A Note to the First Time Sales Manager

first_imgCongratulations on your new role! This is going to challenge you. It is going to stretch you beyond your current capabilities, and it is going to be rewarding in ways big and small, some rewards you won’t recognize at first.Success in this role is going to require a total shift in what has likely gotten you to this point, namely your individual success. Your individual success indicates that you have the ability to lead yourself, to take initiative, and to reach your personal and professional goals. Your success now depends entirely on your ability to teach, train, coach, and develop others to find their greatest level of personal and professional success.Your success is a mirror that reflects your team’s performance. Your results are their results. Not to worry, their results are also yours.There are some things it is important to get right from the very beginning.First, and most importantly, you have to establish the culture of your team. Are you going to allow people to be negative, cynical, or pessimistic, believing that external events, circumstances, and irrational competitors dictate their results? Or are you going to insist on a positive, optimistic, future-oriented, and empowered culture that rejects anything to the contrary? Leaving this to chance can be your undoing, and it is next to impossible to correct once a negative culture is established.Values and culture are non-negotiable. You need to establish this at the outset.Second, and equally important, you have to understand that your company is going to see you as a leader, believing that you serve the company and that you are responsible for managing the resources with which you have been entrusted. This is an honest, but partial, view of your role. To your team, you are their leader. They are going to become what you help them to become. You are going to be stretched, your company will ask too much of you when it comes to your time, and your people will need more from you than you are going to be prepared to provide. If you have to err, err on the side of building your people; this will be the key to your success over the long term.Third, leaders lead. You have choices available to you as a leader. The worst leaders lead by force, by coercion, and compulsion. The very best leaders start from a place of inspiration, influence, and persuasion. That said, you cannot leave it up to your team to decide their mission for themselves. Your role is to execute your company’s strategy, and you dictate what needs to be done and how that is going to be achieved. You can be very non-directive in your coaching, but you have to make these decisions. Trust your instinct.Finally, you have one single opportunity to break from the past. You must not waste this opportunity. If a change needs to be made, make it. Hold everyone accountable, and do not let up. It is very easy for people to slip back into their comfort zone, and some will try to wait you out. You cannot allow this to happen; you must draw a bright line here, and then you must defend it. You were put in this role to produce the best possible results from the team you have been selected to lead, and that should be your goal.If you help everyone on your team to grow and generate the best performance they are capable of, you will do well. 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

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How to Make Your Opportunity Your Client’s Priority

first_imgI had an interesting conversation with Hank Barnes last week. We were discussing competitive displacements, a euphemism for stealing clients from your competitors, and the conversation turned to client priorities. Part of displacing your competitor may also include displacing other priorities. Your client may want to change, need to change, and have every intention of eventually doing so, but yet they push that initiative into the future.Make It Strategic: There is a reason that you should start at Level 4, strategic outcomes in client conversations. The more strategic the outcome, the more important it is. The more important an initiative is to producing the strategic outcomes your client’s need, the more it is imperative that they take action. To make your opportunity more compelling, you need to tie it tightly to what is already compelling. How does what you are proposing to help your client with even greater outcomes?Increase the Delta: The larger the difference between the client’s current results and the results they need, the more likely it gets done. But looking at cost savings is only one measure of value, and perhaps not the most interesting. How the savings can be used to invest in their other priorities may make the delta more compelling. More still, if your client’s results are poor in one area, the time and energy being exerted to work around issues should be being put towards the more strategic outcomes.Critical Path: If there is a way you can make your opportunity part of the critical path to results, you can increase the probability of crowding out other initiatives that aren’t tied to the client’s most important projects and initiatives. If you can show how their results would be diminished by moving forward before making the changes you are recommending, you can increase the need to move your opportunity forward.None of this is easy. It likely means you need to have big conversations with your client’s leadership team to discuss priorities. You also must be able to position your opportunity as something strategic, something essential to their future success. It is, however, necessary and important to create a compelling reason to displace your competitor—and to displace other priorities. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Fire breaks out in Kalka-Howrah train, no casualties

first_imgA fire broke out in the front coach of Kalka-Howrah train on Tuesday, however, no one was injured, a Railway Police official said.The blaze erupted in a seating cum luggage coach in the early hours between Dhirpur to Dhoda Khedia railway stations near Kurukshetra, Haryana, he said.“Smoke filled the SLR bogie (Seating cum Luggage Rake), which is next to the engine. The train was brought to a halt and all the passengers were safely evacuated when smoke was noticed,” the official said.“The bogie caught fire later and fire tenders were called. Three women and two children, who complained of difficulty in breathing as they had inhaled smoke, were provided medical attention,” he added.Short circuit?As per preliminary details, an electrical short circuit was believed to be the reason behind the fire, he said, adding that forensic experts had been called to ascertain the exact cause.The train which had started from Kalka in Haryana in the early morning was headed to Howrah.After the incident, the train was held up for more than two hours before the affected bogie was detached and placed about 50 to 60 metres away. Rail traffic on the route was also affected, he said.last_img read more

