What Does It Mean to Create Value Now

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The words “create value” are used so often and in so many different contexts that it can be challenging to know what it means—or what you are supposed to do to create value. I have written about something I called Level 4 Value Creation to describe a way of thinking about creating the highest level of value possible for your clients and dream clients by focusing on their strategic outcomes. I did my best to make it practical and tactical, but there are limits to the size and scope of a book.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchI am going to start with broad intentions and outcomes, going from general to specific.First PrinciplesValue is in the eyes of the beholder—or the recipient, for our purposes here. You have the right to develop a theory as to what should be valuable for another person, but they possess the right to determine their worth. Because perceptions about value vary, you may have to explain why your dream client should perceive the value in the way you view it.The person receiving the value needs to be better off in some way having received it. If the person is no better off having received the attempted value creation, it is not value.Value exists on a continuum. Some things are more valuable than others. My view of this continuum of value in sales is 1: Product Value, 2: Experience Value, 3: Tangible results, and 4: Strategic Value.Value has a contextual component, meaning something that might have been valuable in the past may not be helpful in the future. Something that would be valuable in one circumstance might be less useful when the conditions are different.Value creation tends to degrade over time; it has a half-life. The value you created in the past is not likely to be as valuable to your clients as the value you create now.Value creation may also build on prior value. It is possible to create an upward spiral of higher value over time.The greater the value you create, the more relevant you will be to your clients and your dream clients. An inability to create value will make you irrelevant.Value creation is found in your understanding. It is as much in your learning as it is your teaching. While it is important you help your clients discover something about themselves, it’s equally (or more) important that you allow them to educate you if you want to create a preference.Value Creation: In IdeasOne of the ways we create value is with ideas. This is why sharing the slide deck with your company’s history, logos from all your well-known clients, and an exhaustive list of products and services, does not create much value (unless your client is sincerely interested in learning more about your company.Ideas that help your client understand why they are struggling to produce the results they need: When you can explain to your client or prospect why they are not able to achieve the results they need, you have created value by educating them.Ideas that help your client understand what is possible: There is a better state available, but your client may not be aware of what that better start is—or how to get there (which will give more attention in the next point). Sharing ideas about what is possible is value creation.Ideas about how to get to a better future state: The value of your dream client knowing why they are struggling to produce results followed by what the future state might look like leads to the value of understanding how to generate those better results.Ideas that help prepare your client for the future: One of the areas where clients perceive value is your keeping them abreast of what’s coming in the future and how they might need to prepare themselves. If you want to be a trusted advisor, you have to be vigilant and protect your clients from harm.The reasons listed here are why nurturing your dream clients over time provides them value and increases their willingness to explore change with you.Value Creation: In Providing AdviceIdeas and advice are different. The word consultative may not mean what you think it means. While “being consultative” does suggest something about your bedside manner, what it means is that you tell people what to do, you advise, you offer counsel.Advice on following a process that will produce better results: In The Lost Art of Closing, I wrote a chapter on Controlling the Process. In that chapter, I made the case that one should guide their clients through the sales conversation, helping them make and keep commitments. The advice you offer here is value when it prevents your client from making mistakes that hurt their chances of producing the better results they need.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Advice on what your client needs to change: The very heart of selling is making a change. In The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I included a chapter on managing change. You create value when you advise your client on the things they need to different to produce a better result.Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedAdvice on when and how to change: Telling your dream client how to change is valuable when your client has a gap in understanding what they need to do to produce whatever outcome they are chasing. Telling them when to change is also value creation, especially when you are proactive enough to provide that advice before what they are doing harms them.Advice on trade-offs, choices, and decisions: Your subject matter expertise, business acumen, and situational knowledge combine to allow you to guide with the value of knowing what trade-offs your client might need to make, what choice they should consider, and what decisions they should make.Value Creation: In ExecutionThere is value in assisting your client with the execution of everything above. If your client struggles to execute, you create value by providing it.Execution as a pair of hands: Sometimes, what your client needs is a pair of hands to do some work they can’t do because they lack resources. In some circumstances, it means doing something for your client. In other situations, you will recognize this as outsourcing, taking over all the work for them to produce a result that can’t or don’t want to do.Execution in delivering results: You create value when you provide the results you sell. You eliminate value when you don’t (along with your client’s trust—and their future business). Better execution is more valuable to your clients. They also find more strategic outcomes more valuable.Execution and accountability: You create value by owning the outcomes you sell, taking responsibility for producing results, ensuring your team resolves your client’s issues. You also create value by mitigating any challenges by being resourceful and solving problems. You own the outcomes, but your team owns the transactions, which means you are accountable for your organization.There is more to say about execution and results. In part, it may be made up solving problems and eliminating challenges. It might also be made up of taking advantage of opportunities. Some issues are small, making the value creation equally small. Other problems and challenges are enormous, and solving them creates massive value. Opportunities also exist on a similar continuum.Value Creation: In ContextAn important consideration is the context in which you are trying to create value. The idea of context suggests one needs and other-orientation.Value in understanding what your client needs to know now: You need to be able to recognize where your client is now to understand what they need to know. It is okay to have a theory, and it is okay to be wrong. However, if you want to create value, helping your client learn what they need to know is a good starting point.Value in understanding the context in which you are offering advice: There is a reason we explore change with our clients to know what they need, why they need it, and what the best choices are for them specifically. You create value when you match your advice to the client, getting things right—something difficult to do if you don’t spend time learning from them as well as teaching.Methods of ValueThere are several ways you can create value for your clients and your dream clients.Inform: Providing information that helps your client understand something they want or need to learn is value.Educate: Teaching your client something they need to learn is a form of value creation. You create even greater value when your client wants to learn.Inspire: I am using the word “inspire” in a particular way here. If you believe selling is about helping people change in a way that improves their lives and their businesses as I do, then helping them believe it is necessary to change and take action is value creation.Entertain: You can improve how you create value by using methods that engage the people for whom you are creating value in a way that makes it easier to deal with the challenges of changing.On Being a Value CreatorIf you want to create value for others, the ideas here will give you a framework for thinking and acting in ways that others will perceive as value. If you want to produce better results for yourself and your clients, and if you’re going to do work that is purposeful and meaningful, there is not anything that does more for you than doing more for others.Being a value creator is a choice. It is a personal decision you make. Only others can determine whether what you do is valuable to them or not. You alone can decide to do what is necessary to produce some result that might make them believe you are a value creator.last_img read more

