Professionally Pursue Your Dream Client

first_imgOne of my clients discovered that one of his dream clients was considering a change. They are unhappy with the results they are getting from the 800-pound gorilla in the industry, and they are now open to looking for a company that will get them the results they need. When my client’s company’s name came up, the very senior executive said, “I haven’t heard from anyone there since January.”The statement that no one had called on him for almost nine months wasn’t an offhand remark. It was an indictment. What he was saying is that if my client’s company wanted his business, they would have continued to call on him during the intervening months. Most of the time, the prospective clients of my client calls on an RFP, so most salespeople don’t call on their prospects during the intervening years when they are locked into a contract. It’s interesting that the very C-Level executive doesn’t care about what’s customary. He thinks the people who want his business should be pursuing him.Never Give UpThis story is a lesson for salespeople, especially as it pertains to the pursuit of their dream clients.It isn’t enough to express a passing interest in your dream client or to occasionally check to see if their dormant dissatisfaction has developed enough that they are primed to move. It isn’t enough to call quarterly to check in, or to meet up with your dream client contacts at industry events. These small, infrequent touches, betray a self-interest, teaching your dream client that you only care about them when there is an opportunity for you to compete for their business.Never Go AwayThe truth of the matter is that the competition is occurring right now. The mindshare is being developed between the intervening periods where no salespeople are calling on the dream client because they know that they have a contract and relationships. The relationships that create opportunities develop over time, and relationships are something that can’t be easily developed when you are transactional.If you are going to pursue your dream client, pursue them. Continually call, nurture, and meet with the contacts within your dream client’s company. If you are sporadic in your effort, you will be indicted for your lack of professional pursuit. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

NGT criticises Ministry on Chardham highway project

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for not submitting a plan on the disposal of muck from the construction site of the Chardham highway project in Uttarakhand.A Bench headed by NGT acting chairperson Jawad Rahim gave the authorities time till April 19 to comply with the previous orders and file the action plan.Noting that the Ministry had failed to submit a plan despite the tribunal not passing any interim order, the green bench said: “Even muck dumping plan which we had directed to file has not been filed or produced today. This can hardly be appreciated. Be that as it may, we restrain ourselves from imposing cost but we make it clear that no further adjournment would be granted in the case.”The green panel further said that its previous orders would be continued till any other order is passed.Earlier, on March 21, the NGT had said: “Material placed by the project proponent (MoRTH) shows that the project activity has commenced somewhere in the year 2015, therefore we do not intend to pass any interim order but till further hearing of the issues, the project proponent should restrain from felling of trees.”NGO for stay on projectThe directions came while the tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Citizens of Green Doon, a Dehradun based NGO that had sought a stay on the road widening project. The petitioners had further claimed that the construction work was being carried out in violation of environmental laws.last_img read more

