The Leadership Playbook: But They Made President’s Club Last Year

first_imgThe salespeople that you are unhappy with now made President’s Club last year. Up until recently—very recently—they were doing what was required and expected of them. For years, what they are doing now was the right thing to do, and no one ever told them otherwise.While you are busy being unhappy with the fact that your people haven’t changed to meet your new requirements and expectations, they’re busy trying to figure out why everything has to be different now. You were both successful just a year ago doing things the way you had always done them.You Broke the ContractYou are struggling to help your people change because you broke the original contract. Even if you expected more in the past, your acceptance of the prior performance is part of that contract. I’m not talking about a formal, paper contract. I am talking about the real contract, the unspoken agreements that you made with your people.If you don’t believe that your sales force has the right to unilaterally change the contract, then you don’t have an absolute right to unilaterally change the contract either. This means that transformation requires a new contract. This means you need consent.New Terms and New ConditionsIf you need a new contract, you are going to have to explain why the new contract is necessary. You need to share those reasons, and you need to share what is at stake. If you are breaking one contract and replacing it with another, there needs to be a compelling reason why.If the conditions of employment and the requirements of the role need to be modified, you are establishing a new contract. The truth of the matter is that the individual members of your sales force are free to accept or reject the new terms and conditions. I’m not writing about compensation or other pecuniary matters here; I am talking about their deal when it comes to what is expected of them.New terms and new conditions have to be shared, sold, and agreed to.Some Will Refuse a New ContractThere are some who were comfortable with the old contract and have no interest in a new contract. They’d rather leave than change what they’ve always done—and often been rewarded for—in the past. There are some who will pretend to accept the contract, only to violate the letter and the spirit. This is part and parcel of transformations.That said, it is important to remember that you broke the contract and it is your job to win hearts and minds. It also means you need to remember that 1 comes before 2, and that transformation is 1,000 conversations and 10,000 actions. It’s a long game, and you have to play. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

De Boer fired by impatient Palace after only 4 games

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Facing yet another fight to avoid relegation from the world’s richest league, Palace seems destined to lurch back to survival mode. That likely means regressing to the style of play that Allardyce and Pulis developed, namely being more obdurate at the back and hitting teams on the break.The well-travelled Hodgson does not have a definitive preferred playing style, although his time with England from 2012-16 was marred by dull and cautious performances at major tournaments. He hasn’t coached since leaving the England job after the country’s elimination by Iceland at last year’s European Championship, and his last job as a club manager was at West Bromwich Albion from 2011-12.Arriving on a three-year deal , De Boer had ambitions of making Palace entertaining to watch and integrating more youth-team players. Parish and the club’s American owners — David Blitzer and Josh Harris — backed this bold vision.They have acted decisively, though maybe prematurely, in removing De Boer. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)The impatience and short-term thinking in modern-day soccer was highlighted Monday when Frank de Boer was fired by Crystal Palace only four Premier League games into his task of changing the ingrained playing style of the English team.Hours after Palace chairman Steve Parish called for “some sense” regarding the speculation surrounding De Boer’s position, the club’s board decided to end the Dutchman’s 77-day stint in charge and thanked him for his “dedication and hard work.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Palace has lost all four of its league matches under De Boer, without even scoring a goal. The last team to make such a start in England’s top flight was Preston in 1924.Still, it was undeniable that De Boer needed time to implement a more expansive and entertaining style of play requested by the club’s hierarchy, which is a giant leap from the pragmatism, directness and counter-attacking favored by two of Palace’s three most recent managers — Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn terms of games played, De Boer’s tenure is the shortest of any permanent manager in Premier League history.Palace lost to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea before the international break, and then 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday despite an improved display at Turf Moor which showed that De Boer’s methods might be starting to take effect. De Boer spoke after the game of having “hope for the future,” but he won’t be part of it. British media reported that former England coach Roy Hodgson, who is 70, was in line to take over at a club where he was a youth-team player in the 1960s.While De Boer was gaining plenty of sympathy for his plight, critics of the decision to fire him placed the blame on those who hired him in the first place. Why ask a manager to implement a new playing approach and not give him a decent opportunity to see the change through, especially after only one transfer window when De Boer was unable to bring in the kind of attacking players to suit the new style?“You try to ask a bit of time for your work,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Monday, when asked about Palace’s decision. “To finish this experience after only four games, I’m sorry for him.”De Boer was in charge of Inter Milan in his previous job for just 84 days before being fired early last season. He didn’t even last that long in his first foray into English soccer.As a former player and coach at Ajax and also a former Barcelona player, De Boer is wedded to a philosophy of possession and fluidity generally favored by the Dutch. It got results at Ajax — he won four straight league titles — but he has found it difficult to transfer that abroad.ADVERTISEMENT Surprising start to season: Madrid struggles, Barcelona thriveslast_img read more

