Don’t Be an Order Taker

first_imgDon’t believe that because your bottom-feeder competitor sells by having the lowest (or a lower) price means being competitive requires you to match or beat their price. This is not selling; it is the opposite of selling. Selling is the creation of value worth paying for, not helping your prospective clients take money out of their solution and underinvest (if the investment they are making now could produce the result they needed, it would already be doing so).Don’t believe that your product is the sum total of the value you create, believing that it needs to be so good as to eliminate all competition. This is the approach of someone who struggles to sell because they don’t create enough value to be a large part of the value proposition. Avoiding being a value creator and hoping the product does the work of selling is also the opposite selling.Don’t believe or behave as if marketing is supposed to generate your leads and that those leads are supposed to be “ready-to-buy.” The idea that marketing is going to cause your dream clients to beat a path to your door is expecting too much from their effort, and it is completely unrealistic. There is no reason to suspect that you should succeed in sales by sitting back and waiting for deals to come to you through someone else’s efforts.There is a difference between being likable and the need to be liked. Your dream client needs someone with the chops to help them produce better results, and that means candor and the willingness to engage with the difficult parts of helping people change. The need to be liked manifests as fear and avoidance of difficult issues. This too is the behavior of an order-taker.You cannot be both an order-taker and value creator. You must pick a lane here. The decision to engage in what is difficult makes selling easier. A decision to avoid it means you are irrelevant. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

JD(U), RJD engage in ‘picture war’

first_imgBihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) on Friday released a picture of Opposition leader and former deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav with a girl and a bottle of liquor in the background, leading to a mudslinging match between the rival parties. This is apparently in retaliation for the picture released by Mr. Tejaswai on Wednesday of an accused in a hooch tragedy sitting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his official residence. “You all can see the so-called Bihar youth icon and former deputy CM’s photograph. We wonder about this colour of Tejaswi Yadav… is this the sanskar (values) he has imbibed from his father Lalu Prasad?”asked all three JD(U) spokespersons Sanjay Sigh, Neeraj Kumar and Nikhil Mandal, while addressing media persons at the party’s office in Patna. In a quick reaction, Mr. Tejaswi admitted that he did not know the girl although he was in the picture. “The picture was taken when I was not into politics and playing IPL matches in Delhi. Perhaps it was at a party thrown during an IPL match. Can anyone say what is objectionable about the picture? Is this not a character assassination of a girl,” he asked, addressing media persons. Some RJD leaders told The Hindu that the photograph was taken in 2010 and had gone viral on social media earlier. “In fact, it all has come out from the JD(U) in reaction to our expose on Nitish Kumar’s the carefully cultivated image… we released the photograph of him sitting with a hooch tragedy accused in his drawing room in dry Bihar,” Mr. Tejaswi charged. Case fileChief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier said at a public function that he was unaware of the background of hooch tragedy accused. His party leader Rakesh Singh had visited his residence along with a retired school principal from Bhojpur, Mr. Kumar said. JD(U) later expelled Mr. Singh from the party.last_img read more

Mixed response to cancellation of students’ union elections

first_imgThe Odisha government’s decision to cancel the annual students’ union elections in the current year in colleges and universities has evoked a mixed response across the State.Several student organisations staged protests on Friday after the Higher Education Department issued a notification on Thursday. While ABVP has opposed the decision, NSUI, AISF and SFI termed the decision undemocratic. The decision has been welcomed by many students and the students’ wing of the BJD, saying that it will prevent law and order situation and violence during the elections.last_img read more


first_img“Were hoping to have some meetings next month where we “Were hoping to have some meetings next month where we get everyone together to talk a bit more about it. The pleasing thing is theres some genuine momentum here on this and strong alignment and will to make some meaningful decisions. Everyone is firmly of the view that doing nothing around the structure is not an option, and about building more context around international bilateral competition,” Sutherland said. The models being currently discussed will include a certain weighing for the value of each countrys overseas rights, meaning that the likes of India, Australia and England will still get a share somewhat proportionate to their financial contribution. “The share of the revenues will still be somewhat proportionate one way or the other to the contribution. If one country, India for example, their contribution to that total pie is greater than someone else theyll get a benefit from that in a proportional sense,” Sutherland clarified. “But what it should allow is for other countries, who arent as strong or dont have as much power and are effectively selling their rights in competition against other countries, to be a part of a bundle that helps increase the value by virtue of context and structure that they wouldnt have otherwise been able to achieve,” he added. PTI CM ATK ATKlast_img read more

