Offensive or Defensive Pricing Reveals

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 There is a good reason not to discuss pricing until you’ve done enough discovery work to understand the investment that is necessary to produce the outcome your dream client needs. This is especially true in larger, complex deals where different levels of value can be created and different investments required.Destructive Defensive RevealsIn many cases, refusing to share your pricing can make you look defensive, as if you are concealing something. Hiding your pricing is a sign that it is higher than your competitors, even though there is nothing inherently wrong with having a higher price than your peers.That defensiveness gives your prospective client the feeling that you are uncomfortable with your pricing, and that it is so much higher that the act of simply saying your price out loud will cause your prospect to disengage and immediately withdraw from any further communication. When you are defensive, it looks as if you cannot justify the delta, and when you can’t, neither can your prospect.This defensive revealing of your price can work against you when your price is higher.Using Pricing to DifferentiateWhen your price is higher because you create greater value and need to capture more to deliver it, it often makes better sense to go on the offensive and immediately disclose your higher pricing—especially when you can easily justify a higher price.By sharing the price very early in a conversation, you can also share the reason your price is higher than your competitors, how you invest the difference in your prices to create greater value, and why your clients believe this is the right decision to make.You can also explain the concessions, trade-offs, and risks your prospective client is going to be forced to make by selecting an alternative with a lower price. These concessions, trade-offs, and risks are the higher cost your prospect will pay for accepting the lower price.You may believe that a lower price makes it easier to win. This isn’t true. In more cases than not, it’s the value that is being created that matter more than pricing, unless you don’t believe and behave as if this is true.last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Watford defender Andrew Eleftheriou joins Braintree Town

first_imgDONE DEAL: Watford defender Andrew Eleftheriou joins Braintree Townby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Andrew Eleftheriou has moved to Braintree Town on-loan to the end of the season.The 21-year-old defender follows goalkeeper Sam Howes, who moved to Eastbourne Borough, and has made the temporary move to the fellow National League side until the end of this season.The full-back made his first-team debut against Manchester City at the end of the 2016/17 season.He gained experience overseas earlier this year during a loan stint with Norwegian side Sandefjord. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

18 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: This is where I belong

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: This is where I belongby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi says he made the right decision staying with Chelsea.The 18-year-old penned a five-year contract recently after previously trying to force through a move to Bayern Munich.”The club have done so much for me and I’m so thankful for that,” he told BBC Sport.”The decision that I made was a very good one for me and my family. We all thought that it was the right club to be at.”I’ve been here all my life, so there’s no need to change yet. My mum and dad are happy where they are and I’m happy where I am.” last_img

VIDEO: Teekay’s Arendal Spirit Arrives to Rio

first_imgTeekay’s first unit for maintenance and safety (UMS), Arendal Spirit, arrived to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 2nd on board a heavy-lift vessel. After a long journey of 38 days from the COSCO shipyard in China, the vessel was anchored and offloaded from the heavylifter in Brazilian waters.The vessel has been under construction at the COSCO shipyard in China during 2014 and was delivered to Teekay in February 2015.Arendal Spirit will now undergo an extensive testing program before it goes on hire with Petrobras on a 3-year charter contract.The vessel’s design is based on Sevan Marine’s cylindrical hull design, featuring stable platform with high uptime and a large storage capacity.The vessel has 500 beds in 248 cabins with en-suite bathrooms, daylight windows, office areas including television, internet and telephone connections, lounge areas, coffee shop, and a cinema.The remaining two units are scheduled for delivery by 2017. Images: Teekay/Felipe Rodrigueslast_img read more

Gener8 Maritime Sees Red Ink amid Weak Charter Rates

first_imgDue to a significant decrease in time charter rates, the US-based crude oil shipping company Gener8 Maritime ended the third quarter of 2016 with a net loss of USD 37.4 million, compared to a net income of USD 33.2 million seen in the same period a year earlier.Gener8 Maritime said that its vessel operating days increased by 42.% to 3,157 in the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to 2,224 in the same quarter in 2015.The company’s average daily spot TCE rates for the VLCC fleet, including its vessels that were within Navig8 pools, plunged to USD 27,493 for the three month-period, representing a drop of 50.8% compared to USD 55,847 reported in the same period in the prior year.The average daily TCE rate obtained on a full-fleet basis decreased by 38.2% to USD 21,887 for the third quarter, compared to USD 35,422 for the corresponding quarter in 2015.“In the third quarter, we continued our fleet renewal program with the sale of two 2001-built VLCCs. At the same time, we expanded our fleet with the delivery of four ECO VLCCs in the third quarter and two more in the fourth quarter,” Peter Georgiopoulos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gener8 Maritime, said.Namely, the company sold the 2001-built VLCC tankers Genmar Vision and Genmar Victory for gross proceeds of USD 28 million and USD 29 million.Additionally, Gener8 Maritime took delivery of four ECO newbuilding VLCCs, the Gener8 Chiotis, the Gener8 Macedon, the Gener8 Perseus and the Gener8 Oceanus, during the third quarter of 2016 and the Gener8 Miltiades and Gener8 Noble subsequent to the end of the quarter.“Following the completion of our newbuilding program expected early next year, the dwt-weighted average age of our fleet will be 5.9 years, and our VLCCs will have an average age of just 3.1 years, giving us the youngest and most modern VLCC fleet among our public company peers,” Georgiopoulos added.Following the delivery of the Gener8 Noble in early November, which entered into the VL8 Pool, 17 of the company’s 21 ECO VLCCs have been delivered.As of November 7, 2016, the company borrowed around USD 52.5 million under the Korean Export Credit Facility to fund the delivery of the Gener8 Noble. The company has made all shipyard installment payments and there is no outstanding payable balance in respect of the Gener8 Noble.last_img read more