Drop Neuer and start Ter Stegen – Matthaus

first_imgMarc-Andre ter Stegen should take the Germany number one spot away from an out-of-sorts Manuel Neuer, former captain Lothar Matthaus has said.Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer has struggled to hit top form since returning to action following his long absence due to a foot injury last season.The 32-year-old was unconvincing in Germany’s shock group-stage exit at the World Cup and came in for criticism for his performance in the 3-0 Nations League loss to Netherlands last Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ter Stegen has only started two matches this year – friendlies with Spain in March and Peru last month – but Matthaus thinks the Barcelona man has earned the right to a regular spot in Joachim Low’s starting line-up.”Manuel Neuer doesn’t currently have the form and assuredness he had before his serious injury,” the 1990 World Cup winner wrote in his column for Sky Sport.”He’s not yet back in the shape that made him the best goalkeeper in the world four times [according to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics].”[Ter Stegen] has been world-class at Barcelona for years. I think he’s gradually earned the chance to play an important match from the start, even if Neuer is available.”Germany take on France in their latest Nations League match in Paris on Tuesday.last_img read more

All charges stayed in Ontario dogfighting case due to unreasonable delay

first_imgAll charges against two men accused of running a dogfighting ring in southwestern Ontario have been tossed due to an unreasonable delay in court proceedings.The animal cruelty and weapons charges — 67 in total — against John Jacob Robert and Michel Conrad Paul Gagnon were stayed last week after the pair’s lawyer brought forth an application alleging a breach of their charter rights to a trial within a reasonable time frame.The judge agreed with lawyer Ken Marley.“The offences before this court are serious. Public interest in this community for a trial on the merits is palpable…this is a close call,” Justice Bruce Thomas wrote in his decision.The judge deemed the time the charges were laid on Oct. 9, 2015 to the scheduled end of the trial this coming May to be 30 months and 28 days. The Supreme Court has ruled that cases in Superior Court should be heard within 30 months.The case began in the fall of 2015 after Chatham-Kent police officers and inspectors with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raided a compound in Tilbury, Ont.They seized 31 pit bulls, dogfighting paraphernalia including “rape stands” that are used in breeding, fighting records, 15 guns, four knives, ammunition and about a kilogram of marijuana, according to court documents.During that raid, officials came across a grim scene in a building at the back of the property, behind a sign reading “Dirty White Boy Kennels,” as described by an OSPCA affidavit filed with the court.Inspectors seized more than 200 items that day, documents said, including medical kits with injectable solutions and vitamin supplements, suture and skin staple kits, syringes and surgical tools, lists of names of dogs, training and weight schedules, a training kit with weights, muzzles and sticks, and harnesses “used for weight training.”All of the dogs were found attached to chains that were tied to metal stakes in the ground. Inspectors also found anabolic steroids on site, according to court documents, and dogfighting contracts.An inspector noted “that the majority of the adult dogs had severe scarring consistent with dog fighting. These scars were primarily located on the head, neck and forelimbs of the dogs.”Three dogs were euthanized for medical reasons, while the other dogs underwent behavioural assessments.The case came to prominence after the OSPCA applied for the court’s approval to destroy 21 dogs for behavioural reasons, saying they were a menace to society and could not be rehabilitated.That prompted a public outcry to save the dogs, including harsh words from hockey commentator Don Cherry and outrage from animal activists.Several animal rights groups tried to intervene in the case to represent the dogs’ interests, an application the judge would eventually reject. One of those organizations, Dog Tales, continued the fight outside court by launching a publicity campaign, called #savethe21, which featured celebrity endorsements from British billionaire Richard Branson, pop star Enrique Iglesias and hotel heiress and socialite Paris Hilton, pleading for the dogs to be saved.After much negotiation, and a second behavioural evaluation, all parties agreed to a compromise: Dog Tales drove 18 dogs down to a facility in Florida to be rehabilitated, one dog was deemed dangerous and the court ordered it to be euthanized while two other dogs died while in OSPCA custody.Meanwhile, the criminal case chugged along slowly in the Superior Court of Justice, growing in scope when the Crown added animal cruelty charges against another man, Robert Tomlin. He later pleaded guilty to one charge and received a conditional four-month sentence last August.At one point, there were six accused facing more than 300 charges. There were also scores of charges under the provincial Dog Owners’ Liability Act that prohibits owning pit bulls. All charges were dropped against three of the accused, and Robert and Gagnon were set to go to trial this year until their charges were stayed.The judge said the late addition of Tomlin’s charges to the case created significant delays.It took a full year for Tomlin and his lawyer to receive disclosure from the Crown, the judge wrote. The Crown said there was a large amount of data seized — about 17,000 pages of documents — from one of the computers that “the OSPCA did not have the means to analyze.”“I have found the Crown’s response to be inadequate and ill-advised when confronted with a case that was clearly plodding through the system,” the judge said.last_img read more

Kick It With Moby For Charity has offered another amazing experience that will partner with P.S. ARTS to provide students with a high-quality education in music, theater and/or visual arts.The winner of ‘Kick it with Moby in his Recording Studio’ will get a chance to meet the master musician himself during a studio session in his private Los Angeles digs. You and your guest of choice will receive air fare and accommodations included. All of this for a $10 donation to support a great cause – every 2 entries provide 2 weeks of art education!Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefitting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, they collect all the entries and select the winners through a third party computer generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so you can see how your support has impacted lives.For more information, click here.last_img read more

Online furniture seller Wayfair to open a store

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Furniture seller Wayfair is following the path of other online retailers by opening an actual store.The company says it its first brick-and-mortar location will open by early next year in Florence, Kentucky, about 12 miles from Cincinnati. A spokeswoman for the Boston company says the 20,000-square-foot outlet store will sell items that have been returned but are in good condition, as well as other discounted goods.News of the Wayfair store was first reported by industry magazine Furniture Today.Online retailers have been establishing a physical footprint., for example, bought grocer Whole Foods last year, has opened more than a dozen bookstores. It also plans to open more cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores.Wayfair Inc. declined to say if it plans to open more stores.last_img read more

