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first_imgRobin Starr gave a speech at Toastmasters. She said that there are only seven responses to any question. Let’s look at them through the lens that is professional selling.YesThe perfect answer. The one, most hoped for, and best of all responses. What do you want to hear when you ask for an appointment? What do you want to hear when you ask for information? And most of all, what do you want to hear when you ask for the business? There is simply no sound sweeter.NoIt couldn’t be worse, could it? The word “no” is the most revolting and disappointing sound imaginable, isn’t it? But, look on the bright side; you know where you stand. It doesn’t mean you have to give up and go home. You just have to persevere and try again. You didn’t think this was going to be easy anyway.MaybeSquishy answer. Indecisive. It’s a hedge. But there’s hope. Your client may need help making a decision. They may need more information. They may need you to create more value, help them make the case, or help them build consensus. From “maybe” a “no” is possible, but so is a “yes.”I Don’t KnowThe answer “I don’t know” can be a wonderful answer for a salesperson, cant’t it? You believe that your client knows their business. And at some level they do. But they don’t know what they don’t know. They believe that you create value as a salesperson when you ask a question that helps them see through new eyes. When you push them to recognize they lack some new knowledge or new idea, you are creating opportunities.I Don’t CareWorse than a “no” answer. If your prospective client doesn’t care about the better results you can deliver, then there isn’t anything here to talk about. You say, “I can do better, but it will cost 15% more and produce a return of 30% more.” Your prospect says, “I don’t care,” and you’re done. Unless and until you can help them care.I Don’t Want to Talk About ItThere is a problem. It’s painful for your dream client. It means they have to change. The status quo will die, and it will be replaced with something that is different. It doesn’t matter what that different is; different is bad no matter what. They need to talk about it–whether or not they want to. You help them by getting it out on the table and dealing with it.I Don’t Want You to Talk About ItOne group of stakeholders hates your proposal. They know another group is going to love your big, value creating idea. So they work to shut you down, to block you. They threaten you with the loss of your relationship if you dare to cross out of their silo. The last thing they need is you going and changing things without them being able to control it. They don’t want you to talk about it, but being a value creator means creating the right value—even when it’s difficult. 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

28 11 19

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “I don’t actually believe that would be Pacquiao actually even saying that himself,” the Australian told Channel Nine.“Maybe it is his team around him. But Pacquiao seemed very humble in the way that he lost and thought the decision was correct.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I am ready for a rematch. If he wants to come back and do it again, we will do it. That’s up to him, he’s got the option,” Horn said.Written off by most observers, the 29-year-old stunned the Filipino legend with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No reversal of PacHorn decision, says WBO In Brisbane, with chants of “Hornet! Hornet!” ringing out, the Australian boxer was handed the keys to the city and told thousands of supporters he was ready for the next challenge.“Thank you all for turning up and supporting me and my dreams and, as you can see, you never give up.“I went through a tough round nine, pushed hard through and we got there” he told the crowd. “We got that World Championship.”There was no doubting the fight’s outcome among fans who came out to greet their hometown hero.“(It was) an absolutely amazing performance. He (Horn) definitely, definitely, definitely won,” one supporter told Sky News.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc LATEST STORIES Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Newly-crowned world welterweight champion Jeff Horn on Thursday brushed aside boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s call for a review of his controversial defeat and threw down the gauntlet for a rematch.Thousands joined a ticker-tape parade in Brisbane in honor of the former school teacher, who said he doubted if Pacquiao had personally backed a call to review the outcome of last Sunday’s title bout.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Read Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera The result has been widely questioned, with many believing Pacquiao should have won.The 38-year-old Filipino champion Wednesday backed a formal request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board for the World Boxing Organisation to review the decision.“I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” he said in a statement issued by his office.“I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”In the twilight of a 22-year pro career in which he won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, Pacquiao had initially called for a rematch, but later said he would also “think hard” about retiring.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

