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What You Signal When You Move Price in the Wrong Direction

first_imgLowering your price to compete with your competitor’s pricing sends a strong signal to your prospective clients. Unfortunately, that signal isn’t what you might believe it to be.A Question of ValueYou believe lowering your price will signal that you are a greater value, and that your dream client will believe they can have what they really want while paying less. You believe that a lower price will position you as an alternative to your competitor’s price, which some people will surely feel is too high. You know that some people will in fact buy based on your lower price.But the lower price is a different signal to other people. Even though you may not like this, your lower price may be perceived as an admission that your offering isn’t as good or complete as your competitor’s offering. Some of your dream clients will see this as your capitulation, your surrendering the higher value play to your competitor. Those prospects who want the very best will often believe that something with a lower price is inferior.Price is a ShortcutPricing is a heuristic; it’s something that lets us learn something for ourselves. When you buy something that you believe is a bargain and it fails to deliver value, you have learned that lower price often means  you are making concessions when it comes to value. When you pay more, you learn that things of higher quality tend to cost more, and they also tend to outperform similar items that cost less.Like much else we do in sales, we project our beliefs about what we sell, sometimes unknowingly. A lower price can make it easier for you to acquire clients who care deeply about price. Many of these same clients believe price and cost are the same thing. A higher price can make it easier for you to acquire clients who care deeply about value, and who recognize that paying more delivers that greater value.Pricing isn’t easy. But moving prices down may not accomplish what you hope it does, and it may cause longer term damage to your overall strategy. Moving prices up is a show of confidence, that you are flexing your value creation muscles, proving that you are in the same category as what might have been a higher priced competitor.Make sure you move pricing in the direction that helps you accomplish your strategic goals.last_img read more

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No Federer, Serena, Sharapova, no problem for Roland Garros

first_imgLakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo The annoucement came in the wake of Djokovic parting with long-time coach Marian Vajda earlier this month, having also ended a three-year relationship with Boris Becker at the end of last season.Eight-time major winner Agassi, who has only committed to the French Open so far, has never coached at such a level before and has been away from the sport for more than a decade since retiring in 2006.The open French OpenWho will be the 2017 women’s champion? Who knows? The champions from 2010 to 2015 — Serena Williams (2013 and 2015), Maria Sharapova (2012 and 2014), Li Na (2011) and Francesca Schiavone (2010) — are absent.Defending champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain picked up a neck injury in Rome and has won just two matches on clay all season.World number one Angelique Kerber’s best run was a 2012 quarter-final spot. This claycourt season, the German lost first time out at Rome having retired with a back injury after two matches in Madrid.Simona Halep, the 2014 runner-up in Paris and winner in Madrid this year before being a losing finalist in Rome, looks the most likely champion-in-waiting — just.Kvitova, Del Potro — high on emotionOut of action since injuring her left hand fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in December, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova may yet still be a late-entry into Roland Garros where she was a semi-finalist in 2012.She’d be a popular champion as would be Juan Martin del Potro, the giant Argentine whose huge potential, illustrated by his 2009 US Open victory, should have been the first chapter in a Grand Slam success story.However, an agonising series of wrist injuries pushed him to the brink of retirement before a comeback last year saw him reach the Olympics final.Practically unplayable on his day, Del Potro was a semi-finalist in Paris in 2009 but last played the tournament in 2012, losing a two sets lead to go down to Roger Federer in the quarter-finals. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his men’s second round match against Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAURoland Garros organizers are confident that the absence from the 2017 French Open of Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will just be a footnote when the story of the second major of the season is told.“The absence of these three stars does not weaken the tournament because Roland Garros remains an institution and the Holy Grail for a player,” French tennis historian Jean-Christophe Piffau told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Last year, he played two rounds before a wrist injury forced an early withdrawal.But he has been rejuvenated in 2017, reaching the Australian Open and Miami finals and winning in Madrid for a record-equalling 30th Masters title.Djokovic and Agassi, starstruck double actWhen Djokovic completed the career Grand Slam by winning his first Roland Garros title in 2016, the Serb held all four majors at the same time.But the former world number one has — by his standards — struggled since, admitting motivation has been a problem.There were signs of life when he reached the Rome Masters final last weekend where his defeat was soon relegated in significance by his appointment of US legend Andre Agassi as his new coach.ADVERTISEMENT Del Potro is ranked 30 this week; 12 months ago, he was down at 233.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Owners move 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa, LA gets 2022 ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why “The Grand Slam tournaments are anchored in the history of tennis, which is what makes them both special and prized.”With that in mind, AFP Sports looks at the storylines likely to dominate the French Open which starts on Sunday:Perfect 10 for Nadal?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThis year Nadal has captured a 10th Monte Carlo Masters and 10th title in Barcelona; now the great Spaniard targets what many in the sport thought was impossible — a 10th Roland Garros.The champion in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Nadal, now 30, was written off when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals, ending a 39-match win streak in Paris since his shock defeat to Robin Soderling in 2009. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athleteslast_img read more