Paragon Working on Drillship Removal from Corpus Christi

first_imgzoom Despite refloating attempts undertaken on Monday, Paragon Offshore’s grounded drillship continues blocking the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas in the Hurricane Harvey aftermath, keeping the port closed to vessel traffic.“Until that vessel is moved no deep-draft vessels will be moving in the ship channel,” the United States Coast Guard said commenting on the ongoing situation.Namely, the Paragon DPDS1 broke loose of its moorings during Hurricane Harvey’s landfall while in safe harbor at Port Aransas.“The ship, which had drifted into the channel and grounded on the northern side of the channel near the entrance to the port, was refloated by the tide late Monday evening and drifted across the channel the southern side of the channel where it again ran aground. The ship is upright and we believe its condition is stable,” Paragon said in an update.“We do not know of any injury, loss of life, or damage to the environment resulting from the breakaway,” the firm stressed earlier.Since the incident, a tug boat has been stationed to monitor the ship on a continuous basis. T&T Salvage is on site and pressure is coming from the Coast Guard to get it removed.The rig has been lighted to ensure that any contact by vessels in the channel can be avoided, according to the vessel’s owner.“Paragon and its service providers conducted a survey today (August 29) of the vessel’s condition and will present a removal plan as soon as possible to the US Coast Guard that takes into account the condition of the channel, the condition of the vessel, public safety, and the environment.” Paragon insisted that no one tries to approach the vessel or board it without advance clearance from the company and the local authorities.“A team of highly qualified people is working diligently on the response, and they will provide the safest approach to controlling the vessel after the storm has passed,” the company pointed out.As of August 24, port condition ZULU was set for the entire Captain of the Port (COTP) area of responsibility due to the impact of the hurricane, which remains in effect with exception of Port of Brownsville.This means that no vessel movements are permitted without specific permission of the Captain of the Port, which is being granted on a case-by-case basis before movements are allowed.The coast guard said that a proposal would be made for the Port Condition ZULU to be modified in the Port of Corpus Christi to permit barges of less than 20′ draft to move within the inner harbor without needing specific permission. The decision on the approval is yet to be announced.Furthermore, the USCG said that any facility that intends to receive deep-draft vessels at their dock must verify that a dock sounding survey has been accomplished and they are ready to receive ships.Based on the surveys conducted on Tuesday by US Army Corps of Engineers, there have been no major issues reported.“The surveys of the Inner Harbor are finished, and most of the surrounding waterways should be finished except for the Bay Channel. Conditions are still moderating and that should be finished tomorrow, if not by later today,” the Corps of Engineers said.Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots informed that following a survey of the entire channel, there were no significant impediments that would prevent ship movements.The port authority said on Tuesday its personnel is continuing to assess hurricane impacts with assessments indicating light to moderate damage and debris.“The Port of Corpus Christi continues coordinating with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Coast Guard to expedite hydrographic channel surveys. Until such time, the USCG maintains Condition Zulu for all Port Corpus Christi channels including the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and La Quinta Ship Channel. As the weather continues improving in our area, it is facilitating the conclusion of the channel survey operations that will dictate the date for the channels to be open,” the update from the port reads.The port authority noted it continues working toward achieving normal business operations by September 4th.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Museum of Industry Hosts Afghan Photo Exhibit

first_imgCanada’s efforts to support development in Afghanistan and plant the seeds of hope come to life in a student photo exhibit from Kandahar at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton opening today, May 17. Kandahar Through Afghan Eyes 2010 portrays the experiences of 15 students from Kandahar province trained in photography and journalism through a program funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. The exhibit is supported by the Atlantic chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. “The Museum of Industry is pleased to support this exhibit and the work of the Atlantic chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan” said Debra McNabb, director of the Museum of Industry. “Canadians have a unique connection to Afghanistan and and this exhibit shines a light on its life and through the eyes of young people.” The students were given a camera and visited locations throughout Kandahar to document the residents’ colorful, vibrant and sometimes difficult way of life. The resulting exhibit contains 30 posters created by the students. The photographs cover a wide range of themes including how Afghans earn a living, the food they eat, traditional crafts and their culture. Each image is accompanied by a poem or story that reflects the photographer’s message. Kandahar through Afghan Eyes 2010 is based on a project funded by the Canadian and U.S. governments and was previously exhibited in Kandahar and other Afghan venues as well as in Ottawa and Washington in 2009. “This exhibit gives us a wonderful opportunity to see a different Afghanistan than we usually see in the mainstream media — to experience the hope, courage, and potential of Afghanistan’s youth and to see the power of education,” said Susan Hartley, president of the Atlantic chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. The public is invited to a reception on Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at the museum hosted by Ms. Hartley and Bill Gunn, Atlantic representative of the Canadian International Development Agency. More information about the exhibit is available by contacting the Museum of Industry at 902-755-5425 or visiting FOR BROADCAST: A photo exhibit about life in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province is opening today (May 17th) at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton. Kandahar Through Afghan Eyes 2010, features the work of fifteen Afghan students who participated in photography and journalism training funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. The photos show Afghan aspects of local culture, including employment and everyday life. -30-last_img read more