SEA Games: Cray settles for silver in 100m dash

first_imgView comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Khairul Jantan of Malaysia wins 100m dash. Eric Cray of the Philippines (right) comes in second. Photo from @KL2017 Twitter/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — Nineeteen-year-old Khairul Jantan of Malaysia stunned Filipino defending champion Eric Cray to capture the men’s 100-meter dash Tuesday night in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Cray, who ran in the 400m hurdles just one hour before the century dash final, stumbled across the finish line in an attempt to catch up with hometown bet who clearly got there first.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdlesJantan clocked 10.38 seconds, while Cray wound up with a time of 10.43 to settle for silver in the event that he won two years ago in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJantan and Cray figured in a head-to-head battle but the Malaysian soon established a half-stride lead going into the last 10 meters.READ: Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash MOST READ Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Obviously, Cray was too tired to put in his 100 percent as he was still recovering the 400m hurdles that he won.Zion Corrales Nelson didn’t place in the women’s century, an event the Philippines won in 2015 through Kayla Richardson who opted to concentrate on 200m and relays.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

9 months agoDONE DEAL: Rochdale sign Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Rochdale sign Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landellby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale have signed Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell on loan until the end of the season.Ebanks-Landell, 26, has played 50 times for Wolves since his debut in their League One-winning 2013-14 season.He has also had loan spells with Bury, Sheffield United as well as MK Dons.Rochdale boss Keith Hill said, “He’s of a young age but he has already experienced League One football,” said Hill.“He’s had promotion with Sheffield United and was involved in a relegation battle with MK Dons last season.“We see in Ethan the attributes that we need as a football team and a football club. He fits my DNA – it’s a good acquisition.” last_img read more

Cricket Australia takes first step towards pay parity, to match prize money for women’s T20 World Cup

first_img Next Cricket Australia takes first step towards pay parity, to match prize money for women’s T20 World CupThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced a 320 per cent increase in prize money for the Women’s T20 World Cup which ensures that the winners take home $1 million.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MelbourneOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 12:02 IST Australia Sports Minister Martin Pakula poses with the country’s T20 team captain Meg Lanning (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSPrize money for the men’s winners at the T20 World Cup stands at USD 1.6 millionCA said it will raise that amount by USD 600,000 if the Australia women’s team wins the tournamentICC has also announced that there will also be a substantial increase in the prize money for the Women’s 2021 World CupCricket Australia has announced that they will ensure parity in prize money between the men’s and women’s team in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup slated to be held next year.The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced a 320 per cent increase in prize money for the Women’s T20 World Cup which ensures that the winners take home $1 million.The prize money for the men’s winners at the tournament stands at $1.6 million.And following this, CA on Tuesday announced has that it will raise that amount by $600,000 if the Australia women’s team wins the upcoming World T20.Commenting on the decision, CA CEO Kevin Roberts said: “We want to continue our commitment to equality by ensuring that any prize money earned by the Australian Women’s team in the T20 World Cup is the same as what is on offer in the men’s side of the tournament. This will include matching the prize money for the final, semi-finals, or group stage.”Roberts acknowledged while the growth in the women’s tournament prize money is significant, work still needs to be done to ensure parity in all sport.”I commend the ICC’s commitment and while there is no doubt we are starting to see financial progress for our talented cricketers, we still have a way to go and CA will continue to play a role in driving equality for our athletes,” he said.ICC has also announced that there will also be a substantial increase in the money available for the Women’s World Cup 2021 with the prize pot increasing to $3.5m from $2m in 2017.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Women’s T20 World CupFollow Cricket Australialast_img read more