UNP changes the constitution to give Sri Lanka an executive Presidency

first_imgWhen the United National Party (UNP) entered the final year of its Parliamentary term on July 23, even its most sanguine supporters conceded that the first five years had taken a heavy toll of its once heady popularity. In this fiercely politicised electorate, psephology is second cousin to astrology and,When the United National Party (UNP) entered the final year of its Parliamentary term on July 23, even its most sanguine supporters conceded that the first five years had taken a heavy toll of its once heady popularity. In this fiercely politicised electorate, psephology is second cousin to astrology and every man is his own opinion poller and pundit. Election forecasting is already an exciting and inexpensive national sport.If the electoral mood is distinctly ‘oppositional’, the opposition leadership is manifestly disoriented and dispirited. Not wholly of their own doing, this is the cumulative result of many finely calculated moves by President J.R. Jayawardene in his determined bid to break the familiar pattern of Sri Lanka politics, the in-out pendulum swing between the two main contenders, and the discontinuity in policy, chiefly economic policy.Using its four-fifths majority, the UNP changed the constitution to give the island an executive Presidency, introduced proportional representation (PR) with an unusually high cut-off point (12.5 per cent), and led an unprecedented frontal attack on the Opposition by depriving its formidable rival Mrs Bandaranaike of her civic rights for seven years. However, popular predictions hold that only the evident advantages of the PR system in conjunction with a fragmented Opposition can possibly give the UNP the largest number of seats in the next 196-member Parliament. In the circumstances, even a simple majority is considered doubtful.Strong Executive: Jayawardene’s proclaimed aim was a strong, stable executive, able to take “the hard unpopular decisions” necessary to escape the welfare system, an essential linchpin of Sri Lanka’s uniquely resilient democracy. An uncertain blessing, the “open economy” has the full backing of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Sri Lanka Aid Group. The object of the exercise, the Opposition says, was merely the perpetuation of the party and the President in power.advertisement On its own, the right wing UNP has the strongest support base – an almost irreducible third of the national electorate. Only a Centre-Left alliance between the middle-of-the-road Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the traditional Left has been able, in recent years, to defeat the UNP. Now that alliance is in tatters.Yet the ruling party leadership senses a sullen, probably hostile electorate which has a notorious legacy of “throwing the rascals out” even when it has not been too enamoured of the alternative. The mass mood is a product of larger social and economic discontent. In his anniversary address and first formal TV appearance, President Jayawardene said that 50 per cent of Sri Lankans still earn only Rs 300 a month. The shops are full but the old system of subsidised essentials, despite the vexations of ration cards and queues at cooperatives, continues.Restricted Benefit: So far the benefits of the UNP’S faith in the ‘open economy’ and “the trickle down” theory have been reaped largely by the business community and the old propertied and privileged strata.Javawardene (left) and Bandaranaike: Picking up the piecesThe real rewards, the UNP argues, of the major projects (the Mahaveli diversion, the huge construction programme, the trade zones) will spread to the lower income groups in a few years. In an effort at ensuring a second term to reap the benefit of this delayed effect, the new August 3 constitutional amendment will enable Jayawardene to hold a Presidential poll even before the Parliamentary elections which are due by July next. Evidently he favours his own chances in single combat. If he wins, his party’s chances will probably improve. The move has made the Opposition disarray even more public. First to enter the list of contenders was Maitripala Senanayake, MP, long-time deputy of Mrs Bandaranaike, who now leads a rival faction which he claims is the “legitimate SLEP” Then came Dr Colvin R. de Silva, the leader of the socialist (formerly Trotskyist) LSSP (Lanka Sama Samaja Party).Next, with the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) not contesting the Presidency, was the very much smaller Tamil Congress (TC) which nominated its leader G.G. Ponnambalam Jr, a token Tamil contender. All eyes, however, were on Mrs Bandaranaike’s SLFP. The party’s central committee met on August 6 and Hector Kobbekaduwe, an ex-minister, was heavily tipped as the SLFP choice. He is backed by a radical, pro-China group led by Mrs Bandaranaike’s younger daughter, Chandrika Kumaratunge. However, Mrs Bandaranaike, sensitive to charges of favouritism, would be reluctant to nominate Kobbekaduwe who is her cousin.Consensus Candidate: Mrs Bandaranaike, the communists, the socialists and smaller left parties are in search of a “common candidate” to take on Jayawardene. Dr Colvin R. de Silva, a classmate of Jayawardene and a brilliant lawyer, is widely favoured.advertisementHe has two disqualifications: his Marxist politics and his caste. With the majority Sinhala-Buddhist vote quite evenly divided between the traditional rivals, the support of the minorities (Tamil, Christians, Muslims and Indian plantation labour) is a key factor. In the calculus of Presidential contests, such “block votes” could be vital. Since last year’s racial troubles, Jayawardene has taken a firm line of “racial-religious harmony”. Though he has paid great personal attention to Buddhist affairs, the UNP’S apparent solicitude for the minorities has aroused Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism. A Colombo meeting of a new Sinhala-Buddhist organisation, launched by a group of monks and lay leaders, was attacked by a gang of intruders whom Opposition MP’S branded as pro-UNP goons. One of those injured was Professor Ediriweera Saratchandra, well-known playwright and former ambassador to Paris. He has been writing pamphlets and making speeches denouncing the new Singapore-style consumerism as an attack on the Buddhist value system. He appeared on Mrs Bandaranaike’s platform last month.Communal Violence: The anniversary week ended on an inauspicious note. Racial disturbances in Galle, the southern province capital, forced the Government to declare an Emergency, introduce censorship and impose a curfew in the area. Galle has a strong concentration of Muslims, traditionally a trading community monopolising the prosperous gem business. A quarrel over a parrot, a fight between a Muslim landlord and a Sinhalese tenant, and a Sinhalese schoolboy mistaken for a Muslim and assaulted, formed the familiar chain reactions of communal violence. There were two deaths, and several cases of arson. While the situation is now calm, the Government is investigating the possible involvement of “opposition elements”.last_img read more

Narsingh demands CBI probe into doping scandal,Narsingh demands CBI probe into doping scandal

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL null Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav. File Photo   –  The Hindu Published on Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav. File Photo   –  The Hindu sport RELATED × WFI backs Narsingh, says it’s a conspiracy COMMENT COMMENTS Olympic dream fades for Narsingh; fails second dope test July 25, 2016 Narsingh was selected for the Rio Olympics in controversial circumstances as Sushil Kumar had also staked his claim to represent India After wrestler Narsingh, shot putter Inderjeet fails dope test SHARE A defiant Narsingh Yadav today demanded a CBI probe into the doping scandal which has jeopardised his participation in the Rio Olympics, alleging that a conspiracy has been hatched to scuttle his Rio dream.“There should be a CBI inquiry. The whole episode relating to my selection had gone to court. There was a CID report that my life is under threat. All this makes it clear, I have been framed so that I am stopped from going to Rio,” Narsingh said.“I have given my complaint to the federation in which I have made it clear that something could have been mixed in the food that was prepared at the mess. It is a conspiracy against me,” he added.Narsingh has returned positive for a banned substance barely 10 days before the start of the Olympics and that has cast a doubt on his participation in the Rio Games.The 26-year-old, who would be pleading innocence in front of the NADA panel that is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, is hopeful that he would be able to convince the committee members that the entire episode is a conspiracy. “I am hopeful that everything will be clear soon. I have got the 100 per cent backing of everyone. I am still hopeful of going to Rio,” 26-year-old wrestler said.Interestingly, Narsingh was selected for the Rio Olympics in controversial circumstances as double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar had also staked his claim to represent the country in 74kg freestyle and demanded a trial.But Narsingh was chosen by the Wrestling Federation of India as he had earned the Olympic quota in the World Championships last year with a bronze medal finish.last_img read more

