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 very idea of discovery has changed over the last decade. As discovery was trained and taught in the past, the outcome was to uncover the client’s pain or dissatisfaction. While that is still good and useful, it’s now equally—or in many cases, more important—to help the client discover something about themselves, their company, and their future. One of the ways to help them discover something about themselves is to share insights and ideas that make that discovery possible. Another way is to give them room to explore.In The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I wrote about the importance of listening in a chapter on communication. I described a process of learning to give people more space by waiting four beats before responding to some bit of information the person provides. Later, after I realized that the longer the pause, the more time the person has to reflect on what they’ve just said. By pausing the person has time to adjust, modify, and add context to what they’ve just heard themselves say out loud—maybe for the first time.Leaving More Space to ExploreThe more room you provide the person speaking without interruption, the more room they have to explore their thoughts. The more patient you are, the more confidence the person speaking will have that you are interested in what they have to say, and the more they will continue to talk. The more you provide space for your client to think through things for themselves, the more likely they are to discover something about themselves—especially as it pertains to what they think, feel, and believe they need to do.Going Slow is How You Speed UpOne of the downside risks to leading with insights is that it’s easy to go from idea to implications to recommendations at a pace that exceeds your prospective client’s ability to follow. You know what the right answer is, you know what works, and you know where your dream client needs to go. But they don’t know where you are taking them, and they need more time to understand what you are sharing, what the implications may be for them, and what it might mean to their business.When you leave room for your dream client to explore things for themselves, they have a chance to work through why they need to change for themselves, with you there to facilitate and serve them by helping them think things through. Not only will your client learn something about themselves, but you’ll also learn how best to help them produce better results.
The Gujarat Assembly on Thursday witnessed ugly scenes as members of the Opposition and the ruling party exchanged blows, leaving three injured. They also hurled abuses at each other.Two Congress MLAs, including Baldevji Thakor, and BJP MLA and junior minister Nirmala Vadhwani received minor injuries when members rushed to the Well of the House and started exchanging blows. Congress MLA Baldevji Thakor being administered first aid. Following the clashes, Speaker Ramanlal Vora adjourned the House for some time.The trouble arose when Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani asked about the reasons for farmers’ suicides in Amreli district and heated arguments followed, culminating in the fracas.Senior Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil termed the incident “black day” for democracy and accused the ruling party members of attacking the Opposition members.After the House was reconvened, the Speaker suspended two Congress MLAs for starting the clashes.Mr. Thakor said he would file a police complaint against BJP MLAs for the attack on him.Watch the video here:
Giant-killers Rajasthan will be seeking an unprecedented hat-trick of Ranji Trophy titles as the Indian domestic season begins on Friday with the Irani Trophy game between the national champions and a Rest of India XI in Bangalore.Rajasthan’s ‘imported’ captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar, a former Maharashtra and India Test player, admitted that the hat-trick was at the back of his mind. He, however, insisted that his current focus was on the Irani Trophy, which the state team has never won in its 52-year first-class history.More than Rs 7.19 crore prize money is on offer in the 17 national-level tournaments, five of which are for women, in the 79th domestic season, in which the BCCI has altered the groupings and points system of the national championship and a few other tournaments.Rajasthan’s has been the single biggest resurgence story of recent years in domestic cricket. Kanitkar, 37, deserves the biggest credit for the state’s changed fortunes as he has led the team with composure.Kanitkar