Senate Approves Bill to Retake Ownership of Petrojam Shares

first_img The Senate on Friday (February 22) approved legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam held by the Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe.The Compulsory Acquisition (Shares in Petrojam Limited) Act, 2019 was piloted by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith.In her address, Senator Johnson Smith said the decision to move in the current direction was in a bid to safeguard the country’s energy security, noting that Petrojam and Jamaica have been left at risk due to years of inaction.She said the Government has explored several channels, which have proved unsuccessful to repurchase the shares.“[We have] pursued several diplomatic initiatives at the highest level which have been unsuccessful and those include no less than four heads of government; [we have] written letters at the technical and ministerial levels across the years; [and] waited more than 12 years without no indication that the upgrade would be conducted or pursued under the agreement which exists,” she said.The Leader of Government Business noted that without an upgrade, Petrojam would be unable to further process heavy fuel oil (HFO) into high-value products, and having lost a major customer in JPS, Petrojam would become unprofitable.In addition, technical assessments have found that refining operations will be negatively impacted by 2020 if Petrojam is not in a position to execute Phase 1 of the refinery upgrade.This is primarily due to the imminent international obligations as stipulated by the International Maritime Organization regulations regarding sulphur, which will become effective on January 1, 2020.Senator Johnson Smith also cited the United States Executive Order 13808 dated August 24, 2017, which essentially prohibits United States persons from entering into specified transactions with the Government of Venezuela and any political division, agency or instrumentality thereof, including PDVSA.“Having been advised that in no uncertain terms of the potential termination of services by suppliers and banks which would cripple the refinery and severely impact the Jamaican economy, the Government of Jamaica has reassessed it legal options.  This is not a political issue for us, the Government is focused on Jamaica’s economic stability and our energy security which are necessary for the wellbeing of Jamaicans,” she stated.The Leader of Government Business noted that the action to reacquire the shares does not reflect any change in Jamaica’s free market policies or belief and support in property rights.“It is in no way intended to set a particular precedence for similar actions, it is drafted specifically. We are not acting prematurely or hastily, there has been too much time wasted already by previous administrations, so we are taking action now to make sure we have petroleum products to power our homes, schools, businesses, places of work and make sure we can get there to and from,” Mrs. Johnson Smith added.She said while it is the first time a matter has arisen before the Parliament to acquire property in the nation’s interest in this way, it “does not mean that it is not the right action”.“The Constitution of Jamaica clearly allows for it …the framers of the constitution considered the protection to be offered to a person’s property rights and decided that those rights should be protected in the Constitution through the payment of compensation which is provided for in the Bill before us,” she said.The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives on February 19. The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives on February 19. The Senate on Friday (February 22) approved legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam held by the Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe. This is primarily due to the imminent international obligations as stipulated by the International Maritime Organization regulations regarding sulphur, which will become effective on January 1, 2020. Story Highlightslast_img read more

2005 Holiday Message

first_imgAs the Queen’s representative in Nova Scotia, and on behalf of my husband Larry, and our family, I am pleased to extend holiday greetings to all Nova Scotians. As I fulfill my duties as Lieutenant-Governor, I have met incredibly dedicated individuals of all ages who continually put the needs of others and their communities before themselves, and who give their talent and time to ensure a brighter future. Each of you are an inspiration to those around you and the unsung heros in our midst. Nova Scotia’s cultural diversity, nationally recognized educational institutions, beautiful scenery and competitive business climate are what draws people from around the world to our shores. We are blessed to have a vibrant dynamic arts community in our province which plays a significant role in our heritage. The newly created Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award Foundation will recognize, reward, and encourage excellence in the artistic community and that its Masterworks Award will highlight the achievements of artists with strong connections to our province. 2005 has been declared by the Government of Canada as “The Year of the Veteran”, a year dedicated to remember those who sacrificed their youth and their lives to bring us the freedoms we enjoy today. Our veterans are the pride of our nation and we stand in gratitude for their unparalleled service to Canada. Nova Scotians appreciate the precious gift of stories and memories which they have generously shared with our youth. We thank you for passing the torch of courage and lighting the way into the future. Our community is proud of our young people’s participation in preserving the legacy of the veterans. As a lasting tribute to our veterans on your behalf, I planted a red maple tree on the grounds of Government House to serve as a reminder for years to come of the significant role played by the brave men and women who protected our democracy. As we share the joys of the holiday season with friends and family, we think about the men and women who are presently serving overseas. Their contribution make our country a safer place in which to live. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I thank them for the courage and commitment they share in the face of the dangers and challenges of their daily jobs. As we look to a new year, let us remember those in our midst who are experiencing ill health, personal loss or challenging circumstances. Let us affirm the basic dignity owed to all our neighbours and do our best to reach out and support those in need. I wish all Nova Scotians happiness, good health and love of family and friends. May each of you share in the joy of the holiday season and have a safe and prosperous new year. -30-last_img read more

