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first_img 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 Now Aesop warned of the dangers of cutting open the goose that lays the golden egg to gain what you want now. By doing so, you destroy the geese—and your future. Wonka tried to warn young Verruca Salt as it pertained to his geese, which he made unavailable to her (and rightly so). She wanted the entire world, and she wanted it now. Verruca, like many others, was unable to delay her gratification.In business, this shows up when one misunderstands means and ends. Let’s start with shareholder value, the idea that a business exists to make shareholders money as its dominant priority. Because the concept starts with shareholders as the end, employees and customers become means. Mistreating the means is the most certain way to destroy your ends. Treating employees and customers as if they exist only to help you produce a profit leads to poor care and feeding of the geese.Flipping this and treating the employees and customers as ends almost ensure shareholders get the returns they seek. As a leader, you want customers to be your end. In making that decision, you have relegated employees to means. Again, this is to abuse the geese which produce the golden eggs. Your customers and clients are going to get a certain experience working with your team. The worse your employee’s experience, the worse your customer’s.Success, financial success more specifically, comes from focusing on things in the right order. Customers and clients are important, but not more important than the people that serve them. Shareholders are important too, but they should be an afterthought. If you get the care and feeding of employees, customers, and the stakeholders right, the return on investment is automatic. It’s when you get the sequence wrong and decide that care and feeding of the wrong parties should come first that things get sideways.last_img read more


first_img 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 Now The more businesses move to transactional models with no human interaction, the more human interaction is going to be a competitive advantage. When caring is absent, caring becomes a defining differentiator. If you have ever needed help from the company that sold you something to find that no one was available to help you, you understand the value of caring.As more businesses chase a super-transactional model, believing that reducing friction (and price is a form of friction) is their competitive advantage, the more they will attract price sensitive buyers. Those who chase a super-relational model will attract the higher end of the market, and the more they will find clients and customers willing to pay for something better.As automation becomes more prevalent, the more “by hand” is going to be something special. Mass production reduces the costs of manufacturing, making things available to the masses. “By hand” increases craftsmanship, the uniqueness of what one buys, and provides something truly special. One of a million is often something less than one of a kind.When people are treated like a number, a data point, a record, or a file, those who treat people like an individual will create a special bond, and one that creates the feeling that they are unique and important. There are certain human needs that are so deeply ingrained that they aren’t easily lost. There are also human needs that, when violated, create a repulsion, and the lack of respect is a need of the first order.When communication is automated, it isn’t personal, and it doesn’t create any feeling inside the recipient. Mostly people consider it spam. There is a difference in mass emailing and nurturing your dream clients. In one case, there is no connection because there is no real person behind the communication. In the other, the communication has a person’s fingerprints all over it. When something is created for you, it is special.There are some who believe that everything is being commoditized, that there is no real differentiation possible, and so they race towards super-transactional approaches, not understanding that in a race to the bottom there are few winners, normally large, and almost always with the scale necessary to eliminate competitors who play their game. Those who pay attention to these kinds of things understand that playing your competitor’s game puts you at a disadvantage, and so they play a different game, moving in the opposite direction, creating greater value, providing greater care, ensuring a better overall experience, and better outcomes for their clients. They create relationships that allow them to create a market of those who want something more, something better, and something worth paying to obtain.If you are in the middle, you have to pick a side.last_img read more


first_imgGUWAHATI: Assam is scheduled to launch a cancer care foundation, the first for any State government in India, on Monday for making treatment of the disease more affordable and ensuring care for patients till survival.The Indian Council for Medical Research had in 2016 reported 31,825 new cancer cases in Assam. But health officials in the State said the actual number of cancer cases could be twice that number since most of those who are detected with the disease leave the State in order to access better cancer care.“A recent study found that more than 70% of the cost incurred by patients getting treated is due to peripheral expenses such as stay, travel and food. This was the reason our government initiated the non-profit Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), a pioneering model for making cancer care more affordable and address all aspects from awareness to end-of-life care,” Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Health Minister, said.ACCF is in partnership with Tata Trusts, which has committed to providing Rs 830 crore for the programme while the State government will provide ₹1,080 crore, Mr. Sarma said.The cancer care project has been designed to address three aspects of cancer care – service, education and research – with the objective of shifting care closer to patients’ homes. Accordingly, five district hospitals would be providing diagnostics and day care follow-up. These hospitals are in Darrang, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat and Sivasagar districts. Cancer centres adjacent to four existing and eight upcoming medical colleges across Assam will also provide comprehensive treatment and education, Mr. Sarma said.Cancer centres at two major medical college hospitals – Guwahati and Dibrugarh – have been tasked with advance and complex care along with cancer research.“The facilities will provide treatment at rates on par with or below the Central government health scheme rates. It is expected that a large number of patients will receive cashless treatment at these facilities through Atal Amrit Abhiyan and Ayushman Bharat schemes,” a health officer said on Sunday after Mr. Sarma and industrialist Ratan Tata inaugurated a digital information nerve centre at Guwahati Medical College Hospital.last_img read more


