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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 Download Now It seems that everything that is older than the internet is outdated, has outlived its time, and is the root cause of all the challenges one might have in sales. For the last few years, commission structures and things like quotas and goals have come under attack by pseudo-experts. Money is now, as the saying goes, the root of all evil. This is evidence of something more than a misunderstanding of money, it is a misunderstanding of human motivation and human development.Bernie Madoff lied to people to deceive them of their wealth in order to increase his own. His actions hurt people, and he is paying the penalty for his misdeeds. Warren Buffet would tell you that the most important lesson he learned from his father is that is takes 20 years to build a reputation and 20 minutes to lose it. He is one of the wealthiest people on Earth, and he spends a good bit of his time and energy in pursuit of money.What is the difference between these two starkly opposed men? They both care deeply about money, one of them is willing to do things that are both illegal and immoral, and the other wouldn’t do anything that hinted of impropriety (and surrounds himself only with people who share those values).The difference is moral intelligence. Morality and values is a line of human development, just like IQ and EQ and kinesthetic intelligence. Some people have underdeveloped mortal intelligence, lacking a value system that prevents them from doing “whatever it takes” to have what they want—even if it is immoral and illegal. Those who believe that commission structures and bonuses are to blame mistakenly look to money as the motivating factor—when it is the individual’s lack of moral intelligence and values that the root cause. Were it money alone, the behaviors that one might condemn would be more widespread(in many cases, those who complain accuse the salesperson of high crime of trying to schedule a meeting or sell something).Most salespeople, like people in most other human endeavors, are not devoid of a level or moral intelligence or a value system that prevents them from working on behalf of their clients. More still, the very behaviors that one might find abhorrent, like high pressure, and hard sell tactics work against the goal of making more money.Outside of the few people with a low moral intelligence, money doesn’t drive bad sales behaviors.last_img read more

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first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

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first_imgOdisha’s annual budget for 2017-18 with a total outlay of ₹1,06,911 crore was presented by Finance Minister Pradip Kumar Amat in the State Assembly on Monday.“This budget is dedicated for the all round development of our State and welfare of our people,” Mr. Amat said in his budget speech in which he announced several new welfare schemes.Mr. Amat said despite downside pressure because of demonetisation, the State’s economy was expected to grow at the rate of 7.94% in real terms and 10.85% in nominal terms during the current fiscal year, especially due to higher growth in agriculture sector.“Going by the trend in the external and domestic economic environment the State economy can be expected to grow in the range of 8% to 8.5% during 2017-18,” he said.Like previous years, Mr. Amat presented the budget in two parts – the first part was the agriculture budget and the second part the general budget.Largest outlayWhile proposing an outlay of ₹14,930 crore for agriculture in the budget, Mr. Amat also proposed the largest outlay of Rs. 18,404 crore for education and skill development. The new schemes include ABADHA (Augmentation of Basic Amenities & Development of Heritage & Architecture) for the holistic development of Puri to transform it to a world class heritage city.Mr. Amat also announced the Mukhyamantri Swasthya Seva Mission, which will be launched during 2017-18 with an outlay of ₹345 crore to be utilised for the development of infrastructure and peripheral healthcare institutions and financial assistance up to ₹3 lakh to needy and poor patients to cover the cost of treatment of critical illness.As a tribute to legendary leader Buxi Jagabandhu in the bi-centenary year of Paika Bidroha, Mr. Amat announced the launch of BASUDHA (Buxi Jagabandhu Assured Water Supply to Habitations) for adequate and safe drinking water supply.The scheme will have two components with an outlay of ₹315 crore and ₹750 crore for urban water supply and rural water supply respectively.Uniform for studentsOther new schemes include Malatidevi Prak Vidyalaya Paridhan Yojana to provide uniform for children undergoing pre-school education, and the Mukhyamantri Mahila Sashaktikarana Yojana to provide financial assistance to women’s self help groups and their federations under Mission Shakti.The State government held pre-budget consultations with a cross section of experts.last_img read more

