Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Some of the companies you call on want to be on the very bleeding edge of change. They will want first mover advantage, and their default position will be to explore what is new, discover whether they believe it will work for them, and then deploy what they believe will produce some competitive advantage.They don’t want the “new” new thing because they chase fads. They want the “new” new things because they want to be the future. These companies aren’t afraid to fail; they’re afraid of missing an opportunity. They accept that some bets don’t pan out, and the few times they win is enough to make this approach pay off.Right behind these companies are a larger group that will follow closely on the heels of the leading edge. They’ll adopt what’s new when they see it being used and when they confirm that the new thing produces results. The people in these companies want proof that something works, and they fear using their limited time, money, and resources for what might be nothing more than a shiny object.They not super cautious, but they may not go first.Many of the companies you call on will only adopt something after it becomes more widely accepted. Imagine a bunch of people sitting together, watching each other to see if anyone else is going to do something before they decide to it. They’re waiting to see that enough other people have adopted something before they adopt it. Sometimes this group wants to believe that they are brave pioneers by going before the rest of the big, middle part of the bell curve, even though they aren’t close to first.A good many of the companies and people you call on are laggards. They aren’t going to adopt anything until they absolutely must. These companies are still using spreadsheets to manage their sales opportunities. The only way they’ll upgrade their software is if the company that makes it discontinues support and makes it obsolete. They will make do with what they have, and they have no problem falling far behind the market, risking their own survival. They are wholly uninterested in changing, and they won’t do so until they are forced to.When what you sell is change, there are people and companies who will step willingly into the unknown, exploring new ideas confidently, always seeking what’s next. It’s their culture.Other companies will be interested, but will need a lot more proof that the change you sell will actually produce the results you promise. They will need a little more time, a lot more information, and some proof before they move forward.The last two categories, those who will adopt when something is already widely accepted and the group who only change when forced to, are not a good place to start with something new—even if it would benefit them greatly, and even if it would prevent existential threats.If what you sell is transformational, you want to start with the people and companies who embrace that level of change.
Transfers Man Utd to offer De Gea new deal – Mourinho Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 06:38 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Copley Transfers Manchester United David de Gea Manchester United v Stoke City Premier League Real Madrid The Premier League giants are keen to retain the Spaniard, who has continually been linked with La Liga giants Real Madrid Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United will offer David De Gea a new contract.United have an option to extend De Gea’s current contract, which runs until 2019, by a further year, and Mourinho has confirmed that the club will trigger that clause while also attempting to negotiate longer terms with the Spain international.“It’s obvious that we’re not going to let the option [in De Gea’s contract] disappear,” he said, per the Daily Telegraph. “A goalkeeper like he is, and obviously a club that wants to be better and better and better, we are not going to let that year option go away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “But obviously we are going to try [to extend his contract]. Mr Woodward [Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice chairman] is not on holiday. He barely has holidays. Of course he’s going to try to give him a contract that keeps him here for much longer than that option that, of course, we are going to execute.”De Gea has been ever present for United in the Premier League this season, conceding just 16 goals in 22 games.The 27-year-old, arguably United’s most important player, has been linked with moves away from the club, however, and almost joined Real Madrid in 2015, when a deal worth £29 million would have seen De Gea move to Spain and Keylor Navas join United.However, the transfer fell through at the eleventh hour — both clubs denied blame for the fiasco — and De Gea stayed at Old Trafford, though he was again linked with a move to the Bernabeu last summer.When pressed on whether negotiations had been initiated between the club and De Gea, he replied: “I don’t know. I just trust the board and the work they do. I don’t negotiate players, I don’t discuss numbers and contracts. I just say what is obvious. Anyone of you would say the same — David is to keep.”
