Rules for Sales Role Plays

first_imgProfessionals and performers rehearse. They prepare themselves to do their very best work when it matters most. In sales, it’s easy to pretend that we are too busy to train and to role-play our most important conversations, creating a state of stasis as it pertains to our effectiveness.One of the ways to create breakthrough effectiveness is to role play the different scenarios to improve and develop strategies and language. These rules will ensure your roleplay improves performance.Use Real Cases: Case studies are beneficial when you want a group of people all to share the same problem. In sales, you are provided with case studies every day, providing you with an endless stream of real scenarios to work on. Using the real deals you are pursuing allows the salesperson to role-play conversations in an environment where they can improve their talk tracks and their strategy. It can be a bit more work, but it is worth the effort if the outcomes can be put to use in winning deals.Accept the Premise: This is a rule that all great improv groups know well. If one party provides information, you accept it as true. If the salesperson says, “The last time I called you, you mentioned that you were concerned with potential disruptions to your business,” their partner playing the client cannot say, “No, I didn’t. Instead, the client can say, “Yes, and I still am concerned about that,” or “We believe we can live with the disruption, but we’re concerned about the investment.”Focus on Principles: Almost all role plays are around objection-handling, something better described as resolving concerns, as there is invariably something real behind the words that sound like objections. Role plays are valuable when you can tie them to principles, like trading enough value to gain a commitment, controlling the process, describing your differentiation, and dealing with difficult situations. The best role plays focus on outcomes that can be universally applied.Rehearse Language: Sounding scripted isn’t the same as having a script. Good talk tracks are important, and powerful language is better than ineffective language. You want a chance to rehearse your language in role plays, with multiple attempts to go over the same ground and improve your delivery. Even if the talk track is excellent, role plays provide a chance to rehearse (something we don’t do enough of in sales).Allow Do-Overs: It’s easy to ruin a first—or third attempt—at a role play. Because the person playing the role of the salesperson is trying to find the right words, they are prone to saying things that they don’t like once they leave their mouth. Because it is a role play, the person speaking can start over, adjusting and improving their talk track.Say No: If the person doesn’t use language that their partner believes would work in real life or violates a principle, their partner needs to “say no,” or whatever words are necessary to let them know they failed to achieve their outcome. The role-playing partner also needs to explain why they said no to the salesperson’s request, giving them the feedback they need to improve their next attempt.The first time you say something, you might come up with something so brilliant it bears repeating. More often, the best talk tracks are developed over time, after you have iterated and have made adjustments. Follow these rules for role plays, and go into client conversations with excellent and effective strategies and language, the strategies and language that ensure you achieve your outcomes.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli surpasses Steve Waugh, storms to 8th successive Test series win

first_imgVirat Kohli extended his dream run as captain to eighth consecutive Test series victory when India condemned Sri Lanka to an innings and 53 runs defeat at Colombo on Sunday. Kohli also became the first Indian captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka.WATCH FULL VIDEOKohli and Co. have been the most dominant Test side in the world and have not lost a series home or away since their 2-0 defeat in their 2014-15 tour of Australia.Since that series loss, India have outplayed all their rivals winning eight consecutive Test series without much fuss. In these two and a half years, India under captain Kohli have lost only two matches while have won 18 games.Kohli surpassed Steve Waugh’s record of seven consecutive series wins when India destroyed hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Ricky Ponting holds the record with nine series victories in a row.1st time India 2-0 ahead in a Test series in SL.India’s 3rd series win in SL – 1993, 2015, 2017.India’s 4 Test win in a row in SL.#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 6 August 2017India have now won 8 Test series in a row. Only Australia have won more – 9 between 2005 and 2008.#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) 6 August 2017Kohli’s record as captain in this time has been phenomenal to say the least. In 28 Tests, Kohli has registered 18 wins, three losses and six draws. Overall Kohli has 18 wins and is just four away from overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s record of Test 21 wins and become India’s second most successful captain after Dhoni (27 wins).advertisementIndia had scripted a rampaging 304-run victory in the first Test with opener Shikhar Dhawan smashing a career-best 190 with regular openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, left out injured.Dhawan smashed a 168-ball 190 in the first innings to steer India to a mammoth total of 600 and help it take a firm grip on the match, which eventually they never let go.Abhinav Mukund also scored a crafty 81 in the second essay which had Kohli’s unbeaten 103.At No.3 the ever-dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a patient 153 off 265 balls at Galle, notched up his 13th century in his landmark 50th Test.Spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a five-wicket haul each in the match.last_img read more

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Slumping Devils Fire Coach DeBoer

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils have been on a slide since going to the Stanley Cup final in 2012, and coach Pete DeBoer paid the price.DeBoer, who took the Devils to the championship round in his first season, was fired Dec. 26, with his aging and short-handed team in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season.Lou Lamoriello, the Devils’ President and General Manager, won’t say who will be the next coach until he speaks Dec. 27 with the players, who are on a three-day Christmas break. The Devils will have a pregame skate at the Prudential Center on the morning of Dec. 27 before playing the Rangers in New York that night.There are a number of potential candidates, including Adam Oates, a former Devils assistant; Dallas Eakins, who was fired earlier this month by Edmonton; and former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.Lamoriello has hired a couple of former Montreal Canadiens coaches to lead New Jersey, and Jacques Martin has been in the press box to watch the Devils in their last three home games. He was an assistant under Bylsma last season and was promoted to senior adviser of hockey operations.New Jersey has been hit with injuries in a 12-17-7 season. It has not won consecutive games since early last month, going 3-8-5 in its last 16. The Devils were missing six regulars to either injury or illness Dec. 23 when they lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Carolina Hurricanes, the NHL’s second-worst team.“I know that no one wants to hear excuses, and I am not going to make any, but I am definitely not going to throw our guys under the bus,” DeBoer said. “Guys are trying.”The problem is the guys are not as talented as they used to be, and it shows in the standings. The Devils are 14th in the Eastern Conference, nine points out of a playoff berth and fading.New Jersey has 15 players over the age of 30 on the roster, including 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr, who is tied for the team lead in scoring.Not only are they old, but the Devils have not gotten much help from their minor leagues in recent years. Defenseman Adam Larsson, the fourth pick overall in 2011, has been a disappointment, and Stephane Matteau, the first-round pick the following season, has one goal with the Devils’ top affiliate this season.DeBoer is the third NHL coach to be fired this season, following Paul MacLean in Ottawa and Eakins.DeBoer was 114-93-41 in his three-plus seasons with the Devils. Before coming to New Jersey, he coached the Florida Panthers for three years, never making the playoffs.The 46-year-old DeBoer was hired in 2011-12 and immediately took the Devils to the Stanley Cup final, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings.The Devils, however, lost Zach Parise to free agency after the season. They took an unexpected blow after the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season when goal-scorer Ilya Kovalchuk left to play in Russia. Those were the team’s two best players, and their losses were keenly felt, especially in shootouts.The Devils were 0-13 in shootouts last season and 2-6 this season, their first since not re-signing goaltender Martin Brodeur, the longtime face of the three-time Stanley Cup champions.DeBoer had provided some stability to the Devils’ coaching position. Since winning their last Cup in 2003 under Pat Burns, the Devils have changed coaches nine times, with only Brent Sutter lasting two full seasons until DeBoer came along.During that span, Lamoriello has twice filled in on an interim basis and Jacques Lemaire has twice come out of retirement to coach the team.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lattice expands sensAI stack with optimized solutions for always-on, on-device AI