Former England opener Trescothick to retire

first_imgLondon: Former England star Marcus Trescothick on Thursday announced he would retire at the end of the season, bringing down the curtain on a 27-season career with county side Somerset. The 43-year-old opening batsman, who played 76 Tests and 123 one-day internationals, has scored a total of 26,234 first-class runs since making his debut for Somerset in 1993. Trescothick, whose international career was ended by anxiety attacks, still holds an ambition to win his place back in the first XI of the title-chasing side before the end of the season. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev”It’s been an incredible 27 years and I’ve loved every minute of it,” he told the Somerset website. “However, everything has to come to an end eventually. “I’ve been discussing my future with the club and my family for a while and we felt that now was the appropriate time to make this announcement in order for both the club and I to put plans in place. “There’s still a lot of the season left and I’ll be doing everything I can to put in performances for the second XI in order to force my way back into contention for the first team.” Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsTrescothick, who holds the Somerset record for number of first-class centuries (52) and first-class catches (445), said he had been blessed to be able to play the game he loved for so long. “Twenty-seven years is a long time but it’s gone incredibly quickly,” he said. “I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do something that I love for that length of time. “I’m extremely grateful for all the support that I’ve received throughout this remarkable journey.”last_img read more

Search for rescue dog who bolted at airport ends after pup found

first_imgTORONTO – The new owner of a rescue dog that went missing after being let out of a crate at Canada’s busiest airport said he’s relieved his pet was found before any harm came to the animal.Jordan Wong said he and his family were anxious throughout the hours-long hunt for Emily, a 4.5-kilogram dog that had been brought to Canada from Greece as part of a rescue effort.Emily had been on Canadian soil for barely an hour when customs officials allegedly opened her crate to give her a walk on Monday. At that point, Emily bolted and raced across the highway near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, according to Stray Paws from Greece, the rescue group that co-ordinated her adoption.Wong said he and his family waited at the airport for eight hours while searchers scoured the area for Emily, but eventually had to go home without the pet they’d been eagerly awaiting for the past three weeks.On Tuesday morning, however, a Toronto woman found the dog and brought her to a local veterinary clinic where the pup was eventually identified.Wong said he’s relieved the dog was brought to safety before being injured by a car or being lost indefinitely.“I think we definitely had our doubts at times, but we definitely tried to stay positive most of the time,” he said. “It worked out in the end, and we’re really grateful.”Stray Paws could not immediately be reached for comment but alleged in a Facebook post that Emily was lost while being processed through customs in Toronto.The company accused the Canada Borders Services Agency of not following proper protocols when handling Emily and four other dogs who had made the journey. The group also alleged the border agency did not assist with the search or contact the proper authorities.Wong echoed the criticism, saying his family has yet to hear from the agency over their new pet’s disappearance.“They never spoke to us directly. They never apologized,” he said. “It’s pretty unethical for them to do something like that.”The ordeal was trying for other families waiting to receive dogs off the flight, he added, since no one knew for some time exactly whose new pet had gone missing.CBSA declined to offer comments on allegations from either Wong or Stray Paws.Wong said the family plans to take Emily to her new home as soon as possible, adding they’ve spent the past few weeks getting the house ready for her arrival.“We’ve done so many home renovations just for her and we’re super-excited to have her,” he said.last_img read more

Owner of spice shop in hot water in Quebec over Englishonly website

first_imgMONTREAL – The owner of a Montreal spice shop that is struggling financially says he may close it because of pressure from Quebec’s language watchdog over an English-only website.Peter Bahlawanian, who owns a Los Angeles shop that has an outlet in Montreal, has been ordered to translate the company’s website into French.He said he set up the site when he originally opened his Spice Station store in the United States in 2009.Two years later, he opened two shops in Montreal, gave his business a French name and even translated the names and descriptions of the 450 spices he carries.One of the stores later closed.Bahlawanian, who was born and raised in Montreal, said the one that’s still open is not doing well financially and he doesn’t know yet if it will stay afloat.“I might keep it, I might not keep it,” he said in an interview Thursday from Los Angeles.“Obviously if my store was making tons of money, things would have been a lot easier.”He said 99 per cent of his sales come from the United States and elsewhere, while the rest comes from Canada, mostly outside Quebec.This past June, the province’s language watchdog advised Bahlawanian to translate the website into French, which he said would cost him $4,500.“I talked to my programmer and he gave me a quote that was so expensive that I couldn’t do it all right away, so we started by just putting up a sign saying we are going to build it (the website) in French,” he said.Bahlawanian, 46, said he was given until July 17 to comply.But a spokesman for the language watchdog said Thursday it is ready to discuss the situation with him.“It’s not a fixed deadline,” Jean-Pierre Leblanc said in an interview.“But it’s important for a consumer to know what’s for sale and what can be bought and websites are subject to the law.”Leblanc also pointed out that 98 per cent of files are usually settled without any further action being taken.Bahlawanian suggested the province should come up with ways to help businesses deal with language laws in Quebec.“They should have financial incentives and support systems for these small businesses,” he said.“That’s the best way to keep the French language going so that businesses like me don’t need to dig into their pockets to do the translations.”last_img read more