Transfers How Liverpool beat Arsenal, Atletico and Man Utd to secret signing Fabinho Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:39 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Getty/Goal Transfers Liverpool Manchester United Monaco Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League Premier League Ligue 1 Primera División Opinion The Reds kept their deal for the Monaco midfielder quiet, as they have become wary of top clubs taking advantage of their excellent scouting In many ways it was the classic ‘old school’ signing.Liverpool’s capture of Fabinho came as something of a surprise when it was announced on Monday evening. There had been rumblings of interest in the French and English media earlier in the day, but the speed at which suggestion became confirmation was rapid – pleasingly so, for many.Less than 48 hours after losing the Champions League final in tearful fashion, the Reds had begun their fightback. A summer of spending was expected at Anfield, and it is already well underway. On July 1, they will have around £90 million worth of new midfielders to add to their squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now In fact, given their interest in Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, maybe it will be even more.Regardless, these are significant moves from Liverpool. No transfer will take away the pain of defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev, but football, as life, moves on quickly. Supporters can be reassured by the sight of their club showing genuine signs of ambition ahead of next season. They’d love to see even more between now and August.Make no mistake, Fabinho is a coup for Liverpool. He’s a player of pedigree – a Ligue 1 winner with Champions League experience – who can play in multiple positions and, at 25, is entering his prime years.The Brazilian was coveted by others, too. Paris Saint-Germain would have signed him last summer but settled instead for Kylian Mbappe, his Monaco team-mate. Atletico Madrid were keen this time around, Manchester United have long been linked while Arsenal are understood to have made late enquiries.They were told there was no point; the player wanted Liverpool. His contract is for five years, the deal worth a guaranteed €45m, plus up to €5m in add-ons.It is also another example of the pulling power of Klopp. Defeat in Kiev may have extended the German’s much-publicised losing run in major finals to six – something that he is both acutely aware of and desperate to change – but in terms of attracting players he is very much in the ‘elite’ category. And the thrilling way in which his side has played football this season is making Europe’s most sought-after talents sit up and take notice.Naby Keita had choices last summer but wanted Anfield. Virgil van Dijk had his pick of the Premier League’s top clubs but was desperate to play under Klopp. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain snubbed Chelsea in favour of a move north. Liverpool hope Fekir will do the same – Chelsea have tracked him extensively – and join the party.Significant, too, is the identity of Fabinho’s agent. Jorge Mendes is one of football’s most powerful figures, his client list featuring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Diego Costa and Jose Mourinho among others. His company, Gestifute, is responsible for many of the most high-profile transfers in Europe over the past 10 years.Mendes was pictured alongside Fabinho at Melwood as the deal was confirmed by Liverpool, having travelled to Merseyside with the player. Does this signing show the Reds have now moved into the upper tier of European clubs in terms of attractive destinations?Certainly, the work of Michael Edwards, the sporting director, and his recruitment team is creating waves across the continent. Liverpool’s transfer record since 2010, when Fenway Sports Group took ownership of the club, has been mixed to say the least, but Klopp’s arrival in 2015 brought with it a more joined-up approach.“Collegiate” is how one Anfield source describes the policy, with the manager happy to back the judgement of Edwards and his scouting team, who in turn are able to better identify exactly the kind of player (and character) that can fit into his plans.It was notable that Klopp spoke about Fabinho’s personality, background and family on Monday; Liverpool’s dressing room is extremely close-knit, and the club are keen to retain that unity going forward.Notable, too, was how the deal was kept largely under wraps. Liverpool, Goal understands, first enquired about Fabinho last summer, when they were also keen to sign Benjamin Mendy and Thomas Lemar from Monaco.They missed out on all three in the end, but retained dialogue with the Ligue 1 club, and with the player’s representatives. And while interest in Lemar has faded – Liverpool will not be signing the France international this summer – the reports coming back on Fabinho were overwhelmingly positive.Klopp was keen to add a multi-functional, defensively-strong midfield player to his squad. Jorginho of Napoli was looked at, while there were links with Ruben Neves, another Mendes client. Neither were deemed appropriate; Jorginho is expected to join Manchester City, while Neves will likely spend at least one more season with Wolves following their promotion to the Premier League.Fabinho, then, was the chosen one, but Liverpool were still keen to keep things quiet.Last summer’s incident with Van Dijk is still fresh in the mind at Anfield, while there is a belief within the club that the work of their scouting and research team is so respected across Europe that teams are happy to ‘piggy-back’ and let the Reds do the background work for them before swooping in with suitcases of cash. Mohamed Salah’s move to Chelsea in January 2014 is seen as a prime example.Klopp’s presence, it seems, is helping to negate that risk. His Liverpool revolution may have suffered a blow on Saturday, but by Monday it was back on track. Reds fans will hope there is much more to come. 