More Alike Than Different

first_img 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 Now “I want to make sure you understand how our country is different.”No matter where on Earth I visit to speak, this statement about “cultural differences” is always one of the first statements I hear. I agree to listen and learn. But rarely do I hear anything that draw a bright line between the country I am visiting and the United States—or any other country.Now, don’t get me wrong. There are vast cultural differences, all of which matter greatly. I’ve seen dramatic differences, especially in Asia and parts of Europe, and especially when it comes to things like respect for authority (I have no idea how you might convince some sales forces in some countries to “challenge” anyone, and I am fearful of what might result from doing so).But these aren’t the “cultural” differences that are shared with me.I often hear that the host country’s economy has experienced a deep recession, their government spending is out of control, and everyone is price-driven. I am fairly certain we invented these “cultural” attributes here in the United States (and if we didn’t invent them, we clearly mastered them beyond anyone’s wildest imagination).Then I hear that decision-makers really don’t like to meet with salespeople. They’re too busy. They perceive time spent with salespeople as time wasted. Nobody is really buying right now. And all of the best prospects already have deep relationships with their current provider; you need to know someone. Respecting our great cultural differences, none of this sounds any different from what any salesperson might say anywhere in the world (even here in the United States, where selling is easy . . .)Finally, I hear that salespeople in other countries can’t ask for commitments. It’s too aggressive. They want to be a trusted advisor or a consultative salesperson. By asking for the commitments they need, they may be perceived as being a salesperson—and no one wants to be a salesperson! As strange as this cultural difference may sound, it has an oddly familiar ring, doesn’t it?Respecting the fact that there are real and vast cultural differences, I have found that we are more alike than we are different. The challenges we face in creating value for our clients and capturing some of that value seem to be true wherever on Earth you may happen to find yourself.And I haven’t yet been anywhere where trust and relationships don’t matter (and I hope I never find a place where they don’t).last_img read more

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Vishal Sikka Vs Narayana Murthy: Social Media Shows Both Sides of Coin

first_imgInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka’s resignation from the post on August 18 expectedly evoked myriad reactions amid the company employees, trade peers and the country at large. The latest development only added fuel to the fire that was raging on social media over the last few months, ever since the bitter feud started playing out amid the top honchos and founder NR Narayana Murthy in public.Read more: Vishal Sikka’s Resignation from Infosys and What Lies AheadDivided OpinionReactions on Twitter and Facebook showed the mixed feelings and divided opinions that people have been harbouring about the issue. While abstract factors such as ‘cultural conflicts’ and ‘clash of values’ were often cited for the differences between Sikka — an Indian American based at Palo Alto, California and Murthy, the Bengaluru-based patriarch of the firm, pure facts and figures about revenue targets and governance issues were discussed equally passionately all this time.It all came tumbling out at once in a matter of a few hours following Sikka’s announcement of his resignation. The 50-year-old Stanford alumnus, as well as the septuagenarian known for his philanthropic-socialist leanings, had their fans standing firmly behind them, even as industry watchers lamented the burden on the shareholders.Social Media ReactionsReactions on social media ranged from pure expressions of ‘sad’ and ‘shocked’ feelings to puns, sarcasms and — what Twitter has come to be most known for — witty one-liners.Check out some of the posts here:Overnight soaked Mr Beans = #VishalSikka pic.twitter.com/AXSDKC6smt— Dr. Gill (@ikpsgill1) August 18, 2017#VishalSikka don’t know how you held on for so long… but you should have been booted long time back…— Pavitra Papi ️ (@ZXSJ5PU9) August 18, 2017If #Infosys wishes to survive.. Then it must cut loose #Murthy. He is becoming cancerous to the company.— Prateek Garg (@ScepticHermit) August 19, 2017#vishalsikka steps down. Sad day for corporate India— ruchi shah (@ruchidesai75) August 18, 2017Vishal Sikka will now know how hard it is to transfer his PF account #Infosys #VishalSikka— Prasad (@SensibleViewPt) August 18, 2017#VishalSikka resignation was much needed in Infosys to reinvent glorious days of Narayan Murthy’s as it’s CEO #Infosys pic.twitter.com/j7ElR78xMy— Nation First (@pankajsuper30) August 18, 2017If top executives doesn’t perform, its bcoz personal attack from others, if employees could not deliver its bcoz they r not skilled #Infosys— Nava.. (@iamnavamohan) August 19, 2017The Narayan Murthy story – You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. #Infosys— Vinod Thom (@vinodthomas) August 18, 2017 Related ItemsInfosys CEO resignsInfosys controversyLittle IndiaSikka Murthy feudSikka Murthy Infosys controversyVishal Sikka Narayana Murthy clashVishal Sikka resignation social mediaVishal Sikka resignsVishal Sikka Twitter reactionslast_img read more

