The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will hold a press conference in Room 10 at the State House on Monday, December 15 at 10:30 AM to release the Top Five Economic Development Initiatives for 2004.Paving the way to job creation and retention, the initiatives focus on: permit reform, competitive business climate, tax policy to ensure business investment, energy costs and taxes, and travel and tourism.Recognizing that the legislative climate is ripe for compromise, Vermont Chamber Board Chair Kevin O’Donnell of The Old Tavern at Grafton and Vermont Chamber Government Affairs Committee Chair Jim Pratt of Cabot Cooperative Creamery will confirm the need for the Chamber initiatives, based on experience and business member feedback.The new President of the Vermont Chamber, Duane Marsh, will be available, as well as Vermont Chamber Board Members, Government Affairs Committee members, and senior Chamber staff.
Speaker will assess worldwide progress in reducing poverty & disease UN coordinator of $3.2 billion portfolio to speak at Saint Michael’s on UN Millennium Development Goals Dr. Bisrat Aklilu, executive coordinator of the United Nations Multi-Donor Trust Fund, will speak at Saint Michael’s College on Monday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. in St. Edmund’s Hall Farrell Room (3rd floor). Dr. Bisrat, an economics professor at Boston University before joining the UN, will speak on the topicThe United Nations and the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities.Sponsored by the SMC economics department, the free public lecture marks the occasion of inducting students into the economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon. The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people.At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, www.unmillenniumproject.org(link is external)Dr. Aklilu administers the UN Trust Fund, which receives development funding from 47 countries and operates in 74 countries with a portfolio of $3.2 billion. An Ethiopian national, Bisrat Aklilu received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1974 and received an appointment to the BU faculty, where he taught from 1974 to 1979, when he joined the UN as a development economist. Now Executive Director of the Trust Fund, Dr. Aklilu has also served as Acting Director of UN Operations. He was on the board and was chair of the African Sub-Committee of OXFAM America from 1981 to 1989.Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 366 Colleges. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college, Saint Michael’s is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns, and less than two hours from Montreal. As one of only 270 institutions nationwide with a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus, Saint Michael’s has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students.In recent years Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and Saint Michaels professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last seven years. The college is currently listed as one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2008 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Gardaí are advising people not to drive unless absolutely necessary tonight as high winds continue to hit Ireland.They say trees are down on roads in many areas of the country.A number of trees have been reported down and there are some power outages. There are reports of trees down on the Rockhill Road at Bomany outside Letterkenny and also in Donegal Town.People have also been advised to stay away from the coastline and cliffs.Met Éireann said it will remain very windy with severe and damaging gusts in parts of Connacht for a time as a result of Elsa – an Atlantic storm system.Strong southerly winds, veering southwest, will reach mean speeds of 65-80km/h, with gusts up to 120km/h. A Status Yellow wind warning for most of the country is in effect until 3am tomorrow (Thurs).Gardai advise motorists not to drive as wind gusts lash country was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker has told MK News he is enjoying his football on loan at Milton Keynes Dons after a season of mixed fortunes.The 19-year-old was described as ‘outstanding’ by Dons boss Karl Robinson in the 2-0 win over Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, which maintained their push for promotion from League One.Baker, who has played just three minutes for the Chelsea first team, began the campaign on the fringes of Jose Mourinho’s squad, making the bench against Manchester United in October.He went on loan to Sheffield Wednesday in January but struggled to make an impression during four appearances in the Championship before finding his feet with the Dons.Baker said: “It’s been an up and down experience for me this season.“I thought the first six months being around the Chelsea first team was a good experience and then I didn’t have the best of experiences at Sheffield Wednesday but now that I’m here at MK Dons it’s been great so far.“All the lads and the fans have been right behind me and I’m doing alright on the pitch so I’m happy.”He won praise from Robinson for his display against Scunthorpe.Speaking to the club’s official website, the MK Dons boss said: “I thought Lewis was outstanding.“I thought he showed his real quality and he could have scored another worldy – the keeper’s pulled off one of the best saves I’ve seen in a long time.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Kevin Durant might leave the Warriors. He is giving them a chance to hear their sales pitch, though. Warriors general manager Bob Myers plans to meet with Durant and his representatives in New York at some point when free agency begins on Sunday at 3 pm PT, according to the Athletic.Durant reportedly plans to have meetings with the Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers. Even though Durant will hold those meetings, the setting is expected to be different than …
