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Women in Business and Sales with Jill Konrath – Episode 10

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:03 — 8.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSEven in our day and age when women have moved effectively into more and more fields of study and expertise, the sales arena is still one of the most lopsided and difficult areas for women to advance in. Jill Konrath has risen to the surface as one of the premiere woman leaders in the sale world and on this episode she chats with Anthony about what it’s like to be a women in the sales arena, the particular challenges women face in sales, and the needs businesses have to leverage their company structure and workflows to accommodate the unique needs women on their sales force have so that they as a company can benefit from the amazing skills these women have to offer. It’s a great conversation, on this episode.Jill Konrath: Becoming a voice for women in the sales arenaClick To TweetBecoming a voice for women in the sales arena.Jill Konrath found herself frustrated by both the language and the attitudes that circulated in the sales arena. Most of what she heard was oriented toward men and in many ways excluded or ignored the contributions women were making to the sales world. She found herself wishing that some successful woman sales professional would stand up and become a voice for women in sales and eventually realized that she would have to be that woman. You can hear Jill’s story and the way she’s risen to be a dominant voice for the incredible things women bring to the sales world and the sales process, on this episode of In The Arena.Why is sales advice always coming from bald headed white guys?Jill Konrath laughs as she says it, but wonders why the sales leaders and gurus in the sales arena always seem to be bald headed white guys who only use illustrations about football and war. The typical approach these sales speakers bring to the table is clearly oriented toward a male perspective, which she feels needs to stop. It’s not that Jill is anti-man, it’s that she’s pro-woman and wants to see the sales arena become a more hospitable place for women to thrive. But it’s even more than that. She wants to see companies benefit from the talents women bring to the table that men simply don’t find intuitive or natural… and that benefit the bottom line in the end. You can hear Jill’s insights and passion on the topic by listening to this great episode.Why is sales advice always coming from bald headed white guys?Click To TweetAdvice to young women starting out in sales.After many years in the sales world Jill Konrath has seen many of the pitfalls that women have to avoid in order to make it in the world of corporate, direct, and B2B sales. She’s worked hard to not only navigate those pitfalls but to also put her observations and lessons learned into digestible form for women who are coming up behind her. On this episode of In The Arena she shares her story with Anthony and gives some sage advice to younger women who are navigating the sales world for the first time. It’s great advice that any young female sales professional will benefit from.How women are often able to relate to clients in a way that fosters trust and generates sales.One of the primary components of any trust based relationship is the emotional or personal connection that those in the relationship feel. That area is one that women find natural and one that they are able to foster very effectively in the sales process. On this episode Jill Konrath talks about the benefits companies receive when they have skilled, intelligent women on their sales forces. She highlights the things that make women so effective in sales and the things company leaders can do to make the work environment more amenable to women – so that everyone can benefit from the strengths they bring to the table. You won’t want to miss this one.Advice to young women starting out in sales, from Jill KonrathClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Why Anthony invited Jill Konrath to be on the show. How Jill became a leader in the sales space and in leading women in sales. Jill’s advice to young women who are starting out in sales. The amazing ability women have of relating to clients or prospects. The challenges women continue to face in business.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.JillKonrath.comDownload Jill’s eBook: Cracking the LinkedIn Sales Code14195156241591844703 The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeHow women are often able to relate to clients in a way that fosters trust and generates salesClick To TweetWhy smart companies are working to include women in their sales forces, on this episodeClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

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Furious India to Block US Trade Probes

first_imgIndia has decided to block investigations by the United States into its trade policies and patent laws and prepare for a battle at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Related Itemslast_img

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Remember Ayurveda?

first_imgBritish and Indian scientists are looking at several Ayurvedic mental boosters for treating Alzheimer’s disease.Scientists at Kings College in London and Jadhavpur University in Kolkata are collaborating on researching five plants commonly used in ayurvedic medicines. The researchers report that Alzheimer’s patients treated with the plants demonstrated improvements in their memory and concentration levels.The ayurvedic treatment is thought to work similarly to conventional medicines in boosting mental agility and affecting the brain’s neurotransmitters. The scientists are now seeking to identify the chemical compounds in the plants responsible for the effect.According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities.”Jadhavpur University researcher Partha Pratim Biswas, cautioned, “It is too early to say that we have found a solution to Alzheimer’s. That would be too tall a claim. We are just trying and all we can say is we are on the right track.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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India Scraps Bank Guarantee Clause for Maids in Kuwait