Extreme avalanche risk in Alberta BC leads to warnings from Parks Canada

first_imgBANFF, Alta. — Heavy snowfall, warm temperatures and high winds have led to an extreme avalanche risk in Banff, Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper national parks.The daily avalanche bulletin for the mountain parks in Alberta and B.C. says they have received between 25 and 45 centimetres of snow in the past few days and it’s overloading a weak layer from mid-December.Officials say the danger rating forecast for today is extreme, which means people should avoid all avalanche terrain because natural and human-triggered avalanches are certain.Another 25 to 70 centimetres of snow is expected across the region before the storm ends tonight.They say it’s creating the “perfect recipe for large avalanches stepping down into our persistent weak layers.”Officials say the danger rating will continue to stay high which means travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.They remind visitors who travel into the backcountry that they are responsible for their own safety.Avalanche Canada says heavy snow has also created a high possibility of slides on south coast and Vancouver Island mountains, as well as through most of east-central and southeastern B.C., meaning very dangerous avalanche conditions exist throughout Alberta and B.C.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Taboo Performs To Honor The Hispanic Caucus

first_imgTaboo, of the Black Eyed Peas, will be performing at the Latinos Unidos for The Democratic National Convention to honor the Hispanic Caucus by celebrating the importance of Latino voters.The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Latino Coalition Foundation, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and The Hispanic Federation are co-hosting the premiere Latino event on September 4th in Charlotte, North Carolina.Participants will include community activists, party leaders, business professionals, celebrities, Convention delegates, and other invitees including Taboo, Eva Longoria and Mayor Julian Castro. More than 1,200 guests are expected to join this historic event.The event will be held on Tuesday night, September 4, from 10:00pm to 2:00am, at the Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom in beautiful downtown Charlotte. There will also be a VIP Lounge that will offer an opportunity for more intimate networking.All proceeds from the event will be shared among the host organizations. NALEO is designated as the fiscal agent for the event. This event presents a historic opportunity for you to support the Latino community. For more information please contact Lisa Bombín at or at (210) 670-9077.last_img read more

Tickets For Macklemore Charity MeetAndGreet In Seattle Nearly Sold Out

first_imgThere weren’t that many tickets to begin with – but now, just a few dozen remain for an exclusive meet-and-greet with Grammy Award-winning musician Macklemore.The Seattle native will host a charity fundraising event prior to Runway to Freedom V, a fashion show that benefits victims of domestic violence.“Macklemore has been a long-time supporter of Runway to Freedom,” said show founder, Lauren Grinnell. “We’re happy to have him here for a lot of reasons, but for me, personally, it means a lot since I’m a survivor of domestic violence,” she said.The runway and music show will begin at 8pm at The Showbox at 1426 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.Although Macklemore will not be part of the musician lineup, a number of live bands will perform, including Jairemie Alexander, Ayron Jones and The Way, Otieno Terry, Luc and the Lovingtons, Alana Belle and Katie Kate. The fashion show will feature seven designers showcasing styles from gowns to urban street wear. The auction will feature a variety of items to bid on, including a trip to Paris.Each year, Runway to Freedom chooses a different benefactor. This year it’s Mary’s Place, a homeless shelter in Seattle that serves battered women and their children who simply have no where else to go.“I’m glad to know people are finally talking about domestic violence, but we need to remember, this is not a new problem,” said Grinnell, a stylist and business owner by trade. Numbers from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence show an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault each year. Grinnell’s mission is to aid women who find themselves in these kinds of abusive relationships.There will be ways to donate to the cause outside of the event. Grinnell has items she’s putting together for an opportunity drawing, including items signed by Macklemore and stars of the Seattle Seahawks football team. More information on the drawing and specific items available at the on-site auction will be released shortly.General admission tickets start at $75 and the special VIP reception tickets with Macklemore are $250. Both can be purchased on Runway to Freedom’s website.Runway to Freedom is an annual charity fashion show and auction with benefits going to charities that support domestic violence victims. The event, founded by Lauren Grinnell, is in its fifth year. Grinnell is a stylist and owns her own business, Lalascuts, located on 4th Avenue West in Seattle.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Morocco Ranks First in English Proficiency in MENA Region

Fez — Education First, a world leader in international education, ranked Morocco as the top MENA country with the best English proficiency and 44th in the world. The ranking sorts out countries in zones according to their mastery of English skills, ranging from very high to very low.The Netherlands came first in the ranking, which studied 72 countries around the world, followed by Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Singapore. The level of English proficiency in these countries was considered ‘’Very High.’’ Morocco has shown advancement in English skills since it has moved from “Very Low” to “Low” ranking, going as far as outperforming countries where the second language is English.The index also indicated that Moroccan women are more skillful in English (52.52 percent) than their male counterparts (48.06 percent).This ranking confirms Moroccans’ improvement in English proficiency. Another ranking published by the same index showed that Morocco has recorded the second highest rate of improvement in English proficiency worldwide.This improvement was achieved due to the widespread use of the Internet, which 56.8 percent of Moroccans have access to, according to 2013 World Bank statistics. Moroccans are becoming more and more aware of the importance of English in giving access to better job opportunities. read more