first_imgPetron is adding University of Santo Tomas’ Sisi Rondina and Far Eastern University’s Chin Basas and Buding Duremdes to fill the void left by imports Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell and libero Pia Gaiser.“Actually, we already have a list of players to add. These players are just ‘simple’ players,” said Delos Santos during the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Amelie Hotel-Manila Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Sisi Rondina. Buding Duremdes and Chin Basas are already on our list. We will activate them in the All-Filipino.”Gaiser is set to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PBA Finals: Hot-shooting Beermen tie series, torch Hotshots in Game 4 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Meanwhile, new team Marinerang Pilipina, which is making its PSL debut next conference, is finalizing its lineup, which already has veterans Ivy Remulla and Ers Iratay and young guns Cesca Racraquin, Seth Rodriguez, and Chiara Permentilla.Villet Ponce-de Leon will call the shots for Marinerang Pilipina with Ronald Dulay as her deputy.“Our lineup is not yet complete because of the ongoing UAAP,” said Montero, the former University of the Philippines star who also saw action in the PSL.“But rest assured that we will put up a competitive team. Our coaches are doing their best to come up with the best talents who are capable of beating other PSL teams.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Members of Marinerang Pilipina, PSL President Dr. Ian Laurel, and members of Grand Prix champion Petron. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Petron remains a formidable squad heading into its title defense in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference next month.The Blaze Spikers are coming off a championship run in the recently-concluded Grand Prix Conference and they’re raring to add another title to their growing collection.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more


first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) lies on the field after being injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — With Patrick Mahomes sidelined, fans across the NFL may be longing for the days when the backup quarterback’s job was to carry a clipboard and not the hopes and dreams of an entire franchise.Mahomes escaped significant ligament damage when he dislocated his right kneecap Thursday night in Kansas City’s 30-6 pummeling of the Denver Broncos and there is optimism the reigning NFL MVP could be back on the field in about a month.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Only four starting QBs who own Super Bowl rings are still standing: the ageless Tom Brady, the rejuvenated Aaron Rodgers, the dependable Russell Wilson and the floundering Joe Flacco, who somehow escaped injury Thursday night despite being sacked a career-high eight times and knocked down on most of his other drop-backs.Hill insists it’s business as usual with Moore under center instead of Mahomes.“I don’t see anything changing,” Hill said.Except, well, everything.Earlier this week, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said facing Mahomes is the toughest task in the football because “you have to defend two plays: the one they’ve called and then the one he might create.”Now, those skills are shelved, like those of so many others who have mastered the league’s paramount and most precarious position.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Now, the league’s brightest young star is hurt, too.Shortly after becoming the fastest player in NFL history to throw for 7,500 yards, in just his 25th game, Mahomes got hurt not on one of his improvisational masterpieces but on the most basic play, a quarterback sneak.The stadium grew silent as one by one players peeled off the pile and Mahomes stayed down, his right leg stuck at an awkward angle before he rolled onto his back, ripped off his helmet and covered his face.“I don’t even want to think about that,” receiver Tyreek Hill said. “We are just trying to move on from it, and I will continue to pray for my dog.”“It was out of whack,” tight end Travis Kelce said. “I couldn’t even describe it. You looked at it and were like, ‘On no, there is something wrong with him.’”ADVERTISEMENT Bucks, 76ers eye NBA East title with Leonard back in the West This jewelry designer is also an architect Mahomes had an MRI exam Friday that showed the ligaments were intact, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was still sorting through the results and putting together a timetable for his return.“He’s a huge part of this team, huge part of the league. You just hate to see that,” said journeyman Matt Moore, the latest No. 2 thrust into a leading role in this “Year of the Backup Quarterback.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceStarting with Andrew Luck, who retired at age 29 after dealing with a series of injuries, the league’s celebration of its 100th season has been marred by the loss of some of its biggest stars.The club of QBs sidelined so far includes Drew Brees (thumb), Ben Roethlisberger (elbow), Cam Newton (foot), Nick Foles (collarbone), Josh Allen (concussion), Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) and Sam Darnold (mononucleosis), whose backup, Trevor Siemian was lost for the season with a gruesome ankle injury. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Denver defensive end Shelby Harris’ heart sank.“I’ve never seen anything like that on the field before,” Harris said. “His knee was literally all the way to the side, his kneecap was. I wish him the best. We definitely need him in the league, he’s definitely a big attraction in the league.”Mahomes shooed away a cart and trainers helped him off the field once his kneecap was popped back into place. Then, he walked gingerly to the locker room.“Obviously we need him to get wins,” Hill said. “But now we just have to move on.”The Chiefs’ hopes of reaching their first Super Bowl since 1970 — the year Mahomes’ father, former big leaguer Pat Mahomes, was born — will rest at least for a while not on their magnificent maestro but on Moore, a 35-year-old career backup who wasn’t even in the league last year as he sought to transition into either coaching or scouting.Moore attended Kyler Murray’s pro day at Oklahoma this spring alongside Adam Engroff, the Miami Dolphins’ director of college scouting. But Moore found himself in demand again when Chad Henne broke an ankle in the preseason and he signed Sept. 1 to back up Mahomes.It was Kansas City’s dominant defense that really stepped up when Mahomes went out Thursday night, but Moore did throw a 57-yard TD pass to Hill with Chris Harris Jr. in coverage. Overall, he was 10 of 19 for 117 yards.“It is crazy. I am pretty sure about three or four of the guys out there on the field had never caught a ball from Matt even in practice,” Kelce said. “I know I hadn’t.”While backups Teddy Bridgewater in New Orleans and Kyle Allen in Carolina have each gone 4-0, most fill-ins aren’t so fortunate.Mason Rudolph was knocked unconscious after replacing Roethlisberger, elevating undrafted Devlin “Duck” Hodges, who’d been cut at the end of training camp, to the starring role in Pittsburgh’s last game. Siemian’s season-ending injury opened the door for Luke Falk before Darnold returned last week. Becoming his own man MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more