first_imgAfter much uproar from employers in Kuwait, India has scrapped with immediate effect the $2,500 (720 Kuwaiti Dinar) bank guarantee, which was made mandatory in 2014 while recruiting Indian nationals as domestic help workers. The bank guarantee was decided upon following frequent complaints relating to sexual assault and abuse from Indian female workers employed in Kuwait.“The measure was withdrawn primarily because it was not acceptable for Kuwait and because it was proven to be ineffective,” Sunil Jain, India’s ambassador to Kuwait, said, Gulf News reported.Labor Relations between India and KuwaitIndia’s decision to mandate the bank guarantee became a hot debating point when it was implemented in 2014. Several Kuwaiti employers openly expressed their displeasure.“Kuwait has regularly informed the Indian authorities that the local domestic labor law included all guarantees for helpers and prevented problems related to late or non-payment of salaries, working hours and runaways,” a diplomatic source told Kuwaiti daily Al Rai.Jain says the new decision will help resume the annual flow of Indian housemaids to Kuwait to its former figure of 30,000 people. “Kuwaitis prefer Indian house maids because they have proven to be honest and hardworking,” he said, the Times of India reported.The latest decision by India coincides with the Kuwait visit of MJ Akbar, the Minister of State for External Affairs, that starts on Sept. 18.Guarantee was Welcomed by Indians Under the bank guarantee rule, the Indian embassy received the guarantee equivalent to $2500 from the employer before enrolling an Indian worker to their service. The mandate also gave provisions to the employer to withdraw the guarantee amount once the female employee leaves the country.In a recent interview with Al Rai, Fadel Ashkanani, the head of the Kuwaiti Union of Domestic Labour, said that the cancellation of the bank guarantee requirement will have direct impact on the fee in the domestic labor market,Recruitments of female workers in Kuwait will now be controlled by six government recruitment agencies — Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants, Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department, Overseas Manpower Company Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Financial Corporation, Overseas Manpower Corporation Limited, and the Telangana Overseas Manpower Company. Related ItemsBank guarantee scrapped Indian workersGuarantee Indian maidshousemaids abuse GulfIndian female workers KuwaitIndian maids GulfKuwait India laborLittle Indialast_img read more

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ED summons top CWG OC officials

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday summoned top officials of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee in connection with the alleged financial irregularities during the event. The summons were issued to Organising Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot and CWG director general V.K. Verma. Expelled CWG treasurer Jaychandaran too has been called. The officials have been told to appear before the ED on October 27. The ED is likely to grill the officials in connection with the awarding of contracts, the release of payments as well as money-laundering. The probe into alleged irregularities in the CWG has been steadily gathering steam. The income tax department had on Tuesday carried out raids on CWG suppliers, including the home and office of BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal.last_img read more

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JK Tyre join hands with Suzuki to create new opportunities in two-wheeler racing

first_imgAfter playing a pioneering role in identifying and nurturing India’s top racers for over two decades, JK Tyre and Industries Ltd. is embarking on a new mission to churn out world class bike racers for the country. JK Tyre, have tied up with the global leaders in two-wheelers, Suzuki, to achieve this goal and will introduce a two-wheeler racing series that will become part of their iconic National Racing Championship, which is in its 20th year.The series will give an opportunity to every aspiring biker, in every nook and corner of the country to showcase his or her skills and dream of becoming a champion.Sanjay Sharma, Corporate Communication and Motorsport head, JK Tyre said, “We have charted the career of almost all our international racers right from their karting days till now,” pointed out. “Now that we have entered the two-wheeler market with our tyres, this is a logical step forward. We want to create champion bikers.”Satoshi Uchida, Managing Director, Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited said, “This is great news for Indian motorsport. We are confident a new breed of motorcycle racers will emerge as a result of this partnership. Motorcycle racing is an exciting sport and is gaining more popularity amongst the youth. Given JK’s dedication to Indian Motorsport and Suzuki’s racing spirit and passion, we shall do our best to turn enthusiastic bikers into champions.”Among others, the F1 duo of Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandok, and even the new sensation on the block Arjun Maini, owe their rise to JK Motorsport’s vision and support.advertisementThe championship, baptised as JK Tyre presents Suzuki Gixxer Cup 2017 envisages two different categories, one for the age-group of 12-16 years and the other for the over 16 year olds.The young rookie category will also be the feeding line for the international program Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup. This is totally up JK Tyre’s alley, given their vast experience in spotting talent at the karting stage itself and moulding them to the highest echelon of racing in the world. Their partnership with Suzuki will follow the same path and offer the champion to participate in the prestigious selection program for the RedBull Rookie Cup – Road to MotoGP in Spain.The main category will be for the over 16 years age bikers and will be part of the highly successful Suzuki Gixxer Cup. Close to 25 youngsters will be selected for this and they will race in the national championship to begin in Coimbatore in July.To make it convenient for every Indian, JK Tyre Motorsport will hold selections rounds in four different parts of the country: Bengaluru in the South (June 4), Aizwal in the East (June 10), Pune in the West (June 18) and National Capital Region in the North (June 25).The aspiring biker simply needs to register himself or herself for any of the rounds and reach the selection venue at the designated time and date. They will be provided Suzuki Gixxer bikes and abiding by all safety norm will participate in straight shootouts with each other, besides going through a personality test by JK Motorsport experts.The names of the shortlisted bikers will be announced on June 27. They will then be inculcated into a training programme in Coimbatore where they will make the transition from talented rookies to potential world beaters. It won’t just be technical lessons and biking or racing classes though. They will undergo fitness training too, with a world renowned fitness expert personally charting each biker’s schedule.ALSO READ:Suzuki launches all new GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R in IndiaALSO READ:Suzuki launches Let’s, Hayate EP with BS-IV engine in Indialast_img read more

