Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You might be overly concerned with selling to the C-suite. Authority used to reside in fewer people. Now decisions are more and more made by consensus. The elevator from the ground floor passes through every floor on its way to the Executive Suite. And it’s likely your deal does, too.The A, B, G and F SuitesThere aren’t any A, B, or F suites, I know. But if there were they might look something like this:The A Suite: The highest level of manager that has a real reason to care about what you sell isn’t always found in the C-suite. The A suite is full of the highest level of stakeholders that do care about what you sell.You may want to skip this group and go right to the C-suite. But that’s probably a mistake. This group is probably more interested in what you sell. More still, the C-suite is probably looking for this group to make the decision as to what they need to buy before they’re even remotely interested. This group is also likely to have the greatest ability to influence the C-suite (if and when it’s necessary that you bring them in).The B Suite: This level is the business owner. This is the group of stakeholders that owns the business outcome for your client company.You might decide not to spend any time outside of the C-suite (or the A-suite). Even though this group may not be upper management, they have the most insight about how what you sell really needs to work for them. They’ll give you the ground truth about what could be improved. And they likely have a ton of influence with the A-suite.The F Suite: Finance. Purchasing. Supply Chain Management. This is the suite where you find the economic buyers. Like it or not, your deal likely passes through this suite on its way from target to close.You can try to avoid this group if you want to, but pretending that they aren’t going to be involved in your deal doesn’t make it true. Purchasing and Finance have grown in power over the last decade, and there isn’t any reason not to learn to sell effectively to this group—even if they are overly concerned about price.The C-suite may or may not be involved in your deal. But there’s no doubt that a lot of lower-level stakeholders are going to be involved in your deal. And they’re going to be affected by whatever you sell. You build consensus by engaging with these groups, not by ignoring them. Stop at every floor on your way to the C-suite.QuestionsWhat is the title of the highest level of stakeholder that normally cares about what you sell?Who are the stakeholders you work most closely with once you’ve been chosen?Which stakeholders usually influence the decision to choose you?How do you build consensus among all these groups and individuals?
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The sell sheet did nothing to improve the salespeople who used them when they called on their prospective clients. Like the catalogue, it may have improved sales, but it did nothing to make the salesperson more effective. It allowed for more orders.The telephone, about which I am still romantic, didn’t do anything more to make salespeople better at their trade, their craft, or their art. It eliminated distance as an obstacle and it improved efficiency, reducing the time it took to reach their prospective clients.The laptop and the PowerPoint deck didn’t improve any salesperson’s salesmanship, woman or man, and many would argue the effect has been detrimental on the whole (an idea with which I would vehemently disagree, as it is a useful tool in the right hands). Email doesn’t make a better salesperson, and automation is in some ways giving up on the hard work of making great salespeople.If you believe this is true, as I do, then you recognize that communication mediums can change without improving the mindset or skill sets of the salespeople—or any other group of individuals—who use them. As United States Airforce Colonel John Boyd, war fighter and strategist, said when he admonished the Pentagon and U.S. Congress, it’s “People, ideas, and technology. In that order.”The transformation of sales is from transactional to super-consultative and super-relational, from self-oriented to other-oriented, from reactive to proactive, from selling product to generating strategic outcomes, from execution to accountability for those strategic outcomes, and from responding to opportunities to creating opportunities. To make this transformation, a salesperson needs business acumen and situational knowledge that would make them a 52% SME (or better). They need to know how to be super-consultative, which requires that they be able to offer the advice that their clients need to produce better results.If the digital tools were capable of producing these outcomes, it would truly be the miracle that many believe it to be. But, alas, the tool kit, no matter the size, no matter the reach, and no matter the efficiency, doesn’t improve the effectiveness of the salesperson one iota.The transformation is occurring, but it’s far more disruptive than digital.
Bihar Governor Satyapal Malik on Monday said that Indian men, especially those from north India, have become animals. He was talking about the increasing incidence of rape in the country. He justified the Ordinance providing for stringent punishment to those convicted of rape.While speaking at the Convocation Ceremony of Subharti University in Meerut on Monday, Mr. Malik said, “It is important to have a supervisor near the female toilets because that is a sensitive and dangerous place for them. We have become a society of animals. The Ordinance was brought because men in India, especially the men in North India have become animals. So to protect our daughters from them we not only need toilet for girls but also a supervisor there.”The Governor of Bihar who hails from Baghpat said that the affiliation of all those colleges and universities in Bihar which do not have toilets will be cancelled.
