How Your Dream Client Perceives You

first_imgYour dream client is going to determine who you are and how to respond to you based on what you show them.If you begin your conversation with your dream client by introducing yourself,  your company, and your solutions, you will have established yourself as a traditional salesperson. Your dream client will perceive the interaction as typical, and you as a commodity. This is too low a level to result in a better outcome for you, because the outcome isn’t great for your prospect.If you begin your conversation with an attempt to elicit your dream client’s existing pain as a way to compel change, you will have established that you are very much like the salespeople who have visited this prospect in the past. Those salespeople also looked for ways to displace your dream client’s existing provider by promising better outcomes and a greater ROI.If you enter the conversation at a much higher level, a more strategic level, then you will have positioned yourself as someone who may be a strategic partner and a trusted advisor. By demonstrating that you think like a business person and someone who knows how to compel and lead change, you differentiate yourself in a meaningful way, creating a preference for you, your solution, and your company.You are now the largest part of the value proposition, especially early in the process of change, like it or not. You can no longer rely on products and solutions to carry the load when it comes to differentiating you or your company.More importantly, your dream client is going to allow you to be whatever you are, and they will treat you accordingly. If you look like an undifferentiated commodity, they’ll accept you as just that. If you look like a peer, they’ll accept you as such. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Hollywood Actor Pierce Brosnan Says He Was ‘Cheated’ By Indian Pan Masala Firm

first_imgHollywood actor Pierce Brosnan told the Delhi State Tobacco Control Cell that he was “cheated” by Pan Bahar, a mouth freshener company that had employed him to endorse the brand.“In a written reply to the State Tobacco Control Cell of Delhi, the actor stated that he was cheated by the company as the latter did not disclose the hazardous nature of the product and other terms and conditions of the contract of advertisement,” additional director (Health) SK Arora said, reported PTI.Brosnan had appeared in an advertisement of Pan Bahar, an Indian paan masala brand, and was criticized for endorsing a product that is said to be linked to cancer.The Delhi government had recently issued a show-cause notice to Brosnan and asked Pan Bahar why appropriate punitive action should not be initiated against its directors and office bearers, according to the report.“In his reply to the legal notice, Brosnan also said that his agreement with the company was over and he was ready to extend all kinds of support and cooperation to our department against such campaigns,” Arora added.Soon after the commercial was aired in 2016, People magazine reported Brosnan as saying, “As a man who has spent decades championing women’s healthcare and environmental protection, I was distressed to learn of Pan Bahar’s unauthorized and deceptive use of my image to endorse their range of pan masala products.” According to Brosnan’s contract details, he was to advertise a “breath freshener/tooth whitener,” which wouldn’t include an ingredient that turns saliva red.“He has given an undertaking in writing that he would never assist any company with regard to promotion of such products or other such harmful products in future. Celebrities must realize their responsibility towards society, especially the youngsters who treat them like god and follow them blindly. Such advertisements influence the minds of youngsters adversely,” Arora was quoted as saying by PTI.In February this year, the health department issued a notice under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, that bans all kind of direct and indirect advertisements of tobacco products, the Indian Express reported. Arora had then said that the department had received information on the company promoting the “surrogate product” through different media platforms.“We have issued the notice to Pierce Brosnan through the company, and also reached out to him via social media platforms. If he fails to respond to the notice, he would face punishment of a fine up to Rs 5,000 or two years in prison,” Arora had said earlier. Related ItemscancerHollywoodPierce Brosnanlast_img read more

Can’t Cheat On That Check

first_imgIn what is sure to send shivers down the spine of every college smoocher, three computer science graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University have figured out a way to track shared expenses among friends. The developers of Buxfer, seen from left, Ashwini Bharambe, Shashank Pandit and Amit Manjhi on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in PittsburgShashank Pandit, Amit Manjhi and Ashwin Bharambe have developed a website Buxfer, acronym for “bucks transfer,” to enable a group of people to track who owes what to whom from splitting dinner or movie tabs, or rent or utility bills.Log in to your account and enter all the bills you split and presto, the checks are divvied up in the group. As of mid-December the website boasted of almost 9,000 transactions worth nearly $1.9 million from college students all over the country and abroad.No doubt the site is a hit with people who like to be reminded about all the people they owe money to. Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Hockey Players Sulk

first_imgIndia’s national field hockey team is protesting at being overshadowed by the country’s cricketers. Team coach Joaquim Carvalho says his team was angry at being “treated like orphans” and several players and team officials threatened to go on hunder strike.The hockey team won the men’s field hockey Asia Cup recently title beating South Korea 7-2.But that victory didn’t got scant attention or the cash awards compared to the hoopla over the cricket team’s winning the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.The cricket team was awarded $2 million in cash awards. Since the criticism became public, the State Bank of India and several state and central government agencies have stepped up to award cash prizes to the hockey players. Related Itemslast_img read more