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Uli Hoeness reclaims Bayern Munich presidency after prison term

first_imgUli Hoeness, who was released from prison in February after serving a sentence for tax evasion, made a triumphant return to Bayern Munich as club president on Friday after being re-elected unopposed.Cheered on by the vast majority of the 7,000 club members at the annual general meeting and booed by a handful, Hoeness was hugged by fellow club bosses when the election result was announced. (Also read: From predators to prey, Bayern Munich must turn corner)”I want to thank you and I promise that I will not disappoint you,” he told the crowd after being welcomed back by club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.A former Bayern player and sporting director, Hoeness first became president in 2009.He was known for voicing strong opinions and helped turn the Bavarian club into a multi million dollar international operation.The 64-year-old was convicted in March 2014 for evading 28.5 million euros ($31.14 million) in taxes. The 1974 World Cup winner stepped down from his post at Bayern and started his jail term in June 2014.From early 2015, he was allowed to leave prison during the day to work in Bayern’s youth department, before returning in the evening. He was released in February after serving half of his 3-1/2-year term.Hoeness was initially charged with evading 3.5 million euros in taxes while investing millions in stocks through a Swiss bank account.When the trial began Hoeness stunned the court by admitting he had actually evaded five times that amount – 18.5 million euros.That figure was subsequently raised further to 28.5 million euros – a figure acknowledged by Hoeness’s defence. advertisementlast_img read more

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Pixus: new thick and rugged faceplates for embedded boards

first_img Continue Reading Previous VadaTech: new 6U VPX chassis with fiber optic I/ONext Avalue: expandable fanless slot PC based on 6/7th gen Intel Core SoC i7/i5/i3 & Celeron Pixus Technologies has released new OpenVPX faceplates for rugged applications. The new 6U OpenVPX panels feature an extra thick extrusion, providing both rigidity and the ability to attach helicoils on the faceplate.   There is also a PCB holder bar that extends along the inside of the 0.8” wide panel.  This bar acts as a stiffener for the panel and provides a more secure interface for attaching the PCBs.   EMC gaskets and the Pixus Type IVs ejector handles with its rugged metal engagement claw are optional.  Versions in a 3U height or 1.0” width are available upon request. Pixus offers silkscreen and custom cutout services for its faceplates.  The company also provides filler panels, handles, card guides, rails, PCB protective covers, and many other components in various VITA and PICMG based open standard architectures. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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US Open: Keys eases past Navarro to set up semi-final with Osaka

first_imgAmerican Madison Keys moved into her second consecutive US Open semi-final after beating 30th seed Carla Suarez Navarro and win 6-4 6-3 on Wednesday.Keys used her powerful serve and forehand to edge past the Spaniard in their quarter-final clash.The game was evenly matched to begin with but the momentum shifted towards Keys in the second set of the 83-minute affair as her powerful game pushed Navarro to the back foot.”I felt good today. You know, being out in front of an energetic crowd is always fun,” Keys said in an on-court interview. “I still haven’t totally processed this match.”.@madison_keys reaches the 3rd semifinal in her last 5 Major appearances as she defeats Suarez-Navarro 6-4, 6-3 under the lights!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/VOGVMyJKCpUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2018Keys fired six aces and fended off both break opportunities during the match and told reporters that adapting Navarro’s versatile play proved critical.”She does a really good job…of holding the baseline and redirecting the ball,” Keys said.”So I knew that I was going to have to play really well but also know that she’s going to come up with some great shots and defend really well.”Suarez Navarro, whose own service game was under pressure, told reporters the 14th-seeded American had simply outplayed her.”She was returning in pressure situation every time because I don’t have a big first service,” the Spaniard said. “I think this was really important part of the game.”Also, she was really good with her serve. I mean, I cannot return like I used to.advertisement”She was more fresh than me. Faster, you know. That’s it.”Madison Keys steps to the line for a chance to serve out the match…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/SA5DKw7VvZUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2018Keys, who lost the final last year to Sloane Stephens, now faces fellow power player Naomi Osaka of Japan in what could be a combustible semi-final on Thursday.She leads Osaka 3-0 in head to head and most recently defeated the 20th seed in straight sets in the third round at Roland Garros in June.”I think we play similarly,” Keys said of facing Osaka.”I think power, obviously a big serve. I think I probably have a little bit more spin on the ball, but I think she takes time away really well.”I don’t think we will have tons of long rallies.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Big 12 Announces Conference Will Remain Without Divisions