LT Group Chairman A M Naik conferred Padma Vibhushan

first_imgMumbai: A M Naik, who led the transformation of Larsen & Toubro into a global construction, engineering, manufacturing, technology and services conglomerate, was conferred India’s second highest civilian award –the Padma Vibhushan –by President Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2009. Accepting the Padma Vibhushan, Naik said, “I have always considered myself fortunate to be in a position of service to India and to millions of my fellow countrymen. To receive such a high national honour is a matter of utmost joy for the L&T Group.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe added, “For me, the Padma Vibhushan is an acknowledgement of the contributions made to the nation, industry and society by Larsen & Toubro – the company I am proud to have served for over five decades and led for the last two. I thank the Government of India for this honour and take this opportunity to congratulate my fellow awardees who have won recognition in different fields.” In a career spanning more than 50 years, Naik spearheaded some of the country’s landmark and marquee projects, setting new benchmarks in infrastructure both in India and abroad. Under him, L&T ascended the value chain, providing solutions in critical sectors –Defence, Nuclear Power, Aerospace, Infrastructure, Water and Effluent Treatment, Hydrocarbon and Financial Services. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-SepHe led the company’s foray into new age businesses like Information Technology and Engineering Services. Deeply committed to social upliftment of the underprivileged, Naik plays an active role in meeting the health, educational and vocational needs of these sections of the populace. In recognition of his services in this segment, he was recently appointed as the Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. This honour is a well-deserved recognition of Naik’s extraordinary record in serving the Indian industry and fulfilling the twin objectives of building the nation and creating value for all stakeholders.last_img read more

Moroccan Olives Banned in USA Due to Insecticides

Miami – The Moroccan olives loved by so many Americans have encountered a major problem.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detected the presence of large amounts of insecticides and has banned the export of Moroccan black and green olives into the United States.Maghreb Confidentiel reports that the olives in question are those exported by the French producer of olives “Crespo”. According to the US FDA, the “presence of too much insecticide chlorpyrifos” is what has caused the banning. Morocco is concerned with this prohibition ordered since last April and has begun to appeal the case. In order to do this, “Somia”, the Moroccan branch of “Crespo” has contacted US lobbying firm Mayer Brown. According to the report, American lobbyist Anthony “Toby” Moffett, former Congressman, works for Mayer Brown.Known for lobbying for Morocco, Moffett was instrumental in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations between Morocco and the United States.An expert in agribusiness matters, Moffett held an important position at the American company “Monsanto” and has been recognized to know “agrifood problems perfectly”, concludes the report.Reporting by Karla Dieseldorff read more

A Provisional Profile of the September 4 2015 Elections Campaign

Rabat – Scrutinizing the language of several parties campaigning for the September 4, 2015 local and regional elections, one wonders whether it is the political register that has shrunk to a dramatically shallow scope or it is imagination and innovation that have thinned to a severe tragic deficit. One also wonders whether words still refer to the same concepts and hold the same meanings for everyone or their semantic tenure changes according to who is saying them and when they are saying them. In fact, unless one admits that most parties are but copies and clones of each other, one would have difficulties explaining the overlap and close similarity of their discourse. The political gentry in Morocco seems to have lost imagination, specificity and eloquence.The recurring terms in most so-called programs are reform, recovery and protection of dignity, fighting corruption and protecting citizens from it, improving the quality of governance, local and sustainable development, extending services to the protection of the environment, creating cultural and sports opportunities to youth, tending to the