What Price Happiness?

first_imgFrance is turning to two Nobel Prize winners to develop an economic measure of happiness. U.S. economist Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel economics prize and a critic of free market economists, and Armatya Sen of India, who won the 1998 Nobel prize for work on developing countries, will lead development of the measure.Sen helped create the United Nations’ Human Development Index, a yearly welfare indicator that includes measures for health and living standards.Once the preserve of philosophers, measuring happiness is now a hot topic in economics.Says Richard Layard, a professor at the London School of Economics and author of the 2005 book Happiness: Lessons from a New Science: “People don’t want to think they live in a world of ruthless competition where everyone is against everyone. Valuable things are being lost, such as community values, solidarity.”Jean-Philippe Cotis, head of France’s statistics office Insee, said a measure of happiness would complement GDP by taking into account factors such as leisure time – something France has a lot of.“Statisticians are also interested in happiness,” he said.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Surrendering Independence

first_imgIndependence, the only surviving ocean liner built in the United States to sail under the American flag is on its last voyage, reportedly headed to a scrap yard in Alang, India. The historic ship, which made its first voyage from New York to the Mediterranean 57 years ago was towed out of San Francisco on Feb 8. The ship, renamed Oceanic prior to its final voyage, has listed its destination as Singapore, but cruise enthusiasts are buzzing with speculation that it final passage is to the Indian scrap yard.  Related Itemslast_img read more

India vs England: Sachin ruled out of ODI series

first_imgIt seems the wait for Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th ton will continue for some time as the batting maestro has been ruled out of the ODI series against England with a right toe injury. Tendulkar has been ruled of action for the next four weeks.Tendulkar, who aggravated a decade-old toe injury forcing him out of the rain-washed opening One-day International (ODI) on Saturday, had consulted a leading surgeon in London earlier on Monday.With seven first-choice players already forced out of the ODI team so far, Tendulkar’s absence comes as a big blow to the beleaguered Team India in England.With the Men in Blue hunting for their first win of the tour, the experience of Tendulkar would have been crucial for India’s fortunes.last_img read more

Heat give Erik Spoelstra his 500th coaching win, beat Magic

first_imgMOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Obviously we’ve lost our way here a little bit, which actually happens a lot during an NBA season,” said coach Steve Clifford. ”(The Heat) are rolling, they played great, they shot the ball well.”The Heat came into the game with the NBA’s worst field goal percentage (.429), but shot 43 for 84 (.506).Richardson hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play that gave Miami a 37-18 lead early in the second quarter. The Heat were in control until going 4:35 without a field goal.Jonathan Isaac’s two free throws with 3:29 left in the first half punctuated a 16-2 run that cut Orlando’s deficit to five points.The Heat led 53-44 at halftime, and Johnson’s shooting helped them build that advantage to 26 points in the third quarter.Orlando cut it to eight in the fourth quarter, but four straight free throws by Richardson opened an 11-0 run by Miami that put the game away.OH THAT 500!Asked before the game about the possibility of reaching 500, Spoelsta assumed the question was about his team’s record, which was 15-16 at the time. When informed he was one win away from his 500th career victory, the 48-year-old Spoelstra replied: “I’m getting old, I guess.”TIP-INSHeat: F Rodney McGruder, the only player to have started Miami’s first 31 games, was a last-minute scratch due to a stomach ailment. Tyler Johnson took his spot in the starting lineup. … Miami held a sixth straight opponent under 100 points. … The Heat lead the Florida series 65-53. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Justise Winslow added 22 points and Josh Richardson finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which beat Orlando for the first time in three tries this season and improved to 16-16.Dwayne Wade, playing his 24th and likely final game in Orlando, had 10 points and four assists in 24 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I definitely think having four wins in a row, this was the best team for us to play because they’ve had our number this year,” Wade said. “It made us focus on what we need to do to not lose to them three times in a row.”Johnson made just his fourth start of the season and hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter, finishing off one with a four-point play. 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Magic: F Jonathon Simmons played 20 minutes after missing Friday’s game at Chicago with a sprained right ankle. … The Magic are 2-6 since winning in Miami on Dec. 4.UP NEXTHeat: At home against Toronto on Wednesday night.Magic: At home against Phoenix on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Usually for me, if I hit one or two, it’s going up again,” said Johnson, whose season-high scoring output came without playing in the fourth quarter.“When guys have been able to get going during this little run that we’ve had, we go back to him. I think that puts a little confidence in players because they know once they get going, the ball will find them. And it opens up everything else for the offense.”Spoelstra, Miami’s coach since the 2008-09 season, has a career coaching record of 500-336 and has won two NBA titles. The milestone win, he said, humbled him.“But it doesn’t even register as real to me right now, and that’s why I’m so grateful for the opportunity,” Spoelstra said. “There’s been a lot of low points and a lot of incredible moments, but you don’t get to survive those low points if you don’t have the belief of the people above you.”Evan Fournier scored 17 points for the Magic, who lost their third straight.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (3) looks to pass the ball as he gets between Orlando Magic’s Jerian Grant (22) and Mo Bamba (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — It was a 500 kind of night for the Miami Heat, who got their record back to .500 and delivered coach Erik Spoelstra his 500th coaching victory.Tyler Johnson scored 20 of his 25 points in the third quarter as Miami defeated the Orlando Magic 115-91 and ran its winning streak to five games.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