first_imgOn Friday morning the Big 12 announced that they have decided not to split the conference into two divisions in anticipation of the 2017 Big 12 Championship game in football.#Big12FB: When the championship game returns in 2017, it will be No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the conference standings – https://t.co/F8uuSbORCV ?? pic.twitter.com/ZFnmWSb9Np— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 28, 2016This is kind of a curious choice but probably shouldn’t be too surprising. It basically forgoes any drama over division alignment.Here’s what Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said about the news in a statement Friday:Given our round-robin, nine-game scheduling model, it is expected the Big 12 champion will be uniquely positioned for College Football Playoff consideration.I would argue there will be no path more difficult than our champion’s, where it will have played every team in the Conference, faced at least one Autonomy Conference non-conference opponent, and then plays in our championship game.The guaranteed No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup will be a great game for our fans, and it’s hard to imagine a stronger position for a conference champion.Of course the nightmare scenario would be something that could have played out as recently as last year (had there been a title game). Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the conference when they met for Bedlam, the de facto title game. Meaning that after Bedlam, OU and a OSU would have turned around and played each other for the title in the next game.Say Oklahoma wins in Stillwater and then Mason Rudolph comes back and the Cowboys find away to beat the Sooners on a neutral field. Doesn’t that effectively knock the Big 12 out of the College Football Playoff? I think you’re playing with fire a little there.Maybe it never works out that way. Maybe it does. Either way it seems like another dysfunctional move from a dysfunctional conference.I do agree that playing an extra conference game has value, IF those making decisions value your conference. But that selling point has had no buyers in the national landscape over the last couple of years.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Report: AC Milan 3 Rijeka 2

first_imgAC Milan 3 Rijeka 2: Cutrone seals win amid breathless finish Matthew Sherry Last updated 2 years ago 05:18 29/9/2017 Patrick-Cutrone-crroped Getty A late Patrick Cutrone winner earned AC Milan an unlikely 3-2 victory in their thrilling UEFA Europa League clash with Rijeka. Patrick Cutrone was the late hero as AC Milan got the better of a stunning finish to beat Rijeka 3-2 in the UEFA Europa League.The forward converted with 94 minutes played on Thursday, his intervention coming just after the visitors had stunningly overturned a two-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes at the San Siro.It appeared Milan were cruising to victory when Andre Silva’s fourth goal in two European outings this season was added to by Mateo Musacchio just after half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. But, having largely controlled proceedings thereafter, Vincenzo Montella’s men were left shellshocked as their opponents roared back into the Group D contest.Boadu Acosty offered hope in the 84th minute when capitalising on a rare Leonardo Bonucci error, with Rijeka levelling from the penalty spot after Alessio Romagnoli had brought down Matic Crnic.Gianluigi Donnarumma failed to keep out Josip Elez’s tame penalty, yet there was to be another twist as Cutrone ensured the night ended in heartbreak for Rijeka.4 goals in 2 #UEL games for this man / 4 gol in 2 gare di @EuropaLeague per André SilvaClinical @andrevsilva19 ! / Continua così! pic.twitter.com/idsfimp25T — AC Milan (@acmilan) September 28, 2017 A Milan side showing wholesale changes from their weekend loss nearly got off to the worst possible start, Domagoj Pavicic finding himself in behind the hosts’ defence before playing in Heber – who hit just wide.The hosts gradually asserted their authority on the game thereafter and took the lead in the 14th minute.Silva, running the left channel, got on the end of Fabio Borini’s throughball and, after controlling, beat Elez before curling home.Rijeka continued to threaten at the other end, with Jakov Puljic spurning a great opportunity when heading straight at Donnarumma.Domagoj Bradaric was the first to really threaten in the second period, forcing Donnarumma into a comfortable stop from just outside the area.But Rijeka were hit by a sucker punch in the 53rd minute as Musacchio made it 2-0.Cutrone met an outswinging corner at the front post, with the ball falling to Bonucci – who inadvertently flicked into the six-yard box for his defensive partner to poke home.Milan appeared to take their foot off the gas thereafter, content that they would be able to see the game out.2 – Patrick Cutrone is the 2nd youngest player (behind Alexandar Borkovic) to have scored a goal in this #UEL season. Wonder. #MilanRijeka— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 28, 2017That appeared a sound plan until a remarkable finish that saw Rijeka bounce back against all odds.Bonucci made a hash of a tackle on Acosty and the winger took full advantage, racing in on goal and chipping the onrushing Donnarumma.Better was to come for the visitors, too, as Romagnoli’s challenge gifted Elez the chance to level – which he just about took.Suddenly reawakened, Milan made it six points from two games in the competition as Cutrone capitalised on Borini’s pass to lift the ball over Simon Sluga and into the net. read morelast_img read more

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3 Ohio State Freshmen Have Lost Their “Black Stripe” So Far

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's football stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 19: Overall of Ohio Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University prior to the start of the Spring Game on April 19, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)The biggest rite of passage for Ohio State players involves losing the black stripe. When a newcomer has the stripe removed from his helmet, he officially is part of the program.This week, two more Ohio State freshmen lost their black stripes. Four-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell is the most recent to do so, earning his place this morning.Mitchell joins fellow freshman linebacker Dallas Gant, who lost his stripe on Wednesday, and freshman defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, who shed his in the spring.⬛️? “That boy love to hit‼️” Congrats to @7eradja on getting that black stripe off‼️ #GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/OiT8FpDh5C— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 9, 2018https://twitter.com/OhioStateFB/status/10272509810067988481111Besides Mitchell, another OSU player lost his stripe today: senior walk-on tight end Tyler Duarte.⬛️?This guy, @t_duarte10 has been putting in the work to officially become a Buckeye‼️ #GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/OCeqKKh3cR— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 9, 2018Ohio State had the No. 2 recruiting class in the country for 2018.A lot of those guys are expected to play early, so they will surely be losing their stripes soon.last_img read more