British industrialist Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty House completed the purchase of ArcelorMittal’s US steelworks in Georgetown, South Carolina, the company announced in a statement on Dec. 18.This is the first in a series of strategic North American acquisitions and new projects targeted by GFG Alliance, an international business group founded and run by Gupta. ArcelorMittal, on the other hand, is owned by NRI steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who is the firm’s chairman and CEO.“Securing the Georgetown furnace and mill is a major milestone for us, marking our first major step in the USA,” Gupta, the executive chairman of the GFG Alliance, said in a statement released by the company. “The melting and rolling facilities here give us a formidable entry to the American market and provide a strong platform for expansion.”Gupta added that the company sees major prospects for the metals industry in the United States and wants to apply the same “green steel sustainable strategy” to its American plants, since they are already delivering in the United Kingdom and Australia.“We’ve already had customers contacting us about placing orders, so we’re keen to get back up and running as quickly as possible,” the statement added.The 600,000 sq ft plant in South Carolina includes a 540,000-tonne-a-year electric arc furnace and 680,000-tonne-a-year rod mill, that serves the construction and automotive markets. Plans are afoot to re-start melting and rolling in the spring of 2018. This is the first step in GFG’s ambitious investment plans for the American steel industry.“The company is already in discussions regarding the acquisition of other major US steel assets and new greenfield projects, which it expects to announce in the coming year,” said the statement.The completion of the Georgetown deal follows successful negotiations between Liberty House and several key stakeholders, including the United Steelworkers of America union, Georgetown Council and the South Carolina state government, over the past few months.Liberty House will initially re-hire 125 former employees at Georgetown and then extend the workforce to 250 employees in the medium-term. As per an agreement with the United Steelworkers, the company expects to fill in key roles on the furnace, casters and rolling mill by experienced former employees of the plant.It is also in discussion with Georgetown Council about training programs to prepare a new generation of workers for the industry.The group is targeting a major share of the U.S. market for home-produced wire rod, the demand for which is likely to grow substantially in the course of 2018.John Brett, the president and CEO of ArcelorMittal United States, said: “Throughout the process, ArcelorMittal has been steadfast in our goal of maintaining the Georgetown steelmaking operation to preserve jobs and maximize the value of the property for our shareholders. While bittersweet for ArcelorMittal, we are hopeful that today’s announcement is a celebration for Liberty Steel and GFG Alliance, the United Steelworkers and the Georgetown community. We appreciate the patience of all of our stakeholders while we finalized this important transaction.”For around 70 years, the Georgetown mill was an integral part of the state’s industrial infrastructure, until it was shut down in 2015. “Liberty House now aims to restore it to its former position of prominence and bring hundreds of skilled jobs back to the plant and to the local and state economy,” the statement added.In October this year, Gupta had acquired Scottish bicycle firm Shand Cycles UK, thereby expanding his Liberty House bicycle manufacturing business. He began his professional life by selling bicycles for Victor, his father’s cycle manufacturing business in India.In September, Gupta acquired a controlling stake in Adelaide-based Zen Energy for an undisclosed sum. The GFG Alliance’s energy division SIMEC Energy struck an agreement to buy 50.1 per cent shares of Australian solar company Zen to power its mining business and to meet the growing domestic energy needs. Related ItemsArcelorMittalLiberty houseSteel
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for 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 Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is introduced to the crowd on the scoreboard from his hospital bed prior to the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Boston. Hayward was injured in the season opener on Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward sent a video message from his hospital bed before the team’s home opener on Wednesday night, telling Boston fans: “It’s hurting me that I can’t be there.”The crowd at the TD Garden for the Celtics’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks cheered when Marcus Smart directed fans’ attention to the scoreboard, where Hayward appeared wearing a hospital gown and sitting up in bed. The arena hushed to hear the brief message, then erupted in another cheer when it was over.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stevens said doctors confirmed that Hayward has a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia. Surgery will be necessary but it hadn’t been scheduled, Stevens said. Hayward was expected to make a full recovery, but the coach did not know if it would be this season.