concerns of youth and promoting cultural activities for the jobless and the handicapped, introducing and reinforcing participative management and decision making approaches, selecting the most competent, dedicated and honest candidates, favoring candidacies of conscious young men and women, promoting transparency. Except from offering training sessions to candidates in case they are elected, hardly does any of the parties explain how exactly it intends to carry out what it promises or how to fund its actions.In addition to the TV appearances scheduled for all running parties and their own newspapers for those who have one, most parties have websites to relay their messages. PJD has launched an electronic online audio visual service through their website to broadcast the campaign events of the party in real time. Anyone with a laptop, a mobile phone or a tablet can thus attend their events virtually wherever they are. The websites of the other parties are more classical, of a rather conservative design and much less engaging. The same can be said about other social media in which PJD is more aggressive. Overall, discourse remains too general and too flat to provide sufficient arguments for the criticism each party levels against the others to be convincing or to exclude any of them from its catchment. While they indulge in mutual accusations of poor probity and earnestness, those who have already had an experience running cities brag about their experience and promise they have learnt to do better, as to those who never have, they boast about being clean handed and about bringing new experiences and new projects.The major difference is, therefore, not in the propositions or in the programs nor is it in the choice of words or arguments but in the communication packages. Parties such as Istiqlal, USFP, PAM, and PJD, perhaps also because of their financial capacities, their acute awareness and skillful use of the power of advanced information and communication technology and their internal electoral mechanisms, have produced campaign audio visuals in which the presence of figures of the nationalist movement, militant chants from the resistance era and quotations of charismatic leaders of the decolonization struggle are used to confirm a heritage, link to a tradition and establish a stock of trust. Parties which deal in religion or with a deeper anchor in Islamic ideologies put forward speakers with prayer marks on their foreheads and a more intense and higher frequency use of religious words and theologically overloaded figures of speech.A unifying thread of all the electoral campaigns is the systematic explicit referencing of all arguments with royal statements, all propositions with the renewal of the indefectible allegiance to the monarchy and all promises with the binding principles of the constitution.The literature disseminated by FDG, however, seems to stand out as analytical, more measured and more modernist. Unlike the long lists of promises not meant to be honored presented by most parties, FDG proposes a program that seems to be grounded in a systematic rational analysis of the socioeconomic and political situation of the country. This is certainly no coincidence. In fact, the Federation of the Democratic Left – which groups three former political organizations, namely PADS – The Party of the Democratic and Socialist avant-garde, CNI – the Ittihadi National Congress , and PSU – The Unified Socialist Party speaks the language of its leadership and its membership. In fact, FDG is a crucible of individuals with scientific, engineering, business, economics, law, political science and arts backgrounds whose minds are used to the analysis of complex systems, team work, evaluation, planning, optimizing resources, problem solving and implementation of optimal solutions. A huge disadvantage of this party is paradoxically what makes its strength, specifically, its discourse is not populistic and may not be appealing to the vast majority of voters used to the comfort of simplistic language and dreamlike promises that commit neither those who make them nor those who buy them. Another disadvantage of this party is that it is of a too recent creation to be widely known and to have contingents of militants comparable to those of its adversaries.This is only day two of the official life span of the campaign, it will certainly have changed features over and over again by the time it expires.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Asian markets mixed ahead of central banks rate decisions