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first_imgWhile waiting for his plane to depart from Newark Airport in New Jersey, Alexi Singh Grewal, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist in cycling, was about to gain one part of his identity and lose another. The Indian American, who was raised in Colorado, was traveling to India for the first time ever to see relatives he’d never met and to research the state of cycling in the country. As the only Indian American ever to win an Olympic gold medal, and the first American to win a gold medal in cycling, Grewal wanted to nurture what he calls an “inherent genetic ability” in Indians for cycling. While he stood in line for coffee before his flight boarded, however, his briefcase containing the very gold medal that defined his career was stolen. Alexi Singh Grewal became the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in cycling, at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.Photo: Todd BuchananAlex Singh Grewal’s journey to become a world-class cyclist has been colorful and controversial. He almost didn’t compete in the 1984 Olympics because the U.S. Cycling Federation dropped him from the team after he tested positive for the stimulant phenylethylamine. After an appeal he was allowed to compete. Since then he has been outspoken about the dangers of doping in cycling, which he says is rampant in the community. In the April Velonews, a competitive cycling magazine, he published a candid essay that revealed his own experiences with doping and named doctors who prepared injections for athletes. Grewal hopes his story will prevent others from doping and inspire new cyclists.“There is a generation of people coming up. It’s time to share my experience,” said Grewal.Grewal, who is half-German and half-Indian, grew up in Colorado with two sisters and two brothers, Rishi and Ranjeet, who are also top cyclists. He started training when he was 12. His father, Jasjit Singh Grewal, a Sikh who moved to the U.S. in 1956, owned a bike shop, but was not a cyclist himself until he was 35 years old. In fact, the Grewal family became successful at the sport at about the same time. “On the same day in 1984 Alexi won the Olympic trials, Rishi was in Montana and won the junior state championship, Ranjeet won the Colorado state championship and I won the veterans state championship!” said Jasjit Singh Grewal. “Do I regret it? I can’t. Do I want someone else to go down the road? No. I want to tell people what I experienced so they don’t have to experience it themselves.”Photo: Brad KaminskiAlexi Singh Grewal was drawn to cycling because “it is nomadic, difficult, and adventurous.” He dropped out of high school to train and first experimented with doping when he was still a junior player.“I was a little apprehensive about how it would hurt me, but not apprehensive enough not to take it,” said Grewal of his first experience with doping. He said cyclists doped more than other athletes because of the “biochemical interface” of the sport – it gets exponentially more difficult as you increase the speed, which he called “physically and psychologically draining.” Doctors were in on the doping too, supplying and injecting steroids, but in the past few years have started to “detect (steroids) rather than inject them.”After he turned professional in the mid-1980s Grewal quit taking stimulants, but says he wouldn’t change his past: “Do I regret it? I can’t. Do I want someone else to go down the road? No. I want to tell people what I experienced so they don’t have to experience it themselves.” Now Grewal, who was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2004, is looking to the future by examining his roots. While visiting the Punjab region of India, where his father is from, he visited the Cycling Federation of India. He saw himself in the Indians he met. “When I was in Punjab I felt like I was among an army of champions,” he said. “My genetic makeup and my families makeup was naturally suited to my sport.”Grewal has a complex plan to set up programs in India, to facilitate sponsorship and bring in coaches to train the next championship cyclists that he says are in India now. “India is a sleeping giant,” he says. “A Tour de France winner is in India right now.” Back in Colorado, Grewal, who turns 48 on Sept 8, works in the ancient tradition of timber framing and carpentry of cathedral-style houses using only wood. He is also active in the Christian church where he helps the homeless and people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. He cycles recreationally, but the competitive sport is still close to his heart. “I want to help be a part of the reformation of sports in America and the world,” said Grewal. Crossing the LineIn a startling essay in April in Velo News, a leading magazine on competitive cycling, Alexi Singh Grewal acknowledged his use of performance enhancing drugs during his professional career. Excerpts “The fear of doping hit me for real the day I dropped into the continental professional scene. From day one with Panasonic-Raleigh it was made known that “The Program” was the high and holy way, salvation open to all, and required of all to survive and win. Faux doctors like Ruud Bakker, no more than pseudo-credentialed soigneurs, introduced me to the gospel of champions. That all of them said and took the Holy Vow. Team director Peter Post, as the high priest, intoned that I must listen to the “doctor” and submit to the “Preparation.” Our syringes came gift wrapped in the morning and evening during stage races, and in the 2007 Tour de France one of my former roommates sat behind the wheel of a team car pulling feathers out of his hair.“Somehow grace intervened for me. Should I have ever been headed for classic or Tour podiums surely I would have entered the full-blown ‘roid ranks. Dangle Liège or Paris glory in my face and there is no question both feet would have crossed that line. No one wants to hear that but it is very true. Whether it be the blood of bulls or goats, I would have drunk from that cup in a heartbeat for any measure of that glory.”Source: Velo News  Related Itemslast_img read more