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UTech Students’ Union Stages Annual Tag Drive

first_imgStory Highlights This year’s beneficiaries are the Musgrave Girls’ Home, the Walker’s Place of Safety, the Marie Atkins Centre and the Union’s ‘Teach the Youth’ student-administered summer community programme. The Students’ Union of the University of Technology (UTech) is continuing its fight against violence through its annual fundraising Tag Drive, which is being held this year under the theme ‘Keep the Peace, Save our Streets’.Dubbed ‘a special campaign seeking to stop violence against women’, the Tag Drive, now in its 52nd year, is set to take the message across Jamaica, while collecting funds to benefit a number of charities.This year’s beneficiaries are the Musgrave Girls’ Home, the Walker’s Place of Safety, the Marie Atkins Centre and the Union’s ‘Teach the Youth’ student-administered summer community programme.Speaking to JIS News, Director of Community Services, Jerome Clarke, noted that this year’s focus is a continuation of the 2016/17 theme, ‘Cease the Silence, End the Violence’.Explaining the choice of beneficiaries, Mr. Clarke noted that the Musgrave Girls’ Home, which houses girls who have suffered abuse, aligns with this year’s theme.He explained that the assistance to the Walker’s Place of Safety began late last year when the Students’ Union hosted a treat for the wards prior to the fire that gutted the home in January. He pointed out that the students wanted to help in a tangible way, earmarking some of this year’s collections for the State-run institution.The Students’ Union, he said, is driven to have meaningful participation in community initiatives and will, this year, channel some of the funds raised into its own Teach the Youth three-week summer programme, administered and taught by UTech students in communities in close vicinity to the Papine area where the university is located.“We realise how impactful the programme has been on a number of students from these communities. There are a number of students from the programme now coming to UTech, actually being in the Union and participating in activities. So, we decided that we would put more money into Teach the Youth and try to get it bigger and better – perhaps we can go more weeks or expand the curriculum,” Mr. Clarke explained.Psychology lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, Henry Lewis, who was the guest speaker at the Tag Drive launch, commended the students for the stance taken and encouraged them to transform the initiative into a sustained campaign.“It will involve advocacy, and this is what the Union wants to become – a union that… makes an impact,” he implored.Mr. Clarke, who is an executive life coach and training consultant, said that fighting for the rights of women and children is a worthy cause.He informed that studies show that globally, one in five women and girls under the age of 50 have reported experiencing physical and sexual violence from an intimate partner within a 12-month period.The figure is higher in the Caribbean, with 21 per cent women and girls, aged 15 and 40, reporting having experienced physical and sexual violence by an intimate partner within the first 12 months of the relationship.“Preventing violence against women requires all of us working together. We must increase advocacy and awareness. We must strengthen the partnership across the counties, across universities.We must empower women and girls to speak up for themselves,” Mr. Smith said.The Tag Drive week of activities includes a Corporate Drive on Friday (February 23), where students will be travelling on buses throughout the Corporate Area to solicit funds.On Saturday (February 24), the team will embark on the Rural Drive across Jamaica. Persons wishing to make a contribution may contact the Students Union at UTech. Speaking to JIS News, Director of Community Services, Jerome Clarke, noted that this year’s focus is a continuation of the 2016/17 theme, ‘Cease the Silence, End the Violence’. The Students’ Union of the University of Technology (UTech) is continuing its fight against violence through its annual fundraising Tag Drive, which is being held this year under the theme ‘Keep the Peace, Save our Streets’.last_img read more

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Cleanup Gets Community Liaison Committee

first_imgThe Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has invited 15 well-known communitygroups to appoint delegates to a community liaison committee forthe cleanup of the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens. The Cape Breton Regional Municipality Council and the MembertouBand Council will also be invited to supply delegates to thecommittee. Alastair MacLeod, a Sydney dentist and community activist, willchair the committee, which will act as a sounding board forproject managers. “The selected groups have all made distinguished contributions tocommunity life in such fields as public health, environmentalprotection, education, community development, business, labour,and spiritual affairs,” said Frank Potter, director of operationsfor the agency. “Like everyone in Sydney, they share a stake ingetting this problem solved.” The organizations include the Canadian Cancer Society, the CapeBreton Black Employment Partnership, Local 1064 of the UnitedSteelworkers, ACAP Cape Breton, the Northend and Area CommunityAssociation, the Canadian Council for Human Resources in theEnvironment Industry, and the University College of Cape Breton. Other groups also asked to participate are: The Nova ScotiaCommunity College, the Joint Action Group, the Cape BretonDistrict Health Authority, the Metro Cape Breton Junior Chamberof Commerce, the Cape Breton Construction and Building TradesCouncil, the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce, the GreaterCape Breton Partnership, and St. Andrew’s Church. “I’m delighted to be working with such a strong and forward-looking group of Cape Breton organizations toward our shared goalof getting the Tar Ponds cleaned up,” said Dr. MacLeod, who ispresident of the Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce and a formerpresident of the Centre Bras d’Or Association. Dr. MacLeod also holds a master of science degree from theHarvard School of Public Health. “We have an opportunity few cities ever get,” said Dr. MacLeod.”We are going to turn the ugliest parts of Sydney into useful,attractive spaces. Future site-use planning should be built intocleanup decisions at the earliest opportunity.” The community liaison committee’s terms of reference say thegroup “is to ensure the healthy, two-way flow of informationbetween the agency and the constituent organizations.” The Tar Ponds Agency will provide the committee with timelyinformation about project plans and activities. Committee memberswill provide a representative cross-section of community views,concerns, and ideas on project plans and activities. Mr. Potter said the committee is one of several ways of fosteringcommunity understanding and support for the cleanup. “The project will conduct an active communications and communityrelations program, including a project website, a publiclyaccessible project office and library, site tours, public opinionsurveys, newsletters, and open houses,” he said.last_img read more