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Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster

first_imgPeople walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. AFPLos Angeles, United States — The National Basketball Association and player’s union donated $1 million to the Texas flood disaster relief effort on Tuesday, adding to the millions already raised across the US sports world since the deadly weather system battered the region.In a join statement, the NBA and NBA Players Association (NBAPA) said it was donating the cash to “bring relief to those impacted.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Watt’s fund had raised $500,000 in a 24-hour period and has now surged past $4 million, Watt said on Twitter on Tuesday.The defensive star said the fundraising drive on the YouCaring.com website was now targeting a total of $5 million.“Forty-eight hours ago we set out to raise 200 grand. And now we’re over $4 million…I can’t say thank you enough,” Watt said.Donors to the fund included Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, who made a million dollar donation, the team said.“The flooding and devastation to the Houston area has been painful to watch,” Strunk said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT “As a native to the area, I have been so encouraged to see how the locals and the nation as a whole have come together to help one another.“The NFL, at the end of the day, is a family that helps one another in times of need.”Meanwhile, Texans owner Bob McNair had pledged a $1 million donation to a separate flood relief fund, which the NFL Foundation vowed to match.Also on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys said that all proceeds from their NFL pre-season game against Watt and the Texans at AT&T Stadium on Thursday would go towards the disaster relief fund.Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots — who won the Super Bowl in Houston in February — pledged to match $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross relief fund for victims of Harvey. ‘I’ll be back’ says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction PLAY LIST 03:102 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Read Next “Our thought are with the city of Houston and all those affected by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” the statement said.The statement came after news reports said that Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander had donated $10 million to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.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 shutout“Our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing,” the Rockets said in a statement. “… Please stay safe, Houston.”Rockets point guard Chris Paul made a separate donation of $50,000 to a fund created by NFL star J.J. Watt, who plays for the Houston Texans. View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READlast_img read more

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IPL 2017: Table-toppers Mumbai Indians face confident Kings XI Punjab

first_imgTable-toppers Mumbai Indians, the first team to secure a berth in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs, are all set to take on a confident Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.Mumbai, sitting atop the IPL standings with nine wins and three losses, will be looking to shrug off their performance in the last match, where they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets.On the other hand, high on confidence after defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 14 runs on Tuesday, Punjab will look for a big win as, to qualify for the playoffs, they have to win all their three remaining matches in the cash-rich tournament.Going into Thursday’s tie, the hosts will have a slight advantage as they have a much more balanced team as compared to Punjab.In the batting department, opener Parthiv Patel along with Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Nitesh Rana and Hardik Pandya are going through a purple patch that will surely help the visitors in outplaying the hosts.The bowling department, which includes the likes of veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Mcclenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah are also in prime form. So it will be an uphill task for the visitors to beat Mumbai in their own den.On the other hand, Punjab’s batting department which includes in-form Manan Vohra, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh and Wriddhiman Saha all have chipped in from time to time but need to be more consistent to lend depth to the batting.Skipper Glenn Maxwell is due for a big score after getting under 300 runs in 12 matches, with an unbeaten 44 being his highest score this season.advertisementOn the bowling front, medium pacer Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia were brilliant in the last match and they will like to continue their form.Apart for them, Axar Patel and Swapnil Singh also contributed well for the cause.So Punjab will aim for a strong finish in order to qualify for the playoffs.last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd hierarchy standing by Solskjaer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hierarchy standing by Solskjaerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United still believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right person to lead the club.Sunday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United has ramped up the pressure on Solskjaer.The Red Devils have accrued just eight points from six games so far this season.But the club’s hierarchy have faith Solskjaer can turn things around and have no plans of sacking him in the foreseeable future, the Daily Mail has claimed.The Norwegian will be backed in January should he see it necessary to replenish his squad. last_img

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Health Minister Tours Communities in Clarendon

first_img Dr. Tufton was visiting the communities as he continued his all-island tour to gauge the readiness of the regional health authorities to eradicate the dengue carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito. The areas visited included Gratton Avenue, Treadlight and Commons. Members of the Clarendon Health Department’s vector control team also treated water in drums and other containers in the homes visited. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, and a touring party visited homes in several Clarendon communities recently, to identify mosquito breeding sites for eradication. Story Highlightscenter_img Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, and a touring party visited homes in several Clarendon communities recently, to identify mosquito breeding sites for eradication.Dr. Tufton was visiting the communities as he continued his all-island tour to gauge the readiness of the regional health authorities to eradicate the dengue carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito.The areas visited included Gratton Avenue, Treadlight and Commons. Members of the Clarendon Health Department’s vector control team also treated water in drums and other containers in the homes visited.Dr. Tufton told homeowners how to keep their surroundings mosquito free, while the team of public health personnel handed out information pamphlets.The Minister also received an update on the vector control activities taking place in the parish, and the number of permanent and temporary workers available.“Clarendon is not as badly affected. In 2017, we had just over 50 suspected, presumed or confirmed cases of dengue; in 2018, we had 81 cases, which is an increase. Every increase is concerning, but not as much as some other parishes,” Dr. Tufton said.Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), addresses a recent meeting in May Pen, Clarendon, to get an update on the work being done by the Clarendon Health Department to eradicate mosquito breeding sites in the parish. With the Minister are Regional Director, Southern Regional Health Authority, Michael Bent (left); and Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Winston Maragh. “In light of the outbreak and the need to not get worse progressively, we have reviewed some of the strategies. We will be adding more workers, [and] logistic support, such as vehicles and fogging machines, to increase the visibility in key areas such as town centres and vulnerable communities,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Medical Officer of Health for Clarendon, Dr. Kimberly Scarlett-Campbell, said that the Clarendon Health Department is doing well with limited resources, having seen only 14 suspected cases of dengue to date.“We will be recruiting more temporary vector-control workers to boost what we have. We have 44 temporary and eight permanent workers now, but 20 more will be added to the team. We will be getting more fogging machines and going into each health district and working where there is high Aedes indices, and we will be more prominent and visible in the town centres. We will increase home visits where this domesticated mosquito is more likely to be,” she said.Teams from the Health Department are to collaborate with the Social Development Commission’s wide network of persons to visit schools and heavily populated communities to spread the message of how to get rid of mosquito breeding sites.last_img read more