first_imgBy Natasha ChakuMelbourne, May 26 (PTI) An Indian-origin man here has organised an exhibition showcasing portraits made by him of 50 well known Australian personalities like cricketing icons Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting.The two-day long exhibition by Melbourne-based resident Sedunath Prabhakar was launched on Wednesday and opened for public by Parliament Speaker Colin Brooks, Multicultural Minister Robin Scott, Indian Consul General Manika Jain and other Indian community members.Paintings on 50-metre canvas include personalities of politics, sports to films depicting culture and history of Australia from 17th century to till date.Prabhakar, a painter-cum musician, said he was inspired by the deep culture and history of Australia and after an in- depth research he picked some famous personalities and other lesser known faces from the history.”I have put them to life in acrylic through my art work,” Prabhakar said.”It took me over 18 months to complete all the paintings and it is an effort to narrate Australian history through art and also to carry Australians down the memory lane to appreciate the contributions of their great fellow men,” he said.Prabhakar, an alumni of Baroda School of Arts, said his favourite portraits among the series includes famous engineer John Monash and the longest serving and former Prime Minister Robert Menzies.Other personalities included in the exhibition are Eddie Koiki Mabo, Cathy Freeman, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Steve Irwin and Julia Gillard.Prabhakar has also been invited by the Indian Embassy of Oman to exhibit his new paintings at the Fine Arts Aociety of Oman in November this year which will cover the rich traditions of the country. PTI NC AJR AKJ AMS MVVadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgEngland’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes says the Bristol bar brawl and the ensuing chain of events, which dogged his career for 15 months, may be the “best thing that could have happened” to him.The ugly episode brought about a change in his lifestyle.Following the incident in September 2017, Stokes was acquitted of affray at Bristol Crown Court in August last year, before the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Discipline Commission concluded his 15-month exile after a hearing in December last year.”It sounds silly but, could Bristol have been the best thing that could have happened to me? Who knows. But maybe in terms of my way of thinking,” Stokes told ‘ESPNcricinfo’ during a visit to a children’s charity here.Stokes, who is playing for Rajasthan Royals in this year’s IPL, said he was determined to win the upcoming World Cup at home.”I don’t want to be remembered as the guy who had a fight in the street. I want to do things on the field to be remembered for. If we win the World Cup, that becomes the first paragraph… doesn’t it?””I was that close to my career ending and being thrown away just like that. Maybe that is it,” the New Zealand-born cricketer added.He missed the 2017-18 Ashes series against Australia after being suspended by the ECB pending the police investigation.”No matter what happens in life with me now, the Bristol thing will always be there.”It’s something I’ll always carry with me. It’ll always be there. Always.”He said that his off-field activities had changed since his arrest outside a Bristol nightclub, in the wake of England’s victory over West Indies in an ODI.advertisement”I don’t go out anymore. I mean, I might go out for dinner, but I don’t go out-out (for long night and drinks) anymore in England,” he said.”I used to love going out and celebrating with the lads. But we can do that in the hotel and I don’t miss it. I don’t feel that urge any more. Once you make the transition to not doing it then you don’t miss it,” Stokes said.Also Read | Ben Stokes has been punished enough: Michael Vaughan after pub brawl verdictAlso Read | Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorAlso Read | Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL Rahullast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: A Pakistani commando who was behind the capture of Commander Abhinandan Varthaman when his IAF jet crashed in Pakistani territory in February this year, and had reportedly tortured the IAF pilot, has been killed in firing by Indian forces along the Line of Control. According to reports, Ahmed Khan, a subedar with the Pakistan Army’s Special Service Group, was killed by the Indian Army in Nakyal sector of the LoC on August 17 when he was trying to facilitate more infiltrators into India. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ In photos released by Pakistan after Abhinandan’s capture on February 27, the bearded Khan can be seen behind the IAF officer. Abhinandan was captured after his MiG 21 was shot down by Pakistani forces when he went chasing after a Pakistani jet in the aftermath of the Balakot air strike. It is reported that Ahmed Khan used to facilitate infiltration in the Nowshera, Sundarbani and Pallan Wala sectors. He was specially roped in by the Pakistani army to facilitate infiltration. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Sources said that Khan used to mobilize well-trained militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit at a forward post as part of Pakistan’s plan to keep terrorism alive in Kashmir. On August 17, India retaliated fiercely to Pakistan launching a mortar fire attack on Indian forces in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch. Pakistan was firing mortar shells to allow infiltrators to enter India. Khan was killed in the return fire by India.last_img read more