Samsung Z2 quick review: This can be your first smartphone

first_imgHere’s a quick question. How many of you are still using a feature phone? You know, the no-nonsense, physical num pad-toting gadgets, most of which have insanely long battery life. There are quite a many I believe. I have one myself. Always keep one on standby, should the world be coming to end anytime soon. There may be many a feature phone users still, but, I am sure there are some (maybe more) feature phone users who have been looking to take a plunge into the world of smartphones. What’s stopping them, you ask? Also Read: Samsung Z2 launched in India at Rs 4,590, comes with Jio 4G free offer Well, for one, smartphones are complicated pieces of technology. Of course their level of complexity would vary from one person to another, but, at the end of the day, most feature phone users would need some hand-holding to get to know their first smartphone. Then, there is the issue of pricing. Most smartphones cost more in comparison to what someone would pay for a decent feature phone. Samsung believes its newly launched Z2 smartphone can kill both the birds with the same stone. And it does. One, it is based on Tizen operating system, which frankly speaking is one of the most easy to decipher operating systems out there, and second, it costs just Rs 4,590.At its low price, specs don’t matter. What matters is, it’s a Samsung phone and it’s relatively easy to use, easier than its Android-based Galaxy J phones. And that’s what it is here for. To be your first feature phone replacement, or perhaps, even a secondary phone that you can use to manage your Facebook account, or maybe WhatsApp someone. You don’t even have to buy a new SIM. The Z2 comes pre-bundled with Reliance Jio 4G Preview scheme out-of-the-box which means, you can get yourself a free Jio 4G SIM with free unlimited access to Jio’s Digital Life — HD voice call, HD video call, apps, data and SMS — for 90 days along with the phone.Speaking of which, the Samsung Z2 is among the cheapest 4G LTE-capable smartphones in the Indian market right now. It is VoLTE-ready. And it supports OTG. Checks quite a few value-for-money boxes, the Z2. The fact that it is a Samsung phone is just the icing on the cake. Why I keep stressing on this fact, is that for a first-time smartphone buyer, brand value and brand recall are two very important parameters. It helps, a lot, if it’s a top-tier brand, like Samsung.advertisementThe Z2 is a Tizen-based smartphone. Tizen, for all those of you who haven’t heard, is a fork of Android and is being actively developed (and supported) by companies like Samsung and Intel. Since it is after all a fork of Android, some of operating system’s bits and pieces would seem familiar to those who have used Android before. For others, well, it is simply, Android minus the complex bits. The Z2 is here to be your first feature phone replacement, or perhaps, even a secondary phone that you can use to manage your Facebook account, or maybe WhatsApp someone. You don’t even have to buy a new SIM The Z2 runs Tizen version 2.4. The user interface consists of multiple home screens, and an app drawer that can be accessed by swiping from the bottom up. At any time, your 8 most frequently used apps will rest comfortably on the home screen, towards the bottom end. Even when you pull out the app drawer — that houses all your installed apps — this frequently app window stays put, but moves up to show rest of the apps. You can also manually change apps that show up here. In Android you can manually add custom apps and widgets to the home screen. In Tizen, the operating system does most of that work for you. You know, anyways, you would put your most frequently used apps right where you can see them. In Tizen, these apps are right there on your main screen, always.The control centre — or quick settings panel — is accessed by swiping down from up, much like it is on Android. Samsung has left this bit of the user interface untouched. It’s still similar to how it is on TouchWiz.The apps overview window — or the window that shows your recently opened apps — gets a card-based approach, much like it is in iOS. For first-time users having a card-based apps overview can help lessen confusion since every card is placed independently of the other, instead of the stacked-card overview in the case of stock Android. Moreover, you can also swipe upwards (while you’re in an app) to switch between apps instead of always opening the apps overview panel.advertisementThe Tizen Store is thriving with activity at this point of time, which is nice. But, first time smartphone users would be happy to know that apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Google are readily available. At the end of the day, most users would be looking to check their email, manage social media and instant message friends and family. The Tizen OS on-board the Z2 has these areas well covered. If that wasn’t enough, the phone also gives you quite a few customisation options, courtesy an in-house Styler and Theme store.The Samsung Z2 is a Made in India smartphone. Samsung says that the smartphone has been built from scratch here in India. And much of the new innovations therein have been envisioned and designed inside its India R&D. While Ultra data saving mode and S-Bike mode have become synonymous with almost all of Samsung budget phones, the Z2 includes a few new India-specific features as well. To begin with, the Z2 supports 12 Indian languages. The phone also come pre-bundled with My money transfer app which allows users to check their bank balance, get mini statement and transfer money on the go. According to Samsung, the My money transfer app will allow users to transfer up to Rs 5,000 even without an Internet connection. Speaking of which, the phone also supports offline maps and web pages.Samsung’s Z2 Tizen-phone is an all-plastic phone with a textured back. It comes with a 4-inch display with a 480×800 pixels resolution and is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad-core Spreadtrum (SC9830) processor clubbed with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. It sports a 5-megapixel shooter on the rear with LED flashalong with a VGA front-shooter. The phone is backed by a 1,500 mAh capacity which is rated to deliver up to 8 hours of 4G web browsing on single charge.Also Read: Samsung Z2: Key specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to knowNo, these are not groundbreaking specs. And the phone also does not exactly dazzle from a looks point of view. What matters is, whether or not the phone is practical and utilitarian. Most importantly, is it easy to use? The Samsung Z2 manages to tick all these three boxes. No, it won’t kill Samsung’s top-selling J-series, but for a first-time smartphone buyer, the phone definitely offers many useful prospects. Even more so because it can be purchased via both offline and online channels. Offline it will be available exclusively from Paytm though.last_img read more