“It’s definitely been tough,” said rookie forward Jayson Tatum. “We’re just keeping Gordon in our prayers, hoping everything is all right.”Fans who never got to see Hayward in a Celtics uniform lined up before Wednesday night’s game to sign a banner imploring him to get better and “come back stronger than ever” from the injury. Other fans held up hand-made signs wishing him well.Celtics forward Daniel Theis wrote “GH20” on his shoe, and a fair number of Hayward’s No. 20 jerseys were visible in the crowd, which began chanting his name late in the first half.After playing his first seven years with the Utah Jazz, Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract this offseason to rejoin Stevens in Boston — part of a near-complete roster overhaul for the team that finished first in the Eastern Conference last season.ADVERTISEMENT US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctor Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The team also traded fan favorite Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland for fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving and shipped out regular starters Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder. In all, just four players on the roster finished last season with the team.Taking Hayward’s minutes, Smart scored 12 points and had nine rebounds on Tuesday night. Smart moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Bucks.“He put a lot of effort into starting his career well in Boston,” Stevens said of Hayward. “This is a setback, but there’s going to be a full recovery.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said in the 30-second message, which was also sent out by the team on Twitter .“I’m going to be all right,” Hayward said. “It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supportingyou guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck.”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 shutoutAfter signing with Boston in the offseason as a free agent, Hayward was injured in the sixth minute of his first game for the Celtics, crumpling to the floor Tuesday in Cleveland with a gruesome ankle injury.Players on both teams reacted in horror on at the site of Hayward’s leg bent unnaturally, but coach Brad Stevens said he did not see the injury live and has avoided watching replays.“Having known him as long as I’ve known him, it’s tough to see him go through this,” said Stevens, who was also Hayward’s college coach at Butler. “We’ll make sure he knows that we’ve got our arms around him.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP
India’s Stuart Binny, left, celebrates with teammates after the wicket of Bangladesh’s captain Mushfiqur Rahim, during their second one-day International cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh. AP PhoMedium-pacer Stuart Binny’s stunning performance with the ball, bagging six wickets for four runs, the best by any Indian in ODIs, gave India a sensational 47-run win against Bangladesh in a low scoring rain-curtailed game to clinch the three-match series 2-0 here today.Sent into bat, Indian batsmen produced a below-par performance to be humiliatingly bowled out for a paltry 105 in rain-truncated 41 overs-a-side game.But the pace combination of Binny (6-4) and Mohit Sharma (4-22) saved India from any blushes as they bundled out Bangladesh for 58 runs in 17.4 overs in the Duckworth-Lewis method to help the visitors defend their lowest score against the hosts.The Binny heroics, surpassing Anil Kumble’s record of 6/12 against the West Indies in 1993 in Kolkata, came after Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed scalped five wickets for 28 runs on his debut to bowl India out for 105 in 25.3 overs.But if India’s 105 was lower than their previous low of 191 in Port of Spain during the 2007 World Cup then Bangladesh also sank to a new low as their previous lowest against the Men in Blue was 76 in 2003 at Dhaka.Binny was ably supported by medium pacer Mohit from the other end. Mohit, who was the proud owner of the ‘Purple Cap’ in the recently concluded IPL for Chennai Super Kings, started the rot for Bangladesh after sending openers Tamim Iqbal for 4 and Anamul Haque for nought.advertisementBinny soon joined forces to send innings top-scorer Mithun Ali back in the pavilion for 26 and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim for 11.The rest of the batting fell like a pack of cards as Binny and Mohit had little time to celebrate between wickets.Earlier put into bat, the stunning Indian collapse was triggered by Taskin, who returned with figures of 5-28, making it the best debut bowling performance by a Bangladesh player.Skipper Suresh Raina’s 23-ball 27, laced with three fours, was the best that an Indian batsman could manage under overcast conditions.Put into bat, India lost Ajinkya Rahane for nought off Mashrafe Mortaza but rain soon halted play after 5.1 overs.The resumption of play after three hours did not help matters for the visitors as Robin Uthappa (14) top-edged a skier to give Taskin, 19, his debut wicket in overcast conditions.The lanky pacer continued to trouble the inexperienced Indian batsmen in conditions conducive to swing bowling.Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and Ambati Rayudu (1) were trapped LBW by Taskin.Raina tried to counter-attack with three boundaries but an Al-Amin Hossain-Mortaza combination ran him out.Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (5) was soon trapped LBW off Mortaza and Akshar Patel was cleaned up by Al-Amin as India looked straight down the barrel.All-rounder Binny (3) was caught behind chasing a wide delivery from Taskin.Teams:India: Suresh Raina (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Akshar Patel, Parveez Rasool, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, R. Vinay Kumar.Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahaman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Sohag Gazi, Shamsur Rahaman.