Did North Dakota police use water as a weapon against NoDAPL supporters

first_img(Police would blast #NoDAPL supporters with water and then arc tear gas behind them on the bridge, trapping them. Photo: Jorge Barrera/APTN) Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsSenior North Dakota law enforcement officials said Monday the use of a makeshift water cannon in sub-zero temperatures against supporters of a Native American-led anti-oil pipeline movement was “effective” and could be used again.County and state police blasted a fire hose mounted on the gun turret of an armoured personnel vehicle during a seven-hour, all-out assault which lasted from Sunday evening to early Monday morning.Police moved against about 400 demonstrators, known as water protectors, on Backwater Bridge, which is a few hundred meters from the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the nexus of opposition to a multi-state, $3.78 billion pipeline known as Dakota Access (DAPL). Authorities also fired tear gas and rubber bullets, the officials confirmed Monday.See video of the police assault here: Backwater BridgeThe police barrage was triggered early Sunday evening after a group of water protectors, using chains and a half-ton truck, removed one of two burnt-out military cargo trucks that had been left at a barricade erected just north of Backwater Bridge on Oct. 27, following a similar law enforcement operation.Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler, whose officers are involved in law enforcement activity against the water protectors, told local reporters Monday the use of water—despite the sub-zero temperatures that have settled in the region for the season—is now one of several weapons police will employ going forward.“It was effective, wasn’t it,” said Ziegler, with a slight smirk, according to a video of the press briefing posted on the Morton County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page. “We can use whatever force is necessary to maintain peace. When they are throwing rocks, burning logs, shooting sling shots with projectiles at our officers, that would fall under what we would call less lethal, same things as rubber bullets, which doesn’t hurt as much.”“It was effective wasn’t it,” said Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler when asked about using a water cannon Sunday night.Mandan is a small city that sits across the Missouri River from Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota.The city is in Morton County and is about 53 kilometres north of the Backwater Bridge.APTN reporters who were at the scene for several hours from late Sunday evening into the early hours Monday witnessed only a couple instances when water protectors hurled objects at officers. For most of the evening, water protectors either braced themselves against blasts from the gun turret-mounted fire hose or fled from tear gas.See a full timeline of the North Dakota conflict here: #StandingRock, the Players and how did we get to here. Police would arc tear gas over the heads of water protectors on the narrow, two lane Backwater Bridge and then blast them from the gun turrets, trapping people between the gas and water.Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier denied police used water cannons. He claimed the water was fired from firetrucks.“We don’t have water cannons. I don’t know where the term water cannons comes from. This is just a fire hose. Basically, the firetrucks were called down there to fight the fires that were started before,” said Kirchmeier.Video images clearly show an officer sitting in the gun turret of an armoured personnel carrier using a fire hose like a water cannon against the demonstrators.“We don’t have water cannons,” says Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. Photo: APTNAPTN reporters saw only one small bonfire on the bridge which water protectors were using to keep warm and a larger bonfire on the north bank of Cantapeta Creek to the right of the Backwater Bridge facing the barricades. Water protectors were witnessed gathering around that fire for warmth.Kirchmeier said the below-freezing temperatures that evening were briefly considered by the field commanders before firing on the water protectors.“Yes, it was a consideration, but the number one thing as you are going along here is the safety of everyone involved,” said Kirchmeier. “We are not just going to let people or protesters and large groups come and threaten officers. That is not happening. As this was going on, the water was used as a tool to help quell the situation.”The senior law enforcement officials also denied they’ve received any reports of injuries inflicted on water protectors as a result by law enforcement tactics that evening.The Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council released a statement Monday saying medical personnel treated about 300 injuries. The statement said about 26 people were taken by ambulance to three area hospitals over the course of 10 hours.The council said some of the injuries included: an Elder who lost consciousness during the police barrage and was revived at the scene; a young man who suffered a seizure; a woman who was shot in the eye by a rubber bullet; a young man who suffered internal bleeding and vomited blood after being hit by a rubber bullet in the stomach; a man who suffered blunt force trauma after being shot by a rubber bullet in the back; and multiple fractures caused by “projectiles fired by police.”A woman from New York City, Sophia Wilanski, was airlifted to County Medical Centre in Minneapolis where she is undergoing surgery that is expected to lead to the amputation of her arm, according to various activists, including Clayton Thomas-Muller, from 350.org’s Keep it in the Ground campaign. Wilanski was reportedly handing out water when she was hit in the arm by what is believed to be a projectile fired by police.The statement said every medical unit from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was used during the hours-long confrontation. Additional ambulances came from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, Kidder County and Morton County.Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair David Archambault said it was “disturbing” to see law enforcement purposefully trying to inflict harm on the water protectors.“They are trying to hurt somebody,” said Archambault, in an interview with APTN Monday. “This is the first time we have seen the use of water…. It is just escalating, getting more and more serious, more and more dangerous.”Archambault draws a direct link between the firm behind the Dakota Access pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, and pressure from the North Dakota government on law enforcement to quash opposition to the project.“The oil company and pipeline company has influenced the state government who is giving orders to law enforcement to do what they can and law enforcement has taken it to another level,” he said. “Every time something like this happen it is interesting to see the escalation of force that is being used. Last night with using water in freezing temperature putting people at risk at serious risk of hyperthermia, using rubber bullets and targeting the heads of people.”Standing Rock sparked a continent-wide, Native American-led movement through its opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. A portion of the pipeline will pass beneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River.They say the pipeline threatens the area’s water supply and construction has already destroyed sacred sites and burial grounds.While Standing Rock never signed a treaty, the pipeline traverses the treaty territory of the Sioux Nation.The Energy Transfer Partners, the Houston-based firm behind the project, still needs to be granted an easement from the Army Corps of Engineers to drill beneath the lake and complete its North Dakota portion.The Army Corps is expected to continue discussions with the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes before making a final decision on whether to grant the easement.Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics recently launched court action against the Army Corp over its decision to launch a deeper review on whether to grant the easement for the project.Sunoco Logistics announced Monday it was buying Energy Transfer as part of a $21 billion deal expected to be finalized next year, the Associated Press reported.Kelcy Warren, the chairman of Energy Transfer, will become the CEO of the new energy firm, the wire service said. The CEP of Sunoco Logistics, Michael Hennigan, will also have a management role in the new company, said AP.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Loonie falls more than a US penny this week as investors turn