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Sadio Mane will miss Senegal’s opening Africa Cup of Nations fixture against Tanzania due to a suspension, according to head coach Aliou Cisse.The Liverpool superstar will sit out the West Africans’ first Group C fixture – which will take place at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo later this month – after picking up two yellow cards during the qualifying campaign.Mane was booked in Senegal’s 1-0 victory against Equatorial Guinea in Malabo in November last year, with the Confederation of African Football also recording another booking in a 2-0 victory over Madagascar in March. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “His absence should not in any way bother us,” Cisse said.”Certainly the presence of Sadio is beneficial but without him we remain strong.”CAF have decided, so we will not linger [on the subject].”Certainly, with Sadio we would be very good, but even without him we will be very good.“We all know that Sadio will have a good Nations Cup [but] the players around him have to raise their level. That’s how we’ll get there.”Senegal departed for Egypt on Saturday, having previously been at a training camp in Alicante.Mane will be available for the showdown with Algeria on June 27 and their final group-stage clash against Kenya on July 1.The tournament will be Mane’s third Africa Cup of Nations, and he will be keen to erase the memories of the last one – he missed the decisive penalty in Senegal’s quarter-final shootout defeat to eventual champions Cameroon in 2017.The Liverpool forward was also a muted presence as the Lions were eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup last summer, despite being drawn in an open group also containing Colombia, Poland and Japan.Cisse expressed his displeasure with the rule that sees his star man suspended, believing bookings in qualifying should not have an impact on the main tournament.”If we received a card in the qualifying round, I do not see the value of counting it during the final phase of the AFCON,” Cisse continued.“CAF has decided that, but we will prove that Senegal exist without Mane.”Mane only joined his teammates on Thursday after being given an extended leave of absence following his exploits for Liverpool in their Champions League final victory over Tottenham.On Sunday, the Lions meet Nigeria in Ismailia in a warm-up ahead of the Nations Cup kick-off.
New Delhi: Saying the Congress cannot afford a stalemate for too long, party Chairman for Law and has resigned and urged President Rahul Gandhi to revive the Congress as “a fighting force”. In a series of tweets on Friday, Tankha said: “We all should submit our resignations from party positions and give Rahulji a free hand to choose his team… I unequivocally submit my resignation as AICC Department Chairman Law, RTI and HR. Party cannot afford a stalemate for too long.” Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah He added: “Rahulji, please make drastic changes to revive the party as a fighting force. You have the commitment and determination. Just cobble a good, acceptable and influential nation-wide team. I am with you in all situations.” The Congress this week dissolved all district committees of its Uttar Pradesh unit and also formed a three-member disciplinary committee to look into acts of gross indiscipline and anti-party activities during the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress suffered a major defeat in the elections, winning just 52 seats. Rahul Gandhi himself was defeated in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh although he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Wayanad in Kerala. Since then, Rahul Gandhi has made it clear that he wants to give up the party presidency.
Bhubaneswar: With a fresh low pressure area building up over Bay of Bengal set to trigger heavy rain in many areas in the next three days, Odisha Government on Friday asked districts to remain prepared to meet the situation.This will be the third instance of low pressure area triggering downpour in the state in August. Several areas of south and west Odisha had encountered flash floods owing to incessant rainfall earlier this month. In the past two days, too, several parts of the state have experienced rainfall of varied intensity. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Vehicular traffic was disrupted in Bhubaneswar on Friday as rain lashed Nayapalli, Jaydev Vihar, Acharya Vihar, Baramunda, GGP Colony, Jharpara and Palasuni areas here. Under the influence of the cyclonic circulation, over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and West Bengal coasts, a low pressure area is likely to form over Odisha and its neighbourhood in the next 36 hours. Heavy to very heavy rainfall are likely to occur in Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Puri districts till Saturday, the meteorological centre said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHeavy rainfall is also expected in Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Sundargarh, Angul, Khordha, Ganjam, among other areas during the period. Torrential downpour may also batter places in Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir and Nuapada districts on Sunday and Monday. Squally wind with speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail along Odisha coast and adjoining northwest and west central Bay of Bengal, the MeT Centre said. As sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough, fishermen have been cautioned against venturing into the sea on Saturday and Sunday, it added. In view of the weather forecast, revenue and disaster management department asked Collectors of the districts under very heavy to heavy rainfall warning to keep administrative machinery prepared to meet any possible situation that may arise in the event of intense rainfall. An advisory issued by the department said other districts should closely watch the situation and take appropriate steps, as may be necessary. Fire service, ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and NDRF were asked to remain in a state of readiness for deployment for search and rescue operation, if required. The emergency cells in all the districts were asked to operate round the clock.