first_imgPune: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman Tuesday strongly reacted to the Congress’ allegation of “stealing RBI’s reserves”, saying she does not care about such charges and the opposition leader should have spoken to the finance ministers from his party before hurling such charges. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day hit out at the government over the record cash transfer from the RBI, saying the prime minister and the finance minister are “clueless” about solving the “self-created economic disaster” and accused them of “stealing money” from the central bank. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The Congress should have consulted its finance minister and seniors before making these allegations regarding the RBI. Yet, they have become consummate in making such allegations of stealing and I do not want to pay much heed to this,” she said told on the sidelines of GST meeting. The remarks come a day after RBI decided to transfer Rs 1.76 trillion of surpluses to a fund-starved government. Sitharaman also said questioning the credibility of the RBI, which had constituted the Bimal Jalan committee on determining the excess capital, is a “worrying” sign. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The committee had eminent people on it and making any allegations like this is “outlandish”, Sitharaman said. “Any suggestion on the credibility of RBI seems a bit outlandish considering the committee was appointed by the RBI itself,” she said, adding the government has not decided how to use the windfall from the RBI. According to some experts, government has accounted for Rs 90,000 crore surplus from RBI in the budget and the money can be used to prop up the sagging growth. At the time of the constitution of the Jalan panel, former chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian had said the money should be used for specific purposes like bank recapitalisation. The excess capital was one of the key issues which had led to the resignation of former governor Urjit Patel in December, and his deputy Viral Acharya in last month, had voiced concerns on the government raiding the balance sheet of the central bank. Constitution of the committee was the first major decision taken by governor Shaktikanta Das on his appointment in December 2018 following Patel’s resignation.last_img read more


first_imgThe Children’s Defense Fund-California will host its 26th Annual Beat the Odds ceremony on December 1, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.The celebration will honor five Los Angeles high school “stars” in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.The momentous occasion will be hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien. O’Brien will also serve as the night’s emcee. He will be joined by additional special guests to be announced at a later date.WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016 5:30pm Media Check-in6:30pm Red Carpet ArrivalsWHERE: Beverly Wilshire Hotel 9500 Wilshire BlvdThe Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is the state office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA was established in 1998 to meet the needs of underserved children in the state of California. With offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and Long Beach, CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, ensure all children have access to health coverage and care and a quality education, and invest in our justice-involved youth.last_img read more


first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – At 5 a.m. Sunday an intoxicated child welfare “runaway” was seen stumbling near corner of Ellice Avenue and Young Street.It wasn’t clear where she was coming from or what happened to her, and she was just wearing a bra and pants.But the “girl in the shadows” was there.Her first instinct was to help.She offered the 16-year-old Aboriginal girl a cigarette.“I asked her what happened and she didn’t remember,” says the young woman connected to the streets in Winnipeg who requested anonymity. She was recently profiled by APTN who called her the “girl in the shadows.”For this story we’ll call her “Hope.”“I asked her if she wanted me to call an ambulance,” she said.The girl didn’t want one called.But she needed someone.“I didn’t want her to take off so I couldn’t make the call myself,” said Hope, who texted someone to call police and for them to come to Ellice and Young.A police officer said “don’t let her go” before they could come and take her to safety.They did arrive and took her somewhere to get help.“She’s in their hands,” said Hope on Sunday an hour after helping the girl. “Victory.”APTN asked Winnipeg police to confirm the information and if Child and Family Services was involved.“Yes, a 16-year-old girl was located. CFS was notified and the female was taken to an appropriate location to ensure she remained safe,” said police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen.He said a follow-up investigation into a possible attack or assault wasn’t immediately launched.“No, not at this time,” said Michalyshen. “The female was not forthcoming with information.”APTN spent a few days in June walking the streets in Winnipeg. Reporters came across a young woman who looks out for kids on the street.She sits in the shadows writing down license plates of men trolling for sex workers, particularly one who is her friend, on the edge of downtown.Winnipeg has a problem with youth being exploited, so much so they developed a specialized project aimed at ” protecting youth within our city who are at high risk of being sexually exploited.”The project hit the streets June 18 looking for youth being exploited.They checked 46 addresses for missing youth.Five “at risk” youth between the ages of 14-15 were found and taken to safety.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more