RELATED Creates the record of claiming 250 Test wickets in least number of matches in his 45th Test COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL R Ashwin during the fourth day of the Test match between India and Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad today. Photo: K R Deepak – The Hindu R Ashwin during the fourth day of the Test match between India and Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad today. Photo: K R Deepak – The Hindu India inch closer to another big win vs Bangladesh × cricket SHARE Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin today created the record of claiming 250 Test wickets in least number of matches in his 45th Test, eclipsing legendary Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee.Lillee had completed the milestone in his 48th Test and Ashwin’s two wickets in the Bangladesh first innings in the one-off Test here helped the Indian all-rounder reach the coveted landmark.He is the sixth Indian bowler after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), Zaheer Khan (311), Bishan Singh Bedi (266) to reach to 250 Test wickets.Ashwin has so far taken 57 wickets in the current home season. Till the end of the Bangladesh first innings in his 45th Test, Ashwin has 24 five-wicket hauls and seven 10-wicket hauls so far. He has also scored 1816 runs, including four hundreds. Published on accomplishment February 12, 2017 null 0 COMMENTS
Undefeated, uncatchable, unquestionably the best. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage) Usain Bolt bid a blazing-fast farewell to the Rio de Janeiro Games – and likely the Olympics altogether – Friday night with yet another anchor leg for the ages. He turned a close 4×100 relay race against Japan and the United States into a never-a-doubt runaway, helping Jamaica cross the line in 37.27.Japan won the silver medal, finishing .33 seconds behind.The U.S. finished the race third but endured yet another relay debacle – disqualified because leadoff runner Mike Rodgers passed the baton to Justin Gatlin outside the exchange zone. That promoted Canada to the bronze medal. (Also read: PV Sindhu fought like hell, says coach Pullela Gopichand)USA DISQUALIFIED This marked the ninth time since 1995 the U.S. men have been disqualified or failed to get the baton around at Olympics or world championships. That will cause more hand-wringing in the States.In Jamaica, they’ll party.Bolt’s record in Olympic finals: Nine races, nine wins.Nobody’s done that before, and nobody’s on the horizon to do it again soon.Along with Bolt for his final trip down the track were Nickel Ashmeade, training partner Yohan Blake and the Jamaican elder statesman, former world-record holder Asafa Powell.When Bolt received the yellow baton from Ashmeade for his final run down the straightaway, he was even, maybe a step behind, Aska Cambridge of Japan and Trayvon Bromell of the United States.That lasted about four steps.With 70 meters to go, it was all over. Bolt looked at the clock – same as he did when he finished the 200-meter victory the night before.advertisementNo world record, but he still has a piece of that one, too – it’s 36.84 seconds, set four years ago at the London Games.Musical selection for Bolt’s final parade around the track: Bob Marley’s “Jammin.”With most of the other debates over about greatest this, greatest that, a new one might be whether Bolt now surpasses Marley as the most famous person to rock the world from the country known for sea, sun and sprints.Counting all the preliminaries, finals and his approximately nine-second blast down the stretch in Friday’s last race, Bolt has spent 325 seconds – a tad less than 5 1/2 minutes – running on the track at the Olympics since he made his debut in Beijing eight years ago.Every tick of the clock has been a treasure. And while he may not close things out with 23 golds, the number Michael Phelps left Rio with earlier this week, it’s hard to argue there is anybody more successful or electric – or important to his sport, and the Olympics themselves.The anchor sport of the Olympics has been mired, especially over the past year, in a cesspool of doping, cheating and bad characters.When Bolt’s on the track, everyone forgets.A lot of that is because the show isn’t over when he’s through running.After crossing the line for his finale, Bolt pumped his fist in the air, slowed down and took off those famous gold spikes. He huddled with his teammates and they prayed. Then, a final, luxurious ring around the track.Once he got back to the finish line, his partners peeled off. With the stadium emptying, Bolt kneeled down, brought his hands out to his sides and soaked in one last burst of applause. Then, he kissed the track and slapped his hand on the number “3” painted at the starting line.As in three Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals each time.He could have just as easily slapped the number “1.”That would need no explanation.
zoom Maritime services provider Navig8 Group has decided to enter the offshore energy market with an agreements to purchase offshore marine services company RKOffshore Management (RKOM).Navig8 said that the completion of the acquisitions is subject to a number of conditions which should be agreed upon by the end of April.“We believe current dynamics within the energy exploration and production industry have created a unique opportunity for Navig8 to extend its commercial and technical services to the offshore energy sector while at the same time expand our geographical footprint to West Africa,” said Nicolas Busch, Chief Executive Officer of Navig8 Group.Under the terms of the deal, RKOM will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navig8 Offshore, a newly-formed division of Navig8 Group, and rebranded as RK8.The company added that RK8 will provide integrated QHSSE-compliant commercial and technical management services to platform supply vessels and anchor handling tug supply vessels serving the offshore oil and gas sector.
The Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides, will get some extra attention this year. New Brunswick is joining forces with Nova Scotia’s tidal energy program to assess the potential impacts of the new technology on the Bay of Fundy. “We welcome New Brunswick’s involvement in tidal energy development,” said Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “A lot of work needs to be done before demonstration turbines can be put in the water, and New Brunswick is helping us move that work forward.” “This is an initiative we are very pleased to take part in,” said New Brunswick Energy Minister Jack Keir. “This is an important step forward in developing future tidal projects which could benefit both of our provinces.” Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have committed to complete strategic environmental assessments of the Bay of Fundy. The assessments consist of two main parts; an environmental and socio-economic impact assessment report and extensive feedback and consultation with interested parties. Each province is investing up to $75,000 to complete the environmental and socio-economic report, which will look at issues such as marine-life impacts, energy security, energy cost, greenhouse gas levels, compatibility with other marine activities, and economic development. This work is being done through Nova Scotia’s Offshore Energy and Environmental Research association, and is part of Nova Scotia’s $250,000 commitment to complete the strategic environmental assessment. Research from the U.S.-based Electric Power Research Institute identifies the Bay of Fundy as, potentially, the best site in North America for large-scale, grid-connected tidal-energy generation.
Vicky Doucette has been appointed a Crown attorney in Amherst. Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, announced the appointment today, Nov. 28. “Ms. Doucette’s broad legal experience and her prosecutorial skills make her a welcome addition to the Public Prosecution Service,” said Mr. Herschorn. A native of Edmundston, N.B., Ms. Doucette graduated from the Université de Moncton in 1999 with an honours bachelor of arts in psychology and in 2002 with a bachelor of laws. Ms. Doucette articled with the firm of Clark Drummie, now Cox and Palmer, in Moncton and in 2003 was appointed an associate focusing first on corporate and tax law and then turning to litigation. She has prosecution experience acting as an agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Ms. Doucette is fluent in both official languages. She volunteers as an instructor for New Brunswick bar admission courses and is active in the figure skating community as a volunteer official.
TORONTO – Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has appointed candidates in nearly a dozen ridings ahead of the upcoming provincial election, and they include the son of a former premier.With Ontarians set to go to the polls on June 7, the PCs released a statement Saturday announcing 11 appointees for ridings where a nomination meeting hadn’t been scheduled.They include Mike Harris Jr., the son of former Ontario premier Mike Harris, who led a Tory government in the province for nearly seven years from 1995 to 2002.Harris Jr. has been appointed to represent the PCs in the riding of Kitchener-Conestoga — a seat currently held by a politician with a strikingly similar name.Michael Harris — no relation to Harris Jr. — announced earlier this month he would not be running for re-election due to medical reasons.He was later booted from the Tory caucus amid allegations of harassment from a former intern.Another candidate selected by Ford on Saturday was Doug Downey, who was appointed to run for the Tories in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.The party’s former leader, Patrick Brown, had been nominated to run for the Tories in that riding, but the party’s nominations committee announced in March that he would not be eligible to run.Brown stepped down as the party’s leader in January amid allegations of sexual misconduct, plunging the Tories into turmoil and leading to Ford’s successful leadership bid.Meanwhile, former PC leadership contender Tanya Granic Allen won the party’s nomination to run as the Tory candidate in Mississauga Centre.Granic Allen is social conservative whom the Ontario Liberal Party accused in a Saturday release of having “an addiction to hateful rhetoric.”Ford’s appointments were met with criticism by some within his own party.“After nearly two years of campaigning for the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination in London West, I learned this morning that another candidate had been summarily appointed,” Jake Skinner wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Frankly, I’m in a state of shock. I am deeply disappointed for our members.”The province’s Tories were plagued by controversial nomination battles in ridings across the province, including allegations of vote-stuffing that predated Ford’s leadership.The party reopened several races shortly after he was elected leader.Ford also issued a statement Saturday, saying the PCs are “only 47 days away” from defeating the Liberals under Premier Kathleen Wynne.“Help is on the way,” Ford said. “We have a strong team of candidates who are committed to delivering change that works for the people.”