Everyone is Keen to Play in Srinagar: I-League CEO Confident Real Kashmir Games Will be Safe

first_img Aizawl FCChennai City FCChurchill Brotherseast bengal First Published: November 21, 2019, 6:59 PM IST New Delhi: I-League CEO Sunando Dhar was confident that Srinagar will be safe for Real Kashmir FC to host their home matches throughout the course of the five-month league.A few days ago at the press conference to launch a special fan jersey, Real Kashmir FC co-owner Sandeep Chattoo had confirmed that they will host all their home matches in Srinagar despite the uncertainty surrounding the area after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Dhar opined that even though Srinagar was a sensitive area, it was “very safe”.”As for scheduling in Srinagar, last season the game against East Bengal was called off due to weather issues. And the last match (against Minerva Punjab FC) could not happen due to security concerns. It is a sensitive area but Srinagar is very safe. There is a lot of security around and one does not feel unsafe at all in Srinagar.”The crowds that we got at the ground was absolutely fantastic. Great crowds and the way they behaved and supported the team was fantastic. I am sure we will have the same kind of atmosphere in Srinagar this year too,” Dhar told News18.com.Dhar also said that according to him security will not be a problem and the fans in Srinagar deserve to watch their team play live.”If one is talking about Article 370, I don’t think it will have any impact. In fact, we have full support from the team, from the state FA as well as the local administration there. Everyone is keen to play in Srinagar because giving the fans a chance to watch matches is the key thing and the way the fans lapped it up last year, it is unfortunate if matches are not held in Srinagar,” he added.After a couple of years of Star Sports broadcasting the I-League, this year DSport has taken over and has got a three-year broadcast deal. When Star Sports was broadcasting the matches, all the matches saw an afternoon kick-off with the Indian Super League (ISL), where Star has a stake, getting the prime time slot.With DSport broadcasting the league this year, the 5PM and 7PM kick-offs are back even though all the matches in Ludhiana (Punjab FC) and Srinagar have the 2PM slot only.Dhar said the “couple of stadiums where there are no floodlights,” there was “no option but to start at 2PM.””One of the venues where there will be 2PM starts is in Kashmir, like it was last year. All the matches were houseful there. Another place where it will be a 2PM start will be Ludhiana, as the floodlights there are not good enough.”With some clubs having evening matches with a 7PM kick-off on DSports, gives us more flexibility there and teams especially from the south, Gokulam and Chennai City, wanted 7 o’clock starts and all their matches are from 7PM.”Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and the Northeastern clubs asked for 5 o’clock starts, which has been given,” Dhar explained.Aizawl FC, NEROCA FC, TRAU FC and Churchill Brothers FC Goa have all been flexible and are hosting matches in all the three time slots.”There are floodlights in Imphal and in Aizawl, so overall the infrastructure is also improving, which is good, I am sure that in the near future there will be floodlights at the venues which don’t have yet. Already I think the TRC ground in Kashmir have put up floodlights but it is not good enough and they are going to improve that. Ludhiana already have floodlights but they have to do some renovations.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

My gender doesn’t stop me from being a strong, dedicated US Army officer, says the newly-crowned Miss USA

first_imgThe newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat.”As a woman in the United States Army, I think..we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated,” Deshauna Barber said. “Gender does not limit us in the United States.”The winner of Sunday’s 2016 Miss USA competition held at the T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest.Barber is the first-ever military member to win Miss USA. In a press conference following the event, the 26-year-old lieutenant from Northeast DC said she plans to take a break from the Army Reserves and had already discussed with superiors the possibility of going inactive for a couple of years should she win the title. She said she currently serves two days per month.Also Read: Gown case: Is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan suffering from a Miss World hangover? “My commander should be watching right now,” Barber said. “Two days a month is definitely not active duty. It is an obligation that I signed up for but they are very flexible in the United States Army Reserves.”Barber is the first-ever military officer to win the coveted title. Photo: ReutersBarber said she plans to use the pageant’s spotlight and her title to support veteran’s causes and tackle the issue of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among military members. When asked what message she had for the presidential candidates– including former pageant owner and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump–Barber said they should focus more on veteran’s issues, including the backlog at veterans hospitals.advertisementShe plans to take a break from her Army duties for some years. Photo: Reuters”I think that a lot of the topics that they discuss isn’t as important,” she said in a glittering gold gown.Barber’s not the only contestant who had to address the election and the Republican candidate, who had a public break-up with the beauty pageant organization last year.Also Read: In pictures: The drama that was the Miss Universe 2015 pageant Trump offended Hispanics when he made anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his bid for the White House last June. He at the time co-owned The Miss Universe Organization with NBCUniversal, but the network and the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision quickly cut ties with him, refusing to air the show. Trump sued both networks, eventually settling and selling off the entire pageant to talent management company WME/IMG.Barber hails from the District of Columbia. Photo: ReutersMiss Hawaii, who came in second Sunday night, punted during the question-and-answer segment when asked who she would vote for among the likely presidential candidates, Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.Chelsea Hardin acknowledged that there was no way to correctly answer the question during the beauty pageant. The question was framed with Clinton’s likely status of being the first woman nominated by a major political party in the race for the White House. The 24-year-old college student from Honolulu responded that gender doesn’t matter when deciding the next commander in chief.The other women in the top five were asked about voting rights, income inequality and the recent death of sports icon Muhammad Ali.Fan favourite Miss California, Nadia Grace Mejia, had stumbled and paused when answering a question about social and economic inequality. The 20-year-old model, who is the daughter of the 1990s one-hit-wonder singer known as “Rico Suave,” had also talked about suffering from anorexia and wanting to promote body confidence earlier in the show.The beauty pageant organization also didn’t shy away from addressing another controversy from last year–Miss Universe.Steve Harvey made a cameo in a video at the start of the Miss USA show to poke fun of the Miss Universe crowning that he botched in December. From coast to coast, beauty knows no bounds. Presenting Deshauna Barber, #MissUSA 2016. pic.twitter.com/2jiUft08Fr MISS USA (@MissUSA) June 6, 2016 Harvey was hosting Miss Universe last year when he mistakenly named Colombia’s Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo the winner before correcting himself on the stage. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines was then given the crown. Officials later said it was due to human error. The talk show host said he had re-read the card and noticed it said “first runner-up” next to the Colombia contestant’s name before clarifying with producers his mistake.He took to Twitter after Miss USA Sunday night to mock himself again by highlighting the similarity of the two locations, the District of Columbia and the country of Colombia.advertisementlast_img read more