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UM Lohia slashes prices of two bikes by up to Rs 5,700

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) UM Lohia Two Wheelers today announced a reduction in prices of its two bikes by up to Rs 5,700 with immediate effect to pass on the expected benefit of GST to customers.The company, a joint venture between US-based UM International and Lohia Auto, has cut the price of Renegade Sports S by Rs 4,199.01 and Renegade Commando by Rs 5,684.29.Taxes on motorcycles shall reduce in most states with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1 2017, although benefits vary from state to state.Currently, Renegade Sports S is priced at Rs 1,78,518 while Renegade Commando is tagged at Rs 1,84,397 (ex-showroom Pune).”We have decided to preemptively extend benefits before the GST is implemented. We are committed to delivering customer satisfaction and giving authentic, pure motorcycling experience to our community and consumers,” UM Lohia Two Wheelers CEO Rajeev Mishra said in a statement.Under GST, most of the two-wheelers will attract a tax rate of 28 per cent, lower than total tax incidence of around 30 per cent at present.Motorcycles with engine capacity of over 350 cc will attract an additional cess of three per cent.Already, Bajaj Auto and Royal Enfield have announced a reduction in prices of their motorcycles to pass on the expected benefits of GST to customers. PTI MSS JMlast_img read more

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How to be a successful physiotherapist: Everything from education cost to job prospects