18 11 19

first_imgThe Indian hockey team rode on twin strikes from Ramandeep Singh and Chinglensana Singh Kanjugam to register a sensational 4-3 win over Austria in their final encounter of the Europe Tour here.Ramandeep (25th minute, 32nd min) and Chinglensana (37th min, 60th min) helped India overcome Austria on Wednesday, and end their tour with three wins and two loses.After two successive wins against World No.4 The Netherlands, India made a steady start against Austria. While they kept most of the ball possession, penetrating into the striking circle was hard to come by. In fact, it was Austria who took an early lead through Oliver Binder’s goal in the 14th minute to end the quarter 1-0.India however, made amends in the second quarter when they won a penalty corner (PC) in the 25th minute. A clever variation saw comeback-man Amit Rohidas pass the ball to Ramandeep Singh who deflected the ball into the circle to equalise the score to 1-1.The 10-minute halftime break saw India come back into the game as a stronger team with better attack. They made better circle penetrations and a brilliant breakthrough came in when Ramandeep scored a rollicking field goal in the 32nd minute.It was a reverse hit from the top of circle which flew past the Austrian goalkeeper to give India a 2-1 lead. India found another chance to score when Mandeep Singh helped win a PC through a stick check.But the opportunity when amiss with the ball hitting the cross bar. However, another opportunity created by Mandeep again was successfully converted by India vice captain Chinglensana Singh in the 37th minute through a superb variation by drag-flicker Varun Kumar.advertisementGoing into the final 15 minutes, India had a comfortable 3-1 lead. But a determined Austria put one past the India goalkeeper when they won a PC and Michael Korpher converted it successfully in the 53rd minute to set up a close finish.Though India had won a PC only minutes before- thanks to forward Gurjant Singh, injector Manpreet Singh sent the ball slightly wide. With a little over eight minutes left, forward Lalit Upadhyay found a great opportunity to score but failed to beat the Austrian goalkeeper.Austria then pushed India on the back foot when they scored in the 55th minute via Patrick Schmidt to equalise 3-3. It was a tense final few minutes with India pushing hard for a goal.With just 10 seconds left for the final hooter, Chinglensana scored a sensational goal when Ramandeep made a brilliant circle penetration to find Gurjant Singh. A cross hit by Gurjant saw Chinglensana deflect the ball into the goal and seal the match with winning points.last_img read more

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first_imgTwo of world football’s biggest names will meet Friday in the playoffs to determine Europe’s final four World Cup qualifiers.Ever since last month’s draw pitted Portugal against Sweden, the matchup has been billed as a head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.It will take something special to budge them from the spotlight, but Iceland is attempting to do just that.A Nordic nation better known for fishing and freezing temperatures than football, Iceland would become the least populous nation to play at a World Cup if it can get past Croatia.“This is the most important game in the history of the Icelandic men’s team,” Iceland midfielder Olafur Ingi Skulason said.In the other two-leg matches, it’s Ukraine against France and Greece vs. Romania. The second legs take place on Tuesday, when the 13 qualifiers from Europe will be finalized.Owning two of the biggest egos in football, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic have dominated the build-up to the most anticipated of the four playoffs.Both players are in supreme form, with Ronaldo having scored 16 goals in 13 league games for Real Madrid this season and Ibrahimovic netting a string of brilliant goals for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league and Champions League.They both belong on world football’s biggest stage, but one will not be making the trip to Brazil.“With the squad and the individuals they have, Portugal is naturally the favorite,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “But we finished second in a group with Germany, which I consider the strongest squad in Europe, while they finished second in a group they should have won.“So I think we deserve to go to Brazil more than they do.”In Sweden, local media have republished the famous picture of Ronaldo crying after Portugal’s loss to Greece in the 2004 European Championship final, suggesting he might shed more tears next week.“Let’s hope he looks like that after Nov. 19,” said Sweden defender Mikael Lustig, who will be tasked with marking a forward he describes as the “best football player in the world right now.”Portugal is at home for the first leg.In Iceland, excitement is rising. Other sports organizations have changed their schedules to avoid clashing with one of biggest occasions in the history of Icelandic sport.It has been a logistical slog to get the field prepared at the Laugardalsvollur national stadium, which has never hosted a match so late in the year, because of Iceland’s unique climate.Preparations started last week to get the field as game-ready as possible, with a special fabric placed over the grass with hot air blowing under the cloth. The forecast for Friday is 0 degrees C (32 degrees F) with sleet and snow, and referee Alberto Unidiano Mallenco will arrive a day earlier than planned to determine whether the field is playable due to the weather.Win or lose on Friday, Icelanders will celebrate.“I cannot say that we have been successful yet, but we’ve done pretty well, and it is great to go into two playoff games and have a chance to get to Brazil,” said Iceland coach Lars Lagerback, who led Sweden and Nigeria at previous World Cups.Trinidad and Tobago, with about 1.2 million inhabitants, is currently the least populous nation to qualify for the World Cup, in 2006. Iceland has about 320,000.The Iceland match will mark the coaching debut of Croatia’s 42-year-old Niko Kovac, who stepped up from the under-21 team after Igor Stimac was following the national team’s failure to qualify directly for the World Cup.France, which has reached two of the last four World Cup finals, has the highest profile of the eight countries remaining but must qualify from the playoffs for the second straight campaign.Four years ago, the French got past Ireland because of an infamous handball by Thierry Henry in extra time, earning the striker and his team the ire of world football. They will be hoping for a more straightforward passage to the final tournament this time around, against a team it has never lost to in seven meetings.For Franck Ribery, a contender for this year’s world player of the year award and in the form of his life for Bayern Munich and France, missing the World Cup doesn’t bare thinking about.“You don’t ask yourself that question. I don’t want to think about it,” Ribery said. “I want us to win and to qualify. After all, it’s Brazil. It’s the land of a football.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