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Cabinet Approves Contract for Repair of JDF Helicopter

first_imgStory Highlights The JDF fleet of helicopters is a national strategic asset. Cabinet has approved the award of a contract for the repair of a JDF Bell 412EP helicopter. The helicopter is scheduled to return to service by October 2013. Cabinet has approved the award of a contract in the sum of $3.4 million for the repair of a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Bell 412EP helicopter.Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who made the disclosure at last week’s Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, said the contract has been awarded to Edwards Rotocraft Solutions Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The repair is expected to be completed soon and the helicopter is scheduled to return to service by October 2013.The JDF fleet of helicopters is a national strategic asset, providing the nation with an important response capability in the event of disasters, for relief, search and rescue, support for essential government services, law enforcement and counter narcotics operations.The Bell 412EP helicopters were purchased for the JDF in 1998 and they have since flown over 10,000 hours on various types of operations.last_img read more

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Ecuador 550 million needed to respond to Venezuela exodus

first_imgQUITO, Ecuador — Officials in Ecuador say it will cost the small South American nation $550 million to respond to the influx of Venezuelan migrants.Vice Minister Santiago Chavez said Friday the price of health, education and other services migrants require is quickly adding up.Chavez made the remarks as leaders from throughout Latin America gathered in Ecuador’s capital to discuss a joint response to the exodus. The United Nations says more than 3 million Venezuelans have fled their country’s economic and humanitarian crisis in recent years, putting a strain on governments throughout the region.The World Bank recently estimated it will cost Colombia upward of $1 billion over the next year to tend to the surge of migrants.The Associated Presslast_img

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Mobile Film Festival Features 2 Moroccan Films Tackling Sexism Migration

Rabat – Two Moroccan films have made it to the 14th Mobile Film Festival focusing on human rights, gender equality, the migrant crisis, and the struggles of LGBTQ+ individuals.The Mobile Film Festival invites participants globally to make a one-minute film using their mobile phones. This year, the festival’s theme, “#StandUp4HumanRights,”  commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).The festival’s films featured sensitive topics, such as the migrant crisis, violence against women, and homophobia. It ran November 6-27. On December 4 in Paris, winning candidates will receive €20,000 which will go towards the production of a short film. Of 715 submissions from 81 countries, the festival’s jury selected 51 films from 19 countries, including the two Moroccan short mobile films, “Wet Drawing” and “Article 1.” The perils of undocumented migration“Wet Drawing” addresses the issue of the migrant crisis. In just one minute, it depicts a tragic story  of families crossing the sea to seek asylum, only to lose “everything during their suicidal journeys.” This is not far from the reality of irregular migration.The film, by Achraf Maadadi, shows a man reading at the beach, who notices his two children digging out objects from the wet sand: schoolbooks and wet papers. As the man makes his way to the shore, he discovers a worn out, soggy teddy bear, a child’s bag, and a wet drawing.The child’s family drawing read, in faded colors, “Mama” and “Papa.” With a sad expression, the man looks up from the drawing and leaves, allowing the sea to swallow the lonely, wet drawing.Thousands of migrants throw themselves at the mercy of the sea in search of a better life. Those that do survive see that sometimes reality is not what they had expected, while others drown with their dreams.In the first nine months of 2018, 13 percent of the undocumented migrants who attempted to reach Europe tried to cross the Mediterranean or Atlantic from Morocco. In the same period, 7,100 Moroccans attempted to cross to Spain, according to official Spanish sources.Humans are born equal“Article 1” by “C5 A” students of La Ribambelle school in Casablanca touches upon gender equality. The film refers to Article 1 of the Moroccan 2011 Constitution. The article reads: “Morocco is a constitutional, democratic, parliamentary and social Monarchy.”The film shows six children, three boys and three girls, at a classroom arguing in French about one line “All humans are born equal in rights.”In French, the word “homme” stands for both “human” and “man,” which becomes the center of their argument. One of the girls interrupted and ended the argument by reading from a dictionary that “homme” stands for “male or female” and went on to explain about how both sexes are equal. Article 19 of the Moroccan Constitution stress that “the man and the woman enjoy, in equality, the rights and freedoms of civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental character.” For years, women around the world have been working to achieve gender equality and eliminate gender-based violence. In September, the Moroccan government passed Law 103-13 to eliminate violence against women, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination.The law promises prison sentences ranging from one to six months for people who sexually harass women in public spaces. Harassment is defined as the use of words, acts, or signals of a sexual nature for sexual purposes.It remains to be seen whether Morocco will bring a law that protects sexual minorities in the future.The mobile phone festival was organized in partnership with the United Nations, Youtube, and the European Union, under the patronage of French President Emmanuel Macron.Since 2005, the Mobile Film Festival has promoted young talents in the international competition requiring “ 1 mobile – 1 minute – 1 film.” read more