The initiative, dubbed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business, and supported by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the UN Global Compact, encourages business leaders to use female empowerment principles to guide actions that advance their welfare.Those signing the principles acknowledge that the equal treatment of women and men is not only the right thing to do, but it is also good for business.“These initial signers of the CEO Statement are practicing the very first Women’s Empowerment Principle that leadership promotes gender equality. These executives are affirming the high-level support necessary for the Women’s Empowerment Principles to gain traction in individual companies and their cultures,” said Inés Alberdi, UNIFEM’s Executive Director.Women continue to be vastly under-represented in top corporate positions and in management boards, according to UNIFEM.The partnership initiative of UNIFEM and the UN Global Compact, a mechanism designed to foster responsible business practices, also offers corporations a new tool to work with the UN to advance the social development and poverty alleviation targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly the goal related to gender equality and empowerment of women.A high-level private sector forum will be held in New York to coincide with the UN’s 2010 September Summit on the MDGs.Today’s leading signatories, who represent firms ranging from manufacturing companies to consulting and investment multinationals, urged other leaders across the global business community to join them.Their call will be repeated at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on Thursday and Friday, when more than 1,000 CEOs, government ministers, heads of civil society and the UN will meet in New York to discuss how to build a new era of environmental sustainability – a time when environmental, social and governance issues will be deeply integrated into business based on both material and ethical rationales. 21 June 2010Nearly 40 chief executive officers representing companies from across the world today became the first group of business leaders to endorse a United Nations-led initiative to empower women by promoting gender equality in corporate workplaces, markets and communities. read more


Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sought to relinquish his US citizenship in order to qualify to contest the next Presidential elections, local media reported today.The ‘Aruna’ newspaper reported that he has already submitted papers to the US Embassy to relinquish his US citizenship. Meanwhile, the Sunday Lankadeepa newspaper reported that Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to be named the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).It was reported that the decision was taken at a special meeting held at the residence of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Razali Ismail, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, is expected to be in Yangon from 23 to 26 April.During his four-day visit, Mr. Razali is slated to meet with senior government leaders, including Senior General Than Shwe, Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).Also on the agenda are talks with senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), including its General Secretary, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.”The Secretary-General hopes that Mr. Razali’s mission will provide the process with a fresh momentum to assist the two sides to develop their confidence-building talks into a more substantive dialogue in the near future,” the spokesman said in a statement. read more


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that unless $1 million was immediately forthcoming from international donors, over 65,000 victims of this year’s political upheaval in Togo risk not receiving any outside sustenance by the end of this year. “These people have virtually nothing and the world is in danger of ignoring their most basic needs,” said Mustapha Darboe, WFP’s Regional Director for West Africa. “A break in food supplies would leave many unable to feed themselves as they do not have alternative means of subsistence,” he added.The agency said there are also growing concerns that an abrupt halt to aid deliveries could spark unrest in the camps and communities housing people displaced by the February political crisis, which was sparked by the death of long-time president Gnassingbé Eyadéma. Subsequent factional fighting, in which at least 400 people were believed killed, created an environment of fear and prompted many people to flee across borders into Ghana and Benin, where they sought shelter either in refugee camps or with local communities. Most vulnerable, said WFP, are 10,000 refugees in two camps in Benin, who depend entirely on outside assistance for their immediate food needs. Some 17,000 others living in host communities have also not yet received any assistance. In Ghana, although 8,000 refugees are currently getting food aid, an additional 10,000 living in host communities have not yet received any. In addition, at least 3,000 of the 16,000 people thought to have fled their homes to places of sanctuary within Togo have not yet returned. WFP is assisting members of host communities whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by the influx of those displaced. read more