ISL: Diego Forlan shines in Mumbai City’s win over NorthEast United

first_imgDiego Forlan scored from the spot in the second half as Mumbai City FC snapped NorthEast United FC’s two-match winning run in an Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday.Forlan aimed for the roof of the net and beat NEUFC goalkeeper Subrata Paul who got a hand to the ball to net in the 55th minute after Pronay Halder was chopped down by Reagan Singh inside the danger zone.The win helped the Alexandre Guimaraes-managed side move to second spot in the points table with two wins from two matches, while Nelo Vingada and his charges remained on top with six points from three outings.There was a flurry of attacks in the dying minutes of the match from the visitors with two back to back corners in added time. But nothing worked as the hosts kept their slate clean.Mumbai City stuck to the same team that beat FC Pune City in their first game with all eyes on marquee player Diego Forlan who still did not look fully fit.The visitors made three changes to their last game.Fleet-footed winger Seityasen Singh was deemed fit to start along with the marquee player Didier Zokora who started for the first time. Forward Nico Velez was drafted in too with Wellington Priori, Mailson Alves and Holicharan Narzary making way for the trio.The first half was a midfield battle for the most part.Zokora, playing at centre-back, marked Forlan diligently with a diving clearance in the 36th minute robbing this season’s most sought-after recruit a chance to connect to the ball.advertisementThe best chance of the half fell to the visitors with the match five minutes to half time.Velez, who put in a superb shift down the inside left channel, cut inside to slip a neat pass to Yusa Katsumi. The Japanese inexplicably spurned his effort from around the penalty box with no one marking him.North East’s Rowlin Borges picked up a needless yellow card in the half, losing his temper for not enjoying the space he had been getting in the last two games.The second half was all about the penalty and NEUFC’s response from thereafter. Koffi Christian N’dri, Rowlin Borges and substitute Holicharan Nazarywere all involved in a slick move that saw lone striker Emiliano Alfaro fail to connect properly.Later, Alfaro took on three defenders and passed to Katsumi but the latter failed to get enough power behind the ball.last_img read more