‘One of the world’s best’ – Balotelli urged to join Marseille

first_imgTransfers He’s one of the world’s best – Thauvin urges Balotelli to join Marseille Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 20:17 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) balotelli-cropped Getty Images Transfers Ligue 1 Olympique Marseille v Nice Nice Olympique Marseille Mario Balotelli The striker looks set to leave Nice this summer and he has been urged to move within Ligue 1, instead of returning to Italy Florian Thauvin is excited by the prospect of playing with “one of the best in the world” in Mario Balotelli and urged the Italian to join him at Marseille.After a difficult couple of years at Liverpool and AC Milan, Balotelli surprised many by joining Ligue 1 side Nice ahead of the 2016-17 season.In France, Balotelli has gone some way to rediscovering his best form, scoring 33 times across two Ligue 1 seasons and he looks set to move on once again, with his contract about to expire. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Although Balotelli is expected to return to Serie A, Marseille coach Rudi Garcia expressed his admiration for the striker at the end of May and Thauvin has echoed his manager’s words.”I spoke for a few seconds with Mario Balotelli during half time against Italy,” Thauvin told reporters.”Of course, it would be a pleasure if Mario Balotelli joins us at Marseille. He is a really great striker.”For me, he is one of the best in the world when he is at his best. Of course, it would be a pleasure to have him with us at Marseille and we are waiting for him.”last_img read more

ESPN Releases TV Ratings For Saturday Night’s Playoff Games

first_imgalabama quarterback tua tagovailoa talks in the huddleMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes a knee to end the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)ESPN has released its TV ratings for Saturday night’s College Football Playoff games featuring Alabama-Oklahoma and Clemson-Notre Dame.The TV ratings are down quite a bit from last year’s College Football Playoff games, though that’s expected considering they were on New Year’s Day last season.The Orange Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma had a 10.4 overnight rating, while the Cotton Bowl between No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame had a 10.3 overnight rating.News! @CFBPlayoff Semifinals Deliver Strong Ratings Once Again; Rank among Top Cable Presentations of 2018!• Orange Bowl 10.4 Overnight; Cotton Bowl 10.3 • Birmingham is Highest-Rated Market for Both; More than 50% of Market Watches Bama WinMore: https://t.co/k0EI5S9Q3S pic.twitter.com/Rx5jspoLZy— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) December 30, 2018The Associated Press’ Ralph D. Russo had more on what the ratings mean:“Little clarification, the 2016 semifinals got higher rating on New Year’s Eve but that was also a Saturday. The ratings were much better than the last time the Orange and Cotton hosted and the games were played on NYE weekday. Way down from last year when games were played NYD,” he tweeted.Little clarification, the 2016 semifinals got higher rating on New Year’s Eve but that was also a Saturday. The ratings were much better than the last time the Orange and Cotton hosted and the games were played on NYE weekday.Way down from last year when games were played NYD. https://t.co/1jX5DGh2WV— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 30, 2018USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken had more:“Last night, ESPN did slightly better than in 2015 when the games were blowouts and were on New Year’s Eve but not quite as good as 2016 with Alabama/Washington and Clemson/Ohio St,” he tweeted.Last night, ESPN did slightly better than in 2015 when the games were blowouts and were on New Year’s Eve but not quite as good as 2016 with Alabama/Washington and Clemson/Ohio St.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 30, 2018More bowl games are to come on Monday and Tuesday.The national title game between Alabama and Clemson is set for Monday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Minimum Wage Commission Wraps Up Consultations