28 10 19

first_imgAaron Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka insists he sees his future at Crystal Palace.Looking to the next challenge, away to league champions Manchester City, Wan-Bissaka is upbeat.“It’s the same as other games, it makes no difference to me. I just play my game, put the effort in and work hard. I know I’ll learn something from [playing versus Leroy Sane et al], to help me in the future. They’re smart players, we’ve got to be smart as well. We’ll look to gamble, as they look to take their chances.”Asked about 2019, Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Palace. “My aim is to keep my position, and to keep improving.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

26 10 19

first_imgKirk Herbstreit speaks on ESPN about college football.ESPN’s College GameDay announced on Twitter this afternoon that it is heading to Orlando for Week 12. The show will be live in Florida in anticipation of Saturday night’s UCF-Cincinnati game.Kirk Herbstreit might not get the warmest of receptions from UCF fans on Saturday, though.The ESPN college football analyst has had a bit of a feud with UCF’s fan base throughout the season and on the show.“This argument needs to stop being just about UCF,” he said. “I’m a big believer that if you play people — like Boise State used to do — you should be rewarded for that. Why are we focusing on just UCF when it comes to the Power 5? Because I think there are other teams out there that are as deserving or more deserving.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper — which is what you want to look at a lot of times — are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”Comments like this led to UCF’s AD, Danny White, clapping back.Good evening, @CollegeGameDay: pic.twitter.com/GmEi8dS4AL— Danny White (@UCFDannyWhite) October 22, 2018Herbstreit’s Twitter mentions are often still full of UCF fans, too. So, it could be a pretty interesting atmosphere at College GameDay next weekend. Hopefully, everyone can just enjoy the spectacle and have some fun.ESPN’s College GameDay airs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

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first_imgMIAMI, June 27, 2019 – Crystal was named Outstanding Luxury Partner for 2019 by the Travel Leaders Network at the organization’s annual EDGE conference. The network of esteemed agencies across North America recognized Crystal for its “consistently outstanding levels of service to the luxury cruise guest, support to the luxury travel advisor, and innovation in the breadth of the luxury cruise experience across [its] brands.” “It is always a tremendous honor to receive such accolades from our travel partners, as they are some of our greatest expert ambassadors and have deep understanding of what luxury travelers value most,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “To be recognized in particular for the level of service guests enjoy aboard our ships is especially gratifying, as this is a cornerstone of the Crystal Experience throughout our fleet.” The award highlights Crystal’s expressed commitment to providing a superior standard of personalized service, which the company underscored with the introduction of its new brand campaign, “Where Luxury is Personal,” earlier this year. “We have enjoyed a wonderfully successful partnership with Crystal Cruises for many years,” said Pam Young, Travel Leaders Network’s senior vice president of industry relations. “It is not a surprise that our travel advisors agree that Crystal Cruises does an exceptional job providing a world-class experience to their river, ocean and yacht clients and outstanding support to the travel agency community.” The award also recognized Crystal’s innovation in the luxury cruise experience, a nod to both its expanding fleet and its expansive repertoire of guest offerings on board and ashore. Crystal has long been celebrated for the comprehensive enrichment, wellness and culinary options aboard its Ocean ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and has extended the philosophy of presenting an abundance of choices to suit travelers’ interests and preferences to all brand experiences – Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Cruises and the soon-to-launch Crystal Expedition Cruises.  About Crystal Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for over 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA.  For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or visitwww.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises and #WhereLuxuryisPersonal.last_img read more

