigning ahead of critical snap elections on Sunday, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday promised tax cuts and cast New Democracy as the safe choice for Greece opposite an inconsistent SYRIZA.In a speech before the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry last night, Samaras said an ND administration would gradually reduce the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 25 percent and scale back a unified property tax (ENFIA), starting with a 7 percent cut this year. He lashed out at SYRIZA for a lack of clarity on tax pledges – he claimed the leftists would impose a “barrage of taxes” despite their claims to the contrary – and slammed the party’s plans to rehire sacked civil servants and reverse privatizations.SYRIZA officials, for their part, insisted the party would introduce a fair tax system and crack down on large-scale evaders along with corruption.Meanwhile, amid speculation about potential alliances, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos told Italian newspaper La Stampa he could work with SYRIZA’s leader. “Tsipras is like Harry Potter but if necessary we will cooperate with them,” he said.Rhetoric sharpened in both the SYRIZA and New Democracy camps as the latest opinion poll, carried out by the University of Macedonia for Skai, showed the leftists widening their lead over ND to 5.5 points, garnering 33.5 percent compared to 27 percent for ND. To Potami ranks third with 7.5 percent followed by Golden Dawn and the Communist Party (KKE) with 5.5 percent each.As SYRIZA pushes its anti-austerity agenda while insisting that Greece’s position in the eurozone and solvency are not under threat, the country’s international creditors issued fresh warnings.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped Greeks would “vote responsibly” and that the principle of “solidarity in exchange for reforms” would apply, referring to the insistence of creditors that Greek authorities pursue a tough economic program in exchange for rescue loans.European Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici struck a similar tone on Monday, telling a seminar at the Bruegel economic think tank that eurozone integrity is not at threat. “We don’t fear what will happen in the Greek elections on Sunday. We are prepared for all kinds of scenarios in Greece,” he said.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, for his part, stressed that any new government in Greece “will have to respect commitments already made and stay the course of reform and fiscal responsibility.”Meanwhile the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, warned of “consequences” if European countries seek to restructure their debts – a stated priority of leftist SYRIZA. “As a principle, collective endeavors are welcome but at the same time a debt is a debt and it is a contract,” Lagarde told The Irish Times in an interview when questioned about SYRIZA’s calls for a European debt conference. “Defaulting, restructuring, changing the terms has consequences on the signature and the confidence in the signature,” Lagarde said.Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s population growth pace of 1.6 per cent is the highest in the developed world, and is double that of the United States and United Kingdom.The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures had forecast that the country’s population wouldn’t reach between 23.5 and 26.4 million until 2051, however in reached the 25 million milestone in August last year.New ABS figures show that permanent migration levels have soared to record highs with 832,560 permanent migrants deciding to call Australia home in 2018, a 7.1 per cent increase from 2017 that had also set a record with a 539,000 intake. Net migration is 291,250 – the highest in four and a half years.New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) analysis, released last week, shows that in 2016 half of the 1.5 million temporary residents in Australia were living in Sydney (27 per cent) and Melbourne (24 per cent) with a further 14 per cent calling Brisbane home.The new figures were released just three months after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a former immigration minister, had promised to reduce the immigration intake and also improve the way in which population growth is managed in the country. However, as treasurer before taking on the role of Prime Minister, Mr Morrison had stressed that population growth had also “played a key role in our economic success”.
Vancouver police on Thursday evening arrested a man on suspicion of indecent exposure outside Marshall Community Park.Alan F. Wahl, 54, of Vancouver was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure and resisting arrest, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman.James M. Smith Sr. said he spotted Wahl sitting in a red sedan outside the park masturbating with a blanket over his lap. Smith, who takes his 9- and 13-year-old boys to the park on a daily basis, called 911 to report the incident.“My first instinct was to go kick in his door,” Smith said. “I’m glad I didn’t do that in hindsight.”Vancouver police Officer Brian Ruder arrived and, once he verified what was going on, tried to get Wahl out of the car, Kapp said. Ruder eventually pulled the man out of the vehicle, and the man was handcuffed after officers used a Taser device. Two other officers responded.Wahl was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a scrape to the head, Kapp said, and then taken to jail.Around 30 kids and 12 parents were in the park at the time, according to police reports.Smith said he’s seen some strange activity in the park but nothing like that. “It was a very sick feeling,” he said of the situation. He said he’s glad police were able to respond and added that he’ll be vigilant in the future.“Our park will be safe this weekend, that’s for sure,” he said.