Rachid Nekkaz Goes to Great Lengths in Bid for Algerian Presidency

By Sydney McCourtRabat – Forty-seven-year-old Rachid Nekkaz attempted to register in Algiers on Sunday for the 2019 presidential election with the Constitutional Council. But, a few hours later, it was not Nekkaz but another man of the same name who announced his candidacy to the press.This other Rachid Nekkaz, a mechanic by trade, is none other than the cousin and namesake of the original Nekkaz. In a Facebook post, (the better known) Nekkaz detailed his surreal plan. He made it clear that his cousin’s candidacy is a “Plan B,” implemented after the Constitutional Council refused to validate his candidacy on the basis of 2016 constitutional reforms which blocked any candidates who had ever held a nationality other than Algerian.  Nekkaz proceeded to outline the timeline of his ideal political scenario. First, the Constitutional Council must validate his cousin’s candidacy on March 13. At that time, Nekkaz would officially become his cousin’s campaign manager. Second, if his cousin is elected, the cousin would immediately seek a parliamentary vote to create the position of vice president which Nekkaz would occupy.Read Also: Algerian General Promises Security amid US Call for Respecting ProtestsFinally, his cousin would step down as president-elect, allowing Nekkaz to take over what he believes is his rightful position.Nekkaz explained that “the meaning of my cousin’s candidacy is symbolic, just as Bouteflika’s candidacy is symbolic.” The campaign is an attempt to maintain pressure on Abdelaziz Bouteflika as he runs for a widely-contested fifth term.Nekkaz is one of the most outspoken opponents of Bouteflika. He has marched in numerous protests, and in February was beaten and violently thrown out of a protest by police forces.Notoriety as an activistNekkaz gained recognition largely from his activity across the Mediterranean, in France.He dedicated himself to the defense of women in France who wore the burqa. He founded an organization called “Do Not Touch My Constitution” (Touche Pas a Ma Constitution) which pledged to pay the fine of any women arrested for wearing the burqa in public.Nekkaz is also known for political stunts. On one occasion, he dumped 10,000 €1 coins in front of the Socialist Party Headquarters to protest the €1 membership fee required of activists. On another, he bought the endorsement of the mayor of Noron-la-Poterie in an auction and proceeded to tear it up on live television to protest the practice of buying endorsements which he viewed as giving “a bad image to democracy.”Such stunts and activism have made Nekkaz particularly popular among young people in Algeria. When he was travelling throughout Algeria to collect the necessary 60,000 signatures for his candidacy in the months leading up to 2019, he attracted crowds of supporters. Nekkaz engages with his supporters regularly on Facebook where he has more than 1.5 million followers.Nekkaz’s political pastThe 2019 election is by no means Nekkaz’s first foray into the political scene. It is the third time and second country in which Nekkaz has failed in a bid for presidency.In 2007 Nekkaz attempted to run for president in France but was only able to acquire 13 of the necessary 500 endorsements.Following this failed attempt, Nekkaz created his own political party to run in the 2007 legislative elections. Running in the 7th district of Seine-Saint-Denis, he won only 156 votes—0.5 percent of the ballot. Undeterred, Nekkaz ran again in the 2008 municipal elections but lost despite promising €300 to every voter if he were elected.In 2014, Nekkaz turned his gaze from France to Algeria. He gave up his French nationality and announced a bid for president of Algeria.In a blog post on the site for his organization “Don’t Touch My Constitution,” he explained his decision to renounce his French citizenship and claim only his Algerian identity: “‘Between my mother and my motherland’ I chose my mother because at the end of 41 years, France has succeeded in making me … a Stranger.”  In lead-up to the 2014 election, Nekkaz faced defeat once again when the Constitutional Council rejected his candidacy. He claims to have collected 62,000 signatures but they were stolen from within the Council.This 2019 bid for president with his cousin as proxy, unusual as it may appear, falls in a line with the actions of a man seemingly willing to do anything to achieve his goal of holding public office.All of this comes amidst the country-wide protests which have broken out in opposition to sitting president Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth term. read more