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first_imgChittagong (Bangladesh): Rashid Khan claimed 6-49 and completed his maiden 10-wicket haul as Afghanistan defied rain and fading light to beat Bangladesh by a massive 224 runs in the one-off Test in Chittagong on Monday. Rashid grabbed three of the remaining four wickets as Afghanistan took 17.2 overs on the fifth day to bowl out Bangladesh for 173 in the second innings after the hosts resumed with 136-6. Play started on the fifth day at 1 pm local time after rain wiped out the first session. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt returned in abundance after the visitors bowled just 2.1 overs without being able to inflict any damage on the home side. Play resumed again at 4:20 pm and Afghanistan were given 18.3 overs to bowl out Bangladesh, which was chasing a target of 398 runs. Left-arm chinaman Zahir Khan dismissed overnight batsman Shakib Al Hasan in the first ball after the resumption, dealing a serious blow to the home side. Afsar Zazai took a sharp catch behind the stump to remove Shakib for 44 and then Rashid did the rest. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRashid trapped Mehidy Hasan dead in front for 12 and dismissed Taijul Islam in the next over for a duck to leave the last wicket pair of Soumya Sarkar and Nayeem Hasan to survive 7.3 overs. Soumya was the last man dismissed when he flicked Rashid to Ibrahim Zadran at short leg with 20 balls left in the game as Afghanistan completed their second win after playing just three Tests. Rashid, who made his debut as the youngest-ever Test captain in this match, finished the game with 11 wickets which included a first innings haul of 5-54. The Afghan skipper, who also made 51 and 24 runs in two innings, was named man of the match.last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgNEW YORK — As Sears teeters on the brink of collapse, one man stands at the centre of the fight for the future of the iconic retailer.Eddie Lampert plays several often-conflicting roles in what could be the final chapter for the company that began as a mail order watch business 132 years ago. He’s been chairman, CEO, landlord, lender, and largest shareholder — all at the same time. If the company survives, he wins. If it ends up liquidating, he also wins.The fate of Sears — and its Kmart brand — is likely to be decided Monday at a bankruptcy auction in New York. There, those who are owed money by Sears will consider Lampert’s last-ditch plan to preserve 425 stores and 50,000 jobs.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img

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first_imgMarleen Morris, Co-director of the Community Development Institute a UNBC, will highlight the business opportunities that are emerging with increasing immigration to Fort St. John. Learn about ways to benefit from welcoming and serving this rapidly growing segment of the population. May 3, 2019 · 12:00pm May 8, 2019 · 12:00pm Brown Bag Lunch Session: Immigration = Business Opportunities Featuring; Cheryl Montgomery, Executive Director of the Fort St. Jon & District Chamber of CommerceNever before has communication changed so much in such a short period of time. From a generation that grew up with the telephone, to one that communicated through email, to one that posts on Instagram. Modes of communication and the stereotyping which can lead to workplace conflict. This session will explore the generational differences in communications and offer practical advice on how to bridge the gap.center_img Brown Bag Lunch Session: Intergenerational Communication May 2, 2019 · 12:00pmMarleen Morris, Co-director of the Community Development Institute a UNBC, will explore business opportunities associated with the growing seniors’ population in Fort St. John. Drawing on findings from the Fort St. John Community Profile and the Age-Friendly Assessment and Action Plan, this presentation will outline specific ways that Fort St. John businesses can benefit from being age-friendly. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Forge, made up of a partnership between the Community Development Institute of UNBC and the City of Fort St. John is hosting free Brown Bag Lunch Sessions as an opportunity to get information that can help in your work, business or volunteer activities.All sessions are free and require an RSVP to attend. The Forge is located at; 9904 94th Street, Fort St. John. Contact; cdi@unbc.ca or call; (250) 261-9917Brown Bag Lunch Session: An Aging Population = Business Opportunitieslast_img read more