SINGAPORE — Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday as caution set in ahead of interest rate decisions by the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 eased 0.7% to 20,972.71 while South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.4% to 2,098.71. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng picked up 0.9% to 27,481.62. The Shanghai Composite index was 0.1% lower at 2,884.46. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 added 0.6% to 6,570.00. Shares rose in Taiwan and in most of Southeast Asia.The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will hold a two-day meeting starting Tuesday. Traders will keep a close watch on a policy statement, to be released Wednesday, and a news conference held by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell shortly after that.Powell will likely stick to the theme of a speech he made earlier this month: That the Fed will act if it thinks the Trump administration’s trade conflicts are threatening the U.S. economy.Financial markets had rallied on the remarks, which fueled hopes that the Fed would cut interest rates this year. Although a rate cut isn’t expected this time around, fresh comments from Powell could support another wave of buying or have investors swing the other way.“With scant data releases and no significant developments on the trade front, the mood in Asia will likely remain cautious with investors awaiting the FOMC meeting and possible adjustments to the dot plots before taking on substantial bets,” ING economists Nicholas Mapa and Prakash Sakpal said in a commentary.Central banks in Britain and Japan will also announce their latest monetary policy decisions this week.On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia released minutes from a policy meeting in June, which saw it easing its cash rate to 1.25%. According to the minutes, members agreed that further rate cuts were “more likely than not” in the period ahead, although there were other ways to reduce unemployment.Trading was choppy on Wall Street on Monday, weighed by uncertainty over the U.S.-China trade dispute.But indexes finished the day with slight gains. The S&P 500 index edged 0.1% higher to 2,889.67 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average also rose 0.1% to 26,112.53. The Nasdaq composite climbed 0.6% to 7,845.02. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks added 0.7% to 1,532.75.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude dropped 17 cents to $51.76 a barrel. The contract gave up 58 cents to $51.93 a barrel on Monday. Brent crude, the international standard, shed 20 cents to $60.74 a barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 108.27 Japanese yen from 108.53 yen. The euro strengthened to $1.1234 from $1.1220.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