Washington DC to Host First Morocco Day

Rabat – Moroccans and U.S. citizens in Washington D.C. will celebrate Morocco’s culture and history in an event dedicated to Morocco. The event will take place every March for the next 12 yeas.The symposium is the result of a decision from the mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, who declared March 29 “Morocco Day” to celebrate the North African country’s culture and diversity.Dedicated to creating opportunities for small businesses, the Moroccan American Network shared a statement to express pride in the mayor’s decision to declare March 29 as Morocco Day. The statement said that the symposium is symbolic as it “represents an opportunity for US decision makers and American citizens to learn about Morocco as a country of diversity and a haven for security and safety.”Read Also: Prices of Flights from Casablanca to Ouarzazate, Errachidia and Zagora at MAD 400The statement also recalled that Morocco was the first country in the world to recognize the independence of the U.S. in 1777.The symposium will display the unique heritage of Morocco and its contributions to the world, as well as its culture and history.CEO of AVA Actions, Mohammed Hajjam, told Morocco World News that Morocco Day is a “symbolic gesture from D.C. to honor Morocco and Moroccan-Americans. We have a road map for 12 regions and we have a great team to do this in next 12 years.”He added that the initiative is a “great idea to know us Moroccan-Americans and Morocco better.”Read Also: Confreries: A Crossroads of Morocco’s Literary and Spiritual DiversityAccording to the network, Morocco Day will also serve as an opportunity to discuss investment in all regions of the country.The first annual iteration of Morocco Day will emphasize the importance of small Moroccan enterprises and their American counterparts through a round table that will convene entrepreneurs from the two countries.The symposium will include field trips, including meetings with senior officials, Moroccan academics, and businessmen.The recognition of Morocco Day, according to the statement, is the result  of an initiative from several Morocco-American business owners, journalists, university professors and human rights advocates who are members of the Moroccan American network.In addition to the business element, the event will also discuss culture, diversity, and religion, allowing American citizens to learn about Morocco’s efforts to encourage peace and coexistence among different religions.The Moroccan American Network also expressed its intent to celebrate the twelve regions of Morocco through a medium-term program. The program aims to honor each region individually in the next 12 years.This year’s version will celebrate the city of Zagora in the Souss-Massa-Draa region in southeastern Morocco.The region is surrounded by palaces and fortresses, called ksours and kasbahs, which attract local and international tourists.The declaration of the mayor of Washington D.C., according to the statement, is “only the first step in a long and ambitious journey to strengthen Morocco’s position in the United States of America.”The network also noted that every June 9, the American city of Alexandria celebrates Morocco in an event sponsored by the Moroccan American Network.The list of guests invited to the Morocco Day on March 29 includes: Mohamed El Gherrass, state secretary for vocational training, Moroccan singer Nouaman Lahlou, Abderrahim Chahid, president of the Provincial Council of Zagora, Justin Wilson, mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, and David Hamod, CEO of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce. read more

Urging support for lagging AsiaPacific States Ban highlights regions antipoverty gains

3 August 2010The Asia-Pacific region has made significant gains towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but some countries have fallen behind, especially the region’s small island nations and other least developed countries, which need much more support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. The Asia-Pacific region has made significant gains towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but some countries have fallen behind, especially the region’s small island nations and other least developed countries, which need much more support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.The MDGs are a series of poverty alleviation and social development goals, which UN Member States and international organizations have agreed to achieve by 2015. They include slashing extreme poverty, reducing maternal and child mortality rates and fighting diseases.“The Asia and Pacific region, for its part, has made significant gains, thereby contributing to global successes,” Mr. Ban said in a speech to a special ministerial meeting for the MDGs review in Asia and the Pacific in Jakarta, Indonesia, delivered on his behalf by Sha Zukang, the Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.Commenting on the status of the MDGs globally, Mr. Ban said much more remained to be done despite many important gains.“Despite the recent food, energy and economic and financial crises, the developing world remains on track to halve extreme poverty from its 1990 level. A number of countries have registered major successes in combating hunger, improving school enrolment and child health, expanding access to clean water and HIV treatment, and controlling tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases,” the Secretary-General said.“Nevertheless, the gains have been uneven across the goals and from country to country. And the recent crises have made this work harder still.“Progress has been slow in improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality. There has been insufficient progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Almost half of the people in the developing world continue to live without access to basic sanitation. Too many people remain jobless or under-employed. And more attention needs to be given to sustainability and green growth,” he added. read more

Georgiabased Colonial sues contractor over Alabama spill

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. is suing an Alabama contractor over a spill that threatened U.S. gasoline supplies three years ago.The pipeline operator contends faulty work by the Birmingham-based Ceco Pipeline Services caused a crack that spilled at least a quarter-million gallons of gasoline in rural Shelby County in 2016.The spill shut down a major pipeline for weeks, tightening gasoline supplies along the Eastern Seaboard.Colonial Pipeline is based near Atlanta in Alpharetta. It filed the federal lawsuit Friday seeking unspecified damages.Ceco Pipeline Services hasn’t replied in court, and a company official didn’t return an email seeking comment Monday.The lawsuit claims the contractor failed to adequately replace dirt around the pipeline after maintenance work. The suit says that failure caused cracks that led to the spill.The Associated Press read more

UN envoy urges defusing tensions over Palestinian hunger strike in Israeli jails

“I am following with great concern the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian detainees protesting against their conditions in Israeli jails,” said the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, in a statement. “The strike is now entering its second month and it is imperative that a resolution be found as soon as possible in line with international humanitarian law and Israel’s human rights obligations,” he added.Expressing hope that current efforts will result in an immediate resolution to the matter, which is in the interest of ongoing initiatives to revive a political process, he called on all actors to exercise maximum restraint, show responsibility and take all necessary steps to avoid escalating tensions.