US hiring grinds to a near-halt; many stop looking for work by Christopher S. Rugaber And Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. hiring slowed to a near-standstill in May, sowing doubts about the economy’s health and complicating the Federal Reserve’s efforts to raise interest rates.While unemployment slid from 5 per cent to 4.7 per cent, the lowest since November 2007, the rate fell for a troubling reason: Nearly a half-million jobless Americans stopped looking for work and so were no longer counted as unemployed.Employers added just 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest in over five years.Less-educated workers bore the brunt of the hiring slump, with a quarter-million high school dropouts losing their jobs in May. That has perpetuated a long-term trend toward a two-tiered job market, with college-educated adults more likely to be employed and earning steady raises.“The shockingly low payrolls gain in May provides further evidence that the economy is showing clear signs of slowing,” said Laura Rosner, an economist at BNP Paribas.The much-weaker-than-expected figure raised doubts that the Federal Reserve will increase short-term interest rates at its next meeting in mid-June or perhaps even at its subsequent meeting in July. Many analysts had expected an increase by July.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 32 points, for a loss of 0.2 per cent.The disappointing report spilled into the presidential race, with Donald Trump referring to it on Twitter as a “terrible jobs report” and a “bombshell.” The figures come just days after President Barack Obama touted his economic record in Elkhart, Indiana.Americans particularly worried about the economy have been more likely to support outsider candidates such as Trump and Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders.Trump’s support has also come disproportionately from adults without college degrees, and Friday’s report served as a stark reminder that less-educated Americans have continued to lose economic ground even as overall hiring and growth have picked up since the Great Recession.Essentially all of the 7 million jobs added over the past decade belong to workers with at least some college experience. The number of high school graduates with jobs is 3 million lower than 10 years ago.“The high school jobs are gone and they’re not coming back,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce. “It’s driven by a fundamental shift from an industrial economy to a post-industrial economy.”Craig Lloyd, 27, has mostly worked part-time jobs in restaurants in Wichita, Kansas, since graduating from high school 10 years ago. Some paid as little as minimum wage, while his most recent position as a sous-chef paid $12 an hour.Three months ago, he started his own business selling burritos out of a friend’s food truck on weekends.His wife is returning to school to get her degree, but he doesn’t plan to do so himself. “I’ve really put off getting a higher education, because of the debt that you can incur,” Lloyd said.The hiring stall could be temporary, economists noted. There have been hiring lulls before in the seven-year recovery.But job gains in March and April were also revised downward on Friday, leaving average monthly hiring at a pace of just 116,000 in the past three months. That’s sharply below last year’s average of nearly 230,000.The share of Americans who are working or searching for jobs — a figure known as the labour force participation rate — fell in May to 62.6 per cent, near a four-decade low.Separately, Lael Brainard, a Fed board member and ally of Chair Janet Yellen, signalled Friday that the Fed should be in no hurry to act, especially after the bleak jobs report.The Fed meets next on June 14-15. Economists now see little chance of a rate increase at that time. The Fed raised the short-term rate last December after holding it at nearly zero for seven years.Fed officials may not keep investors guessing for long: Yellen will speak Monday in a closely watched address that may show how she has interpreted Friday’s report.The May job gain was lowered by the Verizon workers’ strike, which depressed hiring in the telecom sector by 37,000.In addition, manufacturers, construction companies and temporary help agencies all shed jobs. Retailers, hotels and restaurants added jobs, but at a slower pace than in recent months.Employers probably cut back on hiring after the economy grew at just a 0.8 per cent annual rate in the January-March quarter.Yet Friday’s dismal jobs report was a surprise in part because most recent economic reports have been encouraging: Consumer spending surged in April. Home sales and construction have also increased. Sales of new homes reached an eight-year high in April.Most economists expect growth will rebound in the April-June quarter to about a 2.5 per cent annual pace.___Follow Christopher S. Rugaber at http://www.Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber Unemployment rates for most demographic groups fell in May. read more