first_imgThe Canadian loonie continued to fall Friday, shedding nearly three-quarters of a U.S. cent, for a weekly loss of more than a U.S. penny.The Canadian dollar averaged 75.89 cents US, down 0.73 of a U.S. cent. It shed a total of 1.26 U.S. cents over the week.“Today it’s more U.S. strength versus Canadian weakness,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.When there’s fear and uncertainty, people flock to the U.S. dollar, he said, adding that part of the current uncertainty is the appearance of a brewing global trade war.“Tit for tat, tariff for tariff, etc., etc.,” he said.Surprisingly low manufacturing figures released Friday didn’t help the loonie.Factory sales dropped 1.3 per cent to $56.2 billion in April, according to Statistics Canada, as sales in the petroleum and coal products and transportation equipment industries dropped. Economists had expected an increase of 0.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Weak economic data factors into whether the Bank of Canada will decide to raise its benchmark interest rate at its next meeting.“Maybe July is not a slam dunk,” said Small.The U.S. Federal Reserve recently raised its rate for the second time this year and indicated it will do so a total of four times before the end of 2018.That big discrepancy in interest rates makes the U.S. dollar more attractive for investors.A strong greenback is bad for commodities, Small said, as both the price of oil and gold slipped, dragging down Canada’s main index.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 14.54 points to 16,314.42. Stocks in the energy sector lost on average 1.51 per cent of their worth, while those in the gold sector lost 1.2 per cent.The July crude contract fell US$1.83 to US$65.06 per barrel and the August gold contract plummeted US$29.80 to US$1,278.50 an ounce.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 84.83 points to 25,090.48. The S&P 500 index shed 2.83 points to 2,779.66 and the Nasdaq composite index declined by 14.66 points to 7,746.38.Elsewhere in commodities, the July natural gas contract added about six cents to US$3.02 per mmBTU and the July copper contract retreated about eight cents to roughly US$3.14 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated the S&P 500 fell 3.07 points.last_img read more

Devotees throng Belur Math on Ramakrishnas birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: Thousands of devotees visited Belur Math on Friday to celebrate the 184th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna.Special puja was held at the Math. The birth anniversary was observed in all the centres of Ramakrishna Math and mission throughout the country and abroad. In Kamarpukur, the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna, the devotees visited the temple and took part in the celebration. There were special launch and bus services to ferry passengers to Belur Math. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA special puja was held in private centres and other institutions as well. Rakamrishna Math and Mission authorities have decided to scrap the age-old fireworks display on March 17 at the public celebration as a part of the drive against environmental pollution. There will be cultural programme in the evening. Life of Sri Ramakrishna is an inspiration for scholars and common people and it continues to inspire scholars all over the world. Two noble laureates, Rabindranath and Romian Rolland, had also written about Sri Ramakrishna. Tagore had shared a dais with Sri Ramakrishna and had delivered a lecture during his birth centenary in 1936. Scholars such as Keshab Chandra Sen, Shivnath Shastri, Brojendranath Sil had visited Sri Ramakrishna and were enthralled by his words. His presence of mind, sharp sense of humour and deep understanding of society had made him a popular figure in Kolkata. He also inspired Girish Chandra Ghose, father of Bengal stage to carry on with his vocation. Modern scholars feel that Sri Ramakrishna’s views on universal religion can help to resolve the crisis of the modern world.last_img read more