OTTAWA – If money equals momentum, the federal Conservatives appear to be chugging along with a strong head of steam heading into next year’s federal election.New fundraising numbers show the Tories raked in nearly twice as much cash as the Liberals during the first three months of 2018 en route to one of the best first quarters by a federal party in a non-election year.The Conservatives raised more than $6 million from 40,000 donors between January and March, far outpacing the 29,000 donors who gave $3.3 million to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.The federal New Democrats came a distant third with nearly $1.4 million raised from 16,000 donors followed by the Greens at $533,000 from 7,393 donors.The Bloc Quebecois, which is in disarray under embattled leader Martine Ouellet, reported having raised only $101,000 from fewer than 1,000 donors.While money is essential for a modern political campaign, fundraising numbers are also seen as a rough way to gauge how much support a political party enjoys.The latest figures come as some polls have suggested the Liberals are in a mid-mandate slump, thanks in part to Trudeau’s disastrous trip to India, anger over the Kinder Morgan pipeline and steep deficit spending.“My guess is the Conservative party was able to tap into the public mood of frustration that was evident in the polls during the first quarter of 2018,” said political strategist Tim Powers, vice-chairman of Summa Strategies.The result also represents good news for Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who took the helm last May and has now posted two strong quarters on the fundraising front, though the party is still off its record in terms of total donors.The Tories reported nearly 42,500 donors in the first quarter of 2017, which remains the high-water mark since the Conservatives’ election defeat in October 2015.Not that it was all bad news for the Liberals, as the $3.3 million raised by governing party between January and March represented a $500,000 increase from the same period last year.The party also saw consistent growth from one quarter to the next through all of last year, unlike the Conservatives who saw a strong start and finish to 2017 with declines in the middle. The Tories still raised more than the Liberals during those quarters despite the declines.But one cause for concern among Liberals, aside from the fact the Conservatives continue to raise more money, is the fact that there were fewer donors during the last quarter than at any point in the last three years.Liberal spokesman Braeden Caley played down such worries, saying the donor numbers were consistent with where the party sat at the same time leading up to the 2015 federal election.“And we’re encouraged to see further growth from last year’s (first quarter) after being the only party to see growth in fundraising support from one quarter to the next throughout 2017,” he added.Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, meanwhile, appears to have stopped his party’s slide into fundraising purgatory as the $1.4 million raised between January and March was $450,000 more than the same period last year.It was the third straight quarter in which the NDP raised more than $1 million.The party similarly saw more donors, with more than 16,000 people having contributed during the first quarter of 2018 compared with nearly 13,500 last year, the same number as in early 2016.Yet former NDP national director Karl Belanger said the party has a long way to go before it catches the Conservatives and Liberals, a task made all the more important with the looming election and the party’s $3 million debt from the last election.“This is a good sign. Turning things around is important and the fact they’re going up and in the right direction is encouraging,” Belanger said. “But there’s still a lot of work to do if they want to compete for government in 2019.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
MONTREAL – Dannick Lessard feels victimized by the justice system.In October 2012, the Quebec man took nine bullets outside a bar in an attempt on his life.Earlier this year, his alleged attacker, who was already serving life for another murder, was granted a stay on the charge of attempting to murder Lessard.The reason for the proceedings being dropped: a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that sets strict time limits on criminal cases getting to trial.Lessard said he’d anticipated the outcome and had accepted the Quebec Superior Court decision that ended the case against Ryan Wolfson.“He wouldn’t have been given more time, so for me I would have liked to have brought it to a close: the person who (allegedly) attacked me is in jail, I’m moving on to other things,” Lessard reasoned.But his feelings began to change as he considered the absurdity of the outcome.