first_img Roshni Chakrabarty New DelhiApril 7, 2017UPDATED: September 13, 2019 15:11 IST career as a physiotherapistPhysiotherapy or physical therapy originated in ancient Greece as a way to use massages to ease bodily pain. While initially, this branch of medical science was used to treat back and neck pains, and certain orthopaedic and neurological problems, physiotherapists now cater to a vast range of medical branches, including general surgery, gynaecology and sports medicine.Physiotherapists help patients regain proper physical movement with the help of massages, exercises and a combination of therapies using heat, wax and electricity. With increasing stress and sedentary jobs in today’s common lifestyle, the need for physiotherapists and the resulting job prospects have increased markedly.India Today Education got talking with Shrikant Iyengar, Director of Education and Academy Member, ProHealth Asia Physiotherapy & Rehab Centre, on the prospects of physiotherapy as a career and how to go about it.1. What educational qualifications should a student ideally have for a career in physiotherapy?Shrikant Iyengar: Any individual aspiring to be a physiotherapist requires a high school completion certificate (10+2) with an elective science stream. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are core subjects in the physiotherapy course, while English is the compulsory language of the curriculum.2. How can one choose good institutes which are offering such courses or degrees?SI: There are many government and private organisations offering various physiotherapy courses within India. Overall, the standard of physiotherapy education has improved tremendously over the years with more postgraduate options now available to physiotherapy graduates. Any reputed organisation, preferably attached to a medical hospital, and preferably recognized by Indian Association of Physiotherapists, would be an ideal choice.advertisement3. What is the approximate cost incurred in getting such a qualification from both private and government institutes?SI: The cost of university fees for completion of the physiotherapy degree in a government organization may cost around INR 60,000 to 1,00,000, while for a private college, it could range between INR 3,00,000 to 6,00,000, varying from university to university.4. Are there any particular soft skills (non-academic skills) required to make better physiotherapists?SI: Pleasing manners, an empathetic and caring attitude, excellent communications skills, analytical thinking and the ability to connect with people are some of the very important soft skills required to be a successful physiotherapist.5. What is the current scope of physiotherapy in India? Is there much demand for physiotherapists?SI: Physiotherapy is a growing profession within India because we work to improve the lifestyle of the population. The present way of life is becoming more demanding with increased stress levels and reduced physical activity, combined with common disorders such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. This demographic means the demand for the physiotherapists is constantly rising, and in turn, offering more rewarding job opportunities.6. What are the various job prospects in physiotherapy? Tell us more about the job roles.SI: Fortunately, physiotherapists have the option of working in a broad spectrum of disciplines:The sports and fitness industry continues to grow in India and with it, the demand for wellness expertsPublic and private hospitals cater for a wide spectrum of specialties from Intensive Care through to Rehabilitation following accidents or strokes, and also have Pediatric and Geriatric departmentsPrivate clinics treat conditions where the clients are more active such as following knee surgery, experiencing back pain or keeping fit after having a babyAcademic organizations such as universities and home care physiotherapy services are other prospective career optionsPhysiotherapists have a role in academia, the prevention of injuries, injury management and rehabilitation, and can work in the wellness industry where a holistic approach is adopted to optimally manage an individual7. What is the usual starting salary and the overall financial prospect for a physiotherapist?SI: The salary varies depending on the experience and the expertise of the physiotherapist. A potential employee with a Master’s degree can attract a better income; however, the final salary will always depend upon the individual hospital or clinic.Income increment is directly proportional to the increasing number of years of experience, combined with additional skill sets from continuous education and following the recent advancements in the physiotherapy industry.8. What are the rewarding factors of a career as a physiotherapist?SI: I personally believe physiotherapy is one of the finest and most rewarding professions because there is no better feeling than helping people to live normal, healthy and pain-free lives. The satisfaction and excitement of a patient achieving their goal of living life to the fullest capacity can never be measured. An added bonus is it teaches the physiotherapist to also live a healthy and active life due to their understanding of wellness and disease prevention.advertisement9. Could you name some top companies which hire physiotherapists?SI: Of course ProHealth Asia would be on the top of my list as we are always keen to hire bright physiotherapists as we endeavour to grow our business in India. Over the last few years, there has also been a sudden increase in demand for quality physiotherapy and rehabilitation services in this country with bigger companies and more institutions seeking well-trained physiotherapists to employ.10. Give 5 tips that can help a fresher physiotherapist get hired.SI: 1. Love your job and have the passion to grow and succeed.2. Continue to learn and look for new possibilities of advancements.3. Having a pleasant outlook with excellent communication skills.4. Try to identify one area of specialization within the profession and focus on acquiring the necessary skill set to achieve high proficiency.5. Always be open to getting information from experts in other disciplines such a doctors, nutritionists, strength and conditioning coaches, and psychologists to maximize the best outcome for the patient.Read: India’s dance guru Shiamak Davar tells you how to be a professional dancer Read: 11 ways to improve your web presence for your first job interview Read: Top 10 recruitment exams for 2017 with tentative exam dates For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow PhysiotherapyFollow PhysiotherapistsFollow Career As A PhysiotherapistFollow Education Cost For PhysiotherapyFollow How To Be A PhysiotherapistFollow Job Prospect As PhysiotherapistFollow Starting Salary As A PhysiotherapistFollow Tips To Be A Physiotherapist How to be a successful physiotherapist: Everything from education cost to job prospectsWith multiple specialisations, a career in physiotherapy has great prospects now thanks to the increasing aches and pains we tend to facewith sedentary lifestyles.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Elite Sniper School: Shoot at a Mile-Long Target in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Even some of the world’s best marksmen, including lifelong sharpshooters, would be hard-pressed to successfully hit a target from a half-mile. Wyoming’s Nomad Rifleman Private Long Range Precision Rifle Experience ups the ante with a bucket-list-worthy camp that trains everyday folks to make a mile-long shot — in just one day.Would-be snipers travel to one of two camps located in the high desert an hour outside of Jackson Hole. Here, visitors will find a sheltered shooting platform and a full arsenal of weaponry to train them for the task at hand. Throughout a full day, world-class sharpshooters work one-on-one with students, even those who’ve never shot before. The surrounding landscape is an ideal training ground, especially since the 7,000-foot elevation means less wind and fewer environmental factors to consider.Nomad Rifleman / FacebookThe class starts with small caliber guns and short-range targets. For the first half of the day, students learn the fundamentals of shooting on a 22LR, a .223 Rem, and a .308 — all from between 100 and 1,000 yards. Then, they’ll spend a few hours “plinking” with a 6.5 Creedmoor at longer-range targets up to 1,500 yards. Final skills are taught on a 7mm Rem Magnum and 300 Winchester Magnum with targets set out at 2,175 yards. The camp’s owners don’t guarantee a “hole in one,” but claim a client success rate of higher than 95% with no previous shooting experience required.Official statistics proving membership in the “One Mile Club” are hard to come by. By some estimates, fewer than 10,000 people in history have been able to hit a target at a full mile. To put that in perspective, as of December 2017, only 8,300 people have ever summitted Mount Everest. So, the “One Mile Club” is an exclusive club indeed. Should you succeed, you’ll receive a “Proof of Hit” certificate to commemorate your achievement.The price tag for the 1-Day Private Long Range Precision Rifle Course starts at USD $7,400 for up to two people. The all-inclusive rate includes transportation, a full day of weapon use, most necessary ammunition (additional rounds are available for purchase if you decide to go full Rambo), safety gear, and even a gourmet, chef-prepared lunch. Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Editors’ Recommendations Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Get to the Choppa! For $15,000, You Can Play Navy SEAL For a Day in Hawaii last_img read more

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Traffic Advisories Antigonish and Halifax counties

first_imgANTIGONISH COUNTY: Beaver Meadow Road To allow for repaving, Beaver Meadow Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Trunk 4 at James River, for 3.2 kilometres to the intersection of Mill Road. The work will take place from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX COUNTY: Trunk 7, Spry Harbour Bridge A 500-metre detour on Trunk 7 near Spry Harbour will allow for the replacement of the Spry Harbour Bridge. The detour will be in place 24-hours a day until Friday, Aug. 11. There will be two-way traffic on the detour with a maximum speed of 50 kilometres per hour. Local Area Office: 902-885-2821 Fax: 902-885-3090 -30-last_img read more