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By Nada AfaRabat – The Carmen Opera will take place in Mohammed V theatre in April. The Philharmonic Choir of Morocco will be staged by Jean-Marc Biksup and directed by Olivier Holt.Carmen, composed by French composer Georges Bizet and written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Based on the novella “Carmen” by Prosper Mérimée, it tells the story of Carmen, a provocative gypsy living in Seville, Spain.  Carmen features many well known medlies, such as the prelude “Habanera” and “Toreador song”. Although Carmen is lauded as one of the best Opera’s of all time, it was not well received when it was first performed in Paris in 1875, maily due to its shocking plot and complex characters. On April 14th at 6:00pm, there will be a general rehearsal reserved to schools and students. The gala evening and premiere of the Opera will take place on the 16th at 7:30pm. As for the 17th at 5:00pm and 19th at 8pm, a public performance will take place.The prices are as follows:Public Orchestra – 350 MAD.Balcony 1- 250 MAD.Balcony 2- 150 MAD.Students: Balcony 2 – 70 MAD.This is an opportunity to see one of the most renowned Operas in the world and witness the talent of Morocco’s Philharmonic Choir. The choir is also active during many other events throughout the year, like Ballets and classical music Concerts. read more

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As in other shale formations throughout North America, tapping the Green Point will require hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unlock the resource. The controversial practice involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals underground in order to crack the rock.Fracking has unleashed huge supplies of natural gas and oil from shales across the continent, but it also brings with it concerns over the safety of groundwater supplies near drilling sites.Each shale region is different, so what works in the Pennsylvania Marcellus or the North Dakota Bakken might have to be tweaked to adapt to the Green Point’s geologic quirks.Indeed, it’s hard to draw a direct comparison between the Green Point and other North American shales. For starters, it appears to be several times thicker and the rock has been jostled around by moving tectonic plates.“The shale is really broken up quite a bit and when a shale is broken like that, it can be very difficult to drill,” said Larry Boyd, director of geoscience at AJM Deloitte, the Calgary consulting firm that Shoal Point hired to evaluate its Green Point potential.It’s difficult, he said, “just to get a hole that will stay together and won’t catch your tools and things like that.”“We’re really kind of pioneering something really brand new here.”The Green Point also extends into the offshore. So far, the wells have been drilled from land. In the future, it may be possible to tap the shale from platforms or barges in the shallow waters of Port au Port Bay.Shoal Point’s activity so far has been at the south edge of the formation, which stretches north along the coast well past Gros Morne National Park.The Toronto-based company, a small outfit with less than a dozen employees, is far and away the biggest landowner in the Green Point, having amassed more than 280,000 hectares across three blocks of land.Shoal Point been going it alone and has drilled two wells so far. The first one was actually directed at a deeper oil target and happened upon the oil-soaked shale in the process.The second was drilled last year into the Green Point shale itself, but successfully testing it has been slow-going. Shoal Point hopes that will happen next year, after which it aims to apply to the Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board for what’s known as a significant discovery licence.Shoal Point acknowledges it will take a player with much deeper pockets and technical expertise to fully develop its land and has been actively looking for a joint-venture partner to help.Langdon — who travels frequently between Newfoundland, the financial centre of Toronto and the energy centre of Calgary — was recently out West to meet with possible partners and set up a data room for them to pore over company information.“We think this play is big enough, has potential resources enough to attract the largest oil companies in the world,” said Langdon, a geologist by trade.“If this play was sitting in Texas or sitting in the western basin, there’d probably be people all over it, but that will happen in time. I think it’s potentially a fantastic resource. It could be even of strategic importance —I think it’s potentially that big.”In some regards, Green Point has an edge over other shale zones. For one, it’s believed to contain high-quality light, sweet crude that sells at a premium price.Courtesy Shale Point Energy “There’s a lot of oil in place. We haven’t proven the viability of it yet. But just the sheer number of what could be in place there makes it, to me, one of the significant resources in North America, right up there with the big ones.” – CEO George LangdonCALGARY — A long, narrow stretch of shale rock that runs along western Newfoundland’s coastline might be home to North America’s next big oil find.So believes the junior oil explorer that’s snapped up virtually all of the land in the Green Point shale.But Shoal Point Energy Ltd. hasn’t quite figured out how to economically draw the crude — some 23 billion barrels of it in place, according to one estimate — from the uneven, broken-up rock.“It’s a bit of a wild frontier still,” said George Langdon, the company’s Newfoundland-raised CEO, who has long been fascinated by rocks on the Rock.“There’s a lot of oil in place. We haven’t proven the viability of it yet. But just the sheer number of what could be in place there makes it, to me, one of the significant resources in North America, right up there with the big ones.”Courtesy Shale Point Energy There is also a deepwater port at Stephenville, not far from Shoal Point’s operations, from which the oil could be loaded onto tankers and shipped to any number of lucrative Atlantic markets.By contrast, Alberta oilsands crude and other landlocked North American sources have been fetching discounted prices due to a dearth of pipelines to coastal waters.Newfoundland is also no stranger to energy development, with oil currently flowing from the Hibernia, White Rose and Terra Nova developments off the island’s eastern shore.The area where Shoal Point would be drilling is sparsely populated and without much farmland. So as Langdon sees it, fracking is likely to stir less opposition than in areas like Pennsylvania, New York State or the Quebec lowlands.The region has long suffered from high unemployment. In fact, scores of Newfoundlanders currently travel to western oilfields for work.“We would like to see that maybe reversed a little bit,” said Langdon.“If something like this becomes viable, we’ve got decades and decades of potential employment and production.”Though Boyd describes Green Point as a “world class resource,” he said “we’re a long way off to really see that it will work.”“But it is kind of exciting. A lot of successful plays start out this way with really a lot of unknowns and you’ve got to go out and drill and keep on drilling until you figure out how it works.” read more