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first_imgWhile the authorised capacity of prisons in Maharashtra remained stagnant from 2013-14 to 2017-18, the inmate population of prisons registered 18% growth from 27,883 to 32,810. The total number of prisoners as on March 2018 was 37% more than the authorised capacity of the prisons, revealed the CAG report on Home Department which was presented in the Assembly on Tuesday.In nine Central Prison and Correctional Centres (CP&CC), the overcrowding of prisoners had been consistently increasing from 125% in 2013-14 to 155% of capacity in 2017-18. In District Prison and Correctional Centres Class-I, the inmates population ranged between 112% to 129% in the above mentioned period.“Similarly, in case of District Prison and Correctional Centres Class-II, no new prisons were constructed nor any efforts were made by the department to accommodate the excess inmates which ranged between 100 to 113% of capacity,” the report said.The report has revealed that female prisons too have seen an increase of 18% in 2017-18. In case of District Prison and Correctional Centres Class-III the occupancy ranged between 75% and 118% during the above period. The report also observed that of the 102 sub-jails in tehsils across the State with a capacity to accommodate 1,670 prisoners, only 54 sub-jails were functioning.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) Connaught Place and six other venues in Delhi are all set to host thousands of people on the occasion of International Yoga Day tomorrow.The biggest turnout is likely to be at Connaught Place with 10,000 set to attend the event.Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will be the Chief Guest and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi will be the guests of honour.According to a senior NDMC official, members of Delhi government too have been invited for the event at the posh market area in central Delhi.Celebrities like international wrestler Sangram Singh and Miss India 2014 Koyal Rana are also likley to attend the programme.Several diplomats and bureaucrats are likely to take part in events at Nehru Park and Lodhi Garden.Rains may play a spoilsport as it had last year at Rajpath where the main event was held. According to weatherman, rainfall along with thunderstom and squall is expected at few places in the national capital.”The gala event in Delhis Connaught Place will start at 5:30 AM and will have talks on yoga, and musical performances. There would also be special yoga performances by two differently-abled groups, including yoga on wheelchair,” a senior NDMC official said.A team of 250 CISF personnel, including a CISF women commando team will also conduct a demonstration on Pekiti Tirsia Kali, a Filipino martial art.NDMC is in-charge of preparations at four venues — Connaught Place, Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park and Talkatora Stadium.advertisementYoga day celebrations at three other locations — Swarn Jayanti Park in Rohini, District Park in Dwarka and Yamuna Sports Complex in Surajmal Vihar — will be managed by DDA. Apart from this, nearly 100 RWAs will also pitch in. PTI JC KND ZMN KNDlast_img read more

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first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) Argentine great Pablo Aimer and coach Lionel Scaloni felt “good things” await India’s U-20 players in international football, says Floyd Pinto, an engineer, who engineered the country’s one of the most memorable triumphs in the sport. After scripting a stunning 2-1 victory over Argentina U-20 in the COTIF Cup in Spain, the Indian team returned today morning amid fanfare. “Yesterday, just before leaving we had an interaction with Pablo Aimer and their head coach Lionel Scaloni, both are World Cuppers and Aimer is a legend in Valencia. Both of them had really good words for our players, they said we played with a lot of passion, we ran a lot and we never gave up, never made it easy for them,” coach Pinto told PTI. He added:”They were surprised by the way we performed. They encouraged us a lot and said that if this group plays for another two or three years they can achieve some good things in international football.” Pinto said that he’s happy as “the team improved as the tournament progressed and expressed optimism of keeping the momentum. “It still feels like a dream, but if you want to move ahead as a footballing nation, you need to ruffle some feathers. I think we have done that. And it’s credit to SAI, credit to AIFF, president Praful Patel, (general secretary) Kushal Das. “We have had the vision of playing such teams. If we can compete with these teams on a regular basis and we know on our day if we can stay organised, stay focussed such results are possible.”advertisement While Scaloni is the Argentine coach, Aimer works as its technical director. “We could understand that they (Argentina) were very emotional that they lost to India. But like I said if we want to move ahead in football we have to compete against such teams and there will be upsets like that. “Only then the world can step up and take notice of what’s happening in Indian football. I would like more results like that.” Both Aimar and Scaloni had dropped into the Indian camp to have a chat with the Indian players. Encouraged by the huge result, Pinto said his players now want to keep playing big teams, and he was thankful to the Sports Authority of India and All India Football Federation. “The vision is there to play and compete. We no longer want to go out of India to have training camps, and we no longer want to go out of India to play academy teams. We want to play against national teams, in competitive tournaments. We are not afraid of playing against the likes of Argentina, Venezuela. “Now we play against Croatia, Slovenia and France. The aim is to play against these high calibre teams, only the we can learn whether we can compete with them. We realised that if we can compete and perform for 90 minutes at this level, we can cause an upset. And that’s the only way these boys are going to learn.” PTI AH AH KHSKHSlast_img read more