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Going prochoice

first_imgIt is only too ‘normal’ in a patriarchal system that the right of an individual be decided by society and that be shaped by the opinions of all and sundry. The right a person may exercise has to first be approved by the community at large, which may not necessarily have any significant contribution in allaying an individual’s very specific troubles whatsoever. The right to choose or not choose life inevitably goes through the filter of society to the rediculous extent that a situation is expected to be in conformity with the pre-conceived notions. The matter of induced abortion is a case in point. But as times change and society opens up to newer aspects of life, some changes, although met with resistance, wriggle their way in. Like on Monday, the Supreme Court admitted a writ petition seeking to decriminalise abortion and allowing women the right to exercise their reproductive choice. This is with the motive to redress severe restrictions on the reproductive choice of a woman, her personal liberty and her bodily autonomy. The Apex Court admits the petition to decriminalise abortion as “The right to exercise reproductive choice is the right to choose whether to conceive and carry pregnancy to its full term or to terminate is it at the core of one’s privacy, dignity, personal autonomy, bodily integrity, self determination and right to health recognised by Article 21 of the Constitution,” as per the petition filed by Swati Agarwal, Garima Sekseria and Prachi Vats. A Bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice to the Centre on their contention that several provisions of the 48-year-old Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1971, impose unreasonable restrictions on the reproductive choice of a woman, her personal liberty and bodily autonomy. The court has asked the government to respond to the petition. This is indeed a very progressive move that was long overdue. In a country that is aiming higher every time, and also where nearly half the workforce is female, clamping them down with laws over highly personal choices is only counter-productive and detrimental to economic progress. The law largely allows a woman to abort only if the continuance of the pregnancy (according to a medical practitioner) involves a risk to her life; grave physical or mental injury; or risk of serious foetal abnormalities. The first trimester of pregnancy entails lesser risk for abortion. However, there is no logical basis (or interest) for the state to interfere in a woman’s reproductive choice. The petition went on to say that “The restriction puts an undue burden on the exercise of free reproductive choice and renders it meaningless. This provision, in substance, makes right to terminate pregnancy an exception, which is otherwise recognised as an important facet of right to life, human dignity and self-determination”. It is time the state and society both realise this and take a step towards being more progressive, inclusive, and tolerant to alternative narratives for good.last_img read more

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Dances For One Week One Cause

first_imgDon’t miss the chance to see your favorite dance stars up close and personal in SWAY: A Dance Trilogy!This all-star production is set to premiere on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at The Olympia Theater at Gusman Center in downtown Miami, FL during Art Basel week.Starring Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, and special guests, SWAY presents the glamour and passion of ballroom and Latin dancing in a whole new way. The all-star cast will feature world-class celebrity dancers. Audiences can expect spectacular visuals, original choreography, a fusion of multiple dance styles, and incredible performances from Dance With Me professionals.This star-studded engagement of SWAY will feature five (5) stunning shows running from Thursday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 6th, a fundraising gala, golf tournament, and an educational dance camp — all to benefit One Week, One Cause, a weeklong fundraising effort to support Alfalit International’s work to end illiteracy around the world.SWAY offers a glimpse into the lives of Maksim, Tony, and Val off-screen, which comes to life onstage. SWAY is divided into three parts, each anchored by one of the stars of the show. SWAY whisks audiences through the timeless elegance of ballroom’s golden era, to modern dance fusion of today’s urban youth, climaxing with the heart pounding rhythms of the Latin night-club scene. The show also features innovative choreography from two of ballrooms’ emerging standout artists: Joao Tiago Fernandes and David Thomas Moore. The mesmerizing visuals, which allow for an interactive audience experience, are guaranteed to delight theatergoers. Dance With Me is excited to take live theatrical ballroom dancing to a brand new level.VIP ticket holders will get a chance to meet the stars at the exclusive pre-show meet and greet, and also attend Saturday night’s official after-party hosted by Maks, Tony, and Val. Tickets are now available to purchase online! To purchase tickets please visit www.swayshow.com.Alfalit’s inaugural golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Turnberry Isle Miami, an award-winning golf resort that has hosted the PGA and the LPGA on its two championship courses. Alfalit supporters will have the chance to play golf with SWAY stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Henry Byalikov. The tournament schedule will include breakfast, 18 holes of golf and an awards luncheon.One Week, One Cause was conceived by Alfalit’s volunteer President, Joseph Milton, who also serves as CEO and President of J. Milton & Associates. Mr. Milton selected Ms. Alexia Echevarria, executive editor of Venue Magazine, and Roger Huxman, Founder of Huxman Financial Services, as event chairpersons. “We are thrilled to take Alfalit’s annual fundraising event to a whole new level this year. SWAY and the golf tournament are exciting additions to the weeklong events surrounding Art Basel. We are grateful that these amazing artists and athletes are coming to Miami and supporting Alfalit’s mission to deliver literacy, basic education and life-changing programs to the neediest populations around the world.”For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Todd Talbott, Director of Communications at 323-804-0521 or email at tbtalbott2009@aol.com.Founded in 1961, Alfalit International, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides literacy, basic education, pre-school, community development, health, disease (HIV/AIDS, Cholera, Malaria and TB) prevention, nutrition and job skills and vocational training programs. Alfalit currently serves 120,000 men, women and children in 24 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the United States. The organization has been recognized at both the 2006 and 2007 White House Conferences on Global Literacy, and received honors as well as the First Price in Adult Literacy Programs from UNESCO. For more information, please visit www.alfalit.org.last_img read more