has an opportunity to add another feather in his cap by guiding Rajasthan to a win over the Cheteshwar Pujara – captained Rest of India in the five-day Irani game, to be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.”The focus is basically to win the game; nothing less than that – otherwise there’s no point in playing. We’ve prepared well. Let’s see how we implement the plans,” Kanitkar told MAIL TODAY on Thursday. “Motivation should not be a problem. The players are absolutely ready for competition.” If Kanitkar, now into his third season with Rajasthan, guides his team to Ranji and a few more titles, itll be a yummy icing on his captaincy cake. He helped Rajasthan, who played eight Ranji finals before 2010-11 but always lost, break the jinx.advertisementThe Pune-based Kanitkar, fifth in the all-time highest Ranji scorers’ list with a tally of 7,463, said that possibility of the Ranji title hat-trick was very much on his mind, but he’s not making drastic changes in the strategy he implemented in the previous seasons.”The hat-trick is too far away. First of all we’ll have to qualify for the knock-out round,” he said about the tournament beginning on November 2. “The formula of doing small things right has worked for us in the last two years, so there is no point in changing it.” Kanitkar, who aggregated 506 runs last season, will have to ensure that the youngsters quickly adapt and don’t let the absence of some of the regular stars. Opener Aakash Chopra has moved to Himachal Pradesh after two seasons with Rajasthan while pacer Rituraj Singh and the nowfit batsman Ashok Menaria are in New Zealand with the India ‘A’ team. Ankit Chaudhary will replace Aakash and open the innings with the consistent Vineet Saxena, who scored two centuries and five half-centuries last season.Robin Bist, who had the top aggregate with 1,034 runs last year, will man the middle order.In another change of guard, ex-India stumper Chandrakant Pandit, now Director of Cricket with Rajasthan, has replaced Amit Asawa as coach. “Irani Trophy is a very important game as players don’t get this kind of exposure often,” Pandit told MAIL TODAY. Pacer Deepak Chahar, who missed some matches last year due to indisposition, is back and he is expected to form a potent force with lanky pacer Pankaj Singh, who has been rested for the Irani tie following a knee injury.The Rest of India team includes the likes of Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, S. Badrinath, Yusuf Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Delhis Ishant Sharma and Parvinder Awana, and Umesh Yadav.
Trent Boult is expected to be fit for New Zealand’s opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Sunday after the strike bowler missed the second Test win over Pakistan due to knee discomfort.Boult sustained a knee injury on New Zealand’s tour of India and he felt some discomfort when he slipped during the first Test against Pakistan in Christchurch earlier this month.He was ruled out of the second match in Hamilton, which New Zealand won by 138 runs to clinch their first series win over Pakistan since 1985.Coach Mike Hesson said Boult was tracking “very well” for Sunday’s opener in the Chappell-Hadlee series having passed a fitness test.”He’s recovered. I think when you know you’ve only got to bowl 10 overs, it’s a lot easier than obviously the demands of the Test match,” Hesson told reporters before the team left for Australia on Wednesday.Boult’s return would be a boost for Hesson’s side as they make the quick transition from Test matches to one-day cricket, though captain Kane Williamson said the confidence from their victory over Pakistan would help.”One thing I do know is winning’s a lot better than losing, so I guess it’s nice coming away with a series win, having played very good cricket as a unit,” Williamson said.”In saying that, the change in format, also the change in side, means that it is a separate challenge.”It is important you bring yourself back to the challenges that are in front of you.”Hesson added that New Zealand could also take confidence from their consistent performances in the shorter versions of the game over the last two to three years.advertisement”We’re a reliable white-ball side,” he said.”A lot of these guys have never played in Australia. There’ll be some good crowds, I’m sure, over there, plenty of hostility, and for any New Zealand team going over there it’s an exciting time, so we’re looking forward to it.”The first match is at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday before the two sides clash in Canberra on December 6 and finish the series in Melbourne on December 9.