Top US civilian honor goes to 21 artists, athletes, others

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and innovators who inspired him over the years and “helped make me who I am.”“Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way, in ways that they probably couldn’t imagine,” Obama said in concluding an hour-long ceremony Tuesday in the White House East Room.The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, its security and its culture. Obama called the 2016 group a “particularly impressive class.”In the film world, Obama honored Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford and Cicely Tyson.Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest basketball players ever, were also among the honorees. Obama noted how Jordan’s name is synonymous with excellence.“There is a reason you call somebody ‘the Michael Jordan of,’” Obama said. “The Michael Jordan of neurosurgery, or the Michael Jordan of rabbis, or the Michael Jordan of outrigger canoeing. Everyone knows what you’re talking about.”Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross were recognized for their music. Of “The Boss,” he said Springsteen crafted “anthems of our America, the reality of who we are and the reverie of who we want to be.”Other honorees included philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, comedian Ellen DeGeneres and broadcaster Vin Scully. Of DeGeneres, Obama said she has a way of making people laugh at something rather than someone, “except when I danced on her show.” He said it’s also easy to forget that she had risked her career nearly 20 years ago when she came out as gay.“What an incredible burden that was to bear, to risk her career like that. People don’t do that very often, and then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders,” Obama said.The diverse group seemed to enjoy themselves at the White House, participating in a mannequin challenge before the ceremony, trying not to move as they were recorded on video.Obama said the people receiving the medal helped push America forward and inspired millions around the world. The White House said the president and his staff spend time considering a variety of candidates for the award, but ultimately, it’s the president’s decision.Posthumous honors went to Native American advocate Elouise Cobell and Rear Adm. Grace Hopper.Others receiving the award included:— Richard Garwin, an inventor and polymath physicist who made pioneering contributions to the nation’s defense.— Frank Gehry, one of the world’s leading architects.— Margaret H. Hamilton, a mathematician and computer scientist.— Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.— Lorne Michaels, producer of “Saturday Night Live”— Newton Minow, a former Federal Communications Commission chairman devoted to numerous public and charitable causes.— Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Have my eyes on 2020 Olympic medal, says heptathlete Swapna

first_imgKolkata, Oct 5 (IANS) Her coach might not think it’s a realistic target, but Asian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman on Friday said she is targeting a podium finish at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and will train rigorously for that.”It motivates me that all of India is rooting for me now. Yes at the same time, it adds extra pressure. But my sir (Subhas Sarkar) is there with me. He will make me train harder than ever for the 2020 Olympics which is my target,” Barman said during the India Today Conclave East 2018 here.Sarkar had said that it would be wise to keep her eyes on defending her Asian Games gold.At the Asian Games in Indonesia a month ago, Swapna became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in women’s heptathlon.Battling poverty and having to do it all with12 toes – six on each foot – Barman achieved the rare feat with pain due to a toothache during the finals.The 21-year-old logged 6026 points from the seven events competed for two days. En route the title, she won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).”I have not changed since winning gold at the Asian Games. But the sudden attention from every corner of the country does make me feel special. I sometimes feel I am dreaming,” Barman said.Asked about the video going viral where her mother Basana Barman, who worked as a maid and also plucked leaves in tea gardens, is seen crying profusely after the victory, Swapna said,” I asked my mother why was she crying? I could not watch the video in full as I did not like her crying so much. It was an emotional moment but she should have been smiling.”Barman is yet to receiveadvertisementa proper pair of shoes in order to compete in the upcoming competitions.Earlier this month, SAI Director General Neelam Kapur had said that they had taken up the matter of Barman’s specialised shoes with Adidas and they had agreed to get customised shoes for her.”I will get customised shoes very soon and I am hopeful. My team is taking care of that. I cannot explain what I suffered with every landing during the Asian Games,” Barman added.Along with her was former India women’s team cricket captain Jhulan Goswami and India women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal.”Since the World Cup in England last year, the situation has changed and we are followed more keenly now. The BCCI and ICC are taking care of women’s cricket very nicely,” said Goswami who recently called time on her T20 career.India eves reached the final of the Women’s World Cup last year, losing to hosts England in the summit clash by nine runs.”Now a country like Thailand is participating in the ICC qualifiers for the T20 World Cup. So things have changed globally and I believe women’s cricket is the fastest growing sport in the world,” Goswami added, wishing luck to the Indian team ahead of the T20 World Cup to be held in the West Indies from November 9-24.Rampal, who led the India eves to an Asian Games silver after they lost to formidable Japan 0-1, said she is proud of the youngsters in her side as they fashioned a comeback after the World Cup setback.”We lost on penalties for the first time and the team was shattered. From there, to pick ourselves up and put out a good show at the Asian Games is commendable and I am really proud of the youngsters in the side.”India lost to Ireland on penalties in the quarter-finals to crash out of the World Cup earlier this year.–IANSdm/gau/bglast_img read more