7 10 19

A late burst of buying left stocks mostly higher on Wall Street Tuesday after the major indexes spent most of the day lower.Industrial, energy and health care stocks helped power the market higher. Banks also notched solid gains as bond yields rose sharply. For the second straight day, traders unloaded technology sector stocks in favour of shares in smaller companies.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 index inched up 0.96 points, or 0.03%, to 2,979.39.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 73.92 points, or 0.3%, to 26,909.43.The Nasdaq slid 3.28 points, or 0.04%, to 8,084.16.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 18.76 points, or 1.2%, to 1,542.99.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 0.68 points, or 0.02%.The Dow is up 111.97 points, or 0.4%.The Nasdaq is down 18.92 points, or 0.2%.The Russell 2000 is up 37.82 points, or 2.5%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 472.54 points, or 18.9%.The Dow is up 3,581.97 points, or 15.4%.The Nasdaq is up 1,448.88 points, or 21.8%.The Russell 2000 is up 194.43 points, or 14.4%.The Associated Press read more

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Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, told the press that during today’s closed consultations the Council had been briefed on the status of discussions held at the level of experts, “who have been examining the various concepts which are included in the draft earlier proposed by the United Kingdom and the recent draft by France.””It is possible that by the middle of next week a text will emerge based on the two existing drafts,” Ambassador Chowdhury said, adding that “hopefully then concrete negotiations on the text will start.” He noted that there was a general agreement on the need to exert every effort to wrap up the negotiations by the end of June “within the time-frame of the one-month rollover.” During its consultations today, the Security Council considered another matter related to Iraq — the fifth quarterly report of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), which had been issued a week ago. Hans Blix, UNMOVIC Executive Chairman, who briefed the Council this morning, told the press afterwards that the discussions had been “very friendly, constructive and interesting.” He described the Commission’s preparedness for going into Iraq as “great,” with about 180 people trained as inspectors, and adequate staff at UN Headquarters to back up and plan all the operations. read more

6 10 19

“More and more businesses are themselves recognizing how much they depend on international norms and standards for the conduct of business on a global scale, and on the UN’s wide-ranging work for peace and development,” he said during an address in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management.Mr. Annan explained that his Global Compact initiative, launched in 1999, “was based on the belief that open markets and human well-being can go hand in hand.” The Compact requires participating enterprises to embrace nine principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards and the environment, and to enact those principles within their spheres of influence.Since its inception, the Secretary-General said, the Compact has promoted the importance of universal values and encouraged investors to look harder at opportunities in the least developed countries, particularly in Africa. Noting that the Compact has also created a learning forum – a worldwide academic network that examines case studies, Mr. Annan hailed the Sloan School for its “important role” in the effort.“Businesses may ask why they should go down this path, especially if it involves taking steps that competitors might not, or steps they feel are rightly the province of governments,” he said. “Sometimes, doing what is right – for example, eco-efficiency or creating decent work-place conditions – is in the immediate interest of business.”At the same time, the Secretary-General pointed to the moral imperative of acting with integrity. “Sometimes, we must do what is right simply because not to do so would be wrong, and sometimes, we do what is right to help usher in a new day, of new norms and new behaviours,” he said. “We do not want business to do anything different from their normal business; we want them to do their normal business differently.”From 1971 to 1972, the Secretary-General was a Sloan Fellow at MIT, where he received a Masters of Science degree in management. read more