Nearly half of Canadians are within 200 a month of being unable

CALGARY — A new poll suggests nearly half of Canadians surveyed last month are within $200 per month of being unable to pay for their bills and make their debt payments.[np_storybar title=”The good, the bad and the ugly of Canadian household debt: Should we be worried?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/investing/outlook-2016/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-canadian-household-debt-should-we-be-worried”%5D You might not know it by all the alarming headlines lately, but not all debt is bad. In fact, some debt can work for you just like a RRSP. Read on [/np_storybar]The Ipsos Reid survey also found about one-quarter of the 1,582 people who responded to the poll were already unable to cover their bills and debt payments.The online poll was done between Jan. 27 and Jan. 29 for MNP Debt, which provides licensed trustee services in six provinces, from Quebec to British Columbia.MNP says the poll found that 31 per cent of respondents said any increase in interest rates could move them towards bankruptcy.Ipsos Reid conducted the poll about a week after the Parliamentary Budget Office issued a report on Jan. 19 that said Canada has seen the largest increase in household debt relative to income of any G7 country since 2000.Canadians without company pension plan face uphill battle to stay out of poverty, study findsEquitable Bank is making a splash with its 3% interest rate — here’s how they do itWhen ‘good’ debt goes ‘bad’: Why it can be dangerous to categorize what you oweThe survey also followed Bank of Canada’s decision to keep a key lending rate at a historically low level of 0.5 per cent on Jan. 20, as the central bank lowered economic growth estimates for 2015 and 2016.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. read more

Police remains of McArthurs 8 alleged victims identified

Toronto Police say they’ve identified the remains of all eight men Bruce McArthur is accused of killing.Earlier this month, police wrapped up their dig of a central Toronto ravine behind the home where McArthur worked as a landscaper.It was at this home police found the remains of seven men in planters property.In a news conference Friday Toronto Police said the remains of the eighth person, Majeed Kayhan, was found in the ravine.McArthur is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of men who had ties to Toronto’s gay community.All of the men went missing between 2010 and 2017.Police say after examining around 100 properties in the GTA, police don’t have any evidence to suggest McArthur killed more people.They are still looking at cold cases and missing persons cases and continue to receive tips from the public. read more

More than half of worlds population now living in urban areas UN

“Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050,” the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said in its 2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects report.Projections indicate that urbanization combined with overall growth will contribute to the 2.5 billion jump, with 37 per cent of the projected growth in India, which currently has the largest rural population, China and Nigeria, in that order.New Delhi, currently the world’s second most populous city with 25 million inhabitants, is expected to retain that spot through at least 2030, when its population is projected to reach 36 million.The world’s largest city is Tokyo with 38 million inhabitants, and while its population is expected to decline to 37 million by 2030, it will remain at the top. Shanghai with 23 million inhabitants, and Mexico City, Mumbai and Sao Paolo, each with 21 million inhabitants, followed by Osaka with just over 20 million people, round up the top five spots. The future demography is expected to change, with these so-called ‘mega-cities’ falling in rank as relatively smaller urban cities, particularly in developing countries, gain in population. The most urbanized regions rights now include Northern America, where 82 per cent of the population lives in urban areas, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean with 80 per cent, and 73 per cent in Europe.By contrast, Africa and Asia remain mostly rural, housing nearly 90 per cent of the world’s rural population. Their urban areas are on the rise, however, and while at least 40 per cent of the population in African and 48 per cent in Asia live in urban areas, they are projected to be home to 56 and 64 per cent urban, respectively, by 2050.“These countries will face numerous challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations,” the report authors said, including for housing, infrastructure, transportation, energy and employment, as well as for basic services such as education and health care. “Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century,” said John Wilmoth, Director of the Population Division, who spoke to the press at headquarters today, along with François Pelletier, Chief of the Population Estimates and Projections Section. “Our success or failure in building sustainable cities will be a major factor in the success of the post-2015 UN development agenda.”The new addenda, which the international community is currently crafting, is intended to build on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a global partnership for development – all by a deadline of 2015.In this latest report, the authors noted that “well managed, cities offer important opportunities for economic development and for expanding access to basic services, including health care and education, for large numbers of people.”Authors added that provision of public goods, such as public transportation, housing, electricity, water and sanitation for a densely settled urban population is typically cheaper and less environmentally damaging than providing a similar level of services to a dispersed rural population. read more