The winners of these two matches will play each other on July 9 at 4 p.m. EDT. See our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.In DepthThe second- and third-lowest-scoring teams to make the quarterfinals of this World Cup square off against each other in Saturday’s early game (Belgium, with six goals, vs. Argentina, with seven), and then the lowest-scoring team (Costa Rica, with five goals) faces the highest-scoring side (the Netherlands, which has scored 12).Let’s look at Belgium vs. Argentina first.Since Argentina ignominiously exited the 2010 World Cup with a second consecutive quarterfinal loss to Germany, little Lionel Messi has been dominating the world of soccer like nothing we’ve seen in modern times.After scoring only one goal in both his previous World Cup tournaments combined, this year he’s taken the tournament by storm, scoring four goals (including a stoppage-time game-winner against Iran) in his first three matches, and recording the game-winning assist with just minutes remaining in the fourth.Stoking questions about whether it relies too much on Messi, however, the rest of his team has been awful on offense; Argentina’s other players have managed to put the same number of balls into their opponents’ nets (one) as those opponents have themselves (Bosnia’s own goal). Argentina’s shooting breaks down like so:Messi has scored on four of 16 shots (including converting three of 11 attempts from outside the penalty area).In the 18 shots set up by Messi (the highest number of chances created by any player going into the quarterfinals), Argentina has scored once (Angel di Maria’s game-winner against Switzerland).In the 46 shots Messi was not involved in, Argentina has scored only once, failing to score on all 42 attempts from outside the 6-yard box.Thus — despite having Messi, and despite Messi playing brilliantly — Argentina has only scored on 7.5 percent of its shot attempts, second-worst among quarterfinalists.Belgium, on the other hand, has seen six different players score. But that’s only six goals; even though Belgium has taken a tournament-leading 21 shots per game, the Red Devils have scored on only 7.2 percent of those shots, the worst of all quarterfinalists.Belgium has largely gotten by on excellent goalkeeping, with Thibaut Courtois allowing only two goals despite facing 13 shots on goal worth 4.84 expected goals (using ESPN/TruMedia’s Expected Goals model). His .22 “goals allowed below average” (GABA) per shot is the highest of remaining goalies (higher is better).Another team with good goalkeeping so far is Costa Rica, whose Keylor Navas has saved 14 of 16 shots on goal, with an average GABA of .21 per shot, good for second behind Courtois.Neither Costa Rica nor the Netherlands are what you’d call possession teams: Despite their impressive run, the Netherlands has held the ball just 44 percent of the time, and Costa Rica has held it 42 percent (the only other quarterfinalist with less than 50 percent possession was Colombia, with 46 percent). The flip side of playing this way is that these two teams also lead quarterfinalists in average pass distance (21.7 and 20.8 yards, respectively).But for the most part, Costa Rica seems badly overmatched. While they’ve shot a respectable 14.3 percent, that’s mostly because they’ve been unable to get shots at all — they’ve taken about nine shots per game, averaging only three on goal. Both those figures are by far the lowest of any remaining squad.The Netherlands, on the other hand, had one the most impressive runs into the quarterfinals. The Dutch faced the most difficult route (their opponents had an average Soccer Power Index rating of 80.0), but so far have the second-highest goal differential at +8.The Netherlands has been far superior on contested plays. When taking on defenders, the Flying Dutchmen have been successful a whopping 69 percent of the time. That compares to just 31 percent for Costa Rica. The Netherlands has won contested balls in the air at a 57 percent rate, compared to 36 percent for Costa Rica.In trying to find what, aside from good fortune and good goalkeeping, has driven Costa Rica’s gritty run (it’s scraped by against the second-hardest schedule), just about the only thing I could come up with was evidence of how well it’s run the offside trap. Costa Rica has drawn an enormous number of offsides calls: It’s pulled its opponents offsides 28 times (the next-most among quarterfinalists was 12, by Germany).Overall, our World Cup odds give Argentina a 14.9 percent chance of winning it all, the Netherlands an 11.8 percent chance, Belgium a 2.3 percent chance, and Costa Rica a 0.7 percent chance.YesterdayIn the first competitive match between France and Germany since the semifinals of the 1986 World Cup, Germany took the lead early with a headed goal by defender Mats Hummels. It was Hummels’s second goal of the World Cup, making him the first defender to score twice in this year’s tournament (he would get company later in the day). Both of Hummels’s goals have been headers, and both have been by assisted by Toni Kroos.For Germany, headers are nothing new: Over the past 50 years (as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes), Germany has scored 37 headed goals in World Cup play, nearly twice as many as any other country (Italy has 19). Scoring first — by head or foot — has been Germany’s recipe for success in the World Cup, especially as of late. The Germans are 21-0-2 in their last 23 World Cup matches when scoring first, their last loss coming in the 1994 quarterfinals to Bulgaria.France, on the other hand, trailed for the first time at this year’s tournament, and still has never won in a World Cup match when trailing at halftime, losing all 11 times. Les Bleus made efforts to equalize, ending up with more shots (13) than Germany (8), and more chances created (10 to 7). But it was all for naught.In Friday’s second match, Brazil opened the scoring in the seventh minute, its fastest goal of the tournament. The goal came from a Neymar corner kick, his first assist of the tournament. It was Thiago Silva’s first career World Cup goal, and it was Brazil’s third goal from a corner, tied with France and Germany for the most in this World Cup.Brazil was in control for the remainder of the first half, completing seven of 15 passes into the attacking penalty area and creating seven total chances. Neymar created four chances, including the assist; Colombia, as a team, created two in the first half.Brazil extended its lead to 2-0 on defender David Luiz’s 34-yard free kick, the second-longest goal of the tournament. Luiz failed to score in his first 39 career international appearances, but he has found the back of the net in his last two. Brazil has now taken a two-goal lead in a World Cup match 49 times, and has won all 49.The breakout star in the tournament so far, Colombia’s James Rodriguez, converted a penalty to give his side hope; he scored in all five of his games in the tournament. It was his sixth goal, giving him a two-goal lead in the race for the Golden Boot. Colombia scored five goals combined in its last two World Cup appearances (1994 and 1998).Brazil and Germany’s semifinal meeting on Tuesday will, incredibly, mark only the second time these two countries have met at the World Cup. The other was the 2002 final, won by Brazil 2-0. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior statistics analyst, ESPNOff the PitchThe Netherlands and Costa Rica have been friends for a while. In fact, the Dutch were a big source of aid to the Costa Ricans until recently, when the latter ascended to middle-income status. The relationship has gradually shifted to focus more on trade and economic cooperation, but it’s still worth looking at the aid the Netherlands provided over the years.AidData reports that the Dutch sent about $362.5 million Costa Rica’s way between 1978 and 2010. The bulk allocation changed with time, and in the 1980s seemed to focus on industry growth, with $1 million going toward agriculture in 1981, $31 million toward imports to Costa Rica in 1984 and $7 million toward forestry in 1989. The ‘90s began a slow transition, with $17 million spent on multisector industry growth in 1994, $22 million on debt alleviation in 1996 and $21 million on general environmental protection in 1997. With this final pivot, it looks like Costa Rica found its stride — environmental protection continued to be the focus of Dutch aid through 2006, with a final peak of $17 million. Since then, Costa Rica’s tourism industry has boomed, and Dutch aid has all but completely ended.Further ReadingMohawks, Faux-hawks And Macklemores: The Top-Heavy Hairdos of the World CupThe World Cup USMNT Replacement Team Power RankingsStop Making Sense It’s Old Dutch Empire vs. Old Spanish Empire day, as Argentina (independent from Spain since 1816) takes on Belgium (independent from the Netherlands since 1830), and Costa Rica (independent from Spain since 1821) takes on the Netherlands itself.In BriefArgentina vs. Belgium: 12 p.m. EDTNetherlands vs. Costa Rica 4 p.m. EDT read more