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Liverpool’s Danny Ings wanted on loan by West Ham and Newcastle

first_imgDanny Ings is being courted by at least four Premier League clubs for a potential January loan move from Liverpool as the one-time England striker aims to revive his career after over two years wrecked by knee injuries.The former Burnley forward has not started a Premier League game since scoring in the Merseyside derby in October 2015, Brendan Rodgers’ final match in charge of Liverpool and the day Ings was called up to the England squad for a European Championship qualifier against Lithuania. He subsequently ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Jürgen Klopp’s first training session as manager after his studs caught in the turf, an injury which sidelined him for seven months. Liverpool to report Spartak Moscow over alleged racial abuse of Rhian Brewster Reuse this content Topics news Transfer window Klopp has monitored Ings’ progress with the development squad closely of late, aware the player’s priority remains to break back into the first-team at Anfield, but has acknowledged others have moved ahead of the Englishman in the pecking order. With that in mind, a loan move in January may be beneficial to ensure he gains proper game-time before a return to the fold in future.“He is not far away,” said Klopp after last month’s victory over Southampton. “The best news is he is really fit. But the problem is we have strikers who have been training for four to five months and he has been in and out. He is not far away, he has been in the middle of it, but in his position we have Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Dominic Solanke and they were always involved, more or less. I cannot make the squad bigger. But Danny looks really good, sharp, everything.” Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter The 25-year-old’s return was subsequently ruined when he damaged the cartilage in his right knee when tackling Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Winks in an EFL Cup tie early last season, prompting another lengthy absence. His only first-team involvement to date this season has been a 17-minute cameo off the bench in a Carabao Cup defeat at Leicester City in September.Yet rival clubs have monitored his steady progress with Liverpool’s Under-23s, for whom he scored four times in a Premier League Cup tie against Bristol City and twice more against Stoke in the competition earlier this week. West Ham, whose manager David Moyes had attempted to secure Ings while at Real Sociedad, and Newcastle, who explored his availability over the summer, are both expected to lodge loan bids and may be joined by Stoke City, for whom Saido Berahino has yet to score.Crystal Palace are interested, but would have to negotiate the termination of Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s loan move from Manchester United to make any six-month temporary deal possible. The young Dutch international defender has featured in nine top flight games to date and been relatively impressive in a struggling side, but Roy Hodgson – who handed Ings that solitary England cap in Vilnius – boasts defensive cover and is desperate to add to his team’s forward ranks, while also pursuing a new goalkeeper.Ings’ potential availability may yet prompt West Bromwich Albion and Brighton & Hove Albion to declare their own interest, with Chris Hughton’s attempts to reinforce up front having come to nothing over the summer as he missed out on Vincent Janssen and the Romanian Florin Andone on transfer deadline day. Read morecenter_img Share via Email Jürgen Klopp Read more Liverpool Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ronaldo and Messi ‘not in this world’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is “not in this world” according to Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, who feels clear daylight remains between the Portugal and Juventus star, Lionel Messi and the rest of football’s prime talents.Ronaldo scored the 53rd hat-trick of his professional career in stunning style to fire Portugal past Switzerland 3-1 in Porto on Wednesday and into the final of the inaugural Nations League Finals.Switzerland levelled through a controversial VAR-awarded Ricardo Rodriguez penalty, which cancelled out Ronaldo’s blistering 25th-minute free-kick, only for the 34-year-old to leave Estadio do Dragao in raptures with a pair of late strikes – Xhaka coughing up possession for the break that saw him claim the matchball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I think we had a very good game. In my opinion we were the better team but the difference is they have Ronaldo,” said the Arsenal midfielder, who will now prepare for a third-place match in Guimaraes against England after Netherlands triumphed 3-1 during extra time in Thursday’s semi-final.”It’s unbelievable what a player he is. It’s not for nothing that he’s one of the best players in the world.”He’s special because he knows always where you have to go and to be.”I think we had him in our hands but, in the end, he scored three times and we lost the game.”I think we can be proud how we play, against a very good team.”Before the match, Xhaka suggested the challenge facing Ronaldo was perhaps comparable to taking on Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard, who dazzled as Chelsea ran out 4-1 winners over Arsenal in the Europa League final last week.But afterwards the 26-year-old conceded his most recent tormentor and Messi reside on a different plane.Asked whether Ronaldo was the best player in the world, he replied: “One of them. In my opinion you have two of them. They are not in this world.”Those two are clear of the rest. If you play at 34 on this level you deserve a lot of respect.”He shows in all the games – international and with Juventus – that he has unbelievable quality.”It’s difficult to stop him and he showed up not in a good moment for us.”last_img read more