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Karnataka Cong dissolved state chief working prez retained

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid growing rumblings in the Karnataka Congress, the grand old party dissolved its unit in the southern state on Wednesday, while retaining its president and working president. “The AICC has decided to dissolve the present committee of (the) Karnataka Pradesh Congress. The president and working president remain unchanged,” a statement issued by AICC general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal said. Rumblings within the Karnataka Congress have grown ever since the Lok Sabha poll debacle in the state. There have also been problems of coordination in the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in the southern state. Voices of dissent have been growing in the Karnataka Congress for some time now due to differences over the functioning of the coalition government in the state. Two members of the Congress were recently inducted in the Karnataka cabinet.last_img read more

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Canadian filmmakers shaking things up at Sundance Film Festival

first_imgPremiering in Sundance’s Special Events section, Rise is billed as “a condemnation of colonialism and a celebration of Indigenous people worldwide.” Three episodes premiering at Sundance — Sacred Water, Red Power and Apache Stronghold — show how native North Americans and their global supporters are peacefully, but forcefully, fighting back against exploitation of their land: at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation spanning North Dakota and South Dakota, where the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens water supplies; and also at Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, where mining companies seek to dig up sacred ground. “As a filmmaker I think I have a very real responsibility to bear witness,” director/showrunner Latimer says via email. “How can I go work on a reality show about food or something when there are people in my own community dying because of lack of clean water, medical care and housing — and this is supposed to be in one of the most affluent countries in the world? Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This is especially true regarding films from Canada’s indigenous communities. They’ve always been welcome at Sundance, but the selections this year have a new sense of urgency. Login/Register With: “With Rise, I really like the whole notion of young people and young voices telling these stories, which is part of the mission of that project.” One of the Standing Rock episodes includes an interview with Jesse Wente, a member of the Ojibwa nation and TIFF’s director of film programs. Twitter “Something is very, very wrong when you look at that picture. Making films gives me a platform to explore and communicate the things in society I disagree with. And it gives me a productive place to direct my anger. Because believe me, I’m angry at both the disparity and the privilege I see around me every day.” Advertisementcenter_img Canada’s filmmakers are out to get attention and shake up conventional wisdom at Sundance (Jan. 19-29). Advertisement Sundance director John Cooper is excited about Rise and Rumble playing his festival because these films are “taking it to a place where you can actually effect change through the storytelling itself. I think that’s what Rumble is going to do, because it’s interesting … and it brings you closer into looking at our world a little differently. “The rise of Indigenous media has really occurred in the last 10 years,” he says. “There’s absolutely a connection between the rise of things like Twitter, Facebook and other social media. The fact that you don’t need to have a desk in a mainstream newsroom to necessarily have a voice in today’s media has meant a lot for marginalized communities.” Rise and Rumble aren’t just the titles of two noteworthy Canadian productions headed to this month’s Sundance Film Festival. They’re also statements of purpose. Facebook It also allows these communities to correct the historical record, which is the impetus for Rumble, subtitled The Indians Who Rocked the World. It’s a documentary account of how musicians with aboriginal roots, including guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray, Charley Patton and The Band’s Robbie Robertson, made a profound impact on popular music, along with such singers as Rita Coolidge, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Mildred Bailey and the rapper Taboo. Michelle Latimer / Courtesy of Sundance InstituteA still from RISE by Michelle Latimer, an official selection of the Special Events program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Rise, directed by Toronto’s Michelle Latimer, an Algonquin/Métis filmmaker, is an original series for Rogers Media’s Viceland TV channel, planned for broadcast early this year.last_img read more

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh backs away from giving provinces a veto over

first_imgDennis Ward APTN NewsNDP leader Jagmeet Singh is backing away from giving the provinces a veto over resource projects that would be built, or run through their territory.Singh made the comments during an interview with APTN News on Tuesday.“That’s not what I’ve said and those words actually never came out of my mouth,” he said. “What I’ve said very clearly is that we have to do things differently, and that means not imposing pipelines on provinces, and that means working with communities, and it absolutely means working with Indigenous communities.“We’ve seen the past approach of Liberal and Conservative governments have been disrespectful and it hasn’t worked,” Singh continued. “And what we need to do is have a collaborative approach, one that is based on the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We need to move forward in a way that actually is collaborative that actually respects and works with people so that we can solve problems and move ahead with projects.”APTN asked Singh if the issue was misreported.“Absolutely, that is something that I’ve never said. And I’ve said very clearly that my approach is to do things differently.“We’ve got a series of powers that exist but the way those powers have been used has not achieved the results. So instead of continuing down the same path of trying to do things the same way let’s do things differently. And our approach is that we actually have to have serious conversations, work collaboratively with people, make sure Indigenous communities are respected, given dignity and work with as partners not as imposing and enforcing things.”While not using the word veto, Singh told the CBC on Sept. 23 that an NDP government would not impose a resource project on the provinces.“I would not impose projects on any province,” he said. “And that means there has to be social acceptability, there has to be communities that are onside, provinces that are onside.“If we want to move forward with a project, there has to be a buy-in from all the people involved. Indigenous communities have to be onside. It’s hard work but we know if you don’t do that work the project isn’t going to go ahead anyway.“What if you’re not able to build that consensus,” Singh is then asked in the CBC interview.“It just won’t go forward.”Singh was pressed on the matter after the NDP released its commitments to Quebec, a province where the party saw a surge of support in the 2011 election but watched that support collapse in 2015.In ‘Together for Quebec’ the party says on its website that it “firmly believes that Quebec should have a say on any oil pipeline project that passes through its territory, in the appointment of judges representing Quebec, in agreements with web giants, and in any trade deal that impacts Quebec.“The NDP firmly believes that infrastructure projects which could have an environmental impact – particularly those related to the transportation of hydrocarbons – must be subject to Quebec’s environmental assessment procedures; they cannot bypass Quebec’s environmental laws and cannot proceed without the agreement of the Government and people of Quebec.”APTN asked the NDP to clarify its position.“It’s not a veto – the current approach doesn’t work. Clearly no pipeline has been built and all we’ve done is spend millions of taxpayers money fighting in courts,” a spokesperson for the party said in an email.“Jagmeet is going to adopt a different approach — actual consultation with communities, municipalities and provinces impacted to get the social license required to build these projects.”The idea of giving a veto to Indigenous communities came up during the 2015 campaign.In an interview with APTN, host Cheryl McKenzie asked the Liberal leader if a ‘no’ from Indigenous communities would mean ‘no’ under a Liberal government.“We cannot have a government that decides where the pipelines (are going to) go without having proper approval and support from the communities that are (going to) be affected,” said Trudeau during that interview.When pressed again, Trudeau responded saying, “Absolutely.”Aside from the resource project issue, Singh also talked about UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action in a wide-ranging interview that aired on APTN National News Tuesday night.“I believe that to build a country where we move forward and tackle the problems we have to do it in a different way,” he said. “And it’s got to involve honestly working towards reconciliation. Not just talking about it but actually implementing. That’s why we’re committing to not just vague promises but very clear and distinct things. We’re saying we need to respect Indigenous communities, and that means implementing the declaration.“We’re committed to cleaning drinking water, making sure there’s equal access to education, not taking Indigenous kids to court to challenge whether they have the right to equal funding,” Singh said. “We believe fundamentally, at a minimum, Indigenous kids have the right to equal funding and more. We have to go beyond that.”On climate change, Singh says Indigenous communities have to be more involved in the solution.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

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Afghanistan UN mission stresses need for victims rights to figure in impunity

1 February 2007The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today stressed the need for the rights of victims of the country’s past 25 years of conflict to be at the heart of national reconciliation and any efforts to grant impunity. “No one has the right to forgive those responsible for human rights violations other than the victims themselves,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement on yesterday’s debate and resolution in the Wolesi Jirga (People’s Council) on national stability, and strengthening national unity and reconciliation while addressing the legacy of the past. “The struggle and sacrifice of the Afghan people in their quest for peace, freedom, independence and a better life over 25 years of conflict deserve full recognition. In this regard, UNAMA is keen to ensure that the rights of victims remain at the heart of this debate. For any process of national reconciliation to succeed the suffering of victims must be acknowledged and impunity tackled,” it added. “International experience shows that truth is vital to reconciliation. As a consequence, the search for truth and the rights of victims are central elements of Afghanistan’s Action Plan on Peace, Reconciliation, and Justice.” UNAMA said the Afghan people had the full backing of their international partners, including the UN, in implementing this plan. read more

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Sri Lanka accuses Malaysia of failing to protect Ansar