Mario Mandzukic scored twice as Juventus secured an important 3-1 victory over 10-man Serie A title rivals Napoli at the Allianz Stadium.A seventh straight win for Massimiliano Allegri’s side means they are now six points clear of second-place Napoli – a lead that could be reduced to five on Sunday should Sassuolo continue their fine start to the season by beating AC Milan.Napoli took an early lead through Dries Mertens, before Cristiano Ronaldo and Mandzukic combined to equalise. The World Cup finalist scored again early in the second half after Ronaldo’s shot had cannoned back off the post. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mario Rui was dismissed in the 58th minute for the visitors before Leonardo Bonucci scored his first goal for the club since returning from Milan in August to seal the win 14 minutes from time. 49′ MARIO AGAIN!!!!!! JUVE IN FRONT!!!!!! #JUVENAPOLI [2-1] #FINOALLAFINE #FORZAJUVE pic.twitter.com/m8JacmLsnu— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 29, 2018After Pitor Zielinski hit the upright, Napoli broke the deadlock in the 10th minute by punishing Bonucci’s sloppy pass with an incisive move that resulted in Mertens sliding Jose Callejon’s cross into an unguarded net.Juve drew level in the 26th minute when Ronaldo turned Elseid Hysaj inside out before whipping a fine cross into Mandzukic, who headed past David Ospina.Ospina did brilliantly to push Ronaldo’s 20-yard strike onto the post four minutes after the restart, but Mandzukic was on hand to slot the rebound home.Napoli’s hopes of finding a way back into the game were dealt a huge blow shortly before the hour mark when Mario Rui received a second yellow card for an ugly tackle on Paulo Dybala.Bonucci prodded home Ronaldo’s header off a corner at the back post to ensure Juve claimed yet another maximum haul, but the Portugal star spurned a great opportunity to make the scoreline more emphatic. What it means: Forgiving Napoli have it all to doDespite the scoreline, Juve were actually some way from their fluid best against last season’s Serie A runners-up. The difference between the sides was a ruthlessness in front of goal, expertly demonstrated by consummate big-game player Mandzukic. Napoli have enjoyed a bright start to the season – winning five of their six games before this defeat – but already find themselves with a lot of ground to make up.Mandzukic delivers againAny thoughts the 32-year-old Croatian might not be as effective as he once was are being dispelled this season. Two more goals moved him onto four in the league – one more than his more heralded team-mate Ronaldo.FT – THREE GOALS! THREE POINTS!!! WELL DONE, BOYS!!! #JUVENAPOLI #FINOALLAFINE #FORZAJUVE pic.twitter.com/fFk24rbuxF— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 29, 2018Mario Rui red mist proves costly Napoli were still very much in the game when Mario Rui recklessly rolled his studs down Dybala’s ankle, but his moment of madness all but ensured his side would leave empty handed.Key Opta facts:- This is first time Juve have won their opening eight games of the season since 1930-31.- Ronaldo has delivered the most assists in Serie A this term (four).- Mandzukic scored just his second Serie A brace and his first since December 2015.- Two of Napoli’s last three red cards in the league have gone to Mario Rui.What’s next?Both sides are in midweek Champions League action, Juventus hosting Young Boys on Tuesday – without the suspended Ronaldo – and Napoli facing Liverpool the day after. read more
NEW YORK — Shelby Miller’s 100th Major League appearance ended like the previous 22 — without a win.Hard to imagine this could happen to an All-Star.Miller was handed his 15th consecutive defeat Sept. 21 when the Atlanta Braves were shut out for the 16th time this season in a 4-0 loss to the New York Mets.“As bad as my streak’s been, we’re still playing hard baseball and that’s all that matters to me,” Miller said. “It’d be a lot different if things were kind of going this way and it didn’t seem like anybody was trying or something like that.”Jonathon Niese won for the first time in a month and Michael Conforto homered for the Mets, who inched closer to an NL East title. Daniel Murphy lined a two-run double and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits.Miller (5-16) lost his seventh straight start. He threw a season-high 113 pitches in six innings, allowing two runs and seven hits — including Conforto’s homer.“I’m not going to say wins and losses don’t matter because at the end of the day, a loss is a loss. We play the game to win,” Miller said.The 24-year-old right-hander is winless in his last 23 outings, the longest drought for a starter in Atlanta history, since coming within one out of a no-hitter in a 6-0 win May 17 at Miami.“He’s had a lot of bad luck and I thought today he pitched really good,” Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez said.It was the 13th time in those 23 starts Miller yielded no more than two earned runs. He has received by far the worst run support in the majors.His winless streak already was the longest for any big league pitcher in a season he was an All-Star.“At the end of the day, where I sit with myself and where my stuff is and where my year is, it’s been good,” Miller said. “Obviously I’ve had some ups and downs, but at the same time you learn from those things and you take the positives and develop yourself into a better pitcher and person and teammate.”Freddie Freeman lined out to center field with the bases loaded to end the third inning. Atlanta put its first two batters on in the fourth before Nick Swisher grounded into a double play.Thanks in large part to Niese, the Mets rebounded nicely from a disappointing loss to the crosstown rival Yankees in the Subway Series. New York stretched its division lead to 6 1/2 games over the second-place Nationals with 12 to play.“We needed this one bad,” manager Terry Collins said. “I’m not trying to hide anything. There are big wins. This one is a big win for us. It kind of rights the ship a little bit.”Niese (9-10) had an 8.77 ERA in his previous five starts, though the Mets won four of those games. This time, the left-hander tossed three-hit ball for six innings during an encouraging outing. He retired his first eight batters on grounders and got 13 of his 18 outs on the ground.Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia finished the five-hitter for New York, which had dropped four of five since an eight-game winning streak.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Kevin Durant is headed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons.His decision was announced Sunday at the start of the NBA free agency period on the Instagram page for The Boardroom, an online series looking at sports business produced by Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman. Durant won titles with Golden State in 2017 and ’18 then was injured for much of the postseason this year as the team lost the NBA Finals in six games to the Toronto Raptors.A ruptured right Achilles tendon could keep him out the entire next season, and whenever he returns it will be in the Brooklyn black.ESPN first reported Durant’s decision, saying he had agreed to a four-year deal worth $164 million. Durant could have gotten five years and about $221 million to remain with the Warriors.Durant, a 10-time All-Star who just completed his 12th NBA season, was leading all postseason scorers at 34.2 points per game when he strained his right calf on May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets. He had seven 30-point performances during the recent playoffs.It’s unclear how he will play whenever he can return, but the Nets were willing to take a chance with a team on the rise.FILE – In this April 21, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, top, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet defends during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles. Rarely relevant at the same time on the basketball court, the Knicks and Nets are front and center in the free agency race, two of the teams best positioned to make a splash when the market opens.Both can afford two top players, with hopes of landing not only a Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, but possibly even both. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Brooklyn finished 42-40 this season and lost in the first round of the playoffs, then got a huge victory Sunday when it beat out the Warriors, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers for Durant.Durant, who grew up in the Washington area and spent one college season at Texas, played his first year with the Seattle SuperSonics before they departed for Oklahoma City, where Durant played eight seasons with the Thunder before joining the Warriors in 2016.He was heavily criticized for that move, seen as taking an easy route by joining a team that had just won an NBA-record 73 games. But it worked out for Durant and the Warriors, as he was the NBA Finals MVP in their championships in both 2017 and 2018.This season was filled with talk of his future — sometimes to Durant’s annoyance — though for much of the season it was focused on the Knicks if he decided to leave. But the Nets became a more attractive option with young talent that should help them be competitive next season even while Durant recovers.The Warriors will have to move on without Durant, who had three games with 45 or more points in the postseason before getting hurt. They still have Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and were expected to re-sign Klay Thompson, though he will miss much or all of next season after tearing an ACL in the NBA Finals.The bigger disappointment may be for the Knicks, who had cleared enough money to sign two maximum salary free agents when they traded Kristaps Porzingis during the season. The hope was that Durant would be one of them, but instead he will end up a few miles across the river with a team that could be poised to be the dominant team in the city for years.By: Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Juanfran happy to wait for Atletico Madrid contract talksby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuanfran says he’s happy to wait for new contract talks with Atletico Madrid.He has said that he’ll discuss a contract renewal with the club and that he’d like to stay, but only if he is wanted.”I hope that I can stay at Atletico Madrid for longer, as this is my lifelong club and my family club,” the Spaniard said after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Levante.”I will keep trying to give my best so that they keep considering me as an important player.”It’ll depend on my performance and on what the club and the coach believe.”There won’t ever be a problem with me.”Whether this is my last year at Atletico or whether I have two more years, I’ll always give my all and I’ll always be an Atletico fan.”We’ll speak to see what is best for the club in the coming weeks and months.”I always think about the club before myself.”Both Filipe Luis and [Diego] Godin will have the same thinking as me, which is to look for the best for the club.”Players and coaches come and go, but the stability of the club is the most important thing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed two Independent MLAs from Karnataka to withdraw their plea seeking a direction to the assembly speaker to conduct “forthwith” a floor test on the H D Kumaraswamy government’s trust move. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submissions of the senior lawyers representing Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar and Kumaraswamy that they have no objection to the withdrawal of the petition. The bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose then allowed the counsel for MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh to withdraw the plea on the ground that it has become infructuous after Tuesday evening’s floor test. The Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka headed by Kumaraswamy collapsed with 99 members voting for the motion and 105 against it in a House with an effective strength of 205 members. The apex court expressed displeasure over the senior lawyers not appearing before it for seeking withdrawal of the plea. “When you want an urgent listing, you come before us night, day or midnight. But when the court wants a counsel, he chooses not to appear,” the bench observed.