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“Wake up, Afghanistan are coming!”, say Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi

first_img Asian News International DubaiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 19:38 IST Afghanistan will go into 2019 ICC World Cup better prepared than the last time (@ACBofficials Photo)Afghanistan’s batsman Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi have said that they will go into this year’s World Cup better prepared than last time, aiming to add to their solo win in the tournament so far. “Now, it is not like it was before. In 2015, people said it is a proud moment that Afghanistan are a part of the World Cup. It is not the time for that. Now, it is time to say this to everyone else: ‘Wake up, Afghanistan is coming!,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Shahidi as saying.Afghanistan will go into this year’s World Cup with an arsenal of experienced cricketers and promising youngsters. Their spin attack still remains their ace ahead of the tournament. The trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed 16 wickets between them in the recently concluded ODI series against Ireland and these three will play a pivotal role in Afghanistan’s lineup for the World Cup.”We could beat just one team, Scotland, in the 2015 World Cup, this time we are better prepared with spinners like Mujeeb, Rashid, Nabi and Zahir Khan in our ranks. We are trying our best to perform better in the 2019 World Cup and beat four-five teams in the competition,” ICC quoted Shahzad as saying. Afghanistan has been a strong team in the sub-continent but their lack of experience in England may pose a challenge to the team. Shahidi, however, does not look too concerned.”The conditions will be tricky, but many [Afghanistan] players have been to England before and know how to play there. Our team is going to Scotland and Ireland before the World Cup and it will be good preparation for us. We are also going to England early,” ICC quoted Shahidi as saying. Afghanistan would look to put up an impressive show in the World Cup this year.advertisementAfghanistan takes on Australia in their opening match of the World Cup on June 1.Also Read | Virat Kohli dazzles in new IPL 2019 advertisementFor 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 Tags :Follow AfghanistanFollow mohammad shahzadFollow Hashmatullah ShahidiFollow 2019 ICC World Cup “Wake up, Afghanistan are coming!”, say Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah ShahidiMohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi feel Afghanistan are better prepared for the 2019 ICC World Cup and warned that their opponents should be careful.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mangoes grown in Bankura find place on English platter

first_imgKolkata: The first ever mango consignment from Bankura will leave London this week.Seven tonnes of Amrapali variety that has grown in abundance in the district will be handed over to a private export company on Monday for dispatching it to the UK capital. “We have already exported the Amrapali variety to Dubai. This is the fourth year when mangoes from Bankura have travelled to Dubai. But the European market has very stringent quality standards and after several attempts for the last few years we have been able to grow mangoes as per specifications of the Europeon countries. The export company has already examined the stuff and are convinced that the variety will be able to meet their demand,” said Subhasis Batabyal, vice-chairman of West Bengal Agro Industries Corporation (WBAIC). Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAn official of the state Horticulture department said that the mangoes have been cultivated in organic manner and no inorganic fertilizers have been used. Each mango weighs between 300 and 350 grams and measures have been taken to prevent any insects in the fruit. “We have catered to all the norms for export to Europeon countries,” the official said. Twenty tonnes of mangoes from Bankura have already been exported to Dubai and orders have been placed for another 26 tonnes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe export season of mangoes starts from the last week of May and continues till end of July. Himsagar — the mango variety with a GI (geographical indication) tag has been the topper in the export list followed by the other varieties. Himsagar, Langra and Lakshmanbhog variety of Malda has been in the state export radar for quite some time . But Bankura’s Amrapali is offering a stiff competition to its counterparts in Malda for the last few years with the Mamata Banerjee government leaving no stone unturned to give a major push for exporting the Amrapali and Mallika variety from Bankura. Last year around 100 tonnes mango from Bankura was exported to Middle East countries, Malaysia, and Singapore. The state’s mangoes have been receiving overwhelming response at the Mango Festival at Janpath in Delhi, that had started from June 17 and ends on June 30. “We have sold 43 tonnes of mango at the Festival,” a senior official of the state Food Processing and Horticulture department said. It may be mentioned that Bengal is known for its wide variety of fruits and vegetables, produces around 400 varieties of mango and is one of the leading states in the production of table variety mangoes in the country amounting to seven lakh metric tonnes.last_img read more

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Nepalese held with heroin on IndoNepal border

first_imgMahrajganj (UP): Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel arrested a Nepalese man on the Indo-Nepal border and seized 203 gram heroin worth Rs 2.3 crore from him, officials said on Saturday. Company Commandant of the 22nd battalion of the SSB, Amit Kumar said a person was checked on suspicion in Sonauli area on Friday night and he was carrying heroin. Identified as Sandeep Sanehi from Bajhang district in Nepal, he was handed over to the police for further interrogation, Kumar said. A case under NDPS Act has been registered against him at Sonauli Police Station, the SSB officer added.last_img read more