first_img Continue Reading Previous GrammaTech integrates static analysis engine Julia into CodeSonarNext IBASE: 8th gen Intel Xeon E/Core based ATX motherboard with M.2 NVMe and CNVi functions Lattice Semiconductor unveiled expanded features of the company’s Lattice sensAI stack designed to speed time-to-market for developers of flexible machine learning inferencing in consumer and industrial IoT applications. Building on the ultra-low power (1 mW-1 W) focus of the sensAI stack, Lattice is releasing new IP cores, reference designs, demos and hardware development kits that provide scalable performance and power for always-on, on-device artificial intelligence applications.Examples of the architectural choices that sensAI solutions enable include:Stand-alone iCE40 UltraPlus / ECP5 FPGA based always-on, integrated solutions, with latency, security, and form factor benefits.Solutions utilizing iCE40 UltraPlus as an always-on processor that detects key-phrases or objects, and wakes-up a high performance AP SoC / ASIC for further analytics only when required, reducing overall system power consumption.Solutions utilizing the scalable performance/power benefits of ECP5 for neural network acceleration, along with IO flexibility to seamlessly interface to on-board legacy devices including sensors and low-end MCUs for system control.Updates to the sensAI stack include a CNN Compact Accelerator IP core for improved accuracy on iCE40 UltraPlus FPGA, and enhanced CNN Accelerator IP core for improved performance on ECP5 FPGAs; updated neural network compiler tool with improved ease-of-use and both Caffe and TensorFlow support for iCE40 UltraPlus FPGAs; new human presence detection and hand gesture recognition reference designs and demos; iCE40 UltraPlus development platforms including Himax HM01B0 UPduino Shield, and DPControl iCEVision Board; new vehicle classification and package detection demos from sensAI Design Services Partners.The Lattice sensAI partner eco-system continues to expand worldwide with new design service and IP partners focused on enabling smart home, smart factory, smart city, and smart car applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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God bless my child Mahi, he is the true son of India: ex-VP of Dhoni’s school

first_imgFormer vice president of MS Dhoni’s school, DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Ranchi, AK Singh has said he is not surprised by the India cricketer’s gesture when it came to showing respect to the national flag during the recently-concluded third T20I between India and New Zealand in Hamilton.Singh said patriotism was in Dhoni’s soul and the credit for the same should go to his mother, who was his first teacher.Singh’s comments came after Dhoni made sure the Indian tri-colour didn’t touch the ground even as a pitch invader, carrying the flag tried to touch the cricketer’s feet on Sunday.Dhoni snatched away the Indian flag from his fan’s hand, showing some quick reflexes that are often visible with his glovework. Dhoni’s gesture went viral on social media wherein the World Cup-winning former skipper was lauded.”Mahi had patriotism in his soul and I am sure he is not only a youth icon but he is an ambassador of patriotism. In a match, he swiftly showed the respect of 132 crores fellow countryman. His immediate refection should be an example for educating youth not only for job but most important duty towards mother Bharat Mata,” Singh was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.The former vice-president added: “God bless my child Mahi. The whole country is full of pride by his recent act In New Zealand.What a player! pic.twitter.com/0K6ew0Pbx1Abhishek Pandey (@abhishekpnd63) February 10, 2019″This is an important aspect of Mahi’s personality and patriotism… He had shown high discipline, dedicated attitude to any tasks as I am a witness of his journey of grooming and education at our school or our beautiful colony.advertisement”First credit should be given to his mother (Devaki Devi) as she is the first teacher. In JVM Shyamali there are different assemblies as it is a big school. Students sing the National Anthem at a distance of 400 or 300 meters. All students stand in attention while the National Anthem is played. The students never look at the ground but sing the Anthem and visualizing the love for the country and the tri colour.”Dhoni, who is at the twilight of his international career, is part of India’s 2019 World Cup plans. The 38-year-old wicketkeeper started the World Cup year on a high after being under the pump over poor form for the most part of 2018.Dhoni hit three successive fifties in Australia and helped India to a historic 2-1 ODI series win. He chipped in with some crucial knocks in New Zealand and was at his best with the gloves from behind the wickets.Expressing confidence at Dhoni’s ability to contribute for the Team India at the upcoming Cricket World Cup, India’s selection committee chairman, MSK Prasad said the wicketkeeper-batsman is back to batting the way he was known for during his heyday.”The way Mahi has played in the last couple of series, in Australia and New Zealand, the message is very, very clear: now he has decided to play his natural way. This is the Dhoni that we know. We will be very happy if he can replicate those fearless knocks, using that brutal force he has within him,” Prasad told ESPNCricinfo.Dhoni is expected to be part of India’s squad for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia at home from February 24. The seasoned campaigner will also make use of the Indian Premier League to gain crucial game time in the lead up to the World Cup.Also Read | MS Dhoni in ICC’s version of John Lennon’s classic ImagineAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK PrasadAlso Read | Thought Rishabh Pant was a thick-skinned guy but he proved us wrong: MSK PrasadAlso See:last_img read more