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Israeli policies hurting Palestinian children UN expert on right to food says

Jean Ziegler, Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the right to food, has issued a report after touring the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in July.At a press briefing in New York, Mr. Ziegler said 9 per cent of Palestinian children under the age of five suffer some form of brain damage because of chronic malnutrition caused by the Israeli occupation.He said that closures, curfews and the hindrance of the movement of people and merchandise within the occupied territories meant that access to food was lacking for many Palestinians – “the main reason for this dramatic situation.”Mr. Ziegler said too many Palestinians were cut off from the land they need for their livelihoods, thanks to the establishment of military zones, the construction of a security fence and what he described as a Bantustan-style policy of separating communities.But the Special Rapporteur told the briefing he was not saying Israel had a policy of starving Palestinians into submission, and he said Israeli authorities, particularly the Defence Ministry, had been extremely helpful to him during his visit. Video of press briefing Listen to UN Radio report read more

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Disease threats from migratory animals on agenda at UN environmental meeting

“We are addressing some highly topical issues – the effects of climate change on wildlife and ecosystem resources, the equally devastating threats posed by the spread of avian influenza and the crises faced by migratory species such as Saharan antelopes which are on the edge of extinction,” the Executive Secretary of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Robert Hepworth, said.”We are also in a position to take practical steps at this conference to finalize or implement new agreements to save saiga antelope, forest elephants, bustards, turtles and whales,” he added of the 16-25 November conference of the CMS parties. At a roundtable tomorrow – titled Migratory Species as Vector of Diseases: Myth or Reality? – internationally-recognized experts and scientists will discuss and help clarify the role of migratory birds both as vectors and victims of avian influenza.The discussion will then expand to include relationships between other diseases originating in animals, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the haemorrhagic Ebola virus, HIV/AIDS and rabies, and their impact on human health.A second roundtable will focus on the findings of a recent report underlining that migratory birds and animals are in the front lines of the victims of climate change as their separated and diverse habitats are destroyed by changing weather patterns, rising sea levels, and increases in extreme weather like droughts and floods due to global warming.The report – Climate Change and Migratory Species – was commissioned by the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).CMS, an intergovernmental treaty concluded under UNEP’s aegis, seeks to mobilize the necessary political and other resources to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of wildlife and habitats loss at the global, regional and national level. Its membership has grown steadily to include 92 Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. read more

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Nicole Richies new AOL web series CandidlyNicole is a hit could TV

NEW YORK, N.Y. – As the Twitterverse expands with millions of users, it can be hard to have a unique voice. Nicole Richie doesn’t have that problem.Some examples:“‘It’s 8:30am & I’ve already gotten into 5 fights’ – thugs, and parents of toddlers.”“This therapist is going to be GREAT for me once I stop lying to him.”“I’m gonna dress up as an iPhone so my husband pays attention to me.”Tweets like that earned her not only millions of followers but the attention of production company Telepictures, which was already aware of Richie’s popularity and wanted to work with her.“As soon as we began pursuing her we also began following her on Twitter,” recalls Sheila Bouttier, Sr. Vice-President of Development of Telepictures. “We were struck by how funny and candid she was and wanted to really showcase that side of her personality, which we haven’t seen in a long time.”They teamed up with AOL to create the web series (hash)CandidlyNicole. Each video is about five minutes and a new one is posted every Tuesday morning.The first webisode, where 31-year-old Richie consults with a doctor about having her “tramp stamp” (or tattoo on her lower back) removed, earned 1 million views in just its first week. (Try not to at least smirk as she keeps referring to the doctor as “Dr. Tatt-off.”)In a recent phone interview, Richie said she’s “thrilled” by the response but still has a hard time grasping that she’s funny.“My husband (musician Joel Madden) doesn’t think I’m funny at all,” she said. “He has not laughed at a joke of mine since 2006. I don’t necessarily always just mean to be funny. I just kind of say whatever’s on my mind but I do know that I have a very specific way of looking at my life.”Of course, Richie is no stranger to television. She first appeared alongside Paris Hilton on “The Simple Life,” where they were filmed working in fish-out-of-water situations as interns or camp counsellors. Richie also just wrapped a second season as a mentor on the competition show “Fashion Star” on NBC.But Richie appreciates the format of the webisode.“We are living in a world where everything needs to be a little bit shorter to keep people’s attention,” she said. “Especially the younger audience, which is why I think Twitter is so great.”She gets together once a week to film with a small camera crew. They go over ideas of what to shoot, but each video really is born from a Tweet she has posted. When the video gets posted she says she looks to her little sister for reassurance.“I have a very hard time watching myself, which is another reason why I’m glad it’s only five minutes. I let my sister watch them first. She’s 14 (years-old) and the harshest critic so I kind of wait in the other room and see if her and her friends laugh.”Bouttier says even though viewers could see Richie on TV each week on “Fashion Star,” it was just a glimpse of who she is and “her fans have been dying to hear from her for a long time.”Now that (hash)CandidlyNicole is a hit online, the next question is, could it be reformatted for television?Both Telepictures and Richie say they’re game. Bouttier says they’ve already received calls from various networks.“No matter what, this will be a developmental tool for me to build my brand so whether it’s TV or whatever, I think doing it in a digital space is a nice way to experiment,” added Richie.___Online:http://on.aol.com/show/517742769/episode/517775397___Alicia Rancilio covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow her online at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar by Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 3:57 pm MDT Nicole Richie’s new AOL web series ‘CandidlyNicole’ is a hit, could TV be far behind? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Childrens author Lemony Snicket announces 1 million donation to Planned Parenthood