Report: Jets 1 Roar 0

first_imgJason Hoffman Newcastle Jets 1 Brisbane Roar 0: Early Hoffman strike the difference Iain Strachan 19:20 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jason Hoffman - cropped Getty Images Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar Newcastle Jets Brisbane Roar A-League Jason Hoffman’s 11th-minute goal proved to be the winner as Newcastle Jets defeated Brisbane Roar to close the gap on Sydney FC. Newcastle Jets closed to within five points of A-League leaders Sydney FC thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory over Brisbane Roar at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday.The hosts opened the scoring in the 11th minute, Andrew Nabbout doing well to control a high ball forward and laying it off to Jason Hoffman, who burst into the area and lifted a good finish over Jamie Young.The Roar goalkeeper was called on twice in quick succession late in the first half to deny his former team-mate Dimitri Petratos and then Nabbout.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Steven Ugarkovic dragged a shot wide of goal four minutes into the second half after a dazzling run from substitute Patito Rodriguez, as the Jets continued to probe for a second.Young then produced another good save to deny a looping Daniel Georgievski attempt in the 52nd minute.Brisbane finally went close with 18 minutes to go, Glen Moss doing well to keep out a downward header from Ivan Franjic, before Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard headed narrowly wide of the Brisbane goal in the 80th minute.The Roar spurned what appeared to be their best chance of game with six minute remaining, Avraam Papadopoulos dragging an effort the wrong side of the near post, only to see the offside flag raised, ending a passage of play that summed up a frustrating contest for John Aloisi’s team.Our fourth consecutive win at home! NEWvBRI— NEWCASTLE JETS FC (@NewcastleJetsFC) January 12, 2018last_img read more

Rick Pitino Says John Calipari Is His National Coach Of The Year

first_imgHead coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Twitter/CalipariTwitter/CalipariThe U.S. Basketball Writers Association recently voted Virginia’s Tony Bennett its Henry Iba Award Winner as the national Coach of the Year. According to the Associated Press, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was asked on Tuesday about Bennett taking home the honor, and his response is one that probably caused a ripple across the Bluegrass State. “I think John Calipari has done a brilliant job, so I’d put him at the top” of the list of candidates.Pitino added, “When you’re undefeated and nobody’s beaten you, it’s clear cut who the coach of the year is right now.”Sure, Calipari is the skipper of the undefeated and top-ranked team in the nation, but that team is Kentucky, Pitino’s former employer and Louisville’s biggest rival, so this response is somewhat noteworthy. Still, Calipari as coach of the year isn’t exactly an outside-the-box thought from anyone.The most surprising thing, given Pitino and Calipari’s respective resumes, is that neither of them has ever won the USBWA Coach of the Year award.last_img read more