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Stars Attend Point Honors New York

first_imgCelebrities and 400 guests experienced an inspiring evening at The Plaza last night, in support of Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.Ronan Farrow and Thomas RobertsCredit/Copyright: Dia Dipasupil/GettyThe annual Point Honors New York event raises funds for Point’s higher education scholarships, as well as mentoring and leadership programs.Influential journalist Ronan Farrow was presented with the Point Courage Award by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, himself a past Point honoree. The Point Courage Award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ and allied community and believe investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow. Farrow said:“Being a part of the LGBT community – which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible – that has been an incredible source of strength for me. LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there.”Laura Benanti at Point HonorsCredit/Copyright: Dia Dipasupil/GettyActor and singer Laura Benanti was introduced by fellow Broadway star Celia Keenan Bolger, who presented Benanti with the Point Impact Award. The award recognizes an individual making a significant impact on improving the LGBTQ and allied community. Accepting the award, Benanti said:“Now, more than ever, we need organizations like the Point Foundation to support, protect, energize and mobilize those of us who were not born rich, cis, white men…Thank you again for this tremendous honor. I promise to do my best to make an impact for LGBT youth every day.”Actor and musician from FOX’s hit series, “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, performed a set of uplifting songs, while comedian Michelle Collins hosted the festive evening. Additional celebrity attendees included Jason Collins, Tamron Hall, Eileen Kelly, Andrew Kennan-Bolger, Don Lemon, Valerie Smaldone, and others.“The many generous sponsors and supporters Point is fortunate to call friends, all sincerely believe that the source of our nation’s strength and potential is its youth,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Everyone joining us tonight, from our honorees to each audience member, is helping Point empower the next generation of leaders our world needs.”Sponsors for Point Honors Presenting: Wells FargoPremiere Sponsors: Cadillac, Hilton, HSBC, Janssen Infection DiseasesPrincipal Sponsors: Merrill Lynch, Time WarnerNational Media Sponsors: The Advocate and Pride.comLocal Media Sponsor: Gay City NewsFriend of Point: Winston Art Grouplast_img read more

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Kanesatake marches in love and respect

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Quebec, members of the Mohawk community of Kanesatake wanted to show their support to Theresa Spence and other First Nations taking part in Wednesday;s Day of Action.Kanesatake has a special connection to Indigenous resistance.As APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette explains, the minds of many of the Mohawks marching were taken back to the days of the Oka crisis.last_img

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United Nations Withdraws Accreditation of ProPolisario Journalist

New York – The United Nations has decided to withdraw the accreditation of American journalist, Matthew Russell Lee, for “improper conduct.”In a letter dated February 19, 2016 to Russel Lee, UN Undersecretary General for Public Information, Cristina Gallach, informed the American journalist of her department’s decision to withdraw his accreditation.The decision comes after an incident that occurred on January 29 during the United Nations Correspondent Association Annual General Meeting. “After reviewing the facts, the Department of Public Information has determined that your actions were in violation of the United Nations Media Guidelines, which you agreed to by accepting the Media ID and when you received your accreditation,” says the letter of the UN Undersecretary General.Prior to the meeting, Russel Lee had lashed out against the UNCA for selling seats with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for $6,000 during a meeting in Wall Street held on December 15, 2015. Following the meeting, the American journalist said the UN Secreatry General “can be sold.”“UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon can be sold; it has been made clear here in New York and, at least as of February 5, in the UK. But they charge less over there,” Russell Lee said on his blog Inner City Press.Lee’s claims caused a number of journalists accredited to the United Nations to call on the Secretariat to ban him from attending a meeting in the UN Press Briefing Room.Reacting to the UNCA’s call, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric asked UN Security officers to escort Lee out of the room.In the UN headquarters, Russell Lee is known for his support of the Polisario and his hostility towards Morocco concerning the Western Sahara conflict. Since he was accredited as a UN journalist about a decade ago, he was considered by many to be the Polisario and Algeria’s mouthpiece inside the United Nations.In addition, the American made a name for himself as the “journalist to avoid” during UN press briefing, whether at the UN Security Council stakeout or in other press conferences held inside UN premises. Very often, his questions aimed more to provoke UN officials and member states than to obtain their views and positions on the questions being discussed.Following the decision to withdraw his accreditation, Russell Lee has been asked to vacate the office on the third floor of the UN building. read more