Children’s author Lemony Snicket announces $1 million donation to Planned Parenthood by The Associated Press Posted Sep 30, 2015 7:18 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The children’s author known as Lemony Snicket says he’s donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood.Daniel Handler made the announcement this week on his Twitter feed, @DanielHandler. He notes the donation to the women’s health care provider is on behalf of him and his wife, illustrator Lisa Brown. He says they’ve been very fortunate and “good fortune should be shared with noble causes.”House Republicans in Washington have been trying to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. They cite its practice of supplying tissue from aborted fetuses for scientific research.Planned Parenthood defends the practice as the legal donation of tissue to research firms. It says the not-for-profit tissue donation programs support lifesaving scientific research.Handler’s Lemony Snicket novels, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” have sold millions of copies. read more

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Jamaican end U18 Champs with 8 medals

Jamaica ended the 10th and final IAAF World Under-18 Championships at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday with eight medals adding three more on yesterday’s final day of competition.They won a gold and a bronze in the girls’ 100m hurdles, and a silver in the mixed 4x400m relays in front of yet another reported full house of 50,000.It was a commendable performance from the Jamaican team that got into the east African capital last Sunday after 48 hours of travelling, capturing three gold medals, two silver and three bronze, finishing seventh on both the medals and points table.Also yesterday, Annia Ashley finished 10th in the girls long jump with a wind-aided 5.82m (2.9m/s).Jamaica participated in all 10 renewals of the championships. Including the eight medals won this past week, they have won a total of 58, having won 50 coming into this championships: 19 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze.South Africa topped the medals table in Nairobi with 11, including five gold, three silver and three bronze, just edging China who also had 11 medals including five gold, two silver and four bronze. Cuba finished third with eight medals — five gold, two silver and a bronze.Host nation Kenya won the most medals, 15 with four gold, seven silver and four bronze, while Germany won 13 medals.Britany Anderson performed up to expectations by winning the gold medal in a wind-aided 12.72 seconds (4.1 m/s). France’s Cyrena Samba-Mayela, who came into the championships as the second-ranked athlete, took silver in 12.80 seconds, while Jamaica’s Daszay Freeman finished third in 13.09 seconds.It was the first time that Jamaica were winning two medals in the event but the second gold medal after Yanique Thompson won in 2013 in Donetsk, Ukraine, where she set the championship record and World Youth Best 12.94 seconds.It was also a clean sweep of the sprint hurdles for Jamaica as Dejour Russell had taken the boys 110m hurdles in a championship record 13.04 seconds earlier.The mixed 4x400m relay team made two changes to the team that ran in the semi-finals and just missed the gold, beaten by Brazil who were winning their only gold of the five-day championships.The Jamaican team of Shaqueena Foote, Anthony Cox, Sanique Walker and boys 400m gold medallist Antonio Watson clocked 3 minutes 22.23 seconds as Brazil won with 3:21.71 seconds, with South Africa, having three individual gold medallists in their team, taking the bronze in 3:24.45 seconds.Cox, who replaced Tyrese Reid, ran a brilliant second leg after taking the baton from Foote well behind in third place and handed over to Walker just behind the Brazilians.Walker, the 400m hurdles silver medallist who replaced Joanne Reid from the previous round failed to make up any ground, and Watson did enough to ensure the silver medal was secured. (Paul Reid/ Jamaica Observer) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