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Assembly President looks for compromise on Security Council reform

27 May 2011With different groups holding steadfast to their respective positions regarding reform of the Security Council, the President of the General Assembly today called for a “compromise” on the issue, at least a temporary one. “Probably it is not possible actually to find a solution where one of these different groups will get the total of their aspirations,” Joseph Deiss told a news conference at UN Headquarters. “We should try to make some reform that could not be final, that means that (it) should be reviewed at some time, but that could bring something which improves the situation in a way that every country can say our own possibility to be a member sometime in the Security Council is improved,” said Mr. Deiss, who heads the 192-member Assembly.Security Council reform has been under discussion for over 17 years, with the key issues being the category of membership, the question of veto, regional representation, the size of an enlarged Council, and the Council’s working methods and its relationship with the General Assembly. The 15-member Council comprises five permanent members with veto power – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – and 10 non-permanent members with no veto, who are elected for two-year terms. Mr. Deiss repeated his concerns that unless the Council is reformed to reflect modern political reality, the entire UN could lose credibility and be marginalized with important issues being discussed in other forums. In response to a question on the possibility that the Assembly would vote to admit an independent Palestinian state, Mr. Deiss said that the Security Council must recommend new members, without a veto from any permanent member.“So the General Assembly cannot take the initiative but we are ready to do our work as soon as a recommendation of the Security Council would be addressed,” he said. “It must be recalled that General Assembly resolution 181 of 1947 already provides for the creation of two states, one Arab, one Jewish, at the end of the British Mandate in Palestine,” he added. read more

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HRCSL writes to AG raises concerns on detainees

The Commission views prolonged administrative detention or remand of persons as a serious violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed to them under Articles 72 and 13 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka as well as under Sri Lanka’s human rights obligations under international law. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has written to Attorney General (AG) Y J Wijayatilake, conveying to him its grave concern about the rights of the detainees and remandees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the Emergency Regulations and called upon him to take necessary measures to ensure the protection of the rights of these detainees and remandees.The Commission has called for the immediate release of those held in detention or remand for a long period of time without charges and against whom there is no credible evidence. The Commission has further called upon the Attorney General to review the cases of those indicted and to withdraw those cases which are solely based on confessions made to police officers, caseswhere no credible evidence exist and cases which are relatively minor. The Human Rights Commission has also communicated to the Attorney General its concerns about the rehabilitation process to which detainees and remandees will reportedly be subjected.The Commission has shared these concerns with the Attorney General in the hope it will be ableto engage in dialogue with, and extend its support to, the Attorney-General’s Department inorder to seek an urgent resolution to this critical issue. In respect of accused indicted under the PTA and Emergency Regulations against whom there iscredible evidence but who have been in detention and or remand for long periods of time, theCommission has expressed its view that arrangements should be made to release such personson bail immediately. read more

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Innovation Nation How smart cities may be too smart for their own