6 10 19

“Because the money they earn is crucial to ensuring that they and their families survive, many are unable to attend school at all. These children are digging for survival,” the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) says. “Underground, they endure stifling heat and darkness, set explosives for underground blasts, and crawl or swim through dangerous, unstable tunnels. Above ground, they dive into rivers in search of minerals, or may dig sand, rock and dirt and spend hours pounding rocks into gravel using heavy, oversized tools made for adults,” it adds. ILO says its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is working to ensure that no child has to toil in a quarry or mine. “Pilot projects undertaken by ILO/IPEC in Mongolia, Tanzania, Niger and the Andean countries of South America have shown that the best way to assist child miners is to work with the children’s own communities,” ILO adds. ILO says it has helped mining and quarrying communities to organize cooperatives and improve productivity by acquiring the machinery that reduces or eliminates the need for children to risk their lives. Such communities have also obtained legal protections and developed health clinics, schools and sanitation systems. Over a four-year period, the remote gold mining community of Santa Filomena, Peru, went from employing 200,000 child miners to declaring itself “child labour-free,” it says, adding that ILO helped the community develop new income-generating projects for adults. Meanwhile, however, more children are entering the mining and quarrying sector all over the world every day. While community projects can help child miners in direct and practical ways, only worldwide awareness of the problem can mobilize the international effort needed to end the practice for good, it says. In the Philippines, nearly 18,000 children between 5 and 17 years old work in mines and quarries. In Nepal, about 32,000 children work in stone quarries, it says. “In Niger alone, a staggering 250,000 children are employed in both small-scale mines and quarries, accounting for roughly half the total number of persons doing such work in the entire country,” ILO says. read more

4 10 19

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil remained at a four-month high Friday after new data showed China’s economy rebounded and the forecast for global demand rose.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery rose seven cents to finish at US$95.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest since Sept. 17, when crude was above $96 a barrel.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of crude, rose 79 cents to finish at US$111.76 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.On Friday, the global economy took centre stage for energy traders. The economy of China, the second largest energy consumer in the world behind the United States, grew by 7.9 per cent in the fourth quarter, up from the previous quarter’s 7.4 per cent, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics.The prospect of more oil demand from China helped push up an oil consumption forecast from the International Energy Agency. Global oil demand is expected to rise to 90.8 million barrels a day this year, according to the IEA in Paris, which released its monthly report Friday.That was 930,000 daily barrels more than in 2012 and 240,000 more than the agency’s previous forecast released in December.Lingering concerns about the U.S. economy may be weighing on crude prices Friday, with lawmakers wrangling over spending cuts and the U.S. debt ceiling.Independent analyst Jim Ritterbusch said the current price for a barrel of oil may be unsustainable.“The market appears to be sending off signals that some assistance from continued stock market gains and a weakening US dollar will be needed if this advance is to continue.”Natural gas futures rose, however. The price is up about six per cent in the past week with a chillier forecast pointing to heavier use of the thermostat in many parts of the United States.Natural gas rose seven cents on Friday to end at US$3.57 per 1,000 cubic feet.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose three cents to end at US$2.80 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil rose three cents to finish at US$3.05 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2013 4:01 pm MDT Oil stays near 4-month high on China growth data, stronger demand forecast AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