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2011 NSW Awards Winners

first_imgAfter being inducted as a Life Member in 2010, Parramatta Touch Association’s Gary Croft was again recognised, being named as the ‘Rod Wise Medal’ recipient for Volunteer of the Year. Dubbo Touch Association featured prominently in the night, being named Affiliate of the Year.Manly Warringah Touch Association’s Sue Jones was also recognised throughout the night on a number of occasions, being named Administrator of the Year as well as receiving a Blues Award. Six of New South Wales’ Australian 2011 World Cup representatives were also recognised, being named Player of the Year in their respective divisions. Wollongong’s Nicole Beck was named female Player of the Year, and became the first player to have won the Junior and Open Player of the Year awards. Canterbury’s Steve Roberts was named male Player of the Year, the first time he has won this award. New South Wales’ two youngest World Cup representatives, Sarah Peattie (Mixed) and Sam Brisby (Men’s), were named Junior female and male Player of the Year in their respectively. Nelson Bay’s Jodi Frizzel was named Senior female Player of the Year, while Wallsend’s Darren McSpadden was named Senior male Player of the Year. Following an impressive 12 months, Hornsby’s Terry Cooper was named Coach of the Year. Cooper has guided his Hornsby Lion’s Men’s team to the 2010 Vawdon Cup/State Cup double, as well as coaching the New South Wales Scorpions Men’s team to the inaugural Elite Eight title. Manly’s Barry Gibson was named Junior Coach of the Year, while Steve Kolenko was named Selector of the Year. Four of New South Wales’ greats were recognised, being inducted into the New South Wales Touch Association’s Hall of Fame. David Cheung, Gai Taylor, Tim Kitchingham and Darren Shelley were all inducted, following impressive careers over the past 30 years. Sydney Scorpions were recognised for their impressive year, being named Region of the Year. Stay tuned to the website for all of the highlights and coverage of the 2011 New South Wales Blues Dinner. 2011 NSW Award WinnersRod Wise MedalGary Croft (Parramatta Touch Association)Affiliate of the YearRegional winnersSouthern Suns – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationSydney Rebels – Liverpool Touch AssociationSydney Mets – Penrith Touch AssociationSydney Scorpions – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationHunter Western Hornets – Dubbo Touch AssociationNorthern Eagles – Taree Touch AssociationState winnerDubbo Touch AssociationAdministrator of the YearRegional winnersSouthern Suns – Nick Altin (Griffith Touch Association)Sydney Rebels – Paul Hickey (Sydney University)Sydney Mets – Chantelle Garrett (Balmain Juniors Touch Association)Sydney Scorpions – Sue Jones (Manly Warringah Touch Association)Hunter Western Hornets – Tracy Quale (Dubbo)Northern Eagles – Simon Stewart (Armidale Touch Association)State winnerSue Jones (Manly Warringah Touch Association)Female Player of the Year Nicole BeckMale Player of the Year Steve RobertsJunior Female Player of the YearSarah PeattieJunior Male Player of the YearSam BrisbySenior Female Player of the YearJodi FrizzelSenior Male Player of the YearDarren McSpaddenCoach of the Year Terry Cooper – HornsbyJunior Coach of the YearBarry Gibson – ManlySelector of the YearSteve KolenkoRegion of the Year Sydney ScorpionsHall of Fame inducteesDavid CheungGai TaylorTim KitchinghamDarren ShelleyTo view stories and video highlights from the weekend, please visit the New South Wales website:www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

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10 months agoCSKA falling behind Serie A pair in Gabbiadini race

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say CSKA falling behind Serie A pair in Gabbiadini raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCSKA Moscow are struggling to stay in the race for Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini.The Mirror says the Italian international has only scored 12 goals in three seasons at St Mary’s following his £15 million move from Napoli.Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to dump some of his under performing players next month and Gabbiadini who has only scored one this season is among them.He is wanted back in Serie A by Fiorentina and Bologna but they are both only interested in loan moves with an option to buy.Hasenhuttl would rather a permanent deal which CSKA are willing to offer as well pay around £5 million to get their man. last_img read more

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Fans Poking Fun At Wildcats Recruit Isaiah Briscoe After He Accidentally Suggests Derrick Rose Went To Kentucky

first_imgJohn Calipari, to his credit, has had a great deal of success putting his college players in the NBA. While most of Cal’s representatives in the league hail from Kentucky, there are a still a few – like Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose – leftover from his Memphis days.Wednesday night, during the McDonald’s All American Game, top UK recruit Isaiah Briscoe was asked by ESPN’s Jay Williams why he chose to play for Coach Cal. Briscoe’s response involved him listing off the names of numerous NBA stars coached by Calipari. And while he was probably just mixing up his words, he did suggest that Rose had played for Kentucky.Fans on social media, predictably, have been having a field day with the quote, perhaps unfairly. Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”— The Golden Jew (@GoldenJew) April 2, 2015Isaiah Briscoe: Derrick Rose went to that other school called Kentucky which is actually called Memphis— Connor Gross (@Cgross920) April 2, 2015Isaiah Briscoe realizes Rose & Evans played for Cal at Memphis right? #McDonaldsAllAmericanGame— Jacob McCallister (@RockChalkJacob) April 2, 2015“@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”” pic.twitter.com/UQZQ12VGHb— Christopher Burr (@HeisenBURRRg) April 2, 2015“@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”” pic.twitter.com/mI1tN9g9mc— Keep It Real 2015 (@A2K4Life) April 2, 2015Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose” pic.twitter.com/rSMkVTx4UK— Keyser Söze (@WhoButMe_) April 2, 2015@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose” pic.twitter.com/nCiItEK0Wx— Bryan Evans (@BryGuy2103) April 2, 2015Briscoe is clearly aware that Calipari coached at Memphis, so perhaps he just got nervous live on television. Either way, he’s taking a beating on social media.last_img read more

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Transport Authority Reopens Spaces for Route Taxis

first_img Effective yesterday (August 14), the Transport Authority reopened 3,683 spaces for Route Taxis and 229 Rural Stage Carriages islandwide. Effective yesterday (August 14), the Transport Authority reopened 3,683 spaces for Route Taxis and 229 Rural Stage Carriages islandwide.The routes have been reopened to satisfy the increased demand for legally operated public transportation services, and to encourage illegal operators to get registered.In an interview with JIS News, Communications Coordinator at the Transport Authority, Merdina Callum, said the reopening forms part of the agency’s strategy to build a people-centred public land transportation system.“Commuters have been requesting transportation in certain areas. Those areas are underserviced. They probably have taxis or buses, but they are not enough or not operating in a timely manner,” she said.Some of the routes that are available include Lionel Town to Portland Cottage, Clarendon; Junction to Gutters, St. Elizabeth; Brown’s Town to Higgins Land, St. Ann; Montego Bay to Granville, St. James; and Santa Cruz to Black River, St. Elizabeth.The complete list of routes will be published on the Authority’s website at ta.org.jm.Interested persons may also contact the Authority’s Customer Care Centre at 618-0959 for further information. The routes will remain open until September 29. Some of the routes that are available include Lionel Town to Portland Cottage, Clarendon; Junction to Gutters, St. Elizabeth; Brown’s Town to Higgins Land, St. Ann; Montego Bay to Granville, St. James; and Santa Cruz to Black River, St. Elizabeth.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