Emotions fire but Brazil still tough to crack for Hamilton, Mercedes

first_imgSao Paulo, Nov 8 (AFP) Lewis Hamilton makes an emotional return to the scene of his greatest early-career pain and joy this weekend when he leads Mercedes’ bid to seal a fifth consecutive constructors’ world championship.The 33-year-old Briton, who secured his fifth drivers’ title in Mexico two weeks ago, missed out on winning the championship in Brazil in his rookie season of 2007, but went back to grab his maiden title in dramatic fashion in 2008.That triumph, earned with a last-lap pass that lifted him to fifth in teeming rain, has since become an iconic snapshot which confirmed his potential and fired him to multiple-title glory.Yet as he returns to the demanding Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, in the Interlagos district of Sao Paulo, for the 12th time, he will know he and his team face another major challenge.In his previous 11 visits, Hamilton has won only once and taken pole only twice – a moderate record for arguably the sport’s fastest qualifying driver.His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas has one pole and one podium finish from five starts in the sprawling and tumbling semi-bowl where a packed crowd generates a carnival mood.Both know, too, that rivals Ferrari, whose record of six teams’ titles from 1999 to 2004 may be under threat, enjoyed a resurgence in Texas and Mexico that saw them out-perform Mercedes, restricting their advantage to 55 points with two races remaining.”We have a battle on our hands for the constructors’ title and we have lost ground to Ferrari in each of the past race weekends. Even though we had the base performance to do better,” said Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff.advertisement”This is the moment to keep our feet on the ground, focus clearly on the objective and trust in our processes and people to deliver.” – No celebratory T-shirts ? -=============================Wolff has consistently rejected all title talk in advance and ignored suggestions the team have come equipped with the now-traditional celebratory tee-shirts for a Sunday night party.To allow him to drop that guard, Hamilton and Bottas must out-score Ferrari’s pair of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen by 13 points, but this season has seen them achieve that only twice so far in 19 attempts.Much therefore will depend upon the level of motivation that drives Hamilton in Sunday’s race when he and Bottas, who grabbed pole last year, carry the bonus hopes of the team in their hands.It is, as four-time champion Alain Prost observed, a tricky moment for the champion even as he seeks his record-increasing 82nd pole and Mercedes’ 100th in F1.”His motivation was to win the fifth title and now, and for next year, it is a personal feeling about what he wants. It is not a simple thing,” said Prost.To underline Ferrari’s challenge, Vettel is the driver with the best current record in Brazil with three wins, including last year’s race, and a determination to finish his season on a high.Red Bull’s aggressive pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, who won in Mexico, will also be a serious threat in a race in which heavy rain has often played an influential role. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

MSC to Buy Hanjins Share in Long Beach Terminal

first_imgzoom Swiss-based container shipping major Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed an agreement to buy Hanjin Shipping’s stake in a container terminal at California’s Port of Long Beach, according to Yonhap News Agency.Namely, the Seoul Central District Court has reportedly given its nod to the contract with MSC, under which Hanjin will sell its 54 percent stake in terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI).Although the financial terms of the deal were not revealed, the stake in TTI was earlier estimated to be worth more than KRW 400 billion (USD 344.5 million).The remaining 46 percent stake in the terminal operator is already held by MSC.Yonhap said that the contract still needs to receive approvals from a US court, as well as the US port authority.A spokesperson from MSC said that Hanjin, Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) “are progressing approvals for completion of a Purchase and Sale Agreement related to the Hanjin interests in TTI.”The spokesperson added that the parties “expect that all approvals will be achieved by early January 2017.”At the beginning of December, MSC and South Korea’s carrier HMM jointly submitted a bid to acquire the stake the Long Beach container terminal.The latest sale comes a month after the bankrupt South Korean container carrier Hanjin Shipping sold its Asia-US route network to South Korean shipping company Korea Line Corp., part of SM Group, for KRW 37 billion.Scheduled to be finalized on January 5, 2017, the deal includes Hanjin’s business network and client information related to the route and subsidiaries and logistics management systems in seven countries.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Pompeo to deliver major policy speech on India and US in IndoPacific

first_imgWashington: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will deliver a major policy speech next week on how India and the US lay a economic foundation for a free and open Indo-Pacific region, an official announcement has said. Pompeo will deliver the keynote address on “The US and India: An Economic Foundation for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific” at the US-India Business Council’s India Ideas Summit on Wednesday, June 12, the State Department said Friday. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ This will be Pompeo’s major foreign policy speech on India. US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross is also scheduled to address US-India Business Council’s (USIBC) India Ideas Summit on June 12 and June 13. Among other speakers at the conference are Matthew Bevin, Governor of Kentucky; Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion; Deepak Bagla, CEO, Invest India; James Taiclet, CEO, American Tower Corporation and Milind Pant, CEO, Amway. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Indian-origin Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google; Pawan Goenka, managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra; Adena Friedman, CEO, Nasdaq; Ritesh Agarwal, CEO, OYO Rooms and Meg Gentle, CEO, Tellurian are other prominent speakers. Indian Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla, his American counterpart Ken Juster; former Supreme Court Justice Shiva Kirti Singh; Lockheed Martin Executive VP Rick Edwards; Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot; and Intel India Managing Director Nivruti Rai are other prominent speakers at the two-day conference. Coming on the heels of SelectUSA, the India Ideas Summit will highlight the critical role cities and states play in growing the U.S.-India commercial relationship, the USIBC said. India Ideas conference will be one of the first opportunities where both governments can really amplify this relationship after the election, USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal told PTI in a recent interview. The first edition of the USIBC’s India Ideas summit was held in Mumbai last year. The US has been pushing for a broader role by India in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region. In November last, India, the US, Australia and Japan had given shape to the long-pending Quadrilateral coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of Chinese influence.last_img read more