SASKATOON – Canada’s minister for public safety and emergency preparedness has told delegates at an international irrigation and drainage conference that flood and fire losses are costing Canadian taxpayers $1 billion a year.Ralph Goodale also told the 500 delegates at the Saskatoon conference that climate change has resulted in storms that dump a year’s worth of precipitation in a matter of days, followed by severe drought.Goodale said the proof is in the amount of money Ottawa has spent to clean up flood and fire damage under the disaster relief program.He said Canada has spent more in the last five or six years cleaning up after wildfires and floods due to climate change than was spent in the entire previous history of the program stretching back to 1970.Goodale said the challenge for government is having the political will to do something about it over the medium and long terms.But he said government budget-makers are under huge pressure to fund projects that bring quick political gratification rather than build on longer-term objectives.(CJWW)
Lempdes (France): In or out? The repeated delays to Brexit are a nightmare for map makers and guidebook printers who have to decide how to depict Britain’s relationship with the European Union. “We are completely lost,” said Henri Medori, manager of publisher AEDIS. In a hangar that serves as his firm’s logistic hub in Lempdes, near Clermont-Ferrand in central France, dozens of copies of laminated leaflets on “Europe at 27” rest on boxes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US They reflect the number of countries that will be part of the EU once Britain finally leaves. “We have at least ten books that have a map of Europe, of the European Union. So it’s a little complicated,” he told AFP. “We have frozen the print run — we will start it as soon as we have certainty about Brexit.” Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29, but this was delayed to April 12 and now to October 31 amid disagreement in parliament over how to manage the split. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls AEDIS, which has 12 members of staff, was quick to remove Britain from the EU in its publications following the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit. Medori said there was “public pressure” to respond, explaining: “We were challenged by some readers who claimed our maps were wrong by including the UK.” Then other clients complained, in emails that were “sometimes insulting”, saying that technically Britain remains a member of the bloc. “So we added a box explaining Brexit,” he said. But the firm has sold at most 6,000 documents showing Europe as a union of 27 countries, mostly in shops in motorway rest areas. “For a year and a half, we have mostly given up on sales in this area,” Medori said, adding that he had received no guidance from EU institutions. In Britain, the Oxford University Press (OUP) has avoided any radical changes to its maps but it also has to adapt. “We’re monitoring the situation but not making major changes until we have greater clarity,” a spokeswoman told AFP. “But in some cases, we are removing maps if they will simply cause confusion.” In Brussels, at a souvenir shop near the EU’s headquarters, some items showing Britain’s membership will disappear with Brexit. And many of them, such as a badge with the EU and UK flags, are flying off the shelves. “Anything with the UK on it might one day become a collectors’ item,” said manager Tamara Goldstein. She also has a jigsaw puzzle that is selling well, showing the European Union as it will be after Brexit, with “no sign of Britain”. But given the uncertainty — with some politicians in London and Brussels still hoping Brexit might never happen — some items remain unchanged. “It depends on the manufacturers,” said Goldstein. “Some product lines are being stopped because they don’t know how to launch the next edition, without the British.” However she sees some positives in the situation, noting the demand for pro-European goods has shot up in the past few months. “A few years ago, we sold a lot of neutral items,” she said. “Now, clients are asking for more things saying ‘I love Europe’, ‘I’m for Europe’ and ‘I feel European’.”