first_img Concern expressed over the exploitation of employees in establishments such as certain haberdasheries and retail entities Story Highlights The consultation received recommendations and concerns from representatives of a wide array of sectors. There was general consensus among the group for an increase ranging from six per cent to 30 per cent. The Minimum Wage Advisory Commission (MWAC) on September 26, concluded its series of island-wide consultations on the national minimum wage, at a two-hour session held at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Kingston.The consultation received recommendations and concerns from representatives of a wide array of sectors central to the discussions on the national minimum wage.These included private sector entities, and groups such as, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), the Sugar Producers Federation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), the Household Workers Association, as well as governmental agencies such as the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the HEART Trust/NTA, and the Bureau of Women’s Affairs.There was general consensus among the group for an increase ranging from six per cent to 30 per cent, as well as an endorsement for fixed periods of two to three years, for increases.Chief Executive Officer of Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited, Audrey Hinchcliffe, argued that the way in which increases in the national minimum wage are currently administered poses significant challenges for companies in terms of reconfiguring contracts, and collecting retroactive payments. She suggested that the increases should be tied to macroeconomic factors, such as inflation.Mrs. Hinchcliffe urged the government to consider other forms of support and benefits for minimum wage workers, such as transportation subsidies and called on individual companies to examine innovative means of easing the economic burden of their workers, such as discount arrangements with retailers.Security and Safety Manager of the HEART Trust/NTA, Suzanne Scarlette, who spoke specifically to wages for security personnel, advocated for minimum incremental increases over fixed periods.“This is so that we would know in advance that this is the thought process going for the next five or six years, as opposed to a sudden 10 per cent,” she said.Security officer, Wayne Hanchard, while suggesting a 30 per cent increase in minimum wages for that group, expressed concern over what he said, is the “exploitative treatment” of workers by companies, and lack of benefits. He called for the Ministry to investigate the flouting of the law by some security companies, which pay below the minimum wage.Meanwhile, a concerned member of the public, Senu Virtue-Burke, suggested that the minimum wage be increased from $5,000 weekly to $7,000. She asserted that the increase would enable minimum wage earners, who are among the most vulnerable groups in the society due to their limited income, to be better able to contribute to the National Housing Trust and the National Insurance Scheme.Ms. Virtue-Burke highlighted the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing/NHT/Food for the Poor low-income housing scheme, which is accessible to workers, who earn $5,000 to $7,000 weekly.In his remarks, Assistant General Secretary of the JCTU, Keith Comrie expressed concern over the exploitation of employees in establishments such as certain haberdasheries and retail entities, which often pay below the minimum wage.“They don’t get a payslip…it is wrong…we must have a wage that they (employers) don’t exploit our workers …there must be other benefits than the bare minimum wage, and that must take into consideration…cost of living,” he said.Meanwhile, Director of Industrial Relations and Training at the Sugar Producers Federation of Jamaica, Michael Martin, recommended an increase of six per cent. Explaining his rationale, Mr. Martin pointed out that some sugar industry workers receive other benefits, which complete their remuneration package.“Most of the workers – we have task-based rates and time-based rates. For the time-based rates, they mainly work at the factory, so although you might have a minimum wage of $5,300 per week, you’re talking about adding a shift premium, an out of base allowance, a meal allowance, …some of them (the allowances) is a percentage of what the basic rate is, so with any increase in the minimum wage, all of these would also go up,” he outlined. Mr. Martin also suggested applying trade/industry specific minimum wage rates.Presenting the PIOJ’s submission to the Commission, Labour Market Analyst at the agency, Deidra Coy, said the PIOJ recognises the importance of the minimum wage in providing a foundation for creating and maintaining an adequate wage structure.She said the agency also recognises the importance of ensuring that workers receive remuneration that allow a reasonable degree of security and enable them to live with some amount of dignity.Ms. Coy noted that the government continues to provide measures to cushion economic conditions, by expanding and improving social protection for the most vulnerable. She highlighted the increase of 15 per cent for Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) beneficiaries, and post-secondary grant; expanded school feeding programme; and transportation allowance. She pointed out that many PATH households include minimum wage earners.She added that the government is in the process of developing a strategy, which will facilitate a much wider social protection framework. The PIOJ has proposed a nine per cent increase in the minimum wage.Commissioner Bernita Locke, assured that all submissions and concerns would be presented to Labour Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier for consideration in arriving at an increase in the minimum wage.Chairman of the Commission, Silvera Castro, reminded that the minimum wage is a guide for employers. “Those who can pay more, pay more…government alone can’t do everything, we must assist the process,” he stated.Other members of the Commission include: Danny Roberts; and Latoya McCatty (Secretary).The national minimum wage was last increased in September 2012, from $4,500 to $5,000 per 40-hour work week, while the minimum wage for security guards was also increased from $6,655 to $7,320 per 40-hour work week.last_img read more

Spotted: Ploughing through the Northwest Passage

first_imgFinnish icebreakers of Arctia Shipping, MSV Nordica and MSV Fennica, are returning home from their duties as ice management vessels in the Chukchi Sea which enabled ships to go through a shorter, time and fuel saving route through Canadian arctic archipelago, the Northwest Passage. Riku Kiili and Cayetana Ruiz de Almiron de Andres of Aker Arctic joined the voyage of icebreaker MSV Nordica from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Nuuk, Greenland.The team learned and made observations about ice conditions, vessel operations and performance in ice, ship systems and got design inputs, as well as practical experience on how the vessel is used as a whole.last_img read more