2 10 19

Addressing the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay emphasized that countries cannot continue to ignore the plea of civilians who are in dire need of protection and assistance.“A humanitarian, political and social disaster is already upon us, and what looms is truly a nightmare,” she said. “Civilians bear the brunt of this crisis in which human rights violations have reached horrific dimensions. Confronted with the flagrant disregard of international law and human life on every side, I feel utter dismay.”Since March 2011, fighting between the Syrian Government and opposition forces seeking to oust Mr. Al-Assad has killed more than 70,000 people, and left 6.8 million people in need. In addition, the UN estimates that some 1.5 million Syrians have fled their country to escape conflict.Ms. Pillay noted that the team dispatched by her Office in March to monitor the situation in Syria and in neighbouring countries has received information suggesting the Syrian Government continues to us indiscriminate force in residential areas, and that anti-Government forces are also committing human rights violations.“I am extremely concerned at current reports suggesting that hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured, and thousands may remain trapped, by indiscriminate shelling and aerial attacks by Government forces in Al Qusayr. Safe passage must be given to any civilians wishing to leave,” she said.“Wanton human rights violations are also being committed by anti-Government groups. Accounts gathered by our monitoring team suggest that armed groups have apparently used civilians as human shields, and that abductions are increasing. The accounts include allegations that certain opposition groups have forced young women and minor girls to marry combatants. And we continue to receive reports of anti-Government groups committing gruesome crimes such as torture and extrajudicial executions.”Ms. Pillay urged the Security Council to refer the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court, emphasizing that war crimes committed by all parties cannot go unpunished.“We must make it clear to both the Government and the armed opposition groups that there will be consequences for those responsible. And the world must take action to end this terrible conflict,” she said.“One out of three people in Syria today needs international aid. Yet the international community seems unable to make a strong commitment to resolving the crisis. I urge States to make every effort to forge an end to this humanitarian disaster, for it sometimes seems that we can do little more than cry out in the darkness and try to count the dead,” she added. read more

25 09 19

first_imgOn our way to @selasigb and his #GBBO party – best way to watch! @RavSBansal @LouBaraDa @katebarmby @michaelgeo96 @kate_gilliford pic.twitter.com/wsxF3FFybf— Thomas Gilliford (@Tom_gilliford) October 26, 2016 He even sent cars to pick them all up Massive congratulations to @CJ_Brownie – our amazing #GBBO champion pic.twitter.com/CPpPqv7FEZ— Thomas Gilliford (@Tom_gilliford) October 26, 2016  And they were all really pleased for Candice  It was a party full of happy friends Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Having to bake fiendishly difficult creations in a tent, while trying to avoid Sue accidentally elbowing your cake or a fellow contestant stealing your custard seems like it would breed tension and animosity between the bakers.However, the opposite appears to have been the case this year in the tent, with all the bakers supporting each other. They see each other still even after the show ended. Selasi gives Andrew rides on his motorbike and has traveled across the country to visit Val. Candice has been to visit Louise, and Andrew and Tom have fast become friends. Selasi proved what great friends the bakers all are by hosting a viewing party on Wednesday night to which all contestants were invited.And as they are all social-media savvy, there is plenty of evidence on social media. Look on, friends, and pretend you were there. Selasi knows how to throw a partyJust look at all that pizza…  And posted party outfit inspiration on Instagram What a fantastic winner, montage at the end had me in tears. Go Candice. Go bakers of 2016 #gbbo 😄🙌🏻— Andrew Smyth (@cakesmyth) October 26, 2016 Best people in the world to watch #GBBO final with pic.twitter.com/64rwPUokWF— Thomas Gilliford (@Tom_gilliford) October 26, 2016 Well done my lovely friend, I can’t wait to see what you do next xxx #gbbo https://t.co/cYHgmN6E6c— Kate Barmby (@katebarmby) October 27, 2016  They even had dinner together the evening before, and this is what Val said about it”Having dinner with friends it is so natural and lovely to sit here and listen into their laughter and chatter”.  And it doesn’t stop there – Candice and Jane are going on a baking road trip together, and it looks like the others are going to continue to see each other as well.Maybe they should write a joint cook book! . @selasigb here we come! #GBBOFinal pic.twitter.com/rv7qmUVRif— Kate Barmby (@katebarmby) October 26, 2016 Val practiced her moves for Ayia Napa Having dinner with friends it is so natural and lovely to sit here and listen into their laughter and chatter pic.twitter.com/Vkfr3FGvFn— Valerie Ann Stones (@valstones) October 25, 2016  What a lovely group of friends! I am grateful thankful and honoured! What a crazy few months! You will never know what’s this means to me! 12bakers now friends #GBBO ❤️— Candice Brown (@CJ_Brownie) October 26, 2016 My favourite @valstones getting her steps in #GBBOFinal pic.twitter.com/p2qa1jXnNg— Louise Williams (@LouBaraDa) October 26, 2016 We’ll all miss the bakers of 2016. Candice and Liam you are both such a great couple a well deserved win 😘👍 https://t.co/CQicJMm2gK— Valerie Ann Stones (@valstones) October 26, 2016last_img read more