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The Search for Sewol Ferry Victims Enters 2nd Week

first_imgzoom As the search operation for the missing passengers of the sunken Sewol ferry is entering its second week, divers are now recovering more and more bodies from the submerged hull of the ferry.Out of around 476 people on board, most of them students from Danwon High School in Ansan, 174 survived the tragedy, and 156 have been confirmed dead, with over 140 people still missing as of noon (local time) on Wednesday.Divers today managed to enter the ship’s cafeteria, where they expected to find many of the passengers, but none was found. Most of the grim discoveries were made near the student cabins on the 3rd and 4th levels. Also, divers today discovered that there are no air pockets inside the sunken vessel.As the public pressure to determine the cause of the tragedy rises, the South Korean authorities have arrested four more crew members bringing the total number of detainees to 11.Companies associated with Incheon-based Chonghaejin Marine Company, which owned the 6,825-tonne Sewol, have also been raided by police as part of the investigation, reported BBC.Around 550 South Korean Coast Guard, Navy and civilian divers are continuing with the search, but the latest discoveries could switch this rescue mission to a recovery operation.World Maritime News Staff, April 23, 2014last_img read more

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Rihanna And UNICEF Are There For The Philippines

first_imgUNICEF today launched a new campaign—”There for the Philippines”—to support the immediate and long-term relief efforts for children and families whose lives were upended by Super Typhoon Haiyan.UNICEF Supporter Rihanna helped kick-off the campaign and raise awareness of UNICEF’s work in the Philippines via social media. She also made a $100,000 donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. WNBA’s Skylar Diggins, MLB star Robinson Cano and actress Vanessa Hudgens are also participating.“We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support shown during this crisis,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “The effects of the strongest storm to make landfall have been devastating and the rebuilding process will not happen overnight. UNICEF will be there for as long as it takes to help children and families to recover.”“Emergencies make headlines, but the recovery continues long after the news cameras leave,” said Rihanna. “Having been a fan and supporter of UNICEF’s work over the years, I am honored to join them in helping children who have been impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. More than five million kids in the Philippines need our help. UNICEF is there for them today, and for the long road ahead, and so am I.”The digital “There for the Philippines” campaign asks people to assist UNICEF’s relief efforts by donating funds and sharing the message of the needs of vulnerable children in the hard-hit areas. Participants can change their Facebook profile picture or tweet messages of support.With nearly 13 million people — including 5.5 million children — affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, UNICEF is rushing lifesaving emergency supplies to the region, including essential medicines, nutrition, safe water and hygiene supplies. UNICEF is also working to reunite children with their families and is setting up safe, protected spaces where children can play, continue their education and resume a sense of normalcy.To donate or participate in “There for the Philippines,” click here.last_img read more

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Stratford Festival explores painful chapter of Canadas past in The Komagata Maru

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Written by Sharon Pollock, the play is based on the 1914 incident involving 376 passengers, nearly all Sikhs, travelling aboard the Japanese steamship Komagata Maru.The Indian immigrants arrived off the coast of B.C., only to be denied entry into Vancouver, which at the time was the country’s most diverse city. Immigration regulations back then required migrants to arrive in Canada directly from their country of origin — a journey that was virtually impossible in 1914.With the exception of 20 passengers who had previously lived in Canada, officials refused to allow the Indian immigrants in, even though they were British subjects just like every other Canadian at the time. The vessel returned to India, where 19 of the passengers were killed in a skirmish with British authorities and dozens of others were imprisoned or forced into hiding.The Komagata Maru was forced to return to India, where some of the passengers were killed in a clash with police.The Canadian and B.C. governments have both issued formal apologies for the incident.The Indian-born, Canadian-raised Ahluwalia was a 19-year-old university student when she first learned of the Komagata Maru. The vocalist and composer revisited the story a few years ago when she composed a song for Alik Khazni’s Continuous Journey, an award-winning documentary about the incident.In the play, she portrays The Woman, serving as the voice for the people aboard the steamship.Actress Kiran Ahluwalia sits for a portrait at the Avon Theatre during a June rehearsal for The Komagata Maru Incident, in Stratford, Ont. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press)Actress Kiran Ahluwalia sits for a portrait at the Avon Theatre during a June rehearsal for The Komagata Maru Incident, in Stratford, Ont. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press)Ahluwalia was asked by the director to compose lyrics in Punjabi and the melody based on a Punjabi fable that mirrors the storyline.“Parts of this song are interspersed throughout the play,” she said. “It’s one song, but it has different arcs and different emotions in it as it runs through the play.”Indigenous actress and playwright Quelemia Sparrow makes her Stratford debut as T.S., playing the role of a master of ceremonies.“I just think it’s so important to have that presence in the piece, with the 150-year birthday for Canada, that we’re acknowledging the First Peoples of this land, and that we’ve been on this land for thousands and thousands of years,” said Sparrow, who is from Vancouver and a member of the Musqueam Nation. “I was saying to Keira… that on some level my presence in the piece is like I’m welcoming her people to the land in the way they should have been welcome.”The Komagata Maru Incident is onstage at Stratford’s Studio Theatre until Sept. 24. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Actress Quelemia Sparrow sits for a portrait at the Avon Theatre during a June rehearsal for The Komagata Maru Incident, in Stratford, Ont. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press) The Stratford Festival is revisiting a painful chapter in Canada’s history with The Komagata Maru Incident, but the show’s stars say it is vital to continue addressing the issues at the core of the century-old story.“I’m super excited that Stratford decided to tell this story because it is such an important story, and a lot of minority histories in Canada are forgotten — not just in Canada but the world over,” said Juno Award-winning artist Kiran Ahluwalia, who is making her debut at the festival.“It’s a wonderful recognition that this is part of Canadian history.”last_img read more

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BELL MEDIA CONFIRMS 70 ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS FOR 20192020 SEASON