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At global student forum Ban urges future generation of leaders to make

11 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on student leaders gathered at a United Nations forum in the Republic of Korea to make a difference and actively engage in tackling global challenges such as defeating poverty and creating a more sustainable world. “Help shape our world for the better; help us meet the collective tests of our times; and help the United Nations deliver what the world needs at this crucial moment,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the Third Global Model United Nations Conference, held in the city of Incheon. Organized by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), the conference has brought together hundreds of university students from more than 60 countries to simulate the General Assembly plenary and deliberate on economic, social and political issues. The theme for the 10-14 August meeting, the third in a series that were held previously in Geneva and Kuala Lumpur, is Sustainable Development: Advancing Human Progress in Harmony with Nature.“Your experience in this conference will give you a full taste of the complexity of international relations, the intricacies of negotiations among diverse peoples and perspectives, the challenges of achieving consensus and the patience required to win progress,” Mr. Ban told the students.“The United Nations needs your engagement on the challenges that will shape the world you leave to your children,” he said, urging delegates to use the knowledge and skills they gain from the conference to advance UN objectives such as ridding the world of nuclear weapons, tackling climate change and standing up for human beings in crisis. “You are an important part of the solution,” stated Mr. Ban. “The world needs your active engagement. Twenty years from now, my generation will largely have left the scene. You, here today, will stand in our place, very soon.”Also addressing the students today was Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka, who noted that the conference afforded young people a “paramount opportunity” to learn about the complexities of international diplomacy as they work to resolve real world challenges. He said he was confident that their work over the coming days will inspire everyone who is preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – also known as Rio+20 – in June next year.Also today, the Secretary-General spoke to the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the capital, Seoul, and later to a packed audience of school and university students in Incheon. He told the students to look beyond their own borders and to become global citizens.At the Chamber of Commerce, he urged major Korean corporate leaders to help support the work of the UN, and urged the Government to boost its overseas development assistance to be more commensurate with the country’s economic prowess.Tomorrow Mr. Ban will speak to the diplomatic corps and visit the Foreign Ministry. He will also take part in a Korean Red Cross event to help children in Africa and meet the Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seoul. read more

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UNHRC urged to push for timetable in new Lanka resolution

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been urged to push Sri Lanka for a timetable for implementing the recommendations in resolution 30/1 when a new resolution is submitted at the 34th session which begins in Geneva next week.In a letter to the Permanent Missions in Geneva, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has sought support in ensuring that the upcoming consideration of Sri Lanka’s progress toward implementing its commitments under United Nations Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 accurately and substantively reflects the situation within the country. A key element of the resolution consists of transitional justice promises: a special court including international judges and prosecutors to try cases of war crimes by all parties to the conflict, an office on missing and disappeared persons, a truth-seeking and reconciliation mechanism, and a reparations mechanism.HRW says the Government has made only halting progress towards fulfilling these commitments. A hastily drafted and passed law to establish an Office of Missing Persons was done without thorough consultation of key stakeholders, and the office has yet to be set up. The three other promised mechanisms have not made significant progress. Reliable reports indicate that the Government team working on these three mechanisms has prepared draft legislation but as yet they have not been shared with stakeholders.“A report issued by the Government-appointed Consultation Task Force (CTF), which conducted extensive nationwide consultations on the transitional justice mechanisms, should be given the attention it deserves. The CTF report contains specific detailed recommendations, drawn from all affected communities including the security services, and provides an important blueprint for the way forward. The government may be commended for mandating these wide-ranging consultations, and should be encouraged through the anticipated Council resolution to engage with the CTF report’s findings and give due consideration to implementing its recommendations. To do otherwise would be tantamount to a dismissal of victims’ voices. It was the victims’ rights groups that sustained a diligent campaign over many years that helped to make resolution 30/1 possible. The CTF report and its recommendations should be at the forefront in the design of Sri Lanka’s promised four transitional justice mechanisms,” HRW added. HRW says an additional note of concern on Sri Lanka’s progress on transitional justice is its ongoing resistance to any foreign involvement in the four mechanisms. “We acknowledge at the outset the positive steps taken by the Government to date. Four UN Special Procedures, plus the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, have visited Sri Lanka since the resolution was adopted. By all accounts, their visits received Government cooperation, and they were unhindered in their movements and meetings. Two nationwide consultations have been carried out, one on constitutional reform and the other on transitional justice. The Government has released some reports from previous government commissions of inquiry into wartime abuses, and established coordination offices to deal with transitional justice and reconciliation issues. Importantly, the Government in May 2016 ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,” the letter said.However, HRW said it was concerned about the Government’s actual willingness to fully implement all aspects of resolution 30/1. “This includes both progress to date and the significant challenges remaining. At the end of this letter, we outline what we would consider to be the minimum key elements for a credible follow-up resolution,” the letter states. HRW noted that the resolution, adopted by the Council in October 2015 through consensus, contains 25 key undertakings by the Sri Lankan Government across a range of human rights issues. Government officials, including the president and cabinet members, have been increasingly unwilling to consider significant international involvement in the justice mechanism. This directly contravenes the call by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for a “hybrid” justice mechanism given the shortcomings of domestic institutions to ensure impartial investigations and witness protection, and the Sri Lankan government’s failure to take meaningful accountability measures since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009.HRW says it is imperative that the Council remain fully engaged with the process until the commitments Sri Lanka made to the Council and UN member states and its own people through its co-sponsorship of resolution 30/1 are fully met. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Leading Canadian pollster speaking at Brock Thursday