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.“I don’t think I’ve ever said anything about smart cities,” says Dan Doctoroff, chief executive of Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet Inc.’s urban innovation arm. “I really don’t like the term.”That dislike is a little bit unfortunate, because, whether Doctoroff likes it or not, he happens to be in charge of Canada’s most high-profile smart city project: “Google’s smart city” — as it is called in one news story after another — on the Toronto waterfront.Just how smart the Sidewalk Toronto project will ultimately become is still a bit hazy. It might be a technology-infused, data-driven, futuristic neighbourhood “reimagining cities from the internet up” as the company was once fond of saying. Or, critics say, it could turn into a company town that subverts the democratic will of governments and sets bad precedents for data collection, privacy and digital surveillance.At this point, Sidewalk Toronto is largely open to interpretation, which is precisely what makes it such a perfect example of a smart city project: it’s big, ambitious, technology-driven and, most importantly, still an idea, a vision, a proposal that hasn’t been realized yet.Even something as seemingly straightforward as planning to use self-driving cars causes confusion. Will the project close all the streets in the neighbourhood and only allow autonomous vehicles? That doesn’t make much sense for an area that covers only about 12 acres and can be walked from one end to the other in just 10 minutes. Instead, it might plan the streets and parking spaces in a way to accommodate self-driving cars, which is a little less groundbreaking.Proponents also talk about “tall timber” construction, using wood in innovative ways to make new kinds of buildings, and a radically different approach to public space in the buildings. Concept drawings generally feature hexagonal paving stones, allowing for flexible streetscapes that can be changed to suit different kinds of usage. Read our full Innovation Nation series Remember the internet of the ’90s? That’s what Canada’s outdated data protection laws were meant to handle Cryptoassets will revolutionize financial services — for those who play the long game The goal: Made in Canada, stayed in Canada, proudly Canadian But Doctoroff and the rest of the Sidewalk Labs team consistently say everything is a work in progress and all the ideas are open for discussion, consultation and revision until a final Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) is submitted — supposedly by the end of June — to Waterfront Toronto, the federal-provincial-municipal governing agency.Even after the MIDP is published, years of permit approvals and construction plans await before any buildings are ready for occupancy. Of course, there’s also the matter of the money — likely billions of dollars — to implement that plan. Sidewalk Labs has already committed $50 million to just get this far in the process.But whatever the Sidewalk Toronto project becomes in the years ahead, the drive for smart cities isn’t going anywhere, even if a lot of urbanists would really appreciate a little rebranding.Doctoroff isn’t alone in his distaste for the “smart city” term. Most people who work in urban technology and innovation cringe because it’s become an annoying buzz term such as “the internet of things” or “blockchain.”The term also implies that today’s cities are dumb, but tomorrow they’ll be smart, which belies the enormous engineering, planning and management already embedded into every modern city.Nevertheless, the prospects for smart cities have captured the public’s attention. According to an October Surveymonkey poll for the Financial Post, 35 per cent of respondents are excited for Canada to partake in smart city projects during the next decade. By comparison, only 18 per cent of respondents were excited about artificial intelligence, and just 13 per cent were excited about self-driving cars.The federal government is also on board, having launched the Smart City Challenge in 2017 to fund municipalities that apply technology in novel ways to make life better in their communities.The case for smart cities at its core goes something like this: urbanization has steadily intensified for years, putting them at risk of grinding to a halt and collapsing under their own weight. The solution, evangelists say, is to apply innovative technology and thinking to do things such as route traffic more quickly, use energy more efficiently and make residents healthier and happier.Of course, the devil is in the details, or, more specifically, the data.Through the second half of 2018, Sidewalk Labs has faced mounting opposition from activists who want to know who will own the data associated with the Toronto project.Privacy is the most obvious concern, but policy advocates prefer to talk about data governance, which is a catch-all for questions about who owns and operates the urban data sensors, who has access to the data they collect and what the data can be used for.For example, sensors embedded in buildings could dynamically control heating and cooling systems to improve energy efficiency, but also track people as they move around. Should that system be operated by a private company or the government? If the data is anonymized, should it be available — either sold or freely given away — to third parties that could mine it for other purposes? Should police have access to the data if it would help their investigations?In China, authorities are using cameras and facial recognition software to automatically identify jaywalkers and send them instant fines by text message. Many Canadians might think that crosses the line from a smart city to an authoritarian, state-run city, but the line is increasingly fuzzy.Kurtis McBride, chief executive and co-founder of Kitchener, Ont-based Miovision Technologies Inc., which makes systems to manage traffic flow in urban environments, has spent a lot of time thinking about these data and technology issues.McBride said he’s still waiting for a consensus “architecture” for how smart city systems fit together. Right now, he said, companies are hoping to dominate urban technology the way America Online (AOL) became king of the internet before an open system based on web browsers and pages took over.“When an ultimate architecture and protocol emerges for the smart city, the impact and the possibilities are going to be so much more profound,” he said.McBride said the tussle to define future smart city standards is part of why the Sidewalk Labs project is so contentious and controversial: people worry that it will help set a precedent for how data is managed across myriad future projects in Canada.As a result, he said, government should be taking the lead in making data governance rules.“It’s very dangerous if we assume that the private sector is responsible for thinking about privacy with respect to data,” McBride said. “That’s the opposite of democracy. The people should set the rules about how data can be used and not used, and then corporations should follow those rules.”Finding a common architecture also addresses bigger issues than just traffic lights and public infrastructure, said Matthew Boukall, vice-president of product management and data solutions at real estate adviser Altus Group Ltd.Boukall said he is seeing plenty of smart city-type innovations embedded into new buildings, but each building at this point is essentially an island. Eventually, he expects a network of connected buildings will manage things such as energy consumption.In the case of Sidewalk Toronto, the company has proposed that an independent “civic data trust” would analyze and approve all urban data proposals to help ensure transparency and privacy.Kristina Verner, vice-president of Innovation, Sustainability and Prosperity at Waterfront Toronto, which has been helping to facilitate the Sidewalk Toronto public consultation process and will ultimately provide oversight on the final MIDP, said a lot of the issues around privacy can be addressed by anonymizing data right from the beginning.“All of the personally identifiable information that could be collected here needs to be de-identified and delinked from the broader data sets, so that you don’t run into a situation where there’s a bit of a surveillance city kind of involvement happening,” she said. “It should be a neighbourhood that’s really grounded in privacy.”But de-identified data collection isn’t the norm in the rest of Toronto. Subways, streetcars and buses have CCTV cameras and that video footage allows people to be identified. Moreover, the Toronto Transit Commission and other public transit agencies in the Greater Toronto Area use Presto cards and have handed over personal data about users to police on dozens of occasions.Doctoroff believes Sidewalk Toronto will define a higher standard when it comes to urban data collection.“We want to go much further than the status quo, which is essentially kind of the Wild West out there in terms of the collection of data in the public realm,” he said. “With CCTV cameras proliferating everywhere now, sensors all over the place, we actually believe at the end of the day that we need a stronger data governance regime.”Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, and a member of the Waterfront Toronto Digital Strategy Advisory Panel, said policymakers will likely continue wrestling with these policy questions for a long time as the technology develops.“We are tinkering and fiddling. There’s more reform probably coming,” she said. “It’s urgent on one level, but at the same time, it’s just going to constantly be a work in progress.”Several critics following the Sidewalk Toronto project said the most useful thing to come out of the whole process might be to spark a serious policy discussions, even if it means Sidewalk Labs becomes a lightning rod for criticism along the way.However, Sidewalk Labs is likely an anomaly in the real development of smart cities. A single company doesn’t usually get to develop a sweeping master plan for a swath of prime real estate.A normal smart city company might look more like Uber Technologies Inc., which started as a simple ride-sharing app, but has since expanded into a broad spectrum of urban transportation services: taxis, carpooling, electric bikes in some cities, Uber Eats food delivery and even a minibus service, which recently launched in Egypt.Instead of being a planned, government-driven vision, Uber grew organically, sometimes clashing with governments that wanted to regulate the company.Andrew Salzburg, Uber’s global head of Transportation Policy and Research, said Uber Pool is a good example of how the company was able to use its data and product delivery abilities to create a service that allows people to share rides when they’re going in the same direction.“Data is part of it, but it’s also the whole platform, and the ability to handle millions of requests at the same time,” he said. “It’s actually very hard to get to scale and have enough people going in the same direction to then make it possible to offer a carpooling service.”Uber has also launched a system called Uber Movement, which provides aggregated, anonymized data on travel times within urban centres, based on data pulled from millions of rides.Salzburg said Movement is a bit of an olive branch to demonstrate the company is interesting in working cooperatively with municipal governments, instead of doing battle with them as it has in the past.“Fundamentally, we built a layer technology to move riders around, move food around and for services,” he said. “But now that we have that in place, there’s an opportunity to go back to governments in cities of all sizes, and say, ‘Hey, what are the problems that people have been working on for a long time that technology can help solve?’”It’s entirely possible that Sidewalk Labs is mired in controversy precisely because it is taking a more thoughtful approach, asking permission to build a smart city, whereas Uber is begging forgiveness for barging in and disrupting urban transportation after the fact.But as the technology develops, organic, piece-by-piece urban innovation — by companies, services and tools such as Uber, Presto and Google Maps and Street View — will likely be far more important in shaping policy, data and governance in the future of cities. read more