The Ministry of Education announced that schools in Kandy will re-open on Monday.The schools were closed this week after curfew had been declared in the Kandy administrative area following the recent violence. (Colombo Gazette)
The half million mark was passed this week, with more than 273,000 returning from Iran and over 230,000 from Pakistan, the two principal asylum countries, a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson said. The pace of returns from both countries continues to be strong, and should continue through August as refugees head home for the start of the Afghan school year or as they complete harvests in asylum countries, Jennifer Pagonis told a briefing in Geneva. UNHCR and its partners have also assisted 443,000 internally displaced Afghans return home since 2002. There are still more than 180,000 others, many living in camp-like situations in Kandahar and Heart provinces where they receive assistance. Afghan refugees returning with the agency’s assistance get a travel grant, plus a small cash amount to provide for basic needs on arrival. More than 2.1 million Afghans have returned from Pakistan and over 920,000 from Iran since the programme began. Some 300 other returnees so far this year came from 13 other countries, including India, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Austria.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the final draft of a declaration for the World Summit opening tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York as a good instrument he could work with, although he did not get everything he wanted, but he deplored the omission of non-proliferation and disarmament issues.”Obviously we didn’t get everything we wanted, and with 191 Member States it’s not easy to get an agreement,” he told a news conference, citing on the plus side items on development, a peacebuilding commission, a new Human Rights Council, terrorism and the establishment of a democracy fund, while at the same calling some states spoilers.”The big item missing is non-proliferation and disarmament. This is a real disgrace,” he said speaking just minutes after the General Assembly, virtually unanimously approved a resolution sending the draft outcome document to the Summit, which is expected to be the largest ever gathering of global leaders.”We have failed twice this year. We failed at the NPT and we failed now,” he added, referring to a review conference in May on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that ended without substantive agreement.”And I hope the leaders will see this as a real signal for them to pick up the ashes and really show leadership on this important issue when we are all concerned about weapons of mass destruction and possibility that they may even get into the wrong hands.So I will appeal to the leaders who are coming here in the next few days to really step up to the plate and accept the challenge and show leadership on the issue,” he said.Mr. Annan was repeatedly asked if he saw the draft document as a failure after he had appealed to leaders for bold decisions, and not to ‘cherry pick’ among the proposals contained in his report in March ‘In Larger Freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all.'”I will not dismiss it as easily as you seem to have, indicating that they [the document drafters] have not achieved much,” he told one questioner. “I would have wanted more. All of us would have wanted more.”But we can work with what we have been given and I think it’s an important step forward and we all have to make sure that in translating it into practical and functional terms that we do all our best to really make sure we are giving the organization the effective structure it needs to work,” he added, calling it a success.At another point he said he would have preferred stronger language, adding: “The process was not easy. There were governments that were not willing to make the concessions necessary. There were spoilers also in the group. Let’s be quite honest about that.”He said he had tried to get them to understand that in an interconnected world they need to look at issues in much broader terms rather than narrow national interests and that the collective interest is also the national interest. “I must say that during the process in the last couple of weeks I think some delegations focussed on the trees and missed the forest.”He repeatedly returned to the theme of how difficult it is to reach agreement with such a large membership. He recalled that when he first became Secretary-General in 1997 he was accused of not reforming the UN in six weeks. The Russian ambassador asked him then at a Security Council lunch: “But what are you complaining about, you’ve had more time than God?”And I explained to him that God had one big advantage. He worked alone without a General Assembly and Security Council and the committees,” Mr. Annan said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – Spain’s Telefonica has agreed to buy German mobile unit E-Plus from Dutch telecommunications company Royal KPN NV for 5 billion euros ($6.58 billion) plus shares, a deal that would create Germany’s biggest cellphone operator in terms of customers.The proposed deal announced Tuesday would bring together E-Plus, currently Germany’s No. 3 operator with 23.4 million customers, with O2 — the fourth-biggest, which is already owned by