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first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The rumors started flying pell mell at some point late last week[1. It could have been longer ago, the pages of Orange Power are where searches go to die.] and only picked up steam until we arrived at what happened tonight.Cowboys Ride For Free, an OSU blog[2. And a pretty good one at that.] at SB Nation posted that the camo uniforms were real and were going to be worn this Saturday against Texas (on national television no less).This is the photo that was cited…Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 11.33.49 PMI checked around a little bit and have come to believe that these photos/drawings/prototypes are real and were (WERE) proposed by Nike to the OSU athletic department (and Gundy) at some point (I believe last season). I’ve also been led to believe that they were shot down and never saw the light of day in terms of production. They were a brainstorm, an idea that never evolved into anything more. I’m not sure why everything is coming to a head this week before the Texas game, or why CRFF is so convinced that we are wearing them, or why the Dallas Morning News(!) and Fox 25 in OKC are chasing the CRFF report. @pistolsguy so fox 25 in okc says were debuting camp unis against Texas. I’m going to vomit all over my flannel shirt if this is true.— Johnathan Peterson (@OSUPeterson) September 26, 2012It’s not true though, these will not be worn this weekend. Carson Cunningham echos this sentiment…Very credible source says the camo uni’s aren’t real. Nike drew them up, but OSU never went through with them. #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 26, 2012I’m pretty relieved this isn’t a real thing to tell you the truth. Those mock-ups look Nike executives lost a bet with Wal-Mart executives and the wager was that Wal-Mart got to design one college football uniform of their choice.Should have chose OU, Scooter and Jack would have jumped all over the chance to FINALLY get a top to match all their hats and pants.How SWEET are those new OSU camo unis gonna be?? I still say they should have unveiled them at the start of dove season but MY GOODNESS.— Scooter Jack (@ScooterandJack) September 26, 2012last_img read more

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first_imgMinister of Science, Technology and Commerce, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says Government will be calling on local technology experts to provide content for the Schools Tablet Computer Programme.He noted that most of the material can be developed here in Jamaica and it will provide an opportunity for small software developers and applications (apps) programmers to participate “in what will be a massive project”.Minister Paulwell, who was speaking to JIS News following a post-Budget press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on May 3, said the move, which is supported by the Opposition, is in keeping with Government’s mandate to enable Jamaican businesses to migrate to the upper end of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) spectrum.“We have been pretty much performing in the mid-range with the call centre operations, but we need to get more of our programmers, software developers gainfully involved, and I think it can start with this project that we are about to roll out,” Minister Paulwell said.He also informed that the Government will be pursuing the proposal for a fund to be established to assist small and medium-sized businesses in this area as well, and is looking at the Universal Service Fund (USF) to provide support.During his 2013/14 Budget Debate Presentation in the House of Representatives on April 24, Minister Paulwell provided details of the programme, under which some 20,000 computer tablets will be provided to students and teachers at 30 schools free of cost. These comprise five early childhood institutions, 10 primary, five junior high, and 10 high schools.Minister Paulwell also informed then that the tablets would be Wi-Fi and 3G enabled, and would come pre-loaded with approved age-ap­propriate games and apps, Ministry of Education prescribed texts, and all the software required for students up to Grade 12 to complete their School Based Assessments (SBAs).The pilot for the Schools Tablet Computer Programme is set to start in September with the training of teachers and proper orientation of the students. The Minister estimates however, that it will take approximately two months to go through the orientation, before the tablets are distributed to students.“We are going to meet with the parents as part of the preparatory work to ensure that these tablets are properly cared for,” Minister Paulwell told JIS News.He noted, too, that the USF and E-learning project will be responsible for the initial maintenance of the tablets under arrangements with the providers.Minister Paulwell informed further that the Ministry will be seeking to have the tablets built to specifications so that they will be damage and theft-proof. “The tablets are going to have special features and the criminals will find out very soon that if you steal one, you are going to be caught. We are going to be able to track you down. We are going to be able to disable the machine so you won’t be able to use it but very importantly, we are going to know exactly where you are and we are going to make an example of anyone, who tries to steal the tablet,” he warned.He informed that a major public education campaign will be launched on the issue of security of the tablets.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $6 billion.The Irving, Texas-based company said it had profit of $1.41 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.51 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations, but Exxon does not adjust its reported results based on one-time events such as asset sales. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.08 per share.The oil and natural gas company posted revenue of $71.9 billion in the period, which missed Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $74.18 billion.Exxon shares have increased 7.5 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased almost 8 per cent. The stock has declined 16 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on XOM at https://www.zacks.com/ap/XOMThe Associated Press read more