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Crude oil exists February with gain of 5 naural gas off 7

Crude oil exists February with gain of 5%; naural gas off 7% The oil pipeline and tank storage facilities at the Husky Energy oil terminal in Hardisty, Alta., June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESSL/arry MacDougal by The Associated Press Posted Feb 28, 2014 3:03 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil rose slightly Friday, finishing February with a gain of five per cent for the month.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery rose 19 cents to close at US$102.59 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For all of February, oil gained US$5.10 a barrel.U.S. refineries needed crude oil to make heating oil and diesel as frigid and stormy weather boosted demand.Natural gas ended a wild month by gaining 10 cents Friday to US$4.61 per 1,000 cubic feet.The price soared in the middle of the month as homeowners raised the thermostat and supplies fell sharply. But those gains quickly evaporated as forecasts called for warmer temperatures by the middle of March. For February, natural gas futures lost 33 cents, or nearly seven per cent.Brent crude, which is used to set prices for international varieties of crude, rose 11 cents to US$109.07 on the ICE Futures exchange in London on Friday.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose three cents to US$2.79 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil was flat at US$3.09 per gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Dalian Wanda Sony to partner on multiple bigbudget movies

Dalian Wanda, Sony to partner on multiple big-budget movies by The Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2016 8:08 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 23, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, a movie billboard is displayed behind a Sony Pictures Entertainment Studio entrance in Culver City, Calif. China’s Dalian Wanda Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group have formed a partnership to cooperate on multiple big-budget movies, marking another step into the global film industry by the Chinese conglomerate. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) BEIJING, China – China’s Dalian Wanda Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group have formed a partnership to co-operate on multiple big-budget movies, marking another step into the global film industry by the Chinese conglomerate.Wanda, which already owns AMC Theaters and bought Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion in January, said it would both invest in Sony productions and strive to highlight China in those films.“The alliance will help strengthen Wanda’s power to influence the global film industry, and set a good precedent for Chinese film producers in their international investment,” said the statement it released Friday.Jack Gao, Wanda’s head of international investment and operations, said Wanda would continue to seek alliances with other content companies and closer relationships with leading media firms.The statement did not name the films involved, although trade magazine Deadline reported possible investment and promotional co-operation for “Passengers,” the sci-fi love story starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt being released later this year in the U.S.; a reboot of “Jumanji” due next year with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black; and an animated Smurfs film.Legendary Entertainment begins production in 2017 on the first live-action Pokemon movie, called “Detective Pikachu.”Hollywood has been drawn to China by the country’s deep-pocketed financiers and its box office that is now the world’s second biggest. A quota on foreign films allows just 34 a year to show in Chinese theatres on a revenue-sharing basis, but the financial conditions improve vastly for Chinese-foreign co-productions.Wanda has also been expanding its share of global box office, with AMC recently purchasing European cinema chain Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group in a deal making it the largest movie theatre operator in the world.Originally a property and cinema giant, Wanda has also expanded into sports, becoming a top-tier sponsor of FIFA in a deal that runs through the 2030 World Cup, for which China is considered likely to bid.Wanda has also purchased Swiss firm Infront Sports & Media, Tampa and Florida-based World Triathlon Corp., along with acquiring a 20 per cent stake in Spanish football team Atletico Madrid. read more