first_imgTransplant LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, June 5, 2019 – In advance of tomorrow’s #CTVUpfront, Bell Media confirmed today its first wave of new and returning original entertainment programming for the 2019/20 season. With 31 new original programs announced to date, and more to be confirmed in the coming days and weeks, a total of 70 original English-language programs will be produced in the coming season in partnership with independent production companies and in-house at Bell Media Studios.“Bell Media and our talented development and production teams are proud to work closely with the country’s very best independent partners to create exceptional original programming right here in Canada,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Together, we have once again created an unrivaled mix of uniquely entertaining content for the coming year that we’re confident will connect with viewers across the country while offering unmatched opportunities for our advertising partners.”With Canada’s top programs, including original programs and homegrown hits, more Canadians make Bell Media their choice for viewing than any other media company. As Canada’s most-watched network in primetime for 18 years in a row, CTV is home to:THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the #1 summer series among A25-54 for a sixth season in a rowThe most-watched Canadian comedy of the year, JANNThe top Canadian daily lifestyle programs, Bell Media Studios’ THE SOCIAL and THE MARILYN DENIS SHOWThe most-watched entertainment newsmagazine for nine years running, ETALKCanada’s most-watched national morning show, YOUR MORNING Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img THE 2019 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS, delivering the awards’ 21st anniversary this November. (Insight Productions)CraveNamed a “must watch” series by the New York Times and an award-winning Canadian comedy program, an all-new six-pack of LETTERKENNY premieres on Oct. 11 and production on another season begins this summer in Sudbury, Ont. (New Metric Media)CTV Comedy ChannelComing to the CTV Comedy lineup in the 2019-20 broadcast year are THE STAND-UP SHOW WITH JON DORE and four unique @JFL gala presentations from Montréal’s Place des Arts. (Just For Laughs Television)The most-watched original series ever on CTV Comedy, CORNER GAS ANIMATED (CTV Comedy) premieres Season 2 on July 1 with 11 all-new episodes. The new season includes a star-studded lineup of cameos, featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chris Hadfield, and EPIC MEALTIME’s Harley Morenstein, with a special guest star appearance by Michael J. Fox. (Prairie Pantoons/Moving Mountoons)CTV Drama ChannelThe light hearted mystery-crime drama CARTER, starring Jerry O’Connell (BILLIONS) is currently in production for Season 2. Shot in North Bay, Ont., the sophomore season is set to debut later this year, exclusively on CTV Drama. (Sony Pictures Television)CTV Life ChannelSeason 3 of SPENCER’S BIG 30 showcases healthy, hearty meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes. (Gusto Worldwide Media)Italian cooking series BONACINI’S ITALY, starring MASTERCHEF CANADA’S Michael Bonacini, returns for a second season. (Gusto Worldwide Media)Season 2 of WATTS ON THE GRILL continues to celebrate all things grilled with chef extraordinaire Spencer Watts. Each half-hour episode shows viewers how to barbecue like a pro, from sizzling steak, smoked chicken and steamy seafood, to fruit, cheese, and delicious desserts. Tips, tricks, and tasty recipes are all on Watts’ menu as he inspires viewers to think of ingredients differently and try new things on the grill. (Gusto Worldwide Media)CTV Sci-Fi ChannelThe fifth and final season of CTV Sci-Fi’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS returns July 19. In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun-loving trio of bounty hunters attempts to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants. Reprising their roles for the last time, Hannah John-Kamen (ANT MAN AND THE WASP) returns as Yelena “Dutch” Yarden / Aneela, along with Canadian Screen Award nominee for best lead actor Aaron Ashmore (CARDINAL) as John Jaqobis, and Luke MacFarlane (THE NIGHT SHIFT) as D’avin Jaqobis. (Temple Street Productions)DiscoveryThe captivating series MAYDAY, currently in the first half of its 19th season, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, continues to reveal the often harrowing truth behind plane crashes, providing viewers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most catastrophic aviation accidents in search of clues that might prevent similar tragedies from happening again. (Cineflix/National Geographic Channels International/Canal D)HELLFIRE HEROES returns this fall for Season 2. Featuring stories of strength, fearlessness, and dedication, a uniquely versatile group of firefighters risk their lives to serve and protect the residents of isolated areas of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. (Pixcom Productions)HIGHWAY THRU HELL is back for Season 8 in 2019, chronicling the lives of heroic rescue teams who often put their own lives at risk to help keep vital transport highways open and communities safe. (Thunderbird Entertainment Group) In addition to the productions announced by Bell Media Studios last week, Bell Media’s 2019/20 Original Productions slate includes the following:NEW Bell Media Original Series and Specials for 2019/20 (by channel):CTVTRANSPLANTCTV announced today that Hamza Haq, Laurence Leboeuf, and John Hannah will star in the one-hour, primetime medical procedural, with production beginning this month. TRANSPLANT tells the story of a brilliantly skilled emergency medicine doctor who fled Syria to Canada, as he’s challenged to make a place for himself in a new hospital and country. The drama blends the story of a new immigrant with an ensemble medical procedural, offering audiences a fresh take on a beloved genre. The first season consists of 13 episodes, with production set to begin in Summer 2019. (NBCUniversal International Studios with Sphère Média Plus)ALBEDOOne-hundred-and-fifty years in the future, detective Vivien Coleman is dispatched to the edge of our solar system to investigate a scientist’s mysterious death on board an isolated space station. She soon finds herself trapped and cut off from Earth, along with the station’s small crew of brilliant scientists – all murder suspects, and all harbouring their own secrets… What begins as a classic murder mystery evolves into a fight for survival that may threaten the future of our species. (eOne)POP EVOLUTIONThis eight-episode series has one goal: to tell the richest, most fascinating tales from the ongoing history of pop music. Each stand-alone episode is a documentary portrait with its own unique voice, style, and vision. Through exclusive interviews and unprecedented access, archival depth, and critical takes, POP EVOLUTION dives deeper into the genre than ever before. (Banger Films)CTV Life ChannelLET’S BRUNCHThis delightful cooking series is dedicated to everyone’s favorite leisurely and decadent mid-morning meal. Hosted by the bubbly Vanessa Gianfrancesco (ONE WORLD KITCHEN), LET’S BRUNCH offers a brunch menu for every occasion, showcasing sweet and savory recipes, along with the occasional refreshing beverage or cozy latte. (Gusto Worldwide Media)CHRISTMAS WITH BONACINIIn this charming one-hour holiday special set in Michael Bonacini’s festive kitchen, the celebrity chef and his son Oscar cook up an elegant and flavourful feast of their favourite Christmas recipes. (Gusto Worldwide Media)WATTS ON THE GRILL FOR THANKSGIVINGIn his upcoming special, host Spencer Watts shows viewers how to barbecue like a pro throughout the holiday season. (Gusto Worldwide Media)CraveCanada’s prestige entertainment offering recently announced a complete slate of upcoming conversation-worthy Crave Originals, headlined by:Crave heads to Montréal for the JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL this summer, shooting a series of four new specials featuring acclaimed Canadian comedians. These four new specials bring the Crave Original standup series total to 10 specials. (Just For Laughs Television)WE’RE ALL GONNA DIEA smart, distinctive, and caustic documentary about the end of the world, the newest original series from Crave goes into production this summer. Drawing together science, psychology, pop culture, and philosophy, WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE meets viewers’ fascination with the apocalypse head-on. Each episode explores one of the ways that humanity could meet its end – from nuclear war and asteroids to aliens – with the ultimate hope that humankind can come together to make the world a better place. (90th Parallel Productions)ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BANDExecutive produced by Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard, this documentary feature is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music. Inspired by Robertson’s bestselling memoir, Testimony (Penguin/Random House, 2017), the film blends rare archival footage and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Scorsese, Taj Mahal, Peter Gabriel, David Geffen, and Ronnie Hawkins, among others. (Imagine Documentaries/White Pine Pictures/Bell Media Studios/Universal Music Canada)NEW EDENProduction kicks off June 17 in North Bay, Ont. on the darkly funny “true crime” comedy from two of Canada’s hottest comedic voices, Evany Rosen (PICNICFACE, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW) and Kayla Lorette (THE BEAVERTON, SPACE RIDERS). (Peacock Alley Entertainment)DiscoveryIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, MAKE IT TO THE MOON (narrated by Canadian actor Stephan James) features four trailblazing teams – contracted by NASA – who take up President Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. These ‘unsung heroes of the unsung heroes’ must invent from scratch the innovative technology necessary to create the lunar module spacecraft, the onboard computer, the moon suit, and track it all through space. (eOne)VW WOODSTOCK BUSOn the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, VW WOODSTOCK BUS is a one-hour special that explores the inspiring story of Dr. Bob, the man who painted the original Woodstock hippie bus with symbols he believed would usher in the dawn of a new age. (Arcadia Productions)CLEARED FOR CHAOS: 9/11This documentary special tells the gripping story of how air traffic controllers in Gander, Newfoundland pulled off the impossible on September 11, 2001. (Bristow Global Media)UNABOMBER: THE MAD TRUTHThis four-part series tells the story of the nationwide manhunt for the terrorist known only as the “Unabomber,” which lasted from 1978 – 1995, until a tip led the FBI to a remote cabin in the Montana mountains. The tip that ultimately took down Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, came from his younger brother, David, and David’s wife, Linda. (Yap Films)Investigation DiscoveryIF I SHOULD DIEAs investigators piece together a murder mystery, sometimes the victim speaks from beyond the grave, communicating via their revelatory words written in a diary, journal, or private online blog. IF I SHOULD DIE explores how these emotional words can provide incredible insight into the victim’s life – and sometimes into their darkest secrets. (Cream Productions)UNEXPLAINED 911This immersive new series reveals the true-life stories of police and other members of law enforcement who found themselves face-to-face with strange and bizarre events. Each episode investigates cases involving ghostly haunting, demonic possession, alien abduction, and other supernatural emergency calls featuring the men and women who have devoted their lives to serve and protect. (Cream Productions)Much StudiosPOSITIVEA Much Studios’ Original Documentary, POSITIVE profiles the lives of five diverse HIV+ millennials through a roundtable discussion and stigma-busting personal narratives. Moderated by Much Studios’ Michael Rizzi, the documentary creates an intimate and safe space for the group to discuss the themes of identity, community, sex, and the ongoing misconceptions surrounding HIV.Returning Bell Media Original Productions Confirmed to Date for 2019/20 (by channel):CTVInternationally successful and critically acclaimed series CARDINAL has wrapped production on its final season with stars Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse. (Sienna Films/eOne)The half-hour satirical news sensation THE BEAVERTON returns to CTV for Season 3, premiering July 23. (Pier 21 Films)THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the most-watched series of the summer, is set to deliver its seventh season Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning July 2 on CTV. Hosted by Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery, the multiple Canadian Screen Award-winning series returns as nine all-new teams join fan favourites from Season 1, Jet & Dave, who were selected as Canada’s Choice to race again. The 10 teams head to the starting line to push themselves out of their comfort zones in a non-stop, action-packed race. (Insight Productions)New episodes of original culinary series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH continue Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV as host Mary Berg shares her delicious twists on classic dishes inspired by her family and close friends. (Proper Television) Advertisement HEAVY RESCUE: 401, a Top 5 series on Discovery, returns for Season 4 in early 2020, documenting dramatic recoveries along Ontario’s 400-series highways – extending from Windsor in the west to the Québec border in the east. (Thunderbird Entertainment Group)Animal PlanetBiologist Niall McCann travels the world to understand the relationship between humans and some of the world’s most charismatic and formidable animals in the upcoming third season of the award-winning BIGGEST AND BADDEST. (Gryphon/Wild Planet Productions)KERI: PRAIRIE VET returns for a third season, continuing to follow the action-packed life of travelling vet Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal, on the road 24/7 to care for “all creatures big and small.” (Merit Morion Pictures)WILD BEAR RESCUE, the most adorable original Canadian series, returns for Season 3 on June 14 with heartwarming stories of injured and orphaned bear cubs at Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers, B.C. (Omnifilm Entertainment)Investigation DiscoveryFEAR THY NEIGHBOUR returns for Season 6 this fall. This true-crime thriller follows the disturbing tales of those with the misfortune to unwittingly take up residence within a stone’s throw of a psychopath or killer. (Cream Productions).About Bell Media Original ProductionsBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include critically acclaimed drama CARDINAL; record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; comedy series JANN; culinary series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. New medical drama TRANSPLANT, mystery drama ALBEDO, and documentary series POP EVOLUTION join CTV’s lineup of Canadian original programs. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are CTV Sci-Fi Channel’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CTV Drama Channel’s mystery dramedy CARTER; CTV Comedy Channel’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; Crave Original hit comedy LETTERKENNY, upcoming mockumentary NEW EDEN, and apocalyptic new original comedy series WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE; and animated series LITTLEKENNY. Discovery is home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and original series DISASTERS AT SEA, in addition to new special MAKE IT TO THE MOON, among others. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Advertisementlast_img read more