The importance of polls in the election process is undeniable. They provide a window into the minds of voters and often help guide the direction of campaigns.On the heels of a roller coaster 2015 Federal Election, Nanos Research CEO Nik Nanos will speak at Brock University Thursday night to deconstruct the election and provide insight into the issues, personalities and trends that made it fascinating.“Nik Nanos: Election 2015 Deconstructed,” hosted by Brock’s Department of Political Science, will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:30-9 p.m. at Brock’s Academic South Room 216 (near the entrance to Walker Complex). The event event is free to attend.Also speaking will be Munroe Eagles, Distinguished Professor of Canadian Studies at the University at Buffalo. read more

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Chine  des fossiles révèlent lexistence dune espèce humaine inconnue

first_imgChine : des fossiles révèlent l’existence d’une espèce humaine inconnueLes résultats d’analyses menées par une équipe de chercheurs chinois et australiens sur une série de fossiles découverts en Chine semble indiquer la découverte d’une nouvelle espèce humaine jusqu’à présent inconnue. Comprendre l’évolution de l’Homme est une quête complexe et pleine de rebondissements. Cette semaine, des paléoanthropologues de l’Université australienne de Nouvelles-Galles du Sud et de l’Institut d’archéologie du Yunnan en Chine ont ainsi annoncé avoir identifié des fossiles d’au moins trois individus aux caractéristiques à la fois archaïques et modernes. Or, l’espèce en question, baptisée “peuple du cerf rouge” ne semble s’affilier à aucun des représentants de la grande famille des hominidés, laissant à penser qu’il s’agirait d’un nouvel embranchement.Les datations effectuées sur les restes fossilisés datent l’existence du “peuple du cerf rouge” à une période allant de 14.500 à 11.500 ans avant J.C. Il s’agit donc de l’espèce la plus récente en dehors d’Homo sapiens découverte sur le continent asiatique. En effet, les restes retrouvés jusqu’à présent dans cette région remonteraient à plus de 100.000 ans. Au vue de son importance, la découverte a d’ores et déjà fait l’objet d’une publication au sein de la revue PloS One. Selon les experts, la nouvelle espèce aurait en fait évolué à peu près à la même époque que les hommes modernes au tout début de l’agriculture en Chine. “Ces nouveaux fossiles pourraient bien être ceux d’espèces inconnues ayant survécu jusqu’à la fin de l’ère glaciaire il y a environ 11.000 ans” souligne à l’AFP Darren Curnoe, directeur de l’équipe en charge des travaux de recherche. Il ajoute : “Ils pourraient aussi représenter des descendants de peuplades d’humains modernes inconnues qui auraient émigré d’Afrique plus tôt et n’auraient pas contribué génétiquement aux populations actuelles”.Mieux comprendre l’histoire évolutive de l’Homme en AsieLes fossiles, notamment crânes et dents ont été découverts en 1989 dans la grotte de Maludong (qui signifie cerf rouge), située dans la province du Yunnan au sud de la Chine. Mais il aura fallu attendre jusqu’à 2008 pour que ces restes soient enfin analysés. “En 2009, lorsque je travaillais en Chine avec le co-auteur le Professeur Ji Xueping, il m’a montré le bloc de roche qui contenait le crâne. Après avoir ramassé ma propre mâchoire au sol, nous avons décidé de faire de ces restes une priorité dans nos recherches”, se souvient pour LiveScience Darren Curnoe.”Il est sûrement possible que le peuple du cerf rouge soit né d’un phénomène de métissage entre les humains modernes et d’autres populations telles que les Denisoviens”, ajoute encore le scientifique. Aujourd’hui, la nouvelle découverte représente donc une véritable avancée dans la compréhension sur la manière dont les hommes modernes ont évolué en Eurasie. Mais les chercheurs ne comptent pas interrompre leurs travaux en si bon chemin. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Désormais, ceux-ci veulent extraire l’ADN des fossiles et le tester afin de voir à quel point le peuple du cerf rouge est proche des humains modernes ou même des Denisoviens. “Nous avons déjà fait un essai, mais sans succès”, regrette Darren Curnoe. Malgré tout, “la découverte de ces nouveaux humains, peuple du cerf rouge, ouvre le prochain chapitre dans l’histoire de notre évolution, celui de l’Asie, et cette histoire n’en est qu’à ses débuts”, conclut le co-auteur de l’étude.  Découvrez en images les fossiles et représentations du peuple du cerf rouge sur MaxisciencesLe 15 mars 2012 à 13:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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4 suspects in custody after 2 cars burglarized