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President Obama let Africa use its coal

first_img“In the midst of his concerted campaign to prevent developing countries using coal, US President Barack Obama last week heard from African leaders at the US/Africa Summit just how important the world’s fastest growing fossil fuel is to meeting their energy needs,” the World Coal Association reports. “In a continent where 600 million people lack access to modern energy, many countries are looking to their own domestic natural resources to provide the base-load electricity that will be so critical to growing their economies and lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty.“The Obama Administration’s current approach to coal at the international level is to do everything it can to prevent developing countries from using it. Whether it be pushing the World Bank into a policy stance that restricts coal use or seeking to eliminate export credits for coal technology through the OECD and its own export credit agency, the Obama Administration is doing all it can to get coal out of the mix to meet climate ambitions – while seemingly ignoring the development priorities of many countries that need robust energy services to succeed.“African leaders were clear they would use all the resources available to them to meet their energy challenges, including solar, big hydro and coal. Many African countries have significant coal reserves that can be used to provide reliable base-load electricity that can go well beyond the ‘light bulb and cook stove’ solutions on which many international agencies are focusing.” As one Minister said “let Africa be and let Africa use our resources”.The WCA continues: “That’s why coal is so important for meeting global ambitions to eradicate energy poverty. The recent draft proposal for Sustainable Development Goals goes some way to meeting that objective, but it must go further. It’s commendable that there is a proposed target of universal access to energy for all, but there is no clear statement of what that universal access would look like. This presumably means the proposed goals accept the usual target of five hours of electricity a day used by the International Energy Agency and other bodies – a level which specifically ignores the energy needs of business, industry and social services like schools and hospitals.“We need a far more ambitious energy target. One that does not solely focus on immediate concerns about lighting and cooking but one that goes much further and supports economic growth and brings African countries at least a step closer to what those of us in the developed world enjoy. Coal will be a critical part of achieving that stretch target. More positively, the draft Sustainable Development Goals do now include language supporting cooperation on advanced and cleaner fossil fuel technologies, something that will be essential to ensuring energy access, development and climate objectives can be treated as integrated priorities.”Cooperation in this area is important because regardless of pressure from countries like the US, many African countries will use their coal resources. As the Tanzanian Minister of Power said during the US/Africa Summit: “We will start intensifying the utilisation of coal …. We will just go ahead.” So, international support is needed to help countries in Africa use their coal using the most advanced technologies available.The International Energy Agency recently warned of the risks associated with not supporting developing countries with new coal projects. Without international support, cheaper plants with higher emissions would be preferred to more expensive but cleaner plants, it warned. “In part,” says the WCA, “that’s why the World Bank President has begrudgingly acknowledged it may still need to fund coal plants in some scenarios. That’s why the African Development Bank’s new energy strategy has a far more balanced approach to coal. Involvement of multilateral development banks and other international bodies in funding coal plants will help countries in Africa address their energy needs while also meeting climate and environmental objectives.“If President Obama has heard the message from African leaders at [the] summit and if he’s serious about addressing the huge challenges that exist on that continent, he needs to change tack and stop blocking deployment of cleaner coal technologies.”last_img read more

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Jim Gottfridsson to miss first part of the season and Mens EHF

Jim Gottfridsson ← Previous Story EX-YU countries to get Women’s EHF EURO 2022 – EHF EURO 2024 goes to Russia! Next Story → Powerful RK Vardar with +13 over RK Gorenje One of the most important players at SG Flensburg Handewitt, Jim Gottfridsson, will be out at least four months after right foot injury during the derby match of DKB Bundesliga against Rhein Neckar Lowen. The 25-years old left back-playmaker has to go on surgery which will keep him ut of the court until the end of year.Gottfridsson is a vital part of the Swedish national team and that could be a serious blow for the team who showed great performance until quarter-final of the World Championship 2017.It is hard to predict, but it looks that Gottfridsson could miss the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 201 in Croatia.PHOTO: France 2017 read more

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A book about a woman who locked herself into her house has