DARPAs Justin Sanchez works to stay a step ahead of technological surprises

first_imgMONTREAL — Justin Sanchez, a neuroscientist with the United States’ Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency won’t confirm or deny if he’s working on classified projects.As director of the agency’s biotech office, his research focuses on healing American soldiers who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in battle.“I cannot confirm one way or another, because in doing so it would kind of reveal, but we are part of the Department of Defence,” Sanchez said, following his presentation at the C2 Montreal conference this week.  “And the Department of Defence does a whole number of (jobs) in a number of areas.”His answer is as mysterious as the research he conducts for the American military within the agency, known as DARPA. But he admits the scientific breakthroughs he has played a part in have applications far beyond medicine.For instance, his research has recently shown humans can operate multiple unmanned aerial vehicles using only their minds. Research subjects — already suffering from illnesses such as epilepsy or Parkinson’s — were implanted with brain sensors connected to a series of their neurons.One of his subjects was able to fly a virtual aircraft using a flight simulator — all with their thoughts. That scientific finding is “absolutely” applicable to soldiers in combat, Sanchez said, “but the technology is not ready for prime time.”In one month, Sanchez will complete a six-year term at the research agency, whose origins stretch back to 1958. The United States was humiliated when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 into space in 1957. American leaders vowed from that point on, they would be at the forefront of technological advances.DARPA’s roughly 200 employees manage research projects around the United States with the goal of ensuring Americans are never again surprised by technology. It is credited with inventing the internet, touch screen technology and GPS.“We want to be ahead — always ahead,” Sanchez said. “And part of being ahead is thinking in ways that other people don’t.”In another project, Sanchez was able to “boost” a research subject’s memory by sending electrical impulses to a specific part of their brain.“We can do this today,” he said. “We have shown proof of concept. We can stimulate the brain to improve memory performance.”Scientists also have data suggesting it’s possible to transfer concepts into the brains of rats. Sanchez said scientists have created a mental map about how to solve a maze — and implanted that “memory” into the brains of rodents. “There are early results that show there is a possibility of helping the neurons in the brain (of rats) receive that concept and facilitate their performance in one of those kinds of tasks.”Transferring memories into humans is still a long way off, he said.But theoretically, it’s not impossible, said Carolina Bessega, chief scientific officer and co-founder of Stradigi AI, a Montreal-based artificial intelligence company.“I don’t think it’s completely unfeasible,” she said in an interview at C2. “Theoretically yes, but it’s still early research.”Stradigi AI conducts experimental research in machine learning, but it also works directly with companies by offering tailored services in artificial intelligence.DARPA’s secrecy has sparked countless conspiracy theories and tales of super-soldiers created in basement research labs across the United States, but both Bessega and Sanchez say that is pure fantasy.“The scientific community,” she said, “in general is pretty ethical.” But Bessega admits it’s impossible to know the kinds of research being done in less transparent countries, such as China.China, too, had its “Sputnik moment,” according to author Kai-Fu Lee, in his book, “AI Superpowers.”In the book, Lee recounts how the Chinese became transfixed when the country’s star Go player was beaten handily by an artificial intelligence backed by Google in 2017. That moment helped spur an intense and ongoing push by the Chinese to become world leaders in artificial intelligence.Sanchez said the United States still leads the world in technological advances, and he wouldn’t say if the possibility of Chinese dominance concerns him. “If your mission is to create and prevent strategic surprise, you can’t just focus on one person or one place,” he said.Biotech, for instance, is democratizing, meaning anyone can order a gene-editing kit online and use it at home. Governments no longer have a monopoly on technological advances, he said.“We are living in a world where lots of people can use (technology) in a number of ways, and staying ahead of surprises that can come from that — that’s what keeps me up at night.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Plot to extort DHL has Germans on edge during holiday season