China ban on some textbooks seen aimed at Uighur culture

first_imgBeijing: For 15 years, Yalqun Rozi skillfully navigated state bureaucracies to publish textbooks that taught classic poems and folk tales to millions of his fellow minority Uighurs in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. That all changed three years ago when the ruling Communist Party launched what it says is a campaign against ethnic separatism and religious extremism in Xinjiang. Suddenly even respected public figures like Rozi were being arrested, caught up in a crackdown that critics have said amounts to cultural genocide. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US An estimated 1 million Uighurs have since been detained in internment camps and prisons across the region, and advocacy groups say that includes more than 400 prominent academics, writers, performers and artists. Critics say the government is targeting intellectuals as a way to dilute, or even erase, the Uighur culture, language and identity. After being taken away by police in 2016, Rozi, 54, was sentenced to more than a decade in prison on charges of incitement to subvert state power. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls As one of the first prominent people to be detained, Rozi’s story illustrates how even Uighurs who toed the party line and were accepted by the government have been rebranded enemies of the state amid the widening campaign of surveillance and detention underway in Xinjiang. “He had many friends among government officials. He was able to use his connections to sell his books,” said Abduweli Ayup, a linguist who knew Rozi through a Uighur bookstore Ayup once ran. “Those books sold very well.” China’s 11 million Uighurs are culturally, linguistically and religiously distinct from the country’s overwhelmingly ethnic Han majority, who have increasingly migrated to the resource-rich region and occupy most of the well-paid jobs and powerful government positions. Uighurs speak a Turkic language and many are practicing Muslims. For decades, Uighur intellectuals maneuvered carefully, working to advance their culture while avoiding being tarred as separatists or extremists. They thrived even as the government periodically relaxed and tightened its grip on the region. Rozi’s friends, family, and former classmates describe him as sharp, disciplined and very careful, standing out for his political and business savvy. As a college student in the 1980s, he stayed away from the pro-democracy movements that were roiling China and avoided socializing with known activists. He shot to fame among Uighurs after tangling with famous writers, winning people over during heated debates on television. He cultivated ties with state officials that allowed him to write on sensitive topics like Islam and Uighur identity. Rozi urged his people to become educated to counter stereotypes of Uighurs as backward, exotic or extremist. “It seemed like on TV and in state propaganda, all we did was sing and dance,” Rozi’s son Kamalt rk Yalqun said from Philadelphia, where he and other family members live in exile. “My father didn’t like this label. He wanted us to become entrepreneurs, scientists, intellectuals.” When the government tapped Rozi in 2001 to head a committee in charge of compiling Uighur literature textbooks, he leapt at the chance. He and his family moved into a housing compound with Xinjiang Education Press editors and schooling officials, debating world events over dinner with others in the tight-knit community of Uighur scholars and writers. Rozi kept a large study overflowing with books, shutting himself in on weekends to focus on writing and editing. Rozi was accustomed to dealing with the government’s fears of an independent Uighur identity, and though he sometimes quarreled with censors, his works always made it to publication. The family’s fortunes and those of the Uighurs as a whole took a dramatic turn after a string of terror attacks in Xinjiang in 2014, shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power. In response, Beijing kicked off its suffocating security crackdown. Rozi was arrested soon after Chen Quanguo, a hard-line politician, became Xinjiang’s top official in 2016 and his books were pulled from shelves. Soon his former colleagues at Xinjiang Education Press began disappearing, as did the officials who used to supervise his work. Colleges held political meetings to denounce “problematic textbooks,” including Rozi’s, calling them “treasonous” and a “great scourge” that poisoned Uighurs with ideas of splitting China. “Those textbooks weren’t political at all,” Kamalt rk said from Philadelphia, where he and other family members live in exile. “There were things in there about taking pride in being ethnic Uighurs, and that’s what the Chinese government was upset with.” The intensity of Beijing’s crackdown caught many by surprise, shocking even hardened dissidents. “In retrospect, it was a signal,” said Abdurehim Dolet, Rozi’s close friend and former business partner who now lives in Turkey. “We all thought this was only temporary, that things would get better. He was made an example.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry referred questions about Rozi’s case to regional authorities, who did not respond to a fax for comment. Experts say the campaign against Rozi’s books is part of a systematic effort by Beijing to distance young Uighurs from their language and culture, including by putting thousands of Uighurs in Mandarin-only orphanages and boarding schools.last_img read more

Quebec Liberal byelection candidate quits race amid harassment claims

first_imgQUEBEC – The Quebec Liberal party candidate for a Quebec City byelection on Oct. 2 has pulled out of the race amid claims that he psychologically harassed employees of a company where he previously worked.Eric Tetrault took his name off the ballot in the Louis-Hebert riding on Wednesday night after spending the day defending himself against the allegations.The Quebec Liberal party — which had rallied behind its candidate — confirmed on Twitter that Tetrault had pulled out, adding it would make no further comment at this time.Montreal La Presse had reported Wednesday that Tetrault was the subject of a psychological harassment complaint while serving as director of public affairs for ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company.Tetrault acknowledged the contents of the report but told some Quebec City media no formal complaint was filed following the probe.La Presse said the report commissioned by ArcelorMittal’s top brass concluded Tetrault’s behaviour toward women was uncalled for and that he would comment on their physical appearance.It also said he intimidated other employees and was the reason three people took sick leave.Tetrault apologized Wednesday, saying his behaviour was “improper” and admitting to being “abrasive” and a bit “forthright” with members of his team.He said ArcelorMittal executives were under pressure at the time and that he had made the “common mistake” of transferring that pressure to employees.Several Liberal cabinet ministers came to Tetrault’s defence Wednesday and he said he hopes to remain the party’s candidate.Tetrault earlier said he had the support of Premier Philippe Couillard and had discussed the matter with him on Tuesday night.Tetrault is the second candidate to withdraw from the race in Louis-Hebert.Normand Sauvageau, who was running for the Coalition for Quebec’s Future, said Wednesday that he was dropping out after receiving a call from a reporter earlier in the day regarding his early retirement in 2016.“I realized at that point just how essential it is for a candidate in an election to be open,” he said in a statement.“More than a year ago, after a 39-year career, I retired in difficult circumstances in terms of labour relations. When I filed my candidacy, I did not tell the Coalition about important facts surrounding my departure.”last_img read more