first_img By Aoife Barry A book about a woman who locked herself into her house has won a €100k Dublin literary award We spoke to its author, Angolan native José Eduardo Agualusa. Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM Wednesday 21st is the day! 11.00am is the time. Live streaming on our facebook page for anyone who can’t be with us #dublitaward pic.twitter.com/99sFMJuSeO— Dublin Lit Award (@DublinLitAward) June 15, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Dublin Lit Award/Twitter Congratulations José Eduardo Agualusa and to @danielhahn02 who translated A General Theory of Oblivion #dublitaward pic.twitter.com/XXklP60mUm— Dublin Lit Award (@DublinLitAward) June 21, 2017 10,187 Views The book is posited to be about a real-life woman, but there’s very little information about such a person online.Is she real? “No,” smiled Agualusa when asked. “I am a liar, I am a writer. It is completely fiction. It was completely created by me.”But it turns out the story was inspired by a real-life experience of his own.“Some years ago I lived in [Angolan capital] Luanda in an apartment that looks exactly like her apartment,” he explained.I was working as a journalist and in a very hard context, and there was a lot of political problems and hard political problems with the government also. So I don’t want to go out, sometimes I really don’t want to go out, it’s very hard outside. And I start to think if I never go out, how I can live?The it came to him – the image of an old woman stuck in her house. Agualusa even dreamt about the woman, and after he told a movie-making friend about it, he was encouraged to pen a script. It never got used, so some years later he returned to the story again.He said that he and his character, Ludo, are different, and “we share this fear, but the fear is not exactly the same. She has this fear of the other, I have this fear of the political [events]“.He calls her “a good person with the wrong ideas”, much of them racist. Ludo, he added, “is a kind of orphan of the Portuguese Empire, [who] was forgotten in Angola”.After the book was published, Agualusa said he received letters from readers who knew of people with similar experiences. “So I think there’s a lot of people like that, that destroyed their lives because they are so terrified about the others. I think it’s a universal story, it’s not just in Angola.”‘It’s a tragedy that we suffer everywhere’The novel functions as a short history of this period of Angola’s past, but Agualusa also emphasises that he is not trying to represent everyone’s story here.“Writers can just represent just themselves,” he said. “And of course our world, it’s just our world. It’s my Angola, it’s my Luanda… [But] it’s a kind of responsibility, yes.”Ludo processes her world through writing. “She is a writer in that sense that all of us, we write to understand, to understand the other and to understand ourselves,” said Agualusa. “I like that idea that she has a very good library and so each book is a kind of window and she starts to burn the books, and so her world is extinguished, is diminished as she burns the books.”She also suffers a personal tragedy that explains why she has chosen to hide herself away from the world.“It’s a very specific story of course but it’s a tragedy that we suffer in Angola and in other countries. Everywhere, indeed,” said Agualusa. “I think books especially in countries as Angola that live under a totalitarian system, and people have no voice, I really think writers have this obligation to promote dialogue and promote discussions on important issues like that, violence against women.”As a young boy, Agualusa read voraciously. He began writing properly in university – where so few of them wrote for the newspaper that they would make up bylines to make it look like there were more writers.“And it was a good exercise because I developed different kinds of styles,” said Agualusa of that time. In a sense, it prepared him for a career where he now writes journalism, novels, plays and poetry.‘You learn about your book’His next novel has just been released in Portugal, and he and Hahn are about to start work on the English translation. Right now, there’s lots of debate over the title. “We don’t care about the rest of the book,” joked Agualusa’s translator, Daniel Hahn.The act of translating is a difficult one. Many times during the process, they will come across words or phrases that don’t have an exact translation.“It’s still rare to have writers who understand that,” said Hahn. “The thing you most want from your writer, you want them to be a great writer, you want them to be a nice person, all these things, but you also want them to understand what translation is.”He gives the example of a word Agualusa uses, soledad. “I have to choose between [the translation] solitude and loneliness, it could be either,” said Hahn, by way of explanation.And to have a writer who will discuss which one to choose is fine. To have a writer who will say ‘no, no but I mean both’? Well, you can mean both all you want, but then it has to be in Portuguese.“I think the most interesting thing is you discover things about your book that you didn’t know previously, so you learn about your own book,” added Agualusa of the translation process.Hahn said he gets why writers are nervous about translation. “I completely understand if you are a writer who is very careful and very deliberate and trying to do something specific and is completely in control of your language,” he said.Agualusa said that as an author, within five minutes of conversation you’ll know whether a translator is good or not.“So sometimes you understand he is not so good, but you can do nothing,” he shrugged.Luckily, he and Hahn have a very fruitful working relationship, and the work on the forthcoming book won’t need to be as intense as it as when they first started working together.That sense of trust is key, but so too is being able to show off Agualusa’s writing in the best way possible. Luckily, Hahn’s own gift for writing makes it so.“The difficult bit is creating something that is alive, in a way that some writing is alive and some writing is dead, and you want to make something that is still alive,” said Hahn.That is the hard thing, not to make something that is clinging anxiously to the original, something that feels that it has a pulse, and muscle, and blood, and all those things.A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa is available in all good bookshops.Read: This book is the best you’ll find in a library right now worldwide> Share17 Tweet Email3 http://jrnl.ie/3454532 Short URL Source: Dublin Lit Award/Twitter The book follows Ludo as she tries to grow her own food, cope with her self-imposed exile, and deal with the changes in her city. It shows how a tragedy led to her withdrawing from life, and becoming suspicious of those around her. A small cast of other colourful characters help paint a portrait of a major time in Angolan history.With vivid imagery, emotional snatches of poetry that give an insight into Ludo’s state of mind, and its messages about outsiders and racism, the book also found itself nominated for the Man Booker Prize.Sitting down for an interview with TheJournal.ie yesterday, a delighted Agualusa said that he was particularly happy with his win as “it’s a prize in Dublin, the town with a very old literary tradition”.In addition, he remarked on the fact the International Dublin Literary Award – whose nominees included his friend Mia Couto – comes from public libraries.“I think they are very, very important to the development of a country,” said Agualusa of libraries, adding that it’s also an important prize for him “because it’s a prize for the translation, and I really think the translator is essential in the process of success or not success of a book”.‘I am a liar, I am a writer’ Jun 21st 2017, 12:00 PM A NOVEL ABOUT an old woman who locks herself into her house during a revolution in Angola’s capital city has been awarded the €100k International Dublin Literary Award.A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa has been named as the winner of the prize at a ceremony today. Agualusa will receive €75k of the €100k prize, while the book’s translator, Daniel Hahn – who has worked with the writer on five books – will get €25k.It was stiff competition for 57-year-old Agualusa: the other nine nominees included Ireland’s own Anne Enright, as well as A Little Life author Hanya Yanigahara.The book is set in Agualusa’s home of Angola, at a huge time of change for the African country, the eve of its independence from Portugal. As fighting begins between the government and mercenaries, a woman named Ludo retreats to her apartment, even going so far as bricking her door shut to prevent the outside world from reaching her. 2 Comments last_img read more