first_imgBERLIN – A murky plot to extort money from delivery giant DHL Express has many Germans on edge during the busy holiday shipping season. Packages sent to a police station and a government office produced at least two false alarms Monday as a hotline buzzed with calls from anxious citizens.Officials in the German state of Brandenburg revealed Sunday that a package delivered to a Potsdam pharmacy with a crude device made of wires, batteries and nails inside was part of a conspiracy to extort millions of euros (dollars) from DHL.The package also held a barcode that directed investigators to an online message threatening more unwelcome parcels unless the company paid up.On Monday, a package delivered by DHL to the Thuringia state governor’s office and at first feared to be bearing a hand grenade brought police out to investigate. An X-ray showed only rolled up catalogues in the item, prosecutor Hannes Gruenseisen told The Associated Press.“We assume it had nothing to do with the incident in Potsdam,” Gruenseisen said. “It was considered suspicious because it came from DHL, had no return address and was sent directly to the governor.”In the other false alarm, a package delivered to a police precinct in Gransee, north of Berlin, prompted the building’s evacuation. It turned to be a traditional German Christmas cake, German news agency dpa reported.The two incidents underscored the level of nervousness in many mailrooms while the person or people behind the extortion scheme remain at large.The suspicious package delivered to the Potsdam pharmacy Friday cause police to evacuate a surrounding Christmas market and to destroy the parcel through a controlled explosion.The online message outlining the DHL extortion demand mentioned a similar package that was sent to an online company in Frankfurt an der Oder at the beginning of November and had started burning when it was opened, prosecutors said.A spokesman for a task force set up in Brandenburg state to investigate the plot refused Monday to give more details, citing the ongoing probe.DHL, a division of Deutsche Post DHL, has refused to comment on the case. Telephone calls to its headquarters in Bonn, Germany went unanswered Monday.Last month, the company said it expected to handle 8.5 million daily deliveries in Germany during the holidays, double the number it usually makes.Potsdam police woman Stefanie Klaus said a hotline activated as part of the investigation has been ringing steadily with calls about suspect parcels from concerned citizens. Tips are being phoned in as well, she said.“We have received more than three dozen phone calls, but none of them was a hot lead,” Klaus said.last_img read more

In Pictures Flooding Kills 14 People in Morocco

Rabat – Several cars and trucks were swept away by flooding, blocking the road traffic for hours in Guelmim on Sunday morning after the heavy rain that fell in the Southern region.According to several media reports, the deaths toll could reach 20 people.Three victims were killed when a car crashed into a river near Bouizegrane, (near Guelmim province south of Morocco). Eleven others, among them three women and a 9-year-old child were killed after a bus was swept away by floods while it was trying to cross the Bridge of Timissourt River, near Bouizegrane, earlier on Sunday. read more

Iraqi Scholar Muslims Should Not Celebrate New Years

Rabat – An Iraqi Sunni authority, Sheikh Mahdi Al Sumaidaie, said in his Friday prayer message in Baghdad that Muslims are forbidden from taking part in New Year’s celebrations.“It is not permitted to celebrate the New Year or congratulate it or participate in it,” the sheik said on the official Facebook page of Dar Iraqi Iftaa, a Muslim religious authority in Iraq.  “Taking part in their celebrations is taking part in [disbelief],” he added.Read Also: Moroccans Call Bakery ‘Extremist’ for Refusing to Sell New Year CakesThe Chaldean Catholic Church called Sumaidaie’s religious opinion, or fatwa, “false, malicious and far from the correct knowledge of religions.” The church’s statement added, “Sheikh Mahdi al-Sumaidaie oversees two Sunni brigades within the People’s Mobilization Force, which is composed of Shi’ite factions, some of whom are closely tied to Tehran.”According to Al-Monitor, Sumaidaie quoted 14th-century scholar Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyya in his speech, who said, “Congratulating Christians on their holidays is like congratulating them for prostrating unto their cross and believing that Jesus is the son of God.” read more

Maldives UN rights office says trial of former President politicized unfair

Addressing a press briefing at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), confirmed that she had headed a UN delegation to the Maldives from 20 to 23 April to examine the broader issues related to the criminal case against Mr. Nasheed.According to OHCHR, Mr. Nasheed’s trial began one day after his arrest, which was made on the charge that he authorised the unlawful detention of Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed in 2012 when he was the country’s President. Having previously faced charges for the same complaint, which were withdrawn by the Prosecutor-General, Mr. Nasheed was arrested again under the Anti-Terrorism Act.OHCHR has noted that the trial did not follow stipulations in the Maldives’ Constitution, which states that anyone accused of a crime shall have the right to adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence, and did not follow international fair trial standards.In the absence of an adequate criminal code, evidence law, and criminal procedures, the Maldives Prosecutor-General and the judges had excessive discretionary powers that they applied against the former President, Ms. Rishmawi told reporters, adding that Mr. Nasheed had only learnt about the charges against him under the Anti-Terrorism Act upon arrest. In addition, she said, the entire Maldives judicial system was perceived as politicised, inadequate and subject to external influence.OHCHR once again stressed the need for the authorities to allow an environment conducive to political dialogue in the country, Ms. Rishmawi continued. A mass protest had been planned in the country and the OHCHR urged the authorities to allow such exercise of freedom of expression and opinion without undue interference. read more