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Twelve teams want WildCard for EHF Champions League 20152016

EHF announced that 37 teams from 23 countries registered for the playing at the VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016. Among them 25 teams got a chance to play through the results in the domestic competition (two teams from Germany and Spain, and 23 national champions), while 12 looking for a wild-card option.The final list of all participants will be confirmed at the EHF Executive Committee meeting on 19 and 20 June in Krakow, Poland.Teams registered based on additional places requests (12):RK Nexe (CRO)Skjern Handbold (DEN)Montpellier HB (FRA)HBC Nantes (FRA)Saint-Raphael Var HB (FRA)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)SC Magdeburg (GER)MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN)HC Metalurg (MKD)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)Alingsas HK (SWE)Teams registered based on the place distribution system (25):ALPLA HC Hard (AUT)RK Borac m:tel (BIH)HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN)FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)Paris Saint Germain HB (FRA)THW Kiel (GER)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)MKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN)HC Vardar (MKD)OCI/Lions (NED)Elverum Handball Herrer (NOR)KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Futebol Clube do Porto (POR)HCM Baia Mare (ROU)Chekhovskie medvedi (RUS)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Vojvodina (SRB)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Tatran Presov (SVK)IFK Kristianstad (SWE)Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu (TUR)HC Motor (UKR) ← Previous Story Mohamed Mokrani finds new team after seven years! Next Story → Onufrienko is new PSG Handball gunner – Stepancic comes in 2016! read more

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How long Daniel Bryan is under contract Booker T files lawsuit against

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Pinterest Facebook During last week’s edition of “Total Divas”, WWE Champion Daniel Bryan addressed signing a new deal with WWE and revealed how long it will last.Bryan stated his new deal with WWE runs through 2021.He reportedly agreed to terms on a new deal with WWE back in September.Source: F4WOnlineBooker T files lawsuit against ActivisionThe Verge is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has filed a lawsuit against Activision over his likeness being used in “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.”Booker T claims, Prophet the character in Call of Duty video game, looked too similar to his “G.I. Bro” comic book character adding, “They could have drawn him any way they wanted. But they chose to steal Booker T’s ‘G. I. Bro.”The complaint describes Huffman’s character, which is based on his old alter ego, as “a retired special operations soldier, fighting an old enemy he thought he had finished off years before, with the support of his old military friends.” Prophet, a multiplayer “specialist” character in Black Ops 4, is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who eventually replaces most of his body parts with mechanical upgrades. While the two men sound almost nothing alike, at least a couple of Redditors have commented that Prophet looked like Booker T.center_img Google+ WhatsApp WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes awaylast_img read more

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Nine neighbourhoods with water woes in Grand Turk Vandals strike again

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 11, 2016 – Vandals have caused at least nine communities in Grand Turk to be with limited to no water supply until the problem is fixed.   Again, a completely thoughtless person or group of people are believed behind the destruction of the water main, which is located in the Breezy Brae district.The damage caused is characterized as major and this was not the first time.  While Public Works says it will fix the issue, there is less clarity on whether there is security in the area especially as this was not the first time for vandals to strike.Vandalism of government property in islands like Grand Turk has been a problem in recent years; extremely expensive to the public purse – delaying the South Caicos Airport; forcing vehicle repairs and replacements and in arguably the worst case, the intentional torching of HJ Robinson High school is costing us $2 million to rebuild after a fire ravaged the Principal’s block in January. Related Items:last_img read more

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Child killed after caravan catches fire near LadysmithChild killed after caravan catches

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A child was tragically killed after a caravan caught alight on Monday afternoon (July 2) in Ezakheni D-Section.Public Safety, the Ladysmith Fire Department and other emergency officials were on scene.Also read: Shack completely destroyed by fire near LadysmithAlso read: 3 shacks completely destroyed in fire in Marula DriveNumerous other children sustained burn wounds and were transported to hospital for medical attention.The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.last_img read more

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