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – One suspect is in custody, Friday morning, after two cars were burglarized in Plantation.7SkyForce HD flew over the Plantation Police perimeter, near 7564 N.W. 16th St., just after 8:30 a.m. when police were seen taking one of the four suspects into custody.According to police, four subjects were trying to open cars at an apartment complex parking lot. Two cars were burglarized in total, and the remaining suspects were taken into custody just before 10 a.m.Police said the stolen property was returned to the owners.Charges have not been announced for the four in custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Report Global Music Sales Climb To 19 Billion In 2018 Nearly Half

first_img Email Twitter Streaming, which we know was ruled by rap and hip-hop in 2018, accounted for 47 percent of all income, according to IFPI. This reflects a 34 percent growth from 2017, illustrating there is no slowing in streaming’s proliferation among consumers. The gap continues to widen between streaming and previous format titans such as physical music, which saw a 10.1 percent decline in revenue, and digital downloads, which dropped by 21.2 percent.The fastest growing region, according to the report, is Latin America, which saw a big pickup especially in Brazil and Mexico. Asia and Australia came in as the second largest region for combined physical and digital revenue.The K-pop explosion was also represented in the report, with an 18 percent rise in music sales in South Korea, which can be credited to breakout years from groups such as BTS and BLACKPINK. IFPI’s full “State Of The Industry” report can be read here.Closing The Gap: How Latina Artists Are Combating Gender Inequality In Urban Music Facebook Report: Global Music Sales Hit $19 Billion In 2018 report-global-music-sales-climb-19-billion-2018-nearly-half-streaming A 9.7 percent overall increase marks the highest annual bump in recent history and is led by notable rises in Latin America, Asia and AustraliaNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 3, 2019 – 4:34 pm The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has released the new Global Music Report 2019, showing an overall increase in sales of 9.7 percent in 2018. This jump is the highest rate since the IFPI began tracking the market in 1997.“Last year represented the fourth consecutive year of growth, driven by great music from incredible artists in partnership with talented, passionate people in record companies around the world,” said IFPI chief executive Frances Moore. “Record companies continue their investment in artists, people and innovation both in established markets and developing regions that are increasingly benefitting from being part of today’s global music landscape.” Read more Report: Global Music Sales Climb To $19 Billion In 2018, Nearly Half From Streaming News last_img read more

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Two cousins crushed under train

first_imgtrainTwo cousins including a minor were crushed under the wheels of a train in Lal Bridge area here on Friday afternoon.The deceased were identified as Sujan, 22, a third-year student of Chuadanga College and son of Alauddin Ali and Arafat Hossain, 9, a class three student and son of Nurnabi, both residents of Dingedaha village in sadar upazila.Quoting witnesses, Mintu Rahman, station master of Alamdanga Railway Station, said Rajshahi-bound Mahananda Express hit them while they were walking on the rail tracks, leaving them dead on the spot around 5:00pm.Abu Jihad, officer-in-charge of Alamdanga police station, said the accident took place while the duo was returning home after attending a kulkhani.Being informed, railway police recovered the bodies.last_img read more

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Africana Festival

first_imgThe Zapp Band performs on Aug. 28.A three day festival celebrating family, culture, and entertainment of the African Diaspora will be held Aug 28 through Aug. 30 on Atlantic Avenue. The State Farm FunkFest Beach Party kicks off on Aug. 28.  Featured artists include Confunkshun and the Zapp Band on Aug. 28; Larry Graham and Graham Central Station on Aug. 29; and Earle Carter and the Myra Smith Experience on Aug. 30 along with a host of performers from all over the region including the Fuzz Band, Rick Elliott, Elements Band, Butcher Brown Band, Marques Hicks & the MO Band and more. All performances are free. Cultural exhibits will include the Culture Walk on the boardwalk at 24th Street, performances by African dancers and a visit by Frederick Douglass. For program information, tickets, VIP package orders, event and sponsor information visit africanavirginiabeach.com or call 757-593-8562.last_img read more