“Whereas at one time afternoon breaks were a daily experience for nearly all primary school children, now they are increasingly a thing of the past,” he said.  “Not only are break times an opportunity for children to get physical exercise – an issue of particular concern given the rise in obesity – but they provide valuable time to make friends and to develop important social skills, experiences that are not necessarily learned or taught in formal lessons.”Dr Baines said that the decline in lunch breaks is of “particular concern”, adding that children now “barely have enough time to queue up and to eat their lunch” let alone have time for anything else.   School playtime is becoming a thing of the past for a generation of children, a new report has found.  Just one per cent of secondary schools now have afternoon breaks compared to 41 per cent almost three decades ago, according to study by University College London’s Institute of Education.Researchers examined how school breaks and children’s social lives have changed over time by comparing data from over 1,000 primary and secondary schools in 2017, 2006 and 1995.There has been a “marked reduction” in the total amount of break time children are allowed, with 11 to 16-year-olds now having 65 minutes per week less than they did a quarter of a century ago.It comes amid rising concern about childhood obesity levels, with more than 22,000 out of 556,000 of children in Year 6 classed as severely obese.Anti-obesity campaigners have described the report’s findings as “woeful”, saying that ministers must intervene and set guidelines for schools on break times. The length of the school day has remained more or less the same over the past 25 years but break times are being “squeezed” out, according to Dr Ed Baines, one of the report’s authors, with potentially “serious implications” for children’s well-being and development. The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, also found that there has been a “marked increase” in the average numbers of adults supervising at breaktimes in primary and secondary schools since 1995.Tam Fry, chair of the national obesity forum, said he is “horrified” by the report’s findings.“We believe that primary and secondary schools should be making sure that school children have one hour every day,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“It is totally meaningless to say we will do nothing, children can do it in their own time. It is just woeful that we have taken this very uninspiring attitude towards physical activity.”“It is up to the Government to set the rules and the guidelines which all school should be following. If you leave it to the schools they are so stretched and overworked it will fall by the wayside.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The government has given all schools the autonomy to make decisions about the structure and duration of their school day.  “However, we are clear that pupils should be given an appropriate break and we expect school leaders to make sure this happens.  “We recognise the importance of physical activity in schools to improve both physical and mental wellbeing.”   Dr Baines said that the decline in lunch breaks is of “particular concern” The Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines state that primary age children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, the spokesman said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In 1995, just a third of secondary schools (30 per cent) reported lunch breaks of less than 55 minutes, but now this has risen to 82 per cent. Meanwhile, a quarter of secondary schools reported lunchtimes of 35 minutes or less.The average secondary school pupil had 76 minutes of break time a day in 1995. That fell to 69 minutes in 2006 and just 63 minutes in 2017. The trend is mirrored in primary schools, where pupils aged five to seven had 94 minutes of break time a day in 1995, which dropped to 91 in 2006 and to 85 in 2017. For youngsters aged seven to 11, break time dropped from an average of 83 minutes a day in 1995 to 77 in 2006 and 75 in 2017.  Dr Baines said that the decline in lunch breaks is of “particular concern” read more


first_imgThe stories hit just right for two reasons–first, there was yesterday’s surprise announcement that Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci stepped down, following disagreements with his company’s board of advisors. And then there were the excerpts from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s upcoming book, which do a little good, old-fashioned Gates bashing (according to Allen, Gates had schemed to take control of company shares while Allen was battling cancer). Google picked up the two stories in a news cluster and punctuated them with an image from the former–an old black and white photo of Gates and Allen in friendlier times. The question is, how long will it take for that news cluster to grow?AdChoices广告 Oh April Fool’s Day–it’s a 24-hour-long stream of annoyance, frustration, and anger, all in the name of organized hilarity. The advent of the Internet has, for better or worse, allowed respectable news organizations to get into the mix (See: PCMag’s own Post-PCMag site). Some pranks make their presence known right off the bat. Others a bit more difficult to parse at first glance. And then, sometimes, a well-timed joke will really hit the zeitgeist. Both InfoWorld and RedmondMag “reported” today that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had stepped down, so his predecessor Bill Gates could take the helm of the company he cofounded.last_img read more


first_imgIn a bid to earn revenue for Greece’s public coffers, the Health Ministry said that as of this coming week, private insurance companies will be able to rent rooms in state hospitals for their customers. It is the first time that a synergy between public hospitals and private insurance firms has been created in Greece. Up to 556 beds in hospital rooms in Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki will be made available to the companies. Ethniki Insurance, Alico, EFG Eurolife, ING, Interamerican, Allianz and Agrotiki Insurance signed the deal this week. Another 11 firms have declared an interest in taking part in the scheme. “No hospital that is short of beds has been included in the program,” Health Minister Andreas Loverdos said in response to a question about whether the initiative represented a move to privatise the health service. “This is simply an effort to bring revenues into the National Health System, nothing more.” He did not give an estimate of how much the government hopes to raise each year from the scheme. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more