Wrestling Snyder and BoJo go for individual titles in St Louis

Ohio State redshirt junior Bo Jordan (center) celebrates after defeating Cornell’s Brian Realbuto (left) 11-7 to advance to his first NCAA Championship. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsST. LOUIS — After two days of wrestling, two Buckeye wrestlers remain alive in their hopes of winning an NCAA championship: junior Kyle Snyder and redshirt junior Bo Jordan.Snyder is making his third appearance in the NCAA finals having won one previously, while Bo Jordan is making his first appearance in the match.Both Buckeyes faced a large degree of difficulty to enter the finals. Jordan had to come from behind in the semifinals against the only opponent to hand him a loss this season – Cornell’s Brian Realbuto. Snyder is battling a rib injury, but it hasn’t seemed to slow down the reigning Olympic and world champion.To seal his victory in the 174 semifinals, Jordan employed a move reminiscent of a somersault to counter Realbuto in the closing seconds against Realbuto to tally a takedown and near fall points, giving him an 11-7 lead that would take him to the finals.Jordan will take on a familiar foe in the finals: Penn State’s Mark Hall. Jordan beat Hall 6-4 in overtime at the Big Ten Championships on March 5 to seal his title win.Jordan said he still remembers the move that earned him the win, but isn’t sure exactly how he did it.“Honestly, I don’t know,” Jordan said. “I knew he was going to go mixer when I came to my feet, so i was kind of expecting it. But, for whatever reason, I just landed on top, which was nice, and I was able to get back points out of it.”Snyder’s injury was apparent in his quarterfinals matchup against Penn State’s Michael Kroells, especially by Snyder’s lack of scoring in the third period of that match.However, battling Duke’s Jacob Kasper in the semifinals, the injury didn’t seem to bother Snyder.“I felt pretty good. I got shots after the 165 match,” Snyder said about his matchup with Kasper. “I felt it crunching a little bit. I could hear it. But I didn’t feel the pain because of the shots.”Kasper had called Snyder out earlier in the season, and that seemed to be at least partially on Snyder’s mind as he won 19-6.“I was excited to wrestle him because I heard about some of the stuff he said, seemed a little arrogant to me,” Snyder said. “And I was hoping he would back it up. But not too much.”Snyder will also face the same foe he took on at the Big Ten Championships: Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery. Snyder beat Medbery 7-5 on March 5, but Medbery was able to get a last second takedown to make the score close.As a team, the Buckeyes sit in second place with 89 points, behind only Penn State at 121. read more

Felix Jones with Springboks an awkward challenge for Schmidt

first_img By Sean Farrell Share2 Tweet Email1 “Things happen so fast and sometimes if you have some prior knowledge and you say ‘this means that’ and ‘that means this’, sometimes when you’re fatigued you’re adding clutter, and not giving clarity.“In the end you need to be clear. So if (South Africa) become too cluttered, that might be a good thing.”The Kiwi adds: “I can’t control what Jonesy does. Those days are gone. Once he played full-back for me and I had a little bit of influence…“Having coached him, he’s a champion player, a champion bloke and I think he’s going to be a really good coach. I just hope he delays that by a couple of months and is pretty average for the next two months. That would be good.”Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey and Bernard Jackman try to identify how Ireland can get back on track after Twickenham. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO 38 Comments Jones at Ireland training in Japan in 2017. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Aug 30th 2019, 1:10 AM Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Jones at Ireland training in Japan in 2017. Short URL Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Friday 30 Aug 2019, 8:43 AM 26,186 Views Updated Aug 30th 2019, 8:43 AM JOE SCHMIDT SAYS he had a long conversation with Felix Jones this week after the Dubliner was appointed to South Africa’s coaching ticket for the World Cup.It was a call that, presumably, didn’t require Jones to duck and dodge belated attempts to place an injunction on the intellectual property he has collected during his career in the Irish system.The former Munster and Ireland fullback, who was forced to retire at age 29 due to a neck injury, has quickly emerged as an astute coach.Rassie Erasmus is clearly among his fans, as the current Springboks director of rugby has handed him a job for the second time – filling in a gap in South Africa’s coaching ticket after the withdrawal of attack coach Swys de Bruin on medical grounds.During his stint coaching Munster under Erasmus, Jones was among a trio of coaches invited to steep themselves in Ireland’s preparation for the summer tour of the USA and Japan.That experience inside the inner circle, coupled with Ireland facing a potential quarter-final against the ‘Boks, has made Schmidt sit somewhat uneasily.“It’s an awkward situation with Felix,” the Kiwi said after naming his line-up to face Wales, “it’s a fantastic opportunity for him to go to a World Cup with a team that are on a massive upward swing…”The question on the former Munster man came as late in the day as South Africa’s backroom roster tweak, so before Schmidt could speak further about the strong position the Springboks are in, he was pressed on his use of the word ‘awkward’. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“It’s awkward because – you don’t have to be a rocket scientist –  he came with us to Japan the last time, so he was right in amongst us. So you don’t really have to ask, do you?“He was with us, he’s seen everything that we deliver and would have a great knowledge of even the language we use in our camp, so it’s awkward for us.”There were a couple of opportunities here, but I’d be a massive fan of what Felix has got to offer in the future, and it will be a great learning experience for him.”“I just hope that we don’t suffer as a consequence because he’s a smart coach, he already knows a lot about us and, if we do get to a quarter-final it has to be either New Zealand or South Africa or Italy that we do play against. That would mean he could be directly opposite us on the coaching bench.”Jones knowing ‘the language’ of Ireland camp likely extends to on-field play calling given he was in the mainframe with Munster until this summer. However, Schmidt insists he won’t change that ‘language’ at this stage. Doing so would add clutter for his players, and he feels the added IP in enemy camp might just muddle their own clarity. Felix Jones with Springboks an ‘awkward’ challenge for Schmidt The former Munster coach will know the ‘language’ of Ireland camp, but the Kiwi insists he won’t change it up if Ireland face South Africa in Japan.last_img read more