How many days has Enda Kenny been Taoiseach Its the week in

first_img Apr 22nd 2017, 7:00 PM Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3348773 How many days has Enda Kenny been Taoiseach? It’s the week in numbers Plus: How many passengers travelled through Irish airport last year. Short URL 39 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,756 Views Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.€300 million: The cost of the new National Maternity Hospital to be built on the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospital. The development was mired in controversy after it emerged it would be owned by the Sisters of Charity.2,236: The number of days Enda Kenny has been Taoiseach. The Fine Gael leader surpassed the record of longest-serving Fine Gael Taoiseach on Thursday.€1.4 billion: The amount of money in pay restoration the civil service union Public Service Executive Union is calling for in upcoming pay talks.97: The age of the son of the world’s oldest woman, before he died this week.25: The number of gardaí currently suspended from active duty.522: The number of British MPs who voted in favour of holding a general election on 8 June.11%: The rise in residential property prices in the year to the end of February, according to the CSO Residential Property Price Index.33 million: The number of passengers that travelled through Irish airports last year.€8,000: The amount of money stolen from Trócaire boxes in a Clare church on Sunday night.90: The number of years the Irish Press has been in business. The company – first started by Éamon de Valera – is due to be wound up.€4 million: The proposed cost of a new Wetherspoons development in Camden Street that was given the green light this week.100: The number of apartment that were rejected for building by Dublin City Council in Harold’s Cross.Read: Like our weekly numerical breakdown? Check out more > Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 7:00 PMlast_img read more

Apple May Be Planning a Bigger iPhone 8

first_img These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems The response to Apple’s iPhone 7 has been tepid. Any other smartphone maker would be thrilled to sell as many phones, but Apple has not seen the same enthusiasm for this device that it has in the past. Next year will be a defining moment for Apple and the iPhone; it’s the tenth anniversary of the device. What does Apple have in store to mark a decade of iPhones? A really big one, apparently.The current rumor is that Apple could be looking at a larger 5.8-inch OLED panel for the iPhone 8 (presumably a Plus model). The current iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD. As far as LCDs go, Apple has always chosen very nice ones. However, OLED technology has come a long way in recent years and is really undeniably better. The colors, black levels, and response time are noticeably better than LCD.As for the size, 5.8-inches sounds like a big phone. Although, it’s worth noting that the current iPhone 7 Plus has rather large bezels. A phone like the Galaxy S7 Edge has extremely small bezels compared to the iPhone. Apple is rumored to be toying with “bezel-less” designs, which could deliver a larger display in the same footprint as the current iPhone 7 Plus. A display of that size is still going to be somewhat uncomfortable to use, so it’s all going to come down to ergonomics and palm rejection (the ability of the display to ignore accidental touches). Reports also suggest that Apple could be looking at using a curved OLED panel, a design pioneered by Samsung.Whatever Apple is up to, we’ll find out in fall 2017. Although, with the way recent Apple devices have been leaking, you might not have to wait that long to get a good idea. Stay on targetlast_img read more

American gay man beaten up at Junkanoo Carnival says he will sue

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 9, 2017 – Nassau – An American man who says he was attacked by a group of people during a concert at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is alleging that he was “targeted and beat up” because he is gay and he plans to file a law suit.Adrian Brown, 24, who was born in Jamaica but lives in the United States, said he wants those involved to be charged with a hate crime.    Brown vows to pursue the case when he returns to the US and also plans on suing for medical bills, pain and suffering.Adrian BrownMr. Brown, a Navy officer who came to the Bahamas to participate in Junkanoo Carnival, said he was dancing at the concert late Friday into early Saturday when he felt someone throw water on him.“So I was at the concert and there was a stoop and I stepped up on the stoop and I was dancing,” Mr. Brown accounted.    “This was about 3am in the morning.   So I am dancing and having a good time. I had on a cut out shirt and fitted pants and I felt when some water hit me.   So I looked back and I got up off the stoop and I said to the guy, ‘Why did you hit me with the water,” and he said ‘Because you a batty man,’” Mr. Brown claimed.“Now I don’t think he knew that I am originally from Jamaica, so before anything could happen his girlfriend came up in my face and slapped me and then four people just jumped me,” he claimed.    “Two girls and two guys.   Then two Bahamian men jumped in and started helping me.   There was no conversation, they just started fighting me.   I am not a fighter, I came to the Bahamas to have fun, party and go back home.    I don’t know these people from Adam and they do not know me and they were hitting me and beating me in my head with a rock.    He just said ‘you are a batty man’ and they all jumped me.    After the incident the other two guys that helped me held one of the guys until the police came.”Mr. Brown said he went to the police station and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital a short time later but because of the long wait he went to Doctors Hospital where he was treated and discharged.#magneticmedianews#gaymanbeatenatcarnival Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #magneticmedianews #gaymanbeatenatcarnivallast_img read more