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London-based Barclays bank says it may cut costs if “challenging” economic conditions persists throughout the year.The warning came as the bank said Thursday that revenue dropped 2% to 5.25 billion pounds ($6.77 billion) in the first quarter of 2019. Pre-tax profit from Barclays’ corporate and investment banking business fell 30%.Barclays says the “income environment in the quarter was challenging” and it will reduce spending “if this were to persist for the remainder of the year.”The bank says it has already cut bonus and compensation payouts across the corporate and investment bank to reflect the division’s poor performance.Barclays reported quarterly net income of 1.04 billion pounds, compared with a year-earlier loss of 764 million pounds, when the bank set aside 2 billion pounds to cover misconduct.The Associated Press read more

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3 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a consensus reached among Guinean stakeholders that paves the way for the holding of run-off presidential election on 7 November 2010, calling on all actors to ensure the smooth conduct of the poll. “The Secretary-General calls upon the presidential candidates to uphold their commitment to conduct a peaceful campaign and to respect the outcome of the election,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky said in a statement. “He encourages all Guineans to participate in the poll,” he added.The election is the final stage of the interim Government’s efforts to restore democracy after Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in a coup in 2008 following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté.The new date for the run-off was set last week, after Guinea’s independent electoral authority cancelled a 24 October vote, citing technical difficulties that it said prevented holding the contest between Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Condé, the two frontrunners.Unrest broke out in Guinea last week after the election was postponed and the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern that security forces used excessive force to break up demonstrations, leaving at least one person dead and scores injured.According to today’s statement, the Secretary-General remains concerned over the recent violence and intimidation, calling on national and local leaders, as well as on the population as a whole, to refrain from any act or statement that may incite violence or human rights abuses. He further warned against exploiting ethnicity, religion or any other divisive factor for political ends, reiterating that those responsible for fomenting violence or violating human rights must be held accountable. “The Transitional Government of Guinea has a responsibility to protect and ensure the safety of all Guineans, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or political affiliation,” Mr. Nesirky said while reaffirming the continued support of the UN system for the country in its efforts to consolidate peace and development..The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, arrived in the country’s capital, Conakry, today to help support the electoral process ahead of the 7 November poll. read more

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Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno is expected to return to New York on Sunday, spokesperson Marie Okabe said, after a visit to key personnel of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). His visit follows a Security Council decision, effective today, to extend MINUSTAH’s mandate for a further eight months and add more than 1,000 personnel, bringing its staffing level to nearly 9,400 to increase security in the run-up to a newly elected government’s inauguration next February. The Council also called on MINUSTAH and the Transitional Government to immediately begin the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration (DDR) programme for ex-combatants. Earlier in his visit, Mr. Guéhenno met with Government officials, including President Boniface Alexandre, Prime Minister Gerard Latortue and members of civil society, including leaders of religious groups and non-governmental organizations. read more