“I thought that it makes no sense that I took nine bullets and the person who (allegedly) assaulted me can get out of it so easily,” Lessard told The Canadian Press.“Yes, I know he’s still in prison, but you can’t absorb nine bullets … and come out of it with a stay of proceedings.”None of the allegations in the case have been proven in court.Lessard, who turns 39 later this month, says he has nothing against the Supreme Court ruling dealing with court delays — but he doesn’t believe it should apply to more serious, violent offences.Now, Lessard is on a personal crusade of sorts “so that victims aren’t victims a second time.”“When you commit a serious crime against a person, if it takes six years for the case to be heard, then it takes six years,” he said.Lessard had finished playing in a semi-pro hockey game for the now-defunct Cornwall River Kings on that fateful day in October 2012 and had been dropped off in Mirabel for his other job at a bar.Hours later he would be fighting for his life after a masked figure attempted to gun him down outside his workplace.How he escaped remains a mystery to him. Lessard said he had just enough time to arch out of the way as the first volley of bullets came his way.He was shot three time in the right shoulder, three in the chest and one each in the thigh, elbow and lower back before he found cover inside the bar.During the attack, he even had the wherewithal to rush his aggressor, destabilizing him in the process.As he sat bleeding, Lessard’s thoughts drifted to his parents who’d both died in accidents when he was young. He asked them to give him strength to carry on as his own son was due in two months’ time.When ambulances arrived, Lessard was able to walk to a stretcher under his own power.He would spend 10 days in a medically induced coma and, upon waking up, was told by Quebec provincial police they had made arrests.Lessard, who was released from hospital in December 2012, said he feels victimized by the judicial system but is happy the Crown has appealed the court’s decision to stay the case against Wolfson.Lessard is also suing the federal government as Wolfson was allegedly on the lam from a halfway house at the time of the shooting.After the decision in his case, he wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, among others.Conservative MP Luc Berthold, who represents the Quebec riding that encompasses Lessard’s hometown of East Broughton, sponsored Lessard’s petition on the House of Commons website calling on the federal government to provide additional judges in Quebec.“It’s not normal that people are freed from criminal accusations because of delays,” Berthold said. “I think it’s the responsibility of elected officials — federal as well as provincial — to make sure these types of things don’t happen again.”Lessard hasn’t worked since the attack. He’s still under the care of doctors and health professionals, having had his latest surgery in June.“I will live with scars for the rest of my life: I lost half a lung, I lost use of my arm, I’ve lost my health, I suffer from post-traumatic stress,” he said.“Being the victim of a criminal act is a full-time job.”— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter
SHERBROOKE, Que. – Would-be asylum-seekers need to understand it isn’t easy to get refugee status in Canada, Quebec’s premier said Saturday.Philippe Couillard said it’s important that anyone who is considering joining the surge of people who have been crossing the United States border into Canada in recent weeks know what they’re facing.“We can’t take people’s hope away, but people must be presented with a real picture of the situation, especially people who are still in the United States and may be tempted to do the same thing,” he said outside a meeting of his party’s youth wing in Sherbrooke, Que.“Arriving in an army camp isn’t exactly a comfortable experience.”In the first week of August, 1,798 people crossed the Canada-U.S. border to claim refugee status.As of Friday, 1,200 people were waiting to be processed at the Lacolle border station, some staying in the dozens of tents that were hastily erected by the army earlier this week.Many of the new arrivals are Haitian nationals who fear they could be deported if the U.S. lifts a program that granted them so-called “temporary protected status” following the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.Canada already lifted its own stay on deportations to Haiti last year.Couillard pointed out there are strict rules governing who gets political asylum and historically only about half of the applicants from Haiti are approved.In 2016, Quebec accepted 207 of 412 refugee applications from Haitian nationals.There have been reports that many of those arriving in recent weeks were motivated by false rumours that getting into Canada would be easy.Couillard said he was ready to go to the media to set the record straight.