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BJP at behest of Delhi police cancelled my rally Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a fresh attack on the BJP, Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleged that BJP through Delhi police cancelled his rally at Shakur Basti as the party realised that they would lose in this election.Taking a dig at BJP, the Chief Minister said, “Cancel as many rallies of mine you want to, I will go to the people and address them.” He also addressed the issue of full-statehood and explained how the Centre created obstructions to pass the Mohallah Clinic files, CCTV projects and others. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In the last four years, I have worked relentlessly for the development of Delhi. PM Narendra Modi says his chest is of 56 inches, through the work done by the AAP government I have made all Delhiites chest of 59 inches,” he said while addressing a rally at Timarpur, North East Delhi. The Chief Minister added that only the people of Delhi in India can say that the state education system has developed in the last four years, unlike any other state. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday claimed that he was denied permission for a rally in Sant Nagar Chowk here by the Delhi Police at the behest of the BJP. “BJP gets my public rally cancelled today thro police. Police deny permission. How many BJP rallies were denied permission by police in Delhi in last 5 yrs? ” Kejriwal said in a tweet. He said the people will teach the BJP a lesson for not fulfilling its promise of granting full statehood to Delhi. Police, however, said the permission for the proposed public meeting was not given as the site witnesses heavy traffic snarls and huge footfall of people on weekends due to the weekly market. They said they had proposed an alternative venue which was 150 metres away from the site. “Busy intersection of Sant Nagar Chowk was not found fit for a proposed public meeting of 2000, with around 1000 seats and pandal, due to heavy traffic and a weekly market. This was conveyed on 20-03-2018,” tweeted DCP Outer Delhi, Seju P Kuruvilla.last_img read more