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Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) hurdles a defender during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorSince becoming the coach of Bowling Green in 2001, current Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has never had a running back rush for 1,000 yards in a season.In that same time frame, OSU has had seven seasons where a running back reached the milestone, with Chris “Beanie” Wells and Antonio Pittman each doing so twice in back-to-back seasons.Now, as the end of the 2013 season rapidly approaches, senior running back Carlos Hyde is on pace to break Meyer’s streak, and exceed the 1,000 yard plateau. Hyde sits at 701 yards on the season, having reached that mark in only in six games after he was suspended by Meyer after his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July.After the Buckeyes’ 56-0 victory against Purdue on Saturday, Hyde said his goal to reach 1,000 yards isn’t just about personal achievement.“I really want to get that 1,000 yards,” Hyde told cleveland.com. “Not just for me, but for the offensive line, just to have a 1,000 yard back and for coach Meyer.”Hyde came close in 2012, finishing the season with 970 yards despite missing two games with a sprained MCL.Upon his return from the suspension this season, Hyde was limited in his first game back against Florida A&M Sept. 21, only rushing five times for 41 yards.Since that point though, Hyde has averaged 132 yards per game on the ground. If he keeps it up, this pace will have him at 1,000 yards by the end of the regular season.After the Oct. 5 game against Northwestern, when Hyde led the Buckeyes to a 40-30 comeback victory, Hyde said his play since the suspension has been all about atoning for his mistake.“I missed out on those three games, you know, I can’t get those games back,” Hyde said. “I go out every game with a mindset that I have to make up for those three games … I’m running with a whole different demeanor than what I would have had in the beginning if I didn’t get suspended. I have a different hunger for the game basically.”Against the Wildcats, Hyde ran for a career high 168 yards and three touchdowns, all three of which came with OSU trailing.In the win against Purdue last weekend, Hyde only carried the ball eight times, his lowest total since playing Florida A&M. Despite the lack of touches, the Naples, Fla., native still ran for 111 yards, averaging almost 14 yards per carry.Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said after the game against the Boilermakers, having explosive players helps open up the field for the rest of the OSU offense.“Like I’ve said before, having a running back like Carlos Hyde and a quarterback like (junior quarterback) Braxton Miller … having all those guys being so productive, it puts me in a position where I can make my block easier sometimes,” Heuerman said.Miller said after the game against Penn State Oct. 26, Hyde has grown up as a player and a leader from last season, with the suspension motivating him to play even harder.“Leadership from where he grew from last year and that little incident he had,” Miller said. “Just felt like he’s got to prove himself even more.”Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns against Penn State, despite not playing for a majority of the second half.“Carlos didn’t play but two and a half quarters if I remember right. That’s a lot of yards against a team we have a lot of respect for,” Meyer said.Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner agreed with Meyer, adding that Hyde’s ability helps to motivate the offensive line to play well.“They feed each other. Carlos runs over people and finishes runs and that gets the offensive line fired up and they work even that much harder to create holes, and it’s a highly motivated group,” Warinner said after the Penn State game.With the potential to break the 1,000-yard mark getting closer, Hyde faces a favorable schedule in the coming weeks. The Buckeyes’ next two opponents following the bye week are Illinois and Indiana, currently ranked No. 114 and No. 115, respectively, in the country in rush yards allowed per game.The game against Illinois is scheduled for Nov. 16 in Champaign, Ill., with the Buckeyes returning home the following week for their final home game of the year against Indiana Nov. 23. read more

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Sats in primary school are necessary to show that taxpayer money is being well spent, the chair of Ofqual has said.Roger Taylor said that the assessments are necessary so that the public can be “confident” that the education system is fir for purpose.Currently children take Sats at the end of their final year of primary school, while the tests for seven-year-olds are being phased out in favour of “baseline assessments” for children at the end of Reception.    “I do not think it is possible to deliver a high-performing primary education system, paid for by taxpayers, where citizens can be confident that the money is being well used to deliver good quality education for all young people, without assessing the performance of those schools and that does mean assessing the abilities of the children,” he told the Times Education Supplement magazine. “I can’t see how we would have a high-performing education system and not have some mechanism to do that.” Mr Taylor said that his views were personal, adding that the Ofqual, the exams watchdog, “does not get involved” in politics. Mr Corbyn said that children should be “encouraged to be creative” Mr Corbyn said that children should be “encouraged to be creative” Mr Corbyn said that children should be “encouraged to be creative” and allowed to “let their imagination roam” rather than be subjected to the “unnecessary pressure of national exams”. A Labour government would replace Sats with an alternative form of assessment that would take into account “the learning needs of each child”, which parents and teachers would be consulted on before it was designed.   Ministers have said that axing Sats would cause “enormous damage” to education and undo decades of improvement in children’s numeracy and literacy.  A Labour spokesperson said: “It is vital that parents have confidence in our school system, but that is often not the case under the current assessment and accountability system.“Labour will ensure that the performance of schools and children are assessed in a way that is more reliable, while avoiding teaching to the test and encouraging all schools to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.” His comments come after the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that if elected, he would scrap Sats because primary school children are “unique” and should not have to go through “extreme pressure testing”.  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. read more