Greece to speed up processing of asylum appeals

first_imgThe European Commission has asked Greece to increase manpower in the services processing asylum seeker applications. Twelve panels are currently working on this, up from just five that existed in January, but authorities hope to have 20 committees running soon, in order to deal with the situation in the Aegean Islands, where thousands of migrants are still arriving daily from Turkey. The wave of human smuggling across the Aegean has decreased by 97 per cent, since Turkey signed an agreement with the EU to assist with handling of the refugee crisis, however thousands of migrants remain stranded in Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos, Leros and other islands of the region, where detention centres operate – many offering sub-standard conditions. The growing despair of migrants at such centres has been highlighted recently by the tragic deaths of two Syrian men – one found hanging at the port of Piraeus last month and another who died on Monday from burns sustained when he set himself on fire on March 30.The asylum application processing can take up to six months. Of the 2,580 appeals that have been lodged by migrants on the islands over the past year, only 1,300 have been processed (and of those decisions fewer than 100 are positive).According to European Commission data, during the past 12 months alone, more than 30,500 people landed on the Greek shores, coming fom Turkey, but only 944 were sent back, as part of the Brussels-Ankara deal. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Batman The Animated Series Essential Characters

first_imgStay on target The 11 Weirdest ‘Scooby-Doo’ Guest StarsChristian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert Pattinson Over the 86 episode run of Batman: The Animated Series, the show re-defined classic Batman characters and created a handful of new ones to tell lightly serialized, comic-book inspired tales of the Dark Knight. During the three years, it was on the air, the show transformed from a production based on the comic book cast of Batman to one that influenced how many properties, comic book and film, would use the Bat-lineup going forward. Below are ten characters irrevocably changed by their appearances on the animated series, which makes them essential to the Batman world.Harley QuinnProbably the most famous contribution from The Animated Series to the Batman canon, Harley Quinn first appeared in the episode “Joker’s Favor” and was just meant to be a female henchmen for the Joker before Story Editor Paul Dini stepped in and based the character on his friend Arleen Sorkin who had appeared on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. In one episode, Arleen was in a dream sequence as a court jester and that loosely translated over to the cartoon look of Harley Quinn. Sorkin would end up voicing the character and Harley’s popularity lead her to be introduced into the man Batman comic book continuity during the No Man’s Land crossover event. The best Harley episode of the series is season two’s “Harlequinade” where she has to team up with Batman and Robin to find Joker before he can set off an A-bomb. The last act of the episode is dedicated to Harley turning on Mr. J seemingly for good (it wasn’t).Two-FaceHarvey Dent’s introduction to Batman: The Animated Series is one of the series overall best episodes as well as one of the essential ones in establishing this portrayal of Two-Face and Dent as a violent case of multiple personality disorder. In “Two-Face,” we learn that District Attorney Harvey Dent once got angry at a bully when he was a kid and attacked that bully in retaliation. The bully ended up in the hospital for appendicitis, but Harvey thought it was because he had punched him and the guilt never left him. Because he suppressed his anger, his feelings created “Big Bad Harv” who took over when a chemical explosion made him Two-Face. This portrayal followed the origins of the character from the 1980s era of D.C. comics and using the gritty psychological backstory allowed for some great character moments in episodes later in the series. Most of the show pre-dates the release of Batman Forever (where Two-Face was played by Tommy Lee Jones with none of the psychological nuance), but early in the first season, Dent is established as one of Batman’s key antagonists.Mr. FreezeThe two-part Mr. Freeze origin story “Heart of Ice” won the 1993 daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program, and it completely changed the origin story of the character in future appearances. The whole Batman and Robin plot where Arnold Schwarzenegger is making ice puns while trying to save his cryogenically frozen wife? That came from Batman: The Animated Series (well, not the ice puns, but the origin story). Mr. Freeze was a re-purposed villain from the comics called Mr. Zero who was mostly around for a joke during the 1966 live action Adam West Batman series. His first origin story was as a mad scientist who was building a freeze ray when it backfired, meaning he’d need constant cooling. The Animated Series origin involves Dr. Victor Fries trying to save his wife’s life through cryogenic treatment when his boss bursts in and messes up the experiment, transforming him into Mr. Freeze. Like other Batman villains that were re-imagined for the animated series, a character that could have ended up silly (and eventually did, thanks to Joel Schumacher) instead comes off as tragic and cold (pun intended).ClayfaceThe Animated Series version of Clayface isn’t the first version of Clayface that appeared in the comics but manages to have a memorable run during his few appearances, aided by having Ron Pearlman as the voice actor bringing him to life. In the comic books, Clayface was first an out of work actor called Basil Karlo that had played a character called “Clayface” in a movie and took on that moniker. The version of Clayface with powers from DC Comics was Mike Hagen, explorer, who found a pool of radioactive goop that would give him temporary shape-shifting clay powers. The series combines elements of both to make Matt Hagen an actor who gets in a horrible car accident and needs the highly addictive cosmetic drug “Renuyu” to keep his disfigurement under wraps. Unfortunately, Hagen has to get the creme from a gangster, and when things go south, his body gets saturated with the cream, turning him into Clayface. When the villain returns to the series, his body is beginning to break down. The entire arc of the monster isn’t as villainous as Batman’s other rogues and once again the tragedy of the origin raises this version above others.The JokerTo many, Mark Hamill’s portrayal of the Joker is the ultimate