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Local businesses working together

Two environmentally friendly businesses have teamed up in Norfolk.Joy Bakery Café, run by Joy Allgood, has a new satellite location in Long Point Eco-Adventures’ newest building overlooking the marsh on Lake Erie.“Joy is a new addition to our family. It’s going to be an amazing year for sure,” said Karen Matthews, general manager at Burning Kiln Winery and Long Point Eco-Adventures.It all came about after a discussion in the cafe. One of the Eco-Adventures owners happened to be in Joy Café in Simcoe and struck up a conversation with Allgood about their needs for a café.“We were both excited about the prospect of partnering. The niche we fill, they needed. It just made sense for us to take care of it rather than them recreating the wheel,” said Allgood.“We both like the way the other business operates, we’re both as green as possible so the partnership looked good from that point of view,” Allgood added.Joy Bakery Café is also expanding the Robinson Street, Simcoe, location to add more seating, a wheelchair accessible washroom, a meeting space, and a larger kitchen.The satellite location will open May 16 and will stay open until Labour Day.Hometown Brew Co.Hometown Brew Co. is another business that has taken up a spot at Long Point Eco-Adventures.Hometown has moved its brewing operation to the Eco-Adventures property on Front Road outside St. Williams. The process of brewing on the property is being taken in two steps.The first step is a smaller location that will not interfere with the summer traffic at Eco-Adventures.The company will be begin construction in the fall for a larger location with space for a brewing room, a tasting room, and retail.“It was one of those things that just happened organically,” Dusty Zamecnik, co-owner of Hometown Brew, said about the prospect of brewing at this location.Zamecnik said when Hometown Brew Co. was just beginning he and his business partners spent a lot of their time at Burning Kiln Winery, where they were able to start conversations with the owners of Eco-Adventures.While neither of the businesses have financial backing in the other, the two sharing goals is helping both of them rise together.“Think about it, you can come out to the winery to taste some local wine and head across the street to taste some local beer as well,” said Karen Matthews.Zamecnik said that their partnership is more about aligning their marketing.“It’s a way of commonly drawing people in to really tell the story of Norfolk flavours,” Zamecnik said.Hometown Brew Co. products are available in several area restaurants including Devlin’s Country Bistro, The Combine Norfolk, Lago Port Dover, The Beach House, among others.Magnolia Hospitality Co.Flavours are coming together with an all Norfolk food and wine pairing.Magnolia Hospitality Co., the company behind The Combine Norfolk and Lago Port Dover, is starting its newest project at Burning Kiln Winery under the name of Canned Heat.Ryan Rivard, the chef fronting Magnolia Hospitality Co., said he catered events at Burning Kiln last year.“As we started to work together I noticed some of the synergies that existed between our companies were pretty significant,” said Rivard.Canned Heat’s service will start in June, with hopes for June 1 depending on construction.The cooking facilities for Canned Heat are being created inside of a 35-foot sea canister that will house the kitchen and a service bar, with a portable pizza oven attached to the end of it.Matthews of Burning Kiln said “the more we can work together, the stronger we can get together.”The owners at Burning Kiln decided to look into the food culture in Norfolk County, which is when Rivard came into the picture.“The idea of working with Ryan is really exciting because he really gets it,” said Matthews. “He gets that it’s all about this beautiful bounty we have in Norfolk County.”Matthews spoke about the care that Rivard puts into his food, which will be able to stand up to and match the care they put into their wine at Burning Kiln.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Report on Irans nuclear safeguards sent to UN atomic agency board

Just following the start of European Union-led talks with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced that its report on nuclear verification in the country has been circulated to the Agency’s member States, which will convene next week in Vienna.“The document’s circulation is restricted and unless the IAEA Board decides otherwise the Agency cannot authorize its release to the public,” the atomic watchdog said in a statement.The report, Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran, was issued by Director General Mohamed ElBaradei. It covers developments since April. An earlier report by Dr. ElBaradei, submitted on 28 April to the Board and UN Security Council, concluded that Iran continues to enrich uranium, and the IAEA can make no further progress in determining whether the country is carrying out illicit nuclear activities because the Government is not cooperating with its work.According to the report, Iran’s uranium conversion campaign “is still ongoing.” Iran has continued to feed UF6 gas – used for uranium enrichment – into large-scale machinery built for that purpose in March. Enriched uranium can be used for peaceful purposes, such as generating energy, or for making nuclear weapons. The Tehran Government denies claims by the United States and other countries that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons.Iran had been called on to re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the Agency. The IAEA Board has also asked Tehran to reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water.Other requirements put forward by the Board in a resolution adopted in February call for Iran to ratify and implement the Additional Protocol, which grants the IAEA expanded rights of access to information and sites, as well as extra authority to use the most advanced technologies during the verification process. Pending ratification, the Board said Iran should continue to act in accordance with the provisions of the Protocol, which the country signed in December 2003.That same year, it was discovered that Iran had carried out secret nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the NPT.Iran voluntarily suspended uranium enrichment activities, which can produce material for nuclear energy or for weapons, in 2004 while negotiating with European Union nations France, Germany and Britain (the so-called EU-3) on its programme, but resumed the process last August.The IAEA Board meeting will run from 12 to 16 June. read more

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Motor industry calls for flexibility in AAP funding

“There is an urgent need for the Automotive Assistance Programme to start delivering the support the UK motor industry needs”, said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt. “The availability of affordable finance and credit remains the number one priority for companies at all levels of the supply chain. It is essential that a more flexible approach is adopted so that viable businesses can access the working capital they need in the short term and support investment in future technologies for the long term. The programme announced in January 2009 set out £2.3bn in loans and loan guarantees for the motor industry, yet to date no companies have benefited from the scheme. SMMT has called for greater flexibility in AAP eligibility to ensure quicker delivery of credit to companies throughout the automotive sector. In giving evidence to the inquiry on the AAP, SMMT identified the following key issues: Banks remain reluctant to lend to the automotive sector The majority of companies need access to working capital above project finance The removal of trade credit insurance has further undermined the banks’ attitude to risk in the automotive sector.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has backed the findings of a Business and Enterprise Select Committee inquiry that expresses ‘serious concern’ about the effectiveness of the Automotive Assistance Programme (AAP). “Industry remains concerned that the reluctance of banks to provide direct support to the automotive sector is limiting the effectiveness of the programme and its benefit to companies in the supply chain.” read more

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Ohio State mens soccer wins in shutout over Bowling Green