MNC manager ends life wife attempts suicide

first_imgGreater Noida: A 32-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan while his wife slit her wrist several times after seeing her husband dead at their residential flat in Gaur city society of Greater Noida West on Monday night. Cops suspect a family feud to be reason behind the incident.According to police, the incident occurred in fourth avenue of Gaur city society. “The man identified as Sunny Sinha, a native of Himachal Pradesh, worked as manager with Samsung company, died in the incident while his wife Priyanka (30) has been critically admitted to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi,” said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRK Prasad, Priyanka’s father said that the couple got married around two years ago at their home town in Chhapra district of Bihar and it was an arrange marriage. “At the time of marriage, Priyanka was working with TATA consultancy Services (TCS) in Bangalore and got transferred to Noida around six months after her marriage. The couple worked at different IT companies in Noida and lived at a rented flat,” said Prasad. Narrating the incident, Prasad said that Priyanka had called him for help on the night of incident and urged him to reach her flat immediately. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”I also live at a residential society in Greater Noida West along with my wife. Priyanka had come to meet us on Monday evening and nearly half an hour later she left our home, I received a call from her and she asked me to immediately reach her flat. Before I could ask anything, she disconnected the phone. When I reached her flat I found her to be missing from home but later police informed me that she has been admitted to Safdarjung hospital and reported the incident to me,” he added. Manoj Kumar Pathak, Station House Officer of Bisrakh police station said that they suspect a family feud to be reason behind the incident. “Police received information from a man who identified himself to be a friend of the deceased and told police that Priyanka had called him for help. A team rushed to the spot and found the man hanging from the ceiling fan while the woman was lying in a pool of blood with multiple cuts in her wrist. Police immediately took the woman to a nearby hospital from where doctors referred her to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi. The body of deceased was handed over to his family after getting the postmortem done,” said Pathak. “Preliminary investigations into the case showed that the man first committed suicide and then his wife tried for the same. We suspect that a family feud might have led to the incident. We have not received any complaint into the matter,” added Pathak.last_img read more

Indian student drowns in US lake Authorities

first_imgWashington: A 27-year-old Indian student has drowned after jumping off from a recreation spot into the Crater Lake in the US state of Oregon, authorities said. Sumedh Mannar, jumped off the “Jumping Rock”, a popular recreation spot at the lake on Sunday around 4:40 pm (local time) and did not resurface, Marsha McCabe, a spokeswoman for Crater Lake National Park, was quoted as saying by the Oregonian newspaper. McCabe said the cliff Mannar, a graduate student at the Oregon State University, had jumped from was about 25 feet high. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe cliff was not a prohibited area for jumping, she said, adding that officials have not yet determined exactly why he drowned. In the summers, the surface of the lake warms up to about 15 degrees Celsius, but the average temperature of the lake is around 3 degrees. Swimming is only allowed in the area around Cleetwood Cove and along the shore of Wizard Island. Immediately after Mannar disappeared, people on scene threw a life ring into the water, and Crater Lake hospitality staff took a small boat out to the area to help search, she said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPark staff came to the area to help with the search, but choppy waters and poor visibility conditions made the search difficult. After about three hours of searching and no sign of Mannar, officials called off the search for the night and resumed it Monday morning. Divers on Monday morning dove in the last known spot Mannar had been seen and found him about 90 feet straight down in the water on a rock ledge. Beyond that point, the lake drops off dramatically to a depth of more than 1,200 feet.last_img read more

Calgary sunny but a slushy mess a day after record autumn snowstorm

first_imgCALGARY – Streets and sidewalks were a slushy, slippery mess but the sun was shining brightly in Calgary on Wednesday after a record-breaking autumn snowstorm walloped parts of southern Alberta.The city’s director of roads, Troy McLeod, said more than 38 centimetres blanketed the city between Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Some areas got as many as 45 centimetres.In October, the city normally gets 10 centimetres of snow over the entire month.“Men and women have been working hard through the night for the last couple of days and we just want to thank our partners from Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Okotoks and from Red Deer coming to support us in this snow event,” he said.Tom Sampson, chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, said Calgary, and not the helping cities, will be footing the bill. But it remains to be seen whether other levels of government may assist, he said. There is no cost estimate yet.“It was a very intense short-duration snowfall that occurred just before our rush hour, so that made the large difference,” said Sampson, who added that the city will consider whether it makes sense to call in help from other communities for future out-of-the-ordinary snow events.Several city buses got stuck on the roads Tuesday. Transit director Doug Morgan said Wednesday was a better day, but a few buses were still unable to make it up hills.“I would call today a challenging day, but fairly conventional when it comes to winter operations.” Morgan said there will be a review of how operations can be improved in future.RCMP said officers responded to 83 collisions in southern Alberta over 24 hours.Part of the main highway between Calgary and Edmonton was closed overnight due to a multi-vehicle crash involving up to 30 vehicles. One person died. The road didn’t open again until 5 a.m.West of Calgary, hundreds of people were stranded for up to 13 hours on the Trans-Canada Highway. Police escorted stranded motorists to a warming centre at a high school in Canmore, just outside Banff National Park, early Wednesday morning.By mid-day, the Trans-Canada and secondary Highway 1A west of Calgary had reopened, but traffic was still backed up and travel was not recommended.Rosemary Thompson, vice-president at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, landed at the Calgary Airport from Toronto on Tuesday in the thick of the snowstorm.As she got on a shuttle bus to Banff, she asked the driver whether he had enough gas. He told her they’d be fine for two days.A drive that normally takes 1 1/2 hours lasted seven.“It was terrible. It was epic,” Thompson said.She and the 30 or so other passengers passed the time chatting. She told one visitor from the United Kingdom, who was hoping to see some fall colours, that he’d enjoy Christmas instead.She said the driver handled everything like a pro.“He was the picture of calm and cool all the way through this and he was watching his iPad for the 511 emergency information online and he was able to tell us what he thought was going on,” she said. “I really give him a lot of credit because he really set the tone on the bus and everybody got through.”Thompson said she saw several vehicles trying to pass along the shoulder but ended up in the ditch. The whole time, she only saw one RCMP vehicle, she said.Wednesday was a much better day, she said.“It’s the perfect winter day in Banff — couldn’t be more beautiful.”last_img read more