The three books I have written are all maps. They provide an overview of the terrain and provide guidance on how you might find your way. In Chapter 5 of Eat Their Lunch, I reference my friend, Ken Wilber, perhaps the greatest map-maker of all time, as his Integral Theory includes more terrain than any other map, and it is sometimes referred to as a Theory of Everything.The first time I met Ken, I asked him to advise me on map-making, and he looked at my work and helped ensure I had enough categories to be accurate, but not more than is necessary. That little bit of advice proved helpful. The map is not the terrain, and this means pruning to cover what is essential.Map 1: Competencies – Be Someone Worth Buying FromThe Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need is a map of the competencies salespeople need to succeed in B2B sales today. It’s nine mindset attributes that make up a map of healthy beliefs and behaviors, something you might call character traits (Self-Discipline, Optimism, Caring, Competitiveness, Resourcefulness, Persistence, Initiative, Communication, and Accountability).The eight skill sets in the second half of the book fill out the second major category, even though I broke the skills into 1st Generation (Closing, Prospecting, Storytelling), 2nd Generation skills (Diagnosis and Negotiation), and 3rd Generation skills (Business Acumen, Change Management, and Leadership).What was left out? Emotional Intelligence (which is rolled up into Caring), and Passion, and Courage (which will find a home somewhere).If you are struggling to produce the results you want, TOSG is a map to diagnosing what might be the root cause of your challenge and what you might do to improve. For example, you might be good at prospecting but lack the discipline to do enough of it to reach your goals.Map 2: Consultative – Controlling the Process of ChangeThe Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales is a map to the client conversations and commitments that move deals forward (Time, Explore, Change, Collaborate, Consensus, Invest, Review, Resolve, Decide, and Execute). There are two critical principles in the book: 1) You must trade enough value in exchange for the commitment to make it worth the client’s effort, and 2) You are responsible for controlling the process.There are a bunch of small, but essential commitments that didn’t make it onto the map. You may have to acquire data or reports or signed NDAs or some other such thing. My hope was in providing all the major commitments that you could pick up the skills to gain these commitments effectively.If you struggle to acquire the commitments that move deals forward or have clients go dark on you, this is a map to improving your control. It’s also an excellent guide for having difficult conversations, a big part of the territory for which TLAC maps out.Map 3: Winning – Competing in the Red OceanEat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition is a map of the competitive displacement, winning your dream client when your competitor has them locked down. The map here includes Level 4 Value Creation, Capturing Mindshare, Nature Campaigns and Pursuit Plans, Prospecting to Displace, Modern Discovery, Creating Opportunities, and Building Consensus. The last third of the book builds on everything that has come before it to provide a map of Creating a Preference, Becoming a Consultative Salesperson, Executive Presence, and Retaining Your Dream Clients.If your role requires you to displace your competitor, this is the map to doing so, even though everything in this book will help you if you are in B2B sales.These three maps cover much territory. If you are not producing the results you need now, you are likely to find the answer in one of these three books. Maybe you need to make your own maps, outlining the big pieces of the terrain you routinely have to cover and building a reliable path forward.
The death toll due to cyclone Fani rose to 64 with 21 fresh deaths confirmed on Sunday, nine days after the ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm devastated coastal Odisha. At 39, the maximum deaths were reported from Puri, followed by Khurda (9), Cuttack (6), Mayurbhanj (4), Kendrapara (3) and Jajpur (3), an official at the State Emergency Operation Centre said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the officials to start assessment of houses damaged in the cyclone. Mr. Patnaik also demanded special category status from the Centre for his disaster-prone State. He said a special category status was the need of the hour due to the massive loss to infrastructure which may stall growth and rebuilding of the State.