Telefonica and has 19.3 million customers.Telefonica’s German unit, Telefonica Deutschland, said it expects savings of between 5 billion and 5.5 billion euros, and will benefit from combining the two companies’ distribution and customer service functions and networks.The plan foresees KPN getting a total of 5 billion euros in cash and a 17.6 per cent stake in Telefonica Deutschland, the Dutch company said, adding that the transaction values E-Plus at 8.1 billion euros.The deal is subject to shareholder and antitrust approval. The companies expect the transaction to close in mid-2014.Germany’s biggest mobile operator at present is Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile, which serves some 36.6 million people; Vodafone is second with 33.9 million customers. The combination of E-Plus and O2 would have nearly 43 million; Telefonica put their combined revenues last year at 8.6 billion euros.“This transaction is a strong commitment to the German market and a significant step in Telefonica’s growth story — providing us with a leading position within the strongest economy in Europe,” Eva Castillo, the chairwoman of Telefonica Deutschland’s supervisory board and the chief executive of Telefonica Europe.The German economy is Europe’s biggest and has continued to grow even as countries across large parts of Europe struggle with public debt and recessions.Telefonica has mobile and fixed-line operations across Europe and Latin America. The company said the German deal would make it Europe’s second-biggest operator in terms of cellphone customers.Telefonica, which has been working to reduce its debt, noted that “this transaction will mainly be financed via financial instruments, which will enable to maintain Telefonica’s leverage ratio stable.”The announcement came as KPN said its second-quarter net profit fell to 108 million euros, down 68 per cent from the same period a year ago due to tough market conditions for its mobile phone operations and an ongoing decline in fixed-line services.KPN said its revenues in the second quarter dropped 8 per cent to 2.9 billion euros from 3.2 billion euros a year earlier. CEO Eelco Blok said the company will now “focus on its core geographies,” and the company said it will use most of the cash from the sale to “increase its financial flexibility.”KPN shares were up 5.3 per cent compared with Monday’s close at 1.90 euros. The deal also sent Telefonica’s shares 2.4 per cent higher to 10.31 euros in early trading in Madrid.In Germany, rival Deutsche Telekom — which will face one fewer competitor if the deal goes through — was one of the biggest winners on Frankfurt’s DAX index of blue chip stocks. Its shares climbed 1.8 per cent to 9.35 euros. by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 2:18 am MDT Telefonica agrees to buy E-Plus from KPN in deal to create Germany’s biggest mobile operator
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A GROUP HAS warned about a ‘witch hunt’ against Roma in Ireland after two children were taken from Roma families over concerns about their identities.Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre said that there is a “real danger” that State action based solely on the basis of appearance could create the conditions for an increase in racism and discrimination against the Roma community living here.A spokesperson for the group warned against persecution “against a vulnerable community and old stereotypes of an entire community being propagated in the media coverage”.“Actions by the State need to be evidence-based and due process needs to be accorded to all communities living in Ireland,” the statement said.DNA tests are being carried out on a 7-year-old girl who was placed in HSE care on Monday after being removed from her family home in Tallaght over concerns that she was not related to the couple who say they are her biological parents.In a separate case today, a 2-year-old boy was reunited with his family after being removed by gardaí over concerns over his identity.In relation to the case in Tallaght, Pavee Point said that the case “should be dealt with according to standard HSE/Garda procedures and the best interests of the child need to be prioritised”.Racial profilingSeparately, the Immigrant Council of Ireland said the cases have raised questions about whether minorities are being subjected to ‘excessive attention’ from Gardaí and public services.The head of the Immigrant Council Denise Charlton said the Government needs to make clear what procedures are in place in public services to stop racial profiling from happening.“The placing of two children from the Roma community into care comes just one week after the Government announced that people from abroad would account for a disproportionate 50 per cent of social welfare checks as part of a new crackdown on fraud,” said Charlton.“Any targeting of an individual community for such scrutiny, on the basis of unfounded perceptions that they are more likely than others to break the law, is wrong,” she said.Read: Child removed, then returned to Roma family in Athlone > Read: DNA tests being carried out on girl found living with Roma family >