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Swift Reservoir fish collector to be moved Friday

first_imgCOUGAR — Swift Reservoir’s $60-million fish collection facility is scheduled be moved to its permanent home near the south side of Swift Dam on Friday.The floating facility is about 170-feet-long and 60-feet-wide. It will have the capacity to pump approximately 600 cubic feet per second to attract young salmon and steelhead, plus adult steelhead.The fish will be sorted and transported to the lower North Fork of the Lewis River downstream of Merwin Dam.Tom Gauntt, a PacifiCorp spokesman, said the facility has been under construction at Swift Forest Camp since early 2011.The reservoir is about 10 miles long. Gauntt said the moving of the facility will start at dawn and the massive structure is expected to go only 1 to 3 knots per hour.A 500-foot safety zone will be enforced around the facility.PacifiCorp and Cowlitz PUD are reintroducing salmon and steelhead upstream of Swift Dam as part of their 50-year federal licenses to operate four hydroelectric facilities.last_img read more

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Lionel Richie Elle King Hillary Scott Salute Kenny Rogers In Nashville

first_imgAn all-star cast of who’s who in music came out to celebrate Rogers’ final career Nashville, Tenn., performanceGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2017 – 10:56 am Renée FabianA three-time GRAMMY winner, Kenny Rogers is nothing short of a legend in the country music world. It’s no surprise then that he got the all-star treatment for his final career Nashville, Tenn., tour stop on Oct. 25.As a stop on his All In For The Gambler final tour, his show at Bridgestone Arena was all about celebrating Rogers’ legacy. Covering all his greatest hits, such as “Love Or Something Like It,” the GRAMMY-winning “Lucille,” “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” “Twenty Years Ago,” “Me And Bobby McGgee,” and of course, “The Gambler.”Artists from across the music world came together to deliver this career-spanning set list, including Elle King, the Judds, Alison Krauss, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Kris Kristofferson, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, and Idina Menzel.In a special final performance together, GRAMMY winner Dolly Parton closed the show hand-in-hand with Rogers. After showing a live performance clip of “Real Love” from 1985, Parton and Rogers emerged from backstage to barb at one another and finally to sing their 2013 single “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” Parton then surprised Rogers with a rendition of her “I Will Always Love You” before the pair finished with their eternal classic, “Islands In The Stream.”While Rogers still has more tour dates on the calendar through December, this special home show victory lap marks the symbolic close of a remarkable live career.”It’s sad on one hand, but on the other hand, you have to do it sooner or later,” Rogers said of his final tour. “Either that, or die out there. That wasn’t my choice.”Alan Jackson, Country Greats Celebrate SongwritingRead more Email All-Stars Honor Kenny Rogers In Nashville lionel-richie-elle-king-hillary-scott-salute-kenny-rogers-nashville Facebook Twitter Lionel Richie, Elle King, Hillary Scott Salute Kenny Rogers In Nashville News last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For November 14 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, November 14, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 34. West wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 8am to 2pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.Municipal Meetings: The Reading Municipal Light Department’s Citizens Advisory Board meets at 6:30pm at RMLD Headquarters. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read hte agenda HERE.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wildwood PAC to meet at 6:30pm at Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students living in Wilmington are invited to join the Wilmington Youth Center and enjoy being part of a community that offers a safe place to hang out with your friends and have fun! The Wilmington Youth Center, located inside Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue), will be open every Saturday night, from 7pm to 9:30pm, from November 17, 2018 to March 30, 2018. Registration Night will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 6pm to 8pm. Students must be accompanied by a parent in order to register. The registration form can be found HERE. Registrations will also be accepted on Saturday nights during the season. Registration costs $40 per child or $80 per family.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Tech Help Drop-In at 2pm. Kindergarten Book Club at 3:45pm. Science: The Problem, The Solution, Or Neither? at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Helen & Jim Durkee’s Coffee Hour at 10:30am. Podiatrist at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Pop-Up Library at 10:30am. Senator Tarr’s Office Hours at 11am. Special Exercise at 11am. Line Dancing at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 7, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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