NEW DELHI: In a tragic incident, a passerby was shot dead by criminals who aimed at Delhi Police constable in North East Delhi’s Nand Nagri but somehow missed their target killing a 50-year-old passer-by on road instead.The assailants managed to flee from the spot taking the benefit of darkness. “Our constable Ajay, who is posted in the Nand Nagri police station, was passing through the Tanga Stand around 11:39 pm, when he noticed some suspicious persons sitting in a Swift Dzire car,” said Atul Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East). Getting suspicious about the occupants of the car the constable confronted them and asked for their identities. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRealising that the constable might prove dangerous, the car sped away, but the constable tried to chase it. A man then took out a pistol and in an attempt to shoot at the constable. He fired but missed his target. “During the chase, a man from the car opened fire at the constable, but the bullet hit a passer-by. The culprits managed to escape. The victim was immediately rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, where he was declared ‘brought dead’ by the doctors. The deceased was later identified as Raju, a resident of Harsh Vihar in Delhi,” said Thakur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe police have registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC and teams have been formed to nab the accused. A police team has been formed and the CCTV around the area are being scanned for clues to know the identity of the accused. Local informants have also been pressed in to know the identity of the accused persons who now carry a murder charge on them. The body has been sent for postmortem and the family members have been informed.
Rabat – Manchester United’s goalkeeper, David De Gea, sported the club’s captain armband during a match on Wednesday night against Ipswich Town, which made the Spanish international “proud.”De Gea, who has made headlines in the last few weeks for his disagreements with United’s manager Louis van Gaal, seems to enjoy wearing the Man United jersey.UK’s Express notes that the football star was given the captain’s armband only for the remaining 10 minutes of the match that Manchester won 1-0 to Ipswich Town. Even if for a few minutes, the gesture filled De Gea with gratitude and prompted him to tweet: “Great win yesterday! Let’s think about our next rivals and keep improving. I’m proud to wear this armand!”Great win yesterday! Let’s think about our next rivals and keep improving. I’m proud to wear this armband! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/gduqspyh4a— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) September 24, 2015An image of a happily smiling De Gea being placed the armband has made the social media rounds. The picture speaks for itself.This comes to reaffirm De Gea’s satisfaction with United and the possible end to his problems with the team’s manager.The goalkeeper is scheduled to defend the British club against Sunderland’s match this coming weekend.
Aiming to help pastoralists hit by drought in Djibouti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it is gradually transitioning from emergency assistance to Food for Work projects in the country. “The shift aims at leaving permanent structures for pastoralists in most projects in partnership with the Government and other UN agencies,” said WFP Djibouti Country Director Benoit Thiry. Food for Work projects involve WFP, other organizations and the Government contracting local communities to build lasting infrastructure such as gardens and wells that will help them cope with droughts. Some 5,600 Food for Work participants will receive a five-person family ration in exchange for their work, according to the agency. At the peak of the last lean season in September 2006, when food from the last harvest ran out, a fifth of the population of Djibouti lacked adequate food, WFP said.This year, without assistance, many people will be forced to move to Djibouti city, where they lose their pastoralist lifestyle and are often forced to dwell in the spreading slums on the outskirts of the capital. “We are trying to help those who want to stay in rural areas by improving water access and gardens,” said Mr. Thiry. Despite shifting from free food distributions to Food For Work programmes, WFP will still maintain a contingency food stock in Djibouti to use in case of an emergency. Assistance to refugees from Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia, school feeding and food for nutritional centres will continue. 22 June 2007Aiming to help pastoralists hit by drought in Djibouti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it is gradually transitioning from emergency assistance to Food for Work projects in the country.
31 October 2011The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today sentenced the leader of the Serb Radical Party – already facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity – to 18 months in jail after finding him guilty of contempt of court for a second time. The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today sentenced the leader of the Serb Radical Party – already facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity – to 18 months in jail after finding him guilty of contempt of court for a second time.Vojislav Šešelj will serve the prison term concurrently with the 15-month jail sentence he was given by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in May last year – in both cases for disclosing information relating to protected witnesses in his trial. A third contempt of court case for alleged similar actions by Mr. Šešelj is currently pending.Mr. Šešelj, who had refused to enter a plea to the charges he was convicted of today, has previously admitted to writing a book which detailed the real names, occupations and residences of 11 protected witnesses in his trial.The ICTY’s trial chamber, announcing its decision, said Mr. Šešelj had disclosed information about the witnesses “intentionally, [and] with the knowledge that by doing so, he was violating decisions” of the court.Calling this action “a serious interference with the administration of justice,” the judges said they had also considered Mr. Šešelj’s lack of remorse in determining the sentence, as well as the fact that the book was also in electronic form and thus more widely available.The ICTY said it was also hoping to “discourage this type of behaviour” to try to avoid a repeat by either Mr. Šešelj or anyone else involved in proceedings before the tribunal, which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands.Mr. Šešelj is on trial at the ICTY on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in crimes committed between 1991 and 1994 against non-Serbs living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Vojvodina, Serbia.