Theatre roles need to change following Soulpepper harassment allegations Winnipeg directors say

first_img Twitter Behind the scenes in Canada’s theatre community, a discussion about abusive behaviour has sprung up in the wake of allegations against one of the country’s most prominent theatre directors.Accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Albert Schultz, the co-founder and now former artistic director of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, highlight the unique power imbalance that exists within the world of theatre, Winnipeg-based director Ann Hodges said.“I think what’s unique about theatre is that we ask actors to be emotionally available, we ask them to take risks, we ask them to respond to the director. We give the director the mandate to create a situation, to create a role,” she said in an interview Thursday on CBC’s Information Radio. The fact that many actors and directors are self-employed can make it difficult for people to speak out, Hodges said.“You don’t want to ruin your reputation and become known as a ‘difficult’ person or ‘unco-operative’ or anything like that.“There are so many other things that are involved in theatre that place people in a more vulnerable situation.”Four women have filed separate civil suits against Schultz, who resigned Thursday as Soulpepper’s artistic director, while vowing to challenge the allegations, which have not been proven in court. The women accuse him of unwanted groping, harassment and sexual remarks in the workplace over a period of 13 years. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Security Council can benefit from closer ties with UN peacebuilding body –

23 March 2011The Security Council can benefit from enhanced interaction with the United Nations body set up to help post-conflict countries avoid slipping back into war, the head of the Peacebuilding Commission said today. As the 15-member Council discussed post-conflict peacebuilding, Ambassador Eugene-Richard Gasana of Rwanda noted that the Commission could provide early peacebuilding perspectives which could help the Council in designing the role of peacekeeping missions. The Commission can also provide a platform to for partnerships and engagement with key actors, “thus ensuring broader buy-in to the peacebuilding processes and facilitate informed draw down of peacekeeping missions,” said Mr. Gasana, who serves as Chairman of the Commission. An additional function could be to monitor the progress of countries from stabilization to consolidation of peace, he added. Set up in 2005, the Commission provides strategic advice and harnesses expertise and financing from around the world to aid post-conflict nations with recovery projects. Countries can also avail themselves of financial assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund to jump-start rebuilding projects. The Commission currently has six post-conflict countries on its agenda – Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ambassador Peter Wittig of Germany, the body’s former chairperson, told the Council that by linking up the Commission’s work to that of peacekeeping, development and political actors in the field, the Commission has added considerable value. “The challenge facing the Commission in demonstrating its full potential, however, is to ensure that is work is backed by a higher level of political commitment from the Member States and the senior United Nations leadership,” he stated, echoing a message he delivered to the General Assembly earlier this week. He voiced the hope that today’s meeting, like the one convened by the Assembly, will help realize the full potential of the Commission, “an advisory body which is uniquely positioned to help the United Nations meet the challenges facing our collective capacity to deliver on the promises to respond to the needs of millions of peoples in the countries emerging from conflict.” read more

Norwegian vessel to survey marine resources in Sri Lanka

The new marine research vessel RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen is owned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and is jointly operated by the Institute of Marine Research of Norway, and Food and Agriculture organization to help developing countries improve their fisheries management. He further stated that this is part of the new Ocean strategy of Norway and Norway considers this as ‘creating partnerships for the oceans’ as it enhances sharing knowledge both across industries and across international borders. The Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther addressing a distinguished gathering at an event to recognize the finalization of the planning schedules for the Vessel’s arrival to the Bay of Bengal, stated that the new research vessel will make it possible to significantly step up Norway’s assistance for ecosystem-based marine management in developing countries. The Norwegian Research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen is to visit Sri Lankan waters in 2018 to carry out a survey on the marine resources. This is part of the technical and institutional cooperation on Fisheries between Norway and Sri Lanka, which was endorsed by the top level political authorities of the two countries, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said today.The aim of the planned survey is to know the current status of marine resources including fish stocks and to investigate stocks of unexploited/ underutilized fishery resources on the continental shelf and slope. The last stock assessment for Sri Lanka has been carried out by the previous Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in 1978 to 1980. read more

Accounting conference hosts students from 11 universities

Students from eleven universities will convene at Brock this weekend for the Brock University Accounting Conference (BUAC).Eighteen teams, or 72 delegates in total, will compete in the annual event on Saturday, Nov. 19. BUAC gives students the chance to hone the skills and knowledge they’ll need in the accounting field.The theme of this year’s conference is technology and its impact on the accounting profession. Students will expand their network with peers from other schools and hear guest speakers. They’ll also tackle a challenging case component created by James Moore, Ian Adamson and Gail Cook, professor in Brock’s Faculty of Business. read more