The Secretary also conveyed to the High Commissioner, that the Government of Sri Lanka insists that immediate and swift action is taken to identify the perpetrators and take legal action to the fullest extent of the law, while also taking immediate measures to provide adequate security for the Sri Lanka High Commissioner, including assigning a Personal Security Officer; provide adequate security to the staff of the High Commission, the official residence and the Chancery premises as well as the Buddhist temple in Sentul, where an incident took place on Saturday 3 September. The High Commissioner of Malaysia expressed the deepest regret of the Government of Malaysia regarding the incident and informed that the Malaysian law enforcement authorities had already arrested five suspects involved in the incident, and that legal action would be taken against the perpetrators.He assured that the Ministry would be apprised of the details of the investigations, and that appropriate security would be provided, as requested. The Foreign Secretary expressed disappointment that the Malaysian authorities had failed to provide necessary protection to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner despite the High Commission bringing to the notice of relevant Malaysian authorities, the need for such protection, in the face of mounting protests especially in the last few days. The Government today accused Malaysia of failing to protect the Sri Lankan High Commissioner of Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar, despite him seeking protection.The Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called in the High Commissioner of Malaysia to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning to express the condemnation of the Government of Sri Lanka, on the assault carried out by a group of persons yesterday Sunday 4 September 2016, on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, in a restricted area of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, while he was in the process of carrying out his official duties. The High Commissioner also conveyed the deep regret over the incident at the temple in Sentul and informed that steps have been taken since, to provide appropriate security to the temple. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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United States national appointed to senior UN peacekeeping post

Jane Holl Lute was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the UN Foundation and the Better World Fund – established by businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner to administer his $1 billion contribution to support the goals of the United Nations – before being named to replace Michael Sheehan as Assistant Secretary-General for Mission Support, effective 1 August.She previously served as Executive Director of the Association of the United States Army’s project on the role of the American Military Power and also headed the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict.

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China car dilemma Beijing wants electric buyers want SUVs

BEIJING, China – Automakers face a dilemma in China’s huge but crowded market: Regulators are pushing them to sell electric cars, but buyers want gas-guzzling SUVs.The industry is rattled by Beijing’s proposal to require that electric cars make up 8 per cent of every brand’s production as soon as next year. Consumers are steering the other way: First-quarter SUV sales soared 21 per cent from a year earlier to 2.4 million, while electric vehicle purchases sank 4.4 per cent to just 55,929.“It’s tough for someone with an EV to come and take away market share from SUVs,” said Ben Cavender of China Market Research Group.The Shanghai auto show, which opens to the public on Friday, will showcase work on electric models meant to appeal to Chinese drivers who are wary of the unfamiliar technology’s reliability and cost.The pressure for electrification in China is an added headache for automakers at a time when sales growth is slowing and competition heating up in a market they are counting on to drive global revenue.Sales growth fell to 1.7 per cent in March from last year’s 15 per cent. SUVs made up 40 per cent of sales, while sedan purchases fell 4.9 per cent.At the Shanghai show, the industry’s biggest marketing event this year, almost every global and Chinese brand plans to display at least an electric concept car, if not a model ready for sale, alongside its latest SUVs and sedans.General Motors Co.’s Buick unit announced plans last month for Chinese sales of its Velite 5 gasoline-electric hybrid sedan. Buick also sells a hybrid LaCrosse in China.This month, Ford Motor Co. said it will sell an all-electric SUV and a plug-in hybrid Mondeo Energi sedan in China. Ford’s joint venture with state-owned Changan Automobile Co. will manufacture the Mondeo.Ford said by 2025 it plans offer electric versions of 70 per cent of its models sold in China.“We are prioritizing our electrification efforts on China to reflect its importance as a global electrified vehicle market,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said in a statement.NextEV, a Shanghai-based startup, says it will display 11 vehicles in Shanghai from its all-electric NIO brand. They include the two-door EP9, a contender for the title of fastest electric car, with what the manufacturer says is a top speed of 194 mph (310 kph).Volkswagen AG plans to announce its electric vehicle plans for China and unveil an electric concept car. Honda Motor Co. will show its new NeuV, a futuristic concept car the company has suggested might get an electric drivetrain.Government planners see electric vehicles as a sector where China can lead, and a Cabinet technology development plan issued in 2013 calls for two of the top global brands in 2025 to be Chinese.Hence the proposal, released in September, calling for electric or gasoline-electric hybrids to make up 8 per cent of every automaker’s output next year. That would rise to 10 per cent in 2019 and 12 per cent in 2020.Manufacturers failing to meet those targets could buy credits from companies that produce more electrics, helping to subsidize development.People in the industry say manufacturers have warned Beijing those targets are too ambitious. News reports say regulators might have agreed to lower or delay them in an updated plan due out this year, but there has been no official confirmation.China’s stand-out EV success so far is BYD Auto Co. It sells all-electric vehicles to taxi and bus fleets in China and abroad and gasoline-electric hybrid SUVs and sedans to Chinese consumers.BYD Auto says last year’s sales rose 70 per cent over 2015 to 100,183 vehicles. That would make it the biggest electric brand for a second year, with Tesla Inc. in second place at 76,230 vehicles sold.Other Chinese brands offer plug-in electrics but most sold only a few hundred vehicles last year. That is partly because their vehicles cost up to 350,000 yuan ($50,000), or two to three times the price of equivalent gasoline models.Even Great Wall Motors Ltd., which became China’s most profitable auto brand by making almost nothing but SUVs, has unveiled an electric compact sedan, the C30 EV, which looks almost comically small next to its hulking other vehicles. It has yet to say when sales will start.Some brands promise a range of up to 200 kilometres (120 miles) on one charge. But industry analysts say that is too much money and too short a distance for most drivers, who have few places to recharge.“The biggest worries for people buying an electric car are lack of convenience for charging and the miserable range most electric cars have,” said Zhang Xin, an independent auto industry analyst.To ease such “range anxiety,” the Cabinet has ordered the state-owned power industry to step up installation of charging stations.Government plans call for China to have 100,000 public charging stations and 800,000 private stations by next year, up from a total of 50,000 at the start of 2016. Longer term, the government wants a network that can support 5 million vehicles by 2020.The government also is trying to nudge buyers toward electrics by exempting them from sales taxes and from license plate fees and lotteries imposed by Beijing, Shanghai and some other cities to curb congestion.Aside from BYD, Chinese manufacturers are waiting to see what price regulators set for credits before deciding whether to buy them or develop their own technology.“Even by 2020, it’s not going to be a profitable business,” said John Zeng of LMC Automotive.“The industry has to prepare for the worst case,” said Zeng. “That means who you have to have all the technology ready in case you need it, but on the other hand they don’t want to commercialize it now, because it is not profitable.”___Follow Joe McDonald: www.twitter.com/ComradeJoeMcDhttps://apnews.com/search/joe%20mcdonald by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2017 2:10 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China car dilemma: Beijing wants electric, buyers want SUVs read more