CALGARY — Mexican authorities have awarded TransCanada Corp. another natural gas pipeline contract.The Calgary-based company said Monday that it will invest about US$400 million in a 413-kilometre pipeline between El Oro and Mazatlan, near Mexico’s west coast.The 61-centimetre-diameter pipeline has a contracted capacity of 202 million cubic feet a day and is expected to be in service in the fourth quarter of 2016, TransCanada said.[np-related /]The Mazatlan pipeline will connect with the US$1-billion Topolobampo pipeline that TransCanada was awarded last week.TransCanada will build, own and operate the two new pipelines through its Mexican subsidiary, Transportadora de Gas Natural del Noroeste.Both projects are supported by 25-year natural gas transportation service contracts with the Comision Federal de Electricidad, or CFE, Mexico’s federal power company.“We are pleased to be working with the government of Mexico on new natural gas infrastructure that will bring its cleaner-burning natural gas to businesses and residents,” said TransCanada president and CEO Russ Girling.“These new projects build on our experience developing safe and reliable pipelines in Mexico and across North America.”TransCanada already has one of North America’s largest networks of gas and oil pipelines, including two natural gas lines already operating in central Mexico. The company built, owns and operates the Guadalajara and Tamazunchale natural gas pipelines in central Mexico and will soon break ground on a Tamazunchale pipeline extension.Besides is network of some 68,500 kilometres of natural gas pipelines that tap into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America, TransCanada is also developing one of North America’s largest oil delivery systems, including the controversial Keystone XL pipeline designed to transport Canadian crude to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.The company began work this summer on a US$2.3-billion crude pipeline connecting an oil storage hub at Cushing Okla., to Texas refineries that is expected to start up in 2013. The Gulf Coast pipeline was initially part of TransCanada’s $7.6-billion Keystone XL proposal but has been held up by political and environmental wrangling in the United States.Meanwhile, TransCanada is also one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 380 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and has interests in more than 10,900 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States.
The government says it has nothing to hide and welcomes the visits of high profile foreign dignitaries to Sri Lanka including the north ahead of and during the Commonwealth summit in November.External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris said that most high profile foreign visitors who had been to Sri Lanka in recent times have found that the actual ground situation is not what is projected by some people overseas. “All of the delegations have said we have seen for our own eyes the development that is taking place,” the External Affair Minister said at a media briefing today. “That is what the government should do and that is what the Sri Lankan government will do,” he said.Government Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had told parliament that the government will conduct an investigation into the incident following allegations the army had shot at and assaulted some of the people in Weliweriya who were demanding clean water. (Colombo Gazette) He said that foreign delegations visiting Sri Lanka are able to see for themselves the post war situation in Sri Lanka including in the north.Asked about the Weliweriya incident and the impact it will have on Sri Lanka, the Minister said that, as was mentioned in parliament yesterday, the government will conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the incident. Among the foreign delegations to have visited Sri Lanka recently was an All Party Parliament delegation from Britain and a delegation from the European Parliament.
EDMONTON — Marijuana company Aurora Cannabis Inc. has applied to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.The shares are expected to trade in New York under the ticker symbol ACB, the same as its listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Edmonton-based company says the listing is subject to the approval of the New York Stock Exchange, and the satisfaction of all listing and regulatory requirements.Aurora expects trading on the NYSE to start before the end of the month.Shares in the company soared last month following a report by BNN Bloomberg that Aurora was in talks with Coca-Cola Co. to develop pot-infused drinks.However, Aurora said at the time that while it does engage in exploratory talks from time to time, there was no deal to announce.