Afghan transition must be about more than security – UN envoy

“Transition is like a train, and it is moving forward,” Staffan de Mistura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said in his briefing to the Security Council.By mid-July the transition towards Afghan security responsibility will begin in the first seven areas identified by President Hamid Karzai in March. They are the provinces of Kabul, Panjshir and Bamiyan, as well as the municipalities of Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Mehtar Lam and Lashkar Gah.Mr. de Mistura stated that transition cannot – and should not – be only about security. It must be something that “the Afghan people recognize and identify with,” he said, emphasizing the need to ensure that the transition includes social, economic and human rights elements. Doing so, he added, will help ensure that the transition becomes “solidly irreversible.” UNAMA will do its part towards this end, he said, while adding that it is vital for the international community to constantly reassure Afghans that they will not be “graciously abandoned” as happened in the past. “That will help them to go through this transition in this difficult period,” said Mr. de Mistura, who presented the Secretary-General’s latest report on Afghanistan. In his report, Ban Ki-moon wrote that the transition towards greater Afghan leadership and ownership is taking place amid “lingering internal and external tensions and against the backdrop of intensified military operations and the resumption of fierce seasonal anti-Government attacks, of which the civilian population is bearing the brunt of the burden.”Against this background, UNAMA has continued to align its strategic priorities with its renewed mandate, in line with the needs and aspirations of the Afghan people, and in support of Government-led initiatives, he added. In March the Council extended the Mission’s mandate for another year so that it can continue to assist the Government as it assumes greater responsibility for ensuring the country’s security and development, as well as its ongoing activities in the fields of monitoring human rights, promoting good governance, facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance and assisting in the fight against corruption. 6 July 2011The transition towards greater Afghan leadership and ownership is on track, the top United Nations envoy to the country reported today, while adding that the process must not just be about security but also be linked to social, economic and human rights elements. read more

Doctors stage token strike over SAITM and proposed ETCA

Government doctors staged a token strike today over the SAITM private medical college and the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ECTA) with India.The doctors staged the strike from 8am to 12 noon today. The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has opposed ECTA. The GMOA has also raised some concerns over SAITM. The Government has however rejected the concerns raised by the GMOA on ECTA. (Colombo Gazette)

Indonesia Sri Lanka sign MOU on election management cooperation

Juri said the MoU was the first step in electoral cooperation between both countries. Indonesia hopes this kind of coordination will strengthen democracy in the two Asian countries. The General Elections Commission (KPU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka’s Election Commission on cooperation in the management of elections. The ceremony was held on Wednesday during the Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum III in Bali, the Jakarta Post reported today.KPU chairman Juri Ardiantoro and Election Commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya inked the MoU to promote democratic values through cooperation in information exchange and other issues in the field of electoral management. The scope of the MoU includes exchange of knowledge and experience related to organization, development, electoral management and administration, and also the promotion of education and training programs in electoral management. “We hope this agreement will be followed up with real action, in ways that will be determined later after the signing of the MoU,” Juri said.Meanwhile, Mahinda hopes that with the MoU, Sri Lanka will benefit from Indonesia’s experience in successfully implementing democracy. The MoU will be valid for 5 years. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Review Samsung 13W LED bulb