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first_imgAH, THE OLD St Patrick’s Day parade.  There’s nothing like it, wha?This Sunday thousands of people will make their way into Dublin city centre to see the spectacle and performance.If you are one of them, here are some people you will probably encounter.The older lady who has been there since 7amAnd is not budging for anyone thank you very much, no matter how small your children are!Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe scary teenage patriotHe’s so surly…and yet so festive.Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe child who doesn’t want to be thereHe’s been bored since ten minutes after they arrived.Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe enthusiastic touristThey’re so eager and excited.  They have no idea what’s ahead of them. Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe overly enthusiastic touristHe’s probably green white and orange under his clothes as well!Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandGiggling teenage girls……who probably won’t be upright for very long.Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe child who should be on a postcardHonestly, would you look at him!Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe localShe’s there every year, knows everything there is to know about the parade and bloomin’ loves it.Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandHave a good one!Here’s why everyone should stop calling it ‘St Patty’s Day’>What did leprechauns look like? There are 2 answers…>last_img read more

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first_imgSAUVIE ISLAND, Ore. — Authorities say the male pilot was taken to a hospital with serious injuries after his helicopter crashed into a field on Sauvie Island in Portland.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the crash was reported around 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bryan White said the pilot was the only person on board.Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.last_img

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first_imgChristian Eriksen has faulted Republic of Ireland’s defensive approach for the barren draw in Copenhagen.Ireland failed to find the back of the net for the fourth game running in all competitions-the first time since May 1996 in a game dominated by the Danes.Eriksen who grabbed a hat-trick in a 5-1 win for Denmark in Dublin in last year’s World Cup qualification play-off feels Martin O’Neill’s team didn’t want to push forward.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“It was a difficult game to play,” Eriksen told Sky. “Ireland wasted a lot of time, they took their time on everything. They rarely went forward so it was difficult to break them down.“We only had a few chances but the chances were big enough for us to score and to finish the game off – but we didn’t. It was a lot of defending on their side and we were trying to attack against 11 players in their own half.“They played like this in every game we’ve played. In the second game in Ireland, they wanted to go forward but they knew what happened when they went forward so that’s why they were too scared to go forward. That’s something we’ve learned, that teams are scared to come here.”last_img read more

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first_imgEnlarge ImageThis thing is straight-up ridiculous. Hennessey Hennessey Performance builds some weird, wild stuff, especially when it comes to trucks. After building the VelociRaptor 6X6 as sort of an American equivalent to the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6, it followed that up with the Silverado-based Goliath 6X6. When it debuted, there was only a rendering included with the announcement, but now, we finally get to see the real thing.Hennessey this week unveiled its first production Goliath 6X6. Based on a 2019 Silverado Trail Boss Z71, Hennessey hacks the thing to pieces, slapping in a whole ‘nother rear axle with wheels, tires and brakes. The rear suspension has been totally revised, along with the body panels and truck bed. There are more aesthetic and functional enhancements tucked away in the Goliath 6X6, too. The whole body gets lifted by eight inches, and the truck rides on six 20-inch wheels wrapped in 37-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires. Hennessey also slaps on a new set of bumpers, LED lights and a new roll bar. If that’s not enough, its engine gets a power upgrade, delivering 450 horsepower, some of which is probably necessary given all that extra heft it’s lugging around. Hennessey Goliath 6X6 looks like an absolute monster in production guise More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: Tags Preview • 2019 Chevy Silverado: Tougher, lighter, techier Chevrolet 4:13 Review • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review Post a comment 2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel first drive: A smooth and torquey operatorcenter_img 17 Photos What’s even wilder is that Hennessey also includes a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty on the kit. That said, it probably won’t take too kindly to you sending it over a homemade ramp in your backyard, so perhaps it’s worth digging into the fine print of that warranty before you go truly buck wild. So, who’s the lucky owner of the first Goliath 6X6? According to Hennessey’s press release, it’s headed to Bob Berrard, a car enthusiast and apparently also the owner of the largest potato farm in Wisconsin. Sounds like ol’ Bob will have plenty of room to tear around in the Goliath 6X6. Considering the whole shebang costs $375,000, perhaps I should have studied potato farming in school. 2019 Chevy Silverado 2.7T review: Turbo tradeoffs Share your voice 0 More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD first drive: Teched out for towing Trucks Car Culturelast_img read more