UN mourns death of former SecretaryGeneral Kofi Annan a guiding force for

Mr. Annan was the seventh man to take the helm of the global organization and the first Secretary-General to emerge from the ranks of its staff.The current UN chief, Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and a “proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.”“Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement.“He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world.  In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all us.”Kofi Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938.He served as UN Secretary-General for two consecutive five-year terms, beginning in January 1997.Mr. Annan joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, rising to hold senior-level posts in areas such as budget and finance, and peacekeeping.As Mr. Guterres noted: “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.” Kofi Annan and the UNFrom his beginnings in Geneva, Mr. Annan held UN posts in places such as Ethiopia, Egypt, the former Yugoslavia and at Headquarters in New York.Following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he was tasked with facilitating the repatriation of more than 900 international staff as well as the release of Western hostages.He later led the first UN team negotiating with Iraq on the sale of oil to fund purchases of humanitarian aid.Immediately prior to his appointment as Secretary-General in January 1997, Mr. Annan headed the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations during a period which saw an unprecedented growth in the Organization’s field presence.His first major initiative as UN chief was a plan for UN reform, presented to Member States in July 1997.Mr. Annan used his office to advocate for human rights, the rule of law, development and Africa, and he worked to bring the UN closer to people worldwide by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.As Secretary-General, he also galvanized global action to fight HIV/AIDS and combat terrorism.Mr. Annan and the United Nations jointly were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.In his farewell statement to the UN General Assembly in December 2006, Kofi Annan expressed emotion over leaving what he called “this mountain with its bracing winds and global views.”Although the job had been difficult and challenging, he admitted that it was also “thrillingly rewarding” at times.“And while I look forward to resting my shoulder from those stubborn rocks in the next phase of my life, I know I shall miss the mountain,” he said.However, Mr. Annan did not rest, taking on the role of UN Special Envoy for Syria in the wake of the conflict which began in March 2011.He also chaired an Advisory Commission established by Myanmar in 2016 to improve the welfare of all people in Rakhine state, home to the minority Rohingya community.His homeland, Ghana, established an international peacekeeping training centre that bears his name, which was commissioned in 2004. read more

Russian thugs beat up St Patricks flashmob after mistaking it for gay

first_imgA GROUP OF thugs in Russia’s Siberian city of Irkutsk beat up members of a St. Patrick’s Day-themed flashmob, mistaking them for gay activists, Interfax news agency reported Monday, citing police.A fight broke out after students at a language school held a belated St Patrick’s Day flashmob in a mall in Irkutsk, a police spokesman said.“On Sunday evening, members of Easy School held a St Patrick’s Day flashmob in the mall. Some youths came up to them and expressed displeasure at the proceedings. A conflict took place that grew into a fight on the square outside the mall,” the spokesman said.A law enforcement source told Interfax that the fight was based on a misunderstanding.“The Easy School members were wearing historic costumes, particularly kilts and their opponents mistook them for representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation,” the source said, using a Russian phrase meaning gay.The school posted a video of the flash mob on the social networking site VKontakte showing many wearing checked kilts and confirmed its students and teachers were hurt in the fight.“Yes our students and teachers were among the injured but it could have been any young people who weren’t to the taste of these grey masses,” the school said in a statement.Police said a teacher at the school suffered mild concussion.- © AFP, 2014Read: Couple caught having Paddy’s day sex beside bins wanted by police > Read: Gardaí arrest two youths over St Patrick’s Day assault seen in viral video >last_img read more

TV3 rebrand Childrens programmes are moving to the broadcasters new channel

first_img 11,990 Views 21 Comments TV3 rebrand: Children’s programmes are moving to the broadcaster’s new channel The broadcasting group has elected to move its children’s programming to its new “female focused” station Be3. Share102 Tweet Email Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 6:25 AM TV3 Group finally acquired UTV Ireland last Thursday at a cost in the region of €10 million.“We’ve rebranded all three stations for bespoke audiences,” director of programming Bill Malone told by way of explanation for the decision at the launch.Far from a demotion for such programming, Malone says its new home will allow it to flourish.Be3, which is set to be the group’s ‘female focused’ family channel, is to feature second showings of TV3′s major soaps, together with programmes like Loose Women, Midsomer Murders, and Benidorm.RTÉ decision Last month, citing “financial difficulties”, RTÉ announced it would cease all in-house production in favour of outsourcing all of its kids’ TV.That decision was met with anger by the Trade Union Group (TUG) which claimed that RTÉ had jumped the gun in declaring its intention to outsource.Both sides in that dispute are currently working through a “consultation period” in an attempt to resolve differences. That period finishes on 31 January, although channel controller for RTÉ One and Two Adrian Lynch has said that the broadcaster’s “obligation” to outsource remains.Voice of Bosco, Paula Lambert previously said that RTÉ’s decision “brought back incredibly bad memories for me”. Source: Dec 7th 2016, 6:25 AM Source: Cianan Brennan/Twitter “The first thing to be cut is children’s programmes. I feel very, very sorry for the young enthusiastic people who are working in the children’s department today. I know that they give it their all with very little facilities,” she said.Bosco him/herself didn’t pull his/her punches regarding the situation in a recent interview with TV3 GROUP HAS elected to move all its children’s television programming to its new, ‘female focused’ station Be3.The new station was announced yesterday at a media briefing outlining the group’s plans for 2017.Along with the launch of the new station, which takes over from the troubled UTV Ireland on 9 January, the group has rebranded its existing channels, TV3 itself and 3e.TV3 is now to be seen as the “grown ups”, flagship channel, and as part of the changes kids’ programming will move from 3e to Be3.The actual output of that programming should remain unchanged. Short URL Subscribe for more videos Most importantly, utv Ireland is to become Be3, a “female orientated” channel— Cianan Brennan (@ciananbrennan) December 6, 2016 By Cianan Brennan I think it’s because they (RTÉ) don’t care about children… because if they did care about children then they wouldn’t take away the programmes.Note: This story was amended at 10.45am. An earlier version said that children’s programming was moving from TV3 to Be3. Read: Plans for Trump wall along Clare coast withdrawn – but a new one is on the wayRead: Bus Éireann could be out of money within two years Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