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ABB twins digital solutions with Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform

first_imgABB and Dassault Systèmes have announced a global partnership to offer customers in digital industries a “unique software solutions portfolio ranging from product life cycle management to asset health solutions”, the two companies said.ABB and Dassault will, they say, provide customers an end-to-end offering of advanced open digital solutions, enhancing competitiveness of industrial companies, while increasing flexibility, speed and productivity of their products’ lifecycles, manufacturing and operations.The partnership will combine ABB Ability™ digital solutions and Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and build on both companies’ strong installed base, deep domain expertise and global customer access, they said. ABB has already adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to model and simulate its solutions before delivering them to its customers.“With this partnership, ABB will develop and provide customers with advanced digital twins, enabling customers to run ABB’s solutions and their operations with improved overall efficiency, flexibility and sustainability,” ABB said.The companies will, in a staged approach, focus on factory automation and robotics, process industry automation, as well as electrification solutions for smart buildings, with the first joint solutions showcased at the upcoming industrial Hannover Messe trade fair, in Germany, on April 1-5.ABB CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer, said: “This game-changing partnership will serve our customers to lead in innovation and growth, fundamentally transforming their entire value chain to tap the vast opportunities of industrial digitalisation. Together, we are offering an open, end-to-end digital portfolio – from digital twin to asset health – that gives our customers a competitive edge, building on our combined offering, domain expertise and global reach.“ABB is adding Dassault Systèmes to its strong partner network for industrial digitalisation, including Microsoft, HPE and IBM. We look very much forward to working with the entire global Dassault Systèmes team to drive innovation and customer value.”Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes, said: “The industry of the 21st century is no longer determined simply by the ability to manufacture goods. Today’s leaders will be determined by superior mastery of technical know-how. This is the new competitive differentiator and it’s happening now due to a convergence of digital technologies that are transforming every aspect of industrial business.“In this industry renaissance, a platform approach enables the real and virtual worlds to inform and reinforce one another. Our partnership with ABB will draw from decades of combined expertise to help customers make the most of this powerful and dynamic trend.”ABB’s digital solution offering within the industry is tied to its ABB Ability platform, launched in 2017, which offers more than 210 digital solutions to plan, build and operate industrial operations with higher productivity and safety at lower costs.Dassault Systèmes, meanwhile, works with companies of all sizes in 11 industries to help them meet new challenges. “The 3DEXPERIENCE platform integrates all the technologies and capabilities that leverage knowledge and know-how into one cohesive digital innovation environment that delivers digital continuity from concept to manufacturing to ownership and back,” the two companies said. Industrial companies can integrate the platform’s 3D applications to create a digital twin that captures insights and expertise from across their entire ecosystem, to measure, assess and predict the performance of an industrial asset and help optimise its operation in an intelligent way, they added.The ABB – Dassault Systèmes partnership will initially focus on factory automation and robotics, smart building and process industries.On the latter, the two companies said: “Competitive pressure in process industries, such as mining, requires companies to continuously look for new ways to increase safety, productivity and energy efficiency of sites, while reducing costs and risk of daily operations. A digital model of the underground environment, in connection with mine planning and control systems, would allow to optimise energy consumption and mine automation, as well as enable mine operators to monitor and optimise production in real-time, while running virtual simulations of future scenarios.”last_img read more

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