“Make it in February. Make it possible after the African Union summit to start talking again very seriously in Abuja. It is still possible,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, Jan Pronk, told a news conference yesterday after returning from talks at UN Headquarters in New York last week, as well as visits to Washington, DC, and Brussels, Belgium.“I think parties will be wise, together with the African Union, now to set a deadline, which is very short. Why not the end of February? That means you have another five weeks. I have no reason to believe that the Government would not be interested. I think that the Government will be interested in getting a peace agreement soon. And they have been to Abuja,” he said.He said he had been to the Abuja talks often “and the Government negotiated quite constructively. They were good, tough negotiators but constructive.”Mr. Pronk voiced concern about the other parties, which still have not made the choice between fighting and talking, especially the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) headed by Mini Minawi.“He has to be in Abuja – not in Chad, not in Libya, but in Abuja to talk in order to get agreement. If not, I think that means he is not so serious in terms of negotiation on behalf of the 2 million people who are in the camps and the others who are still in the villages being attacked by militias. So my plea is strongly made to them.”The SLA and another rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), started a conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region in February 2003, saying they were protesting regional discrimination by the Government.The envoy noted that the Government was supporting the Janjaweed in 2003 and the beginning of 2004. Since the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) was deployed in the middle of 2004, however, he said, “I have no evidence that that continues.”But he added that UNMIS had no mandate to monitor that situation and the African Union’s reports on its mission’s (AMIS) monitoring activities were to be discussed by the Joint Committee on the Ceasefire.“But the Joint Committee is not meeting, so we are in a vicious circle at the moment,” Mr. Pronk observed.The UNMIS strategy in the East has been to organize talks, he said, and may have to ask the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, which has signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement, to help with talks in the east and in Darfur, however painful the process after decades of war. “Peace is not a commodity which can be imported. It is a commodity which has to be locally produced,” he said.
Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.The report, Formalizing Domestic Work, confirms that because domestic work takes place in the private sphere, many households do not make use of formal arrangements, whether due to cost concerns, lack of information, or a belief that domestic labour is not real work. It also assesses the ways in which informal work leads to substandard working conditions and creates a hindrance to development. Informal domestic work creates adverse conditions especially for women.Worldwide, there are some 67 million domestic workers, 50 million of which are employed informally.According to Claire Hobden, ILO specialist on domestic work, the employment relationship takes place within the private sphere – the household. So it can be blurred or disguised by social norms. Households and workers are often not aware of their respective rights and responsibilities, and may perceive formal arrangements as costly and complicated.“Low levels of voice and representation in the sector also means that households and workers sometimes do not have a means of shaping policy,” she added.The number of domestic workers is expected to grow, in part due to what Ms. Hobden explains is a “care crisis,” as populations age and more women enter the workforce.“Formalization policies,” she said, “can help ensure the creation of a sufficient number of decent jobs in the sector, as well as a workforce trained to provide quality services. In the absence of such policies, informality in domestic work will most likely persist.”The study includes a number of practices and policy approaches from countries around the world that either improve or worsen situations for domestic workers. Some of the recommended measures include simplifying registration procedures and setting standard contracts; ensuring domestic workers have access to social insurance policies; promoting the professionalization of the field through skills training and salary scales that match certification and experience; and developing compliance campaigns to raise awareness of workers’ rights and responsibilities.Philippe Marcadent, Chief of the branch of the ILO that produced the report, stressed the importance of promoting formal employment in order to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 8, which seeks to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth and full and productive employment and decent work for all.“No worker should be left behind,” said Mr. Marcadent. “Formalizing domestic work is, therefore, a key means of ensuring that this goal will be met.”