WatchWhy you shouldnt expect lower milk and egg prices following new USMCA

Canadians hoping their weekly grocery staples like milk and eggs may soon cost less thanks to a new trade deal that opens up Canada’s dairy industry may be out of luck. Experts say the trilateral agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico is unlikely to bring prices down, but could leave shoppers with more choices in the dairy aisle.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement announced Sunday night will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7.U.S. President Donald Trump had long criticized Canada’s supply management system for undercutting American exports and hurting U.S. farmers.Canada implemented supply management in the dairy industry in the 1970s, which sets quotas on production based on anticipated demand. The government decides how much farmers are paid for their production and blocks out foreign production with high tariffs.USMCA: A trade deal that does no harm, but breaks no groundSupply managed farmers to get compensation as a result of trade dealCanadian dairy farmers critical of new USMCA trade deal, says it will have ‘dramatic impact’ on sectorPrior to the new deal, experts said Trump did not necessarily want to dismantle supply management, but rather was more angered by milk classifications like Class 7. These will be eliminated under the new deal.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement announced Sunday night will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which released a statement from its president saying the deal “will have a dramatic impact” on the sector and farmers, can’t answer if there will be any changes to consumer prices, wrote spokeswoman Lucie Boileau in an email.“We’re still analysing the agreement.”The Canadian Dairy Commission did not respond to a request for comment about how the new deal may impact consumer prices. The commission sets support prices for butter and skim milk powder, which provinces use as a reference to establish provincial prices for industrial milk.The one positive for consumers — at least those in bigger markets like Toronto or Vancouver — may be more choice in the dairy aisles, said Mike von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph. He adds there won’t be a substantial change in retail prices.Von Massow points to the cheese aisle as an example of increasing variety. Growth has been small, he said, but there’s a broader range of product now than 15 years ago.Since Canada entered the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, with the European Union and allowed more European cheese to be imported into the country, he said, there’s been growth in varieties available.“We’re seeing a wider variety of cheeses than we’ve ever seen before rather than the bottom falling out of the cheese market.” Cole Burston/Getty Images “I don’t see a big, immediate impact on retail pricing,” said Al Mussell, founder of Agri-Good Economic Systems Inc., an agriculture and food research organization.The standard four-litre bag of milk is a loss leader for most grocers that sell it below the price needed to make a profit, he said. Additionally, a high proportion of cheese and butter is on promotion at any given time, he said.“Nothing changes there.”The new deal’s elimination of Class 7 milk — ultra-filtered or diafiltered milk that is essentially a protein-heavy concentrate used to make cheese and other dairy products — is the biggest news item, said Sylvain Charlebois, a Dalhousie University professor who is the lead author on an annual food price report, estimating how much grocery and restaurant prices will rise or fall over the coming year.In 2016, Canada created the Class 7 pricing agreement that has essentially restricted U.S. exports of the product. It allows Canadian dairy processors to buy domestic milk at cheaper world market prices instead of higher prices controlled by the national supply management system.Eliminating that class would allow processors to become more competitive and potentially give grocers room to bring down prices, Charlebois said.“It doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers will reap the rewards or that the sector will pass on savings to consumers,” he said.If cheaper products than what’s available in Canada come in on the wholesale market, said Mussell, grocers will just eat less of a loss on their dairy promotions or loss leaders.Milk for sale at a grocery store in Ontario. read more

Security Council fully prepared to use sanctions on those blocking peace in

Through a statement read out by its July President, Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière of France, the Council urged all Ivorian parties to follow through commitments on demobilization, holding of elections and other issues that were made at a 5 July “mini-summit” organized by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Yamoussoukro, the capital of the country, which has been divided between a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south since 2002.In order to create the conditions indispensable for the holding of free, open, fair and transparent elections by the end of October, the 15-member body urged all Ivorian parties to accelerate progress in all these areas.The Council threatened to impose sanctions, already authorized by a 2004 resolution, on anyone who blocked progress by inciting hatred, violating human rights or the arms embargo, or obstructing the work of the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), the French forces which support it, the High Representative for the elections, and other international facilitators.The Council welcomed the intention of the Secretary-General to call a meeting on the situation in September 2006 to take stock of the situation and chart further action. read more

Loonie nears threemonth high as US dollar loses position on political tensions

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was higher again Tuesday, extending recent gains to heights not seen in nearly three months.The loonie moved up 0.39 of a cent to 91.56 cents US.The last time the loonie closed that high was on Jan. 13 when it ended the day at 92.20.Despite the currency’s climb in the past few weeks after trading below 89 cents US in late March, the loonie is still short of its 2014 high of about 94 cents US, according to Bank of Canada data.Some of the Canadian currency’s perceived momentum Tuesday came from a decline in the U.S. dollar against the yen and euro.On Monday, pro-Russian separatists seized a provincial administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and proclaimed the region independent — an echo of events prior to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Though Ukrainian authorities say they are driving them out, tensions remain.In Canada, the latest construction figures couldn’t drum up much optimism for the domestic economy.A report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted rate of 156,823 units in March, while Statistics Canada reported the value of building permits, a measure of future construction, dropped 11.6 per cent to $6.1 billion in February.“The outsized drop in homebuilding activity in March indicated that a weather-related effect likely persisted during the first three months of 2014,” wrote Laura Cooper, an economist at RBC Economics, in a note.“As the weather effect eases, we expect housing starts activity to retrace this recent weakness.”Traders have been focused on the state of the global economy and the speed of growth in the coming months.A report from the International Monetary Fund says threats from super-low inflation and outflows of capital from emerging economies threaten worldwide growth. The organization says it expects the global economy to grow 3.6 per cent this year and 3.9 per cent in 2015, up from three per cent last year.Those figures are one-tenth of a percentage point below the IMF’s previous forecasts in January. However, the fund nudged its 2014 forecast for Canada upward one-tenth of a point to 2.3 per cent this year.In commodities, oil prices settled at the highest level in a month, with the May crude contract gaining $2.12 to US$102.56 a barrel. June gold bullion rose to a two-week high, up $10.80 to US$1,309.10 an ounce.The Canadian dollar also appeared to avoid any impact it could have felt from the Quebec provincial election. A solid Liberal victory and resounding defeat for the separatist Parti Quebecois on Monday cleared the possibility of any referendum in the near future. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2014 3:19 pm MDT Loonie nears three-month high as US dollar loses position on political tensions read more