En Corée du Sud le jeu vidéo est un sport national

first_imgEn Corée du Sud, le jeu vidéo est un sport nationalPetit marché du jeu vidéo parmi d’autres dans les années 1990, la Corée du Sud a vu se développer un engouement incroyable pour cette activité.Drôle de pays qu’est la Corée du Sud… Là-bas, on ne fait pas les choses comme les autres. La preuve avec le deuxième sport favori des Sud-Coréens, les tournois de jeux vidéo ! Alors que le pays n’est qu’un petit marché dans les années 1990, la création des PC-bang, les salles de jeu en réseau, et la sortie du jeu Starcraft vont considérablement changer la donne. Progressivement, les meilleurs joueurs s’organisent en équipes pour disputer des tournois de plus en plus médiatisés. La télévision s’empare également du phénomène, et de nombreuses chaînes se mettent à diffuser les grandes compétitions, explique Le Monde. Certains joueurs deviennent même de véritables stars, sponsorisées et coachées en vue d’obtenir plus de résultats. En 2000, un syndicat est même créé, la Korean e-Sport Players Association (Kespa), soutenu par le gouvernement, qui reconnaît officiellement l’e-sport comme un sport national.À lire aussiUn scientifique sud-coréen clone des coyotes, avant les mammouthsDan “Artosis” Stemkoski, un américain qui commente en anglais les matches de la Global Star League (GSL), principal tournoi de Starcraft II, sur la chaîne Gom TV, explique cet engouement incroyable : “L’e-sport en Corée est actuellement le second sport le plus regardé, derrière le baseball. Il y a de nombreuses chaînes de télévision, et encore plus sur Internet, qui diffusent les matchs. Le jeu vidéo n’est pas totalement accepté ici non plus, mais la tolérance est incomparable à ce qu’elle est en Occident. Le fait que les meilleurs joueurs gagnent très bien leur vie, passent à la télévision et mobilisent de nombreux fans a beaucoup aidé. On trouve d’ailleurs des gens de tout âge dans les PC-bang, jouant de manière amateur à Starcraft, mais la compétition reste réservée aux plus jeunes”. Selon lui, le phénomène ne devrait toutefois pas rester cantonné à la Corée du Sud, certains tournois commençant à s’organiser en Europe et aux Etats-Unis. “Il ne faudra pas longtemps avant que Starcraft puisse être diffusé sur des chaînes occidentales. Le jeu compte déjà plus d’adeptes que beaucoup de ces sports loufoques que l’on peut voir sur quelques chaînes bizarres”, prédit-il ainsi.  Le 16 avril 2011 à 15:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

World Day Against Child Labour Acknowledged in The Bahamas

World Day Against Child Labour Acknowledged in The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14, 2017 – Nassau – June 12 was celebrated as World Day Against Child Labour under the theme of “ In Conflicts and Disasters, Protect Children from Child Labour”. This year’s theme focuses on the negative impact of natural disasters and violent conflict on families and children.In The Bahamas, The Ministry of Labour is committed to eradicate all forms of Child Labour including the Worse Forms of Child Labour in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the region. The Government has supported the International Labour Organization’s Regional Initiative “Latin American and The Caribbean Free of Child Labour” which was created in 2014 as an innovative instrument for intergovernmental cooperation with participation of employers and employees. The goal of this international coalition of 27 countries is to reduce the current situation of Child Labour in the Latin America and The Caribbean by 2025.Fortunately, in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas we do not experience war, however we are impacted by natural disasters in the form of hurricanes. The Government has no information on children in The Bahamas being subjected to child labour as a result of natural disasters as national reconstruction exercises are handled by the State.Social Programmes implemented by The Bahamas Department of Social Services, including a national school lunch programme and other successful measures for ensuring the well-being of children exist throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.The Ministry of Labour continues to work closely with the National Tripartite Council which completed a Rapid Assessment on Child Labour designed by the ILO and also recommended the development of a National Child Labour Policy to establish a holistic strategy for monitoring, reporting and prevention tactics. The Ministry also looks forward to continued partnership with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Services and Ministry of National Security as we unite to combat Child Labour in every form.The Commonwealth of The Bahamas has declared that it stands with the rest of our international neighbors to recognize June 12 as World Day Against Child Labour. We raise our voice to declare “ In Conflicts and Disasters, Protect Children from Child Labour.”#magneticmedianews#worlddayagainstchildlabourlast_img read more