Polisario Accuses Morocco and France of Plotting to Sabotage EU-AU Summit

Rabat- The Algeria-backed Polisario Front has once again accused Morocco and France of hatching plots against the separatist organization.The so-called Minister of Foreign Affairs of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, has expressed anger at French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s statements earlier this month regarding the Africa-European Union Forum.During his visit to Rabat, the French chief diplomat said that the selection of participating countries, to be held in Ivory Coast in late November, must take into account “the realities of sovereign countries.” You Don’t Know Where Your Interests LieThe statement was interpreted by Polisario as evidence of French opposition to SADR’s participation in the conference. Pro-Polisario Algerian media also reported that Rabat and Paris were “conniving” to derail the participation of the separatist entity in the summit.In an interview with Algérie Patriotique, an online media outlet owned by the son of retired Algerian army general Khalid Nizar, Ould Salek accused France of having a condescending attitude towards the African continent.“We are hoping that France will not look down at Africa. This is how it behaves. The recent statements by the French Minister Le Drian unfortunately prove the tendency of some French officials to swim against the current and link their interests and those of France with the Moroccan monarchy, which goes against the aspirations of the whole of Africa,” he said.Ould Salek argued that France – a member of the EU, which seeks cooperation with the African Union (AU) – is going against its own interests by choosing to side with Morocco.“This [EU-AU] cooperation is based on the principle of equality between the two organizations and on a policy of fruitful cooperation for Europe as well as Africa,” he said.The leading Polisario member the reiterated claims made earlier in September by Algeria’s ambassador to Brussels, Amar Belani, who said that joint conference, formerly called “EU-Africa summit” before it was re-labeled as the “EU-AU” summit, would see the participation of SADR. The latter, being a member of the African organization, would be allowed to attend.These claims have been refuted by Moroccan online media outlet Le Desk, citing an unnamed source from Brussels, the EU capital.“As was always the case with preceding summits, Algerians pushed for an inclusion of SADR, but no change was made in that regard,” the source said.Self-Assurance or Self-DenialIn the interview with Algérie Patriotique, Ould Salek seemed very assured of SADR’s imminent participation in the summit. Presenting SADR’s absence from previous summits as a choice, he said he did not see why it would not take part in the upcoming event if it wanted to.Ould Salek also claimed that a Moroccan delegation had rushed to Brussels in an attempt to convince the EU not to invite SADR to the summit.“The EU officials sent the Moroccans packing, telling them to refer to the AU,” he said.He added to the claim another when he said that “in Africa, only Ivory Coast, a country close to France, supports Morocco.”This claim appears ungrounded, as Morocco has several allies in Africa who support the kingdom in the issue of the disputed Western Sahara, such as Senegal and Gabon.During the first faceoff between Morocco and SADR in the AU since Morocco first rejoined the organization in late January, it turned out that the kingdom had more allies that the separatist force and its traditional backers.When Morocco asked in July for a modification in a report’s paragraph referring to Western Sahara as “occupied territories” during a meeting of the Executive Council, 16 member states supported Morocco’s request while only six defended Polisario’s position.Ould Salek presented support for SADR’s participation in the summit as a decision unanimously agreed-upon by the AU member states, even though only 16 countries out of the organization’s 55 members recognize SADR.Still, the representative of Polisario, an organization that depends on the support of AU members with notable influence such as South Africa and Algeria, spoke with striking self-assurance.“It’s obligatory to hold the summit in Abidjan if Ivory Coast, for some reason or another, isn’t disposed to do so,” he said, suggesting that “at least 15” other African capitals would be willing to host the event.As for any attempts by states like France to block SADR’s participation, Ould Salek said with same self-assured tone that their endeavors are “doomed to fail.”The upcoming weeks will prove whether the Polisario minister’s self-assurance has a solid basis or it is rather an expression of self-denial. read more

UN encourages Haitians to reach consensus on new government

4 August 2011The United Nations has encouraged all political actors in Haiti to search for a consensus amid the ongoing struggle between President Michel Martelly and Parliament over the confirmation of a new prime minister. In a news release issued on Wednesday, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) took note of Parliament’s decision to reject the choice of Bernard Gousse – the second time the legislative body has rejected the nomination of a prime minister designated by the President since his inauguration on 14 May. “MINUSTAH is concerned about the absence of a government in Haiti for almost three months,” the mission stated. “This limits the State’s ability to implement its programmes, to guide the reconstruction process, and to meet its responsibilities towards the people of Haiti.” The country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, is still struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced 2.3 million others. It is also currently bracing itself for what is likely to be the first of several storms of this year’s hurricane season. “MINUSTAH respectfully reminds all political players in the country of their responsibility to work in the best interests of the nation,” the mission said. “As the hurricane season starts, MINUSTAH encourages all political actors to negotiate and search for a consensus which would lead to the good governance of Haiti,” it added. MINUSTAH has been on the ground in Haiti since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. read more