MANILA, Philippines—Joshua Pacio is just four months into his reign as ONE World strawweight champion but Yosuke Saruta plans to end it immediately.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Quality rookies led by CJ Perez ready to fuel Columbian Dyip LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue 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: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Saruta’s (18-8-3) first fight with ONE ended in a unanimous decision win over former champion Alex Silva in December, and this was enough for the promotion to award Saruta with a title shot.The veteran fighter is confident he can end Pacio’s reign saying he has all the advantage in every aspect of the fight.“My strongest points are my physical ability and stamina and will keep moving through the whole fight and when my opponent is getting tired I will finish him,” said Saruta.“I think I will overwhelm him in all aspects, and the finish him in the fourth round. I want people to know my name as the toughest Japanese athlete, and I will be the World champion.”ADVERTISEMENT Saruta has been with ONE for nearly a month now but he was surprised to get a title shot in just his second fight under the promotion.The 31-year-old Japanese believes he has Pacio, 22, figured out and that he has the capabilities to overcome his younger foe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was surprised [with the title shot], but it will be proof that I am the number one mixed martial artist in the world at strawweight,” said Saruta. “His strongest point is his striking, especially spinning kicks and his punching power. That is why I’m trying to strengthen my striking defense.”“His weak point is grappling. My grappling skill is much higher than his, so in the fight, I’m planning a combination of strikes and takedowns.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments
Story Highlights Contending that the issues relating to Venezuela are “highly complex and sensitive”, Senator Johnson Smith said Jamaica’s observation and central concern is that the Venezuelan people are “urgently calling for an end to their suffering and that all efforts must be made to peacefully resolve the situation and to put their beloved country back on a path to political and socio-economic stability”. Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to supporting any meaningful effort towards a peaceful resolution to the political, social and economic crisis in Venezuela. Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to supporting any meaningful effort towards a peaceful resolution to the political, social and economic crisis in Venezuela.“We stand ready to participate in the search for a sustainable diplomatic solution to the crisis in that country – the people of Venezuela deserve no less,” she said in a statement during Friday’s (April 12) sitting of the Senate.Contending that the issues relating to Venezuela are “highly complex and sensitive”, Senator Johnson Smith said Jamaica’s observation and central concern is that the Venezuelan people are “urgently calling for an end to their suffering and that all efforts must be made to peacefully resolve the situation and to put their beloved country back on a path to political and socio-economic stability”.Mrs. Johnson Smith, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, noted that despite having to temporarily close the Jamaican Embassy in Caracas, due to an “unsustainable situation”. Jamaica continues its policy of maintaining cordial relations and engagement with Venezuela.“We have not broken diplomatic relations. We have consistently asserted our readiness to play whatever role possible in supporting Venezuela and the Venezuelan people during these challenging times,” she pointed out.Mrs. Johnson Smith informed that Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) recently engaged President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and two of his representatives, who explained their positions on the humanitarian crisis and the social and economic situation in the country, as well as the ultimate goal of having new elections at an early date.“The engagement formed part of CARICOM’s efforts to bridge a divide,” she told the Senate.She noted that “as a community, we have sought to find consensus where possible”.“The Heads of State and Government of our community have clearly demonstrated that they are united in the view that respect for certain fundamental values and principles are paramount in addressing the grave situation in Venezuela,” she added.Turning to engagement within the Organization of American States (OAS) on matters relating to Venezuela, Mrs. Johnson Smith said “Jamaica continues to regard the OAS… as an important hemispheric forum out of which possible solutions can emerge”.She said that the OAS’ June 2018 and January 2019 resolutions, noted that the May 2018 electoral process in Venezuela lacked legitimacy for failure to allow participation by all political actors and to comply with internationally recognised democratic standards, including the necessary guarantees for a free, fair, transparent and inclusive process.Mrs. Johnson Smith noted that the resolutions also highlighted “our desire to see the urgent entry of humanitarian aid and implementation of epidemiological surveillance measures in Venezuela to prevent the exacerbation of the humanitarian and public health crises”.She said that another resolution on Venezuela was put before the OAS membership on April 9, which sought to treat with an imminent gap in representation before the body, due to President Nicolas Maduro’s administration announcing the intention to shortly withdraw the country’s membership.She noted that the OAS voted to accept a representative, designated by Mr. Guaidó in his capacity as President of the National Assembly and not as interim President of Venezuela.“The text, based on an amendment proposed by Jamaica, also made it clear that the acceptance of a representative would be temporary, lasting until new free and fair elections are held in Venezuela, with the expectation that the duly democratically elected Government would then appoint its permanent representative with the full endorsement of the National Assembly,” she explained.Mrs. Johnson Smith stressed that Jamaica is not among the 54 countries across the world that have accepted Mr. Guaidó’s authority as Interim President of Venezuela, who she said: “sought to invoke particular constitutional authority to assume the position”.“The Jamaican Government has not recognised Mr. Guaidó as interim President. This, however, is without prejudice to our acknowledgement of his role as the duly elected president of the National Assembly,” she said. “We stand ready to participate in the search for a sustainable diplomatic solution to the crisis in that country – the people of Venezuela deserve no less,” she said in a statement during Friday’s (April 12) sitting of the Senate.