Go 113 Brings Centralized Module Mirror Proxy and Checksum Database

first_imgThe announcement of the new module mirror and checksum database sparked a reaction from developers worried about Google being able to track what packages developers use if they do not modify go get default configuration: This checksum database allows the go command to safely use an otherwise untrusted proxy. Because there is an auditable security layer sitting on top of it, a proxy or origin server can’t intentionally, arbitrarily, or accidentally start giving you the wrong code without getting caught. This is the first language in my 23 years of programming that reports my usage back to the language authors. It’s unprecedented. While leaving the language mostly unchanged, Go 1.13 brings a number of improvements to the toolchain, runtime, and libraries, including a relatively controversial default Go module proxy and Checksum database that requires developers to accept a specific Google privacy policy.At the language level, Go 1.13 supports a more uniform set of prefixes for numeric literals, such as 0b for binary numbers, 0x for hexadecimal numbers, 0o for octals, and so on. The new version also enables the use of signed shift counts with operators <>, thus removing the need for uint type casting when using them. Both changes do not break Go’s promise of source compatibility with previous versions of the language.More extensive are the improvements to the toolchain, including: some polish for go get so it works more consistently in both module-aware and GOPATH mode; support for version suffix @patch when getting a package; additional validation on the requested version string; improved analysis of which variables and expressions could be allocated on the stack instead of heap; and more.In particular, the Go module system now supports out-of-the-box the module mirror and checksum database Google recently launched. The module mirror is aimed to improve go get performance by implementing a more efficient fetching mechanism in comparison with that of what version management systems such as Git provide, and effectively acts as a proxy to the package sources. For example, the module mirror does not require downloading the full commit history of a repository. In addition, it provides an API more suited to package management, which includes operations to get a list of versions of a package, information about a package version, a mode and zip file for a given version, and so on.The checksum database also aims to ensure your packages are trusted. Prior to its introduction, the Go package manager used to ensure authenticity of a package using its go.sum file, which basically contains a list of SHA-256 hashes. With this approach, the authenticity of a package is established on its first download, then checked against for each subsequent download. The checksum database is a single source of truth which can be used to ensure a package is legit, even the first time it is downloaded by comparing its go.sum with the information stored in the database.center_img Another complaint concerns the requirement to accept a specific Google privacy policy which could change at any time in future. It should be noted that developers can disable the go get default behaviour by setting the following environment variables:go env -w GOPROXY=directgo env -w GOSUMDB=off This is considered not robust enough, though, due to the possibility of those variables not being set by mistake, e.g., on a new machine, or being inadvertently cleared, e.g. when using su -.While the new module mirror and checksum database undoubtely improve Go module system performance and security, there is a chance that their acceptance may not be very high among privacy-conscious developers until the Google Go team reviews its approach by making the usage `off` by default, or by providing a more robust way to disable them, especially in enterprise environments, where accepting the Google privacy policy could entail some complication. InfoQ will keep reporting on this as new information becomes available.last_img

Is Music Moneyball The Future Of Our Industry

Is Music Moneyball The Future Of Our Industry

first_img Email Twitter Is Music Moneyball The Future Of Our Industry? Is Music Moneyball A Reality? music-moneyball-future-our-industry Facebook News The rising prevalence of music generated by Artificial Intelligence creates problems – or opportunities – for the music industryNate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 4:09 pm Imagine a world where a computer can write music instantly to suit almost any need. As you may have already guessed, that world is here.Programs like Amper Music and Jukedeck can pump out the jams in seconds, and with tools like Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” algorithms, and artificial experts like Siri and Alexa at our fingertips, the era of music moneyball has, arguably, arrived.While the marriage of AI and music has been decades in the making, a recent court ruling on the viral sensation “Monkey Selfie” may inadvertently provide a portal into future treatment of copyright as it applies to music created solely by AI.In the ruling, which declared that ownership of copyright does not extend to content created by animals, the Copyright Office also deemed ineligible “[w]orks produced by a machine or mere mechanical process that operates randomly or automatically without any creative input or intervention from a human author.”This is great news for the many artists who have devoted their lives to developing their craft, as the Copyright Office clearly recognized human input as essential element of protectable intellectual property. However, as the craze of AI mounts step for step with the creation and implementation of AI-created music, the music industry has an issue on its hands that will no doubt require some hard-thought decisions.In a recent guest column for Hollywood Reporter, entertainment lawyer James Sammataro draws up an outline of this complex issue, presenting the good cause for excitement and trepidation alike from various factions of our business before ultimately surmising, “AI is the future of the music industry.” Whether this will manifest as the next “Napster moment” or continue along the path of “plotting the dots between artist and audience…delivering a frictionless musical experience” remains to be seen.One way or another, Sammataro points out that “the technology is a long way from producing a perennial hit like Toto’s “Africa” or a concept record like Pink Floyd’s The Wall”Read More: 4 Top Announcements From Apple’s Live Eventlast_img read more