“This is an important development, as believers, atheists and non-believers must all be equally protected,” said the newly appointed Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “Many humanists and non-believers are still widely stigmatized and persecuted around the world.” US President Barack Obama signed the amendments to the International Religious Freedom Act on Friday.According to the news release, the promotion of atheist thought in any form is considered an act of terrorism in some countries. In others, any expression of non-belief or atheism is condemned as blasphemy or apostasy and receives harsh punishment, including the death sentence or attacks by vigilante groups. “People often do not fully understand the scope of the international human right to religious freedom. It is not just about religions or beliefs, but it also covers the right to freedom of thought and conscience as provided by the Universal Declaration for Human Rights,” noted the Special Rapporteur. The expert said the terms “religion” and “belief” should be understood in a broad sense to include theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief. “All of them have important roles to play in building pluralistic and inclusive societies for the 21st century that are peaceful and prosperous,” Mr. Shaheed stressed. “In the face of increasing diversity, the freedom of religion or belief can be upheld only with the acceptance and full inclusion of atheists and non-believers,” he concluded. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
In the World Social Protection Report 2017-2019, entitled Universal social protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) highlights how this protection gap is an obstacle to reaching globally-agreed targets on promoting growth and development, and protecting the planet. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said that although many countries had improved social protection for their citizens in recent decades, much more investment and political is needed to extend coverage. “The lack of social protection leaves people vulnerable to ill-health, poverty, inequality and social exclusion throughout their lifecycle. Denying this human right to four billion people worldwide is a significant obstacle to economic and social development,” he warned. Indeed, speaking to journalists in Geneva, he said that social security protection is a basic human right, and “when people don’t have it, governments reap the benefits.”Today however, Mr. Ryder explained that only 45 per cent of the global population have access to at least one social benefit, and only 29 per cent have comprehensive protection. “In 2017, this global lack of social protection, I think, should be regarded as being completely unacceptable […] and that means that the aggregate level of public expenditure on social protection needs to be increased to extend social protection coverage particularly in Africa, in Asia and the Arab countries where marked under-investment in social protection prevails,” he said. Despite a slight improvement in welfare coverage since 2015 around the world, much more investment by governments will be needed to extend protection to all; not least the 1.3 billion children who have no cover whatsoever. ILO says this is particularly true in rural areas, where 56 per cent of people lack health coverage, compared to 22 per cent in towns and cities. Some countries are already tackling the problem by offering simplified tax returns to workers previously in the informal sector. Once on the government’s books, contributions from these workers help pay for maternity leave, job-seekers’ allowance, disabilities benefit and care for senior citizens.The evolving world of work and technology has also provided new opportunities to extend social protection, ILO said. In Uruguay, for example, e-taxi provider Uber’s drivers can download a phone application which automatically deducts their social security charges. Elsewhere, ILO warned that progress in welfare protection risks being pushed back – the result of fiscal savings put in place after the global economic crisis. This is likely to be the case in Europe, the agency’s Isabel Ortiz warned, where pensioners in 19 countries face lower benefits by 2060. “You have to balance equity with sustainability,” she told journalists.
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MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2012 will break all previous records for size. Exhibits showcasing the full range of mining products, services and technologies will occupy more than 850,000 ft2 of floor space. The show will fill all of North Hall, Central Hall, the outdoor Silver Lot, and for the first time ever, MINExpo will be in halls 3 and 4 of the South Building. More than 1,800 exhibitors will be at the show. Thirty-five countries will be represented and there will be nine international pavilions. See International Mining’s preview in the August issue.The Online Directory for MINExpo® will be up and running on August 1. The directory will have a listing for every exhibitor at the show. Visitors to the online directory can access an exhibitor by company name, product or country. The directory also will have a word search function. The directory will remain on the MINExpo website for one year.The directory will indicate where on the show floor each exhibitor will be located. Of course, a printed version of the directory will be distributed at the show.At MINExpo®, you want to spend your time as efficiently and productively as possible. The show’s Matchmaker Program makes that a lot easier to do. During the show registration process, you can indicate those products and services you are most interested in seeing at the show. Then, a few weeks prior to the show, you will receive an email with a list of the exhibitors matching the products and services you checked when you registered. This list will include a link to the website of each listed exhibitor, allowing you to learn more about the companies and their products prior to the show so that you can use your time at the show more efficiently.If you did not sign up for the Matchmaker Program when you registered, no problem. You can go back into your registration using the link provided in the electronic confirmation letter.During MINExpo®, two very important awards luncheons will be held to recognise mining industry achievements in safety, reclamation, and sustainable development.The Sentinels of Safety awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 25, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center. This event will honour the 2011 recipients of the coveted Sentinels of Safety Awards, presented each year to mining operations throughout the country that have demonstrated exemplary safety records.In addition, the first recipients of the Technology Innovations in Mine Safety and Health award will be recognised. This new award is sponsored by the Office of Mine Safety and Health of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).The following day-Wednesday, September 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.-the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will present awards for excellence in environmental management.OSM’s Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards will be presented to coal mining companies that achieve the most exemplary reclamation in the country, while the BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Development Awards recognize the efforts made by mining companies in implementing the principles of sustainable development.Need more MINExpo® between now and the show? Follow @minexpo2012 on Twitter or like www.facebook.com/minexpo to join hundreds of attendees and exhibitors already connecting ahead of the show. Online, you’ll have access to all of the event’s news and deadlines, plus tips, trends and ideas from your industry colleagues across the globe.