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first_img Sarah Tew/CNET $329 at Amazon The iPad Air sits between the entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, which is usually on sale for about $250, and the 11-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $799 and has a more powerful A12X processor. Bear in mind that Apple is currently offering a free pair of Beats headphones to students when they buy an iPad Pro or iPad Air, however, which again could be the better deal. 6:08 It’s the big one. Apple The persistent rumors about two new iPads coming in the fall may help explain the frequent discounts being applied to virtually all of the models in Apple’s current lineup. At the moment, Amazon has most of the best deals, with the biggest discount on the 64GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which costs $799. That’s $200 of the list price.That noted, Apple is currently offering a deal of its own — to students, at least: Buy an iPad Pro or iPad Air and pick up a free pair of Beats headphones. The deal is available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff and homeschool teachers of all grade levels. 11-inch iPad Pro: $674 $249 at Amazon iPad Air: $469 Apple iPad discounts, compared • Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Sarah Tew/CNET Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand $674 at Amazon $429 $469 9 iPad Mini 2019 (64GB) $399 iPad Pro 12.9 (64GB) Save $15 Model Save $100 Otherwise, the current deals on the newer iPad Mini and iPad Air remain negligible; we’d recommend waiting for the next round of discounts on them to come through before buying. And if you’re looking to pick up the lower-priced iPad, it might be worthwhile to wait it out, as bigger price breaks may return in the next few weeks. Note that we’re focused on the Wi-Fi versions here. Using LTE on a tablet is cool but, for most people, not worth the additional cost — for the device and the monthly service — especially when you can easily tether your phone for free.  $449 2019 iPad launch could be close $384 Save $125 $649 Best price (all-time) Read the iPad 2018 review $799 Amazon has the best price around on the high-end iPad: $329. Read the iPad Mini review $799 $299  $359 Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read the iPad Pro review Read the iPad Pro review Apple iPad (32GB): $249 Sarah Tew/CNET $674 Amazon has ramped up its discount on the slightly smaller iPad Pro. The 64GB base model now costs $674 — that’s about 15% off its $799 list price. As mentioned above, Apple is currently offering a free pair of Beats headphones to students when they buy an iPad Pro or iPad Air, which could be the better deal for some. Computers Tablets $499 $799 Apple $329 The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the Cadillac of Apple’s tablet lineup and, arguably, the entire tablet category — and Amazon is again matching the lowest price we’ve seen to date. (Note that this price currently applies only to Space Gray version, and that it’s out of stock until Sept. 25, though you can still buy it for the sale price.) Again, Apple is currently offering a free pair of Beats headphones to students when they buy an iPad Pro or iPad Air. 85 Photos Read the iPad 2018 review Sarah Tew/CNET iPad 2018 (128GB) Share your voice $249 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple still sells the entry-level 9.7-inch iPad for $329, but it’s available for $249 at plenty of other stores, including Amazon and Walmart. This excellent, all-purpose tablet continues to set the bar for design, features and performance in this price range. iPad Mini: $384 Now playing: Watch this: Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Apple $384 at Amazon iPad Pro 2018 and its accessories List price Save $30 Read more about the iPad Air $999 $469 at Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors iPad Pro 11 (64GB) iPad 2018 (32GB) Published earlier, and regularly updated to reflect new prices. 12.9-inch iPad Pro: $799 Tags Apple Comments Save $200 Best price (current) $799 at Amazon Save $80 See All iPad Air 2019 (64GB) $329 $229 reading • The best iPad deals: The 12.9-inch iPad Pro returns to its all-time low, $799 Apple iPad (128GB): $329 The smallest model in the current iPad lineup comes with the smallest discount. You can find the iPad Mini at most retailers for $384 — that’s $15 off the Apple Store list price.last_img read more

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