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao to table 201516 budget today

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao to table 2015-16 budget today by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 26, 2015 2:00 am MDT QUEBEC – Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao is promising the province’s 2015-16 budget to be tabled today will contain no increases in taxes or fees.Leitao is expected to introduce a balanced budget after several years of provincial deficits.He says he thinks it will leave Quebecers generally happy.The finance minister said Wednesday that getting rid of red ink is crucial to spurring economic growth in Quebec.Premier Philippe Couillard’s government has been on a cost-cutting drive since taking power last April.That has angered various labour, social and student groups and triggered numerous anti-austerity protests aimed at forcing the government to backtrack. read more

Building pathways for HELE in Indonesia

first_imgMilagros Miranda, World Coal Association (WCA) Policy Director writes: “There is no doubt that the Paris Agreement delivered at last year’s COP21 negotiations represented a landmark accomplishment. The success of the Paris Agreement was founded on the national climate pledges submitted in the lead up to the event. Known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) submissions will act as strategic roadmaps for climate action by incorporating environmental imperatives with economic and development objectives.With the necessary level of support, as detailed in the INDC, Indonesia will reduce emissions by 41% against the business as usual scenario by 2030. To support the goals of universal access to energy, energy security, social and economic development, Indonesia will also increase coal-fired power generation by over 160% in the next decade.In 2014, to support the deployment of high efficiency, low emission (HELE) technology in countries, such as Indonesia, the WCA established the Platform to Accelerate Coal Efficiency (PACE) concept. PACE seeks to drive the mobilisation of finance and technological to support HELE deployment. As an industry, we are committed to supporting countries, in particular developing countries that choose to use coal-fired power generation to do so in the most efficient manner and at the lowest emissions profile possible.Indonesia is the world’s fourth-largest coal producer. As the country will continue to use coal to meet its increasing energy demand, it will need to deploy HELE coal technologies.HELE coal technologies are important mitigation tools that will strengthen Indonesia’s ability to deliver its INDC commitments and implement the Paris Agreement, while supporting the delivery of electricity access for all its population.As part of PACE, the WCA will be holding a workshop in Jakarta titled Building pathways for high efficiency low emissions coal technology in Indonesia. The workshop has two objectives:1.To identify Indonesia’s challenges concerning HELE coal technologies deployment.2.To elaborate a HELE roadmap for the country, identifying solutions and cooperative arrangements.The workshop will promote knowledge and technology transfer to support development and deployment of HELE coal technologies, in particular supercritical and ultra-supercritical technologies.Clearly, Indonesia requires a low emission pathway for coal to ensure the integration of climate, energy and economic policy. This begins with deployment of HELE power generation using technology that is available today. These facilities are being built rapidly and emit 25-33% less CO2 and significantly reduce or eliminate emissions, such as oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, and particulates.last_img read more

Pressure is constant at PSG Thomas Meunier

first_imgFor the Paris Saint-Germain defender believes his side is doing great things in the French Ligue 1 and can just get better in the futureThomas Meunier has been with French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain since 2016.The defender has scored five goals in 46 matches played with the team.And now, he is part of a squad that has a nine-match perfect run in the league and is feeling the pressure.“Pressure is constant at a club like Paris Saint-Germain. It’s a big club, a big city… All eyes are on us,” he told the team’s official website.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Here, you have to handle the pressure. It’s becoming a habit. You quickly get used to it. Pressure? You must try not to feel it and think about what people will think if you make a mess of a pass. You have to feel the pressure in relation to yourself.”“I can get annoyed with a teammate for a bad pass and then congratulate him five seconds later for a successful one. It’s just nervous tension, which is normal on the pitch, the desire to do well, that everything works,” he explained.“It’s the spirit of competition, always trying to find the right solution. Having said that, not everything can be perfect, it’s almost impossible.”“In a team like ours, you can allow yourself to ask a little more than in another because there are some very talented players here who have more quality,” he concluded.last_img read more