one, even if it’s only been a voice acting job. Hamill’s Joker arrives in the second ever episode of Batman: The Animated Series and is fully realized as a clown of terror in the show’s first season. Not only did the original designs crooked nose and black-lined eyes give the character a look that could be either sinister or silly, but the characterization itself managed to have its malice cake and eat it too. Despite being a show aimed at children, the Joker’s creepiest qualities seeped into the show from all sides. Hamill’s voice can go from gravely serious to drenched in mockery from phrase to phrase which keeps the audience as on edge as the Joker’s victims. Sometimes, Joker is concerned with his image, like in “Joker’s Wild” when he decides to burn down a casino that is using his likeness, but other times he’s riding a Christmas Tree rocket right out of Arkham just because the walls can’t hold him. As soon as the show introduced Harley Quinn as the Joker’s foil, Hamill’s portrayal gained a new edge as the character flirted with cartoon comedy around an abusive relationship. It’s no wonder that fans love Hamill reprising his role in the Arkham games – he’s one of the (if not the very) best Jokers.Robin (Dick Grayson)Although there is times when we can look to the sky and curse Chris O’Donnell’s portrayal of the character on screen, the Animated Series version of the Dick Grayson Robin actually wasn’t that bad. Considering the character was developed way back when children were the primary consumers of comic books, Robin was devised as a way of letting readers insert themselves into a story in a more believable way – they can’t be Batman, but they could be Batman’s partner. The Animated Series version of Robin spent most of his crime fighting youth off screen since the character was aged up to be splitting his time between crime fighting in Gotham and attending college. This makes Robin’s first few forays into the series exciting without knowing for sure that Dick would be hanging around the Batcave for next week’s adventures. Also, the speed of the plotting and dialogue on the original run meant that Robin could genuinely get some good jokes and puns in, despite also being shown as a genius at puzzles and a gifted fighter. Up until the animated series the Robins of the comic books had been both extremely campy and extremely beaten-to-death by the Joker, so a tolerable and competent Dick made for an essential character inclusion.H.A.R.D.A.C.The acronym stands for Holographic Analytical Reciprocating Digital Computer; H.A.R.D.A.C. only appears in two story arcs of Batman: The Animated Series because a superhero noir only has so much room for Terminator riffs in the storytelling gaps. Bruce’s old friend Karl Rossum and his assistant Randa Duane created H.A.R.D.A.C., but like Skynet before it, the machine was discontent with humanity. Unlike Skynet, H.A.R.D.A.C. wastes no time in replacing Detective Bullock and Commissioner Gorden with android replicants that Batman has to fight off before Batman shuts it down. If that’s not enough robot craziness, then you must know what’s coming next: why bring back an artificial intelligence who can make androids if you’re not going to have a robot Batman fight actual Batman? Luckily, “His Silicon Soul” delivers the Robo-Bat closer to “Heart of Steel” parts one and two. Yeah, H.A.R.D.A.C. might be a little rote in a world that includes Ultron, but Batman’s Gotham still has police blimps, so something like H.A.R.D.A.C. popping up is as good as magic.Poison IvyIvy didn’t appear in the Adam West live action Batman series, so this was her first time gracing the small screen to oppose Batman. Introduced early in the series, Ivy actually gets a chance to try and assassinate a pre-Two-Faced Harvey Dent with a poison she derives from a special rose. Even as Ivy sporadically shows up in the series (she only appears in five or six episodes), the development of the character ended up informing how Ivy would be portrayed in the DC animated universe for years to come. Most notable among these character developments was Ivy’s friendship with Harley Quinn. Developed during the episode titled “Harley and Ivy” and continuing through the run of the second season, the villainess duo ended up making quite a pair in other DC animated series (like Static Shock) but originated here. Ivy’s other storylines aren’t slouches either, especially when she creates a plant family and pretends to have given up a life of crime (“Home and Garden”).Renee MontoyaAnother strange of The Animated Series producing a character that would go on to have a long life in the comics, Latina Detective Renee Montoya originated as an idea for the show but was preemptively integrated into the Batman DC Comics continuity before her 1992 shows made it to air. Originally created as a police officer that could act as a foil to the more bullish Harvey Bullock, Montoya has grown as a character outside The Animated Series and eventually ends up being The Question – a vigilante in her own right. Instead, Montoya’s appearances as a recognizable police officer to contrast Detective Bullock against aligns her with Commissioner Gordon as “the police who trust Batman.” Even though it’s not an easy relationship between the Dark Knight and the GCPD, having Montoya around to remind the audience that not all cops are faceless villain fodder was essential. Plus, the character’s arc in the Gotham Central comics where Two-Face outs her as a lesbian is a great arc in that series. Where’d that character start? Right here on television (even though she appears in Batman #475 first).Red ClawRed Claw is another one of those characters that is only around for a few episodes but manages to make an impression. Maybe it’s because Kate Mulgrew voiced the character and Captain Janeway as the head of an international terrorist group is a great thing to put into a cartoon. Red Claw leads her own terrorist cell, is an expert in espionage and blackmail and is a Batman: The Animated Series character who – unlike everyone else on this list – appears only on this show. First appearing as the third side of a crime triangle in “The Cat and the Claw” (with Catwoman, as you can tell from the title), Red Claw then sat out the rest of the series (in prison from getting caught) until the very final episode of the run “The Lion and the Unicorn.” At the end of that episode, her fate remains unclear, but she never returns. How has this character not shown up in the CW’s Arrowverse yet? She’s a female international terrorist who keeps vexing Batman while wearing a lot of red and sporting a paw-tattoo on her shoulder, it seemed perfect for television and was…for three episodes.last_img read more