The crew of developers over at the Montreal-based Pheromone Lab was recently greeted with a daunting task. After creating a stop-motion animation iPad app for a client, naturally, the client wanted to make sure there were no problems after the nth use. The client asked the Pheromone team to test it by manually taking between 10,000 and 15,000 photos. As Pheromone’s Jon Masse says on the company’s blog, “who really wants to sit and manually take 10,000 photos?”The group decided to build something that they could simply turn on and leave alone to snap the thousands of photos while they continued working on other important tasks. Yes, they needed to find their “drinking bird” — something other than an intern that would monotonously and repeatedly press a button for them. The team turned to Lego bricks for the answer.Using a Lego Mindstorm kit, a cardboard box, and a few borrowed capacitive styluses, a Lego robot hand was created. The robot sits on Masse’s desk and simply pushes the stationary iPad’s photo button with a stylus that more or less conducts electricity in a similar way as that of a human finger. The stylus is pushed by tiny Lego gears, which then hits the app’s photo button and clicks the photo.Time is money, and if one of the developers at Pheromone was forced to spend hours upon hours pushing a button, it wouldn’t exactly be very cost effective. Clearly, these guys know how to think outside of the box. Not only did the crew at Pheromone solve a problem for their client, but the video below will surely get other companies calling up the developer for its innovative ideas.Read more at Pheromone Lab
19 of the very best moments from the Late Late Toy Show It’s officially Christmas. By Emer McLysaght 4. The Lost Boys performanceWE WEREN’T CRYING, YOU WERE CRYING. Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube6. The Ballyfermot palsSarah and Lexie have been friends for seven years (since they were born, ACTUALLY, Ryan) and they were on the Toy Show to show off the small doll selection.They school Ryan on where’s good to go on dates (Nandos and Eddie Rockets) and were just gorgeous. Friends for life.7. When Tubs was sorted into HufflepuffStinger. Source: Naomi Brophy/Twitter 30 Comments 19. This little lad dancingGiving it all he had.DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! The Sorting Hat from Harry Potter – Ryan got Hufflepuff. There he was thinking he was Gryffindor! #LateLateToyShow pic.twitter.com/ojijPmcY8i— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) December 2, 2016 15. Katherine’s little face when Ryan told her she’d received a letter from Michael DUltimate goal: Receive a letter from Michael D.16. When Evan met JamieNot only did nine-year-old Galway boy Evan Hoban get to meet his hero Jamie Heaslip, he also got a very special souvenir… Heaslip’s own jersey from the game against Australia. Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube17. When Charlie met RoryAnother very special moment when Rory McIlroy’s biggest fan got the shock of his life.18. The Benhaffaf twinsCork twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf celebrated their seventh birthday with a spot in the ‘wheelies’ segment of the show. Absolutely flying they were. #ToyShowBingo All jokes aside magical moments on the #LateLateToyShow – amazing to see the twins there 7 years later #whatmatters— Lizzie Falconer (@lizziefalc) December 2, 2016 Beibhinn also had little time for Ryan’s carry on.3. Alex from BundoranLittle Alex from Bundoran melted everyone’s hearts with his fairy doors and his ‘worry board’ that appears to vanishes away nasty things like nightmares and baddies. Short URL 8. When Edie made Ryan smell her blankie“SMELL IT”9. Aaron’s amazing pipesMan alive could this boy hold a tune. Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube10. The audience going hell for leather at the free mince pies11. Darragh and his pet lambThis absolute dote from Co Down schooled Ryan on the workings of a farm and told us about all the meat you can get from cows.But then he told us about his pet lamb Tara, who was… sent to the factory. Oh.All was quickly forgotten though as he broke into the most adorable version of Hit The Diff known to man, which quickly became an absolutely sterling country music medley. Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube13. This man14. Or indeed that woman Dec 3rd 2016, 12:43 AM Source: Richard Cantwell/Twitter Source: Lizzie Falconer/Twitter Source: Stephen Martin/Twitter WELL, THAT’S THAT over for another year.Let’s recap on some of the most wonderful moments.1. That opening numberDancing monkeys, giant elephants, Tubs in a massive-arsed bear costume. Colour us impressed. Source: The Late Late Show/YouTubeShoutout to the students of IADT Dun Laoghaire who made the great costumes.2. Beibhinn and her diabetes dollBeibhinn has diabetes herself so the doll is a welcome addition to her toy collection. Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 12:43 AM Source: The Late Late Show/Twitter This kid is better at endocrinology than me already #LateLateToyShow— Naomi Smith (@naomibsf) December 2, 2016 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Share33 Tweet Email I need one of those worry boards for when I wake up the next morning after a blackout on the cider.#LateLateToyShow— Stephen Martin (@Ste_Martin83) December 2, 2016 44,108 Views My Diabetic son is suddenly charmed. #LateLateToyShow— Richard Cantwell (@ManAboutCouch) December 2, 2016 Add us: dailyedge https://dailyedge.ie/3117263 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article