Senior midfielder Max Moller (11) takes a shot during OSU’s 3-0 win against Bowling Green on Oct. 22 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern photographerAn intrastate game against a team with one of the top scorers in the nation turned into a laugher, as the Ohio State men’s soccer team had no problem at home Wednesday night.The Buckeyes (6-5-3, 3-2-0) defeated Bowling Green (9-4-1), 3-0, to kick off a three-game homestand.“We need to win games like this, our in-state games against the big-name schools,” senior midfielder Ryan Ivancic said. “This was a big win for us, decisively.”About three minutes into the contest, a wild sequence around the net led to OSU opening up the scoring.The Buckeyes took six shots in a roughly ten-second sequence following a corner kick. The ball ricocheted around, off of defenders, teammates, the goalkeeper and the goal posts until eventually being blown dead with a handball for a penalty kick.“That sequence that we opened up the game with was amazing, wasn’t it?” OSU coach John Bluem said after the game. “All those shots hitting the post and them blocking the shots and ultimately a handball, it was wild.”Junior defender Liam Doyle took the penalty kick and converted it with a dribbler straight ahead for his fourth goal of the season — the third of which that has come from a penalty kick. The goal temporarily tied Doyle for the team lead in goals with senior midfielder Yianni Sarris.“Today I just decided to go down the middle,” Doyle said. “I just trusted and hard and low down the middle, and thankfully (the goalie) moved. I don’t really have a strategy. You just sort of decide penalty-by-penalty.”In the 31st minute, Ivancic sent an aerial pass into the front of the box to sophomore forward Christian Soldat. Soldat endured a hard airborne collision with Bowling Green redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Heuton, who was sent off with a red card for the hit.“When they played the ball to me, I chipped the last defender into Soldat,” Ivancic said. “Soldat, I think, got there first, and kind of chested out of the way of the keeper and the keeper took Soldat out. I thought it was a red card, if not it was at least a PK.”The Buckeyes received another penalty kick from the foul, which was taken by junior defender Kyle Culbertson.Culbertson’s shot was sent away by redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Nick Landsberger — fresh off the bench — but Soldat swooped in to poke the ball into the net off the rebound.The goal was Soldat’s second of the season — coming in as many games.The shutout came in large part because OSU neutralized Bowling Green’s most powerful offensive threat. Sophomore forward Pat Flynn had scored 12 of Bowling Green’s 26 goals coming in to the game. His goals per game average of 0.92 coming in led the nation, as did his points per game average of 2.08.But Flynn was held to only one shot on Wednesday.“We were aware of him coming in tonight,” Doyle said. “We knew he was a threat, and just defended well as a unit and managed to keep him quiet.”The shutout was the second in a row and sixth of the season for OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov.The two penalty kicks accounted for the sixth and seventh attempts of the season for the Buckeyes — scoring on four. Their opponents have only taken one, which came in the team’s third game on Sept. 5.“It’s just good, aggressive play in the box responsible for that (the penalty kick differential),” Bluem said.Sarris put the exclamation point on the game in the 64th minute, depositing a pass from Ivancic into the net for the Buckeyes’ third goal. Sarris reclaimed sole possession of the team lead in goals with his fifth.The frustration that mounted throughout the game for the Falcons was evident, as they were hit with two yellow cards in addition to Heuton’s red card. For the game, OSU outshot Bowling Green, 20-6.Bluem chose to empty the bench as the game wore on. By the final whistle, Ivanov and sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell were the only starters still on the field.The Buckeyes are scheduled to continue their homestand Saturday against Rutgers. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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La biodiversité dune forêt éthiopienne dévoilée par lambre

first_imgLa biodiversité d’une forêt éthiopienne dévoilée par l’ambreÉthiopie – Une équipe de chercheurs internationale a étudié le premier ambre fossilifère d’Afrique, découvert en Éthiopie en 2005 et datant de quelque 95 millions d’années. Grâce aux fossiles que recèle l’ambre, les chercheurs pourront mieux comprendre l’évolution précoce de ces organismes, mais aussi les interactions trophiques et les associations ayant existé au sein de cet écosystème ancien. À lire aussiIl laisse une fourmi coupe-feuille lui découper le doigtLors de la période du Crétacé, période géologique qui s’est achevée avec la disparition des dinosaures, les écosystèmes terrestres ont été profondément modifiés, de nombreuses plantes à fleurs s’étant développées et diversifiées. Grâce à l’étude de cet ambre qui recèle la biodiversité d’une forêt éthiopienne, les scientifiques pourront en apprendre plus sur une période marquée par des changements majeurs.Les auteurs de l’étude sur les insectes dirigée par Vincent Perrichot, paléontologue à Géosciences Rennes, ont ainsi pu identifier des parasites, des prédateurs ou encore des décomposeurs. L’ambre a également dévoilé des restes de plantes à fleurs, de fougères, et de champignons parasites qui vivaient sur les arbres producteurs de résine et servaient de source alimentaire pour les insectes, précise le CNRS dans un communiqué.Le 17 avril 2010 à 19:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Une nouvelle réplique du séisme frappe les iles Salomon

first_imgUne nouvelle réplique du séisme frappe les iles SalomonAprès le séisme de mercredi, les iles Salomon ont été à nouveau secouées par une réplique. D’une magnitude de 6,5, elle ne devrait pas provoquer de tsunami dangereux. Le bilan total du tremblement de terre a été rabaissé à 10 morts.Les Iles Salomon ont été touchées encore une fois. Une réplique de magnitude 6,5 a fait trembler l’archipel dimanche matin à 8h02 (22h02 heure de Paris), soit quatre jour après le séisme initial de magnitude 8 et le tsunami qui avaient fait dix morts et 3000 sans-abris. Le dernier bilan était de 13 morts mais il a été revu à la baisse.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Pour le moment, nous ne savons pas si nous en sommes encore à l’étape des secours d’urgence”, a déclaré à l’AFP Joanne Zoleveke, la secrétaire générale de la Croix-Rouge pour les Salomon. Deux bateaux de secours et de ravitaillement ont été envoyés à Lata, la ville principale des iles Santa Cruz. Les communications sont difficiles entre les 992 iles dispersées de l’archipel et le gouvernement a du mal à évaluer les besoins de chacune d’entre elles.L’épicentre de la réplique se situe seulement à 29 kilomètres de Lata, à 18 kilomètres de profondeur. Selon le Centre d’alerte aux tsunamis du Pacifique il ne devrait pas y avoir de tsunami notable. L’Australie a donné 193 000 euros à la Croix-Rouge présente sur place et son ministre des affaires étrangères Bob Carr s’y est rendu.Le 10 février 2013 à 12:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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