first_imgSamsung might be a big name in smartphones and televisions, but when it comes to lighting they are still working on getting their name out there. The company has had products available for some time, but they’ve yet to differentiate themselves from the competition or deliver a lamp that was particularly notable. Samsung’s newest offering for home buyers is the 13W A19, which is currently available at Lowe’s for $30.The 13W LED is a 60W-equivalent that runs at an indoor-friendly 2700K and produces 900 lumens (69 lumens per watt). It’s omnidirectional, as you’d expect from an A19, but it is not Energy Star approved, meaning it won’t qualify for discounts in certain areas and it doesn’t have this seal of approval that many buyers look for. The lamp is rated for 25,000 hours, as is typical, and is dimmable. Other information is hard to find unless you have the packaging in front of you, but with it you can find the CRI (80) and details about cost savings.On the exterior, Samsung went with a design that is extremely similar to the popular Lighting Science Group Definity A19, which combines a large heatsink with a flying saucer-like container for the LEDs on the top. The build is better then LSG’s, with heftier aluminum on the heat sink and a nicer diffuser for the LEDs, but it’s still what most consumers would consider to be an unconventional design. It also doesn’t have a bulb-like design, as found in Cree’s new LED lamps. The Samsung weighs 6.5 oz (186g), which is not unreasonable but it’s a bit on the hefty side.I’ve been testing the Samsung 13W LED for a few weeks and while it’s gotten the job done, I can’t see any compelling reasons to choose this bulb. The light quality is fine and I do like 2700K for home lighting. 900 lumens offers a nice increase in the brightness level compared to some other products — most 60W equivalents are 800 lumens (Energy Star guidelines call for a minimum of 800 lumens) so some people may appreciate the extra brightness while others won’t want or need it. The Samsung 13W is quiet, has no perceptible delay when turned on, and is completely buzz-free. Also it seems very well built, but ultimately these are minor factors.If you are in the market for a new LED bulb and you want a premium product, you can get Philips’ L Prize Winner bulb for $28 right now. It also produces 900 lumens, but it does so while only consuming 10W. If you are like the vast majority of consumers and you mainly care about price, there are cheaper lamps out there, many of which are better products,. This includes the 60W-equivalent Cree which is $13 and offers a shape most consumers will prefer. Philips’ redesigned A19 LED, which isn’t cheap for what it is (yet, prices will drop) is still $25 for a 830 lumen, 11W lamp.While Samsung’s product isn’t at all bad when viewed on its own, it has no unique benefits and can’t stand up to the competition in 2013’s rapidly accelerating lighting 13w led 007samsung 13w led 007samsung_13w_led002samsung 13w led 003samsung_13w_led005last_img read more

US Congress wont support UK trade deal that threatens open border says

first_imgUS Congress won’t support UK trade deal that threatens open border, says Varadkar The Taoiseach had some harsh words for the House of Commons this evening. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21,046 Views Share20 Tweet Email2 Short URL Feb 22nd 2019, 10:45 PM Friday 22 Feb 2019, 10:45 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:center_img Image: sam boal THE US CONGRESS won’t support any trade deal with the UK post-Brexit that undermines the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.As the deadline for the UK to leave the EU approaches, there has been speculation of a UK-US trade deal post-Brexit. However, speaking at a Fine Gael event tonight, he said US politicians will not countenance such a deal if it threatens the open border.In his speech this evening, Varadkar had some harsh words for the House of Commons:“Westminster might be the mother of all parliaments but it’s not the boss of other parliaments and I know the European Parliament will not vote for a withdrawal agreement that does not do right by Ireland. And I don’t believe the United States Congress will agree to any trade between the US and the UK that would undermine the Good Friday Agreement and the open border between North and South.”Today, the Irish government published its Brexit omnibus Bill for the scenario of a no-deal Brexit. Speaking this morning, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the EU will work to give assurances to the UK parliament about the backstop, Ireland’s insurance policy to avoid a hard border, which is preventing the deal getting the green light from Westminster. The Taoiseach also spoke about domestic issues, such as homelessness, stating that the government is making progress. Image: sam boal And while more progress needs to be made, we are now seeing increased supply. This is imperative if we are to solve our housing and homelessness problems.There is more to do, but we are on the right track. When it comes to housing we are making progress – lifting thousands of families out of homelessness, rebuilding the housing construction sector, and reforming the rental sector by limiting rent increases and enhancing tenants’ rights. 49 Comments By Christina Finnlast_img read more