MONTREAL – For the second time in two days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was confronted on Sunday by a protester during a visit to Quebec to coincide with the Fete nationale holiday.A woman approached Trudeau at a family celebration in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, west of Montreal, and called him “a traitor.”“Happy Fete Nationale,” Trudeau said in response, as he continued to greet members of the crowd.A day earlier, a man confronted Trudeau at an event in his riding and suggested the prime minister had come to speak English and taunt Quebecers in their home.The incidents were blips in an otherwise pleasant weekend of meet-and-greets the prime minister attended at a number of public events organized to mark the June 24 holiday.Trudeau’s visit will wrap up Sunday afternoon following a visit to a circus festival in the company of his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.Trudeau’s brief encounters with protesters were downright tame when compared to the angry reception his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, received exactly 50 years earlier at Montreal’s annual St-Jean-Baptiste parade in 1968.In what would be remembered as one of the most politically charged moments in Quebec history, people tossed bottles in his direction and the event degenerated into violent clashes between police and protesters. As those sitting near him tried to drag him to safety, the elder Trudeau stood his ground and refused to leave the stage.The next day his Liberals easily formed the government.The leaders of the other major federal parties were also in Quebec for Sunday’s holiday, which is also known as St-Jean-Baptiste Day.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s agenda included stops in at least four municipalities, ending with a Fete nationale celebration in Quebec City.In Montmagny, an hour’s drive east of the provincial capital, Scheer highlighted his party’s recent successes in the province, which include the recruitment of a former Bloc Quebecois leader as a member and a victory in a federal byelection on June 18.Conservative candidate Richard Martel captured 52.7 per cent of the vote in a federal byelection held in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, more than 5,000 votes ahead of Liberal Lina Boivin, who took 29.5 per cent.In a Sunday morning speech broadcast on his YouTube channel, Scheer referred several times to Martel’s victory, blasted Trudeau’s Liberals and spoke of Quebec’s “undeniable” importance to Canada.“Without (Quebec), Canada would be quite simply not be the same,” he said. “Quebecers form a nation that gives Canada its colour.”Scheer said he and his MPs were holding roundtables around the province to devise a political strategy that is by, and for, Quebecers.“Our goal is to make a political offer that responds to the aspirations and ambitions of Quebecers,” he said.Jagmeet Singh is scheduled to be in Montreal’s Rosemont neighbourhood on Sunday afternoon, where he’ll join the celebrations alongside NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice.“On the occasion of St-Jean-Baptiste, we accompany Quebecers to celebrate the rich culture of Quebec and share this beautiful French language that makes Quebec such a formidable place,” Singh said in a video published on his Twitter account on Sunday morning.
APTN National NewsA First Nations family in a small Northern Saskatchewan community is unhappy with the treatment they’ve received from police after their daughter was found dead in an RCMP jail cell.The family is desperately trying to find out what happened to Adelle Morin, 39, that night of Oct. 6.Morin was arrested for public intoxication and causing a disturbance around 4 p.m. that day.By 8 p.m. she was dead.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf visited the family in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan.
Ms. Santra was a correspondent in Howrah, West Bengal, for the Hindi-language weekly Julm se Jang, according to a news release issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She was killed on 26 September by a mail bomb that she opened in her home, the Paris-based UNESCO said. Her husband was severely injured in the blast. Family members reportedly said that she often received threats in connection with her reporting.“I condemn the murder of Chaitali Santra and urge the authorities to investigate this crime,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “Killing and intimidating media workers constitute an unacceptable attack on the basic human right of freedom of expression and on the media’s democratic right to work without fear or hindrance,” she stated. “It is therefore essential that the perpetrators of such crimes be brought to justice.”The latest killing brings to 11 the number of journalists murdered in India since 2008, according to UNESCO.
Greece’s culture ministry says a millennia-old pottery vase in a southern museum has been damaged after a visitor who lost her balance tried to hold onto the exhibit and crashed down with it.A ministry statement says the prehistoric, Minoan-era vase, which had been broken in antiquity and restored after excavation, is being repaired and should be back on display on Friday.The accident occurred on May 23 at the Museum of Iraklio, on the island of Crete, and the visitor suffered a minor leg injury, the ministry said Wednesday.It said that the accident damaged the section of the vase that had already been restored in the past.Source: AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Robots are awesome and all, but there’s one important thing they haven’t mastered that’s a huge requirement: The sense of human touch. Maybe that’s something that’s a long way off, but it looks like researchers are at the very least getting closer if this awesome new robot hand has anything to do with it.Researchers in robotics at Cornell University have created a hand that can actually touch delicate items and sense the shape and texture of items it happens to come in contact with. That may sound a little creepy, sure, but it’s great news for the things we can create going forward. For one, having the kind of tech that can sense texture and softness could go a long way when it comes to bettering prosthetics for the folks out there who need them, or even when dealing with programming robots to help out with fragile objects or other similar situations.The field is known as soft robotics, and it’s utilized by robots that interact with people or work in warehouses when handling fragile items. Huichan Zhao, lead author of the soft robot hand research article, attests that the hand just needs to be made out of material that can conduct light to be further improved. This would allow light signals to guide the robot with data on whatever it’s currently touching to further improve its function. It would also make the manufacture of the hands cheaper going forward.Unfortunately, this soft robot hand at Cornell hasn’t been given an established connection to the brain yet either, so that’s another area of improvement researchers are looking to tackle going forward. Regardless of its shortcomings now, however, it’s looking to be an important piece of tech going forward. Giving robots the power to feel (beyond cognitively) would be a major boon for several industries. Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower